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To the hoop... Kylin Grubb goes hard to the goal in the Lady Bulldogs' win over Lincoln Prep.  photo by Beth Fox
Lady Dawgs take third
Sixth seeded Odessa wrapped up its stay at the Husker Classic December 13 with a 37-34 win over fifth seeded Lincoln Prep in the third place game. Stats were not available by press time. St. Pius won the tournament championship with a dominating win over Brookfield. Richmond defeated Higginsville for the consolation prize. Oak Grove beat Lexington to claim seventh.
St. Pius 40
Odessa 37
Second seeded Lady Warriors topped Odessa in the semifinals December 10 in what should have probably been the championship game if the tournament was seeded correctly. Kinly Grubb scored 10 of her team-high 15 points from the stripe. She also had three rebounds, three assists and six steals. Rhyannon Patrick finished with nine points and three boards. Hannah Williams netted eight points and recorded a team-high seven rebounds. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs fall in final
Odessa boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday in the final of the Husker Classic in Higginsville.
Second seeded Bulldogs controlled the first half despite sloppy play by both teams.
In the second half, the top seeded Huskers took a 39-37 lead with 2:16 to play only to watch Josiah Bennett nail a three with 1:14 showing to make it 40-39. Huskers had plenty of time to retake the lead but squandered the chance with a turnover in the lane. After a Higginsville timeout with 47.6 seconds remaining and with a chance to put the game away, the Bulldogs turned the ball over.
The 24th and final turnover of the game proved costly as the Huskers hit a three-pointer with 11 seconds left on the clock to take a two-point lead. Odessa had one last shot to tie the game or win it with a three, but Bennett's three drew iron. Huskers sealed the win with two final free throws with .8 seconds showing. Final score was 44-40. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa defeats Benton, Lathrop
Odessa wrestlers hosted St. Joseph Benton and Lathrop December 9 for a triangular. Bulldogs came away with a pair of wins, defeating Benton 73-3 and the Mules 60-18.
Cardinals were open at 132 pounds, handing Mason Bake a forfeit win. Benton's only win in the dual came at 138 when Matt Garza won a 9-3 decision over Tommy Hardin. Charles Ritchie won by forfeit at 145. At 152, Taylor Airrington pinned Isaiah Johnson-Stewart in 90 seconds. Jake Bartow pinned Noah Fleshman at the 1:40 mark of the 160-pound match. Austin Weygandt won by fall over Tanner Dredge at 170. The fall came at 3:02. Dakota Roark won the 182-pound match by a 7-5 decision over Tage McNutt. Garrett Fiegenbaum, 195, and Cole Stodghill, 220, earned forfeit wins. Dalton Koch pinned Gaige Reynolds at 3:06 of the heavyweight match.
Logan Windsor, 106, Logan White, 113, and Lane Fisher, 120, were all forfeit winners.
At 126, Dakota Miller majored Jordan Shewmaker 15-6. Read more in The Odessan.


Wrestlers place fourth at Lee's Summit North Invite
Thirteen teams competed Friday and Saturday at the Lee's Summit North Invitational. Cameron topped everyone with 216 points. Oak Grove scored 202 to place second. Kearney finished third with 177 points. Bulldogs were fourth with 157.
"It was a good weekend. We definitely got better, and we saw great competition, as well," said head coach Kirk Gross. "That is always a good measuring stick early on."
Dakota Miller won the 120-pound division, going 6-0. He pinned Austin Hanson, Lee's Summit North, in 44 seconds in the semifinals. In the championship match, Miller took just 1:12 to pin Cameron Valdiviez of Rockhurst.
Logan White's only loss of the two-day tournament came in the finals of the 113-pound weight class. He lost to Colin Valdiviez, Rockhurst, by fall at 1:08. Read more in The Odessan.
Special promotion for varsity doubleheader
Odessa is hosting St. Paul today (Thursday) for a girls and boys varsity doubleheader. Both teams are taking the opportunity to try to help out those who are less fortunate this Christmas season while having a little fun.
Fans can earn free admission to the games by donating a toy to Toys for Tots. One gift of a new toy in its original, unopened packaging will get one person into the game for free. Target age range for the gifts is anywhere from newborn to 16 years of age. Read more in The Odessan.
Cheer teams win at Regionals
Odessa High School varsity and JV cheerleaders competed Sunday at the UCA Show-Me Regionals at Staley High School.
Varsity team took first in the Small Varsity Non-Tumbling Division while also receiving an award for Best Stunt Sequence. The team also received a bid to compete at Nationals.
