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(Casper, WY) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team is still in the hunt for its first national title after defeating Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 in first round action today at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyoming.

The Grizzlies (26-12), seeded 11th in the three-day event, will face third seeded College of Southern Idaho (33-2), Twin Falls, at 6:30 p.m. local time today in the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles advanced by defeating No. 14 seed New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, 25-15, 25-21, 25-7 in a first round match that took place on a court adjacent to the Grizzlies’ match. All of the tournament matches can be viewed via streaming live video at www.njcaatv.org.

Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann couldn’t be more pleased with the effort her team put forth against the Bruins. “Our players were phenomenal,” she said of her players. “They executed our game plan very well. They played great defense, and that helped create our offense. I can’t say enough about their effort today.

The Grizzlies and the Salt Lake Bruins fought a tight contest through the first two sets, with neither team gaining more than a 4-point advantage. In the third, however, the Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead and continued to build that advantage throughout the set with great team play. The Bruins righted their ship in the fourth set, keeping pace with the Grizzlies until freshman middle attacker Penny Liu put the set away by scoring 4 of the Grizzlies’ final 5 points to give the team the win.

Liu led the Grizzlies offensively with 31 kills on 46 attempts with three errors for an attacking percentage of .609. Freshman outside attacker Pulotu Manoa followed with 17 kills, and freshman outside hitter Gabby Edmondson added 11. Freshman setter Susannah Kelley led the team in assists with 53, and sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Kaili Simmons recorded the team’s only service ace.

Defensively, Liu, Manoa and redshirt freshman right side/middle attacker Ashley Bishton each had two blocks, and Simmons led the team in digs with 25, followed closely by sophomore libero Alyssa Aldag with 21. Liu earned the most points with 35.

One notable statistic from the match really impressed Wiedemann. “Both teams only missed one serve the entire match! We have been working on it, and it made a difference. When teams come out and play like that, it’s fantastic,” she said.

The Grizzlies will have to turn in another great performance against CSI, Wiedemann said. “Defensively, we want to continue what we’re doing and try to be efficient on offense. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now, and that’s how we need to be playing. Our players need to continue to give each other confidence on the court.”

(West Plains) – After only three years coaching the West Plains Zizzers Football team, Coach Steve Ary has been named Coach of the Year.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Ary to learn what it means to him to receive such a title:

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The West Plains Zizzers played an incredible season, coming away with an 8-3 record on the season and a 7-2 record in district play. Coach Ary shared his thought on his most recent season of play:

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With this season over for the Zizzers, Coach Ary says he’s already looking to next year:

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19 boys from the West Plains Zizzer Football team were named All-Ozark Conference for their play during their 2014 season.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Sam Hall

11

QB

West Plains
Brad Gaffey

11

WR

West Plains
Dausen Neuschwander

11

OL

West Plains
Andrew Cobb

11

TE

West Plains
Jacob Hackworth

12

OL

West Plains
Gerard Dietrich

11

WR

West Plains

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Matt Wernsing

LB

12

West Plains
Sage Wood

DL

12

West Plains
Tyler Sands

DB

12

West Plains
John Williams

DB

11

West Plains

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Jett Sexton

11

OL

West Plains
Greg Freeman

12

OL

West Plains
Sage Wood

12

OL

West Plains
Robert Kurth

12

RB

West Plains

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Jake Quarti

LB

11

West Plains
Chance Davis

DL

11

West Plains
Dakota Sloan

DL

11

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Wade Chezem

12

FB

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Brandon Mitchell

DB

11

West Plains
Justin Nichols

DB

10

West Plains

(Springfield) (AP) – Police say a man who was wounded in a shooting that killed three other people has died from his injuries.

24-year-old Christopher Freeman of Springfield died Wednesday. He had been in critical condition since he and the three others were found shot in a room at the Economy Inn on Saturday. Forty-four-year-old Lewis Green, 43-year-old Trevor Fantroy and 29-year-old Danielle Keyes were pronounced dead at the scene.

Police suspect that the victims had been in the motel room for longer than a day and were shot with a handgun. It’s unclear how they knew each other.

Police say they are following several leads but no arrests have made.

(Springfield) (AP) – Springfield police say one man has died and another has been wounded in a shooting.

Officers were dispatched to a home on Wednesday and found the man’s body on a porch. They say the other man was hospitalized but they haven’t released his condition.

Their identities haven’t been released.

Police didn’t say how many people are involved but they say they believe everyone has been taken into custody. No charges have been reported.

Lt. Todd Revell tells the Springfield News-Leader that there was possibly more than one shooter.

