The Joplin Globe
The Joplin High School tennis team, winning both flights in singles, beat the host Cavaliers on Friday to win the Thomas Jefferson Invitational.
Joplin and Thomas Jefferson tallied 20 and 13 1/2 points, respectively. Completing the field of eight teams were Carthage and Springfield Catholic 13 apiece, Webb City 8 1/2, Nevada 4, Neosho 3 and College Heights 2.
Joplin’s Paula Lanta defeated Webb City’s Maranda Miller 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 1 singles final. The Eagles’ Laela Zaidi bested Springfield Catholic’s Hannah Kofron 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles final.
Thomas Jefferson’s Ophelia Chen and Thisbe Scholfield-Johnson outlasted Carthage’s Morgan Guidie-Brooke Renken 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Carthage’s Kaley Ledford and Nicole Hitchcock captured the No. 2 flight in doubles by beating Catholic’s Sarah Buckley-Julia Hawes 6-2, 6-3.
CAMDENTON. Mo. — Joplin’s Matt Riechman-Bennett, a junior, finished fifth in the Gold Division with a time of 16:33.36.
“We wanted Matt to break 16 minutes,” Joplin coach Jason Riddle said. “But we’d been working hard for 1 1/2 weeks. We’re happy. Second through fifth picked up the slack for us.”
Carthage and Joplin placed third and seventh, respectively, among 13 teams. The top seven scores were Jefferson City 52, Nixa 78, Carthage 124, Columbia Hickman 133, Branson 143, Camdenton 162 and Joplin 163.
Carthage’s Ben Southwick, a junior, was third individually in 16:17.81. Ozark’s Kyler Haumann was the winner in 16:09.95.
Joplin also had Cade Earp 35th, Kush Bhatka 37th, Devon Stahl 39th, Logan Debyle 47th, James Tupper 63rd and Willie Henness 64th.
For Carthage, Mackenzie Smart also was 22nd, Hunter Blount 27th, Oscar Sarceno 34th, Carter Hensley 38th, Brandon Lindsay 57th and Leo Rabanales 75th.
The Joplin girls were ninth among teams with 209 points, Jefferson City was first (36) and Ozark runner-up (76).
Joplin’s Shelbie DeWitt, a junior, was the Eagles’ leader with a 22:34.19 for 37th place. The winner was Columbia Hickman’s Nicole Melio (18:08.31).
Joplin also had Rachel Peterson 42nd overall, Autumn Aldridge 44th, Casera Wooten 46th, NeNe Adams 56th and Lesley Koval 70th. Carthage placed Taylor Vaughn 39th overall, Bree Smart 41st, Shelby Teegarden 47th and Lakin Baird 48th.
Carthage coach Andy Youngworth said the boys, led by Southwick, were 15th last week in the Crimson Division at the Rimrock Farm Classic hosted by the University of Kansas.
Southwick posted a 16:41.62 for 12th place. Mackenzie Smart was 75th (17:35.21), Sarceno 110th (17:50.11), Hensley 129th (18:00.82) and Blount 131st (18:02.84).
Cardinals win tournament
CARTHAGE, Mo. — Webb City erupted for an 11-run third inning and rolled past Nevada 11-1 in the championship game of the Carthage Tournament.
The Cardinals rolled through the tournament with four wins, improving their season record to 21-4 heading into district play on Friday.
Webb City trailed Nevada 1-0 after two innings before opening the third with four straight singles. Samantha Gilstrap later added a two-run double as the Cardinals all but put the game away with 11 runs.
“We just strung a lot of singles together,” Webb City coach Walter Resa said. “We started hitting and it was contagious.”
Kyra Parker limited Nevada to just one run wile scattering six singles in the five-inning game. Kaitlin Beason was 3-for-3 with a pair of RBI. Lacy Resa, Moran Lammey and Gilstrap each had two hits.
The Cardinals beat Oak Park and Ozark on Friday before opening Saturday’s play with a 9-0 win over McDonald County.
Desirea Buerge was 9-for-9 combined in the first three games of the tournament and had three RBI in the win over McDonald County. Buerge, Beason and Emily Harris each hit home runs in the game.
Resa had two hits in each of the first two games.