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... >>
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... >>
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... >>
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... >>
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... >>
Purdy takes aim at reigning champs
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cassville leaning on Blisard's grit
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
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
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
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
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...
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
Cassville sunk by Pea Ridge, 70-24
The Cassville boys basketball team fell to Pea Ridge (Ark.), 70-24, to open play in the Southwest Holiday Tournament on Friday. The Wildcats trailed 27-12 at halftime and were further routed by nine Blackhawk 3-pointers in the second half. Scoring for Cassville: Noah Hadlow, 5; Gabe Kirk, 4; Josh Brown, Riley Lekarcyzk and Mason Loveland, 3 each; Tyler Speakman and Kendrick Slane, 2 each and Allen Lambell, 1...
Eagles to refocus on break
Purdy boys basketball Coach Tommy Egan had an unusually long postgame meeting with his Eagles squad after a 67-61 loss to Miller. Normally, Egan is short, to the point and tells the boys that when they watch film they will see what he saw. This speech was different...
Lady Eagles pleased, but not content with season
A 7-2 record to open the season and a Clever Tournament championship are good starting points for Purdy's girls basketball team, but the Lady Eagles say they are far from a polished product.
"I've been pleased with the girls' attitudes and willingness to work hard," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "We still have several areas we need to improve upon. We break down every game film looking for 'opp-ers,' which are opportunities to get better."...
Exeter girls starting to roll
Exeter girls basketball Coach Colt Higgs is a patient man. He has been waiting for his squad to come around and begin to reach its potential. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers showed flashes of brilliance in their 67-35 win over Monett to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament...
Southwest High School ready for holiday tourney
The 32nd Annual Southwest Holiday Tournament tips off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with Blue Eye and Wheaton. In recent years, the tournament has featured teams from Arkansas and Missouri. The eight-team field reflects this tradition again this season, with Pea Ridge, Haas Hall and Gentry from the Natural State...
Southwest to host girls
Southwest High School took a big step earlier this year when it announced that it was adding a girls tournament to coincide with the annual boys tournament. On Friday, the that dream becomes reality when Pea ridge (Ark.) and Wheaton tipoff at 3:30 p.m...
Exeter falls in tourney opener, 63-43
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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...
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