Around the State – Missouri Edition

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News and Notes From Around the State

by Scott Englert

Class 5 Sectional Baseball: Liberty North (25-5)  vs. Platte County (23-3)

On a hot, humid day back in April, Liberty North — behind a complete game shutout from Senior Carl Occhipinto — stymied the high-powered Platte County offense. Round two between the two state-ranked teams will take place at 5 p.m. tonight at Liberty North.

Oklahoma commit and Pirate catcher Justin Mitchell looks to continue his torrid hitting streak from district play where he hit a grand slam and a three-run home run in back-to-back games. Jared Wilson will take the mound for Platte County. The winner will advance to quarterfinal action Thursday and take on the winner of the Blue Springs South/Lee’s Summit contest.

(Photo Credit – Todd Nugent Photography)

Park Hill Looks to Advance to Quarters for 4th Straight Year

In Class 5 girls soccer action, Liberty will host Park Hill in sectional play tonight at 6 p.m.  The Trojans ended Liberty’s season last year in this same round with a 3-1 victory over the Jays.  The two teams have played twice this year.  The first meeting ended in a 0-0 tie and the second contest was won by Park Hill, 4-1.

Speed, Speed and More Speed For the Broncos

I envision the halls at Lee’s Summit North looking like movies from the 1930’s where everyone looks to be moving at twice the normal speed. The Broncos’ 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 teams rank as the state’s best. The 4 x 100 squad consisting of Daunte’ Walker, Nyles Thomas, Keyon Mozee and Jamad Jackson are the only team in the state to go sub-42 seconds this season. Equally as impressive the 4 x 200 team of Walker, Mozee, Todd Pinkowski and John Eldridge are the only relay team to post a time below 1:27.

In Case You Missed It

Check out Jeff City celebrating its district baseball championship:

Add Her to the Record Book

Liberty North Junior Sidney Ewing now has a place in the MSHSAA record books.  Her six-goal, five-assist performance against Truman prior to district play was the 14th-best goal performance in a game and fifth-highest assist total in a contest. With a strong senior season, the Indiana State commit could get into the top 10 in career goals and assists in MSHSAA history.

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 From the World of Twitter

Blue Springs was already going to be one of the top-ranked teams in Class 5 this upcoming football season.  The rich get richer as First Team All-State wide receiver Cade Musser is transferring from St. Joe Central to join the Wildcats, according to Greg Hall. Blue Springs will be loaded with play makers and athletes all over the field this upcoming season. They return 12 players who garnered post-season honors last year including 9 on offense.  Throw an All-State receiver into that offense and the Wildcats are going to be a tough team to keep off the scoreboard.

Don’t Count Us Out

Class 1 Ballard entered the District 8 baseball tournament with zero wins on the season (0-6).  Defense and pitching seemed to a problem for the Bulldogs as they’d given up on average 15 runs per game.  Ballard found its mojo and ripped through district competition, avenging earlier-season losses to Sheldon and Miami to take the district title.

Sadly sectional play was not as kind to the Bulldogs as they were trounced by Halfway, 21-1, on Monday.


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