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Friday, Mar. 27, 2015
Wildcats see opportunities on diamond (03/25/15)
It was a mixed bag of results for the Cassville baseball team as it opened the season on Saturday with Pea Ridge, Ark., and El Dorado Springs. The Wildcats lost to the visitors from out of state, 5-4, but rebounded to defeat El Dorado Springs, 18-7...
Trojans to defend conference hardware (03/25/15)
The stars aligned just right for the Southwest baseball team and Coach Kenny Ferguson last season as the Trojans claimed the Ozark 7 Conference title. Southwest, however, lost the first game of the district title to Diamond. This year, the Trojans return just four starters from last year's team. ...
Expectations high for baseball 'Cats (03/18/15)
Last year, the Cassville boys baseball team endured a tough season. Accustomed to ruling the Big 8 Conference, the Wildcats knew last year would be a rebuilding campaign. They finished the season 10-15 and 2-5 in Big 8 play. "It was a tough year," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. ...
Tigers getting back to basics (03/18/15)
It was a long and rough season for the Exeter baseball team last year. Halfway through the year, the team lost their coach due to a family illness, and the lack of victories, with just one on the season, made for miserable conditions. This summer, the Exeter school district hired alumnus Colt Higgs to take over the program and bring stability to a team that has had three different coaches in three years...
Eagles aiming for wins as baseball season nears (03/18/15)
For the Purdy baseball team, winning is the norm. Over 11 years, Coach Joshua Hughes has amassed a 235-148 record in the fall and spring seasons. Last year, the Eagles entered a transition phase and finished 8-15. Gone from that team is the senior leadership of Brent Cornman, Alex Mareth and Reese Veith who combined for six of the victories on the mound, 26 RBI, 41 hits and 29 stolen bases...
Southwest Junior Volleyfest set for Saturday (03/18/15)
Six middle school teams will participate in the Southwest Junior Volleyfest Saturday at the high school gymnasium in Washburn. Matches begin at 9 a.m. and should conclude by 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Joining the host Lady Trojans in the field are: Clever, Exeter, Galena, Purdy and Wheaton. ...
Blisard's dedication earns her recognition (03/11/15)
For years, Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore has sought tough players that would fight through adversity to help the team win, and four years ago, he inherited one such player in Raeghan Blisard. Blisard, according to Shore, was the heart and soul of the Lady Wildcats. Her attitude, work ethic and determination set her apart from others...
Wildcats brace for offseason (03/11/15)
Coach: Team struggled with new system, help is on the way For the first quarter of the district tournament opener, the Wildcats basketball team looked like they could pull off an opening-round upset of Carthage. However, the second and third quarters watched Cassville stall and Carthage pull steadily away for a 75-46 victory...
Jared Lankford: T-ball: A life-altering event, I hope (03/11/15)
In high school, I had a great English and literature teacher named Mike Evans. As fate would have it, Mr. Evans is now the principal at Wheaton High School, and I occasionally get the opportunity to speak with him at Bulldog and Lady Bulldog sporting events...
Lady Wildcats face top seed Thursday in district play (03/04/15)
WEBB CITY -- The Cassville girls basketball team is settling into the underdog role at the district tournament. Cassville extended its season on Monday with and upset win, and the Lady Wildcats will play the underdog role again on Thursday as they face No. 1 McDonald County...
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Bulldogs lick their wounds (03/04/15)
For Wheaton Coach Mike Austin and his Bulldogs basketball team, the 2014-2015 basketball season is one they, do not want to forget. Austin knows that may sound strange to some people after all, a 1-25 record is nothing to be writing home about. Of those 25 losses, 20 of the games ended in a running clock blowout of 30 or more points...
Purdy students bring the noise at district title game (03/04/15)
The Purdy cheering section was loud and proud during the district title match with Pierce City on Friday.
