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March 18, 2014

Monett's Wiseman signs Central Methodist letter

Kelsey Wiseman, the only Monett senior on the 2013 Big 8 Conference championship team, has signed a letter of intent with Central Methodist University of Fayette, Mo.

The NAIA Eagles, coached by Pat Reardon, belong to the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

Wiseman was a four-year starter at first base for the Cubs, coach Ty Goetz said on Tuesday.

Wiseman, a two-time all-stater, especially stood out as a junior by averaging .455 with 22 RBI.

Goetz said that Wiseman leaves the program with four career records.

She’s No. 1 outright in games (111), doubles (35) and RBI (87). She’s tied in hits (120) with 2013 graduate Raigan Ratliff (now playing at Southwest Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.).

The right-handed Wiseman occupied the third slot in the Monett order in most games, Goetz said.

“She saved a lot of errors at first base by catching those short hops or by coming off the bag to grab errant throws,” Goetz said. “She also was a great leader.”

Kelsey, the daughter of Trish and Brian Wiseman, helped the Cubs finish 16-11 as a freshman and second in district competition.

Monett followed with overall records of 18-10, 24-6 and 23-5. Monett reached the sectional round in 2011 before falling in the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013. Monett also won the Big 8 in 2012.

Goetz, who’s assisted by Amber Holman, will be entering his eighth season as head coach. He’s a graduate of Purdy High School (1991) and Missouri Southern State University.

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