Friday, November 26, 2021

Jill Boswell’s Buzzer Three Sparks Cardiac Kids to Win Over Albany

Northeast Nodaway’s girls only have seven players going out for basketball this year; of those, only five dressed out. But somehow, they were the ones who had enough gas at the end of the game to pull out the 20-19 win over Albany Tuesday, November 23rd. Albany looked like they were in control of a low scoring game after two late baskets put the Warriors up 17-11 with seven seconds left in the third. But then following a Bluejay timeout, Hadley DeFreece inbounded it to Jill Boswell, who hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer, and despite everything, they were still very much part of the game, down only 17-14.

The scoreboard was stuck there for nearly four minutes as neither team could solve each other’s defense. Finally, Jill Boswell got a steal and drew a foul. She made the first, missed the second, but Albany committed a violation on her second try. Given another chance, Boswell connected this time to cut it to 17-16 with 4:09 left. 

The Bluejays were out of sync on their next two possessions, forcing passes that weren’t there. But following another timeout, Hadley DeFreece inbounded it again to Boswell, and this time, she took it down the right baseline and she connected to put Northeast up for the first time since the second quarter at 18-17 with 2:40 left.

Following a Bluejay stop, Dalanie Auffert missed inside, Makenzie Pride missed the putback try, but Auffert was fouled on the third try and made one of two with 1:56 left to make it 19-17.

After Abigail Troncin missed a good look from the high post for the green shirts, Auffert drew another shooting foul and made one of two to make it 20-17.

Northeast got a tieup on the ensuing possession and kept the ball, dribbling the clock down to 40 seconds before Albany switched to a man to man. Jill Boswell lost the ball, but locked down on defense, not allowing Albany a good look. The ball rolled under Delaney Shields’ legs into the backcourt, but Albany kept the ball with 26 seconds left following another tieup.

Albany tried to set up another play, but Hadley DeFreece stole a pass and brought it into the front court and Northeast took another timeout with 16 seconds left. Albany still had three fouls to get to seven to put Northeast on the line and get the ball back. They picked up their fifth with 11 seconds and their sixth with 6 seconds left. But then Jill Boswell was called for a travel to give Albany a chance to tie with a three. It was a bad call, because she stepped with her pivot foot after catching the inbounds pass. 

But for some reason, Albany worked it into the elbow instead of setting up a three and Abigail Troncin’s shot was off the park. Worrell’s putback try from the other elbow went in to make it 20-19, but since the clock keeps running after a made basket, time expired and Northeast Nodaway came away with the win. 

Northeast had won despite shooting a horrific 7 for 40 from the field; most of them were good looks, but they did not go in. It was likely the fewest points a Bluejay girls team had scored in a game and still won.

Albany twice looked to be in control of the game. They have nine players out, but dressed only six and had a new coach, so both teams were in rebuilding mode. The Warriors led 5-0 after the first quarter; the only scoring was a three point play from Abby Troncin and another basket from Shields. But Makenzie Pride made an inside shot to break the shutout to start the second, and the Bluejays were able to get the ball into Dalanie Auffert as they whittled away at the lead and went ahead after a third chance putback from Auffert at the 2:40 mark of the second. Worrell’s shot from the top of the key tied it up at 7 at the break.

Delaney Shields, who had passed up some good looks in the first half, hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and Albany moved back in front again. Worrell’s high post shot put them up 13-9, but they missed four different tries to go up 6 or 7 before Auffert’s putback cut it to 13-11. Shields and Troncin connected for Albany, but then Boswell cut it to three to set up the final heroics.

Keygun Johnson Sparks Shamrocks; Four Get Double Figures in Win

Keygun Johnson sparked the North Harrison boys basketball team with 10 first quarter points, and four Shamrocks scored double figures as they beat North Nodaway 61-28 Tuesday, November 23rd. The Shamrocks were supposedly in rebuilding mode after the graduation of Brett Emig, but they picked up right where they left off from last year, flying to the offensive glass, stealing the ball, and pushing it up the floor every chance they could get. 

