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Lady Hornets Win 1st MEC title in 20 years 2/22

     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets used a strong second quarter to beat Cameron on the road 58-28 and win the Midland Empire Conference Crown, the program's first in 20 years and sixth overall. It's also the first time the Lady Hornets were undefeated Conference Champions.
     Chillicothe Coach Darren Smith said Conference championships take years of work to accomplish
          <Audio: Coach Darren Smith>
     After a tied first quarter, Chillicothe got hot in the second on offense and defense to outscore Cameron 17-3. Whitney Clampitt led all scorers with 22 points, her fifth straight 20+ point game. Hannah Jones finished with 19 points, Katelyn Parkey and Karson Keithley had 6 points each, Jalynn Reeter had 3 points and playing time for Maggie Leatherman, Emma Leamer, Mikah Clark, Carly Gardner, Kennedie Kieffer, Hunter Keithley, Sheridan Guilford and Liberty Cox. Chillicothe is now 23-2 and 7-0 in MEC play.

Willard Hits 29 in Hornet Boys Win
 Chillicothe Junior Point Guard Jack Willard had 29 points to lead the Hornet Boys Basketball team to a 69-42 win at Cameron. Willard finished with 7 treys, just one behind the single game school record set by Peyton Moritz in January 2002.
     Chillicothe went on a 19-0 run from early in the 1st quarter to early in the 2nd quarter to build a 15 point lead. They would lead by double figures the rest of the game.
     Coach Tim Cool said Willard has become a great point guard for the Hornets.
          <Audio: Coach Tim Cool>
      Willard went 7 of 11 from 3 point range in the game including hitting three in the first quarter as part of the 19-0 run. Adler Marshall had 11 points, Westley Brandsgaard with 6, Zach Trout, Walker Graves and Hayden Montgomery with 5 each, Ben Jones and Jon Burk with 4 each and playing time for Kade Plattner, Konner Sewell, Isaiah Boon, Jacob Anderson and CJ Pfaff. Chillicothe ends the regular season at 14-11 overall and 4-3 in MEC play.



Tue 2/21 games 2/22

Class 1 District 11 Boys Semi-Final at Green City
Novinger over Bevier 46-39
Linn County over Green City 52-49

Class 1 District 12 Boys First Round at Norborne
Meadville over Hale/Bosworth 70-24

Brunswick over Slater 64-61

 Northwestern Mendon over Tina-Avalon 69-36

Keytesville over Norborne 50-37
Class 1 District 13  Boys First Round at Orrick
Winston over Breckenridge 87-13

Southwest over Orrick 72-53

Braymer over Tri County Jamesport 75-20

Hardin-Central over Wentworth Military 66-23

Class 1 District 14 Girls First Round at North Harrison

Mercer over Newtown-Harris 88-18

Gilman City over Pattonsburg 54-50
North Harrison over Gilman City 47-30

Worth County over East Harrison 50-42

Class 2 District 7 Boys First Round at Salisbury

Salisbury over Westran 69-26

LaPlata over Milan 53-50

Northeast Cairo over Marceline 63-59

Putnam County over Schuyler County 71-58
Class 2 District 16 Boys First Round at Mid Buchanan

Stanberry over Polo 54-44

Plattsburg over Princeton 68-65

Mid Buchanan over Gallatin 49-34

 Maysville over Tarkio/Fairfax 64-58

Class 3 District 16 Boys First Round at Lathrop

Maryville over Brookfield 77-29

LeBlond over Lathrop 43-35

Hamilton over South Harrison 64-42

Trenton over East Buchanan 73-49



Hornets JV Team Sweep Cameron 2/21
     Chillicothe's Junior Varsity basketball teams swept a home double header against Cameron.
     The Lady Hornets JV easily beat Cameron JV 45-11. Kennedie Kieffer had 15 points for Chillicothe, Catey Trout with 9, Hunter Keithley with 7, Harlie Jones with 5, Maddi Graham with 4, Jordan Hibner with 3 and Liberty Cox with 2
     The Chillicothe Boys JV team beat Cameron JV 54-30. Konner Sewell led Chillicothe with 4 treys for 12 points, Hayden Montgomery with 11, Peyton Forck with 8, Jacob Anderson with 6, Jon Burk, CJ Pfaff and Matt Anthony with 4 each, Isaiah Boon with 3 and Matt Smith with 2

