We are excited to announce “The Buzz” which will be a type of story published when there are multiple events happening in one night. Instead of making individual stories for each respective sport, we will combine stories into one post for Yellowjacket fans to read. Enjoy!
Lebanon soccer prevails over Crocker in penalty kicks
The Lebanon Yellowjacket boys’ soccer team won in penalty kicks over the Crocker Lions on Thursday night at home.
The ‘Jacket struck first on a cross by freshman Trent Penner that sophomore Will Hodges was able to put away to go up 1-0.
Crocker tied the game in the second half, and both teams had multiple opportunities to score before the final whistle, but penalty kicks were the deciding factor.
Lebanon went on to win 3-0 in penalty kicks after Jordan Light, Jeremiah Rivera, and Noah Anderson made their shots. Chris Kilburn came up huge in goal, saving all three kicks that he faced.
“Crocker is a good team and has improved a lot from last year,” head coach Matt Jernigan said about the win. “Their new coach, Rich Heenan, is doing a great job, and they have some talented players.
“We tell our keeper it is his job to save one of the five kicks, and we need to make all of ours. Toph (Chris) saved all three and really stepped up. He is a tremendous athlete and competitor.”
Lebanon will host Fair Grove on Monday night.
Volleyball team wins over West Plains in five set thriller
It took five sets, but the Lady ‘Jackets were victorious over the West Plains Lady Zizzers on Thursday night at Boswell Auditorium, 19-25, 25-17, 30-28, 18-25, 19-17.
Before the match, the team recognized its five seniors: Addy Collins, Sadie Douglas, Ella Goforth, Ciaria Keeney, and Raylee Quick.
“These five seniors have made a huge impact on this program,” head coach Jenny Collins said. “The kids in our program, as well as the junior class parents and former player Ellee Douglas, did an excellent job in making this year’s senior group feel special.”
Both teams came into the contest with an 18-11-1 record, but a first set where LHS had 10 hitting errors with only nine kills wasn’t enough to get the job done. In the second set and on, Lebanon’s hitters responded nicely and made the necessary changes, as in the four remaining sets of the night, with the 3rd set going 30-28, only committed a total of 17 hitting errors, allowing them to stay in the match.
“Ciaria Keeney turned it on, earning 15 kills, with junior Rilee Jackson coming on strong, especially late in the match, earning 10, and junior Kaidynce Buttram snagging 10 of her own,” said Collins. “Saylor Helton led defensive efforts with 32 digs followed by Addy Collins with 28, Morgan Durbin (22) and Sadie Douglas (16).”
Lebanon jumped out early in the fifth and final set, but the Zizzers fought back and were on set point before falling just short. Addy Collins delivered an ace on a serve to secure the set and match, 17-15.
“We had to earn the win, and I’m very proud of our kids in the way that they continued to battle, showing grit and determination while defending our home court,” Collins stated. “That determination will benefit us moving on into district play.”
The first round of districts is at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 21st, at Waynesville against the Nixa Eagles.
The varsity team wrapped up their regular season 19-11-1 (7-3 Ozark Conference). The JV (24-6-4 overall) and Freshmen (20-6-1) teams both lost in two sets.
Aces: Saylor Helton 3, Addy Collins 2
Kills: Ciaria Keeney 15, Rilee Jackson 10, Kaidynce Buttram 10
Assists: Morgan Durbin 40
Kills Blocks: Raylee Quick, Ciaria Keeney, Kaidynce Buttram, Rilee Jackson 1
Digs: Saylor Helton 32, Addy Collins 28, Morgan Durbin 22, Sadie Douglas 16
Softball season ends with loss to Republic
The Lebanon High School softball team concluded their season on Thursday night with an 8-1 loss to the Republic Tigers in the MSHSAA District Quarterfinals.
Lebanon went 13-19 during the 2023 campaign.
The Lady Tigers used four runs in the first five innings, and four runs in the sixth inning to clinch a semifinal appearance.
Rylinn Sexton drove in Kameron Compton with two outs, making the score 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning.
However, Republic used 11 hits to their advantage with RBIs from Addison Walker, Annabelle Gerhardt, Gracie Woods, and a two-run homer from Sammi Watson in the sixth inning.
Lebanon will say goodbye to seniors McKinley Rodden, Kamryn Luthy, Brooklyn O’Cain, Mia Gladden, and Compton.
Rumors that had been swirling around for months finally came to fruition on Wednesday morning when the creation of a new conference was announced.
Beginning in August of 2024, the Ozark Mountain Conference will come into existence.
The conference will consist of two former Ozark Conference schools in Bolivar and West Plains, two former Central Ozark Conference schools in Branson and Carl Junction, and two former Big 8 schools in Marshfield and Rogersville.
