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JACOB MOORE protects the lane with help from Corbin Kleoppel, 33, Colton Howard, 55, and Alex Dickey, 3. Bulldogs were 54-41 winners.
photo by Kory Hales
Bulldogs post a solid win over Excelsior Springs
Odessa boys basketball team's energy on both ends of the court Friday against Excelsior Springs paid off.
Bulldogs led 11-3 at the start of the second quarter. Josiah Bennett owned the lane defensively, rejecting three shot attempts.
Tigers settled in, however, in the second quarter, battling back to take a 16-14 lead on their second triple of the quarter. The lead was short-lived. Odessa held Excelsior Springs to just two points over the final 3:07 of the half and got buckets from Bennett and Alex Dickey to take a 22-18 lead at intermission. Bulldogs had good looks at the rim in the second quarter, but could not get many of their shots to fall. Defense held them together and kept them in the contest. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs look forward to districts
Sixth-ranked Odessa wrestling team traveled to fourth-ranked Pleasant Hill February 4 for its final regular season dual. Roosters won the dual 52-16.
"Hats off to Pleasant Hill. They were much more aggressive overall and deserved the win," said head coach Kirk Gross. "With that said, I thought all of the boys competed well. A few were just overmatched."
Carter Wade scored an 8-4 win by decision over Cole Wood at 106. Logan White won by forfeit at 113. At 120, Logan Windsor majored Chance Sullivan 8-0. Dakota Miller was a 2-0 winner over Gaige Brunell at 126. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs throttle Excelsior Springs Tigers
Odessa jumped all over the Lady Tigers basketball team when they squared off in Excelsior Springs February 4. Lady Bulldogs built up a 23-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and stretched the advantage to 42-10 by half.
Odessa eventually won the game 62-26 while shooting 46% from the floor and holding Excelsior Springs to just 24% shooting.
"We had great effort and tenacity throughout the game and ran the floor well," said head coach Bud Nelson. "Our press was effective in the first quarter before we called it off. It was a good conference win." Read more in The Odessan.


Odessa cheerleaders place 10th in nation
Odessa cheerleaders won the Universal Cheerleaders Association Show-Me Regional championship in early December to qualify for the national competition. It was their fourth straight regional title, but 2015 was the first time the ladies were able to travel to the National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fla.
Last year Odessa finished 17th in the nation. This year the ladies moved up the final standings and posted a 10th-place finish.
"We competed in the Small Varsity Non Tumbling Division," said head coach Aimee Feagan. Read more in The Odessan.
DEFENSE | Wellington-Napoleon defenders made it tough for St. Paul to score during the Tigers' 68-47 win. From left, Dallas Reynolds, Luke Schaberg, Duncan Hughes, Jordon Hill and Trey Shannon pack the paint.
Tigers roar to 20th victory, thump St. Paul
Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team picked up win number 20 Friday with a 68-47 win over St. Paul at home. The Courtwarming crowd saw the number-two ranked team in Class 2 put nine players in the scoring column.
"This was a very complete game for us," said head coach Todd Shannon. "Our defense, once again, set the tone in the first quarter. When we get out and defend and make things difficult offensively for the other team, we are a tough team to beat. This was a quality win against an I-70 opponent." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers end skid, defeat St. Paul 41-24
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team ended a two-game losing streak Friday with a 41-24 win over St. Paul. Lady Tigers got 13 points, five rebounds and five steals out of Jaymie White and 11 points, six rebounds and three steals from Jaime Ruskey in the win.
"We started off cold shooting tonight, but our defense did a nice job early, which was a good thing," head coach Andy Hampton said. "We were able to get out in transition in the second half and get a lot of easy buckets that got us going." Read more in The Odessan.


Tigers blow out Concordia
Second-ranked Wellington-Napoleon boys basketball team scored an 81-23 win over Concordia February 2 to improve to 19-1 on the season.
"We had five guys in double figures and almost had six," head coach Todd Shannon said. "Anytime you have that type of scoring distribution, it shows that you were doing things the correct way. We were running the floor and sharing the ball, which led to this type of balanced scoring." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers fall to Concordia for third time
Wellington-Napoleon girls basketball team faced off against Concordia February 2 for the third time since the beginning of January. And for the third time the Lady Orioles came out on top. Final score was 58-51.
"We had a good effort tonight from our girls," said head coach Andy Hampton. "After the struggles we had against Hardin-Central and then to have to come back against a good Concordia team the next night, I thought our girls did a nice job of competing. We just had too many turnovers in the end." Read more in The Odessan.
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