CHILLICOTHE (Mo.) HS SPORTS ROUNDUP SEPT. 19, 2017: Tennis Lady Hornets wrap up first conference team title since 2014. Softball's 5-run first paces home win over Smithville. Girls' golf, boys' soccer, volleyball lose

While Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, produced losses for more Chillicothe (Mo.) HS teams than experienced triumph, one of the two victorious teams more than balanced the scales for the day.
Needing a head-to-head win over guest Maryville to regain the Midland Empire Conference team championship CHS used to almost own, but had not possessed in three years, the tennis Lady Hornets staked out the high ground early by sweeping doubles play, then split the singles to gain a 6-3 victory.
The clincher technically was by sophomore No. 4 singles player Macy Cavanah when she finished off her foe 8-4. That gave CHS an insurmountable sets lead of 5-3. Classmate Hunter Keithley then made the win more decisive with an 8-1 romp in No. 3 singles.
The CHS conquest completed a 6-0 run through dual-match competition against MEC opposition this fall.
Elsewhere for Chillicothe High teams Tuesday, the softball Lady Hornets earned their fourth conference win in six starts and 13th victory overall this fall, downing Smithville 9-5 at home behind a 5-runs first inning.
Coming up on the short end of their action Tuesday were the golf and volleyball Lady Hornets and the soccer Hornets.
Two teams have competition Wednesday. The tennis Lady Hornets will participate in the conference non-team tournament at St. Joseph’s Noyes Tennis Center and the varsity golfers will compete in the MEC Tournament at the Mozingo Golf Course at Maryville.
Tennis Lady Hornets return to the top
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — It was a tense finish to their trek, but CHS’ tennis girls completed their return to the top of the MEC heap by out-lasting Maryville’s determined Lady Spoofhounds.
Having met and defeated MHS 4-1 in a tournament match previously, Chillicothe projected as a mild favorite Tuesday, especially with Maryville having to make the 2-hours trip. However, because only one of the five matchups from the Sept. 1 tournament clash would be repeated Tuesday, the visitors had reasonable hope of changing the result.
Chillicothe took a giant step toward prevailing over MHS a second time when it played well in the doubles competition which opened the match.
The lone rematch was the No. 1 doubles duel between the Lady Hornets’ Hannah Cypert/Hunter Keithley combination and Maryville’s top two players, T.J. Oglesby and Emma Webb-Kirkpatrick. Although the score was a shade closer this time, Keithley/Cypert followed their 8-4 tourney triumph with an 8-5 win Tuesday.
Combined with more-decisive CHS wins – 8-2 at No. 2 spot by Gracy Reeter and Macy Cavanah and 8-3 at No. 3 by Lauren Gregory and Hannah Zimmerman, that put Maryville under the gun for the singles play, needing to take five of the six sets to pull out the match and take the conference crown.
While that was a herculean task against the solid CHS team, the Lady Spoofhounds gave it a try.
Oglesby dominated Reeter 8-4 in No. 1 singles and, in the match’s two closest sets, MHS took both – 8-6 over Gregory in No. 5 and 9-7 over Zimmerman at No. 6.
Fortunately for Chillicothe, at about the same time those latter two sets were wrapping up and going in Maryville’s column to narrow the gap to a single set, Cypert closed her 8-4 decision at No. 2 singles. That gave CHS a 4-3 lead, one win shy of the match and conference crown.
The suspense didn’t last long as Cavanah, already comfortably ahead, soon wrapped up her 8-4 victory at No. 4 to sew up the title.
The conference title is the CHS girls’ 17th in their history, covering the school’s time in both the North Central Missouri Conference and MEC.
Five runs in first boost softball team to 13th win of year
CHILLICOTHE, Mo, — Senior catcher McKenna Poling pounded a 2-runs triple to spice a 5-runs bottom of the first inning and added a single and a RBI double later and senior Molly Jones threw 2-1/3 innings of scoreless relief for her fourth save as the CHS softball Lady Hornets (13-4, 4-2) topped Smithville 9-5 in Midland Empire Conference softball at Daryl Danner Memorial Park Tuesday.
Up 5-0 after, Chillicothe saw its lead cut to a 6-5 margin by three SHS runs  in the fifth before Mo. Jones rescued starter/winning Jylian Davis and the offense tacked on a marker in its fifth and two for extra cushion in the sixth.
Soccer Hornets denied again
KIRKSVILLE, Mo. — Chillicothe’s attack remained anemic Tuesday as the soccer Hornets were shut out 3-0 for the second day in a row, this time by Kirksville. The game was scoreless at halftime.
Drew Toedebusch, CHSS senior goalkeeper had a strong day between the pipes with 11 saves, according to TIm Cunningham, CHS head coach, but that was to no avail when the Hornets were blanked for a third time in the last four matches.
“Our struggles continue scoring and getting a consistent attack,” the coach reflected. “Our guys competed like always, but we just have to keep getting better.”
Chillicothe (6-7-1) has won only three and tied one in its last 10 matches.
Volleyball Lady Hornets close losers
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Chillicothe’s volleyball Lady Hornets were about as near to winning in straight games as you can get and still suffer a straight-games loss Tuesday.
VIsiting Kirksville went to a couple of extra points to shade CHS 26-24 in the opening game, then nipped Chillicothe again – this time 25-22 – in the second to claim the match.
The Lady Hornets’ Kylee Larson made nine digs and served a team-high seven winning points. Elli Ross had 12 assists and Maggie Pfaff and Ruthie Vinson each had a handful of “kills.” The Lady Hornets won the point on barely half of their serves (24 of 47).
Brookfield bests host Lady Hornets on links
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Brookfield players Laken Sattman and Demi Downey had matching rounds of 45s Tuesday as the Lady Bulldogs bested Chillicothe 208-220.
For Chillicothe, the outcome could have been different. Unluckily, the second-best score it had behind Hallie Jones’ 46 was Riley Brobst’s 47, but Brobst was not included in the varsity lineup. Had she been, her score would have cut 13 shots off the CHS low-4 team total and left them with a 1-stroke victory, 207-208.
The Lady Hornets’ other three team-scoring totals were a 56 by Maddie Lamp, 58 by Jensen Simmer, and 60 by Hannah Haakonstad. Not used for the team total was the 61 by Lexi Hargrave.
The other Chillicothe player, Jennasyn Johnson, carded a 60.
Jones, a freshman, had three pars in her round (Nos. 10, 16, and 17. Brobst parred Nos. 13 and 17.
The Lady Hornets’ dual record dipped to 5-3 in dual matches with a third-consecutive defeat.