Second Look: Perfect streak highlights area success

Posted: Apr. 24, 2017 12:01 am

With Friday’s South Shelby Invitational championship the Palmyra boys golf team remained perfect on the season.

In addition to Friday’s team title, the Panthers have also claimed the Centralia Invite and their own Panther Invitational championships. Palmyra has also picked up dual, triangular and quad wins five different times upping its team record to 8-0.

The Panthers accomplished the same feat last season as they did not taste defeat until sectional play.

Coach Marty Smyser lauded his players’ determination to keep bettering themselves each time out on the links.

"I am very proud of the fact all of the guys on the team have worked hard year around and have not been satisfied with the success they have achieved so far," the Panthers coach said. "They want to take that next step this season and get to state as a team."

Noah Wilson, Lane Hammond and Laithan Sublette have each taken turns as medalist for the Panthers all season. Landon Merkel and Ragar McKinney have battled for fourth and final scoring spot on the team.

The Panthers look to claim another Clarence Cannon Conference Championship Wednesday at Norwoods Golf Club.


A trio of Hannibal girls soccer players were named to the Lady Pirate All-tournament team from last weekend.

Shelby Stine, Chloe Ebers and Kaylee Falconer were selected to the 11-member team.

The team was voted on by each of the six coaches from the tournament.

Stine registered five goals in the tournament, including a hat trick in a 10-0 win over Macomb, while Ebers and Falconer both found the back of the net four times.


When the going got tough Monday afternoon, Marion County pitcher Ty Bowdish became tougher.

The Mustangs southpaw worked his way out of a pair of bases loaded situations, with less than two out, without giving up a run.

Bowdish pitched five scoreless innings before having to be removed from the mound due to the new MSHSAA mandated pitch-count rule (105 pitches). He allowed just two hits and fanned a season-best 10 batters in the no decision.

"He came up big in big-time situations," Mustangs skipper Jason Kielholz said of his pitcher. "He came up with some huge strikeouts when he needed to the most."

Bowdish also added a pair of hits and two RBI to help Marion County to its first win of the season.


The Hannibal baseball team has a true utility player in the form of sophomore Lawson Rickey.

Rickey started the season at second base, but coach Daryl Zessin shuffled things around and plugged him in at third for the past week. Playing the outfield isn't off limits for him either.

During a 5-3 loss to Fulton on Thursday, he played third and went 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI single, which came in the third inning.

"Lawson is a gritty kid," Zessin said. "He's a short, stocky, stout kid that can play just about anywhere on the field and he's played some outfield too. ... Tonight, he stroked the ball a couple of times and he basically did what I know he can do."

With Will Whitaker emerging as a regular at second base, Zessin said it was a priority to find a way for Rickey to stay on the field as well.

"Getting his stick in the lineup was important," Zessin said. "We got him to fill in over there at third and he's starting to contribute."


Getting outhit proved to be no problem at all for the Mark Twain baseball team during a 10-9 win over Wright City on Saturday.

While the Tigers collected eight hits to the Wildcats' 12, Mark Twain won the column that matters the most.

Cole Johnson unleashed a 3-run home run to tie the game at four in the third, and Bailey McMillen drove in three runs with a bases-loaded triple in the fourth to make the most of the Tigers' offensive chances.

Johnson finished the game 2-for-3 with a walk and four RBIs, while McMillen went 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBIs.

The Tigers showed discipline at the plate, reaching base via walks eight times. On the flip side, Mark Twain starter Brady Hooley and reliever Loren Carlisle limited the Wildcats to just a pair of free passes.


Jaoob Kroeger is enjoying a breakout season offensively for the Palmyra baseball team. He started the season by socking a pair of home runs in the season opening win over South Shelby.

He also came up clutch with a 2-run walk-off long ball against Mendon Unity.

For the season Kroeger has four home runs as he has settled into the lead-off spot in the Panthers lineup.

Palmyra veteran coach Mark Loman mentioned he has entertained the idea of moving Kroeger down in the lineup, but he doesn’t want to mess up a good thing.

"It’s tempting," the Panthers skipper said. "But at this point in the season I don’t want to change things up much as he seems to be pretty comfortable there now. We don’t mind the home runs (from the lead-off position) just as long as he doesn’t start trying to do too much and start popping up."


With Friday’s South Shelby Invitational taking place during school hours most athletes wouldn’t hesitate when given the opportunity to miss class. But a pair of Monroe City golfers passed on the links so they could study.

Caitlin Saunders and Evan Janes both decided it was more important they stay in school and work on their studies instead of being on the golf course. The decision left the Panthers one team member shy of having a complete team in the team standings.

Monroe City coach Rod Galloway applauded the choice of Saunders and Janes.

"I don’t have a problem with that whatsoever," he said of their decision. "After all they are here for school first. I have always told players if they can’t make it in the classroom they are not going to do us any good in the field so I am absolutely OK with them staying in school today."


Rising talent was put on full display during the Hannibal 9/10 Relays on Thursday, and Diamond Fernando made sure everyone knows his name.

The Hannibal sophomore finished first in the 100 (11.83), 200 (24.74) and 400 (56.52) meter dashes.

His strong day helped the Hannibal boys to a first-place finish with 135 points, while Monroe City placed fourth with 95.5.

Panthers sophomore C.E. Talton recorded the best triple jump of the day at 41-05.00, while teammates Nathan Blackford and Anthony Akery went 1-2 in the pole vault.

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