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Boyd living large from downtown (02/13/16)
Purdy junior Rion Boyd is listed at 5-6 in the Purdy stat sheet, but her play this season has been anything but small. Boyd has a special skill that, according to Coach Eli Ernst, has been missing from the team -- 3-point shooting. "Rion is a blessing to our team on multiple levels," Ernst said. "Her shooting is just what people talk about the most. Her heart and who she is as a human being is phenomenal."...
Jared Lankford: Character takes a lifetime to build, seconds to destroy (02/13/16)
It was an offside call on Nov. 13, 1948, that infuriated thousands of Arkansas fans and caused the team to lose the game. A chance to upset powerhouse Southern Methodist University was blown by the men in stripes on the field. Thousands of upset fans came onto the turf, seeking justice and retribution...
Purdy athletes put hearts on display (02/13/16)
Purdy donned its pink uniforms for the game against McAuley Catholic Thursday, in support of those dealing with cancer, and both squads assembled hand-in-hand at half court prior to the game for a student-led team prayer.
Cubs rally past Seneca, 55-48 (02/13/16)
Logan Coones scored 26 points in the Cubs' 55-48 win over Seneca on Thursday. Monett rallied from a 10-point second half hole to earn its third conference win of the season. Scoring for the Cubs: Coones, 26; Jonah Paszek, 11; Cameron Witt, 6; Kobe Besch, 5; Blake Moore, 4; Alex Turner, 2; and David Lee, 1...
Lady Cubs fall to Seneca (02/13/16)
The Monett girls basketball team fell 60-42 at Seneca on Thursday. Monett was led in scoring by Emily Krueger with 13 points. Kourtney Easter and Katie Schmidt has 8 points apiece.
Legion tryouts set for March 5 (02/13/16)
The Monett summer Legion Baseball tryouts will be on March 5 at Monett North Park Field 6, beginning at 3 p.m. Tryouts are open to any young man in grades 8-12. For more information, people may contact Michael Calhoun at 417-440-0519 or email mcalhoun@monettschools.org...
MLB skills competition coming to Joplin (02/13/16)
The Pitch, Hit & Run Major League Baseball Skills Competition will be held on April 9 at Sunny Jim Park in Joplin. It is open for boys and girls between the ages of 7-14, with participants earning a chance to compete at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game. There is no cost to enter the event. For more information contact Jason Smith at jason@joplinlittleleague.org...
Cubs feel prepared for district rigors (02/12/16)
Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley reminded his Cubs before they left for district competition in Bolivar today, "Don't protect what you don't have." "I feel like we have had a great week of preparation," Bradley said. "We've wrestled a tough schedule and been around the top four in every tournament. But, we still have some work to do."...
Wildcats aim to tame Exeter tonight (02/12/16)
The Verona boys basketball team invades Exeter tonight in the hopes of achieving its second conference win and third consecutive victory. "Exeter's record may be lopsided with losses, but they are still a conference opponent, and we are not looking past them," said Brad Stewart, Verona coach. "We only have two games left before districts, and we are going to give our best in each of them."...
Verona girls seeking more balance (02/12/16)
The Verona girls basketball team scored 36 points in the second and third quarters to down Wheaton 63-41 on Tuesday in Ozark 7 Conference play. The effort and intensity displayed by the Lady Wildcats was exactly what Coach Brenton Hyde had been hoping to see out of his squad all season...
Individual district wrestling seeds announced (02/12/16)
The Monett wrestling team had nine of its 13 wrestlers seeded in the top 5 for the Class 2, District 3 tournament that opens today in Bolivar. Cubs earning No. 1 seeds are: Joel Barrientos, 106 pound; Onis Howard, 132 pounds; and Ian Meyer, 182 pounds...
Cubs not looking past Seneca (02/10/16)
Just four games remain in the Monett boys basketball team's regular season. While the season is short in terms of length, the list of things the Cubs are trying to accomplish is still sizable. With a rare off day this week, the Cubs' only slated game is Thursday against Seneca. According to Coach Jeremy Land, the free day came at a great time for his team...
Purdy Hall of Fame to grow Friday (02/10/16)
Friday night, the Purdy school district will celebrate its annual basketball homecoming with the theme, "Under the Big Top." The Eagles are slated to battle McAuley Catholic on the floor beginning at 6 p.m., and the district, in conjunction with the festivities, will also host its second annual Purdy High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony...
