The Thayer High School Athletic Department wrapped up a busy summer and is looking forward to a successful 2002 in sports competition.
Summer baseball found Aaron Henry and Anthony Martin playing for the Willow Springs Junior Varsity American Legion team coached by Thayer residents Joe Henry and Tony Martin. The Bears continue to build a strong program with some of the best talent in the area.
Lindan Caldwell played on the A-1 Rentals Cardinals 13- to 15-year-old Babe Ruth team in the West Plains Parks League. The Cardinals won the league title with a record of 11-1 behind the pitching of Thayer's Caldwell. The big, right-handed hurler had his sidearm curveball working all summer. The team won first place in the season-ending tournament and also competed in the Mansfield Babe Ruth League.
Kyle Goetting played for the West Plains Varsity American Legion team with the highlight of his summer being a Final Four appearance in the Lockeroom Classic Tournament in Mountain Home. The team took home a 6-foot-tall trophy for a fourth place finish and were also awarded the sportsmanship trophy.
The Bobcat cheerleaders attended a MSHSAA sponsored camp in Rolla in June and later went to a Universal Cheerleaders of America camp in Jonesboro. Sponsor Janie Thompson said she was pleased to announce that five cheerleaders on the squad were awarded All-America medals. The cheerleaders also placed the first trophy in the new trophy case in the lobby of Thayer High School. The trophy was for a superior rating at the UCA camp.
The Thayer FFA trapshooting team competed in the Missouri State High School Trapshooting Championships in Linn Creek.
Advisor Dean Vandergriff stated that he was pleased with the performances of Jeremy Barton, Austin Brewer and Lindan Caldwell.
Caldwell tied for second in state with a score of 94 out of 100. The trapshooting team recently received a $500 donation from the Herb Jones Memorial Fund. Jones was Lindan Caldwell's grand uncle and operated the Thayer Gun Club for 35 years. Jones also coached the 1995 State Championship Trapshooting team at Thayer High School.
The Area 10 FFA Trapshoot is scheduled for Sept. 10 in Salem.
Fall softball practice is under way with new Head Coach B.J. Adams.
Thayer competed last fall in district for the first time in several years.
Early word from the veteran players is "we should go to state this season."
The fast pitch action begins on Sept. 3 with a trip to Gainesville.
The Lady Cats will be led by 2001 All-District selections Megan Underwood and Sarah Caldwell.
Thayer will field a cross country team for the first time with Coach John Tollenaar heading the program.
The Lady Cats volleyball program continues to excel thanks to the hard work and competitive spirit of Coach Jeremy Lewis.
Thayer again hosted the SMSU Grizzly's staff in a summer volleyball camp/clinic. The Grizzlies are one of the top junior college programs in the country and will again host the Junior College National Championships in West Plains this year.
July 18 and 19 found the Lady Cats competing in the SMSU Team Camp at the West Plains Civic Center. The girls posted a record of 3-1.
In the second-place game, with two starters absent, the Lady Cats were matched up against the West Plains Zizzers, owners of several AAAA State Championships.
After two very close sets, the Lady Cats came out on top.
Seniors Allison Arnold and Leanne Turner will anchor this year's team.
The season opens with a game in the newly air conditioned Thayer High School gym Sept. 3 against Koshkonong.
Boys' Head Basketball Coach Cliff Hawkins should have a strong team again with four returning starters from last year's record setting team which included an SCA title and a final state ranking of number eight.
The varsity boys competed in the SMSU Springfield team camp and compiled a 17-2 record, finishing second in the tournament with a 2-point loss to Sparta.
Jared Gaines was awarded the hustle award at the camp.
Aaron Henry played in the AYBA National 9th Grade Tournament in Evansville, Ind. this summer.
Aug. 11 brought the Marching Bobcat Band together in preparation for the upcoming football season.
Director of bands Adam Rouse is working hard to have the Marching Bobcats their best at home games this fall. The band and choir will also present Christmas and spring concerts with Mr. Rouse joining in with his outstanding talent.
The Thayer High School Booster Club will be organizing now that school has begun.
New members and helpers are always welcomed.
Individual memberships are $5, with family and business memberships going for $10.
All funds raised through the club's activities are used to help with high school sports.