Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Tiger Teams Fall to North Andrew; Boys Lose Second Straight

Worth County’s teams fell to North Andrew as the boys dropped their second straight and the girls saw their record drop back to .500 again as they are now 3-3. The boys dropped their second straight, falling to North Andrew after falling to Maryville last week.

Both games followed a similar script; the Tigers got off to a fast start, but could not keep it up against the powerhouse North Andrew teams. The girls did better than they did last year against the Cardinals as they went the distance against them this year after losing a running clock game last year. But they fell 52-32 as they went through too many cold stretches and turned the ball over too many times and gave up too many offensive boards. The boys similarly let an early lead slip away against last year’s final four team, falling 61-53.

The presence of post player Kenzie Shunk was a big difference for North Andrew on the girls side. When she was on the floor, Worth County couldn’t do anything offensively; when she went to the bench with foul trouble, Worth County was able to do better. With Shunk on the bench with early foul trouble in the first minute, Worth County raced out to a 9-2 lead. Regan Allee hit a 3-pointer from the right wing, Anna Gladstone converted a three point play off a pass from Kristin New, and New hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Worth County led by six again as Anna Gladstone blocked a shot, Merrideth Spiers got a board, and threw it to Regan Allee on the baseline to make it 14-8.

But then Jentry Copple began running wild for North Andrew, scoring seven straight points; by the start of the second period, Worth County’s lead was gone. Emily Cole hit a 3-pointer and Atheah Roberts got loose inside as the Cardinals pushed it to 24-15. Worth County went a whole quarter without scoring a field goal, only managing free throws from Gladstone and Haley Hunt as they trailed 29-17 at the half.

The second half started off well as Kristin New hit Regan Allee on the left side for a 3-pointer and added a steal to make it 29-22. But then Anna Gladstone picked up her third foul as North Andrew pushed it back up to 35-22. Gladstone picked up a pair of free throws off a steal to cut it to 37-26 with 3:57 left, but then had to sit with four fouls and all hell broke loose as North Andrew went on a 13-1 run as it turned into a layup drill; Worth County went 11 minutes without scoring a made basket, only scoring from the field again with 1:59 left when the game was already decided.

Regan Allee led the scoring for Worth County with 11 points. Anna Gladstone had 9, Kristin New had 8, Kaylee McElvain had 2, and Haley Hunt and Jill Hardy had 1 each.

Anna Gladstone had 1 block for the Tigers.

Jenna Smith and Kaylee McElvain had 4 boards for the Tigers. Jessi Badell and Haley Hunt had 3, and Regan Allee, Kristin New, Merrideth Spiers, and Anna Gladstone all had 2.

Kristin New had 4 assists. Regan Allee, Merrideth Spiers, Anna Gladstone, and Jenna Smith all had 1.

Anna Gladstone had 7 tips for the Tigers, Kristin New had 5, Regan Allee had 3, and Jessi Badell, Haley Hunt, and Kaylee McElvain all had 2.

Kristin New had 4 steals for Worth County. Anna Gladstone had 3, Jessi Badell 2, and Regan Allee, Kaylee McElvain, and Jenna Smith all had 1.

The game was the start of a brutal stretch for the girls in which they play an improved team in St. Joseph Christian and then powerhouse teams in Mount Ayr, Stanberry, and North Andrew again in the always-tough Stanberry Tournament.

The boys game started off promising as they started getting the ball into Drake Kinsella at will as they raced out to a 14-2 lead. Caleb Parman got a couple of quick steals and Ryan McClellan got 1 during the run. Kinsella had 7, Jacob New had a 3-pointer, Ryan McClellan had a layup off his steal, and Mason Hawk scored from inside during the run. Worth County got three steals during that five minute stretch; the problem was, they only got one more steal for the rest of the game.

But then Cole Thorburn came into the game for North Andrew and the whole game turned on a dime. The Tigers were intimidated by him as he ran wild on defense and forced some turnovers as the Cardinals got back to within 14-11 with 53 seconds left.

Worth County settled down and built the lead back up to 20-11 early in the second as Caleb Parman got a putback, Mason Hawk hit a pair of free throws, and Ryan McClellan scored off a drive. The lead grew again to 12 as Jacob New hit a 3-pointer in transition off a pass from Drake Kinsella and Mason Hawk got a putback to make it 26-14.

But then Worth County started getting in foul trouble as Drake Kinsella picked up his third foul in the second quarter and Caleb Parman picked up his fourth early in the third. Worth County led 33-23 at the half, but North Andrew started chipping away, starting the second half on a 10-2 run to make it 35-33. Ryan Hughes was starting to run wild for North Andrew, just like he did last year in the sectional game.

Worth County seemingly restored order as Jacob New hit a 3-pointer and Ryan McClellan hit two free throws and went backdoor and got a pass from Tevin Cameron to make it 42-36. But then he was shaken up as he landed on his face trying to block a shot by Hughes and had to go to the locker room to be evaluated for a concussion. By the time he got back, North Andrew had chipped to within one and got a steal and a putback at the third quarter buzzer to take the lead for the first time at 43-42.

Drake Kinsella, who was on the bench for much of the third with four fouls, came back in and tried to carry the Tigers on his shoulders as he scored seven points in the first three minutes of the fourth. But it wasn’t enough as Ryan Hughes started off the fourth with an NBA 3-pointer and ran wild for the whole period, driving to the rack at will and adding some steals. Finally, he got a steal with 3:19 left that fueled a 7-0 North Andrew run that put them up 59-49.

Some missed free throws by North Andrew gave Worth County a glimmer of hope as Mason Hawk scored from inside and Caleb Parman scored in transition to make it 59-53 with 28 seconds, but then Worth County missed two tries to make it 3 or 4 and then Lance Streeby hit two free throws with 11.5 seconds left to seal it.

Drake Kinsella had 14 to lead the Tigers. Jacob New had 12 along with Mason Hawk. Ryan McClellan had 8, Caleb Parman 5, and Jaxon Anderson had 2.

Mason Hawk and Ryan McClellan both had two blocks.

Mason Hawk had 11 boards to lead the Tigers. Caleb Parman and Tevin Cameron had 6, Drake Kinsella 4, Ryan McClellan and Jacob New 3, and Jaxon Anderson 1.

Ryan McClellan had 6 assists for the Tigers. Caleb Parman and Drake Kinsella had 4, Mason Hawk 2, and Tevin Cameron and Jacob New 1.

Drake Kinsella and Ryan McClellan had 4 tips each for the Tigers. Jacob New, Caleb Parman, and Mason Hawk had 2 each.

Caleb Parman had 2 steals for the Tigers. Ryan McClellan and Mason Hawk had 1.

Engel Clashes With County After Being Assessed Taxes for Brush Enforcement

Bill Engel was asked to leave Monday’s County Commission Meeting after clashing with commissioners over brush enforcement. Worth County Sheriff’s Deputy Jason Cain came to the meeting to maintain order. Engel subsequently left the meeting.

On Monday, December 4th, Engel, according to minutes from the County Commission, gave the county one week to cancel taxes assessed after county crews went to remove brush along roads next to land he owns that the county says were in violation of the brush law approved by voters in 2010. The tax bill, according to figures provided by the county, came out to $9,186.74.

Engel had previously clashed with the county over the brush law two years before, saying at the time at a meeting in 2015, “I cannot and will not comply,” citing EPA regulations and saying that endangered trees and plants would be destroyed by complying with the brush law. The county had sent multiple certified letters to Engel and produced return receipts that were signed by Engel. Commissioners also went out to the site and met with Engel over the brush removal.

Engel asked the commissioners what the commission was going to do about assessing taxes. “If there’s litigation, it’s going to be in Kansas City,” he said. “It’s going to be done one way or another, and I’m not going to wait until the next election.” Commissioner Tyler Paxson said that the procedures were done in proper order, that Engel was not on the agenda, and that he needed to leave. That was when Deputy Cain was called into the meeting.

“We didn’t want to do this; we told him multiple times about what needed to be done,” said Paxson. Commissioner Reggie Nonneman said that the county had no choice in the matter. “We have to enforce the brush law, because the voters approved it.”

Two other landowners have had their brush removed by the county and the costs assessed to their taxes. Several others are on the list to be done when the county crews have time to do the work.

The present commissioners have set up criteria to determine what roads are enforced. Criteria include whether the road is on a mail route or school bus route along with complaints from landowners, county crew members, and gravel delivery people. If a road is targeted for brush removal, all landowners along a road get brush letters; if a landowner does not have brush to remove, they can disregard the letter. Along with the voter-passed brush ordinance, voters passed a tax rock ordinance in 2010 in which the county delivers tax rock to all roads that have sufficient gravel base. This is in addition to the CART program, offered twice a year, in which landowners pay money to put gravel on their roads and the county puts in a matching share.

Jerry Dearmont of the Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments came to discuss paved roads that needed work. Commissioners said that roads in need of improvement include M (pavement peeling), the Oxford Bridge (aging), and the Jay Creek Bridge west of Grant City (narrow). Recommendations will be presented to the Transportation Advisory Committee meeting that will take place on January 2nd.

