DIAMOND SPIKERS DOWN EXETER IN TWO
By Randy Turner
It's the little things that make volleyball teams into winners and Rachelle Gilliam excels
at the little things.
The Diamond senior backline specialist used her skills to good advantage Tuesday night
as the Wildcats defeated Exeter 15-7, 15-4.
She strafed the Tiger defense with three ace serves to close out game one, then showed
off her defensive ability on the opening play of game two.
A Tiger spike appeared destined to hit the hardwood when Rachelle twisted her body, flew
into the air with her arms in front of her and somehow managed to pass the ball to a teammate. Seconds later, an Exeter error
gave Diamond a sideout and the home team was on its way to another win.
It was the type of win that Wildcat Coach Tony Allmoslecher has to appreciate. Not
only did his team have an opportunity to fine tune their skills while beating a conference opponent, but he also had a chance
to let reserves such as juniors Ashley Beegle and Kristen Bishop get valuable playing time.
Bishop, in particular, was a revelation, serving seven straight points in game two, while
dealing more aces than a riverboat gambler. When Exeter finally managed a sideout, Bishop had staked her team to an 8-0 lead.
Senior Ashley Parker and Rachel Whiteley served three points apiece and junior Brittany Gilliam had one in the second game.
The first game was dominated by Diamond's net play as B. Gilliam collected 10 of her 16
assists, setting up all but one of the Wildcat kills. Senior Ana Paula Carvalho had four kills in the game, while Falicia
Phipps added three, Parker two and Jessi Youngblood and Whiteley had one apiece.
Diamond will play host to McDonald County Thursday night.
Diamond- Points- Parker 7, Whiteley 7, Bishop 7, R. Gilliam 5, B. Gilliam 3, Youngblood
1; Kills- Carvalho 6, Phipps 5, Parker 4, Youngblood 1, Whiteley 1; Assists- B. Gilliam 16; Ace serves- Bishop 7, R. Gilliam
4, Parker 3, Youngblood 1.
DIAMOND JV SPIKERS ROMP
By Randy Turner
The first time Casey Brown stepped on the floor this year, she was shaking like Jello in
"It was a lot different playing volleyball in high school," the Diamond freshman said.
"I didn't know what to expect and I thought people wouldn't expect me to do very well since I was a freshman."
It didn't take long for Casey to put those freshman jitters behind her. She has been a
top contributor for the Diamond junior varsity volleyball team this year and her talents were on display Tuesday night during
the Wildcats' 15-5, 15-7, win over Exeter.
In her first match of the year, Casey's spikes found the middle of the net as often as
they found her opponents' floors. She definitely has the hang of it now. In game two, she nailed three kills off pinpoint
sets from Brittney Stevens and Amanda McKee, then served the matchpoint, a floater ace that dropped in nicely between three
Casey doesn't take credit for the success of those spikes. "You're not going to have a
good spike unless you have good sets and we have two really good setters," she said, referring to McKee and Stevens. "And
they have to have a really good pass from the back row."
As Casey is quick to point out, volleyball is a team sport and that was exactly how the
Wildcats planted themselves in the win column Tuesday night.
Game one featured strong serving from Stevens and Darci Price and some excellent net play
from sophomore Jolene Topham.
Kristen Hicks started off game two on the right foot, serving the first four points, one
an ace and another on a Brown kill. After single serve points from Stevens and Topham, Lendi Stirewalt aced two serves to
put Diamond up 8-3. Hicks served three more, one an ace and another on a wicked crosscourt kill by freshman Ricki Fountain
from a Stevens set. Topham served the 12th, 13th and 14th points. The 12th and 14th came on aces, while a save by Lauren
Fetters eventually resulted in a Brown kill on the 13th.
Exeter narrowed the gap to 14-7 before McKee earned a sideout with a backhand dink off
the net, setting the stage for Brown's floater ace.
STRONG SERVING PACES SEVENTH GRADE
By Randy Turner
An onslaught of powerful serves from Crystal Harrall, Jessica Webb, Amanda Cupp, Jayma
King and Courtney Sweet paced the Diamond seventh grade volleyball team to a 15-4, 15-13, win over Wheaton Monday night.
Harrall stepped to the line with Diamond leading 7-4 in game one and didn't stop serving
until the Wildcats recorded their 15th point. She served two aces and it didn't even faze her when the Bulldogs called a timeout
to try to throw off her rhythm.
Cupp had opened the game with three serve points, acing the first two, then C. Sweet served
the next four points, mixing in two aces.
Game two started out in the same fashion, with Cupp firing three straight serve points,
acing the first two. Webb served points four through nine, including four aces. Wheaton bounced back to tie the game at 10-10
and later went up 12-13 before King served out the match.
Diamond- Points- Cupp 9, Harrall 8, Webb 6, C. Sweet 4, King 3; Ace serves- Cupp 5, Webb
4, C. Sweet 2, Harrall 2, King 1.
EIGHTH GRADE SPIKERS LOSE TO WHEATON
By Randy Turner
Some solid defensive play provided the few highlights for the Diamond Eighth Grade volleyball
team in its 15-4, 15-3, loss to Wheaton Monday night.
Diamond grabbed a 3-0 advantage in game one, thanks to strong serving by LeAnn Dardenne,
who aced the first point and Kacie Cooper, who served the next two. One of Cooper's serve points came on a return by
Dana Bridges, which landed untouched. The other Cooper provided herself with a spectacular dig on a spike that was divebombing
toward the floor.
Whitney Booyer's floater ace was the only other point scored by the Wildcats in game one.
Booyer and Alyshia Bowles had strong saves on what initially appeared to be ace serves for the Bulldogs.
In game two, Diamond again took the initial lead, thanks to a Brittany Barwick serve point.
Two aces by Dardenne provided the only other Wildcat scoring.
The seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams will play at Granby Tuesday night.
Diamond- Points- Dardenne 3, Cooper 2, Booyer 1, Barwick 1; Ace serves- Dardenne 3, Booyer
EIGHTH GRADE SPIKERS COMPETE IN SENECA TOURNAMENT
SENECA- The hop, skip and jump serving style of Leanne
Ross put the Diamond eighth grade volleyball team just five points away from tying Joplin South in the seventh place game
of the Seneca Eighth Grade Volleyball Tournament Saturday.
Ross was almost substituted for when she stepped to the line with her team leading 8-2.
She justified her coach's faith in her, ripping through the South defense with two sinking ace serves before the Jasper County
crew managed a sideout.
Unfortuately for the Wildcats, they only scored two points the rest of the way as South
put the finishing touches on a 15-7, 15-12, win and claimed seventh place.
