Semoball Awards Winners
Poplar Bluff senior, 2016 winnerThe SEMO Conference Player of the Year and Mizzou signee — though he may be drafted before he gets to campus — had an OPS (on-base + slugging) of 1.422 while hitting .413, driving in 25 runs and scoring 36. He had nine doubles, eight triples, six home runs and 24 stolen bases. As a pitcher he was 4-2 with a 2.48 ERA, 48 strikeouts and 27 walks.
Notre Dame senior, 2015 winnerUrhahn tied the school record in runs scored with 42 and was the leadoff hitter and left fielder on a Bulldogs team that won the Class 4 state championship. He batted .421 and set a school record in steals with 39.
Notre Dame senior, 2014 winnerHaggerty was superior as a senior for a Notre Dame team that advanced to the Class 4 state quarterfinals two years in a row. He batted .531 and had a school-record 52 hits, seven triples and 42 runs scored as a senior. He also had 27 RBIs and 18 stolen bases.
Sikeston, sophomore, 2016 winnerThatch was the best player on one of the area’s standout teams, as the Bulldogs earned their way to the Class 4 final four, earning conference and district championships along the way. The 6-3 Thatch averaged 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.5 steals per game while being named the MBCA Class 4 Player of the Year.
New Madrid County Central senior, 2015 winnerThe 5-foot-9 guard cast a big shadow for an Eagles team that reached the Class 3 final four, averaging 24 ppg and 3.0 rpg. He shot 58 percent from the field, and his accolades range from all-SEMO Conference to all-state to Class 3 Player of the Year.
Charleston junior, 2014 winnerBogan led the Bluejays to the Class 3 quarterfinals while collecting 24.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.8 assists per game as a junior. He shot 46 percent from behind the arc and made 76 percent of his free throws.
Saxony Lutheran, 2015 and 2016 winnerThe reigning Semoball Girls Basketball Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year had a banner final season for the Crusaders — Class 3 state runners-up — putting up 16.3 points per game, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from long range. Her 81 percent from the free-throw line is the best among Semoball Award finalists.
South Pemiscot senior, 2014 winnerShephard averaged a triple-double this year. She averaged 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds a game while leading her team to a district title. She has signed to play at the University of Missouri next season.
Boys Cross Country
St. Vincent, senior, 2016 winnerKrauss was the top runner on an Indians team that finished second in Class 1. He finished third at the state meet with a time of 17:03.11 and was crowned district champion with a time of 17:01. He also placed 14th at the conference meet in 17:18.44.
Jackson senior, 2015 winnerJeffers claimed first place at the SEMO Conference and Class 4 District 1 meets. He led the Indians to their first district championship in decades and earned all-state honors with a 22nd-place finish in 16:22 at the state meet to close out his senior campaign.
Jackson senior, 2014 winnerUnderwood, who made remarkable and steady progress during his four seasons with the Indians, won the SEMO Conference meet and posted a time of 16:53.34 at state, which was good for 46th in Class 4.
Girls Cross Country
Jackson, senior, 2016 winnerKnott became the Indians’ No. 1 runner when Drum was hindered by illness, and she responded by placing eighth at the Class 4 state meet with a time of 19:02.89 and guiding the team to a fourth-place finish in the team standings. The Southeast Missouri State signee also won the district title with a time of 19:16.81.
Jackson junior, 2014 and 2015 winnerDrum, the defending Semoball Awards Girls Cross Country runner of the year, finished first at the Class 4 District 1 meet to lead a Jackson to the title. The junior, who also was the SEMO Conference champion, finished ninth in 18:39 at the state meet to earn all-state honors.
Football - Defense
Poplar Bluff, senior, 2016 winnerHaley was the top priority for opposing offenses each time he stepped on the field. He won the Moore Trophy, the award given to the top defender in the conference, and broke the school record for tackles in a season with 153 stops — 23 for loss. He finished the season as a Second Team All-State selection.
