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Sunday, March 26, 2017

What's happenin' (3/27-4/1)

Oran High School athletics has a busy week scheduled as long as the weather cooperates.

On Tuesday, the 3-0 softball team will travel to take on the Puxico Indians.  Puxico enters the week at 0-1.

Wednesday will see a home baseball/softball doubleheader as Oran will host Oak Ridge.  For the 1-0 baseball team, it will be the home-opener.  The Blue Jays are 1-2.  The Lady Jays are 0-4.

Baseball will be home again on Thursday when Malden comes to town.  The GreenWave enter the week at 1-2.  Also that day, the track and field teams will compete at East Prairie.  The track meet starts at 4 pm.

Friday will have another baseball/softball double-dip.  This time the games will be in Kennett. The host's baseball team starts this week 2-2 and the softball team is 1-0.

All softball and baseball games mentioned start at 4:30.

On Saturday, softball will participate in the Puxico Lady Indians Invitational.  The tourney details and bracket are posted below.  For some reason, it appears that no matter the result of game 1 (and there is only one pool game)  Oran will play Woodland again in the first round of bracket play.  The Cardinals are 2-2 entering this week.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Track and field competes

Oran's track and field teams opened its season on Thursday with an open meet at East Prairie.  While no medals or team results were kept, Madison Ramsey came in third place in the 800M with a time of 3:01.24.

On the boys' side, Bradley Brooks was the only Eagle competitor.  He ran the 100M in 12.18, the 200M in 24.84 and the long jump with a leap of 16' 6 1/4".

Several girls participated in the 100M.  Ramsey topped Oran's team with a 15.0 followed by Savannah Below at 15.21, Heather Gosche was next at 15.25, then Cassie Cochran at 15.54 and Morgan Kern at 16.0.

Gosche ran the 200m in 31.2.

The 4x200 relay team of Kern, Below, Cochran and Gosche finished with at time of 2:09.63.

Below competed in the Long jump with a distance of 11' 8 1/2" and the Triple jump 26' 2".

Track coach Ethan Evans said, "I was pleased with the way we performed in our first track meet. It was the first meet ever for all of our girls and they did very well. Bradley also ran close to his times from last year."

They will be back in action next Thursday at 4 pm once again at East Prairie.

Eagles win opener

The Oran High School baseball team turned a close game into a rout yesterday by scoring 9 runs in the final two innings to pick up a 13-3 victory at Bloomfield in their first game of the season.

The Eagles led 4-3 heading into the 5th but tacked on 5 runs and 4 more in the 6th to win the mercy-rule contest.

Drew Reischman led off with a double to right-center to start the game.  Layne Johnson drove him home with an RBI single to left.

The Wildcats tied it up in their half of the first.

The score was still 1-1 heading into the third.

Reischman started the inning with a single to left, Johnson tripled to center. Cole Priggel then doubled down the line in left to make the score 3-1.  Priggel advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored on a perfectly executed one-out squeeze play by Denver Elfrink.

It was 4-1 heading to the bottom of the third.

Bloomfield used a walk, an error, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly to cut the margin to 1, 4-3 in their half.

That was the score heading into the fifth inning when  Priggel reached on an infield error.  He came home after Clay Sauceda hit a triple to the deepest part of center field.  Wyatt Kinney entered as the courtesy runner and jogged home an out later after Todd Priggel hit a towering home run to right.

After a pitching change, Drew Mitchem and Jacob Shoemaker both walked with 2 outs.  Both also advanced on a wild pitch.  Mitchem would score on Reischman's single, moving Shoemaker to third. Johnson was hit by a pitch and then Shoemaker scored the fifth run of the frame on a wild pitch during Cole Priggels' second at-bat of the inning.

Johnson, who had gotten the start on the mound, was relieved by Sauceda to start the bottom of the 5th.  Sauceda faced the minimum thanks, in part, to a nice play by Elfrink in the 5th.  A one-out single to right made it to the fence, but when the Wildcat runner tried to advance to second, Elfrink threw a strike to Reischman, covering the bag, to gun him down by 4 steps.

Then, the Eagles finished out the scoring in the sixth.

Back to back walks to Sauceda and Elfrink and a wild pitch had runners on second and third. Todd Priggel then hit a hard ground ball past the drawn-in infield into right to plate both.  Austin Eftink drew a walk and a passed ball had runners on second and third again, this time with two outs, when Reischman picked up his fourth hit of the game, this time a 2-RBI double.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "It was nice to come out and swing the bats well in the 1st game. We still made a few mistakes during the game that I thought we shouldn't have with an experienced team.  But, like I told them after the game that this was our first game and some mistakes were going to happen and we just have to learn from them and get better"

Reischman went 4 of 5 with 2 doubles, 3 RBI and scored twice.  Todd Priggel was 2-4 with a home run, 4 runs driven in and crossed the plate twice.  Johnson was 2 of 4 with a triple, 2 RBI and also scored 2 runs at the plate, on the mound he picked up the victory.  He tossed 4 innings, gave up 3 runs (1 earned) walked 6 and struck out 5.

Coach Bicking talked about the pitching, " Layne didn't have his best stuff or much control but he battled and held them in check and gave us a chance to win. Being his first outing that's all we can ask for.  It was nice to see Clay have quick work in his two innings pitched."

Sauceda pitched 2 innings, gave up 1 hit and struck out 2.  At the plate, Sauceda was 1-2 with a triple.  His courtesy runner, Kinney added 2 runs.  Cole Priggel was 1-4 with a double, a stolen base and he too scored twice.

The Eagles totaled 10 hits on the day and 7 were for extra bases.

Oran will return to the field next Wednesday for their home-opener.  It will be a baseball/softball doubleheader against Oak Ridge.  First pitches are scheduled for 4:30.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Lady Eagles improve to 3-0

The Oran High School softball team won their third straight game to open the season this afternoon at Advance, defeating the Hornets 11-0.

Oran scored a run in the top of the first, Sydney Kern reached on an infield single, stole second and scored on Leah Cauble's double.  Clare Ramsey hit a vicious line drive that was snared by the pitcher and the inning fizzled.

In fact, the Eagles would not get a runner past first base the next three innings.

On the slow start, Coach Jim Eftink said, "It took us a while to get going. Their starting pitcher was a little unorthodox and she had us flustered."

Meanwhile, Sam Welter had a bend but don't break mentality in the pitcher's circle as the home team had two runners in the first and third, but they could not get a runner past second base.  In fact, Advance did not get a runner past 2nd the whole game and only had one baserunner after the third inning.  That was a two-out single in the sixth.

Finally, in the fifth, Oran got going as they batted 13.  They scored 8 runs on 8 hits and were helped by 2 Hornet errors and a base on balls.  The biggest at-bats came from Ramsey, who drove in 2 with a double to left and Kenzie Graviett who plated 2 on a squeeze play before she was thrown out trying to advance to second.

In the seventh, Malia Legrand was hit by a pitch, Kern laced a line drive that got past the left-fielder allowing Legrand to score and Kern advance all the way to third.  Kaylee Payne singled Kern home to wrap up the scoring.

Welter went the distance in the circle.  She allowed only 4 hits, a walk while striking out 5.

Regarding Welter, Eftink said, "Sam had a seven-inning shutout and with her change up not working that well she made due with her other pitches."

Eftink also praised the defense of two of his players, "Kudos to Kenzie Graviett who stepped up to start her first game at third base. She had quite a game. Looked solid over there. I'm very proud of her.  Also, Sydney had a very good game out in center. She made a couple of running catches.  She and Kenzie were gold ball winners."

At the plate, Cauble went 3-4, with a double and an RBI.  Kern was 3-5 and scored 3 runs.  Kenzie Graviett was 2-4 with 2 runs driven in and Payne drove in 2 while going 1-4.  Maddie Graviett added 2 hits in four at bats.

Eftink said, "Leah had another big game at the plate. She's off to a great start."

"Up next for us is a trip to Puxico. Kaylee will get the start over there."

That game is Tuesday at 4:30.

A message from high school principal, Adam Friga

Recently the Oran Girls and Boys basketball teams were able to accomplish a historical feat by earning a trip to the final four in the same season.

