Oak Grove vs. John Burroughs
Oak Grove has not played for the Class 3 football championship since 1990. John Burroughs has played for the Class 3 title four times in the past five years but has not won a state championship in football since 2001.
Both teams advanced to Friday's title game in decidedly different fashions.
Oak Grove defeated California 49-14 Friday night. John Burroughs didn't play their semifinal game until Saturday afternoon in Monett and needed a blocked extra point with 1:16 remaining in the game to preserve a 24-23 win over the Cubs.
"We watched the (John Burroughs versus Monett) game here on the Internet," head coach Pat Richard said. "We didn't want to give up the work time driving there and back. We watched it here and sent a couple of coaches down to watch them live. They have a great football team."
Bombers are led by two outstanding athletes in quarterback Tre Moore and running back John Moten. Moore is committed to play football next year for Yale University of the Ivy League. Moten will play in the Big 10 for Northwestern.
"They've got Moten at running back, and he's been pretty dominant," Richard said. "He's got great speed. He won the 100 at state last season with a 10.6. He's a heck of a football player. Their quarterback can throw the ball well. They have (former Major League Baseball player) Andy Van Slyke's kid at receiver. He's a big kid, 6' 4", 210 pounds. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Debate queens... Ali Cummings, senior, left, receives first in dramatic interpretation and fifth in poetry, and Kasidi Mericle, freshman, receives third in dramatic interpretation at the Harrisonville tournament.
Elementary students hear program by ZED cartoonist
Duane M. Abel, cartoonist of the comic strip series ZED, presented a school assembly, Draw Your Destiny, on November 13 at Oak Grove Elementary.
This was his first presentation in Missouri. His goal is to share his presentation in all 50 states by 2017. He has been in 31 states.
Abel began by asking the students what they would like to be when they grow up? Student answers included veterinarian, gymnastic teacher, artist, scientist, military, Royals player, football player, nurse and horse trainer.
He presented four key words that are key to their destiny: Work, Study, Learn and Try, each word creatively written on a cartoon drawing of his dirty clothes.
With each word he created a drawing with the beginning letter, testing their memory of the word before completing the drawing. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Essay winners... Dare Medal and Challenge coins were received by six students during the D.A.R.E. graduation at Oak Grove Elementary School for having the top essays. They were, from left, Kinzley McBrayer, Macey Squires, Connor Hernandez, Owen Smith, Hunter Jones and Lindy Monor. Students were recognized by Bob Marshall, School Resource Officer, and Peggy Tiffany, principal.
Essay winners recognized at D.A.R.E. graduation
Six students at Oak Grove Elementary School were recognized during the D.A.R.E. graduation by Bob Marshall, School Resources Officer, and Peggy Tiffany, principal.
Students Kinzley McBrayer, Macey Squires, Connor Hernandez, Owen Smith, Hunter Jones and Lindy Monor each received a Dare Medal and Challenge Coin for having the top essays.
Proud of veterans... Cub Scouts Pack 266 Den 8 honor Charles Stobaugh, veteran, center, on Veterans Day at Oak Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation. From left, Jarrett Taylor, Zeb Butters, Timothy Shultz, Isaiah Graham, Josh McGinnis, Alex Scarborough and Austin Scarborough.