Month: May 2008

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” at Jordan Valley Park

I can’t think of a better way to spend an evening then Shakespeare in the Park. At least now that soccer is over, and even then I probably would have skipped most games. I highly recommend you pack a picnic dinner and head over to Jordan Valley Park to take in season 2 of the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production. Produced by Jeff Jenkins (Skinny Improv) and Marc Whitmore (Stonegate Creative), it was a lot of fun Thursday night when they opened.

More information here, show begins at 8:15 pm tonight and Sunday, as well as Thursday – Sunday next week. I’ll be back for a second helping.

Thanks to Pete Goia for sharing his photo of Bottom and The Mechanicals, during an interactive moment prior to the start of the show. dubai gay rights

Missouri Girls Soccer: Class 2 Southwest Region Honors

Glendale Falcons vs Lebanon Yellowjackets, District 11 Final.
Player of the Year – Lorin Opfer, Sr, Glendale (#4 in red)
Offensive Player of the Year – Katie Pritchard, Sr, Waynesville
Defensive Player of the Year – Ashley McWilliams, So, Glendale
Co-Keeper of the Year – Paige Hemphill, So, Ozark
Co-Keeper of the Year – Abbey Roam, Sr, Lebanon
Coach of the Year – Jeff Rogers, Glendale
Position – Player, Year – School
M – Kaitlin Bramel, Sr – Rolla
M – Emily Cline, Fr – Glendale
K – Paige Hemphill, So – Ozark
B – Megan Jenisch, So – Ozark
M – Katy McClain, Sr – Kickapoo
B – Ashley McWilliams, So – Glendale
M – Lorin Opfer, Sr – Glendale
F – Katie Pritchard, Sr – Waynesville
M – Brianna Ragains, Sr – Lebanon
K – Abbey Roam, Sr – Lebanon
F – Chealsey Russell, Sr – Kickapoo
M – Jaclyn Standfast, So – Rolla
M – Hanna Winkel, Jr – Lebanon

M – Becca Carter, Sr – Central
M – Erica Freiert, Jr – Kickapoo
F – Megan Gunnels, So – Ozark
M – Kelsey Haist, Fr – Nixa
M – Lauren Kelly, Sr – Waynesville
M – Jessica Maerz, So – Parkview
F – Shelby Murray, Jr – Neosho
K – Randi Russell, Sr – Joplin
F – Lindsey Sprouse, So – Glendale
F – Shelby Stewart, So – Parkview
M – Megan Stodden, So – Ozark
B – Sara Tindall, Sr – Neoshohigh end escorts nyc

Incarnate Word Will Face St Joe’s In Class 2 Final

Incarnate Word got a pair of goals from Blake Miller while winning 3-1 over St Teresa’s Academy this evening, advancing to the Final where they will face St Joseph’s Academy, 3-0 winners over Hazelwood Central. IWA vs STA was anticpated to be a titanic match up. Turns out it was Baer’s goal in the 4th minute (she got the header against Glendale) that was the game-winner.

St Dominic’s lost tonight, on a golden goal by Kathryn Robards in the 1st OT. Notre Dame de Sion got their revenge and will face Notre Dame (STL) who road a 1st half goal by Michelle Auer to the final.

Hey – anyone from Greenwood (they’re road tripping to the Final Saturday) want to submit a report and a photo from the game? I’ll be at the St Louis Lion’s game against the Des Moines Menace. best escort los angeles Names First All-Ozarks Freshman Squad

A common theme the past two seasons has been the increasing quality of the players who are advancing to the high school ranks. I wrote about it May 1st when I interviewed Natalie Smid and Rachel Scott of Springfield Catholic. I still remember the job that Ozark’s freshman did last year when the Tigers Opened Irish Eyes. Those sophomore players are now being clearly recognized as difference makers.

So I thought I’d tread some new ground and offer my personal take on a group of players that made a significant impact this year as freshman. I asked the coaches for their nominations, narrowed the list based upon my experience, and went back to the coaches a second time. My goal was to create a select list, a team that could come out and compete with some of the best in the region right now. I think we accomplished that with this group, the first of what I hope to make a regular effort. So here’s my All-Ozarks Freshman team.


Springfield Catholic vs Kickapoo ChiefsShelby Hatz, Springfield Catholic
Recognized as a 1st Team Regional player, Shelby wasted no time going forward and creating offensive opportunities for the Irish this year. Blessed with speed and attitude, she gave the Irish a a true 1-2 punch paired with Anna Delong up top. She delivered, scoring 19 goals (1st) and 51 (2nd) points with 13 (2nd) assists for the Irish. Shelby could develop into a top college prospect.

Glendale Falcons vs Kickapoo ChiefsMcKenna Adams, Kickapoo Chiefs
Didn’t show up on the varsity roster immediately for the Chiefs, but wasted no time in making an impact, scoring within minutes of coming on in the 2nd half against Rogers (AR) on March 29th. Her stats aren’t gaudy (6 goals and 4 assists this season) but defenses always knew when she had come in. McKenna earned Honorable Mention Ozark Conference and 2nd Team District recognition.

Bolivar Liberators vs Willard TigersJonna Welch, Bolivar Liberators
The photo tells the story of Jonna. The best forwards don’t have an off button and enter another zone when they reach the 18 yard box, much like Jonna. Jonna paired with Lindsy Archer up top and helped the Liberators reach the District final this year. She has the best shot in this group and was the leading scorer for the Liberators with 19 goals. Jonna is a 1st Team Central Region player.


