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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

11/29/16 S&H Farm Supply Basketball Scoreboard, presented by Bass Pro Shops, Hiland Dairy and Great Southern Bank

Girls Scoreboard

Harrison Ar


Norwood 69
Eminence 61

Weaubleau 47
Stover 42

Joplin 28
Neosho 63

Hartville 59
New Covenant 34

Bronaugh 64
Thomas Jefferson 28

Helias 57
Camdenton 70

NE Vernon Co 17
Wheatland 79

Couch 63
Cabool 58 OT

Sullivan 66
Houston 41

Potosi 89
Bourbon 57

Fordland 70
Sparta 36

St. Charles West 37
Lutheran St. Charles 55

Washington 52
Union 23

Cor Jesu 27
Incarnate Word 64

Festus 54
St. Clair 45

Francis Howell 50
Marquette 49

Ash Grove Tournament

Crane 39
Walnut Grove 64

East Newton 41
Miller 47

Affton Tournament

Affton 58
Hancock 35

DuBourg 58
Bayless 23

Mehlville 35
Lindbergh 52

Windsor 16
Fox 51

Bradleyville Tournament

Bradleyville 63
Victory Academy 27

Blue Eye Tournament

Cassville 51
Reeds Spring 35

Blue Eye 61
Exeter 35

Carl Junction Tournament

Seneca 59
Nevada 34

Carthage 41
Liberal 32

Jim Rush GMC

Diamond Tournament

Lockwood 79
McAuley Catholic 60

Diamond 67
Sarcoxie 33

Everton Tournament

Greenfield 37
Niangua 36

Billings 56
Golden City 55

Top of the Rock

Fair Grove Tournament

Buffalo 38
Lebanon 86

Catholic 29
Clever 45

Van Buren Tournament

MV/BT Liberty

Alton 53
Thayer 55

Troy Tournament

Westminster 28
Hickman 48

St. Dominic 30
FZS 37

Troy 44
St. Charles 53

Eureka 46
Holt 44

Northwest Cedar Hill Tournament

Villa Duchesne 30
Ladue 48

St. Clair 45
Festus 54

Kennedy Tournament

Kennedy 28
Herculaneum 40

Valley Park 38
Libery 68

Eugene Tournament

Osage 71
St. Elizabeth 40

Boys Schedule

Bronaugh 43
Thomas Jefferson 51

Gainesville 55
Ava 56

Hurley 59
Norwood 37

Houston 22
Mansfield 81

Smithton 71
Russellville 61

Eureka 63
Hazelwood West 49

Hillsboro 71
Northwest 34

Festus 34
Pacific 56

First Independent Bank

Carthage Tournament

Neosho 61
Monett 39

Rogers Ar 45
Carthage 65

Clever Tournament

Fair Grove 86
Ash Grove 44

Sparta 20
Hartville 51

Eugene Tournament

Osage 73
Calvary 50

Blair Oaks 89
Versailles 69

Forsyth Tournament

Walnut Grove 69
Flippin Ar 35

Mountain Home Ar 56
Forsyth 62

Frisco League Tournament

Plato 38
Newburg 56


Dixon 21
Licking 59

Humansville Tournament

Fair Play 54
Humansville 23

Everton 49
Wheatland 81

Marionville Tournament

Cassville 56
Buffalo 35

Miller 21
Marionville 55

Marshall Tournament

Camdenton 44
Smith-Cotton 75

Pierce City Tournament

Greenwood 56
Sarcoxie 44

Diamond 66
Billings 54

Republic Tournament

Ozark 59
Siloam Springs Ar 43

Rogersville 58
Rogers Heritage Ar 56

Nathan Dixon in Republic

Justin Blair in Bolivar

Strafford Tournament

Catholic 62
Aurora 29

East Newton 23
Marshfield 56

Thayer Tournament

Alton 70
Couch 55

Bakersfield 31
Thayer 63

Warsaw Tournament

Knob Noster 36
Cole Camp 51

El Dorado Springs 50
Butler 67

Eldon 68
Skyline 76 2 OT

Lincoln 63
Warsaw 47

Bradleyville Tournament

Bradleyville 64
Victory Academy 34

Vianney Tournament

Eureka 79
Ladue 77

Belleville West 46
Farmington 54

Joboo's Roll of Honor - 11/30

Basketball season is off & running & so is the Roll of Honor.  The season is still young, but we've already seen some big performances including Abby Oliver of Strafford hitting 10 3-pointers and scoring 42 points against Lebanon.  The only other entry on the girls side is Licking's Karlee Holland who came 1 rebound short of a triple double, but is the leader in the clubhouse with 12 assists against Mt. View-Liberty.

