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.


Iola restaurant offering "Pizza Kit" for at-home family activity

Sam and Louie's started offering the kit Friday.

FSCC nursing program donates supplies to Ascension Via Christi

The donation includes more than 100 N95 masks.

Carthage football team receives state championship rings

The Tigers won their first ever state title back in December.

Local student-athletes on cancellation of NCAA winter championships

The NCAA made the decision to cancel winter championships on March 12th.

Missouri Southern's Cam Martin named NABC All-American

Martin is the only MIAA player on the NABC All-American list.

Webb City Public Library begins curbside service

You can check out books over the phone, through e-mail or online.

Beshore to take over as Lamar head football coach

Jared Beshore is a former Tiger who finished his playing career with Missouri State in 2018.

Three from MSSU named USTFCCCA national award finalists

Emily Presley is a finalist for the women's field national athlete of the year.

USPS statement on changes due to COVID-19

From Mark Inglett, USPS Strategic Communications.

It's official: Brady to Buccaneers on two-year deal

Brady's deal is worth $30 million per season.

Junior college athletes face tough choices after canceled spring season

The NJCAA is not taking a year of eligibility away after canceling the 2020 spring season.

One-on-one: Fort Scott's DeLaTorre on stepping away from coaching

Jeff DeLaTorre is a 2X state champion as the head basketball coach at Fort Scott High School.

Sen. Moran announces launch of VA Community Care Network in Kansas

The CCN was created to connect veterans with community care providers.

Newton County takes steps to mitigate spread of COVID-19

Newton County has closed the Historic Courthouse to the public until further notice.

Lord's Diner prepares for increase in service

The Lord's Diner provides free meals to those in need.

Carl Junction's Scott named COC Player of the Year; Winder earns 1st team All-COC

Katie Scott is the COC girls basketball Player of the Year.

Five local players named finalists for "Sports in Kansas" Player of the Year

Pittburg's Gavyn Elkamil is a finalist in Class 5A.

Frontenac's Fields (3A), Chanute's Babcock (4A) named finalists for "Sports in Kansas" Player of the Year

Karma Fields and Kori Babcock are finalists for Player of the Year in their respective classes.

Webb City's Kabala named COC Player of the Year; Four from Joplin earn All-League honors

Kabala posted 14.9 points per game this season for the Cardinals.

Philip Rivers agrees to 1-year deal with Colts

Rivers is an 8X NFL Pro-Bowler.

Nets say four players test positive for new coronavirus

The team announced Tuesday that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic.

Independence softball picked to win SEK

Independence received four of five possible first-place votes.

Fort Scott picked #1 in SEK preseason coaches poll

The Tigers had four of the possible six first-place votes.

Brady leaving Patriots, says "football journey" is elsewhere

Tom Brady has won 6 Super Bowl titles in 20 years in New England.

MIAA cancels all spring 2020 competition and championships

The MIAA CEO Council voted unanimously to cancel the remaining spring 2020 conference regular-season competition schedule and the 2020 MIAA conference championships due to concerns regarding the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Heartland's Carriker fights to draw, Cooper suffers first loss Saturday night at Buffalo Run Casino

Heartland Boxing's Joe Carriker fought to a draw in the main event Saturday.

MSSU's Martin makes top-25 for Bevo Francis Award

Cam Martin has already earned All-MIAA and All-Region honors.

NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game season

The 17-game season is expected to begin in 2021.

Joplin baseball hosts jamboree with Carthage, Monett

Check out a few highlights from Friday's jamboree.

Carl Junction girls prepare to play state quarterfinal with limited fans

MSHSAA is allowing only "essential personnel" and limited family Saturday.

Missouri Southern's Martin named 1st team All-Region

Cam Martin averaged 24.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game this season.

Elkamil (Pittsburg), Williams (Parsons) named unanimous 1st team All-SEK

Elkamil averaged 24.6 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.

KSHSAA state basketball canceled following quarterfinals

The Frontenac girls and Galena boys were scheduled to play in the semifinals Friday.

MIAA suspends all intercollegiate sports indefinitely

The suspension applies to all institutional practices and competitions in any MIAA sport.

No March Madness in 2020. NCAA cancels men's and women's Division I basketball tournaments

The NCAA made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

Chiefs suspending "non-essential travel" for coaches and scouts

The Chiefs released the statement Thursday afternoon.

MLB delays opening day, suspends spring training schedule

MLB's opening day will be delayed by at least two weeks.

KU suspends all athletics events indefinitely

Kansas is projected to be the #1 overall seed in next week's NCAA tournament.

Big 12 basketball tournament canceled in Kansas City

Multiple leagues have canceled their conference tournaments amid concerns of the coronavirus.

Galena boys advance to state semifinals with win over Burlington

The Bulldogs beat the Wildcats 61-54 Wednesday night in the 3A quarterfinals.