MISSOURIAN ROUNDUP: Cape Central's Jared Neikirk captures Fleet Feet Cross Country Kickoff Classic
Cape Girardeau Central senior Jared Neikirk was the first runner to cross the finish line with a first-place time of 10 minutes, 36.94 seconds to help lead the Tigers to second place at the Fleet Feet Cross Country Kickoff Classic at the Arnold City Park on Thursday.
Neikirk finished ahead of Farmington junior Thomas Lee, who posted a time of 11 minutes, 1.55 seconds as the Knights trimmed the Tigers by eight points in the final team standings. Joining Neikirk in the Top 10 were teammates Nathan Caldwell and freshman Alex Neikirk.
On the girls' side, sophomore McKensi Williams placed eighth with a time of 13 minutes, 41.46 seconds as the Tigers did not field enough athletes for a composite team score. Lindbergh senior Abigail Juedemann won the girls' race with a time of 12 minutes, 41.10 seconds. Farmington also won the girls' division in the final team scores.
Team Scores -- 1. Farmington 24; 2. Cape Central 33; 3. Northwest (Cedar Hill) 81; 4. Arcadia Valley 102
Local top five finishers
CAPE CENTRAL -- 1. Jared Neikirk (10:36.94); 4. Nathan Caldwell (11:27.73); 10. Alex Neikirk (11:51.27); 12. Brayden Baker (12:02.86); 13. Jack Rusten (12:10.55)
Team Scores -- 1. Farmington 27; 2. St. Joseph's Academy 31; 3. Arcadia Valley 87; 4. Ursuline Academy 97
Local top five finishers
CAPE CENTRAL -- 8. McKensi Williams (13:41.46); 10. Macee Hoskins (13:43.94); 13. Alyssa Davis (14:23.98); 27. Sydne Newman (15:57.99)
Notre Dame 243, Farmington 125, Poplar Bluff 63, Saxony Lutheran 19
The Bulldogs captured first place in all but two events to out-pace the Knights by a wide margin and prevail in the quad match with the Mules and Crusaders in the distant final two places at the Central Municipal Pool.
Sophomore Noel Keran and junior Nicholas Hux each won two events for the Bulldogs. Keran posted state-qualifying consideration cuts with his first-place times of 1 minute, 56.99 seconds in the 200 freestyle and 11:01.61 in the 100 butterfly. Hux also posted a state cut with his first-place finish of 52.62 seconds in the 100 freestyle. Senior Ashton Hopper also recorded a state qualifier in the 50 frees while sophomore Nick Landewe swam a consideration cut with his win in the 500 frees.
The Notre Dame relay team notched a consideration cut in the 200 freestyle relay.
Top three finishers
200 medley relay -- 1. Notre Dame (Nick Landewe, Ashton Hopper, Nicholas Hux, Brock Hulshof) 1:53.12; 2. Farmington (James Monroe, Devon Todaro, Van Kleppe, Dorian Woodson) 1:55.79; 3. Notre Dame (Drew Barber, Trey James, Patrick Hodges, Caleb LeGrand) 2:07.25
200 freestyle -- 1. Noel Keran (ND) 1:56.99; 2. Cody Griggs (SL) 2:10.31; 3. Caleb LeGrand (ND) 2:12.13
200 individual medley -- 1. Nicholas Hux (ND) 2:19.93; 2. Gavin Vaughn (PB) 2:22.85; 3. Patrick Hodges (ND) 2:31.00
50 freestyle -- 1. Devon Todaro (F) 25.47; 2. Ashton Hopper (ND) 25.67; 3. Brock Hulshof (ND) 26.02
100 butterfly -- 1. Noel Keran (ND) 1:01.61; 2. Van Kleppe (F) 1:06.34; 3. Dorian Woodson (F) 1:08.42
100 freestyle -- 1. Nicholas Hux (ND) 52.62; 2. Jack Harrison (PB) 55.62; 3. James Monroe (F) 58.39
500 freestyle -- 1. Nick Landewe (ND) 5:25.31; 2. Trent Pruden (ND) 6:28.93; 3. Liam Arnzen (ND) 6:54.74
200 freestyle relay -- 1. Notre Dame (Ashton Hopper, Noel Keran, Caleb LeGrand, Nicholas Hux) 1:41.38; 2. Farmington (James Monroe, Ari Woodson, Dorian Woodson, Devon Todaro) 1:45.16; 3. Notre Dame (Jack Klueppel, Drew Barber, Trent Pruden, Liam Arnzen) 1:49.61
100 backstroke -- 1. James Monroe (F) 1:10.19; 2. Jack Klueppel (ND) 1:12.91; 3. Ari Woodson (F) 1:13.09
100 breaststroke -- 1. Jack Harrison (PB) 1:09.77; 2. Nick Landewe (ND) 1:11.81; 3. Ashton Hopper (ND) 1:13.68
400 freestyle relay -- 1. Notre Dame (Noel Keran, Brock Hulshof, Caleb LeGrand, Nick Landewe) 3:45.09; 2. Notre Dame (Liam Arnzen, Patrick Hodges, Trent Pruden, Jack Klueppel) 4:18.84; 3. Poplar Bluff (Gavin Vaughn, Kastin Caudel, Jack Harrison, Christian Todd) 4:25.92
Chaffee 10, Notre Dame JV 0
Carlie Milz belted a double and scored two runs as the Red Devils disposed of the junior varsity Bulldogs in five innings in pool play of the Notre Dame Softball Fest.
