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Kenton Wilhoit...scored two touchdowns against Pembroke Hill on runs of 22 yards and 12 yards.
Panthers roll to first-round win
Second seeded Oak Grove hosted seventh seeded Pembroke Hill Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Class 3 District 7 football tournament. Panthers gave up the game's initial touchdown then scored 78 unanswered points to advance to the district semifinals with a 78-7 win.
Pembroke Hill's Daniel Stanley recovered an onside kick on the opening kickoff to give the Raiders the ball at the Panthers' 49. Pembroke Hill converted three third-down-and-longs on the drive to put points on the board. On third-and-19 at the 31, Travis Sedlock rolled to his right and found Dylan Peters open behind the defense in the end zone for six. George Story kicked the PAT to put Oak Grove in a 7-0 hole.
Then the fireworks started.
Raiders attempted another onside kick, but this time Tyler Wilcox secured the loose ball at his own 44. On the first play from scrimmage, Aaron Graham got the call and ran through a gaping hole around the left side of the line. He was driven out of bounds near the Pembroke Hill 41-yard line by a pair of Raiders who tackled Graham into the bench which was near the eight-lane track, way out of bounds. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Carpenter, Skistimas top finishers for OG
at MRVC Championships
Richmond hosted the MRVC Cross Country Championships October 22.
Five schools fielded a full team in the girls race. In the boys race, seven schools ran a full squad. Grain Valley went home with both team titles.
Lady Eagles scored 29 points to win the girls championship. Holden, 53, Odessa, 69, Pleasant Hill, 88, and Oak Grove, 126, completed the standings.
In the boys division, Grain Valley totaled 28 points to earn the championship. Pleasant Hill's 51 points placed them second. Odessa, 87, Excelsior Springs, 112, Holden, 141, Richmond, 150, and Oak Grove, 153, rounded out the final standings. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.


Panthers win on senior night
Oak Grove soccer team saved its first shutout of the season for senior night October 23 in a 2-0 victory over Excelsior Springs. After a scoreless first half, Tyler Bright found the net in the 44th minute for his team-high eighth goal of the season. Three minutes later, Joel Carpenter recorded his second goal of the season with an assist from Brenton Weathers.
"It was a successful senior night for the boys," commented head coach Michael Brown. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Winners...celebrate a game-one win over Odessa; clockwise from left, Jayde Patton, Sierra Smith, Bre Drury, Haley Matson, Callie Tripp and Easton Harmon.
photo by Kory Hales
Lady Panthers suffer semifinal loss
Excelsior Springs hosted the Class 3 District 14 volleyball tournament last week. Oak Grove played as the three seed and faced sixth seeded Northeast in the quarterfinals October 20. Lady Panthers cruised to the win 25-9, 25-4.
Callie Tripp recorded 12 kills and five aces in the win. Easton Harmon went for five kills, four aces and one dig. Haley Matson and Jayde Patton finished with two kills. Sierra Smith had a team-high six aces and one kill. Patton was credited with 20 of the team's 21 assists.
Oak Grove faced off against second seeded Odessa in the semifinals October 22 and came out swinging. Kills by Tripp, Harmon, Matson and Dani O'Neill and an ace by Harmon allowed the Lady Panthers to jump out to a 10-4 lead, and they did not let up. Tripp continued to pound the ball, recording three more kills. She got help from Harmon and Matson, who recorded kills, and Smith, who served up an ace, to stretch Oak Grove's lead to 20-9.
Odessa tried to mount a rally late in the game, closing the gap to seven twice before making it a six-point game at 23-17. But the Lady Panthers shut Odessa down from there and closed out the win in the opening set 25-17.
In the second game, it was Odessa who took the early advantage. They moved a 9-5 lead to 16-8 then to 23-18. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Tripp, Patton, O'Neill named All-District
At the conclusion of the Class 3 District 14 volleyball tournament, players were selected for the All-District team. The All-District team was limited to 12 players, six on the First Team and six on the Second Team. Ties would be added and a libero may also be added. Selection to the team was based on tournament play only.
Callie Tripp was a First Team selection for Oak Grove. Jayde Patton and Dani O'Neill were named to the Second Team. Tripp had 30 kills, eight aces and seven digs in two tournament matches. Patton recorded 50 assists, 13 digs and four kills for the Lady Panthers. O'Neill was credited with eight kills and four digs in the tournament. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Soccer team falls to Grain Valley
Grain Valley led the soccer Panthers 5-0 at halftime on their way to a 5-1 win over their rivals October 21. Miguel Mecias Meza scored his first goal of the season in the 59th minute to avoid the shutout.
"We had a disappointing first half," Michael Brown, head coach, said. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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