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Sports Editor Alex Boyer intrigued for fall sports ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM

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Hello, my name is Alex Boyer and I am the Sports Editor of the Laclede County Record. First off, I would like to thank you for being generous enough to take the time out of your day and read the 2019 Fall Sports Buzz. For the past week and a half, I, along with many others here at the LCR have worked tirelessly on providing the town with an informative preview magazine on all fall sports happening at Lebanon High School and Conway High School. I want to take some time to thank the advertising department and graphic design team at the newspaper who have worked hard to make this our biggest Fall Sports edition yet.

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Pictured above is Laclede County Record Sports Editor Alex Boyer attending a St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup Final Game 7 watch party at Busch Stadium in St. Louis in June. Pictured, from left, is Seth Shockley, Boyer, Abbey Schmidt and Jake Flanders.

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Without them, none of this would even be close to possible. For those of you who don’t know much about me, I am a 24-year-old lifelong resident of Lebanon and graduate of LHS Class of 2013. I was lucky enough to take over for longtime sports editor, Israel Potoczny, in 2017 and officially hit my two-year mark at the LCR in May. This will be my third fall sports magazine, and each year that I put it together, I remember how excited I am for high school sports to start back up. I am currently taking college classes to pursue a degree in education where I plan on teaching middle school English. I am an avid sports fan, and anything that has to deal with sports that pops up on my TV, I will watch. I am a die hard fan of the Green Bay Packers, Memphis Grizzlies, St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues and Mizzou athletics. Enough about me, and more about high school sports, right? I have exciting news to share regarding Friday night football games this fall.

About two weeks ago, a couple of my bosses at the LCR came to me with an idea of putting together a separate sports section every Friday night that will be available to the public in the weekend edition. In this section, it will include a story of Friday nights football game, pictures from the game, a Meet the ‘Jacket feature where I go one-on-one with a different football player each week so the community can get to know them, and sports updates from earlier in the week that weren’t in Wednesdays edition of the paper. I think this is a tremendous idea and will help us stay relevant in the sports world by giving the community an upto-date story about the night before along with what is happening in the world of Lebanon sports. If you or someone else has an idea for our Friday night sections or ways to improve our sports section in general, feel free to reach out to me at alex@laclederecord.com.

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Lebanon cross country runner Alyssa Concord is pictured above during a cross country meet last season.

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New coach Josh Smith is hoping a team can qualify for state in 2019 ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM The Lebanon High School cross country team will look to build off a successful season in 2018, but this year, the ‘Jackets will have a new head coach in Josh Smith. Smith, a Lebanon High School graduate, also coached cross country at El Dorado Springs before making a return to his hometown where he served as an assistant coach under Moore the past couple of seasons. “It is new, but I have been through it before,” Smith mentioned about

his first year as the head coach at LHS. “It has been great. We had an awesome summer with about 30 kids consistently throughout the entire summer and now. “Our assistant coach Heidi Conti has the made this job a lot easier for me. She brings a lot of creativity and makes it more fun, which I need someone to help me do.” Expectations will be high for the team this fall after multiple individuals placed well in districts and the team had a state qualifier in sophomore Myah Hough. “On our guys’ team, we have

some individuals who want to qualify for state and place top five in the district which is our main goal for the guys,” Smith said. “For our girls’, we are a really young team with mostly sophomores. Expectations from me for them is that we are going to have a lot of them qualify on and plenty of individuals and maybe even a team qualify for state which is always a goal, but is more realistic than ever for this bunch.” The team has been running all summer, logging plenty of miles under Smith, as well as doing CrossFit type workouts to be in shape this season.

“We have been putting in miles and working on strength type workouts that include pushups, burpee workouts, and just doing CrossFit to get them more miles than what they have been doing. “We went to a few camps, and even had our own camp down at the river. We also traveled to Neosho for a camp where a lot of teams were. We are just trying to have fun, which is our main goal.” Senior Zach Jamieson is expected to be the top runner for the boys’ team this year. See ‘CROSS COUNTRY’/ page 24

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Young LHS softball team looks for strong season

Lady ‘Jackets hoping to improve defense in 2019 after over 100 errors last year After an up-and-down season in 2018, Lebanon head softball coach Stanley Crum is hoping 2019 is a new start for his program that committed over 100 errors during the campaign. “The defensive struggles cost us several games during the season where making routine plays would have resulted in wins,” he mentioned. “Offensively, we put up good numbers in the 1-5 spots but struggled to produce in the bottom of the lineup. “The biggest lesson from the season we learned was that in order to

compete at the Class 4 level, we must commit to our off-season programs and put in the work that will help us move to the next level.” The Lady ‘Jackets said goodbye to four key seniors in starting pitcher Kaylee Keen, starting infielder Leslee Weddle, outfield Emily Morque, and catcher Amanda Varble. Keen, who signed with Missouri Valley College, was the pitcher of record in all nine wins last season for LHS and recorded 112 in 94 innings, according to Crum. She also hit .407 with two home runs and he men-

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tioned Morque’s leadership would be missed from the team. The fourth-year head coach at Lebanon is excited for the group that returns and that is led by junior Nicole Truitt. Truitt hit a team-high .443 while earning All-District and All-Conference honors, and will also be relied on as the ace in the circle this fall. “She is not an overpowering pitcher but has a good changeup and can hit her spots with pinpoint control,” Crum said. “She gives up a lot of ground balls, which plays right into our strength this season.”

Seniors Mackenzie Reeves and Alayna Starnes will propel the outfield this season. Reeves was a solid player last year who hit .415. The two will be challenged for outfield spots by a strong freshman class entering this season, according to Crum. Also returning will be sophomore Katie Schneider. A catcher who converted to third base last year, Schneider earned All-Conference and All-District honors, and has turned into an excellent fielder at the hot corner, Crum mentioned. She is also expected to see time in the circle this year when Truitt is unavailable.

