July 17, 2008

New Coach Looking to Build Lady Tigers Hoops Program With Busy Off Season

Champions are crowned at the end of the sports season but they are built during the off season.

That has been the mindset displayed by the Scotland County girls basketball program under the new leadership of first-year coach Jaryt Hunziker.

The Lady Tigers varsity squad has participated in open gym three days a week, also hitting the weight room on those occasions. SCR-I has hosted its own team camp and the girls have traveled to compete in three other team tourneys.

Before we got started I gave them some team goals for this summer, said Hunziker. Obviously we want the team to show improvement over the summer but we really stressed three Ds, dedication, discipline, and defense,

The later will be a trademark of Hunzikers squads.

He asked the girls to focus on playing together as a team and to strive to play the best team defense they are capable of.

That ability was put on display in June.

Hunziker set the bar high for his new teams first test. The Lady Tigers traveled to Illinois June 14th for the Quincy University Shootout. SCR-I opened with a win over Palmyra before dropping games to Quincy Notre Dame, West Hancock and California. The junior varsity girls were defeated by South Shelby, Clark County, California and Warrenton.

We really loaded their schedule up with some tough competition, Hunziker said. Plus we were forced to play the sophomores at both levels, meaning they played eight games in one day, so we were definitely wore out when it was all said and done.

Stamina wasnt a factor June 18-20 when the girls hit the Schuyler County Shootout in Lancaster. Hunziker said it wont be an issue during the year either as he plans to be able to go 10 or 11 deep if he needs to.

We have some good depth that will not only help us on the court, but I think will also drive the girls to improve with a little inner competition for playing time, Hunziker said.

Over the three days in Queen City, the Lady Tigers varsity squad went 8-4, beating Morris, IL both the varsity and junior varsity; Silex; Paris; Braymer; Glasgow; Jefferson, and Community R-6. The losses were to New Franklin, Moberly, Highland and South Nodway, with two of the defeats by just single digit deficits.

The shootout was tough for our kids because we really get after it on defense, and the format awards a point to the opposition for every foul you are whistled for, Hunziker said.

The coach noted the aggressive man-to-man defense obviously will result in a few more foul calls against the Lady Tigers, but come the regular season, those plays wont have the same impact as they did under the shootout rules.

The SCR-I junior varsity team went 3-1 at the shootout, beating the varsity squads from LaPlata, Bucklin and Schuyler County before losing to Marion Countys varsity team.

The final camp for the Lady Tigers was June 27-29. The Licking Camp was held in Rolla. The varsity team went 4-2 in tournament play, bowing out of bracket play with a sudden-death overtime loss to Verona. The junior varsity team recorded a 3-4 mark, losing in their bracket championship contest by four points to DeSoto.

Participants in the summer program have included seniors Melissa Cotton, Deidra Dochterman, Valerie Oldham, Kelsey Frazier, Betsey Kittle and Kaitlin Caldwell; sophomores Ashley Tague, Anna Duley, Skylar Alderton, Jamie Shaw, Catie Shalley, Ashley Howes, Aimee Dale (injured); and freshmen Cali Holt, Courtney Jackson, Kiley Frazier and Loren Smith.

BABY ZEISET

Steven and Janice Zeiset of Memphis are the parents of a daughter, Shalyn Janae Zeiset, born November 29, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Shalyn weighed 7 lbs 0.8 oz and was 21 inches long. Siblings include Levi, Verlin, Kendon, Devon amd Ronald.

December Birds

December is here, along with all of the festivity, decorations, family gatherings, shopping, office parties, church programs, caroling, cookie exchanges, craft shows, I could go on and on.  Sometimes it seems we get our schedules so full, we do not leave time for ourselves, meditating, celebrating the birth of Christ and a simpler time.

I love to decorate, but sometimes finding myself getting stressed trying to get it all done.  This year, in the back of my mind, I keep saying less is more. Between shopping trips, Christmas plays, a girls’ night out or two, church programs, preparation for the holidays, before you know it the holidays are over.

I am not of the mind set to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, as I do a lot of fall decoration, so I always strive to get the decorations up around the first of the month.  Hasn’t our weather been awesome.

