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  • 2013 Fall Sports Superlatives: Most Improved Teams

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  • Camdenton Softball
    We all knew last season that Camdenton was good. But this season, the Lady Lakers took it a step further. Finishing with a 13-12 record, the Lady Lakers combined the experience of last season’s squad with new incoming talent, and it paid off in big ways. The upperclassmen boasted a number of talented players, including Danielle Owens at catcher, Bailey Bilyeu at shortstop and Danielle Ballard in the outfield, and those experienced players helped prepare an incoming freshmen class for a good season. The addition of two new starting pitchers on varsity proved to be the missing key to the puzzle for Camdenton, and with nearly the full team returning next season, this squad is poised to take it to the next level.
    Osage Volleyball
    The Lady Indians made the jump this season, with some modifications to their defense, by finally breaking the spell of finishing with a win-loss ratio that reached over .500, something the school hasn’t been able to do in more than four seasons. This year’s team managed to finish 14-13-3, led by outstanding play by Joselyn Nuckolls and Maddy Homan. The team’s run was cut short in the first round of districts, however, with a loss to Springfield Catholic.
    Osage Soccer
    It's hard to say that this team has improved, as they lost their leading scorer from last season and finished with a record of 6-17-1, but the reason we say they are improved is that any person who watched this team this season can see the change that took place from the beginning to the end. By the end of the season, Osage had finally found a way to compete, and even being underdogs, they managed to battle back and secure a spot in the district championship game, which they failed to do in 2012. Sure, they lost to a very talented team, but to claim the district runner up and manage to stay in the game against a team who had yet to lose, well, that goes down in our books as a moral victory.

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