The big sport that the new conference will affect is football, as the Ozark Conference and Central Ozark Conference haven’t been able to play outside conference games for nearly 12 years in the regular season.
Moving forward, the Yellowjackets will have to schedule two non-conference games to play during the regular season after a 10-team conference meant a nine-game schedule against the rest of the conference.
As of Wednesday morning, decisions haven’t been made on what that will look like.
The following statements were made by the Bolivar and West Plains School Districts:
“A groundbreaking initiative is set to transform the educational and athletic landscape of public schools across southern Missouri. A newly established Ozark Mountain Conference is poised to kick off its inaugural competitive season in the fall of 2024. The new conference is a culmination of collaborative efforts by schools with shared values, sizes, and community beliefs.
A spokesperson for the conference expressed enthusiasm about the prospects, stating, “We are excited about this new opportunity for our schools and our kids. These schools came together looking for a ‘good fit,’ noting they have similar sizes, community beliefs, and district characteristics.””
“The Ozark Mountain Conference brings together districts that are similar in enrollment numbers, as well as shared values and community beliefs. High school enrollment numbers: Branson: 1,350, West Plains: 1,152, Carl Junction: 1,011, Marshfield: 903, Bolivar: 858, Logan-Rogersville: 734.
“These schools are well known for rich traditions and excellence in academics and athletics,”
said Dr. Richard Asbill, Superintendent of Bolivar Schools. “We are excited about the opportunities the Ozark Mountain Conference will offer our students.”
“Moving into a six-team conference of schools our size will allow us to continue to compete at a
high level while giving us flexibility in our non-conference schedule,” said Tim Pezzetti, Athletic
Director. “We are excited to be a founding member of the Ozark Mountain Conference, and we
appreciate the opportunity that the Ozark Conference has given us for the past three years.””
Lebanon High School had plenty of activities going on during the afternoon on Monday, Sept. 18.
Below are scores and updates from games from around the school.
LHS GIRLS’ TENNIS: Willard 4, Lebanon 5 (Record 8-4 overall)
“It was our senior night and we also got to honor a fantastic group of seniors that have led us to a great deal of success. Kelsey Daugherty, Destiney Stokes, Brooklyn Arthur, Carly Miller, Bailey Lowrance, Adali Hendrix, Amelia Norris, and Mary Oberdieck. This group has been a part of historic wins and they are enjoying a fantastic season and it is a result of their hard work and character. I am super proud of this group.” – head coach Ron Crowell
“We expected a close match and it came down to the final match where Bailey Lowrance won 8-2 in singles to secure the win. Olivia McGruder played great at #1 singles and Kelsey Daugherty dominated at # 2 singles. She played great and gets better with every match. Brooklyn Arthur won 8-6 in a pivotal match. she closed that match out by playing some of her best tennis of the season and came from behind to win. We won despite losing 2 heartbreaking matches in doubles. We lost a hardfought tiebreaker at #1 doubles and a tough 7-9 match at #2 doubles. Carly Miller and Brooklyn Arthur dominated at #3 doubles which was a huge win for us. There was no quit in this team and they bounced back in singles to win 4 out of 6 matches to secure the win.” – Crowell
Lebanon plays Osage on Tuesday.
JV: Bolivar 16, Lebanon 41
Freshman: Bolivar 38, Lebanon 16
Both teams play Waynesville next Monday.
Full recap here. Varsity: Hartville 2, Lebanon 11
Junior Varsity: Hartville 0, Lebanon 6
Softball will host Rolla on Thursday and play at Waynesville today.
It was a 3-team sweep for the LHS Volleyball Program over Willard.
Varsity win in 3 sets
25-12, 25-18, 25-22
JV wins in 2 sets
Freshman win in 3
25-16, 22-25, 15-6
“Our freshman did a nice job all the way around from serving to defending and then transitioning into the offense. Our freshman middles had a nice night at the net with both Lily Bradbury and Maeli Hendrix earning 18 kills together. Many times our middles are the first to be taken out of the offense, but for our two middles to earn that many kills our passers had to be doing a great job delivering a solid pass. They are currently 13-4-1 on the season.
The JV team won in two sets and they did a nice job serving the ball aggressively giving themselves opportunities to receive balls over the net that they were easily able to transition into our offense. Our JV setters Baylyn Williams and Addi Dent are doing a nice job working with all of the hitters and helping them to find ways to be successful offensively. They are currently 13-3-3 on the season.