Glendale Falcons vs Incarnate Word Red Knights, QuarterfinalEmily Cline, Glendale Falcons
1st team, All-Ozark Conference, the only freshman to earn that distinction and one of the best athletes in the region. Emily has speed, leaping ability and was the leading scorer on the top Class 2 program in the region. 22 goals, 10 assists for 54 points, it’s her willingness to cover the flank defensively as well that makes her the most valuable player in this group.

Springfield Catholic beat Glendale Falcons in PK'sNatalie Smid, Springfield Catholic
Every team needs a playmaker, a two-way player with the technical skills and vision to bring the best out in their teammates. Natalie distinguished herself in that regard this year, exceeded in Class 1 only by her teammate Tara Bailes. It’s the most important position on the field and it will be her job next year. Natalie earned 1st Team Central Region recognition.

Parkview Vikings host Greenwood Blue JaysKelsey Loderhose, Parkview Vikings
One of several players on this list that was called on to deliver from a variety of positions this year, her most valuable contribution to the Vikings this year was when she moved into the middle. Kelsey’s work rate and tackling skills solidified the defense. Her attacking skills are top notch as well. Ozark Conference and District Honorable Mention honors.

Coach Mike Howard, Rolla Bulldogs, Wins 500th GameEllen Spooner, Rolla Bulldogs
One of two players described by their Coach as being needed on the field, which translated to playing every position but goalkeeper as the season progressed. Ellen’s ability to contribute across all of these roles is the foundation of a good midfielder and the reason she made this team at that position. Scored 8 goals while contributing 5 assists, she was 4th on the team in total points.


Kickapoo Chiefs vs Camdenton LakersKate Bess, Kickapoo Chiefs
Like her teammate McKenna, Kate was not on the early season rosters at Chiefs games but she was on the pitch. The best defenders are almost invisible in the sense that you may not notice them until they screw up. Kate was solid, reliable and when the Chiefs needed some players to step up in a season filled with injuries, she was there the entire season.

Springfield Catholic vs Bolivar Liberators Andrea Parker, Springfield Catholic
This is a player I neglected to recognize all season but will be a name to be reckoned with for the next three years. Playing primarily as a stopper in front of Anne Prenger, her skills and work rate gave the Irish another midfielder effectively. Look for her to step into Prenger’s position as sweeper next year, and continue the Irish dominance in the region. 2nd Team District honors.

Kickapoo Chiefs vs Camdenton LakersKali Kuse, Camdenton Lakers
A number of teams established new levels of achievement this season, and those improvements always start with defense. The Laker’s saw their goals allowed this year drop significantly, and it started with their sweeper. As important as Kali’s technical skills was her calmness under pressure, a quiet confidence that reflected onto her back line mates and helped Camdenton reach a new level of wins.

Glendale Falcons vs Ozark TigersJayme Braun, Ozark Tigers
The second player on this list who was called upon to play every position but goalie for her team. Working primarily as an outside midfielder and outside defender, Jayme left it all on the field. Equally comfortable in the attack or going in for a hard tackle, she helped establish a new attitude for the Tigers that will enhance their pursuit of the first ever Central Ozark Conference title next season. 2nd Team District honors.


Springfield Catholic beat Glendale Falcons in PK'sRachel Scott, Springfield Catholic
What can you say about the goal keeper that helped lead the Irish to their first ever “Springfield City Championship”? With wins over Kickapoo and Glendale, she established herself as one of the top keepers in the region, regardless of class. MVP GK, Central Region honors, she finished 16-5-2 with 12 shutouts.

    Honorable Mention

Alex Cantrell, Marshfield Blue Jays, Forward
Alex is likely to set scoring records for the Blue Jays as her career progresses. 1st Team District honors.

Kelsey Haist, Nixa Eagles, Midfield
Asked to move to central midfield for the first time in her career, Kelsey earned 1st Team District honors for her work. She scored 7 goals, had 1 assist and was the second leading scorer after Stephanie Allen. Update – Honorable Mention Southwest Region!

Carsen Baron, Springfield Catholic, Midfield
A player who played every position except forward, she could develop into one of the best holding midfielders. Great long range shooting ability. 2nd Team District honors, Carsen had 6 assists and 5 goals this year.

McKenzie Payton, Parkview Vikings, Defender
One of only four freshman on the Ozark Conference list, McKenzie earned 2nd Team honors and is a relentless outside defender. 2nd Team Ozark Conference and Honorable Mention District honors.

Kristin Miller, Nixa Eagles, Goalkeeper
Helped keep the Eagles close in every game this year, will be part of an Eagles team that will need her after losing their top 2 career scoring leaders (Yach 2007, Allen 2008). elite escort agency

Missouri Girls Soccer: Class 1 Southwest All-Region Team

Class 1 Southwest All-Region Team

Region MVP – Tara Bailes, Catholic
Region Offensive MVP- Anna DeLong, Catholic
Region Defensive MVP – Anne Prenger, Catholic
Region GK MVP – Rachel Scott, Catholic
Region Coach of the Year – Ben Timson, Catholic

Lindsy Archer, Senior, Forward, Bolivar
Anna DeLong, Junior, Forward, Catholic
Shelby Hatz, Freshman, Forward, Catholic
Jonna Welch, Freshman, Forward, Bolivar
Tara Bailes, Senior, Midfielder, Catholic
Janine Bird, Senior, Midfield, Willard
Jordan Halbrook, Junior, Midfield, Bolivar
Patsy Middleton, Senior, Midfield, Willard
Maddy Renner, Junior, Midfield, Catholic
Katie Shannon, Sophomore, Midfield, West Plains
Natalie Smid, Freshman, Midfield, Catholic
Shelbie Kirby, Junior, Defender, Bolivar
Beth Kittle, Junior, Defender, West Plains
Anne Prenger, Senior, Defender, Catholic
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