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St. Joseph serves as endpoint for Smith’s journey Longtime Western coach earned majority of 600 wins building a legacy with Division II Griffons By SAM roBInSon St. Joseph News-Press

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nthony Tyler hadn’t set foot on the MWSU Fieldhouse court in nearly 10 years. The Ashland, Va., native only played one season at Missouri Western and didn’t start a game. But he wasn’t going to miss this night — one that meant so much to the man who gave Tyler the opportunity that provided stability to his life and redirected it on a promising path. Tyler joined many others from the past 23 seasons of Griffons basketball at center court following Western’s season-opener November 12 and watched Tom Smith enjoy his moment. The 37th-year coach’s 600th career victory vaulted him into a pantheon he’d long sought to enter, and Tyler remembered why he wanted to be part of the celebration. “The older you get the more you realize that man had your back,” Tyler said. “It was a privilege to be back. It didn’t look like there were that many people there at the start, but at the end of the game, when those 40 players came in, it made me realize the impact coach Smith has had on St. Joseph. “He pushed me to be a better man.” Smith became the 11th coach in Division II history to reach 600 wins and joined a club with just more than 60 all-time members at all collegiate levels. After spending the offseason stuck on 599 wins, nerves became difficult to suppress, and the spotty 69-55 result over Division III Fontbonne hovered nowhere near Smith’s best work. But it allowed Smith to return to work free from the dogged pursuit. “The pressure just seemed to mount to where I probably had everybody all tight by the time we played,” Smith said. “But it’s over and done with, and to be honest, I’m glad it’s over.” ))) The Gary, Ind., native couldn’t picture spending his life any other way. After serving as a student assistant under fellow 600-game-winner Gene Bartow at Valparaiso, Smith became an assistant coach at Drake and Iowa State. Smith then commanded a Central Missouri program and assembled a juggernaut and likely the best team in his four-decade-plus career. The Mules went 26-2 and became the first MIAA team to plateau at No. 1 in the nation. Central spent nine weeks atop the national poll in the 1979-80 season and crammed more than 7,000 fans on two occassions into the Multipurpose Building. The stop in Warrensburg, Mo., proved only the starting point for a long, arduous journey. ))) Smith remembers the moment his career arc changed. At 36, the Valparaiso grad accepted the task of helping his alma mater excel at Division I. The school jumped a level in 1978, two years prior to Smith’s hiring, and he came in an attempt to enhance the profile of his coaching career. In the first month of his debut campaign, he recognized a different D-I and knew he was on the wrong side of it as he stared at coach Digger Phelps’ Notre Dame lineup that included future NBA players Kelly Tripucka and Orlando Woolridge. “As soon as I walked on the floor, I remember saying to myself, ‘I made a mistake,’” Smith said. “I call it egoruptcy. I thought I could go back to Valpo get it done at Division I and be able to move up the ladder again. What happened to me, and I didn’t see it, is the gap between the low D-Is and the major D-Is had widened.” Valparaiso struggled in his eight years, never finishing above sixth in the eight-team Association of Mid-Continent Universities (currently the Summit League) and couldn’t compete financially in the mid-major conference. “At that time, Valpo would vote everything down that cost money,” Smith said. “It’s kind of like Lincoln now in this league.”

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Missouri Western coach Tom Smith looks on during the first half of this year’s season-opener against Fontbonne. Smith finished 84-138 at Valparaiso. The defeats compounded with frustration over the hand he’d been dealt created a conflict, as the joy of his playing days at the school became clouded by disappointment from how the decision to accept the coaching position backfired. “When you win, you feel like a million dollars, (but) every night, losses are hard on you,” he said. “You begin to wonder whether you could get another job.” ))) James Bush didn’t take a recruiting visit but wanted to make sure he wasn’t about to join a sinking ship. The 6-foot-3 junior-college transfer forward saw Western’s recent swoon but also a veteran coach who’d revived his career with players like him. Bush opted to attend Western in 2008, mainly because of Smith’s track record with JUCO players. “I’d heard the men’s basketball team was on a downfall,” Bush said. “When I did the background check, I saw all the wins and what he’d accomplished and knew he had the will to win and wanted to be in the environment to win.” Smith left Valparaiso in 1988 and learned of an MIAA job opportunity while attending the Final Four in Kansas City. He said he had no regrets about dropping a level because Western resided on a more even competitive plane. And he knew what players could propel them quickly. The rules in Division II weren’t as stringent on the academic requirements on junior-college transfers, and the Griffons became one of the first teams to almost exclusively feature imports. Western won the first of five MIAA regular-season titles in the school’s 1990 debut and advanced to nine NCAA Tournaments during its initial 14 years in the conference. “We established a kind of a niche,” longtime assistant coach Mike Nicholson said. “When you played Western, you were gonna be out-toughed. Year in and year out, just feeling like 20 games and the NCAA Tournament was almost a given.” Relying mostly on athletic scorers rather than size,

Western finished no worse than seven games above .500 during the span and owns the MIAA’s third-best winning percentage since Western’s league entrance — behind Washburn and Central. But Division II’s expansion and other conference teams becoming more involved in the JUCO scene made it more difficult for Western to keep reeling in top talent. A sub-.500 season in 2004 gave way to five years of mediocrity. Western hasn’t won 20 games since the run stalled. “There was about 180 D-II schools at that time,” Smith said. “It’s doubled now. It’s harder to (recruit JUCOs) now because there’s just more people after the same players. As soon as we fell off that pedestal, it got harder and harder to get back on it again.” ))) An email on Smith’s office computer reveals remarkable deterioration and part of the reason he relates to many of his players. A screenshot of Gary’s downtown area in 1959 displays a once-vibrant city where Smith grew up. He clicks on an email and sees several photographs of Gary after the steel mills shut down, leading to his hometown’s economy erosion and bleak state. When Smith and his wife, Patsy, rode through Gary this fall on the way home from Valparaiso’s 45th-year reunion, the house he grew up in no longer stood. “I think my growing up there and my friends and things is part of the junior-college recruiting,” Smith said. “A little bit of (my approach) has been, ‘Can I help these kids? “I take offense when people talk about schools that, quote, ‘Do it the right way,’ with high school kids and nice, you know, good kids and everything. I take offense because I don’t think I did it the wrong way.” Western began guaranteeing the JUCO transfers three years on their scholarships to play two seasons should they make sufficient progress. Please see WESTERN’S/Page B

Western men overhaul roster again in wake of topsy-turvy 2010-2011 By Cody Thorn St. Joseph News-Press

For the second straight year, a roster overhaul will turn into pretty good program sales at Missouri Western games. A year after returning only one player, this year’s version of the Griffons boasts only four back from last season. Coach Tom Smith’s extreme makeover to revamp the roster was far different than a winter ago. While there are junior-college transfers again, Smith picked up a few freshmen as well and put a renewed focus on character, not just points per game. “This is a completely different team,” Smith said. “They actually do what I ask them to do. This team has worked hard. We are not as talented as we were last year. On the other hand, we play together better, and we are way better defensively, right now, than we were all of last year.” Last year’s influx of talent led to an up-and-down season, which included multiple suspensions and a 12-16 record. “Basketball got to be not fun last year,” Smith said. “We had selfish guys that would show up one night and not the other. “But two years ago, we made the NCAA Tournament. I think that is kind of forgotten.” The Griffons return three players who saw extensive time last winter in guards T.J. Johnson and Deionta Mitchell and forward Lavonte Douglas, all seniors.

Smith not only had to build a team around those players but had to convince those players to come back for another year. Johnson, the top returning scorer from last year’s holdovers, waited around before making the decision to stay. “I think T.J. was disillusioned and at one point seriously considered leaving,” Smith said. “He was seeing the people we were bringing in and saw their character was decidedly better, so that swayed him to see it through.” Johnson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard, averaged 12.8 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game last year. Smith credits his leadership in the preseason that set the tone for the rest of the team. “I knew I’d be one of the returning guys, and I knew we needed to have some kind of offense, so I was prepared for any role coach gave me,” Johnson said. Douglas, a 6-6 power forward, and Mitchell, likley the first guard off the bench, combined to score about 17 points per game last year. The other holdover from the 2010-11 team is sophomore guard Jordan Yurth. The trio of Johnson, Mitchell and Douglas will be key pieces on offense this year, but the influx of newcomers will also help boost the scoring. Depth this year shouldn’t be a problem as it was last year for Western when four players left the team throughout the course of the season. In the latter part of the season, the Griffons routinely only used eight players in a game. The newcomers include eight

players, three of which are freshmen. But like in past years, the juniors who are new to the team will have a lot expected of them. Junior-college transfers that could or have already made an impact include point guard James Harris, guard Dylan Frantz, guard Ladarius Frazier, guard/forward Alex Tuluka-Mfumupembe and post players Shawn Tarver and Justin Reid. Harris was slowed in the preseason due to a broken hand but returned to full strength at the start of the season. Frantz, a blue-collar-type player, will be pivotal for what Smith calls his ‘take-charge’ attitude. Perhaps the biggest change for the Griffons will be depth at the forward/center spot — a problem area last year. The newcomers to the post are Tarver (McCook Community College) and Reid (Kankakee CC), both 6-8 forwards. Smith said two of his best offensive rebounders on the team are freshmen Tevin Harris (Chicago) and Freddie Manyawu (Platte County). Fellow freshman Reed Mells (Des Moines) could factor into the guard playing rotation. “Our post players we got are pretty good post players,” Mitchell said. “Tarver can shoot the mid-range and Juice (Reid) is pretty big, and whenever you get him the ball, it is a bucket or a foul. It is kind of different to have a post presence this year. It is pretty nice.” Cody Thorn can be reached at cody.thorn@newspressnow.com

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Missouri Western forward Lavonte Douglas finishes a dunk over the Lincoln defense during the first half of a game last year at MWSU Fieldhouse. Douglas is one of three returning seniors for the Griffons.


