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Cabool @ WS


7th Grade Scores:  WS 25, 25; Cab  12, 18

In game one, Kaitlyn Perkins started us on a good note scoring the first 8 service points and 7 aces; Cheyenne Bitler added 3 pts, 2 aces and 2 kills; Bethany Phillpott 3 service pts, ace, 2 assist; Kaitee Wheeler 2 service pts and 2 aces; Grace Burnett 2 kills and Alyssa Maggard 1 kill

Game 2– Kaitlyn Perkins 3 service pts, 2 aces, 2 kills and 2 assist; Cheyenne Bitler 3 service pts and 2 aces; Bethany Philpott 7 service points and 3 aces; Alyssa Maggard 1 pt, ace and 1 kill; Kaylynn Wake had 2 kills.

“We had a strong service night, had a lot of assist and kills. The 7th grade had a great effort tonight.”

8th Grade Scores:  WS 25, 16, 25; Cab  21, 25, 20

Game one, Michaela Cox- 3 aces, 3 service pts; Grace Bailey 2 aces, 6 service pts; Alana Biehl 6 service pts and 3 assist; Cassidy Crewse 3 kills. “We got rattled early, but bounced back with some strong service rallies”

Game two, Alana Biehl 2 service pts; Kalliann Moore 3 service pts & a kill; Brianna Villa 1 pt; Gina Wood 2 service points and a kill; Mikaela Deeds 1 pt, 1 ace and a kill; Linsey Brook 2 kills; Katelyn Wood 1 assist and Savannah Ray 1 kill. “My second team did a great job against Cabool’s first team. We didn’t pass well, but did some good things”

Game three, Alana Biehl 8 service pts and 2 aces; Gina Wood 1 service pt; Grace Bailey 3 service pts and 2 kills, Michaela Cox 2 pts, 1 kill and 2 assist; Katelyn Wood 1 assist; Devin Perkins and Kelsey Walton each had a kill; Cassidy Crewse 2 pts, 2 kills and 1 ace. “We didn’t start well, but slowly chipped away and came away with a victory.”

HOUSTON — Momentum turned early at Minute Maid Park on Monday, and it sided with the Cardinals, who continue to take advantage of a troubled Astros club.

Lance Lynn squirmed his way out of a bases-loaded, first-inning jam and another precarious spot in the second, only to have his offense stake him to a lead between. That support was sufficient for Lynn, who became the league’s fourth 17-game winner by the time the Cardinals finished cruising to a 6-1 win.

“He was in hot water the first two [innings] with guys all over the bases,” manager Mike Matheny said. “They worked their way through it and got better as he went. He found a nice [arm] slot and rode it for a while and was real impressive once he got a rhythm.”

Lynn opened the team’s final road series of the regular season knowing that additional separation was up for grabs in the chase for the second National League Wild Card. Milwaukee had lost earlier in the day. The Dodgers were idle. By claiming a series-opening victory, the Cardinals now sit 3 1/2 games in front of both. Everyone else is at least 5 1/2 back.

It’s a lead the Cardinals have to hold through only eight more games, two more of which come against this 104-loss Houston team preparing for an NL Central farewell.

“You have to beat the teams you’re supposed to beat,” Lynn said. “That’s what we want to do — get on a streak where we’re playing well and maybe do some things.”

It took 28 pitches for Lynn to wrap up the first, an inning that has haunted him all year. He was rewarded once he did. Matt Carpenter, who subbed in when David Freese rolled his ankle just before first pitch, drew a two-out walk from Astros starter Fernando Abad the following half inning.

Abad’s day ended there due to an oblique injury, and reliever Fernando Rodriguez was greeted by Daniel Descalso’s RBI triple.

Pete Kozma crushed a two-run homer to put the Cardinals up three. It was his second homer in as many games for the team’s new everyday shortstop and eight-hole hitter.

“I feel like I can put the ball in play with some force, with some aggressive swings,” Kozma said. “I kind of like hitting toward the bottom of the lineup because I can see what the pitcher likes to do.”

Rodriguez said he should have thrown a few more warmup pitches after being summoned on the spot.

“That ball to Kozma ran back right over the middle,” Rodriguez said. “There’s a way to attack him, and I ended up missing my spot by a lot and got hurt.”

Yadier Molina, returning from a back injury, delivered a solo homer in the fourth. Matt Holliday’s two-run single in the seventh gave him 100 RBIs and provided even more breathing room for the Cardinals, who benefited substantially from winning a game by a comfortable margin. It meant that several recently overworked relievers could take a much-needed night off.

