October 31, 2002

Four Lady Tigers Earn Tri-Rivers All-Conference Softball Honors

Logic would indicate that coming off its most successful season in nearly a decade the Scotland County softball team would also experience prosperity in the postseason honors department.

For Scotland County fans that's where the logic ended as far as the Tri-Rivers Conference all-league awards were concerned, at least as far as the top honors were concerned.

The Lady Tigers had not one, but two players capable of taking home league most valuable player honors.

At the same time another honor that evaded Scotland County was the coach of the year award, as first year leader Terri Slaughter easily could have taken home the honor after leading SCR-I to a third place finish in the league, during a year her team also beat both of the top two teams in the league.

Scotland County pitcher Sara Eggleston may have lost out on the MVP honor because of her age. The junior hurler received the third highest vote total in the balloting, trailing two seniors.

Eggleston had the numbers to back up an MVP award, pitching her team to a 16-6 mark. Over 167 innings of work, Sara struck out 190 batters while allowing only 94 hits. She walked 43 batters during the year on her way to a 0.48 earned run average (ERA). Top that all off with not one, not two, but three games in which she pitched 11 innings allowing her team to win all three extra-inning marathons.

The knock against her may have been a very respectable .257 batting average. The Lady Tigers leadoff hitter experienced a drop off at the play after a stellar campaign in 2001. Despite the lower batting average, Eggleston did her job with a .485 on base percentage. Getting on base nearly every other plate appearance helped set the table for the SCR-I offense. She crossed the plate 14 times during the year.

If the voters were biased towards batting statistics then SCR-I had another candidate to foot the bill. Not only did Meagan Fromm sport a .406 batting average against some of the toughest pitching in Missouri high school softball, she's a senior too to alleviate the age issue.

Fromm recorded 26 hits in 64 at bats on her way to leading her team with 12 runs batted in (RBI) as well. Top that off with seven stolen bases and 13 runs scored and you have one of the league's best offensive weapons. Fromm also fit the MVP mold on defense as well where she held down the shortstop position making plays all season long.

League voters should have had a good feel for Fromm as she lit up the Tri-Rivers Conference. In six conference games Fromm hit a sizzling .546.

The only logical answer is that two top level players on one team made it difficult for the league coaches to decide who was more valuable to her team, let alone the league and instead went with Schuyler County's top player, senior shortstop Katie Roberts for the league MVP honor. (Roberts was injured and did not play when the Rams came to Memphis for the conference game between SCR-I and Schuyler County.)

While there seem to be plenty of compelling stats for both players, it's a simple argument that Slaughter should have been coach of the year. One year after going 6-12 she improved her team to 16-6 and was just one run away from a district title.

Both Putnam County and Knox County were expected to finish at the top of the conference. However SCR-I beat Knox County twice during the year and also beat Putnam County in a non-conference extra inning thriller. The Lady Tigers finished third in the conference with a 5-2 mark after spending 2001 in the league cellar, finishing last with a 1-6 record.

Instead the league coaches split the 2002 honor between Putnam County coach Mike Schmidli and Knox County leader Bob Curtis.

While Scotland County did not come home with any of the top honors, the team did have four of the top 25 players in the league according to the coaches.

Two Scotland County players earned second team honors. Senior second baseman Amy Blomme led the Lady Tigers with 12 stolen bases after hitting .246 on the year. She stepped up her hitting in conference play finishing with a .350 batting average in the seven league games.

Brandi Mallett joined her on the second team. The junior catcher was third on the team with eight RBI after hitting .254. She too had a better stretch in conference play, with a .333 batting average. She also was one of the hardest catchers to steal against in the league.



