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Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014
Sports
Cubs survive Hollister in OT, 53-43 (12/19/14)
An 18-point explosion in overtime carried the Monett basketball team to a 53-43 overtime win Friday against Hollister. Monett played from behind most of the night and trailed 33-26 with 6:57 left in regulation. The Cubs switched to a full-court press and began to gain traction. Alex Turner's free throw with 2:50 left in the fourth knotted the score at 35-35...
Huge early-season test awaits Cubs (12/19/14)
There are several questions surrounding the Monett wrestling team, especially when it comes to how they stack up against Missouri's best wrestlers. "We want to find out if we are one of the best programs in the state, or just a good team in this part of Missouri," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach...
Verona Wildcats race into Holiday schedule (12/19/14)
Every year, Verona boys basketball Coach Brad Stewart asks his players if they want to continue playing in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament, and the answer is always the same. "The boys say 'yes,'" Stewart said. "If they didn't enjoy coming here, we wouldn't be here."...
Lady Cubs open tourney play Saturday (12/19/14)
The Monett girls basketball team opens play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Saturday at 9 a.m. Monett earned the No. 9 seed and faces No. 8 seed Exeter.
Pierce City opens tourney with Miller (12/19/14)
The Eagles basketball team opens play in the Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Pierce City is the No. 6 seed and plays No. 11 seed Miller. The tournament also features Verona and Exeter.
Monett 7th-grade finishes 2nd (12/19/14)
The Monett Middle School seventh-grade girls basketball team finished the season 11-3 and took second place in the Big 8 Conference Tournament at Seneca. Monett defeated Mt. Vernon 33-21 to open the tourney, led by Abby Patton's double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds...
Monett 8th-grade girls take 3rd in Big 8 tourney (12/19/14)
The Monett Middle School eighth grade girls basketball team finished third in the Big 8 Conference tournament in Seneca. Monett prevailed 19-17 over Cassville in the third-place game. Individual scoring was not available at press time.
Monett girls fall to Carthage, 58-12 (12/19/14)
The Monett girls basketball team fell to Carthage, 58-12, on Thursday night The Lady Cubs trailed 15-2 at the end of the first period and 33-6 at halftime. Scoring for Monett: Kaylee Ticknor, 8; Katie Tinklepaugh, 4; Lauren Brown and Sarah Childress, 2...
Jared Lankford: If you can't see, stand up (12/17/14)
There are many traits that I inherited from my father, two of which include the love of a bargain and sports. These two themes crossed paths frequently in my youth. My grandmother was employed by Missouri Southern. She would give us her tickets to the Lions' games. From my uncle, we received Southwest Conference passes, and since my parents were Seneca alumni, my dad also finagled Big 8 Conference passes...
Cubs land 5 on all-state list (12/17/14)
The final football awards were released this week by the Missouri Football Coaches Association and the Missouri Media. Monett landed five players on the lists, including three first team selections. The Big 8 Conference as a whole was also well-represented, garnering 22 selections...
MSU names Steckel as coach (12/17/14)
SPRINGFIELD -- Missouri State University has named Dave Steckel as its 20th head football coach on Sunday. MSU Director of Athletics Kyle Moats and President Clifton (Clif) M. Smart III announced the hire of the University of Missouri associate head coach and defensive coordinator. The hire concludes a national search that began Nov. 23...
Monett sees growth at Carl Junction (12/16/14)
Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley got a good look at his Cubs Saturday, as they took second at the Carl Junction Tournament. Bradley was focused on his team's conditioning and overall growth. "We had a good showing on Saturday," Bradley said. "I thought the kids competed. We will need continue to progress with our technique and shape if we want to achieve our goals."...
Lady Cubs swimmers hit the pool (12/16/14)
Quality over quantity is how Monett Swimming Coach Dan Janssen looks at his 2014-2015 girls swimming team. With just seven swimmers, Monett is at a disadvantage at most meets, forcing its athletes to swim multiple events. However, Janssen doesn't see it that way...
Monett Football Top 10 Photos: 1-5 (12/13/14)
Here are Nos. 1-5 of The Monett Times' Top 10 Cubs football photos. Want copies of these and hundreds other photos taken by The Monett Times this year? CDs with all the photos are available for $15. People interested may contact Sports Editor Jared Lankford at 417-235-3135, or sports@monett-times.com...
