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In the high-stakes game of high school baseball, where every inning can turn the tide and every game can shape a season, few stories capture the spirit of resilience and the pursuit of excellence quite like that of the West Plains Zizzers. Last spring, the Zizzers navigated through a storm of injuries that would have sidelined lesser teams. Yet, they emerged with not just a winning record, but a testament to their unyielding spirit and talent. more
As the echoes of bouncing basketballs fade and the cheers simmer down to a warm murmur, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers basketball team closed the chapter on a season that was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride—thrilling highs, heart-wrenching lows, and all the adrenaline-pumping moments in between. Last Friday night, under the glaring lights of the district semifinals stage, our beloved Lady Zizzers faced off against the formidable Branson Pirates in a game that had every spectator on the edge of their seats. The final whistle blew at a score of 61-52, not in favor of our hometown heroes, marking not just the end of a spectacular season but also the conclusion of a legendary streak of four consecutive district championships and three back-to-back trips to the state's final four. more
In the first round of district play, under the bright lights of the Marshfield gymnasium, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers basketball team orchestrated a performance fitting of their storied legacy. On Wednesday evening, against the formidable Webb City, the Lady Zizzers not only emerged victorious with a resounding 57-34 win but also signaled their unyielding quest for a fifth consecutive district championship title. more
The West Plains High School Zizzers, a team known for their resilience and spirit, faced off against the Willard Tigers in a highly anticipated opening round of the district tournament this past Thursday night. Despite a valiant effort, the Zizzers fell to the Tigers with a final score of 64-78, concluding their season with a record of 10-16. more
In a recent thrilling showdown on the hardwood, the West Plains High School Zizzers basketball teams faced off against their formidable rivals, the Bolivar Liberators, across three intense matches that showcased the spirit, talent, and future promise of the Zizzers program. The encounters, which spanned the 9th grade, junior varsity (JV), and varsity levels, highlighted not just the outcomes of the games but the individual performances and collective efforts that make high school basketball an exhilarating spectacle. more
The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers swim team completed their unbelievable season at the MSHSAA Class 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships last week. They entered 13 events, which was the most ever in their 10th season of existence. more
Monday night marked a momentous occasion for the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers basketball team as they clinched a decisive victory against Bolivar, rounding off their regular season with a perfect 3-0 record against their rivals. The night was not only a celebration of their undefeated streak against Bolivar but also an emotional farewell to their two seniors, Allyssa Joyner and Olivia Lawson, whose contributions to the team have been invaluable. more
Under the bright lights of the West Plains High School gymnasium, the Lady Zizzers basketball teams showcased a night filled with sheer determination, heart-stopping moments, and undeniable grit. This was not just another Thursday night; it was a night where every dribble, pass, and shot told a story of resilience, passion, and the relentless pursuit of victory. more
The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers basketball team experienced a gamut of emotions Tuesday night as they faced off on the road against the formidable Rolla Bulldogs. The evening was a showcase of tenacity and skill, with the Lady Zizzers splitting the results; the varsity team narrowly missed victory, whereas the junior varsity team seized a win. more
The West Plains Lady Zizzer Swim Team is State bound! Eight members of the Lady Zizzers will head to St. Peter’s on Wednesday for the MSHSAA Class 1 State Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday and Friday. more
The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers demonstrated an outstanding performance on the basketball court last Friday night in Springfield. Both the Varsity and Junior Varsity (JV) teams outshone their opponents with remarkable skill and teamwork. more
In a night awash with vibrant shades of pink, the West Plains High School Lady Zizzers transformed their home court into more than just a battleground for high school basketball supremacy. They turned it into a heartwarming symphony of community spirit, athletic excellence, and philanthropic endeavor. The 11th Annual Pink Out event, held on a Thursday night that will be etched in the memory of many, wasn't merely a sporting event; it was a beacon of hope and solidarity for the cancer patients benefiting from the Ozark Healthcare's Cancer Treatment Center.The evening kicked off with the junior varsity squad of the Lady Zizzers taking the hardwood by storm. In what can only be described as a dazzling display of teamwork and skill, the junior varsity team laid down the gauntlet with a commanding 56-12 victory over Parkview High School. Ashley Culton, a name that would resonate throughout the night, led the charge with an impressive 14 points. Not far behind, Delani Wahome and Zoe Shrubb each contributed 10 points to the scoreboard, weaving through the defense with ease and finesse. Aubrey Tidwell, with her 9 points, showcased the depth of talent in the Lady Zizzers' ranks, while Jewelia Willard added a crucial 6 points. Lydia Harris, Cameron Brill, and Brylie Osborn rounded out the scoring, demonstrating that every player plays a pivotal role in the symphony of a team's success.As the varsity game took center stage, the anticipation in the air was