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Friday, Sep. 30, 2016
'Cats see need for improvement (09/28/16)
When Wesley Snipes stared in the movie "Passenger 57," one of the iconic lines from the film was, "Always bet on black." On Friday, the Wildcats (4-2, 2-2) rolled into Monett and for three quarters frustrated the No. 4 ranked Cubs (5-1, 3-1). With three minutes remaining and facing a fourth-and-12 at the Cubs' 45, Coach Lance Parnell elected to punt the ball back to Monett...
Wildcats welcome mirror image (09/28/16)
Monday practice came for the Cassville football team, and the Wildcats went back to work. The Black and Gold, despite coming up a point short on the scoreboard, felt good about their efforts at Monett. Cassville racked up 296 yards rushing and did not turn the ball over. The team also matched the Cubs physicality...
Purdy golf advances to sectional round (09/28/16)
The Purdy golf team punched its ticket to the Class 1 section round with a second place finish in the Class 2, District 4 tournament at the par 72, Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course in Nevada on Monday. The Lady Eagles shot a combined 417 and finished behind first-place Greenwood, which shot a 398. Seneca took third with a 424 team score...
Cassville volleyball seeking donations (09/28/16)
The Cassville volleyball team is selling T-shirts to help the fight against breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the team has launched a campaign to increase awareness of the disease. The Lady Wildcats are inviting the public to their Pink Out Night, on Oct. 6 against Lamar...
Cassville XC runs at East Newton (09/28/16)
Cassville's Jordan Campbell was the Lady Wildcats' top finisher at the East Newton Cross-Country Meet on Saturday.
Middle school runner excels (09/28/16)
Cassville Middle School cross-country runner Brylee Wilson finished first in the girls division of Middle School Cross-Country meet at East Newton on Saturday.
State football rankings after Week 6 (09/28/16)
McDonald County at Monett Aurora at Mt. Vernon Seneca at Cassville East Newton at El Dorado Springs Lamar at Valle Catholic Pierce City at Joplin (JV) Thursday Aurora at Seneca, 21-28 Cassville at Monett, 20-21 Mt. Vernon at East Newton, 42-6 Lamar at McDonald County, 0-56...
Cassville falls to rival Monett in 21-20 nailbiter (09/23/16)
MONETT -- They Barry County Brawl lived up to its hype in the fourth installment, even though Cassville fell to Monett, 21-20 on Friday. The Wildcats (3-2, 2-2) gambled their defense could stop Monett (5-1, 3-1) by punting the ball back to Monett with 3:00 left in the game. The Cubs picked up two first downs and ran out the clock...
Wildcats soccer team takes lumps, sees progress (09/21/16)
With a game against Branson on Thursday, the Cassville soccer teams knows it is in the hardest part of its season. Part of that proof came in the form of a rough, 1-3 patch a week ago that started off on the wrong foot, but ended strongly. "We dealt with some injury issues early that hurt us defensively," said Jake Forste, Cassville coach. ...
Wildcats with a chance to earn respect (09/21/16)
Four years ago, three words were chosen to describe the rivalry between Monett and Cassville -- Barry County Brawl. Cassville has the distinct honor of winning the first installment of the annual gridiron match, but the last two meetings have gone to the dreaded rival Monett. The major contributing factor to the Cubs' success the last two years has been simple -- senior leadership...
Cubs aiming to keep Brawl trophy (09/21/16)
The lights will be bright on Friday as the Cubs of Monett (4-1, 3-1) welcome the Wildcats of Cassville (4-1, 3-1) to Burl Fowler Stadium for the fourth edition of the Barry County Brawl. After dropping the first game when the series was officially titled, the Cubs have won the last two games and like the way the coveted Brawl trophy looks in its display case at the high school...
Barry County Brawl: Fourth edition (09/21/16)
The football rivalry between Cassville and Monett plays second fiddle to no other gridiron match up. It is as intense a rivalry as can be found in not just southwest Missouri, but in the entire state. In recent years, the foes have made national news with their antics toward one another and the games are intense, even if the scores have lacked the proof...
