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The varsity Bears took on the number-one ranked Thayer Bobcats on Brent Colley Court. Fresh from back-to-back wins against state-ranked Hartville and Greenwood, the Bears ready for the challenge. Thayer received the tipoff, but the Bears soon took control, leading the quarters’ end by a wide...
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The Bears made a trip to Greenwood Tuesday night knowing they would need all hands on deck. The start was shocking, but not unexpected. Th e Blue Jays landed four threes in a row, leaving the Bears in awe but keeping the score close, 20-19 Bears. In the second, there was lots of good ball...
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Liberty Senior Tyler Watts signs with Avila University after a devastating injury destroyed his senior football season. Watts had been in talks to play for Avila prior to the heartbreaking start of his senior season. He stayed in communication as he healed after surgery. On October 21, 2021, Watts...
Howell County News/ Kacey Blunk
The Liberty Eagles traveled to Douglas County Friday night to take on the Ava Bears. The Junior Varsity set the pace for the night by forcing a tough competition, earning the win with a final score of 42 to 36.  The varsity game matched that competitive energy. The two teams stayed neck-and-...
New Year’s Day came in with LOTS of rain.  We were soaked by the second hole, but at least were finished before the cold air arrived.  At one time we had 24 teams signed up but ended up with only 10 teams brave enough to battle the elements. Dave was under the weather, but thanks to Carl Hicks...
The Liberty Lady Eagles are currently looking at a 6-5 season record and are 0-1 in the SCA. Head Coach Eli Ernst had this to say about the season so far, “We were off to a great start early and have struggled to play with the same energy we were earlier in the year. We have identified our...
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The Lady Bears were the 7th seed coming into the tournament, they took that seeding personally. They faced the 10th-seed host Lady Panthers of Mountain Grove first. Willow started quick and, sparked by their defense, led the first quarter by a score of 25-8. The Lady Bears would continue their...
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The Bears headed to the JQH Arena Monday, December 27 for the first game of the Blue and Gold Tournament. In their first game, they faced the Central Bulldogs and managed to stay ahead in the first half. In the last seconds of the second quarter, Taylor Rothermich made a clean three to boost the...
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When the Bears hit the hardwood against the Licking Wildcats Tuesday night, the game started out with strong offense from both teams. The Bears led at the end of the first 21 to 20.  Though they held on to their lead for most of the second, the Bears hit a scoring slump, and the Wildcats took...
Connor Lair, a 4-year starter, holds the most wins at the varsity level for West Plains High School with 43 wins. Connor has been a part of three district champions and three Ozark Conference Championships. He is a two-time all-state player on defense. Connor has been a player of the year in SWMO...

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