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2013 Standard Democrat Baseball Player of the Year (07/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- What a difference a year has made in the life of Oran's Seth Ressel. Just one year after being caught in the middle of one of the most disappointing finishes in school history, the soon-to-be-senior turned into the team's most versatile weapon in 2013...
Media releases 2013 All-State baseball team (07/10/13)
The 2013 Missouri All-State media baseball team was released Tuesday night with the Standard Democrat coverage area placing 12 players on this year's squad. For a complete list, see below: CLASS 5 PITCHERS First Team Brian Howard, sr., St. Louis U. High...
SuperDogs (06/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Describing his role as Sikeston's relay anchor, senior Nick Nichols began to quote Spiderman. "With great power, comes great..." he tried to get out before cracking up. He's teammates barreled over too. Having fun and cracking jokes for Sikeston's three-time state championship relay team almost takes precedent over actually winning a race...
Dream over (05/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com O'FALLON -- There will be no magical ending to New Madrid County Central's improbable postseason run to the Class 3 final four. Having already advanced further than any team in school history the Eagles saw their championship hopes dashed Thursday in a 5-0 loss to Springfield Catholic in the semifinals...
State champs (05/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- After the final day of the Class 3 state track meet, the Sikeston boys came away with two state championships and a fifth place finish. The 4x100 and 4x200 team of Steven Baker, Spenser Clark, Kyland Gross and Nick Nichols won both speed relay championships. ...
Soaring (05/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- After dropping five of their last six regular season games, few expected the New Madrid County Central Eagles to be relevant in their district, much less the Class 2 championship tournament. Somehow finding a new hero each day, however, the Eagles came into Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with St. Pius X just one win away from advancing to their first final four appearance in school history...
Sikeston boys track team primed for run at state meet (05/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Finishing with a state championship in one event last year, the Sikeston boys track team would like nothing more than to repeat that performance. Unless of course it meant finishing with a team championship...
Just another win (05/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- There was no jumping, no dog pile on the mound or even smiling. Nowadays, the Oran Eagles are going by the old adage, "Act like you've been here before." Because they have. Three times in a row now. Wednesday, Oran defeated Naylor 9-1 during the Class 1 quarterfinal at Oran High School to earn their third-straight final four berth...
Red Devils brought down by Holcomb 5-2 (05/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com HOLCOMB -- All season long the Chaffee Red Devils have built their success on stellar pitching and a rock solid defense. Unfortunately mistakes in both departments cost them dearly Wednesday as their season came to a close in a 5-2 loss to Holcomb in the Class 2 quarterfinals...
History made (05/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- No one expected this. Spearheaded by ace pitcher Jashawn McDaniel and a newfound potent offense, the New Madrid County Central Eagles (14-14) are headed to the quarterfinals after taking down Scott City Monday during the Class 3 sectional baseball game at New Madrid...
Bringing the Payne: Chaffee's ace shuts out Valle 2-0 (05/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- Going into Monday's Class 2 sectional matchup against Valle, Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell knew his team wouldn't stand much of a chance if things turned into a slugfest. What he got was another gem from staff ace Cody Payne while the Red Devils came through in all three facets of the game to pull out a 2-0 win over the Warriors to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001...
NMCC, Scott City face off in Class 3 sectional (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- There's reason to celebrate New Madrid County Central's newfound district baseball championship. It was the first plaque raised by someone in an Eagle jersey in the last 19 years and they did it by thoroughly dismantling the top-seeded team in their district. ...
Red Devils to meet old foe Valle (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- After securing their first district title since 2010, the Chaffee Red Devils now find themselves matched up against a old postseason foe in Valle Catholic as they get set for Monday's Class 2 sectional contest...
Charleston, Kelly have strong showing at state (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Kelly triple jumper Dalton Huffman took second during the Class 2 state track and field championships Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Huffman had a leap of 44-feet, 3-inches. He fell to Malden's Romello McCoy who had a state championship jump of 46-9 1/4...
Simply qualify (05/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- The name of the game for Sikeston is qualify. There's no plaques or medals to give out this time around and all the Sikeston track team wants to do is finish in the top four during the Class 3, Sectional 1 track meet Saturday at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day (MICDS) High School...
Charleston track team hoping to bring home medals at state (05/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Starting today kids from all around the state will descend upon Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City for the Class 1 and 2 track and field championships. As usual, southeast Missouri will be well represented...
Devastation (05/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- With the staff ace on the mound needing three outs to win a district championship, Sikeston was probably feeling pretty good about itself in Wednesday's Class 4, District 1 title game against Notre Dame...
Still got it (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's Doug Still was faced with a dilemma entering the 2013 baseball season. Girls? Or Baseball? Luckily for the Bulldogs, he chose the later. The junior had 10 strikeouts in six innings on the mound as the Sikeston Bulldogs defeated Kennett 3-0 Monday during the semifinals of the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau...
Wheeler tied for 8th after Day 1 of state golf meet (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SEDALIA -- The remaining three members of the Sikeston golf team wrapped up their first day of the Class 3 state golf tournament on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club. Finishing the highest of the three was Gabe Wheeler. The sophomore is among five golfers who tied for eighth in the tournament with scores of 75...
Oran, Chaffee reach district championship (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- With a combined one-hit allowed from pitchers Seth Ressel and Hunter Schlosser against Scott County Central Monday, the Oran Eagles find themselves back in the Class 1, District 2 title game. The defending champions rattled off eight hits to take down Scott Central 11-1 in six innings on the mercy-rule in the tournament semifinals...
Season comes to an end for Lady Bulldogs (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- After facing Cape Central three times during the regular season, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs knew full well how dangerous Lady Tiger sophomore Abby Shupert was in a tight ball game. What they couldn't expect was Shupert would save her best game for last as she completed a hat trick performance with two second half goals to down the Lady Bulldogs 3-2 Monday in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 tournament...
District winners (05/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BONNE TERRE -- After three straight years of close second place finishes in the Class 3, District 1 track and field meet, the Sikeston Bulldogs broke the streak to claim its first district championship since 2009 on a cool, windy Saturday at North County High School...
Kelly, Charleston advance to semifinals (05/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- At the time, four runs in the top of the seventh inning was just icing on the cake on a win for the Kelly Hawks. As it would turn out, the initial insurance runs proved to be the difference as the Hawks escaped with a 7-4 upset win over third-seeded East Prairie Saturday during the first round of the Class 3, District 2 tournament at Hillhouse Park in Charleston...
Journey to state (05/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SEDALIA -- Three golfers head into Monday's Class 3 state tournament on three different paths. One hopes to continue his consistent stretch. The other goes in with a purpose of proving himself. The third, he simply wants to have a good showing...
Sikeston track begins postseason Saturday at North County (05/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BONNE TERRE -- Winning a district championship is always nice, but when it comes to this stage inside the world of track and field, placing in the top four is what everyone strives for. Starting Saturday, the Sikeston Bulldogs track team will begin their quest for a state championship...
Third place finish (03/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- One heartbreaking loss was enough. The Sikeston Bulldogs did not want another. After losing in overtime to Normandy on Thursday in the semifinals, the Bulldogs rebounded with a thrilling victory in the Class 4 third place game to defeat Liberty North 55-54 on Friday at Mizzou Arena...
Dexter's Showdown trip ends with fourth place (03/16/13)
davidj@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats' trip to the Class 4 final four didn't go as planned. One day after falling to the 12th-ranked team in the nation 66-25, the Lady Bearcats continued to struggle offensively and dropped the Class 4 third place contest to talented Smithville 54-35...
HEARTBREAKER (03/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- At the end of regulation, the Sikeston Bulldogs pulled off one miracle shot to send the game into overtime. But in the extra period, a second prayer would not be answered as the Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaking 74-72 loss to Normandy in a Class 4 semifinal matchup at Mizzou Arena Thursday afternoon...
Word up (03/15/13)
davidj@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- All season long the Dexter Lady Bearcats basketball team has went by the mantra, "one team, one dream." On Thursday the Lady Bearcats saw that dream shattered by the nationally ranked, undefeated Incarnate Word Red Knights in impressive fashion 66-25...
Roaring toward the 'Zou: Bulldogs headed to second state semifinal in three years (03/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- "Free throw shooting only matters in close games." It's a common phrase used among basketball pundits. On Saturday night, it certainly proved true for the Sikeston Bulldogs. Sikeston needed some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch in a hard-fought 62-52 victory over Gateway Tech in a Class 4 quarterfinal game on Saturday at the Farmington Civic Center...
Lady Bearcats hold off Rosati-Kain 64-43, earn trip to final four (03/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Every season since 2009 -- the last year Dexter advanced to the Show-Me Showdown -- the Lady Bearcats have made it one step closer to state. 2010, lost in district championship. 2011, lost in sectionals. 2012, lost in quarterfinals...
Bulldogs' state run collides with unknown Gateway in Farmington (03/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The sting is still there. Being one play away from making a repeat trip to Columbia and having it crash right in front of you will leave a mark, no doubt. That game and that failed chance is what spurred the Sikeston Bulldogs' team motto for this season...