Area District Basketball Results

Monday 2/20 results
Class 1 District 12 Girls First Round at Norborne
Norborne girls 64, Brunswick 23
Hale/Bosworth girls 45, Keytesville 21

Meadville Girls 44, Northwestern 33

Tina-Avalon girls 60, Slater 35
Class 1 District 13 Girls First Round at Orrick

Braymer 76, Breckenridge 17

Southwest 69, Wentworth Military 24

Hardin-Central 57, Tri County Jamesport 15

Orrick over Winston by forfeit, not enough players

Class 1 District 14 Boys First Round at No Harrison

Mercer 59, Albany 13

North Harrison 53, Newtown-Harris 27

Worth County 56, Gilman City 43

Pattonsburg 65, East Harrison 41
Class 2 District 7 Girls First Round at Salisbury

Westran 52, Milan 41

Salisbury 33, Putnam County 23

Northeast Cairo 59, LaPlata 32

Schuyler County 61, Marceline 42
Class 2 District 16 Girls First Round at Mid-Buchanan

Mid Buchanan 88, Maysville 32

Plattsburg 57, Tarkio 37

Gallatin 57, Polo 33

Stanberry 66, Princeton 22

Class 3 District 16 Girls First Round at Lathrop

East Buchanan 55, Maryville 32

Lathrop 46, Brookfield 30

Hamilton 52, South Harrison 38

Trenton 54, LeBlond 12


Minnick Wins 132lb State Wrestling Title 2/20
    Chillicothe Senior Wrestler Chase Minnick won all four matches to become the 132lb State Wrestling Championship in Class 2. Minnick won the first match by pin, won the quarterfinal match by reversal in the final 15 seconds, won the semifinal match 12-2 and won the Championship over a Monett freshman 7-0. Minnick's title is the first since Bobby Crabtree won the 119 pound title in 2007.
     Other Hornets winning medals at state this year were Kayde Burton who took 3rd at 185, Colton Sewell who took 4th at 106 and Dean Adkins who took 5th at 160. The four medals were the most won by Chillicothe in a State Tournament since winning four in 90. The Hornets sent eleven wrestlers to the state meet, the most in a single year in school history. The team finished in 8th place with 72 points. Oak Grove won the team title in Class 2. Other MEC Schools included Savannah 3rd, Cameron 5th, Benton 7th, Maryville 32nd. Smithville was 2nd in Class 3.

Area Wrestlers Bring Home State Medals
     Marceline and Brookfield both finished in the top ten team standings in Class 1. Marceline was 7th and earned medals with Andrew Edgar 1st, Clayton Stallo 3rd, DJ Gerhart 3rd, Dylan Wheeler and Alex Cupp both 4th. Brookfield was 9th and had Richard Menconi and Brooks Baker both finishing 2nd and James Jury 4th. Gallatin was 13th in team standings with 4th place finish from Graydee Rains and 6th place finishes from Ross Critten, Drayton Harris and Wyatt Bird.  Carrollton's Cameron Wheeler took 4th, Polo's Gunner Martin took 2nd and Trenton's Mason Owen took 4th.

Class 1 District Basketball Results from Saturday 
     The Class 1 District 11 Basketball tournament got an early start on Saturday with all eight first round games.
     Girls results from Green City: Green City over Bevier 84-12, Atlanta over Macon County 44-31, Grundy County over Novinger 71-41 and Linn County over Brashear 52-40. Girls semifinal games are the 22nd
     Boys results were Novinger over Atlanta 63-49, Bevier over Grundy County 77-51, Linn County over Brashear 70-18 and Green City over Macon County 71-35. Boys semi-final games are the 21st.



District Basketball Seeds Announced for Chillicothe 2/20
As expected, the Chillicothe girls are the top seed in the Class 4 District tournament at Cameron that starts Saturday the 25th. In the girls tournament, Chillicothe is the top seed and gets a bye, they will play the 27th at 5:30 against the winner of Savannah vs Cameron. Lafayette girls are the #2 seed and get a bye, they will play the winner of Benton vs Kirksville
     In the boys bracket, Chillicothe will take on Kirksville on Saturday the 25th at 4:00pm with the winner taking on top seed Lafayette on the 28th at 5:30pm. Benton is the #2 boys seed and plays the winner of Savannah vs Cameron. The Girls championship is Thursday March 2nd at 6:00pm with the boys championship game on Friday March 3rd at 6:00pm..

Hornets Wrestlers Will Send 4 to Medal Stand

     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.