Landon Cairer...had 174 yards rushing on 25 carries in Oak Grove's win over O'Hara. photo by Kory Hales
Panthers earn tough road win over O'Hara
Oak Grove took their number one ranking to O'Hara High School August 27 and walked into a dog fight.
After forcing a three-and-out on the opening offensive series, Oak Grove took possession with good field position at their own 44-yard line. But two plays later, Kenton Wilhoit was stripped of the football at the Celtics' 27.
Neither team could really get anything going offensively until the Panthers finally did late in the first quarter. Drive began on their own 19, and they moved the football to near midfield where they faced a third-and-long situation after a holding penalty.
Oak Grove caught a little bit of a break when O'Hara's defense left wide receiver Quin Schnieders uncovered near the Oak Grove sideline on the first play of the second quarter. Quarterback Chance Alexander took the snap and lofted the football to the wide open Schnieders, who sprinted to the 10-yard line before being run out of bounds. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Volleyball team improves to 3-0
Richmond was Oak Grove's latest nonconference victim August 27. Oak Grove's 25-9, 25-11 win improves its record to 3-0 on the young season.
"The girls came out ready to play, and it showed," said head coach Lori Klaus. "They were confident and focused. The girls communicated well and just keep improving. We have been able to have a big offense due to such great work on the back row. Our serves receive and defense have stepped up and allowed our offense to really shine." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers win in two
Oak Grove picked up its second win of the season in as many tries August 25 when it disposed of Higginsville in two games 25-11, 25-14.
"We are off to a great start this season," commented head coach Lori Klaus. "The girls have come out of the locker room focused, excited, confident and ready to play. It is so exciting to see the improvement from just the beginning of the summer. I'm excited to see where this team can take us this year." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers fall 9-2 in conference opener
A day before playing in the third-place match of the Belton Cup, Oak Grove soccer team hosted Harrisonville for an MRVC West tilt. Wildcats won the August 28 match 9-2.
Harrisonville scored the game's first three goals before Mason Miller got the Panthers on the board in the 22nd minute. Brenton Weathers then made it 3-2 when he found the back of the net in the 29th minute. But the Wildcats took over from there, scoring the final six goals of the match unanswered. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Silver Bracket Third Place... Oak Grove wrapped up its Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational Tournament August 26 with a 4-1 win over Platte County in the third-place game. Members of the team are, front, from left, Hailee Hodges, Summer Collier, Callie Collier, Maddie Wycoff, Bailee Martin; back, Terry Parker, head coach, Savannah Taylor, Kaitlyn Marsh, Jenelle Mausbach, Tatum Dunham, Alyssa Hertel, Emily Wilson, Kasten Colvin, Toni Brundage, assistant coach.
OG places third in Silver Bracket
Oak Grove's stay in the Greater Kansas City Suburban Softball Invitational ended on a high note August 26 when Platte County was defeated 4-1 to place third in the Silver Bracket.
All four runs came in the bottom of the second with the Lady Pirates holding a 1-0 lead. Savannah Taylor and Hailee Hodges each drove in two runs in the inning to put the Lady Panthers on top for good.
"We had a great game tonight as we defeated a very good Platte County team," said head coach Terry Parker. "Kaitlyn Marsh pitched really well again, and we played great defense behind her. We executed at the plate, as well. Overall, I was pleased with how our girls played in the tournament and have started the season." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Tryouts set for Legion baseball teams
Oak Grove Post 379 American Legion baseball teams will hold tryouts at 4 p.m. Sunday, September 13, at Webb Park. Tryouts for both senior and junior Legion teams will be held. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers place fourth at Belton Tournament
Six soccer teams, including Oak Grove, opened the 2015 season last week at the Belton Cup Boys Soccer Tournament last week.
Panthers competed in the Purple Pool with Belton and Belton JV. O'Hara, Fort Osage and Grandview played in the Gold Pool. After pool play, each team would play in either the first place, third place or fifth place match based on its record in the group stage.
Panthers faced Belton August 26 in game one of pool play and fell 7-1. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Athletic Booster Club to meet
The Oak Grove Athletic Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 16, in the High School Media Center.