Year-in-review: Top plays of 2019
These are a few of the best we captured in 2019
2019 was a great year for local sports. It was hard to narrow down the top plays we captured on camera this season. Of course, there are some (that one-handed Zach Westmoreland catch you’re thinking of) that we didn’t get on camera.
If there’s a play that we missed and you think should make the list, shoot me an email (email@example.com) and I’ll see if we have the video!
With that, here are some of the best plays we captured in 2019.
Patrick Carlton overtime touchdown in state championship
December: Carthage QB Patrick Carlton punches in a 2-yard touchdown in overtime to give the Tigers a win over Jackson and their first state state championship in program history.
Bausinger throws perfect game
February: Missouri Southern pitcher Will Bausinger throws a perfect game against Washburn. It’s the first perfect game in program history, and 9th no-hitter. His final line for the night: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 17 K’s
VIDEO COURTESY: MSSU Athletics, ESPN
Nick Sarwinski one-handed catch
September: Galena’s Nick Sarwinski makes a sweet one-handed grab against Riverton.
Zach Westmoreland in state championship
November: Zach Westmoreland has a TON of great plays from this season. However, these two touchdowns in the state championship game against DeSmet stuck out to me. These are some of the best players in the state, and Westmoreland still found a way to make them look silly. Westmoreland finished the game with 12 catches for 194 yards and these two touchdowns.
Jody Linthicum wins kickboxing debut
May: Joplin’s Jody Linthicum (Strike Team MMA) wins his kickboxing debut, defeating Robert Perry (KO, :50 Rd. 1).
Clay Saporito touchdown catch
October: Columbus senior WR Clay Saporito makes an incredible touchdown catch against Parsons as the halftime buzzer sounds. Saporito reaches over the defender and hauls it in. Great play.
Salas to Narvaez for the goal
October: Pittsburg High’s Carlos Salas makes a beautiful pass to Jorge Narvaez for the goal against KC-Sumner.
Blake Thiessen halftime buzzer-beater
February: Baxter Springs senior Blake Thiessen hits this halftime buzzer-beater against Frontenac.
Kyler Reece diving catch
March: Another Baxter Springs kid here. Junior Kyler Reece makes an incredible diving catch in center field against Pittsburg.
Biggs hits walk-off single
March: Colgan’s Mac Biggs hits a walk-off single in the 9th against the Liberal Bulldogs, after hitting two home runs earlier in the game. Biggs was 4-5 in the game with 2 home runs and 4 RBI.
Jack Capehart walk-off HBP
July: Frontenac’s Jack Capehart takes a pitch off the helmet with the bases loaded to give Frontenac the win in the 12U state championship.
Marissa Smith scores after rundown
April: Crowder’s Marissa Smith scores on a bunt after a wild pickle.
Selemaea returns blocked punt
September: Pitt State’s Adam Smith blocks a punt, and Morgan Selemaea returns it for a touchdown against Northeastern State.
Cam Martin off the glass
November: Missouri Southern’s Cam Martin goes off the glass to himself for the dunk.
Isaiah Davis in 2019
August-November: I can’t narrow down the season Isaiah Davis had to just a play or two. The Joplin running back was incredible all season long. He rushed for 2,283 yards and 45 touchdowns this season. He had 220 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns in the air. He was 1st team All-State. He was the Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year. He was the MaxPreps Offensive Player of the Year. I’m sure I’m missing more awards, but you get the point.
Cam Martin sets MSSU record
March: Cam Martin again. I had so much fun getting to see this one in person. Martin hit a Missouri Southern record nine 3’s against Washburn in the NCAA Division II National Tournament, AND HE’S THEIR CENTER. Martin was 9-10 from three, finishing with 46 points and 11 rebounds.
Bedore game-winning three
January: Bre Bedore (Parsons) hits a game winner against St. Paul in the semifinals of the Southeast Lancer Classic. The shot gave the Vikings a 36-33 win and put them in the championship game of the tournament, which they would win to claim their first Lancer Classic championship.
Noah Southern touchdown vs. Ozark
September: This was a great play from Carl Junction’s Noah Southern. First, he made a one-handed grab. Then, somehow, managed to break out of the pile and get in the end zone.
Zach Parish sets record
May: Missouri Southern pitcher Zach Parish sets a new school record with 126 strikeouts on the year. Parish was named the MIAA Pitcher of the Year, leading the league in wins (8) and strikeouts.
Isaiah Grotjohn game-winner
February: Seneca’s Isaiah Grotjohn hits a game-winner with .6 left on the clock to lift the Indians over Mt. Vernon 51-49 in the semifinals of the district tournament.
Dariq to Davante’ alley-oop
January: Dariq Williams and Davante’ Yates (Parsons) hook up for the alley-oop against Fort Scott.
Faith Turner at the Jock’s Nitch Gorilla Relays
April: Pittsburg’s Faith Turner wins the 100m dash (12.57), long jump (18 ft, 2 in) and triple jump (37 ft) at the Jock’s Nitch Gorilla Relays at Pittsburg State University.
Goswick walk-off HR
April: Pitt State’s Makenzie Goswick (Joplin HS) hits a walk-off HR against Central Missouri, giving the Gorillas a 6-5 win over the Jennies.
Cory Heinz wins pro MMA debut
May: Joplin’s Cory Heinz wins his pro MMA debut, defeating Dalton Duncan at Kansas Crossing Casino (TKO, :50 Rd. 1)
Ty Gates opening kickoff TD
September: Frontenac’s Ty Gates takes the opening kickoff back 95 yards for the touchdown against CNC rival Colgan.