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Eagles stop Odessa's win streak at three
 
BETH FOX
HIGH FLYER | Jonas Bennett attacks the rim against Grain Valley. Bulldogs dropped a 51-47 verdict Friday night to the Eagles.
 
Bulldogs went to Grain Valley Friday looking to extend their three-game winning streak to four, but the Eagles wagged their index finger at the thought of that happening on their home court.
"We started off slow, falling behind 15-4 after the first quarter," said head coach Ryan Robinson. "We had a great second quarter, cutting the lead to two at half on a pair of threes by Cale Neville. We had a slow third quarter and couldn't close the gap in the fourth after Grain Valley hit free throws."
Odessa hit seven threes in the contest but lost 51-47. Neville made three treys while John Asher drained a pair. Jaz Ehlert and Jonas Bennett each hit one. But that was not the stat that stood out the most to Robinson. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Eight Bulldogs headed to State Championships
 
Odessa's trip to the Class 2 District 3 wrestling tournament in Clinton can only be called a success after the Bulldogs scored 164 points to place second in the 15-team tournament. Monett totaled 177 team points to claim the championship. Bolivar, 135.5, Pleasant Hill, 114, and Eldon, 113, rounded out the top five.
The tournament also has to be classified as a success because Odessa qualified eight wrestlers for the state tournament by recording top-four finishes.
"We had a great tourney and led the district tourney right up until the 152-pound final, which was controversial, and then Monett took the lead," said head coach Kirk Gross. "Our lighter weights did most of the heavy lifting with Austin Coons taking second at 106, Carter Wade taking fourth at 113, Logan White taking second at 120, Clint Donovan taking second at 126, Luke Malizzi taking second at 132, Max Bake taking second at 138 and Armand Kenepaske taking second at 152. Bringing up the rear was Big Man Brother Muscles Clayton Hazelrigg at 220, who finished fourth." Read more in The Odessan.
 

 
 

 
 
Lady Bulldogs end Grain Valley's winning streak
 
Grain Valley girls basketball team had won 37 MRVC West games in a row as they came to Odessa February 9. Lady Eagles won their final two conference games of the 2012-2013 season, then rattled off three perfect seasons in the MRVC West. Grain Valley sat unbeaten at 5-0 this season, but the Lady Bulldogs used 47% shooting and a 37-26 advantage on the glass to end that streak with a 60-45 win.
"Kinly (Grubb) had her best game ever. She was unstoppable," said head coach Bud Nelson. "She went nine-for-15 from the field, and at one time dribbled past all five defenders for a layup. Corryn (Steinbeck) stopped everyone on defense. She stole the ball from Claire (Rose) four times. Her last steal came with 5.6 seconds left in the game. She laid it up and in to give us the 15-point win. Brittany Leap had 10 points and went four-for-four from the line. Alyssa Morris had 11 rebounds." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Bulldogs win tough one on the road
 
Harrisonville is never an easy place to play, but Odessa boys basketball team went there February 7 and returned home the proud owners of a 52-43 win over the Wildcats.
"It was a back-and-forth game," said head coach Ryan Robinson. "We were down 24-22 at half then took the lead at the end of the third 37-34. Harrisonville tied it at 40 in the fourth quarter before we pulled away for the win."
Three seniors stepped up for Odessa, who has won its last three ball games. Jacob Moore had 18 points and three blocked shots. John Asher scored 14 points. He made both of Odessa's triples. Jaz Ehlert totaled 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists and three steals. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Cheerleaders take fourth at World Championships
 
HIP HOP SUPPORT | Tech N9ne, Kansas City-based rapper, producer and actor, and Krizz Kaliko, rap artist, visited Odessa High School February 8 during a cheerleader preview night sendoff to national competition. Cheer team left Friday for Orlando, Fla., where they competed and placed fourth in the World School Cheerleading Championships in the small varsity non-tumbling group division. Team returned Tuesday. Pictured, front, Krizz Kaliko (Samuel Watson); kneeling, from left, Tech N9ne (Aaron Yates), Abra Raybourn, Madi Wulfekotter, Bre Ray, Erika Cowan, Abigail Stahlke, Aimee Feagan, coach; standing, Megan Bickel, coach, Jordan White, Hannah Beggs, Mercedes Behrman, Mikala Smith, Sydney Shackles, Layne Schloman, Sarah Pierce, Mariah Brewe, Kaylin Hotmer, Mark Thomas, football coach.
 