If you were not able to make the games, let it be known that our student-athletes were the epitome of 1st class in all their actions.  Our kids and coaches were respectful, well behaved, appreciative and they even had some fun doing it.

While all these qualities make us proud to be an Oran Eagle, it would be a huge understatement if we did not recognize ALL those in the community/school that equally contribute to our great school.

Community support, hard work, pride, and treating each other like family is a staple in making Oran Schools the best in the state.  While a Thank You for the TREMENDOUS amount of support during our final four run this year is in order.  THANK YOU.  An even bigger THANK YOU is in order for your unwavering support through the test of time.

It is no accident Oran R-III schools remains top notch due to your commitment to the school's betterment.  On behalf of Oran Schools, we sincerely appreciate it all.

Oran Eagle Pride,
Adam Friga

Same stuff, different day

For the Oran High School girls softball team, it had to be like déjà vu all over again yesterday when they defeated the Delta Bobcats 10-0 in 5 innings, the same exact score as their win Monday over Scott City.

Sure, the weather wasn't as nice, but the bats were hotter and the pitching was still beach-like.

Once again the Lady Eagles jumped on top early, as they sent eight to the plate and scored 4 times.

Sydney Kern reached on a dropped 3rd strike.  Then back-to-back triples by Leah Cauble and Jessie Long made the score 2-0.  Claire Ramsey reached second on an outfield error, allowing Long to cross, 3-0.  Maddie Graviett got on board thanks to an infield error that allowed Ramsey's courtesy runner, Macy Senciboy to score.

More runs in the second as Kern blooped a single with one out, stole second and scored on Kaylee Payne's single to left.  Payne jogged home when Cauble hit a thunderous drive over the left field fence for the first dinger of the year and it was 7-0 after 2.

More scoring in the third for Oran, Maddie Graviett singled to start the frame.  Savannah Elfrink entered to pitch run.  She stole second.  With one out Katelyn Streeter walked.  Then with two down, the Lady Eagles executed the double-steal.  Payne promptly drove in  both baserunners with an RBI single to center that was misplayed, allowing Payne to reach third.  Payne scored the 10th and final run of the day on Cauble's infield single.

Coach Jim Eftink talked about his club's offense, "The top of the lineup continues to get us jump started.  And now we're starting to hit for power. Cauble had the home run. But we also had a couple of triples and those balls were scorched."

Freshman Kaylee Payne got her first start in the pitcher's circle.  She went 5 shutout innings, gave up only 1 hit, struck out 11 and only walked 1.

On Payne's performance, Eftink said, "Nice job by Kaylee. She was in control the whole game. She tossed a one-hitter but could have easily had a no-hitter if not for a bad pitch call by me."

At the plate, Cauble went 3-3 with a home run and a triple.  She drove in 4 and scored twice.  Payne was 2 for 3, had 3 runs driven in and also scored twice.  Kern was 1-3, score twice and had 2 stolen bases. Long was 1-3 with the triple and an RBI.

The 2-0 Lady Eagles are scheduled to play at Advance today at 4:30 against the combined Advance and Zalma team.

Coach Eftink said this, "Up next is Advance. Samantha (Welter) will be on the mound for her second start. She gave up a pair of hits in her first start. Payne only gave up one hit [yesterday]. As competitive as those two are, Sam will likely try to top that."

We'll let you know if she does.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

A season of firsts

The Oran High School boys' and girls' basketball team reached new highs this year.

The Lady Eagles won their district tournament for a fourth straight year but were able to advance past the sectional game for the first time in school history.  Oran made it all the way to the final four but they were unable to post a victory in Columbia and finished 4th in class 2.  They ended their season with a 27-5 record, which is the most wins ever for the program.

They won first place in the Lady Devil Invitational for the second year in a row.  The won the title in the Delta New Year's tournament for the first time by defeating Saxony Lutheran for the first time in 5 years.  They have won two consecutive Scott-Mississippi Conference Tournaments and regular season titles.  They have been winners in their last 15 conference games dating back to 2015.

Leah Cauble was named all-state for the second year in a row, all-district and was the conference player of the year.  Jessie Long and Kaylee Payne were named all-district and all-conference.  Brianna Stause was named to the all-district team.

Cauble now has the 4th most points scored in a season with 1058 and is number 10 in free
throws made in a season with 237.  Also, notable is that last year she set the 3rd highest mark for points and points per game for freshmen at 689 and 25.52 respectively.  This year she led the Lady Eagles 33.1 ppg scoring clip, 4 assists per game.  She also led the team with 67 made 3 point field goals. She had 4.8 rebounds per game.

Payne finished her freshman campaign with a 10.8 scoring average.  She had 4.9 rebounds a game and dished out 3 assists per contest.

Long also finished the season averaging in double-digit scoring with 10.1 ppg and grabbed a team-high 7.6 rebounds.

Stause, the teams' lone senior hit for 7.5 ppg and Claire Ramsey scored 3.9 a game.

Cauble, Payne, Long, Stause and Ramsey played in all 32 games

Kenzie Graviett played in 30 and averaged 2.9 ppg.  Katelyn Streeter saw action in 19 and scored 2.4.  Madison Ramsey got in 18 games and scored 2.7.

As a team, they averaged 71 points per game, while allowing only 43
Reflecting on the season, Coach Ethan Evans said, "I can't say enough about the awesome jobs both our JV and Varsity girls did this season."

"Our JV girls got all kinds of experience and were able to improve throughout the season. They showed great heart and determination this year, especially winning the Conference tournament with only 5 players."

"Wow, what an awesome season our varsity had this year! A school record for wins, another district championship, a win over Saxony in the Delta Tournament, and a first-ever trip to the final 4. Although we came up short at state I am happy the girls were able to get some exposure to the big time. With the girls we have back we hope to make it back to the state championships once again next year."

Oran only graduates 1 and will return 4 starters and the first 3 off the bench.

For the boys,  it was also a season of great accomplishments.  For the first time since 1969, the Eagles advanced to the state championship game and for the first time ever they came away victorious.

Sophomore Jacob Shoemaker scored 33 points in the title game to lead the Eagles.  His 19 free throw attempts place him tied at number 6 in that category and his 16 made places him 5th all time in the final four single-game record book.  The 15 he made in the fourth period ranks him 2nd all-time in free throws made in a quarter.

Max Priggel was named the all-state class 2 player of the year, all-district and all-conference player of the year.  Shoemaker was named all-state, all-district and all-conference.  Head Coach Joe Shoemaker was named the Class 2 Coach of the Year.

Priggel led the team with a 19.7 scoring average, he hit 75 three-point field goals and 96 free throws, all tops.  Shoemaker averaged 16.2 a game, was 2nd with 61 treys and 88 free throws.  He was the top rebounder with 6.6 a game.  Cole Priggel finished with at 10.1 ppg.  Layne Johnson just missed double-digits.  He scored 9.9 a game.  Johnson was tops with 3.2 assists per game and 2nd with 6.5 boards per contest.

The Eagles averaged 65.8 points per game while allowing 50.9.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "First I want to thank the community and school for all of the support they gave us this year."

Also, "I was very proud of the never give up attitude that the team developed this season.  This team was very unselfish and never cared about individual glory but only worried about what was best for the team.  We battled through injury and sickness for the first part of the year and then never lost a game when we had everyone available."

"I want to thank my seniors for the time and effort that gave over their careers and I hope they have learned something that will help them in their futures. I hope everyone else's memories are as good as mine."

Oran loses Max Priggel, Wyatt Kinney and Luke Barnes to graduation.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Eagles rout Rams

Not long before yesterday's first pitch between the Oran High School Lady Eagles and the visiting Scott City Rams, there was a brief rain shower.  But after that, it was blue skies and clear sailing as Oran defeated the defending district champs 10-0 in 5 innings.

Freshman Sam Welter, making her high school debut, was named the opening-day pitcher.

Her first inning wasn't without drama.  A lead-off walk, followed by a one-out error and a groundout resulted in the visitors having runners at second and third with two down.  Welter then got a called third strike to end the threat.

The Eagles quickly seized the momentum in the bottom half of the frame.  Sydney Kern worked a walk and then, on the first pitch to Kaylee Payne, stole second.  Payne, attempting to sacrifice, laid down the bunt and beat the play at first for a single, moving Kern to third.  Payne stole on the first pitch to Leah Cauble.  Cauble drove both in with a long double down the left field line.  Jessie Long hit a single to right to drive in Cauble and after one Oran was up 3-0.

