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Branson Schools' 2024 spring sports wrap-up

Track & Field

"As the 2024 track and field season draws to a close, we reflect on a season filled with remarkable achievements, personal bests, and unforgettable moments. The team has demonstrated exceptional talent, dedication and sportsmanship throughout the year, leaving a lasting impression on the track. Their support for one another created a positive and inclusive team culture, fostering a sense of belonging and unity that transcended individual achievements. Our athletes shattered records and surpassed expectations, setting new personal bests and school records in multiple events. Their extraordinary achievements serve as a testament to their hard work, discipline and unwavering commitment to excellence. Looking ahead, the Track and Field team remains committed to excellence, continuous improvement and the pursuit of greatness. Our athletes are poised to build upon the foundation of success laid during this remarkable season, inspiring us all with their passion, determination and relentless pursuit of victory." - Head Coach Kevin Blackwell


Season stats:

·       Record-Breaking Performances: 

Lily Holmes - 100m Hurdles 

Chris Vineyard - 300m Hurdles

Tristen Bough - 800m Run

Tristen Bough - 2000m Steeple Chase

Girls 4x100m Relay: Abbie Burdick, Brooklyn Davis, Elle Johnson, Sirena Carlson

Boys 4x100m Relay: Peyton Bough, Luke McCormick, Zyere Fair, Hunter Reynolds

Boys 4x200m Relay: Zyere Fair, Hunter Reynolds, Luke McCormick, Chris Vineyard

Boys 4x400m Relay: Zyere Fair, Luke McCormick, Chris Vineyard, Tristen Bough

·       All-State: Chris Vineyard 110 Hurdles 6th & 300 Hurdles 3rd, Tristen Bough -800m Run 6th

·       Of the 44 athletes eligible, 29 athletes met the requirements to obtain Academic All-State status

·       Justin Akers signed with John Brown University for Cross Country

·       Tristen Bough signed with University Tennessee Martin for Cross Country/Track

·       Chris Vineyard signed with Missouri Western State University for Track



"The Varsity Baseball Pirates had an outstanding 2024 season, setting a school record with 26 wins. They achieved one of their best finishes in the COC standings in years. Several of our players received postseason awards, a true testament to their dedication and hard work. These accomplishments reflect our team's commitment to the culture we're building within the program, emphasizing the importance of showing up every day and giving maximum effort. The success we enjoyed this spring is directly attributable to the hard work and dedication of our 38 players. It was a fun to coach them and be part of such a special season." - Head Coach Kirk Harryman


Season stats:

·       Varsity: 26-11

·       JV: 17-11-1

·       Academic All-State: Gage Depee, Marshall Storm, Aaron Strohm, Ryder Schroeder

·       All-District: 1st Team - Aaron Strohm (Catcher), Collin Ross (Outfield), Hunter Jones (Pitcher), Collin Ross (Pitcher), Andrew Bristow (Utility); 2nd Team - Sam Adkisson (Infield), Gage Depee (Infield), Kyler Lankton (Pitcher)

·       All-COC: 1st Team - Aaron Strohm (Catcher), Collin Ross (Utility); 2nd Team - Hunter Jones (Pitcher), Co-Coaches of the Year - Kirk Harryman (Branson) & Andrew Doennig (Webb City)

·       Sam Adkisson signed with Missouri State West Plains for Baseball

·       Collin Ross signed with State Fair Community College for Baseball

·       Hunter Jones signed with State Fair Community College for Baseball


Girls Soccer

"We finished the season 9-11 with a strong start to the season. Our group battled all season long, even though we had some injuries to key players. The players fought through it and many others stepped up! I am very optimistic about next season with the players who are returning," says Head Coach Lauren Stepp.


Season stats:

·       Varsity: 9-11

·       JV: 1-5-4

·       All-COC: 2nd Team - Sadie Lampe, HM - Tatum Worth

·       Anna Marti signed with State Fair Community College for Soccer

·       Summer Pollard signed with Crowder College for Soccer


Boys Tennis

"With only two returning varsity starters and many young JV players new to tennis, this would be a year of learning and growth for the boys’ tennis team. After losing several close duals early in the season, the boys hit their stride as the postseason approached. As the district two-seed, the boys’ clinched the program’s 4th district title with a 5-4 victory over Springfield Central. That momentum carried into the state sectional, defeating Capital City and earning themselves the program’s third final four appearance in four years. At the state final four, the boys' battled but came up short against Platte County and Westminster Christian Academy. The boys supported each other with positivity and enthusiasm throughout the season, and became the closest of friends. Looking to the future, boys tennis will return four varsity starters and expect significant varsity contributions from a talented group of underclassmen. Coaching staff and players strongly believe we can return to the state final four, with a goal of a state championship within the next two seasons. Vamos!" - Head Coach Sean Kembell


Season stats:

·       JV: 95 match wins, 83 match losses. 7-4-2 in dual play

·       Varsity: 142 match wins, 84 match losses. 19-9-1 in dual play

·       COC runner-up

·       District champions, sectional champions 

·       4th place Class 2 State 

·       District runner-up (Ben Merrifield)

·       District third place (Hayden Pead, Tyler Borger)

·       All-State - Ben Merrifield - 4th place at individual state tournament 

·       O-zone Photo of the Week (Cash Davis) 


Boys Golf

"I want to commend our players for their unwavering commitment both on and off the course. Their discipline and passion for the game have led to individual and team achievements. Thank you to the parents, families, and fans for your encouragement and support throughout the season. I am looking forward to continuing to uphold the proud tradition of Branson High School Boys Golf." - Head Coach Chad Depee


Season stats:

·       State Qualifiers: Andrew Bristow, Ben Presley, Reese Ruprecht

·       All-District: Andrew Bristow and Ben Presley

·       All-COC: Andrew Bristow and Kale Zeller

·       State Results: 2 medalists - Andrew Bristow 4th, Ben Presley 14th

·       Andrew Bristow signed with Drury University for Golf

·       Ben Presley signed with Drury University for Golf


JH Softball

"Our 2024 season was propelled by our team camaraderie, 'never quit' attitude, and electric energy. The girls finished 9-8 while placing 4th in the COC tournament. These athletes are a great group and fun to watch. Thank you to the families and fans that supported our girls the entire season. We are excited for the future and to see all they achieve in a Branson uniform!" - Head Coach Alexis Leonhart-McKee



Freshman Baseball

"During the Freshman Baseball season, our team accomplished significant growth both individually and collectively. We worked together to hone our skills, support each other through challenges, and develop a strong sense of camaraderie. Our ultimate goal for this freshman team was to prepare them for JV and Varsity baseball. Throughout this season, they showed promising growth in becoming impactful players at the next level of their high school career. The dedication and hard work of our freshman players will make this program better, and will lead us to win state championships in the future." - Head Coach Jenner Steele

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