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Friday, May 27, 2016
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...
Eagles upset Bears in sectional (05/24/16)
After the Purdy baseball team's first batter scored a run, pitcher Sydney Birge held up the tally to lead the Eagles to a win over Galena, 1-0, to advance to the Class 2 quarterfinal on Wednesday in Plato. "This was a great win," said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. "The boys bought in early to our system and came together when it mattered most to get the win."...
Purdy sectional game moved (05/24/16)
The Purdy-Galena sectional baseball game has been moved to Warren Turner Field on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin tonight. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Wildcats get back to work in offseason (05/18/16)
For six innings, the Cassville baseball team (15-10) looked to be headed to the semifinal round of the district baseball tournament. The Wildcats held a 1-0 lead over East Newton, but surrendered three hits in the seventh inning and fell 2-1 on Saturday...
Cassville track qualifies for sectional meet (05/18/16)
The Cassville track team punched nine total tickets to the sectional round with top-4 performances at the district meet on Saturday. Only the top 4 finishers from each event qualify for the sectional meet. On the line Saturday at Bolivar will be state berths, with the top-4 finishers in each event moving on to compete at Lincoln University in Jefferson City...
Best of luck to the Class of 2016 (05/18/16)
Everywhere you look this time of year, you see reminders we are in the midst of graduation season. I even made the trek to one of these time-honored events to watch my niece cross the stage and receive her diploma. For those who will hear their names called, congratulations. This year's senior classes of athletes allowed me to cover 24 conference titles, 19 district championships, four state championships and a host of playoff games and memorable regular-season games...
Women's League in full swing (05/18/16)
On Thursday, the Cassville Women's Golf League hosted its annual Guest Day. Women's leagues from Monett, Holiday Island and Berryville, Ark., were invited for a day of golfing fun. Although the teams were initially delayed due to Mother Nature, the sun came out and it turned out to be a nice day...
Diamond Wildcats enter district stage (05/11/16)
Cassville's baseball team heads to Monett on Saturday for the Class 4, District 12 tournament. The Wildcats (14-9) and earned the No. 3 overall seed and play East Newton in the first round, and the Wildcats feel like the tournament is wide open. "Teams one through six could win this tournament," said Jade Samborski, Cassville coach. "We have two state-ranked programs at the top of this tournament, but feel like it is still open for the taking."...
Junior high Trojans get high marks at state (05/11/16)
The Southwest Junior High Trap Team hit 440 of 500 targets to claim third place at the Missouri High School Trap Shooting Championships at the MTA Shooting facility in Linn Creek. Ty Howard led the squad, breaking 94 of 100 targets. Hunter Stanley broke 92; Leland Colf, 91; Garrett Stanley, 82; and Samuel Jennings rounded out the scoring with an 81...
Jared Lankford: A huge difference between value and worth (05/11/16)
In my house, I own a plastic pig. To look at the item, there is nothing that identifies it as special, rare or unique. The molded plastic swine is roughly 10 inches long, 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide. There is a place underneath for batteries. In the animal's mouth is a sensor. When triggered, a cheap voice chip lets out a noise that is supposed to resemble a hog grunt...
Golfers give back to the community (05/11/16)
The Cassville High School Golf Team has made a $300 donation to the Community Food Pantry at the United Methodist Church.
Garner makes state golf cut (05/11/16)
Cassville golfer Dylan Garner earned a berth into the class 3 state championship golf tournament May 16-17 at Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Garner finished 20th at the sectional tournament at Whispering Oaks Golf Course with a 10-over-par 80 on Monday...
Purdy golf sending 2 to state (05/11/16)
The Purdy golf team qualified two golfers for the Class 1 tournament at Fremont Hills country Club in Nixa on May 16-17. Matthew Wilson and Tyler Keeler both made the cut for the Eagles. Wilson finished 13th overall with a 14-over-par, and Keeler carded a 17-over-par at the par-72 Hoots Hollow Golf Course in Sedalia on Monday...
Cassville Women's Golf League keeps on rolling (05/11/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League play a three-person scramble event on Thursday. First place, with a 45, went to Marlene Wolf, Pam Graham and Barb Vesely. Second place, with a 46, went to Connie Figgins, Becky Ryder and Jeanette Skorupski. Third place was won by Sue King, Sandy Fleischmann and Karry Lewis with a score of 49 by a card-off...
