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All-Star Saturday Roster Breakdowns: Team Bieber
We have made it!!!!! The final buzzer is about to go off on the 2023-24 basketball season and that means one thing, It's All-Star Saturday time! The fourth edition of our event promises to be one of the best ever! We have our fair share of college bound athletes along with stars of tomorrow! Over…

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What to Watch For at Small School State This Weekend
Chadwick and Dadeville Compete For Class One Supremacy Chadwick has been on an absolute roll. They are 27-3 on the year and two of those losses came to Class 2 favorite Hartville and the other came to Niangua whom they got sweet revenge against in the District Semifinal game. The Cardinals came into the postseason…

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Lady Houns and Lady Mt’neers Punch Ticket for a Rivalry Filled District Championship
Lady Houns Overcome Slow Start in Semifinal WIn The Lady Houns started fast in the opening quarter starting with four quick points from Naudia Davis and Makena Hall but then the buckets quit falling as neither team scored for nearly three minutes. The 4-0 Aurora lead was extended at the 4:30 mark with a three…

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Chadwick and Miller Highlight Ticket Punching Weekend
Miller Goes Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back-to-Back It was championship night across small school girls basketball and we returned to Marionville for the rematch between Miller and Marionville. The two teams met 10 days earlier where Miller emerged victorious 53-46. Miller dominated most of that game behind tremendous defense and the ability to limit Comet Star Lucy Newberry to…

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Leivan and Newberry’s Big Night Assures Title Rematch
We returned to the gym where it's Do or Die time. The Class 2 District 12 district semifinal girls action from Marionville where the Lady Comets looked to survive to play another day along with Miller, Pierce City and College Heights.  Miller Survive and Advances With Win over Pierce City Top seeded Miller opened the…

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Aurora Nails 12 Threes in Turbo Clock Win Over Arch Rival
One of my favorite parts about sports in general are the hate-filled rivalries that fuels teams and makes or breaks seasons. The stories that are told are endless from stealing mascots to vandalizing vehicles to even disposing of urine in the opposing teams water jug (Yes that has happened. Twice in SWMO to my knowledge)…

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Providence Uses Huge Third Quarter for Championship/Graves Dominates as RUSH Takes Gold
The regular season is quickly approaching its close but we had one more in season tournament we had to hit before we got ready to crown conference champions and prepared for district time. We were in Joplin for the conclusion of the McAuley Catholic Mercy/Warrior Classic. Third place action was fierce with Lamar girls taking…

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Luebbert Shines as Marshfield Runs Away From Lady Mt’neers
Conference play has opened up across SWMO and one of the best conferences year in and year out is the Big 8. This season is no different and the girls side is the best it has been in several years and we caught the current leader in the conference in the Marshfield Lady Jays as…

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Stockton Tournament: Saturday Recap and All-Tournament Team
Championship day is finally here in Stockton where we wrapped up one of my favorite tournaments all season long. The tournament had a little bit of everything. Dunks, elite guard play, and tight games. The Championship day alone had all three including two games decided by less than two points and four by less than…

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Stockton Tournament: Girls Semifinal Day Recap
After missing day one of the Stockton tournament due to a visitation, We were in the gym for the semifinal round of the 14th annual Stockton Girls Tournament. The day consisted of four intriguing matchups starting with the host squad Stockton taking on the fifth seed Mt. Vernon. Storylines  Mt. Vernon Survives Late Surge The…

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FREE: Stockton Tournament Preview
Teams to watch 9-6 ELDO Bulldogs (Boys) ELDO was looking like they were going to run through the Walnut Grove tournament after building a huge lead over Greenfield but things took a turn for the worst when star point guard Landon Murray sprained his ankle and missed the next couple of games. While it didnt…

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Holiday Tournament Takeaways
Well the Blue and Gold is wrapped up with Nixa and Central hoisting the championship trophies before the Pink and White wraps up tomorrow. But with the greatest tradition in SWMO basketball behind us let's take us a look at the key takeaways from the three marquee holiday tournaments.  Blue and Gold Kolby James Makes…

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Walnut Grove Girls All-Tournament Team
The Walnut Grove tournament has come and gone and the host Lady Tigers secured their first tournament title since concluding their three peat back 2019 and while there are plenty of performances to go crazy about, here is our All-Tournament team for the 2023 edition. (Keep in mind that this is not the official All-Tournament team…

