Shore reaches 300th win at alma mater

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Cassville girls basketball Coach Chris Shore collected his 300th career varsity coaching win Tuesday. Shore is in his 22nd season at Cassville. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

Treating kids right, great support keys success

The sound of the game’s final buzzer had barely ceased when the voice of public address announcer Bob Deffenbaugh asked for everyone in the gym’s attention last Tuesday night.

Deffenbaugh announced that with Cassville’s 50-35 win over Verona, Chris Shore, Cassville coach, had earned his 300th career varsity win.

Cassville Coach Chris Shore draws up a play for his Lady Wildcats during a win over Verona on Tuesday. The victory was the 300th career win over the visiting Lady Wildcats’ skipper. Cole Jackson/Special to the Cassville Democrat

After the game, Shore was a difficult target to get to speak with, as over 100 players, fans Cassville coaches and administrators lined up to congratulate Shore on his achievement.

The Lady Wildcats team pulled the coach away from some well wishers to take a team photo with a homemade sign that read “We’re Shore they aren’t done yet #300plus.”

“The wins aren’t as big of a deal to me as the fact that I have got to share these wins with so many great players,” Shore said. “To get the 300th with these girls, it makes it so much better.”

Shore described himself as a gym rat growing up at Cassville, and that basketball was his ultimate love.

He played in high school and felt that coaching was the next logical step in his progression of his passion for hoops.

“I went to Southern [Missouri Southern State University] and came back to Cassville and got my first taste of coaching at the elementary level,” Shore said. “I was lucky to have some good mentors in JC Duncan, Ron Cowan, Jess Blevins, Brad Hanson and Jim Middleton. That has helped me stay around.”

Shore began his varsity coaching career at Exeter where he went 9-35 in two seasons before coming to Cassville.

Over the Next 22 years, Shore has led the Lady Wildcats to a 292-262 mark.

His 301st win came Thursday against Carthage.

“First off, Chris is a great person, and I count him as one of my best friends,” said Lance Parnell, Wildcats football coach, who has spent the bulk of those

years with Shore. “I am excited to see him claim his 300th win. You have to be dedicated, and he is, to the program and the teams in order to reach that type of career accomplishment.

“I think the secret to Chris’s longevity has been the way he has treated his players and the people around the program. He has put his heart and soul into Cassville girls basketball.”

Shore said he still remembers his first win at Cassville as coach, a last-second buzzer-beater victory at Gravette, Ark.

“There have been so many great players and memories here,” Shore said. “We’re not done, I hope the biggest wins are still in front of us.”

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