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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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Southwest Baptist University women's soccer opened MIAA play with a pair of losses. SBU lost at Central Oklahoma Friday night, Sept. 14, then at home against Missouri Southern.

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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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Southwest Baptist University volleyball earned a split at its final weekend tournament in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The Bearcats finished 2-2 at the GAC-MIAA Crossover, with four-set wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State University and East Central University.

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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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Southwest Baptist University’s women’s cross country team started the season off with a title at the host SBU Bearcat Invitational Saturday, Sept. 1. The Bearcat women bested a field of nine teams, while the SBU men finished third in the opening meet at Bolivar Municipal Golf Course.

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Bolivar volleyball bounced back from a season-opening loss with a three-set win over visiting Clinton Thursday night, Aug. 30. The Lady Liberators came from a set down to edge the Lady Cardinals 23-25, 25-23, 25-15.

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Pleasant Hope football dropped to 0-2 after its road setback Friday night, Aug. 31. The Pirates fell 55-14 to host Miller in a Southwest Conference game.

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Bolivar volleyball will be a young squad with 18 underclassmen on the roster this fall. The Lady Liberators finished 24-8-3 last season for fourth-year coach Krystal Allen.

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Pleasant Hope volleyball will have a new conference, as well as a new talent pool to choose from, in 2018. The Lady Pirates start play in the Southwest Conference, looking to improve on a 6-21 record this fall.

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Southwest Baptist University men's soccer dropped its exhibition finale 3-0 to visiting Drury University Thursday night, Aug. 23, at Plaster Stadium.

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It says everything about Kenzie Hobbs’ ever-increasing passion for volleyball that it has replaced basketball as her favorite sport.

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Bolivar volleyball finished 0-1-2 at the Buffalo jamboree Monday night, Aug. 20. The Lady Liberators shook off a rough start after dropping two sets against School of the Osage, to earn splits with host Buffalo and Springfield Hillcrest.

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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 Southwest Baptist University department of athletics is now accepting nominations for the 2019 SBU Athletics Hall of Fame Class, according to an SBU news release. All nominations are due by Monday, Sept. 3, and can be submitted to pdaum@sbuniv.edu.

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Bolivar volleyball will hold its Gatorade Scrimmage at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at the BHS gym. Admission is a bottle of Gatorade, Powerade or water.

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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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Bolivar and Pleasant Hope football fans will get their first look at their teams Saturday, Aug. 11, with intersquad scrimmages. Both games' admission fee is a sports drink.

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Bolivar volleyball wrapped up its summer schedule with the two-day Licking Summer Camp at Camdenton July 19 and 20. The team is off until the first official practice Monday, Aug. 6.

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Elli Burns goes up to hammer home a kill during the Licking Summer Camp in Branson Friday, July 13. The Lady Liberators host a skills camp this week and head to Camdenton Thursday and Friday, July 19 and 20 for a two-day tournament.

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

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Twenty-five Southwest Baptist University football players were named academic all-conference by the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2017 season.