Courthouse News for December 13th

Charges listed are cases filed by Worth County Prosecuting Attorney Brett Hurst, except where otherwise noted. These are merely allegations; all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

On November 29th, charges were filed against Brian David Krauth for driving while revoked – second or subsequent offense.

Charges were filed following the accident between Ravenwood and Parnell which knocked out power to many communities in the area on the night of December 1st and 2nd for 3½ hours. James Meek was charged by Nodaway County Prosecutor Robert Rice on December 8th for Driving While Revoked or Suspended (1st Offense).

On December 8th, Victor L. Ivy Jr. was charged in Worth County with 1st Degree Trespass on November 5th after being arrested by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

More charges were filed in conjunction with the two car thefts that occurred in Worth County on November 28th. Jeffrey Jones was charged with two counts of tampering with a motor vehicle, one count of leaving the scene of an accident in which there was damage worth $1,000 or more, resisting arrest by fleeing, careless and imprudent driving, two counts of failure to display tabs on plates,and operating a vehicle without insurance. Bond has been set by Judge Joel Miller on $25,000 cash or corporate surety, and he faces a motion to revoke probation on unrelated charges. He appeared in custody and remained in custody as of Monday afternoon.

Alexis Adams was granted a $25,000 signature bond by Judge Joel Miller and released to the custody of her sister in St. Joseph. She must seek employment, have curfew from 10 pm to 7 am, submit to random police visits and drug tests and comply with orders from police officers, and have no contact with co-defendant Jeffrey Jones or the victims. She was bound over to Division I and Judge Roger Prokes for a hearing on January 4th.

Kenley Fones pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and was fined $300 plus $114.50 in court costs.

Starla Farnsworth pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and fined $500 plus $114.50 and a $25 payment plan fee.

Emma Craig Has Breakout Game Against Winston

Payton Craig, as usual, led North Harrison’s girls in their scoring; however, it was Emma Craig who had a breakout game, getting 16 in North Harrison’s 56-43 win over Winston. The Shamrocks built up a 19 point lead in the first half before subbing freely the rest of the game and maintaining a double digit lead. “We gave the back of our bench a lot of playing time,” said Coach Aaron Long. “We had a lot of turnovers, but we rebounded the ball well.”

For North Harrison, Payton Craig had 22, Emma Craig 16, Brandy Rivet 8, Olivia Babinski 4, and Addie Slaughter, Mason Cracraft, and Kami Gibson had 2. For the Shamrocks, they had been looking for someone else besides Payton Craig and Brandy Rivet to step up in scoring. Emma Craig was a model of consistency for the Shamrocks; she scored four points in every quarter. Against Newtown-Harris, she scored two in three different quarters and three in the other.

Shamrock Boys Throw Scare Into Winston

Determined to give a better accounting of themselves than they did against Princeton, North Harrison threw a scare into highly-touted Winston. They were down 29-25 at the half and were only down six midway through the third before falling 65-44 to the Redbirds. “We thought that if we held Jacob Lewis to the 20’s, we’d have a chance, but Cy Uthe went off on us. They work so well together,” said Shamrock coach Mike Schmidli. Jacob Lewis had “only” 21 for Winston, but Cy Uthe had 32. “They made everything they threw up and they got the offensive board when they didn’t,” said Schmidli.
For North Harrison, Logan Craig had 21 points and was 9 for 9 from the line. Steven Willhite had 10, Logan Huitt 6, Brett Emig 4, Gavin Garrett 2, and Collin Castleberry 1.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Shamrock Boys Play Most Complete Game of Year; Drop Newtown-Harris 73-42

After a forgettable 87-45 home loss to Princeton last week, North Harrison’s boys put up a good fight against highly-touted Winston, only trailing by 4 at halftime before finally falling by 21. But all of a sudden, they realized what they were capable of as a team and put together their most complete game of the year, a 73-42 win over Newtown-Harris to raise their record back over .500 again at 3-2.
It was a freshman, Brett Emig, who fueled them in the first four minutes of the game. While he did not lead the scoring, he put up four steals, three assists, and four boards in the first four minutes of the game as the Shamrocks raced out to a 14-3 lead at the 3:48 mark of the fourth. Much like the girls did, the boys fended off several Newtown-Harris attempts to rally before erupting again in the third quarter to put the game away.

It started on the first defensive series; North Harrison got a stop, Brett Emig got a defensive glass, and then pushed it up the floor to Collin Castleberry for the first points of the game. Andrew Garcia countered with a free throw for Newtown-Harris, but then Emig hit Steven Willhite for a triple on the left wing, got loose for another transition opportunity and free throw despite Newtown-Harris coach Ty Stillwell getting tangled up with one of his players and shoving him clear out to the middle of the floor in a futile effort to stop him, then jumped a pass to make it 8-1.

Ryan Metcalf broke the run briefly for the Tigers, but then Collin Castleberry got North Harrison started again with a drive. Then, four different Shamrocks got offensive boards on the next possession and Logan Craig converted the Shamrocks’ fifth chance to make it 12-3 and prompt an angry timeout from Tiger skipper Stillwell.

It didn’t work at first as Emig got loose again and went coast to coast and Logan Craig added a putback to make it 16-3. But then Newtown-Harris, battling back despite playing with just six players, started breaking North Harrison’s trapping defense and NaVontae Rainey, a human bulldozer who makes a living off driving Newtown-Harris’ unique baseline and the area behind the basket, got loose to make it 18-10 before Logan Huitt’s drive made it 20-10 after one.

North Harrison pushed it up to 16, only to see Newtown-Harris chip away again. Brett Emig got loose inside for a pass from Collin Castleberry and Logan Craig went coast to coast twice to make it 28-12 and the lead stayed there for a while before Rainey got loose a couple of times and Garcia hit a pair of free throws to make it 33-23.

But like the girls, the boys were able to finish the half strongly, starting with a four point swing at the 1:39 mark. Newtown-Harris had just gotten a stop and had a chance to get it under double digits and the momentum, when Steven Willhite got a tip and then a steal which he knocked down to make it 12 instead of 8. Logan Huitt added a drive; Garcia hit two free throws for Newtown-Harris, only for Huitt to knock one down from the high post and an unguarded Gavin Garrett to take one to the rack with 10 seconds left to kill Newtown-Harris’ momentum and put North Harrison up 41-25 at the half.

That seemed to open the floodgates for North Harrison, who started off with a baseline shot from Garrett. Emig threw a pass intended for someone else, but it caromed off a purple shirt right into the hands of Logan Craig, who was loose; then, Craig got a steal and threw to it Emig to make it 47-25, pushing the lead over 20.

Newtown-Harris tried to rally, getting a couple of stops, making good use of the unique playing area behind the basket, and getting a 3-pointer from Sam Rainey to make it 49-32, but then Logan Craig started putting on a clinic as Collin Castleberry hit him backdoor and he hit two free throws. Gavin Garrett hit him inside, then Brett Emig tipped one to himself for a steal and a layup. Emig got another tip and steal, missed, but got his own board to make it 57-32.

NaVontae Rainey bulldozed his way in for another basket and Newtown-Harris got a stop, but then Logan Craig blocked a shot, Logan Huitt got the board and pushed it up the floor, and Craig got the layup as the six-man Tiger squad began to wear down. Brett Emig got in on the act again, bouncing one through the Tiger defense to Grant Claycomb. Emig pushed another one ahead, this time to Logan Craig. Huitt tipped one to Logan Craig and got the ball back for a layup to make it 65-34 and push it over 30 for the first time before Tyler Marshall hit one from the baseline for Newtown-Harris to make it 65-36 after three.

Collin Castleberry drove and kicked one out to Willhite for a triple and Samuel Mejia got in on the act, banking a guarded three home from the left wing and cutting inside for a pass from Cruz Ury to give North Harrison its biggest lead of the night at 73-38.

North Harrison had three in double figures. Logan Craig, who had 12 in the third quarter, led the scoring with 22. Steven Willhite had 15 and Brett Emig had 13. Lane Huitt had 8, Samuel Mejia 5, Gavin Garrett and Collin Castleberry 4, and Grant Claycomb 2.

Logan Craig and Steven Willhite each had 1 block.

North Harrison killed Newtown-Harris on the boards, which accounted for much of their margin. They had 41 for the night. Logan Craig had 10, Brett Emig and Steven Willhite 9, Logan Huitt 4, Collin Briggs, Gavin Garrett, and Collin Castleberry 2 each, and Grant Claycomb, Hunter Parkhurst, and Cruz Ury 1 each.

Collin Castleberry had 6 assists, followed by Brett Emig with 5, Gavin Garrett had 2, and Steven Willhite, Logan Craig, Logan Huitt, Tyler Lundy, and Cruz Ury each had 1.

North Harrison had a lot more tips and steals against Newtown-Harris. Against Princeton, they had 8 tips; against Newtown-Harris, they tripled that number and had 24. Brett Emig had 7, followed by Logan Craig, Grant Claycomb, and Collin Castleberry with 3 each. Steven Willhite, Cruz Ury, and Tyler Lundy had 2 each, while Gavin Garrett and Collin Briggs had 1 each.

