February 21, 2008

Outdoor Corner

by Chris Feeney

Finishing the season with no one left to beat. That is a feeling I can only imagine. Im not alone in my lack of experience in this emotion. In Missouri basketball just 10 teams finish the year knowing what it is like to be the champion, to close out the season with a victory.

That means that more than 500 teams each year go home dealing with defeat. Thats not saying these teams arent winners, that they did not make wonderful achievements throughout the year. It simply is a statistic to reinforce the comment that very, very few folks get the opportunity to go out on top.

As a player, I never got a sniff of this emotion. Back in the day, my talented high school teams in Kirksville never could get over the hurdle of the district tournament, falling short in the district title game my final two years.

Im sad to admit that I had little idea of what I was missing out on. That was several years ago, so I cant honestly recall how I felt. But Im certain that I was unaware of what could have been.

Over the past several years my wife and I have started an annual tradition to the state playoffs in Columbia. The trek is made in the middle of March as we gear up for the hoops season crescendo. We get to experience first hand the start of the end, as high school closes out its season while we prepare for the same scenario at the college level to be followed by the NBA.

Personally that trip to Columbia is the highlight of the culmination of the roundball year. I think that all boils down to the idea of one team coming from amidst the ranks of 80 to 130 other teams in their class to claim the title of state champion. These kids, are just that, kids. They are athletes, but they are also students, classmates, friends, sons and daughters and so much more. That makes their achievement so amazing.

One team of eight to 15 players gets to take the court at the end of the final game and be honored by the fans at Mizzou Arena as they receive the state championship trophy and the individual medals. They are serenaded by applause from a crowd that has come from all over to support in their march toward this giant accomplishment. For the smaller schools, the ones who arent there year in and year out, they can see at this moment what this meant to their community as a whole, as the crowd sitting up in the stands decked out in school colors far exceeds the ranks of classmates and parents. I can remember watching LaPlata play last year in the finals thinking that the entire town must be empty, because there had to be 2,000 people in red rooting on the Bulldogs.

Over the past years I have had so much fun taking in these games. But I cant help but wonder what it would feel like to be there wearing the blue and white hometown colors, cheering on a Scotland County team.

I wish our kids could travel down to Columbia each year and experience the atmosphere. I cant help but believe a day or two at the state championships could inspire these youngsters to work a little harder to try to get back to that atmosphere as a player.

I watched Clever, which only had eight players dressed out, nearly outrun the competition. Then there was the crowd response, not once, but twice when both of Westrans all-state performers, Kayla Rice and Becca Schemmer, left the game with injuries only to come hobbling back out of the locker room to help their team come from behind and advance to the championship game.

But there was plenty to be learned as well. One could witness that a single player doesnt make a team, and that bad attitudes can sink a ship as fast if not faster than turnovers and missed shots. The education also brought knowledge of the fact that while a teams star may not have the best game of their life, that only means there is an opportunity for his or her teammates to step up and fill that void. On more than one occasion, we saw players that werent normally their teams number one option, come up with big games to lift their squads.

While in Columbia this weekend I watched local Gary Miller be honored with his teammates from the 1988 Final Four team from North Harrison. Twenty years later Gary will still tell you that the experience is one he will never forget.

I wish Id had the chance to experience all of this earlier in life. I dont know if I could have helped my team create memories like those that Gary relived this weekend, but I can guarantee I would have tried a lot harder to get there if I knew then what I know now.

Scotland County Health Department Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 8 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations.

Friday, December 9 – Clinic hours from 8:00-3:30 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols, blood pressure checks, immunizations, nail care, etc.

Tuesday, December 13 –Clinic hours from 8-10 a.m. for fasting blood sugars and cholesterols and blood draws and from 12-2:30 p.m. for immunizations, blood pressure checks, nail care, etc.  Board of Trustees meeting at the Health Department at 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 15 – Clinic hours from 8:00-10:00 a.m. for immunizations. Nurse available at the Scotland County Nutrition Site for blood pressure checks.

Creek Named to All-Express Softball Team

Ashleigh Creek

Ashleigh Creek

The post-season awards continue to roll in for Scotland County standout Ashleigh Creek. The junior hurler was named the top pitcher in the region by the Kirksville Daily Express newspaper, which released it’s all star selections in the December 4th edition of the newspaper.

Knox County’s Katie Hamlin just edged Creek for player of the year honors.

Creek headlined a group of top performers from schools in the paper’s coverage area, including Kirksville, Green City, Atlanta, Brashear, Knox County, Milan, Novinger, Schuyler County, Macon, and Putnam County.

