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    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!!