There is no team in the bi-county area with a bigger question mark about the basketball season than the Verona boys. Brad Stewart, in his 15th season at the helm of the Wildcats, will lead a team that returns zero starters... >>
A new broadcasting agreement between the Missouri Valley Conference and ESPN has provided the honor of a lifetime for Mike McClure, Monett sports commentator. On Friday, McClure, along with long-time friend Don West, will... >>
Things are looking up for the Verona girls basketball team this season. The Lady Wildcats finished last year 10-17 and advanced to the district semifinal in Brenton Hyde's first year at the helm, and year two could be a... >>
History was made last season when the Monett girls swimming and diving team broke through the time barrier and qualified a relay team and an individual for the state meet. Head Coach Dan Janssen said he set lofty goals last... >>
It has been awhile -- 635 days and 22 games -- since the Monett girls basketball team has tasted the sweet nectar of victory. However, as the old saying goes, it is always darkest before the dawn. With the season set to... >>
New faces greet Wildcats basketball
There is no team in the bi-county area with a bigger question mark about the basketball season than the Verona boys. Brad Stewart, in his 15th season at the helm of the Wildcats, will lead a team that returns zero starters from last season, forcing him to thrust three freshmen into the starting rotation...
Monett broadcaster gets national exposure
A new broadcasting agreement between the Missouri Valley Conference and ESPN has provided the honor of a lifetime for Mike McClure, Monett sports commentator. On Friday, McClure, along with long-time friend Don West, will provide the commentary for the Missouri State University and Williams Woods University basketball contest at JQH Arena in Springfield on ESPN3 at 2:05 p.m...
Lamar aims for 5th state championship on Friday
The Lamar football team will attempt to win its fifth consecutive state title on Friday. The Tigers (14-0) face Malden (14-0) in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Kickoff is set for 4:15 p.m. Lamar defeated Lafayette County, 45-0, and Malden topped Palmyra, 24-21, in the semifinal games to advance to the title tilt...
Monett 8th grade girls basketball still unbeaten
The Monett Middle School eighth-grade girls basketball team improved to 8-0 on the season with a 43-18 win over Reeds Spring on Monday. Lopsided wins are becoming the norm for the Lady Cubs. Their last four wins, including Reeds Spring, have been by more than 15 points -- Seneca, 40-25; Mt. Vernon, 33-17; and Cassville, 41-10...
Monett girls fall in opener to Willard, 64-43
The Monett girls basketball team fell in its season opener to Willard, 64-43. Monett kept the game close in the first half and trailed 26-25 at the intermission. Individual scoring was not available at presstime. Willard won the junior varsity contest 40-6. Monett plays tournament host Carl Junction Monday at 6 p.m...
Verona pumped for season
Things are looking up for the Verona girls basketball team this season. The Lady Wildcats finished last year 10-17 and advanced to the district semifinal in Brenton Hyde's first year at the helm, and year two could be a breakout season for Verona. Hyde has four returning full-time starters, plus a part-time starter at his disposal. Additionally, a talented group of freshmen has now become varsity eligible...
Monett swimmers eye another state run
History was made last season when the Monett girls swimming and diving team broke through the time barrier and qualified a relay team and an individual for the state meet. Head Coach Dan Janssen said he set lofty goals last season for his team because he knew the swimmers could achieve them...
Lady Cubs focused on new season
It has been awhile -- 635 days and 22 games -- since the Monett girls basketball team has tasted the sweet nectar of victory. However, as the old saying goes, it is always darkest before the dawn. With the season set to begin on Tuesday, the Lady Cubs are under new management this season with Alyssa Kennedy tapped to lead the program...
Hopes high for Purdy girls
Last season ended much sooner than the Purdy girls basketball team hoped it would. The team won 21 games, the Clever and Galena Tournaments, and an Ozark 7 Conference title. However, the Lady Eagles were upended for the third consecutive season in district play by Pierce City...