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Walnut Grove Tournament: Day One Recap
IT'S HOLIDAY TOURNAMENT TIME!!!! On a day where we had to split time between two locations, we saw plenty of action on day one of the Morris Bros. Holiday Tournament in Walnut Grove/Ash Grove/Morrisville. We started in Walnut Grove for boys action before wrapping up the day in Ash Grove to see some of the…

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Walnut Grove Holiday Tournament Preview
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!! Sure I dont think Andy Williams ever stepped foot inside Walnut Grove High school to catch some of the best basketball in SWMO, but his iconic words ring true. The Walnut Grove girls tournament has become the elite small school girls tournament in the entire state. This…

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Leivan is Nails as Free Throws Down Crane
The temperature is cooling off outside but the action in the gym is heating up. We are at the one week mark before Holiday Tournaments start up including Miller girls going to Walnut Grove for their tournament. First they had a clash of small school dynasties with Crane. The Lady Pirates enter 5-2 after a…

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Pink and White Initial Thoughts
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!!!!! Sure I dont think Andy Williams ever stepped foot inside the O'Reilly Family Event Center at Drury to catch some of the best girls basketball in SWMO, but his iconic words ring true. The brackets for the 2023 tournament were released on Tuesday and I am already…

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Bieber’s Double-Double Leads Mt. Vernon to Victory
Big 8 play opened Tuesday night in Cassville as the Lady Mt’neers looked to knock off the Wildcats. The Lady Cats were going to have to do it without a pair of starters in junior guard Kyler Hayward and Aubrey Stoufer. Cassville opened up the scoring with a mid range jumper by Madison Holterman. However,…

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Miller’s Sophomore Trio too Much For Lady Cougars in Convincing Win
After ELDO’s close call in their 59-56 victory in the opening round of the Carthage Tournament, We headed south as two familiar foes matched up in the Gem City Classic semifinals for the second straight year. After a tight 37-26 Miller win a year ago, this one was not as tight as Miller ran away…

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Mays Dominates as ELDO Survives Overtime Scare
The Carthage Lady Tigers tournament tipped off Thursday with the 2022 Class three runner up El Dorado Springs Lady Bulldogs taking on Sunrise Christian out of Kansas for their season opener.This team will have some names that will sound familiar but with the graduation of Macie Mays, This is a different team looking for some…

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Hall Carries Load in Lady Mt’neers Return to Hardwood
For the first time in 10 months, We had the Lady Mt’neers take the court after injuries absolutely derailed what was a promising start a year ago. After an opening night win over Joplin where the Lady Mt’neers hit twelve three pointers, injuries and sickness ravaged the team and they were down to playing with…

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Luebbert and McBride Shine in Battle of the Lady Jays
It was a highly anticipated matchup in Clever Monday night as two teams with high expectations met up in a battle of the Lady Jays. Abby McBride, Lauren Leubbert and the Marshfield Lady Jays take on Ireland Jones, Jayleign Flood, Ella Newman and defending district champions Clever Lady Jays. Both teams were looking for a…

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Defense Shine in Lady Cardinals Return to the Court
Basketball is back in the 417 as we had a full night of action Friday night in Hollister. Opening the super night, the defending quarterfinalist Miller lady Cardinals looked to a quick start in the 2023-24 campaign against a Hollister squad that only won six games a year ago. They would have to do it…

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50 Players and 20 Teams to Watch This Season
It is finally here! Basketball season makes its grand return tonight and I for one can not wait. As I have gone through who I am expecting to make an impact, I was planning on giving a preview of each player and team. However, upon figuring out how wide open this year's basketball landscape is,…

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FREE: An Open Letter to My Followers and 2023 Basketball Wind Down 
As the end of the 2022-23 basketball season arrived Saturday with Kickapoo boys and Carl Junction girls playing for a state championship, I wanted to give some thoughts on this season and what it has meant to me and some final thoughts. First and foremost, I want to thank every single one of my subscribers…

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Final Four Reaction and Recap: Day 1 and 2
It is better late than never. Yes, I am aware that my coverage from day one of the small school Final Four lacked…or better yet nonexistent. Work unfortunately kept me from Great Southern Bank with the exception of the final four minutes of Chadwick’s semifinal win over #2 Platte Valley. However, Lets take a look…

