top row left to right (high school in parentheses):Victor Hernandez (Webb City), Brianna McKenzie (Webb City), Jimmy Horner (Neosho), Bob McDermid (coach, Joplin), John McDermid (Joplin), Jake Shaffer (Webb City), T.J. Martin (Webb City), Andy Brown (Joplin), Mark Medlin (Joplin), Justin Rogers (Springfield Glendale) Front row (left to right) Jason Putnam (Joplin), Josh Jespersen (Neosho), Christian Hernandez (Joplin), Drew Henderson (Webb City), Aaron Tracy (Neosho), Kyler Temple (Springfield Kickapoo), T.C. Ross (Joplin), T. J. Miner (Ozark)
Congratulations to the Southwest MO Lightning who took U16 Second Place honors at the recent Show-Me Games in Columbia. The team went 2-0-1 in their bracket, and advanced to the finals over the Independent Puma club on a special PK tie-breaker shoot out. In the finals, the team lost 0-2 to the KC United club. From Coach Bob McDermid
Our first tourament was the Show-Me Games three years ago. That team was pretty much my Ozark Soccer League team with players from 2 other league teams. We won the U14s that year and I thought that might be the first and last tournament for this group but the players encouraged me to keep the group together and we have played 2-3 tourmanemts each fall and spring (except last fall with the players being in high school we could only get one fall tournament in). We have played in the KC Cup, St. Pat’s, Autumn Blast, Salsa and Joplin Tournament as well as other regional tournaments.