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Hornets Wrestlers Will Send 4 to Medal Stand 2/18

     Four members of the Chillicothe Wrestling Team will be guaranteed a medal at the State Wrestling championships and one is hoping that medal will be gold.
      After two days of wrestling. Chillicothe's 132 pound wrestler Chase Minnick qualified for the finals with a  2-0 quarterfinal win over a Fulton wrestler, then beat a St James wrestler with a 41-4 record by a Major Decision of 12-2. Minnick will take on a Monet wrestler with a 42-12 record for the championship.
     160 pound Dean Adkins lost his quarterfinal match to an Eldon wrestler with a 52-1 record by a 3-1 sudden victory overtime loss. He then beat an Owensville wrestler by pin in 1:44 and beat a St Charles wrestler 10-3 to advance to the medal semi finals against Brent Price of Savannah. A Win puts him in the 3rd place match, a loss in toe 5th place match.
     106 Colton Sewell beat a St Genevieve wrestler 13-0 then beat a Dexter Wrestler 3-2 to qualify for the medal semifinals against a St Charles wrestler.
     182 lbs Kayde Burton beat a Boonville wrestler by pin in the quarterfinals but lost to an undefeated Potosi wrestler in the semi-finals 6-4. Burton will wrestle in the medal round semifinals against an Oak Grove wrestler. Joey Thompson at 152 lost in the wrestlebacks 4-3 and Erek Brose lost in the wrestlebacks by pin.
      The Chillicothe team is in 8th place with 54 points, one of four MEC teams in the top 8 places. Wrestling continues on Saturday.

Several Area Wrestlers Going For Medals
Four KCHI area wrestlers will be going for championships Saturday at state wrestling. 160lb Andrew Edgar of Marceline, 195lb  Richard Menconi of Brookfield, 220lbs Gunner Martin of Polo and 285lbs Brooks Baker of Brookfield are all in the finals of Class 1.
     Still competing in the wrestlebacks and going for medals are James Jury of Brookfield and Ross Critten of Gallatin at 106, Dylan Wheeler of Marceline at 120, Drayton Harris of Gallatin at 132, Clayton Stallo of Marceline and Cameron Wheeler of Carrollton at 138, Wyatt Bird of Gallatin at 145, Alex Cupp of Marceline at 152, Graydee Rains of Gallatin at 192, DJ Gerhart of Marceline and Mason Owen of Trenton at 220



Chillicothe Lady Hornets Cruise To 22nd Victory 2/18
The Chillicothe Lady Hornets scored early and often in a 65-30 senior night win over Marshall in Girls Basketball. Chillicothe scored the first 16 points in the opening 4:53 and led by double figures the rest of the game.
     Coach Darren Smith was proud of his team's fast start to the game against a very good Marshall team
          <Audio: Darren Smith>
     Whitney Clampitt had the hot hand early with 10 points in the first quarter in route to 23 points in a perfect night of shooting. Karson Keithley with 10, Hannah Jones and Kennedie Kieffer both with 8, Emma Leamer with 6, Katelyn Parkey with 4, Jalynn Reeter with 3, Maggie Leatherman with 2, Mikah Clark with 1 and playing time for Carly Gardner, Hunter Keithley, Sheridan Guilford, Maddi Graham, Liberty Cox and Catey Trout.
     With the win, Chillicothe is now 22-2 and Marshall falls to 18-5



Hornet Boys Also Beat Marshall With Ease 2/18
       The Chillicothe Hornets Boys Basketball team returned to the winning side of the game with a 55-34 win over Marshall on Senior Night. After a back and forth first couple of minutes, Chillicothe build a lead off a 5-0 run and went on to lead the rest of the game and by double figures for the entire second half.
     Coach Tim Cool said he is pleased with his team's defensive improvement
           <Audio: Coach Tim Cool>
     Ben Jones led Chillicothe with 12 points, Jack Willard and Westley Brandsgaard with 10 each, Zach Trout with 9, Adler Marshall with 5, Jon Burk with 4, Kyle Hansen and Walker Graves with 2 each, Konner Sewell with 1 and playing time for Kade Plattner, Hayden Montgomery, CJ Pfaff and Cade Snyder, who is out with an injury, officially made an appearance on the floor late in the game, standing just in bounds with out crutches while the other four players ran a play. Chillicothe is now 13-11.



