Friday, December 12, 2014

Worth County Elementary Christmas Concert Features Traditional Songs

Many different traditional Christmas songs were featured at this year's Elementary Christmas Concert at Worth County Friday afternoon. Alysa Kramer was the director for this year's edition. Senior Sydney Thummel emceed this year's event. There were around 300-400 people from the community present. The show drew interest from all ages; some of the high school students took time out of their classes to listen in.

The Kindergarten and 1st grade sang "Sing of Christmas Time!" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas." A group of 5th graders accompanied them on the recorder. Playing on the recorder were Cooper Simmons, Alex Rinehart, Cassie Brooks, Zak Morin, Lincoln Moore, and Jazmine Brooks.

The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades combined to sing, "I Have a Little Dreidl," a traditional English song called, "The Holly and The Ivy," and "A Perfect Winter Day." Soloists were Arianna Behrens, Eva Engel, Ethan Frese, Clayton McDonald, and Tuker Riley.

The 5th graders sang, "O Come, Little Children," "Fantasy on an Old French Carol," and "Jingle Thingle." Playing on recorder were Aydan Gladstone, Aivry Griffin, Misty Helt, Olivia Kanak, Jackson Runde, and Jackson Smith.

The 5th and 6th graders combined to song a traditional Ukrainian Bell Carol. Playing on the recorder were Caden Moyer, Molly Miller, Sadie Runde, Grant Cameron, Cooper Chapman, and Justina Wimer. Playing on the bells were Nathan Adwell, Hannah Bever, Jeshua Blaine, EmiLee Brown, Megan Cassavaugh, Keelin Engel, Jill Hardy, Braidy Hunt, Danyelle Jackson, Kalli Moellenberndt, and Maddy Taute.

The 6th graders sang, "Dreidl, Spin," along with a 14th century carol, "Good Christian Men Rejoice," and "Sing of Joy!" Playing on the recorder were Jace Cousatte, Marshall Ruckman, Cheyanne Fairchild, James Gladstone, Calli Mancuso, and Brent Harris.

The entire elementary student body concluded with "Sing Noel" along with "Silent Night" accompanied by high school student Taylor Causey. Soloists during this part were Keelin Engel, Misty Helt, Molly Miller, Lincoln Moore, Payton Poppa, and Justina Wimer.

NEN Girls Win Defensive Gem vs. Tarkio

Northeast Nodaway's girls won a defensive gem against Tarkio, pulling away in the second half and winning 35-23 last Tuesday night. Northeast had trouble solving their zone for much of the first half. However, Dallis Coffelt, stymied from going to the rim, started finding the open person on the weak side, which opened everything else. Tarkio came in with a shooter and a driver and used a lot of ball screens to get them open. But after scoring the first five points of the game, Northeast settled down and got back to within one and trailed 6-5 after one. Talina Nelson and Taylor Coffelt had 2 each for Northeast, while Brianna Riley had 1. Dallis Coffelt had 2 assists in the period while Allie Runde had 1.

After Jill Spire got a steal to put Northeast up 7-6, Northeast fell behind 11-7 as they went through a four-minute scoring drought and Coach Vance Proffitt was starting to get a little bit agitated. Northeast had come off consecutive layup-drill losses to North Andrew and South Nodaway and they could not afford another one; they had lost their last three meetings with Tarkio. But all of a sudden, Dallis Coffelt started handling the ball like a point guard, passing it out of double teams to the open person at will as Northeast scored the last eight points in the period to lead 15-11. Vanessa Riley had 4 in the period for Northeast while Jill Spire had 3. Kaysie Wiederholt had 2 and Dallis had 1. Dallis Coffelt and Allie Runde had 2 assists each.

Northeast's passing display late in the second quarter forced Tarkio out of their zone to a man to man in the second half. But Northeast turned things up defensively, getting two blocks from Dallis Coffelt and one from Bailey Judd as they built up a 20-11 lead at one point before settling for a 22-16 lead after three. Dallis Coffelt, Jill Spire, and Vanessa Riley all had 2 while Bailey Judd had 1 for Northeast. Dallis Coffelt and Brianna Riley each had 1 assist.

