Monday, December 31, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

JV boys stumble in final

After pulling upsets in their first two games of the Advance JV Tournament, the fifth-seeded Eagles were favorites, according to the seeds, when they faced off against the sixth-seeded Woodland Cardinals in the championship game.

Oran was up 30-23 heading into the final period but couldn't hold on and dropped a 40-39 decision.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Tough loss in a tough game.  Woodland had some big players that gave us some problems around the basket and we didn’t block out well enough to win.  We looked like a young JV team that hasn’t been in that situation and that is exactly what we are.  At the end of the day we gave ourselves a chance to win the game but just came up short.  Overall I thought we had a very successful tournament.  Going into this tournament is tough because most of the JV teams haven’t played that much and are still working out some kinks. We will learn from our mistakes and get better from this."

Cameron Westrich was the game's top-scorer with 11.

Dane Shands finished with eight, six of those coming from beyond the arc.  Nick Romas and Seth Cauble had five each.  Cauble hit a trey.  Diesel Cato had a field goal.

The Eagles were only 2 of 7 from the line for 29%.  Woodland, on the other hand, hit 8 of 9 for 89%.

The junior varsity saw its record fall to 3-3.

In other action last night, East Prairie claimed third over Bloomfield, 41-37; Advance beat Delta, 65-51 in the fifth-place game and Chaffee claimed seventh by defeating Oak Ridge, 41-25.

The junior varsity and varsity will be in action on Tuesday at home when the Delta Bobcats come to town.  Tip time is 6 pm.  It will be the last home action before the Christmas Tournament.

JV girls move on to finals

The Oran High School girls junior varsity team advanced to the championship game of the Bloomfield Invitational last night with a 41-37 victory over the Meadow Heights varsity Lady Panthers.

The Lady Eagles started slow and finished slower but still managed to hang on for the win.

Oran was down 5-4 after one and was outscored 13-2 in the fourth but a 35-19 advantage in the middle two quarters proved to be enough.

Rylee Boshell topped all scorers with 15, nine of those coming from beyond the arc.

Mallory Lowes finished with eight, including a trey.  Hope Woodfin added seven.  Traci Hency had six.  Alyssa Spane hit a three for her points and Hannah Boshell made a field goal.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The bookends of the game were not very good. The girls played very good second and third quarters though. They shot the ball well the middle two quarters and did a good job limiting them. We need to do a better job hitting free throws down the stretch."

The Eagles were only 4 of 10 from the line for 40% and 0 - 3 in the fourth quarter.

The younger girls improved to 3-1 and will take on Holcomb for the title on Saturday at 2:45 pm.

Number-four Holcomb upset the top seed, Senath, last night 43-23 to move on.

In other action, the East Carter JV beat Bloomfield, 35-21 and Advance blasted the Woodland JV 50-12.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Lady Eagles lose to Bulldogs

The Oran High School girls basketball teams tasted defeat for the first time this season last night losing to the Class four private, Notre Dame.  The junior varsity lost 40-24 and the varsity saw a fourth-quarter rally fall just short and dropped a 69-67 decision.

In the opener, Oran fell behind 25-15 at the intermission could get no closer and lost by 16.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We looked like we came out scared. We couldn’t cover their shooters well enough in the 1-3-1 and turned it over way too much. It was a good learning experience to have someone get up and challenge us though."

Katie Webb led the Eagles with nine points in two quarters of action.  Traci Hency scored six and Hope Woodfin added five, including a trey.  Mallory Lowes and Lydia Tankersly scored two apiece.

The team was 5-10 from the line for 50%.  They are now 2-1 and will right back at it this evening at 7:45 when they will take on the Meadow Heights varsity team at the Bloomfield Invitational in a quarterfinal matchup.

In the nightcap, the Eagles were down by 10 heading into the final frame, 49-39 and just couldn't get over the hump.

Leah Cauble after a slow, for her, first half, lit the scoreboard, hitting 23 of her game-high 45 in the final eight minutes, after scoring 11 in the first two periods.  She nailed seven treys, five in the fourth and was 10-11 from the line.  Kaylee Payne finished with 16 and had three from beyond the arc.

Katelyn Streeter was the only other Eagle to score.  She had six on two for three from long range.

Jessie Long did not score but she did pull down a team-high 12 rebounds.

They were 11-15 from the line for 73%.

Coach Evans commented, "I was disappointed with the effort the first half. We didn’t defend very well and gave up way too many offensive rebounds. In the second half, we started moving on offense and played better. The girls didn’t give up and that was encouraging. Hopefully, we will learn from this going forward into the holiday tournament."

With the loss, the Lady Eagles are now 5-1 and will next play on Sunday at 5 pm at the Show-Me Center, taking on Meadow Heights in the First State Bank Holiday Classic.

JV boys bounce Bloomfield, advance to finals

The fifth-seeded Oran High School boys junior varsity basketball team pulled its second upset in as many games at the Advance JV tournament.  Last night, they defeated the top-seeded Bloomfield Wildcats by a final of 47-30.  The Eagles had beaten the number-four seeded Delta Bobcats, 43-37, on Monday.

Last night Oran led 14-6 after one and took a 26-15 lead into the halftime locker room. and picked up the 17 point victory.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Last night was a good win for us.  Bloomfield is always well coached and I knew they were going to get after it and pressure us.  We did a good job for the most part in breaking their press and getting layups early on to get them out of their press.  I thought we executed well at times in our half-court offense and made some adjustments to our defense after halftime that made a difference.   It is nice to get back to the championship again this year after losing to Saxony last year in it.  I just hope we can pull it off and win this time."

Cameron Westrich led all scorers with 22.  He was followed by Nick Romas with 10.  Romas hit one from beyond the arc.

Seth Cauble finished with six, Diesel Cato had four, including a trey.  Logan Rose and Kaleb Gosche had two apiece and Dawson Menz added a free throw.

The Eagles were 13-23 from the charity stripe for 57% and after Tuesday night's double-overtime defeat, bounced back nicely to improve their mark to 3-2.

They will face a Woodland Cardinal squad tonight at 7:45 on the main court.

Woodland the six-seed, too, has traveled the upset road.  They beat third-seeded Advance 43-42 in the opening round and then defeated number-two East Prairie 49-44 last evening.

In other action, Delta beat Oak Ridge 54-36 and Advance got past Chaffee 44-35.

Tonight, Oak Ridge and Chaffee play for seventh at 4 pm.  At 5:15, Delta and Advance face off for fifth.  The third-place game is scheduled for 6:30 and will be between Bloomfield and East Prairie.  The title game is set for 7:45 between the Eagles and the Cardinals.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Oran defeats East Prairie

The Oran High School boys varsity basketball team remained undefeated after last night's 87-74 win over conference-rival East Prairie.  The junior varsity fell in a thrilling double-overtime affair, 52-48.

In the opener,  Oran trailed by three, 44-41,  in the waning seconds of regulation when Nick Romas drained a trey from the right corner to send it to the first overtime.  Romas would score the only points for the home squad in the first extra two minutes on free throws, but it was enough to extend the game further as East Prairie only managed a field goal.  Romas was the only offense in the second overtime, as well, once again on two free tosses.  This time, it wasn't enough as Oran was outscored 6-2 and fell just short.

Romas led his team with 15 points, all coming after halftime.  He hit three from beyond the arc and was 4-4 from the line.  Cooper Priggel finished with 11 including two three-pointers, in two quarters of action.

Cameron Westrich totaled eight points and Seth Cauble had six.  Samuel Shoemaker added four and Diesel Cato and Kaleb Gosche chipped in two apiece.

