Brooks Memphis Invitational
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Ryan Parson further established his inclusion among the elite high school cross country runners in Missouri with a stellar senior debut under the lights.
The Farmington senior was among five athletes to break 16 minutes on Saturday at the prestigious Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic.
Parson finished fourth among 345 varsity boys at the meet with a time of 15:55. Knights teammate Jacob Oyler also raced inside the top 50 with a mark of 16:57.
Kim Ramos paced Farmington in the girls’ varsity event after running a 20:52.
FARMINGTON – Six corner kicks in the first 21 minutes of action resulted from persistent pressure by the Farmington boys soccer team on Sept. 3.
Gatlin Roberts finished a pair of runs toward the back post for insurance goals in the second half, and Farmington prevailed 4-0 despite an injury to sophomore standout Tristan Stotler.
Bryce Sancegraw and Cameron Friend also scored for the Knights (3-3), who attempted eight corners overall and ended with a 15-3 advantage in shots.
Sophomore keeper Chad Silvey made three saves in the shutout – all on bouncing shots from at least 25 yards away – as the Lancers rarely threatened with connecting touches.
Roberts capped the scoring in the 59th minute on a long pass by senior midfielder Alex England. He was ruled onside and received the ball several strides behind the defense.
Sancegraw assisted Roberts less than four minutes earlier. The all-state sophomore tracked down the ball and shrugged off an opponent before drawing out St. Pius goalie Chase Politte.
The Lancers headed a corner kick twice in the closing moments, but the opportunity was dashed when Silvey leaped high to control the ball.
Politte ended with five saves, and denied early scoring chances from Sancegraw and Stotler. England narrowly missed a redirected header off a subsequent free kick.
Stotler exited the action in the 30th minute and did not return after racing down the right sideline and colliding on a sliding tackle.
Farmington snapped the scoreless tie just before halftime after Derek Wisdom injected a burst of energy off the bench with an aggressive run.
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Wisdom directed a rolling cross toward Sancegraw, who was fouled inside the box. Sancegraw buried the ensuing penalty kick with 39 seconds on the clock.
Friend made it 2-0 on a second ball five minutes into the second half. Jack Schrum recovered a blocked carom after settling deep, and spotted Friend darting toward the goal.
BONNE TERRE – On the heels of consecutive shutout losses, the Farmington softball team maintained its composure after squandering a two-run cushion in the seventh inning on Sept. 1.
The Knights scored three times in the top of the ninth, and upended rival North County 8-5.
Senior first baseman Allison Pingel revived a slumbering offense with two solo home runs, and finished 4-for-5 overall with three RBI to pace Farmington (3-2, 3-1).
The decisive rally began when Emily Briese coaxed a leadoff walk from right-hander Michaela Mason, and Pingel followed with a single to right field.
Joy Sparks notched the eventual game-winning RBI on single that included an overthrow back to the infield, and Farmington picked up some insurance later in the frame.
Farmington 9, Arcadia Valley 0
IRONTON – Martha Schwalenberg edged Lily Tripp during a hard-fought No. 1 singles match decided by a tie-break, and Farmington completed a 9-0 tennis shutout of Arcadia Valley.
Erin Coleman, Faith Nelson and Virginia Lugo posted singles victories without dropping a game for the Knights (4-1, 2-0).
Farmington surrendered only five combined games in a doubles sweep.
FARMINGTON – Emily Greif unleashed a shorter serve after the Farmington volleyball team missed long with a chance to convert match point during its previous rotation on Aug. 31.
Perryville was unable to react as the ball clipped the net and bounded over for a clinching ace, and the Knights earned a thrilling 19-25, 25-15, 27-25 victory amid a challenging week.
Farmington (3-2) played for the third consecutive night, and beat the Lady Pirates for the first time in seven tries after being swept last year in a best-of-five contest.