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The Caldwell County News September 25, 2013 - Page 8

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Polo comes out 5th in Annual NCMC Tournament

Polo’s junior Cati Boruch pitched a winning game against the South Harrison Bulldogs. (Photo by Debby Misel)

The Polo varsity softball team participated in the annual NCMC Softball Classic last Saturday. Polo lost their first game of the day to Trenton in the last inning and won their next two games. Trenton ended up finishing second to Brookfield who took 1st place. Junior Jessica Farmer pitched 6 1/2 innings of Polo’s game against Trenton and did a fine job as stated by Coach Ross who had this to say, “Farmer pitched a great game for us and did what we needed her to do. The team just let some key runs score late in the game.” Polo’s second game was against Lawson. It what was the longest game of the season lasting 2 hours and 20 minutes. Polo ended up winning 9-7. Coach Ross stated, “The Panthers’ pitchers hit and walked way too many batters and then we gave up big hits at the wrong time. Thank goodness our offense could put up the runs needed to win the game. The offense is really starting to come around considering we didn’t play a full game the week prior to this tournament.” Pitching for Polo was Cati Boruch in the first inning

Polo unable to stop South Harrison Polo traveled to Bethany last Friday night to take on their rivals the South Harrison Bulldogs in a much anticipated game. The last time the two teams played each other Polo beat South Harrison on their own field to play in the District #8 Playoffs against Hamilton last fall. This game had a much different outcome. Polo lost the GRC conference matchup 50-8. South Harrison offense was led by senior quarterback Dylan Heitz #11. The Panthers could not shut down the talented quarterback who can throw and run the football well. Polo scored their one and only touchdown within the first 3 minutes of the game while South Harrison scored 3 more in the second quarter, 2 in the third and 1 in the fourth. Polo’s offense reported junior Wiley Martin had 23 rushes for 139 yards and 1 touchdown followed by

Golf girls lose to Lawson

Cross Country places 4th at Ray-Pec

Polo Senior #99 Dakota McGinley wraps up South Harrison’s senior quarterback #11 with help from #40 Gunnar Martin and #67 Brandon Latimer. a successful 2 point conversion. Sophomore Ty Parker had 8 rushes for 47 yards. Passing, Martin went 0-5. Polo’s defense was led by junior Jake Hicks with 17 tackles plus 1 for a loss, senior Dakota McGinley had 9 tackles plus 1 for a loss, Ty Parker 7 tackles and junior Ryan Cooper 4

tackles plus 1 tackle for a loss and Cooper caused a fumble and recovered the fumble. Punting for the Panthers, Parker is averaging 35 yards per punt. Polo will host the Princeton Tigers in another GRC matchup for Homecoming this Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Shearer Stadium.

and she had 1 batter in 2nd inning. Overall Boruch allowed 2 runs, 3 hits, 1 double and 1 triple with 1 earned run. Sidney Copeland pitched the next 5 innings getting the win and putting her record at 4-2 allowing 5 runs, 4 hits, 1 double, 5 K’s, 4 walks and 2 hit batters, and gave up 4 earned runs. Jessica Farmer closed the game and gets her first save of the year pitching the 7th inning allowing no runs, 2 hits and 1 strike out. The third game of the day for the Panthers was against the South Harrison Lady Bulldogs after a long break. Polo went seven innings and snatched the win beating the Bulldogs 10-2. Pitching for the Lady Panthers was Cati Boruch who picked up her third win giving her a 3-3 record. Boruch pitched the complete game, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits 6 K’s, 4 BB, 1HBP, 1 earned run. Polo is 10-6 half way through the season. Polo will host Hardin Central Monday, Sept. 23 and Gallatin on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 5:30 p.m., at the Polo Ball Fields. They travel to South Harrison on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Penney High Cross Country Coach Courtenay McCanless stated that she was pleased with the team’s 4th place finish at Ray-Pec. Lantz Morrow led the team with an 11th place finish in 18:37. Colin Graham and Seth Wynne placed 19th and 20th, with times of 19:14 and 19:19. Joe Hoak came in 34th with a time of 20:21, and placing 61st with a time of 23:32 was Ethan Dixon. The Hornets next meet was Sept. 19 at Ridge Park, followed by Sept. 24 at Hyde Park in St. Joseph.

