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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Lady Wildcats hoopsters 
seeking experience (07/23/14)
Young and talented is how Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore chose to describe his team this summer. But with youth also comes one other problem, varsity inexperience. "We spent a lot of time this summer working on fundamentals," Shore said. "We spent more time in the weight room, and the girls were eager in practice. Our open gyms were well attended."...
Purdy Eagles focused 
on player 
development (07/23/14)
While most area basketball teams have spent the summer attending shootouts and leagues, not all took that traditional route. The Purdy Eagles went back to the drawing board and took a page out of the coach Norman Dale's Hickory Husker page -- focus on the fundamentals...
CHS hosts annual volleyball camp (07/23/14)
Cassville High School recently hosted its 2014 Lady Wildcat Volleyball camp.
Sports Briefs (07/23/14)
Cassville Middle School Football camp will be held Aug. 4-8 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the practice field. Players should report to the middle school locker room to check in with coaches. Equipment checkout will be Aug. 7 for eighth graders and Aug. 8 for seventh graders. Equipment will be checked out after camp on those nights...
CHS to honor alumni at game (07/09/14)
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 second consecutive year, Cassville Football Head Coach Lance Parnell, in conjunction with Cassville High School, is inviting former Wildcat players to be a part of the Alumni Night at the Wildcats' Aug. 29 game against Mountain Grove...
Lady 'Cats softball poised for growth (07/09/14)
No coach in the Cassville School District has had a busier summer than Softball Coach Ben Abramovitz. Not only did he become the district's new athletic director, he has also been busy breaking in a very young team. "We have lost a player to injury already and had another move out of the district," Abramovitz said. "We have a good group of players coming in, but we are going to be young."...
Twice the fun on tap at Monett Speedway this weekend (07/09/14)
It will be an action packed weekend of fun at the Monett Speedway on Friday and Saturday. Track Owner Randy Mooneyham hosts five feature classes (late models, modified, B-modified, pro 4, midwest-modified and pure stock) on Friday. At the conclusion of the races Friday, the track will be reconfigured to welcome the Spring Creek Truck and Tractor Pulling Association on Saturday...
Southwest 1 Peewee goes undefeated (07/09/14)
The Southwest 1 Peewee baseball team capped off an undefeated season by winning the championship game of the 20-team Peewee tournament on June 28. The win moved the Trojans to 15-0 on the year. Those pictured include, front row, from left: Coach Gayla Ennis, Jordan Long, Caiden Crowe, Braden Garcia, Evan Ennis, Landon Bernard and Ryder Martin. ...
Wildcats embrace new size, speed (07/02/14)
For the last four seasons, Cassville Wildcats Basketball Coach Danny Powers admits he has been spoiled with an interior size advantage over most teams. Powers' squad used the versatility of 6'7" Ethan Lowery to create size mismatches. With the departure of Lowery's imposing frame, the Wildcats are taking the summer season to install a new offense...
Wildcats work for gridiron glory (07/02/14)
If you walk into to any barbershop, restaurant or place of business where Cassville residents tend to congregate, it is not long until the conversation shifts to Wildcat football. Lance Parnell and his coaching staff know that champions are made in the offseason, and Parnell has already ascertained one key piece of information -- his team is ready to work...
WaterThrashers' season underway (07/02/14)
This year's squad has swimmers from Monett, Aurora, Pierce City and Cassville. The WaterThrashers are the largest team in the Tri-State Conference. Youth from age 5-18 are allowed to compete for the team. Coaching the WaterThrashers for a fourth consecutive season is Christin Janssen...
MARS series highlights holiday (07/02/14)
The Monett Speedway is hoping this Independence Day weekend culminates with fireworks on the track as they welcome the Midwest Auto Racing Series (MARS) into town. "We have the best dirt track drivers in the country coming to our track this week," said Randy Mooneyham, speedway owner. "The rare Thursday night race just adds a little more excitement to this week."...
Cassville hits the soccer pitch in summer (06/25/14)
Cassville Soccer Coach Andrew Hoskins has a knack for getting his Wildcats to be playing their best by the time district playoffs roll around each season. Cassville has played in three of the last four title games, but their last title came in 2011, a fact that the Cassville coach is ready to reverse...
