Pintos will try to shake off early-season rust, still expect to compete for conference and

California head coach Blair Scanlon puts different expectations on his boys basketball team from one month to the next.

Young Pintos keep high expectations for girls basketball season

Coaches often avoid the word “rebuilding” when sizing up their chances before a new season, but with a young roster and some key injuries, that may be the case for the California girls basketball team.

Indians look for positive results after disappointing record last year

RUSSELLVILLE - Don’t expect the Russellville boys basketball team to be satisfied with mere “improvement” from last year’s record. The Indians are looking for a significant turnaround.

Lady Panthers eye 20 wins, district championship in girls hoops

PRAIRIE HOME - The Prairie Home girls basketball program made great strides last season with a 17-8 record, but head coach Linda Scott believes even better things are ahead for the Lady Panthers.

Jamestown Lady Eagles excited for hoops season

JAMESTOWN - With a majority of their roster back from last season, the Lady Eagles and longtime head coach E.H. Hirschvogel are hoping for continued improvement on the basketball court in 2014-15.

Lady Cardinals seek deep run in state basketball tournament

TIPTON - Head coach Jason Culpepper is not afraid to speak his mind when it comes to the Lady Cardinals basketball program. He believes his team is good - really good.

Armontrout brings winning attitude to Prairie Home boys basketball program

PRAIRIE HOME - New head coach Dalton Armontrout wasted no time establishing his credibility with the boys basketball players at Prairie Home.

Lady Indians hope to shine with young roster

RUSSELLVILLE - With a surplus of young talent at Russellville, the future looks bright for the Lady Indians basketball program and head coach David Volkart.

Lady Pintos win final two games to claim Mexico Tournament championship

The California girls basketball team rebounded from a close loss in the opening round of last week’s Mexico Tournament, winning its final two games and earning the tournament championship.

Time flies when you’re having fun in Mid-Missouri

Well, I’ve been at the California Democrat for almost two months now (yes, time does fly when you’re having fun!), and it’s hard to comprehend all the sporting events I’ve covered in a short period of time.

Tipton’s Dylan Cooper earns All-District football honors

Individual accolades in football are nothing new for Tipton senior Dylan Cooper.

Host Cardinals finish runner-up at the Tipton Basketball Tournament

Seeing his boys basketball team in live game action for the first time this season, Cardinals head coach Billy Jeffries got a taste of what he can expect moving forward.

Lady Cardinals go 3-0 to win their own basketball tournament

After getting all they could handle from a feisty Jamestown squad in the semifinals of the Tipton Basketball Tournament, the host Lady Cardinals carried their momentum into Saturday’s final, dropping New Bloomfield 57-53 to win the tournament championship.

Pintos begin season on a positive note, roll past Warrensburg at Norm Stewart Classic

With plenty of reasons to NOT play well in its season-opener Sunday night, the California boys basketball team went the opposite direction and cruised past an overwhelmed Warrensburg squad 53-42 in the Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College.

Tipton holds off Lady Pintos in rivalry matchup, wins overtime thriller

All the ingredients were in place Monday night for a memorable girls basketball game between longtime rivals California and Tipton - and it certainly did not disappoint.