November 18, 2010

Past Youth Movement Could Pay Dividends in 2010 For Tigers Hoops Squad

Heading into the district championship game last season, SCR-I had just one of its three senior starters on the court. While the team saw its title hopes slip away, the future definitely got brighter for the Tigers hoops squad in the process.

Several key injuries took their toll on the 2009-10 version of the Tigers, but those same problems should look like strengths for the upcoming year as young players will benefit from the experience they gained by being pushed into key roles down the stretch.

Drew Miller was thrust into the starting point guard role following Christmas break when Senior Cody Taft left the program. As a sophomore, he not only grasped the duties as the floor general but also gained confidence as a shooter.

Miller connected on 34% of his three point attempts, giving the team a dangerous attack from behind the arc.

That scoring threat starts with Kasey Dial, who returns for his senior season after leading the Tigers in scoring last year at 11 points per game. He made a team-high 66 three pointers.

The team will have to replace its other two top scorers, graduates Brandon Garnett and Kyle Shelley. Shelley averaged 10 points and a team-best 7 rebounds a night before missing the final four games of the year with a hip injury.

Garnett averaged 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a contest from the small forward position.

Andrew Mathis and Brock Bondurant saw their playing time dramatically increase down the stretch after the loss of power forward Derrick Muntz early in the year to knee surgery and with Shelley's season-ending injury.

"We have a lot of size, so we are definitely going to look to pound it into the paint to Brock and Mathis and Muntz and Stone," Campbell said.

Harley Stone started all 26 games for the Tigers at power forward. As a sophomore he average 7.4 points and 5.6 rebounds, numbers Campbell said he expects will grow this year.

"Harley has really came into practice and been our hardest worker," Campbell said. "If not him, I would have to say Sabe Sears. Those guys set the tone with their work ethic."

With Muntz returning from his knee injury, Campbell has several options to replace Shelley at center. Mathis played very well down the stretch for the Tigers, so Campbell has a pair of juniors who will split time in the post.

That depth on the interior could free the Tigers up to play a much bigger lineup as Stone can move out to the perimeter when needed. Bondurant also fits a similar role, being able to play either inside or outside, as attested to by his team-best 45% accuracy from three-point range.

"We definitely have the ability to go with a big line-up that can create some match-up nightmares for other teams," Campbell said. "We don't have to predicate one certain style of play or one certain system. Our versatility is going to let us play a lot of different styles."

The Tigers have three senior options to fill Garnett's starting spot. Dakota Wells came off the bench last year to connect on 25 three pointers, second on the squad only to Dial. Seniors Sabe Sears and Rod Sears give coach Campbell some interesting options at the guard spots. Both players bring an athleticism to the team that more resembles Garnett's slashing style. Sophomore Lee Tague also will factor into the rotation at the guard and small forward spots.

The competition for playing time has given the early season practices a good edge that Campbell thinks will pay off in the long run.

"When you have five guys fighting for two or three jobs, it insures you are going to get hard work out of all of them," he said. "All of these guys are competing for playing time every night at practice. It is a great problem for a coach to have."

With a solid mix of four seniors, five juniors and one sophomore expected to make up the varsity roster, Campbell likes the direction the program is headed in.

"Most of the kids have been in our system now for three or four years, which is very nice," he said. "They know by now what we are trying to do, freeing up our practice time to add to our growing playbook."

That playbook should call for an improvement on last year's 12-15 mark, as the Tigers are expected to contend for a Tri-Rivers Conference title while trying to avenge last year's loss to Putnam County in the district championship.

Perfect Storm Sinks SCR-I Baseball Playoff Hopes in District Title Game

Gage Dodge hangs on to the ball after being taken out by the slide at second base. Scotland County recorded the out on the stolen base attempt to end the inning during the district championship game.

For Scotland County baseball fans, Wednesday evening proved a bit eerie, as the dark storm clouds that blew in prior to the Class 2 District 5 championship game proved emblematic of the storm ahead that ended SCR-I’s dream of a playoff run before it got off the ground.

