Honors all around
Local athletes earn All-Conference, All-District, All-State
Local athletes put in work this spring on the fields and the track, with many earning postseason honors for their respective conferences and districts, as well as in the state.
The Cassville baseball team earned a trio of All-Big 8 West nods, with senior Zach Acheson named Second Team infield, sophomore Isaac Hadlow named Second Team infield and junior Tim Hudson named Honorable Mention outfield.
In Class 4, District 11, Acheson earned a First Team nod, and junior Landon White and Hadlow were named to the Second Team.
For the Lady Wildcats soccer team, three earned All-Big 8 accolades, with senior forward Olivia Holman named to the Second Team, junior midfielder Jhandi Shears named Honorable Mention and senior forward Maddie Bowyer earning Honorable Mention.
In Class 2, District 6, five earned honors. Second Team selections went to Holman, Shears, junior defender Landry Parnell and junior midfielder Emilee Mann. Bowyer again earned an Honorable Mention.
Holman was also named to the Academic All-State Team, giving Cassville the longest active streak of Academic All-State members in the state with members on the last six consecutive teams, boys and girls.
The Class 1 state champion Lady Eagles softball team earned four of the 14 spots on the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Class 1 All-State First Team and one spot on the Second Team. First Team accolades went to junior Robyn Schad, infield; senior Bayleigh Robbins, infield; freshman Jessi Hoppes, outfield; and senior Lauren Schallert, pitcher. Senior Kinsley Mattingly was named Second Team outfield.
In the SouthWest Central League, First Team spots went to Schad, Robbins, Hoppes and Schallert, as well as junior Dally Craig for catcher and senior Jaclin Fenski for utility. A Second Team spot went to Mattingly, and Honorable Mentions went to senior Annabelle Bowman, infield, and senior Makenna Orwig, outfield.
Schallert was also named the SWCL Most Valuable Player, and Purdy’s Lori Videmschek was named Coach of the Year.
In Class 1, District 5 All-District, Schad, Robbins, Hoppes, Mattingly, Schallert, Craig and Fenski were named to the First Team, and Bowman and Orwig were named Second Team.
The Eagles baseball team also raked in postseason honors. In the SouthWest Central League, First Team selections went to sophomore Ezequiel Garcia, pitcher; senior Osiel Aldava, infield; senior Clay Henderson, infield; and senior Jake Brown, outfield. On the Second Team were sophomore Bosten Goetz, sophomore; sophomore Travis Hughes, outfield; and sophomore Alex Aldaba, designated hitter/utility.
Henderson was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Year, and Aldava was named Co-Most Valuable Player. The Eagles also won the SWCL Tournament.
In Class 2, District 7, First Team awards went to Garcia, Aldava, Brown, Hughes and Clay Henderson. Goetz, Aldaba and junior Zach Henderson, outfield, earned Second Team nods. Aldava was also named the district’s Player of the Year.
Six Eagles also found their way onto the Academic All-State Team, including Goetz, Clay Henderson, Jake Brown, Josh Brown and Aldava.
The Lady Tigers softball team, which had its best postseason in history by reaching the district championship game, landed six players on the All-Ozark 7 teams, and a distinct honor for Exeter Coach Ashley Fly, who was named Ozark 7 Coach of the Year. First Team honors went to senior Abbi Caddell, senior Hailey Mattingly, senior Macy Barrett and junior Aubry Antle. Izzy Lee and freshman Natalie Crumpler collected Second Team nods.
In Class 1, District 5 All-District honors, Mattingly, Barrett, Antle and Crumpler earned First Team accolades, and on the Second Team were Caddell, sophomore Emma Sorensen and sophomore Madison Crumpler.
The Exeter baseball team, which also had a banner year by winning its first conference championship, earned six All-Ozark 7 accolades. On the First Team were senior Hank Woods, junior Corey Hilburn and freshman Zach Lee. Second Team awards went to senior Dakota Vasey, senior Kris Allen and junior Gretzky Lee.
Woods was also unanimously selected as the Ozark 7 Player of the Year, and Exeter Coach Matt Tripp was chosen as the Coach of the Year.
In Class 1, District 5, Woods was named First Team pitcher, and Lee, Hilburn and Vasey also earned a First Team nods. Allen and freshman Aaron Beck, outfield, were named to the Second Team.
The Lady Trojans picked up nine total awards in the conference and district, including four First Team selections. In the SouthWest Central League, senior Bonnie Robbins was named First Team infield, junior Natalie Johnson First Team outfield, sophomore Anna Church Second Team catcher, sophomore Alli Fosse Second Team infield and senior Khloe Holder Honorable Mention infield.
In Class 2, District 5, Robbins earned First Team infield, Johnson earned First Team outfield and Fosse earned Second Team Utility.
Johnson also earned a Second Team All-Region outfield designation.
The Southwest baseball team picked up four SouthWest Central League designations. On the First Team were senior Austin Pippin, catcher; sophomore Zak Corwin, outfield; and junior Cruz Marquez, designated hitter/utility. Freshman Brynden Paulsen earned an infield spot on the Second Team.
In Class 3, District 11, Marquez was named to the First Team, Second Team selections went to Marquez (for pitcher) and Pippin, and Honorable Mentions were Corwin and Paulsen.
The Bulldogs baseball team picked up seven total postseason awards, with the top honors going to seniors Jack Mitchell and Ty Hudson, named First Team All-Ozark 7. Junior Kelton Park was named Second Team All-Conference.
In Class 1, District 5, four Bulldogs earned Second Team selections. Mitchell was named designated hitter/utility, Park and Hudson were chosen for the infield, and freshman Devin Bateman earned an outfield pick.
The Lady Bulldogs softball team had no All-Conference awards this year, but they did land two on the All-District teams. Senior Giovanna Hinojosa was named Second Team outfield, and junior Lori McNeill was named Second Team catcher.