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Happy 'Dogs... Odessa wrestling team won the MRVC Tournament Saturday in Harrisonville. Odessa knocked off Pleasant Hill 57-12 Tuesday night and are undefeated in conference duals. A full story will appear in next week's issue of The Odessan.
photo by Kathy Bartow
Wrestlers claim MRVC Tournament championship
After two second place finishes the last two years at the MRVC Wrestling Tournament, Odessa got over the hump to claim the tournament championship for the first time since 2012, when the Bulldogs won the title in the home gym.
Bulldogs scored 425 points over the two-day tournament in Harrisonville.
Oak Grove finished with 410 points in second. Pleasant Hill, 370.5, Grain Valley, 314.5, Richmond, 263.5, and Carrollton, 204.5, completed the top half of the final standings. Harrisonville, 185, Holden, 170, Higginsville, 167, Lexington, 150, Excelsior Springs, 92, and Knob Noster, 67, made up the final finishing positions.
Bulldogs won a pair of individual titles on Saturday. Dakota Miller continued to dominate the 120-pound weight class, recording six straight wins by fall on his way to the title. He pinned Coby Seiz of Holden in 1:44 in the championship match.
Cole Stodghill wrestled to the 195-pound title, going 5-0 with four falls. In the final, Stodghill pinned Keagan Eiserer of Carrollton in 4:38.
Logan Windsor advanced to the final of the 106-pound weight class but lost to Oak Grove's Connor Brown by fall. Read more in The Odessan.


Bulldogs win consolation prize in Pleasant Hill Tournament
After an opening round loss, Odessa boys basketball team regrouped with back-to-back wins to earn a fifth place finish at the Pleasant Hill Tournament last week.
Odessa 44
Belton 40
Colby Nickels and Cody Behrman made eight of 10 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a hard-fought win Saturday in the fifth place game over the sixth seeded Pirates of Belton. Nickels finished with 12 points. Behrman dropped in 11 while pulling down seven rebounds. Josiah Bennett had 10 points and 11 boards in the win.
Smithville cruised to the tournament championship, defeating Summit Christian in the title game 64-48. Pembroke Hill topped Pleasant Hill 59-45 for third. Grain Valley downed Clinton 61-49 for seventh.
Odessa 63
Clinton 29
Bulldogs jumped out to a 23-3 lead after one quarter of play then took a 48-12 cushion to the locker room at half against Clinton. Fourth seeded Cardinals never had a chance January 15 in the consolation semifinals. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Dawgs third at Pleasant Hill
Odessa Lady Dawgs entered the Pleasant Hill Tournament last week as the three seed and left with a third place finish.
Odessa 45
Belton 26
Lady Bulldogs wrapped up their week in Pleasant Hill with a win over fifth seeded Belton in the third place game Friday. Odessa shot 42% from the floor in the win while holding the Lady Pirates to just 26%.
"We're very happy with our performance," commented head coach Bud Nelson. "We gave up way too many dribble drives against Grain Valley, and we had to keep Belton out of the lane. Belton's best player scored 38 points against top seeded Grandview in the semifinals. We held her to six. This was a defensive win for us. We rebounded better and played a good, aggressive zone. It was a good win."
Rhyannon Patrick had 15 points, five assists and three rebounds in the win. Morgan Williams totaled 10 points, two boards and four dimes. Read more in The Odessan.
Jersey retired... Blake Seitz, a 2011 graduate of Wellington-Napoleon High School, had his track jersey retired January 13 during the varsity basketball doubleheader against Sweet Springs. From left, Todd Shannon, Quenton Bainbridge, Blake Seitz, Michelle McKown, Tristan Layman, Kenny and Kelly Seitz.
Blake Seitz has jersey retired in January 13 ceremony
Blake Seitz, a 2011 graduate of Wellington-Napoleon High School, had his track jersey retired January 13 during Wellington-Napoleon's varsity basketball doubleheader against Sweet Springs.
Seitz was joined at the ceremony by his parents, Kenny and Kelly Seitz, and his coaches at WNHS, Quenton Bainbridge, Michelle McKown, Tristan Layman and Todd Shannon. Bainbridge read the following to officially honor the former Tiger, securing Seitz's place forever in the storied athletic history of W-NHS athletics.
"Blake was an exceptional student-athlete during his high school career at Wellington-Napoleon Schools. During those four years, Blake contributed to two Final Four appearances in football, one Final Four appearance in basketball, three Top Four finishes in the State Track Meet including one State Championship in 2010. He also received multiple All-Conference, All-District and All-State honors individually for his contributions to these teams.
"After Blake's high school career, he chose to attend the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, where he received an athletic scholarship for track. Blake was groomed to be a multi-athlete in track, competing in both the heptathlon and decathlon." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers demolish Sweet Springs
"I thought we started the game with lots of intensity, and we were really ready to play," said Wellington-Napoleon head coach Todd Shannon after his team's win over Sweet Springs January 13.
"We went out and scored 27 points in the first quarter and put them in a hole that they couldn't get out of."
Tigers rode the momentum of that opening quarter to a 38-17 halftime lead then went on a 24-9 run in the third to stretch the gap even more. Final score was 74-33. Read more in The Odessan.
W-NHS to celebrate Courtwarming
February 3 by "Kickin' It Old School"
Wellington-Napoleon High School will celebrate courtwarming Tuesday, February 3, with the theme "Kickin' It Old School."
The Tigers will take on Concordia at 5:30 p.m. in the gymnasium and courtwarming royalty will be crowned at halftime.
Candidates are Allyson Engelmohr, Mark Dickey, freshmen; Carla Helberg, Max Rodenberg, sophomores; Adrianna Hearn, Brock Beckemeyer, juniors; Allison Baker, Michael Brisbin, seniors. Read more in The Odessan.


Patience pays off for Lady Tigers
in win over Sweet Springs girls
Wellington-Napoleon Lady Tigers began I-70 Conference play January 13 with a 33-16 win over Sweet Springs.
Lady Tigers began the third quarter with a 14-10 lead and ended the quarter up 24-10 to set the tone in the second half.
"We did a nice job defensively tonight," said head coach Andy Hampton. "Sweet Springs has great size, and that gave us problems on offense. But we did a nice job of being patient and getting a lot of good looks in the second half." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers defeat Crest Ridge
"Tonight was the first time all season I really felt like we came out with a killer instinct attitude, and it showed," said head coach Andy Hampton after his team defeated Crest Ridge 52-44 on January 16.
"We got off to a great start offensively and defensively and never really looked bad. We were giving them problems early with our defense, and we were able to use turnovers to create our offense. This was a big win for us against a good Crest Ridge team at their place." Read more in The Odessan.
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