The Nevada Tigers basketball season came to an end Tuesday night in the opening round of the Class 4 District 13 Boys Basketball Tournament at Warrensburg. The fifth seeded Tigers were defeated by the fourth seeded Pleasant Hill Roosters 51-47. After trailing much of the way, Nevada got the game tied at 47-all late in the contest on a four point play from Brandon Barker when he was fouled in the process of making a three pointer. Nevada had two straight possessions with a chance to take the lead but the turned the ball over both times. The second turnover was a steal by the Rooster's Justin Oprin who turned it into an uncontested layup on the other end to give Pleasant Hill the lead for good at 49-47. Orpin led all scorers with 22 points as the Roosters improved to 12-14. Barker led Nevada with 19 points, including six treys, in his final game in a Tiger uniform. Clay Gayman added 15 for Nevada but the Tigers season ended with a record of 8-18. Pleasant Hill moves on to the semi-finals of the Class 4 District 13 tourney Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. against the top-seeded Bolivar Liberators who had a first round bye.
In Tuesday night's other boys first round matchup at Warrensburg, after trailing 16-11 at the end of the first quarter, the #3 Warrensburg Tigers recovered to roll to a 61-39 win over the Clinton Cardinals. Warrensburg will face the Harrisonville Wildcats in a Class 4 District 13 semi-final matchup Thursday night at 8:30 p.m.
The Rich Hill Tigers start their bid for a Class 2 State title Wednesday night as they face the Sacred Heart Gremlins in sectional play in Clinton. The Tigers are coming off a 64-57 double overtime victory over Lockwood to be crowned the Class 2 District 13 Champions in Butler on Monday. The Gremlins downed Osceola 76-64 to win the District 14 title Monday night. Rich Hill Tigers head coach Ryan Rapp says, Sacred Heart, who is the defending Class 2 State Champion, will be a tough first test, however the squad is ready for the challenge. Pregame coverage begins about 5:50 P.M. Wednesday night, with tip-off set for 6:00 P.M. on 97.5 FM KNMO and online at www.knemknmo.com. Video coverage will also be provided on www.nevadamotv.com.
In other games scheduled for Wednesday:
Class 2 Sectionals at Clinton
Girls: Jasper vs Skyline 7:45 P.M.
Due to winter weather, the Class 3 Sectionals games at Willard have been postponed until Thursday evening as the Stockton Lady Tigers will play Buffalo Thrusday evening with tip-off set for 7:45 P.M.
Keith Shamburger scored 21 points, tying his season high, and drained a 10 footer with 10.9 seconds remaining on Senior Night to lift the Missouri Tigers over Auburn 63-61 on Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. The game winning bucket capped a 9-0 run for the Tigers, who move to 9-21 on the season and 3-14 in SEC play. The win is just Mizzou's second win in 16 games. Missouri will close out their regular season scheduled Saturday on the road at Mississippi State. Tiger network pregame coverage begins at 5:30 P.M. with tip-off at 6:00 P.M.
Nevada "Tiger Talk" Program is back on the airwaves Wednesday night, starting about 6:00 P.M. Join Mike Harbit as he sits down and talks with basketball coaches Brent Bartlett and Shaun Gray. Nevada R-V Athletic Director John McNeley is also set to speak on the program as well. Tiger Talk being about 6:00 P.M. on AM 1240 KNEM and online at www.knemknmo.com.
The Rich Hill Tigers are heading to the Class 2 State Tournament after a thrilling double overtime victory over the Lockwood Tigers 64-57 Monday night in Butler in the Class 2 District 13 boys Championship game. Rich Hill took an early lead on back to back 3's by Junior Bryant Courter, before Lockwood found their rhythm. Lockwood would lead by double digits two different time, only to see Rich Hill come back each time. Rich Hill had a chance to win the game with 3.2 seconds left in regulation, however a shot was wide of it's mark. Both teams put up 8 points in the first overtime to force a second overtime. That overtime allowed Rich Hill to mount an offensive assault, going 6 of 8 from the free throw line to ice the game, and holding Lockwood to just 1 point in the second overtime. The only Rich Hill Tiger in double digits was Bryant Courter with a career high 35 points. Lockwood was led by Ben Schnelle with 17 points. Thomas Eggerman also added 13. Rich Hill will now have a bid in the Class 2 State Sectionals Wednesday night as they face the defending Class 2 State Champion Sacred Heart at Clinton High School.
The Cottey Comets softball team looks to get their first win of the season as they are back in action Thursday afternoon as they host Allen County Community College. Cottey sits at 0-2 after being swept by Southeast Community College on their opening day. Allen County sits at 1-6 on the season. First pitch is set for 2:00 P.M. Thursday afternoon.
With the Cottey College basketball season coming to an end last week, recruiting for the next season will begin shortly. Cottey lost to North Central Missouri College 76-64 on Thursday in the NJCAA Women's Division II Region 16 semi-finals contest, ending their season with a record of 12-11. Head Coach for the Cottey Comets, Stephanie Beason says, this year's squad took a step in the right direction to turn the program around. The first day for Cottey College to sign players for next season is April 10th.
Nevada's Dayton Miller came up one win short of winning a state title in the Missouri State High School Wrestling Championships in Columbia. Miller advanced to the Class 2, 126 pound, championship match held Saturday night at Mizzou Arena. However, the Nevada junior was defeated in an 8-4 decision by Oak Grove's Shawn Kavadas. Miller settled for second in the state meet and finished the season with a record of 49-4. Miller was one of five Nevada wrestlers under head coach, Devin White, to compete in the state wrestling tournament but the only one to finish as a medalist after the three days of competition. As a team, Nevada Tied for 17th place with 26 points. Oak Grove won Class 2 with 158 points.
Nevada Lady Tiger Golfer Hannah Householder will be signing a letter of intent to play Golf at Fontbonne University on Friday, March 6th. The signing is schheduled for 2:30 P.M. at Nevada high School Media Center.
Seedings have determined for the upcoming Class 4 District 13 boys and girls basketball tournaments March 2nd - 7th at Warrensburg High School. In the girls bracket, the Bolivar Lady Liberators were selected as the #1 seed followed by the Nevada Lady Tigers at #2. They will each get a first round bye in the six team district. The rest of the girls seedings included Pleasant Hill at #3, Clinton at #4, Warrensburg at #5 and Harrisonville as the 6th seed. Nevada's first distict game will be on Thursday, March 5th, at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the first round contest between Pleasant Hill and Harrisonville. Click here to see the complete bracket.