Pride Articles form the Activities Director

  • Pride Article January 19, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 1/19/2017
    The Wrestling Tigers made the short trip back to Republic High school last night for a quad.  Tigers took care of Parkview to open the night winning every match that was wrestled.  Hillcrest would come in with a depleted line-up only filling 4 of the 14 weight classes which made for a very quick victory.  The Tigers would end the night with Conference foe Republic.  Republic claimed the only victory over the Tigers last year in their dual season so there was some “revenge” to be had.  It was a back and forth dual until we reached the 170lb weight class where the tigers would take the lead and never give it back.  Tigers would finish 3-0 on the night and improve to 13-1 in duals.  Highlighting the performance would be our JV wrestlers who would win all nine of their matches on the night.

    Willard & Republic dual was covered by Medicom and will be broadcast Wednesday & Thursday at 7:00pm and Friday 1:00pm on Mediacom 22.

    Tigers will travel to Ft. Zumwalt South High School Friday for a couple duals and a Tournament on Saturday.

    The Basketball Tigers have a big rematch tomorrow night as they host Bolivar.  Bolivar has only 2 losses on the year and one of those losses came at the hands of our Tigers during the Blue and Gold.  It will be a busy night as we will be having Courtwarming festivities between the JV and Varsity games.  Also that night, we will be inducting Dr. Joshua Garrison and Dr. Matt Garrison (both Class of '93) into the Activities Hall of Fame.  Joshua and Matt have had very distinguished careers in the medical field.  The induction ceremony will take place at halftime of the varsity contest.

    The Lady Tigers had a nice come from behind win over Glendale in the first round of the Rogersville Tournament on Monday.  The girls lost to Strafford on Wednesday and will take on Catholic for 3rd place on Friday at 7:00pm.  Next week, they will host Fair Grove on Monday and Joplin on Thursday.

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  • Pride Article January 12, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 1/12/2017

    10 years ago, during this same weekend, our Tigers were playing in the Tournament of Champions.  Coming home from the first round games, I had our trainer and assistant principal with me in my truck.  We watched in amazement transformers blowing and green flashes everywhere.  It is a weekend I will never forget.  Hopefully, we do not have a repeat this weekend.  Be safe everyone!

    While we have all enjoyed our holiday break, our Tigers have been busy!  Congratulations to the basketball Tigers on their 2nd place finish in the Blue and Gold Tournament.  As an unseeded team, they upset Lebanon, Bolivar, and Rogersville to make it to the championship game before falling to Ozark in a great matchup.  They carried this momentum into this week as they defeated Clever on Friday and then lost a heartbreaker to Nixa on Tuesday.  The boys will travel to Blair Oaks on Saturday(weather permitting) and will host Bolivar next Friday for Courtwarming.

    The Lady Tigers had a huge win over Nixa on Monday giving them 7 wins on the young season!  The girls will be hosting Lebanon on Friday (weather permitting) and then will open up the Rogersville Tournament next Monday by playing Glendale in the first round.  Second round games will be played on Wednesday and the final round will be played next Friday.

    Congratulations to the wrestling Tigers on winning the very competitive Monett Tournament last weekend!  The Tigers traveled to Lebanon Tuesday for probably what will prove to be the two toughest duals of the season.  Our dual season continues to be hampered by unforeseen issues with starters being out of the line-up and last night was no different.  Going into the night with two open weight classes things did not look good on paper for the Tigers, however they rallied again just as they have throughout the season and wrestled really well.  Tigers would get things started by knocking of a tough Buffalo team 34-33 giving the Bison their first loss of the season, the score was tight but the tigers would win eight of the fourteen bouts.  Next up for the Tigers would be Lebanon who would field and even tougher line-up and come in with a 16-1 record.  The Tigers again would impress and wrestle with passion winning eight of the fourteen bouts but unfortunately falling short 33-36 and taking their first loss of the season.   This was probably the Tigers best performance of the year so far; we had to move the line-up around to have a chance in the end and the kids came up big.  Even though it was the Tiger’s first loss, they were definitely toughest team mentally and physically all night.  The night was highlighted by a complete team effort.

    The Tigers will travel to Logan-Rogersville tomorrow for a quad.

    Willard 34 Buffalo 33

    106 Riley Wertz WBF

    113 Michael Finley WBF

    120 Jonah Peters LBF

    126 Tallon Heimbach WBD

    132 Alex Garrett WBD

    138 Gracie Lawhon LBF

    145 Niko Chavez WBMD

    152 James Stagner LBD

    160 Open

    170 Morgan Earl WBD

    182 Cameron Caldwell WBD

    195 Open

    220 Austin Hymer WBF

    285 Martin Eidson LBF


    Willard 33 Lebanon 36

    106 Riley Wertz LBF

    113 Michael Finley WBD

    120 Jonah Peters LBF

    126 Tallon Heimbach WBD

    132 Open

    138 Alex Garrett WBF

    145 Gracie Lawhon LBF

    152 Niko Chavez WBF

    160 James Stagner LBF

    170 Morgan Earl WBD

    182 Cameron Caldwell WBD

    195 Open

    220 Austin Hymer WBD

    285 Martin Eidson WBF

    The boys will be in the Republic Tournament this weekend (weather permitting)

    Last Week Speech and Debate travels to Carthage and Webb City and had a lot of success! 