Jackson senior, 2015 winnerHobeck, the SEMO Conference defensive player of the year, recorded 65 tackles and assisted on 12. He had 20 tackles for loss, 11 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered three fumbles and broke up two passes as a senior.
Poplar Bluff senior, 2014 winnerThe senior defensive lineman made 91 tackles for the Mules, including 19 for a loss of yards. He also had seven sacks and was named the SEMO Conference’s most outstanding defensive player after the season.
Football - Offense
Cape Central, 2015 and 2016 winnerThe most decorated athlete in school history, Young was the Carr Trophy winner and was the SEMO Conference’s scoring champion for the second consecutive season. He finished with 1,764 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns on 154 touches and was named First Team All-State by both media and coaches.
Caruthersville senior, 2014 winnerMonroe, the Carr Trophy winner, remarkably ran for 1,430 yards on just 130 carries for the Tigers. He compiled 20 touchdowns on the ground and another five through the air while catching 12 passes for 433 yards.
Advance, senior, 2016 winnerWhitson has made a major impact on the Hornet golf program. In 2016, the all-state golfer shot a 75 to finish second in a rain-shortened Class 1 state tournament and was the medalist in the Class 1 sectional tournament, leading Advance to a team title. He had five total medalist finishes, and will continue his career at John A. Logan College.
Sikeston senior, 2015 winnerWheeler placed fourth at the Class 3 tournament and second at the SEMO Conference large schools tournament. He finished second at the sectional tournament and tied for eighth in the Class 3 District 1 tournament.
Central senior, 2014 winnerSimmons outdueled Notre Dame’s Jack Litzelfelner to earn the SEMO Conference title and shared the Class 4 District 1 individual title. He capped his season with a sixth-place finish at the Class 4 state tournament.
Perryville, senior, 2016 winnerA midfielder with a high work rate, Wood not only orchestrated things in the middle of the park for the Class 2 runner-up, but also scored 15 times while assisting on 13 tallies. He was the Conference and Region Player of the Year as well as a First Team All-Conference, All-District, All-Region and All-State selection.
Perryville senior, 2015 winnerSchlichting scored 17 goals and posted 28 assists, which is tied for most assists in the state, during the Pirates’ state championship season. The senior midfielder and captain also was a first-team all-state selection in Class 2.
Perryville junior, 2014 winnerDobbelare was a standout star in goal. He recorded 17 shutouts and was named all-region goalkeeper of the year for the Pirates, who advanced to the Class 2 quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Saxony Lutheran, senior, 2016 winnerAfter missing her junior year due to injury, Brune was the heart of another title-winning Saxony side. A versatile player often put wherever her team needed her most, she scored 18 goals and posted 17 assists, scoring three goals in the final four. Brune will play Division 1 soccer at Troy (Ala.) next year.
Jackson senior, 2014 and 2015 winnerNelson is the reigning Semoball Awards Girls Soccer Player of the Year. After transferring from Notre Dame, the Southeast Missouri State signee led the Indians with a team-high 21 goals. She also had 17 assists.
Portageville, senior, 2015 and 2016 winnerThe reigning Semoball Softball Player of the Year is back at it. Tiffany hit .421 with eight doubles, three triples and five stolen bases, but her legacy remains in the pitching circle, where she went 25-4 with a 0.42 ERA and 404 strikeouts — the only pitcher in Missouri history to top the 400 mark. She broke her own single-season K record and was a first-team All-State pick.
Kelly sophomore, 2014 winnerDock dominated the opposition as a sophomore to propel the Hawks to the Class 2 final four for the second year in a row and 15th time in school history. She was 10-3 with a 1.57 ERA and 94 strikeouts while hitting .514 with 23 RBIs.
Boys Swimming & Diving
Cape Central, 2015 and 2016 winnerDavis is the reigning Semoball Awards Boys Swimmer of the Year and placed in the top-five in all four of his events at state. He took second in the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.64 and was fourth in the 100 backstroke in 51.41. The Tigers finished third as a team at state for the first time in school history.
