Court Dedicated to the Iba Family
Sports royalty originated in Easton, Mo.
Legendary former University of Missouri basketball coach Norm Stewart spoke at the dedication banquet in St. Joseph on Thursday, November 21. He was one of several coaches to attend, including Larry Holley, Tom Smith and the Iba Family members.
For generations to come, young basketball players and fans that come through East Buchanan will know the legacy and impact the Iba Family of Easton, Mo. left on the sport.
The school district officially dedicated the basketball court at East Buchanan High School as the Iba Family Court on Friday, November 22, capping two days of events honoring the legendary basketball family, the roots of which were planted and grown just up the road in Easton.
That family includes Henry Iba, a revolutionary coach of the game who won Oklahoma State to two NCAA National Championships, and coached the United States team to a pair of Olympic gold medals in the 1964 and 1968 games.
Skip Iba, Moe Iba and Gene Iba recall their trips to Easton and their family’s basketball legacy during the dedication ceremony at East Buchanan High School.
The East Buchanan senior basketball players pull back the cover to reveal the Iba Family Court name on the basketball court.
His brother, Howard Iba, coached 26 seasons at Central High School, leading the school to a 26-3 record in 1958 and second place in the state.
Fellow brother Clarence Iba coached at the University of Tulsa for 11 seasons, helping lead the team to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1955.
Their youngest brother, Earl Iba, was drafted into the Army in 1943 and was a recipient of the Bronze Star. He coached eight years at Oklahoma Panhandle Sate.
All four brothers are members of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. Their sister, Lucille, was the oldest and most beloved of the siblings. She played basketball at Easton and its agreed she may have been the best player of them all if there had been more opportunities for women in athletics at the time.
From the siblings, three more noteworthy college basketball names were born. All three were in attendance at East Buchanan last week. Moe Iba, the son of Henry, coached at Memphis, Nebraska and TCU, collecting 239 wins. Gene Iba, the son of Clarence, coached at Houston Baptist, Baylor and Pittsburg State. And Skip Iba, the son of Clarence, played basketball for Oklahoma State under his uncle Henry, during which they won the Big Eight Conference championship in 1965.
The three were among more than 30 members of the Iba Family who were in attendance on Friday night for the court dedication, serving as a de facto reunion for the family – a truly special occasion for both the community and the Ibas.
“They were coming in from all over the United States. Skip said this evening it was from coast to coast, and to hear that this is the first time some of those family members have ever met, it is special. I’m a family-oriented type of person and to be able to be the middle person with all of that, it is something special that I was able to do, I guess.”
The evening kicked off with a video presentation outlining the history of Henry Iba’s career, including a special video message from famed Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, who personally thanked the East Buchanan School District and the community for honoring Mr. Iba and the entire family.
Dave Riggert was the night’s master of ceremonies and introducted Skip, Moe and Gene for a discussion at center court, where the three recalled the family’s history in the sport and the Easton community.
Afterwards, the senior members of the East Buchanan boys and girls basketball teams pulled back the covers on the baselines of the court, which now read “Iba Family Court.”
East Buchanan activities director Dave Elms spent more than a year planning and organizing the event. He had often wondered in his 11 years why the community of Easton – in which East Buchanan Middle School is located – hadn’t honored the family. When he started to ask around about people’s feelings about naming the court after the family, he found some people didn’t know about the history.
But after the dedication Friday, students and community members will always have a reminder of the Iba family, and that even from Gower or Easton, everything is possible.
“It’s a great example that small town kids can do great things,” Elms said. “If they put their mind to it and work hard, they can succeed and they don’t need to come from a big city. Good things happen to good people and if they work hard, good things can happen to them. Hopefully they can get a little more pride knowing that a family like that is from a small town and from your school, and like I said before, bring that legacy back to the forefront for the community and Northwest Missouri.”
PHOTO: Mid-Buchanan quarterback Javan Noyes and Lathrop running back Tyler Paul are up for the Fontana Award as the best small school football player in the Kansas City area.
BY CLINT DYE | THE CLINTON COUNTY LEADER
Currently, in the six Missouri classes of eleven-man high school football, there are 22 teams left vying for a possible state championship. Of those 22 teams, two reside in the Kansas City Interscholastic Conference.
