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The Dora Falcons varsity boys basketball team, which includes four freshman starters, won third place in the recent Mountain Grove tournament, which included a Dora loss to Hartville. But the Falcons avenged the loss Feb. 2 in a nail-biter, double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles in Hartville. Front row from left: freshmen Bryson Luna, Isaac Haney, Auston Luna and Mason Luna. Back: seniors Robert Vigdal, Brent McKemie, Austin White and Kaleb Harris. Photo by Karla Gillespie Smith.
At first glance, the Dora boys are a “pretty good” 16-5 on the season. But at closer look, the Falcons’ losses are all to ranked teams, four of which are ranked in the latest coaches poll’s top 5. Leading the way? A quartet of freshmen. No other team (at least no state-ranked teams) can boast such...
The Dora Falcons, now ranked fourth in the state by Maxpreps.com in Class 1 boys basketball, improved their record to 18-5 with a nail-biting double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles Friday, Feb. 2.  The team – with its four freshmen, including Isaac Haney and Dora head coach Rick Luna’...

The Dora Falcons varsity boys basketball team, which includes four freshman starters, won third place in the recent Mountain Grove tournament, which included a Dora loss to Hartville. But the Falcons avenged the loss Feb. 2 in a nail-biter, double-overtime victory against the Hartville Eagles in Hartville. Front row from left: freshmen Bryson Luna, Isaac Haney, Auston Luna and Mason Luna. Back: seniors Robert Vigdal, Brent McKemie, Austin White and Kaleb Harris. Photo by Karla Gillespie Smith.
Reprinted with permission.   At first glance, the Dora boys are a “pretty good” 16-5 on the season. But at closer look, the Falcons’ losses are all to ranked teams, four of which are ranked in the latest coaches poll’s top 5.   Leading the way? A quartet of freshmen. No other team (at least no...

Photo by Karla Smith.
Dora freshman Isaac Haney earned a spot on the Mountain Grove all-tournament team. The Falcons brought home the third-place trophy from the recent tournament after a 61-44 first-round win over Willow Springs, a 57-42 loss to a tough Hartville team and a 73-67 win over Clever.

Dora freshman Auston Luna brings the ball down the court during a recent game. Luna led the team in rebounds when the Falcons defeated Class 4 Aurora 72-64 at the Scoreboard Guy Shootout Saturday at Ozark High School in Ozark. Photo by Karla Smith.
The Dora Falcons traveled to Ozark Saturday to take on Class 4 Aurora in the Scoreboard Guy Shootout and brought home a 72-64 win. “Defensively, we didn’t play as well as I thought we could have,” said Dora coach Rick Luna.  “However, overall we stepped up and  made enough plays when it counted...

Word spread quickly through the Dora community as the 60-year-old school building burst into flames on Jan. 21, 1998. The state fire marshal and ATF agents said the fire started in a 10-burner gas stove in the kitchen. Former superintendent Ken Cook said the fire “was a tragedy when it happened, but a blessing when it was over.”
Editor’s note: Recalling the fire that destroyed Dora School 20 years ago this week, we share this story reprinted from the Feb. 27, 2008, edition of the Times. Sally Gunter still doesn’t remember exactly what made her turn her head and look toward the Dora School that night just over 10 years ago...

GHS senior Wyatt Wilson drives past Dora’s Mason Luna during Friday night’s game in the Gainesville High School gym. The bleachers were packed to watch the battle between the intra-county rivals. Photo by Karla Smith.
The Dora High School varsity team added two wins to their record last week after defeating county rivals Bakersfield and Gainesville. The Dora Falcons hosted Bakersfield Tuesday, Jan. 9, and won 76-38. Friday night, Jan. 12, the bleachers were packed full of red when the Gainesville Bulldogs hosted...
Kryslyn Colvin, left, and Keeli Land, members of the Dora High School girls softball team, were recently named to the 2017 Missouri All-State Team. Kryslyn, a senior, played shortstop and was named to the First All-State Team, and Keeli, a junior pitcher, was named to the Second All-State Team. The...

Photo courtesy Ozarks Sports Zone.
Dora freshman Mason Luna drives past Eminence defender Grant Dyer during Thursday’s epic battle for a chance to play undefeated Thayer for the Cabool Tournament championship. Mason led the scoring with a game-high 31 points, but the Redwings won 71-66  in final seconds of the game and went on to...

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