Monday, February 20, 2017

Mustang Boys Survive West Nodaway Scare

North Nodaway’s boys had won handily against West Nodaway in their first two meetings, but survived a scare and an “off night,” relatively speaking, from Peyton Coleman as they won 56-51 in the third game between the two teams. Coleman had 20 points despite being surrounded by Weston Carter and other Rocket players all night. But Arron Coleman had another career night with 17 points as the Mustangs evened their record at 13-13. This bodes well for next year, as Arron Coleman is a sophomore.

Despite only winning four games so far, West Nodaway stayed close for most of the first half behind the hot hands of Korbin Koch and Weston Carter, who did most of the scoring for the Rockets. Finally, Peyton Coleman picked Koch’s wallet and scored with 1.8 seconds and converted a 3-point play to put North Nodaway seemingly in control at 28-20.

Peyton had a highlight film play early in the third when he took on the whole Rocket team and converted a 3-point play to make it 32-20, but Rocket post player Austin Wymer scored the next five as the Rockets made a game out of it. Peyton’s triple at the third quarter buzzer made it 44-36, but Koch got hot again early in the fourth, scoring eight in a row to make it 46-44 with 5:12 left. But then North Nodaway did a good job of running down the clock and scoring points down the stretch to regain control against their archrivals.

Mustang Girls Clinch Winning Season with Victory Over Rockets

North Nodaway’s girls clinched a winning season Thursday with a 47-19 victory over West Nodaway. They were 14-11 going into districts; it was their second winning season in three years under coach Sami Jackson’s tenure. Last year, they were 12-13.

Madison Thompson’s putback and Kristin Herndon’s backdoor layup put North Nodaway up 4-0 at the 4:47 mark, but then West Nodaway did a much better job handling the ball than they did when the two teams met twice before. They made much better passes and found driving lanes early for Alissa Nelson, who scored three straight to bring the Rockets to within 4-3. Ashley Thompson’s inside shot off a pass from Bethany Herndon and a baseline shot from Alisha Davison after she had saved one from going out but North Nodaway up 8-3.

For a team that won three games, West Nodaway was hanging around, but then two things happened that is the sort of thing that happens when you have a long season. First, the Rockets sent too many players onto the court and got a technical foul that Kelsi Oberhauser converted one of two on. The Rockets hung around for the first 4½ minutes of the second quarter, trailing only 13-6. But then their best interior player, Brittney McIntyre, shoved Madison Thompson after being called for a foul and got a technical foul, giving her a seat on the bench for the rest of the game. It was the second game for North Nodaway’s girls in as many weeks that was marred by technical fouls.

Alisha Davison converted the technical shots and North Nodaway finished the half on a 9-4 run to take a 22-10 halftime lead. With the Rockets having nobody that could match up with Madison Thompson in the second half, she took over, scoring the first six points of the half to make it 28-10. North Nodaway went on to score 19 in the frame, with Kandace Damgar closing out the scoring with a triple and a pair of free throws to make it 41-13.

Tiger Teams Sweep South Harrison for First Time in 27 Years

Worth County’s teams swept South Harrison for the first time in 27 years as the girls won 53-51 in overtime and the boys won 67-56.

The last time Worth County's teams swept South Harrison was in 1989-90. The girls won by two points. With six seconds left, Lisa Sanders was called for a charge, giving South Harrison a chance to tie or win. But then she stole the ball and dribbled out the clock to preserve the win. The boys game was a track meet, with neither team able to guard the other. But Will Gladstone, uncle of current Tiger guard Anna Gladstone, scored 38 points for the Tiger victory as the boys won by 12. The boys would go on to become GRC Tri-Champs that year with King City and Stanberry. Allen Dukes, who would become a long-time football coach at Lenox, coached the Tigers that year for the boys.

The girls trailed by as much as 10 points in the second half, but came back and got the lead in the fourth quarter. But with six seconds left and South Harrison having to go the full length of the court down three, they rushed it up the floor and hit a 30-footer at the buzzer to tie it and send it to overtime. But the Tigers were able to make more free throws than their rivals in the extra period, a reversal from the first meeting between the two teams. The game was marred by a ton of hacking and fouling on both sides, as the two teams combined to go to the line 86 times that game. Regan Allee had 21 points to pace the Tigers despite facing a box and one most of the night.

