The 2015 BA Sports All-Star Extravaganza will be played Saturday, April 11, at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. The event will be one-day event featuring area top high school seniors from over 65 area schools competing on the court in volleyball and basketball. The games start at 9 a.m. and will last all day, wrapping up with the slam dunk competition.
The Clearwater Lady Tigers won the district softball tournament last season. The team lost several players due to graduation but a talented group of freshmen moved up. Coach Shannon England expects great things from his team this season. The Lady Tigers opened the spring season 1-1.
In pre-season polls, the Greenville Bears were ranked fourth in the state. The Bears opened the spring baseball season Saturday on the road in a tournament at Eminence. Greenville won both of its games.
OFC All Conference Basketball (Boys)
After three consecutive district tournament exits at the hands of Eminence, South Iron is on a mission. The No. 2 team in Class 1 took one more step to that elusive Final Four by routing School of the Ozarks 64-38 in the Sectional Round Tuesday night in Cabool.
The South Iron Panthers put on a defensive workshop Thursday night. They allowed Eminence just 13 points in the Class 1, District 3, championship game. The Panthers held the Redwings to just three points in the first half en route to a 47-13 win.
District basketball tournaments start Saturday. All area teams will see action.
Allie Holmes signed a national letter of intent to play college volleyball next year at Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. Holmes is currently a senior at Clearwater High School and had a stand-out season as a senior. She won many honors including being named Black River League Player of the Year, All-District, All-Region, and Second-Team All-State. She is pictured with her parents, Stacey and Tim Holmes (seated), and Lindenwood’s head volleyball coach, Justin Wells. Holmes plans to obtain a bachelor degree in biology/nursing.
Members of the Three Rivers College Rodeo team recently visited Community Living Center (nursing home) residents at the John J. Pershing VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff. The team explained their events, enjoyed conversations with the Veterans, and provided them with tickets to the upcoming college rodeo. Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds noted, “We really appreciate Three Rivers College and the rodeo team – it was a great visit!”Pictured are (front row) Veterans Jerry Bishop and Crawford Price, (back row) Veteran Gene Kimes, Cory Ann McCuston, Recreation Therapist Brian Berlin, Tyler Lewis, Veteran Ken Leach, Tyler Albright, Lane Rowland, Veteran Lawrence Riley, Coach Cale Emmett, Jeffrey Pearson, Luke Swinney, Veteran Erie Jordan, Callie Stanhouse and Gigi Robey.Those interested in volunteering, visiting, or donating may contact Voluntary Services Officer, Donna Reynolds at 573/778-4275, Voluntary Services Specialist, Chris Luecke at 573/778-4276, or Voluntary Services Assistant, Bennie Hicks at 573/778-4499.
A sixth-grade AAU basketball team coached by Jeff Ayers recently finished the season undefeated. All games were played in Park Hills. Members of the team are: front from left, Laney Smith, Gracie Smith, Hailey Pauley, Alyssa Malone; back, Callie Miller, Rachel Rowold, Jada Brooks, Michalea Ayers, and Zoe Griffith.
On a recent trip to Florida, Bill Haggett landed this 10 pounds, 9 ounce bass. He was fishing on Istokpoga Lake near Sebring. After pictures, Haggett did a catch-and-release, and the bass is back swimming in the Florida lake.
This picture was taken by the Corps of Engineers at Wappapello Lake week when temperatures dropped to near-record lows.
The SEMO South Junior Babe baseball team won the Babe Ruth State Championship Monday night. They will travel to Boonville, Mo., later this week to begin Midwest Plains Regional play. Their first game will be with Iowa on Friday, Aug. 2. Team members Bryce Alcorn, Riley Burns, and Stephen Carter are students at Clearwater High School. Colin London is a student at Greenville High School. Members of the team are: front from left, Colin London, Brian Whitson, Trey Hampton, Tyler Essner, Jordan Griggs, Jaron Glass, Brett Ellis, and Riley Burns; back, Coach Alan Beussink, Coach Robert Burns, Stephen Carter, Bryce Alcorn, Blakeney Kearbey, Austin Bucher, Zach Elfrink, and Coach Jerrry Alcorn.