With winds whipping and a storm brewing, Canton struck a key blow in the top of the first inning. Josh Kermoade led off with a walk. With one out, Lance Logsdon singled. A passed ball allowed both runners to move into scoring position before Carson Birck singled to put the visitors on top 2-0.

SCR-I had a chance to answer in the bottom of the frame after two out singles by Grant Campbell and Will Fromm, but Logsdon struck out Lane Pence to end the threat.

With one out in the second, Lavion Wilson struck out but reached on a passed ball. He stole second base and scored on a base hit by Trey Metz to extend the lead to 3-0 off starter Aaron Buford.

The senior hurler, who had signed earlier in the day to play collegiately at Southeastern Community College in Burlington, IA, ran into more trouble in the third inning. Koy Smith walked and Cooper Hudnut was hit by a pitch that left the SCR-I hurler grasping his right elbow, forcing him to leave the game.

Grant Campbell took over on the mound and was greeted by an RBI single from Birck.

The storm clouds worsened and the game was halted for a lightning delay, that included a few brief showers.

Once the game resumed, Canton delivered another blow plating two more runs on a fielder’s choice and an error to extend the lead to 6-0 before Pence gunned down Wilson trying to steal second base to end the crazy inning.

SCR-I never recovered from the storm.

Logsdon kept the potent Tigers’ bats in check the entire night as SCR-I struggled with the strike zone, as Logsdon piled up nine strikeouts on the evening, including seven when the bat never left the hitter’s shoulder.

After the first inning, Scotland County only mounted one true scoring threat. In the fifth, Elijah Cooley was hit by a pitch to start the frame. Aaron Blessing followed with a base on balls. But the Tigers were able to scratch out just one run, on an RBI infield singled by Gage Dodge. Campbell fouled out with two runners in scoring position, as the winds blew a ball that appeared to be well out of play, back onto the field for the third baseman to grab and end the rally.

Canton put the game away in the top of the sixth, plating seven runs, all with two outs, as the wheels came off the SCR-I season. Canton used a little bit of everything, including a walk, a hit batsman, an SCR-I error, a dropped third strike, and a few other defensive misplays that punctuated a dreadful day for a really good baseball team.

Logsdon retired the side in order in the bottom of the sixth as Canton charged on to the field to celebrate the district championship.

Buford was tagged with the loss, surrendering five runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings pitched. He struck out four. Campbell allowed eight runs, four earned, on seven hits and six walks in 3 2/3 innings of relief work.

Logsdon limited Scotland County to just four hits on the night, walking one and hitting one batter.

The Tigers end the season with a 19-2 mark. Canton advances to take on Sturgeon in round one of the state playoffs as one of the 16 teams remaining in Class 2 play.

In the Valley

Turkey hunting, where I live, is not for the faint of heart. Even though there are some easy places, much of the hunting I do is in the mountains. Our mountains are not like the Rockies but they are also not like the Deep South. The highest peak is about three thousand feet. Needless to say, to traverse the ridges and valleys in search of turkeys can be a very exhausting experience. It seems if I’m on this side of the hollow, the bird is always on the other side. So, here I go down in the depths of the hollow on this side only to climb up to the top of the ridge on the other side.

By the second week of hunting, I’m in great shape. What I have noticed, however, is the view is always better the higher I get. And not only is the view better, but it’s that particular view that always lingers in my mind. I never think about the wonderful sites in the small, dark valleys but the picturesque landscape from the top of the mountain remains permanently ingrained in the recesses of my mind.

I often think of the possibilities of getting lost when I keep climbing and climbing. You know, it’s easy to do that when we’re so wrapped up in getting to the top. You can get so turned around you lose your bearing. The experts say when this happens to find a water source and follow it down stream. Downstream?  You mean to find where I’m am, I have to go down?  You mean down in the hollows? You mean down in the valleys? You mean down where it’s dark and where the view is limited and confined? I guess so.

