As we approached the beginning of a new decade, we took a look back at the greatest of prep sports in the 2010s decade for the News-Press NOW coverage area.
To qualify, part of their achievement had to take place while in high school in the 2010s. Those achievements involved football, soccer, track and much more, from district titles to All-Pro selections.
On the final day of 2019, here’s a look at the female athlete, male athlete and program that proved to be the most dominant figures of the last decade.
No. 1 Female Athlete of the Decade
Lindsay Vollmer, Hamilton: With one more gold medal, the pride of Penney High School would’ve gone down as the most decorated female track and field athlete in Missouri history. But 11 first-place medals, four more silvers and a bronze — a maximum 16 medals in all — is as dominant as it gets. The only third-place medal she ever received was in the high jump her senior year, although she led the Hornets to four consecutive team titles in Class 2 from 2008 to 2011.
Vollmer won the high jump, set state records in the 300 hurdles and long jump, and took second in the 100 hurdles as a freshman — yes, a freshman. That was after a 32-0 state championship season on the basketball court and an all-state performances during a team title in cross country. As a sophomore, Vollmer finished second again in the 100 hurdles and took silver in the 300s, but won the high jump and long jump. That was after another championship cross country season and sectional run in basketball.
Vollmer swept the podium as a junior, winning gold in all four events after a quarterfinal basketball run. She finished her senior year with two golds, a silver and a bronze, ranked second all-time with 11 golds. Her basketball career ended with 2,148 points as the fifth ever four-time first-team all-state performer. She also notched the second best heptathlon mark in the country in 2011.
At KU, she didn’t let injuries slow her down. She was a Big 12 champion in the indoor pentathlon twice and outdoor heptathlon twice. She was a three-time All-American, winning the 2013 NCAA Championship in the outdoor heptathlon to help KU to a national title. She still holds records at KU in the 60-meter hurdles, the pentathlon and the heptathlon.
No. 1 Male Athlete of the Decade
Kellen Overstreet, Hamilton: A 2015 Parade All-American first-teamer, Overstreet was one of only three running backs and one of only 27 high school football players in the nation named to the team. He was also named to the 2014 MaxPreps Small Schools All-America Team. Overstreet was rated a three-star recruit and ranked as the 18th top recruit in the state of Missouri by 247Sports.com.
He ranked No. 2 in the nation in rushing yards in 2014, with 4,259 yards on 401 carries. That ranked as the fourth best all-time single-season total in national high school football history and set a state of Missouri single-season record. Overstreet also fell just one touchdown shy of tying the national record of 71 touchdowns in a single season. His 70 touchdowns in 2014 set a Missouri state single-season record. He led the nation in scoring (426 points) in 2014, rushing for 65 touchdowns, catching four TD passes and returning one kickoff for a TD. He set a new career rushing record for the state of Missouri, concluding his four-year career with 9,475 career rushing yards on 955 rushing attempts, and he scored 135 rushing touchdowns and 168 total touchdowns during his four seasons of high school.
Overstreet rushed for 3,327 yards as a junior, 1,070 as a sophomore and 819 as a freshman. He was a unanimous selection to the 2014 Class 1 All-State Team by the Missouri Football Coaches Association, who also named him the Class 1 Offensive Player of the Year. Overstreet helped lead Penney High to an 11-3 record and the Semifinals of the 2014 Class 1 State Playoffs before going to Wyoming, where injuries forced him to retire. He rushed for 565 yards and four touchdowns as a Cowboy.
No. 1 Program of the Decade
Maryville football: Renamed Title Town, few football programs found the success Maryville did across Missouri in the 2010s. Spoofhound football went an astonishing 121-15 over 10 seasons, losing three games in 2010, losing two games five times and putting together two undefeated seasons.
Following a home loss to Savannah in 2010, the Spoofhounds won 67 consecutive home games up to this year’s Class 2 District 8 championship loss to Lathrop. Even more impressive was the start of Matt Webb’s career as head coach, taking over for Chris Holt in 2012. Webb won back-to-back state titles, first knocking off John Burroughs then Seneca. Only five opponents reached 20 points in those two years under Jonathan Baker and Trent Nally. The first opponent to eclipse 30 points was his first loss on Nov. 14, 2014 to Oak Grove in the state quarterfinals, ending a 42-game winning streak, despite monstrous numbers from Trey Oglesby and Brody McMahon. Maryville went 12-1 with a loss to Odessa in 2015 before a state championship loss to Monett in 2016, going 14-1. Maryville came back with a 13-2 state championship year in 2017, lost in the ‘18 semis and fell to semifinalist Lathrop in 2019.