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Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
Hot shooting leads to Cassville win (01/18/17)
Shooting 75 percent from the field will lead to lots of victories, a truth the Cassville girls hoops team found out on Monday with a 71-39 win over Southwest in the opening round of the Galena Lady Bears Tournament. "It was a team win," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "It was the best job shooting the ball we'd had all season, and it just wasn't layups. We were hitting perimeter shots."...
Mix and match, Purdy still reloading (01/18/17)
A No. 1 seed in the Sarcoxie Tournament this week may be the needed medicine to help the wounded Purdy boys basketball team. As heavy media favorites to claim the crown, the Black and Gold (7-9) enter the tournament field that contains Sarcoxie, Billings, Wheaton, College Heights and Exeter...
Battle-tested Lady Eagles keep marching (01/18/17)
The hottest basketball team in Barry County is Class 2 Purdy. The Lady Eagles entered the week 10-1 and ranked No. 7 in the state. On Tuesday, Purdy faced Pleasant Hope in the opening round of the Marionville Lady Comet Classic. Game results were not available at presstime. Purdy entered the tournament on the heels of a hard fought, 54-49 victory over Pierce City on Friday...
Dealing with the heat (01/11/17)
The week after climbing the mountain and winning the Southwest Holiday Tournament has been followed by consecutive losses for the Cassville girls basketball team. On Friday, the Lady Wildcats (7-5) fell 60-48 to Purdy, and on Monday, the team dropped a 34-26 decision to McDonald County...
Wildcats roar at Seneca tourney (01/11/17)
The young wrestling program at Cassville put on a dominant performance at the Seneca Junior Varsity Tournament Saturday. "The kids wrestled really well today," said Nathan Fortner, Cassville coach. "They have made huge improvements in their technique and knowledge of the sport. I am also very proud of the way our wrestlers kept their composure during adversity throughout the match. There was no quit in them. They wrestled tough throughout the entire match."...
Lady Eagles enter pivotal week (01/11/17)
One huge game looms on the Purdy girls basketball team's schedule this week. The Lady Eagles (9-1) host a varsity boys-and-girls double header, against Pierce City on Friday. Purdy is still knocking off the rust of playing just three games since Dec. 15...
Jared Lankford: Key to great players becoming scarce (01/11/17)
Thursday marked the 29th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest basketball players to grace the hardwood -- Pete Maravich. Maravich earned the name "Pistol" from his high school habit of shooting the ball from his side, like he was holding a revolver in a quick draw competition. He was driven to be the best. He and his father invented drills to improve his skills and would spend hours practicing ball control tricks, passes, head fakes and his shots...
Title proves right medicine for Lady 'Cats (01/04/17)
A huge stress test awaits the Cassville girls basketball team as they welcome a solid Purdy team to town on Friday. "This game is going to test if what happened in Southwest was a one-time occurrence or is sustainable," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We've taken one good step, and now, we have a chance to take another. We do that, and we begin to pick up a little steam in the new year."...
Barry County Brawl: Alumni Edition (01/04/17)
Even the most casual football fan understands that the gridiron distain between Monett and Cassville runs deep. A simple glimpse of the fans in the stadium, many of whom played in the rivalry game, displays a passion that only those who played under the lights of Friday night can understand...
Wildcats to face Trojans, again (01/04/17)
For the third time this season, the Cassville and Southwest basketball teams will square off on the hardwood. "Coach [Rusty] Roe does a great job with his team," said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. "We've played two different types of games with them, one where they had a big lead and we had to chew away, and the other where we had to hold on to a lead."...
Bulldogs find success at Holiday Tournament (01/04/17)
Growth and balance were the two biggest things that Chris Kennedy, Wheaton basketball coach, was looking for as his hoops team invaded the Southwest Holiday Tournament. After a pair of setbacks, the Bulldogs finally put the puzzle pieces together with a 58-50 victory over Exeter to snag seventh place...
Lady Wildcats host hoops camp (01/04/17)
The Cassville girls basketball team's players and coaches had another successful hoops club season.
Top 10 sports stories of 2016 (12/28/16)
The following stories are ranked by the Democrat staff as the Top 10 sports stories of 2016.
Big 8 now officially bigger (12/28/16)
It is now official. The six invitations extended by the Big 8 Conference have been accepted and the conference affiliation will expand to 14 teams. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Reeds Spring, Hollister, Springfield Catholic, Marshfield, Logan-Rogersville and Nevada join the existing group of Cassville, Monett, Seneca, McDonald County, East Newton, Lamar, Mt. Vernon and Aurora...
Area teams invade Southwest (12/21/16)
For the 34th consecutive year, Southwest High School is set to host its Holiday Tournament on Monday. This year's tourney field includes four Barry County teams -- Cassville, Southwest, Exeter and Wheaton. Joining those four are Galena, Forsyth, Gentry (Ark.) and Pea Ridge (Ark.)...
Cassville gridders claim more honors (12/21/16)
Cassville once again had football players receive state-wide recognition for their contributions on the gridiron. Devin Phelps was named to the First Team All-State Media Poll as an offensive lineman, and River Phelps claimed Second Team honors as a running back...
