Athlete, Baseball, 1997-1998
Robert Stehman looms large in the rich history of Chiefs baseball, holding nine school records in offensive categories. His 1998 season alone is one for the record books. The right-handed batter posted single-season marks for batting average (.500), hits (77), runs (62) and triples (nine). Stehman reached base a school-record 109 times, and his on-base percentage of .582 has never been eclipsed. In addition, he smacked the fourth most home runs with nine, fourth most doubles with 16 and drove in the sixth most runs in Chiefs history with 39. As if that was not enough, he stole 23 bases, drew 25 walks and had four game-winning hits during that season. His career batting average of .478 has never been approached, and he securely holds the career records for hits (133) and triples (14).
Numbers like these led to many accolades, including First Team All-Skyway, First Team All-Region and Region IV All-Star. His sophomore year, Stehman earned the league’s Most Valuable Player Award as he led that team to the Skyway Conference Championship and Region IV title. That 1998 squad set a school record with a team batting average of .338 en route to being ranked seventh nationally, which was, up until that point, the second-highest ranking ever attained by a Chiefs baseball team. Stehman then transferred to the University of Missouri on a baseball scholarship, where he twice earned All-Conference honors as well.