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High School Basketball Scores from Monday, Feb. 25
Class 2 Boys, Dist. 2 @ Van Buren
Thayer 63 Neelyville 53
Winona 77 Couch 49
Class 2 Girls, Dist. 10 @ Mansfield
Bakersfield 53 Fordland 28
Seymour 68 Sparta 49
Gainesville 46 Mansfield 31
Dora 67 Norwood 48
Class 3 Boys, District 10 @ Cabool
Hartville 94 Houston 63
Mtn.Grove 49 Alton 48
Tuesday Games:
West Plains Lady Zizzers @ Springfield Parkview
West Plains Zizzers @ Springfield Glendale
Class 2 Girls, Dist. 2 @ Van Buren
Nellyville vs. Couch 6:00
Greenville vs. Thayer 7:30
Class 2 Boys, Dist. 10 @ Mansfield
Gainesville vs. Fordland 4:00
Sparta vs. Bakersfield 5:30
Dora vs. Seymour 7:00
Mansfield vs. Norwood 8:30
Class 3 Boys, Dist. 10 @ Cabool
Liberty vs. Cabool 6:0
Licking vs. Willow Springs 7:30
Class 3 Boys, District 11 @ Hollister
Ava vs. Strafford 4:00

This game is just the third meeting ever between the Bears and Ramblers and first-ever meeting in Springfield.

On Jan. 5 in Chicago, the Ramblers blitzed MSU, 89-57, in their first-ever home game in The Valley. Devon Turk posted a game-high 30 points on 13-for-13 at the line and 5-for-8 from 3-point range to lead five LUC players in double figures. Marcus Marshall (11) and Devon Thomas (10) were the only MSU players in double figures in a game the Bears gave up 31 field goals.

The only other meeting between the schools came in the 1964-65 season opener with 32-year-old Bears coach Bill Thomas’ debut as the MSU sideline boss.  Sophomore Danny Bolden scored 20 points for the Bears, and James Gant tallied 21 points behind 10 field goals to lead four MSU players in double figures in an 87-83 loss.

The Bears will conclude the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. at No. 2-ranked Wichita State in a nationally-televised game on ESPN or ESPN2. The 2014 MVC Tournament takes place at Scottrade Center in St. Louis, March 6-9.

 NL_champs_2013ST. LOUIS, MO (February 24, 2014) –The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that individual tickets for the 2014 season will go on sale this Friday, February 28thbeginning at 10 a.m. CT.

Fans who wish to purchase tickets to three or more games will receive early access to take part in a special online-only “multi-game” on-sale beginning Wednesday, February 26th at 10 a.m. CT.

In addition to hosting traditional rivals such as the Cubs, Dodgers and Giants, the Cardinals’ 2014 home schedule features highly anticipated interleague matchups with the New York Yankees (May 26-28) in Derek Jeter’s final season, as well as a World Series rematch with the Boston Red Sox (August 5-7). The 2014 schedule also includes over 35 promotional giveaway dates, featuring popular favorites such as five replica jerseys, five bobbleheads, three replica Championship rings and many more.

While ticket demand is expected to be high coming off the team’s second NL Championship in three years, the Cardinals will continue to offer great values in 2014 with ticket prices starting as low as $5.

“Coming to Busch Stadium should be both an enjoyable and affordable experience for our fans,” said Bill DeWitt III, President of the Cardinals. “Thanks to our dynamic ticket pricing system, we’re able to provide better deals on a consistent basis.”

The Cardinals’ dynamic pricing system allows the team to more accurately price tickets for individual games and provide fans more value. In 2013, over 50% of games featured tickets available for $10 or less.

Throughout the season, the team will continue to offer “Dynamic Deals of the Week” highlighting outstanding ticket savings for fans, as well as a host of other fan-friendly values which can be found at

The multi-game sale and Friday single-game on-sale are both available online at In addition, tickets will be available for Friday’s on-sale via phone at 314-345-9000 or in person at all Cardinals Clubhouse Stores and at the Busch Stadium Ticket Windows and kiosks.

A full list of fan-friendly values for the 2014 Season follows.


Fan-Friendly Values 2014

  • Dynamic Pricing: Ticket prices fluctuate based on market value, meaning many games feature tickets as low as $5.
  • Great Promotional Giveaways: Premium items including five replica jerseys, three replica rings and five bobbleheads highlight a season of over 35 stadium giveaways and special promotions.
  • Outside Food & Drinks at All Games: Busch Stadium is the only St. Louis sports venue where fans may bring in their own food and drinks for all home games (some size and content restrictions apply).
  • Hunter Family Sundays: On most Sundays, fans who purchase RF/LF Pavilion and RF Terrace tickets will receive a free Hunter hot dog and Coca-Cola.
  • Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sundays: Two hours prior to each Sunday game, enjoy games, prizes and FREE Prairie Farms ice cream and North Star frozen treats in the Ford Plaza.
  • Six Flags Double Play Combo: Get a Cardinals game ticket and a Six Flags ticket for only $60.
  • AAA Member Discounts: AAA members receive a $10 discount off select Monday-Thursday home game tickets.
  • Fill Up at Phillips 66: Fill up with eight (8) gallons or more at a participating Phillips 66 to receive a special discount ticket offer of up to 50% off many 2014 games.
  • KMOX 1120 First Pitch Tickets: At 9 a.m. CT on the day of each home game, fans may purchase a voucher good for two tickets for just $11.20 ($5.60 per ticket). Fans redeem their vouchers for actual tickets 15 minutes prior to game time. Tickets may be anywhere in the stadium from Field Box to Standing Room.
  • Ticket Packs: Several different 5-game and 10-game ticket packs, which feature discounted tickets to 2014’s best promotional giveaways and highest demand games.
  • Group Value Nights: Select games throughout the season where groups of 25 or more receive 50% off regular ticket prices.
  • Cards Cash: Stored money built into the barcode of your ticket, good for use at any Busch Stadium concession stand, kiosk or Team Store. Fans can add $12 Cards Cast to a ticket for just $10.


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After a couple of hard losses the Zizzers get a big win over the Joplin Eagles Friday night.

Brian Ingalls has more details:

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Next action for the Zizzers will be on Tuesday Night against glendale for a make up game.

The Willow Springs Bears celebrated Senior Night and played their last game at home against the Mountain Grove Panthers.

Larry Spence has the wrap:

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The Bears will play again Tuesday in teh district playoffs against Licking. This game will be held on 96.9 The Fox around 7:30pm.


Photo Courtesy of Rebecca Simmons

WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team will take an 18-12 record into postseason play after falling to Moberly (Mo.) Area Community College 87-73 Saturday, Feb. 22, in Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center.

Harlin Hutchison has more details:

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The loss to their Region 16 rival gave the Grizzlies a final 3-5 record in regular season region play and left them in third in the region standings.  As a result, they are seeded third in the Region 16 postseason tournament Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28 and March 1, at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.  They will meet the Greyhounds, seeded second in the tournament with a 22-8 overall record and 6-2 region record, again at 8 p.m. Friday in a semifinal game.

First seeded State Fair Community College (22-6 overall, 8-0 region) of Sedalia, Mo., will play the winner of Tuesday’s tournament play-in game between fourth seeded Mineral Area College (16-13 overall, 2-6 region) of Park Hills, Mo., and fifth seeded Three Rivers College (17-12 overall, 1-7 region) of Poplar Bluff, Mo., in Friday’s the other semifinal at 6 p.m.  Mineral Area and Three Rivers will face off at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bob Sechrest Fieldhouse in Park Hills.

Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said several things played a role in the Grizzlies’ loss Saturday to the Greyhounds.  “Statistically, we can point to some glaring things, specifically our turnovers and their second chance points,” he said, pointing out the Grizzlies had 17 turnovers and only 3 second chance points compared to Moberly’s 14.

“We didn’t execute with enough aggression on the offensive end,” he added.  “We had some times that we were aggressive, but we didn’t attack them as much as we needed to.  Defensively, we went under a few ball screens, and that is something we just can’t do.  Moberly has too many good shooters to do that.  We were better defensively in this game, but we can’t let their bench players score above their averages.  That has happened in both of our games this season.”

For the game, the Grizzlies hit 24 of 55 attempts from the field for 43.6 percent, five of 15 shots from 3-point range for 33.3 percent and 20 of 28 shots from the charity stripe for 71.4 percent.  They also recorded 30 rebounds, 15 assists, four steals and four blocks.

Sophomore guard Devaugntah Williams led the team in scoring with 19 points.  He also had three rebounds and two assists.  Freshman forward Justin Jamison followed with 13 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, and sophomore guard Arroyo Edwards recorded 12 points, five rebounds and two assists.  Freshman guard Jameel Moore had 9 points and four assists.

The Greyhounds hit 28 of 63 shots from the field for 44.4 percent, six of 17 attempts from 3-point range for 35.3 percent and 25 of 33 shots from the free throw line for 75.8 percent.  They also had 34 rebounds, 12 assists, four steals, three blocks and five turnovers.

Evan Singletary led the team in scoring with 25 points.  He was followed by Jaysean Paige with 16 points and Malcolm Hamilton and Jermaine Morgan each with 11 points.

Walker is hoping the results of Friday’s game will be different.  “We have to believe and have a better effort on Friday,” he stressed.

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

Saturday was the first round of the Class 3 District 10 Girl’s basketball tournament. The Cabool Bulldogs played against the Licking Wildcats, the Liberty Eagles matched up against the Hartville Eagles, and the Willow Springs Bears went against the Mountain Grove Panthers.

Marty Spence has the report:

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Once again it was the Licking over Cabool 71-35, Hartville over Liberty 62-52, and Willow Springs with the 60-57 upset over Mountain Grove.

The Cabool Bulldogs welcomed the Houston Tigers to their court for Senior Night Friday evening. The Bulldogs showed a side of themselves that has been a rare sight all season – they caught an early lead  and stayed ahead the entire game. The Bulldogs pulled out an impressive win with a final score of 94-76.

Brad McNew has more details:

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Once again the final score for the night was an impressive 94-76 win for the Bulldogs.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Fresh off of its historic 2013 season, the SEC Champion Mizzou volleyball team will be recognized at the Missouri State Capitol on Monday (Feb. 24) at 4 p.m. The team is scheduled to arrive at the State Capitol at 3:30 p.m. before being recognized in front of the State government officials at 4 p.m.

Media interested in attending need to contact Shawn Davis, Mizzou volleyball SID, for more details. Davis can be contacted via e-mail ( or via cell phone (573-268-4275). Jenny Dewar of the Mizzou strategic communication staff will run point on any interview requests for student-athletes/coaches while at the Capitol on Monday.

“This is obviously a big deal for our program,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “I really felt that with the success that we had this season, we captured the heart of our state for a couple of months. It was evident in the support that we saw from our community and for us to asked to be recognized by the folks in Jefferson City is really humbling. I think it will be a great experience for our kids.”

For all the latest on Mizzou volleyball, stay tuned to and follow the team on twitter @MizzouVB.

SPRINGFIELD – Missouri State made 20-of-22 free throws in the second half and led wire-to-wire here Saturday afternoon in a 77-66 win over visiting Indiana State to help the Bears pull even at 8-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference race.


The Bears (18-10, 8-8 MVC) were led by Austin Ruder who scored a game-high 15 points behind three clutch 3-pointers, while Jarmar Gulley added 14 points to go with game-highs 9 rebounds, 4 steals and 4 assists.  It was Gulley’s 14th straight double-figure scoring game.


Indiana State (21-7, 12-4) got 14 points, including 8 at the foul line, from senior Jake Odum, while Dawon Cummings contributed 12.


The Sycamores, who have already locked up a runner-up finish in the conference standings, were held to just 36 percent shooting in the game and made just 5 first-half field goals to fall behind by as many as 15 in the early going.  Missouri State led by 11 at the intermission before ISU opened the second half on a 6-2 run to cut it to 39-32 before the first media break.


Keith Pickens, who contributed 10 points and 8 rebounds in his first start of the season for MSU, kept the home club together as his layup at the 16:14 mark ended the mini-run by the Sycamores to make it 41-32.  Three minutes later, a pair of free throws by Christian Kirk pushed the Bears back on top by double digits, 47-36.


But over the next six minutes, the visitors would make a valiant run, outscoring the Bears 14-4 to make it a 51-50 contest with just over 7 minutes remaining.  A 3-pointer from the corner by Khristian Smith capped the run on the heels of a Gulley pull-up jumper that accounted for MSU’s first field goal in nearly 7 minutes.


Ron Mvouika, who scored a dozen off the bench for Paul Lusk’s squad, came up big with a layup in traffic to build MSU’s lead back to 53-50 before Ruder dropped in a clutch trey in transition with just over 6 minutes left in the game.  A runner by Manny Arop quickly got ISU within 56-52, but Ruder brought the dagger at the 4:46 mark, knocking down his final bonus ball of the afternoon to increase Missouri State’s advantage to seven.


From there, it was clutch free throw shooting that sealed the win and helped Lusk’s troops improve to 13-2 at home this season. The Bears went 16-for-18 at the line in the final 3 minutes, 19 seconds, and climbed ahead by double figures for the final time with just over a minute-and-a-half remaining on a pair of foul shots by Ruder. Six different Bears enjoyed a perfect night at the charity stripe as the team finished 28-for-32 (.875) for the game – their third-best game of the season from the line.


MSU finished 21-for-47 (.447) from the field overall after making half its first-half attempts, while converting 7-of-16 (.438) beyond the arc and out-rebounding the Sycamores, 28-27. MSU also snagged 8 steals, blocked 5 shots and committed just 11 turnovers.


ISU was 17-for-47 (.362) from the field, 5-for-25 (.208) from long range and 27-for-31 (.871) at the line with 15 turnovers. Arop led the Sycamores with 5 rebounds, while Odum finished 8-for-10 from the stripe with 3 assists in his final trip to JQH Arena.


In the first half, a 13-0 run in the span of less than 3 minutes catapulted the Bears to a 37-26 halftime lead. After Indiana State had climbed back within 16-14 with just under 10 minutes left in the half, the Bears got a jumper from Tyler McCullough, a flurry of 3-pointers from Mvouika and Gulley and a reverse layup by Pickens to make it 29-14 with 6:44 left in the opening period.


McCullough kept the lead at 15 with 2:36 left in the period on a pass from Devon Thomas, but ISU closed out the half with a 6-2 run to pull within four at the break, including four free throws.  The Sycamores got 15 of their 26 first-half points at the foul line after shooting just 5-for-18 from the field.


The Bears will wrap up the regular-season home slate Tuesday at 7:05 p.m., when they take on MVC newcomer Loyola on Senior Night at JQH Arena.  Tickets are available or by calling the MSU Athletics Box Office at JQH Arena at (417) 836-7678 during regular office hours.