MORGAN MILLER DROVE IN both Odessa runs in an 8-2 loss to Oak Grove May 11.
Odessa digs hole early in loss
Oak Grove put seven runs on the board in the first two innings May 11 in the MRVC West finale for both teams. Odessa, who has struggled with offensive production all season, could not do enough at the plate to fight its way back and suffered an 8-2 loss.
"Two things that have hurt us all year are our inability to drive in runners in scoring position and our inability to prevent big innings early in the game. They surfaced again against Oak Grove," said head coach Brad Mayfield. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs qualify 15 for Sectionals
Grandview High School hosted the Class 4 District 7 track meet May 14. Grain Valley won the girls team title with 128 points. Raytown South totaled 101 in second. Lady Bulldogs scored 91 points in third. Twelve teams scored at least 12 points in the girls division.
Grandview won the boys district championship with 124 points. Raytown South finished with 101.5 points in second. Odessa placed seventh with 65 points. Twelve teams scored at least two points in the boys division.
The top four finishers in each event qualified for the sectional meet Saturday at Winnetonka High School. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs drop WMA, lose to Marshall in district play
Odessa boys tennis team competed in the Class 1 District 13 team tournament last week as the four seed. Doubles matches in team district tournaments are played just as they are during the regular season, one set to eight games. 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.
Bulldogs hosted fifth-seeded Wentworth Military Academy May 10 in the quarterfinals. Corbin Kleoppel and Tyler Atkerson defeated Daniel Jordan and Delun Xu in number one doubles 8-3. Garrett Gosoroski and Brett Gittinger downed Jiahui Hou and Jiahao Hou 8-1 in number two doubles. In number three doubles, Gage Jensen and Dallas Martin blanked Collver Pickvance and Derek Clevenger 8-0. Read more in The Odessan.
State track to be held at Jefferson City High
The 2016 MSHSAA Track and Field Championships will be held at Adkins Stadium at Jefferson City High School later this month for all classes instead of Dwight T. Reed Stadium at Lincoln University. The move will be a very short one, directly across the street. Read more in The Odessan.
Next stop: State championships
for 18 W-N track athletes
Clinton High School hosted the Class 1 Section 3 track meet May 14. Wellington-Napoleon entered the day as the District 6 champions for both divisions.
On Saturday, the Lady Tigers turned in a second-place finish with 91.5 points while the boys team scored 78 points to place third. Glasgow won the girls sectional championship with 94 points. Hardin-Central totaled 105 points to take the boys division title.
A top-four finish on the day would advance individuals and relay teams to the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships in Jefferson City Friday and Saturday. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers earn quarterfinal win
Wellington-Napoleon is hosting the Class 1 District 14 baseball tournament. After fourth-seeded Sweet Springs lost to fifth-seeded La Monte 13-10 in the first quarterfinal matchup of the day Friday, the third-seeded Tigers took down sixth-seeded Green Ridge 8-1.
Wellington-Napoleon spotted Green Ridge one run in the top of the first then scored the next eight runs unanswered.
Trey Shannon led off the first with a double to left then scored when Blake Bunch doubled to the same field. Bunch and Dallas Reynolds scored later in the inning on a Green Ridge error. Luke Schaberg extended the lead to 4-1 when he ran home safely on a dropped third strike and subsequent throw to first base. Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis season ends for OHS
Odessa hosted the Class 1 District 13 singles and doubles tennis tournament Saturday. Teams are allowed to field two singles players and two doubles teams. The top two finishers in each qualify for state sectionals.
Corbin Kleoppel received a first-round bye as the four seed. He faced unseeded Hunter Martin, Higginsville, in the quarterfinals but could not stave him off. Kleoppel lost the match 6-0, 6-1.
Unseeded Brett Gittinger was forced to face unseeded Luke Rehagan, Boonville, in the first round. Rehagan advanced with a 6-3, 6-4 win. Read more in The Odessan.
First annual Iron Dog Challenge is Saturday
Odessa Parks and Recreation is set to run its First Annual Iron Dog Challenge Saturday at Dyer Park. The event is similar to a Tough Mudder or a Warrior Dash but is aimed at an intermediate level of intensity with youngsters in mind. The course is 2.7 miles in length and will feature 10 obstacles. Entire families are encouraged to participate.
Registration will be open in the community building at 10:30 a.m. right up until the first wave of runners hits the course at noon. Iron Pups (5-9 years old) will make up the first wave of participants. Read more in The Odessan.
Garrett ranked number one in U.S.; sixth in world
Zach Garrett, a graduate of Wellington-Napoleon High School, won an individual silver medal in recurve at the Archery World Cup Stage 1 event May 1 in Shanghai, China.
Sjef Van Den Berg won the gold 7-3. With the silver medal finish, Garrett moved ahead of Brady Ellison as the top-ranked U.S. archer. Garrett is also now the sixth-ranked archer in the world. Read more in The Odessan.
Five records set at Optimist track meet
Odessa Optimist Club held their annual track meet April 29, but had to finish on May 3 due to rain. Five records were broken in the track meet, which has taken place for more than 40 years. Top three results in each division are:
100-meter dash: Kaylyn Seals, 19.66; Makenna Bass, 20.19; Ashlynn Shaw, 20.43.
200-meter dash: Seals, 42.23; Shaw, 42.89; Aliyah May, 43.3. Read more in The Odessan.