The Wildcats were slow out of the gate in their final match of the day. South took a 7-0
lead before Whitney Booyer regained the serve by faking a pass to a teammate, then politely dumping into the center of the
South defense untouched.
Kacie Cooper served Diamond's first point. South built its lead to 10-1 before the locals
mounted their first rally. Booyer aced two serves. After another South point, Katie Dodson served a floater ace, followed
by two serve points from Dana Bridges, one an ace and the other on an unreturned hit by Cooper.
Diamond scored only one more point, an ace by Cooper that hugged the sideline all the way,
dropping in just before it reached the back line.
In game two, Diamond regained its bearings and took its first lead on a Brittany Barwick
serve. After two South points, Diamond began to gather momentum, starting with a LeAnn Dardenne serving clinic. Dardenne blistered
South with seven serve points, including four aces, giving Diamond an 8-2 advantage.
Ross added the next two points. Barwick served one on a Ross return of a South spike. A
Dardenne ace was the only other point the Wildcats scored.
Earlier during pool play, Diamond lost 15-2, 15-7, to Seneca, split with Joplin North 15-13,
1-15, and lost to Granby 15-13, 15-2.
Diamond will play host to Wheaton Monday night.
Diamond (against South) Points- Dardenne 8, Cooper 2, Booyer 2, Bridges 2, Barwick 2, Ross
2, Dodson 1; Kills- Dardenne 1; Ace serves- Dardenne 5, Booyer 2, Ross 2, Dodson 1, Bridges 1, Cooper 1.
WILDCATS FALL TO ASH GROVE
By Randy Turner
It takes more than one tackler to bring Brent Morgan to the ground.
Heck, most of the time it takes more than two tacklers to wrestle the shaggy-haired junior
to the turf. When the ball is in Brent Morgan's hands, he doesn't want to stop running.
"Nice run," Diamond Coach Brad Hocker yelled numerous times after Morgan had to be dragged
down pushing, kicking and struggling for every extra inch of territory.
The statistics from Friday night's 54-0 Diamond loss to state-ranked Ash Grove won't
show it, but Brent Morgan had another solid running game. On plays when any other runner would have been dropped for a three
or four-yard loss, Morgan kept fighting until he was back at the original line of scrimmage. On plays when any other back
would have been tackled for no gain, somehow Morgan managed to battle his way for two or three yards.
Unfortunately for Morgan, there were enough times that the pursuing linemen were able to
get to him quickly that he ended up with 17 carries for no net yardage. He also caught two passes for 14 yards.
It was that kind of night for Diamond. The Pirates scored early and often, going up 48-0
by the end of the first half, thanks to an impressive aerial attack, then tacking on a punt return for a touchdown early in
the third quarter to complete the game's scoring. After that, Ash Grove used its reserves and stuck to the ground game.
Though plagued by turnovers, the Diamond offense moved the chains a few times during the
course of the game.
In their opening drive, the Wildcats, starting at the 32, thanks to a good kickoff return
by Justin Lane, went right to the attack. Senior Kody Kelso knifed through the middle for five yards. Morgan gained the first
down with a nine-yard run, but the next three running plays went for no yardage or losses.
Later in the first quarter, the Wildcats picked up another first down on a nifty pass play
with junior quarterback Greg Fetters connecting with his classmate, Jake VanLue, for a 14-yard gain.
Midway through the second quarter, the Wildcats drove from their 25 to the Ash Grove 46, showing
some grit as they collected two first downs. On one play, as Ash Grove put on a heavy rush, Diamond countered with a screen
pass from Fetters to Morgan for a 13-yard gain.
After a two-yard pickup by Fetters and a six-yard run by senior Kody Kelso, Fetters picked
up the first down with a sneak up the middle. A turnover ended the drive.
Diamond, 0-5, will play host to School of the Osage at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11.
DIAMOND CROSS COUNTRY IN FULL STRIDE
By Zach Towers
Diamond Daily Editor
After three meets, Diamond Middle School Cross Country has started its season strong.
At the first meet at Nixa, Zach Towers finished seventh while Michael Lane finished 14th.
At the second meet at East Newton, the duo struck with second and third place medals for
Towers and Lane, respectively. Also at this meet, Kevin Harrall earned his first medal with an 11th place finish.
To finish the three-meet streak, Towers and Lane finished second and third again at Diamond
Thursday. Out of the top 10 to place, five were from Diamond, with Harrall collecting his second medal, finishing in sixth
place, Aaron Johnson his first, finishing eighth, and Lee Hollars finishing in 10th place.
DMS FOOTBALL TEAM PUTS SCARE
INTO UNBEATEN LIBERAL SQUAD
By Randy Turner
A fourth-quarter touchdown enabled the unbeaten Liberal football team to avoid a defeat
from a fired-up Diamond Middle School squad.
"We gave an unbeaten team all it could handle," Diamond Coach Joe Douglas told his team
moments after the final buzzer sounded in the 14-7 loss.
The Wildcats led 7-6 after three quarters, thanks to an outstanding defensive play by eighth
grader Kevin Ortega, whose flying tackle stopped a Bulldog runner dead in his tracks during a two-point conversion attempt
in the second quarter.
Ortega's heroics were among many delivered by the Wildcats. Dustin Watson stopped an early
Liberal possession with a fumble recovery. Ortega also recovered a fumble at the beginning of the second quarter and had a
In the second half, Josh Matthews had a leaping interception to stop a Bulldog drive that
had reached midfield. Michael Lane also committed a little highway robbery of his own, picking off a Bulldog pass in the fourth
Diamond's offense put the Bulldogs on their back legs from the start. During Diamond's
first possession, Matthews's 52-yard run moved the locals deep into Liberal territory, but eventually the Wildcats were forced
The Wildcats broke into the scoring column early in the second period, in a drive set up
by a Liberal turnover. Diamond had just been stopped on downs, but the Bulldogs were unable to cleanly field Jake Newsum's
punt and Ortega covered it at the Liberal 25.
From there, it took only two plays to score. On first down, Matthews ran for three yards,
then quarterback Cameron Harrington connected with Lane for a 22-yard scoring pass. The conversion attempt almost went awry
when the snap was off, but Casey Youngblood was able to put the ball down and Genaro Rangel drilled it through the uprights,
giving Diamond a 7-0 lead.
A 60-yard touchdown pass play late in the half pulled Liberal to within one, 7-6.
Diamond will play at Sarcoxie at 6 p.m. Monday.
DIAMOND 7TH, 8TH VB LOSE TO SENECA
By Randy Turner
The Diamond seventh and eighth grade volleyball teams fell to Seneca Tuesday night. The
seventh grade dropped the opener 15-6, 15-10, with the eighth grade losing 15-2, 15-8.
