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.


Elkamil dominates 4th, Pittsburg advances to Bill Hanson Memorial championship

Gavyn Elkamil scored 16 points in the 4th quarter Friday night.

Webb City hits 100 in win over Frontenac

The Cardinals advance to the KANGI tournament championship in Frontenac.

Shorter wins 400th, CJ advances to Pittsburg tournament championship

CJ head coach Brad Shorter picked up his 400th career win on Friday night.

Providence Academy knocks off #6 Nevada in Frontenac tournament semifinals

The Patriots beat the Tigers 56-53 Friday.

Grant, Thornton lead Pittsburg over Carl Junction in Bill Hanson Memorial opener

Javon Grant scored 26 points Thursday night.

Kabala leads Webb City over Ft. Scott in Frontenac tournament opener

Terrell Kabala had 27 points Thursday night for Webb City.

Frontenac opens tournament with win over Fort Scott

Karma Fields had a team-high 16 points Thursday.

#10 St. Paul gets by Baxter Springs at Lancer Classic

The Indians beat the Lions 26-17 Thursday night.

Cassville tops #8 Chanute in Pittsburg tournament opener

The Wildcats beat the Comets 53-45 Thursday night.

Lions picked #3 in MIAA preseason poll

Southern was 35-21 last season.

"Black and Blue Brawl" - Russow vs. Crane

Tanner Russow tops Hayden Crane at the "Black and Blue Brawl" Tuesday.

Royals bring back Alex Gordon on 1-year deal

Gordon has spent his entire 13-year career in Kansas City.

Brawl breaks out in "Sunflower Showdown"

#3 Kansas beat Kansas State 81-60, but not without some controversy at the end of the game.

Golden City tops NE Vernon County in Dubray Classic opener

The Eagles beat the Knights 54-21 Tuesday night.

#1 Neosho knocks off #7 Carthage in "Black and Blue Brawl"

The Wildcats beat the Tigers 51-20 Tuesday night.

Baxter Springs tops Southeast in Lancer Classic opener

The Lions beat the Lancers 66-40 Tuesday night.

Chanute returns to #1 in 4A wrestling rankings

The Blue Comets have 5 wrestlers ranked individually this week.

Joplin's Tash commits to Evangel football

Tash holds the national record for high school career completion percentage.

Liberal rolls by Crest in Dubray Classic opener

Colten Slinker had a game-high 19 points for the Bulldogs.

Former NEO running back Darwin Thompson headed to Super Bowl with Chiefs

Darwin Thompson was the SWJCFC Offensive MVP in 2017.

Chiefs advance to Super Bowl for first time since 1970

The Chiefs beat the Titans in the AFC Championship Sunday.

Columbus boys rally to beat Baxter Springs

The Titans beat the Lions 53-48 Friday night.

Baxter Springs girls blow out Columbus

The Lions beat the Titans 42-22 Friday night.

Joplin holds off Branson

The Eagles beat the Pirates 65-50 Friday night.

Pittsburg's Grant drops 37 in win over Coffeyville

Javon Grant scored 37 points Friday night against Coffeyville.

Indy's Dre Butler #1 juco prospect in 2020 class

Butler has played one season with the Pirates.

Seneca blanks Joplin in dual

The Indians beat the Eagles 79-0 Thursday afternoon.

Frontenac tops Pittsburg in "Crosstown Throwdown"

The Raiders won Thursday's dual 50-24.

Fort Scott CC head football coach Kale Pick leaving program

Pick spent three seasons the the head coach at FSCC.

Riverton's Price signs to Pitt State track

Matti Price is a 7X state qualifier and 2X state champion sprinter.

MSSU's Martin named to Bevo Francis Award watchlist

Cam Martin is averaging 21 points and 9 rebounds per game.

Four local wrestlers move up state rankings.

Frontenac's Wil Jameson is up to #4 in the 4A 152 lb rankings.

Missouri State hiring Bobby Petrino as head football coach

The former Arkansas head coach is headed to Springfield.

Frontenac sweeps Baxter Springs in CNC showdown

The Frontenac boys topped the Lions 61-27.

Joplin gets by Webb City in overtime

The Eagles beat the Cardinals 83-79 Tuesday night.

Byers aims for 2-0 start to MMA career

Nate Byers won his debut back in May.

Lions return to top-10 in national rankings

Missouri Southern is 13-2 overall this season.

Monett's Jastal takes 1st at "Gem City Scramble" in Diamond

Abby Jastal took the 110 lb title Monday in Diamond.

Pittsburg, Frontenac prep for "Crosstown Throwdown"

The two teams will meet for their first ever dual Thursday.

Joplin's Tash recognized for national record

Tash completed 73.6% of his passes in his career at Joplin High School.