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Archive for October, 2012

Par for the Course

Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA

Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course

Pavilion Tourney

It may not have been as good of a turnout as we wanted, but it sure was a good time with excellent golf.  We did make several hundred dollars for the Pavilion Project also.  The winners of the 3-person scramble with a 61 were Michele and Michael McDaniel and Jim Cox. Second place with a 62 were Carl Tune, Des Miller and Chris Simmons.  3rd place with a 64 were Kim and Kyle Wake and Chris Thomas.  Hole prize winners were:  long drive, Michael and Michele McDaniel;  longest putt, Addison Guy, Tom Benyo Des Miller and Linda Benyo;  closest to the pin Kim Wake (twice), Michael McDaniel and Gene Vornold. Thanks to all who came out to play to help this very worthwhile effort.  Construction will continue with some more concrete to be poured and then the roof itself.

Leagues Over

The leagues are over but there are still plenty of great golf days left before the snow flies. The course is in great condition so come out and enjoy a round of golf.

At Mountain-view


The Willow Springs volleyball teams take 1st and 3rd place in the Mountain-view Liberty JV volleyball tournament. Team #1 finished pool play with a record of 6-0. Team #2 finished pool play with a 3-3 record. Pool A winner (Liberty) played the 2nd place of Pool B (Mtn Grove); Pool B winner (WS team #1) played the 2nd place of Pool A (WS team #2).

Willow Springs #2 played in the 3rd place game against Mountain Grove and Willow Springs #1 played Mountain-view in the Championship match.

“We didn’t care which team went into the Championship Match as long as the trophy came home with Willow Springs. We were very proud of how competitive the girls were today. This was an excellent day for Willow Springs Volleyball. We appreciate Mountain-view allowing us to put our second team in the tournament. It allowed everyone to get a lot of playing time. Plus this was really an awesome experience for our freshman to compete against and have success at the JV level.

Team 1 Pool Play:

Ellington- 5, 13; WS 25, 25

Mtn Grove- 19, 12; WS 25, 25

Ava 2- 12, 8; WS 25, 25

1st Round of Bracket play

WS 1- 25, 25 vs. WS 2- 17, 20

Championship Match scores: WS 20, 25, 26; LIB 25, 18, 24

Team 2 Pool Play:

Ava 1- 25, 18; WS 23, 25

Liberty- 25, 25; WS 18, 18

Thayer- 20, 21; WS 25, 25

1st Round of Bracket play

WS 1- 25, 25 vs. WS 2- 17, 20

3rd Place Match scores: WS 25, 26; Mtn Grove 22, 24

The MSU Lady Grizzlies hosted the Grizzly Invitational this weekend at the West Plains Civic Center.  On Saturday the Lady Grizzlies defeated Johnson County in four sets, and then went on to win the Championship against the New Mexico Institute Broncos in three straight sets.


MSU: 23, 25, 25, 25

Johnson County: 25, 15, 22, 18


MSU: 25, 25,25

New Mexico Institute: 15, 20, 23


The Lady Grizzlies are now 19-5 and will be at Mineral Area College today.

The Liberty Eagles traveled to Salem to take on the Tigers.  Liberty jumped out to a 13-0 lead; Dave Quinn reports:

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Final: Liberty 33 v. Salem (MO) 20


The Willow Springs Bears hosted the Thayer Bobcats Friday night.  Larry Spence reports:

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Final: Thayer 7 v. Willow Springs 3


The West Plains Zizzers traveled to Springfield to take on the Parkview Vikings.  The Zizzers got the first touchdown.  Harlin Hutchison reports:

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Final: Parkview 47 v. West Plains 7


The Cabool Bulldogs celebrated Senior Night at their last home game of the season as they took on the Ava Bears.  Brad McNew has the report:

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Final: Ava: 47 v. Cabool 7


WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team stands alone at the top of Region 16 play today after defeating arch nemesis Jefferson College of Hillsboro, Mo., 25-19, 25-18, 25-21 Thursday night, Oct. 11, at the West Plains Civic Center arena.


The Grizzlies, 15-5 overall and ranked ninth nationally in this week’s National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll, are now 2-0 in region play, and Jefferson drops to 2-1.  Mineral Area College (MAC) of Park Hills, Mo., has lost all three of its matches against region opponents so far this season, falling to the Grizzlies once and Jefferson twice, the most recent loss coming Wednesday night, Oct. 10, in a five-set thriller.  The Grizzlies will see MAC one more time at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Park Hills.


“This was a big region win for us, especially against a region opponent with whom we have a long history,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann.  “We played well defensively, but I didn’t feel like we played as well offensively as we had the last couple of weeks.  Even so, I was really happy with this win.”


The Grizzlies recorded 42 kills, with freshman outside attacker Helen Peric scoring 14 of them, but they strugged with their efficiency, Wiedemann said.  “As a team, we had more hitting errors than we’ve had in the past few weeks.  But the players didn’t let that get them down.  They maintained the rest of the game and played well enough to win.”


