Thursday, October 19, 2017

Obituary -- Stanley Hensley 1920-2017

Stanley Hensley was born March 19, 1920 to Mable and Victor Hensley in rural  Salem, South Dakota. In 1935 he moved to Malvern, Iowa. He graduated from Malvern High School in 1939. After graduation he worked as a clerk in a grocery store and farmed.

In April 1942 Uncle Sam took him in the service for World War 11. He served 42 months in the service and 38 of them were over seas in the Pacific area. Iwo Jima was his last stop in which he was discharged with an honorable discharge in November 1945.

February 1, 1946 he married Estellee Kobbe. They started farming west of Bedford, Iowa. Through the years he also drove a truck and worked in factories for 30 years in St. Joseph, Missouri. He retired from Wire Rope after 20 years in 1985 and moved to Sheridan. In the fall of 2011 he moved to Maryville and in 2012 he moved to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Missouri.

Stanley was preceded in death by his wife Estellee of 65 years in September 2011, his parents, and sister Evelyn Goy Knop.  He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services and Interment will be 2:30 P.M. Friday, October 20, 2107 in the VanSkyock Addition of Sheridan Cemetery. Military Rites by V.F.W. Post #3123. Rev. Susan Noakes will officiate. Arrangements under direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Junior High Choir Kicks Off With Fall Fun Concert

Worth County’s music program got bigger this year with a Junior High Choir formed this year, along with an honors music society. A Fall Fun Concert to showcase the new choir along with selections from some of the older students was held Tuesday.

Starting off the Junior High portion of the concert was “Glory Bound,” the popular gospel song. “Light Shine Bright” was next, with a solo portion performed by Calli Mancuso and a rap line performed by Jazmine Brooks, Jace Cousatte, Jackson Smith, and Tanner Ridge. Next, Alex Rinehart directed the rest of the group with various body movements in “The Dum Dum Song.”

The older students performed some songs as well. Riley Drury performed “Get Back Up Again,” with the Junior High Choir accompanying. Merrideth Spiers sang the popular gospel song “Hallelujah.” Jeremy Wimer put on his George Straight act and sang “Amarillo by Morning.” Trent Gabriel then sang the popular Garth Brooks tune “The Thunder Rolls.” Worth County Class of 2017 grad Jacob Wimer came back to accompany Jeremy in a duet of George Straight’s “Baby Blue,” about his daughter who was prematurely killed in a car wreck.

Olivia Kanak performed “Colors of the Wind” from the movie “Pocohantas.” Grace Gibson and Bailee Walker sang “Part of Your World” from “The Little Mermaid,” the popular kids movie. A.J. Drury sang the hilarious “Shiny,” about being a clam. Keelin Engel sang, “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again,” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Riley Drury played the part of an author stressing out about her work in “Watch What Happens.” Finally, Justina Wimer sang “How Far I’ll Go” with Keelin Engel providing dance accompaniment.

Justina Wimer and Riley Drury worked on the flats for the show. Mrs. Cook and Mrs. O’Connor loaned supplies for the show. Darrin and Nancy Drury were in charge of lights and sound. Jackson Smith opened and closed the curtain. Amy Garrett and April Healy provided technical support.
There are 21 students who are members of the newly-formed Junior High Choice. They are Lance Abplanalp, Hailey Adwell, Nicolas Aragon, Jazmine Brooks, Grant Cameron, Cooper Chapman, Jace Cousatte, Cheyanne Fairchild, Coner Gladstone, James Gladstone, ZeeAnna Gladstone, Braxton Hightshoe, Chloe Knight, Calli Mancuso, Molly Miller, Tanner Ridge, Alex Rinehart, Marshall Ruckman, Jackson Smith, Lucas Wake, and Drew Welch.

Advanced chorus members who performed include sopranos Keelin Engel, Misty Helt, Calli Mancuso, Bailee Walker and Justina Wimer; Altos Riley Drury, Grace Gibson, Aivry Griffin, Olivia Kanak, and Merrideth Spiers; and Baritones A.J. Drury, Trent Gabriel, and Jeremy Wimer.

Obituary -- Elbert Risser 1943-2017

Elbert Otto Risser, 74, passed from his earthly body on October 15, 2017. Elbert was the only child of Lowell and Myrtle (Goff) Risser. He was born in Sheridan, MO on May 1, 1943. Elbert spent most of his life in the Sheridan area. On July 30, 2004 he remarried his first wife, Doris.

Elbert loved all things mechanical. In his free time, he spent many years restoring John Deere tractors. In his later years, he shelved the green paint for International Harvester red. Elbert spent twenty-eight years working for the Missouri Department of Transportation as a highway maintenance worker. He retired from there in May 2005.

Elbert was a tinkerer and talker. If you were lucky, you’d catch him in his shop working on something – either wood or metal – and he’d entertain you for hours talking about his traveling adventures. Before retirement, he’d sneak away to Colorado or Texas to visit his kids. After retirement, he spread his traveling wings even further. Some of his favorite trips were to Indiana to visit Doris’s sister, South Dakota to visit his kids, and to Wyoming to visit family friends.

Elbert was preceded in death by his parents, a wife Patty, and a son Kerry. He leaves behind his wife, Doris, of the home as well as six children; Chris (Michelle) Risser, Bedford, IA, Gayland (Debbie) Risser, Hermosa, SD, Mike (Teresa) Risser, Bedford, IA, Malinda Nelson, Sheridan, MO, Bill (Amy) Straight, Grant City, Mo and Tish (Duane) Warner, Grant City, MO. Elbert also had the privilege of raising Eric (Cindi) Zimmerman, Maryville, MO and Mark Zimmerman, Maryville, MO. In all, twenty-one children had the opportunity to call him Grandpa. He also had five great-grandchildren to love with four more on the way.

A visitation was held Monday, October 16th from 6-8 pm at the Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

The funeral was Tuesday, October 17th at 2 pm at the funeral home with interment to follow at the VanSkyock Addition to the Sheridan Cemetery, Sheridan, MO. Jeff Blaine officiated. Memorials may go to St. Francis Hospice or the Sheridan Community Building in care of the funeral home.

Tevin Cameron Maintains Rushing Lead as Regular Season Closes

Tevin Cameron maintained the league lead in rushing yardage as the regular season closed. As Worth County closes in on the 3,000 yard mark in total offense for the season, Cameron has accounted for a little over half of it, 1,353 on the around and another 120 in passing and 38 in receiving yardage for a total of 1,511. He has 94 carries, figuring out to a 14.4 yards per carry average.

Ryan McClellan has been emerging as a second option for Worth County. He is now up to 534 yards in 42 carries, for a 12.7 average. Isaac Alarcon has 40 carries for 265 yards. Jeremy Wimer has 33 carries for 166 yards. Nate Adwell has 14 carries for 52 yards. Andrew Alarcon has 13 carries for 102 yards. Jacob New has 7 carries for -9 yards. Wayde Parman has 7 carries for 28 yards. Devan Jackson has 1 carry for 2 yards.

Tevin Cameron leads in touchdowns with 31, followed by Ryan McClellan with 16, Isaac Alarcon with 5, Jeremy Wimer and Andrew Alarcon with 2, and Nate Adwell, Wayde Parman, and Devan Jackson with 1.

Through the air, Worth County has completed 485 yards as a team. Ryan McClellan has completed 9 passes in 18 attempts for 246 yards. Tevin Cameron has completed 4 passes in 5 attempts for 120 yards. Jacob New has completed 5 passes in 10 attempts for 119 yards.

Caleb Parman leads the team in receptions with 7 for 178 yards. Bryant McCord has 6 catches for 199 yards. Mason Hawk has 2 catches for 59 yards. Tevin Cameron has 1 catch for 38 yards. Reed McIntyre has 1 catch for 2 yards.

Defensively, Drake Kinsella leads the Tigers in tackles with 68. Tevin Cameron has 65, Ryan McClellan 52, Devan Jackson 43, Bryant McCord 39, Brayden Welch 37, Caleb Parman 32, Mason Hawk 28, Wayde Parman 20, Jaxon Anderson 17, Isaac Alarcon 16, Andrew Alarcon, Nate Adwell, and Colton Wilmes 10, Jeremy Wimer 9, Jacob New 7, Ethan Thomas 5, Reed McIntyre and Justin Dye 4, Dakota Auffert 3, and Austin Welch 1.

Drake Kinsella leads the team with 8 sacks so far. Mason Hawk has 4.5, Brayden Welch 2, Tevin Cameron 1.5, Bryant McCord 1, and Nate Adwell and Wayde Parman 0.5.

Mason Hawk leads with three forced fumbles. Drake Kinsella has 2, while Jacob New has 1. Tevin Cameron leads the team with 3 fumble recoveries, while Ryan McClellan has 2. Mason Hawk, Wayde Parman, Drake Kinsella, Reed McIntyre, and Jacob New all have 1 fumble recovery.

Bryant McCord leads the team with 5 tipped passes. Drake Kinsella and Mason Hawk have 2 each, while Ryan McClellan, Tevin Cameron, and Isaac Alarcon each have 1.

Bryant McCord leads with 5 picks. Ryan McClellan has 4, while Isaac Alarcon has 2. Drake Kinsella has one blocked punt, while Ryan McClellan and Bryant McCord each have one pick-six.

Offensively, Tevin Cameron led the Tigers with 9 carries for 122 yards. Jeremy Wimer had 5 carries for 19 yards. Ryan McClellan had 3 carries for 50 yards. Andrew Alarcon had 3 carries for 6 yards, while Jacob New had 3 carries for -3 yards. Isaac Alarcon had 2 carries for 42 yards, while Wayde Parman had 1 carry for 0 yards.

Through the air, Tevin Cameron had one completion in one attempt for 40 yards. Mason Hawk had one catch for 40 yards and a score.

Defensively, Ryan McClellan had 9 tackles against Stanberry. Nate Adwell, Drake Kinsella, and Mason Hawk each had 8. Brayden Welch and Devan Jackson each had 7. Bryant McCord and Wayde Parman each had 5. Caleb Parman, Tevin Cameron, and Isaac Alarcon each had 4. Jaxon Anderson and Justin Dye each had 3. Jeremy Wimer, Andrew Alarcon, and Ethan Thomas had 2. Reed McIntyre had 1. Bryant McCord and Brayden Welch each had 1 sack, while Nate Adwell, Drake Kinsella, Wayde Parman, and Mason Hawk each had half a sack. Mason Hawk and Ryan McClellan had fumble recoveries. Bryant McCord had a tipped pass and a pick.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Shamrock Softball is Going to State

North Harrison’s magical season rolled on as they turned back Maysville 4-2 Monday night to punch their ticket to the state tournament. It will be played Friday at 2:00 at the Killian Sports Complex in Springfield against Canton. The State Championship Game will be played Saturday at 4 pm at the same facility.

