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Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015
Lady 'Cats to take on Parkinson's disease (01/30/15)
The Cassville girls basketball team is selling "Parkinson's Awareness" T-shirts for their Feb. 9 home game against Monett. Shirts are $10 each, and for more information, people may contact Amanda Henry at ahenry@cassville.k12.mo.us.
Cassville leaning on Blisard's grit (01/28/15)
Ask Cassville Coach Chris Shore who his team's most valuable player is, and he'll tell you it is senior Reaghan Blisard. Blisard serves as a calming influence on the floor, a steady ball handler and an outside scoring option. "Reaghan is a tough competitor and puts us into good position on the floor," Shore said. "When she is healthy we are at our best."...
Lady Eagles prepared to go to college (01/28/15)
Purdy has been busy in recent games making its case to be viewed as the hottest girls basketball team in southwest Missouri. The black and gold have ripped off four consecutive wins, claiming the Galena Lady Bears Tournament championship and receiving an invitation to play in the prestigious Pink and White tournament next year at Springfield...
Purdy's team mentality gives hope for the season (01/21/15)
Facing a 17-point deficit with less than two quarters to play, the Purdy boys basketball team faced a decision Friday night against Pierce City. The Eagles could roll over, go through the motions and get blown out, or they could gather their pride and battle...
Purdy girls make statement in latest win (01/21/15)
Post presence of Ennes, Skiles key part of team's success Going into Friday night's matchup with Pierce City, the Purdy girls basketball team was a little nervous. It was not because the Lady Eagles were scared or intimidated by their opponent, but because they knew, if they played their game, they would win...
Smaller 'Cats coming up short (01/14/15)
Even before the game with Carl Junction began on Friday, it was apparent that the Bulldogs had one undeniable advantage -- height at every position. The undersized Wildcats battled valiantly and even held a 16-10 edge at halftime, holding the visitors to zero points in the second quarter before falling, 42-30...
Sports briefs (01/14/15)
Purdy hosts Pierce City in varsity basketball action on Friday. The games could be a preview of the district championship host at Pierce City this year. The girls gam is slated to tipoff at 6 p.m. immediately followed by the boys contest. Lady year, the Pierce City girls topped Purdy for the district title...
Eagles lose title, find hope and encouragement (01/14/15)
What a difference a month can make. The Purdy boys basketball team had a long heart-to heart meeting about a month ago after 67-61 loss at Miller. The subject of that meeting was to refocus a young team that was struggling. Coach Tommy Egan told his team that they needed to pull together and focus on doing the little things right if they hoped to win this season...
Wildcats seeking wins in Spokane (01/14/15)
Located halfway between Nixa and Branson West on U.S. Highway 13 is the small town of Spokane. A flashing caution light marks the point where motorists turn. Turn east, and one can tour a quiet community that typifies small-town Missouri. But, turn west, and one will find a school so sprawling that a skyway was built over the road to keep all students in one building...
Lady Wildcats face tough test (01/07/15)
With the exception of seniors Brooke Fields and Raeghan Blisard, the Lady Wildcats basketball team is very young. Last year, Cassville at times had three freshmen on the floor. This year, the team is even younger, with a lineup that features two more freshmen getting serious floor time. For Coach Chris Shore, this presents headaches, but gives him reason to hope...
Bi-county area lags in deer kills (01/07/15)
The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that hunters harvested 11,025 deer during the alternative methods portion of the 2014 deer hunting season, which ran Dec. 20-30, 2014. Over 204,000 deer have been harvested this hunting season. Barry and Lawrence counties finished in the bottom third of the state for total number of deer harvested during the time frame...
Jared Lankford: True fans involved in the relationship business (01/07/15)
I have been privileged to call a few sporting events on local radio in recent years. Radio broadcasting captivated my imagination as a child, and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy. My first taste of audio mass communication came as an 8-year-old reading public service announcements at KBTN in Neosho for National 4-H Week...
Wildcats entertain Bulldogs on Friday (01/07/15)
The Cassville boys basketball team welcomes Skip Brock and his Bulldogs from Carl Junction to Wildcat Gym on Friday. The game is the Big 8 Conference opener for both teams. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. All fans, with a paid admission, will receive a complementary program for the game...
