Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Monday, March 9, 2020

What's happenin' (3/9-3/14)

This week's schedule is still up in the air a little bit.

We do know that both the boys and girls basketball teams will be in Springfield, playing on Friday and Saturday  On Friday the girls play at 2:40 and the boys at 6:20.  Saturday's times depend on the results from Friday.  Third-place games are at 11am and 12:50 Girls/Boys.  Championship games are scheduled for 6:20 and 8:10 Girls/Boys.

On Monday, the Junior High School Girls volleyball opens its season at Scott City at 6 pm.

This is their roster:

and the schedule:

On Tuesday, the junior high will host Cape Central at 6.

If we get any information on any special activities we will post ASAP.


Sunday, March 8, 2020

Quarterfinal sweep, part II

On Sunday, March 5, 2017, I posted "Quarterfinal sweep" never imagining I would get a chance to do another one.

But, after the Oran High School boys and girls basketball teams traveled to Sikeston for the quarterfinal round of the Missouri State basketball tournaments, here it is.

Both Eagle squads took on the Thayer Bobcats

In the opener, neither team shot well, but the Lady Eagles led 13-9 after one but had fallen behind by the intermission, 20-17.  After three Oran was up 28-27 Oran led 39-37  as the clock was ticking down and Thayer had the ball.  The Lady Bobcats took a time out with 17.7 left.  After the inbounds, Thayer hit a three from the right corner.   Oran took the ball down the court and two passes later hit Katie Webb in the lane, she was fouled with 1.7 seconds remaining.  She hit the first of two free throws to tie the score at 40.  After a time out she returned to the line and sank the second.  Thayer took another time out before the inbounds.  Despite a blind-side on Grace Davis at midcourt, Oran held on for a 41-40 victory, moving them into Friday's Semifinal.  The 25-5 Lady Eagles will take on the Lady Bulldogs of  East Buchanan (27-3) at 2:40 pm Friday, March13th. at the Hammond Student Center at Missouri State University.

Webb led all scorers with 22, including 8 of 11 from the line.  

Taylor Lowes scored nine on three threes.  Kaylee Payne had five, including a three.  Grace Davis and Traci Hency had two apiece.  Mallory Lowes added a free throw.

Webb had a team-high eight rebounds, Payne led the Eagles with four assists.

They hit 13-17 free throws for 76.5%, they were 8 of 30 from inside the arc for 25.7% from beyond they were 4 of 11 for 36.4%.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "What a thriller of a game.  I am just proud of this team.  We had a couple of stretches where they took the lead and we battled back, but none bigger than after giving up the go-ahead 3-pointer.  We had discussed it in the timeout that if they hit a 3-pointer to take the lead we are to take it out as fast as possible and push the ball up the floor and take our chances.  We got it in bounds and got it to Kaylee who did a great job of seeing Katie, who had beat most everybody down the floor, went hard to the bucket and drew the foul.  After she hit her first free throw I felt pretty confident she was hitting the second one as well.  Even after they called a time out trying to ice her and to set up a play with 1.6 seconds left, I had a pretty good feeling she was about to give us the lead.  It was wonderful."

Boshell added, "We are going to Springfield with the intentions of bringing back a state title, but if for some reason that doesn't happen, these girls are going to cherish this for the rest of their lives.  We are going to enjoy it, but we are also going to work very hard this week to prepare for the Final Four.

Boshell also said, "Also, I would love to thank all our fans that came out to the game and supported this group of young ladies, I know it means so much to them, and you were simply amazing. "

During the boys game,  Oran led 11-7 after one but trailed, 21-18 at the break.  After three Oran led 28-26.

It looked like the boys had it well in hand 32.8 left, leading 41-33.  A couple of late threes by Thayer made it closer, Oran won 45-39.  The Eagles made 10-13 from the charity stripe in the fourth.

Todd Priggel led the Eagles with 11 points all from the line and had a team-highs with eight rebounds and four assists.  Tyson Goodale and Cooper Priggel each had 10.  Priggel had two from beyond the arc.

Ty Johnson had eight with two threes.  Langdon Scheeter had six with one trey.

They were 16-24 from the line for 66.7%. They were 7 of 21 from inside the arc for 33.3% and 5 of 14 from beyond for 35.7%.  The Eagles were outrebounded 28-27 but committed 11 turnovers while forcing 13. 

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We beat a young but very well-coached talented team. I thought when we controlled the boards and sped them up with our pressure defense it was a big difference in the game. They were able to take away some of our options on offense but to our guys' credit, we were able to get other options and hit some big shots. I am also proud once again of our team's defensive effort on one of their best players #22 Jordan Andrews and holding him to 5 points in the second half and scoreless in the fourth quarter. 
I also want to thank the community for the great support. It is awesome to see a sea of blue cheering us on at the games!
We now get to go to the final four and travel with the girls team and make some great memories."

An interesting trivia tidbit; one of Thayer's top players #22 Jordan Andrews is the son of former Eagle coach Jason Andrews, who was head coach in the 2004-2005 season.  He is now the elementary principal at Thayer.

The 26-5 boys will now face the 29-2 Skyline Tigers in the Hammond student center at 6:20 on Friday, March 13th.







Friday, March 6, 2020

The road less traveled.

A lot of schools feel fortunate to win an occasional district title.  For the Oran High School boys and girls teams, this will be the second-straight year that both squads have advanced to the quarterfinal round of the state playoffs.

Tuesday marked the fourth-consecutive trip the two teams had made to the sectional round.  Although the Eagles won both contests they were in polar opposite fashion.

The Lady Eagles led from start to finish including 38-11 after one and 63-18 at the break on their way to a 97-35 rout.  The boys, on the other hand, trailed most of the way before taking the lead late and won 59-57.

In the opener,   Kaylee Payne led all scorers with 28 points.  She also dished out eight assists and hit four three-pointers.  Katie Webb finished with 26 points.  Traci Hency added 11 points as the Lady Eagles controlled the post-play all night long.  

Grace Davis had nine, Hope Woodfin scored six as did Heather Gosche.  Haley Webb scored four.  Mallory Lowes, Emma Priggel and Sam Welter had two apiece.  Paige Bradley added a free throw.

They were 13-21 from the line for 61.9%, they were 36-63 from inside the arc for 57.1% and beyond 4 of 12 for 33.3%.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "I felt we executed in all phases of our game.  We were able to play fast but under control at the same time.  We were able to feed the post well most of the night and our post players finished strong.  Our guards did a very good job of keeping the ball moving, getting it inside and hitting the open shots when they were there.  Defensively, I felt we were fundamentally sound most of the time and we did a few different things throughout the night on the defensive end. "

The Lady Eagles improved to 24-5 and will face Thayer on Saturday at 1 pm in Sikeston.  Last year Thayer ended the Lady Eagles season as Thayer went on to win the state title.

Boshell said of the upcoming game, "We have our work cut out for us Saturday with Thayer as they are very well-coached, very fundamental and they won the state tournament last year so it will be tough.  We are going to prepare and come Saturday go play another basketball game."

In the nightcap, Oran led 16-15 late in the first but gave up a three at the buzzer and trailed 18-16 entering the second.  Oran was behind 35-29 at the intermission and trailed by as much as 9 about halfway through the third, 43-34. After three it was 51-49 Brentwood.  Oran tied it at 55 and again at 57. As Oran had the ball they decided to hold it and try to force Brentwood out of their zone. After a missed shot and a Brentwood rebound,  Ty Johnson took a charge at the other end to get the ball back.  Once again Coach Joe Shoemaker decided to take the air out of it and force Brentwood to make a decision. Finally, Brentwood decided to force the action.  When they did Langdon Scheeter passed the ball to a scoreless Cooper Priggel on the left-wing.  Priggel dribbled back toward the top of the key.  A Brentwood defender went for the steal but was called for the foul and after a time out, Cooper went to the line for a one and bonus.  He swished the first, then, on the second,  it bounced from the front of the rim to the backboard before going through the hoop.  Brentwood got off a shot from the right-wing that clanged off the rim and Tyson Goodale swatted it away to seal a 59-57 victory and advance Oran to the Quarterfinals at Sikeston on Saturday at 2;45 pm where they too will face Thayer (22-5).

Goodale led all scorers with 21 points.   Johnson and  Scheeter had 14 each Johnson had four treys and Scheeter two.

Todd Priggel had eight points and eight assists and Cooper Priggel added his two free throws.

