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Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015
Sports
Tennis Cubs off to solid start (04/21/15)
The Monett tennis Cubs improved to 2-1 on the season with an 8-1 victory over Reeds Spring. After dropping their first match of the season, the Cubs have roared back to take the next two. What has been most impressive to Coach Bob Crain is the maturity the purple and gold players have shown in the early season...
Monett making title march (04/21/15)
If recent history is any indication of what tonight's Monett-East Newton baseball game will be like, fans might want to get there early and be prepared for a nail-biter. With a pair of recent wins over Mt. Vernon and McDonald County, the Cubs remained perfect in Big 8 Conference play and tied for first with Lamar and Cassville...
Cubs out-Witt Mountaineers (04/18/15)
As the Cubs baseball players broke from their postgame huddle, they in unison all said the same word -- family. Monett Coach Michael Calhoun had stressed the idea of family to his players of late, drawing upon the idea that if a family does not quit and sticks together, they will eventually succeed...
Monett man Boston bound (04/18/15)
What started out as a simple invitation grew into a hobby and now an obsession for one Monettan. Micah Miller, a 2010 graduate of Monett High School, left Springfield Regional Airport this morning destined for the most famous marathon in the United States, the 119th running of the Boston Marathon...
Pierce City track sharing athletes (04/17/15)
With the seasonal move of the softball season from the fall to the spring, the Pierce City track team has been stuck sharing even more of its players. Before this year, there was the annual jockeying of the baseball players who wanted to play two spring sports...
Monett sizing up competition (04/17/15)
A seventh-place finish at a tough Nixa Relay on Tuesday has left the Monett track team and Coach Tyler Rickard feeling good about themselves. "This was a great opportunity for our boys to compete against some district opponents, as well as larger schools," Rickard said...
Cubs baseball hosts nemesis Mountaineers on Thursday (04/15/15)
Although it is only the second conference game of the season for Monett, in terms of positioning for the Big 8 title race, it is a huge game. On Thursday, the Cubs baseball team hosts Mt. Vernon with first place in the conference on the line. In recent years, the Mountaineers have been the proverbial kryptonite for the Cubs' perfect conference record...
Eagles taking flight on diamond (04/15/15)
Purdy perfect in pair of Ozark 7 conference openers After a rough start to the baseball season, Purdy seems to have righted the ship. The Eagles dropped their first six games of the season, but have recovered to win six of their last seven, including their first two Ozark 7 Conference games...
Pitchers stepping up for monett (04/14/15)
Baseball coaches often say a team can never have too many good pitchers. Coming into the 2014-2015 baseball season, the Cubs knew that they had two returning starters in Blake Spain and Cameron Witt. Zack Hammond had secured the closer role in the preseason, but has seen more action as a starter this year than originally anticipated...
Cubs track and field wins Aurora meet (04/14/15)
After Mother Nature delayed or canceled two track meets, the Monett track and field squad was able to get another two in last week. On Thursday, the Cubs traveled to Aurora and then to Pittsburg, Kan., on Saturday. At Aurora, Monett's boys finished first in the 12-team event, and the Lady Cubs took second...
Cubs looking to play error-free (04/11/15)
Errors -- they turn coaches' hair grey, drive fans crazy and can demoralize a team. Last year, the Cubs baseball team committed 62 fielding mistakes in their 28-game season. The Cubs still finished 18-10 and advanced to the state quarterfinal, but the number was high enough that Coach Michael Calhoun made it a point of emphasis in offseason drills...
Lady Eagles earn state honor (04/11/15)
The 2014-2015 Purdy High School volleyball team was recently awarded the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement award from the Missouri State High School Activities Association. To earn the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award, the team needed a GPA of 3.25 or higher...
Pierce City falls to Clever, 8-5 (04/11/15)
The Pierce City baseball team surrendered a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning and fell 8-5 to Clever on Thursday. Colin Garner had a big day at the plate for Pierce City with three hits in three at-bats and two RBI. The Eagles return to action on Monday as they host College Heights. First pitch is set for 5 p.m...
