1. Robbie Mueller breaks 46 year-old record
Thursday night's soccer match against the Lebanon Yellowjackets was initially planned to be a game to raise money for the Susan G. Komen foundation, to help find a cure to breast cancer. Both teams wore pink in support of breast cancer awareness, and both teams handed over an impressive amount of money for the cause.
Mueller entered the Indians game against Lebanon with 137 career goals, one short of tying the state scoring record for a career set by John Pisani of CBC, a record which has stood for 46 years.
As fate would have it, both teams played so well on the night that neither team was able to score during the first half. After Lebanon came out strong to score the first goal in the second half, Osage mounted a comeback with twenty three minutes left to play, pulling out a 3-1 victory.
Mueller had been covered by two defenders the majority of the night, but at the 22:50 mark, Matt Lehenbauer fired a shot at the goal, only to have it blocked by the Lebanon goalie, who couldn't hold on to the ball. Mueller saw an opportunity, and took it, zipping in a left-footed kick from eight yards out. After scoring that first goal, Mueller seemed ready to continue the game, not even realizing he had just tied the record. As his teammates rushed to him to congratulate him, it dawned on him: he was one goal away from breaking the record. “I just thought about the tie,” Mueller said. “I completely forgot about the record. It didn't even cross my mind until the team came over to celebrate.” Tied with Lebanon at 1-1, the Indians again threatened to score with just over ten minutes left in the game. Once again, Skyler Bax took a shot at the goal, which was blocked by the goalie, and once again, Mueller was there for the rebound to score at point-blank range. Mueller was immediately rushed by his teammates, celebrating his record-setting goal.
2. Murphy Ward sets new career rushing record
Murphy Ward has joined the ranks of Lakers' legends.
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Lakers' Murphy Ward broke the record to become the all-time rushing leader for Camdenton, surpassing the record formerly held by Dennis Chairs.
As he rushed in the first quarter, needing just 39 yards to break it, he finally surpassed it with a great run down the right side in Friday's victory over the Waynesville Tigers. As soon as he did it, his team swarmed him to celebrate his accomplishment.
Right after that, however, Ward was right back down to business, as he managed to break through the line to score just two plays after breaking the record.
After winning the game, the Lakers gathered on the sidelines as Coach Jeff Shore addressed the stadium, before handing the ball to the former record holder, Dennis Chairs, who was present to pass the torch to Ward for surpassing over 3,900 yards and topping Chairs' record.
Page 2 of 5 - "In my freshman year, this was my goal," Ward told the crowd. "I knew I wanted to be on the wall, to be a legacy and be remembered. I hope I honored all of you."
3. Eldon wins district title
Eldon wins district title- The Eldon Mustangs have come a long way since Shannon Jolley took over the program.
Written off by many after season after season of losing, the Mustangs experienced growing pains under Jolley's new direction.
But after two seasons, the Mustangs finished their 2011 season with a 6-5 record, a sign that Jolley was turning the Mustangs around, building them into something new.
And with a win over Osage in the Class 3 District 3 championship game, Eldon claimed the title of district champ.
In just four years, Jolley and the Mustangs have proved themselves to be a talented football team. The players have bought into his system, and with hard work, they have forged themselves in a winning team, able to overcome obstacles, and defeating the top two seeds in their district in the district tournament.
In Monday night's win over Osage, the Mustangs traveled to Osage's Athletic Field in what many thought would be a replay of the previous encounter between the two rivals, when Osage won 47-20 over Eldon.
The Mustangs came ready to play, with Eldon scoring first just three minutes in to the game on a 50 yard run by Raymond Kwok, followed up by a 53 yard touchdown run by Sheyne Stafford, and with a successful two point conversion, the Mustangs found themselves ahead of the Indians, 14-0 after just six minutes of play.
Eldon continued their dominance on both offense and defense in the second quarter, scoring two more times before the half, one on another Kwok run, this time from 6-yards out, and one from Stafford from 3-yards out.
Eldon scored once more in the third quarter, with Stafford powering his way into the end-zone once more from 2 yards out, giving the Mustangs a 42-7 lead after Kwok scored the two point conversion.
The Mustangs finished the game by allowing just one score from Osage, defeating their rival in a 42-7 match to claim the district title.
Offensively, the Mustangs' run game had been productive all season, and it was no different in this game, as the Mustangs' running backs exploited the weak Osage defense to rush for a total of 299 yards and five touchdowns.
The Mustangs' story ended with a loss to Monett at home on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in the state quarter final, but the Mustangs still hold the district title and bragging rights.
4. Eldon coach Lincoln under fire, resigns
Major changes are ahead for the boys' Eldon basketball program in the wake of the recent resignation of head coach Jim Lincoln.
Page 3 of 5 - The resignation was accepted unanimously without any discussion at a special Eldon Board of Education meeting early Monday, Dec. 24.
Lincoln had been suspended earlier this year after being cited by the school district for his behavior during the 2011-2012 season. Lincoln was accused of making derogatory remarks, using inappropriate language and an allegation that he elbowed a player from an opposing team.
During a public hearing last summer, more than 100 residents of the district, along with students and players attended, in a show of support for the coach.
At the public hearing, Lincoln denied elbowing the player, which witnesses for the coach corroborated, and denied using profanity on one of the incidences the school board claimed he did during the Osage Shootout last year. He admitted to using profanity on two other occasions at the Shootout. The hearing lasted more than eight hours.
