Four state championships came in pairs for area high school teams during the 2018-19 sports year.
In February in wrestling, Monett earned the Class 2 state title — its first since 2008 — and Neosho won the Class 3 crown for the sixth time in seven years after going 20-0 in dual matches.
Both teams had two individual state champs: Karter Brink at 120 pounds and Matthew Bahl at 126 for Monett, and Cayden Auch (126) and Braxton Barnes (145) for Neosho.
In Southeast Kansas, CNC League rivals St. Mary’s Colgan and Frontenac won their second softball titles in school history in May.
Colgan, the top seed in Class 2-1A, coasted to run-rule victories in the first two rounds of the state tournament before beating Oskaloosa 10-7 in the championship game as Kaitlin Crossland was the winning pitcher and hit a grand slam to highlight a six-run second inning.
Frontenac was the No. 8 seed in 3A but posted shutouts in the first two state games — part of pitcher Karma Fields’ 22 consecutive scoreless innings during the postseason — and then defeated Silver Lake 7-5 in the championship game. Fields drove in the go-ahead run with a double in the sixth inning.
The area had individual champions in boys swimming, boys wrestling, boys golf, and girls and boys track and field.
Individual and team accomplishments were celebrated Tuesday night during the Globe’s third high school sports awards banquet, sponsored by Missouri Southern, at MSSU’s North End Zone Facility.
Calli Beshore, of Nevada, and Zach Westmoreland, of Joplin, received the Wendell Redden Girls and Boys Athlete of the Year awards, named in honor of the former Globe sports editor and selected by the Globe’s sports staff.
Also recognized were athletes of the year in 21 sports and 80 athletes of the week. The athletes’ accomplishments are listed in a special section in today’s Globe.
Seven athletes in Southwest Missouri broke or tied state records during the school year. The numbers in chronological order:
• 68: Carl Junction golfer Jenna Teeter fired a 4-under-par 68 at Briarbrook Golf Course — the lowest girls score posted on a par-72 course.
• 222: McDonald County softball catcher Kylie Helm went 222 consecutive at-bats without striking out.
• 628: Mount Vernon’s Will Boswell made 628 career tackles.
• 185: Monett’s Jason Puente scored 185 career goals in soccer.
• 0.00: Aurora’s Gage Singer posted a 0.00 earned run average for the baseball season, striking out 82 batters and walking four in 35 innings.
• 36: Joplin’s Garret Lewis went 36-4 to set a boys tennis record for victories in a season.
• 194 feet, 6 inches: Westmoreland set an all-class record while winning the javelin in the Class 5 track and field meet.
Verona basketball player Twilah Carrasquillo certainly had a week to remember in late January. On a Tuesday night, she scored 31 points to reach 2,000 for her career and become the school’s career scoring leader for girls — breaking her sister’s record. Two nights later, she scored 37 points and became the school scoring leader for all Wildcats.
The 2018 football season marked the first time in 20 years that no team from the Globe’s coverage area in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma reached the state championship game, but there was a comeback for the ages. Galena trailed 24-0 after the first quarter but rallied to win at Marysville 42-36 in two overtimes in a Class 3A quarterfinal.
And Lamar sported the nation’s longest football winning streak of 57 games until losing 24-21 at Cassville on a last-second field goal in the regular-season finale.
JIM HENRY is sports editor at the Globe and receives correspondence at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Jim_Henry53.