Charleston’s speed, physicality too much for Notre Dame
The Charleston Blue Jays (3-0) were simply too fast and too physical for Notre Dame (0-1) to keep up as the Bulldogs fell 66-52 on Friday night. Notre Dame junior Kolton Johnson led the Bulldogs with 21 points and fellow junior Brett Dohogne followed close behind with 17 points of his own.
East Praire unseats No. 1 seed Caruthersville in Gideon Tournament
GIDEON, Mo. — East Prairie, the No. 4 seeded underdogs, toppled tournament favorite and top-seeded Caruthersville 75-59 in a semifinal that rocked the Gideon Bulldog Classic. Noah Johnson unleashed a 29-point barrage, propelling the Eagles (2-0) to the upset over the Tigers (1-1) on Thursday, Nov. 30. “We knew...
East Prairie’s sights set on back-to-back championships
The East Prairie boys’ basketball team is ready to ruffle some feathers and defend its Scott-Mississippi Conference Championship. While their roster may be smaller than some, the Eagles’ core group of players is determined to overachieve and make their mark on the season. “I’m excited about another opportunity...
Basketball Roundup: East Prairie boys, Portageville girls win
East Prairie defeated Hayti 66-65 in the opening round of the Gideon Bulldogs Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The fourth-seeded Eagles (1-0) held on to secure the victory despite the Indians’ (0-1) late-game comeback attempt. “We’re happy to come out with the victory,” said East Prairie coach Gary Scott....
Lady Eagles navigate change armed with youthful exuberance and strong passion
Despite facing a season of transition with a roster predominantly composed of freshmen and sophomores, the East Prairie girls’ basketball team is welcoming the opportunity to grow, learn, and forge lasting bonds. While the path to victory may be challenging, the team’s boundless energy and commitment to personal growth...
Blue Jays transform disrespect into fuel for unstoppable drive
Unmoved by the naysayers’ taunts and the prophecies of doom, the Charleston boys’ basketball team is ignoring the distractions. Instead, they’ve channeled the disrespect into a driving force, drawing strength from their deep-rooted basketball tradition. This season, the Blue Jays aren’t just seeking victory; they’re seeking vindication.
Lady Blue Jays unveil aggressive style to build winning culture
After four consecutive losing seasons, the Charleston girls’ basketball team is determined to turn the page and establish a new chapter of success. With a renewed focus on fundamentals, teamwork, and a relentless work ethic, the Lady Blue Jays are looking to establish the building blocks for a brighter future on the court.
Bravettes aim to return to prominence with renewed vigor
After a brief hiatus, the Scott County Central girls’ basketball team is eager to recapture its past glory. Between 2013 and 2020, the Bravettes amassed an impressive overall record of 130-79, punctuated by four district championships. However, the team faced challenges in recent years, struggling to just four wins in 2021 and 2022. Undeterred, the team emerged stronger last season, securing 11 wins.
Notre Dame girls basketball five-peats as SEMO Conference Tournament Champions
The Notre Dame girls basketball team poses with the SEMO Conference Tournament Championship trophy after beating Jackson 46-44 in the title game Friday night at New Madrid. Photo by Jay Forness. In a game that went down to the wire for the SEMO Conference Tournament Championship, the Notre Dame girls...
Lady Bulldogs’ unity, passion paves the way for success
Guided by the tough lessons learned last season, the Sikeston girls’ basketball team has evolved from a team with potential into a team with proven talent, ready to compete. This transformation is not merely a result of individual talent but rather a reflection of the team’s deep-rooted camaraderie and unwavering support for one another.
Saxony Lutheran holds off Sikeston's late charge
NEW MADRID, Mo. — Sikeston refused to back down, nearly mounting an improbable comeback from an 18-point second-half deficit to Saxony Lutheran in the consolation bracket of the SEMO Conference Tournament but ultimately fell short in a 55-50 down-to-the-wire contest on Wednesday, Nov. 29. "It was a hard-fought battle,...
Bulldogs’ championship dreams take shape with unparalleled potential
A constellation of stars has aligned on the hardwood of Sikeston High School. The team’s talent is as vast as the cosmos, its potential limitless, destined to leave a legacy that will forever illuminate the path for future generations of Bulldogs. “All of our guys want to be a...
First State Community Bank Holiday Classic teams also compete in food drive face off
SIKESTON, Mo. – This year’s First State Community Bank Holiday Classic will have an added element of competition off the court. The 11 schools participating in the girls high school basketball tournament will also take part in the Food Drive Face Off, competing to raise the most funds and food for Southeast Missouri Food Bank.
Charleston’s fourth-quarter comeback secures season-opening win in RiverBend Shootout
NEW MADRID, Mo. — Demonstrating a never-say-die attitude and that same ole brand of Blue Jays’ basketball, Charleston refused to be outdone, erasing a six-point deficit with a decisive 17-2 fourth-quarter run to secure a deserved victory over Horn Lake in the RiverBend Shootout on Friday, Nov. 24.
Emani Summers scores 24 to lead Cape Central over Poplar Bluff
While it’s far too early to properly project how the Cape Central girls basketball team will fare in Aaron Lee’s second season as head coach. However, after two games in the SEMO Conference Tournament, one thing is for certain. The Tigers have their star player. Junior Emani Summers...
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NMCC opens season with 80-63 win over West Memphis in Riverbend Shootout
NEW MADRID, Mo. — In a display of both firepower and finesse, New Madrid County Central ignited its season with an emphatic 80-63 victory over West Memphis in the RiverBend Shootout on Friday, Nov. 24. The Eagles (2-0), fueled by a scorching 15-0 run to open the game, established...
Jackson cruises past Sikeston; Dexter upsets Saxony Lutheran; Poplar Bluff defeats NMCC in SEMO Conference Tournament
NEW MADRID, Mo. — The Jackson girls’ basketball team overwhelmed Sikeston with superior size, physicality and relentless effort, securing a 71-38 victory in the opening round of the SEMO Conference Tournament at New Madrid County Central High School on Monday, Nov. 27. From the opening tip, the Lady...
New Madrid hoops opens season with defensive mindset, success
For those prep basketball followers throughout Missouri, who were curious if the New Madrid County Central boy’s squad would have any malaise hanging over it after winning the MSHSAA Class 3 state championship last spring, the Eagles have answered that question with an emphatic “No” just two games into this season.
Sikeston rolls over Riverview Gardens in season opener, 86-42
DE SOTO, Mo. – The Sikeston Bulldogs come into the 2023-24 season with high expectations and the team did not disappoint in its opening game on Monday in the first round of the Fountain City Classic at De Soto High School. Sikeston, seeded first in the tournament, dispatched of...