The 2014 MSHSAA Girls Golf Championships will be decided over two days and 36 holes. Rivercut Golf Course plays host to the Class 1 state tournament, while Twin Hills Country Club in Joplin hosts the Class 2 competitors.
Golf fans who visit Rivercut can catch Meredith Sharp of Greenwood, who makes her second trip to the big one.
Other locals in the field include Lyndsey Standage of Rogersville and Paige Moles of Marshfield. Ari Acuff of Kickapoo, fresh off her second-place finish at the sectional qualifier, will be in Joplin competing against a field that includes Kelsy and Keely Temple of West Plains, Amber Wilson of Camdenton and Samantha Stout of Joplin.
Playmaker Mitchell Heinzler and the Republic Tigers head to Springfield to meet Greenwood at the Cooper Family Soccerplex. Heinzler has been on a roll over the past two weeks, scoring twice in a win at Carthage and four times in a win over Aurora. The Bluejays snapped an 8-game losing streak Tuesday with a win against Cassville and will try to return to form against a quality opponent.
The second round of the girls golf state championships will mark the last time Glendale’s Sun Young Jung plays high school golf. The senior Class 2 defending state champion is verbally committed to play at Southern Illinois University after high school graduation. Jung ran into difficulty for seemingly the first time all season when she placed 8th at the sectional qualifying tournament in Raymore, the first 2014 tournament Jung didn’t win. Sectional and district champion Ashley Childers of Mount Vernon and her teammates will play the final round of the Class 1 championship at Rivercut.
Eastern Christian County should be excited for this tune-up for the district playoffs. Sparta has just two losses on its résumé against 19 victories. The Trojans will host the Class 1 District 7 tournament and hold the No. 1 seed and a first-round bye. Before they worry about qualifying for the state championships, a Class 4 opponent comes to town. Coach Molly Illum’s Bulldogs are in the midst of the toughest part of their schedule. This match features what may be an entertaining duel between Central Setter Emmi Murphy and Sparta setter Meg Moles.
The state softball playoffs begin with the round of 16. Should they win their respective district tournaments, Republic, Bolivar, Pleasant Hope and Monett would host their state playoff games, but they have to get through Saturday’s district finals first.
Other favorites who would be on the road for the first round of the playoffs include Ozark, Branson and Rogersville.
The state team tennis semifinals and championship rounds begin at 9 a.m. at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. The best and most balanced girls high school teams will be featured throughout the morning with the Class 1 and Class 2 finals scheduled for 1 p.m.
Kickapoo, Ozark, Catholic, Rogersville and Carl Junction could potentially qualify for the team championships, but they’ll need to advance during Saturday’s first and second round matches in order to reach the apex matches at Cooper.
The MSHSAA state softball playoff quarterfinals will play out across the state on Saturday. The procedure for determining hosts for quarterfinal games can be complex to say the least.
Check back on next week’s edition of “Top Tickets” for a rundown of the local quarterfinal games.