Morning Sports Report – November 15, 2018


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Yesterday was national letter of intent signing day for all sports except for football with the main focus on basketball players.

The main event was at Strafford High School. That’s where the Frank sisters were holding court.

Kayley Frank signed with College of the Ozarks and her sister Hayley Frank signed with Mizzou. 

Hayley is a two-time class three player of the year and last year’s Gatorade player of the year in Missouri. Hayley averaged 25 points and 12 rebounds a game.

Dad’s the girls basketball coach and together they’ve won three straight state championships and 82 consecutive games.

“I’m really excited.  I’ve been committed for over a year now.  It’s exciting to make it official.  I think they have built this program really good now.  So it’s just going to be fun to keep building and hopefully do some pretty incredible things,” said Hayley Frank.

In our Bear Nation report, both the Missouri State men and women’s basketball teams added players to their rosters on signing day.

Kellie Harper mined the sunflower state for her recruits. Tor’e Alford is a 5’7 guard from Wichita Derby. Emilee Ebert is a six foot guard from Frankfort, Kansas. And Trinity Knapp is a 6’3 forward from Shawnee, Kansas.

On the men’s side, Dana Ford added two high school seniors and a juco transfer. Ty-em Freeman is a 6’6 forward from Parkview. Jamonta Black is a 6’4 guard from Columbia Rock Bridge. And Gaige Prim is a 6’8 forward from South Plains Texas junior college. 

At Kickapoo High School yesterday, five seniors signed letters of intent.

Kennedy Orentz signed to throw the shot with Bears track & field. Mason Auer signed to play baseball with Missouri State. Goalkeeper Jacob Holman signed to play soccer at Drury. Catie Rankin signed to play volleyball at Drury. And her Lady Chiefs teammate Asia Green signed to play volleyball for Melissa Stokes at Missouri State.

At Springfield Catholic, two baseball players signed letters of intent to play at divison one programs. The Fighting Irish have had back-to-back 20 win seasons.

Designated hitter and infielder Will Duff signed to play at Vanderbilt. Duff is a two time all-conference player, he hit .460 last season. Zach Cole is a center fielder who hit .420 last year and was all-district for three straight seasons. Cole signed with Ball State.

I’m Dan Lucy with your Ozarks First web sports.

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