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September 18th, 2014 – Sad new to pass on with the passing of John Weller, the brother of Bill Weller (Diamondbacks) on September 16th. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign John’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Bill and Marilyn at the addresses provided in an email sent to all players today.

September 15th, 2014 – During the NSS Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th, the process for determining our Fall league champion was discussed and approved as follows.

1. The top 2 teams, within the single division setup, will play a championship game on Monday, October 20th. Time to be determined but will likely be around 6:00 to 6:15 p.m. The two finalists will be chosen based upon their win/loss percentage.

In the event of ties, the following tiebreakers will be used:
a. Head to head matchup record.
b. Fewest AVERAGE runs against (number of runs allowed divided by number of games played)
c. Largest AVERAGE run differential (scored vs. allowed)
d. Coin flip

2. If the weather is unfavorable and results in the cancellation of the championship game, it will NOT be rescheduled. In this case, the winner of the Fall league will be the team with the best win/loss percentage.

In the event both teams have the same record, the following tiebreakers will be used:
a. Head to head matchup record.
b. Fewest AVERAGE runs against (number of runs allowed divided by number of games played)
c. Largest AVERAGE run differential (scored vs. allowed)
d. Coin flip

September 11th, 2014 – NSS players and families offer condolences to Mark Tomasello and Jessie Cave (wife of Tom Cave) after the passing of their mother, Betty Tomasello Georges, on September 10th, 2014. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign Betty’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Mark and Jessie at the addresses provided in the NSS Announcements email of 9/11/14.

September 3rd, 2014 – Three vacancies are up for grabs on the Nebraska Senior Softball Board. All are Director level positions.

Unfortunately, the list of potential candidates remains at ’0′ with no one voicing an intent to serve the league over the course of the next 3 years.

Elections for these positions will be held at the annual league meeting on Tuesday, September 16th (additional details to follow in separate message). To announce your desire to run for a position on the NSS Board, click this link and complete the online candidacy form.

Open positions include:
Director, Field Operations
Director, Finance and Registration
Director, Field Scheduling

This year, elections will be for 3 Directors with specific assignments being made by the Commissioner, based upon the election winner(s) preference and needs of the league.

This is your opportunity to have a voice in the direction of the league. An opportunity to make change if you feel it is needed. A chance to voice your opinion in a professional forum for consideration.

I hope you’ll feel a need to get involved and assist in the sustained success and future growth of our organization.

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.”
~Edward Everett Hale

August 25th, 2014 – Nebraska Senior Softball is saddened to announce the passing of Ron Hager on Sunday morning, August 24th, 2014. Ron was an active participant with the league since his first year of eligibility and most recently played with the 2011-2013 Pirates and the 2008-2010 Rangers. He served as the most recent Associate Commissioner for the NSS Board of Directors until his health forced him to step down.

Visitation will be at Heafy, Heafy, and Hoffman at 78th and Center Street on Wednesday, August 27th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The funeral is slated at the same location on Thursday, August 28th, at 11:00 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Please pay your respects, if possible.

Ron’s obituary and online guestbook may be viewed by clicking this link.

August 12th, 2014 – Ron Franck’s ‘Fightin Phillies’ captured the 2014 Summer Tournament Championship with a perfect 5-0 record. Four of the five wins came by one run and three, including the championship game, by identical 15-14 scores.

The Athletics crawled back from a 13-6 deficit and tied the game in the top of the 7th, held the Phillies scoreless in the bottom half of the inning, and took the game to an extra frame. The Phillies pushed across two runs in the bottom of the 8th and won it on a walk off single by Rich Kirmis.

July 30th, 2014 – 2014 Player Survey is open! A message was sent to all players having an email on file. This is an online option only. If you did not get the link, contact Chuck Grubb to receive the URL. The survey closes at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 11th.

July 22nd, 2014 – Former NSS player Dave Mandina passed away on Sunday, July 20th.

As of today, service information has not been posted at or on the Roeder Mortuary website.

Dave played in the league in the early years of our growth and leaves behind many friends and former teammates who are still active with the league.

The league sends our condolences and sorrow to his son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Penny, and other Mandina family members.

July 21st, 2014 – Tournament games for tonight, Monday, July 21st, are cancelled due to an excessive forecasted heat index detrimental to player safety.

The tournament now will commence on Wednesday, July 23rd. Game times and pairings will remain the same as those scheduled for the opening round.

July 17th, 2014 -

The 2014 Spring/Summer tournament begins on Monday, July 21st and runs until the championship match scheduled for August 6th. Games scheduled on Monday, July 21st include:

6:00 p.m.
Cardinals vs. Rangers – F3
Athletics vs. Mets – F4

7:00 p.m.
Reds vs. Nationals – F3
Yankees vs. Angels – F4

8:00 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Phillies – F3
Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers – F4

9:00 p.m.
Astros vs. Padres – F3

White Sox – BYE

To view the tournament bracket, click this link.

July 16th, 2014 -

Congratulations to the Chicago White Sox managed by Gary Dukat! The Sox claimed the 2014 regular season championship with a 10 to 4 win over the Phillies in the finals after besting the Yankees, in a tight semi-final match, by a score of 7 to 6. Tim Moline provided some defensive web gems and the entire team chipped away at the plate each inning before breaking open a close game in the top of the 7th with 5 runs.

  May 13th, 2014 – Del Stokes, long time Nebraska Senior Softball player, teammate, and friend passed away today after a courageous battle with cancer. Del most recently played for the Pirates in the 2012 season but was forced to miss the 2013 campaign due to his health. Del was popular among his teammates and throughout the entire league for his infectious smile and positive words. A great pitcher but an even better friend and person of character. The league extends our sympathy to his wife Nancy and the Stokes family. Visit the obituary and online guestbook by clicking this link.  

