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Tuesday, Sep. 30, 2014
Wildcats drop 3rd straight contest (09/27/14)
The Cassville football team dropped its third straight game on Friday and moved to 2-4 on the season and 2-3 in the Big 8 with a Friday loss to No. 4 Carl Junction on the road, 49-7. Cassville kept the game close throughout the first quarter, with Carl Junction holding on to a 14-0 lead. Late in the second quarter, Cassville's Leigh Cox picked off an errant Carl Junction pass, which set the stage for the Wildcats' scoring drive...
Cassville to face another state-ranked team Friday (09/24/14)
As a coach, there are things that you can control and things you can not control. Motivation, preparedness and energy are items that a coach can give his team. The unknowns are things that drive coaches crazy. This week, a young Wildcats team got even younger because of events outside of the coaches control...
Slow start dooms 'Cats on the road (09/24/14)
Great special teams play and chunk yardage offensive plays have been staples of Wildcats teams for the last several years, but neither was a friend to the Wildcats Friday. A Monett kickoff return for a touchdown to start the game knocked the wind of the Wildcats' sail and the Cubs used plays of 70 and 40 yards for touchdowns to break the will of Cassville in a 38-0 defeat...
Southwest wins Greenfield tourney (09/24/14)
The Southwest volleyball team rallied from a set down, and then six points down in the deciding set, but emerged with a 12-25, 25-21, 27-25 victory over Greenfield in the Lady Wildcats Invitational championship on Saturday. Senior Shannon Mitchell, who's 22nd kill of the match won the games, was named to the all-tournament team with junior setter Jaime Shrum. ...
Wildcat soccer set for explosion (09/24/14)
All signs pointed to a loss Thursday for Cassville soccer (3-8) as the game against Aurora drew near the final whistle. The Wildcats trailed 4-3 with four minutes left against a vastly-improved Houn' Dawg team. Being down late in ball games was nothing new for a team struggling with a tough early season soccer schedule. However, this game had a different ending...
Cassville humbled by rival Monett (09/19/14)
MONETT -- The youth and inexperience of the Cassville Wildcats reared its ugly head in a 38-0 loss to Monett on Friday night. Recent injuries cause the team to plug in several underclassmen into the starting lineup, the Wildcats struggled in every phase...
Cassville, Monett renew Barry County rivalry this week (09/17/14)
Cassville controls its conference, district destiny in Week 5 Friday night's game with Monett is bigger than any one on the Cassville coaching staff is willing to admit. While Head Coach Lance Parnell concedes that it is important, he notes that every game is important...
Wildcats say practice makes perfect (09/17/14)
Following Cassville's 49-0 home loss to Lamar on Friday, the Wildcats knew one thing -- they were not where they wanted to be. Leaving its first conference loss and first loss to Lamar at home since 2004 behind, the Wildcats are now turning to the Barry County Brawl on Friday and turning up the heat at practices...
State Football Rankings: Week 5 (09/17/14)
Cassville at Monett Mt. Vernon at Aurora Car Junction at McDonald Co. Seneca at East Newton Butler at Lamar Last weeks results Seneca at Aurora, 2-6 Central at Carl Junction, 57-16 Lamar at Cassville, 49-0 Monett at Mt. Vernon, 40-0 McDonald Co. at East Newton, 21-6...
Lamar runs past Wildcats (09/12/14)
The size and speed of Lamar proved too much for Cassville to handle Friday, as the Wildcats fell at home, 49-0, to the three-time defending Class 2 champions. Lamar punted on it's first possession, but moved the ball with ease after that. Following a 33-yard punt return, Lamar went 33 yards on the ground for the first score...
Wildcats, Tigers to tangle Friday on gridiron (09/10/14)
In coach speak, the biggest game on the schedule is always the "next game." Most coaches use a "look forward" approach, and such is the case for Cassville this week. Already gone is the celebratory feel of Friday night's 35-0 win over McDonald County, and and the Wildcats (2-1, 2-0) have shifted their concentration for a bigger prize -- a win over Lamar...
Wildcats settle into Big 8 play (09/10/14)
The message got through to the Wildcats, as they outplayed the Mustangs on both sides of the ball en route to a 35-0 win and a 2-0 conference record. Cassville feels the win has also got the team back on track after the week two loss to Mountain Grove...
Southwest brings back fall baseball (09/10/14)
Southwest High School has made a commitment to its sports programs over the last few years. The district has completed work on a track, expanded its holiday basketball tournament and now has helped its baseball program with the addition of a fall season...
