MEXICO BOYS: The Mexico Bulldogs basketball team opened their season on the road Tuesday night in the Montgomery County R-2 Tournament and came home with a 98-20 victory over the Wellsville Tigers.
Four players were in double figures for the Bulldogs with senior Jake Willer leading the way with 22 points; sophomore Cole Jamarillo scored 18, seniors Jon Anderson 15 and Jake Anderson 12, senior Jaeon Nunnelly and sophomore Tyler Bracht contributed 9 points each, while freshman James Norton scored 6, senior Matt Ridgway 4 and junior Kamden Ekern 3.
The No. 1 seed Bulldogs will return to Montgomery County on Thursday when they will take on the New Haven Shamrocks who defeated Montgomery County Wildcats Tuesday night. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
MMS WRESTLING: Mexico Middle School wrestling took part in competition on Tuesday night at Hannibal. Mexico wrestled Troy and Hannibal and no team points were kept at the event.
Mexico results include: Dylan Patton 2-0 with 1 pin and 1 tech; Kellan Ekern 1-0 with 1 pin; Brit Wilson 2-0 with 1 pin and 1 tech; Alex Bellamy 2-0 with 1 pin and 1 tech; Wyatt Turner 0-2; Hale Fuemmeler 1-1 with 1 pin; Vinny Vitale 0-2; Andrew Lummis 0-2 but had a great first match; Terrese Aaron 2-0 with 2 pins; Gabe Deimeke 1-1 with 1 pin.
"It was a tough match right off of a break but our boys started to wrestle better after their first match. Troy and Hannibal are both very physical teams. I'm very proud of the heart and effort that each wrestler showed," coach Tony Senor reports.
The next match for the Middle School Mat Dawgs will be Thursday at Moberly.
MMS EIGHTH GRADE BOYS: The Mexico Middle School basketball team is playing this week in the Chester Boren Middle School Tournament in Centralia.
On Monday the Bulldogs were defeated by Boonville 57-24. Isaac Troy was in double figures for Mexico with 11 points, followed by Miguel Vega 4P, Caleb Harlan 3P, Clay Jeffrey, Chris Campbell and Alex Brazil, all with 2 points each.
On Tuesday Mexico lost to West Junior High of Columbia by a score 44-34. Isaac Troy was again in double figures with 17 points, Miguel Vega had 9P, Chris Campbell 5P and Caleb Robertson 3P. "Tuesday night we played a very competitive game. It was good to see the improvement from the night before," said MMS coach Kyle Louder.
Mexico will play for fifth place at 6:15 p.m. Thursday.
NORTH CALLAWAY GIRLS: The Ladybirds are off to a good start in their first two games of the season, increasing their record to 2-0 after beating Centralia Lady Panthers 49-33 Tuesday night in Centralia. Going into the fourth quarter the score was 28-25 North Callaway. Then the Ladybirds outscored the Lady Panthers 21-8. Centralia hit only 2 of 14 at the free throw line.
Page 2 of 3 - North Callaway had two players in double figures, Maddie Serell had 16 points, all coming in the second half, while Tara Oberlag scored 10 points. Elaine Brinker scored 9 points and led the team with 6 steals. Serell also led the team in rebounds with 8.
"We did a great job in the fourth quarter," stated North Callaway coach Jack Peace. "We got off to a slow start but the girls came around," he added.
North Callaway will travel to New Bloomfield on Friday.
The girls junior varsity team is playing in the Hermann tournament this week and on Tuesday lost to Hermann 48-28. North Callaway plays again Thursday in the tournament with New Haven as their opponent.
NORTH CALLAWAY BOYS: The Thunderbirds opened their season Tuesday with a victory against Centralia Panthers. North Callaway fell behind in the first quarter but came back strong in the second half and won 70-56.
The Thunderbirds had three players in double figures. Justin Murphy had 19, Jacob Haubner 17 and Justin Menard 10. Haubner and Zac Eads led the team with 6 rebounds each.
"Our boys played a great game for their season opener and I could see improvement in every quarter," stated North Callaway coach Tim Turlington.
North Callaway varsity boys will play New Haven on Friday.
PARIS GIRLS: The Paris Lady Coyotes started off the season with a solid win on the road at Knox County on Tuesday with the final score 52-40. "Knox was a big physical team, the type of team that we could struggle against, but we controlled the tempo for most of the game and picked up a good win on the road against a quality opponent," stated Paris coach Chris Willingham. The Lady Coyotes started out slowly, mostly due to nerves, according to the coach. "We were playing a little out of control and were getting ahead of ourselves both offensively and defensively," he added. Paris also picked up some early foul trouble and went to the bench quickly in the game. "Our bench played great basketball all night with contributions from all seven bench players. They really did a nice job keeping Knox from taking advantage of our foul trouble and kept us in the game early," said Willingham.
Once the Lady Coyotes settled down they went on a big run outscoring Knox 17 to 6 in the second quarter to take a seven-point lead into the half. They continued their success from the first half into the third quarter and built a 14-point lead heading into the fourth. Paris extended that lead to 18 points at one time, but Knox made a run late to cut the lead to eight at one point, but the Lady Coyotes hit their free throws down the stretch and finished off with a nice win. According to Willingham, his team played very well for their first game. They executed better than expected in half court offense and did a nice job pushing the ball on offense and controlling the tempo. Defensively they were ahead of what he expected for their first game. Their pressure kept Knox off balance and the half court defense was solid. "We still need to improve rebounding, but all-in-all, very pleased to start the season 1-0," added the coach.
Page 3 of 3 - Payton Gruber led the Lady Coyotes with 27 points, followed by Haley Fredrick, Shelby Dickey with 8 each and Dede Bounds with 4. Bounds also led in rebounds with 11.
Paris returns to action Friday at home against Monroe City.