May 7th, 2014 – Nebraska Senior Softball suffered a significant loss with the sudden passing of Reds player, Virgil Vaughn, immediately after his game on Monday, May 5th. Virgil was a strong presence in our league through his character, his on the field talents, and his joy for the game. The league sends prayers and sympathy to wife Valerie, daughters and son, Jennifer, Laura, and David, and the entire Vaughn family. Visit the obituary and guestbook by clicking this link.  

April 30th, 2014 – Games for tonight (Wednesday) are CANCELLED due to unfavorable forecasted weather conditions. Optional social time is still on at LaVista Keno at 6:00 p.m. onward.

April 18th, 2014 – Draft Day on April 22nd! Here are the managers and their draft order using the ‘serpentine’ method:
1. Gary Dukat
2. B.J. Danze
3. Ron Franck
4. Jeff Smeby
5. GIl Stephens
6. Dave Dye
7. Steve Bessey
8. Ed Tworek
9. Jim Price
10. George Scott
11. Greg West
12. Chuck Trofholz
13. Mike Reed
14. Bill Weller
15. Al Pfeffer

April 13th, 2014 – Spring training for Monday, April 14th, is cancelled due to forecasted unfavorable weather conditions. Practice will resume on Wednesday, April 16th.

April 9th, 2014 – Here is a brief list of important dates and events over the next few weeks. Refer to the league calendar and email communications as additional sources of information:

Wednesday, April 9th, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Training at LaVista Sports Complex
Monday, April 14th, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Training at LaVista Sports Complex
Wednesday, April 16th, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Training at LaVista Sports Complex
Monday, April 21st, 6:00 p.m. – Spring Training at LaVista Sports Complex
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:00 p.m. – League Draft (Managers and Assistants only) at the Comfort Inn 72nd and Grover
Tuesday, April 22nd, 7:30 p.m. – League Social (open to all) at the Comfort Inn 72nd and Grover
Wednesday, April 23rd, 6:00 p.m. – Abbreviated Scrimmage Games
Monday, April 28th, 6:00 p.m. – Opening Day games!

Every Saturday (weather permitting ) non-sanctioned practices will be held at Churchich park beginning April 12th, at 1:00 p.m. In May, as the weather becomes warmer, practices will begin at 10:00 a.m.

March 25th, 2014 – Registration for league play ends in less than 17 days. Payment AND registration form must be received by that time or the player will be entered into the player pool. No exceptions. Spring training dates are April 9th, 14th, 16th, and 21st. Player draft April 22nd. Scrimmage games April 23rd. League play begins April 28th.

March 19th, 2014 -

Nebraska Senior Softball mourns the passing of longtime player and friend, Rod Evans, on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Rod first entered the league in 2003 and was a formidable presence on the field and at the plate, often blasting mammoth home runs and making stellar plays whenever he was on defense.

All players are encouraged to wear a clean and presentable league or team jersey to the visitation and services. Also, you may wish to bring a bat for a special farewell ‘salute’ to our friend and fellow ballplayer.

Visitation is set for Saturday, March 22nd from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. with a service to follow at 11:00 and lunch to be served immediately afterward. Internment will be private. Location is Bellevue Christian Center at 1400 Harvell Drive in Bellevue, Nebraska.

Let’s make it a wonderful turnout for Cheryl and the family.

February 19th, 2014 – He did it again! Last year, on April 18th, Rick Duvall rolled a perfect 300 game at Maplewood Lanes. To prove it wasn’t just luck, Rick went out and did it again last night, February 18th, at Sempecks Bowling Alley in Elkhorn. Rick started the evening a bit slow but finished with a 681 series.

Great achievement, Rick! Congratulations!

February 4th, 2014 – NSS players and families grieve with Teri and Gary Dukat after the passing of Teri’s mother, Carol Anderson, on January 31st. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign Carol’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Teri and Gary at their home (address in upcoming email communication) or via email by clicking this link.

Visitation is this evening at Bethany Funeral Home in LaVista (82nd and Harrison) beginning at 5:00 p.m.


January 29th, 2014 – The 15th consecutive season of Nebraska Senior Softball will be here soon and
this year marks a draft of players to new teams. The board is forecasting 14 to 17 teams and it’s imperative that we obtain managers for each of these squads.

Will you be adding your name to the list of people helping NSS fulfill its primary goals of fun, fitness, and fellowship? Will you take that next step and submit your name for consideration as a team manager in 2014? We need both returning and new managers to help us plan for the 2014 season.

Manager responsibilities are posted on the NSS website under ‘Manager Information’. In short, key duties include overall roster and game time control, effective communication to team members and the NSS board, knowledge of rules, policies, and guidelines, and a strong supporter of the foundational elements of our league.

Submitting your intent does not guarantee a managerial position. All candidates will be reviewed by the NSS Board of Directors prior to approval.

Please respond as soon as possible in order to facilitate the start of the 2014 Season by clicking this link and completing the online intent form. It will take about 30 seconds.

November 12th, 2013 – Stay in shape! Play some basketball. Every Sunday afternoon during the off season, a group of players get together at Fletch’s Court in Omaha (near 84th and Blondo) between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. This fun and semi-competitive activity rotates players in and out of the game to keep the legs moving and blood pumping during the cold months until we can swing a bat again.

No reservation required. Show up with your gym shoes and join us! Contact Ron Franck for more information.

November 7th, 2013 –

Jamus Hovseth, grandson of NSS player Larry Hovseth, is battling an extremely rare disease. He is one of only FOUR children in the entire U.S. that is unable to digest any type of food. He is fed through a tube in his stomach with a special formula that is becoming increasingly scarce and his current supply will run out by the end of December.

