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Van-Far Track and Field. Front row, from left: Abilene Gatson (Sr.), Alexis DeTienne (So.), Abbey Robinson (Jr.), and Taryn Adam (Fr.). Second row: Cameron Perkins (Sr.), Colten Jensen (Fr.), Cole Grimes (Fr.), Trey Atkinson (Fr.), Parker Wallace (Fr.), Conner Albrecht (Sr.), Jacob Gardner (Fr.), Josh Hodde (Fr.), Andrew Snodgrass (So.), and Walter Salmon, Jr. (Fr.). Third row: Lucas Robinson (Sr.), Nick Barnes (Jr.), Joseph Clithero (So.), Lathyn McMorris (Fr.), Alex Flowers (Fr.), Nathan Beatty (Fr.), and Kyle Ebers (Fr.). Back row: Jayda Borgmeyer (So.) and Madison Orr (Jr.). Not pictured: Lara Krautkraemer, Sharrod Connor, and Head Coach Blake Logan.

Van-Far track eyes first title

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:48 am

With 20 boys set to compete for the track and field team, Van-Far’s 2015 Spring season could end in the school’s first ever district title in the sport. Returners include Sharrod Connor (sprints, long jump, triple jump, relays), Joseph Clithero (springs, relays), Conner Albrecht (relays, sprints, pole vault), and Andrew Snodgrass (shot put, discus, sprints, relays). Along with the four returners, the Indians have several underclassmen who will be key

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  • R-VI Lady Trojans set for 2015

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    The Community R-VI Track and Field Team. Front row, from left: Bethany Schmidt (9th), Chelsea Hoyt (9th), Tayler Cope (9th), Charley Ann Stone (9th), and Amber Harrison (10th). Not pictured: Sirrina Dunn (9th), Head Coach Sarah Simmons, and Assistant Coach Caitlynn Cunningham.

    The Community R-VI track and field girls team features several underclassmen as the program begins to benefit from a successful Junior High group. The squad includes freshmen Bethany Schmidt, Sirrina Dunn, Chelsea Hoyt, Charley Ann Stone, Tayler Cope, and sophomore Amber Harrison. Schmidt and Dunn will participate in the triple jump; Hoyt will battle in the 800 meters and long jump; Stone will compete in the 200 and 400 meters;

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  • R-VI golf ready for district run

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:45 am

    The Community R-VI golf team, from left: Head Coach Johnathan Guilkey, Weston Hart (10th), Bryan Allen (12th), Treyton Kobush (12th), and Trever Hoyt (12th).

    The Community R-VI golf team is set to start the 2015 Spring season with a new head coach after Vicki Briggs retired in 2014. Johnathan Guilkey takes over as the program’s newest coach. He’s originally from Lawson, Mo., which is located just northeast of Kansas City, Mo. There he played golf in high school before attending Missouri Western State University, where he earned his degree in Mathematics. Currently, Guilkey is

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  • Indians golf looks for success

    Posted on March 25, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Van-Far’s golf team, from left: Head Coach Dr. Forrest Bollow, Conner Albrecht (Sr.), Brandon Otis (Sr.), and Trenton DeTienne (Jr.). Not pictured: Reaghan Case (Fr.).

    Van-Far’s new head golf Dr. Forrest Bollow is hoping his four golfers can improve their scores as the 2015 season progresses in order to make an individual or team run come district time. The squad is returning senior Brandon Otis, who advanced past districts last season and competed in sectionals. “I know a goal he has personally is to qualify for state,” Dr. Bollow said. Junior Trenton DeTienne is also

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  • Van-Far athletes shine at annual Power Meet

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Mike Colson during his lift.

    Van-Far had 42 kids in grades 8-12 participate in the Power Meet held last Saturday at South Callaway High School. Every student that attended broke personal records in nearly all of their lifts. “Big thing about getting younger kids fired up about lifting weights is to get them to understand it is a process,” said Van-Far Athletic Director Blake Logan. “The upperclassmen that they see succeeding were once in their

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  • R-VI baseball ready to make district run

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:43 pm


    Last season, the Community R-VI Trojans baseball team advanced to the district championship before falling to Sturgeon. One year later, many of the players return but the squad now has a new head coach and it will be playing in a new district. Both changes could be setting up the Trojans for a possible postseason run at the end of the season. Brandon Talbot is the team’s new coach and

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  • Van-Far baseball ready to put things together during 2015

    Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:42 pm


    Coming off a 2-16 campaign from a year ago, Van-Far head baseball coach Wes Rowden is hoping that his team’s gained experience will help them improve their record during the upcoming 2015 season. Returners include seniors Lucas Robinson (SS/2B/P), Austin Speagle (1B), and Nathan Kraft (OF). The list of junior returners features Wyatt McDowell (IF, P), Mike Colson (3B, P), Klayton Haddock (IF), and Layten McMillen (OF, IF). Freshman Josh

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  • Community R-VI, Van-Far players earn basketball honors

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm


    R-VI and Van-Far players named to all-conference team Several players from either the Van-Far or Community R-VI School Districts earned EMO All-Conference honors at the conclusion of this past season. On the boys side, Community R-VI seniors Connor Brooks, Clay Thebeau, and Lane Thebeau each earned first-team honors. Brooks was an unanimous selection. Van-Far’s Nick Barnes also earned first-team honors. Other first-team honors went to Bowling Green’s Cory Buchanan and

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  • Trojans season ends after sectionals loss to Meadville

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Connor Brooks with a ball marking his 1,000th career point.

    A 23-win season came to an end last Tuesday night in Kirksville when the Community R-VI boys basketball team once again battled undefeated Meadville in the state playoffs. The Trojans, who lost to Meadville last season by just two points in the state quarterfinals, gave the eventual semifinalist everything they had early but lost the game, 59-49. “Boys played well against an undefeated team,” said Community R-VI head boys basketball

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