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Archive for September, 2012

This week Gary Lee talked with:
Ava Head Coach Swafford:

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Liberty Head Coach Acklin:

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Cabool Head Coach Brookshire:

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Willow Springs Head Coach Perkins:

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Thayer Head Coach Webber:

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West Plains Head Coach Ary:

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West Plains at Lebanon- listen live on KKDY 102.5

Houston at Ava

Cabool at Thayer- listen live on KSPQ 93.9

Mt. Grove at MVBT Liberty – listen live on KUPH 96.9

Salem at Willow Springs- listen live on KUKU 100.3

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Helena Peric, a freshman outside attacker on the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball squad, was one of three players chosen by officials at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) as a Volleyball Player of the Week for matches held Sept. 17-23.


NJCAA officials made the announcement Wednesday, Sept. 26, in a news release from their headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo.  Peric earned the award for Division I players, according to an NJCAA news release.


The 6-foot, 2-inch player from Smederevo, Serbia, anchored the Grizzlies’ 4-0 performance at the Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College Invitational Tournament Sept. 21-22.  She had double-doubles in three of the Grizzlies’ four matches, averaging 3.27 kills and 3.27 digs per set.  She also displayed her hitting efficiency, compiling a .424 attacking percentage for the tournament, NJCAA officials noted.


“I’m very excited for Helena receiving the NJCAA Division I Player of the Week honor for her performance during the 4-0 run we had at the Hutchinson Invitational,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said.  “We had a good weekend overall as a team, and there were many performances that made a difference throughout the tournament.  Helena played very consistent from start to finish, both offensively and defensively.  She played like a difference maker, and that’s what we need out of her time and again.  She has been working hard to improve her movement and communication on the court, and it’s paying off.”


For the full news release, visit


For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, including a copy of the 2012 schedule, visit the team’s website at

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – Area gun enthusiasts should mark their calendars for Oct. 20 and make plans to attend the Fall Shooting Classic at Ozark Sporting Clays in Caulfield, Mo.


The event, hosted by Rick and Bev Hamby, will benefit the Grizzly Athletics program at Missouri State University-West Plains.


“We’re so excited to be hosting this event,” Rick Hamby said.  “Missouri State-West Plains is important to us and to the community.  It’s a win-win situation for all of us!”


The Hambys recently opened a new 25-acre sporting development on county road 7360, 10 miles west of West Plains.  The savannah-style park carved out of native Ozark forest land features a club house, a 10-station sporting clay range for seasoned shooters, as well as a nice zone setup for first-time shooters that helps the novice graduate to the next level, Hamby said.


“This will be an introduction to the sport of trap and skeet shooting for some and a fun time for the more advanced shooters,” Hamby added.


Shooting games available for participants include sporting clays, “Fur & Feather,” trap/wobble, and the beginner/novice shoot.  The cost is $25 per round or $1 per clay.  Certificates and prizes will be awarded, and a special “Iron Man” category will recognize the top shooter in a combination of all events.


Participants can bring their own shotguns, ammunition, and eye and ear protection, or they may rent guns and purchase ammunition that is available on site.  They also may bring their own golf carts or ATVs if desired.


Registration will take place on site, and participants can pay when they shoot.  Two sessions will be offered: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m.; participants can come at any time during these sessions.   Lunch also will be available, organizers said.


In the event of rain, the shoot will take place on Oct. 21.


“When cool breezes rattle fiery autumn leaves in these beautiful Ozark hills, the gunfire in the distance may very well be the Fall Shooting Classic out at Cowboy Rick’s new place,” said Dr. Herb Lunday, dean of student services at Missouri State-West Plains.  “We appreciate Rick and Bev for hosting this exciting event that will benefit Grizzly Athletics at Missouri State-West Plains.  We invite everybody to come out and hone their shooting skills while enjoying our great outdoors.”


For more information, call 417-255-7255 or e-mail







LIBERTY           25         25

WINONA           16         17




LIBERTY           26         25

WINONA           24         23


Liberty sweeps Winona in straight sets.






LIBERTY                       26         25         25

WILLOW SPRINGS       28         13         16




LIBERTY                       25         25

WILLOW SPRINGS       10         12




HOUSTON — Long-time nemesis Bud Norris spoiled the Cardinals’ shot at a sweep, outdueling Chris Carpenter in the final game played at Minute Maid Park this season.

Carpenter looked improved over his season debut, yet his fourth-inning hiccup stood as the margin of error in St. Louis’ 2-0 loss to the Astros on Wednesday night.

The defeat stalled the Cardinals’ climb toward capturing the final National League Wild Card. Still, the club ends its final road trip of the regular season with a 3 1/2-game cushion over the Dodgers and the Brewers, both winners on Wednesday.

Six more regular-season games are on tap for the Cardinals, all at home, beginning Friday.

“We have a tough homestand coming up,” Carpenter said. “We have to go back there and win some ballgames, so that we have some momentum going into the Wild Card, if we get there.”

Indeed, these upcoming games will come against teams much more accomplished than the Astros and Cubs, who the Cardinals beat up on over the past nine days. St. Louis went 7-2 in the critical stretch to help stretch their Wild Card lead.

The Cardinals play the NL East-leading Nationals over the weekend and finish the season with three games against the NL Central champion Reds. Particularly in need of a jolt is the Cardinals’ offense, which has averaged less than four runs over a 23-game stretch. A strong stand from the pitching staff has helped to mask the offense’s deficiencies, to a certain extent.

