Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Tiger Softball Rallies to Beat Princeton

The barn door for Worth County's girls softball team may have opened a crack as far as district seedings are concerned. The Tigers were down 3-0 after four innings when they scored two in the fourth and two in the fifth to beat Princeton 4-3 Tuesday night. The Tigers then hung by their fingernails to preserve the win. Haley Hunt was the winning pitcher and Merrideth Spiers drove in two runs for the Tigers. Worth County reversed the outcome of the North Harrison Tournament when they led 1-0 over Princeton only for the Blue Tigers to come back late and win.

Worth County only has six wins on the year so far. But two of those wins come against district opponents in Albany and Princeton. Worth County can make the case that since they won the one game they played against Albany 13-7 and since wins later in the season count more than losses early on, they can get the second or third seed behind North Harrison.

The Tigers only had three hits against Princeton, but they won by cleaning up their errors, only committing two that evening. By contrast, Princeton, which could do no wrong in the field earlier in the year, committed five.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Shamrocks Clinch HDC Title, Win 38th Straight Conference Game; Payton Craig Tosses Three Perfect Innings

North Harrison won its 38th straight conference game, clinched a conference title, and downed Mercer 15-0. Payton Craig tossed three perfect innings for the Shamrocks, struck out eight out of the nine batters she faced, and looked sharp on the mound. Audrey Briggs finished the game for the Shamrocks in the fourth. The North Harrison seniors have gone through their entire careers at North Harrison without losing a conference game. The last loss for North Harrison in a conference game was a 4-3 loss to Pattonsburg back in 2012.

One of the few tough plays for Payton Craig on the mound came when Aubrey Wilson, Mercer’s third batter, hit a tapper along the first place line. Instead of risking a throwing error on a 50/50 play, Craig elected to let it roll, and it barely went foul before she stuck out Wilson.

The Shamrocks started the scoring in the first and scored in every inning in the four inning game. Payton Craig walked on four pitches, stole second, went to third on Brandi Rivet’s groundout, and came home on a wild pitch. Ashlynn Gilpatrick restarted the inning with a walk, went to second on Audrey Briggs’ grounder, and came home on Emma Craig’s double off the left field wall. Coach Brandon Craig and Emma had a long talk about the finer points of hitting during the Albany game and she hit safely in every at-bat since that, getting two doubles, two singles, and walk.

It looked like North Harrison would go down quietly in the second, as Mason Cracraft struck out to lead off. Hunter Stevens earned a spot as a DH with a strong hitting performance in the JV game with Albany Monday night and came through with a shot up the middle. Payton Craig popped out for the second out, but then the next ten batters reached safely and broke the game wide open. Brandi Rivet shot a single past Rayne Kost at short and then stole second. Ashlynn Gilpatrick doubled to right center to score Stevens and Olivia Babinski (running for Rivet). Audrey Briggs singled to right to score Gilpatrick and went to second when the return throw got away from the pitcher, something Mercer had trouble doing that night.

Emma Craig walked and the catcher threw away a throw to third on a wild pitch as Craig made it to second and Briggs scored. An errant pickoff throw put Emma on third. Kami Gibson walked, Carly Rinehart shot a single into left, scoring Craig, and took an extra base on another errant return throw to the pitcher. Mason Cracraft and Hunter Stevens walked to force in Rinehart, Payton Craig walked to force in Rinehart, and Rivet singled past short into center to score Cracraft and Stevens to make it 11-0 after two.

Payton Craig threw a painfully slow change that was called for strike three on Jazmine Main and got Dominique Henley to chase one well over her head in the third. In North Harrison’s half, Audrey Briggs hit a screamer that was caught by first baseman Brea Shipley, only a freshman for the Cards. But then Emma Craig swung at a high pitch and singled, going to second on a wild pitch. Kami Gibson flied out, but Carly Rinehart singled, Mason Cracraft reached on an error when third baseman Decii Hartsock bobbled it, scoring Craig, and Hunter Stevens walked. Elizabeth Parkhurst batted for Payton Craig as Coach Brandon Craig had seen enough and started subbing freely. Parkhurst’s double plated two more to make it 14-0. Like the late Bull Reece, Coach Craig doesn’t believe in running up the score any more than he has to. “It doesn’t do us any good, and it doesn’t do them any good,” he said.

Audrey Briggs came on to pitch and Mercer tagged her for their first hits of the game as Rayne Kost doubled to the wall in left. Kayleigh Albrecht grounded out to Briggs, but Aubrey Wilson reached on a successful bunt single to put runners on first and third. Kaylee Duckworth hit a shot that would have scored a run, but shortstop Emma Craig made a shoestring catch and doubled Kost off third to preserve the shutout. Abbi Slaughter and Audrey Briggs walked and Craig singled Slaughter home for the 15th run of the game with one out in the fourth.

Following the game, baseball players Logan Craig, Randy Rinehart, and Colin Castleberry were honored for being selected to the all-district squad. While boys softball has been ended as a competitive sport, North Harrison is seeking to build a new tradition after having won the first-ever state championship in boys softball. They surprised people with a winning season last year in their second year and seek to build on that with many of their horses back.

Shamrocks Down Winston; Celebrate 25th Anniversary Boys & Girls Softball Teams

Members of the 1992 North Harrison Boys and Girls Softball Teams were recognized following Tuesday’s 16-0 victory over Winston. The boys won the first-ever state title for the franchise and went 14-0, unbeaten for the year. The girls went 21-3, finally got past Princeton after two years of falling short, and finished fourth in state. They laid the groundwork for the 1993 State Championship team next year.

Members of the boys team were Wes Gibson, Tom Thompson, Dustin Wilcoxson, Bryan Craig, Corbet Wilson, Gabe Stapel, Laren Cox, Jeremy Rinehart, Chris Jones, and Bill Pottorff. What they lacked in numbers, they more than made up for in talent and heart as they went all the way. They beat Cainsville 12-0, North Daviess 18-0, Gilman City 11-1, and Tri-County 25-0 to start off the season.
The second leg was harder as they beat Ridgeway 15-3 and Pattonsburg 16-1 before fending off a determined challenge from archrival Ridgeway to win 4-3. They then played the tough part of their conference schedule, beating Grundy County 7-4, Mercer twice 6-1 and 10-5, Winston 13-4, and Grundy County again 4-3.

In the 7-4 victory, North Harrison survived their closest brush with defeat, falling behind 3-0. But then Wes Gibson got down two key bunts that fueled North Harrison’s comeback; he had four RBI’s. Wilcoxson struck out 11 batters in the 6-1 victory over Winston.

They were selected for the State Tournament on the basis of their conference title and beat Tina-Avalon 19-2 before beating Bunceton (not to be confused with Princeton) 7-0 for the title.
The Shamrocks had trailed 2-0 against Tina-Avalon in the third inning when back to back home runs from Dustin Wilcoxson and Corbet Wilson got them back in the game and opened the floodgates.
Members of the 1992 Shamrocks were Talia (Kinder) Brown, Karen (Pottorff) Fine, Joely (Eivins) Francis, Sara Bosch, Heather (Eller) Barnes, Barb (Abplanalp) Holcomb, Angie (Rinehart) Breshears, Jill (Wilcoxson) Brown, Kym (Barnhouse) Mathes, Lori (Hale) Craig, Dava (Nelson) Laxton, Lyndsay (Lighthill) Bellinger, Brandi (Ury) Hurt, and Angie (Craig) Baker.

The Shamrocks cruised through the regular season, beating Cainsville 16-0, North Daviess 26-0, Tri-County 17-0, Grundy County 16-0, and bigger schools like Lawson 5-1. They run-ruled each of their opponents to win the conference tournament, avenged their only regular season loss by beating South Harrison 5-0 at the North Harrison Tournament, and finally got past Heather Niemeyer and Princeton 13-0 after they were turned back by Dannette Derry and the Blue Tigers the previous two years. They won conference for the third year in a row, stretching their conference winning streak to 32 games, a streak that would stretch to 72 games before it was snapped.

Finally, North Harrison was stopped 1-0 by Tina-Avalon in the State Tournament as their girls avenged North Harrison’s boys game in state. They were beaten by Humansville in the third place game 10-2, but that laid the groundwork for the 1993 team which won state.

That 1993 team broke Worth County’s hearts in Sectionals with a 9-2 win. Worth County was down 5-0, but pushed one run across in the sixth to make it 5-1 and had a runner on third with one out. If that run had scored, anything could have happened as Worth County had tagged Jefferson with 15 runs and Princeton with 8 runs earlier in the year. But Worth County hit a grounder to third, and the North Harrison girl faked a throw to first and tagged Katie Groce out to help them get out of that inning. Worth County lost 9-2, and North Harrison would go on to win state that year. Mike Schmidli, who was the coach of that softball team, said they had just practiced that play the day before and had pulled it off earlier in the year, proof that coaches sometimes have a sixth sense.

Dava Nelson was the pitcher for those teams, and she was a perfectionist, never happy unless she located her pitches exactly where she wanted them. She could throw it consistently at 60 miles per hour, even in brutally cold weather. Not only that, her pitches would break all over the place, tying up even the best hitter and making them miss.

Four of the current players have mothers who played on the 1992 team. They have not eclipsed the 1992 team’s conference winning streak, because the HDC smaller, Pattonsburg has left the conference, and others have formed softball cooperatives with each other. But they are working on a 37 game conference winning streak this year, not including Tuesday’s game with Mercer. The last time the Shamrocks lost a conference game was in 2012, 4-3 to Pattonsburg, before the present group of seniors was still in junior high.

This year’s edition batted around in the first inning, tagging Winston for five runs before putting them away in the second. Winston held Payton Craig in check, getting her to ground out to start the second. But everyone else hit in that frame as North Harrison scored 11 to put the game away. Brandi Rivet roped one down the right field line for a triple; Audrey Briggs hit a screamer between right and center, didn’t realize how hard she’d hit it, and had to be coaxed to come to third as Kylie Pottorff (running for Rivet) scored. Emma Craig hit a single that got through the center fielder’s legs to score Briggs, while Ashlynn Gilpatrick reached on a grounder between the pitcher’s legs after Emma Craig had scored on a wild pitch.

That opened the floodgates – Kami Gibson shot one into left center field for a double, Mason Cracraft tripled to right center, Carly Rinehart hit a shot off the shortstop’s glove for a scratch hit, Rainey Fordyce hit a short off the third baseman’s glove for another. Even the one out, Brandi Rivet’s smash, was hit hard.

The Shamrocks sent 14 batters to the plate, scored 11 runs, and put the Redbirds away in the frame. But one record that will not be broken as long as Brandon Craig is the coach is the scoring record. Once his team’s margin reaches 15 runs, he’s seen enough and has his runners lead off before the pitch. The goal is to prevent injuries and keep his players sharp as well as show respect for the other team.

Hikers Pass Through Allendale, Grant City, and Sheridan

Hikers Kolton Rackham and Amanda Autrey passed through Allendale, Grant City, and Sheridan Monday after passing through Eagleville and Hatfield Saturday and resting Sunday. They are on a 2,918 mile journey from Tybee Island in Georgia to Don David Park in Oregon. They are on a journey of self-discovery and are raising money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation as well as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Asked why they had selected those charities, Kolton said that they chose Make-a-Wish because of how they help kids heal by giving them hope. “I’m a mentor and she’s a healer, and we both try to help create what kids want,” he said. Amanda said that she had struggled with suicide in the past, and that it was a beacon of light for people whose loved ones had taken their own lives.

