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Missouri All-State Boy’s Fastpitch Softball team announced

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Missouri is the only state that offers a high school boy’s fastpitch softball program. League play finalizes with a state tournament.
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WINSTON, MO – Twenty high schools play boys fastpitch softball in the northwest part of Missouri. And from the recently completed state tournament, 16 young men were selected to the All-State team, of which 13 are seniors, and 9 of the 16 were unanimous selections.

Thirteen teams played in the 2010 state tournament with the Jefferson Eagles capturing the championship.

The All-State team:

  • Norbert Henry, Jefferson 12, US
  • Jacob Stoll, Jefferson 12, US, A-S 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Colton Holtman, Jefferson 12, US, A-S 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Clayton Schieber, Jefferson 11, US, A-S 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Japheth Busick, Newtown-Harris 12, US
  • Kameron Cool, Newtown-Harris 12, US
  • Taylor Eoff, Gilman City 12, US, A-S 2008-09, 2009-10
  • Nick Wilson, Gilman City 12
  • Ross Oram, Gilman City 12, US
  • Jedd Stark, Tina-Avalon 12
  • Tanner Bowen, North Harrison 12
  • Brett Perkins, North Harrison 11, US
  • Tanner Baker, Meadville 12
  • Justin Conover, Pattonsburg 12
  • Jordan Whitney, Grundy 12
  • Trenton Troyer, Tri-County 11
  • US: Unanimous Selection
    A-S: All-State and years

    2010 – 2011 State Tournament Order of Finish – 13 team bracket
    1. Jefferson Eagles
    2. Newtown-Harris Tigers
    3. Gilman City Hawks
    4. Tina-Avalon Dragons
    5. North Harrison Shamrocks
    6. Meadville
    7. Tri-County, Pattonsburg
    9. Hale, Mercer, Northwester, Winston, Grundy

    Other boy’s softball schools include: Cainsville, Ridgeway, North Daviess, Bosworth, Stet, SW Livingston, Breckenridge.

    Next year’s State Tournament is Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 2011.

    Eric Lewis
    Winston HS
    Missouri Boys’ High School Fastpitch Chairman

    Jefferson Eagles capture Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Championship

    Tuesday, October 5th, 2010


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    By ERIC LEWIS / Head Coach Winston
    CHILLICOTHE, MO – The Jefferson Eagles of Conception Junction swept through the Missouri Boys State (fastpitch) Softball Tournament, Oct. 1-2, with a 3-0 record. Enroute to the title, the Eagles defeated Tri County, 16-0, Gilman City, 8-0, And Newton Harris, 15-1.

    Since 2002-2003, Jefferson has won eight of nine state championships. In 2007-2008, the Pattonsburg Panthers captured the title, with Jefferson finishing third.

    2010 State Tournament Top Five Teams
    First Place- Jefferson Eagles…Coaches Tyler Pedersen, Kyle McQuinn, Tim Jermain
    Second Place-Newtown-Harris Tigers…Coaches Tim Cool and Robert Foster
    Third Place-Gilman City Hawks…..Coaches Brent Burke and Jacob Wilson
    Fourth Place-Tina-Avalon Dragons….Coaches Jake Reardon and Bob Long
    Fifth Place-North Harrison Shamrocks…..Coaches Brandon Craig and Danny Lisle

    Trenton Republican Times tournament story
    Newtown-Harris, Gilman City and Tri-County all three took their shots, but none could upend the Jefferson Eagles at the Missouri Boys State Softball Tournament in Chillicothe…Continue reading the rest of the story

    19th Annual Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Tournament

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

    File photo By BOB OTTO

    CHILLICOTHE, MO – Congratulations on a successful softball season. Your team has earned a spot in the 2010 Missouri Boys State Fastpitch Softball Tournament. The tournament is comprised of the top teams in the state that play boys fastpitch softball.

    The tournament includes 13 of the 18 teams from around the state.

    Representing the HDC Conference in Northern Missouri are Tri-County, North Harrison, Gilman City, Pattonsburg, Grundy County, Newtown-Harris, Winston and Mercer.

    Representing the PVC Conference from Northwest Missouri is Jefferson. And representing the CLAA Conference in North Central Missouri are Tina-Avalon, Hale, Meadville and Northwestern.

    All games for the tournament will be played on October 1-2 at Danner Park (See link below for park address) in Chillicothe, Missouri. The fields are located east of the Chillicothe Country Club and south of the Green Hills Golf Course near the hospital.

    Games will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday and conclude with the Championship at 3:00 on Saturday.

    Newtown-Harris will be making programs for the tournament. All schools involved should e-mail the official roster form to Jeremy Parsons of Newtown-Harris jparsons@nhtigers.k12.mo.us and Eric Lewis of Winston elewis@winston.k12.mo.us by noon, Wednesday.

    Each school needs to complete their pass list and e-mail it to Eric Lewis at elewis@winston.k12.mo.us

    Do not add additional adult spots to your passlist.

    Each school is required to provide a new game ball for each game. We are looking forward to another exciting and competitive tournament this year. Good luck to all the teams and we look forward to seeing you at the State Tournament!

