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.

Joplin holds off Ray-Pec to advance to Carthage Invitational championship

CARTHAGE, Mo. – (WATCH) Joplin beats Ray-Pec 56-50 Friday night to advance to the Carthage Invitational championship.

All Wright scores 34 points to lead the way for the Eagles.

Pittsburg rallies in second half to get by Carl Junction

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. – (WATCH) Pittsburg erases an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Carl Junction 57-53 Friday night.

Mason English scores a game-high 22 points for Pittsburg, while Jackson Turnbull adds 18.

Ayden Bard leads the way for Carl Junction with 17 points. Cooper Vediz was also in double figures for the Bulldogs with 12 points.

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


Pittsburg wrestling splits with Tonganoxie

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg High School wrestling splits with Tonganoxie Thursday night, with the girls winning 45-30 and the boys falling to the defending 4A state champion Chieftains 47-21. Results are below.


100: Double Forfeit 105: Juliana Tice (Pitt) over   (TONG) (For.)

110: Isys Galindo (Pitt) over Autumn Wilson (TONG) (Dec 6-4)

115: Kya Galindo (Pitt) over Abagail Starcher (TONG) (Fall 1:02)

120: Grae Vanderweide (TONG) over Kyleah  Kimbrough (Pitt) (Fall 2:29)

125: Alyssa  Heydenrych (Pitt) over Stella  Bradley (TONG) (Fall 0:21) 130: Kellissa Wells (Pitt) over Brooklin Rich (TONG) (Fall 2:53)

135: Jessie Lawson (Pitt) over Finley Keller (TONG) (Fall 0:31)

140: Mackenzie Colgrove (TONG) over Hannah Brown (Pitt) (Fall 1:16)

145: Maddie Burdick (Pitt) over Sydney Shephard (TONG) (Fall 1:41)

155: Shelby Payne (Pitt) over Kendall Smart (TONG) (Fall 4:45)

170: Grace Stein (TONG) over Daphine Samayoa (Pitt) (Fall 0:59)

190: Holly Colvert (TONG) over   (Pitt) (For.)

235: Anna  Tochtrop (TONG) over   (Pitt) (For.)


Beau Underwood (Tonganoxie) over Unknown (For.)
Brodie Starcher (Tonganoxie) over Jarius White (Pittsburg) (Fall 2:19)
Caleb Hartman (Pittsburg) over Presley Herrig (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:24)
Clayton Crookham (Tonganoxie) over Kaleb Cronister (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:39)
Braeden Moore (Tonganoxie) over Eismael Hernandez (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:34)
Cruz Lopez (Pittsburg) over Grant Kelly (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:49)
Corbin McIntier (Pittsburg) over Brady Martin (Tonganoxie) (Dec 4-3)
Noah Bailey (Tonganoxie) over Tyler Bailey (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:54)
Gannon Sonntag (Tonganoxie) over Jonathon Howard (Pittsburg) (Fall 3:36)
JJ White (Pittsburg) over Jack Messersmith (Tonganoxie) (Fall 3:19)
Wyatt Harris (Tonganoxie) over Demarus Partee (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:36)
Rocco Gehring (Tonganoxie) over Jaquan Augustin (Pittsburg) (Dec 8-6)
Hunter Benedict (Tonganoxie) over Stone Peery (Pittsburg) (Fall 1:53)
Gavin Rhoads (Tonganoxie) over Landon Clarke (Pittsburg) (Fall 0:35)

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.


Joplin hangs on to beat Leavenworth in Lady Eagle Classic opener

WATCH: Joplin tops Leavenworth 45-39 in its first game of the Lady Eagle Classic. Bailey Ledford scores a team-high 17 points. Brynn Driver adds 10.

Joplin will be back in action on Friday at 7:30 pm against Farmington in the tournament semifinals.

Goble, Rieck sign at Girard High School

GIRARD, Kan. – A pair of Girard High School senior student-athletes signed on Thursday afternoon to continue their careers at the college level.

Eleanor Rieck signed to play softball at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas.

“They just have a really amazing program. When I went on my visit, their facilities were amazing,” Rieck says, “The coach and the girls that I met with were really kind and made me feel very comfortable around them.”

“I was like oh it’s only 45 minutes away from the house. I could make it home over the weekend and see my parents or my younger brother if I wanted to,” Rieck adds on staying close to home, “They can come watch me play. That’s nice because…I always say that my mom is my biggest cheerleader.”

Sara Goble is headed to Fort Scott to continue her volleyball career at Fort Scott Community College.

“I wanted to go to Fort Scott because they have a great atmosphere and a great family community. They opened their doors to me and they are so nice, kind and loving people,” Goble says, “They love their girls, they believe in their girls and they work hard for their girls.”

“My goal is to have fun. That’s my main goal,” Goble adds, “I eventually want to move on and continue playing,  but if I don’t, that’s ok. Having fun is the most important thing to me.”


FULL INTERVIEW: Webb City’s John Roderique on decision to retire as head football coach

WEBB CITY, Mo. – (WATCH) Webb City’s John Roderique visits with us about his decision to retire as the Cardinals’ head football coach after 26 years.

Roderique talks about why now is the right time, what’s next for him, his final meeting with his players, how he wants to be remembered and more.

Interview Pt. 1 –

Interview Pt. 2 –