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Regular season ends with a loss
Gabe Peerson...had two of Odessa's six hits in the Bulldogs' 4-0 loss to Oak Grove May 11.  photo by Kory Hales
Odessa's visit to Oak Grove in the final game of the regular season May 11 ended in a 4-0 loss. Panthers capitalized on four hits and an error in the bottom of the first to score the game's first three runs. In the bottom of the fifth, a sac fly drove in the final run of the game.
Bulldogs had plenty of base runners but stranded all nine. Odessa drew three walks in the game. All six of their hits were singles.
"Even though we were only outhit 7-6, we weren't able to put together much throughout the game," said head coach Brad Mayfield. Read more in The Odessan.
Ten Bulldogs advance to district track meet
Odessa traveled to Raymore-Peculiar High School Saturday to compete in a tough Class 4 District 7 meet with the top four in each event advancing to next week's sectional meet in Kansas City.
The 12-team district consisted of the Bulldogs, Belton, Grain Valley, Grandview, Harrisonville, Kirksville, Marshall, Moberly, Oak Grove, Pleasant Hill, Raytown South and Warrensburg.
Kylin Grubb advanced in the 100-meter hurdles. She was the top qualifier during prelims with a time of 17.43. She won the district title with a 17.11 in the finals. Grubb qualified for sectionals in the 300-meter hurdles with a third-place finish and a time of 49.31. In the triple jump, Grubb recorded a winning leap of 36' 8". Read more in The Odessan.


Odessa High tennis team ends season
Odessa tennis team played host to the Class 1 District 13 individual district tournament Saturday. Teams are allowed to field two singles players and two doubles teams. Only the top two finishers of each would advance to the sectional round of the state tournament.
Corbin Kleoppel defeated Christopher Ryals of Lexington in the first round of singles play 6-2, 0-6, 6-3. Kleoppel then took on top seeded Matt Gibson, Higginsville. Gibson advanced with a 6-0, 6-3 win. Tyler Atkerson lost his first round match to Cristian Vivas of Boonville 6-1, 6-0. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa wins in 12 innings,
advances to district title game
Odessa and Oak Grove split their regular-season meetings this spring. Bulldogs were 3-2 winners at home back on April 14. On May 11, Odessa wrapped up its regular-season schedule with a 4-0 loss to the Panthers in Oak Grove. That win gave the Panthers the outright MRVC West championship. The rubber match between the third seeded Bulldogs and second seeded Panthers came Monday in the Class 4 District 13 semifinals in Warrensburg and could be described as an instant classic, but there was nothing instant about it.
Calieb Bennett struck out swinging, and Cooper Stiles struck out looking to open the action in the top of the first. Cameron Hilbrenner then stepped to the plate and sent the ball skyward into sundrenched right field. Zach Hipsher lost sight of the ball, allowing Hilbrenner to reach second. Morgan Miller followed with a hard single through the middle of the diamond to center to score Hilbrenner.
Bulldogs maintained the 1-0 lead with solid defense and crafty pitching from Hilbrenner. The senior right-hander left one Panther base runner on in the first, sat Oak Grove down in order in the second and worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third unscathed. Read more in The Odessan.
Three Bulldogs win state medals
State medalists... Five area wrestlers, including three from Odessa, brought home medals from the Missouri USA Freestyle/Greco State Tournament. They are, front, Adisen Sampson, Grain Valley; back, from left, Clint Donovan, Wolfgang Clapper, Grain Valley, Dakota Miller, Gavin Gross.
The Missouri USA Freestyle/Greco State Tournament took place May 2-3 in Sedalia. Odessa had three wrestlers come home with medals while competing under the West Central Wrestling Club banner.
Dakota Miller placed first in freestyle at 126-junior. He defeated Zachary Durbin 10-4 in the final. Miller also won the Greco title at 126-junior, going 2-0, with wins by fall over Jordan Carson and Clayton Berry. Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis team eliminated
The Class 1 District 13 tennis team tournament got started with the higher seeded team hosting each matchup. Fourth seeded Odessa welcomed fifth seeded Wentworth Military Academy to town May 11 for a quarterfinal.
Singles matches in team district play are played best-two-out-of-three to six games. The first team to five match wins advances, even if other matches are in progress. Odessa and Wentworth went the distance with the Bulldogs earning a 5-4 win. Read more in The Odessan.
Dowell places 90th at state tournament
Colby Dowell spent May 18 and 19 playing in his first Class 3 state championship golf tournament in Bolivar. The Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club and the other golfers proved to be worthy competition.
Dowell shot 96 on day one and 97 on day two for a two-day total of 193. Read more in The Odessan.


19 Tigers heading to state
Athletes needed a top-four finish in their event to keep their season alive Saturday at the Class 1 Section 3 meet in Clinton. That top-four placement would send them to next week's state championships in Jefferson City.
Keely Brockmeyer and Kelsi Southard finished second and third, respectively, in the 3200. Brockmeyer clocked in at 13:37.04. Southard crossed the finish line in 13:42.11. Jaime Ruskey, Caitlin Niendick, Kelsey Gray and Jaymie White combined for a third-place finish in the 1600-meter relay with a time of 4:20.00. The 3200-meter relay team of Brockmeyer, Gray, Ruskey and Niendick posted a winning time of 10:29.25. Madison Thornburg won the shot put with a toss of 39' 9".
"Madison broke our school record again with her toss of 39' 9"," head coach Quenton Bainbridge said. "That puts her as the number one seed in the state going into this weekend. She has had a great career throwing at Wellington-Napoleon, and we are very proud of her continued accomplishments." Read more in The Odessan.
Bunch hits walk-off homer
Wellington-Napoleon baseball team almost let one get away May 7 when they hosted Crest Ridge. Tigers put six runs on the board then watched the Cougars close down to within 6-4 entering the top of the seventh.
"We were up two with two outs, and Drew (Bunch) gave up a two-run homer to tie it," said head coach Randy Florence. "Then Drew came up in the bottom of the seventh as the leadoff and hit a walk-off homer to win it."
Final score was 7-6. Read more in The Odessan.
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