Cassville football team earns voters' respect (12/21/16)
A few years ago, Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, was asked about his team's state ranking during the season. "I don't care anything about being ranked during the season," Parnell said. "The only poll that matters is the final one after the season is over."...
Lady Wildcats take top tourney seed (12/21/16)
The Cassville girls basketball team heads into the third annual girls Southwest Holiday Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed in the five-team field. The Lady Wildcats are joined this season by Pea Ridge (Ark.), Galena, Southwest and Wheaton. Southwest and Wheaton open play on Monday at 12:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to face Cassville on Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pea Ridge and Galena play Monday at 2 p.m...
Quick starts fueling Lady Wildcats (12/14/16)
Two scoring runs, one to start the first period and one that encompassed the third period, set the stage for Cassville's 50-20 girls basketball win over Reeds Spring on Monday. The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead and ended the first frame with a 16-6 advantage, then scored the first 23 points of the third quarter to open up a 50-17 advantage in the fourth period...
Cassville to house college baseball team (12/14/16)
Cassville schools has reached and agreement to become the home of the Cassville Arrows, an independent team of college baseball players, for the summer of 2017. The Arrows, formerly known as the Springfield Arrows, played last season at Dodson Field on the campus of Southwest Baptist University and will play 10 games at the high school facility...
Lady Tigers open tourney as No. 10 seed (12/14/16)
The Exeter girls basketball team has a busy schedule slated on the court this week. On Tuesday, the 2-4 squad traveled to McAuley, results were not available at press time. On Thursday, the Lady Tigers head to Sarcoxie before the open play in the 16-team Walnut Grove Holiday Classic that plays out over the next 13 days...
Cassville netter signs with Cottey College (12/14/16)
Cassville senior Rhandi Pendergraft signed to play volleyball at Cottey College in Nevada. She is the daughter of Russ and Jennifer Pendergraft of Cassville.
Big 8 Conference expanding 14 schools (12/07/16)
Big 8 high schools principals are set to expand the conference to an unprecedented 14 teams, which will take effect in the 2018 school year. The Conference's previous high of 13 teams was in 1976. According to Doug Martin, Cassville athletic director, the benefits for Cassville High School are huge...
2 Wildcats make All-State teams (12/07/16)
The final postseason awards for football were released over the weekend in the All-District and coveted Class 3 All-State teams. Cassville landed a pair of athletes on the all-state squads in Devin Phelps, First Team offensive line, and River Phelps, Second Team running back...
Jared Lankford: A window is now open for Cassville (12/07/16)
In 2008, not many expected the Cassville football team to rise up and claim the Class 3 state title. The Wildcats came together, pushed the right buttons at the right time and -- with a little luck -- hoisted the state championship trophy. That title gave way to another one the next season and elevated expectations for the years that followed...
Growth key for Wildcat hoops' future (12/07/16)
With a huge game against Neosho looming on Friday, the Cassville basketball team (2-2) sees the next two weeks as pivotal for its season. "Talent-wise, I think we have more this year than last year," said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. "We are young and are still learning how to win and how to mesh our talents."...
Lady Wildcats return to fundamental focus (12/07/16)
With a third-place finish in the Blue Eye tourney under its belt and just one game on the docket this week, the Cassville girls basketball team has a brief moment to catch its collective breath. "I like the team we've got this season," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We are ahead of last year's growth, and I like where we are heading."...
Future Wildcat Grapplers (12/07/16)
The Cassville Middle School wrestling program won eight medals at the Seneca Tournament to close out the season.
Wildcats shown respect in Big 8 (11/30/16)
Respect is shown in many different forms, and the Cassville football team earned it this week with 14 selections to the Big 8 All-Conference teams. Gathering First Team accolades for the Wildcats were River Phelps as a running back and kicker. Devin Phelps was honored for his offensive tackle play and role as a defensive tackle. Gilbert Medina made the cut as a linebacker...
Tigers hoops staying the course (11/30/16)
All Exeter Coach Cory Duke could do was watch as the final few seconds ticked off the clock Monday. His young Tigers hoops squad knew they had their hands full as they opened the Pierce City Invitational against high-powered Crane. When the final horn sounded, Duke and his Exeter players headed to the locker room on the receiving end of a 101-23 thumping...
Wheaton student signs with Cottey College (11/30/16)
Wheaton High School announced that Emily Killion, daughter of Shawn and Michele Killion, signed with Cottey College.
New era coming for Wildcat athletics (11/23/16)
Walking 1,000 miles may seem like an journey that is too hard for most to undertake, as on the path there will be deep valleys, steep hills and unknown pitfalls. However, as Nathan Fortner explained to his wrestling team, the journey of a 1,000 begins with a single step, and you cannot worry about what is miles down the road, but should focus on taking the step right in front of you...
Season-opening win (11/23/16)
The Cassville girls basketball team open the 2016-2017 season with a 52-41 victory over Pierce City on Monday.
