After winless Monday in three sports, three Lady Hornets teams prevail in Tuesday action; cross country starts season
Chillicothe High School 2016 fall sports teams rebounded well Tuesday from a winless day before.
The volleyball, golf, and tennis Lady Hornets all earned victories, but the soccer Hornets were shaded. A scheduled home softball game was rained out a second time already.
The tennis triumph and soccer setback were very, very close competitions.
The racquet brigade nipped visiting St. Joseph: Lafayette 5-4, taking advantage of the Lady Irish having only five players and thus having to forfeit the No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles sets, tipping the outcome Chillicothe’s way.
The boys’ booters came within a few inches of likely sending their home match, also against Lafayette, to overtime, but a Brennan Munson deflection of Ridge Howe’s free kick in the last 10 minutes of regulation time banged off the left goalpost and the Fighting Irish held on to prevail 1-0.
The golf Lady Hornets earned three victories in one day, shooting a low-4 team score of 220.
The volleyball teams swept visiting Brookfield handily, including a 25-8, 25-10 varsity result.
The cross country squads made their season debuts – the last CHS fall teams to do so, running at Maryville. CHS senior Layne Worman's second-place individual finish led the Chillicothe showing there, pacing the Hornets to a third-place team showing. No word on how the Lady Hornets finished in the team standings are yet available.
Tennis Lady Hornets nip Lafayette
Having two set wins in their back pocket before the first point of the match was played, Chillicothe needed that head start to fend off St. Joseph’s Lady Irish.
With Chillicothe coach Amanda Marsh giving ailing senior No. 2 singles/doubles player Maelaina VanFossen a day off from singles, the Lady Hornets nevertheless got the singles wins they needed from elevated freshmen Macy Cavanah and Hunter Keithley.
Stepping up to No. 4 spot, Cavanah smoked her LHS opponent 8-1 and Keithley went her one better – CHS’ usual No. 6 player shutting out her Lafayette foe at No. 5 8-0 to sew up the team decision for the home team.
“Hunter Keithley and Macy Cavanah won singles easily and gained some much-needed confidence through their matches,” comments Marsh.
“They are completely different players and each brings something we need to our varsity tennis team. Macy has consistent strokes and played all summer to prepare. Hunter is a very powerful net player and server. She is also a great competitor.
“I think both were hungry for a win and finally got it tonight. I'm proud of them!”
Added to the forfeit by the St. Joseph team at No. 6, the ninth graders’ conquests gave Chillicothe an even split of the singles. Tacked onto the 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles by VanFossen and Danielle Rapp and the Lady Irish giveaway at No. 3, Chillicothe was able to end a 2-matches losing streak and improve its overall matches record to 2-3. The Lady Hornets are 2-1 in Midland Empire Conference matches.
Yesterday’s No. 1 sets were Lafayette triumphs. In singles, Danielle Schneller dominated CHS sophomore Gracy Reeter 8-3. In No. 1 doubles, Reeter and Hannah Cypert were clipped by the same score by Ashlyn Dotson and Schneller.
There was no junior-varsity play because of Lafayette’s lack of players.
The Chillicothe girls’ tennis team will go to St. Joseph tomorrow for a tournament, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Noyes Tennis Center, just east of Central High School.
Golf Lady Hornets have big day
CAMERON, Mo. — Chillicothe High School’s golf Lady Hornets didn’t play overly well Tuesday, but still did enough to prevail in all aspects of their triple-dual match at the Cameron Veterans Memorial Golf Course.
Junior Lexi Hargrave posted a team-best, 9-holes round of 52 to pace the Lady Hornets to their 220 team score. That was relatively-comfortably better than St. Joseph: Lafayette’s 236 and Cameron’s 242. The match’s fourth participating school was St. Joseph: Benton, but it came up one player short of having enough for a team score, so it effectively forfeited to the other three.
Joining her among the team’s four best scorers were Riley Brobst with a 54 and Hannah Sherrow and Maddie Lamp, each with 57s.
Ironically, one of Benton’s trio of players – Emily Furr – was the match medalist with a 48. Cameron’s Abby Ourth was second with a 49, followed by Hargrave’s 52.
“Lexi is hitting the ball very well. She hit two of the three par 3s with her tee shots,” Chillicothe coach Bob Long reports.
Not used to compute Chillicothe’s team score was the 66 shot by Hannah Haakonstad.
On the junior-varsity level Tuesday, Lauren Price had a 58 for Chillicothe, while Anna Shackelford put up a 63 and Jensen Simmer a 64.
Next for the varsity golfers, who lifted their season record to 4-1 in dual matches with yesterday’s troika of triumphs, is today’s St. Joseph: Central Tournament, which was to have a 9 a.m. beginning. It will be the first “regular,” 18-holes tournament of the season thus far for CHS.
The CHS junior varsity is to host Southwest Livingston’s and Braymer’s individuals playing the sport in a match at Green Hills Golf Course Wednesday.
