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OHS team takes the field at Friday night's Homecoming game.
Bulldogs fly by Holden 36-6
Clinging to a 7-6 lead before halftime, Odessa's Calieb Bennett stepped in front of a wayward pass and returned the pick to the 15-yard line of Holden. Two plays later Bennett ran a crossing pattern over the middle and quarterback Jake Bartow hit him in stride for the score. Odessa missed the extra point on a bad snap but the momentum was clearly in the Bulldogs' favor at 13-6.
Bulldogs went on to record a 16-point third quarter to salt away their fourth win of the season. Another touchdown in the fourth quarter made the final score 36-6.
Win marked the first homecoming victory for this year's seniors and also their first win over Holden.
Bulldogs were stymied most of the night on the ground with Holden's Austin Tevis making tackle after tackle from his linebacking position.
Bulldogs were successful through the air and looked sharp on their second possession with Bartow hooking up on completions to Colby Nickels for 30 yards and then C. Bennett who fell into the end zone from 32 yards out for the first score. Kylin Grubb made the first of four p.a.t's to put Odessa up 7-0 with five minutes gone in the first quarter.
Holden pulled within one when Tevis scored on his best run of the night from 10 yards out. Holden's extra point came up wide and Odessa led 7-6. Eagles attempted a pair of field goals in the game with both falling short. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa sets two records at Lawson Invitational
The 10-team Lawson Invitational took place September 9 at the par-72 Hidden Valley Golf Course. Smithville shot 350 as a team to win the tournament. Richmond was four shots back in second. Odessa shot 380 to place third. Pleasant Hill, 416, and Lawson, 430, completed the top five.
"We had a really good day, and I've seen improvement each week so far," commented head coach Chad Meyer. "We also set some records. Our old 18-hole team record from last year's district tournament was 416. Today we shot 380. Also, Mallory Kleoppel held the individual 18-hole record from her state performance at River Cut in Springfield with a 94." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs fall just short
Odessa tennis team lost a close dual to Excelsior Springs 5-4 September 9. It was Odessa's second straight defeat by the same final score.
In number one singles, Maddie Ault lost to Maggie Mohn 8-6. Makenna Muenstermann blanked Amanda Jackson 8-0 in number two singles. Michelle Morris lost in number three singles 8-1 to Gabby DiFalco. Jacy Cooksey was victorious in number four singles, defeating Elisabeth Saunders 8-5. Read more in The Odessan.


Cross country team off to a good start
Odessa returned home from the Oak Grove cross country Invitational September 11 with two second place plaques. In the nine-team boys division, Pleasant Hill took top honors with 52 points followed closely by the Bulldogs in second with 55. Park Hill South, 95, Cameron, 127, and Hardin-Central, 137, rounded out the top five. Five schools fielded a full team in the girls division. Holden placed first with 42 points. Lady Bulldogs scored 50 points in second. Pleasant Hill, 74, Boonville, 84, and Marshall, 89, completed the final standings.
Jacob Weber's time of 18:19 placed him third in the boys 5000-meter race. Zach Begemann clocked in at 19:02 in sixth. Jonny Stever scored a 16th place finish with a time of 19:44. Brian Uhrlaub was 20th at the stripe, stopping the clock at 19:56. Weber, Begemann, Stever and Uhrlaub all earned medals. Garrett Peek ran to a 27th place result. He posted a time of 20:31. Henry Heard finished 35th with a time of 20:53. In 43rd with a time of 21:26 was Eric Sions.
Riley Gorham, Hardin-Central, was the only runner under the 18-minute barrier. He had a winning time of 17:29. Ben Sporleder, Marshall, finished second with a time of 18:06. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa does a lot of good things to win
Odessa volleyball team swept its way to win number four on the season when the Lady Bulldogs defeated Holden 25-22, 25-13 September 9.
"We did a lot of good things against Holden," said head coach Amber Barkley. "We struggled with some easy stuff, but we were able to fight back and pull away in the end. I was happy with how the girls fought to win." Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa wins tri meet
Odessa golf team hosted Excelsior Springs and Plattsburg September 11 at Adams Pointe for a triangular.
Lady Bulldogs combined for a 213 to easily claim the overall win. Excelsior Springs shot 235 to place second, four shots ahead of Plattsburg in third. Read more in The Odessan.
Knob Noster slips by Odessa
Odessa tennis team came up on the short end of a 5-4 final Monday when they faced off against Knob Noster.
Lady Panthers took two out of three in doubles. Melisa Williams and Michelle Morris fell to Jessica Axton and Elizabeth Eccleton 8-4 in number two doubles. In number three doubles, Jacy Cooksey and Cheyenne Sanders lost 8-1 to Kirsten Orndoff and Alexis Allen.
