The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

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January 14, 2014

Prep roundup: Stauffer swims second state-qualifying time

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Kate Stauffer, a junior at Joplin High School, qualified for state in a second event to highlight the Eagles’ performance Tuesday in dual meets at the Hickory Hills pool.

The Eagles went 2-0-1 in team competition, beating Bolivar 115-39 and Rogersville 91-60 and tying Ozark 84-84.

Stauffer placed second in the 50 freestyle with a state-qualifying time of 25.63 seconds, which was .07 seconds behind winner Kaylee Sisson of Glendale. Stauffer also won the 500 free in 5:49.38.

The Eagles also had a second-place finish from the 200 medley relay team of Victoria Alford, Stauffer, Kathleen Hughes and Jaed’en Humphrey.

Hughes also placed fourth in the 200 free and sixth in the 100 butterfly. Alford was fifth in the 200 individual medley and sixth in the 500 free, and Humphrey and Sarah Heimberg took seventh in the 100 butterfly and 200 free, respectively.

The 200 free relay team of Hughes, Nalynn Gurley, Alford and Stauffer finished fifth.

The Eagles return to action on Saturday at Carthage, starting at 10 a.m.

Ozarks Invitational

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Stauffer qualified for state in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:19.80 during the Ozarks Invitational on Saturday.

She also finished third in the 100 breaststroke, and the Eagles were 13th in the team standings with 58 points.

Glendale won the meet with 447 points, and Kickapoo was second with 323. Other area scores: Carthage seventh with 127, Nevada eighth with 112, Monett ninth with 109 and Lamar 15th with 34.

Nevada’s Grace Reichard won the 200 IM and qualified for state with a time of 2:17.74. Reichard also placed third in the 100 backstroke.

Maddy Glouse of Monett was fourth in the 100 breaststroke, and Carthage’s Lacey Stephens, Katie Manfield, Shelby Hatcher and Taylor Hart combined to place fourth in the 400 free relay.

Basketball

Pierce City girls, 58-22

Christine Younker, a 6-1 senior, scored 24 points as the visiting Eagles beat College Heights Christian in the Spring River Valley Conference contest.

Pierce City, defending league champion, was ahead 31-17 at the half.

Bailee Hayward, a 5-9 junior, backed Younker with 15 points.

CHC (2-7, 0-3) received 16 points from 5-7 senior Bri Shores. Afton Clevenger, a 5-9 junior, added five rebounds and three steals for the Cougars.

Pierce City boys, 60-30

Zack Hyde scored 23 points as Pierce City defeated College Heights in a Spring River Valley Conference game at College Heights.

Jake Hamilton led College Heights with 11 points and Josh Woodmansee added nine points. Pierce City led at halftime 34-13.

College Heights (2-7) plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at New Covenant.

Lamar girls 46, McAuley 16

Chynna Moore scored nine points to lead a balanced Lamar attack against McAuley Catholic.

The Tigers (2-5) led 23-13 at halftime, then outscored the Warriors 17-1 in the third quarter.

Megan Price had seven points and Mary Street six for the Warriors (2-11), who were missing three starters and lost another during the game. The Warriors had six players dressed for the game, four of them freshmen.

The Warriors’ next game is Friday night at Verona.

Verona boys 52, Thomas Jefferson 23

VERONA, Mo. — Verona limited Thomas Jefferson to two points in the first and fourth quarters en route to the Ozark 7 Conference victory.

The Wildcats received double-digit scoring from Dre Sitton, Cody Musick and Seth Hilton. Musick and Hilton had 17 apiece and Sitton added 14.

John Burnett scored six points for Thomas Jefferson.

Verona girls 59, Thomas Jefferson 37

VERONA, Mo. — Leann Hesemann scored 24 points as Verona defeated the Thomas Jefferson girls.

“They got on top of us early,” Thomas Jefferson coach Bill Carter said. “We had a lot of turnovers. We gave them too many easy buckets. Overall, it was our poorest game.”

Thomas Jefferson (1-4, 0-1) shot only 3 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Kaylee Conner led the Cavaliers with 13 points and 17 rebounds. Shelby Barsotti added 15 for Verona (1-7, 1-1).

Thomas Jefferson travels to Exeter on Friday.

Lathan Vlasin sparkles

EXETER, Mo. — Vlasin, a 6-3 junior, scored 33 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead McAuley Cathoiic past Exeter 63-60 in a nonconference game on Monday night.

The Warriors, 5-8 overall and avenging a one-point Ozark 7 Conference loss to the Tigers in Joplin, received two free throws from 6-1 junior Adam Robertson with 4.3 seconds left to nail down the victory. Robertson added 15 points.

Vlasin, who tallied 11 points in the first period, finished 13 of 18 from the field.

McAuley coach Randy Robertson said Exeter, which trailed 33-28 at the half, battled back to take a four-point lead in the third quarter. But the Warriors outscored the Tigers 15-10 in the fourth.

Exeter scoring was led by Colten Stringer (18), Josh Wood (14) and Terry Cook (12).

McAuley will visit Verona on Friday night in the Ozark 7.

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