All season long awards have poured in for the College of the Ozarks dynamic duo of Kelsie Cleeton and Cassidy Johnson. Well, the season may be over but the awards are still a comin’
Cleeton has been named First-Team All-American. The junor from Springfield filled up the stat sheet most every night this season. She averaged nearly 14 points a game this year and pulled down over 11 rebounds a night. She was 3rd in the nation in total rebounds, despite standing only 5-7. Her 106 steels ranked 5th in the nation and 21 times this year she went home after recording a double-double.
Johnson, a junior from West Plains, was named Honorable Mention All-America. The sharpshooter was the top scorer for the Lady Cats this season, dropping over 16 points a night on the competition. Her 101 3’s ranked ninth among all women in NAIA DII.
The Lady Cats finished their season 31-2 and were ranked #3 in the country.
With the basketball season coming to an end we turn out attention to the Spring sports. Before totally moving on its time to give a little recognition to some of the players in the area that stood out this year.
As with the case last year, I don’t pick an all-star team. Already a lot of folks do that. Instead I just pick some players that stood out in some different categories.
Now, a reminder, this is all from the eye test. I didn’t go line by line over stats, and there could be valid points made for others in each position.. With that being said, here is who made the cut this season:
Youngin of the Year(frosh/soph) Scarlett Texeira-Forsyth Nathan Garnett-BE
Keep an Eye On Maddie Pardeck-Branson Dawson Deroo-Forsyth
My Final Shot Konnhar Patton-Blue Eye Lane Carroll-RS
Best Floor General: Kelina Asbill-RS Zach Martin-SofO
Straight out Player Taylor Arnold-Blue Eye Andrew Mitchell-Blue Eye
Controls the Paint Raven Ross-Hollister Anthony Stanford-Forsyth
Not About Me Lauren Garrison-Branson Logen Plumb-Reeds Spring
Coach of the Year Ken Elfrink Josh Hart
Player of the Year Kohnnar Patton-Blue Eye Micaiah Rocha-Forsyth
With the season coming to an end for all the teams in the league, the All-Conference teams have been announced for the Small-Central Ozark Conference. With the disbanding of the league, it will be the last such awards.
Reeds Spring’s Lane Carroll was a unanimous first team selection. The senior sharp shooter joined the 1000 point club this year. Logen Plumb was named to the second team.
Hollister’s Payton Weber also earned a spot on the second team.
Here is a look at the 2017-18 Small-COC All-Conference Teams
There is a scene in the movie GREASE, when Danny, played by a young John Travolta, is looking for a sport he can actually participate in. He fails at a number of attempts before finally settling on track.
Well at Reeds Spring, its a little different story. Austin Bradfield is already as accomplished lineman that has ever put on a Wolves football uniform. The 6-3 230 pound center was named All-State after both his junior and senior seasons. He has helped anchor a line that has provided the most prolific offensive numbers in school history.
But now he is trying his hat in a different arena. Bradfield will be playing the part of “Danny” in the musical Grease when the Reeds Spring High Schools version of the hit musical starts tonight at the middle school auditorium.
Bradfield and his classmates, which includes a number of Wolves footballers, will be presenting the play the next three nights at 7:00. Tickets are available online or at the door.
The College of the Ozarks women’s basketball team has done almost everything asked of them this season. They have posted an amazing 30-1 record, falling only to Concordia in overtime. They won their conference tournament and earned one of the number one seeds at the NAIA Division II National Championships in Sioux City, Iowa.
The task at hand now, is the ultimate goal. WIN THE PROGRAMS FIRST EVER NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. To do that, they will have to win 5 games over the next six days against the best teams that the NAIA has to offer.
It all starts tomorrow at noon with a matchup against Alice Lloyd, College from Pippa Passes, KY. ALC is not your typical number eight seed. The Lady Eagles are 24-5 on the season and are winners of the River States Conference Western Division.
The schools actually have some similarities off the court. Both colleges provide a quality college education in a Christian environment to students who may not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue a college degree. The two colleges are also both work colleges. Students have the opportunity to work at on-campus jobs to help cover the cost of tuition
One additional line…. Dr Jerry Davis, the President at College of the Ozarks, came to Pt Lookout from Alice Lloyd College, where he held the same position.
The game tips at Noon at the Tyson Event Center in Sioux City. The winner will advance to take on Valley City State or St Francis at 5:15 on Friday. Games can be heard locally on 106.3 KRZK.
Payton Weber did not take long to make an impact on the baseball program at Hollister High School. He stepped right in and played a vital role for the Tigers last season. He hopes to continue that success this spring and in the future playing College Baseball.
On Monday, Weber signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career and his academic future at Columbia College. His current and future coaches, along with a large group of teammates, family and friends were on hand for the occasion.
Weber stated that the Cougars plan to use him in a utility role. From his numbers, you can see why they want to get his bat in the lineup. As a Junior, for Coach John Burgi’s Tigers, he hit .341 with 9 doubles and a triple. He hopes to improve on those numbers in his senior campaign this spring.
Columbia is a new baseball program but has had early success. Coach Darren Munns led them to a 34-17 mark last year as a first year program. Even more impressive, they were 24-6 in America Midwest Conference Games.
Columbia College is an NAIA institution, located in Columbia, MO
PaytonWeber (click on link to hear interview with Payton)
Dayva Cardwell has shown her versatility at Forsyth, basically doing whatever was asked of her. That included a move to the outfield, and that is paying off.
Earlier this week Cardwell signed a National Letter of Intent to further her softball and academic career at Culver-Stockton College in Canton.
The senior outfielder hit .356 her junior year and drove in 22 runs. She was chosen all-conference and all-district. And, looks forward to a strong senior season when the Lady Panthers take the field this spring.
Culver-Stockton is an NAIA institution and competes in the Heart of America Conference.
DayvaSigning (click the link to hear the interview Dayva had with Jim Connell and myself)
The larger schools have released their seedings and schedules for the upcoming district Tournaments.
The Class 4 district that features Reeds Spring will be played in Marshfield. Both the Wolves and Lady Wolves received the FIVE seed in the six team districts.
On the Girls side the play in games will be held on Saturday Feb. 24th. Marshfield and Reeds Spring will play at 1:00 and Bolivar will play Hillcrest at 2:15.
The Girls Semi-Finals will be played on Tuesday 2/27. The Marshfield/RS winner will play top seeded Rogersville at 6 and the Bolivar/Hillcrest Winner will play #2 West Plains at 7:30. The Championship game will be played at 1:00 on Saturday March 3rd
In the Boys Tournament. Reeds Spring will open up play against the host school on Monday 26th at 6:00 and Bolivar will play West Plains at 7:30.
The Boys semi finals will be played on Thursday March 1st. The RS/Marshfield winner will be matched against top seeded Rogersville at 6:00 and the Bolivar/West Plains survivor takes on second seeded Hillcrest at 7:30. The two teams that are left will play for the Championships following the girls game on Saturday the 3rd.
Ozark will be the host school for the Class 5 district. The Pirates and Lady Pirates will both have to play in the play in games, in the five team districts. Both the boys and girls received #5 seeds.
The Lady Pirates will play fourth seeded Glendale at 1:00 on Saturday Feb 24th and the Pirates will play right after that game against Parkview.
Should they win they would both draw the top seeds. Ozark on the boys side and Kickapoo for the girls.