Big fourth quarter propels Joplin to Carthage Invitational title

WATCH: Joplin gets by Carthage 60-54 to win Carthage Invitational for the second straight year. All Wright leads the Eagles with 23 points. Terrance Gibson adds 16 points.

Carthage rolls by Webb City to advance to Carthage Invitational championship

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage cruises by Webb City 70-48 Friday night to advance to the Carthage Invitational championship.

Max Templeman (23 pts), Britt Coy (13 pts), Justin Ray (12 pts) and Trent Yates (10 pts) were all in double figures for Carthage.

The Tigers will face Joplin in the Carthage Invitational championship at 4:30 PM on Saturday.

Local players earn MFCA All-State honors; Gall named Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year

The Missouri Football Coaches Association has released it’s All-State awards for the 2022 season.

Carthage running back Luke Gall has been named the Missouri Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year – and multiple local players have earned All-State recognition.

Local players receiving all state honors from the MFCA are listed below, or you can check out the full MFCA All-State teams HERE.


RB Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 1st team

ATH Joel Beshore (Lamar) – 1st team

OL Ryan Davis (Lamar) – 1st team

DL Rourke Dillion (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Khiler Nance (Lamar) – 1st team

LB Cameron Sturgell (Lamar) – 1st team

DB Austin Wilkerson (Lamar) – 1st team

K Malachi Hennum (Mt. Vernon) – 1st team

QB Gavyn Hoover (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Braden Dodson (Mt. Vernon) – 2nd team

WR Ian Ngugu (Lamar) – 2nd team

ATH Conner Ackerson (Seneca) – 2nd team

OL Jacob Gravener (Seneca) – 2nd team

LB Lincoln Renfro (Seneca) – 2nd team

P Alex Wilkerson (Lamar) – 2nd team

KR Jackson Marrs (Seneca) – 2nd team

RB Ty Willhite (Lamar) – 3rd team

LB Cody Downing (Mt. Vernon) – 3rd team


OL Talan Chandler (Nevada) – 1st team

TE Drew Beachler (Nevada) – 2nd team

DE Case Sanderson (Nevada) – 2nd team

ATH Avious Steadman (Nevada) – 3rd team

DL Donnie Keith (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

LB Johnny Starks (Carl Junction) – 3rd team

DB Konner Poynter (Monett) – 3rd team


RB Luke Gall (Carthage) – 1st team (Class 5 Offensive Player of the Year)

WR Isaiah Green (Neosho) – 1st team

OL Drew Musche (Carthage) – 1st team

DL Micah Lindsey (Carthage) – 1st team

DE Lucas Ott (Webb City) – 1st team

DB Davion King (Carthage) – 1st team

RB Jared Siler (Neosho) – 2nd team

DB Kaylor Darnell (Webb City) – 2nd team

OL Shaun Hunt (Webb City) – 3rd team


OL Dontrell Holt (Joplin) – 2nd team

LB Draven VanGilder (Joplin) – 2nd team


Carthage tops Southside in Carthage Invitational opener

WATCH: Carthage tops Ft. Smith Southside 45-37 in the first round of the Carthage Invitational. Max Templeman leads the way with 18 points. Justin Ray (13 pts) and Clay Kinder (10 pts) also finish in double digits.

Carthage will face Webb City in the tournament semifinals on Friday at 8:30 pm.


Carthage falls to undefeated Francis Howell in state semifinals

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage falls to Francis Howell 35-13 Saturday afternoon in the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.

“They are a very talented group over there. There’s really not a weakness that we could exploit today,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “If we felt like we had one, they closed that pretty quickly. They forced us to do some other things, rather than line up and run the football like we’re used to. We made some mistakes and turned the ball over way too much.”

The Tigers found themselves in a 21-0 hole early in the second quarter, before scoring their first touchdown of the game.

It felt like the momentum was starting to turn for Carthage – but the Vikings never let them back in the game.

“I think maybe our first three or four possessions ended three-and-out. We just needed to pick up a couple first downs and get these guys some confidence. We were able to do that. Once that happened, we got to rolling a little bit,” Guidie adds, “Give a lot of credit to Francis Howell. They’re very talented and they certainly have a great chance to win it all.”

Carthage finishes the season with an 11-2 overall record.