For the boys, the early points leader is Jordan Hillenburg of Pleasant Hope who went for 40 against Buffalo, Dylan Caruso takes the single game rebound lead grabbing 19 against Richland, and Cabool's Jonathan Smith is the first 3-point entry for the boys getting 7 against Niangua.

And we added 2 team entries as Jacob Smith, Luke Johnson, and Tyler Essick of Billings each scored over 20 points in a win over Chadwick.  And Crane became the first team to break 100 points this year scoring 101 vs Exeter.

No milestones yet, but we have a big one that should happen soon.


  • 40+ points
    • 42 - Abby Oliver, Strafford, 11/22/16 vs Lebanon
  • 10+ assists
    • 12 - Karlee Holland, Licking, 11/21/16 vs Mt. View-Liberty 
  • 7+ 3-pointers
    • 10 - Abby Oliver, Strafford, 11/22/16 vs Lebanon

  • 40+ points
    • 40 - Jordan Hillenburg, Pleasant Hope, 11/23/16 vs Buffalo
  • 17+ rebounds
    • 19 - Dylan Caruso, Mansfield, 11/22/16 vs Richland
  • 7+ 3-pointers
    • 7 - Jonathan Smith, Cabool, 11/22/16 vs Niangua
  • 100+ points
    • 101 - Crane, 11/28/16 vs Exeter
  • 20+ points for 3+ players
    • 3 - Luke Johnson (24), Tyler Essick(22), Jacob Smith(21), Billings, 11/22/16 vs Chadwick

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11/28/16 S&H Farm Supply High School Basketball Scoreboard, presented by Great Southern Bank, Hiland Dairy and Rib Crib

Girls Schedule

Rolla 21
Jefferson City 45

Gainesville 64

Willow Springs 45

Mountain Grove 47
Seymour   29

Chaffee 77
Scott City 10

Charleston 70
East Prairie 35

Purdy 58
College Heights 29

Mexico 24
Boonville 67

Chillicothe 67
Bishop LeBlond 13

Fatima 66
Owensville 53

Lawson 44
Richmond 32

Truman 51
Oak Park 16

Blue Springs South 70
Belton 24

Ash Grove Tournament

Strafford 85
Stockton 31

Marshfield 53
Ash Grove 37

Blue Eye Tournament

Spokane 64
Hurley 26

Hollister 32
Marionville 26

Carl Junction Tournament

Carl Junction 50
Monett 19

McDonald Co 46
Jasper 22

Jim Rush GMC

Everton Tournament


Greenwood 59
Humansville 46

WEMO Tournament


Van Buren Tournament

Top of the Rock

Fair Grove Tournament

West Plains 68
Chadwick 37

Rogersville 55
Fair Grove 53

Frisco League Tournament

Newbug 68
Crocker 21

Plato 50
Iberia 25

Richland 52
Stoutland 33

SEMO Conference Tournament

Dexter 76
Cape Central 61

Kennett 29
Sikeston 48

Jackson 48
Poplar Bluff 35

Notre Dame 67
Saxony Lutheran 63

Fredericktown Tournament

Naylor 41
Central Park Hills 38

Arcadia Valley 73
Perrville 30

Valle Catholic Tournament

Crystal City 30
Ste. Genevieve 60

St. Vincent 51
Valle Catholic 46

Valley Tournament

West County 63
Meadow Heights 40

Jefferson 55
Bismarck 48

South Iron 70
Kingston 17

Valley 81
Lesterville 68

Warsaw Tournament

Skyline 82
Knob Noster 25

El Dorado Springs 43
Lincoln 46

Conway 29
Cole Camp 57

Butler 73
Warsaw 36

Omaha Tournament


Eugene Tourney

Blair Oaks 66
Eugene 52

St. James 61
Tuscumbia 14

First Independent Bank

Boys Scoreboard 

Whitfield 49
Hazelwood East 39

Boonville 69
Mexico 50

St. Joseph Christian 78
Northeast Nodaway 39

Blue Eye 72
Kingston Ar 59

Pattonville 83
U-City 57

St. Clair 63
Vienna 51

Maplewood 73
Trinity 69 (3 OT)