Northeast finally got the lead into double digits in the fourth quarter as Dallis Dawn finally found room to operate as Tarkio started getting into foul trouble. Jill Spire had 6 points to pace Northeast, while Coffelt followed with 5. Vanessa Riley had 2 for Northeast. Bailey Judd, Brianna Riley, and Talina Nelson all had one assist in the period. Brianna Riley and Jill Spire each had a steal for Northeast.

Jill Spire led the scoring with 11 points for Northeast. Dallis Coffelt and Vanessa Riley each had 8, Talina Nelson, Taylor Coffelt, and Kaysie Wiederholt had 2 each while Brianna Riley and Bailey Judd had 1 each for Northeast. Dallis Coffelt had 5 assists and Allie Runde 3 for Northeast. Dallis had 4 blocks and Bailey Judd 1. Coach Proffitt, who was a little bit agitated during the first half, was smiling after coming out of the locker room and said he was especially proud of the play of Vanessa Riley. "She's come a long ways," he said. "Defensively, we kicked it in gear; our goal is not to give up any easy points to anyone."

Kaitlyn Davidson collects 25 Points, 18 Boards vs. Rockets

Kaitlyn Davidson turned in what may have been a record performance Thursday night as she collected 25 points and 18 boards in Worth County's 50-21 win over winless West Nodaway. Her 25 points in a game were the most since 2006, when Megan Walker scored 30 points against Maysville. The last time anyone collected 17 boards in a game was Haley Green in 2008 against North Nodaway. Samantha Fletchall also collected 17 boards in a game back in 1994. It was Worth County's third straight win over the Rockets, who have been down for the last few years.

Kaitlyn's output mostly came from scoring off other peoples' misses. Worth County was able to establish its press early and put the game away in the first quarter. Kaitlyn had 13 in the opening period, almost all of them off putbacks as she was cleaning up the glass. Sydney Thummel added four, one off a steal off the press and another after jumping a pass and getting a layup. Payton Adwell had 3 in the quarter and Rikky Hunt 2. Kaitlyn, Payton Adwell, Ally Buffington, and Sidney Troutwine all had an assist in the period. Alysa Lyle was shaken up in the previous game (hip) and was held out much of Thursday's game as a precautionary measure although she got some minutes in. Worth County led 22-6 after one quarter.

Kaitlyn continued to work the offensive glass in the second quarter, getting nine more points as Worth County continued to pull away. Sydney Thummel followed with 3 points. Coach Josh Smith began to substitute in the second quarter and Aubrey Staton came off the bench to score her first career points, a shot from the high post off a pass from Thummel to put Worth County up 36-8 at the break.

There was a scare in the third quarter as Kaitlyn crashed into the West Nodaway bleachers, which are really close to the floor, going after a loose ball. She was shaken up, but she returned later in the quarter to collect three points. Aubrey Ragan came off the bench to score her first career points, a 3-pointer from the right wing off a pass from Sidney Troutwine. Sydney Thummel scored off a steal and Payton Adwell also collected two points as Worth County led 46-18 after three. Rikky Hunt and Sidney Troutwine each had one assist.

Kaitlyn Davidson had two assists in the fourth quarter as Aubrey Ragan's shot from the left wing triggered the running clock and Payton Adwell also scored in the period for the Tigers.

Kaitlyn led the Tigers with 25 points. Sydney Thummel followed with 9, Payton Adwell had 7, Aubrey Ragan had 5, and Rikky Hunt and Aubrey Staton had 2 each.

The boys led by as much as 13 against West Nodaway, but they lost their composure and the game in the fourth quarter as they fell 56-55. West Nodaway pressed them through most of the game with a zone press. However, when they switched to a man to man press, the Tigers didn't know how to break it and panicked, letting the Rockets right back into the game. In all three of their losses, the boys have let the other team's best scorer run wild on them. Thursday was no exception, as they let Trevor Meyer score 22 points against them. In their losses to Princeton, they let Brant Faulkner run wild against them, including a 27-point outburst in the first game.

