AVHS holds Athletic Awards Banquet May 12

 by Randall Cox

The Mountain Echo


At the Arcadia Valley Athletic Award Banquet on May 12, Lady Tigers Fast-Pitch Softball Coaches Jen Sutton and Michelle Strange called up the players. 

Katie Wren was the Most Valuable Player. Katelyn Young was the 110% Player. 

Eric Thompson called up the Tigers Junior Varsity basketball players. He praised them for working hard during the season to improve. 

Ricky Turnbough called up the Tigers Varsity basketball players. 

Austin Wren was 2nd team MAAA All-Conference and All-District. Jake Pryor was MAAA All-Conference, All-District, Dream Team, and Most Valuable Player. Jakob Thompson was the 110% player. Colton Day was the Most Improved player. 

Wade Buckman called up the Lady Tigers Junior Varsity basketball players. They had a 15-5 record and were a great defensive team. 


Ste. Gen edges Tigers

Ste. Genevieve edged the Arcadia Valley Tigers Baseball Team 2-1 on April 25 at Jim Erpenbach Field. 

Jake Pryor pitched an outstanding game against a good team. He pitched 6 and 2/3s innings, when he reached his maximum pitch limit. He allowed 4 hits, 1 walk, and 2 unearned runs. He had 12 strikeouts. 

Stephen Pursley pitched 1/3rd inning and allowed 1 hit-by-pitch and 1 walk. 

In the 3rd inning, Stephen Pursley walked and Trent Russell singled. 

In the 4th  inning, Isaiah Gibbs singled and scored on a single by Eli Vandergriff. 

In the 5th inning, Corey Skinner walked and Kyle Helms and Trent Russell singled. 

In the 6th inning, Eli Vandergriff walked. 

In the 7th inning, Kyle Helms and Trent Russell singled. 

The Tigers left 8 runners on base and left the bases loaded twice. The Tigers have a 10-6 season record.


North County beat the Tigers on April 25 at North County. 


Taum-A-Hawk race planned

The Ozark Trail Association has set the innaugural Taum-A-Hawk Hiking Race, a one-day event open to the public, on Saturday, June 10, 2017. 

The race will be along 13 miles of the Ozark Trail Taum Sauk Mountain Section from Taum Sauk Mountain State Park to Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park located in Iron County.

Traversing through the most scenic and rugged areas of the entire state, mixed-gender teams of two, up to 50 teams in total, will hike  time-trial formatted race beginning at the summit of Taum Sauk Mountain, the highest point in Missouri, following the trail’s descent alongside Mina Sauk Falls, down into Taum Sauk Creek Valley, past Devil’s Tollgate rock formation, heading west across Wildcat and Proffit Mountains, and finishing at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park Highway N parking area.


Pryor’s grand slam takes AV over the top

Jake Pryor hit a Grand Slam Home Run in the top of the 7th inning and pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the 7th inning to give the Arcadia Valley Tigers Baseball Team an important MAAA Small-School Conference 5-3 win. 

The Tigers won over Bismarck on April 18 at Bismarck. 

Isaiah Gibbs was the winning pitcher. In 6 innings, he allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, and 3 runs. 

The Tigers had 2 errors and a passed ball and all of Bismarck’s runs were unearned. He had 6 strikeouts. 

In the 1st inning, Jake Pryor had a single.

 In the 3rd inning, Stephen Pursley and Pryor walked. 

In the 4th inning, Eli Vandergriff and Luke Savage singled. 

In the 5th inning, Trent Russell singled. 

In the 7th inning, Savage singled and Kyle Helms walked. Stephen Pursley walked. Russell singled in Savage. Pryor hit a bases- loaded(Grand Slam) Home Run to give the Tigers a 5-3 lead. Isaiah Gibbs doubled.



AV Golf wins twice

The Arcadia Valley Golf Team with a score of 198 beat St. Pius and Viburnum on April 18 at the Arcadia Valley Country Club. 

Jon Inman was the Medalist with a 43. Par is 36.

Austin Emert and Viburnum’s Blake Jimmerson were Runner-up Medalists with 47s. 

Garrett Rice had a 52, Deavon Eakins had a 56, and Emily Bennett had a 59.

The Arcadia Valley Golf Team, coached by Mike Yates, beat Clearwater with a score of 203 on April 12 at the Arcadia Valley Country Club. 

Jon Inman was the Medalist with a 41. 

Austin Emert had a 52, Garrett Rice and Deavon Eakins had 55s, and Emily Bennett had a 65.


AV Tennis edges Windsor

The Arcadia Valley Tigers Tennis Team edged Windsor 5-4 on April 20. 

