The Joplin Globe
NEOSHO, Mo. —
Joplin’s performance picked up late in pool play, and the Eagles bounced back to finish second Saturday afternoon in the Neosho Invitational volleyball tournament.
Rogersville defeated Joplin 25-20, 25-18 in the championship match.
The Eagles’ day began with a loss to Ash Grove and a split with Webb City. Then came a victory over Lockwood to finish pool play. JHS beat Ash Grove and Reeds Spring to reach the final match.
“We started off a little shaky,” Joplin coach Staci Saunders said. “But we found our groove during the Lockwood game and played tough ball against Ash Grove and beat a really good Reeds Spring team.”
Joplin (21-9-2) leaders included Olivia Hampton with 49 kills and 12 blocks, Leah Rader with 30 kills and 34 digs, Bekah Bjorklund with 27 kills, Jacqueline Lierrance with 34 kills and 10 blocks, Anna Banwart with 55 digs, Sidnee Palmer with 44 digs, Jenna Herr with 71 digs and Erin Lawellin with 41 points, 128 assists and 43 digs.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Joplin High School’s Matt Riechman-Bennett earned first-team all-conference honors at the Ozark Conference meet at Lake Springfield.
Riechman-Bennett placed fourth with a time of 16 minutes, 49 seconds. The top seven runners received first team all-league recognition.
West Plains swept the team titles, scoring 43 points in the boys division and 57 in the girls race. The Eagles were sixth in the boys race (139 points) and eighth in the girls with 204.
Glendale’s Spencer Haik won the boys race in 16:09, four seconds ahead of teammate Chris Mooneyham.
Joplin’s Kush Bhatka came in 26th place, and the Eagles’ Cade Earp and Devon Stahl were 34th and 35th, respectively.
Glendale’s Ellyn Atkinson led the girls field in 19:23.
Rachel Peterson was Joplin’s top finisher, taking 36th, and teammates Cesera Wooten and Shelbie Dewitt were the next two runners.
Eagles claim title
Joplin won its annual tournament by beating Neosho 7-0.
The Eagles won their three tourney matches by identical 7-0 scores and hiked their record to 16-1-1 and shutout total to 13.
Joplin, against Neosho, led 4-0 at the half. The Eagles received two goals and an assist from Domi Salcedo. Joe Rice, Griffen Locke, Grayson Ford, Luis Santillan and Cole Shepard also scored for Joplin. Jon Ponce had two assists.
College Heights 5, Cassville 1
College Heights Christian got four first-half goals from three players and allowed Cassville just three shots.
Josah Braeckel’s penalty kick and Dalton Zarrabi’s goal — assisted by Kellen Brantham — fave the Cougars a 2-0 lead in the first 15 minutes.
Brantley Gossett then scored a pair of goals — assisted by Michael James and Dagen Worthington — to give College heights a 4-0 halftime lead.
David Farraday cut the lead to 4-1 with an unassisted goal for Cassville in the 66th minute, but Zarrabi scored on a penalty kick three minutes later.
Monett 4, Carl Junction 1
MONETT, Mo. —Allie Krueger tossed a three-hitter and drove in two runs to lead the favored Cubs to the championship of the Class 3 District 12 Tournament.
Monett, 22-5 and Big 8 Conference champion, will entertain Bolivar at 6 p.m. on Wednesday in the sectional round of the playoffs. Carl Junction finished 13-15.
Krueger struck out seven and walked two. She was reached for a run in the third inning on a double by Arista Pattyson and a single by Sunday English. Pattyson singled in the seventh inning for the other Bulldog hit.
Monett scored in the first inning on a two-out single by Kelsey Wiseman, an error and Krueger’s single.
Ragain Ratliff reached on an error in the fifth inning and came around on a single by Wiseman, a sacrifice bunt by Abby Krueger and a sacrifice fly by Josee Krueger.
Andrea Soriano singled in the sixth frame and runners were left on the corners on a sacrifice bunt/error by Brooke Madison. Madison swiped second to set up the two-run single by Allie Krueger.