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Friday, Dec. 9, 2016
Big 8 Conference expanding 14 schools (12/07/16)
Big 8 high schools principals are set to expand the conference to an unprecedented 14 teams, which will take effect in the 2018 school year. The Conference's previous high of 13 teams was in 1976. According to Doug Martin, Cassville athletic director, the benefits for Cassville High School are huge...
2 Wildcats make All-State teams (12/07/16)
The final postseason awards for football were released over the weekend in the All-District and coveted Class 3 All-State teams. Cassville landed a pair of athletes on the all-state squads in Devin Phelps, First Team offensive line, and River Phelps, Second Team running back...
Jared Lankford: A window is now open for Cassville (12/07/16)
In 2008, not many expected the Cassville football team to rise up and claim the Class 3 state title. The Wildcats came together, pushed the right buttons at the right time and -- with a little luck -- hoisted the state championship trophy. That title gave way to another one the next season and elevated expectations for the years that followed...
Growth key for Wildcat hoops' future (12/07/16)
With a huge game against Neosho looming on Friday, the Cassville basketball team (2-2) sees the next two weeks as pivotal for its season. "Talent-wise, I think we have more this year than last year," said Barrett Milleson, Cassville coach. "We are young and are still learning how to win and how to mesh our talents."...
Lady Wildcats return to fundamental focus (12/07/16)
With a third-place finish in the Blue Eye tourney under its belt and just one game on the docket this week, the Cassville girls basketball team has a brief moment to catch its collective breath. "I like the team we've got this season," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We are ahead of last year's growth, and I like where we are heading."...
Future Wildcat Grapplers (12/07/16)
The Cassville Middle School wrestling program won eight medals at the Seneca Tournament to close out the season.
Wildcats shown respect in Big 8 (11/30/16)
Respect is shown in many different forms, and the Cassville football team earned it this week with 14 selections to the Big 8 All-Conference teams. Gathering First Team accolades for the Wildcats were River Phelps as a running back and kicker. Devin Phelps was honored for his offensive tackle play and role as a defensive tackle. Gilbert Medina made the cut as a linebacker...
Tigers hoops staying the course (11/30/16)
All Exeter Coach Cory Duke could do was watch as the final few seconds ticked off the clock Monday. His young Tigers hoops squad knew they had their hands full as they opened the Pierce City Invitational against high-powered Crane. When the final horn sounded, Duke and his Exeter players headed to the locker room on the receiving end of a 101-23 thumping...
Wheaton student signs with Cottey College (11/30/16)
Wheaton High School announced that Emily Killion, daughter of Shawn and Michele Killion, signed with Cottey College.
New era coming for Wildcat athletics (11/23/16)
Walking 1,000 miles may seem like an journey that is too hard for most to undertake, as on the path there will be deep valleys, steep hills and unknown pitfalls. However, as Nathan Fortner explained to his wrestling team, the journey of a 1,000 begins with a single step, and you cannot worry about what is miles down the road, but should focus on taking the step right in front of you...
Season-opening win (11/23/16)
The Cassville girls basketball team open the 2016-2017 season with a 52-41 victory over Pierce City on Monday.
Cassville soccer collects hardware (11/23/16)
The Cassville soccer team collected some hard-fought hardware for its performance on the pitch this season in the form of All-District and All-Region accolades. Five Wildcats landed on the All-Region team, with Noah Parsons and Austin Sneed collecting First Team honors...
Wildcats look for next step on hardwood (11/16/16)
There is little doubt who the biggest believer in Cassville hoops is this season. Fans and team members need to look no further than the man in charge of the program -- Barrett Milleson. Last year, in his inaugural coaching debut, Milleson guided the Wildcats to a 8-17 overall record, but what the coach also implemented was an energy and fight, his food for the team's growth...
Purdy senior inks with MSSU (11/16/16)
Following a dream and continuing her career has led Purdy senior Rion Boyd to sign a national letter of intent to play softball next year for Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. Boyd was a two-year starter for the Lady Eagles and earned all-state, all-district and all-conference accolades each season...
