Will play Marshall at MHS courts for Class 1 District 15 Tournament team crown Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2018) after blanking Kirksville 5-0 Tuesday. Marshall shut out CHS 9-0 at Marshall during the regular season
Shutout earned tennis Lady Hornets rematch
The Chillicothe High School tennis Lady Hornets’ final home appearance of an excellent 2018 season was right in character.
Undefeated in seven home dual matches during the regular season, the racquet squad’s only postseason outing on the Daryl Danner Memorial Park courts Tuesday saw them dispatch Kirksville 5-0 in the Class 1 District 15 team tournament semifinals.
The victory, completed by singles wins from senior Hannah Cypert and freshman Lucy Reeter after a sweep of the doubles play, advanced the CHS girls to the district-finals match at Marshall yesterday (visit our website www.chillicothenews.com for initial results). Top-seeded Marshall creamed Moberly 5-0 Tuesday, as well.
Tuesday also saw the volleyball Lady Hornets sustain a straight-games home loss to St. Joseph: Lafayette and the cross country running teams have two varsity medalists in a meet at Excelsior Springs.
Chillicothe 5, Kirksville 0
Winners over Kirksville’s Lady Tigers by a 7-2 count in their season and home opener in late August, CHS’ tennis team also won by a 5-matches spread in their initial October outing. Under Missouri State High School Activities Association rules for postseason team play, once a team has clinched the 9-matches competition by winning five matches, play is halted.
In the case of the Lady Hornets and Lady Tigers, that magic number was reached when Cypert wrapped up the No. 3 singles match with a 6-0, 6-3 straight-sets triumph. Not long before that, L. Reeter had closed out a 6-1, 6-0 victory in No. 5 singles.
Neither the Chillicothe victory nor even the shutout was a real surprise. When the teams squared off in August, the Lady Hornets swept the doubles and the top four singles battles. L. Reeter, then making her high school debut in the No. 6 singles spot, sustained one of the two losses, but showed her progress by dominating one spot up the lineup ladder by the time the rematch came around.
Although Chillicothe ended up winning the three, single-set (pro-8 scoring) doubles matches by comfortable margins, at times their play seemed to hint at their not being fully-engaged in the action, perhaps suggesting they might be looking past KHS to the likely rematch with Marshall.
MHS’ Lady Owls, long one of the best public-school programs in the state, lashed the Lady Hornets 9-0 at Marshall Sept. 24 when CHS was in competition for the fourth time in six days and might have been a bit weary. While yesterday’s round two between the teams with only three match losses between them this fall meant a second-straight day of play for both teams, Chillicothe had been off from competition for close to a week before that, meaning it would be physically fresher for the rematch.
After both the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles sets against Kirksville Tuesday stayed close through the first six to eight games, once the Lady Hornets found their strides, they closed with a rush.
At No. 1 position, 2-times Midland Empire Conference champions Hunter Keithley and Cypert rang up an 8-4 win. On the adjacent court, L. Reeter and senior sister Gracy finished as 8-5 winners in a set they led more or less throughout, but never got a real handle on until the final game.
The most-decisive Lady Hornets doubles conquest came from the No. 3 tandem of Macy Cavanah and Hannah Zimmerman, who claimed an 8-3 win.
With yesterday’s conclusion of the team portion of district play, with the winner going on to the first and, potentially, second rounds of the team state tournament next week, the focus shifts temporarily to personal postseason fortunes now.
Non-team district singles and doubles tournaments will be played at Marshall either tomorrow or Saturday, depending on what the weather allows. Chillicothe coach Amanda Marsh told the C-T she expects, given the current weather forecasts, that play will be shifted up to tomorrow (Friday) to allow Saturday to be a fallback position, in case not all of the singles and doubles competition is able to be completed Friday.
The non-team play has each participating school enter up to two singles players and two doubles tandems for bracketed play. The other two schools in District 15 besides the four who were in action Tuesday are Boonville and Carrollton.
