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BY BRETT ADKISON | LEADER EDITOR
While Lathrop's win over Maryville for the district championship continues to resonate throughout Missouri, the road to state championship game rolls on without stopping.
And that road is bringing a familiar face to Lathrop High School on Saturday, November 23.
The Summit Christian Academy Eagles (11-1) are back in the Missouri Class 2 State Quarterfinals for the second straight year, knocking off Lafayette County (9-3) last week, 35-14, to repeat as the Class 2, District 7 champions.
And according to Lathrop head coach Chris Holt, Summit Christian has been eyeing this rematch for 12 months.
“Last year when we were shaking hands, a lot of (their) kids were saying, 'See you next year.' 'See you next year.' 'See you next year,'” Holt told The Leader earlier this week. “They had full intentions of getting back to see us in the quarterfinals. Whether it was here or there doesn't matter. They planned on playing us. We will get there best effort.”
In last year's quarterfinal match at Lathrop, Summit Christian struck first to go up 7-0 and were threatening to extend their lead to double digits – something the Mules had avoided all season – but an interception by then-junior Drew O'Connor swung the game back Lathrop's direction.
The Mules went on to win in convincing fashion, 41-14, and a week later upended seven-time defending state champion Lamar in the semifinals, advancing Lathrop to the program's first-ever appearance in the state championship game.
Similarly, Lathrop enters this postseason rematch undefeated at 12-0, winning both the district and KCI Conference championships. SCA's lone blemish in their 11-1 mark came in the final week of the regular season, where they fell to Lincoln Prep 35-21. Prep has had a reemergent season in 2019, winning their first 11 games of the year before losing to Platte County last week in the Class 4, District 8 championship, 23-8.
SCA comes into this week with similar credentials to Lathrop, scoring 44.4 points per game while allowing just 9.3 points per game. The Eagles have compiled five shutouts while allowing a single-digit score total nine times.
Lathrop has scored 49.5 points per game while allowing 9.25 points per game. The Mules have three shutouts while allowing a single-digit point total five times. That comes with a caveat many Lathrop fans have been familiar with over the past two seasons – the Mules often blew out their opponents in the first half this year, and the full varsity squad rarely played the entire second half, if at all.
Here's a look at the stat lines for each team's leaders in the respective phases of the game.
Blake Gordon: 47 completions, 82 attempts, 57.3 completion percentage, 1,040 yards, 18 touchdowns, 1 interception
Grayson Sprouse: 118 completions, 201 attempts, 58.7 completion percentage, 1,891 yards, 26 touchdowns, 4 interceptions
Tyler Paul: 83 carries, 1,318 yards, 15.9 yards per carry, 25 touchdowns
Caden Rardon: 38 carries, 619 yards, 16.3 yards per carry, 8 touchdowns
Blake Gordon: 64 carries, 515 yards, 8 yards per carry, 7 touchdowns
Tanner Dalinghaus: 63 carries, 481 yards, 7.6 yards per carry, 6 touchdowns
Lucas Eckles: 130 carries, 1,383 yards, 10.6 yards per carry, 23 touchdowns
Grayson Sprouse: 108 carries, 482 yards, 4.5 yards per carry, 15 touchdowns
Zack Oppriecht: 33 carries, 374 yards yards, 11.3 yards per carry
Chris Moore: 14 receptions, 363 yards, 25.9 yards per catch, 7 touchdowns
Caden Rardon: 10 receptions, 211 yards, 21.1 yards per catch, 4 touchdowns
Tyler Paul: 10 catches, 199 yards, 19.9 yards per catch, 4 touchdowns
Grant Lewis: 8 catches, 236 yards, 29.5 yards per catch, 4 touchdowns
Christian Newsom II: 39 receptions, 528 yards 13.5 yards per catch, 10 touchdowns
Lincoln Sprouse: 28 receptions, 469 yards, 16.8 yards per catch, 6 touchdowns
Zack Oppriecht: 23 receptions, 290 yards, 12.6 yard per catch, 2 touchdowns
Tyler Paul: 70.5 tackles, 8 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks
Colton Nichols: 59.5 tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4 sacks
Tanner Dalinghaus: 53.5 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, 1 sack
Brady Wheeler: 43 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack
Chris Moore: 6 interceptions (11 team interceptions)
Jake McIlhaney: 89.5 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss
Zeke Oppriecht: 89.5 tackles, 25 tackles for a loss, 9.5 sacks
Zack Oppriecht: 49 tackles. 6 tackles for a loss
Christian Newsom II: 6 interceptions (21 team interceptions)
BY CLINT DYE | SPECIAL TO THE LEADER
So far in 2019, the teams of the Kansas City Interscholastic Conference and the Grand River Conference have faced off a total of 12 times, continuing a long-standing, competitive series between the two small school conferences.
