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Bogan pushes Charleston past ND late (01/05/14)
Delfincko Bogan scored 10 points in the final three minutes to help the Bluejays win 58-45
Team building (09/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs volleyball team will try to make the inevitable process of filling the void of graduated seniors into a growing one. After losing court staples such as Trenice Greer and Monica Carter, this year's version of the Lady Bulldogs will focus on building a stronger, overall team...
Sikeston soccer team takes third at Greg Kline Invitational (09/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Sikeston boys soccer team finished in third place during the Greg Kline Invitational Tournament over the weekend in Carbondale, Ill. The Bulldogs defeated the host 1-0 in the third place game Saturday. Sikeston got the upper hand in a back and forth match against the Terriers in the 50th minute when Cody Rogers found the back of the net off an assist from Audi Hay...
Fowler returns to coach NMCC Lady Eagles (09/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- After nearly a decade away from the sidelines, Diane Fowler will once again be at the helm of the New Madrid County Central volleyball program this season as the Lady Eagles look to replace a senior heavy group from 2012...
Hammerin' Hanna (08/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Before Thursday's season opener against Poplar Bluff, new Sikeston head softball coach Eric Voorhees spent plenty of time deciding where to bat sophomore Hannah Placek. After hitting late in the order most of last season it was a given the sophomore would be moving up in the lineup. The question was whether she'd land in the second or fourth spot...
Lady Bulldogs drop season opener to Poplar Bluff (08/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- First match jitters got to the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team Thursday afternoon. A rough start in doubles competition put the Lady Bulldogs in an 0-3 hole before falling to visiting Poplar Bluff 6-3 at the Sikeston Public Schools Tennis Courts...
Oran bats come up big in first game (08/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Oran pitcher Tatum May got plenty of run support during the Lady Eagles' season opener Thursday. May pitched a complete game win while Oran pounded East Prairie 17-3 at Oran High School. May not only held East Prairie (0-1) to three runs but she was also an offensive leader at the dish with three hits including two doubles...
Bluejays looking for overdue win in state's oldest rivalry against Sikeston (08/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays' turnaround in football is nearly complete. After going through one of the worst stretches in school history when they posted a record of 2-27 from 2008 through 2010, the Bluejays went 9-3 last year, marking its first winning season in seven years and the nine wins tying for the most they've had since 2001...
Prep Football Glance Week 1 (08/29/13)
2012 Records: East Prairie (0-10); Perryville (3-7) Series History: Perryville leads 10-1 Last Meeting: 2012, Perryville won 41-0 Outlook: East Prairie is coming off a winless season and will be young once again in 2013. The Eagles will be moving away from their Wing-T offense and will run a mix of power and spread formations. ...
Lady Hawks on point in season opener (08/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- The Kelly Lady Hawks didn't waste any time jumping on top of Chaffee Friday in their season opener. Scoring five runs in the first inning alone, the Lady Hawks pounded out 13 hits against the Lady Red Devils en rout to a 15-0 win in four innings via the mercy rule...
Tennis anyone? (08/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Five of Sikeston's top six girls tennis players from a season ago said goodbye after graduation. One of those included postseason staple Kelsey Dial. With the face of the program for the last three years gone, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs tennis team will start the 2013 season with their slate wiped clean...
Fall softball coming soon (08/22/13)
Veteran takeover (08/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- He's had senior leaders and experienced players, but for the first time in his coaching tenure, Sikeston head soccer coach Doyle Noe will field a veteran team. Packed with juniors and seniors, the Sikeston Bulldogs boys soccer team hopes that time and experience will pay dividends as they try to surpass their body of work from a season ago that made the Sikeston record books...
Title bid ends for Squirrels at Sr. Babe World Series (08/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ANDALUSIA, Ala. -- Despite mounting a seventh-inning rally, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels saw their season come to a close Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to the Gulf Coast, Ala., Rawdogs in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series quarterfinals...
Field House facelift (08/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- One of the oldest sporting venues in southeast Missouri has gotten a makeover. Renovations to the Sikeston Field House recently completed after three cosmetic improvements began in late May. A new gym floor, overhead lights and personalized banners now hang and lay inside the 34-year old home of the Sikeston Bulldogs...
Risco, Bloomfield gear up for fall baseball season (08/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- After seeing several of their core members graduate this past spring, the Risco Tigers baseball team hopes to use this fall to bring a talented group of freshman up to speed with its senior-laden roster. "Graduation hit us pretty hard," Risco head coach Brandon Blankenship said. ...
Practice continues (08/14/13)
Sikeston head football coach Kent Gibbs watches his team go through drills Tuesday at the Sikeston Public Schools practice field. Sikeston's first game will be Aug. 30 at Charleston.
First practice (08/13/13)
Starting with slack (08/06/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With most of the rain out of the way by Monday night, the Sikeston Jaycee Bootheel Rodeo got their 61st year started on a relatively dry note as they hosted the first night of slack. In tie down roping Cody McCartney pulled out a first place win by just a tenth of a second over second-place Hunter Herrin. McCartney came with an aggregate time of 18.1 seconds after two go-rounds to just hold off Herrin, who posted an aggregate time of 18.2 seconds...
Eagles bow out of Midwest Plains Regional (08/06/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FOUNTAIN, Colo. -- The East Prairie Eagles 13U baseball team saw its season come to an end Monday following an 11-8 loss to Ottumwa, Iowa during the 13U Midwest Plains Regional tournament in Fountain, Colorado. Will Ferrell pitched five innings for East Prairie while striking out six. The Eagles had seven hits as a team...
Regional champs (08/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com OSKALOOSA, Iowa -- Through a summer full of high expectations, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels made it clear that anything short of a berth in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series would be a disappointment. On Sunday, their dream became a reality as the Squirrels took down Oskaloosa, Iowa 6-0 to capture the Midwest Plains Regional championship and the spot on Senior Babe Ruth's biggest stage that goes with it...
Still on top (07/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- It's been the same story so far. A dominant pitching performance, followed by plenty of offensive production, leading to a game that ends before the full seven innings are played. The Charleston Squirrels are, simply, rolling...
Squirrels advance to semifinals, Strokers rained out (07/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Squirrels advanced to the semifinals of the Senior Babe Ruth state baseball tournament Sunday following a 12-1 win over the SEMO Strokers of Oran at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. The Squirrels take on Boonville today at 2:30 p.m. with the winner of that game playing Tuesday at 6 p.m. for the state championship...
Sikeston Post 114 pulls out 9-6 win over Scott County (07/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Thanks in part to a four-run fourth-inning rally on Monday Sikeston American Legion Post 114 overcame an early deficit against Scott County Post 369 for a 9-6 win. Despite a two-run outburst in the second frame Post 114 soon found themselves trailing when Scott County rallied for three runs in the top of the third. ...
Scott County ties with Jackson in 12 innings (07/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SCOTT CITY -- The Scott County Senior Legion Post 369 baseball team had to call it quits after 12 innings Wednesday. Tied with Jackson's Senior Babe Ruth 11-11, an umpire working the game had to leave due to his work schedule leaving the two teams in a deadlock...
2013 Standard Democrat Baseball Player of the Year (07/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- What a difference a year has made in the life of Oran's Seth Ressel. Just one year after being caught in the middle of one of the most disappointing finishes in school history, the soon-to-be-senior turned into the team's most versatile weapon in 2013...
Media releases 2013 All-State baseball team (07/10/13)
The 2013 Missouri All-State media baseball team was released Tuesday night with the Standard Democrat coverage area placing 12 players on this year's squad. For a complete list, see below: CLASS 5 PITCHERS First Team Brian Howard, sr., St. Louis U. High...
Squirrels defeat Thunder by mercy rule (07/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Fresh off a third-place finish at the Elsberry 4th of July Tournament, the Charleston Squirrels kept things rolling with a 12-2 win over the Poplar Bluff Thunder Monday in the first game of a doubleheader. "We're coming off a good weekend again," Charleston head coach Michael Minner said. "We've been hitting with wood bats for a week so it's nice to have the aluminum bats back. We hit the ball around the field."...
High stakes (07/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- In a game that decided the No. 1 seed for the upcoming district tournament, the Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 baseball team didn't have the start they were hoping for. Giving up seven runs in the first two innings, Sikeston eventually fell to Jackson's Junior Legion squad 16-6 in six inning via the mercy rule...
Post 114 takes down Scott Co. in nine innings (07/09/13)
CHAFFEE -- The Sikeston American Legion Post 114 baseball team scored six unanswered runs in the final five innings to defeat Scott County American Legion Post 369, 10-4. Scott County rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth to close within a run at 4-3. Post 114 rallied for four runs quickly after taking advantage of four walks given up by Scott County to go up 7-3...
Post 114 swept by Dunklin Co., Squirrels finish third (07/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston American Legion Post 114 baseball team was swept in a doubleheader against Dunklin County Saturday. Sikeston fell 8-1 during the first game and 7-6 in nine innings during the non-conference game. During the first game, Sikeston fell behind 2-0 after the top of the third, but answered with their lone run in the bottom half of the inning. Dunklin County added two runs in the sixth and put the game away in the seventh with four more...
SEMO Coaches Association Contact Camp gets underway (06/28/13)
Members of the Sikeston and Perryville football team scrimmage against each other during the Fifth Annual SEMO Coaches Association Contact Camp at Sikeston Public Stadium. The event kicked off Thursday afternoon and will conclude today.
Losing streak (06/27/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Still looking for their first district win, not much went right for Sikeston American Legion Post 114 against Jackson American Legion Post 158 Wednesday. Plagued by defensive troubles all game long Post 114 saw Jackson score in all but one inning en rout to a 10-3 win that pushed Sikeston's losing streak to six games...
