Stephens signs three

Friday, May 6, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:55 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Dane Pavlovich has had a good week. Pavlovich, the basketball, volleyball and tennis recruiter at Stephens College, signed a player in each sport this week.

One of Pavlovich’s most heralded basketball recruits this year is Samantha Brant, who signed a letter of intent Thursday to play for the Stars.

Brant, a 5-foot-11 forward from Ramona, Okla., was a High School Heisman nominee in 2004 and was named as one of Top 60 3A players in Oklahoma her junior and senior years.

Pavlovich said he likes Brant’s versatility.

“She hit four three-pointers in the last minute and a half of a game. That shows the outside threat she has,” Pavlovich said. “She’s a smart rebounder. She can score with her back to the basket. She’s got a quick release on her shot.”

Pavlovich signed his fourth volleyball recruit, outside hitter Jamecia Stoudermire from Warrensburg, Wednesday.

Amity Sparks is Stephens’ first tennis signee.

Sparks was 18-1 in her singles matches and 11-3 in doubles for Kirksville this season.

— Aaron Brown

HICKMAN BASEBALL: The Kewpies had 17 hits in an 8-2 win Thursday in a makeup game at Francis Howell.

Joe Gaboury went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the second inning for Hickman (19-1). Kyle Smith went 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI, and Blake Tekotte was 2-for-4 with 3 RBIs. Justin Jackson, Zach Heath and Ryan Nesbitt each had two hits.

Steven Boyer (6-0) struck out one and walked none in five innings.

HICKMAN TENNIS: The Kewpies lost 5-4 on Thursday at Jefferson City.

Hickman’s Omeed Latifi won at No. 2 singles and No.1 doubles paired with Nate Bohon and Dan Fine won at No. 5 singles and at No. 3 doubles paired with Kyle King.

But Bohon, who had beaten Josh Roling at No. 1 singles in a 3-6 loss to the Jays earlier in the season, lost to him Thursday 6-4, 6-2.

Daniel Saab tried to bring Hickman back at No. 4 singles, but fell to Jesse Crowe, 5-7, 7-6 (9-7), 10-1.

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