Cassville credits togetherness for string of victories (09/21/16)
Midway through the season, the Cassville football team is a shade of the squad that left the field demoralized after a big loss to Lamar. Since Week 1, the Wildcats have reeled off four straight wins, besting Reeds Spring, East Newton, McDonald County and St. James. Along with the "step" system implemented by Coach Lance Parnell, a number of other factors have helped the Cassville players gel better, on the field and off...
Wildcats get boost from military influence (09/21/16)
Coaches often highlight and identify players who they count on for being leaders. These individuals are usually the ones that are the most calm during the fiercest competitions. They do not always have the biggest stats when the game is over, but the team and the coaches know that without their contributions, victory would not have been accomplished...
Lady Wildcats prep for huge weekend (09/21/16)
With seven games in seven days, Shawn Johnson, Cassville softball coach, knows that this is an important week for his Lady Wildcats team. "I feel like we are on track to be the team I wanted us to be by the end of the regular season," Johnson said. "Our pitching and hitting have been consistent all season long. Our defense hasn't been terrible, but could always stand to be a little better."...
Southwest to host annual event (09/21/16)
Southwest High School's 33rd annual Volleyfest tournament is set for Saturday. Under the direction of Lady Trojans Coach Steve Voyak, the volleyball tournament has grown into one of the area's premier competitions. In the last decade, the tournament has grown from a five-team, one gym event into a 10-team, two-state spectacular...
State football rankings after Week 5 (09/21/16)
Aurora at Seneca Cassville at Monett Mt. Vernon at East Newton Lamar at McDonald County Lockwood at Pierce City Monett at Aurora, 28-7 St. James at Cassville, 12-21 Seneca at East Newton, 0-14 Lamar -- Open date McDonald County at Mt. Vernon, 8-53 Miller at Pierce City, 7-55...
Cassville tops St. James at homecoming, 21-12 (09/16/16)
The football field at Wildcat stadium may have taken a beating in the soggy conditions Friday, but Cassville's team came out on top of new opponent St. James, 21-12. St. James struck first in the game, as its scrambling quarterback hit a receiver on a well-executed screen pass that led to a 75-yard run up the Tigers' sideline for a score...
Unknown foe awaits Cassville (09/14/16)
For the first time in school history, Cassville and St. James will meet on the football field on Friday. For the Wildcats, the game will serve as Homecoming. The obvious goal is for Cassville (3-1, 2-1) to pick up its fourth consecutive victory of the season and send the natives home happy...
Depth in backfield key to Cassville's success (09/14/16)
It was a warm, muggy night on Friday in Anderson, and for the Cassville football team, who had some issues with cramping on the humid night, depth became key. In no position has depth been more important than at running back, where the Wildcats (3-1, 2-1) employed six different ball-carriers in the 33-22 victory on the road...
Wildcats still roaring on the pitch (09/14/16)
A tidal wave of positive energy has fueled the Cassville soccer team to a 5-2 record as of Monday. Coach Jake Forste said the team is feeding off of its hot start. "Everyone from the parents, to the administration, to the kids in kindergarten on up have expressed how excited they are about the program," Forste said. "I can only speak for the time that I have been here, but we've come a long way from where we started, but we still have a long way to go."...
Wheaton baseball improves to 3-3 (09/14/16)
An eight-run explosion in the fourth inning lifted the Wheaton fall baseball team to a 14-3 win in five innings over Billings on Thursday and improved the team's record to 3-3. Bo Brattin struck out 9 in the Bulldogs' win. Wheaton hosts Hurley on Monday...
Co-ed round marks Women's Golf League (09/14/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf league hosted the men's league on Thursday with 43 golfers participating in the four-person scramble. First place went to Becky Ryder, Bob Miller, Tom Richards and Don Vesely. Second place was won by Mary Lee Meyerkord, Barb Vesely, Denver Douglas and Denver Dixon...
Cassville youth cheer clinic Oct. 9 (09/14/16)
Registration is now underway for the 2016 Cassville Youth Cheerleading Clinic. This year's event will be held at the FEMA Event Center on Oct. 9 from 2-4:30 p.m. The cost is $20 and includes a T-shirt, pink hair ribbon, pink tattoo and a performance at the Oct. 14 varsity football game against Mt. Vernon...
