Twelve Maries County athletes earn All-GVC basketball honors

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Days removed from Halle Smith and Gracie Schultz being named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) Class 3, District 4 Girls Basketball All-District Team, those two and 10 additional basketball players from Belle and Vienna all earned postseason accolades from the Gasconade Valley Conference (GVC) coaches.

Following voting last Tuesday night in Cuba amongst coaches from Belle, Bourbon, Cuba, Steelville, Vienna and Viburnum, a total of 12 Maries County basketball players were selected to their respective All-GVC basketball teams.

Out of 17 players on the All-GVC Girls Basketball team, six of them hailed from Maries County.

Adding to her MBCA Class 3, District 4 All-District nod, Smith was named the GVC’s Most Valuable Player after leading Belle’s Lady Tigers to a 21-6 regular season along with a 4-1 mark in the GVC.

Smith finished her sophomore season averaging 18.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.6 blocked shots per contest. Smith was also named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) at the Russellville Tournament along with helping the Lady Tigers to another tournament title in Cole County at Eugene.

Evin Farris’ Lady Tigers earned a share of their first GVC title in over a decade with Steelville and Cuba who also finished with 4-1 league marks.

Steelville’s lone GVC loss came to Belle while Cuba handed Belle its’ only GVC loss. Cuba’s loss in GVC play came to Steelville creating the three-way tie.

 Lady Tigers joining Smith earning All-GVC honors included Schultz (1st Team), Chloe Krause (1st Team), Baylie Cadwallader (Honorable Mention) and Olivia Sanders (Honorable Mention).

Schultz also posted solid numbers for her sophomore season averaging 13.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.6 steals per game.

Krause just missed averaging double digits in scoring putting up 8.2 points per game. She also added 2.2 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.6 steals per contest.

Sanders was second on the team in rebounds pulling down 4.3 caroms a game.

Jason Kampeter’s first year as head coach of Vienna’s Lady Eagle basketball team had two of his players be recognized by the GVC coaches.

Junior Kamyrn Hayes earned All-GVC First Team honors while senior Jordyn Steffen was named one of six honorable mention selections.

Hayes averaged 10.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game leading the team in both statistical categories.

Steffen was second in both scoring and rebounding averaging 6.1 points and 5.8 boards per game.

Other All-GVC First-Team selections included Sydney Booker (Steelville), Audrey Williams (Cuba), Alyssa Church (Steelville), Molly Mitchell (Cuba), Andrea Blount (Viburnum), Naomi Perkins (Steelville), Colbe Radford (Bourbon) and Kiyah Bast (Cuba).

Joining Cadwallader, Sanders and Steffen as All-GVC Honorable Mention picks were Ashlyn Lewis (Bourbon), Tatumn Boyer (Viburnum) and Faith Bair (Steelville).

On the boy’s side, two Belle Tigers and three Vienna Eagles earned recognition from the GVC.

Averaging 13.1 points and six rebounds a game, Tiger senior Brett Butler was the lone first-team selection for Tim Evans’ Belle squad.

Greg Koetting’s first year as Vienna Eagle head basketball coach saw senior Caid Stockstill selected to the All-GVC First Team.

Along with being named to the South Callaway All-Tournament Team, Stockstill averaged 14.5 points, 5.2 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest during his final season in a Vienna Eagle basketball uniform. In GVC games, Stockstill averaged 13.4 points, 8.8 assists, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals per contest.

Joining Butler and Stockstill on the All-GVC Boy’s Basketball First Team were GVC MVP Tanner Diaz (Steelville), Garrett Marshall (Steelville), Aaron Farris (Bourbon), Jonathan Bayless (Cuba), Malachi Gray (Steelville), Ryan Fetters (Bourbon), Trent Bass (Steelville), Chase Cottrell (Steelville), Simon Siebert (Cuba) and Ethan Boyle (Viburnum).

Finishing 12-14 overall and 3-2 in the GVC, Koetting Eagles finished tied for second in conference play.

Three out of the four All-GVC honorable mention selections hailed from Maries County with two Belle Tigers and a Vienna Eagle.

Belle Tiger basketball players earning All-GVC Honorable Mention nods included senior Levi Fortner and sophomore Lane Feeler. Vienna Eagle sophomore Nathan Kleffner was also selected to the All-GVC Honorable Mention squad along with Bourbon’s Eric Sans Souci.

Kleffner helped his cause averaging 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in GVC play.

Overall, the Eagle sophomore put up 10.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest throughout the entire season.

Winning the GVC Title with a 4-0 run through the conference, Steelville’s Cardinals saw their season end after a 53-52 loss to St. James in the MSHSAA Class 3, District 4 Boy’s Tournament Championship Game at St. James High School.

Sharing the GVC Girl’s Basketball Title with Belle and Cuba, Steelville’s Lady Cardinals also saw their season end in the Class 3, District 4 Girls Title game at St. James following a 32-27 loss to the host Lady Tigers.