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NOT AS MANY TOURNAMENTS THIS WEEK AS THERE WERE THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, BUT THERE’S SEVERAL OF THE FRISCO LEAGUERS AND GVC GIRLS TEAMS AT NEWBURG THIS WEEK…

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THE NEWBURG GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TOOK CARE OF ROUND ONE LAST NIGHT, AND 3 OF THE 4 HIGHER SEEDS PREVAILED WITH THE ONLY UPSET BETWEEN THE 4 AND 5, AND THAT’S A COMMON OCCURANCE..

THE TOP-SEEDED AND HOST NEWBURG BLEW OUT EIGHTH-SEEDED BOURBON 58-22 IN THE FIRST ROUND…..
THE LADY WOLVES JUMPED OUT TO A 17-3 LEAD AFTER 8 MINUTES, TAKCED ON A 19-5 RUN IN THE 2ND QUARTER AND DIDN’T NEED THE REAR VIEW MIRROR.

MACY SUSCHANKE FINISHED WITH 19 AND GOT 11 OF THOSE IN THE FIRST QUARTER INCLUDING 3 FROM DOWNTOWN..
HALLE ROACH ADDED 16….
NEWBURG IS 13-7 AND MOVES TO THE SEMI’S ON THURSDAY AND WILL FACE 5TH SEED SPRINGFIELD RUSH…..

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SECOND-SEEDED CROCKER HAMMERED SEVENTH-SEED DIXON 65-31…
IN A CRAZY CHAOTIC GAME AS A COACH CALLED IT, CROCKER JUMPED OUT TO A 17-10 LEAD, THEN ADDED AN 18-5 ADVANTAGE IN THE 2ND QUARTER WHICH GAVE THE LADY LIONS A 35-15 LEAD AT THE HALF….A LOW SCORING 3RD QUARTER FOR BOTH TEAMS, THEN A 24-11 RUN BY CROCKER PUT THIS AWAY AND TURNED ON THE TURBO CLOCK…
CROCKER COACH RICH MUELLER SAID “We did not shoot the ball particularly well tonight except for the 4th quarter, but all 12 girls got to play and 9 put points on the board.”
MEGAN BECKER HAD 18 POINTS AND PULLED DOWN DOUBLE DIGIT REBOUNDS….SKYELER LAYMAN HAD 16…
FOR DIXON RESA MARTIN HAD 18 AND TRISTEN LIPSCOMB ADDED 11 WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 29 OF DIXON’S 31 POINTS. LIPSCOMB SCORED 9 OF HER 11 IN THE 4TH QUARTER.
THE LADY LIONS GET CUBA ON THURSDAY IN THE WINNERS SEMI FINALS….

THIRD-SEEDED CUBA NEARLY HAD THE MERCY CLOCK TICKING WHEN THE FINAL BUZZER SOUNDED WITH A 48-20 VIN OVER CO-GVC MEMBER, THE SIXTH-SEEDED VIENNA LADY EAGLES 48-20..

AND THEN THERE WAS THE SLIGHT UPSET WHEN FIFTH-SEEDED SPRINGFIELD RUSH GOT PAST FOURTH-SEEDED LAQUEY 48-32.
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Thursday, Feb. 4 Dixon meets Vienna at 4 p.m. and Bourbon faces Laquey at 5:15 p.m. in consolation play followed by the semifinal games of Crocker vs. Cuba at 6:30 p.m. and Newburg vs. Rush at 7:45 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 6 the seventh-place game is set for noon, the fifth-place game 1:15 p.m., the third-place game 2:30 p.m. and the championship game 3:45 p.m.
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A FRISCO LEAGUE TILT IN IBERIA LAST NIGHT SAW THE LADY RANGERS POLISH OFF PLATO, 66-45 TO IMPROVE TO 12-6 ON THE SEASON….
LANEY HALLEY HAD 21 TO LEAD IBERIA, PAIGE SPENCER ADDED 17..
CARA COUCH LED PLATO WITH 16….
IBERIA GOES TO CLIMAX SPRINGS ON THURSDAY

