High School Sports
Zalma boys basketball team upends Meadow Heights, advances to Woodland Invitational Tournament semifinal
Led by a game-high 41 points from senior Brent Overbey, the fifth-seeded Bulldogs opened their season with an 82-59 win over fourth-seeded Meadow Heights on Monday at Woodland High School.
High school roundup: Scott County Central boys basketball team drops two at Riverbend Classic
Jeffery Porter scored a game-high 17 points for the Scott County Central boys basketball team, but West Memphis pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a 51-44 win Saturday in the Riverbend Classic at New Madrid County Central High School. Glenn Ward had 12 points to lead the Blue Devils while Zachary Boyd added 10 points...
Pair of freshman providing early spark for Oran girls basketball team
MORLEY, Mo. -- Up by 20 at halftime, the Oran girls basketball team looked like a legitimate district title contender (again) as it romped past Scott County Central on Tuesday night. That's what the Eagles expect this season, and though the 2015-16 campaign is only two games old, it's never too early to start to look the part. The squad has experience, improved depth and the right girls to play the right roles to remain balanced on the floor...
Fall sports accolades awarded to area student-athletes
Postseason honors for fall sports have been distributed, and a handful of area student-athletes have been recognized for outstanding performances in volleyball, softball and boys soccer. While the bevy of all-state, all-region and all-conference teams are peppered with local standouts, only a select few earned the highest recognition of a first team all-state nod...
Oran girls basketball team routs Scott County Central
MORLEY, Mo. -- Thanks to big performances by a pair of freshman, the Oran girls basketball team rolled past Scott County Central 70-35 on Tuesday night on Otto Porter Jr. Court at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium. The Eagles (2-0) pushed the pace early and broke things open with a 10-0 run to start the second quarter, leaving the Bravettes (1-1) scrambling and unable to find any answers...
Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team opens season with win over Sikeston
SIKESTON, Mo. -- When the Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team lost starting guard Raegan Wieser to a torn ACL before the start of the volleyball season, there already were questions about how the team was going to make up for the senior standout's production...
High school roundup: Freshman sparks Oran girls basketball team in opener
All the local high school events reported Monday to the Southeast Missourian.
Talented, experienced Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team eyeing state crown
Minus a few players who will be sidelined for at least the start of the season with injuries, the Saxony Lutheran girls basketball team returns everyone from a team that won its first 29 games last season before its season-ending loss in the state quarterfinals...
Scott County Central boys basketball team begins state championship defense under new coach
A move up to Class 2 didn't deter Scott County Central from winning its record 18th state title last year. The Braves will face change again this year, with Matt Cline taking over after Frank Staple took an administrative job in the Sikeston Junior High School after leading the school to its second straight title in his third season...
Jackson girls basketball team aiming high for 2015-16 season
Don't expect much change from the Jackson girls basketball team that went 19-10 and claimed its third district title in four years last season. The Indians return all but two starters from last year for coach Tyler Abernathy's fifth season. "I think we'll be really competitive," Abernathy said. "I think you'll see us play hard, I think you'll see us run the floor. I don't think we'll be much different than what we've been the last couple of years."...
Meadow Heights boys basketball team looks to improve on last year's strides
If last year was a transition year, as new head coach Nick Hermann calls the 2014-15 campaign for his Meadow Heights Panthers, then this winter could be a big one for the rising program. After jumping from 17 losses to 17 wins a year ago, Hermann steps in for the departed Mark Verticchio, who stepped down in the offseason to take a job coaching girls basketball at St. Clair. Hermann -- Verticchio's assistant -- now takes the lead reins of a team that remains cautiously optimistic...
Oak Ridge boys basketball team to rely on athleticism in 2015-16
Oak Ridge coach Adam Stoneking doesn't mince words when he talks about last year's 20-loss team, but he does want his team to carry on the team's best quality. "We were good defensively," Stoneking said. "As bad as our record was, if you look at our per possession numbers defensively, we were as good as we were the year before," Stoneking said, referencing to a 17-10 team in 2013-14. ...
