Meadville Coach To Head up CHS Girls
A new coach will head up the Chillicothe Lady
Hornets basketball program next season. The Chillicothe School Board in
executive session approved hiring Darren Smith of Meadville as the new Lady
Hornets Basketball coach next season, replacing Rachael Parkey after four
Rumors regarding the coaching change have been
circulating for the last couple of days. KCHI Owner and General Manager Dan
Leatherman stated "KCHI was informed of the coaching change early this week,
however was asked to hold on the information until Friday. In keeping with
media integrity KCHI honored the school's request to not publicize the
coaching change until today".
Smith had guided the very successful Meadville boys
program to a second place finish in state in Class 1 this year and a fourth
place finish in state last year, along with six straight district titles.
Smith was named Class 1 Coach of the year this season by the Missouri
Basketball Coaches Association. Smith has a career coaching record of 211 -
The Lady Hornets are coming off an 18-8 season, their
most successful season since 1996-97. Chillicothe graduates three seniors
off this year's team, however one was injured the entire season. Chillicothe
has dropped down a classification next season and will be the largest school
in Class 3 for the next two years.
Once again, KCHI was informed of the coaching change
early this week, however was asked to hold on the information until Friday.
In keeping with media integrity KCHI honored the school's request to not
publicize the coaching change until today.
Hornets Baseball Wins Twice
The Chillicothe Hornets opened the Marshall
Round Robin Baseball Tournament Thursday with a pair of wins. The
Hornets opened the day with a 9-1 thumping of Windsor. The Hornets scored
twice in the 1st and three in the second to coast to the win. Tyler
Long went the distance on the mound, allowing one run off three hits. At the
plate, Chillicothe lit up the Greyhounds pitching for 13 hits led by Cal
Toedebusch with three singles, Dylan Clark with a triple and single, Austin
Minnick with a double and single, Shayler Keller with a double, Steven
Cooper and Jared Lauhoff with two singles and Derek Hussey with a single.
In the second game, Chillicothe built and early lead
then held off a charging Grain Valley team to pick up a 6-5 win. Chillicothe
scored one in the first and third then four in the fifth to lead 6-3. Grain
Valley scored one in the sixth and one in the bottom of the seventh but
Chillicothe struck out the Grain Valley batter with runners on first and
third to stop the rally.
Chillicothe used four pitchers in the game that gave up
five runs off nine hits. At the plate Chillicothe Austin Minnick and Cal
Toedebusch had two singles each, Shayler Keller and Dylan Clark each had a
double with Jared Lauhoff and Trent Moore each getting a single.
Track Teams Do Well
The Chillicothe track
teams competed in Boonville yesterday. Head Boys Coach Bill Shaffer stated
that Boonville meet organizers did not keep team scores, which he stated was
normal for the school. Shaffer said he was sure Chillicothe would of won
both the boys and girls team titles, if scores would of been kept.
The Chillicothe Girls won ten 1st place medals:
Mackenzie Barnett in the 100, Whitney Clampitt in the 800 and High Jump, Ali
Stephens in the 1600, The 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relay team, Lauren
Jones in the Pole vault and Paige Peters in the Shot Put.
The Chillicothe boys won seven 1st place medals, DeEll
Midgyett in the 100, Zach Alperin the 100 Hurdles, the 4x100, 4x200 and
4x800 relay teams, Jesse Miller in the High Jump and Kyle Ross in the Pole
Snyder Shines, Golf Team Falters
Chillicothe freshman golfer Cade
Snyder finished in the top 20 but the Hornets team finished well
down the list in the annual Cameron Tournament. Snyder shot a 47 on
the front nine and a 49 on the back nine to finish with a 96, good
for 18th out of 68 golfers on the par 71 course. The Hornets team
finished 11th out of 14 teams with a 436. Lawson won the team title
with a 360. Other Chillicothe golfers: Colton Webb with a 19, Garret
Zelmer with a 115, Alex Wright a 116 and Mason Mayers a 11