They were 5 for 8 from the line for 63% and saw their record drop to 0-2 in the Scott-Miss and 2-2 overall.  They will be back in action later today, at 5 pm at Advance taking on top-seeded Bloomfield in a quarterfinal matchup in the Advance JV Tournament.

In the nightcap, Oran was on top after every quarter.  In fact, the led by double-digits several times.  But each time Oran would look like they were going to put the game away, East Prairie would come roaring back. 

In the third quarter, Oran had built 15 point lead only to see East Prairie tie the score at 61.  Ty Johnson was fouled with about six seconds remaining in the period.  He made his first free toss but missed the second.  Johnson hustled to track down the rebound, shoveled to Jacob Shoemaker and Shoemaker drained a three just before the buzzer.

Oran led 65-61 heading into the final frame and eventually expanded that lead, by outscoring the guests 22-13.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played well. We still have to clean up some rebounding and defensive issues and we had just a couple of choices on offense that could have been better. It is still early in the year and hopefully, we can clean those up in practice as we prepare for a very good Delta team."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 39.  15 of those came during the first period, he had 17 at the half.  After intermission, East Prairie had a defender face-guard him. He scored 22 in the second half.  He nailed six three's.  Todd Priggel had 21.  He was 7 of 9 from the line, including 4-4 in the fourth.  Ty Johnson hit for 13 including three treys and Tyson Goodale added 12. 

Langdon Scheeter scored two.

They were 18-27 for 67% at the free throw stripe and improved their mark to 2-0 and 6-0.

The jv and varsity will host Delta next Tuesday in another Scott-Miss showdown at 6 pm.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Eagles squeak by Bobcats

The fifth-seeded Oran High School boys junior varsity basketball team entered last night's opening game of the Advance JV Tournament as slight underdogs, facing the fourth-seeded Delta Bobcats.

After one quarter, it appeared that the seeds would hold, as the Eagles were down 19-7.  From there on, however, Oran doubled up Delta, 36-18 and claimed a 43-37 upset win.

Cameron Westrich topped his team with 18 points.

Deisel Cato put in eight.  Nick Romas scored seven and had the team's only three.  Seth Cauble added six and Logan Rose four.

They were 12-20 from the free throw line for 60% including 4-4 in the fourth.  Meanwhile, Delta was limited to only one field goal in the final period and hit only 2-5 from the line during that time, as Oran erased a two-point deficit heading into the final seven minutes.

After tonight's 6 pm home contest with conference foe, East Prairie, the tournament resumes on Wednesday when Oran will take on top-seeded Bloomfield, who advanced with a 57-31 victory over the eighth-seed Oak Ridge Blue Jays, at 5 pm in the main gym.  Also, last night, 2) East Prairie beat 7) Chaffee 38-17 and 6) Woodland shocked 3) Advance 43-42. 

Lady Eagles club Cardinals

The Oran High School junior varsity girls basketball team opened play last night in the Bloomfield Invitational with a 57-7 win over the Woodland Cardinals junior varsity squad.

The eight-team tournament has five varsity teams and three are jv.  Besides Oran and Woodland, East Carter County has its younger team entered.  Eight minute quarters are played.

Oran, the 2-seed, jumped out on the 7th-seeded Cardinals, 16-1 after one quarter.  It was 35-5 at the intermission and the Eagles expanded it the rest of the way, including a shutout fourth period, to claim the 50 point win. 

Woodland picked up its first field goal thirty seconds into the second frame.

Oran was led in scoring by Traci Hency, Mallory Lowes and Hope Woodfin, who each scored 14 points.  Lowes and Woodfin both hit two treys, while Hency did her damage on the inside.

Rylee Boshell put in eight, including a pair of three-pointers.  Lydia Tankersly scored five and Hannah Boshell added a field goal.

As a team, they were 3 of 8 from the line for 38%.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I liked our effort on the defensive end. The girls got out in the passing lanes and we used our height to control the boards. Offensively the scoring was very balanced."

After being off for three weeks, they improved their record to 2-0.

The junior varsity and varsity will be in action on Wednesday when they host Notre Dame at 6 pm.

The tournament resumes on Thursday when Oran will face the Meadow Heights varsity at 7:45.

Meadow Heights, the three-seed advanced by defeating 6th seeded Advance 47-39.

In other action, top-seeded Senath beat the eight-seed, East Carter JV 51-32 and #4 Holcomb got past the fifth-seeded hosts 38-21.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

What's happenin' (12/10-12/15)

It will be another busy week of action for Oran High School as we head toward the Christmas break.

There are no games on Sunday, but the seed meetings for both the boys and girls Christmas Tournaments will be held.

On Monday the junior varsity boys open play at the Advance JV tournament.  The Eagles are the five-seed and they take on the Delta Bobcats who are seeded fourth.  Game time is 6:15 and will be played in the main gym.

Also on Monday, the jayvee girls will start play in the Bloomfield Invitational.   The girls are seeded second in the event that has five varsity squads and three junior varsities (East Carter, Oran and Woodland).

Tuesday night will have the boys at home hosting East Prairie in a Scott-Mississippi contest that starts at 6 pm.  After being down a couple of key players earlier, the visitors come in at 1-2.

Wednesday will see night two of the Advance tourney, but at home, the girls will host Notre Dame Regional High School at 6.  The Bulldogs, come in at 5-2.

On Thursday, the Advance tournament will have their finals and Bloomfield's will resume.

There is nothing scheduled for Friday, but on Saturday the finals at Bloomfield will be played.

Eagles rout Rams

The Oran High School boys varsity basketball team remained undefeated by beating the visiting Scott City Rams last night, 75-48.  The junior varsity lost 45-41.

The younger team was down double digits in the third quarter. They came back but couldn't get over the hump.

Cameron Westrich topped Oran with 19 points.

He was followed by Cooper Priggel with eight.  He hit two three's in two-quarters of action.  Kaleb Gosche and Samuel Shoemaker both scored four.  Shoemaker played in two-quarters, as well.  Diesel Cato and Seth Cauble each added three.

The team was 12 of 7 from the line for 58%.  Scott City was 17 of 30 for 57 %.  The Rams were 6 of 9 in the fourth as the Eagles tried to foul to get back into it.  The jayvee team is now 0-1 in the Scott-Miss and 1-1 overall.  They will be back in action on Monday when they begin play in the Advance Junior Varsity Tournament.  Oran is the five-seed and will take on the fourth-seeded Delta Bobcats at 6:15 in the main gym.

In the nightcap, The Eagles used pressure defense to build a 17-5 lead after one quarter.  At the break, it 39-18.  The third quarter saw the Rams double their point production but Oran scored 25, taking a 62-36 lead into the final eight minutes.

Much of the fourth was played with a running clock before the final 27-point margin.

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 21.  He was one of four Eagles in double-digits.  He hit two from beyond the arc and was 5-6 from the line. Ty Johnson had 16.  He hit a trey and his only free throw attempt.  Todd Priggel ended up the 13 and Tyson Goodale, who started slow, finished with 13 as well. He connected on a three and 11 of his 13 came in the third quarter.

Langdon Scheeter had five, including a three-point.  Cooper Priggel hit one from long range to account for his three points.  Kaiden Massey and Samuel Shoemaker each added a field goal.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We played a little bit sloppy and didn’t shoot it well but we were able to get a running clock for most of the fourth quarter. We will need a good practice to prepare for a really good East Prairie team on Tuesday."

