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Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016
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Cubs roar to road win over Logan-Rogersville (08/27/16)
ROGERSVILLE -- Coming into the season, most pundits had Monett pegged as a running football team. On Friday, the Cubs proved they were more than just ground-and-pound, with a solid 49-0 win over Logan-Rogersville. Monett, behind two passing touchdowns and 185 first half passing yards from quarterback Ian Meyer, built a 28-0 halftime lead...
Eagles record come-from-behind win (08/27/16)
After falling to Diamond last week, Pierce City bounced back Friday in a big way with a 27-20 come-from-behind road victory over Liberal. Pierce City fell behind by a touchdown late in the game, but was able to record two unanswered scores as time expired...
Lady Cubs riding 3-game streak (08/27/16)
With huge games looming over the next five days, the Monett softball team proved it can win in tight spots with a 8-7 win over Webb City on Thursday. Monett (3-1) welcomes Kickapoo to North Park on Monday, and Cassville on Thursday, with a chance to extend its three-game winning streak to five...
Cubs soccer vies for championship berth (08/27/16)
It will be an early morning start for the Monett soccer team, as the Cubs kick off at 9 a.m. against Springfield Parkview in the semifinal of the Branson Tournament today. The Cubs scored their first victory of the season with a resounding 10-1 thrashing of Marshfield Thursday night at Burl Fowler Stadium in the opening round...
Eagle Pride (08/27/16)
Pierce City senior Christine Stellwagen serves the ball as the Pierce City student section cheers her on during varsity action on Thursday.
Tailgate zone forming at Pierce City (08/27/16)
Pierce City football fans and supporters have created a tailgate zone in the upper and lower parking lots next to the Doug Weatherly Field House. There are 32 spots on sale for $50 with all proceeds going to the Eagles football team. The area will open at 4:30 p.m. on home game days and includes a DJ...
Brown sets Purdy golf record (08/27/16)
Purdy golfer Zoe Brown took fifth place in the Seymour Tournament on Thursday. Brown shot a 13-over par 83. The low score is a Purdy school record.
Pierce City falls in 3 sets to Sarcoxie (08/27/16)
The Pierce City volleyball team (2-1) lost 12-25, 25-22, 12-25 to Sarcoxie on Thursday. The Lady Eagles were led by Libbey Strickler with 13 digs and 2 aces. Christine Stellwagen recorded 9 kills. Emily Drollinger added 13 digs. Kayla Portillo collected 15 assists and Jonna Brottlund added 2 stuff blocks...
Long ball favoring Lady Cubs hitters (08/26/16)
One thing is for certain, the Monett softball team can hit the ball. In the first three games of the season, Monett, at 2-1 before Thursday's match with Webb City, has scored 29 and clubbed six home runs. Five of the round-trippers came in a 21-6 throttling of Buffalo on Tuesday...
Lady Cubs focusing on maintaining attacks (08/26/16)
The Monett volleyball team welcomes Crane to town on Monday as the Lady Cubs are seeking their first win on the season. On Tuesday, the Purple and Gold clad spikers opened with a 25-18, 25-15 setback to Diamond, but took strides forward in their play, showing more fight than at times last season, according to the coach...
Purdy falls to East Newton in volleyball action (08/26/16)
The Purdy volleyball team (0-1) fell 25-22, 25-18 to East Newton in varsity volleyball action on Tuesday. Purdy was led by Hallie Henderson with 5 digs, 9 assists and 3 aces. Rion Boyd collected 4 kills and Carly England recorded 4 aces.
Pierce City volleyball remains perfect (08/26/16)
The Pierce City volleyball team earned a 23-25, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Crane on Tuesday to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Eagles were led by Christine Stellwagen with 15 kills. Kayla Portillo added 20 assists. Emily Drollinger recorded 16 digs, and Libby Strickler served up 7 aces...
