Down But Not Out

Well, its been a little bit of a trying week to say the least.  I guess, as far as sports goes, I should be thankful that this happened to me in my “slow time”

For those that do not yet know.  I was bitten by a brown recluse spider.  We found out that I am extremely allergic and I ended up having what they determined was a seizure.  After five units of blood and a lot of antibiotics and a week in CCU I am a little weaker but so excited for what is to come.

I found out that I have a lot of people that care about me.  I am grateful for you all.

Summer camps are in full swing. And I will be calling Wolves games on Friday Nights before you know it. Just Eight Weeks from this Friday Night we will be in full force at Mount Vernon.   It should be a great season.

Hollister and Reeds Spring well represented on All-COC-Small Team

Reeds Spring and Hollister got their share of recognition from COC coaches…


First Team

Noah Briley- RS

Second Team

Jackson Beckemeier-Hollister


First Team

Payton Weber-Hollister

Second Team

Seth Stamps- RS

Ethan Parks-Hollister


First Team

Landon Farquhar-Hollister


First Team

Chance Herrman-RS

Second Team

Jenner Steele-Hollister


First Team

Collin Cross-RS

Wolves and Tigers among those named All-District

The Aurora Houn Dawgs won the Class 4 District 11 Championship in dramatic fashion and went on, today, to claim the Class 4 State Title.  It is no surprise that they dominate the All-District Team.  Logan-Rogersville, who was one strike away from winning the Title themselves only managed one player on the first team.

Reeds Spring, who won their opening round contest, before losing to the eventual Champs landed a first teamer and a couple on the second team.  And host Hollister got representation as well, putting two on the first team and three on the second team.   Congrats to all that were honored…

First Team

Jordan Fitzpatrick- Logan-Rogersville*

Jenner Steele-Hollister*

Zac Shoemaker-Aurora*

Wyatt Sparks-Aurora*

Gage Singer-Aurora*

Matthew Miller-Aurora*

Mason Dickemann-Catholic*

Zach Cole-Catholic*

Chance Herrman-Reeds Spring

Brett Campbell-Mount Vernon

Chance Fenton-Mount Vernon

Will Duff-Catholic

Landon Farquhar-Hollister

* donotes an unanimous pick


Second Team

Tegan Rambo-Logan-Rogersville

Shane Grueren-Logan-Rogersville

Jackson Bekemeier-Hollister

Payton Weber-Hollister

Preston Naylor-Aurora

Kaleb Baker-Aurora

Noah Briley-Reeds Spring

Christian Cassanova-Logan-Rogersville

Ethan Parks-Hollister

Seth Stamps-Reeds Spring

Ryan Grueren-Logan-Rogersville

Josef Luthy-Catholic

Hayes Hutter-Catholic

Blue Eye Players Get Hands On Learning From Big Time College Coach

For the past three days basketball players at Blue Eye have got the opportunity to work with former NCAA basketball coach Mike Jarvis.

Through his relationship with Brian Mitchell and Fellowship of Christian Athletes,  Jarvis was happy to spend sometime helping the youngsters.  Working with Bulldog coach Kyle Turner, Jarvis worked two sessions a day with the Blue Eye Athletes- the high school kids workouts followed a shorter session with younger Blue Eye basketballers.

Jarvis said that communication was probably the biggest skill that he wanted to work on with the kids this week.  Getting them to talk to each other and being on the same page is vital to success in the team game.  He also worked on some defensive skills and drills with the guys.

Jarvis won more than 350 games in his college coaching career.  Perhaps, most known from his time at St Johns, he also spent time leading the programs at Boston University, George Washington, and Florida Atlantic.  He also spent time as a high school coach, at which time he coached Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing.

