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Several accomplishments in sports during 2014

Posted on Wednesday, December 31, 2014 at 2:01 pm

document-89Top sports stories published in The Vandalia Leader in 2014.
January 1
Van-Far 7th and 8th grade boys basketball teams sweep Clopton by a combined score of 96-43 in two victories.
January 8
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January 15
Van-Far girls basketball team pick up first win of season with win over Madison in Madison Tournament.
Both Community R-VI boys and girls basketball teams fall in third place game of Madison Tournament.
Van-Far Junior High boys basketball teams improve to a combined 21-3 record after beating both Montgomery County and Bowling Green.
January 22
Community R-VI boys basketball team remain undefeated after one point win over Clopton.
Van-Far Junior High boys basketball team finish season with a combined 24-4 record.
January 29
Van-Far’s Brooke Johnson signs letter of intent to play softball for Central Methodist University.
Community R-VI boys basketball team loses on a buzzer beater against Louisiana.
February 5
Community R-VI girls basketball team wins Consolation Championship at Sturgeon Tournament.
February 12
Community R-VI boys basketball team finishes fourth in Sturgeon Tournament.
February 19
Van-Far High School holds “Paint It Pink” event.
Van-far boys basketball team makes nine 3-pointers and 18-of-20 free throws in nine point win over rival Bowling Green.
February 26
Community R-VI boys basketball team wins first EMO Conference Championship since joining the conference after sharing the title with Clopton and Elsberry.
Former Van-Far standout basketball player shines early on for Liege Basket as he leads the team in scoring and is fourth in the league at 17.2 points per game.
Community R-VI girls basketball team gets impressive win over Marion County.
March 5
Community R-VI boys and girls basketball teams sweep the Class 1, District 5 tournament after each won district titles.
Van-Far girls basketball team nearly stuns No. 2 seed Canton in districts after a 37-33 loss.
March 12
Community R-VI boys basketball team’s season ends with a state quarterfinals loss to Meadville.
Community R-VI girls basketball team’s season ends in Sectionals loss to Marion County.
The Hot Shots girls basketball team wins 5th grade tournaments in Mark Twain and Clopton.
March 19
Van-Far athletes shine in Power Lifting event at South Callaway High School. Jayda Borgmeyer broke a Power Meet record in her weight class with a clean of 160 lbs.
March 26
Van-Far track and field teams have several top eight finishes in practice meet at Montgomery County High School.
April 2
Van-Far’s Lathyn McMorris breaks Junior High School record in 800 meters. He teamed with Parker Wallace, Josh Hodde, and Jacob Garner to break school record in 4×400.
Three Community R-VI girls and two Van-Far girls basketball players shine in EMO Showcase. The players were Ashley Steele, Emmalee McCoskey, Amelia Knipfel, Ciara Craven, and Brooke Johnson.
Community R-VI head coach Ken Jett and one Trojan player was joined by two Van-Far players in the EMO Senior Showcase. The players were Kaleb Harris, John Gerdeman, and Kyle Decker.
Community R-VI basketball players Conner Brooks and Samm Jett earn all-state honors.
Van-Far honored its Winter Sports athletes with annual banquet. The top awards were given to Nick Barnes (boys basketball MVP), Woodrow Jackson (Mr. Indian), Breanna Strange (girls basketball MVP), and Chevi Windland (best all-around cheerleaders).
April 9
Perry Christian School’s Archery Team qualifies for National Tournament.
Jayle Jennings wins two events in Junior High meet at Montgomery County. Lathyn McMorris wins 800 meters and 1,600 meters. He teamed with Hodde, Garner, and Wallace to win 4×400. Hodde wins triple jump.
In Paris meet, Jordan Garner wins high jump event. McMorris wins 800 meters. Wallace won 400 meters and Hodde won triple jump. The 4×400-meter relay team also won.
Community R-VI baseball team rallies from 9-2 deficit to beat rival Van-Far, 23-10.
Van-Far golfer Brandon Otis wins top medalist honors in match at Mark Twain County Club.
Jewelee Winn breaks school record for Community R-VI in shot putt and discuss at non-medal meet.
April 16
Van-Far Youth Football joins the NEMO Youth Football League.
