Spring athletes showed off some mid-to-late season form with top-notch outings in the week of April 18-23. With the playoffs approaching, there is no better time to get noticed.
Whether it was Alex Johnson filling the back of the net with shot after shot, or Alex Locke keeping his shooting to a minimum at Millwood, here are the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week.
Spring sports coaches, would you like to nominate one of your players to be an American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Player of the Week? Email your nomination to News-Leader high school sports reporter Rance Burger (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m. each Monday.
The Pearson All-City Boys Golf Championship belongs to Locke, who fired off a 3-under par 68 at Millwood Golf and Racket Club to win the tournament of Springfield teams by five strokes.
Glendale had the top five individual scores in the tournament and posted a team score of 293.
Johnson scored three goals for a hat trick in a 3-0 win over Republic on Tuesday. The Nixa scoring machine followed through with all four of the Eagles’ goals in a 4-2 win over Carl Junction that allowed Nixa to improve to 9-4 on the season.
Brocklyn Barber and Alexis Barber
Ozark track and field
Ozark’s freshmen had a solid showing at the Ozark Invitational. They finished in the top two spots in the 800-meter run with Brocklyn Barber placing first and Alexis Barber placing second. Then they helped the Tigers take first place in the 1,600-meter relay event along with teammates Shaylin Argiso and Morgan Doyle.
Springfield Catholic baseball
Dickemann collected two critical pitching victories in Catholic’s run through the championship of the 2016 Southwest Missouri Wood Bat Spring Classic. The right-hander notched seven strikeouts in two and two thirds innings in a 5-4 win over Central on Tuesday. The Missouri State commit started Saturday’s title game against Strafford and pitched a complete game in a 9-3 win.
Nixa track and field
The speedy senior ventured to Waynesville and returned with four gold medals on Friday. Farrales took first in the 200-meter dash with a school record time of 26.35 seconds. She later won the 100-meter dash in 12.65 seconds. Farrales also anchored the first place 400-meter relay and ran a leg of Nixa’s winning 800-meter relay race.