A very-lightly-salted 2013 squad of Chillicothe High School golf Hornets was no match for visiting Lawson Tuesday when the Hornets finally got their first match under their belts.
With only 3-year-letterman Austin Martin and junior Elliott Keller, who got in only 54 holes of varsity competition last spring, having returned from last year’s club, the green Hornets had no one shoot better than the guest Cardinals’ four scoring players as Lawson claimed a 169-217 triumph on Chillicothe’s Green Hills Golf Course.
LHS’ T.J. Pennington carved up the local municipal links-style course with a 1-over-par 37 and teammate Tanner Smith was close behind with a 39 as the Cardinals ran off and hid from the Hornets.
Martin was the only CHS golfer to shoot under 50, carding a 48 which was one stroke more than Cameron Lewis needed to post Lawson’s highest scoring round.
Sutton Porth posted a 46 as the other member of the Cardinals’ lowest quartet.
For the Hornets, who were without two of their nine team members because of a conflicting out-of-town FFA event, freshman newcomer Colton Webb’s 52 was nearest to Martin’s 48. Keller was next for CHS with a 58 and Mason Mayers, a sophomore, was the other Hornets varsity scorer with a 59.
Not included in their team’s scoring were the 62 by Chillicothe’s Alex Wright, another ninth grader, and the 54 of Lawson’s Andy Schmitz.
Neither of the Hornets’ two junior-varsity players in yesterday’s match broke 80, while Lawson’s four lowest-scoring jayvees generated a 213 total.
The golf Hornets are scheduled for dual matches at Cameron today and at home against Mid-Buchanan tomorrow.
Chillicothe High School’s soccer Lady Hornets were unable to get their second win in two days Tuesday afternoon, instead falling to visiting Kansas City Lutheran 5-1 in action at CHS’ new Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.
The defeat dropped the Chillicothe season record to 1-4. The Lady Hornets play next at traditional powerhouse Smithville next Monday.
KCLHS’ Lady Knights came out fast as forward Sierra Grimm scored in the fifth minute on a breakaway goal, according to CHS head coach Lance Harvey.
They added to their lead 10 minutes later when Cez Redhage managed to find space behind the Lady Hornets defense and slid the ball past diving Chillicothe goalkeeper Brooke Jettelson.
Chillicothe settled down at that point and used sound defense to neutralize the speedy Grimm for the remainder of the half. The Lady Hornets went into halftime looking to make adjustments, only down two and with a chance to make a match of it if they could find the way to get the next goal.
As the second half opened, Chillicothe's adjustments allowed it to press the action further into the Lutheran half of the field more consistently and the heightened offensive pressure paid off about 10 minutes in.
Page 2 of 2 - In the 50th minute, freshman forward Miranda Mammen settled a beautiful cross from Lindy Saunders and calmly popped the ball into the back of the net for her first goal of the season, bringing the Lady Hornets to within 2-1. The assist was sophomore Saunders’ second of the year.
The CHS momentum did not last long, though, Harvey noted.
A mere three minutes after Mammen got the home team on the scoreboard, the Lady Knights’ Grimm made a run to goal and took a shot that was deflected away by junior Jettelson. However, the ensuing rebound was put away by Lutheran's Kayler Schraeder and the Kansas Citians were back up by two.
Chillicothe's offense continued to put together some nice runs, according to the CHS coach, but its shots generally sailed a bit high.
Lutheran added a couple of late goals to set the 5-1 final score.