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MIRANDA STRICKLAND goes to the air to fight for the ball against Excelsior Springs while Katie Jennings looks on.
DelGado scores but Lady Panthers lose
Excelsior Springs' soccer team opened the scoring April 19 with a beautiful goal on a header off of a free kick in the fifth minute. Mary DelGado leveled the game at one six minutes later. She fought a Lady Tiger defender for the ball, won possession, then turned and fired the ball over the keeper's head toward the far post for her fifth goal of the season. Excelsior Springs broke the tie in the 34th minute and took the 2-1 lead to half.
In the second half, Oak Grove could not find the net while the Lady Tigers scored two more goals to escape town with a 4-1 victory. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Barker, Weir win at Warrior Relays
Alexis Barker pole vaulted 8' 9" to win the event by over one foot April 19 in Smithville at the Warrior Relays. Lillian Weir threw the shot 37 feet to score the win by 11 inches. She was the fifth-place finisher in the discus with a throw of 105' 6".
Emily Heldenbrand stopped the clock at 17.18 in the 100-meter hurdles to place third. She scored a sixth-place finish in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 53.64. Heldenbrand's best long jump measured 14' 7", which placed her eighth. In the triple jump, she moved up to sixth with a leap of 30' 7.5". Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Panthers earn walk-off win over Higginsville
Oak Grove baseball team entered the bottom of the seventh trailing Higginsville 4-3 Friday. Jacob Pavlica led off the inning with a double to center then scored when a throwing error on Jackson Engelhard's sacrifice bunt went off target. Engelhard advanced to third on the error and scored the game-winning run when Josh Lewis singled to left to give the Panthers a 5-4 win.
"As we've done a few times this season, we let a team play with us that really shouldn't," said head coach Evan Jones. "I told the guys before the game, focus is even more important in games like these where you know the other team is going to grit and grind. It almost caught up to us in the latter innings when we fell behind 4-2, but we were able to pull it together and come up with big hits while also capitalizing off of defensive miscues by Higginsville. In the end, a win is a win but learning from mistakes is and has been key to how much we accomplish this season." Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
OG places sixth, eighth at Grain Valley Invite
Ten girls teams and nine boys teams competed at the Grain Valley Track Invitational April 21. Lee's Summit West took the girls team title with 173 points. Lady Panthers were sixth with 57 points. Blue Springs won the boys division with 160 points. Panthers were eighth with 40 points.
Alexis Barker placed second in the pole vault at nine feet. Emily Heldenbrand finished fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 30' 6". Kasten Colvin took sixth at 30' 4". Shelby Brown's jump of 29' 7" placed her eighth overall. Lillian Weir threw the discus 108 feet to score a third-place finish. In the shot put, Weir's best throw of 34' .5" handed her fourth.
Heldenbrand crossed the finish line in 17.4 to place third in the 100-meter hurdles. Mariah Carpenter clocked in at 13.4 to record a fourth-place finish in the 100. Easton Harmon finished sixth with a time of 13.5. Carpenter was credited with seventh in the 200 with a time of 28.4. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.


Panthers shoot 428 at Richmond Invite
Twenty-two teams played in the Richmond Golf Invitational Friday. St. Joseph LeBlond shot 294 to score the team win. Warrensburg's 310 was good enough for second. Pembroke Hill finished third with a score of 313. Panthers shot 428 as a team to place 21st.
Cameron Lauber and Mason Cairer each shot 102, 31-over, to tie two other golfers for 90th. Austin Holtorf shot 111 to place 102nd. David Saucedo finished 103rd with a round of 113. Andrew Fidler's score of 122 placed him 107th. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Golfers drop dual to Grain Valley
Grain Valley had three golfers turn in scores of 44, eight-over, April 19 to help the Eagles score a 181-197 win over Oak Grove at Adams Pointe. Jacob Feist, Jake Alterman and Ryan Butler split the medal three ways.
Cameron Lauber finished with a 48 for the Panthers. Andrew Fidler shot 49. David Saucedo and Mason Cairer each had 50s. Austin Holtorf finished with a 55. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Jackson, Clinkenbeard compete at Kansas Relays
Blake Jackson and Kyle Clinkenbeard had the privilege and honor of competing April 22 at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence. Jackson participated in triple jump and posted a 20th place finish with a leap of 41' 6.5". Justin Hall of Blue Springs won the event with a jump of 49' 2.5". Clinkenbeard ran in the 300-meter hurdles and placed 38th with a time of 43.7. Savion Cauveren of Blue Springs South was the race champ with a time of 37.85.
Panthers defeat Grain Valley
When the Oak Grove baseball team took the field for its home opener on March 29, it was Grain Valley who spoiled the day with a 14-2 win in five innings. On April 19, the Panthers got a little revenge.
In the top of the second, after a groundout and a strikeout, Jackson Blansit drew a walk. Garrison Walton then singled to left. Josh Lewis put runs on the board moments later when he singled to left to score Jaxon Althaus, who was running for Blansit, and Walton.
Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the second to bring the game level. Panthers waited until the top of the fifth to break the 2-2 tie. Tanner Johnson's single to lead off the frame was quickly followed by a pair of strikeouts. After advancing to second on a passed ball, Johnson ran home on Quin Schnieders' single to left to give the Panthers a 3-2 lead. In the sixth, a two-out double by Lewis plated Althaus. Lewis scored later in the inning on a Grain Valley error to make it 5-2. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Late goal lifts OG to victory
Lady Panther soccer player Sarah Sperry's goal in the 78th minute broke a 2-2 tie with Van Horn April 21 and ended up being the game-winner in a 3-2 final. Abbi Ross assisted on the goal, which was Sperry's second of the game and 16th of the season. Carlee Doss got Oak Grove on the board in the seventh minute with an assist from Mary DelGado. The goal was Doss' 10th of the year. In the 22nd minute, Sperry put her first goal of the match away. Ross was credited with the assist on the play. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Lauber medals, Panthers win
Oak Grove hosted and defeated Excelsior Springs April 21 in a conference dual at Adams Pointe golf course. Final score was 212-215.
Cameron Lauber won the medal with a round of 47, 11-over. Jeff Mackey of Excelsior Springs was the second-place finisher one shot back. They were the only two golfers to shoot in the 40s. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Sperry scores 17th goal in loss to Chicks
Oak Grove came up on the short end of an 8-1 final April 22 when the Lady Panthers soccer team hosted Pleasant Hill. The lone highlight for Oak Grove came in the 57th minute when Sarah Sperry received a pass from Carlee Doss and scored her 17th goal of the season. It was one of only four shots on net by the Lady Panthers. Chicks recorded 16 shots on goal. Chloee Tripp and Abby Neuweg combined to make eight saves. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
Oak Grove finishes second at Higginsville Tournament
Oak Grove, Higginsville, Concordia, Windsor, Carrollton and Odessa JV played in the Higginsville Golf Tournament April 20 at Higginsville Country Club. Teams were divided into three parts: individual score, best ball team and scramble team.
Oak Grove shot 295 combined to finish second in the tournament. Concordia shot 253 as a team to claim the top spot. Windsor placed third with a 309. Read more in Focus on Oak Grove.
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