Purdy falls to Cassville in extra innings, 5-4 (04/11/15)
The Purdy baseball team dropped a nine-inning, 5-4 decision to Cassville on Thursday night. The Eagles scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 4-3 lead, but Cassville got one in the bottom of the fifth and the winning run in the ninth to concluded the game...
Dalton sets Monett Middle School track record (04/11/15)
Monett Middle School seventh-grader Kelsie Dalton broke the school's 200-meter record at the Aurora Practice Meet on Tuesday night. Dalton covered the distance in 28:62 to beat the previous record of 28:72. Dalton also ran a 12.94 in the 100-meter, missing the record .04...
Lady Cubs soccer makes history (04/10/15)
Propelled by their first win of the season, the Lady Cubs soccer team storms into tonight's first-round match of the Ozark Shootout against Republic with renewed confidence. "We'll play Republic tonight and then Logan-Rogersville tomorrow," said Dan Janssen, Monett coach. "The girls are excited to get back on the field and try to extend their win total."...
Cubs earning state respect (04/10/15)
Monett Baseball Coach Michael Calhoun told his team that he does not care about any state rankings because the team still needs to live up to the expectations. However, his opinion has fallen on the deaf ears of the pollsters at the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association...
Tennis Cubs fall 8-1 in season opener (04/10/15)
The season got off to a rocky start for the Monett boys tennis team, falling 8-1 to Webb City on Tuesday. The Cubs look to rebound tonight at they head to Carl Junction for their second match of the season. Enrique Salas earned Monett's lone victory in the No. 4 singles with a 9-8 decision over Gabriel Yokley...
Wildcats stealing into year 2 (04/08/15)
Poise, confidence, mental focus and experience are key ingredients that help make a baseball team, according to Verona Coach Darin Williams. Last year, his Wildcats spent their eight-game season learning what it takes to play the game and adjusting to the speed...
Monett pulls past Nevada, 10-5 (04/08/15)
The Monett baseball team rebounded from its first loss of the season to earn a 10-5 victory over Nevada to open play in the Bill O'Dell Tournament in Carthage on Tuesday. The Cubs plated four runs in the top of the seventh inning to open up a 6-4 contest...
Purdy baseball looks to extend streak after back-to-back wins (04/08/15)
After dropping their first six games of the season, the Purdy baseball team needed something positive to hang its hat on. Consecutive wins over Marionville and Diamond were just what Coach Joshua Hughes ordered. "We were competing in our first few games, but never got the win," Hughes said. "We finally put everything together in the last two games. I have been impressed with our boys' poise and growth."...
Cubs refocus after first loss (04/07/15)
A huge opportunity awaits the Monett baseball team as it begins play in the Carthage Invitational today against Nevada. "They are always a tough team," said Michael Calhoun, Monett coach. "We have a chance to make some noise and potentially pick up four wins this week. We know what lies ahead."...
Anonymous donor gives gift for stadium (04/07/15)
Burl Fowler Stadium has seen its share of upgrades in the last 12 months. During that time, the stadium received new artificial turf, a scoreboard, entrance way, a fence, track and landscaping work. The bulk of improvement came at no cost to the taxpayers, a point many officials in the district have stressed at each stage of progress...
Cubs seeking to become special (04/04/15)
Every championship caliber team has that one moment, one special event that defines its character and serves to galvanize the unit. Monett baseball Coach Michael Calhoun hopes that a 13-11 win over Webb City on Thursday became that moment for his Cubs...
Lady Cubs soccer looks to end season's winless streak (04/04/15)
The frustration was evident on Monett soccer Coach Dan Janssen's face as he watched his Lady Cubs drop their eighth game of the season on Tuesday. Janssen's message to his team sounds almost like a broken record that keeps repeating itself. "We're playing better, but have got to make the most of our chances" was his message again after a 3-0 loss to Aurora...
Monett tourney kicks off today (04/03/15)
For Monett Baseball Coach Michael Calhoun, this weekend provides a challenge he is looking forward to facing. The Cubs welcome Billings, Seneca and East Newton to North Park for the annual Monett Tournament, providing that Mother Nature allows the games to be played...
Monett seeking new hoops coach (04/03/15)
Monett schools will be hiring their fourth different basketball coach in the last six seasons. On Wednesday, Kelly George stepped down after three seasons at the helm of the Monett girls basketball team. George signaled her intention to resign as the coach in a letter given to Daryl Bradley, Monett athletic director...
