Thursday, February 1, 2018

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What's happenin' (12/11-12/15)

The Oran High School basketball teams will close out the first semester of school and head into the Christmas Break this week.

On Monday, the 2-1 Jayvee boys team, the #4 seed will take on the #1 seed Cape Central Tigers at 5 pm in a semifinal round game of the Advance Junior Varsity Tournament.

The next night, both boys teams travel to take on conference rival East Prairie at 6 pm.

Thursday will see the girls (5-1) travel to Meadow Heights to take on the district rival Panthers.  The latest information we have is that there will not be a junior varsity game so the varsity will tip at 6 pm.

Also on Thursday, the jv boys will play.  If they win on Monday, they will be in the championship game of the Advance tournament.  That game will start at 7:45 otherwise they will play for third at 6:30.

Jayvee boys win Advance tourney opener

The Oran High School junior varsity boys basketball team picked up a win yesterday in the quarterfinal round of the Advance Junior Varsity tournament.  The 4th-seeded Eagles defeated the 5th-seeded Bloomfield Wildcats 52-41.

Oran jumped out to a 31-13 lead at halftime and held on for an 11 point win.  The victory propelled them into Monday's semifinal matchup against top-seeded Cape Central at 5 pm.

Tristin Schlosser led all scorers with 14.  He hit two treys and was three of three from the free throw line.

Langdon Scheeter and Cameron Westrich both added nine.  Scheeter hit a trey.  Cooper Priggel had seven points.  He hit two from beyond the arc.  Ty Johnson scored five and he made all three of his charity tosses.  Kaiden Massey and Dane Shands rounded out the scoring with four points apiece.

They hit 10 of 13 from the stripe for 76.9% and improved their record to 2-1.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played a lot better than Friday night. We are starting to pass the ball better on offense and did a better job of fronting the post on defense. We were able to pressure the ball defensively and created some turnovers which lead to easy points."

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Lady Eagles claim title, again

For the third straight year, the Oran High School girls basketball team won the Lady Devil Invitational tournament with a 51-46 over the hosts.  This year was probably the toughest.

With one starter out due to injury, Kaylee Payne and two starters in foul trouble in the first quarter with two each, Claire Ramsey and Katelyn Streeter, the Eagles struggled to a 20-16 halftime lead.

Chaffee hung tough and tied the game on a couple of occasions after the break.  The Eagles hit 10 of 14 from the line during the fourth quarter to help secure the win.

Leah Cauble topped all scorers with 33.  She hit two treys and hit 11 of her 15 free throw attempts.  Jessie Long recorded her second double-double in less than 24 hours with 12 points and 11 rebounds.  Long hit one from beyond the arc.   She went 10 and 10 last night in Arkansas.

Katelyn Streeter hit a trey for her three points.  Claire Ramsey had two points and two assists.  Katie Webb hit a free toss to round out the scoring.

Oran hit 12 out of 27 from two-point range for 44.4% and only 4 of 26 from long range for 15.4% after Friday night's tough loss and long bus ride.  The Eagles were 15 of 23 from the line for 65.2%.

Oran improved to 5-1 on the season and became the first team to win the title three years in a row since Scott City won four straight from 1995-1998.

The varsity Eagles will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to Meadow Heights to take on the Panther in a district contest at 6 pm.  There will be no JV game.

Boys split in road conference games

The Oran High School boys basketball teams split their first conference matchup last night on the road at Scott City.  The junior varsity fell 52-46, while the varsity picked up 64-48 win.

The younger Eagles led 15-8 after one but trailed 27-25 at the break.

Langdon Scheeter scored 12, tops for the team.  Ty Johnson and Cooper Priggel both scored 10.  Johnson hit two from beyond the arc.

Dane Shands and Cameron Westrich scored five apiece.  Kaiden Massey and Tristin Schlosser bucketed 2 points each.

The team was 10-14 at the free throw line for 71.4%

They are now 1-1 overall and 0-1 in the Scott-Miss.

They will be back in action this afternoon at 3:15 as the number-four seed in the Advance JV tournament.  The Eagles will face #5 seed, Bloomfield.

The varsity squad jumped out early and then used balanced scoring to pick up an 18 point win.

The Oran was on top of the Rams 13-6 after one and 25-11 at the half. They outscored their host by two in the final 16 minutes.

Todd Priggel led four Eagles in double-digits with 16.  Layne Johnson and Drew Reischman had 14 each.   Johnson hit two treys.  Jacob Shoemaker finished with 12.

Tyson Goodale had eight.

Oran hit 10 of 12 free throws for 83.3%.

The Eagles improved to 4-0 and 1-1.

The jv and varsity will be at East Prairie next Tuesday starting at 6 pm.

Lady Eagles lose for the first time this season

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team lost its first game last night in the in the Gerald Jennings Girls Classic held at Riverside High School in Lake City, Ark.  The Lady Eagles fell to the defending Arkansas 3A state champs, the Hoxie Lady Mustangs, 76-68.

Oran led after one, 17-14 but trailed at the half, 42-36.  The Eagles kept it close the rest of the way but could never get over the hump in the 8 point loss.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The 2nd quarter was the difference in the game. They just got after it much harder that quarter than we did. This was a good early season measuring stick for us to see how we stack up against a really good team. Overall I thought our effort was pretty good."

Leah Cauble pumped in 40 points.  She was 5 of 6 from beyond the arc and 9 of 10 at the line.  She also grabbed six rebounds.  Jessie Long recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

Katelyn Streeter scored eight points, she hit two of three from three.  Madison Ramsey totaled five points, she hit a trey and had three steals.  Kaylee Payne scored four, in limited action due to reoccurring shin splint pain.  She hit a three-pointer and had two assists.  Katie Webb hit a free throw to round out the scoring.

As a team, they hit 15 of 29 inside the arc for 51.7%.  Beyond the arc, they were 9 of 27 for 33.3%. At the charity stripe, they were 11-14 for 78.6%

The varsity is now 4-1 and will be back in action this afternoon at 4 pm in the championship game of the Lady Devil Invitational facing the hosts, Chaffee.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Eagles romp into finals of Lady Devils Invitational

The Oran Lady Eagles walloped the Woodland Cardinals last night in a semi-final contest in the Lady Devils Invitational tournament 94-30.  The win over the fourth-seeded Cardinals improved the to top-seeded Eagles to 4-0 and into Saturday's 4 pm title game against the winner of tonights' (3) Puxico versus (2) Chaffee contest. Oran is the two-time defending champions of the tournament.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought our man to man pressure to start the game really set the tone. We knew pace was going to be the key to winning the game and we dictated that from the very start. I was very proud of the way we played both offensively and defensively against a good, well-coached Woodland team, great effort."

The Lady Eagles did jump out early.  They led 30-12 after one and continued to grow that margin before winning by 64 points.

Leah Cauble scored a game-high 42 points.  She hit two from beyond the arc and was 6 of 7 from the line.  Kaylee Payne finished with 19 points.  She hit 5 of 10 attempts from behind the three-point line.  Payne had three assists, four rebounds and five steals.

Madison Ramsey had nine points on 3 of 5 shooting from long-range.  Claire Ramsey hit two treys for her six points.  Jessie Long also had six points and five steals.  Katie Webb ended up with five points.  She hit 3 of 4 free throw attempts.  Katelyn Streeter had four points and three assists.

Oran hit 21 of 36 from inside the arc for 58.3% and 13 of 29 from beyond (44.8%).  At the charity stripe, they hit 72.2% (13-18).

But before that championship tilt, the Eagles will be traveling to Riverside High School in Lake City, AR on Friday at 6:15  to take on the Hoxie (AR) Mustangs, the defending Arkansas class 3A state Champions in the Gerald Jennings Girls Classic.  Admission is $5 per person.