In those 12 contests, the KCI holds a 7-5 advantage, with the thirteenth and biggest match-up taking place this Saturday, when the Mid-Buchanan Dragons host the South Harrison Bulldogs in the Missouri Class 1 Quarterfinals.
The proximity of the schools within each conference makes for perfect scheduling opportunities to begin each football season. That also leads to exciting postseason match-ups, as most of the teams within the KCI and GRC compete in two districts (Missouri Class 1, District 7 and Class 1, District 8), leading to an eventual quarterfinal show down.
Both coaches in Saturday’s final KCI-GRC contest feel that proximity is what has made this inter-conference rivalry special.
“The GRC is such a historically great conference. Year in and year out, it is a very good conference with very good coaches and teams,” said Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz. “With the proximity of the GRC schools to the KCI schools, it allows us to play a lot of games against each other and I think you have started to see some rivalries come about over time because the two conferences play so much against each other.”
“I think the biggest thing between the GRC and KCI head-to-head match-ups are that we are all so close together, but don’t get to play each other very often,” said South Harrison head coach Chris Schoning. “A lot of us play each other weeks one and two, but after that don’t see each other until the playoffs. I think it’s a good rivalry when the GRC and KCI meet up and gives that winning team some bragging rights for their conference.”
Entering Saturday’s contest with identical 11-1 records, Mid-Buchanan and South Harrison have more in common than just win-loss records.
During week one, Mid-Buchanan defeated Princeton 35-0, while South Harrison fell to the Tigers in the final week of the season, 20-14. That is the only discrepancy between their common opponents, as both teams earned victories over East Buchanan, Maysville, Polo and West Platte.
Both offenses enter Saturday’s contest averaging over 30 points per game and are led by a trio of playmakers.
Leading Mid-Buchanan’s offensive attack is junior quarterback Javan Noyes. This season he has combined for nearly 3,000 yards of total offense and scored 37 touchdowns. Joining Noyes in the dangerous Mid-Buchanan backfield is fellow junior T.J. Runyan, who has run for 1,107 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Noyes's biggest threat in the passing game has been senior Christian Scaggs, who has close to 500 receiving yards and has scored four touchdowns.
“Offensively, they have a lot of weapons that they can hurt you with,” Schoning said. “Their quarterback is an all-around great athlete that can run and pass, so we are definitely going to have to do a good job of containing him and try to put him in tough situations.”
South Harrison’s offense is all about running the ball and physically imposing their will on defenses. They have three players that have rushed for over 1,000 yards this season starting with senior tailback Collin Haffey and his 1,355 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Junior quarterback Austin Lasher has run for 1,180 yards and scored 14 touchdowns, while junior fullback Grady Linthacum has rushed for 1,043 yards with 10 scores.
“They run the flex bone on offense and are very good at creating match-up problems for defenses,” Fritz said. “They are big up front, so they get a good push all of the time and they have some very talented runners in their backfield. All of them can turn a play into a long touchdown if we aren't assignment sound and get lined up correctly.”
There is some brief history between these two teams. Since 2004, they have played four times and are tied at two wins each. From 2004 to 2007, they played each other and alternated wins, with South Harrison winning the 2007 match up, 35-6.
