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.”


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.”


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.

McDonald County knocks off Joplin in season opener

JOPLIN, Mo. – (WATCH) McDonald County knocks off Joplin 61-59 in their season opener Tuesday night.

All Wright leads the way for Joplin with a game-high 30 points, while Cross Dowd leads the Mustangs with 24 points.

Lamar preps for Big 8 rematch with Seneca in state semifinals

LAMAR, Mo. – The Lamar Tigers will host Big 8 rival Seneca in the Missouri Class 2 state semifinals on Saturday.

Both teams are 11-1 heading into the weekend.

Seneca was the only team that was able to beat Lamar in the regular season – topping the Tigers 36-33 all the way back in week four.

“There’s a motivation because that was the game where we slipped up earlier in the year,” says Lamar head coach Jared Beshore, “It’s a state semifinal game, and we’re ready to go no matter who it is. It’s just a little added motivation that it’s a team that we got to play earlier in the year.”

“You can tell in practice and stuff. After that game, practice demeanor changed,” says Lamar senior RB/LB Austin Wilkerson on the regular season loss to Seneca, “It’s all kind of intensified. To get another shot at Seneca, we know we let that game slip away. It’s something that we’ve all been waiting for and we’re beep prepping for it.”

It’s rare for conference rivals to meet so late in the state bracket – and the Tigers are expecting a unique atmosphere with their southwest Missouri rivals coming to town with a spot in the state championship on the line.

“It’s going to be an old school atmosphere,” Beshore says, “It’s not going to feel like half the crowd is at home streaming the game. It’s going to feel like they’re all here. Seneca is going to bring their whole town up here. The whole town of Lamar is going to want to come over here and watch this thing. It’s going to be a special game.”

“Our community is always great at giving us a good atmosphere,” Wilkerson adds, “Going down there, it was still a great atmosphere with their fans and our fans. I’m hoping with everything going on and it being here, it will be an even better game.”

Missouri Southern dominates Tabor to earn third straight win

WATCH: Missouri Southern dominates Tabor 75-45 in its home opener. Tyriqe Jackson leads the Lions with a career-high 16 points. Christian Bundy adds 12 points, 6 rebounds and 4 steals and Parker Long tallies 9 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Southern is now 3-2 this season.

Gorillas dominate Indianapolis in playoff opener

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) #4 Pitt State beats #13 UIndy 35-0 in the first round of the Division II playoffs Saturday.

Pitt State will travel to face Ferris State in the second round next weekend.

Seneca advances to state semifinals with win over Liberty

SENECA, Mo. – (WATCH) Seneca tops Liberty-Mountain View 28-14 Saturday afternoon in the Class 2 state quarterfinals.

Seneca travels to face Big 8 rival Lamar in the state semifinals next week.

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.

Long, Taggart lead Lions over Illinois-Springfield; McMahon earns first win as head coach

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Parker Long and Avery Taggart lead Missouri Southern to an 89-80 win over Illinois-Springfield Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Long was 9-12 from the field and finished with a team-high 23 points, while Taggart scored 20 points and added 5 asssists. Vinson Sigmon Jr. (15 pts) and Lawson Jenkins (14 pts) were also in double figures for the Lions.

Friday’s win was the first win for MSSU head coach Sam McMahon as the leader of the Lions’ basketball program.

Gorillas fall to Quincy; English posts double-double for Gorillas

PITTSBURG, Kan. – (WATCH) Pitt State falls to Quincy 82-58 Friday night at the Pitt State Classic.

Marque English posts a double-double for the Gorillas with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Pitt State will be back in action Saturday night vs. Illinois-Springfield at 7:30 PM.