Southwest travels to Exeter for conference clash (01/07/15)
The Southwest and Exeter basketball teams square off for Ozark 7 Conference supremacy on Friday at Exeter. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Catch and release trout season underway (01/07/15)
Missouri catch-and-release fishing is underway at Roaring River, Bennett Spring and Montauk State parks until Feb 19. Fishing times are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Fishing permits are required, unless exempt, and anglers are to use flies only as bait...
Purdy pushes past Wheaton, 58-34 (01/06/15)
The Purdy girls basketball team defeated Wheaton, 58-34, Tuesday night in Ozark 7 Conference action. The Lady Eagles led 35-12 at halftime and 48-21 after three periods. Scoring for Purdy: Desirie Ennes, 15; Jayse Henderson, 13; Layne Skiles, 11; Sami House, 5; Mickey Schad, Ashton Young and Rion Boyd, 4 each; and Rylee Moller, 2...
Top 10 local sports stories of 2014 (12/31/14)
Personnel moves and a conference volleyball title topped the list of local sports stories in 2014. David Large left Cassville to take the athletic director opening at Branson. He replaced Tony Berry, Branson activities director, who accepted a position as assistant superintendent at School of the Osage. During Large's 11 years as Cassville football coach, he compiled a 104-17 record. The Wildcats also won two state titles and the last four Big 8 Conference titles...
Tigers try to break mid-season slump (12/31/14)
The basketball season has not gone exactly as planned for the Exeter boys basketball team. The Tigers got off to a promising start with a 54-45 season-opening win over Thomas Jefferson, but have dropped seven straight, including both games in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament...
Cassville hoops team seeking path to hardwood success (12/31/14)
Cassville boys basketball Coach Danny Powers has already worn out the path in front of his bench walking up and down the floor giving instructions to his Wildcat team this season. Powers scrapped his offense in the off-season in order to install a motion system that better-suited the talent he had returning...
Lady Trojans pulling together as a team, family (12/31/14)
It doesn't take a person long to see the importance of basketball to the fans of Southwest's Trojan and Lady Trojan teams. They pack the gym, remain on the edge of their seats and are very vocal. They don't have student seating sections. The place designated for the Southwest students is located under a huge banner that reads "Student Standing Section."...
Wheaton turns to underclassmen (12/31/14)
Wheaton boys basketball Coach Mike Austin feels like a broken record. He uses all five of his timeouts to teach his players essentially the same thing -- be smart, value the ball and move your feet on defense. Heading into the holiday break, the Bulldogs had lost four starters for the season due to various reasons. A fifth starter was added to the list with a knee injury during the Southwest Holiday Tournament...
Wheaton girls showing progress, having fun (12/31/14)
It is a very lonely bench for Wheaton Coach Jessica Lombard this season. After her starting five take the floor, she is left with just one reserve player by her side. She jokes that some coaches talk about being six-players deep, for her it is a reality...
Cassville sunk by Pea Ridge, 70-24 (12/26/14)
The Cassville boys basketball team fell to Pea Ridge (Ark.), 70-24, to open play in the Southwest Holiday Tournament on Friday. The Wildcats trailed 27-12 at halftime and were further routed by nine Blackhawk 3-pointers in the second half. Scoring for Cassville: Noah Hadlow, 5; Gabe Kirk, 4; Josh Brown, Riley Lekarcyzk and Mason Loveland, 3 each; Tyler Speakman and Kendrick Slane, 2 each and Allen Lambell, 1...
Eagles to refocus on break (12/24/14)
Purdy boys basketball Coach Tommy Egan had an unusually long postgame meeting with his Eagles squad after a 67-61 loss to Miller. Normally, Egan is short, to the point and tells the boys that when they watch film they will see what he saw. This speech was different...
Lady Eagles pleased, but not content with season (12/24/14)
A 7-2 record to open the season and a Clever Tournament championship are good starting points for Purdy's girls basketball team, but the Lady Eagles say they are far from a polished product. 
"I've been pleased with the girls' attitudes and willingness to work hard," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "We still have several areas we need to improve upon. We break down every game film looking for 'opp-ers,' which are opportunities to get better."...
Exeter girls starting to roll (12/24/14)
Exeter girls basketball Coach Colt Higgs is a patient man. He has been waiting for his squad to come around and begin to reach its potential. On Saturday, the Lady Tigers showed flashes of brilliance in their 67-35 win over Monett to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament...