Dexter taking on Rosati-Kain in Quarterfinal matchup (03/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Back in the same spot where last season ended, the Dexter Lady Bearcats once again stand just a game away from that elusive final four appearance they've coveted for so long. All that stands in Dexter's way is the Rosati-Kain Kougars, who the Lady Bearcats will face in the Class 4 Quarterfinals Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at the Farmington Civic Center in Farmington...
Shock and awe (03/07/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- It's one thing to know exactly what you need to do to defeat the Sikeston Bulldogs. But then to actually face off against the Bulldogs and follow through with a game-plan has proven to be more than a tall order for most teams...
Lady Bearcats pummel North Co. in second half (03/07/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- Brittany Harris was perfect. Not in a sense that she played flawlessly, but the Dexter senior hit the bottom of the net every time she threw up a shot. Harris scored a game-high 31 points and was an unblemished 13 for 13 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free throw line Wednesday in the Lady Bearcats' 71-33 rout over North County at Mineral Area College in Park Hills...
On to the next one (03/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- Since their loss to New Madrid County Central, the Sikeston Bulldogs have turned on a different switch. They rolled through the remainder of the regular season following the defeat and turned, what could have been, two closely contested district games into one-sided affairs...
Dexter back in playoffs after scare (03/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Their district title may have come with a lot more drama than they'd have liked, but for the third straight year the Dexter Lady Bearcats are back in sectionals. They'll face the North County Lady Raiders, winners of Class 4, District 2, Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at MIneral Area College in Park Hills...
Disappointing end (03/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- It wasn't a matter of if it would happen, it was a matter of when. Unfortunately for the Scott County Central Braves, their quest for a fifth-straight championship and the stranglehold they've placed upon Class 1 basketball ended on Saturday...
Reigning champion Jays succomb to Madison (03/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- For the first time in a long time the Charleston Bluejays found themselves in the underdog role on Saturday when facing Madison Prep in the Class 3 quarterfinals. Despite taking a two-point lead early in the final quarter, the defending state champion Bluejays were unable to hold on as the currently top-ranked Bears rode a hot finish to a 63-54 win...
High five: Sikeston wins fifth-straight district championship (03/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Sikeston Bulldogs are still the king of the hill. For the fifth--straight year the Bulldogs captured the Class 4, District 1 championship with a 77-61 victory over second-seeded Cape Central on Thursday night at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter...
District thriller (03/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Even when she purposely missed a shot, Hannah Noe was making all the right moves. With two seconds left and the Dexter Lady Bearcats ahead by one point, Noe stepped to the free throw line to give her team a bit more separation. She sank the first and was about to let go of her second when the call from the sideline told her to miss it...
One step closer (02/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- All season long the Charleston Bluejays have hung their hat on the ability to put together one of the more feared defenses in southeast Missouri. Fittingly enough it was the Bluejays relentless pressure that made up for a luke-warm shooting performance Tuesday as the Bluejays outlasted Clearwater 85-63 during the Class 3 sectionals...
Defense leads Dexter past Perryville in lopsided district semifinal 61-27 (02/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Fighting through nagging injuries that hampered their lineup and the absence of their head coach, the Dexter Lady Bearcats kicked off their Class 4, District title defense Monday with a win over Perryville. Brittany Harris led the effort with 18 points while Paige Patterson chipped in 12 points to guide Dexter to a 61-27 rout that once again put the Lady Bearcats back in the championship game...
End of the line (02/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Sikeston girls basketball coach Matt Schonhoff knew if his team had any shot of upsetting Cape Central in the first round of the district tournament, they would have to find a way to contain Alayah Cooper-Johnson...
Dexter's season closes to Kennett 73-36 (02/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The fifth-seeded Dexter Bearcats saw their season come to a close Saturday with a 73-36 loss to fourth-seeded Kennett in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament. "We struggled scoring and once we got down a little bit we started trying to play up and down with them," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said. "We'd like to play fast, but we just can't do that this year."...
Still the champs (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- As much success Scott County Central has had, their boys basketball team plays the underdog role very well. The third-seeded Braves proved once again the road to a Class 1 championship runs through Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium as the defending champions dealt district favorite Leopold a 64-58 loss during the Class 1, District 2 championship game at Scott County Central High School...
Scott Central girls dominate Delta to win district crown (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- These Bravettes play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. They remember all too well the blowouts they were on the wrong end of as freshman and sophomores as well as watching their boys win state title after state title...
Winter weather puts title games on hold (02/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With icy weather deteriorating road conditions in much of southeast Missouri, many of the regions districts match-ups have been pushed back a day in the name of safety. This includes both championship games in the Class 1, District 2 tournament at Scott County Central High School. Both games will take place tonight with the girls matchup of Scott Central and Delta tipping off at 6 p.m., while on the boy's side, Scott Central will face Leopold at 7:30 p.m...
Moving forward (02/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- It may have been Holcomb knocking Bernie out of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament earlier this season, but the Mules got the 'W' when it mattered most. Playing the Hornets in the Class 2, Districts 1 semifinals Wednesday, Bernie rode a hot start from junior B.J. Jennings to a 16-point halftime lead that allowed the Mules to cruise to a 70-49 final...
Class 4, District 1 tournament will kickoff Saturday (02/21/13)
DEXTER -- The first round of the Class 4, District 1 boys and girls basketball tournament will begin Saturday at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs will play the first game of the tournament at 1 p.m. when they face off against the third seeded Cape Central Lady Tigers...
District upset (02/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Watching a late lead escape them, fourth-seeded Portageville fell 56-54 to fifth-seed South Pemiscot on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 Tournament. "We just missed so many easy shots around the basket tonight," Portageville head coach Jason Irby said. "We had a lot of opportunities when we had a two to four lead to stretch it. The ball just seemed to find a way to bounce the wrong way."...
Hampton, Hughes selected to All-Region soccer team (12/06/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A pair of Sikeston Bulldogs made the cut this past week when the All-Region soccer team was announced. Josh Hampton and Paul Hughes, both seniors, were selected as part of the team, which is compiled from schools in the Southeast region and includes districts 1-4...
2012 all-region football team released (11/23/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- A panel of southeast Missouri sportswriters recently announced the 2012 all-region high school football teams. The Sikeston Bulldogs, following a 9-2 season, ended up with 10 total selections on first and second team in Class 4/5...
Caruthersville's season ends after run-in with Lamar (11/19/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com LAMAR -- The Caruthersville Tigers struck first, but it didn't take long for their luck to run short. Caruthersville saw their state title ambitions dashed at the hands of the defending champions, Lamar, Saturday during a 69-12 rout in the Class 2 semifinals at Lamar High School...
District downer (11/06/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- Even with the momentum of an eight-game winning streak coming in to Monday's Class 2, District 1 championship game, the Charleston Bluejays couldn't deny Caruthersville its ninth title in the past 10 years...
Valle's Fallert has career night in win over Portageville (11/06/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com PORTAGEVILLE -- Valle's Tyler Fallert may still be running and scoring touchdowns. The junior running back from Valle Catholic stacked up colossal rushing numbers against the Portageville Bulldogs Monday night during the Class 1, District 1 championship game at Portageville High School...
SHS takes on Cape Central in district play (10/30/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Coming off one of the best regular seasons in school history, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team will enter the Class 2, District 1 tournament tonight looking to defend last year's title. Unlike their 8-0 blowout of Fredericktown in 2011's semifinals, the Bulldogs expect a much tighter contest when they face off against Cape Central at 7 p.m. in Farmington...
State cheer (10/29/12)
Conference champs (10/25/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With the seeding for next week's district tournament already set, the Sikeston Bulldogs entered Wednesday's regular season finale against Saxony Lutheran focused solely on locking up the SEMO Conference title...
Dexter advances to semis (10/23/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Capping the opening night of the Class 3, District 1 tournament on Monday, the third-seeded Dexter Lady Bearcats defended their home court with a sweep of the sixth-seeded New Madrid County Lady Eagles 25-15, 25-6...
3rd place (10/20/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- Forced to take the field just two hours after watching their title hopes disappear in a semifinal loss to Brookfield, the Kelly Lady Hawks found a way to end their season on a high note. Playing last year's state champion, the Palmyra Lady Panthers, in Friday's third place game of the Class 2 championship tournament, the Lady Hawks scored four unanswered runs in a 5-4 come from behind win...
Kennett girls take fourth in Class 1 state tennis tournament (10/19/12)
SPRINGFIELD -- Kennett girls tennis coach Janet Hilburn had few complaints about her team's performance at the Class 1 state final four in Springfield, Mo., after play concluded at Cooper Tennis Complex Thursday afternoon. "The girls played well all day and I cannot ask for more effort," coach Hilburn said, when asked on her overall thoughts on her team's performance at the state final four. "They've given me a great season."...
Familiar territory ahead for Lady Hawks at Class 2 state tournament (10/18/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- After a one year absence from the Class 2 final four, the Kelly Lady Hawks will find themselves in familiar territory this weekend as they head to Springfield for the biggest two games of their season. "We've practiced the last three days and the girls are real excited," Kelly head coach Rhonda Ratledge said. "They're happy to be there and they know that the top four teams are going to be good...
