Spokane boys return two All-SWCL players

Spokane, Mo. (For OzarksSportsZone.com)  -- Head coach name:  Larry Brown

Assistant coach name: Mark Brown, Dylan Price

How many years as head coach: 9

Number of years at present school: 5

Coach’s current record at school: 64-41

Overall career record: 133-79                         

Last year’s record: 13-13    Conference record:  4-3

The Spokane Owls will take the court this season with motivation but inexperience on their side. Last season was one that saw the Owls run the full range of emotions, including the tragic loss of junior Forrest Varney, who collapsed during practice with heart failure. The Owls pushed eventual Class 2 state champions Billings to the brink before falling in overtime in the district semifinals. Gone from last year’s 13-13 squad are Randal Bolin, Kyle Campbell, Collin Ault and Shawn Byrom. They were major contributors for the Owls down the stretch and will be difficult to replace.

The Owls do return two SWCL All- Conference players in senior Hunter Bishop and senior Eric Bowman, both of whom will lead Spokane’s young squad. Senior Zach Turner also returns and brings a level of athleticism to the squad as well. The Owls will never forget Turner’s last second 3-pointer to tie the semifinal game, sending it into overtime.

 “We have three returning starters from last year’s team who are very motivated. Our seniors are going to have to lead the way but we believe we have a group who can have a very special season,” said Owls coach Larry Brown.

The Owls will also feature returning letterwinners Cody McMurray (SR), Brandon McCoy (JR), Brandon Cloud (JR), and Jimmy Cooper (JR) to help round out the squad. Newcomers to the Spokane roster that will fight for varsity minutes are Chris Horton (JR), Christian Brown (FR) and Storm Price (FR).

“We will play some young, inexperienced kids who are very talented,” said coach Brown.“We play a very tough schedule so we want to compete in every game. Our goal is to be playing our best basketball in February and compete for a district championship.”

Photo Galleries

Pictures: Mizzou 38, South Dakota State 18

The Tigers won their opening game of the season in front of 60,000 people.

Pictures: Strafford XC Meet

Springfield Catholic swept the team titles while Tabitha Weber and Daylan Quinn clenched individual gold medals.

Pictures: Top 100 Photos of Week 2 Football

Catch the 100 best photos from the second week of the football season.
O-Zone Opinion
Mohawk Chronicles: Week 2 Football Recap
Who were the big players from Week 2 football? What do you have to look forward to in Week 3. I cover it all here. See all of Week Two's top plays in the video above. Big Man on Campus Johnny Healy, Mountain Grove – Often...
Read More
5 Takeaways from Mizzou's win over SDSU
Mizzou opened its football season with a 38-18 win over FCS opponent South Dakota State on Saturday. Here are five things I am taking away from the first game of the season. PICTURES: MIZZOU VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE - CLICK HERE 1. It is a good thing...
Read More
Win or lose, 2014's the turning point for Bears' program
 The freshness of a new season offers a chance for a fresh start, hope and the promise of a better future.   And if you’ve been a Missouri State football fan or follower for any part of the past two and a half decades, you know no team...
Read More
Most Viewed