The Lady Hornet golf team played the Lady Cardinals at Hidden Valley Golf Course in Lawson on Sept. 19. Penney’s Mecalia Bowen shot a 51, Emma Crabb a 54, and Raven Rhoads a 57. Lawson’s Maddie Propst won the event with a 39.

Small, but mighty- Hornet Youth Football

Gunner Moore hands off the ball to #88 Jared Potts while #21, Carder Marlatt, and #4, Reece Tuttle, run interference in a recent 3rd and 4th grade game against Northside. The Hornets won with a final score of 7-2. (Photo by Stephanie Henry)

2013 Polo Homecoming

Polo Panther football squad

Front row: Blake Bates, Dylan Fry, Jonathan Shelton, Logan Stump, Houston Stone, Justin Thompson, Alex Johnson, Justice Burton, James Ross and Dakota McGinley. Second row: Brandon Hubbard, Ryan Virtue, Dakota Generaux, Manager Tyler Feil, Manager Aimee Walker, Manager Jenny Adams, Manager Shelby Bates, Manager Maria Rains, Tristan Rardon, Logan Bowley, Jake Leonard and Zack Phillips. Third row: Brandon Richardson, Israel Alsbury, Erik Johnson, Bailey Rosenburg, Ty Parker, Alex Jensen, Michael Leamer, Zach Feil, Brandon Latimer and Jacob Hicks. Fourth row: Mason Misel, Jason Zeigler, Austin VanOster, Ryan Cooper, Wiley Martin, Gunnar Martin and Gavin Walker. Back row: Coaches Jonathan Pickrell, Chris Johnson, Jacob Erdman, Kyle Ross, Kelly Green and Aaron Frit.

Polo Homecoming candidates include front row: Tabitha Poje, Loren Wagner, Kelsey Gallion. Back row: Dakota McGinley, Jonathan Shelton, & Alex Johnson

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Polo cheerleaders left to right: Skylar Howe, Cati Boruch, Adrianna Staus, Tabitha Poje, Emily Fickess, Adriana Segar, Danielle Allen, Loren Wagner, Mattie Curp, Joely Hicks


Parade: 2:15 Bonfire: 8 p.m. Saturday 5K Run/Walk: 8 a.m. Breakfast: 7-10 a.m. football game: Polo vs Princeton Dinner: 6 p.m. Dance: 8-?

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School/ Sports

Polo plays Hamilton all 4 quarters Polo played at Hamilton, just 13 miles up the road for their second District playoff game last Wednesday, November 6. Polo came prepared to play a good team and put a strong fight all four quarters.  The score was Hamilton 20 - Polo 16 late in the second quarter, but Hamilton seemed to pick up momentum after the half and beat Polo 41 - 22. Polo’s season came to an end that night, but the friendships and memories will last a lifetime.  Coach Ross had this to say after the game about the Polo 2013 season, “The coaching staff and I feel really good about how the team finished this season.  We had a lot to overcome coming off of last year. The loss of quality individuals, both players and coaches, could have put this year in jeopardy.  It did not due to the effort that the 2013 Panther players and coaches put into making sure that the program continued to be successful and put a quality product on the field each week.    As the season unfolded, we had to overcome a dev-

