May 10, 2007
‘Heck’ of a Season Ends In All-State Selection
The 2006-07 basketball season ended on a high note for Samantha Dianne Heck. The sophomore at North Calloway Senior High School at Kingdom City, MO, helped lead the North Calloway Lady Thunderbirds to a 17-10 record. The 16-year-old, is the daughter of Kenny and Debra Tague Heck of Auxvasse. Samantha is the granddaughter of Weldon and Mona Tague of Gorin, Garrett Heck and Laveta Comstock of Rutledge, and Gene and Dianne Johnson of Galesburg.
In addition to the team accomplishments, Heck was also honored on the personal front. The 6’1” forward repeated being named to the 2006-2007 All Mid-Missouri Conference first team, the Class 3A District 8 first team, the Missouri Sportwriters’ & Sportcasters’ Association Class 3A All-State first team, and the Missouri Basketball Coaches’ Association Class 3A All-State Squad.
Some of the highlights for Samantha during her recent sophomore year were that she led her area in scoring & rebounding, was second in assists, 4th in blocks, and 6th in steals. She also scored her 1,000 point & surpassed 400 career rebounds in a mid-season game against the Southern Boone varsity squad.
Earlier in the season she set a new benchmark record for consistency; recording her 25th straight double-double, dating from the previous year’s season.
For this recent season, Samantha averaged 22.6 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.
Another highlight for Samantha was being reported and honored in the US News & World Report newspaper for her first 40-point game, which was against the conference foe, Tipton Senior High, in February. For this stellar performance she was awarded the KRES Radio Player of the Week.
Samantha also helped lead her team to the championship game in the Centralia Tournament. In overtime action, the Lady Birds captured the title. Because of Samantha’s accomplishments during the team’s three tournament games, she earned the honor of being named to the prestigious Centralia Varsity All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row.
She also led her team (who was seeded sixth) to the championship game of the Class 3A District 8 Tournament at Southern Boone High School in Ashland. To reach this goal her team defeated the second and third seated tournament teams, thus earning them the right to play the top seated and state ranked Blair Oaks varsity squad for first place. The Lady Birds ended up losing this game and thus captured second place in district honors. It is noted that Blair Oaks continued winning in post season action and made their way to the Final Four in Columbia, an accomplishment they also earned in the 2005-2006 season.