Drury Baseball Panthers, Mark Stratton, Harrison Waters, Republic High School, Tony Lewis, Missouri State -- Drury's Waters Feels Mission Not Quite Accomplished
Drury's Waters Feels Mission Not Quite Accomplished
Article from March/April 2010 Issue
Few teams in the history of sports, college or pro, have experienced a debut season like the Drury baseball Panthers did in 2007.
Picked for last in the 14-team Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason poll of the league’s coaches – and rightfully so, given that DU was reviving its baseball program for the first time in more than three decades – all coach Mark Stratton’s Panthers did that spring was win 33 games, capture the GLVC championship and make a trip to the NCAA-II Regional in Akron, Ohio, where they also won a game to boot.
It was a young and feisty Panthers squad, one bolstered by 19 freshmen who, quite frankly, didn’t know any better. All coming from successful high school programs, mostly from the Ozarks, they had no idea they weren’t supposed to have that kind of college success, together, so soon.
Scott Puryear, Preston Guiot, Bethany Funderburk -- Two to Watch This Season
Two to Watch this Season... Bolivar Will Follow Guiot's Lead This Season..
Article from November/December 2009 Issue of Big Sports
Sure, there will be some who might question whether 5-foot-11 Bolivar High School senior point guard Preston Guiot can play next season at NCAA Division I member Utah. But it’s also likely that most of those who doubt Guiot don’t realize that the Liberators’ standout has spent most of his teenage life preparing for the leap to the next level.
Perhaps they didn’t see him in the summer of his sophomore season competing at The Courts, trying to bring the ball up court against the likes of former Missouri State stars Deke Thompson and William Fontleroy.
Scott Puryear, Dorial Green, Hillcrest High School - Big Sports
Article from September/October 2009 Issue
Dorial Green admits to being just a bit skittish when he made the transition from junior high legend to Hillcrest High School varsity football standout as a freshman last season.
“I thought it was going to be a lot harder…in middle school, I was always just bigger than everybody else,” Green says.
Of course, it didn’t take Green long to figure out that, even at the high school level, he was still bigger than most everybody else.
And, in fact, still better than most everybody else.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Green caught 37 passes for 801 yards and scored 13 touchdowns as a freshman wide receiver for the Hornets last season. As a result, Green has quickly transformed from simply being big to becoming a big-time talent.
Scott Puryear, Jeff Cook, Highland Springs Country Club - Big Sports
He was the First... Jeff Cook Looks Back On His Victory Two Decades Ago
Article from July/August Issue 2009
That the Price-Cutter Charity Championship has survived a trio of major sponsorship changes at the top and remains one of the four original events still standing on the Nationwide Tour comes as no surprise to its first champion, Jeff Cook.
Because even then, the Indiana native who defeated Olin Browne in a one-hole playoff for the title in the inaugural (1990) Ben Hogan Ozarks Open at Highland Springs Country Club, and eventually played in the Springfield event eight times over his pro golf career, had an idea the tour would be visiting the Ozarks for quite some time.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all because Springfield always gave it so much support,” said Cook, who pocketed $20,000 of the $100,000 purse for winning the 1990 event, his only victory in roughly seven full-time years on the Ben Hogan/Nike/Buy.com/Nationwide circuit.
“Over the years, that was always one of my favorite tournaments. Not only because I won there, but it was a good golf course, a great city and people always came out and supported it very well.”
Scott Puryear, Pointe Royale Golf Club, Jeff Walster, Snyder Brothers Construction - Big Sports
Article from May/June 2009 Issue of Big Sports
Keeping Pace with A Fresh New Face
One Year, Million Dollar Makeover Keeps Branson's Pointe Royale in Line with Newer Developments
So now you know why the Pointe Royale Golf Club shut down in the prime time of the Branson tourist season last July, essentially blew up its tired, old and uneventful greens and some of its tee boxes to the tune of $1.55 million in improvements and reopened its doors on April 1 to unveil a revamped and revitalized 18-hole layout.