The # 1 doubles team of Jared Branstetter and Keegan Hemphill and the # 3 doubles team of Christian Neville and Tommy Whited won their matches.  

In singles, Jared Branstetter, Tommy Whited, and Jason Callahan won. 

North County beat the Arcadia Valley Tigers Tennis Team 6-3 on April 19 at Arcadia Valley. 

In # 1 singles, Arcadia Valley’s Jared Branstetter won 8-3. 

In # 2 singles, Keegan Hemphill won 8-5. 

In # 3 singles, Colton Day lost 4-8. 

In # 4 singles, Christian Neville lost 2-8. 

In # 5 singles, Tommy Whited lost 4-8. 

In # 6 singles, Jason Callahan won 8-2. 

In # 1 doubles, Branstetter and Hemphill lost 7-9. 

In # 2 doubles, Day and Callahan lost 2-8. 

In # 3 doubles, Neville and Whited lost 7-9.


Tigers down Bearcats

by Randall Cox

The Arcadia Valley Tigers High School Baseball Team beat Lesterville on March 20 at Jim Erpenbach Field. 

Stephen Pursley was the winning pitcher. He allowed 2 hits, 2 walks, 1 hit-by-pitch, and 1 run. He had 5 strikeouts. 

For the Tigers, Trent Russell had 2 walks and 1 RBI. He scored 2 runs. Corbin Rea had 1 walk and scored 1 run. Jake Pryor had 2 walks and 1 RBI. He scored 2 runs. Kolter McBride had 1 single and 1 RBI. He scored 1 run. Isaiah Gibbs had 1 single and 1 double and had 2 RBIs. He scored 2 runs. 

Taylon Jones had 1 walk and 1 single and had 2 RBIs. He scored 1 run. Eli Vandergriff had 1 walk and 1 single and had 1 RBI. He scored 2 runs. Brandon Robbs had 2 walks and 2 RBIs. He scored 1 run. 

Elliot Womble had 1 single and scored 1 run. Luke Savage had 1 single and 2 RBIs. He scored 1 run. Corey Skinner had 1 double and 2 RBIs. Stephen Pursley had 2 walks and 1 double. He scored 2 runs. 


Lady Panthers 3rd in State Tourney

The South Iron Lady Panthers Basketball Team beat Prairie Home 61-54 to take third place in the Missouri State Tournament on March 10 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. 

Ashley Mickan led the Lady Panthers with 26 points. She hit some key free throws down the stretch to keep the Lady Panthers in the lead. 

Also playing important roles in the game were Jada Brooks, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Michaela Ayers, who had 10 points and 9 rebounds. 

Dara Miller had 6 points and 4 rebounds, Hanna Alexander had 4 points, and Callie Miller had 2 points. 

It was a team win because the Lady Panthers cut down on their turnovers, especially in the 1st half, and forced Prairie Home into making a lot of turnovers. 

The Lady Panthers finished an outstanding season with a 24-6 record. 


Tigers win two at Bismarck Jamboree

The Arcadia Valley Tigers Baseball Team played three 2-inning games on a cold March 10 in the Bismarck Jamboree and had two ties and one win. 

They tied Bismarck 0-0, with Jake Pryor allowing 1 hit and 1 walk, He had 3 strikeouts. 

Pryor, Trent Russell, and Corey Skinner had 1 single each. 

The Tigers beat Grandview 2-0. 

In the 1st inning, Trent Russell walked and Isaiah Gibbs singled. Tatum Jones hit a sacrifice fly to score Russell. Brandon Robbs doubled to score Gibbs. 

In the 2nd inning, Stephen Pursley and Elliot Womble walked. 

Tatum Jones pitched a scoreless 1st inning and Isaiah Gibbs pitched a scoreless 2nd inning. Jones had 2 strikeouts and Gibbs had 3 strikeouts. 

The Tigers and St. Paul Lutheran played to a 0-0 tie.



Lady Tigers beat Twin Rivers and Clearwater

The Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers Basketball Team beat Clearwater 76-39 in the 1st round of the District Tournament on February 18 at Clearwater. 

Josie Landrum had 13 points, 33 rebounds, and 3 steals. Jaesa Brockes had 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, and 4 assists. Makayla Moise had 11 points, 11 rebounds, 4 steals, and 2 assists. Jerrika Brockes had 10 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Katie Whited had 8 points, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Kinsey Phelps had 7 points and 2 assists. Cheyenne Portell had 4 points. Miranda Stirts had 4 points. Haleigh Usher had 4 points. Chelsie Rice had 2 points and 2 rebounds.  

Saxony Lutheran beat the Lady Tigers 72-47 in the District Championship game on February 23 at Clearwater. 


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