Trenton’s High School basketball teams are Gallatin Tournament champions. Both the Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs defeated host-school Gallatin on championship day at the tournament Saturday. The Lady Bulldogs won a close one, 47-45, and the Trenton boys won their title by a score of 69-52.
For the second year in a row the Trenton girls captured the Gallatin Tournament championship, but it didn’t come easy. Trenton needed a near buzzer-beating shot from an unlikely hero to escape town with the tournament title.
The Lady Bulldogs led early and held the advantage throughout the first three quarters. Entering the final frame, the Lady Bulldogs led 36-23. Gallatin put on a furious rally in the final frame, however, erasing the deficit.
Gallatin would tie the game with under 20 seconds left and it came down to a final possession for the Lady Bulldogs. Trenton worked the ball into Makaila Capeder for the final shot, but a double team forced her to look to pass. Pass she did to sophomore Ally Ockenfels, who put in the game’s final basket with two seconds left. On a team with four seniors, who have been staples of the program for a long time now, it was the sophomore who clinched the title.
“We came out with a tough win against a good team,” Lady Bulldogs’ Head Coach Brian Upton said. “We really controlled things for three quarters and in the fourth (Gallatin’s) shooting really improved. They hit four three-pointers in the fourth quarter and then two free throws with 15 seconds left to finally tie the score. They came out with a defense we hadn’t seen all game on the final possession, but we got the ball inside to Capeder. Two defenders came to defend her and she found Ockenfels under the basket with about two seconds left. Ally stuck it in and we held on.”
Cassidy Cotton led Trenton with 15 points in the win and Madi Trump finished with nine. Capeder had six points, nine rebounds and five assists, the last of which set up the game winner. McKinley Hurley had six points as well to go with five rebounds and Ockenfels had five points and six rebounds. Cotton was named the Gallatin Tournament MVP and Capeder joined her on the all-tournament team.
“I was proud of how the girls fought through a tough stretch for us. We had trouble making a basket and missed our last five free throw attempts, but they didn’t panic and continued to work as a team and we defended our tournament title.”
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs improved to 4-0 on the season.
After coming up just short of the tournament title last year, the Trenton boys finally broke through, winning the Gallatin Tournament with a 69-52 victory on Saturday. The Bulldogs used a big first quarter run to set the tone for the game. Leading 16-8 after the opening frame, Trenton held Gallatin at bay the rest of the way, outscoring the host school by a point in the second quarter and four points in both the third and fourth quarters.
“It was a pretty good tournament for us,” Bulldogs’ Head Coach Jeremy Austin said. “I thought that we controlled it from the very beginning. That really comes down to having some pretty good ballplayers who are able to make plays in big games and little games, either way.”
Trenton was led by Chase Tolson, who had 23 points, five assists and five rebounds in the win. Tolson was named the tournament’s MVP. Wilson Utley had 14 points, three assists, 10 rebounds and two steals. Chris Kurtz and Cree Mullenix each scored 10 points, with Kurtz adding three assists and Mullenix totaling 10 rebounds and three assists. Kurtz was also named to the all-tournament team. Trenton also got five points from Colton Neff, four from Chris Flowers and one point, five assists and five rebounds from Kail McCarter.
“We were very balanced I thought,” Austin said. “We scored well inside, we scored outside, we handled the ball really well and we shot really well. Our defense looked good the last game. The last game was definitely our best game of the tournament. Our guys really, really worked hard and we kind of made a couple of minor changes and we looked a little bit different because of them.”
With the win, Trenton improved to 3-1 overall.
Both Trenton squads will hit the road on Tuesday, traveling to Bethany for a doubleheader with South Harrison at 6 p.m.
Trenton’s wrestling junior class is going to make some noise this season. That much is clear after Saturday’s Marceline Tournament. Trenton had two junior wrestlers place in the top two of their respective A brackets and another finish fourth. The bulldogs also had a sophomore place second in an A pool bracket.
Mason Mounce continued a strong start to what is expected to be a great season, winning the A pool of the 170-pound weight class, going 4-0 with four pins. Thomas Mack at 160 and Trey Shields at 182 both finished runner up in A pools of their respective weights. Both finished 4-1 on the day.