Community R-VI golfter Treyton Kobush gets runner-up medal in tri-match.
Van-Far golfer Brandon Otis gets second best score in tri-match.
Van-Far’s McMorris wins 800 and 1,600 meters and teamed with 4×400 to win its race at Junior High meet in Monroe City. Jordan Garner won discus event.
In Hermann meet, McMorris won the 1,600 meters while the 4×400-meter relay team broke their school record. Jordan Garner won the 200 meters.
April 23
Community R-VI’s Treyton Kobush ties for medal honors in Palmyra JV golf tournament.
McMorris wins 800 meters and 1,600 meters and the 4×400-meter relay team won their race in a quad-meet at Moberly.
Hodde wins the triple jump and Nathan Beatty won the discus event. Wallace won the 400 meters. Jordan Garner won the 100 meters and 200 meters races. Jennings won the 1,600 meters race.
“Daydreamer” Division 3 women’s bowling team takes second out of 150 teams in State Women’s Bowling Tournament. The doubles team of Ashley Pehle and Connie McGlasson took second out of 280 teams in Division 3 and Pehle also took first in All-Events out of 459 bowlers. Stacia Wilson took second out of 134 bowlers in Division 5. “Rolling Pins” took fourth out of 107 teams while “South Bound” was sixth out of 29 teams.
April 30
Community R-VI’s Jewelee Winn once again breaks school records in discuss and shot put at Montgomery Invitational.
Community R-VI baseball team wins own tournament title.
Van-Far golfer Brandon Otis medals at tough Elsberry event.
Community R-VI golf wins tri-match in Mexico with wins over MMA and Sturgeon.
May 7
Jordan Garner wins discus event at Mini Medal Meet in Bowlilng Green.
She also won the high jump event, 100 meters, and 200 meters. Jennings won the 800 and 1,600 meters.
Hodde wins triple jump while 4×400-meter relay team wins race. McMorris wins 800 meters. The 7th grade 4×200-meter relay team of Dylan Hunter, Jayson Orr, Caden Wilburn, and Tyler Robinson won their event.
McMorris won the 800 meters and 1,600 meters in the Louisiana Middle School Invitational. Wallace won the 400 meters and the 4×400 team also won.
Hodde won the long jump.
Van-Far golfers Brandon Otis and Trenton DeTienne earn All-EMO Conference honors.
Community R-VI thrower Jewelee Winn wins discus event in Louisiana Invitational.
May 14
Van-Far baseball team wins back-to-back games with victories over MMA and Wellsville.
Community R-VI’s Amelia Knipfel sets school record in the 300-meter hurdles at the district meet. In the EMO Conference meet, she set the school record in the 100 meters. Emmalee McCoskey broke the school record at the EMO event in the high jump.
Community R-VI golfer Treyton Kobush advances to sectionals after taking 20th in districts.
Van-Far golfer Brandon Otis advances to sectionals.
Van-Far’s Abilene Gatson took third in the high jump to advance to sectionals.
Community R-VI honored its 2013-2014 student athletes with awards at their annual banquet. Top awards were given to Kyle Curtis and Danielle Brooks (George M. Dameron Award); Clay Thebeau and Emmalee McCoskey (Sandra Schutte Award); Samantha Jett (Lady Trojan Award); and Kaleb Harris (Mr. Trojan Award).
May 21
Van-Far baseball team’s rally falls short in first round district loss.
Community R-VI baseball team advances to district finals.
The 14U NEMO Hotshots softball team won the Palmyra tournament.
May 28
Van-Far Spring Sports athletic honored at annual banquet. Top awards were given to Logan Boyd (Ron Stallcup Award), Woodrow Jackson (Steve Snowden Award), and Kyle Decker (Tanner Lowrance Athletic Award).
Community R-VI baseball falls in district finals to Sturgeon, 13-10.
June 4
Laddonia ball park undergoes renovations and later holds a flag ceremony after raising a new American Flag on new flag pole.
June 11
Several youngsters enjoy 3rd Annual Mike Smith Basketball Camp.
Ryan Bontz enjoys time coaching on collegiate level at Ohio Christian University.
June 18
Library/YMCA Project raises money with 5K event.
Mike Smith earns First Team All-Belgian League honors and First Team All-Imports Team honors after season with Liege Basket in Belgium.
Area youngsters enjoy fishing day with Farber Lions Club.
June 25
Van-Far’s state champion basketball team reunites to celebrate 10 years after winning the state title.
Dam Few Cruisers hold their 17th Annual Car Show.

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