Scott County falls to Dunklin County (06/27/13)
SCOTT CITY -- In the first game of a scheduled doubleheader Wednesday, Scott County American Legion Post 369 fell to Dunklin County Post 303 14-0 in five innings via the mercy rule. Dunklin County rallied for two runs in each of the first three innings to take a 6-0 lead before putting up another five runs in the top of the fourth. One final three-run rally in the fifth made up the final...
Squirrels sweep through Marble Hill (06/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MARBLE HILL -- Following a successful weekend where they picked up three wins, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels swept Marble Hill on Monday in a doubleheader. Both games ended via the mercy-rule with the Squirrels combining for six hits in the first contest on their way to a 12-0 decision. Charleston held only a slim one-run advantage going into the top of the fourth, where they hammered out an 11-run rally to end the game early...
SAYB RESULTS (06/25/13)
All scores and statistics were submitted to the Standard Democrat June 18 ROOKIE LEAGUE Burns and Taylor 12, Progressive Farm Credit 10 Hits: (B) Jordan Hart, Joseph Heckemeyer, Daeton Taylor, Landon Coppage; (P) Carter Crow, Kendall Hinton, Baden Hackworth, Asher Lane...
Unit 114 wins big, Riverdogs swept by Capahas (06/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 baseball team defeated Dowell, Ill., 15-4 in seven innings Sunday in what was scheduled as one nine inning game. Garrison Keene earned the win on the mound pitching all seven innings. Keene allowed 10 hits and three walks while striking out two...
Safe and sound (06/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After watching a three-run lead slip away in the second inning, things didn't look too good for Sikeston American Senior Legion Post 114 Thursday against the Poplar Bluff Thunder. Responding with five unanswered runs over the next three innings, however, Post 114 rallied for a 9-5 decision in the first game of a doubleheader...
Oran tabs Bucher as next head coach (06/20/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Oran graduate Paul Bucher nailed down his dream job. Following a vote by the Oran school board Tuesday, Bucher was told by his former head coach and Oran Superintendent Mitch Wood that he was selected as the next head coach for the Oran baseball program...
Batted around (06/20/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Highlighted by a monster 10-run rally in the first inning Wednesday, Sikeston Junior Legion Auxiliary Unit 114 took down visiting Kelly 16-0 in three innings in the opening game of a doubleheader. "We came out and swung the bats real well today," Sikeston head coach Jacob May said. "Everybody contributed one through nine and our defense played really well."...
Scott County picks up 13-8 win over East Prairie in nine-inning contest (06/20/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- With back-to-back four-run rallies late on Wednesday Scott County American Legion Post 369 defeated East Prairie's Senior Babe Ruth team 13-8 in a nine-inning game. Scott County held a 5-3 lead after six-innings of play and were tested when East Prairie put up two runs in both the seventh and eight innings. ...
Fighting chance (06/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- A bloop single just over the diving glove of the Charleston Squirrels second baseman Jared Walker scored two runs for the Festus American Legion Post 253 baseball team. The hit, perfectly placed in no-mans land, also put the Squirrels into a 1-run hole in the...
SuperDogs (06/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Describing his role as Sikeston's relay anchor, senior Nick Nichols began to quote Spiderman. "With great power, comes great..." he tried to get out before cracking up. He's teammates barreled over too. Having fun and cracking jokes for Sikeston's three-time state championship relay team almost takes precedent over actually winning a race...
Tri-County takes down Bernie, Scott Co. gets swept (06/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- The Tri-County summer baseball team, consisting of Risco, Gideon and Clarkton players, won and tied during a doubleheader against Campbell and Bernie Monday. In the first game, Tri-County tied 9-9 with Campbell in eight innings. Ace Armstrong threw all eight innings striking out eight. He also led Tri-County with three hits and three RBIs...
Third place (06/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com O'FALLON -- Just when it looked like the New Madrid County Central Eagles were ready to claim third-place outright in Class 3 championship tournament, mother nature put an abrupt halt to their season. Matched up against Hallsville in Friday's third-place game, the two teams were called off the field due to weather shortly after it started. ...
Gross signs with Missouri Valley (06/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MARSHALL -- He's not recognized as an imposing football figure. His height alone doesn't drum up thoughts about a player who has been a cog in the area's leading defensive machine the past three seasons, but Kyland Gross hangs his hat on his willingness to work...
Dream over (05/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com O'FALLON -- There will be no magical ending to New Madrid County Central's improbable postseason run to the Class 3 final four. Having already advanced further than any team in school history the Eagles saw their championship hopes dashed Thursday in a 5-0 loss to Springfield Catholic in the semifinals...
State champs (05/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- After the final day of the Class 3 state track meet, the Sikeston boys came away with two state championships and a fifth place finish. The 4x100 and 4x200 team of Steven Baker, Spenser Clark, Kyland Gross and Nick Nichols won both speed relay championships. ...
Oran-Sturgeon semifinal postponed (05/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com O'FALLON -- The Oran Eagles will have to wait one more day to start their quest for a state championship. The Class 1 semifinal baseball game between Oran and Sturgeon was postponed until today at 10 a.m. at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon...
Soaring (05/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- After dropping five of their last six regular season games, few expected the New Madrid County Central Eagles to be relevant in their district, much less the Class 2 championship tournament. Somehow finding a new hero each day, however, the Eagles came into Thursday's quarterfinal matchup with St. Pius X just one win away from advancing to their first final four appearance in school history...
Sikeston boys track team primed for run at state meet (05/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Finishing with a state championship in one event last year, the Sikeston boys track team would like nothing more than to repeat that performance. Unless of course it meant finishing with a team championship...
Just another win (05/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- There was no jumping, no dog pile on the mound or even smiling. Nowadays, the Oran Eagles are going by the old adage, "Act like you've been here before." Because they have. Three times in a row now. Wednesday, Oran defeated Naylor 9-1 during the Class 1 quarterfinal at Oran High School to earn their third-straight final four berth...
Red Devils brought down by Holcomb 5-2 (05/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com HOLCOMB -- All season long the Chaffee Red Devils have built their success on stellar pitching and a rock solid defense. Unfortunately mistakes in both departments cost them dearly Wednesday as their season came to a close in a 5-2 loss to Holcomb in the Class 2 quarterfinals...
History made (05/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- No one expected this. Spearheaded by ace pitcher Jashawn McDaniel and a newfound potent offense, the New Madrid County Central Eagles (14-14) are headed to the quarterfinals after taking down Scott City Monday during the Class 3 sectional baseball game at New Madrid...
Bringing the Payne: Chaffee's ace shuts out Valle 2-0 (05/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- Going into Monday's Class 2 sectional matchup against Valle, Chaffee head coach Brian Horrell knew his team wouldn't stand much of a chance if things turned into a slugfest. What he got was another gem from staff ace Cody Payne while the Red Devils came through in all three facets of the game to pull out a 2-0 win over the Warriors to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2001...
Bluejays take third place at state meet (05/20/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Despite low numbers, the Charleston boys track team finished third in the Class 2 state meet Saturday on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. "This caps off a successful season for us," Charleston track coach Brett Blackman said. "We won four invitationals this year and our kids focused on being state champions. They came close."...
NMCC, Scott City face off in Class 3 sectional (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- There's reason to celebrate New Madrid County Central's newfound district baseball championship. It was the first plaque raised by someone in an Eagle jersey in the last 19 years and they did it by thoroughly dismantling the top-seeded team in their district. ...
Red Devils to meet old foe Valle (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- After securing their first district title since 2010, the Chaffee Red Devils now find themselves matched up against a old postseason foe in Valle Catholic as they get set for Monday's Class 2 sectional contest...
Charleston, Kelly have strong showing at state (05/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Kelly triple jumper Dalton Huffman took second during the Class 2 state track and field championships Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium on the campus of Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Huffman had a leap of 44-feet, 3-inches. He fell to Malden's Romello McCoy who had a state championship jump of 46-9 1/4...
Simply qualify (05/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ST. LOUIS -- The name of the game for Sikeston is qualify. There's no plaques or medals to give out this time around and all the Sikeston track team wants to do is finish in the top four during the Class 3, Sectional 1 track meet Saturday at Mary Institute and Saint Louis Country Day (MICDS) High School...
Charleston track team hoping to bring home medals at state (05/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JEFFERSON CITY -- Starting today kids from all around the state will descend upon Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City for the Class 1 and 2 track and field championships. As usual, southeast Missouri will be well represented...
Devastation (05/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- With the staff ace on the mound needing three outs to win a district championship, Sikeston was probably feeling pretty good about itself in Wednesday's Class 4, District 1 title game against Notre Dame...
Still got it (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston's Doug Still was faced with a dilemma entering the 2013 baseball season. Girls? Or Baseball? Luckily for the Bulldogs, he chose the later. The junior had 10 strikeouts in six innings on the mound as the Sikeston Bulldogs defeated Kennett 3-0 Monday during the semifinals of the Class 4, District 1 tournament at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau...
Wheeler tied for 8th after Day 1 of state golf meet (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SEDALIA -- The remaining three members of the Sikeston golf team wrapped up their first day of the Class 3 state golf tournament on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club. Finishing the highest of the three was Gabe Wheeler. The sophomore is among five golfers who tied for eighth in the tournament with scores of 75...
Oran, Chaffee reach district championship (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- With a combined one-hit allowed from pitchers Seth Ressel and Hunter Schlosser against Scott County Central Monday, the Oran Eagles find themselves back in the Class 1, District 2 title game. The defending champions rattled off eight hits to take down Scott Central 11-1 in six innings on the mercy-rule in the tournament semifinals...