Monett grapplers roll in triangular (12/13/14)
The Monett wrestling team remained perfect on the season in dual matches Thursday, earning wins over Diamond, 82-0 and Webb City, 46-30, in the Diamond triangular. The Cubs, still perfect on the season, took a huge step in the right direction, according to Coach Daryl Bradley...
Lady Cubs showing progress (12/13/14)
Only the most foolhardy of fans judge a team solely on its win-loss record. If progress or a team's merit was measured purely on wins and losses, no coach would survive in a job long enough to establish a program. Monett's 0-5 record is not the start it had hopes for, but the Lady Cubs have made strides, even though they have not broken through in the win column...
Balanced attack leads Verona boys to 75-23 victory (12/12/14)
The Verona boys basketball team earned its first conference win of the season with a 75-23 decision over Wheaton Friday night. The Wildcats' pressure lead to a 47-12 halftime lead. "I felt our swarming defense, unselfish play and balanced scoring were the biggest keys to victory," said Brad Stewart, Verona coach...
McDonald County rallies past Cubs, 40-32 (12/12/14)
Cold shooting and missed opportunities cost the Monett basketball team against McDonald County on Friday. Monett (3-2, 0-1) led 22-21 to start the final period, but a 4:45 scoring drought, combined with a 6-0 Mustang scoring burst, proved to be enough to tilt the scale...
2nd-half surge propels Pierce City girls (12/12/14)
Pierce City's girls basketball team erased a 29-21 halftime deficit to secure a 46-44 win Thursday night. The Lady Eagles used a 15-8 run to open the third period to cut the lead to 37-36 heading into the final period. Scoring for Pierce City: Belle Golubski, 14, and Bailee Hayward, 9...
Monett girls fall to Cassville, 56-22 (12/12/14)
The Lady Cubs basketball team fell 56-22 to Cassville on Thursday in Big 8 Conference play. Monett trailed 12-5 at the end of the first quarter and 26-11 at halftimes. The Lady Cubs were short-handed with only 7 healthy players and struggled against the Lady Wildcats' size and depth...
Cubs follow blueprint for wins (12/12/14)
Monett's boys basketball team is off to a red-hot, 3-1 start to the season, and the Cubs show no signs of cooling off. For the first time in three years, the Cubs have veteran leadership on the floor that understands and can implement the coach's vision...
Monett eyes tourney crown (12/12/14)
The 2014-2015 wrestling season could be one of the best on record for Monett. Those who spend just a few minutes talking with Cubs Coach Daryl Bradley can begin to see his red-blooded passion come through in regards to his team's potential. However, as any coach will say, it is one thing to have potential, it is another to achieve it...
Monett rolls past Neosho, 69-55 (12/12/14)
The Cubs basketball team scored a 69-55 win over Neosho Tuesday night to improve to 3-1 on the season. The Cubs led 13-10 at the end of the first, and 32-21 at halftime. A 24-point performance in the third quarter gave the purple and gold a 56-40 edge...
Pierce City boys top Wheaton, 62-30 (12/12/14)
The Pierce City boys basketball team improved to 2-3 on the season with a 62-30 win over Wheaton on Tuesday. The Eagles put the game to bed early, outscoring the Bulldogs 23-7 in the first and 21-4 in the second to lead 44-11 at the intermission. Scoring for Pierce City: Colton Drollinger, 15; Jordan Cruz, 9; Kole Kelley and Evan Burt, 8 apiece; Colin Garner, 7; Logan Deems, 6; Mason Moreland, 3; Ross Thompson. Devin Cox and Ian Burt, 2 each...
College Heights trumps Purdy boys, 69-57 (12/12/14)
The Purdy boys basketball team fell 69-57 to College Heights in Ozark 7 Conference play on Tuesday. The Eagles trailed 13-12 after one and 32-22 at halftime. Scoring for Purdy: Robby Moody, 18; Sydney Burge, 10 Jonatan Salazar and Luis Cruz, 7 each; Tyler Keeler, 6; Hunter Cook, 4; and Dusty Viedemschek, 3...
Cubs seek growth at Diamond (12/10/14)
Monett senior Jaron Beeson smiled when asked if he got tired during his first varsity match last week. Beeson, along with eight other wrestlers who had played football, only had three practices under their belts before competing in their first duals...
