News-Leader Performers of the Week: Jan. 21-27

News-Leader Performers of the Week: Jan. 21-27


News-Leader Performers of the Week: Jan. 21-27


Austin Gastineau

Ava senior


Gastineau started the Conway Tournament strongly last week, scoring 28 points in the first round and then 24 in the semifinals. But he was just getting started, following them up with a school-record 55-point effort in the third-place game, a triple-overtime loss to Warsaw. In the game, he went over the 1,000-point mark for his career.

Lori Kleier

Hurley senior


The 5-foot-5 guard led Hurley, the only Class 1 team in the field, to two wins in the Reeds Spring Tournament. Hurley earned wins against Hollister and Forsyth in the consolation bracket, and Kleier totaled 48 points in the three games.

Lance Schaffer

Fair Play senior


Schaffer posted back-to-back 40-point games last week in victories. He dropped 40 on Wheatland and was one better with 41 against Humansville. He also added 22 points, seven steals and five assists combined in the wins. Fair Play is 18-1 and Schaffer is the area’s leading scorer.

Nikki Sisson

Glendale junior


Sisson was the star of the Springfield Invitational, helping the Lady Falcons to a second-place finish. Sission won the sprints, earning wins in the 50 and 100 freestyles. She also anchored Glendale to victories in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, setting a meet record in the final race.

Other nominees:

* Serena Chang, Central, swimming

* Maddie Halford, Mountain Grove, basketball

* Heather Harman, Walnut Grove, basketball

* Gage Holub, Branson, wrestling

* Mercy Housh, Carthage, swimming

* Riley Jack, Miller, basketball

* Christian Lopez, Neosho, wrestling

* Jacob Murray, Osceola, basketball

* John Oss, Ozark, wrestling

* Shade Piper, Hartville, basketball

* Megan Smith, Licking, basketball

* Silas Smith, Nevada, basketball

* Claire Thompson, Rogersville, swimming

* Olivia Willoughby, Kickapoo, diving

* Kylie Wilson, Kickapoo, diving


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