Jim Vassos was 19 years old in 1960 when he first began announcing football games for the Bridgeport Bulldogs, the year after he graduated high school himself. Players on the field that year consisted of boys like Dave Magdeleno, Dale Donnelly, LeRoy Weitzel, Ron Claspell, Barry Smith, Jim Woznick, and Gary Blakesley. The coach was Dick Sterup and the Bulldogs were still in the North Platte Valley Conference race that year into late fall. They dropped their last game on October 21st to the Mitchell Tigers, who knocked them out after a runaway win 40-19, advancing to the finals and sending the Dawgs back home with long faces. They ended that year 4-2 in the conference.
The orange leaves were still on the trees at the State Lakes when Winter fell into Fall over the weekend, with 11” of snow reported around Bridgeport on Monday morning. Snow shovels found their way out of sheds and into the hands of the able-bodied, while children were seen sledding in the streets and throwing snow at the local parks. With the first late start of the school season on Monday out of the way, sunny skies are expected the rest of the week, with no snow forecasted until at least after Halloween.
LINCOLN—The Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA) has recognized 75 Nebraska member hospital employees for their excellence in service by bestowing them with the organization’s prestigious The Caring Kind award.
Bridgeport was host to the NSAA District D6 Cross Country race on a very windy Thursday, October 15. The Lady Bulldogs placed 2nd overall in the contest, with 25 points behind Bayard’s twenty, and will travel as a team to compete at State in Kearney tomorrow, October 23. Senior Sarah Lang placed 2nd in the women’s event out of 48 runners with a time of 21:11.44. Bethany Nichols placed 16th with a time of 23:21.89, followed by Claire Linders with 25:10.91 and Jenna Eichthaler at 25:54.80.
The City of Bridgeport held its annual Fall Clean Up Day on Saturday, October 17, with Waste Connections opening up their gates to allow for residents to dispose of big items or large loads that wouldn’t fit in the alley dumpsters. Quite a few people took advantage of the nice weather and had pickup trucks full of trash to dump. Brock Frohling, with the help of Waste Connection workers, can be seen disposing of several large mattresses from the back of his vehicle. SARAH STRAWN