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S-C students ‘strive’ for successful school year

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The 2014-15 school year is off to a smooth start at Smith-Cotton High School after students returned to class Thursday morning.Students started their morning by picking up their class schedules in the gym and making their way to their first class. Plenty of teachers and staff members lined each hallway to assist any student who looked a little lost.“Traffic control went great, all the students seemed excited to start the year off,” said Principal Wade Norton. “We’re off to a good start.”

 

District allignments change in ‘14

Several area high school football teams find themselves in new districts and even new Classes this fall.Warsaw has moved up from Class 2 to Class 3 and Cole Camp has risen from 1 to 2.In Class 5, the opening of Battle High School has altered the District landscape, knocking Smith-Cotton out of its spot in District 4 with Camdenton, Lebanon, Rolla, Waynesville and Washington. This season, the Tigers are in District 6 with Carthage, Belton, Ruskin, Neosho and Williard....

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Head Coach: Danny Morrison, sixth yearLast Season: 10-1, playing a mixture of varsity, JV and 8-man. Beat Norborne in first round of 8-man districts, lost to Southwest in second round.Top Players Returning: Boone Kroenke, QB-DB; Heath Renno, RB-S; Blake Dulaban, C-LB; Branigan Roark, FB-LB; Connor Spunaugle, MLB-OL;Top Players lost: Dalton Drexler, FB-MLBOffense: &...

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Head Coach: Tony Braby, 17th yearRecord at School: 138-46Last Season: 4-6, lost to Sacred Heart in first round of districtsTop Players Returning: Dylan Cooper, QB-LB, All-Conference, All-District; Ryan Wood, RB-LB, All-Conference, All-District; Nigel Mertgen, RB-LB, All-Conference, All-District; Wyatt Hays, C-DT, All-Conference, All-District; Ryan Bruce, OT, All-Conference, All-District; Reaga...

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Head Coach: Paul Thomas, first year with the WildcatsCoach’s Overall Record: 127-96Last Season: Warsaw went 5-6, beat Diamond in first round of districts, lost to Lamar in second round in Pittsburg, Kan.Offense: Multiple, power runDefense: 3-4Outlook:After leading Marceline to the Class 1 state championship game last seas...

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Head Coach: Dave Wanninger, 13th yearLast Season: 4-6, lost to Concordia in first round of districtsTop Players Returning: Luke Roberts, Windsor’s leading tackler and rusher last season; Trenton Johnson, QB, 1,000 passing yards in 2013; Phillip Crowe, DE; Dillyn Berschauer, All-Conference lineman; Bruce Lilley, LT, LGTop Players lost: Brett Rosebrough, RB; Jerry Nelson, WR; Donavan Helms...

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S-C tennis shows new faces at the top

Some fresh faces will make up the Smith-Cotton High School girls tennis team after losing several players to graduation.But coach Lensie Means said she’s seen positive signs out of the newcomers.“It may be more of a building year, but some of our young ones are promising,” she said.The players have been going through competitions against each other to determine the top players before Monday’s opening match against School of the Osage at...

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Three new coaches, one veteran coach, take the reigns

Four area high schools made coaching changes in the off-season, bringing in three coaches for their first experience as a head coach and bringing back one with three decades of experience.Those openings came about following the departures of Mark Johnson from Smith-Cotton, Blake Markway from Warsaw, Matt Klein from Knob Noster and Mel Baker from Sweet Springs at the end of the 2013 season.At Sweet Springs, Kris Conley joins the Greyhounds following the departure of Baker...

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Pair of seniors leading young Gremlins

Since losing 13-7 to Crest Ridge in the playoffs last season, the Sacred Heart Gremlins got to work to prepare for the 2014 season.“The line has been together since the week after our last game last year,” said junior lineman Jake Mothersbaugh. “We’ve been lifting and I’m sure the skill guys have gotten together too.”The 2013 Gremlins went 2-1 in Kaysinger Conference play and 7-3 overall. It was good for second place b...