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Bell leads Griffons group needing to support Koch Western women looking for answers to help established star By SAM ROBINSON St. Joseph News-Press

The distractions surrounding Alicia Bell’s career are in the past. A 5-foot-7 junior point guard, Bell enters her second healthy season at Missouri Western without the drama that plagued her initial four seasons. The Benton alum no longer has to worry about torn ACLs, a pregnancy or academic-eligibility issues. But that doesn’t mean a new challenge isn’t ahead. Western’s second and third scoring options — center Rachel Luteyn and guard Lauren Nolke — graduated, opening up casting for a new double-figure supporting player to take heat off senior star Jessica Koch. If Bell, who averaged a Griffons-fourthbest 8.9 points per game, had it her way, she would happily set up teammates and continue to constantly crash the boards. She also led the team with 7.1 rebounds per game. Coach Lynn Plett expects the Benton product will have to contribute more points this season and knows it starts with confidence. “I’m not gonna be out there jacking up 3s, but I’ll be a little more confident when I am open,� Bell said. “Trying to take some shots takes a lot of the pressure off Jess and them.� Bell shot a team-best 49 percent from the field but much of that came from drives and putbacks. This year, the fifthyear junior will have to fire more jumpers without fear, as she’s the only non-Koch

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Missouri Western forward Jessica Koch drives to the basket against Emporia State during a game last year at MWSU Fieldhouse. returner to average more than five points per night. “My biggest problem is stepping into it and knowing I was gonna shoot it instead of catching it, thinking, ‘I should’ve shot it’ or ‘Oh it’s too late to shoot it now,’� Bell said. “Now, I have the mindset to catch and shoot. “Scoring’s never really been one of my priorities. (Plett) probably would like it to be more.� Koch, a 5-10 swing player, served as the Griffons’ leading scorer for three straight seasons and remains Western’s go-to performer after years of serving as possibly the

conference’s most indispensable player. But Western (15-14, 11-11 MIAA last season) knows what it’s getting from Koch, who’s averaged 12, 14 and 16 points per game in her three seasons. It’s inside where the largest unknowncommodities-to-minutes-played ratio exists. Plett called 6-1 center Brittany Griswold the ideal post for his transition-happy system, and the junior transfer from Cloud County Community College (Kan.) appears a sleek floor runner with an outside shot. Although Griswold, who was planning to attend Division I Idaho State but backed out due to the distance from her native Kansas, also might be battling hesitance. At Cloud County, she was a typical back-to-the-basket paint presence. Here, she’s expected to hit 3s and know all five positions for up-tempo purposes. “I went from having to know one position to having to know five,� Griswold said. “It’s taken a little time, but it’s not too hard. ... When I was in JUCO, my shot was not outside of the 3-point line. Posts don’t shoot that shot. Although it’s one of my favorite shots to shoot, I didn’t shoot that until now.� Until Western’s opener, there appeared to be plenty of pressure heaped on Griswold as the only non-freshman post, but Plett may have a quick-developer in freshman Stacey Mgbike and a player whose skills are nothing like Griswold’s. Plett recruited the rangy and physical Mgbike, a atypical Plett-era post, for one reason: rebounding. “A player like Stacey is the kind Brittany’s gonna have a hard time defending: a long post player who takes up a lot of room and seals real well,� Plett said. “A player like Brittany will be a hard player for Stacey to guard because she doesn’t use her quickness yet. In a sense, they’re going to

complement each other and teach each other even though they don’t know it yet.� A potential third impact player looms in senior guard Ashleigh Curry. The 26-year-old senior shooting guard that led the 2006-07 team at nearly 18 points per game and Division II in 3-point percentage should give Western a topflight MIAA guard trio. Koch vacillates between guard and forward. Bell and Koch played summer-league ball with Curry, who returned to the program after a three-year layoff, and Bell insists her shooting/slashing form remains as does the potential for surprising backcourt flash. “I have a tendency to play with her and watch,� Bell said. “To actually get to play with her is a whole different level because she automatically makes you better. ... It’s pretty much like being a quarterback and those two are my receivers. They just go get it, and I can count on them to be up the court in a flash. It’s really exciting to know I have both of them out there.� Curry is still awaiting an NCAA ruling concerning her eligibility after she played briefly with traveling team Livin’ the Dream during her basketball hiatus. Picked eighth by the conference coaches — up four spots from last year after two prior last-place finishes — Western has a chance to mix in with the league’s best. How long its time near the top lasts is uncertain, however. “I believe we’re better than we were last year,� Plett said. “We weren’t consistent last year. We played some really bad games especially on the road. ... The fact that we split with (Washburn and Emporia State) last year means on any given night, I think we can beat anybody in conference.� Sam Robinson can be reached at sam.robinson@newspressnow.com

Western’s Smith finds home in St. Joseph, reaches 600 wins at Western CONTINUED FROM Page B2 Bush, who started on Western’s 2010 NCAA Tournament team, graduated in May and used his degree to land a job at a juvenile probation center. Bush came from a tough inner city environment in Kansas City, Kan., and believed Smith would provide the means for him to finish his education and not become stuck in the cycle of violence and crime in his hometown. “That shows me it wasn’t all about getting players in there to play basketball,� Bush said. “They wanted you to graduate and do something further with your life.� Tyler, who led the 2001-02 MIAA championship team with 20 blocks off the bench, bounced around through several schools growing up and parlayed his education into a job helping kids through youth social services.

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For every success story, however, various players opt not to use the third year or graduate, but Smith said providing the chance was probably instrumental in the Griffons’ sustained success. “I’m not being a martyr here; don’t get me wrong,� he said. “Some take advantage of it; some don’t. I’ve had kids come back and say, ‘You’ve changed my life.’ When you’re going through it, you don’t think you’ve changed it because they’re not always doing what they’re supposed to do. But that’s a pretty nice thing to hear.� ))) Both Pittsburg State and Southwest Texas State contacted Smith about coaching jobs in the early 1990s, but he declined and resurrected his career in St. Joseph. The tough-yet-athletically limited 2010 tourney team helped revitalize the MIAA’s all-time wins leader.

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g Location: Maryville, Mo. g Nickname: Bearcats g Arena: Bearcat Arena g 2010-11: 10-16 (8-14 MIAA) g Top returners: G DeShaun Cooper, Jr., 5-7, 160, 10-11: 16.3 ppg, 5.2 apg, 2.6 rpg; G Kyle Haake, Sr., 6-3, 190, 10-11: 7.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 38 3-pointers; F Dillon Starzl, So., 6-8, 250, 10-11: 5.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg g Key losses: Elijah Allen, Shaneel Narayan, Arunas Simanvicius g Coach: Ben McCollum, entering 3rd season, career record of 22-31 g Coaches/Media poll: 5th-T, 5T

pittsburg state g Location: Pittsburg, Kan. g Nickname: Gorillas g Arena: John Lance Arena g 2010-11: 13-13 (9-11 MIAA) g Top returners: G Eric Ray, Sr., 6-3, 182, 10-11: 12.2 ppg, 2.6 apg, 1.3 spg; F Eric Marshall, Sr., 6-5, 230, 10-11: 9.8 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.4 apg; F Andra Bailey, 6-4, 203, 1011: 9.2 ppg, 1.6 spg; G Courtney Ingram, Jr., 6-3, 210, 10-11: 8.9 ppg; F JaVon McGee, Jr., 6-6, 224, 10-11: 8.8 ppg, 7 rpg g Key losses: Jordan Embers g Coach: Kevin Muff, entering 2nd season, career record of 13-13 g Coaches/Media poll: 5th-T, 7th

Missouri westerN g Location: St. Joseph, Mo. g Nickname: Griffons g Arena: MWSU Fieldhouse g 2010-11: 12-16 (10-12 MIAA) g Top returners: G T.J. Johnson, Sr., 6-3, 170, 10-11: 12.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 5.5 rpg, 19 blocks; F Lavonte Douglas, Sr., 6-6, 195, 10-11: 12.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Deionta Mitchell, Sr., 5-10, 160, 10-11: 4.8 ppg, 1.8 apg g Key losses: P’Allen Stinnett, Jonathan Phelps, Adrian Thomas, Brandon Beck, DaJuan Harris g Coach: Tom Smith, entering 24th season, career record of 603-419 g Coaches/Media poll: 7th, 5th-T

southwest baptist g Location: Bolivar, Mo. g Nickname: Bearcats g Arena: Meyer Sports Arena g 2010-11: 12-17 (9-13 MIAA) g Top returners: G Ryan Dougherty, Sr., 5-11, 180, 10-11: 13.9 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.4 spg, 61 3-pointers; F Robson Memnon, 6-6, 225, 10-11: 6.3 ppg g Key losses: Tomas Brock, Kurt Koenig, Stephen Cotten, Lane Barlow, Nick James g Coach: Jeff Guiot, entering his 8th season, career record of 337-153 g Coaches/Media poll: 8th, 9th fiLe phoTo/St. Joseph News-Press

g Location: Warrensburg, Mo. g Nickname: Mules g Arena: UCM Multipurpose Building g 2010-11: 18-11 (13-9 MIAA) g Top returners: G Boo Hunter, Sr., 6-3, 205, 10-11: 14.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.3 apg; F Dusty Allen, Sr., 6-5, 235, 10-11: 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg g Key losses: Ryan Harris, Tyrone Young, Bryce Brunz, Joel Barkers, Reggie Stallings, Tyler Oakley g Coach: Kim Anderson, entering 10th season, career record 203-74 g Coaches/Media poll: 2nd, 2nd

eMporia state g Location: Emporia, Kan. g Nickname: Hornets g Arena: William L. White Auditorium g 2010-11: 16-14 (12-10 MIAA) g Top returners: G Taylor Euler, Jr., 5-11, 180, 10-11: 5.3 ppg, 1 spg, 1.4 apg; G Travis Dykman, So., 6-2, 180, 10-11: 1.6 ppg g Key losses: Xavier Burnette, Michael Tyler, Adam Holthaus, Matt Boswell, Robert Moores, Jarvis Nichols g Coach: Shaun Vandiver, entering