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Sectional Tuesday: Miller and ELDO Advance to Quarterfinals in Harrisonville
Miller Lady Cardinals were on the road Tuesday night and I really mean on the road as the sectional matchup took them over two hours north to Harrisonville to take on the 19-9 Archie Whirlwinds with a spot in quarterfinals on the line. Miller came out hot taking a 8-2 lead early on but the…

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District Recap: Miller Makes it Five in a Row in Class Two and Greenfield Stuns Walnut Grove in Finals
There was plenty of doubt if the Miller Lady Cardinals were going to be able to defend their four district titles in a row after losing a tremendous senior class that had won over 100 games in their four years. They had answered all season long sitting at #4 in the state rankings for the…

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District Recap: Trotter, Fordland Shine Bright in Upset of Blue Eye
1 Marionville vs 4 Crane The first game of the night featured the 1-4 matchup as the Marionville Lady Comets opened their run in a wide open class 2 race in the bottom right quadrant of the state playoffs. First they had to fend off one of the great girls basketball dynasties in their house…

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Lady Tigers Edge Nixa Behind 25 Points From Bekemeier
In terms of high caliber girls matchups in the area, it doesn't get much better than Nixa-Republic. Both teams came into the Monday night Showdown as a top 7 team in Class 6 with Republic as the third ranked team in the state. The showdown didn’t disappoint either as Republic eked out a 62-55 win…

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SWMO All-Tournament Team: 13th Annual Stockton Girls Tournament
Rachel Nunez 5’6 Miller 2026 Rachel is the toughest freshman I have ever seen in either boys or girls in my three years of covering the area. Usually, she is not a threat on the offensive side of the ball but don’t tell her that and her two double digit scoring outputs. What makes her…

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Stockton Tournament: Championship Day Recaps
Saturday marked the Championship round of the 53rd annual Stockton boys tournament and the 13th annual Stockton Girls tournament and we were treated to several very good games and notable performances. Here is what you missed from Championship Saturday. 5th Place Game: 4 Lamar Lady Tigers vs 6 Buffalo Lady Bison I thought coming into…

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13th Stockton Lady Tigers Tournament: Semifinal Thursday Recap
Thursday marked the semifinal round of the 13rd annual Stockton girls tournament and we were treated to several very good games and notable performances. Here is what you missed from Semifinal day of the girls tournament. 8 New Covenant Lady Warriors vs 4 Lamar Lady Tigers The Lady Warriors came out and perhaps took Lamar…

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Just Compete: A Writers View What Separates Good From Great
Small schools are notorious for peaks and valleys as its nearly impossible to maintain high levels of success without some decline or a “rebuild”. A rouge Facebook post really got me thinking about why some programs continue to rebuild and reload and why some programs go from multiple successful years in a row to struggling…

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Complete Guide to the Walnut Grove Girls Tournament
One of my favorite holiday Classic tournament is quickly becoming the Walnut Grove Ladies Holiday Classic. While the majority of the big schools will be on the campus of Drury for the Pink and White, my eyes will be on the collection of small school talent up north in what has become a gauntlet. There…

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New Year, New Squad, New Coach, Same Results For Miller Lady Cardinals
There have been several entities prophesied Miller’s downfall this year after one of the most decorated athletic classes of all time in the state of Missouri graduated. Claudia Hadlock, Kaylee Helton, and Peyton Richardson won 100 games together on the basketball court including four district championships. The only accolade they missed was a state title.…

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Verona Girls Tip-Off Classic Recap and All-Tournament Team
The 2022 Girls Verona Tip-Off Classic is behind us and more importantly the 2022-23 basketball season is officially underway. We were impressed by the talent and youth from all eight squads. Here is the breakdown of how it happened and we reveal the SWMO Sports All-Tournament Team. Saturday Marionville def. (8) Verona Southwest def. (4)…

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Future Is Now Camp: Who Stood Out
Lillian Mindeman RUSH Lillian is a high effort two way player that really turned some heads day one. She is extremely smart with the ball and is often looking for the open teammate. This really shined in the skill work with coach Kyran. She has already made a name for herself with RUSH’s younger teams…

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Lady Mt’neers Upset Joplin in Season Opener
Mt. Vernon opened their 2022-23 season Tuesday night in Joplin as the Lady Mt’neers upset the Lady Eagles 52-40. The Lady Mt’neers hit nine threes as a team led by six by sophomore Cheyenne Bieber. Coming into the season we knew the Lady Mt’neers was going to be one of the youngest teams in all…

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