2020 Semoball Awards Winter Sports Finalists named
Jacob Wiegand ~ Southeast Missourian
The 2020 Semoball Awards will be conducted in a "virtual" fashion on Facebook Live on July 11 at 7 p.m.
Here is a list of the 2019-20 Winter Sports Finalists for the 2020 Semoball Awards.
2019-20 Winter Semoball Nominees
Taydrianna Barnett, Sikeston
The senior forward averaged nearly 23 points and eight rebounds per game. Barnett earned SEMO Conference All-Conference honors and was a Class 4, District 1 All-District selection.
Kaylee Payne, Oran
The senior guard averaged nearly 15 points and over four assists per game. Payne helped the Eagles advance to the Class 2 state title game and was named Class 2 All-State, as well as was the Scott-Mississippi County Conference co-Player of the Year.
Emily Ederer, Doniphan
Ederer averaged 14 points and seven rebounds per game and was the top vote-getter in Class 3, District 1 All-District balloting. She helped the Donettes earn their first District title in 13 seasons.
Lexi Liau, Neelyville
Liau averaged nearly 16 points and seven rebounds per game, as she helped the Tigers win 20 games and the Class 2, District 1 championship. Liau played the final month of the season in a protective mask after suffering a broken palette.
Amiya Johnson, Hayti
Johnson averaged an astonishing 34 points, 12 rebounds, six steals, and five assists per game, as she helped the Indians win 18 of 25 games. She was named as the Bootheel Conference Player of the Year and has already scored over 1,200 points for her career despite being just a sophomore.
Kiley Bess, Poplar Bluff
The Saint Louis recruit helped the Mules win both the Class 5, District 1 title, as well as the Sectional championship. She averaged over 21 points per game and was named as the SEMO Conference Player of the Year, as well as being selected to the Class 5 All-State squad.
Lexi Rubel, Notre Dame
The 6-foot sophomore has raked in several NCAA Division I scholarship offers and helped the Bulldogs advance to the Class 4 State Finals this season. She displayed athleticism at both ends of the court and skill on both the perimeter, as well as the post. Rubel was a Class 4 All-State selection and helped Notre Dame win 25 games, which was the most in a decade.
Emma Brune, Saxony Lutheran
The versatile athlete helped the Crusaders win 18 games, including the Class 3, District 2 championship, as well as the Sectional title. Brune averaged over 22 points per game and was a Class 3 All-State selection and will play soccer at Southeast Missouri State next fall.
Ella Vogel, Cape Central
The 6-foot sophomore averaged 16 points and 11 rebounds per game in helping the Tigers win their most games (19) in more than a decade. She was named to the SEMO All-Conference and All-District squads, as well as the Team Holiday Classic and Benton Christmas Tournament honor squads.
Madison Lambert, Jackson
The Jackson forward averaged over 16 points per game and was the top free throw shooter (79 percent) in the SEMO Conference this season. She helped the Indians advance to the Class 5, District 1 title game and was named to the SEMO Conference All-Conference squad.
Payton Howard, Sikeston
The senior guard was named as the SEMO Conference Player of the Year after averaging over 17 points and five assists per game for the 16-win Bulldogs. He will play baseball at Saint Louis in the fall, but was a Class 4 All-State selection in basketball, as well as a Class 4, District 1 honoree.
Blessin Kimble, Charleston
The 6-foot-6 strongman in the post helped Charleston win 28 games and advance to the Class 3 State Finals. Kimble averaged over 14 points and eight rebounds per game and was named as a Class 3 All-State selection, as well as being All-District and All-Conference in the SEMO Conference. He posted 11 double-doubles this season.
Tyson Goodale, Oran
The 6-foot-1 forward averaged 20 points per game and shot an amazing 77 percent from 3-point range this season. He helped the Eagles advance to the Class 2 State Finals and was named to the Class 2 All-State squad, as well as being an all-conference selection in the Scott-Mississippi County Conference. Goodale also was a Class 2, District 3 selection.
Dalton Rudd, East Carter
Rudd was named all-conference in both the Ozark Foothills Conference and the Black River League after averaging nearly 18 points and over eight rebounds per game. He helped the Redbirds win 18 games and is East Carter’s second-leading scorer of all-time.
Levi Boyer, East Carter
Boyer averaged 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game while shooting 64 percent from the field. He was an All-District and All-Conference selection in both the Black River League and Ozark Foothills Conferences. He led the Redbirds in scoring, rebounding, free throws while notching 10 double-doubles.
Blake Fowler, Campbell
Fowler scored 27 points per game and was named as the Bootheel Conference Player of the Year after helping the Camels win 18 games. He was a Class 2 All-State selection and helped his team win the Bootheel Conference championship, as well as the Campbell Christmas Tournament.
