Spurred on by four Jason Puente goals, the Monett soccer team rolled to a 4-2 sectional playoff win over Fatima on Tuesday at Burl Fowler Stadium. The Cubs fell behind 1-0 just 10 minutes into the contest, but five minutes... >>
Very seldom do games play out nearly the same way twice, not just in the final score, but in the manner in which the contest was won. Monett's 35-11 victory over Seneca on Friday was as close to a repeat performance as a... >>
Even Brad Hocker, Pierce City football coach, freely admits that the Eagles' youth have exceeded his expectations. Nowhere was that more evident than in a 33-0 district playoff win of Friday against Marionville. "Our young... >>
Monett senior Hailee Randall spikes the ball past a Seneca defender during the Class 3, District 12 volleyball tournament in Seneca on Monday. >>
Just a few seconds separate members of the Monett swimming and diving squad and a coveted state meet berth on Thursday. The Cubs head to Springfield for the SWMO Championships, also known as the last chance relays. Swimmers... >>
Puente's goals lift Cubs to 4-2 win
Spurred on by four Jason Puente goals, the Monett soccer team rolled to a 4-2 sectional playoff win over Fatima on Tuesday at Burl Fowler Stadium. The Cubs fell behind 1-0 just 10 minutes into the contest, but five minutes later, Puente stole the ball off a Comet foot and raced 20 yards before right-footing the equalizer into the net...
Sack, defense spur Cubs win
Very seldom do games play out nearly the same way twice, not just in the final score, but in the manner in which the contest was won. Monett's 35-11 victory over Seneca on Friday was as close to a repeat performance as a team could get without being a complete carbon copy, as a tight score for three quarters gave way to a blowout late...
Pierce City youth growing up with Friday playoff win
Even Brad Hocker, Pierce City football coach, freely admits that the Eagles' youth have exceeded his expectations. Nowhere was that more evident than in a 33-0 district playoff win of Friday against Marionville. "Our young guys have been outstanding this season," Hocker said. "Marionville came out and threw several new fronts and formations at us, and our guys adjusted and kept making plays."...
Cubs to see new face in sectionals
For the first time in five years the Monett soccer team will face someone other than Springfield Catholic in the sectional playoff round. Thanks to a 4-3 overtime district title upset, the Cubs (16-6-1) welcome Fatima, of Westphalia, to Burl Fowler Stadium tonight for a 5 p.m. kickoff...
Monett senior Hailee Randall spikes the ball past a Seneca defender during the Class 3, District 12 volleyball tournament in Seneca on Monday.
Cubs' swimmers seconds away from state berth
Just a few seconds separate members of the Monett swimming and diving squad and a coveted state meet berth on Thursday. The Cubs head to Springfield for the SWMO Championships, also known as the last chance relays. Swimmers and divers have one last chance to reach the predetermined times to qualify for the state meet...
Cubs squeeze by Indians, 35-11
Nothing comes easy as Cubs (9-1) found out in a 35-11 win over Seneca on Friday in the first round of the Class 3, District 4 playoffs. Monett, nursing a 4-point, 7-3 lead turned a tight game around with an Onis Howard fourth down sack of Seneca's Gavin Clouse at the Cubs' 35-yard line with 4:50 left in the third period...
Pierce City blanks Marionville, 33-0
Many good Pierce City teams over the years saw their seasons end at the hands of in-county rival Marionville. The Eagles had not beaten the Comets since 2010. That all changed Friday night. Led by a stellar defense, it was Pierce City (5-3) who this time ended Marionville's season, recording a 33-0 postseason victory, the team's first playoff win in six years...
Cubs continue to rewrite soccer history
For the fifth straight year, and sixth time in school history, the Cubs soccer team captured the district crown. On Tuesday, Monett (15-6-1) polished off Logan-Rogersville, 6-2, in the championship, just one night after ending rival Cassville's season by the same scoreline...
Monett thinclads eye state berth
With a strong Big 8 Conference race on Monday, the Cubs and Lady Cubs cross-country teams take aim at possible state berths on Saturday in Hollister. According to Kelly George, Monett coach, the top 15 runners in each division at Hollister advance to the state championships. With 13 schools in the district field on Saturday, more than 160 total runners are expected.
The Lady Cubs finished second in the Big 8 race at Seneca, and the boys team took fifth...
Playoffs bring familiar face to Monett
With 75 percent of the district pod teams being members of the Big 8 Conference, Monett knew the probability of playing an opponent it had already faced was high. With a win over East Newton, and then an automatic flip of the Patriots over Seneca in the district standings, the Cubs will welcome Seneca to Burl Fowler Stadium Friday, hoping to repeat a 35-14 victory over the Indians just two weeks ago...