Season comes to an end for Lady Bulldogs (05/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- After facing Cape Central three times during the regular season, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs knew full well how dangerous Lady Tiger sophomore Abby Shupert was in a tight ball game. What they couldn't expect was Shupert would save her best game for last as she completed a hat trick performance with two second half goals to down the Lady Bulldogs 3-2 Monday in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 tournament...
District winners (05/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BONNE TERRE -- After three straight years of close second place finishes in the Class 3, District 1 track and field meet, the Sikeston Bulldogs broke the streak to claim its first district championship since 2009 on a cool, windy Saturday at North County High School...
Kelly, Charleston advance to semifinals (05/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- At the time, four runs in the top of the seventh inning was just icing on the cake on a win for the Kelly Hawks. As it would turn out, the initial insurance runs proved to be the difference as the Hawks escaped with a 7-4 upset win over third-seeded East Prairie Saturday during the first round of the Class 3, District 2 tournament at Hillhouse Park in Charleston...
Offense propels Eagles forward in Class 3, District 1 tournament (05/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- Despite surrendering a pair of first inning runs to Caruthersville on Saturday the New Madrid County Central Eagles were more than able to make up for any mistakes with their bats. Combining for nine hits, the Eagles came back to take the lead in the home half of the frame before rolling to a 14-4 mercy-rule win in the opening round of the Class 3, District 1 tournament...
Journey to state (05/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SEDALIA -- Three golfers head into Monday's Class 3 state tournament on three different paths. One hopes to continue his consistent stretch. The other goes in with a purpose of proving himself. The third, he simply wants to have a good showing...
Lady Bulldogs set for district tournament (05/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- If there's one thing the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs have on their side as they enter the upcoming Class 2, District 1 tournament, its the numbers against opening round opponent Cape Central. In two of their three regular season contests it was Sikeston coming away with a win...
Six Sikeston players named all-conference (05/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Six Sikeston Bulldogs baseball players were named to the SEMO All-Conference team. Pitcher Trey Tigart and infielder Cord Sheehy were named to the first team. Jarett Sandlin, Gavin O'Brien, Colton Black and Josh Hampton were all named as honorable mention selections...
Sikeston track begins postseason Saturday at North County (05/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BONNE TERRE -- Winning a district championship is always nice, but when it comes to this stage inside the world of track and field, placing in the top four is what everyone strives for. Starting Saturday, the Sikeston Bulldogs track team will begin their quest for a state championship...
Quest for title (05/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- For most of the area's baseball team a years worth of blood, sweat and tears will all come down to the weekend as district play opens up around the state. Tiny mistakes that might go unnoticed during the regular season will suddenly be amplified as each game potentially could be your last...
Dramatic finish highlights Lady Bulldogs' finale (05/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FREDERICKTOWN -- Ending the regular season in dramatic fashion, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs defeated host Fredericktown 3-2 on penalty kicks Thursday in Fredericktown. Madison Chaney had both of the Lady Bulldogs goals in regulation to force an overtime where neither team found the net...
Oran coach Mitch Wood to step down after season (05/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- After 21 seasons Oran's head baseball coach has decided to step down. Mitch Wood, who is also the school's superintendent, made it public Thursday during a pregame radio interview that he will not come back as the head coach of the Eagles following this season...
Bombs away (05/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- In their final tuneup before the postseason, the Sikeston Bulldogs kept the hits coming against New Madrid County Central Wednesday as the Eagles celebrated senior night. Just one day after securing a walk-off win in their home finale, the Bulldogs got a clutch three-run home run from cleanup hitter Drew Harper that propelled them to a 10-2 decision, pushing their winning streak to five games...
Oran takes down Poplar Bluff 8-6 (05/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Seth Ressel picked up his sixth win of the year and the Oran Eagles defeated Poplar Bluff Wednesday 8-6. Although they were out-hit 11-9, Oran managed to grab an early 7-2 lead after the first four innings. The Mules bounced back, however, with four runs in the fifth cutting Oran's lead to just one run...
Chased down (05/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- The Oran Eagles found themselves fighting from behind Thursday afternoon after visiting New Madrid County Central jumped out to an early three-run lead. After rallying back to tie things up, however, Oran used a clutch one-out hit from senior Kody Moore in their final trip to the plate to guide them to a 4-3 win...
Bulldogs blast St. Marys 7-1 on the road (05/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PADUCAH, Ky. -- Pitching continues to be the Sikeston Bulldogs greatest asset as Jarett Sandlin produced yet another solid outing for the Bulldogs Thursday against St. Marys in Paducah, Ky. Sandlin struck out 10 batters in his complete game effort as Sikeston rolled to a 7-1 win...
Sikeston soccer falls to Jackson, NMCC finishes season with win (05/03/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs fell to the Jackson Indians 4-1 Thursday in Jackson. Madison Chaney scored Sikeston's lone goal in the 30th minute following an assist from Tori Helms. Chaney's goal came after Jackson built a lofty 3-0 lead earlier in the first half...
SEMO North Conference (05/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs track team took second and third during the SEMO North Conference championship Wednesday at Sikeston High School. The Jackson Indians swept both the boys and girls competition to lay claim as conference champions...
Sikeston nabs third over Notre Dame (05/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- They may have been out of the championship hunt, but the Sikeston Bulldogs still had something to fight for Wednesday as they took on Notre Dame in the third place game of the SEMO Conference Tournament at Notre Dame High School...
Bulldog netters fall 5-4, Malden steals one from Portageville (05/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- The Sikeston Bulldogs fell 5-4 on the road to the Poplar Bluff Mules. Layton Jones, Christian Rehder and Jimmy Hines each picked up wins in singles competition with the pairing on Jones and Rehder also winning their doubles match...
Moving on (04/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Quality at-bats can sometimes be the biggest difference maker. The Sikeston Bulldogs' plate persistence landed them a five-run inning which was the eventual difference maker Monday as they defeated Kennett 10-6 during the first round of the SEMO Conference Tournament at VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston...
SEMO North junior high conference meet (04/30/13)
Hoggatt tops district field, Bulldogs advance to sectional (04/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Kirk Hoggatt topped all golfers with a 76 and the Sikeston Bulldogs golf team finished second during the Class 3, District 1 tournament Monday at Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington. Sikeston finished with a team score of 339 advancing them to Sectionals...
Lady Devils take SEMO South crown for fifth time (04/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- The Chaffee Lady Red Devils once again proved their dominance over conference opponents on Monday at this year's SEMO South Conference track meet. For the fifth straight year it was the Lady Devils coming out on top despite a strong push from the Oran Lady Eagles...
Portageville's Daniel Allen signs with Central Methodist (04/27/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PORTAGEVILLE -- After leading the Portageville Bulldogs to a massive turnaround in his senior season, running back Daniel Allen has chosen to continue playing at the next level. This past week, Allen signed his letter of intent to play football at Central Methodist University...
Ruffin picks SWIC (04/27/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The winningest guard in Sikeston basketball history is headed to the next level. Sikeston senior Vashawn Ruffin recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill...
Sikeston golfers tee off in district meet Monday (04/27/13)
FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs golf team will begin the Class 3, District 1 tournament Monday at Crown Pointe Golf Course in Farmington. The top 25 individual players advance to the state finals while the top two best team scores will advance as a team...
SEMO Conference baseball postponed due to weather (04/27/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The first round of the SEMO Conference baseball tournament has been postponed until Monday due to inclement weather. The original Friday schedule will still apply to all first round games which include (5)Kennett v. (4)Sikeston at VFW Memorial Stadium in Sikeston at 4:30 p.m. on Monday...
Trucked (04/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It took just 45 seconds into Thursday's contest against Marion, Ill., for the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs to find out how lethal Lady Wildcats' junior Emily Dickman can be. Dickman found the net in the first minute of the game before providing Marion with a hat trick performance at they handed Sikeston their second loss in the last three days, 5-1...
Lady Eagles top Bernie, Chaffee rolls past Saxony (04/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles lit up the scoreboard in the fourth inning to put away the visiting Bernie Lady Mules Thursday, 11-5. The Lady Eagles posted six runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead. They scored one more run in the fifth and capped the game with three in the sixth...
Sikeston netters fall to Dexter (04/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs fell 9-0 to the visiting Dexter Bearcats on Wednesday. Two of the afternoon's six single pairings ended up in 8-0 shutouts while Christian Rehder came closest to a win. He fell to Kyle Willis 8-6...
Runaway (04/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- In what could easily be the prelude to a SEMO Conference Tournament matchup this weekend, the Notre Dame Bulldogs visited New Madrid County Central on Monday. Racking up 14 hits, the Bulldogs took an early two-run lead on the Eagles before running away in the later innings to a 12-0 final...
Bulldogs fall to Carbondale (04/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team were on the short end of a 9-0 decision to visiting Carbondale, Ill., Monday at the Sikeston tennis courts. Sikeston's best chance at getting a victory was behind their No. 1 player, Layton Jones, who fell 8-5 to Carbondale's Raheem Butt...
Kelly Hawks golf team wins own Invitational (04/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Kelly Hawks golf team won their own Kelly Invitational Monday at the Cape Jaycee Municipal Golf Course in Cape Girardeau. Kelly, who have won this tournament for the first two years of its existence, finished with a team score of 367 topping seven other teams in the tournament...
