February 2024

Trout Tales, Feb. 28

Caption this! I was at the 2024 MSHSAA Wrestling Championships at Mizzou Arena last week taking in all the action, the best of which can turn any coach into a walking, talking emoji.
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Faith in a champion

James wins Cassville's 3rd state title; Roark medals for first time Cassville senior Faith James wrestled her final high school match on Thursday, and she left the mat with a new title to add to her resume — state champion. Upon pinning Oak Grove's Lauren Phillips in 2:12 in the 135-pound title bout of the 2024 MSHSAA State Championships at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, James screamed, jumped and cried as she began to process accomplishing the biggest goal of her prep career.
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Leveling up

High school wrestlers set the goal each year to improve upon their previous season’s finish, and Cassville’s boys accomplished that goal with sequential flair at the 2024 MSHSAA State Championships. Sophomores Riley James, 150 pounds, Tristan Thompson, 157 pounds, and Colten Roark, 165 pounds, were joined by freshman Kaleb Artherton, 106 pounds at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, bringing home three medals among the group of four.
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A sizable contingent of Southwest boys basketball fans collectively held their breath on Saturday as a Lamar 3-pointer sailed toward the basket as the game’s final buzzer sounded. The shot missed, and that held breath escaped into screams of joy as the Trojans secured their second consecutive Class 3, District 12 championship.
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Johnny Cowles

Johnny Cowles, 83, of Cassville, Mo., passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024, while under the care of Cox Medical Center South in Springfield, Mo. He was born March 29, 1940, in Hasty, Ark., the son of Aubry and Vernie (Fiveash) Cowles, who preceded him in death.
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