Coach Jim Eftink on the importance of that first inning, "It was important to get out in front. As soon as Sydney got on base in the first inning, I knew we would score."

"She and Payne are spark plugs for us. They're both quick and can make things happen on the bases."

Welter worked around a two-out bloop single in the second.

In the bottom half, Kenzie Graviett led off with a ground-rule double to right-center, Katelyn Streeter reached on an infield error and Kern singled to load the bases with a slap hit to left.  Then with two-outs, Long picked up an RBI with an infield single.  Claire Ramsey reached on another infield error pushing across the second run of the inning making the score 5-0 after two.

Scott City managed a one-out baserunner in the third before the Eagles went back to work.

Graviett reached on an error, moved to second on Streeter's sac bunt and to third when Kern reached base on another Ram fielding error.  Graviett scored on Payne's single.  Kern scored after the ball was booted in the outfield and Payne ended up at second.  Payne scored when Cauble singled to left.  Cauble stole second and came home on Long's single down the right-field line.

9-0 Oran.

A one-out walk in the top of the fourth got no further than first base.

The Eagles closed out the scoring in the bottom of the fourth

Welter walked to lead off the inning, Savannah Elfrink was used as a courtesy runner, Maddie Graviett singled advancing Elfrink to second.  A wild pitch moved both runners up one base.  Kenzie Graviett grounded back to the pitcher and Elfrink was tagged at the plate trying to score.  Kern walked to load the bases with two outs.  Scott City had a passed ball during Payne's at bat which allowed Kenzie Graviett to score the 10th run.

During the top of the fifth, the Rams, who needed a run to continue the contest, worked a leadoff walk, a one-out single and a wild pitch to move runners to second and third with only one down.  Welter was able to get a pop out and a ground out to short to clinch the run-rule victory an once again end a threat unscathed.

Long finished 3-3 at the plate with 4 runs driven in.  Cauble was 2-3 with 2 RBI, including a double.  Payne was 2 for 4 with an RBI.

Eftink about the Eagles first game bats, "Timely hitting up and down the lineup was a big factor. We seemed to get the big hit when we needed it.  Cauble came through with a big double in first inning to give us a lead. Long came through later in the game with a big hit."

Welter went 5 shutout innings, allowed only 2 hits, walked 3 and struck out 5.

Eftink on Welter's performance, "Great job by Sam Welter. She showed a lot of composure for a freshman. Got off to a shaky start but then settled in. I think it was nerves. This was her first high school game and it just happened to be against our top rival."

Oran, now 1-0, will be back in action on Wednesday when they host another district opponent, Delta at 4:30.

Eftink added, "We'll see what Payne can do against Delta [in the circle] on Wednesday ."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Track and Field preview

After a dip in numbers last year, the Oran High School track and field teams will have 13 members when they open their season on Thursday at East Prairie.  The meet starts at 4 pm.

Last year, the Eagles had no girls to participate and in past years it had been the Lady Eagles that had excelled in the dashes, hurdles, relays and the shot put to send qualifiers to the state meet.

Coach Ethan Evan said, "Our participation is up this year and we will actually have a girls' team. We have several younger kids that are excited to compete. We hope to get better after each meet and compete strongly in districts."

Returning on the boys' side is junior Bradley Brooks.  Brooks holds the school record in the 100M dash at 11.96 set at Kelly last year.

All of the girls will be newcomers to the squad, but freshman Savannah Below might be one to watch.

For a printable copy of the roster click HERE.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Baseball preview

There won't be many empty seats on the bus this year when the Oran Eagles baseball team hits the road.  Twenty-one players are on the squad.  It includes 3 seniors, 6 juniors, 4 sophomores and 8 freshmen.  They lost 4 to graduation from last season Preston Hahn, Tanner McVay, Blake Overfield and Blake Schlitt.

Last season the Eagles finished at 15-9 losing to the two-time state champs Bell City in the district championship game.

Oran will return several key players.

Drew Reischman led the team last spring with a .429 average 3 home runs and 36 RBI.  Austin Eftink batted .412 with 13 driven in.  Cole Priggel hit .356, drove in 15 and led the team with 12 stolen bases.  Layne Johnson finished at .313 and 13 RBI.

On the mound, Johnson was 3-5 with 4 saves, a 3.76 era in 44 2/3 innings he had 66 strikeouts and only 23 walks.  Reischman was 3-1, had 1 save, a 2.21 era.  He pitched 44 1/3 innings struck out 51 while walking 22.

During the fall campaign, where the competition was not as stiff, the Eagles finished 7-1.  Reischman batted .519, 3 more homers and 7 RBI.  Priggel batted .417, 8 RBI and had 3 triples.  Freshman Todd Priggel was at .360, 1 home run and a team-leading 11 RBI.

Johnson was 3-1, with a 1.45 in 19 innings.  He struck out 38 and walked 5.  Clay Sauceda had a 2-0 record and a 0.91 era.  He pitched 10 innings, struck out 10 and walked 1.  Reischman was 1-0, allowed no earned runs through 9 innings.  He had 11 strikeouts and gave up 5 walks.  Todd Priggel also finished 1-0. His era was 1.00 during his 7 innings. He struck out 12 and walked 5.

Of this year's 22 game schedule, 6 are class 1 opponents, 3 are class 2.  There are 8 from class 3, 3 from class 4 and 2 class 5.

The first game is Friday at Bloomfield at 4:30.

Here is a copy of the roster:

For a printable copy of the roster click HERE

Softball Preview

It will be a quick turnaround for a large portion of the Oran Lady Eagles 16 player roster as they transition from basketball to softball.  Eight were playing in the basketball final four just over a week ago and another was a cheerleader.

But this Monday they will hit the field for the first time at 4:30 when they host Scott City.  The Lady Rams ended Oran season last year in the district championship game, 7-6.

Oran graduated two seniors from last year's squad that finished 10-7.  Both were pitchers, Tatum May and Hannah Scherer.

The girls have bumped their schedule up from 18 games last year to 22 this year and they will face all four local district winners, Scott City, Kennett, New Madrid County Central and Malden.

The roster includes 5 juniors, 4 sophomores and 7 freshmen.

Of those returning players  Leah Cauble led the team with a .455 batting average and 24 RBI.  She also had a home run and 17 stolen bases.  Jessie Long batted .417 and drove in 14.  Sydney Kern hit .404 and had a team-high 21 stolen bases.  Claire Ramsey finished with a .364 average and led the team with 3 home runs and 18 runs batted in.

Kenzie Graviett is the only returning pitcher that saw action last year.  She wound up 5-2 with a 2.33 era.  She tossed 39 innings in 11 games.

She'll have help from a couple of talented freshmen in Sam Welter and Kaylee Payne.

Here is a copy of the roster:

For a printable copy of the roster, click HERE

What's happenin' (3/20-3/25)

It's time to start spring sports for Oran High School after a very successful winter campaign.

This year there will be issues with parking as recent weather has slowed down the Manac construction.  Please be patient.  There is a small amount available along the tree-line past the softball field and hopefully more soon on the other side of the Crooked Ford.  There is still parking in the alley down the first base side of the baseball field.  We all hope the situation improves as the season progresses.

The softball girls hit the field on Monday at 4:30 when they host district rival Scott City.  The Lady Rams took 2 from the Lady Eagles last year, 4-2 in the regular season opener and 7-6 in the district championship game.  Scott City opened the season on Friday with a 10-0 five-inning rout of Gideon.

There are no games scheduled on Tuesday.

The softballers will be back at it on Wednesday.  Oran will host the Delta Bobcats at 4:30.  Last year Delta and Advance played together because of small numbers at Delta.  This year the Bobcats have enough.

On Thursday, the track team will hear the starter's gun for the 1st time as they compete at East Prairie.  The meet starts at 4 pm.

Also on Thursday, the Lady Eagles will travel to Advance for their first road game of the season at 4:30.  This year the Hornets are combined with Zalma.  The A-Z team opened its season on Friday with a 10-0 win over Bell City in 6 innings.

