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Fighting Squirrels advance to Senior Babe Ruth World Series
Posted Saturday, July 26, at 10:53 PM
DICKINSON, N.D. - The Charleston Fighting Squirrels beat Eden Prairie, Minnesota 4-1 Sunday night to secure its second straight birth in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series. Charleston (40-16) went 5-0 at the Midwest Plains Regional. The Fighting Squirrels beat Holyoke, Colorado 11-1 Thursday, Eden Prairie 3-1 Friday and Dickinson 9-0 Saturday to finish 3-0 in pool play. Charleston beat Oskaloosa, Iowa 4-1 in the regional semifinal Sunday afternoon...

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World Series Bound? Quest continues tonight for Fighting Squirrels in North Dakota
Posted Thursday, July 24, at 2:41 PM

The eight-team Senior Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional continues Saturday and Sunday at Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark in Dickinson, North Dakota. Charleston is competing in a four-team pool with Holyoke, Colorado; Dickinson and Eden Prairie Black, Minnesota. The other four-team pool features Oskaloosa, Iowa; Lyons, Kansas; Eden Prairie Red, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota...

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Senior Babe Ruth state tournament concluded Wednesday at Charleston
Posted Monday, July 14, at 8:24 PM

The Missouri Senior Babe Ruth state tournament concluded Wednesday night with Charleston taking on Boonville in a winner-take-all championship at HIllhouse Park in Charleston. Charleston beat Boonville 3-1 to claim its fourth straight state championship...

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Senior Babe Ruth state tournament continues Tuesday (Updated Results & Stories)
Posted Sunday, July 13, at 1:58 AM

The Missouri Senior Babe Ruth state tournament continues Tuesday at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. Boonville beat Potosi 11-1 in Game 24 of the Senior Babe Ruth state tournament Monday night. Game 25 between Boonville and the SEMO Pirates of Leopold was postponed Monday due to rain...

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Senior Babe Ruth state tournament continues Sunday (Updated Results)
Posted Saturday, July 12, at 1:42 AM

The Missouri Senior Babe Ruth state tournament continues Sunday at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. A story on Friday's action is available here: View Story Here Stories on Saturday's championship semifinals are available at the links below: Power surges propels Charleston past Boonville 9-5...

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Charleston Fighting Squirrels begin play at Elsberry Fourth of July Tournament Friday
Posted Wednesday, July 2, at 4:40 PM

The Charleston Fighting Squirrels baseball team concludes regular season play with a slew of games before its state tournament kicks off July 10. The Fighting Squirrels are slated to compete in the six-team Elsberry Post 226 Fourth of July Wooden Bat Tournament July 4-6 in Elsberry, Mo. Other participants in the tournament are Elsberry, Hannibal, Quincy, Wentzville and New Bloomfield...

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7-UP Classic begins Friday at Paragould, Ark.
Posted Thursday, June 26, at 8:14 PM

The schedule has been released for the 2014 7-UP Classic at Paragould, Ark. The eight-team tournament is scheduled to take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bland Park. The SEMO Strokers of Advance will begin its quest to take home the top prize Friday at 7 p.m. ...

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Updated schedule released for boys basketball Rib City Shootout (June 19-20)
Posted Tuesday, June 17, at 3:55 PM

DEXTER, Mo. - The updated schedule has been released for the upcoming Rib City boys basketball shootout slated for June 19-20 at Dexter. 41 boys basketball teams will compete in the event. Games are scheduled to take place on three courts at the Bearcat Event Center, the Dexter High School Gymnasium, the Dexter Middle School Gymnasium and the Southwest Elementary Gymnasium...

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Rib City Shootout continues Saturday
Posted Saturday, June 14, at 3:05 AM

DEXTER, Mo. - The schedule has been released for the upcoming Rib City girls basketball shooutout slated for June 13-14. 44 girls basketball teams will compete in the event. Games are scheduled to take place on three courts at the Bearcat Event Center, the Dexter High School Gymnasium, the Dexter Middle School Gymnasium and the Southwest Elementary Gymnasium...

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Updated Fighting Squirrel Classic Results
Posted Friday, June 13, at 12:26 AM

The first round of the 16-team 2014 Fighting Squirrel Classic has been completed. A story on Day 1 is available at this link: View Story Here The 16-team baseball tournament takes place June 12-15 at Hillhouse Park in Charleston and Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau...

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2014 Charleston Fighting Squirrels Schedule & Roster
Posted Tuesday, May 27, at 7:18 PM

2014 Fighting Squirrels Baseball Schedule --- Roster --- The Charleston Fighting Squirrels will be hosting their annual baseball camp June 2-6 at Hillhouse Park in Charleston, Mo. Camp takes place from 9:30am-noon Monday thru Friday. Camp cost is $100 which includes insurance and a camp t-shirt. For more information contact Michael Minner at (573)382-2740. You can sign up at the camp! No pre-registration needed...

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Dexter, Bloomfield summer athletic camps
Posted Thursday, May 22, at 6:15 PM

The Dexter Lady Bearcats Basketball Camp will take place May 27-29. The camp will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. each day for students entering grades Kindergarten through third grade, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for students entering grades fourth grade through sixth grade and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. for students entering the seventh or eighth grade...

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Softball final four set
Posted Friday, May 9, at 3:34 AM

The final four is set at the state softball tournament. Kennett (23-2) is slated to play Scott City (17-5) May 16 at 5 p.m. in a state semifinal at Three Rivers Community College in Poplar Bluff, Mo. The other state semifinal between Crest Ridge (20-1) and Mt. Vernon (20-3) will follow the Kennett-Scott City semifinal May 16...

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Updated district softball tournament brackets, Bernie claims title
Posted Thursday, May 1, at 9:30 PM

The Bernie Mules became the first team from the southeast Missouri region to claim a district softball title Tuesday when it beat Dexter 8-5 in extra innings. A story on that game is available at this link: Bernie wins title Updated district tournament brackets are available at the below links:...

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Updated SCAA softball and baseball tournament brackets
Posted Friday, April 18, at 10:35 PM

The schedules have been released for the SCAA high school softball and baseball tournaments. Woodland is the No. 1 seed in the softball tournament. The softball tournament will take place Monday and Tuesday at Puxico. A bracket for the softball tournament is available at this link: See Bracket Here...

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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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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.