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Weekend Roundup: Central girls race to team victory

Central junior Katie Voepel competes during the girls varsity race at the Arcadia Valley Invitational cross country meet on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2023, in Ironton. (Matt King,

PARK HILLS – The Central girls edged Ste. Genevieve by six points to capture the first-place varsity plaque during the Bismarck Invitational cross country meet on Saturday morning.

Katie Voepel (22:52) finished ninth, and Allie England (23:51) held on to 16th spot to lead the Lady Rebels with 59 runners on the 5K course at Mineral Area College.

The top 30 finishers in each race received medals. Faith Willis (24:22) and Taylor Sharp (24:39) also made that cut, and Jaysa Hites (25:25) rounded out the Central team total.

Ste. Genevieve junior Hollyn Zangaro (21:28) followed her sixth-place effort last weekend at Arcadia Valley by finishing runner-up this time to champion Emerson Selsor (20:53) of Jefferson.

Arcadia Valley standout Emma Dettmer (21:30) crossed the line third while Fredericktown had two freshmen — Laila Stephens (22:12) and Breanna Bone (22:24) — within the top six.

Other girls medalists included Elianna Serrano (24:02) of Arcadia Valley, Laurie Parker (24:13) and Kayden Huck (24:35) of Ste. Genevieve and Larkin Strong (25:14) of Fredericktown.

Carlie Loughary (24:28) ran 22nd for Valley as a two-sport fall athlete after playing a road volleyball match on Friday evening.

Van Buren broke a tie with Alton at 60 points each to win the boys team crown. Alton also touted the individual champion with Rydan Deckard (17:06).

Austin Ringwald (18:22) delivered the fastest time from an MAAA school for Valle Catholic, which stacked up fifth in the team standings.

Host program Bismarck featured three boys medalists with Daven Miller (18:53) in 12th place plus Levi Sheckles (19:19) in 19th and Jordan Ketcherside (19:53) in 28th.

North County also had a trio of honorees with Noah McMahan (19:09), Lucas Naucke (19:20) and Aidan Clay (19:39).

Cole Crocker (18:55) highlighted the Central boys in 13th place with teammate Taylor Roesch (19:42) taking 25th.

Taylor Anderson (19:18) of Arcadia Valley and Garrett Shortt (19:30) of Valle Catholic also medaled.

Missouri Southern Stampede

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Farmington cross country program competed against some elite competition from the Midwest at the prestigious Missouri Southern Stampede.

Senior standout Evan Fuller placed a solid 14th out of 343 runners in the boys varsity green division on Saturday with a 5K time of 15:53.

Mason Currington (17:07) crossed the line next for the Knights. Keagan Enicks (15:14) of Blue Springs secured the individual race championship.

Kayleigh Norris (17:43) of Harrisonville set the standard in girls varsity green division action with 270 athletes jockeying for position.

Cayman McIntyre (20:46), Natalie Gammon (21:36) and Hannah Mathes (21:39) led the youthful Farmington contingent.

Potosi entered the gold division for schools with smaller enrollment numbers, and produced five runners among the top 72 boys out of 232 overall.

Ezekiel Sisk (16:28) placed seventh, and Alex Smith (16:45) nabbed 10th for the Trojans with Kanaan Wilson (17:34), Taylen Portell (18:07) and Brayden Smith (18:27) completing the team score.

Alyson Skiles (21:13) and Peyton Heifner (21:17) finished 31st and 32nd to pace the Potosi girls. They were followed by teammates MaKya Knoll (22:06), Carlee Moss (22:26) and Allison Land (22:36).

Chase Sorrell (15:40) of East Newton and Emma Hunt (19:12) of Pierce City were individual winners.


St. Pius Tournament

FESTUS, Mo. – Fredericktown erupted for 52 runs over three games to capture the championship of the round-robin St. Pius Tournament.

The productive weekend started Friday when the Lady Blackcats beat the host squad 15-5 behind a six-hitter and three strikeouts from Michaela Reagan.

Allie Bloom shined at 4-for-4 overall with two doubles and three RBI. Fredericktown broke the game open with seven runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Sadie Gibson achieved a rare feat in softball with three triples in one contest, and ended 3-for-3 with three RBI and four runs scored.

Laynee King had a triple and double amid a 3-for-4 effort, and Miley Wengler finished 3-for-4 with two RBI. Reagan added two hits with three RBI, Jonsyn Rehkop tripled and singled with two runs scoreed, and Calie Allgier chipped in a single and sacrifice fly for the Lady Cats.

Mackenzie Quick was 3-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI for St. PIus. Leadoff batter Rylee Bohnert reached base three straight times.

Tournament action resumed on Saturday morning as Fredericktown held off Valley Park 11-7 after building a 9-2 lead through five innings.

Wengler finished 3-for-4 with three runs scored, and King delivered a triple, single and two walks in four plate appearances.

Reagan allowed seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits while striking out one in the complete game for her second win of the event.