For the second year in a row, the Lathrop Mules (13-0) and Mid-Buchanan Dragons (12-1) are one win away from proudly carrying the banner of the KCI into the state championship game of their respective classes.
This season's success of the Mules and Dragons further solidifies the claim that the KCI Conference is one of the best and toughest small school conferences in the state of Missouri. The rate of postseason success the conference has had is telling of just how tough it is to maneuver through every season.
Since 2010, all but one of the KCI’s eight teams have won a district championship. Eight times during that span, multiple KCI teams added a district title to their trophy case, and on three occasions (2013, 2014, 2018) three teams were crowned district champions.
The conference's postseason success doesn’t end at district play. From 2011 to 2018, the KCI Conference has had a representative reach the semifinals every season. (East Buchanan 2011, Hamilton 2012, Lawson 2013, Hamilton 2013, Hamilton 2014, Hamilton 2015, Hamilton 2016, East Buchanan 2017, Lathrop 2018, Mid-Buchanan 2018). Five of those times, KCI teams advanced to the state championship, and twice (both by Hamilton in 2012 and 2016) brought home a state title.
Adding even more merit to the success of the KCI is the fact that Lathrop senior running back Tyler Paul and Mid-Buchanan junior quarterback Javan Noyes have been nominated for the Fontana Award for the best football player in Class 1 through Class 4 the Kansas City area – a recognition bestowed by the Thomas A. Simone Awards.
The Thomas A. Simone Awards are presented yearly to the most outstanding high school football players in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area. It’s a rarity for Class 1 or Class 2 conferences to have just one player nominated, so having two in one year is a major accomplishment – something both Lathrop head coach Chris Holt and Mid-Buchanan head coach Aaron Fritz couldn’t be prouder of.
“It is a great honor to be nominated,” Holt said. “I am positive Tyler would be the first to tell you that he shares this nomination with his teammates.”
“I was very excited to learn that Javan was being looked at for this award,” Fritz said. “This is a huge honor for him, our team and our school. He is very deserving to be on this list with all these great players. We are very lucky to have Javan be a part of our football family and are very excited that he is nominated for such a prestigious award.”
Standing in the way of the Mules and Dragons and their quests for their first state championships are two programs with rich pedigrees in Lutheran North and Valle Catholic. The two programs combine together have a combined 19 state championships.
Missouri Class 2 Semifinal: Lathrop (13-0) at Lutheran North (12-0)
The Mules, who suffered a tough loss in the Missouri Class 2 State Championship last season, rolled through the regular season to a second-consecutive KCI Conference Championship.
From there, they dispatched their first two district opponents (Trenton, Richmond) with ease before defeating Maryville in an epic district title game that ended the Spoofhounds' 67-game home winning streak.
In the quarterfinals, they had no trouble ending Summit Christian Academy’s dreams of a state championship for the second year in a row. Which brings us to Saturday and Lutheran North.
The Crusaders dominated their way through the regular season and first two rounds of district play before winning a tightly contested district championship game over Lift for Life Academy, 6-0. A week ago in the quarterfinals, they dominated Scott City, 57-8.
On paper, these teams are almost identical. Lathrop enters the game scoring 49 points per game to Lutheran’s 48. Both defenses are allowing less than ten points per game, with Lutheran North holding the slight edge, allowing only seven per game to Lathrop’s nine.
Both teams are led by players coming off enormous quarterfinal performances in Lathrop’s Tyler Paul and Lutheran North sophomore quarterback, Brian Brown.
Against Summit Christian Academy, Paul carried the ball eleven times for 260 yards and scored four touchdowns, three of which were over 60 yards.
Brown was just as impressive for the Crusaders, throwing for 380 yards and four touchdowns in their rout of Scott City. Two hundred of Brown’s passing yards came before halftime.
The Mules' road to redemption continues Saturday, but a stiff test stands between them and returning to the state championship game.
Missouri Class 1 Semifinal: Mid-Buchanan (12-1) at Valle Catholic (12-1)
One point separated the Mid-Buchanan Dragons and a date with destiny in the 2018 State Championship last season. That one point has haunted head coach Aaron Fritz, and now his Dragons have a chance to vindicate themselves this Saturday.
