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Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2015
Sports
Witt's decision spurs Cubs to victory over East Newton (09/01/15)
For the majority of the first half of Monett's football game at East Newton Friday, the Patriots gave the Cubs a battle. Monett had only managed one touchdown and two punts on its first three drives. East Newton had twice driven into Cubs territory and frustrated the aggressive Monett defense...
Freeman shines with opportunity (09/01/15)
O ne simple lesson Pierce City Football Coach Brad Hocker learned about coaching Class 1 football was that a team needs to have players ready to step up when injuries occur. "When you only have 25 or 30 players, you have to plan for injury replacements," he said. "We preach a simple message of next man up, and Friday, we saw it pay off. You don't want to think about your kids getting hurt, but you have to be prepared for that possibility."...
Soccer Cubs red hot (09/01/15)
On Thursday, the Monett soccer team welcomes Logan-Rogersville to Burl Fowler Stadium as the Cubs continue their march toward a top seed in the district tournament. Monett Coach Cristobal Villa admits he does not know too much about the Wildcats, but he does know that his team will be tested...
Lady Cubs tennis team falls to Lamar, 7-2 (09/01/15)
The Monett girls tennis team fell to Lamar 7-2 on Thursday, with only the No. 1 singles player and the No. 1 doubles team coming away with wins. Katie Tinklepaugh, No. 1 singles player, overcame a 3-6 defecit to take away an 8-6 win. In doubles action, the team of Tinklepaugh and Lauren Bass earned a win, 8-2...
Cubs blank East Newton, 42-0 (08/29/15)
GRANBY -- The Monett football team cruised to a 42-0 victory Friday at East Newton to improve to 2-0 overall and maintain a share of first place in the Big 8 Conference. Monett scored on its initial drive of the game on Cameron Witt's 32-yard run. The Cubs were stymied on their next two possessions and watched as East Newton drove deep into Monett territory before the drives ended...
Eagles soar in home opener, 54-12 (08/29/15)
PIERCE CITY -- The Eagles didn't let an early setback trip them up, as they came back from an early deficit to record a 54-12 victory over Liberal in their home opener Friday night. Liberal scored on a long touchdown with 5:54 left in the first quarter to take a 6-0 lead, but Pierce City got back in the game on a long touchdown run by senior Jamie Logan, ending the first quarter, 7-6...
Purdy volleyball counting on experience (08/29/15)
In her first season at the helm of the Purdy volleyball team, Ashley Brown guided the Lady Eagles to a 16-15-4 mark, and with the bulk of the roster returning, Purdy has set its goals much higher this year. Even the other Ozark 7 Conference coaches have taken note. Southwest's Steve Voyak heaped high praise upon the Black and Gold, naming them as the team to beat in conference play...
Young talent setting up for Monett (08/28/15)
After losing several talented seniors to graduation last season, Monett softball coach Ty Goetz knew he had a huge hole to fill this year. Through the first two games, Monett looks to have found some unlikely answers in the form of three freshmen. Maddi Coones, Kelli McCallister and Miya Washburn did not just crack the Lady Cubs' starting lineup. They earned their spots...
Cubs' goalie settling into role (08/28/15)
Monett's Cameron Cody sticks out like a sore thumb on the Monett soccer team. First of all, Cody, the team's goalie, is dressed in blue while his teammates are in white uniforms. Secondly, the junior is the only one who may use his hands to thwart an opposing team's attack...
Cubs seek 2nd conference win (08/26/15)
It has been 2,497 days since the East Newton football team last won a Big 8 Conference football game. Since a 31-22 victory over Aurora on Oct. 9, 2009, the Patriots have dropped 39 consecutive conference gridiron contests. On Friday, they seek to end that streak as the Cubs invade Don Johnston Stadium...
Pierce City aims for win against Liberal (08/26/15)
In less than 96 hours, his Eagles will be back on the gridiron to play another contest, and time is precious. "Come ready to work on Tuesday," Hocker said. "We'll watch film and then get straight to conditioning. We saw tonight that we aren't in the best of shape. The only way to fix that is work harder to get there."...
