November 14, 2002

Scotland County Headed To State Playoffs After Beating Eagles 7-6

The final Friday night of the football regular season proved to be a roller coaster ride for both teams before Scotland County finally prevailed 7-6 over Knox County to capture the Class 1 District 16 championship and move into the state playoffs.

The district crown, the first for the Tigers since 1998, was not the only prize in the win. Scotland County continued it's dominance in the annual "Clyde" game, keeping the Kyle Peterson traveling trophy at home for the seventh straight season with a win over the Eagles. SCR-I has not lost to Knox County since the trophy game was started in 1996.

"What a game, I'm going to remember this the rest of my life," said first year Coach Brent Bondurant following the victory. "We're in the state playoffs, so now is when the fun really begins."

While the games two scores both came within 20 seconds of each other, the entire game was filled with plenty of ups and downs to keep the large crowd from both schools on its feet most of the evening.

Knox County took the opening kickoff but the SCR-I defense set the tone for the game. Knox tried two unsuccessful running plays before Eric Long broke up a pass attempt to force a Knox County punt.

The Tigers offense faired even worse on its first possession as a Curtis Cochran pass was intercepted by Ladon Force on Scotland County's third offensive play of the game. Force returned the ball to midfield before a clipping penalty backed up the line of scrimmage to the 35-yard-line.

Knox County couldn't get anything started on offense as the Tigers defense did not allow a first down in the opening quarter. But a good punt by Knox County had the Tigers pinned at the four- yard line.

A penalty backed SCR-I up even further before Joel Myers gave the team some breathing room. The junior back broke a run up the middle for 18-yards. However SCR-I would go no further, punting the ball back to the Eagles with 5:18 left in the first period.

The teams traded punts to close out the first quarter with Knox County holding the ball at the 40-yard-line.

The Eagles opened the second period with the teams first first down of the game. Quarterback Ty Parrish picked up a good gain on a scramble to put the Eagles in scoring position. The drive ended on the next play as the Eagles tried a halfback pass. Clint Cottrell stepped in front of the pass from Force and returned the interception to the 31-yard line.

Scotland County did not take advantage of the turnover. After a penalty backed up the Tigers, SCR-I coughed up the ball and Knox County pounced on the turnover when the Tigers mishandled the snap.

That proved costly as Knox County finally got the offense rolling on the short field. Faced with second down and goal from the 11-yard line, Parrish dropped back to pass. Finding no receiver open, the quarterback scrambled up the middle and found his way to the end zone with 4:31 left in the second period.

A bad snap on the point after kick forced the Eagles to try to run the ball in but the defense stopped the two-point conversion.

That play proved crucial as Scotland County answered just 20 seconds later. On the first play from scrimmage after the kickoff Cochran threw a bomb down the near sideline to Cottrell who had got behind the defense. The junior receiver momentarily bobbled the ball before pulling it in and going 67-yards for the touchdown. Aaron Dale made the PAT kick to put the Tigers ahead 7-6 with 4:11 left in the first half.

The two teams traded punts after that with Knox County looking to run out the clock on the first half. A fumble by the Eagles was recovered by Brett Masden at the 30-yard line but the Tigers were unable to take advantage of the scoring chance as time ran out in the half.

Neither team mounted much offense in the first half. Knox County was limited to just 64 yards, all on the ground. The Tigers racked up 111 yards, with 67 of that coming on the big touchdown pass.

Scotland County took the kickoff to open the second half. The Tigers looked determined to put another score on the board as the team marched down the field eating up much of the third period. But the drive stalled at the 14-yard line and SCR-I turned the ball over on downs.

The Tigers defense kept the ball on their end by stuffing Knox County. Michael Lodewegen made a big play, backing the Eagles up and forcing a punt.

Scotland County quickly was faced with a third and long situation on offense. Cochran and Cottrell teamed up again for another big play. The pass covered 31 yards to put the ball at the 30-yard line.

Coach Brent Bondurant looked determined to pound the ball in from that point, switching to the t-bone offense which features three runners in the backfield. But the Knox County defense was up to the challenge, stopping the Tigers twice with less than two yards to go. SCR-I turned the ball over on downs at the 22-yard line.

The momentum from the defensive stop didn't last long. Knox County turned the ball over for the third time. Travis Onken caused the turnover and recovered the loose ball at the 25-yard line.

But the Tigers gave the ball right back as Jason Pflum picked off the pass attempt from Cochran giving Knox County possession at the 11-yard line with 8:02 to play in the fourth quarter.

