Winter sports has officially come to an end as our Tigers lost to Columbia Rock Bridge last night in the Sectional round of the state tournament. A huge congratulations to Coach Frazier, his staff, and most importantly the players on an outstanding year. Nobody played with more heart than our Tigers!
Spring sports is officially happening as girls soccer, track, boys golf, and baseball have been hard at it for the past two weeks. Our baseball Tigers open their season next Friday at home as they host Waynesville in an early district showdown.
A special congratulations to Coach Hicks, Coach Scott, and the Tigerettes on finishing in 2nd place in the Hip-Hop division at the state competition in Lees Summit! The girls have worked very hard this year and it shows in their performances!
Other activities have remained busy....and successful! Here are some updates:
It was another banner day for the Jazz Bands on Friday at the Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival. We are pleased to announce both Jazz 1 and 2 received straight Honor 1 Ratings from the judges and the following students were recognized for Outstanding Musicianship: Dyllon Schmehl, Michael Arner, Zach Gibby, Tanner Gardner, Hayden Windmiller (x2), Drew McDonnell, Jessica Baird, Reed Schweighardt, Ben Zweerink, Maddie Lauder, and Landen Kirkpatrick. Please help us in congratulating them!
On Saturday, we also hosted the Winter Guard International Regional Competition here at WHS. Willard High School's Winter Guard put on an outstanding performance and just missed finals by three tenths of a point. This is the first time a WGI Regional has been held in this part of the country. The national coordinators were extremely impressed with the facilities and the organization and professionalism of all people involved. It truly takes a village to pull off an event of this nature and we thank all of you who assisted us with this process. It truly is good to be a Tiger!
Congratulations to One Act, the District Champions and state theatre qualifiers. Congratulations to Readers Theatre for an inspirational performance and placing 3rd in Districts. Congratulations to Kelsey Christianson for making the All-District Cast.
The Theater Technicians also deserve a tremendous dose of respect and recognition for their leadership, adaptability, and skills. This team is responsible for setting and striking a huge set in minutes and adapting to a new light board and setting cues rapidly. The theatre people give thanks to and for each other!
Willard is going to state in Speech and Debate!
Willard had 8 events in Finals! Kira Ray placed 7th in Dramatic Interp., and Zach Kauffman 4th in U.S. Extemp.! Qualifying to State Joe Amundson/Cole Baker 4th in Duet Acting, Brodee Turnbaugh 3rd in Humorous Interp., Ethen Palumbo 2nd in Poetry and Ethan Gambriel 2nd in Story! District Champions are Cole Baker in Radio and Evan Kirksey in Oratory!!!
Willard Debate also did awesome! Derrick Barger and Elijah Pitts went to quarters in PUF and placed 4th! Cole Baker placed 3rd in LD and he is going to State! Great job!!!
It's Good To Be A Tiger!
Well winter sports is winding down as our Lady Tigers ended their season with a hard fought loss to the #1 seeded Lebanon team this week in the district semifinal. I'm very proud of the coaches and girls on their efforts this season. The entire community would be as well.
The Tigers' season continues as they defeated Waynesville in the district semifinals on Tuesday. They will play Lebanon this Friday for the championship! The game will be in Waynesville an tip-off will be at 5:30pm. If our Tigers advance to the state tournament, the sectional round will be played next Wednesday in Sedalia. Good luck Tigers!
We want to share some good news concerning our jazz band students at both WHS and WMS! This past Saturday was the beginning of our competitive jazz band season at the Parkview Jazz Festival which was held at the Springfield Art Museum.
Our students represented the Willard community very well and we are pleased to share the following results with you:
Willard Middle School-2nd place in the Middle School Division and an Honor 2 Rating. Individual Musicianship recognition was given to Jesse Fletcher on drum set and Noah Jones on trombone.
Willard High School Jazz 3- 10th place in the Open Class Division and an Honor 2 Rating. Individual Musicianship recognition was given to Jessica Baird on flute.
Willard High School Jazz 2-5th place in the Open Class Division and an Honor 1 Rating. Individual Musicianship recognition was given to Dalton Striegel on bass trombone.
