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11/29/2012

Willow Springs 7th Grade: WS 22; Lib 33

Kianna Rothermich 12 pts, Liliya Dudko 6 pts, Cheyenne Bitler 2 pts, Halie Norman 2 pts.

Willow Springs 8th Grade Final: 37-34

Grace Bailey 15 pts, 10 rebs, 2 blks; Alana biehl 8 pts, 3 ast, 2 stls; Cassidy Crewse 8 pts, 8 rebs, 2 stls; Devin Perkins 4 pts, 4 rebs, 3 ast and 5 stls; Michealea Cox 4 rebs, 2 ast, 2 stls; Jasmine Wood 2 rebs and ast.

Next Contest: At Cabool on Friday 11/29/2012

The Missouri State West Plains Grizzlies traveled to Coffeyville, Kansas to take on Cowley College.  It was a close, crazy game as Harlin Hutchison reports:

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Final:

Grizzlies 59

Cowley 58

The Grizzlies play Friday evening at 6:00 on 102.5 KDY.  They improve to 7-2.

The West Plains Lady Zizzers move to 2-0 after a win over Pleasant Hope Thursday evening the Fair Grove Tournament.  Cody Sanders reports:

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Final:

Pleasant Hope 47 vs. West Plains 64

West Plains will move on and play in the championship game tonight at 8 PM on KWPM 1450 AM.

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The Willow Springs Bears played in the consolation bracket of the Thayer Tournament Thursday night against Neelyville.  Marty Spence reports:

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Final:

Willow Springs 34 vs. Neelyville 66

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The West Plains Zizzer boys opened their season in Springfield in the Parkview Tournament taking on the Tulsa Central Braves.  Scott Williamson reports:

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Final:

West Plains 82 vs. Tulsa Central 68

 

 

Coach of the Year: Rich Johnson Mtn Grove
Lineman of the Year: Ethan Johns Mtn Grove
SCA Back of the year: Jaelon Acklin Liberty

1st TEAM OFFENSE QB – Jaelon Acklin, Liberty RB – Kyle Clinkingbeard, Ava RB – Tyler Collins, Mtn Grove WR – James Denton, Liberty TE – Brett Johnson, Mtn Grove ATH – Brady Floyd, Salem OL – Kolten Davis, Ava OL – Adam Niehaus, Liberty OL – Ethan Johns, Mtn Grove OL – Jade Wisdom, Salem OL – Cody Hicks, Willow Springs P – Levi Hargrove, Thayer

1st TEAM DEFENSE DL – Zach Taylor, Ava DL – Cody Fidonik, Liberty DL – Brett Calhoun, Mtn Grove DL – Logan Chagolla, Willow Springs DL – Shelby Barton, Thayer LB – Levi Hargrove, Thayer LB – Cody Smith, Liberty LB – Jon Hickernel, Salem LB – Logan Wake, Willow Springs DB – Dwayne Stanley, Willow Springs DB – Hunter Ary, Thayer DB – Daniel French, Liberty K – Fredrick Kirkhaug, Mtn Grove

2nd TEAM OFFENSE QB – Bobby Otwell, Mtn Grove RB – Caleb Miles, Ava RB – Gavin Bolin, Mtn Grove WR – Broderick Davis, Cabool TE – Austin Smotherman, Liberty ATH – Mitch Weber, Thayer OL – Cordell Tatum, Salem OL – Triston Haltom, Ava OL – Josiah Depriest, Liberty OL – Logan Rust, Mtn Grove OL – Haden Smith, Willow Springs

2nd TEAM DEFENSE DL – David Gatlin, Liberty DL – Dakota Means, Mtn Grove DL – Tyler Ragsdale, Salem DL – Steven Davis, Willow Springs LB – Vince McKee, Cabool LB – Drake Bell, Houston LB – Chase Cramer, Mtn Grove LB – Ridge Burke, Thayer DB – Tanner Barnes, Cabool DB – Jamison Cain, Mtn Grove DB – Lane Stluka, Salem DB – Jake Keeney, Thayer DB – Tyler Clinton, Willow Springs

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE QB – Lucas Combs, Willow Springs QB – Ben Loge, Ava RB – Zane Kyser, Salem RB – Jacob Alford, Thayer RB – Nathaniel Alkire, Houston TE – Gavin Green, Cabool TE – Brett Jarboe, Mtn Grove TE – Payton Risner, Thayer ATH – Drake Bell, Houston OL – Vince McKee, Cabool OL – Kolby Walker, Houston OL – Landon Fletcher, Mtn Grove

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE DL – Marshall Cramer, Salem DL – Kaden Miller, Houston DL – Dustin Higby, Mtn Grove DL – Jordan Reed, Thayer DL – Cale Cornman, Liberty LB – Broderick Davis, Cabool LB – Tad Zitter, Liberty LB – Tyus Leslie, Salem DB – Devon Coulter, Houston K – Ben Loge, Ava

BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles received a new seven-year contract and a pay raise Wednesday from LSU, ending speculation that one of the most successful coaches in the school’s history might leave for rival Arkansas.

