PILGER — A group of 45 Hastings High athletes and coaches traveled Wednesday to Pilger to assist in cleanup from the devastating tornado that wiped out most of the town earlier this month.
Hastings High football coach Erik Emerson initiated the volunteer effort with assistance from volleyball coach Dave Hepner and cross country coach Scott Rosno.
The group, which was comprised of members of the cross country, football and volleyball teams, arrived in Pilger at 9 a.m. and checked into the volunteer station at the swimming pool. They were assigned to work on a farmstead owned by Tony Wemhoff and family.
The 80-acre plot of land northeast of Pilger, or just east of the Cuming County line on Nebraska Highway 15, was littered with debris.