Eagles see threat in Marionville's size
With its highest district seed ever in the new format, Pierce City knows that certain expectations come with being the favorite. Despite being the No. 3 seed and welcoming No. 6 seed Marionville to Don Keebaugh Stadium on Friday, Coach Brad Hocker is still favoring the underdog role...
Week 10: By the Numbers
191: The number of rushing yards Michael Branch totaled against Seneca in the regular-season meeting. 0: The number of times the No. 1 district seed has won the district title in Monett's pod. No. 1 seeds in the past four years have been Cassville once and Reeds Spring three times...
Still a Cub at heart
Missouri State junior linebacker and former Monett standout Kurran Blamey has benefited from extended playing time for the Bears
State football rankings after Week 9
Seneca at Monett East Newton at Cassville Hollister at Mt. Vernon Marionville at Pierce City Warsaw at Lamar East Newton at Monett, 13-56 Mt. Vernon at Cassville, 29-30 Seneca at Lamar, 6-49 Aurora at McDonald County, 28-14 Sarcoxie at Pierce City, 28-42...
Cubs seniors go out with style
Playing in their final regular-season home game on Friday at Burl Fowler Stadium, the Monett seniors made the most of the opportunity in the form of a 56-13 thrashing of East Newton. The Cubs scored on all seven of their first half drives, with six Monett seniors recording points in the contest...
Pierce City pulls together to thwart Sarcoxie
Coaches attempt to keep their teams even-keeled in their approach to each game. Often times, they remind the players not to get too low or too high with their emotions as they play. On Friday, Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach, took this approach with his Eagles. The game against Sarcoxie was the final regular-season home game for five seniors. The game against rival Sarcoxie gave the Eagles a chance to move up in the district standings...
District football brackets released
The Missouri State High School Activities Association released its official football playoff brackets on Saturday night. As expected, Reeds Spring hung on to the No. 1 seed, despite a Week 9 loss to Springfield Catholic. The Wolves host No. 8 seed Aurora...
Cubs face rival in district opener
Monett opens district play on Monday and is seeking its fifth consecutive district soccer title. The Cubs serve as the host for this year's event and earned the No. 1 overall seed. As a reward, they will entertain No. 4 seed Cassville, a team they defeated 6-2 earlier this season. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m...
Monett spikers enter district play Monday
Monett will play the underdog role in district volleyball tourney play next week in Seneca. The Lady Cubs enter the Class 3, District 12 field as the No. 7 seed and face No. 2 seed Seneca to open tourney play on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Aurora claimed the No. 1 seed, followed by the Lady Indians, No. 3 East Newton, No. 4 Nevada, No. 5 Mt. Vernon and No. 6 Cassville...
Pierce City upsets Sarcoxie, 42-28
PIERCE CITY -- Pierce City has finished the regular season above .500 for the first time since 2010 with a 42-28 home upset over 5-3 Sarcoxie Friday night. Brad Hocker, Pierce City (4-3) head coach, said offensive blocking was the difference in the game, with his linemen, tight end and running backs doing well in pass and run protection...
Cubs roll to 56-13 win over Patriots
Led by its seniors, Monett rolled to a 56-13 win over East Newton Friday at Burl Fowler Stadium. The Cubs lit up the scoreboard in the first half with six different seniors recording points in the game's first 24 minutes of play. Monett scored on all seven of its first-half drives and recovered a fumbled snap in the end zone to build a 56-6 edge by intermission...
Monett rally in 7th falls short
A valiant, four-run rally in the bottom of the seventh was too little, too late for the Monett softball team, as the Lady Cubs fell to West Plains, 6-4, in the sectional playoff round on Thursday. The Lady Cubs stepped to the plate in their final at-bat and drew three straight one-out walks. Kelli McCallister plugged the gap in left centerfield to score Katie Kurima, Kaesha George and Haley Williams. McCallister scored on a sacrifice fly by Josie Allcock...
Pierce City to host district volleyball tourney
District volleyball action opens play on Monday, and Pierce City welcomes seven area teams that form the Class 1, District 8 pod. Wheaton earned the No. 1 overall seed and received a bye into the semifinal round.
Miller was seeded No. 2, with Pierce City claiming the No. 3 seed. Verona claimed the No. 4 seed, and Thomas Jefferson slid into the No. 5 slot. McAuley Catholic is seeded No. 6, and Exeter claimed the No. 7 seed...