This season has been one for the record books for Mid-Buchanan, as they set a program record for wins in a season, with their lone loss coming in Week Three against Lathrop. In district play, the Dragons easily dispatched Polo before eliminating two KCI Conference rivals – East Buchanan and Hamilton – in back-to-back weeks.
Last week in the quarterfinals, they took the lead early on South Harrison and dominated their way to victory, setting up this Saturday’s contest.
Their opponents Saturday, Valle Catholic, also suffered their only loss of 2019 during Week Three before dominating their way through the remainder of their schedule.
The Warriors were tested in the quarterfinals, coming from behind in the fourth quarter to narrowly defeat Thayer, 15-14.
Entering Saturday’s contest, Valle Catholic holds a slight edge in points per game, averaging 48, while Mid-Buchanan is averaging 37. Defensively, the Dragons are giving up only nine points per game compared to the Warriors ten.
Both offenses like to spread the ball around, creating mismatches for their plethora of playmakers, meaning this contest could come down to who’s defense bends the most without breaking.
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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.
Ava Langner indicted for stealing from Plattsburg Road District
PRESS RELEASE – The former secretary/treasurer of the Plattsburg Special Road District was indicted by a federal grand jury today for stealing from the agency.
Ava Lea Langner, 58, of Lathrop, Missouri, was charged with theft from an agency receiving federal funds in an indictment returned by a federal grand jury in Kansas City, Missouri.
According to a public report issued by the Missouri State Auditor, at least $286,615 was misappropriated from the district from 2011 to 2018.
Tuesday’s indictment alleges that Langner stole more than $5,000 from the road district from May 1, 2016, to April 30, 2017. Langner allegedly made unauthorized payments to her personal business, Langner Enterprises, LLC, to her personal credit card, and to other vendors for personal expenses. Langner was able to write checks, electronically transfer funds, and otherwise make payments using funds from a checking account owned by the road district.
The charge contained in this indictment is simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. Evidence supporting the charge must be presented to a federal trial jury, whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Leigh Farmakidis and Thomas M. Larson. It was investigated by the FBI, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri State Auditor.
Sacks to Mats from 6:30-8 p.m. at the TriCounty Ambulance, 1703 W. 116 Hwy., Plattsburg.
Veterans’ Day Assembly at the East Buchanan High School gym, begins at 2 p.m.
Veterans’ breakfast by the East Buchanan FCCLA at the high school. Please RSVP at 424-6460.
Veterans’ Day breakfast at Lathrop High School at 9 a.m.Please RSVP at 528-7400.
Veterans’ Day breakfast at Ellis Elementary, begins at 7:45 a.m. Recognition assembly and flag raising ceremony to follow.
CCR3 CCMS & PHS Veterans’ Day lunch at 11:45 a.m.Assembly at 12:30 p.m. RSVP at 539-3920.
Lathrop Middle School Veterans’ Day Assembly, begins at 1 p.m. RSVP by calling 528-7600.
Plattsburg High School Fall Play “Death by Chocolate” at the PAC, begins at 7 p.m.
Turney/Lathrop Baby Grace Open House in the basement of Turney United Methodist Church on H Hwy.; from 9-11 a.m..
Clothes and baby supplies are given to parents of young children, no questions asked. For more information call 816-296-3210.
Biscuits and gravy for opening day of rifle season, from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the Edgerton American Legion. Hunting items will be raffled off.
Plattsburg High School Fall Play “Death by Chocolate” at the PAC, begins at 7 p.m.
Lathrop High School Play at the Lathrop Middle School, begins at 7 p.m.
This Friday when the East Buchanan Bulldogs (4-6) arrive in Faucett to take on the Mid-Buchanan Dragons (9-1) in the Missouri Class 1, District 7 semifinals, it will mark the fourth year in a row the two rivals have played each other twice in the same season.
It will also be the eighth meeting between the two since 2016, which is the most head-to-head meetings between any two KCI Conference teams in that time.
In 2016, the Bulldogs rolled in the regular season, 44-7, before eliminating the Dragons in the semifinals of district play, 34-7. The following year, the results were eerily similar, with East Buchanan winning in the regular season, 44-13, before eliminating Mid-Buchanan in the first round of district play, 34-20.
