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story.lead_photo.caption Abby Backes of Tipton was named the Class 2 girls player of the year by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association. Backes is a three-time all-state player. Photo by Jason Strickland / News Tribune.

Marcus Anthony (Helias boys), Eric Northweather (Blair Oaks boys), Ross Struemph (St. Elizabeth boys), and Abby Backes and Myra Claas (Tipton girls) all helped lead their respective teams to the state semifinals.

All were among the 12 area basketball players selected as all-state honorees by the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.

Anthony, Northweather and Struemph, along with Coby Williams of Versailles and Tre Kempker of Eugene, earned all-state recognition for the second straight season.

On the girls side, Jefferson City's Kara Daly made the Class 5 all-state team for the second straight season, while teammate Sarah Linthacum is a first-time all-state honoree.

South Callaway junior Paige Clubb was named to the Class 3 all-state team for the second straight season.

Joining Clubb on the Class 3 team was California junior Tristan Porter, who helped the Lady Pintos to a 21-6 record and a No. 10 ranking in the final MBCA state poll.

In Class 2, Iberia's Zach Voss earned his first all-state nod as a senior.

Voss averaged 19.9 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game for the Rangers.

Backes was named the Class 2 girls player of the year after the Tipton senior averaged 25.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game in leading the Lady Cardinals to a runner-up finish. Backes ends her high school career as a three-time all-stater.

Claas, a freshman, scored 16.9 points per game and grabbed 4.0 rebounds per game for the Lady Cardinals.

Anthony, a senior for Helias, averaged 19.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.1 steals on a Crusader team that made it to the Class 4 Final Four.

Helias coach Joe Rothweiler was named co-coach of the year along with Raytown South's Aaron Ihm, Vashon's Tony Irons and Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame's Paul Unterreiner.

The Crusaders finished the season with a 23-6 record and a tie for first in the final Class 4 state rankings.

Blair Oaks senior Northweather was a key piece in the Falcons' run to the Class 3 semifinals, the team's first Final Four appearance since winning the Class 2A title in 2001.

Northweather averaged 23.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the Falcons.

After averaging 30.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 3.5 steals per game this past season, Williams earned all-state recognition in Class 3.

The Versailles senior scored more than 2,500 points in his high school career.

After helping lead Eugene to the state quarterfinals, Kempker made the Class 2 all-state team.

The senior averaged 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists for the Eagles, who finished the season ranked 10th in the state poll.

The St. Elizabeth Hornets finished runner-up in Class 1 behind a second straight all-state season for Struemph.

The senior averaged 20.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists.

The Jefferson City Lady Jays concluded the season with a 22-4 record and a No. 6 ranking in the final state poll after being led by junior Daly and junior Linthacum.

Daly paced the Lady Jays with 12 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, while Linthacum averaged 11 points and 8.0 rebounds.

Porter, a junior for the Lady Pintos, earned her first all-state nod after averaging 14.8 points, 3.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Clubb made the Class 3 team after averaging 16.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.2 steals per game for a South Callaway team that finished with a 23-3 record.

Boys

Class 5

Tarris Reed Jr., jr., Chaminade

Davion Bradford, sr., Mehlville

Matt Schark, sr., Francis Howell

Caleb Love, sr., C.B.C.

Devion Harris, sr., Parkway Central

Kian Scroggins, sr., Raymore-Pecuilar

Byron Alexander, sr., Staley

Luke Kasubke, sr., Chaminade

Kaimen Lennox, sr., Truman

Xavier Sykes, jr., Rock Bridge

JJ Schwepker,sr., Fort Zumwalt South

Quenton Shelton, sr., Lebanon

Lamontay Daughtery, sr., Mehlville

Anton Brookshire, jr., Kickapoo

D'Anthony Pennington, sr., North Kansas City

Daniel Abreu, sr., Willard

Grant Stubbs, sr., Liberty

Isaiah Jackson, sr., William Chrisman

AJ Elliot, sr., Ozark

Jordan Jermain, sr., Raymore-Pecuilar

Player of the Year

Caleb Love, sr., C.B.C.

Coaches of the Year

Justin Tatum, C.B.C.

