By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
CARTHAGE, Mo. —
Wednesday surely was a banner day for Ozark Christian College at Carthage High School.
Three Tiger seniors signed letters of intent with the Ambassadors.
Taylor Kaempfe and Jennie Snyder will play volleyball for Tony Allmoslecher. Dawson Allmoslecher will play basketball for Chris Lahm.
Lahm and coach Allmoslecher — Dawson’s dad — came to Carthage for the signing ceremony.
“Obviously, we have a great relationship with OCC,” a beaming Tony Allmoslecher quipped.
The Carthage scholar/athletes are joining strong programs. Lahm, for example, guided the men’s basketball team to third place in NCCAA Division II this season. Allmoslecher’s spikers have gone to five straight nationals.
Said Allmoslecher: “Kaempfe, left-handed and athletic, will be a strong right side hitter. Snyder brings energy and a great work ethic. It’s always great to get two players with such strong work ethics and attitudes.”
Kaempfe and Snyder both were named academic all-state.
Jennie, the daughter of Marcia and Pat Snyder, mostly was an outside hitter and defensive specialist for JOMO 18-2 (a club team of area players).
Taylor, the daughter of Robyn and Darrin Kaempfe, was a right side hitter for Cheryl Sharples’ Tigers.
“I’m confident she can step in and make an immediate impact (at OCC),” Sharples said of Kaempfe.
“It’s been a good year,” Sharples said. “Earlier, Emily (Goeken) and Chloe (Shepherd) signed (with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and College of the Ozarks, respectively). Our other seniors, Bailey Becker and Tessa Lucas, will be attending college.”
The 6-foot Dawson Allmoslecher, as a senior, was third in scoring (9.5-point average) and paced the Tigers in assists and steals.
Said Lahm: “Dawson will be a perfect fit for our student body. He’s familiar with the program. I recall him being MVP in a summer camp (at OCC). He has a high basketball IQ. He’ll push our perimeter players for playing time.”
Said Carthage coach Steve Ray: “Ozark Christian is a good fit for Dawson. He understands what it takes to play in that program. He knows some of the OCC players. He’s intelligent. I believe he’ll make the transition into their program as a freshman.
“Dawson was our best defender and had to defend some very good players,” Ray said. “He improved a lot during the season and was very consistent.”
Dawson — mom is Minette — had an older brother, Clancy, play for the Ambassadors.