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S-C students ‘strive’ for successful school year

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The 2014-15 school year is off to a smooth start at Smith-Cotton High School after students returned to class Thursday morning.Students started their morning by picking up their class schedules in the gym and making their way to their first class. Plenty of teachers and staff members lined each hallway to assist any student who looked a little lost.“Traffic control went great, all the students seemed excited to start the year off,” said Principal Wade Norton. “We’re off to a good start.”

 

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Quarterback Chase Lyles enters the 2014 season as one of two seniors on the Sacred Heart Gremlins, which leaves several young players to lead and develop.Lyles has had familiar faces around for his first three seasons, including running back Michael Hohne. Three of last season’s three offensive linemen will also be replaced with younger players, including center Clint Spangler.“I think it’s going to be fine,” Lyles said. “I’ve played w...

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Head Coach: Kris Conley, first yearLast Season: 2-8, lost to Crest Ridge in first round of districtsTop Players Returning: Trevor Phillips, RB; Mario Persell, WR; Rhett Snider, Slot; Trevor Harrison, RG-DE; Jared Dillon, LG; Justin Mitchell, DETop Players lost: Jeffery Hall, QB; Nate Vogelsmeier, WRTop Newcomers: Austin Bolend, RB-DB; Andrew Krause, QB-DB; Kyle Messer, OL-DL; Dillon...

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New coach, new attitude at Knob Noster

Head Coach: Richard Villigram, first yearLast Season: 1-9, lost to Holden in districtsTop Players Returning: Trent Wellman, TE; Cody Sellers, DL-OL; Jake Andrews, DL-OL; Darryl Davis, LB-FB; Jon Waller, WR-CBOffense: 2-back, some single-backDefense: 4-3Outlook:Richard Villigram brings with him a new attitude to his first year a...

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Smith-Cotton implements new defensive system

The Smith-Cotton defense will have a new look this season as first-year head coach Ryan Boyer has installed a 3-4.The scheme is something Boyer and defensive coordinator Charlie McFail decided to go with after discussions to see what the Tiger players and coaches would be the most comfortable with.“We don’t want to put either one in an uncomfortable situation,” Boyer said. “In evaluating it, we said that would be the best fit for this group.”...

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Head Coach: Caleb Crooker, 13th yearRecord at School: 60-63Last Season: 4-6, beat Chilhowee in first round of districts, lost to Hardin-Central in second roundTop Players Returning: Daniel Blaylock, QB; Garren Powell, RB; Alex Brockman, RBTop Players lost: Cortlen Austin, All-State QB-CB-P; Matt Locke; Brian WareOffense: “We’r...

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The Smith-Cotton football team has a new football coach and Ryan Boyer brought a new playbook with him.“Right now we’re putting everything together, implementing our new pass plays, our new runs plays, just learning the new terminology,” said quarterback Caleb Reed.“We’re doing a whole new playbook and taking different steps as linemen,” said LJ Marsh. “We’re picking up nice and fast. We’re learning a lot more plays a...

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Heat causing schedule changes

Expected high temeratures which already altered the high school schedules for today’s week-one football games is now changing some things for Saturday.The Smith-Cotton boys soccer tournament has moved several Saturday games up. The consolation game will begin at 8 a.m. at Susie Ditzfeld Field with the championship game at 10 a.m. at Susie Ditzfeld and the third-place game at 10 a.m. at Clover Dell.Friday’s games remain as scheduled but there will be a built-i...

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Girl Scouts to host Color Run

The Pettis County Girl Scouts are ready to host their third fundraiser of the summer to help with funds for Camp Sacajawea with a 5K Color Walk/Run set for Saturday morning.Charlotte Scholl, an organizer, said she was inspired to host the event in Sedalia when two of her scouts who are in college sent her photos of Color Runs at their schools. On Saturday, local Girl Scouts will be armed with bottles of colored powder, ready to cover runners in bright colors as they run past.

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Lady Tigers look to pick it up in conference, district

The preseason has been completed for the Smith-Cotton High School volleyball team. The Lady Tigers swept Jefferson City, Marshfield and Camdenton on Tuesday at Camdenton’s scrimmage.“We have a lot to look forward to if that’s our starting point,” said coach Darcia Koetting.Smith-Cotton had its C-Team, JV and varsity scrimmage against each other Wednesday. The regular season begins Monday at Jefferson City.The Lady Tigers came close to c...

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Criterium cyclists to heat up pavement Saturday

Cyclists will be heating up the pavement Saturday in the 10th annual rain or shine Sedalia Downtown Criterium bicycle race and visitors are welcome to bring lawn chairs for this free, family event.Usually a two-day event with a road race on Sunday, this year will only feature the Criterium race on Saturday.For those who wish to know, Criterium is defined by Merriam-Webster as, “a bicycle race of a specified number of laps on a closed course over public roads closed...

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Newcomers boost Smith-Cotton roster

Tanner Proctor is a senior at Smith-Cotton, but out on the football field he is a rookie.“I figured it’s my senior year, I’ve got nothing better to do during the fall, I’m usually just sitting around,” he said. “A lot of my friends are playing. I might as well come out and give it a try.”

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Aug. 21 Crash Reports

Woman injured in Pettis CountyA Houstonia woman was injured in a single-vehicle accident at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday in Pettis County.Lisa Bass, 46, was westbound on state Route H near Cherry Tree Lane when her vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree and a concrete culvert before coming to rest in a creek, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol reports.Bass was taken to Bothwell Regional Health Center with minor inj...

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S-C ready for week one

The Smith-Cotton football team is ready to get going.With the season opener at Republic scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, the Tigers are set to open their first season under head coach Ryan Boyer.After a summer full of camps and two and a half weeks of practice, Boyer said the team is ready to play for real.“I think there’s good nervous energy,” he said. “What we like to see is there is that sense of urgency. After going to the jamboree, ...

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Heat advisory in effect 1 p.m. Thursday until 8 p.m. Friday

The National Weather Service in Kansas City/Pleasant Hill has issued a heat advisory, which is in effect from 1 p.m. Thursday to 8 p.m. Friday for portions of eastern Kansas and western Missouri, including Pettis County.Dangerous heat is expected to build into the region. Afternoon temperatures will climb into the mid- to upper 90s with high humidity.The summer has been unseasonably cool so far and these temperatures will be some of the hottest seen so far this year and,...

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Aug. 21 Police Reports

This list is a sampling of crime in Sedalia and the surrounding area. Information is taken from official police reports, which do not necessarily contain statements from all parties involved in each case.Sedalia Police DepartmentArrestsAug. 1911:17 p.m.: Joseph D. Robinson, 49, of the 500 block of West Fourth Street, was arrested near the intersection of Welch Court and Saline Street on a charge of ...

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SH makes first day splash

Things were a little hectic at Sacred Heart School on Wednesday. It was the first day of school for the K-12 building, as well as an early release day for the annual pool party at Liberty Pool, so the bell schedule was different than usual. To make sure everyone got to the right classroom, Principal Gary Manning made the rounds during the first passing period.“I just want to make sure everyone gets to the right place,” Manning said as he climbed the stairs. “We...

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Heat pushes back football kick off times

The heat is changing the schedule for high school football.With week one games slated to kick off Friday, several area teams have moved their start times back because of the expected high temperatures.Smith-Cotton’s opener at Republic will kick off at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.Windsor and Sweet Springs will kick off at 8 p.m. in the Greyhound Trophy game.Cole Camp’s game at home against Skyline will also begin at 8 p.m.Lincol...

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