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Free Throws Lead Lady Hornets Victory

     Chillicothe hit 17 of 18 free throws in the game to help the Lady Hornets to a 45-40 sectional win over St Pius X. Chillicothe trailed by 6 at the end of three quarters but started the 4th on an 13-2 run to take a five point lead midway through the 4th. Pius closed it to two points with 3:32 left but free throws down the stretch by Maggie Leatherman and Karson Keithley helped seal the victory. Chillicothe outscored Pius 21-10 in the final quarter.
      Coach Darrin Smith said the free throws were key.
           <Audio: Darrin Smith>
     Chillicothe held Pius' leading scorer 6'1" Abby Hipp to just 7 points: 5 in the first quarter and 2 in the 4th quarter. Whitney Clampitt had 15 points, Hannah Jones with 13, Karson Keithley with 9, Katelyn Parkey and Maggie Leatherman with 4 each and playing time for Hallee Jones, Micah Clark and Randi Mammen. Chillicothe will now play undefeated Boonville on Saturday at 7:45 at Lee's Summit High School. Boonville beat O'Hara (13-15) 68-24



Wrestlers Honored at Banquet  3/4
The record setting Chillicothe Hornets Wrestling team was honored at their post-season banquet. The Hornet grapplers set school records for wins in a season with 23 dual wins, team points and most pins in a season. Individually, Aaron Baker set records for wins in a season with 46 and most team points and Wagner Chapman set the record for escapes in a season. Vinson Moore also set a school record for fastest pin in any weight class at 7 seconds. In addition to Baker's 46 wins, Chase Minnick and Matt Shaffer joined the 30-wins in a season club and Baker, Shaffer and Kyler Sewell all became members of the career 100-wins club.
     Winning awards were: Most Improved shared by Alex Barnes and Dean Atkins, Comeback Award to Kyler Sewell, Coaches Award to Wagner Chapman, Most Valuable Wrestler Award to Aaron Baker and the newest award, the Dave Kinen Never Quit Award went to Matt Shaffer.



Class 1 Basketball Sectionals 3/4
   Winston 45, Braymer 43
Stanberry 55, North Andrew 31
Meadville 59, Community 49
   Glasgow 41, Tuscumbia 39
   North Andrew 48, Jefferson 42
   Southwest of Ludlow 58, King City 40
   Mercer 60, Community 45
   Tuscumbia 47, Glasgow 30

Lady Hornets Win District Title 2/28
(Photo Provided By Patti Leatherman)
      The Chillicothe Lady Hornets went on a 16-0 run in the late 1st and 2nd quarter and went on to beat Lawson 54-43 and win the Class 3 District 15 title at Richmond. Lawson led most of the 1st quarter before Chillicothe went on their run to take a 13 point lead. Lawson closed the game to 4 points in the middle of the third but couldn't get any closer.
      Coach Darrin Smith talks about the 2nd quarter run by his team
              <Audio: Darrin Smith>
     Whitney Clampitt had 14 points, Karson Keithley had 11, Katelyn Parkey had 9, Maggie Leatherman had 8 points and 10 rebounds, Hannah Jones and Mikah Clark had 6 points each with playing time for Hallee Jones, Randi Mammen, Erin Campbell and Emma Leamer. With the win, Chillicothe earns their first girls basketball district title since 1997 and will head to Excelsior Springs for sectional competition on Wednesday, Chillicothe improves to 25-3 and Lawson ends at 19-9.



Hornets Fall Just Short of Title 2/28
(Photo "Borrowed" From Facebook)
A comeback bid by Chillicothe fell just short, and the Hornets lost to Higginsville (Lafayette County) 55-52 in the Class 3 District 15 title at Richmond. Higginsville built a 14 point lead midway through the 3rd quarter and led by 10 late in the game when Chillicothe hit two treys and some free throws. The Hornets closed the game to 1 point with 7 seconds left off three Mason Hayward free throws. After an immediate foul and two Higginsville free throws, Hayward's trey from top of the key with a defender right in front of him rimmed out at the buzzer.
      Coach Tim Cool was proud of his team's play in the game
            <Audio: Tim Cool>

     Cade Snyder had 14 points, Mason Hayward with 13, Walker Graves with 10, Brandon Lamp with 8, Nate McKiddy with 5, Austin Morse with 2 and playing time for Adler Marshall and Ian Smith. Higginsville was led by 6'6" Alex Nolte with 22 points. Chillicothe finishes at 18-10 and Higginsville improves to 27-1

Lady Hornets Head to District Finals 2/27
     Chillicothe Sophomore Karson Keithley hit a trey for the first points in the game and Chillicothe never trailed in a 47-36 win over Trenton to advance to the Class 3 District 15 finals. Chillicothe followed the trey with a steal of the inbounds pass and a bucket for a 5-0 lead. However Trenton refused to give up. While the never led, the Lady Bulldogs kept the margin to under 12 points the entire game. Lady Hornets Coach Darrin Smith said there were good things and not-so-good things in the game.

          <Audio: Coach Darrin Smith>

     Chillicothe was led by Whitney Clampitt with 13 points, Karson Keithley with 10, Katelyn Parkey with 9, Mikah Clark with 6, Hannah Jones and Hallee Jones with 4 each, Maggie Leatherman with 1 and playing time for Randi Mammen. Chillicothe girls will play for the district Title Friday at 5:30pm with the Boys playing at 8:00pm at Richmond High School. It marks the first time both Chillicothe teams will play for district titles in the same year since 1997.



