There continues to be strong area representation in the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association / MoSports.com high school basketball poll for week number five, released on Tuesday, January 8th. To see the state rankings, with area teams in BOLD, click on "read more":
The North Mercer girls survived a strong test from Hannah Sanders and the Milan Lady Wildcats on Wednesday night, winning a Milan Tournament semifinal game by a final score of 63-50. The win pushes the second-ranked Lady Cardinals into Saturday night's championship game against the winner of Thursday night's Brookfield/Green City semifinal game.
The Milan Lady Wildcats, in a Milan Tournament quarterfinal game broadcast Monday evening on Hot Country Z 101.7, rolled past the Linn County Lady Mustangs by a score of 67-29, giving the Lady 'Cats a shot at the top-ranked, once-beaten North Mercer girls, who beat Novinger on Monday afternoon by a score of 82-21.
Maysville High School guard Skyler Zimmerman banked in a three point shot at the fourth quarter buzzer on Friday night, giving the visiting Wolverines a 60-59 victory over the Princeton Tigers, in the back-end of a Grand River Conference doubleheader broadcast on KTTN FM 92.3.
Just 24 hours after a decisive victory over Hardin-Central at NCMC Holiday Hoops, the North Mercer boy's basketball team returned to the floor, this time playing at Newtown-Harris in an HDC Conference contest on Thursday night.
The Chillicothe Mudcats have announced the return of Eric Peterson to the head coaching position for the college-level, wood-bat MINK League squad, that plays its home games at W.L. "June" Shaffer Memorial Park in Chillicothe.
The Trenton Bulldogs celebrate "Courtwarming" on Thursday night, January 3rd, hosting Brookfield in games to be heard on KTTN FM 92.3 and www.kttn.com. Courtwarming king and queen candidates were recently announced by THS, with royalty to be crowned BETWEEN Thursday night's girls and boys varsity games.
Playing their second CLAA Conference opponent at NCMC Holiday Hoops in Trenton, the North Mercer Cardinals pulled away from a tight game at halftime with a 28-8 third quarter surge, that proved key in a 69-56 win over Hardin-Central, improving the Cardinals record to 7-2 on the season.
The Penney High School girl's basketball team received a sparkling performance from senior guard Elsie Greenwood and a game-winning bank-shot from sophomore forward Morgan Prather on Friday night, with the Lady Hornets taking a 56-54 victory over previously unbeaten North Mercer in a Holiday Hoops girl's basketball game from the Ketcham Community Center, broadcast on Hot Country Z 101.7 and www.kgozfm.com.
Princeton sophomore Brant Faulkner led the Tigers with a dominant 40 point outing, as Princeton picked up its second victory of the season, downing Cainsville 69-43 in a South Harrison Tournament boy's consolation semifinal on Wednesday night in Bethany.
The North Central Missouri College basketball teams suffered a pair of losses in Kansas City on Wednesday night, with the Penn Valley Scouts sweeping the Region 16 openers between the rivals at the A. Fred Pohlman Fieldhouse.
The Trenton High School wrestling team placed fourth out of nine schools involved in Saturday's Butler High School Invitational. Athletes were divided into pools, with first place finishers from one pool meeting and first place finisher from the other pool. Second place finishers from each pool met, and so on, depending on pool placement.
In a women's basketball game that saw North Central Missouri College trail for the first 39 minutes plus of regulation, the Lady Pirates got a game-winning jump shot from freshman Samone Redditt with 45.6 seconds remaining and were able to hold on for a 65-63 victory against the visiting Moberly Greyhounds.
Multiple news agencies, including ESPN, are now reporting that former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid has reached an agreement to become the next head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs, with contract terms being finalized and reviewed by attorneys for each side.
The Trenton Lady Bulldogs won for the 10th time this season, riding a 26 point, 19 rebound effort from senior Avery Whitaker to a 60-46 victory against the visiting Brookfield Lady Dogs. Whitaker's play boosted a THS squad that had its depth challenged by foul trouble from double-double machine Mikaila Capeder, who was held to four points and fouled out with three minutes to play.
The Meadville boys, Mercer girls, Maysville girls, Gallatin boys, and Trenton girls are all entering 2013 ranked in the TOP FIVE of their respective class in the first Missouri Basketball Coaches Association poll of the new year. To see the poll in its entirety, click on "read more":
The Trenton boy's basketball team rallied from a 30-19 halftime deficit, holding the Maysville Wolverines to only 13 second half points and finding just enough offense of its own to claim a 45-43 victory at NCMC Holiday Hoops, heard Saturday night on KTTN FM 92.3 and www.kttn.com.
The Trenton Lady Bulldogs had ten days to stew over their first loss of the season, a one-point defeat against Marceline. On Friday night, the Lady Bulldogs took their frustrations out on the Lady Warriors of Warrenton High School, improving to 9-1 with a decisive 61-27 victory at the Ketcham Community Center in Trenton.