Southwest High School ready for holiday tourney (12/24/14)
The 32nd Annual Southwest Holiday Tournament tips off on Friday at 12:30 p.m. with Blue Eye and Wheaton. In recent years, the tournament has featured teams from Arkansas and Missouri. The eight-team field reflects this tradition again this season, with Pea Ridge, Haas Hall and Gentry from the Natural State...
Southwest to host girls 
tourney (12/24/14)
Southwest High School took a big step earlier this year when it announced that it was adding a girls tournament to coincide with the annual boys tournament. On Friday, the that dream becomes reality when Pea ridge (Ark.) and Wheaton tipoff at 3:30 p.m...
Exeter falls in tourney opener, 63-43 (12/20/14)
WALNUT GROVE -- The Exeter boys basketball team dropped a 63-43 decision to Pleasant Hope on Saturday to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. Exeter (1-6) trailed 20-13 after the first period and 40-25 at halftime. Scoring for the Tigers: Terry Cook, 15; Josh Hood, 7; Codie Evatt and Clint Bradford, 6 each; Blake Walker, 5; and Chris Smith, 2...
Exeter races past Monett in tourney opener, 67-35 (12/20/14)
Walnut Grove -- The Exeter girls basketball team shook off the rust of a 9 a.m. start time to claim an opening round win over Monett, 67-35, on Saturday in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. The Lady Tigers spent most of the first period trying to shake off the early morning haze. They led 13-9 at the end of the first period and 26-15 at halftime...
Cassville girls making strides (12/17/14)
Cassville Coach Chris Shore had been waiting for that right game or moment. He knew that his Lady Wildcats squad was loaded with talent, but they were missing a key ingredient -- confidence. On Thursday, the Lady Wildcats got the shot of confidence it needed with a 56-22 win over Monett...
MSU names Steckel as coach (12/17/14)
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University has named Dave Steckel as its 20th head football coach on Sunday. MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats and President Clifton (Clif) M. Smart III announced the hire of the University of Missouri associate head coach and defensive coordinator. The hire concludes a national search that began Nov. 23...
Lady Cats Hoops Club Team hosts training for up-and-coming hoops stars (12/17/14)
Members of the 2014 Cassville Lady Cats Hoops Club Team participated in fundamental basketball training and games put on by the high school and middle school coaches and high school players. Parent volunteers also helped with the program. Each year, the young players work on their skills, then get to play games coached by the high school girls and role models. Contributed photo...
'Cats named to all-region football teams (12/10/14)
Cassville football players continued to be showered with post season honors this year. On Friday, the southwest Missouri all-region Class 3 team was released. The Wildcats landed 11 players on the all-region teams. Players named to the all-region first team are automatically qualified for consideration for the all-state team, which is to be released this week...
Lady Eagles finding new roles on hoops team (12/10/14)
Purdy Coach Eli Ernst knows his Lady Eagles basketball team has talent this season. Coming into this year, he finally had veteran leadership and a chance to make some noise. A season-ending knee injury to Courtney White dampened the team's spirits and some of that leadership for a short time, but not its resolve...
Purdy boys capture 5th in Clever Tournament (12/10/14)
Purdy's boys shook off an opening round loss and bounced back to claim fifth place in the Clever Tournament on Saturday with a 66-31 win over Billings. The Eagles (2-1) led 21-5 at the end of the first period and 52-14 at intermission. Scoring for Purdy: Jonatan Salazar, 19; Hunter Cook, 12; Robby Moody, 11; Sydney Birge, 8; Luis Cruz, 5; Brayden Jones, Raul Garcia, Tyler Keeler and Dusty Videmscheck, 2 apiece...
Purdy girls finish 2nd at Diamond Tourney (12/10/14)
The Purdy girls fell just short of claiming the title in the Diamond Tourney on Saturday, losing to Jasper, 53-47. The Lady Eagles took a 24-20 edge into halftime, but were outscored 16-8 in the third period and couldn't recover. Scoring for Purdy: Layne Skiles and Sami House, 11 each; Ashton Young, 8; Rion Boyd, 6; Desirie Ennes, 5; Zoe Brown, 4; and Jayse Henderson, 2...
