January 26, 2012

Group Seeking to Return One of Only Three Remaining Pheasant Airplanes to Birthplace

Dr. Harlo Donelson stands in front of a H-10 Pheasant biplane that is housed in New York. Efforts are underway to buy the plane and return it to Memphis, where it was originally manufactured.

More than 80 years ago, a group of area residents joined forces to help the community take flight, literally. Now, numerous community boosters with similar vision are making every effort to land a piece of this town's history back home for good.

In the late 1920's Memphis was home to the Pheasant Airplane Company. An untimely accident and a financial downturn that devastated the entire nation, made the venture short lived. Despite its brief tenure as the community's top manufacturer, the airplane builders put Memphis on the map.

On a recent trip to New York, a local dentist discovered that a big piece of this local history could be had for the right price.

Dr. Harlo Donelson took time out his Christmas trip to visit his son, to do some special sight-seeing. Doc had learned of a fully-functional Pheasant airplane, which was on display at the Bayport Aerodrome Museum.

"There are only three of these planes still in existence as far as anyone can tell," said Donelson. "One is in Wisconsin, one in Canada and this one in New York. Not only did I get to see her, but I got to touch her and boy is she a beauty."

As his words demonstrate, Donelson quickly fell in love with the plane. Anyone that knows Doc, knows he is not shy when it comes to promoting his community. Before he had departed the hangar, the plan had been hatched to return the plane to its birthplace.

"Somehow, some way, we are going to get that gal back to Memphis," Donelson stated.

Just weeks after returning to Memphis, the tales of the plane and its availability had led to the formation of a committee to make the dream come true.

Local pilot Fred Clapp is heading up the group that consists of numerous other flyers and community boosters.

The first task at hand will be raising the estimated $75,000 it will take to purchase the plane from owner Tim Dahlen of Vintage Aero Collection.

The plane was originally restored by Bill Schwenk of Southampton, NY. According to a November 22, 2007 article in the Southampton Press, the then 94-year-old sold the plane to Dahlen and his partner, Ed Katzen. As part of the transaction, Dahlen concluded the 77-year journey for the former owner, by taking Schwenk for a flight in the 1927 biplane.

Schwenk reportedly had purchased the plane back in 1930 from a Southampton junkyard for the price of $50. Over the years, the new owner worked to restore the plane, ultimately completing the task, but not before his age prevented him from flying it himself.

The news article indicated the plane had been owned by an East Hampton family, but following a crash, was sold to the junkyard, where it was reclaimed by Schwenk in 1930.

While it took nearly 80 years for the plane to change ownership for the third time in its life, local boosters are hoping the fourth transaction occurs much more rapidly.

At a January 14 meeting of interested parties, a steering committee was formed with Clapp, Fred Cordray, Jason Glass and Stan Myers charged with organizing a governing board and seeking 501c3 IRS status as a tax exempt entity.

A fund raising committee was also established with members Ronnie Brown, H Middleton, Peggy Brown and Laura Schenk. A checking account has been established for the group and donations are already pouring in.

Another key task for the group will be transportation and storage if the plane's purchase can be secured. Glass and Larry Wiggins were assigned the duty of identifying suitable temporary storage as well as determining requirements for a permanent display location.

The group will meet again on January 27 at the Scotland County Rotary Building at 6 p.m. New members and prospective donors are encouraged to attend.

Airplane Builder Plays Big, Albeit Brief, Part in Memphis History

A local pilot's teaching abilities at the outset of our nation's aeronautical era likely were at the root of one of the area's historical highlights.

In the 1920s, prospective flyers from across the nation were traveling to Memphis to study under the tutelage of pilot Lee R. Briggs, who opened a flight school in 1925. The pages of the Memphis Democrat and the Memphis Reveille, the region's two newspapers at that time, are filled with stories of reports of Briggs's exploits as a flyer and a teacher of the skill with students coming from as far away as Canada.

Once trained in the art of flying, the new pilots offered a captive market for airplane sales. Early on, the news stories indicate Briggs filled the needs by buying and selling the vehicles, but ultimately the idea was born to build a better plane right here in Memphis.

News broke in the June 6, 1927 edition of the Memphis Democrat of plans to form the Pheasant Airplane Corporation to build a new biplane designed by Orville Hickman of Lomax, IL.

