Prep notebook: QND's Sturhahn has change of heart; Palmyra received top-ranking; Scotland County getting new track

Kristin Sturhahn
By Herald-Whig
Posted: May. 1, 2019 12:01 am Updated: May. 2, 2019 1:00 am

Kristin Sturhahn had a change of heart.

After stepping down as the Quincy Notre Dame cross country coach in November, the school struggled to find a replacement.

When approached by QND athletic director Bill Connell about returning, Sturhahn couldn't pass on the opportunity.

"It wasn't planned at all," Sturhahn said. "I kind of figured I couldn't let the team down. We're all like family."

Family is why Sturhahn had originally stepped down after two seasons with the Raiders. It's why she's coming back for one more season.

The return was a surprise for the Raiders when it was announced in a meeting at the school.

"Everybody's mouth kind of dropped," Sturhahn said. "I think some may have had an idea. One of our runners that never shows emotion came up and gave me a hug after the meeting."

Sturhahn insists she'll be fully focused on the team in the fall.

"When I do anything, I do it with all my heart," she said. "We've got some talent coming in, and I can't wait to see what this season brings."

Palmyra spends two weeks at top

Palmyra baseball coach Mark Loman was aware of how other coaches around the state viewed his Panthers' squad.

That was reflected in the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association rankings, as Palmyra was ranked No. 1 in Class 3. The MSHBCA releases rankings every two weeks.

"It's nice to know that other coaches have noticed your program like that," Loman said. "I know it's something the guys probably look at, but it doesn't get talked about."

Loman said he reminded the Panthers the ranking meant they will get every opponent's best effort.

"It puts a target on your back," he said.

While ranked No. 1, Palmyra went 4-0. Despite that, Palmyra moved down to No. 2, and was replaced by St. Pius Festus, who is currently 14-0, in the rankings released April 26.

Scotland County ?getting new track

When Lance Campbell became the Scotland County athletic director, he had a list of things to do.

One of those was addressing the gravel track. That's now been completed.

Construction on a new track surface will begin after the school year, and the goal is to have it finished by the start of the school year. The school district secured more than half of the money needed for the $600,000 project, including a large portion through a grant.

The track will have eight lanes and will allow Scotland County to host postseason meets.

"It's been one of the things at the top of our list to get done," Campbell said. "It's definitely good to get that done."

Campbell anticipates there could be some delays in the construction, but is hopefully it'll be completed in time.