Oran improved to 25-5.  They were outrebounded by the bigger Brentwood boys 25-18 but committed only 10 turnovers while forcing 16.

From inside the arc, Oran hit 16-23 for 69.6%.  From beyond they were 6 of 21 for 28.6%.  At the line, they made 11 of 15 or 73.3%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to escape with a win.  We had some players make big plays at the end of the game which was huge.  We also had two players off of the bench that gave us valuable minutes which allowed us to be in the position we were at the end of the game.  I also want to give a shout out to the other players on the bench who have been working hard in practice to prepare us for these games but don't get the glory of playing time on game night.  Without these efforts, it does not happen.  
We faced a team that had two players that gave us matchup nightmares and I was proud of our players for fighting and never giving up.  One of these players is an all-state player who is the second leading scorer out of all classes in St. Louis and we held him to 4 points in the last three quarters.  I was super proud of this effort."


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Monday, March 2, 2020

What's happenin' (3/2-3/7)



An exciting week of post-season hoops coming up. 

On Wednesday, for the fourth consecutive year, both the boys and girls basketball teams will play in the sectional round of the State Tournament.

At 6 pm, the 23-5 Lady Eagles will take on the 8-20 Lady Hornets of Crystal City, who won its district as a five-seed.

Following that contest, the 24-5 boys will face the 14-11 Eagles of Brentwood.

The sectional round is in Jackson, once again this year. Admission is $7.00.

On Tuesday from 5:30-7:30 a fundraising spaghetti dinner will be held in the cafeteria.

Winners on Wednesday will move on to Saturday's quarterfinal round at Sikeston.  The girls winner will play the winner of 20-6 Neelyville and 16-8 Thayer at 1 pm.  The boys winner will take on the victor of 24-5 Bernie and 21-5 Thayer at 2:45.  Winners on Saturday will move on to the final four in Springfield on March 13th & 14th.

Friday, February 28, 2020

The Tradition continues!

It's almost expected now.  But it is still special.  For the fouth-year in a row, both the boys and girls basketball teams have been crowned district champs.  The girls won their seventh-straight title last night over St. Vincent, 61-32, in a game that did not feel that close, Oran led 47-10 at the half.

Kaylee Payne led all scorers with 15.  She hit two treys and had three assists and four steals, The latter two led the Lady Eagles.  Katie Webb had 13.  She nailed a three-pointer and had a team-high seven rebounds. Taylor Lowes also had 13 and had a game-high three threes.

Toni Henci had six points, Grace Davis finished with four, Hope Woodfin and Kennedi McVay hit treys for their points and Heather Gosche and Mallory Lowes had two apiece.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "I was very pleased with the level of intensity we started the game with.  We were able to get some steals on the front and back of our press.  The girls did a great job of being in the right place and anticipating and we got some steals and easy buckets.  Heather had her best game in the middle of our press and hopefully, that carries over.  Taylor, Kaylee, and Hope knocked down some threes for us.  We were moving the ball offensively as they were doubling Katie in the post, and she still had double-digit points, and we hit several threes to help counteract that.  It is nice to know that if they try to take away our post that our outside game is more than capable of making them pay.  I do not feel we are one dimensional right now and hopefully, that keeps us playing in the postseason."

the girls were 9-14 from the line for 64.3 %.  The made 14 of 35 from inside the arc for 40% and 8 of 22 from beyond for 36.4%.  They improved to 23-5 and will play in the sectional round next Wednesday at 6 pm in Jackson against the winner of tonight's C2D4 championship game at Crystal city between the 7-20 hosts and Viburnum (7-14).

Boshell added, "We will find out who we play in the sectional round as those teams play in their championship tonight and then we will start preparing for them and make any adjustments as necessary."

The boys picked up their fourth-district title in a row with a 61-48 victory.  The Eagles led 27-19 at the half.  The Indians cut the lead to four 35-31 about midway through the third period and had multiple opportunities to slice it further.  But Oran held tough and closed ou the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 43-31 lead into the fourth and held on for a 13-point win.

Tyson Goodale led all scorers with 20, including one from beyond the arc.  And was 5-5 from the line. He just missed a double-double with a team-high nine rebounds Cooper Priggel had a game-high four treys and 16 total points before fouling out late.  Langdon Scheeter after being held scoreless on Tuesday. put in 13 including two from beyond the arc.

Ty Jonhson put in eight and had a team-high three assists. Todd Priggel and Samuel Shoemaker had two points apiece.


The boys were 19-26 from the line for 73.1%, including 10-13 in the fourth.  They made 9-23 inside the arc for 39.1% but 8 of 20 from beyond 40%.  They were outrebounded by the taller Indians 36-25 and forced 18 turnovers while committing 14 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We played a very well-coached team who battled until the end.  I was proud of the boys to battle through some adversity and hold their composure on the way to a district championship.  It was a total team effort and we were able to hold their leading scorer to one field goal for the game and four total points.  Now. we have to get ready for the next round and whoever we play."

The boys improved to 24-5 and will take on the winner of tonight's winner between Brentwood (13-11) and Crystal City (13-12).  Next Wednesday at Jackson at 7:45.


Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Boys wallop Warriors

The top-seeded Oran varsity boys basketball team picked up a semifinal victory last night over the fourth-seeded Valle Catholic Warriors, 67-43 to move on to their fifth-straight district championship game.  They have won the last three.

Last night, the score was tied at seven with about 3 minutes left in the first quarter.  The Eagles closed out the period with a 13-4 run to take a 20-11 lead into the second.

The Eagles went on an 11-0 run to start the second and took a 36-19 lead into the half-time lockerrooms. Last year the Boys ended Valle's season in the sectional round, by a similar score, 69-41.  The Lady Eagles also defeated Valle in the sectional contest, that score was 75-25.

Last night, the Eagles put three in double-figures, led by Tyson Goodale's' game-high 24, including one three-pointer. Goodale had a double-double with 15 rebounds Ty Johnson had 19 and one trey.  Cooper Priggel scored 16.  He hit two from beyond the arc and was 4-4 from the line.

Dane Shands and Samuel Shoemaker each had four.

Priggel, Shoemaker and Langdon Scheeter each had a team-high three assists.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "First it was nice to have everyone back and available, for the second game all year.  I thought we played well and advanced to the next round which is always the goal at this time of the year."

They were 13 of 20 from the line for 65%. they were 21 of 39 from inside the arc for 53.8% and 4 of 15 from beyond for 26.7%.  They outrebounded the taller Warriors 36-28 and forced 22 turnovers and committed 14 of their own. More stats when they become available.

the Eagles improved to 23-5 and will face #2 seed St. Vincent for the title on Thursday at 7:30.  Two weeks ago the boys beat the Indians on the road 57-51. In the first game of the evening at 6 pm.  The top-seeded Lady Eagles will face #3-seed St Vincent (13-13).  Oran defeated the Lady Indians at home a week and a half ago 72-23.


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Lady Eagles dump 'Devils

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team traveled to Bloomfield last night for the semifinal round of the Class2 District 3 tournament, the top-seeded Eagles rolled the 5th-seeded Chaffee Lady Red Devils by a score of 64-32 to advance into the Thursday night's finals against the third-seeded Lady Indians of St. Vincent.  Just over a week ago, Oran defeated St. Vincent 72-23 in Oran.

Last night, Oran led 9-0 before Chaffee hit a free throw with 5:26 left in the first.  After one, Oran was up 17-10 at the end of one quarter.  At the half, Oran was on top 33-20.  Then, for the second game in a row, the Lady Eagle defense tossed a shutout period.  Oran outscored Chaffee 22-0 in the third to take an insurmountable 55-20 lead into the fourth for the mercy rule turbo clock and 32 point win.  In fact, Chaffee didn't score in the second half until the 5:35 mark of the fourth.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 24.  Taylor Lowes and Kayle Payne had 14 each.  Lowes had two from beyond the arc. 

Mallory Lowes had five, including a three-pointer.  Hope Woodfin hit a trey to account for her points.  Paige Bradley and Heather Gosche both added a field goal

They were 2 of 4 from the free throw line.  They improved to 22-5 on the year and will look for the seventh consecutive district crown on Thursday.



