Jacob Lenard

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Jacob Lenard | Sports Director

Originally from Yates Center, Kansas, Jacob joined KOAM in May 2013, first as a news assistant, reporter, Sports Anchor/Reporter and now Sports Director. He graduated from Pittsburgh State in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Communication, Broadcasting emphasis. Jacob took over as the Sports Director in June 2015. He is married, and has one child.


Pittsburg's Kafka commits to Morehead State baseball

Kafka has spent the last two seasons pitching for Allen CC in Iola.

8-man football on the rise in southwest Missouri

The Jasper Eagles are making the switch to 8-man this season.

KSHSAA votes against delayed start; fall sports to begin as scheduled in Kansas

The KSHSAA Executive Board has voted down a change to the beginning of the fall sports schedule.

Royals introduce Chiefs QB Mahomes as newest member of ownership group

Mahomes' father was a major league pitcher for 11 years.

P.E. teachers prepare for new-look gym class amid COVID-19

This year is an unusual challenge for teachers in the face of COVID-19, including physical education teachers. 

CJ Knights win USSSA Missouri "A" baseball state championship

The 13U team based out of Carl Junction won the state tournament in Oak Grove, MO.

Chiefs' Duvernay-Tardif first to opt out of 2020 NFL season

Duvernay-Tardif announced the decision on Friday night.

Riverton's Brown signs to Missouri Southern basketball

Carter Brown was a 1st team All-CNC selection as a senior for the Rams.

KSHSAA releases considerations for fall sports season

KSHSAA is expected to make a decision on the start of the fall sports season next week.

Oklahoma plans to start fall high school sports on time

The organization is prepared to adjust as it navigates the Coronavirus pandemic.

MLB season opening tonight with Yankees and Nationals

Today is opening day for Major League Baseball.

SWMO All-Stars win Connie Mack Classic opener in Joplin

Southwest Missouri won its first game of pool play 14-0 on Wednesday afternoon.

Pitt State turf project nearing completion

The project is being funded by Freeman Health System in Joplin.

MIAA delays start of fall practices, competition due to COVID-19

Fall practices can begin the week of August 31st.

Chetopa to combine with St. Paul for 2020 volleyball season

Chetopa has just four players signed up to play this season.

Pittsburg's Wiemers racks up 5 medals in virtual Kansas Special Olympics Summer Games

Tyson Wiemers won five medals in the 2020 Kansas Special Olympics Virtual Summer Games.

Full Interview: Voice of the Chiefs Mitch Holthus

Mitch Holthus sits down with us to talk about training camp, recent contracts, reduced capacity at Arrowhead Stadium in 2020 and more.

Miami to host Oklahoma 8-man All-Star game Saturday

More than 60 of the best 8-man football players in Oklahoma are in Miami this week for the game.

Chas Thompson returning to SEK to lead Labette County boys wrestling program

Thompson has spent the last 12 years coaching at Fort Hays State University.

Chiefs, Chris Jones agree to 4-year contract

Jones is getting $60m guaranteed, according to reports.

NJCAA announces fall football season moving to spring 2021

The new NJCAA plan will permit teams to begin practice on March 1st, with games starting March 25th.

Local cancer survivor on a mission to bring beds to southeast Kansas children in need

Tess Watson started the organization "Dream Big Little One" to help provide beds for local children in need.

Cottey College receives $15k stipend from NFL for women's flag football program

Cottey College introduced the new program back in May.

Missouri Southern football players, coaches shave heads in support of Christian Heady

62 players and coaches shaved their heads by the end of the night.

Chiefs announce reduced capacity for Arrowhead Stadium in 2020

The club will announce and conduct a reduced-capacity single-game on-sale once the final number of available seats is determined based on the guidance of the NFL, as well as local government officials and public health experts.

Pittsburg's JL Hutchinson League continues to adapt, giving players a chance to play amid COVID-19

The league has nearly completed its full schedule.

Local fans react to Mahomes' record-setting contract

Mahomes has agreed to a 10-year extension with Kansas City.

REPORTS: Mahomes, Chiefs agree on 10-year extension through 2031

Mahomes is the reigning Super Bowl MVP.

Former Riverton standout Compton transferring to Pitt State to finish college career

Taylor Compton is the Kansas career leader in strikeouts.

Van Galen embraces early challenges as he begins tenure as Missouri Southern president

Dean Van Galen is the 6th president in Missouri Southern history.

Local businesses react to Kansas mask mandate

The mask mandate will take effect in Kansas on Friday.

Friends, family and more shave heads in support of Christian Heady

Heady is currently battling a rare form of cancer.

Webb City's Weathers commits to K-State football

Devrin Weathers is an All-State running back for the Cardinals.

Baker sets record, wins Briarbrook Invitational

Tug Baker won the Briarbrook Invitational on Sunday with a tournament-record score.

Former Pittsburg QB Curtis on switching sports, committing to TCU football

Curtis has played baseball the last two years at Neosho County Community College.

Missouri Governor Parson announces Missouri will fully re-open, enter phase 2 of recovery plan June 16th

“It is truly incredible to think about how far Missouri has come since March," Parson says.

PSU moves Spring 2020 Commencement to November 21st

The ceremony had originally been scheduled for 2 PM on November 20th.

"Toes in the Grand" festival this weekend in Grove

Enjoy music, food and fun on Grand Lake June 12-14.

IRS reminder: File now, choose direct deposit or schedule tax payments electronically before the July 15 deadline

The IRS continues to process electronic tax returns, issue direct deposit refunds and accept electronic payments.

Crowder Tech Center selling tiny houses in online auction

The Crowder Building Trades program has two cabins they will auction off to the highest bidder.