 

Miles’ new deal runs through 2019 and amounts to a two-year extension. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva would not comment on the financial terms of Miles’ raise, the first to his base salary since 2007.

 

“Les Miles is one of the premier coaches in the country and has LSU in contention for championships year in and year out,” Alleva said.

 

Alleva claimed LSU planned on giving Miles the extension and raise after the Tigers’ bowl game. But talks were expedited when reports surfaced Tuesday that Miles was entertaining an offer from Arkansas.

 

“It’s been my plan all along to give (Miles) a raise and an extension, and that’s what we’re doing,” Alleva said. “You can talk all you want about winning championships. It’s really not always about winning championships. It’s about being in the hunt to win championships, and (Miles) has shown that he’s consistently in the hunt to win championships.”

 

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Tuesday that Miles received a five-year, $27.5 million offer from Arkansas, which has been looking to fill its coaching vacancy since firing John L. Smith on Saturday.

 

Miles confirmed that he spoke to Arkansas athletic Jeff Long about the job but described the talks as “very preliminary” and claimed that report of the lucrative financial offer “was not true.”

 

Miles is 85-20 since arriving at LSU in 2005, with one national title during the 2007 season and two BCS championship appearances. LSU’s victory over Arkansas last Friday clinched Miles’ fifth 10-win season with the Tigers.

 

“I can tell you I very much respect those Razorbacks and how they played in that last game,” Miles said. “But I’m an LSU head coach and I’ll be an LSU head coach for as long as I can be.”

 

Miles has enjoyed plenty of success in Baton Rouge, overseeing LSU’s best eight-year stretch in school history. The Tigers have four top-five finishes and two SEC championships during his tenure.

 

 

Miles, who has declined multiple chances to leave LSU in the past several years, said his job “compares favorably” to any in college football.

 

“I can tell you that this Miles family is awfully comfortable in southern Louisiana,” Miles said. “I think home is what we’d call this place.”

 

Miles said the talks with Arkansas were “sincere” but “fell short of major, major interest.” He said he recommended candidates for the job to Long.

 

Miles also claimed that he did not speak to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, a major Arkansas booster and Miles’ former boss when he was an assistant coach with the Cowboys.

 

The Tigers will find out their bowl destination Sunday, with the Capital One Bowl, the Cotton Bowl and the Chick-fil-A Bowl being the leaders. LSU will begin bowl practice after fall exams end Dec. 8.

 

“We look forward to playing in a quality bowl game,” Miles said. “We should add two starters (linebacker Kwon Alexander and guard Josh Williford). We should be healthy. I think we’ll fill the bowl arena. There is speculation as to which bowl. I know LSU will be in attendance and that will be enough.”

 

LSU’s 21-17 loss to Alabama, for all practical purposes, ended its opportunity to repeat as SEC champion. With a loss at Florida, the Tigers finished with a 10-2 record. LSU posted that mark even though six projected starters missed all or most of the season.

 

“I would never take 10-2 as a final” record, Miles said. “But, as this year played out, I think this team improved. Three games into (the season), the team changed numbers. We had key players not there. Guys stepped in and played big. This team fought like hell and fought adversity.”

 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Arkansas has made a head-coaching offer to LSU‘s Les Miles, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports, citing a source.

The Razorbacks offered five years, $27.5 million, according to the paper.

“They made a serious offer,” a source told the newspaper. “(Athletic director) Joe (Alleva) is meeting with (Miles’) agent and the discussion is ongoing.”

Miles’ agent, George Bass, dismissed the report, telling the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: “There’s nothing like that going on.”

Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long announced Saturday the school would not be bringing back John L. Smith.

The former Michigan State and Louisville coach was hired from Weber State in April to replace the fired Bobby Petrino and signed to a 10-month contract. Long says that once a new coach is hired, Smith will be reassigned as a consultant through the end of his deal on Feb. 23, 2013.

LSU sports information director Michael Bonnette told the paper that Miles “didn’t have anything to say.”

LSU beat Arkansas in its final regular-season game on Friday, finishing with double-digit wins for the sixth time in eight seasons under Miles.

 

 

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles waited on the field after their loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday to get an autograph from Peyton Manning.

“My mom wanted this autograph,” Charles said.

Dwayne Bowe posed alongside Manning for a picture.

“It’s Peyton Manning,” he said. “Who wouldn’t want a picture with him?”

The Chiefs have sunk to a new low of pathetic with their PDA for the future Hall of Famer.

