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Sunday, July 5, 2015
Cassville moves to fill volleyball coaching void (07/01/15)
A late resignation by volleyball coach Hannah Ketterman sent new Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin on a quick hunt to find a new volleyball coach for the Lady Wildcats last week. "It's never ideal, this late in the summer to conduct a head coaching search," Martin said. "But, I feel like we got lucky and have picked a great person."...
Cassville releases football schedule (07/01/15)
There are usually three questions that Cassville football fans want to know: When is the first game of the season, when do the Wildcats play Monett and how bad will the 'Cats beat the Cubs? While the third a question is unanswerable at this moment, the first two questions can be fulfilled...
Jared Lankford: A chance encounter with an icon (07/01/15)
I admit that there are some perks to my job. I used to count down the hours until the final whistle blew at work just so I could go watch a ballgame. Now, my job revolves around ballgames and finding stories that are entertaining, informative and, for lack of a better term, worth reading...
Eagles sweep conference awards (06/24/15)
Purdy's Birge named Ozark 7 Player of the Year Purdy's baseball team swept the top honors in the Ozark 7 Conference awards, as Sydney Birge was named Player of the Year and Coach Joshua Hughes was named Coach of the Year. In total, the Eagles claimed seven spots on the all-conference list. Along with Birge's and Hughes' accolades, Adam Humphrey, Hunter Cook and Dusty Videmschek all earned First Team awards...
Powers enters MIAA Hall of Fame (06/24/15)
This has been a good year for Cassville's Danny Powers. In April, Powers resigned as Cassville basketball coach to take the head coaching position of the Wildcat baseball program, and in June, he was elected into the MIAA Hall of Fame. "I am honored and humbled to be included with several great athletes," he said. "I really don't have the right words to express my gratitude. Baseball was a game that rewarded my dedication, and I am thankful to have those experiences in my life."...
Stewart's statue leaves mark in Ozarks (06/24/15)
By Kary Booher Special to The Monett Times It rises toward the summer's cotton-candy blue sky as a tribute to the Ozarks' native golf son, and a gasp is said to have gone up as bystanders take a closer look. See the Tam o'shanter hat and the baggy knickerbockers? And, check out the classic finish of his tee shot -- a picture-perfect pause, with the right elbow down with a baseball grip, golf club angled over the left shoulder, right shoe on its tip...
Wildcats pin down wrestling (06/17/15)
Wildcat Nation will soon have a new sport to rally behind during the winter season, as the district will begin fielding a wresting team for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin, the full rollout of the wrestling program will take two years, and only junior varsity will be offered in the coming year, and varsity competition to begin in 2016-2017...
All-State softball teams announced (06/17/15)
The Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association released its spring All-State Softball Team on Wednesday. The list is comprised of the best spring softball players around the state and contained four local athletes among its lists. Purdy, which advanced to the state quarterfinal, claimed three spots...
Cassville searching for football alumni (06/17/15)
Lance Parnell, Cassville's football coach, is a man who appreciates history, understanding the foundation of his program was laid by the hard work of generations who came before. For the third consecutive year, Parnell, in conjunction with Cassville High School, is inviting former Wildcat players to be a part of the Alumni Night at the Wildcats' Aug. 21 game against Aurora...
Locals carry all-star team to win (06/17/15)
NEOSHO -- For four years, Southwest's Blake Barnes and Verona's Dre Sitton battled each other on the hardwood during Ozark 7 Conference play and summer leagues. On Saturday, the duo got to show what they were capable of when they were on the same team...
Seniors make memories at all-star game (06/17/15)
NEOSHO -- For 16 of the area's best girls basketball players, Saturday night served as a chance to grace the basketball court one more time in their prep careers. For Purdy's Jayse Henderson, and Pierce City's Bailee Hayward and Amber Wagner, the event was bittersweet, as they were surround by family and friends...
Blisard to play in all-star hardwood event Saturday (06/10/15)
Area basketball enthusiasts will have one last opportunity to watch prep hardwood action this year, as the 36th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic Basketball Game, hosted by Lions Clubs of Missouri District 26-M6, is set for Saturday in Neosho. For Cassville senior Raeghan Blisard, the contest will serve as her swan song to a game, team and community that has meant everything to her...
Area seniors go out winners (06/10/15)
Even though the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club Grin Iron Classic was for charity, players on both sides wanted to win. Friday night marked the 14th installment of the all-star game in Springfield, which featured the best recently-graduated seniors in southwest Missouri...
Hoopsters invited to all-star games (06/10/15)
Hoop fans in southwest Missouri will have the opportunity to watch 37 of the best recently-graduated seniors play one more prep game this week. On Saturday, the Lions Clubs of Missouri District 26-M6 will host the 36th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic Basketball Games...