State Wrestling Day One Results 2/16
     It was a mixed bag of good and bad for Chillicothe Hornet wrestlers in the first day of State Wrestling competition with 6 wrestlers continuing and 5 wrestlers seasons coming to an end.
     Winning their first round matches were Chase Minnick winning by pin in 2:28, Dean Adkins winning 7-2 and Kayde Burton winning  by pin in 4:36. Still competing in wrestlebacks are Colton Sewell who lost 6-4 then won by pin in 2:24, Joey Thompson who lost 11-4 then won 7-2 and Erek Brose who lost by pin in 2:34 then won by medical forfeit.
     Wrestlers losing two matches and ending their season were Bryce Larson who lost 14-2 and 3-1, Zach Blixt who lost by technical fall and by pin, Isaac Washburn who lost by pin twice, Max Anderson who lost by pin twice and Keegan Valdez who lost by pin and lost by forfeit.

     In team standings Chillicothe is in 11th place with 17 points


Lady Hornets Fall in Double Overtime 2/17
     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets lost their second game of the basketball season in a 55-50 double overtime loss at home to Boonville. Chillicothe trailed much of the regulation game but had two free throws late in the 4th quarter to tie the game.
     In the second overtime, after missing six straight free throws between 1:50 and 0:23 left, Boonville finished with a 5-0 run to win the game.
     Coach Darren Smith said his team had problems at times against the Boonville 1-2-2 zone defense.     
          <Audio: Coach Darren Smith>
      Boonville went 17 of 28 at the free throw line while Chillicothe was 9 of 10. Both teams are now 21-2. Whitney Clampitt led Chillicothe with 27 points, Hannah Jones with 8, Katelyn Parkey with 7, Karson Keithley and Maggie Leatherman with 4 each, playing time for Emma Leamer and Mikah Clark and briefly for Harlie Jones and Jalynn Reeter.

JV Basketball Girls Win
The Chillicothe JV Girls Basketball team hit the first 11 points of the game and went on to a 42-28 win over Boonville. The game closed to 3 points in the 4th quarter but Boonville never got any closer. Liberty Cox and Hunter Keithley had 9 points each, Kennedie Kieffer with 7, Kiley Kirkpatrick and Catey Trout with 6 each, Jordan Hibner with 3 and Harlie Jones with 2.

State Results for Area Wrestlers
     Results for KCHI area wrestlers, by weight classes
     106 Radley Reed of Hamilton, James Jury of Brookfield and Ross Critten of Gallatin all won
     113 Keegan Allen of Gallatin lost and then won in wrestlebacks, Colton Fisher of Marceline won

     120 Joe Johnson of Tina Avalon lost twice and is done, Dylan Wheeler of Marceline and Chase Wheeler of Carrollton both won

     126 Wyatt Segar of Polo lost twice and is done

     132 Drayton Harris of Gallatin lost and then won in wrestlebacks
     138 Clayton Stallo of Marceline and Cameron Wheeler of Carrollton both won
     145 Wyatt Bird of Gallatin lost and then won in wrestlebacks
     152 Khalil Walker of Brookfield lost twice and is done, Declan Schweizer of Gallatin won
     160 Drew Rorebeck of Trenton won, Andrew Edgar of Marceline won
     170 Luke Staton of Carrollton lost twice by medical forfeit
     182 Gabe Frank of Carrollton won
     195 Graydee Rains of Gallatin, Jadan Whitney of Trenton and Richard Menconi of Brookfield all won
     220 DJ Gerhart of Marceline lost and then won in wrestlebacks, Gunner Martin of Polo and Mason Owen of Trenton both won
     285 Brooks Baker of Brookfield won.