North Harrison is now 21-6 for the year. They finished 11-2 against GRC foes, including 5-1 against the West and 6-1 against the bigger East schools. Maysville was a red hot team going into the game and ends their season at 13-13. They started off 1-6 for the year and battled injuries as well as difficult competition like Benton, Lawson, and Platte Valley. They hit a low with a loss to Polo, the Panthers’ lone win in the conference portion of the schedule. But they steadily improved over the year and a 6-5 victory over King City and a 3-1 victory over Stanberry late in the season turned their season around. They knocked off Stewartsville easily, then took down DeKalb 2-1 in the District title. Then, they took down a high-flying Norborne squad sporting a 19-3 record 8-0 in sectionals. Maysville, which is loaded with freshmen and sophomores and only one senior, will return as one of the teams to beat in the GRC East next year.

For North Harrison, there had been an unwritten taboo about talking about state the last few years, with the focus being on one game at a time. But this year was different, as they broke it the first day of practice. “The seniors decided they wanted to go to state for everyone who they had played with over the last few years who had worked just as hard, but fell short,” said Coach Brandon Craig. The underclassmen all bought in, with four different freshmen and a sophomore starting and another sophomore stepping in from time to time.

Back in 2011, the Shamrocks started a junior high softball program for the first time; this was the first bunch who made it all six years. They grew up in a hurry; by their 8th grade year, they won all their games with the exception of an epic pitching duel between Grace Schottel and the Worth County Tigers and Payton Craig, which went 2-1 in Worth County’s favor.

This year, North Harrison finally broke through Sectionals after being barred by Jefferson and Stanberry over the last few years; longtime Stanberry Coach Rod Walker was one of the many folks to congratulate Coach Brandon Craig after the win.

The game started off inauspiciously for the Shamrocks as Maysville slap hitter Cat Whiteman dropped one behind second for the first pitch; four different green shirts chased it to no avail. Sadie Smith moved her over with a bunt, but Brea Blanton, Maysville’s most dangerous hitter, popped out.

Emily Brown whiffed to end the inning. One of the keys to the game was that Payton Craig had Blanton’s number, holding her to 0 for 4 for the night. North Harrison will need a similar effort Friday, as Canton tagged Gallatin for 17 runs on their way to victory in sectionals, and knocked off favored Salisbury 6-3 with a late home run after being down 3-1 at one point.

It still looked inauspicious for North Harrison, as the wind was blowing in from left, keeping Payton Craig’s long drive in the park and the Shamrocks off the board in the first. But then in the second, Audry Briggs doubled off the wall in left center to start and Emma Craig moved her over on a bunt. Mason Cracraft popped out, but Kami Gibson singled to left to bring Briggs home. It was like that all night; everyone had each others’ back when something went wrong.

Payton Craig plunked Lexy Nicholson in the knee to start the fourth. Josie Fitzwater struck out after failing to get a bunt down, but slap hitter Cat Whiteman was up next. She was a triple threat as she swung away this time and hit a screamer to the opposite field, but right at third baseman Ashlynn Gilpatrick. She tried to double off Nicholson, but threw it away. Right fielder Carly Rinehart didn’t act like a freshman as she was right there to back it up, but the ball rolled into the press box, which had photographers in it at the time. By rule, that is treated just like the ball going into the dugout and Nicholson automatically went to second. It didn’t matter as Sadie Smith grounded out to Cracraft at second to end the inning with North Harrison’s 1-0 lead intact.

Once again, Payton Craig drove it to the wall in left and once again, the wind held it in for a catch. Craig hit Emily Brown on the hand; it could have been called either way, but she took first with one out. It didn’t matter as Craig picked herself up by forcing her at second with a laser beam after fielding Olivia Owen’s slow roller. Then, Mason Cracraft caught Madeline Smith’s screamer to get out of the inning.

Maysville finally scored in the fifth after North Harrison couldn’t take advantage of an error in the fourth. Stephanie Hyatt hit a pop fly single that dropped in to start off. Nicholson moved her over with a bunt and the 9th batter, Josie Fitzwater, walked. Cat Whiteman hit into an apparent force at third, but Gilpatrick threw it away and the bases were loaded. Sadie Smith grounded out to Cracraft at second to bring in one, and Blanton came up, but once again, everyone had each others’ back and Payton Craig got her to ground out back to the mound to get out of the inning with the game still tied at 1-1.

Maysville had every reason to expect the momentum as North Harrison’s 7-8-9 hitters were coming up, but with one out, Sally Briggs hit a grounder into the hole between second and first. Second baseman Stephanie Hyatt made a diving stop, but Briggs hustled down the line and beat the throw before giving way to pinch runner Rainey Fordyce. Carly Rinehart forced her at second, but Payton Craig finally came through, hitting a screamer down the left field line just fair for a double, putting runners on second and third. North Harrison hit a ton of line drives just foul all year on the left field line, but this was the break they were looking for. Brandi Rivet shot one up the middle for a base hit and both runners scored as Payton Craig game home on a futile throw home. Catcher Brea Blanton threw a laser down to second to get Rivet out, but it didn’t matter as North Harrison went back up 3-1.

That stood North Harrison in good stead as Emily Brown hit a grounder that looked like trouble to start the sixth. First baseman Kami Gibson had to dive to grab it, but second baseman Mason Cracraft had her back, scrambling to first for the 3-4 putout. That loomed up strongly as strike three got away from catcher Emma Craig, putting Olivia Owen on. Madeline Smith shot a single off third baseman Ashlyn Gilpatrick’s glove into left and they went to second and third on a wild pitch. Hyatt grounded out to score Owen, but then Lexy Nicholson was called out on strikes to end the inning with North Harrison still ahead 3-2. Without the outstanding defensive play to start the inning by North Harrison, the game would have been tied at this point.

Once again, a scratch hit led to a run by North Harrison to start their half of the sixth. Ashlynn Gilpatrick beat out an infield hit when her shot into the hole was snagged by the shortstop, but she beat it out. Audry Briggs hit one as hard as she had all year, but right at second baseman Stephanie Hyatt for an out. But Hyatt tried to double off Gilpatrick and threw it right into the dugout to advance Gilpatrick. Emma Craig flied out for the second out and then Mason Cracraft and Maysville pitcher Sadie Smith got into a long battle. Smith had kept North Harrison off balance all night with her change that she would throw at any time in the count. Cracraft got down 0-2 in the count, fouled off a pitch, and got back to 3-2. She fouled off another pitch and then turned on a change and hit a high, slow chopper that somehow got past short and into center. It was enough to score Gilpatrick with a badly needed insurance run. It was the lone changeup that North Harrison got a hit off of. All of North Harrison’s runs scored with two outs.

There was a heartstopping moment in the seventh inning after Payton Craig got Josie Fitzwater called out on strikes and got the dangerous Cat Whiteman to go after a slow change to strike her out. Sometimes, the last out is the final one to get, and what would have been the last out squirted out of second baseman Mason Cracraft’s glove as Sadie Smith reached safely. That brought up Brea Blanton, who had been slugging it all year for Maysville with the tying run. She turned on Payton Craig’s first pitch and it looked headed into left for a base hit. But once again, everyone had each others’ back as shortstop Brandi Rivet chased it down. The light wind coming in from left held it up long enough for her to get to the edge of the grass and make the catch for the final out.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Two More Unbeatens Fall from Ranks in Final Week of Season

Two more unbeatens have fallen thanks to a couple of prime matchups Friday night. Worth County toppled the top ranked team in Eight Man, while Rock Port pulled off a thriller against Mound City.

#3 Worth County 56, #1 Stanberry 14 – This one was over early. Worth County kicked to start off the game and constantly kicked it into the end zone, pinning Stanberry at their own 15. Stanberry turned the ball over several times like North Andrew had last week, sealing their fate. The question was how well Worth County could stop a good running team, and they were up to the task. Worth County will now rest a week before taking on either East Atchison or North/West Nodaway. The Wolves feature a triple option game, but can still air it out to Gage McAdams deep. North/West Nodaway has a young team with prize quarterback Korbin Koch at the helm carrying much of the load.

For Stanberry, they will have to lick their wounds as they face Albany, which improved towards the end of the year despite losing Coburn and pulled off a win over Braymer 54-50. If they win, they will go on the road to face Rock Port, which always plays well at home.

The combination of short fields and a stingy Stanberry defense meant Tevin Cameron “only” got 115 yards in 8 carries. But it was enough to keep him in the league lead. He has 93 carries for 1346 yards. Zach Pearon of Hardin-Central had 145 yards in 30 carries in a losing effort against Southwest Livingston, leaving him with 1313 yards in 179 carries. Trey Schieber (Stanberry) picked up some big gainers late in the Worth County game and is now at 1250 yards in 131 carries. Cole Durbin (Stanberry) has 117 carries and 1181 yards.

#2 Sacred Heart 73, Northwest/Hughesville 28 – Sacred Heart is one of three unbeatens left, but tailender Hughesville was able to tag them with 28 points.

#4 Rock Port 40, #5 Mound City 38 – This one was as good as advertised. Mound City took a 38-34 lead in the fourth before Rock Port came back and scored with under two minutes left to get the win. Caden Linthicum had three picks inside the red zone to stop Mound City drives, and they had four total. He also caught 7 passes for 153 yards as Jace Hughes completed 11 of 19 passes for 224 yards.

For Mound City, Dylan Marrs completed 15 of his 33 passes for 224 yards, and prize receiver Matthew Poppa, who had been out with an injury, came back to catch 13 passes for 203 yards. For Rock Port, Gavin Abbott had 12 carries for 123 yards.

Defensively, Carter Ottman had 19 tackles for Rock Port. Aaron Lawrence had 10, Dalton Brake 8, Gavin Abbott and Caden Linthicum 7, and Ryan Dewhurst 6.

With the win, Rock Port nails down the second seed in District 1 behind Worth County and gets a bye. Mound City gets the top seed in their district. Mound City stays atop District 2 regardless of the outcome.

#6 Greenfield 61, North Shelby 6 –
Greenfield has only two losses in their last two years – both to Sacred Heart. Bailey Baker completed 7 of 9 passes for 185 yards in this easy win. Gage Burns rushed six times for 98 yards and two scores, while Bailey Baker had 6 carries for 64 yards.

#7 King City 56, St. Joseph Christian 50 – King City trailed by as much as 30-12 and trailed all night against the Lions, but fought back and got a late tally with 19 seconds left to go ahead. Collin Breckinridge was 16 for 35 with 223 yards for the winners. Jacob Moen continued to move up the leaderboard as he had 132 yards. For Christian, Braden George did all he could as he had 241 yards for the night on the ground.

