Palmyra's Durst, Monroe City's Stark earn all-state honors
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Palmyra's Durst, Monroe City's Stark earn all-state honors

Jayden Durst and Bryce Stark are sharing another honor. They are both all-staters. Durst, the 6-foot-3 Palmyra guard, and Stark, the 6-foot-1 Monroe City guard, were named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state team this week.

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Eagles, Indians place two on all-WCC first team

Regional champions Payson Seymour and Liberty led the All-West Central Conference South Division boys basketball first team with two selections, the conference announced Thursday. The senior duo of Lucas Loos and Cole Schwartz represented the Indians...

Titans' Hammel named first team All State
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Titans' Hammel named first team All State

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One shot shy: Monroe City's late comeback falls short in Class 3 semifinals
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One shot shy: Monroe City's late comeback falls short in Class 3 semifinals

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Talton's roots run deep for Monroe City sports
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Talton's roots run deep for Monroe City sports

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MSHSAA limits final four crowds

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Close Panthers senior class up for challenge in semifinals
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Years in the making: Panthers' final four appearance culmination of years-long effort
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Years in the making: Panthers' final four appearance culmination of years-long effort

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Defense, fourth-quarter heroics send Panthers to Class 3 final four
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Defense, fourth-quarter heroics send Panthers to Class 3 final four

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