Wiley Martin #44 carries the ball for Polo (Photo by Debby Misel.) astating injury, the incon- were “all in” at the right sistency of new Varsity time of the season.  We players , all while playing finished 3rd in a very comthrough one of the tough- petitive conference and we est Class 1 schedules in made it into the 2nd round the state.  Every week we of the State play-offs, improved our effort, un- which means that this derstanding of the game, year’s seniors finished and our commitment to their high school careers one another.  That was ev- with four straight playident in how we played in off appearances.   That the first two rounds of the is the measure of a good State play-offs.  I am ex- program.  I have told them tremely proud of how the several times throughout team came together and their careers that Polo

football is relevant in the state and that they are a big part of it being that way.  This year’s group will be missed and next year’s players will need to make sure that they all are invested in the program.  I believe that they will and we will once again represent Polo extremely well.   Our strengths this year were in our run game and offensive line play on offense and in our ability to create turnovers and pressure in opponent’s backfields on defense.” The team had a great season ending with the following statistics:  Team Offense: Scored Points 2013: 389 pts (34.4 pts per game), Rushing:  528 carries for 3954 yds, 45 td’s and 29 2 pt runs (359.5 yds per game, 7.5 per carry), Passing:  22 completions 46 attempts for 362 yds, 5 td’s and 1 2pt pass (32.9 yds per game, 16.5 per pass).  Team Defense:  Total tackles:  709 on the season, Turnovers:  24 recovered fumbles (2 for td’s) and 5 interceptions for 29 total turnovers, TFL:  33 and Sacks:  34 total.   

Cati Boruch, Sidney Copeland, & Adriana Segar

Polo softball players named to All-Region, All-State teams Polo had 3 softball players named to the All-Regional team and one to the All-State -2nd team. Sidney Copeland was named to the All –Regional 1st team for pitching, Cati Boruch was named to the All-Regional 2nd team for pitching & Adriana Segar received All-Regional 2nd team for infield.  S idney Copeland was named to the All-State 2nd team.  She is the second softball player in Polo school history to receive All-State honors.  Polo started their softball program 8 years ago.

Polo ends with winning softball season Although Polo did not win the Sectional game they hosted against the Maysville Wolverines at Stagecoach Park, the Panthers ended their season with a winning record of 17 wins and 8 losses.  They got 5th in the Conference with a 6-3 record and they were the District 13 Champions.  On Wednesday, October 16, Polo hosted the Maysville Wolverines hoping to capture what would have been the school’s second Sectional win in 8 years.  Polo took the field with confidence and  junior Sidney Copeland in the circle for the Panthers.  Maysville brought in 2 runs in the first inning and 1 in the second inning while Polo remained scoreless until the 4th inning bringing in one run.  Maysville drove in 3 more runs in the 4th inning and Polo added one more run in the 6th inning hoping to start a rally.  However, Maysville continued to control the game and beat Polo 8-2 in the 7th inning.  Junior Sidney Copeland pitched the first 2 innings giving up 5 runs, 4 hits, had 4 strikeouts, walked 3 batters and hit one batter.  Junior Cati Boruch relieved Copeland and went 4 innings giving up 2 hits, 3 runs, 1 homerun, (first of the season off of any Polo pitchers), had 5 strike outs and hit one batter. Junior Brooke Jones led her team on offense going 2-4 with 1 RBI. 

Braymer veterans receive quilts made by the Crazy Quilters sewing club (above). While at Polo, Senior Ashley Adams plays Taps (left).

Students pause to honor area veterans

Hamilton students honor area vets with flowers.

Students throughout Caldwell County took great pride in honoring the men and women who have served, or are currently serving, in the U.S. Armed Forces. On Monday, students, administrators, teachers and local citizens gathered around flag poles, in classrooms and in gymnasiums, to extend a resounding “thank you” to area veterans for their loyal service to our country and the many sacrifices they have made to protect our personal freedoms.

Caldwell County News Weather

Nov. 14, 2013

Caldwell County's Seven Day Forecast

Folding the flag at Polo : Andy Grandfield, Larry Young, Paul Coffaro, Willie Cook and Raymond Simpson. Thursday Partly Cloudy

High: 45 Low: 33

Friday Partly Cloudy

High: 50 Low: 37


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Answer: If the elevation is high enough, it does in fact snow on the equator.