Ressel, Oran squeak out win over Triad, Swarm takes Best Buy title (04/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- It took eight innings, but Seth Ressel and the Oran Eagles got the job done. Ressel scored the game's winning run in the top of the eighth and also pitched the full eight innings to earn the win on the mound against Triad, Ill., during the Notre Dame Showcase at Notre Dame High School in Cape Girardeau...
No-show (04/20/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Though the Oran Eagles were able to hold Helias at bay most of the afternoon Friday they couldn't match the performance of Crusader starter Trevor Schnieders. Pitching the first no-hitter of his high school career, Schnieders allowed only three walks while striking out six as his team rallied late for a 5-0 win...
Bedeviled (04/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Chaffee's bats were out in full force Wednesday when the Red Devils hit the road to take on the Charleston Bluejays. Combining for 14 hits as a team, Chaffee opened up the game with a two-run rally before winning by a 14-2 final in five innings on the mercy rule...
Bulldogs take Festus crown (04/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston golf team won first place at the Festus Invitational Wednesday at Crown Pointe Golf Club in Farmington. The Bulldogs totaled a 323 as a team and was led by Kirk Hoggatt, who shot a 74. Hoggatt finished second individually...
Eagles grounded (04/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- Holding visiting Kennett to a one-run game through four innings of play, the New Madrid County Central Eagles saw things quickly turn south in a fifth inning they'd like to forget. Marred by defensive errors and problems on the mound, the Eagles surrendered 10 runs in that fateful frame, resulting in a 14-3 mercy-rule loss that leaves them winless in SEMO Conference play...
Tigart, Bulldogs blank Marion (04/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MARION, Ill., -- Trey Tigart pitched a complete game shutout and the Sikeston Bulldogs defeated Marion, Ill., 6-0 Monday on the road. Tigart, who is 2-2 on the mound so far this season, allowed four hits while hitting a batter and walking another. He also struck out five...
Sikeston drops match to Mules, 7-2 (04/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team fell 7-2 to visiting Poplar Bluff Monday at the Sikeston Public Tennis Courts at Sikeston High School. Sikeston's two wins came from their No. 1 and 2 players -- Layton Jones and Christian Rehder in singles play...
Sikeston finishes sixth at Jackson invitational (04/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs golf team finished sixth at the Jackson Invitational golf tournament Monday at Kimbeland Country Club. Sikeston, who scored a 329, was paced by Kirk Hoggatt's 74 which was good enough to place him tied for sixth throughout the field...
Happy Gilmore (04/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- After surrendering a combined 29 runs in their last three games, the East Prairie Eagles were in need of a solid pitching performance Friday as they looked to right the ship against Kelly. What they got was a complete game, two-hit effort from sophomore Tyler Gilmore to guide the Eagles to a 5-2 win over the Hawks on the opening day of the Charleston Lucky 13 Classic wood bat tournament...
Pitching leads way as Sikeston mows down Winfield on road (04/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MAYFIELD, Ken. -- Pitching once again led the way for the Sikeston Bulldogs. Drew Harper struck out 13 batters and Jarett Sandlin pitched a flawless seventh inning save as the Bulldogs defeated Winfield 3-1 at Mid-Continent University in Mayfield, Ken., as part of the Graves County Wood Bat Tournament...
Sikeston's jayvee remains unbeaten after 7-4 victory over visting Kennett (04/13/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Their undefeated streak continues. Sikeston's junior varsity baseball team defeated the Kennett Indians Friday at VFW Memorial Stadium 7-4 for their seventh straight victory of the season. Sebastian Matos got the win on the mound for Sikeston after a complete game effort. ...
Sikeston's Greer to play volleyball at Southwestern Illinois College (04/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- She set records with the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs and now, Trenice Greer will be taking her powerful arm and volleyball skills to the next level. Greer recently signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill...
Childress, McGloson both sign with Lewis and Clark (04/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- When New Madrid County Central fell in the Class 3, District 1 Championship game this past season it would have been fair to presume star seniors Benesha Childress and Karen McGloson had played their last game together...
Chaney, Lady Bulldogs pull off rally to defeat Harrisburg 3-1 (04/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- For the first time in quite a few games the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs found themselves trailing early Wednesday against Harrisburg, Ill. Kicking off a rally in the final minutes of the first half, however, the Lady Bulldogs went on to score three unanswered goals while holding off Harrisburg for a 3-1 win...
Hit barrage (04/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It's no secret that Sikeston's pitching staff has been the strength of the team so far this season while the team's offense has been plagued by inconsistency. But as the spring weather has warmed up this week, so too have the Bulldog bats as they rallied to defeat Kennett 14-4 in six innings on Wednesday at VFW Stadium...
Sikeston netters fall to Dexter 8-1, Oran routs SCC (04/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Sikeston tennis team lost 8-1 to Dexter on the road. Their one win came in doubles play when Christian Rehder and Wade Gadberry teamed for a 9-7 win over Dexter's Noah Kronk and Joseph Greer. "As a team, the outcome was not good for us today against a good Dexter team," Sikeston tennis coach Russ Dial said. ...
Throwing Trey's (04/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Trey Tigart finally has the monkey off his back. After two outings at home and nothing but two losses to show for it, the ace of Sikeston's pitching staff put one in the win column Monday against Dexter helping his Bulldogs to a 4-1 victory...
Chaney gets hat trick, Sikeston blanks Massac Co. 4-0 (04/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It may have took them awhile to get started Monday, but once the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs got going they were hard to stop. Led by Madison Chaney's hat trick, Sikeston routed visiting Massac County, Ill., 4-0 to push over the .500 mark on the season...
Sikeston takes fifth at Poplar Bluff Invitational (04/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- The Sikeston Bulldogs golf team finished fifth at the Poplar Bluff Invitational tournament Monday at Westwood Hills Country Club in Poplar Bluff. Sikeston scored a 326 and was led by Gabe Wheeler's 74. Wheeler tied for third individually while Kirk Hoggatt tied for 10th with a 79...
Sikeston takes second at Jackson Invite (04/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs boys track team finished second at the Jackson Invitational on Saturday. The boys scored a 94 as a team falling just behind boys winner Mount Vernon, Ill., who scored 107.5. The Sikeston girls topped out at eighth with a score of 38. The Dexter girls finished 10th with 34...
SHS netters drop match to Farmington (04/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team lost a home match to Farmington Thursday afternoon 7-2. "Farmington had the best No. 1 (player) we have played this season thus far," Sikeston head coach Russ Dial said, referring to Farmington's United States Tennis Association Junior player Ian Powers. "So, our No. 1's performance was better than the score indicated."...
Sixth inning magic lifts Scott City over Bearcats 8-5 (04/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- For the second time in as many days, the Scott City Rams used a little sixth-inning magic Thursday to overcome a sluggish start. Trailing by a pair of runs late in the contest, the Rams got a key double from their cleanup hitter, Ryan Fortner, to ignite a five-run rally that propelled them to an 8-5 win over the Dexter Bearcats...
Bulldogs rout Knights on the road (04/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs shut out the Farmington Knights Thursday on the road in Farmington 11-0 in five innings. Cord Sheehy got the win on the mound for Sikeston throwing a complete game while striking out five, walking one and hitting one batter...
Tigers down Delta C-7 (04/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- The Risco Tigers rallied around an unfortunate accident Thursday afternoon over visiting Delta C-7. An early morning car crash involving a Risco counselor and senior sponsor provided the Tigers with extra motivation to pull out a 12-3 win. The person involved in the crash, who was flown to St. Louis, is expected to survive...
Ram Tough (04/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SCOTT CITY -- After grounding out in his first two at-bats against Oran Wednesday, Scott City senior Levi Pettit stepped to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning with the chance to put his team on top. The result was an RBI single that broke up a pitchers' duel and propelled the Rams to a 2-1 win in the process...
On the offensive (04/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- Despite surrendering an early four-run lead to Woodland Monday, the Kelly Hawks still found a way to notch their second win of the young season with their biggest offensive performance to date. Combing for eight hits and highlighted by home runs from Gabe Felter and Aaron Grainger the Hawks held off a late Cardinals rally for a 14-10 win that snapped a two-game losing streak...
Bulldogs take fifth at ND Invite (04/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston golf team finished fifth as a team during the Notre Dame Invitational Tournament Monday at Bent Creek Golf Course in Cape Girardeau. Sikeston ended the day with a team score of 333. Jackson won the event with a 319. Notre Dame (320), Cape Central (327) and Poplar Bluff (330) round out the top five...
Bulldogs take two over the weekend (04/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MURRAY, Ky. -- The Sikeston Bulldogs were blessed with stellar pitching over the weekend during their annual trip across the river to take part in the Reidland Invitational Tournament on Saturday at Calloway County High School in Kentucky...
First Swarm (03/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- High school basketball players dream of signing with a college program to continue their basketball careers and get an education while doing so. The SEMO Swarm offers an avenue for that wish to come true. The SEMO Swarm is a collection of some of the best high school junior and sophomore basketball players in the area playing as part of the popular Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) summer basketball organization...
Lady Bulldogs make fourth academic all-state team (03/30/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- For the fourth year in a row, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs softball team proved once again they are the true definition of student-athletes. The varsity team, which consists of, Kirsten Baker, Madison Chaney, Sarah Dixon, Kayla Fodge, Bayleah James, Sydney King, Annie Ramey, Maggie Shepherd, Paige Sailors, Madison Smith, Natalie Regenold and Hannah Placek, made academic all-state first team which means they had a team grade point average of 3.5...
