Panthers down Pleasant Hill,
draw third-ranked Center next
KENTON WILHOIT returned to action Friday night and ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
Oak Grove football's second season began Friday night. With the the regular season in the rear view mirror, everyone is now 0-0 and the only thing that matters is a victory. Fifth-seeded Oak Grove drew fourth-seeded Pleasant Hill in the quarterfinals of the Class 3 District 7 tournament Friday night.
Roosters defeated Oak Grove at Panther Stadium on September 23 but could not do the same on their home turf. Panthers totaled 340 yards of total offense, including 282 yards rushing, to advance to the district semifinals with a 45-22 win.
"We played really well for about a quarter and a half. We looked really good," said head coach Pat Richard. "Something really clicked there. Kenton (Wilhoit) made a great run. Chase (Alexander) made amazing plays. The final score was closer than I wanted it to be and closer than the team wanted it to be, but it's a win. Now, we have a big challenge in front of us. But the good thing is we got this win, and it's a playoff win." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
OG places fifth and sixth at MRVC Championships
The MRVC Cross Country championships took place October 19 at Richmond with six full varsity girls teams and eight full varsity boys teams competing.
Holden won the girls team championship with 23 points. Eagles had five runners score top-10 finishes. Pleasant Hill was second with 55 points. Grain Valley, 74, Lexington, 110, Oak Grove, 123, and Odessa, 144, completed the final standings.
Grain Valley had five runners place in the top 10 to win the MRVC boys title with 27 points. Pleasant Hill finished second with 37 points. Odessa took third with 101 points. Lexington, 128, Excelsior Springs, 142, Oak Grove, 146, Holden, 153, and Harrisonville, 229, rounded out the final results. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers falter in district semifinals
Second-seeded Oak Grove faced third-seeded O'Hara October 19 in the semifinals of the Class 3 District 13 volleyball tournament in Pleasant Hill. Panthers saw their season come to an end with a 23-25, 18-25 loss in straight sets.
Oak Grove took a 14-13 lead in game one on an Emily Heldenbrand kill then watched the Celtics score four straight points to take a three-point lead. The gap grew to as much as four at 17-21. After a Panther timeout, O'Hara made two straight unforced errors which Chloee Tripp followed with a kill to make it a one-point game. But the Panthers could never level the score. Oak Grove drew to within one point three more times in the late going before an O'Hara kill gave the Celtics the game one win. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers come up short in Final Four bid
MADDIE WYCOFF hit this ball to deep right field for a double to keep Oak Grove's chances alive in the bottom of the seventh.
Oak Grove softball team made the trip to Smithville October 15 to play the Warriors in the Class 3 state quarterfinals with a spot in the Final Four up for grabs. As you would expect at this point in the season, both teams featured outstanding pitching, reliable defenses and strong bats throughout the lineup, and the game featured all three.
Warriors were actually the visiting team on their home field after the coin flip and struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first.
Kaitlyn Marsh struck out the first batter she faced, Malea Langhus, after a long at-bat. Kathryn Bean got the first hit of the game with a single to left. Danielle White tried to bunt Bean over to second, but Bailee Martin's throwing error allowed both runners to take an extra base. Lexie Duncan stepped to the plate and hit a hard ground ball to Lilli Weir at first who fired the ball home to Tatum Dunham, but Bean beat the throw to give Smithville a 1-0 lead. Marsh got Gracey Long to pop out to Gracie May at second for the second out of the inning to leave the runners on the corners. But Lauren Bays came through with a two-out single to left to score White before the inning came to an end on May's snag of a sharply hit line drive. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Boys soccer loses in district semifinals
Third-seeded Oak Grove soccer team saw its season come to an end October 18 with an 8-0 loss to second-seeded Boonville in the semifinals of the Class 2 District 10 soccer tournament in Clinton. Panthers trailed 1-0 at halftime before the Pirates opened it up in the second half.
"We came off the field at half with a one-goal deficit," said head coach Michael Brown. "We had done well defensively and were still in the game. Unfortunately, they scored early in the second half, and we had to adapt our tactics to more of an attacking style. With the space we opened up, they exploited it well." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Six Panthers score in 10-0 blowout
Oak Grove soccer team outshot La Monte 16-1 Friday and ended the match in the 56th minute with Drake Mahurin's first goal of the season in a 10-0 victory.
"It was a good performance following a week with two losses," said head coach Michael Brown. "The boys played well and were creative going forward. We did an excellent job of shutting down their offensive movements and turning them into goal-scoring opportunities. The creativity and threats we had going forward are going to be needed for our first district game next week." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.