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Lady Hornets Basketball Team Honored at Banquet 3/31
        The team that picked up the second most wins in Girls Basketball program history was honored at the Lady Hornets basketball banquet. Chillicothe finished 2nd in conference, won the district tournament and advanced to the quarterfinals in a 26-4 campaign. Coach Darrin Smith said the team came a long way from the first practice to the final game
          <Audio: Coach Darrin Smith 1>
     The team will graduate just one senior, Hallee Jones. Coach Smith says she will be missed, but a lot of talent returns.
          <Audio: Coach Darren Smith 2>
     In addition to the mostly underclassman varsity that went 26-4, the Junior Varsity went 8-3 with all 3 losses by 6 or fewer points, and a 9th grade team that went 8-4 on the year.
     Award winners were: Most Improved to Maggie Leatherman, 6th Player Award to Mikah Clark, Coaches Award to Hallee Jones, Free Throw Percentage Award to Katelyn Parkey, Defensive Player of the Year award to Karson Keithley, Leadership Award to Hannah Jones and Most Valuable Player Award to Whitney Clampitt.

(Right: Girls Basketball Coach Darrin Smith talks with the crowd at the annual banquet)

(Below: Award Winners Left to Right: Mikah Clark, Hallee Jones, Whitney Clampitt, Katelyn Parkey, Maggie Leatherman, Hannah Jones, Karson Keithley)

Hornets Baseball
Late Rally Comes Up Short  3/31
      The Chillicothe Hornets late innings rally came up short in a 6-4 home opening loss to Macon. Chillicothe was in trouble early, giving up five runs in the top of the first inning. Hornets Pitcher Gunner Leach settled down after the first to go the distance and allow only one more run. He ended up allowing 6 runs off 11 hits with no walks and 6 strike outs
     Chillicothe rallied late in the game by scoring 2 in the 6th and 2 in the 7th inning, but finished the game with the bases loaded when the Hornets batter struck out on three pitches to end the game.
     Chillicothe was led at the plate by Austin Minnick with 2 hits, one run scored and one RBI, Ty Figg with 2 hits and one run scored and Jared Lauhoff with one double and an RBI. Derek Hussey also had an RBI in the game

     The Hornets Junior Varsity scored nine runs off nine hits for a 9-1 win in five innings. Tristen Sewell and Trae McLemore combined for the win, allowing 1 run off 3 hits with 5 walks and 2 strike outs.
      At the plate, Chase Minnick had a double and single, Tanner Lent a double and single, Austin Murray and Tristen Sewell each had doubles, Zach Trout had two singles and Bryce Gott had a single. Murray and Minnick each had two RBIs.

(Right: Hornets first baseman Austin Minnick makes a routine out)

Lady Hornets Score 2nd Soccer Victory

   Karson Keithley scores in the 1st quarter for Chillicothe
     Chillicothe Lady Hornets spread the scoring duties around in route to a 6-0 home soccer win over  Kirksville. Chillicothe started the scoring with a Mariah Cox goal off a Hannah Jones assist in the 17th minute. Eight minutes later Karson Keithley scored off a Bailey Fox assist. Less than a minute later, Natalie Minnick made it 3-0 for the Lady Hornets.
      Kirksville was called for a penalty and Chillicothe's Lindy Saunders made the most of the penalty kick to make it 4-0 at the intermission.
     Saunders scored again early in the 2nd half when her kick sailed over the goalkeepers arms into the upper right part of the net for a 5-0 lead.
     The final goal also came on a penalty kick when Harlie Jones hit a left foot shot past the keeper for the 6-0 final score.
     Chillicothe goal keepers Jaylene Sturguess and Brittany Derickson combined for the shut out.
     The JV picked up a 1-0 win thanks to a Natalie Minnick goal.
     Chillicothe Soccer is at perennial Conference Champion Smithville on Tuesday.

Clampitt Selected Coaches All State Basketball
     Chillicothe Sophomore Whitney Clampitt has been selected to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All State Team. Clampitt led the Lady Hornets in scoring with 435 points, in rebounds with 127, in steals with 61 and 3rd in assists with 72. The Media All State Teams have yet to be released.
     Other Coaches All State selections in the KCHI listening area, on the Class 1 teams: Boys selections were Cade Shiftlett, T. J. Schmitz and Coach Drew Nier all of Meadville, Logan O'Dell of Braymer, Jordan Leonard and Craig Lewis of Winston.   Girls Class 1 selections were Kaylie Campbell of Southwest of Ludlow, Kelley Warford of Pattonsburg and Sadie Watson of Braymer
<Full Boys Coaches All State Teams>     <Full Girls Coaches All State Teams>

   Whitney Clampitt

Jones Girls Leads Soccer Team to Victory

  Hannah Jones (left) celebrates her goal with Lindy Saunders
     The Chillicothe Lady Hornets Soccer team opened their season with a 4-2 home win over St Paul's Lutheran of Concordia. Hannah Jones opened the scoring in the 17th minute off an assist from Harlie Jones. Six minutes later Hannah's older sister Hallee Jones scored off an assist by Lindy Saunders.
      It was Saunders turn to find the net in the 28th minute for a 3-0 lead, which would hold up only a few minutes when the Lady Saints scored their first goal. The 3-1 score would hold up the rest of the first half.
     Chillicothe scored again in the second half when Sam Baldwin beat several defenders and scored in the 51st minute. St Paul's scored again 10 minutes later for the final 4-2 score.
     In the JV contest, Chillicothe won 3-0 with goals by Ruthie Vinson, Natalie Minnick and Jaylene Sturguess.