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Alli Welsh and freshman Mariana Becker will compete for the catcher position after Welsh served primarily as the second baseman last fall. For the newcomers this year, it will be junior transfer Regan Hathaway who starts at 2nd for LHS this fall. “She is a seasoned high school and travel ball player that we were lucky to have moved into our district,” Crum said. The freshman class has tremendous talent all-around starting with Raegan McCowan who will start at shortstop for LHS.  “McCowan will move into our vacant shortstop position and team up with Hathaway to give us a great combination up the middle,” Crum said. “McCowan hit .561 during the junior high season and has continued the hot-hitting over the summer.” Freshman Taylor Rodden will figure prominently at the first base position while Cailyn Willbanks should be in the hunt as a varsity candidate in center field. Both Rodden at 6’1’’, and Willbanks are prototypical players at their positions. Freshmen Mariana Becker (C), Gracie Waterman (OF), and Makayla Dawson (OF) all have the potential to gather varsity experience this season.  According to Crum, he has high expectations for the group that is presented in front of him.  “With only three seniors and three juniors we will be a very young team,” he said. “This is the first group of seniors that have played all of their high school ball with me, so I am looking forward to seeing if the programs I established during my first season at Lebanon will begin to produce fruit.

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Pictured above are the 2019 Lebanon High School softball seniors. From left, are Mackenzie Reeves, Alli Welsh and Alayna Starnes. There are almost always growing pains when a new coach takes over a program, but now it is time to see if we are heading in the right direction.” With a young team, comes little varsity experience, but Crum is hop-

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this group has the potential to do some pretty great things.” Lebanon is slated to open the season on August 30 at Stoutland. To see the team picture and softball schedule, turn to page 19.

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LHS tennis team features lots of newcomers Lady ‘Jackets must replace top two singles players from 2018 ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM A successful year in 2018 didn’t end the way head coach Ron Crowell and the Lebanon High School girls’ tennis team were hoping it would. After an 11-7 regular season, and the seventh straight winning season for LHS, the Lady ‘Jackets fell to Camdenton in the semifinals of the Missouri Class 2 District 9 tournament, 5-3. “We have had a pretty good run, but we had a rough start after a good tournament at the beginning of the season at Jefferson City,” Crowell said. “It was good though because we played caliber competition and made us better. I thought we finished the year very strong.” Lebanon lost two seniors in Zephanie White and Addi Myler as they served as the 1-2 players on the team, respectively. “They were outstanding, but we are looking to replace them,” Crowell mentioned. “They were great in singles, but even better in doubles and excelled there. They will be tough to replace, but I like the group that we have.” Lebanon does return key players in Skyler Maynor, Ashton Arthur, Olivia Pruitt and Danessa Howe. “Skyler is super steady who can hit some nice groundstrokes,” Crowell mentioned about Maynor. “She is consistent and she will be a tough out because you have to work to beat her.” “Ashton is a super athlete who gets to just about everything,” he said. “She plays the net well and when she is aggressive, she is very solid.” “Danessa started last year, and has came on strong and has improved a lot,” Crowell said. “As a left-handed player, she will be hard to beat this fall. She hits her overhead better than

anyone on the team and has a solid serve.” “Olivia is a really good athlete and is still progressing,” Crowell said. “She gets to a lot of stuff and uses her speed well, so we are excited to see what she can do.” Crowell also mentioned players Jasmine White and Ally Gerant as players that could also see some varsity time. “Gerant has progressed and come a long way,” he stated. “Jasmine, who is Zephanie’s little sister, is fundamentally sound and does everything right, so we are excited to see what she can do.” Besides the players mentioned above, most players on the team are just starting, and Crowell says they have been very coachable. “We have a nice senior class, but the big thing is they are great kids,” he said. “They are coachable and it has been a lot of fun so far. “We have a few other players who played last year, but the majority of our team is freshmen and sophomores, so that is exciting.” With the youngsters comes a lot of teaching for Crowell. “A lot of them are new to the game, but it is exciting because I think the future is bright,” he said. “I really love our young kids and we are going to get some good players out of that group.” When fans attend matches this season, they will notice that the tennis courts now have new seating with one giant grandstand of bleachers, giving fans more opportunity to see the courts that are further away. “They are awesome,” Crowell said. “When you sit in the top row you have a great view of all six courts and we

increase our seating capacity. “Our facilities just continue to get better and better, and we are just thankful for the donations and everything else that has made this a special place. Teams really enjoy coming here now, and to be honest with you, that wasn’t always the case, but now it is.” Crowell said the program is entering the season with similar expectations as previous seasons, hoping to beat rivals Camdenton, Rolla, Waynesville and perhaps others. He said he expects the team to record another winning record and compete in the Ozark Conference.

“Right now, our expectations are just to get better every day,” he said. “We have a lot of freshmen and sophomores who are just getting started and getting introduced to it, so we are getting the fundamentals down first. “As far as the season goes, we want to have a winning record, compete well at home at our beautiful tennis facility and beat our rivals. Lebanon will have their first tournament on August 30 in Jefferson City and will have their first home match on Thursday, Sept. 5 against Hillcrest at Lebanon High School.