The new business was housed in the garage of the Briggs & Son Ford dealership on the northeast corner of the Memphis square (the current Payne Funeral Chapel property).

The first model H-10 biplane "rolled off the assembly line" in August and pilot Harold Phillips was the first to take a Memphis-made plane airborne, as reported in the August 18, 1927 Memphis Reveille. Shortly after, well-known local pilot Leslie Smith, put the plane to a full test of stunts, "pronouncing the Pheasant as superior to any plane in its class."

A full-page ad in Aviation magazine resulted in hundreds of inquiries about the plane, and within months a number of contracts were arranged for salesmen to handle dealership rights in states across the Midwest.

By October 1927, the newspaper reported seven planes had been contracted for construction, and by November of that year the workforce at the plant had more than doubled to 25 employees, with projected output of a plane per week.

Tragedy struck the company in December, when founder Lee Briggs and a student, Otis Oliver, of Versailles, OH, were killed when they fell an estimated 1000 feet from a plane, that later crash landed.

A December 8, 1927 article in the Memphis Democrat indicated that Oliver was piloting the plane, and reportedly banked the plane too sharply, causing it to overturn and ejecting the two pilots.

Inspections by the U.S. Army and the Commerce Department ruled the accident was no fault of the plane, and manufacturing continued despite the resignation of Hickman. W. H. Raines was elected the new board president.

The company became bogged down awaiting official approval from the federal government's aviation department to certify and approve the planes design, which finally was received in April of 1928.

While waiting, in March of 1928, the company relocated to the O.O. North Building (the current Tri-State Used Furniture building) west of the southwest corner of the square.

Craftsmen work on wing assembly for a Pheasant H-10 bi-plane being constructed in Memphis. This photo was taken in the new workshop, located on the second floor of what is now the Tri-State Used Furniture Store.

Well known Wisconsin pilot, S. J. Wittman, arrived in Memphis in April and quickly became a champion of the Memphis-built planes. He became one of the company's leading salesman, as more than half a dozen Pheasants were flown home to Wisconsin buyers. Other planes were sold, including one that ultimately landed in Prince Alberta-Saskatoon, Canada.

Despite the solid sale numbers, the company fell into a capital crunch, and investors decided to offer the corporation for sale as opposed to extending further local investments. In July of 1928, a call was made for added stock sales to raise the capital investments from $10,000 to $40,000.

Meanwhile Wittman was gaining national notoriety for the Pheasant. He entered his plane in a trans-continental race from Long Island to Los Angeles, and finished ninth, despite featuring one of the race's smaller horse-powered motor.

Despite some limited initial success in reorganizing the company under local stockholders, the Pheasant Airplane Company was ultimately sold to T.W. Meiklejohn of Fondulac, Wisconsin, an associate of Wittman. The plant was relocated to Fondulac in May of 1929, but reportedly no planes were ever built there following the stock market crash later that year that took its toll on commerce across the nation and the Great Depression began.

Leo Brown of Memphis reported in documentation on file with the Scotland County Library, that a total of 37 Pheasant bi-planes were built in Memphis.

Similar history provided by former plant worker Herb Prather, seems to affirm those numbers, as his documented estimates were 30-36 planes built in Memphis. Correspondence from Wittman to Prather in April of 1980, did dispute the fact that no planes were built in Wisconsin, as the former test pilot, informed Prather that he believed three new ships were built in Wisconsin. Further investigation may have revealed that these were the new monoplane version, whose prototype was developed in Memphis.

Of the estimated three dozen H-10's built in Memphis, only three are believed to remain. One is on display at the EAA's Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, near the site of the transplanted factory. The second is on display at the Western Development Museum in Saskatoon, Canada. The third, currently in New York, hopefully will be on display in Memphis in the not-too-distant future.

Four Area Students Named to TSU Honors Lists  

KIRKSVILLE — Truman State University has released its Provost and Vice President’s List for Fall 2017 and several local students were honored.

Named to the Provost and VP List were Hannah Dunn of Baring, and  Tasha Cline of Downing.

To qualify for this list an undergraduate student must attain a semester grade point average of at least 3.5 and must complete at least 12 credit hours.

Named to the President’s List were Caleb Doubet of Arbela and Rachel Duzan of Memphis.

To qualify for this list an undergraduate student must attain a semester 4.0 grade point average and must complete at least 12 credit hours.

Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s public liberal arts and sciences university. Truman has the highest graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. U.S. News & World Report has rated Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for 21 consecutive years, and Washington Monthly recognized Truman as the No. 4 master’s university in the nation.

Duzan Named to ECC 2017 Fall Term Dean’s List

IOWA FALLS, IA –  Rebekah Duzan of Memphis was among the 130 students named to the Fall 2017 Dean’s List at Ellsworth Community College.

To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have taken 12 or more credit hours during the semester (a full-time student status) and have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average while attending classes at ECC or ECC online.

Growth & Optimism (Despite Discomfort)

Kyle encouraging kids from Scotland County Elementary Summer School to get their hands dirty and learn about natural building during a field trip on 5/26/2017. Photo by Danielle.

By Danielle Williams

CSCC Looks Back on 2017

Another year has come and gone, which I find myself a little more disappointed by than usual, since I have a personal affinity with the number 17. Despite this discomfort, the promise of all that could happen in 2018 is enticing enough that I’m not only willing but excited to open my arms wide and greet the new year, along with all the potential visitors, workshop participants, tour groups, and residents who might find their way to Dancing Rabbit in the coming months.

Danielle here, writing to you as the Executive Director for the Center for Sustainable & Cooperative Culture (CSCC) here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Before closing the book on last year, I find it a useful practice to look back and take inventory of what happened, lessons learned, and how we might approach the next year with even more wisdom gained from practical experience.

I remember last winter at Dancing Rabbit when many Rabbits were away visiting family or friends, or working elsewhere during the colder months. It felt like a small, tight knit group was holding down the fort. However, hope was in the air, as several people had applied for residency and planned to move to Dancing Rabbit sometime in 2017. I myself remained optimistic even as the time between community rotational chores (cleaning the common house, humey shifts, re-stocking firewood) seemed quite short, due to the lower seasonal population.

Sure enough, come springtime a handful of new residents took the next step on their journey toward living a more ecologically-conscious lifestyle by moving to Dancing Rabbit. The trend continued throughout 2017, with our most recent resident Cameron arriving in December, just in time to experience the first real winter we’ve had in a while. I can’t say enough about the good energy these dozen or so folks (plus their half dozen kids) have brought to the village. But since this is focused on the nonprofit, I’ll let the weekly update writers continue to tell you more about the vibrancy in the air. I do want to point out that every single person who became a new resident or member here in 2017 attended a Sustainable Living Visitor Program, which is offered through the nonprofit, and this year about half of our new folks participated in more than one CSCC program either before or after they moved here.

This highlights for me a fundamental connection between Dancing Rabbit the village and the village’s nonprofit, CSCC. Almost all of our residents attend a visitor program before moving here, since it serves as an excellent orientation to how we live here, and is also a great way to gauge whether Dancing Rabbit might be a good fit.

Six of this year’s new residents or resident-kids have also attended a Permaculture Design Course here in the past few years. This is pretty remarkable, since we just began offering this program three years ago in collaboration with Midwest Permaculture (thanks to the passion of Dancing Rabbit member Sharon). The renown of this course has grown quickly, and we were delighted this year when every participant slot was filled for the PDC. I find myself personally excited by and curious about how the expanded awareness of permaculture might inform future village projects and undertakings at Dancing Rabbit, all with an eye towards “sharing the surplus”!

For the first time in many years the nonprofit offered a natural building workshop at DR, and it was also a huge hit, selling out even before early bird registration closed! Hassan and Sharon led the workshop with ease and grace, offering an introduction to the fundamentals of building and wisdom from their personal experience, along with the opportunity to experiment with many different natural building techniques. The outcome was a sight to behold—beautiful walls inlaid with cordwood, decorative glass bottles, light clay straw, wattle and daub, and an exterior finish plaster looking as smooth as creamy peanut butter! A lot was accomplished in the few short days of this workshop, and it was such a hit that we’re offering another one in 2018.