Allgier bolstered the Fredericktown offense at 2-for-4 while Braelynn Sarakas, Reagan and Bloom each added a two-run double.

Adison Durbin, Elsie McCabe and Sydney Boulding collected two hits apiece for Valley Park, which teased a comeback with five runs in the sixth inning.

Fredericktown scored seven runs in the third inning and nine more in the fifth to wallop Herculaneum 26-6 in the tournament finale on Saturday.

Rehkop was 4-for-4 with a triple, three runs scored and four RBI. Gibson reached base on six straight occasions to finish 4-for-4 with two walks and four runs scored.

Wengler notched four RBI and four runs scored while going 3-for-3 with two doubles. Allgier crossed the plate five times, and picked up three RBI on a triple and single for Fredericktown (10-1).

GIbson pitched four innings in relief of Allgier, and yielded three runs on four hits and seven walks while fanning two. She was helped by three RBI from Bloom.

Grace Lennington singled twice with an RBI, and Lane Hamtil doubled for Herculaneum.

Lady Jays Classic

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Farmington finished 2-2 over the weekend, and claimed 11th place in the Lady Jays Classic softball tournament.

Fatima topped the Knights 6-4 in the opening round on Friday after Kinzey Woody hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Jayce Jarvis squared the contest moments earlier with a solo blast, and equaled Elly Robbins ad Olivia Hartupee at 2-for-3 overall for Farmington.

Robbins capped a three-run third inning with a two-out, two-run homer after Hartupee doubled and Jarvis extended the rally with an RBI single.

Fatima regained the lead at 4-3 on a two-run single by Lilly Cunningham against Robbins, who yielded six runs, five earned, on five hits while striking out three in the loss.

Farmington rebounded in the consolation bracket Friday with a 6-4 triumph over Parkway West after Shelby Bowling belted a go-ahead, two-run home run in the top of the sixth.

Bowling finished 3-for-3 plus a walk, and Jayden Tucker doubled ahead of the decisive long ball while going 3-for-4 overall.

The Knights jumped ahead 3-0 when Robbins and Tucker drilled back-to-back home runs in the first inning. Hartupee went 2-for-4 while Emilee Gillam, Avery Graham and Audrie Morgan each singled.

Graham scattered nine hits and went the distance in the circle with one strikeout. She eventually claimed the win after Parkway West rallied to draw even.

Riley Keegan crushed a two-run homer in the second inning, and Elena Potsou notched a tying two-run single at 4-4 in the third. Noor Hacking added two hits for the Longhorns.

Farmington stranded the bases loaded in the fifth before breaking through in the next inning.

Saturday action for the Knights began with a disappointing 7-6 loss to Macon in walk-off fashion, as the international tiebreaker decided the seventh inning due to a time limit.

Farmington built a 5-0 lead in the third, but could not hold on. The Tigers rallied for a 6-5 edge when Reece Bennett followed a bases-loaded walk with a three-run double in the fifth.

Robbins answered with a clutch RBI double with two outs in the sixth, but the Knights left the bases loaded with a chance for further damage.

Gillam lined an RBI triple in the first inning, and Morgan had an RBI double in the third. Jarvis also doubled, and Tucker singled in a run for Farmington.

Robbins surrendered just five hits and struck out seven in the loss. An error with two outs preceded two unearned runs in the third after Robbins quickly retired her first six batters faced.

Farmington wrapped up the tournament with a 14-7 victory over Lee’s Summit North that was halted after four innings.

Gilliam went 2-for-2 with three runs scored, and belted a three-run homer for an 11-0 lead during the second frame after the Knights pushed across seven runs in the first.

Tucker finished 3-for-3 with a double, and Robbins provided two hits. Jarvis moved into the leadoff spot, and connected for a two-run single in the early onslaught.

Hartupee notched an RBI double, Jocelyn Grimes and Graham drove in runs on singles, and Lilly Staat reached base three consecutive times on two walks and a single for Farmington (10-7).

Graham got her second win of the event despite yielding seven runs on six hits and four walks. Three wild pitches bolstered a five-run rally by Lee’s Summit North in the second inning.

Carlie Thompson singled and doubled with three RBI for the Broncos.

Windsor Tournament

IMPERIAL, Mo. – North County salvaged a 13-6 victory over Perryville on Friday in the first of three games played at the Windsor Tournament.

Madi Carroll was a perfect 2-for-2 with two walks at the plate, and Bailey Wimmer doubled and singled with three runs scored.

The Lady Raiders established a 10-4 lead through three innings, and Sammy Waller pitched a complete game six-hitter with four strikeouts for the win.

Addy Goggin singled with two runs scored, and Raegan Pierce matched RBI singles with Waller for North County. The teams combined to commit 11 defensive errors.

Cor Jesu dominated the Lady Raiders 18-1 in the second pool contest on Friday, capping the outcome with eight runs in the sixth inning against losing starter Emma Roper.

Amy Layton finished 2-for-3 while Goggin singled and scored in defeat. Roper had an RBI single at the plate, and yielded 16 hits while striking out three in the circle.

