2017 Sports Top 10
10. Trap teams 2nd at state championships
The Southwest trapshooting teams each came home from Linn Creek as runners-up at the state competition. Southwest’s high school team finished 7 targets behind Logan-Rogersville and 3 targets ahead of third-place Poplar Bluff. Levi Moore led by breaking 98/100 targets, claiming second individually. He was followed by teammate Leland Colf with a 95.
9. Alumni Football USA games come to area
It is not every day you can relive your high school glory days. But in June, that is what happened as Alumni Football USA allowed graduates from Monett and Cassville to play one more time. The event helped raise $3,000, and 500 paying fans watched Monett claim a 6-0 win on a Tyler Going touchdown run with 1967 alumni Bill Richardson taking the snaps from center.
8. Stokes inks with MSSU
At 6-3, Cassville standout hoops player Madi Stokes is easy to spot in a crowd. That is precisely the reason Missouri Southern State University in Joplin coveted the Lady Wildcats senior. “Madi will give us some added size at 6-3 with good hands and a nice soft touch around the basket,” said Ronnie Ressel, MSSU coach. Stokes signed the dotted line to play next season for MSSU.
7. Purdy leaves Ozark 7 Conference
In December, the Purdy school board voted unanimously to leave the Ozark 7 Conference and accepted a long-standing invitation to the Southwest Central League.“We felt, and our board felt, that the time was right,” said Steven Chancellor, Purdy superintendent. Purdy will begin play in its new conference beginning the 2018-2019 season.
6. Cassville college team to takes hiatus
The future of college baseball in Cassville is murky after Aaron Massey, president of the Cassville Arrows, issued a short statement. “I wanted to send out an email to everyone to inform them of our plans,” Massey said. “I am dealing with health issues within my family. [It is] difficult for me to focus on Cassville Arrows business. I will not be fielding a team for the summer of 2018.”
5. Runner to pull double duty in college sports
For Cassville senior Austin Wilson, the goal of obtaining a college scholarship came true with an offer from Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar. Wilson has agreed to pull double duty on the Bearcat cross-country team in the fall and the track and field team in the spring. “It felt like home up there,” Wilson said. “I like how close to home it is and I have several friends up there already.”
4. Purdy Coaching changes
In 2017, the Purdy school district found itself looking for two basketball coaches. Girls hoops coach Eli Ernst returned home to Mtn. View-Liberty to coach at his alma mater, and Tommy Egan took the boys basketball position at Skyline. Both coaches cited being closer to their extended families. The district tapped Jeremy Dresslaer as the boys coach and Jason Webb to lead the girls.
3. Arrows ink deal to play at high school field
Cassville schools has reached an agreement to become the home of the Cassville Arrows, an independent team of college baseball players, for the summer of 2017. The Arrows played last season at Dodson Field on the campus of Southwest Baptist University. When an agreement could not be reached on the use of the field this season the team began to look for a new home.
2. Wyatt Goade makes wrestling history
Very few people outside of the Rock Gym at Cassville believed that any Wildcat wrestler could qualify, let alone earn a state medal, in the program’s first year of varsity competition. Yet, Wyatt Goade put Cassville wrestling on the map, winning the Wildcats’ first medal at state in program history. Goade won a thrilling overtime match to get to the medal round.
1. Dylan Garner wins state golf title
When the final results were posted at the Missouri state golf championships, Cassville’s Dylan Garner was not sure what to say. He said it was surreal achieving his high school goal as a junior. Garner claimed the title of state champion, besting the top 100 golfers in Class 3 with a 146 (72, 74) on the par-70 course. He edged Nevada’s Patrick Ferry by one-stroke.