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Schedule released for Malden baseball tournament
Posted Tuesday, April 15, at 1:43 PM
The schedule has been released for the 9-team Malden Invitational baseball tournament. The tournament will take place Friday and Saturday on two baseball fields in Malden. The tournament is divided into three 3-team pools. Malden, Advance and Holcomb will compete in Pool A; Portageville, Doniphan and Bloomfield will compete in Pool B; and Bernie, Cooter and NMCC will compete in Pool C...

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Seedings released for SCAA middle school volleyball tournaments
Posted Tuesday, April 8, at 4:24 PM

The 2014 SCAA seventh grade and eighth grade volleyball tournaments will take place Apr. 12, Apr. 14 and Apr. 15 at Woodland High School. Dexter is the No. 1 seed in both brackets. The brackets are viewable by clicking on the links below: 7th Grade Bracket...

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Dozen photos of Dexter basketball team in Tuesday afternoon print edition of Daily Statesman
Posted Tuesday, March 18, at 12:26 AM

A complete story on the Dexter-Battle Class 4 state quarterfinal girls basketball game with a dozen photos is available in the Tuesday afternoon print edition of Dexter Daily Statesman. Dexter (26-3) will play Benton (21-8) Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo., in a state semifinal. ...

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Dexter Parks & Recreation Gym slated to host semi-pro basketball game Saturday
Posted Thursday, March 13, at 6:07 PM

The stage is set for a semi-pro basketball game Saturday night at Dexter Parks and Recreation Gym. The SEMO Vipers are slated to square off against the Mississippi Tornadoes Saturday at 7 p.m. The Vipers recently relocated from Springfield, Mo., to Dexter. The Vipers are coached by Austin Bridges...

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Updated district basketball tournament brackets
Posted Friday, February 28, at 12:07 AM

The seedings have been released for multiple district basketball tournaments. Brackets for the tournaments are viewable by clicking on the links below: View updated district basketball tournament brackets below: --- Class 1, District 1, Boys at Risco...

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Bloomfield & Bernie boys basketball teams set to take on No. 2 ranked South Iron
Posted Thursday, February 6, at 4:26 PM

The Daily Statesman received word Thursday afternoon the Bloomfield Wildcats boys basketball team had added a game to its schedule. Bloomfield is slated to host South Iron Saturday. The junior varsity game will take place at 1 p.m. The varsity game will take place at approximately 2:30 p.m...

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Dates announced for 2014 Rib City Shootouts
Posted Wednesday, February 5, at 2:13 PM

DEXTER, Mo. - The dates of the 2014 Rib City Shootouts have been released. The shootouts will take place in Dexter, Mo., this summer. Two-day girls basketball shootouts will take place May 30-31, June 13-14 and July 18-19. Two-day boys basketball shootouts will take place June 6-7, June 19-20 and July 11-12...

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SCAA postponements
Posted Monday, February 3, at 4:22 PM

The Bloomfield-Bell City high school boys basketball games, Dexter-Saxony Lutheran high school girls basketball game and Bernie-Twin Rivers high school boys basketball games are postponed Tuesday. The Dexter-Saxony Lutheran girls basketball game will be made up Feb. 12 at 6 p.m...

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20-page insert on SCAA basketball tournaments available in Sunday's Daily Statesman
Posted Saturday, January 25, at 2:04 AM

A 20-page tab/insert on the upcoming SCAA varsity boys basketball tournaments will be available in Sunday's print edition of Daily Statesman. The Sunday print edition of Daily Statesman is released on Saturday afternoon. The special section includes brackets as well as rosters, team photos, action shots and previews of the teams...

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Vote Now: Which teams will win the SCAA high school boys basketball tournaments?
Posted Sunday, January 19, at 6:34 PM

The seedings have been released for the SCAA boys basketball tournaments. The varsity and junior varsity tournament will take place Jan. 27-31 at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. Bernie is the No. 1 seed in the varsity bracket and Advance is the No. 1 seed in the junior varsity bracket...

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Seedings released for SCAA boys basketball tournaments
Posted Saturday, January 18, at 1:18 PM

The seedings have been released for the SCAA boys basketball tournaments. The varsity and junior varsity tournament will take place Jan. 27-31 at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. Bernie is the No. 1 seed in the varsity bracket and Advance is the No. 1 seed in the junior varsity bracket...

