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Davis becomes Owensville Dutchgirl basketball’s all-time leading scorer BY WILL JOHNSON Republican Sports Editor Although it took over 23 years, Owensville Dutchgirl basketball has its second player to reach 1,000 career points and a new all-time scoring leader in the history of the program. “In order to earn the success she has enjoyed, Kati (Davis) has really pushed herself on the court and in the classroom over the last four years,” Dutchgirl head basketball coach Dwayne Clingman said. “I could not be any more prouder of her and she is just one of those athletes that any coach would dream to be able to work with for any amount of time.” During their road game at St. James in late January, Dutchgirl basketball senior See Davis on Page 15

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Pink day at the ballpark Owensville Dutchmen baseball and the Owensville High School chapter of the National Honor Society are teaming up against a very important cause. “Pink Day at the Ballpark is going to be something great for our community, our school district and all of those involved,” Dutchmen head baseball coach Tim Nagel said. “I think it will be fun to see how much we can impact the community and raise cancer awareness throughout our school and community through this new event.” Dutchmen head baseball coach Tim Nagel, OHS National Honor Society sponsor Connie Warden See Will on Page 15

KATI DAVIS (right) looks to pass the ball around the long arm of Borgia Lady Knight Kathleen Lindemann during district semifinal action at Union High School two weeks ago. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

OHS ballers collect conference, district postseason honors BY WILL JOHNSON Republican Sports Editor Owensville Dutchmen and Dutchgirl basketball may be over for the season, but that has not stopped three OHS athletes from earning a few postseason honors. Enduring a 1-24 season earned Dutchmen basketball senior Shawnee Wright a pair of postseason accolades from the Four Rivers Conference (FRC) and the coaches of the recent Class 4, District 9 Basketball Tournament held at Union High School. “I am proud of the well-deserved honors (all-district/all-conference) that Shawnee received,” Dutchmen head basketball coach Josh Vinyard said. “He averaged almost double figures in points and rebounds in both conference and non-conference games. He put the program first and stuck with it this year, and did not follow the trend set by his senior classmates. Also,

as a coach, I don’t think we give parents enough credit at times when we coach great kids. Valery and Eddie have given him a personable skill set and maturity that you obviously don’t find in too many high school kids. It is easy to play a sport when you know the wins are coming, and it is an entirely different thing to stick with something that you’ve started knowing full well that nothing will come easy. We need more Dutchmen like this young man. Earning enough votes, Wright was named to the nine-man Class 4, District 9 All-Tournament Team. The Dutchmen senior earned All-FRC Honorable Mention status in voting by the conference coaches Saturday morning. For maintaining a 3.25 grade-point average and earning a varsity letter, Wright was also named to the FRC All-Academic See Ballers on Page 14

SHAWNEE WRIGHT (left) lets a pass go during senior-night action on Valentine’s Day at Owensville High School against St. Clair’s Bulldogs. HANNAH ROACH (above, right) eyes the basket for a possible shot with Borgia defender Morgan Spradling (44) getting a hand up to contest the shot. Both Owensville basketball teams saw their seasons end in district action at Union High School two weeks ago. PHOTOS BY WILL JOHNSON

OMS spikers sweep Hermann for county bragging rights BY WILL JOHNSON Republican Sports Editor Coming off a tough loss in three sets on the road last Tuesday at Pacific (14-25, 25-23 and 23-25), Gayle Hinch’s 7th Grade Dutchgirls were hoping a little home cooking would get them back on the winning track last Thursday against Hermann. Needing only two sets, Owensville took the match and county bragging rights by scores of 25-13 and 25-16. Trading points early in game one, Dutchgirl Madison Rowe took over serving duties with an 8-5 lead. Recording five points in a row, including three aces, Rowe gave OMS a 13-5 lead midway through game one. Continuing to trade points via errors, Owensville took a 21-13 lead with Savannah Ellis stepping behind the serving line. Recording three straight aces, Ellis went on to serve out the final four points of game one in OMS’ 25-13 victory. Enduring several ties and lead changes