Johnson would go on to get 14 points. Nick Babinski would match him with 14 points and got a double double, adding 13 boards. Wade Briggs, returning from last year, added 10 while Matthew Heintz, who didn’t even go out for basketball last year, added another 10.

For North Nodaway, there was hope that this would be the year they would start to turn the corner after coach Jake Shipman left to become principal at Mound City two years ago and current coach Michael Trautz stepped into some big footsteps last year. But Aydan Blackford, who had been a rare bright spot for the Mustangs last year, will be out until January with a broken collarbone from football, and the team will have to rebuild without him until then. 

Jeremiah Dobbins was a rare bright spot in Tuesday’s loss to North Harrison, getting 12 points. “He’s better than he thinks he is,” said Trautz about him last year. In Tuesday’s game, he moved well, cut well, and was the steadiest ballhandler on the court. Damian Dailey, a big man who brings much needed size to the Mustangs after an extended period with no size, sat much of the game with foul trouble, as did Preston Hansen and Ethan Fry. 

The Mustangs have some talent, but the goal is to figure out how to harness it until Blackford gets back. Fry showed a lot of growth and improvement from last year and is showing he can keep up with the pace of the game this year. Owen Martin, only a freshman, is raw, but has become one of the fastest men on the team. Mason Richardson can dunk it despite being a freshman and has a deadly left hand. Dailey is starting to learn the ropes for the Mustangs as a big man after seeing extended minutes last year. Brice Trimble showed some shooting range this year.

Dobbins hit a 3-pointer right off the bat for the Mustangs, but the rest was all downhill for the rest of the first quarter. The Shamrocks outplayed, outworked, and outhustled North Nodaway. The foul differential was 7-0 in North Harrison’s favor three minutes into the game; with North Nodaway forced to throw players into the fire because of the foul trouble, the results were predictable. North Nodaway turned it over 26 times while surrendering the ball 10 times; they were outrebounded 38-23, and they only got two boards for the entire first quarter. 

Meanwhile, fueled by Keygun Johnson getting to the rim at every opportunity, North Harrison pulled away from both the field and at the line. Keygun got some free throws and added a backdoor layup after Nick Babinski kept a possession alive with an offensive board, and Wade Briggs added a free throw as the Shamrocks led 9-3 at the 5:18 mark of the first. Babinski cleaned up after a Briggs steal, and then Matthew Heintz got a steal and scooped it home to make it 13-3. Johnson converted a three point play to make it 16-3. 

North Nodaway stopped the bleeding for the remainder of the first quarter and trailed 22-9 after one, but then Wade Briggs got consecutive steals and consecutive three point plays to jumpstart the Shamrocks in the second. Nick Babinski scooped up a carom and scored, and cleaned up a miss in transition to make it 32-9 as the Mustang fouls and frustration mounted. 

Jeremiah Dobbins scored a couple of times and Damien Dailey finally got a finish as the Mustangs closed to within 36-15 at the break. But the Shamrocks pushed it into running clock territory in the third. Keygun Johnson got loose in the paint and got a pass from Wade Briggs to start the third, and Briggs got a tip and Babinski got a steal to make it 40-15. Brice Trimble’s triple and Damian Dailey scored from inside to cut it to 42-20, but Nick Babinski and Matthew Heintz got free throws, Heintz got loose underneath and nobody matched up on him, Babinski hit from the right baseline, and Tyson Gibson got a putback as the Shamrocks scored 10 straight to finish out the period and put the game into running clock territory.

For North Harrison, Keygun Johnson and Nick Babinski had 14 each. Wade Briggs and Matthew Heintz had 10 each, Cooper Cracraft and Tyson Gibson 4 each, Brandon Hamilton 3, and Karsyn Ury 2.

Nick Babinski had 13 boards. Keygun Johnson and Tyson Gibson had 6 each, Cooper Cracraft had 4, Brandon Hamilton 3, Wade Briggs 2, and Cole Kampman, Matthew Heintz, Karsyn Ury, and Kolton Graham had 1 each.

