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Thursday, July 28, 2016
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."...
Cassville's Boley goes out a winner (06/08/16)
Cassville's Zack Boley, right middle, lays a block on an East Team player to help the West All-Stars to a 16-15 win in the Grin Iron Classic on Friday in Springfield.
Area hoops standouts get another game (06/08/16)
Several area hoops stars will receive one more opportunity to display their talents and skills Saturday at Neosho. The Lions Club of District 26-M6 hosts the 37th Lions All-Star Twin Classic basketball games at the Neosho High School Athletic Center...
Wrestling camp slated for Cassville (06/08/16)
A youth wrestling camp is set for June 13-16 at the high school FEMA building from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes a free T-shirt. Youth through high school ages are encouraged to attend. No preregistration is needed. For more information, people may contact Doug Martin at dmartin@cassville.k12.mo.us...
Soccer players invited to work out this summer (06/08/16)
The Cassville soccer team is hosting offseason workouts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in June at 8 a.m. All interested players are encouraged to attend.
State to determine football classifications annually (06/08/16)
Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, classifications and district groupings will be decided on an annual basis. Athletic directors around the state voted to approve a measure to change the system from a once-every-two-year process in the hopes of creating a more level playing field...
Boley to represent 'Cats on gridiron (06/01/16)
Cassville senior Zack Boley will have one last go on the gridiron Friday at the 15th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Football Classic at JFK Stadium at Parkview High School in Springfield. The 2016 game features the best 72 seniors and 20 coaches from southwest Missouri. Participants were selected by the Southwest Missouri High School Football Coaches Association...
Eagles with key holes to fill next season (06/01/16)
Purdy Coach Joshua Hughes did not spend long talking to his full team after a devastating 15-2 loss in the Class 2 quarter final at Plato. "I don't care if you lose 1-0, 20-19 or 15-2, losing still hurts," Hughes said. "We played our tails off to get to this stage, and one game isn't going to define us or our season."...
Area teams shine on all conference honors list (06/01/16)
The Ozark 7 All-Conference softball team has been released, and to no one's surprise, contained several local athletes. Purdy landed seven spots, including Player of the Year in Rion Boyd and Coach of the Year in Lori Videmschek. Sami House, Morgan Schilly, Hallie Henderson and Zoe Brown earned First Team All-Conference accolades. Casey Ellison and Andrea Humphrey collected Honorable Mention awards...
Golfing results finalized after rainout (06/01/16)
What was originally slated to be two-day state golf tournaments across Missouri became one-day flashes in the pan for most golfers.
With the rain falling on May 24, the Missouri State High School Activities Association made the decision to cancel the second day of tournament action and make the first day's results final...
Cassville Women's League weekly winners announced (06/01/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League game of the week was Low Gross/Low Net on Thursday. First place in Low Gross was won by Janie Watson with an 87. Second place in Low Gross went to Susie Jacobs with an 89. Third place in Low Gross was won by Deb York with a 90...
Wildcat throwers earn state berths (05/25/16)
In its first year as an official track event, Cassville High School is quickly becoming recognized as a power in the javelin event. That image was enhanced this week with three Cassville javelin throwers and one shot put hurler qualifying for the state track meet in Jefferson City on Friday and Saturday...
Wildcats among state's brightest (05/25/16)
High school fans often get caught up looking at their team's stats and trying to figure out what the coach can do to make the team better. However, for the prep athlete, what happens in the classroom is more important than what occurs on the field. Coaches often preach, hound and drill into their kids' heads the need to take care of things in the classroom to stay eligible on the field...
Cassville duo shine in fishing tourney (05/25/16)
Cassville students Devin Phelps and Carter Fletcher took second place in the Teen Anglers bass tournament season finale Saturday at Stockton Lake. The duo competed in a field of 166 boats with a five-fish limit Phelps and Fletcher relied on 3/8-ounce wobble head jigs with Strike King Rage Craws and 1/8-ounce shaky heads with finesse worms to catch a 13.58-pound limit. They keyed on secondary points with chunk rock...
Jared Lankford: Finding the one true champion (05/25/16)
We are accustomed to the Missouri State High School Activities Association's classifications for its various sports offerings. MSHSAA, for all intents and purposes, does a good job of pairing schools of similar size together to build a fair and balanced playoff system...
Cassville Women's League plays Fields and Greens (05/25/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf played Fields and Greens for the game of the day on Thursday. Penny Hall, Susie Jacobs, Becky Ryder and Jeanette Skorupski won first place with a 75. Lynn Blanke, Mary Ann Blankenship, Barb Vesely and Deb York took second place with an 80...
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