Weather History

Nov. 14, 1986 - An early season cold wave set more than 200 records from the northwestern United States to the East Coast over a sevenday period. For some places it proved to be the coldest weather of the winter.

Saturday Scat'd Rain

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Monday Partly Cloudy

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Tuesday Partly Cloudy

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Penney hosts District Softball Penney High School played host to the 2013 Class 2, District 15 softball tournament this past week. The Lady Hornets first played Milan on Wednesday.  Hamilton got on the board in the first inning when Kylie Moore tripled and Kallee Whitt drove her in with a single.  The Hornets scored another run in the 5th inning on a single by Alexx Angle, a stolen base, and two pass balls.  In the top of the 6th, Milan’s Kenna Michael lined out to a diving Kylie Moore in center.  With two outs and Kyley Doak on first with a single, the Wildcats’ Morgan Gray singled to center.  Moore threw out Doak trying to advance to third base on the hit for the final out of the inning.  Penney’s final run came in the 6th inning when Georgia Gibler was hit by a pitch.  Jessica Noble came in to run for Gibler and quickly stole 2nd.  Shelby Kruse successfully sacrificed Noble to 3rd. Maggie Biggerstaff drove Noble in with a bunt single.  Sydney Bottorff shutout the Wildcats on just two hits, and the Hornets won, 3-0. In the semi-final game, Penney faced a familiar foe from the Grand River Conference; the Gallatin Bulldogs.  Gallatin got off to an early lead in the top of the 1st when Morgan Horvatin drew a two out walk, and Aubrey Nelson drove her in with a two run homer over the left center field fence.  The Bulldogs would score again in the 3rd when Sara Lin reached 2nd base

on an error, moved to 3rd on a sacrifice bunt by Kaitlyn McNeely, and scored on a sacrifice fly to right field where Lyndi Heldenbrand made a diving catch near the foul line. Hamilton was able to tie the game at three in the bottom of the inning on an infield hit by Heldenbrand; Alexx Angle singled with both runners moving up a base on an error; Heldenbrand scored on an out by Sydney Bottorff and Angle moved to 3rd; Kylie Moore reached on an error and Angle scored; Kallee Whitt reached first on a fielders choice when Moore was thrown out at 2nd;  Georgia Gibler drove in Whitt with a double to right center.  Gallatin looked to score in the top of the 6th after Kirbie Crouse led off with a double and Kylie Collins singled, but Bottorff struck out the next batter, got the 2nd out on a pop up, and retired the 3rd hitter on a fly ball.  The Bulldogs took the lead in the top of the 7th when McNeely rounded the bases on a bunt that led to a throw that ended up at the right field fence.  Gallatin loaded the bases on an error, a base on balls, and a single, with one out, when Bottorff got the next batter to foul out, and then struck out the next hitter to avoid further damage.  With the Hornets trailing by a run, and their season coming to an end, Angle reached first on an infield single and stole 2nd with one out.  Bottorff singled to center moving Angle to 3rd.  Bottorff stole sec-

ond ahead of Moore’s RBI single to left, tying the score. On the throw to 3rd, where Bottorff was safe, Moore went to 2nd.  Whitt delivered the game winner, driving in Bottorff, with a single to center.  Bottorff struck out 8, gave up 6 hits, and 2 earned runs.  Penney wins  a thriller, 5-4. The Hornets played the Brookfield Lady Dogs, a team that finished 2nd in the state one year ago, for the District Championship.  Hamilton’s Sydney Bottorff led off the top of the first with a single on the first pitch of the game, but was left stranded on 3rd.  The Dogs would score 3 unearned runs in the bottom of the inning on a bases loaded double by Megan Kearns.  Brookfield took their 3 run lead to the top of the 4th when Penney High had their best chance to get back in the game.  Georgia Gibler led off with a single to left.  Jessica Noble came in to run for Gibler, and quickly stole 2nd.  Shelby Kruse drew a walk, and Maggie Biggerstaff singled to center to load the bases with none out.  Two force outs at home and a ground out left the bases loaded, but no runs.  The Lady Dogs broke the game wide open in the bottom of the 5th, scoring 5 runs on 8 hits.  Addy Brown pitched in relief after one out in the fifth.  It could have been worse except for a play in left field by Kylie Moore who made a good catch on a fly ball to left center, then doubled the runner trying to get back

