Their won-lost record having slipped back to .500 for the third time in 2015, the Chillicothe volleyball Lady Hornets last night responded just as they have in previous similar predicaments. The CHS spikers pulled ahead of visiting Kirksville as the opening game of their non-conference match wore on and dominated from then on, downing the Lady Tigers 25-16, 25-10 Tuesday. The Chillicothe conquest pushed its season record to 8-7-1 heading into this Saturday’s 8-teams Bishop LeBlond Invitational tournament at St. Joseph. The Lady Hornets are in a “pool” with the host team – champs of the recent Chillicothe Invitational, Kansas City Lutheran, and West Platte. The first match for CHS will be at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday against Kansas City Lutheran. Chillicothe will turn right around to battle Bishop LeBlond at approximately 10:30 a.m. and then wrap up preliminary-round “pool” play against West Platte at around 12:30 p.m. The results of “pool” play in each of the two pools will establish seedings on the single-elimination championship bracket which will decide the tourney champion Saturday afternoon. The teams in the other “pool” are Savannah, Maryville, St. Joseph: Lafayette, and Cleveland: Midway (formerly known as Cass Midway). Last night at home, Chillicothe finally established some momentum by winning points consecutively on its serve. Overall, it won the point on 37 of its 51 serves, paced by senior setter Claire Chapman serving nine winning points on 12 tries. Maggie Leatherman and Katelyn Parkey were right behind with eight winning points in 10 serves apiece. Once the ball was live, in addition to her serving prowess, Chapman served up a team-high 10 sets that became CHS “kill” shots. Whitney Clampitt’s six “kills” led the Lady Hornets. Parkey topped the floor defense with seven “digs” and the net defense with 21⁄2 blocks. Four Lady Hornets had at least five “digs.” In developmental-level action yesterday, Chillicothe was victorious in straight game, as well. The junior-varsity Lady Hornets dominated 25-12, 25-15, behind 13 assists by Lexi Shoemaker, nine winning serves by Charlie Plummer, and five Emma Leamer “kills.” In freshman competition, it was CHS 25-13, 26-24. Elli Ross had team-bests of 13 service points won and seven assists and Kaylee Lewis netted eight service points and five “kills.” Cross country boys win Duane Kimble title ST. JOSEPH — Led by Layne Worman’s third-place individual finish and Robbie Parkey’s 10th, the Chillicothe cross country Hornets captured their second meet championship of the 2015 season yesterday, taking first place in the Duane Kimble Invitational hosted by St. Joseph: Benton. Worman and Parkey led a top-5 CHS contingent which added up to a 68-points team score. Maryville was the Hornets’ closest challenger, according to Chillicothe coach Tim Riekena, although he did not have an exact score for Maryville available to him. St. Joseph: Bishop LeBlond, which had nipped the Hornets in their own home meet last week, was third. In addition to its two top-10 finishers, Chillicothe had two more in the top 20 and its fifth scoring runner took 30th. Worman finished in 17:54, trailing Bishop LeBlond’s Jack Hausman (17:36) and Caleb Feuerbacher of Maryville (17:51). “Layne knocked nearly a minute off his time a year ago on this course,” Riekena reports. Parkey ran an 18:38 to place 10th. Taking 15th place was Zach Holland (19:30) and Gunnar Young was 18th (19:36). Rounding out the scoring quintet was Ben Hayen in 30th (20:37). “Zach, Gunnar, and Tanner Hobbs (33rd in 20:51) all improved from last year,” Riekena said. On the girls’ side, CHS didn’t have a team entry. Hannah Mehrhoff led the Lady Hornets with an eighth-place finish in 23:33, but it was her last race for CHS, Riekena noted. Her family is moving. Skylar Mullikin (27:43) was 36th, Monica Holland (27:53) 38th, and Belle Showalter (30:06) 48th In jayvee competition yesterday, Chillicothe’s Tristian Carmack took second in the boys’ division in 21:08 and Ayat Youssef won the girls’ 1.8-miles race in 12:59. The JV boys’ race wsa the normal full five kilometers. Soccer Hornets blank Kirksville on road KIRKSVILLE — Chillicothe soccer Hornets senior goalkeeper Trey Batye made 10 saves to keep the host Kirksville Tigers off the scoreboard, allowing Nate McKiddy’s goal in the 20th minute to be decisive yesterday as the Hornets shaded Kirksville 1-0 in non-conference action. For Batye and CHS, it was the third shutout of the season, all in the past five matches. The Hornets (6-3) had lost 1-0 the day before, but turned the tables with a stalwart day by their senior goalie, Batye. The only goal of the match was McKiddy’s first one of 2015, set up by fellow senior Cody Evans. McKiddy previously