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Archive for February, 2013

Winona beat Bernie in overtime 65 to 62. Winona will play Oran in the quarterfinals.

Class 3 Boys:

  • Fatima 62
  • Hartville 46

Class 3 Girls

  • St. James 53
  • Licking 35

The Zizzer Boys will play Logan Rogersville Thursday evening in Rogersville in the District Basketball Play.

The Lady Zizzers will take on teh Republic Tigers Friday night also at Rogersville.

Wednesday night the Dora Falcons played the Iberia Rangers in the Class 2 State Sectionals.

Here is Brad McNew with the details:

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The final scores were:

  • Dora Falcons: 58
  • Iberia Rangers: 80 

(West Plains) The Missouri State University – West Plains Grizzlies will enter Friday’s games at Jefferson College at Hillsboro as the top seed in the Region 16 Tournament. They will face Moberly. On this week’s GrizzTalk, head coach Yancy Walker talked about his team’s chances of making a run in the post season.

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The Grizzlies won 20 or more games again this year for the fourth consecutive year. They are currently 21-9

The Eminence Red Wings played the Hurley Tigers in the first round of the Class 1 State Playoffs.

Brian Ingalls has the report:

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Final Score

  • Eminence 78
  • Hurley 40 

The Lady Zizzers took on the Rogersville Lady Wildcats Tuesday night and it was all Lady Zizzers.

Scott McWilliams has the update:

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Final Score

  • Lady Zizzers: 44
  • Lady Wildcats: 13

The Lady Zizzers will now take on the Republic Tigers Friday night at Rogersville.

 

 

FORT MYERS, Fla. • Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia admitted that before taking the mound in a game for the first time since leaving it with a shoulder injury last October he felt that peppery blend of excitement and anxiety.

What he called a “jumpy” beginning to his start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox settled into something few starts were last season – normal.

“That real game, the excitement, the adrenaline of the game – it’s kind of like when you really test it,” Garcia said. “But it went real well. After (a couple of baserunners in first inning) I did a real good job of … being able to stay locked-in and make pitches after that. I’ll take that. That’s big being able to do that in the first start. I just have to move forward.”

Garcia threw two scoreless innings in the Cardinals’ 15-4 throttling of the Red Sox at their posh mini-Fenway, jetBlue Park. Garcia allowed three hits – all of them groundballs, some harder than others – and needed 43 pitches to gather six outs in his first exhibition start of the Grapefruit League season.

When the first batter of the game smashed an infield single off Garcia’s glove and the next batter scooted a groundball single to left field, the lefty didn’t fret.

He didn’t pace the mound. He didn’t rattle.

He calmly retired the next three batters.

Not that manager Mike Matheny wanted to take tweezers to Garcia’s outing, picking through the line score for positives. Matheny was purposefully not interested in Garcia’s mannerisms or the situations he faced, feeling that perhaps all of the attention on the minutiae created some of Garcia’s major inconsistency. He’d rather let the lefty pitch.

“I’m not dissecting everything he’s doing,” Matheny insisted after the win. “I know everybody else likes to right now. I’m just watching him go out there and do his thing. He did a nice job of pitching without reading into every situation that he gets into or out of. … I made a commitment to myself not to microscope him.”

The Cardinals spent much of last season looking deep into Garcia’s concentration or Garcia’s shoulder, in equal measures. The 26-year-old lefty went 7-7 with a 3.92 ERA, though the numbers hid the erratic route he took to them. Garcia had starts where he was clearly bothered and uncomfortable on the mound. In the middle of the season, officials with the club said it wasn’t clear if he was injured or simply struggling. Three times discomfort in his shoulder removed Garcia from the rotation.

Garcia pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the National League division series. The pain in his shoulder, which he felt leading up to the game, became too much to throw. A tear was revealed in his shoulder, but he and the club opted for a non-surgical treatment.

The persistent trouble with his shoulder last season meant “not being able to lock it in because you’re changing things mechanically to be able to make pitches, for it not to hurt a lot,” Garcia said.

He referred to Tuesday’s outing several times as a “test.”

Through two innings against the Red Sox, Garcia was able to maintain his strength and delivery, and he showed none of the body language that hinted at his injury last season. He struck out two batters and walked one, but only after getting ahead 0-2 and then working on other pitches. Both of the strikeouts came on sliders, and of the 10 batters Garcia faced he got a first-pitch strike on nine of them. The double he allowed was a groundball down the third-base line.

