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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...
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.
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