All football eyes are on Aug. 4

Posted July 24, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Like an expectant father, the new El Dorado Springs head football coach, Derek Scroggins, is waiting for Aug. 4 to see what he got. That’s the first day of practice permitted under Missouri State High School Athletic Association rules. And that’s when Coach Scroggins and his coaching staff will find out which players actually come out to play football.

Coach Scroggins told the Sun on Tuesday, “We won’t really know until then (Aug. 4).”

The annual Red/Black scrimmage is set for Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Cedar Bowl between the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs and Stockton Tigers is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22, in Stockton.

The coach said, “We are real excited. We look for a good season.”

    ElDo Summer League a home run

    by Eddie Lamb

    The El Dorado Springs Summer Baseball and Softball League was a huge success. Both teams went undefeated in their respected leagues and both teams won the season ending tournament.

    In the High School Baseball League, El Dorado Springs had victories over Halfway, Hermitage and Wheatland. In the High School Softball League, El Dorado Springs had victories over Lakeland, Lockwood, Osceola, Montrose and Stockton.

    The El Dorado Springs Baseball Team won the tournament championship over Northeast Vernon County and the El Dorado

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    Lady Bulldog softball camp July 22-22

    El Dorado Spring Head Softball Coach Jarrod Mays has announced a Lady Bulldog Softball Camp from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, July 21/22, on the High School Softball Field for all 7th – 12th graders who want to play softball in the fall.

    There is no cost for the camp.

    For more information, call Jarrod Mays at 417/296-2716.

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    - St. Clair County State Bank went undefeated with a 10-0 record in coach’s pitch in the El Dorado Springs Summer League. Pictured are (front row:) Dennis Lee, Gavin Hughey, Kaden Pulley, Sophia Bryson, Lincoln Gayman, Rowan Johnson and their #1 fan, Bennett Johnson; (back row:) Coach Mark Burley, Brett Alexander, Coach Bill Alexander, Jordan Boyd, Russell Ferguson, Karson Burley, Kylee Brown and Coach Craig Johnson.

    Final wrap up on summer ball program

    League Champs

    Minor Girls -Team Steward 10-0.

    Minor Boys- Team Edwards 7-3.

    Major Girls- Team Melton 10-0.

    Major Boys -Team Taylor 9-1.

    The High School League still has two weeks left but the El Dorado Springs Baseball team is in 1st Place 5-0 over Halfway, Hermitage, Northeast Vernon County and Wheatland.

    The El Dorado Springs Softball team is also in 1st Place 3-0 over Lakeland, Lockwood, Montrose, Osceola and Stockton.

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    Interview with El Dorado Springs Bulldog Head Football Coach Derek Scroggins

    On Tuesday, the Sun sat down with the new Bulldog head football coach and athletic director, Derek Scroggins, for his outlook on the team.

    Q. How’s it looking?

    So far, so good. The kids are putting in a lot of hard work. They seem pretty committed and dedicated so I’ve been very impressed with them. I think that we have a lot of potential that we will be able to maximize and turn into ability.


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    A young ball player makes it to second base base during a game at the Lucien Carter Ball Field on Friday, June 13. A week of inclement weather and cancelled games led to a night of make-up games, filling the park with players and families.

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    T-BALL SLUGGER – After a couple of swings, this young hitter made a dash for first base.

    WAITING THEIR TURN – Six-year olds Lainey Dody and Tatum Quinlan peer out from behind the dugout during a girls’ coaches pitch game. The two are members of the Fugate Motors team coached by Dave Coale and Chris Julian.


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    Area players in Lions All-Star Twin Classic Saturday in Neosho


    The Lions All-Star Twin Classic Basketball games, now in their thirty-fifth year, are upon us. The games are set for Saturday, June 14, in the Neosho High School Athletic Facility. The girls tip off at 6:30 p. m. and the boys game to follow. Players for these games are selected from schools in Barton, Jasper, Newton, McDonald, Cedar, Dade, Lawrence and Barry Counties. Playing from the El Dorado Springs Sun coverage area on the East girls team wearing purple will be Lindasy Daniel – El Dorado Christian and Alexa Schaaf and Madison Mays – from the

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    2014 El Dorado Springs HS Baseball Awards

    At the 2014 EHS Baseball Awards banquet, Head Coach Jarrod Mays thanked the players, their parents and the administration.

    We were 10-14 on the season at the Varsity Level, and we were 9-5-1 on the season at the JV level. The boys worked extremely hard to try to turn the program around, our approach is better, our effort is better and our attitude is better, we just need to solidify our execution going forward. I believe in this group of kids and believe they will be extremely successful in the years to

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