Spurred by three interceptions and a fumble recovery, the Monett defense set the tone early for a 35-0 Cubs win over McDonald County on Homecoming night. While Monett's offense sputtered in the first quarter, the Purple Haze... >>
JOPLIN -- The Pierce City football team (3-2) wrapped up the exhibition part of its schedule on Thursday with a 21-0 victory over the Joplin junior varsity. The game was a bit more telling than just a small-school varsity... >>
Call it bluffing, hedging or misleading, but the truth about the McDonald County football offense is out. Monett (5-1, 3-1) welcomes the Mustangs (0-6, 0-4) to Burl Fowler Stadium in what is shaping up to be an aerial... >>
Attempting to make the most of a frustrating situation, the Pierce City football team heads to Joplin on Thursday to face the Joplin junior varsity squad. Pierce City scheduled the junior varsity squad when Greenfield... >>
It is typically taboo to use betting analogies to describe the way sporting events ebb and flow, but on Friday, it was Monett's gambles that paid off more than Cassville's in a 21-20, come-from-behind thriller. The Cubs... >>
Cubs use turnovers to blank Mustangs
Spurred by three interceptions and a fumble recovery, the Monett defense set the tone early for a 35-0 Cubs win over McDonald County on Homecoming night. While Monett's offense sputtered in the first quarter, the Purple Haze defense gathered in three interceptions -- one each by Mason Swearingen, Michael Branch and Brody Crawford. Crawford also recovered a fumble...
Pierce City wins battle of Eagles
JOPLIN -- The Pierce City football team (3-2) wrapped up the exhibition part of its schedule on Thursday with a 21-0 victory over the Joplin junior varsity. The game was a bit more telling than just a small-school varsity program against a Class 6 junior varsity. Pierce City's roster contains five seniors, which meant that age-wise the teams were close to the same, yet the Green and White team show no mercy...
Windmill Ridge starts project to improve greens
Golfers at Monett's Windmill Ridge have noticed a minor inconvenience to their daily play, as the course has shut down holes No. 1 through 9 for green improvements. The renovation is expected to last until April, according to Justin Beck, course superintendent...
Monett volleyball falls to Seneca
The Monett volleyball team fell 25-13, 25-13 to Seneca on Tuesday.
The Lady Cubs were led by Randi Prock with 7 digs and 2 aces.
Kalene Shanks added 4 kills.
Natalie Wages chipped in 6 assists, and Kaylee Davis recorded 2 aces.
Monett eighth grade runs past Lamar, 26-12
The Monett eighth-grade football team earned a 26-12 win over Lamar.
Tanner Wright led the way with touchdown runs of 43 and 3 yards.
Mathew Bahl scored on a 32-yard scamper, and Isaac Hilton recorded a 14-yard score.
Cubs seventh-grade football team downs Lamar
Ezequiel Cecenes and Ethan Umfleet helped the Monett seventh-grade football team down Lamar, 35-28.
Umfleet scored on runs of 20, 6 and 57 yards. He also returned a kickoff 74 yards for a score.
Cecenes recorded touchdown runs of 42 and 24 yards.
Monett swimmers win meet
The Monett swimming and diving team improved to 16-0 on the season in dual matches with victories over Webb City and Carthage on Tuesday. The Cubs recorded 205 points in the win to earn first. Carthage amassed 177 points, and Webb City finished with 72...
Air Mustangs come to Monett Friday
Call it bluffing, hedging or misleading, but the truth about the McDonald County football offense is out. Monett (5-1, 3-1) welcomes the Mustangs (0-6, 0-4) to Burl Fowler Stadium in what is shaping up to be an aerial assault. In his preseason preview, first-year McDonald County Head Coach Joh Diehl was asked what type of offensive scheme his team would employ this season. His response? Wishbone...
Eagles to experiment on Thursday
Attempting to make the most of a frustrating situation, the Pierce City football team heads to Joplin on Thursday to face the Joplin junior varsity squad. Pierce City scheduled the junior varsity squad when Greenfield informed conference members that they planned to stay in 8-man contention...
Week 7: By the Numbers
68: The number of points McDonald County has scored this season -- 11.3 points per game. 208: The number of points Monett has scored this season -- 34.6 points per game. 110: The number of points Monett has allowed this season -- 18.3 points per game...
Purdy golf advances to sectional round
The Purdy golf team punched its ticket to the Class 1 section round with a second place finish in the Class 2, District 4 tournament at the par 72, Frank E. Peters Municipal Golf Course in Nevada on Monday. The Lady Eagles shot a combined 417 and finished behind first-place Greenwood, which shot a 398. Seneca took third with a 424 team score...
