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Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Sports
Conference foes set to clash for district title shot (02/25/15)
Purdy girls basketball Coach Eli Ernst was very honest with his team as he discussed its opening-round, 67-30 win over Wheaton in district play. Despite the victory, Ernst was not pleased with his team's energy and effort early in the game. "As a coach, if you are ever 100 percent happy with your team's performance, you have probably overlooked something," Ernst said. "We have some opportunities for growth from the Wheaton game, and I shared that with the girls."...
Balanced attack emerges for Pierce City girls (02/25/15)
All season long, Pierce City girls basketball Coach Rob Guerin has been working to get his Lady Eagles offense firing on all cylinders. Guerin worked hard to develop outside shooters and prepare his team for district action. On Monday, the Lady Eagles displayed a portion of his work with a 62-17 throttling of College Heights...
Senior's legacy makes mark at state (02/24/15)
COLUMBIA -- Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level of wrestling in the state of Missouri. With five medalists in Saturday's state tournament the Cubs secured their second consecutive top-10 finish. Monett sent 10 wrestlers to the state championships in hopes of improving upon last year's ninth-place finish. When the final match was completed, the Cubs were left with a seventh-place finish and two more medalist than last season...
Negre's hard work rewarded (02/24/15)
For Monett senior Jacob Negre, it was a long road to travel to a second-place finish in the Class 2, 195-pound state wrestling championship match. Heading into the match, Negre knew he had a tough assignment. He was facing an undefeated wrestler who had already defeated him earlier in the season...
Lady Eagles get No. 2 seed (02/21/15)
The Pierce City girls basketball team (17-6) has earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 2, District 12 tournament and will begin play in the eight-team bracket on Monday at home. Purdy (17-6) is the No. 1 seed, with Pierce City at No. 2. Miller (14-9) was slotted as the No. 3 seed. Southwest (14-9) is the No. 4 seed. Sarcoxie (9-13) took the No. 5 seed, and McAuley (7-18) fell to the No. 6 seed...
Negre to vie for state title tonight (02/21/15)
COLUMBIA -- The Monett wrestling team will have one athlete competing in the Class 2 state wrestling champion tonight -- 195-pound senior Jacob Negre. Negre punched his ticket with a 5-3 semifinal win over Kylan Easley of Kirksville. The senior trailed 3-2 with 28 seconds left, then earned and escape point and a 2-point takedown with 6 seconds left to take the win...
Pierce City boys earn No. 1 seed in district tourney (02/21/15)
Pierce City Coach Matt Street knows that respect is not given -- it is earned. When the Class 2 District 12 seeds were posted last week, and when his Eagles drew the top overall seed, he was honored. As an added bonus, Pierce City will also serve as the host site for all the tournament games...
Negre to compete for state title (02/21/15)
Monett senior Jacob Negre will compete for a Class 2, 195 pound state title tonight in Columbia. Negre advanced to the state title with a 5-3 semifinal win. Here are some video highlight of the semifinal match...
Monett taps Uhl as next gridiron coach (02/20/15)
The Monett School District unanimously voted Thursday night to hire Derek Uhl as its next football coach. Unlike most candidates, Uhl (pronounced yule) had been a district employee and former coach from 2007 to 2013. It was that familiarity Uhl believed gave him an edge over the nearly 30 candidates, and is provided an extra boost when the district boiled the list down to the final three...
Lady Cubs nervous, focused (02/20/15)
The state swimming championships opened today and for the first time with Monett swimmers in the field at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. This year, the Lady Cubs will be represented in two events, the 100-yard Freestyle and the 200-yard Individual Medley relay...
Pierce City seeks to stand alone (02/20/15)
With a 64-23 win over Golden City on Tuesday night, the Pierce City boys basketball team assured itself a second conference title in the last three years. The Eagles were led by Colin Garner with 21 points and Kole Kelley's 11. However, Eagles Coach Matt Street believes there are things teams like to share and things that teams just want to keep all for themselves...
Wildcats face tough road in districts (02/20/15)
Brad Stewart, Verona boys basketball coach, was excited to see his team get the No. 2 seed in Class 1, District 5, but he immediately knew the road to the championship was anything but paved. "We have a tough first-round game against Golden City and then could face Fair Play in the semifinals," Stewart said. "They won the district last year as a No. 5 seed and were an overtime loss away from a final four berth."...
