Boys Basketball

  1. 03/18/15
    Byron Shive
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    Hillcrest will be taking both its boys and girls basketball teams to Columbia for the Class 4 Final Four this weekend. The Hornets, the 2010 Class 5 state champions and 2012 Class 4 state runner-up, have been there before, but this will be the Lady Hornets' first trip ever to the state semifinals.
  2. 03/17/15
    Byron Shive
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    Bolivar made history last Saturday, as both the Liberators and Lady Liberators won state quarterfinal games to advance to the Class 4 Final Four. It is the first time in school history that both teams have qualified for State in the same season.
  3. 03/04/15
    Byron Shive
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    Pierce City just won its second district title in program history, while top-ranked Crane is still smarting after last year's one-point state quarterfinal loss. The Eagles beat the Pirates in the Sectional round two years ago.
  4. 03/03/15
    Byron Shive
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    #4-ranked Strafford and Mt. Vernon both feature senior-heavy lineups. One group of seniors will play their final game Wednesday night, while the other will be one step away from the Final Four.
  5. 03/03/15
    Byron Shive
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    After winning its first district championship in 18 years, Licking is ready for a deep state tournament run. The journey begins with a familiar opponent in Blair Oaks, a team the Wildcats defeated earlier this season.
  6. 03/03/15
    Byron Shive
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    Snow prevented Summit Conference rivals Hartville and Gainesville from playing their regular season match-up, so the #5-ranked Eagles and #9 Bulldogs will settle their differences in a Class 2 state Sectional...with a trip to the state quarterfinals on the line.
  7. 03/03/15
    Byron Shive
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    Macks Creek loves to pound the ball down low to its All-State center, while Walnut Grove wants to force the tempo and get out and run. Something's gotta give in tonight's Class 1 Sectional.
  8. 02/11/15
    Byron Shive
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    Lamar's Tripp Tucker loves the Royals, smelly jerseys, Coach Scott Bailey's preseason football practices...and "Let It Go." The senior quarterback/point guard takes time out for a few questions.
  9. 02/11/15
    Byron Shive
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    Lamar's Trenton Mooney loves Jesus, chicken patty day in the caf, and "Fancy" by Iggy Azalea. The North Dakota State football commit takes time out to answer a few questions about himself.
  10. 01/28/15
    Byron Shive
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    Siblings Dylan and McKinsey Mountain are multi-sport standouts for Skyline, excelling on fields and courts throughout the year for the Tigers and Lady Tigers. While their athleticism is unquestioned, the "Odd Couple" brother and sister are even better people.
  11. 01/26/15
    Byron Shive
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    Galena's Caleb Hall takes time out of class for a few moments to answer a few questions.
  12. 01/21/15
    Byron Shive
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    Who are the best boys basketball players in the history of the Ozarks? A decorated panel of experts with years and years of experience was put together to determine who the "best of the best" are in the annals of SWMO prep basketball.
  13. 01/19/15
    Byron Shive
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    Parkview senior guard Autry Acord tore his ACL in December...and then set a school record by scoring 46 points on Jan. 6. Acord's mental toughness and pain tolerance have been nothing short of remarkable.
  14. 12/17/14
    Byron Shive
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    Kickapoo may have its deepest team ever, while Waynesville features, arguably, the state's best player. Several other teams, such as Parkview, West Plains and Hillcrest, will factor into the conference race. It should be another exciting year of basketball in the OC.
  15. 12/10/14
    Byron Shive
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    Rogersville finished unbeaten in the COC-Small last year, and with Christian Brown and Marcus Gorman leading the way, the Wildcats are the favorites to repeat as conference champs. Bolivar and Marshfield are the two teams that figure to be the biggest obstacles for the Wildcats.
  16. 12/10/14
    Byron Shive
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    The SWCL boys basketball race figures to be a tight one, with Crane and Blue Eye battling for top honors. Of course, Clever and Sparta will have a few things to say about that, as will Forsyth.
  17. 12/10/14
    Byron Shive
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    Strafford has not lost a Mid-Lakes Conference game since 2009. The Indians have won five-straight Mid-Lakes titles, and will be a prohibitive favorite to make it six in a row.
  18. 09/13/14
    Byron Shive
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    Hermitage cross country runner Austin Hostettler likes to move it, move it...learn more about the sophomore as he takes time out to answer a few random questions.
  19. 06/30/13
    Ken "Joboo" Pollreisz
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    The 2012-13 school year has come to a close, and it was a memorable one for area high school sports teams and athletes. Joboo takes a look back on a memorable year and offers up The Golden Joboos for some deserving athletes, teams and events.
  20. 03/30/13
    Byron Shive
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    With a first-year head coach, Republic came out of nowhere to win the Tigers' first boys state basketball championship in 50 years.
  21. 12/01/12
    Ken "Joboo" Pollreisz
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    It has been said that you can never really go home again. Joboo disputes that theory, and provides anecdotes from area coaches and others (including his wife) who have proven that it is possible to return home again.
  22. 11/30/12
    Byron Shive
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    Mt. Vernon’s Shane Williams excels at an All-State level in not one, not two, but three sports for the Mt’neers.
  23. 10/31/12
    Ken "Joboo" Pollreisz
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    With a new school year upon us (and with a new fall sports season), Joboo takes a look back through history to some important events that got us to where we are today.
  24. 03/31/12
    Byron Shive
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    A year ago, Billings' state title dreams were dashed with an upset loss in the district opener. With that loss serving as a season-long motivation, the Wildcats rolled to a Class 2 state title.
  25. 01/31/12
    Ken "Joboo" Pollreisz
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    There is something magical about high school basketball. It does not matter whether it's being played in front of thousands in a large arena or just a few fans in a rural gymnasium, something big or legendary can happen at any moment.
  26. 12/31/11
    Mike Linehan
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    Dadeville head boys basketball coach Mike Linehan talks about the need to play with urgency and the importance of effort.
  27. 04/30/11
    Byron Shive
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    Led by standout senior Levi Cook’s near-triple double of 42 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, the Crane Pirates captured the school’s first state championship in any sport.
  28. 04/30/11
    Scott Puryear
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    In this hodge podge of musings, Scott Puryear provides his take on various topics, including an update on three-sport phenom Dorial Green-Beckham, the release of the 2012 Bass Pro TOC field, and the return of Joel Wells to the SWMO football coaching ranks.
  29. 02/28/11
    Byron Shive
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    From 1966 to 1968, tiny Bradleyville won 64 games in a row, a state record which still stands today. The Eagles also won a pair of Class S state championships.
  30. 02/28/11
    Scott Puryear
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    Nixa's Luke Denbow hit teammate Austin Ruder with a length of the court baseball pass and buzzer-beating lay-up to stun Kickapoo. As Scott Puryear discovered when visiting with some other former "buzzer beaters," their lives will never be the same.
  31. 01/31/11
    Byron Shive
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    Dadeville advanced to the Class 1 Final Four a year ago, but finished in a disappointing third-place. The Bearcats return virtually intact for another run at a state title.
  32. 01/31/11
    Scott Puryear
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    Over the past 27 years, the Bass Pro Tournament of Champions has grown into the most attended high school boys basketball tournament in the country. Scott Puryear provides his top five memories in Bass Pro TOC history
  33. 12/22/10
    Sean Williamson
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    Glendale head boys basketball coach Sean Williamson writes about using the game of basketball to help teach life lessons.
  34. 12/22/10
    Byron Shive
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    The Parkview “Jolly Green Giants” went 81-4 from 1963-66, and won the 1965 Class L state championship, while finishing runner-up in both 1964 and 1966.