On Friday, November 15th, a special benefit will be held at Eagle Hills Golf Course in Papillion from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a taco buffet donated by La Mesa restaurant. Proceeds from this fundraiser will be used toward finding remaining safe formula for Jamus. Click the notice shown to the left for additional details to include how you can contribute to this heartbreaking cause in one of several ways.

Also, take time to review the story and family interview presented by WOWT-TV by clicking this link.


November 4th, 2013 – The 2013 Awards and Recognition Banquet will be this Saturday, November 9th, at the Millard Social Hall 10508 S. 144th St in Omaha. This is just south of the intersection of Highway 50 (144th St) and Interstate 80. Here is the schedule of events for the evening (all times approximate):

5:30 – 6:30 Arrival / Social Time
6:30 – 6:45 Opening Remarks
6:45 – 8:00 Dinner and Dessert
8:00 – 8:45 Awards Ceremony
8:45 – 9:00 Closing Remarks
9:00 – 1:00 Music and Dancing

October 23rd, 2013 -

On Friday, October 25th, Phillies Manager Dave Banghart and four others will be inducted into the Omaha Metro Softball Association Hall of Fame! Dave is being recognized for his long playing career but most importantly to all of us, his efforts at starting Nebraska Senior Softball in the year 2000 and watching its growth from two teams to 15 and nearly 200 active players. Dave was selected to the National Senior Softball Hall of Fame in 2010. Commissioner Steve Quinn will represent NSS at the banquet this Friday. Be sure to congratulate Dave on this achievement. You can read more about Dave and the others by clicking this link.



October 15th, 2013 – Nothing else to say. Come out tomorrow (10/16/13) for the big game. Who’s coming out on top?

October 10th, 2013 – Time is running out for purchasing tickets to the 2013 NSS Awards and Recognition banquet. Click on the banner at the top of each page to purchase them online. Only 64 tickets sold as of today. DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 4th. No exceptions.

October 1st, 2013 – Congratulations to Integrity Builders and players from the league who finished in the ‘Elite Eight’ of the World Masters Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada. Integrity Builders chalked up a record of 7 wins and 2 losses and came up one run shy of knocking off the tournament’s #1 seed from Sacramento, California when the tying run was thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the 7th inning. Final: 14 to 13. The boys in black battled back on Saturday by winning 5 of 6 games in a day that started at 9:00 a.m. and didn’t end until 11:00 p.m. The team is managed by Gil Stephens. A great showing!

September 24th, 2013 – Wishing the best of luck and safe travels to the tournament teams at the Las Vegas World Masters Championship September 27th-29th. Integrity Builders will represent the 55s and the Old School Legends will compete in the 60s division. Both teams are comprised of a majority of NSS players.

September 19th, 2013 – Tickets for the 2013 NSS Awards and Recognition Banquet are on sale! Click the banner header at the top of the NSS page or the link on the left hand side of the page. This will be a great event and your EARLY ticket order will help in the planning.

September 11th, 2013 – Thanks to the players who came out to the league meeting last night and listened to the candidate speeches and answers to some pretty tough questions. Voting was counted by a team of observers and your next Commissioner is Ron Kunert (Yankees) and Director of Purchasing and Inventory, Ron Franck (Cardinals). Elected to a second term as Director of Marketing, Publicity, and Communications was Chuck Grubb. Special thanks to Dennis Steinhauser, American Legion Post 32 of Papillion, and Valentinos for the delicious lasagna dinner.

September 9th, 2013 – Tomorrow night is the annual league meeting at the Papillion American Legion Post 32 (one block west of 84th street on Lincoln).

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Social Time
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Elections

September 1st, 2013 – The ladies of the NSS Auxiliary hosted a wonderful Summer BBQ for players and their families yesterday! Over 65 people came out and despite the warm temperatures, they enjoyed grilled to order burgers and dogs and a boatload of salads, desserts, drinks, and other treats. Thanks to President Catherine Grubb, Vice-President Cheryl Morley and the other board members for organizing the event and to all who brought items to share and enjoyed the day! A first class get together.

August 24th, 2013 – The 2nd Annual Golf Tournament was a fantastic success! Played at Willow Lakes in Bellevue, 60 NSS golfers and family members came out for a competitive and fun 18 holes and everyone walked away with some prizes. A huge thank you to all of the sponsors who donated items, services, and/or cash to the event. Tournament committee members included Bill and Marilyn Weller, Rick Prusha, and Gary McCoy. There were over 17 dozen golf balls given away plus a number of other great prizes (right Deb Chambers?)! Winners are shown below:

August 23rd, 2013 – The NSS Auxiliary invites players and family members to the 2nd Annual Summer BBQ on Saturday, August 31st at City Park in Papillion. This is a non-alcohol event. Free burgers, hot dogs, chips, and softdrinks. The park is one block west of 84th Street on Lincoln. Plenty of parking! There are restrooms, a covered picnic area, large grassy area, and a playground for the kids (check out park pictures below). If you have not received an EVITE by eMail, send your reservation to NSS Auxiliary President Catherine Grubb at

August 20th, 2013 – Nebraska Senior Softball offers our sympathies to Royals player Dave Patterson and his family after the passing of his wife, Susan, on Wednesday, August 14th. Susan was a much beloved wife, mother, and friend who was active in the community and her Church.

A benefit spaghetti dinner to assist the family with expenses will be held this Saturday. Details below. All players, spouses, and family members are encouraged to attend and show support for the family. In addition, condolences can be sent to Dave and his family at this address:

Dave Patterson
14402 S. 28th St
Bellevue, NE 68123

Spaghetti Feed Information
Date: Saturday, August 24th
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Bellevue Christian Center 1400 Harvell Dr in Bellevue
Suggested Donation: $10.00 (adults); $5.00 (children)

Link to the event as seen on Facebook: Susan Patterson Benefit Dinner

August 12th, 2013 – NSS represented well this weekend at the Nebraska State Championships as both the Prudential 55s and Old School Legends 60s won their 2nd consecutive state titles! Both teams ran the table and went undefeated to claim the crown. See the ‘Tournament Teams’ link for pictures of both squads. Nearly all players play or have played for Nebraska Senior Softball.