Monett advances 6 wrestlers to quarterfinal round (02/19/15)
COLUMBIA -- The Monett wrestling team concluded the first day of state wrestling competition at the Missouri State High School Activates Association on a positive note. The Cubs won six of their first 10 matches, five via pin, and then won three of their four elimination matches...
Uhl named Monett football coach (02/19/15)
The Monett school district has named Derek Uhl its next football coach. Uhl spent seven seasons on the football staff at Monett High School, from 2007 to 2013, under Alan Spencer and Chad Depee. He served as the run offense coordinator, offense line coach and special team's coach...
Cubs grapplers head north for gold (02/18/15)
9th-place finish The Monett Athletic Center was jumping with action on Tuesday as the Cubs' top 10 wrestlers worked up a sweat in preparation of this week's state championship tournament in Columbia. "We've watched at these kids mature over the season," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "I thought we hit our stride at district and are ready to carry the momentum into this week's championships."...
The man, the myth, the eagle (02/18/15)
Echo the Eagle is as visible as any player at Purdy High School basketball games. Standing over 6-5, with a nearly 6-foot wing-span, Echo prides himself in striking fear into opposing mascots and rallying the fans to stand up and cheer. Before every game, Echo saunters through the crowd as the loyal Purdy fans filter into the gymnasium. He constantly pauses for autographs, high-fives from young children and a long line of hugs and pictures from those in attendance...
Purdy boys earn No. 6 seed (02/18/15)
The Purdy boys basketball team is best described by its coach Tommy Egan as a scrappy bunch. The Eagles earned the No. 6 seed in the eight-team Class 2, District 12 basketball tournament when begins next Tuesday at Pierce City. Pierce City (15-7) earned the No. 1 seed, with Miller (10-14) claiming the No. 2 spot...
Lady Cubs make history in the pool (02/17/15)
The swim of a lifetime, combined with some help with some help from Webb City, allowed Monett to qualify more swimmers to the state championship. Heading into Saturday's SWMO Championship, Monett Swim Coach Dan Janssen's message to his swimmers was simple -- swim your best...
Sophomores, heavyweights propel Monett to district title (02/17/15)
For the second time in the last three seasons, the Monett wrestling team claimed the Class 2, District 3 championship. The Cubs were the favorite coming into the tournament with five wrestlers on the team with state wrestling experience. While Monett Coach Daryl Bradley knew his team had the potential to secure the district title, but the Cubs still had to go to perform...
Lady Eagles earn No. 1 seed for districts (02/17/15)
For the first time since its 2010 state championship run, the Purdy girls basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 2, District 12 tournament. "I think the seed is a testament to how hard our girls worked this season," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "Getting the seed is one thing, but we still have to take care of business."...
Monett takes district wrestling crown (02/14/15)
For the second time in the last three seasons, the Monett wrestling team claimed the Class 2, District 3 championship. On Saturday, the Cubs built a 189.5-153.5 lead over Pleasant Hill heading into the final round and held on to win the team title, 202.5-179.5...
Dalton makes swimming history for Monett (02/14/15)
Monett High School swimming history was made Thursday night as freshman Shay Dalton became the first Monett High School swimmer to achieve a state qualifying time. Dalton reached the goal in the 100-yard Freestyle. Unlike other sports, in order to qualify for the state championship, swimmers compete against a predetermined time. Once an athlete meets or exceeds the set standard, he or she is eligible for the state competition...
Cubs end home play with win (02/14/15)
In the final home game of the season on Thursday against Seneca, Monett Basketball Coach Jeremy Land started all five of his senior players on the roster: Elijah George, Isaac Long, Nathan Webb, Colin Randles and Chad Swanson. The older Cubs finished their final game at home with a 68-51 win over the Indians. Monett improved to 14-8 on the season and are guaranteed to finish the season with a record above .500...
Jared Lankford: Dalton's achievement validates sports expansion (02/14/15)
I admit that I am guilty of buying a lotto ticket every now and then. Yes, I know that the chances of me winning the mega-million dollar prize are the roughly the same as me claiming the NBA, NFL and MLB MVP award all in the same year. However, holding that ticket in my hand allows me to dream of what I would do with the massive windfall...
Wildcats ramping up for end of season play (02/13/15)
The Verona boys basketball picked up its eighth consecutive victory on Tuesday with an 87-39 win over Wheaton. Even more impressive has been the revolving door of players stepping up to take leadership roles. On Tuesday, senior guard Dre Sitton set the tone, scoring 29 points. He recorded 18 of those in the first quarter, and he was 4-of-5 from downtown in the first quarter...
