Pride Article December 8, 2016

Posted by Whitney Burrell at 12/8/2016

Well the 29th Annual Tri-State Classic is in the books and what a great tournament it was.  Once again, I was overwhelmed by how many compliments Willard received from the visiting players, coaches, and patrons.  This community shines during the tournament and I sincerely hope everyone who has a hand in making it what it is understands that.  A very special "Thank You" to the following:

Sponsors:  CoxHealth, Freedom Bank, Mid-Missouri Bank, Commerce Bank, and Paragon Architects

Team Hosts:  Freedom Bank, Mid-Missouri Bank, Dimensions Salon, Mariena's Salon, Willard 1st Baptist Church, Jarvis Family Eye Care, Kip Baker Insurance, and Willard Parks and Rec.

Hospitality Room Sponsor:  Chet Cornelison Insurance

Gate Workers:  Freedom Bank, Willard Baseball Program, Willard Soccer Program

Hospitality Room Workers:  Terri Hession, Jolene Welsh, Kelly Staley, Jordyn Staley, and Meghan Staley

A special "Thank You" to the jazz band, cheerleaders, Tigerettes, cafeteria staff, custodial staff, and table workers for playing a huge role in making the tournament a success!

And last, but not least, a HUGE THANK YOU to Julie Hartley for her endless hours of work on the tournament.  It would not happen without her!

By the way.....our girls team went 2-1 in the tournament and our boys went 3-0 and took home the championship!

After starting the season 4-0, our Tigers fell short on Tuesday to Parkview.  They will look to rebound at home this Friday as they host Staley High School.  This will be a "Varsity game only" starting at 7:30pm.  They will then host Hillcrest next Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers will host Rogersville tonight starting at 5:30pm.  They will be traveling to Central next Thursday starting at 6:00pm.  The girls are 3-1 on the season!


We would like to share with you we had two students receive Honorable Mention status in the Missouri All-State Band on Saturday! Please help us congratulate senior Courtney Weatherford who received 13th chair Honorable Mention on Clarinet and freshman Ariana Rios who received 11th chair Honorable Mention on Trumpet. They along with hundreds of other band students from across the state converged on the campus of Columbia Hickman High School yesterday to vie for a spot in the Missouri All-State Band. Students who are eligible to audition must first audition and make the All-District Band in order to audition for the All-State Band. These ladies are now listed with the best of the best. Congratulations to both Courtney and Ariana for their dedication and hard work! It truly does pay off!


Also on Saturday the Tiger Wrestlers traveled to the 29th Annual Neosho Tournament which proved to be the toughest tournament Neosho had hosted in 29 years.  The tournament boasted the 2nd(Neosho), 3rd (Rolla), & 4th (Willard) Ranked teams in the state in Class 3, with Farmington and Class 4 Lebanon as well.  Saturday’s field of wrestlers would include 25 State Ranked athletes with 15 State Medalist and 11 other state Qualifiers.  The day would be tight as those five teams would battle back and forth in and out of the top 3 in the team race.  Tigers would end the day in 5th place, 7.5 points out of 3rd.  Highlighting the day would be the tigers 4 finalist Tallon Heimbach, Niko Chavez, Cameron Caldwell, & Christian Smart they would combine for a 18-2 record (2 matches they lost came by 1 point decisions to 2 state finalists) and take home a pair of Gold and Silver Medals.  Tigers had three others take 4th at their respected weights Riley Wertz, Michael Finley, & Alex Garrett.

Tigers jumped right back into the fire last night at Kickapoo with two duals.  To start the evening, the Tigers would face #3 ranked and 3-0 Rolla, in their first dual of the season.  Things started fast for the tigers as they won 7 of the first 8 matches putting the match out of Rolla’s grasp.  They would finish the dual winning 9 of the 14 bouts putting the final score to 48-24 in favor of the Tigers.  To finish the night, the Tigers would take down the Kickapoo Chiefs by a score of 66-15.  Highlighting the evening would be a hand full of tigers who went 2-0 on the night, Riley Wertz, Michael Finley, Jonah Peters, Gracie Lawhon, Morgan Earl, Cameron Caldwell, Christian Smart, & Martin Eidson.  Tigers start the season with a 2-0 dual record.  The junior varsity tigers finished the night with a 16-11 record.


Speech and Debate has been busy bringing home trophies, here is their update:  

This week our team split up to attend two different tournaments.  

The Monett tournament started off to a great start with several of our students advancing to Semi-finals: Carson Kroneke in International Extemp., Zach Kauffman in US Extemp., Hannah Stuart in Oratory, Brooke Parton, Ethan Gambriel, and Ethen Palumbo in Humorous Interp., Siera Akiona, Kira Ray, and Taylor Gibbs in Dramatic Interp., Ethen Palumbo in Prose/Poetry, Aly Marshall/Tyler Simpson, Cole Baker/Joe Amundson, and Bryson Phipps/Ethan Gambriel in Duo, and Elijah Pitts in Congress.

Before we could finish out debate rounds on Friday a transformer blew and the tournament was canceled.  

The Springfield Catholic Tournament had better luck.  Advancing to Semi-Finals:  Ashlyn Wadle in US Extemp., Taylor Blake in Humorous Interp, Collin Back and Emily Rawhouser in Program of Oral Interp., and Matthew Wilsonson in Radio.

Advancing to Finals and placing: Adora Snead 4th in Oratory and 6th in Dramatic Interp., Bailey Lynn 5th in Humorous Interp., Hailey Rawhouser 5th in Program of Oral Interp. Hailey Rawhouser/Ashlyn Wadle 6th in Duo, Katheryn Baird 6th and Mikayla Peterson 2nd in Prose, Sophie Daniel 4th in Poetry, Chloe Terry 5th and Matthew Wilkenson 2nd in Storytelling, and Sam Amodeo 6th in Radio.

The team won 5th place in Sweeps out of 17 Schools!

It's Good to be a Tiger!

Jeff Staley