State football rankings after Week 6
McDonald County at Monett Aurora at Mt. Vernon Seneca at Cassville East Newton at El Dorado Springs Lamar at Valle Catholic Pierce City at Joplin (JV) Thursday Aurora at Seneca, 21-28 Cassville at Monett, 20-21 Mt. Vernon at East Newton, 42-6 Lamar at McDonald County, 0-56...
Seniors' resolve spurs comeback win
It is typically taboo to use betting analogies to describe the way sporting events ebb and flow, but on Friday, it was Monett's gambles that paid off more than Cassville's in a 21-20, come-from-behind thriller. The Cubs lived dangerously all night, but kept winning with their riverboat-type decisions...
Family, faith power Eagles to near-comeback against Lockwood
On the field after Pierce City's 20-18 loss to Lockwood on Friday, Eagles junior Trenton Byers described his emotions as sad, but happy. After going down 20-0 in the first half following two Tigers touchdowns in the final minute of the second quarter, the Eagles charged back in the second half, scoring 18 unanswered but falling just two points short of a game-tying or game-winning rally. ...
Monett rallies to defeat Cassville in Barry County Brawl
The Monett football team made sure that the Barry County Brawl trophy would spend another year in Monett with a 21-20 come-from-behind victory over Cassville on Friday. Trailing 20-7 with 8:44 left in the third, the Cubs (5-1, 3-1) cut the deficit to 20-14 with a Brian Parra-Navarro 10-yard touchdown with 4:59 left in third.
A fourth down catch on their next drive by Brody Crawford lifted the Cubs to a 21-20 lead with 8:44 remaining in the contest...
Eagles' second-half comeback effort falls just short
PIERCE CITY -- A nearly magical second-half comeback by Pierce City Friday fell a step short, as the Eagles lost at home to Lockwood, 20-18. Lockwood struck first in the opening quarter, when the Tigers' running back turned a third-and-short into a 50-yard touchdown strike, bouncing off two would-be Eagles tacklers on his way to paydirt...
Lady Cubs push on to Centralia Tourney
The Monett softball team heads to the Centralia Tournament today seeking to test its grit against some of the state's powerhouse softball teams. The Lady Cubs (11-4, 4-0) open play with Palmyra. "It's a great tournament with several solid teams that have all made impressive state playoff runs in the past," Goetz said. "We go to this tournament to help us get better, and hopefully get some wins."...
Pierce City Booster Club kicks off funding drive
The Pierce City Booster Club, in just its second year, is hoping to reach the same level of success achieved in its first year with its annual fundraising drive. The group officially kicked off its campaign on Tuesday after finalizing its goals and strategies for the season. According to Booster Club President Shelly Stellwagen, the group needs roughly $10,000 to purchase two items on its list...
It's time to Brawl
Monett's Cody Thompson (No. 83) and the Purple Haze defense welcome Cassville to Burl Fowler Stadium tonight for the annual Barry County Brawl.
Monett runners see improvement at Nixa meet
The Monett girls cross-country team finished seventh in the 16-team Nixa Invitational. Alyssa Williams finished 27th; Erin McCaffrey, 43rd; Yakeline Avila, 45th; Alejandra Rivera, 64th; Jacquelin Montelongo, 69th; Kaylee George, 80th; and Angelica Ruiz, 89th...
Purdy volleyball tops Crane in 3 sets
The Purdy volleyball team defeated Crane, 25-12, 19-25, 25-13, to improve to 8-3-6 on the season. Hallie Henderson had 21 assists, Carly England recorded 17 digs, Cailyn Spears chipped in 7 kills and Rion Boyd added 6 aces. Purdy lost the junior varsity match, 25-23, 12-25, 15-9...
Monett falls to East Newton in volleyball action
The Monett volleyball team fell to East Newton on Tuesday, 25-19, 25-14.
Kalene Shanks led the way for the Lady Cubs with 7 digs, 3 kills and 1 ace.
Camryn Franke added 3 kills, and Kaylee Davis finished with 7 assists.
Lady Lions go 2-for-2 in matches this week
The Berean Christian Academy volleyball team swept two matches this week on the hardwood. On Monday, the Lady Lions topped the Springfield Rush, 23-25, 25-23, 25-18. On Tuesday, Berean handled Victory Road of Anderson, 25-16, 26-24. Leading the charge was Taylor Powers and Drew Howerton with 9 digs each, Ashtyn McCleery had 11 assists, Jessica Smith served 3 aces, and Kelsey Pederson added 8 kills...