Eagles' returner wants to score every time (08/26/15)
One bright spot for the Pierce City football team during a 61-42 loss to Carl Junction Monday was the play of kickoff returner Brian Parra-Navarro. No football coach wants his team to surrender 60-plus points in a game. Pierce City Coach Brad Hocker even discussed with his team the difficultly in winning contests in which they yield 60 or more points...
By the Numbers (08/26/15)
7 Monett's current ranking in the latest Class 3 poll. 260 The number of rushing yards Monett gained against Seneca. 2,497 The number of days since East Newton's last Big 8 Conference victory (Oct. 9, 2009, defeated Aurora 31-22). 39 The number of consecutive conference defeats since last conference victory for East Newton...
Football Rankings (08/26/15)
McDonald County at Aurora Mt. Vernon at Carl Junction Cassville at Mountain Grove Monett at East Newton Seneca at Lamar Willow Springs at Marionville Liberal at Pierce City Aurora at Cassville, 20-21 East Newton at Carl Junction, 7-61 Lamar at Mt. Vernon, 52-6...
Monett running backs shine (08/25/15)
Monett fans got a glimpse of good things to come as they watched their Cubs roll to a 42-7 victory over Seneca on Friday. By the fifth series of the game, the Cubs already felt good about their team and enjoyed a 21-7 lead. Yet, it was the sixth drive of the first half that showed the moxie and grit that the coaches count on this season, and it began with a fumbled handoff...
Pierce City falls to Carl Junction JV, 61-42 (08/25/15)
CARL JUNCTION -- The football season finally got underway for the Pierce City football team Monday, as the Eagles fell 61-42 to the Carl Junction junior varsity team. While the game technically does not count in the official standings, the Class 1 Eagles approached it as any other game...
Cubs seek win over Republic (08/25/15)
Cristobal Villa, Monett soccer coach, knows his team is young, but he believes the group could be special. In order to mold his squad, he loaded the schedule with tough teams to forge a unit that will be battle-tested by the time the district playoffs arrive. The Cubs prepare for the second test on their schedule today, as they welcome Republic to Burl Fowler Stadium...
Gridiron Cubs roar past Indians, 42-7 (08/22/15)
SENECA -- The Monett football team opened the season in style with a 42-7 road victory over Seneca on Friday night. The Cubs' defense showed no signs of a production drop-off from last season, forcing three fumbles that led to short fields and 14 points for the purple and gold...
Lady Cubs softball ready for opener (08/22/15)
Monett sports fans ended this week with the official start to the football season, and they will begin next week with the start to the softball season, as the Lady Cubs welcome Willard to North Park on Monday. "We are excited to finally get to our season," said Ty Goetz, Monett coach. "We saw what we needed to see at the jamboree and feel like we have a grasp on the situation."...
Eagles ready for football opener (08/21/15)
No other team in Missouri will have a start to the football season like Pierce City. Typically, Friday nights are the sacred time set aside for the contesting of prep football events around the state. There are a few schools, mainly in the Kansas City and St. Louis area, that play during daylight hours on Saturday, but all the prep events are normally completed by Sunday, except for the Eagles...
Speedway to induct 
racers into Hall of Fame (08/21/15)
Racegoers in Monett will be treated to a special event tonight at the Monett Speedway as the Grand Ol' Lady inducts its inaugural Hall of Fame class, which includes Darrell Mooneyham and Ken Essary. Both drivers are not strangers to halls of fame. Each belongs to the Ozarks Area Racers Association Hall of Fame. Essary was inducted into the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame in 2006...
Cubs, Indians square off friday (08/19/15)
Football has finally returned to the Ozarks. On Friday, Monett heads south and will play the Indians of Seneca in a game that carries more meaning than the coach of either team will admit publicly. Monett's Derrek Uhl and Seneca's Dan Scheible each said the game is important, but all of their games are important...
By the Numbers (08/19/15)
16 The number of starters Monett graduated off last year's team. 8 The number of returning starters for Monett this season. 16 The number of returning starters for Seneca this season. 494 The number of points the Cubs scored last year in 14 games (35.2 points per game average)...