Cubs, Lady Cubs XC show well in Cassville
The Monett cross-country team had a good showing at the Cassville Cross-Country meet on Monday. Results are as follows: Girls: Yakeline Avila, 9th, 22:13; Alyssa Williams, 10th, 22:19; Erin McCaffrey, 16th, 22:54; Jacquelin Montelongo, 20th, 23:32; Alejandra Rivera, 21st, 23:33; Kaylee George, 27th, 24:02; and Angelica Ruiz, 30th, 24:50...
Monett Middle School races earn honors
The Monett Middle School cross-country team picked up post-season Big 8 All-Conference honors.
Katy Ingle gathered First Team accolades, and Gabby Zengotita and Jose Salas were selected Second Team all-conference.
Lady Lions secure 2 volleyball victories
The Berean Christian Academy volleyball team earned two victories this week. On Monday, the Lady Lions defeated the Springfield Rush, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22. On Tuesday, the team defeated Victory Road Christian School in a best-of-five match, 25-18, 25-22, 25-20...
Class 2 District volleyball starts Monday
Seven area teams will participate in a volleyball district tournament that starts Monday at Marionville High School. At 5:30 p.m., the No. 4 seed Purdy faces No. 5 Crane. At 6:30 p.m., the No. 2 seed Marionville plays No. 7 Southwest. At 7:30 p.m., No. 3 Forsyth battles No. 6 Spokane...
Cubs to entertain upstart East Newton Patriots
Three wins to some teams may not seem like a lot, especially eight games into the season. However, to the Patriots of East Newton (3-5), the win total equals the total number of victories the team achieved in the 2010 through 2015 seasons. During that time, three coaches attempted to turn the once proud and tradition-rich team around, but those coaches either failed or were not given enough time to accomplish the mission...
Eagles face tough Sarcoxie Bears team
The Pierce City football team is hoping to finish the season strong with a Week 9 victory over Sarcoxie. The Eagles (3-3) know the Bears (5-2) present a formidable threat, especially with their option attack. "Our boys got a chance to go see them play Lockwood," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "They know how fast the Bears are, and after a loss to El Dorado Springs, we understand how important it is to finish every play."...
Monett's playoff picture clearing up
Entering the final week of the football regular season, the playoff picture is clearing up a bit for Monett. There are a few quirks that could mess with the Cubs' tranquility. Currently, the district is seeded as follows: No. 1 Reeds Spring, 47.86; No. 2 Monett, 42.98; No. 3 Cassville, 41.36; No. 4 Mt. Vernon, 35.45; No. 5 Hollister, 29.03; No. 6 Seneca, 26.14; No. 7 East Newton, 24.98; and No. 8 Aurora, 19.34...
Week 9: By the Numbers
42-0: The final score of last year's Monett win over East Newton. 2002: The last time East Newton defeated Monett, 36-21. 87: The number of points the Patriots have scored in their last two games -- more than they scored in the 16 previous games combined...
State football rankings after Week 8
East Newton at Monett Mt. Vernon at Cassville Seneca at Lamar Aurora at McDonald County Sarcoxie at Pierce City Cassville at Aurora, 7-45 Monett at Seneca, 35-14 McDonald County at East Newton, 34-56 Lamar at Mt. Vernon, 49-14 Pierce City at El Dorado Springs, 26-44...
Monett sectional softball game postponed
Today's Monett-West Plains sectional softball game has been postponed until Thursday at 4 p.m.
Monett welcomes sectional challenge
With just one senior on the team, Ty Goetz, Monett softball coach, always wondered about how his team would perform under pressure. Twice in the district tournament, his Lady Cubs were pushed to the limit. Against Aurora, they were down to their final two outs before scoring the equalizing run with a ground out to the short stop...
Butterworth emerging as vocal leader
A 28-point outburst in the final 11 minutes of regulation on Friday lifted the Monett football team to a 35-14 win over Seneca. For three quarters, the Cubs (7-1) were given multiple opportunities to take over the game, but they just could not string it all together...
Pierce City learns hard road lesson
An 18-point loss on Friday was not what the Pierce City football team had in mind. The Eagles (3-3) hit the road looking to build off a solid exhibition performance the week before against the Joplin JV squad, but instead were saddled with a defeat. While Coach Brad Hocker was not pleased with the loss, he chose to make the best of the situation with his team and told them to use the game as a teaching moment...
Jared Lankford: Cubs running up the score?
