Palmyra's Durst, Monroe City's Stark earn all-state honors

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Mar. 27, 2020 12:01 am Updated: Mar. 27, 2020 2:41 pm

Jayden Durst and Bryce Stark are sharing another honor.

They are both all-staters.

Durst, the 6-foot-3 Palmyra guard, and Stark, the 6-foot-1 Monroe City guard, were named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 3 all-state team this week. Last month, they were named the Co-Players of the Year in the Clarence Cannon Conference.

Stark led Monroe City to its first appearance in the state tournament since 1995 as he averaged 9.4 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game, while piling up 123 assists. Durst averaged 16.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 blocks per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the field.

They were the only area boys players named to the all-state teams.

Quincy University recruit Jaylen Boyd, a 6-1 point guard from St. Louis Ladue Horton Watkins, was named to the Class 4 all-state team. Nine players who participated in the third annual Quincy Shootout also were named all-staters, led by Class 4 Player of the Year Cam'Ron Fletcher of St. Louis Vashon.

Hannibal native Joe Rothweiler, the head coach at Jefferson City Helias, shared the Class 4 Coach of the Year honors with the coaches of the other three teams that reached the final four. The second weekend of the Show-Me Showdown was canceled before those teams could play.

Wildcats' Dooley picks up honor

Culver-Stockton College senior guard Ryan Dooley was named an NAIA honorable mention All-American after leading the C-SC women's basketball team to a 20-11 record and an at-large berth to the NAIA national tournament.

The 5-foot-6 guard started all 31 games and averaged 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game. She finished in the top 10 in the Heart of America Athletic Conference in scoring, assists, steals, field goal percentage (39.2) and 3-point field goal percentage (36.6).

Dooley led the Heart and was 10th in the NAIA in free throw percentage at 85.6 percent.

Dooley scored in double figures in 26 games, including 20 or more points 11 times. She set the school record for most 3-pointers made in a season with 74, breaking the old mark of 71 set in 1998 by Cassie Kinnamon, and was a first-team all-conference selection.

CornBelters name Hicks manager

Clayton Hicks is getting the chance to mold another Prospect League team.

The former Quincy University pitcher spent the previous two summers as the field manager for the Hannibal Hoots. With the franchise moving to O'Fallon, Ill., Hicks is moving to team closer to his current job and location. Hicks was announced as the new manager of the Normal CornBelters on Thursday.

Hicks is in his fourth season as the top assistant coach with the Danville Area Community College baseball team. Hickas played two seasons at DACC before transferring to Quincy University, where he graduated in 2013. Hicks also played for the Gateway Grizzlies in the Frontier League before getting into coaching.

Three Quincy University players -- infielders Dayson Croes and Tyler Carpenter and outfielder Zach Parks -- are on the CornBelters roster.