Sometimes we all get caught up in climbing higher and higher in things other than hunting. We get wrapped up in the possibilities and what my lie just ahead. In the climb, sometimes, we lose sight of whom and what we are and where we are as well.  It’s at that time the Lord has to awaken us and bring us back to Him and to ourselves. How do we get there? In the valley. But don’t fear the valley, because it’s there where He always shows us the way back home.

Gary Miller

Outdoor Truths Ministries

Traffic Changes Implemented at Two Memphis Intersections

A new stop sign has been installed at the intersection of Market and North Streets in Memphis. the change was approved recently by the Memphis City Council to address visibility concerns at the intersection caused by parked vehicles.

The council approved installing a stop sign for traffic northbound on Market Street. Traffic at the intersection was already stopped by signs on North Street for both east- and westbound traffic.

The move turns the intersection into a three-way stop. Southbound traffic will not be required to stop. The council decided not to make it a four-way stop because of the steep incline heading into the southbound intersection on Market Street, which could be a factor in inclement weather.

The council also agreed to install a yield sign on County Road 555 at the northeast corner of Memphis where the gravel road comes onto Sigler Avenue near Scotland County Hospital. The intersection technically is county property, but the county does not install or maintain traffic signs.

The yield sign will impact southbound traffic on the gravel rood and will not impact traffic on Sigler Street.

Missouri DAR to Host Wheeling for Healing in September

Missouri DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) is sponsoring Wheeling for Healing, a fundraising bike ride across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail, on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Proceeds from this ride will be divided between the Wounded Warrior Project and DAR’s Project Patriot.

The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.  WWP also supports family members and caregivers of a Wounded Warrior.

DAR’s Project Patriot supports the Chaplain’s Closet at Landstuhl Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany; the Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland and the Wounded Warrior and Family Support Center in San Antonio, Texas.  In addition, Project Patriot provides support to deploying and returning service members and their families.

The bike ride will take place across the historic Katy and Rock Island Trail. DAR chapters from all across the state are sponsoring SAG (Support And Gear) stations along the trail. Participants can enter and exit at any point along the Katy Trail and the Rock Island Spur.  The Jauflione Chapter of NSDAR, our local chapter, will be set up at the Hartsburg SAG. All registered riders will receive a T-shirt and swag bag.

Bicycling registration is due June 1st.  However, anyone is welcome to join riders along the trail, and any donation is greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at any SAG location.  For those wishing to register for the event, the Adult Rider fee is $30 and includes a t-shirt and SWAG bag.  The Child Rider (16 and under) fee is $15 and includes a t-shirt.  Jerseys can be purchased for $55 and additional t-shirts can also be purchased for $15.

Susan Miller is the coordinator for the Hartsburg SAG stop being sponsored by our local DAR chapter.  For more information about this event, whether to register as a rider, make a donation, or become a corporate sponsor, please contact Susan at: RR1 Box 130, Memphis, MO 63555 or call her at 660-945-3757.

Junior High Track Squads Close Out Season at Conference Meet

Teammates Kaden Anders and Alex Long battle it out down the stretch in the conference finals of the 200 meter dash. (Photo by Dr. Stephen Terrill)

The Scotland County junior high track teams closed out the 2017 season at the Lewis & Clark Conference on May 9th at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

The Tigers finished third in their inaugural season in the new league while the Lady Tigers were sixth out of nine schools.

Paris won the boys title with 124 points followed by Knox County with 94. SCR-I amassed 86 points to edge Clark County with 81.25 points. Westran was fifth followed by Harrisburg, Marceline, Schuyler County and Salisbury.

Marceline won the girls crown with 159 points. Salisbury (109) was second, followed by Paris (77.33), Harrisburg (75)  and Clark County (45). SCR-I earned 42.33 points to edge Schuyler County (41.33), Westran (15) and Knox County (12).

Kaden Anders led the Tigers with a first place finish in the long jump with a distance of 19′ 6.5″. Alex Long was third with a distance of 18′ 7″.

Anders also took top honors in the 400 meter dash and was third in the high jump and third in the 200 meter dash.