They grew up in Utah; Kolton is a 1 on 1 mentor and helps people reach personal goals and identify mental blocks keeping them from reaching those goals. Amanda is a holistic healer and helps people with healing energy and processing out negativity. She said that in Australia, some people make a journey across the Outback, which is sparsely populated, for personal discovery. Kolton and Amanda said that they met many wonderful people along the way, helping someone celebrate their 40th birthday. “We’ve met a lot of kind people along the way, and they’ve shown a lot of hospitality to us,” she said. Amanda said that they are like family to them.

Their goal is to get to Oregon by Thanksgiving, but will take longer if necessary. Both say they want to travel more down the road. Amanda was in China for two weeks once, while Kolton took a cruise that took him to Mexico, Haiti, and Jamaica.

After their walk, their goal is to stay in Oregon, get married, and keep doing what they’re doing. Amanda said that she wanted to work with veterans and rescue animals that need a home. Kolton said that he wants to work with kids and the homeless. He said that he had a lot of good conversations with homeless people along the way and that he wanted to help people to find hope.

While between Grant City and Sheridan, they got to meet some camels. Kolton admitted that he had an irrational fear of camels. “At first, there were one; then there was six,” he wrote on their Facebook page, 2918 Miles, Monday. Kolton said that he faced his fear by feeding one an apple; then, it tried to eat his whole bag hoping for more snacks. “Amanda thought they were adorable, but that’s probably just because they didn’t try to eat her,” he wrote.

Carly Rinehart Shuts Down Warriors; Shamrocks Back on Winning Track

North Harrison survived a bad inning against Milan Thursday, before heading off to the North Central Missouri College Tournament in Trenton Saturday. There, they faced some brutal competition as they dropped a 6-0 loss to Marceline, undefeated in Class 2 up to that point. Milan, a streaky team playing in the GRC, did not show up to play in the rematch between the two teams and North Harrison won handily 12-0. Then, they dropped a 10-1 decision to once-beaten Plattsburg before rain and lightning forced the cancellation of the tournament, won by powerhouse Trenton.

Things didn’t get any easier for North Harrison when they returned home Monday to face Albany, the runner-up of the North Andrew Tournament. Many of their players play with each other over the summer and they know each other well, taking away the intimidation factor that many teams have going into games with the Shamrocks. But Coach Brandon Craig sent out freshman Carli Rinehart, who had already beaten the Warriors once this year in Albany. She did so again Monday, shutting them down in a 4-1 victory.

Albany skipper Hannah Beverlin sent out Riley Houts to slow down the Shamrocks. She had a fastball, a change, and an unorthodox pitch that looks like it’s too high, then drops in at the last minute for a strike. That kept North Harrison’s batters off balance some, but not enough to keep them from getting the badly-needed win.

Payton Craig battled Houts and got a walk on a 3-2 pitch; Brandi Rivet got down a perfect bunt as she flew around to third base and was safe on a close play despite plenty of squawking from the Albany side. Audrey Briggs grounded out to score her to make it 1-0.

Ashlynn Gilpatrick doubled to lead off the second over rightfielder Madalyn Rainey’s head. Kami Gibson singled and the ball went under the left fielder’s legs to score Gilpatrick. Carly Rinehart’s shot to left scored Gibson, and Rainey Fordyce’s grounder advanced her to second. Payton Craig beat out an infield hit as Rinehart came all the way home from second to score to make it 4-0.

That was it for North Harrison, as similar to North Nodaway at North Andrew, they were putting it in play, but right at people. But those were all the runs they would need.

Albany got its lone tally in the fifth as Riley Houts singled with one out and took second on a wild pitch. Amber Davis struck out, but Taylor Bain walked and Abbey Wilson singled just over shortstop Payton Craig’s head to score Houts. The tying run was at the plate, but Lauryn Shoush popped up to Gibson. There was no nailbiter like Hamilton, as Rinehart struck out the side in the seventh.

For Coach Brandon Craig, it was a good day’s work against a good team. But the players were harder on themselves. Several of them were in the batting cages behind the dugout during the JV game, taking extra practice swings to get themselves better before the next few games.

Mustangs Down NEN at North Andrew Tournament; Finish Fourth

North Nodaway downed Northeast Nodaway 11-3 before falling to Albany 2-1 and North Andrew 5-2 to take fourth in the North Andrew Tournament.

Northeast jumped out on top 1-0 as Makayla Adwell walked and Taylor Coffelt reached on a pop fly single to right. She took second on right fielder Alisha Davison’s error as Adwell scored. But North Nodaway got the run back and more as Keagan O’Riley led off by doubling off the wall in left. Shai Dailey beat out an infield hit, putting runners on first and third. After Dailey stole second, Makayla Cross singled off the wall in center and went second on the throw home. Ashley Thompson singled to right, went to second on the throw home, and took third and home on wild pitches to put North Nodaway up 4-1 after one.

NEN got one run back in the second. Makayla Adwell walked with one out; with two outs, they got her home. Anne Schieber doubled past Kristin Herndon down the third base line to put runners at second and third. Paige West singled to center to score one and make it 4-2.

But then North Nodaway broke it open in the second. Keagan O’Riley walked with one out and stole second. Shai Dailey singled and went to second on a throw home as O’Riley stopped at third. Keagan scored on a wild pitch as Dailey took third and then Makayla Cross walked and kept right on going to second and made it without a play. Ashley Thompson reached on an error as Dailey scored. Kandace Damgar popped out, but then Cross came home on a wild pitch as Thompson went all the way from first to third. Emma Hart’s pop fly single scored Thompson to make it 8-2.

Northeast made things interesting all day against North Nodaway, but could never get the big hit that could break through and get them back in the game. In the third, Northeast loaded the bases with one out and Maggie Schmitz scored on a wild pitch. Madelynn Mattson walked, but Angela Standiford hit a shot to Keagan O’Riley, who doubled off a runner to limit the damage to one run.

North Nodaway got three more in the third. Audrey Trimble reached on a slap in front of the plate that nobody could get to in time; she stole second. Keagan O’Riley’s soft line drive was caught by Paige West at short, but Trimble took third on a wild pitch and came home on Shai Dailey’s groundout. Makayla Cross reached on an infield hit and scored on Ashley Thompson’s double. Thompson came home on the play when Northeast’s throw home got away and she circled the bases.
For the rest of the tournament, North Nodaway struggled to get hits as they dropped their next two. They struck out a combined total of four times in the two games and put the ball in play, but it was always right at people.

No team mounted a serious threat in the semifinal game between North Nodaway and Albany for the first two innings. In the third, Albany got two on with two out, but pitcher Keagan O’Riley froze Madalyn Rainey for strike three to get out of the inning. Albany threatened again in the fourth when Gabby Newman’s double with one out gave the Warriors a chance. But then Mickayla Martin grounded out to bring up Taylor Bain. Bain hit a grounder that looked headed for a base hit and a run, but shortstop Kandace Damgar got the ball on the second base side and threw to an outstretched Ashley Thompson for the third out.

North Nodaway finally broke through in the fourth. Makayla Cross doubled over the right fielder’s head and went to third on a wild pitch. Kandace Damgar reached on a dropped pop fly as Cross scored; Emma Hart reached on an error by the third baseman, but Albany recovered and picked off Damgar rounding second to end the inning without any further damage.

It looked like the 1-0 lead might stand up like the Gallatin game, but with two outs in the sixth, third baseman Kristin Herndon’s throw was wide of first and Lulu Brown reached on an error. Albany made North Nodaway pay as Gabby Newman, their best hitter, was up, and she hit a double into left center with two strikes on her to tie it up. Mickayla Martin hit a shot into left off Kristin Herndon’s glove; Newman, off with the crack of the bat with two outs, scored on the play to make it 2-1.
North Nodaway catcher Makayla Cross threw out Amber Davis stealing in the seventh to prevent Albany from getting any insurance runs, but Albany retired the last seven Mustang batters for the victory.

The Mustangs had a promising start against North Andrew, but it slipped away as they scored two in the first and nothing thereafter. Atheah Roberts singled home Alaina Officer for North Andrew’s first run in the top of the first. North Nodaway countered as Keagan O’Riley walked and took second on a wild pitch. Shai Dailey’s groundout got her to third and Makayla Cross reached on a dropped fly ball by Shay Carter in right, allowing O’Riley to score. Ashley Thompson advanced her to third on a grounder and Kandace Damgar singled her home to make it 2-1.

But after Taylor Combs bunted in the air in the second, doubling off Alisha Davison and Audrey Trimble was called out for being out of the batter’s box on a slap, all hell broke loose in the third as the first six North Andrew batters reached safely. Three hits, two walks, two errors, and a wild pitch later, the Cardinals were up 5-2. North Nodaway put everything in play after that, but always right at people as they only managed Audrey Trimble’s slap hit in the fifth and Cross’ triple in the sixth.

Obituary -- Aleine Taylor 1927-2017

Aleine Marie Taylor, daughter of Clyde James and Marie Fern (Lane) Howie, was born December 24, 1927 in Creston, Iowa.

She moved with her family to California and graduated from high school at Gilroy, California.While attending a dance with her sister Delores, the girls met Sam and his friend Jim Moody. Within the next few months both couples married. Aleine married Sam A. Taylor on December 20, 1947.

The family returned to the Redding area where Aleine and Sam farmed for many years. Hand in hand, she and Sam labored the farm, caring for all the animals and crops. Aleine had a dear love of her animals, specifically the chickens that she raised as baby chicks to mature and ready to eat. She had a large garden that she sculpted and manicured, canning and freezing for the winter months. Aleine also cooked for several years at the Redding School.

Aleine welcomed all neighbors and family to the home, no matter the time of day. She always had a fresh pot of coffee and pitcher of tea, and in an instant could cook a bountiful meal that pleased all.
Family gatherings were held often with extended family. Some of the favorites were Aleine’s tacos and homemade noodles, though anything that she prepared in the kitchen was absolutely delicious.
After retiring, Aleine and Sam moved into Mount Ayr where she lived the remainder of her life. Aleine began quilting of which all of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have at least one quilt to cherish. She also enjoyed reading magazines, her Daily Bread scriptures and novels.

For many years Aleine kept a daily journal.

For several years Aleine continued to share her cooking ability at the Family Resource Center. She loved all the children and cherished them calling her Grandma. To Aleine, it was not work, but rather an ability to help, stay active, and keeping her heart warmed by little ones. She retired for the final time at age 87.

Aleine had a strong faith and enjoyed her drives each Sunday to the Redding United Methodist Church.

Aleine passed away on September 13, 2017 at the Mount Ayr Health Care Center.

Survivors include her children Karen Sue Taylor of Midland, Texas; Randy (Karen) Taylor of Mount Ayr, Iowa; grandchildren Jennifer Morrison and Jeremy (Beth) Lyddon; Stasia (Nathan) Nickle, Andrea (Rusty) Schuitema, Nick Taylor, great grandchildren Jayden Morrison, Addison Lyddon, Grayson Lyddon, Brynn Nickle, Breya Nickle, Brittlyn Nickle, Shay Schuitema, and Colvin Schuitema; brother LeRoy Howie of Mount Ayr, Iowa; sister Delores (Jim) Moody of Port Angeles, Washington; sisters-in-law Jean Howie of Mount Ayr and Alice Howie of Albia, Iowa; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Aleine was preceded in death by her parents; husband Sam on December 12, 1998; 2 brothers Lowell Howie and Virgil Howie; and a sister-in-law Joanne Howie.