First pitch for baseball will be on Friday.  The Eagles travel to Bloomfield for a 4:30 contest.  Last spring, this game was rescheduled due to the Wildcats' run to the final four in basketball and then rained out and never played.  During the fall season, Oran won a thriller 2-1.

On Saturday the boys will play two.  They travel to Dexter to take on the host Bearcats at 10 am.  Last year the Eagles lost a slugfest 14-12 in a game played at Ste. Genevieve.  Game two is scheduled for noon against Valle Catholic, the three-time defending class 2 state champs.  Last year the Warriors won 10-0.

We hope to have softball and baseball spring previews out either today or tomorrow.  Track will be early next week.

Wrap-ups for the hoops season will also come out early next week.  We have to wait on some post-season awards to be announced before we can release the information.

Also, once again this year, you can listen to Eagle baseball on 104.1 FM.

I also hope to include more embedded audio during the spring seasons' blogposts.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Some final pix and links from the final four

Girls' trophy presentation:

The final few moments of the boys championship game including trophy presentation HERE

To view the video of the boys being greeted by Eagles nation after coming up from the locker room, click HERE

KFVS12 used Gary Reischman's video to show the homecoming HERE and a little longer version is HERE

You may have seen some of these before:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Semifinal round at Columbia

Because of the logistics and all the stuff going on up here and since they seemed to go over okay last time, only an audio blog will take place this weekend.  I hope no one is disappointed.

The boys game was first:

The updates for the girls' game ends with the Eagles down 50-46 because they got no closer:

The girls play in the consolation game today at 7:45 when they take on Scotland County.

The boys play Saturday at 6:20 for the title against Crane.

Monday, March 6, 2017

My "audio" highlights from the quarterfinals

One of the ways that I get information for my blog posts is by taking notes at the games that I attend.  Now I don't write my notes, instead I talk into a recorder so that I can play them back later.  If I had to write I would miss too much with my head down and I'd never be able to read my chicken scratch later.

Since Saturday was kind of a special day, I thought I would share my notes with you.

I hope you enjoy.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

What's happenin' (3/6-3/11)

This weekly preview is going to be a little different than normal.  I hope to be able to provide information about opportunities, events and activities leading up to the final four trip to Columbia.

Here goes.

Final Four t-shirts are available to order but it has to be done fast. This is the e-mail that went out today:

Place your order for Final Four T-shirts by Monday, @ 10:00 am!!! We will not be able to add on to this order after 10:00 am!!!!

The Shirts will be white with a lot of Royal Blue and will have “School History 2017” incorporated in the design on the front of the shirt!!!!

You may email me at or Mrs. Jan @ with your order. You may also call the school and speak with me (Crystal) at 262-3345 ext. 2 or (Jan) @ 262-3435 ext. 1 and place your order by 10:00 am!!!!

Shirts are $10.  XXL is $11 and XXXL is $12.  Youth sizes are available.


The Oran Booster Club will be having a Spaghetti Dinner on Tuesday, March 7 from 5:00 pm -- 8:00 pm or until we feed everyone!!!

The funds raised will go to help pay for meals for 3 days for both the boys & girls teams & cheerleaders & coaches!

MSHSAA doesn't cover that so all the help we can get will be greatly appreciated!

I'm going to need help cooking, serving, everything! I'm going to need desserts, too! Thanks for any help I can get!

There will probably be updates on the Booster Club facebook page HERE.

The games will start on Thursday.  The boys play at 3:20 and the girls at 6:40 both play in the Hearnes Center.

If the boys win game one, the championship game is on Saturday at 6:20 pm.  If they lose the first one, the consolation game is on Friday at 6 pm.

If the girls win game one, their title game would be on Saturday at 8:10 pm and the third-place game is on Friday at 7;45 pm.

All games on Friday and Saturday are played in Mizzou Arena.  For a link to brackets, click HERE.

Quarterfinal sweep

Two teams, two underdogs, two comebacks and two Oran High School Eagle teams heading onto the final four in Columbia.  The boys defeated Hartville, 55-52 and the girls won 72-69 over Neelyville.

The day at Three Rivers College started with the boys taking on the number 1 ranked, and defending class 2 state champions, Hartville Eagles.  Hartville had reached the quarterfinal by defeated the second-ranked team, Thayer in the sectional round.

Oran, unranked all season, found itself in a hole early after controlling the opening tip against the much larger Hartville center, but then the turnover bug bit.  The Eagles worked their way back into the game and were down 11-9 with 2:40 remaining in the opening period when Hartville took a time out after a couple of Max Priggel "threes" from the left corner.

The two teams were tied after the first eight minutes at 13.

The squads traded 6 point runs during the first three minutes of quarter two.  Oran used another Priggel trey and a Jacob Shoemaker "and one" to knot the score at 19.  The Eagles were outscored 12-6 the rest of the way and to make matters worse, both Layne Johnson and Cole Priggel carried three fouls into the halftime locker room.

The third quarter opened with quick fouls on both Johnson and Cole.  Johnson fouled out at the 4:02 mark and after the made free throws Oran was down by 10, 38-28.

But, the Eagles refused to quit.  A Todd Priggel three and two free throws by Luke Barnes helped cut the deficit to 1, 38-37 heading into the fourth.

One minute and 16 seconds into the last period, Max Priggel hit two free throws to give the Eagles their first lead of the game, 39-38.  But the lead wouldn't last.

It was 47-46 at the 2:41 mark after Max hit an "and one".  Shoemaker hit 2 free tosses with 2:04 left and it was 49-47 Oran.  A nice dish from Shoemaker to Drew Reischman, who was open under the basket made it 51-48 with 1:20 left. Shoemaker hit 2 more with 36.4 on the clock, 53-49.  After Wyatt Kinney hit one of two at the line with 20.9 seconds left the Eagles were up 54-49.  Hartville hit an NBA-range three with 15.4 left and called a timeout down 2.

After the inbounds, Shoemaker was fouled with 11.1 showing on the clock, he hit the second and Oran led 55-52.  A three-point shot came up empty for Hartville, the rebound was tipped away, the clock ran out and the celebration was on!

During the fourth quarter the Eagles hit 12 of 16 free throws, Hartville was 4 of 12 during the same stretch.

Besides Johnson, Cole and Todd Priggel fouled out.  Hartville also had three players disqualified during the "interestingly" officiated contest.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The boys were very resilient.    We faced adversity with getting down 10 points in the second half and players fouling out. They were able to battle through and get a nice victory."

Max Priggel was the game's top-scorer with 24. He hit 3 treys, was 11-12 from the line, including 5-5 in the fourth.  Shoemaker finished with 11 he was7-9 from at the charity stripe, hitting 6 of his last 7.

Todd Priggel finished with 7, including a three.  Johnson and Cole Priggel totaled 4.  Barnes and Reischman had 2 apiece and Kinney had a single tally.

Oran finished 25 of 32 from the free throw line for 78% and that proved to be the difference as Hartville hit only 15 of 28 for 54%.

The Eagles are now 21-8.  They will face Sacred Heart at 3:20 pm on Thursday at the Hearnes Center on the Mizzou campus in a state semi-final match-up.  The Gremlins are a private school located in Sedalia, they too were unranked in the last regular season poll that came out on February 16.

Game two was also a heart attack just waiting to happen.

Oran's opponent, the Neelyville Tigers while unranked, had defeated the state's number two ranked team, Thayer, in the district final and the fourth-ranked squad, Gainesville, during the sectional.

The girls were able to take a first quarter lead when a Kaylee Payne three put Oran on top 14-13  with 1:43 left.  But the Neelyville Tigers closed out the period on a 7-3 run to take a 20-17 lead into the second.

During that second period, Payne picked up her third foul and the buzzer sounded with the Eagles down by 2, 34-32.

Leah Cauble hit one of her four three-pointers on Oran's first possession to regain the lead 35-34.  She would hit two more that frame,  Brianna Stause would add one as well Jessie Long scored 7 and the Eagles headed into the final quarter up 55-51 after a 5-0 run.

About a minute into the fourth quarter, Cauble broke a triple team in the backcourt and hit a wide open Stause to make the score 57-53.  Cauble found an open Long with 6:10 left and it was 60-53. After a Tiger timeout, Oran had a rash of turnovers and with 4:20 left it was 60-59.  Cauble was fouled at the 4:02 mark and made both.  With 3:35 remaining, Cauble grabbed a rebound, was fouled and made two more throws, 64-59.  She made 1 of 2 at the 3:05 mark.

