Class 1 District 10 releases 2014 All-District softball team

Harrisburg had two players receive All-District honors in Class 1 District 10. The team was announced earlier this week.

I don’t think I’ve seen an All-District team with this many underclassmen on the list. Expect to see a lot of these names back on this list next year.

First team

  • Allison Keen, soph., Cairo
  • Caty Barrett, sr., Sturgeon
  • Jill Nelson, jr., Cairo
  • Marley Winkler, jr., Cairo
  • Mariah Williams, jr., Sturgeon
  • Janie Leathers, soph., Cairo
  • Sara Colyer, soph., Harrisburg
  • Brynn Winkler, fr., Cairo
  • Taylor Allen, soph., Sturgeon
  • Kirsten Southerland, sr., Harrisburg
  • Rachel Blades, jr., Paris
  • Drew Lockhart, fr., Paris
  • Kait David, sr., Cairo
  • Carmyn Holmes, soph., Paris
  • Jenna Stoebe, jr., Madison

Honorable mention

  • Trinity McMorris, sr., Sturgeon
  • Brittany Williams, soph., Paris
  • Hannah Bartels, jr., Paris
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Class 1 District 9 releases 2014 All-District softball team

Well, this is the first time I’ve seen one All-District list that includes Fayette, New Franklin and Glasgow. Since half of the teams in this district are in my coverage area, there will be several bold-faced names listed below.

New Franklin, which finished runner-up in the district, had six players receive All-District honors. Fayette lost in the semifinals to New Franklin and had four players make the All-District team, the most in one season under head coach Mike James. Glasgow, which lost in the first round to Fayette, had three players named to the All-District squad.

Here is the All-District list, which was released earlier this morning. Remember, players on the first team are eligible for the All-Region team, which will consist of Districts 9-12.

First team

Pitcher

  • Melissa Schlotzhauer, sr., Pilot Grove
  • Stephanie Birkmann, sr., Jamestown
  • Claire Monnig, sr., New Franklin
  • Clara Lutz, jr., Fayette
  • Makayla Zey, jr., Prairie Home

Catcher

  • Aislinn Himmelberg, sr., New Franklin
  • Mackenzie Strother, jr., Jamestown

Infield

  • Mickayla Strother, jr., Jamestown
  • Marissa Day, soph., Pilot Grove
  • Abby Thompson, sr., Glasgow
  • Cassie Armentrout, soph., New Franklin
  • Jasmine Himmelberg, soph., New Franklin
  • Stacia Wells, sr., Fayette

Outfield

  • Kerigan Wessing, sr., Pilot Grove
  • Alli Muri, jr., Jamestown

Second team

Catcher

  • Brooke Emmerich, sr., Prairie Home
  • Blakeley Fuemmeler, sr., Glasgow
  • Reagan Walker, fr., Pilot Grove

Infield

  • Anne Reynolds, jr., Glasgow
  • Haleigh Strodtman, jr., Fayette
  • McKalie Lorenz, sr., Pilot Grove
  • Kurstin Leonard, fr., Prairie Home
  • Kayla Poulsen, jr., Pilot Grove
  • Rachael Bishop, sr., Fayette
  • Valerie Schlotzhauer, sr., New Franklin
  • Lexi Muri, jr., Jamestown
  • Darian Wolfe, jr., Jamestown

Outfield

  • Derian Dodson, sr., New Franklin
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2014 All-Conference baseball list for Central Activities Conference

The Central Activities Conference released its fall All-Conference lists earlier today. Listed below is the baseball All-Conference team.

Just like softball, the New Franklin baseball team also finished second in the CAC this fall, but behind Sturgeon. The Bulldogs had four players named to the first team and had three others on the list as honorable mentions.

Glasgow had a pair of seniors selected as honorable mentions this fall after not having a baseball program in the fall of 2013.

Below is the full list. Typically, the order of the list from top to bottom is also the order of players receiving votes, from most to least.

