Before a packed house Saturday night at Bob Anderson Stadium, Neosho Pride Night proved to be an unqualified success.
Every fall sports team introduced itself athlete-by-athlete to the fans, youth and high school cheerleaders and the dance team performed, new head principal Trent Barratt touched on how glad he was to be back at Neosho, and both the boys soccer and football teams took to the field.
It was the first time for the boys soccer team since its historic state quarterfinal game against Glendale at Bob Anderson.
It was the first time for the football team to be on Bob Anderson since its district semifinal victory over Marshfield.
— Neosho head football coach Leon Miller said that numbers are up for the Wildcats this season to 71 from the four classes.
The Wildcats open their 2019 season August 30 on the road against Ozark and play their home opener in Week 2 against Branson. Neosho plays four games in the regular season at Bob Anderson, hosting Webb City, Nixa, and Willard.
Neosho improved by six wins in Miller’s second season last year and played for a district title during an 8-4 season. The Wildcats’ four losses came against three state semifinal teams: Class 6 Joplin, Class 5 Carthage, and Class 4 Webb City.
Neosho travels Friday to Mount Vernon for a jamboree and the Wildcats face Bolivar, Mount Vernon, and McDonald County beginning at 7 p.m. at Mountaineer Stadium.
— Neosho boys soccer opens up its quest for a third straight district title Sept. 3 on the road against Central Ozark Conference foe Nixa. The Wildcats play their home opener two days later against Pittsburg (Kansas).
The Wildcats have seven home games slated this season, including three straight late in the regular season against Carl Junction, Joplin, and Branson.
— Neosho volleyball looks to build off its six victories from last season and the Lady Wildcats open their season Sept. 3 on the road against Seneca.
— Neosho softball, who saw its Pride Night activities Saturday afternoon canceled due to wet field conditions, opens up Sept. 5 at home against Cassville. The Lady Wildcats first head to Carthage on Aug. 27 for a jamboree that includes the host, Carl Junction, and Joplin.
Neosho won 15 games last season and head coach Catie Cummins’ crew returns several key players, including infielders Kayla Bach, Megan Geller, Sierra Jones, and Mikayla Long, as well as pitcher Kyla Daspit.
— Neosho cross country opens up Aug. 31 at home with an open house and the Wildcats’ and Lady Wildcats’ schedule includes Cottey College, Missouri Southern, and East Newton.
— Neosho girls tennis starts out at home Sept. 3 against conference foe Republic and the Lady Wildcats have three home duals right off the racquet with Aurora and Willard following up Republic for back-to-back-to-back action at the Neosho Tennis Courts, of course weather permitting.
— Neosho Youth Football starts this Saturday with Neosho Gold against Carthage White at Bob Anderson and Neosho Black on the road against Carthage Blue, both scheduling blocks starting at 10 a.m. with the sixth grade contest.
Two weeks later, it will be a marathon of youth football at Bob Anderson, with four games against Seneca for Neosho Black and four against Kickapoo for Neosho Gold. Neosho Gold originally had a bye slated for the games of Sept. 7, but arrangements were made last week to schedule Kickapoo.
First game starts at 8:30 a.m. with the final game slated for 7 p.m.