Last season, East Buchanan came from behind to win an overtime thriller during the regular season, 34-28, before Mid-Buchanan snapped a losing streak that dated back to 2009 with their 42-20 victory in the Missouri Class 1, District 7 semifinals.
The victory over their rivals was a signature moment for Mid-Buchanan on their way to a Missouri Class 1 Semifinals appearance, and something head coach Aaron Fritz knows boosted his players' confidence in their deep playoff quest.
“It was a huge victory for us,” Fritz said. “Our kids had continued to work very hard and when we were finally able to secure that win in the district semifinals, I think it gave the kids that feeling that the hard work that they had been putting in was finally paying off.”
Earlier this season, Mid-Buchanan made it two in a row against East Buchanan, dispatching the Bulldogs, 46-6.
Opposing Coach Fritz Friday night will be East Buchanan head coach Kevin Bryan. As the second-longest tenured coach in the KCI, Coach Bryan has had much success in the Battle of the Buchanans. Entering Friday night’s contest, East Buchanan teams led by Coach Bryan are 13-3 against the Dragons. The familiarity and competitiveness between the two schools and communities is something Coach Bryan feels transcends beyond the gridiron.
“There have been so many meaningful games between the two schools in all sports,” Bryan said. “There have been great battles in volleyball, softball, basketball, football and baseball, so the intensity is really hyped up between the two schools.”
The two coaches, through their eight battles against one another (Fritz took over the Mid-Buchanan program in 2015), have garnered a level of respect for each other that is apparent when discussing the programs.
“Coach Fritz has done a great job of getting those kids to buy into playing hard and playing fast,” Bryan said. “It is important to both towns and the communities that the football teams be competitive and have success, and Coach Fritz has really instilled that mindset.”
“It all starts with Coach Bryan,” Fritz said. “He does a tremendous job of getting the kids to buy in and getting them prepared to play hard. He is a great leader and is someone people want to follow. As I have gotten to know their coaching staff over my five years here, I can definitely see why that program is and continues to be successful.”
For for the coaches, the rivalry is great because of the sense of community and continued development of their programs, but for the players, it's all about unadulterated competition, and when it comes to these two teams, the undisputed leaders on the field are quarterbacks Tucker White and Javan Noyes.
East Buchanan senior Tucker White has been the Bulldogs' do-it-all player all season. He has seen time at quarterback and wide receiver while also being one of the leading tacklers on the Bulldogs defense. So far this season, White has passed for 767 yards and thrown seven touchdowns while carrying the ball for 839 yards with 17 rushing scores. He is also second on the team in tackles with 80.
For White, this will be the ninth time participating in the Battle of the Buchanans and having seen the ebbs and flows of the rivalry these past few years, he knows the level of competition is at its peak when the Bulldogs and Dragons meet on the football field.
“This is a special rivalry because the competitiveness that builds within both teams upon playing against each other,” White said. “That competitiveness makes it anyone’s ball game on any given night.”
Junior Javan Noyes is the three-year starter and leader of the Dragon offense. So far this season, he has been one of the most dangerous players in the KCI Conference, passing for 1,649 yards with 16 touchdowns while also running for 931 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Friday will mark his eighth time competing against the Bulldogs and having felt defeat and now victory within the rivalry, Noyes is now driven to extend the Dragons win streak to three games.
“Winning last year was really important because it showed our team that we can compete and beat them,” Noyes said. “This rivalry is special because we always want to beat them just like they always want to beat us. So, we’re always going to give them our best shot and they’re always going to give us theirs.”
The quarterbacks aren’t the only dynamic players that will be featured Friday night. Both teams have a pair of explosive players that can provide their team with big plays.
Junior T.J. Runyan has produced over 1,200 yards of total offense and has scored 17 touchdowns for Mid-Buchanan this season, while senior Christian Scaggs has over 400 receiving yards with four touchdowns of his own. These two lead a dangerous group of skill players that for which Coach Bryan knows it will be hard to prepare.
