Strong defense... Hunter Palmer sacks Harrisonville quarterback Chance Chamberlain in the first half of Odessa's 13-0 loss to the confence leading 'Cats. photo by Beth Fox
Bulldogs shut down by 'Cats
Head coach Mark Thomas was pleased with his football team's defensive effort despite a 13-0 loss to Harrisonville Friday night in Odessa.
"We played our best defensive game of the year," Thomas said. "We moved some people around this week with Trevor Plafcan moving to defensive end and inserting Josiah Bennett at outside linebacker. We also moved Dawson Dowell to noseguard and switched spots for inside linebackers Hunter Palmer and Austin Weygandt."
All those moves seemed to pay off as Odessa held conference leader Harrisonville to single touchdowns in each half.
Unfortunately, Odessa's offense did not get on the board and finished with less than 200 yards of total offense, their lowest output of the year.
Teams traded possessions in the first quarter with little to show but Harrisonville got on the board early in the second when quarterback Chance Chamberlain hit Wyatt Schenker for a 30-yard touchdown on a fourth down heave. Schenker went up and came down with the ball despite being well covered by three defenders. His tumble into the end zone was all Harrisonville would need and the extra point kick was rejected by the left goal post.
Bulldogs' deepest penetration of the game came on a Colby Nickels interception that set them up inside the 20. Bulldogs rolled to the six on a Mason Smith run but came up short on third down and J. Bennett came on for a field goal attempt. His boot never had a chance and ended up in the same spot as it started. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Dawgs dispose of Oak Grove in two
Odessa picked up a pair of 25-22 wins October 9 to sweep their way to a victory over Oak Grove on the Lady Panthers' home floor.
Lady Bulldogs controlled the early action of game one and built up a 10-5 lead before the Lady Panthers called a timeout.
Oak Grove cut into the lead after the timeout, but a kill by Danielle Varner and a block by Annie Walsh squashed any momentum. Those two also each recorded a kill to help the Lady Bulldogs build the lead back up to five at 18-13, forcing another Oak Grove timeout.
Lady Panthers chipped away at Odessa's lead and finally cut it to 21-20 on a Dani O'Neill block. But the Lady Bulldogs scored the next point on a service error and the 23rd point on a Makayla Lang block to move the advantage back to three in the late stages. Lady Panthers scored the next two points to make it 23-22, but Odessa did not fold. Varner's kill made it 24-22 before a lift by the Lady Panthers ended game one.
Odessa fell behind 0-2 in game two before coming to life. Two kills each from Walsh and Corryn Steinbeck along with numerous Oak Grove unforced errors allowed the Lady Bulldogs to jump on top 10-4. Read more in The Odessan.
Softball season comes to a close
On September 30 Odessa softball team paid a visit to Pleasant Hill, but could not match the play of the Chicks. Pleasant Hill scored in every inning, including a nine-run third to put the Lady Bulldogs away easily.
Bethany Clark went two-for-two in the loss and drove in the team's only run in the third.
Raven Bass and Kaylee Jensen combined to walk 10 batters and allowed just three earned runs.
Lady Bulldogs scored first October 6, but the Lady Tigers scored often. Warrensburg scored three runs in the bottom of the first and four more runs in the second before an eight-run fourth virtually slammed the door on Odessa.
Krysten Smith, Amanda Findora and Lindsey Dennis each singled for the Lady Bulldogs. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa places eighth, ninth at Kearney Invite
A large field of runners competed Saturday at the Kearney Invitational. Twelve schools fielded a full varsity girls team while 23 schools ran with a full varsity boys team.
Rock Bridge won the girls division with 22 points. St. Teresa's Academy scored 49 points in second. Warrensburg placed third with 128 points. Lady Bulldogs scored an eighth place result with 202 points.
Kayla Funkenbusch of Rock Bridge had a winning time of 19:01.0. Angela Boutross crossed the finish line 34th with a time of 22:14.4. Kinly Grubb was 38th, stopping the clock at 22:29.5. Sarah Beard was the 48th place finisher with a time of 23:08. In 58th with a time of 23:28 was Regan Smith. Brenna Specker clocked in at 24:38.9 in 76th. Abby Bertz placed 83rd among the 107 runners to post a time. She completed the race in 25:00.1. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Bulldogs place third at Clinton Tournament
The eight-team, one-day Clinton Volleyball Tournament took place Saturday.
Odessa went 2-0-1 in the Red Division to advance directly to the semifinals.
Lady Bulldogs tied Clinton 24-26, 25-18 in the first match of pool play. Danielle Varner had 11 kills and nine digs in the match. Odessa then defeated Butler 25-15, 25-11. Makayla Lang totaled seven kills in the win.
In the final match of pool play, the Lady Bulldogs downed Bolivar 25-19, 25-17. Varner's seven kills was a team high. Rhyannon Patrick recorded 17 digs in the win. Read more in The Odessan.
Odessa loses a tough three-setter
Odessa volleyball team defeated Grain Valley on their home floor September 18 in three games. On October 7, the Lady Eagles returned the favor. Odessa lost the hard fought match 16-25, 25-22, 26-28. Read more in The Odessan.
Levi Banner...got Wellington-Napoleon going with three first-quarter touchdowns on a rainy night for Homecoming. photo by Bob Buhrmester
Tigers defeat undermanned Orrick team
Orrick got off the bus Friday night with just enough players to field a team against Wellington-Napoleon. The final score was 66-18, but it could have been worse for the Bearcats.
"Our team went out and did what they were supposed to do," commented head coach Quenton Bainbridge. "We got on top early, which allowed our younger players to get Friday night experience."
Levi Banner returned the opening kickoff 68 yards for a touchdown in front of the Homecoming crowd. Duncan Hughes kicked the extra point.
After an Orrick fumble just moments later, Banner found the end zone again on a 12-yard gallop. Banner scored again on the Tigers' next offensive series on a 53-yard run. Hughes' kicks put Wellington-Napoleon up 21-0. Hughes then used his arm, instead of his leg, and hit Alex Rodenberg for a seven-yard touchdown pass late in the first.
Tigers stretched the lead to 33-0 early in the second when Jordon Hill ran 40 yards to pay dirt. With plenty of subs on the field, the Bearcats scored the next 18 points of the game to make it 33-18 at half.
Third quarter looked much like the first. Wellington-Napoleon got a three-yard touchdown pass from Hughes to Dylan Brockmeyer. That scoring play was sandwiched by a 30-yard touchdown run by Hughes and a two-yard run to the end zone by Dylan Frazee. Hughes went two-for-three on his PATs in the third to send the game to the fourth 53-18. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers make quick work of WMA
Wellington-Napoleon volleyball team did not take long to defeat Wentworth Military Academy October 9. Final scores were 25-3, 25-12.
"All 11 Lady Tigers made it into the match, and all 11 contributed in some way," commented head coach Peggy Tuter. Read more in The Odessan.
Lady Tigers fall hard
The top ranked volleyball team in Class 2 October 7 was St. Paul, and the Lady Saints did not give Wellington-Napoleon a chance.
"We were pretty much dominated in every aspect of the match," head coach Peggy Tuter said about her team's 10-25, 14-25 loss. "While our passing game was improved, our defensive game pretty much let us down." Read more in The Odessan.