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Local cheerleader performed in
the London New Year's Day Parade
 
TOP CHEERLEADER | Montana Miller, right front, a senior cheerleader at Oak Grove High School, performs with more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States at the London New Year's Day parade.
 
Montana Miller, senior at Oak Grove High School, was one of more than 650 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the United States who represented Varsity Spirit in the London New Year's Day Parade.
Individuals invited to perform in the parade qualified for the trip after being nominated as an All-American at one of the summer camps hosted by Varsity Spirit.
All-Americans are selected to try out based on superior cheerleading, dancing and leadership skills at camps across the country. Only the top 10% of the more than 325,000 cheerleaders and dancers who attend the 5000 varsity summer camp sessions earn the chance to march in the holiday spectacular. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Oak Grove sends nine to state in search of 17
 
Panthers' quest for state title number 17 will be up to nine wrestlers this weekend in Columbia. Eleven wrestlers helped Oak Grove score 177 team points February 10-11 at the Class 2 District 4 tournament. Panthers placed third behind Chillicothe, who finished second with 183.5 points, and the champs from Cameron, who totaled 200 points. St. Joseph Benton, 158, and Savannah, 155.5, completed the top five.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class punched their ticket to the state championships, which get underway today (Thursday) at Mizzou Arena.
Tucker MacWilliam will go to the state tournament as a district champ at 113. He recorded a win by fall over Center's TyJhun Bridgeford in the quarterfinals and a 4-2 win by decision in the semifinals over Jake Huffman, Savannah. In the championship match, MacWilliam scored a 9-6 win by decision over Hunter Williams, Excelsior Springs. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Third time's the charm for OG
 
Oak Grove boys basketball team faced Pleasant Hill twice earlier this season and were not happy with either outcome. Roosters whipped the Panthers 71-47 on January 6. Oak Grove was more competitive January 24 in the first round of the Grain Valley Tournament but lost to Pleasant Hill once again 52-48. On Friday, the Panthers finally got the outcome they were after. The 59-55 win was the Panthers' second straight conference victory.
"I am so proud of our players, to come back and beat this team that drilled us over a month ago at their place shows how much better we have gotten," head coach Ty Hames said. "We didn't have a great start tonight, but Pleasant Hill had a lot to do with that. They really shoot the ball well, especially in transition. They were getting out before we could get back. But our guys did a good job adjusting and covering up the line in the second half."
Panthers trailed 32-30 at the break before they crept into the lead over the final two quarters of play. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 

 
 

 
 
Lady Panthers win again
 
For the second straight game, Oak Grove girls basketball team had three players in double figures in a road win. On February 8 that victory came at Van Horn 59-50.
"I thought it was an overall good team win for us," head coach Jared Broughton said. "Everyone played a big role in our ability to hold off Van Horn. I was happy with the toughness we showed as Van Horn made several runs during the game, and we were always able to answer." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers record dominating win
 
Oak Grove girls basketball team scored a season-high 61 points February 6 in a 61-36 win over Excelsior Springs in MRVC West play. Lady Panthers led 36-22 at half.
"After the first quarter I thought our girls really played well," said head coach Jared Broughton. "We did a lot of good things offensively with getting the ball inside and attacking the rim, allowing us to have opportunities at the free throw line. We were able to take advantage of our size and athleticism on the glass and pull away in the second half." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers go 3-0 on the week
 
Oak Grove girls capped a great week of basketball February 9 with a 40-38 win over Pleasant Hill. Lady Panthers defeated Excelsior Springs 61-36 February 6 and Van Horn 59-50 February 8 before defeating the Chicks the next night.
The win over Pleasant Hill was especially sweet for Oak Grove since it dropped its first contest against the Chicks 47-45 on January 16. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers start fast in win over Excelsior Springs
 
"It was great to see our guys get out to a quick start," said head boys basketball coach Ty Hames. "That's been a point of emphasis in practice and meetings the last five games."
It paid off February 7 when the Panthers hosted Excelsior Springs. Oak Grove led 16-8 at the first-quarter break and 29-18 at half. A 20-10 scoring advantage in the third quarter opened the gap even more before Oak Grove posted the 64-49 victory. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
OGHS Students perform in All-State Choir
 
The Missouri Choral Directors Assocation's All-State Choir was held January 25-28 at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach. The All-State Choir is held in conjunction with the Missouri Music Educators Association workshop/conference.
Two Oak Grove High School choir members were selected to participate in this year's All-State Choir. This prestigious honor was attained through a difficult and highly competitive audition process. Both are members of the OGHS Concert Choir and Swing Choir which are under the direction of Charity Schupp, OGHS vocal music instructor.
Savannah Purkey, junior, was selected to the choir as a soprano. She is the daughter of Shannon and Carla Purkey, Oak Grove. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

 
 
Cub Scouts cross over to Boy Scouts
 
NEW BOY SCOUTS TROOP 286 | Scouts completing the Crossover Ceremony Friday at Oak Grove United Methodist Church are, front, from left, Zebediah Butters, Jarrett Taylor, Alex Scarborough; back, Carson Moppin.
 
A traditional Crossover Ceremony was held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1501 S. Harding, on Friday by Tim Butters, cubmaster, Scout leaders and Boy Scout Troop 266.
Oak Grove Cub Scout Pack 266 has been chartered at the Oak Grove United Methodist Church since 1987.
Webelo Scouts earned the Arrow of Light rank and completed the requirements for the Scout badge to join a Boy Scout troop. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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