Against Princeton, North Harrison had 6 steals; against Newtown-Harris, they had 19. Brett Emig had 6 steals to lead the Shamrocks. Steven Willhite had 5, Collin Castleberry, Logan Craig, and Tyler Lundy had 2, and Gavin Garrett and Samuel Mejia each had 1.

Payton Craig Fuels Lady Shamrocks Rout of Newtown-Harris; Rivet Drops 19

North Harrison played their most complete game of the year as they downed an improving Newtown-Harris squad 58-28 Monday night. Despite the Tigers’ best efforts to stop her, Payton Craig filled up the stat line; she had 19 points, 7 boards, 10 assists, 10 tips, and 8 steals. Brandy Rivet erupted for 11 points in the third quarter as she also had 19 points for North Harrison. Emma Craig is turning into a third scoring option as she added 9 points and 8 boards after posting 16 against Winston Friday.

Craig started off the scoring by hitting Addie Slaughter inside, then Emma Craig cleaned up after a Payton steal. Craig swiped another one off North Harrison’s trapping defense and got it to Brandy Rivet before Newtown-Harris knew what hit them and they were down 6-0.

Gabrielle Nielson hit two free throws to make it 6-2, but then Payton Craig hit Olivia Babinski in the high post and she was fouled and hit a free throw. Craig then swiped an errant outlet and converted it into two free throws to make it 9-2. Tiger sharpshooter Nielson hit one in the high post, but then Brandy Rivet hit Craig for a 3-pointer and then Craig hit two more free throws off an Emma Craig steal and then got a 3-point play off a steal of her own to make it 17-4 with 3:16 left.

North Harrison couldn’t sustain that forever, and Newtown Harris started to chip away, getting their deficit to 17-8 behind two Lillian Fordyce baskets to end the first. Payton Craig got loose in the open court again, getting a free throw, hitting Emma Craig in transition, and getting a drive off a pass from Mason Cracraft to make it 22-8. But then Newtown-Harris started breaking North Harrison’s trap, chipping away again as Lillian Fordyce scored backdoor, Emily Otto hit from the baseline, and Nielson knocked down a long 3-pointer in transition to make it 22-15.

Mason Cracraft’s inside shot off a pass from Payton Craig and a free throw from Cracraft were the only points of the next few minutes as it was a battle of wills. Tiger skipper Ty Stillwell was whipping his troops into a frenzy, telling them they were just as good as the Shamrocks and that Craig was their whole offense. But all of a sudden, the floodgates opened in the last 52 seconds as Brandy Rivet skipped one to Payton Craig on the left wing. Emma Craig got a steal, missed the layup, but Payton had her back, stealing the outlet for a layup with 36 seconds left; then, Payton Craig threw a pass out of double coverage to Brandy Rivet at the top of the key with 20 seconds left to make it 32-15 at the half.

Rivet had been quiet for most of the first half, but she showed why she was such a deadly force in the third quarter, showing the ability to score in bunches. She erupted for 11 points in the period as North Harrison pulled away to a 26 point lead. First, Payton Craig hit Addie Slaughter in the high post after the Shamrocks won a loose ball scramble to start the quarter. Then, Rivet hit a 3-pointer on the top of the key. On the next possession, Rivet tipped one to Payton Craig, who later cleaned up on a missed shot to make it 39-15.

Nielson hit a 3-pointer to make it 39-18, but in general, North Harrison did a much better job of shutting her down as Emma Craig faceguarded her for much of the second half. Rivet, along with Olivia Babinski also took turns on her. Rivet got the Shamrocks going again as she drove into traffic and hit a runner, then Carly Rinehart hit her for a 3-pointer and Emma Craig grabbed a putback to make it 46-18.

Lillian Fordyce – no relation to Rainey – drove the right side for a layup; the area behind the basket and along the baseline is in play and the wall is out of bounds at Newtown-Harris, unlike most gyms, which threw the players off-guard for much of the night in both the boys’ and girls’ games. The unique rubber tile floor was not much of a factor Monday night, but the unusual out of bounds configuration was.

Nielson answered Rivet’s third 3-pointer with one of her own to end the third period with North Harrison leading 49-23 and Fordyce’s baseline shot made it 49-25, but Payton Craig hit Olivia Babinski cutting straight down the middle to fuel another Shamrock rally. Fordyce countered with another free throw, but Payton Craig hit Brandy Rivet on the left wing, and Mason Cracraft hit Emma Craig inside to give North Harrison its biggest lead of the night at 56-26 with 5:02 left, a lead they would match later with Kami Gibson’s free throw.

Payton Craig and Brandi Rivet shared scoring honors for North Harrison with 19 each. Emma Craig had 9, Addie Slaughter had 4, Olivia Babinski and Mason Cracraft had 3 each, and Kami Gibson had 1.

Kami Gibson had 1 blocked shot for the Shamrocks.

Emma Craig nearly posted a double double as she had 8 boards for North Harrison. Payton Craig had 7, Addie Slaughter 5, Olivia Babinski, Mason Cracraft, and Kami Gibson had 3, Brandy Rivet, Carly Rinehart, and Rainey Fordyce had 2 each, and Ashlynn Gilpatrick and Vici Stellpflug each had 1. Stellpflug is the third German exchange student who has gone to school in the area in the last two years; the other two were Isabel Metzger (North Nodaway) and Sophia Obermuller (Worth County), who were exchange students last year.

Payton Craig had 10 assists, as she was constantly drawing double teams from Newtown-Harris all night and constantly passing out of them and finding the open players. Brandy Rivet and Mason Cracraft had 3 each, Carly Rinehart had 2, and Emma Craig and Olivia Babinski had 1 each.

Payton Craig had 10 tips. Brandy Rivet had 6, Carly Rinehart 3, and Emma Craig, Mason Cracraft, and Addie Slaughter all had 2.

Payton Craig had 8 steals for the Shamrocks. Mason Cracraft had 3, Emma Craig 2, and Addie Slaughter and Kami Gibson had 1 each.

Obituary -- Heather Youngs-Woody 1977-2017

Heather M. Youngs-Woody was born January 29, 1977 in Albany, Missouri and passed away December 5, 2017 at the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, Kansas at the age of 40.



Heather married Dan Woody on May 3, 2006. He survives of the home.



She is also survived by her daughter, Mickayla Woody, Albany; step-sons, Vyron Woody, Colorado; Albien Woody, Kentucky; parents, Carol and Steve Hopkins, Albany; brother, Slade Beagle, Grant City; step-brother, James Carlson; step-sister, Wendy Carlson; grandfather, J.C. Youngs, McFall; grandparents, Max and Dixie Hopkins, Albany; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.



She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Wanda (Maudie) Youngs.



Memorial Service: 2:00 PM January 6, 2018 at the Roberson-Polley Chapel, Albany.  Memorial Contributions:  Heather M. Youngs-Woody Memorial Fund to be used for medical expenses in care of the Roberson-Polley Chapel, 403 N. Hundley, Albany, MO 64402.

Obituary -- Edgar Robertson 1931-2017

Edgar E. Robertson was born to Elvin and Florence Robertson on October 27, 1931 in Worth County, Missouri. He departed this life on December 8, 2017 at his home in Fontanelle, Iowa at the age of 86.
Edgar was united in marriage to Opal “Jeane” Reynolds on September 5, 1951. He entered the Army on February 13, 1952 where he served for almost 21 years in Japan, Germany, Vietnam, and the United States as a cook and military police officer. During this time, three children were added to their union: William (“Bill”), Kenneth, and Jeanette. He retired from the military on December 1, 1972. Edgar and Jeane were married for 51 years until her passing in 2002.

Edgar joined Delores “Dee” Carns in marriage on September 18, 2004. They resided in Diagonal and Greenfield until his death. Edgar enjoyed many activities including fishing, hunting, playing guitar and singing. He took pleasure in being around other people and could frequently be seen attending dances in Creston, Greenfield and Mt. Ayr.

Edgar was preceded in death by his parents Elvin and Florence; brother David; sister Gladys; wife Jeane; son Bill; step-daughter Nancy; and other extended family members.

He will be remembered by his wife Dee; son Kenneth Robertson; daughter Jeanette Abrams and husband Michael; grandchildren Joshua Robertson, Payton Robertson, Austin and Justin Abrams; step-son Michael Carns; nieces, nephews, and friends.

Memorials are in his name to be decided later.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 12th at 2 pm at the Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr. Open Visitation will be from 12 noon to 8 pm Monday, December 11th with family present from 1 pm to 2 pm. Military Rites will be conducted by Morris Herrold Post 395 and the Iowa Honor Guard Unit. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Mount Ayr.

