Dyer unanimously selected for outstanding play Four Cassville players were named to the Class 4, District 12 baseball teams, with Alex Dyer and Noah Hadlow earning First Team honors. Alex Vanderpool and Andrew Whitham... >>
No one has had a busier summer than Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin. Although not from Cassville originally, it is easy to see why the district plucked him away from Ash Grove -- he just fits in. His character, charm... >>
The Big 8 Conference released the lists of its best baseball players, and they contained more than a handful of familiar names. Cassville had six athletes earn spots on the all-conference teams. Alex Dyer collected a First... >>
Each week during the football season, I write a preview of the coming Wildcat gridiron matchup. I always make two phone calls, one to Lance Parnell and one to the opposing coach. When the Wildcats played Lamar last season,... >>
It was the night of July 7 when Jackie Modlin, manager of the Cassville MFA, received a phone call from Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach. Like most who experienced the nearly seven inches of rain that soaked the area... >>
4 Wildcats nab district awards
Dyer unanimously selected for outstanding play Four Cassville players were named to the Class 4, District 12 baseball teams, with Alex Dyer and Noah Hadlow earning First Team honors. Alex Vanderpool and Andrew Whitham collected Second Team accolades...
Jared Lankford: Martin making his mark on Cassville
No one has had a busier summer than Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin. Although not from Cassville originally, it is easy to see why the district plucked him away from Ash Grove -- he just fits in. His character, charm and confidence are qualifications I believe a good athletic director must possess...
Fall baseball practice slated at Southwest
Southwest High School fall baseball practice will begin Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the baseball field. Athletes will need a physical with proof of insurance and their baseball equipment. For more information, people may contact Kenny Ferguson 417-342-5496...
Wildcats claim 6 spots on Big 8 rosters
The Big 8 Conference released the lists of its best baseball players, and they contained more than a handful of familiar names. Cassville had six athletes earn spots on the all-conference teams. Alex Dyer collected a First Team accolade as an outfielder...
Aurora's Scholten steps down
After eight seasons at the helm of the Aurora football program, Houn' Dawg Head Coach Rick Scholten stepped down on Friday. Scholten said he was presented with an opportunity outside of education that was too good to pass up, and there were no hard feelings between him and the school district...
Jared Lankford: Kudos, whether he wants it or not
Each week during the football season, I write a preview of the coming Wildcat gridiron matchup. I always make two phone calls, one to Lance Parnell and one to the opposing coach. When the Wildcats played Lamar last season, the Tigers' coach, Scott Bailey, pumped me for Cassville information...
Wildcats trade pads for work gloves
It was the night of July 7 when Jackie Modlin, manager of the Cassville MFA, received a phone call from Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach. Like most who experienced the nearly seven inches of rain that soaked the area last week, Parnell quizzed Modlin about how high the water got at his feed store and how much damage had occurred...
Cassville grad earns academic award
The National Junior College Athletic Association announced the recipients of the 2014-2015 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete Awards at the end of June. Crowder College had five student-athletes honored this year, including Cassville's Emily Speakman. To receive the award a student-athlete must earn a 3.60 grade-point average or higher and have at least 45 semester credit hours...
Cassville searching for football alumni
For the third consecutive year, in conjunction with Cassville High School, the Wildcat football team is inviting former Wildcat players to be a part of the Alumni Night at the Wildcats' Aug. 21 game against Aurora. The football program is inviting all football alumni who played the 1965-1969 football seasons, which includes 1966-1970 the graduating classes...
Cassville announces middle school football dates
The Cassville seventh- and eighth-grade football camps will be held Aug. 3-7. Players are asked to meet at the middle school locker rooms on Aug. 3. Camp will run from 8-10 a.m. on Aug. 3-5 and from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on Aug. 6-7. Equipment checkout for eighth-graders is Aug. 6 at 3:30 p.m., and seventh-grade equipment checkout is Aug. 7 at 3:30 p.m...
Athletic Sports Physicals offered at Southwest
Athletic sports physicals will be offered at Southwest High School on July 29. The event costs $5 and begins at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium. All athletes need an annual sports physical before participating in any middle or high school sport. For more information, call 479-826-5413...
Southwest volleyball practice set for Aug. 3
Volleyball practice starts Aug. 3 at Southwest High School. Practice is from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and the rest of the first week will be scheduled around first-of-the-year school events. The volleyball team is open to all girls in grades 9-12...
Powers leaving for Neosho
The coaching carousel at Cassville High School continued to turn this week with the district announcing Jade Samborski as its new baseball coach. Samborski was hired for the position after Danny Powers resigned. Powers accepted the position of head baseball coach at Neosho High School less than two months after being named the new Wildcats skipper, when Kyle Wood left to take a position at Monett...
