With a makeup game slated for Saturday at McAuley Catholic, the Wildcats hoops team at Verona believes it has found the defensive intensity and scheme it has lacked most of the season. Yes, it still counted as a loss, and... >>
A No. 1 seed in the Sarcoxie Tournament this week may be the needed medicine to help the wounded Purdy boys basketball team. As heavy media favorites to claim the crown, the Black and Gold (7-9) enter the tournament field... >>
The hottest basketball team in Barry County is Class 2 Purdy. The Lady Eagles entered the week 10-1 and ranked No. 7 in the state. On Tuesday, Purdy faced Pleasant Hope in the opening round of the Marionville Lady Comet... >>
The Monett wrestling team heads to Seneca on Thursday with a chance to continue its hot streak on the area mats. The Cubs took fourth in the Branson Invitational on Saturday with 218 points. Neosho won the event with 378.5... >>
provides punch Off the basketball court, Pierce City post player Devin Cox is polite when it comes to answering questions and speaking to all the Eagles' well-wishers. He embodies the charm often associated with southwest... >>
Wildcats sharpen defensive edge
With a makeup game slated for Saturday at McAuley Catholic, the Wildcats hoops team at Verona believes it has found the defensive intensity and scheme it has lacked most of the season. Yes, it still counted as a loss, and yes, no coach likes losing. But, for Brad Stewart, Verona coach, a 62-47 contest against Reeds Spring Tuesday in the Spokane Invitational was a huge step forward for his squad...
Eagles move right in Southeast tourney
The Eagles of Pierce City rallied past Columbus (Kan.), 58-40, to advance to the semifinal round tonight in the Lancer Classic in Southeast (Kan.). The Eagles trailed 22-18 at halftime before using a 22-12 surge in the third quarter to finally pull away...
Pierce City rolls to tourney victory
The Pierce City girls basketball team eased into the semifinal of the Lady Lancer Classic in Southeast (Kan.) with a 47-17 win over Southeast. Scoring for the Lady Eagles was: Libbey Strickler, 13; Kendyl Hayward, 10; Belle Golubski, 9; Ragan Blinzler, 8; Emily Drollinger, 3; and Christine Stellwagen and Kayla Portillo, 2 each. Pierce City played in the semifinal on Thursday...
Purdy advances to semifinal at Marionville
The Purdy girls basketball team opened the Marionville Lady Comet Classic with a 60-34 win over Pleasant Hope on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles were led in scoring by Layne Skiles, with 18 points; Sami House, 12; Rion Boyd, 8; Zoe Brown, 7; Devyn Callahan, 6; Ryle Moller, Hallie Henderson, Emma Harkey, and Betty Berry, 2 each; and Isbell Ibarra, 1. Purdy played Ash Grove in the semifinal Thursday...
Mix and match, Purdy still reloading
A No. 1 seed in the Sarcoxie Tournament this week may be the needed medicine to help the wounded Purdy boys basketball team. As heavy media favorites to claim the crown, the Black and Gold (7-9) enter the tournament field that contains Sarcoxie, Billings, Wheaton, College Heights and Exeter...
Battle-tested Lady Eagles keep marching
The hottest basketball team in Barry County is Class 2 Purdy. The Lady Eagles entered the week 10-1 and ranked No. 7 in the state. On Tuesday, Purdy faced Pleasant Hope in the opening round of the Marionville Lady Comet Classic. Game results were not available at presstime. Purdy entered the tournament on the heels of a hard fought, 54-49 victory over Pierce City on Friday...
Cubs wrestling roar to 4th at Branson Invitational
The Monett wrestling team heads to Seneca on Thursday with a chance to continue its hot streak on the area mats. The Cubs took fourth in the Branson Invitational on Saturday with 218 points. Neosho won the event with 378.5 points, followed by Seneca, 236.5, and Bentonville (Ark.), 232...
Devo owning Pierce City paint
provides punch Off the basketball court, Pierce City post player Devin Cox is polite when it comes to answering questions and speaking to all the Eagles' well-wishers. He embodies the charm often associated with southwest Missouri and has even devolved the southern twang accent in his voice...
Loss sets stage for Pierce City
For the 11-3 Pierce City girls basketball team, the chance to head to Kansas this week and play against some bigger schools is just what Rob Guerin, Lady Eagles coach, thinks the team needs. "I know that the teams in the tournament are from bigger schools [than Pierce City ] and they like to be physical," he said. "As we head down the stretch, we are going to have to be able to win physical games, and this tourney will help us get there."...