Oran was 9-12 at the line for 75%.  They improved to 1-0 and 5-0 and will be back in action when both squads host East Prairie in another conference matchup.  Tip time is 6 pm.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lady Eagles 4-peat and set scoring record

The Oran High School varsity girls basketball team claimed its fourth-straight Lady Devils Invitational crown convincingly 83-21 over the host and third-seeded Chaffee Lady Devils.  In the process, the Lady Eagles eclipsed the team scoring record by putting up a total of 274, one more than the old record set by the Scott County Central Bravettes back in 1989.  It is the third time in four years that Chaffee and Oran have met in the finals.

Oran came out ready to play with a stifling defense that kept the Devils from getting the ball past half court for the first several possessions.  The Eagles were up 8-0 a minute and a half into the contest when Chaffee called timeout.

After one quarter of play, Oran led 18-5.  It was 45-12 at the intermission and the Eagles rolled to the 62 point win.

Leah Cauble once again outscored the opponent as she knocked in 40. She totaled 114 over the three-game event which was 12 points shy of her tournament record set in 2016.  She hit seven from beyond the arc and had six boards.  Jessie Long tossed in 15 points and was 7-8 from the field.  She hit a three-pointer as well.  Kaylee Payne also reached double-digits with 14.  She had team-highs with seven rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Katelyn Streeter hit a pair of treys to account for her six points.  Katie Webb scored four.  Claire Ramsey scored her points on two free throws and Savannah Below hit the final field goal that gave the Eagles the points record.  She finished with two, also.

As a team, they were 12-23 from the line for 52%.  Inside the arc, they hit 19-28 for 68% and from beyond they were 11-28 for 39%.  They improved to 5-0.  With Saturday's game postponed, the junior varsity team will be the next to see action as they start the Bloomfield tournament on Monday, taking on Woodland at 7:45.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "It’s always nice to go on the road and get a win. It’s even better when you can go to someone else’s place and win their tournament. For these seniors to win this tournament 4 years in a row, that’s a huge accomplishment. We took charge of the game early with our defensive pressure and our offense started to click after that."

In other action last night, Puxico defeated Scott City, 67-58 for third-place and Kelly topped Woodland 65-52 for fifth.

Long was named to the All-Tournament 2nd Team.

Payne and Cauble were named to the All-Tournament 1st Team.  It is Payne's second time to receive the honor and for Cauble, her fourth.  Cauble currently holds the tournament records for most points in a game with 48 (12/7/16), most points in a tournament "126" in 2016, most field goals in a game with 19 (12/5/16) and field goals in the tournament with 47 also in 2016.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Lady Eagles advance to championship game

Only two schools have ever won the Lady Devils Invitational Tournament four-straight times in the previous 41 years.  With a victory tonight the Oran High School girls basketball team would become the third.

From 1984-88 Scott County Central dominated the event and 1995-98 it was Scott City.  Oran has won the last three 2015-17 with two of the wins coming over the host Lady Devils, whom will be the opponent tonight.

The Eagles advanced with a 91-28 win over the number five-seeded Scott City Lady Rams.  Although Oran struggled from the perimeter, they still managed a 22-11 lead after one quarter.  At the half, it was 50-19. and after three it was 77-28.  The bench tossed a shutout during the mercy-rule fourth quarter.

Coach Ethan Evans said, " We didn’t shoot the ball well, especially in the first quarter and the three’s weren’t falling all night. We did get up and guard pretty well and that led to some easy baskets in transition. Hopefully, the outside shots will fall tonight."

The Eagle had four score in double figures.  Leah Cauble paved the way with 38.  Kaylee Payne had 18.  Jessie Long added 11 and Katie Webb scored 10 off the bench.  Payne and Long both had double-doubles.  Payne had 11 steals and Long had 10 boards.

Katelyn Streeter had four points, while Taylor Lowes and Madison Ramsey had three apiece.  Both hit a trey.  Claire Ramsey hit a field goal.  Paige Bradley and Heather Gosche each added a free throw to round out the scoring.

Cauble had three from beyond the arc, Payne had one as well.  Payne also added three assists.

The team was only 5 of 14 from the line for 36%.  They were 6 of 26 from beyond the arc for 23%.  From inside, though, they hit 34-57 for 60%.

In other action, Chaffee moved on by defeating Puxico, 31-17.  Puxico will face Scott City at 6:15 for third place.  Kelly beat East Prairie 60-44, while Woodland got past Delta 53-39.  Kelly and Woodland will square off at 5 pm for fifth-place honors.

Game time tonight is set for 7:30 pm. It will mark the third time in four years that Oran has faced Chaffee for the crown.

Also of note, the Lady Eagles have scored 191 points thus far in the tournament.  The record is 273, set by Scott County Central in 1989.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Eagles tame Tigers

The Oran High School boys basketball teams hit the road for the first time this season last night and picked up a pair of wins over the Risco Tigers.  The junior varsity won a two-quarter contest, 38-18. While the varsity held on to claim a 75-68 win.

It was the opener for the younger team and they used a balanced attack to claim the twenty-point victory.

Camden Westrich led the Eagles with seven points, including 3-3 from the line.  Diesel Cato and Samuel Shoemaker had six apiece.  Kaleb Gosche and Nick Romas had four each.  Seth Cauble, Cooper Priggel and Logan Rose all scored three.  Priggel's came on a trey.  Lane Peterson rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

The team hit 7 of 9 from the charity stripe for 78%.

In the varsity matchup, Oran led from the get-go, but could never put the pesky Tigers away.

The Eagles were up 21-16 after one and 34-22 with 3:34 left before halftime when the home team called a timeout.  After that, Risco scored nine straight to cut it to 34-31 with 1:53 left.  Oran went on a ten point run to close out the quarter and take a 44-31 lead into the intermission the intermission.

The lead was only single-digits after three, 58-50.  The Eagles hit just enough free throws (10-16) down the stretch to pick up the win.

Jacob Shoemaker topped all scorers with 28.  He hit three three's and was 7-9 from the line.  Tyson Goodale finished with 14 and had two treys.  Todd Priggel added 12 points and was, at times, unstoppable when driving to the goal.

Ty Johnson hit for eight, including a three-pointer.  Johnson picked up his fourth foul in the third period. but finished the night on the floor after returning in the fourth.  Langdon Scheeter and Cooper Priggel had six and five, respectively.  Both hit one from beyond the arc.

As a team, they were 11 of 17 from the free throw line for 65%.

Head Coach Joe Shoemaker said afterward, "I thought we played a very well coached talented team.  I was proud of the boys for going down to Risco and picking up the 2 quarter jv victory and the varsity victory.  The jv was able to get their first game action in and we saw some stuff we can work on in practice and hopefully improve on before Friday.  The varsity played a good first half and then in the third quarter got into some foul trouble and we also missed a couple of easy buckets and had a couple of turnovers in that stretch.  Also during that time, Risco hit a couple of tough shots.  We have some little things to work on in practice to prepare for a Scott City team that is 4-0 so far this year."

The varsity improved to 4-0 and both squads will be back in action on Friday when they host the conference opener against a much improved Scott City squad at 6 pm.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Eagles break century mark, Long surpasses 1000

The Oran High School girls varsity basketball team opened the Chaffee Lady Devil Invitational looking for their fourth-straight crown.  The top-seeded Eagles had little trouble in dispatching the #8 East Prairie 100-30.

Oran had four players reach double digits including Senior, Jessie Long, who when she stepped to the free throw line with 4:24 remaining in the second quarter and her team up 43-16 and connected on the charity toss, reached the 1000 point plateau.  She ended up with 21 for the game. 

Leah Cauble led all scorers, out-scoring East Prairie on her own, with 34.  Kaylee Payne finished with 13.  Katie Webb had 10 off the bench.