In each of Chillicothe’s three regular-season tournaments, Marsh entered her team’s top two doubles tandems in that competition, using Cavanah and Zimmerman in singles. Given that the Reeters have had mixed success of late in doubles, that Gracy is a senior and thus in her final postseason, and that there is no team-scoring component to the play for which to strategize, it would not be a surprise if the coach switched and put both G. Reeter, the team’s No. 1 singles player the past three years, and the very capable MEC singles runnerup Cavanah in the district singles. That would leave Zimmerman and L. Reeter to play doubles together for the first time in competition.
While champions are crowned in each style of play, both the first- and second-place finishers in each advance to a state-qualifying sectional match, presumably to be played early next week at a yet-to-be-announced site.
Each sectional winner then becomes one of 16 entries in the state tournament later this month.
CHS’ Cypert/Keithley pairing won last year’s district title and prevailed at sectional to make their first trip to state.
SJ: Lafayette 26, 25 Chillicothe 24, 10
The host Lady Hornets, who split two neutral-court games with Lafayette during the Bishop LeBlond Invitational Tournament last Saturday, had themselves in position to claim the opening game of Tuesday’s Midland Empire Conference match. When they couldn’t win the two overtime points and dropped game one 24-26, they had a too-familiar second-game sag that evolved into a full-fledged 10-25 rout.
For the season, CHS now is 10-10 in second games of matches after opening the year by winning the first three. Over the past 10 days, it has lost the second game six times in eight matches.
Statistically for the Lady Hornets (8-11-1, 1-3 conf.) against the Lady Irish, Elli Ross shared the team lead in “kills,” despite her relative lack of height, scoring four without a misfire into the net or out of bounds. Kaylee Lewis, a senior like Ross, had four spikes without an error and a third classmate, Maggie Pfaff, registered four finishes, too.
Ross, CHS’ main setter, earned a team-best 12 assists and senior libero Kylie Larson topped the team with six defensive “digs.”
CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING
Excelsior Springs Invitational
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS — CHS’ top runner for each of its cross country running teams posted top-25 finishes and earned personal medals in Tuesday’s Excelsior Springs Invitational meet.
Lady Hornets freshman Kadence Shipers had the highest CHS finish, taking 21st in the girls’ varsity race in 25:07. Hornets sophomore Hayden Simmer had the fastest Chillicothe time, his 19:48 giving him 23rd place among the varsity boys.
“We were able to finally see some of our competition we will be running against in district (competition),” Tim Riekena, Chillicothe coach, reflected. “We now know we have our work cut out for us.”
On a warm day not the most-suitable for distance running and across what Riekena reports as a “hilly course,” the Lady Hornets had the sixth-place score (141 points) out of the seven schools with teams entered. Kansas City: Notre Dame de Sion was the girls’ title winner with 35 points. CHS’ boys were 13th among 17 squads with their 297 team points. Pleasant Hill was the meet’s boys’ champion with a mere 45 points.
“On the bright side, Kiera Bosley, Logan Asher, and Simmer all took a minute or more off their time” from last year’s Excelsior Springs race, Riekena reported.
Asher was the Hornets’ second finisher, clocked in 20:42 to earn 39th place. Peyton Forck was 74th (22:02), Eric Kleinschmidt 91st (23:17), and Tristan Forck 113th (25:42) to round out the scoring handful.
The other CHS girls’ scorers were Emma Burk in 36th (27:26), Callaway Chapman 39th (27:36), Kathryn George 49th (29:11), and Olivia Lamp 70th (33:11).
Not scoring for the CHS varsity squads were Mayanna Weed (75th, 35:40), Stephen Parkes (116th, 26:53), and Brady Bernskoetter (120th, 26:59).
The meet’s boys’ champion was Michael Rebello of the host school in 17:31. Abigail Zitter from Lenexa, Kan.: Christ Preparatory Academy won the girls’ race in 21:17.
Next for CHS’ cross country running teams is to be another large-scale meet at Kearney this Saturday. That will be their last outing until the Oct. 16 Midland Empire Conference race at Maryville.