Defensively, the Grizzlies recorded their highest per set dig average of the season at 25.3.  “That’s fantastic!,” the coach said.  “That puts you in a position to stay in the match, especially if you’re not doing well offensively.”


Peric and freshman middle attacker Torika Baleileikutu led the team in digs with 17 apiece.  Sophomore outside attacker Taylor Swayzer scored two aces, and freshman setter Sarah Stretch had 40 assists.  Freshman libero Victoria Williams led the team in passing rating with 2.83, and sophomore middle attacker Magda Zietek recorded the Grizzlies lone block of the match.


“If we don’t score points on blocking and digging a lot of balls, then our blocks are doing a good job,” Wiedemann said.  “That means they’re putting up a block that gives us a chance to get a good dig.”


The Grizzlies and Jefferson are two of the eight teams competing in this weekend’s Colton’s Steak House & Grill/Holiday Inn Express Grizzly Invitational Tournament, which got underway this morning at the civic center.  The Grizzlies were scheduled to play Southeastern Community College, Burlington, Iowa, at 1 p.m. today and Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kan., at 5 p.m. today.  They’ll face Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, Kan., at noon Saturday.  The results of these pool matches will determine their final match time Saturday.  The championship match, set for 4 p.m. Saturday, will pit the first place teams out of each pool.


Other teams competing in the tournament include Barton County College, Great Bend, Kan.; New Mexico Military Academy, Roswell; and Wallace State College, Hanceville, Ala.


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


–        News release prepared by University Communications 

WASHINGTON — Champagne was in hand. White tarpaulin served as protection over the walls. But Chris Carpenter refused to let the celebration began.

The veteran Cardinals pitcher instructed his teammates to pause, insisted they wait until ninth-inning heroes Daniel Descalso and Pete Kozma could wrap up separate on-field interviews. The middle infielders eventually escaped to the clubhouse and ducked into the middle of a circle that had formed in their absence.

Carpenter handed Kozma a bottle of champagne, and before insisting that the rookie pop the first cork, the veteran right-hander had one thing he first needed to say.

“I told you that when we came back,” Carpenter began, “that’s it’s going to be the most epic [comeback] ever.”

Upon Carpenter’s finish, the same team that wouldn’t go away last October began celebrating its refusal to do so again. The Cards — down to their final out, their final strike five times — stunned the Nationals by scoring four two-out runs, capping a comeback as improbable as the one they made in a World Series elimination game against the Rangers last October.

From a six-run hole, the Cardinals emerged with a 9-7 victory in a win-or-go home National League Division Series Game 5 on Friday night. It was the largest comeback in a winner-take-all game in postseason history. With the Cards advancing, it ensured a Wild Card team would play in a League Championship Series for the third straight season.

“Miraculous,” Adam Wainwright said afterward. “Today, their starting pitcher gave them a whole lot of reasons why they should quit. And they didn’t.”

“I just can’t describe what happened,” Carlos Beltran added. “Honestly. It just happened so fast.”

St. Louis entered the ninth down by two, but having scratched away most of the six-run deficit that seemed daunting against 21-game winner Gio Gonzalez.

The Cardinals, only 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position through eight innings, needed a baserunner, and Beltran answered with a leadoff double. Nats closer Drew Storen, however, responded by retiring two, lifting a sellout crowd to its feet.

What happened next would leave them stunned.

Yadier Molina and David Freese — both down to their final strikes — drew walks to extend the frame. Freese, behind 1-2 in his at-bat, laid off several borderline pitches to reach.

“You just have to battle against that guy,” Freese said. “The thing about the postseason is, if you’re unfazed, you have a shot.”

Freese’s walk passed the inning to Daniel Descalso, whose solo homer an inning earlier had continued the Cards’ steady climb closer. Descalso swung at the first pitch, lining it off the glove of a diving Ian Desmond at short. Two runs scored to tie the game.

“I was on first base, all fired up, and I looked over at the dugout and the guys were going crazy, and [that] got [me] fired up even more out there,” Descalso said.

Then it was eight-hole hitter Kozma — the same middle infielder who just two months ago seemed to have no future in the organization — who dropped a single into right field to give the Cardinals a two-run lead.

“It helped that Descalso got that hit,” Kozma said. “That took the edge off a little bit, though it wasn’t near enough. I still had to bear down and try to take myself out of the moment and take the crowd out of it.”

Jason Motte, who had pitched the eighth, returned to the mound to close the game and earn the Cards a ticket to the NLCS. They’ll face the Giants, with Game 1 scheduled for Sunday in San Francisco (7 p.m. CT on FOX).

On the other side, it left the Nationals, who led the Majors with 98 wins, with nothing to do until next spring.

“I’ve got a bad taste in my mouth that’s going to stay there for a couple months,” Storen said. “It’s probably never going to leave.”

This comeback, though it will be remembered for what happened late, was hardly hurried. Rather, the Cardinals made a methodical climb to bail out Wainwright, who before leaving the mound, gathered his infielders and asked them to pick him up.

