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Panthers down California at Norm Stewart Classic
 
A midnight start at the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College Saturday did not faze Oak Grove's boys basketball team. Panthers grabbed a 14-11 lead at the end of the first quarter then held the Pintos to just 11 points in the second and third quarters to make things a little easier in the fourth. Oak Grove won the game 62-45.
"First off, it was an honor to be a part of such a special event to raise awareness for cancer research," head coach Ty Hames said. "We want to be in this again. I was worried about the midnight start, and us playing our third game of the week, but I thought our guys had great energy, especially defensively. After the first couple of possessions our guys really dug in defensively. We only gave up four points in the third quarter, and that will keep you in games."
Jaxon Althaus had 15 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals. Tyler Jones, Kenton Wilhoit and Dylon Pfeifer just missed double figures with nine points each. William Cain dropped in eight points. Jackson Blansit scored seven. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
One bad quarter costs Lady Panthers
 
Oak Grove girls basketball team went on the road for the second time in three games this season and suffered a 51-47 defeat at the hands of the Clinton Lady Cardinals November 28.
"I thought we played much better overall and maybe played our best game to this point," said head coach Jared Broughton. "We just came out on the wrong side. We only scored three points in the third quarter and that one quarter really did us in." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers blast Richmond 65-37 in season opener
 
Oak Grove boys basketball team opened the season November 29 at Richmond. Panthers dominated the action at both ends of the floor and left with a 65-37 win.
"For the first game, I thought we played really, really well," said head coach Ty Hames. "We got down to guard the basketball. We did a good job of taking them away from the basket. And we took charges when they drove it. We rebounded well. We shared the ball well, and I really liked our shot selection. If we can have that kind of balance going forward, we're going to be pretty tough to beat down the road." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 

 
 

 
 
Lady Panthers pull away from St. Paul
 
Oak Grove girls basketball team led St. Paul 7-6 after one quarter Friday before the Lady Panthers began to expand their lead quarter by quarter. Oak Grove won the game 50-23, holding the Lady Saints to single digits in all four quarters.
"We did a good job of responding after being down early to start the game," head coach Jared Broughton said. "I thought we were pretty good offensively in our execution and attacking them in the second half. Kaitlyn (Marsh) shot the ball well, and that was good to see." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers fall to Harmon at home
 
Oak Grove's boys basketball home opener went to the visitors from J.C. Harmon High School, Kansas City, Kan., 65-61 December 1. Panthers shot the ball better, 41% compared to 35%, but Oak Grove could not keep pace on the boards. Harmon outrebounded Oak Grove 44-31, including a 27-12 advantage on the offensive glass.
"Unfortunately, their size and athleticism gave us problems," said head coach Ty Hames. "We got down 11 in the first quarter, and their ability to outrebound us gave them extra possessions. We had to fight back uphill all night." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
The stories below appear in The Panther Times,
Oak Grove R-6 student newspaper.
 
 
Athlete By Nature, Wrestler By Choice
 
With wrestling season just starting, Oak Grove's assistant wrestling coach Cahill said the goal this season is to "Win state title number 17."
Coach Cahill has been a wrestling coach for 24 years. However, he did not wrestle in high school. In order for the team to win another state title, the coaches make the boys start each practice with jogging for ten minutes straight and stretching.
In wrestling there are many different positions but the most common are, "Neutral where you are on your feet and you try to get a take down, top when you try to get a pin, and bottom where you try to get out of there," said Coach Cahill. Read more in The Panther Times, included with Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
EMILY HELDENBRAND
Sophomore TJ Boyd makes the free throw to help the JV boys beat Harmon December 1 at home.
 
Basketball: Boys invented it; Girls perfected it!
 
The 2016 basketball season is a promising one this year! The ladies have been practicing since early October, and the first game was November 21 against Holden. Coach Brundage and Coach Broughton have never felt more prepared for their first game, expecting to set the court for a 1-0 record.
The theme of this basketball season is "Grit and Grind." This means to work hard and always have courage to take risk. Read more in The Panther Times, included with Focus on Oak Grove.
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