had set up eight goals for teammates. Evans’ assist was his third of the year. The soccer Hornets’ next match will be at home tomorrow at 5 p.m. against Concordia: St. Paul. In jayvee action yesterday, Chillicothe also blanked Kirksville behind freshman goalkeeper Nathan Brooks. However, the JV Hornets did not score either, the 0-0 deadlock keeping their season record at .500 – 2-2-4. Smithville quiets softball girls, piles up runs Their hopes of being surprise Midland Empire Conference co-champions squashed by a 7-1 loss to St. Joseph: Benton last week, Chillicothe’s softball Lady Hornets completed conference action yesterday with a 9-0 loss to Smithville’s Lady Warriors. The contest was tight for three innings with only a single Smithville run in the top of the first on the Daryl Danner Memorial Park scoreboard. However, the visitors broke loose for three runs in the fourth and iced their victory with a 4-runs fifth, knocking out CHS starting pitcher Molly Jones in the process, to make it 8-0 contest. After getting its last couple of fifth-inning runs off reliever Gracie Ellis, Smithville nicked her for another in the seventh to complete the scoring. Smithville out-hit Chillicothe 9-5 and also waited out three walks. The Lady Hornets also made things tough on themselves with four errors that led to five of the eight Lady Warriors runs being unearned. All five CHS hits were singles and came from separate players and never more than one in any inning. The closest the Lady Hornets came to scoring was in the opening frame. Harlie Jones reached on an infield error leading off, took second on Mo. Jones’ single, and moved to third – with Mo. Jones advancing to second – on a groundout to shortstop. With a chance to take a 2-1 lead with a well-placed hit or at least tie with a hit, error, wild pitch, or passed ball, Chillicothe came away empty as its next hitter grounded out to short also. Kaylee Rucker singled leading off the CHS second and eventually got to third, too, but was left there. The loss left the Lady Hornets with a final MEC record of 4-3. Overall, they’re now 12-10 heading into tomorrow’s 5 p.m. home finale against Macon, a team they lost to in last weekend’s Chillicothe Invitational tourney. In jayvee action yesterday, it was even more all-Smithville, 16-0. The JV Lady Hornets were out-hit 11-2 and committed five errors to none by Smithville. The CHS hits were singles by Libby Adkins and Hannah Stotts. The pitching duties were handled by starter Ellis and Jylian Davis. Most golf Lady Hornets struggle in double loss With only nine holes to play on the day for the first time since the first of the month, the Chillicothe varsity golf Lady Hornets had a second-straight struggling day on their home course yesterday, dropping a double-dual match to visiting Brookfield and Trenton, both teams which will be back in town next Monday for district play. Brookfield found the Green Hills Golf Course layout very much to its liking, establishing itself as a top contender for team advancement from district with a low-4 score of 178, far, far ahead of its foes yesterday. Trenton split on the day, its 215 well back of Brookfield, but 10 shots ahead of Chillicothe’s 225. The CHS dual-matches record for the season leveled out at 3-3. Brookfield's Emily Vogel and Julia Weydert tied for medalist yesterday with scores of 41. While Chillicothe’s lowest score was senior Grace Venner’s 53, about 21⁄2 strokes above her season average, its best round arguably came from freshman Lexi Hargrave. Coming in with an average of just over 62 per nine holes, she bested that by a half-dozen shots with a 56, third-best by a CHS player on the day. Her round was highlighted by parring the par-4 10th hole. Senior Lauren Mason posted a 55, 11⁄2 strokes over her unofficial season average, and classmate Courtney Reger shot a 61, about three shots above her average. Sophomore Hannah Sherrow’s 63 was about five shots above her average and was not used for the team score. All three Chillicothe seniors parred hole No. 16, Long reports. The golf Lady Hornets compete in a double-dual against Smithville and Lawson tomorrow at Smithville. That will bring the regular season to a close. In jayvee action yesterday, the CHS junior-varsity had a pair of sub-60 rounds.  Freshmen Maddie Lamp carded a 59, her best in limited competition opportunities this fall. Riley Brobst matched that 59, following up a good 18-holes round of 113 (equivalent of 56.5 for nine holes) in last week’s Chillicothe Invitational tournament. Freshman Lauren Price shot a 64, including a one-putt bogey on the par-4 17th. Emma Hurtgen and Hannah Haakonstad, two more ninth-graders, shot a 67 and 68, respectively. Sophomore Hailey Chase had a 68 and senior Courtney Johnson a 70.