Lady Eagles finding new roles on team (12/10/14)
Purdy Coach Eli Ernst knows his Lady Eagles basketball team has talent this season. Coming into this year, he finally had veteran leadership and a chance to make some noise. A season-ending knee injury to Courtney White dampened the team's spirits and some of that leadership for a short time, but not its resolve...
Monett hoops hosts Cassville Thursday (12/10/14)
The Lady Cubs basketball team hosts Cassville on Thursday in it's Big 8 Conference opener. The game can be heard on MHSCUBS.com or KKBL 95.9, or people may follow the action on Twitter @MonettSports. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
Pierce City downs Cassville, 48-26 (12/10/14)
A 21-4 run in the fourth quarter gave the Pierce City girls basketball team a 48-26 win over Cassville on Monday. The Lady Eagles led 27-14 at halftime and 27-22 at the end of three periods of play. Scoring for Pierce City: Bailee Hayward, 14; Belle Golubski, 10; Emilee Sooter, 8; Kayla Portillo, 6; Christine Stellwagon, 5; Ragan Blinzler, 4; and Shania Hogan,1...
George, Kurima lead MMS to overtime win (12/10/14)
Kaesha George (18) and Ashley Kurima (12) accounted for all of the Monett Middle School's seventh grade points as they lead the Lady Cubs to a 30-25 overtime win against East Newton on Monday. Even though they didn't crack the scoring column, Kelsey Dalton and Abby Patton had big nights as well. Dalton recorded 11 rebounds and 2 assists and Patton collected 9 rebounds...
Cubs dominate All Region football team (12/09/14)
Monett football players continued to be showered with post season honors this year. On Friday, the southwest Missouri all-region Class 3 teams were released. The Cubs landed 15 players on the teams, and Monett athletes Zack Hammond and Wesley Abramovitz earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year accolades, respectively...
Mental toughness key for Verona (12/09/14)
Verona Coach Brad Stewart channeled his inner Nostradamus Friday, telling his Wildcats during a timeout that they were going to steal the ball and get a layup to win the game at the Pierce City Invitational. "We're in Cat [defense], get the ball, attack the rim and get the win," Stewart said...
Purdy boys capture 5th in Clever Tournament (12/09/14)
Purdy's boys basketball team shook off an opening round loss and bounced back to claim fifth place in the Clever Tournament on Saturday with a 66-31 win over Billings. The Eagles (2-1) led 21-5 at the end of the first period and 52-14 at intermission...
Purdy girls finish 2nd at Diamond Tourney (12/09/14)
The Purdy girls fell just short of claiming the title in the Diamond Tourney on Saturday, losing to Jasper, 53-47. The Lady Eagles took a 24-20 edge into halftime, but were outscored 16-8 in the third period and could not recover. Scoring for Purdy: Layne Skiles and Sami House, 11 each; Ashton Young, 8; Rion Boyd, 6; Desirie Ennes, 5; Zoe Brown, 4; and Jayse Henderson, 2...
Lady Cubs fall to Liberal (12/09/14)
Monett's Lady Cubs fell to Liberal Friday night, 43-37, in the Carl Junction Lady Bulldog Classic. The Lady Cubs led 19-17 at halftime, but were outpaced in the third quarter 18-8. Scoring for Monett: Haylee Morris, 12; Kailee Ticknor, 10; Aubrey Parker and Sarah Childress, 4 apiece; and Katie Tinklepaugh, 3...
Cubs 3rd at Carthage (12/09/14)
The Monett boys basketball team (2-1) scored a 60-54 victory over Joplin on Saturday to claim third place in the Carthage Invitational. The Cubs got off to a hot start and built a 27-15 lead at halftime and 43-29 lead heading into the final period. Scoring for Monett: Logan Coones, 19; Jonah Paszek, 15; Chad Swanson 11; Colin Randles and Cameron Witt, 6 each; and David Lee, 3...
Monett Football Top 10 Photos: 6-10 (12/06/14)
Here are Nos. 6-10 of The Monett Times' Top 10 Cubs football photos. The Top 5 photos will be released in the next Monett Times Weekend edition.
