Barry County proved to be a good area to watch high school basketball this winter. Three teams from the county made it to post-season play and 23 players from the area earned honors and awards.
Whitney Edie at Exeter led the county in awards. The junior averaged a double-double a game for her team and led them to the Class 1 state quarterfinals.
Edie, who has verbally committed to Missouri State University, received first team All-State honors from both the Coaches and Associated Press associations. In addition, Edie was named to her All-District team and earned Player of the Year honors in the Ozark 7 Conference.
Exeter also had two other players named to the All-Conference team. Sophomore guard Shelby Bowman was named to the second team, and freshman guard Destani Stensrud received honorable mention recognition.
Jason Cole, the Lady Tigers' coach, was named Coach of the Year in the league.
The Exeter boys' Tyler Henderson also garnered honors in the Ozark 7 Conference, picking up an honorable mention for his senior year of play.
Both Purdy girls' and boys' basketball squads qualified for the state tournament after winning their district titles, and as a result, has several players do well in post-season balloting.
Junior Mason Roller, a junior, was a unanimous pick for the Ozark 7 first team and also was a first team choice for the All-District team. Blake Williams, another junior, also received first team honors in both the Ozark 7 Conference and Class 2, District 12.
Senior Ryan Veith rounded out the Eagles' selections, garnering an honorable mention in the conference.
Purdy's coach Chris Kennedy was named Coach of the Year for the Ozark 7.
On the girls' side, Avery Roller garnered first team All-Conference and All-District selections following her senior season.
In addition, the Purdy squad featured three outstanding freshmen. Shelby White was named to both the conference and district first teams, and Audrey Patton garnered second team honors in the Ozark 7. Brooke Swadley was also honored, receiving an honorable mention nod.
The Southwest boys had a huge turnaround this season. After a disappointing year last year the Trojans made up ground taking third place overall in the conference.
Levi Roberts, a sophomore, was named to the Ozark 7 Conference first team while junior Caleb Mitchell and senior Codie Harmon garnered second team honors. Sophomore Josh Hartin received an honorable mention.
The Lady Trojans also did well this season. Senior Jessica Mitchell earned first team All-Ozark 7 honors, junior Chelsea Sneed garnered second team recognition and junior Stacy Hobbs was an honorable mention selection.
The Wheaton boys and girls both had down years this season but still were competitive in every game.
Seniors Jon Pendergraft and Sean Crane earned All-Ozark 7 second team and honorable mention honors respectively. Haley Goostree, a junior, was Wheaton's only girls' selection. She was named first team All-Conference.