In last year's championship, the Eagles defeated Puxico 85-41. Two year's ago it was Oran over Chaffee 57-43.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Eagles squeak past Tigers

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up two wins last night at home against non-conference rival Risco.

The junior varsity wore down a Tiger team that had only five players and picked up a 64-46 victory.

The varsity once again had to overcome a halftime deficit to eventually prevail 67-64 to improve to 3-0.

During the opener, Oran expanded a three-point first quarter lead into 16 point margin at the intermission.  They increased it to 30 after three before eventually winning by 18.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to get everyone playing time which is nice to get that game experience early in the year. I thought we were able to put more pressure on them defensively early in the second half and turned it into transition layups."

Tristin Schlosser had 18, including three treys.  Ty Johnson scored 15 and he hit two from beyond the arc.  Langton Scheeter had 13 and also hit a long-range bomb.

Dane Shands hit three three-pointers off the bench for his nine total points.  Cooper Priggel hit a trey to account for his three points.  Kaiden Massey also had three points.  Logan Rose and Cameron Westrich both scored two to round out the scoring. 

They hit nine from beyond the arc as a team and were 5 of 6 from the line for 83%.

In the nightcap, the varsity rode the hot shooting of Jacob Shoemaker to capture an exciting come from behind win.

Oran trailed 19-17 after one.  During the first period, Shoemaker hit three-pointers on three consecutive offensive possessions.  At halftime, the Eagles were down 35-33.

After a shorter than normal locker room stay, the team huddled up just off the court before their second-half warm-ups.

When asked about it, Coach Shoemaker said, "My halftime speech was short and to the point.  I didn’t realize they huddled up to talk; that was all them."

Whatever was said seemed to work as Oran led after three 53-49.  After a nip and tuck fourth, the Eagles had a three-point win.

The coach added, "I thought the varsity had an emotional letdown and didn’t focus and play with the energy and intensity that we needed. Risco exposed some areas where we need to improve on especially defensively and we will address those in practice. It was nice to see some mental toughness from the players to battle through the adversity and get the win. It would have been easy for them to make excuses and give up but instead, as a group, they found a way to persevere."

Shoemaker finished with his 36 including eight from beyond the arc.  Tyson Goodale, who got the start in place of the injured Cole Priggel, had 11.

Layne Johnson, who was plagued with foul trouble, had nine including a trey before picking up his 5th foul in the fourth quarter.   Todd Priggel scored seven while Drew Reischman added four.

As a team, they too hit nine treys.  They hit only 53% of their free tosses (8-15).  Risco hit 8 from beyond the arc and was 8 for 12 from the line (75%).

The boys will be back in action on Friday when they travel to Scott City for a conference matchup with the Rams at 6 pm.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Lady Eagles open tourney play with rout

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team improved to 3-0 on the season with a convincing 84-25 victory over the Shawnee High School Lady Reds from Wolf Lake, Ill.

The Eagles, the number one seed, and two-time defending tournament champions led 32-3 after one and 54-7 at the break enroute to the 59 point win over their eighth-seeded opponents.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought our defense caused them all kinds of problems. We got out in the passing lanes and created some steals that led to easy buckets. We missed some easy ones as well. We will need an all-around good effort going forward in this tournament."

Leah Cauble outscored the opponents on her own as she poured in 31 in about two quarters of action.  She hit two from beyond the arc and had 6 steals.  Claire Ramsey finished with 17 points, hitting three from long distance and eight steals.  Jessie Long had 17 points and eight rebounds, including seven off the offensive glass.  Kaylee Payne put in 10 points, hit two treys and led the team with three assists.

Katelyn Streeter had four, while Madison Ramsey and Katie Webb added three points each.  Ramsey's came on a three-pointer.

Oran was 27 of 47 from inside the arc for 47.4% and 8 of 25 from beyond for 32%.  From the line, they hit 6 of 13 for 46.2%

Every available Lady Eagle saw the floor.

Heather Gosche who has not been available to this point due to injury, hopes to be ready to return by the end of the week.

In other action, 4) Woodland blasted 5) East Prairie 62-16 and 2) Chaffee scorched 7) Scott City 77-19.

Oran will take on Woodland Wednesday at 8 pm in a semifinal contest.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

What's happenin' (12/4-12/9)

It will be a super busy week for Oran High School athletes coming up that includes a road trip that was not originally on the schedule.

Everything starts on Monday with Lady Devil Invitational.  The Eagles (2-0) are the number-one seed and will take on Shawnee Redskins. The team out of Wolf Lake, IL (2-4) was a late replacement when Delta didn't have a team to put on the court.

On Tuesday, the boys will host Risco.  The Tigers enter the week with a 1-3 record.  At this time it is expected that there will be a full junior varsity game.  If something changes, I will post an update as soon as I can.

On Wednesday, the girls will be back in action in Chaffee.  If they win on Monday they will face the victor of Woodland and East Prairie at 8 pm.  Otherwise, they play at 6:30.

Thursday will be a night off.

Friday has the schedule change.

The boys travel to Scott City to face their conference foe, the Rams at 6 pm.

The girls, who have lost two games when Delta dropped out of the season (one regular season game and probably a Scott-Miss tournament game since the top seed will get a bye with only seven squads involved) lost another recently when Class 3 New Madrid County Central decided not to renew their contract.  So the Eagles will be traveling to Riverside High School in Lake City, AR to take on the Hoxie (AR) Mustangs, the defending Arkansas class 3A state Champions in the Gerald Jennings Girls Classic.  Admission is $5 per person.

A link to google maps is HERE.

This is the schedule for the event.

Gerald Jennings Girls Classic

Friday, Dec. 8th

5:00 Riverside Jr High vs. Hoxie Jr High

6:15 Hoxie vs. Oran, MO

7:30 Riverside vs. Neelyville, MO

Saturday, Dec. 9th

2:00 Marked Tree vs. Sloan Hendrix

3:15 Manila vs. Naylor, MO

4:30 Rivercrest vs. Marmaduke

5:45 Batesville vs. Riverside

7:00 Neelyville, MO vs. Dyer Co., TN

The girls will then play on Saturday at Chaffee either at 1 pm or 2:30 or 4 depending on what happens along the way.

The Advance JV tournament also starts on Saturday.  I have not yet received a bracket for that but will post it as soon as I can.

O.I.T. Champions!

The Oran Eagles boys basketball team ended a 45 year drought last night by winning their namesake tournament for the first time since 1972.  The top-seeded Eagles defeated the upset-minded third-seeded Advance Hornets 66-60.

The Eagles trailed most of the first half and were down 35-28 at the break.  They were down by as many as 10 during the third before rallying and taking the lead in the third before the quarter ended tied at 49, heading into the final eight minutes.

It was a back and forth fourth.

Jacob Shoemaker scored 15 of his game-high 36 during the last period to help the Eagles to the six-point win.  Oran hit only 10-21 free throws on the night (48%) but hit 6 of 10 down the stretch.

Todd Priggel finished with 13.

Cole Priggel, who was injured at the end of the first half and had to be helped off the court, had eight points.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I was very pleased with our ability to battle through adversity when Cole went down.  We were able to stay focused and played with a lot of intensity." As of this posting we do know that nothing was broken.  Tyson Goodale scored four off the bench.  Drew Reischman added three.  Layne Johnson chipped in two.

