Examiner High School Boys Athlete of the Week for April 29: David Richards
EXAMINER BOYS HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
SCHOOL: Grain Valley
HIGHLIGHTS: The senior slugger hit four home runs – two of them with a wood bat – to help the Eagles win four of five games. He hit homers against Oak Grove and Odessa before adding two more in the Boonville Wood Bat Classic.
COMMENT: “He is definitely one of those guys who can be a game-changer,” Eagles coach Mark Lyford said. “When he gets the chance, he unloads. He’s gotten good pitches to hit and he hasn’t missed them this week.”
OTHER NOMINEES: E.J. Gaines, Fort Osage, track and field; Parker Jones, Fort Osage, baseball; Payton Bosserman, Austin Gouldsmith, Grain Valley, baseball; Kyle Clifton, Truman, baseball; Eddie High, William Chrisman, baseball; Ryan Roxburg, Truman, golf; Tyler Banks, Ethan Sticken, Oak Grove, track and field; Tyler Ishmael, Grain Valley, track and field; Nick Monaco, Blue Springs South, tennis; Michael Winner, St. Mary’s, track and field; Aaron Driskell, Van Horn, baseball; Josh Smith, Lukas Bayer, Truman, tennis; Kyle Seithel, Blue Springs, baseball; Danny McMurtrey, Blue Springs South, baseball.