Purdy takes aim at reigning champs (02/27/15)
As the last few seconds of the Class 2, District 12 semifinal match with Southwest ticket off the clock, Purdy Coach Eli Ernst took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. His Lady Eagles pulled out a 67-51 win over the Lady Trojans and dominated the second half of a game that looked in doubt at halftime...
Exeter coach, atheltic director stepping down (02/25/15)
Jay Allen, Exeter athletic director and boys basketball coach, has announced this year will be his final season at the district. Jay's wife, Heather, who works for Cargill, received a promotion and took a position with the company in their California, Mo., office...
District challenge awaits Lady Wildcats Monday (02/25/15)
Even though the district seeds had not been decided, Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore had a good idea who his Lady Wildcats were going to face in the first round of the district playoffs. So did his opponent. "I looked up in the stands at our game against Seneca and I saw all the Carthage coaches had come to scout us," Shore said...
'Cats open district play Monday (02/25/15)
The Cassville boys basketball team opens play in the Class 4, District 12 tournament on Tuesday against a familiar foe in Carthage. The two teams met on Dec. 19, with the Tigers scoring a 66-40 victory. The rematch on Tuesday has far greater implications, as the losing team's season will come to an end...
The man, the myth, the eagle (02/18/15)
Echo the Eagle is as visible as any player at Purdy High School basketball games. Standing over 6-5, with a nearly 6-foot wing-span, Echo prides himself in striking fear into opposing mascots and rallying the fans to stand up and cheer. Before every game, Echo saunters through the crowd as the loyal Purdy fans filter into the gymnasium. He constantly pauses for autographs, high-fives from young children and a long line of hugs and pictures from those in attendance...
Purdy girls No. 1 seed (02/18/15)
For the first time since its 2010 state championship run, the Purdy girls basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 2, District 12 tournament. "I think the seed is a testament to how hard our girls worked this season," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "Getting the seed is one thing, but we still have to take care of business."...
Tigers seeded No. 5 at 6-15 (02/18/15)
The Exeter boys basketball team earned the No. 5 seed in the eight-team Class 1, District 4 basketball tournament Bradleyville (18-5) earned the No. 1 seed with School of the Ozarks (15-7) claiming the No. 2 spot. "We've got some work to do if we want to extend our season," said Jay Allen, Exeter coach. "We have to play as a team."...
Exeter girls earn No. 4 seed (02/18/15)
The Exeter girls basketball team earned the No. 5 seed in the eight-team Class 1, District 4 basketball tournament Chadwick (14-5) earned the No. 1 seed, with Bradleyville (16-5) claiming the No. 2 spot. "This is a tough and well-balanced tournament," said Colt Higgs, Exeter coach. "Any team in the top five seeds is capable of winning it. We are going to have to stick to what we do best and be as close to perfect as possible."...
Eagles No. 6 seed in districts (02/18/15)
The Purdy boys basketball team is best described by its coach Tommy Egan as a scrappy bunch. The Eagles earned the No. 6 seed in the eight-team Class 2, District 12 basketball tournament when begins next Tuesday at Pierce City. Pierce City (15-7) earned the No. 1 seed, with Miller (10-14) claiming the No. 2 spot...
Pendergraft inks with Evangel (02/11/15)
For two years, he had labored and toiled on the freshmen and junior varsity teams, and he even questioned whether his heart was still in the game. "My dad and I talked leading up to my junior season, and he wanted me to give it one more shot," Pendergraft said. "Our first game of the season was at Branson, I earned a varsity starting spot and started every game since then. I was hooked."...
Jett flying to Iowa for football (02/11/15)
"Awesome" was the first word Cassville coach Lance Parnell used to describe Dalton Jett's play for his Wildcats. "Dalton has a big motor, goes a 100 miles per hour and plays with a chip on his shoulder," Parnell said. "He is everything a coach wants in a player."...
Cassville hoops seeking strong finish (02/04/15)
Cassville Coach Danny Powers and his Wildcats team have been on a roller coaster this season. Powers' Wildcats have struggled to find their identity, and their lack of size has hurt them in late game situations, according to the coach. "In the last two weeks, we have lost twice in overtime and had some tight games at the end where we didn't finish."...
