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Archive for January, 2013

The MBCA/MOsports Basketball poll is selected by a panel of coaches representing each of the 8 districts and each of the five Missouri basketball classes.


1. Walnut Grove (16-2)
2. North Mercer (17-1)
3. Wellington Napoleon (17-1)
4. Dadeville (17-1)
5. Norborne (16-1)
6. Weaubleau (15-4)
7. North Andrew (16-3)
8. Mound City (12-3)
9. Glasgow (15-3)
10. Chadwick (15-5)

others receiving votes: Chamois, Polo, Montrose, Marion County, Naylor


1. Archie (18-0)
2. Silex (18-1)
3. Sturgeon (17-2)
4. Crane (17-3)
5. Seymour (17-2)
6. Skyline (16-4)
7. Salisbury(14-4)
8. Crocker (16-2)
9. Thayer (14-2)
10. Marceline (16-3)


others receiving votes: Maysville, Scotland County, New Haven, New Franklin, South Pemiscot, Sparta


1. St. James (18-0)
2. Saxony Lutheran (17-1)
3. Hermann (16-3)
4. Hamilton (15-2)
5. Trenton (16-2)
6. Lutheran (St. Charles) (17-2)
7. Blair Oaks (14-2)
8. Principia (13-6)
9. Monroe City (16-3)
10. Ash Grove (15-5)

others receiving votes: Lawson, Southwest Washburn, St. Pius X (Festus), Licking, Mtn. Grove, Whitfield


1. Incarnate Word (18-0)
2. Republic (16-0)
3. West Plains (18-1)
4. Miller Career (15-3)
5. Dexter (16-2)
6. MICDS (15-2)
7. Pacific (14-3)
8. St. Charles (18-2)
9. Sullivan (14-2)
10. Webb City (15-3)

others receiving votes: Pleasant Hill, Kirksville, Lafayette (St. Joe), Westminster Christian, Helias, Cape Notre Dame, Benton (St. Joe), Smithville


1.  Truman (17-0)
2. St. Joseph‘s (13-3)
3. Rock Bridge (14-4)
4. Blue Springs (14-2)
5. Nixa (16-3)
6. Parkway South (14-3)
7. Hickman (15-3)
8. Parkway North (16-1)
9. Park Hill South (14-1)
10. Ozark (12-5)

others receiving votes: Liberty, Nerinx Hall, Ursuline, Marquette

     BOSTON (AP) – P.J. Hairston ignited a first-half run and scored 14 points before he was taken off the court on a stretcher after a scary fall late in the opening half of North Carolina’s 82-70 win over Boston College on Tuesday night.
     Hairston banged the back of his head on the floor after colliding with teammate Dexter Strickland. A North Carolina spokesman said he suffered a concussion, but was not going to be taken to the hospital.
     James Michael McAdoo led North Carolina (14-6, 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points and 10 boards. Strickland added 14 points.
     Olivier Hanlan scored 22 points, Ryan Anderson 16 and Patrick Heckmann 12 for the Eagles (9-11, 1-6).
     Boston College lost its fifth straight game.
     North Carolina, which entered its sixth straight week out of The AP Top 25 after spending 33 consecutive weeks ranked, opened a double-digit lead midway into the first half and coasted to the win despite losing Hairston.
     NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Bryant McKinnie stood in the middle of the Superdome and marveled at the spectacle that surrounded him.
     Behind the Baltimore Ravens giant left tackle, several of the team’s most notable stars were seated individually at raised tables. Each space featured huge name plates and was surrounded by a blockade designed to keep the throng of interviewers at a reasonable distance. It was, after all, media day at the Super Bowl.
     McKinnie looked over his shoulder in amusement. His assignment Tuesday was to simply to stand among the masses and field questions from people who crowded in with microphones held high to catch a few words from the 6-foot-8, 354-pounder.
     Those who kept their arms raised long enough to hear McKinnie tell the story of his season were rewarded with quite a tale, one that began with a pay cut and ended with a starting role in his first NFL championship game.

