Panthers place second at MRVC Championships
Harrisonville hosted the 2015 MRVC Wrestling Tournament Friday and Saturday, which was won by Odessa with 425 points.
Panthers fell one place short of a three-peat at the conference tournament, scoring a second place finish with 410 points.
Pleasant Hill, 370.5, Grain Valley, 314.5, and Richmond, 263.5, completed the top five. Carrollton finished sixth with 204.5 points, followed by Harrisonville, 185, Holden, 170, Lafayette County, 167, Lexington, 150, Excelsior Springs, 92, and Knob Noster, 67.
Panthers returned with four individual titles. Connor Brown was the champ at 106, winning all four of his tournament matches by fall. He pinned Odessa's Logan Windsor in 3:04 in the title match.
Shawn Kavadas went 6-0 to win the 126-pound crown. In the first place match, he scored a 6-4 win by decision over Alex Hollingsworth of Lexington.
Landon Cairer was the 160-pound champion with a perfect record of 6-0. Five of his wins were by fall. The other was a medical forfeit. In the title bout, Cairer took 2:28 to pin Odessa's Austin Weygandt. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Wrestlers handle undermanned Benton
Oak Grove wrestlers had little trouble with Benton January 15, sending the Cardinals home on the short end of a 63-18 final.
"It was a short night for us," said head coach Bobbe Lowe. "Benton was a little banged up so they didn't have their full lineup. Still, Tristan Stack got a good, key win for us. It was a solid performance from the team, and Dalton Brinegar also had a good win against a top-ranked 182-pounder. Overall it was a solid night." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
O'Hara tops Oak Grove
Lady Panthers lost their third straight contest January 13 with a 49-38 loss at O'Hara.
"Offensively we did a great job of handling their pressure," said head coach Jared Broughton. "We just have to do a better job of finishing around the rim when we get good looks. They really hurt us on the boards." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Pressure too much for Panthers in loss
Oak Grove boys basketball team stayed with O'Hara January 13 for a half, but the Celtics used their pressure defense to widen the gap in the second half and recorded a 62-42 win over the Panthers.
"We had a really solid second quarter," commented head coach Ty Hames. "We scored 19 points, only turned it over once and controlled the glass. Unfortunately, we played a solid team tonight that does a great job of pressuring the ball." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Offense gives no help to defense
as Van Horn stops Lady Panthers
Lady Panthers are still looking for their first win in January after dropping a 36-30 final to Van Horn on Friday.
Lady Falcons led 14-12 at half, but foul trouble and Oak Grove's inability to consistently find the bottom of the net led to their demise. The bright spot for the Lady Panthers was how well they played on the defensive end of the floor.
"We played them really tough on defense, holding them to under 30% from the field," said head coach Jared Broughton. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers lose dual to Odessa
Top ranked Oak Grove hosted third ranked Odessa January 13 in a key MRVC West dual. Panthers were open in four weight classes but won six of the 10 contested matches. Still, it wasn't enough. Bulldogs came out on top 43-33.
Connor Brown pinned Logan Windsor in 1:21 at 106 pounds. Jet Tryon came up with a huge win at 113 when he pinned Logan White in 2:58. Shawn Kavadas was a 10-7 winner over Brett Shull at 126. Brock Mercer won by fall over Tommy Hardin at 132. The pin came at 2:51. Landon Cairer pinned Mason Smith in 1:44 at 160. In the 182-pound match, Dalton Brinegar recorded a win by fall in 3:34 over Dakota Roark. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Rehearsal with White... Chris Macrander rehearses with Arthur White, MU jazz artist, at West Central All District Jazz Band rehearsal Saturday in Sedalia.
Band students participate in district honor events
Four Oak Grove Middle School band students participated Saturday in the West Central District Junior High Honor Band. They were TJ Boyd, Collin Doss, Sadie Moss and Savanna Trivers.
Eighth grade honor band was staffed with more than 150 students representing 34 different schools within the West Central District.
Each November, directors Nathan Long and Beth Jinkins submit names to the honor band coordinator. In December the selection is announced. "We submit many students' names based upon commitment to practice, an interest in learning, and a disciplined rehearsal habit," Long said.
Students met early Saturday morning for the hour-long ride to Sedalia. After registration and a short meeting in the Smith Cotton Junior High auditorium, the students reported to sectionals, led by area band directors, to work on the music selections for the day. The full day's rehearsal culminated with an evening concert. "It was fun!" Moss, French horn, said. "I got to meet a lot of people from other schools. They were really nice."
The band's guest clinician had several objectives for the day. One of the goals was to refine student listening skills. In order to achieve this goal, the guest clinician stepped off the podium during the concert and asked the band to follow a selected student through the start and end of the song, including phrase development. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.