Baseball Cubs prepared for Webb City (04/01/15)
Defending their home turf" was Monett Baseball Coach Michael Calhoun's message to his team after a 17-7 win against Bolivar on Monday. The Cubs host Webb City on Thursday in the third game of a six-game home stand. "The Cardinals are always tough," Calhoun said. "Their coach, [Shawn Mayes] does a great job of getting them ready to play. I know that they are going to come in here and challenge us."...
Eagles still forming identity (04/01/15)
Six games into the 2014-2015 baseball season, and the Eagles of Pierce City are still trying to figure out their identity. For Coach Chris Mettlach, he could list a number of excuses why his team has stumbled out of the starting gate, but instead, he has chosen to make lemonade out of the lemons...
Cubs' leadership paying off (03/31/15)
Four games into the baseball season and Monett's veteran leadership is paying huge returns. The Cubs rallied for a 10-6, nine-inning win over Ash Grove on Friday, then rolled Pierce City 12-2 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 4-0 on the season. For Coach Michael Calhoun, the growth of his players makes all the difference...
Verona's Sitton earns top award (03/31/15)
On the list of the state's Top 21 Class 1 boys basketball players, Verona's Dre Sitton has a spot. A senior, Sitton averaged 17 points per game for the Wildcats, shot 52 percent from the field and set a school percentage shooting record by connecting on 45 percent of his 3-point attempts. He also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 3 steals and 3.1 assists per game...
Lady Cubs soccer welcomes rival Aurora tonight (03/31/15)
The Monett girls soccer team is hosting Aurora tonight, looking to break out of a familiar slump of lackluster offensive. Despite a 0-6 start, the team remains upbeat, according to Coach Dan Janssen. Part of the reason for the positive outlook is that the team has had its chances to pepper the opponents' nets with goals. The problem has been execution...
Jared Lankford: A gentleman, a kindness and a true son (03/28/15)
Growing up, our television only picked up three-and-a-half stations. My father never saw the need for satellite intervention, so during the football season, I was stuck with whatever games were nationally-televised. The problem was, I was a Missouri Tiger fan. The only time anything Tiger football-related showed up on the national airwaves at my house was when the station displayed the Big 8 Conference standings...
Lady Cubs' record not indicative of team (03/28/15)
Progress can sometimes be painfully slow. For two seasons, Monett Soccer Coach Dan Janssen has labored to build a foundation for the Lady Cubs soccer team. In his third season, at the helm, he can see marked growth. "I've seen us grow a lot better as a passing team and in our communication," Janssen said, about his team's improvement. "We are getting better at moving the ball, which is making the game easier to play."...
Locker room remodel unveiled (03/28/15)
Steven Chancellor, left middle, superintendent of Purdy schools, recently hosted a private tour of the district's newly-remodeled locker rooms for the family of Jerry Hall, whose contribution made the project possible.
Eagles aim to upset neighbor (03/27/15)
Pierce City Baseball Coach Chris Mettlach huddled his team around for one final meeting before he let them go from practice on Tuesday. He reminded his Eagles squad that they had two games scheduled this week, both against state-ranked teams -- Dadeville and Monett...
Monett's Dirty Dozen now state bound (03/27/15)
The Monett Youth Wrestling Program qualified 12 wrestlers to the the Missouri USA Wrestling State Tournament at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of St. Louis University on Saturday and Sunday. In order to qualify, participants had to finish in the top four at the district and regional tournaments...
Wildcats ready for full ball season (03/27/15)
In just their second year of existence, the Verona baseball team is looking to make a huge splash. Last season, the Wildcats played an abbreviated, eight-game schedule. Although the Wildcats failed to win a game, the experience gained renewed the excitement for baseball in the small district...
Purdy hitters thrive in season debut (03/25/15)
A new coach, new attitude, new season and new facilities upgrade added up to a 12-1 Purdy softball win over Diamond on Monday. For Purdy Coach Lori Videmscheck, who returned after a stint at Crowder College, the evening went better than expected. "I could not have been any happier with the way we swung the bat tonight," Videmscheck said. "We got our bunts down, hit line drives, and even when we made out, we hit the ball hard."...
