One of Nascar's brightest stars makes a stop in Joplin to help volunteers build a home.
Gorillas 3rd, Lions 9th in preseason coaches poll
The Gorillas' leading scorer was dismissed from the team this offseason.
Keeping strong baseball tradition alive
Fore State Team Championship tees off Thursday
The Baxter Springs 14 year old Babe Ruth team just won a state title, now they have their eyes on the World Series.
NEO is improving its football stadium.
Lamar Senior Sam Bailey gives a verbal commitment to the Missouri Tigers. Plus Pittsburg State football adds a former NFL player as a new assistant.
Accepts scholarship offer to play for the Tigers
Oklahoma Sooner coach set to begin 15th year as OU head coach. Plus a Chiefs rookie breaks his collarbone on the first day of practice.
One advances to the finals in Las Vegas
Kansas Jayhawk Sophomore Perry Ellis was a special guest at the Thomas Jefferson Advanced Skills Camp. Former KU big man Greg Dreiling also helped with camp all week.
After one full year in the SEC, some local Mizzou alums reflected on the transition to a new conference.
Webb City Little League baseball defeats Joplin South for district title plus Webb City softball team looks ahead to Central Regional in Indianapolis.
Joplin South beats Webb City to set up a rematch Thursday for the district championship. Plus the top two seeds in the USTA Futures Tournament in Joplin advance to 2nd round.
14 year old looking to qualify for U.S. Junior National meet
Detroit Lion QB Shaun Hill is back in his hometown of Parsons for his annual football camp.
The McAuley Catholic Warrios have some offensive weapons returning this season.
MSSU men's basketball coach Robert Corn says as long as he has the energy and passion, he will continue coaching.
Longtime men's assistant Ronnie Ressel to be MSSU women's associate head coach.
Robert Corn along with players and staff welcome young hoops players to Missouri Southern campus.
Four players vying for Joplin starting QB job as coach Chris Shields is ready to begin 3rd season with the program.
Carthage baseball standout drafted in 20th round elects to sign with Yankees. Plus Carthage football team using 7 on 7 league to prepare for season.
Over $50,000 raised for the Tyler Jeck Foundation as the former Colgan standout's memory lives on.
Maryann Mitts talks about her decision to step down as MSSU basketball coach after twelve years.
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame will induct 8 new members in October including former Pittsburg State coach Chuck Broyles.
Baxter Springs golf course in superb condition with 84 year old groundskeeper taking care of it.
Former Joplin coach takes over at Carl Junction after two years as offensive coordinator at NEO A&M Junior College.
Kids Learn Values At Early Age
For veteran golfers or beginners, it's always important to keep in mind proper golf etiquette on the course.
Kansas City also to bid for game. Plus the torch for the Show Me State Games arrives in Joplin.
Will face tough competition from Kansas City, MIAA
Pittsburg State football program holds showcase event for first time as over 90 high school seniors participate. Plus some LPGA players were in Joplin Monday for a great cause.
Former Missouri Southern star recently signed with a professional team in Austria.
Freshman phenom with monster dunk in public scrimmage. Plus Oklahoma high school football all-star game to be played in Commerce.
The Missouri Southern women's basketball program is hosting their annual summer camp.
Webb City native and former Missouri Tiger softball standout to play for Team USA in three summer tournaments including a trip to Puerto Rico.
Succumbs after long battle with cancer
Tulsa RB a big weapon for the Joplin Crusaders. Plus Grove and Grand Lake welcome many of the world's best bass pros.
Independent basketball team played in the late 1940's and early 50's. Big highlight was a win over the Globetrotters.
Panthers shut out Silver Lake 10-0. Plus Carl Junction girls soccer team has advanced to the Elite 8 of the Class 2 state playoffs.
Four turf fields and state of the art gym highlight the future for Joplin HS athletic facilities. Plus Joplin's version of the "Green Monster."
Panthers to face Lyons Thursday in Manhattan. Plus Frontenac softball is state bound as well.
Coming off their first district title since 1990, the Seneca baseball team looks ahead to their sectional matchup vs Warrensburg.
Tigers shut out Hofstra 5-0 in deciding game as Webb City native Nicole Hudson hits a 2-run HR.
Lions can't overcome critical errors in 8th inning. Plus Nicole Hudson throws shutout in Mizzou regional win over Stony Brook and the Joplin Area Sports Hall of Fame inducted its newest members Friday night.
Brett Abell throws eleven innings without giving up a run, but MSSU falls to Minnesota State-Mankato 1-0 in 14 innings. Plus Colgan wins dramatic regional over Riverton.
The Colgan Panthers scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 5th, and limited the Riverton Rams to two solo T.J. McDonald homeruns, to win a Kansas 3A regional title. The Rams had the bases loaded and just one out in the top of the 7th, but Colgan's Christian Cedeno got a strikeout and a pop out to end it. The 3A state tournament is in Manhattan.
MSSU and top seed Mankato State went scoreless for 27 half innings before the host Mavericks pushed across a run on a safety squeeze in the bottom of the 14th to win. Lions starting pitcher Brett Abell pitched 11 shutout innings, but the offense could never get on the board.
MoSo will now play the two seed, MIAA foe Central Missouri, Friday at noon in an elimination game.
Warriors defeat Golden City 7-6 to claim first district baseball title since 1982. Plus Frontenac drops their first game of the year in regional final.
Ranked number one in the state and 20-0 after a semifinal win against Pittsburg, the Raiders saw their bid for another state championship end at the hands of Coffeyville, 4-3.
Also, the Frontenac softball team won their 4A championship, the McAuley Catholic baseball team won a Class 1, District 6 title and Nevada falls at the hands of Warrensburg in the Class 4, District 12 title.
Missouri Southern baseball will compete in the Mankatao, Minnesota regional starting Thursday and for Lion coach Bryce Darnell, it's a return to his home state.
Tigers lose for only the 2nd time this season plus Pittsburg defeats Baxter Springs in Class 4A Regional.
Lions get walk-off 3 run HR by Sam Ryan to beat Missouri Western for their first conference tourney title since 1992.
Tied with top seed Missouri Western 3-3 in the 9th inning of the deciding game of the MIAA championship Saturday, MSSU senior catcher Sam Ryan sent one over the right field wall, delivering the Lions their first tournament title in 21 years. The pitch came on a full count, with two outs, and two on, a moment Ryan declared "is what every kid dreams about."
Lions beat Missouri Western, but Griffons respond in elimination game to knock off Pittsburg State.
Gorillas eliminated by Missouri Western
Lions get complete game from Brett Abell and grand slam from Tee Helsel. Gorillas stay alive with win over Central Oklahoma.
Pitt staves off elimination against UCO
Missouri Southern will face rival Pitt State Thursday in Kansas City as the MIAA baseball tournament is down to the Final 4.
The Joplin Lady Eagles got a late goal from Anna Banwart to beat McAuley 1-0. Plus college signings from Carthage and Nevada High Schools.
The Carl Junction Lady Bulldogs scored three second half goals to rally past McAuley.
The Tigers improve to 19-1 after defeating Webb City 7-4.
The Lions won two games at home Sunday against Northeastern State, and the Gorillas won one on the road to upset Central Missouri in the first round of the MIAA tournament. The teams will now play each other in Kansas City Thursday afternoon, in the first game of a double elimination style second round.
Also, both Pitt State and Missouri Southern found success in the MIAA Track & Field Championships, and Natalie Bird finishes her first round in the NCAA Central Super Regional.
Plus Frontenac baseball is off to an undefeated start and McAuley HS golfer Connor Schlegel signs letter of intent.
Plus Joplin senior wrestler Don Hollinshead signs letter of intent with Central Missouri program.
Tigers defeat Hillcrest 10-1 plus pitcher Cade Harris signs letter of intent with Iowa college.
Two time Big 8 Conference Player of the Year Travis Vogt will play college basketball at Columbia College.
Webb City beats Joplin after trailing 5-1 in the 4th inning. Plus a College Heights volleyball standout signed a college letter of intent Monday.
Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State finished the regular season with splits at home, catapulting both squads to the MIAA conference tournament. The Lions will host a home series beginning Thursday, while the Gorillas will go to Warrensburg to play Central Missouri.
In softball, Pitt won two while MoSo took a split. Those teams will play one final doubleheader to wrap the regular season, with the Gorillas battling for a playoff spot.
Saturday marked the 3rd annual Get Busy Livin' 5k run in Pittsburg, honoring the life of former Pitt high and Kansas State quarterback Dylan Meier. The 800+ in attendance paid a fitting tribute to a life of passion.
The dream became a reality for Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams Friday night as the Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the 3rd round.
The Bulldogs score four runs in the 6th inning to pull away for the road victory.
Plus Carthage baseball remains undefeated after shutting out Ozark 5-0.
GM John Dorsey and the Chiefs face another big franchise moment Thursday with the top overall pick in the NFL Draft.
KSN's Chris Hagan covered the STP 400 in Kansas City Sunday and spent some time with Joplin native Jamie McMurray.
Nevada's Silas Smith will play college basketball at SW Baptist. Plus Frontenac baseball remains undefeated after sweeping DH vs Galena.
Before Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Kansas City, Action 12 Sports caught up with Joplin native Jamie McMurray. The driver of the 1 car touches on whether Kansas Motor Speedway can qualify as a home track, how much he keeps tabs on Joplin, and how confident he is about the rest of the season.
Saturday night at Twin Hills Country Club, the Joplin golf hall of fame added two names, Kyle Long and Jan Rose. Long is a Joplin high and MSSU grad who's won many area tournaments over the years, while Rose has volunteered many hours over many years to growing junior golf in the area.
Also, in Parsons, the Kansas Babe Ruth Hall of Fame honored Steve Lardy. Lardy is the longtime radio voice of the Vikings, and volunteered for years in youth baseball as a coach, umpire and board member. Lardy is just the 15th person to be inducted.
Raiders remain undefeated as they win at Baxter Springs. Plus a Webb City baseball player signs a letter of intent with Missouri Southern.
PSU Senior Larissa Richards not only shined on the basketball court, but also as a thrower on the track and field team.
The Nevada Tigers picked up a big road win defeating Joplin 9-8.
Plus Neosho baseball loses at home to Willard.
The Gorilla baseball team won the first but lost the second against Emporia State, while the softball team did the same against Missouri Southern. In game two the Lions scored 11 runs to win in extra innings.
Plus, Neosho baseball falls to 11-4 on the year at the hands of Willard.
Eagles knock off Carl Junction 8-6 after losing tough one to Neosho on Saturday.
In a Central Football League regular season game at Fred G. Hughes Stadium, the Joplin Crusaders beat the Enid Enforcers 31-28 to avenge a loss to the Enforcers in the 2012 league championship game. The Crusaders are now 4-0 on the year.
Missouri Southern's first team offense and defense held off the reserves 6-0 in the annual Green-Gold spring game at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Both sophomore quarterbacks Jay McDowell and Ricky Nichols showed promise running the ball, even in a game where they could not be tackled. In fact, coach Daryl Daye blew a 4th down play dead as Nichols appeared to cross the goal line in the 4th quarter.
Joplin Senior pitcher Adam St. Peter threw a no-hitter Friday as the Eagles won their 6th straight. Plus Colgan shut out Webb City.
Pittsburg State has to replace their top three rushers from last season.
For the first time in program history, Crowder College baseball is ranked number one in the JUCO national poll.
Jayhawks will now have to replace all five starters from sweet 16 team.
Baseball and softball games vs Riverton begin with a salute to our Veterans.
Successful Springfield program will launch club team in Joplin.
Missouri State recruit Drew Bridges delivers in 7th inning with 2 run double.
Webb City product putting together monster senior season for the Tigers.
Program in first year of existance
Webb City native Nicole Hudson also is winning pitcher in game two as 6th ranked Mizzou swept a DH over Missouri State.
Joplin wins and Senior Nate Brummer lands a prom date.
College Heights Christian School volleyball standout Kirsty Green to play college volleyball at Oklahoma Baptist University.
Plus Pitt State Junior Tory Stoffregen was named MIAA hitter of the week.
The Shockers stun the college basketball world taking out Ohio State in the Elite 8.
Lions complete sweep at NW Missouri State. Plus Pitt State baseball sweeps past Truman.
Gorillas start practice at 6:15 AM. Plus Cottey College unveils new softball field on campus.
Jay McDowell tops the depth chart. Plus MSSU baseball sweeps Northeastern State.
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.
Webb City loses opening game to McAuley 2-1. Plus Arkansas spring football continues.
26-year-old Jesse and 22-year-old Dillon Cook are a combined 9-0 with 7 KO's as professional boxers. The Seneca natives are trained by their dad, Dallas, at the Heartland Boxing Gym in Galena, and have aspirations to make it big.
McAuley senior Mitch Wear is set to try something new in college. Kind of. McAuley will be a quarterback for the United States Military Academy at West Point's sprint football team.
Sprint football is the same as regular football except every player on the field must weigh less than 172 pounds. There are seven teams from the Northeast in the Collegiate Sprint Football League, and Army is coming off an unbeaten year in which they average 500 yards per game running an offense similar to the one Wear ran as a Warrior in high school.
Tigers won three games in Springdale Tourney to open season.
Before, during, and after the game, athletic trainers have a big impact on any team.
MSSU Senior Brett Abell earned MIAA pitcher of the week after a CG win vs Truman. Plus Joplin baseball won their season debut.
Nyla Milleson fired after six years as coach of the Lady Bears. Plus Crowder College Lady 'Riders win opening game of the JUCO National Tournament.
Webb City to face Smithville Thursday at Mizzou Arena in a Class 4 Semifinal.
Lions coming off 6-5 season. Plus MSSU and Pittsburg State baseball with home games.
The Webb City Lady Cardinals are on their way to the Class Four final four in Columbia, Missouri. Here's how they advanced past the quarterfinal round Saturday.
They got down 7-0 early, but the Lady Cardinals went on a 13-2 run to close the first half, and seized control in the third quarter en route to a 55-39 win against Sullivan in the Class Four quarterfinals. It's Brad Shorter and company's fourth trip to Columbia in the past five years.
Plus, the Crowder women win the District K title game at home, and await their national tournament seeding.
Webb City head coach Brad Shorter is used to playing this time of year. For his young group however, the quarterfinals is a new experience.
Plus, the last area team remaining in the Kansas state tournament falls, as the Fort Scott Lady Tigers lose to top seed Wamego in Salina.
The Webb City Lady Cardinals face Sullivan Saturday in a Class 4 playoff quarterfinal matchup.
The Missouri Southern men finish with a 13-15 record while Pitt State men finish 18-10. Plus Colgan loses in Class 3A Kansas Tournament.
Bryan Burns finished 2nd in state in the discuss last year and he will continue his career at MSSU.
Four NFL teams visit MSSU campus to see Brandon Williams and other prospects.
Webb City advances to playoff quarterfinals. Plus Carl Junction loses to Republic and MSSU vs Pitt State baseball at Joe Becker Stadium.
Webb City football coach John Roderique was 1 of just 21 people invited to a USA Football workshop in Indiana.
Plus NFL scouts were on the Missouri Southern campus Tuesday to check out Brandon Williams again.
Pittsburg State holds off Truman while MSSU goes on the road to knock off Emporia State. Plus MSSU baseball highlights.
Brandon Williams is back in Joplin - at least for a few days. The former Missouri Southern DT talks about his experience at the NFL combine, and what he expects to see happen in the coming weeks as he prepares for the NFL draft.
The Pitt State men and women will play hosts as 7 seeds at John Lance Arena on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively, while the Missouri Southern men will be on the road at Emporia State as the 9 seed and the Lion women will be at home as the 8 seed. Each team must win to advance to Kansas City.
Plus, recapping the district championships for the Carl Junction boys and Webb City girls.
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 Colgan and Riverton win their 3A Substate semifinal games. And MSSU's Brandon Williams talks about his NFL Combine experience.
Plus 3A Substate action from Colgan and two Joplin soccer standouts make their college decisions official.
Gorillas led by seventeen at the half but MSSU nearly pulled off comeback. Plus Lady Lions beat Pitt and the Chiefs may have found their quarterback.
Lions have quick turnaround with Pitt State next up Wednesday night. Plus Joplin Eagles lose in district semifinals.
Plus Missouri Southern's Brandon Williams shows well at the NFL Combine.
Indians will face 23-4 Strafford in sectional round.
As the fishing for the Bassmaster Classic wrapped up in Grove Sunday, a number of dogs took flight in the championship rounds of dock diving in downtown Tulsa. The dogs are part of the Super Retriever Series, and the world-record holder was part of the festivities.
Fueled by a barrage of three-pointers, and played in front of their home crowd, Seneca knocked off top seed Mt. Vernon in the Class Three, District 12 final. The win prevented the Mountaineers from a four-peat.
Plus, the East Newton girls fall just short in the Class Three girls title, and both the Pierce City girls and boys teams win in Class Two, District 12 championship games.
The East Newton girls knock off the 2 seed Mt. Vernon. Plus Seneca and Mt. Vernon boys advance. And Webb City beats Parsons and Ozark Christian loses in Regional.
PSU wins 4th straight game. Plus MSSU baseball is off to a 5-2 start.
Plus Webb City's Nicole Hudson wins SEC softball player of the week honors and Nevada HS has found a conference home.
Plus girls district basketball tips off from Seneca with East Newton & Mt. Vernon winning. And Grove, Oklahoma will host the Super Bowl of bass fishing this week.
Carl Junction boys defeat Mt. Vernon in OT. Plus Neosho sits in 2nd place at Missouri HS Wrestling Championship.
Warriors get 24 points from Shaw Robertson plus Neosho wrestling is off to a great start at the Missouri state championships in Columbia.
Riverhawks snap Southern's two game winning streak. Plus MSSU women go 7-17 from FT line as they fall to Northeastern State.
Game benefits 5th grader Payton Kannar who is battling leukemia. Plus Seneca and Mt. Vernon go to overtime and Webb City boys too much for Carthage.
Nearly seven months ago, former Chanute high and Fort Scott greyhound quarterback Matt Bollig suffered a terrible accident while preparing for the fall season at Ottawa University.
But to say Bollig is bouncing back would be an understatement.
Desirea Burgee scores 29 points for Lady Cardinals. Plus three Nevada football players sign letters of intent.
Plus Monett's Kurran Blamey signs with Missouri State football and MSSU men prepare for MIAA leader Central Missouri.
MSSU Women also snap losing streak by beating SW Baptis. Plus Pitt State sweeps Truman.
Plus Joplin, Carl Junction, and Oswego also hold signing ceremonies. And the Harlem Globetrotters made another entertaining stop in Joplin.
Several area athletes heading to the next level.
Plus Riverton beats Galena and Carthage volleyball standout Chloe' Shepherd signs with College of the Ozarks.
Webb improves to 17-4. Carthage Lady Tigers fall at home to Nixa and a college signing from Jasper HS.
Plus Waynesville too much for Joplin and Quapaw takes two from Wyandotte.
Plus Webb City Lady Cardinals play defending state champs tough but lose by five to Republic. And Bill Snyder signs a contract extension with Kansas State.
Plus Pitt State men win at Missouri Western while PSU women lose.
Simmons accepts head coaching job at Shawnee Mission North. Plus HS hoops with McAuley defeating College Heights and Labette County sweeping Chanute.
Plus Kansas Jayhawks extend winning streak to 18 in a row and East Newton girls hoops defeats McDonald County.
Pittsburg State used the pistol offense to win a national championship in 2011. Now the San Francisco 49ers have used it on their way to the SuperBowl.
Plus Lamar wins at home over Colgan and Galena knocks off Columbus in OT.
Plus NEO Invitational tips off with the Miami boys and girls teams winning their opening games.
The Pitt State men had a shot at the buzzer, but it didn't go as the Gorillas lost at Northeastern State. Plus MSSU was swept in Emporia and Brandon Williams prepares for the Senior Bowl.
Three starters for Missouri State are from southwest Missouri high schools including Kenzie Williams, Hannah Wilkerson, and Whitney Edie. Plus Colgan vs Columbus highlights.
Former Webb City standout leads Drake in scoring as a Sophomore. Plus the Royals Caravan makes a stop in Joplin.
Plus semifinals from the Frontenac Classic as OSU recruit Stevie Clark explodes for 41 points and Webb City boys and girls win on Homecoming.
Oklahoma State recruit stars in Frontenac tourney. Plus another big national honor for MSSU's Brandon Williams.
OSU signee Clark leads Douglass past Baxter Springs
Marquis Addison pours in a career high 34 points. Plus PSU women beat MSSU as Lizzy Jeronimus scores 24 despite battling the flu.
Carl Junction's Sydney Koch and Carthage's Quincy Charleston made their college decisions official.
Rivalry to be renewed Wednesday night. Plus Neosho vs Carthage wrestling, Webb City hoops, and ssoftball signings from Carl Junction and Carthage.
Round One To Take Place In Joplin Wednesday Night
The Chiefs are turning to a longtime Green Bay Packer executive as their next GM. Plus the Kansas Jayhawks climb the national rankings.
Adding their name to the slate of schools in Missouri and Kansas hosting boys and/or girls tournaments this week, Frontenac will see eight boys teams and four girls teams roll into town Thursday. Included in that group is a team from Oklahoma City featuring Oklahoma State recruit Stevie Clark.
Plus, the Chiefs officially introduce their new General Manager, John Dorsey.
MSSU women have won four straight while Lion men bounce back from Thursday loss to Lindenwood.
PSU women lose close one to 15th ranked Central Missouri. Plus Pitt men also drop game on the road.
Adam St. Peter scores a career high 30 points. Plus Seneca beats CJ in OT, Webb City Lady Cardinals pull away from Nevada, and TJ boys lose to Exeter.
Plus Pitt State basketball sweeps DH over Lincoln and Kansas Jayhawk reaction to their overtime win over Iowa State.
Erin Rice scores 21 points as MSSU women defeat Lindenwood on the road while Lion men fell behind early and never recovered.
Kyle Woods becomes Monett's career scoring leader. Plus Mizzou's Lawernce Bowers will miss a couple games with a knee injury.
Riverton girls win in OT. Plus Labette County gets road victory at Pittsburg and Neosho wrestling off to another impressive start.
Looking for 3rd state championship in the last four years
Plus MSSU Junior Marquis Addision earns MIAA player of the week and Lance Berkman is now a Texas Ranger.
Plus Neosho HS wrestling too much for Monett and Pittsburg State basketball prepares for a nationally televised game.
Gorilla men have won ten straight. Plus MSSU men lose in overtime and Joplin Eagles win opener in the Kaminsky Classic.
John Roderique owns eight state championship rings and is the winningest football coach in Missouri high school history by percentage. In Part 2 of a three part series on Webb City football, we gain an understanding of Coach Rod that goes deeper than the accolades.
For the past 23 years, the success of Webb City football is unmatched in the state of Missouri. In Part 1 of a three part series, we take a look at how it all started.
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.
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.
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.
After three years as a Class 2 All-State player in Missouri, Purdy's Addy Roller is starting as a true freshman point guard at Wayne State in Nebraska. Roller's started five of eight games for the nationally ranked Wildcats, and leads the team in assists.
Plus, counting down our Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories of the Year; at number 10 is former Thomas Jefferson boys basketball coach Cleo Elbert claiming 600 career victories.
The number 23 will never again be worn a North Carolina Tar Heel, a Chicago Bull or a Purdy Lady Eagle. Following a stellar career that included multiple Missouri state three-point shooting records and 2,392 career points, Addy Roller's jersey was retired by the Purdy school district Friday night.
Plus, Kevin Muff reacts to his Gorillas finishing the November/December portion of their schedule 9-1.
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.
Two days after news broke NEO A&M would hire former Norsemen QB Sherard Poteete to replace Dale Patterson, the school made his official introduction. The coach fit the mold of being familiar with junior college football, experiencing Southwest Conference success, and as an alum familiar with the tradition in Miami, someone who would bring stability to the program.
Poteete says he's thrilled to death to be back in Miami, and can't wait to build on the foundation laid by the coaching staff in 2012.
Webb City beat Carl Junction by 25 at home in a game considered to be a possible district championship preview, while in Kansas one-loss Labette County knocked off unbeaten Independence with a Tucker Thompson bucket at the buzzer.
Plus, the Lady Cardinals beat the Lady Bulldogs, and the Pittsburg State men win while the Gorilla women lose in day one of the Las Vegas Challenge.
Former Golden Norse player lands NEO job. Plus College Heights soccer standout signs with Crowder College and Mizzou hoops in action.
Travis Vogt scores 29 for Carl Junction in win over Panthers plus Webb City races past Joplin. And Cassville names their next head football coach.
Carl Junction boys overpower Colgan, Independence boys outlast Pittsburg, C.J. girls top Colgan in overtime. Plus, Cassville hires new football coach.
Lamar Tigers state championship repeat special with coach Scott Bailey.
The Lamar Tigers state championship repeat special with coach Scott Bailey.
Lamar Tigers state championship repeat special with coach Scott Bailey.