BACK-TO-BACK JACKS | Josiah Bennett lifted a two-run home run over the left field fence April 26 in the first inning against Pleasant Hill. He received a low five from head coach Brad Mayfield as he rounded third base on his home run trot. Morgan Miller then made it back-to-back home runs with his shot to left. It's the first time in the history of the baseball field at the Odessa Bulldogs Athletic Complex that Odessa has hit back-to-back home runs out of the park.
Bulldogs make history but lose to Pleasant Hill
Odessa baseball team played Pleasant Hill in Odessa April 26, but the Bulldogs were the visitors in the contest because of location changes for the game and a prior meeting between the two teams. The change seemed to be good for the Bulldogs early.
After a groundout and a strikeout, Kobe Hardin drew a walk then watched Josiah Bennett smash a Pleasant Hill offering over the left field fence for a two-run jack. Morgan Miller then stepped into the box and pounded the baseball over the left field wall in nearly the identical spot to give the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead on back-to-back home runs.
It is the first time in the history of the field at the Odessa Athletic Complex that Odessa has hit back-to-back home runs out of the park. Read more in The Odessan.
School records fall at Clinton Relays
Thirteen boys teams scored at least two points April 23 at the Clinton Relays. Warrensburg accumulated 160 points to win the day. Bulldogs placed sixth with 52 points. In the girls division, 12 teams scored at least seven points. Clinton's 155 points put them in the top spot. Lady Bulldogs finished second with 132 points.
Luke Tripp cleared six feet to place third in the high jump. Toby French's height of 5' 8" handed him fifth. Justus Pabst pole vaulted 10 feet to finish seventh. French was the sixth-place finisher in the long jump at 19' 2.75". Colton Howard's throw of 43' 6" was good enough for an eighth-place finish in the shot put. Tripp threw the javelin 112' 8" to score a fourth-place finish. Pabst was eighth with a distance of 93' 10".
In the 100-meter dash, French stopped the clock at 11.33 to finish fourth. Austin O'Brien was fifth with a time of 11.54. Cale Neville's time of 23.68 placed him third in the 200. He was fourth in the 400 with a time of 54.21. Jonny Stever clocked in at 2:21.76 in the 800 to earn an eighth-place result. Mason Hawkins ran 3200 meters in 12:36.55 to place eighth. Read more in The Odessan.
Golf team sees season end at district tournament
Odessa's boys golf team shot 457 Monday at the Class 3 District 7 tournament at Mules National in Warrensburg. That score placed the Bulldogs ninth in the 10-team district. The top two teams and the top 15 individuals not on a qualifying team advanced to the sectional tournament next week. Unfortunately, Odessa did not get any individuals out of districts. Taylor Airrington's round of 105, 35-over, tied him with Preston Walden of Clinton in 32nd place. Airrington was five shots from making the cut. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs cap regular season
Odessa ended the regular season April 26 at Country Creek Golf Club in Pleasant Hill with a dual against Harrisonville. Wildcats shot 177 on The Rock course to score the win over the Bulldogs, who finished with a 225.
Tucker Quinn shot 40, four-over, to win the medal. His teammate, Payton Holden, was the second-place finisher with a 42. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa run-rules Richmond
Bulldog baseball team hosted Richmond Monday and put runs on the board in every inning except the fourth to record an 11-1 win over the Spartans in six innings.
Zach Pulliam dominated Richmond's lineup by allowing just one earned run on only two hits. He struck out seven and walked two to improve to 3-2 on the season.
"A good hitting day is almost always a win, and today was no exception," commented head coach Brad Mayfield. "We spread 10 hits over six innings." Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs win in five innings
Odessa baseball's trip to Van Horn resulted in a 12-1 win in five innings April 19. Bulldogs scored in every inning while Logan Windsor allowed one earned run on three hits in his complete-game win. He struck out eight and did not issue any free passes while throwing just 56 pitches.
"We hit the ball extremely well against a young Van Horn team," head coach Brad Mayfield said, "but our ability to lay off pitches early led to our success at the plate, especially in the first inning when we had three walks and a hit batter. We also kept our intensity at the plate throughout the game, scoring at least one run in every inning." Read more in The Odessan.
Boys tennis team defeats Lexington
Odessa's tennis team won easily over Lexington April 26 with an 8-1 final. Match was originally scheduled for March 31, but the wait was worth it for the Bulldogs.
