Regardless of the sport, not many Smith-Cotton teams, or any other school for that matter, go into a game at St. Pius X and comes out a winner.
Smith-Cotton senior Jacob Lamb will always treasure the memory of his senior soccer game at St. Pius.
“We (Smith-Cotton) won 4-0 and I scored all four goals,” said Lamb, a forward on last fall’s Tiger soccer team, which went 10-0 in the West Central Conference for the first time in school history. Lamb scored 20 goals his senior season for S-C to go with seven assists and made first-team All Conference, first-team All District and All Central Region. He was named to the second-team All West Central Conference as a junior.
Lamb is in his fourth season as a member of the Smith-Cotton boys’ track team. He specializes in the 800-meter run, but also runs the 400, occasionally the mile, and runs a leg of the 4 X 400-meter and 4 X 800-meter relays.
“I would have to say that soccer is my favorite,” said Lamb. “I love the sport and I love the atmosphere of the game. If I had to choose between soccer and track, I would pick soccer, but I also love track during track season.”
Lamb, 17, is a good student as well. He has a 3.9 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and 10.8 GPA on an 11.0 scale. He is ranked 47th academically out of 297 students in his senior class.
Central Methodist University has shown some track and field interest in Lamb, but he said he will wait to make a decision of which college to attend depending on scholarship offers that are made.
“Academics are more important,” said Lamb. “Obviously you have to have the grades to play, but athletics have a purpose. They teach you a lot. Academics will take you farther in the long run.”
Lamb has taken weighted courses German IV and College Prep English III and IV.
He is a two-time DECA state qualifier and qualified for nationals his junior year. He opted to give up state and national in DECA as a junior to run at a track meet for the Tigers
Lamb doesn’t have much time for anything but sports, but does enjoy playing soccer on his own.
Lamb has two sisters: Madison Lamb, 13 and a seventh grader at the Smith-Cotton Junior High School; and Erika Lamb, 8 and a third grader at Heber Hunt Elementary School. He is the son of Karen and Chris Lamb, Sedalia.