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Fort hays state g Location: Hays, Kan. g Nickname: Tigers g Arena: Gross Memorial Coliseum g 2010-11: 26-7 (16-6 MIAA) g Top returners: G Moses Dayee, Sr., 5-8, 185, 10-11: 7.7 ppg, 2.1 apg, 65 3-pointers; G Karron McKenzie, Sr., 6-3, 195, 10-11: 7.6 ppg, 3.9 rpg; G Ben Congiusta, Sr., 6-1, 185, 10-11: 6.1 ppg, 2 apg; F Matt Simmons, Sr., 6-7, 225, 10-11: 4.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg g Key losses: Dominique Jones, Dijon Smith, Corbin Kuntzsch, Ken Bowman g Coach: Mark Johnson, entering 10th season, career record of 208-89 g Coaches/Media poll: 3rd, 3rd

liNColN g Location: Jefferson City, Mo. g Nickname: Blue Tigers g Arena: Manuel Rivero Hall g 2010-11: 3-23 (1-21 MIAA)

g Top returners: G Cedric Ridle, Jr., Jr., 6-2, 10-11: 11.6 ppg, 1.6 apg, 4.5 rpg; G/F Terrell Williams, Sr., 6-4, 10-11: 7.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg; G/F Jimmy Payton, Sr., 6-4, 10-11: 6.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg g Key losses: Pierre DeClue, Marquez Davis, Daniel Armah, Derek Stokes, g Coach: John Redmond, entering his 3rd season, career record of 8-45 g Coaches/Media poll: 11th, 11th g Location: Joplin, Mo. g Nickname: Lions g Arena: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center g 2010-11: 26-5 (19-3 MIAA) g Top returners: G/F Jason Adams, Sr., 6-5, 187, 10-11: 19.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.5 spg, 3 apg, 70 3-pointers; C Keane Thomann, Sr., 6-11, 275, 10-11: 15.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg; G Marquis Addison, So., 6-4, 180, 10-11: 8.9 ppg, 2.1 spg, 3.2 rpg; G Patrick Hester, Sr., 5-9, 166, 10-11: 4.2 ppg g Key losses: Skyler Bowlin, Kevin Hinsey g Coach: Robert Corn, entering his 32rd season, career record of 336-266

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truMaN state g Location: Kirksville, Mo. g Nickname: Bulldogs g Arena: Pershing Arena g 2010-11: 7-19 (5-17 MIAA) g Top returners: G Tom Norton, Jr., 5-9, 170, 10-11: 10.3 ppg, 1.5 apg, 62 3-pointers; C Vesko Filchev, Sr., 6-10, 250, 10-11: 9.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg; G Isaac Gardner, So., 6-4, 205, 10-11: 6.7 ppg, 42 3-pointers g Key losses: Alex Henderson, Ethan Freeman g Coach: Matt Woodley, entering 1st season g Coaches/Media poll: 10th, 10th

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g Location: Topeka, Kan. g Nickname: Ichabods g Arena: Lee Arena g 2010-11: 18-10 (15-7 MIAA) g Top returners: G Jeff Reid, So., 6-6, 190, 10-11: 9.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.3 apg; F Bobby Chipman, Jr., 6-8, 210, 10-11: 4.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg g Key losses: Logan Stutz, De’Andre Washington, Jadarren Mumpfield, Nate Daniels, Brandon Scaife g Coach: Bob Chipman, entering his 32nd season, career record of 696-288 g Coaches/Media poll: 4th, 4th

MARYVILLE VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL 2011-2012 DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME 11/28-12/3 Savannah Tourney Away TBA 12/6 Clarinda Away 4:45 p.m. 12/8 Benton Home 5 p.m. 12/13 South Harrison Home 7 p.m. 12/15 Jefferson Away 7 p.m. 12/22 NCMC Shootout Away 5:30 p.m. 12/23 NCMC Shootout Away 7 p.m. 1/6 Savannah Home 5:30 p.m. 1/ 1/10 Chillicothe Away 5 p.m. 1/ 1/12 Auburn Home 5:30 p.m. 1/ 1/13 Falls City Home 4:30 p.m. 1/ 1/16-1/21 Basehor-Linwood Tourney Away TBA 1/ 1/24 Lafayette Home 5 p.m. 1/ 1/26 East Buchanan Home 5 p.m. 1/ 1/31 Bishop LeBlond Home 5 p.m. 1/ 2/3 Smithville Away 5:30 p.m. 2/ 2/7 Mid-Buchanan Home 5 p.m. 2/ 2/10 Benton Away 5 p.m. 2/ 2/17 Savannah Away 5 p.m. 2/ 2/21 Cameron Home 5:30 p.m. 2/ 2/27-3/3 Districts Away TBA 2/ 3/7 Sectionals TBA TBA 3/ 3/10 Quarterfinals TBA TBA 3/ 3/15-3/16 State Columbia TBA 3/ MARYVILLE VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL 2011-2012 DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME 11/28-12/3 Savannah Tourney Away TBA 12/6 Lafayette Home 5 p.m. 12/9 Hamilton Home 6 p.m. 12/12-12/16 NWMO Tourney Away TBA 12/13 South Harrison Home 5:30 p.m. 12/15 Jefferson Away 6 p.m. 12/28-12/30 Bishop LeBlond Holiday Tourney, Away TBA 1/6 Lafayette Away 5 p.m. 1/9 Savannah Away 6:30 p.m. 1/13 Falls City Home 4:30 p.m. 1/17 Auburn Home 5 p.m. 1/19 Clarinda Home 7:30 p.m. 1/23 Notre Dame De Sion Away 6 p.m. 1/30 Lathrop Away 5:30 p.m. 2/2 Smithville Home 5:30 p.m. 2/7 Chillicothe Away 5 p.m. 2/9 Benton Home 7 p.m. 2/14 Nebraska City Away 5:30 p.m. 2/16 Savannah Home 5 p.m. 2/21 Cameron Away 5:30 p.m. 2/23 Bishop LeBlond Away 5:30 p.m. 2/27-3/3 Districts Away TBA 3/7 Sectionals TBA TBA 3/10 Quarterfinals TBA TBA 3/16-3/17 State Columbia TBA


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Miaa conference women Northwest Missouri state

g Top returners: G Drew Roberts, Jr., 5-6, 10-11: 11 ppg, 2.2 apg, 60 3-pointers; G Courtney Tate, Sr., 5-9, 10-11: 7.8 ppg, 3.5 apg, 2.1 spg; G Alexa Bordewick, So., 5-7, 10-11: 6.6 ppg, 1.8 apg; F Larissa Richards, Sr., 6-3, 6.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 58 blocks g Key losses: Laura Glenn, Kylee Baldetti g Coach: Lane Lord, entering 5th season, career record of 60-50 g Coaches/Media: 4th, 4th

g Location: Maryville, Mo. g Nickname: Bearcats g Arena: Bearcat Arena g 2010-11: 29-5 (18-4 MIAA) g Top returners: G Abby Henry, Sr., 5-7, 1011: 13.9 ppg, 5.1 apg, 2.2 spg, 3.8 rpg; G Shelly Martin, Sr., 5-6, 10-11: 11.4 ppg, 2.7 ppg, 2.1 apg, 83 3-pointers; F Tara Roach, 5-11, 10-11: 4.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg g Key losses: Gentry Dietz, Kyla Roehrig, Gabby Curtis g Coach: Gene Steinmeyer, entering 13th season, career record of 543-306 g Coaches/Media poll: 5th-T, 3rd

southwest baptist g Location: Bolivar, Mo. g Nickname: Bearcats g Arena: Meyer Sports Center g 2010-11: 9-17 (6-16 MIAA) g Top returners: C LaKendra Smith, Sr., 6-0, 10-11: 10.2 ppg, 5.5 rpg; F Jacqui Zelenka, So., 6-0, 10-11: 8.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg; F Chasity Prince, Jr., 5-10, 10-11: 4.7 ppg g Key losses: Ashleigh Gallio, Courtney Heady, Jacquavia Couch, Whitney Malone, Kourtni Williams g Coach: Todd Voss, entering his 1st season, career record of 108-32 g Coaches/Media poll: 10th, 10th

Missouri westerN g Location: St. Joseph, Mo. g Nickname: Griffons g Arena: MWSU Fieldhouse g 2010-11: 14-13 (11-11 MIAA) g Top returners: G/F Jessica Koch, Sr., 510, 10-11: 16.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.3 spg, 4,1 apg, 46 3-pointers; G Alicia Bell, Sr., 5-7, 10-11: 8.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.7 spg; G Kallie Schoonover, Jr., 5-10, 10-11: 4.4 ppg, 1.6 apg, 3.0 rpg g Key losses: Lauren Nolke, Rachel Luteyn, Brenna Saline g Coach: Lynn Plett, entering 5th season, career record of 228-242 g Coaches/Media poll: 8th, 7th

CeNtral Missouri g Location: Warrensburg, Mo. g Nickname: Jennies g Arena: UCM Multipurpose Building g 2010-11: 16-13 (12-10 MIAA) g Top returners: F Nicole Caddell, Sr., 5-11, 10-11: 12.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.2 bpg; G Saraethea Brown, Sr., 5-11, 10-11: 7.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 34 3-pointers; F Renae Shippy, Sr., 6-0, 10-11: 6.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg; G Erin Redmond, Sr., 5-7, 10-11: 5.9 ppg, 2.1 apg; G Taylor Hanson, Sr., 5-10, 4.9 ppg, 38 3-pointers g Key losses: Rebecca Roberts, Kara Fleming g Coach: Dave Slifer, entering 8th season, career record of 508-181 g Coaches/Media poll: 3rd, 5th

eMporia state g Location: Emporia, Kan. g Nickname: Hornets g Arena: William L. White Auditorium g 2010-11: 20-9 (15-7 MIAA) g Top returners: F Kelsey Balcom, So., 6-0, 10-11: 11.6 ppg, 7.0 rpg; G Rachel Hanf, Jr., 5-9, 10-11: 10.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 56 3-pointers; G Jocelyn Cummings, Jr., 5-10, 10-11: 10 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.2 apg; G Rheanna Egli, So., 5-8, 10-11: 8.4 ppg, 2.6 apg