Chris Alarcon had 22 points to pace the Tigers, a career high. Josh Warner had 10, Cade Allee 8, Drake Kinsella 6, Mason Hawk 5, Truman Moore 3, and Ryan McClellan 1.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Austin Jones & Max Giesken Collect 7 Steals; NEN Boys Win 2nd

Austin Jones and Max Giesken collected 7 steals each and Northeast Nodaway's boys got their second win of the year, beating Tarkio 47-30 last Tuesday night. The boys used a balanced attack with three in double figures and seven in the scoring column to get the win. Austin was playing stingy on the ball defense for the Bluejays while Max Giesken was getting in the passing lanes and jumping them.

Northeast took control of the game in the first quarter as they held Tarkio scoreless while putting up seven. Max Giesken cut inside and got a pass from Garet Jackson for a layup; Garet added a 3-pointer off a pass from Andrew Faustlin and scored a layup off a Dylan Mildfeldt steal for Northeast's output in the period.

Tarkio's defense was causing Northeast problems in the second quarter as they were constantly switching defenses every time down the court through much of the frame. They finally got on the board; however, Northeast was able to manufacture points on defense and expand their lead. Max Giesken collected four of his seven steals in the period while Austin Jones scored a layup off another steal in the period as Northeast led 20-6 at halftime.

Garet Jackson threw a long outlet pass the length of the court to Max for a layup to give Northeast its biggest lead so far at 31-14, but then Tarkio began finding its rhythm, riding the back of Seth Fletcher to close to 31-20 early in the fourth. But then Dylan Mildfeldt got the hot hand for Northeast, getting eight in the fourth and Garet Jackson added a 3-pointer as Northeast's lead never got below double digits despite Fletcher's best efforts to get to the rim. They could not afford to foul too much as they had only seven players listed in the program and only six dressed out for Tuesday's game. Northeast scored the final seven points of the game in the last minute to take the victory.

Garet Jackson led Northeast with 13 points despite getting plenty of attention from the Tarkio defense. Max Giesken had 12, Dylan Mildfeldt had 11, Austin Jones had 5, and Andrew Faustlin, Rowdy West, and Andrew Freemyer had 2 each.

Tiger Boys Even Record Behind Truman Moore

Worth County's boys evened out their record at 2-2 behind Truman Moore, who had 13 out of his 15 points in the second half. The Tigers beat North Nodaway 49-35 last Tuesday.

The Mustangs came in living and dying by the 3-pointer and came out firing all night. They pressed Worth County with a 2-2-1 press that created a few problems for the Tigers; however, they were able to break it and get into their offense. Worth County countered with their post game as Josh Warner scored the first eight points for the Tigers. Worth County was 17 for 27 from the free throw line, which Coach Bryce Schafer said was even more impressive since their big men were usually the ones at the line.

The game was even after one period at 12-12 as neither side led by more than one possession. However, Worth County began to take control in the second behind the play of Ryan McClellan, whose strong defense helped limit the Mustangs to three points in the second half. He had a highlight film play on the other end even though he didn't score as he drove in, threw up a prayer, and missed. However, he stuck with the play and saved his own miss to Drake Kinsella for a layup. With time running out, Cade Allee scored his only points of the game, a 3-pointer from the right corner at the buzzer to put Worth County up 21-15; that play swung the momentum in their favor.

Ryan McClellan earned the starting nod for the third quarter; he and Chris Alarcon provided a steady hand for the Tigers in breaking the Mustang press. Chris Alarcon scored off a drive to the basket off a pass from Cade Allee and then Drake Kinsella of all people hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Ryan to put Worth County up double digits at 26-15. Topher scored six of his eight points in the period as he was able to get a lot of open lanes to the basket in the period. Ryan McClellan got the ball to Truman Moore midway through the third and he started powering up against the Mustang defenders, taking on two and three at a time and getting on the line, hitting five of six from the line in the quarter and scoring 7 overall. He even got a steal and nearly made a 45-footer at the third quarter buzzer that was straight on target but hit the front of the rim as time expired with the Tigers leading 37-20.

North Nodaway made an adjustment in the fourth quarter and went away from their 3-point game and started getting it into #40, who started powering up and getting the ball in the hole for the Mustang. North Nodaway came as close as 39-26 in the fourth as he scored the first six points of the period for his team. Ryan McClellan sent one North Nodaway shot into the stage for the Tigers during that stretch. But Truman Moore put Worth County back in control, getting to the line at will as the Tigers made a concerted effort to get him the ball down the stretch. He scored the next six points for Worth County as the lead grew back to 45-28 late in the game.

