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Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
Exeter falls in tourney opener, 63-43 (12/20/14)
WALNUT GROVE -- The Exeter boys basketball team dropped a 63-43 decision to Pleasant Hope on Saturday to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. Exeter (1-6) trailed 20-13 after the first period and 40-25 at halftime. Scoring for the Tigers: Terry Cook, 15; Josh Hood, 7; Codie Evatt and Clint Bradford, 6 each; Blake Walker, 5; and Chris Smith, 2...
Exeter races past Monett in tourney opener, 67-35 (12/20/14)
Walnut Grove -- The Exeter girls basketball team shook off the rust of a 9 a.m. start time to claim an opening round win over Monett, 67-35, on Saturday in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. The Lady Tigers spent most of the first period trying to shake off the early morning haze. They led 13-9 at the end of the first period and 26-15 at halftime...
Cassville girls making strides (12/17/14)
Cassville Coach Chris Shore had been waiting for that right game or moment. He knew that his Lady Wildcats squad was loaded with talent, but they were missing a key ingredient -- confidence. On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats got the shot of confidence it needed with a 56-22 win over Monett...
MSU names Steckel as coach (12/17/14)
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University has named Dave Steckel as its 20th head football coach on Sunday. MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats and President Clifton (Clif) M. Smart III announced the hire of the University of Missouri associate head coach and defensive coordinator. The hire concludes a national search that began Nov. 23...
Lady Cats Hoops Club Team hosts training for up-and-coming hoops stars (12/17/14)
Members of the 2014 Cassville Lady Cats Hoops Club Team participated in fundamental basketball training and games put on by the high school and middle school coaches and high school players. Parent volunteers also helped with the program. Each year, the young players work on their skills, then get to play games coached by the high school girls and role models. Contributed photo...
'Cats named to all-region football teams (12/10/14)
Cassville football players continued to be showered with post season honors this year. On Friday, the southwest Missouri all-region Class 3 team was released. The Wildcats landed 11 players on the all-region teams. Players named to the all-region first team are automatically qualified for consideration for the all-state team, which is to be released this week...
Lady Eagles finding new roles on hoops team (12/10/14)
Purdy Coach Eli Ernst knows his Lady Eagles basketball team has talent this season. Coming into this year, he finally had veteran leadership and a chance to make some noise. A season-ending knee injury to Courtney White dampened the team's spirits and some of that leadership for a short time, but not its resolve...
Purdy boys capture 5th in Clever Tournament (12/10/14)
Purdy's boys shook off an opening round loss and bounced back to claim fifth place in the Clever Tournament on Saturday with a 66-31 win over Billings. The Eagles (2-1) led 21-5 at the end of the first period and 52-14 at intermission. Scoring for Purdy: Jonatan Salazar, 19; Hunter Cook, 12; Robby Moody, 11; Sydney Birge, 8; Luis Cruz, 5; Brayden Jones, Raul Garcia, Tyler Keeler and Dusty Videmscheck, 2 apiece...
Purdy girls finish 2nd at Diamond Tourney (12/10/14)
The Purdy girls fell just short of claiming the title in the Diamond Tourney on Saturday, losing to Jasper, 53-47. The Lady Eagles took a 24-20 edge into halftime, but were outscored 16-8 in the third period and couldn't recover. Scoring for Purdy: Layne Skiles and Sami House, 11 each; Ashton Young, 8; Rion Boyd, 6; Desirie Ennes, 5; Zoe Brown, 4; and Jayse Henderson, 2...
Cassville girls travel to Monett Thursday (12/10/14)
The Cassville girls basketball team opens Big 8 Conference play on Thursday at Monett. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KKBL 95.9, and people can follow the game on Twitter at @CassvilleDemo.
Wildcat basketball team to share its Christmas with local families (12/04/14)
Cassville High School announced this week that its boys' basketball team will be working with local business leaders and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) to collect toys as for children in need. In a joint effort to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas on Dec. 25, the Wildcats basketball team will wave the price of admission for their home opener on Tuesday in exchange for new, packaged toys that will be donated to families who need a little extra help for the holidays...