Scotland County’s Chelsea Wood, Stevi See and Abi Feeney all received honorable mention.

MARY KATHRYN SHOEMAKER (12/7/1941 – 12/2/2016)


Mary Kathryn “Kathy” Shoemaker, age 74, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 2, 2016 in the emergency room of Scotland Co. Memorial Hospital in Memphis, of a heart attack following complications with her heart from a stroke she suffered on June 3, 2016.

Kathy was born December 7, 1941 in Selma, IA, a daughter of Albert E. and Keo M. Wilburn Baker.

On June 20, 1965, she was united in marriage to Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker at Fairfield, IA and they had celebrated 51 years together.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Warren E. “Doc” Shoemaker of the home; two sons,Matthew W. (Carol) Shoemaker and their children Brianna and Reilly, Bryan, Michelle and Justin of Arbela, MO; and Craig D. (Dawn) Shoemaker and their children Kaylee and Andrew “A.J.” of Monroe City, MO; a daughter, Karen A. (Douglas) Bright and their children Alicia, Renee`, and Cameron of Keokuk, IA; three sisters: Barbara Raymond of Gig Harbor, WA, Christine (Bill) Fayard of Conroe, TX and Bonnie Baker of Houghton, IA; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Peggy Howard of Marion, IA, Kathleen Parkin of Douds, IA, Lowell Shoemaker of San Antonio, TX, Roy (Irene) Shoemaker of Taylorville, IL, Russell (Susan) Shoemaker of Loveland, CO and Alice Oertel of Hayward, CA; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Susan Way and her husband, David; sister-in-law, Lois Ellis and her husband, Elwin; and brother-in-law, Wayne Shoemaker.

Kathy graduated from Fairfield High School and Parson’s College. She began her teaching career in Keokuk, taught in several states until she and Doc moved to Kahoka. She worked a period in the Clark Co. R-1 School District and retired from Revere C-3 School District where she taught learning disabilities. At Revere, she also served as Junior and Senior Class Sponsors. She retired in 1993.

She was a member of the Kahoka United Methodist Church and Retired Teachers. Together with Sandra Kirchner the two served as Cub Scout and Girl Scout leaders. She enjoyed sewing, doing embroidery work, reading, working crossword puzzles and tending to her beautiful flowers.

Although she was a “short mama with a long arm”, she dearly loved raising her children and making sure they turned out to be valuable citizens. Loving her husband, children, and grandchildren was the most important thing in her life.

A Memorial Graveside Service and inurnment will be held on her 75th birthday on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 1 p.m. at the National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Cremation will follow.

Memorials are suggested to Boy Scout Troop # 145.

On-line condolences may be expressed at www.wilsonfuneralservice.com.

Slaughter, Blessing Earn All-State Football Honors

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

Ryan Slaughter was named second team all state at defensive back.

A pair of Scotland County’s standouts on defense from the 2016 football team have been honored by the Missouri Football Coaches Association with selection to the Missouri Class 1 All-State teams.

Ryan Slaughter earned second team all state at defensive back. He led the Tigers with 109 tackles from his safety position, including 56 solo stops. He also led the team with two interceptions.

Fellow senior Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at the linebacker position. Blessing recorded 104 tackles for the much-improved Tigers’ defense.

Marceline landed a trio of first team all state honors with DJ Gerhart on the offensive line, Jordan Elam on the defensive line and Brady Stallo at linebacker. The MFCA named Elam its defensive player of the year.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Aaron Blessing was named third team all state at linebacker.

Fellow Lewis & Clark conference school Westran also had a first team all state performer in defensive back Austin Sears.

Paris’s Breck Hancock earned second team honors at linebacker while Isaiah Estes and Aaron Wilder were named third team at running back and offensive line. Chris Evans of Westran was third team at tight end with teammate John Michael Honey getting the nod at offensive line while Marceline’s Dylan Wheeler made third team at receiver. Dylan Couch of Knox County was named third team defensive back.

Bair’s 30-Point Outburst Leads SCR-I to 9th Straight Tourney Title

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

Calesse Bair puts in a three-pointer to start the title game en route to a 30-point night.

After a hot start to the tournament, Scotland County had to overcome early foul trouble in the championship game of the Novinger Tournament before finally pulling away in the second half to secure the team’s ninth straight championship with a 71-43 victory.

