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The West Plains Zizzers finished up play at the Blue & Gold Tournament competing against the Aurora Houn’ Dawgs for a 5th Place Trophy.

Marty Spence has the details: 

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Once again the Zizzer boys were defeated by the Houn’ Dawgs 81-73.

The Lady Zizzers continue in the Pink & White Tournament after narrowly winning against Assumption 35-32.

Nate Cooper has the recap: 

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The Lady Zizzers move on to face Republic Tuesday night. And you can listen in on the action on KKDY 102.5

The final night of the Cabool Holiday Tournament took place Monday.

Gary Lee has the game wrap: 

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2013-2014 Bowl Schedule


Time (ET)



Watch On

Jan 6


BCS Title

Florida State VS Auburn


Jan 5



Ball State VS Arkansas State


Jan 4


BBVA Compass

Houston VS Vanderbilt


Jan 3



Oklahoma State VS Missouri


Jan 2



Alabama VS Oklahoma


Jan 1



Nebraska VS Georgia


Jan 1


Heart of Dallas

UNLV vs North Texas


Jan 1


Capitol One

Wisconsin VS South Carolina


Jan 1



Iowa vs LSU


Jan 1



Michigan State VS Stanford


Jan 1



Baylor VS UCF


Dec 31


AdvoCare V100

Boston College VS Arizona


Dec 31



Virginia Tech VS UCLA


Dec 31



Rice VS Mississippi State


Dec 31



Duke VS Texas A&M


Five NFL head coaches whose teams had subpar performances were fired less than 24 hours after the regular season ended Monday.

The list of football coaches getting punted from their team is as follows: Washington’s Mike Shanahan, Detroit’s Jim Schwartz, Minnesota’s Leslie Frazier and Greg Schiano from Tampa Bay.

“Black Monday”, or the Monday following the end of regular season, is when coaches lose their jobs. The Cleveland Browns didn’t even wait that long, axing Rob Chudzinski on Sunday night just after one season. The Texans (2-14), who own the top choice in May’s draft after losing their final 14 games, released coach Gary Kubiak late in the season.

Whomever gets hired in each place will face mammoth rebuilding projects. Overall, the six teams seeking new coaches went 24-71-1.

Photo courtesy of St. Louis Rams

For the second straight year, the Rams traveled to Seattle in the final regular season game with a chance to notch the team’s first eight-win season since 2006. Also for the second straight year, the Rams came up short offensively, falling 27-9 to the Seahawks on Sunday.

Despite a defensive performance that held the Seahawks to just six offensive points in the first half, the Rams found tough sledding offensively, as they finished the day with 158 total yards.

“We played a real good football team today and didn’t play well,” Head Coach Jeff Fisher said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do to come up here in Week 17 and beat the Seahawks.”

QB Kellen Clemens completed 21 of 30 passes for 157 yards, with one touchdown pass and two interceptions.

The Rams were held to just 13 yards rushing, including 15 yards on 15 carries from RB Zac Stacy, who fell short in his bid to become just the third Rams rookie to rush for 1,000 yards, finishing with 973.

After taking a 13-0 deficit into the half, the Rams registered their first scoring drive on their second offensive possession of the second half, on a 36-yard field goal by K Greg Zuerlein. They capped their scoring on their final offensive possession, with a 2-yard touchdown reception by TE Jared Cook.

The Rams finished at 7-9, marking the first time the team has secured consecutive seasons of seven or more victories since 2003-2004. Despite falling short of the .500 plateau, Fisher remained encouraged by the progress of much of the team’s roster, which entered the season as the youngest in the league, a trajectory that bodes entering the 2014 season.

“I’m encouraged about the guys in that locker room and the guys I haven’t met yet,” Fisher said. “They do everything that’s asked of them and they do it well. We have a lot to look forward to.”


News and Notes

– P Johnny Hekker, fresh off being named to his first Pro Bowl, along with teammate Robert Quinn, entered the game with a net punting average of 43.8. He ended the day with seven punts for 337 yards, according to press box statistics. If official, that would push his net average to 44.2, a new NFL record.

– Quinn collected his 19th sack of the season to increase his own team record. That figure was the most in the NFC, and second in the NFL to Indianapolis’ Robert Mathis, who pickup up two sacks on Sunday to finish with 19.5.

– Cook had five receptions on Sunday to finish the season with a career-high of 51.

– DE Eugene Sims netted the Rams’ 50th sack of the season in the first quarter. The sack gave the Rams their third 50-sack year in the last four seasons, including two in a row.

– With a 14-yard completion to TE Jared Cook on the Rams’ first possession, Clemens surpassed his 2007 passing yard total of 1,529, establishing a new career-high.

– Zuerlein connected on a 36-yard field goal in the third quarter. He finished the year 26-of-28 on field-goal attempts, which ties for the second-most accurate season by a St. Louis Rams kicker. Zuerlein connected on his last 12 attempts, and his 93 percent conversion rate matches Jeff Wilkins’ 2003 season, when he was 39 of 42. Only Wilkins’ 2000 season (17 of 17) was better.