Shoemaker added, "On the offensive end we were able to find the hot shooter and knock some shots down. This team really doesn’t care who scores as long as we score. I also thought we rebounded on the offensive end a little better in the second half.   We have to shoot better from the free throw line in the future and have some other mistakes to work on Monday in practice before we play Risco who is another tough team. I also want to thank the crowd and Pep club for bringing a lot of energy and atmosphere to the game."

Shoemaker, Johnson and Cole Priggel were named to the All-Tournament team.  The Oran cheerleading squad won the spirit award.

In other action #2 Malden defeated #4 Scott County Central 84-64 in the 3rd place game and #5 Chaffee beat #6 Kelly 62-29 in the consolation final.

The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday when they host the Risco Tigers in what is becoming a pretty good rivalry.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Eagles use big 3rd quarter to blast past Braves

The Oran Eagles used a 24-8 third period to expand a six-point halftime lead enroute to an 82-61 victory over the Scott County Central Braves last night to move into tonight's championship game against Advance at 8 pm.

The Eagles led 17-15 after one and 34-28 at the break.

Much like last year, Oran came out hot out of the locker room to expand on the lead.  The fourth quarter saw Eagles lead by as much as 30 and featured a turbo-clock briefly.

Jacob Shoemaker led five Oran players that scored in double-digits with 21 in just over two-quarters of action.  Cole Priggel added 16, while Lane Johnson and Drew Reischman both chipped in 13. Johnson hit two from beyond the arc and sat much of period number two due to foul issues.  Todd Priggel had 10 points include two treys of his own plus an impressive coast to coast drive.  He grabbed 14 rebounds to record a double-double in the first game of his sophomore season.

Tyson Goodale scored nine off the bench for the top-seeded Eagles, who advanced to the championship game for the first time since 2013.  It will be the first time that the fourth-seeded Braves have not made it to the championship game since 2005.  Oran has not won its own tourney since 1972.

The Eagles hit 13 of 21 from the line for 62%.

Advance, the number three seed, upset the second-seed Malden Greenwave in come from behind fashion, 64-61.  Malden and Scott County will play at 6 pm for third-place.  At 5 pm, 5) Chaffee faces off with 6) Kelly in the consolation final.

Jayvee plays in O.I.T.

The Oran High School junior varsity boys basketball team opened it's season last night.  They were called to duty when Bell City decided to be a no-show and no other varsity team could be found as replacement.

The JV Eagles took on the Chaffee Red Devils.

The Eagles kept the game competitive through the first half, trailing only by 8 at the half, 32-24.  It was all Chaffee, however during the final 16 minutes.  As they outscored Oran 30-10 to claim a 62-34 victory.

Cooper Priggel hit three three's and scored 11, while Langdon Scheeter connected on one trey and also had 11 to lead the Eagles in scoring.

Ty Johnson hit two treys for his six points.  Kaiden Massey, Tristen Schlosser and Cameron Westrich each score two to round the scoring.  Westrich hit both of his free throw attempt to account for his points.

Oran hit 2 of 3 from the line for 67%.

The will be back in action next Tuesday as Oran hosts Risco at 6 pm.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Boys basketball preview

The Oran High School basketball Eagles will start its season as the defending state champions for the first time ever this year.  The Eagles lost three seniors from last year's squad, Max Priggel, Wyatt Kinney and Luke Barnes.

Priggel was last year's class 2 player of the year.  He was the Scott-Mississippi Conference player of the year.  He was also named to the all-district team.  He averaged 19.5 points per game and four and a half rebounds a contest.

They return all-state junior Jacob Shoemaker, who also all-district and all-conference.  He scored at a rate of 15.8 a game and grabbed a team-high 6.6 rebounds per game.

Other returning starters include senior Layne Johnson.  His numbers included 9.6 points and 6.5 rebounds a game. Also back is senior Cole Priggel who averaged 9.9 points a contest and at times took over the offense with his slashing drives to the hoop.  Sophomore Todd Priggel who missed much of last season due to injury looks to continue his improvement as he averaged just over four points and four boards over the last 14 games of the season.

Coach Joe Shoemaker, last season's class two boy's coach of the year said, "I think the high school team has been working hard in practice so far. We need to continue to work on blocking out, rebounding and team defense. We have several freshmen that are getting used to how we do things and will hopefully continue to develop as the season goes on. Our varsity bench will need to develop and I expect them to do that as they get varsity game experience.  I am looking forward to another exciting year of Eagle basketball and all of the great fan support that we get."

For a printable copy of the roster, click HERE

The schedule as it stands now looks like this:

What's happenin' (11/27-12/1)

The Oran High School boys basketball teams will tip off their seasons this week in the 62nd annual Oran Invitational Tournament.  Because Bell City withdrew from the event on short notice, no replacement was available and the junior varsity squad took the number 8 seed. It was decided the varsity would not play the jayvee, so the older team advanced in the winner's bracket and the younger squad went straight to the loser's side.

Tournament action will begin on Monday when #2 Malden takes on #7 Richland at 6 pm.  That game will be followed by #3 Advance and #6 Kelly at 7:30.

Oran will not play until Thursday.  The junior varsity takes on the loser of Tuesday's Scott Central vs Chaffee contest at 5.  The varsity will face the winner between the Braves and the Red Devils at 6:30.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Junior High boys season ends with disappointing loss

The Oran Eagles Junior High School boys basketball season came to an end last night in the championship game of the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament at home.  The second-seeded Eagles could not hold on to a double-digit halftime lead and lost to top-seeded East Prairie 43-36.

Oran led 11-4  after one and 25-14 at the intermission.  They took a six-point lead into the final six minutes before losing by seven.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I was very proud of our effort last night.  We made a few mental mistakes and missed a couple of shots we normally make.  We also struggled to stop the dribble penetration from East Prairie’s guard.  I was proud of our season and we won the regular season conference championship.  I am looking forward to good things from this group in the future.  I would like to thank the parents and fans for their support over the year for both teams."

Only three players scored for the Eagles.

Kolten Payne led the way with 18 points.  He had two treys and was 2 of 2 from the line.

Robby Menz scored nine, including one from beyond the arc.  Camdyn Triblett also had nine before fouling out late in the contest.

Oran hit 5 of 8 from the line for 63%.

They finished the year at 11-3 overall.  They went undefeated during the conference regular season (6-0) to claim first place.

In the 8th grade championship game second-seeded East Prairie made it a clean sweep by beating top-seeded Kelly in a thrilling overtime affair,  30-28.

Lady Eagles blitz Bravettes

For the second straight game, the Oran High School girls basketball team put up over 30 points in each of their first two quarters.  Last night it was Scott County Central that took the brunt of the offensive onslaught.  The Lady Eagles led 31-6 after one and 65-17 at the break.  Oran won 91-34.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought our defensive pressure was very good again last night. We really got after them and caused turnovers and made them uncomfortable. We also played with great offensive efficiency and scored in bunches during the 1st 2 quarters."

Leah Cauble poured in 50 points.  She hit 3 from beyond the arc and was 5 of 6 from the line.  She also grabbed nine rebounds and dished out a pair of assists.  Jessie Long had 13 points and eight rebounds while Kaylee Payne scored 11 and had three steals as well as two assists.  Payne also had two treys.

Madison Ramsey hit two from long range for her six points.  Katie Webb also had six points and grabbed six boards.  Taylor Lowes scored two as did Katelyn Streeter who was also credited with two assists.  Claire Ramsey chipped in a free throw for her single tally.  She also had five rebounds, three steals and two assists.

Oran hit 58% of their shots from inside the arc (30-52) and one night after going 0-5 from beyond the three-point line at Malden they made 7-19 for 37%.  From the free throw line, they were 10-13 for 77%.

The varsity is now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in Scott-Miss play.

