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Jazuri and Jenari Lopez had strong senior seasons in cross country, but the coronavirus pandemic ended their school year early and ended their Carthage sports careers without getting to play soccer in their senior season.

After falling behind 6-4 following the opening round of doubles match play, the Springfield team rallied past Joplin on Monday to retain the Horton Smith Cup for a second straight season.

WEBB CITY, Mo — After losing their final season to the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball seniors from around the Central Ozark Conference converged onto the new turf at Chuck Barnes Field for a showcase doubleheader and one last chance to take the diamond together.

Carl Junction’s Brooke Buchele netted a game-winning goal in a penalty shootout to lift the North over the South in the girls soccer showcase of the Central Ozark Conference Senior Games on Monday night at Joplin High School.

Dear Athletic Support: My daughter had her first softball tournament of the summer last weekend. It felt so good to be back out on the field, but things were definitely different. I don’t know if it was the masks all the girls were wearing or what, but my daughter just didn’t seem as sharp a…

The Joplin women’s Horton Smith Cup team looks to reclaim bragging rights over Springfield this weekend when the two teams clash in their annual competition in Springfield.

The Central Ozark Conference will hold a special event on Monday, June 29, for its 2019-2020 senior athletes who saw their spring seasons taken away due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite the school year being cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Joplin High School wanted to give a pair of basketball athletes the chance to celebrate a monumental achievement.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State women’s basketball announced the addition of Courtney Moran as an assistant coach to Amanda Davied’s staff on Tuesday.

It had been more than three months since I had been on-site to cover a sporting event in person.

The Neosho 16U baseball team jumped out to a large lead early, scoring in every inning on the way to a 15-3 win in four innings over the Northeast Prospects-Moore on Sunday in the 5 Tool Classic tournament at Joe Becker Stadium.

Pittsburg Post 64 jumped out to an early advantage only to see Branson 18U chip away at the lead before putting a stamp on its 17-3 win in six innings with 14 runs crossing the plate late on Sunday at Warren Turner Field in the 5 Tool Classic tournament.

Dear Athletic Support: I’m sick of hearing about COVID-19. Every time I turn on the news or the radio, that’s all they talk about. Even my favorite sports shows are still harping on this junk. A sports show — just like a sports column — should focus on SPORTS. Even if there aren’t any games …

The MIAA finished its week of unveiling the conference schedules for the 2020-21 school year on Friday by releasing schedules for the baseball and softball seasons.


Homer Cole, a big supporter for Pittsburg and Pittsburg State, died on Thursday after an illness.

Bobby Arthur-Williams Jr., a transfer from Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has joined the Pittsburg State basketball team.

WEBB CITY, Mo. — Webb City’s Tanner Rogers and Landry Delgado signed college letters of intent on Thursday afternoon inside the Cardinal Dome.

Last year the MIAA had voted to play a 22-game conference schedule because some teams were having problems finding games to fill their nonconference slate.

The MIAA released its conference schedules for this fall’s volleyball and women’s soccer seasons on Wednesday afternoon.

Missouri Southern softball coach Hallie Blackney named Cody Barham as the program's new assistant coach effective immediately, according to a news release Monday.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State athletics director Jim Johnson has been named an NCAA Division II Athletics Director of the Year by Under Armour.

John Robinson III’s reign as the Briarbrook Invitational champion has lasted longer than first anticipated.

Addy Roller, a women’s basketball assistant coach the last four years at Pittsburg State, has left to join the staff at Drury, the Panthers announced Wednesday.


After building a strong football tradition at Lamar, coach Scott Bailey now joins one of the strongest gridiron traditions in Missouri history.

Dear Athletic Support: I’ve coached both my son’s and daughter’s youth sports teams since they first started playing. At different points throughout my coaching career, I’ve often caught myself getting a little carried away. I’ve been “that” dad ... the one who cares way too much, the one sc…

NEVADA, Mo. — Rose Howell has been hired as the cross country coach at Cottey College, the school announced Friday.

This Week's Circulars


RANCHO MIRAGE, CA - Randy Brian Weiss, 74, formerly of Joplin, MO, passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He was the radiologist and owner of Four State Imaging. No services are planned at this time.

GALENA, KS - Raymont Alfred Golden, 83, a retired educator, passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Visitation and viewing will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. Friday at Parker Mortuary, Joplin, MO.