After jumping out to 5-0 lead, SCR-I began battling the whistles. Chelsea Wood was forced to the bench less than three minutes into the contest with two quick fouls. Calesse Bair followed her shortly with two fouls of her own. The duo had combined for all 11 of SCR-I’s points.

Ashleigh Creek and Abi Feeney closed out the period with three field goals to help SCR-I hold a 17-15 lead.

Wood and Bair returned to fuel a second period run. Despite some struggles at the free throw line, the Lady Tigers were able to start slowly pulling away from the Gophers. A bucket on an offensive rebound by Sadie Davis gave SCR-I a 36-26 lead at the intermission.

A halftime adjustment by Coach Cory Schultz led to a hot start to the third period. Maddie Brassfield hit a three-pointer before Bair knocked down a pair of shots from behind the arc as SCR-I adjusted its offense to create the open shots with a different cut and a second screener away from the ball.

Brassfield knocked down another three-pointer before Feeney added a pair of buckets. Bair punctuated the key third period with a silky-smooth step-through finish on the fast break that brought the crowd to its feet with SCR-I now leading 57-34.

Brassfield again connected from long range to start the fourth period and Bair capped off a huge night with a pair of scores in the transition game as what was a two-point game after one period of play, ended with a running clock as SCR-I posted the 71-43 win.

Bair poured in 30 points to lead all scorers. She added eight rebounds and five steals in a dominating performance. Wood finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds while Brassfield and Feeney each added 10 points.

Total Team Effort Leads Tigers to First Tourney Title

Will Fromm gets fouled as he scores in the paint in the win over La Plata.

Will Fromm gets fouled as he scores in the paint in the win over La Plata.

Scotland County played like a team desperate to win its first Novinger Tourney title and the drive and determination paid off as the Tigers topped top seed La Plata 68-52 to bring home the hardware.

Lane Pence highlighted the effort as the clock wound down on the first period. The junior guard deflected a pass and then dove on the loose ball before firing the ball to Elijah Cooley for the fast break bucket to beat the buzzer and put SCR-I on top 14-11.

Pence and Will Fromm helped extend the margin to 26-17, combining for 10 points to open the second period. Back-to-back buckets by Aaron Buford extended the margin before Fromm drained a three-pointer to make the score 33-21 at the half.

Cooley and Brett Monroe hit three-pointers to start the third period and SCR-I finally got some free throws to fall after going just four of 11 at the charity stripe in the first 16 minutes. Buford completed a three point play and Campbell sank a pair of free throws as SCR-I extended the lead to 51-35.

The balanced scoring effort continued in the final period. Cooley and Monroe each connected from behind the arc again after a technical foul was called on the La Plata coach and suddenly SCR-I led by 20 points.

The Tigers free throw woes continued however, as SCR-I made just five of 11 in the final eight minutes, despite a perfect six of six night from Grant Campbell. That wasn’t near enough for La Plata as the Bulldogs were unable to solve the stingy Scotland County pressure defense that closed out the 68-52 win.

Buford led a balanced scoring effort by the team with 14 points. Cooley finished with 13 points while Campbell added 12 and Fromm had 10. Monroe and Pence each pitched in with nine points as the Tigers improved to 3-1.

Tigers Hold Off Novinger Rally to Advance to Tourney Finals

Lane Pence led SCR-I past Novinger with 17 points.

Lane Pence led SCR-I past Novinger with 17 points.

After a huge first period, Scotland County had to hold off a late run by the home team to post a 76-69 win in the semifinals for  the Novinger Tournament on December 1st.

The Tigers shot lights out in the opening eight minutes en route to a 32-15 lead. Three-pointers by Elijah Cooley, Will Fromm and Grant Campbell helped jump start the scoring rush. Campbell poured in nine first period points and Lame Pence had eight as the Tigers took control of the contest.

Brett Monroe took over in the second period. He connected on three three-pointers to help SCR-I take a 54-36 lead to the locker room. The Tigers did the bulk of the remaining scoring from the free throw line, where the team connected on nine of 12 in the second period to help maintain the 18-point lead.

Novinger got more than its fair share of attempts at the charity stripe as well, as SCR-I was in foul trouble most of the night after being whistled 24 times. Fortunately for SCR-I, the Wildcats managed to make just 19 of their 37 free throws.

That was still enough for the home team to cut into the lead in the third period. SCR-I managed just 10 points, as Cooley and Pence each had a pair of field goals. Novinger got hot from behind the arc in the third period, knocking down four three-pointers to help trim the deficit to 64-54 with just eight minutes to play.