Obituary -- George Irvin Williams

George Irvin Williams, 92, of Maryville, MO, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017, at the Veterans Home in Bellevue, NE.
George was born in Siam, IA, then lived and was raised in Hopkins, MO, where he graduated high school.  He lived in the Maryville area since the early 1940’s. 
George received his BS at Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, then his Masters of Science for Teachers at the University of Missouri/Columbia.  He taught Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Advanced Math for 20 years at the Maryville High School.  He also was a bookkeeper and had done the books and income tax preparation for many area businesses. 
His memberships included the First United Methodist Church, where he was the Treasurer and bookkeeper for many years.  He was a member, the bookkeeper, and Past Exalter Ruler of the Maryville Elks Lodge #760, and was also District Deputy of the Elks.  He was a lifetime member of the James Edward Gray American Legion Post 100, Maryville, and recently was a member of the Papillion NE, American Legion Post 32.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Margia M. (Cates) Williams, in 2006, they were married in Maryville in 1943, his siblings, and his son in law, Danny Fraze. 
He proudly served his country during WW II in the United State Army, and was honorably discharge in 1943.  
He is survived by his children, Beverly Diane Fraze, Maryville, MO, Michael I. (Joyce) Williams, LaVista, NE; 2 grandchildren, Julie (Dan) Hurley, and Nicholas Williams; 3 grandchildren, Kadeyn, Bridget and Alice.
Funeral services will be at 10:00 AM, Saturday, December 16, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church, Maryville, MO.  The burial will follow with full military honors in the Miriam Cemetery, Maryville.
The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM, Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Bram-Danfelt Funeral Home, Maryville, MO.
Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church, 102 N. Main Maryville, MO 64468; or the Elks Lodge #760, Scholarship Fund, 115 N. Main, PO Box 217, Maryville, MO 64468.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Obituary -- Stephen Wyer 1958-2017

Stephen Marion Wyer was born September 15th, 1958 to Marion and Helen Richardson Wyer. He went to be with his Lord December 7th, 2017 at St. Luke’s Hospital, surrounded by his family.

“Steve” graduated from Lafayette High School with the Class of 1976. He retired from Boehgringer Ingleheim and made his home in Sheridan, Missouri the past 1½ years.

Steve enjoyed a variety of music and movies. He loved to travel and enjoyed riding in a motorcycle side car with his church family. He will be sadly missed by all.

Preceding him in death were his parents and grandparents John Elmer and Cora Yates Richardson and Orvia and Adeline Boomgaarn Wyer.

Steve is survived by sisters Linda Zebelean of St. Joseph and Glenda Wyer of Sheridan; four nieces: Stacey Counts, Oregon (MO); Erin Nold, Helena (MO); Cicely Penland and Andrea Clark of St. Joseph; seven great-nieces, Paige and Madeline Nold; Ella and Emily Penland; Haylee Counts; Sage and Cayenne Ralston; and one great-nephew, Ryland Ralston; his loyal dog, Trixie, and a host of family and friends.

Memorial services were held Sunday, December 10th at 2 pm at the Sheridan United Methodist Church, Martin Farnan officiating. Inurnment will be at the Oxford Cemetery in Oxford at a later time. Arrangements are through the Midwest Transplant Network and Reflections Memorial in Kansas City.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tiger Girls Hold Off East Harrison

Worth County’s girls built up a 34-23 lead after three quarters, outscoring East Harrison in every quarter to do so. But then they had to hold off a late Bobcat rally to win 40-36 against their district foes.

Kaylee McElvain led the scoring for the Tigers with 12 as they improved to 3-2 on the year. Anna Gladstone had 9 points and scored her first 3-pointer of the year. Regan Allee had 6, Jessi Badell had 4, Megan Cassavaugh, Kristin New, Merrideth Spiers, and Jill Hardy had 2, and Haley Hunt had 1. Nine different Tigers scored in the win.

Bubble Bursts for Tiger Boys Against Maryville

The bubble burst for the Worth County boys at the hands of Maryville Friday. Still playing without Cade Allee (calf), they made a game out of it for three quarters against the Spoofhounds before the bottom dropped out in the fourth and they fell 56-36. Worth County was within 21-20 at the half and only trailed 36-30 going into the fourth before being outscored 20-6.

Drake Kinsella had 14 to lead the Tigers. Jacob New had 8, Caleb Parman 6, Ryan McClellan 5, Mason Hawk 2, and Jaxon Anderson 1. Worth County was 6 of 16 from the line. They made six shots from behind the arc; Caleb Parman, Jacob New, and Drake Kinsella all had 2 for the Tigers.

Friday, December 8, 2017

NEN Boys Double Up Mustangs, Cap Busy Week

Northeast Nodaway’s boys completed a three game week by running the table and raising their record to 6-1. They started off by beating Nodaway-Holt and Stanberry, then finished it by doubling up North Nodaway 64-32 Friday.

North Nodaway looked like they were finally on the upswing following their win over DeKalb. They had hopes of building on that and disrupting NEN’s momentum. “Proffitt’s got a good program, and we’ve got to play our best game in order to stay with them,” said Coach Jake Shipman before the game. The two coaches are best friends, but always want to beat each other and are more wound up than usual when they coach against each other. But any hopes by Shipman that NEN would be spent by their 49-45 win over Stanberry the night before were dashed early.

Tips and steals were even for Friday’s game, but Northeast outrebounded North Nodaway 32-25. But it was who got the boards that mattered – Spencer Weir led the team with 10 for Northeast. That meant a lot of transition opportunities, a lot of assists (NEN had 17 assists to 6 for North Nodaway), and a lot of easy baskets. In addition, North Nodaway didn’t have an answer for Eli Scroggie, who scored 8 of his 10 points in the first quarter. Scroggie battled foul trouble the rest of the way, but by that time, it didn’t matter; NEN was too far ahead and everyone else was opened up.

Dylan Mildfeldt started getting to the rim early as well; all of NEN’s first 11 points were a result of either Mildfeldt pushing it up the floor, driving to the rim, or getting the ball to someone open as the Bluejays led 11-5 just three minutes into the game. Chet Spire got one inside to Eli Scroggie, Spencer Weir went coast to coast for a free throw after a quick shot from North Nodaway, Eli Scroggie got a tip to keep a possession alive to Cameron Staples, Spencer Weir got a defensive board and a quick outlet to Dylan Mildfeldt, who threw it back to Weir, and Cameron Staples got one into Eli Scroggie inside to make it 20-5 with 2:44 left.

Arron Coleman finally broke the run by taking a charge on defense, and North Nodaway finally started to get going. Cody Wood hit a 3-pointer as he slipped behind a screen and knocked one down from the baseline. Spencer Weir countered with an and-one three point play, but free throws from Cole Bird, Cody Wood, and Arron Coleman closed North Nodaway to within 23-12, as they threatened to follow the lead of the girls and get right back in it.

As one of the NEN players admitted, their legs were nearly spent from the Stanberry game, but every time North Nodaway would get a run going, they would find their second, third, and fourth wind and keep going. It didn’t help North Nodaway in the second quarter that Cole Bird, their leading scorer for Friday’s game and one of their top rebounders, picked up his third foul early in the second, forcing him to the bench.

North Nodaway had a chance to get under double digits, but NEN got a stop and Spencer Weir went coast to coast the other way and converted a 3-point play to spark a run that would last the rest of the half. Dylan Mildfeldt scored off a drive and a triple off a Weir kickout. Cody Wood scored off a drive to make it 31-14, but Dylan Mildfeldt scored a pullup, Spencer Weir scored on a fast break after Chet Spire aired one out, and Dylan Mildfeldt hit Brayden Welch inside to make it 38-16.

Logan Keho hit a free throw for North Nodaway, but then Spencer Weir hit a 3-pointer off a pass from Reed McIntyre, Mitchell Sherry hit a free throw, then got a putback at the buzzer despite being leveled and landing hard on his side, hitting the free throw to put NEN up 45-17.

Cole Bird returned for North Nodaway, Eli Scroggie picked up his fourth foul, and once again, the legs of NEN’s players were nearly spent to start the third. Bird hit from the baseline, added a putback, and scored an off-balance shot after Arron Coleman got him the ball. Arron Coleman added a drive and a triple off a pass from Austin Bird with 3:30 left in the third to make it 49-28, Proffitt was starting to get agitated, and North Nodaway was threatening to make a game of it.

But once again, North Nodaway couldn’t keep Spencer Weir off the boards and once again, he pushed it down the floor and found Dylan Mildfeldt open as North Nodaway would go scoreless until midway through the fourth. Spencer Weir scored off a Brayden Welch steal, Welch cut inside for a Cameron Staples pass, and Welch hit Mitchell Sherry to make it 57-28.

Dylan Mildfeldt dropped a triple from the top of the key after a pass from Chet Spire, Spencer Weir got a putback after a Spire steal (one of five on the night), and Dylan Mildfeldt got a pullup to give NEN its biggest lead of 64-28 with 5:31 left in the game.

Dylan Mildfeldt led the scoring for NEN with 20. Spencer Weir had 19, Eli Scroggie 10, Mitchell Sherry 6, Cameron Staples 5, and Brayden Welch 4.

Spencer Weir had 1 block for Northeast.

Spencer Weir had 10 boards for the Bluejays. Eli Scroggie and Cameron Staples had 5 each, Mitchell Sherry and Chet Spire 3, Dylan Mildfeldt, Reed McIntyre, and Brayden Welch had 2, and Nathan Schieber had 1.

Dylan Mildfeldt and Spencer Weir both had 4 assists for Northeast. Chet Spire had 3, Cameron Staples and Brayden Welch had 2, and Reed McIntyre and Eli Scroggie had 1.

