THURSDAY, SEPT. 14, 2017, CHILLICOTHE HS SPORTS ROUNDUP: Girls' tennis, softball, boys' soccer, volleyball teams post noteworthy victories. Freshman wins fifth-place medal in CHS golf tourney

Chillicothe (Mo.) High School’s fall sports varsity teams rocketed Homecoming weekend 2017 to a dazzling start Thursday.
With all sports except for football having competitions, four – volleyball, girls’ tennis, boys’ soccer, and softball – rang up victories of different, but significant, stripes.
In addition, the golf Lady Hornets had the fifth-place individual medal-winner in their own annual tournament with the medal-earning score being the program’s best in more than three years.
As of the time of the initial posting of this story, results for the cross country running teams’ meet were not yet in hand.
The undefeated football Hornets will be out to take the excitement and joy up another notch or two Friday night when they host St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond in a 7 p.m. game on Bob Fairchild Field at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium.
Saturday will bring an opportunity for an exclamation point when the red-hot softball girls, now winners of eight in a row, host their annual tournament, an event they claimed the crown in a year ago.
Cypert delivers dramatic climax in tennis
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Following her team’s 6-3 defeat by Trenton on the road Aug. 28, Amanda Marsh, Chillicothe tennis Lady Hornets head coach, took an optimistic view of the day’s action and prospects for reversing the result when Trenton came to Chillicothe later in the season.
“I think, on any given day, we can turn a couple more of those matches and pull out the win,” she commented. “We look forward to playing Trenton again.
On Thursday, less than three weeks later, that chance to change things rolled around and Marsh’s squad made her look prescient, nipping Trenton 5-4 by winning the last set to conclude a 9-7 non-conference Z.
Unable to win any of the three doubles sets at Trenton, Chillicothe picked off one this time, meaning – as the match moved into singles competition – improving by one on their showing in that style in the prior clash, the Lady Hornets could indeed balance the books with their northern neighbors.
As one singles set after another concluded, the match stayed tight. Finally, when only one set was left unconcluded, CHS had matched the three singles triumphs it had gained at Trenton, leaving that final set – No. 2 singles – to decide the team outcome.
Trenton’s Lauren Dolan had bested Hannah Cypert of Chillicothe 8-4 in the previous dual. This time, Cypert was hanging tougher, trailing only 4-5 just past the mid-point.
Suddenly, Cypert, the best of Chillicothe’s players at staying in rallies for many strokes, caught fire after falling behind 15-30 in the 10th game.
The Lady Hornets junior won three points in a row to break Dolan and capture that game and square the set at 5-5, rather than fall behind 4-6.
Cypert then held serve at love to take the lead and quickly jumped ahead by winning the first two points on Dolan’s service game. With a streak of nine consecutive points won, Cypert technically was six points away from the set and match.
However, Dolan steadied herself and won the next four points to take the game and level the set at 6-6.
Cypert then wobbled to hold serve, finally doing so after several “deuce” points, before Dolan had a hot game with her serve, putting three of four first serves in play and winning at love to knot things once more at 7-7.
Needing to hold serve or face the specter of losing, if Dolan held again, Cypert battled and battled, as her THS foe did also, before, after more deuce points, the Lady Hornet got the game and led once more, 8-7.
With the match featuring use of “pro-8” scoring (first player to win eight games with a lead of at least two games wins the set), the CHS player had a simple task – win the game and the set and match were hers and the Chillicothe team’s. Lose and the match would be decided by a tiebreaker.
With Dolan unable to relocate the accuracy of faster first serves from her previous service game, Cypert was able to pick up a couple early points to get in front to put more heat on the Lady Bulldog.
While the Trenton player fought to rally, Cypert’s ability to keep the ball in play regularly for 10-12 strokes or more eventually led to a couple of errors by the Trenton player, the last of which ended the game, the set by a 9-7 margin, and the match – all in Cypert’s and Chillicothe’s favor, respectively.
Further information on CHS’ other position wins should become available Friday morning and will be added as time permits.
Now 13-3 in all dual matches this season, Chillicothe will prepare for its home match against Maryville Tuesday at 4 p.m. Victory in that outing would make the Chillicothe girls Midland Empire Conference (MEC) girls’ tennis champions for the first time since 2014.

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Youngster Jones takes fifth in CHS’ own tournament
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — With the program’s best round in almost six years, freshman Hallie Jones of the golf Lady Hornets provided the hosts’ highlight for the annual Chillicothe Invitational Tournament Thursday.
Occupying CHS’ top spot in the lineup all season and entering with a per-9-holes average of 47.5 strokes (the equivalent of 95 for 18 holes), Jones shot an 84 for the 18-holes event at Green Hills Golf Course.
