Tennis Lady Hornets blank Benton, stay unbeaten. Spikers, softballers slide back to .500 for 2018 season with defeats

Chillicothe High School's undefeated tennis Lady Hornets cruised to yet another Midland Empire Conference dual-match victory at home Thursday.
Losing no more than two games in any set, they improved to 8-0 overall in 2018 and a league-leading 5-0 in the MEC with a 9-0 shutout subduing of St. Joseph: Benton.
Elsewhere in CHS varsity sports Thursday (Sept. 13, 2018), volleyball and softball teams slid back to the .500 mark for the season when they sustained Midland Empire Conference road losses and the cross country running squads did not have anyone in the top 25, individually, in the Platte County Invitational meet. Two Lady Hornets and one Hornet harrier did receive medals for being in the top 40.
TENNIS
Chillicothe 9, St. Joseph: Benton 0  Even a slight reshuffling of the CHS lineup didn’t impact the outcome of Thursday’s battle with Benton. The Lady Hornets had three sets in which they did not lose a game, four with only one loss, and two they claimed 8-2.
Having requested and won a “challenge match” for the next-higher spot in the singles lineup, Lady Hornets freshman Lucy Reeter strolled to an 8-1 triumph in her first appearance as the No. 5 player in the full CHS lineup. She had played No. 5 position once previously when older sister Gracy – CHS’ No. 1 – had missed a match, due to illness.
G. Reeter remained undefeated in No. 1 singles by blanking Sydney Brown 8-1. No. 1 doubles went to Chillicothe’s Hunter Keithley/Hannah Cypert tandem 8-0 over Kally Horn and Brown.
Other whitewashes were produced by Macy Cavanah in No. 4 singles and Hannah Zimmerman and Cavanah in No. 3 doubles.
The Reeters took No. 2 doubles 8-1 followed by Cypert winning No. 3 singles by that count. Zimmerman and Keithley were 8-2 victors in Nos. 6 and 2 singles, respectively.
For the nearly-month-old season, the Cypert/Keithley and Cavanah/Zimmerman combos and G. Reeter, Cypert, and Cavanah in singles continue to maintain unblemished records of either 6-0, 7-0, or 8-0.
The tennis Lady Hornets have another conference home match today, hosting St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond at 4 p.m. at the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts.
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
Platte County Invitational  Although both Chillicothe cross country running teams finished far back of the meet champions, three CHS individuals brought home personal medals and the entire Lady Hornets varsity lineup team medals from Thursday’s Platte County Invitational meet.
With the host school awarding medals to runners on each of the top-5 teams of each gender, Chillicothe’s girls got them by being fifth (out of five teams). Kansas City’s: St. Teresa’s Academy had the top five runners and, thus, a perfect team score of 15 points. Chillicothe’s points total was 126.
On the boys’ side, Chillicothe was 13th among 19 teams with 310 points. No information on the boys’ team champion or its score was reported.
Individually, CHS’ highest finish was freshman Kadence Shipers’ 29th place in 25:45 in the girls’ race. Sophomore Hayden Simmer paced the Hornets by snaring 40th in 20:30.
Joining them as individual medal-earners was Lady Hornets sophomore Emma Burk, whose 26:59 put her 39th across the finish line.
Rounding out the Lady Hornets’ medal-earning varsity group were Kathryn George – another ninth grader, who was 47th in 29:44, junior Callaway Chapman – 50th in 30:07, and sophomore Mayenna Weed – 53rd in 38:36.
The varsity Hornets’ Logan Asher missed a medal by only a few seconds, taking 42nd, 12 seconds behind Simmer. Peyton Forck was 54th (21:15), Brady Bernskoetter 93rd (23:29), Eric Kleinschmidt 96th (23:46), Stephen Parkes 99th (23:54), and Tristan Forck 112th (25:29).
The girls’ race winner finished in 21:11, the boys’ in 16:59.
The next meet for Chillicothe’s cross country running teams is to be Tuesday at St. Joseph in a 4 p.m. event hosted by Benton.
VOLLEYBALL
Chillicothe 20, 21, Bishop LeBlond 25, 25  ST. JOSEPH — Visiting last year’s Class 1 state champion Thursday, the Lady Hornets stayed in contention in each game, but could not deny Bishop LeBlond’s Lady Golden Eagles a straight-games conference victory.
Visiting Chillicothe was led by 3-years starter Elli Ross, who earned 12 of the team’s 13 assists with her sets and also had three service aces. The well-balanced net offense was topped by Kennedie Kieffer’s four “kills” (spikes), while Kaylee Lewis had a CHS-season-best three blocks defensively.
Following participation in their own tournament Saturday, the CHS spikers will host Cameron tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
SOFTBALL
Savannah 11, Chillicothe 0  SAVANNAH — The young softball Lady Hornets hope they got all of their mistakes and misfires out of their system at once Thursday.
On the heels of two very good, home performances in conference play, the CHS diamond dames did little right as they visiting Savannah’s Lady Savages, losing 11-0 in five innings in a contest in which they were no-hit by a pair of SHS hurlers, while their own two pitchers were cuffed for 12 hits and the fielders committed six errors.
About the only positive performance Chillicothe (2-2, 2-1 conf.) produced was it handed out only one base on balls.
Savannah jumped on freshman starting pitcher Hallie Rucker (1-1) for five runs in the first inning. After she surrendered another three in the third, sophomore Mollie Ellis took over and was tagged for another 3-spot in the home fourth to put the Lady Savages in position to prevail by the 10-runs-lead rule when the Lady Hornets again were blanked in the fifth.
After participating in Saturday’s Lexington Invitational tournament, CHS’ softball squad will host MEC foe Maryville Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.