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A win to build around
 
Oak Grove needed a game like the one they had Friday night against Lincoln Prep to get the bad taste of last week's defeat to O'Hara out of it's mouth.
The 44-18 win over the Tigers allowed the ninth-ranked Panthers to get back in the winning groove and puff their chests out a little bit before the stretch run that really begins this week against Warrensburg for Homecoming then leaps directly into conference play one week later.
"We played so much better up front," head coach Pat Richard said after the road win. "We probably had our best week of practice since we started in August, and it showed. We were playing against kids who were bigger than us, and we really moved them around and blew them off the ball. We give out helmet stickers for pancake blocks, and it's been a long time since we've given out this many. Our line did a great job of playing together and getting off the ball."
The numbers back it up. Oak Grove rushed for 445 yards on the night and averaged 9.1 yards per carry. Aaron Graham ran the football 17 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns. Landon Cairer churned out 144 yards on 16 carries and found the end zone once. DaWaun Johnson had eight carries for 52 yards and one touchdown.
Graham got the scoring for Oak Grove started in the first quarter with a one-yard touchdown run. Two-point conversion failed.
With a 6-3 lead, Cairer did the honors in the second quarter on a 16-yard touchdown run. Graham ran in the two-pointer to make it 14-3. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers rally for the win
 
Oak Grove softball trailed Pleasant Hill 4-2 entering the top of the seventh September 4.
"Callie Collier led off the seventh with a single," said head coach Terry Parker. "We then had a strikeout and a fly ball to center field. Emily Scott then singled to put runners on first and third. Emily Wilson walked to load the bases with two outs. Kaitlyn Marsh hit a ground ball to the shortstop, who made a throwing error, and we score two runs to tie. Alyssa Hertel hit a single to score another run to give us the lead." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers win in three
 
It went three full sets September 2 when the Oak Grove volleyball team visited Holden, but the Lady Panthers were happy with the extra work since they came out on top 19-25, 25-13, 25-19.
Haley Matson and Callie Tripp hit double digits in kills with 14 and 11, respectively. Tripp added 14 digs to her stat line. Matson recorded five. Sierra Smith finished with nine kills and 14 digs. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 

 
 

 
 
Two big innings cost Oak Grove
 
Lady Panthers' softball home and conference opener was going well in the early innings September 2. Oak Grove led 2-0 after three innings, but Harrisonville put together a four-run fourth and a four-run sixth to build a comfortable lead before winning the ball game 10-2.
"It was a disappointing night," commented head coach Terry Parker. "Early in the game we played well and executed things that we needed to, but we could not hold on to that consistency. We gave up two big innings which really hurt us." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Big inning leads to victory
 
Oak Grove softball team was looking at a 5-0 deficit Monday when they hosted Warrensburg at Webb Park, but then the fifth inning happened.
"In the fifth, Callie Collier led off with a single. Allison Collier singled as well," said head coach Terry Parker. "Savannah Taylor grounded into a fielder's choice. Emily Scott singled for her fourth hit of the game. With the bases loaded, Emily Wilson hit into a fielder's choice which scored a run. Kaitlyn Marsh singled after that and scored another run. Alyssa Hertel beat out an infield single, which loaded the bases with two outs. Samantha Minnick hit a triple which cleared the bases and tied the game. It was her second triple of the game. Mattie Reader hit a ground ball to second base which ended up in an error and allowed the sixth run to score." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers shut out 7-0 in home opener
 
Oak Grove soccer team is still searching for that first win of the season after they dropped their home opener 7-0 to Van Horn September 4. Falcons led 2-0 at halftime, but those two goals did not come until late in the first half.
"We played a tough team, and we were missing a captain," head coach Michael Brown said. "The boys played well for the first 33 minutes when the game was scoreless." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Panthers lose in double OT
 
Oak Grove soccer team opened conference play Monday with a 2-1 double overtime loss to Pleasant Hill at Panther Stadium.
First goal of the game was scored by the Roosters just 30 seconds into the match. The tying goal didn't come until the 78th minute when Shawn Kavadas found the net for his first goal of the season. Pleasant Hill scored the would-be game-winner three minutes into the second overtime.
"We played a tough game and were unfortunate to lose," head coach Michael Brown said. "We didn't start well and gave away a preventable goal within the first 30 seconds of the game. After that we bounced back well." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Played together, won together
 
Oak Grove volleyball team won its fourth straight match Monday. The win came on the road in Marshall, and it came in straight sets 25-17, 25-20.
"Tonight was a good win for us," head coach Lori Klaus commented. "Other than serving errors and one small letdown in our passing during the second game, we played well together. Everyone had a vital part in our win tonight. This is such a fun team to coach. If everyone does their part, they are a tough team to beat. We're excited for Thursday." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
Lady Panthers to compete in Winnetonka Softball Tourney
 
Oak Grove will compete in the 12-team, one-day Winnetonka Softball Tournament Saturday.
Lady Panthers are in Pool A with Fort Osage and St. Teresa's. Oak Grove will open the tournament against St. Teresa's at 9:45 a.m. then play Fort Osage at 11:30 a.m.
Pool winners, second place finishers and third place finishers will compete against each other in separate four-team brackets after pool play is completed. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
 
 
XC runners see competition at William Jewell College
 
Oak Grove's girls cross country team competed Saturday at the St. Mary's Cross Country Invitational.
Six schools fielded a full varsity team of at least five runners. Oak Grove had only four runners in the varsity race. Emily Craig ran to a 39th place finish with a time of 26:14. Tori Lightle crossed the finish line in 28:48 to place 59th. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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