Odessa's only win in doubles came in the battle of number ones when Maddie Ault and Makenna Muenstermann topped Jessie Yates and Alexis Corona 8-5. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa wins the rematch, too, 11-5
Just two days after defeating Holden in the finals of the Holden softball tournament, Odessa and the Lady Eagles squared off again Monday in Odessa. Lady Bulldogs used three runs in the fifth and six runs in the sixth to break a 2-2 tie and win the game 11-5.
"The girls came out and played solid defense and offense," said head coach Brandie Westerhold. "Camryn Ramsey had a great offensive night, going three-for-four with two triples, a single and five RBIs." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers can't keep pace with Lexington
One for me. Two for you. That's the little game the Tigers were playing Friday night against Lexington. Through the first three quarters of the game, for every touchdown the Tigers scored, the Minutemen scored two. Both teams scored twice in the fourth quarter, which did not allow the Tigers to close the gap Lexington built up over the first three quarters. Final score was 56-34.
"Lexington deserves a lot of credit for the way they played against us," said head coach Quenton Bainbridge. "They made very few mistakes and executed their offense with precision. They caused a lot of confusion with our linebackers and defensive backs and did a good job of controlling the line."
Minutemen led 14-6 after one quarter, using their ground game for their first touch then their passing game for the second. Tigers scored on their opening possession on a five-yard touchdown pass from Dallas Reynolds to Alex Rodenberg. Second quarter looked much like the first. Lexington scored the first two touchdowns of the quarter before Reynolds and Blake Gray hooked up on a 26-yard strike. Reynolds ran in the two-point conversion to make it a 28-14 ball game at half.
Tigers needed stops on defense but just could not get enough of them in the second half.
Reynolds scored on a five-yard run in the third, but the touchdown was sandwiched by two Lexington scores to give the Minutemen a 42-20 advantage heading to the fourth.
In the final 12 minutes, the Tigers struck first with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Reynolds to Levi Banner. Reynolds' two-point run made it 42-28. Rodenberg then recovered the onside kick, and the Tigers turned it into points when Gray scampered 45 yards to the end zone to close the Tigers to within eight. Read more in The Odessan.


W-N drops conference opener
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team traveled to Concordia September 9 for the start of conference play. Lady Tigers won the first set 25-22 but lost the next two 14-25, 12-25.
"We played a solid first set," commented head coach Peggy Tuter. "We had a good serving match and really took Concordia out of their attempts to run their offense. But after the first set we went flat and could not keep costing ourselves points." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers sweep Richmond
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team snapped a two-match losing streak September 11 with a straight sets win over Richmond 25-9, 25-11.
"We had a better night passing and were able to move the sets around tonight," said head coach Peggy Tuter. "Our serving was much better, too, with 16 aces." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers win Lathrop Tourney
Wellington-Napoleon went 4-0-2 Saturday to win the 10-team Lathrop Invitational Volleyball Tournament. After pool play, the top six teams were placed into a six-team bracket to determine a champion.
Lady Tigers split with Cameron 16-25, 25-16 in the opening match of pool play. Wellington-Napoleon won their next match 25-16, 25-12 over South Holt before splitting with Lathrop 25-22, 23-25. In their final match of pool play, the Lady Tigers defeated East Buchanan 25-16, 25-19 to win the Gold Pool.
After a first round bye, the Lady Tigers faced Cameron once again in the semifinals and took down the Lady Dragons 26-24, 25-21. The championship match against North Platte went three sets, but Wellington-Napoleon came out victorious 25-14, 14-25, 25-19.
"What a great tournament. The girls just kept getting stronger as the day progressed," said head coach Peggy Tuter. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa wins Holden Tournament
Lady Bulldogs softball team went 2-0 in pool play then capped the day by defeating Holden in the championship game of the Holden Tournament Saturday.
Odessa 4
Sherwood 1
Lady Bulldogs scored twice in the second and twice in the fifth to down Sherwood in the opener of pool play. Sherwood's only run came in the third and was unearned.
Raven Bass fanned four and walked six in her five-inning complete game. She was two-for-three at the plate. Kloe Hilbrenner had three hits in the win, all singles.
Odessa 12
Holden JV 2
Kaylee Jensen picked up the win by going all four innings in Odessa's win over the Holden JV. She struck out three and walked two while allowing zero earned runs.
