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BOWLING GREEN—It was only 11 years ago that the new Lady Cats head basketball coach Jared Runyon was in high school himself. He’s faced a lot in those 11 years, especially in the last year taking over the top spot all the while dealing with COVID constraints and trying to build a winning team.

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CLARKSVILLE—Between the JV and varsity basketball games here Friday night, the courtwarming court was named and the king and queen picked.

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BOWLING GREEN—It was a battle for the ages, as the LadyCats went up against the Lady Indians Friday night here. It was a close battle as the two teams vied for the lead most of the game. Bowling Green was able to prevail in the final seconds of the game with a score of 46-45.

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BOWLING GREEN—The Van-Far Indians were fast and agile on the court, but the Bowling Green Bobcats’ squad had a distinct height advantage and eventually that advantage helped them dominate the game with a 66-36 win.

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CLARKSVILLE—At halftime during the Clopton-Elsberry game against Louisiana, it was time for the schools’ Homecoming ceremony.

BOWLING GREEN—The Bowling Green Lady Cats overwhelmed the Louisiana Lady Bulldogs in a rout that finished short of seven innings, when the game was called in the fifth with a score of 11-1.

BOWLING GREEN—The Bowling Green Lady Cats overwhelmed the Louisiana Lady Bulldogs in a rout that finished short of seven innings, when the game was called in the fifth with a score of 11-1.

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BOWLING GREEN—It was a defensive game through most of the night. The Bowling Green Bobcats and the Palmyra Panthers worked over the other team’s offensive during the first quarter—to the point it looked as though the game might remain scoreless.

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LOUISIANA—As a sign of goodwill, members of the Clopton Hawks football team arrived at the end of practice for the Louisiana Bulldogs on Thursday to hand over a check for the funds the Clopton team raised to help a young man who had been seriously injured in a traffic collision the week before.

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BOWLING GREEN—It may have been delayed by two weeks, but that didn’t seem to dowse the enthusiasm for the truck and tractor pull at the Pike County Fairgrounds.

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BOWLING GREEN—The official start of the Pike County Fair came with clear skies and warm temperatures; perfect for the kickoff rodeo brought to the county fair by Outlaw/J5 Rodeo Co.

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The best basketball players in the Eastern Missouri Conference have been picked for this season’s all-conference team.

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CLOPTON – The Clopton girls basketball team won their first post-season game Monday, Feb. 24, by more than  50, soundly beating Van-Far and hopefully setting a positive tone for the games to come.

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CLOPTON – Family, friends and coaches joined two Clopton football players Wednesday, Feb. 19 as they finalized their intentions for the post-high school athletic and academic careers.

CLOPTON – The Hawks entered last week on the heels of a triumph at the Bowling Green Invitational Tournament. The week, however, had its share of challenges, resulting a narrow win over Louisiana on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and a 49-28 loss to Montgomery County Friday, Feb. 7.

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CLOPTON – The Clopton girls basketball team fought hard throughout Thursday night’s home game against Montgomery County, but couldn’t make up the deficit driven in part by strong free throw shooting by their opponents.

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BOWLING GREEN – For the fourth time in four years, the Clopton girls basketball team are the champions of Missouri’s second-oldest high school basketball tournament

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ELSBERRY – An energetic fourth quarter couldn’t make up the difference for the Louisiana boys basketball team in their away game against Elsberry Tuesday, Jan. 21

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LOUISIANA – Each of Louisiana’s three swimmers at the school’s Tuesday, Jan. 21 home meet against Hannibal achieved a personal best in one of the events they participated in.

South Shelby was not able to overcome an early lead for the Bulldog boys basketball team during their Thursday, Jan. 16 away game.

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CLOPTON – A close match against Wellsville-Middletown and a blow-out against Silex last week should provide a nice starting ramp as they enter next week’s Bowling Green tournament.

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CLOPTON – A pair of close losses — first to Winfield, 54-45, and then to Wright City, 55-52 — left the home team for the Clopton Invitational Tournament with a fourth-place finish.

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CLOPTON – A roaring student section greeted Clopton’s teams throughout last week’s tournament. Ultimately, The school’s hometown heroes were unable to get past Monroe City, which won the girls tournament championship with a margin of more than 20 points.