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 Pittsburg 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.


Stevenson, Fitzpatrick turn friendly competition into big numbers for Missouri Southern baseball

Stevenson (36) and Fitzpatrick (34) are #2 and #3 in the MIAA in RBI's.

Missouri Southern names Rob Mallory next Athletic Director

Mallory comes to Joplin from Division II Kentucky Wesleyan.

Tulsa head coach Frank Haith on adding former Pittsburg standout Gavyn Elkamil

Elkamil was an All-State player for the Purple Dragons.

Colgan's Millie Stockard selected for KVA All-Star game

Stockard was a 1st team All-State selection for the Panthers this season.

Young core leads Pittsburg softball to hot start

The Dragons are 6-2 to start the season without a single senior on the roster.

Carl Junction cruises by Carthage in COC opener

The Bulldogs beat the Tigers 12-2 Tuesday night.

Stevenson powers #9 MSSU by Drury

Tommy Stevenson hits a grand slam and drives in 5 runs Tuesday.

Former Pittsburg standout Taylor Muff to transfer, play basketball for Lane Lord at UTRGV

Muff has played volleyball the last four years at the University of Northern Colorado.

Hard work pays off for Pittsburg's Tyson Wiemers

Wiemers has enjoyed some of the biggest moments of his life in his senior year at Pittsburg High School.

Carthage claims O'Dell Tournament championship in walk-off fashion

The Tigers claim the tournament title on a walk-off hit-by-pitch from Clay Kinder.

#11 MSSU tops Newman in series opener; Parish strikes out 10

The Lions top the Jets 8-1 in their series opener Friday night behind a strong outing from Zach Parish.

Joplin names Schaake next boys basketball head coach

Bronson Schaake will take over at Joplin after serving as Riverton's head coach since 2016.

Awards roll in for Pitt State Track and Field

Brett Thompson is the USTFCCCA National Track and Field Athlete of the Week.

Joplin knocks off #3 Webb City

The Eagles top the red-hot Cardinals 8-4 Thursday.

Frontenac, Colgan split double-header to open CNC schedule

The Raiders win game one 13-5 Thursday afternoon.

DaMitz to leave Pitt State basketball program

Kaylee DaMitz is a 3X All-MIAA selection for Pitt State.

Carthage holds off Neosho in Bill O'Dell Tournament Wednesday night

The Tigers beat the Wildcats 10-9 Wednesday night in Carthage.

Noel, Duda and Kimbrough sign at Webb City High School

The three seniors will continue their careers at the next level.

Fowler puts his name in Joplin record book

Donovyn Fowler shattered the school's long jump record last week - and he's looking for more.

Pittsburg tops SEK rival Fort Scott; Matlock picks up 100th win

The Purple Dragons top the Tigers 12-2 Tuesday evening.

Carthage rolls by Monett in O'Dell Tournament opener

The Tigers beat the Cubs 17-7 Tuesday night.

Former Carl Junction standout Katie Scott on decision to enter transfer portal, leave GCU

Scott was the WAC Freshman of the Year this season for Grand Canyon University.

Carl Junction outlasts Neosho to open O'Dell Tournament in Carthage

The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 10-9 Monday afternoon.

Webb City starts fast, tops McDonald County for 10th win

The Cardinals beat the Mustangs 12-2 Monday night.

Three sign at Webb City High School

Eli Goddard signs Wednesday to continue his baseball career at Missouri Southern.

Former Webb City standout Davidson preps for shot at NFL

Zach Davidson is hoping to hear his name called in the NFL Draft next month.

Cam Martin commits to KU basketball

The Missouri Southern standout will finish his college career in Lawrence.

Rhuems picks up 200th career win at Frontenac

Cassie Rhuems picks up her 200th career win Tuesday night.

Thomas aims to impress at Pitt State NFL pro day

Pitt State OL Zech Thomas participates in Pitt State's NFL pro day Tuesday.

Chanute spoils Pittsburg's season opener

The Blue Comets beat the Purple Dragons 11-8 Tuesday evening.

Webb City shuts out Monett to remain unbeaten

The Cardinals are now 5-0 to begin the baseball season.

Pittsburg girls soccer program set to make history in season opener

Tuesday's match against Carthage will be the first in program history.

Colgan shuts out Liberal in season opener

The Panthers beat the Bulldogs 15-0 Monday afternoon.

Thomas scores 4 TD's; Independence tops Butler in first game under Jason Martin

The Pirates beat the Grizzlies 31-24 Friday night in their season opener.

One-on-one with Teejay Britton

Joplin's Teejay Britton won his first pro MMA title last weekend.

Galena's Sarwinski named 3A Player of the Year

Brett Sarwinski averaged 18 points and 5 rebounds per game this season for the Bulldogs.

Pittsburg's Javon Grant named 5A Player of the Year

Grant posted 29.8 points per game this season, leading Pittsburg to a 17-7 record and an appearance in the state tournament.

Colgan's Abby Farabi named 2A Coach of the Year

Farabi led the Panthers to a 19-4 record and their first ever state tournament win this season.

Former Labette County standout Reliford shines at Neosho CC

Magic Reliford is the Panthers' leading scorer - posting 18 points per game this season.

NEO wrestling preps for national title run after abbreviated season

The Norsemen only had 8 duals in the regular season.