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Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
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Cubs look for offensive spark (01/27/15)
There is an old saying that goes, "Defense wins championships, but offense puts fans in the stands." For the Monett boys basketball team (12-5), the first part of that saying is covered, but the team is struggling to get the offense rolling. The Cubs began the season 7-3, and are 5-2 since Jan. 1...
Monett putting the pieces together for stretch run (01/27/15)
Defense and timely scoring helped the Monett boys basketball team earn fifth place at the NEO Tournament on Saturday. The Cubs squandered a 15-point first half lead against Guthrie (Okla.) and trailed by three points with six minutes left in the game before rallying for a 46-40 win...
Wrestling Cubs answer coach at Seneca (01/24/15)
Daryl Bradley does not sugar coat his assessments when he talks to his wrestlers. When they wrestle hard and compete well, he tells them. When they are struggling or not giving him the effort they are capable of, he tells them. Bradley's Cubs entered this week knowing they had huge test at Seneca on Thursday. Bradley met with his team on Monday and laid out his concerns...
Jared Lankford: Depee's character, leadership will be missed (01/24/15)
Ann Landers once wrote, "You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him." For me, the character of Chad Depee began to be judged almost five years ago. Aug. 9, 2010 is a day I'll never forget. It was a Monday, and my first official day at The Monett Times...
Lady Eagles still growing (01/23/15)
Pierce City Coach Rob Guerin keeps a calm demeanor on the bench during the Lady Eagles basketball games. He constantly communicates with his players on the floor and makes mental notes of where his team needs to focus and improve. His level-headiness in games is something he believes helps him when he goes back to practice to work with his squad. Guerin does not want to ride his team to make them get better. He believes that the change has to come from them...
Swimmers eye history (01/23/15)
There is only one word needed to describe the Monett swimming team's performances in the pool this year -- dominating. Over its last eight competitions, Monett has won one invitational, placed second in two more and gone 5-0 in dual meets. The Lady Cubs have rewritten the school's record book at nearly every meet this year, setting five new school records at Carthage on Saturday...
Depee leaving Monett for Ozark (01/21/15)
The Monett School district will soon be on the lookout for a new head football coach, as the Chad Depee has moved on to be the head coach at Ozark. Depee will finish his contract at Monett, which ends on June 30. In addition to football, Depee also served as Monett's track coach...
Monett 3-for-3 in top 5 finishes (01/21/15)
In three tournaments this season, the Monett wrestling team has earned three Top-5 finishes, including two second place trophies. While Coach Daryl Bradley has said he is pleased with his team's progression, he also has a nagging concern. "We are having too many wrestlers finish second and fourth in tournaments," he said. "We have got to get over in those matches and start winning some individual titles."...
Purdy's team mentality gives hope (01/21/15)
Facing a 17-point deficit with less than two quarters to play, the Purdy boys basketball team faced a decision Friday night against Pierce City. The Eagles could roll over, go through the motions and get blown out, or they could gather their pride and battle...
Eagles aim to finish what they start on the hardwood (01/20/15)
Pierce City Coach Matt Street looked more like Jerry Tarkanian in the fourth quarter of Friday night's 58-55 win over Purdy. For three quarters, Street's Eagles flew high, ruled both ends of the floor and looked like a dominate team. They lead 37-22 at halftime and led by as many as 17 in the second half...
Purdy girls hoops team makes statement in latest win over Pierce City (01/20/15)
Post presence of Ennes, Skiles key part of team's recent success Going into Friday night's matchup with Pierce City, the Purdy girls basketball team was a little nervous. It was not because the Lady Eagles were scared or intimidated by their opponent, but because they knew, if they played their game, they would win...
Monett wrestlers looking for respect (01/17/15)
A tough early schedule is paying off in a big way for the Monett wrestling program, as the Cubs are now rolling. Monett's latest victim was Carl Junction, with Monett picking up a 63-6 win on Thursday. According to Monett Coach Daryl Bradley, his team is just now starting to hit its stride...
Lady Cubs make strides against Aurora (01/17/15)
Monett Coach Kelly George was all smiles after a 71-39 loss to Aurora on Thursday. No, George has not lost her mind or grip on reality. She knows that her team is 0-12, but her excitement was founded in the way her performed after two weeks of grueling practices...