Jared Lankford: Following Webb City's blueprint (06/10/15)
There is an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Nowhere is this statement more correct than in the world of sports. In the 1990s, the Buffalo Bills took the idea of the hurry-up offense and applied it to the whole game. That style of offense gave birth to the shotgun strategy, using five-receiver sets on what used to be considered running downs...
Local athletes invited to all-star game (06/03/15)
A pair of Cassville seniors will have one last go on the gridiron Friday at the 14th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Football Classic at JFK Stadium at Parkview High School in Springfield. The 2015 game features the best 88 seniors and 20 coaches from southwest Missouri. Participants were selected by the Southwest Missouri High School Football Coaches Association...
All-district softball teams released (06/03/15)
Although the season is over, the awards continue to flow in for area softball players. On Thursday, the Class 1, All-District 10 softball team was announced. Purdy and Pierce City dominated the First Team, with 11 of the 17 spots occupied by girls from each school...
Jared Lankford: See you at the fair, it's showtime (06/03/15)
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. There are several reasons to get excited: the weather warms up, days are longer and area youth fairs fill the calendars. I have long advocated that the results from county fairs should run on the sports page. Although I have lost this argument with my editors, I believe my reasoning is sound...
Eagles stumble in sectional (05/27/15)
A 10-0 sectional loss to Marionville was not the way the Purdy baseball team wanted to end the season. However, a wound that opened in the first inning to the tune of a 3-0 Marionville lead, never stopped bleeding until a four-run fifth initiated the mercy rule on Monday...
Ozark 7 releases softball honors (05/27/15)
The Ozark 7 Conference released its all-conference award list on Thursday. Purdy, the conference champion, collected both the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, along with four other first team accolades. The list is as follows: Player of the Year: Breanna Keeler, Purdy...
Businesses enjoy chamber golf outing (05/27/15)
Winners of the eighth annual Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Tournament were recently announced Results are as follows: Closest to the pin on hole 6: Chuck Edie Closest to the pin on hole 11: Lewis Royer Longest drive on hole 2: Laith Hayward Championship Flight...
Purdy wins District 12 title (05/20/15)
The Purdy baseball team came into the Class 2, District 12 tournament as the No. 2 seed, but that was no matter to the Eagles. Purdy played the underdog role against No. 1 Pierce City Tuesday, coming out on top with a 6-3, district championship win...
Season ends for diamond 'Cats (05/20/15)
The postgame meeting was somber, as you would expect after a 3-2 loss to Carl Junction ended the Cassville baseball season on Monday. When the group broke, the team surrounded their coach Kyle Wood and two seniors in Chase Jackson and Andrew Whitham to give them a goodbye hug and thank them for their service to Wildcat baseball...
Purdy softball shell shocked (05/20/15)
It was like a slow-motion nightmare for Purdy Softball Coach Lori Videmschek during her team's quarterfinal loss to Stockton on Thursday. Lack of emotion, missed opportunities and a stingy opposing pitcher was the recipe for disaster that she feared could derail the Lady Eagles' chance of advancing to its first Final Four since 2004...
Jared Lankford: Small town school spirit lives (05/20/15)
Once a month, my mom will clear out her Saturday schedule for a lunch date. She gathers up the most recent photographs of her grandchildren, arms herself with the latest family updates and then heads off. The restaurants vary, but the crew of two dozen or so women are still the same. They all graduated from Seneca together but keep in close contact...
Purdy vies for Final Four spot (05/13/15)
The softball expectations in Purdy were set high from the start of the Lori Videmschek era a year ago. From the very first time she met her squad, Videmschek told the girls the goal was a district championship. On Monday, the Lady Eagles exceeded her expectations with a 5-4 win over Marionville in the Class 1 Sectionals...
Districts calling Wildcats (05/13/15)
The road to district baseball glory is now clear for the Cassville baseball team. The Wildcats (12-10) open action in the Class 4, District 12 tournament on Saturday against East Newton. "I think we enter this tournament with a lot of confidence," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "We were able to make a run to the championship game last year and we return several players that understand what it takes to get back to that game this year."...
Trap team 3rd at state (05/13/15)
The Southwest Trap recently took third place at the Missouri State Trapshooting Championships, held in Linn Creek.
Goals within reach for Wildcats (05/06/15)
There is an old sports saying that goes, "You learn more from a loss than a win." For Cassville coach Kyle Wood, that statement is the truth. Despite just two wins in their last five tries, the Wildcats are still upbeat as the district tournament nears...
3 Wildcat golfers head to sectional round (05/06/15)
Three Cassville golfers punched tickets to the sectional golf tournament with outstanding outings at the district tournament on Monday in Marshfield. Parker Skinner and Dylan Garner were named all-district, as Skinner shot a 78 and Garner checked in with a 85. Brett Nickle also qualified for the sectional round with an 86...