Youth dominate track squad (03/25/15)
To say that the 2014-2015 Monett boys track program has undergone a youth movement is akin to saying the Grand Canyon is just a hole in the ground. Monett promoted Tyler Rickard to head coach after Chad Depee took over the golf team. Rickard inherited 32 athletes, and 71 percent of those are sophomores and freshmen. There are eight seniors, one junior, 10 sophomores and 13 freshmen, whom Rickard coached as eighth graders...
Witt shines in Monett's season opener (03/24/15)
The final stat line looked good for Monett senior Hunter Witt on Saturday, as he helped the Cubs win their first games of the season. Over the two-game spread, Witt went 3-for-5 at the plate with a triple, two singles, three walks, one RBI, two runs scored and one stolen base...
Pierce City grabs 5 district honors (03/24/15)
Class 2, District 12 has released its all-district players for the boys and girls basketball squads following the district tournament held at Pierce City. The host Eagles and Lady Eagles won both championships and landed a combined five players on the squad...
Pierce City track seeking rebound (03/21/15)
Pierce City has had a long and proud tradition when it comes to track and field competition. One glance at the school's Wall of Honor and trophy case tells the story of decades of dominance. Last season, however, was one that was forgettable for the green and white...
Monettan emerges to help soccer team (03/21/15)
Two years ago, the Monett school board approved the addition of girls soccer to the high school sports offering. In Missouri, girls are allowed to compete on boys teams in the fall, but Monett Athletic Director Daryl Bradley felt that there was enough interest to warrant the expansion...
Expectations high for Pierce City baseball (03/20/15)
Expectations are through the roof in Pierce City this season as the Eagles embark on the 2014-2015 baseball campaign. Pierce City returns seven starters from a 16-8 team that went 6-1 in the Spring River Valley Conference to secure the conference crown...
Purdy hopeful as season nears (03/20/15)
For the Purdy baseball team, winning is the norm. Over 11 years, Coach Joshua Hughes has amassed a 235-148 record in the fall and spring seasons. Last year, the Eagles entered a transition phase and finished 8-15. Gone from that team is the senior leadership of Brent Cornman, Alex Mareth and Reese Veith who combined for six of the victories on the mound, 26 RBI, 41 hits and 29 stolen bases...
Lady Cubs improving on the pitch (03/20/15)
Year No. 2 for the Lady Cubs soccer team was one that saw progress, according to coaches. The coaching staff knew there were going to be growing pains, especially after an 0-20 inaugural season where Monett failed to score a goal. However, year two saw Monett demonstrate its first growth spurt...
Cubs honor top wrestlers at banquet (03/20/15)
The Monett wrestling team hosted its annual team award banquet to honor the No. 7-ranked squad and its top wrestlers. Awards were voted on by the individual team members, except for the statistical-based categories. The honors were as follows: Most Outstanding Wrestler: Jacob Negre...
Speedway to let the dirt fly in new season (03/20/15)
The sound of engines screaming and the sight of cars circling the three-eighths of a mile dirt track at the Monett Speedway will signal the unofficial start of the 2015 racing season tonight. The Grand Ole' Lady hosts a free play day for racers to test out their cars and fans to get their first taste of racing action...
Monett ready to roar on the diamond (03/18/15)
On paper, the Monett baseball team is loaded for the 2014-2015 season. The Cubs went 18-10 overall last season and 6-1 in Big 8 Conference play. They won their first ever sectional playoff game and advanced to the quarterfinal round before falling to Logan-Rogersville...
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
Sean Jastal 2014 Class 2 State Wrestling Championships: Opening Round
Wesley Abramovitz
Ian Meyer
Garret Bradley
Jaron Howard
Kedric Brink
Shawn Beeson
Chase Brennan
Jaron Beeson -- state tournament
Gabe Pryor -- State tournament
Ian Meyer -- State Tournament
Kedric Brink -- State tournament
Wesley Abramovitz -- State Tournament
Jacob Negre
Sean Jastal -- State championships
Joel Barrientos-- State Tournament
Monett clinched third place in state with this hit
Videos
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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