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Sunday, May 1, 2016
Rose throwing her way into history (04/27/16)
It weighs 1.3 pounds and is 102.4 inches long, and for Cassville sophomore Josi Rose, it is has provided a new experience for her athletic career. Rose is Cassville's first-ever female javelin thrower. The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) introduced the javelin as a competition on a trial basis last year. This season, the contest is officially sanctioned as an event and is becoming increasingly popular...
Teams place high in home meet (04/27/16)
The Cassville boys and girls track teams are moving full speed ahead into the Big 8 Conference meet on May 5. The two squads are encouraged by a second-place boys finish and a fourth-place girls finish at their home meet. "Overall, I was pleased with our team's performance at our home meet," said Clay Weldy, Cassville coach. ...
Humphrey's blast sets stage for Purdy Eagles (04/27/16)
Coaches often tell their players to be ready when the time comes. Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball skipper, is no different. The Eagles travel to Southwest today (Wednesday) to face a Trojan squad that, like Purdy, is also undefeated in conference play...
Cassville Women's Golf League open season (04/27/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League opened the season on Thursday. The game for the day was "Throw 1 hole out on the front/1 hole out on the back". First place was won by Lynn Blanke with 77. Second place was earned by Janie Watson with a 78 and Deb York took third with 79...
Healthy Kids Day at YMCA scheduled for Saturday (04/27/16)
In an effort to get children moving and keep the mind and body active, the Cassville YMCA, on Saturday from 9-11 a.m., will host the 25th annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, the organization's national initiative to improve health and well-being of children and their families...
First Kids' Fishing Day of year set (04/27/16)
Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River Fish Hatchery and State Park near Cassville will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 14. For additional information, people may call 417-847-2430.
Cupps records ace on No. 11 in Cassville (04/27/16)
David Cupps, Cassville veterinarian, recorded a hole in one on the par 3, 115-yard, No. 11 hole at the Cassville Country Club.
Confidence growing in Wildcats' baseball ranks (04/20/16)
Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, is starting to settle into his role as the Wildcats' new skipper. One huge reason Samborski can breathe a little easier is the fact that his Wildcats are starting to settle in with him. "We are playing really well right now in all three phases," Samborski said. "We are putting the ball in play and forcing teams to get us out. Our defense has been solid, and our pitchers are throwing strikes. In reality, our pitchers have made playing defense easy."...
Up and over (04/20/16)
The Wildcats boys track team brought home two medals from the meet at East Newton on Thursday.
Eagles coming around on the diamond (04/20/16)
Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, used an old saying to address his squad after an 8-2 win over Miller on Tuesday. "A win is a win, and that is what we got tonight," Hughes told his team. The Eagles, 8-4, are still finding their stride this season, but Hughes said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel...
POP Cheer Factory 2nd at U.S. Finals (04/20/16)
Monett cheer gym, POP Cheer Factory (PCF), qualified 10 participants for the U.S. Finals in Kansas City and finished second on Saturday. Based in Monett, the team is made up of girls from Cassville, Aurora and Monett. Earning a berth to the U.S. Finals was a great achievement, the gym's coach said...
1,000 reasons to smile (04/20/16)
Exeter senior Kayla Meyer was recently recognized by Exeter High School for scoring more than 1,000 career varsity points for the girls basketball team.
Wildcats football remains in Class 3 (04/13/16)
Cassville High School received news on Saturday from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding its football classification and district alignment. The Wildcats, will remain in Class 3 for the next two-year cycle. Not that many in Cassville were worried about changing classes, but some schools, such as Monett, were on the verge of going up to Class 4...
Cassville releases gridiron schedule (04/13/16)
The Cassville school district has released its football schedule for the upcoming season, and a couple changes have been made from previous years. This season, Wildcat Nation will be treated to five home games and two new regular season opponents. Cassville has added Reeds Spring and St. James to its lineup and will host both schools in the 2016-2017 campaign...
Cassville track takes 2nd at Aurora (04/13/16)
The Cassville track and field teams head to East Newton Thursday with the positive traction of a strong showing at the Aurora Ice Box Relays on April 7. The Lady Wildcats secured three first-place awards, while the boys took second in the eight-team field and won five individual events...
Show-Me Bowl coming to Missouri State this year (04/13/16)
The Class 1-6 Show-Me Bowl will move a little closer to home this year, as the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Board of Directors voted today on sites for the state football championships and Show-Me Showdown basketball championships...
Southwest trap wins medals galore (04/13/16)
The Southwest trap team recently traveled to Branson, shooting in the Winter Games.
Southwest netters 2nd at Purdy Tourney (04/13/16)
The Southwest seventh-grade volleyball team finished second at the Purdy Tournament on Saturday.
Wildcats following team model (04/06/16)
Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, likes the way his Wildcats are starting to come together as a team. Samborski preaches a simple concept of team unity and team accomplishment. His philosophy is rooted in the simple truth that nine guys working as a unit to accomplish a goal is tougher to stop than putting the pressure on just one or two guys...