Green Ridge 46
Leeton 39

Braymer 64
Hardin-Central 49

Hollister 55
Reed Spring 51

Chamois 71
Macks Creek 41

Lexington 45
St. Paul Lutheran 53

Sullivan 77
Bourbon 40

Parkway Central 44
Parkway South 66

Odessa 48
St. Joe Benton 56

Lathrop 58
Higginsville 66

Ellington 64
East Carter 35

Vianney Tournament

Hazelwood Central 71
Farmington 64

Eureka 42
SLUH  61

WEMO Tournament

Rich Hill

Appleton City

Carthage Tournament

Joplin 64
Seneca 40

McDonald Co 40
Nevada 44

Clever Tournament

Clever 89
Purdy 42

Morrisville 61
McAuley Catholic 67

Forsyth Tournament

Hollister 55
Reeds Spring 51

West Plains 68
School of the Ozarks 61

Humansville Tournament

Hermitage 88
Skyline JV 45

Halfway 60
Dadeville 46

Marionville Tournament

Greenfield 75
Chadwick 34

Spokane 39
Southwest 50

Pierce City Tournament

Crane 101
Exeter 24

Verona 65
Pierce City 76

Republic Tournament

Rolla 58
Belton 73

Oak Park 50
Republic 56

Strafford Tournament

Marshfield 53
Strafford 55

Aurora 47
Conway 41

Sullivan Tournament

Salem 71
Steelville 75

St. James 85
Potosi 61

Thayer Tournament

MV/BT Liberty 68
Dora 41

Willow Springs 74
Bakersfield 50

Bernie Invitational

Holcomb 53
Risco 87

Campbell 66
Twin Rivers 72

Gideon Classic

Gosnell Ark 80
Gideon 64

Senath-Hornersville 24
Hayti 70

DeSoto Classic

Rockwood Summit 29
Cape Central 57

Riverview Gardens 103
DeSoto 96

Fox 55
Ste. Genevieve 52

Seckman 76
St. Pius X 60

Oran Invitational

Malden 83
Richland 20

Chaffee 42
Advance 72

Kelly 30
Scott Co Central 73

Woodland Invitational 

Woodland 84
Leopold 27

Scott City 73
Delta 48

Perryville 85
Oak Ridge 49

Troy Tournament

Francis Howell 71
Ft. Zumwalt South 58

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly - Show-Me Bowl

"Turn out the lights
The party's over
They say that
All good things must end"
- Willie Nelson

Yes, the high school football season officially came to an end Saturday, and it ended in twin blazes of glory for the Ozarks and the Big 8.  One was red & black as Lamar won their 6th straight state title on Friday, the other was purple & gold as Monett claimed their 3rd championship Saturday.

It capped a pretty good season for me as well as I finish with the 2nd highest percentage in a season since I've been doing this.  And that's with picking more games than I ever have before.  So here's how it all played out in this 'see you next year' edition of...