Alex Long finished fifth in the 200 meter dash. He took fourth in the 100 meter dash with brother Hayden Long in fifth. Alex was third in the 100 meter hurdles while Hayden took seventh.

Hayden Long earned third in the 1,600 meter run while Brady Curry was seventh.

Austin Holtke finished third in the shot put.

The 4×400 relay team of Kale Creek, Carson Harrison, Kade Richmond and Holtke finished fifth. They also teamed up for a seventh place finish in the 4×200 relay.

The 4×100 team of Jared Cerroni, Hunter Cook, Kabe Hamlin and Magnum Talbert finished eighth.

Hailey Kraus led the Lady Tigers with a third place finish in the high jump. She took seventh in the 400 meter dash.

Hannah Feeney finished third in the 800 meter run and was seventh in the triple jump.

Aayla Humphrey finished sixth in the 200 meter dash and was eighth in the 100 meter dash.

Shantel Small finished seventh in the 1,600 meter run and eighth in the 200 meter dash.

Haylee McMinn was sixth in the shot put and Emily Dial took eighth in the long jump.

The 4×400 relay team of Morgan Blessing, Jenna Blessing, Emily Terrill  and Kraus finished fourth.

The 4×100 relay team of Bobbi Darcy, Kiley Bradley-Robinson, Jenna Blessing and Morgan Blessing, also took fourth place. The same team took fifth in the 4×200 relay.

Spring Turkey Hunters Harvest 43,339 Birds

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that turkey hunters checked 39,239 birds during Missouri’s 2017 regular spring turkey season April 17 through May 7. Top harvest counties were Franklin with 932 birds checked, Texas with 843, and Callaway with 697. Young turkey hunters harvested 4,100 birds during the 2017 spring youth season, April 8-9, bringing the overall 2017 spring turkey harvest to 43,339.

Scotland County hunters checked in 274 adult gobblers, 35 jakes and five bearded hens for a harvest total of 314. Schuyler County hunters bagged 215 birds while Knox County checked in 271 turkeys and Clark County hunters harvested 318 turkeys.

The 2016 overall spring turkey harvest was 48,374 birds with 4,167 harvested during the youth weekend and 44,207 during the regular spring season.

“Given that we haven’t had good hatches the past couple years, and the less-than-ideal weather during a considerable portion of this year’s season, the drop in harvest compared to last year was not unexpected,” MDC Turkey Biologist Jason Isabelle said.

He added that the number of birds harvested this spring wasn’t too far behind last year’s harvest total going into the second weekend of spring turkey season, but the heavy rains that blanketed much of the state shortly thereafter caused the harvest to drop rapidly.

Isabelle noted favorable weather over this past weekend helped harvest numbers bounce back a bit.

The 2017 spring turkey season included two non-fatal hunting incidents. One involved a shooter who mistook another hunter for a turkey and the other was a self-inflicted shooting injury.

Missouri offers some of the best turkey hunting in the nation. MDC restoration efforts in past decades have taken this popular game bird from almost being wiped out in the state by the 1950s to an estimated sustainable population of more than 300,000 birds today. Missouri turkey hunters spend more than $125 million each year on related travel, food, lodging, and hunting equipment, which helps local businesses and the economy.

Tigers Mash Milan 14-0 to Advance to District Championship Game

Aaron Buford tossed two shutout innings as the Tigers blanked Milan 14-0 in the Class District 5 semifinals on Monday in Memphis.

A pair of nice defensive plays early on by the Milan outfielders kept Scotland County off the scoreboard early in Monday’s Class 2 District 5 semifinals in Memphis. But the Tigers’ offense proved too potent to keep down for long, as SCR-I put up seven runs in back-to-back innings to defeat the Wildcats 14-0.

Aaron Buford got off to a rough start, walking the leadoff hitter before surrendering a single. He recovered nicely, striking out the next six batters he faced.

Milan got out of a bases loaded jam when Wyatt Boyle robbed Justin McKee of a hit with a diving catch in center field.