Jacob Watkins, Cooter
The senior guard averaged 30 points per game in Tri-County Conference games and was ultimately named as the league’s Player of the Year. He averaged 25 points per game throughout the season and helped the Wildcats win 17 games, including the Class 1, District 1 championship.
Curtis Fowler, Neelyville
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Fowler helped the Tigers win 16 games this season, as he averaged nearly 16 points and 11 rebounds per game. He also blocked four shots per game and was named to the Class 2 All-State squad.
Jack Below, Advance
The senior scorer averaged 33 points per game and helped the Hornets win 23 games this season. Below was a Class 2 All-State selection, as well as the Stoddard County Athletic Association Player of the Year.
Tyler Landewee, Notre Dame
The Notre Dame point guard averaged 13.5 points per game and totaled a team-best 116 assists in helping the Bulldogs win 26 games and advance to the Class 4 State Finals. Landewee was All-State, All-Conference, and All-District and was named as the Southeast Missourian Player of the Year.
Tyrus Reddin, Cape Central
The Tiger senior point guard is the winningest player in Cape Central history after helping the program win 89 games and a Class 4 District title in his four seasons as a starter. Reddin helped Cape Central win 22 games this season, including the SEMO Conference Tournament.
Alaney Moore, Kelly
The junior infielder earned second team Class 2 All-State honors, as well as All-Conference honors after hitting .446 and scoring 28 times last fall. She helped the Hawks in 18 games and successfully stole eight bases in eight games.
Makenna Moore, East Carter
The senior standout helped the Redbirds win 22 games last fall and advance to the Class 2 state semifinals. She was an All-State selection who hit .419 with 32 RBIs while finishing 22-8 on the mound with 216 strikeouts.
Emma Drury, Sikeston
The senior infielder and pitcher earned All-Conference and All-District honors. She hit .357 with a slugging percentage of .571, while driving in 16 runs and scoring 24 times.
Riley Burger, Notre Dame
The centerfielder was named as the 2020 Southeast Missourian Player of the Year. She hit .518 and her 56 runs scored is a Notre Dame record. Burger stole 42 bases in the 2019 season on as many attempts and in her career was caught just once in 103 SB attempts.
Ainsley Burnett, Notre Dame
A freshman third baseman, Burnett had a school-record 55 RBIs on a .527 batting average. A second team all-state player, Burnett’s 58 hits are the most ever by a right-handed batter in school history.
Halle Heuring, Notre Dame
A junior right-fielder, Heuring hit .551 on the season and was named second team all-state. Her 59 hits are a school record.
Karli Johnson, Jackson
A sophomore hurler, Johnson went 13-6 on the mound with a 2.68 earned run average with 117 strikeouts, five shutouts, and two no-hitters. She was recognized as second team all-region.
Kelly Ivy, Kelly
The senior pitcher earned second-team All-Region, as well as All-Conference honors, as she helped the Hawks win 18 games. Offensively, she hit .340 with a .460 slugging percentage and drove in 21 runs, while scoring 27 times. She earned 17 wins on the mound and walked just 12 hitters in over 173 innings.
Ann-Marie Simpson, Perryville
A junior outfielder and pitcher, Simpson was 4-2 on the mound with 24 strikeouts in 39 innings. In the field, Simpson hit .494 with five doubles, seven triples, and 20 RBI. She was second team All-State.
Sierra Burch, Jackson
A second team all-region player, the senior third baseman, hit .464 with 4 HRs, 33 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Girls Swimming and Diving
Paige Bradley, Poplar Bluff
Perhaps the most versatile aquatic athlete in the state, as she finished 8th in the MSHSAA Class 2 State Finals in the 50 free, while also finishing 6th in the diving competition. Bradley also helped the Mules’ take 24th in the 200 medley relay (swimming the fly leg) and 22nd in the 200 free relay.
Audrey Cisne, Poplar Bluff
Swam the lead-off backstroke leg in the Mules’ 200 medley relay that placed 24th in the MSHSAA Class 2 State Finals, while also participating in the 200 free relay that placed 22nd.
Ava Duncan, Cape Central
The junior made the finals in four events at the Class 1 MSHSAA State Finals and led-off the winning 200 medley relay squad, while also setting a school record in the prelims of the 100 back. She was the 2020 Southeast Missourian Swimmer of the Year.
Lauren Lamar, Cape Central
The sophomore was the lone new swimmer on the defending state champion 200 medley relay team, but her tremendous butterfly split of 27.28 set the stage for the clinching free leg swam by Grace Sanders. She made the finals in three other events, finishing ninth (400 free relay), 14th (100 free), and 16th (50 free).
