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Panthers throttle Excelsior Springs 45-0
Oak Grove football team enters the Class 3 District 7 tournament with a little momentum. Panthers have outscored their last two opponents 99-7, including Friday night's 45-0 win over Excelsior Springs.
Aaron Graham was responsible for the Panthers' first two touchdowns, a two-yard run and an 82-yard run. Scott Jones kicked both extra points to make it 14-0 after one quarter of play.
In the second, Jones connected on a 25-yard field goal to send the game to the half with a 17-0 score.
Graham found the goal line one last time in the third on a 61-yard scamper.
Landon Cairer also scored in the third on runs of 55 yards and 34 yards. In the fourth, Kenton Wilhoit hit pay dirt from six yards out. Jones made all four PAT's in the second half.
Oak Grove ran for 450 yards against the Tigers, averaging 11.3 yards per attempt on the night. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Owen Ross...gets a foot on the ball October 14 in a nice defensive effort against the Wildcats.  photo by Kory Hales
Soccer Panthers lose to unbeaten Harrisonville
Harrisonville remained perfect in conference play October 14 with a 10-0 win over Oak Grove. The final goal of the match came in the 56th minute. Wildcats outshot Oak Grove 18-3. Alec Hazen made eight saves, and most of those were in spectacular fashion.
"It was a disappointing night, but we played a very good Harrisonville team," commented head coach Michael Brown. "They deserve credit as they are incredibly skilled and hopefully will do well in the postseason. We had our moments and created a few good scoring opportunities, but we were unable to put one in the back of the net. They were creative up front and gave our defenders a lot to deal with." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers finish eighth at Warrensburg Invite
Warrensburg Cross Country Invitational took place October 16 with 12 boys teams and six girls teams competing.
Warrensburg claimed the top spot in the boys division with 54 points. Pleasant Hill scored 65 points to place second. Lone Jack took third with 77 points. Panthers finished eighth with 205 points.
Notre Dame de Sion won the girls division with 22 points. Warrensburg and Holden tied for second with 69 points. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Colliers, Minnick, Taylor, Marsh
named to All-District softball team
The Class 3 District 14 All-District softball team has been announced. Four Lady Panthers were named to the First Team. Callie Collier was a First Team selection as an outfielder. Allison Collier and Savannah Taylor were named to the First Team as infielders. Samantha Minnick was selected to the First Team as a catcher. Kaitlyn Marsh made the Second Team as a pitcher.
Boonville, who defeated Oak Grove in the district finals, had the most players named to the All-District team with nine. Seven Lady Pirates made the First Team. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.


Oak Grove enters district play with a win in two
Oak Grove volleyball team capped off the regular season October 16 with a win over Harrisonville 25-14, 25-15.
Callie Tripp had seven kills, nine digs and one ace in the victory. Dani O'Neill finished with six kills and two digs. Easton Harmon recorded three kills, two digs and two aces. Jayde Patton was credited with 12 assists and 10 digs.
The win sends the Lady Panthers to the Class 3 District 14 tournament on a little bit of a roll, winners of two out their last three matches and six out of their last nine. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lady Panthers fall to Grain Valley in three
For the second time this season Oak Grove and Grain Valley volleyball teams needed three sets to determine a winner.
Lady Eagles defeated Oak Grove back on September 25, and they did it again October 14. Lady Panthers fell 25-12, 18-25, 22-25.
"We played timid and afraid to lose in that third game," said head coach Lori Klaus. "When we do that we are not aggressive. We were sending free balls and tips (over the net) instead of swinging hard, and to me that cost us the game." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Soccer team seeded fourth
Pleasant Hill will host the Class 2 District 13 soccer tournament beginning Tuesday. Center is the top seed in the tournament and will play fourth seeded Oak Grove at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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