Wildcats recognize top gridders (11/16/16)
The first of many awards and accolades for Cassville football players began to role in on Monday with the annual team awards banquet. The winners are as follows: Outstanding Offensive Lineman: Devin Phelps Outstanding Running Back: Kyle Ruark Outstanding Defensive Lineman: Steven Hunter...
Lady Wildcats seeking big results (11/09/16)
compete for Big 8 title This could be a great season for the Cassville girls basketball team. With a healthy mix of veteran players and talented newcomers, the Lady Wildcats are primed to improved upon a 14-13 campaigns a season ago. "This team showed flashes of greatness last season," said Chris Shore, Cassville coach. "We just weren't consistent. I think our chemistry is good, and the kids had a great offseason. They are hungry to prove themselves."...
Wildcats take 15th at state meet (11/09/16)
The Cassville cross-country team took 15th at the Class 3 state meet on Saturday in Jefferson City. The Wildcats' team time was 1:30:53.8, and they scored 316 points. Festus won the event with a team time of 1:22:31.26 and 56 points, as the low score wins...
Go, Fight, Win (11/09/16)
The Cassville High School cheerleaders earned second place in the 3A Small Division recently at the Missouri State Cheerleading Competition in Columbia.
Southwest players earn all-conference honors (11/09/16)
Southwest High School seniors, from left, Bekah McKeever, Sydney Delossantos and Brianna Learned were named to the Ozark 7 All-Conference volleyball team
Wildcats primed for next year (11/02/16)
It was not the ending the Cassville football fans and Coach Lance Parnell had hoped to see on Friday. The Wildcats' season concluded with a 35-21 loss to rival Monett, a road game many felt Cassville would steal. Part of the reason the squad earned that support was the manner in which it improved throughout the entire season...
Lady Wildcats claim honors (11/02/16)
A special softball season that took the Cassville girls to the district championship has been rewarded with seven spots on the Big 8 All-Conference softball team. Lauren Turner earned First Team honors as a short stop. Five Lady Wildcats landed on the Second Team, with Josie Lone, pitcher; Kaylee Reibert, catcher; Audra Brooks, first; Ashley Ray, second base; and Tori Cole, outfield, collecting awards...
State bound (11/02/16)
The Cassville boys cross-country team qualified as a team for the state meet to be held next weekend in Jefferson City.
A successful hunt (11/02/16)
Travis Hughes, an 11-year-old resident of Purdy, harvested this 8-point buck near Purdy.
Cassville's season ends at Monett, 35-21 (10/28/16)
MONETT -- Cassville fell behind early and never recovered in a 35-21 loss to Monett in the district semifinal on Friday. In was not the ending the Wildcats (8-3) had envisioned, especially with the steady improvement this season and entering the game averaging more than 300 yards rushing per game...
Barry County Brawl, part two (10/26/16)
Wildcats fans are being encouraged to put on their sweatshirts, bring the cowbells and hold on for a what is slated to be an exciting football game Friday at Monett. Cassville (8-2) heads to Monett (9-1) with a chance to play not for a trophy, but earn a berth in the Class 3, District 4 championship game...
Wildcats strong in second half (10/26/16)
A handful of times this season, the Cassville football team has entered the locker room at halftime in a close game, then exploded out of the break to run away with a victory. Friday's district playoff win over East Newton was the perfect example of this phenomenon, as Cassville took only a 28-15 lead into halftime. By the final whistle, the Wildcats had added 35 unanswered points for a 63-15 victory...
All-conference list includes 2 from Cassville (10/26/16)
Cassville's Brianna Hemphill and Jesse Edie were honored with spots on the Big 8 All-Conference volleyball team. Hemphill was named to the Second Team and Edie was selected to the Honorable Mention squad. The complete list it as follows: Player of the Year: Koty Cooper, East Newton...
