CHS MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2018, ROUNDUP: Golf Hornet fires 92 in very windy conditions in district tourney. Junior booter earns assist, nets game-winning goal in 2-1 home victory over St. Joseph: Benton
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, Mo. — Senior Hayden Montgomery of the Chillicothe HS golf Hornets on Monday (April 30, 2018) qualified for the state-tournament-qualifying sectional tournament for a third year in a row, tying for the seventh-best score among non-team-qualifying players with an 18-holes round of 92 in the Class 3 District 8 Tournament.
Montgomery, who has gone on to qualify for state play each of the past two years, was one of five players to post a 92 in the very windy, but warm, conditions at Excelsior Springs Golf Course Monday. The first non-qualifying score was a 95, so the Hornet had a 3-strokes margin in keeping his season going.
The veteran kept it together well enough in the challenging conditions to post a sectional-qualifying finish, even if nine strokes above his season average. Similarly, the team’s only other returnee from the 2017 district roster, sophomore C.J. Williams, managed the situation well enough to stay within earshot of his regular-season average. Williams went only eight over his with a 123.
The all-freshman remainder of the Chillicothe lineup, however, saw how fast scores can balloon.
Colby Gillespie’s 138, Dalton Ripley’s 148, and Spencer Shira’s 164 ranged from 22 to 42 strokes over what they’d averaged in the regular season.
As a result, the Hornets’ low-4 team score came in at 501, far behind the second-to-last-place total.
The Class 3 District 8 team championship was captured by incoming Midland Empire Conference (MEC) member Kansas City: St. Pius X with a 337. Outgoing MEC member Smithville was runnerup and the other sectional team advancer with a 353, three shots ahead of Kearney. However, because it had four players advance individually, Kearney will be included in team play at sectional, albeit with only four players, rather than five.
The District 8 tournament medalist by a sizable 5-strokes margin was Cole Elling of St. Pius X. He fired a very-impressive 77 in the wind.
With his 92, Montgomery earned the chance to play in next Monday’s scheduled sectional tourney on the “Posse” layout at the Paradise Pointe Golf Course at Smithville.
If he can be among the top 12 individuals there (not including players from the two teams which earn advancement to state from the tourney), he will qualify for the following week’s state tournament at Old Kinderhook Golf Course at the Lake of the Ozarks at Camdenton.
As a sophomore, Montgomery shot a 90 over 18 holes on Springfield’s Rivercut Golf Course to tie for 62nd place in a tournament shortened to one round by rain. A year ago, his 177 for 36 holes at the Sedalia Country Club tied him for 89th.
Ficken Powers Soccer Lady Hornets Into Double Digits in Wins
By PAUL STURM, C-T Sports Editor
CHILLICOTHE, Mo. — Junior midfielder Addie Ficken assisted on the first goal, then netted what would become the deciding tally Monday (April 30) as the 2018 Chillicothe HS soccer Lady Hornets posted their 10th win in 14 matches this season, 2-1 over visiting St. Joseph: Benton.
After classmate Sarah Graves turned her short pass into a battling, never-give-up goal and 1-0 CHS lead not quite eight minutes into the second half, Ficken turned finisher 10 minutes later.
Benton managed to control Harlie Jones’ corner kick from the offensive left side inside the Lady Cardinals’ “18,” but didn’t execute its clearing attempt well. Instead, the ball went high into the air and Lady Hornets senior back Mykel Heese, moved far upfield for the “CK,” shielded a Benton player from it as it came down.
Using her upper body to control and direct the ball as it descended, Heese caromed the ball softly and slowly a few yards back toward midfield where Ficken was all by herself. Tapping the ball once with a foot to position it, the junior strode into a right-footed drive that rose and zipped into the Benton goal 23 yards away. Her third tally of the season off Heese’s second assist gave CHS a 2-0 margin with 22:38 remaining.
That proved to be enough, although Benton made things a bit more uncertain in the closing moments, thanks to a tremendous individual effort by Jayde Williams.
Gaining control of the ball just on the offensive side of midfield, Williams snaked her way past several defenders as she angled from right to left across the pitch, still 30-40 yards away from the Chillicothe net. As she passed by her team’s bench near the east sideline, she nearly had the ball pilfered, but regained control with space to angle toward the goal.
Confronted by yet another CHS player – at least the fifth to try to separate her from the ball, Williams tapped it past the onrushing defender and advanced to within about 10-15 yards of the net. That drew Chillicothe goalkeeper Kennedie Kieffer toward her to close off the “short-side” angle, allowing Williams – as another Lady Hornets back moved over to her, as well – to play the ball past them to the front of the net. There, Melanie Murphy came angling from the weak side to send a shot into the vacant net from about seven yards out.
Although another five minutes remained to be played at the juncture, Chillicothe prevented Benton from fashioning another threat, keeping the ball on the Lady Hornets’ offensive end of the pitch most of that time to walk off winners.
The triumph not only raised Chillicothe’s overall record to 10-4 – its fifth-consecutive season with double-digits wins after doing that only once in the first seven years of the program’s existence, but put the Lady Hornets back at .500 in the Midland Empire Conference at 2-2.
The CHS girls will be right back on the pitch Tuesday, visiting Cameron for a varsity-only 5 p.m. contest. The Lady Hornets defeated Cameron 5-1 at home in mid-April.