State golf play, art contest winner, Homecoming and Lons Club update.
Campbell to State Golf - Makenna Campbell, a sophomore at Southwest, became the first-ever Wildcat golfer to participate in state-level competition since the inception of the event in 2011. She and her coach, Julie Bothwell, traveled to Fremont Hill Country Club in Nixa to face a par 71 course.
“The course is long and an older course built in the late 1960s so the fairways are lined with big, mature trees that make the fairways appear narrow. The intense stress and anxiety performing at such a high level against girls that shot course par and below par in sectionals, was unbelievable,” explained Coach Bothwell.
In a field of 90 players, Makenna got off to a rough start and had a hard time recovering.
“I was probably the most proud of an athlete I have ever been because she never let her frustration show,” added Bothwell.
Weather a challenge - In day two Makenna fought to do well but the winds were blowing between 20 and 35 miles per hour and it made keeping the ball straight very difficult. “She had some great shots on this day and definitely could out drive the competitors, but shot well above her 98 average for 18 holes,” Bothwell said.
Makenna ended the two-day State Championships in 79th place. “She is a fine young person and represented her school in a mentally and physically challenging sport with class. With experience under her belt she knows what it will take to make it back to that level of competition and to finish higher and she has already turned her thoughts to what she will need to do next summer in the off-season,” concluded Bothwell.
Webb wins art contest - Southwest art student Lily Webb claimed Best of Show at the CLAA art show with a portrait pencil drawing. The contest was at Missouri Valley College of Marshall. In 2018 SW senior Avery Webb won the same award!
Junior Cagers earn trophy - The Southwest boy’s junior high basketball team rebounded from a first-round loss to Northwestern in the CLAA tournament at Hale to win the consolation trophy. In the second round, the Wildcats took down Breckenridge and then Hardin- Central to reach the final against Keytesville. Southwest overpowered the Tigers 36-13.
Members of the team are Blake Audette, Garrett Larson, Hagan Stedem, Eli Warren, River Webb, Kolt Neptune, Brett Kelchen, Glen Holt, Carson Thompson, Ace Diegleman, and Laurence Hughes. They are led by Coach Kyle Larson, a Southwest graduate and outstanding prep basketball player for the Wildcats.
Drops to seven- The girl’s division of the CLAA junior high basketball tournament dropped to seven this year after Norborne did not field a team. Number one seed Brunswick advanced directly to the semifinals and Northwestern advanced directly to the consolation game, after a first-round loss, to face Southwest who had lost to Hardin-Central and then defeated Keytesville.
Because Coach Julie Bothwell was busy at state golf Coach Larson stepped in to help in the first-round game for the Southwest girls. Coach Bothwell said, “Coach Larson did a good job taking on the girls for the first game and I greatly appreciated it. The girls played a much bigger Hardin-Central team. Playing some great defense, Emalee Granville got in some early foul trouble.” Hardin won 20-9.
Coach Bothwell reports that the second-round game against Keytesville was a contest against a four man team, although one girl was very good. Emalee Granville and Chloe Clements each scored six points and “everyone played good defense” in a 20-10 win.
Game motivator - The Wildcats then faced Northwestern in the consolation final. They got off to a rough start with no points in the first quarter. “We managed to score a couple of baskets in the second quarter and were just down by two at the half. The girls played better defense and rebounded well in the third quarter and with the clock expiring Chloe Clements took a pass in transition from Emalee and scored a left-handed layup just before the buzzer to go up by two.
The next possession Chloe was fouled on an offensive rebound and hit both her free throws to go up by four. In the final quarter, we were up by four before we went flat and missed eight simple put-backs around the basket. We also had some failures on defensive duties and NW tied the game and then on an inbound steal went up by two. We finally had to put them on the free-throw line and they managed a couple more points to win by four. The girls were very disappointed and we talked about that disappointment and how important it was to remember that feeling to motivate us to improve,” added Coach Bothwell.
Griders finish regular season - After dropping their first contest of the season, the Southwest High School football team marched through their next eight contests without a loss. Their one loss came at the hands of the still undefeated Tarkio squad. Last Friday, Oct. 25, Southwest celebrated their senior participants after their 68-14 thumping of King City with Union Star. Senior football players are Mack Anderson, Bryce Wolf, Dagun Bassett, Jerren Sears and Balazs Sturgeon. For band it is Logan Liebenorfer and the senor cheerleaders are Rachel Holt, Julian Hughes, Alexa Austin and Caroline Warren.
Next week begins district competition for eight man football. Southwest is the number one seed in their six-team district. They are joined by two other winning teams they have not faced this year, Orrick and North Shelby who are each 7-2.
Homecoming royalty - Southwest crowned their Homecoming Queen Julian Hughes and King Mack Anderson on Oct. 18.
Ludlow Lions News - The annual Lions Peace Poster contest is underway and our club has entries from our Southwest seventh graders. They will be judged against other district posters soon!
The Lions are very grateful to the Jenkins Foundation of Chillicothe for their grant to help us enlarge our dugouts at the ball field and pour cement floors in them! We try to continuously upgrade and maintain our field the best we can. I think the field was a little sad this fall with another year without a Southwest softball team playing on it. Some sprucing up has occurred to the outside of the clubhouse and the beautiful corner beams are now more easily appreciated!
Gun raffle tickets - The Ludlow Lion’s primary fundraiser, the gun raffle, is now underway. We have a special this year. If you buy a book of five you get a sixth ticket free! That is a $20 value!
Walmart has been a very good partner to the Lion’s summer program. With two grants we were able to purchase new equipment for the batting cage and pitcher’s area! Thanks Walmart!
Lion Donna Callen fell and broke her wrist last month which kept her away from meetings for a while. She had surgery to make repairs and is bouncing back. Lion Ralph Ratliff donated an old farm record book he found to the clubhouse. We are getting a good amount of historical pictures. If you have one to donate please do!
A reminder: the clubhouse can be rented for your special events! If interested contact