District Playoffs Round 2 (10/26/16)
Cassville at Monett Mt. Vernon at Reeds Spring Stockton at Lamar Sullivan at Owensville Eldon at Osage Seneca at Monett, 11-35 East Newton at Cassville, 15-63 Hollister at Mt. Vernon, 20-44 Marionville at Pierce City, 0-33 Warsaw at Lamar, 3-64 Rushing...
Wildcats cruise past East Newton (10/21/16)
A close first half broke into a big difference on the scoreboard after halftime, as Cassville topped East Newton 63-15 at home in the opening round of district playoffs. The Wildcats started hot, stopping a fake punt on fourth-and-2 on the Patriots' 36. River Phelps then slashed through the middle for a 31-yard strike to put the first points on the board. Two minutes later, Phelps found paydirt again from 41 yards...
Wildcats, Patriots battle Friday (10/19/16)
With the madness of district seeding and posturing behind them, Cassville, who had its own insanity unfold in a 30-29 win over Mt. Vernon, now turns its attention to East Newton. "Both teams are 0-0 as we head to this second season," said Lance Parnell, Cassville coach. "Last week, you saw two really good football teams battle it out. We got a wake up call and know that we have to be focused this week."...
Wildcats relish in wild senior night win (10/19/16)
There are not enough synonyms for "wild" in the English language that would do justice to describing the final minutes of the Cassville football team's win over Mt. Vernon on Friday. After eight lead changes in the game, the Wildcats lined up on their own 3-yard line with 4.7 seconds left on the clock, aiming to stop a ninth lead change and falling in the final regular-season game of the year...
Wildcats soccer team falls in district opener (10/19/16)
Cassville soccer coach Jake Forste was positive, upbeat and encouraging as he spoke to his Wildcats after a 6-2 loss in the district semifinal to Monett Monday. Forste noted that everyone from game officials, to opposing coaches to fans had told him during the course of the season how impressed they were with the Wildcats, from the way they carried themselves to the way they played the game with energy...
Off to the races (10/19/16)
The Cassville cross-country team represented the school well at the Big 8 Cross-Country meet on Monday at Seneca.
State football rankings after Week 9 (10/19/16)
Seneca at Monett East Newton at Cassville Hollister at Mt. Vernon Marionville at Pierce City Warsaw at Lamar East Newton at Monett, 13-56 Mt. Vernon at Cassville, 29-30 Seneca at Lamar, 6-49 Aurora at McDonald County, 28-14 Sarcoxie at Pierce City, 28-42...
District football brackets released (10/16/16)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association released its official football playoff brackets on Saturday night. As expected, Reeds Spring hung on to the No. 1 seed, despite a Week 9 loss to Springfield Catholic. The Wolves host No. 8 seed Aurora...
Wildcats win 1-point nailbiter (10/14/16)
Wildcat Nation was left holding its breath with 4 seconds left in the game Friday, and a sigh of relief left the stadium when a blocked field goal preserved a 30-29 win over Mt. Vernon. The Wildcats fumbled on their first drive, the Mountaineers went all the way across the field for the game's first score...
'Cats seek strong finish (10/12/16)
Temperatures are falling, but the gridiron action remains hot for the Cassville football team as the Wildcats welcome Mt. Vernon to town on Friday. The Wildcats (6-2, 4-2) and the Mountaineers (5-3, 4-2) both have a lot on the line as the regular season comes to a conclusion...
Cassville polishing pass coverage (10/12/16)
Cassville's football team has been shoring up its pass coverage for weeks, and if the past two games are any indication, the work in practice has been paying off. The Wildcats have snagged five interceptions in the last pair of contests, three against Seneca and two against Aurora. Coach Lance Parnell said the improvement is a direct result of how Cassville prepares...
Wildcats still have shot at district's No. 1 seed (10/12/16)
Most fans love to scoreboard watch on Friday night to see how the other area teams are doing. For the fans of Cassville football, there is added interest in the games that will be contested this week. Currently, the district is seeded by points as follows: No. 1 Reeds Spring, 47.86; No. 2 Monett, 42.98; No. 3 Cassville, 41.36; No. 4 Mt. Vernon, 35.45; No. 5 Hollister, 29.03; No. 6 Seneca, 26.14; No. 7 East Newton, 24.98; and No. 8 Aurora, 19.34...
