Camdenton's 2013 season ended with disappointment in yet another state quarterfinal loss to Parkway Central, but Coach Jeff Shore and his team have no reason to hang their heads low after finishing their season with a 10-2 record and being one of the top eight teams in Class 5.
With a combination of offensive prowess and a tough (and stingy) defense, the Lakers finished their regular season with only one loss, which came at the hands of another talented team, the Kickapoo Chiefs.
Camdenton's defense proved to be a tough matchup all year long, as they allowed an average of less than 20 points per game.
Their offense, normally known for its powerful running attack, developed a deadly passing game with the transfer of Bo Dean taking the helm at quarterback. Paired up with the explosive duo of Kullen Carlock and Ryan Elliott, the Lakers' passing game proved to be their strongest asset, but that didn't mean they abandoned the run.
Led by seniors Matt Endsley and Luke Burris, the Lakers added Josh Martin in to what became a porductive running back committee, with Endsley providing the power, Burris the speed, and Martin a combination of both.
The Lakers' win over Waynesville gave the team their fourth district title in a row, their third under Jeff Shore.
Camdenton’s squad managed to not only remain competitive, but dangerous to any team. Their two losses this season were decided by a total of 12 points between the two games.
The Mustangs from 2011 led the team to a winning season, and the squad of 2012 took it a step even further, winning Eldon’s first district title in football in years.
This season, the Mustangs were once again just as powerful and productive, with a three-headed rushing attack leading the offense for the regular season and smart play by the defense, as they focused on swarming to the ball. In the day of the quarterback, where everyone wants to see a dominant aerial attack, the Mustangs are a prime example that the basics, the tried-and-true methods, are always successful.
With a second district title under the belt, Eldon advanced on to another state quarterfinal, where they were defeated by Seneca.
Macks Creek Softball
The Macks Creek Lady Pirates fell just short of a district title this season, falling in a 3-2 loss to Montrose in the district championship game. The Lady Pirates’ season, however, can still be called a success, as they lost just seven games, winning seventeen and finishing fourth in the Weaubleau Tournament and second in the Hermitage Tournament.
The Lady Pirates were effective on both sides of the ball, working on a tough defense and consistent batting, and the team had five players selected to the All-District team.