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Bulldogs wrestle well in loss to Oak Grove
CORBIN COWICK took 32 seconds to pin Kalen Kemp at 170 pounds.
Top-ranked Oak Grove Panther wrestling team paid a visit to Odessa January 10 and fought hard to earn a 42-31 win over the Bulldogs.
Night began at 145 pounds where Vincent Monarca scored a 10-3 win by decision over Zach Kroah. Monarca led 4-1 after two periods before recording three takedowns in the final two minutes of the match.
Armand Kenepaske doubled Odessa's 3-0 lead with a 5-3 win by decision over Noah Sears at 152. Sears took a 3-2 lead to the third period before Kenepaske tied it up then grabbed the lead and the eventual victory with a takedown. Read more in The Odessan.


Lady Dawgs split two games
at Pleasant Hill Tournament
Odessa took part in the 30th Annual Pleasant Hill Basketball Tournament last week, playing as the two seed.
Odessa  40
Clinton  29
Lady Bulldogs opened tournament play January 9 with a win over seventh-seeded Clinton.
"We played very well. Kinly (Grubb) had her best game of the year and met a personal goal of having a double-double," said head coach Bud Nelson. "She had 15 points and 11 rebounds. We're proud of her, but now that we know she can do it, we expect her to. Alyssa Morris had another strong game for us offensively. After losing to Clinton two days ago when we played them at UCM, beating them by double digits feels good." Read more in The Odessan.
Jase Hollingsworth to play in
All-American Bowl Saturday
Jase Hollingsworth
Odessa High School senior Jase Hollingsworth has been selected to play in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Raiders. The Atlantic vs Pacific football game can be seen live on Game time is 10 a.m. (PST), noon in Odessa. Full replays on also will be available for those who can watch the game live.
Hollingsworth got on the Blue-Grey staff's radar just before the start of his junior season when he attended a combine at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph at the Kansas City Chiefs training camp facility. That year he helped the Bulldogs reach the Class 3 state championship game. After another standout season as a senior, Hollingsworth received the invite from the Blue-Grey staff to play with and against some of the best senior football players in the country. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs drop a pair at Pleasant Hill Tournament
Odessa played as the eight seed last week in the 92nd annual Pleasant Hill Basketball Tournament
Summit Christian Academy  85
Bulldogs  53
Top-seeded Eagles scored 51 first-half points against Odessa January 10 in the quarterfinals to hold an 18-point lead at intermission. Bulldogs' offensive output slowed in the second half as they watched Summit Christian pull away.
"Summit Christian is an excellent team in transition and has a number of playmakers," said head coach Ryan Robinson. "Their ability to run the floor and make good decisions with the ball and play excellent, fundamental basketball is something we are trying to emulate. It was fun watching college recruits make the game look so simple." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers start conference play,
prevail against Sweet Springs
After losing its first boys basketball game of the season in triple overtime, Wellington-Napoleon has rattled off 11 wins with the latest coming January 10 against Sweet Springs. Tigers prevailed 66-52 in the conference opener. Wellington-Napoleon led 23-13 after one quarter of play then watched that lead dwindle to one by halftime.
"We knew going into this game that it was going to be a tough game," said head coach Todd Shannon. Read more in The Odessan.
Eighth-ranked Tigers pound Crest Ridge
Two days before taking on Crest Ridge January 12, Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team broke into the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Class 2 state rankings. The eighth-ranked Tigers jumped all over the Cougars, leading 30-6 at the end of the first quarter and 48-14 at half. A 25-5 run by Wellington-Napoleon in the third quarter put the final nails in the coffin as the Tigers went on to win the game 77-21.
"We set the tone at the beginning of the game with our smothering half-court defense," head coach Todd Shannon said. "We never allowed Crest Ridge to get comfortable in their offense because of our pressure defense." Read more in The Odessan.


Mistakes were made, Lady Tigers win anyway
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team began I-70 Conference play January 10 with a 48-44 win over Sweet Springs at home. Lady Tigers moved to 9-3 overall with the victory despite a poor start.
"We started off sluggish tonight with silly turnovers, and we were not blocking out," said head coach Andy Hampton. "Then we picked it up and closed the first half with a little run." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers rout Crest Ridge
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team got 13 points and four rebounds from Sammy Blystone and 12 points, 10 rebounds and two steals from Kiera Paige January 12 in a 51-29 win over Crest Ridge on the road.
"We got off to a very slow start tonight but really picked it up in the second half," head coach Andy Hampton said. "We started lazy on both sides of the ball, and Crest Ridge was getting to every loose ball and beating us up and down the floor." Read more in The Odessan.
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