Taylor Lowes scored six, Katelyn Streeter had five, Savannah Below had four and Madison Ramsey ended with three.  Claire Ramsey and Heather Gosche rounded out the score with two apiece.

Webb had a team-high seven rebounds and Cauble had seven steals.  Payne had three assists.

Lowes hit two from the beyond the arc.  Cauble, Payne, Streeter and Madison Ramsey had one each.

Long was 5 of 6 from the line, Cauble was 3 of 3, Below and Webb were both 2 of 2 and Madison Ramsey made her only attempt.

As a team, they hit 34-50 from inside the arc for 68% and 6 of 18 from beyond for 33%.  At the free throw line, they were 14 out of 17 for 82.4%. 

Coach Ethan Evans said, "  It was good to get back on the court and play again. I thought we moved the ball well offensively and got after it on defense in the half court set. It was awesome to see Jessie hit a 1000 career points, that is quite the accomplishment."

In other tournament action last night, #5 Scott City defeated #4 Kelly 49-45.  Number 3 Chaffee beat sixth-seeded Delta 53-25 and in the big upset, 7th-seeded Puxico sent #2 Woodland into the loser's bracket with a final of 58-53.

Oran takes on Scott City on Wednesday at 6:30.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

What's happenin' (12/3-12/8)

After a busy O.I.T. week, another busy one will follow with both boys and girls in action.

The girls tip of the week as they begin defense of their three-straight Lady Devil Invitational tournament titles.  Oran 2-0, is seeded number one, will take on East Prairie, 2-1, seeded-eighth at 4 pm on Monday.

The bracket is located HERE.

On Tuesday, the boys will hit the road for the first time this season.  The Eagles will take on the Risco Tigers at 6 pm.  Risco comes in at 3-1 after having just won the Holcomb tournament.  The junior varsity will play only two quarters.

The Chaffee tournament will continue on both Wednesday and Thursday with the finals scheduled for Thursday.

On Friday, the boys will be back home when they host conference foe Scott City. The Rams enter the week 3-0.  Game time is 6 pm.

On Saturday, the junior varsity boys will participate in the Advance Junior Varsity tournament.  We will post details of this event when they become available. 
***Correction, The Advance Junior Varsity tournament now begins on Monday, December 10th.  The bracket has been posted.

Also on Saturday, the varsity girls travel to Lake City, Arkansas to face Riverside High School at 6 pm as a part of the 2018 Gerald Jennings Girls Classic.  The Rebels enter the week 10-3.

Back-to-back champs!

The top-seeded Oran High School boys varsity basketball team claimed its second straight Oran Invitational Tournament championship last night with a 62-43 win over the second-seeded Scott County Central Braves.  It was a feat not accomplished by the hometown squad since 1965 and 1966.

In Thursday's victory over Kelly, it was a matter of the offense feeding the hot-hand.  Last night it was a matter of finding a hot-hand.

The Eagles held an 18-10 first-quarter lead and expanded it to 33-21 at the break.  Tyson Goodale had 10 of his 16 points during the first half.  He would end up being one of three to reach double-digits.  Oran did not shoot well from the perimeter early but still managed a 12 point lead.

Out of the intermission, the Eagles missed their first four shots and the Braves cut the margin to four at 33-29.  That's when Oran got the hot hand they needed.  Jacob Shoemaker hit back to back treys and the Eagles were up 47-33 after three periods.

Oran got a scare a couple of minutes into the fourth when Shoemaker took a blow to the face that drew blood and had to leave the game to have it attended to.  The Eagles were up 11 at the time and after a minute or two of action and Oran caught a break when officials saw blood on the floor.  Play was delayed at the 5:54 mark and the Eagles were up 51-40  After a few more seconds of action, Shoemaker ran back to the bench to the roar of the crowd with Oran still up 11.  The Eagles outscored the Braves 11-3 the rest of the way.

Shoemaker led all scorers with 19.   He hit three from beyond the arc and was 2-2 from the line.  Goodale had his 16 and Ty Johnson added 14.

Todd Priggel finished with seven, Langdon Scheeter had four and Cooper Priggel two.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I challenged the team to play better defense, smarter on offense and rebound better. I thought they did a good job in all three areas. We didn’t shoot it extremely well and you're going to have those nights and you have to count on your defense and rebounding to be consistent. Minus a few spurts, we were able to be able to do that.

The team hit 7 of 10 at the charity stripe for 70% and improved to 3-0 on the young season.

Shoemaker, Todd Priggel and Goodale were named to the All-tournament team.

On Monday Oran will travel to Risco.  Game time is scheduled for 6 pm.  The junior varsity will play only two quarters.  The last couple of times we've been down there, they have had some kind of elementary pageant before the jv game which delays the start.

Only two coaches have won back to back O.I.T. crowns and only two coaches have taken the boys to the final four:  the legendary Gene Bess and Joe Shoemaker.  Only one has won a state title and that was Shoemaker.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Eagles soar into Championship game

The Oran High School boys varsity basketball team picked up a 74-61 win over the Kelly Hawks last night, to advance into tonight's title game of the 63rd annual Oran Invitational against Scott County Central.  Game time is scheduled for 8 pm.

Last night, the Eagles jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead about a minute and a half into the contest.

It was 25-13 after one and 45-26 at the break.  The Hawks outscored Oran 35-29 in the second half.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought we played with a lot of energy in the first half.  Jacob (Shoemaker) was shooting it very well early and the other guys were very unselfish in feeding the hot hand, which is something we talk about.  We have different people who can score and try to take advantage of who is hot.  I didn’t think I coached a very good game in the second half.  In retrospect, I would do some things differently as a coach in the second half.  This helped lead to a subpar performance on our part.  We didn’t do a good job of pushing the tempo in the second half and recognizing if we had a good shot or if we needed to execute some offense.  I will do a better job of communicating this with the team in the future."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 48.  He hit eight treys.  30 of the points and seven of the three-pointers came during the first half.  Todd Priggel also reached double figures with 13.  Shoemaker and Priggel each grabbed nine rebounds.  Priggel also had a team-high six assists, two blocks and two steals.

Tyson Goodale finished with six.  Langdon Scheeter had three.  Ty Johnson and Samuel Shoemaker had two apiece.  Johnson was 2 of 2 from the line.

As a team, Oran was 14 of 24 from the charity stripe for 58%.

About tonight, Coach Shoemaker said, "We have a big task in playing SCC for the championship.  We will have to rebound and defend better than we did last night and execute better in the second half in order to have a chance."

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Eagles crush Cubs in opener

**updated 11/28 at 11:20 am with assorted stats that became available--PY**

The Oran High School boys varsity basketball team opened its season last night at home in the Oran Invitational.  The number-one seeded Eagles had five players reach double-digits as they cruised to a 91-24 shellacking of the eighth-seeded Bell City Cubs.

Jacob Shoemaker had 14 points, including three treys.  Kaiden Massey, off the bench, had 14 as well.
Cooper Priggel had 13 points and also hit three from beyond the arc.  He too came in as a reserve.  Tyson Goodale finished with 12 and Ty Johnson had 10.  Both hit two from long-range.

Todd Priggel scored eight, including a big two-handed slam dunk about halfway through the first period on an inbound pass from Johnson.  Samuel Shoemaker had six points, while Langdon Scheeter and Tristin Schlosser had five.  Scheeter hit a three-pointer.  Calen Read and Avery Mitchem had two apiece.

Oran hit 11 threes on the night and were 12 of 21 from the line for 57%.  They were 11 of 22 from beyond the arc for 44%.  They controlled the boards, outrebounding the Cubs 35-18 and forced 35 turnovers.

