Hickman’s Johnson meeting expectations

Sunday, April 22, 2007 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:28 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

Hickman senior Chris Johnson has extremely high expectations for himself. And those close to him say that he should.

Johnson finished in seventh place at last year’s state tournament. He’s a two-time district champion, and he will golf for Missouri next year.

“His expectations are not unrealistic,” Hickman coach Clark Swisher said. “He knows he’s the team leader, and he knows if he does well it puts us in a pretty good position.”

Johnson won the four-team Jefferson City Tournament at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield on Friday, shooting a 1-over 73. Hickman, though, finished last with a 329. Jefferson City won the tournament with a 319. Rock Bridge was second with a 322, and Helias finished third with a 324.

Although Johnson was the top golfer of the day, he wasn’t content with the finish.

“I wouldn’t say I’m mad, but I’m frustrated with me and the team,” Johnson said. “I just don’t think these scores are going to work for districts.”

Johnson said that he was 1-under through fifteen holes. He then bogied holes 16 and 17.

“He was frustrated because he saw the places where he could have picked up a couple strokes,” Swisher said.

His coach, however, has been pleased with Johnson’s performance. As Johnson stood off to the side of the practice green, Swisher approached him with a smile, shook his hand and said, “See, grinding works.”

Swisher says that even when Johnson is off he is able to work through the rough spots and finish strong.

— Brady Madsen

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: Cougars coach Wendy Spratt earned her 500th career victory at the Capital City Classic on Saturday in Oklahoma City. In the second day of the tournament, the Cougars beat Northwest Oklahoma State 4-3 and lost to fifth-ranked St. Gregory’s 3-1. The Cougars are 20-14.

Against Northwest Oklahoma, junior Katie McMahon (11-7) allowed one earned run on six hits while striking out one, and junior Lindsey Williams hit a solo home run in the first inning. Spratt is 500-213 in 13 years at Columbia College.

HICKMAN TRACK: The Hickman girls track and field team won the Lee’s Summit Tiger Classic Saturday in Kansas City. The Kewpies beat Oak Park 107-101. Senior Shana White won the 100-meter dash in a school-record 11.76 seconds. White also won the 200, and senior Asia Walker won the triple jump. The Kewpies also won the 200 relay (White, Walker, Jamela Kimbrough, Ciara Tatum) and 400 relay (Tatum, Whitney Grathwohl, Emily Young, Nasia Stevenson).

ROCK BRIDGE GIRLS SOCCER: The Bruins won the Sedalia Smith Cotton Tournament, beating Glendale 1-0 and tying Hickman 1-1 in the final day of tournament play Saturday.

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