Reidland cancellations (03/30/13)
Charleston boys win 3rd annual Eva G. Hinshaw Invitational (03/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com EAST PRAIRIE -- The Charleston Bluejays boys track team took first place honors during the 3rd annual Eva G. Hinshaw Track and Field Invitational Thursday. The Bluejays topped 12 other schools in one of the biggest meets in the area with a final score of 141.5. East Prairie finished second with 93 points and Malden came in third with 88...
Oran puts Charleston away late (03/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Oran Eagles put away the Charleston Bluejays late Thursday during a 10-1 Eagle win at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. Oran (3-1) lead just 2-1 after the first four innings but scored two runs in the fifth, one in the sixth and five more in the seventh to give them the comfortable win...
Rebound win (03/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Just one day after getting shutout by Notre Dame, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs came out of their offensive rut in time for Thursday's game against Ann-Jonesboro, Ill. Led by a two-goal effort from freshman Torrie Helmes the Lady Bulldogs held off a late push by the Lady Wildcats for a 2-1 win that leaves them just one game under the .500 mark on the season...
Sikeston track takes down Cape Central (03/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- After a dual meet at Cape Central High School, the Sikeston boys team defeated the Tigers 90-46 while the girls tied 63-63 on Wednesday. "Not a bad day for the boys," Sikeston head coach Terry Flannigan said. "Still no in real good shape at this time, but we will get much better before all things are said and done. I'm pleased with the effort and attitude of our group."...
Bulldog netters drop match to ND, NMCC tops Pirates with dramatic win (03/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Despite a couple of big wins in singles competition, the Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team fell 7-2 on the road to Notre Dame Wednesday. Two of Sikeston's top three seeded players, Layton Jones and Wade Gadberry, won their matches in a best-of-three-set format. Christian Rehder was able to split the first two sets with his opponent Byron Reeves, but ultimately fell 10-8 in the final set...
Bearcats get much-needed work in 17-0 rout over East Prairie (03/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com EAST PRAIRIE -- After seeing Monday's scheduled contest against West Plains get cancelled, the Dexter Bearcats were eager to log some innings before this weekend's doubleheader at Cape Central. Finding a willing partner in East Prairie, the Bearcats hit the road Wednesday where they collected a 17-0 win over the Eagles in six innings via the run-rule...
Doubleheader premiere (03/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs baseball team's 2012-13 season opener didn't pan out the way they wanted it to, but they avenged their first loss with their first win just hours after. During the first game of a doubleheader Saturday, the Bulldogs fell to the visiting Jackson Indians 3-2 at VFW Memorial Stadium. Sikeston (1-1) bounced back to defeat Twin Rivers 1-0 later in the day...
Bluejays lose both in DH, Red Devils take two from Bell City (03/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays were left still searching for their first win after a pair of losses Saturday at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. Opening the doubleheader, the Bluejays fell 14-0 to Herculaneum with starting pitcher Trey Watkins taking the loss, but also providing Charleston with it's only hit...
'Forck' in the road (03/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BENTON -- For his team's first game of the season, Kelly head coach Josh Eftink turned to senior Brent Forck to take the mound against New Madrid County Central. Forck rewarded the Hawks with six innings of shutout ball Thursday as Kelly took down the Eagles, 10-0, in sixth innings on the mercy rule...
SHS falls in OT, Oran and Risco both roll (03/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer team lost a heartbreaker Thursday during the first day of the Noon Optimist Tournament at Cape Central High School 2-1 in overtime against St. Vincent. Eight minutes into the overtime, St. Vincent punched in the winning goal...
Sikeston takes second at home quad match (03/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs golf team finished second in their own quad match Thursday at Fox Haven Country Club in Sikeston. The Bulldogs finished with a total of 163. Cape Central took both the team and individual honors. The Tigers shot 157 as a team while Travis Simmons shot a 36...
No Pressure (03/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- It's a load off Alex Heuring's mind. Going into a new season -- his final one -- the Oran catcher has sured up his college destination, limiting the pressures of having to perform in front of college scouts and can focus solely on his senior campaign...
All-Conference team selected for Tri-County Conference (03/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- This past week the Tri-County Conference announced it's varsity all-conference teams with several Risco players making the cut. Junior Jordon Pavy was the lone Tiger to be selected first-team all-conference while senior Austin White received second-team honors. Among those receiving honorable mentions were Risco senior Caleb McCord and junior Brandon Bixler...
Ruffin and Harris awarded top honors in SEMO Conference (03/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- The 55th annual Poplar Bluff Letter Club Basketball Banquet was held on Wednesday to honor the All-SEMO Conference basketball teams. Topping the list this year was Sikeston senior Vashawn Ruffin, who was presented with the John Gibbs Award for the most outstanding boys basketball player in the SEMO Conference. ...
With little time, Sikeston enters new season with question marks (03/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- With less than a week to go before their first meet of the year, the Sikeston track and field team have hardly had the kind of spring needed to get a good gauge on the state of this year's squad. Not only have the Bulldogs had to deal with cold and wet training conditions, but having also had to contend with several winter sport overruns means plenty of question marks remain as they get set to open the season...
Bulldogs start season with quad victory (03/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs golf team started their season with a win Monday at the Fox Haven Country Club in Sikeston. The Bulldogs defeated three other teams in a quad match with a team score of 161. Kennett finished second with a 193 and Malden tallied a 22. New Madrid County Central did not total a team score because they have just two players...
Class 3, District 1 team released (03/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com The 2012-13 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3, District 1 All-District team was recently released. New Madrid County Central's Willie Jimerson tops the list after averaging 24.1 points, 3.3 assists, three rebounds and two steals per game during his sophomore season...
Charleston drops two, Scott City wins both in opener at Hillhouse (03/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- The Charleston Bluejays lost two games Saturday after hosting four teams at Hillhouse Park in Charleston to open the 2013 high school baseball season. Alongside Charleston, Portageville, Scott City and Woodland all played two games each...
Third place finish (03/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- One heartbreaking loss was enough. The Sikeston Bulldogs did not want another. After losing in overtime to Normandy on Thursday in the semifinals, the Bulldogs rebounded with a thrilling victory in the Class 4 third place game to defeat Liberty North 55-54 on Friday at Mizzou Arena...
Dexter's Showdown trip ends with fourth place (03/16/13)
davidj@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- The Dexter Lady Bearcats' trip to the Class 4 final four didn't go as planned. One day after falling to the 12th-ranked team in the nation 66-25, the Lady Bearcats continued to struggle offensively and dropped the Class 4 third place contest to talented Smithville 54-35...
Sikeston enters season with renewed attitude (03/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- It still weighs heavily on their minds, but the Sikeston Bulldogs baseball team is itching to erase the disheartening way their season ended last year. Just one out away from closing out the seventh-seeded DeSoto Dragons in the Class 4, District 1 tournament, Sikeston booted two balls in the field and allowed DeSoto to take a 3-2 advantage in the top of the seventh inning which led to their early exit...
Charleston hoping to bounce back from painful season a year ago (03/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- If wouldn't be a stretch to call last season one of the worst in the Charleston Bluejays' recent history. After a inspiring run to the final four the year prior, the Bluejays suffered through a 4-20 campaign that featured it's share of growing pains and an almost completely new lineup...
Oran wants to build off consecutive title runs (03/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Coming off back-to-back Show-Me Showdown appearances, expectations will once again be high for the Oran Eagles as they continue their search for that elusive first state title. Before the Eagles can hope to make any noise in the playoffs, however, they'll have to spend the early part of the season replacing a group of graduates who were crucial to each of Oran's past two postseason runs...
HEARTBREAKER (03/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- At the end of regulation, the Sikeston Bulldogs pulled off one miracle shot to send the game into overtime. But in the extra period, a second prayer would not be answered as the Bulldogs dropped a heartbreaking 74-72 loss to Normandy in a Class 4 semifinal matchup at Mizzou Arena Thursday afternoon...
Word up (03/15/13)
davidj@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- All season long the Dexter Lady Bearcats basketball team has went by the mantra, "one team, one dream." On Thursday the Lady Bearcats saw that dream shattered by the nationally ranked, undefeated Incarnate Word Red Knights in impressive fashion 66-25...
Class 3, District 1 girls team released (03/15/13)
The 2012-13 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3, District 1 girls basketball team has been recently released. New Madrid County Central's Benesha Childress and Karen McGloson were named to the team, as was Charleston's E'Neikqua Ewing and Sierra Frazier...
Youth movement hoping to pay off for Sikeston Lady Bulldogs' soccer team (03/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After watching their record slip below the .500 mark in 2012, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs soccer team is hoping to see the results of last year's youth movement pay off when it kicks off the new season in the coming weeks...
Scott-Miss. All-Conference teams released (03/14/13)
The 2012-13 Scott-Mississippi All-Conference boys and girls basketball teams were recently released. Oran senior Alex Heuring was named the boys conference Player of the Year, while Scott County Central junior Mikaela Blissett was selected as the girls Player of the Year...
Sikeston tennis team improves on numbers, hoping to cure inexperience (03/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After a frustrating 2012 campaign where they were forced to deal with an ever-shrinking roster, the Sikeston Bulldogs tennis team has reason for renewed optimism as they prepare for the start of a new season...
Track and Field prep (03/12/13)
Sikeston's Janai Ivory sets herself to hurl the discus during the Sikeston Bulldogs' track and field practice Monday at Sikeston Public High School Stadium.
Roaring toward the 'Zou: Bulldogs headed to second state semifinal in three years (03/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- "Free throw shooting only matters in close games." It's a common phrase used among basketball pundits. On Saturday night, it certainly proved true for the Sikeston Bulldogs. Sikeston needed some clutch free throw shooting down the stretch in a hard-fought 62-52 victory over Gateway Tech in a Class 4 quarterfinal game on Saturday at the Farmington Civic Center...