Bella Dennis, Cape Central
The sophomore breaststroker swam a critical leg of the state championship 200 medley relay squad, as she overtook the top-seed Parkway Central team midway through the race. Individually, she finished sixth in the 100 breast and 25th in the 100 fly, while also helping Cape take ninth in the 400 free relay.
Grace Sanders, Cape Central
The junior freestyler clinched a state championship with the anchor leg of the 200 medley relay squad, as favored Parkway Central tried to chase her down. Just minutes later, she swam to a 16th place finish in the 200 free. Sanders also placed 26th in the 500 free and helped the Tigers take ninth in the 400 free relay.
Lexi Jansen, Notre Dame
The sophomore helped the Bulldogs finish 16th in the 200 medley relay (swimming the butterfly leg) and 22nd in the 200 free relay.
Bayley Thompson, Saxony Lutheran
The junior diver missed advancing to the finals at the MSHSAA Class 1 state meet by one place, as her score of 228.30 finished 17th overall.
Savannah Spencer, Saxony Lutheran
The sophomore qualified for the MSHSAA Class 1 State Finals as an individual in both the 200 free (placing 22nd) and the 100 back (18th).
Hadley Wyatt, Jackson
The sophomore diver advanced to the MSHSAA Class 2 State Finals on the momentum of a record-setting performance at the SEMO Conference Meet. Wyatt defended her 2019 title by narrowly beating 2018 champion Paige Bradley of Poplar Bluff with a score of 439.55, which topped her record set a year earlier of 415.40.
Quinten Bell, Poplar Bluff
The senior won 35 matches this season and was an MSHSAA Class 4 state qualifier. He placed second at the District Meet and third in the SEMO Conference Meet in the 138-pound category.
Gatlin Taylor, Poplar Bluff
The sophomore won 31 matches this season in the 106-pound class and qualified for the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals. He took third in the District Meet and second in the SEMO Conference Meet.
Travis Waldner, Dexter
The senior won 50 matches this season with his lone defeat taking place in the state title match in the 170-pound category. His career record was 178-15 and is a two-time Semoball Awards winner.
Garner Horman, Jackson
The junior was named as the Southeast Missourian Wrestler of the Year after placing third in the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals. He won 40 of his 44 matches this season. Horman was Academic All-State and Academic All-Conference.
Dawson Bevens, Cape Central
The 132-pound Tiger grappler won a pair of matches in the MSHSAA Class 3 State Finals. His senior campaign ended having won 35 of 43 matches.
Cole Amelunke, Jackson
The 195-pound athlete won four of his six matches at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals and earned a fourth-place medal. The Indian senior medaled at state for the second consecutive year, finished his career with a 39-3 mark in his final year at the high school level. Amelunke was Academic All-State and Academic All-Conference.
Josh Pullen, Cape Central
The 195-pound wrestler claimed a pair of matches at the MSHSAA Class 3 State Finals and wrapped his senior year with a 32-5 mark. Pullen was also named Academic All-Conference.
Alec Bailey, Jackson
The 126-pounder won a couple of matches at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals and captured the sixth-place medal. The senior closed out his career with a 42-11 record. Bailey received Academic All-State and Academic All-Conference recognition.
Riley Wiseman, Jackson
The 113-pounder earned a berth at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals to close out his career. He won 42 of 49 matches this season. Wiseman was awarded Academic All-Conference recognition.
Noah Uhrhan, Jackson
The 160-pound athlete won a match at the MSHSAA Class 4 State Finals. He finished this past season with a 35-13 record and was named Academic All-Conference.
La’Niaa Brown, Cape Central
The first Tiger female to ever qualify for the MSHSAA State Finals, the freshman split her four matches at the event and finished the season with 16 wins in the 142-pound category.
Cherei Jones, Sikeston
The senior finished her season with a 35-4 record and was undefeated for most of the season. Her only losses came in the district tournament and the state championships. She finished with 27 pinfall wins, two technical falls, and one major decision victory. Jones will wrestle next season for Fontbonne University.
Kate Grubbs, Sikeston
The sophomore won 29 matches this season, with 21 being by pinfalls. She was the SEMO Conference champion in the 125-pound class and qualified for the MSHSAA State Finals, where she won her opening match.
Lila Eckert, Sikeston
The sophomore won 26 matches this season with 17 being by pinfalls. She qualified for the MSHSAA State Finals and was the 135-pound champion in the SEMO Conference Meet.
Bre Thresher, Poplar Bluff
The sophomore won the SEMO Conference championship in the 103-pound class and finished the season with 13 victories.