Wildcats prepare to go camping
According to Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, the Wildcats' annual trip to Liberty is an experience unlike any other. The players leave July 20 and return on July 23. Once there, the Wildcat players spend four days on the campus of William Jewell College, and it is nothing but team building and football drills...
Cassville hosting volleyball camp
The The Cassville High School Volleyball team and coaches will be putting on a youth fundamental camp for grades three through six on July 17, from 8-10 a.m in the high school gym. Coaches will be teaching fundamental skills such as setting, passing, hitting, serving, and team drills...
5 locals take in sights at Masters tourney
All sports fans have places they hold as their holy grails, a place or event they want to visit and cross off their bucket lists. For Purdy resident and golf enthusiast Randy Henderson, that place was the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. "I've always enjoyed golf," Henderson said. "Whether it is playing a round or talking about the sport, I've always enjoyed the game. As an enthusiast, The Masters is the tournament that I've always wanted to attend."...
Jared Lankford: Take time to listen and read the signs
I love history. If I see a historical marker on the side of the road, on a town square or on the side of a building, I have to stop and read what it says. I have developed a great appreciation for things that happened before my arrival on this Earth, and I always excelled in my history classes in school...
Cassville moves to fill volleyball coaching void
A late resignation by volleyball coach Hannah Ketterman sent new Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin on a quick hunt to find a new volleyball coach for the Lady Wildcats last week. "It's never ideal, this late in the summer to conduct a head coaching search," Martin said. "But, I feel like we got lucky and have picked a great person."...
Cassville releases football schedule
There are usually three questions that Cassville football fans want to know: When is the first game of the season, when do the Wildcats play Monett and how bad will the 'Cats beat the Cubs? While the third a question is unanswerable at this moment, the first two questions can be fulfilled...
Jared Lankford: A chance encounter with an icon
I admit that there are some perks to my job. I used to count down the hours until the final whistle blew at work just so I could go watch a ballgame. Now, my job revolves around ballgames and finding stories that are entertaining, informative and, for lack of a better term, worth reading...
Eagles sweep conference awards
Purdy's Birge named Ozark 7 Player of the Year Purdy's baseball team swept the top honors in the Ozark 7 Conference awards, as Sydney Birge was named Player of the Year and Coach Joshua Hughes was named Coach of the Year. In total, the Eagles claimed seven spots on the all-conference list. Along with Birge's and Hughes' accolades, Adam Humphrey, Hunter Cook and Dusty Videmschek all earned First Team awards...
Powers enters MIAA Hall of Fame
This has been a good year for Cassville's Danny Powers. In April, Powers resigned as Cassville basketball coach to take the head coaching position of the Wildcat baseball program, and in June, he was elected into the MIAA Hall of Fame. "I am honored and humbled to be included with several great athletes," he said. "I really don't have the right words to express my gratitude. Baseball was a game that rewarded my dedication, and I am thankful to have those experiences in my life."...
Stewart's statue leaves mark in Ozarks
By Kary Booher Special to The Monett Times It rises toward the summer's cotton-candy blue sky as a tribute to the Ozarks' native golf son, and a gasp is said to have gone up as bystanders take a closer look. See the Tam o'shanter hat and the baggy knickerbockers? And, check out the classic finish of his tee shot -- a picture-perfect pause, with the right elbow down with a baseball grip, golf club angled over the left shoulder, right shoe on its tip...
Wildcats pin down wrestling
Wildcat Nation will soon have a new sport to rally behind during the winter season, as the district will begin fielding a wresting team for the 2015-2016 school year. According to Cassville Athletic Director Doug Martin, the full rollout of the wrestling program will take two years, and only junior varsity will be offered in the coming year, and varsity competition to begin in 2016-2017...
All-State softball teams announced
The Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association released its spring All-State Softball Team on Wednesday. The list is comprised of the best spring softball players around the state and contained four local athletes among its lists. Purdy, which advanced to the state quarterfinal, claimed three spots...
Cassville searching for football alumni
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. For the third consecutive year, Parnell, in conjunction with Cassville High School, is inviting former Wildcat players to be a part of the Alumni Night at the Wildcats' Aug. 21 game against Aurora...
Locals carry all-star team to win
NEOSHO -- For four years, Southwest's Blake Barnes and Verona's Dre Sitton battled each other on the hardwood during Ozark 7 Conference play and summer leagues. On Saturday, the duo got to show what they were capable of when they were on the same team...
Seniors make memories at all-star game
NEOSHO -- For 16 of the area's best girls basketball players, Saturday night served as a chance to grace the basketball court one more time in their prep careers. For Purdy's Jayse Henderson, and Pierce City's Bailee Hayward and Amber Wagner, the event was bittersweet, as they were surround by family and friends...
