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Friday, Mar. 27, 2015
Sports
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...
Purdy girls shine in Ozark 7 (03/18/15)
The Ozark 7 Conference released its 2014-2015 all-conference team. Purdy led the way with three first-team members including Eli Ernst being name co-Coach of the Year. The list is as follow: Coaches of the Year: Eli Ernst, Purdy; and Jeff Atchison, Southwest...
Ash signs with Westminster College (03/17/15)
On offense, Monett senior Tyler Ash knew he was going to get hit and get hit hard on every play. Ash was the Cubs' fullback, and it was his job to pick up the tough yard or inches. However, he also served as a decoy for the purple and gold's option offense which meant he had to make the defense believe he had the ball, and that also led to him getting hit hard...
Verona boys basketball lands 4 on Ozark 7 all-conference teams (03/17/15)
The Verona boys basketball team secured two first team spots and two second team spots on the All-Ozark 7 Conference rosters. The Wildcats finished second overall in the conference with a 5-1 record and reached the title game of the Class 2, District 5 tournament...
Southwest Volleyfest set for Saturday (03/17/15)
Six middle school teams will participate in the Southwest Junior Volleyfest Saturday at the high school gymnasium in Washburn. Matches begin at 9 a.m. and should conclude by 3 p.m. The cost to attend is $3 for adults and $2 for students. Joining the host Lady Trojans in the field are: Clever, Exeter, Galena, Purdy and Wheaton...
Jackson to continue football career (03/14/15)
Quincy Jackson, one of the hardest hitting players on the Monett football team, punched his ticket to the next level, signing a letter of intent to play football at Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kan. "What's not to love about football and getting to play?" Jackson said. "I get a chance to get away from home, earn a great education and play football."...
Hammond realizes college dream (03/14/15)
Zack Hammond took a few moments to reflect on the realization of a dream come true dream Wednesday when he signed a national letter of intent to play football at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. "In your mind, you play this scenario out a hundred times," Hammond said. "Then, it happens, and it is even better than you imagined it could be. I mean, it is real now."...
Coones, Paszek earn Big 8 Conference honors (03/13/15)
The Monett boys basketball team secured two spots on the Big 8 All-Conference basketball team this week. Junior Logan Coones was named to the second team, and Jonah Paszek, also a junior, earned honorable mention. The Cubs finished the season 17-11 and lost in the first round of district play to Carl Junction...
Local youth wrestlers look to earn state berths (03/13/15)
On Saturday, the Monett Youth Wrestling Club will have 19 wrestlers competing for a berth into the state championships in St. Louis on March 28 and 29. To advance to the regional round, athletes had to record top-4 finishes at the District 5 tournament in Neosho...
Missouri St. 
finalizes football schedule (03/13/15)
Missouri State University Head Football Coach Dave "Stec" Steckel put the final pieces in place for the Bears' 2015 schedule, and he has also solidified plans for his squad to play the University of Missouri in 2017. Steckel, who was introduced as MSU's 20th head football coach on Dec. 14, 2014, came to MSU after 14 seasons at Mizzou, including the last five years as defensive coordinator for the Tigers...
Eagles rake in conference awards (03/11/15)
The season might be over for the Pierce City boys basketball team, but the postseason awards are just starting to be announced. On Monday, the Spring River Valley Conference got the ball rolling with the release of its all-conference basketball teams...
Hayward earns Player of the Year (03/11/15)
It was a good year to be a Pierce City basketball player in the Spring River Valley Conference. On Monday, the conference released its boys and girls all conference teams. On the girls side, Pierce City landed three on the coveted roster, including the highest award, the Player of the Year, given to Bailee Hayward...
Youth wrestlers shine on local mats (03/10/15)
The Monett Youth Wrestling Club held its 29h annual Monett Tournament recently at Monett High School. This year's event drew more than 450 participants from Missouri, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas. Wrestlers competed in five different divisions based on weight and age. Results for Monett wrestlers are as follows:...
Monett students battle faculty (03/10/15)
On Friday, an annual tradition at Monett High School brought students and staff to the hardwood with the playing of the March Madness Basketball Tournament. The event, sponsored by the Student Council, was played for fun and bragging rights, but most of all, to help a unique group of athletes enjoy the competition that occurs at the Special Olympics Field Day in October...
