From staff reports

Eagles place third in Owasso tourney

OWASSO, Okla. - Eight of Joplin High School's nine starters had hits to back starting pitcher Brenden Hoag in an 11-2 victory in five innings for third place Saturday in the Owasso Tournament.

Hoag, a senior left-hander, struck out 10, all in the final four innings, and walked two. He also had two hits at the plate, including a triple.

Senior center fielder Matt Burgess highlighted a five-run second with a two run homer, his fourth of the season. Senior catcher Jarod Schoeberl collected two hits and drove in two while classmate Chris Black had a pair of hits.

The Eagles, 8-6 and winners of four straight, open Ozark Conference play at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against rival Kickapoo. The schedule had Joplin playing at Carl Junction on Monday, but that game is a freshman tilt.

Southern athletes win 6 events in quad

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Missouri Southern athletes won six events Saturday in the Pittsburg State track and field quadrangular.

Sophomore Jessica Selby won the shot put and hammer for the women, improving her NCAA Division II provisional mark in the shot.

Senior Iashia Castle won the triple jump with a strong provisional qualifying effort of 39 feet, 1.75 inches.

The winning marks by Southern men - Marcus Walton in the 800 meters, Matt Campbell in the pole vault and Mike Hines in the shot - were all provisionals.

Castle added second-place finishes in the long jump (a season-best 18-3) and 400. Campbell led a 1-2-3 finish in the pole vault, followed by freshman Seagar Wilson and Russell Ellis.

Freshman Ryan McPeak and senior Jeremy McCadney were second in the 400 and long jump, respectively.

Late model racers visit Monett today

MONETT, Mo. - A visit by the late model Mid-America Racing Series will highlight tonight's stock car racing schedule at the Monett Speedway.

Gates open at 5 p.m. with racing at 7:30 at the 3/8-mile clay oval.

Other classes are modified, factory stock, bomber and Legend Cars.

Admission prices are $15 and $5. A pit pass is $30.

Football officials to meet April 25

CARTHAGE, Mo. - The Joplin Football Officials Association has scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. on April 25 in the Community Room of Southwest Missouri Bank, 2417 S. Grand, for persons interested in becoming a high school official.

There will be a brief discussion about state and local associations as well as an outline of the special training program being offered this spring and summer for new officials.

There is no cost for the training program.

More details: Paul Johnson, JFOA president, (417) 673-8506; Dave Doennig, JFOA executive director, 235-6244; Dennis Poulette, JFOA recruiting coordinator, 358-7104.

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