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Bulldogs have banner day at Husker Invitational
The Rob Hoefer/Husker Invitational April 8 turned out to be a good day for Odessa.
Lady Bulldogs outscored the other 11 teams to win the Invitational with 156.25 points. Richmond was close behind in second with 152 points. Higginsville placed third with 76.25.
Trenton won the boys division with 109.5 points. Odessa was right on their heels in second with 103. Higginsville's 95.5 placed them third.
Kylin Grubb recorded three first place finishes in Higginsville. She won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 17.96. She was the only competitor in the 17-second bracket. In the 300-meter hurdles, she was the only athlete under 50 seconds. She posted a winning time of 49.92. Grubb's triple jump of 35' 5" was more than enough to collect the win. It also tied the school record that has stood since 1996. Ayron Osborn of Trenton was a distant second in the event with a leap of 33' 10.5".
Kennedy Neville's best triple jump measured 32' .5", which was good enough for fifth. Neville won the long jump by two inches with a best of 14' 9". Maddie Wulfekotter tied for third at 14' 3".
Jillian Bertz had two dominating wins. She threw the shot 37' 5" to win by over two feet while setting a new personal record. Lindsey Dennis was fourth with a throw of 34' 1.5", which was also a new personal record. That duo finished one-two in the discus. Bertz was the winner with a throw of 119' 3". Dennis took second with a toss of 94' 8.50". Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs pull off huge upset over Harrisonville Wildcats
Harrisonville came to Odessa April 8 a perfect 7-0 on the season, including a 3-0 mark in the MRVC West. Wildcats were scoring at will this season and looked to continue that roll on Odessa's home turf, but the Bulldogs had other ideas.
"We came into the game knowing it was going to be tough," said head coach Kerry Shaw. "One of Harrisonville's wins was an 8-2 win over Excelsior Springs, who embarrassed us 15-1. However, Cameron Hilbrenner delivered with a fantastic pitching effort, and our defense and offense did just enough to win."
Harrisonville scored a lone run in the top of the third. Bulldogs answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning. In the fourth, both teams scored again to make it 2-2. Then the Bulldogs relied on good baseball to plate the winning run in the bottom of the seventh for a 3-2 win.
"We made a few errors that led to unearned runs, but we didn't compound them with free passes or back-to-back errors," Shaw stated. "Offensively we took advantage of a few Harrisonville miscues in the third and fourth inning to immediately tie the game up each inning, which was huge in not letting the momentum stay with Harrisonville too long." Read more in The Odessan.


Bulldogs blanked by Grain Valley
Odessa dropped its MRVC West tennis opener to Grain Valley 9-0 on April 8.
Zac Estes lost in number one singles 8-0 to Cody Ziegler. James Eubank defeated Kyle Jensen 8-0 in number two singles. Corbin Kleoppel dropped his number three singles match 8-3 to Jordan Snyder. Chase Timmons defeated Ty Wagner 8-1 in number four singles. Read more in The Odessan.
Optimists planning annual area track meet at OHS
Odessa Optimist Club is planning the annual track meet to be held Saturday, April 26, at Odessa High School track.
Field events will begin at noon and track events will begin at 1 p.m. Read more in The Odessan.
Golfers set team record
The Grain Valley Invitational took place April 7 at Adams Pointe. The 14-team field was spearheaded by Warrensburg's 312. Christ Prep shot 329 to finish second. Marshall, 331, rounded out the top three.
Bulldogs shot 366 to set a new team record for 18 holes and finish seventh. The old team record of 368 was set March 28, 2013, at the Oak Grove Invitational. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs inch closer to a win
Odessa tennis team had its best result Friday in a 6-3 loss to Kansas City Lutheran. Bulldogs' three wins are the most so far this season. Their only previous victory came in an 8-1 loss to Richmond on March 31.
Kane Wolkey earned an 8-5 win in number five singles over Sarmad Ahmed. In number six singles, Braydon Bench was victorious over Triston Aspegren 8-2. Wolkey and Bench also teamed up in number three doubles to take down Ahmed and Aspegren 8-5. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldog golfers runners-up at tri
Odessa, Oak Grove and Harrisonville met up at Adams Pointe April 8 in MRVC West golfing action. Wildcats teamed up for a 181 to take the team title. Bulldogs shot 199 to place second. Panthers wound up in third with a 210.
Odessa had three golfers in the 40s. Ryan Palmer led that group with a 47, 11-over. Read more in The Odessan.
Hard court, hard times
Odessa tennis team is still looking for its first win of the season after suffering a 9-0 loss to Harrisonville April 10.
Zac Estes lost 8-0 to Nathan Morse in number one singles. Kyle Jensen fell in number two singles 8-2 to Gavin Supernaw. Corbin Kleoppel lost to Alex Sloan 8-1 in number three singles. Jason Vogt defeated Ty Wagner 8-3 in the battle of number fours. In number five singles, Kane Wolkey came up short against Tanner Murray. Final score was 8-4. Braydon Bench lost 8-4 to Jordan Davis in number six singles. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs winless on trip to Branson
Odessa played three games in the Branson Furst Tournament Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately the Bulldogs suffered three loses for their effort.
