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Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Wildcats prep for Wolves' ground game (08/24/16)
Each week, Cassville Coach Lance Parnell puts together a scouting report and game plan for his Wildcats. On Monday, when Parnell passed out his report, he attached a "not" to the team. "I told them that week one is over and we needed to put our focus just on Reeds Spring," Parnell said. "I also told the players not to forget how that loss made them feel, and that we are going to work so that it doesn't happen again."...
Wildcats look to rebound from Week 1 loss (08/24/16)
Even though Lamar is a five-time state champion, Cassville's football coach was not expecting to be defeated by a 50-0 scoreline. Coach Lance Parnell said going into the game, the Wildcats knew they could not give the Tigers many chances, and Lamar took advantage of minor Wildcat mistakes early...
Lady Trojans ready to volley (08/24/16)
A 22-9-3 volleyball season is alright for some teams, but the Southwest squad is used to reaching lofty heights. The Lady Trojans finished 4-2 in the Ozark 7 Conference a season ago, and with five returning letter winners, look to retake the conference top spot...
Digging it (08/24/16)
The Cassville volleyball team travels to Clever on Monday.
State football rankings (08/24/16)
Monett at Logan-Rogersville Reeds Spring at Cassville East Newton at Lamar McDonald County at Marshfield Springfield Catholic at Mt. Vernon Pierce City at Liberal Osage at Seneca California at Monett, 6-34 Cassville at Lamar, 0-50 Mountain Grove at Aurora, 35-21...
Tigers pounce on Wildcats in opener (08/19/16)
LAMAR -- The Cassville football team in its season opener was no match for Lamar on the road, as the Tigers scored early and often en route to a 50-0 win Friday night. After a three-and-out on Cassville's first possession, Lamar drove opened the scoring with a 2-yard quarterback keeper, tacking on a 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead with 8:51 still to play in the opening frame...
Wildcats brace for Tiger attack (08/17/16)
It only seems like yesterday that Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, spoke to his team about offseason goals. Part of that conversation between the coach and his team centered around the unit becoming stronger physically and mentally in order to achieve lofty goals...
Trojans reflect on national shoot (08/17/16)
The dreary weather in Sparta, Ill., did not hamper the spirits of the Southwest trap team at the World Shooting Complex in the AIM Grand American Championships. Although the team did not bring home any hardware from the tournament this year, there were several good individual scores put up in unusually wet conditions, according to Coach Mike Vining...
Olympian has Cassville ties (08/17/16)
Like many Americans, once every four years, eyes are glued to the Olympic games as people everywhere unite behind the athletes who proudly wear the Red, White and Blue. For most, the only connection to the athletes is the living in the same country. This year, however, Cassville has a bit closer connection...
State football rankings (08/17/16)
California at Monett Cassville at Lamar Mountain Grove at Aurora Lighthouse Christian at East Newton Salem at McDonald County Mt. Vernon at Reeds Spring Pierce City at Diamond Seneca at Nevada 1. Lamar, 8-0 2. Carl Junction, 7-1 3. Monett, 6-2 4. Aurora, 4-4...
Wildcats ready to jam (08/10/16)
Fans to get first look at gridiron squad Friday For the Cassville football team, Friday night marks the first chance Gold to hit people in jerseys of another color. High school football in Missouri starts unofficially Friday night with the annual football jamborees. What, in reality, is nothing more than a glorified practice, the jamboree gives coaches a chance to evaluate their respective teams...
Jared Lankford: I've never written a story for the paper (08/10/16)
For eight years of my life, I worked at a quick service restaurant. With a jovial personality, I usually was pushed to the drive-thru or front counter. I didn't mind the customer interaction at all. As a matter of fact, I had fun with my job. Generally, I would take 200 to 300 orders a shift, which meant that I could practice 300 individual greetings...
Making the connection (08/10/16)
The Cassville Middle School football team broke camp last week after a rigorous training.
Cassville searching for football alumni (08/03/16)
Cassville, for the fourth consecutive year, is seeking former alumni to be honored at the first home game of the season. 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...
Purdy girl places at Taekwondo tournament (08/03/16)
A rural Purdy student at the Gold Dragon Taekwondo school in Monett earned a third place finish at the Ozark Mountain Nationals Karate Tournament, held July 29 and 30 at the Ramada Inn Convention Center in Springfield. Haley Love Burnett, 11, the daughter of James Burnett and Heather Syring and a student at the Purdy schools, won third place in the double elimination sparring contest for the age 11-12 division, where she faced a field of 10 competitors in sparring and a medal for traditional forms competition at the tournament. ...
Nichols helping coach Cubs football (07/27/16)
Cassville alumnus and two-sport standout (baseball and football) Ricky Nichols admits that it still feels weird to say that he works for Monett. A life-long Wildcat supporter, and an All-State player for David Large for Wildcat football coach, Nichols has traded in his Cassville black in order to coach in the purple and gold of Monett...
Mercy to provide free physicals
 (07/27/16)
Mercy Cassville will again be providing free sports physicals in Cassville, to help student athletes be ready to compete when school starts, and to help parents save money and reduce their to-do lists during what can be a busy back-to-school season...