(Above) Sydney Bottorff, #14, delivers a pitch while Maggie Biggerstaff plays shortstop during the District game against Brookfield. (Left) First Baseman Kallee Whitt, #20, 2nd baseman Addy Brown, #3, and center fielder Kylie Moore, #5, get in fielding

to 3rd for the final two outs of the inning. Moore again played her magic in the 6th inning when she made a great diving catch near the fence behind third base for the third out, with runners on 2nd and 3rd.  It was later discovered that she got injured on the play.  Hamilton scored

their only run of the game, be it unearned, in the top of the 7th. Alexx Angle beat out a bunt to open the inning, and stole 2nd.  With one out, Moore lined out to the pitcher who threw the ball into center field, trying to double up Angle, who scored on the error.  Brookfield won the

District Title, 8-1. Biggerstaff ended her softball career going a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate.  The team had a very successful season, winning the Chillicothe Invitational Tournament, placing 2nd in the KCI, getting to the District Championship game, and only four losses on the year.                  

Lady Panthers take District 13 Championship

Polo Lady Panthers are Class 1 District 13 Champions after beating the Stewartsville Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 10 with a final score of 7-1. They then beat the Norborne Pirates with a score of 1-0 Saturday, Oct. 12 at Norborne. (Submitted by Karen Farmer)

Sophomore #40 Gunnar Martin sacks Braymer quarterback and breaks older brother’s record for single most sacks in a game with 5 against Braymer. (Photo by Debby Misel)

Polo mows over Braymer 62-8 Polo traveled to Braymer last Friday night to take on their rivals the Braymer Bobcats. Polo blew by the Bobcats outscoring them 62-8.  Polo subbed in their JV and Braymer managed to score their first and only touchdown with 1:58 left on the clock in the 4th quarter.   Coach Kyle Ross stated after the game, “Our offensive and defensive line absolutely took over this game.  Interior blocking on offense and constant pressure/penetration on defense set the tone early and often in the game.” Quarterback Wiley Martin went 1 for 3 for 29 yards passing for the night.  Offensive leaders were:  Wiley Martin with 13 carries for 183 yards and 5 touchdowns,  senior Jonathan Shelton with 13 carries for 67 yards and 1 touchdown, senior Dakota McGinley had 4 carries with 23 yards total and 2 touchdowns, sophomore Ty Parker had 3 carries for a total of 12 yards and scored a 2 point run for the

Panthers, Jacob Hicks had 2 carries for 17 yards and 1 - 2 point run and sophomore Israel Alsbury had 2 carries for 9 yards and 1 - 2 point run. Jacob Hicks led the Panthers with 8 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 sacks, 1 blocked punt, 1 fumble re-

covery and one return for a touchdown. Sophomore Gunnar Martin broke older brother, Wiley Martin’s, single game record for sacks with 5 sacks total in this game and 2 tackles.  Polo will host King City Friday, October 18, in Conference play.

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Polo’s football team has a tradition of praying before games. This time it was before the annual Jamboree. (Photo by Debby Misel)

Braymer Fair queen, king contestants needed soon

Contestants for the Braymer Fair Queen and King are still needed. Contestants must be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year at Braymer High School or reside in the Braymer C-4 School District. A tea for the queen candidates will be held Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Braymer United Methodist Church fellowship hall at 4:30 p.m. Queen contestants will be interviewed at this time. The king candidates will be interviewed on stage Saturday night before the crowning. Queen candidates will be in formal attire with a corsage and a banner identifying their sponsoring organization. The king will be in nice clothes. The crowning will take place before “Let’s Make A Deal.” All contestants will ride in the parade Saturday afternoon. Sponsoring organizations are responsible for supplying a banner and two dozen cookies for their queen contestant. Entry forms may be picked up at Mary Lue’s Flower Shoppe and must be returned by Friday, Sept. 6.