In the seventh grade contest, the Wildcats led only once, 1-0 at the beginning of game
two, thanks to a Crystal Morgan ace. Seneca scored the next 10 points before Diamond earned a sideout on a serving error.
Kasey Hockman served the second point then following a pair of sideouts, Jayma King aced the third.
A four-point run by King, which moved the Wildcats to within five, 14-9, was the highlight
of the match. A Morgan serve point accounted for the final Diamond point.
Diamond- Points- King 6, Morgan 4, Hockman 2, Courtney Sweet 1; Ace serves- King 4, Morgan
4, C. Sweet 1.
The Seneca eighth grade servers had the Wildcats on their heels in the eighth grade contest,
but Brittany Barwick was able to return a pair of them and bring sideouts for the locals.
Diamond built a 5-0 lead in game two, thanks to five serve points by Katie Dodson. Dodson
aced the first four, then scored the fifth with the help of a Thia Wiggins hit that landed untouched on the Seneca side of
After a pair of Indian points, Diamond earned a sideout, thanks to Barwick's stellar defense.
The Seneca server had already blistered the Wildcats with a pair of aces and the next serve had Brittany's number marked on
it. As the sinking line drive came straight at her, Brittany dug in her heels, put her fists beneath the ball and sent it
back to the visitors' side. After the sideout, the Wildcats scored the next two points on a pair of Kacie Cooper aces. After
a pair of sideouts, the Wildcats scored their final point with Alyshia Bowles serving. Bowles made a good defensive play on
an Indian hit, passing the ball to Dodson, who dumped the ball barely over the net where Seneca was unable to handle it.
Diamond will entertain Jasper Thursday night with the seventh grade match starting at 5:30
Diamond- Points- Dodson 5, Bowles 2, Cooper 2, Dana Bridges 1; Ace serves- Dodson 3, Cooper
2, Bowles 1.
DREAM COMES TRUE FOR ADDIE WHITEHEAD
By Kaci Scribner
Diamond Daily Staff Writer
"Was I just dreaming it happened?"
Diamond High School senior Addie Whitehead wondered all day Friday if she would be crowned
Football Homecoming queen or if it would be one of the other five candidates, freshman Lauren Fetters, sophomore Megan Kinney,
junior Jessi Youngblood and senoirs Rachelle' Gilliam and Ashley Parker. Addie said she was nervous all day.
Addie's first homecoming she remembers going to was her freshman year. "I always wanted
to be a homecoming queen, but I never thought I would be," she said.
When the announcer was about to announce the homecoming king and queen, he had everyone's
The 2002 Football Homecoming King was Addie's escort, Bobby Taylor. She whispered to Bobby,
"Oh, my gosh, way to go, Bob!"
When the announcer prepared to name the homecoming queen, there was a lot of shaking and
butterflies among the six candidates. "The homecoming queen is Addie Whitehead." A big smile came over her face and her hand
went to her mouth.
"At first, I didn't think they said my name," Addie said. "I thought I was dreaming it
Heather Leake, who crowned Addie, knows a little of what Addie felt. She was the 2001 Football
Heather said, "I remember feeling very nervous and shaking all day."
Heather told the 2002 candidates, "Don't be nervous and go out there and be happy no matter
EIGHTH GRADE SPIKERS DOWN SARCOXIE
By Randy Turner
The bump, set and spike mentality of high school volleyball is usually a long way off for
middle school players, but the Diamond eighth grade team got a taste of it during its 15-6, 15-6, win over Sarcoxie Monday
In game one, leading 14-6 with Sarcoxie serving, the Wildcats earned a sideout thanks to
a Katie Dodson spike from a Dana Bridges set.
After that, Kacie Cooper finished game one with an ace. The game one win featured five
serve points, including two aces, from Brittany Barwick, three serve points from Dodson and two apiece from Bridges and Thia
It didn't take long for the Wildcats to set the tone in game two. LeAnn Dardenne served
the first three points, one of them coming on a diving save of a Sarcoxie hit by Alyssa Simpson. Cooper served points four
through six, acing two of them.
After the visitors trimmed the Diamond advantage to 6-4, Dardenne served five more points,
including four aces. Whitney Booyer served the 12th through 14th points.
Diamond will play host to Seneca Tuesday (Oct. 1)
Diamond- Points- Dardenne 8, Barwick 5, Cooper 5, Booyer 4, Dodson 3, Bridges 2, Wiggins
2, Alyshia Bowles 1; Kills- Dodson 1; Assists- Bridges 1; Ace serves- Dardenne 6, Cooper 4, Dodson 3, Booyer 3, Barwick 2,
Bridges 2, Wiggins 1, Bowles 1.
SEVENTH GRADE VB LOSES TO SARCOXIE
By Randy Turner
A late game three rally fell just short as the Diamond seventh grade volleyball team lost
to Sarcoxie 13-15, 15-3, 16-14, Monday night.
The sterling serving of Amanda Cupp gave the Wildcats a chance to pull off the win. She
stepped to the line with her team trailing 14-9 and put on a clinic. She aced the 10th and 11th points with balls aimed at
the center of the Sarcoxie defense. She sliced the 12th point down the right sideline. After a Bear timeout, she served the
13th point, then the 14th, which came via a Crystal Morgan hit off the net. Sarcoxie managed a sideout, then scored the final
Jessica Webb provided the winning margin in game one after Sarcoxie had bounced back from
a 14-11 deficit to pull to within a point. Webb's line-drive ace gave the Wildcats a one-game advantage.
Diamond will play host to Seneca at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Oct 1).
WILDCATS LOSE HOMECOMING GAME
By Randy Turner
It had to be a great feeling.
After a night of being on the run after Oswego rushers ripped through the line with the
intent of taking his head off, Diamond junior quarterback Greg Fetters had a fourth-quarter opportunity for a little payback
during the Wildcats' 34-0 Homecoming loss.
The Wildcats were forced to punt from deep in their own territory about halfway through
the final period. As the ball was snapped to junior punter Casey Holland, an Indian was bearing in on Holland. He met up with
Greg Fetters instead. Fetters knocked the Indian off his feet and Holland was able to launch a booming 50-yard punt to prevent
the opposition from getting good field position.
It's little victories like that one that keep the young Diamond squad as it builds experience.
Oswego attacked early and often, scoring four touchdowns in the first half to go up 28-0. From that point on, Diamond played
the Indians nearly evenly, chalking up another moral victory.
After the halftime Homecoming coronation ceremonies, in which senior football player Bobby
Taylor and Addie Whitehead were crowned king and queen, Oswego scored on its first possession of the second half then failed
to score again.
