Panthers come up short in Odessa
Jackson Engelhard...beats the tag to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs in the top of the second. photo by Kory Hales
Oak Grove baseball team paid a visit to Odessa April 14, looking for their third straight MRVC West win, but the Panthers fell to their rivals 3-2.
Oak Grove broke a scoreless tie in the top of the second. Tanner Lowrey led off the inning with a single to left. Jackson Engelhard ran for Lowrey and advanced to second base on Quin Schnieders' groundout for the second out of the inning. Riley Matson then singled to right to score Engelhard from second.
Score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the fourth. Morgan Miller led off the fourth for Odessa with a double to right. Gabe Peerson doubled him home with a shot to deep left field. Bulldogs would add on two more runs in the inning when Calieb Bennett's single to left sent Jeremiah Hill and Kobe Hardin home to put the Panthers in a 3-1 hole. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Seven-run third helps OG defeat Harrisonville
Oak Grove moved to 8-4 on the season and 3-2 in the MRVC West April 16 with a 10-2 win over Harrisonville on home turf.
Wildcats scored one run in the top of the first, but the Panthers grabbed the lead for good in the bottom half. Austin Reader drew a two-out walk and scored Oak Grove's first run of the game one batter later on Tanner Lowrey's RBI single. Austin Nibarger then tripled home Lowrey to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the flood gates opened. Reader singled and scored. Lowrey doubled and scored. Nibarger was hit by a pitch then found his way around the diamond for the third run of the inning. Quin Schnieders reached on an error. Riley Matson followed with a single. Both would score later in the inning on Tanner Johnson's single to make it 7-1. Reader capped the scoring in the frame with a two-out single to score Jake Hendrix and Johnson. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers finish third in tri
Oak Grove golfers met Harrisonville and Grain Valley at Country Creek Golf Club in Pleasant Hill for a conference triangular April 14. Harrisonville shot 169 to take the team win. Grain Valley finished with a 181 in second. Panthers turned in a 223 in third. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Soccer team struggling to score
Oak Grove's struggles continued April 14 with a 10-0 soccer loss to Grain Valley. It marked Oak Grove's fifth straight loss, four of which have been by shutout. Grain Valley led 4-0 at intermission and scored the game-ending goal in the 70th minute.
"Grain Valley is a very good team with incredibly talented players," said head coach Michael Brown. "We worked hard and played solid defensively." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Oak Grove places fourth, seventh at Richmond
The Hoot Middleton track meet took place April 14 at Richmond with 12 schools participating. Grain Valley scored 129 points to win the boys division. Panthers scored 64.83 points to place fourth. Richmond won the girls division with 101.5 points. Lady Panthers placed seventh with 46.5 points.
Jacob Ledger posted a winning time of 50.7 in the 400.
Aaron Carpenter won the 3200, stopping the clock at 10:44.4. He crossed the finish line in fourth place in the 1600 with a time of 4:58.1. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers score but lose
Oak Grove socer team did something they had not done in three matches. The Lady Panthers scored a goal against St. Paul April 16 but still lost the match 5-2.
Lady Saints got the first goal of the match just three minutes in to take an early lead. Sarah Sperry leveled the game at one in the 29th minute with her seventh goal of the season. St. Paul broke the 1-1 tie in the final minute of the first half. They stretched the lead out to 4-1 with goals in the 55th and 61st minutes. Carlee Doss cut the deficit in half with her second score of the season in the 65th minute. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
OG competes at Ray-Pec
The Ray-Pec Invitational featured 11 girls teams and 10 boys teams Friday. Lee's Summit West scored 183.5 points to claim the girls division. Lady Panthers finished fifth with 45.5 points. Rockhurst won the boys division with 217 points. Panthers placed sixth with 42.
Easton Harmon finished eighth in the 100 with a time of 13.79. In the 200, she was the fifth place finisher, stopping the clock at 28.99. Carlee Doss finished eighth with a time of 30.01.
Sophie Heldenbrand crossed the finish line eighth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18.34. She scored a seventh place result in the 300-meter hurdles, completing the race in 52.39. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Golfers finish sixth at conference tournament
The MRVC West Golf Championship tournament was held April 20 at Drumm Farm in Independence. Pleasant Hill shot 353 to win the conference crown. Harrisonville's 362 placed them second. Grain Valley, 376, Odessa, 395, Excelsior Springs, 464, and Oak Grove, 486, completed the final standings. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Fishing tournament... Callen Caldarella, 12, right, caught a 52.4-pound spoonbill in a fishing tournament at Warsaw at Truman Lake to take second place. Callen and his father, Bryan Caldarella, released the fish after weighing it.