Wade Briggs had 5 assists. Tyson Gibson had 2, while Keygun Johnson, Nick Babinski, and Cooper Cracraft had 1.

Wade Briggs had 5 steals. Nick Babinski had 4, while Keygun Johnson had 3.

For North Nodaway, Jeremiah Dobbins had 12. Damian Dailey had 6, Brice Trimble and Mason Richardson 3 each, and Dakota Dilley and Ethan Fry 2 each. Damian Dailey had 8 boards.

Thursday, November 25, 2021

Saylor Brown Erupts, Ellaina Renfro Takes Charge to Spark Mustang 2nd Quarter

Ellaina Renfro sparked the Mustang girls on the defensive end and Saylor Brown sparked them on the offensive end in the second quarter as North Nodaway broke up a tight defensive struggle with a 20-7 second quarter as they pulled away for a 47-25 win over North Harrison. Jacquelyn Cline got going late in the half and then scored 11 second half points to keep the Shamrocks from mounting a second half comeback bid. 

The Mustangs completely outplayed the Shamrocks on the floor in the first quarter, but they were ice cold from the floor. Halle Morgan was keeping North Harrison in the game with her strong defensive play on Jacquelyn Cline, holding her to six points in the first half. Missed free throws did not help the blue shirts in that period as they were 2 for 6. The only points they managed were a drive from Cline, free throws from Saryn Brown, and a midrange jumper from Kelsi Barcus. But they were strong on the defensive end as they forced a lot of turnovers and only allowed Jaci Davis’ triple.

But Ellaina Renfro set the tone for the second quarter when she took a charge on Erin Virtue to start the period, and then all of a sudden, the lid came off the rim. Saylor Brown capitalized off a Saryn Brown steal with a free throw and another when an errant pass pinballed off Saryn Brown into her hands for a layup. Camden Castleberry countered with a drive and a free throw to cut it to 9-4, but Lauren Herndon got untracked, hitting two free throws and adding a three pointer off a pass from Saylor to make it 14-4.

North Harrison tried to rally as Halle Morgan got an offensive board and made one of two, and Camden Castleberry scored off a drive. Saylor Brown hit an NBA three off a kickout from Ellaina Renfro, but Castleberry answered with a triple of her own to keep it at 17-10. But then the bottom dropped out in the last two minutes as Saylor Brown hit Saryn on a cut and she hit one of two, Cline got loose in the open court and hit Saylor for a layup, and then Cline got a tip and Brown a steal that led to two free throws to make it 22-10. When the dust had settled, Saylor Brown had erupted for 10 points in the quarter and North Nodaway was in control at that point.

Jacquelyn Cline, who had only two points up to that point, suddenly got untracked when an errant Shamrock shot caromed near the midcourt line along the sideline and she knocked it ahead. Somehow, the ball stayed inbounds and she was able to scoop it up and score. After another Mustang stop, she held it for the last shot and got to the rim and finished to make it 26-10.

Jayliegh Robins tried to get North Harrison back in the game in the second half by working the baseline and getting to the rim, but Cline hit a three pointer and scored off a Saryn Brown skip and Lauren Herndon hit her second triple as the Mustangs pulled away to a 34-15 lead. Cline scored two more triples in the fourth quarter, the second off Angeline Parker’s skip pass from the post to the top of the key. Parker showed that she is one of the most improved players from last year as she was much more confident with the ball, rebounded well, and knew where she was supposed to be on the floor. She added a shot from the high post and one of the Shamrock players made the mistake of knocking down Hayleigh Vinzant attempting a three; she hit all of her attempts.

For North Nodaway, Jacquelyn Cline had 17, Saylor Brown 10, Lauren Herndon 8, Kelsi Barcus 4, Hayleigh Vinzant and Saryn Brown 3 each, and Angeline Parker 2.

Ellaina Renfro had 7 boards. Lauren Herndon and Saryn Brown had 5 each, Saylor Brown 4, Jacquelyn Cline and Angeline Parker 3 each, and Hayleigh Vinzant 1.