This Saturday, it’s the next chapter in the ongoing KCI-GRC rivalry and a bigger prize than conference bragging rights is on the line – a spot in the Missouri Class 1 Semifinals goes to the victor as they take the next step towards a possible state championship.
1969: Dance Recital
(Cynthina Speckman – Joni Bocquin)
Miss Debbie Harless presented her pupils in a recital “Babes In Danceland” November 13.
The students who performed were: Roxanne McCulloch, Patty Smith, Nancy Stevens, Janis Mead, Teresa Huckaby, Sandy Strong, Joan Bocquin, Cynthia Speckman, Tracy Holman, Kelly Anderson, Cindy Cureton, Shonda and Rhonda Kennedy, Lori McKanna, Kim Hydeman, and Stefanie Taylor.
1989: “Tombstones for the Forgotten” Are Finished
HIRLEY BONER HONORED…..Shirley Boner was the guest at a lunch last Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 1989 at the Fire Station in Plattsburg. Awarding her the state MCB plaque are State Senator Pat Danner, center and Speaker of the House Bob Griffin.
Clinton Manor Nursing Home Administration and Staff became family and friends to the residents of the nursing home. Some residents have no known family or living relatives at the time of their death. A grave site and service is provided but the grave marker furnished is soon weathered and illegible. The Administration and staff of the home wanted their friends to be remembered with permanent head stones for the graves. A garage sale and bake sale was held at the American Legion Post in Plattsburg to help raise funds for the project. Commander of the Post, Mike Russell, took interest in the project and enlisted the help of others. Cam Collins, Plattsburg Lumber, donated materials and labor. Vance Vanderwerken, FFA sponsor; and FFA members provided labor to construct the name plaques for the stones. On May 23, 1989, ground was broke and the stone set by Mr. Collins, Mr. Russell and Ms. Boner. The residents/friends of Clinton Manor will be long remembered.
2009: LHS set for a Charlie Brown classic
Lathrop High School will be performing the play “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” for the 2009 fall play. They will be holding performances on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, at 7 p.m. both evenings. Front row (left to right): Haley Bradley as Sally, Trey Bennett as Linus, Kevin Hieronymous as Charlie Brown, Raven Wilkinson as Lucy, Zak Heaviland as Schroeder. Second Row (extras) Sophie Khan, Jess Eads, Alyssia Scobee (the little read headed girl) Miranda Byrd and Becca Smith. Seated on doghouse, Darian James as Snoopy. Directed by Carmen Bennett.
The Wall That Heals won’t be coming to the area in 2020
The community of Gower won’t be hosting The Wall That Heals next year, but that won’t dampen its commitment to bringing the memorial to Northwest Missouri.
Cynthia Long, program Manager for The Wall That Heals – a scaled replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. – notified Gower Mayor Chip Holman on Wednesday, October 30, that Gower was not selected to be a host city for the wall in 2020.
Long said there were over 100 applications received requesting the wall for the 2020 calendar year, and that was a record-breaking year for requests to host the wall. Also in the email, she encouraged the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce – the entity that applied for the wall – to reapply for the 2021 tour. The applications process for that would open on May 25, 2020.
Although disappointed in this decision, members of the Gower Area Chamber of Commerce Committee are not deterred from reapplying to be a host on the 2021 tour.
“We were not selected to host the wall in 2020, but it is something that is important enough to the veterans and public in this area for us to continue to try,” said Tony Gardner, American Legion Commander and a member of the committee
The site the committee first selected to display the wall was not approved but the alternative site submitted was approved in early October.
The site schedule for 2020 is available for anyone interested and may be accessed on the wall’s website.
Plattsburg Chamber of Commerce Christmas Homes Tour
Saturday, December 7, 2019
9:00AM - 4:00PM
Join us during this festive season for a tour of five of Plattsburg's historic homes, beautifully decorated for the holidays. Homeowners will open their doors and invite you to enjoy the spirit of Christmas!
The Historical Society Museum will also be open for guests
Purchase online at: www.plattsburgchamber.org or in person at City Hall, Platte Valley Bank, or Bank of Plattsburg.
