Coaches also honor Johnson, McCauley

Monday, April 5, 2004

The honors keep coming for local basketball players with the announcement of the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association's all-state teams.

Dominitrix Johnson of Bell City and Sommer McCauley of Notre Dame each were honored by the coaches. McCauley and Johnson each made the all-state lists released by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters as well.

Area basketball players were well represented on the coaches academic all-state teams. Jake Knepp (Central), Ashley Bartels (Jackson), Kandice Abner (Woodland), Laura Weissmueller (Notre Dame), Katie Palmer (Notre Dame) and Amanda Dirnberger (Notre Dame) all made the team.

Johnson wins more

Dominitrix Johnson scored a game-high 19 points to lead his small school squad to a win at the B.A. Sports All-Star game before earning boys player of the year honors and clutch player of the year at the banquet on Saturday night.

Johnson's squad won 93-78. In the large schools game, Central's Ryan Delph scored 22 points in a losing effort. April Lorenz of Perryville scored 16 points in the girls game.

Notre Dame girls coach Jerry Grim shared coach of the year honors with Jeff Walk, and Jackson's Katie Loos won the girls 3-point contest.

Area referee honored

Officials from each high school sport were honored in March, with one area referee making the grade.

Martin Santana, of Cape Girardeau, was recently honored as the girls soccer official of the year.

Bell City sweeps awards

Bell City swept the Stoddard County Conference awards, winning player of the year, coach of the year and defensive player of the year.

Johnson earned the top player honor; senior Derek Pobst won the top defensive award; and coach David Heeb was rewarded for his team's 29-5 mark and second Class 1 state title in three years.

Travis Benfield (Woodland), Tyler Bowman (Advance) and Jeff Liggins (Bell City) made the all-conference team.

Central to head south

Central baseball players will be spending their spring break in Southaven, Miss., for a three-day tournament.

The Tigers, who have lost three straight, will play at Notre Dame on Tuesday before heading south.

College notes

  • Missouri junior Garrett Broshuis, an Advance graduate, improved his pitching record to 6-0 with a seven-inning shutout of Kansas State on March 28. In seven starts spanning 44 innings, Broshuis has an ERA of 1.84. Broshuis has struck out 44 while only walking 10.

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