NEN Softball Downs Pattonsburg at North Andrew

Northeast Nodaway fell to North Nodaway 11-3 to start the North Andrew Tournament Wednesday. But to their credit, they came back and got a 9-5 victory over Pattonsburg before falling to Benton JV in the consolation finals 10-1.

It looked like Northeast would face an early exit at the tournament, despite having beaten Pattonsburg earlier in the year handily. In the top of the first, Katie Warford walked; Kirsten Slessman popped out to catcher Blair Stoll, but Warford advanced to second on the play. She stole third and came home on a passed ball and Pattonsburg was up 1-0.

Northeast got the run back in the bottom of the inning as Anne Schieber reached on a dropped throw. Paige West popped out and Makayla Adwell struck out, but Taylor Coffelt reached third when right fielder Angelina Anderson dropped a fly ball and Schieber scored to tie it at 1.

All hell threatened to break loose in the second when #8 hitter Anderson was hit by a pitch and #9 hitter Brittani Adams walked. Katie Warford successfully reached on a bunt single to load the bases with nobody out and Kirsten Slessman singled home one. Shaila Cramer flied out to score Adams. Warford stole third and came home on catcher Blair Stoll’s throwing error, while Grace Warner’s single put Pattonsburg up 5-1.

It looked like it would be a short afternoon, but then Emily Redden doubled to lead off Northeast’s half of the second and Blair Stoll’s double brought her home. Jana Walker walked and stole second. Angela Standiford struck out, but Anne Schieber’s pop fly dropped just in front of center to score another to make it 5-3.

Paige West reached on a dropped throw, Walker scored on the play, and West went to second on the throw, putting her at second and Schieber at third. Makayla Adwell, normally a swinger, put down a perfect bunt. Pattonsburg got Schieber trapped between third and home but threw the ball away and two runs came home. Maggie Schmitz reached on a dropped fly to score Adwell, while Emily Redden’s second double of the inning scored Schmitz to flip the script and put Northeast up 8-5.

Northeast got out of a jam in the fourth as Pattonsburg loaded the bases with one out. But Brynn Teel struck out and Autumn Fredricks grounded into a tag play at second; NEN second baseman Cassy Redden tagged out Makelle Hobson before a run could cross, keeping the score at 8-5. Northeast got an insurance run in their half of the fourth when Makayla Adwell scored on a wild pitch.

Northeast was outplayed and outclassed by Benton JV in the consolation final. They committed two errors, walked three batters, and uncorked two wild pitches in the first as they gave up four in that inning. They gave up three more in the second thanks to two errors and three more wild pitches. Angela Standiford showed why she has been earning playing time in the field as her running catch prevented even more runs from scoring.

NEN got their lone tally in the third when Standiford was thrown out stealing on a first and third situation, but Jana Walker came home on the play.

Benton JV scored one tally in each of the third, fourth, and fifth. In each inning, Northeast prevented even more damage as they made several catches in the field. Shortstop Paige West and third baseman Taylor Coffelt made catches in the field in the third. In the fourth, Taylor Coffelt made a shoestring catch, while pitcher Blair Stoll caught a screamer that might have went for extra bases. Center fielder Maggie Schmitz threw out Lexie Peterson trying to stretch a single into a double in the fifth. In the sixth, Maggie Schmitz doubled to the wall in center, but Northeast couldn’t get her home against the stingy Cardinal defense.

Tigers Must Guard Against Letdown Against Lions

Worth County is unbeaten at 5-0 going into Friday’s game, while St. Joseph Christian is 1-3, with winless Albany going the distance against them. But that doesn’t always mean anything. In 1990, Worth County, playing in its first full year of eight man football, came into its game with a 4-2 record. North Nodaway, the defending state champions, was struggling to get back on their feet, coming in with a 2-4 record after dropping their first four. Worth County took a 14-8 lead at halftime, but the second half was all North Nodaway as the Mustangs went on to win 30-14 and Worth County’s season ended with a 6-3 mark. It would be another five years before Worth County’s playoff drought would end, when they won the state title in 1995.

The parallel is that all four of North Nodaway’s losses were close in 1990; Christian went the distance against North Andrew and had close losses to Pattonsburg and Stanberry. Christian has been Kryptonite against Worth County, beating them in the State Championship in 2007 as well as last year. The flip side is that Worth County has only lost one Homecoming since 1993, to Mound City in 2004. Something has to give in Friday’s game.

Worth County did nothing to hurt their offensive numbers in last week’s 80-20 victory against King City. They now average 71.2 points per game, behind only Stanberry with 72.

They allow 12 points per game, second only to Rock Port. Worth County will have to shut down another potent passing game as Lion quarterback Ben Craven has completed 24 of his 49 passes for 264 yards. Their best runningback will be Braden George.

A series of short fields against Albany, along with a couple of returns for touchdowns meant that the stats were down for that week, but Tevin Cameron’s career night against King City, where he ran for 236 yards, put him back into the hunt for the rushing title. He is in third with 49 carries for 675 yards, behind only Stanberry’s two-headed monster of Trey Schieber (809 yards) and Cole Durbin (807 yards). Cameron leads the league in yards per carry, at 13.8. With the emergence of Cameron, Isaac Alarcon has returned to his role as a blocking back, where he helped Brevyn Ross rack up 1,900 yards his freshman year while running for 900 more himself. Quarterback Ryan McClellan can also break loose.

Worth County Likely to Move Up Following Cards’ Defeat

Worth County is likely to move up following the toppling of North Andrew. Everything that could have gone wrong for the Cardinals did go wrong as their team bus had a tire blowout and the game in Sedalia didn’t start until 8 pm. The game was still in progress at 11 that night, and it was a long bus ride home for the Cardinals. North Andrew, which was ranked first in the Missouri Eight Man Coaches Association rankings, fell to #6 Sacred Heart 86-48. North Andrew will have to get something figured out in a hurry, as they face Stanberry Friday.

The #2 ranked Stanberry squad did about as expected with Pattonsburg. They were up 60-30 over the upstart Panthers at the half. But as usual, they are one of the best second half teams in the area and their two-headed monster of Cole Durbin and Trey Schieber were too much for the Panthers as they fell 90-42.

Worth County held off an early challenge against #8 King City and ended the game at halftime, 80-20. Their next opponent, St. Joseph Christian, has been kryptonite for Worth County over the years; despite their 1-4 start this year, they have played everyone tough. Christian always seems to peak in the second half of the year. But on the other hand, Worth County has not lost a Homecoming game since 2004 and only one since 1993, so something has to give in Friday night’s game. This includes some games which the Tigers were not “supposed” to win.

One game that was supposed to be close wasn’t. #4 Rock Port started off with a safety and then things went from bad to worse for #5 East Atchison. Jase Hughes then connected with passes of 68 and 65 yards with Ryan Dewhurst, and the rout was on. By the time the carnage was over, Rock Port had come away with the 50-0 halftime win. Hughes threw 16 times, completing 11 for 284 yards. Dewhurst caught 6 passes for 222 yards. Caden Linthicum had three carries for 88 yards, including a 63 yard scoring run. East Atchison has frequently punched above their weight against Rock Port even as they have fallen short, but this time, they crashed and burned. East Atchison will have to get something figured out, as they play Mound City next.

#7 Mound City had little trouble with North/West Nodaway, winning 50-0 in the third quarter. #9 Greenfield had little trouble with Marmaton Valley (KS), winning 52-20. #10 Hardin-Central faced a stiffer challenge against Braymer, but came away with the 52-32 victory.

St. Joseph Christian picked up their first win of the season, 56-18 over winless Albany. They are Worth County’s next opponent. They are 1-3, but have been in all their games. They went the distance against North Andrew, lost by three scores to Pattonsburg, and were tied in the fourth quarter against Stanberry before fading. South/Nodaway-Holt had little trouble with winless DeKalb as Eric Ottman threw a 41 yard pass to Reagan Morris and the rout was on in Oregon and the Spartans won 50-0 in the third quarter. Platte Valley could not get their first win of the season as they fell to North Shelby 62-42. Southwest Livingston beat Stewartsville 52-20 as the Cardinals continue to be on the downslide following their win to open the season.

Worth County has moved ahead in district standings despite Rock Port’s win over East Atchison. They are #1 in district standings with 47.21 points. Rock Port is #2 with 46.42 points, Stanberry at #3 with 46.33, East Atchison #4 with 40.05, North/West Nodaway in fifth with 21.79 points, and Albany at #6 with 15.42.

If the districts were to be held this Friday, Worth County and Rock Port would get byes in the first round, while Stanberry faces Albany and East Atchison faces North/West Nodaway. Worth County would face the East Atchison and North/West Nodaway winner while Rock Port would face the winner of Stanberry and Albany.

Tigers Break School Record for Points in a Half Against King City

Worth County faced a stiffer challenge than their first three games, but still pulled away for an 80-20 halftime victory over King City. In so doing, they set a school record for the most points ever scored in a half (80). The previous record was set in 2011, when Worth County tagged Craig/Fairfax with a 70-0 victory during its last state championship run, when Eli Mullock was in his senior year.

2011 was the last year for the CFX cooperative; Craig is now a cooperative with Mound City while Tarkio and Fairfax have formed the East Atchison cooperative. The coach for the CFX cooperative wanted to play on in the 70-0 debacle, but Craig Walker, the principal at Craig at the time, stopped the game. He had been on the North Andrew sideline two years before when Worth County had the Cardinals down 48-8 before North Andrew scored three times against Worth County’s JV with their varsity. Subsequently, the 275 Conference passed a rule requiring teams to end the game on the 45 point rule. The GRC, of which Worth County is now a part, does not have such a rule.

King City tried to take control of the game with an onsides kick, but Brayden Welch recovered it at the 39. Ryan McClellan picked up five and Isaac Alarcon 7 to the Wildkat 29. Tevin Cameron broke two King City tackles down to the 15 and two more carries got him into the end zone with 10:13 left. Isaac Alarcon rumbled into the end zone, shaking off defenders like they weren’t even there to make it 8-0.

It didn’t take King City to respond as Collin Breckinridge aired it out to Wyatt Vannaman from 40 yards out just 18 seconds later to make it 8-6. Bryant McCord ran back the ensuing kick to the Tiger 38 and Tevin Cameron followed the blocking of Colton Wilmes to the King City 31. He broke tackle after tackle for 11 more to the 20, then went straight up the middle for 15 more to the 5.

King City sought to make a stand there as Jacob Moen turned into a force, running wild in the backfield and holding Worth County to no gain for the next two plays. But then Cameron took a counter for five yards with 8:39 left and followed the blocking of Isaac Alarcon for the two points to make it 16-6.

This time, Worth County made it look easy after recovering a squib kick at their own 29. King City formed a gold wall to stop Cameron on Worth County’s first play from scrimmage, but he shot through it anyway and took it 51 yards to the house with 8:03 left. He once again followed Isaac Alarcon’s blocking to make it 24-14.

King City tried to air it out to get back into the game, but it was unsuccessful and Worth County held. Caleb Parman and Tevin Cameron broke up passes, the latter coming after Drake Kinsella hurried Collin Breckenridge. On the ensuing punt, Tevin Cameron ran the punt all the way back to the King City 20. Tevin Cameron and Isaac Alarcon each picked up 8 to the four for first and goal, but a holding and a false start set them all the way back to the 18. They got some of it back on Isaac Alarcon’s seven yard jaunt, then Ryan McClellan cut it up for 3 more. Tevin Cameron fought his way forward for four for fourth and goal at the 4, then took it down the right side for the score with 4:56 left as Worth County finally got some separation. His cutback run made it 32-14.