They will not play again until Monday, Dec. 4th at 5 pm in the opening round of the Lady Devil Invitational at Chaffee.  The Lady Eagles are the number one seed and two-time defending champions.  They will face #8 seed Shawnee out of Wolf Lake, Il.

There was no junior varsity contest.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Boys split in conference semi-finals

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams split their games during the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament last night at home.

The seventh-grade advanced to the championship game with a 50-36 win over Scott City, but the eighth-grade fell to East Prairie 36-18.

The younger team trailed 14-8 after the first period but rebounded to take a 30-17 lead into the halftime locker room.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The 7th grade played Scott City for the third time which had me worried.  We didn't come out focused and ready to play but we were able to pick up the intensity in the second quarter.  Scott City did a good job of double-teaming Camdyn inside and he did a good job of passing out to some open shooters.  Scott City made another run in the third quarter and once again we were able to answer it and did a good job of managing the clock in the fourth quarter and hitting free throws."

 Colten Payne led all scorers with 26 points.  He hit six treys and was 6-9 from the line.  Robbie Menz finished with 16 points.  He hit two treys.

Camden Triblett and Nic Massey added four apiece.

The Eagles hit 12 of 20 (60%) free throws, including 8 of 12 in the fourth quarter as they improved to 11-2 and will play East Prairie in the championship game this evening at 6 pm.

The eighth-grade team saw its season end with the 18 point loss to East Prairie.

Oran led 9-6 after one but trailed 16-11 at the break.

Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought the 8th grade played good enough defense to win but didn't do enough on the offensive end. We held them to 11 field goals but fouled and allowed them to shoot 22 free throws making 13. We weren't able to get into a flow on offense which had a lot to do with their defense. I am proud of the season that the 8th grade had and I believe "if" they continue to work on their offensive games and make as much progress as they did in the last offseason they will continue to improve."

Nick Romas led the impotent Eagle offense with five points.  Diesel Cato had four, Seth Cauble added three.  Landon Avery, Chris Collins and Samuel Shoemaker each had two.

The team was 2 of 4 from the line for 50%. 

They finished with a record of 11-3.

Lady Eagles maul Malden in opener

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up wins in their openers last night at Malden.  The junior varsity won 38-24 while the varsity rolled to an 81-24 victory.

Coach Ethan Evans said of his younger squad, "I thought we got off to a good start. We did a good job of getting the ball inside and hitting some easy baskets. After that we kind of let up defensively and looked like we were just trying to coast in the 2nd half. Going forward we will need to play all 4 quarters with the same intensity as the first one."

Freshman Katie Webb led all scorers during the junior varsity contest.  She totaled 16 points in only two-quarters of play.  Taylor and Mallory Lowes had 11 apiece.

Savannah Below scored four points, Kennedi McVay added two and Alyssa Spane chipped in a free-throw.  Every Eagle dressed out saw action.

As a team, they hit 4 of 6 from the line for 67%.

The varsity game was never in doubt.

Oran scored the first 17 points before the Green Wave hit a field goal four minutes into the game. They would not score again until the 5:15 mark of quarter two when the hosts hit a free throw to make the score 39-3.  It was 61-8 at the intermission.

Coach Evans said, "Overall this was a good 1st game. We moved the ball well and our defense looked pretty good for the most part. I thought we looked good in the press and our half-court defense created a lot of turnovers."

Leah Cauble picked up where she left off last season.  She had 32 points, six steals and five rebounds. Cauble hit six of eight free throw attempts.   Jessie Long scored 18 and also grabbed five boards.  Kaylee Payne rounded out the double-digit scoring with 13.  She was 3 of 3 from the line and had four assists and four steals.

Webb added eight points at the varsity level.  Katelyn Streeter scored six and dished out four assists and had two steals.  Taylor Lowes added a field goal.  Claire Ramsey also had two points.  She handed out a team-high seven assists and had four steals.

Oran was 9 of 13 from the charity stripe for 69%.

Once again the entire bench saw action.

The game featured a running clock the entire second-half.

The varsity will be back in action this evening at 6 pm in a conference match-up at Scott County Central.  The Bravettes do not have a junior varsity team so there will be only one game.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Girls' hoops preview

Oran girls basketball coach Ethan Evans lost one starter and one key backup from last year's team that won more games than any other and advanced to the final four for the first time in program history.

Brianna Stause was the lone senior.  She averaged seven points per game and two rebounds per contest.  Kenzie Graviett will not be on the roster this season.  She continues to be hobbled from a nagging ankle injury suffered during volleyball season.  Last year she contributed three points and two rebounds a game off the bench.

Coach Evans said, "With no seniors on the team, we have the perception of being a young team but we have plenty of varsity experience coming back. Our expectations are high. As with every year, our goal is to win every tournament we are in including districts and advance in the state playoffs. We also would like to set a school record for wins again and win the regular season conference title."

Setting the mark for wins this year will be a difficult task as the Eagles will have (more than likely) two fewer games to play during the regular season.  Delta will not have a girls basketball team this year.  Delta will continue their New Year's Invitational as first-year program Advance will take the hosts' place.  But then you take away the regular season matchup and the Scott-Miss tournament will only have seven teams, meaning the top seed will have a bye the first round.

Evans said, "We will be led by 2 time all stater Leah Cauble but I'm also excited at what Kaylee [Payne] and Jessie [Long] bring to the table. Claire [Ramsey] is one of those players who stuffs the stat sheet. Madison [Ramsey] and Taylor [Lowes] can shoot the 3 and Katelyn [Streeter] is really good defensively. Freshman Katie [Webb] brings us some really good size also.

When asked about the junior varsity, Evans told the blog, "I expect us to compete well at the JV level as well. We will have some girls that will need to play some varsity minutes also. We do return 3 starters on the JV (Savannah Below, Heather Gosche and Taylor Lowes) and I have expectations for us to win the regular season and conference tournament titles."

This year's roster looks like this:

For a printable roster click HERE

The Lady Eagles open the season tonight on the road at Malden starting at 6 pm.

The latest updated schedule has been posted under the "current schedule/results" tab from the blog homepage.  Of course, there will be some changes and some teams won't have a junior varsity squad.  We will try to update that as soon as we have the information.

As always, "Go Eagles!"

Sunday, November 19, 2017

What's happenin' (11/20-11/24)

It's a short week but a busy week as the Eagles transition into the high school basketball season.

Junior high hoops will end this week and the high school girls will begin.

Both groups see action on Monday.

The boys will play at home in the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament.

The second-seeded 7th-grade team will face the 3rd-seeded Scott City Rams at 5:15 and the number 3-seeded 8th-grade faces the number 2-seed East Prairie Eagles at 7:45.

The Lady Eagles travel to Malden to take on the Greenwave at 6 pm.  Last year Oran won the jayvee contest 41-8 and the varsity 75-38.

On Tuesday the girls will be at conference rival Scott County Central for a 6 pm tip-off.  These two teams met up twice last year, Oran won both, both margins of victory were less than 20.

The Scott-Miss tourney concludes on Tuesday.  The seventh-grade championship game begins at 6 pm and the 8th-grade title game is 7:15.

*** We plan to post high school basketball previews early this week.  Also, the blog has been updated with the pre-season basketball polls as well as the S-MC tourney brackets.

Happy Thanksgiving Eagle Nation!

Conference tourney opens with "W"

The Oran 8th-grade boys basketball team opened the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament with an easy 40 point victory over the Scott County Central Braves, Saturday morning.