The girls led North Nodaway for much of the way, but they could not keep the Mustang post player, Thompson, off the boards and lost 40-35. Kaitlyn Davidson had 14 points to pace the Tigers. Payton Adwell and Alysa Lyle had 8 each, while Sydney Thummel had 3 and Ally Buffington had 2.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Max Giesken Hangs 22 on Union Star

Max Giesken hung 22 points on Union Star as Northeast Nodaway's boys picked up their first win, 68-36 over the Trojans. Garet Jackson was right behind with 21 as Northeast was able to recover their focus after three losses to open the season that were tough to swallow. After losing in overtime to Albany to open their season, they had a bad first quarter against Jefferson and lost 59-29 in the opening round of the Platte Valley Conference Tournament. They then lost 52-30 to South Nodaway as they had not recovered from the previous night's loss according to Coach Chaim Jenkins. But Jenkins said that the team had regained their focus after a two-night layoff and proceeded to put Union Star away early to claim 7th place.

Union Star figures to be one of those teams who will be hard to predict on any given night. They only lost by 14 to North Andrew to open the tournament; however, they only have seven players on their roster, meaning that it is difficult for the coach to use the bench. The Trojans were obviously not ready to play as nobody matched up on Garet Jackson, who knocked down a 3-pointer right off the bat 10 seconds into the game. Northeast proceeded to score the first 20 points of the game as Garet Jackson scored 11, Max Giesken had 7, and Dylan Mildfeldt had 2 for the Bluejays before Union Star finally got going by scoring the last five points of the period to trail 20-5.

Powered by slashers Lane Potter and Brendon McCoy, the Trojans finally got going offensively in the second quarter, but Northeast continued to pull away to a 41-18 lead at the half. Garet Jackson had 8 more points for Northeast while Max Giesken had 7. Max showed what he is capable of when healthy as he was able to get to the rim at will. Dylan Mildfeldt had 3, Austin Jones had 2, and Andrew Freemyer had 1 as five players reached the scoring column for Northeast in the second.

Union Star made things interesting to start the third as they scored the first eight points of the third to cut it to 41-26. Northeast got away from what was working, allowing Potter and McCoy to go to their right; the object of playing man to man defense is to make the dribbler use their non-dominant hand. Star had a chance to cut it further, but then Max Giesken got a steal and a not-to-be-denied layup to break the run and draw Brock McMichaels' fourth foul. Austin Ceglenski picked up his fourth for Union Star, which hurt them given that they were down to seven players; that broke their momentum and took away their aggression. Northeast pulled away to a 49-30 lead after that. Andrew Freemyer had 4 in the period to lead Northeast while Giesken and Garet Jackson had 2 each.

Northeast pulled away from the demoralized Trojan squad in the fourth. Max Giesken had 6 in the quarter for the Bluejays. Andrew Freemyer picked up two more for Northeast to give him 7 for the night. Brayden Welch scored his first two career points as a Bluejay, Austin Jones and Rowdy West also had 2, and Dylan Mildfeldt had 5 for Northeast.

Teens Tape Off Sheridan Streets

Sometime Friday evening after 11 pm, teens got hold of some police tape and put police tape all over Sheridan. They tied police tape to the Platte River Bridge and put a bike in the middle of the road. They also put tape along the 246 and Route H intersection leading into the Snakebite Tavern. The tape was all removed by Saturday morning.

Worth County Sheriff's Report

12-1 -- Person in about a phone scam.
12-2 -- Officers on funeral traffic control.
12-2 -- 911 call; people on caller's porch; all OK.
12-3 -- Officer transporting prisoner from Holt County to Ringgold County on Worth County warrant.
12-3 -- Person in reporting phone scam.
12-3 -- Person calls about theft of items from his shop.
12-3 -- 911 call of possible overdose; person transported to hospital by Sheridan Ambulance.
12-4 -- Officer transports three prisoners to Ringgold County Jail on Worth County warrants.
12-5 -- Resident reports theft of medication from residence.
12-5 -- Officer serving papers in Sheridan.
12-5 -- Person calls for well-being check on ex-wife.
12-5 -- Officer working report of careless driving in Sheridan; summons issued, driver left roadway and rolled car, no injuries.
12-6 -- Alarm at business in Grant City; employee finds back door unlocked.

