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The Nevada Lady Tiger volleyball team begins post-season play Monday night as first round action gets underway in the Class 3 District 11 Tournament at Clinton High School.  The Lady Tigers are the #3 seed in the seven school field and will face sixth-seeded Clinton Lady Cardinals in their first round match at 7:30 p.m.  The Lady Cardinals will enter the match at 3-17-6 including two losses in West Central Conference play to Nevada earlier this season.  Tonight's matchup will be broadcast live on NevadaMO TV at with the broadcast starting shortly before 7:30 p.m. (approximate time).  Two other Class 3 District 11 first round matches are scheduled for Monday night at Clinton.  #4 Warrensburg faces #5 Harrisonville at 5:00 p.m. and #2 K.C. O'Hara takes on #7 Warsaw at 6:15 p.m.  The semi-finals and championship matches are all scheduled for Wednesday night at Clinton.

In other area district volleyball action Monday night involving local schools...Class 2 District 12 at Lamar will have #4 seed Pierce City taking on #5 Lamar at 6:00 p.m.  In Class 1 District 11 at Jasper, #4 Joplin McCauley faces #5 Bronaugh at 5:00 p.m. while #2 Jasper takes on #7 Sheldon at 6:15 p.m. In Class 1 District 12 at Appleton City, #4 Lakeland and #5 Hume will square off at 4:30 p.m. and #3 Rich Hill will take on #6 Northeast Vernon County at 7:30 p.m.

The Nevada cross country runners head to Sedalia Monday to run in the West Central Conference Cross Country Conference Meet.  The varsity girls 5,000 meter run is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m. with the varsity boys to take to the course at 5:00 p.m.  The junior varsity boys and girls will run together starting at 5:30 p.m.  In the varsity competition, the top five runners in each division earn first team at WCC honors whle runners in sixth through tenth are second team and positions eleven through fifteen earn honorable mention selection.

Also on Monday's slate for Nevada, the 9th grade and junior varsity football teams will close out their season with a home game against Clinton at Logan Field in Nevada.  It'll be one combined game, due to low numbers at Clinton, with kickoff at 5:00 p.m.

A 9-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Goucher to Chaz Bailey with 26 seconds to play lifted the Clinton Cardinals to a 14-13 win over the Nevada Tigers in both teams regular season football finale Friday night at Clinton.  It was Clinton’s first win of the season as they finished regular season play at 1-8 and 1-5 in West Central Conference play while Nevada fell to 2-7 and also 1-5 in the league.  The loss spoiled a big night by Tiger running back, Chaden Brandt, who carried the ball 34 times for 200 yards and two touchdowns.  Nevada appeared to be on their way early as the Tigers scored on their first possession of the game with Brandt scoring on a 40 yard run to make it 7-0.  Clinton would get the game tied up with 2:03 to play in the first on a 6-yard jaunt by Ian McWilliams.  A pivotal point in the game occurred at the end of the first half when Nevada had it first and goal from the Cardinals 9 yard line with :40 seconds to play and with two time outs but failed to get in the endzone on four tries to leave the game tied 7-7 at the half.  The Tigers still took the lead midway through the third period when Brandt reached paydirt on a six yard run.  However, Nevada missed the extra point and that proved to be important.  Clinton started their final drive with just over two minutes to play and eventually went deep into Tiger territory.  On fourth and goal from the nine yard line Goucher was able to find Bailey wide open in the middle of the end zone for the TD to tie the game at 13-13 with 26 seconds to play.  Lane Reid added the extra point for the 14-13 win.  The loss means Nevada will be the #8 seed in Class 4 District 6 when post-season play begins next Friday.  The Tigers will face the top-seeded Harrisonville Wildcats at Harrisonville in the first round of district play.  The Wildcats are 8-1 after beating Pleasant Hill 35-10 Friday night.

