Cass County Sports

Signing day continues year of new traditions at St. Michael the Archangel

Belton’s Zach Pratt (front row, center) signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Maple Woods Community College.
Belton’s Zach Pratt (front row, center) signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Maple Woods Community College. Photo provided

It’s been a year of firsts at St. Michael the Archangel, and Caroline Meyers was thrilled to claim another of them.

Meyers and Danielle Jokerst became the first St. Michael seniors to sign national letters of intent to play collegiate sports during an afternoon ceremony April 11 at the school. Meyers signed to run cross country and track at UMKC, while Jokerst signed to play soccer at Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb.

“It’s really cool because we get to like set the tone for the rest of the years that this school is open,” Meyers said. “So, whenever people say, ‘This is how we’ve always done it,’ they’re talking about us and we started the tradition.”

Like many athletes at St. Michael, Meyers had to leave one tradition behind when the new Catholic high school in Lee’s Summit replaced Archbishop O’Hara. She was a three-time district cross country champion there as well as a six-time all-state selection track.

During last year’s Class 3 state track meet, she placed second in the girls 1,600 meters. Her two older brothers, J.D. and Danny, also ran for the Celtics.

“It was different at first because of the new building and new administration,” Meyers said. “But I’ve gotten used to it and I really like it. Kind of sad to leave.”

Meyers won’t be straying too far, however, even though UMKC seemed a little too close to home at first. That changed after she got a look at the school and the track program.

“I toured it and I liked the campus and I really liked the team and the coach,” Meyers said. “I actually like that it’s going to be close to home, so I think it’s going to be a really good fit.”

Jokerst also transferred from O’Hara, where she scored six goals with 14 assists last season. For her career, she has 16 goals and 50 assists.

Campbell chooses Sooners

Two-time state champion wrestler Brett Campbell of Summit Christian Academy signed with Oklahoma.

Campbell, the first state champion wrestler in the program’s four-year history, capped his Eagles’ career by going 58-0 and winning the Class 1 220-pound title. He won his last 115 matches.

Belton baseball players sign

Belton seniors Zach Pratt and Tanner Streiff both signed letters of intent to play baseball.

Pratt is headed to Maple Woods Community College, while Streiff will be attending Avila University.

Other signings

Chance Sullivan of Pleasant Hill signed to wrestle at Baker University.

Sullivan, a four-time state qualifier, finished his senior year 47-9 and took fifth place in the 138-pound division during the Class 2 state wrestling tournament.

Pleasant Hill’s Rebecca Latimer signed to play soccer at Berea College in Kentucky.

Finally, Raymore-Peculiar’s Samantha Curphey signed to play soccer at State Fair Community College and Kaydrin Quest signed with the the volleyball at Chadron State in Nebraska.