August 9th, 2013 – Congratulations to Jim Wilmot and the Braves for capturing the 2013 NSS Spring/Summer Tournament Championship in front of 122 fans at the LaVista complex! Coming out of the loser’s bracket, the Braves took the opener 11 to 1 and held on in the nightcap to take the title by a 12 to 9 score.

August 7th, 2013 – Championship Night! Don’t miss this evening’s title match up between the Braves and the White Sox. Introduction of players and national anthem to begin just prior to 7:00 p.m. Arrive early and cheer these guys and gals on!

Jul 21st, 2013 – Integrity Builders, sponsored by Colin Andersen and comprised of a number of NSS players, tore through the 55 field at the Midwest Tourney Championships in Shawnee, Kansas. They capped off a perfect 5 wins and 0 loss performance with a solid 18 to 9 victory over Sports Images of Springfield, Missouri.

With the win, the team qualifies for the Tournament of Champions in Fort Myers, Florida in February, 2014. Selected by teammates as tourney MVPs were Chuck Cantoya, Mike Hale, Rod Chambers, Ted Bliss, and Chuck Grubb. Way to go!

Jul 16th, 2013 – Congratulations to Manager Jim Price and the Florida Marlins after their 8 to 4 win over the Orioles to earn the title of “2013 NSS Spring/Summer League Champions”.

Jul 14th, 2013 – League Championship game is slated for Monday, July 15th, at 7:00 p.m. Come on out and enjoy the game.

Jul 11th, 2013 – Only 19 slots are left for the 2nd Annual NSS Golf Tournament. Payment AND registration must be received in order to reserve your participation. See the June 26th announcement (below) for additional information. If you want to play, don’t delay…

Jun 26th, 2013 – Registration is now OPEN for the 2nd Annual NSS Golf Tournament. Go to the ‘NSS Golf Tournament’ link on the left side of the website (see image below). Then, select the purple ‘Click Here to Register’ button. Reminder, the field is limited to 60 players and payment AND registration must be received to get locked in to a slot.

Jun 25th, 2013 – Want two FREE tickets to the Omaha Stormchasers game on July 1st? It’s a league night but you can give the tickets away and contribute to a great cause.

The American Red Cross is 40 appointments short for a blood drive on Saturday, June 29th. Make an appointment to donate and the ARC will provide you with two FREE tickets to the game. Here are the locations, times, and phone numbers for dontations, call today:

American Red Cross, Heartland Chapter 2812 S 80th Ave Omaha 1-800-733-2767 Drive Code 748

American Red Cross, Loess Hills Chapter 705 N 16th St Council Bluffs 1800-733-2767 Drive Case 902

Jun 24th, 2013 – Games for tonight are CANCELLED due to unplayable field conditions. This according to the City of LaVista Parks and Recreation department at 3:36 p.m. CST. Sorry everyone, see you Wednesday.

Jun 18th, 2013 – Nebraska Senior Softball is saddened to announce the passing of Charles Richard Clapp, father of Cubs player, Richard Clapp (Charles Jr.) on June 15th. Mr. Clapp worked for the North State Telephone Company Engineering Department for 36 years and was a talented artist and craftsman. He is survived by one daughter, one son, four grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Services will be held in North Carolina. You may sign Charles’ online guest book by clicking this link.

Jun 17th, 2013 – Prayers and sympathies to Jim Park (Yankees) after the passing of his mother, age 93, Mabel I. Park (Davis), on June 12th, 2013. She was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and worked at various jobs along the west coast (Oregon and California) from 1938 to 1941. She came back to Nebraska as WWII broke out and worked at the payroll department at the Lincoln Airbase until the end of the war. She is survived by two sons, one daughter, nine grandchildren, and 16 great grandchildren. We pray the families are able to have their hearts lifted through the long life and wonderful memories of a fine mother, grandmother, and aunt. You may view Mabel’s obituary by clicking this link.


Jun 12th, 2013 – 20% off a set of tires for Nebraska Senior Softball Players and their families! Yep, it’s true. Courtesy of our newest Diamond League Corporate partner, Bauer Built Tire.

Since 1944, Bauer Built Tire has become one of the largest commercial tire dealers and retreaders in the United States. They carry a complete line of passenger, light truck, commercial truck, agricultural, industrial, and off-road tires. Contact Steve Quinn via email by clicking this link or call him at 402-331-1999 to set up a quote and schedule an appointment. They are offering an exceptional deal to us. Please thank them for becoming a financial supporter and partner of Nebraska Senior Softball.

May 29th, 2013 – All games cancelled due to unplayable field conditions.

May 28th, 2013 – The last fundraiser for the NSS Auxiliary is this weekend during the Cornbelt Classic Softball Tournament on June 1st and 2nd at Seymour Smith Park. This softball facility is on the NE corner of 72nd and Harrison streets and just a few blocks north of our fields at the La Vista complex.

We could sure use a few volunteers to bake some great tasting items for all the players and their families coming from Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Colorado,
and Iowa. As before, if you can contribute some of your excellent treats, pastries, breads, etc., please email Catherine ( or call
her at 402-630-9029.

Package the baked goods individually, when possible, for easier distribution.

You may bring the items to Seymour Smith anytime after 8:00 a.m. on Saturday OR the Auxiliary will make arrangements to accept your donations the day before. A
welcoming icebreaker is scheduled for Friday evening (5/31) and we can provide details of where and when that will be if it is an easier option.