Cassville girls travel to Monett Thursday (12/10/14)
The Cassville girls basketball team opens Big 8 Conference play on Thursday at Monett. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on KKBL 95.9, and people can follow the game on Twitter at @CassvilleDemo.
Wildcat basketball team to share its Christmas with local families (12/04/14)
Cassville High School announced this week that its boys' basketball team will be working with local business leaders and the Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) to collect toys as for children in need. In a joint effort to make sure everyone has a Merry Christmas on Dec. 25, the Wildcats basketball team will wave the price of admission for their home opener on Tuesday in exchange for new, packaged toys that will be donated to families who need a little extra help for the holidays...
Wildcat football awards roll in (12/03/14)
The Cassville football team landed 10 players on the 2014-2015 Big 8 All-Conference football team. The Wildcats finished fourth in the conference race behind Carl Junction, Lamar and Monett. Cassville's Kane Kellner, tight end; Andrew Whitham, tackle; Cade Pendergraft, wide receiver; River Phelps, running back; Gabe Kirk, all-purpose; Dalton Jett, defensive back; Cody Olsen, linebacker; and Brett Nickle, defensive back, earned second team accolades...
Southwest announces Tip-off candidates (12/03/14)
Southwest High School has announced its Tip-off candidates for 2014. Candidates, from left, include: Senior Makenzie Bowlin, senior Brittany Martin, junior Samantha Robbins, sophomore Jerica Lawrence and freshman Emily Snyder. The Trojans play their Tip-off game on Dec. 19 against Pierce City. The winner will be announced at halftime of the boys varsity game. Contributed photo...
Golf Association selects new board members (12/03/14)
The Cassville Women's Golf Association elected new board members for the for 2015 and held its first organizational meeting to discuss the upcoming ladies golf schedule. The kickoff for the 2015 season will be held at the Cassville Golf Course on April 16. ...
Wildcats going strong since 1946 (11/26/14)
Friday nights in the fall are sacred events in Cassville. For Wildcat fans, it's not a question of if you are going to the game, but what time you getting there and what are you grilling at the tailgate party? The origins of Wildcat football date back to 1921, and scores from that era that seem unbelievable. ...
Cassville woman sets example as Chiefs cheerleader (11/26/14)
For one Cassville High School alumna, being part of Chiefs Kingdom involves more than just tuning on the television on Sundays. Cricket, whose full name is redacted per Chiefs' policy, puts in a full day of work on game days at Arrowhead Stadium as a Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader...
Wildcats to unveil up-tempo look (11/19/14)
For the last five seasons, Cassville boys basketball Head Coach Danny Powers was spoiled with tall players to go along with his team speed. Powers' Wildcats had the ability to post up in the paint, or devastate teams from long range. This year, things have changed...
Lady 'Cats look for growth in new season (11/19/14)
Last year's 6-19 season, which ended with a 5-point loss to Aurora in districts, is one the Lady Wildcats basketball team, Head Coach Chris Shore and he Wildcats' staff want to forget about. But, one thing they want to remember is that Shore has four players who were starters or part-time starters returning...
Cassville pilots youth golf program (11/12/14)
If you truly love something it is only natural that you strive to share your passion with those around you. For Susie Jacobs, it was her love of golf and a chance meeting that planted a seed that just recently has started to blossom, and hopefully produce fruit...
Cassville soccer players recognized (11/12/14)
Even though the season may be over, the awards and accolades for Cassville soccer players have just begun to fly in. The first awards to be released were the Class 2, District 11 all-district teams. The Monett soccer program led the way with a total of nine of their 11 starters being selected to the team. College Heights finished second with seven total players. Cassville secured four awards...
Local hunters find early season success (11/12/14)
Monett hunter Frank McCollough, right, shot a 30-point buck near Purdy at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 5. McCollough, who hunts annually, said this was the biggest buck he will probably ever get. He planned to take it to Bass Pro in Springfield for grading and hoped to use the meat. Contributed photo...
Big 'Cats get love one last time (11/05/14)
Down 47-20 and pinned deep in their own territory, the Wildcats' last play from scrimmage in 2014 was a Gabe Kirk keeper up the middle. The play ran out the clock on the Wildcats' third straight district semifinal loss, and that's a hump Head Coach Lance Parnell is anxious to overcome...
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