Dylan Mildfeldt had 4 tips for NEN. Spencer Weir and Chet Spire had 2, while Eli Scroggie, Cameron Staples, Mitchell Sherry, and Nate Schieber had 1 each.

Chet Spire had 5 steals for the Bluejays. Brayden Welch, Dylan Mildfeldt, and Spencer Weir had 1 each.

For North Nodaway, Cole Bird had 10 points, Arron Coleman and Cody Wood 6 each, Tyler Bix 4, Karson Oberhauser and Ryan Riley 2 each, and Logan Keho 1.

Tyler Bix, Cole Bird, and Cody Wood each had 1 block.

Tyler Bix had 8 boards for North Nodaway. Cody Wood had 5 boards, Cole Bird, Ryan Riley, and Logan Keho each had 3, Arron Coleman had 2, and Karson Oberhauser had 1.

Arron Coleman had 2 assists, while Cole Bird, Austin Bird, Logan Keho, and Wyatt O’Riley had 1 each.

Cody Wood had 4 tips for North Nodaway. Tyler Bix had 3, Arron Coleman 2, and Cole Bird and Austin Bird 1 each.

Cody Wood had 3 steals for the Mustangs. Arron Coleman had 2, while Tyler Bix, Cole Bird, Karson Oberhauser, and Ryan Riley each had 1.

NEN Boys Rally to Beat Stanberry 49-45

Northeast Nodaway’s boys, who had been manhandled by Stanberry over the last few years, wiped out a 13 point halftime deficit and came back to beat the Bulldogs. Coach Vance Proffitt said his squad didn’t do anything different. “We just started hitting some shots,” he said. Cameron Staples knocked down three straight 3-pointers for Northeast to bring them right back in it and they continued to chip away until the 30 second mark, when Chet Spire hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 45.

Stanberry ran down the clock until six seconds, when Dylan Mildfeldt took a charge on Brad Hailey. Hailey protested the call, said something the referee didn’t care to hear, and drew a technical foul. Eli Scroggie hit both technical throws and then two more after Stanberry fouled him for the win.

For NEN, Dylan Mildfeldt had 19 points. Eli Scroggie had 12, Cameron Staples 9, Spencer Weir 6, and Chet Spire had 3. Eli Scroggie and Cameron Staples had 5 boards, while Dylan Mildfeldt had 6 assists.

NEN started off the week with a 79-61 win over Nodaway-Holt. Weir had 20 and Scroggie 18.

NEN Girls Match Win Total from Last Year; Hold Off North Nodaway 42-28

Northeast Nodaway’s girls matched their win total from last year the night after their bubble burst as they held off North Nodaway’s attempts to rally and won 42-28 Friday night. The Bluejays continued their momentum from winning the PVI as they won a conference matchup 43-31 Tuesday over Nodaway-Holt. The Trojans jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead, but Northeast regained their footing and recovered for the victory behind a strong second half performance from Makayla Adwell. Madelynn Mattson had 17 points and Adwell 14 as NEN showed that Mattson’s showing in the tournament was no accident.

The bubble finally burst for Northeast against Stanberry as Madi Sager ate them alive on their home court, all hell broke loose, and it turned into a layup drill for Stanberry, who established themselves as a favorite to go to state this year unless someone else shows otherwise. Gerry Runde was a rare bright spot in the 57-25 loss, getting 15 points for NEN.

Northeast had to play back to back nights as North Nodaway was coming to down. This time, they got off to a fast start, held off North Nodaway’s attempt to rally, and got the 42-28 win. Statistically, the teams mirrored each other – North Nodaway had two more rebounds, 36-34. NEN had 37 tips, but North Nodaway was right behind at 35. Both teams had 12 steals. But NEN did a much better job of working the ball around to the open person; they had 17 assists to 10 for North Nodaway.

It looked like NEN would have just as easy of a time with North Nodaway at first as Stanberry did with them the night before. North Nodaway had every right to expect a good game, as they posted an impressive win on the road in DeKalb and they were rested, while Northeast had played a brutal game the night before. But it was NEN coming out of the gates quickly, pounding the ball at will into Madelynn Mattson. Blair Stoll found her open inside twice, and then hit one from the high post off a pass from Gerry Runde to make it 6-0. Ashley Thompson scored inside off a pass from Audrey Trimble and Kandace Damgar skipped one to Keagan O’Riley to cut it to 8-4.

But then Makayla Adwell hit Gerry Runde on the baseline for a triple and Taylor Coffelt skipped one to her for a 13-4 lead. North Nodaway looked to be in serious trouble when Ashley Thompson got her second foul; meanwhile, Madelynn Mattson hit Cassy Redden at the top of the key to make it 15-4 and then Paige West hit Gerry Runde on the right side and Gerry Runde hit Madelynn Mattson inside to make it 20-4 early in the second.

Three factors stopped the bleeding for North Nodaway, which had a heck of a time getting any kind of offense going in the first quarter. NEN had 12 tips in the period as Paige West (14 tips) and Makayla Adwell (11 tips) were getting in the passing lanes at will. But the Mustangs finally found daylight in the second as Keagan O’Riley hit Kandace Damgar for a 3-pointer and Audrey Trimble hit Alisha Davison on the wing to make it 20-9. The second was that Madelynn Mattson picked up fouls on back to back plays and had to sit down with three. The third was the rebounding of Audrey Trimble, who started flying to the ball as well as she ever has as a Mustang.

A rare 3-pointer from Makayla Adwell made it 23-9, but North Nodaway started chipping away again, getting to within 11 at on an Emma Hart free throw to make it 25-14.

NEN looked like it was in trouble to start the third as Mattson picked up her fourth foul and Gerry Runde her third as Ashley Thompson, who had her best game of the year (13 points, 11 boards), started getting loose inside and Alisha Davison added a shot from the right wing. North Nodaway got to within 5 when Kristin Herndon hit a guarded 3-pointer off a pass from Davison, 29-24, before Paige West hit a cutting Runde, who stayed on the floor despite her three fouls, to make it 31-24 after three.

Ashley Thompson hit a free throw to make it 31-25 with 7:09 left, Runde picked up her fourth with 6:41 left, and it looked like she would pick up her fifth 40 seconds later as everyone started walking to the North Nodaway end. But the call was on Kristin Herndon instead, which seemed to suck all the momentum away from North Nodaway. Runde managed to stay on the floor another five minutes and didn’t foul out until the game was already decided.

Given new life, Runde cut inside and got a pass from Makayla Adwell for a layup, drawing Ashley Thompson’s fourth foul and opening up some lanes. Gerry Runde hit Taylor Coffelt cutting inside, then; Makayla made a diving save of an offensive board and rolled it to Runde, who hit her third 3-pointer of the night to make it 38-25. Then, Madelynn Mattson hit a free throw with 3:06 left to make it 39-25.

There were some more anxious moments as Mattson fouled out and Runde followed her to the bench shortly afterwards as Ashley Thompson hit some free throws to close her team to within 39-28 with 1:32 left. But after NEN missed a 1-1, Taylor Coffelt kept a possession alive with an offensive board and hit two free throws for a dagger with 1:23 left. It wasn’t the only time she had broken North Nodaway’s hearts as she knocked down a buzzer-beating 3-pointer two years ago to swing a tight game in NEN’s favor and erupted for a big night in another game that year. NEN got a stop and managed to run down the clock all the way to 38 seconds before North Nodaway could foul and Adwell hit a free throw for the final score.

For NEN, Gerry Runde had 19 points. Madelynn Mattson had 9, Taylor Coffelt 6, Makayla Adwell 4, and Blair Stoll and Cassy Redden 2.

Madelynn Mattson had 2 blocks and Gerry Runde 1.

Madelynn Mattson and Taylor Coffelt had 8 boards each for Northeast. Cassy Redden had 6, Makayla Adwell and Blair Stoll 4 each, and Gerry Runde and Paige West 2 each.

Gerry Runde had 5 assists for Northeast. Makayla Adwell had 4, Blair Stoll 3, Paige West 2, and Taylor Coffelt, Madelynn Mattson, and Cassy Redden 1 each.

Paige West had 14 tips, five in the fourth quarter, disrupting North Nodaway’s offense as they were trying to make a run. Makayla Adwell had 11, Gerry Runde 6, Cassy Redden and Blair Stoll 2, and Taylor Coffelt and Madelynn Mattson 1 each.

Makayla Adwell had 5 steals for Northeast. Gerry Runde and Taylor Coffelt had 2, and Paige West, Cassy Redden, and Madelynn Mattson all had 1.

For North Nodaway, Ashley Thompson had her best game this year as she led the scoring with 13. Keagan O’Riley and Alisha Davison had 4 each, Kandace Damgar and Kristin Herndon 3 each, and Emma Hart 1.

Ashley Thompson had 1 block for North Nodaway.

Ashley Thompson had 11 boards. Audrey Trimble and Kristin Herndon had 8 each, Kandace Damgar 5, and Keagan O’Riley and Emma Hart had 2 each.

Audrey Trimble, Keagan O’Riley, Kristin Herndon, and Alisha Davison all had 2 assists. Kandace Damgar and Ashley Thompson had 1 each.