Notre Dame senior, 2014 winnerThe senior finished 21st in the 100 butterfly in the state meet, marking the highest finish for an athlete from the semoball.com coverage area for the season. He also finished 30th in the 200 IM and was a member of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Girls Swimming & Diving
Poplar Bluff, sophomore, 2016 winnerThe Show Me Conference meet’s MVP for a second straight season, Norwood was the conference champion in the 200-yard individual medley, 100 butterfly and a pair of relays while helping the Mules to a team title for the first time. She was the first swimmer in the conference to ever qualify for state in every individual event, and went on to finish seventh in both the 200 IM (2:09.73) and 100 fly (58.12), while swimming a leg in the 200 medley relay that qualified for the consolation final.
Jackson, 2014 and 2015 winnerPalmer became the first girls swimmer in school history to win a state title when she finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.09. She also claimed a third-place finish at state in the 100 butterfly.
Poplar Bluff, junior, 2016 winnerThe Mules No. 1, Siddiqui had a strong season in singles play before finding himself hurt during the postseason, when he went 2-2. During the regular season he won the singles title at the Poplar Bluff Tournament and finished second at the Farmington Tournament.
Dexter junior, 2015 winnerFlowers and teammate Noah Kronk were 17-6 in doubles play and finished eighth at the state tournament. Flowers was 9-2 as the Bearcats’ No. 1 singles player.
Cape Central sophomore, 2014 winnerMailes earned an all-state finish at the Class 2 individual state tournament despite being the youngest player in the field. He finish seventh in the state’s largest class and was also a individual and team district champion.
Kennett, junior, 2016 winnerHilburn qualified for the state tournament for a third straight year, was district champion for a third consecutive campaign and finished her season with a record of 23-4. The Indians’ No. 1 player was a district champion and defeated Notre Dame’s Carly Hopkins twice in three meetings.
Notre Dame junior, 2015 winnerHopkins posted 13-0 records in both singles and doubles play during the regular season. She teamed with Maddie Walker to advance to the Class 1 state tournament in doubles play. The pair finished seventh at state.
Kennett junior, 2014 winnerShetley was the No. 1 singles player for the Indians this season and a member of their No. 1 doubles team. She advanced to the state singles tournament with an 18-3 record and was vital to Kennett’s run to state as a team.
Boys Track & Field
Malden, senior, 2016 winnerKnown for his two-way football exploits — he’ll play for Southeast Missouri State in the fall — Thompson also did the double in field events, winning Class 2 state titles in both the shot put (53 feet) and discus (158 feet, 7 inches).
Kelly junior, 2015 winnerDavis sprinted to a Class 2 championship in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.97. He also finished fifth at state in the 200-meter dash (22.91) and sixth at state in the 100-meter relay.
Charleston senior, 2014 winnerWare collected some hardware at the Class 2 state meet. He earned all-state honors with second-place finishes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with times of 11.17 and 22.7 seconds, respectively. He also was part of an 800-meter state champion relay team.
Girls Track & Field
Dexter, senior, 2016 winnerA standout in three sports, Waldner capped things off int he spring with a great track campaign, taking a Class 3 state title in the 300-meter hurdles (43.61) as well as well as third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles and long jump. She was the district champ in all three events, and sectional winner in both hurdle events. She also qualified for state in the 200.
Poplar Bluff senior, 2015 winnerBrimlett was a state champion in the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles, helping lead the Mules to a Class 4 team championship. She also finished second in the long jump and third in the triple jump.
Jackson senior, 2014 winnerMaddox successfully defended her Class 4 state title in the pole vault with a height of 12 feet, 6 inches at the state meet. She finished her senior season undefeated, finishing first in every meet she competed in.
