The high school sports calendar shifted into the spring season, and with that came several early efforts worthy of the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week for March 21-26.
Whether they found the net with a soccer ball, found a winning time on the stopwatch, or found the strike zone with a baseball, this group of Performers of the Week started their respective seasons in good form.
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American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week for March 21-26.
Hunsicker may emerge as a go-to goal scorer on a loaded Eagles girls soccer team. She found the back of the net twice in a 10-0 win over Central. Her first goal was Nixa’s first of the season in the 2016 opener. Hunsicker added an unassisted goal on Saturday in a 3-2 loss to Rock Bridge, giving her three goals in the first two games of the campaign.
Springfield Catholic track and field
Rieth circled the track eight times in 10:36.97 to take first place in the 3,200 meter run at the Central Missouri Mule Relays on Tuesday night in Warrensburg. Rieth also ran on a four-member distance medley relay team that won its event in 11:37.29, setting a meet and school record.
Hillcrest’s pitching ace opened the campaign with a complete game one-hitter in the Hornets’ season opening 12-0 win over Marshfield. Barrett has allowed one earned run in 13 innings of work, which coach Ryan Schaffitzel attribute’s to Barrett’s command.
“He’s able to throw three pitches in the zone, and that’s critical to his success,” Schaffitzel said of Barrett.
The Vikings got an important Ozark Conference road victory by beating Camdenton 3-2 in chilly 39-degree weather. Young worked a complete game seven innings in just 83 pitches, and Parkview played error free defense behind Young.
Both his work on the basketball court and in the classroom led to a pair of honors for Allen this past week. The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association announced that the 6-foot-7 man of many talents signed to play football at Iowa State University has been honored as both an all-state basketball player and an academic all-state athlete for having high grades and test scores.