Lady Bearcats hold off Rosati-Kain 64-43, earn trip to final four (03/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Every season since 2009 -- the last year Dexter advanced to the Show-Me Showdown -- the Lady Bearcats have made it one step closer to state. 2010, lost in district championship. 2011, lost in sectionals. 2012, lost in quarterfinals...
Bulldogs' state run collides with unknown Gateway in Farmington (03/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- The sting is still there. Being one play away from making a repeat trip to Columbia and having it crash right in front of you will leave a mark, no doubt. That game and that failed chance is what spurred the Sikeston Bulldogs' team motto for this season...
Dexter taking on Rosati-Kain in Quarterfinal matchup (03/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Back in the same spot where last season ended, the Dexter Lady Bearcats once again stand just a game away from that elusive final four appearance they've coveted for so long. All that stands in Dexter's way is the Rosati-Kain Kougars, who the Lady Bearcats will face in the Class 4 Quarterfinals Saturday at 7:45 p.m. at the Farmington Civic Center in Farmington...
Shock and awe (03/07/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- It's one thing to know exactly what you need to do to defeat the Sikeston Bulldogs. But then to actually face off against the Bulldogs and follow through with a game-plan has proven to be more than a tall order for most teams...
Lady Bearcats pummel North Co. in second half (03/07/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- Brittany Harris was perfect. Not in a sense that she played flawlessly, but the Dexter senior hit the bottom of the net every time she threw up a shot. Harris scored a game-high 31 points and was an unblemished 13 for 13 from the field and 5 for 5 from the free throw line Wednesday in the Lady Bearcats' 71-33 rout over North County at Mineral Area College in Park Hills...
On to the next one (03/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- Since their loss to New Madrid County Central, the Sikeston Bulldogs have turned on a different switch. They rolled through the remainder of the regular season following the defeat and turned, what could have been, two closely contested district games into one-sided affairs...
Dexter back in playoffs after scare (03/05/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Their district title may have come with a lot more drama than they'd have liked, but for the third straight year the Dexter Lady Bearcats are back in sectionals. They'll face the North County Lady Raiders, winners of Class 4, District 2, Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. at MIneral Area College in Park Hills...
Disappointing end (03/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- It wasn't a matter of if it would happen, it was a matter of when. Unfortunately for the Scott County Central Braves, their quest for a fifth-straight championship and the stranglehold they've placed upon Class 1 basketball ended on Saturday...
Reigning champion Jays succomb to Madison (03/04/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com HILLSBORO -- For the first time in a long time the Charleston Bluejays found themselves in the underdog role on Saturday when facing Madison Prep in the Class 3 quarterfinals. Despite taking a two-point lead early in the final quarter, the defending state champion Bluejays were unable to hold on as the currently top-ranked Bears rode a hot finish to a 63-54 win...
High five: Sikeston wins fifth-straight district championship (03/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The Sikeston Bulldogs are still the king of the hill. For the fifth--straight year the Bulldogs captured the Class 4, District 1 championship with a 77-61 victory over second-seeded Cape Central on Thursday night at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter...
District thriller (03/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Even when she purposely missed a shot, Hannah Noe was making all the right moves. With two seconds left and the Dexter Lady Bearcats ahead by one point, Noe stepped to the free throw line to give her team a bit more separation. She sank the first and was about to let go of her second when the call from the sideline told her to miss it...
One step closer (02/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- All season long the Charleston Bluejays have hung their hat on the ability to put together one of the more feared defenses in southeast Missouri. Fittingly enough it was the Bluejays relentless pressure that made up for a luke-warm shooting performance Tuesday as the Bluejays outlasted Clearwater 85-63 during the Class 3 sectionals...
Defense leads Dexter past Perryville in lopsided district semifinal 61-27 (02/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Fighting through nagging injuries that hampered their lineup and the absence of their head coach, the Dexter Lady Bearcats kicked off their Class 4, District title defense Monday with a win over Perryville. Brittany Harris led the effort with 18 points while Paige Patterson chipped in 12 points to guide Dexter to a 61-27 rout that once again put the Lady Bearcats back in the championship game...
Hampton signs with East Central to play soccer (02/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- There are few who have made a bigger splash in one year than Sikeston's Josh Hampton. Although he knew the trade, Hampton set records and made a name for himself in just one season in goal for the varsity Bulldogs which led to his move to the next level...
End of the line (02/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- Sikeston girls basketball coach Matt Schonhoff knew if his team had any shot of upsetting Cape Central in the first round of the district tournament, they would have to find a way to contain Alayah Cooper-Johnson...
Dexter's season closes to Kennett 73-36 (02/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- The fifth-seeded Dexter Bearcats saw their season come to a close Saturday with a 73-36 loss to fourth-seeded Kennett in the opening round of the Class 4, District 1 tournament. "We struggled scoring and once we got down a little bit we started trying to play up and down with them," Dexter head coach Rob Nichols said. "We'd like to play fast, but we just can't do that this year."...
Still the champs (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- As much success Scott County Central has had, their boys basketball team plays the underdog role very well. The third-seeded Braves proved once again the road to a Class 1 championship runs through Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium as the defending champions dealt district favorite Leopold a 64-58 loss during the Class 1, District 2 championship game at Scott County Central High School...
Sikeston rolls into districts by pounding DeSoto 84-32 (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DESOTO -- With district play right around the corner, the Sikeston Bulldogs were hoping to close out its regular season schedule against DeSoto with a good performance. "Good" may not be the most appropriate adjective as the Bulldogs put together one of its most impressive games of the season with a dominating 84-32 victory to ruin DeSoto's Senior Night...
Scott Central girls dominate Delta to win district crown (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- These Bravettes play with a bit of a chip on their shoulder. They remember all too well the blowouts they were on the wrong end of as freshman and sophomores as well as watching their boys win state title after state title...
Portageville girls come up short against Hayti (02/23/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- After fighting neck-and-neck with Hayti for nearly three full quarters Friday the Portageville Lady Bulldogs saw their shot at the Class 2, District 1 title derailed by a rough final frame. Led by a hot finish from senior Jermika Covington the Lady Indians scored a game-high 27 points in the final quarter of the championship contest to lock up the district crown with a 58-39 win...
District dominance: Charleston defeats NMCC 68-62 for third-straight title (02/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- All the pregame talk centered on New Madrid County Central and its resurgence this season. It centered on the emergence of NMCC sophomore stud Willie Jimerson and the improved supporting cast around him. But when it was all said and done, Charleston had one ace in the hole that could trump NMCC's best hand...
NMCC lets lead slip away to Twin Rivers (02/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- They had the start any team would hope for. They pounced on Twin Rivers with a swarm of defensive pressure, hogged the glass and had the top seed playing their up-tempo pace. The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles emphatically connected with the first punch...
Moving forward (02/21/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- It may have been Holcomb knocking Bernie out of the Bloomfield Christmas Tournament earlier this season, but the Mules got the 'W' when it mattered most. Playing the Hornets in the Class 2, Districts 1 semifinals Wednesday, Bernie rode a hot start from junior B.J. Jennings to a 16-point halftime lead that allowed the Mules to cruise to a 70-49 final...
Class 4, District 1 tournament will kickoff Saturday (02/21/13)
DEXTER -- The first round of the Class 4, District 1 boys and girls basketball tournament will begin Saturday at the Bearcat Event Center in Dexter. The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs will play the first game of the tournament at 1 p.m. when they face off against the third seeded Cape Central Lady Tigers...
District upset (02/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BLOOMFIELD -- Watching a late lead escape them, fourth-seeded Portageville fell 56-54 to fifth-seed South Pemiscot on Monday in the opening round of the Class 2, District 1 Tournament. "We just missed so many easy shots around the basket tonight," Portageville head coach Jason Irby said. "We had a lot of opportunities when we had a two to four lead to stretch it. The ball just seemed to find a way to bounce the wrong way."...
SHS falls on the road, NMCC moves to title game (02/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PARK HILLS -- The Sikeston Lady Bulldogs struggled to generate offense Monday against St. Francois County (Park Hills) Central losing 56-20 on the road. Sikeston fell behind 18-4 after the first quarter and then by 21 points (29-8) by halftime. They scored just two points in the third quarter...
Staying hot (02/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- In one final tuneup before they begin their title defense in the Class 3, District 1 tournament, the Charleston Bluejays hosted Poplar Bluff on Friday with a share of the SEMO Conference title on the line. Charleston stormed out of the gate, holding the Mules to just one field goal through the first six minutes of play, before cruising to a 91-61 win...
Bulldogs pull away from Bernie during second half, 65-48 (02/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BERNIE -- For a half, the Bernie Mules went toe to toe with the No. 1 team in Class 4. But the second half was a different story as the Sikeston Bulldogs turned up the intensity in the third quarter and pulled away to defeat the Mules 65-48 on Senior Night at Bernie on Friday...
Stinnett eliminated from state, Waldner guaranteed to medal (02/16/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- Staying alive as the only Sikeston wrestler to have a chance at a medal after Thursday's opening round, Jacob Stinnett was eliminated Friday during the second round of wrestlebacks during the Class 3 state wrestling meet at Mizzou Arena in Columbia...
Stinnett keeps Sikeston's medal hopes alive at state (02/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com COLUMBIA -- All four Sikeston Bulldog wrestlers began their day at the Class 3 state wrestling meet at Mizzou Arena in Columbia with a loss. One, however, bounced back in the second round. Senior Jacob Stinnett kept the Bulldogs' medal hopes alive with a win in the first round of the consolation bracket by pinning Ft. Zumwalt East's Shane Barrett at the 2:54 mark...
