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Streets being monitored by the Trenton Police Department this week as part of the Selective Traffic Enforcement include Oklahoma Avenue, Seventh Street and Pleasant Plain.
The Selective Traffic Enforcement will be monitoring the roadways and streets for traffic violations such as speeding, careless and imprudent driving and failing to stop at stop signs.
Honored by the Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce on Friday night were, from left, front row, Tom Brown and Jean Rousselot, Pillars of the Community; back row, Tim and LeeAnn Allnutt of T&L Auto, Small Business of the Year; and Steve Busch of Trenton Hy-Vee. Large Business of the Year.
Dann Harris of Cainsville was the speaker at Friday night’s Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet.
“The most important things in life are your relationships with other people.”
That is according to motivational speaker Dann Harris, who was the featured speaker at Friday night’s Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet, held at the National Guard Armory.
Harris, a resident of Cainsville, related a personal experience in which he was diagnosed with cancer and was given only a few months to live. It was that diagnosis that prompted him to re-examine his life and it is the relationships he had with his family and friends that he believes helped him to prove that diagnosis wrong. He encouraged those attending to have an impact on others lives and not to wait for a miracle “to live life the way we should.”
In addition to the meal and speech, the chamber recognized two individuals as Pillars of the Community – Tom Brown and Jean Rousselot. Brown, a retired history instructor at Trenton High School and North Central Missouri College, and Mrs. Rousselot, a retired banker, were both honored for their contributions to the community. Each gave brief remarks, thanking the chamber and community for their selection. A short video featuring comments about each of the honorees was also shown.
Recognized as the Small Business of the Year was T&L Auto – Tim and LeeAnn Allnutt. The Large Business of the Year honor was given to Hy-Vee, represented at the podium by store director Steve Busch.
Chamber Executive Director Debbie Carman and Board President Dave Bain served as masters of ceremony. Bain recognized the members of the Chamber Board of Directors while Trenton Ambassadors President Sharon Barnett announced Ambassador members for the past year. Dan Wilford gave the invocation before the meal. Members of the North Central Missouri men’s baseball team assisted with the meal. An auction of items donated by local businesses was also held.
Fourteen members of the Trenton High School Key Club recently attended the 67th annual Missouri-Arkansas District Leadership Conference in Springfield.
Members were presented with many awards and organized a forum for conference attendees. The club was named a Distinguished Key Club earning 182 of 200 points on the Annual Achievement Report. THS Key Club members achieved 2,800 service hours and donated $2,386.00 to charities over the past year.
Ellis Gilham was named a talent finalist with a presentation of an original accordion arrangement of “Wrecking Ball”, “Radioactive”, “Let Her Go” and “Roar.” Malinda Foster won the oratory contest with a speech on the topic of “What Makes a Key Club Strong?” The trio of Dillon Parrack, Maddie Barone, and Ellis Gilham earned second place honors in the video contest.
Junior Nick Gass was named Member of the Year with nearly 100 percent participation and by performing 60 hours of service to date this school year. Faculty Advisor E’Lisha Gass was named Advisor of the Year by the district. The award was presented by Mrs. Gass’ son and former District Executive Board Member Nick Gass.
The club earned first place in Single Service Project with their Santa’s Workshop Project. They also earned top honors in the Major Emphasis Category by creating and donating craft kits to Children’s Mercy Hospital. They will compete in both of those categories at the International level in Anaheim, CA in July.
Members took second place in the competition for most funds raised for the Eliminate Project, a partnership with UNICEF working to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the world, with $18.75 donated per member. They also received a Public Relations Award.
All members of THS Key Club attending presented a forum titled “Planning a Successful Key Club Year.” The pirate-themed presentation attracted more than 100 conference attendees. Senior Shanna Nichols was retired as the district secretary and senior Hayley Mathews was retired as the Division 2 lieutenant hovernor.
Key Club is a service leadership organization for high school students sponsored internationally by Kiwanis. The Missouri-Arkansas district is made up of 118 clubs and 4,500 members. Trenton High School Key Club, chartered in 1992, is sponsored locally by the Trenton Kiwanis Club and has been guided for the past seven years by Kiwanis advisors Kara Helmandollar, Dave and Ruby Woodson and Faculty Advisor E’Lisha Gass. Ruby and Dave Woodson have served as Missouri-Arkansas Adult Staff members for the past 20 years.
Student members of the Trenton Key Club earned second-place honors in the video contest at the district leadership conference. They include, from left, Ellis Gilham, Dillon Parrack and Madie Barone.