7th grade Cubs fall to Aurora (01/17/15)
The Monett seventh-grade basketball team dropped a pair of games to Cassville Tuesday. In the "A" game, the Cubs fell 35-12, and in the "B" game, the Cubs fell, 30-12. Individual scoring was not provided.
Monett 8th grade downs Aurora, 46-28 (01/17/15)
The Monett Middle School eighth-grade Cubs defeated Aurora, 46-28, on Tuesday. "We finally started hitting some shots from the field and had great games by Jackson Spencer and Gavin Carr," said Blair Powell, Coach. "We stepped up the defensive pressure today."...
Pierce City boys power past Purdy, 58-55 (01/16/15)
The Pierce City boys basketball team bested Purdy on Friday night, 58-55. Pierce City led wire-to-wire, taking a 32-22 lead at half. Purdy pulled it to 54-52 with 1:10 left in the game, but got no closer to a lead. Colton Drollinger led Pierce City in scoring with 15 points. Robby Moody paced Purdy with 17 points...
Purdy girls trump Pierce City, 47-39 (01/16/15)
The Purdy girls basketball team won the battle of the Lady Eagles Friday, topping Pierce City, 47-39. Pierce City tied the game at 27-27 with 7:35 left in regulation, only to be outscored 20-12 the rest of the game. Desirie Ennes led Purdy in scoring with 13 points...
Lady Wildcats riding 3-game win streak (01/16/15)
Basketball is a learning process, not only for the players involved ,but for the coaches that lead the program. The Verona girls basketball team, under the direction of first-year Coach Brenton Hyde, rediscovered this truth this season. Hyde, who coached at Chadwick last season, is not only new to Verona, but new to coaching girls basketball...
Verona has ingredients, needs time to cook (01/16/15)
According to Verona boys basketball Coach Brad Stewart, the Wildcats have the key pieces in place to be a salty squad. Verona dismantled Thomas Jefferson, 62-31, on Tuesday and used a 27-2 run in the first have to make the game a true snoozer. However, Stewart is still looking for something more in his team...
Super Heroes prove power of home court advantage (01/16/15)
The Verona High School student section was in rare form on Tuesday, as students dressed up for Super Hero Idol night.
Lady Eagles take center stage Friday (01/14/15)
Regular-season games do not get much bigger than Friday's girls basketball matchup between Pierce City and Purdy. For the last two years, Purdy has watched as Pierce City celebrated district titles on its home court. In 2013, Pierce City topped Purdy, 61-39, in the district championship game. Last year, Pierce City ended Purdy's season in the semifinals with a 69-44 win...
Wildcats eye tourney championship (01/14/15)
On Monday, the Verona boys basketball team makes it annual pilgrimage south to the Spokane Invitational. The tournament used feature some of the best Class 1 and 2 boys teams in the area, but in recent years, has expanded to included Class 3 and 4. According to Verona Coach Brad Stewart, it is this challenge that keeps his squad coming back year after year...
Eagles lose title, find hope (01/13/15)
What a difference a month can make. The Purdy boys basketball team had a long heart-to heart meeting about a month ago after 67-61 loss at Miller. The subject of that meeting was to refocus a young team that was struggling. Coach Tommy Egan told his team that they needed to pull together and focus on doing the little things right if they hoped to win this season...
Cubs meet goals on the mat (01/13/15)
If last week's wrestling action was a test for the Monett wrestling team, its final grade, according to Coach Daryl Bradley, was an "A". Bradley crammed four dual matches into Thursday and Friday, and then ran his wrestlers through the meat grinder Monett Invitational Tournament on Saturday...
George finds his way home (01/10/15)
The Cubs basketball team had a plan last season. With no seniors, everything they were doing was building to this year. Coach Jeremy Land could afford to spend longer amounts of practice time to fine tune weak areas, after all, he was going to have his group for another year...
Cubs basketball remains a work in progress (01/10/15)
With a 17-point halftime cushion over Spokane Thursday, it looked as if the Cubs basketball team was going to get their junior varsity and freshmen personnel some mop up playing time in the second half. The Cubs had run over, around and through the Owls throughout the first half, and expected to the same in the second half -- only they did not...
