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Hornets Smother KC Lincoln Prep 10/22
The Chillicothe Hornets benefited from great field position and a powerful running game to beat KC Lincoln Prep 63-7. Six different Hornet running backs found the end zone plus a field goal and one touchdown pass.
     Josh Kille had 138 yards and the first 2 touchdowns. Dean Adkins had the next two scores and 57 yards. Jack Willard had a 27 yard field goal and Cade Snyder found Tristen Sewell for a 19 yard touchdown pass to end the first half  up 38-7.
     In the second half, Brett Shafer had a 35 yard run, Tanner Lent with a score, Adler Marshall and Kade Koehly all scored in the second half for the final 63-7 score
     Chillicothe had 380 yards rushing and 64 yards passing plus fumble recoveries from Kayde Burton and Brett Shaffer. The Hornets defense held Lincoln to 129 yards rushing and 15 passing with most of the yards coming on their 80 yard touchdown drive in the 2nd quarter

Worman 4th at MEC Cross Country
      The Chillicothe Boys Cross Country team finished 4th and the Girls finished 5th in the Midland Empire Conference meet in St Joseph. LeBlond's Jack Houseman won the boys title and Lydia Mitchell of Maryville won the girls title. The Maryville Boys and Smithville Girls were the team conference champions.
     Worman toured the asphalt and grass course in 17:07 to finish 4th and earn all-conference honors, just 31 seconds behind the champion. Coach Tim Riekena said he had many on his team ran good races and a few set personal records. Other Hornet Varsity runners were Ben Hayen 16th, Tanner Hobbs 17th, Gunnar Young 26th, Jacob Parkes 27th,, William Perry 34th and Aidriaan Carden 43rd.
     For the Lady Hornets Varsity: Lexie Dickerson was 17th Callaway Chapman 20th, Elena Boon 24th, Monica Holland 27th Skylar Mullikan 30th and Belle Showalter 31st.
     For the Hornets Junior Varsity team: Matt Mumper was 9th, Peyton Forck 18th, Dakota Brady 19th,, Logan Asher 26th and Eric Kleinschmidt 28th .

Boys Soccer Loses to Kirksville
 The Chillicothe Boys Soccer team got behind early and lost to Kirksville at home in the District Championship game. It marked the third meeting of the year between the two schools, with Kirksville winning all three on the season
     In the 4th minute of the game, a Kirksville player kicked a shot towards the goal. The ball bounced off a Hornet defender's leg and into the net for a Kirksville score.
      Chillicothe Coach Tim Cunningham said his all underclassman team did a great job of fighting back from the early setback.
           <Audio: Coach Tim Cunningham>
     Kirksville scored again later in the first half on a goal but Chillicothe answered less than two minutes later when Jacob Anderson found the net set up by a corner kick. The 2-1 Kirksville lead stood up until midway through the 2nd half when Kirksville's Seger Nelson found the net for the final 3-1 win.

Volleyball Falls Short of Title

      The Chillicothe Volleyball team came up just a couple points short of a district championship, losing to St Joseph Lafayette in three sets. Chillicothe won the first one 25-15, lost the second one 17-25 and lost the final set 22-25. Coach Karen Jackson talks about the game
          <Audio: Karen Jackson>
      Chillicothe was led by Whitney Clampitt with 10 points including 1 ace, 13 kills 10 blocks and 7 digs; Katelyn Parkey had 8 points, 15 kills, 8 blocks and 7 digs, Maggie Leatherman had 10 points, 1 kill and 5 digs; Carly Gardner had a point, 13 assists and 5 digs; Elli Ross had 4 points, 11 assists and 4 digs; Hannah Jones had 4 points with 2 aces, 3 blocks 2 assists and 4 digs;

Emma Leamer had 1 kill, 1 block and 5 digs; Ruthie Vinson had a block and a dig and Mary Grace Rice had a block and 2 digs.