Pence and Campbell both fouled out in the fourth period but Cooley and Aaron Buford hit some clutch free throws down the stretch as the Tigers held on for the victory.

Pence led the Tigers in scoring with 17 points. Cooley finished with 14 and Campbell added 12 while Monroe pitched in with 11.

Campbell Scores 23 to Lead Tigers to First Win

Grant Campbell poured in a career-high 23 points to lead SCR-I to its first win.

Grant Campbell poured in a career-high 23 points to lead SCR-I to its first win.

After a tough season-opening loss to Clark County last week, Scotland County got into the win column in style, blasting Newtown-Harris 70-21 in the opening round of the Novinger Tourney on November 29th.

Grant Campbell poured in 10 points in the opening period as SCR-I jumped out to a 22-7 lead. Will Fromm added a pair of field goals in the early going as the Tigers set the tone with a big offensive output.

SCR-I cooled off a bit in the second period, managing just 10 points, thanks in part to shooting two for 10 at the free throw line.

Scotland County put the game away in the third period, outscoring Newtown-Harris 26-7.

Brett Monroe sank a pair of three-pointers and Lane Pence and Alex Hunolt each had a pair of field goals in the run that saw seven different Tigers get in to the scorebook.

Campbell capped off a career night with six points in the final period as the Tigers rolled to the 70-21 victory. He led all scorers with 23 points.

Monroe and Hunolt each added 10 points while Pence had nine and Fromm finished with eight while Aaron Buford had seven points to balance the scoring attack.

Lady Tigers Mash Milan 73-14 to Advance to Tourney Title Tilt

Maddie Brassfield goes in for two of her 13 points in the Lady Tigers’ win over Milan in the Novinger Tourney semifinals.

Maddie Brassfield goes in for two of her 13 points in the Lady Tigers’ win over Milan in the Novinger Tourney semifinals.

Pick your poison. That is how Scotland County opponents must be feeling in the Novinger Tournament when they’re trying to devise a defensive game plan and determine who to focus on trying to stop.

On Monday night Chelsea Wood led SCR-I with 20 points and Calesse Bair had 19. So Wednesday night’s opponent, Milan, geared up to stop the duo.

While the Wildcats were able to slow down all-stater Bair in the first period, Maddie Brassfield and Abi Feeney picked up the scoring load. The two seniors each hit  a pair of three pointers in the opening period to help SCR-I build a 24-5 lead. The hot perimeter shooting helped unclog the paint for Wood, who matched Brassfield’s first period output with eight points.

SCR-I stalled a bit to start the second period, and Milan hit back-to-back three-pointers to trim the lead to 24-11. But that was as close as the game would get. Feeney made a steal and scored on the fast break before sinking another three-pointer.

The Lady Tigers shared the ball well all evening, dishing out 23 assists as a team. Feeney fed Wood for a pair of baskets in the paint before Brassfield made a nice pass to find Ashleigh Creek for a score to give Scotland County a 35-13 halftime lead.

The third period was all Scotland County. The Lady Tigers dominated on both ends of the court, pouring in 25 points while shutting out Milan to extend the lead to 60-13.

Feeney started the run with a three pointer and Brassfield also connected again from behind the arc. Bair went to work on the dribble, breaking down Milan’s defense en route to nine third-period points.

The fourth period belonged to Sadie Davis and Madie Bondurant.  Davis canned a pair of three pointers while Bondurant had five points, including a three-pointer of her own as SCR-I closed out the 73-14 win.

Feeney finished with a triple-double to lead SCR-I. She topped the scorebook with 18 points and also dished out 11 assists while grabbing 10 rebounds. Wood finished with 16 points and a team-high 13 rebounds while Brassfield  had 13 points on five of seven shooting and also added seven boards. Bair finished with 11 points to give SCR-I four scorers in double digits.

Abi Feeney posted a triple-double in the win over Milan.

Abi Feeney posted a triple-double in the win over Milan.

Scotland County Hospital Admissions & Dismissals

Scotland County Hospital recorded 27 admissions and 25 dismissals from November 18 – December 1, 2016.

ADMISSIONS: 11/21/16 – Linda Berry, Glenwood; Sarah Starr, LaBelle 11/22/16 – Mary Jane Starr, LaBelle 11/27/16 – Brittney Heimer, Memphis 11/29/16 – Tonya Musser, Milton, IA

DISMISSALS: 11/23/16 – Georganna Lister, Memphis; Sarah Starr, LaBelle; Mary Jane Starr, LaBelle 11/29/16 – Brittney Heimer, Memphis

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