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RETURNING FROM an ankle injury, Richmond senior Dionte Marquez shows he can handle the rigors of high school basketball by attempting a jump shot during the Spartans' 67-23 pasting of Carrollton Thursday night. Sparked by a 12-1 opening run, the Spartans lead the Lawson Invitational Tourname…

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RICHMOND SENIOR Logan Claypole tries to keep Chillicothe's Aidan Zimmerman from escaping during a 120-pound match Tuesday night. Claypole wins the match, held as part of a home triangular with the Hornets and Carrollton, by major decision, 14-3. The Richmond boys split their triangular, defe…

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RICHMOND SENIOR Logan Claypole takes a few sips from his water bottle and gets some instruction from coach Cody Beck while there is an injury timeout Tuesday during his 120-pound match with Chillicothe's Aidan Zimmerman. Claypole wins the match, held as part of a home triangular with the Hor…

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RICHMOND GRAPPLER Ryker Plymell, in the top position, works to break down Chillicothe's Evan Loucks during a boys varsity triangular with Chillicothe and Carrollton Tuesday night at Richmond. Plymell wins the 195-pound match by pin in 2 minutes, 30 seconds. The Richmond boys split their tria…

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 LAWSON – Richmond varsity boys basketball coach Kevin Jermain and senior Loren Baker liked the energy the top-seeded Spartans showed in thumping eighth-seeded North Platte 79-48 Monday to open the Lawson Invitational Tournament. 

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RICHMOND WRESTLER Zane Renfro looks to work his way out of the bottom position during a varsity boys match with Chillicothe's Christian Peniston Tuesday. Renfro wins by decision 6-3. The Richmond boys split their home triangular that night, defeating Carrollton 54-24 and falling to Chillicot…

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EMMALEA KILPATRICK drives to the hoop for the Spartans during Richmond's 58-29 first-round loss to host school Lawson Monday night in the Lawson Invitational Tournament. Rebounding from the loss with a win Wednesday night over Gallatin, the Richmond varsity girls are slated to play North Pla…

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JUNIOR AVA MURPHY dribbles the ball and directs the offense for the Spartans during their 58-29 first-round loss Monday night to host school Lawson in the Lawson Invitational Tournament. The Spartans, however, rebound with a win Wednesday over Gallatin, putting them in the fifth-place game. …

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DESPITE BEING closely guarded, sophomore Keyshaun Elliott keeps his dribble for the Spartans during Richmond's 79-48 first-round victory over North Platte Monday night in the Lawson Invitational Tournament. The Spartans play Carrollton at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the winner's bracket semifinals. 

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UNDETERRED BY North Platte senior Ty French, Richmond senior Loren Baker reaches high to snag a rebound during the Spartans' 79-48 first-round win Monday night in the Lawson Invitational Tournament. The Spartans (9-2) play Carrollton at 5:45 p.m. Thursday in the winner's bracket semis. 

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Richmond varsity wrestling coach Cody Beck comments Thursday night after his boys squad splits a home triangular with Lexington and Lathrop, defeating Lexington 48-23 and falling to Lathrop 40-33.

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Richmond junior wrestler Ryker Plymell comments on his 9-4 overtime win over Lathrop's Dorian Walters in the 195-pound division Thursday night during Richmond's home triangular with Lathrop and Lexington.

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Richmond senior wrestler Logan Claypole, when shown a picture taken of his match with Lexington's Conner Riker, comments on his tactics after winning the 120-pound match by pin. The interview is conducted during Richmond's triangular with Lexington and Lathrop Thursday night at Richmond.

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RICHMOND SOPHOMORE Conner Teat, wrestling in the top position, looks to break down Lexington freshman Cooper Himbury during triangular action Thursday night at Richmond. Teat wins the match by pin in 1 minute, 53 seconds and the Spartans win their varsity boys dual with the Minutemen 48-23; …

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Orrick varsity boys basketball coach Matt Brownsberger comments on the Bearcats' back-to-back road wins: a 55-42 victory over Kansas City Lutheran Tuesday night and a 48-41 win over Polo Thursday night.

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ORRICK SENIOR Blake McAfee looks to pass as the Bearcats work the ball and try to protect their lead Thursday night against Polo. The Bearcats lead by double digits entering the fourth quarter but must hold off the surging Panthers for a 48-41 non-conference road win. Following a 55-42 win T…

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ORRICK JUNIOR Ethan Wilson finds himself contested by Polo senior Alex Pilger as he goes up to attempt a layup during non-conference action Thursday night. The Bearcats, who lead by double digits entering the fourth quarter, hold off the surging Panthers for a 48-41 road win. Wilson paces th…

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HARDIN-CENTRAL sophomore McKenzie Smith dribbles in the post during the Bulldogs' 76-20 rout Monday night of visiting Keytesville. Smith's final stat line includes eight points, eight rebounds and five steals. The Carroll-Livingston Activities Association meeting ends up being the only ballg…

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HARDIN-CENTRAL senior Carly Thacker surveys the court on the left wing Monday night during the Bulldogs' 76-20 thumping of visiting Keytesville. Thacker finishes the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association varsity girls basketball meeting with a double-double of 29 points and 15 rebounds. …