First team

  • Tanner Sandker, sr., Sturgeon (co-Most Valuable Player)
  • Brayden Kelly, sr., Sturgeon (co-Most Valuable Player)
  • Blake Carleton, jr., New Franklin
  • Tanner White, sr., New Franklin
  • Ryan Seidel, sr., Sturgeon
  • William Roberts, sr., Sturgeon
  • Jacob Wandrey, sr., Madison
  • Hunter Smith, sr., Sturgeon
  • T.J. Schapira, sr., New Franklin
  • Caleb Keen, sr., Cairo
  • Jerrod Riley, jr., New Franklin
  • Tyler Bennett, sr., Madison
  • Blain Love, sr., Madison
  • Josh Stroppel, jr., Cairo
  • Ricardo Gonzalez, jr., Madison

Honorable mention

  • Jesse Roberts, fr., Sturgeon
  • Seth Hess, jr., Cairo
  • Brandon Hatfield, soph., Sturgeon
  • Dylan Johnson, sr., New Franklin
  • Levi Bishop, sr., New Franklin
  • Zach Evans, jr., New Franklin
  • Christopher Frevert, sr., Glasgow
  • Garrett Fuemmeler, sr., Glasgow
  • Dustin Ketchum, sr., Madison
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2014 All-Conference softball list for Central Activities Conference

The Central Activities Conference released its fall All-Conference lists earlier today. Listed below is the softball All-Conference team.

New Franklin, which finished second in the CAC behind Cairo, had four players named to the All-Conference first team, while Glasgow had two players make the top list. Both teams combined to add four of the seven players on the honorable mention team.

Below is the full list. Typically, the order of the list from top to bottom is also the order of players receiving votes, from most to least.

First team

  • Allison Keen, soph., Cairo (Most Valuable Player)
  • Aislinn Himmelberg, sr., New Franklin
  • Jill Nelson, jr., Cairo
  • Caty Barrett, sr., Sturgeon
  • Claire Monnig, sr., New Franklin
  • Janie Leathers, soph., Cairo
  • Abby Thompson, sr., Glasgow
  • Cassie Armentrout, soph., New Franklin
  • Marley Winkler, jr., Cairo
  • Mariah Williams, jr., Sturgeon
  • Brynn Winkler, fr., Cairo
  • Anne Reynolds, jr., Glasgow
  • Jasmine Himmelberg, soph., New Franklin
  • Taylor Allen, soph., Sturgeon
  • Kait David, sr., Cairo

Honorable mention

  • Blakeley Fuemmeler, sr., Glasgow
  • Payton Greiwe, soph., Madison
  • Trinity McMorris, sr., Sturgeon
  • Valerie Schlotzhauer, sr., New Franklin
  • Derian Dodson, sr., New Franklin
  • Katie McLanahan, soph., Brunswick
  • Shelby Prentzler, jr., Glasgow
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Lewis & Clark Conference releases 2014 softball All-Conference team

The season’s not quite over, but the first of several postseason honors lists has been released.

Below is the 2014 Lewis & Clark Conference softball All-Conference list. Fayette had four players receives honors on the team. Westran leads the way with seven honorees, including five on the first team.

First team

  • Mackenzie Hombs, sr., Westran
  • Cheyanne Kitchen, sr., Westran
  • Camryn Hunt, jr., Westran
  • Cory Burton, soph., Westran
  • Jordan Harlan, jr., Westran
  • Haley Kendrick, sr., Salisbury
  • Brooke Summerville, sr., Salisbury
  • Emily Binder, jr., Salisbury
  • Lydia Henke, soph., Salisbury
  • Ashley Linneman, jr., Salisbury
  • Drew Lockhart, fr., Paris
  • Rachel Blades, jr., Paris
  • Molly Shoop, jr., Marceline
  • Elaine Ewigman, soph., Marceline
  • Haleigh Strodtman, jr., Fayette

Honorable mention

  • Kylie Linneman, jr., Westran
  • Alicia Aulbur, soph., Westran
  • Carmyn Holmes, soph., Paris
  • Brittany Williams, soph., Paris
  • Katie Cupp, jr., Marceline
  • Claire Dorrell, sr., Marceline
  • Abbie Peiffer, soph., Marceline
  • Jacee Brooks, soph., Marceline
  • Clara Lutz, jr., Fayette
  • Rachael Bishop, sr., Fayette
  • Stacia Wells, sr., Fayette
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High school conference shakeup saga continues

What I’m about to tell you is old news to me, but I finally saw documented proof for the first time earlier today, so I’ll go ahead and share the news with you.

