Sikeston's Cobb earns SEMO Conference North Defensive Player of the Year among other honors

SIKESTON — Sikeston’s Alivia Cobb garnered some more awards last week, as the Class 4, District, and SEMO Conference teams got announced.

Cobb earned the SEMO Conference North Defensive Player of the Year after setting the single-season record for digs in her senior season. She also earned a spot on the first-team as well.

Emily McHaffie and Taydrianna Barnett were named honorable mentions.

SEMO Conference North Player of the Year Hannah Shinn and Mackenzie Stoner (Jackson), SEMO Conference North Hitter of the Year Ella Vogel (Cape Central), Rylee McClintock and Grace Landewee (Notre Dame), and Kiley Bess and Khelie Spence (Poplar Bluff) rounded out the team.

On the second-team was SEMO Conference North Setter of the Year Madelyn Bourner and Katelyn Miller (Jackson), Morgan Hessenkemper, and Emily Spinner (Cape Central), Sarah Brennan and Maggie Eby (Notre Dame), and Haley Slaughter (Poplar Bluff). Jackson’s Haylee Quatmann and Olivia Ward, Notre Dame’s Natalie Timpe, and Poplar Bluff’s Adyson Kingree were named honorable mentions.

The SEMO Conference North Coach of the Year was Jackson’s Dave Mirly, who led his team to the Class 4, District 1 championship after the Indians defeated Farmington in three sets.

In the SEMO Conference South, Oran’s Kaylee Payne earned SEMO Conference South Hitter of the Year and earned a spot on the first team. New Madrid County Central’s Olivia Nelson also made the team.

Rounding out the first team were SEMO Conference South Player of the Year and Setter of the Year Melena Green, Camille Thomas, and Macy New (Kennett), and Jersey Black and SEMO Conference South Defensive Player of the Year Heather Conaway (Scott City).

Kennedi McVay and Heather Gosche from Oran, Mastajah Walker, and Jenny Duncan of NMCC, and Nicole Hart of Charleston earned a spot on the second team. Alyssa McFall and Ashley Wilthong (Scott City) rounded out the team.

Kennett’s Mallory Morrow earned honorable mention honors, and head coach Taylor Miller was the Coach of the Year. Kennett fell to the eventual Class 3, District 1 champion Perryville in the semifinals in straight sets.


Cobb was the lone Sikeston Bulldog to earn a spot on the Class 4, District 1 First or Second-Team.

The rest of the team had two players from Jackson (Stoner and Shinn), one from Cape Central (Vogel), one from Hillsboro (Mackenzie Baker), one from Farmington (Bridget Bone), and one from Poplar Bluff (Spence).

On the second team, Jackson had two representatives (Bourner and Miller), two from Hillsboro (Grace Ringling and Evelyn Roland), one from Farmington (Jade Roth), one from Poplar Bluff (Bess) and one from Cape Central (Hessenkemper).

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