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Pittsburg State’s Lauren Brown (24) tries to grab a rebound against Northwest Missouri State’s Kyla Roehrig in the MIAA Tournament semifinals in Kansas City last season.

g Key losses: Alli Volkens, Kelsey Newman g Coach: Jory Collins, entering 2nd season, career record of 20-9 g Coaches/Media poll: 2nd, 2nd

Fort hays state g Location: Hays, Kan. g Nickname: Tigers g Arena: Gross Memorial Coliseum g 2010-11: 12-14 (9-13 MIAA) g Top returners: F Tracy Keyser, Jr., 5-10, 10-11: 11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 45 3-pointers; G Crista Bechard, Sr., 5-6, 10-11: 11.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 45 3-pointers; G Kimber Weiser, Sr., 6-3, 10-11: 6.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg g Key losses: Kara Champlin, Rhys Pihl, Kara McFarland g Coach: Tony Hobson, entering 4th season, career record of 250-83 g Coaches/Media poll: 9th, 8th

liNColN g Location: Jefferson City, Mo. g Nickname: Blue Tigers g Arena: Manuel Rivero Hall g 2010-11: 2-24 (1-21 MIAA) g Top returners: C Vivian Essuon, Sr., 6-1, 2010-11: 16.4 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 25 blocks; G

Jackeya Mitchell, So., 5-7, 10-11: 8.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.2 spg, 3.1 apg, 31 3-pointers g Key losses: Cherakie Barrett, Quenita Washington, Donisha Bronnon g Coach: Katie Vaughn, entering 2nd season, career record of 2-24 g Coaches/Media poll: 11th, 11th

Missouri southerN g Location: Joplin, Mo. g Nickname: Lions g Arena: Leggett & Platt Athletic Center g 2010-11: 17-10 (15-7 MIAA) g Top returners: F Erin Rice, Jr., 6-2, 10-11: 13.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1 spg; G Kelby Fritz, Jr., 5-7, 10-11: 7.6 ppg, 2.9 apg, 41 3-pointers; G Larrita Gipson, Sr., 5-7, 1011: 4.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.1 apg g Key losses: Jasmine Lovejoy, Afton Baldwin, LaTice Jones g Coach: Maryann Mitts, entering 10th season, career record of 250-170 g Coaches/Media poll: 5th-T, 6th

pittsburg state g Location: Pittsburg, Kan. g Nickname: Gorillas g Arena: John Lance Arena g 2010-11: 16-12 (13-9 MIAA)

g Location: Kirksville, Mo. g Nickname: Bulldogs g Arena: Pershing Arena g 2010-11: 12-15 (10-12 MIAA) g Top returners: G Breanna Daniels, Sr., 5-9, 10-11: 12.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg, 46 3-pointers; F Nicole Gloor, So., 5-10, 10-11: 9.1 ppg, 31 ppg, F Jennifer Conway, Jr., 6-0, 10-11: 8.8 ppg, 6.1 ppg; G Becka McHenry, Jr., 5-7, 10-11: 8.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg g Key losses: Amy Galey g Coach: Michael Smith, entering 4th season, career record of 31-50 g Coaches/Media poll: 7th, 9th

washburN g Location: Topeka, Kan. g Nickname: Lady Blues g Arena: Lee Arena g 2010-11: 22-7 (17-5 MIAA) g Top returners: C Cassie Lombardino, Sr., 6-3, 10-11: 15.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 bpg; G Stevi Schultz, Sr., 5-9, 10-11: 15.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg, 82 3-pointers; G Laura Kinderknecht, Jr., 5-7, 10-11: 10.7 ppg, 3.3 apg, 63 3-pointers; G Megan Lassley, Sr., 5-4, 10-11: 7.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 3.0 apg g Key losses: Alyssa Mullen, Naudia Campbell g Coach: Ron McHenry, entering his 12th season, career record of 290-60 g Coaches/Media poll: 1st, 1st

2011 NWMSU Bearcat Basketball DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

DATE

OPPONENT

LOCATION

TIME

11/30

Emporia State

Home

7:30 p.m.

1/22

Emporia State

Away

3:30 p.m.

12/3

Washburn

Home

7:30 p.m.

1/25

Washburn

Away

7:30 p.m.

12/7

Pittsburgh State

Home

7:30 p.m.

1/28

Fort Hays State

Home

3:30 p.m.

12/11

Graceland

Home

3:30 p.m.

2/4

Pittsburg State

Away

3:30 p.m.

12/17

Fort Hays State

Away

4 p.m.

2/8

Lincoln

Home

7:30 p.m.

12/30

Lincoln

Away

7 p.m.

2/11

Missouri Western

Home

3:30 p.m.

12 12/30

Missouri Western

Away

7:30 p.m.

2/15

Truman

Away

7:30 p.m.

1/7

Truman

Home

3:30 p.m.

2/18

Central Missouri

Home

3:30 p.m.

1/11

Central Missouri

Away

7:30 p.m.

2/21

Southwest Baptist

Away

7:30 p.m.

1/1 1/14

Southwest Baptist

Home

3:30 p.m.

2/25

Missouri Southern

Home

3:30 p.m.

1/18

Missouri Southern

Away

7:30 p.m.

3/1-3/4

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Away

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New faces abound for Bearcat men By Bryce Mereness St. Joseph News-Press

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Northwest Missouri State’s Abby Henry cuts her piece of the MIAA championship net after the Bearcats 79-63 victory over Emporia State in the MIAA Tournament title game last year in Kansas City.

Northwest seeks unique identity Following historic tournament run, Bearcats must rebuild quickly By sAM rOBInsOn St. Joseph News-Press

MARYVILLE, Mo. — During a preseason scrimmage, Abby Henry sought help from the bleachers. Northwest Missouri State’s senior point guard spotted Kyla Roehrig, the Bearcats’ one-year center phenom, observing the workout and called for one more high-low pass, Northwest’s signature play during its final four run. “I was yelling at her, ‘Get on out. I need somebody to lob it to,’� said Henry, one of two returning starters from Northwest’s 29-5 MIAA regular- and postseason championship runs last year. “We joke around a little bit and call it the glory days. It gives us something to work hard for and trying to get back there.� The burden Henry and the current Bearcats face is trying to follow the program’s most remarkable act without three of the best players in school history. Henry, a 5-foot-7 thirdyear starter, can still set up program 3-point dynamo Shelly Martin on the wing but can no longer lob passes to Roehrig on the block or feed all-NCAA Tournament forward Gentry Dietz in the post or watch all-American guard Gabby Curtis take over games with her scoring. The Bearcats instead must move on but deal with the expectations created amid a bigger spotlight. “I might be crazy. We might be a .500 team, but I really like this team,� Northwest coach Gene Steinmeyer said. “This is a likeable team working their tails off trying to live up to what we put on the floor last year. I’d just hate it if they have to live up to somebody else’s expectations. If they don’t live up (to them), I don’t want them to feel like failures.� The MIAA coaches expect the Bearcats to fall back to earth. They tabbed Northwest fifth in the preseason poll. For the Bearcats’ anxious fan base, Northwest’s holdovers must also strive to prove they still have a championship pedigree and weren’t one-year wonders with a huge boost from Roehrig’s extra eligibility. “It’d be great to show everyone we can still have a great season,� junior center Alexis Boeh said. “There’s motivation to prove we still have a chance to be the best in the conference.� The path begins with Henry, whose journey hasn’t been typical. The Omaha, Neb., native transferred from Creighton after tearing her ACL. Once at Northwest, she morphed into a top conference dribble-penetrator in her 17-plus-point sophomore campaign but

deferred top-scoring duties to the flashy Curtis as a junior. This season, however, she’ll be forced back into her former role after the NCAA ruled Towson transfer point guard Victoria Naylor ineligible after changing schools three times in less than two years. “I think she’s looking forward to the pressure; I think she missed it last year,� Steinmeyer said. “I think she kind of relishes it. I don’t think she takes it as a burden at all.� Martin (11.4 points per game last season), who owns the single-season 3-point-shooting percentage, and reserve forward Tara Roach will be forced to absorb more of the scoring responsibility. But the 5-11 Roach profiles as more of a role player albeit one whose minutes will increase dramatically without the graduated posts. Dietz remains at Northwest, serving as a graduate assistant. Her immediate responsibility: training her and Roehrig’s replacements, who haven’t logged significant MIAA minutes. Six-foot-1 twin sisters Alexis and Candace Boeh will see the bulk of the paint minutes, with 6-3 freshman Maggie Marnin still in the developmental stage, although Steinmeyer’s been surprised by her quick progression. “There’s definitely a lot of pressure,� Alexis Boeh said of replacing Roehrig and Dietz. “I think last year helped prepare me a little better. Obviously, they were the best of the best. I learned to battle inside with them. Working against Kyla, there was always somebody right in your face to block a shot so you kind of had to learn an alternate move.� Steinmeyer said Northwest won’t use near as many double-post sets and plans a return to a spread look that will feature a greater emphasis on transition. Northwest will rely on multiple freshmen, and guard Ashleigh Nelson and forward Annie Mathews are the top two in a fiveplayer class in a season that could be predicated on patience. Northwest already endured blowout losses to UMKC and Northeastern State (Okla.) and are set for a conference-opening slate of preseason favorite Washburn and Emporia State. Due to the “monster schedule� and the youth influx, Steinmeyer said it may take a while for the team to gel despite its preseason national ranking (14). “I just hope people are patient because we’re not gonna be good early. We’re not,� he said. “A lot will depend on, ‘Can the kids keep their heads up?’� Sam Robinson can be reached at sam.robinson@newspressnow.com

