North County 40, De Soto 20
DE SOTO, Mo. – North County compiled 449 yards in total offense, and scored three times within a six-minute span on Friday to notch a 40-20 victory over MAFC Red rival De Soto.
Kolten Poorman fired touchdown passes to four different receivers after opening the scoring with a 10-yard run for North County (3-1, 2-0) in a contest that included 14 penalties.
Briley Smith had 140 yards on 20 carries, and Cole Ziegler recorded four catches for 90 yards to lead the Raiders, who grabbed a 20-0 lead when Jaelen Reed punched in a 2-yard run as the first quarter expired.
De Soto (2-2) answered with a 27-yard pass from Briar Fischer to Dominic DeMarco, but a 41-yard strike from Poorman to Sean Pruneau created a 27-6 halftime margin.
Noah Mesey reeled in a 22-yard touchdown reception with 7:35 to play, making the lead 40-12. Ziegler and Tyler Johnston also had TD grabs for the Raiders.
Pacen DeClue was a defensive standout in the win with seven tackles and two sacks. Brenden McClure also registered a sack.
Jaden Brown rushed 18 times for 76 yards, and Cameron Sutton caught seven passes for 108 to pace De Soto. Fischer finsihed 8-of-17 for 122 yards and two touchdowns.
Poorman was 13-of-23 overall for 197 yards. Reed tallied 57 rushing yards, and made 6 1/2 tackles for North County, which travels to St. Charles in week 5.
Valle Catholic 63, Crystal City 6
STE. GENEVIEVE – Starting offensive linemen Brendan Meyer, Garrett MacMillan and Jack Staab scored rushing touchdowns as 18 Valle Catholic players registered at least one carry on Friday night.
Quarterback Chase Dunlap scored twice on the ground while making his first varsity start, and the top-ranked Warriors crushed Crystal City 63-6 in I-55 conference action.
Kellen Blum returned an interception 47 yards to the endzone for a Valle defense that held Crystal City to just 24 total yards. Owen Schweigert made seven tackles, and Dalton Kertz recorded two sacks.
Dunlap was 8-of-12 passing for 121 yards, and connected with Tyler Blum on a touchdown throw as Valle Catholic (4-0) rolled up its entire scoring output before halftime.
Clayton Drury added a rushing TD plus a 42-yard reception. Carter Roth notched 58 yards on just two carries in the blowout.
The Warriors will face Sumner next to continue a four-game homestand.
Arcadia Valley Invitational
IRONTON – Potosi swept the team championships at the Arcadia Valley meet as four boys and three girls placed among the top 10 individuals in their respective races on Saturday.
Junior Darren Reese (16:47) took second overall and Brett Lynch (17:03) crossed the line third as the Potosi boys posted a score of 34 points.
Preston Dickerson (17:47) earned seventh place with Stephen Pursley (18:00) of Arcadia Valley between him and teammate Caleb Jarvis (18:03) in ninth.
The Trojans also had freshmen Will Jarvis (18:25) and Hunter Griffin (18:26) run together in 13th and 14th.
Peyton Whited (18:07) and Eli Jones (19:00) each had top-25 results for Arcadia Valley.
Lee Bess (18:55) was the top runner for North County in 21st position.
The Lady Trojans were likewise highlighted by athletes finishing second and third as Madison DeClue (20:31) took the higher mark, followed by Bree Allgier (20:47).
Sophomore Kaylee Heeter (21:21) crossed the line soon afterwards in fifth for Potosi, which totaled 26 points with plenty of separation from runner-up Poplar Bluff at 56.
West County freshman Kara Hovick (22:21) was 10th, and Sammantha Ramirez (22:29) was next to finish representing North County.
Erica Standefer (22:32) and Haylee Walker (23:21) ended within the top 25 off the girls field for Arcadia Valley. Hallie Portell (22:42) and Cierra Lewis (22:52) each did the same for Potosi.
Claudia Labruyere (23:11) took 21st for North County.
Forest Park Festival
ST. LOUIS – Sarah Moore was the lone competitor within the Green Division girls race to finish under 20 minutes Saturday at the Forest Park Festival.
The Ste. Genevieve junior won the middle of three designated divisions in a top time of 19:57. That level also included runners from Farmington, which finished ninth among 17 teams.
Kassandra Ramos (22:35) and Moira Kurtz (23:10) paced the Knights on the 5-kilometer course.
Camden Sadler crossed the line at 18:09 to place 22nd and earn a medal for the Ste. Genevieve boys in the Gold Division.
The Farmington boys competed in the White Division, and were led by sophomore Kyle Propst (19:39).
St. Pius Tournament
FESTUS, Mo. – Britani Clanton struck out five and pitched a four-hitter on Saturday as Ste. Genevieve beat Valley Park 11-2 to clinch the St. Pius softball tournament title.
Emma Nickelson had two RBI and matched Clanton by going 2-for-2 at the plate. The Dragons (7-6) broke open a 2-0 game by scoring eight times in the fourth inning.
Kaitlyn Kreitler finished 2-for-3 while Lydia Koetting and Sally Grieshaber added two hits each in the victory. Alyssa Huber contributed a two-run double.
Ste. Genevieve pounced on host school St. Pius with six runs during the first inning, and secured a 13-5 triumph earlier on Saturday.
Sydney Oehlert scored three times while going 3-for-3 with a double, and Clanton was also a perfect 3-for-3 offensively with two RBI and two runs scored.