Mighty Mites open season Saturday at Webb City (08/26/16)
The Monett Mighty Mite football teams open the season on Saturday in Webb City. Kickoff for the first game is set for 2:30 p.m.
Cubs head to Logan-Rogersville Friday (08/24/16)
In 2011, a Monett team with only potential invaded a No.1-ranked Logan-Rogersville High School on a cool September evening. The Wildcats won by a deceptive, 48-27 score in a game where the Cubs cut the advantage to 35-27 with 3:46 left in regulation...
Eagles brace for Bulldogs' growl (08/24/16)
In an effort to claim its first win of the season, Pierce City Coach Brad Hocker did not mince words when he laid out his key for success. "Our offensive line has to be better than what they were on Friday at Diamond," Hocker said. "We have to have some guys do some soul-searching and ask themselves if their hearts will be in it. There has never been a football offense invented that didn't require blocking of some sort."...
Pierce City volleyballers snag season-opening win (08/24/16)
The Pierce City volleyball team (1-0) defeated Billings in straight sets, 25-19, 25-15, to open season play on Monday. The Lady Eagles were led by Christine Stellwagen with 9 kills and 9 digs. Kayla Portillo added 17 assists, with Aniesa Parrigon getting 2 aces. Belle Golubski and Jonna Brottlund also had 1 block each...
Local Football: Week 2 By the numbers (08/24/16)
2011: The last time Monett played at Logan-Rogersville, when the Wildcats won, 48-27. 4-1: Monett's record in Week 2 since 2011. 7-2: Cubs' regular-season non-conference record since the 2011 season. Losses were to Logan-Rogersville and Nixa, both played in 2011...
State football rankings (08/24/16)
Monett at Logan-Rogersville Reeds Spring at Cassville East Newton at Lamar McDonald County at Marshfield Springfield Catholic at Mt. Vernon Pierce City at Liberal Osage at Seneca California at Monett, 6-34 Cassville at Lamar, 0-50 Mountain Grove at Aurora, 35-21...
Edgy defense setting tone for Cubs (08/23/16)
Michael Branch received a ton of attention, and rightfully so, for his three first quarter touchdowns against California on Saturday night. The senior at Monett (1-0) easily strolled into the end zone with runs of 2, 7 and 13 yards, and he finished the night with 14 carries for 132 yards...
Frosh faces making impact for Eagles football (08/23/16)
The post-game huddle and speech after Pierce City's 24-14 loss to Diamond was upbeat and positive. Coach Brad Hocker told his team he was proud of them and that they had taken a huge step forward as a program. "You guys competed against a bigger and aggressive Diamond team and didn't back down," Hocker said. "We had some chances, especially in the second half, to get closer, but we are still a young team. We need to clean some things up, but we showed heart tonight."...
Cubs press on at Republic (08/23/16)
Monett's boys soccer team is looking to break into the win column today as it travels to Republic for the second game of the season. "Republic is a solid team that has some speed in the middle," said Cristobal Villa, Monett coach. "They won't make it easy for us, and we need to be ready to play."...
Cubs roar to win over Pintos (08/20/16)
Monett wasted little time showing what it is made of in an impressive, 34-6 win over California Saturday night. The Cubs (1-0) used six different running backs, but it was senior Michael Branch who found paydirt the most, getting three scores in the first quarter on runs of 2, 7 and 13 yards...
Jared Lankford: Reassessing a good idea (08/20/16)
There is an old saying, "A zebra cannot change its stripes." Generally, the meaning is associated with behavior, but the same axiom could be used to describe coaches and their offensive and defensive philosophies. For example, back in the 1980s and 90s, everyone in the Big 8 Conference knew what the Seneca football team and Coach Tom Hodge were going to do offensively...
Eagles' rally falls short at Diamond (08/19/16)
DIAMOND -- First game rust, youth and mental mistakes plagued the Pierce City football team in a 24-14 road loss to Diamond. The Eagles' defense played inspired ball against a bigger Wildcats line, holding Diamond to just 14 first half points. What makes that achievement even more remarkable was the fact the Eagles were on the field nearly the entire time, and the offense sputtered with just two first downs...