Lady Wildcats' playoff run starts now (02/13/15)
Two games remain in the the Verona girls basketball regular season schedule. However, for coach Brenton Hyde, he views them as a postseason challenge. "We face Exeter and Southwest, and we know they are pretty good," Hyde said. "I've told the girls we might as well be in the playoff mind set now. The games aren't getting any easier."...
Monett alumnus making mark at University of Missouri (02/13/15)
Monett alumnus Chase Brennan had his red-shirt status removed by the University of Missouri wrestling team so that he could help the Tigers this season as a true freshman. Brennan earned his first career dual win at 125 pounds on Sunday, defeating Blake Caudill, of Eastern Michigan University, by a 9-3 decision. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 nationally. Clayton Hotze Special to The Monett Times...
Battle-tested Monett ready for districts (02/11/15)
Despite having 20 people in the room, there is not any socializing going on in the Monett Athletic Center as the Cubs prepare for the district tournament on Friday and Saturday. The rock sounds of Metallica, Journey and AC/DC blast over the radio with the occasional call of a coach instructing the team to change drills...
Lady Cubs hoops still looking for offensive punch (02/11/15)
Monett's Girls Basketball Coach Kelly George seems to have improved half of her team's problems. Over the course of last two games, George said the Lady Cubs' defense has been much improved, and she believes their 40-26 loss to Cassville on Monday may have been their best effort this year...
Cubs aim to shed need for late rallies (02/10/15)
It has become a familiar script for the Monett boys basketball team. The Cubs start the game slow, fall behind and are forced to rally in the second half. However, for the third time in their last four games, the Cubs were not able to recover and lost, 64-58, to Mt. Vernon on Friday...
Verona elementary students enjoy breakfast with champions (02/10/15)
Over 20 Verona athletes and cheerleaders took time out of their schedules to share breakfast with students from the first through fourth grades on Friday. "These young kids look up to our athletes, who they get to see play every week," said Brad Stewart, Verona athletic director. "Events like today give the students a chance to interact. For the young kids, it is almost like getting to eat with someone famous."...
Verona looking for number 8 (02/07/15)
Brad Stewart may be employed as a history teacher at Verona High School, but his psychological abilities with his basketball team are not to be overlooked, according to his team. Stewart walked into his locker room prior to Tuesday night's win over Purdy and told his squad the number needed to be six...
Young Lady Cubs finding time (02/07/15)
The last time the Monett girls basketball team tasted victory was 345 days ago, when the Lady Cubs toppled Reeds Spring. This year, the girls are hoping to get a win before the season ends. The Lady Cubs suffered their 16th setback of the season and 17th in a row this week with a 57-30 loss to Mt. Vernon...
Swimmers show need for speed (02/06/15)
Thursday and Feb. 14 are the final chances Monett swimmers have to reach state meet qualifying times. Thursday's meet is the preliminary round of the Southwest Missouri Championship. Participants compete for top seeding honors for Saturday's championship event...
Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken affiliations return to Monett (02/06/15)
After spending a year as an independent, unaffiliated youth baseball and softball organization, the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League voted unanimously to rejoin the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken affiliations for the 2015 season. The league issued a statement on its Facebook page stating:...
Cubs seek several firsts against Mt. Vernon (02/06/15)
Entering tonight's Big 8 Conference game with Mt. Vernon, the Monett boys basketball team is trying to obtain its first conference win and to defeat the Mountaineers for the first time in seven seasons. According to Maxpreps.com, the last time the Cubs defeated the green-and-white-clad ballers from northern Lawrence County was Jan. 4, 2008, by a 50-41 margin...
Another football coach leaves Big 8 (02/06/15)
Lightning has struck the Big 8 Conference again in less than a month, as East Newton Coach Seth Johnson submitted his resignation letter this week. Johnson, who finished his third year at the helm of the Patriots, recorded a 2-28 record. "I just felt it was the right time for me to step down," Johnson said. "East Newton is my alma mater and home. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead its young men on the football field."...
Purdy to honor all-time great athletes (02/04/15)
Looking for a way to honor in the present those from the past, the Purdy School District has established the Purdy High School Athletic Hall of Fame. According to the guidelines adopted by the board: "The Hall of Fame has been organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Purdy High School," the guidelines said. ...
