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KretschmerLogger time — Central senior basketball player Cassidy Kretschmer will continue her academics and basketball career at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield after graduation. She is pictured with her parents Curtis and Colleen. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    While this season’s basketball schedule is up in the air due to COVID limitations for Central senior Cassidy Kretschmer, the start of her college career is known. 
    The Cougar forward will continue her academic and athletic career at Lincoln Land Community College in Springfield next fall.
    Kretschmer has been on the Cougars varsity roster for all three of her seasons at CHS where she has played in 63 games.
    “We are really excited for Cassidy,” said Central head coach Nathan Rueter.  “She has put in a lot of hard work over the extended offseason and has been shooting the ball exceptionally well.  Her ball handling has improved a ton as well.  Lincoln Land has to be excited with her length and athleticism.”
    She came off the bench her freshman season when the Cougars placed fourth in the Class 2A State Tournament that ended the season with a 29-5 record.  She played in eight games that season.
    She played a bigger role in her sophomore campaign for Central as they went 18-12 that season in which she played in 26 of the 30 games.  She scored 95 points with 105 rebounds, 25 assists and 19 steals for the purple and white.
    “She has a wealth of talent and potential and hopefully she will continue to grow and develop,” added Rueter.  “Aside from all of those attributes that make her so valuable on the court, she is equally as impressive off of the court.”

JohnsonFlamethrower — Mater Dei senior pitcher Parker Johnson will continue his baseball and school at Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri next fall. Johnson is pictured with his parents Cheri and Dave. In the back row is Mater Dei principal Dennis Litteken and Mater Dei athletic director Ron Schadegg. (Photo by Jeremy Chawgo)    Despite losing his junior season and with his senior season at Mater Dei also a mystery, right handed pitcher Parker Johnson will take his live arm to the Division-I level at Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo.
    Johnson has toed the slab for the Knights since his freshman season and has steadily increased his fastball speed each season.  The 6’3” righty has reached 90 on his fastball.
    “Parker is a good athlete we’ve known about for a few years as he was part of STL Pirates summer select team,” said MSU pitching coach Paul Evans.  “He has good size and as velocity continues to climb he can pair that with an ability to spin the baseball and his feel for pitching. We definitely feel he can compete for innings as a freshman.”
    He burst onto the scene his freshman campaign for the Knights where he went 2-1 in seven games pitched.  He started three times that season and had one complete game.
    The freshman went 26-2/3 innings where he struck out 32 batters and walked just seven while posting a 2.63 earned run average and a 1.31 WHIP (walk and hits divided by innings pitched).
    “Parker has been a workhorse since he entered Mater Dei, said former Mater Dei head coach Travis Gebke.  “Just seeing him prepare and his work ethic in practice you knew this kid had a high upside and ceiling.”

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28 November 2020

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