#8 North Andrew 72, Braymer 20 – North Andrew picked up a big over the GRC tailenders, recovering from its 56-6 halftime loss to Worth County.

#9 East Atchison 58, Platte Valley 12 – The Longhorns fell behind 16-0 and nearly made a game of it, closing to within 16-12 after a fumble return. But Ian Hedlund, the fullback in the Wolves’ Triple Option game, had a breakout game with 8 carries for 146 yards, while the Wolves got another 112 yards through the air on 5 attempts and 5 completions to Gage McAdams. Briacin Bywater added a 26 yard run.

#10 Chilhowee 42, K.C. East 20 –
Chilhowee stayed on the boards despite their loss the week before and clinched their first winning season in quite some time, getting their 6th win of the year against their Kansas-based foes.

South/Nodaway-Holt 52, North/West Nodaway 7 – The Muskets were obviously expecting more against a team that had only three wins coming in, but Weston Williams torched the Muskets in Burlington Junction with 29 carries for 333 yards and 5 touchdowns. Eric Ottman rushed 9 times for 80 more yards. Williams’ effort put him over the 1000 yard mark, putting him fifth on the eight man leaderboard.

Pattonsburg 94, Albany 62 – Folks in Albany were wondering where their wins were going to come from. Last year, they won handily over Pattonsburg, but this year, the Panthers crashed their Senior Night. Playing Worth County seems to bring out the best in enemy teams in subsequent games; the Panthers have been on a scoring tear since their 62-0 loss to the Tigers, hanging 80 on K.C. East and 94 on Albany.

Stewartsville 54, DeKalb 28 – Stewartsville has every right to be pleased with the way their season has progressed after they went through the Rock Port/Mound City gauntlet early and fell into a hole. They are back up to 4-4 with the win. Gage Rush ran for 85 yards and threw for 121 more. Cain Rush caught a 29 yard touchdown pass and scored on runs of 4 and 8. But DeKalb has shown some life late in the year after not winning a game last year; they beat Platte Valley 68-62 for their lone win this year and went the distance against Mound City before losing 50-14.

Maryville 14, Lafayette 12 – This was an off year for Maryville – by their standards. After graduating over 20 seniors, the Spoofhounds finally came down to earth in the MEC after outclassing the conference for the last several years, taking losses to Chillicothe and Smithville. But they are still good enough to play spoiler; they denied Bart Hardy’s Lafayette team a chance at the conference title Friday night.

South Harrison 40, Putnam County 20 – Winless last year, South Harrison fell into a 14-0 hole against the Midgets in Bethany. It looked like more of the same, but then the Bulldogs completely outplayed them the rest of the way, coming back for a 40-20 victory. They have now won four games this year, a vast improvement over last. Prize receiver Treyton Campbell can grab anything remotely within reach, stretching out defenses and opening everything else up.

Hamilton 56, East Buchanan 16 – This year’s version of the Galloping Ghost, LaTroy Harper, was at it again for Hamilton. He scored on runs of 70, 70, and 31 as the Hornets built up a 44-0 halftime lead against previously unbeaten East Buchanan. Harper finished with 19 carries for 274 yards, a typical night’s work for him.

Tigers Clinch GRC Football Title for First Time Since 1984 With Victory

Worth County won its first GRC football title since 1984, as they toppled Stanberry from the ranks of the unbeaten 56-14 Friday. The win meant that they are now the top seed in the district, meaning they have a week off to prepare for East Atchison or North/West Nodaway. In the meantime, Stanberry is faced with a difficult road trip to Rock Port, which beat Mound City 40-38 in a nailbiter in Rock Port. It can work both ways, however; last year, Stanberry played during the first round of districts, Worth County had the week off, and Stanberry successfully invaded Worth County to end their season.

The winner of the game between Worth County and either East Atchison or North/West Nodaway plays the winner of Stanberry at Rock Port three weeks from Friday for the district title.

Should Worth County win out and Mound City win out, Worth County would host Mound City, since the top team on the bracket hosts during odd numbered years. Should North Andrew knock off Mound City, they would host, since they hosted fewer district games than Worth County.

During Worth County’s Senior Night, which took place before the game, seniors from different squads were recognized. Recognized from the football team were Tevin Cameron, Ryan McClellan, Wayde Parman, Brayden Welch, Devan Jackson, Drake Kinsella, Mason Hawk, and Bobby Lynch. Water girls were Shylea Moellenberndt and Alyssa Fletchall. Elizabeth Owens and Olivia Davidson were recognized from the cheer squad. From the band, Quentin Miller, Drew Martell, Elizabeth Owens, Riley Drury, and Olivia Davidson were recognized.

Worth County kicked off to start the game, and Stanberry sought to air it out on their first play from scrimmage. However, it fooled nobody and Bryant McCord came in on a corner blitz and sacked Cole Durbin untouched. Stanberry was forced to punt, and Worth County caught a break when Tevin Cameron was apparently stripped by a Stanberry player, only for the officials not to notice and Worth County got the ball deep in Stanberry territory at the 29. Worth County only needed one play to score as Cameron got a block from Ryan McClellan and converted a spread draw for a score with 9:52 left. He ran in the extra points as well to make it 8-0.

Stanberry started making headway on its next drive, until set back with a false start penalty. Then, Cole Durbin fumbled it and Ryan McClellan recovered on the 19 while Durbin was fighting for yardage and Worth County had another short field. On their second play, a keeper from McClellan fooled everyone and he took it around the right end and to the house with 7:42 left. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 16-0.

Once again, Worth County stripped Durbin of the football and got the ball back on the Stanberry 19. Faced with third and one, Stanberry jumped offsides to the 5, and Tevin Cameron got a block from Isaac Alarcon to get in again with 5:57 left to make it 22-0.

Stanberry muffed the ensuing kick out of bounds at their own 7, and they were forced to punt. A holding penalty wiped out a touchdown for Worth County and they started at their own 35, but Isaac Alarcon took the carry and bounced it out and down the left sideline for a score with 4:09 left for a 45 yard run. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 30-0.

Stanberry finally started making some headway on its next series, but a bad snap on second and three at the 40 set them back to the 32. Stanberry went for it in desperation on fourth down and 11, but the pass, intended for Levi Murphy, was incomplete as he slipped and fell. Worth County was stuck with third and 11 at the 33 and Ryan McClellan took a keeper around the right end. John Shanks seemingly had him in his sights, but a Tiger blocker slowed him down just enough for McClellan to get free and down the right side of the field for a score with 31.1 seconds left. A pass from Ryan McClellan to Mason Hawk on a guard eligible play made it 38-0.

Stanberry finally got its vaunted ground game going on its next series after starting at its own 15. They picked up three first downs and got to the Tiger 32 before Trey Schieber got loose on a counter with 7:23 left to put Stanberry on the board.

On the ensuing kickoff, Ryan McClellan was shaken up and Jacob New replaced him at quarterback. It didn’t matter, as Tevin Cameron shot up the middle for 33 yards into Stanberry territory at the 38. He picked up 3 more and then scampered 35 yards for a score with 6:07 left to quell Stanberry’s attempt to rally. Jacob New’s pass to Isaac Alarcon made it 46-6.

A holding penalty on Stanberry drove them back to their own 7 on the next series, setting up a safely as Mason Hawk sacked Durbin in the end zone with 5:41 left to make it 48-6. On the ensuing kickoff, Bryant McCord got a nice runback, but Hunter Johnson stripped him at the end of the run. Stanberry couldn’t do anything with it and Worth County looked like they would be stopped with fourth and 17 at the 40 with time running out in the first half. But then Tevin Cameron threw a halfback pass and aired it out to Mason Hawk on a guard eligible play and nobody was anywhere near him as he took it to the house with 1:53 left. Isaac Alarcon ran in the extra points to make it 56-6.

Trey Schieber got loose for 24 yards on a power sweep to the Tiger 36, but the Bulldogs stalled there and frustration set in as a Stanberry player was flagged for a late hit back to their own 34. Stanberry aired it out on fourth and forever, but Bryant McCord picked it off and ran it back to the Stanberry 23 before time expired.

The second half was played by the subs of both teams. Worth County’s JV made two goal line stands before Brian Medina scored for Stanberry with 1:34 left in the game from 5 yards out.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

North Harrison Ends Three Years of Futility at Sectionals; Beats Platte Valley 3-2

North Harrison had been to sectionals each of the last three years. Each time, Stanberry or Jefferson was there barring the door. But finally, North Harrison broke the barrier Wednesday night and took down Jefferson 3-2 to advance to the Elite Eight.

Last year, North Harrison had gotten past Princeton and Worth County, erasing a 2-0 deficit in the fifth inning in the district title game to move on, only to fall to Platte Valley 6-1. Two years ago, they beat Stanberry 12-6 in the regular season, only to fall to them 3-2 in nine innings.  Three years ago, they beat Jefferson 9-7 in the regular season only to fall 3-0 in sectionals. But Coach Brandon Craig gave his seniors, Payton Craig, Brandi Rivet, and Audry Briggs, all the credit for North Harrison’s strong postseason this year. “They’re getting more and more focused as we get into the post-season,” he said. Coach Craig talked about his team’s youth at the start of the season, but the younger players have bought in and stepped up.

It was a full house at North Harrison, with many former players from teams over the last 25 years there to cheer them on. Dava Nelson, who had pitched North Harrison to the state tournament twice in 1992 and 1993 and whose team won the 1993 state title, couldn’t resist staying away from the dugout after all this time.

The Shamrocks got their first run in the third when Payton Craig led off the inning with a single to center. Platte Valley catcher Josie Deen had made a living off picking off enemy runners, but threw one away, allowing Craig to go to second. Brandi Rivet laid down a bunt that rolled down the first base line and stayed fair, putting runners on first and third. Ashlyn Gilpatrick hit a fly ball into the right field corner that was clearly foul. But the Platte Valley right fielder, instead of letting it drop, caught it. On a foul ball, no runners can advance; however, on a catch, runners can tag up and advance whether it’s fair or foul. Payton Craig alertly tagged up and scored.

It looked like it would be the only run North Harrison would need at first. Payton Craig retired the first 11 Eagle batters, striking out four in the first three innings. Josie Deen finally walked in the fourth inning with two outs after getting to 3-2 and fouling off four pitches. Kaylin LaMaster, who had hit a home run off Craig in the earlier game between the two teams, was up, but she grounded out to Gilpatrick for the final out.