(Summersville) – A Summersville man suffered minor injuries Wednesday after a two-vehicle accident on Highway 17.

The accident happened just after 10 AM about 2 miles south of Summersville, when the northbound vehicle driven by 67-year-old Johnny Franks of Summersville pulled into the path of another northbound vehicle, the impact causing Franks’ vehicle to overturn.

Franks was taken from the scene of the accident to Mercy Hospital in Mountain View by private vehicle. The other driver was uninjured, according to a Highway Patrol report.

(Jefferson City) (AP) – The number of foreign students attending class at Missouri colleges and universities is on the rise.

New figures from the Institute of International Education show there were 18,205 international students enrolled at Missouri higher education institutions during the 2013-2014 school year.

That marked an increase of more than 5 percent from the previous year, which trailed the nationwide increase of 8 percent.

Missouri ranked 12th among states in terms of international students, the same position it held the previous year.

The University of Missouri-Columbia had the most foreign students, with 2,576, followed closely by Washington University in St. Louis, with 2,449.

(Mountain Home) – A rural Mountain Home man has been arrested by the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office on charges that he pawned items stolen from a residence in Mountain Home.

52-year-old Amos Duquette faces two charges of theft by receiving.

Police say a home in the rural Mountain Home area was burglarized October 26. Items taken include a 2002 Chevrolet S-10 truck, 50 feet of copper wire, a 42-inch TV, and assorted jewelry. Investigators looked some of the items up in an online database and reportedly found that Duquette had pawned some of the items.

Investigators later questioned Duquette, who reportedly gave conflicting accounts of how he had come into possession of the stolen television. Police say that he eventually said he bought the television and some tools from an unknown man for $300, knowing the items were stolen.

A search warrant was obtained to search Duquette’s residence, where a 1995 Polaris ATV that was stolen from a business in Marion County approximately two weeks ago was reportedly found.

At report time, Duquette was held on $50,000 bond. Police say he has also been charged as an habitual offender due to his past criminal convictions, which would provide for an enhanced penalty if he is convicted of these new charges.

He will appear in court at a later date.

(Ferguson) (AP) – With the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case drawing near, several nights of relative calm were broken by a raucous protest at police headquarters in the St. Louis County town of Ferguson.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that arrests were made during a protest late Wednesday and early Thursday. Officers, some in riot gear, responded to the noisy but peaceful rally that forced closure at times of South Florissant Road.

Authorities have not disclosed the reason for the arrests.

Protests have been common since Aug. 9, when white Ferguson officer Darren Wilson fatally shot Brown, who was 18, unarmed and black. A grand jury is expected to announce a decision this month whether Wilson will face criminal charges.

(West Plains) – Lu Adams has been named the new coordinator of Missouri State University-West Plains’ Mountain Grove Extended Campus.

Adams, who has worked as the university’s registrar on the West Plains campus since May 20, 2013, will begin her duties at the Shannon Hall facility, 401 East 17th St., on December 1, and will replace Norma Ogletree, who has been part-time coordinator of the campus since July 1, 2010.

Ogletree’s last official day with the university will be December 17. Prior to joining Missouri State-West Plains, Adams, who lives in Cabool, worked with Drury University at its Cabool campus and started Drury’s campuses in Thayer and Licking.

Adams will be arriving at the campus just in time to help students register for 2015 spring semester classes – an on-site registration session is scheduled for 4-7 PM Tuesday, December 2. To reach the Mountain Grove campus, call 417-547-7575.

(West Plains) – The next prequalification for the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry will be from 4-5:45 PM Wednesday, December 3, at the West Plains Public Library Community Room, 750 W. Broadway.

Those eligible to apply for this assistance include area families with children ages birth through 18 who live within Howell County. Previously, the criteria only included families who lived within the boundaries of the West Plains R-7 School District or surrounding rural school districts.

Students enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains and the South Central Career Center also are eligible, provided they meet income guidelines. Missouri State students must present their student identification cards in person, as well as a current class schedule; they may not send them with a family member. Families will receive only one voucher per family.

Those who apply should bring a photo ID, proof of income, proof of Howell County residency, names and ages of children, and a telephone number to the prequalification. Proof of Howell County residency does not apply to Missouri State-West Plains or South Central Career Center students.

The Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry provides food and grocery products for up to 250 qualifying families each month. The first delivery arrived April 13, 2010. The next prequalification date is Jan. 7, 2015.

For more information about the Ozarks Food Harvest Mobile Food Pantry project, or if you are interested in volunteering or donating,contact officials at the American Red Cross office in West Plains at 417-257-0018.