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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Lady Eagles pound Puxico

On Saturday, The Oran High School varsity girls basketball team traveled to Bloomfield to begin play in the Class 2 District 3 tournament  The top-seeded Lady Eagles rolled over the 8th-seeded Lady Indians of Puxico 50-10.  Oran led 23-0 after one and 40-3 at the half, as Puxico managed only three free throws during the first 16 minutes.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 15.

Taylor Lowes had eight, including a trey.  Hope Woodfin added six and Heather Gosche, Traci Hency, Mallory Lowes and Kaylee Payne had four each.  Grace Davis had three.  Kennedi Mcvay added a field goal.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "We came out and did what we needed to do to build the lead and able to get starters plenty of rest heading into the semifinals Monday night.   We wanted to get through the first round healthy and we did that.  We had a good practice [Sunday] and hopefully we play well and keep the season going."

They were 7 of 16 from the line for 43.7%.  They improved to 21-5 and will face 5th-seeded Chaffee (11-15) on Monday at 6 pm


Boys blitz Bloomfield

On Saturday, the Oran High School boys varsity basketball team traveled to Bloomfield to begin play in the Class 2 District 3 tournament.  The top-seeded Eagles faced the 8th-seeded hosts in the opening game.  Oran jumped out to a 21-4 lead after one and 36-13 at half went on to a 30-point victory, 57-27.

Tyson Goodale led all scorers with 12, including a trey.  Ty Johnson had 11 and he too hit a three-pointer.  Johnson led the team with seven rebounds and five assists.

Langdon Scheeter and Dane Shands had nine apiece.  Shands had one from beyond the arc.  Cooper Priggel and Samuel Shoemaker both scored six.  Priggel made two threes.  Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich had four points.

They were 6-16 from the line for 37.5%.  They made 18 of 37 from inside the arc for 48.6% and 5 of 18 from beyond for 27.8%.  They were outrebounded 30-28.  They forced 30 turnovers and committed only 12 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to come out in the first quarter and set the tone with our defense. We had a good team effort and need to continue doing that as we prepare for the next game."

Oran improved to 22-5 on the year and will face the 4th-seed Valle Catholic Warriors (18-9) on Tuesday at 6 pm.


Friday, February 21, 2020

Lady Eagles close out regular season with victories

The Oran High School girls basketball team hit the road last night to finish out the regular season.  They traveled to Scott City to take on their conference foes, the Lady Rams.  The junior varsity won a two-quarter contest 30-7 and the varsity rolled 67-30.

In the opener, Oran led 17-0 after one and went on to win by 23.

Haley Webb scored seven for the winners, including a trey.  Hannah Boshell and Grace Davis had six apiece, Daley had five and Taylor Hobbs four.  Emma Priggel added a field goal.

They were 5 of 8 from the line for 62.5%.  They finished the year undefeated in conference play (5-0), won the conference tournament and ended up 10-1 overall.

Coach Boshell said, "The girls came out and played very well their last two quarters of the season.  In a limited amount of games this year, I feel that this group got better throughout the season and will do nothing but continue to get better over the next few years."

In the nightcap, after losing its last two games on the road to Poplar Bluff and Dexter Oran soared out to a 21-9 lead after one and 36-15 at the half and was never threatened.  As they picked up the 37-point win.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 18 points.  She went 8-8 from the line.  Kaylee Payne had 14 and got bonus points for completing a "secret squirrel assignment on the court!".  Hope Woodfin had 12 and the team's only three-pointer of the night.

Taylor Lowes scored 7, Grace Davis had six and Mallory Lowes added four.  Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche and Traci Hency had two apiece.

Boshell said, "We came back after a tough loss the night before and really took care of business from the start.  We shot the ball better from the floor and the free throw line, we moved better offensively and cut down on our turnovers.  If we can continue to limit turnovers I believe we have a chance to beat anyone we play.  We were working on a few different things that hopefully will help us in the playoffs this year.  The girls have been very responsive to any challenge that we have given them and I am very excited about the chance we have going forward.  "

The varsity heads into the post-season with a 20-5 record overall, with all five defeats coming from SEMO Conference teams.  They went undefeated (8-0) in the Scott-Miss Conference.  They won the conference tournament for the fifth straight year.  Starting Saturday at 11:15 they will start the process to attempt to claim their 7th straight district crown when they face Puxico at Bloomfield.






Thursday, February 20, 2020

Lady Eagles spilt in Dexter

The Oran High School girls basketball teams traveled to Dexter last night. The Junior Varsity won 46-28.  The Varsity lost a heart-breaker 53-52.

In the opener, the Lady Eagles led 11-2 after one and 27-9 at the break.  The two squads played even during the second half.

 Hannah Boshell and Emma Priggel led the winners with nine each.  Traci Hency scored eight.  Haley Boshell had five, including a trey.  Taylor Hobbs hit a three-pointer to account for her points and Dailey Siebert scored two.  They were 8-14 from the line for 57.1% and improved to 10-1 on the year.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "The JV just seems to get it done right now, it isn't always pretty but the effort is there and these girls want to get better every time out.  They finish up tonight with 2 quarters against Scott City."

In the nightcap, the old adage "Free throws don't win all the games..." was put to the test and it was proven again.  On the night, the Lady Eagles hit only 14 of 32 from the charity-stripe for 43.7% in the one-point loss.

Katie Webb led Oran with 18 points. 

Grace Davis had nine.  Kaylee Payne and Hope Woodfin each had seven.  Payne had a three-pointer.  Taylor Lowes hit two-threes to account for her scoring and Mallory Lowes hit a three.  Heather Gosche added a field goal

Coach Boshell said, "I thought the team played hard but we had way too many unforced errors and missed way too many free throws to win a big game.  The good thing is that it is a regular-season game and we have a chance to come back and play again.  I told the girls to think about what they did right and wrong, but do not dwell on it, come out tonight against Scott City and start playing toward the goal of reaching the final four.  We have the talent, desire and effort, we just have to put all those together every night from here on out. "

The Lady Eagles travel to Scott City tonight.  The junior varsity will play two-quarters before varsity.


Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Boys split at Advance

The Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Advance last night to take on the Hornets. The jayvee won 47-31 and the varsity fell 74-57.

In the opener, the Eagles led 11-3 after one and 21-16 at the half.  Oran outscored Advance 26-15 to pick up the 16 point win.

Nick Romas led all scorers with 16 points.  Diesel Cato and Seth Cauble had 10 points each.  Cauble hit a trey.

Kolten Payne had eight points.  Camdyn Triblett had two points and Riley Schlosser had one.


They were 8 of 14 from the line for 57%.  They finished their season 21-2.
They won the Advance jayvee tournament, the Scott-Miss regular season (7-0) and the Scott-Miss Tournament.

In the nightcap, The Eagles, who have the top seed in the upcoming C2D3 tournament led the Hornets, who are the three-seed 15-12 after one but trailed, 32-24 at the break.  And were outscored 42-33 the rest of the way.

Langdon Scheeter led the Eagles with 16 points. Tyson Goodale had 12 points.  Cooper Priggel also had 12, including three threes.

Dane Shands added nine points and hit two treys.  Kaiden Massey, Nick Romas, Logan Rose and Samuel Shoemaker each had two apiece.


They were 12 of 22 from the line for 54.5%. From inside the arc, they were 15 of 35 for 42.9% and they were 5-15 from beyond for 33.3%. They ended the regular season with a mark of 21-5. 

Coach Joe Shoemaker said," We played a very good Advance team on Senior night who shot the ball very well on their home floor. We now get the rest of the week to get to work in practice to prepare for the postseason.  We have to improve our defense and rebounding in order to get where we want to be. "

The varsity will begin district play at  Bloomfield on Saturday when they face the hosts at 10 am.



Girls defeat district foe at home

On Monday, the Oran High School girls varsity basketball team hosted district rival St. Vincent.  there was no jayvee game.  The Lady Eagles put the game away early.  They led 20-5 after one and 40-8 at the half and were never threatened as they picked up a 72-23 win. The Lady Indians are the number-three seed, while Oran is seeded first in the upcoming district tournament that will be played at Bloomfield beginning Saturday.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 20.  Kaylee Payne had 15, including two treys.  Taylor Lowes hit three from beyond the arc in her 14 points.

Hope Woodfin had six all from beyond the line, Grace Davis, Heather Gosche and Traci Hency each scored four, Kennedi McVay hit a three-pointer to account for her points and Paige Bradley added a field goal.