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Cole Camp looks to multiple running backs

Head Coach: Kevin Shearer, 10th yearLast Season: 7-4, beat Santa Fe in first round of districts, lost to Concordia in second roundTop Players Returning: Brandon Thoennes, RB, DE; Jesse Niccum, C; Koby Knievel, TETop Players lost: Tanner Oelrichs, QB; Ramon Jamerson, RB; Andrey Garbuzov, OL; Dalton Metzner, LBTop Newcomers: Mason Massingill, RB; Nik Clifton, QB; Jayc...

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Running free

Quarterback Chase Lyles enters the 2014 season as one of two seniors on the Sacred Heart Gremlins, which leaves several young players to lead and develop.Lyles has had familiar faces around for his first three seasons, including running back Michael Hohne. Three of last season’s three offensive linemen will also be replaced with younger players, including center Clint Spangler.“I think it’s going to be fine,” Lyles said. “I’ve played w...

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Head Coach: Kris Conley, first yearLast Season: 2-8, lost to Crest Ridge in first round of districtsTop Players Returning: Trevor Phillips, RB; Mario Persell, WR; Rhett Snider, Slot; Trevor Harrison, RG-DE; Jared Dillon, LG; Justin Mitchell, DETop Players lost: Jeffery Hall, QB; Nate Vogelsmeier, WRTop Newcomers: Austin Bolend, RB-DB; Andrew Krause, QB-DB; Kyle Messer, OL-DL; Dillon...

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New coach, new attitude at Knob Noster

Head Coach: Richard Villigram, first yearLast Season: 1-9, lost to Holden in districtsTop Players Returning: Trent Wellman, TE; Cody Sellers, DL-OL; Jake Andrews, DL-OL; Darryl Davis, LB-FB; Jon Waller, WR-CBOffense: 2-back, some single-backDefense: 4-3Outlook:Richard Villigram brings with him a new attitude to his first year a...

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Smith-Cotton implements new defensive system

The Smith-Cotton defense will have a new look this season as first-year head coach Ryan Boyer has installed a 3-4.The scheme is something Boyer and defensive coordinator Charlie McFail decided to go with after discussions to see what the Tiger players and coaches would be the most comfortable with.“We don’t want to put either one in an uncomfortable situation,” Boyer said. “In evaluating it, we said that would be the best fit for this group.”...

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Head Coach: Caleb Crooker, 13th yearRecord at School: 60-63Last Season: 4-6, beat Chilhowee in first round of districts, lost to Hardin-Central in second roundTop Players Returning: Daniel Blaylock, QB; Garren Powell, RB; Alex Brockman, RBTop Players lost: Cortlen Austin, All-State QB-CB-P; Matt Locke; Brian WareOffense: “We’r...

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The Smith-Cotton football team has a new football coach and Ryan Boyer brought a new playbook with him.“Right now we’re putting everything together, implementing our new pass plays, our new runs plays, just learning the new terminology,” said quarterback Caleb Reed.“We’re doing a whole new playbook and taking different steps as linemen,” said LJ Marsh. “We’re picking up nice and fast. We’re learning a lot more plays a...

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Heat causing schedule changes

Expected high temeratures which already altered the high school schedules for today’s week-one football games is now changing some things for Saturday.The Smith-Cotton boys soccer tournament has moved several Saturday games up. The consolation game will begin at 8 a.m. at Susie Ditzfeld Field with the championship game at 10 a.m. at Susie Ditzfeld and the third-place game at 10 a.m. at Clover Dell.Friday’s games remain as scheduled but there will be a built-i...

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Girl Scouts to host Color Run

The Pettis County Girl Scouts are ready to host their third fundraiser of the summer to help with funds for Camp Sacajawea with a 5K Color Walk/Run set for Saturday morning.Charlotte Scholl, an organizer, said she was inspired to host the event in Sedalia when two of her scouts who are in college sent her photos of Color Runs at their schools. On Saturday, local Girl Scouts will be armed with bottles of colored powder, ready to cover runners in bright colors as they run past.

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