All Conference
First Team
Katie Roberts, Sr. Schuyler County
Marci McMahon, Sr. Knox County
Eggleston, Jr. Scotland County
Katie McMahon, So. Knox County
Courtnee Ream, Jr. Putnam County
Fromm, Sr. Scotland County
Katie Fowler, Jr. Putnam Co.
Ashlee Wallingford, Fr. Clark County
Andrea Severa, Sr. Brookfield
Lesley Paalhar, Sr. Brookfield
Gina Eckler, Sr. North Shelby
Alicia Vestal, Sr. Putnam County

Second Team
Julie Gares, Sr. Clark County
Jessica Bolte, So. North Shelby
Shay Williams, Sr. Putnam Co.
Jessica Taylor, Sr. Milan
Kea Beeler, Sr. Schuyler County
Devon Hagerla, Jr. Knox County
Amy Blomme, Sr. Scotland County
Kayla Lindsey, Sr. North Shelby
Jessy Wilkinson, Sr. Milan
Ashley Roberts, Jr. Clark County
Lauren Stansberry, So. Knox County
Brandi Mallett, Jr. Knox County
Haley Montgomery, So. Putnam County
Whitney Henderson, Sr. Brookfield.

Honorable Mention
Alicia Brown, Sr. Schuyler County
Camil Parsons, Jr. North Shelby
Emily Reeves, Sr. Knox County
Jenika Tucker, Sr. Putnam County
Kayla Tucker, Sr. Milan
Tania March, Jr. Schuyler County

SCR-I School Menus

Breakfast

Thursday, April 27 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Friday, April 28 – Sausage/Gravy, Biscuits, Choice of Cereal, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana, Juice/Milk

Monday, May 1 – Mini Breakfast Bites, Choice of Cereal, Cinnamon Biscuit, Orange Slices, Juice/Milk

Tuesday, May 2 – Cinnamon Rolls, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Rings, Juice/Milk

Wednesday, May 3 – Bacon/Egg/Cheese Sandwich, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Fruit Medley, Juice/Milk

Thursday, May 4 – Breakfast Burrito, Choice of Cereal, Toast/Jelly, Orange Wedge/Grapes, Juice/Milk

Lunch

Thursday, April 27 – Goulash, Chicken Stir Fry, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Dinner Roll, Fruit Cocktail, Fresh Fruit

Friday, April 28 – Walking Taco, Fish Sticks, Diced Tomatoes, Cottage Cheese, Sliced Peaches, Fresh Fruit

Monday, May 1 – Mini Corn Dogs, Chicken Nuggets, 5th/6th Grade Chef Salad, Macaroni and Cheese, Mixed Vegetables, Chocolate Pudding, Mandarin Orange Slices, Fresh Fruit

Tuesday, May 2 – Cheeseburger/Bun, Chicken Patty/Bun, 5th/6th Grade Taco Bar, Oven Ready Fries, Tomato Slices and Pickles, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday, May 3 – Pork Choppette, Chicken and Noodles, 5th/6th Grade Potato Bar, Whipped Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Dinner Roll, Sliced Pears, Fresh Fruit

Thursday, May 4 – Spaghetti/Meat Sauce, Chicken Wrap, Hamburger Bar, Green Beans, Garlic Bread, Applesauce, Fresh Fruit

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, April 27 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Bread, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Pudding

Friday, April 28 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 1 – Juicy Burger/Bun, French Fries, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Peaches, Cookie

Tuesday, May 2 – Meatloaf, Baked Potato, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Beans, Slice Bread, Pudding

Wednesday, May 3 – Fried Chicken, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Hot Roll, Fruit Salad

Thursday, May 4 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beats, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, April 27 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 3 – Red Hats will join us for lunch today.

Thursday, May 4 –Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

SC Ministerial Alliance Plans for National Day of Prayer Thursday, May 4

Dion Elmore, Chief Communications Officer of the National Day of Prayer Task Force, states, “The National Day of Prayer is not just a vital part of America’s heritage, but is as relevant and critical today as it was at the first call by our Continental Congress in 1775.”  Established in public law by a joint resolution of Congress signed by President Truman in 1952, then amended to designate the day under the 100th Congress and President Reagan in 1988, it states that “The President shall issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups and as individuals.”

Elmore goes on to say, “As our nation struggles with foreign and domestic threats, economic insecurity, cultural tensions, and continual challenges to basic constitutional rights, citizens of the United States are preparing to heed the call by our elected leaders to exercise one of their most precious freedoms – the right to gather, turn to God, and pray.  In response, millions will assemble at thousands of local events across the nation, where they will take time out of their daily schedules to intercede on behalf of their communities, their nation, and their leaders.”

