Trio enjoys competing in four sports

By: 
Theo Tate

Keaton Mayes of Wellsville-Middletown was one of three area athletes who competed in four sports during the 2020-21 school year. The others were Renee Finke and Claire Cobb, both from Montgomery County. THEO TATE PHOTO

Renee Finke and Claire Cobb of Montgomery County and Keaton Mayes of Wellsville-Middletown had busy athletic seasons during the 2020-21 school year.

All three of them competed in four sports. Finke, who graduated from MCHS on June 4, played basketball and volleyball and competed in cross country and track. Mayes, who will be a senior at W-M this fall, played basketball and baseball and participated in cross country and track. Cobb, who will be a sophomore at MCHS this fall, was on the cross country, volleyball, basketball and track teams for the Wildcats.

Finke was successful in three of the sports – volleyball, basketball and track. She earned all-Eastern Missouri Conference honors in all three sports. In track, she received three all-state medals, including a state title in the high jump.

Finke played all four of her sports for the second year in a row. She ran with the cross country team for two years, played three years with the volleyball team and competed in all four years with the basketball and track squads.

“It’s been super, super busy,” Finke said.

Finke, who plans to compete in volleyball and track at Central Methodist University next year, said she first became interested in playing sports when she was in elementary school.

“I was constantly doing something,” Finke said. “I was always doing volleyball and basketball leagues.”

Finke had 28 first-place finishes in track this spring, including her state title in the high jump. She also won a high jump state championship in her sophomore year.

In basketball, Finke scored 767 points and helped the Wildcats win two EMO titles during her four-year career.

Finke competed in cross country and played volleyball during the fall season. She ran in four cross country meets and helped the volleyball team win its third straight conference championship.

Cobb also went double duty in the fall season, competing in cross country and playing volleyball. She ran in one cross country meet – which was the North Callaway Invitational on Oct. 8 – and helped the junior varsity volleyball team finish 12-3.

Cobb helped the JV girls basketball team finish 12-0 this winter. She said basketball is her favorite sport.

“I’ve been playing it since fourth grade,” Cobb said.

This spring, she played a valuable role for the Wildcats’ track team, getting six victories in the relay events.

“It pushed me,” Cobb said. “My mental toughness improved a lot. It’s definitely a mental game. I liked it.”

Mayes enjoyed a successful spring season. He helped the W-M baseball team capture a Class 1 district title and led the 4x800 squad to an eighth-place finish at the Class 1 state meet.

Mayes also was a member of the basketball team that won a Class 2 district crown last winter. He ran in four meets during cross country season last fall.

“I like to think I’m decent at all four of the sports because I think I could be an asset to the teams,” said Mayes, who earned all-conference honors in basketball in his sophomore year. “I like to do well with my teammates and stuff.”

 

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