While Holliday’s single provided that cushion, it was the bottom half of the lineup that carried the offense as a whole. The team’s Nos. 6-8 hitters combined to go 6-for-10 and reached base eight times. The rest of the lineup produced only three hits.

“We’ve got to have those guys keep carrying us,” Matheny said, “while we’re having trouble getting everybody else going.”

Lynn (17-7) righted his mechanics after a suspect first two innings and then thrived. He covered seven innings for the first time since July 16 and limited the Astros to one run, which wouldn’t have scored if not for a wild pitch on a strikeout for Jason Castro.

“Early on I was having trouble hitting where I wanted to hit and they were putting some long at-bats on me,” Lynn said. “That ran my pitch count up early. I had a quick third [inning], which helped, and then I was able to get right back to where I wanted to be.”

Lynn scattered five hits and struck out nine.

He was saved another potential baserunner by Jon Jay’s circus catch. After initially breaking the wrong way on Castro’s fourth-inning liner, Jay caught himself, retreated and juggled the ball off his glove and his hand before making the catch.

“I’m just happy it ended up in my hand,” Jay said. “I’m happy the recovery was good.”

Lynn has won all three starts he’s made since making the move back to the rotation and has come to resemble his early-season self. His ability to get out of the early innings unscathed was something Lynn had a particularly hard time doing in the first month after the All-Star break. That led to a short demotion to the bullpen.

In his last three starts, Lynn has allowed only two runs on 13 hits in 19 1/3 innings. His late-season renaissance has been huge in helping stabilize a Cardinals rotation that will be without Jake Westbrook indefinitely.

“I see him with a whole different demeanor,” Matheny said. “His stuff looks a little better and I think the rest did him a lot of good, especially mentally.”

The Cardinals have won nine straight against the Astros, outscoring them, 62-18.

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It’s Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – “Going 4-0 was our goal, and 4-0 was what we did,” Paula Wiedemann said of the Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team’s sweep of the competition this past weekend at the Hutchinson Community College Invitational Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan.


The Grizzlies (8-5) defeated Barton County Community College of Great Bend, Kan., 25-14, 25-22, 25-16 and the host team 25-18, 25-21, 15-25, 25-17 on Friday, Sept. 21, then held off New Mexico Military Institute of Roswell 28-26, 25-22, 25-23 and Seminole (Okla.) State College 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 21-25, 16-14 Saturday, Sept. 22.


Wiedemann, the Grizzlies’ head coach, said she was happy with her team’s performance.  “We played more consistently through the tournament, which was evident by our ability to get through tough games.  We didn’t let frustrations bother us.  Our players took more control on the court and made adjustments on their own, and I saw much more communication,” Wiedemann said.


The Grizzlies found their toughest competition coming from their final three opponents.  “Hutchinson is very athletic.  They have six really good rotations.  We came out and took it to them in the first two games, but they came out hot in game three, made very few errors and built a good lead,” Wiedemann said.  “We just didn’t take care of the ball well early in that game, but we started playing better at the end and handled them easily in game four.  This was a big win for us.”


Saturday’s competition tested the Grizzlies’ ability to play through long games, the coach added.  “New Mexico Military may not have the best record, but they make you earn every point.  They’re a well-coached team.  They didn’t allow us to go on point runs, and that’s why the games were close,” Wiedemann said.


“Seminole is scrappy.  They can be one of the most frustrating teams to play because they seem like they’re not in the game, but then they kick it in gear and make you play defense and earn every point.  Their setter is very good.  She dictates the demeanor of the team and has many ways of scoring points,” Wiedemann said.


Statistically, the Grizzlies were led offensively by freshman outside attacker Helena Peric, who recorded 49 kills on 92 attempts with 10 errors for an attacking percentage of .424.  She also had six blocks, 49 digs two aces and a team-leading 57 points earned.


“I’m very proud of Helena.  As many struggles as she’s had over the past few games, she has worked hard in practice and really made her presence known in this tournament,” the coach said.  “She got up and made great swings and took better care of the ball.”


Sophomore outside hitter Taylor Swayzer followed with 40 kills on 106 attempts with 14 errors for an attacking percentage of .245, and freshman middle/right side attacker Torika Baleilekutu added 38 kills on 85 attempts with 14 errors for an attacking percentage of .282.  Baleilekutu led the team in blocks with 15.5, including six solo blocks, and Swayzer led the team in digs with 51.