Saylor Brown had 6 assists. Jacquelyn Cline had 4, Saryn Brown and Angeline Parker 2 each, and Ellaina Renfro, Lauren Herndon, and Kelsi Barcus 1 each.

Saryn Brown had 9 tips. Jacquelyn Cline, Saylor Brown, and Lauren Herndon had 4 each, Alanis Wray 2, and Hayleigh Vinzant, Angeline Parker, and Kelsi Barcus 1 each.

Saylor Brown had 7 steals, Saryn Brown had 6, Jacquelyn Cline had 3, Lauren Herndon 2, and Kelsi Barcus, Ellaina Renfro, and Angeline Parker 1 each.

For North Harrison, Camden Castleberry had 9, Jayliegh Robins 8, Jaci Davis and Halle Morgan 3, and Erin Virtue 2.

Jayliegh Robins had 10 rebounds. Halle Morgan had 7, Camden Castleberry 5, Erin Virtue 3, and Kira Roberson and Karley Koch 1 each.

Trendi Johnson and Camden Castleberry had 3 assists. Jacquelyn Cline had 2, and Erin Virtue had 1.

Camden Castleberry had 5 tips. Jayliegh Robins had 2, and Jaci Davis and Erin Virtue had 1.

Jayliegh Robins had 7 steals. Camden Castleberry had 2, while Trendi Johnson, Halle Morgan, Erin Virtue, and Karley Koch had 1.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Courthouse News for November 24th, 2021

On November 14th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department arrested Andrew Cason (34) of Mount Ayr on charges of Domestic Abuse (Impeding Airflow), Child Endangerment (Causing Injury), Assault (Intent to Inflict Serious Injury), and Assault (Causing Bodily Injury). Bond was set at $13,000. 

On November 16th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Daniel Pyle (49) of Bethany in Harrison County on charges of DWI (Felony), No Valid License, and No Insurance. He was subsequently charged by Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer. Bond was set at $7,500, cash only.

On November 18th, Gentry County Prosecutor Jessica Jones filed charges against Clinton Hardin (29) of McFall alleging Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony), Resisting Arrest, Hunting from a Motor Vehicle, Hunting from the Roadway, and No Valid Hunting Permit. Bond was denied.

On November 18th, DeKalb County Prosecutor Erik Tate filed charges against Jodie Downs (31) of Savannah alleging Murder (Felony), Armed Criminal Action (Felony), Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (Felony), and Unlawful Use of a Weapon (Felony). Bond was denied. The victim was identified as Dennis Patterson Jr. of St. Joseph. The charges arose after Patterson allegedly went to a home in Union Star on July 16th, where he and the defendant allegedly got into a fight, and the defendant shot Patterson. Patterson’s body was found in the back yard of a Union Star home.

On November 19th, the Missouri State Highway Patrol arrested Dennis Moad (40) of Grant City in Worth County alleging Possession of Methamphetamine (Felony) and Failure to Register as Sex Offender (Felony).

On November 20th, the Ringgold County Sheriff’s Department arrested Ethan Boswell (23) of Tingley on a charge of Domestic Assault (Impeding Air & Blood Flow). Bond was set at $5,000, cash only.

On November 22nd, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Jacqueline Crowley (51) of Bethany alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident).

On November 22nd, Harrison County Prosecutor Johnathan Meyer filed charges against Daseph Evans (17) of Bethany alleging Leaving the Scene, Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident), and No Plates.

On November 22nd, Gentry County Prosecutor Jessica Jones filed charges against Thomas Huff (64) of Garden City (MO) alleging Careless & Imprudent Driving (Accident).

Charges listed are mere allegations. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty it is to determine guilt or innocence. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Obituary -- Donna Wilburn 1932-2021

Donna Lavale Wilburn was born October 22, 1932 at Hatfield, Missouri to Clarence Jessee and Velma Eunnice (Rinehart) James and passed away on November 20, 2021 at St. Lukes Hospice House, Kansas City, MO.

Donna worked for the City of Kansas City as a computer operator.  She enjoyed quilting. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; sister: Joy Ragan.

