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Lyons raises bar in district win
2/25/2015

Lyons raises bar in district win
For a while, it seemed like Madi Lyons was going to outscore the entire Slater roster in Monday’s quarterfinal game of the Class 2 District 7 tournament.
The New Franklin senior had 20 points at halftime. Her opponent, just 16. Slater began to catch up in the second half and surpassed her point total in the fourth quarter, but by then New Franklin had quite the comfortable lead, thanks to the help from the rest of the New Franklin roster.
Lyons would finish with a career-high 27 points, leading New Franklin to a 58-39 opening round win over the Lady Wildcats at Salisbury.


Fayette’s season ends with lopsided loss to Sweet Springs
2/25/2015

Fayette’s season ends with lopsided loss to Sweet Springs
The 3-point shot has been a spark Fayette has kept in its back pocket for many games this season. Typically, it’s a spark that has come late in games, when Fayette is already well behind its opponent.






Moving to the next round
2/25/2015

Moving to the next round
Higbee fans couldn’t afford to blink Monday night. There was too much of a risk that they might miss a great deal of action on the basketball court.
That’s how fast the Tigers were playing in their up-tempo style of basketball when they faced Keytesville in the opening round of the Class 1 District 10 Tournament at Glasgow. Higbee didn’t seem to take a breath in the second half, scoring 49 points in the final 16 minutes to beat Keytesville 76-63.



Pioneers top Eagles, drop CMU to sixth in HAAC play
2/25/2015

Pioneers top Eagles, drop CMU to sixth in HAAC play
It looked like, for the second Saturday in a row, the Central Methodist men’s basketball team was going to rally from 15 points down for another conference win at home.
MidAmerica Nazarene, which led 35-20 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half, saw its lead disappear midway through the second half. The Eagles lost that lead, then regained it again with three minutes to play.
However, the script wasn’t a carbon copy of the Eagles’ win over Avila. This time, the Pioneers stormed back in the final minutes, holding on for a 76-74 win at Puckett Field House.


CMU women fall to No. 12 MidAmerica Nazarene at home
2/25/2015

It was an understatement to say the MidAmerica Nazarene women’s basketball team completely dominated the start of Saturday’s game at Central Methodist.
The Pioneers led 14-1 less than six minutes into the game. They steamrolled to a 74-40 win over the Eagles, who suffered their worst defeat of the season.


Westran sweeps Fayette on Courtwarming
2/25/2015

The Fayette girls wrapped up the regular season on Friday with a 58-28 loss at home to Westran on Courtwarming night.
Fayette trailed 16-6 after the first quarter and was held scoreless in the second quarter. Westran’s defense forced 10 turnovers in the first 3:09 of the second period.


Youth football combine slated for March 8 at Moberly
2/25/2015

The Mid-Missouri Youth Football Combine will be held on Sunday, March 8, at the Moberly Area Community College Activity Center. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the combine will start at 2 p.m.


Eagles take fourth at conference meet
2/25/2015

Central Methodist finished in fourth place Saturday after the final day of the Heart of America Athletic Conference Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships, held in the Closson Center at Graceland. The Eagles totaled 101 points in two days.


Driftwood Outdoors: Lake of the Woods ice fishing worth the trip
2/25/2015

Driftwood Outdoors: Lake of the Woods ice fishing worth the trip
The thermometer outside a frosty window read 25 below zero. Inside the cabin, we had a fire raging and fresh coffee in the pot. Leaving warmth and safety to travel 20 miles out onto Lake of the Woods to ice fish in these conditions seemed crazy, and I maintained that thought the whole way to our ice fishing shanty.





New Franklin girls repeat as CAC champs
2/22/2015

New Franklin girls repeat as CAC champs
The road to repeat as champion in the Central Activities Conference was a rather difficult one for the New Franklin girls basketball team. It’s only fitting the finish came with great ease.
New Franklin wrapped up its regular season on Thursday — which was also Senior Night — with a 51-25 victory over Madison. The Lady Bulldogs finished with a conference record of 8-2, repeating as conference champions and winning their 13th CAC title.


Fayette comes up just short against Marceline
2/22/2015

Fayette comes up just short against Marceline
Fayette had the exact look it wanted on the very final possession of Thursday’s conference matchup at home against Marceline.
With the Falcons trailing by two points and seven seconds remaining in the game, Tommy Phillips dribbled the ball along the right sideline and found Davis Valencia along the wing. The Fayette senior made a head-fake and took a step to his left and shot a 21-footer with two seconds still on the clock.
Valencia’s shot was on line, but it was just a tad long. It bounced off the back iron and before Fayette could grab an offensive rebound and hope for a putback, the buzzer sounded. Fayette dropped its fifth-straight game with a 46-44 loss to Marceline.


