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.


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

JV Boys vs. Lockwood

The JV Boys Tigers returned to the court after a week lay-off but came ready to play their opponents the Lockwood Tigers. The JV had come in with much more confidence and a large desire to erase the last loss from their memories. As the game started the boys played with much more energy and purpose.  Lockwood came out with an early press which bothered the team but after making a few adjustments the boys found themselves right in the game and the end of one quarter, Lockwood led 13-12. The second quarter the boys found more of a rhythm and were able to take a four-point lead at one point in
the quarter but found Lockwood making a comeback and tying the score and then taking the lead. As the last minute of the quarter came the Rich Hill boys found themselves down by two and Lockwood bringing the ball down and scoring quickly to add to their lead. In last effort to get the ball down the court Tigers turned the ball over and as the buzzer sound Lockwood threw up one last shot to win the game 29-23. The Rich Hill boys played much better than their first game and showed that as they keep improving the wins will come. On this night rebounding hurt the team but the effort was there.
The JV boys were led in scoring by Bryce Yohe with nine, followed by Lucas Harwood and Dillion Tourtillot with four each and Parker Collins and Blake Laning chipped in three each.

Boy’s Basketball Home Opener

The Rich Hill Tigers opened their season with a JV boys game againstthe Lone Jack Mules. The opening  game was only a two quarter affair . The younger Tigers got off to a slow start and found themselves in a deep hole right from the start. They would never recover and were handed a 15 point loss. The JV though found some bright spots to lead into future games. They are young with very limited experience but a great determination to learn. They have good team chemistry and good understanding of the game. As the season progresses they are expect to improve greatly and will win their share of games.


The boys varsity Tigers also began their season on Thursday with the last game of the evening. This year’s edition of the Tigers would enter the game with only one true returning starter so there would be a lot of unknowns in the opening game of the season. The team will consist of 12 players that Coach Moles feels has a lot of potential.


The game opened  on the slow side for the Tigers and seeing the visitors taking an early lead and  extending it only to see the Tigers fight back to a trail 11-14 at the end of the first quarter. As you might expect the game was uneven in the tempo in the early going. Both teams committing numerous turnovers and foul trouble keeping both benches rotating players. The Tigers seemed to find a better rhythm in the second quarter and were able to obtain the lead before the half-time at  27-26.

The third quarter started with both teams losing players to foul trouble and both coach having to work hard at keeping the right players on the floor. The Rich Hill bench came through for Coach Moles and were able to extend the lead by a bucket and maintain a lead until the starters could return during the fourth frame. After three quarters the Tigers led 40-37. In the final frame both teams came to life offensively and seemed to score in bunches. In the end the Tigers had more firer power this evening to out score their opponents 27-20. When the fourth quarter ended the Tigers had defeated Lone Jack by a score of 67-57.


One of the main difference for winning the game was in the second half the Tigers were able to limit their number of turnovers to just 4. As the game went along the team picked each other up and their confidence began to grow. Their next game will be Monday night as the varsity girls and boys travel to Kansas City Lutheran for  a double header.


The Tigers had four players in double figures and two other players with nine and seven points respectively. As a team the boys had 33 rebounds and 7 assist, they also committed 18 turnovers