Betty Ann (Schmidt) Hallgarth, 83 , of Versailles passed away Saturday, May 26, 2018. She was born the daughter of the late Edward and Sadie (Young) Schmidt on December 12, 1934.Betty was a graduate of the Napoleon School class of 1954. Shortly after graduation, she met Charles D. Hallgarth and the two of them married on July 18, 1959. They moved and spent the next 40 plus years together until his death in 2003.Betty’s pride and joy were her dogs and they became like children to her. One of her favorite things was to just sit and pet “Angel” and enjoy life. She liked raising African violets and sewing in her free time.She is survived by brothers Donald (Pauline) Schmidt of Batesville and Edward (Sharon) Schmidt of Osgood; sisters Ida Jones of Osgood, Delores (Aaron) Rolf of Milan, and Sharon (Ronald) Shockey of Indianapolis; sister-in-law Jewel Schmidt of Milan, brother-in-law Robert Flint of Columbus, and also her puppy, “Angel.” Betty was preceded in death by her husband Charles, her parents, brother Charles, and sister Viola Flint.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Neal’s Funeral Home in Osgood. Rosary services will be held at 5:00 pm. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018, also at the funeral home. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, May 31, at 10:00 a.m. at St John Catholic Church in Osgood. Memorials may be made out to Ripley County Humane Society, Breast Cancer or American Heart Association in care of the funeral home.
Murray State star Ja Morant didn’t just capture the attention of casual bracket watchers Thursday in a first-round win over Marquette. His triple-double effort caught the attention of two prominent Warriors — Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.Morant’s 17 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds led No. 12 Murray State to an 83-64 upset victory over the fifth-seeded Marquette. It was the first time a player recorded a triple-double in the NCAA Tournament since Green did it for Michigan State in 2012. So, how does he do that?”Just be yourself,” Curry said. “You don’t have to do anything special. Whatever you’ve been doing, continue. The spotlight is just a little brighter. Don’t change it up, which obviously he’s off to a good start in that respect. But it’s the best time of your life. Playing for your school, trying to do special things, knowing most likely it’s your last run playing in college. It’s one of the best moments. Even when I see that red [Davidson] jersey pop up with me in it, it always brings me back to how cool it was. So, embrace it and enjoy it because it goes by quick.”Morant and the 12th-seeded Racers play No. 4 Florida State at 6:10 p.m. ET on Saturday in the Round of 32. “Welcome to the elite club, brotha,” Green told Yahoo on Friday. “That’s all I’ve got to say. That was my first time watching him play and he’s for real.”Ja Morant finishes off a performance to remember in style. pic.twitter.com/QsJkeZ71b3— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 21, 2019Morant’s stardom could follow a similar path to Curry, who was a mid-major sensation in 2008 leading Davidson to the Elite Eight. Related News March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Ja Morant vs. Markus Howard March Madness 2019: Murray State star Ja Morant discusses NCAA Tournament triple-double Curry, who took that March magic into his pro career, said the tournament is unlike anything else in the sport, especially for a 19-year-old.“I’m sure the tournament is the first time most people get to see Ja. There’s no preparation for it because in the tournament, everybody wants to play in it, but it hits you in the face with the attention and the adrenaline rush,” Curry told Yahoo. “It’s a small window where everybody’s eyeballs are all on you and you can surprise a lot of people. But the biggest thing for me is I had the confidence going in and it sets you up to be ready for that moment.”Morant is expected to be a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA Draft if he declares. But before he worries about his pro career, Morant will try to lead his Racers team down a similar path as that 2008 Davidson team.