Christian County’s football teams will meet up at 7 p.m. as Nixa plays at Ozark in one of the most anticipated battles of the 24-year series.
The host Tigers (6-0) own a 16-7 series advantage, but Nixa has won the last two meetings by a combined score of 67-7.
The 22nd annual Kickapoo High School Boys Soccer Shootout is today and Saturday at the south Springfield school.
Games in the bracketed Brown Division begin at 2 p.m. today. The division features Glendale, Kickapoo, Catholic, Nixa and Willard, along with three out-of-area teams.
Many local Class 2 golfers, including Glendale sophomore Sun Jung, will compete in sectionals at Sedalia Country Club.
In Class 1, the locals are competing at Frank E. Peters Country Club in Nevada. Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon, who won the District 4 meet this week, is a favorite at the competition.
The Central Ozark Conference cross country meet will be contested at Nixa, with defending champion Brigette Caruthers of Branson as the favorite to repeat on the girls’ side.
For the boys, Republic’s Ryan Way will look to build on his victory at this week’s Irish Invitational. Ozark’s Kyler Haumann and Carthage’s Ben Southwick also could contend.
Spots in the state quarterfinals will be on the line across the state as sectional game will take place.
Teams that have a chance to survive to next week include Ozark in Class 4, Bolivar in Class 3, Pleasant Hope in Class 2, and Weaubleau in Class 1.
However, those teams have to get through this weekend’s district finals first.
Springfield’s biggest rivalry will take center stage: Glendale will host the Kickapoo for an Ozark Conference match.
— Matt Schoch