The Courier-Post sports team takes a “Second Look” at the week for Hannibal, Mark Twain, Palmyra, Monroe City and Marion County.
With javelin making its way to being a Missouri State High School Activities Association scoring event for the first time this season, new records inevitably were to be set.
Monroe City’s McKenzie West etched her name in the school and Clarence Cannon Conference record books last Monday by winning the inaugural event. But she didn’t just luck into it.
West can be spotted at the end of practices working on her form for the event, long after most of the throwers have completed their workouts for the day.
That is a main reason why she not only set the Monroe City and CCC record Monday night, but why she also won by an impressive 18 feet.
West continued her success Saturday at the Class 2 District 2 meet, when she won the district title in the javelin with a throw of 116 feet. That mark bested the rest of the field by almost 17 feet.
“She has really stepped up and has wanted to make this her event this year,” Lady Panthers coach Laura Mulvaney said.
Monroe City, Palmyra among top contenders at CCC title meet https://t.co/bxscUmP6zr— Courier-Post (@HCP_Sports) May 2, 2017
Panthers boys coach David Kirby also weighed in on West.
“She’s just a fun kid to be around and she is really wanting to work on her technique and form to get better,” the coach noted at the end of a recent practice after working with West.
Mark Twain senior Katie Neff returned just in time.
After dealing with a strained sartorius muscle that sidelined the runner for two weeks, Neff was back on the track Tuesday at the Eastern Missouri Conference championship.
Mark Twain holds its own at EMO championship https://t.co/AS62YSk3P9— Courier-Post (@HCP_Sports) May 3, 2017
She joined McKenzie Lathrom, Maddy Ford and Kelsey Kendall to place third in the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 11:04.42.
"I was glad to have Katie back," Mark Twain coach Erin Mack said. "She's not running what she usually runs, but she's not far off from what she normally runs. We can work with it. It's not like she's 30 seconds slower, and with continued time, her injury will get better. She's another one of those top seniors and just a really strong competitor."
Four days later at the Class 2 District 2 meet, the same group shaved more than six seconds off its time (10:57.75) to earn second place.
The Lady Tigers relay squad, which finished 11th in the 4x800 at the 2016 Class 2 state meet and returns three runners from last year, has its eyes on achieving similar success.
Palmyra graduate and Truman State University senior Lex Van Nostrand has been rewarded for her strong season on the diamond.
The catcher was named to first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors for the third time in her career.
.@TrumanSoftball Lands Six on All-GLVC Teams; Reisinger Declared Player of the Year #GLVCsb https://t.co/KCoc483YqY— Truman Athletics (@TrumanAthletics) May 4, 2017
During conference play, Van Nostrand ranked fifth in the league with a .399 batting average and was the toughest batter to strike out. She collected 68 hits and scored 42 runs while pacing her squad with 52 RBIs. She also maintained a .989 fielding percentage.
"Lex is very deserving of first-team honors,” TSU head coach Erin Brown said. "She's picked 12 people off this year alone and the next-most for a GLVC catcher is three. She finds a way to use her strengths to be an excellent catcher. Lex's bat has been huge for us this year. She has been in situations all year to hit runners in and has executed. Lex has left her mark on this program as well as in our record book."
That might be putting it lightly.
During her successful collegiate career, the veteran backstop is third in program history in RBIs (142), fifth in hits (225), fifth in runs scored (138), fifth in doubles (45) and fifth in total bases (366).
If not for teammate Christa Reisinger, Van Nostrand had as strong of a bid as anyone in the league for GLVC Player of the Year.
While the Hannibal girls varsity soccer team is having another successful season, the Lady Pirates reserve team quietly did the same. With a 2-0 win over Marshall on Friday night, the JV Lady Pirates closed their season with a 9-4-1 record.
Even more impressive is the goals against average of the team. The Lady Pirates have only surrendered 15 goals in the 14 contests.
Keeper Desarae Garcia recorded nine shutouts on the season.
Offensively Riley Stevenson led the team with eight goals.
“The girls have come a long way from the start of the season,” Hannibal coach Eric Hill said. “They have had a really good conference season.”
Due to low numbers the JV contests were shortened to playing 20-minute halves. And the team has played with just one or no subs at all. In a contest against Moberly, the team was a player short for the entire second half.