Windsor broke a tie with three runs in the bottom of the third inning, then pulled away from North County with six in the fourth to prevail 11-1 on Saturday.

Wimmer was 2-for-2 offensively, and Carroll singled twice for the Lady Raiders, who suffered four miscues behind the pitching of Waller.

Layton singled home Carroll in the top of the third. North County (4-9) also received a double from Roper and single from Goggin.

Waller went the distance in the loss with six strikeouts and 11 hits surrendered. She did not issue a walk for the second straight appearance, and only two of her 11 runs given were earned.


Valley 3, Zalma 0

ZALMA, Mo. – Kenley Missey sent down 16 kills, and added five service aces, 11 assists, nine digs and a solo block as Valley quickly defeated Zalma 25-14, 25-19, 25-15 on Friday.

Kamryn Dickey totaled seven kills with three aces, and Ryleigh Maxwell provided a team-high 22 digs with 11 assists and five kills for the Lady Vikings.

Carlie Loughary picked up 16 digs, and Hayden Jones made 15 more to lead the defense.

Valley (5-7) also got three aces from Alivia Boyer, and nine serve receptions from Loughary.

Bismarck 3, St. Paul 0

FARMINGTON – Bismarck wrapped a stretch of four matches in five nights by sweeping host St. Paul 25-17, 25-22, 25-10 on Friday.

Alyssa Brake produced a team-high 10 kills for Bismarck (12-4-1).

Potosi senior Tori Krebs returns a shot during singles tennis action against North County on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2023, in Potosi.

The Lady Indians were led defensively by Ashley Hawkins and Alyssa Martinez with nine digs each.


Farmington Tournament

FARMINGTON – The host school finished with three medalists as eight girls tennis teams competed in the Farmington Invitational on Friday at Engler Park.

No. 3 singles player Addison Brenneke continued her steady ascent up the team rankings, and topped her bracket as champion for the Knights.

Dagny McCarver won the No. 6 singles title, and Macie Coleman finished third at No. 2 singles.

Tori Krebs highlighted the day for Potosi by winning the No. 2 singles bracket, while Hannah Barron was the runner-up at No. 5 singles.


West County 12, Arcadia Valley 1

IRONTON – Noah Sansoucie pitched two-hitter and struck out 12 on Friday night as West County beat Acadia Valley 12-1 to win a three-team round-robin tournament.

Julian Thebeau finished 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, and Brody Simily went 2-for-3 with a team-high four RBI. Ben Faulkner chipped in a two-run single for the Bulldogs.

West County jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first inning against AV starter Alex Nash, who lasted six innings and fanned one in defeat. Four runs in the sixth increased a 5-1 advantage.

Jaxon Campbell, Carter Reed and Lance Monroe each had RBI hits for West County. Hudsen Dunlap singled with four runs scored, and Nolan Rawson added a hit and walk.

Evan Inman doubled and Evan Tripp singled for the Tigers.

West County 10, Ellington 0

IRONTON – Hudsen Dunlap dazzled on the mound for a no-hitter with six strikeouts over five innings, and West County routed Ellington 10-0 earlier Friday.

Brody Simily provided three RBI, and equaled Julian Thebeau at 2-for-3 with a double. The Bulldogs scored three times in each of the first two frames.

Dunlap reached base three times offensively on a double and two walks, and faced just two batters above the minimum while allowing only a walk and defensive error.

Jaxon Campbell and Carter Reed each tallied two RBI while Nolan Rawson and Bradey Buhrmester also singled in the victory.

Arcadia Valley 10, Ellington 7

IRONTON – Nolan Inman reached base four straight times with two singles and two RBI, and Arcadia Valley beat Ellington after the teams combined for nine errors on Friday.

Evan Tripp finished 2-for-3 with a double, and Knox Beard doubled to cap a four-run second inning as the Tigers established a 6-2 lead as the official visiting team on their home field.

Evan Inman pitched five innings with six strikeouts and five hits allowed for the win. Only two of the five runs scored against him were earned.

Alex Nash, Paul Young and Evan Inman added singles for Arcadia Valley.

Losing pitcher Ralon Morrissey shined offensively for Ellington by going 4-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. William Rayfield provided a single and sacrifice fly.

South Iron 2, Bismarck 0

ANNAPOLIS, Mo. – Ty Harlow pitched a shutout with eight strikeouts and three hits allowed, and South Iron defeated visiting Bismarck 2-0 on Friday.

Hayden Hunter crossed the plate on a passed ball in the second inning, and Harlow was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth for the only two runs of the game.

Bismarck pitcher Jesse Mack carried a no-hitter through four innings before South Iron picked up two infield singles. Hunter doubled in the sixth, but was erased on a double play.

Bismarck wasted a leadoff double by Eon Bone in the third inning. Brayden Edwards was stranded after starting the fourth with a single.

Garrett Mork finished 1-for-2 plus a walk for the Indians, who lost two runners advancing to third base. Mack collected five strikeouts and walked three in defeat.

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