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Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
Improved Mustangs await Wildcats Friday (09/02/15)
It did not take Cassville Coach Lance Parnell and his staff long to draw one quick conclusion after watching film of the McDonald County Mustangs this week. "They're improved from last year," Parnell said. "They have a lot more team speed and they can move the ball in the air."...
Wildcats' defense a bright spot (09/02/15)
Asking Cassville Football Coach Lance Parnell how many players he has playing both ways this season will elicit a short and simple answer -- too many. Among others, and with more playing on both sides in Week 1, quarterback Leigh Cox and running backs River Phelps and Kyle Ruark pulled double duty, showing the Wildcats' versatility early in the season...
Purdy volleyball counting on experience (09/02/15)
In her first season at the helm of the Purdy volleyball team, Ashley Brown guided the Lady Eagles to a 16-15-4 mark, and with the bulk of the roster returning, Purdy has set its goals much higher this year. Even the other Ozark 7 Conference coaches have taken note. Southwest's Steve Voyak heaped high praise upon the Black and Gold, naming them as the team to beat in conference play...
Football rankings (09/02/15)
Carl Junction at Aurora Lamar at Monett Cassville at McDonald County East Newton at Diamond Marionville at Strafford Seneca at Mt. Vernon Pierce City at Jasper McDonald County at Aurora, 56-21 Mt. Vernon at Carl Junction, 49-14 Cassville at Mountain Grove, 15-6...
Wildcats fall in defensive struggle (08/28/15)
In what was largely a battle of defenses, Cassville came up just short, falling to No. 5 Mountain Grove Friday by a 15-6 score. Cassville elected to defer after winning the toss, and Mountain Grove made the Wildcats pay early, breaking for a 63-yard touchdown run with 10:55 still left to play in the opening quarter...
Cling-clang of cowbells makes its return to Cassville (08/26/15)
After a five-year drought, the familiar cling-clang of cowbells will once more be heard from the stands at Cassville sporting events. On Thursday, Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin lifted the ban on artificial noisemakers at all Wildcat football games. In short, Martin's action meant the return of more cowbells to the stands...
Wildcats football seeking road win (08/26/15)
Maybe Cassville Football Coach Lance Parnell is turning over a new leaf in his coaching strategy, or maybe he knows that his Wildcats have a chance to be special this season. With the Wildcats trailing 20-19 and three minutes remaining in the game, Parnell, who is generally thought of as a conservative coach, bucked his stereotype and opted to go for the 2-point, conversion which proved to be the deciding factor in the Wildcats' 21-20 season-opening win over Aurora...
Cassville shows grit in season opener (08/26/15)
The third quarter of the Cassville football team's Friday night game against Aurora went all wrong for the Wildcats, but overcoming adversity is part of the Cassville philosophy. After giving up a score but still taking a 13-7 lead into halftime, the Houn' Dawgs dug in after the break, scoring back-to-back touchdowns on back-to-back Wildcats turnovers, a fumble and an interception...
Southwest volleyball opens season Thursday (08/26/15)
For the last three seasons, there has been no better volleyball team in the Ozark 7 Conference than Southwest. For 13 years, Lady Trojans Coach Steve Voyak has quietly built a force to be dealt with in Washburn, and he hopes to continue down that path this season...
Football Rankings (08/26/15)
McDonald County at Aurora Mt. Vernon at Carl Junction Cassville at Mountain Grove Monett at East Newton Seneca at Lamar Willow Springs at Marionville Liberal at Pierce City Aurora at Cassville, 20-21 East Newton at Carl Junction, 7-61 Lamar at Mt. Vernon, 52-6...
Wildcats hold off Houn' Dawgs, 21-20 (08/21/15)
For the 11th year in a row, Cassville's football team has defeated Aurora, bagging a 21-20 win on Friday in the home and season opener. After the teams traded punts, the Wildcats took a 7-0 lead after stringing together a drive ending in a 21-yard keeper by quarterback Leigh Cox...