Jarvis explaining a drill
Some one on one instruction
All eyes were on him
The importance to doing it right
All in it together


Area Coaching Changes…

With the end of the school year we start to turn the page to next year.  As always that means some new men and women taking over leadership of various sports programs in the area..  Below are some of the Coaching Changes that have been made public… (though there are many new assistant coaches in the area, for the purpose of this article I stuck with head coaching positions.


old coach > new coach



Becky Lipasek  > Lauren Dorris


Dan Henderson > Anthony Hays

Boys Basketball

Kirk Hanson  > Mike Linehan

Reeds Spring


Jennifer Nichols > Molly Illum


Justin Drake > Barry Yocom



Cindy Swatek > Alexis Mitchell



Jim Jullian > Byron Richardson

Blue Eye


Amanda Reagan > Taylor Pierce

School of the Ozarks

Girls Basketball

Andrea Martin > Keaundrea Scott


Boys Basketball

Derek Wilson > David Sherer


Byron Richardson > Tim Townsend


Hannah Fondrist > Becky Justis

College of the Ozarks


New Sport > Chris Larson

Richardson is Coming Home

The new baseball coach at Forsyth is a familiar name and is a familiar face.  Byron Richardson has been named the new head coach of the Panthers.

Richardson was an all-stater on the diamond playing for his dad, Hall-of-Fame Coach Neale Richardson.  He is a 2009 Forsyth Graduate and played his college ball at College of the Ozarks.

After beginning his coaching career in Gainsville, he has spent the last two season leading the Galena Bears.  At Galena he won to straight district titles and a SWCL Coach of the Year Award.

Richardson replaces Jim Julian, who earlier this month accepted the head coaching job at Springfield Glendale.

Wolves- State Runners-Up

Reeds Spring did not necessarily need to take a big bus to the state track meet.  If they wanted to eat out they did not really need to call ahead to warn the restaurant that a big group was coming.  The Wolves qualified only seven athletes, on the guys side, for the meet.

But, what production they got from that group. Four Gold Medals, A Silver, and two Bronze was the count.  When the totals were added up, the Wolves totaled 60 points, good for 2nd place and only 2 points short of State Champion John Burroughs.

Korey Robinette led the way.  The Senior speedster claimed gold in the 200 to go along with a silver in the 100.

Ransom Allphin won the 100 meter hurdles and added bronze on the 300 meter hurdles.

Robinette and Allphin were joined by Keenan Haynes and Colter Whitten to claim the state championship in the 4 X 100 meter relay (a great effort by all four and a finish by Robinette of which legends are made) and the same foursome took bronze in the 4 X 200 meter relay.

The Wolves also got a state championship performance form Xavier McDaniel.  The big guy out did everyone in the shot put.

While, small in numbers the Wolves came up big on the big stage.  The only athletes that qualified that did not end up on the podium were Darrin Rathburn and Kelly Newton  And they just missed it.  Rathburn only missed joining McDaniel for the shot put award ceremony by 5 inches. And, Newton was only a few inches short in the long jump.

The Wolves got about as close as you can get to winning the State Title.  They actually led by 8 points going into the final event.  Reeds Spring was done but John Burroughs had an entry in the 4X400 relay race.  If JB finished third or worse the title would belong to Reeds Spring.  If they finished second the teams would tie, and if they won, they would also win the team title.  Well, they rose to the occasion and ran a 3:21.01 to beat Cardinal Ritter by just over two seconds.

When you come that close its easy to look at what might have been.  Two points is generally one place, among the podium finishes.  But, instead of looking at it that way, I look at the great accomplishment this group of seniors pulled off.  They finshed third last year, and with a huge target on their backs improved by a spot this year.

The group that is leaving totally owns the Reeds Spring record books.. Each of the medalists owns the school record in their respective events.  And, might hold them for some time…. I will stick with the post I made yesterday that Robinette is the greatest Reeds Spring sprinter of all-time.  The same can be said of Allphin when it comes to hurdles.

Wolves in position for possible State Title

A State Championship can’t be won on the first day of the State Track Meet but it can certainly be lost.  But, that is something the Wolves don’t need to worry about.

After the completion of Day #1 Reeds Spring is in position to make a run at the schools first ever State Championship.

Xavier McDaniel has already been crowned as the Class 3 State Champ in the Shot Put and accounts for the 10 first day points the Wolves have scored.