Woodland girls basketball team begins season with fresh start
At times last season the Woodland girls basketball team only had a handful of players available on the bench due to various injuries and illness. Coach Robert Stein was only able to use the same starting lineup twice and all but one player missed multiple games...
Woodland boys basketball team to rely on size, experience in 2015-16
This year's Woodland boys basketball team is working hard to figure out its identity. The Cardinals, who finished 21-8 last season and were the Stoddard County Athletics Association regular-season conference champions, return a few regular contributors from that team, but are tasked with filling the void left by standout Garret Reynolds, who graduated...
St. Vincent boys basketball team looking for consistency in 2015-16
Don't try to convince Bruce Valleroy that you can't learn a lot from a difficult season. The long-time St. Vincent boys basketball coach knew exactly what his team's focus would be this season following last year's frustrating 5-18 campaign. "I call it 'CIC'," Valleroy explained. "Confidence, intensity and consistency. That is going to be our season right there. If we can play with confidence, intensity and consistency, then we'll be all right."...
Scott City girls basketball team hopes for youthful spark in 2015-16
The past few seasons have been difficult for fans of the Scott City girls basketball team, but head coach Kerry Thompson believes better things are on the Rams' horizon. Thompson welcomes 10 underclassmen to his roster this season, and he hopes their youthful exuberance plays a key role in improving on last season's 2-18 record...
Scott City boys basketball team returns four starters in 2015-16
Four returning starters gives Scott City boys basketball coach Mark Dannenmueller good reason to believe his Rams can improve on last season's 18-8 record. The key will be if that returning experience melds well with some fresh, eager faces looking to move up from the junior varsity ranks and make their mark at the varsity level...
Scott County Central girls basketball team returns experience in 2015-16
Scott County Central girls coach Matt Limbaugh has plenty of optimism after a 6-18 season. His first two years at the school ended with district titles, and the Bravettes made a gallant attempt at three straight even in what was a rebuilding season in 2014-15...
New coach ready to lead Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team in 2015-16
The Saxony Lutheran boys basketball team doesn't have a single senior on its roster this season, but first-year Crusaders coach Kevin Williams doesn't mind. He's ecstatic about the young talent -- which includes six juniors and seven sophomores -- he's got to work with this year...
Perryville boys chemistry to rely on chemistry in 2015-16
With four sets of brothers, including a pair of twin brothers, among the 11 players on his varsity squad, it's not too surprising when coach Justin Dreyer addresses the strengths of this year's team. "Our team chemistry," Dreyer said. "A lot of these guys have played a lot of basketball together throughout the years. Just knowing where each other are going to be on the floor."...
Senior-heavy squad headlines Perryville girls basketball team
The Pirates were short on experience and height last season, but seven seniors on this year's varsity roster takes care of half of that problem this year for longtime Pirates coach Vicki Lohmann. "We're still lacking in height, but I feel we've gotten better just because of the experience," said Lohmann, who graduated just one senior and returns all the starters from last year's 8-17 team. ...
Notre Dame girls basketball team returns experienced squad in 2015-16
A year ago, the Notre Dame girls basketball team was basically starting over. Having to replace 11 players, the Bulldogs understood a challenge lay ahead. A year later, it's a mirror image, as the program returns every starter and all but one player from the roster. But head coach Renee Peters carefully frames 2015-16 as the next phase of a rebuilding project -- an evolution of the challenge -- rather than a sudden leap forward...
Notre Dame boys basketball team begins season in search of identity
Notre Dame boys basketball coach Paul Unterreiner knows it's not fair to compare this year's team to his 2014-15 team that went 27-5 and finished third in Class 4, falling to Hillcrest in the state semifinals. When you lose four starters and 10 seniors, there's bound to be some hills to climb. So Unterreiner is asking his team not to try to live up to that -- he wants it to discover its own identity...