Tickets will be available at the Community Courtyard the day of the tour.
Plattsburg Community Christmas & Forever Christmas Bazaar
December 6 & 7
November 18th - 24th
Monday, November 18
Tuesday, November 19
Wednesday, November 20
Thursday, November 21
Friday, November 22
Saturday, November 23
Maryville and Lathrop.
If you follow high school football in Northwest Missouri and you hear those names, you instantly feel sympathy for whoever their opponents may be, because its likely they are in for a long night.
This Friday in Maryville, these two state title contenders collide in the Missouri Class 2, District 8 championship. In a match-up that feels like a heavyweight prize fight, it truly is the irresistible force meeting the immovable object.
When it was announced before the season that Maryville was making the move down from Class 3 to Class 2 and that they were joining a district that has historically been one of the toughest in not only Class 2, but all Missouri classes, high school football fans immediately pondered on the possibility of these two titans eventually facing off.
“It will be a great championship environment Friday night,” said Maryville head coach Matt Webb.
His sentiments are shared by Lathrop head coach Chris Holt, whose team has been a part of a handful of big games the past couple season.
“Playing in big games is always a benefit,” Holt said. “It helps with preparation tremendously.”
While these two are not rivals, the similarities and connections between the two teams cannot be ignored.
The biggest connection between the two programs is Lathrop head coach Chris Holt. In 2009 he led Maryville to their first State Championship in 27 years before leaving the program in 2012.
His travels since leaving the Spoofhounds eventually led him to Lathrop High School, where he instilled that same culture of success, leading Lathrop to the schools first state championship appearance last season.
The Mules' opponent in that state championship game, Blair Oaks, is the next common thread between the two teams. The Falcons, who moved up from Class 2 to Class 3 before the 2019 season, provided both the Mules and Spoofhounds their most recent losses. They defeated Lathrop 54-0 in the final game of 2018 before defeating Maryville 23-14 to begin the 2019 season.
When it comes to style of play and dominance this season, the Mules and Spoofhounds are almost identical. Utilizing their own version of the Wing T offense, both units have been lights out this season.
Lathrop enters Friday’s contest averaging 51 points per game with their lowest point total being the 38 they scored against Lawson. Five times they have scored over 50 and Coach Webb knows his defense will have a tough task trying to contain such a versatile group Friday night.
“Everything impresses me about the Lathrop football team,” Webb said. “They are absolutely dominant in every phase of the game. They have no weaknesses and they have great players and great coaches.”
Maryville’s offense has been just as impressive this season. The Spoofhounds are averaging 47 points per game and have scored over 50 on four opponents. Coach Holt knows this will be the Mules' stiffest test to date because of how well the Spoofhounds perform week in and week out.
“They do what they do,” Holt said. “They are very confident with their schemes on both sides of the ball. We need to be aggressive on both sides of the line of scrimmage.”
While the offenses have been dominant all season, the defensive units have been even better. Heading into Friday’s showdown, Lathrop is allowing just seven points per game to Maryville’s eight. Neither team has allowed more than 25 points this season and both have three shutouts to their name. The old saying that offense wins games and defense wins championships could ring true Friday night, as the game will most likely come down to whose defense makes the biggest plays.
The most intriguing aspect of Friday’s match-up is that Maryville is closing in on 70 wins in a row at home. Known as the Hound Pound, the last time the Spoofhounds lost in front of their home crowd was 2010 when Chris Holt was the head coach, yet another cosmic connection to this monumental showdown.
Compounding the intrigue is that Lathrop, no stranger to playing a team with a long-standing streak at stake, ended Lamar High School’s seven-year reign as Class 2 State Champions when they defeated the Tigers 28-21 in Lathrop a year ago.
In easily the biggest game in Northwest Missouri, two of the top teams in Missouri Class 2 meet with a District Championship on the line. Both are looking to take the next step towards a possible State Championship, but their can be only one that emerges victorious from the Hound Pound.
Photo: Colton Nichols celebrates after a sack against Richmond last Friday in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals.