That not only earned her fifth place in the event’s individual standings, but is the lowest score (or equivalent 9-holes score) by a Lady Hornet since 3-times All-Stater Liz Sivill carded a 78 in winning the sectional tournament at Kirksville with a 78 on Oct. 5, 2011.
Repeating as individual tournament medalist was Hamilton’s Samantha Cornelius with a blistering 72, six swings better than her winning total a year ago. She needed that improvement to keep the title as Macon’s Paige Hawkins fired a 75 herself and third-best Emily Long of Maryville was at 77.
Led by Jones’ performance, Chillicothe posted a season-best 402 team score, 11 shots lower than a year ago in its own tourney. However, with stronger overall competition this time around, the Lady Hornets went from being second in the 2016 team standings to fifth this year.
Macon, which did not compete in last year’s event, zoomed to this year’s title with a 349 total, seven shots ahead of Maryville, which bettered its 2016 title-winning total by 34 strokes, yet was denied the repeat.
Kirksville took third a 381 and Plattsburg shaded Chillicothe for fourth with its 400.
The Lady Hornets’ quartet of scores used for the team total included, in addition to Jones’ 45-39–84, Maddie Lamp’s 100 and matching 109s by Hannah Haakonstad and Jensen Simmer.
The other CHS varsity lineup member, Lexi Hargrave, came in with a 111.
In the vagaries of the sport, Chillicothe’s second-best score of the day was a 97 by Riley Brobst, who has the team’s second-best scoring average during competition this fall. Had she still been in the varsity lineup on this occasion, CHS would have moved up slightly in the team standings and had a team score of 390. However, coach Bob Long reports the midseason, head-to-head, “challenge” matches he conducted recently as an opportunity to potentially integrate improving players into the varsity lineup resulted in a shuffling of the lineup and Brobst slipping out of the top five.
One other CHS player participated in the tournament. Kennasyn Johnson posted a 113.
Southwest Livingston has at least a handful of girls playing golf this fall and, thus, was entered as a team Thursday.
The Lady Wildcats’ top score was a 101 by Marley Anderson, followed closely by Meredith Oesch’s 104. Also competing, but shooting above 120 were Rachel Holt, Makenna Campbell, and Caroline Warren.
In addition to champion Cornelius, Hamilton had one other player – Hali Dinwiddie – entered, but she also finished north of 120.
The next action for the golf Lady Hornets will be Tuesday’s home dual against Brookfield before playing in the Midland Empire Conference Tournament at Maryville Wednesday.

Eight softball wins in a row for CHS
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — With senior Molly Jones throwing one of the finest – if not the best – games of her career, Chillicothe’s softball Lady Hornets overran guest St. Joseph: Benton 10-0 in six innings Thursday.
The righthanded pitcher smothered Benton on only three hits and one walk, while the currently-cooking CHS offense whacked another 13 hits and scored in all but one inning.
“It was an outstanding effort from our pitcher and catcher,” Mike Jones, CHS head coach and father of team starters Mo. and Abby Jones, summarized. “The defense held tight behind them and we hit the ball very well.”
Collecting double-digits hits for a sixth time in their last seven outings, the Lady Hornets geared up for Saturday’s defense of their crown in their own tournament in impressive fashion.
They jumped out to a 3-0 advantage after an inning and, following a scoreless second, tacked on a run or two each frame the rest of the way.
The slightly-early end came when, with the bases full and two outs with a 9-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Jylian Davis produced her second “walk-off” hit of 2017, a sharp single through the hole into left field to score fellow senior Maddi Graham. That put the 10-runs-lead rule into effect, handing Chillicothe its eighth triumph in a row over the previous eight days.
While Mo. Jones was pitching exceptionally well, Graham was going three for three plus a walk on offense. The team’s shortstop drove in two runs and scored two.
Libby Adkins also had three hits, while McKenna Poling and A. Jones earned two apiece. A. Jones and Davis matched Graham’s two RBI.
The first action for the softball Lady Hornets (11-4) in Saturday’s tournament at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park fields will be at 8 a.m. against Carrollton.
Soccer Hornets Prevail in Post-OT Shootout
SAVANNAH, Mo. — In a crazy match which saw Chillicothe’s visiting Hornets zip to a 2-0 lead in the first eight minutes, be caught by the middle of the first half, and then neither team score through the rest of regulation time and overtime, CHS went not only to a 5-attempts penalty-kicks “shootout,” but beyond that to a sixth round  before gaining a 3-2 victory over host Savannah Thursday.
Following each club’s conversion of three of its five tries in the initial “shootout” – the Hornets ultra-dramatically converting each of their last three  after the Savages had seized a commanding 3-0 lead, the match went to a round-by-round phase. If either club could deny the other while scoring itself, it would win.