Trenton Key Club member Ellis Gilham was named a talent finalist at the district leadership conference, presenting an original accordion arrangement.
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Member of the Trenton Key Club attending the Missouri-Arkansas District Leadership Conference in Springfield were, from left, front row, Bailey Dannatt, Hannah Farmer, Maddie Barone, Ashley Allen; middle row, Alvynne Villacampa, Malinda Foster, Shanna Nichols, Hayley Mathews; and back row, Uriah Hobbs, Sheridan Jamvold, Nick Gass, Ellis Gilham, Drew Dolan and Dillon Parrack.
THS Senior Malinda Foster earned first place in the Oratory Contest.
NCMC Headed To National Tourney After District Title
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The North Central Missouri College Lady Pirates pose with the NJCAA Division II District P championship trophy following an 89-62 win over Mid-South Community College on Saturday in the Ketcham Community Center. The win was the 10th in a row for NCMC.
The North Central Missouri College Lady Pirates are going dancing. At the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton on Saturday, the Lady Pirates secured a spot in the NJCAA Division II National Tournament with an 89-62 win over Mid-South Community College of West Memphis, AR.
The win clinched a District P championship to go along with the Region 16 title NCMC won last Tuesday. It was also the 10th victory in a row for the Lady Pirates, who improved to 17-12 overall on the season. It also sends NCMC to the national tournament for the first time since 2007, when the Lady Pirates finished sixth in the nation.
“It’s super awesome,” Lady Pirates’ Head Coach Jenni Croy said of the win. “In region play you know what you are up against and you know those teams so well. Coming into the district game today we did have some game film on (Mid-South), but we didn’t really know a lot about them. That was a little scary, but we came out and played the way we needed to get to the national tournament. This is just a tremendous opportunity for the kids and NCMC and our community. I was so proud of the support we had from everybody. We had a great crowd, it was a fun atmosphere and I think the kids really thrived off of that.”
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Samone Redditt drives past a Mid-South defender during the Lady Pirates’ 89-62 win. Redditt had 16 points and four assists in the victory.
As lopsided as the final score turned out to be, it took the Lady Pirates a little time to get a handle on the game. NCMC took an early lead, but Mid-South’s Kierra Adams kept her team close with some dominating play inside. An adjustment on defense turned the tide of the game, however, as the Lady Pirates moved to a 2-3 zone and pulled out to a halftime lead of 15 points.
“We came out to start the game in a man-to-man defense and right away we knew we were not going to be able to match up with (Adams),” Croy said. “She was just phenomenal under the basket. So we switched to a 2-3 zone and I think that gave them fits. We were able to double down on (Adams). Really, our defense created our offense and we were able to stop them from scoring. The kids made that adjustment and obviously it worked out for us.”
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NCMC Coach Jenni Croy takes down the net following the Lady Pirates’ win over Mid-South in Saturday’s District P championship.
The Lady Pirates weathered an early run by Mid-South in the beginning of the second half, but the lead would never fall below 11 points. The Lady Pirates quelled the rally and began to pull away. Long before the game’s final buzzer, NCMC knew it was heading back to the national tournament.
The Lady Pirates were led by Sydnee Rounkles, who had 20 points, six rebounds and four assists. Kayla Oetterer added 16 points and 10 rebounds, racking up another double-double. Samone Redditt added 16 points as well, doing the bulk of her damage in the second half.
“Well, in the first half I was in foul trouble,” Redditt said. “Coach just told me I was rested and to make the second half better than the first one. I came out and didn’t think as much as I did in the first half. I just went with my gut and went to the hole.”
Redditt also added four assists. Nancy Berwanger scored 14 points and had four assists and two steals and Brooke Parton finished with nine points, five assists and two steals. Megan O’Dell had six points, Jackie Graham added five points and two steals and Lexi Hope rounded out NCMC’s effort with three points, three assists and two steals.
It’s hard to believe now after 10 straight wins, a region championship and a district title, but the Lady Pirates were once 4-9 and mired in a seven-game losing streak. The turnaround has been nothing short of monumental.
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Sydnee Rounkles puts up a shot during the Lady Pirates’ district-winning victory on Saturday. Rounkles led the Lady Pirates with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists.
“I don’t know how it happened or when it happened,” Croy said of the turnaround. “It seemed to happen right after Christmas break. We had a rough stretch there when we first got back and then they just got focused. We kind of preached to them that our tough schedule was going to get us where we wanted to be in the end and they really bought into that. They are a tight-knit group. They have fun together and there is something to be said about chemistry. We have great kids who care about each other. You watch us warming up and we don’t look like the most athletic team, but then we come out on the floor and play so well together. I think that has really been what’s changed here in the second half of the season.”