Very proud of our varsity team’s effort tonight. As a whole, we serve-received the ball well which is so important in setting up a first ball aggressive attack. Addy Rebmann, Saylor Helton, & Addy Collins did a very nice job giving us great opportunity right from the get-go. We weren’t in serve-receive long, which is good giving us control with the serve. Saylor Helton had a fantastic night behind her serve earning 4 aces and pulling Willard out-of-system for quite a few more. Both of our outsides, Saylor Helton (10) & Addy Rebmann (18) were fire on the outsides tonight. They led our team in hitting but also had solid hitting percentages to back up their kills. Raylee Quick, Ciaria Keeney, Kaidynce Buttram & Morgan Durbin also added 4-6 kills of their own which is always nice when the offense is spread and we are seeing kills from all positions on the court. Addy Collins led us in digs with 18 and Morgan Durbin assisted with 16 of her own. The two of them work together well as when setter Morgan has to dig the first ball, Addy C is there to deliver a highly attackable ball to our hitters.” – Jenny Collins
Aces: Saylor Helton & Kaylee Uder 4, Kaidynce Buttram 2
Kills: Addy Rebmann 18, Saylor Helton 10, Ciaria Keeney 6, Kaidynce Buttram & Morgan Durbin & Raylee Quick 4
Assist: Morgan Durbin 31, Addy Collins 7
Blocks: Addy Rebmann & Kaidynce Buttram 1
Digs: Addy Collins 18, Morgan Durbin 16, Addy Rebmann & Saylor Helton 7
JV Stat leaders:
Aces: Rilee Jackson & Lily Waterman 3, Baylyn Williams 2
Kills: Lily Wateran 6, Rilee Jackson 5, Nicole Winfrey 3
Assists: Baylyn Williams 10, Addison Dent 9
Digs: Kaylee Uder 9, Lily Waterman 8, Baylyn Williams 6
Freshman State leaders:
Aces: Addalynne Buttram 5, Zoey Durbin 4
Kills: Lily Bradbury 11, Maeli Hendrix 7
Assists: Zoey Durbin 18
Digs: Addalynne Buttram 16, Zoey Durbin 10
A dominant day at the plate led the Lebanon High School softball team past the Hartville Eagles on Monday afternoon, 11-2.
Senior McKinley Rodden collected three hits in the game to help lead the charge.
Rodden got things going in the bottom of the first inning with a double to the left field fence. Gracie Gilby drove in Rodden on the next pitch to take a 1-0 lead. Kamryn Luthy brought home Gilby on a single to make the score 2-0.
“Mac has been spectacular this year,” head coach Rob Selander said. “She is a senior leader and has a ton of RBIs for our team.”
In the bottom of the third inning, Cameron Compton singled on a ground ball to center field to score Rodden and Luthy to extend the lead to 4-0.
LHS would struggle at the plate until the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring six runs on six hits.
On the mound, Luthy led the way with 11 strikeouts and gave up just four hits and one earned run.
“She (Luthy) has pitched lights out,” Selander said. “The result of her hard work and pinpoint control have been magical, but the defense has let her down on some routine outs.
“When we bring it all together, they can beat the best teams out there.”
The Lady ‘Jackets currently sit at 8-10 on the season, and Selander said he is hoping for a little more consistency down the stretch but likes what he has seen from his squad this fall.
“We are working on the basic fundamentals of ball and the mental side of the game,” he stated. “This is a game of failures, and if you can’t reset or flush it, you will struggle. We are struggling right now, and it is due to the mental side, and once they make a mistake or get down, it’s hard to play a complete game.”
The junior varsity team won their contest 6-0 with Kaylee Howerton pitching a perfect game for LHS.
Lebanon will host Rolla on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
A tradition unlike any other for sports fanatics across the state of Missouri is waiting for the release of the district assignments for each season by MSHSAA.
On Friday, the classes and assignments were released. Below is each fall sport’s class and district along with their respective opponents.
Class 5 District 6 — Branson, Central, Glendale, Lebanon, Parkview, Republic, Willard.
Class 4 District 3 — Carthage, Glendale, Joplin, Kickapoo, Lebanon, Lee’s Summit, Lee’s Summit North, Lee’s Summit West, Nixa, Notre Dame, Ozark, Raymore-Peculiar, Republic, Smith-Cotton, Springfield-Catholic.
Class 4 District 5 — Glendale, Kickapoo, Lebanon, Neosho, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Waynesville.
Class 5 District 5 — Central, Glendale, Kickapoo, Lebanon, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Willard.
Class 1 — Link to teams
Class 3 District 5 — Kickapoo, Lebanon, Neosho, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Waynesville.
Class 5 District 6 — Central, Glendale, Kickapoo, Lebanon, Nixa, Ozark, Republic, Waynesville.
Districts not yet released.