Wildcat football awards roll in (12/03/14)
The Cassville football team landed 10 players on the 2014-2015 Big 8 All-Conference football team. The Wildcats finished fourth in the conference race behind Carl Junction, Lamar and Monett. Cassville's Kane Kellner, tight end; Andrew Whitham, tackle; Cade Pendergraft, wide receiver; River Phelps, running back; Gabe Kirk, all-purpose; Dalton Jett, defensive back; Cody Olsen, linebacker; and Brett Nickle, defensive back, earned second team accolades...
Southwest announces Tip-off candidates (12/03/14)
Southwest High School has announced its Tip-off candidates for 2014. Candidates, from left, include: Senior Makenzie Bowlin, senior Brittany Martin, junior Samantha Robbins, sophomore Jerica Lawrence and freshman Emily Snyder. The Trojans play their Tip-off game on Dec. 19 against Pierce City. The winner will be announced at halftime of the boys varsity game. Contributed photo...
Golf Association selects new board members (12/03/14)
The Cassville Women's Golf Association elected new board members for the for 2015 and held its first organizational meeting to discuss the upcoming ladies golf schedule. The kickoff for the 2015 season will be held at the Cassville Golf Course on April 16. ...
Wildcats going strong since 1946 (11/26/14)
Friday nights in the fall are sacred events in Cassville. For Wildcat fans, it's not a question of if you are going to the game, but what time you getting there and what are you grilling at the tailgate party? The origins of Wildcat football date back to 1921, and scores from that era that seem unbelievable. ...
Cassville woman sets example as Chiefs cheerleader (11/26/14)
For one Cassville High School alumna, being part of Chiefs Kingdom involves more than just tuning on the television on Sundays. Cricket, whose full name is redacted per Chiefs' policy, puts in a full day of work on game days at Arrowhead Stadium as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader...
Wildcats to unveil up-tempo look (11/19/14)
For the last five seasons, Cassville boys basketball Head Coach Danny Powers was spoiled with tall players to go along with his team speed. Powers' Wildcats had the ability to post up in the paint, or devastate teams from long range. This year, things have changed...
Lady 'Cats look for growth in new season (11/19/14)
Last year's 6-19 season, which ended with a 5-point loss to Aurora in districts, is one the Lady Wildcats basketball team, Head Coach Chris Shore and he Wildcats' staff want to forget about. But, one thing they want to remember is that Shore has four players who were starters or part-time starters returning...
Cassville pilots youth golf program (11/12/14)
If you truly love something it is only natural that you strive to share your passion with those around you. For Susie Jacobs, it was her love of golf and a chance meeting that planted a seed that just recently has started to blossom, and hopefully produce fruit...
Cassville soccer players recognized (11/12/14)
Even though the season may be over, the awards and accolades for Cassville soccer players have just begun to fly in. The first awards to be released were the Class 2, District 11 all-district teams. The Monett soccer program led the way with a total of nine of their 11 starters being selected to the team. College Heights finished second with seven total players. Cassville secured four awards...
Local hunters find early season success (11/12/14)
Monett hunter Frank McCollough, right, shot a 30-point buck near Purdy at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. McCollough, who hunts annually, said this was the biggest buck he will probably ever get. He planned to take it to Bass Pro in Springfield for grading and hoped to use the meat. Contributed photo...
Big 'Cats get love one last time (11/05/14)
Down 47-20 and pinned deep in their own territory, the Wildcats' last play from scrimmage in 2014 was a Gabe Kirk keeper up the middle. The play ran out the clock on the Wildcats' third straight district semifinal loss, and that's a hump Head Coach Lance Parnell is anxious to overcome...
Cassville volleyball sets sights on 2015 (11/05/14)
With a loss in the opening round of district play, the work for Cassville Coach Hannah Ketterman and her Lady Wildcats volleyball team is just beginning. "Our girls fought all season," Ketterman said. "We just didn't get the wins to show it." Ketterman said this season had been a whirlwind, and at times, she wasn't able to spend enough time to work on specific problem. All that will change this offseason...
Ozark 7 releases volleyball awards (11/05/14)
The Ozark 7 Conference released it all-conference volleyball awards, and Southwest won the regular season title with a perfect 6-0 conference record. For their effort, the Lady Trojans secured the top honors of Coach of the Year and Player of the Year...
