Lakers top Tigers 3-0

Camdenton took care of business on its home pitch with a 3-0 win over Waynesville Tuesday night, but there was a special group of people on hand for the occasion.

The Lakers hosted their first annual “Teacher Appreciation Night” and 17 teachers and coaches were invited to come out and be recognized for the impact they made on players. Each varsity player picked one teacher or coach and wrote them a letter while inviting them to the game. Teachers were recognized before kickoff and received a shirt and some complimentary food while watching the action.

“It was fun talking to the girls about the impact others have on their lives,” Camdenton coach Chris Byington said. “The team being greater than an individual is a major concept we continue to talk about each day.

“It was a fun time and we are definitely going to be doing this each year.”

The teachers and coaches that were recognized were Allison Bowman, Chris Edgar, Danny Stoelting, David Weber, J.D. Hunter, Karen Rowe, Lisbeth Sandavol, Paige McCane, Stephanie Middleton, Charles Poe, Amy Atler, Kirk Richey, Susan Skinner, Tyler Dinsdale, Zach Franklin, Angela Farou and Karen Johnson.

Turns out, they had a pretty good game to watch too as the Lakers scored all three of their goals in the first half. Aeryn Kennedy scored all three of those goals for a hat trick performance. She made a run in the first 10 minutes to get a good look for the first one and proceeded to finish the other two goals via a penalty kick and free kick.

“We played well and it was a solid win,” Byington noted of the Ozark Conference matchup. “Waynesville was a solid team, but we were able to weather some storms and get through the game. I am proud of how the girls are focused on performance rather than results. We are growing and continue to grow each game.”

The Lakers improved to 4-5 overall and remain unbeaten in conference play at 3-0. Up next is a home game against Osage for a Lake area showdown on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.