Lady Eagles ready for tougher test (04/06/16)
Coach Lori Videmschek has things going in the right direction for her Lady Eagles softball team this season. A big, three-game stretch begins on Friday as they travel to Wheaton, then on Tuesday meet with Verona and on April 14 rematch with Mt. Vernon...
Wildcats wrestling celebrates 1st season (04/06/16)
The Cassville wrestling team celebrated its inaugural season recently with an awards banquet.
58 future Lady Wildcats hit the court (04/06/16)
The Lil' Cats Volleyball League had 58 third- through sixth-grade athletes who participated in the league this season.
6 venues vie for prep football championship (04/01/16)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) received six responses in its search for a host for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 state football championships. According to Media Director Jason West, the board hopes to select the site this week and present the information as soon as possible...
Wildcats growing together as unit (03/30/16)
State-ranked Billings is the next test awaiting the Cassville baseball team on Thursday. The Black and Gold head into the matchup 3-3 on the season and on the heels of a 4-0 loss to a tough Republic team on Monday. For the Wildcats, Thursday's game marks the third consecutive test for a team that is still learning to play together and with a new coach. However, there are some things that have become apparent this season...
Lady Eagles softball flying high (03/30/16)
Six games in the the spring softball season, most teams are just starting to figure out who they are and what they can do. Purdy Coach Lori Videmschek told her players before the season they could settle for being good, or they could strive to be great...
Neosho assistant gets Exeter hoops job (03/30/16)
The head coach position for Exeter boys basketball has seen rapid turnover in recent seasons, and the district has now made a move in hopes of securing a long-term coach for the team. Hired to his first teaching job out of college, Zane Culp, an assistant coach in Neosho, was hired by the Exeter School Board on March 16...
Cassville baseball games moved (03/24/16)
Due to the amount of rain dropped on the Cassville baseball field Wednesday night, baseball games scheduled for tonight have been moved to Purdy. Purdy and Seneca will face off at 4 p.m., and Cassville will play Galena at 6:30 p.m.
Pearman nets conference award (03/23/16)
The Big 8 Conference released its all-conference teams, and Cassville's Collin Pearman was the only Wildcat to earn honors this season. Pearman collected an Honorable Mention spot for the Wildcats. Cassville finished the season 9-17. The complete all-conference list is as follows:...
Tripp moves to baseball at Exeter (03/23/16)
The Exeter school district took a ride on the coaching carousel last week, as Matt Tripp, former boys basketball coach, took another position in the district coaching his favorite sport -- baseball. Tripp succeeds Colt Higgs, who has moved to Joplin to support his wife's nursing career and resigned due to the long daily commute...
Lady Eagles dealing with unfinished business (03/23/16)
The Purdy girls softball team is not messing around this season. The memory of watching Stockton upset the Lady Eagles in Purdy in last year's quarterfinal is still fresh on the minds of the coaches and players. Purdy went 23-4 last season, and 8-0 in Ozark 7 Conference play. The Black and Gold return eight starters from that team this year...
Neosho assistant gets Exeter boys hoops job (03/23/16)
The head coach position for Exeter boys basketball has seen rapid turnover in recent seasons, and the district has now made a move in hopes of securing a long-term coach for the team. Hired to his first teaching job out of college, Zane Culp, an assistant coach in Neosho, was hired by the Exeter School Board on March 16...
Callahan named on Big 8 list (03/23/16)
The Big 8 Conference has named its best basketball players and Cassville has a player on the list. The Cassville girls basketball team landed Devyn Callahan on the 2015-2016 Big 8 All-Conference Honorable Mention squad this season. Cassville finished the year 13-12...
Wildcats return 8 starters to the diamond (03/16/16)
With eight starters back on a team that went 14-12 overall and 5-2 in Big 8 play, Cassville has the makings of returning to the top of the conference and making a run for a district title. This season, the Wildcats have a new skipper in Jade Samborski. With 19 years of coaching experience, Samborski has compiled a 82-78 record as a head coach. His goal is to take the Black and Gold to the next level in their performance ability...
Trojans look to climb conference ladder (03/16/16)
The Trojans of Southwest enter the 2015-2016 season after a 8-9 campaign with four returning starters and looking to climb to the top of the Ozark 7 Conference. "We need to find more pitching in order to be successful this spring," said Kenny Ferguson, Southwest coach. ...
Exeter baseball seeks improved confidence (03/16/16)
The Exeter baseball team enters the 2015-2016 season with four returning starters and a goal to right the wrongs of last year. "Last year's team was senior heavy," said Colt Higgs, Exeter coach. "That normally equals a great year. Only problem was the collective team's complete lack of confidence. We had some boys who were in their fourth year of playing baseball at Exeter and had yet to win a baseball game period."...
Exeter's Tripp inks college baseball intent letter (03/16/16)
Hard work and the love of baseball paid off for Exeter senior Austin Tripp. The Tigers' senior signed a national letter of intent to play baseball next season at Crowley's Ridge College in Paragould, Ark. "They were the only school that I seriously considered attending," Tripp said. "Baseball is a game that I love, and I am happy to continue the dream of playing college baseball."...