Volleyball Advances to District Final 10/19

     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets Volleyball team beat St Joseph Benton 25-19, 20-25 and 25-23 to advance to the championship game for just the second time in program history. Individually for Chillicothe: Katelyn Parkey had 13 points, 16 kills, 8 blocks and 11 digs; Whitney Clampitt had 1 point, 23 kills, 10 blocks and 9 digs; Maggie Leatherman had 10 points with 2 aces and 5 digs; Carly Gardner had 2 points, 14 assists and 4 digs; Elli Ross had 4 points and 21 assists with 6 digs; Emma Leamer had 1 kill and 4 digs; Hannah Jones had 3 points, 1 assist and 6 digs; Ruthie Vinson had 1 kill and 4 digs; Mary Grace Rice had 2 digs and Charlie Plummer also had playing time.
     Chillicothe will face Lafayette for the third time this season, this time for a District championship. Each team has a win against the other this year. Lafayette beat Savannah in 3 close sets in the semi-final. The championship game is tonight at 6:00pm at Cameron high school

(Picture Courtesy of Patti Leatherman)


Soccer Team Advances to District Final 10/19
     The Chillicothe Boys Soccer team turned in their first win in just over a month, and did it at the right time. The Hornets soccer team beat Moberly 1-0 at home in the district semi-final contest. Ridge Howe had the only goal of the tame with the assist from Gavin Seeley.
     The Hornets will host Kirksville in the district championship on Thursday at 6:00pm at Chillicothe. Kirksville edged Chillicothe in the second game of the season 1-0 in overtime at Kirksville. This marks the 6th consecutive season that the Hornets soccer team will play for a district championship.

Cross Country Runs at Salisbury
     It was another strong outing for Chillicothe Cross Country Senior Runner Layne Worman who finished 2nd at the Salisbury Invitational. Worman lost only to the defending Class 1 Champion by 20 seconds. The Salisbury Invitational was a late addition to the schedule, since it will host the district race that will include Chillicothe.
     The Hornet Boys finished 2nd out of 8 full teams with 72 points. All runners completed but coaches had to declare which 7 would be counted as varsity runners, The Lady Hornets finished in 6th place.
     For the boys, Layne Worman was 2nd, Tanner Hobbs was 18th and both received medals. Gunnar Young was 21st, Ben Hayen 24th, Jacob Parkes 35th, matt Mumper 49th and Peyton Forck 61st that made up the varsity team. other runners were William Perry 42nd, Aidriaan Carden 54th, Logan Asher 66th and Eric Kleinschmidt 75th
For the girls, Callaway Chapman was 27th, Monica Holland 30th, Elena Boon 35th, Belle Showalter 38th, Skylar Mullikin 48th, Emma Bernskoetter 52nd and Kiera Bosley 56th.
      Coach Tim Riekena  stated Lexie Dickerson became ill at the one mile mark and did not finish the race. She was in the top ten at the time.



JV/9th Grade Football Results 10/18
The Chillicothe Junior Varsity football team ended their season with a 22-14 win over Benton to end at 4-3. Konner Sewell scored on a 3 yard run in the 2nd with Cade Koehly scoring the 2 point conversion run. Koehly then scored later in the 2nd on an 18 yard run with Lavery Jones connecting with John Burk for the conversion. A 53 yard pass from Jones to Sewell finished the scoring for Chillicothe.
     Jones had an interception at the CHS 20 yard line in the 4th, and Isaiah Boon had a fumble recovery at the Benton 14 yard line late in the game.
     Due to low numbers by Benton, only 2 quarters of a freshman game were played. Dawson Wheeler scored for Chillicothe on a 5 yard run but the PAT was no good. Benton then put up 12 unanswered points to win 12-6. CHS drove 50 yards to the 15 yard line with less than a minute to play but an interception stopped the drive.