Purdy using hearts to fight cancer (02/10/16)
The Purdy girls basketball game on Thursday has been designated as Pink Night. The Lady Eagles welcome McAuley Catholic to town and are attempting to fill the gym with pink hearts, according to Coach Eli Ernst. Hearts can be purchased from a member of the girls' basketball team or at the game for a $1 donation...
Area volleyball players claim honors (02/10/16)
The Missouri High School Volleyball Coaches Association released its 2015-2016 Academic All-State volleyball teams on Friday. Among the lists were 19 area players for Purdy, Wheaton and Pierce City. To qualify for the all-state squad, players must have a 3.6 cumulative GPA from all semesters of their entire career and played in 75 percent of varsity matches...
Cubs come back to rally past rival Mountaineers (02/09/16)
The chant was unmistakable. With 1:20 left in regulation in Monett's game against Mt. Vernon, nearly 50 Monett High School students stood and belted their version of the Naval Academy's "I believe that we will win" cheer. What fueled the vocal declaration was a 64-46 victory over the Mt. ...
Cubs finish 5th in Oak Grove (02/09/16)
Illness might have left the Monett wrestling team short-handed at the Oak Grove tournament on Saturday, but the Cubs still managed a fifth place showing in the 11-team event. Monett's undefeated sophomore Joel Barrientos was unable to attend due to illness, but senior Sean Jastal stepped up to claim the individual 126-pound championship...
Lady Cubs rinse, recycle, repeat (02/06/16)
Thursday night witnessed the return of an all-too-familiar pattern for the Monett girls basketball team. An unhealthy dose of turnovers, combined with poor shooting and inability to limit second-chance points led to a 67-31 loss to Mt. Vernon. The problems are not a new situation for the Lady Cubs. Excessive turnovers have been a systemic problem for five years. Rebounding and poor shot selection issues have been greatly magnified the last three seasons...
Cubs head to Oak Grove (02/06/16)
Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley got what he wanted Thursday night -- a win over Joplin. The Cubs handed the Eagles a 42-33 defeat and finished the regular season 9-4 in dual matches. "It was a good night," Bradley said. "I felt like we handled our business and it led to the win."...
Legion tryouts set for March 5 (02/06/16)
The Monett summer Legion Baseball tryouts will be on March 5 at Monett North Park Field 6, beginning at 3 p.m. Tryouts are open to any young man in grades 8-12. For more information, people may contact Michael Calhoun at 417-440-0519 or email mcalhoun@monettschools.org...
Cubs head north to Mt. Vernon (02/05/16)
It has been eight years since the Monett boys basketball team has tasted a varsity victory over Mt. Vernon. The Cubs enter tonight's Big 8 tilt 14-6 on the season and still feeling the sting of a 63-46 loss to Webb City on Tuesday. The game against the Mountaineers looms large for Monett, as the Cubs are seeking to gain momentum before the district tournament...
Monett heads to tourney with dual win (02/05/16)
A 58-12 dual victory over Bolivar was exactly what Daryl Bradley, Monett wrestling coach, wanted to see from his team on Tuesday. Bradley knew the Cubs were capable of a dominating effort against the Liberators, but it is one thing to know your team's capabilities, and another for them to demonstrate those capabilities on the mat...
Monett's Grimaldo inks with Kansas college (02/03/16)
Kansas City Kansas Community College Soccer Coach Ruben Rodriguez had never heard the name Ricardo Grimaldo before Oct. 31, 2015. Rodriguez did not know where Monett was, and he had to use his GPS to navigate his way to Burl Fowler Stadium for a quarterfinal soccer match between the Cubs and Southern Boone...
Cubs face final challenges of season (02/03/16)
Monett's wrestling team has just two remaining events in the regular season before it heads to the district tournament on Feb. 12 and 13 in Bolivar. While most wrestling teams throttle down their competition in the final week of the season in order to focus more on the playoffs, the Cubs do not...
Cubs, Cardinals scrap tonight (02/02/16)
Regular-season basketball games at Monett High School do not get much bigger than the one slated for tonight, according to Cubs Coach Jeremy Land. Monett welcomes Webb City to town for a 7 p.m. tilt. On the line is a potential No. 2 seed and coveted first-round bye in the Class 4, District 12 tournament...