in the early stages of game two, the Dutchgirls took a 10-9 lead and handed service duties over to Dani Becker. Answering the bell, Becker served up seven points in a row ballooning Owensville’s lead to 17-9 over the Lady Bearcats in game two. Three service points from Kassidy Miller and a kill on match point by Ellis completed a two-game sweep of Hermann by the Dutchgirls with a 25-16 win. Becker recorded a team-high seven service points while Taylor Ruth and Ellis led the Dutchgirls with four aces each. Knocking off Pacific on the road in two sets last Tuesday by scores of 25-13 and 25-12, Jane Horstmann’s 8th grade Dutchgirls were going for a sweep of Hermann and a 4-0 start to the season. Both goals were accomplished, but not without being pushed to a third set. Putting the pedal to the medal, Owensville completed a sweep of Hermann with See OMS on Page 14

DANI ROBLOW (left) bumps the ball up in the air waiting to see if either Hailey Diestelkamp (center) or Jenna Mentz (right) send it back over the net toward Hermann’s Lady Bearcats in home volleyball action Thursday night at Owensville Elementary School. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

sports briefs 2012 OHS SPRING SPORTS previews can be seen in next weeks edition of The Gasconade County Republican.

OHS Sports This Week OMS Dutchgirl Volleyball 3/8 OMS at Sullivan 5:30 p.m. 3/10 OMS 8th Grade Volleyball Tournament at OHS (See page 15 for tournament information) 3/12 OMS vs. N. H. 5:30 p.m. 3/13 OMS at Union 5:30 p.m. *All OMS Dutchgirl volleyball home matches will be played at Owensville Elementary School and be 7th/8th grade doubleheaders unless otherwise noted.

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Ballers • from page 13 Team. Fellow Dutchmen teammates joining Wright were Ben Angell, Terrick Ellis, Landon Farrell, Cole Farris, Keaten Matheny and Nathan Smith. Dutchgirl basketball also had several players earn recognition for their efforts on and off the basketball court from the FRC. Earning spots on the 10-person Class 4, District 9 All-District Team were the OHS senior duo of Kati

Davis and Hannah Roach. Both were also selected to the All-FRC Girls Basketball Teams with Davis earning first-team honors and Roach garnering honorable mention status. Dutchgirl basketball players earning All-FRC All-Academic honors included Emily Ellis, Miranda Robertson, Kristen Charboneau, Grace Schlottach, Laura Smith and Davis.

2011-12 All Four Rivers Conference Boys Basketball 1st Team

*Jake Schannuth, 12, Hermann *Cullen VanLeer, 9, Pacific *Justin Biermann, 10, Sullivan *Justin Lineback, 12, St. James *Neyko Dominguez, 11, St. Clair *Patrick Moody, 12, Sullivan Jake Ford, 11, St. James Jack Mueller, 11, St. James Ryan Coons, 11, Union Derrick Moore, 12, Pacific * Unanimous Selection Player of the Year: Jake Schannuth Coach of the Year: John VanLeer

OMS • from page 13 their win in three sets (25-22, 15-25 and 25-10). Utilizing service runs by Dani Roblow and Katelynn Schulte, OMS built themselves a 14-4 lead over the Lady Bearcats in game one. Behind the serving of Hermann’s Cameron Hackmann, the Lady Bearcats trimmed the Dutchgirl lead to 14-12. Having to earn every point the rest of the set, Owensville escaped game one on top, 25-22. Scrapping through six ties and six lead changes at the halfway point of game two, Owensville saw Hermann get service runs from Tiera Walkenbach and Alyssa Elfline to help them take the second set by a score of 25-15 and force a third game to decide the match. Behind the serving of Schulte, the Dutchgirls jumped out to a 7-1 lead in game three and never let the Lady Bearcats back in the set en route to a match-clinching 25-10 win in game three. Schulte recorded a team-high 10 service points and was among four Dutchgirls with two aces including Alayna Abney, Hailey Diestelkamp and Erika Ellis. Ellis also added a team-high four kills against the Lady Bearcats. Both the 7th and 8th grade