The theme for the 2017 National Day of Prayer observation is For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us…Forgive Us…Heal Us! Based upon Daniel 9:19, it emphasizes our need as a nation to cry out to God who is sovereign over all governments and authorities; “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act!”

The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance invites everyone to the First Christian Church in Memphis on Thursday, May 4th at noon to join them in praying for our nation.

Preparation is Key to Successful Blood Donation

Healthy individuals are needed every day to maintain an adequate blood supply for patients in need.  Once a donor has made the commitment to give blood, it is important to take a few simple steps to prepare and help ensure a good donation experience.

The Red Cross recommends getting a good night’s sleep, eating a good breakfast or lunch, and drinking water and fluids to help replace the volume you will donate.  Additionally, they suggest avoiding caffeinated beverages and eating iron-rich foods to boost your iron level.

Donating blood is an easy way to help others and only takes about an hour of your time.  The Red Cross encourages donors to give blood every time they are eligible: every 56 days for whole blood donations and every 112 days for double red cell donations.

Make an appointment and encourage your family and friends to donate on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 1:30-6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 910 N. Weaver in Memphis.

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information.  All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients.  A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

The American Red Cross provides shelter, food and clothing to victims of disasters; supplies more than 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; ministers international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission.  For more information, please visit redcross.org or join their blog at blog.redcross.org.

Sheriff’s Office to Offer Drug Take Back Day

The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office is participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, 2017.

Expired or no longer needed prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Sheriff’s Office on the north end of the lower floor of the Courthouse in Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

While the Sheriff’s Office will take medications all year long, this day and time focuses awareness about disposing of medications in a environmentally safe way.

Having a dedicated disposal date also assists with eliminating the potential for abuse or accidental ingestion by an adult or child who has not been prescribed the medication.

All medications are eligible to be taken back with the exception of inhalers or aerosol-propelled medications, or any kinds of needles or “sharp?. api-pens (epinephrine injectors) can be accepted only if they are in a box.

Spring clean the medicine cabinet knowing you have place to go with what you no longer want or need!

Local Students Receive State FFA Degrees

SCR-I seniors Sadie Davis, Lane Mohr, Calesse Bair, and McKaela Bradley each received their State FFA Degree at the 89th Annual Missouri FFA Convention held in Columbia April 21-22, 2017.

Four members of the Memphis FFA Chapter, Calesse Bair, McKaela Bradley, Sadie Davis, and Lane Mohr, received their State FFA Degree, the highest degree members can receive at the state level.

The Memphis FFA members were 4 of 761 degree recipients who received the honor during the State FFA Degree Ceremony at the 89th Missouri FFA Convention. The annual convention was held April 20-21 at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Missouri.

Awarding of the degree is based on a member’s supervised agricultural experience program in agribusiness or production agriculture and leadership ability as demonstrated through involvement in FFA, school, and community activities. The State FFA Degree award charms are sponsored by MFA Inc., Columbia.

“The State FFA Degree is the highest recognition a state can award, representing three percent of the total Missouri FFA membership per year,” said State FFA Advisor Leon Busdieker.

Embrace Change, Respect Tradition was the theme for this year’s Missouri FFA Convention More than 8,500 youth and guests were in attendance.

The Missouri FFA has 26,057 members representing 342 chapters. The national organization has more than 649,000 members representing 7,589 chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

Rotary Club Planning 11th Annual John Ed Luther Memorial Golf Event

The Scotland County Rotarians will honor a former member once again.  The local charity group will host the 2017 John Ed Luther Memorial Golf Tournament on May 12th at the Timber Ridge Golf Course in Memphis.

Luther, a long-time member of Rotary, was an avid golfer.  After his death in 2006 following a battle with cancer, the group chose to honor his memory with the golf outing.