In the fourth quarter, Oswego was knocking on the door once more, but ran into a fired-up
Wildcat defense. After Diamond stopped a first-down play for no gain, Taylor broke through and nailed a runner for a five-yard
loss on second down. A third-down pass play was completed, but only for a short gain as freshman Zach Barger stopped the receiver
six yards short of a first down. The Indians opted for a field goal, but junior Josh Miller smothered it before liftoff.
The Wildcats had their best possession late in the fourth quarter. After short runs by
Kody Kelso and Brent Morgan, Fetters attempted a pass to Holland, who was mugged by an Indian defender. The penalty call gave
Diamond a first down at its 35. After two incomplete passes and a two-yard Fetters run, the juinor quarterback connected
with Holland coming across the middle for a 23-yard gain and a first down at the Oswego 40. That was as far as the Wildcats
were able to move the ball. A turnover ended the possession after a pair of incomplete passes.
Diamond, 0-4, will play host to Ash Grove Friday night.
DHS SOFTBALL TEAM BREAKS INTO WIN COLUMN
By Randy Turner
A misplay by Billings' third baseman on freshman Taunie Brewer's sharply hit grounder scored
Amanda Ferguson from second and gave the Diamond High School softball team its first win of the year, 10-9 in nine innings.
"I don't know whether Coach (Danny DeWitt) told me to go or not," Ferguson said.
The tiny infielder started the rally with a one-out hustle double to center field. She
was thinking two bases the minute she hit the ball and slid in under the tag as the center fielder quickly returned the ball
to the infield.
An anxious Ashley Brummett swung and missed at the first pitch. After a talk with DeWitt,
the junior watched the next two pitches sail high. Ball three was outside. Brummett started to swing at the next pitch, which
was outside, but checked her swing and was awarded first.
Brewer was up next. She hit the first pitch solidly, but it appeared to be the second out
as it went straight toward the Billings third baseman. The fielder let it go between her legs and it was off to the races
for Ferguson. She tore around third and slid in well before the throw.
"It feels good to win," she said. "It's about time."
The sentiment was shared by her teammates. Pitcher Kathy Harrell put Diamond in a position
to win with another strongly-pitched game. The senior control artist walked no one during the entire extra-inning game, while
striking out four. Nearly all of the runs against her unearned, the result of Wildcat errors in the middle inning.
The offense was provided by Ferguson and Brewer, each of whom scored three runs. Diamond
started its attack early with Ferguson walking in the first inning, then coming around on a Brummett single and a Brewer double,
which also plated Brummett.
In the second inning, Nicki Bunn walked, stole second and third and scored on a fielder's
choice grounder by Ferguson.
Diamond scored three runs in the fourth with Michelle Darr, Ferguson and Brewer touching
The Wildcats will try to make it two in a row when they play host to East Newton Monday.
DIAMOND SPIKERS DROP SOUTHWEST
By Randy Turner
It took a while to get started, but once the Falicia Phipps show got underway, it was time
for the Southwest driver to start the bus for the long ride home.
Falicia, a junior, put on a spiking display during the final moments of the Diamond volleyball
team's 15-13, 15-8, win over Southwest Thursday night.
The final Wildcat run began with the lead standing at 10-8 and junior Brittany Gilliam
at the service line. After Brittany served the 11th point, Falicia blocked a Trojan spike for the 12th. The 13th point came
on a Trojan spiking error, the 14th came on a Phipps crosscourt kill from a B. Gilliam assist. On the final point, Phipps
took another perfect B. Gilliam set, faked the spike and dropped a dink between three befuddled Trojans.
The final flurry brought a close to what had been a tough match against a tenacious Southwest
squad. In game one, the visitors took a 12-8 lead before the Wildcats got their game going. Senior Ashley Parker, playing
another solid all-around game, started the comeback with three serve points, including an ace and a Megan Taylor kill from
a B. Gilliam set.
Solid serving senior Rachelle Gilliam kept things going with two straight ace serves to
put the Wildcats up 13-12. After a sideout, a Phipps block regained the serve for the locals. Parker served out the game with
the 14th point coming thanks to a poor Trojan set and the 15th came on a line drive ace which hugged the sideline.
In game two, most of the early damage to the visitors was caused by senior Rachel Whiteley
who had five serve points, including an ace.
Diamond will return to action next week in the annual Diamond Tournament.
Diamond- Points- Whiteley 8, Parker 7, B. Gilliam 6, Phipps 4, R. Gilliam 3, Jessi Youngblood
1; Kills- Ana Paula Carvalho 9, Phipps 6, Parker 4, Taylor 3, Youngblood 1, Whiteley 1; Assists- B. Gilliam 18; Ace serves-
Parker 3, R. Gilliam 2, Phipps 2, Whiteley 1; Blocks- Carvalho 2, Phipps 2.
WILDCAT JAYVEES FALL TO SOUTHWEST
By Randy Turner
A never-say-die defense enabled the Diamond junior varsity volleyball team to force a third
game against Southwest Thursday night before losing 15-7, 11-15, 15-11.
Examples of Wildcat hustle weren't hard to find. At one point, it was the diminutive dynamo,
Brittney Stevens, diving into the bleachers to keep a ball from going out of bounds.
Or maybe the play in which sophomore Megan Atkins stood her ground to get the dig on a
wicked Trojan spike, making a perfect pass to Stevens, who set up Jolene Topham for the kill.
Or perhaps the play when freshman Ricki Fountain kept a spike from hitting the ground by
twisting her body, getting her hands underneath the ball and flipping it to a teammate.
The all-out, take-no-prisoners brand of volleyball kept Jim Madden's Wildcats in the game.
Topham and sophomore Sarah Simpson each served four points in the second game, with Topham adding three kills as Diamond forced
a third game.
Diamond JV- Points- Stevens 9, Topham 7, Simpson 6, Kristen Hicks 5, Casey Brown 2, Fountain
1, Lendi Stirewalt 1, Atkins 1; Kills- Topham 10, Fountain 1, Hicks 1, Stirewalt 1, Brown 1; Assists- Stevens 13; Ace serves-
Fountain 4, Topham 3, Simpson 2, Hicks 1, Brown 1, Atkins 1.
In a preliminary one-game match, other Diamond and Southwest jayvee players received an
opportunity for some playing time and the Wildcats made the most of it, winning 15-6.
Kristen Bishop and Megan Taylor served five points apiece. Amanda McKee continued her return
from an injury with two serve points, including an ace. Taylor ended the game with a vicious kill on a Trojan pass that strayed
too close to the net.
Diamond- Points- Bishop 5, Taylor 5, McKee 2, Darci Price 2, Ashley Beegle 1; Kills- Taylor
1; Ace serves- Bishop 2, McKee 1, Taylor 1, Beegle 1.