Mitch McHenry, Kickapoo

Chris Neff, Staley

Frank Bennett, Chaminade

Class 4

Payton Howard, sr., Sikeston

Cam'Ron Fletcher, sr., Vashon

Philip Russell, sr., Vashon

Sofara Rasas, sr., St. Mary's: St. Louis

Kobe Clark, sr., Vashon

Cade Blevins, sr., Logan-Rogersville

Terrell Kabala, sr., Webb City

Reggie Morris Jr., sr., Grandview

Tavion Banks, sr., Ruskin

Taj Manning, soph., Grandview

Brennan Watkins, jr., Kearney

Jaylen Boyd, sr., Ladue

Tyler Landewee, sr., Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame

Marcus Anthony, sr., Helias

Brennan Orf, sr., Westminster Christian

Breven McMullen, sr., Park Hills Central

Nicholas Kern, jr., Vashon

Kobe Campbell, sr., Raytown South

Mark Cann, sr., Raytown South

Dez McKinney, sr., Raytown South

Player of the Year

Cam'Ron Fletcher, sr., Vashon

Coaches of the Year

Joe Rothweiler, Helias

Aaron Ihm, Raytown South

Tony Irons, Vashon

Paul Unterreiner, Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame

Class 3

Blessin Kimble, sr., Charleston

Jordan Fortune, sr., Kansas City Central

Gary Clark, sr., Cardinal Ritter

Roddy Alexander, jr., O'Fallon Christian

Sam Bledsoe, sr., Charleston

David Oplotonik, sr., Fair Grove

Ryan Kalkbrenner, jr., Trinity Catholic

Mario Flemming, jr., Cardinal Ritter

Bryce Stark, sr., Monroe City

Andrew Branson, sr, St. James

Dionte Marquez, sr., Richmond

Eric Northweather, sr., Blair Oaks

Coby Williams, sr., Versailles

Tanner Diaz, sr., Steelville

Westley Brandsgaard, sr., Chillicothe

Stevie Strong, jr., University Academy

Ben Palacio, sr., St. Michael the Archangel

Coban Porter, sr., Father Tolton

Andrew Dalton, soph., Ava

Jayden Durst, sr., Palmyra

Player of the Year

Stevie Strong, jr., University Academy

Coaches of the Year

Ryan Johnson, Cardinal Ritter

Danny Farmer, Charleston

Class 2

Aminu Mohammed, jr., Greenwood

Tyson Goodale, sr., Oran

Jordan Andrews, soph., Thayer

Jack Below, sr., Advance

Gavin Bishop, sr., New Franklin

Grady Todd, sr., Plato

Ethan Fagre, sr., Richland

Verdell Johnson, sr., Van-Far

Zach Voss, sr., beria

Ethan Kilgore, sr., East Buchanan

Blake Fowler, jr., Campbell

Ryan Dabney, sr., Milan

Curtis Fowler, sr., Neelyville

Chris Hill, sr., Brentwood

Tre Kempker, sr., Eugene

Ryce Piper, jr., Hartville

Tyler Campbell, sr., Crane

Cody Mahan, jr., Hartville

Dax Beem, sr., Skyline

Christian Scaggs, sr., Mid-Buchanan

Player of the Year

Aminu Mohammed, jr., Greenwood

Coach of the Year

Brett Reed, Hartville

Class 1

Arlo Stump, sr., Golden City

David Layton, sr., Oak Ridge

Eric Berry, sr., Delta

Isaac Haney, jr., Dora

Preston Thomas, sr., Princeton

Brock Wakefield, jr., South Iron

Dominik Gannan, sr., Meadville

Mason Luna, jr., Dora

Ross Struemph, sr., St. Elizabeth

Drenin Dinkins, soph., South Iron

Landon Poppa, jr., Mound City

Clayton Merrigan, sr., Jefferson: Conception Junction

Chase Farnan, sr., Jefferson: Conception Junction

Bryson Luna, jr., Dora

Tony Osburn, soph., Mound City

Colby Hale, sr., Northeast: Cairo

Holden Laughman, sr., Lesterville

Mack Anderson, sr., Southwest Livingston

Hunter Lane, sr., Macks Creek

Alex Rebikh, sr., Green Ridge

Player of the Year

Isaac Haney, jr., Dora

Coach of the Year

Rick Luna, Dora

Girls

Class 5

Jada Williams, fr., Blue Springs

Olivia Nelson, sr., Liberty

Jakayla Kirk, sr., Hazelwood Central

Jayla Kelly, sr., Parkway Central

Kaemyn Bekemeier, fr., Republic

Sarah Linthacum, jr., Jefferson City

Averi Kroenke, soph., Rock Bridge

Kyndal Lewis, jr., Belton

Paige Allen, sr., Oak Park

Kara Daly, jr., Jefferson City

Priscilla Williams, sr., Branson

Indya Green, jr., Kickapoo

Kennedy Townsend, soph., Park Hill