Pierce City turns to basketball youth
Rob Guerin, Pierce City girls basketball coach, was stunned when he tried to put into words what it meant to win a third consecutive district title last season after his Lady Eagles upset top-seeded Purdy, 47-43, in the district championship. "I didn't expect to have this much success this early at Pierce City," Guerin said about his third consecutive district title. "It still hasn't sunk in. I am very proud of this squad for sticking to the game plan and finishing strong."...
Jared Lankford: Best prep venues in southwest Missouri
As a child, I loved this time of year, not just because it was the holiday season, but because it was basketball season. I would ride the school bus home, wait for my dad to get off work, and then we were off to go watch a game somewhere. I did not care where we went, just as long as the games were good and my dad was with me...
Purdy hoops ready to fly
Tommy Egan, Purdy basketball coach, began instilling a new belief system in his Eagles last season. Knowing his team was short on height, he taught them that speed kills, and hustle, determination and hard work can negate some of the advantages of height...
Monett soccer honors still rolling in
The awards continue to roll in for Monett soccer team. On Tuesday, the Cubs learned five players were included on the Missouri High School Coaches Association Southwest Missouri All-Region team. Players included on the all-region teams are eligible to be selected for the all-state teams...
Pierce City hoops seeking
Pierce City has won eight district titles in its basketball history, and 25 percent of those championships have come with Matt Street at the helm. In two of the last three seasons, Street has guided the Eagles into the playoffs using completely different styles...
Monett wrestlers down Seneca
The Monett Middle School wrestlers improved to 2-0 on the season defeating Seneca in 14 of 21 matches on Monday. Of the 14 wins, 12 came via a pin for the Cubs. Recording victories by pin were: Karter Brink, Cole Davis, Tanner Wright, Elias Barrientos, Matthew Bahl, Jace Stow, Jamyn Kyle, Trevon Prince, Cye Bouchard, Logan Umfleet and Wesley Merriman...
Purdy girls basketball schedule announced
The Purdy girls basketball team travels to Mansfield for its annual jamboree on Friday. The Lady Eagles play three, six-minute quarters against Spokane at 6 p.m. and Mansfield at 6:45 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students.
Purdy boys travel to Spokane Friday
Purdy boys basketball fans can get a sneak peek of the Eagles basketball team on Friday, as Purdy travels to Spokane to play Osceola, Mansfield and Spokane. Each game consists of two, six-minute quarters. Purdy and Osceola tip at 6:30 p.m., with the Mansfield tilt slated for 7 p.m. The Eagles' night cap with Spokane is set for 8:30 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students...
Pierce City Pilgrims Run set for Nov. 26
The fifth annual Pilgrims Run, to benefit the Pierce City Backpack Program, is slated for Nov. 26 in Pierce City. The cost is $20 if registered by Wednesday, or $25 day of the race. T-shirts are only guaranteed to those who registered by the first deadline. For more information, people may contact Larry Eden at email@example.com, or Sallie Pyror at firstname.lastname@example.org...
Cubs welcome 3 teams for jamboree
The Monett boys basketball team hosts three schools on Friday for its annual jamboree. Each game consists of two, six-minute quarters. Monett opens play with Diamond at 6 p.m., then plays School of the Ozarks and completes the night with Galena. No admission will be charged...
Monett girls basketball team travels to Hillcrest
The Monett girls basketball team will be in action on Friday at the Hillcrest jamboree. The Lady Cubs open play at 6:15 p.m. against Clever and conclude the night with a 7:15 p.m. contest with Hillcrest. Admission is a donation of a non-perishable food item...
Monett soccer hoards Awards
starters honored In a first for Monett soccer, all 11 starters found a home on the Class 2, All-District 12 soccer team. The Cubs are no strangers to racking up all-district postseason accolades. Last year, the team tied the school record with nine selections...
Area teams host football semifinals
Southwest Missouri will be a hotbed of football playoff action on Saturday, as four area teams are playing in semifinal games and two Big 8 teams will host. Lamar, Class 2; Aurora, Class 3; Webb City, Class 4; and Carthage, Class 5, each advanced to the Final Four, three of them with nail-biting victories...