Monett playing with grit
Growth is not always measured in wins and losses. Such was the case in a 51-44 setback for the Monett girls hoops team in a tilt Thursday with Aurora. For four quarters, the Lady Cubs (3-9) battled, fought and clawed the Lady Houn' Dawgs, something that their coach said was missing from last season...
Lady Cubs lapping competition
The Monett swimming and diving team heads to Central High School in Springfield on Tuesday in hopes of continuing its run of success in area pools. Though small in numbers, the team continues to put up fast times against much larger foes, exemplified by a seventh place finish in the 25-team Ozark Invitational...
Cubs still fighting sleepy offense
Call it offensive stagnation, hibernation or lack of activation, but the Monett hoops team has been deficient in the offensive end of the floor this season. The Cubs host Aurora tonight and a large crowd is expected for the annual Rose Homecoming game, but the Cubs hoopsters are still focused getting things right and putting points on the boards...
Monett getting state's attention
The Monett wrestling team is getting state attention for its performance on area mats. In the latest poll released by www.missouriwrestling.com, the Cubs checked in at No. 3. Individually, Monett has five wrestlers ranked in the top six of their respective weight classes...
Rivals to battle for supremacy
The hottest basketball venue on Friday will be in Purdy, as Pierce City sends its boys and girls teams south for a varsity double-header. On the girls side, the game has reached new heights, with both teams meeting in the district playoffs the last five seasons and Pierce City winning three of the five battles...
Mirror images battle Friday
Two teams that are identical, on paper and in how they play the game, will take the floor on Friday in Purdy. Pierce City invades the Eagles' gym, with the winner taking the lead in the race for the No. 1 district seed. "I got a chance to scout Purdy on Monday against Diamond," said Matt Street, Pierce City boys basketball coach. "They do a great job playing within themselves, playing hard and running the system that [Purdy Coach] Tommy [Egan] has implemented for them."...
Lady Eagles enter pivotal week
Two huge games loom on the Purdy girls basketball team's schedule this week. The Lady Eagles (9-1) travel to Seneca tonight for a varsity boys-and-girls double header, then host Pierce City on Friday. "It's a big week," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "We finally beat Seneca last year, but they always play us tough. Plus, it's a tough gym to go and play at."...
Cubs wrestling gaining steam as they reach season mid-point
At the mid-point of its season, the Monett wrestling team is starting to hit its stride. On Thursday, the Cubs travel to Logan-Rogersville for a quad-meet with the Wildcats, Willard and Carl Junction. "It will be a good test for our team," said Coach Daryl Bradley. "Willard just won our tournament, and Rogersville and Carl Junction are much-improved. These are the types of events that are going to make us better."...
Lady Cubs back to drawing board
salvation after loss Answers to the season's problems are not coming as quickly as the Monett girls hoops team and coaching staff would like. The Lady Cubs (2-8) travel to Diamond on Monday in hopes of notching their elusive third win of the season...
Jared Lankford: Key characteristic of great players becoming scarce
Thursday marked the 29th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest basketball players to grace the hardwood -- Pete Maravich. Maravich earned the name "Pistol" from his high school habit of shooting the ball from his side, like he was holding a revolver in a quick draw competition. He was driven to be the best. He and his father invented drills to improve his skills and would spend hours practicing ball control tricks, passes, head fakes and his shots...
Regression a concern for 'Cats
A 79-29 drubbing by Marionville on Tuesday was as ugly as the score indicated for the Verona basketball team. The Wildcats struggled to challenge and fight against the Comets, and they showed a sign that was disturbing to Coach Brad Stewart -- regression...
Monett wrestling secret getting out
Area teams are starting to catch on to Monett's deceiving roster on the wrestling mats. It is not that the Cubs have won with smoke and mirror talent, but quite the opposite. The team, while having open weight slots, is loaded with talent with the grapplers it has...
Cubs hope for health in new year
A dismal team finish at the Diamond State Duels at Springdale Har-Ber High School (Ark.) overshadowed great individual performances for the Monett wrestling team on Thursday and Friday. The Cubs surrendered four open classes the first day of the meet and five the second day. As a result, the team won only four of its 10 duels...