JV also had a banner day, winning the JV Game Day Division.
"None of the JV cheerleaders have ever competed before, but you wouldn't know that watching them Sunday," said head coach Aimee Feagan. "They worked hard the past several weeks, and it showed in their performance. They did a great job, and we are so proud of them." Read more in The Odessan.
100 wins... Andy Hampton, Wellington-Napoleon head basketball coach, won his 100th career game Monday night in the win over Polo. All 100 wins have come in his seven years as head coach of the Lady Tigers. Members of the team include, front, head coach Andy Hampton; middle, from left, Kelsey Gray, Monica Thornburg, Jaymie White, Caitlin Niendick, Kiera Paige, Allison Russell; back, Heather Felix, assistant coach, Jennifer Rodgers, Sammy Blystone, Breanna Cooper, Mikayla Lohsandt, Tori Florence, Madison Thornburg, Abbie Thompson.
W-N gets a home win, Hampton's 100th
Lady Tigers got just enough offense and just enough defense Monday night to dispose of the visiting Polo Lady Panthers.
"It was great to get back on the winning track after a tough loss this weekend," said head coach Andy Hampton after his team's 38-25 win. "I thought we did a much better job of taking care of the ball against a scrappy Polo team. We still are inconsistent with our shooting. We did a much better job in the second half but still have work to do. We are playing well defensively right now so we will see if we can get our offense going, too, before the break."
Mikayla Lohsandt's triple-double included 10 points, 15 rebounds and 11 blocks. Madison Thornburg finished with nine points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Tori Florence dropped in seven points and hauled in three rebounds. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers fall in title game
Top seeded Wellington-Napoleon Lady Tigers advanced to the finals of the I-70 Conference Tournament, but could not keep second seeded St. Paul from winning the game on their home floor 47-38.
"We really struggled from the field against a very good St. Paul team," said head coach Andy Hampton. "We got into a little bit of foul trouble, and that hurt us. We have still yet to put together our best game. We will build off of this loss and get after it again next week."
Lady Tigers led by five at half but were outscored 31-17 in the second half to watch their title chances slip away.
Jaime Ruskey had 11 points and five rebounds in defeat. Mikayla Lohsandt dropped in nine and pulled down 10 rebounds. Madison Thornburg scored nine points and recorded five rebounds. Read more in The Odessan.


Tigers finish third at conference tourney
St. Paul hosted the I-70 Conference Tournament last week. Fourth seeded Santa Fe downed St. Paul in the finals to grab the first place trophy on the boys side. Tigers had to rally late to get past Lone Jack for third. Crest Ridge defeated Concordia in the consolation game. Sweet Springs slipped past Orrick for seventh.
Well-Nap 47
Lone Jack 46
"We were fortunate to come away with a win, but we will take it," commented head coach Todd Shannon after his team won the third place game Saturday.
"We led most of the first three quarters and then they went on a run. We were down seven with a little over three minutes left. The kids kept battling and chipping away at their lead. We were down one, and they were inbounding the ball under their own basket with about six seconds left, and Levi (Banner) got a steal and went to the other end and got fouled while shooting. He stepped up and made both free throws to put us up one. It was good for the guys to find a way to win while being behind late in the game. We have been cold shooting the ball from the perimeter these last couple of games, but hopefully that will change quickly."
Tristan Green led the top seeded Tigers with 19 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists. Banner had seven points, three steals and two dimes. Dallas Reynolds and Duncan Hughes each scored six. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers roll the Panthers
Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team led 21-5 after one quarter and 41-12 at half as they breezed to a 71-24 win over Polo Monday. All 13 Tigers saw the floor, and 11 found the scoring column.
"I thought we came out of the gates ready to play," said head coach Todd Shannon. "Our pressure defense looked good, and I thought we did a good job getting out in transition and getting easy baskets. I was proud of how the guys were focused and didn't give Polo a chance to get into rhythm and gain confidence as the game went along." Read more in The Odessan.
Nationals await... W-N varsity cheer squad placed second in their Game Day routine and received a bid to Nationals on Saturday at the UCA regional Cheer competition at Staley High School. Team is coached by Marianne Luff and Nicole Petet. Front, from left, Morgan Fox, Haley Fellers, Haley Williams, seniors; back, Kelsi Southard, Ashlyn Mitchell, Elizabeth Fahrmeier, Taylor Shaw, Elizabeth Harris, Abbie Soendker, Allison Russell, Josephine Fox, Alex Strickler.
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