Fall Sports Preview
in this week's print edition!
Zach Garrett...has been chasing a dream since he was a 4-H archer at age eight. Now he's training every day to be a part of the USA Olympic Team in Rio in 2016.
Zach Garrett hoping to be Rio bound in 2016
Zach Garrett, a 2013 graduate of Wellington-Napoleon High School, experienced success in archery late last month when he placed third in the US Archery Target Championships and second in the US Open against some of the best archers in the country, including members of America's last Olympic team.
"Both tournaments took place in Hamilton, Ohio, on back-to-back days," Garrett said. "Only one counted toward our rankings so that's why they separate the tournaments. The Target Championships was the ranking round, which means you shoot 72 arrows at 70 meters. The highest cumulative score gets first and so on. I was able to place third in that tournament. Then they place everyone into a bracket based on your score for the US Open. It was a 64-man bracket. I was able to work my way to the gold medal match. You play to six in the gold medal match. We were tied 5-5 so it went to a single arrow shoot-off. We both shot 10s, but his was about a half inch closer so he won the gold. It was pretty intense."
Hamilton is a long way from Missouri, but so is Chula Vista, Calif., where Garrett is now as a resident-athlete at the Olympic Training Center. Read more in The Odessan.
Line'em up... Bulldog linemen, from left, Josiah Bennett, Jase Hollingsworth, Hunter Palmer and Cole Stodghill prepare for the start of the jamboree Friday in Boonville.
photo by Renee Spaar
Bulldogs come alive late in jamboree
Boonville hosted a football jamboree Friday night with Odessa, Van Horn and Fulton attending. A six-offensive play format and then switch to defense twice against each team cut down on scoring opportunities.
Bulldogs started on defense in the first scrimmage against Van Horn. Van Horn was able to score on a nice pass over the middle on their second set of plays. Touchdown was set up by a run to the 10-yard line when the Bulldogs missed a pair of tackles.
On offense, Odessa reached the 10 late on a pass from quarterback Jake Bartow to Colby Nickels but failed to get to the end zone after a couple of negative plays.
Boonville was up next for Odessa and the Bulldogs were able to score on the second set of plays on a short run by Mason Smith. Read more in The Odessan.
Levi Banner...had Wellington-Napoleon's only touchdown against Crest Ridge when he hauled in a 15-yard pass from quarterback Dallas Reynolds. photo by Kory Hales
Tigers come out of jamboree healthy
Wellington-Napoleon scrimmaged Crest Ridge and Braymer in a jamboree hosted by Oak Grove High School Friday.
Tigers tied Crest Ridge 6-6 in the first set of plays. Dallas Reynolds hit Levi Banner in the end zone for the Tigers' only score from 15 yards out on the team's second series. Hayden Ridge scored for the Cougars on their final possession to tie it.
Braymer was the opponent in the second scrimmage which also ended in a tie, 12-12. Reynolds scored on a quarterback keeper from the six on Wellington-Napoleon's fourth play from scrimmage. Bobcats didn't find much daylight on the ground so they went to the air on their second offensive drive and scored on back-to-back plays. Read more in The Odessan.
4-H/FFA shooting sports
Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair Shooting Sports contests were held July 26 and 27 at the Zeller range, Terrell range and the Lafayette Rifle and Gun Club. Wayne Siefker, Jan Terrell and Joan Zeller were shooting sports coordinators. Area results are:
Air Rifle Pellet-Target (aperture sights), Michael Dieckmann, blue, Napoleon Cloverleaf, Sibley; Martin Dieckmann, blue, Napoleon Cloverleaf, Sibley.
Freestyle Recurve/Longbow (with acc) Inter., Tad Terrell, blue, Young Sportsmen, Higginsville.
Compound-Release Aids Jr., T. Austin Legate, blue, Young Sportsmen, Wellington; Noah Terrell, blue, Young Sportsmen, Higginville; Cyrus Terrell, blue, Young Sportsmen, Higginsville; Olivia Siefker, blue, Young Sportsmen, Sibley; Kendra Siefker, blue, Napoleon Cloverleaf, Levasy.
Compound-Release aids Inter., Sienna Vorwark, blue, Fortyville 4-H, Mayview; Brooke Geary, blue, Young Sportsmen, Odessa; Hank Hoeppner, blue, Young Sportsmen, Higginsville; Casey Bryant, blue, Young Sportsmen, Oak Grove. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa vs. Oak Grove alumni game set
Odessa will host Oak Grove September 20 in a full-pad, full-contact alumni football game between the long-time rivals. Game time is 7 p.m.
The game is being organized by Alumni Football USA, founded by Bob Cazet. Cazet organized his first alumni football game in 1985. Since then Cazet's company has put on over 1000 games in 25 states. Players who have signed up for the game will wear Alumni Football USA helmets, shoulder pads, jerseys, and padded pants, provided on game day.
Odessa has 29 players on its paid roster, according to Alumni Football USA: Jerry Lewis, 1986, Brad Feeler, 1988, Greg Williams, 1990, Paul Trussell, 1992, Jason Weygandt, 1993, Daniel Collins, Brian Wolkey, 1995, Chris Coleman, 1996, Timothy Ginnings, 1998, Christopher Evinger, 2002, Matthew Lofquist, 2003, Jacob Cahill, 2005, Tyler Jarvis, Jacob Harris, Austin Harvey, Chauncey Mayberry, Mark Dugger, 2008, Daniel Cahill, Bryson Harvey, Grady Jarvis, Jake Makings, 2009, Brandon Kleoppel, 2010, Nick Holt, 2011, Clayton Courtway and Colton Hilbrenner, 2012, Cole Bartow, 2013. Read more in The Odessan.
Softball opens Saturday at Greater KC Invitational
Lady Bulldogs will open the 2014 campaign at the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational Saturday at Adair Park in Independence.
Lady Bulldogs open pool play against Lee's Summit at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday. At 12:30 p.m. Odessa will play their final game in Pool A against St. Joseph Central. Read more in The Odessan.