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State looks to return to the postseason for the first time since 2008, and that doesn’t mean the NCAA Tournament like the Bearcats did three years ago. Coach Ben McCollum has yet to earn a berth in the postseason MIAA Tournament in his first two years. The former Bearcats assistant entered the year with a 22-31 record. He wants his teams to play a simple style and take a step forward in a rebuilding process. “Our intensity has been great in practice,� McCollum said. “I guess we’ve kept it more simple than in the past. We’ve kept it really simple. That seemed to help because guys know what they’re doing. Whether or not the opponent knows, I guess we don’t care, but we need to know what we’re doing first and foremost.� Northwest looks a lot different from a year ago with a batch of fresh faces, grouped with a familiar one. McCollum recruited transfers DeAngelo Hailey (Kankakee Community College), Justin Clark (Illinois State) and Alex Sullivan (Lakeland CC) and welcomed back Bryston Williams. The former Lafayette standout left Northwest prior to last season, opting to pursue football aspirations at Peru State (Neb.). Williams since changed his mind and returned to basketball with the Bearcats. “I think defensively we’ve stayed pretty much exactly the same,� McCollum said. “We just give a lot of effort, fly around and hopefully get some stops, but now we’ve got guys that can guard the ball a heck of a lot better than we did in the past which makes a huge difference on defense.� Offensively, Northwest seeks to find scoring production after losing All-MIAA performer Elijah Allen to graduation. Allen led the team in rebounding and was the team’s second-leading scorer behind returning guard DeShaun Cooper. In addition, Williams — a junior in eligibility — started for the Bearcats at shooting guard during his freshman campaign (2009-2010). “(The transfers) have really

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Northwest Missouri State center Dillon Starzl goes to the basket during a game last year at Bearcat Arena. Starzl started much of the season last year as a freshman. upped the competition level at practice,� McCollum said. “Just their intensity, they kind of bring that edge that we need. As far as producing points, it’s kind of going to be hit or miss. Obviously you have DeShaun out there that’s going to get you some points. Outside of that I think everyone is trying to find their little niche.� Cooper returns from a secondteam All-MIAA season after pouring in 16.3 points per game in 2010-2011. The junior from St. Louis is the only player returning that started every game, but the team lost only three players from last year’s squad – Allen, Shaneel Narayan and All-MIAA defensive team selection Arunas Simanavicius. “We’re coaching the newcomers making sure we’re all comfortable with the offense, comfortable with the defense,� Cooper said. “We’re interacting with each other. It just feels like we’re all together. This year is our first year of really having returners that have been in the system numerous years instead of

having a whole new team we have people that have been here before.� Northwest opened its season with an upset of Division I Summit League opponent UMKC 66-62, providing a strong springboard to a potential bounceback season. Senior forward Jake Reinders said the team might have had excuses in the past two years with a first-time head coach in McCollum and a large number of transfers in the program, but the time to perform is now. “Just not making excuses,� Reinders said. “I think the past two years we made excuses — new players, not enough team chemistry. We just found that scapegoat on what to blame for not getting success. This year, I think we have to take personal responsibility and have no excuses. That way we can focus on ourselves and focus on making tournaments and winning championships.� Bryce Mereness can be reached at bryce.mereness@newspressnow.com

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Benedictine men under 3rd coach in 3 years Wolfe leads Ravens Former Ravens player Moody takes over team picked 3rd in HAAC By LOGAN JACKSON Atchison Globe

for 4th straight year By LOGAN JACKSON

The Benedictine men welcomed Ryan Moody back to Atchison â&#x20AC;&#x201D; this time as a head coach. Moody played for the Ravens from 1992-96 and will be in charge of a team that returns six seniors from last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m extremely excited to be in this league, having played in it back in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;90s,â&#x20AC;? Moody said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m honored to be here. The HAAC is one of the best leagues around.â&#x20AC;? The Ravens finished fourth in the league last season with an 11-9 HAAC record. Two of the top three teams â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Lindenwood and William Jewell â&#x20AC;&#x201D; are no longer in the conference, having transitioned to Division II. Lindenwood will join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and William Jewell is now a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Benedictine earned the No. 3 spot in the HAAC preseason coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poll. MidAmerica Nazarene and Evangel were the top two teams. Although Evangel earned five first-place votes, it finished behind MidAmerica, who grabbed the top spot. Despite the expectations coaches tabbed Benedictine with, Moody knows the task ahead of him as the Ravens third head coach in three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have six seniors back, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 17 new guys to us, to our staff, to our systems, to what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing,â&#x20AC;? Moody said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With those six seniors, that gives us a good rock, a good foundation to start things.â&#x20AC;? Among those returnees are Chris McFaul and Alex Miller,

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Benedictineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elgin Caldwell works out of a double-team against Park University earlier this season. Caldwell scored a season-high eight points in the Ravens loss. who led the Ravens in scoring last season. Benedictine returns five of its top six scorers overall. Miller also led the team in rebounds, and the Ravens also return five of their top six glass-cleaners. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The beginning of practice was slow going,â&#x20AC;? Moody said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They go extremely hard, and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re happy with where weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at. We all wish we were a little taller, a little

faster and could shoot a little better. We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to ask them to play hard at all.â&#x20AC;? Benedictine started the season with an upset of Division I UMKC during a preseason matchup. The Ravens then split their first six games of the regular season. Logan Jackson can be reached at logan.jackson@npgco.com

The Benedictine women want to improve on a fourthplace finish in the HAAC last season. The Ravens were selected to finish third in the conference in the preseason coachesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; poll, so taking a step back is not an option. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m really excited about this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team,â&#x20AC;? Benedictine coach Chad Folsom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So far, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been picking up things really quickly. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re working extremely hard and bringing a lot of energy and enthusiasm.â&#x20AC;? Benedictine will look to all-HAAC players Kelsey Wolfe and Teresa Zienkewicz to lead the way after losing top scorer Kaela Stratman to graduation. Wolfe, a graduate of DeKalb High School and former NewsPress player of the year, was a third-team selection for AllHAAC honors last season and ranked third for the Ravens in scoring. Zienkewicz â&#x20AC;&#x201D; an honorable-mention honoree â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will control the paint this season. Benedictine will also look to three freshmen this season. Folsom recruited arguably his strongest class, which includes three McDonaldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s All-American nominees â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Jayde Reid, Chayla Rutledge and Jackie Ziesel, a Bishop LeBlond product. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited about our freshmen,â&#x20AC;? Folsom said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of them is hurt right now, unfortunately. However, I

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Benedictine senior Kelsey Wolfe drives in for a layup in a win against Bethel this season. Wolfe scored 11 points and led the team with four steals. The Ravens won 65-57. think all three will contribute right away. This is probably the best incoming freshman class that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had since Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been here.â&#x20AC;? Wolfe, Zienkewicz and Erin Murphy appeared in all 32 games last season and will start this year as seniors. Junior Kelsey Anselmi and sophomore Katie Barr should round out the first five for Benedictine. Logan Jackson can be reached at logan.jackson@npgco.com

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Sunday, November 27, 2011

independents / Others Girls TRENTON

g Coach: David Johnson, entering 2nd season

g Last year: 19-6

g Top returners: G Alexa Taff, Sr.; G Courtlin Osborn, Sr.; F Kasey Hall, Sr.; F Danielle Beard, Sr.; G Emylee King, Jr.

g Coach: Quentin Albrecht, entering 10th season g Top returners: G Scotlin Hurley, Jr.; G Megan Sole, Jr.; C Avery Whitaker, Jr.; G Halie Brewer, Sr.

g Key losses: Mariah Weil, Erin Hook

g Key losses: Rebekah Capeder, Lindsey Derry

g Top returners: G Jacie Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell, Sr.; G Molly Foley, Sr.; G Carlie Adams, Sr.; G Darcey Peters, So.

g Coach: Kevin Kelley, entering 10th season

g Coach: Chris Stubbs, entering 8th season

g Top returners: G Ali Howat Sr.; F Amber Chivington Sr.; G Erica Eagleburger Sr.; G Ashleigh Bristol Jr.; G Brady Rodney So.

g Top returners: G Gabby Robinson, So.; F Kirsten Clemens, Jr.; G Jordan Trimble, Sr.; F Raven Watts, Sr.

g Key losses: Mercedes Estes, Reid Brown, Kari Schram

g Key losses: Taylor Johnson, Kelsey Knox, Cacy Williams

g Last year: 24-2 (8-1 CLAA) g Coach: Brian Upton, entering 13th season

g Last year: 22-5, lost in Class 1 sectionals

g Key losses: Keely Debolt

FALLS CITY fiLe phoTo/St. Joseph News-Press g Last year: 13-11 Central forward Amber Chivington battles Libertyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Megan Gentrup for a loose ball during g Coach: Max Milam, entering 2nd a game last year at Central High School. season

g Top returners: F Ashley Sickle, Sr.; G Ashleigh Jordening, Sr.

SOUTHWEST LIVINGSTON

ST. JOSEPH CHRISTIAN

BRAYMER g Coach: Mitch Barnes, entering 3rd season

g Last year: 20-7 (7-2 Big 6)

g Last year: 18-8 (8-2 Small 6)

g Key losses: Alex Black g Last year: 7-11

CENTRAL

PLATTE COUNTY

g Top returners: F Quincy BeVelle, Sr.; F Caitlin Cramer, Sr.; G Cori Locker, Sr.; G Courtney Roberts, Sr.; G/F Sydnee Rounkles, Jr.