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IN A DISTRICT SEEDING SHOWDOWN WITH THE NO. 1 SEED ON THE LINE AT STEELVILLE, THE LADY CARDINALS HOSTED THE LADY WILDCATS OF LICKING…..THE LADY CATS WERE WITHOUT THE SERVICES OF STANDOUT POINT GUARD KYLIE TAYLOR DUE TO QUARENTINE BUT LEAPED OUT TO A QUICK 10-1 LEAD BEFORE STEELVILLE RE-GROUPED, STORMED BACK AND TOOK A 6 POINT LEAD INTO THE LOCKER ROOM AT THE HALF…LICKING OPENED THE 3RD QUARTER BY MISSING 2 FREE THROWS AND THE LADY CARDS HIT A 3 EXTENDING THE LEAD AND THEY NEVER LOOKED BACK WINNING IT, 58-41……
ABBIE SULLINS LED LICKING WITH 16 AND ANNA SULLINS ADDED 11.
LICKING COACH STEVE RISSLER SAID “We did some good things tonight that will only further prepare us for the playoffs. Anna Sullins stepped into the PG spot on a few hours notice and did well. We will regroup and hope to get a 2nd shot at steelville in a few weeks when we are at 100%.”

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A BOYS AND GIRLS DOUBLE DIP AT HALFWAY LAST NIGHT SAW THE CARDINALS AND LADY CARDINALS SWEEP STOUTLAND…
THE GIRLS GAME WAS CLOSER THAN THE BOYS..
THE LADY CARDINALS TACKED ON A 47-33 WIN ONTO THEIR RECORD….
THE BOYS TURBO CLOCKED STOUTLAND, 89-37….

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CONFERENCE GAMES ARE BECOMING COMMON IN FEBUARY AS WE’RE DOWN TO THE LAST MONTH OF HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS….

WAYNESVILLE’S GAME WITH GLENDALE WAS POSTPONED….QUARENTINE ISSUES AT GLENDALE FORCED THEM TO CHANGE SOME THINGS…THE GAME HAS BEEN BUMPED TO THE 24TH….
ALL THE OTHER OZARK CONFERENCE TEAMS PLAYED LAST NIGHT…

SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL 57 PARKVIEW 45
WEST PLAINS 48 LEBANON 38
KICKAPOO 98 HILLCREST 12
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ROLLA 79 CAMDENTON 68
THE LADY BULLDOGS PUT 3 IN DOUBLES WITH WILLOW GIDEON AND SAVANAH CAMPBELL EACH DRAINING 22..CARLI LIBHART ADDED 16…
PAYTON KINCADE LED ALL SCORERS FOR CAMDENTON WHERE SHE POURED IN 30……ROLLA GOES TO 12-5 OVERALL, 2-0 IN THE OZARK CONFERENCE…
NEXT UP FOR STATE RANKED ROLLA, WEST PLAINS THURSDAY, THE TOP RANKED TEAM IN CLASS 5, AND THEY FOLLOW THAT WITH 2ND RANKED HELIAS..
ALL 3 OF THESE STATE RANKED GIRLS PROGRAMS ARE IN THE SAME DISTRICT MAKING THE DISTRICT 9 BRACKET WITH CAMDENTON, HELIAS, MARSHFIELD, ROLLA AND WEST PLAINS, ONE OF IF NOT THE TOUGHEST 5 TEAM BRACKET IN THE STATE….

South Central Association
Salem 67 MV-BT/Liberty 59
Cabool 58 Houston 55
Willow Springs 62 Mountain Grove 44

Summit CONFERENCE
Conway 57 Fordland 45
Hartville 56 Norwood 23

ELSEWHERE
Mansfield 66 Buffalo 55
Skyline 61 Clever 39

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TODAY
A BUNCH OF BOYS GAMES TONIGHT….
WAYNESVILLE’S AT GLENDALE IN SPRINGFIELD.
VIENNA’S AT CROCKER
DIXON’S AT ELDON
NEWBURG’S AT IBERIA
LAQUEY’S AT PLATO
ST. JAMES AT LICKING
THE RICHLAND-MACKS CREEK GAME IS CANCELLED….FRIDAY HOMECOMING IS GETTING RE-SCHEUDLED AT RICHLAND…….

THE RICHLAND LADY BEARS MAKE THEIR WAY TO ST. JAMES FOR A RE-MATCH WITH THE LADY TIGERS, ONLY THIS TIME INSTEAD OF A TOURNAMENT AT THE LAKE, IT’S ON THE HOME FLOOR OF THE WINNER OF THEIR FIRST MEETING….