Things continued to go roses for North Harrison as Kami Gibson singled with one out in the fourth. Hunter Stevens forced Olivia Babinski (running for Gibson) at second. But that was good enough to bring up Payton Craig and she shot a single to center. Platte Valley pitcher Elizabeth Turpin began fighting the strike zone and walked Brandi Rivet on four pitches. Ashlyn Gilpatrick, faced with a 3-2 count, walked on a close pitch despite plenty of squawking from the Eagle fans and dugout, forcing in Rainey Fordyce (running for Stevens) to make it 2-0. Audrey Briggs reached on an error as the third baseman let one get through her legs, bringing in Craig to make it 3-0.

In Jefferson’s 5-3 victory over North Harrison in Conception this year, the Eagles used one bad inning to jump to a lead. Something like that almost happened in the fifth. Amber White, who has had Payton Craig’s number over the last three years, and who bats left-handed, shot an opposite field single down the left field line to start off the fifth for Platte Valley. Jessie Miller followed with another one just past shortstop and Vanessa Pappert ran for her. Mikayla Mattson was called out on strikes, but Craig threw away Ashley Mattson’s grounder to score two runs and put the tying run on base. But Turpin and Stephanie Chor both grounded out and North Harrison still had their lead. The key difference between that inning and the second inning of the 5-3 loss to Platte Valley was that after the first error, North Harrison didn’t make another one Wednesday.

North Harrison could not get an insurance run home in either the fifth or the sixth. In the fifth, Mason Cracraft singled and Carly Rinehart moved her over with a bunt, but Kami Gibson and Hunter Stevens struck out to strand her. Brandi Rivet and Ashlyn Gilpatrick got back to back singles in the sixth with one out, but Audrey Briggs hit a line shot right at Turpin, who doubled off Gilpatrick.
Once again, Amber White, who had Craig’s number, led off the seventh and once again, she shot a single down the left field line. Thankfully, Jessie Miller popped out back to Craig and Mikayla Mattson was called out on strikes. But then Ashley Mattson hit a slow roller up the middle that second baseman Mason Cracraft was able to stop but couldn’t make a play on.

That brought up Turpin, who hit a slow roller up the first base line. Kami Gibson got to it, saw she couldn’t beat Turpin to the bag, and threw it to Cracraft, who had alertly come over to cover first for the final out of the game.

Coach Brandon Craig said that the focus now was to relax and treat everything like any other game. He reminded his players that they had played Maysville in summer ball. The Wolverines beat Norborne in their sectionals to keep their season alive.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Showdowns Loom in Final Week of Eight Man Season

The ranks of the unbeaten in eight man football will drop to three after Friday night. First, #3 Worth County will face #1 Stanberry at Worth County in a battle to decide the GRC Conference Title as well as placement in the district seedings. Two more unbeatens will face as Mound City will travel to Rock Port in a venue that is always tough to play at. The goal for Worth County is simple, as for all the other teams in their district – avoid the trip to Rock Port. Should Stanberry beat Worth County and Rock Port beat Mound City, that could set up a trip to Rock Port for Worth County in two weeks. But if Worth County beats Stanberry, they would likely host throughout districts. That would set up a home game between Worth County and the winner of North/West Nodaway and East Atchison and then a home game between Worth County and the winner of Stanberry and Rock Port.

Worth County and Sacred Heart are on opposite brackets, meaning that they don’t play each other until the State Championship Game, if at all. Instead, Worth County would play the winner of District 2 in the semifinals. That would be either a rematch with North Andrew or the rekindling of their old rivalry with Mound City; the latter team is the top seed in that district. If Worth County is the top seed, Mound City is the top seed, and they both win out, Worth County would host Mound City, since they are on the top of the bracket in an odd-numbered year and both teams hosted an equal number of games. If North Andrew were to go on the road and beat Mound City, Worth County would travel to North Andrew, since they hosted more games.

Another tiebreaker comes into play if an unlikely sequence of events occurs. If Worth County wins Friday, but somehow finishes behind Rock Port in district standings, they would travel to Rock Port for the district finals after facing and beating Stanberry again. Meanwhile, St. Joseph Christian travels to Mound City, beats the Panthers, and sets up a matchup with North Andrew. North Andrew hosts the upstart Lions, beats them, and faces Worth County, which travels to Rock Port and wins. Worth County would host, since under the tiebreakers, both teams would have hosted an equal number of games, but North Andrew hosted a quarterfinal game and Worth County did not.

#1 Stanberry 52, #9 East Atchison 6 – Briacin Bywater nailed Stanberry with a 48 yard scoring run early for the Wolves, but then Stanberry took control ahead of their showdown at Worth County Friday. Trey Schieber had 9 carries for 145 yards for the Bulldogs. Cole Durbin had a 33 yard run, Rueben Gage had a 41 yard scoring run, and Cole Durbin threw a 37 yard pass to Brad Hailey. Zack Oldham added a sack for the Bulldogs.

For the year, Stanberry has scored 66.3 points per game and given up 28.8. Cole Durbin has completed 21 of his 35 passes for 405 yards and 11 touchdowns. Trey Schieber has 120 carries for 1164 yards, while Cole Durbin is right behind with 102 carries for 1157 yards. Brad Hailey has 15 carries for 309 yards. Zack Oldham has four sacks for Stanberry. Trey Schieber has 93 tackles.
East Atchison has scored 31.8 points per game and allowed 31.5 points. Jake McEnaney has completed 36 of his 81 passing attempts for 759 yards. Gage McAdams has 28 catches for 637 yards, the most in eight man football. Gage McAdams has 5 picks and Jake McEnaney 4 for the Wolves. McAdams has 82 tackles.

#2 Sacred Heart 49, #10 Chilhowee 0 – Chilhowee broke into the rankings for the first time ever this week, but Sacred Heart had little trouble disposing of them.

#3 Worth County 56, #8 North Andrew 6 – Worth County had little trouble putting away North Andrew at halftime to hand the Cardinals their third loss of the year. The first comparisons between Worth County and Sacred Heart can be made. Worth County beat North Andrew at halftime, while the Cardinals went the distance against Sacred Heart and were able to put points on the board. But the only thing that matters is what happens if and when the two teams take the field.

Tevin Cameron is the leading rusher in the league for Worth County now; he has moved ahead of everyone else thanks to several 200-yard efforts. It hasn’t hurt that he leads in average yards per carry with 14.5; he has 85 carries for 1231 yards. He is ahead of Zach Pearon (Hardin-Central) at 1168, Trey Schieber (Stanberry) with 1164, and Cole Durbin (Stanberry) with 1157. Having Isaac Alarcon as his personal escort helps; two years ago, Alarcon blocked for Brevyn Ross, who had 188 carries for 1926 yards in 2015.

With Cameron as runningback, Alarcon as personal escort, a formidable line in Drake Kinsella, Mason Hawk, and Colton Wilmes, and receivers who can block in Caleb Parman and Bryant McCord, Worth County hasn’t had to go through the air much. But when they have, they have found success. Ryan McClellan has 9 completions in 17 attempts for 233 yards. Eight of his completions have been for scores. He has rushed for 400 more and Alarcon still gets his share of carries to take the heat off Cameron.

The knock over the years on Worth County has been that they can’t defend the pass; however, Friday was the second straight week they have shut down a potent passing attack. They grounded Jacob Powelson, one of the top quarterbacks in the area, and picked him off four times and sacked him two more Friday after shutting down a potent Pattonsburg passing game the week before. This Friday, they will have to stop a good running team.

#4 Rock Port 82, South/Nodaway Holt 32 – Rock Port ran into some hot water before putting away the Spartans. Rock Port only led 18-12 early in the second before finally gaining some separation with Caden Linthicum’s 43 yard pass from Jase Hughes and Quentin Carder’s 57 yard run. Hughes ran into some unexpected turbulence through the air as he completed 8 of his 20 passing attempts after completing around 75% of his passes throughout the year, going for 112 yards. But that was more than made up for on the ground as they had monster nights from Brock Martin (16 carries, 271 yards) and Carder (9 carries, 165 yards). Gavin Abbott had a pick six. Caden Linthicum had 3 catches for 79 yards, while Ryan Dewhurst had 2 catches for 62 yards. Gavin Abbott had 13 tackles for Rock Port.

For South/Nodaway Holt, Wes Williams had 21 carries for 106 yards and added a kickoff return for a score. He added 13 tackles for the Spartans.

Rock Port is third in scoring with 64.3 points per game. They still lead the league in points allowed, giving up 8.8 per game. Jase Hughes has 43 completions in 68 attempts for 950 yards, 22 touchdowns, and three picks. Ryan Dewhurst has 18 catches for 434 yards, while Caden Linthicum has 16 catches for 430 yards. Linthicum has five picks for Rock Port. Ryan Dewhurst has 12.5 sacks for the Blue Jays, while Gavin Abbott has 4.5.

#5 Mound City 50, DeKalb 14 – Mound City put DeKalb away, but they had to go the distance against the Tigers, with one lone win on the year. T.J. Hopkins had 8 carries for 102 yards and scored on runs of 32, 22, and 22 in the win. Landon Poppa added a 29 yard scoring run. Mound City has scored 56.5 points per game this year, fifth in the league, while giving up 15.8, sixth in the league. Dylan Marrs led the league in tackles in a single game with 23. T.J. Hopkins added 12. Hopkins had 2.5 sacks in the game, while Blake Hayes had 1.5.

#6 Greenfield 50, Colony Crest (KS) 0 – Greenfield cruised to an easy win against their Kansas foes behind the arm of Bailey Baker. He was 11 for 15 for 174 yards, tops in the league this week. Marcus Wright had 5 catches for 74 yards, while Tyrell Stafford had 2 catches for 62 yards. For the season, Greenfield had scored 49.9 points per game and allowed 15.6. Baker has completed 66 of his 114 passes for 1082 yards and 22 touchdowns. That is good for second in the league. Wright has 21 catches for the year for 351 yards. Colin White has 14 catches for 249 yards.

#7 King City 50, Albany 0 – King City had little trouble with Albany in this halftime game. Collin Breckinridge leads the league with 1184 yards passing; he has 88 completions in 154 attempts. Like last year, King City is on the rebound after starting off 2-3. The emergence of Jacob Moen as a runningback has been a factor; he has broken onto the leaderboards with 824 yards in 116 carries. There is little secret to King City’s success; they give it to Breckinridge and let him read the defense.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Shamrocks Win Districts for Fourth Straight Year; Down Albany in Final 3-0

North Harrison won districts for the third straight year 3-0 over Albany as Payton Craig, pitching on back to back outings, tossed a three hitter to stop the Warriors. North Harrison used stingy defense to get to a rematch with Jefferson. They will host the Eagles Wednesday at 6 pm in Eagleville and seek to avenge a 5-3 loss earlier in the season.

For North Harrison, they gave up no runs at all; Payton Craig allowed only four hits while striking out 15 in 14 innings of work.

