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Congratulations this week to our neighbors over in Webster County, the Seymour Lady Tigers.
The Seymour girls will play Mt. Vernon at the Hearnes Center, Columbia, this afternoon (Thursday) in the Missouri Class 3 basketball quarterfinals, with hopes of playing for the state championship on Saturday.
The Seymour girls are undefeated with 30 wins, two of which came against the Ava Lady Bears. Willow Springs spared the Ava girls from playing Seymour a third time in the district tournament. Willow Springs beat the Ava girls in the semifinals, and Seymour then beat Willow Springs to move on in state play.
If Seymour can get past the 24-7 Lady Mountaineers, they would face the winner of Hallsville (25-5) vs. Stockton (23-7) in a game scheduled to begin at 6:50 on Saturday in Columbia.
Seymour landed three Lady Tigers on the 10-member all-district team which was announced this week.
Leann Lansdown was the top vote-getter for all-district. She is joined by teammates Jensen Masengale and Hailee Sanders.
Ava seniors Payton Lakey and Jorie Garrett also made the all-district team, and Willow Springs had three players make the all-district team: Kyndall Bunch, Kyra Bunch and Kamryn Hutsell. The other two positions go to Emily Smith, of Licking, and Jamie Reaves, of Cabool.
On the boys’ slate, Ava senior Zach Leonard and junior Austin Gastineau made the all-district team. Licking’s Ben Denbow was appropriately the top vote-getter. Other all-district team members are Jaelon Acklin and James Denton, of Mtn. View-Liberty; Jordan Humbyrd, of Seymour; Kalon Honeycutt, of Alton; Joe Chilton, of Willow Springs; and Dylan Smith, of Cabool.
It is appropriate that Ava boys’ basketball coach Nathan Houk was named Coach of the Year in the SCA by his peers. Coach Houk took his Bears to an undefeated SCA title, although the Bears would later lose to the Liberty Eagles, from the SCA, in the championship game of the district tournament.
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The Forsyth Board of Aldermen recently passed a “distracted driving” ordinance, according to the Taney County Times. Drivers who cause an accident because they were texting, talking, tuning the radio or even eating are subject to the fine.
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The Ozark County Times down at Gainesville reported last week that Austin Donley found a large piece of insulation board on his farm near Wasola following the Branson tornado on Feb. 29. Donley and his neighbors found other debris from the storm, including laminate flooring and Branson show brochures.
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A proposed horse slaughtering plant is causing quite a stir in the Ozarks. Both the Cabool Enterprise and the Mtn. Grove News-Journal announced a meeting on the subject to be held at the Ozarks Family YMCA in Mtn. Grove on Monday, March 12.
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It’s one of life’s little oddities. My wife, Charlotte, is celebrating her 39th birthday today. But in a couple of months we will have been married 40 years!