Cubs grapplers head to Bolivar (02/02/16)
The Monett wrestling team opens a second consecutive week of grinding duals tonight against district foe Bolivar on the road at 6 p.m. "They are good at the 106, 138 and 170 weight classes," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "We can't overlook them. With Bolivar being a district opponent, we have to be ready to show up and be impressive."...
Student sections square off in Cassville (02/02/16)
The atmosphere was electric at Cassville High School's Tip-Off game Friday night, as the student sections from Pierce City and Cassville kept the level of excitement high.
Wildcats emptying the tank on the floor (01/30/16)
Verona's boys basketball team returns to Ozark 7 Conference play on Tuesday as it travels to Purdy. The Wildcats are seeking their first conference win of the season against an Eagles squad that has won four of their last five contests. According to Verona Coach Brad Stewart, the Eagles' speed and ability to rebound presents challenges for his team and will be the key to winning the game...
Verona girls preparing for shoot-out with Purdy (01/30/16)
The Verona girls basketball team did not take long to savor a 69-37 win over Thomas Jefferson on Thursday. The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 13-4 first quarter edge and took a 31-16 lead into the locker room at halftime. While the win moved the team to 10-8 overall and 1-0 in Ozark 7 Conference play, the Lady Wildcats quickly turned their attention to the next challenge that awaits on Tuesday -- Purdy...
Cubs seeking 6th straight win (01/29/16)
The Monett boys basketball team looks to extend its season-best winning streak to six tonight as the Cubs invade Washburn to face Southwest. The Trojans, under third-year coach Rusty Roe, want to gain positive momentum as they head into district play...
Lady Eagles get needed break (01/29/16)
The Purdy girls basketball players all talked about how tired they were, but they did not show any signs of fatigue in a 70-44 win over Cassville on Wednesday night. The victory came in the championship game of the Galena Tournament and marked the second consecutive year the Lady Eagles had won the 8-team event. For Purdy, it was the fifth game in six days...
Finishing touch eluding Verona (01/29/16)
Defensively, the Verona boys basketball team is as solid as any team in the bi-county area, according to Coach Brad Stewart. The Wildcats continually hold teams in the 40- to 50-point range, which on any given night, should give them a chance to earn a victory...
Lady Cubs developing toughness (01/27/16)
The Monett girls basketball team took sixth place in the Marionville Lady Comet Classic on Saturday, falling to Pierce City, 54-26, in the consolation championship. On Thursday, Monett, 2-14, travels to McDonald County, 2-14, in hopes of claiming their first conference win in nearly three years...
Eagles vie for tourney title (01/27/16)
With less than a month remaining in the varsity basketball season, the Purdy boys find themselves in a tournament championship game tonight against Billings in Sarcoxie. The Eagles walloped Exeter, 86-30, to open tourney play, then waited until Mother Nature allowed them to play and defeated Sarcoxie, 70-51, on Saturday...
Purdy, Cassville vie for title (01/27/16)
Barry County neighbors Purdy and Cassville square off at 8 p.m. tonight in the championship of the Galena Tournament. For the Lady Eagles, it will be their fourth game in five days as they bring a six-game winning streak into the tilt. "Welcome to southwest Missouri basketball," said Eli Ernst, Purdy coach. "With the recent weather, our schedule this week is chaotic. I have the utmost respect for Coach [Chris] Shore and know he'll have his girls well-prepared for the game."...
Cubs return to conference action (01/26/16)
The Monett boys basketball team looks to make even more history tonight as it hosts Carl Junction in a Big 8 Conference tilt at 7 p.m. The Purple and Gold are seeking their first conference victory of the season, but more importantly, the Cubs are looking to end a six-year losing streak to the Bulldogs. Monett last topped Carl Junction by a 56-48 decision on Jan. 26, 2010...
Jared Lankford: A wink and a nod at cheating (01/26/16)
In 2000, the Jasper County Coroner race made national headlines. Identical twin brothers Ron and Don Mosbaugh became the first set of twins to run against each other in a countywide election. Both men had a good sense of humor about the event. Don, who ran on the Democratic ticket, prided himself on only spending $1.50 on the race -- buying a marker, then stealing 200 of his brother's yard signs and changing the R to a D in the first name...
Cubs not satisfied with Seneca loss (01/23/16)
The Monett wrestling team heads to Neosho Thursday to face another No. 1 state-ranked team in the Wildcats. "We are going to have to wrestle better at Neosho than we did [against Seneca]," said Daryl Bradley, Monett coach. "The Wildcats don't give matches away, and nothing comes easy."...