No problems for volleyball squads
Visiting Brookfield was never a factor, competitively, in either the 25-8, 25-10 Chillicothe varsity win or the CHS jayvees’ 25-3, 25-6 triumph and was only marginally so as the freshman Lady Hornets scored a 25-15, 25-13 victory in their first action of 2016.
Statistically for Chillicothe (2-0) in the varsity match, senior Whitney Clampitt had a strong, all-around night. At net, she slammed home a team-high nine kills in only 16 tries, while also pacing Chillicothe with three blocks. Behind the baseline, she had four of the team’s 11 service aces and eight total winning points served.
Another senior, Maggie Leatherman, had a hot night serving, her team winning 13 of the points she served – three via aces.
Lady Hornets senior setter Carly Gardner earned 10 assists and alternate Ellie Ross seven.
In the development-level action, Kylee Larson served 19 winning points and Kaylee Lewis 18 (with nine aces) in the Chillicothe junior-varsity’s victory.
Among the freshmen, Skylar Chapman led with 11 service points won, while Macy Gutshall served aces eight times. Lainie Cowan had three kills and Alayna Mason three assists,
Next for Chillicothe’s volleyball Lady Hornets will be the varsity’s Midland Empire Conference opener and it will be a key one. CHS will visit Smithville next Tuesday.
Soccer boys lose another nailbiter
For the second time in barely a week of 2016 action, the CHS soccer Hornets sustained their second 1-0 loss already.
Yesterday at Jerry Litton Memorial Stadium II, the host Hornets could not answer Jordan Johnson’s goal in the 37th minute of the first half. Earning the shutout for St. Joseph: Lafayette was senior goalkeeper Joshua Stewart.
The match was mostly evenly-played, in terms of ball possession time and scoring chances.
While there were a couple of excellent chances for each side that either went past the goal or were stopped by Stewart or Hornets’ junior netminder Drew Toedebusch, the ultimate difference was that Johnson was able to finish with a shot into the extreme right corner (from the defending team’s perspective) and Munson’s redirection of Howe’s 20-yards free kick in the 71st minute was about six inches off-line and banged the post dead-on.
After that chance didn’t produce the desired result, Chillicothe pressured several more times in the final eight-plus minutes, including Hunter Horton’s hard, high 25-yards shot off a setup by Howe and Munson in the 76th minute. Horton, normally a back, but shifted to an attacking midfield spot in the late going, forced Stewart to jump to make the save of the shot which would have slipped in just under the crossbar, if not for the ’keeper’s mitts.
Pressuring to the last seconds, Chillicothe earned a couple of corner kicks in the last minute, but could not come up with a clean chance off either.
The home heartbreaker followed a 1-0 overtime loss at Kirksville last Thursday. The soccer Hornets will take a 1-2 record into their next match Thursday in a tournament at Excelsior Springs.
Worman leads three cross country Hornets in top 20
MARYVILLE, Mo. — Senior Layne Worman kept the pressure on eventual varsity boys race winner Caleb Feuerbacher of Maryville, claiming second spot with a time of 17:36 in the 5,000-meters race. Feuerbacher finished in 17:24.
"Layne ran with the top three runners the entire race," Chillicothe coach Tim Riekena reports. "He has worked hard over the summer and it has paid off."
Worman also took second individually in the 2015 Spoofhounds Invitational in 17:53.
Two other Hornets posted top-20 individual showings, according to Riekena, although their specific places were not yet available when the coach submitted his results report. Ben Hayen was the second-fastest Hornet, the junior clocked in 19:51. Also breaking 20 minutes was Tanner Hobbs, who was a second behind Hayen.
"Tanner and Ben started off their seasons with a strong effort," the coach salutes.
Times for the other CHS boys' varsity participants were: William Perry 20:56, Gunnar Young 21:01, Peyton Forck 22:15, and Aidri Carden 22:33.
Chillicothe's girls had a full-roster seven runners start the varsity race, but only six finished the wet, often-muddy course on the hot, humid day, Riekena relates.
The coach says sophomore Carly Beebe, a first-year cross country runner after being a solid middle-distance runner on the track-and-field Lady Hornets last spring, had surged to eighth place with a half-mile remaining in the approximately 3.1-miles race – the top showing by a CHS girls to that juncture, when she apparently was overcome by dehydration and the heat and collapsed. A medical trainer quickly responded and aided her, the CHS coach noted.
With Beebe's departure, another first-time CHS cross country harrier, Lexei Dickerson, led the Lady Hornets with a 24:25 time.
"Lexei ran well and will continue to improve, along with all the first-year runners we have," Riekena reacted.
Although official results were not available at the time of this original posting, the CHS girls are not thought to have finished in the top three or four in the team standings, but were solidly respectable, in their coach's view.
"It was exciting to see our girls' team run so strong," Riekena praises.
Next up for the Chillicothe cross country teams is their lone home appearance of the season – next Tuesday's (Sept. 6) Chillicothe Invitational in Simpson Park, starting at 4 p.m.