The proceeds are used to directly benefit the local community.  A key use of the funds raised will be the Rotary scholarship fund.  The group is currently seeking sponsors for the event.  For $100.00, donors can sponsor a hole with special signage at the tee box and the green.  Donors can also share hole sponsor rights for $50.00 or can support the event with $25.00 general sponsorship rights.

This four-person scramble begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. and Tee off at 10:30 a.m.  Team entry costs are $260.00 which includes lunch.  (There are a limited number of rental carts available.)

Dixon Golf will be back this year with contests and prizes.

For more information contact Rotary golf tournament chair Bill Kiddoo at (660) 465-8528.

Memphis Man Facing Drug Charges Following Traffic Stop

A Memphis man is facing drug-related charges following a traffic stop in Memphis last week. Landon T. Foster, 22, has been charged with possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia  and could face additional charges for illegal possession of a controlled substance. He was also ticketed for failure to drive on the right half of the roadway and driving without a valid driver’s license.

According to court documents, a Scotland County Sheriff’s Deputy initiated a traffic stop of a Toyota 4Runner after it was observed speeding and repeatedly crossing the center line. The stop occurred at 7:23 p.m. on April 15 on Jackson Street in Memphis.

At that time, Foster was allegedly found to be in possession of marijuana as well as a prescription pill bottle containing what was believed to be alprazolam, a class 4 controlled substance.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper made the drug arrests.

Foster was charged with class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and class A misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance, both as a prior offender. Failure to drive on the right half of the roadway is a class C misdemeanor and driving without a valid driver’s license is a class D misdemeanor.

Teen Hurt in Roll-Over Crash in Bible Grove

A  Bible Grove teenager was injured in a one-vehicle accident on Tuesday morning in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Eli R. Kigar, 13, was driving a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe westbound on Route T near Bible Grove when the vehicle drove off the north side of the road. The driver apparently overcorrected and the vehicle crossed the road and ran off the south. The driver again overcorrected and the vehicle came back onto the roadway where it overturned and came to rest in the roadway.

Kigar suffered minor injuries in the crash. He was transported by private auto to Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and the Scotland County Ambulance Service.

SCR-I Band Members Earn Top Ratings at District Contest

Scotland County R-I band members Sadie Davis, Christian Siver, Ariel Quenneville, Slade McAfee, Avery Shultz, Alyssa Clair and Elijah Cooley received 1 ratings at district music contest held April 1st in Kirksville.

On April 1, 2017, 36 students from Scotland County R-I High School attended District Solo/Small Ensemble Contest at Kirksville High School.

A number of the Tigers band members received top rankings. Earning 1 ratings were:

Sadie Davis-Flute Solo

Avery Shultz-Flute Solo

Ariel Quenneville-Clarinet Solo

Slade McAfee-Alto Saxophone Solo

Christian Siver-Marimba Solo

Elijah Cooley-Snare Solo

Sadie Davis, Alyssa Clair, Avery Shultz-Flute Trio

Ariel Quenneville, Sadie Davis, Avery Shultz-Mixed Woodwind Trio

Receiving II ratings were:

Shannon Niffen-Alto Saxophone Solo

Gabe Shultz-Alto Saxophone Solo

Jacob Kapfer-Baritone Saxophone Solo

Duncan Carleton-Trumpet Solo

Jada Miller-Vocal Solo

Abigail Huff-Vocal Solo

Micah Cooley-Vocal Solo

Claire Hite-Vocal Solo

Alyssa Clair, Diane Siver, Ariel Quennevile-Mixed Woodwind Trio

Kalissa Thomas, Erica Yarbrough, Jaden McAfee, Claire Hite-Mixed Woodwind Quartet

Shannon Niffen, Slade McAfee, Gabe Shultz, Jacob Kapfer-Saxophone Quartet

Abi Feeney, Adam Slayton, Reilly Shoemaker, Evan Hite, Conner Harrison-Brass Quintet

Elijah Cooley, Katie Feeney, Christian Siver, Rebekah Duzan-Percussion Quartet

Elijah Cooley, Micah Cooley, Kiley Lewis, Cliff Whitaker-Percussion Quartet

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