By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
Jasper High School’s Jed Kaderly No. 1 heave in the shot put came at the right time.
Kaderly, a 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior, is the Missouri Class 1 champion after a 48 feet, 13⁄4-inch effort on Friday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
That capped a late string of solid performances that was marked by dramatic improvement at the sectional and state level.
Said Eagle coach Dave Davis: “He really worked hard and made improvement week after week.”
“I started throwing the shot during my junior season,” Kaderly said Tuesday. “I didn’t make it past districts. I’m proud of the progress I made.
“I’d had people telling me I should (compete),” Kaderly said. “I’m very glad I did (give in). I wish I’d done it for four years.”
Kaderly, all-Spring River Valley Conference on both sides of the football as a lineman, has signed a letter of intent with Ottawa (Kan,) University to participate in both sports.
Spring also has meant baseball for Kaderly. He was all-SRVC as a junior.
“Jed really liked baseball (playing for Dustin Young and then Chad Harris),” Davis said. “We knew he had the potential (in the shot).”
Said assistant coach Ken Godfrey: “He’d throw for about 20 minutes and then go to baseball practice (early in the season).”
Added Davis: “The last three or four weeks we had him pretty regularly (longer) in track. He has a good snap on his throws. We had him working (the week leading up to state) at getting height on his throws.
“Jed handled the state competition just great,” Davis said. “He’d thrown more than 48 feet in practice. We knew he could be No. 1. He didn’t fold. I’m very proud of him.”
Kaderly finished third at conference before winning at district (41-21⁄2) and sectional (45-71⁄2).
Kaderly just missed the Jasper record of 48-2 held by Raleigh Neher.
Jed, the son of Rachanda and James Kaderly, plans to major in American history and also coach at the high school level.
NAIA Ottawa is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.
The football Braves, coached by Kent Kessinger, are coming off records of 8-3 overall and 8-1 (a regular-season title). The men’s track and field team, coached by Kirk Wren, placed sixth.
Skyler Parker, a football graduate assistant, was the first Ottawa representative to contact Kaderly.