Cubs claim all-conference football awards
The first postseason awards of the year for the Monett football have been released in the form of the Big 8 All-Conference teams. Cubs players collected a total of 14 awards. Earning First Team recognition were: Cameron Witt, all-purpose; Witt, punter; Witt; defensive back; John Saunders, linebacker; Michael Branch, running back; and Jonah Paszek, receiver...
Jared Lankford: Heroes closer than we think
On Wednesday, Veterans Day, I watched and read as hundreds of my friends, coworkers and family posted, and rightfully so, thanks to our veterans on social media sites. I, however, posted nothing. It wasn't because I was ungrateful, unappreciative, forgot, or even because I wanted my thoughts to stand out from the pack. It was because I couldn't find the right words to honor the men and women who serve and have served this great nation...
Monett 8th-grade girls win Triway tourney
The Monett eighth-grade girls basketball team won the Triway tournament championship with a 32-31 win over East Newton. Kaesha George's buzzer-beater secured the title for the Lady Cubs. Monett opened tourney play with a 29-11 win over Lamar and routed Diamond in the semifinal, 47-14...
Purdy girls basketball jamboree scheduled
The Purdy girls basketball team travels to Mansfield for its annual jamboree on Friday.
The Lady Eagles play three, six-minute quarters against Spokane at 6 p.m. and Mansfield at 6:45 p.m.
Purdy boys travel to Spokane Friday
Purdy boys basketball fans can get a sneak peek of the Eagles basketball team on Friday, as Purdy travels to Spokane to play Osceola, Mansfield and Spokane. Each game consists of two, six-minute quarters. Purdy and Osceola tip at 6:30 p.m., with the Mansfield tilt slated for 7 p.m...
Verona boys tip off new look on Tuesday
The Verona boys basketball team welcomes McAuley, Everton and Exeter to Wildcat Gym on Tuesday for the annual boys jamboree.
Each game consists of two, six-minute quarters. Verona plays Everton at 6 p.m., McAuley at 6:30 p.m. and Exeter at 8 p.m.
Lady Wildcats host basketball preview
The Verona girls basketball team with host a jamboree on Monday.
The Lady Wildcats will play three games, consisting of two, six-minute quarters, against Everton at 6 p.m., McAuley at 6:30 p.m. and Billings at 8 p.m.
Monett 7th grade splits tilts with Cassville
The Monett seventh-grade girls "A" basketball team fell 13-11 to Cassville on Thursday. Natalie Turner led the Lady Cubs in scoring with 5 points. The seventh-grade "B" team topped the Lady Wildcats, 28-6. Monett was led in scoring by Ashton Prine with 12 points...
Lady Eagles to jam on Tuesday
The Pierce City girls basketball team will participate in the annual basketball jamboree on Tuesday. Aurora will serve as this year's host. The Lady Eagles open play against Ash Grove at 5:30 p.m., then play Southwest at 6 p.m., and conclude the night against host Aurora at 7 p.m...
Cubs dominate all-conference soccer awards
By virtue of McDonald County adding soccer this season, the Big 8 Conference had enough teams to dish out all-conference awards. In order to qualify for all-conference recognition, a majority of the schools in the conference must participate. In the inaugural offering of the Big 8 All-Conference teams, Monett secured nine spots...
Middle school Cubs roar to win
Although the high school winter sports season has yet to begin, the Monett Middle School winter athletes have started competition. On Tuesday, the middle school wrestling team took 17 of 24 matches from Carthage to earn a season opening victory. The Cubs won 11 contests by pin...
Pierce City claims postseason honors
The Pierce City football team turned a few heads in the Spring River Valley Conference this season, and as a result, the Eagles were rewarded with 16 spots on the all-conference teams. Leading the way with First Team honors were Ian Burt, kicker; Brian Parra-Navarro, return specialist; Evan McDunner, offensive line; and McDunner, defensive line...
Winter sports featured Friday
Monett High School will hold its annual Winter Sports Pride Night at the high school gymnasium on Friday beginning at 6 p.m. Pride Night provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a basketball scrimmage and meet the athletes, cheerleaders and dance team representing Monett High School during the 2015-2016 winter sports season...