Savannah had chosen to go first in the “shootout” and when, having thwarted SHS on its last two tries in the round of five – either one of which would have ended the contest in the host’s favor, CHS senior goalkeeper Drew Toedebusch kept the ball out of the net yet again.
That gave his team a chance to close out the match and Brennan Munson cashed in, driving home a shot that lifted the Hornets’ record to 6-4-1. Although both schools are members of the MEC, Thursday’s result – like Maryville’s win in Chillicothe Tuesday – does not count in the league standings. The Hornets’ league match with Savannah will be in Chillicothe Oct. 12.
After neither squad had scored for 60 minutes across the last half of the first half, all of the second half, and both 10-minutes overtime periods, the Savages seemed to gain a rock-solid grip on victory when their first three “shootout” attempts from 12 yards in front of Toedebusch beat him.
However, after two teammates had missed or been stopped, CHS backs Hunter Horton and Logan Minnick each drilled the ball into the cords. When Savannah failed to convert again on its fifth shot, Bryce Hague was coach Tim Cunningham’s choice to try to tie it.
The team’s No. 1 scorer on the season didn’t disappoint, forcing the sixth round where Munson was money.
Very, very early, it didn’t appear Chillicothe would require any late heroics.
In about the third minute of the match, senior Jacob Anderson converted a Hague pass into the third goal of the season.
Only four minutes after that, Hague got his team-high ninth goal of the season unassisted.
The 2-goals lead evaporated quickly on the warm evening as Savannah’s Josh Hegeman tallied in the 17th minute and Kyle Johnson three minutes later to level the score at 2-2.
The soccer Hornets’ next action will be Monday at home at 5 p.m. against MEC leader St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond.
Volleyball girls sweep past Lafayette
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Although the stakes were much, much lower than their last meeting with St. Joseph: Lafayette in last season’s district tournament finals, the Chilliothe volleyball Lady Hornets nevertheless welcomed Thursday’s resound 25-18, 25-15 home thumping of the Lady Irish.
The CHS offense was more efficient than many matches, converting a third of the sets attempted into winning putaways.
Junior setter Elli Ross had a double-digits night in assists (12) and winning points served – 11 in 16 tries.
Ruthie Vinson, the only Lady Hornets senior, led the net attack with seven “kills” in 11 attempts. Junior Kennedie Kieffer blocked three Lafayette spike attempts and libero Kylee Larson paced the floor defense with nine digs. Catey Trout helped out with seven winning service points in 11 serves as Chillicothe’s record improved to 6-7-1.
The spikers’ next outing will be at Marshall Monday.

Three Lady Hornets runners earn medals in Platte County meet
PLATTE CITY, Mo. — Three Chillicothe cross country running Lady Hornets – Callaway Chapman, Elena Boon, and Emma Burke – earned medals for their performances in Thursday’s Platte County Invitational meet.
Chapman placed 22nd among the 50 varsity girls entries in 25:11. Boon was 37th in 28:34 and Burke 40th in 29:07.
CHS entered six varsity girls, allowing it to accumulate a team score. According to the results sheet provided by Chillicothe head coach Tim Riekena, the Lady Hornets were fourth among the five varsity girls’ teams with a 129 score. Kansas City: St. Theresa’s Academy was first with 23 points, 13 ahead of Platte County.
The other varsity Lady Hornets, their finishes, and times, were Anna Shackleford (45th, 30:29), Arianna Belle Showalter (46th, 31:34), and Emma Bernskoetter (50th, 39:39).
Chillicothe’s other two girls’ runners – Mayanna Weed and Kiera Bosley – competed in the 2-mile “C” division race, placing 33rd and 34th, respectively.
On the boys’ side, Chillicothe ran 11th among the 17 teams with 296 points. The host Pirates were the boys’ varsity champions with 34 points.
Individually for CHS, senior Ben Hayen was first across the finish line, taking 49th in 20:39. A few seconds behind him was Gunnar Young (53rd, 20:46). Freshman Hayden Simmer (56th, 21:02), Peyton Forck (77th, 22:10), and Jacob Parkes (80th, 22:14) completed the Hornets’ scoring quintet.
Also running in the 5-kilometers (approximately 3.1 miles) varsity race were Logan Asher (91st, 23:00) and Aadrian Carden (92nd, 23:09).
CHS had three compete in the boys’ “B” division race. Eric Kleinschmidt took 81st (24:32), Nathan Toole 99th (28:19), and Colby Moody 103rd (29:05). Kade Simmer ran in the shorter “C” race, earning 24th place (13:08).
“It was a hot day on a tough course,” reflected Riekena.
“Most of our kids improved their times from last year. Peyton improved by over 1-1/2 minutes.”
The next meet for CHS’ cross country teams is to be at St. Joseph Tuesday in an event hosted by Benton.