They were 2-3 from the line, and 22-37 from inside the arc for 62.2% from beyond the arch they were  8 -19 for 42.1%

They improved to 19-4.  They travel to Dexter tonight for a 6 pm tip.

Coach Larry Boshell, who made his return after a bout with the flu said, "The girls came out and did a nice job on defense.  We communicated well and rebounded very well on that end of the floor, which led to a quick offense for us a few times.  Offensively, in the first half, I felt we held the ball too long against their zone and didn't make them shift enough, but when we were executing our offense we were able to score in the post and Katie stepped up big from the high post and knocked down some jump shots from 12 to 15 feet, which makes her even tougher than she already is inside.  We did a good job of hitting the open spot in the zone later in the game and got some open looks from the outside as well and we knocked some of those down.  We are going to Dexter and Scott City and try to end the regular season on a high note."


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Lady Eagles split on the road

On Thursday, the Oran High School girls basketball teams traveled to Class 5 Poplar Bluff.  They jayvee won by 11, 53-42 but the varsity lost by 19, 56-37.

In the opener, Oran trailed 17-13 after one and the Lady Eagles were down 26-21 at the break but Oran outscored the Lady Mules 32 to 16 in the second half.

Grace Davis led all scorers with 16 points.  Haley Webb and Emma Priggel had 10.

Traci Hency scored nine, Hannah Boshell had four, Dayley Seibert made a field goal and Taylor Hobbs added a free throw.

They were 20-36 at the line for 55.5%.  They improved to 9-1.

Asst. Coach Amy Pobst said, "We played a good game for the most part. We started off with a few too many turnovers, but made adjustments and got more comfortable as the game went on.  We did a good job of driving to the goal and getting them to foul us. We recognized their mismatches well and took advantage.  Our girls are young and learning but if they keep working hard it will pay off. Grace did a great job with the two quarters we used her driving to the goal either scoring or drawing the foul.  Emma and Haley made good adjustments and handled the ball well as the game progressed. Traci and Hannah did a good job of posting up down low and Daley and Taylor came off the bench and played very good defense. "

In the nightcap, the game was pretty much decided in the first eight minutes as Oran trailed 18-2 after one and 32-11 at intermission, they never got closer than 15 the rest of the way an lost by 19, 56-37.

Kaylee Payne led the Eagles with 16 points, She hit three three-pointers.  Katie Webb had 12.

Taylor Lowe scored five, including a trey.  Grace Davis and Hope Woodfin each had a field goal to round out the scoring.

They were 11-15 from the line for 73.3% and saw their record fall to 18-4.

Pobst said, "1st quarter killed us. We committed way too many turnovers and shots weren’t falling for us whereas they were hitting everything they threw up. We started in a zone defense and they did a good job of moving the ball well and finding the open man. Offensively we didn’t take care of the ball. We weren’t moving well without the ball, weren’t coming to passes, and were forcing the ball. We made adjustments went to a man defense in the second quarter and things improved some. At the half, we were down by 21 and I challenged the players to forget the first half and just go out second half and play the best they could. I felt the second half was much better both offensively and defensively. We still have things to improve on but that is why we play these games is to find out where we need to improve. Especially in the second half we did a much better job of boxing out defensively and looking inside to Katie. I’m very proud of the girls and how they didn’t quit. They could have laid down after the first quarter but they never did and battled the rest of the game."

The Lady Eagles we be back at home on Monday.  They will host district-rival St. Vincent at 6 pm.  It will b


Saturday, February 15, 2020

What's happenin' (2/17-2/22)


The regular season for basketball comes to an end this week and the postseason begins on Saturday.

On Monday, the 18-4 Lady Eagles and the number-one seed in the upcoming district tournament will host the 10-12 and the third-seeded St. Vincent Lady Indians at 6 pm.  It will be Varsity only.

On Tuesday the 21-4 boys also the top-seed in their district tournament will travel to 19-4 Advance who picked up the three-seed on the boys side.

On Wednesday, the girls travel to 4-18 Dexter.

On Thursday the girls will conclude their schedule when they travel to (11-11) Scott City.  Tip time is 6 pm.

On Saturday at Bloomfield at 10am the boys will face 5-17 Bloomfield. The boys defeated the Wildcats last week 73-35. The girls will take on 0-17 Puxico at 11:15.  These two teams met in early December in the Lady Devil Invational.  Oran won 65-1.

Boys bounce Braves

The Oran High School boys basketball teams hosted the Scott County Central Braves last night and picked up two conference wins.  The jayvee won 52-33. The varsity rolled 77-42.

In the opener, the younger team was up by only one at the half, 23-22.  but outscored the Braves 27-11 in the final two quarters.

Nick Romas led all scorers with 13.  Seth Cauble had 11, including a trey.

Kolten Payne and Camdyn Triblett each had seven and a three-pointer each.  Diesel Cato scored five.  Luke Peterson had four.  Robby Menz hit a three-pointer for his points and Riley Schlosser hit both of his free-throw attempts.

They were 10 of 17 from the line for 58.8%.  They finished the conference season 7-0 and improved to 20-2 overall.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was a battle for us in the first half as we were up just 1 point 23-22.  Scott County's height gave us some problems on offense and rebounding.  We also didn't do a very good job defensively and taking away what Scott County was trying to do.  We made an adjustment at halftime and only gave up 11 points in the second half.  It was nice to get the victory and allow us to go 7-0 in the Scott/Miss Conference.  We have one game left and it is against Advance at Advance.  They will be tough and ready to play after we were able to beat them in the Advance JV tournament in December.  We will have to come out and match their intensity and play a better 1st half then we did against Scott County to give us a chance to win."

In the second game, the Eagles jumped on the Braves early, 55 seconds into the game, Scott County took time out trailing 9-2.  It was 28-7 after one and 54-22 at the break and the Eagles went on to a 33-point win.

The Eagles had four score in double-digits, led by Tyson Goodale's' game-high 20.  He hit one from beyond the arc and had a team-high eight rebounds and was 5-5 from the line.  Langdon Scheeter hit for 16, including a trey. Dane Shands had 11, with three threes and a team-high five assists.  Cooper Priggel had 10 points and two treys.

Logan Rose scored eight, Samuel Shoemaker had six, Diesel Cato, Kaiden Massey and Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich each had two

They were 14 of 19 from the line for 60.9%, 21 of 45 from inside the arc for 45.7% and 7-15 from beyond for 46.7%.  The Eagles outrebounded the Braves 42-41 and forced 21 turnovers committing 13 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the boys played very well. We were able to dictate the tempo and get some open looks. I was concerned about rebounding especially without Ty but I was proud of our efforts on the boards. We have Advance on Tuesday who is playing extremely well and will be a big challenge for us. "

Oran travels to Advance on Tuesday.  Game time is 6 pm.






Thursday, February 13, 2020

Varsity boys pick up 20th win in key district match up

The Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Perryville last night to take on the St. Vincent Indians.  the game was originally scheduled for Jan. 17th but was postponed because of the potential of bad weather.  The Eagles won both contests.  The jayvee defeated their hosts 35-24 and the varsity picked up a 57-51 victory.

In the opener, Oran led 10-4 after one, but it was tied 14-14 at the break.  The Eagles outscored the Indians 21-10 in the second half.

Robbie Menz led all scorers with 20 points.  He hit three threes and was 5-5 from the line.

Kolten Payne scored five.  Diesel Cato and Seth Cauble had four apiece.  Luke Peterson added a field goal.

They were 12 of 13 from the line for 92.3% and improved to 19-2.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Last night's game was a really good challenge for us.  St. Vincent's length gave us some problems inside and we weren't able to hit shots early on.  Our press wasn't as effective because we had some miscommunication at times.  It was nice to see us handle the pressure at the end of the game when St. Vincent's was trapping.  I also thought Robby Menz had another good game shooting for us.  We needed someone to hit outside shots and he was able to step up and do it.  We have Scott County Central on Friday and that will be a tough matchup for us as they have some length as well."

The nightcap could very well have decided the number one seed in the upcoming Class 2 District 3 tournament.  The meeting is today.

The Eagles led after one 17-4 but only 34-33 at the half. Oran won the final 16 minutes 33-28 and held on for the narrow six-point win.

The Eagles used a balanced scoring attack with four in double-digits.  Langdon Scheeter led all scorers with 15, including one three.  Dane Shands had 11 with three treys. Tyson Goodale and Cooper Priggel both scored 10.  Priggel had a pair of threes.