Albany constantly put the ball in play all day, but North Harrison was able to make plays in the field when they had to in order to keep Albany off the board. Albany sent out Madalyn Rainey to try and slow down the Shamrocks; she was able to keep them off balance with her change, which she threw anywhere in the count. But North Harrison was able to get enough hitting to get on the board.

The Shamrocks got on the board in the first when Payton Craig shot a single to left. Brandi Rivet hit a foul pop on the left side of home; third baseman Gabby Newman and catcher Abbey Wilson chased after it before Newman came up with it; however, Craig advanced to second on the play. Ashlynn Gilpatrick struck out on a change and Audrey Briggs got down 0-2 in the count. But then she battled back to 3-2 and then tripled to right center field as Craig scored to make it 1-0.

Albany tried all game to follow Worth County’s lead against Payton Craig; either chase after her first pitch strike or foul off her pitches and force her to throw a good pitch or draw a walk. Abbey Wilson battled through 10 pitches in the second  and fouled off five of them before popping out after Riley Houts had reached on a dropped third strike. In the third, Amber Davis got down 0-2 but fouled off two pitches and draw a walk to start the third. Madalyn Rainey fouled off five different pitches before finally drawing a one-pitch walk. Then, third baseman Ashlynn Gilpatrick threw away a force at third; thankfully, left fielder Audrey Briggs was there for the backup to keep a run from scoring. That loaded up the bases, but Albany was not able to convert. Gilpatrick, obviously playing with a short memory, snagged Lauryn Shoush’s line drive and stepped on third to double off Davis. Lauryn Brown hit a pop fly to right field that looked like trouble, but Carly Rinehart made a running grab to end the inning with no damage done. It was not the only time Gilpatrick had been opportunistic playing third; she had picked a Hamilton runner off second in the final inning as the Hornets were trying to erase a 5-2 deficit during the regular season.

Rainey froze Rinehart on a change to start the third, but then Payton Craig crushed a double off the left field wall and Brandi Rivet singled her home to make it 2-0.

Albany finally broke up Payton Craig’s no-hit bid in the fifth when Davis and Rainey hit back to back singles, but that came to nothing. North Harrison got an insurance run when Carly Rinehart singled to bring up Payton Craig. Craig popped out to right field, but the right fielder threw it away trying to double off Rinehart, who made it to second. Brandi Rivet singled her home to make it 3-0.
For Coach Brandon Craig, winning districts doesn’t get old. “Albany was a good team that’s going to be around for a few years,” he said. “Jefferson’s still one of the top teams in the area until someone proves otherwise.” For the last few years, Jefferson and Stanberry have barred the way past sectionals. North Harrison will seek to break the barrier Wednesday night.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Payton Craig Tosses One Hitter as Worth County’s Softball Season Ends

Payton Craig tossed a one hitter for North Harrison as the Shamrocks advanced to the finals in districts Sunday, but Worth County made her earn it before finally going down 6-0 Sunday afternoon. The teams brought their players to the site in Albany twice, only to be sent home on Thursday and Saturday as torrential rains battered the area last week for much of the week. Finally, the sun came out Sunday and the two teams were able to get a game in.

Both teams were headed in opposite directions heading into districts; North Harrison ran the gauntlet portion of their schedule and dropped three straight the week before last to powerhouses Lathrop, Putnam County, and Stanberry and only scored four runs in those three games. Worth County had been playing excellent softball lately, beating South Harrison 8-5, losing 4-1 to Maysville after getting drubbed 10-0 by them the week before, beating NEN 10-0 on Haley Hunt’s one-hitter, and beating Mercer 13-0 Wednesday capped by Anna Spainhower’s grand slam.

Craig worked around a walk in the first to retire Worth County, but Tiger pitcher Haley Hunt, fresh off a one-hit win over NEN, struck out Craig, one of the few enemy pitchers to manage that this year. She got Brandi Rivet to ground out to the mound. Ashlynn Gilpatrick singled up the middle and Audry Briggs singled up the middle. Gilpatrick, off at the crack of the bat with two outs, had every right to expect to get to third for Emma Craig to come up, but Tiger center fielder Anna Gladstone, seemingly equipped with a rocket launcher for an arm, easily threw her out to end the inning.

Worth County continued to battle Craig in the second, with freshman Jill Hardy getting to 14 pitches before finally being called out on strikes. But the floodgates opened in the bottom of the second as Emma Craig led off with a double down the left field line. Mason Cracraft beat out a bunt out in front of the plate to put runners on first and third, and Kami Gibson singled in one home after Cracraft stole second. Kenna Slaughter grounded out to score Mason Cracraft after Olivia Babinski (running for Gibson) stole second, and then Carly Rinehart reached on shortstop Jill Hardy’s throwing error to score Babinski to make it 3-0.

Payton Craig struck out the side in the third, but Haley Hunt settled down, changing her speeds, and getting a 1-2-3 inning of her own. Worth County, without a hit through three, nearly got one in the fourth. Kristin New’s grounder between first and second was handled by Gibson, who slipped and fell before scrambling back to the bag in time. Merrideth Spiers got the best swing on Craig and hit it hard, but right at Audry Briggs in center; the game was played on the east field and the sun is in the eyes of the left fielder, but for Briggs, it was no problem.

North Harrison used a two out rally in the fourth to finally get two more across in the fourth. Kenna Slaughter got a two out single as a pop fly between right field, center field, and second base dropped untouched. She went to second on a wild pitch and Carly Rinehart singled to right center field. Anna Gladstone’s throw was strong enough to keep Slaughter from scoring, but it didn’t matter as Payton Craig hit one 250 feet off the wall in left, over Braidy Hunt’s head for a triple to make it 5-0.

Worth County got their first two runners on in the fifth as Kennedy Galanakis reached on a dropped throw by first baseman Kami Gibson and Haley Hunt walked. Jill Hardy made Craig work for it, but finally she was froze for a called third strike. The runners went to second and third on a wild pitch, but they couldn’t come around. Megan Cassavaugh battled for 10 pitches with Craig, but popped out to Cracraft and Anna Spainhower grounded out for the third out.

Ashlynn Gilpatrick singled up the middle and Audry Briggs walked to start the North Harrison fifth. Emma Craig tried to move them over with a bunt, but bunted into the air. The ball dropped, but Gilpatrick couldn’t scramble to third in time and was forced out at third. Mason Cracraft singled to center, but once again, Anna Gladstone’s strong throw kept a run from scoring. Her arm kept Worth County in the game that day. The bases were loaded for pinch hitter Sally Briggs, but she grounded into a double play as Merrideth Spiers threw home for the force and Cassavaugh threw to first to complete the double play.

Worth County could not score in the sixth despite Braidy Hunt getting on thanks to a dropped throw. Kristin New popped out, Anna Gladstone popped out, and Merrideth Spiers grounded out to end the threat.

North Harrison used another rally to get an insurance run in the sixth. Payton Craig beat out an infield hit as shortstop Jill Hardy had no play on a ball that was hit into the hole at short. Brandi Rivet hit a pop fly dropped by right fielder EmiLee Brown and Elizabeth Parkhurst, off with the crack of the bat with two outs, came all the way around from first to score. Rivet was thrown out trying for second.
The only tense point was whether Payton Craig could complete her no-hitter, but Kennedy Galanakis broke it up with a pop fly that dropped into center field to start the seventh. Worth County battled and battled and kept fouling pitches off, but could not get anything in play. Haley Hunt got down 0-2 in the count, had two pitches hit her bat, fouled two more off, and got to 3-2 before grounding out to Cracraft. Jill Hardy once again battled against Craig, fouling off four straight pitches before finally striking out. Megan Cassavaugh tried to turn on Craig’s first pitch, but grounded out to Cracraft to end it. Craig didn’t get her no-hitter, but she struck out 11 batters in the process.

Both coaches had every reason to be pleased with their showing Sunday with the multiple postponements and the players not having school that day. “Our seniors are getting more and more focused,” said Coach Brandon Craig. “They’re starting to realize that this is it. We’re going to throw them out there and see what happens.” For Coach Tiffany Bliley, she said that she was excited to see what next year would bring after her team finished the season strongly and will return everyone next year. “We’ll make some adjustments and come back at them next year,” she said.

Tigers Down North Andrew for First Time Since 2011; Win at Half 56-6

Worth County won its first game over North Andrew since 2011 with a 56-6 halftime victory. The Tigers remained unbeaten on the season going into this Friday’s clash with Stanberry. It was also the first halftime loss for North Andrew since Worth County beat them in 2011, the last time they won state. Rock Port joined the 275 the following year and Worth County dropped North Andrew and added Rock Port to their schedule.

When Worth County joined the GRC for eight man competition, North Andrew had their number for the first few years. But this time, after Tevin Cameron pounced on Lance Streeby’s fumble on North Andrew’s second play from scrimmage, Worth County took the lead and never looked back. Worth County set up shop at the Cardinal 19 and then Ryan McClellan’s trap play gave Worth County first and goal at the 9. Two carries by Tevin Cameron, helped by blocks from Isaac Alarcon and Caleb Parman, put Worth County in the end zone with 9:38 left. Cameron slipped out of a tackle to make it 8-0.

The game was played in muddy field conditions as torrential rains fell all week. The conditions seemed to hurt North Andrew a lot more than they did Worth County. An open receiver slipped and fell on North Andrew’s next series, and two more plays only netted seven yards and North Andrew was forced to punt. The kick was shanked to the 40, giving Worth County another short field. Isaac Alarcon picked up two yards to the 38 and then Worth County lined up Tevin Cameron wide on its next play. Tevin cracked back as though to throw a block and then flew straight down the field for a 38 yard strike from Ryan McClellan with 8 minutes left in the first to make it 14-0.

Ryan McClellan picked off a pass on North Andrew’s first play on its next series. A holding penalty wiped out a pick six, but Tevin Cameron scored off a 27 yard power sweep as Worth County got it right back to boost their lead to 20-0. One of North Andrew’s players punched one of Worth County’s players in frustration on the play, something that the referees didn’t see.

North Andrew finally got some offense going as a screen pass to Lance Streeby went for 20 yards to the Tiger 30. But an illegal shift and a fumbled snap on the soggy field helped thwart the Cardinal drive and Worth County took over on downs at their own 28. Tevin Cameron picked up 10 yards to the 38 behind the blocking of Bryant McCord, and Isaac picked up seven more to the 35. A false start set Worth County back to the 40, but a play action pass from Ryan McClellan to Bryant McCord made it 26-0 with 3:50 left in the first quarter.