McDonald's owner Andi Hilburn-Vaini, Andi Haney, McDonald's owner Marc Vaini, Coach Scott Womack

(West Plains) – West Plains High School Senior Andi Haney is among 814 seniors nominated to play in the 2013 McDonald’s All-American games.

On February 14th, 24 male and 24 female athletes will be announced on ESPN to compete in the All American Games in Chicago, IL. Haney currently averages 23.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 4.7 steals per game. She has scored 1,843 points in her career. She is two time All-State, three time All-Conference and All-District. Last year, Haney was named All-Ozark. Haney has signed with Harding University in Searcy, Ark to play basketball next season.

Proceeds from the games will benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities. To date, McDonald’s All American Games have raised more than $10 million to support RMCH’s mission of improving the health and well-being of families and children.

This year marks the 36th Anniversary of the McDonald’s All American games.

(West Plains) – The West Plains School District has announced that senior Morgan Cornish has been named to the Academic All State Football team.

The team is named by the Missouri High School Football Coaches Association and the requirements are that a player has to make first team all-district as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher.

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team will go into its third Region 16 game of the season Tuesday night, Jan. 29, with a 14-9 record after soundly defeating Quakerdale Prep, New Providence, Iowa, 94-48 Friday night, Jan. 25, at the West Plains Civic Center.

The Grizzlies’ opponent Tuesday night at the civic center will be Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Mo.  The Cardinals suffered their first Region 16 loss of the season Saturday night, Jan. 26, at the hands of State Fair Community College in Sedalia.  The Cardinals are now 3-1 in region play, while the Grizzlies are 1-2.

Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said he expected a closer game with Quakerdale’s Eagles, since the Grizzlies had to go into overtime Nov. 30 to beat Quakerdale at the JUCO Elite 8 Tournament in Coffeyville, Kan.

“We really didn’t expect this big of a point differential with this team,” he said.  “They have played a lot of other two-year schools pretty tough.

“The difference tonight was our focus and our willingness to make the extra pass,” he added.  “We really took a step forward in those categories.  The question is, can we maintain that focus?”

The Grizzlies took control of the game early, leading 41-13 at halftime, and they never let up in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 53-35.

“Our shot selection was good most of the night,” Walker said.  “We didn’t force threes, and by not forcing them, we got a lot of really good looks at the basket by allowing our teammates to create for us.”

The Grizzlies hit 32 of 60 attempts from the field for 53.3 percent, 14 of 28 shots from 3-point range for 50 percent and 16 or 21 shots from the free throw line for 76.2 percent.


They were led on the scoreboard by freshman guard Delvonte Pierre, who hit six threes on his way to a 24-point night.  He was followed by freshman guard Desmond Buerge with 19 points and freshman forward Malik London and freshman guard Devaugntah Williams each with 13 points.

The Grizzlies also had 46 rebounds, 16 assists, 10 turnovers and seven blocks.  Sophomore forward Keaton Jackson had 16 rebounds and four blocks and freshman guard Jon Tshibuy had 10 rebounds and four assists.

Quakerdale hit 15 of 56 shots from the field for 26.8 percent, four of 22 shots from 3-point range for 18.2 percent, and 14 of 18 free throws for 77.8 percent.  They were led by Dante Bailey with 19 points and Darrion Strong with 13.  The Eagles also recorded 22 rebounds, four assists and five turnovers.

“We have a big test Tuesday night,” Walker said, pointing out Saturday’s loss also broke the Cardinals’ five-game winning streak.  “We expect them to have a renewed energy and resolve when they arrive.”

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website at or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

Monica Perryman

Springfield, Mo. (For  — The Foster Natatorium was bursting at the seams Saturday, with swimmers from all over the state attending the 35th Annual Springfield Invitational Swim and Dive Competition. Notre Dame de Sion from Kansas City, won the meet with a score of 340.

