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Touchdown... At the bottom of the pile Hunter Palmer recovered a loose football for Odessa during the second half of Odessa's 21-16 victory over Grain Valley.
photo by Kory Hales
'Dogs knock off Grain Valley 21-16
Two key defensive stands spurred the football Bulldogs to a 21-16 victory Friday over visiting Grain Valley.
The first stop came at the end of the first half with Grain Valley leading 8-7 and in possession of the ball.
A third-down sack by Trevor Plafcan forced a punt which Calieb Bennett fair caught at the 47.
Quarterback Jake Bartow hit the Bennett brothers, Calieb and Josiah, on consecutive slant patterns before racing to the two-yard line with 10 seconds remaining. Odessa called timeout before Mason Smith scored standing up on a run to the left side behind good blocking. Kylin Grubb drilled the point after and Odessa led 14-8.
The second key defensive stand came with Odessa clinging to a 21-16 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Grain Valley got on the board first with a throwback screen pass down the left sideline with five minutes showing in the first quarter. Eagles executed a perfect "swinging gate" run from left to right for the two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs defeat Harrisonville on the road
With the district tournament on the horizon, Odessa had one last road test in the regular season October 14. Lady Bulldogs returned home from Harrisonville with the win in two 25-18, 27-25.
"This was a great win for us. We played really well in the first game," said head coach Amber Barkley. "We didn't have quite the same intensity in the second game and got down. The girls showed heart and fought back to win the second one. I was really happy to see that kind of fight in them." Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa scores two fourth-place finishes
The Warrensburg Cross Country Invitational took place October 16. The 12-team boys division was won by Warrensburg with 54 points. Pleasant Hill scored 65 in second. Lone Jack took third with 77. Odessa placed fourth with 122 points.
In the six-team girls division, Notre Dame de Sion claimed the top spot with 22 points. Warrensburg and Holden tied for second with 69. Lady Bulldogs were the fourth place finishers with 90.
Jacob Weber ran to a fourth place finish with a time of 18:19.18. Brian Uhrlaub completed the race in 20:24.38 to place 31st. Zach Begemann placed 36th with a time of 20:50.93. One spot behind him was Garrett Peek. He crossed the finish line in 20:52.31. Read more in The Odessan.


Baker places 86th at state
Odessa High School senior Roxanne Baker competed at the Class 1 MSHSAA Girls Golf Championships October 13-14 at the Rivercut Golf Course in Springfield. Baker finished her two rounds with a score of 244, shooting 121 on Monday and 123 on Tuesday. That score placed her 86th among the 88 golfers who turned in scorecards.
"Roxanne played really well for most of the two days but had one or two holes each day where penalties hurt her overall score," said head coach Chad Meyer. "I am proud of Roxanne's effort to improve this season, and also for our entire team. It was one of the best groups I have had the opportunity to coach." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs defeated by fourth-ranked Pleasant Hill
Senior Night did not go as hoped October 16 for the Lady Bulldogs volleyball team. Odessa hosted fourth-ranked Pleasant Hill and lost in straight sets 19-25, 13-25.
"The girls really played hard tonight," commented head coach Amber Barkley. "Pleasant Hill is a great team, and we fought back and forth most of the first game." Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers end regular season with win over Sweet Springs
Wellington-Napoleon wrapped up the regular season Friday night with a solid performance that resulted in a 48-12 win over Sweet Springs on the road. Tigers did not force any turnovers but held the Greyhounds to 189 yards of total offense.
"This was undoubtedly our best performance of the season," head coach Quenton Bainbridge said. "We played well on offense, defense and special teams all night long. We got off to a great start, recovering two onside kicks and capitalizing on both with touchdowns to put Sweet Springs on their heels from the start. We emphasized getting off to a good start all week, and our young men did just that."
Jordon Hill recovered the onside kick on the opening kickoff. Levi Banner put the first points on the board a few plays later on a 23-yard run. Hill recovered the ensuing onside kick, and, again, Banner scored moments later. This time the two-yard touchdown run was followed by a Dallas Reynolds to Alex Rodenberg pass for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead.
Tigers scored three times in the second quarter. Reynolds and Banner connected on a 19-yard touchdown pass to make it 20-0. The same tandem hooked up again on Wellington-Napoleon's next drive. The touchdown pass and catch covered nine yards. Just before half, Reynolds hit Tristan Green for a 20-yard touchdown pass. On the two-point play, Reynolds completed a pass to Banner to make it 34-0. Tigers scored the first two touchdowns of the second half. First one came on a five-yard pass from Reynolds to Banner. Hill ran in the two-pointer. In the fourth, Hill capped the Tigers' final scoring drive with a two-yard touchdown run to make it 48-0.
Greyhounds got on the scoreboard late with a pair of touchdown runs to avoid the shutout. Read more in The Odessan.
KC Lutheran spoils Tigers' senior night
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team had its senior night spoiled by Kansas City Lutheran October 16. Lady Tigers fell to the Lady Knights in straight sets 21-25, 19-25.
"It didn't go as planned for the seniors, but we did a much better job in our passing and serving game than we have done in several weeks," said head coach Peggy Tuter. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers defeat Malta Bend in two
The October 14 trip to Malta Bend probably took longer than Wellington-Napoleon's 25-7, 25-6 win over the home team.
Tori Florence hit .700 with seven kills and one dig. Mikayla Lohsandt had five kills, six digs and two aces. Read more in The Odessan.
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