Possible Mountain Lion Spotted Near Allendale

Two Allendale residents, Kevin Warner and J.W. Harding spotted what they believed to be a mountain lion a few miles west of Allendale, west of the East Fork near the Bluestem Seed pasture. They said that it was too large to be a bobcat or a fox and that its color ruled out a deer. The Missouri Department of Conservation says that bobcats, deer, house cats, and foxes are frequently mistaken for mountain lions.

According to the Department of Conservation, mountain lions are reclusive by nature. Missouri does not have an established breeding population; however, Nebraska does. The Black Hills in South Dakota are a frequent source of mountain lions. While female lions do not range very far, males can range for hundreds of miles searching for mates or suitable habitat. There have been 51 confirmed sightings in Missouri by the Department of Conservation since 1994; of those, the closest to this area include two in Grundy County and one in DeKalb County.

To report a mountain lion to the Missouri Department of Conservation, contact:
Jeff Beringer, Resource Scientist
3500 East Gans Road
Columbia, MO 65201
573-815-7901, ext. 3623

Alan Leary, Wildlife Management Coordinator
2901 W Truman Blvd
PO Box 180
Jefferson City, MO  65109
573-522-4115, ext. 3693

Mail photos, video or physical evidence to any of the MLRT leaders above.

Obituary -- Benjamin Allyn Breit 1947-2014

Benjamin Allyn Breit, 67, Coffey, MO (formerly of Bethany and Parnell, MO) passed away Friday, December 5, 2014 at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born June 17, 1947 in Maryville, MO the eldest son of Allyn and Kathryn (Black) Breit. They preceded him in death along with his sister, Delores Martz.

Benjamin graduated from Northeast Nodaway High School in Ravenwood, MO. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. From 1965 – 1979, he worked for Davis Snyder Quarries that became Martin Marrietta. Later he worked for the Missouri Department of Transportation from 1979 until he retired in 2005. Benjamin was an avid hunter and was a member of the Highway Christian Church.

On June 20, 1971, he married Donna Sue Gwinn in Coffey, MO. She survives of the home.
Survivors in addition to his wife of 43 years are his children, Tami (Roger) York and Julie (Mark) Dannar both of Bethany, MO, Jenny (Eric) Munson, Wheeling, MO and Trisha (Jeff) Seeley, Kearney, MO; ten grandchildren, Brittany, Brandon, Nikolas and Noah York, Andrew and Andrea Allen all of Bethany, MO, Keaton and Cassidy Dannar, Cameron, MO and Daylan Dannar, Bethany, Wyatt Seeley, Kearney, MO; sisters, Julia (Jerry) Harris, Bethany, MO and Mary (Stuart) Generous, Greenfield, IN; brothers, Fred Breit, Noble, OK and Larry (Bernita) Wright, Gladstone, MO and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 9, at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO. Burial with military rites will be in Coffey Cemetery, Coffey, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the ALS Foundation in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary -- Martha Lou "Corkey" McDaniel 1928-2014

Martha Lou “Corkey” McDaniel, 86, passed away Thursday December 4, 2014 at an area nursing home.

She was born November 6, 1928 in St. Joseph, MO the daughter of Charles and Velva (Beam) Waller.
On May 27, 1950, she married Bobby Gene “Bob” McDaniel. He preceded her in death on December 20, 2011. She also was preceded in death by her parents; 3 sisters, a brother, and son, William Scott McDaniel.

Corkey was a day care provider taking care of many young children in Bethany over the years. She was devoted member of the Blessed Sacrament Sacrament Catholic Church.

Survivors include daughter, Karla (David) Parman, Sheridan, MO; sons, David (Deborah) McDaniel, Indianola, IA and Rob McDaniel, Bethany, MO; 5 grandchildren, Jerry, D. J. Aaron, Mandy and Maranda McDaniel; and 9 great-grandchildren, Tyler, Levi, Konnor, Tannar, Sawyer and Raelyn McDaniel, Kaylee and Breanna Bowen and Taylor Ford.

Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 9, at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Bethany, MO. Burial will be in Miriam Cemetery, Bethany, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO where friends may call after 2:00 p.m. Monday. Memorials may be made to the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and/or Worth County Convalescent Center Activity Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Obituary -- Docia Lee Emrich 1956-2014

Docia Lee Emrich was born January 1, 1956 in Stockton, California to Levi and Cora Lee (Thomas) Pearson. She passed away November 29, 2014 at the age of 58.

Docia was united in marriage to Victor Leroy Emrich on February 14. 1999. He preceded her in death in 2005. Docia worked as a waitress. She was a collector of Betty Boop memorabilia.
Also preceding her in death were her parents.

Surviving are sisters: Gloria Williams of Brownville, Nebraska, Diane Pearson of McKinleyville, California, brother, Ralph Martin of Wilderville, Oregon, nieces and nephews.
Docia will be sadly missed by family and friends. 

Graveside Services and Interment were 1:30 P.M. Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Jennings Cemetery in Stanberry, Missouri. Arrangements were under the direction of the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.

Obituary -- Nadine Hensley 1918-2014

Nadine Hensley passed away at her home December 2nd surrounded by her loving family. She was born Nadine Robbins October 26, 1918 to Walla and Etta Beavers Robbins near Grant City, Missouri.
She married Everett Hensley on May 27, 1941 and they made their home in the Sheridan, Missouri area. To this union 5 children were born. The family moved to the King City area in 1956 where she enjoyed life on the farm. Her hobbies were gardening, planting flowers and playing cards. She had a passion for making quilts for her family. She later moved to Albany and Savannah, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her husband Everett, son, Kenney and daughter Sue, brothers Rex and Weldon Robbins and sister Gail White. 

She is survived by her daughters Bonnie Buthman (Danny Burns) of St. Joseph, Patty (Randy) Jameson of Gower, son, John (Pam) Hensley of King City. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. 

Services will be 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 5, 2014 at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri. Interment will be in the Grant City Cemetery. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 P.M. 
 Thursday. Memorials may be made to Hands of Hope Hospice, 137 N. Belt Highway, St. Joseph, MO 64506

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

NEN Girls Down DeKalb in PVC Tournament, Fall to North Andrew

Northeast Nodaway's girls picked up their second win of the season, 33-25 over DeKalb in a defensive gem. Jill Spire, after being limited by foul trouble against Albany, came alive with 12 points for Northeast. Dallis Coffelt followed with 11, Bailey Judd 5, Brianna Riley 3, and Vanessa Riley and Allie Runde with 1 each. The win is only Coach Vance Proffitt's second against the Tigers since beginning his tenure at Northeast.

It didn't come easy as Northeast built up an 11-9 lead after one. Northeast then held the Tigers scoreless in the second as they built it up to 15-9 at the break. DeKalb fought back to come to within 2 after three at 22-20, but Northeast finished the game strongly, outscoring them 10-5 to win the game. One of the goals going forward will be free throw shooting as they only shot 9 for 23 during the game.

But the bubble burst for Northeast against North Andrew Wednesday night as they fell to the North Andrew powerhouse 58-24. That will set up a 3rd place matchup for Northeast against either South Nodaway or Jefferson at Bearcat Arena Friday at 4:30.

Obituary -- LaDora Combs 1932-2014

LaDora Joyce (Grace) Combs, 82, was born August 20, 1932, in Kansas City, KS; the daughter of J.B. and Grace (House) Grace. She passed away unexpectedly on Sunday November 30, 2014 at Heartland Hospital in St. Joseph, MO.

Surviving of the home, her husband of 62 years, Ross A. Combs; children, Linda (Jim) Johnson, Jim (Mary) Combs, Ronnie (Linda) Combs, Doug Combs and Jackie (Dallas) Findley; 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.

