The Missouri high school spring sports postseason schedule concluded last weekend. Here are five memorable moments reflecting back on the playoffs the last few weeks.
1. Only two days after a tornado ripped through their town and ran directly through their school — abruptly ending the school year — three Orrick High School golfers qualified for the Missouri Class 1 state golf meet.
Senior Jacob Jennings, senior Mason Karnes and junior Tanner Werle posted the qualifying scores at the Class 1, Sectional 4 meet. Karnes placed 59th at the state tournament the following week, the best among the three.
The next weekend, Orrick junior Samantha Fulte won the long jump at the Missouri Class 1 girls state track and field championships in Jefferson City. She also placed second in the triple jump, second in the 100-meter hurdles and fifth in the 300 hurdles.
2. The Liberty boys golf team won the Suburban Gold Conference tournament and tied for the Missouri Class 4, Sectional 4 tournament crown on back-to-back weekends.
A year after three-time all-state player Zac Dittmer graduated, the Blue Jays still managed to qualify for the state tournament where they placed sixth. Freshman Sam Parrott found success in the stretch run. He tied for second at the conference tournament, tied for medalist honors at the sectional meet and then placed 14th at state.
Collin Schmidt, Braden Coates, Wayne Baker and Garrett Wiesner were also featured in the lineup.
3. Liberty North celebrated its first state championship in school history this spring when the boys track team shared the Missouri Class 3 championship with Grandview.
The Eagles were downright dominant in their relay performances at Lincoln University in Jefferson City — just as they had been all season. They won the 800- and 400-meter relays, were second in the 1,600 and took third in the 3,200.
Junior Andrew Madison was a star in the individual events. He captured gold in the 300- and 110-hurdles.
4. After she enjoyed a record-breaking regular season, North Kansas City junior Nekiesha Bailey won the Class 4 girls high jump state championship.
She broke a 37-year school record when she cleared the bar at 5 feet, 7 inches less than a month into the regular season. Two weeks later, she upped the ante, jumping 5-8 — the same mark that would earn her the state title in Jefferson City. She fell only one inch short of the state record, which was set in 2000.
5. The Excelsior Springs tennis team completed an undefeated regular season, won a district championship before losing to eventual Class 1 state runner-up Pembroke Hill in the state playoffs. The Tigers won their first 17 matches.
Two of the school's doubles teams also qualified for the Class 1, Sectional 7 tournament. The tandem of Austin Buck and Kyle Smith were narrowly beat out for a spot in the Class 1 state tournament. Collin O'Connel and Kyle King were also one match away from reaching state.