The boys fell behind 13-5 early in the game, but fought back to take the lead, 29-27 at the half. From there, Cade Allee had a career night as he finished with 27 points. The Tigers took a 47-29 lead over South Harrison early and then held off repeated efforts by South Harrison to get back in the game. Drake Kinsella was a force in the second half and finished with 11. Mason Hawk had 10 points, 10 boards, and nearly had a triple double as he had 6 assists. Ryan McClellan had 9 points and 8 assists. Coach Bryce Schafer said he was pleased with how well the team shared the ball that game.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Tiger Boys Roll Past Shamrocks; Girls Drop Close One

Worth County’s boys won handily over North Harrison while the girls dropped a close one. The boys made quick work of North Harrison early, gaining a 65-36 victory. The girls fought a back and forth battle with the Shamrocks, only to come up short 44-42.

Cade Allee knocked down a triple for the boys right off the back and the boys were off to the races. Drake Kinsella followed with a shot after Jacob New kept a possession alive. A monster stuff by Mason Hawk on defense was followed by a backdoor layup from Ryan McClellan off a pass from Kinsella, and Kinsella added a free throw to make it 8-0 at the 4:39 mark of the first quarter.

Logan Craig’s free throw broke the shutout for the Shamrocks, but Ryan McClellan skipped one to Cade Allee to restart the Tigers. Jacob New got behind the Shamrock defense and Ryan McClellan aired it out to him for a layup, McClellan added a free throw, Tevin Cameron found Drake Kinsella inside, Ryan McClellan went backdoor for a pass from Kinsella, and Mason Hawk added a putback for the Tigers as they went up 19-1 after one quarter.

The avalanche continued early into the second as Ryan McClellan and Mason Hawk added free throws and Hawk cut inside for a pass from Cade Allee to make it 23-1 with 6:41 left.
North Harrison finally began finding the range as consecutive NBA 3-pointers from Randy Rinehart and J.D. Baker made it 24-7 with 5:49 left. Kinsella got a putback for Worth County that was countered by a drive from Rinehart. But then Drake Kinsella went backdoor and took a pass from Hawk and then Kinsella hit Hawk twice to make it 32-9 with 4:08 left in the frame. Baker hit two more long triples for North Harrison, but Cade Allee had the hot hand down the stretch for Worth County in the first half as they led 41-16 at the break.

Worth County scored nine in just over two minutes as they thwarted any comeback bids by North Harrison. Ryan McClellan hit Mason Hawk inside and then Drake Kinsella on the wing. Kinsella went backdoor for a pass from Hawk, Tevin Cameron scored off a Kinsella steal, and Mason Hawk added a free throw to make it 50-16 with 5:41 left in the third.

Drake Kinsella and Cade Allee each had 15 for the Tigers, while Mason Hawk had 12.

The girls were not as fortunate as they fell in a close one to North Harrison. Worth County led 16-13 off a 3-pointer by Regan Allee late in the first, but baskets by Payton Craig and Krissi Cox put the Shamrocks back in front 21-17 at the 5:50 mark of the second. Anna Gladstone’s backdoor look put the Tigers back up 23-21, and Jessi Badell had the hot hand down the stretch in the first half as the Tigers extended their lead to 27-23.

But then North Harrison made a concerted effort to drive to the rack and it paid off in the third quarter as Craig took over and North Harrison pulled ahead 31-29. Jessi Badell’s backdoor layup off a pass from Anna Gladstone and a Payton Adwell free throw put the Tigers back in front 32-31, but Briley McLain’s free throw put North Harrison back in front 33-32 after three. The Shamrocks took their biggest lead at 37-32 off Brandy Rivet’s drive before Kristin New got a pass from Regan Allee in transition to stop the bleeding and make it 37-34.

Worth County fought back and tied it up 38-38, but then fell asleep on defense as Payton Craig rushed it down the floor and put North Harrison right back in front with a 3-point play to make it 41-38. Anna Gladstone countered by a drive and a prayer that went high off the rim and in to make it 41-40. Cox’s free throw made it 42-40, but Regan Allee found Jessi Badell inside to tie it up again with 1:17 left.

The two teams exchanged turnovers, before Craig’s layup with 17 seconds put North Harrison up 44-42 and the Tigers had no answer. Anna Gladstone drove the lane and got on the line with 2 seconds left, missed the first free throw, and intentionally missed the second. Worth County got the offensive board, but couldn’t get a shot off in time.

Obituary -- John Douglas Hill 1953-2017

John Douglas Hill, 63, Martinsville, passed away February 18, 2017, at Saint Luke’s Hospital, Kansas City.