State football rankings after Week 4 (09/14/16)
Monett at Aurora St. James at Cassville Seneca at East Newton Lamar -- Open date McDonald County at Mt. Vernon Miller at Pierce City Lamar at Monett, 49-34 East Newton at Aurora, 7-27 Cassville at McDonald County, 33-22 Mt. Vernon at Seneca, 42-13 Pleasanton (Kan.) at Pierce City (Played Tuesday night), 12-62...
Wildcats hang on for win over Mustangs (09/09/16)
ANDERSON -- Momentum was key in Cassville's game at McDonald County Friday, and the Wildcats did just enough to hold on for a 33-22 victory. The Mustangs came out with passion, gaining big yardage on a jet sweep and then burning the Wildcats on a hook and ladder for a 44-yard touchdown to take a 6-0 lead only 1:04 into the game...
Leaving their marks (09/07/16)
Every team has players that never see the limelight. Their names are never read over the public address system, they seldom score a touchdown and people generally only notice them if they make a mistake. 
However, without their efforts and hard work, victory would be impossible...
Wildcats to face air attack Friday (09/07/16)
After two-straight home win for the Cassville football team, the Wildcats (2-1, 1-1) are ready to venture on the road to Anderson in a tilt with McDonald County (0-3, 0-1). Lance Parnell, Cassville coach made sure he got the attention of his Wildcats as he began to break down the Mustangs on tape...
Wildcats developing throwing game (09/07/16)
Known for years for a ground-and-pound style, the Cassville football team (2-1, 1-1), behind the arm and leadership of sophomore quarterback Shannon Haney, is looking to air the ball out a little more than fans are used to seeing this season. In the Wildcats' last two home wins, 26-6 over Reeds Spring and 42-16 over East Newton, Haney has hit consecutive touchdown strikes. ...
Lady Trojans netters gain momentum (09/07/16)
With games against Galena and Diamond this week, the Southwest volleyball team is hoping to build off last week's dominating performances. The Lady Trojans defeated Pea Ridge (Ark.) and Thomas Jefferson last week in high school volleyball action. Junior middle Myka Cook had 7 kills, 6 digs and 5 aces, and she made all 19 of her serves as Southwest traveled to Arkansas and beat Pea Ridge 25-11, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21...
Women's Golf Association hosts invitational (09/07/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf Association hosted 100 golfers from a three-state area, for its 50th Annual Ladies Invitational.
State Football Rankings after Week 3 (09/07/16)
Lamar at Monett East Newton at Aurora Cassville at McDonald County Mt. Vernon at Seneca Pleasanton (Kan.) at Pierce City (Played Tuesday night) Monett at Mt. Vernon, 42-28 East Newton at Cassville, 16-42 Aurora at Lamar, 0-50 Seneca at McDonald County, 33-26...
Wildcats roll by East Newton, 42-16 (09/02/16)
The Wildcats exerted their offensive might at home against East Newton Friday, moving to 2-1 on the season with a 42-16 win. The Wildcats gave up a first down on East Newton's opening drive, but forced a punt four downs later, and Kyle Ruark broke through to block the kick. Troy Rose recovered the ball on the Patriots' 25...
Cassville focused on taking next step (08/31/16)
Relieved was the word Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, said best described his demeanor after the Wildcats' win over Reeds Spring on Friday. After Cassville's (1-1, 0-1) 50-0 loss to Lamar in Week 1, the head coach had his doubts about how his team would respond...
Cassville hopes big win is a turning point (08/31/16)
A complete 180 is the best way to put it. These were the words Cassville Coach Lance Parnell used to describe his team's mentality in Week 2 compared to Week 1 and the Wildcats' 50-0 drubbing in Lamar. The wheels to improve were put in motion about 15 minutes into the drive home from Lamar that Friday, when senior lineman Devin Phelps sent out a group text inviting his teammates to his house two days later for an impromptu film session, with no coaches attending...
Former coach Ron Cole recalls his days at Cassville (08/31/16)
A 36-year coaching veteran who cut his teeth at Cassville, Ron Cole was in attendance on Friday at the Reeds Spring football game, sharing his memories and watching the Wildcats defeat the Wolves. A Fayetteville, Ark., native and 1968 graduate of Arkansas Tech in Russellville, Ark., Cole originally wanted to stay in Arkansas but took an assistant coaching job in Cassville right after graduating college...