DIAMOND VB BEATS COLLEGE HEIGHTS
By Randy Turner
Ana Paula Carvalho's 12th kill was the one that finally broke the spirits of a game College
Heights volleyball team Tuesday night.
The Diamond senior took a pinpoint Brittany Gilliam set and slammed it home for her team's
13th point. Two Cougar errors later and the home team claimed an 8-15, 15-7, 15-8, win.
After losing game one and falling behind early in game two, Diamond battled back behind
the serving of senior Rachelle Gilliam to claim the second game. R. Gilliam had nine of her team-high 11 serve points in the
In the finale, Diamond grabbed a 4-0 lead. B. Gilliam served the first two points, both
coming on Cougar spiking errors. Senior Ashley Parker served the next two. The third point came on a Falicia Phipps kill from
a B. Gilliam assist. Phipps provided the assist on the fourth point, a Rachel Whiteley kill. The visitors managed to remain
close until Diamond began its final push.
Leading 9-6, Whiteley served the 10th point, followed by two more by R. Gilliam, including
a Cougar spike error set up by a Megan Taylor block and a leaping Parker kill from a B. Gilliam assist.
Phipps served the final three points, including the match-clinching Carvalho kill.
Diamond will entertain Southwest Thursday night.
Diamond- Serve point- R. Gilliam 11, Phipps 10, Whiteley 7, B. Gilliam 6, Parker
3, Jessi Youngblood 1; Kills- Carvalho 12, Parker 7, Phipps 5, Whiteley 3, B. Gilliam 2, Youngblood 2, Taylor 1; Assists-
B. Gilliam 26, Phipps 1; Ace serves- Phipps 2, Whiteley 1, R. Gilliam 1; Blocks- Taylor 2, Phipps 1, Carvalho 1.
COLLEGE HEIGHTS COMEBACK FOILS DIAMOND JV
By Randy Turner
An eight-point run at the end of game three enabled visiting College Heights to beat the
Diamond junior varsity volleyball team 4-15, 16-14, 16-14 Tuesday night.
The match started out looking like a Diamond runaway as Jolene Topham served eight points,
including seven aces in game one.
The sophomore showed her skills in other facets of the game in game two, collecting six
of her team-high 10 kills. Freshman setter Brittney Stevens, who picked up most of her five assists on Topham kills, served
four points and Lendi Stirewalt added four in game two, but a late comeback enabled College Heights to tie the match.
The fiery Stevens put Diamond in front at the beginning of game three, dealing four aces.
The Cougars scored the next four points before Topham served the go-ahead point for Diamond.
She also served the next five points, including three aces to give her team a commanding
10-4 advantage. Ricki Fountain made it 12-4 with two serves, including an ace. After four Cougar points, Diamond moved to
within one point of a victory with two Kristen Hicks serve points. The 13th point came on a Topham kill and the 14th on a
Fountain kill from a Stevens assist. A Diamond spiking error forced a sideout and College Heights only relinquished the serve
one time. After another sideout, the visitors scored the final three points.
Diamond- Points- Topham 15, Stevens 10, Fountain 6, Hicks 5, Stirewalt 5, Sarah Simpson
2; Kills- Topham 10, Hicks 2, Stirewalt 1, Fountain 1; Assists- Stevens 5, Simpson 1, Amanda McKee 1; Ace serves- Topham 11,
Stevens 5, Fountain 2, Simpson 1, Stirewalt 1; Blocks- Topham 2.
FOURTH QUARTER TD BEATS DIAMOND MS FOOTBALL
By Randy Turner
It was a calm, collected Genaro Rangel who booted the extra point that put the Diamond
Middle School football team up 20-8 over Lockwood at the close of the first half Monday night.
After all, it was the second extra point the eighth grader had put through the uprights.
The first time he kicked one through, he leaped into the air and shouted. The second time..well, hey, he was an old pro by
Unfortunately, the 20th point was the last time Genaro kicked Monday night as Lockwood
scored three second-half touchdowns to nip Diamond 24-20.
Genaro's kicking exploits were among many highlights for Coach Joe Douglas's squad, which
was playing for the first time in two weeks.
One highlight was the sustained first-quarter scoring drive that put Diamond on the scoreboard
for the first time this year. The Wildcats took the opening kickoff and drove 70 yards on 11 plays, scoring on a seven-yard
Josh Mathews run. Key plays in the drive included a 20-yard quarterback keeper by Cameron Harrington, a 15-yard gainer by
Mathews and a 13-yarder by Clay Norwood.
The Wildcat offensive line, including Charles Forest, Kevin Ortega, Ryan Clouse, Curtis
Russell, and Colton Drake, had little trouble blowing away the Tiger defense and opening big holes.
Lockwood's first drive ended when Forest and Clouse combined to sack the quarterback for
an eight-yard loss on fourth down.
The Diamond offense took up where it left off, starting at the Lockwood 40 and needing
only three plays to score. On first down, a pitch to Norwood netted only two yards, but the Wildcats went right back to the
eighth grader for a 33-yard run to the five on second down.
Norwood ran the five remaining yards on the next play to make it 12-0. Rangel kicked the
extra point to increase the margin to 13-0.
Two more touchdowns were scored in the first half. Lockwood scored on a 25-yard run and
two-point conversion to trim the lead to five.
The Tigers' final scoring drive was set up by their defense. Another key sack, this one
by Forest and Mathews gave the Wildcats the ball. Norwood needed only one play, a 62-yard run, followed by Rangel's extra
point kick to close Diamond's scoring.
Lockwood scored twice in the second half, on a 27-yard run with 2:36 remaining in the third
quarter, and on a 44-yard run with 4:20 left in the game. The Tigers were successful on both two-point conversions.
Diamond was led by Norwood, who gained 120 yards on 12 carries. Mathews had 45 yards on
six carries, Harrington 11 yards on six carries and Rangel 11 yards on one carry.
Diamond, 0-2, will play Oct. 3 at Liberal.
DIAMOND 8TH GRADE VB BREAKS INTO WIN COLUMN
LeAnn Dardenne and Kacie Cooper combined for 19 serve points as the Diamond eighth grade
broke into the win column, beating Sarcoxie 15-0, 11-15, 15-2, Monday night.
All of Cooper's nine points were aces, as were nine of Dardenne's 10. Katie Dodson
also had seven serve points, all of them aces. Dodson came up big in the clutch for the Wildcats, serving the winning points
in each game
The Wildcats also had five kills, two by Dodson and one each by Whitney Booyer, Alyshia
Bowles and Alicia Bradley. Dardenne had three assists.
The seventh grade team lost to Sarcoxie 15-8, 15-12.