sports briefs OKWC WRESTLERS competed over the weekend in their district tournament in Mexico, Mo., with 13 grapplers qualifying for their regional tournament on Saturday, March 10 in Jackson, Mo. Regional qualifiers ranging in age from eight to 14 include Dakota Martin, Domanic Carroll, Bailey Angell, Blaine Schoenfeld, Taylor Smith, Ashley Martin, Colton Moore, Bryce Mistler, Patrick Martin, Jace Ellis, Wyatt Lauth, Christian Tripoli and Wyatt Harrell.

Dutchgirls also swept Bourbon in two sets Monday night on the road in Crawford County. Thursday night, both teams will travel to Sullivan Middle School to take on the Lady Eagles with the 7th grade match starting at 5:30 p.m.

KASSIDY MILLER (above, left) keeps her eye on an incoming ball as Dutchgirl teammate Shelby Oberle hopes for a chance to put a ball away against Hermann last Thursday at OES. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

Honorable Mention

Brandon Ford, 11, Union Ethan Kirchhofer, 12, Hermann Ryan Menke, 12, New Haven Murray Schwengels, 12, Pacific Lance Gerlemann, 12, New Haven Charlie Tritch, 12, New Haven Craig Winkelmann, 10, Hermann Adam Brott, 11, St. Clair Ryan Jones, 12, Pacific Shawnee Wright, 12, Owensville Best 6th Man: Uriah Heady, 12, Sullivan

LANDON FARRELL (below, right) looks to inbound the basketball against St. Clair’s Bulldogs during Owensville’s final regular season home game back on Valentine’s Day. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

2011-12 Boys All Four Rivers Conference - All Academic Owensville Ben Angell Cole Farris Terrick Ellis Keaten Matheny Landon Farrell Nathan Smith Shawnee Wright Hermann Jonathan Baumstark Zach Hackmann Ethan Kirchhofer Grant Ruediger Jake Schannuth Craig Winkelmann New Haven John Carey Lance Gerlemann Ben Kallmeyer Ben Luecke Michael Leath Ryan Menke

Austin Madden Charlie Tritch Pacific Zeth Boyer Brandon Colter Neil DeBold Ryan Jones Zach Kraus Josh Moore Cullen VanLeer St. Clair Neyko Dominguez Ben Fedderson Austin Gotway Evan Murphy Justin Nunn Evan Powell Will Rolley St. James Jake Harlan Justin Lineback

Jake Shockley Cody Birkner Addison Conway Logan Courtois Ryan Courtois Zach Dean Jake Ford Braxton Ubben Sullivan J.C. Beckett Justin Biermann Austin Coleman Blake Fuchs Patrick Moody Adam Tiefenbrunn Adam Weiland Union Brian Borgmann Ryan Coons Tyler Johnson

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Davis • from page 13 Kati Davis surpassed Teresa (Holzschuh) Schulte’s career scoring mark of 1,145 points to become Owensville High School’s new all-time leading scorer in girls basketball. Davis finished her outstanding OHS basketball career with 1,237 career points and 1,155 rebounds. “Kati (Davis) has worked hard over the last four years to get where she is today and I’m proud of her for all of her accomplishments,” 1989 Owensville High School graduate Teresa (Holzschuh) Schulte said. Schulte’s single-season scoring record of 440 points achieved during the 1988-89 basketball season still stands to this day. During her senior season, Davis put up career highs in points with 340 and rebounds pulling down 336. Both of those numbers were good for averages of over 12 per contest in each statistical category. “I didn’t think that I was going to be able to do what I have done over the last four years,” Dutchgirl senior Kati Davis said. “I’m really going to miss Owensville and Coach (Dwayne) Clingman when I graduate in May. Her 12.4 rebounds per game put her in fourth place in the St. Louis area according to Career highs for average came during Davis’ junior season in a Dutchgirl uniform. Averaging 14.4 points a game and grabbing 13.8 rebounds per contest, Davis’ rebounding numbers were good enough to lead the St. Louis area. “The thing that stands out to me the most is how Kati (Davis) tries so very hard,” Owensville High