Offense surges as Lady Hawks earn trip to state tournament (10/15/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- For the second straight game everything seemed to click for the Kelly Lady Hawks and the result is another trip to the Class 2 final four in Springfield. Combining stellar pitching performances from Alexis Dock and Kristi Brucker with a 13-hit effort at the plate, the Lady Hawks were able to take down visiting Hartville 13-0 in five inning on the mercy-rule Saturday at Kelly High School...
Conference dynasty (10/12/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Sikeston's dominance within the SEMO Conference has blossomed into a dynasty. For the fifth time in as many years, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs sit atop their conference as champions after defeating New Madrid County Central in three raucous sets 24-26, 25-20 and 26-24...
Hartville blocking Lady Hawks' road to state in Class 2 quarterfinal match-up (10/12/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- After a one year absence in which they failed to get out of the Class 2 district tournament, the Kelly Lady Hawks once again find themselves closing in on a trip to the MSHSAA Show Me Showdown. All that's left standing in their way is a quarterfinal contest this Saturday in which the Lady Hawks will face off against a hot-hitting Hartville Lady Eagles team that comes into the game with 19-5 record...
Ending in style (06/01/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- For the second straight year Oran players found themselves faced with the task of getting up early after an emotional loss in the semifinals and fighting for third-place in the Class 1 Show-Me Showdown. Like last season the Eagles didn't disappoint, jumping on top early and pounding out 12 hits in a 9-4 win over the Sturgeon Bulldogs on Thursday that secured Oran's eighth third-place finish in school history...
Heartbreak (05/31/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- Oran's pursuit of its first state baseball championship will have to wait at least one more season after a disappointing finish to Wednesday's Class 1 semifinal contest against the Santa Fe Chiefs. Unable to get anything going against Santa Fe ace Andrew Curry following a two-run first inning, the Eagles watched the Chiefs rally for a run in the fourth before three scoreless innings left the two teams deadlocked at 2-2 at the end of regulation...
Oran back in title hunt (05/29/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- Back in the Missouri High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) Show-Me Showdown for the third time in five years, the Oran Eagles will once again head to Springfield seeking their school's first state baseball championship...
Back again (05/24/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com NAYLOR -- Needing just one more win to make it back to the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown the Oran Eagles got the kind of clutch pitching and timely hitting against Naylor on Wednesday that has defined their postseason. In a rematch of last year's Class 1 regional, pitcher's Seth Ressel and Kody Moore combined for seven innings of four-hit ball as Oran held on to an early lead for a 4-1 final...
One step closer (05/22/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Looking for a return trip to the MSHSAA Show-Me Showdown, the Oran Eagles found themselves one step closer on Monday after facing Cooter in a rematch of last year's Class 1 sectional matchup. In what was the fifth postseason meeting between the two schools in the last seven years Oran got a combined one-hit effort from pitchers Dalton Elfrink and Kody Moore as the Eagles pulled out an early lead and held on for a 6-3 win...
Familiar foes (05/19/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Now that they've secured their second-straight Class 1, District 2 championship, the Oran Eagles can set their sights on Monday's sectional opponent, the Cooter Wildcats. The two teams met earlier this season on April 10 at Cooter with the Wildcats pulling out an 8-7 win in a game that featured 15 errors...
District champs (05/18/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com LEOPOLD -- Though Oran outfielder Jacob Priggel was too young to help the Eagles in their pursuit of last year's Class 1, District 2 Championship no one will soon forget the freshman's contribution in Thursday's title game...
STILL THE CHAMPS: Scott County Central wins fourth-straight championship; 16th overall (03/19/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- Their desire to capture 'Sweet 16' can be summed up with their relentless rebounding efforts under the basket. The Scott County Central Braves defeated the Drexel Bobcats 79-72 on Saturday to win their fourth Class 1 state championship in a row and their 16th overall...
BACK on TOP: Charleston wins 11th state championship and first since 2007 (03/19/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- Playing against the team that knocked them out of state title contention a year ago, the Charleston Bluejays did not have revenge or payback on their minds. The only thing on their minds was restoring their place as the top Class 3 team in the state...
VIDEO: Press conferences from the final four (03/16/12)
Video of Scott County Central, Hayti and Charleston players and coaches talking about their games Thursday at the final four.
Exceeding expectations: Dominique Porter leads Scott County Central boys basketball team back to final four (03/15/12)
It wasn't long after the Scott County Central Braves won their third consecutive state title a year ago that Dominique Porter changed his focus to winning a fourth consecutive championship during his senior season.
Jays looking to finish the job (03/14/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Back in the Show-Me Showdown for the second straight year, the Charleston Bluejays will return to Columbia looking to make up for last year's semifinal letdown that left the Bluejays out of the championship game...
Braves chasing their fourth straight state championship (03/14/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Not many thought the Scott County Central Braves would be in this position. Especially this soon. After losing their superstar, Otto Porter, as well as a host of experience on the big stage from last years squad, the Braves have debunked many thoughts about them having what it takes to bring home another state championship...
Scott Central back in semifinals (03/12/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- In surviving a rough first half against Eminence on Saturday, the Scott County Central Braves moved one step closer to their fourth-consecutive state championship. Led by 24 points from senior Lamarcus Steward, the Braves took a three-point lead into the half before holding on for a 65-51 quarterfinal win to book their trip to the Class 1 final four...
Charleston boys basketball team heads back to final four (03/12/12)
Senior Greg Tucker knocked down all 10 of his free throws in the fourth quarter to help guide the Bluejays to a 71-63 win.
Huge second half lifts Hayti over Oran (03/12/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Hayti Indians are known for being an athletic team that crashes the boards hard. Combine that aspect with accurate perimeter shooting and it's a combination that proved to be too much for Oran to overcome as Hayti rolled to a 74-48 victory in a Class 2 quarterfinal game at Dexter High School...
Local teams seeking to advance to semifinals (03/09/12)
davidj@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- Several local boys teams will be fighting to make it to the state semifinals this weekend in Classes 1, 2 and 3. Here is a breakdown of the games featuring local teams. 2:45 p.m. Saturday, Poplar Bluff High School...
Oran in quarterfinals for first time since 1969 (03/08/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- Back in the same gym on Wednesday where New Haven ended their season in last year's sectional, Oran booked their first trip to the quarterfinals since 1969. Taking a 11-point lead into the half, the Eagles survived a second half surge by the Crossroads College Prep Current for a 59-54 Class 2 sectional win...
Moving on (03/08/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com WEST PLAINS -- There's no need to worry about Charleston senior Greg Tucker anymore. He's injury free and ready to lead his explosive Bluejays once again. "I'm 100 percent," Tucker said. "No nagging, no nothing." Tucker, who had dealt with a deep thigh bruise for the last month, poured in a game high 27 points on Wednesday night during Charleston's 74-64 sectional win over Liberty Mountain-View at the West Plains Civic Center in West Plains...
Unbeaten Seymour takes advantage of NMCC jitters 73-39 (03/08/12)
davidj@standard-democrat.com WEST PLAINS -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles were in unfamiliar territory and it showed. NMCC came out timid in Wednesday night's Class 3 sectional game against undefeated Seymour and turned the ball over 30 times falling to the Lady Tigers 73-39 at the West Plains Civic Center...
SCC-Risco highlights sectional play (03/06/12)
davidj@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Several local teams will be taking part in playoff basketball this week, beginning with sectionals in Class 1 today and Class 2 and 3 Wednesday. Here is a breakdown of the games featuring local teams. 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Bearcat Event Center (Dexter)...
NMCC girls to take on undefeated Seymour (03/06/12)
davidj@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Two local girls teams will be taking part in playoff basketball this week, beginning with sectionals in Class 1 today with Delta and Class 3 Wednesday with New Madrid County Central. Here is a breakdown of the games featuring local teams...
Agony of defeat: SHS comeback falls short against Imagine in Class 4 quarterfinal game (03/05/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- After completing a perfect 30-0 season last year and capturing the school's first-ever basketball state championship, Sikeston's players had dreams of returning to the final four once again. But those dreams ended in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday night with a 65-64 loss to Imagine College Prep in a Class 4 Quarterfinal game at the Farmington Civic Center...
Offensive struggles: Dexter struggles to find points in quarterfinal loss (03/05/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Although Miller Career Academy was late to the party, it's the Dexter Lady Bearcats who are going home early. Dexter struggled against a mighty Miller team that was led by sophomore Zhanesha Dickerson's 21 points on Saturday during the Class 4 quarterfinal losing 51-34...
Three-peat (03/02/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- After the cheering died down, the pictures were taken and the celebration ended, Risco was quickly reminded that their quest wasn't over. Although the Tigers took care of the Gideon Bulldogs 88-72 for their third straight Class 1, District 1 championship on Thursday night, thoughts of the Scott County Central Braves crept into their minds. ...
Hayti hits three at buzzer to end Portageville's season (03/02/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com HAYTI -- Despite the fact that Hunter Turner went into the final seconds of Thursday's Class 2, District 1 semifinals without a field goal, the Hayti Indians entrusted the senior with the most important shot of their season...
Relentless (03/01/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- DeSoto's height was no match for Sikeston's relentlessness. On Wednesday night, not even the likes of Southeast Missouri State University recruits Colin Ferguson and Jared White could slow down the merciless attack of Sikeston who defeated the Dragons 71-59 in the Class 4, Sectional at Mineral Area College in Park Hills...
