A quick rant through the week in sports:
• Area high school athletes and teams have put the finishing touches on another great springs sports season.
• Joplin’s Jeremy Lynn fought off cramps and Rockwood Summit’s Dylan Steffens to win the Class 2 tennis singles championship on Saturday.
• The state title was a nice parting gift as the senior prepares to compete at the University of Minnesota next season.
• St. Mary’s-Colgan’s baseball team run-ruled Silver Lake 10-0 on Friday, lifting the Panthers to the Kansas Class 3A state championship.
• It certainly has been a nice stretch for coach Mike Watt and the Panthers. Watt led Colgan to his first state championship in 1993. Twenty years later, Watt directed Colgan to his 13th state title as coach. Colgan has a state-record 17 titles in school history.
• The CNC as a whole also has had a nice stretch in baseball. Colgan’s championship gave the league its seventh state title in 3A and 14th state title overall since 2002.
• Baxter Springs, the winner of four those titles in that time frame, recently hired longtime Miami baseball coach Chris Mercer. In 13 seasons for the Wardogs, Mercer totaled 297 wins and three state tournament appearances.
• Lamar captured its first track and field championship last week after missing by a point a year earlier.
• It’s almost difficult to believe that two years ago, the Tigers had never won a team state championship in any sport. Two years later, Lamar has won four with two in football, one in cross country and one in track.
• And don’t forget, Lamar also has tallied two runner-up finishes during that time (track and golf).
• Lamar’s Sam Bailey, Ben Bailey and Austin Boice finished 1-2-3 in the discus to give the Tigers a nice head start at the Class 2 state meet. Boice also won the shot put, and Lamar’s 4x800 relay team of Josh Garfield, Zachary Ray, Landon Compton and Drew Buckner also earned first-place medals.
• McAuley Catholic’s Victoria Foley not only repeated as state champion in the discus, she set a Class 1 state record with a throw of 128 feet, 9 inches.
• The old record of 128-2 had stood for 31 years.
• College Heights Christian’s Ryan Beaver won the Class 2 1,600 meters, finishing about 13 seconds shy of the state record set by College Heights’ Caleb Hoover in 2009.
• The state titles don’t end there. Jasper’s Jed Kaderly won the Class 1 shot put, while Mount Vernon’s Shane Williams won the Class 3 long jump and Girard’s Drew Davied won the Kansas Class 4A high jump.
• There also are other team accomplishments worth noting. The Carl Junction girls soccer won its first district and sectional titles in the young program’s history. McAuley baseball won its first district championship since 1982.
• Yes, I know there are accolades I’ve failed to mention. But that may be the best compliment that can be given to this area. If I included all of them, this column might never end.
• So congratulations to all on a great season. I’m already anxious for the fall.
A quick rant through the week in sports:
- High School Sports
Central rallies from 16 down to beat Joplin
Springfield Central rallied from a 16-point deficit in the first half and defeated the Joplin Eagles 75-71 during the semifinals of the Carthage Invitational on Wednesday night.
Prep roundup: CJ girls move into tourney title game
Carl Junction moved into the championship game of the CJ Classic on with a 67-34 win over the Carthage Tigers on Wednesday night.
Oswego boys feel good about future
Of course, the Oswego Indians were disappointed with a first-round exit in last year’s Class 2A boys state basketball tournament.
Prep roundup: Burgess hits 1,000 points in Webb City win
It didn’t take Mikaela Burgess long to achieve a milestone.
Neosho girls top Joplin 58-39
Morgan Rogers scored 12 of her 20 points in the second half as Neosho defeated Joplin 58-39 in the season opener for both teams Tuesday night at Young Gymnasium.
Joplin opens season with win over Nevada
It was your typical first game.
Local wrestling gets underway Thursday at Webb City
Joplin and Carl Junction will begin their wrestling seasons with a double dual at 5:30 p.m. Thursday night at Webb City.
Prep roundup: Balanced attack propels Carl Junction past Monett
The Carl Junction Bulldogs girls basketball team used a pressure defensive attack to defeat the Monett Cubs 71-19 during the first round of the CJ Classic on Monday night.
Joplin Eagles have new radio home
Joplin Eagles sports will have a new home on the radio, starting with this basketball season.
Injuries to hurt Joplin's depth in opener
Joplin’s girls basketball team will begin its season against Neosho at 6 p.m. today at Missouri Southern’s Robert Ellis Young Gymnasium.
- More High School Sports Headlines
- Central rallies from 16 down to beat Joplin