Audrey Trimble had 9 tips for North Nodaway. Kristin Herndon had 8, Kandace Damgar and Alisha Davison had 5 each, Ashley Thompson had 4, and Keagan O’Riley and Emma Hart had 2.

Audrey Trimble had 5 steals for North Nodaway. Keagan O’Riley had 2, while Ashley Thompson, Kandace Damgar, Alisha Davison, Emma Hart, and Kristin Herndon all had 1.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Bryant McCord is Defensive Force as JV Tigers Win

Bryant McCord was a force on defense in football for Worth County’s State Championship team, shutting down the other team’s best receiver. Now, he’s turning himself into a defensive force on the basketball court. In Thursday’s JV win over North Nodaway, he blocked six Mustang shots and altered some others, elevating into the air to do so. He stuffed the stat line elsewhere as well; he had 10 points, 9 boards, 2 assists, 7 tips, and 6 steals as the Tigers won 50-34.

Ethan Thomas hit Tevin Cameron for a 3-pointer on the left wing and Jaxon Anderson scored off a steal after Ethan Thomas tipped one to make it 5-0 just over one minute into the game. Worth County led from wire to wire, although North Nodaway made some runs that kept them close for a while.
Ryan Riley scored off a tip and Lucas Alvarez scored off a drive and had a 3-pointer where he faked a defender out and faded into the corner to knock it down. “Lucas never played organized ball before this year,” said Coach Jake Shipman. “He’s a quick study and he’s picked up the game really well.”

Worth County countered with a Tevin Cameron layup off a steal, a Cameron pullup, a Bryant McCord backdoor layup after a pass from Anderson, and a McCord pullup to lead 13-7 after one.
Jacob New scored off an Ethan Thomas steal, one of six for Thomas. But North Nodaway began chipping away as Ryan Riley scored off a drive and Wyatt O’Riley got a putback to make it 15-11. North Nodaway hung around the rest of the half as Austin Bird’s drive with 10 seconds left kept it at 21-17.

Jaxon Anderson tried to take over the game for Worth County as he scored off a drive and then Bryant McCord aired one out to him to make it 25-17. But then North Nodaway got back in it from behind the arc as Karson Oberhauser hit a 3-pointer from behind the wing. Anderson scored off another drive, but Ryan Riley hit a 3-pointer off a Lucas Alvarez drive and Riley went down the baseline to cut it to 27-25.

That was when Tevin Cameron got the hot hand for Worth County. He pushed it right back down the floor after Riley’s basket and scored, then jumped a pass for a layup and added a 3-pointer after grabbing an offensive board. Jacob New aired one out to Jaxon Anderson before Logan Keho scooped and scored a carom to make it 36-27 after three.

Worth County put it away in the fourth as Bryant McCord converted an offensive board into a putback, Jacob New aired one out to Jaxon Anderson, and Caleb Parman scored off a drive. McCord got six of his nine boards in the fourth.

The Tigers posted three in double figures. Tevin Cameron and Jaxon Anderson had 14 for the Tigers. Bryant McCord had 10, Jacob New and Caleb Parman 4, and Ethan Thomas 2.

Bryant McCord blocked six shots for the Tigers.

Bryant McCord had 9 boards for the Tigers. Tevin Cameron and Jaxon Anderson had 3, Jacob New and Ethan Thomas had 2, and Daniel Craven and Caleb Parman had 1.

Ethan Thomas and Jacob New had 3 assists. Bryant McCord and Tevin Cameron had 2, while Jaxon Anderson had 1.

Bryant McCord had 7 tips for the Tigers. Jaxon Anderson had 6, Tevin Cameron and Jacob New had 4, Ethan Thomas and Caleb Parman had 2 each, and Daniel Craven had 1.

Tevin Cameron and Ethan Thomas had 6 steals each. Bryant McCord had 5, Jaxon Anderson had 2, and Caleb Parman and Daniel Craven had 1 each.

JV Tiger Girls Use Balanced Attack to Down Mustangs

Jadon Dobbins did all she could to stem the Tiger avalanche, but Worth County’s JV pulled away for the 41-21 victory in Hopkins Thursday. The Tigers had a balanced attack in the effort; no player scored more than seven points, and nine different players scored in the effort.

While Dobbins scored all seven of her team’s points in the first quarter, five different Tigers scored. Jill Hardy had a free throw off a steal and a layup off a Jenna Smith steal. Hardy had three assists in the period, hitting EmiLee Brown in the high post, Anna Spainhower on the baseline, and Haley Hunt inside. Anna Spainhower hit Cristina Clementoni in the high post for a heavily guarded shot as well. Worth County led 11-7 after one.

It looked like North Nodaway’s one-man wrecking ball in Jadon Dobbins would take over in the second as she hit two from the left wing for three and scored another off a drive after getting a pass from Brittney Leach to put her team up 15-11. But then Jenna Smith countered with a three-pointer off a pass from Jill Hardy, EmiLee Brown hit from the high post off a pass from Megan Cassavaugh after a steal from Jill Hardy, and Jill Hardy got another steal and a layup to put Worth County up 18-15 at halftime.

It was more of the same in the third as four different Tigers scored nine points as they began to gain separation in the third. Haley Hunt got a three point play off a pass from Braidy Hunt after Merrideth Spiers and Haley Hunt got blocks on the other end and Spiers threw a quick outlet to Hunt. Megan Cassavaugh swiped one for a layup, then Spiers grabbed a third chance putback to make it 25-15 as Worth County started to take control. Dobbins scored off a drive to make it 25-17, but Jenna Smith scored off a steal to make it 27-17 after three.

Worth County shut down North Nodaway defensively in the fourth and went on a 12-0 run to put them away. Jill Hardy got a steal and threw it to Megan Cassavaugh, Merrideth Spiers got a steal, threw it to Jenna Smith, who threw it to Haley Hunt for a finish, Spiers got loose down the floor in transition and got a pass from Anna Spainhower, Merrideth Spiers kept a possession alive and got it to Spainhower on the top of the key, Megan Cassavaugh hit Jenna Smith in transition, and Braidy Hunt scooped up a carom and went coast to coast to cap the run. Seven different Tigers scored in the period.

Nine different Tigers scored. Jenna Smith and Haley Hunt led the scoring with 7. EmiLee Brown had 6, Jill Hardy 5, Anna Spainhower, Megan Cassavaugh, and Merrideth Spiers all had 4, and Cristina Clementoni and Braidy Hunt had 2.

Merrideth Spiers and Haley Hunt had one block each for the Tigers.

Merrideth Spiers and Megan Cassavaugh had 6 boards each. Jill Hardy had 5, Jenna Smith and EmiLee Brown 4 each, and Anna Spainhower 2.

Jill Hardy had 5 assists to lead the Tigers. Anna Spainhower, Jenna Smith, and Megan Cassavaugh all had 2. Braidy Hunt, Merrideth Spiers, and EmiLee Brown all had 1.

Megan Cassavaugh and Braidy Hunt each had 7 tips. Jill Hardy had 4, Jenna Smith 3, Merrideth Spiers and Cristina Clementoni 2 each, and EmiLee Brown and Haley Hunt 1 each.

Jill Hardy had 5 steals for the Tigers. Braidy Hunt had 4, Jenna Smith and Megan Cassavaugh 3 each, and Anna Spainhower and Haley Hunt 1 each.

Jadon Dobbins led North Nodaway in scoring with 19 points. Emma Hart had 2.

Kandace Damgar had 1 block for the Mustangs.

Kandace Damgar had 8 boards for North Nodaway. Karissa Oberhauser and Emma Hart had 4 each, Jadon Dobbins 3, and Brittney Leach, Veronica Ghedini, and Katie Bloomquist had 2 each.

Brittney Leach had 3 assists for North Nodaway. Emma Hart and Karissa Oberhauser had 1 each.

Katie Bloomquist had 3 tips for North Nodaway. Brittney Leach had 2, and Jadon Dobbins, Emma Hart, Kandace Damgar, and Karissa Oberhauser all had 1.

Emma Hart, Kandace Damgar, Jadon Dobbins, and Karissa Oberhauser all had 1 steal.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Mustang Teams Victorious at DeKalb

DeKalb is one of the loudest, most hostile gyms in the 275, but both North Nodaway teams came away victorious Tuesday night against the Tigers.

The girls won 46-28 in the opener. The teams were seemingly headed in opposite directions, with DeKalb flying high after a second place finish at the Platte Valley Invitational with a 3-1 record, while North Nodaway was denied a trophy in Mound City and started off with a 1-3 record. But North Nodaway led by two at the half and all of a sudden, realized they were the better team and pulled away for the win.

The Mustangs used a balanced attack to come away with the win. Alisha Davison led the scoring with 11 points, while Kristin Herndon had 9, and Kandace Damgar and Audrey Trimble had 7.

The boys, after starting off the season winless at 0-4, got their first win of the season, a 48-29 win over the Tigers. They led from wire to wire and were paced by Arron Coleman with 17 points and 9 boards. The rebounding, which was not there against North Harrison, was there against DeKalb as several players stepped up on the boards. Cody Wood had 9 points and 12 boards, Tyler Bix had 6 points, 7 boards, and 4 assists, and Cole Bird had 6 points, 8 boards, and 2 assists.