Funds earned during this endeavor go towards quality of life events for NSS family members and players such as the mid-Summer BBQ.

Thanks very much, in advance, for any type of donation or effort you can make to our group and feel free to come out and socialize with us as we meet many of the
players and spouses who are coming to our home fields. Let’s make them feel welcome.

May 16th, 2013 – Important future dates for you to be aware of include:


League Championship Game between the two division winners.


Backup (rainout date) for the League Championship Game

7/22/13 through 8/7/13

League Wide Double Elimination Tournament

7/1/13 through 8/10/13

Registration for the Fall NSS Season

8/12/13 and 8/14/13

Fall practice dates


NSS Night with the Stormchasers – Tailgate BBQ and Game


Fall league draft


Fall league starts

Early October

Fall league ends (exact date TBD)

May 10th, 2013 – Marlin’s outfielder Ed Rastovski competed in the Bershire Hathaway 5K fun on May 5th and finished in 7th place in the 65-69 age division out of 40 runners! In addition, Ed completed the course in the upper 20% of all 2,150 registered runners. Notice Ed’s ‘advertisement’ of the Midwest Express tournament team.

April 30th, 2013 – Condolences to Associate Commissioner and Pirate’s player Ron Hager following the death of his mother, Hellen R. Hager, on April 22nd, 2013. She was born in York, Nebraska and lived in Colorado, Texas, and most recently, Nebraska City. She is survived by three sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. You may sign the condolence book for Hellen by clicking this link. Our sympathies to Ron and the Hager family.

April 30th, 2013 – NSS is saddened to announce the passing of Gilbert Cave, father of Cub’s player Tom Cave, on Sunday, April 28th. Gilbert served his country with the U.S. Navy during World War II. He is survived by wife of 66 years, Corrine, two sons and two daughters. You may sign Gilbert’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Send cards/notes of condolence to Tom at the residential or email addresses provided in a separate email to league members and families.

April 25th, 2013 – Our deepest sympathies go out to Orioles’ player, Dave Madsen, following the passing of his father and mother. Walter J. Madsen passed on February 6th, 2013, at the age of 93. Marie M. Madsen, age 91, left to be with Walter on April 15th, 2013. You may sign Marie’s online guestbook by clicking this link In addition to their children, they leave behind 23 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren along with wonderful memories of long, full lives. Nebraska Senior Softball expresses condolences to the Madsen family. Please send thoughts to Dave and his family at the email or home address that was provided in a league wide announcement email.

April 23rd, 2013 – Perfect! The wishful and often elusive goal of every bowler has been achieved by one of our NSS players. The Royals Rick Duvall rolled a PERFECT 300 game at Maplewood Lanes on April 18th, 2013 (see image below). Rick’s first career perfect-o came in the last game of the night and the last game of the season. His previous games were 200 and 227 for a blistering 727 series!

Way to go, Rick! We’re excited to see the ring when it comes in.

April 16th, 2013 -

Practice games scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th, are cancelled due to forecasted weather conditions. Weather permitting, an informal (non-league sanctioned) practice will be held at Churchich Park on Saturday, April 20th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Anyone may attend.

Opening Day is slated for Monday, April 22nd. Let’s hope for a great weather day!

April 9th, 2013 – Nebraska Senior Softball’s practice session scheduled for Wednesday, April 10th, has been CANCELLED due to forecasted weather conditions.

Weather permitting, an informal (non-league sanctioned) practice will be held at Churchich Park on Saturday, April 13th, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Anyone may attend.

Next scheduled training date is Monday, April 15th, at the LaVista Sports Complex.

Season starts April 22nd.

April 1st, 2013 – About 14 hours left for returning players to register at the $65.00 price. Effective at midnight, the fee jumps to $90.00 no exceptions! Registration (electronic or paper) AND fee must be paid to be fully registered. We’ve made it easy for you. PayPal is fast, easy, secure. Go to the ‘Register Now’ link and look for the PayPal button. Here’s how it appears on that page:

March 29th, 2013 – ACE Welding, owned and operated by Jim Price and his son Aaron, have renewed their Corporate Partnership with Nebraska Senior Softball in a big way. They have made the jump from RBI Club to our 9th Diamond League Partner!

ACE Welding repair is a professional shop specializing in custom fabrication, structural steel, handrails, and repairs to any type of steel, aluminum, or stainless steel. Give Jim and Aaron Price a call if you require their services and thank them for their Diamond League partnership.

March 29th, 2013 – THREE days remain for returning player registration at the $65.00 rate. All registrations received electronically after 11:59 p.m. CST on April 1st or postmarked April 2nd or after are considered late and will incur a $25.00 added fee before the registration may be accepted.

Deadline for ALL registrations is 11:59 p.m. CST on April 10th, 2013. Fees AND registration must be in-hand or electronically accounted for to satisfy official registration completion.

All players registering ON or AFTER April 11th, 2013 will be placed in a ‘pool status’ until a suitable team vacancy occurs. No exceptions. These players will not be guaranteed a permanent team assignment.

March 18th, 2013 – Pat Venditte (27), son of NSS Twins player Pat Venditte, recently pitched for Team Italy in the World Baseball Classic. Pat threw 3 innings, in relief, over 4 games but Team Italy was eliminated in the 2nd round. Pat currently pitches for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders, the Triple-A (AAA) Affiliate of the New York Yankees. He has compiled a 14-12 Win-Loss record in his 5 year minor league career with 318 strikeouts and 51 saves. We anxiously await Pat’s call to the ‘bigs’ one day and celebrate his accomplishments!

March 14th, 2013 – NSS players and families extend our sorrow and sympathy to Roger Sickmann after the passing of his father, Herman Frederich Gottlieb Sickmann, on March 11th, 2013. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign Herman’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Roger at his home (address in upcoming email communication).