Korey Robinette is the number one qualifier in both the 100m and 200m events.  In the 100 his time in today’s qualifying heat is only .04 off the Class 3 Meet Record.  Speaking of records, he shattered his own school record in the 200m today, clocking an amazing 21.79.

Ransom Allphin is safely through in both hurdle events and is the number two qualifier in both.

The 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 relay teams both won their heats and will go into the finals as the #2 seed in both events.

Tomorrow will be an interesting day.  Wolves are in position to make history.  They will need to get their share of golds in the sprints and relays and really would benefit from some of the other contenders not scoring too much in the distance events.  If things fall right and they finish as the states number one team the school will have a state championship trophy in the case for the first time ever.

If they fall short, they will still cap off an amazing run, led by a senior class that has some athletes, the likes this area has never seen.  Regardless of what happens, this team, especially this group of seniors have set the standard that all future Wolves Track Teams will be compared to.

Good Luck and GO WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Duncan and Garrison Earn All-Conference Honors

With the last of the Central Ozarks Conference-Large Soccer teams seasons coming to an end, the All-Conference teams have been released.

The Branson Lady Pirates placed two athletes on the list- McKenzie Duncan and Lauren Garrison.

Duncan became the programs all-time leader in Goals scored this year to go along with the Assists record that she already holds.  McKenzie was named to the first team.

Garrison earned second team honors for her work in the goal.  She already owns every school record for Saves.

Both ladies are juniors and will return next season to lead a Lady Pirate team coming off its first ever appearance in a District Championship Match.

2017 Lady Pirates Soccer Team

16-17 School Year One to Remember

The last of the area high schools have held their Graduation and while Reeds Spring Track has a great shot to improve on last years third place finish at State the area sports season is otherwise done.

A special shout out to Galena Baseball, while not in my usual coverage area the Bears deserve recognition and I want to wish them the best of luck in their State Quarterfinal game tomorrow afternoon.

This was  a very special year for me because in addition to my radio coverage at Earls Family Broadcasting, this marked the first year for my own company and this website.

As you would expect I will start with Reeds Spring Football leading off the stories of the fall sports.  The Wolves finally got over the Bolivar hurdle and although they would slip at Springfield Catholic they would claim a piece of the COC small Championship and earned the number one seed in the district playoffs. Wolves will lose some some special players but return a nucleus that could make next year special.  Hollister football had its best season in history.  Coach Jacob Hamon’s club set all kinds of FIRSTS for the school.  Although they fell a little short of my third place conference prediction they no doubt opened eyes.  Branson was competitive in most contests and although they did not show huge strides in their final record they were much improved.

The softball teams from Branson and Reeds Spring were both extremely competitive.

The story of the winter was the Branson Girls.  Despite flying under the radar from other media sources, Coach Kip Bough’s ladies beat Ozark and Kickapoo to win the District Championship, downed Republic in sectionals and after falling behind early against Columbia Rock Bridge fought back to make a game of it before finally having their season end one game short of the final four.

My coverage in the spring focused on area baseball in addition to Branson Girls Soccer.

Although we did not have an area baseball team advance as far as a district Championship game most of them were extremely competitive and all had high moments.

The Branson Girls Soccer team won a district game for the first time ever and competed for a District Championship.  The team will return nearly intact next year and seems to be poised to take that next step.

Over the coming days I will discuss more individual accomplishments as well as specific highlights and sports that dont get as much coverage.  I will also go over all the coaching changes in the area.

Finally I want to say THANK YOU for the past year.  When I started this site and later added play by play broadcasts I really did not know what to expect.  I thought if I could have 5000 visits to my webpage I would be happy.  Well, you responded much better than I ever imagined.  You topped the 11000 before the end of December and right around 22000 for the year.  From the bottom of my heart, thank you.  It makes the old, short guy, feel good to think that you actually care what I have to say.

To the sponsors who jumped on board this first year, this would not be possible without you.  To all the athletes, thanks for letting me be part of your seasons.  To the parents and fans, thanks for the words of encouragement.  I do appreciate it.  And, finally to the coaches and administrators… I cant express my appreciation enough. You are all great to work with.

Here’s to growing and making next year bigger and better.