Announcements . . .

Yearbooks in--Hamilton year-

book sponsor Melanie Rouse reports that the new yearbooks have arrived and can be picked up at the school. Early deadlines--Due to the upcoming Labor Day holiday, next week’s Pony Express will be published this Friday and mailed next Tuesday. All advertising should be turned in by noon this Thursday. The Caldwell County News urges anyone with news or advertising for next week’s paper to have them turned in by 3 p.m. Friday, as the office will be closed Monday for Labor Day, limiting production work on the paper to Tuesday only next week. Clarification--Last week’s photo of the train at the Steam and Gas Engine contained some inaccurate information. The train now belongs to the association and volunteers have spent hours converting it from 12 volt power and laying track to make it a permanent feature of the show.

Online Master Gardener Training

University of Missouri Extension has recently developed an online Master Gardener training course. The training will consist of 14 chapters, taken at your own pace online, using Moodle software. While you can take the class on your own time frame, each class must be completed within a given time frame, usually one week. After completing the chapter, there will be an online test. Then, you are ready to move on to the next chapter. The classes have a specified beginning point. The first online class will begin on September 1, 2013. The next class will be offered next year in the spring semester, starting in Please Turn to Page 10

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Teed-off @ Cancer event next weekend

with plenty of family fun for a good cause The Lakeview Golf Course and the Caldwell County Foundation Cancer Assistance group have teamed up again this year to host the 2nd Annual Teed Off At Cancer Event on September 7 in Hamilton, Mo. The inaugural event held last year had an outstanding turnout and the organizers expect even more from this years event. “Last year we saw what worked and what we could improve on and I believe we have made the necessary adjustments for this year” said spokeswoman Julie Hill. The schedule of events can be found on flyers at numerous locations, but here is a more detailed outline of the events being held this year. Kids Fishing Derby – This event is a chance for children ages 15 and under to interact and fish with some local knowledgeable fishermen. All skill levels are welcome and although this is not a tournament format, there will be prizes for

three separate categories. The cost is $10 per person and the derby begins at 8:00 a.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Lakeview Golf Course. Horseshoe Tournament – This is a singles Horseshoe Tournament at the Lakeview Golf Course. The cost is $10 and the tournament registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with play beginning at 9:00 a.m. There will be trophies awarded in two separate flights to ensure that you are playing against someone of your skill level. Contact Mac Lee at 816.284.5128 if you have any questions. Golf Tournament – A two man scramble format beginning at 11:00 a.m. with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. The entry fee is $100 per team and there will be special contests, such as longest drive, etc. The field will be split into two flights with trophies being awarded to the winPlease Turn to Back Page

NRCS providing $5 million for Little Otter Creek lake project By Lisa Parris

For Caldwell County Commissioners, years of team work, dedication, disappointment and painfully slow progress have finally started to pay off. Engineers from Olsson Associates announced at a special lake project meeting last Friday in Kingston that the technical team is assembled and funding has been received to complete the last round of environmental studies on Little Otter Creek, meeting one of the final requirements to move the project into the construction phase. Civic leaders in and around Caldwell County began planning the Little Otter Creek project in 1992 with one goal in mind—to build a dam and create a reservoir. The new lake would alleviate water shortages throughout the region, help with flood control and give residents a new place to fish and boat. Then EPA got involved, as did the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Natural Resources and Green Hills Regional Planning. Each agency required its own detailed analysis of the potential impacts of the project—work which called for input from teams of lawyers, engineers, scientists and civic leaders.

