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Archive for November, 2012

11/275:15p
Location: River Country Chevrolet Classic @ Thayer
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Alton High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Hartville High School
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Location: West Plains High School
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Location: Cabool High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: Thayer High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
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Location: Willow Springs High School
02/156:00p
Location: Mountain Grove High School
11/23TBA
Location: Liberty High School
11/235:00p
Location: Current River Challenge
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: Liberty High School
12/11TBA
Location: Alton High School
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: West Plains High School
12/186:00p
Location: Eminence High School
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: Liberty High School
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Location: Mountain Grove High School
02/016:00p
Location: Liberty High School
02/056:00p
Location: Liberty High School
02/08TBA
Location: Cabool High School
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Location: Houston High School
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Location: Salem High School
11/249:30a
Location: Current River Challenge
12/046:00p
Location: Cabool High School
12/14TBA
Location: Dora High School
12/186:00p
Location: Mansfield High School
12/207:00p
Location: Cabool High School
12/26TBA
Location: Cabool Holiday Tourn. (12/26-12/29)
01/086:00p
Location: Seymour High School
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Location: Cabool High School
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Location: Cabool High School
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Location: Ava High School
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Location: Cabool High School
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Location: Cabool High School

The Missouri State West Plains Grizzlies will take on Neosho County Community College this evening at 7 PM at the West Plains Civic Center.  The Grizzlies go into this match 4-2.  Listen live on KDY 102.5!

Here is the bracket for the 32nd annual Fair Grove Invitational Tournament:

LA JUNTA, Colo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team posted a 1-1 record this past weekend at the Hampton Inn Classic hosted by Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., after falling in their first overtime challenge of the season.

 

After trailing 27-23 at halftime Friday night, Nov. 16, against the hosting Rattlers, the Grizzlies (4-2) came roaring at the end of regulation to tie the game at 61-61, but an inability to stop Otero’s shooting in the extra period allowed the Grizzlies to be outscored 14-6 in the overtime period and fall 75-67.

 

“We kept going and were able to get the game to overtime,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said.  “We had to have a three to get within striking distance, and we got it.  We had to miss the second free throw with three seconds left in order to get an offensive rebound, and we got it.  We had to make a shot at the end of regulation, too, and we did it.  We even made more free throws than they shot.  We simply didn’t get the stops we needed to get the victory.”

 

As a team, the Grizzlies shot 21 of 60 from the field for 35 percent, two of 11 from 3-point range for 18.2 percent, and 23 of 59 from the free throw line for 59 percent.  They grabbed 40 rebounds, 15 off the offensive glass, dished out five assists, committed 13 turnovers, blocked one shot and stole the ball seven time.

 

Freshman guard Devaugntah Williams led the Grizzlies in scoring with 17 points, hitting six of 15 shots from the field and five of his eight free throws.  Freshman guard Jonathan Tshibuy added 14 points, and sophomore forward Kris Frazier recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds, including six off the offensive board.  Tshibuy had seven rebounds and three of the team’s five assists.

 

The Rattlers shot 26 of 55 from the field for 47.3 percent, six of 15 from 3-point range for 40 percent and 17 of 28 from the free throw line for 60.7 percent.  They had 43 rebounds, including nine offensive grabs, 14 assists, 12 turnovers, five blocks and five steals.  Terrell Brown led the Rattlers on the scoreboard with 25 points, followed by Kentwan Smith with 16.

 

“We really dominated them on the glass,” Walker said.  “We got almost 40 percent of our misses, but we didn’t guard the ball well enough to have the offensive rebounds offset their shooting.  They got to the paint too easily.

 

“As a fan, this was a great game,” he continued.  “It was a hard-fought game by both sides.  Our turnovers weren’t that bad and we rebounded well, we just didn’t do quite enough to win.  There is very little room for error on the road, and we made a few too many errors; however, they are correctable errors, and our guys understand that.”

 

On Saturday, the Grizzlies bounced back to defeat Lamar Community College of Lamar, Colo., 81-65.  “This game allowed us to make the improvements we needed,” Walker said.  “We had too many turnovers, but we scored 81 points on only 69 shots, and we didn’t shoot what we normally do from the free throw line.  Our offense finally clicked the way it needs to click, and we got the shots we wanted.  In fact, most of our guys scored more points than they took shots, and that is the way it should be.”

 

As a team, the Grizzlies shot 31 of 68 from the field for 44.9 percent, eight of 16 from 3-point range for 50 percent, and 11 of 25 from the charity stripe for 44 percent.  They collected 48 rebounds, including 18 offensive, dished out 15 assists, committed 17 turnovers, blocked one shot and stole the ball seven times.

