The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

High School Sports

September 23, 2012

Carl Junction beats Joplin in volleyball tournament championship

CARL JUNCTION, Mo. — Carl Junction defeated Joplin 25-11, 25-18 on Saturday for the championship of the Dr. Jeffrey Knutzen CJ Classic volleyball tournament.

“Our kids played really well today,” said Carl Junction head coach Sarah Wall. “We just put everything together today.”

She said it was the first time Carl Junction had won its own tournament since 2007.

“I thought we played good defense all day,” said Staci Saunders, Joplin coach. “I would loved to have played better in the championship game, but give Carl Junction credit.

“They took us out of our game. We didn’t make the blocker adjustments in order to win that game.”

Hope Joyner, who was named most valuable player, and Katie Wiele of Carl Junction were named to the all-tournament team, along with Olivia Hampton and Erin Lawellin of Joplin.

Soccer

Jays stop JHS

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Jefferson City handed Joplin its first defeat of the season 2-0 in the Capital City Invitational.

The Jays’ Marcus Woodruff scored a goal 16 minutes into the match, then the Jays scored a second goal with just 29 seconds remaining. Each team had 14 shots.

“We outplayed them. We just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net,” said Joplin head coach Ed Miller.

Earlier, Joplin and Helias Catholic played to a scoreless tie, then the Eagles defeated Troy 2-1.

Joplin’s Ryan Estus scored 10 minutes into the game, and the Eagles’ Luis Santillan added a goal in the second half with an assist by Will Krolman.

Softball

Joplin splits

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Joplin split two shutouts in the final day of the Springfield Tournament at the Killian Complex.

The Eagles blanked Branson 5-0 in their final pool game as Mikeala Cox allowed only two singles over five innings, struck out two batters and walked none.

Jessica Greninger, who reached base three times with two singles and a walk, hit a two-run singles to give the Eagles a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Joplin added a run in the second, then ended the game with a five-run fifth inning that included two-run doubles by Tamarah Mascher and Krystal Schulze. Schulze’s hit ended the game because of the mercy rule.

The Eagles, after taking second in their pool, lost to Liberty 16-0 in four innings. Liberty took a 4-0 lead in the first, then broke the game open with nine runs in the second.

Joplin’s two hits came in the first inning as Courtney Shryock and Kristen Tyler singled.

The Eagles, 9-14 after going 2-3 in the tournament, entertain Lebanon at 4:30 p.m. Monday in an Ozark Conference game.

Lamar tops CHC

LAMAR, Mo. — Amy Robertson tossed a three-hitter as Lamar defeated College Heights Christian 3-0 for the championship of the Lamar Fall Classic.

Taylor Hardman and Addie Maberry broke a scoreless tie with RBI doubles for Lamar in the sixth inning. Robertson struck out nine and walked two.

College Heights pitcher Kirsty Green scattered seven hits, struck out four and walked four.

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