“The Marceline Tournament lived up to its reputation of being one of the toughest Class 1 tournaments in the state of Missouri,” Trenton Head Coach Charlie Bacon said. “The junior class led the way and were the top performers for us. Mason Mounce looked very dominant over all four of his opponents throughout the whole day at 170. Mason seemed to be in a league of his own today, winning all of his matches by pin. Thomas Mack also looked very dominant at 160. Thomas had some tough matches throughout the day, but always seemed to pull through when it counted, losing only his last match of the day in a tough 160 bracket. Sophomore Trey Shields also had a very good day, placing second in a tough 182 bracket, losing only to top-ranked J.J. Obongo from Brookfield in his last match. I was really happy with the way Trey stepped up today in a tough 182 bracket.”
Behind the trio, Dalton Ellis, another junior, finished fourth in the 145-pound A pool. Ellis finished 3-2 on the day in his pool.
“Dalton Ellis also had a good day, placing fourth in the A pool, losing a couple of close matches to quality opponents,” Bacon said. “Dalton’s positive attitude and desire to win should allow him to improve even more throughout the season.”
Other Trenton A pool wrestlers included Brendon Johnson, who was fifth in the 113-pound A pool with a 1-4 record, and Wynne DeVorss, who was 0-5 in the 138-pound A pool. The win for Johnson was his first varsity victory, something Cole Little also experienced. Little was 1-3 in the 220-pound B pool.
“I was also proud of some of our younger and more inexperienced wrestlers throughout the day,” Bacon said. “Freshmen Brendon Johnson and Cole Little each won their first varsity match, which is always a great feeling. I see a lot of great potential for these two young men and feel like they will improve tremendously throughout the season.”
Other Trenton wrestlers in action on the day included Daniel Rodriguez, who was third in the 106-pound B pool with a 3-2 record; Colton Allen, who was third in the 152-pound B pool with a 3-2 record; Colby Weaver, who was fourth in the 132-pound B pool with a 1-3 record; Chris Brown, who was 0-2 in the 195-pound B pool; Logan Lowrey, who was 0-4 in the 132-pound B pool; and Conner Lovell, who was 0-5 in the 106-pound B pool.
“Freshman Daniel Rodriguez and Conner Lovell also got some valuable experience at the varsity level.” Bacon said. “Daniel won three very close matches throughout the day, which is a huge accomplishment for a freshman at this tournament. Conner struggled to find a win, but gained some great experience against some good opponents. Colton Allen is another kid who won some of his first varsity matches, finishing with a 3-2 record on the day. I really think Colton is improving every time he steps on the mat. All of our kids got some great experience, win or lose, during the day, which will only help them get better throughout the season. We did some very good things and some of us made some crucial mistakes, but it is early in the season and we now know what we need to work on more.”
Trenton will be back on the mat on Tuesday, wrestling at home. The Bulldogs are host to South Harrison and Gallatin in a triangular match at 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 9
- TMS basketball @ South Harrison, 4:30 p.m.
- TMS wrestling vs. Maysville/ Lawson, 6:00 p.m.
- THS freshmen basketball @ Chillicothe, 6:00 p.m.
- Tri-County @ Maysville, 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 10
- THS Varsity Basketball @ South Harrison, 6:00 p.m.
- THS wrestling vs. South Harrison/Gallatin, 6:00 p.m.
- Tina-Avalon @ Grundy R-5, 6:00 p.m.
- Gilman City @ Galaltin, 6:00 p.m.
- Mercer @ Green City, 6:00 p.m.
- Pattonsburg @ Tri-County, 6:00 p.m.
- East Harrison @ Princeton, 6:00 p.m.
- Newtown-Harris @ North Harrison, 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11
- NCMC men @ Westminster (Fulton) 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 12
- TMS Basketball @ Gallatin, 4:30 p.m.
- THS wrestling @ Albany w/ Southwest, 6:00 p.m.
- THS freshmen basketball @ Lawson, 6:00 p.m.
- Grundy R-5 @ Green City, 6:00 p.m.
- Princeton @ Mercer, 6:00 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 13
- NCMC Women @ Miami-Dade CC, 5:30 p.m.
- THS JV basketball @ Tri-County, 6:00 p.m.
- TMS wrestling vs. Marceline, 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 14
- HDC Conference Tournament begins (Jamesport)
- TMS basketball @ Albany Tournament, 11:00 a.m.
- NCMC Women @ Broward CC, 2:00 p.m.
The North Central Missouri College men’s basketball team’s scheduled match-up with the Westminster College junior varsity on Wednesday has been moved to Fulton. The game, originally scheduled to be played in Trenton, will tip off at 7:30 p.m.
As a result, North Central’s match-up with Westminster on Feb. 7 will be played at home in the Ketcham Community Center. That game will tip off at 7 p.m.