Barry County Brawl: Alumni Edition
Even the most casual football fan understands that the gridiron distain between Monett and Cassville runs deep. A simple glimpse of the fans in the stadium, many of whom played in the rivalry game, displays a passion that only those who played under the lights of Friday night can understand...
Junior Eagle tests his wings
Teams normally try to identify an opponent's best player and then do their best to neutralize that player's effect on a game. The problem with teams that face Pierce City (7-2) is that the Eagles have a different player step up every night. On Friday, junior Hunter Hatfield was the latest Eagle to make his presence felt in a 43-40 win over Fair Play to secure third place in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament...
Pierce City girls stepping into hoops spotlight
A new power has surfaced in Lawrence County in the Pierce City girls basketball team. The Lady Eagles sent a message heard clearly around the state that they are a force to be dealt with after a 51-31 win over Hartville in the championship game of the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Friday...
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Bulldogs find success at Southwest Holiday Tournament
Growth and balance were the two biggest things that Chris Kennedy, Wheaton basketball coach, was looking for as his hoops team invaded the Southwest Holiday Tournament. After a pair of setbacks, the Bulldogs finally put the puzzle pieces together with a 58-50 victory over Exeter to snag seventh place...
Mistakes haunt Eagles hoops
The Eagles of Pierce City (7-2) seek to finish the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on a strong note, as they face Fair Play for third place at 4:30 p.m. today. "We've never played four games in this tournament before and, overall, I've been pleased," said Matt Street, Pierce City coach. "We need to focus on playing within our capabilities and having guys play their part and not worry about the rest."...
Lady Eagles fly to title game
An upset victory over the No. 1 team in the state propelled the Lady Eagles of Pierce City into tonight's championship game of the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. "We've gotten better with every game we have played here in Walnut Grove," said Rob Guerin, Pierce City coach. "These girls have developed and are playing with a tremendous amount of confidence in these games."...
Eagles' double trouble
Casual fans make think they need to have their eyes checked when they watch the Pierce City basketball team this season. The Eagles have tried to hide their unique duo of twins, Donell and Dallas Kleiboeker, but no longer can the secret of their talent and contribution to the team be kept silent...
Big 8 now officially bigger
It is now official. The six invitations extended by the Big 8 Conference have been accepted and the conference affiliation will expand to 14 teams. Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, Reeds Spring, Hollister, Springfield Catholic, Marshfield, Logan-Rogersville and Nevada join the existing group of Cassville, Monett, Seneca, McDonald County, East Newton, Lamar, Mt. Vernon and Aurora...
Cubs head south for tourney
The Monett boys basketball team heads south on Wednesday to participate in the eighth annual Cornerstone Bank Holiday Hoops Tournament in Berryville, Ark. The Cubs (1-6) are in search of their second win of the season. Monett will have the toughest path to score wins in the physically demanding tournament, drawing the No. 8 seed and opening bracket play on Wednesday against No. 1 seed and tournament host Berryville at 7:20 p.m...
Verona hoops find potential after decisive win
Two days after spending nearly an hour having a heart-to-heart conversation with his team after a lackluster effort in a loss, the Verona basketball team came to life and stung Chadwick, 57-26, to advance to the consolation quarterfinal against Ash Grove...
Caroling lifts Lady Eagles
Tis the season to make melody and rack up tournament basketball wins, and the Pierce City girls basketball team is in the spirit. For Rob Guerin, Pierce City coach, the effort, intensity and quick start to games is something that he has been preaching over and over to his team...
Hoops teams head to Southwest
For the 34th consecutive year, Southwest High School in Washburn is set to host its boys Holiday Tournament, and for the third straight season, its girls tournament, starting on Monday. This year's boys tourney field includes four Barry County teams -- Wheaton, Cassville, Southwest and Exeter. Joining those four are Galena, Forsyth, Gentry (Ark.) and Pea Ridge (Ark.)...
Cubs prepare for next wrestling step
The final result may have been a loss, but a recent meet did the Monett wrestling team a lot of good, according to coach Daryl Bradley. On Tuesday, the Cubs dropped their first dual of the season, a 38-34 decision to Branson. Monett helped the Pirates' cause with three open weight classes and 18 free points...