Notre Dame, senior, 2016 winnerMcAlister concluded her senior year with a single-season school record 493 kills and was honored as the SEMO Conference Player of the Year. She also had 183 digs and 52 aces in earning First Team All-District and All-Region and Second Team All-State honors.
Dexter senior, 2015 winnerLindsey finished with a team-high 287 kills and 72 block kills for the Class 3 District 1 champion Bearcats. She posted a 99.6 serving percentage and had 138 digs on her way to second-team all-state honors. She will play next year at Mineral Area College.
Leopold junior, 2014 winnerPetty, a threat from any position on the court, played a combination of middle blocker and setter for the Wildcats in their final four season. She finished with 309 kills, 301 assists, 116 digs, 44 blocks and 29 aces.
Jackson, senior, 2016 winnerByrd navigated the Class 4 state championship bracket to finish fourth at 126 pounds, where he was also district runner-up and SEMO Conference champion. He went to state for a third time and finished his season with a 52-7 record.
Jackson senior, 2015 winnerReisenbichler missed most of his final season because of a broken hand but returned to finish third at 113 at the Class 4 state championships. He finished the season 15-1 and became the second wrestler in school history to earn all-state honors four straight seasons.
Dexter senior, 2014 winnerWaldner finished his high school career with the Class 2 138-pound state championship. He finished the season with a 40-3 record and was 139-32 in high school while qualifying for the state meet all four years.
Gideon, 2016 Coach of the YearNot only was Buchanan the school’s principal and athletic director, he also led the boys basketball program to its first apperance in the final four, despite a midseason courtside health scare for the coach. The Bulldogs finished third in Class 1. Buchanan also coached the baseball team to a district title in the spring.
Scott County Central, 2015 Coach of the YearThe Braves won their second consecutive state title in Staple’s third and final year leading the Braves. SCC’s state-record 18th title came after being bumped up to Class 2 and with a short roster.
Dexter Girls Basketball, 2014 Coach of the YearAllen’s team reached the Class 4 state final four in consecutive years and made it to the championship game for the first time in school history this year, finishing second in the state. Allen was named the SEMO Conference Coach of the Year as well as the Class 4 Coach of the Year by the Missouri Sportswriters and Broadcasters.
Poplar Bluff, 2016 Comeback Athlete of the YearIn 2015, Johnson was only two games into the soccer season when she suffered bleeding on her brain. The scary injury kept her out for the entire season, but didn’t knock her down for good. She returned this spring to set school records for both goals and assists while helping the Mules to a district title.
Jackson, 2015 Comeback Athlete of the YearFollowing an offseason knee surgery, an injury he’d wrestled with and finished fourth in state as a junior, Reisenbichler broke his hand and missed the first several weeks of his senior season. Upon his return to the mat he earned all-state honors with a third-place finish in Class 4.
Leopold, 2014 Comeback Athlete of the YearFour-year varsity starter Denai Arnzen tore her ACL for a second time and had to have surgery just months before the start of her senior volleyball season at Leopold. But Arnzen rehabbed quickly and earned all-conference, all-district, all-region and all-state honorable mention honors as she helped her team reach the Class 1 state championship game.
Bloomfield, 2016 Sportsmanship AwardOn a team that went to the Class 2 boys basketball final four, Battles was the epitome of sportsmanship. Against Campbell, he was physically manhandled and fouled, but after the game approached the players responsible, shook their hands and graciously accepted an apology, maintaining his cool and sporting attitude even in the face of unsporting behavior. He was also Bloomfield’s first four-sport athlete, student body president and academic standout.
2015 Sportsmanship AwardHimmelberg, who was part of the Bulldogs’ state champion baseball team and third-place basketball team, suggested to coach Jeff Graviett that his injured teammate, Derek Hulshof, pinch hit for him late in Notre Dame’s championship game. Hulshof, who had torn his ACL early in basketball season, got an RBI single to conclude his senior year.
