Moments in Time June 1, 2016

By STEVE THOMPSON, Adair County Free Press

The year 2006 was designated as the International Year of Deserts and Desertification. It was also the International Asperger’s year. It was also known as the year of Mozart, marking the 250th anniversary of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In just the first few months of research, I would have guessed it to be the year of NASA.

NASA’s Stardust Mission ended, the first NASA mission to return dust from a comet.

NASA launched the first space mission to Pluto, a mission that would be a nine-year journey.

NASA’s final attempt to contact Pioneer 10 resulted in a non-response.

NASA’s Cassini-Huygens Spacecraft discovered liquid shooting geysers coming from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter entered into orbit around Mars.

Locally, it would be another year of accomplishment by local athletes. The Nodaway Valley boys wore the collar of champions, as they defeated Fort Dodge St. Edmond to win the Class 2A state basketball championship. It was also the year of the shot, as Lance McFarland drilled a three-pointer that traveled three-quarters of the court to cut the Gaels lead to just one point heading into the fourth quarter.

Tyler Raasch and James Larson were both selected to the Class 2A all-tournament team. Larson was voted co-captain of the team. Larson was also selected to the INA’s second  All-State team.

Mark Holan was selected to the INA first All-State team and the DM Register’s second All-State team.

Mallory Menefee was selected as a finalist for the McDonald’s high school All-American girls’ team. Menefee became the first NV girl to surpass the 1,000 career point mark.

Cale Hall placed second at 135 pounds, while Levi Morris placed fifth at 275 at the state wrestling tournament.

The NV girls placed sixth at the state bowling tournament.

Dani Grantham qualified as an individual to the state golf meet.

Rachel Herr placed seventh in the 800m at the state track meet.

The NV middle school girls claimed the state middle school cross-country championship.

The NV girls and boys both qualified teams to the state cross-country meet. The NV girls finished third as a team. Alyse Herr earned All-State honors with a seventh place finish.

The NV softball team set a new team record with 29 wins. Brittany Baudler set a new pitching record with 27 victories. 

Levi Morris was named to the DM Register’s Class 1A first All-State football team.

The O-M boys claimed their third straight Rolling Hills’ basketball championship.


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