” OUR YELLOWJACKET E V O L “ WE 2019 GIRLS TENNIS S! Pictured is the 2019 Lebanon High School girls’ tennis team. In the front row, from left, are manager Michael Owen, Alexis Davis, Lillian Bonine, Ally Gerant, Jasmine White, Kieley Gideon, Abbey Twenter, Reagan Tucker, Hannah Lane, Krissie Teubner, and Kendall Brown. In the back row, from left, are manager Bryson Crowell, manager Thomas Butler, Nadaly Berry, Sophia Johnson, Skyler Maynor, Olivia Pruitt, Danessa Howe,Ashton Arthur, Paityn Hudson, Gracie Uder, Payton Fuller, Emma Blair, and coach Ron Crowell. DATE 08-30-19 08-31-19 08-31-19 09-02-19 09-03-19 09-04-19 09-05-19 09-06-19 09-10-19 09-11-19 09-12-19 09-19-19 09-20-19 09-21-19 09-23-19 09-24-19 09-26-19 09-27-19 10-01-19 10-02-19 10-02-19 10-02-19 10-04-19

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Football team entering 2019 with high expectations Lebanon senior Curtis Mobley takes over as quarterback for the Yellowjackets ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM On paper, things are looking pretty good for the Lebanon football team on offense and defense. Lebanon returns plenty of weapons from an offense that averaged 432.6 yards of total offense per game and scored 42.3 points per game. On the defensive side of the football, LHS allowed just 19.2 points per game, good for third least in the Ozark Conference. The offense brings back senior running back Quameire Wright who rushed for 1,217 yards and 12 touchdowns, senior offensive linemen Cole

Godwin (5’10, 265 pounds) and Mason DeVasure (6’2, 255 pounds), and senior wide receiver Tanner Roy who finished the year 350 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions in 2018. The defense returns first team AllOC outside linebacker Trevor Christian (5’8, 160 pounds), second team All-OC outside linebacker Tyler Paul (5’11 175 pounds), second team AllOC defensive end Jordan Lewis (6’4, 245 pounds), and honorable mention All-OC defensive end Landen Smith (6’3, 215 pounds). Other key returners include senior Curtis Mobley, Kaelen O’Connor,

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Camdenton, but bounced back to win five straight games, including their second consecutive district championship before falling to Carthage in the quarterfinals, 43-8. “One of the things we try to do in our program, and it is hard, but we try not to be absorbed completely in outcome, but what we have to do to achieve those outcomes. Our expectation that our process is good is very high, but we have a solid group of seniors again and a group of kids that have had success at the varsity and sub-varsity level. Our juniors and sophomores are the same way.

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ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM The Lebanon girls’ golf team is coming off a 2018 where scores steadily improved and a young team got better as the season went on. “We had a golfer (Ashlynn Leochner) who was just a few strokes away from qualifying for sectionals,” head coach Lindsay Darnell said. “We are still a new program and our girls are still a little young and inexperienced, but honestly, I look forward to a better season this year because I had several girls out here throughout the summer trying to get better, and you can tell they definitely are. “I am anxious to see our scores as a team. We always had a couple that were excelling while others were not, but

now with the ones who have practiced this summer, we are going to improve as a team.” Last year, the girls’ golf team doubled in size from the previous years, and in 2019, the numbers are still solid for the Lady ‘Jackets. “The numbers are still great,” Darnell said. “With my newcomers and everyone, we have 12 golfers which is still a pretty good sized team. I had a few graduate, and we had a few others go in a different direction.” Returning this season for Lebanon will be the top two golfers from a year ago in seniors Ashlynn Leochner and Halle Brown. They are our only two seniors and both are my captains this year,” Darnell said. “They are strong leaders, good role

models for the other girls to see how to go about yourself on the course. Their athleticism helps them a lot and they can pick it up quickly. “They are both consistent overall and I am expecting big years out of the two of them.” Darnell also went out of her way to mention that sophomores Jaylynn Allen and Kendra Peltzer have been on the course a lot throughout the summer and should be solid golfers for the program this fall. “Jalen and Kendra have been out here a lot this summer to improve her consistency,” she said. “Jalen can hit the ball farther than anyone on the team, and is a powerhouse there. They both have worked on their chipping and putting a lot, and that pretty much makes

or break the game, so since they have made those improvements I think our scores will drop incredibly and hopefully we will see some girls advance to Sectionals. “We have a bright future with them.” Darnell praised the group for how dedicated they are to a sport that they will be able to play their entire lives. “I just try to show them patience and help them not get super frustrated because it is easy to do that in golf,” Darnell said. “I’m trying to instill a love of the game into them, and I want them to learn a sport they can do forever.” Lebanon will open up their season on Sept. 3 at Osage National Golf Resort and will have their one home match on Sept. 12 against Marshfield at GreatLife Golf and Fitness Center.

” G into a Great Season!!! N I “SW Pictured is the 2019 Lebanon High School girls’ golf team. In the front row, sitting, from left, are Emma Allen, Ashlynn Leochner, Halle Brown and Katie Hopkins. In the second row, from left, are Natalie Snyder, Donna Riffle, Emma Hough, Claudia Becker, Addison Segebarth, Jalynn Allen, Kendra Peltzer, and Myleigh Chastain. In the back row is coach Lindsay Darnell.

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9:00AM

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9:00AM

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Away vs. Seymour

Marshfield Country Club

09-10

9:00AM

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Away vs. Marshfield

Marshfield Country Club

09-11

4:00PM

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Away vs. Buffalo

Karen Kjar Memoral Golf Course

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4:00PM

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Marshfield

GreatLife Golf and Fitness

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8:30AM

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09-19

4:00PM

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Away vs. Camdenton

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9:00AM

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Away vs. Strafford

Marshfield Country Club

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Pictured is the 2019 Lebanon High School volleyball program. In the front row, from left, are Maddie Carr, Addy Chastain, Avery Hays, and Chloe Shivers. In the second row, from left, are Jocee Pettyjohn, Bailey Hough, Jaidyn Collins, Ellee Douglas, Maggie Mebruer, Kiara Waterman, and Myah Hough. In the third row, from left, are Halle Long, Kylie Paul, Olivia Lillard, Brynne York, Libbee Hays, Lydia Jackson, and Abby Jackson. In the back row, from left, are Karagan Bean, Destiny Zimdars, Chava Yevsa, Darcie Lowden, Brandi Leifer, Jordan Lester, Claire Esther, Jenna Skeens, and Sydny Leake. Coaches include Jenny Collins, Madison Mathews and Lesley Hough.