Late inning collapse costs Purdy (05/10/16)
PURDY -- The Purdy softball season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday with a 7-6 loss to Mt. Vernon in the Class 1 sectional round. For 5-1/2 innings, Lady Luck shined graciously down upon the 25-3 Lady Eagles, as they dealt with a bevy of base runners from the 22-7 Lady Mountaineers in every inning but the second...
Sectional softball game postponed (05/09/16)
The Purdy-Mt. Vernon sectional softball game has been postponed until Tuesday (May 10) due to the threat of severe weather. First pitch in Purdy is now set for 5 p.m.
Purdy repeats district softball title (05/04/16)
The Purdy softball team took advantage of nearly every Southwest mistake to win the Class 1, District 10 softball title, 6-1, on Wednesday in Pierce City. Andrea Humphrey's one-out, two-RBI double in the third lifted Purdy to a 3-0 advantage. Mikey Schad singled with two outs to increase the advantage to 4-0...
Wildcats reflect on positive week (05/04/16)
With one home game left on the schedule, the Cassville baseball team heads into Thursday night's battle with Logan-Rogersville determined to improve. The Wildcats are coming off twin games against state-ranked opponents, Aurora and Monett. On Tuesday, the Wildcats stymied the Houn' Dawgs, 3-0, and had Monett on the ropes through five innings before letting a 6-3 advantage slip in the sixth...
Cassville track heads to Big 8 meet (05/04/16)
The Cassville track and field team heads to East Newton on Thursday for the annual Big 8 Conference meet. The Wildcats continue to have strong results in the relay events. Results for the Wildcats at the Monett Track Meet are as follows: Shot put: Satchel Hill...
Purdy sends 3 golfers to sectionals (05/04/16)
The Purdy golf team advanced three individual golfers to the sectional round with qualifying district scores on Monday. Monett's par-71 Windmill Ridge serves as the district tournament host site, with Pierce City represented as the host school. The top two teams and top 22 golfers advance to the sectional round, slated to be held Monday at The Oaks at Tan-Tar-A...
Cassville Ladies League remains busy (05/04/16)
The Cassville Ladies League featured 23 players for the game Low Gross/Low Net. In the low gross category, Susie Jacobs won first place with 88, Leta Higgs was second with 89 and Deb York won third place with 91. In the low net category, first place went to Jeanette Skorupski with 68 from the card-off, second place went to Ann Loepke with 68 from the card-off and third place went to Barb Vesely with 69. Jacobs had a birdie on No. 11...
Happy campers (05/04/16)
A total of 25 youngsters attended the three-day volleyball camp at Southwest High School last week.
Rose throwing her way into history (04/27/16)
It weighs 1.3 pounds and is 102.4 inches long, and for Cassville sophomore Josi Rose, it is has provided a new experience for her athletic career. Rose is Cassville's first-ever female javelin thrower. The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) introduced the javelin as a competition on a trial basis last year. This season, the contest is officially sanctioned as an event and is becoming increasingly popular...
Teams place high in home meet (04/27/16)
The Cassville boys and girls track teams are moving full speed ahead into the Big 8 Conference meet on May 5. The two squads are encouraged by a second-place boys finish and a fourth-place girls finish at their home meet. "Overall, I was pleased with our team's performance at our home meet," said Clay Weldy, Cassville coach. ...
Humphrey's blast sets stage for Purdy Eagles (04/27/16)
Coaches often tell their players to be ready when the time comes. Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball skipper, is no different. The Eagles travel to Southwest today (Wednesday) to face a Trojan squad that, like Purdy, is also undefeated in conference play...
Cassville Women's Golf League open season (04/27/16)
The Cassville Women's Golf League opened the season on Thursday. The game for the day was "Throw 1 hole out on the front/1 hole out on the back". First place was won by Lynn Blanke with 77. Second place was earned by Janie Watson with a 78 and Deb York took third with 79...
Healthy Kids Day at YMCA scheduled for Saturday (04/27/16)
In an effort to get children moving and keep the mind and body active, the Cassville YMCA, on Saturday from 9-11 a.m., will host the 25th annual YMCA's Healthy Kids Day, the organization's national initiative to improve health and well-being of children and their families...
First Kids' Fishing Day of year set (04/27/16)
Kids' Fishing Day at Roaring River Fish Hatchery and State Park near Cassville will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. on May 14. For additional information, people may call 417-847-2430.