Wildcats soccer team braces for 7-game road trip (08/31/16)
A season ago, the Cassville soccer team won three times in 23 games. Beat down, worn out and left for dead by some, the Wildcats brought in Jake Forste to resurrect a proud program. "From day one, I told the players that I believed in them," Forste said. "I told them that they have the talent to win a lot of games, and that they needed to believe in themselves."...
Lady Wildcats face rival on Thursday (08/31/16)
A trip to Monett on Thursday signals the beginning of Big 8 Conference play for the Cassville softball team. The Lady Wildcats (3-2) have had the date with Monett (4-1) circled on their calendars for quite some time. "They are, until someone beats them, the favorite to win the conference," said Shawn Johnson, Cassville coach. ...
Jared Lankford: Family theme more than an empty word (08/31/16)
Every year, Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, writes a personal letter to the loyal members of Wildcat Nation, and it appears in the Fall Sports Preview edition of the Cassville Democrat. In his letter, Parnell introduces himself to the community, then briefly explains why he is excited for the season and the hopes he has for his team...
Cassville football alumni reunited Friday (08/31/16)
Members of the Cassville football team and coaches from classes 1971-1975 were recognized Friday at Cassville's home opener against Reeds Spring.
Game night in Cassville (08/31/16)
From high above Wildcat Stadium, a drone captured this image during the late moments of the Wildcats' 27-6 win over Reeds Spring on Friday
State football rankings after Week 2 (08/31/16)
Monett at Mt. Vernon East Newton at Cassville Aurora at Lamar Seneca at McDonald County Jasper at Pierce City Monett at Logan-Rogersville, 49-0 Reeds Spring at Cassville, 6-27 East Newton at Lamar, 0-55 McDonald County at Marshfield, 6-28 Springfield Catholic at Mt. Vernon, 17-24...
Wildcats earn win in home opener (08/26/16)
Cassville's football team did not let its loss to Lamar bleed into Week 2, as the Black and Gold played with high intensity in its home opener and came away with a 27-6 win over Reeds Spring. The Wildcats' first drive ended with only one first down and a punt, but the rest of the first half was all Cassville...
Wildcats prep for Wolves' ground game (08/24/16)
Each week, Cassville Coach Lance Parnell puts together a scouting report and game plan for his Wildcats. On Monday, when Parnell passed out his report, he attached a "not" to the team. "I told them that week one is over and we needed to put our focus just on Reeds Spring," Parnell said. "I also told the players not to forget how that loss made them feel, and that we are going to work so that it doesn't happen again."...
Wildcats look to rebound from Week 1 loss (08/24/16)
Even though Lamar is a five-time state champion, Cassville's football coach was not expecting to be defeated by a 50-0 scoreline. Coach Lance Parnell said going into the game, the Wildcats knew they could not give the Tigers many chances, and Lamar took advantage of minor Wildcat mistakes early...
Lady Trojans ready to volley (08/24/16)
A 22-9-3 volleyball season is alright for some teams, but the Southwest squad is used to reaching lofty heights. The Lady Trojans finished 4-2 in the Ozark 7 Conference a season ago, and with five returning letter winners, look to retake the conference top spot...
Digging it (08/24/16)
The Cassville volleyball team travels to Clever on Monday.
State football rankings (08/24/16)
Monett at Logan-Rogersville Reeds Spring at Cassville East Newton at Lamar McDonald County at Marshfield Springfield Catholic at Mt. Vernon Pierce City at Liberal Osage at Seneca California at Monett, 6-34 Cassville at Lamar, 0-50 Mountain Grove at Aurora, 35-21...
Tigers pounce on Wildcats in opener (08/19/16)
LAMAR -- The Cassville football team in its season opener was no match for Lamar on the road, as the Tigers scored early and often en route to a 50-0 win Friday night. After a three-and-out on Cassville's first possession, Lamar drove opened the scoring with a 2-yard quarterback keeper, tacking on a 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 8:51 still to play in the opening frame...
Wildcats brace for Tiger attack (08/17/16)
It only seems like yesterday that Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, spoke to his team about offseason goals. Part of that conversation between the coach and his team centered around the unit becoming stronger physically and mentally in order to achieve lofty goals...
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