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Cubs rally past Cassville, 8-6 (04/29/16)
The Monett baseball team rallied from a 6-3 deficit with a five-run sixth inning to top Cassville on Thursday, 8-6. Brett Gollhofer's two-strike, three-run RBI double to right centerfield provided the necessary margin for victory. The Cubs improved to 19-2 overall and 7-0 in Big 8 Conference play. This win earned Monett a share of the Big 8 Conference crown...
Cubs lifted after home meet (04/29/16)
The Monett boys track and field team took fourth place at its home meet on Tuesday. Placing in 12 of the 18 events was a needed lift for the young Cubs as they prepare for Thursday's Big 8 Conference Meet in East Newton. "It was a good meet for us," said Tyler Ricard, Monett coach. ...
Young track team maturing (04/29/16)
The Monett girls track team heads into Thursday's Big 8 Conference meet on the heels of a fifth-place finish at the team's home met on Tuesday. The Lady Cubs, dominated by underclassmen, continue to improve in every meet. "We are finishing up our season with personal records and strong performances," said Kelly George, Monett coach. ...
Diamond Eagles down Southwest (04/29/16)
James Huglett went 4-for-5 at the plate, drove in two runs and scored four times as Purdy defeated rival Southwest, 14-3, on Wednesday. The Eagles have two conference games left with Wheaton and Exeter.
Purdy downs Pierce City, 8-3 (04/29/16)
The Purdy softball team improved to 22-2 on the season with an 8-3 win over Pierce City on Wednesday. Zoe Brown went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored for Purdy. On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles claimed the Ozark 7 Conference crown with a win over Southwest...
Cubs rally past Lamar, 7-6 (04/29/16)
The Monett baseball team rallied from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits to top Lamar on Tuesday. The Cubs (18-2, 5-0) used a Cameron Witt RBI single in the sixth inning to take the lead for good, and a strike out by pitcher Jonathan Hawkins with the go-ahead runners at second and third to end the game...
Softball rivals take center stage (04/27/16)
Over the last five seasons, the Purdy and Pierce City softball teams have tangled in numerous meaningful tilts on the diamond. Today, at 4 p.m. in Purdy, the rivalry renews with much more than bragging rights on the line. There is no love lost between the two teams, which have met 10 times over the last five season...
Cubs golfers smashing way to conference crown (04/27/16)
The Monett golf team will take an 18-stroke lead into Thursday's final round of the Big 8 Conference tournament at Lamar. "I am extremely pleased and proud of how the boys played Monday," said Dan Janssen, Monett coach. "I knew going into this week it would be a four-team race between Aurora, Carl Junction, Lamar and ourselves, and to be competitive, we would need to be at our best."...
Consistency key for Cubs' successful recipe (04/26/16)
As the baseball season winds down, each and every game carries more meaning for Monett. The Cubs (17-2, 5-0) enter the week riding an eight-game winning streak and have three games on the docket in the next four days. The busy slate begins tonight, as the Cubs welcome Lamar to North Park for a 5 p.m. varsity start...
Cubs track ready for home cooking (04/26/16)
The Monett boys track team is ready for today's nine-team home meet, as events are slated to begin at 4 p.m. The Cubs come into the meet on the heels of a seventh-place performance at the 18-team Lamar Invitational. "Our relays and field events carried us at Lamar with 32 of our 42 points," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. "For the third time in four meets, our 800-meter relay ran a season best time of 1:36.44 and placed third."...
Monett eighth grade girls track still perfect (04/26/16)
The Monett eighth-grade girls track team moved to 2-0 on the season with track gold medals at Pierce City and Aurora. At Pierce City, Kelsey Dalton took first in the 100-meter dash with a 12.85, and Kaesha George won the triple jump and the 100-meter hurdles...
Monett junior varsity girls 4th at Cassville (04/26/16)
The Monett girls junior varsity took fourth at the Cassville junior varsity meet on Thursday. Randi Prock was second in the 100-meter hurdles, and Yakeline Avila finished second in the 1,600-meter run. Alyssa Kelley took third in the 1,600-meter run...