Fourth Quarter Vaults Hornets to Finals 2/26
Chillicothe scored 29 points in the 4th quarter to roll past Lawson 56-45 and advance to the Class 3 District 15 championship game. Chillicothe scored just 27 points total in the first three quarters and trailed by 6 when the 4th quarter began. Chillicothe hit a trey to start the 4th quarter and took the lead for good with 4:15 left in the game. Coach Tim Cool said things fell into place in the final quarter.
          <Coach Tim Cool>
     Chillicothe was led by Nate McKiddy with 16, Mason Hayward with 11, Walker Graves with 10, Cade Snyder with 9, Brandon Lamp with 6, Austin Morse with 5 and playing time for Adler Marshall, Cody Evans and Zach Trout. In the fourth quarter, Chillicothe went 6 of 7 in 2 point field goals, 3 of 4 in 3 point field goals and 8 of 10 from the free throw line.
     Chillicothe will face Higginsville Friday for the championship. The Huskers led Richmond 20-0 after the first quarter but ended up only winning 47-38.



Lady Hornets Roll in District Win 2/25

     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets pulled no punches in a lopsided 72-17 thumping of Carrollton in the opening game of the Class 2 District 15 tournament in Richmond. Chillicothe build a 10 point lead 4 minutes into the game and stretched it to an 18 point lead by the end of the first quarter. The 55 point winning margin was the biggest for Chillicothe lady hornets basketball since 1993 and 6th biggest of all time

     Coach Darrin Smith said despite the blow out, coaching doesn't change.
          <Audio: Darrin Smith>

     Chillicothe was led by Whitney Clampitt with 13 points, Hannah Jones with 12, Katelyn Parkey with 11, Mikah Clark with 10, Randi Mammen with 9, Hallee Jones with 6, Erin Campbell and Emma Leamer with 4, Karson Keithley with 3 and playing time for Maggie Leatherman, Jalynn Reeter and Carly Gardner.
      Unofficially, Chillicothe had 40 rebounds and benefited from 23 Carrollton turnovers.


Hornets Cruise To District Win 2/24
      The Chillicothe Hornets scored the first 11 points in the game and never looked back in a dominating 54-19 win over Carrollton in the opening round of Class 3 District 15 tournament in Richmond. Carrollton didn't score until 3:40 left in the first quarter. The Hornets led by double figures most of the last three quarters.
       Chillicothe Coach Tim Cool said this was a team victory, with 8 players contributing to 14 assists, and the team pulling down 43 rebounds including 15 offensive boards
<Audio: Coach Tim Cool>

     Chillicothe Sophomore Cade Snyder had 12 of the team's 15 first quarter points and finished the night with 19 points. Nate McKiddy had 16, Brandon lamp and Ian Smith with 4, Jesse Miller and Austin Morse with 3, Austin Sharp and Cody Evans with 2, Walker Graves with 1 and playing time for Mason Hayward, Adler Marshall, Zach Trout and Jack Willard.
Chillicothe will play Lawson on Wednesday at 7:30. Lawson beat Lexington 57-24. In the upper half the bracket: top seed Higginsville beat Brookfield 64-31 and Richmond beat Trenton 62-47

Baker Gets 3rd Place Medal 2/23
     Chillicothe Junior Aaron Baker finished his Junior wrestling  season with a 4th place medal, his third state medal in as many years. Baker took 5th as a freshman and 6th as a sophomore, all at 132 pounds. Baker lost his third place match 9-0 to the same wrestler who beat him in last year's quarterfinal match. Baker ends the season at 46-7 on the year.
      With the 4th place finish, Baker became just the 5th Hornet wrestler to win at least 3 medals at state. The only Hornet to win 4 medals was Wyatt Pickering from 1996 through 1999.
      Hornet Senior Matt Shaffer lost in the second round of wrestlebacks and did not place. He ended the season at 37-11.

      In the team standings, Chillicothe earned 19 points and finished in a tie for 22nd place out of 46 teams.


Lady Hornets Survive Cameron Senior Night 2/20
Chillicothe shook off a lackluster 3rd quarter and hung on to beat Cameron 53-46 in a Girls Conference game at Cameron.    Chillicothe used steals and fast breaks to build a 38-24 lead at the half. However, the Lady Hornets turned stone cold in the 3rd quarter, scoring just one point the entire quarter but led by 6 at the end of the 3rd and went on to lead the entire 4th quarter.
      Chillicothe was hampered by an abundance of whistles, picking up 22 fouls in the game and Cameron with 17. Chillicothe Coach Darrin Smith said that made it hard to get into the flow of the game
          <Audio: Darrin Smith>
     Whitney Clampitt led Chillicothe with 18 points, Katelyn Parkey with 9, Mikah Clark with 8, Hannah Jones with 7, Karson Keithley, Maggie Leatherman and Randi Mammen with 3 each, Hallee Jones with 2 and playing time for Erin Campbell and Emma Leamer.         

JV Lady Hornets Roll To Victory 2/20
The Chillicothe Junior Varsity girls beat Cameron 42-28. Randi Mammen had 10, Emma Leamer with 8, Erin Campbell with 7, Carly Gardner with 5, Harlie Jones with 4, Jalynn Reeter, Kristina Hamilton, Liberty Cox and Mary Grace Rice with 2 each.