“When everybody is on, it’s one of the best offenses in all of baseball. Nobody can deny it,” manager Mike Matheny said. “But right now we have to find a way to make it happen. There’s no doubt that we need the middle of the lineup to produce.”

The second through fifth spots in the lineup finished a combined 1-for-15 on Wednesday.

As a result, Carpenter is left still looking for his first win, two starts into an abbreviated season. He actually started the only two Cardinal losses on this road trip, though he didn’t get much assistance in either. A blown save cost him in Chicago last Friday. Against the Astros, the absence of offensive support gave him no room to slip.

Neither starter allowed a hit for the first three innings. Norris worked around a leadoff double in the fourth inning. In the bottom half of the frame, the Astros got to Carpenter.

Second baseman Jose Altuve drilled a first-pitch fastball off the facade above the left-field wall for a 1-0 lead. With two outs in the inning, Justin Maxwell swiped second and scored on Brett Wallace’s single to right.

“I told myself I wasn’t going to let Altuve hit a first-pitch fastball and I did,” Carpenter said. “Then I hung a breaking ball [to Wallace].”

Otherwise, by all accounts, this was a leap forward from Carpenter’s outing in Chicago.

“A lot better. A lot better,” catcher Yadier Molina said. “His movement was a lot better.”

Carpenter allowed only one other hit in his six-inning start. He pitched an inning deeper than he had last time, and Carpenter extended himself to a pitch count of 92.

The right-hander will have the opportunity to make one more regular-season start before the Cardinals must figure out where he slots into their postseason plans, should St. Louis advance.

“I’m glad I was able to build off Chicago and come in tonight and try to do a little better and give my team a chance to win,” Carpenter said. “And if I can get better for the next one, that’s what we’re looking for. We have to remember this is my second game. I’m still working the kinks out a little bit.”

Norris had no such kinks as he helped the Astros finish with four wins in 15 games against St. Louis this season. Two of those wins belong to Norris, who snapped a 12-game losing streak on Wednesday.

The right-hander shut out St. Louis over 7 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and four total baserunners. The Cardinals couldn’t manufacture a run after Jon Jay’s leadoff double in the fourth. Carpenter’s fifth-inning single was also unable to provide a spark.

A lack of situational hitting then foiled an opportunity for the offense to break through in the eighth.

With two on and nobody out, eight-hole hitter Pete Kozma twice failed to lay down a sacrifice bunt. His at-bat ended with a strikeout, Kozma’s third of the night.

“You have to get those down,” Matheny said. “We’ve made it very clear, we have to do the little things. We’re not playing for the tie. We’re playing for good baseball. You have to know your role and that’s something that we’ve increased our workload on, but it doesn’t always necessarily translate into production.”

Norris’ night ended with the strikeout and subsequent standing ovation as he walked off the field in the Astros’ final home game as a National League club. Reliever Wilton Lopez preserved the shutout by not letting pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran or Jay to get a ball out of the infield.

That lowered Norris’ career ERA in 15 starts against the Cardinals to 2.74. No one in the Majors has more wins against the Cardinals since 2009 than Norris, whose victory on Wednesday was his eighth during that stretch. It was also his best and deepest start of the season.

“I really took my time a little bit more,” Norris said, when asked about his effectiveness. “Sometimes you rush the game and sometimes you don’t. Sometimes you just need to try to find that rhythm and groove and that’s a tough team to do that against.”

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It’s Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Neathery broke Nixa's record in their recent game vs. Ozark. (Photo provided)

(Nixa) – A Nixa high school senior soccer player, with West Plains connections, recently became the school’s all time leading scorer.

Robert Neathery, who was born in West Plains and began playing soccer here at the age of 4, scored 3 goals and one assist for the Eagles in a Tuesday match against Ozark to give him 52 goals for his career and a total of 94 points.

This past summer, Neathery attended a soccer academy in England which is part of the Missouri Olympic Development team. He plans on attending the same program next summer which could possibly help gain eventual entry into the professional game.

Robert is the son of Bret Neathery of Springfield, Beth Neathery of Nixa, the grandson of Sharon Neathery and nephew of Tom and Shawn Marhefka of West Plains and Bob and Amy Pollard of Willow Springs.

(West Plains) – Ozark Radio Sports has learned that Missouri State University-West Plains sophomore Keaton Jackson has committed to play basketball at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville following this season.

The 6-9 forward was being recruited by several different 4 year schools according to social media networks.

The Vancouver, Washington, native was the Grizzlies’ top shot-blocker last season. Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is part of the Ohio Valley Conference.

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(West Plains) – On Tuesday night, the MSU-West Plains Lady Grizzly Volleyball team defeated Mineral Area College at home in the West Plains Civic Center in Junior College Volleyball. Final scores were:

MSU Grizzlies – 25  24  25  25
MA Cardinals – 18  26  12  12

The Grizzlies are now 9-5 for the season and will play in the Seward County Invitational Tournament Friday and Saturday, Sept. 28-29, in Liberal, Kan. Friday, the Grizzlies will face Seminole (Okla.) State College at 9 a.m. and Frank Phillips College of Borger, Texas, at 5 p.m. Saturday’s bracket play will be determined by the outcome of Friday’s matches.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, including a copy of the 2012 schedule, visit the team’s website here.

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The West Plains Zizzer Varsity boys took home 1st place this weekend at the Hancock Invitational in St. Louis.  The JV boys aslo taook home 1st.

The West Plains Lady Zizzers took home 8th place, and the JV girls took home 3rd.


For complete boys’ JV results from class 4, click here.

For complete varsity boys’ results: click here.

For complete girls’ JV results: click here.

For complete girls’ varisty results: click here.