Jared Lankford: With firearms, knowledge is power (05/06/15)
In the mid-2000s the Neosho High School basketball team was one of the greatest in southwest Missouri. The two best players on that squad were Tyler Chaney and Trent Barrett. Chaney went on to star at Missouri State University (then Southwest Missouri State University) and Barrett is now the head basketball coach at McDonald County High School...
Lil'Cat Volleyball League wraps up (05/06/15)
The Cassville High School volleyball team hosted its inaugural Lil'Cat Volleyball League for girls in grades three through six.
33 attend Little Spikers camp (05/06/15)
The Southwest Lady Trojan volleyball team and coach Steve Voyak hosted the annual Little Spikers camp last week, with 33 kids from kindergarten to sixth grade attending.
Cassville track and field solid at home meet (04/29/15)
The Cassville track and field team hosted its Cassville Meet, with seven area teams in attendance. The Lady Wildcat and Wildcat squads collected several medals from the event. Cassville girls results are as follows: First place 4x100 relay: Alesha Cousins, Andrea Cousins, Trinity Ewing and Jade Halloway...
Wildcats getting closer to golf title (04/29/15)
The Cassville golf team trails Monett by two strokes as the Big 8 Conference field heads to Briar Brook in Carl Junction on Thursday. The Cubs shot a 333 on Thursday in Cassville to best the remainder of the field. Monett's Garrett Craig is the overall individual leader. He carded a three-over-par 75. Craig shot a 38 on the front nine and tallied a 37 on the back links...
Wood embarks on new adventure (04/29/15)
When offered the defensive coordinator job at Monett, it was an opportunity too good to pass up for Cassville's Kyle Wood. For nine seasons, Wood has served as a the Wildcats' head baseball coach and defensive assistant football coach. "The choice was hard, but the job allows me to move up the coaching ladder and have more say on Friday nights," Wood said. "It has been a goal of mine to move up. I wasn't looking for another job, it kind of just happened."...
Gritty play leads to hot conference start (04/22/15)
With three games this week in Big 8 Conference play, Cassville's baseball team still controls its own destiny in conference play. Last week, Cassville won two of its three contests, defeating Carl Junction, 4-3, and East Newton, 3-0, which left them a perfect 2-0 in conference action...
Cassville High School mulls adding wrestling (04/22/15)
Wildcats Nation could soon have another winter sport to cheer if a group of parents have their request granted by the Cassville School District. This is not the first time that a parent group has approached the district with a wrestling proposal. According to Cassville Superintendent Richard Asbill, two years ago, former Athletic Director David Large negotiated a compromise with a group seeking to add wrestling...
Press box getting remodel (04/22/15)
Fans driving by Wildcats Stadium may notice construction occurring at the hallowed football field. Cassville's six-member maintenance staff has begun construction of the new press box facility, with the goal to have it completed by June. "We are fortunate to have great guys on staff with construction experience," said Richard Asbill, superintendent. "We get a professional product at a cost savings to the district."...
Wildcats open conference season (04/15/15)
With two games this week against Carl Junction and East Newton, the Cassville baseball team officially entered Big 8 Conference play. For Kyle Wood, the Wildcats' plan to approach the conference season the way they approached the previous nine games...
Southwest's Mitchell chooses basketball (04/15/15)
There is an old sports saying that the product displayed on the court is a direct result of the effort put into getting better off the court. It was this saying that motivated Southwest standout Shannon Mitchell to put her heart and soul into athletics...
Purdy spikers recognized for 3.66 team GPA (04/15/15)
The 2014-2015 Purdy High School volleyball team was recently awarded the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association. To earn the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, the team needed a GPA of 3.25 or higher...
Wildcats brace for busy week (04/08/15)
Six games into the baseball season and the Wildcats are starting to show the growth and potential Coach Kyle Wood knew they possessed. "When I tell people that I have 12 or 13 kids that cannot just play at the varsity level, but start there, I am not kidding," Wood said. "We continue to take steps forward, which is what I wanted to see. We are having measurable growth."...
Wildcats to host 50-inning game (04/08/15)
The Wildcat baseball team will hold its sixth annual 50-inning game on Saturday at Wildcat Field, beginning at 10 a.m. "We are excited about this sixth annual 50-inning game," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "It gives a chance to get our entire baseball family, [coaches, players and parents] together and enjoy a day of lighthearted play."...
Eagles look to extend streak (04/08/15)
After dropping their first six games of the season, the Purdy baseball team needed something positive to hang its hat on. Consecutive wins over Marionville and Diamond were just what Coach Joshua Hughes ordered. "We were competing in our first few games, but never got the win," Hughes said. "We finally put everything together in the last two games. I have been impressed with our boys' poise and growth."...
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