North Andrew overcame a sack from Devan Jackson and Mason Hawk on their next play as they aired one out successfully to Caleb Patterson for 19 and Jacob Powelson converted a fourth and one at the 32. But North Andrew couldn’t get any further as Bryant McCord broke up a pass on third and eight at the 34 and the Cardinals were forced to punt. Worth County had its worst field position of the night at their own 21, but it didn’t matter as Ryan McClellan got loose, flew down the right side of the field, and cut it to the left for a 59 yard score with 40 seconds left in the first to make it 34-0 after Jacob New’s conversion pass to Bryant McCord.

This time, North Andrew got on the board as Jacob Powelson aired it out to Caleb Patterson for 50 yards out on North Andrew’s first play from scrimmage as they closed to within 34-6 with 24.6 seconds left. Tevin Cameron got a sack on the extra point attempt.

Worth County got an extended drive going to prevent North Andrew from turning the game into a track meet after starting at their own 25. Isaac Alarcon started off with 5 yards, then Tevin Cameron picked up three and converted a third and two with a power sweep to the 37. He set up for a halfback pass on his next play.

Tevin rolled out to his left, found nobody open, but was able to scramble down the right side for 13. A spread draw to Isaac Alarcon netted 12 and Ryan McClellan scrambled for six to put the ball on the Cardinal 12. Isaac Alarcon went on a sweep to the right side on the next play, and it looked like he would be stopped for a loss. But then Tevin Cameron threw a block to spring him free and then he shed two would-be tacklers like they weren’t even there as he rumbled into the end zone with 10:13 left to put Worth County in front 40-6.

North Andrew tried to turn it into a track meet as they aired it out to Patterson and Bryant McCord was flagged for horsecollar as he took the penalty rather than let him get away for six. That put the ball on the Tiger 25. But when the Cards tried to air it out for a score, nobody was home on first down. On the second play, Ryan McClellan and Bryant McCord tangled up and Lance Streeby was open for a sure six. But Isaac Alarcon saw what was happening, came over from his middle linebacker slot, leaped in the air to tip it, and nearly hauled it in for the pick. Patterson caught a 10 yard pass to the 15 for a first down, but then on the next play, Powelson came under heavy pressure and threw it away. A power sweep to Streeby netted six to the nine, but then Powelson came under heavy pressure and tried to dump it off to Streeby. That didn’t work as he was dropped for a loss of four back to the 13. On the next play, North Andrew tried to shoot for the end zone, but Bryant McCord was there for the pick to kill the drive.

For once, after a 19 yard carry from Tevin Cameron, Worth County stalled and was forced to punt at their own 33. But on third and eight at their own 17, North Andrew threw a pick to Ryan McClellan and Worth County had a short field at the Cardinal 35. Worth County lined up in the same formation which they used to score Devan Allen the week before against Pattonsburg, but this time, Ryan McClellan kept it around the left end. Nobody saw that he had the ball until it was too late and he picked up his second breakaway touchdown with 3:47 left in the half. Tevin Cameron’s second effort gave the Tigers a 50-6 lead.

North Andrew got a first down to their own 30 off a pass interference and, faced with third and one at their own 39, tried to air it out. But this time, Bryant McCord got a pick at his own 21 and returned it all the way to the North Andrew five. It was wiped out by a questionable personal foul call on Drake Kinsella; his block on Ryan Hughes sprung McCord loose as Hughes had a possible angle for a tackle. On the other end, the officials called a horsecollar penalty; they initially tried to call Tevin Cameron for a horsecollar on his own player before they got it right. Then, the North Andrew coach nearly got a penalty for demanding that Kinsella get ejected. After all that was sorted out, Worth County got the ball on its down 21. North Andrew made a stand twice before Tevin Cameron broke loose for a 55 yard run with 1:22 left to put Worth County over the 45 point limit. Isaac Alarcon ran in the extra points to make it 56-6.

Streeby caught a pass for 12 to their own 28 on North Andrew’s next possession, but Caleb Parman broke up a pass, Kinsella ran Hughes out of bounds for an eight yard loss to the 20, Drake Kinsella and Tevin Cameron sacked Powelson back to the seven, and North Andrew was forced to punt to run out the clock.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Obituary -- Tammy Mercer 1961-2017

Tammy E. Mercer of Gentry, Missouri was an inspiration to all who met her. She fought polycystic kidney disease for over 20 years and was on dialysis for 13 years. She was in and out of the hospital many times. Each time she fought every obstacle and overcame it. She always had a smile on her face and never lost her faith. She is once again whole and no longer suffering. Tammy lost her battle on September 27, 2017 at the age of 56.

Tammy was born September 2, 1961 in Hamilton, Ohio. She was preceded in death by her father Robert Hurkman, mother Diana Phillippe, maternal and paternal grandparents and father-in-law, Jack Mercer.

On October 15, 1977, she was united in marriage to Rick Mercer. He survives of the home.

She is also survived by daughters, Holly (Keith) Preston, Gilman City, MO; Connie (Jason) Jenkins, Pickering, MO; son, Charlie (Jeni) Mercer, St. Joseph; grandchildren, Kyler, Landon and Mason Preston, Jordan, Andrea and Samuel Jenkins, Ian, Molly and Timothy Mercer; sister, Helen Hiley, Gallatin; brothers, Ron (Tammi) Hurkman, Gentry; Ken Hurkman, Montana; mother-in-law, Connie Mercer, Gentry; step-father, Ron Phillippe, Stanberry; several nieces and nephews.

Tammy worked at Energizer Battery Co. in Maryville, MO for 15 years. She then worked at Places and Pamida as a manager until her health failed her. Tammy was a member of the Gentry Christian Church, where she served with the youth during VBS. Tammy and her family and friends participated in PKD Walk for a Cure fundraiser to raise awareness for PKD.

Tammy’s hobbies included gardening, scrapbooking and watching her beloved St. Louis Cardinals and attended as many games as she could.

Her pride and joy was her kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews. All of her free time was devoted to attending their numerous activities. You were likely to see her in her chair or the stands cheering for them.

She will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Obituary -- Wayne Russell Emerson 1924-2017

Wayne Russell Emerson, 93, Blythedale, MO passed away September 25, 2017 after a short battle with lung cancer. He and his twin sister, Wilma Lee, were born July 11, 1924 near Mound City, Missouri to Ralph Waldo and Ethel Lee Emerson. 

In 1936, the family moved to Colorado, where Wayne lived until 1944 when he enlisted in the Navy. He served on the USS Lanier, a troop transport ship in the South Pacific, which participated in the occupation of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Wayne received his honorable discharge in 1946. 

After serving in the Navy, Wayne worked as a lab assistant in a Brush, Colorado sugar mill. He returned to Missouri in 1952 and ultimately settled in Blythedale, Mo, where he lived for most of his life. Wayne farmed, raised cattle, drove trucks, hauled live stock for local farmers, did custom hay bailing and drove a school bus for North Harrison schools.

Wayne was active in the Blythedale Saddle Club and enjoyed his horses, trail rides and horse shows. Wayne also enjoyed both making and repairing western leatherwork. 

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his twin sister, Wilma, and his brothers, Leonard and Ivan. 

He is survived by his only child, Charlotte Lee Emerson, Folsom, Louisiana, as well as several extended family members. 

A Private Burial was held in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Blythedale, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. A Memorial Service with Military Rites will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the Wayne Emerson Memorial Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at

Obituary -- Leo McDaniel 1924-2017

Leo Napoleon McDaniel was born December 18, 1924 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma to Henry Alonzo and Florence Rebecca (Smith) McDaniel. Leo was the 5th of 6 children born to poor, honest, hardworking farmers in Oklahoma. At the age of 16, with only a learner’s permit, he drove another family from Oklahoma to California. Leo had two brothers who lived in California, so he stayed with them until the war broke out, at which time he returned home to Oklahoma to help his parents on the farm. He was then drafted into the US Navy in 1944. Because of his marksmanship he was assigned to the Naval Armed Guard as a Naval Gunner on a merchant ship.

Leo made two trips around the world, but was thankful his ship never had to fire upon anyone nor was his ship fired on. Being in the Navy afforded Leo opportunities to visit many countries he wouldn’t otherwise have been able to. Leo was honorably discharged from the US Navy in 1946; at which time he met Geraldine “Jerri” Wainwright.

Leo and Jerri were married May 28, 1948 in the Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo, CA.
Leo and Jerri were blessed with three sons; Robert Henry, David Leo, and Mark Steven. They decided California was no place to raise their boys. After visiting Jerri’s uncle in Redding, Iowa, they decided to move back to the Midwest purchasing a farm and moving to the Redding area in February 1962.

In 1983, Leo and Jerri decided Iowa winters were just too cold for them so they bought a RV and started going to the Valley in Mission, Texas for the winters. Leo made over 300 Pegs & Jokers board games; he loved to dance, bowl, and was a very sharp card and game player. You could say Leo never knew a stranger.

Leo passed away October 2, 2017. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jerri, on March 17, 2013; parents; and five siblings.

Leo is survived by his three sons: Robert (Diane) McDaniel of Olympia, Washington, David (Brenda) McDaniel of Dousman, Wisconsin, and Mark McDaniel of Redding, Iowa; seven grandchildren Kristopher (Nina) McDaniel of Syracuse, New York, Katherine McDaniel of Bellevue, WA, Eric (Catherine) McDaniel of Waunakee, WI, Scott McDaniel of Fort Atkinson, WI, Teresa McDaniel of East Troy, WI, Rachel McDaniel of Kellerton, IA, Ryan McDaniel of Fairfax, MO; and seven great grandchildren Leneah and Safira McDaniel, Noah and Kara McDaniel, Michael, Brandon, and Brittany Lane; his companion of four years who brought much joy to his life, Donna Mosbarger, of Grant City, MO; and a host of relatives, friends, and neighbors.

Funeral services were held Friday, October 6th at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr (IA). Pastor Bill Armstrong officiated. Burial with military honors was held at the Redding Cemetery. Memorials can be given to your local VFW. Arrangements were under the direction of the Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr (IA).

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Obituary -- Dorothy Rush 1925-2017

Dorothy Lee (Lamb) Rush of St. Joseph, Missouri died October 2, 2017 at Mosaic Hospital.
She was born August 14, 1925 in Redding, Iowa to Glee and Ocle (Staton) Lamb. She graduated from Maryville college and taught at Hunt and Jackson, Hatfield School in Missouri. She also did city directory and County assessment.

She married Lewis Marion Rush on December 23, 1946 in Troy, Kansas. He preceded her in death in 1998.

She was also preceded in death by her parents: brothers: Rex, Garland, Robert and Gerald, sisters: Roberta, Lloyd and Marjorie.