Cupps records ace on No. 11 in Cassville (04/27/16)
David Cupps, Cassville veterinarian, recorded a hole in one on the par 3, 115-yard, No. 11 hole at the Cassville Country Club.
Confidence growing in Wildcats' baseball ranks (04/20/16)
Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, is starting to settle into his role as the Wildcats' new skipper. One huge reason Samborski can breathe a little easier is the fact that his Wildcats are starting to settle in with him. "We are playing really well right now in all three phases," Samborski said. "We are putting the ball in play and forcing teams to get us out. Our defense has been solid, and our pitchers are throwing strikes. In reality, our pitchers have made playing defense easy."...
Up and over (04/20/16)
The Wildcats boys track team brought home two medals from the meet at East Newton on Thursday.
Eagles coming around on the diamond (04/20/16)
Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, used an old saying to address his squad after an 8-2 win over Miller on Tuesday. "A win is a win, and that is what we got tonight," Hughes told his team. The Eagles, 8-4, are still finding their stride this season, but Hughes said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel...
POP Cheer Factory 2nd at U.S. Finals (04/20/16)
Monett cheer gym, POP Cheer Factory (PCF), qualified 10 participants for the U.S. Finals in Kansas City and finished second on Saturday. Based in Monett, the team is made up of girls from Cassville, Aurora and Monett. Earning a berth to the U.S. Finals was a great achievement, the gym's coach said...
1,000 reasons to smile (04/20/16)
Exeter senior Kayla Meyer was recently recognized by Exeter High School for scoring more than 1,000 career varsity points for the girls basketball team.
Wildcats football remains in Class 3 (04/13/16)
Cassville High School received news on Saturday from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding its football classification and district alignment. The Wildcats, will remain in Class 3 for the next two-year cycle. Not that many in Cassville were worried about changing classes, but some schools, such as Monett, were on the verge of going up to Class 4...
Cassville releases gridiron schedule (04/13/16)
The Cassville school district has released its football schedule for the upcoming season, and a couple changes have been made from previous years. This season, Wildcat Nation will be treated to five home games and two new regular season opponents. Cassville has added Reeds Spring and St. James to its lineup and will host both schools in the 2016-2017 campaign...
Cassville track takes 2nd at Aurora (04/13/16)
The Cassville track and field teams head to East Newton Thursday with the positive traction of a strong showing at the Aurora Ice Box Relays on April 7. The Lady Wildcats secured three first-place awards, while the boys took second in the eight-team field and won five individual events...
Show-Me Bowl coming to Missouri State this year (04/13/16)
The Class 1-6 Show-Me Bowl will move a little closer to home this year, as the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Board of Directors voted today on sites for the state football championships and Show-Me Showdown basketball championships...
Southwest trap wins medals galore (04/13/16)
The Southwest trap team recently traveled to Branson, shooting in the Winter Games.
Southwest netters 2nd at Purdy Tourney (04/13/16)
The Southwest seventh-grade volleyball team finished second at the Purdy Tournament on Saturday.
Wildcats following team model (04/06/16)
Jade Samborski, Cassville baseball coach, likes the way his Wildcats are starting to come together as a team. Samborski preaches a simple concept of team unity and team accomplishment. His philosophy is rooted in the simple truth that nine guys working as a unit to accomplish a goal is tougher to stop than putting the pressure on just one or two guys...
Lady Eagles ready for tougher test (04/06/16)
Coach Lori Videmschek has things going in the right direction for her Lady Eagles softball team this season. A big, three-game stretch begins on Friday as they travel to Wheaton, then on Tuesday meet with Verona and on April 14 rematch with Mt. Vernon...
Wildcats wrestling celebrates 1st season (04/06/16)
The Cassville wrestling team celebrated its inaugural season recently with an awards banquet.
58 future Lady Wildcats hit the court (04/06/16)
The Lil' Cats Volleyball League had 58 third- through sixth-grade athletes who participated in the league this season.
6 venues vie for prep football championship (04/01/16)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) received six responses in its search for a host for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 state football championships. According to Media Director Jason West, the board hopes to select the site this week and present the information as soon as possible...
Wildcats growing together as unit (03/30/16)
State-ranked Billings is the next test awaiting the Cassville baseball team on Thursday. The Black and Gold head into the matchup 3-3 on the season and on the heels of a 4-0 loss to a tough Republic team on Monday. For the Wildcats, Thursday's game marks the third consecutive test for a team that is still learning to play together and with a new coach. However, there are some things that have become apparent this season...
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