CHS APRIL 26-27, 2018, SPORTS ROUNDUP: Golfers posted best team score of season in finishing third among five teams in Savannah Invitational Tournament Thursday. Soccer girls prevailed 3-1 at Concordia: St. Paul Lutheran Thursday. Maasdam-Mayers take fifth in MEC non-team tennis tournament doubles

The 2018 Chillicothe HS golf Hornets will play in the Misssouri Class 3 District 8 tournament at Excelsior Springs this Monday, April 30, seeking to extend their season, either individually or collectively.
The quintet of lone senior Hayden Montgomery, sophomore C.J. Williams, and freshmen Colby Gillespie, Spencer Shira, and Dalton Ripley will represent CHS in its 18-holes postseason play at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course.
Montgomery will be attempting to advance to sectional play the following week for a third-straight year, needing a top-15 individual district finish and top-12 sectional placement (among players not on the two sectional-advancing teams) or unlikely team qualification in both events to do so.
The Hornets’ final regular-season outing Thursday, April 26, produced their best tournament score and finish.
Competing in the Savannah Invitational at the Duncan Hills Golf Course, the Hornets had four of their five varsity players score better than their season averages, leading to a season-best 413 low-4 team score that placed the CHS third among the five varsity teams.
Paced by tournament runnerup Montgomery’s 38-41–79 – his best tourney score thus far in ’18, Chillicothe’s boys trailed tourney champion Savannah and Rock Port. Montgomery was a single shot behind tourney medalist Jerry Dillon of the host Savages.
Mirroring his season-best tourney performance Thursday were Williams with a 57-53–110 and Ripley with his 62-55–117.
Rounding out the Hornets’ scoring foursome was Gillespie with a 56-51–107.
Like Ripley, Williams, and Montgomery, that total was below his season-long average. Ripley’s total was nine strokes (per 18 holes) under his, Gillespie’s’ eight, Williams’ six, and Montgomery’s five.
Not used in the varsity team-score computation was Shira’s 131.

Chillicothe also had five junior-varsity players compete at Savannah Thursday, although the competitors at that level played from a closer tee box and were limited to taking no more than twice-par scores on any hole.
Under those variables, Keagan Valbracht carded a 109, Carter Allen a 127, Benten Saale a 129, Spencer Riddle a 133, and Wes Hurtgen a 134.
The action at Savannah was the jayvees’ last of the season, although, should one of the scheduled varsity players be unable to make Monday’s trip to district, one of the jayvees – presumably Valbracht – could be substituted.

Murphy’s First Varsity Goal Match-Winner for Soccer Lady Hornets Thursday
CONCORDIA, Mo. — Junior Bryonna Murphy’s first-ever varsity goal proved to be the match-winner Thursday as the visiting Chillicothe HS soccer Lady Hornets defeated Concordia: St. Paul Lutheran’s Saints 3-1.
The CHS girls (9-4) built a 3-0 lead before a late SPL goal spoiled their bid for a ninth shutout of the season.
The only tally of the first 60 minutes came in the 26th minute of play when, off a Chillicothe corner kick, the ball bounced around among several players until reaching the foot of Lady Hornets senior Morgan Grable. She drilled the ball home for her fourth goal of the year, head coach Shannon Grable reports.
Just past the mid-point of the second half, Chillicothe was pressuring the Saints’ goal when Murphy got a shot away after a battle for possession and found the net for an unassisted goal and 2-0 CHS lead in the 64th minute.
About six minutes after that, the Lady Hornets salted the victory away when M. Grable set up junior Gracy Reeter for a 1-on-1 confrontation with the St. Paul Lutheran that Reeter won for her third goal of the year, the coach reported. M. Grable’s assist was her team-leading fifth.
The soccer Lady Hornets will host St. Joseph: Benton at 5 p.m. Monday (April 30). Even though there is one more home match scheduled after that, Monday will be the occasion of the traditional Senior Day recognition. To be honored will be multi-year starters Mykel Heese, Harlie Jones, and M. Grable, along with first-year player McKenna Poling.

Tennis Hornets’ Top Duo Take Consolation Honor in MEC Tourney
ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — Entered as a doubles combo in Friday’s rescheduled Midland Empire Conference non-team tournament, Chillicothe HS’ top two players – Tyler Maasdam and Grahm Mayers – followed a first-round loss with four set wins to take the consolation-bracket title, highlighting CHS’ showing in the 2018 event.
After the fourth-seeded Mayers/Maasdam tandem lost to a Maryville pair 5-8 in the opening round, they recovered with wins by scores of 8-4, 8-4, 8-3 (over the Maryville foes to whom they had lost in the first round), and 8-5.
Chillicothe’s other entries in the MEC tourney, which included a player making his season debut at the varsity level, each settled for winning one set.
The other doubles entry – junior Matt Callen and senior Gunnar Young – opened with a 5-8 loss before following a consolation-side bye with an 8-4 victory. They finally were eliminated by a 6-8 score in the consolation semifinals.
In singles, junior Seth Batye captured his first-round set 8-5 over a St. Joseph: Lafayette opponent, before falling 4-8 and 3-8 in his next two sets.
Colton Johnson, a junior who had not been used in either varsity singles or doubles previously this spring, acquitted himself well as the other Chillicothe singles entrant.
He dropped his first-round set 4-8, but then bested St. Joseph: Lafayette’s top player 8-6, CHS coach Bob Long salutes. Johnson was eliminated with an 2-8 defeat in his third set.
Johnson was filling in for still-injured Brenden Nelson and absent Noah Crowe.
The Maryville-hosted tournament was played at its traditional home – the Noyes Tennis Center.
St. Joseph: Benton’s Bostyn Horn won the singles title, as expected. The doubles crown went to Maryville’s Peter Kempf and Chance Hermelink.
The tennis Hornets start their final week of regular-season dual matches with a visit to St. Joseph: Lafayette Tuesday.