Chloe Kaminski and five baseball players highlight Blue Springs signing class
Blue Springs High School baseball coach Tim McElligott stood on the sidelines in the gym on Wednesday, watching five members of his team join two-time examiner volleyball player of the year Chloe Kaminski in signing their national letters of intent to pursue their sports and academic careers in University.
“Man, I feel like a proud dad,” McElligott said. “These guys, they’re all so special. And I’m not just speaking as players, they’re great young men who come from great families. It’s always one of my favorite days of the school year. “
Ditto for volleyball coach Katie Straka, who jokingly complimented Kaminski, who signed to play libero in Oklahoma, for having great hair and being a good dancer before getting serious.
“I’ve known Chloe since she was my size – and that was in second year,” said Straka, speaking of the only player from the region to be a finalist for the Evelyn Gates award, which was given to the best player in metropolitan area volleyball on Thursday. “If I read a list of all her accomplishments, we’d be here all day – 1,000 digs, 1,000 kills. She’s a great kid, great player and I’m so happy for her.”
The special signing day ceremony was shared by teammates, family members and Wildcat students, who filled half of the gymnasium bleachers.
“The next chapter of my life starts today, and I can’t wait,” Kaminski said of joining the Sooners. “And I can share it with so many special people in my life. Today is not for me, it’s for my coaches, my teammates, my parents – everyone who worked so hard and did so much for me, it made possible today.”
Like Straka, McElligott praised his signers – Austin Neuweg (Saint Louis University), Owen Lisk (Moberly Area Community College), Joey Gibler (Kansas City Kansas Community College), Alec Butler (William Jewell) and Brogan Turpin ( Quincy University).
“Owen is a big part of our plans this spring,” he said. “He’s a kid who lost a year to COVID and he came back and worked hard and is going to throw a lot of innings for us this season,” McElligott said of Lisk.
“Joey is the second of four Giblers to join our program, and there are three more to come who can continue the great Gibler family tradition of playing baseball for Blue Springs High School. Last year, Joey led the team in appearances, with 18 and innings with 48. He can come out of the bullpen or start and I can’t wait to see what he does this coming season.
“Brogan had some amazing games for us last year, including
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