Odessa cheerleaders took flight to Orlando, Fla., over the weekend to compete in two prestigious competitions at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
On February 11 the team participated in the National High School Cheerleading Championships. Odessa competed in the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling division in Group B. Twenty teams made up Group B with the top 10 advancing to the semifinals.
"We hit an awesome routine that we are proud of, but, unfortunately, we did not advance," said head coach Aimee Feagan. "There was a lot of talented competition." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Fourth-ranked Tigers defeat St. Paul Saints
 
Tigers boys basketball team had one of its toughest games of the season February 3 when they took on St. Paul in Concordia. Fourth-ranked Wellington-Napoleon led 27-21 at half and 43-40 at the third-quarter break. That left the Tigers some work to do in the fourth, with much of that work coming at the free throw line to seal the 62-53 win. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Lady Tigers suffer first conference loss
 
Lady Tigers basketball team stayed with Santa Fe through three quarters, although they trailed the Lady Chiefs at halftime and at the third-quarter break. But Santa Fe was able to pull away in the fourth to win the game 51-35, handing Wellington-Napoleon its first conference loss of the season. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Tigers play another defensive gem
 
For the second time in its last two games, fourth-ranked Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team held its opponent to under 23 points. After beating Santa Fe 50-22 on February 7, Tigers posted a 51-19 win over Orrick Friday.
"It was a physical game throughout," said head coach Todd Shannon. "We weren't real sharp at the beginning of the game offensively, but then we settled in and became a little more comfortable. I was very pleased with our defensive effort to hold them to only 19 points for the game. Every player got some playing time and found ways to contribute." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Orrick takes advantage of W-N's offensive struggles
 
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team shot 28% from the floor Friday at Orrick. Lady Bearcats won the game 38-31.
"We couldn't throw it in the ocean tonight, and it came back to bite us," said head coach Andy Hampton. "We started off slow offensively and then hit a little run in the third quarter to build a small lead. We had two back-to-back big lapses on defense, and Orrick was able to get a five-point lead, which was the biggest of the night at the time. And then we went cold again offensively and couldn't catch up." Read more in The Odessan.
 

 
 

 
 
Tigers start quick, defeat Northland Christian
 
Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team has made a habit of jumping out of the gate quickly this season. Tigers' effort was no different February 6 when they defeated Northland Christian 64-37, although head coach Todd Shannon thought it took a little longer than usual.
"We didn't start off very well but then settled in and gained our composure and played pretty well outside of about the first four minutes," he said. "Everyone got some playing time and contributed. It was a fun atmosphere to get to play at William Jewell for the guys." Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
Tigers 28 points better than Santa Fe Chiefs
 
Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team never gave Santa Fe a chance February 7. Tigers held the Chiefs to seven points in the first quarter, three in the second and six in the third and fourth quarters as Wellington-Napoleon improved to 21-1 with a 50-22 win.
Duncan Hughes contributed 14 points, five boards, two assists and two steals. Trey Shannon finished with 11 points, three rebounds and two assists. Darrion Welsh had seven points and two rebounds. Eight Tigers made the scoring column. Read more in The Odessan.
 
 
W-N plays at William Jewell,
defeats Northland Christian
 
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team and head coach Andy Hampton got 11 points, five rebounds and two steals from Jaymie White, 11 points, two rebounds and four steals from Monica Thornburg and 10 points, six rebounds and one steal from Kelsey Gray in a 52-36 win over Northland Christian at William Jewell College in Liberty February 6. Read more in The Odessan.
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