Huber notched three RBI on a double and single, and recorded the win from the circle by throwing 4 1/3 innings with two earned runs and six hits allowed.
Nickelson and Grieshaber added two hits apiece for the Dragons.
Tournament action began on Friday, and Ste. Genevieve used a six-run outburst in the fourth inning to defeat St. Clair 9-4.
Huber scattered six hits while yielding three earned runs, and struck out two for the win. She crossed the plate three times while going 2-for-4 with a triple.
Grieshaber singled twice, and Lydia Koetting reached base three times with a triple and two walks for the Dragons. Julia Koetting provided a two-RBI double.
Oehlert doubled while drawing two walks, and Clanton singled in two. Lauren Pecaut and Kreitler also had RBI singles.
North County Invitational
BONNE TERRE – Ste. Genevieve avenged a loss against Fredericktown In pool play to capture third place Saturday at the North County volleyball tournament.
Avery Reed totaled 12 kills and five digs, and Drue Lalumandier compiled 22 assists for the Dragons in a 25-12, 25-20 victory as each team played their sixth matches of the day.
Jennifer Humbolt and Haley Grass added five kills each, while Jada Greminger served two aces and Ella Reed collected three kills.
Ste. Genevieve (11-4-2) dominated the early moments to lead game one 10-3 after Avery Reed knocked down five kills during her first rotation across the front row.
Fredericktown (5-6-1) remained within striking distance 20-17 in game two after Kayleigh Slinkard found the opposite corner with a diagonal attack. But two ensuing clearing attempts went out of bounds.
Taylor McMurry had four kills and Katelyn White provided four digs for the Lady Blackcats.
The competition was relatively even between the eight participating schools, none of which emerged from pool play without dropping at least one set.
Sullivan defeated Festus 25-18, 25-22 in the championship contest, but only after surviving two match points against Windsor in a bracket quarterfinal that required a race to 30 points in the third set.
Ste. Genevieve fell to Festus 25-21, 25-20 in the semifinals despite getting 11 kills from Avery Reed and eight more from Humbolt. Sullivan advanced past Fredericktown 25-19, 25-23.
Central and North County were each eliminated from the consolation bracket after losing in three-set quarterfinal matches to Festus and Fredericktown, respectively.
The Lady Rebels (2-6-2) managed two ties in pool play, and lost senior outside hitter Nora Graves to a sprained right ankle during the morning session.
The Lady Raiders (2-6-3) split all three of their pool matches against Sullivan, Pattonville and Central.
Dig for Life Challenge
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Farmington won six consecutive matches at the Dig for Life Challenge before falling to Jackson 27-25, 25-19 in the Red Division semifinal round on Saturday.
The Knights defeated St. Vincent (25-23, 25-22), Gideon (25-15, 25-18), Calvary Lutheran (25-18, 25-21) and Leopold (25-18, 25-15) in pool play before advancing past Woodland (26-24, 23-25, 25-16) and Lesterville (25-18, 25-19) in the Gold Bracket.
Arcadia Valley was a new addition to the expanded 52-team event, and completed its run with a hard-fought 20-25, 29-27, 25-19 quarterfinal defeat against New Haven.
The Lady Tigers downed Seckman (25-24, 25-10), Leopold (25-23, 25-20) and Eminence (25-15, 25-24) prior to splitting with St. Vincent (21-25, 25-17) and again getting past Leopold (25-19, 28-26).
Bismarck was likewise placed in the Red Division – designed for an upper tier of 24 teams within the tournament field – but finished winless in five weekend contests.
CUBA, Mo. – The Potosi volleyball team won three of five matches on Saturday, and advanced to the semifinal round of the Cuba Tournament on Saturday.
Zoe Harbison recorded seven kills and Peyton Blair made 14 digs as the Lady Trojans defeated Steelville 25-19, 25-16 to begin pool play.
Olivia Coleman had five kills, two stuff-blocks and five service aces. MacKee Finley dished out 10 assists and Jessi Nicholson tallied eight more.
Two blocks from Kalynn Mathews and eight digs by Blair could not push Potosi past Warrenton in a 25-16, 25-17 defeat. Harbison and Coleman had three kills each.
Coleman had four kills and Gracey Allison chipped in three more as the Lady Trojans beat Bourbon 25-15, 25-19 to accumulate a 2-1 pool record. Hailey Jennings made two stuff-blocks.
Potosi moved forward in the championship bracket by topping St. James 25-17, 25-15 as Coleman tallied team highs with seven kills and two blocks.
Harbison served three aces while equaling Allison and Jennings with three kills apiece. Blair brought up 10 digs and Cameryn Yount produced six more while Finley and Nicholson combined for 12 assists.
Cuba eliminated Potosi by a 25-20, 25-21 margin to reach the final despite five kills each from Harbison and Allison.
Blair finished with seven digs and Yount had five for the Lady Trojans (5-7). Nicholson and Finley made six assists each, and Coleman had three aces with two stuff-blocks.
Farmington 4, Lutheran South 2
FARMINGTON – Another stellar game from Bryce Sancegraw spurred the Farmington boys soccer team past Lutheran South 4-2 on Saturday.
The junior standout netted a hat trick for the third consecutive outing, and now has 21 goals over nine matches this season.
Cameron Friend also scored for the Knights (7-2).