Glendale, down 60 points after diving, made up 46 points in swimming to place second overall in the meet, with a score of 326.  Glendale’s cross-town rival Kickapoo, finished the meet in 4th place with 184 points.

Steve Boyce, Glendale swim coach was pleased with the results the Lady Falcons finished with.

“There was lots of great racing today. We swam faster and faster and did what we needed to do,” Boyce said.  “We broke the meet record for the Girls 400 yard free relay with a time of 3:40.73. Lauren Beatty qualified for state in the Girls 200 yard IM with a time of 2:18.49.”

Coach Boyce also oversees the Ozark High School Swim Team. Ozark’s Lyndsey Baker is headed to the state championships in the individual 100 Freestyle. Her lead off split time in the 400 relay today allowed her to qualify.

With the Southwest Missouri Swim Championships and State Championships around the corner, the teams are working hard to close the season on a great note.

Kickapoo’s Coach Pete Hill was happy with the meet and is looking forward to the next few weeks.

“The girls were tired coming out of the Kansas City Invitational meet. I asked them to be mentally ready if they could not be physically ready. We came close to our best times. We have been working hard. I am looking forward to the upcoming meets and state championship,” Hill said.

The Southwest Missouri Championships begin on February 5th at the Foster Natatorium. State Championships will be held in St. Peters on February 15th and 16th.

  1. Notre Dame de Sion    340
  2. Glendale Falcons        326
  3. Lafayette High School  319.5
  4. Kickapoo High School  184
  5. St Teresa’s Academy   174
  6. Rock Bridge                169
  7. Nixa  Eagles                167
  8. Hickman High School   132.5
  9. St Pius X                     112
  10. Central Bulldogs           92
  11. Carthage High School   72
  12. Ozark Tigers                56
  13. Pembroke Hill              45
  14. Logan-Rogersville         38
  15. Joplin High School        30
  16. Marshall High School    19
  17. Poplar Bluff                  18
  18. Cape Central                16
  19. Hillcrest                       10
  20. Summit Prep Academy  5

Licking Wildcats Pounce Lady Bears

Saturday night the Willow Springs Lady Bears took on the Licking Wildcats in the championship game of the Mansfield tournament.

Here is May Spence with the rundown of the game…

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Final scores were:

  • Lady Bears: 43
  • Licking Wildcats: 49 

Lady Zizzers Vs. Blue Eye Lady Bulldogs

The West Plains Lady Zizzers played the BLue Eye Lady Bulldogs in the Reed Spring INvitational Tournament Friday night.

Cody Sanders has the full report…

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Final Scores were:

  • West Plains: 58
  • Blue Eye: 21

Coming Up:


  • Grizzlies Vs. Mineral Area at the West Plains Civic Center


  • Zizzers Vs. Glendale at 7pm on Q94 JackFM


     LONDON (AP) – Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng is asking British Prime Minister David Cameron to pump government money into the country’s basketball program to ensure the legacy from the London Olympics isn’t “completely demolished.”
     Britain’s basketball teams were told last month they will receive no funding for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016.
     In a letter to Cameron, Deng says he has “put too much in and care too greatly to let this happen.”
     Deng asks: “How are we supposed to motivate these kids to carry along their (basketball) journey when there’s now nothing at the end? No Team GB, no Olympic dream, no goal.”
     Britain qualified for basketball at the London Games as the host nation.
     LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Los Angeles Dodgers have announced the launch of SportsNet LA, their regional sports network with Time Warner Cable for the 2014 season.
     The team said Monday that its ownership group created an American Media Productions LLC subsidiary in December 2012 to launch the network. TWC will make payments and have the exclusive advertising and affiliate sales rights.
     Dodgers owner Mark Walter says “we concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want – more content and more Dodger baseball – was to launch our own network.”
     The Dodgers said the agreement is subject to closing conditions. The Los Angeles Times reported last week the nation’s second-largest cable operator will pay around $7 billion to carry the games.
     The Dodgers will remain on Fox’s Prime Ticket, a division of News Corp., this year.