Harris, Dexter get past Lady Rebels (03/01/12)
davidj@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats have been known all season for having a balanced scoring attack, but for one half in Wednesday night's Class 4 sectional at Mineral Area College, Brittany Harris stole the show. The junior scored 18 first half points and pulled down nine rebounds before the rest of the Lady Bearcats took over in the second half in a 64-49 win over Park Hills Central...
Charleston survives tough test from Caruthersville in semis (03/01/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- With his team winning so many lopsided games during the regular season, Charleston head coach Danny Farmer entered the Class 3, District 1 Tournament worried his team might have become a little overconfident...
Charleston rolls; NMCC's season ends (02/28/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Despite a strong fourth quarter surge on Monday, fifth-seeded New Madrid County Central couldn't overcome a rough first half against fourth-seeded Caruthersville. Playing the Tigers in the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament, the Eagles saw their season come to a close with a 66-56 loss...
Without Tucker, Jays still cruise into semifinals (02/28/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Even with leading scorer, Greg Tucker, sitting on the bench in street clothes, the top-seeded Charleston Bluejays had little trouble advancing to the semifinals of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament. While letting Tucker spend a few extra day resting a nagging thigh injury, the Bluejays opened up the quarterfinals on Monday with a 80-40 win over eighth-seeded Twin Rivers...
Eagles fall to Twin Rivers in opening round of tourney (02/27/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Looking to advance to the quarterfinals of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament, the ninth-seeded East Prairie Eagles fell to the eighth-seeded Twin Rivers Royals 70-48 in Saturday's play-in game. "I felt like tonight everybody wanted to step up and be 'the man' instead of playing as a team," East Prairie head coach Casey Knight said. ...
Charleston and East Prairie girls drop first round games (02/27/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Unable to rebound from a rough first half, the Charleston Lady Bluejays saw their season come to a close with a 75-56 loss to Doniphan in the opening round of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament on Saturday...
Chaffee boys, girls both advance along with the Oran boys (02/27/12)
GREENVILLE -- Chaffee earned a spot in the semifinals with a 57-42 win over Ellington on Saturday afternoon. Taylor Fodge scored 19 points and Adrienne Eichhorn added 15 for the Lady Devils (6-16), who will face top-seeded Meadow Heights in Monday's 6 p.m. semifinal...
R-E-S-P-E-C-T: SHS earns respect, fourth-straight district title after routing Notre Dame (02/25/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Despite being the defending state champions, three-time defending district champs and following that up with an impressive regular season run this year, the Sikeston Bulldogs still received the No. 2 seed in the Class 4, District 1 Tournament...
Repeat! Dexter shuts down Notre Dame to claim second-straight title (02/25/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Dexter kept a tight lid on Notre Dame. They held the Lady Bulldogs to 32 percent shooting, their leading scorer to two points and under 40 points for the fifth time this season. The Lady Bearcats won their second straight Class 4, District 1 title on Friday night shrugging aside the Notre Dame Lady Bulldogs 62-38 at the Sikeston Field House...
Fight to the end (02/24/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After winning in the first round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament with a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Fredericktown on Tuesday, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs were hoping to catch lightning in a bottle once again...
District drama (02/22/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It took nearly three and a half quarters, but the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs woke up just in time to save their season on Tuesday night. Trailing the entire game, third-seeded Sikeston put together a furious rally in the final four minutes to defeat sixth-seeded Fredericktown 47-46 in heart-pounding Class 4, District 1 action at the Sikeston Field House...
District drama (02/22/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It took nearly three and a half quarters, but the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs woke up just in time to save their season on Tuesday night. Trailing the entire game, third-seeded Sikeston put together a furious rally in the final four minutes to defeat sixth-seeded Fredericktown 47-46 in heart-pounding Class 4, District 1 action at the Sikeston Field House...
District disappointment (02/21/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Dexter's season slipped away in the fourth quarter. Fredericktown outscored Dexter 16-6 in the final quarter and knocked the fourth seeded Bearcats out of the Class 4, District 1 tournament in the first round on Monday at the Sikeston Field House...
Three wrestlers still alive for SHS (02/17/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- Sikeston's Blake Angle and Kenton Robinson both stayed alive in their hunt for state titles on Thursday, each winning their first round match in the Class 3 state tournament. Angle, wrestling in the 120-pound class, won a 7-4 decision over Demetrius Wilson of Fort Zumwalt North to improve to 43-8 on the season...
State bound (02/14/12)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After finishing fourth as team in this year's Class 3, District 1 Tournament, the Sikeston wrestling team will once again be well represented when the state tournament kicks off this Thursday in Columbia. In all, seven Bulldogs will descend on Mizzou Arena with hopes of capturing a state title...
Sikeston's Williams, Goodwin both earn all-state honors (12/17/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The post-season awards keep rolling in for the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team. Senior Hunter Williams and junior Brandon Goodwin made the Missouri All-State Class 2 list. Williams, who scored 26 goals and had 21 assists during his senior campaign, made the first team while Goodwin, who led the team with 27 goals, was given a second team nod...
SHS soccer players earn postseason honors (12/01/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After a record-breaking season, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team has many players on post-season awards lists. The 2011 All-District and SEMO All-Conference teams each feature seven Bulldogs. Leading the SEMO Conference selections are senior Hunter Williams and junior Brandon Goodwin, who each made the first team...
Dream season ends (11/14/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- Forced to fight out of an early hole on Saturday, the Sikeston Bulldogs saw their season come to close with a 1-0 loss to the Trinity Crusaders in the Class 2, quarterfinals. "We came out and fought," Sikeston senior Hunter Williams said. "We started a little slow and they put one in on us...
Uncharted waters (11/10/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe took advantage of his team playing one night earlier as he traveled up north to take in the matchup between Trinity Catholic and Lutheran South on Wednesday night. He saw Trinity Catholic claim a 3-1 win over Lutheran South, which means the Bulldogs, who escaped Farmington with a 4-3 victory in overtime on Tuesday, will play Trinity during their Class 2 quarterfinal match on Saturday...
Run away (11/08/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- It didn't phase Caruthersville in the least that Crystal City opened Friday night's Sectional contest with a 14-0 lead. Besides, it happened once before during Week 3. "Don't quit," Caruthersville running back Elbie Fonda simply said he was thinking early in the first quarter. "Just keep playing and have no let-ups."...
Fonda, Monroe run over Crystal City defense (11/08/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- Not many teams in the Southeast Missouri area pack the explosive one-two punch that the Caruthersville Tigers have in running backs Elbie Fonda and Darrell Monroe. Anyone watching the Tiger's game against Crystal City on Monday got to see both players impose their will on the Hornet's defense and add to their already impressive stats in a 55-20 win that sends Caruthersville to the quarterfinals...
Making history (11/05/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Not content with winning the first their first district title in six years, the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team hopes to keep their postseason push alive this Tuesday when they take on the Farmington Knights. "At this point in the season if you lose a game you go home," Sikeston head coach Doyle Noe said. "You don't want to be that team and we've ended the season of two different teams. We've extended our season and we want to keep going."...
Sikeston boys soccer team claim district title (11/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com PERRYVILLE -- After last year's heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame in the Class 2, District 1 championship game, the Sikeston Bulldogs had plenty of time this past offseason to dwell on their missed opportunity. A year later and back in the title game against the Perryville Pirates, the Bulldogs' current group of seniors weren't about let their final shot at a championship slip away...
Penalty called on onside kick ends Sikeston football team's comeback, season (11/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- Trailing 34-32 in a Class 4 Regional playoff football game at Hillsboro, Sikeston had one last hope for a miracle comeback with an onside kick attempt with 1:08 left. Markeith Bratcher's kick was executed well and appeared to have taken a perfect bounce right into the hands of Sikeston's Spenser Clark, giving the Bulldogs one final chance at victory...
Heartbreaker (11/03/11)
davidj@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Park Hills Central Rebels took a gamble in overtime against the Dexter Bearcats on Wednesday night, and won in a big way, shocking the Dexter Bearcats 29-28 in a Class 3 regional game. With the game tied 21-21 at the end of regulation, Dexter got the ball first in overtime and scored on a 2-yard run from fullback Alex Cliff, who converted the point-after attempt, giving the Bearcats a 28-21 lead...
Crystal City blocks Bluejays' upset attempt (11/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CRYSTAL CITY -- In what would have been a game-tying attempt, the Charleston Bluejays had their chances at a first round upset on Wednesday thwarted by a pair of Crystal City hands. Down by three with 1:25 left in regulation, the Bluejays tried for a 29-yard field goal on fourth and goal. However, the Hornets broke through Charleston's line of defense and knocked down their game-saving attempt to preserve a 16-13 win...
Caruthersville blows out Herculaneum (11/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARUTHERSVILLE -- Caruthersville running back Darrell Monroe scored four touchdowns as the Caruthersville Tigers blitzed Herculaneum on Wednesday during their Regional showdown, 48-0, to push their record to 10-1. The Tigers will advance to the Class 2 Sectional against Crystal City on Monday at Hopke Field in Caruthersville...