Meadow Heights girls basketball team hopes successful summer pays off in 2015-16
Last year was all about the new for the Meadow Heights girls basketball team, but in 2015-16 the program will have a little familiarity to lean on, and the Panthers hope that helps them continue to take a step forward. Coach Rhonda Miller stepped into her role a year ago and took the reins of a varsity team for the first time in her career. Now she'll have that experience under her belt and a chance to get more of a jump start on this season...
Youth abundant for Leopold boys basketball team in 2015-16
Youth is abundant for the Leopold boys basketball team this season. Seven of the Wildcats' 10 players on the roster are sophomores and freshmen in Corey Brownsberger's second season at the helm. "We're young but they're very, very energetic and they want to work hard," Brownsberger said, "and as a coach that's really all you could ask for."...
Oran girls basketball team begins season with plenty of depth
The depth Ethan Evans was missing last year has arrived, although the Eagles made do quite well with 14 wins and a district title in his third year at the helm. It was the second straight district crown for Oran, which dropped down to Class 1 and navigated the four-team field in District 2...
Youthful Oran boys basketball team preps for 2015-16 season
Oran coach Joe Shoemaker started talking about a team that graduated three starters from last year as a group that was short on experience. And after some time for consideration, the eight-year coach also came to another conclusion. "[Senior] Blake Schlitt is probably my biggest guy at about 6-3, after that we're probably around the 6-foot-and-shorter mark, so it really is probably the shortest team I've had," Shoemaker said...
Kelly girls basketball team hopes chemistry, fundamentals can carry team in 2015-16
It's not easy to replace a graduating class of nine seniors -- that kind of attrition is difficult for any program to handle. Kelly girls basketball will try to overcome that hurdle with a mix of strong chemistry and fundamental basketball as it attempts to follow up an 18-7 season from a year ago...
Kelly boys basketball team ready to take next step in Garnett's second year as coach
Every coach wants to see their program take a step forward in their second year in charge, and Ryan Garnett is no different with his Kelly boys basketball team. The Hawks doubled their win total in Garnett's first season, but he says that was just the start of the project...
Jackson boys basketball team ready to continue winning tradition
The Jackson boys basketball program has gone through an especially prosperous era the last few seasons, going to three straight Class 5 state quarterfinals and posting back-to-back years of at least 24 wins. The question for the 2015-16 Indians is how firm a foundation that period left, after the graduation of some critical contributors...
New coach ready to lead Eagle Ridge girls basketball squad
The difficulties coaching at a small, private high school are no secret to Stephanie Jackson. Jackson returns to head the girls basketball program at Eagle Ridge Christian School following a three-year absence. And where she has some good talent to work with along with three senior starters, she's also ready to face the realities of working with a small, eight-member roster...
Eagle Ridge boys basketball team begins season with new look
Those who needed high-speed cameras to track the exploits of the Eagle Ridge Christian School boys basketball team the past few seasons can take a much-needed breather. These are not your father's Eagles. This year's edition of the Eagles is trading in its frenetic, fast-paced attack for a more basic, defense-first philosophy that head coach Andrew Mellies hopes is better suited for this season's youthful roster...
Delta girls basketball team ready to take next step under new coach
Delta girls basketball showed some progress last year, jumping from just three wins to eight. This year the challenge will be continuing that climb while adjusting to a new coach and a new system. A new headman will set the tone, but it won't be an entirely new face, as longtime Delta administrator Jim Gloth steps in to the role with the departure of Gary Poyner after three years at the helm. ...
Delta boys basketball team enters season with positive outlook
Delta boys basketball hasn't won a game in a while -- two years, to be exact -- but the Bobcats believe they have reasons to be positive this season, and that positivity has been a major boost for a squad coming off back-to-back 0-20 seasons. Thanks to some returning starters who have seen a lot of minutes and the injection of some new faces to provide a boost with skill, attitude and depth, Delta hopes to improve on the program's competitiveness...