Another new CSCC program offered in 2017 was a workshop called “THRIVE: Inner Sustainability for Healers, Leaders, and Lovers of the Earth.” At Dancing Rabbit we know that a community cannot function at its best unless all its members are truly thriving—finding meaning, growth, and productive ways to handle life challenges. Living together effectively, sharing resources and decision making, requires self-awareness and the ability to consider the deeper levels of one’s own motives, intentions, and impact. I personally could not have lived in community this long myself (8 years) without the incredible tools I’ve learned through various inner sustainability workshops. These can strongly impact our personal development, self awareness, interactions with others, and ultimately the scope and quality of the difference we can make in the world. The THRIVE workshop was led by Laura Wolf, a fabulous facilitator and life coach from Kansas City, and I and many other Rabbits participated, making this CSCC workshop the most highly-attended by our own community mates in 2017.

All of our workshops have a special transformative impact on people, but when the workshop ends and participants get to continue living near each other and supporting one another, the integration is enhanced. Daily relationships become infused with a new appreciation for the challenges, little personal victories, and depth of the human beings next to us.

And this, really, is why I cherish living in community. I find that if I know my neighbors (even if I don’t always get along with them) I am more likely to approach them when something bothers me, reach out when they’re going through rough spots, celebrate their successes with them. A simple but powerful truth I’ve learned is that it’s easier for me to be compassionate when I identify and feel like I can relate with another being, instead of leaving them in the seemingly-separate category of “other.”

Thinking back to all the new folks who moved to Dancing Rabbit in the last few years, I feel a special sort of connection to them. Back when I was the Correspondent I read most of their visitor program applications, sent them their acceptance letters, and helped them figure out logistics to attend. It’s a special feeling to see folks applying for membership and buying or building houses here, and knowing that I played a role in helping them take the first steps toward living here. I sometimes miss serving as that point of first contact with people who want to move here or live this way, though as Executive Director I am still engaged in providing opportunities for more people to learn about Dancing Rabbit and come here, albeit in a more behind-the-scenes role. And Vick (our current Correspondent) does a stupendous job handling everything from transportation logistics for the visitor program to responding to the many emails we get every day, and I am grateful to have someone steady and reliable in this role.

Speaking of which, the influx also led to some awesome new staff members for CSCC in 2017. The CSCC staff, along with our donors, members, volunteers, and board members, are the crucial ingredients that allow this nonprofit to function as a gateway and learning center for sustainable living, sharing the intelligence of living cooperatively.

I do believe, as we are more globally and technologically connected than ever, that the work of our times is to realize (or, see with “real eyes”) the interconnection, the “We-ness” that binds us together on this planet. Only then can we remember that we humans are all in this together, and are the only ones who can shift destructive, exploitative, inconsiderate human behaviors, risking our comfort for the possibility of an earth, a climate, a biosphere that is hospitable to other species, as well as our own great-grandchildren.

As we continue to work towards climate change solutions by spreading cooperative, low-resource-use living, I want to thank you for all your choices in the past year that support the same fundamental value we hold here at CSCC: a livable and sustainable world for all.

May 2018 be a year of abundant imagination that allows us all to dream new ways to uphold that basic value, even if it means being uncomfortable sometimes.

In Community,

Danielle Williams

Scotland County R-I High School Releases First Semester Honor Roll

Scotland County R-I High School has announced the first semester honor roll for the 2017-18 school year for students in grades 7-12.

Named to the A honor roll in 7th grade were Hanna Anders, Bryn Aylward, Kina Billings, Ethan Blessing, Penelope Cline, Lydia Davis, Abby Doster, Lucas Durflinger, Ayden Farrar-Hines, Karli Hamilton, Tresa Huber, Elsie Kigar, Jewley Kraus, Jackson McKee, Iris Mishra, Eric Mohr, Caelin Robinson, Hunter Sapp, Lauren Triplett, Owen Triplett, and Julian Valle.

Named to the 7th grade B honor roll were Aden Aldridge, Danielle Bass, Grady Dodge, Layne Egenberger, Aiden Frederick, Ethan Herring, Brianna Kraus, Aaron McDaniel, Jakobie Payne, and Justin Swearingen.

The 8th grade students achieving the A Honor Rol included Zac Behrens, Levi Briggs, Trayton Buckallew, Jared Cerroni, Abigail Curry, Emiley Dial, Hannah Feeney, Sorrel Frederick, Vikke Huber, Corbin Kirchner, Alex Long, Hayden Long, Kara Mallett, Haylee McMinn, Shantel Small, Corbyn Spurgeon, Emily Terrill, Hailey Thompson, and Alaynna Whitaker.