The Lady Pirates are one of 16 teams advancing to the national tournament, which begins on Tuesday, March 18 at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS. Daily passes are available and will cost $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 65-and-over and high school and college students. Admission for children 7-12 is $1 per day and children under six will be admitted for free.
Seeding for the tournament will take place on Tuesday (March 11) and will be done so by sectional directors in conjunction with the NJCAA National Office.
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The Lady Pirates hoist the district championship trophy at center court following their victory over Mid-South on Saturday in Trenton.
In a wild finish at St. Joseph on Saturday, the Mercer Lady Cardinals saw their chance at a return trip to state fall just short with a 64-56 loss to North Andrew in overtime at the quarterfinal level of the state playoffs.
Mercer fell behind 8-5 in the opening quarter and things looked bleak at halftime after an 18-10 run by North Andrew put Mercer in a 26-15 hole. Mercer began the trek back in the third quarter, however, going on a 24-17 run. With just over six minutes left in the game, Mercer finally drew even with North Andrew on a pair of free throws by Lindsay Wyatt.
The game went back-and-forth from that point to the final buzzer. The eventful stretch saw Mercer lose its leading scorer in Bailey Owens, who went down with a knee injury; hold the ball for the final shot, which missed; and get a second chance at a final shot, which also missed.
In overtime, the weight of losing its leading scorer and missing two opportunities to win the game in regulation took its toll on Mercer. North Andrew outscored the Lady Cardinals 12-4 in the bonus period, putting an end to another outstanding year for Mercer.
Leading the way for the Lady Cardinals was Owens, who scored 17 points to go with six rebonds and three assists before the injury. Wyatt added 16 points and six assists and Nicole Kost and Hayley Sample each finished with nine points. Kost also had seven rebounds and three steals and Sample added two assists. Breanna Main rounded out Mercer’s total with five points and eight rebounds.
“I am really proud of the leadership shown by our two seniors, Hayley Sample and Cheyenne Mendenhall,” Mercer Head Coach Dan Owens said. “Hayley was able to lead us on the floor, but Cheyenne loves to win and did all of the things in the locker room, on Facebook and on the practice floor to help us be successful. I will miss coaching both of these kids as they were great to be around and they leave our basketball program by giving the community of Mercer many great memories.”
With the loss, Mercer finished the season with a 27-2 mark.
Tickets for the Trenton Rotary Club’s “Trenton’s Got Talent” youth showcase are now on sale.
The event will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 in the TMS gym. Admission is $5. Tickets are available at Hoffman-Reed, Hometown Pharmacy, Farmers Bank of Northern Missouri, the Trenton Republican-Times or from any Rotary member.
The North Central Missouri College women’s basketball team is selling championship t-shirts commemorating their Region 16 and District P championships.
Orders are being taken now through noon on Tuesday. The cost of the shirts is $12 for a t-shirt, $15 for a long-sleeved t-shirt, $20 for a crew neck and $22 for a hoodie. Sizes beyond XL are available for $1 extra per X added.
Persons can order shirts by contacting Lady Pirates’ Head Coach Jenni Croy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 359-3948 ext. 1456.
The Pleasant View R-6 Board of Education will meet in regular session at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the school math room.
Items on the announced agenda include the transportation contract, seventh and eighth grade track, the MSBA board report, MSBA policy updates, school pictures, program evaluations, employee and public comments and the superintendent’s report. An executive session for personnel is also planned.
The Grundy R-5 Elementary Basketball Tournament came to a close with one final night of basketball on Friday night in Galt. In girls action, Newtown-Harris defeated Pleasant View 18-11 and Grundy R-5 topped Laredo 13-8. Boys games saw Pleasant View score a 22-5 win over Newtown and Laredo defeated Grundy 21-9.
Gabby Nielson and Hanna Garcia led the Newtown-Harris girls with eight points each and Teya Cooksey led Pleasant View with nine points. Katie Turpin had seven points and Dorothy Mathews scored four to pace the Grundy R-5 girls. Jandie Peterson had six to lead the Laredo squad.
Logan Stanton scored eight points to lead the Pleasant View boys. Preston Harris added six for the Blue Jays while Sam Schilling and Chase Otto both scored four points. Newtown was led by four points from Ryan Metcalf. Cooper Lewis had nine and Logan Foster had eight for Laredo and Grundy R-5 got four points from Darian Eckert and three from Royce Jackson.