Adkins Runs Wild In Hornets Win
    Chillicothe Senior Fullback Dean Akins rushed 34 times for 219 yards and three touchdowns to help the Hornets beat Benton in St Joseph 36-6. The Hornets scored first at the end of the 1st quarter on a 70 yard drive capped by an Adkins 3 yard run,
     After a strong defensive state, Chillicothe forced Benton to punt from their own end zone. A strong rush forced the punter to run for it and the Hornets stopped him at the 3 yard line. 2 plays later it was 14-0.
     The Hornets scored again on a 22 yard pass play to Kade Plattner in the 3rd quarter. The Hornets then scored a couple minutes later on Adkins second touchdown. Benton's starting QB Cooper Burton was injured on the kick off return, but the Cardinals bounced back when Malakhi Vick passed to the end zone for a 24 yard touchdown.
     The Hornets final score came a few minutes later on Adkins final touchdown.
     Chillicothe will open district play next Friday at home at 7:00pm against KC Lincoln College Prep

Area Football Scores 10/15

Chillicothe 36, at Benton 6
Maryville 52, at Lafayette 20
at Smithville 42, Cameron 0
LeBlond 20, at Savannah 6
Area Games
Southwest Ludlow 26, Norborne/Hardin 22 (Thursday game)
at North Andrew 56, Braymer 6
Higginsville 27, at Carrollton 7
Brookfield 28, at Clark County 0
at Gallatin 35, Trenton 21
Hamilton 56, at East Buchanan 12
at Polo 80, Princeton 73
at Maysville 42, Milan 21
at Marceline 68, Harrisburg 0

Softball Season Ends at Oak Grove
     The Oak Grove Lady Panthers ended the Chillicothe softball season with one big inning in a 10-0 Oak Grove state sectional win. The teams battled for three innings, but Oak Grove's bats got hot in the bottom of the 4th and by the time the inning ended they had a 9-0 lead. A run in the 5th inning gave them a 10-run mercy rule win in the state sectional game.
     Jylian  Davis started the game pitching with Molly Jones in relief in the 4th. The two combined to allow10 runs, 5 earned, off 12 hits with 1 walk and 1 strike out.
     At the plate, Harlie Jones had two hits and Maddie Graham with one as the Oak Grove pitching kept Chillicothe off balance. Lady Hornets coach Mike Jones stated every Oak Grove hit found a hole. He said this was a tough loss to end on but his team played like champions all year long. The Lady Hornets end at 14-11.

Volleyball Wins On Sr Night

(Seniors L to R: Emma Leamer, Mary Grace Rice, Katelyn Parkey, Charlie Plummer, Hannah Jones, Maggie Leatherman, Whitney Clampitt, Carly Gardner)
The Chillicothe Volleyball team picked up a straight sets win over Benton on the Lady Hornets Senior Night, 25-21 and 25-17. In individual statistics: Carly Gardner had 5 points with 1 ace, 16 assists and 4 digs; Charlie Plummer had 1 point and 1 dig; Elli Ross had 5 points with 12 assists and 1 dig; Emma Leamer had 2 kills and 1 dig; Hannah Jones had 7 points with 1 ace and 10 digs; Katelyn Parkey had 2 points with 1 ace, 18 kills, 4 blocks and 7 digs; Maggie Leatherman had 2 points and 5 digs; Ruthie Vinson had 2 digs, Whitney Clampitt had 6 points with 1 ace, 10 kills, 6 blocks and 8 digs and Mary Grace Rice also saw playing time.
      Coach Karen Jackson commented on the final home game for a large group of Senior volleyball players
          <Audio: Karen Jackson>
     The Chillicothe Junior Varsity won 25-16, 25-22 led by Kylee Larson with 6 digs, Kennedie Kieffer with 5 kills and Maggie Pfaff with 9 points. The Chillicothe 9th grade team lost in 3 sets 25-19, 20-25 and 9-15 led by Lainie Cowan with 4 kills, Alayna Mason with 5 assists and Skylar Chapman with 12 points.