B honor roll recipients in the 8th grade included Rylea Camp, Kale Creek, Hunter Cook, Brant Frederick, Jess Girardin, Caden Goldenstein, Randi Green, Kabe Hamlin, Taryn Hassell, Aayla Humphrey, Mary Kellum, Eli Kigar, Lydia Krouse, Destiny Lamb, Will Montgomery, Baileigh Phillips, Zane See, and Rose Whitley.

The Freshman A honor roll consisted of Jansen Alexander, Kaden Anders, Jenna Blessing, Morgan Blessing, Laney Campbell, Ewan Carleton, Brady Curry, Bobbi Darcy, Sylvia Darland, Clara Davis, Shaylee Davis, Ethan Durflinger,  Carson Harrison, Kyra Justice, Hailey Kraus, Keely Parrish-Johnson, Kade Richmond, Brooke Samuelson, Kylee Stott, Ethan Tinkle, Anna Triplett, and Kameron Wood.

Freshmen named to the B honor roll were Bailey Blake, Kilee Bradley-Robinson, Hunter Carter, Jacob Cochran, Hailey Fox, Austin Holtke, Corbin Howe, Dylan Mohr, Preston Sanchez, Nate Sevier, Brooke Smith, Magnum Talbert, and Zoe Tinkle.

The A honor roll for the 10th grade included Brock Aylward, James Briggs, Katie Campbell, Micah Cooley, Katie Feeney, Maycee Ferrel, Eric Green, Allison Herring, Claire Hite, Jaden McAfee, Kaitlyn McMinn, Abigail Salmons, Tala Saulmon, Reilly Shoemaker, Avery Shultz, Kalissa Thomas, Parker Triplett, Shelby Troutman, Eric Yarbrough, and Erica Yarbrough.

Making the 10th grade B honor roll were Branton Andriesen, James Arnold, Jacob Buford, Breann Goldenstein, Logan Homer, Spencer Kerkmann, Kamryn Mast, Jada Miller, Lane Parsons, and Christian Siver.

The 11th grade A honor roll included Kaylyn Anders, Abby Blessing, Madie Bondurant, Nova Cline, Haley Darcy, Kyle Davis, Jared Dunn, Brock Durflinger, Patrick Durham, Hunter Frederick, Will Fromm, Khloe Hamlin, Conner Harrison, Jacob Kapfer, Mason Kliethermes, Julie Long, Slade McAfee, Jacob McDaniel, Kendra Middleton, Ty Mohr, Hannah Richardson, Patrick Shannan, Shalinda Shannan, Gabe Shultz, Adam Slayton, Afton Spray, Katelyn Talbert, Luke Triplett, Conner Wiggins, and Gabby Zahn.

B honor roll members in the 11th grade were Breauna Altobelli, Jaycen Bair, Sydney Buckallew, Kyle Childress, Caleb Girardin, Sophronia Hager, Grant McRobert, Jace Morrow, Kaleb Parkins, Anthony Whitaker, Cliff Whitaker, and Matthew Woods.

Seniors named to the first semester honor roll were Kyle Aldridge, Megan Arnold, Alyssa Clair, Ashleigh Creek, Heather Cunningham, Gage Dodge, Andrew Ebeling, Shaye Eggleston, Cheyenne Frederick, Andre Goldenstein, Megan Holt, Lydia Hunt, Jessica Huff, Annie Hyde, Dylan Karsch, Tristen Kice, Cody Miller, Kyle Mohr, Brett Monroe, Shannon Niffen, Lane Pence, Harley Saulmon, Stevi See, and Stephen Terrill.

Making the 12th grade B honor roll were MaCayla Dale, Brady Kice, Meghan McKee, and Connor Payne.

Morrow’s Career Night Not Enough For SCR-I to Overcome Slow Start in Loss to La Plata

Jace Morrow scored a career-high 16 points in Scotland County’s championship loss to La Plata.

The Tigers dug too big a hole in the first period Saturday night and the championship of the North Shelby Tourney slipped away as La Plata poured it on late for an 80-55 decision to take home the trophy.

SCR-I could not buy a bucket in the opening eight minutes. Matthew Woods accounted for the only two field goals for Scotland County in the first period as La Plata leapt out to a 24-5 advantage.

The Tigers refused to go away, cutting into the deficit with a big second period. Jace Morrow came off the bench to spark SCR-I with a three-pointer. The junior scored seven points during the run which saw the Tigers trim the deficit to 38-27 at the intermission.

