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Thursday evening the Liberty Eagles traveled to Dora to meet the Dora Falcons. It was a battle from the start as the Eagles and Falcons fought for a commanding lead.

Gary Lee has the recap: 

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All photos taken by Shana Hambelton.

Tuesday Night the Falcons traveled to district rivals and class 2 state ranked Gainesville. Gainesville is always a tough place to play because the gym is so loud and Coach Rapert does a great job with his team. We started off the game on a 5-1 run but the Bulldogs game charging back to lead after one 13-12. Gavin Haney had a huge second quarter hitting 11 of his game high 23 points. The game was back and forth the whole way with neither team able to push the lead up. The Bulldogs claimed a 29-28 halftime lead. Defensively the whole team did a great job executing our game plan. Hayden Hunter did a great job matched up with one of the best guards in the area in Thomas Ritter. The third quarter we finally were able to take the lead by outscoring the Bulldogs 20-13 in the third quarter. Matt Rodgers and Treysen Hambelton both had big third quarters scoring 7 each. Matt had his best game of the season. He finally started to play like I knew he could. We knew going in that every possession would be huge and that we had to execute to win. Down the stretch it came down to making free throws and the guys did great going 18-22 from the line in the 4th quarter on our way to a 74-64 win. Gavin Haney lead the way with 23 points and 14 rebounds followed by Matt Rodgers 16, Treysen Hambelton 15, Hayden Hunter 7, Cameron Smith 6, Roman Parker 5 and Marcus Hoover 2. Record 16-3

Thursday Night the class 3 state ranked Mountain View Liberty Eagles came to town. The high scoring Eagles grabbed the opening tip and was off quickly by hitting a 3 on the opening possession. Treysen Hambelton came down on our end and matched it. Liberty hit another 3 on the next possession and Hambelton once again matched it. The game opened up with 4 straight 3’s….Liberty at the end of One led 12-11. The Falcons didn’t panic, rather came out and grabbed a half time lead 24-22 over the Eagles. Liberty came out strong in the 3rd behind Jaleon Acklins 11 point 3rd quarter pulling back to within one point 38-37. Liberty grabbed a 5 point 4th quarter lead but the Falcons came charging back behind the hot shooting hand of Treysen Hambleton’s 22 points. Once again it came down to free throws in the game and we went 11-12 from the line. Marcus Hoover hit 4 straight huge free throws late to extend the lead and help the Falcons over the Eagles 58-53. We are doing a much better job communicating on defense and taking care of the ball offensively. The entire group is playing great team basketball on both ends of the floor and it’s fun to coach and watch. Scoring for the Falcons was Treysen Hambelton with 22, Gavin Haney 19, Matt Rodgers 6, Marcus Hoover 4, Rowdy Kight 4, and Hayden Hunter 3. This improves the Falcons record to 17-3……..

The entire team would like to thank the fans once again for coming out and supporting us. It means a lot to these young student athletes to play in front of a packed house all the time. And we couldn’t forget the thank the ladies at the church for feeding the team before every home game. Thanks so much for all the support…..

Next Game: Next Tuesday Night vs State Ranked Hartville Eagles ……at Dora 6:00pm

The Lady Zizzers made short work of the Spokane Lady Owls Thursday night in the Rogersville Tournament.

Harlin Hutchison has more details: 

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Final Score has the Lady Zizzers winning over the Lady Owls, 60-25.

Thursday was the second day of the 21st Annual McDonalds Panther Classic. The Willow Springs Bears played the Salem Tigers and the Cabool Bulldogs faced off against the Mountain Grove Panthers.

Brad McNew has the summary: 

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Once again it was the Salem Tigers over the Willow Springs Bears, 60-47, and the Mountain Grove Panthers over the Cabool Bulldogs, 72-62. The conclusion of the McDonalds Panther Classic will be tonight, with Willow Springs playing Cabool at 6pm followed by Mountain Grove facing Salem for the Championship at 7:30pm.

The Cabool – Willow Springs game will be on KUKU 100.3


The West Plains High School Lady Zizzer basketball team will host its annual “Pink Out” game on February 10th against Lebanon. T-shirts are available to help raise money for the Ozarks Medical Center Cancer Treatment Center. The t-shirts are just $10.00 and can be purchased by contacting a Lady Zizzer basketball player or by contacting Sammi Radosevich (256-6150 Ext. 6306) or

Here is a list of tonight’s games:

MV-BT/Liberty VS Dora  playing at Dora – 7:30* on 96.9 The Fox

Thayer VS Gainesville playing at Gainesville – 6:00pm

Houston VS Seymour playing at Seymour – 7:30pm

Ava VS Crane playing at Conway – 7:00pm

Mountain Grove Tournament
Both games will be played at Mountain Grove and you can listen to them on KUKU 100.3;

Willow Springs VS  Salem – 6:00pm

Cabool  VS Mountain Grove – 7:30pm

Lady Zizzers will be at the Reed’s Springs Tournament tonight starting at 6:00pm on KDY 102.5

The Zizzers faced the Marshfield Blue Jays in the Bolivar Tournament last night. They got out front in the first quarter and didn’t look back.

Gary Lee has the rundown: 

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Final score was Zizzers over the Blue Jays, 73-62.

After trailing the Mineral Area Cardinals throughout the game, the Grizzlies bring it to within 1 point with seconds remaining.

Harlin Hutchison has more details: 

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PARK HILLS, Mo. – A strong second half performance wasn’t enough for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team to overcome all of their misfortunes Wednesday night, Jan. 29, against the Mineral Area College (MAC) Cardinals in Park Hills, Mo.

The Grizzlies lost to their Region 16 counterpart 56-55 and now stand at 15-9 for the season.  The loss drops their region record to 2-2, placing them third in the rankings with four more region contests remaining in the season.

The game started slow for both teams, with no one scoring for the first two minutes.  Once the scoring started, the Cardinals eventually built a 9-point lead midway through the period.  Although the Grizzlies cut the lead to 3 points with about six minutes remaining, the Cardinals took off again and led by as many as 10 points before going into the halftime break with a 33-24 advantage.

“We settled for way too many jumpers in the first half,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.  “We didn’t attack inside for the first 10 minutes of the game.  When we did, we were successful.”

The Grizzlies battled back in the second half and kept narrowing the lead throughout the period, but time ran out before they could pull ahead and secure a win.

“We controlled the second half, but basketball is truly a game of inches,” Walker said.  “We led guys too much in transition, and that cost us several chances.  We closed out well on shooters, but they banked in several shots.  Malik London gets an offensive rebound and dunks the ball, and somehow the ball gets caught in the net before it gets all of the way through the basket.  I have never seen that in person.  We just didn’t play well enough to overcome our misfortunes.”

Statistically, neither team turned in stellar performances.  The Grizzlies only connected on 19 of 52 shots from the field for 36.5 percent and none of their 11 attempts from 3-point range.  The Cardinals didn’t fare much better, hitting only 24 of 61 shots from the field for 39.3 percent.  They did, however, hit shots from 3-point range, making five of 17 attempts for 29.4 percent.

The Grizzlies’ saving grace in the game came at the charity stripe, where they hit 17 of 23 shots for 73.9 percent.  The Cardinals only went to the line nine times and connected on three of those shots for 33.3 percent.

Freshman forward Justin Jamison led the Grizzlies in scoring with 20 points, followed by sophomore guard Arroyo Edwards with 11, 9 of which came from the free throw line.  Jamison also recorded a double double with 14 rebounds.

MAC was led on the scoreboard by Anthony Virdure with 14 points and Orlando Johnson with 11.

Walker also noted the play of London, a sophomore forward, who had five rebounds and five blocks during the contest.

The Grizzlies will try to get back on the winning track Saturday, Feb. 1 when they travel to Moberly, Mo., to play Region 16 rival Moberly Area Community College at 7 p.m.

“We have no choice but to recover,” Walker said.

The Grizzlies next action will be Saturday as the Grizzlies take on the Moberly Greyhounds. The Grizzlies next home game is Tuesday, Feb. 4, against God’s Academy of Dallas, Texas.  Tipoff is 7 p.m. in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center.

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, including complete statistics from the games, visit

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NEW YORK – Peyton Manning was talking this week at Super Bowl media day about preparation. He is famously maniacal about it, of course. Motivation has never been much of a concern for the Denver Broncos quarterback.

Still, 16 years into an NFL career, at age 37, with multiple neck surgeries in the past, young children at home and myriad business and spokesman duties, it’s natural to slack a little, tempting to think he has it figured out.

“Maybe I was a robot early on,” Manning said. “Now, maybe I am a little more human.”

Yet if there is one thing that stops him from slipping, Manning said, it’s his respect for the man who brought him to Denver after the Indianapolis Colts cut him in 2012. Peyton Manning works for John Elway, who became the franchise’s executive vice president of football operations a year earlier.

The two communicate and operate on a level of quarterback excellence that few men alive can match. If anyone can match Manning’s skill level, it’s Elway. And if anyone can exceed Manning’s competitive fire, it’s the man who delivered Denver its first of two Super Bowl titles courtesy of an iconic, helicopter spin that delivered a critical first down.

So if there is a chance to cheat the process, even a little, well, Elway is one of the few people who can first recognize it and second call Peyton out on it, although his presence alone does that.

“I don’t think John Elway wants a player focused on [things other than football],” Manning said.

The Broncos will seek a third Super Bowl title Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The first two were won in the late 1990s with Elway at QB. He’d remain a legend in Colorado even if he didn’t become the team’s brain trust and made the moves that rejuvenated the franchise of late.

“He might be kind of the most popular guy in our city,” Broncos coach John Fox said.

There’s way around it. It’s hard to be more popular than Peyton Manning right now, but Elway does it. His decisions (including ending the Tim Tebow experiment), his eye for talent and his decision to hire Fox have all led the Broncos here. Nothing, however, was bigger than winning the recruiting battle for Manning, who also had the Arizona Cardinals, Tennessee Titans and others after him.

There is more though. Elway cuts an impressive presence around the franchise, one that commands respect from players and without saying a word gets even the most driven to drive a little harder.

“It’s pretty cool to see him walk around there,” linebacker Wesley Woodyard said. “He’s right there in the back scene. We always notice him there.”

Elway is 53 yet in many ways the Broncos are still about him. Nowhere is that more obvious than his relationship with Manning, where they can talk legend to legend and the respect runs almost as peers.

“I think that relationship definitely [helps],” Elway said. “I would [have] liked to have somebody that had been in the position running an organization when I was playing quarterback too that had the same mindset. I have never really talked to him about exactly why he chose Denver, but I have a feeling that that was part of the decision.”

Manning said it certainly was. He wasn’t coming back from neck surgery and risking both more serious injury and the potential humiliation of not being up to his old form just for the fun of it. He was already rich and famous. He already had a Super Bowl. He was already headed to the Hall of Fame.

A second act was about winning another championship. And that’s it. Elway presented both the know how and the competitiveness that Manning craves. He wasn’t working in the Broncos front office just for kicks – he needed neither the money nor the attention. Elway was there to win also and Manning, who was stunned to get released by the Colts and was looking for not just a team but a home that shared his mindset.

“You can only pick one team to go play for,” Manning said. “It reminded me of college somewhat, that you would like to play for a lot of teams. Go play for this team for a year, maybe give this team four or five games and bounce around. It’s not the way it works; you have to pick a team.”


He chose Denver. He also chose Elway.

“We tried to show him what the Denver Broncos are about, about what our staff was about, what we had to offer, the ability for us to be able to blend our offense to what he’s used to doing, and also the young guys we had on the roster but also what the Rocky Mountain region was all about.” Elway said. “So I felt really good about our story, and I’m glad that he saw it the same way.”

Elway was always a take-charge player, selling out on runs, risking injury for an extra yard, daring to make the impossible throw to win games. He was all in. Mentally nothing has changed and that has rubbed off on everyone.

“I think John Elway would still be playing football if he could physically,” Manning said.

Elway found running the operation fills the competitive void, although the nerves, particularly during games, can be worse. “I’m getting better with letting the control go and knowing that there’s nothing I can do.”

He sees no difference though in wanting to win this Super Bowl as any of the ones where he was under center. There is no wistfulness at getting back on the field. These are his Broncos. This would feel just as much his title. Maybe, in some ways, even more.

“It’d be just as important,” Elway said. “I think that to be a part of that and to be on that was a part of putting this whole thing together would be something that’s very important and something I’d like to do.

“It’s different. Obviously, playing is a lot more physical and much tougher that way, but I think that in my position now it’s kind of trying to stay two steps ahead and make decisions on what we have to do in the future. Hopefully they’re the right ones.”

He said that with the same cool, confidence that defined him as a player – the knowledge that preparation would pay off, both by him and the new/old quarterback he built this around.

SPRINGFIELD — Missouri State University has finalized its 2014 football schedule which features a 12-game regular-season for the second year in a row, a five-game home slate, and a trip to national power Oklahoma State.

Head coach Terry Allen opens his ninth season at the helm of the Bears with a Thursday game at Northwestern State on Aug. 28. The Louisiana club from the Southland Conference is coming off a 6-6 campaign, but finished 5-1 at home last season. The teams are meeting for the fifth time and second season in a row.

From there, the Bears begin September with a trip to 2014 Cotton Bowl participant Oklahoma State on Sept. 6 in Stillwater. The Cowboys were 10-3 last season and will be squaring off against the Bears for the third time since 2006.

MSU will have its home opener on Sept. 13 with a Family Weekend showdown against North Dakota in what will be the first-ever meeting between the Bears and UND. North Dakota recently hired Southern Illinois assistant Kyle “Bubba” Schweigert to lead its team this season.

The Bears wrap up non-conference play at Central Arkansas on Sept. 20. The Bears from Conway finished 7-5 overall last season and 4-2 at home. The Southland Conference squad was also 4-3 in league games last year and finished tied for third in the Southland standings.

“I think our schedule presents a number of opportunities for us,” Allen said. “In the non-conference, we’ll have a brand-new opponent coming to Plaster for our home opener with North Dakota, and we’ll have a chance to play UCA and Northwestern State again at their place. Oklahoma State has obviously been a traditional power in the Big 12 and had a great showing in the Cotton Bowl this year.  All those games should get us ready for the Valley season, which is where we feel we can build on the successes we had last year and continue to compete in the upper division of our league.”

The club’s Missouri Valley Football Conference opener will take place at Plaster Field on Oct. 4 when the Bears renew their rivalry with Youngstown State after a two-year hiatus. The Bears are 5-11 all-time against the Penguins, but have won four in a row in the series.

Missouri State then embarks on on a trip to Brookings, S.D., on Oct. 11 against 2013 FCS playoff qualifier South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits finished 9-5 last season, but the Bears were victorious against SDSU in Springfield in 2013, scoring a 35-21 home win over the 15th-ranked squad in MSU’s first-ever win against the Jacks.  A week later, South Dakota makes its first-ever appearance at Plaster when it journeys to Springfield for Homecoming. The Coyotes were 4-8 overall last season and 3-5 in the MVFC to finish seventh.

The Bears will then play a pair of key conference road games at Illinois State (Oct. 25) and Indiana State (Nov. 1). MSU was able to defeat both foes at Plaster Field last season, including a 37-10 win over the No. 24-ranked Redbirds in the Bears’ first win of the year in late September. Missouri State has now won two in a row in a series with the Redbirds that dates back to 1971 and also owns a 17-11 series lead over Indiana State which finished 0-8 in conference games in 2013.

Early November brings a pair of home games to the slate as Allen’s squad entertains archrival Southern Illinois on Nov. 8 on Showcase Weekend before welcoming three-time defending FCS national champion North Dakota State to town on Nov. 15 on Senior Day. MSU defeated SIU in Carbondale this season to tie the all-time series 18-18 and win its fourth straight game near the end of the 2013 campaign. The Bears have also defeated NDSU twice in the last five years, matching the most wins by any conference school in that span over the Bison who have now reeled off 24 wins in a row dating back to 2012.

For the third year in a row, MSU closes out the season against Northern Iowa who they’ll challenge in Cedar Falls on Nov. 22.

Missouri State is expecting 36 lettermen and 70 total squad members to return when it opens spring drills in late March. Last season, MSU finished tied for second in the competitive Missouri Valley Football Conference by winning four of its last five games to finish the year. The club’s 5-3 record in league games marked MSU’s most conference wins and highest league finish since its playoff season of 1990.

Bears season ticket information is available by calling (417) 836-8899. Renewal information for current season ticket holders will be distributed in mid-March.

Allen and his staff will host a free Signing Day Party on Wednesday, Feb. 5 to mark the beginning of the spring National Letter of Intent signing period for college football. The event will take place at University Plaza Hotel (333 S John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield), starting at 6 p.m. in the John Q Room and will coincide with University Plaza’s weekly “Happy Hour Live” night which features food from local vendors, live music, drink specials and more. The Missouri State football staff will review the Bears’ 2014 Signing Day commitments and show video highlights of the signees.

Fans are also encouraged to follow the team’s Signing Day progress on-line on Feb. 5 by clicking on the Signing Day Central home page at

Thu., Aug. 28 at Northwestern State University
Sat., Sept. 6 at Oklahoma State University
Sat., Sept. 13 University of North Dakota (Parents Weekend)
Sat., Sept. 20 at University of Central Arkansas
Sat., Oct. 4 Youngstown State University*
Sat., Oct. 11 at South Dakota State University*
Sat., Oct. 18 University of South Dakota* (Homecoming)
Sat., Oct. 25 at Illinois State University*
Sat., Nov. 1 at Indiana State University*
Sat., Nov. 8 Southern Illinois University* (Showcase Weekend)
Sat., Nov. 15 North Dakota State University*
Sat., Nov. 22 at University of Northern Iowa*

Press Release by Missouri State Football