    Good Luck,
    Eric Lewis
    Winston High School
    WHS 660-749-5456
    fax 660-749-5432
    cell 660-334-0986

    Darl Danner Memorial Park Website

    Missouri high school fastpitch, keeping an American sport alive

    Friday, September 10th, 2010

    LUDLOW, MO – There are few opportunities to play boy’s fast pitch softball but two high school leagues in northwest Missouri are hanging onto the traditional small town sport.

    One such league is the Carroll-Livingston Activities Association which has eight boy’s teams taking the field this season.

    Today the sport is classified as an “emerging” sport by the Missouri state high school activities association because there are less than fifty teams registered to play.

    Missouri is the only state that offers a boy’s (fall) high school fastpitch program. The addition of eighth graders helps teams fill their rosters to assure that squads continue to play.

    With the numbers of participants falling with small school enrollments it was a welcome rule change for Southwest who added eighth grader Ryan Bell to create a ten man roster.

    This summer Rolla, Missouri served as the host of (the Amateur Softball Association) three boy’s and men’s national fast pitch tournaments and the winner was Northwest Implement of Maryville, Missouri in both the Boys 16-Under and 18-Under tournaments.

    Northwest Implement Coach and sponsor, Greg McQuinn has four boys who play the sport. McQuinn’s sons and their friends. Kyle, 22, Brett, 21, Ryan, 18, and Troy, 17. McQuinn has made sure his boys have teams to play on, including the Jefferson High team in Conception Junction, a small town in northwestern Missouri.

    The Jefferson Eagles have quite a fastpitch history, winning five consecutive state championships from 2002-2007.

    “Developing pitching starts in about the sixth or seventh grade,” said McQuinn, who is also the school board president of Jefferson High School.

    Northwest Implement plays about a 40-game summer schedule. They play in the men’s league in St. Joseph and in weekend tournaments.

    McQuinn’s brother-in-law is Eric Lewis, the athletic director and boy’s softball coach at Winston High Schoo, who helps McQuinn in the drive to save boy’s and men’s fastpitch by forming boy’s teams.

    This year five teams played in the national 16-Under tournament, four teams in the 18-Under and seven in the men’s 23-Under. Teams traveled from Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, South Dakota, Utah, and Minnesota to participate.

    The Jefferson Eagles have won the Missouri state high school tournament seven times since it’s beginning in 1992. In that initial year CLAA member Meadville claimed third place behind North Harrison and Bunceton. Bosworth was second in 1993, and Hale claimed third in 1994. Tina-Avalon was second in 1996 and that year Bosworth was third. T.A. again placed in 1998 with a third and in 1999 Bosworth was the champion for the first of back to back championships.

    In 2000 a squad from Southwest captured second place, and until 2009 the CLAA was vacant from the top three until Tina Avalon won third place.

    The Southwest boys faced the CLAA’s strongest two teams to begin the 2010 season in Meadville and T.A., and made a lot of improvements over the two game span in their losses.

    “It really helps to get experience on the field,” said Coach Marj Locker about the boy’s team who is led by young players with no experience in the game.

    Last year the school did not field a team and there’s a lot of ground to be made up. The biggest obstacle is trying to develop a pitcher in three week’s time, added Coach Locker.

    This season the pitcher most likely to see the most time is freshman Brandon Bothwell who has yet to learn to windmill, but is learning the basics for the moment.

    “It takes several seasons to become a really good windmill pitcher, so it was a real challenge to ask Brandon to take the pitcher’s plate after just three weeks, but he is doing an admirable job,” Locker said.

    Freshman Cole Upton has a quick glove and has started at the short stop position. Sophomore Caden Hacker is steady at second base, and freshman Alec Trent is working in the outfield.

    The rest of the roster is made up of football players who must first fulfill their obligations at football practices and are pulling double duty trying to practice some softball and attend games after football practice is over.

    “I haven’t heard any complaints yet about the occasional double practice and we sure had a fun time playing against T.A. last week,” said Coach Locker.

    For now the Southwest boys are doing their best against the odds and playing the roll of the underdog as they help to keep an American sport alive.

    Someone to know: Greg McQuinn, Missouri boy’s fastpitch

    Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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    MARYVILLE, MO – By day Greg McQuinn sells the green and yellow, by night and on the weekends, he wears it. And so do his four boys.

    McQuinn is co-owner and general manager of Northwest Implement, a John Deere dealership in Maryville. The dealership is well known among Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska farmers.

    But in fastpitch softball, it has quite a reputation as well.

    In the 2009 ASA Boy’s National Tournament, Northwest Implement won the age 16-under division national championship. And over the past few years, McQuinn’s teams have notched a couple of seconds in other age divisions as well.

    McQuinn started sponsoring and coaching boy’s fastpitch six years a go. All because of his sons and their friends. Kyle, 22, Brett, 21, Ryan, 18, and Troy, 17 have a fondness for fastpitch. And McQuinn has made sure his boys have teams to play on.

    “I’ll keep helping them as long as they want to keep playing,” said McQuinn, 47.

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