Wainwright, whose 2 1/3-inning start was the shortest of his career, told others the same thing in the dugout after exiting with the Nats holding a seemingly commanding 6-0 lead.

“I told myself that I didn’t care if we win or lose, but I was going to do everything I can to help the team and pick him up,” Beltran said. “It’s hard when a guy like him takes the mound and gives up six runs. He feels like it’s his fault. We win as a team, we lose as a team.”

About the same time, Carpenter began making his rounds, too, mouthing fantasies about an impending epic comeback. Funny thing was, everyone bought in.

“They did not believe that six runs was too much,” said first-year manager Mike Matheny. “They didn’t stop believing. It wasn’t just a bunch of rah-rah stuff. It seemed like every inning, there was more and more momentum. It was just one of those things that you cannot describe.”

Momentum started to shift with a lift from the relief corps, which, beginning with rookies Joe Kelly and Trevor Rosenthal, tamed Washington’s offense. In 5 2/3 innings, St. Louis’ relievers allowed only one run.

In the meantime, an offense that had been held to only three hits a day earlier went to work.

Matt Holliday drove home a run in the fourth. Two more scored in the fifth with some help from Gonzalez, who walked three and delivered a run-scoring wild pitch in the frame.

The Cards pulled closer in the seventh when Beltran moved Jon Jay to third with a double, putting the center fielder in position to score on Holliday’s groundout. In the eighth, Descalso sent a leadoff homer over the right-field wall.

That made it 6-5.

“Maybe we’re just stubborn. Maybe that’s it,” said Motte, who gave one run back in the bottom of the eighth. “These guys don’t quit. They don’t ever give up. They didn’t give up early in the game. They didn’t go up there saying this game was over. They chipped away, chipped away.”

St. Louis was forced to play from behind after Washington’s sleeping offense awoke instantly against Wainwright. Seven pitches into his start, Wainwright had served up a Jayson Werth double, a Bryce Harper triple and a home run to Ryan Zimmerman.

That three-run deficit turned into a six-run hole when Wainwright served up a pair of third-inning homers. That did it for the right-hander.

“I was absolutely at the lowest point of my career,” Wainwright said. “I’m sitting there going, ‘I cannot believe that if this ends today, it will all be because of me going out there and not having a good performance.'”

Instead of a sleepless night, he’ll enjoy a celebratory one on a cross-country flight. Because, as Wainwright put it: “The team in this clubhouse has so much heart that it is ridiculous.”

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.

This week Gary Lee talks to:

Ava’s Head Coach Swafford:

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MVBT Liberty Head  Coach Acklin:

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West Plains’ Head Coach Ary:

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Willow Springs’ Head Coach Matt Perkins:

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West Plains at Parkview – listen live on KKDY 102.5

Ava at Cabool- listen live on KSPQ 93.9

Houston at Mt. Grove

MVBT Liberty at Salem- listen live on KUPH 96.9

Thayer at Willow Springs- listen live on KUKU 100.3

Friday, October 12

Grizzlies vs Southeastern Community College (IA) at 1:00 PM

Grizzlies vs Seward County Community College (KS) at 5:00 PM


Saturday, October 13

Grizzlies vs Johnson County Community College (KS) at 12:00 Noon

Final match of the day TBD based on outcome of previous matches.

(If the Grizzlies are in the Championship Match, it will be played at 4:00 PM)

Cross Country Mountain Grove Invitational Randel-Hinkel Golf Course Mtn. Grove, MO Thursday, October 11, 2012
Willow Springs Results
Varsity Girls (3.1 miles, Top 20 medaled) Bailey Wagner, 4th, 21:01 (Personal Record)
Varsity Boys (3.1 miles, Top 20 medaled)–Team finished 7th Cory Chafin, 23rd, 18:18 Derek Smith, 38th, 19:52 (Personal Record) Allen Koch, 42nd, 20:07 Zach Wilhelm, 62nd, 21:28 (Personal Record) James Briscoe, 70th, 25:38 (Personal Record)
7-8 Grade Girls (1.5 miles, Top 15 medaled) Kaitlyn Perkins, 14th, 10:24 Maddisyn Boyle, 20th, 10:49
7-8 Grade Boys (1.5 miles, Top 15 medaled) Dorian Clinton, 23rd, 10:17 Kenny Briscoe, 24th, 10:22
5-6 Grade Boys (1.5 miles, Top 15 medaled) Chase Garrison, 4th, 10:15 Cole Chafin, 7th, 10:41 Karson Douglas, 11th, 11:17 Tryton Henley, 14th, 11:33 Cain Calloway, 19th, 11:47 Jon Baker, 23rd, 12:44 Wesley Picard, 24th, 12:47 Devin Waggoner, 25th, 12:48 Kaleb Hardman, 28th, 14:05 Noah McColgin, 29th, 14:06
5-6 Grade Girls (1.5 miles, Top 15 medaled) Emily Smith, 7th, 11:44 Kelsey Norman, 20th, 12:48 Kat Anderson, 21st, 12:50 Hanah Foster, 25th, 13:40