Surviving are children Dean and Pat Rush, Ava Thompson, Lonnie and Julie Rush, Connie Rush, Lori and John Wachtel, 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, brother Nathan and Gayle Lamb, sisters: Retha Moutray and Martha (Wink) and Ron Andrews, brother-in-law Raymond and Alice Rush, several nieces and nephews, and all that called her Grandma Dorothy.

Graveside Service and Interment will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Middlefork Cemetery in Redding, Iowa. Remembrance visitation will be 4:00-6:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Community Presbyterian Church, 5409 St. Joseph Avenue, St. Joseph, Missouri.

Arrangements are under direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, Missouri.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to family or Meals on Wheels. 

Obituary -- Margaret Dowis 1928-2017

Margaret A. Dowis, 89, passed away on September 19, 2017 at her daughter’s home in Kirksville, Missouri. She was born on July 31, 1928 in Sheridan, Missouri to Noble and Lucille (Freemeyer) Aldrich.

Margaret grew up in Sheridan, Missouri. She attended schools in Sheridan, St. Joseph, and Jefferson City, Missouri. She graduated from Sheridan High School in 1944. After high school she attended Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville, Missouri for two years. She married Charles Newton Dowis on August 11, 1948 and taught in a country school for two years. She was a stay at home mother and farmer’s wife until her husband, Charlie died. She returned to Northwest Missouri State College in Maryville earning her BS degree in elementary education. Upon graduation in 1964 she took a sixth grade teaching position in Blue Springs, Missouri. She taught in Blue Springs for 30 years and retired in 1994. While teaching in Blue Springs she obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from Central Missouri State in Warrensburg, Missouri.

Margaret was a member of the Lake Tapawingo Women’s Club, Blue Spring Retired Teachers’ Association, American Field Services (AFS), Pilot Club, and the Historical Society. She enjoyed her children and grandchildren, the Fourth of July picnic at her house, Royals baseball games. gardening, reading a good book and working on the Lake Tapawingo Garden project.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Cindy (Galen Freeman, III), grand-daughter Catherine Freeman of Kirksville, Missouri; grandson Adam Loomis (Bobbie Loomis) and great granddaughter, Brooklyn of San Jose, California; one niece, Gayle Reidenbach (Fritz) and children Donald and Karen of Columbus, Ohio. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents Noble and Lucille Aldrich, her sister Catherine Nally, her husband Charles Newton Dowis, her daughters Becky Dowis-Loomis, Cathy Ann Dowis, and son, Dirk Charles Dowis, and grand- daughter, Kate E. Loomis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Lake Tapawingo Club House on Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date at the Sheridan Cemetery in Sheridan, Missouri.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs, MO. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made for the Margaret Dowis Scholarship Fund with the Blue Springs R-IV School District. Checks can be written to BSEF and Margaret Dowis in the memo or online donations via a credit card at . Donations may be mailed or dropped off to the Bartow Administrative Building, Attn: BSEF, 1801 NW Vesper, Blue Springs, MO 64015. Memories of Margaret and condolences to the family may be shared at

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Top Four Teams Cruise; #5 Mound City Gets Scare

All of the top four teams easily won their games last Friday, gaining separation from the rest of the field. #1 Stanberry won their Homecoming tilt with North Shelby 64-6 in a game that was over at halftime. The Bulldogs were up 50-0 at halftime and the JV squads played for much of the second half. Cole Durbin rushed for 107 yards and threw for 59 more in the victory.

#2 Sacred Heart had little trouble disposing of Kansas City East, a Kansas school, 57-0. #3 Worth County had just as little trouble with Pattonsburg, winning 62-0 at halftime, fueled by a bunch of short fields to work with.

#4 Rock Port started off against Southwest Livingston with a safety, got a 42 yard run by Gavin Abbott for another score, and was off to the races. Stats were way down – Abbott had 60 yards to lead the Blue Jays and Jase Hughes threw for only 12, meaning a lot of short fields to work with for Rock Port. This 48-0 game was over at halftime.

#5 Mound City got a scare in Mound City before coming away with the 36-30 victory over South/Nodaway-Holt. Eric Ottman got on the board for the Spartans with a one yard run, and a Cole Alloway run put the Spartans up 16-12 at halftime. It looked like Mound City would retake the momentum with a 64 yard scoring run from T.J. Hopkins and another one from three yards out. But Weston Williams scored a one yard run and Cole Alloway an 18 yard run to put the Spartans up 30-28 in the fourth. Finally, Dylan Faller scored from two yards out to put Mound City up for good.

Albany, playing without Colton Coburn, scored first against #6 North Andrew on Harrison Kerchner’s 26 yard pass to Shay Cooper. Seth Bennett’s run made it 8-0. But then all hell broke loose as Jacob Powelson and North Andrew’s air attack got going as they scored the next 28 points. Albany tried to make a stand as Seth Bennett’s 11 yard run and Butterfield’s 42 yard run made it 36-20, but Powelson aired it out to Aiden DeLong and Cole Thardurn added a 44 yard run as North Andrew regained control. They pulled away to win 70-20.

#7 Greenfield had little trouble blanking Northwest/Hughesville, scoring 80 points in the first quarter and 96 by halftime, coming away with the 102-0 victory. It set a state record for the biggest margin of victory ever. The state record for points scored is 106 points, scored by Nodaway/South Holt against North/West Nodaway in a 106-57 victory in 2015. Worth County’s school record is 94 points, set once last year in a 94-50 victory over Pattonsburg and once in 2010 in a 94-48 victory over South Holt, which was not a cooperative school at that point with Nodaway-Holt.

#8 Hardin-Central, after getting a scare against Pattonsburg before winning 52-50, crashed and burned against Chilhowee, falling 32-22. Chilhowee has now posted five victories, which will give them the first .500 season in many years. They have at least three games left with a 5-2 record. They still have to play Sacred Heart; that game is Friday. Other chances to get a winning season include Kansas City East on the 13th and a district game the week after. Chilhowee had only one season with more than two wins since 2010 before this year.

#9 East Atchison survived a scare against Stewartsville before going on to win 46-28 in Stewartsville. They fell behind 14-0 in the second quarter; Gage Rush did all he could for the Cardinals in getting 18 carries for 133 yards for the night. The Wolves came back to tie it 14-14 at halftime and the game continued to go back and forth with EA leading 30-28 after three. But finally, Gage McAdams scored off a 45 yard punt return to permanently swing the momentum in East Atchison’s favor and they went on to win 46-28.

#10 King City beat Braymer 60-24, but this one was close for a while. It started off easy as Jacob Moen’s scoop and score put King City up. But Braymer came back to within 8-6 after one quarter. Moen did all he could go put King City in control, getting scores of 36 and 18, but Braymer hung around until Collin Breckinridge’s 49 yard strike to A.J. Saunders put King City in control up 30-12 at half.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shamrock Softball Falls to Stanberry; Emma Craig Tosses No Hitter in JV Nightcap

North Harrison could not keep up with a red hot Stanberry team Thursday as they fell 14-4 in their final home game of the year. The loss capped a three game stretch where they ran a gauntlet of tough teams. First up was Lathrop, who was unbeaten and had not been challenged by anyone but Hamilton this year. North Harrison lost a 1-0 pitching duel to the Mules; they loaded the bases in the sixth, but could not push either the tying or the go-ahead run across.

Next up was a long road game against Putnam County. Hall of Fame Coach Mike Schmidli built up North Harrison’s softball team 25 years ago and won a state title, then went on to Putnam County, where he built up the softball and basketball programs there and won two state titles there. That game is still a rivalry game; North Harrison fell 3-0 in this year’s edition.

Finally, they ran into a red hot buzzsaw in Stanberry and fell 14-4 Thursday. Stanberry, seemingly miffed at losing the GRC Place Game 12-0 to Trenton, another powerhouse, unloaded their frustrations on Platte Valley 13-0 Tuesday. It was a rare bad outing for the Eagles.

North Harrison Coach Brandon Craig elected to hold out Payton Craig for this game like he did against Albany and sent out Carly Rinehart to try to slow them down. Sometimes, teams that play nearly-perfect games one game will let down the next. North Harrison held Stanberry scoreless in the first thanks in part to a good catch by right fielder Hunter Stevens and second baseman Mason Cracraft alertly snatching a carom off Rinehart for another out, but any hopes of that happening in the second were dashed when Stanberry’s first seven batters all reached safely and all hell broke loose.
Ashlynn Gilpatrick replaced Rinehart on the mound, but Stanberry continued to tee off. By the time the carnage was settled, Stanberry was up 7-0. It would have been worse if Payton Craig, playing short, had not snatched Taylor McQueen’s hard shot and stepped on third to force out Kalie Peterson for an out.

Ashlynn Gilpatrick gave North Harrison its first chance to cheer in the bottom of the frame with a home run off Taylor McQueen to dead center. But any hopes for a meltdown like the Cubs did back in 1929, when they gave up 10 runs and an 8-0 lead to Philadelphia’s A’s (now Oakland) were soon dashed as Stanberry scored two more off Kalie Peterson’s two run single in the third, scoring Taylin Hunter and Peyton Gage to make it 9-1.

Payton Craig tried to jump-start her team in the third as she beat out a tap in front of the plate for an infield hit. Brandi Rivet hit a grounder to short and Craig, with a hard take-out slide, beat out the force despite the protests of Bulldog coach Rod Walker. Mason Cracraft struck and and Emma Craig popped out, but Ashlynn Gilpatrick, who did all she could with her bat to get her team back in it, doubled to the wall in left center to get one run back and make it 9-2.

But then the carnage resumed as Madi Sager doubled off Audry Briggs’ glove in left to lead off the fourth and the first five Stanberry batters all teed off Ashlynn Gilpatrick as they scored five to take a 14-2 lead.

With two outs, North Harrison got a rally going in their half of the fourth as Rainey Fordyce’s pop fly dropped in left for a base hit and Payton Craig doubled to left center to put runners on second and third. Brandi Rivet singled them both home, but was then picked off and tagged out in a rundown just as it looked like North Harrison would get something going. It was that kind of night.

Playing in their last home game for the Shamrocks were Payton Craig, Brandi Rivet, Audry Briggs, and Vici Stellpflugg. Regardless of the outcome, everyone was still looking forward to districts. North Harrison, the top seed, will face either Worth County or Mercer Thursday. Worth County beat Mercer in the Jamboree.

The JV nightcap went much better for the Shamrocks as Emma Craig went out and threw a no-hitter in a 2-1 victory. She crushed a head-high pitch in the first inning and hit it all the way to the right center field wall in the first for a two run home run, which turned out to be all the runs North Harrison would need.

The freshman hurler had been wild from the mound at the start of the year. But Emma showed steady improvement throughout the year and she and batterymate Kami Gibson looked like they had done it all their lives Thursday night. She only allowed two baserunners all night, a walk in the first inning and a hit batter in the fifth. She struck out 12 and no ball ever left the infield.

