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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.

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Bolivar volleyball's season ended against Blair Oaks of Jefferson City for a second straight season Monday night, Oct. 19, at California. The second-seed Lady Falcons advanced with a 25-10, 25-5 win over the Lady Liberators at the Class 3 District 9 tournament.

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Southwest Baptist University women's soccer snapped an 11-game conference winless streak Friday afternoon, Oct. 19, in Bolivar. The Bearcats topped visiting University of Nebraska-Kearney 4-0 on the SBU soccer field.

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Bolivar's Ashtynn Russell wrapped up her season at the Class 1 Missouri State High School Activities Association girls golf championships Tuesday, Oct. 16. She finished 30th against a field of 91 players at the par-72 Mozingo Lake Golf Course in Maryville.

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Southwest Baptist University women's soccer dropped a 3-2 decision to visiting Northwest Missouri State University of Maryville Sunday afternoon, Oct. 14, at Plaster Stadium. SBU played its breast cancer awareness game.

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Bolivar soccer went to overtime once again but came up a goal short Thursday night, Oct. 11, at Springfield Parkview. The Liberators lost 2-1 to the host Vikings.

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Bolivar softball punched its ticket to the Class 3 District 11 semifinals Wednesday night, Oct. 10, at Logan-Rogersville. The Lady Liberators used a big third inning in an 11-0 win over six-seed Buffalo.

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Southwest Baptist University women's cross country took home the title at the Emporia State Invitational Saturday, Oct. 6, in Emporia, Kansas. SBU had five top-10 placers to guide SBU to the meet win.

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Bolivar girls tennis saw its season end at Springfield Catholic for the third time in four years Wednesday night, Oct. 3. The host Lady Irish topped the Lady Liberators 5-1 in the Class 1 District 9 final.

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Bolivar cross country stayed on a roll at Ha Ha Tonka State Park Saturday, Sept. 29. The Liberators and Lady Libs swept the top spots and team titles at the Laker Invitational hosted by Camdenton.

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Southwest Baptist University men's soccer is back in the win column after an 8-0 home win over Eccelsia College Wednesday night, Sept. 26. The Bearcats snapped a 16-game losing streak in the process, with hat tricks by Josh Peloquin and Isaiah Waddy.