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Prep notebook: Ellison leaving Scotland County; Brown County boys finally get home game; Quincy native gets 300th victory

Scotland County boys basketball coach Kyle Ellison looks at his bench during a game in the Highland Tournament. | H-W Photo/Mat Mikesell
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 21, 2019 12:01 am Updated: Jan. 22, 2019 1:35 am

It wasn't much of a secret around Scotland County High School that Kyle Ellison had been living nearly three hours away from his wife, Lorrie.

That will change after the school year.

Ellison submitted his resignation as Scotland County boys basketball coach last week, effective at the end of the season, so he can move to Columbia to be with his wife.

Lorrie took a job in Columbia at the beginning of the school year.

"We never really had that talk (with the team), but it was known we'd been living apart for awhile and eventually I was going to move," said Ellison, who's in his first season with the Tigers. "They knew I was going to finish out the year. But the rumors were flying around, and I wanted to give the school a head start."

The Tigers are 4-10 this season after coming off a third-place victory in the North Shelby Tournament. He was an assistant last year under former coach Lance Campbell.

Ellison said he'd like to find a teaching job and coach in Columbia.

"I'm sad to go, but we had some really enjoyable seasons with great kids," Ellison said. "Last year I was just getting my feet wet. I really got comfortable with all the kids here."

Hornets return to the nest

It's been awhile since the Brown County boys basketball team played on their home floor.

The Hornets hadn't played a home game since Dec. 21, and only had two games at home all year. Their last seven games have come on the road or on neutral sites.

It's understandable why coach Jeff Schmitz was eager to finally get a home game Monday night against Griggsville-Perry.

"It's nice to get off work at a normal time and take a long bus ride on cold nights," Schmitz said. "I'm hoping we have a good crowd."

The Hornets have lost three home games because of weather.

"It's been frustrating not only not getting to play at home, but school cancellations," Schmitz said. "It's hard putting a scouting report together and prepare and the game gets canceled."

Grunden picks up 300th win

Cole Camp (Mo.) girls basketball coach Rick Grunden picked up his 300th career victory last week with a 51-14 victory over Northwest Hughesville.

Grunden is a Quincy native and Quincy High School graduate. He spent time as an assistant coach in the area at Canton, Highland, Liberty and Warsaw.