The offense continued to shine in the third period. Morrow and Will Fromm connected on three pointers, and SCR-I put 18 points on the scoreboard. Unfortunately Scotland County could not stop the Bulldogs on the other end as La Plata expanded its lead to 60-45.

Scotland County simply ran out of gas down the stretch. The Tigers rally came to halt, as SCR-I managed just 10 fourth quarter points allowing La Plata to run away with the 80-55 win.

Morrow scored a career-high 16 points to lead Scotland County in scoring. Fromm finished with nine and Lane Pence had eight as Scotland County dropped to 10-7 on the year, bringing home the second place trophy.

Lady Tigers Take Third Place With 57-41 Win Over Marceline

Kylee Stott puts up the left-handed runner after beating the Marceline defender off the dribble.

After struggling to score for extended stretches in its semifinals loss, Scotland County looked like an entirely different team in the fourth quarter of Friday night’s third place game, blowing the contest open with an 18-5 run to start the final period en route to a 57-41 victory.

In a matter of just over four minutes, SCR-I poured in 18 points to start the final frame and build a 20-margin.

That was substantially more breathing room than the Lady Tigers had been able to generate in the first three-periods of a back-and-forth contest.

Katie Feeney opened the game with a three-pointer before Khloe Hamlin made a steal on defense and scored on the fast break to jump SCR-I out to a quick 5-0 lead. The scoring slowed a bit as SCR-I led just 9-6 at the end of the first quarter.

SCR-I struggled to sink shots to start the second period. Free throws by Madie Bondurant and Feeney were the lone scoring as Marceline rallied for an 18-15 lead.

Julie Long sank a three-pointer to stop the run and Feeney scored on three straight possessions, dissecting the Marceline defense off the dribble before Hamlin scored on an offensive rebound to put SCR-I ahead 26-23 at the half.

SCR-I maintained the lead in the third period thanks to some nifty passing. Kylee Stott found Micah Cooley in the paint for an easy score and then Feeney hit Kilee Bradley-Robinson and Hamlin in the paint with a pair of assists. Bondurant punctuated the period with a three-pointer that made the score 37-30.

Buckets by Ashleigh Creek and Kaylyn Anders to start the fourth quarter pushed the lead to double digits. Bondurant then found Anders with a nice pass in transition for a score. Bondurant again connected from behind the arc to make it a 9-0 run and force a Marceline timeout with 6:23 left to play and SCR-I on top 46-30.

SCR-I kept the scoring pressure on as Anders and Hamlin scored on the fast break. Bondurant splashed home another three-pointer and Feeney went coast to coast with a rebound for a fast break score that pushed the margin to 55-35 with 3:35 left to play and allowed SCR-I to cruise to the win.

Feeney led a balanced scoring attack for Scotland County with 16 points. Bondurant finished with 12 while Anders had 10 and Hamlin added eight. Scotland County improved to 9-8 with the win.

Near Perfect First Quarter Helps Tigers Advance to Championship Game

Scotland County rode a near perfect first quarter Wednesday night to a semifinals win over the host squad. The Tigers built an 18-3 advantage in the game’s first eight minutes, using a balanced scoring attack and swarming defensive pressure that knocked the Raiders out of contention early.

Will Fromm poured in six points and three other starters had a pair of field goals apiece as Scotland County was hitting on all cylinders offensively in the opening quarter.

SCR-I cooled off offensively in period #2. Brett Monroe came off the bench to produce a need spark. The senior sank a three-pointer and had five of SCR-I’s eight points as the Tigers held a 26-13 advantage at intermission.

The Tigers regained some of their early momentum to start the second half. Lane Pence hit a three-pointer and had five points as the Tigers maintained a 38-24 lead despite struggling at the free throw line. Scotland County made just four of 11 free throws in the first three periods.

Fortunately the Tigers were able to up that percentage a bit, making six of 12 from the line in the fourth period to help hold on for the 52-38 victory.

Pence led the way with 14 points. Fromm finished with 12 and Terrill had 10 as Scotland County improved to 10-6 on the year and advanced to the championship game versus La Plata.

Scoring Droughts Sink SCR-I In Semifinals Loss

TRAPPED! – Khloe Hamlin and Katie Feeney hem in the Schuyler County ball handler as SCR-I’s trapping defense forced numerous Rams’ turnovers Thursday night.