Wildcats building momentum for districts (10/12/16)
The season is rapidly coming to a close for the Cassville soccer team. The Wildcats (9-11) have two regular season games left, a Thursday tilt at Webb City and Saturday match at Laquey. On Monday, Cassville travels to Monett to face the Cubs in the opening round of the Class 2, District 12 tournament...
No regrets for Cassville's softball season (10/12/16)
When asked about his team's performance in the district title game against Monett, Cassville Coach Shawn Johnson did not hesitate with his reply. "We have no regrets about the way we played," Johnson said. "We never quit, gave ourselves a chance to win and left everything we had effort wise on the field."...
State football rankings after Week 8 (10/12/16)
East Newton at Monett Mt. Vernon at Cassville Seneca at Lamar Aurora at McDonald County Sarcoxie at Pierce City Cassville at Aurora, 7-45 Monett at Seneca, 35-14 McDonald County at East Newton, 34-56 Lamar at Mt. Vernon, 49-14 Pierce City at El Dorado Springs, 26-44...
Wildcats bury Houn' Dawgs, 45-7 (10/07/16)
The Wildcats fonce again rolled to a victory Friday, with River Phelps once again leading the scoring charge in the 45-7 win. Cassville was forced to punt on its first possession, but the offense was nearly unstoppable after that. With 5:13 left in the opening frame, Cassville had to settle for a 33-yard field goal from River Phelps...
Wildcats wary of Aurora air game (10/05/16)
With a win over Seneca on Friday, the Cassville football team secured a home playoff game in the district tournament. The Wildcats are currently seeded No. 3 and could finish no lower that the No. 4 seed if the season collapsed and they lost the final two games of the year...
Cassville learning to slam door shut (10/05/16)
In the Cassville football team's 59-26 win over Seneca Friday, there were a lot of big talking points for the coffee shop Saturday morning, but for the team, only one thing was important -- the Wildcats closed out the game. The idea of tightening up after halftime was key for Coach Lance Parnell, who said his team saw the opportunity to finish the game and took it...
Cassville aiming for district softball glory (10/05/16)
No team in southwest Missouri has made as much noise in the softball community as the squad in Cassville. With a 14-8 overall record, 5-1 in Big 8 Conference, good enough for a second-place finish, the Lady Wildcats roar into Monett on Thursday night with aspirations of reaching the championship game with a win...
Purdy earns state championship golf berth (10/05/16)
The Purdy golf team punched its ticket to the Class 1 state tournament with a second-place showing at the sectional tournament on Monday in Marshfield. The Lady Eagles recorded a 379 on the Par 70 course and finished eight stokes behind first place Greenwood (371) and three strokes better than Logan-Rogersville (382)...
State football rankings after Week 7 (10/05/16)
Cassville at Aurora Monett at Seneca
 McDonald County at East Newton Lamar at Mt. Vernon Pierce City at El Dorado Springs McDonald County at Monett, 0-35 Aurora at Mt. Vernon, 42-28 Seneca at Cassville, 26-59 East Newton at El Dorado Springs, 31-30...
Wildcats rebound, defeat Seneca (09/30/16)
Led by River Phelps' five touchdowns, the Wildcats rebounded from the Barry County Brawl loss with a 59-26 barnburner win over Seneca at home Friday. Cassville struck first in the contest when a Kyle Ruark block opened up a lane for River Phelps to find paydirt, giving the Wildcats a 7-0 lead...
'Cats see need for improvement (09/28/16)
When Wesley Snipes stared in the movie "Passenger 57," one of the iconic lines from the film was, "Always bet on black." On Friday, the Wildcats (4-2, 2-2) rolled into Monett and for three quarters frustrated the No. 4 ranked Cubs (5-1, 3-1). With three minutes remaining and facing a fourth-and-12 at the Cubs' 45, Coach Lance Parnell elected to punt the ball back to Monett...
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