Blisard to play in all-star hardwood event Saturday
Area basketball enthusiasts will have one last opportunity to watch prep hardwood action this year, as the 36th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic Basketball Game, hosted by Lions Clubs of Missouri District 26-M6, is set for Saturday in Neosho. For Cassville senior Raeghan Blisard, the contest will serve as her swan song to a game, team and community that has meant everything to her...
Area seniors go out winners
Even though the Heart of the Ozarks Sertoma Club Grin Iron Classic was for charity, players on both sides wanted to win. Friday night marked the 14th installment of the all-star game in Springfield, which featured the best recently-graduated seniors in southwest Missouri...
Hoopsters invited to all-star games
Hoop fans in southwest Missouri will have the opportunity to watch 37 of the best recently-graduated seniors play one more prep game this week. On Saturday, the Lions Clubs of Missouri District 26-M6 will host the 36th annual Lions All-Star Twin Classic Basketball Games...
Jared Lankford: Following Webb City's blueprint
There is an old saying that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. Nowhere is this statement more correct than in the world of sports. In the 1990s, the Buffalo Bills took the idea of the hurry-up offense and applied it to the whole game. That style of offense gave birth to the shotgun strategy, using five-receiver sets on what used to be considered running downs...
Local athletes invited to all-star game
A pair of Cassville seniors will have one last go on the gridiron Friday at the 14th annual Sertoma Grin Iron Football Classic at JFK Stadium at Parkview High School in Springfield. The 2015 game features the best 88 seniors and 20 coaches from southwest Missouri. Participants were selected by the Southwest Missouri High School Football Coaches Association...
All-district softball teams released
Although the season is over, the awards continue to flow in for area softball players. On Thursday, the Class 1, All-District 10 softball team was announced. Purdy and Pierce City dominated the First Team, with 11 of the 17 spots occupied by girls from each school...
Jared Lankford: See you at the fair, it's showtime
Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. There are several reasons to get excited: the weather warms up, days are longer and area youth fairs fill the calendars. I have long advocated that the results from county fairs should run on the sports page. Although I have lost this argument with my editors, I believe my reasoning is sound...
Eagles stumble in sectional
A 10-0 sectional loss to Marionville was not the way the Purdy baseball team wanted to end the season. However, a wound that opened in the first inning to the tune of a 3-0 Marionville lead, never stopped bleeding until a four-run fifth initiated the mercy rule on Monday...
Ozark 7 releases softball honors
The Ozark 7 Conference released its all-conference award list on Thursday. Purdy, the conference champion, collected both the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards, along with four other first team accolades. The list is as follows: Player of the Year: Breanna Keeler, Purdy...
Businesses enjoy chamber golf outing
Winners of the eighth annual Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce Tournament were recently announced Results are as follows: Closest to the pin on hole 6: Chuck Edie Closest to the pin on hole 11: Lewis Royer Longest drive on hole 2: Laith Hayward Championship Flight...
Purdy wins District 12 title
The Purdy baseball team came into the Class 2, District 12 tournament as the No. 2 seed, but that was no matter to the Eagles. Purdy played the underdog role against No. 1 Pierce City Tuesday, coming out on top with a 6-3, district championship win...
Season ends for diamond 'Cats
The postgame meeting was somber, as you would expect after a 3-2 loss to Carl Junction ended the Cassville baseball season on Monday. When the group broke, the team surrounded their coach Kyle Wood and two seniors in Chase Jackson and Andrew Whitham to give them a goodbye hug and thank them for their service to Wildcat baseball...
Purdy softball shell shocked
It was like a slow-motion nightmare for Purdy Softball Coach Lori Videmschek during her team's quarterfinal loss to Stockton on Thursday. Lack of emotion, missed opportunities and a stingy opposing pitcher was the recipe for disaster that she feared could derail the Lady Eagles' chance of advancing to its first Final Four since 2004...
Jared Lankford: Small town school spirit lives
Once a month, my mom will clear out her Saturday schedule for a lunch date. She gathers up the most recent photographs of her grandchildren, arms herself with the latest family updates and then heads off. The restaurants vary, but the crew of two dozen or so women are still the same. They all graduated from Seneca together but keep in close contact...
Purdy vies for Final Four spot
The softball expectations in Purdy were set high from the start of the Lori Videmschek era a year ago. From the very first time she met her squad, Videmschek told the girls the goal was a district championship. On Monday, the Lady Eagles exceeded her expectations with a 5-4 win over Marionville in the Class 1 Sectionals...
Districts calling Wildcats
The road to district baseball glory is now clear for the Cassville baseball team. The Wildcats (12-10) open action in the Class 4, District 12 tournament on Saturday against East Newton. "I think we enter this tournament with a lot of confidence," said Kyle Wood, Cassville coach. "We were able to make a run to the championship game last year and we return several players that understand what it takes to get back to that game this year."...
Trap team 3rd at state
The Southwest Trap recently took third place at the Missouri State Trapshooting Championships, held in Linn Creek.
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