Practice makes perfect for Pierce City Eagles (01/09/15)
After getting bounced from the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament, Pierce City Coach Matt Street had a heart to heart meeting with his Eagles squad. "The problem for us was obvious," Street said. "Our defense needed to get better. Defense is about effort and intensity, [and] both were lacking."...
Depth key to Lady Eagles' surge (01/09/15)
Pierce City Coach Rob Guerin did not say much to his Lady Eagles squad during their 53-18 win over Liberal on Tuesday. Coming into the contest, there a few questions that needed answering, including defensive effort, offensive execution and shaking off the new year's rust...
Cubs clip Owls on the hardwood, 65-51 (01/09/15)
The Monett boys basketball team earned a 65-51 win over the Owls of Spokane Thursday night. The Cubs raced out to a 37-20 halftime lead, then fought off a late Spokane rally to win. Scoring for Monett: Logan Coones, 20; Colin Randles, 17; Jonah Paszek, 12; Alex Turner, 9; Chad Swanson, 4; and Cameron Witt, 3...
Monett wins double dual Thursday (01/09/15)
The Monett wresting program improved to 11-2 on the season with dual wins over Republic and McDonald County on Thursday. The Cubs defeated the Tigers, 48-21, before dispatching the Mustangs, 50-27. The Cubs are in action today in the Monett Tournament. Visit www.monett-times.com to see how Monett fared...
Purdy girls fall to Jasper, 64-61 (01/09/15)
The Purdy girls basketball team fell 64-60 to Jasper Thursday night. Purdy led 22-13 after one period and 33-29 at halftime, but could not hold on for the win. Scoring for Purdy: Sami House, 23; Desirie Ennes, 13; Jayse Henderson, 12; Layne Skiles, 8; and Zoe Brown and Ashton Young, 2 each...
Monett Middle School takes 3rd in Cassville tourney (01/09/15)
The Monett Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team took third place in the Cassville Shootout with a 33-15 win over East Newton on Thursday. The Cubs were led in scoring by Zack Swoboda with 10 points and Taylor Genzler with 8 points.
8th-grade Cubs fall to East Newton, 43-37 (01/09/15)
The Monett Middle School eighth-grade boys basketball team fell 43-37 to East Newton on Thursday. Scoring for Monett: Jackson Spencer, 14; Clayton Kaiser, 11; Gavin Carr, 6; Jantzen Scott, 6; and Zach Rosebaugh, 1.
Cubs try to shed dead weight (01/07/15)
Monett wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley has been waiting for this week since the wrestling season began. "No holidays, no family vacations to worry about, just wrestling," Bradley said. "This is a big week. I have put the pressure on them to step up and take control."...
Bi-county area lags in deer kills (01/07/15)
The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that hunters harvested 11,025 deer during the alternative methods portion of the 2014 deer hunting season, which ran Dec. 20-30, 2014. Over 204,000 deer have been harvested this hunting season. Barry and Lawrence counties finished in the bottom third of the state for total number of deer harvested during the time frame...
Purdy pushes past Wheaton, 58-34 (01/06/15)
The Purdy girls basketball team defeated Wheaton, 58-34, Tuesday night in Ozark 7 Conference action. The Lady Eagles led 35-12 at halftime and 48-21 after three periods. Scoring for Purdy: Desirie Ennes, 15; Jayse Henderson, 13; Layne Skiles, 11; Sami House, 5; Mickey Schad, Ashton Young and Rion Boyd, 4 each; and Rylee Moller, 2...
Pierce City flies past Liberal, 59-31 (01/06/15)
A balanced offensive attack and stellar defense gave the Pierce City boys basketball team a 59-31 decision over Liberal on Tuesday. The Eagles lead 24-9 at intermission and 41-21 after three periods. Scoring for Pierce City: Kole Kelly, 13; Mason Moreland, 12; Colton Drollinger and Colin Garner, 10 each; Evan Burt, 7; Hunter Tindell, 4; Aaron Zabala, 2 and Logan Deems, 1 point...
Lady Eagles cage Lady Bulldogs, 53-18 (01/06/15)
Defensive pressure and teamwork led the Pierce City girls basketball team to a 53-18 win over Liberal on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles led 26-12 at halftime and allowed the Lady Bulldog only 6 points in the second half. Scoring for Pierce City: Bailee Hayward, 15; Amber Wagner, 10; Kayla Portillo, 7; Belle Golubski, 6; Shania Hogan and Christine Stellwagen, 3 each; Ragan Blinzer, 2; and Kelsy Conley, 1...