March 11th, 2013 – Please keep Blue Jays Manager, Rod Evans, in your prayers after his surgery this morning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Rod’s family has indicated that he faces a tough recovery but that with prayers and special thoughts from family and friends, Rod will be able to join us on the diamond once again. Rod is a long-time league member and tournament team all-star. We’ll keep you updated on his condition as information is released by the family.

March 9th, 2013 – The players and families of Nebraska Senior Softball offer heartfelt sympathies to Teri and Gary Dukat after the passing of Teri’s father, Larry Anderson, on March 8th, 2013. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign Larry’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Teri and Gary at their home (address in upcoming email communication).

February 9th, 2013 – The best donut chain in America has become the 8th Diamond League Corporate Partner of Nebraska Senior Softball thanks to Ron Hager, Associate Commissioner. Welcome to the NSS family Dunkin’ Donuts! This very popular chain will open their first store in the Omaha metro area in May of this year. Let’s make sure we buy a dozen or two whenever we are in the area. Thank you Ron and Dunkin’ Donuts for supporting our league!

February 3rd, 2013 – Former NSS player, Tom ‘TX’ Exton passed away on January 30th at the age of 69. Tom played in the early years of the league before retiring from active play about 7 years ago. His obituary can be seen by clicking this link. Condolences may be sent to wife, Kathy, and son, Robert, at this address:
4109 Polk St
Omaha, NE 68107-3752
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of TX.

January 15, 2013 – The 2013 NSS Player Survey results are compiled and ready for your review in a PDF document. Click this link to see the formal report.

January 4, 2013 – Winter practice facility opens Tuesday, January 8th, 2013!

Thanks to Ed Tworek, Nebraska Senior Softball has worked a deal with the Ultimate Baseball Academy to use their indoor workout facility to help us keep our athletic bodies in fighting mode until the Spring/Summer season begins. See below for information:

Where: Ultimate Baseball Academy (UBA) 4225 S. 121st Plz (just north and west of 120th and L street)

When: Tuesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 (noon) Sessions begin January 8th.

Price: $5.00 per session

Bring workout shoes, glove, bat. UBA requires that we use restricted flight balls which will be available. The league is looking at acquiring new softballs for use at the facility.

Unfortunately, these are the only time slots we were able to secure due to the strong use of the facility by baseball clubs and other youth organizations.

January 4, 2013 – The 2013 NSS Player Survey is open and a link has been sent to all players with an active email address on file with the league. The survey will remain open through 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14th. There are 9 questions which should take 5 to 10 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. One survey per player, please! Contact Chuck Grubb if you did not get a message with an online link. Thanks for your participation.

January 3, 2013 – The monthly league informal socials have begun! The next event is on Monday, January 14th, 2013 at the LaVista Keno starting at 6:00 p.m. Come on out for some good food, conversation that doesn’t involve softball (yeah, right), and a few drinks of your choice. Please RSVP to Chuck or Teri Dukat so we can ensure tables and staffing are set. Look forward to seeing you there!

November 23, 2012 – Check out photos from the 2012 Awards and Recognition Banquet by clicking this link. When the page appears, select the link labeled ‘Start Slideshow’ or you can pick out which pictures to view by selecting them from the left hand side of the screen.

To review the 16 page banquet program, click this link.

November 1, 2012 – The players and families of Nebraska Senior Softball offer heartfelt sympathies to Joe Tourek after the loss of his father, Joseph J. Tourek, on October 31st, 2012. Click here to read the obituary. You may sign Joseph’s online guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to Joe at his home (address in upcoming email communication).

October 29, 2012 -


October 26, 2012 – Seven (7) days left to obtain tickets for the 2012 Awards and Recognition Banquet.

Last year, a bit over 200 people attended the event. This year less than 125 have signed up despite a more central location, player picked meal, and lower price.

The venue and chef must have an attendance count by Friday afternoon, November 2nd. Therefore, the deadline of 1:00 p.m. on 11/2/12 for purchase continues. Don’t miss out by waiting until the last moment.

October 22, 2012 – Only 11 days remain to purchase banquet tickets!

October 17, 2012 – This past weekend, Allen (Al) Boelter of the Yankees and his team (ALR Systems) captured the 3 x 3 Basketball Championship at the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah. Al and his team competed against other squads in the 65+ age bracket and went undefeated with seven (7) wins! Gaining the #1 seed during pool play, Al’s team edged past a tough Colorado team in the semi-finals by 4 points and then in the finals, beat a team from San Diego, California by 5 points and grabbed the crown in the single elimination tournament.

We’re proud of Al for his accomplishment! Way to go!


October 16, 2012 – Only 17 days remain to purchase banquet tickets!

6:00 – 6:40 p.m.: Arrive, socialize, mingle
6:40 – 7:00 p.m.: Introductions and opening remarks
7:00 – 8:00 p.m.: Dinner
8:00 – 8:45 p.m.: Awards and Recognition
8:45 – 11:30 p.m.: DJ Dancing and Karaoke

Drink prices:
Soft Drinks and Ice Tea: $1.00
Keg Beer (Bud Light): $2.00
Bottle Beer (Miller Lite, Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Ultra): $3.00
Wine: $4.00
Call Drinks: $5.00

Change to the menu: Beef tips in Burgundy Wine have been replaced by Carved Roast Beef. Both entries received 42 votes and the chef recommended the Carved Roast Beef. Also, dessert will be provided by the NSS Auxiliary. Thanks to the ladies for contributing to that portion of the meal.