School Principal Kurt Keller said. “There has never been a time when I felt Kati’s effort and desire to do her best on and off the court could have been questioned.” Throughout all four years in a Dutchgirl uniform, Davis has made either the All-FRC Honorable Mention or All-FRC First Teams as voted upon by all eight coaches in the conference. Not only has Davis been honored for her play on the court, but also for her hard work and efforts in the classroom. Earning All-FRC Academic honors throughout all of high school, the Dutchgirl senior has been able to maintain at least a 3.9 cumulative grade point average with the minimum gpa being a 3.25 to earn All-FRC Academic recognition. “Kati is not only a great player, but she is also a hard-working student in the classroom,” Clingman said. “She always gets it done on the court and in her grades with a GPA of 3.9 or better.” Senior teammate Hannah Roach has been right there with Davis over the last four years. “It has been an honor to be able to be one of her teammates over the last four years,” Dutchgirl senior Hannah Roach said. “We’ve been waiting for her to accomplish what she has for a long time.” Regarded as one of the best female athletes to walk through the halls of OHS, Davis will get to continue her athletic career at the next level. Last month, the Dutchgirl senior signed a national letter of intent to play both volleyball and basketball at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Mo.

2011-12 All Four Rivers Conference Girls Basketball 1st Team

*Brittany Harris-Conway, 12, St. James *Karinne Lane, 10, Hermann *Kati Davis, 12, Owensville *Taylor Lucas, 10, Sullivan *Rachel Steinhoff, 10, New Haven *Sierra Pryor, 10, Sullivan Jamie Gleeson, 10, Hermann Laura Rethemeyer, 12, Hermann Karissa Hoffman, 10, St. Clair Kayla Oetterer, 12, New Haven Rachel Bassett, 11, Union * Unanimous Selection

Player of the Year: Brittany Harris-Conway (St. James) Coach of the Year: Todd Anderson (Hermann)

Will • from page 13 and the Owensville Area Relay For Life have joined forces to promote cancer awareness through the first annual Pink Day at the Ballpark coming on Monday, April 2 when the Dutchmen will host Sullivan’s Eagles at Memorial Field with a 4:30 p.m., first pitch. “I feel that this is a great opportunity for our high school students to show their support for the Relay For Life and unite with others in the first against cancer,” OHS NHS sponsor Connie Warden said. To help promote awareness and raise funds at the same time, the Dutchmen baseball team will be selling a special edition pink cancer awareness baseball T-shirt. Cotton T-shirts will be $12 and dri-fit Tshirts will be $15. Contact Nagel, Warden or OHS assistant baseball coach Kevin Lay by calling (573) 437-2323 during school hours if you are interested in buying a shirt. Everyone who has bought a shirt will get free admission to the April 2 baseball game and be invited down to the field for a pregame ceremony. Shirts will be on sale now through Tuesday, March 20.

Honorable Mention

Lizzy Almo, 11, Pacific Ashley Hill, 10, Pacific Hannah Roach, 12, Owensville Alyssa Coons, 11, Union Kya Hill, 10, Pacific Sarah Baker, 12, St. Clair Alexis Uffmann, 9, St. James Bethany Coons, 9, Union Hannah Steinbeck , 12, Hermann Demi Reed, 11, Sullivan

8th Grade Dutchgirls host annual volleyball tournament Saturday

KATI DAVIS (above, center) looks to get a shot off in traffic during senior night action against St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs back on Valentine’s Day. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

2011-12 Girls All Four Rivers Conference - All Academic Owensville Emily Ellis Kati Davis Miranda Robertson Kristen Charboneau Grace Schlottach Laura Smith Hermann Jamie Gleeson Karinne Lane Kristen Leimkuehler Laura Rethemeyer Tesla Ruediger Mikaela Ruga Hannah Steinbeck Kali Stiers New Haven Kim Conner Elise McDonald Abby Menke Kayla Oetterer Brandy Senecal Kierstin Monzyk Stephanie Gerling Rachel Steinhoff