Ozark 7 releases all conference teams (03/16/16)
The Ozark 7 Conference released its All-Conference Teams to honor the top basketball players in the league. Several bi-county players made the list. Purdy's Tyler Keeler and Jonatan Salazar led the way with First Team honors. Luis Cruz earned Second Team accolades, and Sydney Birge found a home on the Honorable Mention squad...
Young 'Cats head to state (03/16/16)
The Wildcat Takedown Club of Cassville advanced five wrestlers to the 2015-2116 MIssouri USA Wrestling State Championship in St. Louis.
Lady 'Cats look ahead to next year (03/09/16)
Coach Chris Shore does not have many regrets with the way his Cassville girls basketball team performed this season. He knew coming in that the team was still young and learning to play the game and play it together. Cassville's season ended with a 57-28 loss to Carl Junction in the Class 4, District 12 semifinal on Thursday. By Friday morning, Shore had set his focus on next year...
Purdy's magical run ends in quarterfinal (03/09/16)
The Purdy boys basketball team's magical postseason run ended on Saturday with a 71-48 loss to Hartville in the Class 2 quarterfinal. A year after going 12-13, the Eagles finished the 2015-2016 campaign 20-9. "I'm so proud of our guys and the season they put together," said Tommy Egan, Purdy coach. "These boys put it all on the line every night. I hate to see it end, but we have no regrets on how we played the season."...
Cassville softball players earn Academic All-State (03/09/16)
Six members of the Cassville softball team were recently recognized for their achievement in the classroom, as they were named to the Class 3 Academic All-State team. The Lady Wildcats had the 14th highest GPA in the state with a 3.61. From left: Hallie Long, Devyn Callahan, Josie Lone, Kassie Graves, Trinity Ewing and Kaylee Reibert. Contributed photo...
Lady Wildcats advance to district semifinal (03/02/16)
The Cassville girls basketball team overcame a sluggish start, scoring only 1 point in the first quarter, to rally past McDonald County, 43-32, to open play in the Class 4, District 12 tournament in Carthage on Monday. The Lady Wildcats (13-13) advance to the semifinal on Thursday at 4 p.m., where the No. 1 district seed and state-ranked No. 4 Carl Junction girls await...
Eagles epitomize team concept (03/02/16)
As the final 90 seconds ticked off the game clock, Purdy Coach Tommy Egan was not even looking at the action on the floor. He was too busy walking down his bench giving each and every player a hug and personalized message. "I was just telling them how much I loved them and how proud I was of them," Egan said. "They played their hearts out, and I could not have been prouder of a group of players."...
Eagles 
riding momentum to sectional (03/02/16)
Coaches tend to worry about every detail when it comes to their teams, no matter how minute. Tommy Egan, Purdy's boys hoops coach, is no exception. Egan's Eagles (19-8) fly into tonight's (Wednesday's) Class 2 sectional playoff game against Marionville (19-10) on the heels of the team's best performance of the season in a 83-64 district title win over McAuley Catholic on Friday...
Kyle Troutman: Trout-man's amateur fishing tips (03/02/16)
Thousands of people, with varying levels of fishing experience, descended upon Roaring River State Park on Opening Day. While I spent March 1 only fishing around for pictures, I will soon have to make my annual stop by the park store to get my license for the year...
Purdy faces championship hurdle against Miller (02/26/16)
The Purdy girls basketball team has been one of the most consistent squads in the bi-county area for the last decade. With one state title, two district championships and five conference crowns in the last six years they have been the picture of post-season success...
Faith, trust drive Purdy senior (02/26/16)
With 3:09 remaining in regulation and a tie game, Purdy's lone senior and leading scorer Desirie Ennes committed her fifth personal foul. The infraction disqualified her from further action in the Class 2, District 12 tournament semifinal against Pierce City...
Wildcats headed for district play (02/24/16)
Cassville Coach Barrett Milleson does not have to search for the right words to describe how far his Wildcats have come this season. The most common word he uses is -- identity. "At the beginning of the season, we struggled to identify almost everything, from who was our scorer and what my expectations were, to what we needed to do to win," Milleson said. "As a first-year coach, you expect to have those kinds of issues."...
Lady Wildcats roll into districts (02/24/16)
With a 68-48 victory over Monett on Monday, the Cassville girls basketball team and Coach Chris Shore feel like they are prepared to enter district play at Carthage on Monday. "We had a good night against Monett," Shore said. "We were able to get Madi [Stokes] going inside, and we had answers for everything Monett threw at us."...
Championship berth on the line for Purdy (02/24/16)
The hottest ticket in Barry County tonight (Wednesday) could be at Southwest High School for the Class 2, District 12 semifinals. The first game pits No. 1 seed Miller against the hometown favorite, No. 4 seed Southwest. The two teams are slated to tip at 6 p.m...
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