“Taylor was consistent throughout the weekend.  She took good swings, made few errors and picked up her efficiency,” Wiedemann said.  “Torika had a fantastic tournament, minus some hitting errors against Seminole on good swings.  She went up and took aggressive swings, and although it resulted in some errors, those kind of errors you can live with.”


Sophomore middle attacker Magda Zietek also returned to the lineup full time at the tournament, posting 26 kills and an attacking percentage of .242.  “Magda did well.  The longer she played, the more efficient she got.  I hope the more she plays, the more vocal she’ll get so she gets more swings,” Wiedemann said.


The coach also talked about freshman setter Sarah Stretch, sophomore right side attacker Candyce Alexander and freshman libero Victoria Williams.  Stretch had 176 assists, Alexander had 32 kills, and Williams had 47 digs and three service aces.


“Sarah didn’t feel like she had the best tournament in the way she played, but she distributed the ball well again, and she was the only 4-0 setter there,” Wiedemann said.  “Even though Candyce struggled with efficiency, she brings a lot of emotion to the court and seemed to have a big kill or dig at the right time.  Victoria has been playing well, consistently giving us a strong passing presence and keeping the ball off the floor which makes us better.”


The Grizzlies will open their Region 16 season at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, when they host Mineral Area College, Park Hills, Mo., at the West Plains Civic Center in a match being sponsored by Hirsch Feed & Farm Supply.  “We expect a good match.  They’re the defending region champions, but we’re looking to reclaim the top spot in the region.  There’s only one road to nationals for us, and it’s through Region 16,” Wiedemann said.


For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, including a copy of the 2012 schedule, visit the team’s website at

Friday the Lady Grizzlies defeated Barton County and Hutchinson.  Final scores were:

Barton County CC: 25-14, 25-22, 25-16

Hutchinson CC: 25-19, 25-21, and 25-17.

Saturday the Lady Grizzlies also defeated New  Mexico Military and Seminole State.  Final scores were:

New Mexico Military: 28-26, 25-22, 25-23

Seminole State College: 25-20, 25-16, 16-25, 21-25, and 16-14.


CHICAGO — Jason Motte joined elite Cardinals company. Allen Craig moved closer to his own personal milestone. Kyle Lohse reached one himself. And the Cardinals inched nearer to a return to the postseason with a 6-3 victory over the Cubs to close out the team’s final 2012 visit to Wrigley Field.

The Cardinals, winners in six of their last seven games, head to Houston gripping a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers for the National League’s second Wild Card spot. Nine games remain on the club’s 162-game schedule.

“We’ve been playing pretty good the last week and we’re still in a pretty good spot,” Craig said. “We know we have a really good offense. We’re just going to ride it out.”

That “really good offense,” however, had not shown up much this month — at least when it came to putting tallies on the scoreboard. Sunday’s six-run output by the Cardinals was the first since Sept. 1. Between then and now, St. Louis had lost five games in which an opponent hadn’t scored more than five.

Adding to the frustration was that five of the team’s nine September losses had come by one run.

Lohse improved to 16-3 with his 24th quality start, this one spanning six innings. He pitched with a lead after the Cardinals assumed a three-run advantage during a four-hit third despite the fact that the Cards tried to run themselves out of the opportunity.

After Matt Carpenter’s baserunning blunder — in which he was tagged out at third with Jon Jay already standing on the base following Matt Holliday’s single — cost St. Louis the second out of the inning, Craig came through with a two-strike, two-run single. Those two RBIs bumped Craig’s season total, in 111 games, to 89. That puts him only nine away from leading the team in that category, even though the first baseman spent five weeks of the season on the disabled list.

“The more I watch him,” Matheny said, “the more I’m impressed by everything about him.”

Craig also has a shot at his first 100-RBI season.

“I’ve been on the field enough to be with a few other guys who play every day,” Craig said. “In that respect, it is a big deal. But at this time in the year, we’re trying to get into the playoffs regardless of what my numbers are.”

David Freese followed Craig with another two-strike RBI hit to extend the lead to three.

The Cubs climbed back with a pair of fourth-inning runs. The two clubs then traded solo homers in the sixth. Shortstop Pete Kozma connected for the first of his Major League career. Chicago’s Alfonso Soriano hit his 31st of the season.

After the game, the Cardinals traded some autographs and gear so that Kozma could keep the ball, which wasn’t the one a fan threw back onto the field at the time.

It wasn’t the only keepsake leaving the ballpark. Motte, too, had a ball in his tote, this one marking the pitch he threw to collect save No. 40 of the season. In doing so, Motte becomes just the fourth Cardinals closer to record a 40-save season. Preceding him were Jason Isringhausen (2004), Lee Smith (1991, ’92, ’93) and Bruce Sutter (1984).

