Maryville High School wide receiver Tracer Cordell (13) dives into the end zone to score a touchdown during third quarter action of the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championship Game between the Monett High School Cubs and the Maryville High School Spoofhounds at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 26, 2016. The Monett Cubs won the game 27-18.
Saulo Cavalari celebrates after knocking out Mourad Bouzidi on the first round of their light heavyweight fight during Glory Superfight Series 12 held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York, N.Y. on Nov. 23, 2013.
Missouri State Bears linebacker Dylan Cole poses for a portrait during the team's media day held at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Aug. 19, 2016.
(from left) Rick Hardin of Bartlesville, Okla., Robert Serio of Neosho, Mo. and Matthew Frye of Bartlesville, Okla., playing members of the 3rd Louisiana Infrantry, load their muskets during living history demonstrations to commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Wilson's Creek at Wilson's Creek National Battlefield in Republic, Mo. on Aug. 8, 2015.
Kickapoo junior Alyssa Griffin (right) gets her face painted by fellow cheerleader Josie Neal prior to the Chiefs' season opener against the Parkview Vikings at Kickapoo Chiefs Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Aug. 21, 2015.
Monett High School running backs Patrick Valentine (21), D'Andre Johnson (24) and Brandon Majors (15) wait for their turn to run a drill during warm ups prior to the start of the MSHSAA Class 3 State Championship Game between the Monett High School Cubs and the Maryville High School Spoofhounds at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Nov. 26, 2016. The Monett Cubs won the game 27-18.
12-year-old baseball player Cross Kubik poses for a portrait at Kickapoo High School Baseball Field in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 4, 2016. Kubik developed a tumor in his abdomen at 22-months-old. He was not expected to survive, but after treatment at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital he now lives a full life, which includes a promising future in baseball.
Abraham Lincoln players Kadeki Kelly (50) and Douglas Powell (51) celebrate with fans after winning the PSAL 2013 Football Championship Game played between Abraham Lincoln High School and Tottenville High School at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 10, 2013 in Bronx, N.Y. The Abraham Lincoln Railsplitters beat the Tottenville Pirates 28-27.
Aaden Barnett, 6, gets ready to go down a water slide during the 11th annual back-to-school bash at the John B. Hughes apartments in Springfield, Mo. on July 31, 2015. The bash, which is organized by the complex's compliance manager Sophia Smith, serves to give every kid living at the apartments a new backpack filled with school supplies for the coming year.
Missouri State Bears sprinter Kadisha Francois races towards her teammate and relay partner Holly Pattie-Belleli during the 4x400 meter relay race during the Missouri State Invitational track meet held at Betty and Bobby Allison South Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on April 22, 2016.
Nixa High School cheerleaders huddle prior to the start of the game between Nixa High School and Ozark High School held at Tiger Stadium in Ozark, Mo. on Oct. 7, 2016. The Ozark Tigers won the game 28-27.
Philip Chaney poses for a portrait at his Springfield, Mo. home on Dec. 16, 2016.
Jayton Jaybirds Freshman Judd Latham sits in the Jaybirds locker room before the start of their bi-district playoff game against the Guthrie Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2014. The Jaguars lived up to their billing as state champion contenders and beat the Jaybirds 84-34. Guthrie and Jayton play six-man football, a variety reserved for the smallest schools in the state, which often do not have the enrollment to field a full 11-man team.
Miami Heat center Chris Andersen warms up prior to the Heat's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 17, 2013.
Missouri State Bears wide receiver Zac Hoover (15) makes a one-handed touchdown reception as Southern Illinois Salukis cornerback Roman Tatum (4) attempts to cover him during fourth quarter action of the Missouri Valley Conference game between the Missouri State Bears and the Southern Illinois Salukis at Robert W. Plaster Stadium in Springfield, Mo. on Oct. 29, 2016. The Bears won the game 38-35.
Springfield News-Leader producer Trevor Mitchell plays the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go in downtown Springfield, Mo. on July 13, 2016.
Midland RockHounds infielder Matt Chapman (7) looks at one of his hits during the Texas League All-Star Home Run Derby held before the league's All-Star Game at Hammons Field in Springfield, Mo. on June 28, 2016.
Despite the potential dangers, Shilyn keeps working towards a future career in boxing. "I want to make something of myself in boxing," said Bradt. "I don't want to be known as the person who had a couple fights, I want to be known as a champion."
Denison linebackers warm up in front of a burning sky prior to the Yellow Jackets' annual rivalry game against Sherman High School on Oct. 17, 2014 in Denison, Texas. The Denison-Sherman annual rivalry game, known as "The Battle of the Axe," is the longest continuously played rivalry game in the state of Texas, dating back to 1901. The winner of the annual game takes possession of an axe-shaped trophy which has the scores of every game engraved in its blade. During this year's edition of "The Battle of the Axe," Denison dominated Sherman 42-20 on their way to picking up the school's 40th rivalry win and keep the axe in Denison for the second year in a row.
Odessa Permian Senior wide receiver Taylor Thompson (12), junior defensive lineman Aaron Briswalter (55) and sophomore offensive lineman Jayce Rush (64) celebrate among teammates and cheerleaders after the Panthers defeated their archrival Midland Lee 45-28 on Oct. 10, 2014 at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland, Texas. Known popularly as "Mojo" after the chant started in the late 1960's, Permian counts itself as one of the elite programs in the state, with six state titles at the state's highest classification, seven undefeated seasons, close to 500 wins and two national championships to boast about.