“We still need to take care of the ball, and we need to pick up our aggressiveness, but it was nice to get the win after a rough first two weeks,” said Coach Jake Shipman. Added Coleman, “We’re on the same page now as a team.”

Elflandia Explored at North Nodaway Elementary Winter Music Concert

Elflandia, the mystical land that anyone could reach – as long as they were an elf – opened its world to a rare outside look at the North Nodaway Elementary Music Concert Wednesday. In it, the elves, who make toys for Santa’s annual trip around the world, make up their own little world. Some don’t believe that humans exist, while others were just as scared of humans as we would be of ghosts. Others shook their head and said, “silly humans!”

The musical, which included the entire North Nodaway student body from grades 1 through 5, opened a gateway between the two worlds as “Santa” took one of “his” dearest friends to Elflandia to reassure her that “Happy Holidays” was not on its way out, while reminding his busy workers of the true meaning of their work – generosity, and spreading good will around the world – and between the worlds, as the case was.

The North Nodaway Preschool, with 18 students, warmed up for the act, singing “Up on the Housetop,” “Christmas Tree Song” to the tune of “Round and Round,” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” Ten members of the Fifth Grade Band also performed, showing what they had learned.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Bubble Bursts as Shamrock Teams Fall to Princeton

The bubble burst for the Shamrock basketball teams as they fell to Princeton Tuesday night. The girls faced one of the stiffest defensive teams that they had faced all year, dug themselves into a 15 point hole, and couldn’t climb out of it as they fell 47-37, aided by a questionable call late in the fourth quarter. The boys game was much more one-sided as Princeton was bigger and quicker than North Harrison as they ran away with the 87-45 win.

Nothing went right for the girls in the first quarter as Payton Craig picked up two early fouls, Princeton’s pressure was forcing them out of their offense, and Jaelyn Thomas was running wild on the offensive glass for Princeton.

North Harrison started to find their footing in the second quarter after Payton Craig hit Brandy Rivet for a 3-pointer and kept it within four. But then the foul differential hit 7-2 in Princeton’s favor and North Harrison went scoreless in the last 4:20. Meanwhile, Princeton turned up the pressure and forced some turnovers off their press to make it 19-8.

Things threatened to go from bad to worse in the third quarter as Thomas hit two free throws for Princeton. But then Lindsey Batson picked up her third foul and sat out for the Blue Tigers. Thomas scored off a steal, but without Batson, Princeton’s best ballhandler and one of their most aggressive players, on the floor, North Harrison finally started coming back.

Payton Craig found daylight and drew a foul and a free throw, Emma Craig got a putback, and Payton Craig scored off a steal to get it down to 10. Payton Goodin hit a 3-pointer to make it 26-13, but Emma Craig cut inside and got a pass from Mason Cracraft, Brandy Rivet hit a 3-pointer after Payton Craig kept a possession alive with an offensive board, and Payton Craig turned a steal into a 3-point play to make it 26-21 after three.

The teams traded buckets in the fourth until Emma Craig hit Brandy Rivet for a guarded 3-pointer in the corner and Payton Craig went coast to coast and hit two free throws to make it 33-30. North Harrison got the ball back, but Payton Craig was called for traveling trying to take on multiple blue shirts and Jaelyn Thomas hit two free throws. Batson jumped a pass and got a layup, then Thomas made a free throw after a steal to make it 38-30 with 1:39 left.

North Harrison got a glimmer of hope again after Batson fouled out trying to guard Mason Cracraft down low, and she hit one of two. Payton Craig went coast to coast after a miss with 52 seconds; Thomas countered with a fast break layup as North Harrison was trying to press and get the ball back, but Payton Craig took on two blue shirts and converted a 3-point play to bring it back to 40-36 with 33 seconds left.

Ashlie Henness missed two free throws for Princeton, but Thomas, one of the best rebounders in the area, grabbed an offensive board and made one of two to make it 41-36. Then, after Princeton got a stop, a questionable intentional foul call on Payton Craig ended it for all practical purposes after Payton Goodin hit both free throws and Princeton aired it out for a layup to create an insurmountable 45-36 lead. Craig had barely touched Goodin with her hands, yet the referee called it an intentional foul.

Payton Craig led the scoring for North Harrison with 18 points. Brandy Rivet had 10, Emma Craig 4, Mason Cracraft 3, and Addie Slaughter 2.

Payton Craig and Addie Slaughter had 1 block each.

Payton Craig had 6 boards for North Harrison. Mason Cracraft and Brandy Rivet had 5, Olivia Babinski 4, Carly Rinehart 3, Emma Craig 2, and Addie Slaughter and Kami Gibson had 1.

Payton Craig had 4 assists. Addie Slaughter, Emma Craig, Mason Cracraft, and Brandy Rivet had 1 each.

Payton Craig had 6 tips. Addie Slaughter and Brandy Rivet had 3. Mason Cracraft, Kami Gibson, Carly Rinehart, and Emma Craig had 1 each.

Payton Craig had 6 steals. Olivia Babinski and Emma Craig had 1 each.

The boys game got out of hand early as Princeton was bigger and quicker and it turned into a layup drill for the Blue Tigers. All hell broke loose as they scored 30 points in the first half and continued to pour it on, scoring another 25 in the third on their way to the 87-45 rout.

North Harrison got balanced scoring, but not enough of it. Brett Emig had 11 points, Logan Craig, Gavin Garrett, and Collin Castleberry 10 each, and Steven Willhite 4.

Steven Willhite had 1 block.

Brett Emig had 9 boards. Logan Craig had 7, Gavin Garrett and Steven Willhite 4 each, and Logan Huitt and Collin Castleberry 2 each.

Collin Castleberry had 5 assists. Logan Huitt had 2, and Brett Emig and Logan Craig had 1 each.

Logan Craig had 3 tips. Logan Huitt and Collin Castleberry had 2 each, while Brett Emig had 1.

Logan Craig and Logan Huitt had 2 steals each. Steven Willhite and Brett Emig had 1 each.

Northeast Nodaway Boys Secure Third Place Over Longhorns in OT Thriller

Eli Scroggie got a triple double and Northeast Nodaway’s boys won third place over South Nodaway in an overtime thriller 63-55 Friday at Northwest Missouri State. Eli Scroggie had 18 points, 11 boards, and 10 blocks as he has emerged as a force in the paint this year.

Neither team was able to gain control for the first three quarters. Nobody led by more than one possession until Spencer Weir’s 3-pointer at the 3:04 mark in the third put Northeast up 40-36. They led again 47-43 early in the fourth, but South Nodaway fought back to take a 51-47 lead with 3:14 left in the game. Dylan Mildfeldt drove in to scare and Eli Scroggie hit one in the high post to tie it up with 1:56 left. South Nodaway held for the last shot, but Taylar Freemyer’s runner from the baseline missed and went up and over the top, giving Northeast a chance to win in regulation. But Dylan Mildfeldt, to coach Vance Proffitt’s consternation, missed a runner and Eli Scroggie missed a tip try. Proffitt’s agony in between periods said it all.

But then it was Northeast who took control in the extra period as Spencer Weir scored after Chet Spire got a steal and then Eli Scroggie got him a quick outlet to make it 55-51. Spencer Weir hit a free throw after a steal, and then Eli Scroggie’s three point play off a pass from Weir with 1:45 left put Northeast in control at 59-51.

Spencer Weir led the scoring for Northeast with 19 points. Eli Scroggie had 18, Dylan Mildfeldt 11, Cameron Staples 6, Chet Spire 3, and Mitchell Sherry, Ethan Adwell, and Reed McIntyre all had 2.
Eli Scroggie had 10 blocks for NEN. Spencer Weir had 3, including a monster stuff from behind at the end of the extra period. Mitchell Sherry had 1.

Eli Scroggie had 11 boards for Northeast to complete the triple double. Brayden Welch, Dylan Mildfeldt, and Spencer Weir all had 5. Cameron Staples had 4, Mitchell Sherry and Chet Spire had 3 each, and Reed McIntyre had 1.

Cameron Staples had 6 assists for Northeast. Dylan Mildfeldt had 5, Spencer Weir had 4, Chet Spire had 2, and Eli Scroggie had 1.

Dylan Mildfeldt and Spencer Weir each had 5 tips. Eli Scroggie had 4, Cameron Staples and Chet Spire had 3 each, Brayden Welch had 2, and Mitchell Sherry had 1.

Spencer Weir had 3 steals for Northeast. Mitchell Sherry and Dylan Mildfeldt had 2, and Brayden Welch, Eli Scroggie, Reed McIntyre, and Chet Spire 1.

Northwest Medical Center in Grant City to Move to Former Casey’s Building


The Northwest Medical Center Foundation recently completed a purchase agreement of the former Casey’s General Store land and building in Grant City. The building will undergo an exterior and interior transformation and become a rural health clinic for the Worth County area. This clinic will replace the existing Northwest Medical Center clinic in Grant City.

 “This is a significant reinvestment to provide outstanding medical care for the residents in Worth County and serve as its hometown health care provider,” said Jon Doolittle, Northwest Medical Center president.

 Plans are still under development and construction is expected to begin in 2018, with work completed by 2019. The building is located on the north side of the highway in Grant City.

