Quick hits March 25: Scroggins, Neal named All-State

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Jake Neal

Dante Scroggins

Democrat staff

Jake Neal
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Dante Scroggins
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Otterville junior Jake Neal and Smith-Cotton senior Dante Scroggins were selected to their respective class’ All-State team this week.

Neal averaged 24.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 4.5 steals and 1.5 blocks per game in 2016. He shot 39 percent from three. He was also named first-team All-Kaysinger, Class 1 District 8 MVP, MOBCA All-State.

Scroggins averaged 19.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game in the 2015-16 season, shooting 46 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free-throw line. He had 988 points and 592 rebounds in his high school career – both ranking him in the top 10 in school history.

Scroggins is a two-time All-West Central Conference team selection, and he also made the All-District team this year.

“Dante (Scroggins) had one of the best years in Smith-Cotton basketball history,” said S-C head coach Brennan Scanlon. “He was the leader of our team that won 18 games, the most wins that Smith-Cotton has had in 20 years. He is very deserving of this honor and has made his family, coaches, teammates, community and school very proud of him.”



Sacred Heart shot a team score of 193 in nine holes finishing 18 strokes behind host school Warrensburg and eight strokes ahead of Marshall at Hidden Pines.

Hagen Zensucker fired a field-low 40 to lead Warrensburg. Teammate Brett Ballard finished one stroke behind.

Chris Mergen led the Gremlins after shooting 44. Will Prenger and Logan Sunnarborg fired 47s and Jack Lucchesi shot a 55.

Evan Weaver, who shot a 43, was the low man for Marshall.


Smith-Cotton 9, Clewiston 4

Dalton Zaremba shut out Clewiston for six innings to the tune of four strikeouts and three hits. Noah Aziere allowed four runs in one inning of relief, but Smith-Cotton survived the seventh and won 9-4 in Orlando.

The Tigers (2-1) scored five runs in the first on four hits and two errors.

Smith-Cotton plated two more runs in the second and sixth innings. They face Seminole today at 11:30 p.m.


Sacred Heart 3, Sweet Springs 0 (Tuesday)

Brenden Volcko threw five scoreless, walked none and struck out four in a 3-0 Sacred Heart victory over Sweet Springs on Tuesday.

Zac Racy pitched two scoreless innings in relief to earn the save and secure the Gremlin’s first win of the season. He struck out four.

Racy he reached base all three times at the plate going 1-1 with a single, two hit by pitches, and scoring a run.

Freshmen Bryan Schlotterbeck went 2-2 with two singles and a run scored.

Sacred Heart 12, Otterville 3

Nick Cashman belted three home runs for 6 RBIs to lead Sacred Heart over Otterville Wednesday 12-3.

Easton Webb, who also pitched, had five hits and two RBIs. Brenden Volcko, Kolin Brace, Zac Racy each had multi-hit games for the Gremlins.

Sacred Heart (2-1, 1-0) face Tipton on the road Monday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.



Green Ridge Ladt Tiger golf’s lone golfer, senior Peyton Needy, competed Tuesday with Concordia, Orrick, and Archie. Needy placed first firing a 36.

Needy placed fifth at the Orrick Invitational Wednesday, shooting a 79 at Shirkey Country Club in Richmond.



Smith-Cotton boys tennis defeated Battle 9-0 on the road Wednesday.

Singles: David Cho defeated Duncan Galen 8-2. Jacob Hedrick defeated Colin Pounds 8-4. Mikhail Husyev defeated Javi Landor 8-4. Matthew Tilley defeated Jason McQuire 8-0. Ryan Hankins defeated Brady Reirich 8-0. Keron Irwin defeated Sterling Parke 8-0.

Doubles: David Cho & Matthew Tilley defeated Duncan Galen & Colin Pounds 8-3. Jacob Hedrick & Mikhail Husyev defeated Javi Landor & Jason McQuire 8-4. Ryan Hankins & Keron Irwin defeated Brady Reirich & Sterling Parker 8-1.

Smith-Cotton tennis is 2-0 on the season and host Warrensburg at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.


S-C track teams win Clawson Relays

Smith-Cotton’s girls and boys track teams repeated their first-place form Thursday by taking the titles at the Clawson Relays in Warrensburg for the second consecutive year.

The Lady Tigers finished with 142 points, topping Odessa (126) and Warrensburg (70). S-C took first in the 1600-meter medley, freshman/sophomore 400 meters, varsity 400 meters, freshman/sophomore 800 meters, varsity 800 meters, 400-meter shuttle hurdles, long jump, high jump and triple jump.

The Tigers took the boys title with 158 points; Odessa scored 120 and Warrensburg had 98. The S-C boys finished first in the 6400 meters, 1600-meter medley, freshman/sophomore 400 meters, distance medley, freshman/sophomore 800 meters, varsity 800 meters, 3200 meters, 400-meter shuttle hurdles, 1600 meters, shot put and triple jump.

Coach Brad Hagedorn said, “While it was cold and windy, we competed very well. Many athletes showed character and poise under the adversity.”

Clawson Relays release courtesy of Sedalia School District 200

Coaches, please report scores and stats to [email protected]

Coaches, please report scores and stats to [email protected]

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