Ty Johson had nine and Samuel Shoemaker two. Shoemaker had a team-high four assists.

They were 17 of 24 from the line for 70.8%.  They were 13 of 18 in the fourth for a 72.2%, They were 11-19 from inside the arc for 57.9% and 6 of 16 from beyond for 37.5%.  The hosts had 27 rebounds and Oran had 23.  Each team committed 16 turnovers.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to get a nice win at St. Vincent last night.  We lost focus in the second quarter and gave up some offensive rebounds and had a few turnovers that allowed them to get into an offensive rhythm.  We were able to use some clock and hit free throws at the end of the game and secure the victory. "








Boys beat Bloomfield on Senior Night

On Tuesday, the Oran High School boys basketball teams hosted Bloomfield and picked up a pair of convincing wins on Senior Night.  The junior varsity won 62-34 and the varsity picked up a 73-35 win.

The jayvee led 39-8 at halftime and cruised to a 28 point margin with most of the final period played with a running clock.

Oran put three in double-figures led by Robby Menz, who had a game-high 21, including three three-pointers.  Seth Cauble hit two from beyond the arc as part of his 12 points.  Kolten Payne hit one from distance and scored 10.

Camdyn Triblett had eight and he had one from beyond the arch.  Nick Romas had four.  Landon Cochran, Noah Mitchem and Riley Schlosser added two apiece.   Parker Diebold added a free throw.

They were 9-14 from the line for 64 % and improved their record to 18-2.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We came out and played really well.  Our press was very effective to create easy points and we were also able to hit the open shooter if they collapsed on us when we drove.  All and all it was a good night and we have a short and tough turnaround with playing St. Vincent at St. Vincent."

After the Senior Day ceremonies that honored three players, Tyson Goodale, Kaiden Massey and Todd Priggel, the varsity took the floor and jumped out to a 22-6 lead after one-quarter of play. Priggel who is still out with an injury was represented out on the floor by close friend Ty Johnson who wore Todd's number 35 jersey.

The varsity also won by 28 with most of the fourth played with a running clock.

Tyson Goodale's double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds led all scorers.  He also reached the 1,00 point plateau with a three from the right-wing in the fourth quarter.  Langdon Scheeter had 12 points.

Dane Shands had eight points, including two threes.  Johnson had seven points and a team-high seven assists.  Massey and Cooper Priggel had five each.  Priggel had a trey. Samuel Shoemaker had four and Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich added two.

They were 9-19 from the line for 47.4%, 23-38 from inside the arc for 60.5% and 6 of 21 from beyond for 28.6%.  they won the battle of the boards 32-28 and forced 32 turnovers while committing 13 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "It was senior night and I was proud that our two healthy seniors both played well. Tyson got the 1000 point scoring mark which is a very nice accomplishment. Kaiden started and played well. We were able to get a win over a district opponent which is always nice. "

They improved to 19-4 heading into last night's trip to Perryville.










Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Lady Eagles celebrate Senior NIght with wins

The Oran High School Girls basketball teams hosted the Woodland Cardinals last night.  It was Senior Night.  The jayvee won 36-30.  The varsity prevailed 75-46.

In the opener, the junior varsity was playing its first game in a week and a half, and it showed.  Oran trailed most of the first period but managed an 8-7 lead heading into the second.  It was 19-13 Eagles at the break and Oran was up 25-18 heading into the fourth.  With 4:53 remaining in the game the Cardinals led 26-25.  Oran closed the game with an 11-4 run.  Thanks in large part to Traci Hency who scored 7 of her game-high 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Hency's points included a trey.

Haley Webb had eight points and went 4-4 from the line. Emma Priggel scored six, Taylor Hobbs had five including a three-pointer.  Hannah Boshell and Grace Davis added two apiece.

They were 6 of 8 from the free throw line and improved to 8-1.

Asst Coach Amy Pobst said, "came out looking a bit rusty.  Unfortunately when you have over a week off that happens.  I felt we played hard and came away with some good things to work on."

In the nightcap, the varsity who had been idle for a week jumped out big early. At the 4:17 mark of the first, when Woodland took time out, the Lady Eagles were up 15-1.  It was 19-5 after one and 42-17 at the half, and Oran went on to the 29-point win, with a substantial part of the fourth played with a running clock.

Kaylee Payne led the victors with 16 points.  She had two threes as did Taylor Lowes, who scored 14.

Katie Webb had eight points, Mallory Lowes scored seven with a trey.  Traci Hency and Sam Welter had six each.  Hope Woodfin had five including a three-pointer.  Paige Bradley added four.  Kennedi McVay hit a three for her points.  Grace Davis, Heather Gosche and Haley Webb each scored two.

They were only 4 of 16 at the charity stripe.  They improved their record 18-3.  Despite the 29-point victory, they looked sloppy at times.  Possibly due to the large number of player combinations used.

Pobst said, "This was a great game for our senior night.  It was nice to be able to get everyone into the game and have all of our seniors score.  We were able to work on a few different things in a game situation that we have been working on in practice.  At the same time, there were some areas that we were weak at and will be focusing on over the next couple of days as we prepare for a strong Poplar Bluff team on Thursday and look to head into the postseason."

Five Senior players were honored before the start of the contest:  Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche, Taylor Lowes, Kaylee Payne and Samantha Welter.






Saturday, February 8, 2020

What's happenin' (2/10-2/14)


The regular season for both boys and girls basketball is winding down.  Both squads will celebrate senior nights' this week.

The girls (17-3) will celebrate their's on Monday when they host 8-13 Woodland.  It will be a special night for Lady Eagle seniors Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche,  Taylor Lowes,  Kaylee Payne and Samantha Welter.

On Tuesday, the 18-4 boys will Honor their seniors when they host district foe Bloomfield (4-16) Eagle seniors are Tyson Goodale, Kaiden Massey and Todd Priggel.

On a side note, Tyson Goodale currently has 966 career varsity points.

On Wednesday, the boys will travel to Perryville to take on 13-4 St. Vincent, another district rival in a makeup game that was postponed previously due to the threat of bad weather.

On Thursday, the girls will travel to Class 5 (11-8) Poplar Bluff.

On Friday, (Valentine's Day)  the boys will host 2-15 conference rival Scott County Central.  The Eagles defeated the Braves in a close game earlier this week in the first round of the conference tournament.

All jayvee games begin at 6 pm.

Eagles win twice

The Oran High School boys basketball teams competed last night during the final evening of play of the 2020 Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament at Delta.  Both squads won convincingly.  The varsity avenged a one-point loss on the road a week and a half ago at Oak Ridge with an 89-57 rout of the Blue Jays to claim the third-place trophy.  Then the junior varsity defeated Scott City for the second time this season, this time the Eagles won by 26, 63-37.  Early in the season, Oran had won 52-35 on the road.

Last nights' varsity affair was back and forth early.  The Eagles trailed 12-11 halfway through the first period, but then outscored the Blue Jays 77-46 from there on and enjoyed a running clock most of the fourth period.

Every available Eagle put points on the board.

Langdon Scheeter led all scorers with 29, including 5 treys.  Ty Johnson finished with a double-double with 20 points and hit four from beyond the arc and 13 boards.  Cooper Priggel also hit four three-pointers and ended up with 14 points.  Tyson Goodale was the fourth Eagle in double-figures with 12 points.  Scheeter and Johnson led the team with seven assists apiece.

Samuel Shoemaker and Logan Rose each had four.  Rose went 4-4 from the line in the fourth.  Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich had three points, Kaiden Massey had a field goal and Dane Shands rounded out the scoring with a free throw.

They were 6 of 11 from the line for 54.5%.  They were 20-32 from inside the arc for 62.5 % and 13 of 20 from beyond for 65%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I was very proud of our effort and energy. We went through a spell where we did not practice very well and it showed. We had a good week of practice and need to continue that effort in practice the rest of the year."

The varsity improved to 18-4 and will host Bloomfield on Tuesday for "Senior Night"

The junior varsity led Scott City 38-20 at halftime and cruised to the 26 point victory and claimed their second tournament title of the season to go along with the Advance JV tourney crown they picked up in mid-December.

Robby Menz led all scorers with 15 points and was 5-5 from the line.  Kolten Payne and Nick Romas each scored 11.  Payne hit one from beyond the arch.

Camdyn Triblett had six points.  Seth Cauble, Landon Cochran and Riley Schlosser had four apiece.  Diesel Cato and Noah Mitchem each hit a trey for their points.  Luke Peterson added a field goal.

