Mexico cross country, North Callaway basketball, MMA basketball

MEXICO CROSS COUNTRY: While Mexico Bulldogs boys and girls cross country teams did not take home any medals from state this year, they had a great time at the premier cross country event of the year, the State Championships" stated MHS coach John Wilbers.
The strongest performance of the day for Mexico was by freshman Malik Holman who had an incredible race against the top Class 3 runners in the state, finishing 31st out of 170 runners. "I know he had hoped to make the top 25, but we were really proud of how well he ran and can only imagine him returning next year even stronger," stated Wilbers.
On the girls side Jami Brandow and Madide Prince finished within 20 seconds of each other to round off 93rd and 102nd place in a race of 166.
"For a first timer to state and a sophomore this is a pretty respectable finish. Its hard to imagine how tough the state race is until you either run in it or see it... but you can be a great runner and still barely finish in the top 120 at a race like this. It would have been nice to have had a slightly stronger showing for our team at state, but we accomplished all our biggest goals this year... conference championships, district championships, All-Conference qualifiers, All-District Qualifiers," said Wilbers. More importantly, the team was a family that grew together and had a wonderful season together. "We hope to have all the girls back next year and all the boys except senior Captain Jake Vitale (who placed 105th), and intend to return to state again," added Wilbers. With more strength and experience Wilbers said the team should return next year and have a very positive chance at bringing home several medals in 2013.
31 Malike Holman, freshman, 17:29
105 Jake Vitale, senior, 18:50
121 Alex Shaw, junior, 19:03
142 Jordan Jones, freshman, 19:40
152 Haden Hobbs, junior, 19:56
170 Sam Fayad, junior, 22:13
1 Festus 58
2 Warrensburg 65
3 Liberty North 133
4 M.I.C.D.S. 150
5 Clayton 166
6 Ste. Genevieve 181
7 Pembroke Hill 195
8 Platte County 232
9 John Burroughs 237
10 McDonald County 249
11 St. Dominic 261
12 Bolivar 273
13 Helias Catholic 300
14 Mexico 337
15 St. Mary's (St. Louis) 386
16 Pleasant Hill 388
93 Jami Brandow, junior, 21:55
102 Maddie Prince, sophomore, 22:11
146 Zori Holman, junior, 23:54
1 Ste. Genevieve 42
2 Festus 100
3 Smithville 110
4 Villa Duchesne 135
5 Notre Dame de Sion 149
6 M.I.C.D.S. 182
7 Liberty North 218
8 Clinton 228
9 Bolivar 240
10 Helias Catholic 244
11 Clayton 273
12 Incarnate Word Academ 291
13 McDonald County 319
14 Pembroke Hill 321
15 St. Charles West 333
16 St. Dominic 406

NORTH CALLAWAY BASKETBALL: The North Callaway Junior High eighth grade basketball boys and girls played Hallsville last week in their season openers.
The Ladybirds lost 38-9. Leading the way for North Callaway was Taylor Wilson with 3 points. Hannah Stephens of Lady Indians scored 13.
North Callaway, 0-1, will play against the Van-Far Lady Indians tonight at Van-Far.
The boys also lost to Hallsville by a score of 48-17. Top scorer for the Thunderbirds was A.J. Stubblefield with 6 points. Cale Dinyer was the top scorer for the Indians with 12 points.
The Thunderbird, 0-1, will play tonight at home against South Callaway.
MMA BASKETBALL: The Missouri Military Academy Middle School Colonels basketball squad earned a hard fought come-from-behind 27-23 victory at home Thursday agains the Community R-6 Trojans.
This was a game of two halves. MMA trailed 7-3 after one quarter and was behind 15-12 at the half. The Colonels used pressure defense to grab the lead in the third quarter. All five MMA starters scored with Juan Antonio Hernandez leading the way with 13 points and Dakota Prewitt chipping in 4 points.