For their exemplary performance during the 2020 winter season, Missouri Military Academy cadets made Academy history with their record-high scores, and received local and state recognition.
During the winter 2020 season, MMA Cadet Gunner Stugart was named Local Media’s Class 3 All-District First-Team. His 394-point total for the season – which follows last year’s total of 356 – also makes him one of MMA’s all-time best scorers.
On average, Stugart scored 17.9 points per game, leading MMA to a 12-11 victory season. Remarkably, Stugart did most of his damage from deep, hitting 82 threes and shooting at 40% from that range.
“Gunner has been one of the finest shooters I’ve coached in the past 30 years,” said Colonel’s Basketball Coach Dave Mahurin.
Stugart’s team, which included varsity basketball seniors Bruno Pozzani, Devonte Knight, Jaden Rogge, Zane Jewell and Erickson Kagame, achieved the Academy’s record wins for one class, with 44 wins in their four-year career. This record is magnified by last year’s record of 14 wins – the largest single-season wins in the Academy’s history – and backed by this year’s 12 wins.
In addition to making Academy history, their record earned them the All-Tourney Teams title at the Belle Invitational and Cavalry Christian Tournament.
“This team has started the process of building MMA into the type of basketball program the Academy deserves,” Mahurin said. “We seek to be the best, and our seniors have moved us in that direction.”
Competing in the 170 pound weight class at the 2020 Missouri State High School Activities Association's State Wrestling Championships, MMA Cadet Chris Bryant, a junior from Evanston, Illinois, concluded the winter 2020 season as one of the top 8 wrestlers in his weight class in the state of Missouri, and earned Missouri Class 1 All-State Wrestling honors.
“When Chris stepped onto the mat in the practice room on the first day, I knew that if he put forth the effort, that he would be special,” said Director of Athletics Dr. Ryan Nowlin. “He is not only one of the hardest working wrestlers I have coached in my career, but his focus and willingness to learn at practice is unparalleled. He is a driven competitor and I can't wait to see what he does next season.”