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Sour semifinals: Sacred Heart boys win battle of state-ranked foes against Glasgow
1/30/2015

Sour semifinals: Sacred Heart boys win battle of state-ranked foes against Glasgow
Glasgow and Sacred Heart started Thursday’s semifinal matchup of the Slater Wildcat Classic on opposite ends of the spectrum.
Sacred Heart couldn’t miss a shot, particularly freshman Trent Lyles. He scored 17 points in the first eight minutes and finished with a game-high 34 to lead all scorers.
Glasgow had the most unlikely of starts. The Yellowjackets committed 10 turnovers before scoring their first points nearly six minutes into the game.
Those opening eight minutes set the tone for a 66-40 Sacred Heart win, dropping Glasgow to the third-place game of the tournament for a seventh-straight year.


Lady Jackets struggle against Pilot Grove, suffer first loss to Class 1 school
1/30/2015

Lady Jackets struggle against Pilot Grove, suffer first loss to Class 1 school
The ingredients were piling up one after another for Glasgow on Thursday night.
The 3-point shots weren’t falling. The ball wasn’t getting to the post players. The turnovers were coming at a frequent pace.
That’s just the offense. Combine those with a struggling defense, and Glasgow had created a recipe for disaster against Pilot Grove in the Slater Wildcat Classic semifinals.
Glasgow, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, fell to Pilot Grove 57-26. It’s the Lady Jackets’ worst defeat since December 2011, when they lost the championship game of the Glasgow Tournament to Harrisburg 55-14.


Fayette boys fall to Chiefs
1/30/2015

Fayette boys fall to Chiefs
Santa Fe has stewed for the past three months, having to live with the fact that its football season ended with a lopsided home loss to Fayette. So when the Chiefs had a chance to get back at the Falcons on Thursday in the consolation semifinals at the Slater Wildcat Classic on the basketball court, they didn’t waste the opportunity to return the favor.
Truman Sleeper scored 20 of his game-high 22 points in the first half, leading Santa Fe to a 64-44 win.


New Franklin boys lose to undefeated Salisbury in Sturgeon semifinals
1/30/2015

New Franklin had the matchup it wanted Thursday night, facing Salisbury in the semifinals of the Sturgeon Tournament.
Rebounding played a key factor in Salisbury’s 54-41 win over New Franklin, but the Bulldogs held the Panthers to their third-lowest point total of the season. Salisbury continues to be the only undefeated team remaining in Class 2 with an 18-0 record.


Eagles swept by Missouri Valley
1/30/2015

Missouri Valley overcame an eight-point deficit in the first half to beat Central Methodist 72-64 in overtime in the women’s game Thursday in Marshall. The loss drops the Eagles to 1-5 in conference road games.
In the men’s game, Missouri Valley overcame a 15-point deficit in the first half to beat Central Methodist 73-68.


Higbee girls fall to state-ranked Norborne
1/30/2015

Higbee made the most of its one chance to play against a top-10 team in the regular season.
Facing undefeated Norborne in the semifinals of the Keytesville Tournament, the Lady Tigers held a two-point lead entering the fourth quarter. Norborne would outscore Higbee 19-4 in the final eight minutes, advancing to the championship with a 51-38 victory on Thursday.


Harrisburg girls beat Hallsville on road for 14th win
1/30/2015

The Harrisburg girls basketball team spent the week on the road playing two of its northern Boone County counterparts on the road. The Lady Bulldogs lost to Centralia 56-46 on Tuesday, then defeated Hallsville 52-44 on Thursday to end the week with a 14-5 record heading into the Southern Boone Classic.


Time to sign up for Howard County Soccer League this spring
1/30/2015

It may only be January and winter weather is on the way, but it’s time to sign up for the Howard County Soccer League.
The league is for boys and girls in grades Pre-K through 6 and children must be 4 years old before April 1 to participate. The K-6th games will run from March 22 until May 9 and the Pre-K games will take place from April 12 to May 9.


Homecoming spoilers: Fayette boys beat Atlanta handily for third road win of season
1/28/2015

Homecoming spoilers: Fayette boys beat Atlanta handily for third road win of season
Davis Valencia didn’t waste any time finding his groove Friday night at Atlanta.
The senior knocked down a pair of 3-pointers and scored 10 first-quarter points for the Fayette boys basketball team. The Falcons were ahead by double digits after the first eight minutes and never looked back, beating the Hornets 67-31.
Valencia scored a game-high 17 points — without playing in the fourth quarter — and was one of three Fayette players to score in double figures.



