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Show-Me State Games conclude their first weekend

Show-Me State Games conclude their first weekend

The 38th annual Show-Me State Games hosted various sports Sunday, such as tennis, fencing and shooting. Athletes come from all over Missouri to compete. More than 30 different sports are featured and are often separated into youth and adult competitions. The Games will continue into their second weekend starting Friday.

Jayna Davison serves the ball

Jayna Davison serves the ball on Sunday at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Davison’s coach Louis Schnoebelen, who also was her partner in today’s game, said even though they lost, he still felt happy to play tennis in such good weather and get Jayna to see what high-level tennis looks like.

Louis Schnoebelen hits the ball

Louis Schnoebelen returns the ball during a Show-Me State Games doubles tennis matchup Sunday at Bethel Park. The first weekend of the Games was held Friday through Sunday.

From left, Ryan Wilkerson and Lexi Payne talk with each other

From left, Ryan Wilkerson and Lexi Payne talk with each other at the end of a tennis competition Sunday at Bethel Park. Wilkerson said he has been playing tennis for 15 years.

Don Coltrain tests August Nagel’s weapon

Don Coltrain tests August Nagel’s weapon Sunday at Battle Elementary School. Between each bout, the referees tested the competitor’s equipment to ensure it was safe and working properly.

Rick Valvero coaches Elizabeth Lawless

Rick Valvero coaches Elizabeth Lawless on Sunday at Battle Elementary School. “It’s strategy plus muscle memory,” Lawless said.

Cameron Lyon bows down to his opponent after a bout

Cameron Lyon bows down to his opponent after a bout of fencing Sunday at Battle Elementary School. Lyon began fencing in September and started learning épée, the largest weapon used in the sport of fencing, in January. “I have to thank my coach,” Lyon said, “because I’ve improved a lot because of him.”

Elizabeth Lawless and Cameron Lyon touch each other with their weapons

Elizabeth Lawless and Cameron Lyon touch each other with their weapons during the Show-Me State Games on Sunday at Battle Elementary School. When fencing with épée weapons, double-touch points count unless it is the tiebreaking point, a key difference between épée and other disciplines of fencing.

Toni Haselhorst talks to her father John Haselhorst before the game

Toni Haselhorst talks to her father, John Haselhorst, before a rifle and pistol event Sunday at Ammo Alley in Hartsburg. Toni Haselhorst has been shooting rifles for 10 years. Rifle and pistol is one of more than 30 events offered at the Show-Me State Games.

Toni Haselhorst shoots in prone pose

Toni Haselhorst shoots in prone pose on Sunday at Ammo Alley in Hartsburg. Participants shot 10 shots each in standing, kneeling and prone position.

The game referee and the owner of Ammo Allen

The game referee and owner of Ammo Alley, Doug Alley, talks to Kylie Wells on Sunday at Ammo Alley in Hartsburg. “I really like to see a little more publicity on the shooting sports,” Alley said since there were only two participants in this year's Youth Small Bore Rifle game.

Toni Haselhorst shoots the target sheet

Toni Haselhorst shoots the target sheet on Sunday at Ammo Alley in Hartsburg. Toni shot 20 yards for iron sights and 25 yards for scoped.

  • Staff Photographer, Fall 2022 Studying photojournalism and documentary Reach me at michelle.gutierrez@mail.missouri.edu or in the newsroom at 882-5700 or at @photosmichelleg on Instagram and Twitter

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