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Sunday, May 3, 2015
Cassville track and field solid at home meet (04/29/15)
The Cassville track and field team hosted its Cassville Meet, with seven area teams in attendance. The Lady Wildcat and Wildcat squads collected several medals from the event. Cassville girls results are as follows: First place 4x100 relay: Alesha Cousins, Andrea Cousins, Trinity Ewing and Jade Halloway...
Wildcats getting closer to golf title (04/29/15)
The Cassville golf team trails Monett by two strokes as the Big 8 Conference field heads to Briar Brook in Carl Junction on Thursday. The Cubs shot a 333 on Thursday in Cassville to best the remainder of the field. Monett's Garrett Craig is the overall individual leader. He carded a three-over-par 75. Craig shot a 38 on the front nine and tallied a 37 on the back links...
Wood embarks on new adventure (04/29/15)
When offered the defensive coordinator job at Monett, it was an opportunity too good to pass up for Cassville's Kyle Wood. For nine seasons, Wood has served as a the Wildcats' head baseball coach and defensive assistant football coach. "The choice was hard, but the job allows me to move up the coaching ladder and have more say on Friday nights," Wood said. "It has been a goal of mine to move up. I wasn't looking for another job, it kind of just happened."...
Gritty play leads to hot conference start (04/22/15)
With three games this week in Big 8 Conference play, Cassville's baseball team still controls its own destiny in conference play. Last week, Cassville won two of its three contests, defeating Carl Junction, 4-3, and East Newton, 3-0, which left them a perfect 2-0 in conference action...
Cassville High School mulls adding wrestling (04/22/15)
Wildcats Nation could soon have another winter sport to cheer if a group of parents have their request granted by the Cassville School District. This is not the first time that a parent group has approached the district with a wrestling proposal. According to Cassville Superintendent Richard Asbill, two years ago, former Athletic Director David Large negotiated a compromise with a group seeking to add wrestling...
Press box getting remodel (04/22/15)
Fans driving by Wildcats Stadium may notice construction occurring at the hallowed football field. Cassville's six-member maintenance staff has begun construction of the new press box facility, with the goal to have it completed by June. "We are fortunate to have great guys on staff with construction experience," said Richard Asbill, superintendent. "We get a professional product at a cost savings to the district."...
Wildcats open conference season (04/15/15)
With two games this week against Carl Junction and East Newton, the Cassville baseball team officially entered Big 8 Conference play. For Kyle Wood, the Wildcats' plan to approach the conference season the way they approached the previous nine games...
Southwest's Mitchell chooses basketball (04/15/15)
There is an old sports saying that the product displayed on the court is a direct result of the effort put into getting better off the court. It was this saying that motivated Southwest standout Shannon Mitchell to put her heart and soul into athletics...
Purdy spikers recognized for 3.66 team GPA (04/15/15)
The 2014-2015 Purdy High School volleyball team was recently awarded the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association. To earn the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, the team needed a GPA of 3.25 or higher...
Wildcats brace for busy week (04/08/15)
Six games into the baseball season and the Wildcats are starting to show the growth and potential Coach Kyle Wood knew they possessed. "When I tell people that I have 12 or 13 kids that cannot just play at the varsity level, but start there, I am not kidding," Wood said. "We continue to take steps forward, which is what I wanted to see. We are having measurable growth."...
Wildcats to host 50-inning game (04/08/15)
The Wildcat baseball team will hold its sixth annual 50-inning game on Saturday at Wildcat Field, beginning at 10 a.m. "We are excited about this sixth annual 50-inning game," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "It gives a chance to get our entire baseball family, [coaches, players and parents] together and enjoy a day of lighthearted play."...
Eagles look to extend streak (04/08/15)
After dropping their first six games of the season, the Purdy baseball team needed something positive to hang its hat on. Consecutive wins over Marionville and Diamond were just what Coach Joshua Hughes ordered. "We were competing in our first few games, but never got the win," Hughes said. "We finally put everything together in the last two games. I have been impressed with our boys' poise and growth."...
Wildcats baseball off to hot start (04/01/15)
After a season-opening loss, the Cassville baseball team has ripped off four consecutive victories, including three last week to take the Cassville Invitational tournament crown. The Wildcats opened tourney play by routing Purdy, 18-4. Cassville then defeated Seneca, 10-5, and downed Galena, 14-6, to claim the tournament title...
Long inks with Cottey College (04/01/15)
Cassville volleyball standout Britani Long had choices when it came to her college sports prospect list. Benedictine University, in Lisle, Ill., had been courting the senior for a while and even told her that they had a spot reserved on their roster just for her...