Football Rankings (08/19/15)
This week's schedule Aurora at Cassville East Newton at Carl Junction Lamar at Mt. Vernon Monett at Seneca Neosho at McDonald County 1. Carl Junction, 8-0 2. Lamar, 7-1 3. Monett, 6-2 4. Cassville, 5-3 5. Aurora, 4-4 6. Seneca, 3-5 7. Mt. Vernon, 2-6...
Cubs assess jamboree performances (08/18/15)
Monett High School welcomed football teams from McDonald County, Carl Junction and Carthage to Burl Fowler Stadium on Friday for the annual jamboree. The event served as a stress test before this week's season opener. For the Cubs, the results were a mixed bag. There were several reasons to be encouraged, but a few red flags also popped up...
Eagles football ready for Friday (08/18/15)
The Pierce City football team went 4-6 in the first full year under returning Head Coach Brad Hocker. It was a season chocked full of adversity, and one that showed the coach and returning players exactly what they needed to do to get better this season...
Monett fans loud and proud at jamboree (08/18/15)
The Monett student section was loud and proud Friday night at the football jamboree held at Burl Fowler Stadium, deeming the night as White Out Night.
Cubs ready for football turf wars (08/15/15)
The 2014-2015 football year was unforgettable for the Monett Cubs. For the second time in the last three seasons, they advanced to the Class 3 semifinal and thrilled the local fan base. However, the celebration after the season was tempered a bit with the departure of 22 letterman and 16 starters, due to graduation. To add insult to injury, Chad Depée and Jim Genzler, head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, were plucked away by the Ozark School District...
Jared Lankford: Out with the old, in with the new (08/15/15)
The residents of Carthage recently passed, by 38 votes, a 40-cent, 10-year increase to their property tax to help fund a new multi-purpose football field, track and field house. The new field will benefit the Tigers' football, track, soccer and band programs, as well as various community events and be located next to the current high school...
Eagles fly into jamboree (08/14/15)
The football season unofficially starts tonight across Missouri with the annual jamborees getting underway. Pierce City will make the trip north to Stockton, where they join the host city, Lamar and Nevada. "Were excited for the opportunity to hit someone else," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "We view it as a chance to line up and see how we can compete."...
WaterThrashers claim title (08/14/15)
For the 12th time in the last 18 years, and the first time since 2012, the Monett WaterThrashers were crowned the Tri-State Conference "A" meet champions. The Monett girls finished fifth overall with 202 points and the boys were first with 296 points...
Monett swimmers prepare to take a dip (08/12/15)
The Monett boys swimming and diving team is hoping to keep the school's trend of firsts going this season. Last winter, the girls team qualified swimmers to the state meet for the first time in school history. The boys are hoping to follow suit this season...
Football returns to Monett Friday (08/12/15)
For the truly enthusiastic football fans, jamborees serve as a chance to whet the appetite. They are more of the dining equivalent of an appetizer, something to take the edge off, before the main course arrives. For the players, jamborees are a chance to finally punish an opponent in a different-colored jersey...
Cubs measure up at Pride Night (08/11/15)
Monett Football Coach Derrek Uhl had a very basic list of accomplishments he wanted his team to achieve at Saturday's Monett Fall Sports Pride Night. Chief among them was simply lining up correctly and going through the team's pregame ritual warmups...
Tennis season starts for Lady Cubs (08/11/15)
With just two returning starters off last year's team, the Monett girls tennis squad has entered a bit of a rebuilding phase this season. However, that is not dampening the spirit of the squad. "This will be a rebuilding year," said Bob Crain, Monett tennis coach. "Our numbers are down, so that will be an advantage for the younger girls to get more one-on-one coaching, more match experience, and more playing time. This should help them progress for next year."...
Purple and Gold athletes, cheerleaders show their pride (08/11/15)
The Monett cheerleaders displayed their Cubs Pride and enthusiasm at the Monett Fall Sports Pride Night. Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com
Cubs gather for Pride Night tonight (08/08/15)
Monett receiver Gunner Halloway works on his receiving skills during a drill this week at a Cubs practice.