 

Frazier led the Grizzlies in scoring with 14 points and recorded another double-double by adding 12 rebounds.  Williams scored 11 points, and freshman guard Isiah Rogers added 10.  Sophomore forward Keaton Jackson led the Grizzlies on the glass with 13 rebounds, including four offensive grabs.

 

Lamar was 19 of 50 from the field for 38 percent, three of 19 from 3-point range for 15.8 percent, and 24 of 30 from the free throw line for 80 percent.  The Runnin’ Lopes also had 29 rebounds, 14 assists, 20 turnovers, five blocks and eight steals.  Malcolm Brooks led the team in scoring with 15 points, followed by Shore Adenekan with 13 and Trevon Seymour with 11.

 

“We have to get better at guarding the ball,” Walker said.  “That was obvious because almost 40 percent of their points were free throws.  Our help defense was better, and we guarded screens off the ball correctly most of the time, but we need to take a step forward guarding the ball.  When we do that, we can give our off-ball defenders more time to make the right play.

 

“This wasn’t a terrible trip, it just wasn’t a road win like we needed it to be,” he added.  “We have to learn how to win on the road.  We’ve been close against two good teams so far, but close isn’t the end result we’re looking for.”

 

The Grizzlies return home for one more game before the Thanksgiving break.  They will host Neosho County Community College from Chanute, Kan., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the West Plains Civic Center.

 

“We have another chance to show improvement on all of the little things on Tuesday against Neosho County.  We are moving forward with our process of becoming a complete team, but there are still some significant jumps to make.”

 

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball program, visit the team’s website at http://www.wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb.htm or call the Grizzly Basketball office at 417-255-7993.

Mountain View, Mo. – The Rotary Club of Mountain View was excited to have the first Hole-in-One at the charity golf tournament this past June. The golfer received $5,000 cash for his great shot, but not from the insurance company as planned.

As most tournaments do, the Rotary club purchased insurance for this purpose in this tournament but learned it would not pay the individual the money he earned. In the end, a local business stepped up, making a donation to the Rotary Club after they already paid the $5,000 cash prize to the golfer.

“We purchase insurance for a small portion of the actual cost of the prize,” explained club president Mary Zitter. “It allows for a new golf cart or $5,000 to the first person who makes a hole-in-one on any of the Par 3 holes at the Mountain View Golf Course during the tournament. This was the first time in 11 years we have had a winner,” she added.

When it was time to complete the paperwork and claim the prize, the company started dragging its feet. The club and the golfer completed the numerous, lengthy forms and returned them to the company as required. “It seemed like each time, there was another form or another reason they weren’t ready to pay,” explained Zitter.

In early September, Zitter went online and did a Google search for the company and the owner and that’s when she learned the bad news. He had charges pending in four states and had actually been arrested in Washington for insurance fraud. “My heart sank, realizing we weren’t going to get the insurance money to pay our hole-in-one winner,” she said. “I took this issue to the board of directors and the Rotary Club. We had a dilemma we had to solve to the best of our ability.”

The Rotary Club of Mountain View holds its Charity Golf tournament to raise money for community projects that have included sending students to boys and girls state each year, coats for kids projects as well as numerous Christmas projects for those in need.

“Our main goal is Service Above Self and that means to the communities we live and work in,” explained Rotary Member Joe Beltz. “However we also have a four-way test we work to live-up to as Rotary Members. ‘First: Is it the truth? Second: Is it fair to all concerned? Third: Will it build good will and better friendships? Fourth: Is it beneficial to all concerned?’ These are the things we ultimately asked ourselves as a club as we discussed the issue,” Beltz added.

The club met and agreed the money was due to the winner and voted to pay from club funds. “This was money generally used for our community projects, but we felt it was our duty to make this right with the golfer who won,” explained Zitter, “and for golfers in our tournaments in the future.”

The club also contacted a local news station to share their story and to help protect anyone else who might become an unknowing victim to this scam. “When the story aired, Davidson Insurance in Mountain View contacted me,” explained Zitter. “The agency expressed apologies to us that something like this happened in the insurance industry and pledged a donation to our club to replace the $5,000 we paid.

“We did not purchase the insurance through Davidson Insurance,” added Zitter, “but they said they hated to see the Rotary Club hurt by an insurance scam of any kind.”

This donation will replenish the funds for the Rotary Club of Mountain View and allow them to continue to work in the community with the many projects and other organizations to serve.

“I’m very thankful that we live in a community where doing the right thing in recognized and supported,” Zitter explained. “The Rotary Club did the right thing by paying the golfer and then Davidson Insurance made a wonderful contribution and supported us through this tough time for our club,” she concluded.

