Hornets Tennis Hopes to Re-Load
Last season the Chillicothe boys tennis team
used a Senior laden squad to finish 3rd in conference and reach the
district semi-finals. This year, those seniors are gone and Coach
Bob Long says the squad is young and short on Varsity experience.
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Long says there are 17 players
out for tennis with just two Seniors, and they are both out for
Tennis for the first time.
Youth Movement On Hornets Golf Squad
The Chillicothe Hornets boys golf team has
good numbers out for the sport this year, and Coach Jim Wheeler says
most of them are young.
This year's squad is
expected to once again be led by Hayden Montgomery who is back for
his Senior season. Montgomery is a two-time state golf qualifier for
Final Weekend of High School
Basketball Season 3/15
The final week of High School basketball begins
today with Class 5 Semi-Final games in Springfield. On the girls
side, St Joseph's Academy takes on Kickapoo and Kirkwood takes on
Liberty this afternoon. On the boys side tonight is Chaminade
against Columbia Rock Bridge and Webster Groves against Liberty.
Class 4 semi-finals are Friday with Championship
games on Saturday.
Hornets Baseball Ready for New Season
Last spring the Chillicothe Hornets Baseball team
was crowned Conference Champions. While they graduated a strong
Senior class, Head Coach Canaan Fairley says a good group of
returning players are ready to step up this season.
Fairley expects his pitching rotation to be a
strength this season
He doesn't know yet what the team will do
offensively, but the first answer to that question may come Friday
when they open the season at home against the Savannah Savages.
Lady Hornets Soccer Returns
Chillicothe Girls Soccer team has a new Head Coach when last
season's coach accepted a new job out of town. However almost
everyone else returns this season. Shannon Grable takes over as Head
Coach after serving as an assistant last year, and spent one year as
Head Boys Soccer Coach in Chillicothe in 2010.
Grable says just one Senior graduated from
Coach Grable says the team still works on
fundamentals every practice, and says the players confidence level
is great. The season opens Monday at home against Kirksville.
Benton Looks For new Girls Coach
A highly successful Midland
Empire Conference Girls Basketball coach will move to a different
position with in his school system next year.
St Joseph Benton Girls Basketball Coach Brett
Goodwin has been named the new Benton School Athletic Director,
following the retirement of Mike Ziesel.
Twitter reports state Goodwin will no longer
coach the Benton Lady Cardinals Basketball team which won 22 games
along with District and Conference championships this past season.
Goodwin coached the Benton Girls to State
Championships in 2007 and 2016.
Six CHS Athletes named All MEC in Basketball
Lady Hornets and three Hornets basketball players were named to the
All Midland Empire Conference teams.
For the Lady Hornets: Sophomore Hunter Keithley
was named first team, Junior Kennedie Keiffer and Sophomore Jordan
Hibner were named Honorable Mention
For the Hornets: Sophomore Westley Brandsgaard
and Senior Walker Graves were named First team and Senior Adler
Marshall was named Honorable Mention.
The Chillicothe Lady Hornets finished 17-9 overall and
tied for Third Place in Conference with a 5-2 record.
The Chillicothe Hornets finished 22-5 overall and Third
Place in Conference with a 5-2 record.
Rulo Hired As New Hornets Football
For just the third time since 1963, Chillicothe has hired a new Head
Football Coach to replace Phil Willard, who retired at the end of
Leading Chillicothe next year will be Coach Tim Rulo, who
comes most recently from Jefferson City Helias High School, where
his team went 6-6 this past season, and prior to that as Head Coach
of South Calloway, where his team finished 2nd in state in Class 2
Rulo says the
recent Helias job filled him with important experience, where this
past season had the best record in his short tenure at the school
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When it comes to an offensive scheme, he has some
things he likes to do but he says the exact playbook is still up in
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Rulo, who is also the track coach at Helias, says
several things attracted him to the Chillicothe opening
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Rulo stated the Chillicothe job is not a jumping off
point and he hopes to stay here for many years. As far as finding
assistant coaches, with the retirement of several of last year's
assistants, he is not concerned, stating he had to find eight new
assistants when he took over the Helias job.
The 37 year old Rulo and his wife Anne have two young
Jesse Miller Earns All American Honors 3/12
Former Chillicothe High School Track and Field State
Champion Jesse Miller has earned All-American Honors in his
College career. Miller high jumped 6'11" to finish in 4th
place in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field
Championships, earning him All American Honors. The mark ties
his personal-best set earlier this season.
Miller finished in 13th place in the Triple Jump with a
mark of 48' 5.5" Miller is a red-shirt freshman in track.
courtesy of University of Central Missouri)