The Eagles led 33-2 after one and 56-8 at the break, on their way to the 67-point win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought everyone came out and played hard from the opening tip to the end.  We were a little nervous to start with but was able to shake that off.  I was very proud of the players who came in off the bench and played with such good intensity and I thought we shared the basketball with each other.  It would be easy for a player to try and score a lot in a game like that but they were able to stay disciplined and play good team basketball."

Oran will play at 6:30 Thursday against tonight's winner between 4) Advance and 5) Kelly.  That game is the opener tonight at 6 pm.

In other action last night, 2) Scott County defeated 7) Malden 82-70 and in the nightcap 6) Richland upset 3) Chaffee 52-40.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

What's happenin' (11/26-11/30)

This is "THE" week.  Only one event to talk about.

It's The Oran Invitational Tournament!

Monday marks the tip-off of the 63rd annual "O.I.T" and your Oran Eagles will attempt to do something no Eagle squad has been able to do for 52 years, and that is winning back to back titles.  Oran won last year and that ended a 45-year drought.

The Eagles won three-straight in 1964, 65 and 66.  They won it in 1972, but not again until 2018.

Oran is seeded 1st and will open Monday at 5 pm, taking on 8th-seeded Bell City.

For a printable bracket, click HERE

Saturday, November 24, 2018

High School boys tip off season Monday

The Oran High School boys basketball team will open its season on Monday when they begin defense of their first Oran Invitational Tournament championship in 45 years and look to win back to back titles in even longer as they have garnered the number one seed.

The last time Oran won two straight was way back in 1965 and 1966 a total of 52 years.  Most of my readers are too young to remember. I was alive but also too young to remember.

This year's varsity roster looks like this:

For a printable copy, click:  HERE

The junior varsity roster is set up like this:

Print a jayvee roster by clicking  HERE:

And this is the schedule:

To print, it click HERE

The district tournament will be hosted by Chaffee this year.

Coach Joe Shoemaker told the blog, "I think this group is working very hard.  Jacob (Shoemaker) is doing a great job of being a leader and Todd (Priggel) is developing into a more vocal leader.  We will expect some minutes out of some of the younger players and if they continue to develop this could be one of my deeper teams that I have had at Oran.  This depth leads to some very competitive practices.  This group seems to really get up and down the floor this year and plays with good pace and space.  If we will commit to blocking out then rebounding and play committed team defense this group should be fun to watch by the end of the year. 

It all starts Monday when the #1 seed Eagles take on the #8 seeded Bell City Cubs at 5 pm.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Boys finish second

The third-seeded Oran eighth-grade boys basketball team finished second in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament, losing to top-seeded Scott City last night 48-27.

Oran led after one quarter, 10-9, but the Rams took control after.

Only three Eagles got into the scoring column.

Robby Menz had 10 points, he hit two from beyond the arc.

Camdyn Triblett had nine and Luke Peterson had eight, including a trey.

They were 2 of 6 from the line for 33%.

The Eagles finished the season 6-5.

Lady Eagles bomb Bravettes

The Oran High School varsity girls basketball team was on fire from beyond the three-point line as they defeated visiting Scott County Central last night 96-60.  It was the first Scott-Miss Conference game for both teams.  The Eagles hit 17 of  37 from beyond the arc for 46%.  12 of those came during the first half as Oran built an insurmountable 60-25 halftime lead.

Three Eagles reached double-digits and two of them had double-doubles.  Leah Cauble led all scorers with 39, she was 9-15 from long range.  She just missed the plateau with nine rebounds.  Jessie Long had a career-high 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Kaylee Payne, who was saddled with foul trouble, scored 10 points and had 10 boards.

Katelyn Streeter scored six points on two three-pointers.  Katie Webb added four.  Taylor Lowes and Madison Ramsey both chipped in three with a trey apiece.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I thought we played excellent offensively. We shot the three extremely well and also got it inside when they started overplaying the three. Defensively we need to get better in the half court. We can score with anyone but need to do a better job guarding and rebounding."

As a team, they shot 17-40 from two for 43% and 11-18 from the line for 61%.  They are now 1-0 in league play and 2-0 overall.

With her offensive outburst, Long is now eleven points away from the "thousand-point club."

 The varsity will be off until Monday, December 3rd when they will begin defense of their three-straight Lady Devil Invitational crowns.

The jayvee will have to wait another week after the varsity.  They will participate in the Bloomfield Tournament.  The bracket is not yet available for that event.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Eighth-grade moves into championship

The Oran eighth-grade boys basketball team entered the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament as the #3-seed.  Last night they upset the second-seeded East Prairie Eagles, 54-40, to advance into tonight's championship game with top-seeded Scott City at 7:30 pm at Kelly.

Last night, Oran led 10-7 after one and won each remaining quarter to pick up the 14 point upset victory.

Kolton Payne topped all scorers with 20.  Camdyn Triblett added 17.

Parker Diebold and Luke Peterson both chipped in five.  Nic Massey had four and Robby Menz hit a trey.

The team was 15 of 21 from the line for 71%.  They improved to 8-5.

Scott City and Oran have met twice this season.  The Rams won the first meeting, 45-33 and the second, 45-38.

Lady Eagles ride the 'wave

The Oran High School girls basketball team opened the season with a pair of big wins at home last night over the visiting Malden Greenwave.  The jayvee won 53-10 while the varsity soared to an 87-19 rout.

Coach Ethan Evans said of his younger team, "The girls did a fantastic job of getting the ball inside and using our height advantage. The defensive and rebounding efforts were solid and I was proud of the effort all around."

Oran led 32-10 at the break and tossed a shutout the second half.

Katie Webb scored 20 during only two-quarters of action.  Hope Woodfin finished with 17 including two treys.  Rylee Boshell hit for 10, off the bench.

Mallory Lowes added five and Traci Hency had a free throw.

The younger girls were 6 of 15 from the line for 40%.

In the nightcap, the home team jumped out to a 38-4 first-quarter lead and continued to roll from there on the way to a 68 point win.

Evans said, "We got off to a fantastic start by getting steals on the press and running the floor very well. We also did a good job of driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line."

Oran had four players reach double digits.  Leah Cauble had 41.  Kaylee Payne had 13, Jessie Long added 10 as did Webb.

Katelyn Streeter added five.  Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes had three each, and Heather Gosche had a field goal.

Long had a team-high six rebounds.  Cauble and Payne had four assists each.  Cauble also had six steals.

Below, Cauble, Payne and Streeter each connected on a trey.

The varsity hit 28-46 from inside the arc for 61%.  From beyond, they were 4-14 for 29%. At the line, they were 19-28 for 68%

Evans said, "I thought it was a great first game by both teams."

The varsity will be back in action tonight when they host conference foe Scott Count Central at 6 pm.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

What's happenin' (11/19-11/20)

Thanksgiving week will make for a short week of sports for our local school.

On Monday, the eighth-grade boys will take on either East Prairie or Kelly at 7:30 at Kelly in the semi-final round of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament.

Also on Monday, the high school girls open their season by hosting the Malden Greenwave at 6 pm.  Last year, the Lady Eagles prevailed 81-24 on the road.  The junior varsity also picked up a win, 38-24.  The class 3 Greenwave, who compete in the Bootheel Conference, finished last season with a 12-13 record, losing in the first round of the C3D1 tournament.

If the boys win on Monday, they will advance to Tuesday's championship game against either Scott City or Chaffee.  That game is slated to tip at 7:30, also.