Kennett, 2014 Sportsmanship AwardWallace’s story includes a comeback, but it was his attitude throughout dealing with the injury that helped make him a finalist for this award. After a preseason injury ended his senior football season before it started, he never stopped supporting his teammates, never complained and eventually had an all-SEMO Conference baseball season.
Scholar Athlete - Male
Bell City, 2016 Male Scholar Athlete of the YearMaddox put together a well-rounded resume that showcases his leadership qualities in the classroom as well as in the locker room. He was a key figure in baseball, basketball and track for the Cubs, helping the baseball team to a second consecutive Class 1 state champion. He was Bell City’s Student of the Year in 2015-16 and kept himself busy with the academic team, prep club, FBLA, FCCLA, Student Council and National Beta Club. He posted an 11.5 GPA on an 11-point scale.
Woodland, 2015 Male Scholar Athlete of the YearAs the valedictorian of his class with a 4.4 GPA at Woodland, Reynolds managed to balance academics and the responsibilities of a four-sport athlete. While completing 29 credit hours from Southeast Missouri State, he managed to also earn all-state cross country honors back-to-back years. Named to numerous all-district, all-region, and all-conference teams, Garret showed leadership that other students will emulate for years to come.
Malden, 2014 Scholar Athlete of the YearBeing the National President of Beta Club didn’t prevent Darren Green from from earning a 4.0 GPA and excelling in baseball at Malden. While leading the national organization whose alumni include Bill Clinton, Diane Sawyer and Kevin Durant, he was inducted into many academic honor societies and was named all-conference in three of his four years as well as all-state his junior year.
Scholar Athlete - Female
Perryville, 2016 Female Scholar Athlete of the YearHer class’ salutatorian, Nelson was also an accomplished violinist and saxophonist, volunteered her time as a youth sports official and graduated with a 4.0 ERA. On the field, Nelson played softball, basketball and soccer for the Pirates, captaining the soccer and softball teams and earning all-district nods in both.
Kennett, 2015 Female Scholar Athlete of the YearA leader not only on the court, but also in her classroom and community, Kennett’s Kate Shetley strives to go above and beyond. Volunteering in multiple organizations while also managing to earn numerous tennis, basketball and cheerleading accolades, she still attained a 4.24 GPA. Through her many accomplishments and ambitions, she is what athletes at Kennett strive to be.
Athlete of the Year - Male
Malden, senior, 2016 Male Athlete of the YearKnown for his two-way football exploits — he’ll play for Southeast Missouri State in the fall — Thompson also did the double in field events, winning Class 2 state titles in both the shot put (53 feet) and discus (158 feet, 7 inches).
Cape Central, 2015 Male Athlete of the YearThe most decorated athlete in school history, Young was the Carr Trophy winner and was the SEMO Conference’s scoring champion for the second consecutive season. He finished with 1,764 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns on 154 touches and was named First Team All-State by both media and coaches.
Kennett, 2014 Male Athlete of the YearMitchell was a standout in the SEMO Conference, averaging 24.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 3.1 steals a game for the Indians during his senior season before being sidelined by an injury late in the year.
Athlete of the Year - Female
Dexter, senior, 2016 Female Athlete of the YearA standout in three sports, Waldner capped things off int he spring with a great track campaign, taking a Class 3 state title in the 300-meter hurdles (43.61) as well as well as third-place finishes in the 100 hurdles and long jump. She was the district champ in all three events, and sectional winner in both hurdle events. She also qualified for state in the 200.
Saxony Lutheran, 2015 Female Athlete of the YearThe reigning Semoball Girls Basketball Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year had a banner final season for the Crusaders — Class 3 state runners-up — putting up 16.3 points per game, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 49 percent from the field and 43 percent from long range. Her 81 percent from the free-throw line is the best among Semoball Award finalists.
South Pemiscot senior, 2014 Female Athlete of the YearShephard averaged a triple-double this year. She averaged 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds a game while leading her team to a district title. She has signed to play at the University of Missouri next season.