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Ozark advances to volleyball sectionals — Experience and a serious discussion of heart paid off for an Ozark team expected to win. Ozark High School's volleyball Tigers made five consecutive trips to the state final four, but stumbled into trouble Tuesday night against Kickapoo, surviving 25-23, 26-24.

Major shift coming to Springfield sports-talk radio — Springfield sports-talk radio will undergo a major shift on Jan. 1 as KWTO 98.7 FM will switch to ESPN Radio after more than a decade as a Fox Sports Radio affiliate. ESPN Radio, long located at the Clear Channel Communications' KGMY 1400 AM, features the popular Mike & Mike in the Morning program from 5-9 a.m.

Area talent paying dividends for Bears — Missouri State's top two tacklers - Dylan Cole and Caleb Schaffitzel - are from Greene County. Three of the Bears' starting offensive linemen are from the Ozarks. It's not an accident. Keeping some of the best local talent at home is key in building a football program.

Missouri State's next All-American? Cole on the fast track — Caleb Schaffitzel feels, in many ways, like a proud older brother. Ask Missouri State's senior all-America safety about Dylan Cole and he breaks into a grin. "I told him before the season that he was going to be an All-American this year," Schaffitzel said. "The way he's playing, he deserves it.

Break out the turtlenecks for Bears’ basketball opener — Missouri State has added another event to honor the late coaching great Charlie Spoonhour on the eve of the Bears' season-opening game on Nov. 14 against Eastern Illinois. A Tribute to Charlie Spoonhour will be held from 5:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 13 at University Plaza Convention Center.