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Lamar dominates Seneca to advance to state championship

LAMAR, Mo. – (WATCH) Lamar tops Seneca 56-14 in the state semifinals Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers move on to face Blair Oaks next Friday for the Missouri Class 2 state championship.

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Ferris State knocks Pitt State out of Division II playoffs

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. – (WATCH) Ferris State tops Pitt State 17-14 in the second round of the Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon.

The Bulldog defense tallied 9 sacks on the day against the Gorillas, including six from DE Caleb Murphy.

The Gorillas end the season with a 12-1 overall record.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Seneca prepares to face Lamar in state semifinals

SENECA, Mo. – The Seneca Indians hit the road tomorrow to face Big 8 rival Lamar in the class 2 state semifinals.

Seneca and Lamar met once already this season, back in week four. The Indians handed the Tigers their only loss of the season 36-33.

“The win over Lamar helped our kids understand how good we could be,” Seneca head coach Cody Hilburn says. “Beating a team like Lamar with the run that they’re on was huge and kind of catapulted us into to what we did this year. I’m sure they’re looking forward to playing us again, but I think at this time of year when you’re playing a semifinal game you shouldn’t need much extra motivation.”

“I think they’re going to come out swinging,” says Seneca linebacker Lincoln Renfro. “I know they’re hungry for revenge and I think anyone would be too. I think if we just steady the pace and keep going, we’ll be fine. We want to be the group to do it and we want to be the group that sets the standard for years to come.”

Saturday’s game starts at 1pm.

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Gorillas roll by St. Mary in home opener; Gerber posts double-double

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State tops St. Mary 95-63 in their home opener Wednesday night.

Karenna Gerber posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 23 points and 10 rebounds. Jenna Shipley goes 8-13 from the floor to finish with 20 points. Grace Pyle (18 pts, 4-5 3pt) and Tristan Gegg (13 pts) were also in double figures for Pitt State.

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Jones leads MSSU over Missouri S&T; Lions off to 6-0 start

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) Missouri Southern tops Missouri S&T 73-50 Wednesday night to get to 6-0 this season.

Kryslyn Jones leads the Lions with 18 points. Madi Stokes (10 pts) and Amaya Johns (10 pts, 7 reb) were also in double figures for Missouri Southern.

Kaitlin Hunnicutt finishes with 9 points and 5 rebounds. Layne Skiles adds 8 points and 6 rebounds. Lacy Stokes posts a team-high 7 assists.

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Crouch preps for toughest fight yet, aims for 4-0 start to pro boxing career

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Theran Crouch is about to face his toughest fight yet in his young professional boxing career.

“When we started looking for opponents, our main goal was somebody with experience,” Crouch says, “This guy has 3X as many fights as me and 9X as many rounds. I was like perfect, sign me up.”

“I’m not here for a long time, I’m here for a good time,” he adds, “I’m trying to climb the ladder as fast as I can. The only way to do that is fight these guys who are veterans of the sport and have been through it. Not a lot of fighters at this point would take this fight, but I fear regret a lot more than I do losing.”

Crouch will face Erasmo Garcia from Little Rock, Arkansas on December 3rd at Buffalo Run Casino.

Garcia is 5-3-2 overall in his boxing career with with 3 knockout wins.

“He’s tough. He comes forward,” Crouch says of Garcia, “They can all come forward, because once I land on them, it all stops.”

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While he’s confident – Crouch isn’t taking his next opponent lightly.

“I’ve had a little more fire in my belly this time. This is probably the most excited I’ve ever been for a fight,” Crouch says, “We extended to a 12-week camp. I have a personal trainer. We’ve taken things very seriously. There’s no cutting corners.”

He also has plenty of motivation – as he continues to try to make a name for himself both regionally and nationally.

“I need that big fight, and this is the way to get that – prove myself on the regional scene and then we’ll start making those trips to fight on the coast.”

“I’m a dad now, too. That definitely ups things as well,” Crouch adds, “Now, we’re looking at people taking food off the table for my daughter. If that’s the case, then you better be ready to kill me.”

He’s also motivated to once again put on a show for the home crowd.

“My people and my support group is unmatched,” Crouch says, “Hearing them chant and get after it for me, you can’t beat that.”

 

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Gorillas prepare for second round showdown with Ferris State

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State prepares for their second round playoff matchup with Ferris State.

The Gorillas are 12-0 and are the #3 seed in the region, while the defending national champion Bulldogs are 10-1 and are the #2 seed.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 12 PM.