Purdy to honor all-time great athletes (02/04/15)
Looking for a way to honor in the present those from the past, the Purdy School District has established the Purdy High School Athletic Hall of Fame. According to the guidelines adopted by the board: "The Hall of Fame has been organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Purdy High School," the guidelines said. ...
Lady Wildcats to face toughest opponent yet (02/04/15)
Cassville Coach Chris Shore knows about facing tough challenges and good defenses. His clipboard has the marking to prove that he can diagram plays to attack almost any team. On Monday, his Lady Wildcats squad is asking for help from Wildcat Nation as they face their toughest opponent ever -- not the Monett Lady Cubs -- but Parkinson's disease...
Lady 'Cats to take on Parkinson's disease (01/30/15)
The Cassville girls basketball team is selling "Parkinson's Awareness" T-shirts for their Feb. 9 home game against Monett. Shirts are $10 each, and for more information, people may contact Amanda Henry at ahenry@cassville.k12.mo.us.
Cassville leaning on Blisard's grit (01/28/15)
Ask Cassville Coach Chris Shore who his team's most valuable player is, and he'll tell you it is senior Reaghan Blisard. Blisard serves as a calming influence on the floor, a steady ball handler and an outside scoring option. "Reaghan is a tough competitor and puts us into good position on the floor," Shore said. "When she is healthy we are at our best."...
Lady Eagles prepared to go to college (01/28/15)
Purdy has been busy in recent games making its case to be viewed as the hottest girls basketball team in southwest Missouri. The black and gold have ripped off four consecutive wins, claiming the Galena Lady Bears Tournament championship and receiving an invitation to play in the prestigious Pink and White tournament next year at Springfield...
Purdy's team mentality gives hope for the season (01/21/15)
Facing a 17-point deficit with less than two quarters to play, the Purdy boys basketball team faced a decision Friday night against Pierce City. The Eagles could roll over, go through the motions and get blown out, or they could gather their pride and battle...
Purdy girls make statement in latest win (01/21/15)
Post presence of Ennes, Skiles key part of team's success Going into Friday night's matchup with Pierce City, the Purdy girls basketball team was a little nervous. It was not because the Lady Eagles were scared or intimidated by their opponent, but because they knew, if they played their game, they would win...
Smaller 'Cats coming up short (01/14/15)
Even before the game with Carl Junction began on Friday, it was apparent that the Bulldogs had one undeniable advantage -- height at every position. The undersized Wildcats battled valiantly and even held a 16-10 edge at halftime, holding the visitors to zero points in the second quarter before falling, 42-30...
Sports briefs (01/14/15)
Purdy hosts Pierce City in varsity basketball action on Friday. The games could be a preview of the district championship host at Pierce City this year. The girls gam is slated to tipoff at 6 p.m. immediately followed by the boys contest. Lady year, the Pierce City girls topped Purdy for the district title...
Eagles lose title, find hope and encouragement (01/14/15)
What a difference a month can make. The Purdy boys basketball team had a long heart-to heart meeting about a month ago after 67-61 loss at Miller. The subject of that meeting was to refocus a young team that was struggling. Coach Tommy Egan told his team that they needed to pull together and focus on doing the little things right if they hoped to win this season...
Wildcats seeking wins in Spokane (01/14/15)
Located halfway between Nixa and Branson West on U.S. Highway 13 is the small town of Spokane. A flashing caution light marks the point where motorists turn. Turn east, and one can tour a quiet community that typifies small-town Missouri. But, turn west, and one will find a school so sprawling that a skyway was built over the road to keep all students in one building...
Lady Wildcats face tough test (01/07/15)
With the exception of seniors Brooke Fields and Raeghan Blisard, the Lady Wildcats basketball team is very young. Last year, Cassville at times had three freshmen on the floor. This year, the team is even younger, with a lineup that features two more freshmen getting serious floor time. For Coach Chris Shore, this presents headaches, but gives him reason to hope...