In August, a decision was reached with Coach Lincoln retaining his job and serving a suspension as punishment.
In mid-November, that suspension was removed and Lincoln returned to the court Nov. 19 when Eldon played its first game of the season.
The Eldon administration placed Lincoln on unpaid administrative leave in the last couple of weeks before Lincoln resigned.
At this time, Coach Nick Voss has been named the interim coach for the Mustangs.
5. Taylor Hayes takes fourth at state, Osage wins districts
The Lady Indians put up a great season, playing some great games before winning the district match as a team at Dogwood Hills, the Indians' first district win in golf. The girls accomplished this thanks to not only a great first place finish by sophomore Taylor Hayes, but solid performances by freshman Devin Henderson, senior Katelyn Weeks and fellow senior Jada Thacker.
The team then advanced to the conference match, held at Eldon, where the team was eliminated, all but sophomore Taylor Hayes.
Hayes would then go on to state, where, after a great two days, she finished fourth overall at the state level.
6. Eldon hosts first wrestling meet
The Eldon middle school wrestling team faced off against the Osage Indians on a Tuesday night, competing in a packed gymnasium as hundreds of people gathered for the first ever Eldon hosted wrestling meet.
Just one year ago, Eldon had no wrestling program, but after hard work and donations to the school, the school received their first wrestling team, beginning in the middle school. The program, in its first year, was brought about by now head coach Bret Marshall, who approached the school about beginning a wrestling program at the school.
Starting the program has not been easy, and finding space to practice has been trying at times, with the team taking their mat into the cafeteria to practice. Despite its humble beginnings, the Eldon team has persevered, winning 150 matches this season and taking home the first place trophy at the Warsaw Tournament.
Page 4 of 5 - No moment was more important for the Mustangs this season, though, as when Eldon hosted its first ever wrestling meet at the middle school, a culmination of all of the team's hard work this season. As the team took to the mat, they were watched by a large crowd of both Osage and Eldon fans, filling the stands to standing room only
With a new sport growing in Eldon, people have something new to be excited about. Marshall said he has had people tell him after the matches just how much they enjoyed the sport, and with a strong group of young and talented kids, Marshall hopes to keep building the program. “This is a wrestling town,” Marshall said. “They just don't know it yet.”
7. Hensley takes 3rd at state, Weber takes 14th
The Lakers had two runners attend the state meet this year, junior Jeremy Ryan and freshman Tessa Weber.
Racing against 171 other runners, Ryan had a tough match, but rose to the occasion as he was able to finish 92nd overall with a time of 17:22.
Weber finished 14th overall with a time of 19:22, becoming the first runner to medal at state for Camdenton.
The Osage Indians were represented by three runners in this year's state meet, and the Indians' Tristan Hensley put in a great race on Saturday.
Hensley finished 3rd overall, with a time of 16:43 in the Class 3 race, moving up five spots from last year and setting a personal record, beating his previous state record by 38 seconds. Hensley was named All-State.
His teammates, Gabrielle Hill and Daisy Ralston, both put in a great effort, running the course neck and neck with each other, before finishing with Ralston in 88th and Hill in 89th, with times of 21:53:54 and 21:53:57, respectively.
Eldon's Chase Cook also attended the meet, placing 53rd in the Class 3 meet with a time of 17:57:06 against 168 other runners.
8. Clark leaves his mark on Versailles Wrestling
Senior Isaiah Clark made sure he'll go down as one of the best wrestlers in program history, and the Versailles Tigers won a triangular with Knob Noster and Centralia on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
Clark collected his 100th career victory in the event. He became only the third wrestler in the 30-plus year history of the program to reach that mark.
Already the school's all-time leader in wins, Isaiah Clark went out a winner. The senior defeated Maysville's Garret Wightman in the third-place match of Class 1's 138-pound division.
Clark lost 8-4 in the semifinals to undefeated Karson Hill of Trenton, who went on to take first place.
9. Lady Indians soccer team makes huge comeback
In their second season as a program, the Osage Lady Indians took a drastic step up. Coming off a 7-16-1 record in 2011, Osage would flip that mark around this spring.
Page 5 of 5 - The Lady Indians finished 17-7-1 overall after winning 11 of their first 13 games.
A talented and experienced freshmen class — they had played summer and club soccer together for a few years — gave Osage a jolt. About 10 freshmen got varsity playing time, many of them serving as starters.
Joining leading scorer forward Summer Dean, the freshmen enabled Osage to switch up its philosophy from a year ago and go on the attack.
Osage scored five or more goals in seven games and was shutout only twice. By comparison, last year Osage scored five or more goals three times and was shutout 11 times.
Osage started 2-1 at the Waynesville Tournament then won six straight. The Lady Indians were 7-2 at home.
10. Climax Springs travels to new highs in basketball
The Climax Springs Cougars will have to wait for that first state final four appearance in school history. The Climax Springs Cougars journey into uncharted territory began with last season, when a state-ranked team won the first ever boys' basketball district title. This season, the Cougars knocked off the No. 2 team in Class 1 to repeat as district champs and then became the first boys' team at Climax Springs to win a playoff game.
Their journey ended, however, as Climax Springs lost 56-48 to Drexel at the Class 1 basketball quarterfinals game.