Lady Cubs face stiff test today (08/19/16)
Let it never be said that the Monett softball team runs away from good competition. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Today at 5 p.m., Monett opens the softball season with the first of three straight road games against Central Ozark Conference teams...
Cubs eye huge opening game (08/19/16)
While the majority of people in Monett will be focused on the American football game to be played Saturday night at Burl Fowler Stadium, the school's other football team will play its opener at Carthage at 10 a.m. Ask any of the Cubs soccer players who is the team's biggest rival, and each of them will say Carthage and Springfield Catholic...
Preseason football rankings released (08/17/16)
The first official preseason football poll was released on Wednesday morning, and it contained good news for Cubs fans. Monett checked in at No. 7 on the Class 3 list, with Lamar heading the top of the Class 2 state rankings. California, which comes to Monett on Saturday, is receiving votes in the Class 2 division...
Cubs, Pintos to open season (08/17/16)
Over the last five seasons, the Monett and California football teams have combined for an 88-34 record with five Class 3 semifinal appearances. Both teams spent multiple weeks ranked in the top 10 and thrilled fan bases with postseason runs. With Carl Junction dropping out of the Big 8 Conference, the opportunity to play each other became a reality. With kickoff just four days away, both teams see the importance of getting a win on Saturday to start the season off right...
Eagles leave nest for Diamond (08/17/16)
Pierce City's football coach painted a sullen picture when he described the Eagles' football opponent for Friday night. Pierce City travels to Diamond to face a team many have predicted to be the conference champions. "They're big, fast and physical," said Brad Hocker, Eagles coach. "They can spread you out and hit you with short passes, but they also like to throw deep. They'll get big at the line and then pound the ball at you."...
Monett football: By the numbers (08/17/16)
11: The number of starters Monett graduated off last year's team 11: The number of returning starters for Monett this season 326: The number of points the Cubs scored last year in 14 games (29.6 points per game average) 243: The number of points California scored last season (24.3 points per game average)...
State football rankings (08/17/16)
California at Monett Cassville at Lamar Mountain Grove at Aurora Lighthouse Christian at East Newton Salem at McDonald County Mt. Vernon at Reeds Spring Pierce City at Diamond Seneca at Nevada 1. Lamar, 8-0 2. Carl Junction, 7-1 3. Monett, 6-2 4. Aurora, 4-4...
Cubs knock off rust in jamboree (08/16/16)
Hungry football fans got their first taste of gridiron action on Friday with the jamborees being contested around the state. Monett welcomed Carl Junction and Carthage to Burl Fowler Stadium in an attempt to measure themselves against bigger opponents...
Lady Cubs softball sees district drawn this year (08/16/16)
Every two years, the Missouri State High School Activities Association redraws the district pairings for its member sports. This allows schools that have enrollment size changes to move into a group of teams that are similar in size. Normally, the changes for local teams are minimal. This year the Lady Cubs softball team will see a small change to their pod...
Heart, desire carry Pierce City football (08/13/16)
Last season was full of close calls and what-ifs for the Eagles of Pierce City. A 4-6 record could have easily been 6-4, according to Coach Brad Hocker, had the ball bounced a different way. "Last year, we lost to Cabool in the first round of the playoffs," Hocker said. ...
Monett cross-country ready to race (08/13/16)
Cross-country in Monett has a proud tradition. For years, the program was used to sending multiple athletes to the state competition. Over the past few seasons, the program dwindled in numbers, area teams improved and the Cubs and Lady Cubs found it more difficult to compete. However, it looks like the winds of change are blowing in Monett again...
Veteran group to lead Cubs football (08/12/16)
How far the Monett football team goes this season in the playoffs is the question on everybody's mind. A two-year district title reign came to an end last season with a loss to Aurora. The defeat cut deep, given the fact that Monett had defeated the Houn' Dawgs during the regular season, and the Purple and Gold had to watch as Aurora made a run to the state semifinal...