An Eagle turnover led to a Tiger layup and it was 65-61 with 2 and a half minutes left in the game.

Cauble made 2 more free throws with 2:15 to go.  It happened again at the 1:55 mark and the lead was eight, 69-61.  Payne fouled out with 1:46 left on a made Neelyville field goal attempt and the score was 69-63.  The free throw attempt was missed, the rebound went out of bounds and the ball was awarded to Oran.

With 1:14 left it was 69-65 and it was 69-67 with 58.2 ticks left when the Tigers took another time out.

Cauble was fouled on the inbounds, made the first and missed the second, but a hustling Claire Ramsey got a tie-up on the rebound and it was the Eagles ball on the alternating possession with 57.1 on the game clock.

An Oran turnover led to a Neelyville bucket and it was a one-point game, 70-69 with 28 seconds remaining.

Then with 16.1 left, Katelyn Streeter was fouled.  She made the second.  Neelyville miss fired but the rebound was tied up and the Tigers got the ball under their goal with 5.9 on the clock, down 2.  The Eagles, however, were able to tie up the inbounds pass and get the ball back with 5.2 left and Coach Ethan Evans took a time out.

On the inbounds play the ball was heaved to the Oran front court, but no one had broken deep.  Fortunately, Stause was able to chase the ball down just before it went out of bounds and back-tip it to Ramsey, who was fouled with 3.7 left.  She made the first but missed the second.  A desperation heave was late and off line by Neelyville and Oran girls basketball continued its dream season with a 72-69 win to propel the team to the final four for the first time in the school's history.

Coach Evans said, "I am so proud of the effort that these girls put forth. We battled and battled and were able to come out on top. It was an unbelievable ending to an amazing day for Oran High School and the whole community."

Cauble was the day's top point-producer with 33.  She hit 4-4 from beyond the arc, 13-15 from the line.  She had 5 rebounds and 6 assists.  She also went over 1000 points for the season.  Jessie Long finished with 15 points and a team-high 8 boards.

Payne had 8 points before fouling out.  She hit 2 of 3 from distance. Stause had the three as a part of her 7 points.  She had 6 rebounds herself.  Ramsey and Kenzie Graviett scored 4 each.  Ramsey knocked down a three. Streeter added her free throw.

The Eagles shot 52% from inside the arc (14-27) and a very good 42% from beyond (8-19).  At the line, they were 20-27 for 74%.  Oran hit 8 treys on the day compared to only 2 by Neelyville and outscored them at the free-throw line, 20 to 13.

The Eagles will now make their first final four visit on Thursday at 6:40 pm in the Hearnes Center.  They will face the Adrian Blackhawks.  The Blackhawks come in with a 29-1 record and were the number 8 ranked team in the latest coaches' poll.  Adrian is located near the Kansas border, south of Kansas City.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Eagles to elite eight

The history-making season continues as both the boys and girls basketball teams picked up sectional victories last night at Jackson High School.  The boys escaped with a comeback win, 53-47 over Hayti and the girls struggled early but pulled away late to come out on top 73-54 against Puxico.

Both teams had to have someone step up when its normal leading scorer was being held in check and one produced a career-high and the other a season-high.

In the opener, for the boys, that someone was Cole Priggel.  Despite taking a kick to the face early in the first quarter and ending up with quite a shiner, Priggel was the game's top scorer with 28, 16 over his normal average for his best scoring night ever.

The contest started out frigid for the Eagles on the offensive end against the Indians.  They trailed early 10-3.  But after an Oran timeout with 3:12 on the clock, the defense started to click.  A Jacob Shoemaker runner in the lane and a turnover converted into a layup by Max Priggel, the Eagles led 15-12 after 1.

Oran led most of the second period until a late flurry by the Indians sent the Eagles to the locker room trailing 24-21.

In the second half, things were looking bleak as Oran trailed 35-30 heading into the final 8 minutes.

The deficit was 7, 37-30, in the fourth, when Max Priggel hit the first "3" of the night for the Eagles, that was followed by a Shoemaker trey and with 6:40 remaining, momentum had moved to the Oran side.  Hayti called a time out and their lead had shrunk to 1.

The teams exchanged baskets for the next four minutes as Cole Priggel put the team on his back and carried them with several nice drives and a pull-up jumper.

Then, with 2:20 left, Layne Johnson crashed to boards for a tip-in to give the Eagles the lead 47-46. Hayti would score only 1 point from there on out.  Cole Priggel went 6-6 from the line in the final two minutes and Oran picked up the 6 point win.

Of Coles' 28, 20 came during the second half while the rest of the team combined for 12.  He was 8 for 8 on the night from the line.  Max, who paces the team with a 20 point per game average,  was the only other Eagle in double digits with 10.  He hit the one three and made 5 of 6 free-throw attempts before fouling out with just under two minutes left.

Shoemaker finished with 7, including his one three-pointer.  Johnson, who was in early foul trouble ended up with 6 and Drew Reischman rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

Wyatt Kinney, Luke Barnes and Todd Priggel played but none scored.

A very happy head coach Joe Shoemaker told the blog, "I thought the boys did a great job of fighting through a bad shooting night. This was our second worse shooting performance of the year."

 "I was happy with the low number of turnovers we had and we did a decent job on the boards and I felt we really guarded and rebounded well at the end of the game."

 "Once again the boys were very unselfish and found the hot hand in Cole Priggel, who had a heck of a game. He was the third different player to lead us in scoring in the last three playoff games."  The other two were Shoemaker with 27 against Valle and Max Priggel with 29 in the game against Scott City.

As a team, Oran was 15-20 at the stripe for 75%.

The win puts the Eagles at 20-8 and continues the best season since the 2012-13 final four team.

Up next will be the defending class 2 champions, the 25-5 Hartville Eagles who were 40-37 winners over the Thayer Bobcats last night in their sectional at Mountain Grove High School.  The contest will be at Three Rivers College.  Game time is 1 pm.

In the nightcap, the Puxico Indians, whom the Eagles had defeated by 44 points earlier this season, came in with a game plan that focused on stopping Oran's leading scorer Leah Cauble.  Two defenders were assigned to her in the front court.  The measure stymied the Eagle offense early but with the double-team on Cauble that left no weak side help for the post, which made Jessie Long that someone.  She hit for a season-high 24 as the offense went over the top.

Oran led 15-12 after the first period, just like in game one of the night.  Long had 8 of those points.

The Eagles were able to expand its lead to 8 at halftime, 30-22.

Early in the third quarter, Puxico had cut the margin to 3, 30-27.  But that was as close as they would get as Oran slowly expanded the lead to as much at 20 in the fourth and ended up winning by 19.

Coach Ethan Evans told the blog this morning, "I thought we had some girls step up big for us last night. We struggled offensively the first few minutes and that was due to their defense. They came in with a good game plan to take away Leah and we had to adjust. I was proud of the way the girls responded."

Long had a double-double.  She grabbed a dozen boards to go along with her two dozen points on 10-15 shooting from the field and 4 of 6 from the line.  Cauble, who averages 34.5 points per game, finished with 17 and was 5 of 6 at the free-throw line.

Kenzie Graviett had a season-high 7 off the bench and hit her only free throw.  Brianna Stause also finished with 7, including a trey.  She had 4 assists.  Claire Ramsey had 6, she hit a "3".  Kaylee Payne had 5 points and had a team-high 5 assists.

Stause, Ramsey and Payne each ended the game with four personal fouls apiece, as once again the Eagles struggled with foul problems.

Katelyn Streeter chipped in four and Madison "Mad Dog" Ramsey hit a big three-pointer in the fourth when it looked like the Eagles offense had gone stagnant.

Oran hit 58% from two (25-43)  but only 19% from three (3-16).  There were 14-25 from the line for 56%.

During the fourth quarter, the Eagles outscored Puxico 19-12.  All 12 Indian points came from the free-throw line.