Youth baseball camp set for May 24-26 (04/26/16)
The Monett high school baseball team will host a youth baseball camp at North Park on May 24-26 for players in kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp will run from 10-11:30 a.m. each day. The cost is $35 and includes free T-shirts. For more information, people may contact Michael Calhoun at 417-440-0519, or mcalhoun@monettschools.org...
Cubs answer questions in win (04/23/16)
On Tuesday, the Monett baseball team will put its unblemished conference record on the line, as the Cubs welcome Lamar to North Park for a Big 8 showdown. Including being a perfect 5-0 in the conference, Monett will have at least 16 wins on the season going into Tuesday. Results from Friday night's game with Parkview were not available at presstime...
Monett reflects on Cassville meet (04/23/16)
The Monett boys track and field team is preparing for its home meet on Tuesday, but the Cubs are still reflecting on their fourth place finish at Cassville this week. "We may not have scored as many points, or placed as high as I would have liked, but we still had a pretty good night," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. "Different individuals stepped up and played a big role in us placing fourth."...
Cleared for takeoff (04/23/16)
Pierce City's Ross Thompson took second place at the East Newton Relays in the 100-meter hurdles.
Lady Cubs track golden at Cassville meet (04/23/16)
The Monett girls track and field team heads into Tuesday's home meet with the added advantage of a meet title from Cassville. The meet victory was the first for the Lady Cubs this season. "We are scoring more points and competing well in each event," said Kelley George, Monett coach. "I am so proud of the girls for doing what is best for the team. I had to make some changes at this meet, and the girls were willing to step up and do whatever needed for team points."...
Verona ready for Diamond meet (04/23/16)
The Verona track team heads to Diamond on Tuesday fresh off a third-place finish in the Ozark 7 Conference meet. Scoring points for the Wildcats were: 110-meter high hurdles: Chris Jasso 4x200-meter relay: Cade Miller, Chris Jasso, Eddie Gutierrez and Colten Schultz...
Purdy, National Guard to host Military Appreciation Nights (04/23/16)
The Purdy High School softball and baseball teams will host two Military Appreciation nights in conjunction with upcoming games. The softball team will honor those serving or who have served in the Armed Forces on April 27, at the game against Pierce City. The first pitch will be thrown at 4 p.m. The Purdy and Wheaton baseball teams will show their gratitude and respect to servicemen and women on May 3 at 5 p.m...
Seventh-grade Lady Cubs track wins again (04/23/16)
The Monett seventh grade girls track team won the Aurora Middle School Relays with 112 points on Thursday. Abby McCaffrey took first-place honors in the shot put with a throw of 28-10. Kaity Ingle led the team with 20 individual points, and she was part of the third place 4x200 relay...
Monett Industrial Golf Tourney dates announced (04/23/16)
The annual Monett Industrial Appreciation Golf Tournament will be held on June 3 at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course. The event will offer hole sponsorships and conclude with a steak dinner for the participants. For additional information, people may call the Monett Chamber of Commerce at 417-235-7919...
Humphrey's blast sets stage for Eagles (04/22/16)
Coaches often tell their players to be ready when the time comes. Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball skipper, is no different. During a back-and-forth battle with McAuley Catholic on Tuesday, Hughes encouraged his players by saying the game showed the team is getting better...
Cubs prep for Thomas Jefferson (04/22/16)
The Monett boys tennis team has won two consecutive tennis matches after dropping the first six of the season. The Cubs travel to Thomas Jefferson today in hopes of making it three in a row. On Monday, Monett defeated Carthage, 7-2. Alex Ragsdale, Josh Ridings, Valentin Vizcaino and Spencer Crossland all prevailed in singles matches...
Pierce City track gears up for Monett meet Tuesday (04/22/16)
The Pierce City track team heads to Monett on Tuesday for its final meet before the Spring River Valley Conference Meet on April 29. The Eagles and Lady Eagles placed eighth and 13th, respectively, at the East Newton Relays and are using that finish as a building block for the remainder of the season...