The Eagles jumped out to a 9-0 lead before a Central timeout at the 4:15 mark of quarter number one.  The Braves cut the deficit to 9-6 on back-to-back trey before the host went on another run. it was 16-6 with 3:08 left before timeout number two.  Oran led 37-8 after one and 58-15 at the half.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We shot the ball the best we have all year. We also did a very good job of passing the basketball. We had our best offensive outing of the year. Hopefully, we can continue to shoot this well the rest of the year. I was very proud of the team."

Samuel Shoemaker led all scorers with 17.  Nick Romas and Quentin Senciboy had 13 each.  Both also hit a three-pointer. Diesel Cato contributed 10 and he hit two treys.

Chris Collins scored seven.  Seth Cauble had four as did Landon Cochran.  JKwon Davis rounded out the scoring with two points.

They hit 2 of 5 from the line for 40%.

The 8th grade is now 11-2 and they will face East Prairie on Monday at 7:45.  The 7th grade will face Scott City at 5:15.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Boys best Bobcats

The Oran Junior High boys basketball teams closed out their regular seasons last night with a pair of home victories over the Delta Bobcats.  The eighth-grade played first and won a nip and tuck affair by a final score of 53-45.  The seventh-grade followed, playing only two-quarters.  They won 24-12.

The eighth-grade contest was tied at 14 after one period and Oran managed a 29-25 lead at the break.  The lead was down to a single-point, 37-36 heading into the final six minutes.  The Eagles were able to stretch the margin up to as much as nine and finished with the eight-point win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 8th grade played good against a quality team.  We shot the ball well last night and were able to make some adjustments throughout the game with how and when we pressured the ball and I think this give them some trouble.   Nick Romas played with good energy last night and came up with some effort offensive rebounds that he converted into points.  It was a nice win."

Nick Romas had a season-high 21 to help the 8th-graders improve to 4-2 and 10-2.  He hit a trey as part of his point total.  Samuel Shoemaker had 14 and Quentin Senciboy had 10.  "Q" hit 4 of 4 from the line.

Seth Cauble had four points and Diesel Cato and Chris Collins finished with two apiece.

As a team, they hit 6 of 11 from the charity stripe for 55%.

They ended up 4-2 and 10-2.

The older team will start the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament at home as the #3 seed on Saturday at 11 am when they face 6th-seeded Scott County Central.  During the regular season, Oran won the match-up 46-41.  It was the first game of the year.

The seventh-grade held a 15-7 lead after one and had no problems as they doubled-up Delta with the 12 point win.

Coach Shoemaker told the blog, "The 7th grade played two quarters and everyone got to play.  They did a nice job of adjusting when to trap the ball on the press and disrupted their rhythm.  They did a good job of having an inside out attack on the offensive end."

Camdyn Triblett ended up 10 to lead all scorers.

Nic Massey had six points and hit both of his free throw attempts.  Kolten Payne added three.  Robby Menz and Luke Peterson both chipped in two while Parker Diebold had a single tally.

From the line, the young team was 4 of 5 for 80%.  They finished their conference season with an unblemished 6-0 mark and they were 10-2, overall.

They received a first-round bye along with the number-two seed and will face the winner of Saturday's Scott City versus Kelly contest on Monday at 5:15 pm.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Eagles win one

The junior high school boys basketball conference seed meeting took place yesterday not long before last night's home match-up with East Prairie.   The visitors from Mississippi county picked up the top seed at the 7th-grade level and the number two for the eighth grade.  Oran was tabbed two and three, respectively.

So, in what is projected to be the final game of the younger division, Oran picked up the upset win last night, 41-27.

Robby Menz and Kolten Payne hit back-to-back treys to open the scoring and the hometown Eagles never trailed.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 7th grade did a very good job last night.  They were able to adjust and take away the dribble penetration from East Prairie’s guard.  They also played with more energy and confidence than we had in the last few games.  I was also proud of the boys for taking charges, it isn’t always easy to stand and let someone that's bigger than you run you over."

Camdyn Triblett had a team-high 15 points to lead Oran, now 5-0 and 9-2.

Menz finished with nine while Payne added seven.  Luke Peterson and Nic Massey each had four.  Ryan Burke rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

They hit 8 of 17 from the line for 47%.

The older team started out slow.  They trailed 13-4 after the first period and never caught up.

Coach Shoemaker said, "The 8th grade competed very well but we gave them to many extra shots off of offensive rebounds and turnovers.  When we don’t shoot a high percentage and we give the other team more shots it usually doesn’t end up as a good thing.  After the 1st quarter, they beat us 17-15 so we obviously needed to get off to a better start to the game.  They were tall and lanky and that gave us trouble trying to pass the ball and they capitalized on our turnovers."

Quentin Senciboy led the stagnant Eagle scoring attack with six.  Seth Cauble had five, including a three-pointer.  Nick Romas added four, while Dalton Scherer and Samuel Shoemaker had two apiece.

They missed all five free throw attempts.

Their record is now 3-2 and 9-2.

On Thursday the Delta Bobcats come to town.  The 8th grade will play first starting at 6 pm.  It will be a full game.  That will be followed by two-quarters of 7th-grade action to close out the regular season.

Shoemaker said, "Delta has a very good record and played Kelly and East Prairie close so we will need to be ready to play."

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Eagles drop Devils

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of wins last night at conference rival Chaffee.  The 7th grade won 43-18, the 8th 44-24.

In the opener, the younger team, which had not played well the last three games continued that trend through the first period, as they trailed 6-3.  But, after Robby Menz converted back-to-back steals into back-to-back layups, the Eagles lead 13-12 and never trailed again enrout to a 25 point win.

Kolten Payne led Oran with 11 points.  Camdyn Triblett and Menz each had 10.  Menz's points included a trey.

Luke Peterson and Parker Diebold both added four.  Nic Massey and Noah Mitchem chipped in two apiece.

They hit 10 of 17 from the line for 59 percent.  They improved their league mark to 4-0 and 8-2 overall.

In the nightcap,  the older team jumped out to a 19-9 first quarter lead, but with two starters on the bench with foul trouble during the second quarter, Chaffee closed to gap to 23-20 at the half.

During the final two periods, however, it was all Eagles though as Oran out-pointed the hosts, 21-4.

Samuel Shoemaker was the top point-getter with 15.

Diesel Cato had eight points. Chris Collins and Nick Romas both had seven.  Romas hit a three-pointer.  Seth Cauble had five points and Quentin Senciboy finished with two.

The team hit five of nine free throws for 56%.

They are now 3-1 and 9-1.

Both teams host East Prairie this evening starting at 6 pm.

*Thursday's update:  The Delta game will have the 8th-grade play first followed by two-quarters of 7th-grade action.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

What's happenin' (11/13-11/18)

The Junior High boys basketball teams will conclude its regular season this week and start the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament on Saturday.

On Monday the Eagles (3-0, 7-2) & (2-1, 8-1) will travel to Chaffee.

East Prairie comes to town on Tuesday.

The final game is on Thursday when Delta travels to Oran.  I'm not certain if Delta will have two teams.  I will update as I get more information.

All three evenings will tip-off at 6 pm.

The boys' conference tournament will be held at Oran and begin on Saturday.  The seed meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and I will update with brackets just as a soon as I can.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Eagles and Bluejays split

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams won one and lost one last night at Oak Ridge.  The 7th grade was down by 13 at the half but was able to make it close at the end.  They lost 42-36.  The 8th grade never trailed and won 46-29.

In the first game, The Eagles were down 7-0 before Luke Peterson made an old-fashioned three about half-way through the first.  It was 13-5 after one.  At the half, it was 23-10.

Oran was able to claw their way back into the game during the second half but was not able to get over the hump and lost by 6.

Robbie Menz and Kolten Payne both scored 14 and had three treys apiece.