Survivors include Son: Terry Wilburn, Raytown, Daughter: Billie Rinehart, Jamesport; Sisters: Bonnie Reed, Overland Park, KS, Katy Campbell, Bethany and Mary Ury, Blythedale, MO. Grandchildren: Jamie, Dylan, Rochell; 6 great grandchildren.

Donna will be cremated under the direction of Bethany Memorial Chapel, Bethany, Missouri. Family inurnment at a later date.

Tributes may be left at

Monday, November 22, 2021

Obituary -- Doris Schieber 1932-2021

Doris M. Schieber, 89, of Ravenwood, Missouri passed away on Friday, November 19, 2021 at her home.

Doris was born on March 31, 1932 in Maryville, Missouri to Oral and Bertha (Wilmes)Rogers. She was a 1950 graduate of Horace Mann High School. She was a homemaker and member of St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, the Pioneer Club and the Excelsior Club. Doris enjoyed square dancing, crochet and gardening.

She married Fred Schieber on April 30, 1953 in Maryville, Missouri at St. Patricks Catholic Church. He survives of the home. Additional survivors include their children, David Schieber, Linda Berry, Kevin (Rosemary) Schieber, Teresa (Patrick) Maline, Deanne Cordell and Sheila (Daniel) Kizer; sister, Joan Gibson, brother, Carl Rogers; twenty-two grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter, Eleanor Cottrell, brother, Robert Rogers, sister, Mary Rose Heflin, granddaughter, Jessica Schieber, great-grandson, Hayden Niendick.

Mass of Christian Burial 11 am Wednesday, November 24th at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church under the care of Price Funeral Home. Burial St. Patricks Cemetery, Maryville. Rosary 6 pm Tuesday, November 23rd at St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church. The family will receive friends following the rosary until 8 pm. The family suggests memorials to St. Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Caleb New Scores 13, but Junior High Tigers Fall Short in Tourney Final

Caleb New scored 13 points, but Worth County fell short in the final round of the Northeast Nodaway Tournament falling to Maryville 30-22. The Tigers finally ran into someone who was just as good as them talentwise, as Maryville had a ton of size and athletic ability. Worth County could not overcome their ice cold shooting that had hurt them in the Avenue City game.

New on offense and Brayden Stevens kept Worth County in the game. Caleb New was the one Tiger hitting in the first half, scoring all 10 of Worth County's points. They overcame an early 4-0 deficit as New hit two three pointers to make it 6-4 before Phoenix Phillips, who is bigger than Bo Collins, tied it up at 6. Brayden Stevens got a top of tips and steals to knock Maryville out of their rhythm, but Worth County could not solve the tight man to man defense that Maryville had.

It didn't help Worth County that they were missing their free throws as well. New was fouled on a 3-point try and made all three tries to shoot his squad into the lead, but sharpshooter Colsen Freeman hit a triple to put Maryville back in front 11-10 at the half. 

Brayden Stevens cleaned up after a steal to put Worth County up 13-11, and the game was tied at 11, 13, 15, and 17. Bo Collins finally got untracked inside for Worth County after getting stuffed a couple of times in the first half by the Maryville squad. But then Colsen Freeman took over the game for Maryville in the fourth, hitting two 3-pointers and scoring eight points to help his team pull away.

Caleb New had 13 for the Tigers. Bo Collins had 6, Brayden Stevens 2, and Ethan Lininger 1.

Bo Collins had 5 blocks for the Tigers.

Bo Collins had 9 rebounds. Ethan Lininger had 6, Brayden Stevens 4, Franklynn Hoff and Caleb New 3, and Hayden Sanders 1.

Brayden Stevens had 2 assists. Bo Collins, Caleb New, and Franklynn Hoff had 1 each.

Brayden Stevens had 9 tips. Caleb New had 6, Hayden Sanders and Cole Ruby had 2, and Ethan Lininger, Franklynn Hoff, and Bo Collins had 1.

Brayden Stevens had 6 steals. Hayden Sanders and Bo Collins had 3 each, Ethan Lininger 2, and Caleb New 1.