Chaffee girls basketball team hopes to repeat historic season
The Chaffee girls basketball team enjoyed a modicum of success the past few seasons, and head coach Darrin Priutt doesn't see any reason why this season should be any different. Four starters return from a squad that finished 22-6 a year ago, losing to Neelyville in a Class 2 sectional to close the season...
Chaffee boys basketball team looking for big contributions from newcomers
Is there a silver lining to an 0-20 cloud? The Chaffee boys basketball team is about to find out. The Red Devils are eager to turn the page on last year's disappointment, offering an intriguing mix of veteran experience and youthful exhuberance in an effort to return to the upper echelon of area Class 2 competition...
Cape Central girls basketball team looking for fresh start under new coach
The Cape Central girls basketball team will be under new direction when it begins its 2015-16 campaign. In June, Garrett Pannier was named the replacement for former coach Sherri Shirrell, who led the Tigers the past 10 seasons. Pannier coached the Central JV team last season and filled in for a brief time on the varsity level for Shirrell. He takes over a program that hasn't had a winning season since the 2011-12 year when the Tigers finished with a 14-10 mark...
Cape Central boys basketball team preps for big season
The recent on-field success of the Central High School football team has been a boon for the Tigers and their fans. Which is great if your name is Nathan Norman and you're the head football coach. Not so much if your name is Drew Church and you're the head basketball coach...
Advance boys basketball team aims for return to final four
When Advance won a district title and reached the Class 1 final four last year, it may have been a bit of an over-achievement. Now, with four starters returning in 2015-16, last year's weakness -- inexperience -- is gone, leaving the program with high expectations. Coach Bubba Wheetley's biggest concern is whether his team is ready to handle those expectations...
Experienced group returns for Bell City boys basketball team
Bell City coach CJ Hadley calls his team its own biggest opponent as it prepares for a new season. Why? In a tough conference, the Cubs are going to have to overcome a major lack of depth and hone their defensive instincts if they want to compete. The good news is that the program returns four of five starters after doubling its win total a season ago. The bad news is that the entire varsity roster features just seven players...
St. Vincent girls basketball enters season with hopes of remaining competitive
It's a time of transition for the St. Vincent girls basketball program. The Eagles enter this season with a new head coach, four new starters and a different overall philosophy, all geared toward improving on last season's 8-14 mark. Second-year head coach Chad Unterreiner likes what he sees so far...
Zalma boys basketball team looking to continue making strides in 2015-16
Zalma boys basketball has seemed to move in the right direction under coach Bryant Fernetti. In year one of his tenure, the Bulldogs went 1-20. That jumped to 11-13 last year. Now, in Fernetti's third year, the program has eyes on a continued step forward, and appears to have the pieces in place to realistically reach that goal...
High school roundup: Notre Dame boys basketball team drops opener on road
The Notre Dame boys basketball team opened its season with a 69-42 loss to Father Tolton on Saturday in Columbia, Missouri. Blake Bauwens led the Bulldogs with 12 points and four assists. Winston Welter and Dawson Dohogne added 9 points each for ND (0-1)...
High school career comes to a close for Cape Central football standout Al Young
The Cape Central football program didn't rise to three consecutive Class 4 state semifinals because of Al Young, but it wouldn't have been there without him. So when the Tigers hosted Webb City on Saturday afternoon at Tiger Stadium, there was a lot of talk about it being the last opportunity for fans to watch Young play in Cape Girardeau. ...
Cape Central football team falls to Webb City in Class 4 semifinals
All the momentum seemed to be with the Cape Central football team midway through the third quarter of Saturday's Class 4 semifinal. And just like that, Webb City took over.
Cape Central football team set to face top-ranked Webb City in Class 4 semifinal
The Tigers and Cardinals will be meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive year.
Sophomore Aaron Harris plays big role in Cape Central football team's return to final four
The future of Cape Central football has arrived, and it comes in the form of sophomore Aaron Harris.
Defensive strides key in Cape Central football team's return to final four
Nobody involved with Cape Central football can quite put their finger on it, but somewhere along the line this fall, the Tigers started playing pretty good defense.