FALLS CITY-SACRED HEART g Last year: 18-6 (9-2)

g Key losses: Lisa Kopf, Julianne Kopf, Kelsie Kean

g Coach: Luke Santo, entering 6th season

g Top returners: F Sara Landis, Sr.; F Kelly Schawang, Sr.; G Ashli Jordan, So. g Key losses: Hannah Malcolm

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2012 Basketball Schedule DATE

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OPPONENT

Mound City Tournament South Holt Pawnee City NW Missouri Tournament West Nodaway Fairfax Tournament South Holt Northeast Nodaway Nishnabotna Rock Port Essex South Nodaway Tarkio Union Star Nodaway-Holt North Nodaway Mound City DeKalb North Nodaway Districts

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ST. JOSEPH CHRISTIAN g Last year: 18-9, lost in Class 1 sectionals g Coach: Scott Jenkins, entering 6th season g Top returners: F Forrest Hicks, Sr.; G Brandon Shank, Jr.; F Robbie Kaufman, Jr. g Key losses: Levi Evans, Dylan Aebersold

BRAYMER g Last year: 15-10, lost in Class 1 quarterfinals g Coach: Brad Cox, entering 3rd season

g Coach: Rick Hodge, entering 10th season g Top returners: F Jaron Rollins, Sr.; F Naron Rollins, Sr.; G Sheldon Sparks, Sr.; G Trevor Myers, Sr.; F Brendan Conner, Sr. g Key losses: Freddie Manyawu

CENTRAL g Last year: 13-12 (5-5 Big 6) g Coach: Neal Hook, entering 12th season

g Top returners: F Brandon Taylor, Sr.; G Jesse Utt, Jr.; F Dalton Owen, Sr.

g Top returners: F Shun Williams, Jr.; G Dre Irvin, Sr.; G Darrin Dudley, Sr.; G/F Brad Schlange, Sr.

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g Key losses: Carson Lau

SOUTHWEST LIVINGSTON g Last year: 14-12 (4-5 CLAA) g Coach: Tyler Anderson, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Justin Lewis, Sr.; F Justin Jones, Sr.; C Brandon Bothwell, So.; G Ethan Crowe, So.; G Mason Mehrhoff, Jr.; G Preston Reed, Sr. g Key losses: Brock Larson

TRENTON

g Coach: Don Hogue, entering 13th season g Top returners: F Kenny Frederick, Sr.; G Josh Stoller, Sr.; F Cord Huettner, Jr.; G Mitchell Harling, So. g Key losses: F Logan Faller, G Trevor Harling

FALLS CITY-SACRED HEART

g Coach: Jeremy Austin, entering 5th season

g Coach: Doug Goltz, entering 25th season

PLATTE COUNTY g Last year: 18-6 (9-1 Small 6)

Rock Port High School Basketball Schedule 2011-2012 Date Opponent Home/Away 11/28 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12/03 Mound City Tourn Away 12/06 Albany Home 12/15 Hamburg Home 12/16 Stanberry Home 12/27 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 12/28 HTRS Holiday Tourn Away 1/03 St Joe Christian Home 1/06 Nodaway Holt Away 1/09 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 1/14 Fairfax Tourn Away

Time Date Opponent Home/Away 1/17Sacred Heart (NEB) Home TBA 1/20 West Nodaway Away 6 p.m. 1/24 HTRS Away 6 p.m. 1/27 Craig/Fairfax Home 5 p.m. 1/31 Falls City Home 2/3 South Holt Home TBA 2/6 South Nodaway Home 5 p.m. 2/7 South Paige Home 5 p.m. 2/10 Mound City Home 2/17 North Nodaway Away TBA 2/24 Tarkio Home

Time 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5p.m.

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g Last year: 11-12

g Key losses: Dakota Banks

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g Last year: 7-17

g Top returners: G Keegan McGinness, Sr.

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B

highway 275 CONFERENCE

ALL- HigHway 275 CONFERENCE 2010-11

boys TARKIO g Last year: 21-7 (7-0 275) g Coach: Luke Cox, entering 2nd season g Top returners: F Derek Rohlfsen, Jr.; G J.D. Walter, Jr.; G Cavin Joesting, So. g Key losses: Kyle Livengood, Cody Mandeville, Dillon Noland MOUND CITY g Last year: 19-7 (6-1 275) g Coach: Korey Miles, entering 7th season g Top returners: G Lucas Schawang, Sr.; G Jeff Atkins, Sr. g Key losses: James Schoonover, Prent Eaton NORTH NODAWAY g Last year: 1-20 (0-7 275) g Coach: Brian Boggs, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Dwight Titus, Sr.; G Trent

Coleman, Jr. g Key losses: none

g Coach: Mike Hollingworth, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Thauan Andrade, Sr.; G Tristan Ray, Jr. g Key losses: Nathan Hinrichs, Jordan Sipes, Graham Scarbrough

NODAWAY-HOLT g Last year: 8-18 (3-4 275) g Coach: Terry Petersen, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Zach Lemar, Sr.; F Brandon Saxton, Sr.; G Josh Schafer, Sr.; F Nick Patterson, So. g Key losses: Blake Shamberger WEST NODAWAY g Last year: 10-15 (3-4 275) g Coach: Roger Johnson, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Sage Jones, Sr.; G Kolby marriott, Sr.; G Brandon Whittington, Sr. g Key losses: Heath Harris, Landon Wood, Brent Barnett CRAIG g Last year: 13-13 (3-4 275)

Girls

First team Megan Rosenbohm* Kassie Jones* Toshia Jones* Michelle McEnaney* Abby Haer* Rebecca Geib* Allison Lawrence

SOUTH HOLT g Last year: 2-22 (1-7 275) g Coach: Colby Morris, entering 14th season g Top returners: G/F Jeremiah Bragg, Jr. g Key losses: Coldin Noellsch, Keiffer Buckles

ROCK PORT g Last year: 14-11 (5-2 275) g Coach: Jim Skillen, entering 1st season g Top returners: F Mitchell Minter, Jr.; G Austin Alitz, Jr. g Key losses: Austin Rice, Jacob Sturtz, Treyton Lewis (broken leg), Spencer Pierpoint

Fr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Jr. So.

Nodaway-Holt West Nodaway South Holt Tarkio Mound City Fairfax Rock Port

second team

Jodi Holmes Makayla Vette Darian Burke Tori Ingram Alex Phillips Ali Ramsey Abby McEnaney

Sr. Nodaway-Holt Sr. Rock Port Jr. Fairfax Jr. Mound City So. Mound City Jr. North Nodaway Fr. Tarkio

Honorable mention

FILE PHOTO/St. Joseph News-Press

Mound City’s Lucas Schawang shoots between two Stanberry defenders during the Stanberry Invitational last year. Schawang returns for the Panthers.

Krysta Beattie Emily Graham Nikki Larabee Cambry Schluter Merissa Perkins Cami Scroggins Blair Million

So. Nodaway-Holt Sr. Rock Port Jr. North Nodaway Fr. North Nodaway So. West Nodaway Jr. South Holt Jr. South Holt

boys

First team

Austin Rice Treyton Lewis Nathan Hinrichs Lucas Schawang James Schoonover Zach Lemar Heath Harris Coldin Noellsch Kyle Livengood Dillon Noland

Girls ROCK PORT g Last year: 10-13 (3-4 275) g Coach: Eric Fairchild, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Allison Lawrence, Jr.; F Taya Lewis, So.; G Alex Garst, Jr.; G Leslie Kirkland, Jr. g Key losses: Makayla Vette, Emily Graham, Larissa Kirkland

Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Rock Port Rock Port Craig Mound City Mound City Nodaway Holt West Nodaway South Holt Tarkio Tarkio

second team

Cody Mandeville Jordan Sipes Graham Scarbrough Keiffer Buckles Blake Shamberger Landon Wood Prent Eaton

WEST NODAWAY g Last year: 10-14 (0-7 275) g Coach: Joyce Stiens, entering 5th season g Top returners: G Claire Young, Sr.; F Marissa Perkins, Jr. g Key losses: Kassie Jones, Tessa Lightner, Kristina Calfee

Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr.

Tarkio Craig Craig South Holt Nodaway-Holt West Nodaway Mound City

Honorable mention

NORTH NODAWAY g Last year: 10-14 (4-4 275) FILE PHOTO/St. Joseph News-Press g Coach: Doug Freemyer, East Buchanan’s Sidney Plackemeier, left, battles with Tarkio’s Michelle McEnaney for a loose ball during last year’s Bishop entering 1st season LeBlond’s Holiday Tournament at Grace Gymnasium. g Top returners: G Ali Ramsey, Sr.; G Nikki Larabee, Sr.; G Cambry Schluter, So.; F Leslie Birkenholz, Jr. g Key losses: none

Jacob Sturtz Jeff Atkins Dwight Titus Nick Patterson Jeremiah Bragg Alex Tobin Derek Rohlfsen

Sr. Rock Port Jr. Mound City Jr. North Nodaway Fr. Nodaway-Holt So. South Holt Jr. Tarkio So. Tarkio

* Denotes unanimous decision

TARKIO g Last year: 13-14 (2-5 275) g Coach: Joe Unternarher, entering 4th season g Top returners: F Michelle McEnaney, Sr.; G Abby McEnaney, So.; F Michan Noland, Jr. g Key losses: Denise McEnaney NODAWAY-HOLT g Last year: 18-9 (4-2 275) g Coach: David Carroll, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Megan Rosenbohm, So.; F Krysta Beattie, Jr.; G Amanda O’Riley, Jr.; F Darci Brown, Sr. g Key losses: Jodi Holmes FAIRFAX g Last year: 14-10 (5-2 275) g Coach: Dustin Barnes, entering 6th season g Top returners: G Rebecca Geib, Sr.; G Darian Burke, Sr.; F Nicole Heits, Sr.; G Aleesha Ball, Jr. g Key losses: Ashton Lewis, Emily VanGundy SOUTH HOLT g Last year: 14-10 (4-3 275) g Coach: Stephen Waigand, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Cami Scroggins, Sr.; G Blair Million, Sr.; G Chelsea Acton, Sr. g Key losses: Toshia Jones; Darien Fouts