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Lebanon volleyball team should see success in 2019 One year after posting 23 wins, but falling in the Missouri Class 4 District 9 championship, Lebanon head volleyball coach Jenny Collins is excited for the talented group she has on-hand for the 2019 season. “Expectations remain high for this team,” she said. “Even after graduating a strong class, we have another strong group (currently 8 seniors) looking forward to their time leading the charge. We will respect each and every one of our opponents and will focus on earning one point at a time within each match. When we step on the floor the expectation is to compete.” There will be key returners all

over the court for Collins and the Lady ‘Jackets this fall, but no returners might be bigger than seniors Bailey Hough and Ellee Douglas. Both were selected to the All-Conference teams as juniors. “Expectations for these two as seniors remain the same as in years past,” Collins said. “I expect them to be great teammates and to be leaders not only through the good times, but when times are tough. The season is a grind and I look for my leaders to communicate effectively both on and off the court and look for them to take on extra responsibilities. “Both Ellee and Bailey have shown growth as varsity players. They are more confident in their

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own abilities and understand the commitment and dedication it takes for success.” Other key varsity returners will include senior Avery Hays and Kiara Waterman. Hays was a right-back defensive player a year ago but now will take the reins running the 5-1 offense. “She has had a nice pre-season summer and is a very dynamic setter and plays tremendous setter defense,” Collins mentioned about Hays. “She has great body control at the net and is capable of taking tough balls at the net and turning them into points. She’s a feisty competitor and I look forward to the spark that she will bring this season. “It will be very important that we keep her healthy for the season. She is doing a

nice job bettering the ball and connecting with hitters. She plays exceptional setter defense and has great body control at the net making some tough plays look easy.” Waterman was a pin hitter last season and will see time in the position again this fall, and Collins said that she is athletic and jumps well. Hough, Abby Jackson, and Sydny Leake will be the primary pin hitters along with Waterman.  “They are all showing that they each have a variety of offensive strengths,” Collins mentioned. “We continue to work on spreading the offense out and making sure everyone is working to transition effectively to be a part of the offense so that the opposing defenders have to really work to defend us.

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PAGE 14 “Lydia Jackson will be a utility player for our team as she can play a variety of positions when called upon.” L e a k e a n d J e n n a S k e e n s a re expected to hit in the middle this season. Sophomores Karagan Bean and freshman Claire Esther are showing that they also can be an offensive threat. Unfortunately for LHS, they did lose senior Grace Nelson with a torn ACL during summer league play. Sophomore Jocee Pettyjohn will help lead the defense along with Douglas, Hays and Hough. Pettyjohn is also a standout basketball player and track runner. “The four of them (Pettyjohn, Hays, Hough, Douglas) on the back row are quite a force and play very tough defense,” Collins said. “We will rely on them in serve receive to give our hitters solid opportunities

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for a first ball side-out. “They play scrappy defense and we will hopefully see them giving our team spark during tough rallies with our opponents.” With all of this being said, Collins looks forward to the challenges that await this years team and they should pick up right where they left off, but the team still has plenty to work on. “This summer we have shown to be a very scrappy team,” she stated. “We take a lot of pride in our defense and spend a lot of time working to be the best defensive team that we can be. We have several players who aren’t afraid of the defensive grind and are making some great plays keeping the ball alive.” Lebanon will have their first match of the season on Sept. 3 on the road against Republic in a non-conference matchup before a home match against Branson on Sept. 5.

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Football “We want to continue to build upon that. I feel like commitment wise, we are getting there, referring to summer commitment. ...Our expectation is still high and growing, and there are things that need to be done to meet the goals that we have in the outcome area of winning a state championship.” Quarterbacks Curtis Mobley, a 6-foot-0 170-pound senior captain, will take over the starting quarterback reigns this season after seeing time as a wide receiver and defensive back last year. He will replace Glendenning who rushed over 470 yards, 15 touchdowns, and threw for over 775 yards. “He (Mobley) has been very impressive,” Christian said. “He is fluid and con-

from page 10 fident and believes in himself. Whenever we switched over to this offense, we kind of envisioned how it would fit our upcoming quarterbacks and we think Curtis has what it takes to run it and fits him well. “He can throw the ball a little bit, and at team camp he hit Tanner Roy on a post touchdown to win a game against Kearney.” Sophomore Peyton Mitchell will serve as the backup to Mobley and has also looked impressive and solid in the offense, per Christian. Running backs Senior Quameire Wright (5-9, 220 pounds) brings a resume that speaks for itself as he returns for his senior year, and Christian said he is hoping that Wright can

repeat what he has accomplished during his sophomore and junior years. Senior Kale Keagy is expected to see time at the slot and has impressed Christian thus far. “Kale Keagy looked good on Saturday in our scrimmage and scored some touchdowns at our team camp,” he metioned. “He is not big by any stretch, but he is quick and makes people miss. In the pitch game, our offense is designed for a guy like him.” Christian mentioned that junior Drew McBride, junior Jake Henson, junior Isaac Ledbetter, junior Antonio Rogers and Tyler Paul will see carries for LHS this fall. Wide Receiver Seniors Tanner Roy and Kaelen

O’Connor expect to be the starting wide receivers come week 1, and Christian has liked what he has seen from both of his returning starters at that position. “Tanner Roy has been impressive with the football in the grass,” he said. “I think him and Kaelen will be our main guys on the outside and they know their roles and we are excited for them.” Offensive Line Christian, per usual, has made the depth of the offensive line a point of emphasis throughout the offseason and expects the ‘Jackets’ success at running the football to be from them opening up holes. See ‘FOOTBALL’/ page 23

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Home/Host Kickapoo Lebanon Lebanon Springfield Central Waynesville Lebanon Glendale Lebanon Lebanon West Plains Lebanon Camdenton Rolla Lebanon Lebanon Parkview Lebanon Hillcrest