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MISSOURI AT NO. 18 HOSTS KENTUCKY IN A MENS BASKETBALL TILT ON WEDNESDAY AT THE MIZZOU ARENA..THE GAME WAS SCHEDULED FOR TONIGHT, BUT Kentucky saw its season placed on a 48-hour COVID-19 protocol pause last Friday after a “combination of positive testing, contact tracing and subsequent quarantining of individuals within the Kentucky basketball program.” This pause caused the cancellation of their matchup with No. 5 Texas, which was to be a part of the eighth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge that still included matchups between Auburn and Baylor, Kansas and Tennessee, among others…THE TUESDAY GAME WAS BUMPED TO WEDNESDAY WHICH CLEARS KENTUCKY FROM THEIR 48 HOUR COVID PAUSE….
FUNNY TO SEE MISSOURI RANKED AND NOT KENTUCKY, ONE OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL’S PREMIER PROGRAMS YEAR IN AND YEAR OUT.. They currently sit at 5-10 overall with a .500 record in conference play.

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Against all odds, it’s officially Super Bowl week in the NFL. The raging COVID-19 pandemic threatened to delete the 2020 regular season before it ever got underway, and again posed several threats to its continuation once it did, but 256 games later, the playoffs were underway and both the Kansas City Chiefs and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fought their way to Super Bowl LV. Thanks in large part to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady, it’s the first time in NFL history a team will host the Super Bowl, but trying to win it and prevent reigning Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes from repeating won’t be an easy task.

It’s a legacy game of the highest order, and one further spiced with a hint of revenge — from Brady having ended Mahomes’ championship aspirations in overtime of the AFC title game two years ago in Kansas City. This time, Mahomes is bringing it to Brady’s [new] backyard, and with his usual ton of artillery to try and counteract a dominant Bucs defense.

The road to Super Bowl LV got underway on Monday with a list of player and coaching interviews, all done virtually as the pandemic forces the NFL into adjusting the biggest week of its season, but considering what could’ve been — the excitement for this coming Sunday is at an all-time high.

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Monday, ESPN reported that the Chiefs placed wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and center Daniel Kilgore on the reserve/COVID-19 list. According to the report, both players did not test positive for the coronavirus, but they were identified as close contacts. This is notable because if both players register negative tests during their five-day isolation period, they will be cleared in time for the Super Bowl.

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When Super Bowl LV kicks off on Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be looking to make history. A year removed from their first championship in 50 years, the Chiefs are favored to go back-to-back, which would make quarterback Patrick Mahomes the youngest to win multiple Lombardi Trophies. Tom Brady, meanwhile, is going for a record seventh ring with the Bucs, who haven’t won the big game in nearly two decades. In addition, will the Bucs and Chiefs also be up against inclement weather in the Super Bowl?

For now, the forecast is mild, but there’s still a chance rainy conditions could seep into Super Bowl Sunday.

Projected weather: Showers early, mostly clear skies later
Projected temperatures: 68 degrees (high), 46 degrees (low)
Chance of rain: 40% (afternoon), 20% (evening)
Winds: WNW 5-15 mph

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The St. Louis Cardinals have landed All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado in a blockbuster trade with the Colorado Rockies. The Rockies announced the deal on Monday night. Lefty Austin Gomber, right-handers Tony Locey and Jake Sommers, infielder Elehuris Montero, and third baseman Mateo Gil are headed to Colorado in exchange for Arenado. Colorado is expected to cover approximately $50 million of the $199 million remaining on Arenado’s contract, including all of his $35 million salary for 2021.

Areando retains his opt-out after the 2021 season and now acquires one after the 2022 season, as well. The Cardinals also added one year to his existing contract, which means he’s now signed through the 2027 season.
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The Major League Baseball Players Association has rejected a proposal from MLB to shorten the 2021 season to 154 games. MLB recently proposed the changes and offered to pay the players for the usual 162 games in exchange for an expanded 2021 postseason. In response to the union’s rejection, MLB now says the 2021 season will start on time and as planned.

The union released a statement on Monday night, then the owners responded with their own…

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, a number of players believe it is too late in the offseason to revise the schedule, which explains in part the reasoning behind the union’s rejection. The two sides could revisit the idea of expanded playoffs and the universal DH, but the union remains opposed to the idea of expanded playoffs, according to Rosenthal.

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