Cub Pride Article (March 23, 2017) by Mr. Daryl Bradley, Athletic Director
2016-17 Winter Sports Season Summary
The 2016-17 winter sports season concluded. Overall, the teams had several positive gains in our winter sports programs. We look forward to the future and how this season helps us move toward the goal of competing for conference, district, and state titles. The head coaches provide a short summary below.
Lady Cubs Swimming & Diving Head Coach
The Lady Cubs swimming and diving team finished the season with a 17-3 dual meet record. This year’s squad was young but showed a lot of growth during the season. All swimmers were able to better their personal-best times, and as the year went on, we kept improving.
The team finished 8th at the end-of-year SWMO Regional Championship. Though we were small in numbers, the quality of our swimmers shone through, as nearly our entire team scored points at the meet. All-Region swimmers were Aspen Lynn, Sara Drewianka, and Kelli Sangston.
Kelli Sangston competed in the MSHSAA State Championships, turning in an extraordinary effort to place 20th in the 100M backstroke, our highest finish ever at the meet.
Cubs Boys Basketball Head Coach
Every basketball season is different and offers its own challenges. This year we had to replace seven seniors who were all contributors last year. We only returned one starter and one letterman. So, we had many points, rebounds, and minutes to replace from last year. I was proud of how many players embraced that challenge. With that being said, we still improved in two areas from last year: blocks and charges taken. Our shooting percentages were lower this year than last as well as our rebounding numbers (although not significantly). We finished with a record of 3-23 (1-6 in conference). We lost in the first round of districts to Carl Junction (70-46), running out of gas in the second half after being down 28-23 at halftime. While it doesn’t show in the win column this year, we were competitive, with eight losses by three possessions or less.
I have always told our boys at the beginning of every year that a successful basketball season cannot be solely measured on something as shallow as wins and losses. Basketball coaching legend John Wooden said if you always strive to do your best every day, that is a success. We had a learning year on the court, and I couldn’t be prouder of our boys’ growth during the year. I believe the lessons learned during this year will prove very valuable moving forward. The 2017-18 Cubs basketball season looks bright as we return four starters and seven total lettermen.
Lady Cubs Girls Basketball Head Coach
Our Lady Cubs basketball program took a step in the right direction this season, improving both in skill and win totals for the season. Our junior varsity team had a tremendous year, going 16-4 and 7-0 in the Big 8 Conference. Not only did the JV go undefeated in the conference, they dominated almost every opponent and were clearly the best team in the conference. Their hard work, improvement, and competitiveness were so much fun to watch throughout the season. Coach Macey Embrey did a wonderful job coaching this group and challenging them throughout the year.
Our varsity team saw many new, young faces this year. We started a freshman, two sophomores, a junior, and a senior for the majority of the year, but as many as three freshmen were on the floor together at one time. Although we were young and inexperienced, we competed in every game and played very tough throughout the course of the season. We finished the year 5-19 overall and 1-6 in the Big 8 Conference. The season was highlighted by an exciting come-from-behind win over Diamond on a Sarah Childress buzzer-beating layup, a great win over McDonald County on Senior Night for our first Big 8 win in three years, two 20+ point victories over Billings and Marionville, and a tough, gritty win to start the year over Jasper in the Carl Junction Tournament. Even towards the end of the season, our kids fought extremely hard each and every night and never gave up regardless of the team or score.
Following the season, sophomore Katie Schmidt was recognized as an Honorable Mention selection on the Big 8 All-Conference Team. Her selection was one of the first post-season awards for our team in a number of years. Overall, I was very proud of the effort, toughness, and pride that our kids showed throughout the year and know that exciting times are to come for the Lady Cubs basketball program.
Head Wrestling Coach Daryl Bradley
The 2016-17 wrestling team continued its high level of success. Our overall participants’ number took a hit this year; therefore, we gave up 3-4 forfeits per night. Although we had a low number of participants, we finished with a 12-11 dual record. We competed at every tournament, placing in the top five in most tournaments. We excelled in the post season! We placed 1st out of 15 teams in the District tournament, qualifying 7 wrestlers for the state tournament. From there, we placed 4th at the state tournament, bringing home our 9th top 4-finish in school history.
2016-17 state qualifiers
106 lbs. Joseph Semerad
113 lbs. Joel Barrientos
120 lbs. Karter Brink
132 lbs. Gunnar Bradley
145 lbs. Brody Crawford
152 lbs. Aaron Howard
195 lbs. Ian Meyer
Monett finished 4th at the state tournament with 5 athletes placing in the top 3. We also had 4 Academic All-State team members. Wrestlers must place in the top 6 at state and have an accumulative GPA over 3.5. Those members included the following:
106 lbs. Joseph Semerad – State Champion, Academic All-State
113 lbs. Joel Barrientos- State Champion, Academic All-State
120 lbs. Karter Brink – 3rd Place
132 lbs. Gunnar Bradley – State Runner-up, Academic All-State
195 lbs. Ian Meyer – State Runner-up, Academic All-State
The team will return four state placers next season. We look forward to next season as we return several quality wrestlers with varsity experience along with some newcomers who will help the program immediately.
Summer Weights schedule
As always athletes can attend any session.
Weight Room Times
6:00 - 8:00am Varsity Male Athletes (grades 9-12)
8:00 - 10:00am Female Athletes (Grades 7-12) Weights at 8:00am
9:00 - 11:00am Middle School Athletes (Incoming Grades 7-8) Weights at 9:00am
Skill Development Times
Fall sports - Monday & Wednesday
Winter sports - Tuesday & Thursday
Female 7:00 - 8:00am
Male 8:00 - 9:00am
Wednesday, May 31 - Friday, June 2
Monday, June 5 - Thursday, June 8
Monday, June 12 - Thursday, June 15
Monday, June 19 - Thursday, June 22
Week 5 - OFF June 23 - July 4
Wednesday July 5 - Friday, July 7
Monday, July 10 - Thursday, July 13
Monday, July 17 - Thursday, July 20
Mandatory MSHSAA DEAD WEEK Saturday July 22 - July 30
Monett Athletic Events Aug. 16-20
Monett Athletic Events Aug. 16-20
Tuesday, Aug. 16
5:00pm - Sotball Jamboree (Monett North Park)
5:30pm - Soccer Jamboree @ Joplin
6:00pm - Volleyball Jamboree @ Diamond
Wednesday, Aug 17
3:20pm - Fall Sports Pictures after school
Friday, Aug. 19
4:30pm Varsity Girls Tennis @ Aurora
4:30pm V/JV Softball @ Republic
Saturday, Aug 20
10:00am JV/V Soccer @ Carthage
7:30pm Varsity Football vs. California
MHS Academic Standards
A student must be enrolled and attending Monett High School before he/she becomes eligible to participate in extracurricular activities. Any student who participates in activities must have passed seven (6) solid units the preceding semester and must be doing satisfactory work in the courses in which they are presently enrolled and must be making progress toward graduation. Participants' grades will be checked at each reporting period (three week updates, mid-semester, and semester). A participant with a failing grade in any class at a reporting period will be placed on probation. If at the next reporting period the participant has an "F" in any class, he/she will be ineligible to compete and/or perform for two weeks following the release of grades. Participant must provide verification of passing grades in all classes to regain eligibility.
Please refer to the "Activity Handbook" link for more information.
Individual pass (1 adult & 2 kids)Family Pass (2 adults & 4 kids)
1 season $50, Full year $75
1 season $75, Full year $125
Passes are available in the High School Office.
The 2016-17 Sports schedules completed as of 5/20/2016. Opponents, Dates, and times can and will change. Please refer to the athletic calendar for changes.