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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Northeast Vernon County Knights scheduled to be at their home field in Walker Monday as they host Northwest High School, out of Hughesville, has been postponed due to wet field conditions. The Class 1 Sectional round contest has been rescheduled for Tuesday. Northeast Vernon sits at 6-9 on the season, while Northwest carries an 11-14 mark into the contest at Knight Field. First pitch is set for 5:00 P.M.

Several members of the Nevada High School boys track squad will be headed to the Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field meet next weekend at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. The top finish was turned in by the Tigers 4 x 100 meter relay team of Taylor Manes, Chaden Brandt, Michael Brown and Ryan Ferris who won the Class 4 Sectional 3 meet at Eldon in a new school record time of 43.51 seconds. The same group turned in a 3rd place run in the 4 x 200 meter relay with a time of 1:30.98, also a new NHS record, to qualify for state. Manes will compete in Jefferson City in the boys 100 meter dash after finishing 2nd at Sectionals. The top four finishers advance to the state meet. The Nevada Lady Tigers just missed getting a state qualifier as they finished 5th in the 4 x 100 meter relay (Carsten Warner, Mindy Hendren, Jansen Miller & Reagan Bradley) and Carsten Warner was 5th in the long jump. The Class 4 Missouri State Track and Field Meet will be held this Friday and Saturday at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Prelims are set for Friday. The top 8 finishers in the prelims will advance to the finals on Saturday.

The Rich Hill Tigers and Lady Tigers both wrapped up competition in the Class 1 Missouri State Track and Field Meet Saturday and brought home more state titles from the two day event at Lincoln University in Jefferson City.  It was an especially good day for the Rich Hill girls relay team of Serena Duncan, Jordann Wheatley, Whitli Thomas and Allison Taylor.   The four Lady Tiger runners combined their efforts to win the state title in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 51.45 seconds and then doubled up by also winning gold in the 4 x 200 meter relay in 1:49.61.  Rich Hill’s other state champion Saturday came in the boys triple jump where Bryant Courter won the event with a leap of 44’ 6”.  Courter had already won the Class 1 state long jump title on Friday along with a sixth place finish in the high jump.  In other Rich Hill results, Wheatley turned in a second place finish in the girl’s pole vault and added a fifth in the 200 meter dash.  Aadin Humble was very busy on the boy’s side as the Tiger was fourth in the 400 meter dash and eighth in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes.  Distance runner Kyle George was 12th in the 3,200 meter run.  Rich Hill was also to run in the boys 4 x 100 meter relay but those results were not available from the MSHSAA website.  In the team competition, Rich Hill was third in the boys team results while the Lady Tigers were fifth in the final girl’s standings.

The Liberal Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs were also well represented at the Class 1 State Track and Field Meet Saturday.  Liberal’s top finishes were turned in by Alexys Barton who finished third in both the girl’s 800 and 1,600 meter runs.    On the boys side, the Bulldogs 4 x 800 meter relay team of Dustin Carpenter, Tyler Stebbins, Jayden Dalby and Jacob Dalby were ninth. 

The Stockton Lady Tigers settled for fourth in the Class 1 Spring State Softball Championships that wrapped up Saturday at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, MO.  Stockton was beaten 5-2 by Crest Ridge in the third place game to end their spring season at 15-12.  Crest Ridge finished their campaign at 23-1 with their only loss coming in the semi-final round Friday 11-1 to Kennett.  Kennett would go on to win the state title with a 7-1 win over West County of Park Hills Saturday afternoon.  In the spring, MSHSAA hosts only one class for state softball tournament play.

In Class 3, the Stockton Tigers, 17-9 on the season, will hit the road on Monday as they travel to Conway to face the Bears, 27-4, in their Sectional matchup. That game time is also set for 5:00 P.M. Winners of sectional games, will advance to the Quarterfinals on Wednesday. Class 4 and Class 5 begin state tournament play on Tuesday.

Former Nevada Tiger Track and Field standout and current Missouri Southern Lion Morgan Hold has earned All-America honors on Saturday, the final day of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hold took eighth place in the pole vault, clearing 16-6 3/4.