Eagles face offseason unknowns (03/07/15)
Playoff losses for high school teams are double-edged swords for a coaches. Not only does the season end, but coaches must also say goodbye to their seniors. On Thursday, Pierce City Coach Matt Street faced the unenviable task of saying goodbye to five seniors in Kole Kelley, Colton Drollinger, Colin Garner, Aaron Zabala and Logan Deems, and their careers that raised the level of expectations of Pierce City basketball...
Lady Eagles prepare 
for pivotal offseason (03/07/15)
The Pierce City girls basketball team knew it had a difficult task when it was paired with Crane in the sectional playoff round. When the final horn sounded Thursday in Carthage, the Lady Eagles were on the wrong side of a 67-35 decision. Trailing wire to wire, Pierce City fought hard but could not make up enough ground...
Jared Lankford: T-ball: A life-altering event, I hope (03/07/15)
In high school, I had a great English and literature teacher named Mike Evans. As fate would have it, Mr. Evans is now the principal at Wheaton High School, and I occasionally get the opportunity to speak with him at Bulldog and Lady Bulldog sporting events...
Cubs limp into offseason (03/06/15)
There is one definitive truth about district tournament basketball -- the season is over for the team that loses. Coaches preach this message to their teams in the hopes that it motivates them to play with all their effort and energy to survive and advance...
Young Bulldogs lick their wounds (03/06/15)
For Wheaton Coach Mike Austin and his Bulldogs basketball team, the 2014-2015 basketball season is one they, do not want to forget. Austin knows that may sound strange to some people after all, a 1-25 record is nothing to be writing home about. Of those 25 losses, 20 of the games ended in a running clock blowout of 30 or more points...
MYBSL taking youth ball registrations (03/06/15)
There is still time to register area youth in the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League. The MYBSL will accecpt online registration until March 20. Children ages 4-16 are eligible to signup. The cost is $35 for Cal Ripken T-ball, baseball or softball, with a $5 discount for each additional child in the same household. Babe Ruth baseball is $35 per player...
March Madness set for tonight (03/06/15)
A March Madness Basketball Tournament, a fundraiser for Special Olympics hosted by the Monett High School Student Council, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Friday in the high school gym. Each grade level has a co-ed team that competes against other grade levels and the final winner gets to play the faculty team. Cost is $3 and no passes will be accepted...
Legion tryouts on March 14 (03/06/15)
The Monett American Legion Post 91 baseball team will hold a tryout at the Monett High School Baseball Field (Field 6) on March 14 at 10 a.m. Players interested need to bring a glove, bat (if the player owns one) and baseball pants. Tryouts are open for students enrolled in grades 8-12 this year...
Eagles brace for state's best (03/04/15)
At this stage of the season, Pierce City Coach Matt Street does not care who his Eagles basketball team faces. He takes the position that they have to win every game, so why worry about the opponent. Tuesday night, the Eagles travel to Carthage for the sectional round to face Crane, the No. 1-ranked team in the state...
Pierce City, Crane to battle in sectionals (03/04/15)
For the third consecutive year, Pierce City's and Crane's girls basketball teams will collide in the Class 2 sectional. The Lady Eagles are hoping to turn the tide this year, as it has been the state's No. 1-ranked Lady Pirates who have celebrated the last two games with victories...
Cubs looking to bust out of rut (03/03/15)
The Monett boys basketball team is looking to make history tonight as it opens play in the Class 4, District 12 Tournament in Webb City. The historic event the Cubs are seeking is an elusive win in the district tournament. In the last decade, Monett has only escaped the first round three times. However, only once in the last seven years have they advanced to the next round...
Kelley shocked by grand achievement (03/03/15)
It was a play that Pierce City has run thousands of times in games and in practice. Two shooters fan out wide on the baseline, while the guard at the top of the key drives down the lane. When he is cut off, he passes the ball to one of the wing snipers for what is, usually, a wide open shot...
Mean green protect the nest (03/03/15)
The green and white student fanatics of Pierce City packed the stands on Friday to cheer on their Lady Eagles during district basketball action.
Purdy students bring the noise (03/03/15)
The Purdy cheering section was loud and proud during the district title match with Pierce City on Friday.