Lady Hornets Close In On MEC Title 2/15
     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets took another big step towards a conference basketball title with a 57-49 overtime win at Lafayette. With the win Chillicothe is now 6-0 in MEC play with only Cameron remaining. The win over Lafayette assures Chillicothe of no worse than a share of the title.
      Chillicothe trailed much of the game including down by 11 early in the 4th quarter. After that, Chillicothe held Lafayette scoreless during an 11-0 run to tie the game in regulation. In overtime leading by two, Lafayette was called for an intentional foul. Karson Keithley hit both free throws and Chillicothe went on to win the contest.
      Lafayette was led by 6'2" Ashlyn Dotson with 22 points. Chillicothe coach Darren Smith talks about trying to slow her down during the game.
          <Audio: Darren Smith>
     Chillicothe was led by Whitney Clampitt with 21 points, Hannah Jones with 16, Katelyn Parkey with 10, Karson Keithley with 7, Emma Leamer with 2, Maggie Leatherman with 1 and playing time for Mikah Clark.

Chillicothe JV and 9th Grade Girls Win
Chillicothe had a clean sweep over Lafayette. The JV Lady Hornets held Lafayette to just 4 points in the second half and won 34-22. Hunter Keithley had 18 points, Kennedie Kieffer with 8, Harlie Jones with 4, Catey Trout and Maddi Graham with 2 each

     The Chillicothe 9th Grade team beat Lafayette 27-7. Kiley Kirkpatrick had 8 points, Magy Thomas with 7, Montana Hall with 5, Jordan Hibner with 3, Madelyn Wilford and Josie Reeter with 2 each.

Lafayette Boys Hold Off Pesky Chillicothe Team
The Chillicothe Hornets Boys Basketball team battled hard but came up short, losing at home to Lafayette boys 74-59. Chillicothe down by just 9 points after three quarters but Lafayette was solid at the free throw line to expand the lead.  Chillicothe was led by Walker Graves with 15, Jack Willard with 14, Westley Brandsgaard with 13, Ben Jones with 11 and Zach Trout with 6. Also getting playing time were Adler Marshall, Jon Burk, Isaiah Boon, Konner Sewell, Hayden Montgomery and CJ Pfaff.

Lafayette Boys Sweep Undercard Games
The Lafayette Junior Varsity beat Chillicothe 68-44. Isaiah Boon and Jacob Anderson each had 9 points, Hayden Montgomery with 8, Jon Burk and Konner Sewell with 7 each and Peyton Forck with 4 points.
     Lafayette also won the 9th grade game 54-42. Jaden Winder had 11, Luke Hopper with 9, Isaak Rasche with 8, Bradley Riley with 5, Brad Hayen and Gareth Greer with 4 each and Hunter Rader with 1 for the freshmen Hornets.



Sewell Signs Baseball Letter with NCMC 2/15
       Chillicothe senior baseball player Tristen Sewell will be headed to Trenton next season to play baseball for North Central Missouri College. Sewell officially signed the letter of intent in a ceremony at Chillicothe High School on Tuesday. He said familiarity with the school and being close to home were factors in his decision.
          <Audio: Tristen Sewell>
     NCMC Baseball coach Donnie Hillerman says Sewell shows promise as a pitcher.
          <Audio: Donnie Hillerman>
     During his Junior Year, Sewell pitched in 7 games for the Hornets, going 1-2 on the season with a 4.6 ERA. He also batted .347 for the season. NCMC opens this year's season on February 18th.

Hornet Wrestlers Set Records at District
     The Chillicothe wrestling team will send a school record 11 wrestlers to the Class 2 State meet after a 2nd place team finish at the District tournament. Chillicothe had one champion and 11 of their 12 wrestlers finished in the top 4 of their weight classes, which qualified them for this week's State tournament.
     Chase Minnick improved to 46-3 on the season and won the 132 pound title, winning all four matches by falls.
     Finishing second were Colton Sewell at 106 pounds, Dean Adkins at 160 pounds and Kayde Burton at 182 pounds.
     Placing third were Bryce Larson at 138, Zach Blixt at 145, Joey Thompson at 152, Max Anderson at 220 and Keegan Valdez at 285. Finishing 4th were Isaac Washburn at 170 and Erek Brose at 195.
      Zack Boyles was one win away from qualifying at 120, losing to a Cameron wrestler 5-4. State wrestling begins on Thursday at Columbia.