Luke Gall (Carthage) sweeps COC Player of the Year awards

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage High School senior RB/LB Luke Gall has swept the COC Player of the Year awards, being named both the league’s Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

Defensively, Gall led the Tigers with 92 tackles heading into Saturday’s state semifinal game vs. Francis Howell. That includes 7 tackles-for-loss. He also had a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Offensively, Gall had 1,896 rushing yards and 38 touchdowns heading into Saturday’s game. He also had 13 receptions for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns receiving.

Gall and the Tigers finished the season with an 11-2 overall record, falling to Francis Howell in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon. He is committed to play at Air Force in college.

Carthage aims to return to state championship game

CARTHAGE, Mo. – The Carthage Tigers host the Francis Howell Vikings on Saturday in the Missouri Class 5 state semifinals.

Carthage is 11-1 heading into the weekend, while the Vikings are a perfect 12-0.

With a win, the Tigers would earn a spot in the state championship game for the first time since 2019 – and a shot to bring home the second state title in program history.

“That’s the goal. That’s been the goal since the first week of June, and these guys have stuck to it,” says Carthage head coach Jon Guidie, “I think it would mean the world to these guys and to our community. We do have some kids who played on that state championship team in Luke Gall and Hudson Moore. Those guys bring a certain level of experience because of that.”

“It’s been a completely different environment out here this week,” says senior DT Micah Lindsey on the week of preparation leading up to Saturday’s game, “We had an extra day. We grinded that day and we had a good early-morning practice on Thanksgiving. It was a great week.”

“This is a great place to be on any Friday night, but even more so in the playoffs and in the state semifinals,” Guidie adds on getting to play at home Saturday, “I believe this is the second one we’ve hosted in the last few years. It’s a special time, it really is. I’m hoping for a huge crowd and lots of fun.”

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is at 1 PM in Carthage.

Carthage tops Lebanon to advance to state semifinals

LEBANON, Mo. – (WATCH) Carthage beats Lebanon 35-14 in the Class 5 state quarterfinals Saturday.

Carthage advances to host Francis Howell in the state semifinals next week.

Carthage standouts Cochran, Jackson sign to play college softball

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage High School softball standouts Landry Cochran and Ashlynn Jackson signed Thursday afternoon to continue their careers in college.

Jackson signed to pitch at Fort Scott Community College, while Cochran is headed to Division II Drury University to play in the outfield.

“It’s all surreal. This has been my dream since I was six years old,” Cochran says, “Now that it has finally come full circle, it’s just awesome. I first met the Drury coaches at a camp before my junior year. I just really liked the way he interacted with the players and the way he talked about campus and everything. This summer I had a chance to play in front of him and I went and toured their campus. I just loved it. I loved the way they talked about their softball program, and everything was just awesome.”

“Everybody is just like a family there,” Jackson says on why she chose Fort Scott CC, “They’re all behind each other and they all have each others’ backs through everything.”

Jackson was an All-COC selection and an All-District pick for Carthage this fall.

Cochran is a 4X All-COC pick, a 4X All-District selection – and set program records at Carthage for both single season hits and career hits.

“It’s awesome to think about. When I was here in high school I just wanted to make memories and have fun and to the best I can while I was out there. I think that’s what I did,” Cochran says of setting records at Carthage.

“I would love to earn the leadoff spot at Drury,” Cochran adds of her goals at Drury, “That’s the spot I love, and I would love to play center field. That’s what I’m going for.”

Carthage hits the road to face Lebanon in class 5 state quarterfinals

CARTHAGE, Mo. – Carthage beat Republic on Friday to claim the district title for the first time since 2019.

The Tigers are 10-1 and enter the next round of the playoffs on an eight-game winning streak. They’ll travel to Lebanon for the class 5 state quarterfinals this Saturday.

Lebanon also has just one loss this season and they average 46 points per game, but the Tigers are ready for the challenge. Led by 22 seniors, Carthage is hungry to bring another championship back home.

“Ever since my sophomore year I’ve been playing, and we just fell short the last two years,” says senior safety Davion King. “It was frustrating. We knew we could have done it because we beat Webb City both those years. It feels good to finally advance and we’re ready for a shot.

“We came into the year with 22 seniors which we’ve never had before,” says head coach Jon Guidie. “These guys have a lot of experience and maturity and they’ve gained those things throughout this season. I think that’s been a huge factor in getting us to this point.”