In September 2010, a magazine devoted entirely to coverage of high school sports in the Ozarks was started from scratch from nothing more than an idea, a few dollars, and a vision. The first issue of Ozark Preps Illustrated was published and distributed in November 2010, and featured local schoolboy legend Dorial Green-Beckham on the cover, as well as winter sports previews for many of the area teams. Over the next three years, 20 more issues of Ozark Preps Illustrated would be published, each including in-depth feature articles on the area’s best athletes, coaches and teams, as well as full-color action photography, regular columns and departments, and other fun features.

The goal and mission for Ozark Preps Illustrated was simple: publish a high quality magazine with well-rounded, in-depth coverage of ALL high school sports. It did not matter whether it was a boys or girls sport—nor whether it was played at a big school or smaller, rural school—every sport, school and student-athlete was important. A regular expression around the Ozark Preps Illustrated office summed things up best: “The girls cross country runner at the small school is working just as hard as the football player at the big school and is deserving of the same coverage.”

The Editor/Publisher of Ozark Preps Illustrated now brings you OzarkPreps.com, which will have the same goal and mission as its print predecessor: publish a high quality website with well-rounded, in-depth coverage of ALL high school sports. The digital format has allowed the expansion of the coverage area, which has doubled in size and now includes over 120 schools. Unlike the limited number of pages of the magazine, the digital format also allows for more features, more photos, more columns, and…well, basically more of everything! Many of the same regular features of Ozark Preps Illustrated are also included on OzarkPreps.com, including the following:

  • Chalk Talk—A guest column written by a different coach on the topic of his or her choice
  • End Zone—The regular entertaining musings of Ken “Joboo” Pollreisz, a local encyclopedia of high school sports knowledge
  • On The DL—Important medical information on various timely sports medicine topics
  • Rewind—Feature articles on some of the greatest teams in the annals of Southwest Missouri prep sports

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