"Kaylee did a wonderful job on the mound," commented head coach Brandie Westerhold. "She stayed focused and worked the plate well. She limited her walks. Offensively we hit the ball well. Defensively we were heads up and one step ahead of Holden." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs place third at Chrisman
The William Chrisman High School Varsity Volleyball Tournament was battled out Saturday. Twelve teams were divided into three pools of four to start the day. After pool play, the top eight teams were placed in eight-team brackets. Remaining four teams competed in a four-team bracket.
Odessa went 2-0-1 in pool play to advance to the championship bracket where they finished the day 2-1 to claim third place.
Odessa 25 25
Marshall 20 21
Lady Bulldogs got pool play started with a sweep of the Lady Owls. Makayla Lang had 10 of Odessa's 19 kills in the win. Megan Eagan had 12 digs, while Rhyannon Patrick finished with 10.
Odessa 23 25
St. Joe Central 25 21
Odessa split their second pool game of the day with the Lady Indians. Lang and Annie Walsh each had five kills in the match. Maddy Hall had a team-high six digs. Lang, Eagan, Patrick and Danielle Varner were each credited with four digs. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs dominate Van Horn
Odessa volleyball team blew away Van Horn September 11 on the road. Lady Bulldogs swept their way to the win 25-6, 25-7 for their fourth straight victory.
"This was a good performance by our girls," head coach Amber Barkley said. "They played at a high level all match long and didn't have any letdowns." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Dawgs lose to Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill put up big numbers in each of the first four innings September 11 when they took on Odessa at the Athletic Complex. Chicks scored 18 runs in those four innings to down the home team 18-1 in five innings.
"Tonight was a rough game. We had a lot of mental errors that played a major factor in our defense," said head coach Brandie Westerhold. "Offensively we couldn't get the hits to drop or find a gap. All we can do is learn from it and move on and play the game we know how to play." Read more in The Odessan.
Raven Bass...watched the ball fly over the left field fence in the bottom of the first for a two-run home run. She finished the game three-for-four with four RBIs in Odessa's 7-4 win over Oak Grove.  photo by Kory Hales
Odessa earns a road win at Oak Grove
Odessa softball team paid a visit to Oak Grove September 9 in search of its first conference win of the season, and the Lady Bulldogs found it in the form of a 7-4 win behind timely hitting and great pitching.
Odessa got the scoring started in the top of the first. After Kloe Hilbrenner reached on a bunt then took second on Jessica Callahan's sacrifice bunt, Raven Bass put the sweet spot on a 3-2 delivery and sent it flying into the wind well over the left field fence for a quick 2-0 lead.
In the top of the third, Callahan led off with a double to left and scored two batters later when Bass shot an RBI single into center. Later in the frame and with Amanda Findora standing on second, Reagan Eastabrooks sent Findora home with a single to right to make it 4-0.
In the fifth, a leadoff hit led to another crooked number. Camryn Ramsey tripled to right then scored when Bass singled to left. A walk and a single loaded the bases for Lindsey Dennis, who singled to the gap in left to score Tabby Lyons, courtesy runner for Bass, and Findora for the final two runs of the inning. Read more in The Odessan.
Ault wins Richmond Tournament singles title
The double-elimination Richmond Tournament took place Saturday. Six teams, Odessa, Richmond, Lexington, Carrollton, Moberly and Grain Valley, competed with each team fielding two singles players and two doubles teams.
Official point scores were not available, but Lexington earned the overall team win. Lady Bulldogs placed second. Richmond was third.
Maddie Ault went unbeaten on the day to claim the singles championship. After receiving a first round bye as the tournament's three seed, Ault defeated Richmond's Cora List 8-4 in the second round. She then defeated Amanda Washam, Moberly, the two seed, 8-3 in the semifinals. In the championship match, Ault took down top seeded Kalynn Persell, Richmond, 8-6 to become the first Odessa girl to win the Richmond Tournament singles championship.
Melisa Williams also competed in singles for Odessa. She won her first round match over Grain Valley's Emma Schrader 8-3. In the second round, Williams lost to Persell 8-2 then bounced back to defeat Grain Valley's Hailey Clapper 6-1 in round three. In the fourth round, Williams' tournament would come to an end with a 7-5 loss to Laura Ryals, Lexington. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa places fourth, fifth at Holden
Odessa's cross country team competed in the Holden Invitational September 13.
Boys placed fourth with 118 points in the 12-team division. Stockton scored the win with 67 points. Kingsville was second with 94. Kansas City Lutheran finished just ahead of the Bulldogs in third with 104.
In the eight-team girls division, the Lady Bulldogs came away with a fifth place finish with 120 points. Stockton took first with 38 points followed by O'Hara, 69, Holden, 93, and Drexel, 118. Read more in The Odessan.
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