That looked like the deciding moment in the contest as Knox County began to march down the field behind the running of Michael Prebe and Nick Hettinger. The Tigers took a timeout with 4:40 left in the game trying to fix the defense as the Eagles were poised to score, setting just 14-yards from pay dirt.

The Scotland County defense stiffened and faced the Eagles with a fourth down and one to go. But the Eagles picked up the first down and with 3:23 looked poised to win the game with a first down and goal to go situation.

But the seventh turnover of the contest proved to be the most costly as the Eagles fumbled on the next play and Scotland County recovered on the three yard line.

However the game was not over, as a safety or even a field goal for the Eagles would be enough points for a win.

After Knox County stopped Myers for no gain, Coach Bondurant made a gutsy call, running Cochran around the end, The play paid huge dividends, not only getting the team out of the shadow of its own end zone but also picking up a key first down.

That forced Knox County to use all of its remaining timeouts. The Tigers ran three more plays but faced with fourth down and one, the Tigers were forced to punt the ball back to Knox County with 40.9 seconds left in the game.

The suspense ended a bit prematurely as Cottrell made his second interception of the night on the Eagles first play.

SCR-I took a knee on the final snap of the game and the celebration began as the final seconds ticked off the clock.

The Tigers offense had 10 first downs on the night. Myers ran for 77 yards on 22 carries. Eric Long finished with 25 yards on eight attempts and Cochran ran four times for 19 yards. The senior quarterback completed six of 13 passes for 113 yards and one TD. He was intercepted twice. Cottrell caught four passes for 106 yards. Jared Shelley and Chase Moore had the other receptions.

Prebe led the Knox County offense with 84 yards on 21 attempts. Hettinger had 23 yards on 11 carries. Parrish ran for 26 yards and four attempts while Force had 16 yards on six carries. The Eagles completed only one of four pass attempts for 12 yards. The Eagles had 12 first downs in the contest.

The Tigers defense once again had a big performance. Lodewegen and Long topped the list of tacklers with 11 stops each. Cochran and Onken each made 10 tackles. Kiel Fogle made nine stops while Shelley and Brett Masden each made eight stops.

The victory sent Scotland County to 6-4 on the season and gave the Tigers a third place finish in the Tri-Rivers Conference with a 5-2 mark in league play.

Scotland County will host District 15 winner, Princeton (7-3), in a sectional playoff game Wednesday, November 13 in Memphis at 7:00 p.m.

Scotland County Library Presents ‘Build a Better World’ Summer Reading Program

Readers of all ages will explore exciting things this summer as the Scotland County Library presents “Build a Better World” during their summer library program.  The 2017 Summer Reading Program is open to young people ages three through 6th grade with programs and prizes.

Registration for “Build a Better World” begins Monday, June 5th, and the last day to collect prizes will be Friday, July 21st.  Prizes will be awarded based on hours spent reading.

Weekly programs will also be presented at 10:00 a.m. each Wednesday beginning June7th. The first program will feature Jeff Dyer’s presentation of a famous Scotland County resident.  On June 14th, Karen Armstrong of the Missouri Department of Conservation will give an animal presentation.  Other programs will include the Scotland County R-1 FFA presenting a Petting Zoo, Kim Ludwick of the Scotland County Health Department, and Brian Whitney and members of the Memphis and Scotland County Fire Departments.

For more information, call the library at 660-465-7042.  All programs are free of charge.

Residential Terrace Hosts 20th Annual Car Show

The soggy streets and roads didn’t keep 30 diehard vehicles from showing off at the 20th Annual Residential Terrace Car Show on Saturday, May 20th.

The residents of both the Scotland County Care Center and Residential Terrace were thrilled to view the vehicles in the parking lot. The weather threatened rain and was chilly so most viewing was from the many windows. Some brave residents ventured out for a closer look.

Memphis Mayor William Reckenberg awarded Alan Hufford with the Mayor’s Award for his bright yellow 1972 Chevy Nova.

The residents chose a red 1993 Chevy S-10 owned by John and Donna Austin from Memphis as their favorite color.

The vehicle with the most memories was a 1951 Pontiac Chieftain owned by Ewing and Louise Dean from Kirksville.

The fun car award was a 1965 Volkswagen owned by Larry and Michell Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

The fancy car award was a 2015 Chevrolet SS owned by Michell and Larry Balanda from Anchorage, AK.

Peoples’ choice award was a 1955 Chevy Bel Air convertible owned by Gary Harris from Moulton, IA.

Other awards for the top 10 cars, top 3 pickups and top motorcycle were awarded also.

A special plaque was awarded to Jerry Grosenkemper for his volunteering and dedication for the past 20 years of this car show.

