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  • Oak Grove hires new boys coach

  • The torch has been passed at Oak Grove High School as activities director and former boys basketball coach Jerry Girdner announced Thursday that Tyler Hames is the new Panther boys coach.

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  • The torch has been passed at Oak Grove High School as activities director and former boys basketball coach Jerry Girdner announced Thursday that Tyler Hames is the new Panther boys coach.
    “We are excited to announce Tyler Hames as our new boys basketball coach,” Girdner, who resigned following the season to devote his time to his duties as activities director, said in a statement announcing the hiring. “Our administration is confident that we’ve assembled a talented staff of both familiar faces and new personnel to coach these young men and represent Oak Grove.  We’ve hit the ground running and are already looking forward to next season.”
    Hames, a graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School and Northwest Missouri State University, started his career in education at Ray-Pec.
    Hames then took over the struggling Moberly High School boys basketball team seven years ago and led their team to the 2009-10 state quarterfinals. His 94-85 overall record includes a 65-17 mark over the last three seasons.
    Moberly won 34 North Central Missouri Conference games in a row in addition to finishing the last three seasons as Class 4 District 8 champions.
    Girdner said he was impressed with Hames’ commitment to his sport and the community.
    “Coach Hames’ commitment is not only to the varsity program, but to the program from the ground up,” Girdner said in the statement. “Starting with the elementary schools, he was instrumental in developing a little league program in the Moberly area that now has over 500 elementary age kids working on basketball fundamentals and competing in games.
    “This experience will further help develop the Oak Grove Little League.”
    Hames looks forward to being involved in the Oak Grove community. 
    “I can’t tell you how excited and 
    honored my family is to become a part of the Oak Grove School District,” Hames said. “We are ecstatic about the opportunity to be a part of a school with such rich traditions and pride.  We can’t wait to get started.” 
    Hames will meet with the team and the media this afternoon at the high school.
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