Oran continues to set new marks for the most wins in a season, they are now 26-3.  They will face the defending state runner-ups, the 22-4 Neelyville Tigers in their first ever foray into the quarterfinal round.  Neelyville defeated the Gainesville Bulldogs 68-51 in their sectional.  The game will take place after the boys' on Saturday.  Tip time is set for 2:45.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

What's happenin' (2/27-3/4)

An exciting week of Oran High School basketball coming up.  Both the boys and girls will be playing in the sectional round of the state playoffs.  Those games will take place on Wednesday starting at 6 pm at Jackson High School.

The boys, 19-8, will play first.  They will take on the Hayti Indians.  The Indians are 19-11.  The two teams last met in the quarterfinal round of the 2011-12 state playoffs.  Hayti won that game 74-48 and finished 3rd in the state.

The girls, 25-3, are scheduled to tip at 7:45.  They will face the Puxico Indians.  These Indians have a record of 20-6.  The squads met for the championship of the Lady Devil Invitational on Dec. 10th and the Eagles won convincingly 85-41.

The winners of these games will advance to the quarterfinal round on Saturday at Three Rivers College.  The boys game will start at 1 pm and the girls at 2:45.

Practice for spring sports officially starts tomorrow.

Friday, February 24, 2017

History made!

For the first time ever at Oran High School, the boys and girls basketball teams won their district tournaments in the same year.  The girls had to come from behind to defeat Chaffee 62-48, while the boys dismantled Scott City 64-31.

In the first game of the night the Eagles were tied with the Lady Devils 12-12 after one and when Oran took a timeout with 5:23 left in the 2nd, they were down 20-15 and had two-starters, Brianna Stause and Kaylee Payne in foul trouble.

But, from there through the third quarter it was all Eagles.

Oran closed out the half on a 7-0 run to take a precarious 22-20 lead into the break.

Stause hit a 3 to open the second half and then intercepted a pass and drove the length of the court, made the layup and the lead was 27-20.  With 4:34 left in the period, when Chaffee took a timeout,  it was 33-23.  By the end of the frame it was 39-25 and 14 points would be the final margin of victory.

The Coach Ethan Evans said, "It was nice to get out of this game with a victory, especially the way we played. The first half we didn’t rebound and stood around too much on offense. Our press was ineffective and that was partly due to foul trouble and partly due to lack of hustle. In the second half we were able to get into a little bit of a rhythm and get to the free throw line to close the game out."

After a sluggish start, Leah Cauble scored 24 of her game-high 35 points during the second half, including  12-12 from the line.  She was 16-18 overall at the charity stripe.  She also led the team with 4 assists and 4 steals.

Stause finished with 9 points before fouling out.  She had 2 treys and a blocked shot.  Payne, who missed most of the 3rd quarter after picking up her 4th personal finished with 7 including a three-pointer.

Jessie Long grabbed a team-best 9 rebounds and she also had 6 points.  Kenzie Graviett finished with 4 points. She hit 2 big free throws to give her team the lead at the intermission.  Claire Ramsey tossed in a free throw to round out the scoring.

Katelyn Streeter and Madison Ramsey saw the court but not the scoring column.

As a team they hit 53.6% from inside the arc (15-28) and 26.7% from beyond (4-15).  At the free throw line the Eagles were 20-26 for 76.9%.

It was the fourth victory of the year over the conference foe Chaffee.  The win improves Oran's record to 25-3, which sets a new mark for most wins in a season.  It is their fourth (no matter what you might have read elsewhere) district title in a row.

The girls will next face Puxico on Wednesday night at 7:45 pm at Jackson High School when they try to advance past the sectional round for the first time.

In the nightcap, the Eagles jumped out early and dominated.

Oran led 12-5 when the Rams called time out with 2:40 left in the first.  They led 19-9 after one.

The score was 27-9 with 5:54 remaining before halftime when Scott City took another time out.  It was 36-17 at the break.

A third quarter margin of 21-5 erased any doubts that might have lingered an the Eagles enjoyed a running clock 4th quarter.

The boys, who were playing in their 7th straight district final and had lost their last 3, were led by the only player that had been on the short end of those games, Senior Max Priggel.

Max drained 29 points, and nailed 4 from beyond the arc.  Layne Johnson hit for 12 including a trey.  Jacob Shoemaker scored 10.

Cole Priggel finished with 8 and Drew Reischman added 5.

Wyatt Kinney, Luke Barnes, Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink, William Kluesner, Joey Phillips and Todd Priggel also saw action.

The team was 11-16 from the line for 68.8%

Head coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The boys executed the defensive game plan very well. We didn't shoot the ball very well, but we were able to get out in transition and get some easy baskets. We also did a good job of playing very unselfishly on the offensive end and fed the hot hand."

It was the fourth meeting between the two conference rivals, all won by Oran.  Scott City had scored an average of 60 ppg in the previous three and the Eagles held them to 31 last night.

The title is the first for the boys since the final-four team won in 2013.

They improved to 19-8 and will face the Hayti Indians on Wednesday, March 1st at 6 pm in a game at Jackson High School.

FCA serves cheerleaders

Before yesterday's hour-long bus ride to Perryville began, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes served cookies to the OHS cheerleaders near the end of 7th hour.

2016-17 District Champs!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Eagles whip Warriors

The Oran High School boys basketball team started slowly last night but picked up steam as the game progressed and defeated the #5 seed Valle Catholic Warriors 72-43 to advance to Thursday evening's championship game of the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.

Early on the Eagles couldn't buy a bucket and fell behind 4-0.  The rest of the quarter would see each team go on runs.  Oran took the lead 7-4 before the Warriors scored the next 8 points but the Eagles tallied the final 6 of the period to take a 13-12 lead into frame 2.

Layne Johnson hit a 3 to open the second, but Oran still couldn't pull away.  With about 3 minutes gone the Eagles were up 22-21 and Head Coach Joe Shoemaker called a timeout. From that point on, into the halftime locker room, Oran went on a 15-3 run and was never seriously challenged again.

The Eagles, the number one seed, enjoyed the benefits of a running clock through most of the 4th quarter.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We came out slow and overall we gave up too many easy baskets in transition. The boys responded and got into a better rhythm offensively as the game went on. I thought we did a good job on their two leading scorers holding them to a combined 10 points. The rule this time of the year is to survive and advance to the next round and we did that."

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 27, a season-high.  He nailed 2 from beyond the arc.  Max Priggel had 16 points, including 1 trey and was 9-10 from the line.  Layne Johnson hit 3 from long-range as part of his 12.

Todd Priggel hit a three-pointer and finish wth 7 total points.  Drew Reischman added 5, Landon Stanberry hit a trey off the bench and Cole Priggel chipped a field goal to round out the scoring.

Wyatt Kinney, Luke Barnes, Denver Elfrink and Peyton Mcvay played but did not score.

Oran hit a total of 8 three-pointers and was 16 of 24 from the free throw line for 67%.

The Eagles are now 18-8 and will take on Scott City at 7:30 pm on Thursday.  The boys are looking for their first district title in 4 years.

At 6 pm on Thursday, the girls will look to claim their fourth straight crown when they take on Chaffee.

It will be an all Scott-Miss district championship night.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Girls cruise into championship game

The Oran High School girls basketball team picked up an easy win during the semifinals of the Class 2, District 2 tournament last night at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.  The Eagles routed number 4 seed, Bismarck 88-41.

Oran scored first and jumped out to a 12-0 lead in the opening minutes and was up 27-9 after one.  The lead was 51-18 at the break and the Eagles coasted to the 47 point win with most of the starters only seeing about 3 quarters of action.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "Our press looked better than it has in awhile. We were able to turn them over early and create some easy baskets. We also did a good job moving the ball on offense. We will need the same kind of effort on Thursday night against Chaffee."

All 12 players on the roster saw action and 9 scored, led, once again, by Leah Cauble.  She finished with 32.  She hit one from distance, was 5-5 from the line and had 9 assists.  Kaylee Payne put in 17. She also had a trey and picked up 7 steals.

Jessie Long finished with 8 points and grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.  Brianna Stause, who in the first half couldn't buy a bucket, hit 2 free throws in the 3rd quarter and then hit 2 of her next 3 attempts from beyond the arc.  She had 8 points.  Kenzie Graviett ended up with 6 points and 6 boards.  Savannah Below and Katelyn Streeter each hit a three-pointer and wound up with 5 points.  Claire Ramsey had 4 points and 6 rebounds, while Madison hit a long-range bomb for her 3 points.

Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche and Taylor Lowes played but did not score.

Oran set a single-season record for most wins (24) and they will face the number 2 seeded Chaffee Lady Devil on Thursday at 6 pm.  The first-seeded Eagles are looking their fourth-straight district crown.  Chaffee is making its fourth appearance in the title game in the last 5 year.  They last won in 2015.

The two teams have played 3 times previously this season with Oran winning all 3.

The Eagles are currently 24-3 on the year.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

What's happenin' (2/20-2/24)

The high school basketball season is in "the win or go home stage."

Both the boys and the girls garnered the number 1 seeds in their respective brackets of the Class 2, District 2 tourney and both picked up 58 point wins Saturday.

On Monday, the girls will face the Bismarck Indians at the Perry Park Center in Perryville.  Game time is 6 pm.  If they win, the will play for their 4th straight district crown on Thursday at 6 pm.

The boys play on Tuesday, also at 6 pm.  They will face the Valle Catholic Warriors.  If the Eagles win they too will play on Thursday looking for their first district championship in four years.  That game would be played at 7:30 pm.

Eagles win 2 in district tournament

The number-one seeded Oran High School boys and girls basketball teams both picked up easy wins yesterday during the first round of the Class 2, District 2 tournament at the Perry Park Center.

The boys played first and took on a team they had never faced before, the #8th seeded Kingston Cougars.  The Eagles jumped out early, leading 28-3 after one.  Oran ended up winning by 58 and a final of 79-21.

The 21 points allowed was the fewest given up by the defense this season and the margin of victory was the highest of any game this year.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "We were able to apply some defensive pressure and create some turnovers which allowed us to get out to an early lead. We were able to advance to the next round and stay healthy. Hopefully, we can continue to play well as the competition will get tougher with each game."

 Max Priggel led all scorers with 15, he hit 3 from beyond the arc.  Todd Priggel also reached double-digits with 10 and hit 2 from three.

Cole Priggel and Jacob Shoemaker both hit for 9 and both had a trey.  Layne Johnson and Wyatt Kinney each scored 7.  Johnson hit one from long range.  Peyton McVay and Drew Reischman both put in 5.  Mcvay also nailed one from distance.   Luke Barnes, Joey Phillips and Landon Standberry rounded out the scoring with 4.

Bradley Brooks, Denver Elfrink, Tyson Goodale and William Kluesner all saw action.  All 15 Eagles on the roster played and 11 scored.

The Oran boys will be back in action on Tuesday.  They will take on another opponent with whom they have little to no basketball history, (but there has been plenty of baseball history) in the Valle Catholic Warriors.  The Warriors come in at 13-11 and are the 5th seed.  They upset the number 4 seeded hosts, St. Vincent in the nightcap last night, 68-61.

The boys are now 17-8.

The girls played the next game against a very familiar foe.  Scott City, the 8th seed, and the Eagles had matched up 3 times previously.  None of the games were close and this one wasn't either.

Oran threw a shutout in the first and it was 49-6 at the break.  The girls also won by 58.  Their game was 71-13.  Their point total allowed matched a season-low.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We played well on both sides of the ball. We got after it early and put the game away. Hopefully, we can keep the momentum up on Monday against Bismarck."

All 12 girls on the roster played and 7 got into the scoring column.

Leah Cauble outscored the Rams again, as she put in 29 in less than 3 quarters of play.  She hit 2 from beyond the arc and was 5-5 from the free throw line.  She also dished out 8 assists, had 7 steals and 7 rebounds.  Kaylee Payne scored 11 and had 4 assists.

Brianna Stause had 9 points including a trey.  Madison Ramsey and Jessie Long both had 8.  Ramsey hit 2 from downtown and Long had 7 boards.  Claire Ramsey hit a bomb for her 3 points.  As did Katelyn Streeter.

Kenzie Graviett grabbed 4 rebounds.

Savannah Below,  Paige Bradley, Heather Gosche and Taylor Lowes played but did not score.

The Eagles picked up their 23rd win of the season, tying last year's record-breaking total.  They will look to eclipse that mark on Monday evening at 6 pm when they take on a 10-12 4th seeded Bismarck Indians team that won last night 56-49 over Valle Catholic.  These two teams have not met since February 27th, 2014 during the C2D3 district championship game at Chaffee.  Oran won 58-54.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Cauble honored

Girls close out with 2 wins

The Oran High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of victories over visiting conference foe Scott City last night to finish their regular season.  The jayvee won a two-quarter contest 19-7 and varsity routed the Rams 86-22.

The JV jumped out 13-5 after the first period and neither team had much success during the second.  The Eagles won by 12.

Katelyn Streeter was the game's top scorer with 8.  Taylor Lowes had 7, including a trey.  Heather Gosche added 4.  Savannah Below, Paige Bradley and Madison Ramsey all played but did not score.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The girls did a good job defensively and enough offensively to win the 2 quarters. It was a good way to end thejayvee season.

The younger Eagles finish the year at 9-2 and 4-1 in the Scott-Miss.  After winning the conference tournament, it is believed they tied for 1st in the league standings.  We hope to be able to confirm that soon.

The varsity game was never in doubt.

Oran soared out to a 35-6 lead after one. The held Scott City scoreless in the second and led 68-6 the break and cruised to the easy win.

Coach Evans commented, "It was good to get everyone involved in the game. I thought we played well on both ends of the floor."

All 13 Eagles played and 9 scored.

Leah Cauble once again outscored her opponents in about 2 and a half periods of play.  She hit for 29, 2 were from long-range.  She had 6 assists and 5 steals.  Kaylee Payne scored 16 with 2 threes.

Madison Ramsey hit 3 from behind the arc off the bench for 9 points.  Claire Ramsey scored 8 with a trey and 5 assists.  Jessie Long, Brianna Stause and Katelyn Streeter each had 6.  Stause hit 2 three-pointers and Long grabbed a team-high 11 boards, 7 on the offensive end.  Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes both hit long-range threes off the bench to round out the scoring.   Kenzie Graviett snared 9 rebounds.   Heather Gosche and Paige Bradley also saw action.

Oran was 20-31 from inside the arc for 64.5% and 12-30 from beyond for 40%.  The hit 10 of 13 free-throw attempts for 76.9%.

The varsity finished its regular season at 22-3 and 7-0 winning the crowns in both the league standings and the league tournament.

They will face Scott City again on Saturday at 3 pm at the Perry Park Center in the Class 2, District 2 tournament. Oran is the number one seed and Scott City is number 8.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Keep Improving District Schools (K.I.D.S.)

(This is a slight departure from our normal blog post.  I feel this is an issue that is very important for OUR school district.)

If were you at Tuesday night's boys basketball game against Advance, you not only saw a whale of a game but you also probably saw some yellow t-shirts being handed out and worn.  And if you weren't there, then you missed a whale of a game and probably have no clue about those yellow t-shirts.  Please read on and find out more.

There won't be much on the election day ballot come April 4th, but there will be at least 1 very important issue for Eagle Nation and not an issue that concerns only athletics.  There will be a no-tax increase bond issue called Prop K.I.D.S. presented that will help with several issues district-wide at Oran R-III.

The school board is giving voters an opportunity to help the district free up funds it now uses to pay for the Library remodel when the new elementary was constructed.  It would also pay for additional projects.

To print out this page, click HERE.

Here is a flyer that includes frequently asked questions:

 To print the flyer, click HERE.

And here is the actual ballot language:

To print the ballot item, click HERE.

For more information please contact steering committee chairperson Laurie Romas at 573-703-3016.

If you would like to contribute to help promote this issue, contact the steering committee treasurer Carrie Massy at 573-620-4991.  

So far the committee has distributed 100 of those yellow t-shirts promoting the bond issue and has received 100 yard signs that you should start seeing soon!

Please vote yes on April 4th!

Eagles fall to Lady Bearcats

The Oran High School girls basketball teams lost two games on the road last night at Dexter.  The JV score was 50-33 and the varsity, 73-57.

During game one, the Eagles, who were missing their hottest scorer as of late, Madison Ramsey due to illness, were forced to play only 5 all night long.

