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Early Wildcat onslaught buries Bulldogs
FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK Josie Meierarend rolls right and looks downfield. Meierarend completed eight of 20 passes for 36 yards and was intercepted twice.
Troubles in the kicking game led to a quick start by visiting Harrisonville and a 36-12 loss by Odessa's football Bulldogs.
Game started with a kickoff out of the end zone behind a strong wind from the south. Odessa went three-and-out and the snap on the punt attempt sailed out of the end zone for a quick 2-0 lead on a safety.
Odessa kicked off from the 20 and the Wildcats returned the short boot to Odessa's 17. A completion to the four set up Harrisonville's first score two plays later. Morgan Salemaea did the honors and kicked the point after. Less than three minutes had elapsed and Odessa trailed 9-0. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs run at Kearney Invite
The Kearney Cross Country Invitational October 8 featured 18 girls teams and 25 boys teams. Odessa did not field a full varsity girls team but did compete for points in the boys division. Rock Bridge, 31 points, held off Rockhurst, 33, for first. St. Thomas Aquinas finished third with 114 points. Odessa totaled 309 points in 10th.
Garrett Peek timed in at 18:52.6 in 50th place. One spot behind him in 51st was Jonny Stever, who turned in a time of 18:54.6. Carter Wade's time of 19:08 placed him 59th. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs compete at Warrensburg Invitational
Five girls teams and 11 boys teams ran at the Warrensburg Cross Country Invitational October 13. Odessa did not field a full varsity girls team but did place fourth in the boys division with 134 points. Pembroke Hill and Pleasant Hill tied for the boys team title with 46 points. Warrensburg placed third with 52 points. Pembroke Hill took the girls division with 44 points. Notre Dame de Sion scored 51 points in second.
Jonny Stever's 23rd-place finish in the boys' race took 18:35. Carter Wade placed 25th with a time of 18:37.50. Andrew Cooksey crossed the finish line in 18:59.7 in 35th. Read more in The Odessan.
Wellington-Napoleon's win is Bainbridge's 100th
Seventh-ranked Wellington-Napoleon won the I-70 Conference championship Friday night with its 42-7 win over Sweet Springs. The victory also marked the 100th career win for head coach Quenton Bainbridge.
Bainbridge spent two seasons as the head coach at Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington. He became the Tigers' head coach 10 years ago and is 93-27 overall at Wellington-Napoleon. Tigers have won four undefeated I-70 Conference championships, four district championships, made three quarterfinal appearances and two semifinal appearances under his leadership. His conference record is an unbelievable 59-11.
Win number 100 got started with a touchdown on the game's opening possession. Jordon Hill's nine-yard run put the Tigers in front 6-0. Hill scored again on Wellington-Napoleon's third offensive series of the first quarter. His 12-yard touchdown run made it 12-0. Read more in The Odessan.


Tigers split pair of nonconference contests
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball won one and lost one in a four-day span that included a pair of nonconference matches with Wentworth Military Academy and Summit Christian Academy. Tigers took down Wentworth 25-12, 25-9 October 6 but lost to Summit Christian 24-26, 22-25 October 10.
Taylor Shaw recorded two aces, four kills, 11 assists and 10 digs against Summit Christian. Kelsi Southard had nine digs and passed a 2.17. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers drop final regular-season match
"We were not able to get into any sort of rhythm," head Wellington-Napoleon volleyball coach Derek Twombly said after the Tigers' 25-14, 25-15 loss to Kansas City Lutheran October 13. "It seemed like everything was flat, and when we fixed one thing, something else went wrong." Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs lose in district quarters
CORRYN STEINBECK goes down and gets a tough dig, one of her team-high 15 on the night against Warrensburg.
Odessa never led in the first set when they took on fourth-seeded Warrensburg in the quarterfinals of the Class 3 District 13 volleyball tournament in Pleasant Hill Monday. Tigers took game one 25-18.
Bulldogs got off to a better start in game two. Ellie Port got Odessa started with a kill, then watched as Warrensburg made three unforced errors to open up an early 4-1 lead. Back-to-back kills by Laura Empson and Port gave the Bulldogs their largest lead at 13-5. The lead remained eight at 20-12, but Odessa could not close out the win. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs finish second at Lexington Tournament
The Lexington Volleyball Tournament October 8 had six participating teams that were split into two pools of three. At the end of pool play, the six teams were bracketed to determine an overall champ.
Bulldogs were pooled with Lawson and Higginsville in Pool B. Lexington, Penney and Van Horn made up Pool A.
Odessa beat Lawson 26-24, 25-21 in the opening match of the tournament behind Morgan Kleoppel's eight kill, 11 dig performance. Corryn Steinbeck finished with five kills, three aces and seven digs. Bulldogs then defeated Higginsville to win Pool B and automatically advance to the semifinals. Read more in The Odessan.


Odessa falls to top-ranked Pleasant Hill
Pleasant Hill brought Odessa volleyball team's regular season to an end October 13 with 25-9, 25-13 wins over the Bulldogs.
Odessa had just seven kills against the number-one ranked team in Class 3. Read more in The Odessan.
Dogs suffer disappointing loss
Odessa's 25-21, 25-19 volleyball road loss at Harrisonville was especially tough October 11. It was only the Wildcats' second victory of the season.
"We couldn't get anything started to make a run," said head coach Amber Barkley. Read more in The Odessan.
Bulldogs drop home match
Odessa volleyball team split a pair of close games with Grain Valley October 4, losing game one 23-25 before rebounding for a win in game two 25-20. But game three was all Grain Valley as the Eagles closed out the MRVC West win with a 25-9 final.
"We played really well for about 80% of this match," said head coach Amber Barkley. Read more in The Odessan.
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