Cassville cheer squad tops in Class 3A Small (07/27/16)
The Cassville High School cheerleading squad claimed top honors in the Class 3A Small Varsity division at the regional competition at Ozark High School.
Heat cannot stop Cassville Women's Golf League (07/27/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League had 19 players brave near 100-degree heat to play a scramble format on Thursday. First place was captured by the team of Lynne Blanke, Connie Figgins, Mary Ann Blankenship and Carol Skarp. Second place went to Pam Gipple, Ann Loepke and Becky Henningson...
Locals to compete for national championship (07/20/16)
Cassville standout baseball player Jeremiah Fisher is among elite company this week, competing in the 2016 Premier Baseball Junior Championship tournament in Joplin. Fisher plays for The Bull Pen, an all-star team comprised of players from Cassville, Aurora, Monett, Ozark and Walnut Grove...
Wildcats off and away to camp (07/20/16)
Even though they waited patently, a fan did not have to be very observant to feel the excitement in the air on Monday at nearly 90 gridiron players from Cassville embarked on their annual pilgrimage to William Jewell for summer camp. According to Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, the Wildcats' annual trip to Liberty is an experience unlike any other...
Preparation key to beating the heat (07/20/16)
With temperatures expected to climb into the mid-90s next week and the heat index to make them feel like 100, athletes need to prepare themselves now. For some individuals, working outside or participating in summer sports camps is unavoidable. In these cases, extreme caution and care should be taken to ensure that an individual doesn't succumb to the extreme elements...
Southwest begins volleyball practice Aug. 1 (07/20/16)
Volleyball practice begins Aug. 1 at Southwest High School, according to Coach Steve Voyak. The workout is from 1-5 p.m. at the high school gym. The team is open to all girls in grades 9-12. Players are reminded physicals are needed prior to participating in a practice...
Southwest and Mercy offering sports physicals (07/20/16)
Southwest High School, along with the Mercy Clinics, is offering sports physicals for all Southwest students entering grades 5-12 who plan on playing sports for the 2016-2017 school year. The physicals are on July 27 at 8:30 a.m. in the high school gym and will run until no-one is left...
Cassville Women's Golf League results (07/20/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League played a Best 9 Holes game on Thursday. First place was captured by Lynn Blanke with 35. Second place went to Leta Higgs with a 35 as well. Third place was secured by Susie Jacobs with a 36. Carol Skarp claimed low low putt honors with 10...
Twister Alley to feature a 10 class race Saturday (07/20/16)
Butterfield's Twister Alley go-cart track will host the Ozark Kart Series on Saturday with 10 racing classes in action. Gates open at 2 p.m. with hot laps at 4 p.m. Grandstand admission is free and pit passes are just $10.
Eagles land 4 in all-state nest (07/13/16)
The final awards have been released for the Class 2 baseball players, and the Eagles of Purdy were left with plenty of reasons to smile. Joshua Hughes skippered the Eagles to the Class 2 quarterfinal and his team secured four spots on the All-State baseball team...
Jared Lankford: Don't settle for 'good enough' (07/13/16)
One of the aspects of my job I enjoy is telling people's stories. Those stories range from inspirational to heartbreak or as ABC Sports used to advertise-- The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat. Inside every one of us is that voice that either encourages us to go on, or give up...
Purdy softball rewarded for work (07/06/16)
For the individual sports athlete, there is no greater honor than receiving postseason honors. The pinnacle for the prep players is being named to the all-state squad. The Purdy softball team set several team records this season, for their efforts, four Lady Eagles claimed All-State accolades...
Jared Lankford: Keeping up with changing times (07/06/16)
Friday nights in the fall when I was younger were mad dash, crazy and hectic events. My family and I would travel to either Seneca or Neosho to watch a football game -- depending on who was home that night -- and then we would race home to watch the news and get the scores from other games in the area...
Ozark 7 releases all-conference teams (06/29/16)
The Ozark 7 Conference took its time, but finally released the list of its top baseball players with its all-conference teams. As expected, undefeated conference champions Purdy was well-represented and claimed the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors with Dusty Videmschek and Joshua Hughes earning the coveted spots, respectively...
Jared Lankford: Don't forget about the mental side of sports (06/29/16)
In the 1960s, three area players were lucky enough to be selected to play football at the University of Missouri -- Kelly Curbow, of Monett; Chuck Link, of Aurora; and Greg Cook, of Seneca. Back then, recruiting wasn't as evolved as it is today. College campuses relied on various sources, including former players to help scout local talent...
Wildcats baseball hopefuls invited to camp (06/29/16)
Cassville athletes interested in playing baseball next year are invited to attend the Cassville Baseball Camps. The camp for students enter grades 6-8 will run from 1-3 p.m. on July 12-14. For grades 9-12, the camp will be held July 15-16, from 8-10:30 a.m...
Next generation of 'Cats (06/29/16)
The future looks bright for Cassville football as 14 athletes attended the Tri-State Air quarterback, tight end, wide receiver and running back camp at Carl Junction.