Willard High School Jazz 1-2nd place in the Open Class Division and an Honor 1 Rating. Individual Musicianship recognition was given to Hayden Windmiller on tenor saxophone.
Finally, we had five WHS jazz band students perform with the All-District Jazz Band Saturday evening. These five students auditioned back in November for this opportunity and did an outstanding job representing not only the Willard band program, but also our community. Please help us in congratulating Dyllon Schmehl, Ari Rios, Ethan Jones, Hayden Windmiller, and Zach Gibby.
The bands will continue their performance schedule this Saturday at the Missouri State University Jazz Festival.
The speech and debate team went to Joplin this last weekend. It was a great weekend with a lot of success! The following students went to semi-finals: Adora Snead and Jonah Perry in Oratory, Derrick Barger in Informative, Hailey Rawhouser/Ashlyn Wadle and Sophie Daniel/Collin Black in Duo, Emily Rawhouser and Katheryn Prier in Program of Oral Interpretation, and Alex Gilbert and Jayce Burney in Student Congress Super Session.
The following students placed in finals: Elijah Pitts 2nd in International Extemp., and 5th in Informative, Brodee Turnbaugh 3rd in Humorous Interp., Kira Ray 2nd and Frey Chesnutt 1st in Dramatic Interp., Kyle Tuter/L.J. Rybczyk 6th, Joe Amundson/Cole Baker 5th, and Bryson Phipps/Ethan Gambriel 2nd in Duo, Ethen Palumbo placed 3rd in Program of Oral Interpretation.
In debate Adroa Snead/Sam Amodeo and Pierce Reichard/Ethan Davidson placed 4th in Novice Public Forum Debate and Cole Baker placed 4th in Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Matthew Bishop/Matthew Wilkenson place 4th in Novice Policy and Jessi Schoolcraft/Zach Kauffman placed 3rd in Varsity Policy.
Out of 24 schools Willard won 2nd in Sweeps! It was a great weekend!
The Wrestling Tigers wrapped up their season this past weekend at the State Tournament. Thursday started off great for the Tigers as they would win 8 of their 12 matches and set in 3rd place as a team after the first 2 rounds. Friday would start off rough, as the Tigers would drop 3 of their first 4 matches with Niko Chavez being the only Tiger to win his quarterfinal and guarantee himself a State Medal. This would leave the other seven Tigers on the backside of the bracket with the end of their season staring them in the face. Tigers would bounce back in round four winning 6 of their 7 matches putting all 6 of them 1 win away from a state medal. Niko Chavez would win his semi-final match and move into the State Finals for the second straight year. Next would be the (blood round/bubble matches) win and you medal lose and your season is over. Unfortunately, the Tigers would come out on the wrong end of five of those bouts with Alex Garrett being the lone Tiger to win and guarantee himself his second state medal. Niko Chavez would drop a tough match in the finals finishing as a State Runner-Up and claiming his fourth state medal, while Alex would finish strong with a 3rd place finish claiming his second state medal. The team would finish in 7th place. The Tigers had a great season setting new school/program records, but fell just short of their end of season goals. All in all the boys battled hard and gave themselves a chance to be successful in the end.
106 Riley Wertz 1-2 DNP
132 Alex Garrett 5-1 3rd Place
138 Tallon Heimbah 2-2 DNP
145 Niko Chavez 4-1 2nd Place
170 Morgan Earl 2-2 DNP
182 Cameron Caldwell 2-2 DNP
195 Christian Smart 2-2 DNP
220 Austin Hymer 2-2 DNP
The basketball Tigers and Lady Tigers are starting district play this weekend and are both looking to make a deep run in the playoffs. The Lady Tigers will play this Saturday vs. Central in Waynesville at 4:15pm. The semifinals for the girls will be on Monday and the championship will be on Friday with all game being played in Waynesville. The Tigers, who have won 7 out of their last 9, will open district play on Tuesday at 5:30pm. Their championship game will also be in Waynesville on Friday.
It's Good To Be A Tiger!