The girls will be right back at it on Tuesday as well.  They will host conference foe, Scott County Central in a varsity only tilt at 6.  Last season Oran defeated the Bravettes three times.  SCC finished 18-12 and advanced to the Class 1 quarterfinal game. 

Everyone at the Blog wishes you and your's a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.

7th-grade season ends, 8th-grade advances

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams participated in the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament that began at Kelly High School yesterday.

The older boys played first and defeated the Scott County Central Braves, 58-15 to advance to Monday's quarterfinal match up against the winner of Saturday's East Prairie (2) and Kelly (7) contest.  Monday's game is scheduled to tip at 7:30 pm.  The winner will move on to Tuesday's championship game that also is scheduled for 7:30.

Oran jumped out to a 23-2 first quarter lead and cruised to the 43 point win.

The Eagles had three reach double digits.  Camdyn Triblett topped all with 16 points.  Parker Diebold put in 12 and Luke Peterson added 11.  Peterson hit a trey.

Robby Menz finished with eight, including two three-pointers.  Kolten Payne ended up with seven while hitting one from beyond the arc.  Nic Massey had four points.

Oran hit 2 of 7 from the charity stripe for 29%.  They improved their mark to 7-5.

The seventh-grade squad was unable to dent the scoreboard until the third period of Saturday's game against Chaffee, by that time they were down 10-0.  The Eagles were able to get within eight (13-5) before the Red Devils went on another run and claimed a 31-9 win to end Oran's season with a 2-10 record.

Brenden Campbell hit a trey to account for his points.  Elijah Shoemaker and Jon Tucker each hit a field goal, while Cody Albritton and Drake Dannenmueller both hit a free throw.

The team was 2 of 12 from the line for 17%.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Lady Eagles look to continue winning ways

The Oran High School girls basketball program will tip off its season on Monday at home when they host the Class 3 Malden Greenwave at 6 pm.

This year's squad will attempt to claim its sixth straight district title and earn a trip back to the final four to complete some unfinished business from two years ago.

Coach Ethan Evans said this in advance of the opener, "I expect great things from both teams this year. We have everyone back from last year and we hope to make another deep run. We have beefed up the schedule this year so hopefully, that will get us ready for the postseason."

The roster looks like this:

A printable roster is HERE.

The schedule currently looks like this:

For a printable copy (2 pages) click HERE.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two to the next level

A pair of Lady Eagles recently signed to continue their athletic careers into their collegiate years.

On Tuesday, Claire Ramsey signed a national letter of intent to play softball at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy.  She will join fellow Oran alum Megan Tenkhoff as a member of the Eutectics

Tenkhoff, a sophomore at the school is listed as a second baseman and a catcher on the school's roster online.

Last year, the school, which is located in the city's central west end, was 9-31.  They compete in the NAIA and in the American Midwest Conference.

Ramsey, as a junior,  batted .508, with eight doubles, four triples and two home runs.  She drove in 27 runs.  She was named All-conference, All-district, All-region and academic All-State.  She was primarily a catcher, but also saw time in the infield and outfield and pitched as needed.

On Wednesday, Leah Cauble inked with D-II Union University in Jackson, TN to continue her basketball career.

The Bulldogs participate in the Gulf South Conference.  last year they finished 32-4, finishing at the final four, losing to the eventual national champions.

Cauble has 2729 career points.  Has been named All-state three times, All-district three times and conference player of the year three times, as well.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Eagles win and Eagles lose

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams traveled to East Prairie last night to take on the Eagles in a conference match-up. 

In the opener, Oran seventh-grade fell behind 15-3 after one and lost 40-15.  Oran's eighth-grade held on in a hard-fought physical contest to pick up a 36-32 victory.

Nate Pobst had four points.  Drake Dannennmueller, Jase Fuemmeler and Elijah Shoemaker each scored three.  Fuemmeler hit a trey for his score.  Cody Albritton had a field goal to round out the scoring.

They were 2-4 from the line for 50% and their record is now 0-5 and 2-9.

The eighth-grade led by seven, 19-12, at the half, but saw the host cut the margin to one after three, 27-26. 

Kolton Payne had nine points, including a three-pointer.  Nic Massey had eight.  He hit a big trey during the final period.  Camdyn Triblett finished with seven,  Luke Peterson added six.  Robby Menz totaled four points and Parker Diebold had two.

They were 4-8 from the free throw line, also for 50%.  They improved their mark to 4-1 and 6-5.

Oran will wrap up the regular season Thursday evening at Delta.  Game time is 6 pm.

Junior High Boys conference tournament info released

7th Grade:

For a printable link, click HERE

8th grade:

For a printable link, click HERE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Boys close home schedule with split

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams concluded the home portion of its season with a split last night.  The seventh-grade lost to the visiting Chaffee Red Devils, 33-24.  The eighth-grade ended a three-game losing streak with a 53-21 victory.

In the opener, the Eagles kept it close but could not get over the hump.  They trailed 9-6 after one and 19-13 at the break.

Brenden Campbell and Jon Tucker had five each.  Campbell fouled out in the fourth quarter.  Tucker was 3-3 from the line.  Andrew Dennis and Elijah Shoemaker both scored four.  Shoemaker was also disqualified during the final six minutes.  Jase Fuemmeler and Nate Pobst rounded out the scoring with three points each.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The seventh-grade played very hard. We shot free throws better and we are learning more about how to play in close games at the end."

The younger boys were 6 of 8 from the line for 75%.  Their record now stands at 0-4 in the Scott-Miss and 2-8 overall.

The eighth-grade came out on fire.  Built an early lead and continued to expand it to pick up the 32 point win.

It was 9-0 Eagles with 2:43 remaining in the initial period when Chaffee called its first timeout.  Oran led 11-0 after one.  The home team was on top 26-6 at the intermission and the game was all but over.

Coach Shoemaker said, "The eighth-grade came out very active on defense and really pushed the ball in transition. I thought that they also did a good job of blocking out and moving the basketball on offense."

Luke Peterson led the way with 15.  He hit one from beyond the arc.  Robby Menz and Camdyn Tribblett each add a dozen.  Menz hit two treys.

Kolten Payne scored eight, including a three-pointer.  Parker Diebold, Nic Massey and Noah Mitchem each scored two.

The older team was 3-9 from the line for 33%.  They improved their league mark to 3-1 and 5-5 in all games.

Oran travels to East Prairie this evening for a 6 pm conference tilt.

**Typically, internet is not available inside the gym.  Therefore, the in-score page will probably not update until we are on the way home.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

What's happenin' (11/12-11/17)

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball season is winding down.  This will be the final week of the regular season.

The Eagles (0-3, 2-7 & 2-1, 4-5), will be at home on Monday facing Chaffee.

On Tuesday, the boys travel to East Prairie.

The final regular season contest is on Thursday when they host Delta.

All three games are conference matchups and start at 6 pm.

The Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament begins on Saturday at Kelly.  The seed meeting is scheduled for Tuesday and we will post that information as soon as we can.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Eagles swept by Blue Jays

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams lost twice last night at Oak Ridge.  The seventh-grade fell 52-18. They were down 22-3 after one.  The eighth-grade was up 21-20 at the half but ended up losing 48-37.

Four Eagles scored three each, they were Marshall Bradley, Brenden Campbell, Andrew Dennis and Jase Fuemmler.  Bradley, Campbell and Fuemmeler each hit a trey.  Cody Allbritton and Nate Pobst had two points apiece.

Oran was 1-5 from the line for 20%.  They are now 2-7 on the year.

The older boys led during the first half, but it was all Blue Jays during the second half.

Camdyn Triblett scored 14 for the Eagles.  Kolton Payne had 12, including two treys.