Six of Motte’s 40 saves have come in the last seven games.

“If I’m converting saves, it means we’re winning,” Motte said. “That’s what it’s about — winning.”

The final three innings were covered by Edward Mujica, Mitchell Boggs and Motte, ensuring that Lohse exited having established a career high in victories. He continues to lead the Majors in winning percentage, as well, now with a mark of .842.

It should all bolster Lohse’s NL Cy Young Award candidacy. Lohse’s ERA, though it crept up a few points to 2.77, ranks third-lowest in the league.

“I thought he was good the whole way [today],” Matheny said. “I’ve just been impressed with his consistency.”

Lohse closed his 102-pitch outing by working around a sixth-inning error by second baseman Skip Schumaker. His mistakes were few, though a misplaced changeup to Welington Castillo and an errant slider-turned-wild pitch opened the door for a two-run Chicago fourth.

Lohse then left a fastball over the middle of the plate to Soriano.

“If that’s the worse that it can get, I think I can live with it,” said Lohse, who, if the Cardinals leave the rotation as-is would be in line to pitch the Wild Card playoff game, if St. Louis wins the second Wild Card spot. “The bottom line, we came out of it with the win, which was good.”

Lohse left with the Cardinals leading, 4-3. The offense erased the potential for too much drama, though, with a two-run eighth off reliever Alberto Cabrera. The Cards loaded the bases with a single and two walks. Kozma followed with a sacrifice fly.

Kept out of the lineup because of illness, Carlos Beltran was healthy enough to pinch-hit, and he came through with an RBI single up the middle. Still not feeling well, Beltran had, not long before his at-bat, informed the staff that he felt he was strong enough to make the pinch-hit appearance.

He had not taken a swing all day before heading to the plate.

“I’m glad I was able to come through for the team,” Beltran said.

St. Louis, while stranding nine runners, finished a solid 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Cards finished the year with a 10-7 series edge over their division rival.

“We played these guys pretty much toe-to-toe for three days, so that was nice to see,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “Fought them and gave them the best we had.”

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It’s Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

High school cross country

Hancock Invitational

Jefferson Barracks Park St. Louis, MO Saturday, September 22, 2012
Varsity Boys (3.1 miles, Top 30 Medaled)-

-Finished 15th as a team.  Please contact me if you want complete team scores. Cory Chafin, 18th, 18:41.58 Allen Koch, 65th, 20:44.15 Derek Smith, 72nd, 21:03.90 Zach Wilhelm, 90th, 23:19.62 James Briscoe, 96th, 27:13.34
Varsity Girls (3.1 miles, Top 30 Medaled) Bailey Wagner, 24th, 23:30
Coming up… Cedar Ridge Invitational, Branson, Tuesday, 4 pm–Grades 7-12 Mtn. Grove Open, Tuesday, 4 pm–Grades 5-6 Willow Springs MS Invitational, Thursday, 4 pm, Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course, Grades 5-8 Springfield Catholic Irish Invitational, Tuesday, October 2, 4 pm, Springfield Underground, Grades 7-12

Par for the Course

Tom Benyo Class A GCSAA

Willow Springs Municipal Golf Course

Another Ace at WS

Another hole in one was recorded at Willow Springs last week.  This time it is a familiar name who already has his name on two trash cans.  Gene Vornold hit the perfect shot for the third time in his career…all three at Willow Springs.  Gene has already had aces on # 2 and 8 and it was friendly # 2 again this time.  A 7 wood was the club of choice and witnesses to the shot were Bill Easley, Jerry Wood and Tom Siegrist.  Congratulations Gene!!!


Church League played a straight scramble and two teams tied for the best score with 2 under 33.  Buster Graves, Barb Tate, Ethan Graves and Dylan Gale  were one team and the other was Paul Davis, and Tom and Linda Benyo.  Closest to the pin was won by Chris Cutler.

Cat and Dog League was won by Tom and Linda Benyo who shot a 33.  Second place was won by Michael and Michele McDaniel who shot a 34.  Closest to the pin was Sherri Nevill.

