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April 22, 2014

816 notebook: Soccer tourney title a first for Summit Christian girls

High school news and notes on Summit Christian girls soccer, Eastern Jackson County baseball and statewide basketball awards.

The Summit Christian Academy girls soccer team made history over the weekend, capturing a tournament championship for the first time in school history. It came relatively easily, too.

The Eagles rolled over Grandview and Ruskin in pool play before defeating Pleasant Hill 4-1 last Saturday in the championship game of the Belton Invitational.

Summit Christian Academy improved its record to 7-2-1.

“Everyone really stepped up and played hard this weekend,” junior Madison Sallas said. “I am very excited for the rest of the season, and I feel like we have good potential.”

Sallas scored six goals during the tournament, a number bettered only by teammate Kassi Ginther, who scored 11, including a hat trick in the championship match. Rachel Bacon netted five goals.

“We made the necessary adjustments on the field to play against each team,” coach Amber Siemsen said. “The girls are skilled enough to make changes on the fly and be able to fill different roles on the field.”

Eastern Jackson baseball tourament

The Eastern Jackson County Mid-Season Classic began Monday and will conclude with a championship game at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Lee’s Summit, Belton, Blue Springs South, Truman and O’Hara are pooled together in Group A, while Lee’s Summit North, Summit Christian Academy, St. Joseph Central, Raytown and William Chrisman form Group B.

Blue Springs South is the top-ranked team in the tournament, checking in at No. 6 in Missouri Class 5 in

the latest Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association Poll. The Jaguars improved to 12-5 with a tournament-opening win against Truman on Monday.

The top teams from each pool will play for the tournament championship at 6 p.m. Thursday at Legacy Park in Lee’s Summit.

The third-place game will start at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, with the fifth-place, seventh-place and ninth-place games starting at 4 p.m. on neighboring fields at Legacy Park.

Show-Me Basketball finalists

Lee’s Summit West forward Monte Harrison and Grandview guard Tyrone Taylor are among 10 finalists for Mr. Show-Me Basketball, and Lee’s Summit North forward Imani Johnson is a finalist for Miss Show-Me Basketball. The winners of the awards, which are presented annually to the top senior basketball players in the state, will be revealed Sunday.

Monte Harrison posted 15.7 points and 5.9 rebounds for the Titans, who placed third in the Missouri Class 5 state tournament. He has signed with Nebraska to play football and baseball.

Taylor scored 20.9 points per game this season, breaking Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks’ career scoring mark at Grandview.

Johnson led Lee’s Summit North to the Missouri Class 5 state-championship game, averaging 17.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. She broke the Broncos’ all-time scoring mark this season.

All three players were named to The Star’s All-Metro first team.

Other finalists for Mr. Show-Me Basketball are Adam Roe (West Platte), Cody Geiger (Republic), Stefan Cox (Sedalia Sacred Heart), Chaz Glotta (Fort Zumwalt North of O’Fallon), Chris Kendrix (Willard), Jordan Barnett (Christian Brothers of St. Louis), Ronnie Suggs (Washington) and Chris Clark (Columbia Hickman).

In addition to Johnson, the finalists for Miss Show-Me Basketball include Monique Townson (Staley), Carrie Shephard (South Pemiscot of Steele), Lauren Aldridge (Marshfield), Hannah Cook (Ozark), Megan Rosenbohn (Nodaway Holt of Graham), Nakiah Bell (Incarnate Word of St. Louis), Bri Porter (Columbia Rock Bridge) and Mikaela Burgess (Webb City).

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