Diamond 8th- Points- Dardenne 10, Cooper 9, Dodson 7, Thia Wiggins 4, Booyer 4, Brittany
Barwick 2, Dana Bridges 2, Leanne Ross 2, Bradley 1; Kills- Dodson 2, Booyer 1, Bowles 1, Bradley 1; Assists- Dardenne 3;
Ace serves- Cooper 9, Dardenne 7, Dodson 7, Booyer 4, Wiggins 2, Bradley 1, Bridges 1.
DHS FOOTBALL WILDCATS FALL TO THAYER
By Randy Turner
Christmas is still three months off, so it was visions of interceptions that were dancing in Justin Lane's
eyes Friday night during the Diamond football team's 43-0 loss to Thayer.
The Diamond senior, who stands 5-7 and only weighs 145 pounds if he's soaking wet, made those visions a reality
with a big-time play during the third quarter. Thayer had already started the quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return
for a touchdown to increase its lead to 36-0. Diamond turned the ball back over to the visitors on the kickoff and it seemed
Thayer might be on its way to a blowout of historic proportions.
The Diamond defense stiffened, however, starting with sophomore Nathan Moss, tackling a Bobcat runner for
a two-yard loss. Thayer was able to eke out a first down, then picked up another one at the Wildcat 13.
The Wildcats stopped the next three plays cold. Moss tackled a runner for no gain on first down. Senior Kody
Kelso flipped the next Bobcat runner end over end for a three-yard loss on second down.
That set the stage for Lane's big moment. On third and 13, the Bobcat quarterback dropped back to pass.
Lane read the play all the way. He timed his move perfectly, darting in front of the receiver and grabbing the ball.
Thayer only scored one touchdown the rest of the way.
The Diamond offense was never able to get untracked. It did move the ball into Bobcat territory late in the
fourth quarter, thanks to a nice run by freshman Caleb DeVillier. DeVillier, starting from the Wildcat 32, broke free for
10 yards. The only way the visitors could tackle him was to yank on his facemask, so another 15 yards was tacked on, giving
Diamond a first down at the Thayer 43. An interception ended the threat.
The Bobcats were in control from the outset, scoring two first quarter touchdowns, then adding a safety and
two more touchdowns in the second period. Sophomore Dusty Newsum had an interception for Diamond.
The Wildcats, 0-3, will entertain Oswego, Kan., Friday night in the annual Homecoming game. For more information
about the homecoming royalty candidates, see the story on the Diamond Daily page of Wildcat Central.)
DARDENNE RUN HIGHLIGHT FOR 8TH GRADE IN LOSS TO SENECA
By Randy Turner
A seven-point game-two serving spree by LeAnn Dardenne was the highlight for the Diamond
Eighth Grade volleyball team in its 15-8, 15-11, loss to Seneca Thursday night.
It appeared the visitors were well on their way to a quick two-game sweep when they grabbed
an 8-0 lead in game two until Dardenne stepped to the line.
Seneca appeared to have a sideout on her first serve, but Alyssa Simpson was able to return
an Indian volley, have it graze the top of the net and fall into a Seneca player's lap for Diamond's first point. After that,
Dardenne was in control, serving the next six points, including a pair of aces before Seneca was able to manage a sideout.
The visitors scored the next two points before a serving error returned the ball to the home team.
Thia Wiggins aced Diamond's eighth points, served the ninth point, then tied the game when
she hit a ball just inches in front of the back line. After that, Seneca outscored the Wildcats 5-1 with Diamond's only point
coming on a slicing ace by Alyshia Bowles.
The Wildcats held the lead only once, 1-0 in game one on a Kacie Cooper serve point. Cooper
and Dardenne each served three points in that contest with Wiggins adding two. The game was highlighted by a kill and a pair
of timely well-placed dumps by Katie Dodson.
Diamond, 0-3, will return to action Monday at Sarcoxie.
Diamond- Points- Dardenne 10, Wiggins 5, Cooper 3, Bowles 1; Kills- Katie Dodson 1; Ace
serves- Dardenne 5, Wiggins 2, Bowles 1.
SEVENTH GRADE VB DROPS TWO TO SENECA
By Randy Turner
A four-point run in game two was the highlight for the Diamond Seventh Grade Volleyball
Team as it fell to Seneca 15-3, 15-5, Thursday night.
The run started with the Wildcats trailing 13-1. Jayma King started it with an underhanded
ace serve. She served three more points, with a solid return by Sarah Sweet and two of them by Crystal Morgan accounting for
the points. The only other Diamond point in game two came courtesy of server Jessica Webb.
In game one, Diamond took the initial lead, thanks to a Webb kill with Amanda Cupp serving.
Seneca scored the news 13 points, before Diamond tallied its final two, also served by Cupp, one of them an ace.
The Wildcats will play at Sarcoxie Monday.
Diamond- Points- King 4, Cupp 3, Webb 1; Kills- Webb 1, Ace Serves- Cupp 1, King 1.
DHS SOFTBALL LOSES TO ASH GROVE
By Randy Turner
Seven errors committed in two innings cost the Diamond High School softball team dearly
as it lost to Ash Grove 8-4 Tuesday night.
All eight runs scored off starting pitcher Kathy Harrell were unearned as Diamond made
three errors during the Pirates' three-run second inning, two errors leading to three more runs in the fifth and two more
errors resulting in the final two runs in the seventh.
Harrell scattered seven hits and walked no one, going the distance for Coach Danny DeWitt's
Wildcats. After Harrell disposed of the visitors on just five pitches in the top of the first, Diamond jumped on top in the
bottom of the inning. Michelle Darr lined a single to center to lead off. Taunie Brewer reached on a dropped popup in the
infield, with the hustling Darr moving all the way to third. After Brewer swiped second, Harrell lined a one-out, two-run
double to give Diamond the lead.
Ash Grove went ahead for good in the second inning, scoring three runs and added three
more in the fifth.
The Wildcats had a golden opportunity to go on top in the sixth,
loading the bases with nobody out on an infield single by Brewer, a walk to Ashley Brummett and a sacrifice bunt by Harrell
that was misplayed. The locals only scored two runs, even after scoring the first one and still having the bases loaded with
no one out.
Despite the three error-plagued innings, the Wildcats showed some sparkling defense. Brummett
flawleslly handled three chances in the outfield. First baseman Megan Wirth made a nice tag play on a runner when a throw
pulled her off the bag. Carla Garoutte made a running one-hand, over the head catch of a wicked liner in the second inning
and catcher Robin Bullis gunned down two Pirate runners.
Diamond will play at McAuley at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
JOSH MATTHEWS TAKES FOURTH
Eighth grader Josh Matthews finished fourth in team roping during an AYRA (All Youth Rodeo
Association) event at Pierce City Saturday night. He received $15.