This collaborative approach complicated matters but it was required to addresses the challenges of safely developing a new surface water source. Projects of this size and scope are often weighed down by unforeseen obstacles associated with planning, environmental mitigation, design, land acquisition, regulatory compliance, construction, and, of course, funding. Obtaining financial support for the multi-million dollar project has been an ongoing issue for Caldwell County Commissioners. Not anymore. According to Harold Deckerd, Assistant State Conservationist for Water Resources, the Natural Resources Conservation Service is providing $5,084,271 for their part of the match for construction, which is 58.1% of the estimated cost, and additional support from other sources is imminent. Commissioner Gerald McBrayer questioned Deckerd on possible funding restrictions and was assured that the money could be used to contract out the labor required to build the dam, which is good news for local construction compaPlease Turn to Page 10

Hamilton chamber irons out more details on revived Penney Festival Flea market vendors, event sponsors sought

A large group of business owners and managers met last Wednesday evening at the J. C. Penney Community Room and fleshed out more details on its upcoming J. C. Penney Festival on Oct. 4 and 5. The group plans a Penney Luncheon on Friday, Oct. 4 to be catered by Peggy Cole and featuring Bob Lund as the guest speaker. Lund grew up in Hamilton and had a lengthy career as the manager of one of the largest J. C. Penney stores in the country.

Saturday’s events will include a flea market, fire department pancake breakfast and open house and a 5k color run sponsored by the Hamilton Booster Club The Chamber is exploring the potential for a Saturday night talent show, a Friday night flick on an outdoor inflatable movie screen, buggy rides and contests. Any local organization interested in sponsoring an event or a contest, whether it’s pie eating or mud wrestling (just kidding) is urged to contact President Jessi Green at The Hamilton Bank. Please Turn to Page 2

County football season kicks off this Friday night Caldwell County football fans will be celebrating the ‘boys of fall’ this weekend with the first Friday night season openers. But it won’t feel like fall in the stands or on the fields, with temperatures hovering in the mid- to high-nineties. Polo is headed to Kansas City to play Van Horn in the “pit” at William Chrisman, where seldom a breath of air cools fans or players. With a look at the forecast, Van Horn officials decided it was wise to delay the kickoff until 8 p.m. Hamilton Hornet head football coach Dave Fairchild said Tuesday he had not yet heard if South Harrison officials in Bethany would be delaying the game start time. His boys will be starting the season with one of the district’s toughest opponents without a home field advantage. But Coach Fairchild says the team has been working hard, despite the heat. Hamilton has 25 returning lettermen and eight seniors. The coaching team is still working on starters and it looks like a lot of freshmen and sophomores will have to step into play early on. The team practiced Friday night at the Chillicothe High School field and Fairchild said, “We hustled for three hours in the heat.” They looked good. The coach of three recent state championship teams (Class 1 in in 2009 and Class 2 in 2010 and 2012) says the KCI Conference will have some tough contenders this year, especially the Class 2 schools. Lathrop, Lawson and East Buchanan promise to give the Hornets some tough competition this year and Fairchild said he expects the KCI to get much tougher over time. The Hornets meet South Harrison in Bethany this Friday and play Gallatin on Sept. 6 at home. The Polo Panthers will be keeping a wary eye on Bethany this season, as one of the toughest in the GRC to meet. Polo is coming off a 6-1 conference record last year and an 8-4 record overall as a pretty tough opponent themselves. Coach Kyle Ross says he has quite a few returning linemen and contributors to special teams, but lost nine seniors to graduation. His 33 team members have had some good practices and the enthusiasm level is high. Coach Ross said his boys put in a lot of time in the weight room and appear to be quicker. “If we can stay healthy, we’ll be a factor. We have some multiple year starters.” Ross’s philosophy is “Work as hard as you can and good things will come.” He wants his team to be mentally tough, not just for this football season, but for life in general. For Coach Ross, “The best athlete may be the one who outworks the rest.” Polo plays Van Horn in Independence this Friday and faces Lathrop on Sept. 6 at home. The varsity football Braymer Bobcats have been working hard at implementing a new system Please Turn to Page 9


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