Two Springfield teams searching for respect meet at Cooper Softball Complex when Parkview takes on Central at 4:30 p.m.
We’re just a month away from the apex of the girls tennis season, the MSHSAA State Championships. The Springfield Invitational offers local teams the chance to make a statement about where they stack up in a tense tournament setting. Kickapoo comes in hot after downing Glendale 9-0, but add in the other Springfield Public Schools teams, Springfield Catholic, Ozark, Branson and more, and you have the makings of a long day of good tennis starting at 8 a.m.
Regular old bleachers won’t contain the spectators for this rivalry game, so Kickapoo will play Glendale on the turf at Lowe Stadium, with varsity action expected to start around 6:30 p.m. Kickapoo is receiving some votes in the Class 4 state coaches’ poll while Glendale checks in at No. 5 in Class 3.
No hyperbole, Carl Junction at Ozark is likely a preview of one you’d see at the state championship tournament. All of the ingredients are right for a classic. Carl Junction, new to Class 4 volleyball, brings an excellent setter in Bradyn Wall, powerful hitters in Mackenzie Irwin and Brenlee McPherson and a solid all-around player in Maria Chism. Ozark uses Kendra Sater and Sasha Robinson to set for Ashley Ophoven, Caroline Clifford and Co., and relies on Bailey Baumann on back row defense. These two teams split preseason sets in the Nixa jamboree, and this match promises to be played with big-game intensity.
Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course serves as the backdrop for this year’s Missouri State University Relays. All five Springfield Public Schools teams are in the tournament, that means Haley Snow, Ari Acuff and Amy Snow of Kickapoo get a shot at defending state champion Sun Young Jung of Glendale. Add some of the top players from around the metro area into the mix, and you have a tradition that has become one of the top events in high school golf every year.
Greenwood hosts the Greenwood Soccer Classic tournament, starting at 9 a.m. at Cooper Soccer Complex.
— Rance Burger