“Mid-Buchanan has a great set of skill position kids, so you can’t just key on one player, and their front line gets off the ball well and stays with their blocks. We will need to get lined up correctly to all of their formations and make sure we are physical and tackle well,” Bryan said.
East Buchanan senior Owen Fortney has been a dual threat this season for the Bulldogs. He has run the ball for 368 yards to go along with his 385 receiving yards and has scored 17 total touchdowns. Fellow senior Darrin Griffin has rushed for over 200 yards this season and is a threat on special teams with over 300 return yards to his name.
Coach Frits knows that they are just two of the plethora of Bulldogs who make the East Buchanan offense dangerous. “They are very well coached. Their offense has continued to be explosive all season and they are running the ball as well as anyone. Add that to a very dangerous passing game and it is a very difficult offense to prepare for,” Fritz said.
Will Mid-Buchanan earn their third victory in a row and continue their emergence as the top dog in the rivalry? Or will East Buchanan slay the dragon, returning them to the top in the Battle of the Buchanans? Friday night will tell.
Commission reaffirms position against wind energy operations
The Clinton County Commissioners reiterated last week their opposition to allowing commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County.
A group of residents opposed to allowing such wind turbine projects in Clinton County visited the commission on the morning of Thursday, October 31. The 10-person contingent was concerned with a recent joint motion in court for an extension of time in Osborn Wind Energy, LLC’s suit against Clinton County.
Osborn Wind Energy – an offshoot of NextEra Energy, the company that previously proposed constructing wind turbines in Clinton County – filed the suit after Clinton County banned the installation of commercial wind energy operations through its zoning regulations. Both parties filed jointly for the extension of time in the suit, which is scheduled for trial January 6 in Platte County.
On Tuesday, October 29, the Concerned Citizens for Clinton County – the resident-led opposition group to wind turbines in the county – filed a suggestion against the joint motion for an extension.
The group’s contingent spoke to the commission last Thursday, questioning why Clinton County’s legal counsel joined in on the motion for an extension of time. The Clinton County Commissioners voiced their displeasure with their counsel’s participation in the motion and vowed to find out why.
After the meeting, the Clinton County Commissioners – Second District Commissioner Larry King, First District Commissioner Gary McCrea, and Presiding Commissioner Patrick Clark – unanimously reiterated their opposition to commercial wind energy operations in Clinton County. They added that any agreement between the two sides wouldn’t result in allowing those operations in Clinton County.
1969: Kindergarten Halloween
Billy James, Paul Winkler, Wayne Cavender, and Cheryl McKeehan
Around 300 young people attended the annual Firemen's Halloween Party and contest. The following winners were announced:
Pre-school division: Joe Gardner, 1st; Lisa Shumate, 2nd: Jerry Buck, 3rd.
1st thru 4th: Gregory Grayson, 1st; Terry Tabor, 2nd; Galon Green, 3rd.
5th thru 8th: Kelly Downing, 1st; Nancy Shaver, 2nd; Sharon Streeter, 3rd.
9th thru Adult: Gertrude Barnett and Terry Barnett, 1st place tie; James Barnett, 2nd; Mary Ann Hydeman, alias Mrs. Brown, 3rd.
1989: Halloween Costume Winners
The costume contest was sponsored by the Plattsburg Lions Club and the Plattsburg Volunteer Fire Department.
Lathrop trick-or-treaters made their way to the Lathrop Fire Station on Saturday, October 31, to take part in the Halloween festivities, including games, a haunted house and free snacks. (Above, left to right) Jacob Vanderpool, Haden Darr, David Harris and Griffin Hensen take a quick break from the fun and games to pose for the camera.
The Gower Firefighters hosted a hay maze on Halloween night along with food and other activities. Erin McPike, left and Gracie Mink took time to rest as they went through the maze. Erin is the daughter of Christine and Todd McPike Gracie is the daughter of Jason and Becky Mink.
Plattsburg's annual Safe Halloween Night was a huge success again this year. Hundreds of trick-or-treaters lined Clay Avenue on Saturday. The Plattsburg Police Department coordinates the effort and puts officers at key intersections to provide safe crosswalks for the children and their families. (Above) Tri-County ambulance passed out candy at the Plattsburg Clinic parking lot along with the police and other community members.
November 4th - 10th, 2019
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