Show-Me Spotlight: Canton’s Clay finds college fit that makes her feel right at home

Canton senior Nariah Clay, left, is a three-sport standout who has committed to play basketball at Morton College, an NJCAA Division II program in Cicero, Ill. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

CANTON, Mo. — Nariah Clay admits the college recruiting wasn’t going the way she had envisioned. Then Morton College came along. Playing with the Cross Over Hoops AAU basketball program last summer, the Canton senior three-sport standout was introduced to Morton College women’s basketball coach Jason Nichols and assistant coach Kevin McManaman during a tournament…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Gottman sisters experience state tourney success side-by-side

Palmyra's Gottman sisters — sophomore Molly, left, and senior Maura — finished third in doubles play at the Class 1 state tournament at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. | Submitted photo

PALMYRA, Mo. — Maura Gottman’s return to the Missouri Class 1 state tournament came with a twist. Her sister was along for the ride. The Palmyra girls tennis team’s No. 1 doubles pairing featuring the Gottmans — Maura is a senior and Molly is a sophomore — made program history by finishing third, defeating Mt.…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Mark Twain’s Preston continually laying groundwork for success

Mark Twain all-purpose back Lakoda Preston, left, has amassed more than 1,400 yards and scored 15 touchdowns this season. | Submitted photo

CENTER, Mo. — Lakoda Preston’s feet are planted firmly on the ground. He plans to keep it that way, even if joining the Air Force becomes part of his future. The Mark Twain multi-sport standout, who is likely headed to college to play football, has designs of joining an ROTC program and earning a bachelor’s…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Hannibal’s Hark enjoys being athlete for all seasons

Hannibal senior Nora Hark sets the ball during a volleyball match against Quincy Notre Dame at Korf Gym in Hannibal, Mo. | Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Kelsey Scherder Cerven’s suggestion didn’t fall on deaf ears. Nora Hark just couldn’t follow through on it right away. Scherder Cerven was Hark’s mathematics teacher as a freshman as well as the javelin coach for the Hannibal track and field team. She encouraged Hark to give javelin a chance since she already…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Pressure to perform brings out best in Canton’s Gorrell

Canton senior right fielder Madison Gorrell has helped the Tigers to a 7-1 start to this season. | Photo courtesy KHQA Sports Director Chris Duerr

CANTON, Mo. — Freddie Mercury and David Bowie sang about it. Madison Gorrell embraces it. The pressure of being under pressure brings out the best in the Canton two-sport athlete, who excels at both softball and soccer. It is what is guiding her post-high school path. Gorrell plans to attend Central Methodist University to study…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Goats and guarding made for quick summer for Palmyra’s Williams

Palmyra sophomore Clare Williams, center, shows her goat, Luigi, at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia, Mo. | Submitted photo

PALMYRA, Mo. — The goats have gone to college. After Clare Williams, her brother Noah, and their cousin, Pierce White, finished showing goats at the Missouri State Fair, the animals were transported to the University of Missouri in Columbia for college students to observe and work with them. They earned a break from the fair…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Scott’s presence looms large behind plate for Pirates

Hannibal senior catcher Keaton Scott frames pitch in a game against Marshall at Clemens Field in Hannibal, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

HANNIBAL, Mo. — Keaton Scott knows his frame doesn’t fit the prototype for a catcher, especially not one planning to play at the NCAA Division II level. Experience has taught him being 5-foot-7 doesn’t matter. “It’s all about how hard you work,” the Hannibal catcher said. His work ethic is unmatched. Scott is one of…

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JWCC Show-Me Spotlight: Record-setting Stolte making most of senior season with Pirates

Hannibal’s Aaris Stolte shoots a 3-pointer in a North Central Missouri Conference game against Marshall at Korf Gym. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

The Show-Me Spotlight will appear each week to highlight Missouri area student-athletes. HANNIBAL, Mo. — Aaris Stolte’s historic season isn’t over. He’s confident the Hannibal boys basketball team’s run isn’t about to be through either. A senior guard who broke Brice Scott’s single-season 3-pointer record, Stolte and the second-seeded Pirates are looking to slide past…

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Show-Me Spotlight: Highland’s Mallett runs full speed into every season

Highland senior Drew Mallett shoots during the Cougars’ semifinal matchup of the 79th annual Tony Lenzini Invitational game against Hannibal in Palmyra, Mo. Photo courtesy Mathew Kirby

The Show-Me Spotlight will appear each week to highlight a Missouri area student-athlete. EWING, Mo. — If you were to line up the fastest of the fast — there are a few Highland boys who qualify for such a distinction — who ends up winning? Drew Mallett has a pretty good idea. “Well, I would…

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