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The Bolivar High School volleyball C-Team, which includes freshmen and sophomores, finished its season undefeated Tuesday, Oct. 15. Those pictured include team members Mallory Templeton, Heidi Williams, Mia Humphrey, Elliana Partin, Savanah Williamson, Payten Lindsay, Olivia Cox, Autumn Smit…

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Southwest Baptist University football proved that a few weeks can make a big difference, earning a 32-30 win over William Jewell College on Saturday, Oct. 12, after the Cardinals beat the Bearcats 29-9 early last month. The Bearcats are now 3-3 (1-2 GLVC). 

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Southwest Baptist University football fell 52-7 in a conference road matchup with Truman State University on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Bearcats are 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

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In August, before his team’s season started, Bolivar volleyball coach Tony Phelps pointed to the district championship banners that line the gym at Bolivar High School. 

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In an early-season battle of volleyball unbeatens, Stockton volleyball pinned the first loss of the year on the Bolivar Lady Liberators with a 25-14, 25-16 sweep Tuesday, Sept. 10.

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Last year, Pleasant Hope High School volleyball coach Crystal Turner watched as her team of mostly underclassmen matured and improved as the season stretched on. 

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Editor's note: This story was updated Saturday, Aug. 24, to correct Lily Shepard and Emma Larimore's roles on the team.

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When Tony Phelps retired after a 30-year career of teaching and coaching high school volleyball in 2017, he didn’t see himself returning to the sport again. 

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The Bolivar High School volleyball team raised $700 to donate to the Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center during its breast cancer awareness game in October. Coach Natasha Hamlet said this wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donations and support from the community and businesses.

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Southwest Baptist University has postseason awards on the way to Bolivar for the fall sports season.

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Southwest Baptist University women's cross country took second in its final MIAA Cross Country Championships Saturday, Nov. 3, at Emporia, Kansas. The Bearcat men were fourth at the meet.

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Nine players from Halfway, Fair Play and Humansville made the all-Polk County League selections, released this week. Halfway had five players selected, followed by Fair Play and Humansville with two each.

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Six players from Summit Conference champion Marion C. Early got all-conference tabs last week, including four first-team selections.