Sports

Rocket volleyball continues rebuild under Coach Talmadge

By Jacki Wood Practice Makes Permanent. That’s the team motto for the West Nodaway volleyball team as it enters the 2019 season. Selina Talmadge returns as head coach and will be assisted by Tricia Fast. “Last year was a year for rebuilding as it was my first year with these girls,” Talmadge said. “And we

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Northwest Missouri lawmakers place their bets on squads

A gridiron rivalry between two neighboring colleges moves from the playing field to the halls of government as two northwest Missouri legislators raise the stakes for their favorites. State Sen. Dan Hegeman, R-Cosby, and State Sen. Tony Luetkemeyer, R-Parkville, show their support for colleges in their districts with a friendly wager. On September 5, the

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Junior core to lead young Bluejay softball team

By Jacki Wood The Northeast Nodaway softball team returns a slew of juniors to a fairly young team in 2019. Third-year head coach Mandy Adwell said she is hopeful as the season approaches. “We have a young team coming in so I am hopeful that the older students can teach the younger ones the ropes

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Hard work, communication key to success for Platte Valley softball

By Jacki Wood The Platte Valley softball co-op between Jefferson and South Nodaway enters its fourth season. And the tradition they have built will remain the same. “We always want to improve from the year before,” Coach Shelly Deen said, who is in her ninth year as head coach. She will be assisted by Adam

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Maryville football returns with a vengeance in 2019

By Jacki Wood Vengeance. “Punishment inflicted in retaliation for an injury or offense; retribution” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary). #Vengeance. Motto for the Maryville Spoofhounds football team as it begins the 2019 season. Playing with a vengeance should lead to plenty of the same success fans have seen over the last eight years under the direction of head

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Spartan football foresees fast-paced offense again in 2019

By Jacki Wood The South Holt/Nodaway-Holt football team will look to its youth for success in the 2019 season after the Spartans went 5-6 overall and 4-4 in conference action last year. They will once again be led by head coach Josh Petersen and assisted by Cody Hasekamp. “We have a lot of players stepping

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Tiger football to see increase in NEN players in 2019

By Jacki Wood After winning the 8-man state championship in 2017 and finishing as runners-up in 2018, the Worth County Tigers will see a much younger and inexperienced team as they enter the 2019 season. But head coach Chris Healy doesn’t want that to be a factor in what his team can accomplish. Instead, they

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Returning upperclassmen will be pivotal for Platte Valley football

By Jacki Wood The Platte Valley football team returns a trio of upperclassmen who will lead the co-op of South Nodaway and Jefferson athletes. Head coach Cree Beverlin said Dalton Luke, Patrick O’Connor and Vincent Holtman will be the team leaders as they enter the 2019 season and the eighth year of the football co-op.

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