LaDora was very active in her community and worked tirelessly to fulfill her dream of making the Denver School House Museum a success. She also enjoyed genealogy and would spend vast amounts of time researching family history for others. When not doing these things, she would help others in the community and was a member of the Denver Methodist Church. LaDora took pride in being a member of the Missouri Community Betterment Program/Tourism. The village of Denver has lost one of its greatest advocates.

LaDora’s greatest joy was brought to her by her children and grandchildren. Very rarely did she miss a school activity, birthday or holiday concert. This can be seen in the numerous scrapbooks kept for every family member.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Alice (Grace) Stanton, aunts, Faye (House) Jobst and Meredith J. House.

Visitation was Wednesday, December 3 at the Denver Community Church, with a Celebration of Life Service to be held following the visitation at the church. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Denver School House Museum in care of Helen Ruth Foster, 24578 200th Road, Grant City, MO. Online condolences:

Tiger Boys Blitz King City for 1st Win 71-48; 1st Win Over Wildkats in Four Years

Worth County's boys picked up their first win in four years over King City, 71-47 as they ran away from them. The Wildkats were a dangerous team featuring Reagan Law, a 3-point shooter who is always dangerous in the open court. They push the ball up the floor after made baskets by the other team, which is uncommon in this area; that seemed to catch Worth County off-guard. Their whole game plan revolves around passing and cutting the other team to death and getting Reagan Law some good looks from downtown.

Worth County, in Coach Bryce Schafer's 2nd year at the helm, continues to search for consistency offensively; however, they made serious strides in meeting that goal by landing four in double figures. They built up a 12-5 lead behind five early points from Cade Allee. King City turned up the heat defensively and Worth County started panicking against the press as Law started getting open and Noah Poling added a couple of layups off steals as the Wildkats fought back to tie at 12-12. But then Cade Allee got open again and Mason Hawk found him for a 3-pointer to jump-start another Tiger run. Last year, Worth County would frequently jump out to an early lead only to see it fizzle. However, this time, Worth County made one stand up as they recovered from King City's scoring flurry to lead the rest of the way.

Ben Badell got things going for Worth County. He has not scored a lot of points in a game yet for Worth County, but his job is to push the ball up the floor, occupy the defense, and get everybody else the ball. He found Josh Warner one time and Mason Hawk another time as Worth County pushed the lead up to 19-12. He was one of the most improved players from last year as he made everybody around him better with his floor game. Warner added a putback to make it 21-12 before Law's 3-point play late made it 21-15 after one quarter.

It was a good quarter for the Tigers, but the challenge was to shut down Law and make someone else try and beat them. They did so as Drake Kinsella was able to break through screens and get in his face, forcing some misses which fueled Worth County's transition game. Ben Badell had another breathtaking assist in the second quarter as he led Chris Alarcon, aka "Topher," perfectly on a half-court baseball pass for a layup which pushed Worth County up double digits at 25-15. Topher added a steal and Drake Kinsella worked the offensive glass hard for the Tigers as their lead grew to as big as 33-18. Ben Badell was shaken up at the 2:08 mark, but the Tigers showed they were bigger than any one player as Alarcon went to the rack twice for layups and found Cade Allee for a 3-pointer as Worth County held the fort while Ben was out and led 40-25 at the break.

Topher came out of the break on fire for Worth County, scoring their first five points to put the Tigers up 45-27. Ben Badell then supplied the dagger for the Tigers, knocking down a 3-pointer to put them up 20 for the first time at 53-33 and then taking Reagan Law to the rack with his left hand to make it 59-37 late in the period. Shortly after that, King City threw in the towel and began putting in their subs. Jared Simmons took a charge for the Tigers in the period.

Worth County took its biggest lead in the fourth quarter behind free throws from Mason Hawk, Ryan McClellan, and Drake Kinsella as well as a perfect high-low pass from Hawk to Kinsella that put them up 64-39. Ryan Smyser came off and played like a man on a mission late in the fourth, getting to the line and collecting three points.

After struggling to find people who could score for the last few years, the Tigers landed four in double figures and eight in the scoring column. Cade Allee led the Tigers with 19 points, followed by Chris Alarcon with 15. Drake Kinsella had 11, Josh Warner 10, Ben Badell 7, Mason Hawk 5, Ryan Smyser 3, and Ryan McClellan had 1.