Hillsboro ground game too much for Sikeston (11/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- Motion in the backfield, followed by the snap, led to an average of five yards a carry for the Hillsboro Hawks. Their ground-and-pound running style barreled over the Sikeston Bulldogs to the tune of 267 rushing yards on 51 attempts during their Regional matchup on Wednesday night which aided the Hawks to a nail-biting 34-32 win...
District reign ends (10/28/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- For two years the Sikeston Bulldogs have dominated the competition in Class 4, District 1, but their reign came to an end on Thursday night. Farmington captured both the SEMO Conference North title as well as the district championship in one big swoop, defeating the Bulldogs 55-21 at SPS Stadium...
Bluejays can't slow Caruthersville explosive offense (10/28/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- With a chance to lock up the Class 2, District 1 championship, the Charleston Bluejays proved unable to keep up with the Caruthersville Tigers' high-powered offense, falling 41-23. "We had a couple mistakes there in the first half that kind of stumbled our offense," Charleston head coach Brett Blackman said. "We're not the type of offense that can go in and match them point-for-point...
Dexter clinches district crown (10/28/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- The Dexter Bearcats won their second-straight Class 3, District 1 title on Thursday night, blanking the Fredericktown Blackcats 35-0. Dexter wasted no time getting on the board as the Bearcats' Cody Neldon intercepted a Fredericktown pass on their first possession. Dexter made the Blackcats pay just two plays later when Cody Stevens hooked up with Tyler Miller for a 37-yard touchdown pass just under three minutes into the game...
SHS season ends in district semifinals (10/25/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- They put a scare into the top-seeded Farmington Knightettes, but the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team went as far as their seeding said they would. The fourth-seeded Lady Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Cape Central High School on Monday after defeating the host, Cape Central Lady Tigers, but fell to Farmington in straight sets to end their season...
Dexter rolls past Fredericktown; NMCC loses in three sets to Kennett (10/25/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Pulling away early in both sets, the third-seeded Dexter Lady Bearcats swept the sixth-seeded Fredericktown Lady Blackcats 25-11, 25-17 on Monday to advance to the semifinals of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament...
Oran and Portageville stay alive, Lady Jays fall (10/25/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ZALMA -- The Oran Lady Eagles volleyball team kept their season alive on Monday, defeating host Zalma in three sets in the first round of the Class 1, District 3 Tournament. Seeded fifth, Oran dropped the first set to Zalma 25-18 before taking the next two sets 25-16, 25-17...
Oran falls to Naylor in district title game (10/08/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Bursts of offense from the Naylor Lady Eagles put Oran's hopes of toppling the Class 1, District 1 top-seed out of the picture. Naylor erupted for five runs in the third inning and four more in the sixth to put an end to Oran's season on their home field on Friday during a 9-1 loss...
District champ (10/07/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It was a nerve-racking start for Sikeston's Kelsey Dial. She came into the 2011 Girls Individual Tennis Class 1, District 1 Tournament as the top overall seed and didn't want to disappoint. Although hampered by a slow start in the district championship match, Dial eventually calmed her worries after falling behind in the first set against Dexter's Jess Snider, to win a singles district championship on Thursday afternoon at the Sikeston Tennis Courts...
Scott City downs St. Vincent; Kelly sees season end (10/07/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FESTUS -- Jumping out to an two-run lead in the first inning on thursday, the Scott City Lady Rams held on for a 6-1 win over St. Vincent on Thursday to advance to the Class 2, District 2 championship game, "We consistently hit and played good defense," Scott City coach Amy Pobst said. "We just played an all-around good game."...
Oran advances to district title game (10/07/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- She hadn't pitched in over a week, but Oran's Morgan Todt came up big for the Lady Eagles in Thursday's Class 1, District 1 semifinal contest against the Delta Lady Bobcats. Backed by a flawless performance from her defense, Todt allowed five hits and three walks while striking out three in seven innings as the Lady Eagles rolled to a 6-0 win...
District tournaments begin (10/06/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- All season long the Chaffee Lady Devils have relied on their offense to give them the upper hand. On Wednesday, however, it just didn't show up. Chaffee ended their season with a 6-3 defeat to Neelyville at Oran High School during the first round of the Class 1, District 1 tournament...
SHS season ends at hands of Knightettes; Kelly advances with 9-3 win (10/06/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- Bringing their season to a close, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs fell 5-2 on Wednesday to the Farmington Knightettes in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament. "We struggled going from a faster pitcher, like the one we saw against Naylor on Monday, to a slower one like Farmington has," Sikeston assistant coach Paige Silverthorn said. "We started to catch up later in the game, but by then it was just a little too late."...
Sikeston netters fall in first round of districts (10/04/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FREDERICKTOWN -- The Sikeston girls tennis team lost a heartbreaking match 5-4 to the Fredericktown Lady Blackcats on Monday in the first round of the Class 1, District 1 tennis tournament. "It was a disappointing loss today at Fredericktown," said Sikeston coach Russ Dial. "We fought hard but committed too many errors to win."...
Sikeston Jr. Babe Ruth eliminated from tourney (08/08/11)
HOLYOKE, Colo. -- The 13-15 year old Sikeston babe ruth baseball team was eliminated from the 2011 Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional Tournament in Holyoke, Colo., after losing both of their Sunday games. Sikeston began the tournament with a 10-0 win Friday over North Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, in five innings...
Regional bracket play (08/04/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Moving on to play Scott County in the semifinals today, the Mineral Area National team defeated Emporia, Kan., 8-2 on Wednesday in the Cal Ripken 11U Midwest Plains Regional Tournament at the Sikeston Sports Complex...
Sikeston chased down by Kansas (08/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Unable to overcome an early six-run deficit on Monday, the Sikeston All-Stars fell 8-5 to Emporia, Kansas in pool play at the Cal Ripken 11U Midwest Plains Regional Tournament at the Sikeston Sports Complex. "We had too many errors early and waited too late to come back," Sikeston coach Stacy Pratt said. "We battled back and came close. We gave it a shot."...
Regional begins (07/30/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Rallying for three runs in wild sixth inning, the Scott County All Stars pulled out a 6-5 win over Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada on Friday in the Cal Ripken 11U Midwest Plains Regional Tournament. "We kicked it around for six innings," Scott County coach Scott Nichols said. "But we just kind of hung around and then finally we got a few breaks...
Sikeston set to host 11U Cal Ripken Midwest Plains Regional (07/28/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Starting on Thursday, the Sikeston All Stars will set their sights on another championship as they host the 2011 Cal Ripken 11U Midwest Plains Regional Tournament. "The core of our team here has been together since they were six year olds," Sikeston team manager Stacy Pratt said. "We've won two state championships as well as two regional championships...
Squirrels stopped (07/26/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- A day after their cold bats moved them into the loser's bracket of the 2011 Midwest Plains Regional Senior Babe Ruth Tournament, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels saw their season come to a close. Facing the Minnetonka, Minn., Mudhens on Monday, the Squirrels were only able to muster five hits as the Hens rolled to a 10-3 win...
Squirrels have sights set on World Series berth (07/21/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Fresh off their fourth state title in five years, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels will begin their hunt for a return trip to the World Series this weekend when they host the 2011 Midwest Plains Regional Senior Babe Ruth Tournament...
Strong finish (06/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- With their other two starters, Zac Chasteen and Kody Moore, having pitched in the prior day's semifinal matchup, Oran turned to junior Dalton Elfrink on Thursday to take the mound with third place in the Class 1 state tournament on the line...
Old demons come back to haunt Jays in 11-10 loss (06/03/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- Through Charleston's first six postseason games the Bluejays were able to put their regular season troubles in the field to rest with solid defensive play that helped them earn a trip to the Class 2 Show Me Showdown...
Oran runs out of late-inning magic in 6-5 loss to Liberal (06/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- After giving up three unearned runs on five errors in Wednesday's Class 1 semifinal matchup with Liberal, the Oran Eagles once again needed late-inning heroics if they were to keep their state title hopes alive...
Charleston unable to get tying run home in 4-3 loss to New Bloomfield (06/02/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com SPRINGFIELD -- In stranding the tying run on third in the top of seventh, Charleston saw its run at the Class 2 state title come to close Wednesday afternoon in a 4-3 loss to the New Bloomfield Wildcats in the Show Me Showdown semifinals at Meador Park in Springfield...
SHS finishes with one state title, 14 all-staters (05/31/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- After an eventful first day that saw one of their own sit atop the podium at the Class 3 state track meet in Jefferson City on Friday, the Sikeston Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs track team failed to match the excitement on Saturday...
Naile-ing down history (05/27/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Earning his fifth win as many postseason games, James Naile pitched the type of game the Bluejays needed if they wanted a chance to slip by Valle Catholic and make their first-ever appearance in next week's Show Me Showdown...
Chaffee sweeps Dexter (05/27/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- Opening up its Sr. Babe Ruth season against the Dexter Bearcats at home on Thursday, Chaffee took both games in a double-header 6-3 and 6-0. Taking the win in the first game, Connor Scott went five innings and struck out nine while allowing two earned runs on three hits and a walk...
SHS boys seeking high finish at Class 3 meet (05/26/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- The Sikeston boys track team is on the bubble. They have enough competitors to make some noise but the teams above them have just as many -- or more. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs will look to edge their way towards a high finish during the Class 3 state track meet on Friday and Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City...