Marshfield 9
Odessa 1
Marshfield scored in the first four innings of Odessa's opener in the tournament. Odessa's only run came in the fourth on Gabe Peerson's RBI triple.
"We ran into a very good Marshfield team," said head coach Kerry Shaw. "We did play well defensively, and we hit the ball better than we have been. Seth Smith also did a nice job holding their potent offense at bay for the last three innings."
Branson 3
Odessa 2
Bulldogs scored the first two runs of the game but couldn't answer Branson's single runs in the third, fourth and sixth.
"It was an exciting game that finished with us leaving the tying run at third to end the game," Shaw said. "Zach Pulliam pitched an excellent game in his first varsity pitching performance." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers defeat Concordia in six
Wellington-Napoleon was looking up at a 2-0 deficit after one inning April 9. In the bottom of the third, the Lady Tigers scored three times with two outs to take the lead only to see Concordia tie the game in the top of the fourth.
But Wellington-Napoleon took control in the bottom half of the fourth. Jennifer Rodgers singled home the go-ahead runs to make it 5-3. Rodgers scored later in the inning when Morgan Weedman grounded out to second. Lady Tigers padded the lead with five runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to end it with a 13-3 win.
"Our defense was much improved tonight," said head coach Lincoln Bainbridge. "We only committed one error. Morgan Weedman anchored us defensively at third. She made every routine play, and she made the not-so-routine look easy. Shelby Beagle was a rock as usual. She is always a pillar of consistency and mental stability. She is never rattled on the mound and did a great job of keeping the ball down." Read more in The Odessan.
Lone Jack loses 4-2 to Lady Tigers
Wellington-Napoleon softball team defeated Lone Jack 4-2 Friday. Teams combined to give up just one earned run in a game that saw both teams total just seven hits.
"Hitting was pretty nonexistent," commented head coach Lincoln Bainbridge.
Lady Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the first. Jennifer Rodgers, who led off the inning with a single, scored the first run of the game when Jaime Ruskey grounded out to short. Mikayla Lohsandt then flied out to right to allow Morgan Weedman to tag and score.
In the bottom of the second, Monica Thornburg scored on a Lone Jack fielding error to make it 3-0. Thornburg reached base again in the fourth on a fielder's choice then scored later in the inning on Sammy Blystone's groundout to second. Read more in The Odessan.
Big inning costs Wellington-Napoleon
Wellington-Napoleon baseball team grabbed a 4-1 lead after one inning April 9 when hosting Concordia. Orioles closed to within 4-3 entering the top of the fourth before plating 10 runs in the inning to break the game wide open. Concordia went on to close out the Tigers in six innings 15-4.
"We hung on to the lead until the fourth when we started making mental mistakes," commented head coach Randy Florence. Read more in The Odessan.


Lost opportunities cost Lady Tigers
Three days after beating Santa Fe 22-11 on the road, Wellington-Napoleon softball team welcomed the Lady Chiefs to their home field April 10 but could not repeat the performance. Santa Fe prevailed 10-2. Lady Chiefs led 3-0 after the top of the first and never trailed.
"We left a lot of base runners," head coach Lincoln Bainbridge said. "We could never grab any momentum. They did a good job of putting pressure on us, and we could never answer even though we had a lot of opportunities." Read more in The Odessan.
Shorthanded Tigers fall to Santa Fe
All three of Wellington-Napoleon's runs came in the bottom of the fourth April 10, but it wasn't enough to hold down the Santa Fe Chiefs, who won the game 15-3 in five innings.
"This was another tough game where we had several starters missing, and we had young men step up and fill those spots," said head coach Randy Florence. "Each game the boys have shown growth in some situation or another." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers play well, lose to Lone Jack
Tigers played their best baseball game of the season Friday in a 5-2 loss to Lone Jack at home.
"This was a really good baseball game between two teams that didn't make a lot of mistakes," head coach Randy Florence commented. "The deciding factor became that we simply could not get the hits when we needed them, leaving far too many runners on base, which has haunted us all year." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers fall to Lone Jack
Lone Jack slipped past the Wellington-Napoleon softball team 6-4 April 8. Lady Tigers led 4-1 as the game entered the bottom of the fifth but could not hang on as the Lady Mules plated three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to steal the win.
"We executed great fundamental small ball early and created a 4-1 lead," commented head coach Lincoln Bainbridge. "Great sacrifice bunts by Shelby Beagle, Jaime Ruskey and Mikayla Lohsandt helped us get the lead. Then we took our foot off the gas. I'm not sure if we thought the three-run gap was enough or if we thought we could flip an offensive switch whenever we wanted." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers see improvement
Wellington-Napoleon has had trouble scoring runs this spring. On April 8 in Lone Jack the Tigers put eight runs on the board but could not stop the Mules. Lone Jack scored in every inning to hand Wellington-Napoleon a 15-8 loss.
"The boys came together and started to get the bats going," commented head coach Randy Florence. "We are taking it one game at a time, and we saw major improvement from several players." Read more in The Odessan.
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