Game on... Odessa line was formidable, led by center Chris Coleman, class of '96.
photo by Beth Fox
Odessa wins alumni game 18-7
In a game more for the aged than the ages, Odessa came out on top 18-7 over Oak Grove in the first alumni football game Saturday night in Odessa.
A special ceremony started the festivities with the game ball delivered by Michael Lockhart landing aboard LifeFlight Eagle at the 50-yard line. Lockhart was greeted by members of the Bulldog alumni team and coach Ray Sullivan. Longtime Bulldog booster "Mikey" also assisted Sullivan during the game.
Odessa wrestling coach Kirk Gross, who also has coaching experience at Oak Grove, was the announcer and added to the atmosphere with entertaining comments throughout.
Game came complete with alumni cheerleaders who had obviously practiced routines from years gone by. A pair of streakers made an appearance in a scene right out of the 1970s.
Players wore uniforms provided by Alumni Football USA, which organizes and sponsors alumni games throughout the country. Booster clubs from both schools benefitted from pregame ticket sales. Attendance was estimated at 1500 with both towns having boisterous backers.
There also was some football played with Odessa scoring first as Tyler Jarvis connected with Michael Atterbery, class of 2009, who made a leaping catch in the end zone in the second quarter. Read more in The Odessan.
Team effort... Trevor Plafcan, Austin Weygandt, Trenton Makings and Brett Shull bring down Oak Grove's DaWaun Johnson. photo by Kory Hales
Bulldogs lose 34-21 to Oak Grove
Odessa scored first and almost scored last in Friday night's game with arch-rival Oak Grove but fell short, losing 34-21 to the state-ranked Panthers. It was Odessa's first loss against four wins.
Oak Grove received the opening kickoff and gained a first down before the Bulldogs forced a punt three plays later.
Taking over at the 35, Odessa mounted a 12-play scoring drive. Mason Smith ripped off a 32-yard run and picked up another set of downs when he bounced outside on a third and short.
Jake Bartow hit Josiah Bennett in the flat for a fourth-down conversion to the 19 before connecting with Colby Nickels at the four-yard line three plays later. Nickels spun and lunged to the one and Bartow snuck in from there. Kylin Grubb drilled the point after for a quick 7-0 Bulldog lead.
Bulldogs held Oak Grove scoreless in the first quarter with stout defense led by Trevor Plafcan and Cole Stodghill. Panthers did score late in the quarter but the play was called back on a holding penalty and a field goal attempt came up short.
Panthers finally got on the board when Landon Cairer scored from four yards out with 6:45 remaining before the half. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa scores two second-place results
The Odessa Cross Country Invitational took place Saturday with four girls teams and seven boys teams participating.
O'Hara won the girls division with 36 points. Lady Bulldogs placed second with 53 points, one point ahead of Pleasant Hill in third. Kansas City Lutheran, 85, completed the final standings.
In the boys division, Pleasant Hill's 55 team points handed them the win over Odessa's 65. Kingsville, 88, Hardin-Central, 97, O'Hara, 98, Kansas City Lutheran, 129, and Calvary Lutheran, 149, rounded out the final standings. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Dawgs go 2-2 in softball tourney
Eleven teams, including the Lady Bulldogs, competed in the two-day Jennies High School Softball Tournament at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg September 19-20. Lady Bulldogs went 1-1 in pool play before going 1-1 in the Silver Bracket to place second, sixth overall.
Raven Bass allowed zero earned runs in Odessa's loss in the tournament opener.
Lady Bulldogs scored all seven of their runs in the first three innings then had to hold off Sherwood to end pool play 1-1.
"We were tied 2-2 after the first inning then Camryn Ramsey's home run put us up 5-2 in the second," said head coach Brandie Westerhold. Read more in The Odessan.
Big road win for v-ball against Grain Valley
Odessa volleyball team moved its record to 11-3-1 on the season with an impressive win over Grain Valley on the road in a hostile environment September 18.
Lady Eagles took game one 25-13. Odessa tied the match with a 25-22 win in the second set then earned the victory with a 27-25 win in the third.
"I am so proud of my girls," said head coach Amber Barkley. "We started off slow and gave them the first game without a fight. We battled back in the second and third games and played well." Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa places second at tri
Adams Pointe was the site of Odessa's triangular golf match with Pleasant Hill and Grain Valley September 16. Lady Bulldogs combined to shoot 217 to place second. Chicks came out on top with a 211. Lady Eagles shot 225 to place third. Read more in The Odessan.
Rough night ends in defeat
Mistakes proved costly September 16 in Odessa's 9-2 softball loss to Harrisonville. Raven Bass pitched well, striking out four and walking three, but she didn't get much help. All nine of Harrisonville's runs were unearned.
"Tonight was a rough night offensively and defensively," said head coach Brandie Westerhold. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa tennis edges O'Hara
Odessa tennis team grabbed its first dual victory since September 3 with a 5-4 win over O'Hara September 18. The win snapped Odessa's string of five straight losses.
In number one doubles, Maddie Ault and Makenna Muenstermann were 8-5 winners over Chloe Higinbotham and Grace Brage. Melisa Williams and Michelle Morris lost to Olivia Crabtree and Margaret Baldwin in number two doubles 8-6. Cheyenne Sanders and Alexia Hutton teamed up to win 8-3 in number three doubles. Read more in The Odessan.
Excelsior Springs jumps on Odessa early in game
Lady Tigers softball team came out swinging September 18. It started in the bottom of the first when Excelsior Springs scored two runs. It continued in the second with five more runs. In the third, one more run crossed home plate to make it 8-0. Two more runs in the sixth sent Odessa packing early with a 10-0 loss. Read more in The Odessan.
