High School Sports

Scholar-Athlete: A look back at 2004 overall winners

Larry Hall
Larry Hall


Toni Picerno,

Lee’s Summit

RESIDENCE: Wilmington, Delaware

CURRENTLY: Graduated from medical school last year and is a Obstetrics and Gynecology first-year resident in Newark. Delaware. She’s hoping to do a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology.

FAMILY: Single and in a relationship.

HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked fourth in her class of 584 with a 4.3 grade-point average. She was first female at Lee’s Summit High School to earn 12 varsity letters, with four each in cross country, basketball and track. All-state in cross country and track. Tutored special-needs students. Homecoming queen.

COLLEGE: Attended Webster University in St. Louis, then transferred and graduated from Maryville University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s of science in biology. Played basketball at both collegess. Set single season assist record at Webster. Went to NCAA Div III national tournament three years.

SPORTS NOW: Recreational jogging.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE MEMORY: “I was shocked initially. It was a really proud moment because of the empahis on academics and being a good athlete was important to me. The first-pitch ceremony at the Royals game was fun. I was nervous and was so glad I got it over home plate.”


1984: Suzanne Meyer, Center

1985: Angela Cox, Olathe North

1986: Gretchen Prather, Liberty

1987: Tricia Lillygren, Raytown South

1988: Lisa Arel, Lee’s Summit

1989: Melanie Ornes, Lee’s Summit

1990: Amy Fowler, Bishop Miege

1991: Amy Cook, Lansing

1992: Angie Popek, SM Northwest

1993: Lisa Petty, Lawson

1994: Lisa Davies, Oak Grove

1995: Lindsay Thornton, SM West

1996: Kelly Andre, SM Northwest

1997: Elizabeth Baker, Pembroke Hill

1998: Lauren Jackson, North Kansas City

1999: Andrea Tietjen, Excelsior Springs

2000: Katherine Hoffman, Notre Dame de Sion

2001: Shea Swoboda, Winnetonka

2002: Jill Tyner, St. Pius X

2003: Tegan Stuart, Raymore-Peculiar

2004: Toni Picerno, Lee’s Summit

2005: Katie Martincich, Bishop Miege

2006: Erin Birmingham, Park Hill South

2007: Ali Pistora, Tonganoxie

2008: Allison Mayfield, St. Thomas Aquinas

2009: Morgan Johnson, Platte County

2010: Megan Yohe, Liberty

2011: Alexandra Keane, Notre Dame de Sion

2012: Lexie Oak, St. Pius X

2013: Cassie Wait, Gardner-Edgerton

Larry Hall,



CURRENTLY: Attorney at Sandberg Phoenix and Von Gontard P.C. law firm in St. Louis, focusing on transportation litigation.

FAMILY: Married for three years. Two dogs.

HIGH SCHOOL: Ranked third in his class of 134 with a 4.2 grade-point average. Earned 12 varsity letters, four each in soccer and baseball, three in basketball and one in football. Attended Boys State, was an Eagle Scout and was member of award-winning marching band.

COLLEGE: Graduated magna cum laude from Truman State in 2008 with a bachelor’s of science in Justice System. Played four years of baseball. On MIAA Commisioner’s honor roll as a senior. Alumni of Missouri Law School.

SPORTS NOW: Plays softball in a lawyers league and golfs recreationally.

SCHOLAR-ATHLETE MEMORY: “I remember throwing the first pitch (at Royals game) over Jimmy Gobble’s head. The neatest thing I remember is that when you’re a Scholar-Athlete, there’s so many teachers, coaches and family members who helped you along the way who got to enjoy the experience with me.”


1984: Danny Bellus, Washington

1985: Marlon Washington, Schlagle

1986: Brad Hinkle, Olathe South

1987: Jeff Witkop, Blue Valley North

1988: Jeff Drbohlav, Cass-Midway

1989: Tom Kreamer, SM East

1990: Shaon Fry, Oak Grove

1991: Aaron Hodges, Harmon

1992: Mike Wilson, Center

1993: Nate Minnis, Blue Springs

1994: Matt Mendlick, Olathe South

1995: Steve Fein, SM Northwest

1996: Josh Alpers, Blue Springs

1997: Brandon Wier, Olathe North

1998: Daniel Parris, Lee’s Summit North

1999: Corey Crandall, Fort Osage

2000: Tommy Hottovy, Park Hill South

2001: Jeff Durbin, Olathe South

2002: Justin Dyer, Olathe South

2003: Adam Perkins, Liberty

2004: Larry Hall, Center

2005: Louis Caputo, Blue Springs

2006: Aaron Trigg, Blue Valley West

2007: Scott O’Donnell, Oak Park

2008: Riley Reynolds, Blue Springs South

2009: Rick Settle, Olathe East

2010: Roy Wedge, Lawrence

2011: Aaron Thornburg, Sm Northwest

2012: Zach Herriott, Rockhurst

2013: Nathan Butler, Leavenworth