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ORRICK – The Bearcats’ 66-38 Oct. 11 home victory over winless Kansas City East Christian in varsity 8-man football did not start the way coach Matt Hertzog had hoped.

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NORBORNE – In Week 6 of the 8-man football season, Norborne Hardin-Central varsity coach Kirk Thacker and his Aggies lost a thriller to Osceola.

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HOLDEN – The Eagles played a tough first half Oct. 11 against the visiting Richmond Spartans, maintaining a lead until the final 16 seconds, when the Spartans broke on top, 18-13, on a touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Keyshaun Elliott to senior wide receiver Dionte Marquez.

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – Senior Robbie Crippen was the lone Hardin-Central varsity runner to crack the top 50 at the Excelsior Springs Invitational.

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READ ABOUT A THRILLER IN HARDIN, A RICHMOND ROMP IN CARROLLTON, THE END OF A LONG VOLLEYBALL DROUGHT FOR THE SPARTANS, A SPECIAL NIGHT IN ORRICK AND MORE EXCITING SPORTS NEWS IN THIS ISSUE OF GAME ON.

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HARDIN – Norborne Hardin-Central varsity coach Kirk Thacker has another score to settle with Osceola.

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CARROLLTON – All season long, Richmond varsity volleyball coach Madison Endsley expressed confidence her Spartans could win.

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ORRICK – The Bearcats almost gave Wellington-Napoleon the boot Oct. 3, when they hosted the Tigers for their “Pink Out” match.

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MARYVILLE – Orrick did something during its 28-6 loss to Worth County/East Nodaway in varsity 8-man football that no other team has done this season: It held the Tigers to less than 42 points.

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CARROLLTON – In Homer’s “The Iliad,” Sparta and other Greek allies more than 3,300 years ago, resort to trickery to defeat the Trojans after a 10-year, bloody, stalemated conflict.

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HOMECOMING HALFTIME sctivities include senior Abby Vandiver and her mother, Penny Vandiver, hugging after the announcement that Abby has been chosen as the 2019 homecoming queen. 

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THIS WEEK'S GAME ON FEATURES A GAME IN THE RAIN, A DELAY BECAUSE OF LIGHTNING AND ORRICK BEARCATS VOLLEYBALL. BE SURE TO SEE THE HOMECOMING PICTURES IN THE RICHMOND DAILY NEWS!!

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ORRICK – The Bearcats got an energy boost during the second set of their Sept. 26 varsity volleyball loss to Santa Fe. As a result, they played the visiting Chiefs closer than they had in the first set.

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BRAYMER – Kirk Thacker achieved another milestone Sept. 27. And he did it on a day unlike any other in his coaching career.

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RICHMOND – Lightning strikes twice for the Spartans, playing without junior running back Wyatt Marshall, but as the skies darken, a hard downpour of points and rain douses hopes for a Richmond homecoming win.

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Richmond’s Gracie Marshall practices her putting before the Spartans’ 2018 season.

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ORRICK – The Bearcats got an energy boost during the second set of their Sept. 26 varsity volleyball loss to Santa Fe. As a result, they played the visiting Chiefs closer than they had in the first set.

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In preparation for potentially unfavorable weather that’s been forecasted for Friday evening, the Spartan Football game has been moved to 6:30 p.m. Consequently, the Wall of Honor Tailgate Dinner will be held in the high school commons from 4:30 ‐5:45 p.m. By changing the location, it will p…

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – Richmond varsity softball coach Staci Maddux expected a slugfest when her Spartans and Excelsior Springs met Monday.

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RICHMOND – Coach Kevin Jermain noticed two domino effects when his Spartans faced Knob Noster Monday at Maurice Roberts Park.

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RICHMOND – Coach Staci Maddux has her reasons for taking Richmond’s varsity softball team to the Ozark Fall Festival each year.

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Game On Sept. 17 features great write-ups about the Richmond Spartans turning on the speed and beating the Pleasant Hill Roosters in a second-half nail biter game.

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CHECK out Game On for Tuesday, Sept. 10. Read about the Spartans and Frontenac game, girl's golf and volleyball and Orrick homecoming...

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RICHMOND– Coach Nick Persell said his team had to do a better job practicing throughout this week – versus lackluster practice sessions before last week’s 20-14 loss to Frontenac – if the 1-1 Spartans are going to defeat the 0-2 Pleasant Hill Roosters on Friday.

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EXCELSIOR SPRINGS – On Aug. 24, the Spartans got a look at their first opponent of the varsity softball season.

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RICHMOND – The Richmond Spartans play the Liberty Eagles of Mountain View in the first full game of the season at noon Saturday at Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar.

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Trump's flips and flops, President Donald J. Trump, Oval office, tax cuts, keeping track, inconsistancy

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GAME ON Week 1 includes softball, new coaches, young Aggies, track and lots of football previews

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RICHMOND – A week’s worth of waiting ended for Richmond High School football players Aug. 17.

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HARDIN – The Hardin-Central C-2 School District made some coaching personnel changes Monday night.

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HARDIN – At 5:15 a.m. Monday, Hardin-Central softball coach Brandee Doyle was “pretty sure” she would have to relocate the Bulldogs’ first practice of the fall sports season.

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – The final score of Sporting Kansas City’s Aug. 10 meeting with Real Salt Lake should not have been 2-1, manager/Sporting director Peter Vermes and defender Graham Zusi agreed after Sporting’s one-goal loss at Children’s Mercy Park.

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RICHMOND – On Aug. 10, some Orrick coaches set aside their whistles for golf clubs for a few hours.

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KANSAS CITY – Ray Countians might need to change their routes and travel schedules if they plan to visit Arrowhead Stadium to watch the Kansas City Chiefs play.

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ST. JOSEPH – Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid is not in any rush to start thinking about Kansas City’s preseason opener.

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RICHMOND – When Richmond resident Ellen Vandiver started a golf tournament about 12 years ago to help fight cystic fibrosis, she and her family “wanted to see what would happen.”

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DYLAN COMSTOCK, who will be a junior at this fall at Orrick High School, attempts a chip shot during a Kansas City Junior Tour competition Tuesday at Dub's Dread Gold Club in Kansas City, Kan.

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ALBANY – Norborne Hardin-Central’s underclassmen got some game-like reps during a July 26 multi-team 8-man football camp hosted by Albany High School at E.C. Smith Field.

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KANSAS CITY, Kansas – Playing on the Kansas City Junior Tour, a series of tournaments organized by the Kansas City Golf Association, has provided Dylan Comstock with at least one new experience this summer.

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LIBERTY – What a difference a year has made for Richmond’s varsity football program.

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HARDIN – Varsity coach Brandee Doyle said she likes how her Bulldogs’ softball skills are developing as Hardin-Central’s offseason team training concludes.

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HARDIN – For the first two days of Norborne Hardin-Central’s four-day varsity 8-man football camp this week, Aggies assistant coach Dave Menning handled duties that normally are not in his job description.

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CHILLICOTHE – The Spartans needed some wakeup time when they played in their most recent 7-on-7 football tournament.