King City pulled off a successful fake punt, but then back to back sacks by Tevin Cameron and Ryan McClellan killed the drive. Worth County got the ball back on its own 20, and Isaac Alarcon lost a yard on their first play. But then Ryan McClellan took a sweep down the left side, got a block from Mason Hawk on Moen that totally sealed off the defense, and McClellan sprung free for 61 yards with 35 seconds left in the first quarter. Jacob New’s pass to Bryant McCord made it 40-14.

Mason Hawk sacked Breckinridge on the next play, then Tevin Cameron had a big hit on him the next play along with Caleb Parman as King City went nowhere on its next possession. Worth County ran back the punt to the King City 29, got backed up by a holding penalty to their own 39, and then threw an incomplete pass. Cameron’s first run only picked up four to the 37, but then he shot up the middle and down the left side for a score with 9:44 left in the first half. He ran in the extra points to make it 48-14.

A long pass from Breckinridge to Vannaman for 21 yards set up another long pass to A.J. Saunders from 39 yards out for King City’s final tally with 8:43 left to make it 48-20. They tried an onsides kick, but this time, Brayden Welch made the most of his opportunity, running it back to the King City 35 and leveling Kinser Herbert at the end of the run. Isaac Alarcon’s cutback run went to the 19. A bad snap set Worth County back to the 25, but then Tevin Cameron took an early option pitch from Ryan McClellan down the right side for a score with 7:56 left. Isaac Alarcon rumbled in down the left side for the extra points to make it 56-20.

Breckinridge misfired on two passes and on third down, he came under heavy pressure from Mason Hawk and threw a pick to Bryant McCord, his second in the last two games. Three plays later, Ryan McClellan got a block from Drake Kinsella, ran down the left side, faked out Vannaman, and got in from 41 yards out with 6:48 left in the half. Tevin Cameron’s cutback run made it 64-20.

Devan Jackson pulled down Breckinridge by his jersey to get one sack and Drake Kinsella got another as King City was driven all the way back to the 9. The kick was short and Tevin Cameron took it from the King City 28 and ran it back for a score. Cameron followed the blocking of Isaac Alarcon with 5:08 left for the extra points to make it 72-20.

Once again, Devan Jackson got a sack and then Drake Kinsella broke up a screen pass to force King City to punt. The kick was short and out of bounds, giving Worth County a short field and Tevin Cameron shot up the middle for 35 yards and ran in the extra points for Worth County’s final tally with 3:43 left in the first half.

Worth County had 341 yards, all of them on the ground, for an average of 14.2 yards per carry. Tevin Cameron had 16 carries for 236 yards. Ryan McClellan had 4 carries for 108 yards, Isaac Alarcon 7 carries for 42 yards, Jeremy Wimer 2 carries for 3 yards, Andrew Alarcon 1 carry for 1 yard, and Jacob New 1 carry for -7 yards. Worth County only attempted two passes.

Tevin Cameron had six tackles to lead the Tigers. Ryan McClellan, Brayden Welch, Devan Jackson, and Mason Hawk all had four. Wayde Parman had three. Bryant McCord, Isaac Alarcon, and Drake Kinsella all had two. Caleb Parman and Jaxon Anderson each had one. Devan Jackson had two sacks, while Drake Kinsella, Mason Hawk, Tevin Cameron, and Ryan McClellan all had one. Bryant McCord, Tevin Cameron, and Drake Kinsella all had tipped passes, while McCord had an interception.

Bryant McCord had one kickoff return for 31 yards, while Brayden Welch had one for 9 yards. Tevin Cameron had three punt returns for 80 yards and a score. Caleb Parman had nine kickoffs for 354 yards and one touchback. Tevin Cameron had one kickoff for 50 yards and a touchback.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Obituary -- Beulah West 1915-2017

Beulah Bernice West, Sheridan, passed on September 14, 2017 at the age of 102, at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, with her children at her side.

She was born April 28, 1915 at Hopkins, MO, the daughter of Joseph G. Maier and Ada Alice Griffey Maier.

She was preceded in death by her Parents, Husband Everett G. West (August 8, 1990), Grandson Ron Burns, Daughter-in-law Loretta West, four Brothers: Kennard, Wilbur, Charles and Hubert Maier and two sisters: Velma Day and Lou Ella Plummer.

Survivors include a Daughter LaRue Burns, Son LeRoy West; Grandsons Don (Paula) Burns and David West; Grand-daughter Cindy Burns; Great-grandsons Nick (Brittany) Burns, Dylan Burns, Mitch Burns; Great-great-granddaughter, Noelle Burns and many Nieces and Nephews.

In Beulah's early life she lived on a farm near Parnell, MO. She was an excellent homemaker, great cook, seamstress and all the other things a farm wife and mother has to do. In 1961 she and her husband moved to Omaha, NE, where she worked at the J C Penney Store, also Penney's in Maryville, both the old and new store. She was also employed at Northwest Missouri University, working in the cafeteria.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 18, 2017 from 12:30-1:30 PM at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Graveside Services will follow at 2:00 PM at Oak Hill Cemetery, Clearmont, MO.

Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association.

Eagleville Man Receives Minor Injuries in Wreck

An Eagleville man received minor injuries in a wreck Friday five miles south of Eagleville. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 1999 Ford F-150 driven by Joey McClintock (21) of Eagleville was northbound on I-35 at around 3:55 am when he fell asleep. The vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment. The vehicle struck a tree and then a ditch. McClintock was taken to the Harrison County Community Hospital. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.

Grant City Man Seriously Injured in Wreck

A Grant City man was seriously injured in an accident on Route 31 Thursday afternoon near Clarksdale. The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports that a 2002 Ford F-150 driven by George Young (86) of Grant City was southbound on 31 at around 1:45 in the afternoon. The Patrol says he traveled off the west side of the roadway, returned to the roadway, crossed the center line on an uneven newly paved roadway, overcorrected, traveled off the west side of the roadway, struck an embankment, overturned several times, struck a fence, and came to rest off the west side of 31. He was taken to Mosaic Life Care in St. Joseph.

Two Hikers Passing Through Eagleville, Worth County During 2,918 Mile Walk

Two hikers are passing through Eagleville and Worth County this week. The couple, Amanda and Kolton, hiked from Tybee Island (GA) to Don David Park in Oregon. They have been journeying from Georgia since May 1st. Their goal is to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Make a Wish Foundation. They rested on Sunday before resuming their journey on Monday.

Kolton had this to say on their Facebook page, 2918 Miles, on September 14th while in Princeton about their journey and about Amanda: “Another throwback because holy canolie just look at this! The changes we have made and the challenges we have overcome. It is amazing to see the amount of transformation we've had and in so many ways. Mentally, emotionally, physically, material wise, and just generally as humans beings. I am so proud of how capable and strong my best friend is. To witness the internal and external strength of this woman has been simply profound. I love where we've come from and I am thrilled for where we are going. And the best part of it all is that it's together.”

Kolton and Amanda are seeking donations for their journey as well as donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the Make a Wish Foundation. To donate, please email or visit their Facebook page, 2918 Miles. The journey is 2,918 miles, hence the name. Their website is

Obituary -- Hudson Briner 2017-2017

     Hudson Briner was born on March 1, 2017 in Maryville, Missouri to Tyrel and Ashley Briner. He passed away on September 13, 2017 at the age of 6 months and 12 days old.

     Hudson is survived by his mommy and daddy, brother Karson and sisters: Kambree and Kaeslyn, grandparents: Julie Lynch, D.J. Briner, Craig Reynolds; great-grandmothers: Marian Lynch, and Gail Buck, aunts: Kiley Reynolds, Jo-Quetta Briner; uncles: Craig Reynolds Jr., Zeb Harker and Kale Briner; cousins: Collin Reynolds, Shadow, Sadie & Keagon Briner.

     Preceding him in death were grandpa Paul Weigel, great-grandparents: William Lynch, Michael Buck and Violet and Burl Briner.

     Funeral Services will be 10:30 A.M. Monday, September 18, 2017 at Grant City Christian Church in Grant City. Burial will be in the Kirk Cemetery in Allendale, Missouri. Visitation from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the church.

     Arrangements under direction of Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shamrock’s Three Run Outburst in Sixth Inning Stuns Hamilton

North Harrison used a three run rally in the sixth to bring down Hamilton as their winning streak has now reached 9 games. During the past week, North Harrison had won handily over conference opposition and won their conference tournament. They beat Tri-County 18-1, Gilman City 15-0, and Grundy County 18-0 in conference play. In the conference tournament, they beat Winston 13-1, Grundy County 15-0, and Tri-County 15-1 to win the tournament. The latter three games count as JV games on their schedule; North Harrison held out their senior players for that tournament.

In recent years, North Harrison has been lining up games against bigger schools; this was their third meeting against Hamilton, a former powerhouse team of the Grand River Conference before they left for the KCI. North Harrison had come close the last two years before finally winning this year.
Pitted against Julia Kanoy, the best pitcher that they had faced this year, the only baserunner they could muster in the first two innings was Payton Craig, who reached third on a dropped fly ball by the left fielder. The sun, which is in the went, routinely wreaks havoc with fly balls hit to left field close to the line since the fielder has to turn to their right to make the play. But North Harrison could not get her home as Brandi Rivet struck out, Audry Briggs popped out, and Emma Craig struck out.
Payton Craig and the Shamrocks held the fort through the first three innings, only allowing Gillian Gibler’s walk in the first and Mati Park’s slap hit in the third. Finally, North Harrison used a two out rally in the third to get a run in as Payton Craig hit a screamer that dropped in for a double in left center, a shot that was hit so hard it startled the base ump, who fell to the ground. Payton Craig came all the way around to score on Brandi Rivet’s pop fly that dropped in front of the second baseman and that she beat out, and North Harrison was up 1-0.

But Hamilton fought back all night long, and they did so in the fourth as Gibler reached on a scratch hit when her grounder to Ashlynn Gilpatrick at third took a crooked hop and bounded past her. Ali Trosper reached on a single to right and McKauley Prothero moved them over on a bunt. Graycen Prothero grounded out to first baseman Kami Gibson, who flipped to second baseman Mason Cracraft for the out, but not before a run crossed to tie it at 1.

It looked like the wind would come out of North Harrison’s sails as they could not get anything going in the fourth, normally their big inning. Audry Briggs shot one fair down the line in right for a single. Emma Craig struck out, but Ashlynn Gilpatrick reached on a dropped throw off a bunt and Kami Gibson was safe on a fielder’s choice as Briggs beat out a force play at third. But then Mason Cracraft struck out chasing a high pitch while Carly Rinehart’s soft line drive was right back at the pitcher for the third out.

North Harrison had their backs to the wall in the fifth as Lexi Potts, the 9th hitter for Hamilton, battled to draw a walk and stole second. Mati Park hit a slow roller down the line at third and Ashlynn Gilpatrick didn’t have a chance as Potts took third. With Hamilton threatening to take the lead, Payton Craig restored order by striking out Julia Kanoy and getting Gibler out on a pop fly to end the inning. That gave North Harrison a new lease on life and Payton Craig hit the first pitch she saw from Kanoy over the left field fence to make it 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth.

Hamilton tied it up again in the sixth, but North Harrison dodged another bullet. Ali Trosper faked a bunt, then hit a screamer between first and second that looked like it was headed for extra bases. But first baseman Kami Gibson caught it, fell to the ground, and held onto the ball for the first out. That meant the game was still tied after McKauley Prothero beat out an infield hit, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, and came home on Graycen Prothero’s groundout to tie it at 2.

