PERRYVILLE, Mo. – Potosi senior Ezekiel Sisk repeated his championship as the fastest of 73 boys varsity cross country runners Wednesday at the St. Vincent Invitational.
The Potosi girls collected a decisive team victory with five scoring athletes inside the top eight, and Valle Catholic junior Madelyn Griffard captured an individual crown.
Sisk (17:43) finished six seconds off his winning pace from last year, and teammate Alex Smith (17:59) surged to third place on the 5-kilometer course.
Kanaan Wilson (19:09) crossed 12th while Brayden Smith (19:58) and Taylen Portell (20:12) capped the Trojans’ third-place total. Perryville held off Oak Ridge for the title.
Griffard (21:50) broke away from 49 other competitors to prevail by a powerful margin of 65 seconds. The top 15 runners in each division were awarded medals.
Alyson Skiles (22:55), Allison Land (23:38) and Allie Heeter (23:41) placed second through fourth for Potosi. Peyton Heifner (23:51) was seventh and Carlee Moss (23:56) took eighth.
West County picked up two medals from Paige Monroe (24:38) and Jazmine Morris (25:13).
Phoenix Lyons (19:22) did likewise for the Kingston boys in 15th spot. Garrett Shortt (20:20) and Oliver Griffard (21:05) paced Valle Catholic.
Poplar Bluff 4, North County 1
BONNE TERRE – North County produced 12 hits during its softball conference opener on Wednesday, but was defeated 4-1 by visiting Poplar Bluff.
Emma Roper tripled and scored the lone run for the Lady Raiders in the fourth inning. Autumn Bullock followed with an RBI single, and equaled Roper at 3-for-4 overall.
Madison-Anne Carroll and Amy Layton each singled twice while Madisyn Phillips and Raegan Pierce had the other hits by North County (0-3, 0-1).
Sammy Waller pitched a solid complete game in defeat with four runs, two earned, allowed on seven hits. She notched four strikeouts and walked one batter.
Poplar Bluff (1-2, 1-0) jumped ahead with two runs in the second inning, and led 3-0 through three.
Fredericktown 19, Herculaneum 5
HERCULANEUM, Mo. – Allie Bloom collected three RBI on a pair of doubles, and Fredericktown came back to rout Herculaneum 19-5 and stay unbeaten on Wednesday.
Freshman Michaela Reagan finished 3-for-5 with three RBI, and pitched six strong innings for the win after relieving starter Sadie Gibson.
Herculaneum grabbed a 3-0 lead in the opening frame, capped by a two-run single from Kimberlyn Ashe, and capitalized on two Fredericktown errors in the second.
Fredericktown (4-0) pushed back with five runs in the top of the third to pull even, as Laynee King highlighted her 3-for-4 effort with a two-RBI double.
A dropped fly ball in the outfield put the visitors ahead in the fourth. Five insurance runs were added in the sixth before Fredericktown erupted for eight more in the seventh.
Reagan compiled 11 strikeouts and scattered three hits. Losing pitcher Kaylyn Yamnitz doubled and singled for Herculaneum.
Calie Allgier doubled twice and scored three runs, and Miley Wengler finished 2-for-3 with two walks to bolster the Fredericktown attack. Gibson reached base five consecutive times.
Senior catcher Abigail Kinkead notched two singles, and picked off a runner at third base early. Jonsyn Rehkop likewise singled twice, and Braelynn Sarakas had a two-run single in the seventh.
Farmington 5, Mehlville 4
FARMINGTON – New varsity tennis players Kalei Davis and Mallory Felker delivered key singles victories, and Farmington bounced back to edge Mehlville 5-4 on Wednesday at Engler Park.
Addison Brenneke won twice for the second straight day, posting an 8-1 singles decision after pairing with Peyton Cleve for an 8-4 triumph.
Davis and Felker also won their No. 2 doubles match 8-4 to give Farmington (2-1) an early advantage.
Mehlville could not earn a needed singles majority despite strong results from top players Stefanie Wong and Emily Wilder.
- Stefanie Wong (M) def. Ava Guzman, 8-0
- Emily Wilder (M) def. Macie Coleman, 8-4
- Kalei Davis (FA) def. Annabelle Meyer, 8-4
- Alaina Johnson (M) def. Cadence Pegram, 8-5
- Addison Brenneke (FA) def. Edina Muminovic, 8-1
- Mallory Felker (FA) def. Bri Hong, 8-2
- Wong/Wilder (M) def. Guzman/Coleman, 8-5
- Davis/Felker (FA) def. Meyer/Johnson, 8-4
- Brenneke/Cleve (FA) def. Muminovic/Dudakovic, 8-4
North County 9, Sikeston 0
BONNE TERRE – North County posted three perfect 8-0 scores in doubles action, and cruised past visiting Sikeston 9-0 on Wednesday.
Lucy Pace, Alli Scott and Kinley Tracy – the top half of the player rankings – also finished their singles matches without dropping a game for the Lady Raiders.
North County (3-0) added dominant wins from Camille Skaggs, Chloe Roach and Claire Scott.
- Lucy Pace (NC) def. Chloe Lin, 8-0
- Alli Scott (NC) def. Salani Maisuria, 8-0
- Kinley Tracy (NC) def. Juliet Collins, 8-0
- Camille Skaggs (NC) def. Alanna Jones, 8-1
- Chloe Roach (NC) def. Anna Purves, 8-2
- Claire Scott (NC) def. Cheyenne Parker, 8-1
- Pace/Skaggs (NC) def. Lin/Maisuria, 8-0
- A Scott/Tracy (NC) def. Collins/Jones, 8-0
- Roach/C Scott (NC) def. Purves/Parker, 8-0