Cassville season ends at Monett, 47-20 (10/31/14)
MONETT -- The Cassville football team's season ended Friday night with a 47-20 loss to Monett. Cassville fumbled the opening kickoff and allowed the Cubs to drive 36 yards in six plays to take a 7-0 lead on a Zack Hammond 1-yard run with 9:48 left in the first...
Wildcats seek to put an end to Cubs' season (10/29/14)
It is still fresh on the mind of Cassville Coach Lance Parnell, a 38-0 thrashing defeat at the hands of rival Monett in Week 5. Parnell also serves as the team's defensive coordinator, and defense is something the Wildcats pride themselves in. However, on that fateful night, the Cubs' offense slice through the vaunted Wildcats defenders like a hot knife through butter, rolling up 300 yards rushing, 80 through the air and returning a kickoff for a touchdown...
Running backs bolster Wildcats (10/29/14)
Just before Mt. Vernon closed out a 75-yard touchdown drive after a long Cassville kickoff return and a fumble, a timeout was called. That timeout proved to be a pivotal moment in the district quarterfinal game, as Head Coach Lance Parnell told his guys to stay put on the goal line and met them on the field for a stern discussion...
Southwest volleyball season ends in districts (10/29/14)
Lady Trojans come up short in semifinal against Crane Southwest High School's volleyball team fell one win short of a district championship game, falling to Crane in the semifinals last week, 25-20 and 25-17. "We just weren't very sharp," said Steve Voyak, Southwest coach. "Give Crane credit. They are smart, athletic and play hard and deserved to win the match."...
Cassville lets loose on Mt. Vernon in playoffs (10/24/14)
A Cassville fumble on the first play from scrimmage and a 75-yard drive from Mt. Vernon for a score served as motivation for the Wildcats, who kicked into high gear and scored 35 unanswered for a 54-20 win in the first round of the district playoffs Friday...
Wildcats share in emotional win (10/22/14)
When the Cassville football team took the field Friday in its final regular-season contest, the Wildcats did not storm through the banner as they had in the four other home games. Instead, the Wildcats walked tall and held hands in a show of solidarity for their many seniors who were injured during the season and could not suit up...
Rematch for Wildcats to open 2nd season (10/22/14)
After nine weeks of ups and downs, the season comes down to a series of one-game playoffs where the rules are simple -- win and advance, lose and go home. For the Cassville football team, a three-game winning streak is on the line, a streak that ironically began with a come-from-behind win over Mt. Vernon in Week 6...
Southwest volleyball top dogs in conference (10/22/14)
The Southwest volleyball team defeated Exeter (25-12, 25-7) last week to capture the Ozark 7 Conference championship. The Lady Trojans won their third consecutive conference title, finishing the season with a perfect 6-0 record for the second straight season...
Football Rankings (10/22/14)
This week's schedule East Newton at Monett Mt. Vernon at Cassville Seneca at Aurora Marshfield at Carl Junction McDonald County at Webb City Butler at Lamar Hollister at Reeds Spring Last week's results McDonald Co. at Monett, 2-67 Seneca at Cassville, 8-41...
Youth league sign-ups start Nov. 1 (10/22/14)
The Barry County Athletic Association Youth Boys Basketball League will Begin Nov. 1. The association's third annual youth boys basketball league will begin evaluations and registration, at noon on Nov. 1 at the Cassville High School gym. This year, the Barry Country Athletic Association is expanding its influence to include all young athletes from Barry County, as Monett's Coach Jeremy Land has teamed up with Cassville's Danny Powers in an effort to give more of the county's youth the opportunity to play at basketball at an early age.. ...
Football Wildcats demolish Indians, 41-8 (10/17/14)
A missed field goal at the halftime horn did not stop the Wildcats from taking a 41-8 win in the final regular-season contest against Seneca. Cassville opened its scoring in impressive fashion, driving 99 yards after a well-placed Seneca punt and finishing with an 11-yard touchdown run by Gabe Kirk...