Volleyball team loses in three to Saint Paul
Odessa lost its first three-setter of the season September 22 with a 15-25, 25-23, 19-25 loss to Saint Paul on the road in Concordia.
Makayla Lang had nine kills, nine digs and one block. Annie Walsh finished with four kills, three digs and a block. Rhyannon Patrick recorded 18 assists. Danielle Varner had 11 digs. But all of those numbers did not add up to a win. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs win again
Odessa picked up its second straight tennis win Monday with a 6-3 victory over Clinton at the Athletic Complex.
Odessa swept doubles. Maddie Ault and Makenna Muenstermann defeated Adriane Dehn and Lacy Lesmeister 8-4 in number one doubles. Number two doubles team of Melisa Williams and Michelle Morris were victorious over Katlyn Gladfelter and Allison Heistand 8-4. Jacy Cooksey and Cheyenne Sanders defeated Amber Roberson and Madison Dills 8-4 in number three doubles. Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis team blanked by Grain Valley 9-0
Grain Valley is the best tennis team in the MRVC West, and they showed it September 16 with a 9-0 win over Odessa.
Maddie Ault and Makenna Muenstermann lost 8-3 to Kayelee Smith and Hannah Wiechmann in number one doubles. The number two doubles team of Melisa Williams and Michelle Morris lost to Mikaylan Sickle and Sidney Shields 8-1. Jacy Cooksey and Cheyenne Sanders dropped their number three doubles match to Kristin Vanzandt and Chelsea Blosser 8-3. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa wins the fight
Odessa volleyball team had some gut-check time against Excelsior Springs September 16 and earned a tough conference road win in two, 26-24, 25-21.
"The girls fought back in both games after getting down," said head coach Amber Barkley. "I was very proud of their fight and determination, but we need to learn how to start games the way we finish them." Read more in The Odessan.
Tennis team places fourth
Odessa's girls tennis team competed in the Excelsior Springs Tournament September 17. Participating teams were allowed to field two singles players and three doubles teams.
The one-day, eight-team tournament was won by Chillicothe, who went 17-3 in the tournament. Platte County, 16-4, and Kearney, 12-8, completed the top three. Lady Bulldogs finished the day 8-10 to place fourth. Read more in The Odessan.
Golf team finishes fourth at MRVC conference meet
Pleasant Hill's Country Creek Golf Club hosted the 2014 MRVC Tournament Monday. Teams competed on the par 72 Hoot's Hollow course.
Richmond won the team championship with a 351. Pleasant Hill won a close battle for second. Chicks shot 399 to edge Grain Valley's 402 for second. Lady Bulldogs finished fourth with a team score of 410. Excelsior Springs completed the final standings with a 440 in fifth.
The top 10 golfers are named All-Conference. Julianna Sowerwine was Odessa's only golfer inside the top 10. Read more in The Odessan.
Running and throwing... Wellington-Napoleon junior quarterback Dallas Reynolds gains yards on the ground as well as in the air Friday against Crest Ridge. photo by J. "Miles" Ventimiglia, Warrensburg Star-Journal
Wellington-Napoleon Tigers maul Crest Ridge Cougars
Little went the Cougars' way Friday in a 28-12 beatdown at Wellington-Napoleon High School.
Tiger junior quarterback Dallas Reynolds' steady air attack bombed Crest Ridge defenders, keeping them on their heels enough to make the running game successful, too.
Crest Ridge junior quarterback Tyler Rodgers answered with a few passes, but for the most part Tiger defenders kept their heads in the game and the defensive line did not give up much when the Cougars pushed forward.
Head coach Quenton Bainbridge said his team focused on bringing the sky attack to Crest Ridge.
"We had to take advantage of throwing the ball around. It's something we've been working on for a while and been kind of struggling with, and it just seemed to click today," Bainbridge said. "Our quarterback had a great day, our receivers were getting open and it just all came together."
Reynolds is in his first year as quarterback, having played running back last year, Bainbridge said. Read more in The Odessan.
Tigers control their own destiny
Wellington-Napoleon's 28-12 win over Crest Ridge probably surprised a lot of people in the I-70 Conference.
"We are now in the driver's seat for the I-70 Conference," head coach Quenton Bainbridge commented. "We were probably ranked near the middle (of the conference) in the preseason. We now have to learn to play with a target on our backs. We will have to find a way to find consistency if we want to continue this success over our next four conference games. We have our fate in our own hands at this point. It will be interesting to see how our boys handle this newly gained attention."
The Tigers' upset of the unbeaten Cougars was made possible by great play on both sides of the football.
Wellington-Napoleon held Crest Ridge to 180 yards rushing and 56 yards passing. Tigers forced three turnovers in the contest and totaled six tackles-for-loss as a team. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers record first conference win
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team moved its I-70 Conference record to 1-1 September 16 with a win over Sweet Springs 25-6, 25-10.
"We made quick work of them," said head coach Peggy Tuter. "In the first set, Madison Thornburg served the first 11 points. She led the match with five aces. We did not have many rallies in the match but lots of serving by both teams." Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers rip Kingsville
Wellington-Napoleon made quick work of Kingsville September 18 to improve to 9-2-2 on the season. Final scores were 25-11, 25-3.
"It was a total team effort," commented head coach Peggy Tuter. "Our team hitting efficiency was .333, which has been one of our highest this season. We had 16 kills, which led to that stat. Our offense was on a roll with 15 aces. We pretty much had the offensive control the entire match." Read more in The Odessan.