Bunceton hosted the National Geographic Geography Bee District Championship on Jan. 28 after postponing it from Jan. 23 due to the inclement weather. Representing for Bunceton Elementary and Middle School were fifth grade students Brody Miller, Cole Shadwick, and Tristen Stull. Sixth grade students were represented by Addison Ray, Kya Turner, and Kaiyia Paquin with Aubrey Thompson as the alternate. Christian Schler was the only seventh grader to compete. Eighth grade was represented by Michael Gregory and Jaren Davis. Prairie Home, Higbee and Jamestown schools also participated. Bunceton students Michael Gregory and Jaren Davis made it into the semi-final round of ten students. The other eight semi-finalists were Mason Martin and Zaya Cook from Higbee, Kierstyn Deraps, Rylee Hirschvogel, Ty Dedrick, Boden Welch, and Tate Duncan from Jamestown, and Benaiah Hodges from Prairie Home. Cook, Deraps, Dedrick, Duncan and Hodges made the final round. Winning first place overall was Ty Dedrick, second went to Tate Duncan, and Benaiah Hodges placed third. The winners get to go on to the state competition and if they succeed there, represent Missouri on the national level.
Homecoming week was moved to Feb. 3 through 7. So to celebrate the Super Bowl, Bunceton had a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Spirit Week. Mahomes Monday was on Jan. with students and staff asked to wear headbands or their hair in a mohawk. Tyreek Tuesday was the day everyone was invited to wear anything cheetah to represent Hill's amazing speed. On Winning Wednesday, there was Kansas City gear worn while Tailgate Thursday the students were allowed to wear a hat and/or sunglasses for the day. Of course, Red Friday tied it all together with Chiefs gear.
Finally getting back to school after missing due to the snow, the Prairie Home and Bunceton Schools moved the LaMonte game to Jan. 30 and had it played in Prairie Home. The Prairie Home junior varsity boys began the evening and played two quarters coming away with a win defeating LaMonte 20 to 9. Then the varsity Lady Dragons played. "We were able to secure another team win. After several days off from games we came out and made some mistakes early, but this team always finds a way to grind when they need. Very pleased with their effort and desire to win," according to Coach Dustin Ray. This win brings the girls to a record of 12 wins and six losses overall and they are now 2-0 in conference play. Making the 71 to 56 win over LaMonte possible was a team effort. Leading the way, Chloe Moser had another double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while stealing two and giving one assist. Kelsey Watson also scored in double figures with 13, one rebound, three steals, and leading with nine assists. Maggie Wood made the double figures too, with 12 points, three rebounds, three steals, and seven assists. Ashlyn Twenter scored nine points, three rebounds, two steals, and three assists. Madelynn Myers also put nine points on the scoreboard while getting three rebounds. Cara Bishop's statistics show four points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one assist. Maddie Brandes made three points, three rebounds, and one assist. Madison Brown scored three points and one rebound. Savanna Tracy helped with two points and one steal along with Reagan Triebsch's one point.
Coach Trever Huth led his varsity boys in a win over LaMonte on Jan. 30 in Prairie Home and reported, "We came out and got back to playing good basketball tonight. We moved the ball really well and the assist stat line really shows that. We picked it back up on the defensive as well, creating turnovers and working hard to keep them out of the paint. It was good to get a bounce back win and now look to keep it going Monday against Russellville. Four Panthers scored in double figures. Clayton Pethan led the guys with a double-double of 13 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and four assists. Kassen Lock made eleven points, got six rebounds, three steals, and gave five assists. Hunter Shuffield also connected for eleven points, four rebounds, and one steal. Jason Burnett scored ten points, got three rebounds, two steals, and two assists. Alex Rhode made eight points, got six rebounds, and one steal. Ty Stidham also scored eight, got three rebounds, and one assist. Blane Petsel was the most giving leading with seven assists while he scored two points, two rebounds, and stole three balls. They also did very well on the free throw line sinking five out of eight attempts. The team is now 11-7 overall.