Monett Lady Cubs prepare for Mt. Vernon's speed (02/04/15)
The scheduling mountain is only getting steeper for the Monett girls basketball team as the welcome Mt. Vernon to town on Thursday. The Lady Cubs are still seeking their first win of the season and the Lady Mountaineers are coming off a third-place finish in the Carthage Invitational...
Cubs to step up intensity in practice (02/03/15)
One week after saying that he planned to scale back wrestling practices, Monett Coach Daryl Bradley has changed his mind and plans to pick up the pace this week. Bradley's decision came in large part to his team's performance at the Odessa Tournament on Saturday...
Lady Eagles ready for the conference tournament (02/03/15)
SPRINGFIELD -- All of the goals that Purdy girls basketball coach Eli Ernst set for his squad are still obtainable and in front of his squad. The Lady Eagles are still in the driver's seat for a conference title and a No. 1 seed for the district tournament...
Monett girls still seeking a win (01/31/15)
The Monett girls basketball team members are playing hard, but just does not have a win to show for their efforts, according to Monett Coach Kelly George. The Lady Cubs fell to 0-16 Thursday night after a 61-23 loss to the Lady Mustangs of McDonald County...
Jared Lankford: The Statler Brothers and Monett basketball (01/31/15)
Growing up, I was subjected to old-time country music. When parody musician Cletus T. Judd sang "I Was Country, When Country Wasn't Pop," I could identify. I learned to appreciate a good twang and the crying of a steel guitar. On family vacations, my parents would play tapes of The Chuck Wagon Gang, Conway Twitty and Marty Robbins. When they introduced me to The Statler Brothers, I was immediately a fan. When "Flowers on the Wall" was played, I was drawn to its catchy tune...
Tough test awaits Purdy on Saturday against champs (01/30/15)
A marathon of games for the Purdy girls basketball team came to a conclusion on Tuesday, as the Lady Eagles defeated Thomas Jefferson, 56-28. The win marked the fourth contest the Lady Eagles had played in the last five days. "We have a lot of tired legs and sore bodies right now," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "We get a couple of days to recover and then face a big test on Saturday."...
Monett riding high toward district (01/30/15)
Monett Coach Daryl Bradley had mixed emotions about his twin dual sweeps over Ozark and Central on Tuesday. Bradley was pleased with the effort of his squad and said they took care of business, but he also felt that the competition did not give their best efforts in every match...
Pierce City off to play in Memphis (01/30/15)
Pierce City's boys and girls basketball teams are gearing up for a few home games, they just have to travel more than 300 miles to defend their new home courts. On Saturday, the Eagles and Lady Eagles will claim the 18,119-seat FedEx Forum, in Memphis, Tenn., and home to the National Basketball Association's Memphis Grizzlies, as their home and welcome the Bears and Lady Bears of Sarcoxie for a Spring River Valley Conference tilt on the hardwood...
Cubs launch search for new football coach (01/28/15)
Monett High School aims to make new hire by Feb. 19 By Jared Lankford sports@monett-times.com It did not take the Monett School District long to recover from the sting of Football Coach Chad Depee's sudden resignation. By Thursday, the district had posted the position on the school's web page and at http://www.moteachingjobs.com/. According to Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley, he had received eight applications by the end of Friday's school day...
Lady Eagles prepared to go to college (01/28/15)
Purdy has been busy in recent games making its case to be viewed as the hottest girls basketball team in southwest Missouri. The black and gold have ripped off four consecutive wins, claiming the Galena Lady Bears Tournament championship and receiving an invitation to play in the prestigious Pink and White tournament next year at Springfield...
Monett wrestlers look forward (01/28/15)
Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley is a man with a vision. His goal -- a top-four finish at the state tournament. Bradley has a packet of papers on his desk that lists the details of the top-10 wrestlers in the district. Every page has a Cub highlighted, and Bradley has made a mental note on how to get those athletes closer to the tops of their lists...
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...
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
Sean Jastal 2014 Class 2 State Wrestling Championships: Opening Round
Wesley Abramovitz
Ian Meyer
Garret Bradley
Jaron Howard
Kedric Brink
Shawn Beeson
Chase Brennan
Jaron Beeson -- state tournament
Gabe Pryor -- State tournament
Ian Meyer -- State Tournament
Kedric Brink -- State tournament
Wesley Abramovitz -- State Tournament
Jacob Negre
Sean Jastal -- State championships
Joel Barrientos-- State Tournament
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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