Physical tickets will NOT be issued. A master check in sheet will be used at the door. Buy your tickets online from the NSS website home page or send a check, payable to NSS:

Nebraska Senior Softball
PO Box 82
Kennard, NE 68034

October 11, 2012 – Fall Batting Practice Update. This updated notice is to inform all interested players that unofficial, voluntary batting/fielding practice will be held throughout the remainder of the fall on Tuesdays and Fridays, 1:00 P.M, at Trendwood Park, 132nd and Pacific. Any questions regarding weather conditions, please contact Jim Johnsen at or call 402-639-3155.

October 9th, 2012 – Congratulations to the Midwest Express 65s for their 6th place finish at the World Masters Championship in Las Vegas last week. 24 teams from all over the U.S. and Canada competed and the Express, made up of many NSS players, played hard and did us all proud. The fans of the Express were loyal and vocal with their support. We’re proud of them too!

October 8th, 2012 – Eighteen banquet tickets purchased to date. Reminder sent via email to players. PayPal button located on the main page of this website. See image below for parking areas (outlined in red) at The Club in Papillion.

October 2nd, 2012 – Tickets may be purchased for the 2012 NSS Awards and Recognition Banquet. The cost is $15.00 per person and will feature the following menu, selected by players and family members:

Beef Tenderloin Tips
Chicken Alfredo
Roasted Baby Red Potatoes
Vegetable Medley
Buttered Corn
Spinach Salad

Here are your payment options:
1) PayPal. Look in the ‘Commish Corner’ section of the website. Select the number of tickets from the dropdown window, then click ‘Buy Now’. You also can log in to your PayPal account and send a payment to: as a 2nd option.

2) Check. Made payable to NSS or Nebraska Senior Softball. In the memo section, write ‘Banquet’. Send the check to:
PO Box 82
Kennard, NE 68034

3) Cash/Check to Manager. The manager is responsible for turning all ticket orders into Mert Opfer or Chuck Grubb.

Deadline for purchasing tickets is 1:00 p.m. on FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2nd, 2012 NO EXCEPTIONS!

September 17th, 2012 -


2012 NSS Fall Banquet

will be held on

Friday, November 9th, 2012

at The Club in Papillion, Nebraska. Start time is to be determined. A survey for players and family to select the menu was sent out in late August and input closes on Saturday, September 22nd. See the August 30th entry in this NEWS section for the link to the survey. Information regarding the banquet has been sent in email communications on 7/24, 8/23, 8/30, and 9/10.

Tickets and additional information will be forthcoming.

September 14th, 2012 – The 1st Annual Nebraska Senior Softball Golf Tournament was played at Tirburon Golf course yesterday. 31 golfers enjoyed an overcast but nice day of weather beating the little white ball around several acres of manicured turf (and some of that deeper grass too). Special thanks to Gary McCoy, Tournament Committee Chairman, for doing the leg work to get this inaugural event off the ground. Gratitude to his assistants Bill Weller and Rick Prusha too. Results:

1st Place (-6): The team of Dave Janda, Kelly Czaplewski, Marty McLaughlin, and Joe Tourek. They took home a $30.00 gift card from the Tiburon pro shop.

2nd Place (-2): Larry Koenig, Vince Bruce, Bryan Galloway, and Gary McCoy. This team won a $15.00 gift card from the pro shop.

Hole prizes:

#1 Mako Course – Closest to Pin on 2nd Shot: Dewey Wyatt
#8 Mako Course – Closest Tee Shot: Paul Kwaak
#9 Mako Course – Longest Drive in Fairway: Bill Bowes

#3 Hammerhead Course – Closest to Pin on 2nd Shot: Vince Bruce
#7 Hammerhead Course – Longest Putt Made: Rick Prusha
#9 Hammerhead Course – Closest to Pin 3rd Shot: Matt Zimmerle (chip in for Eagle)

Thanks to everyone for a great time. Yet another event brought to you by NSS. Join us next year!

September 2nd, 2012 – A one day recreational softball tournament will be held at the Seymour Smith Complex (68th and Harrison) on Saturday, September 22nd. This 3 game guarantee event is for all players 50 years of age and up regardless of playing or tournament experience. Coordinated and hosted by Ed Tworek, you can register as a team OR as a SINGLE player (and be placed on a team). Games will run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To sign up or for more information, contact Ed Tworek at (402) 578-9513 or email him by clicking this link. Cost for the three games will be $7.00 for a single or $80.00 for a team registration.

August 30th, 2012 – The 2012 NSS Awards and Recognition Banquet will be held on Friday, November 9th, and YOU will be choosing the menu options for the event. A survey has been created for you to choose various options to place on the menu. Talk to your spouse or significant other, Click here to take survey, and the Banquet Committee will take care of the rest. Those with special dietary needs should pay particular attention to questions 5 and 6.

Congratulations Orioles! 2012 NSS Summer Champions!

August 16th, 2012 – Steve Simmons, a friend and supporter of Nebraska Senior Softball, passed away today after a boating accident on August 9th, 2012. Steve was a frequent host to players and families visiting Minnesota for tournaments and coordinated hundreds of Senior Softball events over the years. He was respected throughout the national softball community.

August 14th, 2012 – TONIGHT is the annual league meeting and elections for Board of Director
positions will be at Elmwood Park Pavillion. Find the location at this link

Tentative Agenda
5:30 p.m. – Current Board of Directors meeting
6:00 p.m. – Players arrive to enjoy brats, burgers, drinks. Grillmaster Gary Kruse
6:30 p.m. (est’d) – Start league meeting

The primary purpose of our meeting is the elections. If you wish to be considered for a position on the board, go to this link and fill out the very short form. A few other details about the election.

1. From the floor nominations will be solicited at the meeting. This means anyone desiring to be considered at the last minute can make their intentions known, when asked by the presiding officer.

2. Candidates for the Associate Commissioner position who are NOT elected by the membership may declare their candidacy for a Director position.