Cling-clang of cowbells coming back to Cassville (08/20/15)
After a five-year drought, the familiar cling-clang of cowbells will once more be heard from the stands at Cassville sporting events. On Thursday, Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin lifted the ban on artificial noisemakers at all Wildcat football games. In short, Martin's action meant the return of more cowbell to the stands...
Wildcats Welcome Back football season (08/19/15)
On Friday, a nine-month, two-week and three-day football drought ends for Wildcat Nation as Cassville and Aurora set to kick off the season in the historic Wildcat Stadium. Despite being the first of the season, the game is huge for each team for numerous reasons...
Cox takes over reins as Cassville's quarterback (08/19/15)
Cassville fans have been spoiled the last three seasons with Gabe Kirk in the backfield as quarterback. With Kirk now graduated, the Wildcats were left with a hole at one of the prime positions on the field. However, the coaching staff believes Cassville has found a more than capable replacement -- senior Leigh Cox...
Football Rankings (08/19/15)
This week's schedule Aurora at Cassville East Newton at Carl Junction Lamar at Mt. Vernon Monett at Seneca Neosho at McDonald County 1. Carl Junction, 8-0 2. Lamar, 7-1 3. Monett, 6-2 4. Cassville, 5-3 5. Aurora, 4-4 6. Seneca, 3-5 7. Mt. Vernon, 2-6...
Wildcats ready to go jamming (08/12/15)
High school football in Missouri starts unofficially Friday night with the annual football jamborees getting underway. What, in reality, is nothing more than a glorified practice, the jamboree gives coaches a chance to evaluate their respective teams...
Football points of emphasis released (08/12/15)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA), in conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), has released its annual football points of emphasis list. The list is used to inform coaches, players and officials of areas where penalties are more likely to be called...
Cassville athletes get longer summer break under new rules (08/05/15)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and its member schools voted to make 11 changes to its constitution and bylaws, which were passed in May at the annual MSHSAA election. "There were a few things on the ballot that were more editorial changes to the bylaws," said Jason West, MSHSAA media director. ...
Former Wildcat now head baseball coach at Pierce City (08/05/15)
Cassville baseball fans will now have a reason to pay attention to another school's baseball team, as Pierce City High School has hired former Wildcat B.J Curry as its new coach. For Curry, the job represents an opportunity to build a program and establish himself in the coaching ranks. For Pierce City, Curry is the third coach in the last four years...
Jared Lankford: A lot of new faces in Big 8 (08/05/15)
Growing up a sports fan, there seemed to be two things I always knew about the opposing team -- its mascot and name of its head coach. A common thread that bound the two together was the time spent at the program and achievements accomplished. It was not uncommon 25 years ago to see coaches with 15 or 20 years of coaching experience at a single school...
Gridiron games getting closer (08/05/15)
Cassville Coach Lance Parnell, left, works with his players during the first official practice of the 2015-2016 football season on Monday.
4 Wildcats nab district awards (07/29/15)
Dyer unanimously selected for outstanding play Four Cassville players were named to the Class 4, District 12 baseball teams, with Alex Dyer and Noah Hadlow earning First Team honors. Alex Vanderpool and Andrew Whitham collected Second Team accolades...
Jared Lankford: Martin making his mark on Cassville (07/29/15)
No one has had a busier summer than Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin. Although not from Cassville originally, it is easy to see why the district plucked him away from Ash Grove -- he just fits in. His character, charm and confidence are qualifications I believe a good athletic director must possess...
Fall baseball practice slated at Southwest (07/29/15)
Southwest High School fall baseball practice will begin Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the baseball field. Athletes will need a physical with proof of insurance and their baseball equipment. For more information, people may contact Kenny Ferguson 417-342-5496...
Wildcats claim 6 spots on Big 8 rosters (07/22/15)
The Big 8 Conference released the lists of its best baseball players, and they contained more than a handful of familiar names. Cassville had six athletes earn spots on the all-conference teams. Alex Dyer collected a First Team accolade as an outfielder...
