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Senior Bryce Lamb did something no Sheldon athlete has ever done recently when he signed a national letter of intent to play college football. Lamb, a 5-foot-10, 220 pound running back and defensive lineman, was a key cog in the Stockton-Sheldon football program this year, the first year of Sheldon's co-op with Stockton, which allowed athletes from Sheldon to play high school football for the first time. Lamb rushed for over 600 yards and scored five touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 10 sacks and forced three fumbles. He will be taking his game to Peru State College in Peru, Neb. The Bobcats are a NAIA Division 1 school and a member of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. He becomes only the second athlete from Sheldon to play collegiate sports. His sister, Logan, signed to run track at Cottey College in Nevada in 2016. Lamb signed in front of the student body. He is pictured with friends and family including Stockton-Sheldon coaches Josh Short and head coach Travis Hurley during a signing ceremony held recently at Sheldon High School. His parents are Tami Wittock and Jerod Lamb. Sheldon product signs to play at next level

Prior to entering the winter break the Lamar High School girls swim team concluded the first half of their season at the Monett Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. The Lady Tigers tied for fourth place overall in team competition, facing 15 other teams from southern Missouri. Pictured, left to right, are: Meghan Watson, Cher McCall, Abby Kluhsman, Samantha Capehart, Nevaeh Jones, Emma Tennal, Team Manager Audrey Whitworth and Kaitlyn Davis. LHS girls swim team concludes first half of season
The Lamar High School girls swim team concluded the first half of their season on December 15, 2018 with a strong showing at the Monett...

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Lamar's Truman Kaderly had a team high 15 points in the Tigers win at Liberal Thursday night. Here Liberal's Toby Dingman defends him as he puts up a shot. Also shown for Liberal is Colby Selvey, who led Liberal with 12 points. Tigers and Lady Tigers top Bulldogs
LIBERAL- The Lamar Lady Tigers raced out to a 25-8 lead by the first quarter break and held on for a 62-34 victory at Liberal Thursday...

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The Liberal Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs hosted Golden City last week. Liberal won the contests. Here Golden City's Arlo Stump puts up a shot over Liberal's Dalton Hendrix. Stump finished with 29 of Golden City's 59 points. Hendrix had six for the Bulldogs who scored 65 and had 10 players in the scoring column. Looking on for Liberal is Gabe Daniels. Liberal hosts Golden City

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Lamar's Travis Bailey takes a shot over Carthage Tiger Taris Jackson during the Lamar's victory Saturday morning at Webb City in the 4-State's Challenge. Tigers win opener in 4-States Challenge
By CHRIS MORROW WEBB CITY- A three pointer to end the third quarter and back-to-back threes to start the fourth by Lamar senior guard Jonny...

On December 1, the Lady Tigers swim team competed in the Valkyrie Invitational, hosted by Parkview High School, at Foster Auditorium in Springfield. LHS finished in fifth place in team competition in a field of 14 teams. Pictured, left to right, are Meghan Watson, Abby Kluhsman, Cher McCall, Kaitlyn Davis, Emma Tennal, Nevaeh Jones and Sam Capehart. Parkview hosts Valkyrie Invitational
The Lady Tigers girls swim team competed at the Valkyrie Invitational on December 1. The Invitational was hosted by Parkview High School at Foster...

The Lamar High School girls swim team travelled to Monett for a swim meet on December 4. The Lady Tigers placed fifth overall against 12 other teams, including area schools such as Carl Junction, Carthage, Joplin, Lebanon, Monett, Nevada, Thomas Jefferson and Webb City. Pictured, left to right, are Kaitlyn Davis, Meghan Watson, Team Manager Audrey Whitworth, Emma Tennal, Cher McCall, Abby Kluhsman, Sam Capehart, Coach Lyman Burr and Nevaeh Jones. Lamar girls swim team competes in Monett Duals
The Lamar High School girls swim team competed in the Monett Duals on December 4. Other participating area teams included Carl Junction, Carthage,...

The eighth grade Lamar Tigers rolled through the final three games of their season with wins over Monett (28-12), Seneca (15-0) and Cassville (36-20). The Tigers continued to rely heavily on their running offense. Against Monett, the Tigers rushed for 169 yards on 10 carries. In their final game against Cassville, the Black and Red accumulated 324 yards in 24 attempts. The Tigers only passed the ball six times in those two contests. There were only two quarters of play against Seneca and statistics were not available for this game. During the entire 2018 campaign, the Tigers outscored their opponents 165-44. The LMS Brotherhood completed back-to-back undefeated seasons, claiming the Big 8 Conference Championship for the second year in a row. LMS Brotherhood claim Big 8 Conference Championship

The eighth grade Lamar Tigers ended a successful middle school career with a record of 12-0, winning consecutive Big 8 Conference Championships. A dozen of these young men have played football together for the past six years, compiling a record of 24-7 during their Lamar Youth Football career. Pictured, left to right, are Ryan Davis, Tate Ansley, Nick Moore, Tyler Ansley, Tyson Williams, Rein Stephens, Jase Dillon, Jaxon Hearod, Austin Wilkerson, Cameron Sturgell and Ty Willhite. Not pictured is Joel Beshore. Eighth grade Lamar Tigers end successful middle school career

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Lockwood senior Makenzie Purinton takes the ball to the basket as Lamar's Kara Morey plays defense during Lamar's win last week. Lady Tigers now 4-2
By CHRIS MORROW With a win over Big 8 Conference foe, Aurora, last week, the Lamar Lady Tigers sit at 4-2. Coach Mandy Moyer is pleased with her...

The LHS Girls Swim Team kicked off the 2018-2019 season at the Carthage All Relays Meet on November 27. Pictured, left to right, are: Kaitlyn Davis (sophomore), Abby Kluhsman (senior), Cher McCall (junior), Meghan Watson (sophomore), Manager Audrey Whitworth (sophomore), Emma Tennal (sophomore), Sam Capehart (senior) and Nevaeh Jones (freshman). LHS Swim Team begins season at Carthage
The Lamar High School Swim Team began its 2018-2019 season at the Carthage Lady Tiger Relays on November 27. This competition was a unique...

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The Lamar Tigers got their season off to a strong start by reaching the title game of the 56th Annual Dennis Cornish Classic in Lockwood. Here, junior Donte Stahl defends an Ash Grove ball handler in a first round win over the Pirates. Look for more coverage of the Tigers in upcoming issues of the Democrat. Lamar Tigers off to strong start

Coach looks back at Jasper runners season
\Four Jasper runners competed at the state cross country meet recently. Coach Donna Davis took a moment to comment on her team's memorable...

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Following the tradition of seniors throwing their cleats over the goal post upon their return home, they preceded to show just how close and what a camaraderie they have with their teammates. There are 16 graduating seniors this year. Hold your heads high Tigers!
By MELODY METZGER Lamar Democrat Although the Lamar Tiger football team didn’t make it past the quarter finals this year, there is no reason...

No. 40 senior tight end Travis Bailey blocks for No. 6 senior quarterback Duncan Gepner in semifinal action in Lathrop. The Tigers lost to a Class 2 school for the first time since 2010. Lamar vs Lathrop semi finals football 2018
Photos courtesy of Terry Redman