Eagles coming around on the diamond (04/20/16)
Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, used an old saying to address his squad after an 8-2 win over Miller on Tuesday. "A win is a win, and that is what we got tonight," Hughes told his team. The Eagles, 8-4, are still finding their stride this season, but Hughes said he sees a light at the end of the tunnel...
Opening Ceremony returns to youth league (04/20/16)
A beloved annual tradition by the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League (MYBSL) has been brought back after a one-year hiatus. On Friday, the MYBSL will host opening ceremonies for the 2016 youth T-ball, baseball and softball seasons. The event begins at 6 p.m. with the introduction of the T-ball players by team...
Youth umpiring clinic today at North Park (04/20/16)
The Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League will host an umpiring clinic today from 6-8 p.m. at the Monett North Park for anyone interested in umpiring for the league this summer. For more information, people may contact Haley Williams at williamshaley@g-apps.monett.k12.mo.us...
Monett 7th-grade girls track team wins home meet (04/20/16)
The Monett seventh-grade girls track team won its 10-team home track meet on Thursday. The Lady Cubs had eight second place finishes and were led by Kim Parris, who scored 15 individual points, and Caitlyn Calhoun, who had 14 individual points.
Charity golf tourney set for St. Lawrence (04/20/16)
St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett will host a benefit charity golf tournament at 1 p.m. on May 15 at the Windmill Ridge Golf Course. Interested persons are asked to mail registrations to the school, 405 S. Lincoln, Monett, MO 65708, attention Matt Batson...
Veterans Home hosting golf tournament (04/20/16)
The Mt. Vernon Missouri Veterans Home Assistance League will host an inaugural Armed Forces Day Golf Tournament to benefit the home on May 21 at Honey Creek Golf Club in Aurora. Tee-off times will be at 8 a.m. and at 1:30 p.m. Cost is $200 for a team of four...
Cubs' relay teams gaining speed (04/19/16)
The Monett boys track team heads to Cassville today looking to expand upon the recent record of constant improvement. On Thursday, the Cubs took fourth in the 16-team East Newton Relays. "Overall, we had a pretty good night," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. "The guys competed well and were able to score in nine of the 18 events. I felt like we had a chance to score in a few more, but we couldn't quite get it done."...
Cubs brace for pivotal week of Big 8 play (04/19/16)
Very few regular season baseball weeks are as meaningful as the one that begins today for the Monett baseball team. The Cubs (14-2, 3-0) head to East Newton today at 5 p.m. in the first of two conference games on the team's schedule. "You can't sleep on East Newton, or they will bite you," said Michael Calhoun, Monett coach. "We saw them in our tournament, and they jumped on us early. They, like everyone in our conference, can be dangerous."...
Monett golf coach faces tough decision (04/19/16)
Monett Golf Coach Dan Janssen did not rule out coin flips or drawing names out of a hat when it comes to solidifying the team's playoff roster this week. As of Monday, Janssen had locked down four of his five allotted roster spots, but the No. 5 player is anyone's guess right now...
Monett softball standout gives back to community (04/19/16)
Haley Williams, left, Monett High School student, softball standout, and Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League umpire coordinator, presented MYBSL President Brent Daingerfield with a donation of $110
Cubs and East Newton agree to venue change (04/19/16)
The Monett-East Newton baseball game originally slated to be played today (Tuesday) in East Newton has been moved to North Park. The Patriots field was still unplayable due to recent rains. First pitch is slated for 5 p.m.
Lady Eagles finding reasons to cheer (04/16/16)
Fans that attend Purdy softball games are often not sure if they are at an athletic contest or cheerleading camp. The Lady Eagles, whether in the field or at-bat, are always chattering and picking each other up. "That's what high school girls softball is all about," said Lori Videmschek, Purdy coach. "The looser and sillier these girls are, the better they seem to play."...