Sports Briefs (09/10/14)
The Purdy volleyball team defeated Verona in two sets by scores of 25-19 and 26-24 on Thursday for its first conference win. Purdy was led by Courtney White with 7 kills and 10 digs, Desi Ennes and Layne Skiles finished with 22 blocks each, and Skylar Lakey had 12 assists...
Cassville football breezes past Mustangs (09/05/14)
The Cassville football team was too strong for McDonald County on both sides of the ball Friday, lighting up the scoreboard in a 35-0 win at home. It was trouble from the start for the Mustangs when senior running back Chase Jackson ran 22 yards for a score on Cassville's first play from scrimmage...
Wildcats regroup after home loss (09/03/14)
In the maritime community, there is an old adage that goes, fair weather doesn't make for good sailors. While no coach wants to lose a game, it is something that every team has to deal with. On Friday, the Wildcats (1-1, 1-0) suffered their first defeat of the season to Mountain Grove, 30-19. Cassville Coach Lance Parnell was blunt and up front to his team after the contest...
Past, present meet at Wildcats Alumni Night (09/03/14)
At its football home opener Friday night, Cassville recognized many of its past players from the 1960s, and one man who was recognized has a special connection with the Wildcats nearly 50 years after he graduated. Dan Miller, 66, of Cassville, is a 1966 graduate of Cassville High School who was a guard on the football team. But for Miller Friday night, being recognized was only part of the fun, as he got to watch his grandson, Cade Pendergraft, play against No. 5-ranked Mountain Grove...
Perfect Lady Wildcats face big test (09/03/14)
Young and younger was how Cassville softball coach Ben Abramovitz described his softball team this summer. Coming off a 2013 season that only featured 10 wins, it was obvious that more work had to be done. When injury hit one of his key seniors and another starter moved out of the district this summer, the coach had to scramble to rebuild his lineup...
Southwest volleyball splits 2 games (09/03/14)
The Southwest volleyball team split its first two games, losing to Berryville (Ark.) and defeating Pea Ridge (Ark.) last week. Berryville defeated the Lady Trojans in straight sets 25-13, 25-20 and 25-17. "They were balanced, consistent and focused and just better than us," said Southwest coach, Steve Voyak. "We were a little shellshocked in the first set, but I liked the way we competed after that."...
State Football Rankings: Week 3 (09/03/14)
Aurora at Carl Junction McDonald County at Cassville Monett at Lamar Diamond at East Newton Mt. Vernon at Seneca Aurora at McDonald County, 27-6 Carl Junction at Mt. Vernon, 62-0 Mountain Grove at Cassville 30-19 Seneca at Lamar 0-59 East Newton at Monett 0-51...
No. 5 Panthers too much for 'Cats (08/29/14)
The Wildcats' football team met a strong foe at its home opener, falling to No. 5 Mountain Grove in week two, 30-19. Cassville started slow on defense, leaving a Mountain Grove receiver wide open in the middle for a touchdown pass and an 8-0 lead. Cassville answered the score quickly when senior quarterback Gabe Kirk ran 54 yards in three plays for a score...
'Cats leave Dawgs digging for a bone (08/27/14)
AURORA -- The Cassville football team's win over Aurora Friday may have been by more than three scores, but at the end of the game, it was the Wildcats' defense getting all the credit. Only allowing Aurora across the 50 yard line once, with less than five minutes in the game, Cassville put on a stifling defensive performance that left the Houn Dawgs digging for a bone...
Wildcats aim to stay perfect (08/27/14)
The test for the young gridiron Wildcats continues this week as they welcome the Mountain Grove Panthers, the No. 6 ranked team in Class 3, to Cassville on Friday. "They're good," said Lance Parnell, Cassville head coach. "They have two good linemen, a good quarterback and a talented running back. We are going to be tested."...
Cassville fans miss tradition, 'want more cowbell' (08/27/14)
Even though they haven't rang at Wildcat football games for almost four years, there is a movement in the Cassville community to bring back the cowbell to Friday nights. According to Steve Reid, a life-long Wildcat supporter, the ringing tradition dates back over 50 years...
Lady Trojans march to opener (08/27/14)
For 12 seasons, Steve Voyak has guided the Lady Trojans volleyball team through thick and thin. Last year, Southwest amassed a 26-5-2 record and won the Ozark 7 Conference before getting upset in the district semifinal. This year, the goal is to repeat last season's success and side-step the district hiccup...
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