Cassville soccer collects hardware (11/23/16)
The Cassville soccer team collected some hard-fought hardware for its performance on the pitch this season in the form of All-District and All-Region accolades. Five Wildcats landed on the All-Region team, with Noah Parsons and Austin Sneed collecting First Team honors...
Wildcats look for next step on hardwood (11/16/16)
There is little doubt who the biggest believer in Cassville hoops is this season. Fans and team members need to look no further than the man in charge of the program -- Barrett Milleson. Last year, in his inaugural coaching debut, Milleson guided the Wildcats to a 8-17 overall record, but what the coach also implemented was an energy and fight, his food for the team's growth...
Purdy senior inks with MSSU (11/16/16)
Following a dream and continuing her career has led Purdy senior Rion Boyd to sign a national letter of intent to play softball next year for Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Boyd was a two-year starter for the Lady Eagles and earned all-state, all-district and all-conference accolades each season...
Wildcats recognize top gridders (11/16/16)
The first of many awards and accolades for Cassville football players began to role in on Monday with the annual team awards banquet. The winners are as follows: Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Devin Phelps Outstanding Running Back: Kyle Ruark Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Steven Hunter...
Lady Wildcats seeking big results (11/09/16)
compete for Big 8 title This could be a great season for the Cassville girls basketball team. With a healthy mix of veteran players and talented newcomers, the Lady Wildcats are primed to improved upon a 14-13 campaigns a season ago. "This team showed flashes of greatness last season," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We just weren't consistent. I think our chemistry is good, and the kids had a great offseason. They are hungry to prove themselves."...
Wildcats take 15th at state meet (11/09/16)
The Cassville cross-country team took 15th at the Class 3 state meet on Saturday in Jefferson City. The Wildcats' team time was 1:30:53.8, and they scored 316 points. Festus won the event with a team time of 1:22:31.26 and 56 points, as the low score wins...
Go, Fight, Win (11/09/16)
The Cassville High School cheerleaders earned second place in the 3A Small Division recently at the Missouri State Cheerleading Competition in Columbia.
Southwest players earn all-conference honors (11/09/16)
Southwest High School seniors, from left, Bekah McKeever, Sydney Delossantos and Brianna Learned were named to the Ozark 7 All-Conference volleyball team
Wildcats primed for next year (11/02/16)
It was not the ending the Cassville football fans and Coach Lance Parnell had hoped to see on Friday. The Wildcats' season concluded with a 35-21 loss to rival Monett, a road game many felt Cassville would steal. Part of the reason the squad earned that support was the manner in which it improved throughout the entire season...
Lady Wildcats claim honors (11/02/16)
A special softball season that took the Cassville girls to the district championship has been rewarded with seven spots on the Big 8 All-Conference softball team. Lauren Turner earned First Team honors as a short stop. Five Lady Wildcats landed on the Second Team, with Josie Lone, pitcher; Kaylee Reibert, catcher; Audra Brooks, first; Ashley Ray, second base; and Tori Cole, outfield, collecting awards...
State bound (11/02/16)
The Cassville boys cross-country team qualified as a team for the state meet to be held next weekend in Jefferson City.
A successful hunt (11/02/16)
Travis Hughes, an 11-year-old resident of Purdy, harvested this 8-point buck near Purdy.
Cassville's season ends at Monett, 35-21 (10/28/16)
MONETT -- Cassville fell behind early and never recovered in a 35-21 loss to Monett in the district semifinal on Friday. In was not the ending the Wildcats (8-3) had envisioned, especially with the steady improvement this season and entering the game averaging more than 300 yards rushing per game...
Barry County Brawl, part two (10/26/16)
Wildcats fans are being encouraged to put on their sweatshirts, bring the cowbells and hold on for a what is slated to be an exciting football game Friday at Monett. Cassville (8-2) heads to Monett (9-1) with a chance to play not for a trophy, but earn a berth in the Class 3, District 4 championship game...
Wildcats strong in second half (10/26/16)
A handful of times this season, the Cassville football team has entered the locker room at halftime in a close game, then exploded out of the break to run away with a victory. Friday's district playoff win over East Newton was the perfect example of this phenomenon, as Cassville took only a 28-15 lead into halftime. By the final whistle, the Wildcats had added 35 unanswered points for a 63-15 victory...
All-conference list includes 2 from Cassville (10/26/16)
Cassville's Brianna Hemphill and Jesse Edie were honored with spots on the Big 8 All-Conference volleyball team. Hemphill was named to the Second Team and Edie was selected to the Honorable Mention squad. The complete list it as follows: Player of the Year: Koty Cooper, East Newton...
District Playoffs Round 2 (10/26/16)
Cassville at Monett Mt. Vernon at Reeds Spring Stockton at Lamar Sullivan at Owensville Eldon at Osage Seneca at Monett, 11-35 East Newton at Cassville, 15-63 Hollister at Mt. Vernon, 20-44 Marionville at Pierce City, 0-33 Warsaw at Lamar, 3-64 Rushing...
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