I am so enjoying our extended fall.  Although it’s chilly this week, we still have fairly mild weather.  I have a great many birds on the trail, but not feeding anything at the house,  sparrows are my only visitor, with an occasional House Finch, Gold Finch, and Woodpecker.  I have a few Blue Jays, and Red-bellied Woodpeckers enjoying my corn feeder.

I have an abundance of beautiful pine cones.  Anyone need a gift idea for a bird watching friend, coat one in peanut butter or a cheap butter spread and dip or roll in mixed bird feed. Birds love this.

Another fun recipe for a good bird mix is as follows:  1 cup lard, 1 cup crunchy peanut butter, 2 cups cornmeal,  2 cups old fashioned oats, 1/2 c. Flour, 1/2 c. Sugar, 1/2 c. Raisins, 1/2 c. Ground corn, 1/2 c. Peanuts. Warm lard and peanut butter in microwave and mix with all other ingredients. This can be frozen as suet or fed on a platform feeder.

Enjoy making and giving homemade gifts this year.  Until next time, good bird watching.

City of Downing to Pursue Grant For Water System Upgrades

The board of the city of Downing convened at 6 p.m. on December 5, 2016 with Mayor Alan Garrett presiding. Aldermen present were Dan Buford, Bill Anderson and Rodney Newland. Also present were Larry Smith and Carol Dryden.

Copies of the agenda, minutes from previous meeting, budget for 2017, water/waste-water report, deposit & disbursements and account balances were given to the board members.

Mayor Alan Garrett called the meeting to order.

A motion to approve the agenda was made by Bill Anderson and seconded by Dan Buford and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve the minutes from previous meeting was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Dill Anderson and carried unanimously.

A motion to approve bills was made by Dan Buford and seconded by Rodney Newland and carried unanimously.

Melody Whitacre of Northeast Regional Planning Commission reported she is going to help pursue a grant to upgrade the Downing water system. She informed the board they would need to get an engineer to complete a PER report before they can precede. She told the board DNR has a program to help secure funding. Carol will call and get the information needed.

Larry Smith discussed the different types of water meters that could be bought to replace the old ones.

Smith was informed about some roads that needed some work and also discussed a tube that is being run over and smashed. The board talked about ways to get this fixed and came up with a plan so this won’t happen in the future,

The cemetery received a gift from Betty Smith

The board discussed the budget for 2017. Bill Anderson made a motion to adopt the budget and seconded by Rodney Newland.

A motion to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 p.m. was made by Rodney Newland and seconded by Bill Anderson and carried unanimously.

Submitted by Carol Dryden, City Clerk

Scotland County 4-H Hosts Annual Recognition Event

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Scotland County 4-H held the organization’s annual Recognition Event on November 5, 2016.  The evening began with a carry-in supper.  There were 74 members, parents, and other 4-H supporters in attendance.

Clover kids each received a completion pin, certificate, and a free personal pan coupon from Pizza Hut: Unit 1 – Denny Black, Laney Doster, Tracy Huber, Cora Ketchum, Zada Ketchum, Alyssa Kirchner, Lanie Mallett, MaKenna Musgrove, Jacob Stott, Hannah Whitney.

Unit 2 -Layla Baker, Hannah Montgomery, Avery Cowell, Cason Talbert, Javis Hauk.

Unit 3 – Wesley McSparren, Emery Kirchner, Trent Mallett.

Each member who filled out a project record for the year received their year completion pins.  The pins were sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First year pins – Brenna Phillips, Dane Blessing, Shelby Troutman, Kadence Burnett, Aden Drummond, Mason Mallett

Second Year pins – Beau Triplett, Letha Ward, Julian Valle, Tanner Valle.

Third year pins – Penelope Cline, Kendal Anderson, Katie Miller, Bryn Aylward, Abby Doster, Baileigh Phillips, Brianna Kraus, Ethan Blessing, Corbin Blessing, Hugh Baker, Elsie Kigar.

Fourth year pins -Eric Mohr, Lauren Triplett, Eli Kigar.

Fifth year pins – Will Montgomery, Sadie Davis, Clara Davis, Kilee Bradley-Robinson.

Sixth year pins – Bobbi Darcy, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Anna Triplett.

Seventh year pins – Haley Darcy, Nova Cline, Conner Wiggins, Abby Blessing.

