Six individuals and two teams from the Tri-Lakes area are among the finalists for Missouri Sports Commission Awards, set to be presented Monday night.
A banquet at the University Plaza Convention Center will recognize the finalists and award the winners in 26 sports and organizations, plus Team of the Year for both boys’ and girls’ activities, and Athlete of the Year for both boys and girls.
Each finalist will be introduced on stage, with a video to play before each winner is announced. The Sports Commission Awards is a joint venture by the Springfield Sports Commission and the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.
“It was a great year for a number of athletes and teams,” Lance Kettering, director of the Springfield Sports Commission, said in a news release. “We have had seven years of recognizing high school athletes, and we’re proud to continue this recognition program.”
Area teams among finalists include the Blue Eye High School track and field team, up for the Girls’ Team of the Year, and the Branson High School Dance Team, finalist in the Dance Team category.
The Blue Eye girls made history in just their second season with a track and field team, winning the Class 1 state championship last month.
Area individuals up for awards include four from Branson High School, one from Reeds Spring and one from Forsyth.
The Branson contingent is led by Priscilla Williams for girls’ basketball and Reagan Ulrich for boys’ field.
Williams averaged 27.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game as a junior for the Lady Pirates, finishing with 52 made 3-pointers and blocking 77 shots. She is one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the Class of 2020.
Ulrich capped his junior season with a state championship in the Class 5 pole vault. He set the Branson school record in the event early in the season by clearing 16 feet, 4.75 inches, and he topped the 16 feet mark at the state meet.
Erin Bohmont enjoyed a big season as a sophomore during the inaugural season of girls’ wrestling in Missouri, and she is a finalist for the top honors in that category.
Bohmont finished third in the state in the 167-pound class, ending her season with a 19-2 record.
Branson’s final individual finalist is Keifer Dooley, for boys’ cross country. Dooley finished his senior season with a ninth-place showing in Class 4 at state meet in November.
Reeds Spring’s Izzy Erickson is a finalist in the softball category, after she put up some eye-popping numbers as a junior for the Lady Wolves.
Erickson hit .459 with eight home runs at the plate, and in the circle, she struck out 230 in 117 1/3 innings, finishing with eight shutouts.
The final area finalist is Forsyth’s Jarrett Teal, for boys’ tennis. Teal reached the singles sectional round in the Class 1 state tournament, losing to eventual state champion Akash Rajan of John Burroughs High School.
The Sports Commission Awards were determined by a selection committee, which narrowed each category to five athletes, six in some cases if two of the finalists were from the same school.
In addition to the 30 categories of awards, the Skyline High School boys’ basketball team will be recognized with the Inspiration Award, while the Springfield-Greene County Park Board will receive the Sports Commission Award.
Doors will open for the banquet at 5:45 p.m., with the ceremony to begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available through the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, by calling 889-3100.
Individual tickets are $30 in advance, or $40 at the door. Tables of eight are $350.
Tickets include a buffet dinner.