MOUND CITY g Last year: 21-6 (7-0 275) g Coach: Brooke Crawford, entering 5th season g Top returners: G Abby Haer, Sr.; F Tori Ingram, Sr.; G/F Alex Phillips, Jr.; F Whisper Parrish, Sr. g Key losses: none

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Basketball Preview 2011-12

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ALL-Grand river conference 2010-11 Girls

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second team Katrina Grossman Jr. Hamilton Whitney Bennett Sr. South Harrison Kelly Kern Sr. South Harrison sammie Joe Copeland So. Polo Cassie Teeter Sr. Princeton Danessa Derry Jr. Princeton Honorable mention Kathleen Clevenger Jr. Hamilton Cheyanne stoll Jr. King City Taylor Zimmerson Jr. Maysville Taylor hale So. Maysville Maddy Misel Sr. Polo Nancy Berwanger So. Princeton Tiara pettijohn Sr. South Harrison allison Luke Sr. Stanberry Kelsey stuart Jr. Stanberry Lauren Null Sr. Worth County

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Grand river CONFERENCE boys GALLATIN g Last year: 10-16 (5-4 GRC) g Coach: Brent Burke, entering first season g Top returners: G Derrick Lin, Jr., F Dexter Daniel, Jr.; G Chris Cameron, Jr. g Key losses: Logan Henderson WORTH COUNTY g Last year: 17-10 (6-3 GRC) g Coach: Chris Healy, entering 6th season g Top returners: G Todd Harding, Sr.; F Bryce Ross, Jr.; G Eli Mullock, Sr.; F Jordan Harding, Sr. g Key losses: Alex Harmening, Wyatt McClain, Brian Hall PRINCETON g Last year: 13-12 (3-6 GRC) g Coach: Jeff Wyatt, entering 5th season g Top returners: G Caleb Wyatt, Jr.; C Jake Letner, Sr. g Key losses: Vance Purdun KING CITY g Last year: 14-13 (3-6 GRC) g Coach: Mitch Holder, entering 1st season g Top returners: C John Spiking, So.; F Ilya Stagner, Jr.; G Caleb Eiberger, Jr. g Key losses: Ethan McMillen, Justin Derks STANBERRY g Last year: 15-12 (4-5 GRC) g Coach: Nick Groomer, entering 2nd

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Hamilton guard Andrew Bottorff tries to pass past the defense of Mid-Buchananâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nick Andriano during the fourth quarter of a Class 2 sectional last year at Excelsior Springs High School.

season g Top returners: C Kevin Luke, Sr.; G Trevor Johnson, Jr. g Key losses: Tyler McQuinn ALBANY g Last year: 2-21 (0-9 GRC) g Coach: Kurtis Cox, entering 11th season g Top returners: F Ben Humphrey, Sr.; F Tyler Lupfer, Jr.; G Rudy Sagun, Jr.; G Drew Bain, So. g Key losses: Bryant Cottrill, Caleb Newman

POLO g Last year: 16-10 (4-5 GRC) g Coach: Greg Keith, entering 6th season g Top returners: G Dalton Mills, Jr.; F Ashton Shelton, Sr.; G Zac Freeman, Jr.; F Jack Pile, So. g Key losses: Dillon Hufford HAMILTON g Last year: 27-2 (9-0 GRC), lost in Class 3 quarterfinals g Coach: Ken Ruffcorn, entering 19th season g Top returners: F T.J. Schieber, Sr., G Eli Kipp, Sr.; G Andrew Bottorff, Sr. g Key losses: Keagan Prather, Trevor Dixon, Josh Pickrell SOUTH HARRISON g Last year: 20-5 (8-1 GRC) g Coach: Josh Gannan, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Cole Osborne, Sr.; G Kaid Hendren, Jr.; F Coltyn Clark, Jr.; F Dylan Heitz, So. g Key losses: Billy Wendt, Andy Darby, Kameron McFall MAYSVILLE g Last year: 8-15 (2-7 GRC) g Coach: Ryan Anderson, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Dakota Peterson, Jr.; F Cody Tinder, Jr.; F Brad Munson, Jr.; g Key losses: Kent Munson, Jared Bozarth, Drew Lippold, Josh Silver

boys

First Keagan prather* Billy Wendt* andy Darby* Kevin Luke* Bryce ross* Trevor Dixon

team Sr. Hamilton Sr. South Harrison Sr. South Harrison Jr. Stanberry So. Worth County Sr. Hamilton

second team T.J. schieber Sr. Hamilton Derrick Lin So. Gallatin Dalton Mills So. Polo Dalton Workman Sr. Gallatin Caleb Wyatt So. Princeton Tyler McQuinn Sr. Stanberry Honorable mention ethan McMillen Sr. King City Josh pickrell Sr. Hamilton Kent Munson Sr. Maysville Vance purdun Sr. Princeton Jake Letner Jr. Princeton Cole osborne Jr. South Harrison Kaid hendren So. South Harrison Dylan heitz Fr. South Harrison Todd harding Jr. Worth County * Denotes unanimous decision

Girls

Sr.; F Sydney Hulett, Jr.; G Kelsey Jennings, So. g Key losses: Misti Williams, Tiara Pettijohn, Whitney Bennett,

GALLATIN g Last year: 4-20 (1-8 GRC) g Coach: Rick Lin, entering 20th season g Top returners: F Tory Wood, Sr.; G Kaitlyn Hefley, So. g Key losses: none MAYSVILLE g Last year: 21-6 (6-3 GRC); lost in Class 2 sectionals g Coach: Michael Trussell, entering 4th season g Top returners: G Torri Blythe, Jr.; G Taylor Zimmerman, Sr.; F Taylor Hale, Jr. g Key losses: none HAMILTON g Last year: 23-1 (9-0 GRC) g Coach: David Prather, entering 6th season g Top returners: G Elsie Greenwood, Jr.; F Katrina Grossman, Sr.; F Kathleen Clevenger, Sr.; G Paige Kline, Sr. g Key losses: Lindsay Vollmer

STANBERRY g Last year: 15-11 (6-3 GRC) g Coach: Sarah Jackson, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Robynn Gard, Sr.; F Shanon Luke, Sr.; G Stephanie Luke, Jr. g Key losses: Kaitlyn Mercer, Allison Luke, Karissa Parrish

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Lathrop forward Alex Goodwin blocks the shot of Polo guard Jonna Stottlemyre during last year at the Lathrop Invitational.

SOUTH HARRISON g Last year: 19-7 (8-1 GRC) g Coach: Jeremy Slaughter, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Kelsey Jo Stephens, Sr.; F Ashley Nail,

POLO g Last year: 16-11 (5-4 GRC) g Coach: Greg Keith, entering 3rd season g Top returners: F Sammie Jo Copeland, Jr.; G Jonna Stottlemyre, Sr.; F Kadee Phillips, Sr. g Key losses: Maddy Misel, Alex Thompson WORTH COUNTY g Last year: 3-19 (2-7 GRC) g Coach: April Healy, entering 4th season

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HDC CONFERENCE

ALL-HDC CONFERENCE 2010-11

GirlS WINSTON g Last year: 19-8 (8-2 HDC) g Coach: Lee Warford, entering 7th season g Top returners: G Chandler Newman, Sr.; G Emily McFee, Sr. g Key losses: Rachel Brice CAINSVILLE g Last year: 12-9 (5-5 HDC) g Coach: Chris Thomas, entering 1st season g Top returners: F Michelle Sobotka, Jr. g Key losses: Sherea Wilson GILMAN CITY g Last year: 5-19 (2-8 HDC) g Coach: Jacob Wilson, entering 4th season g Top returners: G Saige Johnson, Sr. g Key losses: Danielle Myers, Shelby Harris, Maggie Ward NORTH HARRISON g Last year: 15-10 (6-3 HDC) g Coach: Aaron Long, entering 3rd season g Top returners: F Rachel Thomsen, Sr. g Key losses: Chandelar Carrey, Chelsea Parkhurst MERCER g Last year: 27-1 (10-0 HDC), lost in Class 1 sectionals g Coach: Dan Owens, entering 12th season g Top returners: G Sierra Michaelis, Jr.; G Courtney Owens, Jr. g Key losses: Mandy Eastin, Sydney Stark, Jessica Laswell TRI-COUNTY g Last year: 6-17 (2-7 HDC)

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Mercer guard Sierra Michaelis moves up court against Jefferson forward Chelsey Merrigan during a Class 1 sectional last year at Bearcat Arena.

BOYS RIDGEWAY g Last year: 10-14 (2-6 HDC) g Coach: Michael Cady, entering 3rd season g Top returners: F Joe Longo, Jr.; G Jason Fitzpatrick, Sr.; G Ben Rinehart, So.; F Matthew Craig, So. g Key losses: Coy Rinehart WINSTON g Last year: 6-19 (2-7 HDC) g Coach: Tim Harding, entering 1st season g Top returners: F Zak Clark, Sr. g Key losses: Cody Youtsey, Taner Caldwell NEWTOWN-HARRIS g Last year: 19-7 (7-1 HDC) g Coach: Corbin Coe, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Adam Crawford, So.; F Micah Busick, So. g Key losses: Kameron Cool, Japheth Busick GILMAN CITY g Last year: 22-5 (9-0 HDC), lost in Class 1 sectional g Coach: Brent Burke, entering 12th season g Top returners: F Brennon Carey, Sr.; G Mason Ward, Sr.