Cubs track ready for Cassville meet (04/16/16)
The Monett boys track and field team heads to Cassville on Tuesday on the heels of a ninth-place showing in the 11-team Nixa Relays on Tuesday. "Coming in, we knew it was going to be a tough meet," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. "We were facing some really good teams that have a lot of quality athletes. The biggest point that I took away was that our guys weren't intimidated by the competition. Regardless of how we placed, we competed very well."...
Lady Cubs finding their stride on the track (04/16/16)
The Monett girls track and field team heads to Cassville on Tuesday less than a week after seeing its toughest competition of the sesason at Nixa. The young Lady Cubs finished 10th in the 11-team Nixa Relays, but Coach Kelly George was proud of the way her team fought and competed...
Cashing in air time (04/16/16)
Monett eighth grader Cye Bouchard elevates to get more distance during the triple jump event of the Monett Middle School track meet on Thursday.
Cubs award top basketball players (04/15/16)
The Monett boys basketball team recently held its team award banquet at the high school. Among the numerous awards handed out, it was Monett Coach Jeremy Land who made an important announcement. Land informed his team that he will be solely dedicated to basketball next season and has stepped away from his assistant football coaching duties...
POP Cheer Factory earns U.S. Finals berth (04/15/16)
Monett cheer gym, POP Cheer Factory (PCF) qualified 10 participants for the U.S. Finals in Kansas City on Saturday. "This is big news for our small gym," said Savannah Elrod, PCF owner. "I guess you could say this little team is making a big name for itself. This is the first time we have ever qualified for the U.S. Finals."...
Wildcats bump up to Class 2 
in basketball (04/13/16)
For the first time in school history, the Verona boys and girls basketball teams will be playing in a Class 2 district and playoff bracket come March. On Saturday, the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) released the state classification and district assignments for its basketball programs...
Gridiron Cubs release 2016 schedule (04/13/16)
The Monett football team has released its football schedule for the upcoming season, and two changes are immediately apparent in this year's slate of games. Gone is former conference rival Carl Junction and second is an interesting start to the season for the Cubs...
Eagles football takes off in August (04/13/16)
The football season in Pierce City kicks off on Aug. 19 with a road tilt for the gridiron Eagles. The 2016-2017 schedule was recently released, and Pierce City will be road warriors with five games away from Don Keebaugh Stadium. One other note about the schedule is a Thursday night matchup with Joplin's junior varsity...
Diamond Cubs rise in state rankings (04/13/16)
The Monett baseball team earned the No. 4 ranking in the latest Missouri Baseball Coaches Association Class 4 poll. The Cubs opened the season ranked No. 8 and are 10-2 on the season as of presstime Tuesday. Pierce City (7-5) is also receiving votes in the Class 2 poll...
Cubs football remains in Class 3 (04/12/16)
Monett High School received good news on Saturday from the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) regarding its football classification and district alignment. The Cubs, by the slimmest of margins, will remain in Class 3 for the next two-year cycle, as Monett did not rise to Class 4, which some in the district had openly feared...
Cubs claim top honors at Aurora (04/12/16)
The Monett boys track and field team heads to Nixa today with the confidence that only comes after securing a win. On Thursday, the Cubs nipped Cassville, 155-152, to win the eight-team Aurora Ice Box Relays. "The top eight placers in each event score, which proved to be crucial in topping Cassville," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. ...
Show-Me Bowl coming to Missouri State this year (04/12/16)
The Class 1-6 Show-Me Bowl will move a little closer to home this year, as the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Board of Directors voted today on sites for the state football championships and Show-Me Showdown basketball championships...
Diamond Cubs open conference play Tuesday (04/09/16)
Monett's baseball team opens Big 8 Conference play on Tuesday against Seneca at North Park.
The game will mark the third time in 10 days the Cubs and the Indians have tangled, with Monett earning 14-0 and 12-2 victories in the two previous meetings...
Purdy fighting growing pains (04/09/16)
Joshua Hughes, Purdy baseball coach, said his team has done a pretty good Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde impression this season. "When we've been on, we've looked like a really good team," Hughes said. "But then, we've had games where it looked more like soccer practice, because we are just kicking the ball around."...
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