R-T Photo/Seth Herrold
Lexi Hope dribbles against the Barton County defense Friday night at the Ketcham Community Center. Hope scored nine points in the Lady Pirates 85-67 loss.
The North Central Missouri College basketball teams were in action over the weekend. The Lady Pirates were at home twice, hosting Barton County Community College on Friday and Marshalltown Community College on Saturday. The Lady Pirates were unable to win either game, falling 85-67 to Barton and 87-65 to Marshalltown. The North Central men, however, pulled out a close 95-92 victory over the Graceland University junior varsity on the road in Lamoni, IA on Friday.
The Lady Pirates trailed just 36-30 at halftime against Barton. In the second half, however, things slipped away from the Lady Pirates as Barton outscored them 49-37 to get the win.
“We played well in the first half,” Lady Pirates’ Head Coach Jenni Croy said. “We just couldn’t hang on in the second half.”
Kayla Oetterer led NCMC with 17 points and 10 rebounds and Samone Redditt added 14 points. Nancy Berwanger added 12 points and three assists off the bench and Sydnee Rounkles and Lexi Hope both had nine points.
On Saturday, NCMC fell behind early and couldn’t battle back. An injury to Oetterer, serious enough to take her out of the game, didn’t help things. The visitors took full advantage, pulling away to win by 22 points.
“Kayla was injured in the first half, so we were without our post player,” Croy said. “Marshalltown shot the ball well and jumped out to an early lead and we just didn’t have an answer.”
Megan O’Dell led NCMC with 15 points and Redditt added 12. Brooke Parton chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Pirates.
With the two-game sweep, the Lady Pirates fell to 4-7 overall on the season. The Lady Pirates will be back in action on Friday, taking on Miami-Dade Community College in Miami, FL.
The North Central men won in thrilling fashion, rallying down the stretch to top Graceland by three points.
NCMC jumped out to a halftime lead, but Graceland came back to take an eight point lead with two minutes left in the game. NCMC began chipping away and had the deficit cut to five with one minute left. The Pirates continued to frantically carve away at the Graceland lead and North Central pulled ahead in the waning seconds, winning by the three-point margin.
“This was good for the kids to win a close game like this in the manner that we did,” Pirates’ Head Coach Steve Richman said. “It was nice to win a game in the way that we have been losing games here lately. I think it is a sign that we are growing up as a team and taking that next step that we need to take.”
North Central was led by Xavier Newson, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds. Jory Woodson added 22 points and was 16-of-17 from the free throw line. Tyrell Thirkield added 17 points and six steals and Tyler Peterson finished with 14 points.
With the win, the Pirates improved to 5-6 on the year. The North Central men will travel to Fulton to take on Westminster College on Wednesday.
The Gallatin and Albany tournaments wrapped up over the weekend, meaning several area teams were in action. Gilman City, Tri-County and Newtown-Harris had their teams in action in Gallatin while the Princeton teams were in action in Albany.
Winston Girls 54
Gilman City Girls 46
The Gilman City girls came up just short in their bid for a consolation title at the Gallatin Tournament, falling to Winston by eight points. Gilman led 17-16 after the opening quarter, but Winston battled back to lead 28-26 at halftime and slowly added to the advantage in the second half.
“We struggled taking care of the ball and didn’t box out,” Lady Hawks’ Head Coach Jacob Shipman said. “Those are two things we must improve on if we want to be successful.”
Mikayla Toombs and Kady Sperry each scored 13 points to pace the Lady Hawks.
With the loss, the Gilman girls fell to 2-2 overall on the season.
Tri-County Boys 66
Gilman City Boys 30
The Tri-County boys topped Gilman City in the seventh-place game in Gallatin. Tri-County’s offense had a big first half, scoring 19 points in the opening frame and tacking on 21 more in the second. Gilman had no answer as Tri-County continued to pull away in the second half.
Tyler Lane led Tri-County with 16 points and Dillon Cook added 15. Tri-County also got 12 points from Nate Sutton and 10 from Jonathan Swymeler. With the win, the Mustangs improved to 2-2 overall on the season.
Gilman City was paced by 24 points from Dylan Sievering. Alec Sievering and Craig Troester each finished with three points.
“Dylan went eight-for-16 on three-pointers for the game, but we were unable to rebound the basketball,” Hawks’ Head Coach Daryl Betts said. Second, third and fourth shot opportunities for Tri-County really let the game slide away. Tri-County played a very aggressive game and are continuing to get better. We just need to learn to defend and box out and success will find us.”