3. Candidates will be provided with an opportunity to address the voting membership but must limit their speeches/communication to four minutes or less. Time will be called if exceeding the limit.

4. Director Dennis Steinhauser, along with two board members, will monitor the validity of the election.

Please make every effort to be there for the elections. Look forward to seeing you.

August 3rd, 2012 – Players wishing to hold a position on the Nebraska Senior Softball Board of Directors must announce their candidacy by completing an electronic self-nomination form by clicking this link prior to the elections at the annual meeting on Tuesday, August 14th.


July 25, 2012 – The City of La Vista passed a resolution on July 17th to ban tobacco products at the La Vista Sports Complex and other city parks. Players are expected to abide by this city action. This is a City of La Vista decision and the news may be viewed at this link. Signs reflecting this change will be posted at the complex in September by the Nebraska Tobacco Coalition.

NOTE: thanks to Bob Lausten for providing additional clarification on this. The resolution is NOT a city ordinance and there will NOT be law enforcement involvement with this decision by the city. If there are any difficulties, they should be handled by the adults present at the time. Thanks Bob!

July 19, 2012 – Big congratulations to the White Sox and manager Gil Stephens for clinching the Blue Division championship on Wednesday evening and gaining one of the top 2 seeds in the upcoming division championship tournament!

July 17, 2012 – Golf Tournament Registration is OPEN! The 1st Annual NSS Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 at Tiburon Golf Course. You now may register by clicking this link. Register as a single, foursome, threesome, or twosome. Payment can be made at the same time through PayPal or via personal check. Deadline for registration is midnight, Friday, August 31st. Don’t delay as the field is expected to fill up quickly.

July 17, 2012 – The 2012 Spring/Summer Championship Tournament begins on Monday, July 30th. All players and fans can review the tournament bracket by clicking this link or by visiting the NSS main page and selecting the 2012 Championship Tourney link (left side of page). When the image appears, clicking on it a second time will enlarge it for easier viewing. Also on the page is a Rules Addendum. These are specifics related to the tournament that supplement the regular season rules and guidelines for play. All players should review and become familiar with this document.

Jul 10, 2012 – Quality service, great prices, and the newest business to join the NSS Corporate Partner program. Welcome to DADS Carpet Cleaning and David Penning and thank you for becoming a Touch em’ All level partner. DADS provides excellent residential and commercial related cleaning service for carpets, upholstery, mattresses, and tile. David and crew can get out those spots and stains, remove odors, and are able to provide allergy neutralization and Scotchguard™ protection. Visit the website for DADS Carpet Cleaning by clicking this link. Prices are very reasonable and you’ll be happy with the results. Give David a call.

Jul 7, 2012 – T-Shirts Plus in Gretna, owned and operated by the Royals Al Pfeffer, is the latest business to join the growing list of NSS Corporate Partners.

T-Shirts Plus offers custom designed shirts with either screen or photo printing or embroidery options. Al and his team ensure a creative design that matches your needs and the quality of the work is top of the line. They guarantee you will be satisfied with the results.

In addition, T-Shirts Plus has a wide range of products other than ‘shirts’. You can find jackets, caps, bags, sport towels, and a variety of other options that may be tailored to your individual or team needs. Give Al a call at 402-332-4991 or visit his website by clicking this link.

Welcome T-Shirts Plus!

Jul 5, 2012 – The players and families of Nebraska Senior Softball offer heartfelt sympathies to Judy and Tom Bessey after the loss of Judy’s mother, Mary Meloy, on July 2nd, 2012. You may view Mary’s obituary and sign the guestbook by clicking this link. Cards or messages of caring may be sent to their home in Bellevue. The address will be included in the next league wide email announcement.

Jul 5, 2012 – Welcome to Hillcrest Health Systems (HHS). Our newest Diamond League Corporate Partner!

HHS is a family owned and operated care provider and has served the needs of aging adults for over 25 years. HHS offers a variety of services to include a dedicated rehabilitation center, assisted living residences, independent living villas, outpatient physical therapy, memory support living residences, at home assistance and companionship, and compassionate hospice care.

In Bellevue, HHS manages Hillcrest Health and Rehab, Mable Rose Estates, Victoria Gardens, and Hillcrest Physical Therapy. Hillcrest Country Estates is located in Papillion. HHS also provides at home services for clients recovering from illness or surgery, throughout Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, with Hillcrest Home Care. Hillcrest Hospice Care provides compassionate end-of-life support to patients who live at home or within care facilities.

We’re grateful for the partnership with Hillcrest Health Systems. Please visit their website and consider them for any current or future needs of your families.

Jul 3, 2012 – Looking for new home construction, remodeling, basement work, or finished carpentry? Check out our newest Diamond League Corporate Partner, Jared Horton Construction, Inc.. Founded in 2004, JHCI has designed and built new homes, barns, decks, additions, and garages. You don’t need a formal plan! Just tell JHCI what you desire and they will do the rest and create exquisite work for you and your family. JHCI can take care of your roofing and siding needs, problems with your basement foundation or water repair, along with window and door installation, and interior and exterior painting. Ask and JHCI likely can take care of it. Please consider Jared Horton Construction, Inc. for your future construction, remodeling, or repair needs. Visit the Corporate Partner page for more details.

Jul 2, 2012 – On Saturday, June 30th, the NSS Auxiliary hosted a FREE summer BBQ for players and families at La Vista Central Park. Approximately 55 people took part in the event which included grilled to order burgers and brats, cold pasta salads, and enough watermelon to feed the entire league. Music, great conversation, and even a few games were spread throughout the evening and despite the heat, a great time! Special thanks to the Auxiliary Executive board for sponsoring/paying for this event, the players, families and friends who honored the committment to attend, and everyone who brought a dish, lifted a hand to help, and otherwise contributed to a great day. Well done to the Auxiliary!!