Hargrave at State Golf 10/12
     Chillicothe's Lexi Hargrave finished her first State Golf meet out of contention, shooting a 121 on day one and a 132 on day two for a 253 score. Coach Robert Long said the Sophomore played sensational at sectionals but struggled both days of state competition. He said she had a great run and has two more years to improve on her state tournament results.
     Cape Girardeau Notre Dame was the big winner, taking home the team championship and had the top individual golfer with a two day total of 146. The top area golfer was Samantha Cornelius of Hamilton with a 165, tied for 10th.  Smithville from the MEC improved to 4th place and Gallatin finished 7th in the team race.

Softball Team Plays Oak Grove in Sectionals
     The Chillicothe Softball will play in their first State tournament since 2011 this afternoon when they take on Oak Grove at 4:00pm at Webb Park in Oak Grove. The Lady Panthers are 23-6 with 9 of the wins coming by 10 or more runs, while Chillicothe is 16-10.  The teams have one common opponent in Smithville. Oak Grove lost to them 0-7 in a tournament while Chillicothe lost to them 2-1 in 8 innings.
     There will be a pep assembly at the Chillicothe high school at 12:10 this afternoon to send them off to the game. The public is invited.

Hargrave Struggles In State Golf Day 1
Chillicothe's lone representative in Class 1 State Golf ,Lexi Hargrave, struggled in the first day, shooting a 121 on the par 72 course in New Bloomfield, leaving her tied for 89th place.  A Cape Girardeau Notre Dame golfer is in the lead by 4 strokes with a 1-over par 73.
Other area golfers include Samantha Cornelius of Hamilton tied for 15th place, Emily Vogel of Brookfield in 22nd,  Mallory Gonzalez and Julia Weydert both of Brookfield are tied for 52nd, Wethern Gass of Trenton is tied for 65th, and in team standings, Cape Girardeau Notre Dame is in first place, Smithville of the MEC is in 6th and Gallatin in 7th out of 8 teams. Day two of state golf is today.

Maryville Beats Hornets Soccer in Home Finale 10/11

      Maryville Boys Soccer team beat Chillicothe 3-0, scoring once in the first half and twice in the second half. Goalkeeper Drew Toedebusch was kept busy, with 11 saves in the contest. Next for the Hornets is a game at Savannah on Thursday at 4:30pm.

Worman 4th at Kearney Cross Country
Chillicothe Senior Cross Country runner Layne Worman broke the 17 minute mark to finish 4th out of 177 runners at Saturday's Kearney Cross Country Meet. Worman's time of 16:52 was behind 1 Rockhurst runner and 2 Rock Bridge runners. Coach Tim Riekena says Worman was 9th at the 2 mile mark, moved to 6th with the final 1/4 mile to go and finished strong up the final hill.
     The Hornet Boys team was 11th out of 25 complete teams. Tanner Hobbs was 60th and also received a medal. Gunnar Young was 86th, Ben Hayen 101st, Jacob Parkes 107th, William Perry 130th and Aidriaan Carden 132nd.
     The Chillicothe Girls finished 16th out of 18 complete teams, led by Lexie Dickerson's 44th place finish out of 133 runners, Callaway Chapman was 64th and both received medals. Elena Boon was 93rd, Belle Showalter 115th and Skylar Mullikan 117th.
     The Boys JV team finished 12th out of 19 teams, led by Peyton Forck in 113th place, Matt Mumper 118th, Dakota Brady 136th, Logan Asher 173rd and Eric Kleinschmidt 119th. For the Lady Hornets JV runners, Emma Bernskoetter was 112th and Kiera Bosley 130th.
     Coach Riekena states 47 schools were in attendance with hundreds of runners, and several Chillicothe runners set personal records over last year's race.

Boys Soccer loses in shortened Mexico Tournament
The Chillicothe Boys Soccer team was only able to play one game in the Mexico Tournament, after the team from Elsberry High School cancelled due to low numbers.
     Chillicothe lost to Mexico 2-1 with all scoring in the 2nd half.  Jacob Anderson scored on a corner kick from Ridge Howe in the 54th minute. Drew Toedebusch had 10 saves in the game.