Odessa's only loss came in number one singles. Corbin Kleoppel fell to Chad Wolken 8-5. Tyler Atkerson scored a win in number two singles over Seth Seitz 8-1. Garrett Gosoroski was an 8-1 winner over Stephen Coen in number three singles. Brett Gittinger dropped Austin Brown 8-2 in number four singles. Read more in The Odessan.
Ten compete at Kansas Relays
Brent Alumbaugh, Jacob Weber and Kylin Grubb each competed in two individual events at the Kansas Relays April 22-23 while Corryn Steinbeck, Kloe Hilbrenner, Morgan Kleoppel, Madi Wulfekotter, Toby French, Austin O'Brien and Cale Neville ran on relay teams.
Alumbaugh threw the javelin 160' 11" to finish 14th. Trenton Allen of Derby was the event winner with a distance of 221' 3". In the triple jump, Alumbaugh scored a 10th-place finish at 43' 4.25". Justin Hall of Blue Springs was the overall winner with a leap of 49' 2.5". Read more in The Odessan.
HIGH JUMP | Jaymie White, Mariah Rudy and Jaycee Mudd cleared a combined height of 13' 6" to finish second.
W-N competes at Odessa Relays
Seven schools participated in the Odessa Relays Monday. Team scores were not recorded.
Shot Put: Carleigh Jenkins, Kiera Paige, Keely Brockmeyer, 85' 7", fourth.
Discus: Jenkins, Paige, Sammie Jo Leach, 185' 8.5", fourth.
Long Jump: Mariah Rudy, Jaycee Mudd, Leach, 23' 7.5", seventh.
Triple Jump: Makaylyn Ryun, Leach, 52' 10.5", fifth. Read more in The Odessan.
Wellington-Napoleon wins girls,
boys conference championships
I-70 Conference Track and Field Championships took place Saturday in Higginsville. All eight I-70 Conference teams participated with Wellington-Napoleon coming out on top of both divisions. Lady Tigers scored 178 points to claim the conference crown ahead of Sweet Springs, who scored 112 points in second. Crest Ridge, 107, St. Paul, 80, Santa Fe, 77, Concordia, 30, Orrick, 26, and Lone Jack, 18, completed the final standings.
In the boys division, Wellington-Napoleon totaled 176.5 points to claim the victory. Crest Ridge was a close second with 165.5 points. Santa Fe, 94, St. Paul, 83.5, Sweet Springs, 65.5, Lone Jack, 33, Orrick, 18, and Concordia, 5, rounded out the final results.
3200-meter relay: Jaymie White, Keely Brockmeyer, Kelsi Southard, Jaime Ruskey, 11:11.24, first.
100-meter hurdles: Caitlin Niendick, 19.44, fifth, Jaycee Mudd, 22.18, seventh. Read more in The Odessan.
W-N finishes fifth at Bill Hamann Invite
Bill Hamann Invitational took place April 28 in Lexington with 13 girls teams and 13 boys teams taking part. Lexington swept the top spots in both divisions. Minutewomen scored 138 points while the boys totaled 140 points. Lady Tigers were fifth with 54 points. Wellington-Napoleon's boys team placed fifth with 77 points.
Kelsey Gray crossed the finish line in 13.61 to place second in the 100. She took third in the 200 with a time of 29.32. Gray, Mariah Rudy, Sammie Jo Leach and Jaycee Mudd were the fifth-place finishers in the 400-meter relay, combining for a time of 58.12. The same four athletes ran to a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter relay with a time of 2:06.21.
Rudy won the high jump with a height of five feet. Mudd tied two other jumpers for fifth at 4' 4". Rudy's best long jump measured 15' 7", placing her third. Carleigh Jenkins was credited with a throw of 33' 7" which was good enough for second in the shot put. In the discus, Jenkins placed fourth at 93' 2". Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers seventh at I-70 tourney
Concordia hosted the seven-team I-70 Conference Baseball Tournament last week. Wellington-Napoleon entered the tournament as the six seed but had to settle for seventh after losing two games.
Luke Schaberg's double in the top of the first gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead heading to the top of the second, but the lead did not last long. Third-seeded Saints plated three runs in the bottom of the first, five in the second and one in the third to gap the Tigers 9-2.
Wellington-Napoleon managed to score twice in the fourth. Jordon Hill ran home on Blake Bunch's single to left. Trey Shannon scored on a ball in the dirt later in the inning, but those were the Tigers' final runs of the ball game. Read more in The Odessan.