As always, the organizers expressed their appreciation to all who helped and participated in this year’s show.

Tague Attends ‘Chosin Few’ Reunion in Springfield

Left to right: Don “Buck” Tague, Dr. Baes Suk Lee, Jong Kook Lee. Baes Suk Lee (center) was part of the Army in Korea, serving as an interpreter – in his capacity to do so – even though he was a youth at the time. He came to the U.S. post Korean War. Jong Kook Lee (right) , the Consulate General of the Republic of (South) Korea , stationed in Chicago, presented Tague (and other veterans) with the Korean Government’s Ambassador of Peace Medal at this reunion.

submitted by Sandra Kalman

Don “Buck” Tague of Gorin attended a Korean War battle reunion in Springfield, Missouri, May 18 to 20.

Commemorating the Korean War Battle of Chosin Reservoir, survivors of that battle have taken to calling themselves: “The Chosin Few.”

This particular reunion was the U.S. Army Chapter reunion of The Chosen Few – another association holds reunions for both Marines and Army survivors together and Tague attends those Korean War reunions too.  He also attends World War II reunions with his Patton’s Third Army 65th Infantry Division Association.

The Battle of Chosin Reservoir lasted from late November, 1950, until the end of December, making this reunion not quite 67 years post battle.  Details of the battle are not pretty.  Tague played a part in the Army’s 79th Construction Engineering Battalion in Korea.

An interesting editorial written about this reunion by a local Springfield physician, Yung Hwang, M. D., published prior to the reunion, said the purpose of this reunion was “To honor the surviving veterans and the memory of those who died during that decisive battle…”

Hwang said:  “On the eve of Chosin Few coming to town, the Korean community will warmly welcome and happily join in their memorial service as we are also hoping North Korean and Chinese communism will stop their bad behaviors against the world.”

Several highlights of the reunion are described in text accompanying photographs in a Fathers’ Day ad, placed here by Tague’s proud children.

About the general feeling of the reunion, Buck’s son, David, said:  “They were glad to be here.”

Scotland County Senior Nutrition Center

MENU

Thursday, May 25 – Roast Pork, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Sauerkraut, Cranberry Sauce, Slice Bread, Pudding

Friday, May 26 – Fish Fillets, Sweet Potatoes, Broccoli Salad, Peas, Cornbread, Cream Pie

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed, No Meals

Tuesday, May 30 – BBQ or Plain Pork/Bun, Scalloped Potatoes, Cauliflower Blend Veggies, Pears, Cookies

Wednesday, May 31 – Chicken Strips, Mashed Potatoes/Gravy, Buttered Corn, Bread, Fruit Salad

Thursday, June 1 – Ham and Beans, Carrot-Pineapple Salad, Buttered Beets, Cornbread, Cake

ACTIVITIES

Thursday, May 25 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Monday, May 29 – Memorial Day, Center Closed

Thursday, June 1 – Card Party at 5:00 p.m.

Regularly Scheduled Audit of Scotland County Underway

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo (May 19, 2017) Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway has announced her office has started work on audits of Scotland and Mercer counties, located in northern Missouri.  Audit staff is on-site in both locations, and Auditor Galloway encouraged citizens to submit concerns or information through the dedicated hotline.

“The public deserves a government that is transparent and works efficiently on behalf of its citizens,” Auditor Galloway said. “These audits will provide an independent review, and I encourage anyone who has information to contact my Whistleblower Hotline.”

The most recent audits of Scotland and Mercer counties were completed in 2013 and both counties received good ratings.

Individuals who would like to provide information for consideration in this or any audit may contact the State Auditor’s Whistleblower Hotline at moaudit@auditor.mo.gov or by calling 800-347-8597. Concerns may also be submitted anonymously online at auditor.mo.gov/hotline.

MLRA Late Models to Highlight June 1st Races at Scotland County Speedway

Racing action will return to Scotland County Speedway next week as the Lucas Oil Midwest Late Model Racing Association will kick off a three-day circuit across northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa with a stop in Memphis on Thursday, June 1st.

The MLRA event will highlight a full schedule of events at SCS, paying $3,000 to win the late model feature. Modifieds, sport models and stock cars will all be racing for a $1,000 top prize with sport compacts battling for a $300 payday.

The track will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. for practice at $25 per car. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with hot laps at 7 p.m.

The local event is being sponsored by J & J Ag, Memphis Pepsi-Cola, Brain’s Foundation Repair and Crop Production Services.