Jared Lankford: Legislating sportsmanship (01/23/16)
Most coaches will tell you that if given the choice of playing home or away, they prefer home. It is not that hard of a question for them to answer. Home field and home court advantage are coveted in athletics. In the NFL, when teams are evenly-matched, oddsmakers always give the home team a 3-point edge...
Cubs hoops tinkering with defense (01/22/16)
After dropping back-to-back Big 8 Conference games to McDonald County and Aurora, the Monett boys basketball coaches knew some things needed to change. A hot-shooting Mustangs squad torched the Cubs, 61-33. Three nights later, disaster struck the Cubs' season bus again, as the wheels flew off in the form of a 70-39 throttling by the Houn' Dawgs...
Eagles look to right ship (01/22/16)
A 59-55 loss to Diamond on Monday was not how Coach Matt Street and his Pierce City basketball team wanted to start the week. What especially hurts is the Eagles had a 12-point lead in the early minutes of the fourth quarter. "Credit Diamond," Street said. "They hit four consecutive 3-pointers and forced us into some critical turnovers. That is part of the growing pains for a young team, but it bothers me that we let a double-digit advantage slip away."...
Cubs, Indians battle for mat superiority (01/20/16)
"We're going to beat them," is how Monett Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley responded to a question about Thursday's wrestling dual with Seneca. The Cubs welcome the Indians to Monett High School Gymnasium in a battle of two of the top wrestling programs in the state...
Verona to face tourney host Spokane (01/20/16)
The Verona boys basketball team travels back to the Spokane Invitational Tournament on Friday to face the host Owls in the consolation semifinal. Verona fell to Reeds Spring, 73-47, to open tourney play, and Spokane lost, 77-61. Wildcats Coach Brad Stewart said his team played better in the paint on Monday against a bigger Wolves team, but struggled to get back out on their perimeter shooters...
Wildcats grind through season (01/19/16)
A 75-58 loss to McAuley Catholic on Friday extended the Verona boys basketball team's losing streak to six games. The proud program is not comfortable with the slump, but the Wildcats believe they are capable of overcoming. Team depth, overall size and foul trouble have been the constant threads weaving their way through the skid's tapestry...
Cubs grapplers heating up the mats (01/19/16)
On paper, the Branson Tournament on Saturday should have exposed the Monett wrestling team's weaknesses. The squad had few wrestlers seeded in the top eight, and not much was expected. However, Monett exploded in the loaded, 21-team field and took fourth...
Lady Cubs at pivotal stage (01/19/16)
While most in the area have been focused on basketball and wrestling this winter, the Monett swimming and diving team has quietly put together another stellar season in the pool. When many are waking up in the morning to start their day, the Lady Cubs are in the YMCA pool by 6 a.m. every morning, grinding away in practice...
Cubs grapplers bus to Branson riding dual wins (01/16/16)
Monett's wrestling team begins action in the Branson Invitational today, riding positive strides made Thursday with dual wins over Carl Junction and Logan-Rogersville. One of Coach Daryl Bradley's biggest concerns heading into this week was how his team would respond to programs who are struggling...
Jared Lankford: Rams fans caught in nasty business (01/16/16)
On Jan. 30, 2000, I was sitting on the floor of my brother's house in Seneca watching the upstart St. Louis Rams battle for NFL supremacy against the Tennessee Titans. When former University of Missouri linebacker Mike Jones tackled Kevin Dyson inside the 1-yard line to preserve the Super Bowl title, everyone present celebrated. It was the best NFL championship game that we had ever watched. This contest went down to the final seconds before being settled...
MSHSAA exploring football championship options (01/16/16)
The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) is putting together a request for proposals for the Show-Me Bowl state championship football games, according to Jason West, media director. The request became necessary after the NFL stripped St. Louis of the Rams, throwing the future of the Edwards Jones Dome into limbo...
Purdy bags another win (01/15/16)
All Coach Tommy Egan could do was smile after his Purdy boys basketball team rallied from a 13-point, third quarter deficit to top Seneca, 61-58, on Tuesday. "I don't want to get in the habit of having to make furious comebacks, but the way we played in the fourth quarter is the way we have to play in order to win games," Egan said...
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