Peterson ended up with five and Camdyn Triblett finished with three.

They hit four of seven from the line for 57%..

The seventh-grade is now 7-2.

Game two saw the Eagles lead from start to finish.  Oran was up 28-5 at halftime and cruised to the 17 point victory.

Samuel Shoemaker had 16 points to lead the way.  Nick Romas added 10.

Chris Collins had eight, Seth Cauble chipped in five.  Quentin Senciboy scored four and Diesel Cato added three.

They made 2 of 5 free throws for 40%.

They are now 8-1.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Chaffee to take on the conference rivals Red Devils at 6 pm.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Eagles take 2 from rival Rams

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball ball teams played the Scott City Rams for the second time last night.  Once again the Eagles won both contests.

The teams met in Scott City on October 26th.  That night the 7th grade won easily by 29 points.  Last night, at home, was much closer; a 37-32 victory.  The 8th grade had been down by nine at halftime of game one.  Last night they cruised to a 12 point win and never trailed in the contest.

When asked about the difference, Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I think our 7th grade played very well at their place and we haven't played with the same energy the last two games.  They also missed a lot of bunnies when we played at their place and we were able to get turnovers for easy layups in that first game which allowed us to get into a good offensive rhythm. With the 8th grade, we adjusted our press this game and we were able to keep the ball in front of us and not give many if any layups while still forcing turnovers.  We are playing with more confidence and under control."

Oran led only 5-3 after one period of play during the opener but managed to stretch it to 10 at the half 21-11 and held that same margin heading into the fourth.  The Rams managed to cut it to four with only a couple of minutes remaining.  Kolten Payne and Robby Menz hit 3 of 4 free throws late in the game to help seal the win.

The team was 7 of 9 overall from the line for 78%.

Camdyn Triblett once again led the younger team in scoring.  He had 14 and was a perfect 4 of 4 at the free throw line.  Menz added 10 including a trey.

Payne chipped in 7 with a three-pointer and 2 out of 2 from the line.  Luke Peterson had four while Nic Massey rounded out the scoring with 2.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We had our second straight subpar performance last night.  We need to play with more energy and focus.  We will address those issues today in practice.  The good things are we played bad and still won and we hit our free throws down the stretch."

In the night cap Oran led 21-10 at the half, stretched it to 34-16 heading into the final six minutes.

Samuel Shoemaker had 14 to lead the way.

Seth Cauble put in eight and Nick Romas added six.  Chris Collins had four, Diesel Cato and Quentin Senciboy had three.  Q's came on a trey.

As a team, they hit on 4 of 14 free throw attempts for 29%.

The coach said, "The 8th grade played well again.  They did a very good job of playing with energy and under control."

Both teams are now 7-1 overall.  The seventh-grade is 3-0 in conference play and the eighth is 2-1.

They will be in action again on Thursday at Oak Ridge at 6 pm.  (the game was originally scheduled as a home game but was moved because of the Veteran's Day assembly set up.)

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Junior high boys split at Advance

The seventh-grade boys basketball team lost for the first time this season last night at Advance, 44-32.  The eighth-grade routed the Hornets, 46-24.

In game one, Oran trailed 10-7 after the first but had managed to take a 17-15 lead into the halftime locker room.  The hosts would outscore the Eagles 29-15 during the final two quarters to hand the younger team its first setback.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We played tentatively against Advance, who has a very good team.  We had a lot of turnovers which led to a whole bunch of points for them.  We tasted defeat for the first time this year and will have to be ready to go again tonight."

Camdyn Triblett recorded a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds to pace Oran.  He hit 6 of 8 free throw attempts.

Kolten Payne added eight points including a trey and 3 out 4 at the line.  Nic Massey pitched in five points, Parker Diebold added four, Robby Menz two and Luke Peterson one.

As a team, they connected on 11 of 17 from the line for 65%.  Their record fell to 6-1.

Game two started slowly as neither team could score for the first two and a half minutes.  But, after an Advance timeout, the Eagle press led to numerous turnovers that led to layups for Samuel Shoemaker, who scored 14 of his game-high 23 during the first six minutes.  Oran led 20-3 after one.

The Hornets mounted a comeback during period two, outscoring the Eagles, 12-3 but that was as close as it would get.

Oran won the second half, 23-9 to sail on to the 22 point victory.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We had our best start of the year.  We played with lots of energy and under control.  I thought we played a very good game last night... We have another tough game [tonight] with an improving Scott City team."

Samuel Shoemaker ended up with a triple-double.  He had 11 steals and 10 rebounds to go along with his 23points.

The trio of Diesel Cato, Chris Collins and Quentin Senciboy each finished with six points apiece.  Cato was 2 of 2 from the line and "Q" was 6 out of 6.   Nick Romas added three and Landon Cochran two.

The eighth-grade hit 86% of their free tosses.  They were 12 of 14.  They upped their mark to 6-1 also

Tonight the junior high boys will host Scott City at 6 pm.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

What's happenin' (11/6-11/10)

The junior high boys basketball teams have three games scheduled this week. 

The 7th grade is currently 3-0 in conference and 6-0 overall and the 8th grade is 2-1 and 5-1.

On Monday, they travel to Advance to take on the Hornets.

Tuesday will see Scott City come to Oran.

Thursday's location has been changed as the Eagles will now travel to Oak Ridge because of prep for the Veteran's day ceremony the next morning.

All games start at 6 pm.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Eagles rock Rebels

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams picked up two easy wins last night on the road at Richland High School.

The 7th grade won 32-2 in a two-quarter contest.  The 8th grade prevailed 56-18.  Both had a turbo-clock.

The 8th grade played first.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 8th grade responded with a good effort and focus after their loss. We also shot the ball the best we ever have this year in a game."

Chris Collins and Samuel Shoemaker led a balanced scoring attack with 11 apiece.

Diesel Cato and Nick Romas both tossed in eight.  Quentin Senciboy scored six.  Seth Cauble, Landon Cochran and JKwon Davis each scored four.

They hit 2 of 5 free throws for 40%.

The older squad is now 5-1.

The evening wrapped up with a quick seventh-grade win.

Shoemaker said, "The 7th grade all played very well and did a good job of sharing the ball."

The Eagles led 20-2 after one and held the hosts to a snowball in the second.

All eight Oran players available scored.

Nic Massey, Noah Mitchem and Kolten Payne each scored six.   Parker Diebold and Robby Menz had four apiece.  Ryan Burke, Luke Peterson and Camdyn Triblett had two apiece.

They shot no free throws and improved to 6-0 overall.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Advance for a 6 pm tip-off.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Eagles split with Hawks

The two junior high boys basketball games last night both saw running clocks in the fourth-quarters.  Oran won the opener 60-24 but lost the eighth-grade contest 45-18.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 7th grade played very well again.  We were able to create some easy looks off of forced turnovers and were able to get into a good offensive rhythm."

Kolten Payne had a game-high 21 which included five from beyond the arc.  Camdyn Triblett had 16.

Connor Gage added eight fourth-quarter points including two treys.  Luke Peterson scored seven.  He also connected from downtown.  Robby Menz had six which included one from distance.  Nic Massey rounded out the scoring with two.

The Eagles were 5 of 10 from the line for 50%.  They hit a season-high nine total three-point shots while improving their conference mark to 3-0 and 5-0 overall.  They will be back in action this evening at Richland for a two-quarter affair that will follow the eighth-grade game.

Coach Shoemaker told the blog, "The 8th grade did a good job of moving the ball and being patient early but missed some easy looks that allowed them to get out and run.  Kelly is a very good team but we made too many mistakes.  We missed too many easy shots, allowed run outs for them and had too many turnovers to beat them."