Scotland County suffered through a series of scoring droughts on Thursday night in Shelbyville, and the final lengthy period without points proved too much to overcome as Schuyler County handed SCR-I a 42-39 defeat in the semifinals of the North Shelby Tournament.

Neither team lit it up offensively in the first period, but after Madie Bondurant sank a three-pointer to give SCR-I a 3-2 lead, the Lady Tigers could not buy another bucket, going nearly six minutes without a point to trail 7-3 at the end of the first period.

SCR-I turned things around in the second period. Katie Feeney scored on a drive to the basket. Ashleigh Creek sank a jumper and added four free throws. Bondurant turned the tide in the final seconds of the first half. She made a steal on defense and scored on the fast break. She was unable to complete the three-point play, but came up with another steal and a transition score to give Scotland County a 17-13 lead at the half.

The two teams traded the lead back and forth in the third period. Bondurant sank a three-pointer and Micah Cooley scored in the paint before Kaylyn Anders scored on a rebound to put the Lady Tigers up 27-25 with just eight minutes left to pay.

Unfortunately the SCR-I offense went into another drought, going nearly six minutes in the fourth quarter without a basket.

Schuyler County went on a 10-0 run to lead 35-27 before Feeney scored in the paint on a nice pass from Creek. She sank the free throw to complete the three-point play and cut the deficit to five with 2:33 left to play. After a basket by Anders, Feeney converted another three-point play to trim the lead to 38-35. Bondurant then sank a three-pointer with 32.2 seconds left to pull SCR-I within two at 40-38.

But after a Schuyler County free throw pushed the margin to three, Feeney was fouled on a drive to the rim with just five seconds left, and the ball just wouldn’t fall for another three-point play that would have tied the score.

Feeney sank the first free throw and then intentionally missed the second, giving the Lady Tigers a chance for an offensive rebound and a game-tying field goal but the Lady Rams secured the loose ball and the win.

Bondurant led Scotland County in scoring with 13 points. Feeney finished with 12 points and also grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Scotland County fell to 8-8 on the year with the loss.

KENNETH E. SEIBERT (2/11/1951 – 1/16/2018)

Kenneth E. “Phrogg” Seibert, 66, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 19, 2018 in Mt. Pleasant, IA.  On line condolences may be directed to www.olsonpowell.com

Born February 11, 1951, in Ottumwa, IA, Kenneth Eugene was the son of John Kenneth “Jack” and Alice Elizabeth “Betty” Bloodsworth Seibert.  He was a 1969 graduate of Mt. Pleasant High School.  He attended Southeastern Community College for one year.  On July 26, 1980, Ken married Ava Marie Sudbrink at the First Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.

Ken worked at Heatilator, did construction, drove a semi over the road, and performed other odd jobs prior to beginning his 27-year career as a correction officer at the Mt. Pleasant Treatment Center.  He retired in 2012. Ken was a former Mt. Pleasant fireman, as well as, a special deputy for the Henry County Sheriff’s Department.  He served as a past president of the Lion’s Club.

Putting others first, Ken loved spending time with his friends and family and most importantly adored his grandchildren. In his younger years, he played fast-pitch softball and rugby, along with participating in community theater. He enjoyed photography, fishing, golfing, camping and traveling. Ken helped build the playground at Saunders School.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers, Iowa Hawkeye, and Chicago Cubs fan.  Recently he played cards, worked lots of crossword puzzles, played on a pool league and was a voracious reader.

Along with his loving wife, Ava, of 37 years, Ken is survived by two daughters, Kendra Seibert of Mt. Pleasant, IA, and Anna (Aaron) Dale of Memphis, MO; a brother, Tom (Carolyn) Seibert of Burlington, IA; and a sister, Sue (Jim) Melvin of Rheinland, MO.  He is also survived by five grandchildren, Vince, Olivia, Zavier, Sylvie, and Rylee.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents.


Ken and Mary Stutzman of Unionville are the parents of a son, Travis Blake Stutzman, born January 9, 2018 at 12:02 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Travis weighed 8 lbs 4 oz and was 21 inches long. Grandparents are Harvey and Mary Mazelin of Cincinnati and Emery and Naomi Stutzman of Hickory.

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