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Fourth quarter dooms Bulldogs
 
BETH FOX
MASON SMITH ran for 176 yards and a touchdown in Friday's game at Excelsior Springs. Most of the time he found the going tough, as on this play in the second half.
 
Fans of the game know a football can often take zany bounces. None seemed to go the Bulldogs' way Friday night in Excelsior Springs and resulted in a 21-14 defeat at the hands of the Tigers.
A sequence with a minute left in the half and the teams tied at 7-7 illustrates Odessa's evening.
Facing fourth-and-long at their own three, the Tigers set up to punt. A short boot took a quick left turn and glanced off a Bulldog setting up down the field to block. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Tigers push Santa Fe in loss
 
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team made the defending state champs in Santa Fe work for the win September 20. Chiefs won the match in two, 25-21, 27-25, but that doesn't completely overshadow the Tigers' performance.
"We finally played up to a very high level of volleyball," said head coach Derek Twombly. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Offense struggles against Grain Valley
 
"You can't win games with only five hits," said Odessa head softball coach Mindy Brown after the Bulldogs 8-0 loss September 20 to Grain Valley.
"Seventeen (hits) to five is pretty lopsided. As we move into districts, we really need to focus on being able to put the ball in play. We are still hitting a lot of fly balls, and we need to work on hitting more ground balls to move runners. Also, our bunting is still weak. We have to be able to lay a bunt down and advance a runner into scoring position." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Tennis team drops close match to Harrisonville
 
Odessa tennis team went on the road September 20 to face Harrisonville and dropped a close match 5-4.
Shelby Palmer and Maddie Estes picked up Odessa's only win in doubles. They defeated Karley Reynolds and Caitlin Costner 8-4. Emily Woods won in number three singles with an 8-2 final over Savana Hayward. Alexa Gust prevailed 8-5 over Bethany Nichols in number four singles. Palmer picked up an 8-1 win over Costner in number six singles. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Golfers fall just short
 
Odessa needed to defeat Richmond September 20 when the Bulldogs, Spartans and Grain Valley Eagles met at Adams Pointe for an MRVC triangular. Bulldogs came up just short. Richmond won the meet with a 209, two strokes better than Odessa. Eagles shot 214 as a team to place third.
Ava Wirsig of Richmond was the medalist with a round of 44, eight-over. Sadie Myers was the second-place finisher five shots back. Sylvia Gwodz turned in a 51. Brittany Leap's round was a 55. Hannah Scott shot 56 while Delaney Baker finished with a 60. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Cross country team runs at Smithville Invitational
 
The Smithville Cross Country Invitational took place September 20 with 12 boys teams and six girls teams scoring points. Smithville won the boys division with 47 points. Ray-Pec, 74, and Liberty North, 79, completed the top three and were the only teams to score under 100 points. Bulldogs placed seventh with 182 points. Odessa only had one varsity runner in the girls varsity race. Smithville won the girls championship with 45 team points. Park Hill scored 50 points in second while Liberty North placed third with 80. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Bulldogs lose to Oak Grove in two
 
KORY HALES
CORRYN STEINBECK had seven kills and nine digs against Oak Grove.
 
Odessa lost its third-straight volleyball match September 20 with a 22-25, 23-25 loss to Oak Grove at home.
Bulldogs took their first lead of game one on back-to-back kills by Corryn Steinbeck to make it 4-3 early. Seconds later Aubrey Beard's kill extended the advantage to 5-3. But when the Panthers took the lead at 8-7, they never looked back.
Oak Grove built the advantage up to six on two different occasions before Odessa tried to claw back. An ace by Abbi King, unforced errors by the Panthers and a Morgan Kleoppel kill brought Odessa to within 19-21. An Oak Grove hitting error made it a one-point match at 20-21. Later, a Laura Empson block made it a one-point game once again at 22-23. But a serve into the net by the Bulldogs was followed by an Oak Grove ace to put a bow on the opener. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Tigers rally for a three-set win
 
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team dropped game one September 22 to Orrick 21-25 then rebounded with 25-22, 27-25 wins in games two and three to earn an I-70 Conference win.
"We got a much-needed win," head coach Derek Twombly said. "If we can continue to play up through the rest of the year, we have a shot at finishing well above .500 and having a chance at districts." Read more in The Odessan.
 

