Branson senior Graham Funderburk was voted to the All-Central Ozark Conference first team as an outfielder, after hitting .414 with 29 hits and 10 RBIs for the Pirates.

Branson High School senior Graham Funderburk was voted to the All-Central Ozark Conference first team released last week.

Funderburk was picked as an outfielder on the all-conference team, after playing in 25 games and finishing with a .414 batting average. He had 29 hits, scored 16 runs and had 10 RBIs.

Carthage senior Trason Vogt was named the COC Player of the Year, with Nixa junior Ace Akers the league’s Pitcher of the Year.



A 22-4 final record and trip to the Class 1 sectional round led to all-state honors for a pair of Forsyth High School players. Junior Emily Shipman was named to the first team as a catcher, with sophomore Rachel Essary named  second team as a designated player.



Seven Hollister High School players were honored with recognition on the All-Big 8 Conference East Division team recently released.

First-teamers were outfielder Konner Hatfield and utility player Layton Morgan.

Morgan earned Tri-Lakes Player of the Year honors after hitting .404 with 38 hits, 12 doubles, five triples, four home runs, 44 RBIs and 30 runs scored, as the Tigers reached the championship game of the district tournament.

Hatfield hit .361 with 30 hits and 29 runs scored, playing stellar defense in center field.

Other Tigers honored were second-teamers Landon Richards (outfield) and Garrett Moody (outfield), plus honorable-mention picks Avery Weber (pitcher), Logan Armitage (infield) and Colby Teaster (infield).

Three Reeds Spring players were named to the all-conference team, with Seth Stamps a first-team infielder, Cole Watson an honorable mention catcher and Blake Gronvold an honorable mention outfielder.

Stamps played in all 19 games for the Wolves, hitting .440 with four home runs, 17 RBIs and 30 runs scored.



Branson High School sophomore Molly Duncan was one of 16 players voted to the All-Central Ozark Conference girls’ soccer team announced last week.

Fellow sophomore Elaina Knipple was named to the second team.



Forsyth had two players picked for the All Mid-Lakes Conference baseball team, led by first-team selection Kaleb Etheridge, at a DH/Utility position.

Etheridge helped the Panthers make a late-season run that ended in the finals of the Class 3 District 12 Tournament. He finished with a .328 batting average with 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Etheridge also was voted to the second team as an infielder, and he was joined by teammate Darrien Woods (pitcher). The honorable mention squad included Forsyth’s Briar Kellem.

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