Opponent Away vs. Kickapoo Kickapoo Springfield Central Away vs. Springfield Central Away vs. Waynesville Waynesville Away vs. Glendale Glendale West Plains Away vs. West Plains Camdenton Away vs. Camdenton Away vs. Rolla Rolla Parkview Away vs. Parkview Hillcrest Away vs. Hillcrest

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ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM After an exciting first year in which the LHS boys’ swim team broke numerous school records, swim coach David Krev is entering his second year with the team and is hoping that his team gains a love for swimming more than anything. “My goal for these guys is to have a love for swimming when they have graduated here,” he mentioned. “I don’t necessarily set team goals for them because it is an individual sport, so I am hoping every meet they improve their times, and they carry on a love for swimming for the rest of their lives. “That is my real goal for the team. Last year, most of these guys improved times and got better each meet and that is all I could ask for.”

As a second year coach, Krev said he is enjoying coaching the sport a lot. “I had a lot of fun with these guys,” he said. “They are a great group of kids and I am hoping to have the same thing this year.” Entering the first practice, Lebanon only had five swimmers at practice, compared to the ten swimmers they produced last season. “It might be an interesting year if I only have five swimmers because that means I can only have two relays,” Krev said. “Two of the guys we lost last year were on the relay team that performed well, but we picked up a freshman that should be a strong swimmer for us, and will replace one of those guys.” Senior Connor Graves returns to the team this season and will be a freestyle swimmer.

“He has some time and a bit of experience and is doing a good job so far as well,” Krev said. “He knows a lot of what is going to be asked, and we’re looking for him to improve a lot. I think he will look much better down the line.” Also returning will be Thomas Cleveland who will be swimming backstroke and was a member of a solid relay team last fall for LHS. Cleveland currently holds the 100 backstroke school record, according to Krev. Junior Caleb Whittington will return after swimming the butterfly and 200im. Sophomore Reed Danek is looking to have a solid season after continuously improving last season. “He (Danek) had never swam last year, but each meet he just steadily

improved,” Krev said. “I am looking for him to have a good season and we are expecting big things.” Freshman Dakota Windsor is a newcomer that the team will expect big things out of, according to Krev. “He should have a pretty good year,” he said. “He is a good swimmer, so we are excited to see what he can bring.” Greg Keen is a swimmer who didn’t know how to even swim last year, but Krev said it is amazing to watch him improve. “He practiced all summer and it is great to see hard work pay off,” he mentioned. “I am expecting to have a really good season out of (Keen).” The ‘Jackets will have their first meet on Tuesday, Sept. 3, against Central at Foster Nat.

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Young Conway team hoping to double wins in 2019 ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM After a tough 5-22-1 season last year for head coach Tammy Beckler and the Conway volleyball team, the team is hoping to see a jump this year, but they will have to do it with plenty of youth as the team features no seniors or sophomores. The juniors that will need to step up this fall for the Bears are Alexa Higbee, Laiken Shelton, Journie Peterson, Abbey Nedom, and Beckler might also see contribution from juniors Sidney Ward and Shelby Stice. The team will also rely on freshmen Katie Myers playing the middle and setter position, Callie Cornelison to be relied on for passing and defense, and Gibby Beckler will

see time as a setter and hitter. Beckler said that this group can see that the team has the ability to achieve some goals this season. “My goal is to double our wins from last year, be competitive and stay in games,” she said. “Most teams see us as a team that may not be able to challenge them, but I think this year we see it shift, and I really hope we see it shift. “The girls are fantastic workers, and they are very cohesive together with good chemistry. They push each other in practice and I love to see that. Our JV kids will continue to make themselves better and we need to stay injury free. “I think last year we were competitive, but just didn’t have all of

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Senior Mason DeVasure, who is also a team captain, and senior Cole Godwin are the two big mainstays from last season, according to Christian. Godwin earned 2nd team All-OC and DeVasure has been the most impressive offensive lineman by far, according to coach. “You can tell he is a senior,” Christian said. “He executes, he knows what he is doing, and he has put in the time and works hard.” Christian also mentioned that there have been position battles throughout camp at the guard position with Kalub Ellingson, Tristan Wilson, Hunter Hughes, and Kael Ruble all competing for spots. Junior Garrett Childers has looked impressive at left tackle for LHS through the first few practices, according to Christian. Senior Kolby Dorris will serve as the starting tight end in certain formations, and senior Jordan Lewis might see time on the offensive line/tight end when necessary.

Defensive line Leading the way on the defensive line will be senior captain Jordan Lewis, a 6-foot-4 245- pound returning starter. “Lewis is dominant right now,” Christian said. “He is a kid that if he continues to play with the effort and energy he is playing with, he is an all-state kid at defensive end. “In our scrimmage on Saturday, I was telling everyone that I wish they showed as much as effort and hustle as Lewis. We are looking for big things thing out of him.” At defensive tackle, the ‘Jackets are currently having a position battle there with Dalton Wagner, Ruble, and Tristan Wilson. At the other defensive end position, Christian said to expect to see a mixture of Dorris and Jonathan Wehner who had a solid summer for the ‘Jackets, and that they might try Antonio Rogers out some at defensive end/outside linebacker. Linebackers The linebacker position, particularly outside linebackers, may be the position that returns the most experience. Seniors Tyler Paul and Trevor Christian return to their spots on the outside after earning All-Ozark Conference honors. Christian finished his junior year with 5.5 sacks while Paul record seven sacks.