They were 12-14 from the line for 85.7 percent and improved their record to 17-2.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "The energy and intensity we came out with during this game was one of the best we've had all year.  I was a little worried because I felt like we had one of our worst practices the day before. Scott City also came out and hit their first 3 or 4 shots but we were able to match them.  After that, our defense did a great job on the press and our offense moved and shared the ball really well.  It was a really good win for us and I am proud of the kids.  Now we have to move on and prepare for Bloomfield on Tuesday night."

Oran host Bloomfield on Tuesday at 6 pm.  It is Senior Night.


Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Eagles split in semis

The Oran High School boys basketball teams played in the semi-final rounds of the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament last night.  The junior varsity won 58-41 over Oak Ridge.  The varsity fell to Kelly in overtime 57-56.

In the opener, it was a rematch of a game played a week ago, in which the Eagles had won on a buzzer-beater.  This game, however, Oran went from three down after one 11-8 to up eight at the half, 30-22.  The Eagles outscored the Blue Jays 28-19 in the second half to pick up the 17 point win and advance into Friday's Championship game against Scott City.  The game, at Delta, is scheduled for 6:30 pm.

Robbie Menz led all scorers with 19, including a pair of treys.  Kolten Payne scored 13 with three threes.

Diesel Cato scored eight.  Landon Cochran had five, including a three-pointer.  Luke Peterson and Camdyn Triblett had four apiece.  Riley Schlosser had three and Seth Cauble two.

They were 8-12 from the line and improved to 16-2.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Not a bad game for us against Oak Ridge.  I thought we were a little shell shocked in the first quarter when they came out in a box and 1 on Seth.  We had some people step up when they did that and those were Kolten[Payne] (13pts) and Robby [Menz] (19 pts).  I thought Diesel[Cato] helped out a lot in the 2nd half after getting into foul trouble early in the 1st half and having to sit because of it.  It was a good win and now we get to play for a Scott-Miss Conference Championship.  We play Scott City and they are going to come out and try to avenge the loss from earlier in the season.  It's going to be a dogfight. "

The varsity contest was tight throughout.  Oran trailed 10-8 after one but led 24-16 at the break.  The Eagles maintained a 34-31 lead heading into the fourth.  It took an off-balance three-point shot by Ty Johnson from to the right of the top of the key just before the buzzer to tie the game at 50 to force overtime.

The Eagles had a shot at the end of overtime but it was off the mark.

The most glaring statistic is that Oran only hit 5 of 13 free throws for 38.4%.  They were 21 of 43 from inside the arc for 48.8% and from beyond, 3 of 16 for 18.8%.

'Tyson Goodale's double-double led the Eagles with 20 points and 11 boards.  Ty Johnson had 11 points, including a trey and a team-high three assists. Langdon Scheeter also had 11 points.   Cooper Priggel had two three-pointers as a part of his 10 points.

Samuel Shoemaker rounded out the Eagle scoring with four points.


They fell to 17-4 and will play Oak Ridge for third place at 5:15 Friday.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the boys played hard and never quit.  We have a few small things that we need to improve on in practice.  I think we took a big step forward in practice Monday and we have to continue to move forward each and every day if we want to be successful in postseason play."


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Lady Eagles Blast Blue Jays

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team hosted the Oak Ridge Blue Jays last night and had 12 score picking up an easy 76-27 win.

Oran led 21-4 after one and 46-8 at halftime and went on to a 39-point win.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 16, Grace Davis added 10.

Mallory Lowes and Kaylee Payne both had nine, Payne hit six of six from the line and one three and Lowes had three threes. Heather Gosche scored eight.  Kennedi McVay and  Haley Webb had five, including a trey each, Taylor Lowes, four, Hope Woodfin and Sam Welter each hit a trey for their points.  Traci Hency and Allyssa Spane both had a field goal.

They were 6 of 11 from the line for 54.5%. They improved to 6-0 and 16-3.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "I felt like we guarded well and had a lot of intensity.  Had a great effort from the whole team.  Everyone received a lot of playing time which was nice.  We are going to prepare for our next game and hopefully get better daily heading into the postseason.  It will be here before we know it."

The varsity will be back in action on Thursday when they host Charleston at 6 pm.






Monday, February 3, 2020

Boys advance in Scott-Miss tourney

On Saturday, the Oran High School boys basketball teams began play in the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament being held at Delta.

Both squads won.  The varsity played first and defeated Scott County Central 72-61. The jayvee rolled Chaffee 75-35.

The Braves scored the first four points put the Eagles went on a 12-0 run, looking like the team we expect to see.  after one it was Oran up 24-18.  At the half, the Eagles led 39-27.  Scott County outscored the Eagless 34-33 in the final 16 minutes and the top-seeded Eagles held on for the 11 point win over the eighth-seeded Braves.

Cooper Priggel led Oran with 21 points.  He hit six from beyond the arc.
Three other Eagles scored double-digits.  Ty Johnson had 17.  He had three threes and was 4-4 from the line.  Tyson Goodale had 15, including a trey and had a team-high seven rebounds.  Langdon Scheeter scored 11 and had a team-high six assists.

Samuel Shoemaker added six points and Cameron "Big Dawg" Westrich added a field goal to round out the scoring.

They made 12 of 19 from the line for 63.2%, 15 of 36 from inside the arc for 41.7% and 10 of 26 from beyond for 38.5%.    They were outrebounded 36-31 but won the turnover battle 26-18.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We didn't play very well but we were able to secure the win and advance to the second round of the conference tournament.  We play Kelly in the semifinals which will be the third time we have played them this year.  This will be a tough task for us.  Monday's practice will determine a lot on how well we will compete on Tuesday."

Game time Tuesday is scheduled for 6:30 pm at Delta High School.

During the junior varsity game, number-one seeded Oran raced out to a 21-8 first quarter lead over the eighth-seeded Chaffee Red Devils on the way to a forty-point win.

Camdyn Triblett led all scorers with 17 points, including a three-pointer.  Kolten Payne had 12 which included three treys.

And once again, the Eagles put 11 in the book.

Seth Cauble had nine, including one from beyond the arc. Robby Menz also had nine.  Diesel Cato scored seven including a "three."  Landon Cochran and Nick Romas both scored five. Luke Peterson added four.  Parker Diebold hit a trey.  Robby Menz and Riley Schlosser each added two.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "The last two games we came out and had a really good first half.  We were able to put pressure on the ball and create turnovers so we could run the floor and get easy baskets.  We were also able to share the basketball around and get 11 different people in the scoring column.  Next up we have a very tough matchup against Oak Ridge that we beat on a buzzer-beater last week.  It's tough to beat the same team twice in a season much less in a week.  We will have to come ready to play if we want to advance in the conference tournament."

They improved to 15-2 and will face Oak Ridge at 4 pm Tuesday in Delta.





Eagles celebrate Homecoming with wins over Wildcats

On Friday night, the Oran High School boys basketball teams hosted the Leopold Wildcats on the 2020 Homecoming night. The junior varsity won 61-24 and the varsity prevailed 66-54.

In the opener, it was all Eagles from start to finish.  Oran led 30-4 after one and went on to the 37-point win.

Seth Cauble led all scorers with 20, including two treys and Camdyn Triblett had 10 points.

And the Eagles had 11 players score.

Robby Menz and Kolten Payne both scored eight. Diesel Cato added four. Landon Cochran, Parker Diebold, Luke Peterson, Riley Schlosser and Nick Romas each added a field goal.  Nic Massey rounded out the scoring with a free throw.

The younger team was 9-11 from the line for 81.8% and improved to 14-2 heading into the Scott-Miss conference tournament.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We came out and had a really good first half.  We were able to put pressure on the ball and create turnovers so we could run the floor and get easy baskets.  We were also able to share the basketball around and get 11 different people in the scoring column."

The varsity contest was much closer.  In fact, Oran trailed 20-13 after one and the game was tied 32 all,  at the intermission.  The Eagles outscored Leopold 34-22 in the second half to pick up the win.

Ty Johson led the Eagles with 22 points including four treys.  He had a double-double with 15 rebounds.  Tyson Goodale just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine boards.  Langdon Scheeter also scored in double-digits with 10 points.

Dane Shands finished with nine and made two from beyond the arc.  Cooper Priggel had eight points and two three-pointers.  Kaiden Massey added a field goal.