  • Lamar (13-0) vs Trinity Catholic (12-0) - Fri. 3 PM
    • Prediction: I think the Titans get some points offensively.  But defensively, they are in a pickle.  If they continue to play their highly aggressive style, they will get torn to shreds.  But the alternative is to play a more reserved, less familiar style against an offense they have yet to see.  Lamar will have no problem putting points up and should be able to get title #6.
    • Result: Lamar 26, Trinity 18. Easily the ugliest game the Tigers have played all season as they fumbled the ball 5 times losing 3, including their first offensive play. They also tossed an interception.  And their longest scoring play was a 22 yard field goal from Eduardo Montayo to stake them to a 10-0 lead at the half.  Offsetting that were Trinity's mistakes starting with failing to score from the Lamar 5 and missing a FG after recovering the Tigers first fumble.  Lamar responded by grinding out a 15 play, 80 yard drive opening the scoring on an 11 yard Stuart McKarus run.  Lamar intercepted Trinity QB Isaiah Williams 3 times in the first half to keep them out off the scoreboard.  But the Titans broke through in the 3rd scoring first after Lamar fumbled the ball away on their 1st possession.  That resulted in an 86 yard drive capped by Williams 37 yard TD run.  After a Lamar punt, Williams hit Marcus Washington on a pass in the flat, Washington broke a tackle, and was gone for 65 yards and a 12-10 Trinity lead.  That ignited the Tigers who embarked on an 11 play 67 yard drive that was keyed by Cooper Lucas converting a 4th and 1 from the Trinity 2 yard line.  McKarus followed that with a 1 yard plunge to retake the lead.  Lamar got their 5th interception to end Trinity's next drive, and finally looked like Lamar going 87 yards in just 5 plays with Lucas scoring from 11 yards out to make it 26-12 for a 2 score lead.  And Lamar almost put the game away as Trey Mooney would intercept Williams again but would fumble the ball during the return to give it back to Trinity at the Lamar 5 with 1:37 left.  Williams would take it in from there but the 2 point conversion was no good making it 26-18 with 1:27 remaining.  But with just 1 timeout remaining, Trinity's onside kick attempt went out of bounds, and Lamar was able to run the clock out.  Lucas finished with 110 rushing yards to lead the Tigers as they become the first Missouri team ever to win 6 state titles in a row.
  • Monett (13-1) vs Maryville (14-0) - Sat. 11 AM
    • Prediction: The Cubs can win this game, but their offensive line will have to play the game of their lives.  Monett cannot totally shut down the Spoofhound offense, but they can slow them down.  That means their best chance to win is grind out some long drives, eat up time of possession, and keep the Maryville O off the field.  Unfortunately, I don't think they can do that for an entire game.  I think it's close for a while, but ultimately, Maryville wins a tough game.
    • Result: Monett 27, Maryville 18. Maryville outgained Monett on the ground, in the air, and had more first downs.  But the Cubs did what they had to do to win.  They won the battle for time of possession not only for the game, but in each quarter, they won the turnover battle 4-1, and they were a perfect 3 for 3 in the red zone scoring a touchdown each time.  The Cubs set the tone early.  Maryville took the opening drive down to the Monett 1 yard line, but after a penalty took it back to the 5 yard line, Monett would hold.  They then embarked on a 14 play, 95 yard drive that consumed almost all of the rest of the 1st quarter.  Ian Meyer finished it off with a 2 yard rush and it was game on. But the Spoofhounds responded emphatically going 80 yards in 10 plays but missing the extra point.  The Cubs would just gain just 27 yards on their next 3 possessions and would make their only turnover of the game, but still held the lead until Maryville hit a 40 yard  TD pass for a 12-7 lead going into halftime.  Momentum swayed back to the Cubs when Michael Branch went 5 yards for a 14-12 lead with 3:35 left in the 3rd.  The Spoofhounds came right back eating up the rest of the 3rd and scoring on the second play of the 4th but once again failed on the 2-point attempt to lead 18-14.  But then momentum took a huge turn toward Monett.  After forcing Maryville to attempt a punt, the snap sailed over the head of the Spoofhound punter.  He recovered the ball but was tackled at the 1 by Onis Howard.  3 plays later, Meyer found the end zone again.  The failed XP made it 20-18 to the Cubs.  Monett kept the momentum on Maryville's first play following the kickoff picking off Maryville QB Trey Oglesby at the 44.  Monett drove to the Maryville 10 yard line but faced 4th & 7.  Rather than kick a field goal Coach Derek Uhl decided to go for the kill and got it when Meyer found Alex Turner for a 10 yard TD.  The extra point made it a 2 possession game with 2:42 remaining, and when Brody Crawford picked off Oglesby a minute and a half later, the celebration was on.  Great performance by the Cubs as they win their first state championship since 1977.
Record for the Week: 1-1, .500.

Overall Record: 356-74, .828.  Second only to my 2013 season when I picked 83.5% of games right.  So, not bad.

11/28/16 S&H Farm Supply High School Basketball Schedule, Presented by Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf and Big Cedar Lodge