Stover Takes Softball Skills to College
     Chillicothe High School Senior Lillian Stover has signed a letter of intent to play Softball next year at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri.
     Stover stated she chose Culver Stockton for a variety of reasons, including a family connection.
          <Audio: Lillian Stover>
     Culver Stockton Wildcat coach Jordan Bastian, in her third season as Head Coach, stated Stover was recruited for a number of reasons, not just for her athletic skills.
          <Audio: Jordan Bastian>
     Culver Stockton went 32-17 last season. This year's season begins February 27th. They are an NAIA School in the Heart of American Conference.
     In her senior season, Stover helped lead the team to a district championship. She hit 260 with 12 hits including 2 doubles and 10 runs scored. As 1st Baseman, she had 33 put outs in 21 games with just 3 errors and a fielding % of .917.

Willard Hits 20, leads Hornets past Savannah
     Chillicothe put together a great second quarter and went on to beat Savannah 52-31 in a boys MEC game in Chillicothe.
      The Hornets outscored Savannah 13-1 in the second quarter to lead 25-13 at halftime and never looked back. Coach Tim Cool said the second quarter was key to the win.
          <Audio: Coach Tim Cool>
     Junior point guard Jack Willard took control in the third quarter, scoring 15 of his team high 20 points in the quarter. Zach Trout had 12 points, Westley Brandsgaard and Adler Marshall had 8 points each, Jon Burk and Hayden Montgomery had two points each and playing time for Ben Jones, CJ Pfaff, Konner Sewell, Isaiah Boon, Kyle Hanson and Kade Plattner. The Hornets were with out starter Walker Graves, who is recovering from the flu.
The Hornets are now 12-10 over all and 3-2 in MEC play while Savannah falls to 12-8 and 4-1 in MEC play.

JV Hornets Win, 9th Grade Falls

     Jon Burk had 16 points to lead the Junior Varsity Boys Basketball team past Savannah 46-34. Jacob Anderson had 10, Peyton Forck and Hayden Montgomery had 5 each, Konner Sewell with 4, William Perry and CJ Pfaff with 2 each and Jaden Winder and Isaiah Boon with 1 each.
     The Savannah 9th grade team edged Chillicothe 41-35. The freshmen Hornets were led by Bradley Hayen with 10, Jaden Winder with 8, Isaak Rasche with 7, Hunter Rader and Bradley Riley with 3 each.

Lady Hornets Express Keeps Rolling 2/10
     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets scored the first seven points of the game and went on to beat Savannah 54-24 in a home conference basketball game. Chillicothe used great defense and expert ball movement to get easy baskets on offense and keep Savannah off balance. Chillicothe led by 20 in the second quarter and by as many as 34 in the 4th quarter.
Girls Coach Darren Smith said the lead gave his team a chance to work on some new things.
          <Audio: Coach Darren Smith>
      Chillicothe was led by Whitney Clampitt with 22 points, Hannah Jones with 10, Katelyn Parkey with 8, Maggie Leatherman with 6, Emma Leamer with 4, Karson Keithley and Mikah Clark with 2 each and playing time for Jalynn Reeter, Carly Gardner, Sheridan Guilford, Harlie Jones, Kennedie Kieffer and Hunter Keithley.
Chillicothe Girls are now 20-1 overall and 5-0 in Conference play. They play at Lafayette on Tuesday with the winner guaranteed at least a share of the MEC Girls Crown.

Chillicothe Sweeps Basketball Under Card
     The Chillicothe JV and 9th Grade girls basketball teams made it a clean sweep over Savannah. The JV picked up a 54-31 win behind 20 points from Kennedie Kieffer, 10 points for Hunter Keithley, 8 for Harlie Jones, 5 for Jordan Hibner and Catey Trout, 4 for Maddi Graham and 2 for Liberty Cox.
     The Chillicothe 9th grade team won 39-37. A basket at the buzzer by Savannah closed the final score to just two points. Kiley Kirkpatrick had 12 points, Jordan Hibner with 8, Magy Thomas with 6, Kennedy Corzette with 5, Montana Hall with 4, Josie Reeter and Madelyn Wilford with 2 each. The 9th Grade girls are now 8-2 on the season.