Missouri Military Academy honored its spring sports teams at a special banquet on campus. MMA’s baseball, tennis, track and field, golf, Raiders, and Middle School track teams convened in Barnard Hall for Friday night’s dinner. Athletic Director LT John Noel began the night with a few comments recapping the season, including MMA’s unprecedented season sweep over Wentworth Military Academy in all competitive events in 2011-2012.
Coaches of their respective sports recognized players who contributed the most on the field and on the track this spring. Most Valuable Player, Best Sportsmanship, and Most Improved Player were just some of the honors bestowed on the athletes. Varsity athletes were also given their letters.
Noel also presented the yearly awards to the most outstanding athletic cadets.
Missouri Military Academy’s varsity baseball Colonels hit the road again yesterday for their fifth game of the spring season and came away with a 7-3 victory. The Colonels took on Glasgow High School, who play their home games at Central Methodist University in Fayette. Senior Travis Skinner ’12 was nearly flawless for the Colonels, giving up no earned runs and scattering three hits over seven innings. Skinner also fanned 11 Yellowjackets.
Coach McDonald addresses the team before Monday’s game. Photo by Dalton Blackwell ’14.
Dr. Gregory McDonald says defense was a bit of an issue again in this game, as all three Glasgow runs were the result of errors. McDonald added that Skinner’s well-pitched game kept the Colonels on top despite the defensive woes.
The varsity baseball Colonels are off until Tuesday, April 24, when they host Silex at Calvert Field.
We had two teams in action last night and the evening was split in results. Our varsity baseball Colonels hung around with 2011 Class 2 state champion New Bloomfield, but unfortunately let the game get away in the later innings. They fell to the Wildcats 15-1.
Colonels starter Travis Skinner ’12 from the stretch looks in to the catcher for his sign. Photo by Dalton Blackwell ’14.
As for golf, coach 1SG Randy Jacobson says he was very pleased with the outcome of his team’s first match of the spring. At the Mexico Country Club, the squad competed against Silex and Community R-VI and finished first. The team’s final score of 196 bested Silex, who shot a 224 and Community R-VI who posted a score of 242. As for individual results, 1SG Jacobson says freshman Juan Ramirez ’16 brought home a gold medal with a round of 43, and senior Santiago Bou ’12 earned silver with a 48.
“What a great way to start a season. I knew going in we had some good talent and this match was a good test for our cadets,” Jacobson said. “Each and every one of our golfers has the potential to do better and I’m confident they will improve. Although I’m grateful for the victory, this match pointed out some weaknesses we need to work on.”
The varsity golf team is in action at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 17 for the MMA Invitational, which is a quad match against Community R-VI, Hallsville, and Harrisburg. The varsity baseball Colonels take on Wellsville-Middletown tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. at Calvert Field.
The Missouri Military Academy Parents’ Committee has announced it has surpassed its goal in one of its fundraising efforts. Over $4,000 in donations will result in the purchase of a tarp for Calvert Field. Spring rains have caused a number of cancellations, shortening recent seasons, and the addition of a tarp and other maintenance equipment will help make sure the Colonels are on the field for each game from now on.
The effort was spearheaded by Mike and Tracy Skinner of St. Jacob, Ill., parents of senior baseball player Travis Skinner. The Skinners, who are also members of the MMA Parents’ Committee, promoted the campaign to parents and alumni beginning Homecoming weekend, and by Valentine weekend, the group met their $4,000 goal.
Contributions made in memory of Chris Horton ’03, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in September, were also counted toward the total. Horton was also a baseball player at MMA.
Calvert Field in 2011. The tarp will arrive in time for the Spring 2012 baseball season.
Fundraising for the baseball stadium will continue. Future donations and contributions will be used to make other improvements to the baseball facilities, such as the dugouts.
If you’d like to contribute to the Chris Horton ’03 Baseball Fund, contact Dan Fowler or Ashley Thomas in the Advancement Office.