SIKESTON -- The Sikeston Women's Softball League recently wrapped up the 2002 season. Here is a look at each team in the league, listed in order of finish:
Tri-State is a reconstructed team consisting of seasoned players and newcomers. Several team members have played together for years, including winning the championship at the 2000 World Series of softball.
With the addition of new, outstanding players, Tri-State was stronger than ever, going undefeated in the league this year. The team won the regular season and tournament championships. DeAnna Phelps plays outfield. Debbie Throop is the catcher. Helen Chaney plays shortstop and pitches. Missy James played third base and outfield. Crystal Barbre played outfield and pitches.
Kelly Chasteen pitches and plays outfield. Crystal Smithson plays third base and shortstop. Heather Woods plays outfield. Julie Whitehead plays second base and outfield.
Jennifer Groves-Wade plays second. Robin Sitzes in an outfielder. Nancy Walker is a pitcher. Kara Phillips pitched, plays third and outfield. Kristy Stewart is an outfielder. Kayci Taylor plays first base. Kay Asbell pitches and plays outfield. Other members of the team are Laura Putnam, Paula Wilson and Lynne Jackson.
Team sponsors are Tri-State Crawler, Nelson Industrial Service, Jim and Wanda Berry, Tri-State Radiator Plus, Bridger Construction, Hairforce Barber Shop, Mills Chiropractic, Moll Printing, McMikle Realty, Raben Tire, Meredith Insurance, First Choice Realty, John Netteler, C&H Trailers, Burferd Construction and Wilner Literary Agency. Several league players are also on the Tri-State tournament team, which boasts players from Missouri, Kentucky, Illinois and Tennessee. Tri-State will be participating in national tournaments next month.
Morley Baptist took second place in the league and the year-end tournament.
The church has had a women's softball team since the late 1970s. The team started playing at the Charleston Baptist Association camp grounds near Benton. The ball team has always been centered around family.
"In the 70s and 80s, our dads coached the team and a lot of our moms played," said Brenda Freed. "Now our husbands coach the team and we play with our daughters."
The team has brought life-long friendships together. For the most part, all the players attend Morley Baptist Church. "We feel that our team has a lot of talent, but we play to have a good time," said Freed. "Our mission as a team is to play in a way that is pleasing to God. For the older women on the team, it is fun to see the young girls play. We hope this will be something they can continue to do with their families."
Members of the team are Freed, April Birk, Penny Dugger, Kay Griffin, Tess Marshall, Cindy Bollinger, Phyllis Minner, Katie Griffin, Summer Ray, Chris Cook, Lucy Alberson, Paula Watkins, Kim Kesler, Kathy Layton, Leslie Kennedy, Annette Alsup and Erica Barnett.
Miner Baptist is coached by Ron Baker. The team took third place in the league, finishing with a record of 8-8. They took fourth place in the year-end tournament.
"It was much better than last season, we only had two wins last year," said coach Ron Baker. "We have definitely improved and we look forward to next year."
Members of team are Mindy McCormick, Valerie Pierce, Wendy Self, Karen Barnheart, Kari Barnheart, Pam Lambert, Brittney Courtois, Tina Pobst, Sarah Sloan, Mary Ellen Gilmore, Pam Smith, Megan Nelson, Tonya Pobst, Norma Tatum, Missy Medlock, Samantha McClung, Jennifer Cutsinger, Christy Ross, Amanda Foley, Janet Kirtley, Abby Sexton, Sherri Payne, Tonia Pullen, Nina Neal, Shannon Nelson, Rita Kelly, Marilyn Clark, Sherry Dunn, Dianna Carter and Jane Buchanan.
David Carnell was the team's assistant coach.
"The coaches and the team would like to thank the members of Miner Baptist Church for sponsoring and supporting the team," said Baker.
The Scott County Heart Health Coalition team is coached by Roy Bonner. The team took fourth place in the league this year and third in the year-end tournament.
Bonny Grant is assistant coach. Members of the team are Tonya Bonner, Ruth Mitchell, Sarah Ellis Davis, Patrice Minner, Tori Green, Tonya Brown, Catina Sims, Rita Patterson, Pat Morris and Shawn Davis.
"We have excelled since 2000, and have good team spirit," said Tonya Bonner. "Even though we lost several games, we count it as a gain and victory because of the spirit and the ability to exercise. Our fans from our community were excellent supporters. We appreciate them for taking time out of their busy schedules to cheer us on."
Amanda Taylor got the team together, which played its first season in the league this year. The squad finished dead last in both the league and the year-end tournament.
"Although we didn't win much, we had a good time," said Taylor. "We would like to thank Williams Auto Sales for sponsoring us. We would also like to thank Lynn Taylor, Darren Lowe and Brad Greer for helping with the coaching." Taylor played first base for the team. Trisha Graham and Sarah Reeves both played second. Sheri Lowe was at shortstop and Beverly Jenkins was a pitcher. The outfield consisted of Tina Lowe in left, Jennifer Brashears in right and Bekky in center. Courtney was the catcher and Kristen played third base. Jennifer Hampton was a utility player.