In high school football, the Liberty Eagles wanted to bounce back after last week’s one point loss to the Ava Bears.  This week against Willow Springs- Liberty came out fighting.  Dave Quinn reports:

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Final Liberty: 48, Willow Springs: 14


Cabool played Mt. Grove at home Friday night.  Brad McNew reports:

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Final: Mt. Grove: 44, Cabool: 19


Despite a strong fourth quarter showing, the West Plains Zizzers couldn’t keep up with the Joplin Eagles on Friday night as they fall to 0-5.  Cody Sanders reports:

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Final:  Joplin: 35, West Plains: 14

Monday, September 17 @ Rolla Rolla 6 Willow Springs 3

Singles: 1. Tamara Cauldwell (WS) 8 Kara Rieth (R) 5 2. Ashwini Krishnamurthy (R) 9 Annina Fremgen (WS) 8 (7-4 Tiebreaker) 3. Sai Supriya Vuda (R) 8 Katie Williams (WS) 3 4. Ciara Sisco (WS) 8 Nirvani Amarakoon (R) 5 5. Samantha Callier (R) 8 Shaylee Conner (WS) 3 6. Sarah Ferguson (R) 8 Andrea Dale (WS) 3
Doubles: 1. Krishnamurthy/Vuda (R) 8 Cauldwell/Fremgen (WS) 6 2. Williams/Sisco (WS) 8 Rieth/Ferguson (R) 5 3. Amarakoon/Callier (R) 8 Sisco/Conner (WS) 3
“This was a tough match.  We felt we could’ve played better and we’re struggling with closing out matches.  Ciara had a nice win and Tamara took out another number one, but we felt like we had a chance at an important team win.”
Tuesday, September 18 @ Springfield Invitational “It’s a fun experience to go to a tournament of this size and compete against some of the best teams and individuals in the state.  Tamara Cauldwell and Annina Fremgen were able to advance to the third round in the doubles bracket.  They had a bye in the first round, beat a team from West Plains in round two, before losing to a good Kickapoo team.”
Thursday, September 20 @ Parkview Willow Springs 8 Parkview 1
Singles: 1. Abbey Belote (P) 8 Tamara Cauldwell (WS) 0 2. Annina Fremgen (WS) 8 Nancy Taylor (P) 1 3. Katie Williams (WS) 8 Chandler Eaton (P) 0 4. Ciara Sisco (WS) 9 McKensie Keener (P) 8 (7-4 Tiebreaker) 5. Shaylee Conner (WS) 8 Brooke Hawkins (P) 2 6. Andrea Dale (WS) 8 Amanda Trotter (P) 6
Doubles: 1. Cauldwell/Fremgen (WS) 8 Belote/Taylor (P) 4 2. Williams/Sisco (WS) 8 Eaton/Taylor (P) 3 3. Conner/Dale (WS) 8 Hawkins/Caroline Hammond (P) 2
“Nice win for the girls and I felt it got us back on track before the last two weeks of the season.  Parkview has an excellent number one, but our girls were able to sweep the rest of the matches.”
Overall Record: 6-5

Next Up: Monday vs. West Plains Saturday @ Waynesville Tournament

The West Plains Zizzers fell behind 2-0 to the Logan-Rogersville Wildcats on Thursday. Rogersville’s Tuccker Brown beat two defenders and slid a shot past the Zizzers’ Keeper in the 12th minute for a 1-0 lead. Then in the 39th minute, the Wildcats sent a free kick into the box that was knocked down. A Wildcat player was first to the ball and kicked it in for a 2-0 lead. The Zizzers came out stronger in the second half. Logan Johnson had a shot hit the post and bounce out early in the the half. In the 52nd minute, The Wildcat Keeper was called for a push in the box, giving the Zizzers a penalty kick. Logan Johnson scored on the penalty kick to cut the lead to 2-1. In the 61st minute, the Zizzers earned a corner kick. Joey Block sent the kick into the box. Alex Ugbah met the ball near the back post and headed it in the goal after hitting the underside of the crossbar and the game was tied 2-2. The teams battled back and forth before Tucker Brown won the game in the 71st minute with a goal after dribbling past a defender. The teams battled to the end, but the score remained 3-2 in favor of the Wildcats. Some good things at times for the Zizzers, but we are still searching for consistency over the full 80 minutes.

In the JV game, West Plains had one of it’s better games of the season. The teams battled to a scoreless tie at halftime. With no lights, there was no guarantee how long the second half would last. Eight minutes into the second half, The Wildcats took a 1-0 lead off of a corner kick that was headed in the goal. The Zizzers kept working and had some chances, but couldn’t score until the 15th minute of the half. The ball was sent forward to Josh Campbell who ran onto to it and went toward goal before sending a shot that hit the inside of the far post and went into the goal to tie it up. The teams played for about two minutes after that and then the game was called due to darkness. It was a great effort for the Zizzers and it was nice to see them keep working after the Wildcats goal and comeback to tie it up.