Wildcats finding their stride late in season (10/15/14)
In wins over Mt. Vernon and East Newton in the past two weeks, Cassville's football team has needed a little pep talk at halftime. Only up 7-0 at the break on Friday in East Newton, Head Coach Lance Parnell said he told his team that mental focus is key if the Wildcats wanted two hold on to the win...
Wildcats to honor seniors Friday (10/15/14)
It is close. Only 0.64 points separate Cassville and Aurora for the No. 3 seed and No. 4 seed in the Class 3, District 4 standings. While it does not matter where they are seeded according to Cassville Coach Lance Parnell, it does affect who they would play...
Lady Trojans undefeated in Ozark 7 (10/15/14)
Southwest's volleyball team narrowly defeated Purdy (25-23, 27-25) in volleyball last week to improve to its record to 5-0 in the Ozark 7 Conference race. The Lady Trojans finish the season with a game against Exeter this week before heading to the district tournament on Monday...
Football Rankings (10/15/14)
This week's schedule McDonald County at Monett Seneca at Cassville Lamar at Carl Junction Central at Mt. Vernon East Newton at Aurora Last weeks results Monett at Clinton, 41-0 Mt. Vernon at McDonald Co., 20-21 Aurora at Lamar, 6-56 Carl Junction at Seneca, 56-7...
Wildcats blank East Newton (10/10/14)
GRANBY -- Cassville's football team moved a step closer to securing a home district playoff game with a 47-0 win over East Newton at Don Johnson Stadium Friday night. The Wildcat defense looked as strong as they have all season, playing much like they did against Aurora in the season opener...
'Cats hope homecoming win is turning point (10/08/14)
All the glitz and glamour on homecoming night tends to focus on seniors, such as homecoming king and running back Chase Jackson. On Friday, however, it was a sophomore that stole the show. Before Friday, sophomore River Phelps had only taken a handful of snaps at reining back. But due to injuries, such as Jackson's, Phelps was thrust into the backfield and made the most of the opportunity...
Wildcats playing for seeding in district tournament (10/08/14)
It is amazing how winning can change the entire atmosphere of a program. For three weeks, Lance Parnell and his staff have pieced together lineups, coached kids up and tried to keep a team focused through three blowout losses. Through the first half of Friday's 35-20 win, the Wildcats were in danger of losing a fourth game that would have been crushing for the team and would have signaled a resignation to the season...
Southwest senior still setting records (10/08/14)
Southwest Volleyball Coach Steve Voyak is a high-energy and a highly-motivated coach. He works just as hard as any of his players during the course of a match, rarely sitting down, and living and dying with every point. If asked about his coaching style, he talks about giving his team energy and feels it's his responsibility to coach as hard as the play he demands from his team...
Wildcats claw past Mt. Vernon (10/03/14)
After a slow start and two lost fumbles, Cassville turned the tide in the fourth quarter to take a 35-20 win over Mt. Vernon and snap a three-game winless streak. Both teams struggled to hold on to the ball early. A Gabe Kirk fumble led to a 50-yard drive and 1-yard Mountaineer touchdown run...
Underclassmen stepping up (10/01/14)
With injuries plaguing the Cassville football team's upperclassmen, some of the Wildcats' younger players are seeing more playing time, and Head Coach Lance Parnell is seeing the benefits. Missing seniors Cody Olsen, Chase Jackson, Cade Pendergraft and Justin Dunivant during Friday's 49-7 loss to Carl Junction, the Wildcats saw a lot more action from underclassmen, such as sophomores Gilbert Medina and River Phelps, and juniors Dylan Klewer, Matt Popanz and Hunter Madison...
Cassville ready to come home (10/01/14)
Cassville football coach Lance Parnell only knows one way to take on adversity -- head on. The Wildcats have been outscored 136-7 in the past three games, each of them losses. This week is Homecoming for the Wildcats, and when asked if the events surrounding the event posed a problem keeping his team grounded, Parnell was quick with the response...
Football Rankings (10/01/14)
Big 8 Conference Standings This week's schedule Monett at Carl Junction Mt. Vernon at Cassville Nevada at Aurora Last weeks results Aurora at Monett, 3-34 Cassville at Carl Junction, 7-49 East Newton at Mt. Vernon, 20-44 Lamar at McDonald County, 71-0...
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...
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