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Pictured above are the 2019 Lebanon High School football captains. From left, are Curtis Mobley, Jordan Lewis, Landen Smith and Mason DeVasure. “They are both so solid at outside linebacker,” Christian said. “They have both played there since they were sophomores and we know what to expect with them. They are so steady.” Jake Henson and Hunter Honey are guys that could also see time at outside linebacker. At inside linebacker, senior captain Landen Smith has made the move from defensive tackle/end to middle linebacker and Christian said he has been solid so far. “He has been impressive,” he mentioned. “He didn’t complain when we told him about the move and has been coachable through everything.” Junior Drew McBride (5-foot-8, 200 pounds) will see time next to Smith at inside linebacker after recording 18 tackles at linebacker last season with limited playing time. Christian said McBride was impressive during the teams scrimmage and will continue to get better as the season progresses. Secondary The secondary will be experienced with

the senior trio of Keagy, O’Conner and Mobley returning. Keagy and O’Connor each started all 12 games last year while Mobley started only eight due to an injury. “O’Connor in the back half is so big and fast,” Christian said. “He has been impressive so far and we are excited to see what he can bring.” The ‘Jackets will have to replace Ivey and Glendenning, a duo that combined for 95 tackles and each earned all-state honors. Other cornerbacks that are expected to see time are Walter McDermott and Isaac Ledbetter. At safety, Roy will handle the free safety position with Mobley playing when he is available, and Lebanon will be cautious with him playing both sides of the ball. At strong safety, Christian said Cordell Zebel has been impressive and had a strong showing thus far. Special teams One of the most important facets of the game, and something Christian and his staff will have to figure out before week one is the kicker position.

Senior Drew Dustin is out for his first year of football and has been serving as the teams kicker, and Christian said Dustin has shown a lot of positives and has a good strike, but consistency will be a huge factor heading into the season. Paul will continue to serve as the teams punter, Dorris will be the long snapper, and Roy will be the holder on PAT and field goals. The Yellowjackets will open the season on Aug. 30 at Kickapoo. “We aren’t polished up by any stretch and what I mean by that is you have 11 pieces on offense and all 11 of them doing what they are supposed to be doing on every snap, we aren’t there and nobody is,” Christian said. “We want to get in shape where we want to play four quarters hard, and we aren’t there yet either. “It is hard to have a week-one opponent knowing what they are going to do, especially when they have had struggles and they could change some things.”


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Cross Country “He is our leader who also plays soccer, so he is a dual sport athlete,� Smith stated. “He should be a state qualifier.� Junior Cael Schmitz is coming off a solid season and is also hoping to qualify for state this fall after an injury riddled season for the past two years. Junior Dylan Krisher is another runner who has high expectations, and Smith referred to him and Schmitz as leaders who do things the right way for everyone else. Sophomore Myah Hough capped off a solid freshman season by placing 74th overall in the Missouri Class 4 State Championships last fall and will be the top runner for a girls’ team that features plenty

of depth. Julianne Lopez is another name to keep to an eye out for this fall. “That girl (Lopez) has put in so much work and I am so proud of the way she goes about herself,� Smith said. “Maddie Jay, Macie Fisher, Tyra Rogers, Carrie Coffman, and Skyla Sien will also be solid for us. “We are strong on our girls’ team and are excited about the overall numbers on that side for sure.� The team will participate in their first meet of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the SWMO coaches meet at Bolivar Municipal Golf Course. The first and only home meet of the year will take place on Monday, Sept. 16 at GreatLife Golf and Fitness Center starting at 3 p.m.



YOU SUCCESS ON and Off The Track! Pictured is the 2019 Lebanon High School cross country team. In the front row, from left, are Hannah Nordmeyer, Carrie Coffman, Maddie Jay, Alyssa Concord, Kaia Cobleigh, Macie Fisher, Lexi Curl, and Noah Taylor. In the middle row, from left, are coach Heidi Conti, Rae White, Ethan Brand, Chloe Cross, Tara Adams, Chris Wadley, Cheyenne Kerperien, Tyra Rogers, Bionca Little, Juliane Lopez, Myah Hough, and Skyla Sien. In the back row, from left, are Von Edwards, Dylan Church, Ayden Carr, Zach Jamieson, Jesse Reed, Jace Keagy, Caleb York, Cael Schmitz, Dylan Krisher, Josh Zachary, Michael Jones, and coach Josh Smith. Not pictured is Selena Smith and Austin King.

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Lebanon boys’ soccer expectations high in 2019 Evan Rogers and Zach Jamieson named captains for soccer team ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM After a tough schedule last season, the Lebanon boys’ soccer team still found seven wins in one of the better conferences around, and in 2019 the team will have a plethora of talent. “Seven wins is decent, but we felt like we left about three or four games out there that we could have had,” head coach Matt Jernigan said. “We are hoping to turn it around this year.” The Yellowjackets lost to a talented Glendale team in the district semifinals a year ago, and graduated two starters in three year player Manny Del-Rio Vasquez and goalie Tanner Wittrock. “Wittrock had an injury towards

the end of the season which Zach Jamieson stepped up into the goal and did a nice job for us,” Jernigan said. “We also lose guys like Christian Hatch and Darren Roberts.” According to Jernigan, LHS will return plenty of players to the starting lineup with varsity experience. “We have a lot of talent returning to our lineup this year,” Jernigan said. “We have a talented sophomore and junior class to mix in with some seniors so we have a lot of talent coming back that we are excited about.” Jernigan also mentioned that he and the team sat down to talk about expectations for the 2019 season. See ‘SOCCER’/ page 28


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Soccer

“Every year we talk about the conference, which is a tough and talented conference, but we want to compete and finish in the top half,” he said. “We have a lot of returning guys, and we know this is a good group for us and we want to put it together, stay healthy and see what we can do.” Senior Zach Jamieson will start at goalkeeper for the second consecutive season and was named a team captain for the season. Jamieson is also a cross country runner and is drawing college interest from high DII schools in only his second year of playing soccer. “I feel like he is one of the more athletic kids we have had back in goalie a long time,” Jernigan said. “If you look back at our keepers we have had some athletic ones in Michael Juergensen,

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Michael Gow, Tyler Wittrock, and Kaleb Hopper. So, I think Zach will continue that trend for us.” Senior Ethan Murray is a four year starter for LHS and will be the main defensive presence for the ‘Jackets this season. “He has been a mainstay for us the past four years, so we expect big things out of him,” Jernigan said. “He is also getting some college interest.” Senior Dillon Baker is a hybrid player who can play anywhere, but should see a majority of his time in the defense. Sophomore Ryder Rhoades is a starting midfielder and performed well over the summer, according to Jernigan. Angel and Luis Pedroza-Vasquez also return along with junior Zach Richards up top who knocked in 23 goals last season as a sophomore.

