• Pride Article April 20, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 4/20/2017
    14-3.......3-0.....ranked #11 in the state in Class 5....not too shabby!  That is the overall record, COC record, and state ranking of our baseball Tigers as they will be hosting Ozark tonight at 6:00pm in a huge COC showdown.  They are scheduled to host Walnut Grove and Hillcrest this Saturday starting at 11:00am pending weather.  Next week they will host Catholic on Monday, Neosho on Tuesday (which will be Senior Night) and travel to Webb City on Thursday.
     
    The soccer Lady Tigers had a big win on Tuesday as they defeated Carthage!  The girls are at Carl Junction tonight and will  host Republic next Tuesday and Monett on Thursday.  Good luck ladies!
     
    The Jason Pyrah Track Invitational will be held this evening with over 20 schools in attendance!  Next week they will compete in the Republic Relays on Thursday.
     
    The Willard Golf Tournament was postponed today due to wet conditions and will be played this Monday at Greene Hills CC.  The COC Tournament will be next Thursday.
     
    A special "Thank You" to Coach Lamont Frazier for the 5 years of service he gave to the basketball program, school, and community.  You will be missed and were greatly appreciated!!!
     
    It's good to be a tiger!
     
    Jeff Staley
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  • Pride Article April 13, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 4/13/2017
    I believe I will start my Pride this week with an email that was sent out by Victoria Meraz.  I've been blessed to have the opportunity to work with this person for the past 14 years as her Activities Director.  Her and her staff, along with Jerry Scott and his staff, are second to none when it comes to our performing arts department.  Thank you to Victoria and Jerry!!!
     
    We have exciting news to share with you. Willard Public Schools and the Willard Community have once again received the Best Communities for Music Education Award! We thank all of you for the continuous support given to music education in the Willard Community. Please do not think for one minute your support is not appreciated or goes unnoticed. We are very proud to be educators in this fine District and vow to do all we can to uphold and build upon the tremendous tradition and legacy our programs share. 
     
    Thank you for the encouragement, support, and dedication to preserving and allowing for the continued development of the music programs throughout the Willard Public School Community.
     
    Respectfully,
    Victoria Meraz
    Director of Bands
    Willard Public Schools
     
    Excuse me....but our baseball Tigers are pretty good!  After defeating Sylvan Hills, Ark. (ranked #1 in Class 5), Nettleton, Ark., and Columbia Rock Bridge this past week, the Tigers are 10-3 on the season.  They have another busy week ahead as they will host Carthage tonight in a key COC showdown ( I STRONGLY encourage you to come out and watch them play!  First pitch is at 4:30).  They will then travel to Joplin on Saturday to take on Joplin and Francis Howell in a double header.  Next week, they will host Carl Junction on Tuesday and Ozark on Thursday.
     
    The soccer Tigers lost a heart breaker on Tuesday to Webb City, 0-1.  They will play in the prestigious Kickapoo Tournament this Friday and Saturday.  Next week they will travel to Carthage on Tuesday and to Carl Junction on Thursday.  Good luck ladies!
     
    Here is an update on boys golf from the Rogersville Tournament:
    Team Score: 371
    Team Place: 5th out of 10
     
    Individuals
    Greg Mitchals - 79 (5th place overall)
    Brayden Swearengin - 92
    Brandon White - 97
    Zach Gibby - 103
    Damian Engelbrecht - 108
     
    JV Individuals
    Nathan MacLaughlin - 99
    Breven Jones - 115
    Reed Schweighardt - 127
     
    Upcoming Events - Wednesday match at Island Green, Thursday @ Ozark Invitational
     
    Not too much to update you on with track other than, thanks to the bond issue passing, we will be getting a brand new track facility for next season!  Our varsity Tigers will be running at the Pitt State Relays this Friday.  Next week, we will be hosting the Jason Pyrah Invitational on Thursday.
     
    A special congratulations to Niko Chavez on signing his letter of intent to continue his education and wrestling career at Drury University next year.  Great job Niko!
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  • Pride Article April 6, 2017

    Posted by Whitney Burrell at 4/6/2017
    Our baseball Tigers have gotten off to an incredible start to their season.  After defeating Nixa last Thursday, Lebanon on Friday, and then Locust Grove and Grove High Schools on Saturday, the boys are 7-2 on the season!  They will travel to Harrison, AR. this Thursday before hosting Silvan Hills, AR and Poplar Bluff on Friday.  They will then travel to Hollister on Saturday.  We will host Columbia Rock Bridge on Tuesday of next week and then Carthage on Thursday.....yes....they are busy!  A special congratulations to senior Caleb Lasher on throwing a PERFECT GAME vs. Lebanon!  Caleb struck out 11 and only threw 66 pitches in the 7 inning win.
     
