Joplin High School opened its tennis season by beating Thomas Jefferson 8-1 at the Joplin Athletic Complex on Tuesday.
The match served as a tune-up for both teams as they’ll compete today in the Joplin Invitational at the JAC.
Luke Frogge defeated the Cavaliers’ Frank Cascone 8-0 at No. 1 singles.
Edran Ali, Brooks Butler, Sam Willcoxon and Duncan Ford also won for the Eagles. Frogge-Ali, Willcoxon-Ford and Butler-Josh Manning prevailed in doubles.
Michael Joseph won at No. 6 singles for Thomas Jefferson.
Joplin today faces North Kansas City at 9 a.m. and the Jenks (Okla.) junior varsity at 11 in pool matches. Thomas Jefferson tackles the Jenks varsity at 9 and Springfield Central at 1 p.m.
Joplin coach Sean McWilliams said the championship match is scheduled for 3 p.m. Jenks is defending champion.
Carthage 1, Joplin 0
CARTHAGE, Mo. — The Tigers spoiled the Eagles’ season opener on Ana Luna’s goal late in the first half.
“It was pretty even considering the (cold) conditions,” Joplin coach Ed Mlller said. “We had opportunities to score. They (the Tigers) had other scoring opportunities.”
The goalies were Megan Rowe for Joplin and Ashley Fancher for Carthage.
It was the second shutout in a row for Chris Rogers’ Tigers.
McAuley 2, Webb City 1
WEBB CITY, Mo. — Tom Gilliam’s Warriors made two first-half goals stand up as they ruined the inaugural match for the Webb City girls.
Lucy Borgmeyer and Mary Street had the goals for McAuley Catholic and Ally Adrian and Borgmeyer supplied assists.
Webb City, coached by Brad Moser and Brittany Sewell, received its goal from Allison Tappana at the 58-minute mark.
Katie Klunk, a freshman, was the McAuley goalie.
Lions place sixth
FORT SMITH, Ark. — The Missouri Southern Lions golf team finished tied for sixth after the final round of the Arkansas-Fort Smith Lions Classic at Hardscrabble Country Club.
Oklahoma Christian won the meet with a two-day team score of 595.
Dallas Baptist (597), Newman (600), Southeast OKlahoma State (612) and East Central (619) followed.
Missouri Southern and Arkansas-Fort Smith tied for sixth with an overall score of 625. Minnesota-Crookston (634) and McMurry (642) finished seventh and eighth, respectively.
Southern was in fourth after a first-round score of 307, but posted a 318 on Tuesday.
Ryan Buerk led MSSU, shooting 75 in the final round and 147 for the two days to finish in eighth place overall. Andrew Maier was tied for 32nd with a 159. Andy Hogenmiller, Skyler Arbuckle and Ben Starkey followed with scores of 159, 160 and 164.
Oklahoma’s Charlie Saxon led all individuals with a two-day score of 141.
Missouri Southern will have a week off before competing in the Henderson State Invitational on April 8-9 at Branson Creek Country Club.