Senior Night slump buster
2/22/2015

Senior Night slump buster
The Harrisburg boys basketball team had yet to win in the month of February. Only two games remained on the Bulldogs’ regular-season schedule, and their final appearance at home came Tuesday night against Santa Fe.
Harrisburg came up with a simple solution to snap its three-week winless drought: offense, offense, and yes, even more offense.
The Bulldogs tallied a season-high number in the points column this season, beating the Chiefs 83-67 on Senior Night.


Vetter leads Eagles past Crusaders
2/22/2015

Morgan Vetter scored a game-high 22 points as Central Methodist shot 56.3 percent from the floor Thursday in a 76-59 win at Evangel in the Ashcroft Center at Springfield.


Harper receives Academic All-State honor from MFCA
2/22/2015

Harper receives Academic All-State honor from MFCA
Fayette senior quarterback/defensive back Ethan Harper was recently announced as a recipient on the 2014 Academic All-State football team, which was named by the Missouri Football Coaches Association.






Glasgow ends regular season with loss to No. 1 Meadville
2/22/2015

It was a matchup the Glasgow boys basketball team had circled on its calendar for the past three months. The Yellowjackets hosted Class 1 No. 1 Meadville on Tuesday night to wrap up its regular-season schedule.
Meadville held Glasgow to 12 points combined in the second and third quarters, remaining undefeated this season at 24-0 with a 56-43 win.


Higbee wins back-to-back games over Malta Bend, La Plata
2/22/2015

Higbee senior Hope Clark scored her 1,000th career point in the fourth quarter Tuesday night, leading the Lady Tigers to a 78-46 win at Malta Bend.


Glasgow boys beat New Franklin to win CAC
2/18/2015

Glasgow boys beat New Franklin to win CAC
When the Glasgow boys basketball team lost its first conference game of the season at Sturgeon, head coach Mick Cropp gathered his team in the locker room after the game, a tough overtime loss to the Bulldogs.
Cropp made a pretty simple statement. Despite the loss, winning a conference title was still within the team’s grasp. If Glasgow won its next three games the following week, then the Yellowjackets would win the Central Activities Conference.
His prophecy came to fruition Friday night. Hosting New Franklin on Homecoming night, Glasgow defeated its top challenger in the CAC race by a score of 45-29.


‘We’re not going to lose’
2/18/2015

‘We’re not going to lose’
At the time, it seemed like the Central Methodist men’s basketball team could not do anything to stop Avila.
Heck, no team could on an afternoon like this. Avila started the second half by making 10 of its first 13 shots. At the 12:16 mark of the second half, Avila held a 69-54 lead, shooting a phenomenal 60 percent from the floor in the first 28 minutes.
Since Central Methodist couldn’t stop the Eagles on offense, it did the only other thing it could do. Central Methodist found a way to get hotter than its already red-hot opponent.
Central Methodist clawed its way back into the game, finally tying the score in the final minute of regulation and forcing overtime. Avila, which had control of the lead for the majority of the game, finally lost it in overtime and Central Methodist rallied to a 101-97 win on Saturday at Puckett Field House.


New Franklin girls stay in hunt for CAC championship
2/18/2015

New Franklin girls stay in hunt for CAC championship
If the Glasgow girls were to win Friday night, they would seal at least a tie for first place in the Central Activities Conference. Like the boys, they could control their destiny.
Instead, New Franklin is going to make the Lady Jackets play the waiting game. After trailing much of the fourth quarter, New Franklin came from behind in the final 90 seconds to beat Glasgow 40-34, winning 2-of-3 games against the Lady Jackets this season.


Eagles thrive from three, beat Avila
2/18/2015

Eagles thrive from three, beat Avila
Central Methodist was in the exact same position as it was two nights earlier. It didn’t go over so well the first time.
When the Eagles lost in overtime at Culver-Stockton on Thursday, they held an eight-point lead with under four minutes to play. When Central Methodist hosted Avila on Saturday, it held a nine-point lead with under four minutes to play.
This time, the Eagles made sure to close out the game. Taylor McDowell made a pair of 3-pointers in the closing minutes, including one that stretched the Eagles’ lead to 12 points, their biggest lead of the game. She scored 15 points and made five threes, leading Central Methodist to a 67-57 win over Avila.


 
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