But then Kanoy started tiring by the sixth and it showed. Ashlynn Gilpatrick struck out, but Kami Gibson doubled to right center and Mason Cracraft walked on a 3-2 pitch. Carly Rinehart singled to left to load the bases and Rainey Fordyce hit a grounder to the mound. Hamilton got the force at home, but then threw to first in an attempt to complete the double play. But instead of getting the third out of the inning, the throw was to the right field side of first and went down the right field line all the way to the ball. By the time the Hornets had gotten the ball in, Fordyce had circled the bases and North Harrison was up 5-2.

North Harrison hung on, but not without some anxious moments in the seventh. Lexi Potts refused to go down and finally beat out an infield hit to start the seventh; she stole second. The fleet-footed Mati Park was next and hit a grounder to Ashlynn Gilpatrick at third; instead of throwing to first to try to retire Park, she threw to Brandi Rivet covering second; she picked off Potts for the first out.

Julia Kanoy struck out, but then Gillian Gibler singled home Park to make it 5-3 and Ali Trosper singled to right. North Harrison tried to throw out Gibler out at third for the final out, but she was safe, Trosper took second, and a single could tie it.

McKauley Prothero was next, and she hit a grounder to Ashlynn Gilpatrick at third. Prothero had already beaten out one infield hit that night, but Gilpatrick’s throw was in time to get the final out and North Harrison had come away with the victory.

“That was a very athletic team,” said Coach Brandon Craig. “They put pressure on you up and down the lineup, but we had a strong defensive effort and we hit them better as the game progressed.” He said that the best thing about their present winning streak was that they were keeping their focus. “We’ve had no physical or mental letdowns with this bunch.” He said he was pleased that they only gave up two runs during the tournament. Ashlynn Gilpatrick and Carly Rinehart handled the pitching.
The Shamrocks will lose Payton Craig, Brandi Rivet, and Audry Briggs after this year to graduation. But the sky is the limit with North Harrison softball as they have a strong junior high contingent coming up. They beat Hamilton 11-1 on the short field as the varsity contingent was sweating out their victory over Hamilton.

Tiger Football Keeping Pace in Weekly Rankings

Stanberry was nearly toppled last Friday, but otherwise, little stands to change in the weekly eight man rankings.

#1 North Andrew 56, Kansas City East 6
North Andrew got one scare when they scored the first touchdown of the game, only for Elijah Brown of Kansas City East to run the ensuing kickoff back for a score to trail 8-6. But from there, it was all North Andrew in this halftime game. Jacob Powelson continued his hot streak as quarterback, completing all six of his passes for 149 yards, or over 20 yards per completion. Caleb Patterson had 5 catches for 102 yards. Lance Streeby added a 49 yard punt return, while Gus Shunk added a 71 yard punt return. Shunk had 7 carries for 106 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.

#2 Stanberry 56, St. Joseph Christian 42
The game of the week happened in Stanberry. Christian jumped all over Stanberry, putting up the first 18 points of the game, including a 42 yard run from quarterback Ben Craven. But then Stanberry countered with a 63 yard run from Cole Durbin before the half and a 49 yard run from Durbin in the third quarter to get back In the game.

Stanberry and Christian were tied at 24 early in the fourth quarter, but then Stanberry wore down their winless opponents, like they do most of their opposition, outscoring them 32-24 in a fourth quarter track meet to pull away for the victory.

Braden George had 18 carries for 187 yards for the Lions. Cole Durbin had 19 carries for 287 yards for the Bulldogs. Trey Schieber added a 25 yard scoring run for Stanberry.

#3 Worth County 64, Albany 14
Worth County had little trouble putting away a banged-up Albany squad in their home opener. Their trip to King City will be their stiffest test to date Friday.

#4 Rock Port 46, North/West Nodaway 0

North/West Nodaway came into the game on a high following their first victory of coach Cody Marriott’s tenure, but Rock Port brought them down to earth again. North/West Nodaway got some yardage against one of the top defenses in eight man football, but couldn’t punch it in.

#5 East Atchison 50, DeKalb 0

DeKalb has fallen on hard times recently, and East Atchison kept them in a tailspin with this game, which ended in the third quarter. Briacin Bywater had six carries for 73 yards, while the duo of Jake McEnaney and Gage McAdams torched the Tigers through the air. McEnaney had nine completions in 15 attempts for 272 yards, while McAdams had six catches for 206 yards.

#6 Sacred Heart 62, #8 Hardin-Central 14
Sacred Heart had little trouble on a trip up north against Hardin-Central. The Hardin-Central and Norborne cooperative fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with the loss.

#7 Mound City 86, Southwest Livingston 40
Southwest Livingston put up 40 points against one of the top defensive squads in eight man football, but still fell to the resurgent Panthers, trying to regain their former glory.

King City 74, #9 Pattonsburg 58
King City seemingly had this one in the bag against the high-powered Panther squad, playing at their pace and holding a 34-16 halftime lead. But Pattonsburg never gave up and King City had to hold on for dear life in this eight man track meet.

#10 Greenfield 52, Osceola 20
Osceola went the distance against a ranked foe, playing in its first season in eight man.

Obituary -- Dorothy Matheny 1921-2017

Dorothy Aline Matheny, the oldest child of James Harrison Matheny and Mattie Ethel (Newby) Matheny was born November 21, 1921, at home near Blockton, Iowa. She attended country school at Platteville, Iowa for eight years and graduated from Blockton High School in 1940, with a Normal Training Certificate. She taught country school for four years in Gay Township.

In 1941, while going up a stairway to attend a dance, a young man, named Cecil Newkirk, caught up to her and started a conversation. She started dating that young man on Columbus Day of that year and they became engaged a year later. Cecil was called into the service on October 15, 1942 and was discharged from the Army on December 15, 1944. Dorothy and Cecil were married on February 15, 1945, at the Methodist parsonage in Bedford. Dorothy’s school term ended in May and they moved to Colorado where their three daughters, Cheryl, Marilyn and Janis were born. They lived in various places in Colorado - Rifle, Carbondale and Basalt. In 1954, the family moved to Cove, Arkansas, and spent two years there. While in Arkansas, they attended the Southern Baptist Church in Vandervoort, Arkansas, and it is there that Dorothy accepted Christ as her savior. Dorothy always said that Arkansas was a growing time for the family, not only attending church together but spending most Sunday afternoons walking through the woods to old family “home places” as they were called, picking blackberries, and walking logging trails. In 1956, Dorothy and Cecil sold their livestock and small farm, packed up their pickup with as many belongings as they could, including a dog and a cat, and moved their family back to Iowa. Cecil farmed for awhile and eventually became a rural mail carrier.

Dorothy spent many years as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and various other duties in the churches in Vandervoort, Bedford and Blockton, and was a member of the Bedford Baptist Church. She was an active member in the American Legion Auxiliary in Colorado and Blockton.

Dorothy loved crossword puzzles, always doing them with a pen, never a pencil, was an avid reader and enjoyed knitting and crocheting. One of her favorite hobbies was her counted cross stitch and she made numerous pictures for her kids, grandkids and great-grandkids.

Dorothy devoted her life to raising her children, always raised a garden and canned fruits and vegetables for the winter. She enjoyed being a farm wife. She worked for seven years at Shehan’s in Bedford and retired in 1974 to spend more time at home. She took care of both her mother and Cecil in their later years.

Dorothy was very proud of her family. If you wanted to see a big smile come across her face, just ask her about her grandchildren and great-grandchildren! She always had a story to tell about them and truly enjoyed hearing from them and having them come to visit.

Dorothy was proceeded in death by her husband, Cecil, her parents, Jim and Mattie, and all of her siblings and their spouses: Ethel and Lem Dant, John and Phyllis Matheny, Beulah Mae and Dale Kernen and Marion and Ellen Matheny, as well as many cousins.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters and their husbands: Cheryl and Steve Mick, Bedford, Marilyn and Bob Timberlake, Auburn, Kansas, and Janis and Steve Melvin, Rochester, Minnesota. Dorothy’s grandchildren, their spouses and Dorothy’s great-grandchildren include: Matt and Dawn Mick, Maggie and Rory, Boone, Iowa; Josh and Angel Melvin, Mackenzie, Prole, Iowa, Tucker and Annaliesa Melvin, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Alicia (Melvin) and Bryan Navarette, Romey Riley and Peter, Mason City, Iowa; Rob Timberlake, Lawrence, Kansas; Nicole (Timberlake) and Andy Burghart and Ryland, Topeka, Kansas; Stephanie (Melvin) and Brian Fisk, Natalie, Meredith and Liesel, Rochester, Minnesota; and Rebekah (Melvin) and Brandon Rohrig and Freya, Okoboji, Iowa.

Dorothy is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Jean Vance and Anne Meek, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.

Obituary -- Robert Stelter 1923-2017

Robert August Stelter, 93, of Hopkins, Missouri, died Friday, September 8, 2017, in Maryville, Missouri. Robert was born on September 25, 1923, to Louis August Stelter and Ella Grace Pettigrew Stelter of Maryville, Missouri.

After graduating from Maryville High School in 1941, Robert enrolled in the Navy’s pre-enlistment program at Northwest Missouri State College. He graduated from the United States Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School in Chicago. He served in the Pacific on a Landing Craft Infantry ship during World War II. Upon returning from the service, Robert attended Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture in 1947. He met his future wife, Ruth Sorenson, at Iowa State. They were married in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, on September 15, 1951. They enjoyed almost 66 years of married life together.

After their wedding, Robert and Ruth moved to Hopkins, where together they ran the family farm. Robert was a lifetime farmer who valued farm conservation and took pride in improving his land. He was also an avid traveler and enjoyed learning about the history, farming practices, and political systems of countries around the globe. His favorite activity was enjoying Ruth’s good home-cooked meals and spending hours at the dinner table talking about current events, farming, and politics with his family.

Robert was a member of the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins and served on the North Nodaway School Board. To honor his grandfather and his parents, Robert founded two scholarships, the August Stelter Scholarship Fund at Northwest Missouri State University and the Louis and Grace Stelter Scholarship Fund at Maryville R-II High School.

Robert is survived by his wife, Ruth, and his five children: Nancy (Jim) Johnston, Houston, Texas; Susan (Sam) Fernandez, Manhattan Beach, California; Linda Stelter, Pella, Iowa; Steve (Kelly) Stelter, Maryville, Missouri; and Mark (Jenni) Stelter, Pella, Iowa. Robert is also survived by nine grandchildren: Jennifer (Matthew) Pierson, Kristina (Cameron) Fernandez Mabrie, Michael Fernandez, Siri Stelter, Alex Stelter, Madison Stelter, Laurel Stelter, Soren Stelter, and Easton Stelter, and by two great-grandchildren: Evangeline Pierson and Beckett Pierson.

Visitation will be held at Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins on Wednesday, September 13, from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at the Wray Memorial United Methodist Church in Hopkins on Thursday, September 14, at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at the Miriam Cemetery in Maryville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Northwest Foundation, directed to the August Stelter Scholarship Fund, 800 University Drive, Maryville, Missouri, 64468.

Obituary -- Donald Pankau 1936-2017

Donald Dean Pankau, 81, passed from this life September 9, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital, Maryville, MO . He was born September 1, 1936 in Worth, MO to Roy Edward Pankau and Mavis Ida Milligan. He attended school at Oxford, MO.

Donald was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Harley Milligan, Noble and Max Pankau and several aunts and uncles.

