Nevada Griffons Baseball First Game June 1st

The Nevada Griffons were formed in 1984 when a group of Nevada businessmen went about finding a way to bring summer college baseball to the city of Nevada.  They formed a board, named a general manager and began raising money via a weekly bingo game.  They joined the Jayhawk League, one of the premier leagues in the country at the time, with teams in Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska. The name “Griffons” was chosen via a contest, with the winning name suggested by local sportswriter Kelly Bradham. 

Griffons come from the names of Clark Griffith (co-founder of the American League) and George Lyons, the only two Vernon Countians known to have played Major League Baseball.  In 1985, the first team was recruited and began play.  Players came from all over the United States, just as they still do now.  Each year the team plays a very busy schedule during the months of June and July, with time split between home games and away games. Most years the team competed in the post-season NBC (National Baseball Congress) World Series in Wichita, KS.

Players live with host families from the area, many of them developing life-long friendships.  Hosting a Griffon is something families look forward to all year long, and Griffons truly become part of the family while they are here.  Over the years, over 1000 players have come to Nevada to play baseball.  A significant number of those players have been drafted, and over 30 have played Major League Baseball.  In July of 2018, Trevor Hoffman (Griffons ’87) was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

In 2009, citing financial and travel considerations, the team left the Jayhawk League to become part of the MINK (Missouri-Iowa-Nebraska-Kansas) League.  The league currently has 9 teams, the St. Joseph Mustangs, Chillicothe Mudcats, Sedalia Bombers, Joplin Outlaws, Jefferson City Renegades, Clarinda (IA) A’s, Carroll (IA) Merchants and Des Moines Peak Prospects along with the Griffons. 

The Griffons Board of Directors works year round to raise the monies necessary to fund each summer season, somewhere between $55,000-$60,000 each year.  The committee sells  fence signs, yearbook ads and other sponsorships; they hold monthly luncheons and organize fundraisers like a yearly Radio Auction, a Hole-in-One Golf event, Memorabilia Auction and an Ice Cream Social, among others.

Each game is broadcast through the Nevada local radio station, KNEM KNMO. The Butler radio station will have the summer schedule available on our website and will announce and promote each game through our DJ’s and in our daily local newscast.

Our hope is to support the Nevada Griffons college baseball team and it’s players. See the website for the June and July schedule. See The Nevada Giffons at on the web.  

Harrisonville Cash Raffle

Win $2,500.00 dollars at the Harrisonville Cash Raffle. Each $25 dollar ticket sold enters you in the contest to win one prize of $2500.00 that will be awarded on August 5th. A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold to the public. Tickets are for sale at the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce, by calling 816-380-5271 or online at raffle. Enter today and help fund the Harrisonville Chamber of Commerce and get a chance to win $2,500.00 on August 5th. Drawing held during the First Friday Coffee. Must be 21 or over to win.

Rich Hill Alumni May 28th

     RHHS Alumni committee met on March 22 and April 5 to get plans started for this year’s alumni banquet. 

     Decisions that have been made are:  new officers were elected and they are, President—Betty Hood, Vice-President—Wanda Smith, Secretary—Marilyn Swarnes and Treasurer—Dean Fischer.  Banquet date is Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the Rich Hill community dome at 6:30 pm.  Reservation will need to be made with Beverly Sullins.  Address–6807 SE Market St, Rockville, MO 64780.  Phone 417-395-4288 or cell 816-769-4832, leave message on either one and your call will be returned .  You may also text the cell number or e-mail  Citizens Bank in Rich Hill will also be taking reservations.   Cost for the meal will be $20.00 for the banquet and $5.00 dues for each graduate.  The Rich Hill Alumni  does apologize for the increase for the meal but we all know that everything has gone up in price.  Be aware for this price you will get your choice of beef brisket or rolled pork tenderloin with cheesy potatoes, green beans, mixed salad, roll and butter.  Also includes drink and dessert.  This is the same menu as last year, served by RHHS alumni member, Linda Schapeler.  The committee feels you are getting a great deal.  Plus following the meeting the alumni committee will be serving ice cream.  Very important! Reservations must be made before May 23rd. They must give the caterer a number on that date.  Make plans to attend, mark your calendar, get your reservations in and help make this years Rich Hill alumni banquet a great success.  Other plans will be announced as they become available. 

                                                                                 Beverly Sullins, reservation chairman.                                                      

John Matthew Jennings Jr., age 22 of Warrensburg

Graveside services/interment for John Matthew Jennings Jr. of Warrensburg, Missouri will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Oak Hill Cemetery in Ballard, Missouri (2 miles east of Ballard on 18 Hwy, then south on State Rt. OO 3/4 mile) under direction of the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler, Missouri.  No visitation.  Online condolences

John Matthew Jennings Jr., age 22 of Warrensburg, Missouri died Wednesday, May 11, 2022 in Warrensburg.  He was born December 22, 1999 to John Matthew Jennings Sr. and Julie Lynn Lisko Jennings in Overland Park, Kansas.

John is survived by his father, John Matthew Jennings Sr. of Warrensburg, Missouri; his mother, Julie Ryberg and husband Brian of Warrensburg, Missouri; two stepsiblings, Skyler Ryberg and Jolissa Ryberg both of Warrensburg, Missouri; an aunt, Tonya Jennings of Kansas City, Kansas; paternal grandmother, Careland Jennings of Ballard, Missouri; maternal grandparents, Rick and Cheryl Lisko of Clark Summit, Pennsylvania; and numerous other family members.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, John Jennings in 2006.