 Diesel Cato scored five to lead the Eagles.  He had a three-pointer.  Seth Cauble, Chris Collins, Nick Romas, Quentin Senciboy and Samuel Shoemaker each had two points.

Oran did not attempt a free throw during the game.  The eighth-graders are now 2-1 and 4-1 on the year.  They will face Richland tonight at 6 pm on the road.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What's happenin' (10/30-11/3)

The junior high boys teams (2-0, 4-0) have two games this week.

On Wednesday they will host Kelly.  The eighth-grade squad lost last year to the Hawks 48-13.  Kelly is now co-opping at the junior high level with St. Augustine of Kelso and St. Denis of Benton this year.  Game time is 6 pm.

Thursday will see the Eagles travel to Essex to take on the Richland Rebels.  The eighth-grade will play first at 6 and then the seventh-grade will play two quarters.

Last week the SEMO Conference announced its volleyball awards.

In the SEMO South, Kaylee Payne was named "Player of the Year".

She and Cassie Cochran and Kenzie Graviett were named to the All-Conference team.

Oran's first-year head coach, Amy Wibbenmeyer was honored as "Coach of the Year".

From left to right:  Payne, Cochran, Graviett
and Coach Wibbenmeyer.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Junior High boys remain undefeated

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams picked up two more wins last night at conference-foe Scott City.  The seventh grade won easily, 46-17.  The eighth-grade had to come from behind late to pick up a 33-30 victory.

In the opener, the Eagles jumped out to a 14-2 first quarter lead and led 21-8 at the intermission enroute to the 29 point final margin.

Camdyn Triblett was the top-scorer with 14.

Robby Menz and Kolten Payne each scored nine.  Luke Peterson chipped in six while Connor Gage and Nic Massey both added three.  Gage's was on a trey.  Ryan Burke rounded out the scoring with two.

They hit 3 of 6 from the line for 50%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We moved the ball and played very unselfishly. Camdyn led us in scoring with 14 points and 10 rebounds and 5 steals.  Kolton also had 5 steals.  I thought Nic did a very good job of blocking out and drew a charge."

The younger team is now 2-0 in the Scott-Miss and 4-0 overall.

During the nightcap, Oran led early 8-2 but after Quentin Senciboy picked up his second foul and went to the bench the team seemed to struggle.  Scott City was on top 10-8 after the first period.  The Rams extended their lead to 18-9 heading into the locker room.

"We set a goal at the half to cut the deficit to 4 by the end of the third quarter and did that.  We outscored them 24 -12 in the second half and were able to escape with a win," said Coach Shoemaker.

The Eagles would not take the lead until late in the fourth quarter, however.  They tied the score at 27 with about 2:20 remaining; finally taking a 29-27 lead with 1:58 left.  The hosts regained the lead 30-29 with under a minute remaining.  Nick Romas hit a three-point basket with 18 ticks on the clock to give Oran a 32-30 lead.  The Rams got a last chance desperation shot off but missed and the Eagles picked up the exciting victory.

Samuel Shoemaker had 12 points and eight rebounds for the older squad which is now also 2-0 and 4-0.

Seth Cauble and Romas each scored six.  Cauble also had six rebound and all of Romas's points came during the final six minutes.  Senciboy had five, including a trey.  Diesel Cato and Chris Collins both had a field goal apiece.

The team hit 9 of 19 from the free throw line for 47%.

Shoemaker said, "We jumped out to an early lead then did a very poor job of executing anything on offense the rest of the half.   We got into foul trouble and played like we were more concerned with our mistakes instead of focusing on what we needed to do.  We will have to play much better next week."

Next week Oran hosts Scott-Miss opponent Kelly on Wednesday and travels to Richland on Thursday.  Both contests start at 6 pm.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What's happenin' (10/23-10/27)

It will be a light week upcoming for OE athletics.

The only contest will be on Thursday when the junior high boys (1-0, 3-0) travel to Scott
City.  The conference tilt will begin at 6 pm.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Junior High boys sweep Bell City

The Oran Junior High boys basketball teams improved to 3-0 with 45-14 seventh-grade win and a 44-29 eighth-grade victory.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought both groups played very hard again tonight. We were able to jump out to a lead and work on somethings that were a little different. We were able to play some different lineups and did a good job of being unselfish with the basketball."

Camdyn Triblett led the younger team with 13 points.

Nic Massey and Kolten Payne each added eight.  The trio of Parker Diebold, Noah Mitchem and Luke Peterson chipped in four apiece.  Ryan Burke and Robby Menz both scored a field goal.

As a team, they 3 of 10 free throws for 30%.

Quentin Senciboy was the top scorer for the eighth-graders with 14, including a trey.  Samuel Shoemaker also reached double-digits with 10.

Seth Cauble scored eight and Diesel Cato added seven.  Nick Romas had four points and Chris Collins chipped in a single tally.

The older boys were only 3 of 15 from the free throw line for 20%.

Both squads will be back in action next Thursday when they travel to fellow Scott-Mississippi conference member Scott City for a 6 pm tip.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Junior High girls bring home the hardware

Dentists will tell you that plaque is not a good thing, Eagle girls basketball coach Ethan Evans might feel differently as his junior high squads brought home four of them last night from the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament finals.

The seventh-grade girls brought home the regular season conference championship award and tournament second-place honors after losing to East Prairie 32-27.

The eighth-graders won both the regular season and conference tournament.  The defeated Delta 38-24 in come-from-behind fashion.

The seventh-grade led at the half, 17-13, but couldn't hold on, losing by five.

Coach Evans said, "We just made too many turnovers and couldn't capitalize on easy opportunities. You could tell the girls were nervous which I expected some. It was still a very good year and with a lot of 6th graders playing significant time I expect big things next year."

Addie Nichols scored 13.

Maddie Stickel added six, Liza Dannenmueller chipped in five.  Laney Shy had three for the Eagles, who finished up 6-0 in league play and 9-2 overall.

They hit 5 of 12 free throws for 41%.

The older team continued their habit of starting slow.  This time they didn't kick it into gear until the 3rd quarter.  They trailed at the half 18-12, but a 15-2 run out of the break put Oran on top, much to the chagrin of the Delta faithful.  An 11-4 fourth quarter would salt the victory over the top-seeded Bobcats.

Hannah Boshell paced the Eagles with 12.

Grace Davis and Hope Woodfin each scored nine. Woodfin hit a trey and both of her free throw attempts.  Emma Priggel scored five and Rylee Boshell chipped in three.

They hit 7 of 13 from the line for 54%.

Coach Evans told the blog, "What a way to cap off an incredible season. This group of girls gave me more gray hair than any other I have coached. No matter how far we got behind they never gave up and that rang true again against Delta. The 2nd half the girls played unbelievably. Great job by the girls."

They finished 7-0 and 15-1.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Volleyball season ends in district semifinals

One of Oran High School's most successful volleyball seasons in recent memory came to a close last night with a semifinal loss to the Advance Hornets in two sets 25-8 and 25-11 in the district tournament at Bernie.  The Eagles had defeated the Richland Rebels in the quarterfinals 25-11 and 25-14.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer told the blog, "We had lots of aces during the game against Richland which helped us beat them. We also missed about 4 serves in the first game which gave Richland a lot more points than they deserved. Starting our game off with Advance was strong and we stayed up with them. Once they got one good hit on us we just stopped playing. We stopped communicating and working together."

In the opener, Jessie Long had seven aces, three kills and two assists.  Cassie Cochran had seven assists, three aces and two kills.  Kaylee Payne had six kills, five aces, a block and a dig.  Kaitlyn Streeter added a kill.

