Blank St. Joseph: Benton on road; golf, soccer teams lose

Even with one of its varsity lineup regulars gone for another activity, Chillicothe High School’s boys’ tennis team didn’t miss a beat Monday.
For the third time in as many outings this still-young 2013 season, the CHS Hornets blanked their opponent in the team scoring, besting host St. Joseph’s Benton Cardinals 9-0 in a Midland Empire Conference dual match at the Noyes Tennis Center.
“This is an incredibly fun season so far for myself and our CHS boys,” commented Hornets head coach Aaron Douglas.
“Our boys are willing to work hard in order to win every match.”
Thus far, in the weather-limited action they’ve been able to wedge in, the veteran Hornets have won not only every match, but every set, as well. They’re not that far from having won every game, for that matter.
Yesterday, they accomplished their most-recent whitewashing even though No. 5 singles player Johnson Young could not be on hand.
Instead, fellow senior Jeremiah Applebury stepped up from No. 6 and crushed Travis McClatchy 8-1 to keep the CHS beat going.
Ascending to Applebury’s customary No. 6 singles role was another 12th grader, Derek Gray, who made the transition seamlessly, topping Michael Sewell 8-3.
“Jeremiah has the heart of a lion,” praised the CHS coach. He added, “I was also proud of Derek for his first varsity singles victory!”
Higher in the singles ranks, returning CHS sectionals qualifier Wade Dietz defeated Nathan Jones 8-1, classmates Chase Reeter at No. 2 and Grant Peterson at No. 4 prevailed by the same count – Reeter over Schuyler Wyatt and Peterson over Carlos Montoya.
At No. 3 singles, sophomore Gabe Poling, called “an extraordinary young stand-out talent,” by Douglas, shut out Dayton Conroy 8-0.
In doubles, with the match win already assured, Chillicothe rolled on.
Dietz and Reeter won the No. 1 match 8-0, Poling and Peterson did the same at No. 2, and the first-time pairing of Gray and Applebury picked up an 8-2 triumph.
The CHS tennis boys are slated to host St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond in a 4 p.m. MEC match at Danner Park today.
CHS soccer girls fall hard at Smithville
What did not figure to be a close or even competitive match unfortunately turned out just that way for the Chillicothe High School soccer Lady Hornets Monday as they were dominated at Smithville, 10-0.
In action terminated early on the 10-goals-lead rule, Smithville’s Lady Warriors found the net early and often to drop Chillicothe’s season record to 1-5. It was CHS’ Midland Empire Conference opener for 2013.
“(We) got handled by a very talented and extremely fast Smithville team,” reported Lady  Hornets head coach Lance Harvey.  “We didn't play well fundamentally and Smithville had too many offensive weapons to deal with defensively.”
The coach provided no other details or comments on the contest.
Chillicothe’s junior-varsity “played well, considering the caliber of their competition,” the coach related, in regard to Smithville’s 3-0 victory in that match.
The Chillicothe booters are entered in this week’s Excelsior Springs Tournament, which is due to begin tomorrow, weather permitting. The field there is artificial turf.
The Lady Hornets’ opening match will be against St. Joseph: Lafayette at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Win or lose, Chillicothe will play again on Friday – either at 5 p.m. in the championship semifinals or 1:30 p.m. in the consolation semifinals. The opponent will be either Liberty: North or St. Joseph: Benton.
The tourney’s final round is scheduled for Saturday with the 12:30 p.m. championship match preceded by third-place play at 10:45 a.m. and a consolation game at 9.
Golf Hornets fall to Bulldogs
It was a rough day on the road for Chillicothe High School’s young golf Hornets Monday.
A bad combination of every Hornet shooting over his early-season average and a strong Brookfield Bulldogs which, on its home layout, had all five of its varsity players “play nine” in 45 shots or less resulted in a decisive 171-235 BHS victory over the Hornets at the Brookfield Country Club.
No. 2 Bulldog Jack Bredehoft led the winners with a round of 40, while his teammates didn’t lag far behind.
No. 5 player Marcus Liebhart carded Brookfield’s second-best round – a 43, with Lake Harmon and Zach Bragg, its Nos. 3 and 4 players, posting matching 44s to round out the BHS scoring group.
Ironically, the No. 1 player in the Bulldogs’ lineup, Ramzie Cooper, didn’t have his score used in the team computation, even though he posted a respectable 45.
For Chillicothe, senior No. 1 player Austin Martin again showed the way, as he has in each outing thus far. He had a 51, his first time out of the 40s so far.
The next-best CHS score was Elliott Keller’s 58, followed by Colton Webb’s 59, Brandon Lamp’s 67, and Alex Wright’s 78. The latter three are freshmen.
The golf Hornets (1-4) will try to play in a tournament at Cameron tomorrow, weather and course conditions allowing.