“I think he is one of the fastest players in the area,” Jernigan said of Richards. “We are looking to improve on that this fall.” Sophomore Quinton Doughty started off hot for LHS last season, but fizzled down toward the end of the year, but Jernigan said he has the skillset to cause teams a lot of trouble. “We want to put a formation together that goes along with our strengths and shows our speed and athleticism,” he mentioned. Jernigan stated that he likes the depth of this years team compared to years past. “Depth is one of our good things this year,” he said. “Usually we go about 13 deep on our bench and we drop off hard after that, but this year we can go 22-23 players strong without dropping.

In years past, it is easy to find a varsity spot, but this year they will have to work their tail off for it. “We are going to make sure we shore up that defense after giving up 96 goals last year. We need to cut that down every game, and with the leadership of Zach and Ethan, I think it is going to be different.” Along with Jamieson being voted captain, junior Evan Rogers will also serve as captain for the second consecutive season. “Talk about integrity and just great guys overall, that is what those two are and we are excited to have them leading us this fall,” Jernigan said. Lebanon will host their annual Lebanon FSCB tournament on Aug. 30-31. Lebanon will play their first game at 2:00 on Aug. 30 against West Plains.


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Friday, Aug 30 ................. Tournament ... TBD .............Lebanon ............................TBD ......................................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... V Saturday, Aug 31 ......... Tournament .... TBD .............Lebanon ............................TBD ......................................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... V Tuesday, Sep 03 ............ Game ............... 5:00PM .......Crocker ..............................Away vs. ..............................Crocker High School.............................. V, JV .......6:30PM Thursday, Sep 05 ........ Game ............... 4:30PM........Lebanon ............................Belle .....................................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... V Tuesday, Sep 10 ............ Game ............... 5:00PM .......West Plains ...................... Home vs. ............................West Plains High School ...................... JV, V .......7:00PM Thursday, Sep 12......... Game ............... 5:00PM .......Logan-Rogersville R-8 .... Away vs. .............................Logan-Rogersville High School ........... JV, V .......7:00PM Tuesday, Sep 17 ............ Game ............... 5:00PM .......Kickapoo............................ Away vs. ...........................Kickapoo High School ........................... JV, V .......7:00PM Friday, Sep 20.................. Tournament .... 7:00PM .......TBD..................................... Away vs. TBD ....................JFK Stadium ............................................ V Saturday, Sep 21 ......... Tournament .... 7:00PM .......TBD..................................... Away vs.TBD .....................JFK Stadium ............................................ V Monday, Sep 23 ............ Game ............... 5:00PM........Richland ............................ Away vs. Richland ............Richland High School/ MS ................... V, JV .......6:30PM Tuesday, Sep 24 ............ Game ............... 4:30PM........Lebanon ............................Waynesville ........................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... JV, V .......6:30PM Thursday, Sep 26 ........ Game ............... 5:00PM........School Of The Osage.......Away vs. ............................School Of The Osage............................. JV, V .......7:00PM Tuesday, Oct 01 ............. Game ............... 4:30PM .......Lebanon .............................Bolivar .................................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... JV, V .......6:30PM Thursday, Oct 03 ......... Game ............... 4:30PM........Crocker .............................Springfield Central High School..........School Of The Osagel ........ JV, V .......6:00PM Saturday, Oct 05 .......... Tournament .... TBD ............TBD.....................................Away vs. TBD .....................Cassville High School ............................ JV Monday, Oct 07 ............. Game ............... 4:30PM........Lebanon .............................Fair Grove............................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... V, JV .......6:00PM Tuesday, Oct 08............. Game .............. 5:00PM........Laquey ...............................Away vs. Laqueyl ...............Laquey High School ............................... V, JV .......6:30PM Thursday, Oct 10 ......... Game ............... 4:30PM........Lebanon .............................Camdenton .........................Jacket Soccer Field. .............................. JV, V .......6:30PM Monday, Oct 14......... Game ............... 4:30PM........Lebanon ............................Rolla .....................................Jacket Soccer Field ............................... JV, V .......6:30PM Thursday, Oct 17 ......... Game ............... 5:30PM........Glendale ...........................Away vs. Glendale .............Glendale High School............................ JV, V .......7:00PM Tuesday, Oct 22 ........... Game ............ 4:30PM .....Lebanon........................ Parkview ........................Jacket Soccer Field ........................ JV, V ..... 6:30PM Monday, Oct 28 ........... Game ............ 4:30PM .....Lebanon........................ Marshfieldl ....................Jacket Soccer Field ........................ JV, V ..... 6:00PM Tuesday, Oct 29 ........... Game ............ 4:30PM .....Lebanon........................ Hillcrest...........................Jacket Soccer Field ........................ V

Pictured is the 2019 Lebanon High School boys’ soccer team. In the front row, from left, are Dylan Jamieson, Cameron Moore, Jason Robb, Jonathan Hewitt, Kaden Hyatt, Micah Veanes, Ryder Rhoades, and Kaden Hooper. In the second row, from left, are Austin Duerden, Logan Durbin, Evan Rogers, Quinton Doughty, Luis Vasquez, Eli Myers, and Robbie Wadley. In the third row, from left, are Clayton Frazier, Maverick Haley, Oscar Sandoval, Angel Pedroza, Trevor Meints, Kaden Morris, Mason Bradley, and Zach Jamieson. In the fourth row, from left, are Zachary Richards, Dillon Baker, Cameron Fisher, Austin Stokes, Matthew Hilton, Jake Baker, and Austin Barber. In the back row, from left, are coach Matt Jernigan, Austin Westerlund, Ethan Murray, Lorrne VanHeese (manager), and coach Jacob Woolsey.

