The Nevada Tigers had little trouble in winning their second straight West Central Conference contest as they disposed of the St. Pius X Warriors 15-0 in baseball action Friday afternoon at Lyons Stadium. The Tigers had all the runs they needed in the first when they scored five times including a two RBI double from Braeden Hinton and a run scoring single off the bat of Jacob Johnson. Six more runs were tallied in the second incuding a bases loaded double off the bat of Brett Mitchell that cleared the bases. Andy Heathman and Johnson also added RBI singles. The Tigers would add two more runs in the third and two more in the fourth for the 15 run margin. Heathman pitched the first four scoreless innings for Nevada allowing just four hits while striking out eight and walking one. Nevada upped their record after the first week of the season to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in WCC play while St. Pius X fell to 0-2 overall and in league play. Nevada completed a sweep by also winning the junior varsity contest 2-1 over the St. Pius JV. The Tigers return to action Monday afternoon as they travel to Kansas City to face the O'Hara Celtics in a Varsity/JV doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m.
The Liberal Bulldogs picked up a win Friday in the Sarcoxie Baseball Tournament as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 2-0 deficit and went on to defeat Fair Grove 3-2. The Sarcoxie Tournament wraps up Saturday with Liberal facing College Heights at 9:00 a.m. and Fair Grove taking on Jasper at 10:30 a.m. The Liberal-College Heights winner will meet Sarcoxie at 12:00 noon. The championship game is slated for 3:00 p.m.
Nevada Tiger golfers hit the links Thursday to start their season as they participated in the Neosho Invitational Golf Tournament, held at the Neosho Municipal Golf Course. The Tigers defended their title and claimed the tournament with a team total of 300. Nixa finished 2nd with a 308, while Miami was 3rd at 314. Neosho finished 4th at 331 and Ozark 5th at 335. 16 total schools participated. The tournament format has 6 golfers, with 2 playing individual, 2 play best-ball, and 2 play scramble. The scramble team of Levi Palmer and Daxtyn Heistand turned in a 2-under par at 68 to win the Scramble Division. The best-ball team of Jacob Hammontree and Johnathan Portwood shot 3-over par at 73 to win the best-ball division. Individual players John Quitno and Patrick Ferry did well with Quitno shooting an 8-over par at 78 and Ferry shooting 11-over par at 81. Quitno finished 2nd, with Ferry finishing 5th. Tiger golfers will be idle until Monday as they participate in the Bird Dog Webb City Invitational Golf Tournament, held at the Briarbrook Country Club in Carl Junction. Tee time is set for 9:00 A.M.
Nevada Tiger Track and Field athletes have been busy preparing for the new season, which will get started Saturday. Nevada Tiger Head Track Coach Robert Watts says, practices have gone well, despite the weather. Watts also says, the team is looking to be successful this year, and should be competitive. Track and Field athletes will kick off their season Saturday with the Nevada High School 17th Annual Nevada Invitational Track Meet. Field Events start at 10:00 A.M. Running Events start at 11:30 A.M.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals continue spring training action with the start of the regular season now just over a week away. On Friday night, the Redbirds had split squad action with one team knocking off the New York Mets 5-4 while a second St. Louis split squad battled to a 1-1 tie with the Washington Nationals. The Cardinals are 11-8 in exhibition play and start the final full weekend of spring training action Saturday afternoon with a 12:05 p.m. contest against the Detroit Tigers. Cardinal Network coverage will be heard on AM 1240, KNEM starting at 11:45 a.m.
The Kansas City Royals bested the Seattle Mariners 5-1 in action Friday night. The defending American League champions are 15-9 in exhibition action. The Royals are back at it on Saturday starting at 3:05 p.m. (CDT) when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Sheldon Panthers got their baseball season underway Monday evening as they traveled to Walker to play the Northeast Vernon County Knights. Sheldon got the win with a 10-2 victory over NEVC. Sheldon got off to a slow start offensively, but Senior Micah Swanson shut down the Knights on the mound, going 5 innings to earn the win. Senior Brandon Kirbey pitched the final 2 innings. Seniors Jesse Spencer and Trenton Heckadon lead the Panthers with a combined 5 RBI attack on just two swings. Spencer hit a two-run homer, while Heckadon blasted a three-run homer.
Post season awards have been handed out to a couple of Rich Hill Tigers and Lady Tigers. Junior Alli Taylor received 2nd team All-Conference honors. Senior Jordann Wheatley received honorable mention All-Conference. For the Tigers, Senior Jacob Thompson, Juniors Blaine Robb, and Junior Bryant Courter received 1st team All-Conference and All-District honors. Junior Cole Heckadon received honorable mention All-Conference.
Class 1 District 7 All-District Honors have been announced, which includes some local players. On the boys side, Bronaugh Wildcat Junior Justin Hudson, NEVC Senior Drue Hoagland, and Hume Junior Austin Sullins all received the All-District Honors. For the girls, Hume Senior Hope Yarrick, Hume Junior Brhett Mumma, Bronaugh Senior Martell Moore, and Bronaugh Junior Amanda Raper all received Class 1 District 7 All-District Honors.
Season honors continue to be handed out in the West Central Conference. Two Nevada Tigers have earned 2015 WCC All-Conference honors. Senior Brandon Barker and Freshman Clay Gayman both received the honors for the past season. Sophomore Matt Sommer also received Honorable Mention from the WCC.
The Class 4 District 13 All-District team has been announced. The list includes 10 total players, including Nevada's Senior Guard Brandon Barker. Bolivar, Harrisonville, Warrensburg, and Pleasant Hill all had players selected for the All-District team.
Nevada Lady Tiger Softball Head Coach Tammy Holcomb says her squad has received multiple All-State Softball selections. Seniors Cheyenne Brewer, Michaela Brewer, and Maddie Hedges, Junior Carsten Warner, and Sophomores Taylor Remington and Mallorie Owen all received the Class 3 All-State Honors. Nevada Lady Tigers also had a GPA of 3.67 as well.
All-District honors have been announced for Class 4 District 13, which includes 2 Nevada Lady Tigers. Seniors Rilie Good and Mikayla Bartlett have received the Class 4 District 13 All-District selections.
Nevada Lady Tigers have garnered three members who have earned West Central Conference All-Conference Honors for their recently completed season. Rilie Good, Mikayla Bartlett, and Morgan McNeley, all Seniors, have been named All-Conference WCC players for the 2015 season. Lady Tigers Head Coach Brent Bartlett also received the 2015 WCC Coach of the Year Honors. St. Pius Sophomore Abby Hipp was named the 2015 WCC MVP, as she helped lead the St. Pius X Lady Warriors.
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.