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Bolivar went the distance again Thursday night, Sept. 13, but fell against visiting Mt. Vernon. The Lady Mountaineers won the road match 25-20, 23-25, 25-14.

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Halfway softball finished second to host Weaubleau Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Weaubleau Tournament. The Lady Cardinals advanced to the title game with wins over Montrose and Wheatland before falling to the top-seeded Lady Tigers.

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Bolivar cross country won five of the six team titles Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, at the Bolivar Invitational at Southwest Baptist University. There was plenty of blue and gold crossing the finish line early, as well as runners from Polk County schools.

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Pleasant Hope volleyball split a pair of matches Monday night, Sept. 10, at its home triangular. The Lady Pirates swept Sheldon, then dropped a three-set thriller to Greenfield in the night cap.

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Bolivar softball bounced back from its first loss of the season with its third run-rule win Tuesday night, Sept. 4. The Lady Liberators declawed visiting Nevada 12-2 in six innings, taking advantage of eight Lady Tiger errors.

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Humansville softball outlasted the weather but not host Hermitage Wednesday night, Sept. 5. The Lady Hornets edged the Lady Tigers 4-3 in a Polk County League game.

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Bolivar softball fell from the undefeated ranks Friday night, Aug. 31, at Class 4 Nixa. The Lady Liberators lost 7-4 to the host Lady Eagles, after being held to five hits.

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Katie Brooks beats the throw from the outfield for an RBI-triple Monday night, Aug. 27, in Bolivar's 11-1 win over Lebanon in five innings. The Lady Liberators are 3-0 after their 19-0 pasting of host Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tuesday, Aug. 28, in three innings. BHS hosts Aurora Sept. 4.

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Marion C. Early softball continued to have Halfway's number at Morrisville Friday night, Aug. 24. The Lady Panthers topped the visiting Lady Cardinals 8-1 in the MCE Tournament opener in five innings.

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Bolivar softball opened the season with a bang Friday night, Aug. 24. The Lady Liberators declawed visiting Willard 11-1 in six innings, behind a grand slam home run by freshman Avery McClure.

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Humansville and Fair Play softball got a glimpse of two conference opponents Tuesday night, Aug. 21, at the Hermitage jamboree. The Lady Tigers finished 2-1, while the Lady Hornets were 0-3 at the preseason event that included host Hermitage and Wheatland.

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Fall softball starts this weekend with Polk County teams hitting the diamond with tournaments at Humansville and Morrisville. Five county teams play this fall, with Pleasant Hope moving their softball season to the spring only.

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Halfway softball finished 0-2-1 at the Springfield Hillcrest jamboree Saturday, Aug. 18. The Lady Cardinals dropped games with host Hillcrest and Springfield Glendale and won their finale against Reeds Spring.

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Season-opening games are approaching for Polk County fall sports teams, as they head to jamborees starting Saturday, Aug. 18. Jamborees are set for soccer, softball and volleyball in the coming days.

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The National Federation of High School Athletic Associations released its rule changes for the 2018 fall sports season. A number of changes were made for football, volleyball, softball and soccer.

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Libby Painter hits the dirt to stop a ground ball during a drill Wednesday morning, Aug. 8, at Marion C. Early's softball practice in Morrisville.

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After a long summer, fall sports is officially under way with practices starting Monday, Aug. 6, across Polk County and the state. Fall sports teams from Bolivar, Fair Play, Halfway, Humansville, Marion C. Early and Pleasant Hope all started their quest either Monday morning or evening.

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The summer is winding down for Polk County student-athletes as the first fall sports practices approach Monday, Aug. 6.