Monett spikers' season quickly approaches (08/08/15)
Julie Dalton, Monett volleyball coach, has big plans in her second year at the helm of the Monett volleyball team. Dalton inherited a squad last season with seniors who had seen three different coaches in the previous four seasons. In 2014, Monett spent time trying to implement Dalton's system and style. When it concluded district play, Monett had limped to a 2-21-1 record...
Jared Lankford: 5 years later and still not working (08/08/15)
While at Missouri State University, I had a very influential agriculture guidance counselor and instructor in Dr. Weston Walker. What I appreciated most about Dr. Walker was his ability to cut through fluff and be candid, yet respectful, in delivering his message...
Monett thinclads ready to run (08/07/15)
The Monett High School cross-country runners are used to early starts. With practices routinely beginning at 6 a.m. in the summer, the squad is usually just getting warmed up as most make their morning commute to work. This season, the team is hoping the extra training will pay off with results at the state meet...
Athletic boosters seeking members (08/07/15)
The Monett Cubs Athletic Booster Club has begun its annual "Catch the Spirit" membership drive. The membership drive kicks off Saturday at the annual Monett Fall Sports Pride Night with the booster club tailgate party at 5:30 p.m. at Burl Fowler Stadium...
Cubs ready to take the pitch (08/05/15)
The Monett boys soccer team is starting to become a dominant force on the pitch in southwest Missouri. Last season, Monett set a school record for victories with an 18-8 record. The Cubs won their third consecutive district title before falling to Springfield Catholic in the sectional round. This season, the Cubs are seeking to take the next step and not only secure their fourth consecutive district title, but make a solid run at a Final Four berth...
ImPACT testing offered at Monett (08/05/15)
The diagnosis and treatment of concussions for area athletes continues to be one of the highest priorities for CoxHeath Systems. To further aid in the treatment of patients who have suffered concussions, Cox has added the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing program, or ImPACT for short...
Softball season nears for Monett (08/04/15)
Last season was a record-setting and unforgettable campaign for the Monett softball program. After knocking on the door for three years, the Lady Cubs finally barreled their way into the final four. A heartbreaking 2-1 loss in the state semifinal was partially tempered by a win in the third place game...
Annual Pride Night set for Saturday at Burl Fowler Stadium (08/04/15)
Monett High School will hold its annual Fall Sports Pride Night at the Burl Fowler Stadium on Saturday. Pride Night provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a football scrimmage and meet the athletes, cheerleaders and marching band representing Monett High School during the 2015-2016 fall sports season...
Monett backs athletic rules changes (08/01/15)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and its member schools voted to make 11 changes to its constitution and bylaws, which were passed in May at the annual MSHSAA election. "There were a few things on the ballot that were more editorial changes to the bylaws," said Jason West, MSHSAA media director. ...
Jared Lankford: A lot of new faces in Big 8 football (08/01/15)
Growing up a sports fan, there seemed to be two things I always knew about the opposing team -- its mascot and name of its head coach. A common thread that bound the two together was the time spent at the program and achievements accomplished. It was not uncommon 25 years ago to see coaches with 15 or 20 years of coaching experience at a single school...
Monett WaterThrashers hosting swim championship (07/31/15)
Monett's South Park will be busy with action on Saturday and Sunday, as the Tri-State Conference contests its "A" Flight Championship at the Monett Area YMCA. The conference name is a misnomer, as the event features 381 athletes from 13 member programs in Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas...
Monett schools nip smoking in the butt (07/31/15)
On Saturday, Monett schools and property will officially become tobacco-free institutions. The policy change is effective on Aug. 1 and bans tobacco use on all school properties. Appropriate signage designating the policy change will be displayed on the campuses and at Burl Fowler Stadium...
Eagle Backer BBQ Aug. 7 (07/31/15)
The Purdy Eagle Backer BBQ and kickoff meeting will be Aug. 7 at the Cassville Aquatic Center. The event is slated to begin at 6 p.m. For more information, people may call 417-442-3215.
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
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Jaron Beeson -- state tournament
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Monett clinched third place in state with this hit
Videos
Monett Cubs fourth grade champs
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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