Tennis Team Improves to 2-0
     The Chillicothe Boys Tennis team improved to 2-0 with an 8-1 win at Excelsior Springs. It was the Tigers first regular season dual loss in over a year. In singles matches for the Hornets: Gabe Poling won 8-0, Nate McKiddy won 8-0, Garrett Peterson won 8-1, Brandon Lamp won 8-1, Cody Evans won 8-6 and Lane Bonderer won 8-3.
      In Doubles Play, McKiddy/Peterson won 9-7, Poling/Bonderer won 8-2 and Lamp/Evans lost 3-8
      The Junior Varsity won 3 and lost 2 matches. Picking up wins were Steen Anthony/Dalton Rosenbach, Anthony/Tristan Carmack and Carmack/Alex Braymer


Chillicothe Track Dominates Time Trials 3/26

     Despite the lack of team scores being kept, Chillicothe dominated the Chillicothe Time Trials against Hamilton and South Harrison. Hornet Boys top 3 finishes:
Mason Hayward 1st in 200, 3rd in 100; Tyler Garcia 1st in discus and javelin; Jesse Miller 1st in triple jump and high jump, 2nd in Long Jump; DeEll Midgyett 1st in 100; Ian Smith 1st in shot put; Nick Meyers 2nd in 400; Cole Distler 1st in 800, 2nd in 1600; Lane Worman 1st in 1600 and 3200

Walker Graves 2nd in Shot Put; Dillon Swope 2nd in Javelin; Gunnar Young  2nd in 3200; Kyle Ross 2nd in 110 hurdles and 300 hurdles, 3rd in triple jump;
Zach Holland 3rd in 800; Robbie Parkey 3rd in 1600; Brett Shaffer 3rd in 110 hurdles; Bradley Mosier 3rd in long jump; Troy Barnes 3rd in Discus; Michael Sanderfer 3rd in Javelin; Braxton Campbell 3rd in 400; TheHornets won the 4x200, 4x400 and 4x800 relays and 2nd in 4x100.


Lady Hornets top 3 finishes from the Chillicothe Time Trials:

Lauren Jones 1st in the 100; Whitney Clampitt 1st

(Chillicothe Senior DeEll Midgyett edges Hamilton's Kellen Overstreet in the 100)

in the 800, High Jump and Triple Jump; Jamie Albertson 1st in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles; Molly Jones 1st in the Javelin, 3rd in the pole vault and Discus; Margo Young 1st in the discus; Rebecca Stull 1st in the 100 hurdles; McKenna Poling 1st in the shot put; Randi Mammen 2nd in the 100 hurdles; Claire Chapman 2nd in the 300 hurdles; Maddy Koehly 2nd in the Javelin; Lexi Dickerson 3rd in the 1600;  Lauren Gregory 3rd in the high jump; Caitlyn Fechtig 3rd in the long jump; Alisa Roselius 3rd in triple jump; Chyanne Harkins 3rd in the shot put; Jensen Simmer 3rd in the Javelin; All four Lady Hornet relay teams took 1st.

Media All District Basketball Teams Announced

     The Media All District Basketball Teams have been announced with several Chillicothe Hornet and Lady Hornet players honored. For the Chillicothe Hornet Boys Team, earning all district honors were Nate McKiddy, Cade Snyder and Mason Hayward, with Tim Cool earning All District Coach of the Year honors.
      Lady Hornets earning all district honors were Whitney Clampitt and Katelyn Parkey.
     Other area players receiving all district honors were:

      Class 3 Boys: Cree Mullenix of Trenton,
      Class 3 Girls: Whitley Richman and McKinley Hurley of Trenton and Coach Brian Upton of Trenton
      Class 2 Boys: Jaran Richman of Hamilton and Jacob Boyd of Gallatin
      Class 2 Girls: Sara Linn and Kailey Salmon of Gallatin, Sidney Copeland of Polo and Shelby Kruse and Morgan Prather of Hamilton
      Class 1 Boys: Logan O'Dell, Austin Hall and Jordan Miller all of Braymer, Tristen McNelly and Logan Korff both of Norborne and Curtis Huffman of Northwestern of Mendon

      Class 1 Girls: Maritza Chavez, Kaylie Campbell and Kortlyn Rounkles all of Southwest of Ludlow, along with Julie Bothwell as coach of the year, Madison Mallory and Sadie Watson of Braymer, Lilly Churan of Tina Avalon, Abby Wells of Newtown-Harris and Megan Shannon of Norborne.