– LB Alec Ogletree was credited with eight total tackles, according to unofficial press box statistics. He entered the game with 144 total stops, which tied James Laurinaitis’ rookie record from 2009.

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RALEIGH, N.C.  – Missouri coach Frank Haith learned how his 25th-ranked Tigers would respond both to a loss and to a hostile road environment Saturday night.

Jabari Brown hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 55.1 seconds left to help Missouri beat North Carolina State 68-64, rallying from 10 down in the second half to win in its first true road game of the year.

“We wanted to have a game like this going into (Southeastern Conference) play,” Haith said. “Obviously we’ve had some high-level games already: UCLA, Illinois and West Virginia. But those were either at neutral sites or home games, so it was important for us to have a game like this as we move into SEC play.”

Things didn’t look promising for Missouri for much of the night. The Tigers seemed unable to stop N.C. State leading scorer T.J. Warren. They played what Haith called probably their worst half of the year in the first half. They twice trailed by 10, the second time coming with 8:56 left.

Yet the Tigers hung around until Brown and Jordan Clarkson made the late plays that put Missouri in control.

“Coach just told us to stay composed and keep playing and just do what you do,” Clarkson said. “If you knock down 3s, if you rebound, you’ve just got to keep doing that. We knew the shots were going to fall at the end.”

Brown’s 3 over Wolfpack freshman Anthony “Cat” Barber was the biggest shot in a back-and-forth final 4 minutes that saw the teams trade the lead three times before Brown’s shot made it 63-62.

Brown was 1-for-5 from behind the arc before his big shot.

“I’m comfortable,” Brown said. “I’ve got confidence in myself. Most of my shots weren’t falling, so I knew I was bound to hit a couple.”

Clarkson scored 21 points to lead the Tigers (11-1), including a three-point play with 3:51 left that gave Missouri its first lead and two free throws with 20.1 seconds left that gave Missouri a 65-62 edge.

Brown finished with 17, while Johnathan Williams hit a free throw with 3.7 seconds left to make it a two-possession game and effectively seal the win.

Missouri was coming off its first setback, a 65-64 loss against Illinois in which the Illini hit two free throws with 4.6 seconds left to spoil the Tigers’ perfect start. Beating the surging Wolfpack (9-3) was a good way to bounce back in the team’s next-to-last nonconference game before opening SEC play against Georgia on Jan. 8.

As for N.C. State, it was a hard one to swallow.

The Wolfpack had won seven straight games, including a win at SEC member Tennessee 10 days earlier. But after leading 53-43 on freshman Kyle Washington’s jumper with 8:56 left, N.C. State just didn’t do enough to keep its hold on to a likely win.

Warren, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top scorer at 23.9 points per game, finished with 24 points on 11-for-23 shooting with 13 rebounds. But Warren didn’t score for the final 12 minutes and didn’t even take a shot in the final 5:50.

“I think we were in control,” N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried said. “You’ve got to give those guys credit. They stepped up and made some big shots. They’re difficult to defend because they’re so good at going to the basket. You’re playing them to drive it because you have to respect their ability to drive the ball to the basket, then they stepped up and made some big-time 3s.”

Desmond Lee added 12 points for N.C. State while Washington scored all 10 of his points after halftime. Ralston Turner also had two key 3-pointers during those final minutes after making just one shot to that point.

The first 3 answered Clarkson’s three-point play to give N.C. State a 59-57 lead. But Clarkson hit one over Tyler Lewis at the 2:55 mark to put Missouri back up 60-59.

Turner followed with another 3 that put the Wolfpack up 62-60 with 1:39 left, only to see Brown respond with the go-ahead shot.

The Wolfpack has plenty to regret after this one. In addition to Warren’s quiet finish, Barber had a chance to put N.C. State back in front moments after Brown’s 3 only to come up short on the front end of a 1-and-1 opportunity at the foul line with 26.8 seconds left.

Clarkson followed with his two free throws to push the lead to three, then Tony Criswell added two more that made it 67-62 with 7.4 seconds left.

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The Cabool Holiday Tournament wraps up tonight, Gary Lee has the information on Tonight’s games.

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All of tonights games will be broadcast on 96.9 The Fox.

Winona VS Dora at 3:30PM and the Championship Game, Liberty VS Gainesville,  at 6:30PM

The Lady Zizzers battled the Fort Smith Northside Bears losing by 7 points.

Nate Cooper has the recap: 

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Again the Final Score was Lady Zizzers 37 and Fort Smith – Northside 44.

The Lady Zizzers will battle with Assumption ,KY. and the 6-foot-4 junior Laura Kiesler tonight on KKDY at 8:30.

The West Plains Zizzer Boys defeated the Hartville Eagles Saturday night in the Consolation Round of the Blue & Gold TYournament.

Marty Spence has the update: 

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Again the final score was West Plains at 62 to Hartville’s 57.

The Zizzers will play for the 5th place Monday night at 8:30 against Aurora. The game will be broadcasted on Q94 JackFM.