Year-in-review: Top sports moments of 2019
It was a great year for local sports in the 4-state area.
2019 was a memorable year for sports in the 4-State area. Below are a few of the best local sports moments in 2019.
The Brooke Bearden Story
April: Liberal High School senior Brooke Bearden returned to the diamond just six months after suffering a stroke, catching the first pitch and scoring a run on senior night.
October: ESPN comes to Liberal to celebrate Bearden’s spirit and perseverance.
The Joplin Eagles honor Kadin Roberts-Day
September: Just three days after the death of teammate Kadin Roberts-Day, The Joplin Eagles top Webb City in week two of the football season. Joplin went on to finish as the Missouri Class 6 runner-up.
Frontenac’s Riley McDaniel claims state wrestling championship
February: Frontenac senior Riley McDaniel claims the school’s first ever wrestling state championship, winning a 138 lb title.
Carthage claims first football state championship
December: The Carthage Tigers defeat Jackson in overtime to claim their first ever football state championship.
Swims, Parish and Darnell dominate MIAA awards
May: Missouri Southern’s Zach Parish (Pitcher of the Year), Dexter Swims (Freshman of the Year) and Bryce Darnell (Coach of the Year) dominate the MIAA baseball awards.
Trey White reaches 1,000 career points
January: Baxter Springs High School senior Trey White tops 1,000 career points for the Lions.
Frontenac softball wins 3A state championship
May: The Frontenac Raiders claim the 3A state softball championship, their second state title in four years.
Nena Taylor reaches 1,000 career points
January: Parsons High School senior Nena Taylor eclipses 1,000 career points for the Vikings. Taylor is a freshman at Division I Oral Roberts.
Pitt State wins NCBA Division II World Series
May: The Pittsburg State Gorillas claim the NCBA Division II World Series, their first in program history. Jordan Miller was the World Series MVP for Pitt State. Miller tossed a shutout against Air Force in the championship game, and threw 14 shutout innings total for the Gorillas in the tournament with 18 strikeouts.
Colgan softball wins state title
May: The Colgan Panthers claim the 2A state softball title, beating Oskaloosa 10-7. Colgan finished the year with a 24-2 overall record. Sophia Piccini and Kaitlin Crossland were huge for Colgan in the championship game. Piccini went 3-5 at the plate with a double and 4 RBI. Crossland went 3-4 with a grand slam and 4 RBI
Shelby Lopez tops 1,000 career points
January: Pitt State senior Shelby Lopez reaches 1,000 career points for the Gorillas. Lopez finished with 1,089 career points, and is third all-time with 210 career 3’s made in her Pitt State women’s basketball career.
Girard boys win state championship
March: The Girard boys win their first ever state championship, beating Beloit 49-45 in the title game. (Video Courtesy: KWCH)
Katie Scott reaches 1,000 career points
January: Carl Junction High School junior Katie Scott scores her 1,000th career point for the Bulldogs. Scott, who is in her senior season at CJ, is committed to Division II Drury.
Webb City football claims 15th state championship
December: The Webb City Cardinals claimed their 15th football state championship, beating Platte County 48-0 in the Class 4 title game.
Kaylee DaMitz named MIAA Freshman of the Year
March: Pitt State point guard Kaylee Damitz earns MIAA Freshman of the Year honors after posting 9.1 ppg and 4.6 apg. She finished the season with 130 total assists, which was second-most in the MIAA, and led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1).
Delaney Barnes reaches 1,000 career points
February: Baxter Springs junior Delaney Barnes tops 1,000 career points for the Lions.