    The soccer Tigers are now 3-2-1 on the season and will look to get back in the win column next week as they travel to Catholic on Monday and will host Webb City on Tuesday.  Good luck ladies!
     
    The track Tigers are roaring out of the gates as they have now won 1st place in both meets they have competed in (Branson and Bolivar).  The Lady Tigers have finished 2nd and 4th respectively.  Next week they will travel to Pittsburg, KS as they compete in the prestigious Pitt State Relays.  
     
    The golf Tigers will be playing in the Missouri State Relays on Thursday of this week.  Next week they will play in the Rogersville Invitational on Monday and the Fremont Invitational on Thursday.
     
    Willard hosted the State Large Ensemble Festival for choirs this week and a HUGE congratulations to Chamber Choir and Concert Choir on both receiving Honor "1" ratings!
     
    FBLA spent the last 3 days at the University Plaza competing in our State Leadership Competition.  Overall, it was a pretty successful adventure.  For the 8th year in a row, we have students that have qualified for National Leadership Conference.  We also had several state finalists (top 10 in their event).  We will be traveling to Anaheim, California in July to compete, and probably have a little fun too.  As usual, our kids represented WHS well at all times.  If you see these students, please congratulate them on a job very well done.
     
    National Qualifiers:
    Cody Parker - 3rd Place - Introduction to Information Technology
    Kasey Brower & Landon Summerville - 3rd Place - Emerging Business Issues
     
    State Finalists:
    Hayden Windmiller - 5th Place - Impromptu Speaking
    Brett Stofer - 10th Place - Insurance & Risk Managment
    Caden Abramovitz, Grace Conner, & Landon Summerville - 9th Place - Public Service Announcement
     
    We would love to share some GREAT NEWS concerning our Middle and High School Winter Guards! This past Saturday at the Mid-Continent Color Guard Association (MCCGA) Circuit Championships, our Middle School Guard received an Excellent Rating for their performance in the Cadet Class held at Willard High School. Our High School Winter Guard received FIRST PLACE and were GOLD MEDALISTS in the Second Round of the Scholastic AA Division held at Ozark High School. This is a tremendous accomplishment for our students and we are so proud of them, their staff, all their hard work, and their perseverance. 
     
    everal of our FFA members have spent three days competing in a variety of events at the SW District FFA Competition.  They all worked hard and represented our chapter and school very well.  The following are the results:
     
    Ag Mechanics consisting of Ely Cowan, John Matthews and Thomas Heffington placed 20th.
     
    Ag Sales consisting of Jacob Collins, Tanner Roberts, Chase Hultgren and Wyatt Kanan placed 4th and qualified for State Competition.  Jacob was also 9th high individual.
     
    Dairy Cattle consisting of Emalee Flatness, Mikalah Schafer, Micah O'Malley and Skye Jackson placed 7th and qualified for State Competition.  Emalee Flatness was 7th high individual.
     
    Dairy Foods consisting of KAylea Rice, Alyssa Swearingin, Mariah Stewart and Jamie Nikodim placed 16th.
     
    Farm Business Management consisting of Mikalah Schafer, Rylee Chainey and Cheyenne Stewart placed 12th and qualified for State Competition.
     
    Forestry consisting of Connor Meyers, Sam Amodeo, Asher Horn and Jett Bumgarner placed 16th.
     
    Livestock consisting of Chase Hultgren, Josie Berry, Wyatt Kanan and Micah O'Malley placed 21st
     
    Soils consisting of Jacob Collins, Tanner Roberts, Ben Beumer and Tim Eoff placed 13th.
     
    Also, from our area events representing our chapter at State will be Wyatt Kanan's Beginning Placement Record Book, Luke Smith's Beginning Ownership Record Book, Mikalah Schafer's Chapter Secretary's Book and Josie Berry's Chapter Treasurer's Book.
     
    Finally, Jacob Collins was selected as a State FFA Officer finalist from our Area Association.  He will have 1-2 days of interviews this Friday-Saturday as a part of the final selection process of our 2017-18 State FFA Officer Team.  This is a new and long process for this year - wish him luck!
     
    A special congratulations to my assistant, Julie Hartley.  Julie will be honored this weekend at the Missouri Interscholastic Athletics and Activities Association's banquet with the "Distinguished Service Award".  Only 8 people statewide are honored each year with this award.  Great job Julie!
     
    It's Good To Be A Tiger!
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