Luke Peterson scored six and Robby Menz had five.  Menz hit a three-pointer as well.

Oran was 4 of 9 at the stripe for 44%.  Their record dropped under the .500 mark.  They are now 4-5.

The junior high boys will be back in action on Monday when they host Chaffee at 6 pm.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Boys lose two in Scott City

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams dropped two decisions last night at Scott City.  The seventh-grade fell 25-22 and the eighth-grade lost 45-38.  Both teams led entering the fourth-quarters, but could not hold on.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought both teams played much better than they did the first time against Scott City. Of course, they moved a seventh-grader up and that affected how their seventh-grade played. We had our shots to win it sometimes they just don’t fall. The eighth-grade needs to play more consistent throughout the game. Both groups need to cut down on turnovers and I told both groups that they could learn from these close losses and not make those mistakes again. "

In the opener, the Eagles led 18-15 after three but ended up losing by three.

Jon Tucker led Oran with nine points.  Andrew Dennis had four.  Nate Pobst and Brenden Campbell had three each.  Campbell's came on a trey.  Jase Fuemmler added two and Drake Dannenmuller had a free throw.

The Eagles were 5-8 at the line for 63%.  Their record is now 2-6.

The older boys were up 31-30 heading into the final frame but were outscored 15-7 during the last six minutes.

Camdyn Tribblett topped all scorers with 16.

Kolten Payne scored nine and hit two treys.  Luke Peterson had eight, Robby Menz scored three and Nic Massey added two.

Oran hit 6 of 10 from the charity stripe for 60%.  They are now 4-4 on the year.

The Eagles will travel to Oak Ridge on Thursday.  Tip-time is 6 pm.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Junior High boys split again

For the third straight match-up, the Oran Junior High School boys won one and lost one last night.  This time the seventh-grade picked up the win at Advance 35-21 and the eighth-grade lost 39-36.

In the opener, the Eagles led 7-2 after one period and 20-8 at the break.  They ended up with a 14 point win.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The seventh-grade played with good effort and energy.  I thought Jon [Tucker] did a good job of rebounding when he came in off the bench.  It was a good overall team win."

Brenden Campbell led the way with 14 points, including two treys.

Elijah Shoemaker had seven.  He hit a three-pointer.  Nate Pobst and Andrew Dennis had four points each.  Drake Dannennmueller added three and Tucker hit one from beyond the arc for his points.

The team was only 1-9 from the line for 11%.

In the nightcap,  Oran was also on top 7-2 after the first quarter.  They led 7-6 about halfway through the second when the Hornets hit back to back threes to take a lead they never relinquished.  The Eagles trailed 17-11 at the intermission.

Oran cut the margin to three late but could get no closer.

Coach Shoemaker said, "The eighth-grade had some turnover issues and fell behind but I was very proud of their effort in the comeback attempt.  They played until the very end."

Camdyn Triblett and Robby Menz had eight apiece to lead the Eagles.  Menz hit two from long range.  Kolten Payne and Parker Diebold each had seven.  Payne hit a three.  Nic Massey had a field goal to round out the scoring.

Oran was 3-7 from the line for 43%.  They fell to 4-3 on the year.

Both squads will be back in action when they travel to Scott City.  It will be the second meeting of the year between the Eagles and the Rams.  In the earlier games, played at Oran, Scott City won both, 47-30 and 45-33.  The first meeting is used in conference standing.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

What's happenin' (11/5-11/9)

The Oran Junior High boys basketball teams (0-3. 1-5 & 2-1, 4-2) will have three games this week.

On Monday, they travel to Advance.

Tuesday will have a road trip to Scott City.

Thursday will see the Eagles travel to Oak Ridge to take on the Blue Jays.

All three contests start at 6 pm.

*note--there will be NO in-game update on Monday.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Junior High boys split at home

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams split a pair of games at home last night against the Richland Rebels. The seventh-grade lost 31-25, while the eighth-grade won 58-22.

During the opener, the Eagles were up 7-6 after the first period but trailed by two at the break, 17-15.  After three the home team was down 28-19.  They cut the deficit to five during the final six minutes but could get no closer.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the seventh-grade played with a lot more effort and energy.  I was proud of the effort and told them now we can work on details and skills.  We missed a lot of shots and free throws but if they continue to give that type of effort in practice also, we will improve."

Nate Pobst led the Eagles, now 1-5, with nine points. Elijah Shoemaker added eight.  Brenden Campbell chipped in five.  Drake Dannennmueller hit a field goal and Jon Tucker had a free throw to round out the scoring.

As a team, they were only 5 of 16 from the line for 31%, including 2 for 8 in the final period.

The older boys tossed a shutout until a minute into the second quarter and had a 26-3 lead.  It was 32-13 at the intermission.  The home squad expanded the margin the rest of the way to pick up the 36-point victory.

Camdyn Tribblett topped all scorers with 19, most coming on acrobatic layups.  Robby Menz had 17, he hit three from beyond the arc.

Parker Diebold had eight and Kolton Payne six.  Nic Massey, Luke Peterson, Noah Mitchem and Connor Gage each had two.

They were 3-6 at the charity stripe for 50% and improved to 4-2.

Coach Shoemaker said, "The 8th grade came out with great effort early and was able to get a nice lead and sustain it throughout the game."

The boys will be back in action on Monday as they travel to Advance to take on the Hornets at 6 pm.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Boys split on the road

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams won one and lost one last night at Kelly.  The seventh-grade lost 39-5 and the older boys picked up a 47-17 victory over the conference rival Hawks.

The seventh-grade was held scoreless during the first half and trailed 23-0 at the intermission.

Nate Pobst hit a free throw about a minute and a half into the third quarter for the Eagles' first point.  Jon Tucker hit the teams' first field goal with under a minute remaining in the frame.

It was 36-3 heading into the mercy-rule fourth quarter.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the seventh-grade played better in the second half.  We have to continue to improve on playing with energy even when things are not going our way."

Andrew Dennis and Tucker had two apiece, with Pobst adding the other tally for the visitors who fell to 0-3 in conference and 1-3 overall.  They were 1-6 from the line for 17%.

In the nightcap, Oran raced out to a 16-3 first quarter lead and went into halftime up 21-8.  They continued to expand the lead the rest of the way.

Shoemaker said, "The eighth-grade did a good job of making adjustments throughout the game.  They were able to recognize when Kelly switched defense and made the proper adjustments.  I thought the first couple of possessions where we missed several shots but continued to give great effort on the offensive glass showed that they were ready to play. "

Robby Menz topped all scorers with 15, he nailed three from beyond the arc. Luke Peterson hit for 10.

Camdyn Triblett added seven, while Kolton Payne tallied five, including a trey.  Parker Diebold and Nic Massey chipped in four apiece and Noah Mitchem had a field goal to round out the scoring.

They hit 5-15 from the charity stripe for 33%.

The eighth-grade improved to 2-1 in league play and 3-2 in all games.

The junior high boys will be back in action on Thursday when they host Richland at 6 pm.

****Site Update****

On Thursday we will try something new. 

At the top of the blog's home page, I have added a new tab entitled "In-game Updates", events that I am able to attend and where I have internet access, I hope to update scores quarterly.  I won't really know if I have access until after I get to some of the road games.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

What's happenin' (10/29-11/2)

It will be an important week for OHS athletics.

Monday is the first official day to practice for winters sports (boys and girls basketball).

The junior high boys (0-2, 1-3 & 1-1, 2-2) will travel to Kelly for a conference matchup with the Hawks on Tuesday.

