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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...
Negre to vie for state title tonight (02/21/15)
COLUMBIA -- The Monett wrestling team will have one athlete competing in the Class 2 state wrestling champion tonight -- 195-pound senior Jacob Negre. Negre punched his ticket with a 5-3 semifinal win over Kylan Easley of Kirksville. The senior trailed 3-2 with 28 seconds left, then earned and escape point and a 2-point takedown with 6 seconds left to take the win...
Pierce City boys earn No. 1 seed in district tourney (02/21/15)
Pierce City Coach Matt Street knows that respect is not given -- it is earned. When the Class 2 District 12 seeds were posted last week, and when his Eagles drew the top overall seed, he was honored. As an added bonus, Pierce City will also serve as the host site for all the tournament games...
Negre to compete for state title (02/21/15)
Monett senior Jacob Negre will compete for a Class 2, 195 pound state title tonight in Columbia. Negre advanced to the state title with a 5-3 semifinal win. Here are some video highlight of the semifinal match...
Monett taps Uhl as next gridiron coach (02/20/15)
The Monett School District unanimously voted Thursday night to hire Derek Uhl as its next football coach. Unlike most candidates, Uhl (pronounced yule) had been a district employee and former coach from 2007 to 2013. It was that familiarity Uhl believed gave him an edge over the nearly 30 candidates, and is provided an extra boost when the district boiled the list down to the final three...
Lady Cubs nervous, focused (02/20/15)
The state swimming championships opened today and for the first time with Monett swimmers in the field at the St. Peters Rec-Plex. This year, the Lady Cubs will be represented in two events, the 100-yard Freestyle and the 200-yard Individual Medley relay...
Pierce City seeks to stand alone (02/20/15)
With a 64-23 win over Golden City on Tuesday night, the Pierce City boys basketball team assured itself a second conference title in the last three years. The Eagles were led by Colin Garner with 21 points and Kole Kelley's 11. However, Eagles Coach Matt Street believes there are things teams like to share and things that teams just want to keep all for themselves...
Wildcats face tough road in districts (02/20/15)
Brad Stewart, Verona boys basketball coach, was excited to see his team get the No. 2 seed in Class 1, District 5, but he immediately knew the road to the championship was anything but paved. "We have a tough first-round game against Golden City and then could face Fair Play in the semifinals," Stewart said. "They won the district last year as a No. 5 seed and were an overtime loss away from a final four berth."...
Monett advances 6 wrestlers to quarterfinal round (02/19/15)
COLUMBIA -- The Monett wrestling team concluded the first day of state wrestling competition at the Missouri State High School Activates Association on a positive note. The Cubs won six of their first 10 matches, five via pin, and then won three of their four elimination matches...
Uhl named Monett football coach (02/19/15)
The Monett school district has named Derek Uhl its next football coach. Uhl spent seven seasons on the football staff at Monett High School, from 2007 to 2013, under Alan Spencer and Chad Depee. He served as the run offense coordinator, offense line coach and special team's coach...
Cubs grapplers head north for gold (02/18/15)
9th-place finish The Monett Athletic Center was jumping with action on Tuesday as the Cubs' top 10 wrestlers worked up a sweat in preparation of this week's state championship tournament in Columbia. "We've watched at these kids mature over the season," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "I thought we hit our stride at district and are ready to carry the momentum into this week's championships."...
The man, the myth, the eagle (02/18/15)
Echo the Eagle is as visible as any player at Purdy High School basketball games. Standing over 6-5, with a nearly 6-foot wing-span, Echo prides himself in striking fear into opposing mascots and rallying the fans to stand up and cheer. Before every game, Echo saunters through the crowd as the loyal Purdy fans filter into the gymnasium. He constantly pauses for autographs, high-fives from young children and a long line of hugs and pictures from those in attendance...
Purdy boys earn No. 6 seed (02/18/15)
The Purdy boys basketball team is best described by its coach Tommy Egan as a scrappy bunch. The Eagles earned the No. 6 seed in the eight-team Class 2, District 12 basketball tournament when begins next Tuesday at Pierce City. Pierce City (15-7) earned the No. 1 seed, with Miller (10-14) claiming the No. 2 spot...
Lady Cubs make history in the pool (02/17/15)
The swim of a lifetime, combined with some help with some help from Webb City, allowed Monett to qualify more swimmers to the state championship. Heading into Saturday's SWMO Championship, Monett Swim Coach Dan Janssen's message to his swimmers was simple -- swim your best...
Sophomores, heavyweights propel Monett to district title (02/17/15)
For the second time in the last three seasons, the Monett wrestling team claimed the Class 2, District 3 championship. The Cubs were the favorite coming into the tournament with five wrestlers on the team with state wrestling experience. While Monett Coach Daryl Bradley knew his team had the potential to secure the district title, but the Cubs still had to go to perform...
Lady Eagles earn No. 1 seed for districts (02/17/15)
For the first time since its 2010 state championship run, the Purdy girls basketball team earned the No. 1 seed in the Class 2, District 12 tournament. "I think the seed is a testament to how hard our girls worked this season," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "Getting the seed is one thing, but we still have to take care of business."...
Monett takes district wrestling crown (02/14/15)
For the second time in the last three seasons, the Monett wrestling team claimed the Class 2, District 3 championship. On Saturday, the Cubs built a 189.5-153.5 lead over Pleasant Hill heading into the final round and held on to win the team title, 202.5-179.5...
Dalton makes swimming history for Monett (02/14/15)
Monett High School swimming history was made Thursday night as freshman Shay Dalton became the first Monett High School swimmer to achieve a state qualifying time. Dalton reached the goal in the 100-yard Freestyle. Unlike other sports, in order to qualify for the state championship, swimmers compete against a predetermined time. Once an athlete meets or exceeds the set standard, he or she is eligible for the state competition...