Turnout strong for CHS cross country (06/25/14)
Chris Shore, Cassville cross-country coach, has plenty of reasons to smile this summer, but the biggest is the renewed interest in the XC program. "We had over 50 show up to our middle school to high school summer program," Shore said. "Things are looking up. We had a large group of runners last season and this year's group is even bigger."...
Sports Briefs (06/25/14)
The second annual Angie Swadley Memorial Scholarship 5K Race will be held Saturday, July 19, in Purdy. Proceeds from the race provide a $1,000 scholarship to a Purdy graduate each spring. The cost is $25 for adults and children race free, but may pay $5 for a T-shirt...
Blue Springs girl competes (06/25/14)
Lydia Alipio, a sophomore at Blue Springs High School, in Kansas City took third place at in the Class 4 state track meet in Jefferson City, as part of the school's 4x100 relay team. Alipio is the daughter of Manny and Laura (Maloney) Alipio, and the granddaughter of Jim and Ann Lassiter of Cassville. Contributed photo...
Cassville approves athletic pay scale (06/18/14)
The Cassville R-4 School Board recently approved the pay scale for the 2014-2015 school year. Incoming Athletic Director Ben Abramovitz is slated to make $67,130, compared to exiting director's David Large's salary of $65,419. The pay was increased by $1,711, or 2.5 percent. For Abramovitz, it is an increase of $1,380 over his previous position of assistant principal...
Lopez's soccer love earns scholarship (06/18/14)
For the last three seasons, Wyatt Lopez has terrorized opposing teams on the soccer pitch for the Cassville Wildcats, forcing rival coaches to have a specific plan to deal with his football prowess. Lopez was such a disruptive force that Monett Coach Chris Villa told his players to watch Lopez's style and intensity and then emulate it...
Purdy lands duo on all-district teams (06/18/14)
By Jared Lankford sports@cassville-democrat.com The Purdy Eagles baseball team picked up two postseason awards this week with the release of the all-district team. Alex Mareth, earned first team honors, and Brent Cornman was added to the Honorable Mention team...
Wildcats collect 3 All-District spots (06/11/14)
sports@cassville-democrat.com The Cassville Wildcats felt blessed and lucky when they received the fourth seed in the Class 4, District 11 tournament this past season. After reeling in two wins, including shocking the top team in the district before falling in the title game to Monett, Cassville was rewarded with three spots on the all-district team...
Cassville Rotary Club prepares for 72nd annual rodeo; IPRA stock producer of the year will be featured (06/11/14)
cmckenzie@cassville-democrat.com The Cassville Rotary Club's annual rodeo usually draws up to 900 people the second night, and organizers expect that many people, if not more, this year. The club will host its 72nd annual rodeo at 8 p.m. on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 at the Bill Hailey Arena...
Cassville names athletic director; Search ends with promotion of Abramovitz (06/11/14)
sports@cassville-democrat.com The Cassville R-4 School District didn't have to go very far to find its next athletic director. Administrators did not even need to leave the district, as they promoted Ben Abramovitz, former middle school principal, to the spot recently vacated by David Large...
Several Wildcats earn conference honors; Jackson selected first team All-Big 8 Conference (06/04/14)
sports@cassville-democrat.com Post-season awards have begun to pour in for spring sports. The first of the accolades were released late last week, with the Big 8 Conference honoring its top players. Cassville's Chase Jackson earned first team honors as a utility player...
Southwest earns high conference honors; Purdy, Wheaton, Exeter represented on Ozark 7 list (06/04/14)
sports@cassville-democrat.com After a Ozark 7 conference championship season, Southwest took home two high conference honors. Kenny Ferguson was named Coach of the Year and Chad Oxford was named Player of the Year. Purdy placed second in the conference...
Sports Briefs (06/04/14)
Junior golf league looking for players The Monett Junior Golf League is enrolling youth golfers. The league is set to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. The cost is $10 to join with a $5 green fee. The league's championship tournament is set for July 31. For more information, people may contact Windmill Ridge Golf Course at 235-6076...