Ancient Odysseys – Nelson Atkins Museum

Seventh graders and Mrs. Stevener’s World Foods class boarded a bus this past Friday morning for a field trip to the Nelson Atkins Museum in Kansas City.


The 7th graders have been studying Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt in Mrs. Wheatley and Mr. Abend’s class and were excited to see some of the artifacts from this time period in person.

The group arrived in time to take a walk around the grounds including this glass maze which proved to be dangerous for those moving too quickly.  A couple 7th graders walked away with battle scars after a collision with the wall.




After stretching their legs the groups met with docents who shared information and activities with the group in the Nelson’s exhibit of artifacts from the ancient world.  Once docent told Mrs. Wheatley after the tour how impressed she was with the students.

Of course you can’t have a field trip without food.  The group stopped at Freddie’s in Belton for lunch before returning back to school

Boys’ Basketball Report

Jasper Game:

Last Tuesday night the Rich Hill Tigers headed south for another conference game against the Jasper Eagles.  The Tigers were coming off the Archie Tournament the previous week with a victory over the Whirlwinds for a win in the consolation game on Saturday.

The Tigers had a very modest two game winning streak coming to this game. The Tigers got off to a slow start in the first quarter but after a timeout by Coach  Moles the team really seemed to pick it up. Again the full court pressure by the Tigers helps spur their offense into high gear. As well as the Tigers offense was running Japer was even more determined to keep pace and after one quarter the Tigers lead 16-14. In the second quarter Rich Hill maintain their hot shooting hand and were able to build a double digit lead going into the half. In the first half the Tigers were able to land 8 treys  and with solid defense and rebounding were having one of their best halves of the season. In the second half the host team kept applying pressure by trying to match the Tigers offensive outputs never letting them relax. After three periods the Tigers lead 60-45. In the final period of the evening the Eagles made several runs to drop the lead below ten points but Rich Hill maintained their composure by hitting 10/13 free throws and were able to win the game by a score of 78-66. Even though the Tigers gave up 66 points for the evening they played good defense and credit had to be given to Jasper for having a good shooting night. In the end the Tigers hit 13 treys for the evening for a season high in that category, 15-20 free throws and strong rebounding allowed the Tigers to come away with a big win. The Tigers improved their record to 11-7 for the second and 3-1 in the conference. Rich Hill placed six players in the scoring column with four of those in double figures.

Archie Game:

On Friday night the team from Rich Hill traveled to Archie for their fifth game in eight days and all had been on the road. This would be the third meeting of the year between the two teams and second game in six days. The Tigers had won the two previous meetings. The first few moments of the game started out a little sloppy for the Tigers but they were able to take better control the tempo and were leading after the first period by a score of 16 to 10. The second quarter the Tigers found their offensive stride with better defense and went into half time with a 35-19 lead. The second half was a cold and hot quarter for the Tigers. What had been a 16 point lead at half time evaporated quickly for Rich Hill and the lead was only 8 points barely in the third quarter when a time out was taken and the boys were able right the ship and rebuilding the lead to around twenty points several times. At the start of the four period the Whirlwinds again made some runs but were unable to overcome the double digit lead the Tigers held. With about 3 minutes left in the game both teams went to the benches and in the end Rich Hill defeated the Whirlwinds by a score of 64-48. This win improved the Tigers record to 12-7 for the season and 4-1 in the conference. The Tigers placed five players in the scoring column with three of those in double figures.

The Tigers will get busy in the final two weeks of the regular season with a JV girl and boy only contest on Monday night, followed by a home game on Tuesday night against Liberal in a conference contest. The last of the week will see the Tigers travel to Drexel on Friday night for another conference game and ending the week at Appleton City for the conclusion of the tournament that was rescheduled due to weather in January. The boys will meet the Montrose Blue Jays for the championship at 8:00 PM. Next week the Tigers travel to Lakeland on Tuesday and Leeton on Thursday before coming home to close out the regular season on Friday night against the Appleton City Bulldogs for the final conference game. That night will also be Senior night for the Tigers 

Tigers vs. Northeast Vernon County

The second round of the boys Appleton City Tournament took place on Thursday night
with the Rich Hill Tigers making their fifth trip in a row to the semi-finals. Their
opponent for the evening would be the Knights from Northeast Vernon County. The
Tigers had punched their ticket with a win over the Hume Hornets and the Knights had
advanced with an upset win over the third seeded Appleton City Bulldogs.
In the first quarter both teams found their offenses moving up and down the court
quickly and with a fair amount of success. Neither team was going to blink or be
intimidated by the other and at the end of one quarter the Rich Hill Tigers found them
holding a slime one point lead over the Knights at 16-15. What looked like a game that
could be a close game all night took a turn for the Tigers as they started to apply a
more effective defensive pressure on the NEVC team and were able to turn turnovers
into several points The Knights seemed to have no answer for the Tigers pressure and
saw the lead grow quickly to double digits by the end of the first half. At the half the
Tigers lead by a score of 38-24.
At half time Rich Hill coaches made some defensive adjustments which proved to pay
dividends with their team as the second half started. Early in the third quarter the
Tigers strengthened their defensive capabilities and saw their lead grow to more than
thirty points again using turnovers to create their offensive points from transition shots.
At the four minute mark of the quarter Coach Moles went to his bench to finish out the
frame and at the end of three Rich Hill lead the Knights by a score of 59-29. The fourth
quarter started with a running clock but NEVC was not about to let it run without doing
their best to get it back under thirty and were able to do so. The starters for the Tigers
spent most of the second half on the bench but the younger players were up to the
task and put in some valuable minutes of experience and kept the defensive pressure
on while running good offense to finish the game out. It was a good night for the
Tigers with the final score being Rich Hill 64 NEVC 36. With this victory it moved the
Tigers into the Championship game against the Montrose Blue Jays who defeated
Chilhowee in the last game of the evening. In the game that was to be played on
Saturday night the #2 seeded Tigers were to the Blue Jays that were the top seed of
the tournament. Due to weather this game has been postponed to a later date that will
be announced when a suitable date and time can be found.
The Tigers found their season record improved to 6-5 and are now on a three game
winning streak. For the game the Tigers found seven players in the scoring column with
four of those in double figures. The next week schedule will find the Tigers at home on
Tuesday night against the Midway Vikings who are 1-0 this year against Rich Hill. On
Thursday night the Eldorado Springs Bulldogs will come to town for a boy’s night only.  This again will be a ½ JV boys game with the varsity to follow. On Friday night the girls and boys will travel to Sherwood.

AC Tournament: Tigers vs. Hornets

Round two of the rivalry between the Rich Hill Tigers and the Hume Hornets took place
during the first round of the 2019 Appleton City Tournament. The Tigers came into the
game with a 4-5 and coming off a nice win against Osceola last Friday night at home.
The Hume Hornets entered the game with a record of 2-10 but with this rivalry records
really don’t matter to the players or the fans.