Big 8 releases all-conference baseball teams (06/22/16)
The Big 8 Conference has named its best baseball players for the 2015-2016 season with the release of its all-conference teams. Cassville was well-represented on the annual list of who's who. Noah Hadlow and Alex Dyer gathered first team honors, with Jeremiah Fischer and Hadlow collecting honorable mention spots...
Friendship, fellowship on the greens (06/22/16)
For a half century, the Cassville Country Club has been home to one of the most vibrant women's golf leagues in southwest Missouri. Every Thursday, morning from May to September at 8:30 a.m., as most people are settling into their desks at work, an extraordinary group of Cassville area women continue an organizational tradition unlike any other...
Coed sand volleyball league starting (06/22/16)
Cassville is looking for coed sand volleyball teams for a four week season beginning June 30 through July 21. The cost is $90 per team consisting of three girls and three boys (teams may have substitutes). Games will take place at the Cassville City Park...
Cassville Women's Golf League brave the heat (06/22/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League braved the hot and humid conditions on Thursday to play a round of blind partner golf. First place, with a net team score of 142, went to Karry Lewis and Lynn Blanke. Second place, with a net team score of 145, was Penny Hall and Becky Ryder...
Twister Alley hosting Summer Sizzler on Saturday (06/22/16)
The Twister Alley Raceway go-cart track in Butterfield will hold its Summer Sizzler race on Saturday. The race will feature nine classes of carts competing for fun, money and prestige at the annual event. Gates open at 3 p.m with hot laps beginning at 5:30 p.m. and races begin at 6 p.m...
Cobb to lead Cassville baseball team (06/15/16)
It did not take long for Cassville to select its next baseball coach. Brandon Cobb, a graduate assistant at Evangel University, has been selected to lead the Wildcats for the 2016-2017 season. "I'm excited for this great opportunity," Cobb said. "I've heard nothing but great things about Cassville and know that their program has a proud tradition. I hope to continue to build on that foundation."...
Area players nearly sweep softball honors (06/15/16)
Barry County dominated is the best way to characterize this year's Class 1, District 10 All-District softball teams. Of the 26 total First Team and Second Team honors awarded, 15 went to athletes from Barry County. Purdy led the way with Morgan Schilly, Sami House, Rion Boyd, Hallie Henderson and Casey Ellison receiving First Team recognition. Zoe Brown and Breanna Keeler were named to the Second Team...
MSHSAA: Annual classification coming (06/15/16)
Starting in 2018, state activities association rules will change to implement an annual football classification system, instead of only once every two years. Seven of eight proposed amendments to alter high school sports rules passed during the current Missouri State High School Activities Association election process...
Area players honored on softball's All-Region team (06/15/16)
Softball honors and accolades continue to roll in for area players in Barry County. The Class 1, All-Region 3 team was released and contained six players from Purdy and Southwest. From Purdy, Hallie Henderson, Sami House, Morgan Schilly, Rion Boyd and Casey Ellison collected individual honors...
Jared Lankford: Be careful not to know too much (06/15/16)
My grandfather used to say that good help was hard to find. He owned a plumbing business in Joplin for a few years, and winter and summer were his busiest seasons. Pipes would freeze in January and new construction peaked in the summer. In the spring, my grandfather would hire additional help to meet the growing demand for his services...
Cassville Women's League scrambles (06/15/16)
The Cassville Women's League played a simple scramble format on Thursday. First place was won by Sue Louk, Sue King, Janie Watson and Jeanette Skorupski with 69. Second place went to Deb York, Penny Hall and Carol Skarp with 74 and third place was won by Karry Lewis, Becky Ryder and Donna Richards with 75...
Junior golf clinics set (06/15/16)
A junior golf clinic will be held June 20-22 and July 18-20 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Cassville Golf Course. The cost is $25 per clinic and covers the basics of grip, aim, setup, putting, chipping, pitching and full swing. Clubs are provided. For more information contact Susie Jacobs at 417-847-7482...
The future of Wildcat hoops (06/15/16)
Cassville High School basketball coaches, led by Head Coach Barrett Milleson, hosted a youth basketball camp for kindergarten through sixth-grade students in the Cassville gymnasium.
Brighter things ahead (06/15/16)
The Cassville girls basketball team recently held their annual summer team camp.
Cassville scrambles to find new baseball coach (06/08/16)
For the second time in the last 12 months, Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin is undertaking a search for a new baseball coach. Last week, Martin and the district were notified by Coach Jade Samborski that he would be leaving the district to take a job in Mesa, Ariz...
Rose takes 9th at state in javelin (06/08/16)
Josi Rose, in her first season competing in javelin, took 9th at the state track meet in Jefferson City. Rose hurled the spear 99-08 and missed a medal and all-state accolades by less than three inches. "I was proud of all four athletes that were able to make it to state, and they all competed well," said Clay Weldy, Cassville coach. "All four return next year, so this experience should pay off and make them hungry to return to the state meet."...
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