Missouri won the 2013 Junior Four-State Championship Cup golf tournament — a two-round event late last month at Manhattan Country Club that also included teams from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas — but it needed considerable help from across the state line to get it done.
The Missouri squad, which was put together by the Missouri Women’s Golf Association (an organization that allows players from Johnson County to participate), included former St. Thomas Aquinas stars Jordan Chael and Baile Winslow along with Blue Valley junior-to-be Jean Tyrrell.
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Led by Chael, who took top individual honors with a two-round 150, Missouri crushed the field, totaling 614 strokes and beating runner-up Iowa by 38 shots.
Chael, who signed with Nebraska, opened with a 74 and followed up with a 76, nipping Missouri teammate Brooke Cusumano (St. Louis) by a single stroke for the individual gold.
Tyrrell shot back-to-back 80s for Missouri, while Winslow, who signed with Northern Colorado, shot 88 and 87.
The fourth-place Kansas team was led by De Soto junior-to-be Brittani Jensen, who shot 84 and 82.
All-America softball honors
Four players from metropolitan Kansas City were among 48 players nationwide selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association High School All-American teams, which were announced June 28.
Olathe East junior ace Allison Stewart, who struck out 164 in 90 1/3 innings and played first base when not pitching, was selected to the second team after helping the Hawks to a second consecutive Class 6A championship.
Olathe North sophomore catcher Maddie McCracken also made the second team, while Stewart’s teammate, second baseman Elizabeth Leonard, and Winnetonka shortstop Rylee Bayless were third-team selections.
Stewart, a two-time Gatorade Kansas softball player of the year and Arkansas commit, also was a first-team MaxPreps Softball All-America selection at first base.
Hawks teammate Jenni Brooks, a senior pitcher/first baseman who signed with Wichita State, was picked to the MaxPreps All-America second team. She was 11-0 with 0.83 ERA as a pitcher and batted .627.
Lacrosse All-Americans announced
Two Johnson County players were selected Wednesday as U.S. Lacrosse High School All-Americans.
Shawnee Mission East junior defender Mackey Merrill and Blue Valley West junior goalie Logan Moore were among 206 players chosen for the honor nationwide.
Meanwhile, Lee’s Summit West senior attacker Tyler Reid was one of 101 U.S. Lacrosse All-Academic honorees.
Local foundation receives USTA grant
The charitable foundation of the United States Tennis Association, USTA Serves, has awarded the Lenexa-based Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation a $10,000 grant.
The Stephanie Waterman Tennis Foundation was started in memory of Stephanie Waterman, a Georgetown tennis player who was killed by studying abroad in Senegal.
Waterman was a champion of using tennis to connect with disadvantaged children and the grant will be used to help fund a year-round fundamental skills camp, which also includes the First Serve Life Skills Curriculum, for Kansas City-area children.
The money will be used to pay part-time instructors, rent indoor facilities and pay league fees as well as provide teaching aids and transportation.