Roundup of Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, Chillicothe (Mo.) prep sports action

The Chillicothe High School soccer Hornets remained unscored upon in 2017 as they earned their third victory of the neophyte campaign Tuesday, highlighting a day in which six CHS teams were in action – half of them on the road against St. Joseph: Lafayette.
Tim Cunningham’s soccer boys were one of the three facing Lafayette’s Fighting Irish and they produced a 2-0 Midland Empire Conference road victory.
The tennis Lady Hornets, as expected, dominated Lafayette in a 9-0 league triumph, while the softball Lady Hornets battled back from an early 3-0 deficit to take the Lady Irish into extra innings before falling 5-4 in eight.
Outside of Missouri’s San Jose, the Chillicothe golf girls jumped their match record to 5-0 with a strong 201 team score which bested Lafayette and host Cameron, as well as understaffed St. Joseph: Benton.
Freshman Hallie Jones was match medalist with a 46, one shot ahead of teammate Lexi Hargrave.
The volleyball Lady Hornets crushed host Brookfield 25-11, 25-14 to improve to 2-0.
The cross country running Hornets and Lady Hornets began their season in a meet at Maryville for which final team standings and points totals and full individual standings are not yet available, coach Tim Riekena reports.
Individually for CHS, senior Gunnar Young won an individual medal by finishing 20th in 19:53. On the distaff side, Callaway Chapman just missed a medal, placing 21st in the 3.1-miles race.

Booters blank yet another foe
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — While the Kansas City Royals finally broke their goose egg Tuesday, Chillicothe soccer Hornets opponents remain baffled – and blanked – through three tries.
The Hornets and senior goalkeeper Drew Toedebusch posted a third-successive shutout to begin 2017 Tuesday, scoring a goal in each half in a 2-0 win over host Lafayette.
Behind a blanket-like defense, Toedebusch was required to make only three saves as Chillicothe out-shot the Irish 5-3. The Hornets had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks attempted and scored their second goal off the last of their handful.
Ahead 1-0 since the match’s 11th minute after freshman forward Mason Baxter won a race for a loose ball after the LHS goalkeeper couldn’t grab it cleanly and scored his team-leading third goal unassisted, Chillicothe tacked on a welcomed insurance marker in the 63rd minute.
CHS pressure near the Irish net on a sideline throw-in by Brennan Munson forced a Lafayette player to end the ball over the end line, providing Chillicothe with its fifth corner kick of the day.
Highly-productive on such “set pieces” in the early days of the season, Chillicothe capitalized yet again when Munson’s left-footed drive from the right corner curled into goalmouth about five yards out. Senior forward Hague got to it in the air and headed it in to match Baxter for the team goal-scoring lead again.
"An all-around gritty performance,” assessed Cunningham. “Our defense was strong once again and our midfield did a great job maintaining possession of the ball."
Next for the CHS soccer boys will be the Excelsior Springs Tournament Thursday and Saturday. Their first match will be against the host Tigers at 5 p.m. on Thursday.

Golf Lady Hornets improve to 5-0
CAMERON, Mo. — Automatically victorious over one of their three planned foes because of a shortage of players for that squad, the Chillicothe golf Lady Hornets did the job on the course against the other two Tuesday, claiming three more match victories in one day.
Behind strong play from their top newcomer and most-accomplished veteran, the CHS links squad produced a low-4 team score of 201 on the Veterans Memorial Golf Course at Cameron to easily outdistance both the hosts and St. Joseph: Lafayette.
Lafayette ended up with a 230 and Cameron a 234. St. Joseph: Benton had only three players, so it could not quite create a team score.
Chillicothe not only took the three team wins, but also had the match’s medalist and second-best score.
For the first time in her high school career, but likely not the last, CHS freshman Jones had the best round of the day, a 46. Included in her play in the 9-holes event were a pair of pars on Nos. 5 and 9, CHS coach Bob Long reports.
Right behind Jones was 2016 state-tournament participant Hargrave. The junior, who entered with an uncharacteristic 57 average (per nine) through the first two events, emerged from that early-season funk to tally a 47, including parring the par-3 No. 7, according to the coach. Her round Tuesday cut her average by nearly three full strokes.
The rest of Chillicothe’s varsity lineup – Hannah Haakonstad, Maddie Lamp, and Riley Brobst – matched 54s. Both Lamp and Brobst had one par on their cards – Lamp on the par-5 No. 8 and Brobst on the par-3 third, Long notes.
Chillicothe continued to be without its top regular-season performer of 2016, senior Hannah Sherrow, who has yet to play this season, due to illness. The C-T learned from a knowledgeable source Tuesday that it is possible Sherrow could end up missing the entire season.
The golf Lady Hornets have their second tournament of the week today. They’re in an event hosted by St. Joseph: Central and being played at the Moila Country Club course there.
In jayvee action Tuesday, Chillicothe actually had its third-best score of the day provided by Lauren Price. She shot a 53.