Oran fell behind 10-6 after one but trailed 29-10 at the break. The Eagles were actually able to trim 2 points off the margin during the second half but still ended up losing by 17.

Coach Ethan Evans told the blog this morning, "We only had 5 players last night and they just wore us down after the 1st quarter. They used their height to out rebound us and we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. The girls didn’t give up and we actually outscored them in the 2nd half."

Katelyn Streeter led the team with 13 points.  Both Savannah Below and Taylor Lowes scored 7 and both hit 1 from beyond the arc.  Heather Gosche was 3-3 from the line and finished with 5.  Paige Bradley hit one free throw for her point.

Oran was 7-9 from the free throw line for 78%.

The younger Eagles are now 8-2 on the season.

Things looked good early for the varsity squad.  They trailed by only 2 after the first quarter 17-15, with Leah Cauble scoring all 15 points.  Oran, in fact, led a the half 30-25 and Cauble had 19 at the break.

But the second half belonged to the Lady Bearcat, as they outscored the Eagles 48-27 to take the 16 point win.

Coach Evans said, "We played a very good 1st half. We knocked down some shots and did a good job rebounding. In the 2nd half, they came out on fire and knocked down some 3’s. We also quit rebounding and let them get to the rim too easily. It was a good game for us against a good team, hopefully, this will help get us ready for districts."

Cauble finished with 29.  She hit 2 from beyond the three-point line, was 7-7 from the stripe, had 6 rebounds, and a team-high 5 assists.  Kayle Payne also reached double digits with 17.  She drained 3 from beyond the line and had 5 boards.

Jessie Long scored 5, including a trey and also had 6 rebounds.  Claire Ramsey and Brianna Stause both hit 1 from long range to round out the scoring.  Kenzie Graviett played but did not score.

As a team, they were 13-30 from two for 43% and 8 of 21 from three for 38%.  Cauble was the only Eagle to reach the free throw line so they finished 7-7 and 100%.

Oran fell to 21-3 with the loss to the traditional class 4 power.

The Eagles will close out the regular season tonight (no matter what you read in the paper) against Scott City at 6 pm.  There WILL be two quarters of jayvee action, followed by a 1000-point presentation for Cauble and then the varsity game.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Eagles take down Hornets

The Oran High School boys basketball teams picked up two nice wins last night in their final home games of the 2016-17 season against the rival Advance Hornets.  The junior varsity won in convincing fashion 70-46 and the varsity prevailed in a hard-fought contest 66-55.

The younger team lead 8-0 about halfway through the first period when Advance took a timeout.  The Eagles bolted to a 21-6 lead heading into the second.  They expanded the margin to 27, 43-16 at the break.

Oran cruised the rest of the way and ended up winning by 24.

Tyson Goodale led the Eagles with 16 points.  They all came during the first half.  Landon Stanberry was a close second with 15.  Stanberry hit a trey and was 4-4 from the line.  Tristen Schlosser hit for 13 off the bench. He too hit a three-pointer and was 4-4 at the free throw stripe.

Todd Priggel played only the first 2 quarters and scored 9, he hit one from beyond the arc.  Bradley Brooks played the last 2 and scored 6.  Calen Read chipped in 5, Kaiden Massey added 4 and Avery Mitchem tallied 2.  Karson Moyers played but did not score.

Oran was 9 of 17 on free throws for 53%.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The JV got out to an early lead and played very well in the first half.  They picked up a win to end their season which is always nice.  I want to thank the JV players for their time and encourage them to improve during the offseason."

The junior Eagles finish their season 7-9 overall, they were 4-2 in Scott-Miss play.

The nightcap featured a nip and tuck affair.  Oran led 17-12 after one but the Hornets pulled back to within in one at the half.  The Eagles made a run late in the third after Advance had taken a brief 1 point lead.  Oran was up 45-36 heading into the final eight minutes.

The Eagles were able to not only withstand a tremendous exhibition of long-range shooting by their guest but also able to expand the lead to the 11 point final margin. During that last period, the Hornets hit 5 from beyond the arc after hitting only 1 the first three quarters.

Jacob Shoemaker led all scorers with 18.  He hit 3 from three-point land.  Max Priggel, still recovering from illness, gutted it out and scored 15, including 3 treys. Cole Priggel finished with 14 and was 2 of 2 from the line.

Layne Johnson hit for 9, had a "3" and was also 2 for 2 at the free throw stripe.  Todd Priggel finished with 8 and Drew Reischman had 2.  Wyatt Kinney and Bradley Brooks played but did not score.

Oran was 7 of 9 from the charity stripe for 78%.

They finish the regular season at 16-8 and were 5-2 in league play.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We turned the ball over too much early in the game.  We were able to cut down on turnovers and get into a better rhythm as the game went on.  I thought we had stretches, especially in the second half, where we hit the defensive boards very well and held them to one contested shot and done.  Beating a very good Advance team will hopefully give us some momentum heading into district play.  I want to thank our seniors for their efforts battling through sickness (Max) to get a win on the last time they will play on our home court."

The varsity's win over Advance broke a 7 game losing streak to the Hornets, including a 14 point loss in the 3rd place game of this season's Oran Tournament. The last time the Eagles had won was on Dec. 4, 2013, in the semifinals of the O.I.T.

The Eagles, the number one seed, will take on the 8th seeded Kingston Cougars at 1:45 Saturday afternoon in the Perry Park Center at Perryville.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Eagles sweep St. Vincent

The Oran High School girls basketball teams came away with two road victories last night after traveling to Perryville to take on the St. Vincent Indians.  The junior varsity coasted to a 54-27 win, while the varsity came out on top of a 62-48 foul-filled affair.

During game one, the Eagles jumped out to an 9 point lead after 1, 11-2.  They saw that margin cut to 5 at the half, 20-15.  Oran controlled the final two quarters to make the final margin 27.

Coach Ethan Evans told the blog, "The girls did a great job of hitting open shots and holding them to one shot on defense. We got hot from 3 point range and did a good job of hitting the open person.

Madison Ramsey led all scorers with 20.  "Mad Dog" hit 6 from beyond the arc and was 2-2 from the line.  Right behind her was Katelyn Streeter with 19.  She hit 1 trey and was 4-4 at the free throw line.

Taylor Lowes hit a 3 and finished with 8.  Heather Gosche scored 4 and was 2-2 on freebies.  Savannah Below rounded out the scoring with 3.  Paige Bradley played but did not score.

The Eagles were 11 of 15 from the charity stripe on the night for 73 percent.  They hit a total of  9 three-point field goals and only 8 two-pointers.

The varsity contest saw Oran jump out big early, struggle through some foul trouble and manage to pick up the 14 point win.

The Eagles were up 22-11 after the first eight minutes.  During the second quarter, however, starters Kaylee Payne and Claire Ramsey both picked up their third fouls and the hosts cut the deficit to 8, 36-28.

Oran was able to play through the second half without losing a player and came away with the "W".

Coach Evans said, "I thought we came out playing really well during the first quarter but foul trouble hampered us in the 2nd quarter as we had 2 starters pick up their 3rd fouls. St. Vincent is a tough place to play and they did a good job preparing for us. We were happy to get out of there with a victory."

Leah Cauble once again led all scorers, this time with 31. She hit 1 from long range, was 14-18 from the line and also grabbed 7 rebounds,  including 5 off the offensive glass. Payne, who finished with 4 fouls. was next in line with 15 and also hit a trey.  Jessie Long scored 11 points and had a team-high 8 boards.

Brianna Stause hit one from distance for her 3 points and Kenzie Graviett chipped in a field goal.

Both Payne and Stause finished with 3 assists apiece.

Ramsey finished with 6 rebounds and did not get charged with another foul.

Payne and Ramsey both had 4 steals.

Heather Gosche, Taylor Lowes, Madison Ramsey and Katelyn Streeter saw action but did not score.

The Eagles hit 17-39 from 2-point range for 43.6 % and 3 of 10 from long range for 30%. At the free throw line, they were 19-31 for 61.3%.  The game saw a total of 40 fouls called.

The junior varsity improved to 8-1 and the varsity to 21-2.

The squads will travel to Dexter on Wednesday to take on the Bearcats at 6 pm.