Posted: May. 3, 2020 12:01 AM
Despite the lack of games and direct sports to keep us entertained, news kept circulating. So let’s make an arrest …
Chandler Bevans, a 6-foot-7 All-American striker from John Wood Community College, announced he would continue his career at Central Methodist University, a NAIA school at the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Clark County products finished their second season with an average of 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds, while firing 51.3 percent from the field and 72.7 percent from the line. He was named the Region 24 Player of the Year and the second All-American team.
CMU went 12-18 last season with a team that passed four seniors.
º Some interesting additions to the lineup for the fourth annual Quincy Shootout give this event a bit of local talent while continuing to carry talented programs.
Moline, who was trained by former Quincy High School captain Sean Taylor, will play two matches in a two-day event, scheduled for January 29-30, 2021, at the Blue Devil Gym. The Maroons will face Quincy in the Western Big Six Conference confrontation on Friday night and follow up with Saturday’s match with a fight that has not yet been announced.
The Maroons returned their three top scorers from last winter, including sophomore guard Kyle Taylor, the coach’s son who made big shots in both battles with the Blue Devils.
Also joining the penalty shootout was Keokuk, a team that won 16 matches last season, returned a lot of talent and was coached by Zach Summers, a native of Hancock County who had previously coached in Knox County. The Heads joined Liberty and Monroe City in giving the event some local talent.
º Lauren Dale makes a great resume as a softball player. Now, he can build his legacy as a coach.
Better yet, he will do it at home.
The former Knox County and Truman State standout was recently named the next head softball coach in Knox County. He replaces Zach Short, who resigned in March to take over the softball program in Keokuk, Iowa. Dale was Short’s assistant last fall after graduating from Truman State last spring.
Twice all-state throwers in high school, he set a record of 45-7 and 1.27 ERA in 250 career innings with more than 400 strikeouts. He went to pitch in Truman State, going 51-30 with 2.74 ERA and two Great Valley Valley Conference honors. He also played in the NCAA Tournament three times.
º Hannibal is reviving the swimming program for inactive boys, and there is no need to find a distant trainer to make water splashes.
Mindy Prenger, head coach of the women’s swimming team, agreed to take over as coach of the men’s team. Prenger has coached the women’s team for the past five years, sending swimmers to the state championship three times. Last year, Pirates had two place swimmers in the last 16 at the state meeting.
“We are in a year of rebuilding, which will establish a foundation built on strong working knowledge of blows, competition and focus on the needs of swimmers,” Prenger told Hannibal Courier-Post. “This is something I do as a girl’s head coach, and what I will do when I take over the boys program.”