In the nightcap, Cochran had five assists and four digs.  Payne had four kills, three digs and an assist.  Long seven digs, two aces, a block and a kill.

Kenzie Graviett had two kills and an assist, Streeter added two digs.  Kamryn Graviett was credited with a dig.

The Eagles finished the season 16-12-1, the first time they've finished over .500 since the 2004 season.

Junior high girls advance to finals

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams both advanced to tonight's Scott-Mississippi Conference finals at East Prairie with victories last night.  The seventh-grade won 37-22 over Kelly.  The eighth-grade defeated Chaffee 47-26.

Coach Ethan Evans said the seventh grade, "had a few nerves in this game and missed a lot of easy shots early on. Our defense and rebounding were very good and we are happy to be moving on to the championship game."

Maddie Stickel led all scorers with 12. Addie Nichols was right behind with 11.

Bralynn Morgan added six, Laney Shy had four and Liza Dannenmueller and Lilly Knotts chipped in two apiece.

The girls hit five of their 10 free throws for 50%.

They improved to 9-1. Oran, then number 1 seed, will face the third-seeded East Prairie Eagles this evening at 6 pm.

Grace Davis scored 24 for the eighth grade.  Hope Woodfin added 10, including a pair of treys.

Hannah Boshell scored six.  Emma Priggel totaled three and Rylee Boshell rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

They hit 5 of 9 from the line for 56%.

Coach Evans said, "The common theme of a slow 1st quarter showed up again but after that we played fairly well, especially in the 3rd quarter. It would be nice for us to put in a complete 4 quarters tonight during the championship against Delta."

Oran, now 14-1 and the two seed will face the top-seeded Delta squad at 7:15.  The Eagles defeated the Bobcats 34-27 at Oran just under a week ago after the seed meeting had taken place.

Boys sweep Woodland

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams both improved to 2-0 on the season.  The seventh-grade won 44-37 while the eighth-grade picked up a 53-32 victory.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The seventh-grade played a good game. We battled through some foul trouble and did a good job of hitting free throws. We also blocked out well and moved the basketball very well on offense."

The Eagles led 12-8 after one but trailed 17-15 at the half.

The score was tied at 25 with under five seconds remaining in the third when Kolten Payne drained a three to give Oran the lead and they never trailed again.

Robbie Menz hit four free throws with less than a minute remaining in the game to help seal the win.

Payne led the team with 14 points, including three treys.  Menz and Camdyn Triblett had 10 apiece.  Menz had two from long range and was 4-4 from the line.  Triblett had a double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds.

Luke Peterson added six and Nic Massey chipped in four.

As a team, they hit 6 of 7 from the charity stripe for 86%.

For the eighth-grade, Coach Shoemaker had talked about the need to play smarter and more under control after their season-opening win at Scott County Central.  The improvement was evident last night as the Eagles led 18-5 after the first period and went on to a 21 point romp.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We played a much smarter game tonight and played more under control. We shot 21 out of 41 from 2 point land  (51%)  and 2 out of 6 from three (33%).

Samuel Shoemaker recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  He also nabbed seven steals.  Nick Romas hit for 11 points, including a pair of treys and Seth Cauble scored 10.

Quentin Senciboy had seven points, Chris Collins six, Diesel Cato four and Dalton Scherer two.

The older team hit only 5 of 14 attempts at the line for 36%.

The boys will be back in action Wednesday evening when they host non-conference rival Bell City at 6 pm.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What's happenin' (10/16-10/20)

All the action this week will be during the first half of the week.  Thursday is a half-day with parent-teacher conferences and there is no school on Friday.

Monday is jam-packed as the volleyball district tournament will start in Bernie.  The Eagles, the number-four seed takes on the fifth-seed Richland at 4pm.  Oran won the regular-season meeting in straight sets.  A win in the opener would propel them into the quarterfinals at 6 pm against the top-seeded Advance Hornets.

Also on Monday, the junior high girls conference tournament will continue in East Prairie.  The seventh-grade plays Kelly at 5:45 and the eighth-grade will play Chaffee immediately following.

Not to be left out, the junior high boys has its home-opener at 6 pm.  They will host Woodland.

The boys will be back in town on Wednesday when they host Bell City, also at 6.

8th grade girls win tourney opener

The eighth-grade girls basketball team opened the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament with a win on Saturday at East Prairie over Kelly 54-19.

The Eagles and the Hawks were tied 6-6 after one period.  From there, however, it was all Oran.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to another rough start and had a little foul trouble there in the first quarter. We took control some there in the second quarter but really played a fantastic second half."

Grace Davis led the way with 27 points.

Hannah Boshell and Rylee Boshell both scored eight.  Emma Priggel put in six and Hope Woodfin had five, including a trey.

As a team, they hit only 5 of 17 free throws for 29%.

With the win, the eighth-grade is now 13-1.  They will face Chaffee at 7 pm on Monday.  That game will follow the 7th-grade contest against Kelly that is scheduled for 5:45.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Volleyball loses in conference bracket play

After soaring through pool play undefeated on Tuesday the Oran High School volleyball team lost in straight sets to Sikeston in bracket play at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex last night.  The Eagles lost 25-19 and 25-7 to put their mark at 15-11-1.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer remarked, "We did really well Tuesday night and pulled together as a team; playing the game the way the girls are capable of doing.  The last game of the night got tough being worn out, but they pulled through.  Last night after the first set we weren't us, didn't play the game as we can and it showed.  Our focus now is on Districts."

The Eagles are the #4 seed in the upcoming district tournament and will face fifth-seeded Richland on Monday in Bernie at 4 pm.

No stats were available at this time.

Boys sweep SCC in opener

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams made a successful debut last night at Scott County Central.  The 7th grade won 52-15 while the 8th grade prevailed 46-41.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 7th grade played very hard and they did a good job of passing the basketball.  We made an adjustment on the press defense and it allowed us to get some easy baskets. We shot 43% from the field."

Kolten Payne led the younger team with 22 points.  He hit five of seven from beyond the arc.  Camdyn Triblett had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  He also had six steals. Robby Menz had 10 points and five steals.

Luke Peterson had four points, while Parker Diebold and Noah Mitchem both had two.  Nick Massey rounded out the scoring with a single tally.

The Eagles outscored the Braves 23-4 during the second half to cruise to the turbo-clock victory.

As a team, the winners hit 5 of 13 free throws for 39%.

In game two, Oran trailed the hosts 8-4 after one but was able to take a 22-18 lead into the intermission.  The Eagles were able to expand the lead to 11, 33-22 after the third period but then had to hold on as the Braves hit 3 three's to cut into the deficit.

Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought the 8th grade played very hard but played just a little out of control.  I look for them to play a much smarter game the next time out.  I was proud that they responded and won the game when we didn't play our best, especially with a low shooting percentage.  We shot 30% from the field."

Free throw shooting was the difference in the game as Oran hit 11 of 25 (44%) and SCC hit none of their 7 attempts.

Nick Romas had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack.  He hit one trey and was four of six from the line.  Quentin Senciboy scored 11 and was three of four on charity tosses. He had five steals.  Chris Collins had 10 points.

Diesel Cato and Samuel Shoemaker, each scored four and Seth Cauble added two.  Shoemaker led the team with 13 rebounds and six steals.

"I also want to thank the 6th graders who helped out keeping stats," said the coach.

Those sixth-graders include Elijah Shoemaker, Marshall Bradley, Brendan Campbell, Nate Pobst, Andrew Dennis, John Tucker, Jace Fuemmeler, Drake Dannenmuller and Blake Urhahn.

The Eagles will have their first home games on Monday when they host Woodland at 6 pm.