Bret Sutton has batted his way into the Fort Osage High School record books.

Bret Sutton has batted his way into the Fort Osage High School record books.
The senior-to-be batted .504 this season for the 13-10 Indians with 44 runs batted in and five homers. His RBI total is impressive for only 23 games.
He is just the third Fort Osage player to hit over .500 during the season. The other two St. Louis Cardinals standout Albert Pujols and Bill Overbeck.
Sutton, who this summer is playing shortstop and pitching for the Blue Springs Rod’s Sports Athletics American Legion team, also was the No. 2 pitcher on the Fort Osage staff behind Johnnie Johnson.
• Lee’s Summit West’s Michael Dixon, a University of Missouri signee, and Platte County’s Morgan Johnson have been named Mr. and Miss Show-Me Basketball by Missouri Basketball Coaches Association.
Dixon scored 1,849 points, grabbed 375 rebounds, handed out 532 assists and had 245 steals during his outstanding career at West. He averaged 24 points per game the past season.
The 6-foot-4 Johnson led the Pirates to a 28-2 record and the Class 3 state title. Her stellar four-year career ended with 1,920 points, 1,209 rebounds and 421 blocks. In the 81-75 state championship win over Webb City, she scored 24 points and set state championship records with 26 rebounds and 14 blocks.
The three-time all-stater was taller than her parents when she entered Platte County as a 6-3 freshman.
• Jim Hinrich, whose son Kirk starred at the University of Kansas and now for the NBA’s Chicago Bulls, has stepped down after six years of coaching the North Kansas City boys basketball team.
He has been replaced by his assistant for six years, Ryan Fuger. Fuger is a former graduate assistant and paid assistant at Brier Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
And speaking of coaching changes, former University of Missouri player John Burns has returned to Columbia as the head boys basketball coach at Hickman.
The 38-year-old will be challenged to revitalize a program that has not advanced into the playoffs for six years and has not been a state title contender since 1982. He reportedly was selected from among 22 candidates to replace Kenny Ash.
Burns played under coach Norm Stewart at Missouri from 1989-93. Previous coaching stints include Kearney High School (1997-2001), Highland High School of Gilbert, Ariz., and Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College, where during one season the school posted its highest conference finish in 35 years.
• Finally, in case you were wondering, it is official: There will be six classes in basketball in Missouri after the vote by Missouri State High School Activities Association schools.
Also passing the MSHSAA vote was the nine-day no-contact period during the summer beginning with the 2010-11 school year. Schools will get to pick the period for themselves.
The best-of-five format in volleyball did not pass, meaning schools will continue to play best-of-three matches.