Like father, like son.
Pursuing the same collegiate baseball path as his father 20 years before, 2013 MHS graduate Tyler Tripp announced recently he intends to sign with Northwest Missouri State.
Tripp's father, Brian, played for the Bearcats in 1993-94.
One of the top bats on Maryville's state quarterfinal team as a senior, Tripp is only the third MHS baseball player to make Northwest his collegiate baseball destination in the last decade.
As first reported by the St. Joseph News-Press, the previous two were Mark Lewis (2005-06) and Blake Demott (2007-2008).
Once Tripp signs, he will be the sixth athlete from Maryville's 2013 senior class to accept an athletic scholarship offer from Northwest. He follows Jonathan Baker (football), Caleb Mather (football), Alyssa Stiens (women's soccer), Baylee Scarbrough (softball) and Mara Veasey (women's tennis).
Tripp was a three-year starter at MHS and earned first team All-MEC honors as a senior, playing center field and batting third in the order. He hit .510 with 20 RBIs and nine doubles. Tripp finished with an on-base percentage of .616 and a slugging percentage of .816.
The Hounds finished with a modest 6-11 record, but a surprising post-season run netted the school's first district title and playoff win since 1984.
A two-sport athlete, Tripp was a first team All-MEC tight end and a second team defensive end on Maryville's state championship football team last fall. He was on varsity all four years and started full-time each of the last three.
Tripp joins a Northwest team that finished 12th in the MIAA last year with a 22-27 record. The Bearcats return most of last year's core, positioning them to be a much improved team in 2014.
The Bearcats are coached by Darin Loe.