SEVENTH GRADE SPIKERS DOWN GRANBY
By Randy Turner
Caitlin Carter wasted no time putting the final touches on the Diamond Seventh Grade Volleyball
Team's 15-13, 15-3, win over Granby Monday night.
The submarining righthander hit a low line drive, underhanded shot right into the middle
of the Granby defense for an ace and closed out the Wildcats' first victory of 2002.
It was a solid team effort for the locals, who were paced by Amanda Cupp's 15 serve points,
including nine aces. Cupp put Diamond in a commanding position in game two, serving the first 10 points. Jessica Webb nearly
finished out the contest, serving the next four, including a line drive ace, setting the stage for Carter's late heroics.
Game one was a little tougher for Diamond. After taking an 11-5 lead on a Webb ace,
the locals gave up three points. They earned a sideout when Jayma King returned a volley and the Cardinals were unable to
handle it. Krystal Morgan aced the 12th point, dropping it nicely into the back corner. The game became a little dicey after
Granby picked up a sideout and scored four points to tie it at 12-12.
After a Diamond timeout, a Cardinal serve soared wide. Cupp riddled the Cardinal defense
with two aces, then King served the game-winner.
Diamond will play at Seneca Thursday night.
Diamond- Points- Cupp 15, Webb 8, King 3, Morgan 2, Sarah Sweet 1, Carter 1. Ace serves-
Cupp 9, Webb 3, Morgan 2, King 1, Carter 1.
DIAMOND 8TH FALLS TO GRANBY
By Randy Turner
Three ace serves that barely crossed the net enabled the visiting Granby eighth grade
to overcome a game two 14-12 Diamond lead to win 15-12, 16-14 Monday night.
A low, line-drive ace by Kacie Cooper had put the Wildcats in a position to win, but they
were unable to put the 15th point down. Diamond built the 14-12 lead after falling behind 12-11, LeAnn Dardenne served the
tying point, then the go-ahead point. After a pair of sideouts, Cooper's ace made it appear that the match would go to a third
The much-improved Diamond squad rode the strong serving of Katie Dodson, who had three
aces, and Sam McCallum who served three points, in the early portion of the game.
In game one, Dodson had four serve points, with Cooper adding three. Whitney Booyer collected
the only Diamond kill, a well-placed dink.
Diamond will play at Seneca Thursday night.
Diamond- Points- Dodson 8, Dardenne 7, Cooper 5, McCallum 3, Booyer 2, Thia Wiggins 1;
Kills- Booyer 1; Ace serves- Dodson 6, Cooper 5, Dardenne 2, Booyer 1.
DMS FOOTBALL SQUAD FALLS IN OPENER
By Randy Turner
A safety at the beginning of the second quarter was the only score Monday night as the
Diamond Middle School football team lost its season opener to Pierce City 2-0.
The game was a showcase for both defenses with Diamond's big-play defense coming up big
time after time. The Eagles were in Diamond territory most of the first half, but Coach Joe Douglas's defense didn't let them
cross the goal line.
On Pierce City's first possession, two running plays were stopped for no gain. The first
was smothered by John Fountain and Dustin Watson, while Colton Drake slammed into the carrier on the second, forcing the visitors
A bad snap on a Diamond punt gave Pierce City its first scoring opportunity midway through
the first quarter with a first down on the Diamond 15. Drake nailed the Eagle runner for no gain on first down. A second down
pass play netted eight yards, but a Kevin Ortega tackle kept the receiver from getting a first down or from breaking into
the end zone. An illegal procedure penalty made it third and seven at the 12. Ortega, Watson and Charles Forest gang-tackled
the runner for a one-yard loss on third down. A fourth and eight pass play was completed, but was stopped with only a four-yard
gain, thanks to a nice play by Ortega.
The Diamond offense was unable to move the ball on that possession and after the Wildcats
lost yardage, the Eagle defense was able to force a safety as the second period began.
The defense was under the gun again after the free kick, which put the Eagles into Diamond
territory at the 45. Pierce City moved the ball to a first and goal at the 8 before the Wildcat defense stiffened.
On first down, Ortega and Forest nailed the runner for a four-yard loss. An incomplete
pass and an illegal use of hands penalty against Pierce City made it second and goal at the 22. A sweep gained eight yards,
then the Diamond defense swarmed on a Wildcat runner for no gain on third down.
Casey Youngblood and Watson sacked the quarterback on the fourth down play to end
The defense played well the entire second half with Ortega picking up an interception.
A highlight for the offense was a Cameron Harrington pass to Youngblood, which the seventh grader caught in heavy traffic.
Diamond, 0-1, will have a long rest before returning to action Monday, Sept. 23, at Lockwood.
DHS SOFTBALL TEAM FALLS TO MCAULEY
By Randy Turner
A five-run fourth inning propelled the McAuley High School softball team to an 11-1 win
over Diamond Thursday afternoon.
All five runs were unearned as the home team committed four errors during the inning. Freshman
Taunie Brewer threw a strong game for Coach Danny DeWitt's Wildcats, giving up no unearned runs on just three hits and three
walks through the first six innings, before tiring in the seventh. She struck out eight.
Diamond scored its only run in the fifth on a two-out double off the third-base bag by freshman
Michelle Darr, followed by a double to the left-center field wall by sophomore shortstop Amanda Ferguson.
The Wildcats were limited to five hits with Ashley Brummett, Kathy Harrell and Brewer each
getting a single. Diamond, 0-4, will play at Miller Tuesday.
MIDDLE SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL OPENS SEPT. 12
By SHALA BASS and COURTNEY SWEET
Diamond Daily Staff Writers
This year's volleyball is in full swing for seventh and eighth graders. Practices started Aug. 19. The
first game is Thursday, Sept. 12, at Wheaton.
Coach Bobbi Sweet said, "The girls are ready, but we're still working on some things." She coaches seventh
grade volleyball. Whitney Mounts coaches eighth grade.
Team members are:
Seventh grade- Kasey Hockman, Jessica Webb, Tonya Loyd, Krystal Morgan, Cassie Cullum, Crystal Harrall,
Courtney Sweet, Caitlin Carter, Amanda Harris, Amanda Cupp, and team captains Sarah Sweet and Jayma King.
Eighth grade- Whitney Booyer, Brittany Barwick, Dana Bridges, Sam McCallum, Kacie Cooper, Katie Dodson,
Alicia Bradley, Alyshia Bowles, LeAnn Dardenne, Thia Wiggins, Leanne Ross and Alyssa Simpson.
MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM TO PLAY PIERCE CITY
By CALEB LUCAS and COLTON DRAKE
Diamond Daily Staff Writers
Diamond Middle School football players are working on offense, defense and special teams. "We will have
a good season," Coach Joe Douglas said. "We have 12 new players and six old players."
