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 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jUhSC9CEMrY

Interview Pt. 2 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFgcUG8ZV1E

Joplin prepares to host Freeman Lady Eagle Classic

JOPLIN, MO. – Joplin hosts the 26th annual Lady Eagle Classic this week. They hit the floor against Leavenworth in the tournament opener on Thursday at 2pm.

The Eagles (1-3) are coming off their first win of the season against Pittsburg.


Duda catches fire, Webb City rolls by Lamar in season opener

WEBB CITY, Mo. (WATCH) Webb City rolls by Lamar 78-60 in their season opener Tuesday night.

Barron Duda leads the way for the Cardinals with 15 points, including 19 points in the 2nd quarter. Joe Adams (13 pts) and Holton Keith (13 pts) were also in double figures for Webb City.

Ian Ngugi had a team-high 14 points for Lamar, while Joel Beshore added 12 for the Tigers.

Gerber provides early-season spark for Pitt State women

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pitt State sophomore forward Karenna Gerber is showing her potential to be one of the best in the MIAA through the team’s first eight games.

“She’s always been aggressive. She’s always had great hands. She’s always been able to run and all of those things, but when it comes together, that’s what you’re seeing right now,” says Pitt State head coach Amanda Davied, “Her basketball IQ is really coming along. She knows where she needs to be and she gets what’s going on.”

Gerber is averaging 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds per game so far this season, including three double-doubles.

It’s a nice jump from her freshman season when she averaged 7 points and 5.7 rebounds per night.

She credits her off-season work and gaining experience last year for her early-season success in year two.

“I think last year gave me a little cushion year almost to keep building off of, and I kind of know what to expect now. I think it gave me something to work on over the summer,” Gerber says, “That’s kind of what I tried to do in the off-season, just work on what I needed to. Being more physical and building confidence and just getting more shots and reps was a big part of it. I did a lot of lifting and stuff to get stronger. There’s some pretty good posts in the MIAA, so I have to be able to hold my ground.”

“Karenna has always been bought in, but I think she just understands the offense more,” Davied adds, “That freshman year is tough. You feel like you’re in the hamster wheel trying to catch up all the time and learn the plays. Just a year of confidence can make a big difference. I think that’s a big part of it.”

Gerber has been great all season for Pitt State – but has really been key in the team’s first three MIAA conference games.

Gerber is averaging 20 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game to begin league play, helping the Gorillas go 2-1 against their first three MIAA opponents. She recorded 20 points, 17 rebounds and 7 blocks last Thursday against Missouri Western in her most productive game of the season.

“I think we’ve been very intentional about getting her the basketball. I think our guards really trust her,” Davied says, “Sometimes guards don’t like to give it up, but I think right now our girls really enjoy giving her the basketball and watching her finish plays.”

“We do a lot of pick-and-roll stuff in practice. We get a lot of reps,” Gerber says about working with the guards, “I’m probably a little faster than some of these guards. If I do my job and set a good screen and roll hard, they’ll get me the ball. We have some really good passers on our team, so that really helps.”

Gerber and the Gorillas will be back in action on Wednesday night, on the road against Newman.


Nine local football players earn KFBCA All-State honors

Nine local players have earned All-State recognition from the Kansas Football Coaches Association.

The All-State teams consist of senior football players nominated and selected by KFBCA members who watched film of nominees and voted on All-State selections. The KFBCA is composed of only 11-man football coaches. The 8-man coaches operate a seperate Kansas Eight-Man Football Coaches Association.

The nine local athletes earning All-State honors are below.

Class 5A

K/P Jackson McKechnie (Pittsburg)

Class 4A

ATH Ty Leedy (Chanute)

DL Dagen Dean (Chanute)

Class 3A

ATH Mario Menghini (Frontenac)

Class 2A

OL Maddox Johnson (Humboldt)

K/P Trey Sommer (Humboldt)

Class 1A

OL Brody Kannarr (Colgan)

WR Colin Hite (Colgan)

LB Carter Jacquinot (Colgan)




Legendary Webb City football coach announces retirement

WEBB CITY, Mo. — A legend in local high school football announces he’s retiring.

Webb City High School Coach John Roderique made the announcement Monday:

“I am so proud to be a part of this amazing community, school, and Webb City Football. For the past 26 years, I’ve been able to do what I love—every single day. What an honor and privilege it has been. Thank you to the administrators, teachers, and staff. And, special thanks to the assistant coaches and young men who have poured their hearts into our program.”

Webb City Football is rooted in pride and tradition and I stand firm on the quote that ‘Great things can be accomplished when everyone works together and nobody cares who gets the credit.’ This quote epitomizes the players and coaches I’ve had the opportunity to work with throughout the years. God has blessed me abundantly.

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“I’m excited (and a little sad) to announce my retirement at the end of this school year I have loved my role as the head football coach and Athletic Director at Webb City High School and will cherish the friendships and memories. From the bottom of my heart—thank you all,” Roderique added.

Roderique announces retirement as Webb City head football coach

WEBB CITY, Mo. – Webb City High School head football coach and athletic director John Roderique has announced his retirement, effective at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Roderique has been the head football coach at Webb City for the last 26 years, going 315-35 overall and leading the program to 13 state championships. He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2021 – and Webb City’s 16 total state championships is the most in Missouri high school football history.

Webb City High School and coach Roderique released a statement Monday afternoon to announce his decision.

The release reads in part, “For the past 26 years, I’ve been able to do what I love, with the people that I love – every single day. What a privilege it has been. Thank you to the administrators, teachers and staff, and special thanks to the assistant coaches and young men who have poured their hearts into our program.”

Check out the full statement below.

Big 4th quarter leads MSSU over Missouri Western; Lions 9-0 to start season

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) Missouri Southern scores 30 points in the 4th quarter Saturday, beating Missouri Western 75-69.

Lacy Stokes scores a team-high 18 points for Missouri Southern, adding 6 assists and 4 rebounds. Kryslyn Jones scores 15, while Hailey Grant adds 13. Madi Stokes collects a team-high 13 points.

The Lions are now 9-0 to begin the season and 2-0 in MIAA league play.

Pitt State holds off Northwest Missouri

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) The Pitt State women hold off Northwest Missouri 61-55 Saturday afternoon.

Karenna Gerber posts another big night for the Gorillas with 23 points and 9 rebounds. Tristan Gegg (13 pts), Grace Pyle (13 pts, 7 reb) and Sydney Holmes (11 pts, 5 reb) were also in double figures for Pitt State.

The Gorillas are 2-1 to begin MIAA play and 6-2 overall.