Experience leads Monett over Branson (12/06/14)
Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley had originally planned to give his wrestlers who played football the evening off as the Cubs hosted Branson to open the season Thursday. Bradley cited the fact that they were not conditioned and only had three practices under their belts this season. However, after meeting with each one of his players, he left the choices of whether or not to participate up to them...
Pierce City football honors released (12/06/14)
The Pierce City football team had nine players selected to spots on the 2014-2015 All-Spring River Valley Conference teams. Marcus Brown and Logan Deems were named to the first team at the running back and offensive line positions, respectively. Cody Cooper earned a second team accolade as an offensive lineman...
Cubs reach tournament semifinal (12/05/14)
Monett's and Nevada's basketball teams seem to always play against each other to open the basketball season. In fact, the Tigers have been the Cubs' opponent in season openers in three of the last four years. The two teams are usually balanced, and the game serves as a litmus test for Monett's offseason progress...
George excited about team's development (12/05/14)
Though the Lady Cubs are few in number, they are big in heart, effort and doing things the right way, according to Kelly George, Monett girls basketball coach. The Lady Cubs' season is off to an 0-2 start, with the latest setback coming Tuesday, a 59-34 decision to McDonald County...
Sports Briefs (12/05/14)
Monett upsets Nevada in tourney opener The No. 6 seed Monett boys basketball team upped No. 3 seed Nevada, 70-66, to open play in the Carthage Tournament on Tuesday. The Cubs erased a 37-30 halftime deficit and outscored Nevada 19-13 in the third period and 21-16 in the fourth period...
Eagles lacking right combination (12/03/14)
The beginning of the season is always tough for basketball programs, especially when a holiday weekend limits practice time. Yet, Pierce City Coach Matt Street made no excuse for his team's 69-37 loss to East Newton in the opening round of the 51st Annual Pierce City Invitational on Monday night...
Wildcats rusty in season opener (12/03/14)
Rough, rusty and a learning experience were the terms that Verona Coach Brad Stewart used to describe his Wildcats season opening 65-31 loss to Crane on Monday in the Pierce City Invitational. "Crane is a senior-dominated team and probably one of the three best we'll face all season," Stewart said. "We hadn't practiced since Friday morning and it showed tonight on the court."...
Regal softball wins Tulsa tournament (12/03/14)
The Regal Athletic 12-and-under softball team recently won the Tulsa Fall Finale. Members of the team include, front row from left: Kalysa McGuire, Karsen Rhea, Paige Copeland, Abby McCaffrey and Bethany Rogers. Back row: Lauren Schallert, Ashley Kurima, Kassie McCallister, Kaesha George, Kaysie Carr and Taylor Southard. Contributed photo...
Cubs' football awards roll in (12/02/14)
The Monett football team landed 11 players in 15 spots on the 2014-2015 Big 8 All-Conference football team. The Cubs finished third in the conference race behind Carl Junction and Lamar. Monett's Levi Pfitzner, wide receiver; Jordan Hall, linebacker; and Cameron Witt, defensive back and return specialist, earned first team honors...
Eagles looking for veteran leadership (12/02/14)
After a 17-10 campaign last year, Matt Street and his Pierce City basketball team are looking to take another step this season. The Eagles came up just short against the eventual district champion Greenfield, and this year, they are looking to recapture the crown...
Krueger inks with Crowder College (11/29/14)
For two years Crowder College in Neosho pursued Monett's Abby Krueger in hopes of landing the talented all-state softball player. The Lady Roughriders had offered her a scholarship once before and she politely turned them down. "My goal had always been to go away to somewhere far and played softball," Krueger said. "Crowder had a nice program, but I didn't see it as a fit for me."...
Cubs loaded with wrestling potential (11/29/14)
Monett wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley made his expectations very clear to his grapplers this past offseason. Bradley told them he didn't want to win a bunch of matches, he wanted his wrestlers to win them all. "I have high expectations for this group this year," Bradley said. "Just missing out on the district title last year doesn't sit well with the boys. Our goal should be to compete for the state championship."...
Lady Cubs looking for growth (11/28/14)
For two years, Kelly George has labored to build a foundation to help establish her program at Monett. George has frequently talked about the process and described it as a brick-by-brick, day-by-day affair. In her first season, George managed to win just one game. Last year, the process resulted in five victories. This year, the Lady Cubs are striving for a goal that has eluded them for four seasons -- a double-digit win total...
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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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