Rough second half dooms Lady Falcons
1/28/2015

Rough second half dooms Lady Falcons
For two-and-a-half quarters, Fayette gave top-seeded Santa Fe all it could handle in the first game of the Slater Wildcat Classic on Monday.
The Lady Falcons, the No. 8 seed, led for a majority of the first half, but Santa Fe went on a 22-0 run in the third quarter to turn a close battle into a 62-27 landslide win.




Fayette’s Wells signs Letter of Intent with Central Methodist softball team
1/28/2015

Fayette’s Wells signs Letter of Intent with Central Methodist softball team
Stacia Wells finished her high school career playing at Central Methodist’s Cox Softball Complex. It won’t be the last time she steps foot on the Eagles’ softball field, though.
That’s because on Jan. 21, the Fayette senior signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her softball career at Central Methodist University. Wells said the process leading up to her signing was a nerve-wracking experience, but she’s glad to have it completed.


New Franklin girls fall in overtime to South Callaway
1/28/2015

It truly was a game of runs between New Franklin and South Callaway during the first round of the Sturgeon Tournament on Monday.
South Callaway would make the last run, winning 47-43 in overtime to avoid the upset. The loss snapped New Franklin’s three-game winning streak.


Central Methodist men tripped up by Bobcats
1/28/2015

Central Methodist suffered its first loss in three games Saturday with a 91-83 loss at Peru State in Al Wheeler Activity Center. The Eagles lost just their first contest in seven games against the Bobcats since both teams have been members of the Heart of America Athletic Conference.


Eagles take step backward in loss at Peru State
1/28/2015

Central Methodist dropped an 80-73 decision at Peru State on Saturday in Al Wheeler Activity Center in Heart of America Athletic Conference action. The Eagles have now alternated wins and losses in their last four conference games.


Area high school basketball briefs
1/28/2015

The Higbee boys basketball team was knocked off by Southwest (Ludlow) in the first round of the Keytesville Tournament, suffering a 45-42 loss Monday night.
The Tigers, the No. 3 seed in the tournament, held a 33-30 leading going into the fourth quarter. The loss drops Higbee (7-10) to the consolation side of the bracket.


Driftwood Outdoors: Litter cleanup is great winter outdoors activity
1/28/2015

Driftwood Outdoors: Litter cleanup is great winter outdoors activity
Taking part in a community cleanup is a great way to spend time outdoors during winter, while meeting new people who share your dedication to living litter free. Organized cleanups are usually easy to find, but if you can’t find any planned cleanups in your area, then take it upon yourself to organize a cleanup. Maybe that’s you and one friend, or maybe it’s dozens of people. Either way, the rewards of a cleaner environment and personal fulfillment are priceless.



CMU climbs standings on moving week
1/25/2015

CMU climbs standings on moving week
Central Methodist men’s basketball head coach Jeff Sherman may start pleading his case to make every Eagles home game the “Blow Pop Game” at Puckett Field House.
The Eagles are now a perfect 3-0 in the annual “Blow Pop Game” following Thursday night’s 77-51 win over Graceland. The promotion honors Martha Holman and her late husband, Bill Holman, both of whom began a tradition many years ago of handing out Blow Pops to Eagles players after every home basketball game.


Yellowjackets find winning touch
1/25/2015

Yellowjackets find winning touch
Blake Hackman didn’t take many shots for Glasgow. The 1,000-point scorer only made one field goal Tuesday night.
That wasn’t the case when the Yellowjackets faced New Franklin last month in the Glasgow Tournament semifinals. Hackman hit three straight 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to lead his team to a come-from-behind victory, scoring 23 points.
This time, the two teams met in New Franklin, and first place in the Central Activities Conference was on the line. Once again, Hackman came to the rescue for Glasgow, but not beyond the arc.
Hackman was a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line in the final 2:04 and made all 10 of his shots from the charity stripe. He scored a team-high 13 points, leading Glasgow to a 59-52 come-from-behind win against the Bulldogs.


New Franklin avenges earlier loss to Glasgow
1/25/2015

New Franklin avenges earlier loss to Glasgow
New Franklin senior Aislinn Himmelberg tends to get nervous when she plays against country rival Glasgow, but those nerves didn’t show Tuesday night.
Himmelberg scored eight of her game-high 14 points in the first quarter, helping New Franklin beat Glasgow 45-35 in CAC play. The two teams have split their first two games this season — Glasgow beat New Franklin 28-22 in the third-place game of the Glasgow Tournament — and they will meet again on Feb. 13 in Glasgow.



Harrisburg sweeps Fayette
1/25/2015

It was the same story in a different year, taking place this time at Harrisburg.
The Bulldogs completed a sweep of Fayette for the fifth consecutive season. The Harrisburg boys beat the Falcons 75-35, while the Lady Bulldogs romped the Lady Falcons 70-17.


 
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