PLATO -- Purdy's magic playoff bus ran out of gas and came to a screeching halt with a 15-2 loss in the Class 2 quarterfinal baseball round to Plato on Thursday. While the final score reflects a blowout, the game through... >>
The Monett baseball team finished the season with a record of 23-4. The first of what is sure to be many awards started rolling in on Thursday with the release of the Cubs' team awards. Most Valuable Player: Ian Meyer Rookie... >>
Several area athletes competed at the Class 1 and Class 2 state track and field championships on Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City. Pierce City's Brayden Miller and Wheaton's Rachel Lacey earned medals in their... >>
We are accustomed to the Missouri State High School Activities Association's classifications for its various sports offerings. MSHSAA, for all intents and purposes, does a good job of pairing schools of similar size together... >>
After the Purdy baseball team's first batter scored a run, pitcher Sydney Birge held up the tally to lead the Eagles to a win over Galena, 1-0, to advance to the Class 2 quarterfinal on Wednesday in Plato. "This was a great... >>
Purdy's magic playoff run ends
PLATO -- Purdy's magic playoff bus ran out of gas and came to a screeching halt with a 15-2 loss in the Class 2 quarterfinal baseball round to Plato on Thursday. While the final score reflects a blowout, the game through five innings was highly competitive...
Diamond Cubs hand out team awards
The Monett baseball team finished the season with a record of 23-4. The first of what is sure to be many awards started rolling in on Thursday with the release of the Cubs' team awards. Most Valuable Player: Ian Meyer Rookie of the Year: Brady Wright...
Area athletes finish strong at state
Several area athletes competed at the Class 1 and Class 2 state track and field championships on Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City. Pierce City's Brayden Miller and Wheaton's Rachel Lacey earned medals in their respective events. Miller took sixth in the discus with a toss of 140-04...
Cubs tennis honors players
The Monett tennis team handed out its end of the season team awards. They are as follows: MVP: Alex Ragsdale Sportsmanship: Josh Ridings Most Dedicated: Brennon Krueger Most Improved: Krueger Top Newcomer: Spencer Crossland Most Improved: Naman Desai...
Jared Lankford: Finding the one true champion
We are accustomed to the Missouri State High School Activities Association's classifications for its various sports offerings. MSHSAA, for all intents and purposes, does a good job of pairing schools of similar size together to build a fair and balanced playoff system...
MARS coming to Monett Speedway this Sunday
The Midwest Auto Racing Series (MARS) Dirtcar Series returns to action this weekend for the 16th annual Tony Roper Memorial at the Monett Speedway on Sunday. The event is named after the late Tony Roper, who cut his teeth on the red dirt at Monett, according to track owner Randy Mooneyham...
Eagles upset Bears in sectional
After the Purdy baseball team's first batter scored a run, pitcher Sydney Birge held up the tally to lead the Eagles to a win over Galena, 1-0, to advance to the Class 2 quarterfinal on Wednesday in Plato. "This was a great win," said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. "The boys bought in early to our system and came together when it mattered most to get the win."...
Monett honors top athletes
Monett High School recently honored its top athletes, including handing out Most Outstanding awards to one male and one female athlete. Coaches gave a brief summary of their program's achievements, then presented the Cub Awards and four-year participants awards...
Cubs baseball among state's brightest in academics
Coaches often preach, hound and drill into their kids' heads the need to take care of things in the classroom to stay eligible on the field. For the Monett baseball team, Coach Michael Calhoun had little to worry about this season, as five of his players named to the Class 4 Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association (MBCA) All-State Team...
Purdy sectional game moved
The Purdy-Galena sectional baseball game has been moved to Warren Turner Field on the campus of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin tonight.
First pitch is set for 7 p.m.
Eagles soar to district baseball title
Outstanding pitching, clutch defense and opportunistic hitting gave the Purdy baseball team a 5-0 victory and a Class 2, District 12 title over McAuley Catholic on Thursday. "I told the guys after the semifinal win that we have Sydney [Birge] on the mound, and let's go take care of business," said Joshua Hughes, Purdy coach. "We hadn't played well in our last two games, especially on defense, but everything seemed to go just right for us tonight."...