Aurora's Scholten steps down (07/22/15)
After eight seasons at the helm of the Aurora football program, Houn' Dawg Head Coach Rick Scholten stepped down on Friday. Scholten said he was presented with an opportunity outside of education that was too good to pass up, and there were no hard feelings between him and the school district...
Jared Lankford: Kudos, whether he wants it or not (07/22/15)
Each week during the football season, I write a preview of the coming Wildcat gridiron matchup. I always make two phone calls, one to Lance Parnell and one to the opposing coach. When the Wildcats played Lamar last season, the Tigers' coach, Scott Bailey, pumped me for Cassville information...
Wildcats trade pads for work gloves (07/15/15)
It was the night of July 7 when Jackie Modlin, manager of the Cassville MFA, received a phone call from Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach. Like most who experienced the nearly seven inches of rain that soaked the area last week, Parnell quizzed Modlin about how high the water got at his feed store and how much damage had occurred...
Cassville grad earns academic award (07/15/15)
The National Junior College Athletic Association announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards at the end of June. Crowder College had five student-athletes honored this year, including Cassville's Emily Speakman. To receive the award a student-athlete must earn a 3.60 grade-point average or higher and have at least 45 semester credit hours...
Cassville searching for football alumni (07/15/15)
For the third consecutive year, in conjunction with Cassville High School, the Wildcat football team is inviting former Wildcat players to be a part of the Alumni Night at the Wildcats' Aug. 21 game against Aurora. The football program is inviting all football alumni who played the 1965-1969 football seasons, which includes 1966-1970 the graduating classes...
Cassville announces middle school football dates (07/15/15)
The Cassville seventh- and eighth-grade football camps will be held Aug. 3-7. Players are asked to meet at the middle school locker rooms on Aug. 3. Camp will run from 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 3-5 and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 6-7. Equipment checkout for eighth-graders is Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m., and seventh-grade equipment checkout is Aug. 7 at 3:30 p.m...
Athletic Sports Physicals offered at Southwest (07/15/15)
Athletic sports physicals will be offered at Southwest High School on July 29. The event costs $5 and begins at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. All athletes need an annual sports physical before participating in any middle or high school sport. For more information, call 479-826-5413...
Southwest volleyball practice set for Aug. 3 (07/15/15)
Volleyball practice starts Aug. 3 at Southwest High School. Practice is from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the rest of the first week will be scheduled around first-of-the-year school events. The volleyball team is open to all girls in grades 9-12...
Powers leaving for Neosho (07/08/15)
The coaching carousel at Cassville High School continued to turn this week with the district announcing Jade Samborski as its new baseball coach. Samborski was hired for the position after Danny Powers resigned. Powers accepted the position of head baseball coach at Neosho High School less than two months after being named the new Wildcats skipper, when Kyle Wood left to take a position at Monett...
Wildcats prepare to go camping (07/08/15)
According to Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, the Wildcats' annual trip to Liberty is an experience unlike any other. The players leave July 20 and return on July 23. Once there, the Wildcat players spend four days on the campus of William Jewell College, and it is nothing but team building and football drills...
Cassville hosting volleyball camp (07/08/15)
The The Cassville High School Volleyball team and coaches will be putting on a youth fundamental camp for grades three through six on July 17, from 8-10 a.m in the high school gym. Coaches will be teaching fundamental skills such as setting, passing, hitting, serving, and team drills...
5 locals take in sights at Masters tourney (07/08/15)
All sports fans have places they hold as their holy grails, a place or event they want to visit and cross off their bucket lists. For Purdy resident and golf enthusiast Randy Henderson, that place was the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. "I've always enjoyed golf," Henderson said. "Whether it is playing a round or talking about the sport, I've always enjoyed the game. As an enthusiast, The Masters is the tournament that I've always wanted to attend."...
Jared Lankford: Take time to listen and read the signs (07/08/15)
I love history. If I see a historical marker on the side of the road, on a town square or on the side of a building, I have to stop and read what it says. I have developed a great appreciation for things that happened before my arrival on this Earth, and I always excelled in my history classes in school...
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...
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