“The clinic will be larger and designed to include additional local capabilities and promote an even better patient experience,” said Doolittle.

Katie Dias, DO and Callie Hunter, APRN will serve as medical staff of the clinic.

“This is another example of how the partnership with Mosaic Life Care and Northwest Medical Center is bringing together our strengths to ensure quality health care access and economic vitality in this area,” said Doolittle. “Grant City is one of our beloved hometowns and we are thrilled to offer this expansion and improvement of our current clinic to the residents of Worth County.”

Junior High Shamrock Boys Post Big Fourth Quarter to Avenge Albany Loss, Briggs Has 27

It looked for all the world like North Harrison’s junior high boys would fade after a promising start against Albany. But all of a sudden, they collected a ton of steals off the press, hung 21 points on them in the fourth quarter, and came away with a 44-29 win over the Warriors, who had blown them out earlier in the year.

North Harrison’s boys finished with a 10-6 mark. They won the Mercer Tournament earlier in the year and were runner-up in the North Harrison Round Robin behind Worth County. North Harrison had won handily over Princeton, beating them for the second time of the year, before falling to Worth County in another wild game, 57-44 in the second game.

At first, it looked like Wade Briggs would carry his squad to an easy victory. North Harrison countered Kirby Stevens’ free throw as Nick Babinski scored off a Cruz Ury steal and then Wade Briggs started to heat up. He got loose after Cruz Ury pulled down a defensive board and Nick Babinski got him a pass. Briggs then made a circus shot when his triple from the right baseline banked off the glass and in and then got a putback. Hunter Parkhurst went coast to coast and beat the Warriors down the floor to make it 11-1 with 1:22 left in the first.

But then Albany looked like they would take control for the next two quarters as they started chipping away. Jordan Poppa hit two free throws and then Garett Owens got the hot hand as the Warriors closed to within 11-10 midway through the second.

Wade Briggs kept hitting, getting a triple off a skip pass from Hunter Parkhurst to make it 14-10, but then Owens’ 3-pointer put Albany in front 15-14. The teams exchanged leads until Albany shot prematurely in the closing seconds of the half and Wade Briggs had time to go coast to coast at the buzzer to but North Harrison up 19-18.

It looked like it wouldn’t matter as Albany made use of their size in the third and looked like they would take control, even after their big man, Bobby Dodge, got his third foul. Owens hit his second 3-pointer of the night to make it 26-21 before Hunter Parkhurst got a putback late in the period to make it 26-23 for the first Shamrock tally by anyone besides Briggs since the first quarter.

The players said that coach Ryan Purdun didn’t tell them anything special before the crazy fourth quarter that put North Harrison over the top. “We were tired of being pushed around,” said Briggs after the game. The first sign was when little-used Cooper Cracraft came off the bench and started wrestling for every loose ball in sight and took on Poppa, drew a foul, and hit a free throw to start the period.

Then, after Cruz Ury scored from inside to tie it at 26, Wade Briggs hit an NBA 3-pointer from the top of the key after Parkhurst got him the ball to make it 29-26. All of a sudden, the Shamrocks were swarming, pressing, and running Albany out of the gym. Cruz Ury played like a man possessed in the frame, getting six out of his eight steals in the period, all on the press.

Wade Briggs scored after one of Cruz Ury’s steals; then, Hunter Parkhurst ran over a Warrior defender for another layup. Cooper Cracraft made another play, grabbing an offensive board over the taller Albany players and getting a free throw for his effort and making it 34-26. Nick Babinski banked one home from the high post and then Wade Briggs got yet another steal off the press to make it 38-26. Cruz Ury went backdoor after a drive to Nick Babinski, and then Wade Briggs and Cooper Cracraft hit free throws down the stretch for North Harrison.

Wade Briggs had 27 to lead North Harrison. Hunter Parkhurst and Nick Babinski had 6, Cooper Cracraft 3, and Cruz Ury 2.

Nick Babinski had 3 blocks for North Harrison.

Hunter Parkhurst had 9 boards for the Shamrocks. Wade Briggs had 7, Cruz Ury 6, Nick Babinski 5, Cooper Cracraft 3, and Kamden Robertson 1.

Cruz Ury had 5 assists for North Harrison. Hunter Parkhurst had 3 and Nick Babinski 2.

Wade Briggs and Hunter Parkhurst had 7 tips each for North Harrison. Cruz Ury had 6, Nick Babinski and Cooper Cracraft 3 each, Brandon Hamilton 2, and Cole Kampman 1.

Cruz Ury had 8 steals for the Shamrocks. Wade Briggs had 6, Hunter Parkhurst 3, and Cole Kampman 1.

Obituary -- Debbie Moore 1952-2017

Debbie Jo Moore, age 65, Grant City, Missouri, died Monday, December 4, 2017 at Northwest Medical Center in Albany, Missouri. 

Debra “Debbie” was born September 14, 1952 in St. Joseph, Missouri, the daughter of the late Ira Junior and Jo Ann (Hoffman) Perry. 

Debbie was a graduate of Skidmore High School, Skidmore, Missouri.  She was united in marriage to Robert Dean Moore on September 28, 1969 in Maryville, Missouri.

Debbie had been an over the road truckdriver for both Schneider and Crete Trucking Companies before retiring.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Bob Perry and a grandson Lewis Tegarden.

Her survivors include: Husband Robert of the home, a daughter Michelle Moore, and her grandson Jeremy Foster, all of Grant City.  She has seven brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Moore has been cremated.  Memorial services will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Worth County Fairground Building in Grant City.  Pastor Bendi Burgin will be officiating.  Inurnment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Skidmore, Missouri.

Arrangements: Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, Grant City, Missouri.

Shamrock Junior High Girls Post 10th Win, Second Place at Home Tourney

North Harrison’s junior high girls finished off a season which exceeded all expectations as they posted their tenth win and won a thriller, 27-25 over Albany for the second place slot in their home round robin. Their lone loss in the tournament was to Princeton, as nobody could guard their point guard, Lauren Krohn, or figure out how to score in the paint against skyscraper Breann St. Onge.

The Shamrocks were shorthanded against Albany as they missed Rainey Fordyce (illness) and had to battle for everything they got. But they pulled through in the end, although not without adventures. They got their ten wins despite only having two players who had played basketball previously. However, they kept getting better over the course of the season to get their winning record.

Nobody could take control in the first half and nobody led by more than two. The game was tied at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 before Albany led 13-12 at the half. Jayliegh Robins was able to find some driving lanes open in the frame and had six in the half. Deva Wallace added a steal after a tip from Robins, while Bally Briggs had two free throws. North Harrison could not stop Ivy Houts, who had seven in the half.

The game was just as tight as the Worth County boys game against Jefferson in the Albany Tournament, as nobody could get the lead to more than one possession for a long time. But finally, North Harrison got a scoring burst in the last part of the third quarter as Wallace scored off a drive, Camden Castleberry hit Robins for a drive, Trendi Johnson inbounded one to Robins for a layup on the weak side, and Camden Castleberry hit Deva Wallace for a right wing triple as time was winding down to put North Harrison up 24-17 after three.

But Albany kept handing around as Ashley Sterkis banked one home and Ivy Houts cleaned up after a steal to make it 24-21. They crept even closer after Houts drained one from the right side to make it 25-23.

Camden Castleberry hit a free throw, Albany threw one away, and North Harrison had a chance to take control, but Jayliegh Robins missed a 1-1. Albany missed two chances to bring it within one, but got the ball back with an over and back call after pressure from Houts. Robins got a steal, but North Harrison missed a 1-1 and two close looks at the basket before Claire Manring went coast to coast against North Harrison pressure to make it 26-25.

Camden Castleberry hit a free throw with 24.5 seconds led to make it 27-25, and Ivy Houts drove into the lane in an attempt to tie. But Bally Briggs was there for the rejection.

The final action was frantic after Briggs missed two free throws and a tieup went back to Albany. Katelyn Briggs got a steal, but then Ivy Houts stole it from Bally Briggs and got fouled with 2.2 seconds. She missed both, Albany got the ball back, and Ivy got her own rebound and missed an off-balance 3-pointer as time expired.

Jayliegh Robins led the scoring for North Harrison with 12. Deva Wallace had 7, Camden Castleberry 4, and Bally Briggs and Trendi Johnson 2 each.

Camden Castleberry and Deva Wallace had 3 blocks each for North Harrison. Bally Briggs had 2, including the big one at the end.

Jayliegh Robins had 8 boards. Bally Briggs had 6, Trendi Johnson and Camden Castleberry 4 each, Deva Wallace 3, and Katelyn Briggs and Halle Morgan 2 each.

Camden Castleberry had 5 assists. Trendi Johnson and Deva Wallace had 2 each, while Bally Briggs had 1.

Jayliegh Robins had 7 tips to lead North Harrison. Deva Wallace and Katelyn Briggs had 4 each, Bally Briggs and Trendi Johnson had 3 each, and Camden Castleberry had 1.

Jayliegh Robins had 6 steals for the Shamrocks. Deva Wallace had 3, Katelyn Briggs 2, and Trendi Johnson 1.