RILEY MATSON ROUNDED THIRD and scored Oak Grove's only run of the game May 18 in the Class 4 District 13 semifinals.
Panthers stumble in district semis
After taking two baseball games from Odessa during the regular season, Oak Grove could not make it three straight wins May 18 in the Class 4 District 13 semifinals on the Bulldogs' home turf.
Odessa recorded a two-out, run-scoring single to deep center in the top of the first. In the third, the Bulldogs got a leadoff infield hit. Two batters later that baserunner scored on a single to right. Odessa's final two runs of the inning came with two outs to put the Panthers in a 4-0 hole. Bulldogs tacked on another run in the fourth to extend the gap to five. In the bottom of the sixth, Oak Grove got on the board when Tanner Lowrey's double to the gap in right allowed Riley Matson to sprint home from first.
The deficit was manageable at 5-1, but a three-run top of the seventh by Odessa all but sealed Oak Grove's fate. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Weir, Jackson just miss out on state
Oak Grove took two competitors to the Class 4 Section 4 track meet at Winnetonka High School Saturday. A top-four finish would give each of them a chance to compete next week in Jefferson City at the MSHSAA Track and Field Championships.
Lilli Weir advanced to sectionals in both the shot put and discus, but her season came to an end Saturday with a pair of fifth-place finishes. In the shot put, Weir's best throw measured 35' .5". Kaydon Iman of Odessa was the fourth-place finisher in the event at 35' 6". Weir's fifth-place finish in the discus was the result of a 116' 11" throw. Smithville's Shae Harwood qualified for state in fourth with a throw of 117' 10". Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers fall in district final
Second-seeded Oak Grove reached the Class 2 District 13 soccer championship May 18 to face top-seeded St. Pius. Lady Warriors scored in the 10th minute then added five more first-half goals to take a 6-0 lead. In the 51st minute, St. Pius scored the final goal of the match to claim a 7-0 victory.
"St. Pius is a good team that will go far in the state tournament," said head coach Michael Brown. "We gave 100%, and the girls worked incredibly hard, but a few things didn't go our way. After that, it was hard to play catch-up."
St. Pius finished with 23 shots on net while the Lady Panthers recorded only three. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
TOP RATED SINGERS | Choir members who received "I" ratings were, front, from left, Macaila Foster, Savannah Riley, Alexis Mastin, Erin Allmon, Ashley Davis; back, Kyra Jagels, Payge Curd, Ally Matson, Abby Catlin, Hannah Alewine.
Choir students receive high ratings
at Solo/Small Ensemble state contest
Oak Grove High School vocal music department competed at the State Solo/Small Ensemble Music Contest April 28 on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia.
Thirty-three different OGHS Choir students received a "I" or "Exemplary" rating at the District Contest held in March at Grain Valley, which made them eligible to participate at the State Contest. Those 33 students represented 12 solos and nine small ensembles.
Each solo or small ensemble entry performed two memorized contest-style songs. Those selections were adjudicated by vocal music judges grading on intonation, tone quality, diction, dynamics, stage presence, and musical effect. Overall ratings can range between a "I" (Exemplary) or a "V" (Ineffective). Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.