Wins for Boys at Midway

The Rich Tigers traveled to Midway last night for a three game night. The JV Tigers took the floor in the first game and came out strong and played good defense and found themselves with a 12-4 lead after the first quarter. Midway came to life in the second quarter and trimmed the lead for the Tigers 17-13. The third quarter saw both teams stay even and Rich Hill lead 28-23. The fourth quarter saw the game get exciting as Midway hit a couple of threes and closed the gap to tie the score.

At the end of the game the Tigers were able to hit 8/9 free throws which lead to the JV Tigers gaining the victory 43-40. Scoring for the Tigers were Sage Bolser with 11, Bryce Lewis 9, Lane Brown 8, Nate Kithcart 7, Clifton Bridgewater 4, Bryce Yohe 3, and Adrien King added one.

In the last game of the evening the Varsity Tigers were looking to get back into the win column after a loss the night before. The Tigers came out playing a fast pace offense and man to man defense and took the early lead  16-10.
In the second frame Midway was able to close the gap  to 27-26 at the half with a couple of Tigers sitting on the bench in foul trouble.
Coach Moles made his half time adjustments in the defense and a more efficient  offense and it paid dividends with Tigers opening up a ten point lead in the third quarter 45-35.
The Tiger defense tightened up in the final frame holding Midway to just four points and which allowed the team from Rich Hill to win the game 53-39. The Tigers placed three players in double figures lead by Kolby Stueck, Jerry Lakey and Sabin Bolser. The Tigers improved their record to 13-6 for the season. The Tigers will play again on Thursday night at home against the Archie Whirlwinds in a rescheduled game from earlier in the month. There will only be a varsity girls and boys game that night starting at 5:30

America’s Farmers GROW Rural Education

Calling all area farmers!  Take a minute to nominate the Rich Hill R-IV District for the America’s Farmers GROW Rural Education STEM grant.  When farmers nominate their public school district, they enter the school for the opportunity for a $10,000 or $25,000 STEM grant.   (S – science, T – technology, E – engineering, & M – math)

Eligible Farmer –An Eligible Farmer must: 1) be 21 years of age or older at time of nomination, and 2) be actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of any crop. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work on the farm, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Please take a moment to click the link below and complete the entry!

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RH vs. KC Lutheran

The Tigers took to the floor Monday night to play the first game of a four game week. The opponents for the night would be Kansas City Lutheran Knights. The Tigers were coming off a victory on Saturday night but had little turn around time. The first quarter saw the Tigers playing a little sluggish and Lutheran jumped to an early lead but with determination the Tigers were able to fight back and were trailing 16-22 at the end of one.

In the second quarter the Tigers were able to keep pace and were able to pull within four at the half and trail 31-35.

The second half started out much better and with a lively pace the Tigers put the offense in gear and played a little better defense and took the lead  44-42 after three quarters.

In the fourth quarter the defense let down and allowed the Knights to shoot open threes and connected on three of them in closing moments of the game which allowed the Knights to win the game 60-55.

With the loss the Tigers record dropped to 12-6 for the season and will again play on Tuesday at Midway starting at 5:00 with the JV boys.

The Tigers had three players in double figures with Dalton Smarr leading the way with 16 points, Alec Gray had 13 followed by Kolby Steuck with 11.

3rd Place – Archie Tournament

The Rich Hill Tigers took to the court on Saturday night to play for third place after a disappointing loss on Thursday night. The opponent for the game would be the Adrian Blackhawks who the Tigers had met once before in the conference tournament this year. After making some adjustments in Friday’s practice the Tigers felt they were ready to play.  The team came out with more energy and took an early lead 8-2 only to see the Blackhawks make a run of their own and by the end of the first quarter the two teams were tied  13-13.

The second quarter both teams were determined not to bend and went basket for basket and at the  half the teams left the court tied 26-26.

Both teams made their halftime adjustments but made little difference as both teams kept pace but with the Blackhawks able to get a one point lead at the quarter and led  41-40 over the Tigers.

In the fourth quarter the Tigers seemed to gain a little momentum and got a lead of six points with about a minute left. Adrian came down and the Tigers forced them to use a lot of clock by playing good defense but the Blackhawks were able to produce a trey which closed the gap to three points. With the Tigers inbounding the ball they turned it over which gave the team from Adrian the chance they needed they worked the ball quickly looking for an open three and got it and missed. The rebound went long and Adrian was able to gather it in and launched another trey attempt and this one found the bottom of the bucket which tied the score. The Tigers took a timeout and set up their play with 1.5 showing on the clock. The long pass found it’s mark and a quick shot just barely missed sending the game into overtime.

In overtime the Tigers were able to hold the Blackhawks to just one field goal while hitting 7/12 free throws and winning the third place trophy in the Archie Tournament. The Tigers were able to get back to pushing the offense up court and playing better defense. The Tigers placed three players in double figures in scoring for the game. After the Championship game it was announced  that two Tigers were selected to the all tournament  for the boys and they were Dalton Smarr and Kolby Steuck.

The Tigers were also awarded the Sportsmanship Award from the Archie Tournament. Taken into consideration were the fans , cheerleaders, coaches and players during the tournament.  So congrats to the Tiger community for bringing this award home. It is something we can all be proud of.

Tough Loss to Drexel

The boys traveled to Archie for a second round contest against the Drexel Bobcats. This would be the first meeting between the conference rivals with both teams sporting similar records. The Tigers came out slow and never were able to get in rhythm in the first frame and found themselves trailing 5-10.

In the second quarter boys were able to put together some small runs and able to close the gap to trail at the half 17-19.

In the third quarter the team was able to get the offense more on track and finally take the lead after three 31-30.

As would be expected neither team was able to pull away and the game remained close to the end. In the final minute the Bobcats were able to score a bucket to take a two point lead. With less than ten seconds left the Tigers set a play to tie the second but were unable to get off the shot the wanted thus falling to Drexel 42-44. If was a disappointing loss for the Tigers but the will have a short turn around time to play on Saturday at 4 PM against Adrian for third place.

The Tigers placed seven players in the scoring column for the night. The Tigers will get little rest in the next week as they have a four game week starting on Monday night at home against KC Lutheran starting at 5:30. Followed by Tuesday night at Midway starting at 5. Then on Thursday night there will be a make up with Archie at home starting at 5:30 (varsity girls and boys).  Courtwarming  will be on Friday night when Drexel will come to town for a 5:30 start.  The junior varsity boys will be playing just one half on Friday.