The Central Activities Conference held a meeting on Aug. 27. During the meeting, it was announced that Brunswick will leave the conference at the end of the school year, and that Pilot Grove and Slater would join the conference starting in 2015-16.

Two years ago, the CAC was a seven-member conference. A year from now, it will consist of seven schools again.

Keytesville pulled out of the conference after the 2013-14 school year to join the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association, leaving the CAC with just six member schools this year. Losing Brunswick drops the conference to five schools, but the addition of Pilot Grove and Slater brings that number back to seven.

Pilot Grove is currently a member of the Cooper County Activities Association and Slater is a longtime member of the Lewis & Clark Conference.

When I first came to Fayette, I extensively covered four conferences: the Lewis & Clark, the CAC, the CCAA and the now-defunct Mid-Missouri Conference. Now I’m down to just the Lewis & Clark and the CAC (Harrisburg became an independent after the MMC folded and Higbee was kicked out of the CCAA after last year, also becoming an indepedent).

Let’s take a look at the conference timeline, dating back to my arrival in Fayette.

2009-10 School Year

Lewis & Clark Conference

  • Fayette
  • Marceline
  • Paris
  • Salisbury
  • Slater
  • Westran

Central Activities Conference

  • Brunswick
  • Cairo
  • Glasgow
  • Keytesville
  • Madison
  • New Franklin
  • Sturgeon

Mid-Missouri Conference

  • Hallsville
  • Harrisburg
  • North Callaway
  • South Callaway
  • Southern Boone
  • Tipton

Cooper County Activities Association

  • Bunceton
  • Higbee
  • Jamestown
  • Malta Bend
  • Otterville
  • Pilot Grove
  • Prairie Home

I remember that being a much simpler time. It was actually more fun to keep track of a greater number of schools. But as we all know, that list has gotten much smaller since. Here is a look at those conferences a little further down the timeline.

2013-14 School Year

Lewis & Clark Conference

  • Fayette
  • Marceline
  • Paris
  • Salisbury
  • Slater
  • Westran

Central Activities Conference

  • Brunswick
  • Cairo
  • Glasgow
  • Keytesville
  • Madison
  • New Franklin
  • Sturgeon

Cooper County Activities Association

  • Bunceton
  • Higbee
  • Jamestown
  • Malta Bend
  • Otterville
  • Pilot Grove
  • Prairie Home

Independent

  • Harrisburg

I was down to three conferences last year, and now I only cover the two conferences this year. Here’s the current small-school Mid-Missouri conference makeup.

2014-15 School Year

Lewis & Clark Conference

  • Fayette
  • Marceline
  • Paris
  • Salisbury
  • Slater
  • Westran

Central Activities Conference

  • Brunswick
  • Cairo
  • Glasgow
  • Madison
  • New Franklin
  • Sturgeon

Cooper County Activities Association

  • Bunceton
  • Jamestown
  • Otterville
  • Pilot Grove
  • Prairie Home

Independent

  • Harrisburg
  • Higbee
  • Malta Bend

And here is what the conferences are projected to look like next year, barring any more changes.

2015-16 School Year

Lewis & Clark Conference

  • Fayette
  • Marceline
  • Paris
  • Salisbury
  • Westran

Central Activities Conference

  • Cairo
  • Glasgow
  • Madison
  • New Franklin
  • Pilot Grove
  • Slater
  • Sturgeon

Cooper County Activities Association

  • Bunceton
  • Jamestown
  • Otterville
  • Prairie Home

Independent

  • Harrisburg
  • Higbee
  • Malta Bend

Trust me, this won’t be the last time these conferences see changes this decade. I predict more shakeups are on the horizon…well, in addition to Harrisburg joining the Lewis & Clark in the 2016-17 school year.