Also on Tuesday, the annual McTeacher's night will be held at McDonald's.  The "AR" reward fundraiser runs from 4-8pm at Boomland.

Thursday will see the boys back in town hosting Richland.

Games, both nights, begin at 6 pm.

Friday, October 26, 2018

Junior High boys lose at home

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams were swept last night by visiting conference foe Scott City.  The seventh-grade lost 47-30 and the eighth-grade fell 45-33.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought both groups at times could have played with more effort and energy. We also need to improve our communication on defense and we will work on these things during practice."

The younger team was down 30-11 at halftime and ended up losing by 17.

Elijah Shoemaker had 10 points, hitting two from beyond the arc.

Brenden Campbell scored seven, including a trey.  Jase Fuemmeler, A.J. McNeely and Nate Pobst each had four.  Fuemmeler was four for four from the line to account for his points.  Drake Dannenmueller added a free throw to round out the scoring.

Coach Shoemaker said, " I  think the seventh-grade has shown improvement on their press breaker from the beginning of the year."

The team was 5 of 6 at the charity stripe for 83%.  The Eagles fell to 0-2 in the conference and 1-3 overall.

In the nightcap, Scott City used it's size, strength and depth advantage to turn a one-point deficit after one-quarter into a four-point half-time lead. 

The Eagles were down 33-26 after three.  The margin was still seven about half-way through the final period before a rash of turnovers allowed the Ram's lead to balloon to double-digits and Oran could get no closer.

Camdyn Triblett had 12 points, Robbie Menz scored 11, hitting two treys.

Kolten Payne hit two treys for his points.  Parker Diebold and Luke Peterson had a field goal apiece.

Shoemaker said, "I thought at times the 8th grade really moved the ball very well."

The older group was 0-4 from the line and fell to 1-1 in the Scott-Miss and 2-2 in all games.

The teams will be back in action on Tuesday at Kelly, game time is 6 pm.  It will also be McTeacher's night at McDonald's.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Volleyball ends season during district play

The Oran High School volleyball team saw its season come to an end last night during the opening round of the Class one, District two tournament at Bell City, falling in straight sets to Clarkton, 15-25 and 23-25.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer said, "We started off strong with high energy and ready to play. When Clarkton got 15 points in the first game, we started getting scared and stopped swinging and got down as a team, something we could not overcome the whole season.  The second set we still came out with high energy. I had told the girls that we cannot get down on ourselves if we make a mistake shake it off and get the next point. It was a great set to watch and we played as hard as we could."

Kaylee Payne had five kills, five digs and two aces. Savannah Below had three kills, Kennedi McVay dished out 10 assists. Cassie Cochran added seven digs.

The Lady Eagles will lose two seniors to graduation, Cassie Cochran and Katelyn Streeter.

The varsity team closes out 2018 with a mark of 9-16-1.  The junior varsity ended up 3-13-1.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

What's happenin' (10/22-10/26)

It will be a light week for Oran athletics.

Volleyball will participate in the Class 1, District 2 tournament on Monday at Bell City. The 9-15-1 Lady Eagles, seed fifth, will face the 20-10-1 fourth-seeded Clarkton Reindeer at 6 pm.  Should Oran pull the upset, they would then face top-seeded Bernie at 8.  A bracket is located, HERE.

The only other action will be on Thursday when the junior high boys will host Scott City at 6 pm.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Volleyball falls in tourney opener

The Oran High School volleyball team lost its opening game in SEMO Conference tournament bracket play and was eliminated yesterday.  The Lady Eagles fell in straight sets 25-4 and 25-18.

Kaylee Payne had five Kills, Savannah Below three and Katelyn Streeter two.  Kennedi McVay had three assists and Cassie Cochran tallied six digs.

Oran will now enter district play, with a record of 9-15-1, on Monday as the number-five seed taking on the fourth-seed Clarkton Reindeer at 6:00 pm in Bell City.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Junior High boys sweep Cubs

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams picked up a pair of wins last night on the road at Bell City.

The seventh-grade claimed its initial win of the season, 27-18.  The eighth grade won, 61-29.

In the opener, the score was 12 all at halftime.  Oran was able to win the second half by 9 to improve its record to 1-2.

Elijah Shoemaker topped the team with 17.  He hit three from beyond the arc and was 2-2 at the line.

Andrew Dennis added six points. Brenden Campbell and Nate Pobst each had a field goal to round out the scoring.

The team was 2 for 7 from the free throw line for 29%.  They improved their record to 1-2.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The seventh-grade played with more confidence and cut down on their turnovers. They also hit some shots which really helped out. The end result was their first win."

The older boys jumped out to a 25-4 first-quarter lead, kept the hammer down and cruised to the 32 point victory, to bounce back from Monday's double-overtime defeat.

The Eagles placed four players in double figures, including Camdyn Triblett, who had 10 of his game-high 14 during the first six minutes.  He played in only three quarters.  Nic Massey had 12 including a trey.  Parker Diebold and Kolten Payne had 10 apiece.

Noah Mitchem added eight, with six of those coming from beyond the arc.  Luke Peterson had four and Robby Menz hit a three-pointer to account for his total.

The older boys were 3 of 5 from the charity stripe for 60%.  They are now 2-1 on the year.

Coach Shoemaker told the blog, "The eighth-grade got into a little foul trouble early and had some kids come off the bench and provide us with a nice boost. It was nice to see that we had several players score in double figures."

The Eagles will be back in action next Thursday when the host Scott City at 6 pm.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Junior High girls claim tournament titles

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams made a clean sweep of the Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournament last night by defeating Delta.  The seventh-grade picked up an improbable 31-25 victory, while the eighth-grade prevailed, 45-26.

Oran was the number one seed at both levels but had lost to Delta less than a week before on the road after the seed meeting had already taken place.  The Bobcats had the second seed and were undefeated coming into the evening.

The younger girls struggled early and were down 15-0 before getting on the board with just over two minutes remaining in the opening quarter.  After one it was 15-6.

Oran slowly cut the deficit.

The Eagles trailed 17-11 at the break and with just over three minutes remaining in the third period, Oran took its first lead of the game 20-19 and managed the six-point win.

Coach Ethan Evans said of the game, " This was a nice come from behind victory for the girls. It wasn’t the start that we hoped for but to dig out of a 15-0 hole was awesome. I couldn’t be more happy for this group of girls."

Bralynn Morgan was the game's leading scorer with 15.  She hit two from beyond the arc. 

Addie Nichols finished with eight.  Lilly Knotts had four.  Olivia Schlosser and Molly Spane had a field goal apiece.

They were 3 of 7 from the line for 43%. 

They finished the year with a second-place plaque for the S-MC regular season with a 5-1 league mark and 13-1 overall.

The eighth-grade, who played the entire event with only five healthy players, as Carly Gloth was injured, led from start to finish and extended a tight game out to 19 points late for a little breathing room.

Oran led 16-8 after one and 26-18 at the intermission. The outpointed the Bobcats 19-8 the rest of the way.

Evans said, "These girls showed heart and determination by going out and winning the championship with only 5 healthy girls. The offense and defense both got going early and girls knocked down shots. We are very proud of them."

Grace Davis had 21 points, including 5 of 6 from the charity stripe, and Liza Dannenmueller had 10.

Maddie Stickel scored seven. Laney Shy four and Emma Priggel hit a trey for her points.

After going just 9-22 from the free throw line during the earlier five-point loss, the Lady Eagles hit 6 of 8 for 75% last night. 

The older girls also finished second in league play with a 6-1 record and 14-2 in all games.  They finished their junior high careers with a 23-4 record.