Stanberry finally manufactured a run in the fifth thanks to a hit batter, a stolen base, a wild pitch, and a groundout, but then Emma Craig struck out the final Stanberry batter to keep the tying run off the bases. The steal should have been an out, as Gibson had a perfect throw and shortstop Olivia Babinski a perfect tag, but the umpire saw it differently.

Stanberry, which only graduates four, will be back in contention for a conference and district title next year. But the sky is the limit for the Shamrocks, who saw a scrappy junior high bunch take down Stanberry 8-4 over on the smaller field. They also beat Hamilton 11-1 earlier in the year.

Haley Hunt Tosses One Hitter Against NEN

Haley Hunt tossed a one hitter against Northeast Nodaway as the Tigers used a six run first inning to fuel a 10-0 victory over Northeast Nodaway. What made the win more impressive was that Northeast was coming off a 31-13 win over Winston the day before.

The first four Tiger batters reached safely in the first as Braidy Hunt started off the game with an inside the park home run and Merrideth Spiers knocked in two more. Northeast did not get a baserunner besides Taylor Coffelt on until the sixth, when the game was already decided.

Worth County threatened in the third as Anna Gladstone beat out a bunt down the third base line and stole second. Merrideth Spiers hit a shot up the middle that second baseman Cassy Redden stopped, but had no play on, putting runners on first and third. But Taylor Coffelt prevented any runs from scoring as she threw out Gladstone at home on Kennedy Galanakis’ grounder and then caught Haley Hunt’s screamer to end the inning.

Maggie Schmitz nearly got a base hit in the NEN half of the third, but catcher Megan Cassavaugh threw her out after she had hit a tap in front of the plate. Later, Taylor Coffelt reached on second baseman Abbi Caddenhead’s bobble and stole second after being picked off first, but shortstop Jill Hardy caught Madelynn Mattson’s pop fly for the third out despite getting tangled up with base umpire Ed Gumm.

Worth County added to their lead in the fourth when EmiLee Brown singled up the middle with two outs and went to second on Blair Stoll’s wild pitch. Braidy Hunt shot a single down the right field line to score Brown and make it 7-0.

The Tigers got two more in the sixth as Merrideth Spiers led off with a pop fly single and went to second on a wild pitch. Kennedy Galanakis grounded out to advance her and then Haley Hunt hit a grounder to Paige West at short. Northeast tried to throw out Spiers at home, but she was safe and Jill Hardy reached on an error to score Hunt to make it 9-0.

Northeast threatened in the sixth but couldn’t do anything. Angela Standiford walked and Paige West reached on an error that went under Jill Hardy’s legs. Maggie Schmitz grounded into a force at second as West was out and Standiford went to third. Makayla Adwell grounded to Hunt on the mound; she reached second, but Standiford was out at the plate. Northeast nearly got their first hit, but third baseman Merrideth Spiers caught Taylor Coffelt’s screamer to end the inning with the shutout intact.

Worth County got its 10th run in the seventh as Anna Spainhower beat out an infield hit to short. Morgan Beagle reached on an error and Merrideth Spiers was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Kennedy Galanakis hit a screamer into the gap in left center; Spainhower tagged up and scored on the play. It would have been worse if not for center fielder Paige West’s running catch. Taylor Coffelt snagged Haley Hunt’s shot and stepped on third for a force on Beagle and Jill Hardy grounded out to end the inning.

Hunt retired Madelynn Mattson on a called third strike and Emily Redden on a grounder to Spiers at third, but Jana Walker broke up the no-hit bid with NEN down to their final out as she shot a single past Hardy into left for a base hit. Hunt recovered to strike out Stoll for an impressive one hit shutout.

Tigers Shut Out Pattonsburg as Devan Jackson Gets In on the Act

Worth County pitched a 62-0 shutout over Pattonsburg Friday, the last game before their competition gets much tougher. North Andrew will come to town Friday, followed by Stanberry.

Worth County had to scramble last year before finally pulling away for a 94-50 victory over the Panthers this year. Some observers thought Pattonsburg would be better this year, but after winning their first two, they have dropped all the rest of their games. The knock on Worth County over the last several years has been that they could not cover the pass; however, they shut down the vaunted Panther air attack, something teams like North Andrew and Stanberry had not done even though they both won handily. Pattonsburg was held to 20 points in the North Andrew loss; nobody else had been able to slow them down until Friday night.

The short field was a recipe for disaster early for the Panthers. After getting the ball at their own 13 and throwing two incomplete passes, quarterback Cole Dilley scrambled on third and 10 but was three yards short of the first down. Pattonsburg elected to punt, but the kick was partially blocked and returned by Ryan McClellan to the Panther 16. From there, Tevin Cameron, or “Campbell,” as he was repeatedly called by the Pattonsburg PA announcer, ran it in for Worth County’s first score and Bryant McCord caught the extra points to make it 8-0.

Worth County got another short field to work with on the next series, but they were stopped for once as Lane Huitt stripped Cameron and returned it to the 15. Cole Dilley’s pass to Cameron Jones set up a makeable third and three at the 22, but then Devan Jackson broke through and got a sack and forced them to punt.

Worth County started at their own 29 and Bryant McCord caught a 12 yard pass to the Panther 39. From there, Tevin Cameron got a score as he sprinted down the field, broke two tackles, and got in with 6:47 left. Cameron ran it in to make it 16-0.

A holding penalty wiped out a long runback and Pattonsburg had to start at their own 19. Faced with fourth and one at their own 28, Pattonsburg elected to go for it but Cameron dropped Dilley for a loss of four and the Tigers had another short field to work with at the Panther 24. Ryan McClellan took three carries for 18 yards down to the six before Tevin Cameron carried it to the one and Isaac Alarcon rumbled it in for the last yard. Ryan McClellan bounced outside and ran in the extra points to make it 24-0 with 2:24 left.

Pattonsburg found some rare daylight on their next series as Dilley aired it out to Trevor Ireland for 42 yards down to the Tiger 32. A pass from Dilley to Peyton Jones went to the 25. Mason Hawk dropped a scrambling Dilley for two, but his pass to Ireland was good for a first down to the 19. Dilley took to the air again and a chance to make a game of it, but made the mistake of picking on Isaac Alarcon, who zeroed it in for his second pick in as many games to thwart the drive and put Worth County at their own 15.

On Worth County’s first play from scrimmage, Tevin Cameron picked up three yards. A five yard facemask put the ball on the 23 and then Cameron got loose and went down the left side. He dodged a defender who had an angle on him at the sideline, cut back across to the right side, and took off 57 yards for a score. Ryan McClellan’s keeper made it 32-0 with 26 seconds left in the first.

On their second play from scrimmage, Pattonsburg fumbled it away and Tevin Cameron pounced on it at the Panther 20. A holding moved them back to the 25, and two passes misfired, but Ryan McClellan got loose on a draw play as he cut it up inside for a 25 yard score with 11:43 left in the half to make it 38-0.

Pattonsburg picked up a first down, but stalled at the 25 and were forced to punt. This time, Drake Kinsella blocked the kick and Worth County fell on it at the Panther 26 for their second blocked punt of the night. Worth County was faced with third and 10 at the 26, but then Tevin Cameron picked up 19 to the 7, and then Ryan McClellan scrambled for a touchdown with 8:30 left to make it 46-0 after the extra point pass to Cameron.

Pattonsburg tried to air it out again, but this time, Ryan McClellan picked it off at the Panther 22 to set up Tevin Cameron’s 51 yard run to the three. That allowed Worth County to give Devan Jackson the ball, and he looked like he had carried it all his life as the 275 pound defensive lineman rumbled in for the score with 7:13 left. Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 54-0.

Worth County was not done yet as the reserves were able to get in on the scoring. Wayde Parman ripped off gains of 17 and 15 for the Tigers, while Nate Adwell added a 21 yarder. Finally, Wayde Parman scored with 1:01 left and Jacob New ran in the extra points to make it 62-0.

Reed McIntyre recovered a fumble right before half before Pattonsburg could get anything else going.

The game was over at that point; the two teams played two 10 minute JV quarters. The JV also won; Jacob New aired out scoring strikes of 40 to Jaxon Anderson and 42 yards to Andrew Alarcon and added a pick six. A long pass from Steven Willhite to Brett Emig cut Worth County’s lead to 20-14 with 2:50 left in the JV contest, but Austin Welch scooped up the onsides kick and ran it back to the Panther 25; Worth County ran out the clock from there.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Obituary -- Charles Hartschen 1927-2017

    Charles Hartschen Jr., son of Charles and Emma Elva (Parman) Hartschen was born April 13, 1927 in Hatfield, MO and departed this life September 26, 2017 at Indian Hills Nursing Home, Chillicothe, MO at the age of 90 years, 5 months, and 13 days with his children by his side.

     At an early age, Charles accepted Christ as his personal Savior at Weaver Chapel and was baptized in a nearby creek. Charles was a devoted member of the United Methodist Church in Eagleville where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Board of Trustees and Church Board Chairman. He served many years on the Colfax Township Board. He received an Honorary Chapter Farmer Degree from North Harrison FFA. He loved farming, being outside, and watching his grandchildren grow and play. He never missed an activity his children or grandchildren participated in as long as his health permitted.

     Charles graduated from Hatfield High School in 1945. He served a short time in the Army, before becoming a farmer.

     Charles was united in marriage to Betty Lanore Bain on November 23, 1961. To this union 3 children were born: Brenda, Kevin, and Tracy. Betty preceded him in death on March 18, 2000.

     He was also preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Gerald, Donald, and Oscar.

     On February 16, 2003, he was united in marriage to Edna Mae (Sowards) Jones of Allendale. He brought her children, Sonya, Terri, Paula, and Mary Jane, and their families into his heart and home. She preceded him in death on February 28, 2017.

     Survivors include his children: Brenda and husband, David Kerr, Kevin and wife, Jenny Hartschen, Tracy and wife, Shellie Hartschen; grandchildren, Charles and wife, Katie Kerr, Rebecca and husband, Trent Steinhoff, Aaron Kerr, Dillon Hartschen, Lela Hartschen, Coulson Hartschen, and Carter Hartschen; great-grandchildren, Clara Kerr and Walter Steinhoff. Also surviving are Sonya, Terri, Paula, MaryJane and their families, his sister, LaVon Sheumaker, several nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends!

     Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, September 30, at Roberson Funeral Home, Eagleville, MO. Burial will follow in the Glaze Cemetery, Cainsville, MO. The family will receive friends from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the North Harrison FFA and/or North Harrison Music Department in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Eagleville, MO 64442. Online condolences may be left at