Bi-county area lags in deer kills (01/07/15)
The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that hunters harvested 11,025 deer during the alternative methods portion of the 2014 deer hunting season, which ran Dec. 20-30, 2014. Over 204,000 deer have been harvested this hunting season. Barry and Lawrence counties finished in the bottom third of the state for total number of deer harvested during the time frame...
Jared Lankford: True fans involved in the relationship business (01/07/15)
I have been privileged to call a few sporting events on local radio in recent years. Radio broadcasting captivated my imagination as a child, and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy. My first taste of audio mass communication came as an 8-year-old reading public service announcements at KBTN in Neosho for National 4-H Week...
Wildcats entertain Bulldogs on Friday (01/07/15)
The Cassville boys basketball team welcomes Skip Brock and his Bulldogs from Carl Junction to Wildcat Gym on Friday. The game is the Big 8 Conference opener for both teams. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. All fans, with a paid admission, will receive a complementary program for the game...
Southwest travels to Exeter for conference clash (01/07/15)
The Southwest and Exeter basketball teams square off for Ozark 7 Conference supremacy on Friday at Exeter. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Catch and release trout season underway (01/07/15)
Missouri catch-and-release fishing is underway at Roaring River, Bennett Spring and Montauk State parks until Feb 19. Fishing times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fishing permits are required, unless exempt, and anglers are to use flies only as bait...
Purdy pushes past Wheaton, 58-34 (01/06/15)
The Purdy girls basketball team defeated Wheaton, 58-34, Tuesday night in Ozark 7 Conference action. The Lady Eagles led 35-12 at halftime and 48-21 after three periods. Scoring for Purdy: Desirie Ennes, 15; Jayse Henderson, 13; Layne Skiles, 11; Sami House, 5; Mickey Schad, Ashton Young and Rion Boyd, 4 each; and Rylee Moller, 2...
Top 10 local sports stories of 2014 (12/31/14)
Personnel moves and a conference volleyball title topped the list of local sports stories in 2014. David Large left Cassville to take the athletic director opening at Branson. He replaced Tony Berry, Branson activities director, who accepted a position as assistant superintendent at School of the Osage. During Large's 11 years as Cassville football coach, he compiled a 104-17 record. The Wildcats also won two state titles and the last four Big 8 Conference titles...
Tigers try to break mid-season slump (12/31/14)
The basketball season has not gone exactly as planned for the Exeter boys basketball team. The Tigers got off to a promising start with a 54-45 season-opening win over Thomas Jefferson, but have dropped seven straight, including both games in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament...
Cassville hoops team seeking path to hardwood success (12/31/14)
Cassville boys basketball Coach Danny Powers has already worn out the path in front of his bench walking up and down the floor giving instructions to his Wildcat team this season. Powers scrapped his offense in the off-season in order to install a motion system that better-suited the talent he had returning...
Lady Trojans pulling together as a team, family (12/31/14)
It doesn't take a person long to see the importance of basketball to the fans of Southwest's Trojan and Lady Trojan teams. They pack the gym, remain on the edge of their seats and are very vocal. They don't have student seating sections. The place designated for the Southwest students is located under a huge banner that reads "Student Standing Section."...
Wheaton turns to underclassmen (12/31/14)
Wheaton boys basketball Coach Mike Austin feels like a broken record. He uses all five of his timeouts to teach his players essentially the same thing -- be smart, value the ball and move your feet on defense. Heading into the holiday break, the Bulldogs had lost four starters for the season due to various reasons. A fifth starter was added to the list with a knee injury during the Southwest Holiday Tournament...
Wheaton girls showing progress, having fun (12/31/14)
It is a very lonely bench for Wheaton Coach Jessica Lombard this season. After her starting five take the floor, she is left with just one reserve player by her side. She jokes that some coaches talk about being six-players deep, for her it is a reality...
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