He is survived by his three brothers, Danny (Linda), Richard (Ladonna) and Joe (Lee) Pankau; also his wife of 52 years, JoAnna and the four children of this union Tyrone, Bradley (Lynn), Jake and Gina. From a first marriage he had three children, Benny, Janna and Lisa. Also surviving are his grandchildren Shayna, Kade, Sage, Jordyn, Austin, Kayte, Josh, Stephanie, Brittany, Zachary, Jacob, Morgan and Jimmy, and many nieces and nephews.

Donald was baptized into the Baptist faith. He was a past member of the Eagle's Lodge and Pickering Lion's Club.

Donald was a general contractor, teaching his sons his skills and knowledge. Donald was loved for his wit and wisdom and will be forever missed.

Visitation will be Tuesday September 12, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.

Funeral Services will be Wednesday, September 13th at 10:00 AM, also at Price's. It will be followed by burial at Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 1241, St. Joseph, MO 64502.

Obituary -- Beatrice Evelyn Griffey 1921-2017

Beatrice Evelyn Griffey, 96 of Maryville, MO died September 7, 2017 at Maryville Living Center.
She was born September 7, 1921 in Clearmont, Missouri to Lee Everett and Emma Elizabeth (Kellogg) Griffey.

A graduate of Clearmont High School, Beatrice moved to Colorado, where she worked as a telephone operator for Southwest Bell/ATT&T. She had been a Maryville resident since 2003.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Kenneth and Emeryl Griffey and sisters Iola Thomas and Bernice Hamilton.

Beatrice is survived by her nieces: Hilah Macrander, Clearmont, Darlene Runyon, Sheridan, MO, Carolyn Sue Davison, Braddyville, IA, Janeane Miller, St. Joseph, Joan Meek, Fairfax, IA, Terri Wallace and nephew Steven Griffey, Utah.

Graveside Services and Burial were at 11:00 AM Monday, September 11th, at Oak Hill Cemetery, Clearmont.

Obituary -- Charles Parman 1924-2017

Charles Herbert Parman, 93, Pickering, MO died Tuesday, August 29, 2017, at the Missouri Veteran's Home in Cameron.

Charles was born January 21, 1924 in Denver, MO to Dennis Woodson and Carrie Mable Abplanalp Parman.

He was a graduate of Skidmore, MO High School and attended Iowa State Teacher's College Flight School in Cedar Falls, IA. Charles proudly served his country during World War II in the United States Army Air Corps.

A member of the Maryville First Christian Church, he also had belonged to Xenia Masonic Lodge #50, was a leader of Boy Scout Troop #64, Pickering, and had served on the North Nodaway School Board.

Preceding Charles in death were his parents, wife Geraldine (November 10, 2003), daughter-in-law Linda Parman (October 13, 2013), sister Colette Parman, and brothers Dennis Jr., George, Loren, Lester and John.

He is survived by sons, Dennis (Kenna) Parman and John Parman, Pickering, daughters, Rebecca Parman Crozier, Golden, CO and Vicki (Herbert) Hammer, Chandler, AZ., Grandchildren: Mitchell (Stephanie) Parman, Michelle Parman, Lauree (Daniel) Valverde, Michael (Phoebe Owens) Crozier, Casey (Cara) Parman, Betsy (Joel) Nespory, Levi Hammer and Elizabeth Hammer; great-grandchildren: Xander, Tyler and Journee Parman, Cassie and Ruby Valverde, Hank Crozier, Elsie Nespory, Jacob Richard Hammer, and brother Donald Parman, Lafayette, IN, along with numerous nieces and nephews.

A Visitation was held 6-8 PM Friday, September 1, 2017 at Price Funeral Home, Maryville.
Funeral Services were held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 2nd, at Price Funeral Home, with burial following at Nodaway Memorial Gardens, Maryville. Military Services were provided by the Missouri Military Honor's Program and the James Edward Gray American Legion Post #100.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 201 West Third Street, Maryville, MO 64468.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Obituary -- Betty Robertson 1926-2017

Betty Louise (Stevens) Robertson, age 91, Grant City, Missouri died August 30, 2017 at Orilla’s Way Residential Care Facility in Grant City.
Betty was born February 20, 1926 in Worth County, Missouri; the daughter of the late Lester R. and Edith I. (VanSwearingen) Stevens.

Betty was a graduate of Skidmore High School, Skidmore, Missouri.

She was united in marriage to Albert J. Robertson on September 22, 1946.  To this union two daughters were born Christie and Cathy.

Betty had previously worked as a key punch operator for the Old American Insurance Company.  She enjoyed taking care of her home and family.  Betty also loved being “Grandma” to her grandchildren.
Betty’s memberships included the Order of the Eastern Star and she had been a member of the Allendale Baptist Church, Allendale, Missouri and later the Albany Baptist Church, Albany, Missouri.

Betty was preceded in death by: her parents, husband (A.J.), son-in-law Larry Ross and an infant great granddaughter Anna Landphair.

Her survivors include: daughters, Christie Ross, Maryville, Missouri, Cathy (Leland) Cook, Toledo, Iowa; six grandchildren, Ayrica (Eric) Richardson, Lisbon, Iowa, Allyson (Ron) Landphair, Dike, Iowa, Jennifer Cook, Scottsbluff,  Nebraska, Jarett Cook, Colville, Washington, Kenna Hauber (Mitch), Lincoln, Nebraska, and Brad (Kara) Hauber, Grant City, Missouri; ten great grandchildren, Ava, Bethany and Cayla Richardson, Jake and Camille Landphair, Giovannie and Gabriel Cook, Kayley, Jolee and Barrett Hauber; one brother Pren (Martha) Stevens, Grant City, a sister-in-law Phyllis Robertson, Marshfield, Missouri; several nieces, nephews and host of other friends and loved ones.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 AM, Monday, September 18, 2017 at the Andrews-Hann Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 10-11 AM prior to the services.  Pastor Les Stevens will be officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date in Grandview Cemetery, Albany, Missouri.

A memorial fund has been established in Betty’s name.

Tigers Down Albany 64-14 in Home Opener; End Game at Half

Worth County ended their home opener with Albany at halftime, their easiest win over the Warriors since they joined the eight man ranks. Worth County came into the game healthy, while Albany was depleted, down several players, including Colton Coburn, who torched Stanberry before going down. Coburn suited up, but didn’t play against Worth County.

Bryant McCord buried Albany at their 13 on the opening kickoff, and the Warriors were never able to get good field position for much of the game. McCord followed up with a big hit on Shay Cooper on first down and Albany went three and out. Drake Kinsella put the Albany punter under a heavy rush, and the ball went out of bounds at the Albany 29. That gave Worth County a short field to work with, and they only needed one play as Tevin Cameron took a pitch and shot past the first level and into the clear with 10:25 left in the first quarter. He ran in the extra points to make it 8-0.

Once again, Albany got buried on its own 10 and couldn’t do anything. They were taking too long in the huddle and having to rush up and get the play off right before the play clock expired. On first down, they tried a keeper, but Harrison Kerchner met Caleb Parman after one yard, and they got into a hole again and had to punt. This time, Cameron took the punt and weaved his way through traffic with 8:45 left for the score. Isaac Alarcon rumbled through a big hole for the extra points to make it 16-0.

Worth County only needed 48 seconds to score again as Albany tried an option, botched up the pitch, and Drake Kinsella recovered it at the Warrior 15. Ryan McClellan met a wall on Worth County’s first play, but on the next, he followed the blocking of Colton Wilmes to score with 7:57 left. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to put Worth County up 24-0.

This time, Albany got a little more headway made as they made positive yardage on each play and were faced with fourth and three at their own 28. But their propensity for taking too long in the huddle hurt them and they got a delay of game penalty, moving them back to the 23. They tried to go for it anyway, but the pass was incomplete as Drake Kinsella and Mason Hawk hurried the throw and Tevin Cameron broke it up.

Worth County only needed one play to score as Isaac Alarcon took a sweep down the right side and rumbled down the field like nobody was there, scoring with 5:37 left. Tevin Cameron followed the blocking of Colton Wilmes and Drake Kinsella to score the extra points and make it 32-0.

On Albany’s next series, Caleb Parman, Colton Wilmes, and Drake Kinsella all got into the backfield to drop Cooper for a loss. Albany fought back to fourth and five from their own 23 and elected to punt this time, setting Worth County back to their own 32, the first time they had started in their own territory. It didn’t matter as Tevin Cameron threw a shovel pass to Bryant McCord and he took off down the left side for 48 yard scamper with 3:53 left to make it 38-0. Officially, it was scored as a run.

Albany was faced with third down and six at their own 17, but this time, Bryant McCord jumped a route and got a pick six with 2:30 left. Tevin Cameron ran in the extra points to make it 46-0. It continued to snowball from there as Wayde Parman pounced on a fumble and the second string took over. Andrew Alarcon carried it three times from the 17 to the 1 and then Nate Adwell carried it in for the score with 1:04 left in the first to make it 52-0.

Jacob New got Worth County’s third fumble recovery as he had a strip and fumble recovery at the 15. Worth County fumbled it at the one, but Albany’s punter came under such a heavy rush that he couldn’t get it off and went down at the 1. With the second chance, Worth County scored with 9:37 left as Andrew Alarcon made it 58-0.

Albany put together an eight play 53 yard drive against the reserves, finally scoring with 5:04 left on Tryce Floyd’s seven yard run. Shay Cooper ran in the extra points to make it 58-8. Worth County fumbled it back at their own 35, but Albany couldn’t do anything with it, giving away the ball on downs at the Tiger 36.

This time, Jeremy Wimer carried the load, getting a 22 yard run behind the blocking of Austin Welch. He finally scored with 59.7 seconds left behind the blocking of Dakota Auffert and Chase Atkins. Albany ran back the ensuing kickoff for the final score.

Worth County “only” had 221 yards for the night as they had a lot of short fields to work with. Additionally, they had a couple of returns for scores, and they only played half of a game. All of Worth County’s 221 yards came on the ground. Jeremy Wimer had 5 carries for 64 yards. Bryant McCord had 1 carry for 48 yards; Andrew Alarcon had 8 carries for 36 yards, Tevin Cameron had 1 carry for 29 yards, Isaac Alarcon had 1 carry for 23 yards, Ryan McClellan had 2 carries for 14 yards, and Nate Adwell had two carries for seven yards.

Jaxon Anderson led the team in tackles with 8. Ryan McClellan, Isaac Alarcon, and Wayde Parman each had 4. Caleb Parman, Drake Kinsella, and Ethan Thomas had 3. Bryant McCord, Jeremy Wimer, Jacob New, Andrew Alarcon, and Tevin Cameron all had 2. Brayden Welch, Nate Adwell, Devan Jackson, Colton Wilmes, and Mason Hawk all had 1. Jacob New had one forced fumble. New, Drake Kinsella, and Wayde Parman all had fumble recoveries. Bryant McCord had one pick, which he returned for a touchdown.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Mustangs Victorious at King City Tournament; Worth County Second

Worth County and North Nodaway locked horns an another epic battle, and once again, North Nodaway emerged victorious, winning the King City Tournament in the process. This time, they scored three in the bottom of the sixth to get the walkoff 8-7 victory. Once again, Ashley Thompson provided a big blow for them.

Worth County opened the scoring in the top of the first when Kristin New walked. Anna Gladstone – who put on a clinic all afternoon, hitting everything up the middle for hits – did so. Kristin New was out trying for third, but Gladstone took second on the play and came home as Kennedy Galanakis successfully stretched a single into a double.