Charleston and Oran both will play today (05/26/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Heavy rains and strong storms that engulfed the area on Wednesday postponed all scheduled state baseball playoff games until today. Charleston's first trip to the state quarterfinals was pushed back until today at 5:30 p.m. when they host the No. 1 team in Class 2, the Valle Catholic Warriors (22-5). The Bluejays enter the contest with a record of (15-9) after their dramatic 6-5 win over Malden on Monday...
Jays win sectional with third-straight walk-off win (05/24/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- If there is one trend in Charleston's postseason run so far it's been the Bluejays' flair for the dramatic. After opening their district tournament with a 10-0 rout over East Carter, the Bluejays have pulled out three-straight contest with game-winning runs in the seventh...
Weather halts Oran sectional contest (05/24/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com COOTER -- The Class 1, Sectional 1 game between the Oran Eagles and the Cooter Wildcats was postponed due to lightening and thunderstorms on Monday. Wildcats' starter Zach Watkins was in the batter's box in the top of the third when the first lightening strike of the afternoon sent each team inside their respective dugouts. While suspending play for the mandatory 30 minutes following a strike, pouring rain came soon after forcing officials to call the game...
Sikeston sending several athletes to state track meet (05/23/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- The Sikeston boys and girls track team will be sending several athletes to the Class 3 state championships after a strong showing on Saturday during the Class 3, Sectional 1 meet at Lutheran South High School in St. Louis...
Nicholson takes third in discus, fourth in shot put (05/23/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- East Prairie senior Jennifer Nicholson placed third and fourth in her two throwing events at the Class 2 state championship meet at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City. Nicholson placed third in the discus with a throw of 131-06 after scratching on two of her attempts...
Sectional showdowns: Oran set to meet Cooter once again in sectionals (05/22/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com COOTER -- The Oran Eagles will face a familiar foe during their Class 1, Sectional 1 game. The Eagles (20-2) will square off against the Cooter Wildcats for a chance to move on in the post season. "They're a good ball club," Oran head coach Mitch Wood said. "I should be an interesting ball game."...
Sectional showdowns: Charleston, Malden both in unfamiliar territory (05/22/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- Fresh off of their first district championship in school history, the Charleston Bluejays will have little time to celebrate as they gear up for their next challenge in the Class 2, Sectional 1 bout scheduled for Monday...
Risco well represented on all-conference team (05/22/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- The 2011 Tri-County All-Conference boys baseball team was recently released. Members of the first team, second team and honorable mention are as followed. Zack Watkins, Sr., Cooter Joe Campbell, Sr., Campbell Caleb McCord, Soph., Risco...
'Extra Special' (05/20/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Since taking over the Charleston program, Bluejays' head coach Michael Minner has had one thing on his mind: to bring home the first district title in school history. Fittingly enough it was a group of seniors that have been with Minner through two near misses that helped him capture that coveted title Thursday afternoon in front of their home crowd in the Class 2, District 2 Tournament championship game...
Oran wins district crown (05/19/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Oran pitcher Dalton Elfrink will be the first to tell you that Wednesday was not his best outing on the mound. He allowed the Bernie Mules nine runs on 10 hits in his 5 2/3 innings of work during the Class 1, District 2 Championship game at Oran...
SHS drops title game (05/19/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs were hoping to have one more magical day at Wilson-Rozier Park, but the hopes of a district title ended with an 8-6 loss to Cape Central on Wednesday in the Class 4, District 1 championship game...
Early runs lift Valle over Red Devils in title match-up 6-3 (05/19/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- After giving up four first-inning runs to top-seeded Valle Catholic in Wednesday's Class 2, District 3 Tournament championship, the second-seeded Chaffee Red Devils found themselves forced to play catch up the final six innings of play...
Braves earn first district win since 2004 season (05/17/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- At first glance, Dustin and Kamryn Johnson may seem to have a lot in common. But, when it comes to pitching, the two have different styles. The twin brothers both had a chance to display their throwing tactics in Scott County Central's first round game in the Class 1, District 2 tournament on Monday against rival Bell City...
SHS takes advantage of DeSoto mistake (05/17/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Just when it looked like DeSoto was going to take Sikeston into extra innings in Monday's opening game of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament, the Bulldogs caught what is likely they're biggest break of the season...
Bulldogs' Deere in contention for all-state (05/17/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com BOLIVAR -- Sikeston's Evan Deere is in contention to earn all-state honors at the Class 3 state golf tournament being held at Silo Ridge Golf Course in Bolivar. Deere, a junior, carded an 81 on Monday and is currently sitting in 18th place with his second round to be played today. The top 15 golfers earn all-state honors...
Risco rolls into district semifinals (05/17/11)
Sikeston slips past Fredericktown 2-1 (05/16/11)
davidj@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer team found out there is some truth to the old adage of "it's tough to beat a team three times in one season." Tough, but not impossible. Sikeston, who had defeated Fredericktown 3-1 in early April and again 5-2 on Thursday night, needed a late goal to top the Lady Blackcats 2-1 on Saturday afternoon, earning a trip to the Class 2, District 1 semifinals in the process...
SHS boys second, girls fourth in districts (05/16/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Despite cold, wet and windy conditions, the Class 3, District 1 track and field meet was held at Farmington High School on Saturday afternoon. Sikeston's boys team had a strong day, finishing with 117.50 points, but it wasn't enough to reclaim the district crown from Farmington, which captured its second-straight district title with 144 points...
Scott City, Chaffee boys finish second at sectionals (05/16/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com PRINCIPIA -- The Scott City boys track team qualified all four relays for the Class 2 state track meet while East Prairie's Jennifer Nicholson qualified in three events at the Class 2 Sectional 1 meet at Principia. The Rams' Brandon Shemonia won the 1,600 and 3,200, while Garett Schaefer won the 100 as Scott City finished second as a team...
Fox, Bloomfield blank East Prairie 2-0 in first round (05/16/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Riding an 11-game win streak into Saturday's Class 2, District 2 opening round match-up against East Prairie, the Bloomfield Wildcats showed that last Wednesday's 3-2 regular season win over the Eagles was no fluke...
Nailed it (05/16/11)
Local teams gear up for districts (05/13/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs baseball team entered district play last season with high hopes, only to lose in the first round to North County in a game that started early in the morning and was delayed by rain. This year the Bulldogs are looking to erase the memory of last season when they begin Class 4, District 1 play on Saturday. Sikeston, seeded fourth, takes on fifth seeded DeSoto at 10:30 a.m. at Wilson-Rozier Park in Farmington...
Chaffee takes third in boys, fifth in girls (05/09/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com FULTON -- The Chaffee boys finished third while the girls finished fifth in Saturday's Class 1 District 1 meet at the Missouri School for the Deaf in Fulton. The top four finishers in each event qualified for sectional competition, which will be held Saturday at Centralia...
Rams win district (05/09/11)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Scott City claimed the Class 2, District 1 boys district championship on Saturday at Southeast Missouri State's Abe Stuber Complex. The top four finishers in each event qualified for next week's sectional competition, which will be held at Principia...
BA All-Stars (04/04/11)
Braves win 15th state championship (03/21/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com COLUMBIA -- They held the number three up as high as they could reach. For three-straight years, the Scott County Central Braves have sat atop the Class 1 scene as one of the better teams in the state. They possess three state trophies, and three fingers, to prove it...
Scott County Central boys basketball team completes 3-peat (03/19/11)
The Braves defeated Dadeville 69-54 to win Scott County Central's record 15th state championship.
Charleston boys basketball team faces tall test in state semifinal (03/15/11)
Hogan Prep will boast a considerable height advantage on the Bluejays with four of their five starters standing at least 6-2. Comparability, Charleston's tallest player is Greg Tucker who is listed at 6-2.
Sikeston boys basketball team finishes undefeated, Hall of Fame season with state title (03/14/11)
The Bulldogs claimed their first state championship in basketball with a 74-55 win over ST. Francis Borgia on Saturday.
Father and son team for rare feat (03/14/11)
"I'm just so happy," Will Holifield said. "I love my dad. He's been my hero, my best friend my whole life. Just to go out my last year and give him one just means everything in the world to me. It just means so much to me."
Four Sikeston seniors fulfill pact with state championship (03/14/11)
"Us seniors, we've been waiting on this since seventh grade," Janeil Hatchett said. "We'd argue and go through this and that but, as seventh graders, we said we were going to get this our senior year."
Corey Porter continues family legacy (03/14/11)
Porter, along with his highly decorated basketball family, were on a mission once they made the trek eight miles south to Sikeston High School six years ago.
On the run: Scott Central uses 60-2 run to defeat Chadwick in quarterfinals (03/14/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com POPLAR BLUFF -- For the first four minutes of Saturday's Class 1 quarterfinal game, it looked as if the Chadwick Cardinals could play with the heavily favored Scott County Central Braves. A Seth Thomas 3-pointer put the Cardinals up 7-4 with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter, sending the Cardinals' fans into a frenzy. ...
Jays return to Showdown (03/14/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com POPLAR BLUFF -- After suffering a toe injury late in Charleston's 70-68 Sectional win over Ava on Wednesday, Bluejay guard Greg Tucker's status for Saturday's quarterfinal matchup with Bayless remained up in the air in the days leading up the contest...
