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 After ending her sophomore season at her peak, Orion track and field standout Danielle Taets is striving to reach greater heights.

A Class 1A state runner-up in the triple jump and a seventh-place finisher in the 100 high hurdles, the Charger junior is not only looking to make it three trips to Charleston in three years, she wants to fill up her state weekend as much as possible.

“I’m definitely hoping (to qualify in) all four events,” said Taets. “I hope to place in at least two or three of them, but I want to make it in all four. That’d be really nice.”

At last Thursday’s Three Rivers Conference meet, this week’s Dispatch-Argus-QCOnline Area Pacesetter vaulted herself into the upcoming postseason with a momentum-building performance.

Starting off by clearing 35 feet, 9 inches to win the TRAC triple jump title, Taets went on to sweep the hurdles events, winning the 100 highs in 15.27 seconds and taking the 300 low hurdles title in 47.52; she also took second in the 100 meter dash with a 13.09 clocking.

“Obviously, I was shooting to get all four,” she said, “but I felt (winning) three was a realistic goal, so I’m OK with that. Being on my home track, I felt more comfortable, like I was at practice doing run-throughs and stuff like that. I perform better when I’m relaxed.”

A state qualifier in the triple jump and 4×800 relay two years ago, Taets also booked a trip to Eastern Illinois University’s O’Brien Stadium in the 300 hurdles last May in addition to her two medal-winning events. Her 2017 performances inspired her to raise the bar for this season.

“This year, I’ve got really high expectations for myself,” Taets said. “I want to keep doing better, better than I did last year. Right now, I feel like I’m ahead of where I was last year. My times are better, and my jumps are longer.”

With Orion set to compete at Thursday’s 1A Alleman Sectional at Augustana College, Taets hopes to reap a golden harvest.

One person who is confident that Taets will rise above the pressure of not just the 2018 postseason, but the shadow cast by last year’s accomplishments, is Orion coach Morgan Leffel.

“She gives a little extra push during the bigger meets and the postseason,” said Leffel. “As soon as last year ended, she started talking about the upcoming season. As a coach, that’s awesome to see, how motivated an athlete can be once they have some success. It opens up a whole world of possibilities.”

When Taets entered the Charger program two years ago, Leffel knew she had the genes to succeed, but admitted it took some time to help her find her niche.

“When Danielle came in as a freshman, we had Alexandra Mack already, and she’s family, so we hoped that family trait would be there,” Leffel stated. “Her parents were successful, and her cousin was successful. We threw her in all kinds of events her freshman year, but last year, we found out what she was good at.”

Or, as Leffel added, the bigger the meet, the better the performance by Taets.

Now, she hopes to dig down deep for some of her biggest and best efforts these next two weeks.

“Last year at sectionals, I PR’d in almost all of my events, the three I made it to state in,” she said. “I’m hoping to do that in all of my events, to make sure I get down to state. When there’s a lot of competition, that makes me push myself even harder.”


8 years old!

Animals Birthdays

Had to replace several beds this year as the wood rotted. The main bed was replaced with cinder block and then 4 metal beds.

I planted zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash and cucumbers in the back bed- most died as our weather went from spring to 90 degrees! We replaced several plants. Also planted an asparagus bed and rhubarb bed. We have 6 different peppers, broccoli, eggplant, 2 kinds of cabbage, onions, shallots,  several lettuces, kale, spinach and 12 tomatoes, san marzano’s and 3 grape tomatoes. We also put in chard, dill, basil, chives, parsley, mint.

I made my first homemade Ranch with our herbs in it! Yummy! This is a recipe from Magnolia Table by Joanna Gaines.

Garden Recipes/Cooking

4 years old!

Animals Birthdays

43 years old!


24 years!


Family Events

Best Mama ever!


Happy 41 years!

Happy 6 years!



9th grade prom- Beautiful!

Family Events

I think this was the most fun I have had in forever! First and foremost- I got to see so many of my family which was wonderful.

The main reason for the trip was to attend Darian’s graduation from UNCG with her Bachelor of Social Work. SO PROUD!!!

Mattie also received her teaching certificate and with 4 more classes will have her Masters degree- MORE PRIDE!!! We decided to celebrate with a seafood boil- YUMMY!!!Along with that I got to see the model home and site of her new home.3 bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, laundry room, open concept- BEAUTIFUL!

Then I got to see my parents but especially my mom for Mother’s Day.

I got to spend time with Kim & Clark and say Happy 41st Anniversary! (Saw Erin too).

Had lunch with Kristy and Silvie- she is a hoot! Her brain never ceases to amaze me.

Silvie found little plastic rings on the ground, I explained they went in the chairs- she figured out how to lift the chair, place it in the right place and push down- she fixed all the chairs missing their plastic bumpers. She also likes arancini (Italian rice balls)! Many wonderful meals sharing memories and hugs- best time ever!

Family Events

Delaney’s confirmation is at Sacred Heart Cathedral, May 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM with Bishop Salvatore Matano.

Kelsie started softball- currently 2-0- she plays third base and I have it on good authority (Nana) that she is quite the hitter!

Matthew is getting big and developing his own personality which is just cute!

Last weekend was the “Autism Awareness Walk” for Happiness House- they raised $14, 460 and their was a “Team Storm”.

We had 3 Bailey boys walking that day & many others including Kelly, Kate, Tim & Sandi, Ali, Nikki. Kelly and Kate each sponsored “Team Harley” and they raise over $800.00- great job!

These two girls are done! Darian has completed her undergraduate degree in Social Work and Mattie has finish her teaching degree and finish her student teaching! She has a teaching job already lined up and Darian is already accepted to graduate school- the fun continues…

Kim and Clark have already left for North Carolina, Nana & Poppy will leave and drive Tuesday and Karen will fly Tuesday to celebrate. WOOT!

Silvie just popping in to say “Hi!”. Hoping to catch her for a day when I am down there.

What’s up with you and yours???

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Family News

Last night Kelsie was inducted into the National Jr. Honor Society, she has made Principal’s Honor Roll all three semesters plus been a 3 sport athlete and finally- she has been nominated to be an officer in the National Jr. Honor Society.

Way to go Kelsie!

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