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.

2018 Christmas Concert

The instrumental music students shared their talents with the community last night with a number of Christmas songs.  The 5th graders started the evening off demonstrating their newly learned talents and a combination of the high school and junior high finished the night with an exciting number that was just a bit scary! Be sure to listen!

Local Rivalry – Rich Hill vs. Hume Varsity Boys

On Tuesday night the annual rivalry game between the Rich Hill Tigers and the Hume
Hornets took place on the home court of the Tigers. This yearly game brought out a
nice crowd from both schools, which always makes for a great atmosphere for a high
school basketball game. This Rivalry has a long history and most fans in the crowd
could probably share one or more stories about their memories of past games played
between these two programs.
The evening started off with a half JV Boys game. The Junior Tigers had experienced a
rather long layoff but were ready to go with the opening tip off. The offense from both
teams started off slowly for the evening. The Tigers were able to get the offense going
and found a stride that carried them to a 10-6 lead after the first quarter. Since the
teams were only playing two quarters both teams looked to improve on their
performance and make the most of their playing time. As the second frame started the
Hornets came to life offensively and tighten up their defense which caused the Tigers
some problems. The Tigers allowed the Hornets to control the boards which in the end
hurt them. The Tigers found themselves trailing by five points with about a minute to
play but were able to drop a trey in to close the gap. The Tigers then tighten the
defense and were able to give themselves a chance to tie the game at the end of
regulation. With fifteen seconds left the Tigers took a time out and set their strategy
for the last shot. Coming out of the timeout the Tigers worked the clock down but an
errant pass ended their hopes of a final shot. The final score was the Rich Hill Tigers 15
Hume Hornets 17. It was a disappointing loss for the JV who saw their record drop to
0-3 in their young season.
In the final game of the evening the Varsity Tigers took the floor looking to rebound
from a tough loss on Saturday against the Midway Vikings. Both teams came into the
game looking very different from last year with very few starters returning for either
squad. In the early going the Tigers came out very aggressively on defense trying to
apply pressure on the Hume Hornets. They were successful in forcing numerous
turnovers and then converting them into points. The Tigers jumped out to an early lead
but had to deal with Hume’s quick guards. The first frame saw several Hornets go to
the bench with foul trouble which was partly due to Rich Hill offensively attacking the
basket. After one quarter the Tigers led the Hornets 23-7. In the second quarter the
Tigers continued to apply pressure and extend their lead before the half. In this quarter
the Tigers also fell prey to foul trouble watch some of their own players heading to the
bench. The bench provided much needed help and at the half Rich Hill had limited
Hume to only three field goals and led at the half 43-15. The second half started
favorably for the Tigers who were able to extend the lead to more than thirty points but
again foul trouble limited some of the playing time for the starters but Coach Moles
used his bench freely during the second half. As the third quarter came to a close RichHill led 57-29. The final frame found the Tiger using almost exclusively their bench
giving much needed playing time to the young players. The final score of the evening
was Rich Hill 67 Hume 42. For the game the Tigers had three players finished in double
figures and saw their record improve to 3-4 before the Christmas break. Their next
action will be January 2 at home against the Adrian Blackhawks. It will be the opening
game for the conference season for both teams.

Varsity Boys vs. Liberal WEMO Tournament

On Tuesday the Rich Hill Varsity Boys traveled to Appleton City for the first round of the WEMO Conference tournament. Their opponent would be the Liberal Bulldogs.  This year was the first year that the tournament  had expanded to a 10 team field. In this first round action the Tigers would be the lower seed at 6 with LIberal the 3rd seed. Both teams came into the game with only one win each in the early season. In the early going offense was hard to come by for both teams and with four minutes gone in the quarter the score was 4-0 Liberal. Early turn overs hurt the Tigers but they would be a part of this game all night long. As the first frame came to a close the Tigers found themselves trailing  5-10. The pressure defense of Liberal continued to cause problems in the second quarter which never allowed the boys to get in an offense flow. At the half Rich Hill was trailing 21-13. A few moments into the second half the Tigers hit a trey and close the gap to just five points but were able to only score one more field goal in the quarter and watched the lead grow to 28-18. In the fourth the Tigers were able to generate a little more offense and score 10 points but turnovers continued to plague the team and as the time ran down the final score became the Rich Hill Tigers 28 Liberal Bulldogs 41.

It was tough night for the team with almost as many shots taken as they had turnovers. Even with the night not turning out the way they hope they keep growing as a unit with improvement being seen by the coaching staff. Their record fell to 1-3 for the season. The team will return to the tournament on Wednesday night for a late 9:00 PM game against the Archie Whirlwinds who had fell to the Adrian Blackhawks in the late game Tuesday.

Old Fashioned Christmas

Students in Mrs. Wheatley’s classes helped her to revisit her youth this past Friday when they helped to decorated a cedar tree that her husband brought to her classroom.  Students in her history classes made orange pomanders with cloves, paper garlands and snowflakes, and strung popcorn and cranberries.  The Spanish classes made miniature piñatas.  Mrs. Wheatley says that her classroom now smells like Christmas.

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Varsity Boys vs. Lockwood

The Rich Hill Tigers took to the hardwood floor on Friday night to take on the Lockwood
Tigers. The Tigers were looking to get back on the winning track after a tough loss at
KC Lutheran on Monday night. The week had been filled with the usual Court Warming
activities but the Varsity boys went undistracted and were ready to play. In the first few
moments the Lockwood boys came out on fire and jumped to an early 8-2. With a
timely time out by Coach Moles the boys got back on track defensively and were able to
close the gap at the end of one quarter of play with Lockwood leading 21-19. The
second frame saw both teams struggle with foul trouble. Rich Hill went cold from the
field and some untimely turnovers hurt the boys before half time. With just a second
left on the clock Lockwood launched a half-court shot that found it’s mark and the boys
found themselves trailing 27-35. In the third quarter foul trouble remained a problem
for both teams. They played even most of the time during the third and Rich Hill was
able to gain a point on their opponents with it being 50-43 in the third quarter. The
fourth quarter didn’t start like the boys would have liked and at one point during the
quarter found themselves down by 14 points. At that point the team kicked it into a
different gear and kept chipping away at Lockwood’s lead a basket at a time. With
about one minute left Lockwood seemed to have survived but the Rich Hill Tigers
wouldn’t give up and closed the gap to within a bucket but a missed shot allowed
Lockwood to travel down the court one more time to extend the lead back to five and
with time running out the boys hit a last second shot to make the final score Rich Hill
Tiger 62 Lockwood Tigers 64.
The Rich Hill boys have never given up in this young season and have fought to the end
in each game. They keep improving in several areas and have as good as attitudes as
you would want. Their record is now 1-2 with their next action coming on Tuesday
night at Appleton City in the WEMO Conference tournament at 7:30 against the Liberal
Bulldogs. The Tigers are seeded 6 th in this year’s action.
Scoring against Lockwood found Rich Hill with six players scoring with five of them in
double figures