1969: A Dream Near Reality
Mr. and Mrs. Lee Anderson of near Stewartsville, Missouri are about to realize their long-sought dream, the completion of their dairy parlor.
It has been a good many years in the making and was stimulated by Lee’s father, Sam Anderson. He gave Lee a Holstein cow when he was eight years old; also the calves she had, providing he did his share of the farm work.
In Lee’s junior year of high school he decided he wanted to be a dairy farmer. The cow his father gave him had produced many fine calves which he kept and he had a nice herd.
He rented a 120 acre farm from Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Binstead, who were like second parents to him, purchased a tractor and began work.
In his senior year Lee and his girl friend Jeannie Hamann, whom he had been dating since he was a sophomore, decided to make plans for their marriage. Both wanted to be in the dairy business and build a dairy parlor.
Lee’s father purchased a 160 acre farm from Jeannie’s parents with the agreement Lee would buy the farm when he reached 21. When Lee and Jeannie were married in June of 1687 they started housekeeping in the home where she had been raised.
They had half of a 40 cow dairy herd and Lee was farming 500 acres with his father. They bred some of the bows to an ABS bull. And when they calved, nine out of ten calves were Holstein heifers. They traded their half of some of the bull calves to his father for his half of the heifers. Each time they sold a cow they would buy a heifer ready to calve. In three years they have purchased 36 heifers.
In February, 1969 they applied for a loan with FHA to buy the 160 acres, build a dairy parlor, and an open front hay shed and shelter for the cows. Also to buy his father’s half of the dairy herd. Which had built up to 50 young cows. A few months ago they put in 5000 feet of terraces and sowed 20 acres in improved pasture.
On October 1, 1969 they started selling grade A milk and are looking forward to milking in the new dairy parlor. The day starts at 4:15 a.m. and ends at 7:00 p.m. or later.
A lot of hard work has been involved in their success story, as well as good guidance from their parents and their good neighbors. The couple knew dairy life would be hard, but they have enjoyed it even more than they anticipated. They say, “Life has been good to us and we have had lots of luck. The Lord has been with us or our dream would not have come true,”
1989: EB To Present “The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis”
Pictured above from left to right are front row: Todd Hessel, Eric Castor, Shawn Spaeth, Jeff Austin, Danny Carpenter, Guilio Genaro, Corey Snyder, Tom Rhoad, Brian Ingle.
Middle Row: Andrea Heath, Susan Giddens, Kerri Jo Burns, Krista Klein, Jamie Jo Parker, Zach Taylor, Tom Whorton, Brent Bodenhausen, Matt Murawski, Chad Brinton, Chris Sherwood, Michelle Yellin, Elisa Sherwood, Sarah Jones.
Top Row: Shirley Hedgecock, Kani Boswell, Kristy Ford, Lyndsey Thomas, Amy Barton, Amy Corum, Laura Cott, Melissa Wiedmaier, Lisa Bruner, Jamee Bayless, Michelle Kenyon, Belinda Spaeth, Jenny Hodges. Not pictured: Joyce Pike.
The “Many Loves of Dobie Gillis” will be presented by the E.B. drama students on Friday evening, Nov. 17 at 2:30 in the high school gym. Tickets are $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students. They may be purchased at the door.
1909: PHS prepares for “Buckshots and Blossoms”
Meet the 2009 Plattsburg High School cast of “Buckshots and Blossoms” which will be hitting the stage on Friday, November 13. Front row – Riley Parris, Ann Wade, Abbey Parrish, Tierra Stone, Rinnie Treese, Brittany Arndt, Britney Adam, Second row – Kaylin Cooper, Kenzi Hoyle, Tyler Hogle, Taylor Garton, Kelly Heinz, Cameron Ward, Reggie Felts Third row – Kaiti Marshall, Kelsey Tesch, Shelby Morse, Alex Becker, Rachel Vanderheiden, Brandon Felts, Jordan Zeller, Layne Hammond. Fourth row – Ian Jessee, Blake Stephens, Alex McDowell, Ben Grooms.