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TANNER PAVLICA placed second at 126 pounds. His only loss on the day came in the championship match.
 
Oak Grove owns Panther Classic
 
Oak Grove wrestlers hosted the Panther Classic Saturday to wrap up the regular season. Panthers scored 249 points on the day to claim the team championship and enter the postseason on a roll.
"Both Thursday (against Grain Valley) and Saturday were really good days for us," said head coach Bobbe Lowe. "The guys competed hard and stayed focused in close matches. They had a great week of practice, and it showed. We need to sharpen all of our tools this week and get ready for a tough weekend (at districts). Our district is very tough, and we need to get as many wrestlers through (to state) as possible. If we continue to keep our intensity up and score points, I like our chances."
Fort Osage finished second with 144 points. Blue Springs totaled 131 points in third. DeSoto, 110, Monett, 82, Grandview, 67, Blue Valley West, 47, and William Chrisman, 46, Fort Osage JV, 15, Oak Grove JV, 8, and Blue Valley West JV, 1, completed the standings. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers win a close contest
 
Oak Grove boys basketball team had to battle for four quarters February 2 when they traveled to Pleasant Hill. Panthers shot 49% from the field in the game while holding the Roosters to just 29% despite allowing 20 more shot attempts. Oak Grove still had to hold off Pleasant Hill in the late going.
"We played well. The best thing we did is we defended the paint," said head coach Ty Hames. "The first time we played we didn't contain the dribble or compete on the glass. Offensively we got big nights out of Kenton Wilhoit and Stone Slade." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers finish cold in loss to Grain Valley
 
In the nightcap of the varsity doubleheader at Grain Valley Friday, Oak Grove boys team answered the opening bell.
Unfortunately, the Panthers did not play as well the final three quarters and ended up on the short end of a 58-39 score.
"We played well in the first quarter," head coach Ty Hames said. "We shared the ball. We hit shots. And we controlled the glass. I thought Jaxon Althaus shot the ball well early and showed he was ready for the big stage." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Oak Grove boys place sixth
at Grain Valley Showdown
 
Panthers boys basketball team played in the Grain Valley Eagles Sonic Showdown as the four seed but were forced to settle for a sixth-place finish.
Pleasant Hill 69
Oak Grove 52
Fifth-seeded Roosters shot 57% from the floor in a quarterfinal win over the Panthers January 26. Oak Grove converted only 37% of its attempts and watched Pleasant Hill pull away with a big second quarter.
"Unfortunately, we just didn't defend very well all night," said head coach Ty Hames. "Plus, we got off to a slow start. At this point, it's really more mental than anything else. Our guys are pressing a little too much on the offensive end, and having an effort issue on the defensive end. We have to guard harder, rebound harder and play with more energy on the defensive end. From a positive standpoint, we shot the ball better and didn't turn the ball over as much." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.

 
 

 
 
Lady Panthers fall to Grain Valley
 
Grain Valley put Oak Grove girls basketball team in a tough spot early in their contest Friday. Lady Eagles led 23-6 at the end of the first quarter and 45-19 at half before winning the game 67-28.
"Grain Valley is a talented team, and they jumped on us early," said head coach Jared Broughton. "We couldn't recover from the first-quarter run." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers win after grabbing nine pins
 
Oak Grove wrestlers dominated Excelsior Springs February 2 in an MRVC West dual. Panthers recorded nine wins by fall on the night to score a 65-18 win.
"It was a good night for us," commented head coach Bobbe Lowe. "We wrestled well at all positions and did our job. We look forward now to taking on Grain Valley."
Tucker MacWilliam pinned Hunter Williams at 3:40 of the 106-pound match. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers dominate Pleasant Hill Chicks
 
Oak Grove girls basketball team was ready to play February 1 when they took on Pleasant Hill.
"I was happy with the way we played, especially in the first half," said head coach Jared Broughton. "I thought we came right out of the gates with great energy and focus."
That helped the Lady Panthers lead 12-3 at the first quarter break and 30-15 at half. Both teams struggled to score in the third before Oak Grove put together a 17-point fourth quarter to seal a 50-31 win. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Final dual goes to Oak Grove
 
Top-ranked Oak Grove wrestlers brought the dual season to a close February 4 with a 43-18 win over Grain Valley in MRVC West action.
Panthers opened the night with a pair of major decision wins.
Connor Brown, 120, defeated Mitchell Alexander 18-7. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
LANDON CAIRER, left, with Oak Grove High School football coach Pat Richard in recognition of Cairer receiving the Brandon Burlsworth Character Award and a credit line in the movie Greater to be released this summer.
 
Cairer receives Burlsworth Character Award
 
Landon Cairer, son of Todd and Kathy Cairer and Oak Grove High School senior, is the recipient of the Brandon Burlsworth Character Award, which expanded from Arkansas to nationwide for the 2016 award.
Pat Richard, Oak Grove High School varsity football coach, submitted Cairer's name for Cairer's outstanding character and sportsmanship.
"Well deserved. He epitomizes and personifies the word character," Richard said. "The criteria really fit him. He's hard-working and cares more about others than self." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers win a close contest
 
Oak Grove boys basketball team had to battle for four quarters February 2 when they traveled to Pleasant Hill. Panthers shot 49% from the field in the game while holding the Roosters to just 29% despite allowing 20 more shot attempts. Oak Grove still had to hold off Pleasant Hill in the late going.
"We played well. The best thing we did is we defended the paint," said head coach Ty Hames. "The first time we played we didn't contain the dribble or compete on the glass." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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