Nixa’s sweep of the 2022-2023 COC All-Sports Championships included the Lady Eagles finishing with a one-point margin over runner-up Ozark.
Before moving on to the start of the 2023-24 school year later this week, it's worth looking back on the epic competition, with a few dramatic twists and turns, between Nixa’s girls and Ozark's girls.
The Lady Eagles totaled 84.5 points to the Lady Tigers' 83.5.
The Lady Eagles shot out in front of everyone by claiming conference titles last fall in tennis, volleyball and cross country.
At the end of the fall season that also includes golf and softball, Nixa’s girls already had 44.5 points.
Branson, Carl Junction, Neosho and Willard went on to have less than 44.5 points for the entire school year.
After the fall, Ozark’s girls had 40.5 points that included 10 points for their softball championship.
The Lady Tigers made a run at Nixa by finishing first or second in six sports (softball, soccer, wrestling, track, golf and cross country).
Wrestling was one of the venues in which Nixa’s girls gained a point on Ozark’s girls, even though the Lady Eagles lost to their Lady Tigers in their dual. Nixa’s girls went on to take the COC wrestling tournament championship.
Also, on the hardwood, the Lady Eagles edged the Lady Tigers 60-56 in overtime.
Ozark’s girls won the COC soccer championship, thanks to a 1-0 penalty-kick shootout against Nixa’s girls.
The only COC championship not captured by Nixa's girls and Ozark's girls were titles won by Willard's girls in golf, Carl Junction's girls in basketball, Webb City's girls in swimming and Republic's girls in track.
Republic's girls were a distant third in the All-Sports Standings with 65 points. Carl Junction, by far the smallest school in the league, was a very respectable fourth with 62.5.
In the boys All-Sports Standings, Nixa was a runaway winner, as the Eagles totaled 80.5 points.
Nixa’s boys claimed conference titles in cross country and basketball, while sharing a league title with Carthage in football.
On the hardwood, the Eagles extended their COC winning streak to 33 games.
Nixa’s boys had one of their lowest points totals while finishing in a tie for third in baseball, although the Eagles went on to earn a Class 6 Final Four berth.
Carthage’s boys were second with 66.5 points and Ozark’s boys third with 63.
Ozark boys' COC titles were in soccer and wrestling.
Other league champions were Carthage’s boys in swimming and golf, Neosho’s boys in track, Willard’s boys and Republic boys tied for first in baseball and Branson’s boys and Willard’s boys in tennis.
COC All-Sports Standings
2022-23 School Year
1. Nixa 84.5, 2. Ozark 83.5, 3. Republic 65, 4. Carl Junction 64.5, 5. Webb City 57.5, 6. Joplin 47.5, 7. Willard 44, 8. Carthage 35.5, 9. Branson 33.5, 10. Neosho 21.5.
1. Nixa 80.5, 2. Carthage 66.5, 3. Ozark 63, 4. Joplin 58.5, 5. Webb City 56, 6. Republic 53,5, 7. Willard 49, 8. Neosho 44, 9. Branson 37, 10. Carl Junction 32.