Charleston wins on late 3-pointer, Bravettes dispatch Chaffee 75-40 (02/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Charleston sophomore Sierra Frazier drained a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining to give the Lady Bluejays a 62-61 win against Kennett Thursday during Charleston's senior night. Frazier led Charleston with 18 points. Juwanna Walker and Dazique Gillespie each added 11 points...
Halted (02/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston's offense was put to a screeching halt. A simple defensive change from Cape Central muzzled the Lady Bulldogs' to single digits in the second half which led to a 38-28 Lady Tiger victory Wednesday at the Sikeston Field House...
District tournaments set to kick off Saturday for Classes 1-3 (02/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com MALDEN -- After rolling to the Class 3, District 1 championship the past few years, the Charleston Bluejays will face some stiff competition this weekend as they start the road to repeating as state champions. While that competition may not come in the first few rounds, district rival New Madrid County Central (15-7) is sitting as a potential road block on the other side of the bracket. ...
Complete game (02/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- An all-around game from the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs helped them race past the visiting Portageville Lady Bulldogs 70-45 Monday at the Sikeston Field House. As a whole, Sikeston shot 38 percent from the floor but went 6 of 15 from behind the arc (40 percent). Sikeston shot 43 percent from inside the 3-point line while four players scored in double digits...
Bluejays blow by Doniphan in district tuneup (02/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- After a relatively slow start on Monday, the Charleston Bluejays opened up the final week of the regular season with a dominant 89-35 win over the Doniphan Dons. Delfincko Bogan and Darrion Carter led the way with 17 points each on a night where six Bluejays posted double-digit scoring totals...
State bound (02/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FARMINGTON -- Four Sikeston wrestlers will be going to the 2013 state championship wrestling meet at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. Jacob Stinnett, Cody Middleton, Garrett Middleton and Tarrington Marks all finished in the top four inside their respective weight classes following the Class 3, District 1 tournament at Farmington High School...
Seniority (02/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Playing in your last home game can be a bittersweet feeling for a senior. But it sure feels a lot better if you win. The Sikeston Bulldogs closed out its home slate for the season with a 69-47 victory over Cape Central on Friday in front of a large Senior Night crowd at the Field House...
NMCC comeback thwarted by Jackson (02/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- It had the build-up, look and eventual feel of a great comeback story. New Madrid County Central opened the game nearly lifeless and fell behind big because of it. They eventually made their run late in the fourth quarter with their season's hero, Willie Jimerson, who's been battling flu-like symptoms for the past few days no less, leading the charge...
Bluejays surge past Portageville (02/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- With just one week before districts, the Charleston Bluejays are spending what little time they have left fine-tuning their game after the recent loss of leading scorer Michael Hull. If Friday's results are any indication, the Bluejays are adjusting well as Charleston rode a stellar defensive effort to a 97-49 homecoming win over the Portageville Bulldogs...
Scott Central loses third-straight to Oran 92-83 (02/09/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Before Friday's homecoming matchup with Oran, the last time the Scott County Central Braves lost three games in a single season to the Eagles was the 2002-03 campaign. With a 92-83 loss, however, the Eagles closed out this year's three-game sweep to become the first team to beat the Braves in a three-game series since the 2005-06 season...
OT Thriller (02/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Charleston Lady Bluejays may not be the most consistent shooting team from the floor, but when it comes to hitting their freebies, there's not many better. Nailing 9 of 10 free throws in overtime, and 23 of 33 overall, Charleston hung on for a wild 58-54 overtime win against the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs Thursday at the Sikeston Field House...
State-ranked Saxony Lutheran tops Bravettes (02/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Things went south quickly for the Scott County Central Bravettes on Thursday while hosting Saxony Lutheran. Under a hail of six first quarter 3-pointers, the Lady Crusaders were able to build a 27-point halftime lead before cruising to a 65-39 win...
Thatch, NMCC take care of Puxico 74-39 (02/08/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles quickly vanquished the visiting Puxico Indians Thursday 74-39 at New Madrid County Central High School. Armondo Thatch led the Eagles with a new season-high of 31 points. Corey Guest added 13 for NMCC...
Late push (02/07/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- Charleston sophomore Sierra Frazier has proved time and time again this season to be one of the Lady Bluejays' go-to scorers. Wednesday's contest against Chaffee was no different as Frazier scored 10 of her team's final 12 points on the night to guide Charleston to a 60-55 win...
Samuel nabs second-largest recruiting class (02/07/13)
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Southeast Missouri's 2013 Football Signing Class consists of 25 members, including five mid-year transfers and 20 new commits. This year's class is the second-largest under head coach Tony Samuel. "It's a diverse group and you are going to see that there's a concentration on the linemen and linebackers," said Samuel. "This is a larger class with a good combination of guys with different skill sets."...
Through the fire (02/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- Coming off an emotionally draining and physically taxing game against arch-rival Charleston on Thursday at the Show Me Center, the Sikeston Bulldogs had no time to bask in their victory as they had to take to the road again to play Poplar Bluff on Friday...
Risco outruns Rebels 96-76 (02/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ESSEX -- When Risco took the floor against Richland on Friday it didn't take the Tigers long to realize they had their work cut out for them with Rebel senior Richard Forshee guarding the paint. Forshee, listed at 6-11, towers over even the tallest Tiger by a good 11 inches, which meant plenty of easy inside buckets for the Rebels and limited second chances for Risco...
NMCC cruises to 65-46 win over Royals (02/02/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BROSELEY -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles opened up with a 14-point lead and cruised to a 65-46 win over Twin Rivers Friday. Willie Jimerson led the Eagles with 16 points. Delontre Haney added another 10 while Darrin McGloson had nine points...
Unrivaled: Sikeston bests Charleston for a second time in "The Rivalry" (02/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston and Charleston have had many epic battles over the years, but never before have they met on the biggest stage in southeast Missouri. Both schools took to the court at the Show Me Center in Cape Girardeau on Thursday in what was billed as "The Rivalry" in a crucial SEMO Conference matchup...
Risco gets stung by Hornets (02/01/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com RISCO -- The Risco Tigers were handed a lopsided 91-57 loss thanks to Ethan Barr and the Advance Hornets Thursday. Barr led all scorers with 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Lane Below added 22 points and seven assists...
On the rise (01/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Fueled by Mikala Nichols' game-high 17-points, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs put together one of their more consistent first halves of the season Wednesday against visiting Scott City. The result was a 12-point halftime lead that the Lady Bulldogs used to hold off a second half push by the Lady Rams for a 53-40 win at the Sikeston Field House...
Vinyard signs with Shawnee softball (01/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ULLIN, Ill., -- There was a time in her life that Sydney Vinyard wasn't even going to play softball. Her sister, a triple and the desire to return to the field changed all that. Vinyard recently signed a letter of intent to play softball for Shawnee Community College in Ullin, Ill...
Sikeston freshmen finish perfect season (01/31/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Not many teams can claim they are perfect. Sikeston's ninth grade basketball team aren't like most teams. Coached by Chris Sarakas, the Sikeston Bulldogs finished a perfect season Monday defeating Twin Rivers in dominating fashion 67-24 for their 12th victory of the season...
Swatted down (01/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Their comeback bid fell just a tad short. Spearheaded by Mikala Nichols' scoring efforts, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs couldn't find a way to pull out a win against Twin Rivers Monday at the Sikeston Field House, 42-36...
Lady Bluejays hold on against Kelly (01/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- After Saturday's 34-point loss to Twin Rivers, Charleston head coach Josh Thompson wondered how his girls would respond to such a poor outing. He got his answer Monday night when they Lady Bluejays held off a relentless second-half push by the Kelly Lady Hawks for a 75-71 win...
Lady Bluejays hold on against Kelly (01/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- After Saturday's 34-point loss to Twin Rivers, Charleston head coach Josh Thompson wondered how his girls would respond to such a poor outing. He got his answer Monday night when they Lady Bluejays held off a relentless second-half push by the Kelly Lady Hawks for a 75-71 win...
Lady Devils nab Oran in second half (01/29/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- Julia Sutterfield led with 19 points and Ellie Sigman added 14 as the Chaffee Lady Devils defeated visiting Oran 48-34. Allie Cummins paced Oran (7-8) with 12 points. The Lady Devils (9-7) were down by two after the first quarter and then 21-20 at the half. But a strong second half -- outscoring Oran 28-13 -- rocketed Chaffee to the win...
Sikeston freshman take title in come-from-behind thriller (01/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Sikeston freshman basketball team rallied from six points down in the final 33 seconds to defeat Poplar Bluff, 58-56, on Saturday to win the Jackson Invitational Tournament. "They refused to give up, even down six with 33 seconds left," Sikeston coach Chris Sarakas said. "They showed no panic. I am so proud of them. It took the entire team to get the job done and that's a testament to their work ethic and desire to win."...
Coaches Vs. Cancer (01/28/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- New Madrid County Central senior Benesha Childress has had plenty of highlights in her Lady Eagle career, but none more historic than what she accomplished Saturday night. With NMCC playing Meadow Heights in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Shootout, Childress posted a game-high 23 points to unseat Tawanda Daniel as the school's all-time scoring leader and guide her team to a 75-48 win...
Running wild (01/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Sikeston head basketball coach Gregg Holifield is never satisfied. Despite having just one loss this season, he continually is trying to work out any kinks the team may have with an end-game of reaching its peak level of performance by district tournament time in late February...