North Nodaway struck back in the bottom of the inning as Keagan O’Riley hit a pop fly that dropped in between short, left field, and center for a base hit. She stole second and came home as Shai Dailey hit a grounder that went under shortstop Jill Hardy’s legs and rolled to the wall as she took second as the game was tied at 1. Makayla Cross hit a pop fly down the right field line for a double – Dailey didn’t score as she held up in case it was caught. Ashley Thompson struck out and Emma Hart grounded into a tag play at the plate, but Cross came home on a wild pitch to make it 2-1.

Worth County regained the lead in the second when Haley Hunt led off with a walk. Jill Hardy singled to right and Hunt went first to third on the play. Worth County successfully pulled off a double steal when Hardy took off for second, North Nodaway threw down and had second baseman Shai Dailey cut it and throw back home, but Hunt was long gone. Abby Caddenhead reached on an error to score Hunt as pitcher Keagan O’Riley bobbled a grounder and Dailey threw it away. That put Worth County up 3-2. But Caddenhead was out trying for second on the play and Braidy Hunt’s shot off Dailey’s glove was recovered in time for an out.

The offensive fireworks continued in the bottom of the second as Worth County pitcher Braidy Hunt walked Alisha Davison and Kristin Herndon and then Audrey Trimble, normally a slapper from the left side of the plate, doubled home one run to tie it at 3. Keagan O’Riley put down a perfect bunt, Herndon scored to make it 4-3, and O’Riley went all the way to second as nobody was covering for Worth County. Shai Dailey popped out, but Trimble scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-3. Ashley Thompson was hit by a pitch, but Worth County centerfielder Anna Gladstone made a running catch of Emma Hart’s drive to prevent any further damage.

Worth County fought back to tie in the third as Kristin New hit a pop fly that dropped in for a double down the right field line and once again, Anna Gladstone shot one up the middle for a score; she took second on the unsuccessful throw home. Kennedy Galanakis popped out to O’Riley, but Merrideth Spiers hit a drive off the top of the fence to score Gladstone to tie it at 5. Worth County had two more chances to take the lead, but couldn’t convert. First, Haley Hunt hit a pop fly double to left center field, but Spiers held up to make sure it wasn’t caught, and she only made it to third. Jill Hardy hit a grounder to Kristin Herndon at third; she held up Spiers perfectly before making the throw and no advance was possible and the game remained tied. Keagan O’Riley struck out Megan Cassavaugh to get out of the inning.

The defenses took over after that. Kandace Damgar beat out an infield hit, racing down to beat out third baseman Merrideth Spiers’ throw to start the third. Alisha Davison walked, but Kristin Herndon popped out, as did Audrey Trimble. On the play, Worth County tried to double off Davison, but threw it away and Damgar went to third. But then Damgar broke home on a wild pitch and was tagged out to preserve the tie.

Worth County could not score in the fourth as Damgar caught Kristin New’s line drive and doubled off Braidy Hunt. North Nodaway couldn’t score in their half of the fourth as they loaded the bases with one out, only for Jill Hardy to double off Ashley Thompson after catching a hard shot from Emma Hart.

Finally, with two outs, Worth County got a two out rally in the top of the fifth to make it 7-5. Merrideth Spiers singled to left; it rolled into the big gap in the left field corner in King City, but somehow, left fielder Audrey Trimble got to it in time to hold her to a single. Haley Hunt’s pop fly double put runners on second and third and Jill Hardy’s double to right center brought them both home to put Worth County up 7-5. But North Nodaway successfully threw behind Hardy for the third out of the inning to prevent any more damage.

With one out in the top of the sixth, Abbi Caddenhead reached on a bad hop single past third. But Braidy Hunt popped out to Kristin Herndon at third and then catcher Makayla Cross made a running catch against the fence near the Worth County dugout of a Kristin New popup, keeping Anna Gladstone, Worth County’s best hitter that afternoon, away from the plate and denying Worth County a chance to add to their lead.

Audrey Trimble reached on a bad hop single to start the North Nodaway sixth as it scooted past pitcher Braidy Hunt. Keagan O’Riley struck out, but then Shai Dailey won a 9-pitch battle with Hunt and walked, and then another 3-2 pitch to Makayla Cross was high, loading the bases. Worth County brought the infield in for the play at the plate, but then Ashley Thompson hit a carbon copy of her drive against Worth County from two weeks ago for a double to tie the game up at 7. Emma Hart’s sac fly to Anna Gladstone in center brought home Shai Dailey for the winner.

Worth County had advanced to the finals by beating King City 5-4, avenging an 8-2 loss in the Albany Tournament. Worth County threw out Grace Schottel at third to kill a Wildkat rally in the second and then scored in their half when Kristin New singled home Megan Cassavaugh to make it 1-0. Victoria Washburn hit a shot off second baseman Kristin New to score Shanely Muff and Gillian Armfield to put King City up 2-1 in the third, but Worth County tied it up in their half when Jill Hardy singled home Kennedy Galanakis.  Shae Gilbert homered down the line in right field to score herself and Grace Schottel in the fourth, but once again, Worth County answered as Kristin New recovered from an 0-2 count to reach on an error by the shortstop and went to second on a wild pitch. Anna Gladstone hit a chopper that found its way into center field and went second on the throw home and third on a wild throw in an unsuccessful effort to get her. Kennedy Galanakis grounded out to tie it at 4.

The game stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh. Braidy Hunt led off the inning with a single, Kristin New laid down a perfect sac bunt to move her over, and Anna Gladstone shot a single into right center for the winning hit. King City’s dugout contended that Hunt had not slid and should have been out, but the umpire ruled that since the throw home had been off line, it would not have mattered.

North Nodaway had their backs to the wall in the third inning of their 2-1 victory against Gallatin, but battled back to get the victory. Maelea Coulson got hit to lead off, then an errant pickoff put her on second. Bethany Bailey hit a pop fly just beyond the reach of second baseman Shai Dailey as Coulson crossed home and Bailey went to second on the throw. She took third on a wild pitch with nobody out, but slap hitter Aubrey Feiden popped out to Makayla Cross behind the plate and Madalyn Shubert and Caragan Baker struck out to end the inning.

The Mustangs had a golden opportunity to break through in the fourth as Makayla Cross, Ashley Thompson, and Kandace Damgar all singled to load the bases. But Alisha Davison hit a line shot to second and Damgar was doubled off to keep North Nodaway off the board.

North Nodaway finally broke through in the fifth as Kristin Herndon and Audrey Trimble started off with scratch hits. Keagan O’Riley popped out, but the runners went to second and third on a wild pitch and came home on Shai Dailey’s double to go up 2-1.

Audrey Trimble made an over the shoulder catch in the sixth to take extra bases away from Jerilynn Hoover. In the seventh, Addison Burns singled with one out, but Keagan O’Riley struck out Coulson and Bailey to get out of the inning.

Friday, September 8, 2017

North Nodaway Ends Four Game Skid with 10-4 Victory

North Nodaway broke a four game losing skid with a 10-4 victory over Northeast Nodaway, prompting some of the Mustang players to want to furnish future enemy teams with blue uniforms. It was a convincing beatdown of Northeast, which went the distance against North Nodaway but still fell short.

North Nodaway began their scoring with one out in the first, when Shai Dailey reached on an error, stole second, and took third on a wild pitch. Makayla Cross walked and stole second. Ashley Thompson struck out after a long battle with NEN pitcher Maggie Schmitz, but Emma Hart shot a single past short to score two. It would have been worse, but Kandace Damgar hit a screamer that third baseman Taylor Coffelt snagged for the third out.

Anne Schieber walked and went to second on a wild pitch for Northeast in the second, but could not do anything with it as Emily Redden hit a screamer that caromed off pitcher Keagan O’Riley’s glove. But second baseman Shai Dailey alertly picked it up and threw out Redden at first.

North Nodaway added to their lead in the third when Keagan O’Riley singled and stole second to lead off. Shai Dailey popped out to Redden at first, but Makayla Cross singled to left to put runners on first and third and Ashley Thompson singled to left to score O’Riley. Emma Hart grounded out for the second out, but Kandace Damgar singled up the middle to score two to make it 5-0.

Northeast finally got one run back in the fourth, thanks to two of their freshmen. With one out, Anne Schieber hit a pop fly that dropped in left and went to second on a wild pitch. Emily Redden was called out on strikes, but Madeline Mattson singled to left to bring her home to make it 5-1.

North Nodaway got two more in the fifth. Shai Dailey led off with a single up the middle and stole second. Makayla Cross walked. Ashley Thompson flied out to Anne Schieber in left, but Emma Hart walked to load the bases. Kandace Damgar singled to center to bring in two more runs to make it 7-1. Damgar drove in five of North Nodaway’s 10 runs that day.

Northeast couldn’t do anything in the sixth thanks to a couple of great defensive plays. Taylor Coffelt was plunked by a pitch to start off; she was picked off first, but took off for second and made it. Anne Schieber flied out and then Emily Redden hit a pop fly that center fielder Audrey Trimble made a shoestring catch of. Outfield had been a concern going into the season for North Nodaway, but Emma Hart and Audrey Trimble have anchored the left and center field positions for North Nodaway.

Madelynn Mattson singled, but Hart’s throw home got Taylor Coffelt trying to score from second as Northeast was denied in the sixth.

North Nodaway broke open the game in their half of the sixth. Keagan O’Riley reached on a throwing error from third baseman Taylor Coffelt and made it all the way to third. Shai Dailey hit a pop fly single just past new pitcher Blair Stoll to score her and stole second. Makayla Cross struck out as Stoll was able to freeze her on a check swing. But then Dailey went to third on a wild pitch. Ashley Thompson then reached on a wild pitch that should have been strike three, but got in the dirt and got away as Dailey crossed home. Emma Hart singled up the middle and a passed ball put runners on second and third. Kandace Damgar then reached on a fielder’s choice as Ashley Thompson’s takeout slide knocked the ball out of the catcher’s hand to make it 10-1.

Northeast had a last gasp in the top of the seventh. Down to their final out, Paige West started them off with a pop fly single to center. Maggie Schmitz dug out a low pitch and singled up the middle, while Makayla Adwell walked after a long battle to load the bases. Taylor Coffelt singled in two runs and Anne Schieber’s pop fly dropped in just behind second to score Adwell.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Obituary -- Emmy L. Sackett 1943-2017

Emmy L. Sackett was born on January 21, 1943 to Eduard Tomann and Emma Marie Albrecht Tomann in Karthal, Germany. She passed away at her home in Ravenwood, Missouri surrounded by love, under the care of Hospice.

She came to the United States on August 28th 1965 as a young woman bringing her son Andy with her. She married Elton Sackett May 13th of 2000 in Parnell. She worked at Worth County Convalescent Center for 27 years as a Physical Therapist.

She enjoyed crochet and various other crafts and traveling the country with her husband and her Papillon Chiefy.

 She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands: Richard Auten of Germany(1967), Charles King of Grant City, Mo. (1987) Gary Maudlin of Ravenwood, Mo.(1997) and sister-in-law Marcia Tomann.

Survivors include her husband Elton Sackett, children:  Suzanne King, Charles (Joannie) King II, Holly (Randy) Cooper , Andy (Karla) King, Deanna (Chris) Shireman,  Paul (Jamie)  Sackett and Melia (Matt) Douglas, 10 Grandchildren  and 16 great Grandchildren, brother, Edi Tomann and nephew Michael Tomann and many other relatives and friend.

