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Missouri teams adjust to new method monitoring safe temperatures

When the Missouri High School Activities Association distributed an email July 18 with new recommendations regarding heat and extracurricular activities, area athletic directors had two prevailing reactions. Worry and wonder. They were forced...

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Central loaded with veterans ready for a deep run
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Central loaded with veterans ready for a deep run

CAMP POINT, Ill. -- Brad Dixon and his Central football team coaching staff entered Week 1 last season still trying to get the right pieces to fit. That puzzle is already completed this fall. The Panthers return nearly everyone from a team that went 8-3 la

Better Fit: Lapsley's position change paying off for Clark County
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Better Fit: Lapsley's position change paying off for Clark County

KAHOKA, Mo. -- One of the biggest puzzles Clark County football coach Ethan Allen faced last season was figuring out a spot for then-sophomore Caleb Lapsley. Lapsley originally was slotted as an inside receiver on offense and an outside linebacker on defen

Positive response: Pirates look to rebound from missing playoffs
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Positive response: Pirates look to rebound from missing playoffs

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- The way the Hannibal football team responded in the offseason to a lackluster finish a year ago is promising. The way the Pirates respond to a daunting early-season schedule will be more telling according...

Northeast Missouri prep football previews: Classes 1-3
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Northeast Missouri prep football previews: Classes 1-3

Clark County Coach: Ethan Allen (19-17 at Clark County, fourth season). 2017 record: 9-5 (5-4, fifth place in the Clarence Cannon Conference). Returning starters: Offense -- QB London Brunk, 5-10, 180, Sr.; RB Caleb Lapsley, 5-9, 160, Jr.; WR Logan Claibor

After 1,565 yards rushing and 28 TDs, Osborn wants to do even more
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After 1,565 yards rushing and 28 TDs, Osborn wants to do even more

A state championship and all-state accolades last fall don't seem to impress Zach Osborn. Somehow, he wants to be even better during his senior season for the Monroe City football team. "I need to step up this year," Osborn said. "I nee"I need to step up this year," Osborn said. "I need to show people what I can do."

Palmyra's Alexander won't surprise anyone this season
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Palmyra's Alexander won't surprise anyone this season

Jarom Alexander was virtually unknown to opponents of the Palmyra football team through the first six weeks of the season last fall. Then Week 7 rolled around. Alexander had totaled just six carries in the first six games for 87 yards, but he churned out 221 rushing yards on 20 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in a 35-0 rout over Clarence Cannon Conference opponent Centralia on Sept. 28.

Football officiating shortage hits home for local schools
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Football officiating shortage hits home for local schools

The shortage of football officials in Northeast Missouri and West-Central Illinois has reached a critical stage. Officials at Highland High School announced Wednesday the home game against Clark County scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24 has been moved...

South Shelby's Wood ready to shoulder workload
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South Shelby's Wood ready to shoulder workload

SHELBINA, Mo. -- Brock Wood enjoyed being part of a two-headed monster in the South Shelby football team's backfield the past two seasons. In that time, he and teammate Cody McKenzie racked up exactly 4,800 yards on the ground and scored 62 touchdowns.

Raiders usher in new coaching era with sense of urgency to get ready
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Raiders usher in new coaching era with sense of urgency to get ready

QUINCY -- Jack Cornell appreciates and understands the history of the Quincy Notre Dame football program as well as anyone. He became part of the story as a player and now gets the chance to write his own chapter as a coach. Yet, Cornell wouldn't have...