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ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM The Conway cross country team is gearing up for a big fall this season under head coach Andrew Lowery. Lowery said the boys had a few minutes off their team from the previous year, and that even though some of the girls were new to the sport of cross country, performed well. “Several of the runners medaled in meets and most of the runners ran their best or one of their best times at districts,” he mentioned. “We did some of the hardest workouts since I have been coaching here at Conway last year, and it showed by the end of the season the work the kids had put in paid off in the meets towards district and state time.” With four returning state qualifiers

in Andrew Dame, Trey Earls, Graceson Cromer, and Jamison Cromer, Lowery is hoping to send even more to the state meet later this fall. “I hope to send more to state and would like for the team to win the conference meet on both the boys and girls side,” he said. “Another big thing I am hoping for is everyone to keep running Personal Records and improve throughout the entirety of the season.” Lowery mentioned several runners to keep an eye out for this fall. “Our top boys are Andrew Dame and Trey Earls which went to state and ran a lot of the races together and pushed each other in the races,” he said. “Joel Bennett, Casey Vaughen, and Makiah White are some other boys that will help our boys team this year and

look like they have alot of potential to be very good runners. “On the girls’ side, we have Graceson Cromer and Jamison Cromer returning from qualify for state as freshman. They are very competitive and look to improve on what they were able to do last year. Gracie Vestal is one of our junior high kids that has moved up to high school and she had a very good career in JH and looks to be up there with the Cromers. Then Maggie Sheets and Brianne Day will be the ones that help make our team be successful and do well this season as they work hard to help the team.” Compared to other teams in the past, Lowery said this years team has the experience to go far into the season. “We have a very strong group of

runners this year and four of them are returning from making it to state last year and we feature a lot of younger runners that have a lot of potential,” he said. “On the girls’ side last year most of our runners were freshmen, and now this year they have more experience and still have a young group of runners that will be exciting to see what they can do this season. “On the boys’ side, we are returning some upperclassmen boys that had a very good season last year and will be good for some of our young runners to be able to watch and guide some of them to be good runners for this season and future years.” Conway will have their first meet on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Fellows Lake in Strafford at 8 a.m.

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Cross Country Pictured is the 2019 Conway High School cross country team. In the front row, from left, are Cooper Mullins,

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Conway baseball hoping for solid fall season ALEX BOYER ◆ ALEX@LACLEDERECORD.COM After a disappointing 10-13 season last spring, the Conway High School baseball team is hoping to see improvement this fall and getting ready for the spring season after only graduating one senior last year in first baseman Hayden Graves. “We bring a lot of guys back this year and we started five or six sophomores last year,” head coach Clay Bilyeu said. “We finished third or fourth in the conference so we are hoping to see some changes this year.” In the fall season, the team can still get up to 20 games without rainouts, according to Bilyeu. “It is nice for us because it is kind of like spring training where we can go over a lot of things and go over development and teaching moments,” he mentioned. “In the spring we can just get after it, so it is really nice for our younger players to get an idea about what our team is like and what positions different players succeed at.” Jake Vestal is expected to slide into the first base/DH spot for the Bears this fall. Junior Hayden Wright and junior Chase Caffey will see time behind the plate after splitting time last season for CHS. “(Chase) is a good utility player,” Bilyeu said. “He kind of fills in where we need him depending on who is pitching and what the matchup is that day.” Junior Tanner Simpson will return to the hot corner for the Bears, while senior Colby Vavruska will serve as the ace and play shortstop this fall and spring. Bilyeu said he expects senior Andrew Dame to maintain the second

base position while Grant Corneilson, James Shockley and Kason McBride will man the outfield for the Bears. New transfer Dakotah Evans will see some time on the mound and potentially see some field time, too, according to Bilyeu. When talking about strengths, Bilyeu raved about the defense of this team and expects it to be a strong suit. “We are athletic around the field and have some solid defenders,” he said. “We bring a lot of our pitching back, plus we have the transfer (Evans) in there. “Last year, outside of Colby (Vavruska) we threw all sophomores at the varsity level. The big thing is they can throw more pitches for us (95 as sophomores to 105 pitches), so that will help us out quite a bit.” One thing he wants to see improved is the offensive approach. “I think a lot of the guys have gotten experience now,” Bilyeu said. “It is tough to get that many at-bats as a sophomore, and hopefully the pains they saw last year will turn into some good performance this fall and spring.” The schedule this fall will mainly consists of smaller schools that don’t have football programs, according to Bilyeu. “Our schedule is more smaller schools and schools our size,” he mentioned. “Our spring schedule is more when we venture out to play the bigger schools, but with fall baseball, we are limited to schools that don’t have football. “We will mainly see a lot of conference opponents and Frisco League schools that have fall baseball.”

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Thu

10/10/19

Marion C. Early R-V High School

Var/J.V.

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4:30 pm

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Front Row: Makanda Sode (LHS Drum Major), Derek Carey (LHS Drum Major), Hannah Layman (LHS Drum Major), Kathy Peregoy (MidMoBank Home Loan Specialist); Middle Row: Rob Black (MidMoBank Vice President and Loan Officer), Sherry Headley (MidMoBank Senior Vice President), Austin Moore (MidMoBank Loan Officer), Jennifer Winfrey (MidMoBank Manager), Ben Todd (LHS Assistant Band Director); Back Row: Aaron Stewart (LHS Band Director), Monty Hays (MidMoBank President).

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