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Gilman Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brennon Carey goes for a rebound against Jefferson during a Class 1 sectional last year at Bearcat Arena.

g Key losses: Taylor Eoff, Nick Wilson, Ross Oram

MERCER g Last year: 14-12 (6-3 HDC) g Coach: Tina Holt, entering 3rd season g Top returners: G Colton Hartley, Jr.; F Garrett Noe, So. g Key losses: Derek Burndt, Ty Noe GRUNDY COUNTY g Last year: 6-15 (4-4 HDC) g Coach: Les Jackson, entering 30th season g Top returners: G Brody Hatcher, Jr.

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g Coach: Chad Sullenger, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Madison Huston, Sr.; F Paiten Hamilton, Sr.; G Timbre Gardner, Jr. g Key losses: Hannah Sweet RIDGEWAY g Last year: 11-15 (6-4 HDC) g Coach: Tom Hogan, entering 16th season g Top returners: G Natasha Selby, Sr., G Kandace Oakley, Jr. g Key losses: Hannah Booth, Rilee Ellis GRUNDY COUNTY g Last year: 9-13 (6-3 HDC) g Coach: Michael Kaufman, entering 3rd season g Top returners: F Shelbi Stimpson, Sr., F Marina Monday, Sr. g Key losses: Bailey Brown, Mina Headrick PATTONSBURG g Last year: 6-19 (2-8 HDC) g Coach: Derek Petty, entering 1st season g Top returners: F Morgan Gardner, Sr.; G Emily Dilley, Sr.; F Samantha Parman, Jr.; F Anna Morris, Jr. g Key losses: Sarah Emerson NEWTOWN-HARRIS g Last year: 15-10 (6-3 HDC) g Coach: Ty Bell, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Tara Collings, Sr.; G Mercedes Foster, Sr.; F Becca Johnson, So.; G Madison Houston, So. g Key losses: none

g Key losses: Jordan Whitney, Shawn Gott TRI COUNTY g Last year: 12-11 (5-3 HDC) g Coach: Chad Sullenger, entering 3rd season g Top returners: G/F Myles Dustman, Sr.; G Gary Eads, Sr.; G Trenton Troyer, Sr. g Key losses: Jake Cook, Ben Troyer CAINSVILLE g Last year: 1-16 (0-9 HDC) g Coach: Chris Thomas, entering 1st season g Top returners: none submitted by coach g Key losses: Garrett Barton, Cody Crouse PATTONSBURG g Last year: 2-18 (1-7 HDC) g Coach: Dan Street, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G/F Dakota Tucker, Jr.; F Tyler Fore, Sr. g Key losses: Dillon Lowery NORTH HARRISON g Last year: 18-8 (6-2 HDC) g Coach: Ryan Purdun, entering 6th season g Top returners: none submitted by coach g Key losses: Aaron Thomsen, Tanner Bowen

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rachel Thomsen*

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North Harrison

sierra Michaelis*

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North Mercer

Courtney owens*

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hannah Booth*

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Ridgeway

Chandler Newman*

Jr.

Winston

saige Johnson

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Gilman City

shelbi stimpson

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Grundy County

amber Mullen

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Winston

HOnOraBle mentiOn sherea Wilson Sr. Cainsville Michelle sobotka So. Cainsville Danielle Meyers Sr. Gilman City Bailey Brown Sr. Grundy County Kassidy stark So. North Mercer sarah emerson Sr. Pattonsburg hannah sweet Sr. Tri-County emily Mcfee Jr. Winston rachel Brice Sr. Winston COaCH OF tHe Year Dan owens North Mercer

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Sr.

Gilman City

Nick Wilson*

Sr.

Gilman City

Kameron Cool*

Sr.

Newton-Harris

Japheth Busick*

Sr.

Newton-Harris

aaron Thomsen*

Sr.

North Harrison

Colton hartley*

So.

North Mercer

Coy rinehart*

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Ridgeway

ross oram

Sr.

Gilman City

Jordan Whitney

Sr.

Grundy County

Tanner Bowen

Sr.

North Harrison

HOnOraBle mentiOn Brennon Carey Jr. Gilman City Micah Busick Fr. Netwon-Harris Derek Berndt Sr. North Mercer Myles Dustman Jr. Tri-County Jake Cook Sr. Tri-County Cody youtsey Sr. Winston COaCH OF tHe Year Brent Burke Gilman City * Denotes unanimous selection

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PLATTE VALLEY CONFERENCE GIRLS DEKALB g Last year: 7-18 (3-5 PVC) g Coach: Jessi Fogal, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Kaley Pyles, Sr.; G Tiffany Bomberger, Jr.; G Alyssa Jones, Jr. g Key losses: Beth Christian, Jaycee Nurski JEFFERSON g Last year: 27-4 (8-0 PVC), finished 4th in Class 1 g Coach: Tyler Pedersen, entering 4th season g Top returners: F Jill Henry, Jr.; G Kendle Schieber, Sr.; F Ashley Merrigan, Sr.; G Shanna Welch, Jr. g Key losses: Chelsey Merrigan NORTH ANDREW g Last year: 15-11 (6-2 PVC) g Coach: Jeff Walker, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Danielle Chambers, So.; G Brittany Bisig, Sr.; F Cheyenne Long, Sr. g Key losses: Hallie Dudley

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Jeffersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kendle Schieber, right, fights for a loose ball during last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Class 1 third-place game against Montrose at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

NORTHEAST NODAWAY g Last year: 23-5 (7-1 PVC) g Coach: Vance Proffitt, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Michelle Schulte, Sr.; G Rachel Runde, Sr. g Key losses: Blair Schmitz, Kristin Sherry OSBORN g Last year: 10-14 (3-5 PVC) g Coach: Harry Elder, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Courtney Nichols, Jr.; F

Courtney Thompson, Jr.; G Sarah McKay, So. g Key losses: Jenny Hutton SOUTH NODAWAY g Last year: 10-14 (5-3 PVC) g Coach: Aaron Murphy, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Cheyanne Murphy, Sr.; F Brooke Wolf, Sr. g Key losses: Lindsay Coffman, Marissa McConkey STEWARTSVILLE g Last year: 3-21 (0-8 PVC) g Coach: Brian Whitmer, entering 3rd season g Top returners: none submitted by coach g Key losses: Alexis Letchworth UNION STAR g Last year: 2-21 (1-7 PVC) g Coach: Angelica Gilpin, entering 1st season g Top returners: F/G Hannah McGinnis, Sr.; G Callie Mitchell, So. g Key losses: Hillary Todd, Kaylee Barnett, Hannah Todd

ALL-PLATTE VALLEY confErEncE 2010-11 GIRLS

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HonoRabLe mentIon Kaley pyles Jr. DeKalb Tiffany Bomberger So. DeKalb shanna Welch So. Jefferson hillary Todd Sr. Union Star Kaylee Barnett Sr. Union Star

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boyS UNION STAR g Last year: 5-19 (1-6 PVC) g Coach: Aaron Carpenter, entering 1st season g Top returners: F Nick Palmer, Jr.; F Ryan Hutchcraft, Jr. g Key losses: Sean Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell, Albert Moran JEFFERSON g Last year: 27-4 (8-0 PVC), finished 3rd place in Class 1 g Coach: Tim Jermain, entering 12th season g Top returners: F Clayton Schieber, Sr.; F Charles Miller, Sr.; G Zach Jermain, Jr.; F Blake Meyer, Jr. g Key losses: Jacob Stoll, Norbert Henry, Colton Holtman NORTHEAST NODAWAY g Last year: 19-8 (5-3 PVC) g Coach: Chaim Jenkins, entering 1st season

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g Top returners: F Dalton Welch, Sr.; G Bryce Wiederholt, Sr.; F Kevin Stoll, Jr.; G Aaron Patton, Jr. g Key losses: Colby Wiederholt, Bryce Farnan NORTH ANDREW g Last year: 7-17 (3-5 PVC) g Coach: Rory Jackson, entering 1st season g Top returners: G Cody Edwards, Sr.; F Quayde Bauman, So. g Key losses: Chris Roush, Blaise Heckman, Drew Beggs DEKALB g Last year: 24-5 (6-2 PVC), lost in Class 2 quarterfinals g Coach: Ryan Nichols, entering 3rd season g Top returners: C Derek Brock, Sr.; G Brent Bush, Sr.; G Kolby Reagan, Sr.

g Key losses: John Stahl, Scott Harvey OSBORN g Last year: 8-15 (3-5 PVC) g Coach: Harry Elder, entering 2nd season g Top returners: G Ryan Graeff, Sr.; G Lane Allen, Jr. g Key losses: none STEWARTSVILLE g Last year: 3-24 (0-8 PVC) g Coach: Brian Whitmer, entering 14th season g Top returners: none submitted by coach. g Key losses: Lafayette Fleeks SOUTH NODAWAY g Last year: 6-17 (3-5 PVC) g Coach: Dustin Skoglend, entering 1st season g Top returners: C Zach Hilsabeck, Sr.; G Cody Burden, Sr. g Key losses: Brandon Cozine

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DeKalb guard Kolby Reagan goes in for a layup during a game against South Holt last year at DeKalb High School. Reagan, already a three-year starter, helped lead the Tigers to the Class 2 District 16 championship â&#x20AC;&#x201D; the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first in boys basketball since 2000.

FIRSt team Brent Bush* Jr. DeKalb Jacob stoll* Sr. Jefferson Clayton schieber* Jr. Jefferson Derek Brock Jr. DeKalb Kolby reagan Jr. DeKalb Blane Wilson Jr. Elwood Keyton harrington Sr. Elwood Norbert henry Sr. Jefferson Colton holtman Sr. Jefferson ryan Graeff Jr. Osborn Bryce farnan Sr. NE Nodaway Colby Wierderholt Sr. NE Nodaway HonoRabLe mentIon Bryson Wilson Sr. Elwood Keegon harrington Sr. Elwood Lafayette fleeks Sr. Stewartsville Cody edwards Jr. North Andrew aaron patton So. NE Nodaway sean oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell Sr. Union Star * Denotes unanimous decision

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