The Rotary Club of Mountain View is one of the more than 34,000 Rotary clubs world-wide and part of the 1.2 million Rotarians around the globe in nearly every country. Rotarians share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self and clubs are open to people of all cultures and ethnicities and are not affiliated with any political or religious organizations.

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(West Plains) – The Golden Eagles from the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) in Twin Falls raised the championship trophy Saturday night, Nov. 17, in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains, Mo.

The Golden Eagles (33-1), seeded first in the tournament, picked up their second national championship in four years by defeating second seeded Western Nebraska Community College (40-3), Scottsbluff, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20, before a boisterous crowd of enthusiastic volleyball fans.

The match brought to an end the annual three-day tournament, which was being hosted by Missouri State University-West Plains. This is the final year the tournament is being held in West Plains. It will move to Casper, Wyo., in 2013 for a three-year stay.

Third place in this year’s tournament went to fourth seeded San Jacinto College-Central (35-3) of Pasadena, Texas, who defeated third seeded Iowa Western Community College (45-4), Council Bluffs, 22-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-22.

Fifth place went to fifth seeded Tyler Junior College (32-6), Tyler, Texas. The Apaches defeated the Patriots of sixth seeded College of Central Florida (35-8), Ocala, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18. Eighth seeded Hillsborough Community College (29-14), Tampa, Fla., placed seventh in the tournament after defeating seventh seeded North Idaho College (23-8), Coeur d’Alene, 25-23, 25-20, 29-27. The hosting Grizzlies of Missouri State-West Plains, seeded ninth in the event, placed ninth after defeating 14th seeded Temple College (24-19), Temple, Texas, 21-25, 25-11, 25-14, 25-18.

Individual awards were handed out following the presentation of the championship trophies after the final match. CSI’s Keani Passi was named tournament MVP, and all tournament team honors were handed out to Missouri State-West Plains’ Helena Peric; Vanessa Benke, College of Central Florida; Yang Yang, North Idaho College; Andrea Tauai, Hillsborough Community College; Jacqueline Santos, Tyler Junior College; Marie-Pierre Bakima and Oni Lattin, both of San Jacinto College-Central; Yulia Voronko, Iowa Western Community College; Luiza Martins and Danika Youngblood, both of Western Nebraska Community College; and Heather Meeuwsen and Liene Mullupe, both of CSI.

Coach of the Year honors went to CSI Head Coach Heidi Cartisser.

For more information about the tournament, visit the website at http://njcaavbd1.com/.

The Cardinals will unveil an updated version of the team uniforms and a new alternate home jersey for the 2013 season. The uniform update will be the first for the franchise since 1998.

“It’s not an earth-shattering change, but any change with the Cardinals is big news because there’s such tradition with our uniform look,” team president Bill DeWitt III said.

The new alternate jersey will feature “St. Louis” in script. It’s the first time Cardinals will not be on a jersey since 1932. The “Birds on the Bat” logo will remain and piping will be added down the front and around the shoulders for the first time since the 1950′s when Stan Musial played.

“What I view this alternate jersey as is it’s a little bit old and a little bit new,” Cardinals president Bill DeWitt III said. “The components of it come from Cardinals eras in the past. All of those elements combine to create what I think will be an instantly familiar look to people. It’s just that we have never seen all these elements together before.”

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Two employees and pitcher Trevor Rosenthal (far right) wear the new uniforms for 2013.

St. Louis was one of only four teams in Major League Baseball not to have previously worn an alternate jersey, though the idea has been tossed around for a few years.  DeWitt liked the off-white look, which has been used by the Giants, Phillies, Braves and Indians.

“I walked down to the clubhouse earlier this season and canvassed some of the players as well as our tradition-minded staff and got the thumbs up,” DeWitt said. “The idea of adding an alternate jersey is something that has been simmering for a while in terms of whether we wanted to enter or not.”

The pants with the alternate jerseys also have red piping that go down the side of the legs.  Other changes to the team’s look in 2013 is that the club will wear red hats and red belts with their road grey jerseys.  The club will continue to incorporate the all navy blue hats on some road games.  The Sunday navy blue, red bill hats will also continue for home games.

There are 13 home games in 2013 that fall on a Saturday in which the new uniforms will be worn.  The first game is April 13th when the Cardinals host Milwaukee.  I’m sure that’s just pure coincidence that the alternate uniforms will be wore on the 13th for 13 times in 2013.  That’s a lot of unlucky #13′s.

The birds on the bat have actual eyes instead of dots, the bat is a little more detailed to add depth and the numbers on the front of the jersey are slightly smaller.