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New softball district assignment benefits Fayette, thins out districts

I’ve had a week to think about this, but I think it’s safe to say Fayette was very pleased to see its new softball district assignment for the next two years.

I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would the Lady Falcons be happy they are joining a district with a team (New Franklin) that just went to the state semifinals a year ago? Don’t worry, I have some answers to your question.

  • Fayette gets to play closer to home in the postseason, for a change. This will be my sixth fall in Fayette, and of the previous five years, Fayette has played districts at Higginsville four times. The one time Fayette didn’t go to Higginsville, they actually got to host districts, back in 2010. The Lady Falcons will play districts at New Franklin this fall and then play host at districts in 2015. I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that I don’t have to travel to Higginsville for districts anymore. I’m perfectly fine with a 25-minute round trip to New Franklin.
  • Last year, Fayette won its first district softball game since 1995. Now granted, Fayette was a Class 1 school during the first half of that drought, but they were always stuck in a loaded district against a Westran team that seemed to win a state title every other year. When Fayette bumped up to Class 2, snapping that streak became even more difficult. Taking a look at the District 9 teams, I can see Fayette receiving a seed among the top-four teams, putting the Lady Falcons in line for winning at least one district game again this year.
  • The timing is perfect for Fayette to drop a class, because this could be one of the most talented Fayette teams I’ve seen in my six years at Fayette. Losing Kenzie Smentkowski and Minari Hirokawa are going to be huge, but Fayette still returns a lot of talent for 2014. Add to that the fact that most teams in the area lost an impressive senior class, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Fayette win 10-plus games this fall.

Those a just a few reasons. If you didn’t already know, Fayette will be joined in Class 1 District 9 by Glasgow, Jamestown, New Franklin, Pilot Grove and Prairie Home. All but Pilot Grove are already on Fayette’s schedule, and the Lady Falcons could face the Lady Tigers in the Fayette Tournament.

For those who are curious, I did look up to see where the cut-off was between Class 1 and Class 2 for fall softball. To preface this, the only reason Fayette dropped to Class 1 is because a large number of smaller schools have switched over to spring softball for the next two seasons, causing a major shift in the cut-off lines between classes in fall softball. In the spring, MSHSAA released Fayette’s high school enrollment at 185 students. According to my research, Fayette is the third-largest school in Class 1 for fall softball. The only schools bigger than Fayette in Class 1 are Schuyler County (186) and Chaffee (188).

Let’s take a recap of what schools gained from district reassignment, and which ones did not.

Winners: Fayette, Glasgow

We’ve already mentioned why Fayette is a winner. I consider Glasgow to be a winner too, although the Lady Jackets would have LOVED this district setup a year ago as well. Glasgow was stuck in a district with Westran, Salisbury and Cairo for the past two years. All three teams were capable of at least reaching the state quarterfinals, if not further. And Westran did make it to the state championship game last year. I think it’s safe to say Glasgow’s new district isn’t quite as tough as that one. Still, powerhouses like New Franklin and Pilot Grove make this a tough district, but Glasgow’s odds look better in terms of competition than they have the past two years.

Not winners: Harrisburg

I didn’t feel like it was appropriate to use the antonym of “winners” to classify this category, so that’s why I went with “not winners”. Anyhow, the only reason I say that Harrisburg falls into this category is because it’s going to be difficult for the Lady Bulldogs to reach the district championship game this fall, something they have done in each of the past four seasons. The reason for that is now Harrisburg falls into the same district as Cairo and Sturgeon (as well as Higbee, Madison and Paris), two teams that appear to be destined for the top-two seeds. That being said, this is pretty much what Harrisburg had to overcome three and four years ago to win district titles, so why not make it more of a challenge?

Draw: New Franklin, Higbee

Both these teams are probably indifferent with their district assignments, because it’s not much different from what they’ve encountered the past two seasons. New Franklin, however, is probably a little ecstatic to see Harrisburg leave its district. Higbee goes from one district full of powerhouses (Cairo, Salisbury, Westran) to another (Cairo, Harrisburg, Sturgeon).

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