Jared Lankford: A gentleman, a kindness and a true son (04/01/15)
Growing up, our television only picked up three-and-a-half stations. My father never saw the need for satellite intervention, so during the football season, I was stuck with whatever games were nationally-televised. The problem was, I was a Missouri Tiger fan. The only time anything Tiger football-related showed up on the national airwaves at my house was when the station displayed the Big 8 Conference standings...
Wildcats see opportunities on diamond (03/25/15)
It was a mixed bag of results for the Cassville baseball team as it opened the season on Saturday with Pea Ridge, Ark., and El Dorado Springs. The Wildcats lost to the visitors from out of state, 5-4, but rebounded to defeat El Dorado Springs, 18-7...
Trojans to defend conference hardware (03/25/15)
The stars aligned just right for the Southwest baseball team and Coach Kenny Ferguson last season as the Trojans claimed the Ozark 7 Conference title. Southwest, however, lost the first game of the district title to Diamond. This year, the Trojans return just four starters from last year's team. ...
Expectations high for baseball 'Cats (03/18/15)
Last year, the Cassville boys baseball team endured a tough season. Accustomed to ruling the Big 8 Conference, the Wildcats knew last year would be a rebuilding campaign. They finished the season 10-15 and 2-5 in Big 8 play. "It was a tough year," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. ...
Tigers getting back to basics (03/18/15)
It was a long and rough season for the Exeter baseball team last year. Halfway through the year, the team lost their coach due to a family illness, and the lack of victories, with just one on the season, made for miserable conditions. This summer, the Exeter school district hired alumnus Colt Higgs to take over the program and bring stability to a team that has had three different coaches in three years...
Eagles aiming for wins as baseball season nears (03/18/15)
For the Purdy baseball team, winning is the norm. Over 11 years, Coach Joshua Hughes has amassed a 235-148 record in the fall and spring seasons. Last year, the Eagles entered a transition phase and finished 8-15. Gone from that team is the senior leadership of Brent Cornman, Alex Mareth and Reese Veith who combined for six of the victories on the mound, 26 RBI, 41 hits and 29 stolen bases...
Southwest Junior Volleyfest set for Saturday (03/18/15)
Six middle school teams will participate in the Southwest Junior Volleyfest Saturday at the high school gymnasium in Washburn. Matches begin at 9 a.m. and should conclude by 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Joining the host Lady Trojans in the field are: Clever, Exeter, Galena, Purdy and Wheaton. ...
Blisard's dedication earns her recognition (03/11/15)
For years, Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore has sought tough players that would fight through adversity to help the team win, and four years ago, he inherited one such player in Raeghan Blisard. Blisard, according to Shore, was the heart and soul of the Lady Wildcats. Her attitude, work ethic and determination set her apart from others...
Wildcats brace for offseason (03/11/15)
Coach: Team struggled with new system, help is on the way For the first quarter of the district tournament opener, the Wildcats basketball team looked like they could pull off an opening-round upset of Carthage. However, the second and third quarters watched Cassville stall and Carthage pull steadily away for a 75-46 victory...
Jared Lankford: T-ball: A life-altering event, I hope (03/11/15)
In high school, I had a great English and literature teacher named Mike Evans. As fate would have it, Mr. Evans is now the principal at Wheaton High School, and I occasionally get the opportunity to speak with him at Bulldog and Lady Bulldog sporting events...
Lady Wildcats face top seed Thursday in district play (03/04/15)
WEBB CITY -- The Cassville girls basketball team is settling into the underdog role at the district tournament. Cassville extended its season on Monday with and upset win, and the Lady Wildcats will play the underdog role again on Thursday as they face No. 1 McDonald County...
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Bulldogs lick their wounds (03/04/15)
For Wheaton Coach Mike Austin and his Bulldogs basketball team, the 2014-2015 basketball season is one they, do not want to forget. Austin knows that may sound strange to some people after all, a 1-25 record is nothing to be writing home about. Of those 25 losses, 20 of the games ended in a running clock blowout of 30 or more points...
Purdy students bring the noise at district title game (03/04/15)
The Purdy cheering section was loud and proud during the district title match with Pierce City on Friday.
Purdy takes aim at reigning champs (02/27/15)
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 (02/25/15)
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 (02/25/15)
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 (02/25/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/18/15)
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 (02/11/15)
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 (02/11/15)
"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 (02/04/15)
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 (02/04/15)
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 (02/04/15)
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...
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