The MLRA will be racing May 25-27th in Wheatland, MO. After the Memphis stop, the late models will be in action Friday night at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, IA before heading to Randolph County Speedway in Moberly on Saturday.

On May 4th-6th the circuit was in Iowa, racing at Lee County Speedway, Davenport and Independence with Chris Simpson, Bobby Pierce and Billy Moyer all picking up wins. Thus far in 2017, five races in the books have generated five different winners for the MLRA.

Rush Releases Latest Book ‘You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!’

Pastor Terry Rush is no stranger to the people of his hometown, Memphis. But while Scotland County residents may know Rush from his frequent visits back home for speaking engagements, or as readers of his newspaper column of one of his books, his latest release starts with a revealing confession.

“All I ever wanted to be was famous.” That is the statement Rush offers to open “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!”, his newest book fresh off the press.

Of course that confession was made tongue-in-cheek to the high school guidance counselor, as Rush was clinging to his dream of one day becoming a St. Louis Cardinal. Fittingly enough, he offered stand-up comedian, as his backup plan.

It turns out, God had other plans for Terry. While his professional baseball career never took off, Rush has had plenty of brushes with the fame he joked about.

After offering more than a dozen publication’s Rush penned his latest book in which he reveals how God has continued to send him to the right place at the right time, over and over again, to minister to the famous.

“In my younger days, I would never have guessed that the famous need and want spiritual and emotional support,” said Rush. “Surprised me. We tend to think they’ve got it made. Think again. They need people who care; just as we do.”

It has been the stories of meeting some of these needs that has led Rush to fulfill the new book’s subtitle, “Experiencing God Beyond Imagination”.

“I love people,” Rush says in the opening chapter of the book. “The famous have been ignored because it seems they are assumed to be both unneedy and unreachable. Fans just figure they have no problems.”

Rush goes on to explain in the book that his stardom, didn’t come from becoming a St. Louis Cardinal baseball player as he dreamed of as a young man, but instead only after he became a pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma and happened upon an ad for adults to attend a Cardinals Baseball Camp to play alongside past and current stars and coaches.

“When I read this article about playing baseball with these heroes, I wondered if God would use me to encourage them,” Rush says in the book. “As I thought of the possibilities, I wept.”

Little did he know that the Legends Camp would only be the beginning of the multitude of opportunities the Lord presented for Rush to interact with the famous and offer God’s encouragement. “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is a collection of stories about “chance” meetings Rush has had with a number of celebrities from the movies, sports, politics, the music industry and television. The book is packed with amazing encounters that surely cannot be true, yet they are. These things couldn’t happen to a man from rural northeast Missouri, yet they did.

The book is chocked full of such unbelievable experiences that have put Rush in the presence of the likes of Charlton Heston, Loretta Lynn and James MacArthur.

It is through these experiences that Rush has learned that we are all alike, adding that everyone has confidences that are often undermined by fears. The author sais he hopes his latest book will open readers’ hearts to new possibility and potential.

Copies of you “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up!!” are available at J’s Foods in Memphis or can be ordered directly from Kelly Press, Inc. by calling 573-449-4163 or by emailing colin@kellypressinc.com.

Judge DeMarce to Address 71st Annual Memorial Day Services

Judge Karl DeMarce will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 71st Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Flody C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering the Pledge of Allegiance.

Pastor Leon Buford, also a Scotland County veteran, will lead the invocation prior to the playing of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I band. The Memphis Community Players will keep the music flowing with a series of patriotic selections.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following DeMarce’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy accompanied by Connie Courtney.

Following the benediction by Buford, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Gorin American Legion Post Plans Memorial Day Gathering

The Leslie Chambers #395 Gorin American Legion Post will be hosting their annual Memorial Day gathering on Sunday, May 28.  There will be a carry-in dinner at 12:30 at the Gorin Christian Church with a program following the dinner. The Post will present military services at the Gorin Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. and everyone is invited.

BABY FUNK

Casey and April Funk of Coatsville, MO are the parents of a son, Carter Bret Funk, born May 10, 2017 at 8:16 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Carter weighed 7 lbs 1.8 oz and was 20.75 inches long. He has a sibling, Caley Archer. Grandparents are Chris and Ida Archer of Moulton, IA; Ralph Funk of Coatsville, MO; and Judy Funk of Coatsville, MO.

BABY KEEFE

Kara Ball of Kahoka and Johnathon Keefe of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Michael Raymond Keefe, born May 16, 2017 at 6:28 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Michael weighed 7 lbs 2.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are David and Stacie Parson of Lawrence, Patrick Keefe of Keokuk, and Alicia Boyd of Eureka.

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