Golfing results finalized after rainout
What was originally slated to be two-day state golf tournaments across Missouri became one-day flashes in the pan for most golfers.
With the rain descending on Tuesday, the Missouri State High School Activities Association made the decision to cancel the second day of tournament action and make the first day's results final...
Hearts of gold
Monett Middle School hosted an end-of-the-year dodgeball tournament, with all proceeds donated to the American Heart Association.
Important offseason looms for Cubs
Unable to stop the bleeding early in the game, the Monett baseball season came to a close with a district championship loss on Wednesday. The Cubs saw their winningest season ever (23-4) come to a sudden halt with an 11-0 thumping by Carl Junction. "They got the ball to bounce their way and caught the breaks," said Michael Calhoun, Monett coach. "The Bulldogs are a good team and they took control of the game."...
Pierce City thinclads open state competition
State championship preliminary events kick off today at Lincoln University in Jefferson City for Class 1 and 2 track and field. The Pierce City track team has six athletes in the mix for medals at the annual event. In order to qualify for state, athletes must obtain top-four finishes in their respective district and sectional meets...
Kurima earns sectional track berth
Monett's Katie Kurima earned a berth into the Class 4 sectional Saturday at Bolivar with a strong performance at the district track meet in Branson. To qualify for the sectional round, athletes need a top-4 finish at the district meet. Kurima took third in the 100-meter dash and fourth in the 200-meter dash...
Pair of Cubs raising money for Australia trip
A pair of Monett football players need some community support if their dreams of playing in an Australian All-Star game are to come true. Monett senior Michael Branch and Darian McCracken have been invited to play in the 2016 Down Under Bowl, presented by Down Under Sports in Brisbane, Australia...
Free tennis camp for Monett students
The Monett tennis team will host its annual camp May 23-27 at the North Park courts. The camp is open for students in grade 9-12 and will be instructed by Bob Crain and Jason Smith. Girls camp runs from 9-10:30 a.m., and boys camp is slated for 10:30 a.m. to noon...
Mark Welch Golf Tournament for June 5
The 26th annual Mark Welch Memorial Benefit Golf Tournament will be June 5 at Honey Creek Golf Club near Aurora. Tee times are 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for five-person teams. The tournament benefits a family in need caused by a major illness. For more information, people may contact 417-678-3353...
Monett WaterThrashers holding signups
The Monett WaterThrashers are holding signups for the 2016 summer season.
For more information, people may go to http://tinyurl.com/z3mxsm6
Monett athletics seeing the end of a family era
On a regular basis, Coast to Coast owner Leonard Witt has found himself turning wrenches at his shop at 2 a.m. Even though the office closed at 5:30 p.m., Witt usually has a backlog of mower repair work because of the busy spring. More importantly, he works late for another reason -- he wants to see his son play baseball...
Verona baseball team earn first district playoff win since renewal
The Verona baseball team advanced to the semifinal round of the Class 1, District 5 tournament with a 4-3 win over Wheaton on Friday. The victory marked the first district success for the Verona baseball program since it was renewed two years ago. Kolton Pinkly allowed three hits, walked one and struck out 15 in a complete game win...
Monett moves district games to MSSU
Monett High School has moved the Class 4, District 12 baseball tournament to Missouri Southern State University today. "I went and looked at our field this morning and there was no way it could be ready," said Daryl Bradley, Monett athletic director. "I don't think it would be ready to play by Thursday. We had the opportunity to get the Lions' field and we took it."...
Kaiser aiming for state gold
No one has higher expectations than Monett freshman Clayton Kaiser has placed on himself going into the state golf championships on Monday and Tuesday. "I'd liked to get top-15 and be All-State," Kaiser said. "I do that, and the tournament will be a success."...
Purdy golfers set approach at state
For Purdy golfers Matthew Wilson and Tyler Keeler, reaching the Class 1 state golf tournament was a goal from the first of the year. On Monday and Tuesday, the duo will attack the 6,296-yard, par-71 Freemont Hills Golf Course in Nixa for just the second time in their young careers. Their first experience with the course came Thursday during a practice round...
Jared Lankford: Best of luck to the Class of 2016
Everywhere you look this time of year, you see reminders we are in the midst of graduation season. I will be even making the trek to one of these time-honored events to watch my niece cross the stage and receive her diploma. For those who will hear their names called, congratulations. This year's senior classes of athletes allowed me to cover 24 conference titles, 19 district championships, four state championships and a host of playoff games and memorable regular-season games...
8th-grade girls repeat conference title
If this year was any indication, the Monett High School track teams are about to get an infusion of high quality talent over the next few years. This spring, the Monett Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade boys and girls track squads torched area athletes at meets and rewrote several school records...
Still throwing heat
Monett alumnus Aaron Patton hurled the Roughriders of Crowder College in the National Junior College Athletic Association Regional Tournament with a 10-4 victory over North Central Community College on Saturday.
White Knights shine at state meet
The Trinity Lutheran track team returned from the Lutheran Sports Association of Missouri state track meet at Lutheran High School North in St. Louis with hands full of hardware. Heading into the event, Steve Greimann, team coach and athletic director, said if the team secured four state medals, the year would be an overwhelming success...
Wildcats open district play in Hurley
Playoff baseball officially begins today with the first round games in the Class 1, District 5 tournament in Hurley. Three area teams, Verona, Wheaton and Exeter, put their seasons on the line in first-round action. Billings and Hurley secured the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds, respectively, and earned first-round byes in the six-team field...
2 Eagles off to sectionals
Pierce City's Brayden Miller qualified for the sectional track meet in the discus during Saturday's district competition at Mt. Vernon.
Late inning collapse costs Purdy
PURDY -- The Purdy softball season came to a screeching halt on Tuesday with a 7-6 loss to Mt. Vernon in the Class 1 sectional round. For 5-1/2 innings, Lady Luck shined graciously down upon the 25-3 Lady Eagles, as they dealt with a bevy of base runners from the 22-7 Lady Mountaineers in every inning but the second...
District baseball invades Pierce City
The Class 2, District 12 baseball playoff season officially begins on Monday. Pierce City will serve as the tournament's host school. Teams with Eagles as mascots secured the top two seeds and automatic byes into the semifinal, with Purdy voted the No. 1 seed and host Pierce City the No. 2...
Jared Lankford: A huge difference between value and worth
In my house, I own a plastic pig. To look at the item, there is nothing that identifies it as special, rare or unique. The molded plastic swine is roughly 10 inches long, 5 inches tall and 3 inches wide. There is a place underneath for batteries. In the animal's mouth is a sensor. When triggered, a cheap voice chip lets out a noise that is supposed to resemble a hog grunt...
Kaiser punches ticket for state tourney
Monett freshman Clayton Kaiser earned entry into the Class 3 state golf championship tournament. Kaiser finished with a 5-over-par performance at the sectional golf tournament held at par-70 Whispering Oaks Golf Course in Marshfield on Monday, leaving him tied for eighth place...
Purdy golf has two make state cut
The Purdy golf team qualified two golfers for the Class 1 tournament at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa on May 16-17. Matthew Wilson and Tyler Keeler both made the cut for the Eagles. Wilson finished 13th overall with a 14-over-par, and Keeler carded a 17-over-par at the par-72 Hoots Hollow Golf Course in Sedalia on Monday...
Cubs head to districts
District baseball action returns to Monett on Saturday with the Class 4, District 12 tournament. Monett (21-3) and co-Big 8 Conference champions earned the No. 1 overall seed and a coveted first-round bye. "You can throw out the seeding for this tournament," said Michael Calhoun, Monett coach. "Any team in the field is capable of getting hot and winning the tournament."...
Cubs track heads to districts
The Monett boys track team heads to Branson on Saturday for its district track competition, and the Cubs are encouraged with a fourth-place finish in the Big 8 Conference meet. "At the start of the season, I had two goals for our team: improve over the course of the season and finish in the top four at conference," said Tyler Rickard, Monett coach. ...
Lady Cubs focused on district meet
The Monett girls track team heads to Branson on Saturday for district action on the heels of a solid Big 8 Conference performance. With a sixth-place finish, the young squad is looking forward to the district challenge. "I am so proud of the effort and heart these girls give each day," said Kelly George, Monett coach. "We set personal records in the triple jump, discus, 4x800 relay, 100-meter hurdles, 1600-meter run, 800-meter run, and 200-meter dash."...
Sectional softball game postponed
The Purdy-Mt. Vernon sectional softball game has been postponed until Tuesday (May 10) due to the threat of severe weather. First pitch in Purdy is now set for 5 p.m.
Familiar foes meet in sectional
Often times in the playoffs, coaches will make phone calls or scour sources to get information about their opponents. However, for the Purdy and Mt. Vernon softball teams, those calls will not be necessary ahead of their sectional meeting on Monday. The two teams will meet for the fourth time on the softball diamond this season...
Umfleet grapples way to wrestling state title
The Monett Youth Wrestling Club sent 10 members to the youth wrestling state tournament in St. Louis, with four Cubs placing and Ethan Umfleet taking home a state title. "We always officially end our season at the state tournament, and every wrestler in the state is striving to be there," said A.J. ...
Reid heads to national competition
Verona's Landin Reid earned a berth into the National Archery in Schools Program (NASP) national tournament in Louisville, Ky., on May 12-14. Reid's national tournament qualification was a two-step process. He earned entry into the state tournament with a personal best 283/300...
Purdy repeats district softball title
Purdy's softball team took advantage of nearly every Southwest mistake to win the Class 1, District 10 softball title, 6-1, on Wednesday in Pierce City. The win propelled Purdy in to a sectional tilt with Mt. Vernon on Monday at 6 p.m. "We knew Maggie [Robbins, Southwest pitcher], was going to throw the ball outside for strikes," said Lori Videmschek, Purdy coach. "Our mentality coming in was middle-in, we are going to pull it hard, and middle-out, slap it the other way."...
Monett golf sends 2 to sectionals
Choosing to look at the glass as half full, Monett Golf Coach Dan Janssen praised the efforts of Clayton Kaiser and Lane Witt as they advanced to the Class 3 Sectional Marshfield on Monday. However, Janssen knows that his team has some work to do before next season...
White Knights look to make big noise
Trinity Lutheran's track team is once again out to prove that the size of a school does not reflect the amount of fight in an athlete. On Saturday, six students, or 10 percent of the student body, open competition in the Lutheran Sports Association of Missouri state track meet at Lutheran High School North in St. Louis...
Purdy, Pierce City send 3 each to golf sectional
The Purdy and Pierce City golf teams advanced three individual golfers each to the sectional round with qualifying district scores on Monday. Monett's par-71 Windmill Ridge served as the district host site, with Pierce City represented as the host school...
Bittersweet season ends for Verona
Cherri Nash, Verona softball coach, was upbeat with her squad after a 4-0 loss to Southwest to open Class 1, District 10 play at Pierce City on Monday. Nash reminded her players how far they had come in a short amount of time. "We set a school record with 9 wins, and we took a 21-3 team to the brink," Nash said. "You seniors have laid a foundation that others can come in and pick up and build on."...
Cubs expecting best shot from Aurora
The Monett baseball team is under no illusions about what type of effort it will face from Aurora today at 5 p.m. All season long, the diamond Cubs have taken other teams' best shots and stayed upright long enough to deliver their own knockout blows...
Lady Eagles softball team begins run at final four today in districts
The Purdy softball team has proven all season long it is a tough team to beat. The Lady Eagles (23-2) enter District 10 play today in the semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Their opponent had not been determined at presstime. The mission this season has been simple in its scope all year -- get to the final four...
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
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