Truckin' in... Mason Smith lowers his shoulder and bowls over a St. Pius defender on the way to scoring a fourth-quarter touchdown for the Bulldogs. photo by Beth Fox
Bulldogs play smashmouth, pound Pius at end
Leading 19-7 midway through the fourth quarter, Odessa Bulldogs football team seemed to be in full control of Friday night's opener with St. Pius X.
Warriors had other plans though and scored on a nicely designed and executed throwback pass from midfield to shrink the lead to 19-14 with five minutes remaining.
From that point on, the Bulldogs stepped hard on the accelerator and scored twice for a 33-14 final score.
"I was proud of how we responded," coach Mark Thomas said. "Even though it probably should never have happened, we have to learn from it." Read more in The Odessan.
Golf team opens with third-place finish
Odessa's girls golf team took on Excelsior Springs and Warrensburg Tuesday at the Excelsior Springs Golf Course to get the season officially under way. Taylor Black of Warrensburg won the medal with a two-over 38. Her teammate, Maggie Kohl, turned in a 40 to place second. Those two led Warrensburg to a first place finish with a team score of 180. Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis team suffers setback
Odessa's first MRVC West contest resulted in 9-0 loss in Grain Valley Tuesday. Lady Eagles were dominant in the win, scoring five shutouts in the nine matches.
Cheyenne Sanders lost 8-0 in number one singles. Melisa Williams fell in number two singles 8-2. Jacy Cooksey and Nicole Hutton were both blanked 8-0 in number three and four singles, respectively. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs cruise past Center
Odessa volleyball swept its way past Center 25-9, 25-11 Monday in the season opener at home.
"This was a really great match to start the season," said head coach Amber Barkley. "We did a lot of things well, and I'm pleased with our effort. If we can continue to improve from here, we should put ourselves in position to compete with anyone." Read more in The Odessan.
Softball season gets started at Greater KC Invitational
August 22 marked the start of the Lady Bulldogs softball season at the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational in Independence.
Pool play took place Saturday for each of the 24 teams in the tournament and would determine which teams played in each of the Gold, Silver and Bronze brackets earlier this week.
Odessa suffered a pair of defeats Saturday. In the opener, the Lady Bulldogs fell to Platte County 12-2 in five innings. Lee's Summit North then defeated Odessa 14-0 in five innings in game two, relegating the Lady Bulldogs to the Bronze bracket. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs earn win over Richmond
Odessa hit the road for their first tennis match of the new season and came back home with a 7-2 win over Richmond.
Melisa Williams was a 9-7 winner over Breanna Miller in number two singles. Jacy Cooksey defeated Emily Harris 8-3 in number three singles. Nicole Hutton was victorious in number four singles. She took down Kaela Anderson 8-2. In number five singles, Jordan Guinn defeated Kyra Lathrop 8-3. Lauryn Adams blanked Emilee Cline 8-0 in number six singles. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers put hurt on Lone Jack Mules
Wellington-Napoleon football team jumped all over Lone Jack Friday in the season opener. Tigers scored touchdowns on four of their five first-quarter possessions to quickly pull out to a 29-0 lead. That lead stretched to 50-0 before the Mules finally got on the board.
It could have been worse, but Wellington-Napoleon turned the ball over at the Lone Jack two-yard line on the game's opening possession. Mules fell on the football in the end zone but couldn't take advantage of the turnover. Wellington-Napoleon continued to move the ball on its second offensive series and scored its first touchdown of the season on Jordon Hill's six-yard scoring run. The extra point was no good. On the ensuing kickoff, Blake Gray dribbled the onside kick, which was recovered by Duncan Hughes. Moments later, Hill was sprinting across the goal line from 31 yards out. Dallas Reynolds' run on the two-point conversion made it 14-0.
Mules put the ball on the ground on their next drive. Reynolds caused the fumble, and Dylan Brockmeyer fell on it. Hughes converted the turnover into six points with a 63-yard run. Hughes then hit Gray for the two-point conversion to open the gap to 22. Brockmeyer recovered another fumble on Lone Jack's next possession. Zach Jenkins was credited with the caused fumble and, once again, the Tigers capitalized when Reynolds found Tristan Green for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Hughes' PAT put the Tigers well in control at 29-0. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers defeat rivals down the road
Wellington-Napoleon and Lexington squared off Monday for the volleyball curtain raiser for both teams. Lady Tigers swept their way to the victory 25-19, 25-20.
"Both sets early were very much point to point," said head coach Peggy Tuter. "In the first set we had a run of strong serving, which took Lexington out of their offense. In the second set we had strong blocking, again, taking Lexington out of their offense." Read more in The Odessan.
Zach Garrett helps Team USA
qualify for 2016 Olympics
Zach Garrett competed in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 26-August 2 at the World Archery Championships with Olympic spots on the line. In order for the United States to qualify a full team, three slots, for the 2016 Rio Olympics it had to finish inside the top eight. Team USA's recurve men's team with Garrett, Brady Ellison and Collin Klimitchek did just that with a fourth-place finish.
After defeating Canada in the qualification round 6-2, the American team blanked Australia 6-0 in the quarterfinals. In the semis, USA lost to Republic of Korea 5-1. United States faced Chinese Taipei in the bronze medal match but lost 6-2 to place fourth. Republic of Korea defeated Italy in the gold medal match 6-0.
The eight countries to qualify a full men's recurve team for the Olympic games are, in order of finish at the World Championships, Republic of Korea, Italy, Chinese Taipei, USA, People's Republic of China, Netherlands, Spain and Australia. Read more in The Odessan.