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The Mexico Ledger - Mexico, MO
  • Middle school athletes see action

  • Games played in football, volleyball, cross-country
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  • Mexico Middle School cross-country had another strong showing Monday, as the boys team finished third and the girls fourth at the 16-team Mexico Invitational.
    After finishing second in every previous race this season, Alex Dukes chose the home setting to earn his first win, running 8:52 to outpace second-place by 17 seconds. R.J. Prince also medalled in the boys race, finishing 14th. The girls team had four runners earn medals, Lesli Key finished 10th, Helena Fairchild 18th, Emily George 21st and Nicole Schutte 23rd.
    MMS cross-country returns to competition tomorrow at the Hannibal Invitational.
    Complete Results:
    Boys
    1. Alex Dukes 8:52
    14. R.J. Prince 9:36
    28. Gage Worley 10:05
    30. Tyler Brandow 10:06
    52. Nick Cortex 10:38
    61. Caden Freeman 10:53
    63. Brennan McIntosh 10:57
    80. Dhruv Prajapti 11:15
    87. Jake Sims 11:30
    90. Chris Dubbert 11:41
    109. Zach Quinlan 12:13
    123. Kinze Benjamin 12:29
    128. Andrew Weber 12:42
    133. Nick Huemann 13:00
    145. Raith Palmer 13:36
    149. A.J. Vittone 13:44
    155. Dylan Epperson 15:35
    157. Patrick McClarey 15:55
    Girls
    10. Lesli Key 10:55
    18. Helena Fairchild 11:06
    21. Emily George 11:12
    23. Nicole Schutte 11:18
    34. Nevaeh Niekam 11:32
    41. Kellee Smith 11:46
    71. Gracelyn Penn 12:43
    84. Jackie Calaluce 13:13
    94. Shannon Stice 13:28
    100. Sarah Vogt 13:36
    109. Kylie Morgan 13:56
    122. Ana Minnick 14:23
    128. Grace Kerr 14:48
    MMS volleyball also saw action Monday night, as both the seventh grade and eighth grade teams squared off against the Hannibal Pirates at MMS.
    The seventh graders fell to 6-2 on the season after losing to the Pirates 8-25, 19-25.
    "The girls experienced a very competitive Hannibal team tonight," head coach Amy Boedeker said. "Despite a loss, the girls fought hard to stay in the second game."
    Seventh grade volleyball returns to the court tonight during the Mexico seventh grade tournament at MHS.
    The eighth graders fared better, defeating the Pirates 25-17, 25-17. The win improves the team to 3-4 on the year.
    "The girls came out ready to play tonight. Everyone contributed to the win over a tough Hannibal team this evening," Boedeker said. "The girls really showed their competitiveness and how well they can work together."
    The eighth graders return to the court Monday at Montgomery County Middle School.
    Seventh grade football notched the first victory of the season, beating the Fulton Hornets 24-6 Tuesday.
    RB Dillon Nichols scored three touchdowns for the Bulldogs while the Mexico defense did not allow the Hornets to convert a first-down or score during the first half.
    "The defensive front line of Steven Johnson, Zach Neumann, Caleb Mason, and Dylan Arnold controlled the line of scrimmage and outside linebackers Taylor Bledsoe and Mason Templeton shut down Fulton's outside running game," coach Ron Bracht said.
    Page 2 of 2 - Parker Smith scored another touchdown for the Bulldogs, recovering fumble in the end zone.
    The eighth graders fared well against the Hornets as well, winning 56-0 in a rout.
    "It's always nice to come out with a win over our rivals, Fulton," coach David Okenfuss said. "I'm very pleased with the way that the scoring was spread out amongst six different players. Our offensive and defensive lines played outstanding."
    Michael White had two touchdown runs and a two-point conversion and Kellen Ekern had a touchdown run and reception while completing two two-point conversions. Avion Williams also ran for two touchdowns while Cameron Baumgartner had one.
    The Bulldogs also had scoring efforts from Deion Wayman, Cameron Holman and Ryan Shopher who succesfully completed two-point conversions.
    The win improves the eighth grade team to 4-1.
    Both teams return to the field Saturday against Hannibal.

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