(LEFT: Chillicothe Boys Coach Tim Cool, Class 3 District Coach of the Year)

Hornets Tennis Shuts Out Carrollton
     The Chillicothe Hornet Boys Tennis Team won their season opening match with a 9-0 win at Carrollton. In singles competition Gabe Poling, Garrett Peterson and Brandon Lamp all won 8-0, Cody Evans, Lane Bonderer and Steen Anthony all won 8-2. In doubles competition Poling/Bonderer won 8-0, Lamp/Evans won 8-0 and Peterson/Anthony won 8-0. Varsity player Nate McKiddy was not at the competition due to an FFA competition.
     In JV Action, Dalton Rosenbach and Riley Horton lost 4-6, Tristan Carmack won 6-1 and Carmack and Horton won 6-1.


Hornets Baseball Lets One Slip Away
     The Lawson Cardinals Baseball Team scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge Chillicothe 4 to 3 at Lawson. Chillicothe scored twice in the third and once in the fourth for a 3-0 lead. Lawson battled back to score two in the fourth, one in the sixth and the winning run in the bottom of the 7th.
      Chillicothe had 5 hits, led by Shayler Keller going two for two while Lawson scored four runs off just two hits with three errors.


CHS Boys Basketball Team Honored  3/20

(CHS Boys Basketball Head Coach Tim Cool)
      The Chillicothe Boys Basketball team that finished with the most wins in ten seasons was honored with accolades at the annual Hornets Boys Basketball Banquet.
     Chillicothe finished with an 18-10 record, the most wins since the 2003-04 season. The future looks bright for the program with just two seniors graduating, and a freshman class that went 12-4 even though two of their post players played up at the Varsity level.
     Coach Tim Cool said this was a special team and a special year.
          <Audio: Coach Tim Cool>
     There were no individual awards presented, but All Midland Empire Conference and Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All District players were recognized. Those were Cade Snyder (Sophomore) and Nate McKiddy (Junior) first team on both teams and Mason Hayward (Junior) Honorable mention for both teams. The Media All District team will be released next week and All State teams expected later this month.
       Statistical leaders on the team were:
Points Scored: Cade Snyder 353 points, 12.61 points per game average
Most 3 Point shots Made: Mason Hayward 34 treys made
Free Throw Percentage: Nate McKiddy 70.09%
Most Rebounds: Walker Graves 150
Most Assists: Nate McKiddy 139
Most Steals: Nate McKiddy 73
      Chillicothe finished tied for 3rd in the Midland Empire Conference race.

Grand River Conference Expansion 3/20

      Expansion plans for the Grand River Conference are complete with adding schools and some schools dropping down to 8-man football. Starting in the fall of 2016, the Western Division of the Grand River Conference will include Albany, Braymer, King City, North Andrew, Pattonsburg, St Joseph Christian, Stanberry and Worth County, and all teams will play 8-man football.
     The Eastern Division with 11-man football will be Gallatin, Maysville, Milan, Polo, Princeton, Putnam County, South Harrison and Trenton. The divisions will remain in place for Softball and Basketball with a conference championship game at the end for both sports to declare a conference champion.
     Champions for golf, track and wrestling will be decided by one conference meet for all schools participating in those sports.

All Midland Empire Conference Selections 3/18

     Chillicothe had three selections each to the Boys and Girls All M-E-C team. For the Lady Hornets, Whitney Clampitt (Sophomore) and Katelyn Parkey (Sophomore) were named 1st team all conference and Hannah Jones (Sophomre) was selected honorable mention.
     Named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All District 1st team were Clampitt, Parkey and Jones, and named to the Honorable Mention team was Karson Keithley (Sophomore)
     For the Hornets, Nate McKiddy (Junior) and Cade Snyder (Sophomore) were named 1st team and Mason Hayward (Junior) was named honorable mention. Named to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Association All District 1st team were McKiddy and Snyder 1st team and Hayward Honorable Mention.
     The Chillicothe Girls finished tied for 2nd in the conference standings and the Chillicothe Boys finished tied for 3rd.

New Event Added to High School Track 3/18
     When high school track season begins this season, it will include an event that hasn't been held for generations. This year, the Javelin Throw will return as a test event for two years. Long time throwers coach for Chillicothe, Ken Stull, will be instructing athletes in proper technique. Stull says there are a few tricks to an effective javelin throw
          <Audio: Coach Ken Stull Cut 1>
     Stull says there is good interest in the event
          <Audio: Coach Ken Stull Cut 2>

     Stull says a good bench mark for Boys Javelin is 100 to 125 feet and for Girls Javelin around 75 feet. While this is a new event for the Lady Hornets, a school record does already exist for Boys Javelin in Chillicothe, which is 143' 3" held by Delmos Justus, who won the state javelin throw for Chillicothe in 1927.