A Couple of All-American Girls…

All season long awards have poured in for the College of the Ozarks dynamic duo of Kelsie Cleeton and Cassidy Johnson.  Well, the season may be over but the awards are still a comin’

Cleeton has been named First-Team All-American.  The junor from Springfield filled up the stat sheet most every night this season.  She averaged nearly 14 points a game this year and pulled down over 11 rebounds a night. She was 3rd in the nation in total rebounds, despite standing only 5-7.  Her 106 steels ranked 5th in the nation and 21 times this year she went home after recording a double-double.

Johnson, a junior from West Plains, was named Honorable Mention All-America.  The sharpshooter  was the top scorer for the Lady Cats this season, dropping over 16 points a night on the competition.  Her 101 3’s ranked ninth among all women in NAIA DII.

The Lady Cats finished their season 31-2 and were ranked #3 in the country.

photo courtesy of CofO

2017-2018 “Perry Awards”

With the basketball season coming to an end we turn out attention  to the Spring sports.  Before totally moving on its time to give a little recognition to some of the players in the area that stood out this year.

As with the case last year, I don’t pick an all-star team.  Already a lot of folks do that.  Instead I just pick some players that stood out in some different categories.

Now, a reminder, this is all from the eye test.  I didn’t go line by line over stats, and there could be valid points made for others in each position..  With that being said, here is who made the cut this season:

                                                                                             Girls                                                  Boys


Youngin of the Year(frosh/soph)    Scarlett Texeira-Forsyth              Nathan Garnett-BE                    


Keep an Eye On                                    Maddie Pardeck-Branson          Dawson Deroo-Forsyth


My Final Shot                                    Konnhar Patton-Blue Eye             Lane Carroll-RS


Best Floor General:                           Kelina Asbill-RS                           Zach Martin-SofO


Straight out Player               Taylor Arnold-Blue Eye                      Andrew Mitchell-Blue Eye


Controls the Paint                    Raven Ross-Hollister                      Anthony Stanford-Forsyth


Not About Me                    Lauren Garrison-Branson                    Logen Plumb-Reeds Spring


Coach of the Year                           Ken Elfrink                                            Josh Hart


Player of the Year                    Kohnnar Patton-Blue Eye                    Micaiah Rocha-Forsyth

Photo Courtesy of Jim Connell
photo courtesy of Larry Plumlee


Spring Sports Seasons have Arrived…

This year continues to roll along.  This past weekend most of the Spring Sports held their preseason Jamborees and competition can start at the end of this week.

Just a few random thoughts:

  1. Branson Soccer-  I think that Lady Pirates have a great shot to break the school record for wins and perhaps their first district championship.
  2. Hollister Baseball- The Tigers have a number of seniors that have been playing varsity ball since their freshman years. Big year could be coming.
  3. Reeds Spring Baseball- Coach Funk has a number of options on the mound.  If the Wolves can get the bats going they will be dangerous.
  4. Forsyth Baseball-  Bryron Richardson takes over a program that returns quite a bit of experience.
  5. Branson Baseball- Pirates had a lot of guys get playing time last year due to injuries.  That experience may very well pay off for them this season.
  6. Jenner Steele could have a huge season for Hollister
  7. Reeds Spring Track placed 2nd in the state last year.  But lost a ton to graduation.  Watch out for the girls this year.
  8. Hollister Softball competes full time in the Spring for the First time… that could be big for them.
  9.  Can SofO continue its Track success?
  10.  They have been playing a while, but C of O baseball is making some noise, they have a shot to make some noise in the conference tournament and possibly beyond.

Carroll and Plumb Get Recognition on Final Small COC Teams

With the season coming to an end for all the teams in the league, the All-Conference teams have been announced for the Small-Central Ozark Conference.  With the disbanding of the league, it will be the last such awards.

Reeds Spring’s Lane Carroll was a unanimous first team selection.  The senior sharp shooter joined the 1000 point club this year.  Logen Plumb was named to the second team.

Hollister’s Payton Weber also earned a spot on the second team.

Here is a look at the 2017-18 Small-COC All-Conference Teams

1st team

Luke Vandersnick (Unanimous)             JR                    Rogersville

Jake Branham (Unanimous)                    JR                    Catholic

Lane Carroll (Unanimous)                       SR                   Reeds Spring

Ian Jones (Unanimous)                             JR                    Bolivar

Andrew Scott                                              SR                   Rogersville


2nd team

Ian Cochran                                                 SR                   Catholic

Logen Plumb                                               SR                   Reeds Spring

Corey Spindler                                            SR                   Bolivar

Austin Porter                                               JR                    Marshfield

Peyton Weber                                             SR                   Hollister


Honorable Mention

Charlie O’Reilly                                           JR                    Catcholic

Layton Moody                                            JR                    Buffalo

Triston Letterman                                      JR                    Marshfield

Michael Manzardo                                    JR                    Catholic


Player of the year- Luke Vandersnick- Rogersville

Coach of the year- John Schaeffer- Rogersville

photo courtesy of Facebook

From All-State Lineman to Musical Leading Man..

There is a scene in the movie GREASE, when Danny, played by a young John Travolta, is looking for a sport he can actually participate in.  He fails at a number of attempts before finally settling on track.

Well at Reeds Spring, its a little different story.  Austin Bradfield is already as accomplished lineman that has ever put on a Wolves football uniform.  The 6-3 230 pound center was named All-State after both his junior and senior seasons.  He has helped anchor a line that has provided the most prolific offensive numbers in school history.

But now he is trying his hat in a different arena.  Bradfield will be playing the part of “Danny” in the musical Grease when the Reeds Spring High Schools version of the hit musical starts tonight at the middle school auditorium.

