MHS WRESTLING: It was a rough duel last night for the Mexico matmen with a few guys out with injuries and the flu. Jayde Moran kept the pressure on Mitch Kriegshauser (Kirksville) it was close match going into the third. "I feel Moran's conditioning and physical wrestling wore Kriegshauser out. Moran won by a major decision that will help him with his district seed," stated MHS coach Gayle Adams. The final score was Kirksville 57, Mexico 19. The Bulldogs will participate in the Gateway duels in St. Louis on Jan. 5. Adams was pleased with the number of fans who showed up for the match Tuesday night. "We had a great crowd."
INDIVIDUAL STATS: 106 Riley Stewart (Kirksville) won by forfeit over Unknown (Unattached). 113 Ethan Rentschler (Kirksville) received a bye. 120 Hunter Smith (Mexico) won by pin over William Kraust, 0:45. 126 Jordan Jones (Mexico) won by decision over Branden Beeler, 6-0. 132 Matt Kelly (Kirksville) won by decision over Ethan Musgrove, 6-0. 138 Jayde Moran (Mexico) won by major decision over Mitch Kriegshauser, 14-6. 145 Jake Vitale (Mexico) won by pin over Ryan Moronda, 1:50. 152 Tre Stewart (Kirksville) won by pin over Samuel Fayad, 4:22. 160 Dorian Sneddon (Kirksville) won by pin over Dalton Logerman, 1:05. 170 Kylan Easley (Kirksville) won by pin over Dalton Wilson, 1:52. 182 Makenna Cook (Kirksville) won by pin over Anthony Brower, 1:22. 195 Jordan Kissick (Kirksville) won by pin over Jaylen Lee, 2:25. 220 Logan Summers (Kirksville) received a bye.b 285 Joe Brawner (Kirksville) won by pin over John Lummis, 1:08.
EIGHTH GRADE BOYS BASKETBALL: The eighth grade boys basketball team lost to Centralia 39-19 on Monday. Top scorers for MMS were Clay Jeffrey 7, Caleb Robertson 4, Miguel Vega 3, Chris Campbell 2 and Isaac Troy 2. This was the last game before the break. The next game will be Jan. 4-5 in the Moberly Middle School Tournament.
NORTH CALLAWAY GIRLS: On Monday night two undefeated, stated-ranked basketball teams met for a showdown when the North Callaway Ladybirds 8-0 and ranked eighth in state in Class 3 traveled to Silex to play the also 8-0 Lady Owls, ranked second in Class 2. The outcome was against the Ladybirds who lost 59-53 to the Lady Owls. The third-quarter began with a 38-30 North Callaway lead, but the Ladybirds had three turnovers which was key to the game. For Silex Natalie Flemming a three-time all state player who averages 25 points a game scored 25 points in the second half of the game with 17 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. She was also 7 for 10 at the free throw line. For North Callaway Maddie Sorell scored 16P with 10RB. Elaine Brinker added 13P with three 3-pointers. She also led the team with 7 assists and 4 steals. Jaida Gray dropped in 12P with 4 assists. "The girls played hard and lost to a very good ball club," stated North Callaway coach Jack Peace. North Callaway falls 8-1 overall and 2-1 in conference. Silex is 9-0 overall and 3-0 in conference play.
Page 2 of 3 - The Junior Varsity team lost 30-16. Ariel Branham scored 4P for North Callaway. North Callaway returns to action Thursday with both junior varsity and varsity girls and boys at Southern Boone.
COMMUNITY R-6 GIRLS: The Lady Trojans have not beaten Clopton at home or away in five years since the Conference Championship match-up (led by all-stater Leanne Robison) that was won 68-60 in 2007 in Clarksville. That streak was broken Monday night when the Lady Trojans who are now 3-0 in the EMO conference and 6-1 overall defeated the Lady Hawks 56-54 in thriller that saw senior foward Paige Curtis hit a game winner with only a few seconds to go in the contest. After Curtis put the left handed runner in to put the Lady Trojans up by one Mia Knipfel stole the inbound and got fouled going to the line making one of two to put the Trojans up 56-54 with only 1.4 seconds left on the clock the Lady Hawks had to go the length of the floor for the win and their attempt fell short. "You cannot beat a great program like Clopton with one or two kids having a good night, it has to be a team effort," said R-6 coach Bob Curtis. Senior forwards Paige Harris and Curtis were huge down the stretch scoring 20 points combined in the second half and pulling down 10 boards during those two frames, Emmalee McCoskey was great on the glass pulling down 6 rebounds and tossing in 11 points. Finally, freshman point guard Danielle Brooks was tremendous handling the full court pressure of Clopton and contributing 12 points to the cause. "She has a great future ahead of her and I cannot wait to see the player she is going to develop into over the next three years," said her coach. "Their guards really frustrate a ball-handler and Danielle handled it like a veteran who has been in these kind of games for years. Big win for our program and it runs our record to 6-1," added the coach.
The Lady Trojans return to action Thursday in the Madison Tournament starting at 7:30 p.m. against Cairo.
PARIS GIRLS: The Lady Coyotes picked up a good non-conference win Monday night at home against a much improved South Shelby team. "We came out very focused early in the game and jumped out to a 16-6 lead," remarked Paris coach Chris Willingham. Payton Gruber had a big first quarter lighting it up for 13 points, while as a team the Lady Coyotes executed very well on offense and defense. "We did a very good job of keeping South off balance on offense and not allowing much at all," stated the coach. The second quarter and for the most part the remainder of the game was played at a very fast pace. Both teams pushed the ball on offense and pressured the ball on defense. "We did a very good job of controlling the tempo and using our depth to our advantage. We missed a lot of easy opportunities to score, but that will happen from time to time when a team is playing very fast offensively," said Willingham. Several times throughout the game it appeared Paris would run away with the game and win big, but to South Shelby's credit they kept playing hard and at several times during the game made runs to get back in the game. Paris did a very good job responding to those runs and early in the fourth quarter and used their depth to extend the lead to 20 points. "We did a nice job from there and finished out a good team win." Gruber led the team with 26 points along with 3 steals. Halley Fredrick dumped in 15P brought down 10R had 1 block and 3 steals. Kaylee Callison had 8RB while Dede Bounds, brought down 9 from the boards. The win puts the Lady Trojans at the 500 mark with a 4-4 record overall.
Page 3 of 3 - PARIS BOYS: The Paris Coyotes had another tough night Monday hitting only 28 percent from the field in a loss against South Shelby 63-27. Brant Frances led the Coyotes with 7P followed by Slater Stone with 6P, Quin Bartels scored 4P, Bryce Ensor 3P, Brett Mason, Britton Francis and Zach Baker contributed 2P, and Jon Turner scored 11P. Zane Lockhart had 3RB. The Coyotes are 0-7 overall.