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HARDIN-CENTRAL freshman Dalton Thacker finds himself closely guarded by Keytesville senior Deven Neidholdt during the Bulldogs' 68-33 loss Monday night at home. Thacker finishes the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association meeting with five points. It is the only ballgame this week for the …

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HARDIN-CENTRAL freshman J.W. Doyle finds himself in the middle of a den of Keytesville Tigers as he attempts to drive to the bucket during the Bulldogs' 68-33 loss Monday night at home. The Carroll-Livingston Activities Association meeting turns out to be Hardin-Central's only ballgame of th…

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HARDIN-CENTRAL freshman Mason McCaulley drives past Keytesville senior Austin McKinstry during the Bulldogs' 68-33 Monday night home loss to the Tigers. The Carroll-Livingston Activities Association meeting ends up being Hardin-Central's only ballgame for the week, as their meeting with Tina…

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HARDIN – As the parent of a 1,000-point scorer and as someone who has coached 1,000-point scorers, Hardin-Central varsity boys basketball coach Kirk Thacker knows watching a player reach that milestone can be enjoyable. 

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HARDIN – Varsity girls basketball coach Kenny Layman and his Bulldogs take advantage of a lengthy break between their last game of 2019 and their first game of 2020.

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KANSAS CITY  – The Kansas City Royals made a move to shore up their infield before 2019 closed.

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KEYSHAUN ELLIOTT meets some resistance as he dribbles in the post for Richmond Monday night over visiting Lawson. The Spartans threaten to run away with the non-conference varsity boys basketball matchup, leading 22-7 after one quarter and 39-26 at halftime, but must withstand a second-half …

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KEYSHAUN ELLIOTT leaps through the Lawson defense and goes up to attempt a layup during Richmond's 61-55 win Monday night. Elliott leads the Spartans to the non-conference home victory with 16 points. Spencer Wolf also reaches doubles figures for Richmond with 15 points. Riley Sands leads La…

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The Richmond Daily News catches up with Hardin-Central senior Carly Thacker, who reflects on surpassing 1,000 career points in mid-December against Meadville. This interview took place Dec. 27 at North Central Missouri College after Hardin-Central's meeting with undefeated Green City in Holi…

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RICHMOND FRESHMAN Jack Gogue takes advantage of a size mismatch and attempts a short jumper for the Spartans during their 65-35 Dec. 20 road win over Holden in Missouri River Valley Conference East Division varsity boys basketball action.

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FRESHMAN POST PLAYER Jack Gogue goes up high to catch the basketball for the Spartans during Richmond's 65-35 Dec. 20 road win over Holden in Missouri River Valley Conference East Division play. 

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RICHMOND JUNIOR Ava Murphy pushes the basketball toward the hoop, with Holden senior Valorie Stack pursuing so intensely her feet leave the floor, during the Spartans-Eagles matchup Dec. 20 at Holden. 

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RICHMOND SENIOR Taya Weber gets ready to jump for the opening tipoff against Holden's Camille Davidson as the Spartans face the Eagles Dec. 20 in Missouri River Valley Conference East Division action at Holden.

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – The girls in Richmond High School’s wrestling program displayed their grappling skills Dec. 14 at Excelsior Springs High School.

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HIGGINSVILLE – Richmond’s performance during a 53-39 loss to Lafayette County of Higginsville Dec. 13 in the fifth-place game of the Husker Classic was true to form, girls varsity coach Chad Snyder said.

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JUNIOR GUARD Ava Murphy drives toward the hoop, with a throng of Lexington players in pursuit, during Richmond's 61-36 win in the consolation bracket semifinals of the Husker Classic Dec. 12 at Lafayette County of Higginsville. 

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SENIOR DIONTE MARQUEZ stops and spots up during Richmond's 82-61 loss to Oak Grove Dec. 14 in the Husker Classic championship game at Lafayette County of Higginsville.

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NO. 25, sophomore Spencer Wolf, dribbles to his left during Richmond's 59-52 win over Odessa in the Husker Classic winner's bracket semifinals Dec. 12 at Lafayette County of Higginsville. 

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RICHMOND SENIOR Dionte Marquez dribbles his way through Odessa's defense during a 59-52 win Dec. 12 in the Husker Classic winner's bracket semifinals at Lafayette County of Higginsville.

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CARLY THACKER, center, smiles as she celebrates joining the 1,000-point club. The Hardin-Central senior scores her 1,000th career point as a varsity girls basketball player during a Dec. 12 meeting with visiting Meadville. Pictured with Thacker are Hardin-Central assistant coach Hannah Hamm …

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FRESHMAN ZANDER STEVINSON dribbles to his right as he pushes the basketball across the half-court line during Orrick's 40-35 loss to Wellington-Napoleon Dec. 14 in the I-70 Conference Tournament third-place game at Crest Ridge High School.

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NO. 5, Ethan Wilson, kicks a pass out to Orrick teammate Gabe McAfee while driving the lane during Orrick's 40-35 loss to Wellington-Napoleon Dec. 14 at Crest Ridge High School in the I-70 Conference Tournament third-place game.