Osage boys' tennis
Dual record: 14-0
Perfect season culminates at state tournament
School of the Osage’s boys’ tennis team couldn’t have had a much better season than it just completed.
The Indians were a perfect 14-0 in dual meets, winning twelve of those duals 9-0 and the other two 8-1.
The numbers are a good indication of how dominant Osage was on the court during the regular season. At times the disparity in execution and talent on the court between the Indians and their opposition made it look like their opponents hadn’t ever picked up a raquet.
Along with a perfect season, the Indians captured the team title at the three tournaments they entered — the Camdenton, Waynesville and Osage tournaments.
The Indians then captured a district title for the second year in a row while Adam Keith took the district singles title and Ryan Curran/Thomas Uhl won the doubles district title.
Osage went on to the Class 1 state tournament, where they faced much tougher competition than they had faced throughout the regular season and district tournament. The season ended for Keith and the team of Curran/Thomas on the first day of play in Springfield.
It was a fitting end for the career of head coach Adam Blacksher, who after 25 years at the helm of Indian boys’ tennis will call it a career.
Blacksher t is taking with him memories of the remarkable 2014 team.
"I was blessed with such a good group of kids this year and I'm very proud of them," he said.
Camdenton boys' golf
The Laker boys’ golf team just finished a season to be remembered, and arguably its best in 25 years.
1989 was the last time Camdenton High School sent more than one boy to the state golf tournament. Michael Pfitzner, Braden Demark and Michael Hake all qualified this past season to end that drought.
After a respectable regular season, the Lakers placed second at both the conference and district meets and headed to sectionals in Carthage with a chance to qualify for the Class 4 state meet as a team.
Camdenton played its best round of golf of the season at sectionals, carding a 18-hole total of 315. That score put the Lakers in third place by a mere five strokes, just missing qualifying for state, as the top two teams from each sectional meet advance.
However, the afore-mentioned trio still had good enough rounds that day to qualify for state as individuals.
Demark and Pfitzner both placed in the top 30 at the state meet, while Hake finished 81st.
Osage girls' soccer
Overall record: 20-5
After a very successful 2013 season, there were high expectations for School of the Osage’s girls’ soccer team in 2014.
With most of last year’s loaded squad returning, a roster full of individuals that received several accolades, there was excitement and hope for the Indians to build upon that success.
School of the Osage’s girls’ soccer team won its district championship once again and returned to the state tournament this season, and for that they also earned a return visit to this list.
More remarkable is the the fact that the Indians accomplished all these feats despite being under new leadership as Angie Libby was in her first year as Osage’s head coach.
The Indians got plenty of recognition for their efforts. Libby was named the All-Region Public School Coach of the Year and two of the Osage players, junior defensive backfield player Megan Atkin and freshman forward Morgan Breneman, were named to the All-Region team.
Atkin led the defense to pitch shut outs in 16 matches, including not allowing a goal to be scored on them during both matches of the district tournament.
Breneman spearheaded an equally productive offense. Osage netted at least four goals in 15 of its 25 matches, including attaining to double digits in goals four times.
Unfortunately for the Indians, the draw in thei first match of the state tournament was an unlucky one, as Osage had to face a vaunted Springfield Catholic squad on its home pitch.
“Springfield [Catholic] is a very good team...there is no doubt they can make it to the final four,” Libby commented.
This is a program that is building not only momentum, but consistency. With another year of high-level success on its resume, the conversation about the best teams in the state going forward will have to include the School of the Osage Indians.