May Marty Tiefenbrunn rest in peace

Fans not only of Owensville High School basketball but the Four Rivers Conference lost a great man Friday morning.

Sullivan resident Marty Tiefenbrunn passed away suddenly at the age of 58.

In getting to know Mr. Tiefenbrunn over the last 12 years, his passion for sports was evident through his writing for the Sullivan Independent News, the Sullivan Journal and his publishing company, Bald Eagle Sports, LLC.

Before beginning his over decade-long career as a high school basketball broadcaster for KTUI 102.1 FM radio out of Sullivan, Tiefenbrunn and a number of Owensville area residents made memories that will be talked about for years to come.

For over 17 years, he was a registered official with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA).

He officiated basketball games on the hardwood along with baseball and softball action on the diamond.

Calling over 2,000 basketball games himself, current MSHSAA official reviewer John Schaefferkoetter shared a particular memory officiating together with Tiefenbrunn.

Officiating games together throughout Crawford County together in Steelville, Cuba and Bourbon, Schaefferkoetter recalled one night in particular before a game in Bourbon.

“I remember one night that he (Tiefenbrunn) got a speeding ticket in Bourbon before the game,” Schaefferkoetter said. “Shortly after getting the ticket, he mentioned that he would be officiating for the city of Bourbon that night to pay for his ticket.”

Also at one time, both men served as presidents of their respective school boards.

Schaefferkoetter was president of the Gasconade County R-2 Board of Education while Tiefenbrunn was also president of the Sullivan C-1 Board of Education.

“We both found ourselves with a mutual love for the well being of student/athletes in the area,” Schaefferkoetter said. Serving as Presidents of our boards of education in our own school districts, were often shared ideas and expertise.”

Recently retired from the Gasconade County R-2 School District as a physical education teacher, Mark ‘Pete’ Jett also shared memories of Tiefenbrunn.

Graduating from Sullivan and Owensville respectively in 1977, Jett and Tiefenbrunn competed against each other in high school.

“I loved competing against him in high school,” Jett said. “He was a very good sportsman.”

After playing against him in high school, Jett had the good fortune of often being interviewed by Tiefenbrunn on the radio airwaves of KTUI out of Sullivan.

“I liked doing interviews with him on the radio,” Jett said. “That was something he was also very good at.”

Serving as a public address announcer for every year of the Owensville Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament, Bruce Paneitz also shared memories of his good friend.

“I remember his passion for sports,” Paneitz said. “He loved watching and announcing basketball.”

Tiefenbrunn’s knowledge of not only Sullivan Eagles sports and that of the Four Rivers Conference will be sorely missed.

“His overall knowledge of the history of his Sullivan Eagles and the Sullivan School District were endless,” Paneitz said. “He expanded that to the Four Rivers Conference team and beyond.”

The Republican sends condolences to the family.