KNEM-KNMO Current Sports
Friday, March 7, 2014
Results were mixed Thursday night for the Nevada Lady Tigers and Tigers in the Class 4, District 12 basketball tournament at Carl Junction High School. The Lady Tigers upset McDonald County, 52-42, behind a team-leading 20 points from six-foot-two-inch junior Rilie Good but the Tigers suffered a disappointing, two-point loss to the Mustang boys, 47-45, in what turned out to be their final game of the 2013-2014 season. Coach Brent Bartlett's Lady Tigers are 11-13 and will challenge the top-seeded Webb City Lady Cardinals at one o'clock Saturday afternoon for the district title. Webb City rolled to an 89-59 win over Carl Junction Thursday and is 22-4 after making eighteen three-point baskets in the semi-finals. In Thursday night's late boys game, Nevada appeared to be on the way to an upset of second-seeded McDonald County but the Mustangs rallied with a strong fourth quarter for the victory. Daton Aubrey's three-pointer in the game's final moments put the Mustangs up, 45-42, and the Tigers turned the ball over on their next possession and trailed by five, 47-42, after a pair of Mustang charity tosses. Senior Easton Mitchell's half-court shot with less than one second on the clock pulled Nevada within the final, two-point margin. Mitchell led the Tigers with 20 points and Brandon Barker added 17 in the loss that concluded Nevada's 8-17 season. Aubrey McDonald led the Mustangs with 18 points as McDonald County moved into the title game Saturday with a 12-14 record. The Mustangs will play the top-seeded Carl Junction Bulldogs at 2:30 p.m. after the Bulldogs downed Webb City, 71-46, Thursday night.
Four Rich Hill Tiger and Lady Tiger basketball players have received post-season recognition for their play during the 2013-2014 season. Tiger sophomore Bryant Courter and junior Jacob Thompson both received first-team All-District and All-Conference honors, senior Geoffrey Cumpton was included on the Western Missouri All-Conference team and Lady Tiger senior Ashlyn Kithcart received first-team All-District and All-Conference honors.
This year's Golden Valley/Vernon County Conference all-league basketball teams have been chosen by the coaches in the conference. The girls first-team includes Montrose Lady Jays Audrey and Natalie Collins, Northeast Vernon Lady Knight Camille Buttorf, Bronaugh Lady 'Cat Martell Moore and Hume Lady Hornet Megan Sutcliffe. Earning second-team honors were Kaitlee Metcalf, Hume, Mikayla Engeman, Montrose, Amanda Raper, Bronaugh, Destiny Sheldon, Sheldon and Stacia Cooper, Ballard. The boys first-teamers were Sheldon Panthers Reed Worsley, Zach Enochs and Corey Baney, Bronaugh 'Cat Chance Wait and Montrose Blue Jay Jacob Engeman. Earning second-team honors were Jacob Hendrix, Bronaugh, Micah Swanson, Sheldon, Tyler Crowder, Montrose and Nathan Lybarger and James Englehardt, both Ballard.
The Fort Scott Lady Tiger basketball team's season came to an end Thursday night in a 47-40 loss to Paola in the first-round of the Kansas Class 4A Division I sub-state tournament at Spring Hill High School. The Lady Panthers led, 24-19, at halftime and 30-27 after three quarters on the way to 17th victory in 20 games this season. Fort Scott's 16-5 season ended with the loss. Ashley Cook led the Lady Tigers with 18 points. Paola will play top-seeded Louisburg at six o'clock Saturday evening for a berth in the Class 4A state tournament. The Fort Scott Tigers, 9-10, will to play Spring Hill, 10-9, at six o'clock this evening in the 4A boys sub-state tournament with the winner advancing to the sub-state championship game Saturday evening against either Paola or Louisburg.
The Missouri Tiger basketball team concludes its regular-season schedule Saturday with a visit to Tennessee for a Southeastern Conference game. Mizzou is 21-9, over-all, and tied with LSU for sixth place in the league with a 9-8 record. The Volunteers are 19-11 and share fourth place with Arkansas in the conference with a 10-7 record. Tip-off time Saturday is 3:00 p.m. and Tiger Network coverage on 97.5-FM, KNMO will follow coverage of the Nevada Lady Tigers game against Webb City in the finals of the Class 4, District 12 Tournament at Carl Junction.
The Nevada Lady Tiger swim team celebrated its just-completed season with an awards program Wednesday night. Senior Grace Reichard was recognized as the most-valuable-swimmer, the Lady Tiger choice award -- based on a vote of the swimmers -- was presented to senior Maddie Gordon, Abby Landoll received the Lady Tiger "guts" award and Aly Lunkenheimber was honored as the newcomer-of-the-year. Reichard scored all 17 of the Lady Tigers' points in the Missouri swimming championships February 21-22 at the St. Peters, Mo. Rec-Plex. After graduation this May, she's headed to Ashland University in Ohio to continue her swimming career at the next level. Reichard says Ashland seems "to be perfect fit" for her.
The Cottey Comet softball team opened its Spring schedule with a doubleheader today against North Arkansas on the diamond at Vanek Family Field -- a block South of Austin Boulevard on College Street. The Lady Pioneers won the first game, 12-0, and led, 3-0, early in the second contest. The Comets are scheduled to play Kansas City, Kansas Community College Saturday at Kansas City, Kansas.
The Memphis University Lady Tiger softball team is 8-8 this season and is to play four games this weekend in the Stetson Classic at DeLand, Florida. Lady Tiger freshman and former Nevada Lady Tiger Christian Novak is 3-2 with a 2.29 earned-run-average in seven games -- including four starts. In 36-and-two-thirds innings, she has struck out 23 and walked 19. Memphis was to play Stetson at three o'clock today, central time, South Dakota and Stetson Saturday and Bethune Cookman Sunday, starting at 11:00 a.m., CDT.
Southwest Baptist scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning and edged Central Oklahoma, 4-3, Thursday afternoon at Bolivar. Junior shortstop Ross Wolfe, a former Nevada Tiger, was hitless in four at-bats for the Bearcats. His streak of eight consecutive hits ended in his first plate appearance when he struck out swinging. Wolfe is batting .324 with four doubles and six runs-batted-in this season. The Bearcats are 5-6, over-all, and 5-4 in the MIAA this Spring and were to host Central Oklahoma in a doubleheader today, starting at noon.
The Cardinals scheduled game Thursday against the Twins was cancelled because of rain in Florida, delaying the 2014 debut of righthander Adam Wainwright, who was 19-9 with a 2.94 earned-run-average last season. St. Louis is 2-3 in Grapefruit League games and was to play a pair of split-squad games to against the Marlins and the Mets. The Cardinals are to host Washington's Nationals at 12:05 p.m. Saturday in Florida with Cardinal Network coverage to be heard on AM-1240 KNEM, starting about 11:45 a.m.
The Royals and White Sox battled to a 6-6 tie in a Cactus League game Thursday afternoon in Arizona. Kansas City's 5-2 this Spring and was to host the Giants at 2:05 p.m., CST, today at Surprise, Arizona.
The Braves scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to edge the Nationals, 3-2, Thursday in a Grapefruit League game in Florida. Washington first baseman Adam LaRoche, Fort Scott, did not play. The Nationals are 4-3 this Spring and were to host the Astros today.