Cubs aiming to keep Brawl trophy
The lights will be bright on Friday as the Cubs of Monett (4-1, 3-1) welcome the Wildcats of Cassville (4-1, 3-1) to Burl Fowler Stadium for the fourth edition of the Barry County Brawl. After dropping the first game when the series was officially titled, the Cubs have won the last two games and like the way the coveted Brawl trophy looks in its display case at the high school...
Wildcats with a chance to earn respect
Four years ago, three words were chosen to describe the rivalry between Monett and Cassville -- Barry County Brawl. Cassville has the distinct honor of winning the first installment of the annual gridiron match, but the last two meetings have gone to the dreaded rival Monett. The major contributing factor to the Cubs' success the last two years has been simple -- senior leadership...
Barry County Brawl: Fourth edition
The football rivalry between Cassville and Monett plays second fiddle to no other gridiron match up. It is as intense a rivalry as can be found in not just southwest Missouri, but in the entire state. In recent years, the foes have made national news with their antics toward one another and the games are intense, even if the scores have lacked the proof...
Eagles, Tigers tangle Friday
With three consecutive wins under its belt, the Pierce City football team (3-1) faces its biggest test since Week 1 at Diamond. Lockwood (4-1) uses a powerhouse running game that is built on wearing teams down and breaking their will. "They have a big offensive line and they like to pound the ball," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "This game is going to be a great test to see how far we have come since week one."...
Howard quietly impacting team
Not every player gets the accolades they deserve for their contribution to the teams they play for, yet without those contributions, victory would become hard to achieve. For Monett, that person comes in the form of Onis Howard. Howard is not gifted with a big frame, but he does possess a competitive spirit and a no-quit attitude...
Cubs soccer back on track
Monday night at South Park soccer fields had the feel of playoff soccer as the Cubs played host to their biggest rival -- Springfield Catholic. The game lived up to the hype, as Monett (6-4-1) topped the Fightin' Irish (6-3) by a 2-1 score in kicks from the mark, which reached the sudden death rounds...
Week 6: Local sports By the Numbers
5: The state ranking of the Monett Cubs football team. 62: The number of consecutive years Monett and Cassville have played football against each other. 40-25: Monett's record against Cassville during the 60-year period. 1,205: The number of points Monett has scored against Cassville during the past 62 years -- 18.5 points per game...
State football rankings after Week 5
Aurora at Seneca Cassville at Monett Mt. Vernon at East Newton Lamar at McDonald County Lockwood at Pierce City Monett at Aurora, 28-7 St. James at Cassville, 12-21 Seneca at East Newton, 0-14 Lamar -- Open date McDonald County at Mt. Vernon, 8-53 Miller at Pierce City, 7-55...
Big drive key to Cubs' latest victory
Football games often can point to one play or one possession that changed the course and tenor of the competition. The Cubs 28-7 win over Aurora was no different. Monett (4-1, 2-1) began the game red hot with its defense forcing a turnover on the first play, then cashing in quickly to take a 6-0 lead with Michael Branch scoring from 11 yards out in the game's first 21 seconds...
Eagles nearly perfect in win
It started with a Mitchell Copening 80-yard touchdown run, and it really never stopped for the Pierce City football team in a 55-7 win over Miller on Friday. "It was the best game we've played all season," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "I felt like we played four quarters of solid football, and our players never let up."...
Monett handles Aurora, 28-7
AURORA -- The rain and the mucky field conditions at Kelley Field were a perfect foreshadowing of the play during the Cubs' 28-7 win over Aurora on Friday Monett (4-1, 3-1) slogged its way to victory on the legs of running backs Michael Branch and Onis Howard and the size advantage on the offensive line...
Eagles administer Homecoming drubbing, 55-7
PIERCE CITY -- The opening play from scrimmage turned out to be a good indication of the night visiting Miller was in for Friday. Pierce City senior running back Mitchell Copening got the ball rolling for the Eagles, taking a handoff from junior quarterback Gage Brown 80 yards all the way in for the score...
Monett Lady Cubs volleyball keeping focus small
A 25-22, 25-17 setback to Lamar on Thursday reinforced several things to the Monett volleyball team. The biggest lesson learned was the need to fight until the end of matches. "We fought and rallied tonight," said Julie Dalton, Monett coach. "But, we didn't play a complete game. That is the focus for us now in practice. Learning to rally to every ball."...