Cubs end home play with win (02/14/15)
In the final home game of the season on Thursday against Seneca, Monett Basketball Coach Jeremy Land started all five of his senior players on the roster: Elijah George, Isaac Long, Nathan Webb, Colin Randles and Chad Swanson. The older Cubs finished their final game at home with a 68-51 win over the Indians. Monett improved to 14-8 on the season and are guaranteed to finish the season with a record above .500...
Jared Lankford: Dalton's achievement validates sports expansion (02/14/15)
I admit that I am guilty of buying a lotto ticket every now and then. Yes, I know that the chances of me winning the mega-million dollar prize are the roughly the same as me claiming the NBA, NFL and MLB MVP award all in the same year. However, holding that ticket in my hand allows me to dream of what I would do with the massive windfall...
Wildcats ramping up for end of season play (02/13/15)
The Verona boys basketball picked up its eighth consecutive victory on Tuesday with an 87-39 win over Wheaton. Even more impressive has been the revolving door of players stepping up to take leadership roles. On Tuesday, senior guard Dre Sitton set the tone, scoring 29 points. He recorded 18 of those in the first quarter, and he was 4-of-5 from downtown in the first quarter...
Lady Wildcats' playoff run starts now (02/13/15)
Two games remain in the the Verona girls basketball regular season schedule. However, for coach Brenton Hyde, he views them as a postseason challenge. "We face Exeter and Southwest, and we know they are pretty good," Hyde said. "I've told the girls we might as well be in the playoff mind set now. The games aren't getting any easier."...
Monett alumnus making mark at University of Missouri (02/13/15)
Monett alumnus Chase Brennan had his red-shirt status removed by the University of Missouri wrestling team so that he could help the Tigers this season as a true freshman. Brennan earned his first career dual win at 125 pounds on Sunday, defeating Blake Caudill, of Eastern Michigan University, by a 9-3 decision. The Tigers are ranked No. 2 nationally. Clayton Hotze Special to The Monett Times...
Battle-tested Monett ready for districts (02/11/15)
Despite having 20 people in the room, there is not any socializing going on in the Monett Athletic Center as the Cubs prepare for the district tournament on Friday and Saturday. The rock sounds of Metallica, Journey and AC/DC blast over the radio with the occasional call of a coach instructing the team to change drills...
Lady Cubs hoops still looking for offensive punch (02/11/15)
Monett's Girls Basketball Coach Kelly George seems to have improved half of her team's problems. Over the course of last two games, George said the Lady Cubs' defense has been much improved, and she believes their 40-26 loss to Cassville on Monday may have been their best effort this year...
Cubs aim to shed need for late rallies (02/10/15)
It has become a familiar script for the Monett boys basketball team. The Cubs start the game slow, fall behind and are forced to rally in the second half. However, for the third time in their last four games, the Cubs were not able to recover and lost, 64-58, to Mt. Vernon on Friday...
Verona elementary students enjoy breakfast with champions (02/10/15)
Over 20 Verona athletes and cheerleaders took time out of their schedules to share breakfast with students from the first through fourth grades on Friday. "These young kids look up to our athletes, who they get to see play every week," said Brad Stewart, Verona athletic director. "Events like today give the students a chance to interact. For the young kids, it is almost like getting to eat with someone famous."...
Verona looking for number 8 (02/07/15)
Brad Stewart may be employed as a history teacher at Verona High School, but his psychological abilities with his basketball team are not to be overlooked, according to his team. Stewart walked into his locker room prior to Tuesday night's win over Purdy and told his squad the number needed to be six...
Young Lady Cubs finding time (02/07/15)
The last time the Monett girls basketball team tasted victory was 345 days ago, when the Lady Cubs toppled Reeds Spring. This year, the girls are hoping to get a win before the season ends. The Lady Cubs suffered their 16th setback of the season and 17th in a row this week with a 57-30 loss to Mt. Vernon...
Swimmers show need for speed (02/06/15)
Thursday and Feb. 14 are the final chances Monett swimmers have to reach state meet qualifying times. Thursday's meet is the preliminary round of the Southwest Missouri Championship. Participants compete for top seeding honors for Saturday's championship event...
Babe Ruth, Cal Ripken affiliations return to Monett (02/06/15)
After spending a year as an independent, unaffiliated youth baseball and softball organization, the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League voted unanimously to rejoin the Babe Ruth and Cal Ripken affiliations for the 2015 season. The league issued a statement on its Facebook page stating:...
Cubs seek several firsts against Mt. Vernon (02/06/15)
Entering tonight's Big 8 Conference game with Mt. Vernon, the Monett boys basketball team is trying to obtain its first conference win and to defeat the Mountaineers for the first time in seven seasons. According to Maxpreps.com, the last time the Cubs defeated the green-and-white-clad ballers from northern Lawrence County was Jan. 4, 2008, by a 50-41 margin...
Another football coach leaves Big 8 (02/06/15)
Lightning has struck the Big 8 Conference again in less than a month, as East Newton Coach Seth Johnson submitted his resignation letter this week. Johnson, who finished his third year at the helm of the Patriots, recorded a 2-28 record. "I just felt it was the right time for me to step down," Johnson said. "East Newton is my alma mater and home. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead its young men on the football field."...
Purdy to honor all-time great athletes (02/04/15)
Looking for a way to honor in the present those from the past, the Purdy School District has established the Purdy High School Athletic Hall of Fame. According to the guidelines adopted by the board: "The Hall of Fame has been organized as a way of maintaining the rich heritage and tradition of successful athletic programs at Purdy High School," the guidelines said. ...
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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