Jimerson scores 41 as NMCC downs Portageville (01/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PORTAGEVILLE -- With his team facing an early deficit, Willie Jimerson hit one shot that completely turned the game on its end. Jimerson drained a halfcourt shot with a Portageville defender draped over him to close out the first quarter sending, not only, the NMCC fans into a frenzy but it also sent the message that NMCC's most valuable player was not to be denied...
Cold shooting Oran comes up short against Leopold 48-46 (01/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Though filled with plenty of suspense, Oran's highly anticipated matchup with Leopold Friday didn't turn out quite how the Eagles had hoped. With a chance to back Leopold in a corner in the final seconds with a pair of free throws, Oran saw the first half of a one-and-one fall short...
Chaffee gets rare win over SCC 64-47 (01/26/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- For the first time in 12 years the Chaffee Red Devils defeated the Scott County Central Braves. Chaffee, who hadn't beaten the Braves since Dec. 29, 2000 in a 64-60 Red Devil victory, finally downed the perennial power 64-47 Friday at Chaffee High School...
Taking charge (01/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- Fans looking to see New Madrid County Central's Benesha Childress break the school's all-time scoring record were likely disappointed to see the senior in street clothes for Thursday night's game against Sikeston...
Freshman Bulldogs advance to tourney finals (01/25/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com JACKSON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs ninth grade basketball team advanced to the championship game of the Jackson tournament Thursday with a 49-42 semifinal win over Notre Dame. The Bulldogs (9-0) will play Poplar Bluff on Saturday at noon for the tournament championship...
Intense win (01/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The ferocity of the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs finally showed through Wednesday. They were fierce on all fronts -- offense, defense -- and did it for a full four quarters which led to a 57-42 win over visiting Perryville at the Sikeston Field House...
SHS grapplers win North County dual, NMCC routs Caruthersville (01/24/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com BONNE TERRE -- The Sikeston Bulldogs wrestling team defeated all three of their competitors Tuesday night during the North County dual against Hillsboro, Festus and North County. Sikeston defeated Hillsboro 54-24, Festus 67-11 and North County 52-30...
Swatted (01/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com DEXTER -- For the first time this season the Dexter Lady Bearcats got a chance to see what life was like without leading scorer Brittany Harris on Monday when visiting Perryville came to town. If their effort against the Lady Pirates is any indication Dexter has little to worry about as they posted five girls with double-digit scoring totals en route to a 81-34 win...
Bulldogs take 4th at SEMO tourney, Bravettes get past Woodland (01/22/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com POPLAR BLUFF -- The Sikeston Bulldogs wrestling team tied for fourth during the SEMO Conference wrestling tournament at Poplar Bluff Saturday. Sikeston, who finished with 174.5 points, fell into a fourth place tie with Poplar Bluff...
Conference Champs: Oran Eagles supplant SCC for conference title (01/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- At one point early in the fourth quarter, Scott Central head coach Frank Staple threw up his hands wondering what it was going to take to slow down the Oran Eagles. Oran had his answer. Nothing. Oran, who had played second-fiddle to the Braves for too long, emphatically knocked off the six-time Scott-Mississippi Conference reigning champion 90-64 Friday at Scott County Central High School...
Bulldogs escape Kennett with 84-80 victory on the road (01/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com KENNETT -- For the past seven years, the Class 4, District 1 tournament has gone through Sikeston and Notre Dame as the two have met in the championship game every year since 2006. With a reclassification this year, Kennett may have officially announced its presence among area Class 4 district opponents...
NMCC throttles Dexter 52-28 (01/19/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles jumped out to a quick start and never looked back during their 52-28 win over Dexter Friday at New Madrid County Central High School. The Eagles took a comfortable 17-7 lead after the first quarter which extended to 22 points (35-13) by halftime...
Great Scott! (01/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The days of blowouts and sitting comfortably with a huge lead at halftime are in the past for the Scott County Central Braves. Grinding out games and needing to find ways to win are now the norm for the defending Class 1 champions as they continue to fight to stay above the .500 mark...
Lady Bluejays edge NMCC 75-72 behind Ewing's 31 (01/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHARLESTON -- Before their game against New Madrid County Central on Thursday, the Charleston Lady Bluejays honored senior E'Neikqua Ewing for scoring 1,000 career points the night prior against Malden. Ewing returned the favor with a clutch 31 point, 10 rebound performance that included the game-winning shot in a 75-72 win over the Lady Eagles...
NMCC gets by Cairo, Lady Bulldogs stopped by Poplar Bluff (01/18/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEW MADRID -- The New Madrid County Central Eagles outscored Cairo, Ill., by 15 points in the second half to come away with a 73-53 win Thursday at New Madrid County Central High School. NMCC sophomore Willie Jimerson led the Eagles with a game-high 32 points. Delontre Haney added 11...
Semifinals set (01/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Second-seeded Scott County Central's night might not have started how they expected Wednesday against seventh-seeded Delta, but the end result was just the same. Overcoming a sluggish start, the Braves scored a combined 66 points in the second and third quarters to rout the Bobcats, 96-48, and advance to the Scott-Mississippi Conference semifinals...
Chaffee grounds Hawks for the third time this season (01/17/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- After an extra day off, the opening round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament got back on track Wednesday with the seedings holding true through the opening round. Kicking off Wednesday's varsity action, fourth-seeded Chaffee picked up their second 30-plus point win over fifth-seeded Kelly in under a week, 74-41...
Stifled (01/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Kennett's defensive game plan had the Lady Bulldogs out of whack. The Lady Indians made a living off of turnovers Monday night which knocked Sikeston out of their rhythm and provided Kennett with some of their own during a 41-29 loss for the Lady Bulldogs at the Sikeston Field House...
Scott City kicks off Scott-Miss tourney with 69-35 rout against East Prairie (01/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Led by a 23-point effort from Ryan Brock, third-seeded Scott City opened up the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament on Monday with a 69-35 win over sixth-seeded East Prairie. "There was times we played really well," Rams head coach Mark Dannenmueller said. "When we got a big lead we relaxed a little bit, but I guess sometimes that's typical...
Charleston advances to next round in Superman Classic (01/15/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com METROPOLIS, Ill. -- The Charleston Bluejays easily took care of their first opponent in the 30th Annual Superman Classic Monday at Massac County High School. The Bluejays, the tournament's No. 1 seed, defeated Century, Ill., 86-43...
Sikeston takes ninth, Risco nabs OT win 69-66 (01/14/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com FENTON -- The Sikeston wrestling team took ninth place during the 141 Rumble at Rockwood Summitt High School Saturday in Fenton. Cody Middleton (126) and Nick Nichols (195) each took second place in their respective weight classes. Middleton, who's been sidelined after a three week injury, finished Saturday with a 4-1 record while Nichols went 3-1...
Bedeviled (01/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Bulldogs have protected its home court as well as any team in the state of Missouri recently. But for just the third time in six years, the Bulldogs tasted defeat at the Field House, falling to a powerful Maplewood-Richmond Heights team, 70-66 in front of a loud, energized crowd on Friday night...
Red Devils roll to 76-45 win over Kelly (01/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com CHAFFEE -- With four scorers posting double-digit totals, the Chaffee Red Devils had little trouble putting visiting Kelly in the rearview mirror on Friday. Led by a game-high 20 points from Peyton Montgomery, Chaffee pulled away to a 16-point halftime before rolling to a 76-45 win...
Bluejays suffocate Scott Central for 84-67 win (01/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- Facing a ferocious Charleston defense, the Scott County Central Braves had a hard time breathing, much less scoring points. Suffocating the Braves on their home court, the Bluejays came away with an 84-67 win Friday night between the reigning Class 1 and Class 3 champions...
Portageville drops South Pemiscot, Tigers pound Campbell (01/12/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com PORTAGEVILLE - The Portageville Bulldogs outscored the South Pemiscot Bulldogs by 11 points in the first quarter and never trailed after on its way to a 65-49 Bootheel Conference regular-season victory Friday night. Portageville shot 49 percent from the field. Portageville hit 3 of 9 3-pointers and 20 of 38 2-pointers...
Scott County Central girls basketball team wins overtime thriller against Charleston (01/11/13)
SCC defeated Charleston 109-89 in overtime to win the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament title.
Sikeston's 3-game win streak snapped (01/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com SIKESTON -- The last thing Sikeston needed was to get off on the wrong foot. Nonetheless, Notre Dame didn't let it go unpunished. A sluggish start by Sikeston led to a 47-32 Notre Dame win at the Sikeston Field House Thursday snapping Sikeston's three-game win streak...
Charleston turned away late against Dyer County (01/11/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com NEWBERN, Tenn. -- Giving up 32 points in the fourth quarter, the Charleston Bluejays let a tie game slip away to Dyer County, Tenn., Thursday night during the Penny Hardaway Hoopfest at Dyer County High School, 93-76. Following a 61-61 tie at the end of the third quarter, Dyer County outscored the Bluejays by 17 points to give Charleston just their second loss of the year...
Finals set: Scott Central, Charleston to meet in conference championship (01/10/13)
Charleston sophomore Sierra Frazier (10) looks to pass to teammate Cheyenne Randle (23) after getting surrounded by a trio of Oran defenders during a Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament semifinal game Wednesday at Oran High School.
Big fourth quarter propels Bravettes (01/10/13)
sports@standard-democrat.com ORAN -- Led by a 24-point effort from junior Mikaela Blissett, Scott County Central took down Scott City Wednesday in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament semifinals, 70-45. "They came out and played well," Bravettes head coach Matt Limbaugh said. "We looked good in the press and caused some turnovers and played against a good Scott City team. Scott City's (Lyndsie) Robert is a heck of player...