Eagles football to take flight (08/12/16)
For the Pierce City football team, tonight marks the first time the Eagles get to spread their wings and fly on the football field against another opponent. The Eagles hit the road, where they will meet three sets of Tiger mascot teams in the host Stockton, Lamar and Nevada...
Cubs reload for action on the pitch (08/10/16)
Out to prove last year's quarterfinal playoff soccer berth was no fluke, the Monett soccer team has reloaded this season. The Cubs finally defeated their playoff nemesis, Springfield Catholic, in the sectional round last year, sending notice across the state that Monett was ready to challenge the status quo of southwest Missouri soccer powers...
Carl Junction, Carthage come to town Friday (08/10/16)
For the truly enthusiastic football fans, jamborees serve as a chance to whet the appetite. They are more of the dining equivalent of an appetizer, something to take the edge off, before the main course arrives. For the players, jamborees are a chance to finally punish an opponent in a different-colored jersey...
Pierce City football fills varsity game void (08/10/16)
The Pierce City football team has filled its Sept. 9 void, created when McAuley Catholic canceled its season. The Eagles will instead host Pleasanton (Kan.) on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in an 8-man format.
Cubs freshmen gridders seeking game (08/10/16)
Monett's Aug. 22 freshman football game at Reeds Spring has been cancelled due to the Wolves' low freshman numbers. Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley is currently seeking a replacement game to fill the void.
Monett to host softball jamboree Friday (08/10/16)
The Monett softball team welcomes Willard, Webb City and Seneca to North Park on Friday for jamboree action. Monett will play Willard at 5 p.m. and Webb City at 6:30 p.m. The jamboree will be played as a situational game. Admission is free and concessions will be available...
Cubs see first opposition Game (08/09/16)
Knocking the rust off and getting into the flow of a game situation were the biggest goals of the Monett football team on Saturday at the annual Pride Night. "Pride Night was the first time we were in full pads with live hitting," said Derrek Uhl, Monett coach. "Our main goal was just getting the guys adjusted to a game situation of receiving and recognizing the play on the sideline and getting everything lined up right."...
Dalton takes gold at Show-Me Games (08/09/16)
Monett's Kelsey Dalton took first place in the 13-14 girls division in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and long jump competition of Missouri Show Me State Games. Dalton will be a freshman this year at Monett High School. She is the daughter of Mike and Julie Dalton...
Signing up another supporter (08/09/16)
Monett Booster Club member Carrie Bradley, left, signs up a new member for the club.
Pierce City football fills varsity game void (08/09/16)
The Pierce City football team has filled its Sept. 9 void, created when McAuley Catholic canceled its season. The Eagles will instead host Pleasanton (Kan.) on Tuesday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. in an 8-man format.
Lady Cubs tennis ready for the new season (08/06/16)
With just three returning players from last year's squad, the Monett tennis team will be young and learning on the job. "It will be a rebuilding year again," said Bob Crain, Monett coach. "We didn't have a junior varsity team last year, and that hurts our depth this year."...
Jared Lankford: I've never written a story for the paper (08/06/16)
For eight years of my life, I worked at a quick service restaurant. With a jovial personality, I usually was pushed to the drive-thru or front counter. I didn't mind the customer interaction at all. As a matter of fact, I had fun with my job. Generally, I would take 200 to 300 orders a shift, which meant that I could practice 300 individual greetings...
High quality H2O (08/06/16)
C.J Uhl takes a moment to get a drink of water during the Cubs' football practice on Thursday morning.
Booster club seeking concession volunteers (08/06/16)
The Monett Athletic Booster Club is seeking a business with 12-15 volunteers to help run the concession stand for the Aug. 20 varsity football game with California. In return for labor, businesses will be allowed to pass out promotional items to fans in attendance...
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