In each inning he kept Boston scoreless despite have two runners on base with less than two outs.

Matheny agreed the outing reinforced his view of Garcia coming into spring training and the one that he’s been repeating since: Garcia is a normal pitcher on a normal program and Tuesday’s results were just what the club expected, normal.

“I need him to buy that, too,” Matheny said. “I’ve been consistent on this same thing with him – he’s just one of our guys. … I’m expecting him to demand greatness from himself. If you have the ability to be that good you go out there and you don’t settle for less. You bring what you’ve got every day. It’s all cliché stuff. But to me that’s the next step in his career. It’s time. It’s time to take the next step.”

Matheny and others have used the word consistency a lot to describe what they want to see in Garcia, from start to start and inning to inning. The club believes he’s showed his health. The next move is to show his reliability.

Garcia said the only discomfort in his shoulder this spring has been the normal aches and pains that come with stretching it out from pitching a bullpen to pitching live batting practice. The pain inside the shoulder has not returned. And though he felt some nervousness going into Tuesday’s game, once that grounder clipped his glove, he had his answer.

He felt what he didn’t last year – comfortable on the mound, confident.

Consistency is next.

“This is good. This is good enough. I’m excited about that,” Garcia said. “But compared to last year, this is something I can build on. Last year I was battling on, I was trying to make pitches, and I just couldn’t do it. Now I’m at a point where I can keep building.”

Roger Hensley is the assistant managing editor/sports at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He can be followed on Twitter @stlhensley

            WEST PLAINS, Mo. – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team will be the No. 1 seed in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 16 Championship Tournament March 1 and 2 at Jefferson College in Hillsboro, Mo.

 

The Grizzlies, 21-9 overall and 6-2 in region play, solidified their top seed with a 68-62 victory Saturday night, Feb. 23, over Moberly Area Community College, Moberly, Mo., at the West Plains Civic Center.  Their win, coupled with State Fair Community College’s 73-74 loss to Mineral Area College Saturday night in Park Hills, Mo., gave the Grizzlies sole possession of the top seed.  The State Fair Roadrunners, Sedalia, Mo., had been tied with the Grizzlies for first place going into Saturday’s games.

 

The Roadrunners, 20-9 overall, are now 5-3 in the region and seeded third behind Mineral Area’s Cardinals, who finished the regular season with a 23-7 overall record and a 5-3 region record.  The Cardinals received the higher seed because they had a better winning percentage this season against Division I opponents than the Roadrunners, according to information posted on the Region 16 website, http://associations.missouristate.edu/Region16Basketball/.

 

The region tournament will begin Tuesday, Feb. 26, with the play-in game featuring fourth seeded Moberly (22-8 overall, 4-4 in Region 16) hosting fifth seeded Three Rivers College of Poplar Bluff (15-14 overall, 0-8 in Region 16).  The winner of that contest will play the Grizzlies in the 6 p.m. semifinal game Friday, March 1, at Hillsboro.  The Cardinals and Roadrunners will meet in the 8 p.m. semifinal contest Friday.  The championship will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

 

Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said Saturday was a “good night to be part of the Grizzly program.  We honored our Adopt-A-Grizzly host parents, and we were able to honor sophomore Keaton Jackson with a win in his final home game.”

 

The Grizzlies controlled the first half of the game, going into the break with a 30-19 lead.  But the Greyhounds came back with a vengeance to start the second half with a scoring spurt.  That, along with defensive struggles by the Grizzlies, almost cost Missouri State-West Plains the game.

 

“In the first half, we controlled the pace of the game, but in the second half, we played more at their pace.  Even so, it was a lot slower than they wanted to play,” Walker said.  “Our defensive focus and concentration lapsed a little to start the second half.  On top of that, we did a very poor job on the defensive glass, especially in the second half, and it almost cost us.  We also talked a lot about how Moberly can score in spurts, and they proved it at the start of the second half.”

 

Statistics show the Grizzlies hit 19 of their 49 shots from the field for 38.8 percent, four of their 16 shots from 3-point range for 25 percent, and 26 of their 39 free throws for 66.7 percent.  They also collected 35 rebounds, eight assists, eight blocks and four steals and only committed nine turnovers.

 

“For the most part, we took good care of the basketball,” Walker said.  “Any time a team has less than 10 turnovers against Moberly, it has taken good care of the ball.”