The squad will play its first game at home 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, against Pierce City.
Players on this year's team are: Josh Mathews, Colton Drake, Caleb Lucas, Charles Forest, Phillip Body,
Ryan Clouse, Cameron Harrington, Kevin Ortega, Jake Newsum, Clint Myers, Jake Edge, Clay Norwood, Bryce Dailey, Michael Lane,
Casey Youngblood, Curtis Russell, Dustin Watson, John Fountain and Daniel Callis. Team managers are Colton Griffin, Tim Enayati,
Stephanie Taylor, Jennifer Buening and Kelsey Henson.
WILDCAT SPIKERS INAUGURATE NEW GYM WITH WIN
By Randy Turner
Senior Ashley Parker served the final point in the Diamond High School
volleyball team's season-opening 15-10, 15-3, win over Jasper Tuesday night in the first game played in the new Diamond gymnasium.
It was a fitting conclusion to a game which saw Parker shine in all areas of play, serving
six points, putting down four kills, and putting up an assist for a Brittany Gilliam kill.
Diamond dominated the match from the outset, with senior Rachelle Gilliam scoring the first
point. After a sideout, Megan Kinney regained the serve with a wicked kill from a B. Gilliam set. Jessi Youngblood scored
the next four points, including an ace.
After a brief Eagle rally knotted the game at 6-6, junior Falicia Phipps put the Wildcats
in charge for good with eight straight serve points, including a pair of aces. Parker served the final point.
R. Gilliam served the first three points in game two. After a Jasper point, Parker continued
the onslaught. She scored the fourth point when an Eagle spike went into the net, the fifth on a Phipps dink, then she blistered
the Eagle defense with a hoppin', boppin', for their caskets they'll be shoppin' ace serve. Youngblood served the next two
points, including an ace.
Senior Rachel Whiteley handled most of the rest of the scoring, reeling off six serve points,
two coming on Parker kills from B. Gilliam sets and another on a B. Gilliam kill from a Parker assist.
Diamond, 1-0, will play at Sarcoxie Thursday night.
Diamond- Serve points- Phipps 8, Whiteley 6, Parker 6, Youngblood 6, R. Gilliam 4; Kills-
Parker 4, Ana Paula Carvalho 4, Youngblood 3, Kinney 2, Phipps 1, B. Gilliam 1; Assists- B. Gilliam 13, Parker 1; Ace serves-
Phipps 2, R. Gilliam 1, Youngblood 1, Whiteley 1; Blocks- Phipps 1.
JV SPIKERS OPEN GYM WITH DRAMATIC COME-FROM-BEHIND WIN
By Randy Turner
Surfing the net paid off for freshman Brittney Stevens during the Diamond junior varsity volleyball team's
6-15, 15-6, 16-14, win over Jasper Tuesday night.
The diminutive dynamo, playing her first volleyball match for a Diamond team after transferring here last
November, didn't give up on three balls after they went into the net, resulting in two points and a sideout for her team.
She also excelled in every other facet of the game, leading the Wildcats with 18 serve points, including six
aces and eight assists.
Most of the assists went to sophomore Jolene Topham, who sparkled throughout the contest with a team-high
nine kills and two blocks. Topham also contributed three aces among her four serve points.
It didn't look like the first official game to be played in the new DHS gymnasium was going to be a winner
at the outset. The visitors had little trouble winning game one, but Stevens turned the match around in game two. After Jasper
went up 1-0, the freshman served the next 13 points, mixing floater aces with line drive aces, with an occasional Topham
kill added for spice.
Topham aced the 14th point to make it 14-1 before Jasper rallied briefly for five points. Sophomore Kristen
Hicks, who played a solid all-around match, evened the match with an ace serve.
Freshman Lauren Fetters gave Diamond an early lead in game three. With the score 2-2, Fetters served four
points, acing the final three. Lendi Stirewalt served the next two points. After that, it was all Jasper, as the Eagles scored
11 of the next 13 points to go up 13-8.
Freshman Casey Brown, in her volleyball start at any level, started the winning comeback with a pair of serve
points. Her classmate, Ricki Fountain, substituted for her and added another one to trim the Jasper lead to two.
After a sideout, Diamond regained the serve on a Topham kill from a Stevens set. Stevens served the Wildcats
to within one, saving a sideout by digging the ball out of the net and pitching it to Topham who slammed it down for the kill.
Stevens aced both the tying and go-ahead points. Jasper rallied to tie the game at 14-14, but a serve point from sophomore
Sarah Simpson put Diamond up 15-14. After two more sideouts, Hicks served the winner, which once again came as a result of
a hustling save by Stevens out of the net.
The Diamond JV squad, 1-0, will play at Sarcoxie Thursday night.
Diamond JV- Points- Stevens 18, Topham 4, Simpson 4, Fetters 4, Hicks 2, Stirewalt 2, Brown 2, Fountain
1; Kills- Topham 9, Hicks 1, Stirewalt 1; Assists- Stevens 8; Ace Serves- Stevens 6, Topham 3, Fetters 3, Simpson 1, Hicks
1, Stirewalt 1; Blocks- Topham 2.
WILDCAT SOFTBALL TEAM DROPS SEASON OPENER TO MONETT
The Diamond High School softball team lost to Monett 17-10 Monday in the season
opener for both teams. Diamond's attack featured a double and a single by junior Ashley Brummett and a pair of singles from
freshman Michelle Darr. The Wildcats had 10 runs on nine hits and committed four errors. The Wildcat JV team lost 8-3.
DIAMOND MIDDLE SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Monday, Sept. 9- Pierce City at Diamond
Monday, Sept. 23- Diamond at Lockwood
Thursday, Oct. 3- Diamond at Liberal
Monday, Oct. 7- Diamond at Sarcoxie
Thursday, Oct. 10- Jasper at Diamond
Monday, Oct. 14- Skyline at Diamond
Diamond Middle School Volleyball Schedule
Thursday, Sept. 12- Diamond at Wheaton
Monday, Sept. 16- Granby at Diamond
Thursday, Sept. 19- Diamond at Seneca
Monday, Sept. 23- Diamond at Sarcoxie
Monday, Sept. 30- Sarcoxie at Diamond
Tuesday, Oct. 1- Seneca at Diamond
Thursday, Oct. 3- Jasper at Diamond
Saturday, Oct. 5- Diamond 8th at Seneca Tournament
Monday, Oct. 7- Wheaton at Diamond
Tuesday, Oct. 8- Diamond 7th at Seneca Tournament
Thursday, Oct. 10- Diamond at Granby
Monday, Oct. 14- Diamond at Liberal
RINEHART TO SIGN WITH MISSOURI SOUTHERN
By LAUREN FETTERS Staff Writer