The Rich Hill Tigers are in the Class One, District Three semi-finals Friday night at Jasper after a big win last Friday night 42-0 against McAuley Catholic. It was a banner night for Rich Hill Tiger senior Jacob Thompson as the senior accounted for 5 touchdowns on the night, one on the ground and four in the air. The Tigers also scored on the defensive side of the ball last week on an interception, returned back 65 yards by junior Bryant Courter. Head coach Heath Heckadon thought his team struggled early with penalties before settling down. Friday the Tigers face the Jasper Eagles, coming in at 9-1 on the season and a very good football team. Head coach Heath Heckadon likens them a lot offensively to Webb City, in the things they do. Kickoff at Jasper is at 7:00 p.m. with coverage on AM 1240, KNEM and 97.5 FM, KNMO as well as online at www.knemknmo.com. Pregame begins at 6:45 p.m.
Area District Semi-Final Football Matchups for Friday, October 31st
Class 4 District 6
#4 Grain Valley (6-4) @ #1 Harrisonville (9-1)
Class 2 District 4
#4 El Dorado Springs (6-4) @ #1 Lamar (9-1)
Class 1 District 3
#4 Adrian (7-3) @ #1 Cass-Midway (10-0)
Class 1 District 4
#4 Tipton (5-5) @ #1 Osceola (9-1)
Kansas District Play
Fort Scott @ Paola
Fort Scott, KS native, Adam LaRoche, will be looking for a new team for the next Major League Baseball season. The Washington Nationals have declined their option on LaRoche. The Fort Scott High School graduate, and the Nationals had a $15 million mutual option for next season but Washington instead chose to pay him a $2 million buyout. The 34-year-old LaRoche led the Nationals this past season with 26 home runs and 92 RBI's in his fourth season with the club.
Three members of the Nevada Lady Tiger volleyball team have garnered All-Conference honors after their first year of play in the West Central Conference. Senior middle hitter, Rilie Good, and senior setter, Morgan McNeley were named to the W-C-C All-Conference Volleyball Team. Junior libero, Lexie Overton, was the third Nevada player as she received an honorable mention selection. Nevada went 6-6 in West Central Conference play this season. The conference title was shared by Kansas City St. Piux X and Kansas City O'Hara as each went 11-1 in league play.
Several members of the Lamar Tiger football team have received post-season recognition with the Big 8 Conference All-Conference selections. Named to first team offensive honors were tight end Trenton Mooney, guard Clayton Buzzard, all-purpose player Luke Hardman and kicker Todd Morrow. On first team defense are tackle Angus Sprenkle, linebackers Jed Stahl and Johnny Brooks and defensive backs Brett McDonald and Ben Kluhsman. Second team Big 8 honors for Lamar offensively included center Keegan Duncan, quarterback Tripp Tucker and running back Anthony Wilkerson. On defense were end Todd Morrow, defensive back Lakin Hardman and returner Matt Whymon. There was one honorable mention selection for Lamar and that was defensive tackle, Dylon Robertson.
The West Central Conference has announced their All-Conference softball selections for the past fall season. Four Nevada Lady Tigers received All WCC Conference honors while one other was listed on the honorable mention squad. Nevada players receiving All-Conference honors included shortstop Carsten Warner, outfielder Reagan Bradley, pitcher Maddie Hedges and outfielder Cheyenne Brewer. Infielder, Michaela Brewer, was honorable mention selection. Nevada finished second in their first year of play in the West Central Conference.
The Kansas City Royals amazing run through post-season play and hopes of capturing their first World Series title since 1985, came up 90 feet short Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium. Michael Morse's RBI single in the fourth inning broke a 2-2 tie and then World Series MVP, Madison Bumgarner, shut down the Royals the rest of the way to give the San Francisco Giants a 3-2 win. The Giants won the best-of-seven series 4-3. Bumgarner, who shut out the Royals on Sunday, came back on just two days' rest in the fifth inning and pitched five more scoreless innings in Game 7. He gave up a single, then retired the next 14 batters he faced. But with two outs in the ninth, Alex Gordon's hit to left-center was missed by center fielder Gregor Blanco and the error put Gordon at third base as the tying run. Bumgarner, though, got Salvador Perez to foul out and end the game. It was San Francisco's third World Series title in five seasons as this year's championship follows the World Series crowns they won in 2010 and 2012.
The Missouri Tiger basketball team opened the Kim Anderson era with a convincing 72-31 win over the William Jewell Cardinals in exhibition play Wednesday night at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. The Tigers showed the type of defense they hope to employ under Anderson and outrebounded the Cardinals 59-31. Sophomore point guard, Wes Clark, led Mizzou with 14 points while junior Ryan Rosburg added 13 points and eight rebounds to lead the way in the paint. Ten different Tigers scored in the contest in the runaway victory and the Missouri defense held William Jewell to just 17 percent shooting from the field. D'Vante Mosby led William Jewell with eight points. Missouri wraps up their exhibition season on Saturday, November 8th, at home against the University of Missouri-St. Louis. That contest will be broadcast on the Tiger Network and will start at 1:30 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO before the 2:00 p.m. tipoff at Mizzou Arena.