Visitation will be held at Prugh-Dunfee Funeral Home in Grant City, MO on Thursday September 7th, 2017 from 5-8 P.M. Mass of Christian burial will be held Friday, September 8th, 2017 at 10:30 A.M. at Parnell Catholic Church, Father Allan Stetz officiating. Burial in Grant City Cemetery. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Shamrock Softball Trails NEN After Three Innings; Then Explodes for 17-1 Victory

Northeast Nodaway has been having a feast or famine year in softball so far. Wednesday, both teams were on display in the Bluejays’ matchup with North Harrison. Northeast gave the Shamrocks all they could handle through three innings, leading them 1-0. But after that, North Harrison exploded for 12 in the fourth and five more in the fifth to get the 17-1 victory.

Payton Craig walked to lead off the game after a long battle with NEN pitcher Maggie Schmitz and stole second on a close play. But she was stranded there as Brandi Rivet grounded out, Audrey Briggs chased a high pitch and struck out, and Emma Craig grounded out.

Northeast had a chance to score with two outs in the bottom of the first as Makayla Adwell beat out an infield hit to third baseman Ashlynn Gilpatrick. Taylor Coffelt reached on another scratch hit as Adwell went all the way from first to third on the play, but Anne Schieber grounded out to end the threat.

It looked like North Harrison would get on the board in the second, as Ashlynn Gilpatrick doubled over left fielder Anne Schieber’s head, but then NEN centerfielder Paige West made a diving catch of Kami Gibson’s pop fly and caught Sally Briggs’ fly ball. NEN shortstop Taylor Coffelt made a running grab of Carly Rinehart’s pop fly, which could have been extra bases, to end the inning.

It looked like North Harrison would break through in the third as Rainey Fordyce reached on an error to start the inning and the top of the order was coming up. But Payton Craig roped one right at Coffelt, who snared it and doubled off Fordyce. Brandi Rivet doubled just past Anne Schieber to restart North Harrison, but Audry Briggs grounded out to end the inning.

Northeast finally went ahead in the third inning when Paige West singled up the middle to start the third. Maggie Schmitz struck out, but Makayla Adwell beat out an infield hit to second baseman Carli Rinehart and West went to third as her throw got away. Taylor Coffelt grounded out to score West.
But then the floodgates opened for North Harrison in the fourth as their magical inning came around again. They sent 17 batters to the plate; Northwest got Payton Craig out twice in the frame, but couldn’t retire anyone else. Emma Craig led off with a single up the middle and went to second on a wild pitch. Ashlynn Gilpatrick reached on an error as Coffelt’s throw was wide of first, putting runners on first and third. Gilpatrick stole second and they both came home on Kami Gibson’s single; she went to second on the throw home. That made it 2-1. Sally Briggs walked and Carli Rinehart bunted down the first base line and reached safely; Gibson scored from second and both Hunter Stevens (running for Sally Briggs) and Rinehart advanced on the throw home.

Rainey Fordyce grounded to Taylor Coffelt; she went home unsuccessfully as Hunter Stevens scored and Rinehart went to third. Fordyce stole second as Payton Craig came up. She popped out for the first out, but then Brandi Rivet reached on a fielder’s choice as NEN held the ball rather than let a run score. That opened up the floodgates as Audrey Briggs singled just over Coffelt into left and Emma Craig shot one up the middle to score two.

That finished Maggie Schmitz, but North Harrison greeted Blair Stoll with four more runs as Ashlyn Gilpatrick, Hunter Stevens, and Rainey Fordyce all singled to drive in runs to round out the scoring. In the fifth, Brandi Rivet singled and Audry Briggs and Emma Craig both doubled to start another big inning before Coach Brandon Craig had seen enough and ordered two of his runners to lead off prematurely to end the inning. Payton Craig struck out seven NEN batters in four innings for the win.

Tigers Rolled Up Nearly 400 Yards Over Braymer; Devan Jackson Anchored Defense

Worth County had plenty of yards against Braymer offensively, while Devan Jackson played one of his best games as a Tiger, anchoring down a defense that shut down a potent Bobcat running attack.
Tevin Cameron had 11 rushes for 188 yards and three scores in the 82-12 victory, which will move him up the leaderboard in the eight man football charts. Worth County got Andrew Alarcon back and he showed some of the same flair as his older brother, getting a 59 yard carry and a touchdown in his only carry. Ryan McClellan had 11 carries for 50 yards, Jeremy Wimer one carry for 9 yards, Nate Adwell 1 carry for 1 yard, and Wayde Parman one carry for no yards.

Worth County moved the ball through the air again; they had 307 rushing yards and 99 passing yards for a total of 396 yards. Ryan McClellan had 1 completion in three attempts for 27 yards. Jacob New completed both his pass attempts for 72 yards. Caleb Parman had two catches for 45 yards, while Bryant McCord had 1 catch for 54 yards. All three completed passes went for touchdowns. Six different Tigers scored in the victory.

Defensively, Devan Jackson emerged as a run stopper for the Tigers against the Bobcats. He led the team with 11 tackles. Bryant McCord, Tevin Cameron, and Brayden Welch all had seven tackles. Drake Kinsella, Andrew Alarcon, and Caleb Parman all had six tackles. Ryan McClellan and Colton Wilmes had five. Jeremy Wimer, Jaxon Anderson, and Wayde Parman had three each. Jacob New, Reed McIntyre, and Mason Hawk had two each. Austin Welch had 1 for the Tigers. Mason Hawk had one tipped pass.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Muskets Pick Up First Victory, Down Platte Valley 44-34

It looked for all the world like North/West Nodaway would run away with their first victory, but then they made some mistakes and let Platte Valley get right back in the game. But then they fought back after trailing at halftime and came back to get the 44-34 victory.

Both teams were tough-luck teams last year, and both teams were playing with the kind of desperation that accompanies these games. First, North/West marched right down the field as Dylan Carden ran for a first down to the Longhorns’ 38 and then Tyler Bix took a pitch 14 yards down to the 24. Korbin Koch’s draw got 15 yards to the 9, Carden fought for three more to the six, and then Brody Beason got into the end zone with 9:59 left. The Muskets, who had been struggling with extra points this year, even got one to go as Koch ran in the extra points to make it 8-0.

Platte Valley, which was overmatched by Rock Port last week, started off hung over from that encounter as a holding penalty wiped out a first down option run, Carden and Parker Ogle combined on a sack, and the Muskets got the ball back in good field position at the Longhorn 38.

But then the Muskets could not hang onto the ball, something they struggled with all night. They forced the Longhorns three and out again, but got the ball in much worse field position at their own 17. They marched down the field again, with Koch converting a fourth and inches at his own 27 with a sneak, Gabe Goff picking up 13 to the Longhorn 39, Koch following a blue wall for 28 yards to the 11. A Koch keeper brought them to the 1, but all of a sudden, on the next play, the ball squirted out and rolled all the way back to the 10, where there were only red shirts.

Platte Valley went three and out and this time, Parker Ogle caught the punt on the run and ran it back to the Longhorn 15. The Muskets only needed one play to punch it in as Korbin Koch scrambled for a touchdown with 1:26 left in the first.

But then Platte Valley started feeding it to Dalton Luke, and the more they fed him, the stronger he got and more difficult to tackle. The Muskets didn’t help themselves with a facemask penalty, one of several that they had that night. Finally, Arthur Giffin took a counter from 9 yards out to run into the end zone with 10:39 left to make it 14-6.

From there, Jordan Murphy started to play an increasingly disruptive presence in North/West’s backfield, pressuring Koch and blowing up plays. Neither side could do anything until North/West fumbled it away for the third time that night and proceeded to help the Longhorns out with a couple of facemask penalties late in the first half along with an offsides penalty. Finally, Luke twisted his way into the end zone with 1:17 left. Quarterback Patrick O’Connor tried to cut inside for the extra points, but met a blue wall and the lead was still 14-12.

It looked like it would stay that way even after North/West went three and out, but then right before half, O’Connor aired it out to Clayton Wilmes for a 45 yard strike with 18 seconds left to make it 18-14.

The bad thing about that score was that Platte Valley got the ball to start the second half. But it didn’t matter as North/West recovered a fumble at the Longhorns’ 35. Dylan Carden ripped off five, Gabe Goff dragged a host of red shirts 15 yards to the 15, and then Carden got into the end zone with 10:36 left. But then he was slammed into the fence afterwards and was done for the night (knee). Earlier, one of the red shirts had been shaken up after being slammed into the stairs leading up to the press box. Koch ran in the extra points to make it 22-18 with 10:36 left.

Platte Valley would drive from their own 15 to the Muskets’ 37, looking to retake the lead. But this time, a bad snap killed the drive and North/West got the ball back in good field position at their own 33. This time, North/West only needed one play to score as Jordan Murphy got sucked in on a sweep by Korbin Koch and he was off to the races for a 47 yard run with 5:32 left to make it 28-18.

Murphy, who had hurt North/West defensively, was done for the night and from there on out, North/West had no trouble moving the ball when they needed to.

Platte Valley finally got on the board; Dalton Luke should have been stopped for no gain on one play, but he broke tackle after tackle for 21 yards to the 36; two plays later, O’Connor aired it out again to Clayton Wilmes for 40 yards to the 3. There was a heartstopping moment as Koch was shaken up tackling him, but he recovered in time to lead the offense again. The tackling broke down again on Luke as he scored on the next play and nobody covered Wilmes, who caught a pass to make it 28-26.

But then North/West recovered and put together a nice long drive as they showed they could still move the ball without Carden in there. They penetrated as far as the Longhorns 31 before a fumble and a false start move them back to the 39. Faced with third and 18 at the 40, Koch took the ball down the left side and got two big blocks. He was seemingly stopped short of the first down, but then he reversed his field, found a wall of blockers down the right side of the field, and took off untouched for a score with 11:10 left in the game. It was the kind of play Dante Hall made all the time when he played for the Chiefs. Koch’s pass to Bix made it 36-26.

Once again, Dalton Luke carried the load for Platte Valley, and then started with good field position on their own 38 and marched right down the field to make it 36-34 with 6:47 left as Luke scored from 7 yards out and ran in the extra points.

There was a heartstopping moment as the ensuing kick was drilled off Tyler Blay; had Platte Valley recovered, they would have had a chance to take the lead. But Tyler Bix covered it and ran it back to their own 27. Gabe Goff bounced outside for 12 to the 39; a fumbled snap was fallen on by Koch and he bounced outside for 12 to the 28. Nobody blocked Bryson Roush on the next two plays as North/West went back to the 33 for third and 15, but then Koch scrambled for 10 to the 23 for fourth and five. North/West set up a spread draw and Koch found nothing but daylight after getting past the first level with 3:24 left.

Against Stewartsville, North/West had a chance to go up 10 and were denied in the fourth quarter; the Cardinals came back and won in double overtime. But this time, Koch rolled out to his left and threw back over to his right and Karson Oberhauser made the catch for the game-clinching extra points to make it 44-34.

Platte Valley still had a chance with a score and onsides kick, and a quick hitter to Arthur Giffin got them a first down at the Musket 37. But two plays later, Koch got a pick at the 25 with 1:56 left. Koch’s bootleg with 1:18 left picked up a first down and finally, they could kneel down for the win.

Koch had done well for the Muskets, but the one player who was singled out for praise by coach Cody Marriott, who was doused after his first coaching victory, was Gabe Goff. “He’s one of the most coachable kids I’ve ever had,” he said about his freshman blocking back. “He ran extremely hard, threw some great lead blocks, and did everything we asked him to do. He’s really grown up the last few weeks.” The stocky freshman was shooting up the charts in the weight room last year, and now, it is starting to pay off on the field.