Lady Cubs collect more honors
The Monett softball team continued to roll in postseason honors with the release of the Class 3, All-District 12 softball and All-Region teams. The Lady Cubs secured five spot on the district list and two more on the region team. Earning First Team All-District honors were: Kelli McCallister, infielder; Katie Kurima, infielder; Ashton Ratliff, outfielder; and Haley Williams, utility...
All-Region volleyball team released
Missouri's All-Region volleyball teams have been released by the Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association, with Barry and Lawrence well represented on the list. Players named First Team All-Region are eligible to be considered for the All-State team, which will be released later in November...
Purdy volleyball players, coach earn honors
Purdy volleyball Coach Ashley Brown was recently named All-Conference Coach of the Year for the 2015 season. Several of Brown's players also took post-season honors.
Monett youth bags a trophy buck
Kaden Palmer, 10, of Monett, bagged a 6-point during the youth hunting season near Verona.
Lady Cubs set school records
The Lady Cubs softball team may have finished fourth in the Big 8 Conference standings, but that placement did not stop Monett from snapping six school records this season. With the bulk of the team returning next year, Coach Ty Goetz is optimistic about the future...
Big 8 releases softball honors
The Monett softball team landed six players in seven spots on the 2015-2016 Big 8 All-Conference team. Making the Second Team cut from Monett were Haley Williams, who was named to pitcher and utility player, Josie Allcock, Kelli McCallister, Katie Kurima and Maddi Coones. Ashton Ratliff received Honorable Mention accolades...
A Royal celebration
Kansas City shortstop Alcides Escobar carefully handles the 2015 World Series trophy at the Royals celebration and parade on Tuesday.
Cubs finish swim season in style
Dan Janssen, Monett swimming and diving coach, had some extra paperwork to do before he put the finishing touches on the boys' swimming season on Monday. Janssen had to update the Monett record book. His swimmers broke every school record in the event they competed in at the SWMO Championships at Foster Natatorium in Springfield on Thursday and Friday...
Monett thinclads finish season
It was a mixed bag of results for the Monett cross-country program at the district meet Saturday in Bolivar. The disappointing news was that neither the boys or girls squads qualified any runner for state. The encouraging news was that the team's younger runners led the Cubs and Lady Cubs packs to give hope for the future...
Kansas City throws party to celebrate Royals' title
From left, Royals pitchers Edinson Volquez, Johnny Cueto and Yordano Ventura celebrate Kansas City's World Series win at a parade held in Kansas City Tuesday.
Football seniors reflect on season
A cold, rainy night for the Monett football team ended with a thud, as Aurora marched into Burl Fowler Stadium and stole a 25-11 victory on Friday. Monett Coach Derrek Uhl spent several minutes on the 46-degree, rain-soaked field, walking up to each senior player after the game and giving them hugs and thanks for their service...
Cubs soccer motivated heading into offseason after quarterfinal loss
Five years ago, no one took Monett soccer seriously. The Cubs ran around and played a game. There was little cohesion, despite talent being present. When the season was over, most of the players did not touch a soccer ball, except for the occasional pick-up game, until the fall practice session began...
Jared Lankford: Royals fans go from bridesmaid to bride
For 30 years, Royals fans like me have watched as others have celebrated their team's baseball championship performances. I applauded every time the Cardinals won a World Series, but always had hollowness inside, being forced to settle being the bridesmaid and never getting to be the bride...
Cubs soccer falls in quarterfinals, 4-0
The Monett soccer season ended Saturday with a 4-0 loss to Southern Boone in the Class 2 quarterfinal at Burl Fowler Stadium. Monett, playing in its first quarterfinal in school history, controlled the pace of play for the game's first five minutes. However, Jason Puente's shot on goal 30 seconds into the contest proved to be the only look for the Cubs in the first half...
Cubs' season ends vs. Aurora, 25-11
The football season for Monett ended Friday with a 25-11 loss to rival Aurora in the Class 3, District 4 semifinal. The Houn' Dawgs were fired up to start the game and made the Cubs punt after three plays for negative-5 yards. However, Aurora muffed the punt, allowing the Cubs to take a 3-0 lead, three plays later on a Caleb Hilton 32-yard field goal...
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
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