Purdy tops McAuley in volleyball action
The Purdy volleyball team improved to 6-2-4 overall and 4-0 in Ozark 7 Conference play with a 25-19, 25-22 win over McAuley Catholic on Thursday. Hallie Henderson led the way with 16 assists. Rion Boyd added 4 aces and 1 block. Carly England recorded 21 digs and Hannah White finished with 7 kills...
Monett seventh grade rolls to 41-6 win over East Newton
Using five rushing touchdowns and one throwing touchdown from Ethan Umfleet, the Monett seventh-grade football team defeated East Newton, 41-6, on Thursday. Ezequiel Cecenes also recorded a 40-yard touchdown run for the Cubs. In two games this week, Umfleet rushed for over 500 yards, ran for 10 touchdowns and threw for another...
Monett eighth-grade Cubs fall to East Newton, 22-6
The Monett eighth-grade football team used a 55-yard touchdown pass from Tanner Wright to Matthew Bahl to take a quick 6-0 lead on East Newton on Thursday.
However, it was the Patriots that finished the game with 22 unanswered points to win, 22-6.
Lady Cubs eighth-grade netters down Cassville
It was a good night for the Monett eighth-grade volleyball teams, as they swept the A and B doubleheader with Cassville on Thursday. The Lady Cubs won the A team match, 25-16, 22-25, 15-4. Abby McCaffrey recorded 4 service aces. Kalysa McGuire contributed 5 aces and 3 kills...
Monett seventh grade volleyball splits tilts with rival
The Monett seventh-grade A and B volleyball teams split matches with Cassville on Thursday. The Lady Cubs A team fell, 25-15, 25-15, while the B team won in three sets, 23-25, 25-13, 25-15. The seventh-grade girls play in the Monett tournament on Saturday, then travel to Aurora on Tuesday...
Lady Cubs enter schedule gauntlet
A two-week stretch of games beginning Monday will test the metal and resolve of the Lady Cubs softball team. As of Wednesday, the Lady Cubs were 9-2, and beginning on Monday, the squad will play 14 games in a 14-day period as the season winds down. "Most coaches shy away from stacking a schedule with that many games at the end of the season," said Ty Goetz, Monett coach. ...
Monett XC heads to Southern Stampede
More than 800 racers are expected for the Southern Stampede in Joplin on Saturday, and among the vast throng of thinclads will be the Monett boys and girls teams. The teams just completed the Monett Invitational on Tuesday and is looking forward to the challenges presented on Saturday...
Monett soccer falls to Central
The Monett soccer team (4-4-1) fell 5-1 to Springfield Central on Tuesday.
The Cubs' lone goal was scored by Ricardo Grimaldo in the final five minutes.
Monett hosts Springfield Catholic on Monday. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Cubs eighth-grade gridders top Mustangs
The Monett eighth grade football team earned an 18-8 win over McDonald County on Monday.
The Cubs trailed 8-0 early, but used touchdown runs of 16 and 19 yards from Tanner Wright, and a 12-yard scoring run from Isaac Hilton, to earn the victory.
Umfleet carries Monett seventh grade past McDonald County
Monett seventh grader Ethan Umfleet scored five touchdowns in a 36-16 win over McDonald County on Monday.
Umfleet had over 246 yards rushing in the game and scored on carries of 50, 32, 62, 45 and 57 yards.
Berean drops first match of the season
The Berean Christian Academy volleyball team (7-1) suffered its first defeat of the season, 25-20, 12-25, 7-25, to Veracity Home School of Mt. Vernon. Kelsey Pederson racked up 7 kills for the Lady Lions. Taylor Powers added 9 digs, while Abi Hoenshell and Ashtyn McCleery each contributed 8 assists...
Old rivals meet again on gridiron
Each week, coaches around the football landscape enter games with some types of questions about their teams. Did they watch enough film? Did they prepare enough? Will the energy of the group be high? It is part of the game. Last week, Monett faced a tough test in Lamar. ...
Rival, Homecoming game on tap this week for Pierce City
Rare is the best way to describe the Pierce City football team. Despite being chocked full of underclassmen, the Eagles (2-1) are displaying a maturity beyond their years on the gridiron. "We have a group of smart players that understand their roles on the field," said Brad Hocker, Pierce City coach. "They're playing hard and winning games because they are willing to outwork opponents."...
Local football: Week 5 By the Numbers
7: The total number of sacks and tackles for loss the Aurora defense has accumulated this season -- 3 sacks, 4 tackles. 48.5: The total number of sacks and tackles for loss the Monett defense had accumulated this season -- 14.5 sacks, 4 tackles. 99: The length in yards Monett traveled for the first score against Lamar...