Slow start sinks Scott City girls (03/14/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com POPLAR BLUFF -- Plagued by a slow start, Scott City's deep push into the postseason came to an end Saturday afternoon in its Class 3 MSHSAA Quarterfinal matchup against Kennett. Looking for the first trip to the Show-Me Showdown in school history, the Lady Rams committed nine first half turnovers on the way to a 22-point halftime deficit...
Absolutely perfect (03/14/11)
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Taking it easy: Bulldogs kick back and relax in day before biggest game (03/13/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com COLUMBIA -- The day before the Sikeston Bulldogs took on one of their post-season arch rivals, the championship hopefuls took it easy. Following their hard-fought win over Lafayette on Thursday, the Bulldogs enjoyed dinner and a peaceful night in their hotel...
Familiar formula: Sikeston boys basketball team wears down Lafayette in 64-43 semifinal win (03/11/11)
Sikeston, now 29-0 on the season, will play for the state championship against a familiar foe, St. Francis Borgia, which defeated No. 2 ranked Soldan 71-58 in the other semifinal matchup.
Ruffin steps up when it was needed most for Sikeston (03/11/11)
Sophomore Vashon Ruffin scored seven consecutive points after the Bulldogs fell behind 18-13 in the second quarter.
Quarterfinal preview: Charleston to take on Bayless (03/11/11)
"We did a little scouting on them and I think we're going to be faced with another pretty good team," Charleston coach Danny Farmer said. "But I think it's a winnable game if we go out and play our game."
Quarterfinal preview: Scott Central looks to keep rolling against Chadwick (03/11/11)
"I expect them to come out and try to control the tempo," Scott Central coach Kenyon Wright said. "We've had some dealings with that here toward the end of the season."
Charleston survives Ava rally (03/10/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com WEST PLAINS -- The Charleston Bluejays survived a huge scare from the Ava Bears on Wednesday during the Class 3, Sectional round at the West Plains Civic Center. A huge defensive play from Jamaul Gray and clutch scoring from sophomore Ryan Parham, however, helped the Bluejays escape with a 70-68 victory...
Tough inside (03/10/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com PARK HILLS -- Controlling the paint for most of the night Wednesday, New Haven defenders didn't make things easy for Oran's Jon Morrow, whose presence normally allows the Eagles plenty of points inside. In getting Morrow in foul trouble early, New Haven was able to hold the Eagles' big man to only six points on the night while taking advantage of poor shooting from Oran to pull out a 52-41 win...
Eye on the prize (03/08/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com COLUMBIA -- At this stage, every team is capable and worthy of winning two games and hoisting a trophy. And even though they carry a spotless record and have been ranked the No. 1 team in Class 4 for countless weeks, the Sikeston Bulldogs aren't looking past anyone -- starting with the St. Joseph Lafayette Fighting Irish...
Sikeston boys basketball team hammers Imagine College Prep to advance to state semifinals (03/07/11)
No. 1 ranked Sikeston showed how explosive they can be for an entire game as they demolished the Bears 82-44 at the Farmington Civic Center.
District champs: Experience lifts Risco over Clarkton (03/04/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com GIDEON -- Prior to last season, the Risco Tigers had won one district title in school history. On Thursday night, the Tigers used the experience they garnered from last season's district title to defeat Clarkton 79-73 in the Class 1, District 1 championship game...
District champs: Seniors help propel Oran over Hornets (03/04/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com ORAN -- After last year's disappointing loss in the Class 2, District 3 Tournament semifinals, this year's group of Oran seniors wasn't about to let their last shot at a district title slip through their fingers. Playing on their home court for the last time in Thursday's championship game, Nathan Michelsen, Jon Morrow and Tyler Heuring, all seniors, combined for 51 points against Advance, helping propel the Eagles to a 72-55 win...
District champs: Porter leads Braves past Oak Ridge (03/04/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DELTA -- The line stretched from the locker room door, all the way to the gym floor. Kids, teenagers and some adults stood anxiously awaiting Otto Porter's presence with pens and markers in hand wanting the star's autograph. He signed every last one of their hats, shirts, phone covers, dollar bills and ESPN Rise magazines with his picture gracing the cover. Some kids even took their shoes off their own feet for Porter to sign...
Charleston routs Twin Rivers, back in district finals (03/04/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com NEW MADRID -- The Charleston Bluejays wanted to make sure that there would be no repeat of last year. After such a brutal double-overtime victory against New Madrid County Central in last year's district semifinal game, the Bluejays had nothing left in the tank in a lopsided loss to Kennett in the championship game the following night...
Delta survives scare from SCC to win title (03/04/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DELTA -- For the better part of three quarters, the Scott County Central Bravettes put a scare into the Delta Lady Bearcats. However, Delta heated up from the perimeter and extended their season with a 60-47 win over the Bravettes to claim the Class 1, District 2 girls championship on Thursday at Delta High School...
Sikeston boys hammer Knights to return to quarterfinals (03/03/11)
The Bulldogs defeated Farmington 83-41 to advance to the state quarterfinals and improve to 27-0.
Experience wins out: (03/03/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com PARK HILLS -- The youthfulness of the Dexter Lady Bearcats finally caught up with them. A veteran Farmington Knightettes squad set a disastrous early tone, putting the inexperienced Lady Bearcats on their heels en route to a 68-44 Dexter loss during the Class 4 Sectional at Mineral Area College...
Portageville rolls into semifinals with 83-20 win (03/01/11)
PORTAGEVILLE -- The Portageville Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Class 2, District 1 Tournament by easily defeating Senath-Hornersville 83-20 on Monday. Portageville built a 50-5 lead at halftime and put 10 players in the scoring column as they eased to the win in the second half...
Oran puts end to Lady Devils' season (02/28/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com ORAN -- The Oran Lady Eagles had a field day on the glass. That's one area where Chaffee senior Randi Wiley knows she struggles in. "I haven't rebounded since the seventh grade," Wiley admitted. "I'm a terrible rebounder -- I'll be the first to tell you that."...
Top seeds advance: Charleston, NMCC girls ease to wins (02/28/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com NEW MADRID -- There were no surprises on the opening day of the Class 3, District 1 Tournament at New Madrid on Saturday as all of the top seeded teams posted wins in the first round. In the girls division, third seeded Charleston had little trouble with sixth seeded Malden, defeating the Lady Wave 61-29...
Scott City boys and girls both advance (02/28/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com JACKSON -- Though sixth-seed Kelly was able to hang around early, big runs in both the second and third quarter by third-seed Scott City lifted the Rams to a 68-40 win in the opening round of the Class 3, District 3 Tournament on Saturday at Saxony Lutheran High School...
Sikeston survives Notre Dame to win third-straight district title (02/27/11)
The Sikeston boys basketball team overcame it's biggest second-half deficit of the season to defeat Notre Dame 66-52.
Showing poise: Young Lady Bearcats hold off Notre Dame for district title (02/27/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- Although they are riddled with underclassmen, the Dexter Lady Bearcats showed poise beyond their years. Facing an older and much more experienced Notre Dame squad, the Lady Bearcats squeezed out a 56-52 win on Friday to claim the Class 4, District 1 championship at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter...
Pressure (02/22/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs have become known for their full-court pressure defense since Matt Schonhoff was named the new coach before the season. On Monday night, that defense wreaked havoc, forcing Perryville into 41 turnovers as Sikeston defeated the Lady Pirates 57-47 in the first round of the Class 4, District 1 Tournament at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter...
Scott Central runs past Maplewood Saturday (02/22/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Otto Porter scored a season-high 41 points as Scott County Central rolled to an impressive 89-55 thrashing over Maplewood-Richmond Heights on Saturday afternoon at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium. The Braves (21-2) raced out to a 24-8 first quarter lead and were never challenged by the Blue Devils. The Braves led 54-26 at the half and 79-41 heading into the fourth quarter...
February 21, 2011 Scoreboard (02/21/11)
All the high school sports results reported to semoball.com.
Three SHS wrestlers still alive in Class 3 (02/18/11)
Three NMCC wrestlers qualify for state tourney (02/15/11)
ST. LOUIS -- Three New Madrid County Central wrestlers qualified for state competition over the weekend. Both Charles Taylor (34-2) and Daray Anderson (31-4) each finished second in the 119-pound and 135-pound weight division respectively. Bryce Smith (15-10) finished third in the 103-pound division...
SHS sending five to state (02/14/11)
sd_sports@yahoo.com FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston wrestling team will be sending five Bulldogs to state competition after the Class 3, District 1 tournament on Friday and Saturday in Farmington. As a team, Sikeston finished fifth out of 13 schools with a total of 95 points...
Williams, Underwood both receive postseason honors (02/02/11)
SIKESTON -- Two Sikeston Bulldog soccer players received post-season recognition for their help in Sikeston's best finish in school history. The Bulldogs finished 15-12 during last season, losing to the Notre Dame Bulldogs in the Class 2, District 1 championship game, all with the help of senior Evan Underwood and junior Hunter Williams...