The Rich Hill Tigers scored early and often on their way to a 41-0 shoutout win Friday night in Liberal. The Tigers scored 3 Touchdowns in the First Quarter, an 8 yard run by Mark Kailborn, 3 yard run by Bryant Courter, and a 29 yard pass from Jacob Thompson to Aidan Humble. The Tigers put up another 3 Touchdowns in the 2nd Quarter on a 23 yard run by Thompson, 14 yard pass from Thompson to Treveor Delozier, and another 8 yard run by Courter. The 41-0 win, their second in as many weeks after shutting out Archie last week 42-0, moved Rich Hill to 5-4 overall. Rich Hill will be the #3 seed in Class 1 District 3 and will host a first round district contest this Friday night against the 2-7 Joplin McCauley Warriors at Rich Hill at 7:00 p.m.

In other high school football action Friday night:

West Central Conference

Clinton 14  Nevada 13
K.C. O'Hara 53  Warrensburg 22  (O'Hara wins WCC championship with 5-1 league record)
Sedalia Smith-Cotton 12  K.C. Center 7
K.C. St. Pius X 20  Pembroke Hill 0

Western Missouri Conference  (all are non-conference games this week)

Rich Hill 41  Liberal 0
Adrian 39  El Dorado Springs 26
Osceola 42  Pleasant Hope 14
Christ Prepatory Academy 61  Drexel 21
Cass-Midway 34  Sherwood 0
Appleton City 64  Orrick 6
Lone Jack 42  Archie 20

Other Area Games

Carl Junction 29  Lamar 28
Summit Christian Academy 34  Butler 6
Marionville 28  Stockton 12
Fort Scott 23  Chanute 8

The Kansas City Chiefs are back to the .500 mark after Cairo Santos nailed a 48 yard field goal wit 21 seconds left and lifting the Chiefs to a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in San Diego.  The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Chargers as they fell to 5-2 while Kansas city improved to 3-3. The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 53 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe. Jamaal Charles scored once and gained 95 yards to give him 6,113 for his career, moving him to the top of Kansas City's career list. He passed Priest Holmes, who had 6,070.  Kansas City hosts the St. Louis Rams next Sunday at 12:00 noon at Arrowhead Stadium.

Buoyed by stellar special teams play, the St. Louis Rams turned in a complete performance to down the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, 28-26. St Louis played a clean game with only two penalties, zero turnovers, and zero sacks allowed to come away with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champions.  There were two key special teams plays for the Rams. The first was a misdirected punt return that St. Louis utilized in the second quarter, and the other was a fake punt late in the fourth quarter on 4th-and-3 from the Rams’ own 18-yard line.  Both plays worked to perfection, serving as catalysts for the home team ultimately coming away with a win.  St. Louis improved to 2-4 with the win while the Seahawks lost their second straight and fell to 3-3.  St. Louis travels down I-70 this Sunday as they head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.

The Missouri Tigers received a kickoff return and punt return from Marcus Murphy and the defense added touchdowns on an interception and a fumble recovery to rout the Florida Gators 42-13 in Gainesville, Florida.  Murphy's two touchdowns were his sixth and seventh career returns on kicks setting a new Missouri record.  Markus Golden scored a fumble recovery he returned 21 yards to paydirt and Darvin Ruise added a 46 yard interception for a score as Mizzou improved to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.  Florida dropped to 3-3 and 2-3 in conference play.  Missouri scored 42 points despite the fac that the Tiger offense put up only 119 yards of total offense including a 6-18 performance for just 20 yards in passing from Maty Mauk.  Missouri returns home to Faurot Field this Saturday afternoon as they play their homecoming game against Vanderbilt at 3:00 p.m.  Tiger Network coverage starts at 1:00 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO.  The Missouri "Tiger Talk" program with head coach, Gary Pinkel, will be heard at 7:00 p.m Monday night on KNEM/KNMO.

In other area college football results Saturday, Missouri State improved to 4-3 by defeating South Dakota 31-13.  Pittsburg State knocked NCAA Division 2 #1 ranked Northwest Missouri State from the unbeaten ranks with a 35-17 upset win over the Bearcats at Maryville.  Missouri Southern outscored Northeastern State 34-7 in Joplin and Central Missouri won their homecoming contest over Central Oklahoma 31-19 in Warrensburg.

The Kansas City Royals continue their preparations for game one of the Major League Baseball World Series that begins this Tuesday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.  James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound in game one for the Royals against Madison Baumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA) of the Giants. Game times just after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night in Kansas City.





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