 

Leading scorers for the Grizzlies were freshman guards Devaugntah Williams with 16 points, Jon Tshibuy with 15, Arroyo Edwards 13 and Desmond Buerge 10.  Williams and Jackson led the team in rebounds with seven each, Jackson had seven of the team’s eight blocks, and freshman guard Isiah Rogers had three assists.

 

The Greyhounds hit 23 of their 57 attempts from the field for 40.4 percent, four of their 11 3-point attempts for 36.4 percent and 12 of their 21 free throws for 57.1 percent.  They also recorded 34 rebounds, three assists, one block and three steals while committing 12 turnovers.  Leading scorers were Trent Washington with 17 points, Mike Anderson 12 points and Brennan Hughes 11 points.

 

“This is a good team, and they will be ready to play us again if they get the chance,” Walker warned.  “As for the postseason, there is so much parity in our region.  Every team is dangerous, and it will take our best effort to even get to the finals.  If we’re fortunate enough to do that, we’ll have to play a team that beat us this year.

 

“All that being said, I’m proud of all that our mostly freshman team has accomplished so far,” he added.  “I’m glad we were able to thank Keaton for his two years with a win and a regular season championship.  Now it’s time for us to dig even deeper and find a higher level of focus and a higher level of concentration for each game we play.”

 

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

 

GRIZZLY FANS:

 

  • The Grizzlies won the regular season championship with a record of 6-2 against NJCAA Region 16 competition.  The final rankings may be found here: Region 16 Final Rankings

 

 

  • The Grizzlies are the #1 seed in the Region 16 Tournament.  State Fair is the #2 seed by virtue of the fourth tie-breaker over Mineral Area which is the #3 seed.  Moberly is the #4 seed and winless Three Rivers is the #5 seed.

 

  • The Postseason Tournament begins right away.  The quarterfinal “Play-In Game” will be between Moberly and Three Rivers.  That game is scheduled to be at Moberly on Tuesday, February 26, but the weather forecast is not good.  View the entire tournament bracket at this address:  Region 16 Postseason Tournament

 

  • Tickets for the Region 16 Tournament may be purchased at the door at Jefferson College in Hillsboro.  There is plenty of seating, and tickets are not sold in advance.

 

  • The Region 16 Champion will then advance to the District 4 championship and play the Region 4 Tournament Champion at the Region 4 Champion’s venue.  Region 4 schools are located in the state of Illinois and include, in order of current ranking:

Highland Community College – 23-6

Sauk Valley Community College – 19-11

Malcolm X College – 19-11

Kankakee Community College – 12-17

Kennedy-King College – 12-17

Richard J. Daley College – 10-19

Harry S. Truman College – 5-24

 

  • The District 4 winner advances to the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas, March 18-23. 

 

  • The national tournament is being expanded from 16 to 24 teams this year, so there will be several at-large selections after district winners have been determined.

News release prepared by University Communications 

(West Plains)  The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies will enter Friday’s games at Jefferson College at Hillsboro as the top seed in the Region 16 Tournament.  They will face either Moberly or Three Rivers.

On this week’s Grizz Talk, head coach Yancey Walker talked about his team’s chances of making a run in the post season:

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The Grizzlies won 20 or more games again this year for the fourth consecutive year. They are currently 21-9.

(Moberly)  A snowstorm has postponed tonight’s Region 16 basketball play-in game between the Moberly Greyhounds and the Three Rivers Raiders at Moberly.

The game has been moved to Wednesday evening.

The winner will play Missouri State University-West Plains in the semi-final round of the Region 16  Tournament Friday in Hillsboro, Missouri.

(Ottumwa, Ia.)   The nation’s third ranked junior college basketball team will not will a national championship this year. In fact, they are being banned from the post season.

The National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association notified the Indian Hills basketball program they were banned from post season competition in relation to incidents occurring after a brawl broke out between Indian Hills and Southeastern Iowa February 16 at Burlington, Iowa.

During the brawl, which followed SE Iowa beating Indian Hills in double overtime, Indian Hills sophomore Ronald Ross was arrested on a charge of assault for allegedly punching the son of SE Iowa head coach Terry Carroll.

According to the Ottumwa Courier, Indian Hills President Jim Lindenmayer bailed Ross out of jail before the team left Burlington. After being made aware what he did was an NJCAA rules violation, Lindenmayer self-reported the incident.

The NJCAA responded harshly, announcing the school was banned from all post season competition.

The Warriors, 26-4, were one of the favorites to make a run in the national tournament at Hutchinson, Kansas, in March.