Girls Schedule

Jefferson City

Willow Springs

Mountain Grove

Ash Grove Tournament


Ash Grove

Blue Eye Tournament



Carl Junction Tournament

Carl Junction

McDonald Co

Jim Rush GMC

Everton Tournament



WEMO Tournament


Van Buren Tournament

Top of the Rock

Fair Grove Tournament

West Plains

Fair Grove

Fredericktown Tournament

Central Park Hills

Arcadia Valley

SEMO Conference Tournament

Cape Central


Valle Catholic Tournament

Crystal City
Ste. Genevieve

St. Vincent
Valle Catholic

Valley Tournament

West County
Meadow Heights


Warsaw Tournament

Knob Noster

El Dorado Springs

Cole Camp


Frisco League Tournament




Omaha Tournament


First Independent Bank

Boys Schedule

WEMO Tournament

Rich Hill

Appleton City

Carthage Tournament


McDonald Co

Clever Tournament


McAuley Catholic

Forsyth Tournament

Reeds Spring

West Plains
School of the Ozarks

Humansville Tournament



Marionville Tournament



Pierce City Tournament


Pierce City

Republic Tournament


Oak Park

Strafford Tournament



Sullivan Tournament


Thayer Tournament

MV/BT Liberty

Willow Springs

Bernie Invitational


Twin Rivers

Gideon Classic

Gosnell Ark


DeSoto Classic

Rockwood Summit
Cape Central

Riverview Gardens

Ste. Genevieve

St. Pius X

Oran Invitational



Scott Co Central

Nathan Dixon in Republic

Justin Blair in Bolivar

Sunday, November 27, 2016

One Conference, Two Titles

Had a question from an obviously proud Cub Twitter Follower yesterday following Monett's class 3 state championship win.


I thought it was such a great question, I decided to look into it.  What I found says a lot about the current state of high school athletics.  If you would rather just know the short answer, skip down to the end.

At first blush, here is the list I found of conferences with 2 state champions in the same year using this list of Missouri high school conferences.

2016 - Big 8: Monett (3), Lamar (2)
2012 – Suburban KC Gold: Blue Springs (6), Lee’s Summit West (5)
2008 – Suburban St. Louis, North Division: Hazelwood Central (6), Hazelwood East (5)
2006 – Suburban KC Gold: Blue Springs South (6), Raymore-Peculiar (5)
2002 - Suburban KC Blue: Kearney (4), Platte County (3)
1994 – Missouri River Valley West: Excelsior Springs (4A), Odessa (3A)
1989 – Metro League: Lutheran North (3A), John Burroughs (2A)
1985 – Metro League: MICDS (3A), John Burroughs (2A)
1984 - Missouri River Valley East: Lexington (3A), Knob Noster (2A)

A relatively short list.  48 years of MSHSAA state football championships have given us just 9 instances of this.  That's good.  But we know that conference affiliations have shifted so I took a look at that and this list got shorter.

The Missouri River Valley Conference has a good website with their team history so it was easy to check out the 2 times they turned this trick.  And wouldn't you know it, both 1984 and 1994 got knocked off the list.  Knob Noster did not join the MRVC until 1992, and Excelsior Springs left the MRVC in 1971 before rejoining in 2007.  So those 2 years come off the list leaving us 7.

The Suburban KC Conference is kind of hard to track as every 2 years they divide their teams into 4 divisions based on size.  But I did find an article breaking down the realignment going into place for the 2011-12 school years that placed Lee's Summit West not in the Gold division, but in the Red division just below it.  Meaning in 2012, Blue Springs and West were in the Suburban KC conference, but not in the same division of the conference.  Say good bye to 2012.

Same story for 2006 as Raymore-Peculiar had not accended to the Gold division with Blue Springs South either.  And 2002 goes away as well as Platte County did not join the Suburban KC until 2008. 

That leaves us with this list.

2016 - Big 8: Monett (3), Lamar (2)
2008 – Suburban St. Louis, North Division: Hazelwood Central (6), Hazelwood East (5)
1989 – Metro League: Lutheran North (3A), John Burroughs (2A)
1985 – Metro League: MICDS (3A), John Burroughs (2A)

Now it's getting even more impressive.  Only one small change to make to this one.  The Metro League in St. Louis was founded in the 2011-2012 school year.  But the majority of the teams in the Metro League came from the old ABC League that had been in place for over 80 years.  That includes John Burroughs, Lutheran North, and MICDS.  1985 and 1989 are legit.  So is 2008 as Hazelwood Central and East have been competing together for a long time.   

The flip side of this is that with all the conference shifting it may have happened  with 2 teams that have moved away from each other conference wise.  It's possible, but after looking at all the history, I only see 1 or possibly 2 possibilities.  In any case, it's a rare event.

That's the long answer.  The short answer is 4 times, that we can be sure of.

2016 - Big 8: Monett (3), Lamar (2)
2008 – Suburban St. Louis, North Division: Hazelwood Central (6), Hazelwood East (5)
1989 – ABC League: Lutheran North (3A), John Burroughs (2A)
1985 – ABC League: MICDS (3A), John Burroughs (2A)

There you have it @MonettSportsMed.  Thanks for the question.

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