Tiger Girls Grind Out First Victory

Sometimes, when breaking the habit of losing, you are more likely to win ugly. But for a team that has struggled over the last few years, the Tiger girls will take them any way they can get them. And through in another team which has struggled to shake the losing habit, and that is a perfect recipe for an all-out war. But following a bizarre play late in the game, Worth County held on to win 29-23 over archrival Albany to even their record at 1-1. The Tigers were set to play the loser of the King City-Stanberry matchup of the Albany Tournament Friday at 8:30. The victory was the first for new coach Josh Smith; it was not after getting a bunch of grey hairs on his part.

This year's version is based on brackets. With only six teams, this means that teams that played each other in the first round could turn around and play each other again in the final round. Worth County could be pitted against King City, the team that beat them 39-33 in the opening round. In another difference, it is also possible for a team to lose a game and then go on to win the tournament. For instance, Princeton's girls, losers of their first round match with Stanberry, could knock off South Harrison in the second round, play in the championship round, and then knock off the winner of the King City-Stanberry match to win the whole tournament.

Worth County dug itself into a 7-2 hole with 2:50 left as they could do nothing against a stingy Warrior defense. However, Worth County won by shutting down one of Albany's two main weapons, Shelby Fish, holding her to 5 points. But the other weapon, Kristie Sorensen, kept Albany in the game by scoring 15 of Albany's 23 points. She came alive after firing blanks in Albany's other two games against Northeast Nodaway and South Harrison. Worth County climbed out of the hole in the second quarter, limiting the Warriors to one point and taking a 12-8 lead at halftime. They had a balanced attack with five different players getting into the scoring column.

The game continued to be an all-out war, with frustration fouls, grabbing and tearing at rebounds and loose balls, and a lot of jump ball calls. Albany was crashing hard on Kaitlyn Davidson, who figures to be one of Worth County's main scoring options this year, every time she touched the ball down low. But Kaitlyn came alive in the third period for Worth County, getting six in the period. But Sorensen hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to bring Albany right back to within 5 at 20-15. In a defensive struggle of this nature, one defensive lapse can be huge since every possession is important.

Since many teams will likely be keying on Kaitlyn, Coach Josh Smith will be looking for other players to step up and score; Tess Andrews matched a career high with 5 points and hit a dagger 3-pointer to put Worth County up double digits at 27-16. Albany finally got going late in the game, aided by some missed free throws, but they could never get closer than the final score. There was one bizarre play during the closing seconds where Worth County got the possession arrow on a jump ball situation as Albany was frantically trying to get the ball back. However, one of the Albany players took the ball and all the Albany players were turned around, lined up to play offense on the wrong basket. Shelby Fish alertly took it to the correct basket and drew a foul, but the officials correctly wiped out the play since it was a correctable error situation.

Kaitlyn Davidson, despite Albany players grabbing and tearing at the ball all night every time she caught it in the post, had 12 points to lead Worth County. Tess Andrews followed with 5. Alysa Lyle and Sydney Thummel had 4, as did Sidney Troutwine.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Worth County Sheriff's Report

11-24 -- Person in to fill out a statement form.
11-24 -- Adult Protective Service in for meeting with sheriff.
11-25 -- Worth County Court has papers to serve.
11-25 -- Person calls about a dog being chained on his property.
11-25 -- Probation officer calls about an ongoing case.
11-25 -- Report of goats out west of Grant City.
11-26 -- Report of accident on 169 Highway; was in Iowa, officer assists Iowa officer.
11-26 -- Person calls about a pack of dogs north of Grant City.
11-26 -- Report of missing cow east of Grant City.
11-26 -- Report of domestic disturbance in Grant City.
11-27 -- Person calls about missing phone and saddle.
11-28 -- Person calls about trespassing.
11-28 -- Officer arrests person on shoplifting charge.
11-28 -- Persons in for concealed carry permits.
11-29 -- Officer in with two subjects for drug investigation.
11-29 -- Report of careless driving in Grant City.
11-30 -- 911 call of domestic problem in Grant City.
11-30 -- Report of stolen couch in Grant City.
11-30 -- Report of stolen cellphones and billfold.