Coaches All-State: Eight players selected from SHS squad (12/16/10)
Offensive lineman Corey Porter, quarterback Trey Lewis and linebacker Ray Clark were honored with first team selections
SHS soccer players earn awards (12/14/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Seven members of the record-setting 2010 version of the Sikeston Bulldogs soccer team recently received post-season honors for the All-District and All-Conference teams. Hunter Williams and Evan Underwood both were named to the first team, All-Conference squad while Michael Gibson and Tyler Neal were given second team honors. Blake Angle and Josh Bill were put on the honorable mention team...
Area's best: Sikeston senior Trey Lewis wins Carr Trophy (12/02/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com POPLAR BLUFF -- For the second year in-a-row, the SEMO Conference Carr Trophy was presented to a Sikeston Bulldog. Senior Trey Lewis was presented the award on Wednesday night at the 65th Annual Poplar Bluff Gridiron Banquet honoring Southeast Missouri High School Football...
Disappointing end (11/22/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Welcomed sunshine pierced through a cold and breezy day at Sikeston Public Schools Stadium on Saturday afternoon about the same time the Sikeston Bulldogs went ahead by eight points just moments before halftime. For the mammoth home crowd donned in black, that small sign of good things to come became almost assured when Sikeston senior tailback Darryl Howard ran almost the length of the field to give them a 21-6 advantage...
Sikeston football team focused on Warrenton (11/19/10)
The Bulldogs will host a state semifinal for the first time when Warrenton visits on Saturday.
Sikeston linebackers compete with each other and the competition (11/18/10)
For senior linebackers Ray Clark and Treston Pulley, there are two types of competition going on at the same time once they take the field. One is against their opponent. The second -- against one another.
Sikeston semifinal game to be webcast (11/18/10)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Southeast Health webcast on KFVS12.com is scheduled to present the Warrenton Warriors vs. the Sikeston Bulldogs varsity high school state semifinal football game on Saturday afternoon from Sikeston High School. Live coverage is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m...
Just having fun! (11/16/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- For Sikeston's leading rusher and receiver, playing football for the Bulldogs is just for fun. They take punishing hits and absorb the bumps and bruises all for a chance to play with their friends one last time. "This right here is mostly for fun," senior tailback Darryl Howard said...
Huge tailgating event is planned for Saturday (11/16/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston faithful stormed the practice field prior to the Bulldogs' quarterfinal home game against Ladue Horton-Watkins last season with tents, barbecue grills and a purpose. "We think that when the opposing team comes in and see all of our fans, there's definitely an intimidation factor there," Sikeston Booster Club president Kevin Collins said...
Running Wild: Sikeston blows past Roosevelt 47-0 in quarterfinals (11/15/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com ST. LOUIS -- Sikeston senior Corey Porter knows he and his fellow lineman don't usually make headlines. However, it's what they do up front that breaks those long runs and opens things up for Sikeston's linebackers that has given the Bulldogs their second straight 13-0 season and a 47-0 Class 4 quarterfinal win over the Roosevelt Rough Riders on Saturday in St. Louis...
Season ends: John Burroughs too much for Dexter in quarterfinals (11/15/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com ST. LOUIS -- After pushing deeper into the playoffs than any Dexter team in over two decades, the Bearcats season has come to a close. Going against John Burroughs in the Class 3, quarterfinals Saturday afternoon, the Bearcats saw the Bombers build a 35-point lead going in to the half before winning 42-6 to advance to the semifinals...
No doubt: SHS proves dominance with second shutout of Cape Central (11/09/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- In some minds, the first win didn't cut it. There were still doubts on who was the better of the two. Monday night, however, solidified what the Sikeston Bulldogs already knew. "We've been telling ourselves that we're the best team in Southeast Missouri," Sikeston quarterback Trey Lewis said. "But, talking wasn't good enough. We had to come out here and prove it to everybody else."...
Bulldog defense was 'relentless' (11/09/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston senior Ray Clark has just one word to describe the Sikeston defense. "Relentless." Clark's self-description was spot on against the Cape Central Tigers on Monday night, as he and the rest of the Bulldogs' defense dominated what has been a prolific, high-scoring Cape Central offense for the second time in four weeks in a 40-0 Class 4 sectional round win...
Staying Alive: Dexter holds off Park Hills Central in Class 3 sectional (11/09/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com PARK HILLS -- With Dexter able to hold off one last desperation drive by the Park Hills Central Rebels Monday night in a Class 3 sectional showdown, the Bearcats punched their ticket to the state quarterfinals. Up 28-20 late in the fourth, Dexter gave the Rebels one last chance with 28 seconds left when they turned the ball over on fourth down while trying to run out the clock, leaving Park Hills Central on their own 34...
Sectional games tonight (11/08/10)
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SHS set for rematch with Cape Central (11/07/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- It will be the second time in as many years that the Sikeston Bulldogs face the same team twice if they want to advance through the Class 4 state playoffs. Last year, Poplar Bluff. Now, Cape Central. "I don't think there is any doubt it's harder to beat a good team twice," Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs said. "And, certainly from that prospective, we're kind of at a disadvantage."...
Dexter set to take on Rebels for second time (11/07/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- Much like their regional match up against the St. Genevieve Dragons last Wednesday, the Dexter Bearcats will enter Monday's sectional contest against the Park Hills Central Rebels going against a team they've already played in the regular season...
Runaway (11/04/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Almost every game this season, the Sikeston Bulldogs have tried to throw off opposing defenses with some sort of big yardage play. Whether it be a long, gadget pass from quarterback Trey Lewis or a reverse/misdirection run from their array of running options...
Bearcats win their first playoff game since 1987 (11/04/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- Coming into Tuesday's Class 3 Regional against St. Genevieve, the last time Dexter had won a playoff game was back in 1987, when current head coach Aaron Pixley was still in uniform for the Bearcats. Now roaming the sideline instead of the field, Pixley watched his squad put up 473 yards of total offense in a 49-28 win that sends the Bearcats on to play Park Hills Central in sectionals Monday...
Green Wave fall to Herky, 29-18 (11/04/10)
HERCULANEUM -- The Malden Green Wave saw their season come to an end in a Class 2 regional football game on Wednesday night, losing to the Herculaneum Blackcats 29-18. Things seem to be going well for Malden, who led 12-7 at halftime and 18-15 after three quarters, but Herculaneum scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to end the Green Wave season at 8-3...
SHS faces rival for district title (11/02/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston soccer program's biggest rivalry will be renewed on its biggest stage tonight at 6 p.m., when the Bulldogs face off against the hosting Notre Dame Bulldogs for the Class 2, District 1 title. "You can't deny that just the match-up between us and them adds intensity (to the championship game)," Sikeston coach Doyle Noe said. ...
Playoffs begin (11/02/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- For the second straight season, the Sikeston Bulldogs will be playing playoff football with an unblemished record. Although the experience is there, the Bulldogs learned something about themselves and about what they can't do last week in their comeback win over the Farmington Knights...
Title shot: SHS downs Perryville in district semifinals (11/01/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Not content with what was an already record setting 14-win campaign, the Sikeston Bulldogs kept their season alive Saturday afternoon with a 3-0 win over the Perryville Pirates to open up the Class 2, District 1 Tournament...
Sikeston rallies in second half to win district championship (10/29/10)
Sikeston's second half turnaround rejuvenated the players and the fans in red as it began a string of 35 consecutive points for a 41-27 Bulldog win on Thursday night.
SHS's season ends with district loss (10/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com SIKESTON -- Taking on Jackson to open the Class 4, District 1 tournament Monday night, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs saw their season come to a close as the Lady Indians swept two sets 25-20 and 25-19 to advance to the semifinals. "After losing the first (set) it's really down to if we don't (come back), it's really over," Sikeston coach Steve Beydler said. ...
Lady Bearcats advance, NMCC falls to Kennett (10/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com DEXTER -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats may have sured up any sketchiness they may have had in their game plan with a little bit of practice. "We've been working hard in practice on a couple of things that I knew we needed to work on in order to come out strong in districts," Dexter head coach Lauren Hutchcraft said...
Oran, Risco, Charleston, Portageville lose in district tournaments (10/26/10)
sd_sports@yahoo.com ADVANCE -- The Oran Lady Eagles saw their season come to an end on Monday in the Class 1, District 3 Tournament at Advance. Advance, the fourth seed, defeated Oran 25-19, 25-20 to advance to the semifinals against Leopold. The Lady Hornets then fell to the top seeded Lady Wildcats in straight sets...
Notre Dame softball team no-hit in state semifinal (10/22/10)
The Bulldogs lost to Nevada 3-0 on Friday morning and will play Kirksville for third place at 1 p.m. on Friday.
2010 High School Football District Standings (10/28/10)
Check out which teams have earn their spots in the playoffs.
Briefly: Interception returned for score fuels Cape Central's win (10/16/10)
Christopher Martin picked off a pass and raced 75 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter of a 40-28 win over Farmington.
Briefly: Scott City football team drops district opener (10/16/10)
The Rams lost to Herculaneum 40-12 in a Class 2 District 2 matchup.
Briefly: Estes' 200-yard performance propels Chaffee over St. Vincent (10/16/10)
Chaffee junior running back Tyson Estes ran for 210 yards and four second-half touchdowns in a 40-10 win.