Naudia Evans, jr., Waynesville

Makaiya Brooks, jr., Springfield Central

Natalie Bruns, sr., Kirkwood

Ja'mya Powell-Smith, jr., North Kansas City

Kennedi Watkins, jr., Marquette

Eryn Puett, sr., Rock Bridge

Kiley Bess, sr., Poplar Bluff

Player of the Year

Priscilla Williams, sr., Branson

Coaches of the Year

Chantell Polk, Hazelwood Central

Monica Tritz, Kirkwood

Mark Spigarelli, Blue Springs

Jill Nagel, Rock Bridge

Class 4

Lexi Rubel, soph., Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame

Sophia Horton, jr., Park Hills Central

Jasmine Manuel, sr., Rockwood Summit

Katie Scott, sr., Carl Junction

Jordan Peete, sr., Ladue

Aliyah Williams, jr., Parkway North

Liz Behan, sr., Fort Zumwalt East

Saniah Tyler, soph., Incarnate Word

Reagan Rapert, jr., Union

Addison Brownfield, soph., Boonville

Grace Slaughter, fr., Grain Valley

Amari Conn, sr., Lincoln College Prep

Chorus Davis, jr., Lincoln College Prep

Caroline Kelly, sr., Kearney

Alyssa Morris, sr., Odessa

Brooke Highmark, soph., Westminster Christian

MacKenzie Brunson, jr., West Plains

Cierra Smith, soph., Grandview

Mallory Shetley, sr., Sullivan

Player of the Year

Katie Scott, sr., Carl Junction

Coaches of the Year

Brad Shorter, Carl Junction

Kirk Boeller, Cape Girardeau: Notre Dame

Dan Rolfes, Incarnate Word

Jeff Atkins, Lincoln College Prep

Class 3

Dori McRaven, jr., West County

Karlee Holland, sr., Licking

Gracie Smith, jr., Aracadia Valley

Sydney Booker, jr., Steelville

Hannah Marcee, jr., St. James

Kelsey Blakemore, jr., Whitfield

Faith Bland, sr., Metro

Antuanae Garrett, sr., Miller Career

Quincy Erickson, sr., Hermann

Tristan Porter, jr., California

Logan Jones, sr., Strafford

Emma Brune, sr., Saxony Lutheran

Emma Compton, soph., Strafford

Paige Clubb, jr., South Callaway

Lacy Stokes, jr., Mt. Vernon

Allie Clevenger, sr., Clever

Serena Sundell, soph., Maryville

Alexis Miller, soph., Macon

Hunter Keithley, sr. , Chillicothe

Laini Joseph, jr., Cameron

Emma Pawlite, jr., Lutheran South

Player of the Year

Serena Sundell, soph., Maryville

Coach of the Year

Dustin Larsen, Strafford

Class 2

Kaylee Payne, sr., Oran

Gracie Kelsey, fr., East Buchanan

Claudia Hedlock, soph., Miller

Ayden Shannon, soph., Wellington-Napoleon

Paige Tate, sr., Spokane

Abby Backes, sr., Tipton

Tori Hamilton, sr., Paris

Myra Claas, fr., Tipton

Lexi Lion, sr., Neelyville

Nora Ford, sr., Penney

Jenna Shipley, sr., Adrian

Lilly Schilling, jr., East Buchanan

Kaylee Helton, soph., Miller

Bree Shannon, soph., Wellington-Napoloen

Katie Webb, jr., Oran

Kohnnar Patton, sr., Blue Eye

Jada Henry, jr., Mansfield

Grace Culver, sr., Hartville

Jaycee Graves, sr., East Atchison

Cameron Martin, sr., Crest Ridge

Player of the Year

Abby Backes, sr., Tipton

Coach of the Year

Cori Elms, East Buchanan

Class 1

Dalaney Bowers, sr., Community

Kailyn LaMasters, sr., Jefferson: Conception Junction

Brooke Littrell, sr., Green City

Faith Gilkey, jr., Walnut Grove

Lauren Johnson, jr., Walnut Grove

Kennadie Crowe, sr., Norborne

Michaela Ayers, sr., South Iron

Regan Shaffer, soph., Leeton

Madison Ayers, fr., South Iron

Abby Vogel, sr., Montrose

Natalie Thomas, sr., Community

Jasie Sullivan, sr., Norwood

Anna Gladstone, sr., Worth County

Jaclyn Pappert, soph., Jefferson: Conception Junction

Makayla McVay, jr., Walnut Grove

Kiera Holcer, jr., Meadville

Stevi Jones, sr., Chadwick

Autumn Wallace, jr., Climax Springs

Tristan Weaver, jr., Eminence

Tori Meinecke, soph., Mercer

Players of the Year

Brooke Littrell, sr., Green City

Faith Gilkey, jr., Walnut Grove

Coach of the Year

Rory Henry, Walnut Grove

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