When I saw the opportunity to catch Albert Pujols’ first game back at Busch Stadium since 2011, I snatched the best available tickets — at the best available price, of course — and ventured through up rain-soaked I-44 up to St. Louis.

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Offense came early and often for the Joplin Outlaws as they ran away with an 18-1 run-rule victory over MINK League foe Ozark on Tuesday night at Meadow Park in Springfield.

Attempting to grow the sport in the region while also showcasing area athletes, the Southwest Missouri Vault Club hosted a free pole vault exhibition and youth clinic on Monday night inside Webb City High School’s Cardinal Stadium.

The Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association has released its all-state teams for 2019.

MIAMI, Okla. — Although storms were on the horizon in Ottawa County on a hot, humid and windy evening, a long, winding line of hundreds of local residents patiently waited their turn to meet the man who helped popularize the loud, crowd-pleasing world of monster truck racing.

Deciding where to continue your athletic career at the collegiate level can be a strenuous task for any high school student-athlete.

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Tie-down calf roper J.C. King showed Carthage rodeo fans on Friday why he’s currently among the top money winners in the American Cowboys Rodeo Association.

CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — The Joplin Outlaws split a MINK League doubleheader with the Chillicothe Mudcats on Thursday night at Shaffer Park.

The Joplin Outlaws, holding a 7-6 lead, were one strike away from their first MINK League series win of the season.

The Chillicothe Mudcats snapped the Joplin Outlaws’ three-game winning streak with a 13-8 triumph in a MINK League contest Wednesday night at Joe Becker Stadium.

Growing up, Joplin Outlaws outfielder Mike Million relished each opportunity he had to meet and learn from the older baseball players in his St. Louis hometown.

Incredible. That’s the word JC Shelton used to describe his Kansas Shrine Bowl experience. A recently-graduated senior from Galena High School, Shelton suited up for the East squad at the prestigious Kansas Shrine Bowl on Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Dodge City.

Missouri Southern announced the signing of six student-athletes that will be joining the program for the 2020 campaign.

The Joplin Outlaws got back into the win column with a 5-3 victory over the Springfield Cobras behind a strong performance from left-handed pitcher Dalton Weaver on Friday at Joe Becker Stadium.

Danny Weaver was proud of the effort.

After a stellar season on the mound in his sophomore year at Crowder, right-handed pitcher Ross Carver was rewarded by being selected in the 23rd round by the Texas Rangers in the 2019 MLB First-Year Player Draft on Wednesday.

Pittsburg State senior Alex Achtermann was drafted by the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, the final day of the Major League Baseball Draft.

An early season skid continued for the Joplin Outlaws on Tuesday night as they were swept by the St. Joseph Mustangs in a MINK League doubleheader at Joe Becker Stadium.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Pittsburg State University junior track & field and football standout Levi Wyrick was named the MIAA Ken B. Jones Award winner as the conference’s Male Student-Athlete of the Year on Monday at the 2018-19 MIAA Awards Celebration at the Truman Forum Auditorium.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

CARTHAGE, MO - Samantha Lyn Harr, 34, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First Christian Church, Carthage. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

NEOSHO, MO - Max E. Chester, 86, a former Milnot Company employee, passed away Monday, June 24, 2019. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, at Swars Prairie Baptist Church, Seneca, MO.

NEOSHO, MO - Lois Ann Schafer, 80 a clinical psychologist, passed away Sunday, June 23, 2019. Memorial visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Medicalodges Neosho.