Cubs focus on little picture (01/06/15)
Monett boys basketball Coach Jeremy Land walked out of the locker room at Bobcat Area in Berryville Ark., shaking his head just moments after his Cubs held off White County Central, 35-30, to win third place in the Berryville Holiday Hoops Tournament...
Eagles hoops getting defensive (01/06/15)
Getting points is not the problem, but obtaining stops is for the Pierce City boys basketball team, according to Coach Matt Street. "You look at our offensive production, and we have been able to put up points," Street said. "But, our defense has been lacking. We have spent our break trying to make it stronger."...
Lady Eagles ready for new year (01/03/15)
A runner-up finish in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament told Pierce City girls basketball Coach Rob Guerin his team is on the right path this season. "We came here and played for the championship, which was our goal," Guerin said. "We saw the things we need to work on, and I think we are heading in the right direction."...
Jared Lankford: True fans involved in relationship business (01/03/15)
I have been privileged to call a few sporting events on local radio in recent years. Radio broadcasting captivated my imagination as a child, and it is something that I thoroughly enjoy. My first taste of audio mass communication came as an 8-year-old reading public service announcements at KBTN in Neosho for National 4-H Week...
Cubs hoops claims 3rd in Berryville (01/02/15)
Monett erased a 4-point deficit in the third quarter to claim a 35-30 win over White County Central (Ark.) on Wednesday in the Berryville Holiday Hoops Tournament. The win earned the Cubs a third-place finish and gave them their best start to a season in over a decade, improving to 7-3 overall...
Cubs wrestling team takes 2nd in Arkansas (01/02/15)
Despite falling to Smithville twice, the Monett wrestling team felt like it should have won the Diamond State Duels in Springdale Ark. "Giving up three weight classes didn't help," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "We had some illness and other things out of our control that contributed to the lack of a full team...
'Cats optimistic going forward (01/02/15)
A fourth-place finish at the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament answered several questions for the Verona boys basketball team. It also gave the Wildcats motivation as the season heads into the new year. "We wanted to play for a championship and came up short," said Brad Stewart, Verona coach. "However, we lost to two top Class 1 schools, that are a combined 19-3, by a total of 4 points."...
Top 10 local sports stories of 2014 (12/31/14)
Monett wrestler Chase Brennan and Burl Fowler's new turf topped the list of local sports stories in 2014. No athlete at Monett High School had a better 2014 than Chase Brennan. As such, the senior set a school record in wrestling victories (176), became a three-time state champion, was undefeated as senior, was named the state's outstanding Class 2 wrestler, became an All-American and topped it off by being named to the wrestling Academic All-State team. He is now wrestling at Mizzou...
Cubs turn up the heat in Arkansas (12/31/14)
BERRYVILLE, Ark. -- The 2013-2014 basketball campaign was a season of "almost" for the Monett boys basketball team. The Cubs were so close to almost winning several games, just to see defeat snatched from the jaws of victory. With each loss more devastating than the one that came before, a change was needed...
Bulldogs relying on youth (12/30/14)
He uses all five of his timeouts to teach his players essentially the same thing -- be smart, value the ball and move your feet on defense. Heading into the holiday break, the Bulldogs had lost four starters for the season due to various reasons. A fifth starter was added to the list with a knee injury during the Southwest Holiday Tournament...
Wheaton girls show progress, have fun (12/30/14)
It is a very lonely bench for Wheaton Coach Jessica Lombard this season. After her starting five take the floor, she is left with just one reserve player by her side. She jokes that some coaches talk about being six-players deep, for her it is a reality...
Cubs eye tourney crown (12/27/14)
Holiday season basketball tips off for the Monett boys basketball team on Monday, when the Cubs open play in the Berryville Holiday Hoops Tournament against Valley Springs in Berryville Ark. "Berryville gives us a chance to see teams that we don't get to see," said Jeremy Land, Monett coach. "We know that the teams are physical and they all can shoot, it will be a challenge."...
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Monett Cubs highlight video of the fourth grade boys from the 2012 season. The Cubs went 7-0 and won their division for the second year in a row. The young Purple Haze look promising for the future Monett HS team!
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