From the putting green to the pitcher’s mound to the pole vault pit, the list of American Family Insurance ALL-USA Ozarks Performers of the Week is as varied as a spectrum of varsity spring sports.
Here we recognize five high school athletes who turned in exceptional outings during the week of March 28 through April 2:
Glendale’s leading freshman had a solid showing at the Mid-Missouri Invitational in Columbia. In the opening round Jarvis defeated Hickman’s Cole Nelson 6-0, 6-0. He teamed with senior Alec Jarvis to beat Nelson and Andrew Kim 8-0 in doubles. In the semifinals, Jarvis beat Prabhjyot Panesar of DeSmet 6-3, 6-1. Jarvis teamed with No. 3 singles player Spencer Weller to defeat Panesar and Jimmy Selkick 8-0
Glendale ran into trouble in Saturday’s championship duel and fell 8-1 to a Rock Bridge team that has appeared in 14 consecutive state tournament final four events. Jarvis had the solitary win for Glendale with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Kam Farid in No. 1 singles.
Central track and field
While most of the athletes who entered JFK Stadium Tuesday at the Parkview Open House track and field meet were there to put up baseline times and measurements for the 2016 season, pole vaulter Elaina Roeder took flight. Her winning vault of 11 feet would have been good enough for a fourth place finish at the Class 5 state meet in 2015. Roeder took seventh at as a freshman with a vault of 10 feet, three inches.
The Aurora ace navigated 18 holes in 71 strokes at Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course in Springfield to win the individual title at the 2016 MSU Golf Relays. Fronabarger comes off a third place finish in the 2015 Class 3 state championship tournament, and felt as though he could have carded a better score had he experienced better ball striking on a blustery Thursday.
“I’m not necessarily happy with the way I played, but I’m happy with the outcome. I’m happy that I ended up winning,” Fronabarger said.
If Thursday was an off day, Fronabarger stands to fair well the next time he has an “on day.”
Kickapoo’s No. 1 starting pitcher took command of a 2-1 Chiefs win over Ozark on Tuesday afternoon. Schmidt pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on two hits. He struck out nine batters, walked three and recorded one hit batsman. Kickapoo is now 7-3 on the season and holds the No. 4 ranking in Class 5 in the state coaches’ poll.
Easley was a driving force in Ozark’s attack for three games this past week. She got started with four goals and an assist in a 9-1 win at Parkview on Monday. Easley had one goal and three assists in Ozark’s 10-0 shutout win Thursday at West Plains. She capped off the week with one goal and one assist in a 3-0 home win over Harrison, Arkansas.
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 (email@example.com) by 5 p.m. each Monday.