Sports, like politics, is often a realm where individuals are persuaded and led by emotional posturing rather than facts and logic. Every year, every team believes a championship is within reach. The fans show up, yell, scream and cheer for their team as it tries to achieve victory. When a team doesn't win enough, or fans feel like they were cheated, they look for someone or something to blame...
Pierce City falls to El Dorado Springs, 44-26
Despite holding onto a lead late in the first half, Piece City fell to .500 with a road loss to El Dorado Springs Friday night, 44-26. Pierce City Head Coach Brad Hocker said youth and slippery field conditions led to the Eagles giving up some big plays in the contest...
Cubs hang on for muddy 35-14 win
SENECA -- In a mucky muddy mess, Monett ground out a 35-14 win over the Indians in Big 8 Conference action.
Monett claims district softball title
For the fifth time in the last six years, the Monett softball team has claimed the Class 3, District 12 softball crown. The Lady Cubs staved off a valiant effort from archrival Cassville, 6-5 on Friday at North Park to claim the tourney title. Monett came to bat in the bottom of the with the game tied, 5-5. With one out, Haley Williams, the Lady Cubs' lone senior, doubled to left field. Kelli McCallister, the next batter, took a 2-1 pitch to centerfield for the game-winning RBI double...
Cubs revving up for district surge
A 4-0 shutout win over Willard on senior night was just what the doctor ordered for the Monett soccer team. The Cubs (11-6-1) registered just their fourth shutout of the season, with the effort coming after Coach Chris Villa challenged the defense to step up its game...
Berean Christian Academy earns another win
The Lady Lions of Berean Christian Academy claimed a best-of-five sets volleyball victory over Christian Ministries Academy 25-5, 25-12, 25-20. Drew Howerton served 30 times with 12 aces. Ashtyn McCleery collected 25 assists. Kelsey Pederson had 8 kills and Taylor Powers recorded 6 digs...
Monett Middle School splits with Joplin
The Monett Middle School eighth-grade volleyball team split a pair of volleyball tilts with Joplin on Tuesday. The eighth grade A team won 25-17, 22-25, 15-13. Kalysa McGuire finished with 6 kills and 2 aces. Caitlyn Calhoun chipped in 1 kill and 4 aces. Natalie Turner recorded 4 aces, and Abby McCaffrey finished with 2 kills and 1 ace. Monett fell 21-25, 25-20, 8-15 in the B game. Katelynn McNair collected 4 aces for Monett. Faith Drewianka and Shelby Coursey finished with 3 aces each...
Champions to be crowned at Twister Alley Saturday
The Ozark Kart Series will crown its champions in all classes at Twister Alley in Butterfield on Saturday, with $700 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Gates open at 2 p.m. Hot Laps are at 4 p.m. and racing begins at 5 p.m. Drivers are reminded that fuel can be purchased at StageStop Convenience Store, located off Highway 37, just before coming to the track. All drivers, family and fans get a 5 percent discount on race day purchases. Grandstand admission is free, and pit passes are just $10...
Kryptonite offense greets Cubs Friday
Every superhero has a weakness. For some, it's inner moral dilemmas, others face thorns in the flesh, such as arch nemeses, and still others have objects that cause them issues. The Cubs' defense this season has been more like Superman. They fly around and cause all sorts of havoc on most opposing offenses. The unit has 23.5 sacks this season and forced four turnovers against McDonald County last week...
Eagles focus on assignment football
Seeking its fourth win of the season, the Pierce City football team (3-2) hits the road Friday to take on El Dorado Springs and the wing-T offense. "Their whole system is built upon an option-deception look," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "Our defense is going to have to look through the fakes and find the ball carrier. Their offense hasn't changed since last year."...
Lady Cubs riding high into districts
The playoffs for softball open today around the state, and Monett will once again serve as the host site for the Class 3, District 12 tournament with two games on the docket. Monett takes a load of momentum into this year's action and received a big boost in the form of a 16-1, four-inning domination of Reeds Spring on Senior Night Monday...
Purdy earns state championship golf berth
The Purdy golf team punched its ticket to the Class 1 state tournament with a second-place showing at the sectional tournament on Monday in Marshfield. The Lady Eagles recorded a 379 on the Par 70 course and finished eight stokes behind first place Greenwood (371) and three strokes better than Logan-Rogersville (382)...
Week 8: By the Numbers
2013: The last time Seneca defeated Monett (27-0). 93: The number of combined points Monett scored against Seneca last year in two meetings. 100: The number of rushing yards Monett running back Michael Branch needs for 1,000 this season. 20: The number of pass break-ups the Cubs' defense has recorded this season -- 9 against McDonald County...