Pierce City stuns Purdy, 47-43 (02/28/15)
For almost 30 of the game's 32 minutes, the Pierce City girls basketball team fought an uphill struggle against Purdy in the championship game of the Class 2, District 12 Tournament. The No. 2 seed Pierce City team did not earn its first lead until Bailee Hayward's driving layup with 2:40 left in the final stanza lifted them to a 39-37 margin. Once the lead was earned, it was not relinquished, and Pierce City held on for a 47-43 victory...
Eagles vie for district title (02/28/15)
The top two seeds in the Class 3, District 12 tournament advanced Thursday to today's championship in Pierce City. It will be the third time that the No. 1 seed Pierce City and No. 2 seed Miller have faced each other this season, with each squad owning a victory in this season series...
Wildcats reflect on positive season (02/28/15)
WILLARD -- As the last few minutes ticked off the clock during the Class 1, District 5 championship game, it was evident that the Verona's boys basketball season was going to end. The final score, 82-52, was not indicative of the way the game and season went for the Wildcats...
Pizzazz Poms performing at state (02/28/15)
The Monett High School Pizzazz Poms Dance Team recently competed at the Missouri State University Sugar Bears Invitational in the 1A-2A division.
Purdy takes aim at reigning champs (02/27/15)
As the last few seconds of the Class 2, District 12 semifinal match with Southwest ticket off the clock, Purdy Coach Eli Ernst took a deep breath and exhaled slowly. His Lady Eagles pulled out a 67-51 win over the Lady Trojans and dominated the second half of a game that looked in doubt at halftime...
Pierce City looks for 3rd straight title (02/27/15)
It was not easy for the Pierce City girls basketball team to get back to its third consecutive district title game. On Wednesday, the No. 2 seed Lady Eagles survived a scare from the No. 3 seed Lady Cardinals of Miller, holding on for a 62-52 victory...
Conference foes set to clash for district title shot (02/25/15)
Purdy girls basketball Coach Eli Ernst was very honest with his team as he discussed its opening-round, 67-30 win over Wheaton in district play. Despite the victory, Ernst was not pleased with his team's energy and effort early in the game. "As a coach, if you are ever 100 percent happy with your team's performance, you have probably overlooked something," Ernst said. "We have some opportunities for growth from the Wheaton game, and I shared that with the girls."...
Balanced attack emerges for Pierce City girls (02/25/15)
All season long, Pierce City girls basketball Coach Rob Guerin has been working to get his Lady Eagles offense firing on all cylinders. Guerin worked hard to develop outside shooters and prepare his team for district action. On Monday, the Lady Eagles displayed a portion of his work with a 62-17 throttling of College Heights...
Senior's legacy makes mark at state (02/24/15)
COLUMBIA -- Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley knows what it takes to succeed at the highest level of wrestling in the state of Missouri. With five medalists in Saturday's state tournament the Cubs secured their second consecutive top-10 finish. Monett sent 10 wrestlers to the state championships in hopes of improving upon last year's ninth-place finish. When the final match was completed, the Cubs were left with a seventh-place finish and two more medalist than last season...
Negre's hard work rewarded (02/24/15)
For Monett senior Jacob Negre, it was a long road to travel to a second-place finish in the Class 2, 195-pound state wrestling championship match. Heading into the match, Negre knew he had a tough assignment. He was facing an undefeated wrestler who had already defeated him earlier in the season...
Lady Eagles get No. 2 seed (02/21/15)
The Pierce City girls basketball team (17-6) has earned the No. 2 seed in the Class 2, District 12 tournament and will begin play in the eight-team bracket on Monday at home. Purdy (17-6) is the No. 1 seed, with Pierce City at No. 2. Miller (14-9) was slotted as the No. 3 seed. Southwest (14-9) is the No. 4 seed. Sarcoxie (9-13) took the No. 5 seed, and McAuley (7-18) fell to the No. 6 seed...
Last-second shot lifts Cubs to win over Aurora
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Wesley Abramovitz
Ian Meyer
Garret Bradley
Jaron Howard
Kedric Brink
Shawn Beeson
Chase Brennan
Jaron Beeson -- state tournament
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Ian Meyer -- State Tournament
Kedric Brink -- State tournament
Wesley Abramovitz -- State Tournament
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Sean Jastal -- State championships
Joel Barrientos-- State Tournament
Monett clinched third place in state with this hit
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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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