palpable. The Lady Zizzers varsity team, not to be outdone by their junior varsity counterparts, stormed to a breathtaking 77-23 victory. Allyssa Joyner, in a performance that could only be described as nothing short of spectacular, picked up another double-double with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Olivia Lawson, with her incredible 22 points, proved to be a force to be reckoned with, leaving the defense scrambling to keep up. Zoe Shrubb, adding 15 points, showed the versatility and depth of the Lady Zizzers' attack. Ashley Culton, carrying her momentum from the junior varsity game, added another 6 points to her night's tally. Mylea Adams, Cameron Brill, and Lucy Hafer, each contributing 2 points, exemplified the essence of team play—every contribution matters, no matter the size.The wins were sweet, but the essence of the Pink Out event transcends the bounds of the basketball court. The Lady Zizzers' Head Coach, beaming with pride not only for the athletic prowess displayed by his teams but more so for the monumental community support, highlighted the true spirit of the Pink Out event. It's a testament to the power of unity, the strength of a community coming together for a cause much greater than basketball.Special recognition was bestowed upon the employees of West Plains Bank, whose tireless efforts year after year ensure the success of the Pink Out event. Their dedication and hard work behind the scenes are the unsung melody that harmonizes the event's success.As the night drew to a close, the Lady Zizzers and the community of West Plains proved that basketball could be more than just a game. It can be a catalyst for change, a source of hope, and a vehicle for bringing a community together. The Pink Out event, with its blend of athletic excellence and philanthropic endeavor, showcases the best of what sports can be—a unifying force for good.The team's heartfelt thanks extend to all sponsors, donors, and shirt buyers, whose generosity ensures that the real winners of the night—the cancer patients of Ozark Healthcare's Cancer Treatment Center—receive the support they need. In the end, the scores will fade into the annals of high school sports history, but the impact of the 11th Annual Pink Out event will resonate far beyond the basketball court, in the hearts and lives of those it aimed to uplift.  more
Rylan Kenslow, a standout senior from West Plains High School, class of 2024, has made a significant leap towards securing his future, both academically and athletically. Kenslow has been awarded athletic and academic scholarships to continue his football career at Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri, marking a pivotal moment in his journey as a student-athlete. more
In a series of electrifying basketball matches on Tuesday night, the West Plains High School Zizzers showcased remarkable skill, teamwork, and determination across all levels—9th grade, Junior Varsity (JV), and Varsity—culminating in a resounding triumph over the Waynesville Tigers. This thrilling trio of victories not only demonstrated the Zizzers' prowess on the court but also marked a significant improvement in their seasonal records. more
The West Plains High School Lady Zizzers are the 2024 Southwest Missouri Swimming and Diving Champions! Over the weekend, the Lady Zizzer Swim Team competed at the Southwest Missouri Championships in Springfield where a year ago they finished Runner-Up to Webb City, the first time any teams had finished 1-2 other than Glendale and Kickapoo. more
In a spirited showdown that had all the makings of a classic, the Lady Zizzers of West Plains High took on the Kickapoo Chiefs with the kind of gusto that would make any basketball purist's heart skip a beat. It was a day of fast breaks, buzzer-beaters, and nothing but net moments – a true testament to the thrills of high school basketball. more
A few years ago, I read an Our Daily Bread devotional by Mike Wittmer, about a mountain climber who reached the summit of Mount Everest in 2019. He was treated to the unique perspective of sunrise from the 29,032-foot mountain peak. He must have felt elated at having reached this famous location. Unfortunately, the climber did not survive the descent after his remarkable achievement. The high altitude had overtaxed his heart, and he died while descending the mountain. Wittmer explained medical experts often caution climbers to not view the top of Everest as their ultimate destination, but to realize “they’re in the death zone” until they reach lower altitudes. more
Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. more
“Be still, and know that I am God.” We find these words in Psalm 46:10. Take some time to read and reflect upon these words. What do they mean to you? Be still. Stop talking; listen; stop arguing; stop complaining; switch off your phone; step away from the computer; be quiet; rest; rest in the Lord; let God’s peace flood your mind, heart, and spirit. And know. Stop doubting; be sure; be certain; lean upon God and experience his strength; remember the times the Lord has been close to you. That I am God. The Lord God is Gracious, Almighty, Loving, Merciful; God is Creator of all that is; God is love; God is my refuge, my hope, my rock, my redeemer; the Lord is my Shepherd; God is ever-present, a help in times of trouble; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Take time today to be still and experience God’s presence anew. May God bless your week! Diane Cooke, Pastor, Presbyterian Churches, Willow Springs and Mtn. View. more
The debate on the Nature of Christ, known as Christology, remains one of the most profound and enduring theological discussions within Christian thought. Spanning over centuries, this debate seeks to understand the complex nature of Jesus Christ, who is acknowledged as both fully divine and fully human. This article delves into the historical context, key arguments, significant councils, and lasting impacts of this theological discourse, offering a comprehensive exploration of Christological development through the ages. more
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