As an athlete, I’m sure every player in the NFL (like Charles and Bowe) admire other players in their league for their accomplishments, athletic ability or both. As well they should. If anyone can really relate to what it takes to survive in a professional league like the NFL it would be another player. However, don’t do it after you just lost to them, in front of your fans who paid to watch you try to defeat this star athlete.

Monday night was the first night of basketball for many area teams including the West Plains Lady Zizzers who were the first seed in the annual Fair Grove Tournament.  The Lady Zizzers took on the eighth seeded Conway.  Cody Sanders reports:

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Final:
West Plains 70

Conway 22

The Lady Zizzers will play again Thursday at 6:30.  You can listen to that game live on KWPM, 1450 AM.

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In the River Country Classic, hosted by the Thayer Bobcats, the MVBT Liberty Eagles  took on the Mammoth Spring Bears.  Brian Ingles reports:

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Final:

MVBT Liberty 67

Mammoth Spring 57

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The Cabool Bulldogs also competed in the River Country Classic, taking on Salem, AR.  Brad McNew reports:

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Final:

Cabool 76

Salem (AR) 68

The Cabool Bulldogs take on the Liberty Eagles Friday night at 6:30.  That game can be heard on both 96.9 the Fox and 93.9 KSPQ.

 

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP)- Johnny Manziel threw for 372 yards and three touchdowns and ran for two more scores as No. 9 Texas A&M beat Missouri 59-29 on Saturday night.

The Aggies (10-2, 6-2 SEC) scored touchdowns on their first six drives to build a 42-7 halftime lead and coast to their first 10-win season since 1998.

Manziel missed four plays after suffering an injury, but returned with a brace on his left knee.

The Aggies were up 21-0 when he returned, and he threw touchdown passes on three straight possessions to end the first half.

He scored on an 18-yard run to start the third quarter, and added another rushing touchdown when he bulled in from 1-yard out early in the fourth.

Manziel added 67 yards rushing and completed 32 of 44 passes on Saturday. He has thrown for 24 touchdowns and ran for 19 this season.

The win snaps A&M’s three-game losing streak to Missouri (5-7, 2-6 SEC).

“We could not get off the field on defense, and offensively we had our struggles,” Missouri coach Gary Pinkelsaid. “The combination is not very good.”

Quarterback Corbin Berkstresser started for Missouri with James Franklinout after having a concussion last week. He threw for 276 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Missouri’s Kendial Lawrencehad 16 carries for 87 yards and a touchdown to surpass 1,000 yards rushing this season.

After Manziel’s touchdown run in the third, Taylor Bertolet hit a 50-yard field goal.

L’Damian Washingtongot in front of the defense on a 74-yard catch and run near the end of the third quarter to cut A&M’s lead to 52-16. Berkstresser tossed another touchdown with about seven minutes left.

Manziel was intercepted by E.J. Gaineslate in the third quarter, and the Tigers capitalized on that turnover with a 1-yard run by Berkstresser early in the fourth.

Manziel’s last touchdown run came with about 12 minutes left to extend Texas A&M’s lead to 59-23. He returned for one play of the next drive before being going to the bench to a round of applause as he flashed the Aggies’ `Gig `Em’ sign.

The Aggies are hoping that Saturday’s performance will give Manziel a final push before Heisman voting closes. A group a fans unfurled a homemade sign that read #heisMANZIEL during the game.

“We don’t act like this is just real unusual that they scored some points. It’s not,” Pinkel said. “We’re talking about a great quarterback. I’m certainly disappointed we didn’t play better (but) the things he did to us, he did to a lot of people.”

When he was shaken up, Manziel was brought down by a tackle to his left leg and held his left knee. He remained on the turf for a couple of minutes while trainers checked him out. The crowd was silent for a bit before a chant of “Johnny, Johnny” erupted.

He was helped to his feet and walked off the field on his own power. Backup Jameill Showers went in for the next play and Christine Michael scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard run to push A&M’s lead to 21-0. Manziel missed the first three plays of A&M’s next possession, before returning to start the second quarter.

He capped his first drive back with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Swope to make it 28-0.

Texas A&M got the ball back after a fumble. Manziel was under heavy pressure on the ensuing drive, and escaped two diving defenders to throw a 5 yard touchdown pass to Mike Evans on the run.

His next touchdown pass was much the same as he wriggled out a defender diving at his leg and juked another defender before running to the opposite side of the field and finding Uzoma Nwachukwu to make it 42-0.

The Tigers used a fake punt to extend a drive and Lawrence scored on a 4-yard run just before halftime to leave A&M up 42-7.

“We had a lot of mistakes starting from the beginning of the game,” running back Kendial Lawrence said. “We just weren’t executing as good as we can.”

The Current River Challenge wrapped up Saturday in Van Buren.  Brian Ingles has the full report:

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