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Amy McNew has been named the West Plains High School head volleyball coach, this after the April board meeting. School officials say that McNew will assume the head coach as of July 1.

McNew is currently the head volleyball coach at Mountain Grove High School, and has served as Mountain Grove’s head volleyball coach for the last three years, winning two SCA titles, one 3A level district title and one 2A district title. In 2013 McNew also led the Mountain Grove team to a Sectional Championship and 3rd place at the state tournament. She also served as the head volleyball coach at Licking for seven years, winning 3 district titles and leading the team to section finals two times.

McNew was a member of the Missouri State University volleyball team for four years. During her playing career at MSU she held All Conference for two years, numerous All Tournament teams, and 2nd team All-Region during her senior year.

McNew was inducted into the Missouri State University Hall of Fame in 2010. She was also named the SCA Coach of the year in 2011-2012.

(Milwaukee) (AP) – Cardinals starters are feeling right at home on the mound at Miller Park.

A night after Lance Lynn shutout the Brewers, fellow hard-throwing right-hander Shelby Miller followed Tuesday by striking out seven and allowing three hits over six innings to lead St. Louis to a 6-1 win.

Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list, while Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.

Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh. He bounced back after starting the year with two losses and a 6.35 ERA in his first two starts.

“That looks more like Shelby. The velocity was there,” manager Mike Matheny said.

Only Aramis Ramirez managed to break through off Miller hitting a solo homer in the fourth.

“Sneaky fast. He’s throwing. It’s not only sneaky … he spots his fastball really well on the outside corner, inside,” Ramirez said. “He’s going to come right at you, so we’ve got to make some adjustments.”

They didn’t make enough of them Tuesday. The Brewers have just one run and six hits over the first two games of the three-game set with their NL Central rival.

Marco Estrada (1-1) took the loss after allowing three runs over six innings.

The right-hander, who was off to a good start with a 2.31 ERA entering Tuesday, had a little uncharacteristic trouble with his command. He hit a batter in the second, then issued a walk in the third to Matt Carpenter that set up Allen Craig’s RBI double.

Estrada also threw a wild pitch in the fourth, but did allow just five hits.

“When they battle like that and keep the team in the ballgame, that’s their job. They’re not going to feel good every time out,” manager Ron Roenicke said.

It would have been more than adequate pitching during the Brewers’ long winning streak. But that was before Milwaukee had to face the aces from St. Louis.

Lynn was in control Monday night after striking out 11 over seven innings. Miller was just as effective.

He got Jean Segura to ground out to second and caught Ryan Braun looking on a 94 mph fastball to start the fourth. The only mistake was a fastball down the middle of the plate that Ramirez turned on for his second homer and team-best 12th RBI.

Miller recovered nicely to end the fourth by getting Jonathan Lucroy to hit a one-hopper to first. Miller, who improved to 4-0 career against the Brewers, had a 2.03 career ERA against Milwaukee entering Tuesday.

“A lot of power in that lineup. Really throughout the whole lineup is pretty solid, so the biggest thing you do is try and keep them off balance as much as possible,” Miller said.

The Cardinals had built a 3-0 lead by the top of the fourth to back Miller. After missing the season’s first 13 games with left knee tendinitis, Ellis made a nice debut by driving in a run in the second on a groundout, and another in the fourth off a sacrifice fly.

“Mark did a great job – all the little things we talk about,” Matheny said.

(Houston) (AP) – Kansas City rookie Yordano Ventura entered Tuesday night’s game winless in four career starts dating to last season despite posting a 2.53 ERA in those games.

On Tuesday night, he pitched seven solid innings and finally got his first victory as the Royals beat the Houston Astros 4-2.

“I’m just really proud for him because that was like his fifth time he’s gone for his first win and he’s had an opportunity to win ballgames two or three times and we couldn’t hold it for him,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “To finally get that out of the way for him, to get his first major league win was big for all of us tonight.”

Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals.

Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings – both career highs. His seven strikeouts were the most by a Kansas City rookie since Will Smith also fanned seven on Sept. 11, 2012.

“I feel really good,” Ventura said in Spanish through a translator. “I feel that the team supported me and played really good defense and scored a lot of runs for me. It gives me a lot of satisfaction so I can keep working hard to help the team win.”

Infante had a solo shot in the first inning off Lucas Harrell (0-3) and added an RBI in the third inning as the Royals found some offense after managing just five runs combined as they were swept in a weekend series at Minnesota.

Eric Hosmer and Billy Butler had an RBI each for Kansas City and Lorenzo Cain had a pair of hits for his fourth multihit game this season.

“We just got a couple of timely hits today and as an offense we need to do a better job of that,” Hosmer said. “The way our pitchers have thrown we’ve got to find a way to produce runs for them and tonight we did a good job of that.”

Carlos Corporan homered in the fifth inning for the Astros, who have scored two runs or fewer in three of their past four games.

Harrell gave up five hits and four runs in five innings and has allowed 14 runs in three starts combined this season.

“I’ve got to get strike one,” Harrell said. “Through my first 10 hitters, I threw one first-pitch strike. That can’t happen. I need to throw strikes in 1-1 counts, too, because that really killed me tonight.”

Ventura had retired 12 of the last 13 batters when Corporan launched his homer into the first row of the seats in right field with one out in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 4-2.

He got back on track after that and didn’t allow another hit until Matt Dominguez singled to start the seventh inning. He walked Jonathan Villar with two outs, but ended the threat and his night when he retired Dexter Fowler after a short coaching visit to the mound. Wade Davis pitched a perfect eighth before Greg Holland struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save. He has converted 13 straight save opportunities dating to Sept. 7.

Infante put Kansas City up early with his solo homer to the Crawford Boxes in left field with one out in the first inning.

Fowler hit a leadoff double and reached third on a one-out single by Jason Castro. Fowler scored on an error by Ventura with two outs on a pickoff attempt to first base to tie it at 1-1.

Infante grounded into a forceout that scored Cain, who had led off the inning with a single, to make it 2-1 in the third inning. Hosmer followed with an RBI double to push the lead to 3-1.

A single by Nori Aoki followed by a pair of walks loaded the bases for Kansas City with one out in the fifth, and Butler’s sacrifice fly pushed the lead to 4-1.

(Milwaulkee) (AP) – The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Mark Ellis from the 15-day disabled list and inserted him into the starting lineup at second base for Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Ellis missed the first 13 games of the season with left knee tendinitis. He went 1 for 3 while playing five innings during a rehab game Sunday at Triple-A Memphis.

Ellis signed a one-year deal with St. Louis in the offseason. The 11-year veteran is a .407 career hitter against Milwaukee.

Shortstop Pete Kozma was optioned to Triple-A on Monday night to make room for Ellis on the 25-man roster.

(West Plains) – Several area high school senior boys and girls basketball players will take the court one more time Saturday afternoon, April 19, in the ninth annual Grizzly All-Star Classic hosted by the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball program.

The girls game will get underway at 3 p.m., and the boys game will follow at 5. Both games will be played in the West Plains Civic Center arena. Three-point and slam dunk contests will take place between the games.

Players from schools Alton, Ava, Bakersfield, Bunker, Couch, Crane, Gainesville, Hartville, Houston, Iberia, Koshkonong, Mtn. View-Birch Tree Liberty, Licking, Salem, Seymour, Thayer, West Plains and Winona in Missouri, as well as Norfolk and Salem in Arkansas, will be featured in the games, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.

“It’s an honor every year to reward the area student athletes for their performances during the basketball season,” he said. “It has become a great tradition that we are proud to continue.”

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children age 12 and under.

For more information about the games, call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

(West Plains) – The recruiting season is underway for the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team, with Head Coach Yancey Walker’s announcement today of the signing of two players from Memphis, Tenn., for the 2014-15 team.

They are Myron Johnson, a 5-foot, 10-inch point guard from Central High School, and Sam Edwards, a 7-foot forward who attended Kingdom Preparatory Academy in Lubbock, Texas.

“We are thrilled to add two young men of Myron and Sam’s caliber to our team,” Walker said. “Myron is very respectful, he is very focused on the right things, and he is an exceptional basketball player. In many cases, guys who have the ability to score don’t always pass or defend well. That is not the case here. Myron is the entire package.

“Sam is also very respectful, gracious and focused,” the coach continued. “He has so much potential as a basketball player. With his size and athleticism, we feel very confident that he will develop into one of the best two-year big men in the nation.”

Johnson, a 2012 graduate of Central High, averaged 14.7 points per game his senior season and helped lead his team to a 21-8 record and a seventh place ranking in Tennessee.

Johnson said he chose Missouri State-West Plains because “I wanted to be in a situation where I could go to school to better myself and be in a positive surrounding. My goal is to graduate with my four-year degree, and I felt like Missouri State-West Plains was the best place to get started on that. I feel like I can be a big part in getting us back to the national tournament as a leader and by making everyone on the team better.”

Edwards said he chose the Grizzly program because he really liked the facilities, the campus and the environment. “My goal is to play NCAA Division I basketball and then go to the NBA. I saw how much the big guys improved over nine months in the program, and it made me wonder how much I can improve in two years. My goal is to help us win a championship. I really like that Myron and I will get to play together, too!”

Walker said the coaching staff can’t wait “to get these two on the floor wearing Grizzly blue.”

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, including complete statistics from the games, visit wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/.

Former Grizzly Volleyball standout Luiza Jarocka, second from left, was inducted into the Grizzly Hall of Fame by Missouri State University-West Plains and Grizzly Booster Club officials during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 8, at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room.  She received her award from former Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Trish Knight, left; current Head Coach Paula Wiedemann, third from left; and Grizzly Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Ron Shemwell.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

Former Grizzly Volleyball standout Luiza Jarocka, second from left, was inducted into the Grizzly Hall of Fame by Missouri State University-West Plains and Grizzly Booster Club officials during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 8, at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room. She received her award from former Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Trish Knight, left; current Head Coach Paula Wiedemann, third from left; and Grizzly Hall of Fame Selection Committee Chairman Ron Shemwell. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Officials at Missouri State University-West Plains inducted former Grizzly Volleyball standout Luiza Jarocka into the Grizzly Sports Hall of Fame during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet Tuesday night, April 8, at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room.

An estimated 140 family members, friends, Grizzly Booster Club members, students, faculty and staff attended the event.

Jarocka, a 6-foot setter/outside attacker from Warsaw, Poland, came to the Grizzlies in 2005 and immediately made an impact on the team. She frequently stood among team statistical leaders during both of her seasons and, in 2006, became the anchor of one of the best teams in the program’s history. After starting 6-5, the 2006 team went on to win 35 of the next 37 matches, including a stretch of 23 consecutive victories; won six tournament titles during the regular season – the most by any team in program history; and finished the regular season as the No. 2 team in the nation. The Grizzlies capped it off with their eighth consecutive Region 16 title and a third place finish in the national tournament.

Jarocka earned many individual accolades that season, as well. She was named to several all tournament teams and received most valuable player honors at two; she was named the NJCAA’s Division I Player of the Week following her performance at the Miami-Dade Invitational Tournament in October; she earned first team All-Region 16 honors and all-tournament team honors at the NJCAA Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championships; she was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-American team; and she received NJCAA first team All-American and Distinguished Academic All-American honors, becoming the first Grizzly athlete to receive both honors in the same season.

At the time of her departure, Jarocka was first in career attacking percentage (.337) for outside/right side hitters, fourth in career attacking percentage among all hitters (.338), fourth in career assists (2,205), fourth in single season assists (1,819 in 2006) and seventh in single season attacking percentage among all hitters (.405 in 2006). She remains first among outside/right side attackers in career attacking percentage and now places fifth in career attacking percentage among all hitters, career assists and single season assists and eighth in single season attacking percentage among all hitters.

Jarocka graduated from Missouri State-West Plains in May 2007 with an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree and transferred to the University of Missouri-Columbia where she played one season for the Tigers, helping them post a 17-13 record and reach the NCAA National Volleyball Tournament. She graduated from Mizzou in 2009 with two bachelor’s degrees and currently works in her hometown, Warsaw, as a manager for Citi Bank.

In accepting the award, Jarocka said West Plains had become a second home for her, and she thanked former Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Trish Knight, current Head Coach Paula Wiedemann, Strength and Conditioning Coach Keri Elrod, her teammates, her host family Pat and Linda Keefe, and her many friends for their support and giving her wonderful memories. “It’s not the place, but the people who make the difference,” she said.

And to the current players attending the ceremony, Jarocka shared “it’s after you leave West Plains that you start to appreciate how much your time here means to you and the importance of the relationships you make while you are here.”

In closing, Jarocka said, “I am honored to be selected into the Grizzly Athletics Hall of Fame and thank everyone who helped me achieve this honor.”

This is the 12th year of the Grizzly Athletics Hall of Fame. Grizzly Hall of Fame Selection Committee members include Chairman Ron Shemwell, Russ Gant, Bill Hutchings, Chuck Kimberlin, Carolyn Smith, John Williams, Missouri State-West Plains Dean of Student Services Dr. Herb Lunday and, as ex officio members, Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker and Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann.

(Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Five Grizzlies received individual honors Tuesday, April 8, during the annual Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room.

From left, Head Coach Yancey Walker; freshman Justin Jamison, Garfield Heights, Ohio, who received awards for leading rebounder (6.8 per game), best shooting percentage (60.6) and All-Region 16 team;

Sophomore Arroyo Edwards, Milwaukee, Wis., who received all-tournament team honors at the Three Rivers College Thanksgiving Classic and All-Region 16 team honors;

Sophomore Devaugntah Williams, Canton, Ohio, who received leading scorer (17.8 points per game), playmaker of the year (3.7 assists per game), Three Rivers College Thanksgiving Classic all-tournament team, and All-Region 16 team honors;

Freshman Jeremiah Jackson, Canton, Ohio, who received defensive player of the year (1.1 steals per game);

Freshman Jameel Moore, Richmond Heights, Ohio, who received best 3-point percentage (41.3) and best free throw percentage (76.9) awards.

 (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Several members of the 2013-2014 Grizzly Cheer Team at Missouri State University-West Plains received individual awards at the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 8, at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room.

Front row from left, Leah Lehman, Bolivar, Most Spirit; Grizzly Cheer Team Coach Keena Simpson; Ashely Rieken, Ava, Most Improved-Female; Katie Land, West Plains, Team Player-Female; Whitney Watkins, Dora, Best Flyer; Haylea Rackley, West Plains, Best Overall-Female; Kendra Barnard, St. Charles, Coaches’ Award for Excellence; Samuel Dodson, West Plains, Grizz Appreciation; and Coordinator Rachel Peterson. Back row: Matt Johnson, Koshkonong, Crowd Favorite; Andy Hughes, West Plains, Most Improved-Male; Lance Parker, Dixon, Team Player-Male; Trey Turner, West Plains, Best Base; Dalton Stockton, West Plains, Most Coachable; and Kevin Calhoun, West Plains, Best Overall-Male.

Nick Pruitt served as assistant coach this season.

From left are Baleilekutu, Barrett, Aldag, Zebert, Novaes, Ioramo and Peric.  (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

From left are Baleilekutu, Barrett, Aldag, Zebert, Novaes, Ioramo and Peric. (Missouri State-West Plains Photo)

(West Plains) – Seven members of the 2013 Grizzly Volleyball team at Missouri State University-West Plains received individual awards during the annual Grizzly Sports Banquet/Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tuesday evening, April 8, at the West Plains Civic Center’s Magnolia Room.

Sophomore middle attacker Torika Baleilekutu, Palo Alto, Calif., received All-Region 16 first team honors; freshman middle attacker Leondra Barrett, Ooltewah, Tenn., received All-Region 16 first team honors and the blocking award (116 total blocks, .83 blocks per game).

Freshman defensive specialist Alyssa Aldag, Fort Worth, Texas, receive All-Region 16 first team honors, the defensive player award (666 total digs, 4.79 digs per game), and service reception award (2.56 passing rating).

Freshman setter Brianna Zebert, Pierce City, Mo., received All-Region 16 second team honors and the setter/assist award (1,457 assists, 10.48 assists per game).

Sophomore setter Laiz Novaes, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, received the Marvin Wheeler Academic Excellence Award. Sophomore middle/outside attacker Nella Ioramo, Union City, Calif., received the NJCAA All-American second team plaque, All-Region 16 first team honors, and the offensive player award (553 kills, 3.98 kills per game).

Sophomore outside attacker Helena Peric, Smederevo, Serbia, received All-Region 16 first team honors.