The St. Louis Cardinals avoided the sweep as they beat the Kansas City Royals by a final of 6-1 in the I-70 series. The Royals won the first 2 games of the series. The Cardinals now being a 3 game series at Busch Stadium against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Cardinals Radio Network begins with pregame at 2:20 P.M. on AM 1240 KNEM and 97.5 FM KNMO. First pitch is set for 3:15 P.M.

The Kansas City Royals begin a 3 game series on the road against the New York Yankees. The Royals sit atop the AL Central Division with a record of 28-15. First pitch from New York is set for 12:05 P.M.

Nevada Lady Tiger softball standout Madison Hedges has signed a letter of intent to play softball collegiately for Cottey College in Nevada. The signing ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 20th at Nevada High School Library.

After owning the lead by two strokes on day one, Nevada sophomore John Quitno settled for a tie for third place in the Class 3 Missouri State Boys Golf Championships at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar.  Quitno led the field in the individual tournament by two strokes are firing a one under par 71 Monday.  However, in the second round Tuesday Quitno came back with a six over par 78 and finished with a two day total of 149 over the 36 holes of competition.  Quitno finished two strokes behind Michael John O'Keefe of Mary Institute Country Day School and Brett Windsor of Boonville who shared the Class 3 state title each with a 147.  O'Keefe matched Quitno for the low round of the tournament with a 71 Tuesday. Quitno tied for third with Josh Fronabarger of Aurora at 149.  In other Nevada results, sophomore Patrick Ferry finished in a tie for 31st shooting 83 Tuesday after shooting 78 in the first round and sophomore Jacob Hammontree bounced back to shoot 80 on Tuesday after an 89 on Monday and tied for 55th out of 95 golfers.

The Nevada baseball season came to an end Monday afternoon as the 5th seeded Tigers were upended 8-2 by the top seeded Monett Cubs in the Class 4 District 12 semi-finals at Seneca.  The Cubs jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings and Nevada was never able to challenge the Big 8 Conference runner-up.  However, it wasn't for a lack of base runners as the Tigers had the bases loaded with less than two outs in three of the seven innings in the contest but produced only one run in those situations.  The Cubs put the game away with four runs in the fifth for an 8-1 lead.  Senior righthander, Blake Spain, went the distance on the mound for Monett scattering just six hits and improved to 7-2 on the year.  Derek O'Dell pitched the first 4 1/3 innings and took the loss.  Monett upped their record to 21-6 and will move to the district title game at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday at Seneca against the Carl Junction Bulldogs after they edged Cassville 3-2 in the second semi-final.  Nevada's season comes to an end with a record of 9-18.

Recipients have been named who will be receiving the 2014-2015 Kelly Bradham Memorial Newcomer Award. This award is presented to the male and female student athlete that has made the most significant contribution as a first year letter winner on any varsity team at Nevada High School for that school year. The Kelly Bradham Male Newcomer Award will be presented to Clay Gayman with boys basketball. Emma Cheaney for girls tennis will receive the Kelly Bradham Female Newcomer Award.

The Golden Valley Vernon County Conference has named its 2015 All-Conference Softball and Baseball squads. In softball, Kaiyah Kaiser and Karlee Metcalf, both of Hume, NEVC Lady Knight Karliegh Conner, and Bronaugh's Martell Moore have received 1st team All-Conference honors. Receiving 2nd team All-Conference honors is Becky Jennings of NEVC, Marissa Rector of Sheldon, and Megan Sutcliffe of Hume. For baseball selections, Taylor Highfill, Drue Hoagland, and Mitchell Longstreth, all from NEVC received 1st team All-Conference honors. All receiving 1st team All-Conference was Reece Mader of Bronaugh, and Micah Swanson, Brandon Kirbey, and Jesse Spencer all of Sheldon. Joe Mader and Parker Norman, both of Bronaugh, Cody Hicks of Sheldon, and Jayce Vantellman of NEVC all received 2nd team All-Confernce.

Two former members of the Nevada Tiger football program will take part in All-Star competition later this summer. According to Tiger head football coach Erik Yoakam, running back Taylor Manes and offensive lineman Caleb Smith, have been selected to play in the annual All-Star Smiles Sertoma High School All-Star Game on Friday, June 5th at JFK Stadium in Springfield. Manes and Smith will each be a part of the 45 player West All-Star team. Both Manes and Smith have signed letters of intent to play football and attend school at Truman State University in Kirksville.





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