Pacific Kim Meyers Kate Cookson Meagan Wakefield Ellen Rogers Lauren Rogers Anna Vogt Ashley Hill Charla Jackson Brigid Toney Abby Spuhl St. Clair Sarah Baker Shannon Duncan Ashley Fuchs Allison Hinson Sam Deason Karissa Hoffman Kayla Klenke Brittany Sellers Tiffany Sellers St. James MJ Buschmann Brittany Harris-Conway Kristin Hofstetter

Emily Perona Amie Diestelkamp Ali Kean Corinne Anselm Ashlee Marlatt Alexis Uffmann Sullivan Demi Reed Bria Bartolotta Jessica Heinle Sierra Pryor Aley Lucas Taylor Lucas Megan Brandt Kaitlynn Hill Union Rachael Bassett Abbie Brack Bethany Coons Taylor Timmons Jill Johnston Briana Lakebrink Kara Poole Megan Altemueller Anna Houston

BY WILL JOHNSON Republican Sports Editor Saturday morning, 10 middle school volleyball teams will converge on Owensville High School for the annual Owensville 8th Grade Volleyball Invitational. Pool play for the tournament on Saturday, March 10 will begin with matches at 8 a.m., with the last matches of pool play beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m. Matches will begin every 45 minutes and could possibly start sooner if the tournament is ahead of schedule throughout the day. Teams making up Pool A include Owensville, Union, St. Clair, Sullivan and Washington. Times for OMS’ pool matches will be 8 a.m. (vs. Union), 9:30 a.m. (vs. Washington), 11:45 a.m. (vs. St. Clair), and 2 p.m., (vs. Sullivan). Making up pool B and the rest of the tournament field are St. James, Hermann, New Haven, Bland and

Pacific. Matches in pool play will be two games to 25 with a 27-point cap. Games will also start tied at 6-6 to keep the tournament moving. Jane Horstmann’s 8th Grade Dutchgirls currently own victories over three teams in pool B with those being Hermann, Bland and Pacific. Upon the conclusion of pool play, the top two teams out of each pool will advance to championship bracket play slated to start at around 3:30 p.m. Ties will be broken by head to head competition, point differential and total points in that order. A championship plaque will be presented to the team winning the tournament and medals will be given to the top four teams. Admission charges for the entire day of the tournament will be $2 for adults and $1 for students with no passes being honored.

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Dutchmen baseball and track out of the blocks for the 2012 season Senior baseball player Ethan Skouby (above, center) starts out of the batters box while being timed on how fast he can get to second base during skills testing at a recent Dutchmen baseball practice in Owensville’s Memorial Field. OHS Track and Field assistant coach Dale Long (far right) works with one of nearly 100 OHS athletes that chose to come out for track for the upcoming 2012 season. Other new coaches joining Matt Candrl’s staff include former OHS track athletes Ross Blankenship, Ashley Cooper and Derrick Tyree. Tyree was also an assistant coach under Josh Vinyard during the recent season of Dutchmen baseball. PHOTOS BY WILL JOHNSON

KRISTEN CHARBONEAU (above, right) clears a set of hurdles under the watchful eyes of OHS assistant track and field coach Barry Johnston (above, far left). EMILY ELLIS (right) works on her form while going over a row of hurdles during a recent track practice at Dutchmen Field. OHS will begin their 2012 season of track and field with a home meet on Tuesday, March 20 against Sullivan, St. James and Wellsville-Middletown. PHOTOS BY WILL JOHNSON

Keep an eye on the baseball Dutchmen junior Dalton Littrell (above) keeps his eyes focused on the baseball while trying to catch a throw towards first base during a recent practice at Memorial Field under first-year head Dutchmen baseball coach Tim Nagel. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON