The awards season for fall sports is in full swing, as this year's football season is in the books. For Pierce City, the awards were numerous on the All-District, Spring River Valley All-Conference and Southwest Missouri... >>
One of the biggest strengths of the Pierce City basketball team is also its biggest obstacle early on in the season -- depth. On Thursday, the Eagles (2-1) dropped a 71-58 decision to Crane in the semifinal of the Pierce... >>
With the season culminating in the ultimate team accomplishment -- a state title -- the time has now come for individual honors for the Monett football team. The Cubs secured 19 spots on the All-Big 8 Conference football... >>
Matt Street, Pierce City basketball coach, has a good problem on his hands this season -- too many players capable of contributing on the hardwood. On Monday, the Eagles rolled to a 76-65 win over Verona to open the Pierce... >>
Starting three freshmen last season, Coach Brad Stewart knew that there would be some growing pains with his Verona boys basketball squad. The Wildcats finished the season at 12-15, but they did advance to the district... >>
Big 8 Conference expanding 14 schools
Big 8 high schools principals are set to expand the conference to an unprecedented 14 teams, which will take effect in the 2018 school year. The Conference's previous high of 13 teams was in 1976. According to Daryl Bradley, Monett athletic director, the benefits for Monett High School are huge...
Eagles receive post season honors
The awards season for fall sports is in full swing, as this year's football season is in the books. For Pierce City, the awards were numerous on the All-District, Spring River Valley All-Conference and Southwest Missouri coaches Association All-Region teams...
Eagles finding right pace
One of the biggest strengths of the Pierce City basketball team is also its biggest obstacle early on in the season -- depth. On Thursday, the Eagles (2-1) dropped a 71-58 decision to Crane in the semifinal of the Pierce City Invitational. "I give all the credit to Crane for doing what they needed to in order to win this game," said Matt Street, Pierce City coach. ...
Cubs secure 19 all-conference spots
With the season culminating in the ultimate team accomplishment -- a state title -- the time has now come for individual honors for the Monett football team. The Cubs secured 19 spots on the All-Big 8 Conference football team. Gathering First Team accolades for the Cubs were: Michael Branch, running back; Brian Parra-Navarro, receiver; Kurran Bartkoski, offensive tackle; Onis Howard, linebacker; Mason Swearingen, defensive back; Alex Turner, tight end and defensive end...
Purdy downs College Heights, 58-29
The Purdy girls basketball team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 58-29 win over College Heights on Monday. Layne Skiles led the way with 15 points for the Lady Eagles. Sami House chipped in 14, and Rion Boyd recorded 8. Purdy hosts Walnut Grove on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m...
Gridiron Cubs get unique parade honor
The Monett football team will serve as the Grand Marshal in this year Monett Christmas Parade, slated for Dec. 10.
The parade is set to begin at 11 a.m.
Eighth grade Lady Cubs down Marionville, 54-17
The Monett eighth grade girls basketball team improved to 5-5 on the season with a 54-17 win over Marionville. Kaity Ingle led the way for Monett with 18 points. Taylor Southard recorded 9, Gabby Zengotita added 8, Kim Parris and Abby Jastal contributed 6 each, Abby McCaffery recorded 4 and Caitlyn Calhoun finished with 3 points...
Eagles roll into semifinal of home tourney, play Thursday
Matt Street, Pierce City basketball coach, has a good problem on his hands this season -- too many players capable of contributing on the hardwood. On Monday, the Eagles rolled to a 76-65 win over Verona to open the Pierce City Invitational. "Our depth is a good thing," Street said. "With the ability to bring so many guys off the bench, we want to keep the pressure on the teams we play."...
Wildcats seeking more depth
Starting three freshmen last season, Coach Brad Stewart knew that there would be some growing pains with his Verona boys basketball squad. The Wildcats finished the season at 12-15, but they did advance to the district semifinal game against state runner-up Walnut Grove...
Wheaton student signs with Cottey College
Wheaton High School announced that Emily Killion, daughter of Shawn and Michele Killion, signed with Cottey College.
The play is called "Iron Bowl," and Monett Coach Derrek Uhl had no qualms stating that he incorporated it into his playbook after watching Alabama and Auburn duke it out on television. On Saturday, that "Iron Bowl" play call helped the Cubs (14-1) put the finishing touches on a 27-18 state title win over No. 1-ranked Maryville (14-1)...
Cubs' Villalta surprised by unique gestures
The biggest smile on the Monett sideline during the 27-18 state title win was on the face of defensive lineman Angel Villalta. Dressing out for his first game since Week 4, Villalta walked with a slow limp to midfield as his name was read aloud over the speakers during the opening introductions...
Jared Lankford: Cubs rise above noise, silence critics in title win
If there was a place of torment for a journalist, I was there on Saturday in the press box of Plaster Stadium while covering the Cubs' state title win over the Spoofhounds of Maryville. Sitting in the front of press row, six radio stations filled in around my position, all broadcasting the Class 3 title game...
Monett seeking donations for title rings
Monett High School is seeking donations to cover the cost of championship rings for the 2016 Class 3 football champion Cubs. Daryl Bradley, Monett athletic director, said that initial estimates put the rings' cost between $225 and $250 each. He is opening up sponsorship opportunities to help defray the cost of the memorabilia for the team...
Lady Cubs ready to break out
The basketball season has not crept up on everyone in Monett, as Alyssa Kennedy, Monett girls basketball coach, has made sure that her second season will point the team in the right direction. Kennedy was 2-21 in her inaugural stint at the Lady Cubs' leader and spent most of the season instilling her style and expectations on the team. The year two plan looks very similar to the first year's philosophy...
Protecting Monett for 60 years
Often taken for granted, and now just an afterthought, the face mask is an often overlooked, but necessary piece of safety equipment in football today. With a gridiron tradition that spans over 100 years, Monett High School did not always have the face guard. In fact, the Cubs' first helmets were leather and were about as soft as a five-pound bag of flour. By the 1950s, leather had given way to a hard plastic-type shell that made bloody and broken noses the rule more than the exception...
Tourney comes to Pierce City Monday
Pierce City (1-0) opens play in the Pierce City Invitational basketball tournament on Monday. The Eagles earned the No. 4 seed and face No. 5 seed Verona at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. Crane will look to defend its title and was selected the No.1 seed. The Pirates battle No. 8 seed Exeter on Monday at 6 p.m...
Cubs fans welcome home state champions
Fans of the Monett football team showed up on Broadway in droves Saturday afternoon to welcome home the Cubs after they defeated Maryville 27-18 to bring home the school's first state title since 1977. After being escorted by fire trucks down Broadway, the players trekked to 4th Street and did their final signature Pride Drill of the season for the assembled crowd...
SPRINGFIELD -- On fourth and 11, Alex Turner hauled in the biggest catch of his life in the final minutes of the Class 3A state championship game to lift Monett to a 27-18 victory over Maryville and its first state title since 1977. After a defensive slug-fest in the first half, the game was not decided until after the break...
Parade to welcome home champion Cubs at about 4 p.m.
Monett is planning a parade At about 4 p.m to welcome home the state champion football Cubs. The team will stop at the high school to unload equipment, then fire trucks will escort the state champs down Broadway. Fans should begin gathering downtown at about 3:30-3:45 p.m...
Cubs battling Spoofhounds for state title
The Monett football team trails Maryville, 12-7 at halftime of the Class 3 state championships.
Cubs face biggest stage Saturday
All week long, the fans in Monett have been buzzing about the upcoming state championship game on Saturday. For the first time in 39 years, the Cubs (13-1) punched their tickets to the Show Me Bowl and face Maryville (14-0) for the right to be called the state's best...
Summit in sight for Spoofhounds
Before each week's game, Matt Webb, Maryville football coach, gathers his team together to discuss the process of climbing the mountain. "We talk about reaching the summit and the effort that is needed to get us there," Webb said. "We are now just one step away from the summit. We see our goal, and now, we take aim at it."...
Once a Cub, always a Cub
There is no doubt football has held a special place in the heart's of many Monettans for more than a century. The past archives of people's memories and The Monett Times bound editions contain the evidence that teams may come and go, but they are never forgotten...
Leaving their marks
Monett football players roamed around Monett on Tuesday night painting the windows and vehicles of Cubs fans and business with their jersey numbers and names.
Cubs receive heroes' send-off for title game
Football players videoed the reception they received as they drove through the Monett Elementary School campus and kindergarten through second-graders cheered their heroes before the state title football game on Saturday. Murray Bishoff email@example.com...
Cubs growing on the field and off
Athletes rarely let something as insignificant as size influence their apparel, or in this case, jersey number. As a junior, Monett quarterback Ian Meyer decided he wanted to wear his lucky No. 13. "I didn't realize how small the jersey was until the first game of the season last year," Meyer said about his then-6-1, 190-pound frame. ...
Cubs gridders returning to site of first title win in 1971
On Nov. 27, 1971, Burl Fowler led a hardened group of young men from the small community of Monett to Springfield. Fowler and his Cubs entered Briggs Stadium on the campus of Southwest Missouri State College and earned the first state football title for Monett High School...
Jared Lankford: 2016: The year of the Cubs
Over the last six years I have been at The Monett Times, I have been blessed to cover good teams in every sports season. However, this fall sports season at Monett has been nothing short of spectacular in the group of athletes and their achievements...
Off to state
FERGUSON -- With a 27-0 lead at halftime of the state semifinal on Saturday, the Monett football team took the field to stretch and warm up for the final 24 minutes of play. A smile started to creep onto the normally stoic face of Kyle Wood, Monett defensive coordinator, but it quickly disappeared when a player noticed...
Cubs head to Show Me Bowl 2016
On Monday, Monett High School released several important details to help answer the massive amount of questions about Saturday's state title game against Maryville. The Cubs and Spoofhounds are slated for an 11 a.m. kickoff at Plaster Stadium, located on the campus of Missouri State University...
Jared Lankford: Monett fan support played big role in road win
It was 5:58 p.m. Saturday. After the Cubs defeated McCluer South-Berkeley in the Class 3 semifinal, I was traveling west on I-44 toward home when my phone notified me I had a private message on Facebook. I opened up the notice and saw it was from a player's mother asking for help to spread the word about a welcome home parade later that evening, an event to allow those who couldn't make it to Ferguson to still celebrate in the victory with the team...
Monett Booster Club offering free Cubs decorating
The Monett Booster Club will be decorating area businesses windows and painting car windows on Tuesday to support the Cubs football drive to a state title on Saturday. The Monett Chamber of Commerce is compiling a list of businesses that wish to have their windows painted. People may call the Chamber office at 417-235-7919 to get on the list...
Back on Broadway
During the four-hour drive back from winning a state semifinal in Ferguson against McCluer South-Berkeley, Cubs football fans organized an event that drew about 400 people to a normally noiseless Saturday night on Broadway. Meeting with Monett Fire Department trucks at the St. John's Lutheran Church, the two buses full of Monett players were escorted down 13th Street to Broadway, where they stopped between 3rd and 4th Streets...
Monett planning welcoming parade tonight
A welcome home parade is scheduled tonight for the Monett football team upon returning from the state semifinal win over McCluer South-Berkeley. The buses, escorted by Monett Fire Department trucks, plan to come down 13th Street, then turn west on Browadway, where supporters are being asked to to welcome the Cubs home...
FERGUSON -- For the first time since 1977 the Monett football program has punched a ticket to the state championship game. On Saturday, Monett (13-1) defeated McCluer South-Berkeley (13-1) in the Class 3 semifinal, 42-0. The Cubs face Maryville in the state title game on Saturday at Plaster Stadium on the campus of Missouri State University at 11 a.m...
New Cubs to hit the hardwood
For the Monett basketball team, last year's accomplishments of a 19-9 campaign were the culmination of years of hard work and talent. The 19 wins and district title berth were the most in nearly two decades, and the success ignited a renewed interest and excitement in Cubs hoops...
A successful hunt
Ben Owens, a 14-year-old Monett, resident recently harvested this eight-point buck south of Eldorado Springs with a .30-30.
Monett Middle Schools girls fall to Mt. Vernon
The Monett Middle School eighth-grade basketball team (2-4) fell 49-10 to Mt. Vernon on Tuesday.
Monett was led by Kaity Ingle with 7 points. Abby McCaffrey chipped in 2 points, and Abby Jastal recorded 1 point.
History in the making
Football in Monett is the king sport when it comes to attendance. More than 20 percent of the town's population can be found at Burl Fowler Stadium during the season. When Monett played Cassville in the district semifinal, the official gate total exceed 1,700, and the crowded that funneled into the Class 3 quarterfinal against Owensville exceed that number...
Big 8 among state's best in football
For the last decade, the Big 8 Conference has been one of the toughest small school football conferences in the state. Since 2007, at least one school from the conference has made the semifinal in its respective class. Seven state title banners have been hung in that time, two by Cassville and five by Lamar...
Charter bus ready for fans for Saturday's football semifinal
Monett fans looking for a ride to Monett's Saturday state semifinal against McCluer South-Berkeley now have an option. A fan bus is leaving from Monett High School at 7 a.m. on Saturday. The cost is $40 per person plus $7 for admission and any meal money...
Cubs hope 3rd time is state charm
Monett football fans have been blessed over the last half-decade. On Saturday, the Cubs play in their third Class 3 semifinal in the last five seasons. The previous two final four appearances pitted them against St. Louis-based John Burroughs and were held at Burl Fowler Stadium...
Purple and Gold fans should stock up on cowbells heading to semifinal
Fans traveling to Ferguson for Saturday's football semifinal are being asked to be mindful of the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) rules for fans and spectators. On Tuesday, Daryl Bradley, Monett athletic director, received an email from MSHSAA about rule violations by allowing the use of compressed air horns and horns that sounded like train whistles to be used inside its facilities...
Monett's balance key to semifinal berth
When scouting, teams often try to identify key players, then try to mitigate their impact in the game. While that scouting tip is neither new, nor revolutionary, when it comes to stopping the Cubs football team (12-1), opponents struggle with the Purple and Gold's attack. In Saturday's 48-20 quarterfinal win over Owensville, Monett's balanced attack shined through...
Jared Lankford: Clearing up the hurdle picture
Early in the second half of the Cubs' 48-20 win over Owensville, Monett running back Michael Branch jetted through the line and found himself in the Dutchmen's second level. Branch, as he has done multiple times this season, leaped over a defender and continued down the field nearly 30 more yards before being stopped...
Middle school grapplers down Cassville, Neosho
The Monett Middle School wrestling team opened up its season with a tri-meet at Neosho. The Cubs topped Cassville, defeating the Wildcats 11 matches to 3. Winning matches for the Cubs were Tyler Waterman, Miles Lanning, Matthew Bahl, Corbin McCully, Aiden Cavazos, Kris Cloud, Dru Guinn, Ethan Umfleet, Tanner Wright and Cole Davis...
Ozarks Youth Basketball signups underway
The Ozarks Youth Basketball League is registering Monett youth in grades third through sixth. The cost is $30 for an individual player. Discounts are available for multiple siblings with games set to begin in January and end in February. Registration fees as include a free T-shirt...
Area youth invited to basketball clinic on Nov. 19
Youth in kindergarten through sixth grades are invited to a free basketball skills clinic at Monett High School on Saturday.
Kindergarten through second grade will begin at noon, third and fourth grade at 1 p.m., and fifth and sixth grade at 2 p.m.
Cox Monett offers new sports service
Cox Health Systems in Monett has begun a new sports walk-in sports medicine clinic to benefit the residents and athletes in the bi-county area. "We saw a need [for athletes] that the nearest walk-in clinics were an hour away from Monett," said Greg Gilmore, Cox Monett athletic training coordinator. "We wanted to provide a service that was at the same level, but could get athletes in and out quicker without that hour drive."...