Eighth year pins – Kyle Mohr.

Ninth year pins – Lane Pence, McKaela Bradley, Keenan Bradley.

Eleventh year (final) pins – Tasha Eggleston-Wood, Taylar Eggleston-Wood.

Leaders are recognized for being a first year leader and for every five years of service. These pins are also sponsored by Exchange Bank.

First Year – Patricia Miller, Dennis Blaine, Renee Blaine, Corry Ward.

Five Year – Amy Talbert.

15 Year – Debbie Payne.

Each year at Achievement Event we have a table setting competition.  The top formal and informal settings are given gift certificates.  The formal award was given to Katie Campbell and the informal award was given to Lauren Triplett.  They were sponsored by Countryside Flowers and Bradley Insurance.

Eleven members filled out a recognition form.  They are divided into 3 age groups 8-10, 11-13, and 14 & over.  They each received $10 cash and a 4-H cinch bag sponsored by the Scotland County 4-H Council.  They also received pins for their various project accomplishments.  The forms were judged by leaders from Lewis County. Lane Pence – Shotgun; Katie Miller – Cake Decorating, Sheep, and Clothing; Lauren Triplett – Horse, Sheep, and Swine; Abby Doster – .22 rifle and Swine; Eli Kigar – Beef and Shotgun; Kendal Anderson – Foods; Conner Wiggins – Beef and .22 rifle; Anna Triplett – Dogs and Goats; Bryn Aylward – .22 rifle, Clothing, and Swine; Elsie Kigar – Beef and Foods; Beau Triplett – Goats and Welding.

Katie Miller’s 8-10 year old recognition form was picked to advance to regional competition and Anna Triplett’s 11-13 year old form was also selected to go onto regional competition.  They each received picture frames for their accomplishments.

Kendal Anderson was chosen as the recipient of the Farm Bureau Cookbook Award.  Her recognition form was chosen as the best in Foods.

Junior Achievement awards are also selected from the members who completed recognition forms.  This award can only be won once.  It is awarded to a boy and girl under the age of 13.  These awards were sponsored by US Bank and Community Bank of Memphis.  They received tumbler cups with their names engraved on them.  The girl was Elsie Kigar and the boy was Beau Triplett.

The Outstanding Member is also selected from the completed recognition forms and can only be won once.  This year’s outstanding member was from the Jolly Jacks and Jills 4-H Club and is active in Beef and Shooting Sports.  He is twelve years old and his parents are Jim & Alisa Kigar.  2016 Scotland County 4-H Outstanding Member is Eli Kigar.  He received a plaque and a cash award sponsored by FCS Financial, Miles Cameron and Sandra Arnold, Bank of Kirksville.

Shooting sports ribbons were given out for the State Shoot.  Those receiving blue ribbons were:  Bobbi Darcy, Abby Doster, Jared Dunn, Eli Kigar, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Magnum Talbert, and Luke Triplett.  Red ribbons were earned by: Kendal Anderson, Brock Aylward, Bobbi Darcy, Baileigh Phillips, Kyle Mohr, Brenna Phillips, Kylie Small, Katelyn Talbert, and Shelby Troutman.  White ribbons were given to the following: Victoria Huber, Brenna Phillips, Shelby Troutman, Victoria Ward, Eric Yarbrough, and Erica Yarbrough.

The Scotland County 4-H Council selects a Friend of 4-H Business and Individual.  This year’s recipients were Scotland County Livestock Auction and Chris Kempke.  We would like to thank them for all the support they give the 4-H program in Scotland County.

Gorin Go Getters 4-H Club was named Outstanding Club in Scotland County for 2016.

Submitted by Carlee Smith, Reporter

Buford Named to KRES All-Star Team

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

Aaron Buford was named to KRES Radio all-star team.

The invite is in the mail for Scotland County’s Aaron Buford, who will be eligible to attend the KRES All-Star Football Banquet on December14th after being named the regional radio station’s top all-purpose player on offense.

Fourteen different schools across north and central Missouri are represented on the 2016 all-star team, selected by ballot by 24 area coaches.

Buford joined players from Centralia, Macon, Brookfield, Moberly, Monroe City, South Shelby, Fayette, Westran and Knox County to nail down one of the top 12 offensive positions.

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

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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)

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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.

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