Missouri Southern's just four practices in to spring ball, but they're already throwing the ball more than they did in 2012. Head coach Daryl Daye says the nucleus of the offense will still be the triple option, but with sophomore-to-be Jay McDowell at QB they plan to be more balanced with the pass than the more-than-5-rushes-to-1-pass ratio of last season.
Plus, the Lions baseball team snags their 5th straight win, Carthage baseball is expecting big things this season, and Joplin falls in the championship of the 6 team tennis tournament, the Joplin Invitational.
The Gorillas and Lions kept things tight as underdogs, but saw their seasons end in Kansas City.
In high school ball, the Fort Scott girls win in the KS state tournament while the Colgan boys and Labette County girls' seasons come to a close.
Plus, three signings from Carthage and Joplin student-athletes.
Plus St. Mary's-Colgan boys and Fort Scott girls win Sub-State Titles.
Several months after winning a preseason basketball tournament at Carthage high, the Carl Junction boys won again on the Tigers' floor, this time for a district title. Also winning a Class Four, District 12 title was the Webb City girls, who beat Carthage in a rematch of last year's title bout.
In Kansas, Colgan won a sub-state championship for the 17th straight year, beating top seed Riverton. In 4A title games, the Fort Scott girls won while the Fort Scott boys saw their year come to an end.
Plus, more scores from Missouri and Kansas high school games, and Pitt State men and women's highlights.
Plus MSSU takes the court for the first time in three weeks against Livin' the Dream.
The Webb City girls claimed their second tournament championship of the season, upending two-time defending champ Bentonville in the Black Division Finals, while the Lady Eagles of Pierce City defeated Carthage in the Gold Division Finals.
Plus, the Webb City boys fend off Carthage in the first meeting of the season between the Cardinals and Tigers.
The Sunrise Christian boys are ranked number nine in the country for high schools, boast 10 players being recruited by Division One Schools, and are set to repeat in the Neosho Holiday Classic Championship. Friday night, two Buffalo players dazzled in the dunk contest.
Plus, Webb City and Carthage boys lose for the second day in a row, will now meet in the 7th place game Saturday afternoon. And the Mt. Vernon girls and boys basketball teams state tournament runs are the number four story in our Action 12 Top 12 Countdown.
Plus MSSU men's basketball head coach Robert Corn says the winter break came at the wrong time.
The Webb City boys led Memphis Sheffield most of the game Thursday night, but scored only one point for a nearly seven minute stretch in the 4th as they ultimately lose 68-64. Meanwhile, Carthage ran up against defending champs Sunrise Christian from Wichita, and hung tough before seeing the game get away from them in the second half.
Plus, the Webb and Carthage girls win for the second day in a row on the girls side, the Missouri Southern men try to avoid the rust as they prepare for an exhibition game at home Saturday and Frontenac baseball winning their first state title is the #5 story on the Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories countdown.
Highlights from Day 1 at the Neosho Holiday Classic.
The wait was worth it for the Webb City boys. After severe weather in Arkansas set their opponents departure back several hours, the Cardinals game was moved from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. It was the best game of day one at the Neosho Holiday Classic, too, as Webb advanced with a 10 point win against West Memphis.
Pitt high boys win at Neosho, the McAuley boys win at home against College Heights, while the Cougars beat the Warriors in the girls game.
Plus, new NEO A&M coach Sherard Poteete addresses the character of his football teams and we begin the Action 12 Top 12 stories of the year countdown with Carthage Soccer.
The Carl Junction boys had four players make at least two 3-pointers in beating Joplin in the finale of the 66th Annual Carthage Invitational, while the Webb City girls beat Carthage in the CJ Classic behind Tournament MVP Mikaela Burgess.
Plus, the Pitt State women bounce back from their loss Wednesday while the Missouri Southern women win their 6th straight.
Plus the Webb City girls avenge last season's district final loss to Carthage.
After 11 seasons that included two state championships, David Large is stepping down as head football coach at Cassville.
Plus, a Saturday rewind, visiting the football semifinals and soccer state final one last time.
The Cardinals and Tigers will go for a three-peat and back-to-back titles respectively, after decisive wins in the semifinals.
Also, Monett falls in the semis and Carthage soccer falls in the state championship.
Plus Carthage volleyball senior Emily Goeken signs with NEO.
Webb City, Cassville, and Monett all advance to district championship games Monday
Cassville and Miller also win district semifinal games while Nevada, Carthage, and Sarocoxie lose.
West Plains at Webb City, Marshfield at Carthage, Carl Junction at Hillcrest, Warrensburg at Nevada, Aurora at Monett, Mt. Vernon at Seneca, Stockton at Lamar, Jasper at McAuley
West Plains at Webb City, Marshfield at Carthage, Jasper at McAuley, Stockton at Lamar, and Aurora at Monett
At Carthage high school it was Carthage defeating Neosho while Joplin defeated Webb City in first round of Class 4 District 12 volleyball play. In Clinton, Carl Junction and Pleasant Hill both won, setting up a Class 3 District 12 championship match that features two teams in the top five in the state.
Plus, Joplin running back Chris Payton-Barba is our Gridiron Great after rushing for 176 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's win.
Kickapoo at Joplin, Webb City at Branson, Willard at Carthage, Cassville at Mt. Vernon, Aurora at Lamar, Monett at Carl Junction, East Newton at Seneca, McAuley at Greenfield
Kickapoo at Joplin, Webb City at Branson, Willard at Carthage, Monett at Carl Junction, Cassville at Mt. Vernon, Aurora at Lamar, and McAuley at Greenfield
Nevada at McDonald Co., Carthage at Nixa, Cassville at Aurora, Seneca at Monett, Mt. Vernon at Carl Junction, Lamar at East Newton, El Dorado Springs at Sarcoxie, McAuley at Pierce City
Ozark at Webb City, Carthage at Nixa, Mt. Vernon at Carl Junction, Seneca at Monett, Cassville at Aurora, El Dorado Springs at Sarcoxie.
Lady Eagels defeat Carthage in opening district game. Plus the state ranked Carthage Tiger soccer team won again Thursday night.
Cassville at Monett, Webb City at Willard, Republic at Carthage, Mt. Vernon at Seneca, Diamond at McAuley, Miller at Pierce City
Cassville at Aurora, Lamar at Carl Junction, Mt. Vernon at Seneca, Webb City at Willard, Republic at Carthage, Diamond at McAuley
Webb City defeats Nixa, Carthage defeats Neosho, Cassville defeats Carl Junction, Lamar defeats Butler, Sarcoxie defeats Jasper
Nixa at Webb City, West Plains at Joplin, Carthage at Neosho, Carl Junction at Cassville, and Butler at Lamar
Webb City at Republic, Carthage at Ozark, Cassville at Seneca, Mt. Vernon at Lamar, East Newton at Monett, Sarcoxie at Pierce City, Miller at Diamond, Branson at Neosho
Mt. Vernon at Lamar, Cassville at Seneca, Aurora at Carl Junction, Webb City at Republic, Carthage at Ozark, Branson at Neosho, and Sarcoxie at Pierce City.
The best from this week's high school football action in our Power Sports of Joplin Big 5 Plays.
Webb City at Carthage, Hillcrest at Joplin, Lamar at Cassville, and Seneca at Aurora.
Webb City knocks off Carthage in our Game of the Week
Week 2 Rankings
The top five plays from week two of the high school football season features Monett, Carthage, Webb City, Carl Junction, and Lamar. Plus two PSU football players earn MIAA player of the week honors.
Our first Gridiron Great of the high school season is Carthage's Seth Beckner. The senior running back has accounted for 748 yards and 9 touchdowns in two games for the Tigers. He has six touchdowns on 37 rushes and another three touchdowns on just seven receptions.
Carthage Tigers - 2012 Football Team Preview
Carthage Tigers - 2012 Football Team Roster
Plus Thursday night high school football action in Missouri and Kansas.
Plus, MSSU defeats Central Oklahoma. Beckner's 6 TD's lead Carthage over Carl Junction. Southeast spoils Columbus' debut in the CNC.
Gorillas face Northeastern State Thursday in Tahlequah. Plus Carthage Senior RB Seth Beckner and his offensive line earns our Hometown MVP honors and Joplin vs Carl Junction volleyball.
Webb City vs. Carl Junction, Lamar vs McDonald Co., Carthage vs. Seneca, Bolivar vs. Neosho, Branson vs. Cassville
Webb City at Carl Junction, Glendale at Joplin, Carthage at Seneca, and Bolivar at Neosho.
The Tigers return explosive RB Seth Beckner. Plus Cardinal Manager Mike Matheny and hitting coach Mark McGwire visit Joplin to help with Habitat for Humanity.
Tigers will have veteran quarterback and strong offensive line. Plus jamboree action from Joplin, Carl Junction, and MSSU.
At the final round of the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship in Rogers Sunday, the Carthage girls golf team had the chance to carry the score markers for Paula Creamer's group as well as the final four groups. They talked about picking up several tips and tricks to use in the Fall.
Webb City boys defeat Carthage 55-45. Carthage girls take down Webb City 47-43.