February 11, 2014
There are several activities planned during the Saturday afternoon basketball doubleheader at North Central Missouri College in Trenton. Three persons will be inducted into the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame, sophomore student/athletes will be recognized, the Coach Don Sturgis Scholarship will be awarded, and there will be a drawing for door prizes. The games begin at 2 p.m. in the Ketcham Community Center with the Pirates and Lady Pirates taking on the Archers of St. Louis Community College in a Region 16 matchup.
Preceding the games (beginning at 12:30) there will be a reception to honor Don Altes, scorers’ table volunteer, Stephanie Beason, 2002-04 NCMC student/athlete, and Bob Shields, former baseball coach, this year’s honorees for the Athletic Hall of Fame. Light refreshments will be served and all are encouraged to attend to congratulate the trio. Don Altes has volunteered at the scorer’s table for the NCMC basketball program for more than 15 years. Altes rarely misses a home game, and many referees have commented that NCMC’s scorer’s table is the “best they have worked with.” Stephanie Beason is currently in her third season as Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana. A 2004 graduate of NCMC, she is NCMC’s only First Team NJCAA All-American. Robert M. Shields was the librarian at North Central Missouri College from 1983 through 2001, and he re-started the college’s baseball program in 1990. The NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame was implemented in 2005 to recognize the accomplishments of former athletes, coaches, and supporters of college athletics, and names of its members are engraved on a plaque on permanent display in the Ketcham Community Center.
Between the two basketball games at approximately 3:45 p.m., Andrew Berry, a member of the basketball team, will be presented with the Don Sturgis Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student with athletic ability, financial need, high ethical values and a strong academic record. Sturgis, a longtime Trenton area coach, will be present to recognize the awardee. Named to the NCMC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005, Sturgis is a graduate of Trenton Junior College and the University of Missouri – Columbia. He taught and coached for many years.
Also between the basketball games, four sophomores will be recognized as they complete their athletic careers at NCMC, and a random drawing will be conducted for an NCMC jacket and vest from the college bookstore. The winners will be able to select their own size.