Bradfield and his classmates, which includes a number of Wolves footballers, will be presenting the play the next three nights at 7:00.  Tickets are available online or at the door.

Bradfield before this past football season
photo courtesy of RSSD

Lady Cats Quest for National Title Starts with Alice Lloyd

The College of the Ozarks women’s basketball team has done almost everything asked of them this season.  They have posted an amazing 30-1 record, falling only to Concordia in overtime.  They won their conference tournament and earned one of the number one seeds at the NAIA Division II National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.

The task at hand now, is the ultimate goal.  WIN THE PROGRAMS FIRST EVER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP.  To do that, they will have to win 5 games over the next six days against the best teams that the NAIA has to offer.

It all starts tomorrow at noon with a matchup against Alice Lloyd, College from Pippa Passes, KY.  ALC is not your typical number eight seed.  The Lady Eagles are 24-5 on the season and are winners of the River States Conference Western Division.

The schools actually have some similarities off the court.  Both colleges provide a quality college education in a Christian environment to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a college degree. The two colleges are also both work colleges. Students have the opportunity to work at on-campus jobs to help cover the cost of tuition

One additional line….  Dr Jerry Davis, the President at College of the Ozarks, came to Pt Lookout from Alice Lloyd College, where he held the same position.

The game tips at Noon at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City.  The winner will advance to take on Valley City State or St Francis at 5:15 on Friday.  Games can be heard locally on 106.3 KRZK.


Mitchell and Patton Class 2 District 11 Players of the Year…

The Class 2 District 11 in Blue Eye has come out with the choices for All-District Teams.  A Lady Bulldog and a Bulldog lead the list.


Andrew Mitchell               Blue Eye  ( Player of the Year )

Caleb Hillhouse                 Verona

Luke Johnson                     Billings

Tyler Campbell                  Crane

Zach Martin                        School of the Ozarks

Ryan Reagan                      Blue Eye

Wyatt Vaught                    Crane

Josh Goodman                  Marionville

Nate Brown                        School of the Ozarks

Kolton Pinky                       Verona


Class 2

All District 11 Team


Kohnnar Patton                                Blue Eye               ( Player of the Year )

Twilah Carrasquillo                          Verona

Taylor Arnold                                     Blue Eye

Madison Hicks                                   Crane

Shayne Mallory                                 Miller

Megan Caufield                                Galena

Olivia Doto                                          Crane

Lynna Hadlock                                   Miller

Kenedi Larson                                    Blue Eye

Sadie McMenamy                           Crane

Weber headed to Columbia

Payton Weber did not take long to make an impact on the baseball program at Hollister High School.  He stepped right in and played a vital role for the Tigers last season.  He hopes to continue that success this spring and in the future playing College Baseball.

On Monday, Weber signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career and his academic future at Columbia College.  His current and future coaches, along with a large group of teammates, family and friends were on hand for the occasion.

Weber stated that the Cougars plan to use him in a utility role.  From his numbers, you can see why they want to get his bat in the lineup.  As a Junior, for Coach John Burgi’s Tigers, he hit .341 with 9 doubles and a triple.  He hopes to improve on those numbers in his senior campaign this spring.

Columbia is a new baseball program but has had early success.  Coach Darren Munns led them to a 34-17 mark last year as a first year program.  Even more impressive, they were 24-6 in America Midwest Conference Games.

Columbia College is an NAIA institution, located in Columbia, MO

PaytonWeber  (click on link to hear interview with Payton)

Payton with parents and coaches
making it official
Coach Burgi spreading words of wisdom

Forsyth Softballer headed to Culver-Stockton

Dayva Cardwell has shown her versatility at Forsyth, basically doing whatever was asked of her.  That included a move to the outfield, and that is paying off.

Earlier this week Cardwell signed a National Letter of Intent to further her softball and academic career at Culver-Stockton College in Canton.

The senior outfielder   hit .356 her junior year and drove in 22 runs.  She was chosen all-conference and all-district.  And, looks forward to a strong senior season when the Lady Panthers take the field this spring.

Culver-Stockton is an NAIA institution and competes in the Heart of America Conference.

DayvaSigning  (click the link to hear the interview Dayva had with Jim Connell and myself)

Dayva surrounded by family
Dayva signing to play


Pirates and Wolves Get First Round Opponents for Districts…

The larger schools have released their seedings and schedules for the upcoming district Tournaments.

The Class 4 district that features Reeds Spring will be played in Marshfield.  Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves received the FIVE seed in the six team districts.

On the Girls side the play in games will be held on Saturday Feb. 24th.  Marshfield and Reeds Spring will play at 1:00 and Bolivar will play Hillcrest at 2:15.

The Girls Semi-Finals will be played on Tuesday 2/27.  The Marshfield/RS winner will play top seeded Rogersville at 6 and the Bolivar/Hillcrest Winner will play #2 West Plains at 7:30.  The Championship game will be played at 1:00 on Saturday March 3rd

In the Boys Tournament.  Reeds Spring will open up play against the host school on Monday 26th at 6:00 and Bolivar will play West Plains at 7:30.

The Boys semi finals will be played on Thursday March 1st.  The RS/Marshfield winner will be matched against top seeded Rogersville at 6:00 and the Bolivar/West Plains survivor takes on second seeded Hillcrest at 7:30.  The two teams that are left will play for the Championships following the girls game on Saturday the 3rd.

Ozark will be the host school for the Class 5 district.  The Pirates and Lady Pirates will both have to play in the play in games, in the five team districts.  Both the boys and girls received #5 seeds.

The Lady Pirates will play fourth seeded Glendale at 1:00 on Saturday Feb 24th and the Pirates will play right after that game against Parkview.

Should they win they would both draw the top seeds.  Ozark on the boys side and Kickapoo for the girls.