They were 8 of 10 from the line, 14 of 38 from inside the arc for 36.8 percent and 10 of 28 from beyond for 35.7%.

Oran won the battle on the boards, 44-23 and forced 15 but committed 13 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We didn't play a complete game. but I felt we had a good effort on defense especially during the second half."

The varsity improved to 16-3.





What's happenin' (2/3-2/7)



The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team will continue with the regular season.  While the boys, continue in the Scott-Miss Tournament.

On Monday, the 5-0, 15-3 varsity girls will host Oak Ridge,0-5 and 2-10.  It will be one game only starting at 6 pm.

The boys will be playing in the semi-final rounds of the conference tournament Tuesday.  The junior varsity will face Oak Ridge at 4 pm and the varsity will take on Kelly for the third time this season at 6:30.

The varsity girls will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to Charleston.  Once again it is only one game and starts at 6.

Friday night is championship night for the boys.  Win or lose Tuesday, the boys will play on Friday, more on that after Tuesday's games.

Friday, January 31, 2020

Lady Eagles sweep Scott-Miss tourney

The Oran High School girls basketball teams traveled to Charleston last night to play in the championship games.  The junior varsity defeated Kelly 43-22 to claim its third-straight title.  The varsity won its fifth-straight crown by defeating Scott County Central by a final score of, 65-60.  All five of those wins have been over the Bravettes.

Last night, the younger team started slow and after a back and forth first period, Oran held an 11-10 lead, but the Lady Eagles outscored Kelly 23-5 during the middle two quarters and went on to the 21 point win.

Traci Hency led all scorers with 15.

Haley Webb had nine points, Hannah Boshell finished with eight, and Emma Priggel seven.  Taylor Hobbs had four, including a trey.

They were only 4 of 14 from the line for 28%.  They improved to 7-1 and will not play again until Feb. 10th when Woodland comes to town.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "It was nice to win the tournament with this group.  We had some foul trouble and Rylee out with injury but I felt the girls who came in stepped up and did a good job for us.  We are still learning and trying to improve every game.  We now have a whole week off as the next two games on our schedule, those teams only have a varsity, so hopefully when we get back on the court for game action February 10th there isn't too much rust"

The varsity used a run late in the first quarter to take a 22-13 lead into the second.  It was  36-27, Oran, at the break and 49-44 heading into the fourth.  But, The Bravettes went on a 6-0 run to start the final period over the first minute to take a 60-59 advantage.   The Lady Eagle deficit would grow to 55-51 but Oran closed the game by outscoring SCC 14-5, thanks in large part to freshman, Grace Davis who scored 9 of her 13 points in the fourth, including 7 of 10 from the line.

Kaylee Payne led the Eagles with 22 points, making 9 of 12 from the line and hitting a three-pointer.  She made all six of her free throw attempts in the third quarter.  Taylor Lowes put in 14 and hit four threes.  Davis added her 13, as Oran had three in double-digits.

Katie Webb had seven, Heather Gosche six, Hope Woodfin made a trey for her three points.

They were 17-24 from the line for70.8% after shooting just 36% on Monday against Delta.

Boshell said, ":  We had spurts where we looked very good like we were about to pull away but then we would have a defensive breakdown or a turnover or two and SCC took advantage.  They are well-coached and executed their offense in the second half.  The good thing is I think the girls know what we need to improve on and we are going to continue to work on those and hopefully continue to get better"

"I am very proud of this team for battling until the end.  We got down by four in the fourth quarter and we just kept playing hard and got the defensive stops and rebounds when we needed them and we knocked down free throws down the stretch.  We are getting closer to the district tournament and hopefully we are playing our best at that time," He added.




Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Eagles split with Blue Jays

The Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Oak Ridge for a pair of conference games.  The junior varsity won a nail-biter 46-44 and the varsity lost 61-60.

In the opener, the Eagles trailed at the half 27-25 and it was knotted at 35 heading into the fourth. With time winding down is was 44-44 and Oran missed a shot and Oak Ridge grabbed the rebound, but Diesel Cato intercepted a pass and tossed it to Kolten Payne in the lane, who shoveled it to a wide-open Seth Cauble who put it in as the buzzer sounded.

Cauble led all scorers with 17, including two treys.

Payne had nine points.  Nick Romas scored eight.  Cato and Robby Menz each had four and Luke Peterson and Camdyn Triblett both added a field goal.

They were 6 of 13 from the line for 46.1%.

Oran improved to 6-0 and 13-2.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "We were very fortunate to come out with a win last night against Oak Ridge.  I felt like we didn't play very smart basketball towards the end.  We keep making the same mistakes that put us in bad situations and we can't do that, especially towards the end of the game when we are winning.  We got down fairly early and we were able to battle back to get it close in the 1st quarter.  We were then able to win each quarter from there.  It was a physical game and a good test for our jv team.  We need to be happy that we came out with a win against Oak Ridge at Oak Ridge but we can't be satisfied."

In the nightcap, Oran trailed 30-28 at the half and 48-47 heading into the final frame.  The Eagles were up 60-59 when Oak Ridge scored with 8 seconds left.  An Oran turnover gave the Blue Jays the ball with 6 ticks remaining.  A missed front end of a one and one gave the Eagles a chance on a desperation heave but it was off the mark and the Eagles fell by one.

Ty Johnson led all scorers with 23, including two three-pointers.  Johnson had a double-double with 14 boards and had a team-high four assists as well.  Cooper Priggel had 21 while knocking down six treys. Langdon Scheeter also reached double figures with 10.

Tyson Goodale, Dane Shands and Samuel Shoemaker put in one field goal apiece.

They were 6 of 10 from the line, they made 22 of 55  for 40% from inside the arc and 7 of 19 from beyond for 36.8%  and saw their record fall to 4-2 and 13-3.

Each team had 34 rebounds.  Oran had 12 turnovers, Oak Ridge committed eight.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, ''I didn't have the team prepared to play and Oak Ridge took advantage and squeaked out a win."

The boys will be back in action on Friday when Leopold comes to town for the 2020 Homecoming game that begins at 6 pm.






Lady Eagles advance to Championship games

On Monday evening the Oran High School girls basketball teams participated in the semi-final rounds of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament in Charleston.  The junior varsity rolled over East Prairie, 81-12 and the varsity edged Delta 50-46

For the Jayvee,  Oran led 22-8 after one and tossed shut outs in the second and third quarters en rout to the 69 point win.

Traci Hency led all scorers with 25.  Hannah  Boshell finished with 20 and Dayley Siebert added 18.

Haley Webb had eight.  Emma Priggel and Lydia Tankersly both scored four and Taylor Hobbs rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

They were 9 of 23 at the line for 39.1% and improved their record to 6-1 and will face Kelly on Thursday at 6:30 pm for the championship.  Oran won the regular-season matchup 53-11 about three weeks ago.

**Rylee Boshell injury update.  According to her dad, "She had an open dislocation of the thumb which basically means the joint was dislocated but the bottom bone was sticking through the skin, but the bones were not actually broke.  She is in a splint/cast to keep immobilized and waiting on MRI to make sure all tendons are good (which it appears is the case so far), which would mean no surgery.  The orthopedic surgeon said that she will be out 6-7 weeks.  Again, will know more after MRI."

The Varsity contest saw the Lady Eagles taking on the Lady Bobcats for the third and final time this season.  Oran led 20-15 at the half, but just 29-27 after three. The Lady Eagles picked up the narrow win despite shooting just 9 or 25 from the line for 36%.

Kaylee Payne led all scorers with 21.  Katie Webb scored 14 and grabbed a team-high nine boards. 

Taylor Lowes had five points, including a trey.  Grace Davis had four, Heather Gosche and Hope Woodfin had three apiece.  Payne and Davis each had seven rebounds,  Payne and Gosche dished out three assists apiece.

The girls were 19-39 indside the arc for 48.7% and 1-4 from beyond for 25%.

They improved to 14-3 and will face Scott County Central at 7:45 Thursday for the crown.  The Lady Eagles won the early season match up 69-52 at home.


Monday, January 27, 2020

Eagle blast Bell City

On Friday evening, the Oran High School boys basketball teams traveled to Bell City and crashed the Cubs' homecoming.  The junior varsity won 77-23, the varsity rolled 84-50.