 
 

 
 
Big second quarter allows Tigers
to blow out Concordia
 
Wellington-Napoleon football team racked up 482 yards rushing and 35 yards passing against Concordia Friday night in another lopsided victory for the Tigers. The 59-16 final moved Wellington-Napoleon's record on the season to 5-1.
Orioles actually opened the scoring with a 13-yard touchdown run and two-point conversion on the game's opening drive. Then Concordia recovered an onside kick, but the Orioles could not capitalize on the stolen possession and turned the ball over on downs.
Tigers responded with two long touchdown runs by Jordon Hill. First one covered 44 yards while the second went for 91. Hill ran in the first two-pointer while Duncan Hughes converted the second to give Wellington-Napoleon a 16-8 lead near the end of the first. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Odessa fights for and gets a three-set win
 
"I am proud of our team for fighting," head volleyball coach Amber Barkley said after her team went to Harrisonville and won in three sets 25-14, 23-25, 25-11. "We gave up a close second game and came back and dominated the third. This was good for our confidence, and I'm hoping we can build from here and keep improving." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Softball defeats Clinton
 
Just two days after losing to the Cardinals in the Warrensburg Softball Tournament, Odessa pounded out 13 hits and scored a 10-6 win September 19 at Clinton.
Bulldogs led 6-0 entering the bottom of the fourth then watched the Cardinals jump right back into the game with five runs.
"The fourth inning hurt us. We had held them to zero runs, and then we allow five in one inning," said head coach Mindy Brown. "We made a couple of errors again and had trouble bouncing back. We need to work on our mental game. Errors are going to happen. No one is perfect, obviously." Read more in The Odessan.
 

 
 

 
 
Bulldogs fall to Excelsior Springs
 
When Odessa softball hosted Excelsior Springs on August 30, the Bulldogs spotted the Tigers three runs before scoring the next eight unanswered to record the win. On September 15 when the two teams faced off again in Excelsior Springs, Odessa could not respond. Tigers scored once in the first, four times in the second, six more in the third and once in the fourth.
Odessa's only run in the 12-1 loss in five innings came on McKenzie Dukes' RBI in the top of the fourth. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Peek, Cooksey, Duncan run to top-10 finishes
 
Bulldogs hosted the Odessa Cross Country Invitational September 17 with six boys teams and four girls teams going for the team championships. Kansas City Lutheran won the boys' championship with 38 points. Bulldogs placed second with 69. Lexington, 75, Holden, 96, Summit Christian Academy, 116 and Van Horn, 119, rounded out the final standings. In the girls' division, Holden totaled 18 points to claim the title. Van Horn, 55, Kansas City Lutheran, 80, and Lexington, 88, completed the final results.
Garrett Peek and Andrew Cooksey recorded top-10 finishes. Peek's sixth-place finish took 18:31 while Cooksey placed ninth with a time of 19:02. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Bulldogs compete in Warrensburg Tourney
 
The two-day, 12-team Warrensburg Softball Tournament at the University of Central Missouri was turned into a one-day event after the games September 16 were rained out. On Saturday, the teams played three games just to get in some action.
Blue Springs South 14
Odessa 1
Five Innings
Camryn Ramsey's home run in the top of the first accounted for Odessa's only run of the contest. It was one of only three hits by the Bulldogs. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Bulldog tennis ties for third
at conference tournament
 
Grain Valley hosted the MRVC Girls Tennis Tournament September 22 on their new, blue tennis courts behind GVHS. Eagles scored 54 team points to claim the conference championship. Knob Noster totaled 22 points in second. Odessa and Higginsville tied for third with 15 points. Harrisonville, 13, Excelsior Springs, 12, and Lexington, 11, placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Carrollton and Richmond tied for eighth with zero team points.
Odessa had two singles players and two doubles teams record top-three finishes. In number four singles, Alexa Gust posted a third-place finish. Gust, the two-seed, beat Cierra Sweeney of Carrollton 8-2 in the quarterfinals. She faced Harrisonville's Bethany Nichols, the six seed, in the semifinals. Gust dropped that match 6-8. In the third-place match, Gust blanked fifth-seeded Presley Johnson of Excelsior Springs 8-0.
Katelyn Geary posted a second-place finish in number six singles as the two seed. In the quarterfinals, Geary shut out Richmond's Abby Sherwood, the seven seed, 8-0. The semifinal matchup with sixth-seeded Caitlin Costner of Harrisonville went to Geary 8-3. Geary faced top-seeded Mikaela Griechen of Grain Valley in the finals. Geary fell 8-0 to finish second. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Odessa is shut out
 
Not much went right for Odessa softball September 22 when they hosted Oak Grove. Panthers struck first for three runs in the top of the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fifth. Odessa's only base hit in the loss was a leadoff double by Sydney Young in the bottom of the second. Final score was 10-0 in five innings.
 
 
Myers, Gwodz, Scott qualify for sectionals
 
Shirkey Golf Course in Richmond was the site of the Class 1 District 7 golf tournament that featured 10 schools. The top two teams and the top 15 individuals not on a qualifying team advance to the sectional tournament next week.
Pembroke Hill shot 346 to win the district title. Smithville was a distant second with a team score of 396. Bulldogs finished seventh with a 473. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Hannah Scott medals, Odessa wins tri meet
 
Odessa golf team was set to host O'Hara, Plattsburg and Saint Paul September 21 at Adams Pointe. Celtics forfeited, but the Tigers and Saints did make the trip. Bulldogs shot 206 as a team to score the win. Plattsburg was the second-place team with a 238. St. Paul shot 268 in third.
Hannah Scott was the medalist. She shot a personal best 50, 14-over par. Sylvia Gwodz's score of 51 placed her second. Read more in The Odessan.
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