The Hawks fell to 0-4 on the season with the loss. Both Gilman City teams will travel to Gallatin on Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader, which begins at 6 p.m.
Newtown-Harris Girls 52
Tri-County Girls 23
The Newtown-Harris Lady Tigers picked up their second win over Tri-County of the season in the Gallatin Tournament seventh-place game. Newtown led just 6-5 after the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Mustangs 17-8 in the second quarter and 22-7 in the third before coasting to the win in the fourth.
Abby Wells led Newtown with 24 points and Madison Gibson and Allison Gibson each finished with eight. Roni Busick and Becca Johnson both scored six points for the Lady Tigers. The win moved the Lady Tigers to 2-2 on the season.
For Tri-County, Leeza Siddoway and Tayluer Dunks both scored six points and Ami Lane and Katana Almond both finished with four. Tri-County also got two points from Chassity Smith and one point from Ashly Madison.
With the loss, the Lady Mustangs fell to 0-4 on the season. Both Tri-County teams will return to the court tonight, traveling to Maysville for a non-conference doubleheader, which begins at 6 o’clock.
Maysville Boys 49
Newtown-Harris Boys 33
The Newtown-Harris boys’ bid for a consolation title fell short as the Tigers were defeated by Maysville in the consolation final in Gallatin.
No individual scores were reported as of press time.
Both Newtown-Harris teams return to the court on Tuesday, traveling to Eagleville to take on North Harrison in an HDC Conference doubleheader. Action tips off at 6 p.m. with the girls’ game and the boys will follow.
Princeton Girls 45
Worth County 30
The Princeton Lady Tigers closed the Albany Tournament with a win Friday night, claiming the consolation title. Princeton jumped out to a 12-7 first quarter lead, but really took control of the contest in the second, outscoring Worth County, 14-4. The Lady Tigers held the lead through the second half, picking up the victory.
Trinity Kile’s 13 points and Paige Phillips’ 12 led Princeton in the win. The Lady Tigers also got six points from Rebecca Phillips and four each from Maddie Enright, Rachelle Parks and Jasey Smith. Fallon Priest rounded out the Princeton total with two points.
With the win, Princeton improved to 2-2 overall on the season.
Princeton Boys 76
Polo Boys 54
The Princeton boys claimed third place in the Albany Tournament, defeating Polo to earn the trophy. Princeton gained an early advantage with a 21-9 first-quarter run and led 41-22 at the break. Things continued to go the Tigers’ way in the second half as Princeton had no trouble protecting its advantage.
The Tigers were led by Brant Faulkner and Steffan Elliot, each of whom scored 25 points in the win. Justin Hamilton added nine points, Adam McLain finished with six, Hunter Boxley had four, Adam Millburn added two, Levi Wilson had two and Drew Cox finished with one.
The win moved the Tigers to 3-1 overall on the season.
- Girls -
Gilman City 2-2
Grundy R-5 0-2
- Boys -
Grundy R-5 2-0
Gilman City 0-4
NCMC Players Perform at Grundy County Museum.
The Mayor Gives a Welcome to the Crowd.
Statler and Samuel Wiebers were among those enjoying the sleigh display at the Grundy County Museum on Friday night during the annual Downtown Trenton Christmas activities. The boys are the sons of Dan and Tammie Wiebers.
Santa’s visitors make their wishes known.
Coloring at the Grundy County Museum.
Hodge Presbyterian Church Cookie Walk.
Super Star Dancers.
Girl Scouts Making Crafts.
The Dockery Chapel Methodist Church Youth Group Presented Live Nativity Scene.
R-T Photo/Diane Lowrey
Trenton got its first significant snow over the weekend, with Sunday afternoon seeing streets and many sidewalks being cleared. A total of 1.75 inches of snow was measured in Trenton with some areas getting more.
The Trenton Brass is again presenting musical Christmas cards this holiday season and there are still a few spots remaining.
The musical cards will be offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings of this week. The group will go to an individual’s house and perform several Christmas carols.
Members of the group include Tim Gilham, Danny Ebersold, Ralph Boots and Al Trump, trumpets; Buddy Hannaford, horn; Pam Hattesohl, trombone; and Anita VonBurg and Dennis Browning, tubas.
Persons who would like to send a unique holiday wish to that “someone special,” can reserve a musical Christmas card by calling Hannaford at 359-2762. This is a free community service provided by the Trenton Brass.