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Posted March 31, 2016 at 10:07 am

The El Dorado Springs Girls Basketball Team honored their best at their annual awards banquet held in the R-II multi-purpose room on Friday, March 25. Pictured are (from left) Sr. Cameron McPeak – Bulldog Award, Jr. Anyssa Salazar – Most Improved, Sr. Kinli Simmons – Best Defensive Player, Sr. Kameron Schaaf – Best Free Throw percentage (81% on the year, 79% for her career), Most Rebounds (6.8 on the season) and Most Valuable Player and Soph. Paige Esry – Rising Star Award.

Coach Beau Swopes commented that the girls in the senior class were the first to win two district Championships and a State Championship.

Coach Daniel Rogers recognized Junior Varsity players Brittany Stevens and Amy Ford as the Most Improved, Tori Rawlings and Keili Tough as the Best Defensive players,

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    ElDo 6th Grade Girls Basketball Season Wrap-Up

    by Brad Steward

    The sixth grade girls basketball team from the El Dorado Springs R-II public school concluded their 24 game season with an overall record of 23-1.

    This is our fourth year playing competitive basketball and decided to do some things differently this year than in previous seasons. In the past we have played only in tournaments at various locations and this year we decided to compete in leagues located in Bolivar and Springfield, as well as

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    On a beautiful Monday afternoon on their home field, the El Dorado Springs Bulldogs spent some time reconstructing the field to repair the damage done by some vandal spinning ruts in the grass, then took on the visiting Stockton Tigers who damaged their pride with a 15-0 drubbing in six innings. Stockton’s Andrew Wheeler drove the final nail in the coffin with his home run ball over the left field fence against the wind. The Bulldogs gave it their all until the last out, but it just

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    Landon Leonard signed a letter of intent Thursday, March 10, to play football for the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats this fall. Landon said that right now he is on track to play an offensive guard. Present for the ceremony were (seated, from left) his mother, Tandi; Landon; and his dad, Dave: (standing, from left) Landon’s coaches (from left) David Crowell, David Carpenter, Derek Scroggins, Jeremy Barger and David Rogers; and Bulldog Athletic/Activities Director Mike Durnell.

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    Saturday, March 12, kids from El Dorado competed in the 5th and 6th grade Lakeland Boys Basketball Tournament. They placed 2nd. Back row from left: Kuliath Kephart – 5th grade, Logan Smith – 6th grade, Katelyn Smith – 5th grade and Jake Cooper 5th grade; front row from left: Tag Gurley – 4th grade, Reese McCullough – 4th grade, Landon Murry – 4th grade and Blayze McCullough – 5th grade. Coaches are: Eric Cooper and Nathan Murry. We are proud of these kids.

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    Senior Night photos

    SPENCER YOUNG – Son of Kevin and Vickie Young

    BEN MIDDLETON – Son of Steve Middleton and Heather Brown, stepdad, Dallas Brown.

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    Ben Middleton, a senior Bulldog basketball player signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play basketball next year at Ozark Christian College in Joplin. Present for the ceremony were (seated, from left) Ben’s mother, Heather Brown; Ben Middleton; Ben’s step-father, Dallas Brown; (standing, from left) Mike Durnell, the Bulldog activities/athletic director; the Ozark Christian athletic director, Chris Lahm; the Bulldog head boys basketball coach, Ryan Waters; and the assistant Bulldog boys basketball coach, Jeremy Barger.

    Lady Bulldogs end fantastic run

    Sun interviews Coach Beau Swopes

    After the District Champion Lady Bulldogs ran into an overpowering Strafford team last Wednesday night in the Sectional game in Carthage, the Sun waited until Monday to interview Head Coach Beau Swopes. We decided to tread lightly on that game and then look at the team’s accomplishments during the 2015-16 season and the next season.

    The coach told us:

    The game Wednesday, we knew it was going to be a tough battle. Strafford (28-3) is a very good team.

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    Anna Buttroff, standout basketball and volleyball player at El Dorado Christian School, signed a letter of intent Tuesday to play both sports at Ozark Christian College in Joplin. Present for the ceremony, in addition to Anna’s mother, Dana, were (from left) Chris Lahm – Ozark Christian’s athletic director; Tim Scott – El Dorado Christian’s athletic director and girls basketball coach: Anna Buttorff; Kelly Bryson – El Dorado Christian’s volleyball coach; and Travis Bryson – El Dorado Christian’s assistant volleyball coach.

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    The El Dorado Springs Bulldog basketball program held its season – end awards banquet on Thursday, March 3, in which Head Coach Ryan Waters and Assistant Coach Jeremy Barger recognized the top varsity and JV players. Those who received plaques were (from left) Trey Babcock – Rising star award, Shane Trowbridge – most improved, Lance Molz – highest free throw percentage, Ben Middleton – most rebounds in the season, Spencer Young – MVP- led the team in six statistical categories, Riley Boyd – Mr. Defense award and

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