Post Season Tournaments 10/10
     The Chillicothe Softball team will be in state sectional action on Wednesday at 4:00pm against Oak Grove. The Lady Panthers are 23-6 on the season and won District 14 with an 11-1 win over Warrensburg. The location of the State Sectional game has not yet been announced.
      The Chillicothe Volleyball team had picked up the #1 seed in Class 3 District 16 tournament coming later in October. Chillicothe with an 18-6-1 record has a first round bye and will play the winner of Maryville vs Benton. Lafayette is the #2 seed and will play the winner of Savannah vs Cameron. Semifinal games are the 18th and championship the 19th at Cameron High School.

Hornets Beat Smithville on Sr Night
      The Chillicothe Hornets football team used a strong 4th quarter to beat Smithville 17-7 on Senior Night in Chillicothe. After a scoreless 1st quarter including a blocked field goal, Chillicothe scored in the 2nd quarter on a 59 yard drive capped by a Dean Adkins 1 yard run. The PAT was blocked and the 6-0 score held up the rest of the first half.
      Smithville took the lead late in the 3rd quarter on a 9 yard run with the kick good for a 7-6 lead. Chillicothe then put a 72 yard drive together early in the 4th that ended with a Cade Snyder 9 yard run plus the 2 point conversion for a 14-7 lead. A 57 yard drive late in the game ended with a 22 yard Jack Willard field goal.

     Chillicothe's defense again held a running game in check, holding Smithville to just 40 yards rushing, while picking up 225 yards on the ground themselves, even with out the services of leading rusher Josh Kille for most of the game.

CHS Softball are District Champions
      The Chillicothe Lady Hornets softball team used a big 2nd inning to win their first District Championship since 2011, beating Marshall 5 o 4 at Marshall. The Lady Owls scored one in the top of the first but Chillicothe responded with a five run second inning.
Marshall battled back with two runs in the 5th and 1 in the top of the 7th. Chillicothe Coach Mike Jones called Marshall a good team that would not give up. He credited the pitching of Molly Jones and Jylian Davis and his team defense.
       Molly Jones and Jylian Davis both pitched, combining to allow 4 earned runs off 14 hits with 6 strike outs. At the plate, Jylian Davis, Kaylee Rucker, McKenna Poling and Libby Adkins all had two hits each, Harlie Jones, Abby Jones and Hannah Stotts all had one hit each. Harlie Jones and Hannah Stotts had two rbi and Kaylee Rucker had one rbi.
     Chillicothe will play in state sectionals on October 12th against the winner of District 14, which has not yet been determined. The location of the game also has not yet been determined.

Volleyball Win Streak Continues
      The Chillicothe Girls Volleyball team picked up another conference win, beating Maryville 25-22, 25-11. In player statistics, Carly Gardner had 5 points, 16 assists and 3 digs; Elli Ross had 4 points, 8 assists and 3 digs, Emma Leamer had one kill, one block and one dig; Hannah Jones had 5 points with 2 aces, 1 kill, 1 block and 5 digs; Katelyn Parkey had 1 point , 12 kills, 3 blocks and 9 digs; Maggie Leatherman had 8 service points and 4 digs; Mary Grace Rice had a kill and 2 digs, Ruthie Vinson had 1 dig and Whitney Clampitt had 4 points, 14 kills, 4 blocks and 12 digs.
The JV Lady Hornets won 25-20 and 25-19. Devin Dowell had 10 points, 6 kills and 7 assists; Libby Cox had 6 kills and Kylee Larson had 8 digs
     The Freshman team lost to Maryville 14-25 and 21-25. Mistie Phillips had 6 points, Lainie Cowan had 3 kills and Alayna Mason had 5 assists.

Hornets Soccer falls to Benton
     The Benton Cardinals soccer team beat Chillicothe 2-1. Benton scored in the 23rd minute to lead 1-0 at half. Chillicothe tied the score in the 43rd minute off a corner kick when Gavin Seeley scored with the assist to Brennan Munson. Benton made the winning goal on a free kick in the 70th minute. Chillicothe goalkeeper Drew Toedebusch had 4 saves on goal.