He was born December 31, 1953, the son of John and Donna (Jones) Hill. A lifelong resident of Harrison County, he raised cattle and hay.

He was preceded in death by his parents. Survivors include a sister, Connie (Fred) Nail and a brother Timothy Hill, both of Martinsville; nephew Brad (Angie) Nail of Eagleville; great niece and nephew Brayden and Andi Nail; special friend Mike Bolton and a host of other family and friends.

He was baptized and came to know the Lord at Allendale Baptist Church.

Funeral services are 2 pm Tuesday, February 21 at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at the Isabelle Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Isabelle Cemetery.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Obituary -- Cloyd Richardson 1928-2017

Cloyd Eugene Richardson was born December 19, 1928 in Hatfield, Missouri to Harry Cecil and Lola Jane (Thompson) Richardson. He passed away February 14, 2017 at Crestview Nursing Home in Bethany, Missouri at the age of 88.
Cloyd married Wanda Ann Findley on June 23, 1950 in Jamesport, Missouri. To this union 5 children were born. She preceded him in death on October 27, 1995.
On May 2, 1998 Cloyd was married to Mae (Cogdill) Newman. She preceded him on October 25, 2009.
Cloyd farmed in Northwest Missouri. He was a member of the Allendale Baptist Church.
Also preceding him in death were 2 infant daughters: Brenda Diane and Glenda Joy; infant son: Barry Duane; his parents; and brother: Marvin Richardson.
Surviving are daughter Linda Lee Eivins of Blythdale, Missouri; son Garry Eugene Richardson of Hatfield, Missouri; 1 granddaughter: Joely Diane (Matt) Francis and 4 great-grandchildren: Ethan, Caleb, Brianne, and Aiden, all of Greenwood, Indiana, and sister-in-law Helen Skroh of Osceola, Iowa.  
Cloyd will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Funeral Services will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Pastor Darrell Darby will officiate. Interment will be in the Kirk Cemetery near Allendale, Missouri. Visitation will be 10:00 A.M. to service time. Memorials may be made to Allendale Baptist Church Building Fund or Kirk Cemetery.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Kristin Herndon Swipes 10, Peyton Coleman Posts 1,600th Career Point at Courtwarming

North Nodaway’s girls were thrown for a scare as South Holt’s Sadee Prussman went off on then for 16 points after knocking down everything during warmups from behind the arc. It looked for all the world like it would be one of the better games in the area as North Nodaway led 28-26 late in the half as Prussman had 16 of her team’s 26 points. But then she said something that the ref didn’t care to hear and got a technical foul. Their coach, Rick German, benched her for the rest of the game and North Nodaway was able to pull away for the 57-44 Courtwarming victory.

Madison Thompson got her normal output for North Nodaway, getting 16 points. But it was the play of Kristin Herndon along with the team’s free throw shooting which put them over the top. Herndon posted a career high of 15 points and wreaked havoc on defense with 10 steals, as she punished mistakes right and left. Bethany Herndon added 5 steals for North Nodaway.

South Holt’s boys came into Friday’s game with a 19-3 record, but North Nodaway showed they were up to the challenge of playing the Knights even though they lost 64-63. The lead swung back and forth for three quarters until the Knights finally gained some separation to start the fourth, getting an 11 point lead with four minutes left. They were still up 10 at 60-50 with 1:49 left when Peyton Coleman hit a 3-pointer and Tyler Bix added a putback to make it 60-55. North Nodaway got it down to 63-60 with 16 seconds left, but then Eric Ottman’s free throw put the Knights up 64-60 with 12.2 seconds left. 

Peyton Coleman’s 3-pointer was tipped and a scramble resulted in the ball rolling into the background out of bounds off South Holt with 2.2 seconds left, too late to affect the outcome. But at the buzzer, Coleman let fly a guarded 3-pointer that went in. The officials initially didn’t count the shot, but changed their minds and let it count to put Coleman over the 1,600 mark at 1,601 career points as a Mustang.

South Holt followed Worth County’s lead and played the same early help defense that the Tigers had used on Coleman, but the Mustangs were able to get a lot more scoring out of their other players. Coleman had 29 points. Dakota Smyser had 13, Arron Coleman had 12 (career high), Cole Bird had 7, and Tyler Bix 2. Dakota Smyser’s shooting for the Mustangs in the third quarter helped keep them in the game and even go ahead.