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Malden JV boys basketball tournament bracket
Posted Friday, January 10, at 2:03 PM

The seedings have been released for the eight-team Malden junior varsity boys basketball tournament. The tournament will take place Jan. 13, 15 and 18. Kennett has received the No. 1 seed. A complete bracket for the tournament is available at this link: View Bracket Here...

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2013 Stoddard County Sports Year-in-Review
Posted Thursday, January 2, at 10:37 PM

The accomplishments by Stoddard County athletes were unprecedented and at times unheard of at their respective programs before 2013. Other accomplishments represented continued success of traditional powerhouses in Stoddard County. The success continued for the Dexter Bearcats girls basketball program from the start of the calendar year until the end of 2013 under head coach Chad Allen. ...

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Updated with Monday postponements involving SCAA teams
Posted Monday, December 9, at 4:41 PM

Tuesday's Bloomfield-Twin Rivers high school boys basketball contests at Bloomfield are postponed. Tuesday's Bernie-Scott City high school boys basketball contests at Scott City are postponed. Tuesday's Dexter high school wrestling meet at NMCC has been postponed...

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Bernie varsity boys basketball tournament postponed
Posted Thursday, December 5, at 1:07 PM

The Bernie varsity boys basketball tournament has been postponed Thursday. The championship and third-place games are now scheduled for Dec. 12. Top-seeded Bernie will play third-seeded Twin Rivers in the championship Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Bernie. Fifth-seeded Holcomb will play seventh-seeded Bloomfield in the third-place game Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. at Bernie...

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Bernie basketball tournament postponed until next Thursday
Posted Thursday, December 5, at 3:03 AM

The Bernie varsity boys basketball tournament has been postponed Thursday. The championship and third-place games are now scheduled for Dec. 13. Top-seeded Bernie will play third-seeded Twin Rivers in the championship Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Bernie. Fifth-seeded Holcomb will play seventh-seeded Bloomfield in the third-place game Dec. 13 at 6 p.m...

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25 high school basketball previews available here and in Friday's print editions
Posted Wednesday, November 27, at 3:51 PM

A 20-page regional basketball preview will be available in the Friday print editions of Daily Dunklin Democrat and Daily Statesman and in the upcoming weekly editions of Delta News Citizen and Portageville Missourian-News. Stories on 25 varsity basketball teams and team photos are available in the preview...

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Brackets set for Bernie varsity boys tournament, Notre Dame JV boys tournament and Farmington & Paragould varsity girls tournaments
Posted Thursday, November 21, at 2:33 PM

The seedings have been released for multiple basketball tournaments. Bernie has received the No. 1 seed in the Bernie Invitational varsity boys basketball tournament. The tournament will take place Dec. 2-6 at Bernie. A bracket for the tournament is available here: Bernie Invitational Bracket...

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Dexter varsity girls basketball team seeded first in Farmington Invitational
Posted Friday, November 15, at 10:21 PM

The seedings have been released for the 2013 Farmington Invitational varsity girls basketball tournament. The tournament will take place Dec. 2, 5, 6 and 7. The championship is slated for Dec. 7 at 6:30 p.m. Traditional talent Dexter is seeded first in the eight-team tournament...

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SCAA middle school boys basketball tournament brackets
Posted Tuesday, November 12, at 1:25 PM

The brackets have been released for the 2013 seventh and eighth grade SCAA boys basketball tournaments. The tournaments will take place Nov. 16, 18 and 19 at Bloomfield High School. Undefeated Dexter is seeded first in both tournaments. Bernie is seeded second...

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Dustin Ward has been the sports editor at Daily Statesman in Dexter, Mo., since August 2013.

Ward graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a minor in psychology. He also has 21-hour concentration in environmental science, social studies and education.

Ward started following sports in southeast Missouri when he was five-years-old in 1991. In the 2009-10 basketball season, he watched 84 varsity basketball teams play a total of 147 varsity games. He has also attended the state basketball, baseball and volleyball tournaments the last three seasons. His favorite baseball memory is watching the St. Louis Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.

Ward completed an internship in the summer of 2010 at semoball.com. During the internship he had the opportunity to visit and photograph the athletic facilities at all 58 semoball schools. He also researched the district and state championship histories of 55 schools and used the Cover it Live application to cover the Senior Babe Ruth state baseball tournament. After the internship he served as sports editor at Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett, Mo., from 2011-2013.