The new year is here, and I thought a "Top 10" list might be appropriate.
Top 10 Monett sports stories of 2010 (at least since Aug. 8, 2010):
|#10. Jared Lankford is hired on Aug. 8, 2010 as The Monett Times new sports editor.||Okay, it's maybe not that big of a story but we had to start somewhere. After all, I'm only the fourth person to occupy the sports desk at The Monett Times in the last 57 years.|
|#9. Glouse goes for 35 against Buffalo.||Monett Lady Cubs' junior Hunter Glouse exploded for a career high 35 points on Dec. 6, 2010 against the Lady Bison as the Cubs prevailed 73-23. Glouse had 21 points in the third quarter alone and did not play in the fourth quarter. The Lady Cubs are currently 8-4 this season.|
|#8. Verona's Jessica Smith seals win over Central with late free throws. The Verona Lady Wildcats basketball team kicked off its 2010 campaign with a thrilling 64-63 over Central High School. Smith had ice in her veins, hitting two free throws with 10.7 seconds to give the Lady Wildcats the lead for good.|
|#7. PCHS softball wins thriller for first district crown.||The 2010 Pierce City High School softball team cleared a number of firsts the season. The Lady Eagles won their first district and sectional titles. Pierce City came back from a six run deficit to defeat Purdy for the district title. Pierce City is poised for a breakout season in 2011 with all the Lady Eagles returning from this year's squad.|
|#6. Four area athletes sign national letters of intent to compete on the college level.||Purdy's Shelby White, Audrey Patton and Brooke Swadley and Monett's Ethan Davis earned scholarships to continue their academic and athletic careers at the college level. White signed to play basketball for Drury. Patton will play basketball for Central Methodist. Swadley signed to play softball for Missouri Southern. Davis will be wrestling for Northern Illinois next season.|
|#5. PCHS wins own basketball tournament for first time since 1972.||The Pierce City Eagles basketball team opened its 2010 season by winning the Pierce City Invitational Tournament for the first time since 1972. The Eagles defeated Thomas Jefferson 68-52 to claim the crown. Pierce City's Derek Turner and Robert Baldwin were named to the All-Tournament team.|
#4. Monett tennis wins consecutive Big 8 Conference titles and captures first district crown since 1981. The Monett Lady Cubs tennis team collected their second consecutive Big 8 Conference championship and built off that momentum to win their first distinct championship since 1981. Monett had to come back in two doubles matches in the district semi-finals against Mt. Vernon and breezed to the championship over Carl Junction. Monett Tennis Head Coach Bob Crain was named Coach of the Year.
#3. Monett cross country is tops in Big 8 tourney. The Monett cross country team sent four runners to the state cross country champion. During the Big 8 Conference meet, Hannah Martin and Chris Renteria finished first individually. The Big 8 is one of the most competitive cross country conferences in the state.
#2. Charles Brady retires. For 57 years a Brady has covered Monett sports and that streak came to an end at the conclusion of the 2010 football season as Charles Brady retired from the his sports duties. The Brady era spanned 577 consecutive Monett football games. We wish Charles the best as he tries to rest and relax.
#1. Doug Weatherly passes away. Dec. 13, 2010 was one of the saddest day of the year. Doug Weatherly who spent 22 years of his life teaching and coaching at Pierce City High School, passed away before a basketball game in East Newton. Doug touched the lives of thousands of people over his career and will be sorely missed.