Author Archives: Lance Kettering

Tournament Bringing in Record Number of Teams

More than 3,500 people are expected to be at the 2016 Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Cup at Lake Country Soccer when nearly 190 teams will compete April 22-24, a huge increase over the previous year. “It’s a big one, “ said John Markey, executive director at Lake Country Soccer. “We’re 60 teams over where we were […]
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Springfield Selected to Host MSHSAA Basketball and Football

The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced late today Springfield will be the host city for the 2018-2022 Boys & Girls State Basketball Championships and 2016 State Football Championships. “We’re excited about coming down to Springfield,” said Kerwin Urhahn, MSHSAA Executive Director. “It’s a high-school rich environment and southwest Missouri supports high school […]
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Former NCHBC Player Raising Awareness of Marfan Syndrome

When Isaiah Austin, the prospective first-round selection in the 2014 NBA draft, revealed he had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, he thrust a little known but deadly condition into the national spotlight. Suddenly, the connective tissue disorder was grabbing headlines and people from all walks of life learned about the signs of the condition. For […]
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Volleyball Brought 2,500 People to Springfield

About 2,500 people were in Springfield Oct. 22-24 for the the National Christian Homeschool Volleyball Championships featuring more than 70 teams from 13 states competing at a variety of venues and culminating in a championship event Oct. 24 at Hammons Student Center. One of those players was 17-year-old Avery Miller, a member of the Fort […]
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Brain Surgery Won’t Keep Boy From Soccer

While the 31st annual Lake Country Soccer Fall Classic tournament is underway Oct. 17-18, there’s one 11-year-old boy who won’t be sitting on the sidelines. Despite brain surgery last December for a condition called Chiari malformation, Noah Marsh, who celebrates his birthday today (Oct. 5), will be kicking the ball and going for goals with […]
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Hundreds of BMX Racers to Hit the Dirt

Putting on the brakes isn’t something 66-year-old Ray Schnick is planning any time soon. After BMX racing for the past 30 years, he will be among the competitors at the USA BMX Gold Cup Central  Sept. 25-27 at Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Spokes BMX, 2550 W. Bennett St. So will his son, David Schnick, 43. […]
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Baseball Tourney a Home Run for Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope will have extra volunteers on hand Tuesday when 300 baseball players pitch in to work at the organization’s weekly Hands of Hope program. From 6-7 p.m. and 7:30-8:30 p.m., shifts of 150 players each will join other volunteers to sort shoes for distribution where needed and prepare powdered milk for shipment to […]
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Premier Baseball Championships Return to Springfield for Fourth Consecutive Year

Hundreds of the best youth baseball players in the nation will be in the Ozarks June 30-July 5 for the 2015 Premier Baseball Incoming Freshman Championship, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. Nearly 600 players and coaches and an additional 1,000 fans are expected for the tournament that will take place at Meador Park, Southwest Baptist […]
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Kettering Earns Certification from National Association of Sports Commissions

Lance Kettering, executive director of the Sports Commission and sports sales manager for the Convention & Visitors Bureau, recently completed Certified Sports Event Executive certification through the National Association of Sports Commissions. Certification requirements include earning at least eight credits from the association and having at least five years experience in the sports tourism industry. […]
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