    Webb City was the novice tournament where we placed 3rd in Sweeps!  Here are the students who advanced to Semi-Finals: Jack Miller in International Extemp., and Baily Lynn in Humorous Interp.!

    Several students placed in Finals: Adora Snead 1st in Oratory, Robert Morelock 2nd in Humorous Interp., Collin Black 5th and Adora Snead 2nd in Dramatic Interp., Collin Black/Sophie Daniel 5th, Landen Kirkpatrick/Sam Amodeo 3rd, and Taylor Blake/Chloe Terry 1st in Duo, Mikayla Peterson 6th in Prose/Poetry, and in Story Telling Chloe Terry 5th, Taylor Blake 3rd, and Matthew Wilkinson 2nd!  In Debate Adora Snead/Raelyn Schapeler placed 3rd in Public Forum Debate!

    Carthage was the varsity tournament where we placed 4th in Sweeps!  Here are the students that advanced to Semi-Finals:  Jett Bumgarner in US Extemp., Brodee Turnbaugh, Ethen Plaumbo, and Tyler Simpson in Humorous Interp.!

    Several students placed in Finals: Elijah Pitts 3rd in International Extemp., Evan Kirksey placed 3rd in Oratory, Ethan Gambriel placed 1st in Humorous Interp., Joe Amundson/Cole Baker placed 1stin Duo, Ethen Palumbo placed 1st in Prose/Poetry, and in Story Telling Brooke Parton placed 2nd and Ethan Gambriel placed 1st!  In Debate Ethen Palumbo/Jett Bumgarner placed 4th in Public Forum Debate and Cole Baker placed 3rd in Champ Lincoln Douglas Debate!


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  • Pride Article December 15, 2016

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 12/15/2016
    As we are headed into the Christmas Break, our Tigers continue to work hard both in the classroom and on the courts and mats.  Here are all of your updates and celebrations!
    The Wrestling Tigers made the track to Camdenton last week and picked up 2 more dual victories over district opponents.  They would start the night defeating a much improved Laker team by a score of 52-27, winning 9 of the 14 bouts and picking up bonus points in all 9.  Marshfield would be up next for the Tigers and they would take the Bluejays out with a score of 55-28, winning 10 of the 14 bouts and 9 of them were bonus point victories.

    The night was highlighted by 8 Tigers who would go 2-0 on the night.  Riley Wertz, Michael Finley, Jonah Peters, Tallon Heimbach, Alex Garrett, Niko Chavez, Morgan Earl, and Christian smart would end the night unblemished and capture a total of 16 bonus point victories.  Tigers move to 4-0 in Duals.

    They will be competing in the Harrisonville Tournament this weekend before taking a break from competition over the holidays.

    The Lady Tigers are 3-2 on the season headed into tonight's contest at Central.  The girls will travel to Bolivar on Monday.  We also will be playing #6 seed Lebanon in the Pink and White on Tuesday, Dec. 27th at 7:30 in the O'Reilly Gymnasium at Drury University.

    The Tigers are 4-3 on the season and will look to get back on the winning side of things as they travel to Jefferson City next Tuesday.  The boys also drew Lebanon in the Blue and Gold Tournament and will be playing on Monday, Dec. 26th at 5:00pm in JQH Arena.

    Last weekend the Speech and Debate Team went to the GDA/MSU Tournament on the MSU campus.  We competed in both the Varsity and Novice divisions.  It was a great weekend! 
    Novice students that advance to semi-finals were: Sam Shackelford in US Extemp., Bailey Lynn and Taylor Blake in Humorous Interp., Adora Snead in Dramatic Interp., Sam Amodeo/Landen Kirkpatrick in Duo, Matthew Wilkenson and Kayanna Record in Story Telling, and Matthew Bishop and Sam Amodeo in Radio. 
    Novice advancing and placing in Finals were: Rachel Knapp 5th in International Extemp., Collin Black 6th and Raelyn Schapeler 1st in Dramatic Interp., Matthew Wilkenson/Matthew Bishop 1st in Duo, Taylor Blake 3rd in Story Telling, and Mikalya Peterson 6th and Collin Blake 5th in Program of Oral Interp..  In Debate Raelyn Schapeler /Adora Snead placed 4th in Novice Public Forum. 
    Varsity students that advanced to semi-finals were: Derrick Barger in Informative Speaking, Bryson Phipps, Ethan Gambriel, and Brooke Parton in Humorous Interp., Taylor Gibbs in Dramatic Interp.,James Ritzendollar in Student Congress Supper Session, and Cole Baker in Radio.
    Varsity advancing and placing in Finals were: Elijah Pitts 1st in International Extemp., Evan Kirksey 2nd in Oratory, Elijah Pitts 5th in Informative Speaking, Tyler Simpson 3rd in Humorous Interp., Bryson Phipps/Ethan Gambriel 5th and Tyler Simpson/Aly Marshall 2nd in Duo, Brooke Parton 2nd in Story Telling, Frey Chesnutt 2nd in Program of Oral Interp., and Ethen Palumbo 6th in Student Congress.  In Debate Cole Baker placed 3rd in Champ Lincoln-Douglas. 
    Novice placed 4th in Sweeps, Varsity 3rd place, and the team placed 4th in overall sweeps!  Great job to all!!!
    It's Good To Be A Tiger!

    Jeff Staley
    Activities Director
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