Spikers cruise through Brookfield
BROOKFIELD, Mo. — Senior Ruthie Vinson converted seven of 11 “kill” opportunities and had five aces among her nine winning service points and junior setter Elli Ross had team-high of 17 assists and nine winning service points Tuesday as Chillicothe’s volleyball Lady Hornets raised their record to 2-0 with a 25-11, 25-14 non-conference win at Brookfield.
CHS won nine of the 11 points Vinson served and she knocked down seven spikes. Junior Maggie Pfaff had five successful spikes in eight attempts and classmate Kaylee Lewis also had five spikes (kills) as just over 40 percent of Ross’ sets were converted to winning points.
The volleyball Lady Hornets begin Midland Empire Conference action Thursday at home against outgoing, long-time league power Smithville. Freshman play will start the tripleheader at 5 p.m.

Netters create own total eclipse
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Rebounding from consecutive losses, the Chillicothe tennis Lady Hornets did their own version of a total eclipse Tuesday, defeating St. Joseph: Lafayette 9-0 without loss of a single game, let alone any set.
In order from the top of the lineup, the doubles tandems of Gracy Reeter/Macy Cavanah, Hannah Cypert/Hunter Keithley, and Lauren Gregory/Hannah Zimmerman and singles entries Reeter, Cypert, Keithley, Cavanah, Gregory, and Zimmerman each won their position’s set 8-0.
Chillicothe will participate in a tournament at St. Joseph’s Noyes Tennis Center Friday, beginning at 9 a.m.

Rally extends game, but loss comes in eighth
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Behind 3-0 after two innings, Chillicothe’s softball Lady Hornets scored twice in the top of the seventh inning on run-scoring singles by McKenna Poling and, with two outs, Libby Adkins to pull even at 4-4 and force the strong Lafayette squad into extra innings at Heritage Park.
However, after failing to take advantage of Abby Jones’ 1-out triple to right field in the top of the eighth, the Lady Hornets took their first loss when the Lady Irish got a 2-outs single to score the winning run from second base. Chillicothe right fielder Adkins just missed a diving catch attempt on the game-ending hit.
“It was a great effort from everyone,” CHS head coach Mike Jones saluted his club.
Three of CHS’ four runs scored with two outs.
In the third, Jylian Davis singled in Molly Jones from second to make it a 3-1 game. In the next frame, Harlie Jones’ 2-outs gap-splitter to left-center drove home Gracie Ellis from second to make it a 1-run game.
Lafayette, which jumped ahead 2-0 on a home run by its second batter of the game, S. Huffer off starting pitcher Davis, added a run in the second. In the fourth, after Mo. Jones was brought in to pitch and Davis switched to left field, the Lady Irish made it 4-2 with a 2-outs single. Davis threw out a runner at the plate on the play to keep CHS in range.
Statistically, each team had double-digits hits – CHS 12 and Lafayette 11. For Chillicothe, Poling and Mo. Jones had three each and Adkins and Davis two.

Young medals in season opener for harriers
MARYVILLE, Mo. — While team scoring results were not yet available at the time of this posting, the Chillicothe cross country Hornets were relatively-successful in executing coach Riekena’s strategy for this season in their opening meet.
Without a high-finishing standout like graduated 2016 state medalist Layne Worman to power their team-scoring potential, Riekena has stated a hope that his relatively-balanced group of Hornets can help each other – and, as a consequence, the team – prosper by running in 3- or 4-member packs as deep into the race as they can.
The hope is that, psychologically, by focusing on staying close to whichever teammate is running best in that group at a particular point in the race, the entire group will be able to keep a better pace, even if it is not right with the top runners. If they can “pull” each other along and finish in fairly-close sequence, it could create a better team score than having maybe two runners pull away in the first half of the race and the others straggle along individually with no one to encourage or pace them as fatigue grows.
In Tuesday’s opener, Young went out fast early – going the first mile of the approximately-3.1 miles (five kilometers) race inn 5:41 before fading  some to wind up 20th in 19:53.
“Very happy to see Gunnar have such a good day,” commented the coach.
The others largely stayed within sight of one or more teammates for much of the race before finishing as best they could down the stretch.
With a steady push through the second half, Jacob Parkes drew away from the first early pack of Hornets to wind up with a time of 20:38 that might have got him in the top 30.
He led three teammates who finished about every 20-25 seconds. Hayden Simmer was the Hornets’ third finisher in 21:07, followed 14 seconds later by Ben Hayen. Another 21 ticks back was Dakota Brady as CHS’ fifth and final scoring runner.
Rounding out the Hornets’ varsity lineup were Peyton Forck in 22:31 and Aadrian Carden a minute longer.
In the girls’ division, Chillicothe – which at least early in preseason practices had seven girls out – entered only five. One of those ran the 2.1-miles junior-varsity race, so there were not enough Lady Hornets in the varsity event to generate a team score.
Individually, though, sophomore Chapman placed 21st in 24:21. According to the coach, that was over a minute faster than she ran on the same course a year ago.
“Very impressive!” he praised.
The other three varsity Lady Hornets were quite a ways behind her. Elena Boon finished in 26:39, Anna Shackleford in 29:44, and Emma Bernskoetter in 36:42.
While exact point totals were not available as of this posting, Riekena did report that both the Smithville girls and boys were the varsity-level team champs.
Individually, the boys’ winner was a Palmer (first name not available) of Smithville in 17:21 and the girls’ Ashley Riley of tiny South Nodaway in 20:20.
In jayvee action, CHS’ Kiera Bosley ran a 29:44 in the girls’ race. For the boys’, Eric Kleinschmidt finished in 16:11, Nathan Toole in 16:28, Colby Moody in 17:31, and Kade Simmer in 19:36.