Jesus Gonzalez made a similar play in right field in the bottom of the second inning to steal a base hit from Will Pickerell after Elijah Cooley opened the frame with a bunt single. After Buford was hit by a pitch, Cooley advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Gage Dodge singled home Buford to make the score 2-0. With two outs, Grant Campbell walked and Will Fromm plated both runs with a base hit. He scored on a double by Lane Pence. McKee followed with an RBI single. After a base hit by Cooley, Aaron Blessing walked to load the bases. A base on balls to Pickerell plated McKee to extend the lead to 7-0.

That was more than enough cushion to give Buford the hook after just 36 pitches, allowing him to be used in Wednesday night’s title game.

The Tigers limited the workload on the rest of the staff as well, adding another seven-spot in the bottom of the third to insure the game would end early by the 10-run rule.

McKee, Campbell and Blessing had RBI doubles in the frame.

Grant Campbell held Milan hitless over the next 2 2/3 innings in relief for SCR-I. Gage Dodge got the final out to nail down the 14-0 victory as SCR-I improved to 19-1 on the season.

Buford notched the win, allowing a hit and a walk in two innings of work while striking out six. Campbell fanned five batters and walked one.

Fromm went 3-4 with three RBIs. Cooley was 3-3 with two runs scored and McKee went 2-3 with two RBIs.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards Nearly $170,000 to Missouri Schools, Nonprofits and Literacy Organizations

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation announced the award of more than $170,000 in literacy grants to Missouri nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools this morning. These funds are aimed at supporting adult, family and summer literacy programs within a 20-mile radius of a Dollar General store or distribution center across the 44 states Dollar General serves, and plan to positively impact the lives of nearly 15,000 Missourians.

“Dollar General is excited to provide these organizations with funding to support literacy and education throughout the 44 states we serve,” said Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO.  “Providing these grants and supporting the communities we call home reflects our mission of Serving Others and it’s rewarding to see the impact these funds have.”

Northeast Missouri Caring Communities, Inc. of Edina received a $12,000 grant.

Statewide grants are part of more than $7.5 million that the Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded this morning. Recipients of today’s grant announcements plan to use Dollar General Literacy Foundation funds to help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam, promote childhood summer reading or learn English. Missouri recipients are listed below and a comprehensive list of grant recipients may be found online at

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is also currently accepting applications for youth literacy grants through Thursday, May 18, 2017. Youth literacy grants support schools, public libraries and nonprofit organizations in implementing new or expanding existing literacy efforts. Funding can be used to purchase new technology, equipment, books, materials or software to enhance literacy programs. Applications are available online at

For additional information, photographs or items to supplement a story, please visit the Dollar General Newsroom or contact the Media Relations Department at 1-877-944-DGPR (3477) or via email at

Anna Monroe Named to  Graceland University 2017 Honors List

LAMONI, IA (05/16/2017)– The honor roll lists for Graceland University’s 2017 spring term have been announced, and Anna Monroe of Memphis, MO, has been named to the Honors List.

Graceland University students with a GPA between 3.65 and 3.99 are named to the honors list. Congratulations, Anna! Graceland commends you on your academic success.

For more information visit and find Graceland University on Facebook and Twitter to follow additional student achievements.

Founded in 1895 and sponsored by Community of Christ, Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa, is more than just a school. It is a community of passionate, caring and dedicated individuals who put their relationships with students first. Campuses are located in Lamoni, Iowa, and Independence, Missouri. For more information and to see additional student achievements, follow @gracelandu on Twitter and like Graceland University on Facebook, or visit

Cemetery Revitalization

I want to publicly applaud the efforts of Elaine Smith, Ronnie Tinkle, Jeff Smith, and the generous donor(s) who made the revitalization of the Bethel Cemetery possible! On behalf of all the Rodgers, Barr and Overfield descendants, we are so grateful for your hard work!

Seeing Bethel the last time I was in Scotland County was heartbreaking and I wanted so badly to find a way to get it cleaned up. Elaine, Ronnie, Jeff, and the donor(s) were an answer to prayer. God Bless you!

Bruce Rodgers

Rochester, MN

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