Marsh, Heldenbrand, Weir, Althaus,
Pfeifer named All-MRVC West
Five Oak Grove basketball players were named All-MRVC West by the conference's coaches.
Kaitlyn Marsh and Sophie Heldenbrand were First Team selections while Lilli Weir made the Second Team. From the boys team, Jaxon Althaus was named to the First Team. Dylon Pfeifer was voted Second Team All-MRVC West.
Heldenbrand, Weir and Althaus were also selected Academic All-Conference. They were joined by Lindy Cox, Emily Wilson, Elisabeth Heckman, Mary DelGado, Cosette Spencer, Tatum Dunham and Sadie Loney from the girls team and Kenton Wilhoit and Gavin Richardson from the boys team. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Baseball team places second at Raytown Tournament
Oak Grove opened the season last week at the Raytown Schools Varsity Baseball Tournament. The eight-team field was split into two pools of four with the top two finishers in each pool playing for first and third.
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Panthers trailed 7-0 before taking an 8-7 lead with four runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth. But in the bottom of the fifth, Truman plated a pair of runs with two outs to take the win in the five-inning contest.
"Being the first game of the year, I expected a little bit of nerves but not to the extent we displayed," said head coach Evan Jones. "William Cain started the game for us, and he fell behind nearly every hitter in the lineup in his two innings of work. You can't expect to do that and be successful when you are playing a quality program. Our relievers need to do a better job of attacking hitters when they enter the game. We had a total of four hit batsmen and four walks in the game. When you give them eight free base runners, you rarely win games. Our hitting came alive the second time through the order and was encouraging as we mounted our comeback in the fifth. The problem was that it took us four innings to get going, which kept the game closer than it should have been while facing very average pitching. Overall, I was disappointed in the initial effort and how we handled a couple of last-inning plays in the field. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes and make ourselves more mentally tough because of it." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Champs have nine named All-MRVC West
MRVC West has released its All-Conference selections for wrestling. The Class 2 state champs had nine wrestlers selected. Connor Brown, 120, Joel Martin, 182, Tyler Curd, 220, and Austin Kemp, 285, were named to the First Team. Keegan Scarborough, 106, Tucker MacWilliam, 113, Tanner Pavlica, 126, Jacob Pavlica, 160, and Tyler Bradley, 195, made the Second Team.
Brown, T. Pavlica, Evan Hall and Zach Kroah earned Academic All-Conference honors by having a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 and winning a varsity letter.
Panthers finished second in the MRVC West dual standings, going 4-1. But Oak Grove won the Class 2 state championship for a record 17th time. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lauber medals, Oak Grove wins
Oak Grove golf team picked up a pair of victories March 23 at Adams Pointe. Panthers defeated Odessa 210-218 in an MRVC West dual, and Cameron Lauber won the medal with a nine-over 45. Austin Holtorf placed second five shots back.
"We finally played more consistent," head coach Ty Hames said. "Cameron played better, too." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers drop dual to Harrisonville
Oak Grove and Harrisonville met in Pleasant Hill at Country Creek Golf Club March 21 for an MRVC West dual. Harrisonville's Josh Verstrate and Peyton Holden shot 45s to share the top two spots.
Kalen Kemp led Oak Grove with a 12-over 48. Cameron Lauber and Austin Holtorf turned in 50s. Mason Cairer shot 55. Dustin Guinn-Ingram finished with a 60. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panther Cup champs for the fourth-straight year
Oak Grove hosted the Panther Cup Soccer Tournament last week where the six participating teams were split into two groups of three teams. Oak Grove, Knob Noster and Marshall made up Group A. Cameron, Kansas City East and Warrensburg played in Group B. At the conclusion of the group stage, teams played across group lines for first, third and fifth.
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Megan Borland scored Oak Grove's first goal of the season in the third minute with an assist to Carlee Doss. Katie Jennings made it 2-0 at half with her first tally of the year in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick. In the second half, Jennings dented the net from distance to give the Lady Panthers a 3-0 lead. Mary DelGado capped the scoring for Oak Grove with a goal in the 67th minute.
Lady Owls scored in the 68th and 79th minutes. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers compete at Mule Relays
University of Central Missouri High School Mule Relays for Classes 3, 4 and 5 took place March 20. Individual medals were awarded for the top six finishers in each event. Team scores were not recorded.
Mikayla Mapes was the 27th-place finisher in the 800 with a time of 3:17.57. Ginny Hayes placed 12th in the 1600 after crossing the finish line in 5:59. In the 3200, Ana Gonzales' time of 15:53.7 placed her ninth. Emily Heldenbrand qualified for the 60-meter hurdles with the fifth-quickest time in the prelims. In the final, Heldenbrand crossed the finish line fourth with a time of 10.32.
The 800-meter relay team of Heldenbrand, Mapes, Jordan Richards and Shelby Brown combined for a time of 2:04.31 in 12th. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.