Eagles advance at Walnut Grove
A 4:30 p.m. tipoff with Sparta today awaits the Pierce City basketball team in the quarterfinal round of the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. "They are a good team with guards that complement each other well," said Matt Street, Pierce City coach, about the Spartans. "Our goal will be to speed them up and play faster than they are used to playing."...
Wildcats basketball feels Hornets' sting
There was no need to ask Brad Stewart, Verona basketball coach, his thoughts about a 62-41 loss to Fair Play on Wednesday to open the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. Stewart watched his team slug through the game, committing 24 turnovers and missing over a dozen point-blank shots. He could be heard consistently reminding his players that they were late on defensive assignments, leading to easy transition baskets for the Hornets...
More honors roll in for Cubs football
The final set of all-state awards were released with the Media All-State results, and as expected, the Cubs were a prominent force on the list. Five Monett gridiron stars, along with the head coach, earned spots on this year's squad. Derrek Uhl, Monett coach, was named Class 3 Coach of the Year...
Cubs finish No. 1 in poll
A few years ago, Lance Parnell, Cassville football coach, was asked about his team's state ranking during the season. "I don't care anything about being ranked during the season," Parnell said. "The only poll that matters is the final one after the season is over."...
Balance carries Lady Wildcats to win Saturday
With six minutes left in the game, Brenton Hyde, Verona coach, gathered his team around him to say he had nothing to tell them. "Just relax for a minute," he said during the timeout. "All right, keep up the pressure." After a slow first half, which saw the Lady Wildcats muster just 25 total points, a 26-point third quarter and 22-point fourth quarter turned a tight game with Stockton into a 73-45 trouncing to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Saturday...
Lady Eagles advance in tourney
Sometimes, the coach's wife is the most valuable source of information in a game for the team. Nowhere was this better exemplified than in Pierce City's 63-27 win over Marionville Saturday to open play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. With three minutes to go in the third quarter, Coach Rob Guerin brought in his junior varsity players with the game in hand...
Monett grapplers remain a perfect 3-0 in competitions on the mat
It was not pretty, but the Monett wrestling team squeezed out a 39-25 win over Bolivar on Thursday to improve to 3-0 on the season. "We still have a long ways to go, but we looked better than we did last week," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "I feel that we are doing some things very well technique-wise. ...
Sophomore's fight embodies Lady Cubs' attitude
There is a new attitude on the hardwood for this season for the Monett girls basketball team -- they want to fight. The aggression the Lady Cubs are showing is not one that results in the exchange of shoves and punches, but one that is based in grit and resolve to dig in and not give up...
Walnut Grove tourney on tap
The Verona and Pierce City boys basketball teams open play in the 16-team Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Wednesday. Pierce City earned the No. 4 seed and plays No. 13 seed Hurley at noon. Verona earned the No. 10 seed and plays No. 7 seed Fair Play at 4:30 p.m...
Area teams brace for holiday tourney play
Ready or not, the holiday basketball tournament season is creeping upon sports fans and area teams. On Saturday, the Pierce City and Verona girls basketball teams open play in the annual Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament. This year's field includes 16 teams and plays out over 13 days. The Walnut Grove tournament has earned the reputation of being the best small-school holiday tournament in the state...
Lady Cubs thrashing forward in the pool
The swimming lane does not get any shorter for the Monett girls swimming and diving team, as the Lady Cubs will host 17 teams on Saturday for the Monett Invitational. Facing challenges is nothing new for the squad. In fact, the team has come to accept the workload as par for the course...
New energy carries Lady Cubs hoops
Nearly three years had passed, or 1,019 day to be precise, between home victories for the Monett girls basketball team. The Lady Cubs finally put the nasty run to bed with a decisive, 71-38 victory over Billings on Monday night. "We played with more energy tonight," said Alyssa Kennedy, Monett coach. "We were able to click and get things going. The gym was rocking."...
Cubs soccer rewarded for historical season on the pitch
The final soccer awards were released and contained good news for the the Monett team that finished 19-7-1. Three Cubs landed on the list, the most ever in school history. Sophomore Jason Puente was named to the First Team, and Carlos Izaguirre and Daniel Salas garnered Second Team honors...
Wildcats race past Miller, 67-27
There is a huge youth movement in the bi-county area this season with multiple basketball team rosters featuring several underclassmen taking the floor. On Friday, two teams, Verona (3-2) and Miller (2-3), hit the hardwood and served as the standard bearer of this movement...