After one, in the opener, Oran led 13-5.  They put the game out of reach in the second and took a 41-9 half time lead and went on to the 54 point rout.

Seth Cauble led all scorers with 15.  Camdyn Tribblet had 10 points.

Diesel Cato, Robby Menz and Riley Schlosser each had eight.  Schlosser hit two from beyond the arc.  Conner Kern, Nick Romas and Owen Spane had five apiece and they each hit a trey.  Nathaniel Jones hit a trey for his points.  Landon Cochran, Chris Collins, Nic Massey, Kolten Payne and Luke Peterson each contributed a field goal.

Coach Joe  Bickings said, "I thought we played fairly well against Bell City.  We made a little adjustment to our press after the 1st quarter that really helped us out to put more pressure on the ball.  I also thought we shared the basketball well too.  We had 14 different players score in the game with only 2 of them scoring double digits.  Sharing the basketball and moving on offense and pressuring the basketball on defense is what we have to do to be successful.  Now we are moving on to get ready for Oak Ridge at Oak Ridge which will not be an easy task."

In the feature game, Oran led 33-11 after one and 55-27 at the break on its way to 34 point win.

Ty Johnson led all scorers with 27 and had a double-double with 12 rebounds, hit three from beyond the arc.   Tyson Goodale poured in 23 and had eight boards.  Langdon Scheeter had 13 points, including a trey and a team-high six assists.

Cooper Priggel scored nine, all from beyond the arch.  Dane Shands had eight, with two being three-pointers.  Samuel Shoemaker and Cameron Westrich each added a field goal.

They were 25-38 from inside the arc for 65.8%, 9 of 28 from beyond for 32.1% and 7 of 8 from the line for 85.1%.

They outrebounded the Cubs 30-18 and forced 28 turnovers while committing 12 of their own.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The boys came out ready to play and we were able to create some easy point off of turnovers.  This got us in a good offensive rhythm. We have a good conference opponent coming up next and we will need to have a good practice Monday prior to that game."

The boys will travel to Oak Ridge on Tuesday.  Game time is 6 pm.




Lady Eagles advance at Charleston

On Saturday, the Oran High School girls varsity basketball team opened the 2020 Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament with a victory.  The top-seeded Lady Eagles defeated the eighth-seeded East Prairie Eagles by a score of 55-9.

Oran led 18-2 after one and 41-3 at the half.  The clock ran the entire second half as Oran took the 46 point win.

Katie Webb led all scorers with 11, including a trey and made both of her free throw attempts.  Kaylee Payne had 10.

Grace Davis had eight points.  Heather Gosche and Mallory Lowes had six apiece.  Taylor Lowes and Kennedi McVay each added four.  Paige Bradley, Hope Woodfin and Allysa Spane all made a field goal to round out the scoring.

They were 2-2 from the line.

Coach Lary Boshell said, "I was pleased how we came out and played hard, executed our offense and defense and we were able to get everyone a lot of playing time and a little bit of rest for our starters as we have played four games in six days.  Hopefully, we can come out Monday night and play well against Delta.  It is hard to beat a good team three times in a season so we are going to give it all we have got."

They improved to 13-3 and will face Delta tonight (Monday) at 6:30 pm.




What's happenin' (1/27-2/1)

Conference tournaments and Homecoming highlight this week for Oran High School athletics.

On Monday, the junior varsity girls will open the jv side of the bracket as the #1-seeded lady Eagles will face the fourth-seeded East Prairie Eagles at 4 pm.  The tournament is at Charleston.

Later this evening the top-seed varsity Lady Eagles will take on the #4 Delta Lady Bobcats at 6:30.  It will be the third meeting of the year, Oran has won the previous two.

On Tuesday, the 14-2 boys will travel to Oak Ridge to face the 9-6 Blue Jays in a rematch of last year's district championship game.  Tip time is 6 pm.

Wednesday will be a good night to catch up on rest and homework as no events are scheduled.

Thursday night is the finals of the Girls' tournament.

On Friday, the Eagles will celebrate homecoming.  This year's theme is "Circus"  5-8 Leopold will come to town for the 6 pm tip.

The boys conference tournament starts on Saturday in Delta. The Eagles jayvee and varsity both grabbed the top seeds (just as the girls did).  The varsity plays Scott County Central at 1:45 pm and the junior varsity faces Chaffee at 5:30.

the brackets are HERE

Friday, January 24, 2020

Lady Eagles bounce Bobcats

The Oran High School girls basketball team hosted conference rival Delta last night and picked up two more wins.  The junior varsity was victorious, 58-30 and the varsity 74-58.

In the opener,  Oran jumped out to an 18-8 first period lead and was up 28-15 at intermission and outscored the Bobcats 30-15 in the second half.

The Eagles put three in double-figures, led by Haley Webb's 14, she hit two from beyond the arc.  Traci Hency and Emma Priggel had 10 apiece.

Rylee Boshell hit three threes to account for her nine points.  Grace Davis had six, Daley Siebert scored four and Taylor Hobbs hit a trey for her three points.  Hannah Boshell added a field goal to round out the scoring.

They made 10 of 18 free throw attempts for 55.6%.

Coach Larry Boshell said, " The girls came out after another break of a week in between games and really played well from the start.  We came out and jumped on them quickly in the 1st and 3rd quarters and played solid defense.  This group is coming together well with the limited number of games we have due to other teams only having one team or illness.  We just need to keep learning and get better every time we are on the floor.  Hopefully, we can come out and continue to get better next week in the conference tournament."

Oran trailed early in the first during the varsity contest, the score was tied at 6 with 5:00 left when Katie Webb picked up her second foul but went on a 9-2 run and Delta took its first time out with at 3:24 it was a 9-3 run to the end of the first and  Oran led 24-11after one.

The Eagles were up 40-24 at the half, in a game that felt much closer than the score indicated.  The two squads played even in the second half.

Kaylee Payne led the Eagles with 20 points, including two treys, eight rebounds and four assists.  Katie Webb had 15 points and Traci Hency scored 11.

Mallory Lowes had eight, including one from beyond the arc.  Grace Davis had six, Taylor Lowes and Hope Woodfin each scored five and they each hit a three-pointer.  Heather Gosche hit a pair of field goals for her four points.

They made 19-46 from inside the arc for 41.3%, 5-16 from beyond for 31.2% and 21-27 from the line for 77.8%.

Coach Boshell said, "We came out again and matched up for most of the game against a very quick Delta team.  I think the girls stepped up to the challenge and did a good job guarding.  We had some breakdowns and miscommunications a few times but we kept our composure and figured it out.  We dealt with some foul trouble as well and had other players step up when needed.  Offensively, we had a few turnovers when they pressured us but for the most part, we took care of the ball.  It can always be better and that is what we are striving for."

"This team is fun to watch and hopefully, we continue to work and get better as we get closer to the postseason," he added.

The junior varsity improved to 4-0 in the conference and 5-1overall.  They will take on East Prairie Monday at 4 pm in the first round of the conference tournament in Charleston

The varsity is now 5-0 and 12-3.  They play Saturday morning at 10 a.m. against the winner of Friday's play-in game between East Prairie and Oak Ridge.






Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lady Eagles pounce on Panthers

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team traveled to Meadow Heights High school and defeated the district rival lady Panthers last night by a score of 55-31.  There was no junior varsity game. Oran led 20-6 after one and 41-15 at the half.

The second half was played with a running clock because sleet started falling at halftime.

Traci Hency led the Eagles with 12 points.

Mallory Lowes had nine points, including a trey.  Katie Webb had eight points and a team-high five rebounds.  Kaylee Payne and Hope Woodfin had six apiece.  They both hit a trey.  Payne had a team-high four assists and five steals. Grace Davis finished with five and Heather Gosche scored four.  Taylor Lowes hit a trey for her points and Haley Webb added a field goal

They made 17-36 from inside the arc for 47.2 %, 4 of 12 from beyond for 33.3% and 9-14 from the line for 64.3%.  They improved to 11-3  and will face Delta in a key conference match up tonight at home at 6 pm.

Coach Larry Boshell said, "We got to work on a couple of things tonight, built a big lead and let some players get some rest since we have 3 games this week.  Players that have not played as much this year saw significant minutes tonight."

"I felt defensively we did okay, but not quite in the passing lanes as much as I would like, but of course I want deflections every time they pass the ball," He added.

"The effort has been great and we will need that effort again [tonight] against a scrappy Delta team," He concluded.