The Lake Today usually try to put together a Top 10 list for the year at this time, but it was a pretty successful year in high school sports for the Lake Area, making it tough to come up with a "Top-Ten." Instead, here's a list of some of the more notable accomplishments over the course of the past 12 months, in no particular order.
Moment 1: Robbie Mueller sets state soccer record
Just four years ago, Osage's varsity boys soccer team took the field for the first time and among them was a talented freshman named Robbie Mueller. Mueller's skills were solid, but over the course of his high school career he got better and better, particularly at finding the goal.
Mueller's freshman season with an impressive 17 goals was, as it turned out just a warmup. His sophomore season garnerd another 29 points and at the end of his junior season he had added another 59 goals to put himself in the running for the record.
Mueller finished his high school career with 173 total, overtaking and securely setting a new state record in the process. The previous record of 138 was set in 1996 by John Pisani of CBC in St. Louis.
Mueller was honored with All-Region and All-State designations and joined teammate Jon Colgan on the first ever All-State Soccer Academic Team.
Moment 2: Taylor Hayes makes All-State, again
Hayes had an outstanding freshman year, finishing in 7th place at the state tournament, and all eyes were on her to see if she could improve for her sophomore outing. She not only improved, but made a name for herself on the Missouri Women's Junior Golf Association and the Gateway PGA Junior Series tours as well.
In the MGA series, Taylor placed 2nd in the Match Play Tournament held at Meadow Lake Acres in Jefferson City. During the MGA Junior Championship held at Paradise Point in Smithville, Mo., Taylor tied for 2nd place in the 14-15 age division. Because of her accomplishments, Taylor was selected to be on the Missouri Team for the Southern Junior Championship Tournament held in Hot Springs, Ark.
In the Gateway PGA series, Taylor played in several events over the summer. She took first place in the Championship played at Winghaven Country Club in St. Louis and was named Player of the Year in her age division.
All of this play in the summer led up to Hayes' second year as representing Osage. She placed first in the California Tournament, tied for fifth in the Lady Jays Capital City Invitational, fifth at the Camdenton Tournament and third in the Osage Tournament. After capturing the District Title for the second year in a row, she again advanced to the state tourney with a second place at sectionals. Hayes secured her spot as an All-State golfer with a fourt place finish in the MSHSAA Class 1 Tournament. She plans to have another busy "off-season" competing with ranked golfers across the state.
Moment 3: Eldon football makes state quarterfinal
After last year's 6-5 record and their first trip into post season since most people can remember, it was going to be a challenge for the team to repeat the accomplishment and they did just that.
Finishing 8-5 overall for the 2012 season, the Mustangs took a District Title and made it just two games away from the dome and the championship. The best part for Mustang fans was the redemption of taking down longtime rival Osage in the process.
Eldon lost to Osage in the regular season, but stepped up to the challenge facing off for the district title. They not only soundly beat the Indians to advance, but also managed to silence Osage's two best offensive tools before the end of the first quarter.
It bears mentioning that the Tri-County conference had four teams advance to district title matches (Osage, Eldon, California and Blair Oaks), three teams make it to the quarter-final round (Eldon, California and Blair Oaks), two to the semis (California and Blair Oaks), and one team (Blair Oaks)made it all the way to the championship game. Thus making any and all accomplishments for this season a tough one for all competitors.
Moment 4: Eldon's Sarah Rhine becomes state champion in high jump
Rhine is the current state champion for Class 3 high jump for the entire state, an honor she earned last summer with her completion of 5 foot, 7 inches, just a half an inch shy of the all-time state record jump. Rhine is an accomplished track and basketball player, earning All-Conference and All-District honors in both sports. She took the state title for track in her freshman year, so it's a pretty solid bet that she will only improve over the next three years.
Moment 5: Murphy Ward breaks Camdenton rushing record
Ward met and passed the rushing record for the Lakers in his senior season as a Laker during the Oct. 5 game against Waynesville, but he didn't stop there. Ward, along with his stellar group of varsity teammates took the Lakers to their third straight quarter-final appearance in as many years. He earned All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors for his accomplishments as a running back and will go down in history as one of the best the Lakers have seen.
Moment 6: Tristan Hensley earns district champion in cross country
Hensley took the district title for the second year in a row, and ended up with a close third-place finish at state. The Osage junior led the way for the Indians all season long.
The boys team took third overall at Districts with Wyatt Whitman, 16th, running a PR and Freshman Matt Reid, 28th, and Grant Gamm, 39th, running great race. The boys qualified to able to take the whole team to districts after a strong sectional team effort.
Moment 7: Bo Dean claims state, school football records
Dean wasn't a starting quarterback for most of his sophomore year, but as the Indians pushed to post-season success, the coaches began to utilize his skills more and more, and he secured the starting spot for the Indians 2012 season with ease.
Over the course of this past fall, Dean not only threw for 2,947 yards and 19 touchdowns, but he carried the ball for another 1513 yards and 188 of the Indians 426 total points for the season. The records are still being tallied, but it was the Warsaw game that put him in the state books for sure.
Dean accounted for six rushing touchdowns, six extra points, and one conversion run. Teammates Taylor Margetts caught two of Dean's passes and took them in for touchdowns. Tyler Winn scored one David Rossman added a touchdown on the interception return.
The 68 points set a scoring record for the school and at least two MSHSAA records were changed as a result of the game.
Dean entered the books tied for third place overall in the Total Points scored in a Half by an Individual category when he added 34 points from his 5 touchdowns and four extra-point kicks in the first half. The record book will note that he also had one touchdown pass in the same period.
The Current MSHSAA record for most touchdowns in a game has him in a tie for third place with the six touchdowns from this match.