Sydney Walker was the winning pitcher and also doubled for Chaffee.
Brittany Porter suffered the loss for Notre Dame's JV squad in their season debut.
WP -- Sydney Walker. LP -- Brittany Porter. 2B -- Carlie Milz (C), Walker (C), Lilly Wessel (C). Multiple hits -- Chaffee: Madeline Hendrix 2-3, Grace Knutson 2-2, Molly LeGrand 2-3, Milz 2-3, Wessel 2-3.
Chaffee 17, Van Buren 4
Walker had another ll-around performance for the Red Devils, blasting a home run and driving in five runs while going the distance in the circle to lead Chaffee in the lopsided four-inning romp of the Bulldogs that allowed the Red Devils to come out on top of Pool A in the Notre Dame Softball Fest.
Lilly Wessel also smacked a three-run home run for Chaffee (3-1). Carlie Milz contributed a triple and a double with three RBIs for the Red Devils.
Van Buren downed Notre Dame's JV 9-3 in the final game of Pool A to draw the second seed in the pool and improved their current record to 2-2.
WP -- Sydney Walker. LP -- Hailie Hampton. HR -- Walker (C), Lilly Wessel (C), Lanae Flowers (VB). 3B -- Carlie Milz (C). 2B -- Madeline Hendrix (C), Milz (C), Bailey Wiseman (C), Brooke Jackson (VB), Morgan Shockley (VB). Multiple hits -- Chaffee: Abby Cowell 3-3, Hendrix 3-4, Milz 2-3, Walker 2-3, Wiseman 3-4; Van Buren: Flowers 2-2, Jackson 2-2, Shockley 2-3.
Jackson 6, Perryville 2
Ashlyn Prince put on quite a performance for the Indians, belting a triple with three RBIs while going the distance in the circle and recording 13 strikeouts as the Indians handed the Pirates their first loss of the season.
Prince gave up two runs and walked five batters as a strong sixth inning ultimately saw Jackson (3-3) sink the Pirates.
Makayla Brown tossed 1 2/3 innings to be tagged with the loss for Perryville (1-1). She allowed four earned runs on five hits with one strikeout and one walk.
WP -- Ashlyn Prince. LP -- Makayla Brown. 3B -- Prince (J), Ann-Marie Simpson (P). 2B -- Miranda Carnell (J), Alli Gartman (J), Molly Martin (J), Kailin Rose Schuessler (P). Multiple hits -- Jackson: Libby Brakehane 2-4, Carnell 2-4; Perryville: Simpson 3-4.
East Carter 3, Kelly 2
Elizabeth Crowley delivered the walk-off victory for the Redbirds as the Hawks dropped the heartbreaker on the road in Ellsinore, Missouri.
Makenna Moore went the distance in the circle to earn the win for East Carter (2-2).
Alyssa Tidwell also pitched a complete game to sustain the loss for Kelly (0-2).
WP -- Makenna Moore. LP -- Alyssa Tidwell. 3B -- Audrey Carter (EC). 2B -- Bailey Gargac (EC), Paytin Gholson (EC), Lilly Jones (K). Multiple hits -- East Carter: Elizabeth Crowley 2-3, Gargac 2-3, Gholson 2-3; Kelly: Rylee Crumley 2-3, Jones 3-4.
Fredericktown 16, Saxony Lutheran 9
Mackenzie Robinson blasted a home run as the Crusaders surrendered in the slugfest at home.
Zoie Roth was marked with the loss for Saxony Lutheran (1-3). She gave up 12 runs (eight earned) on nine hits, walked 10 batters and struck out three. She also doubled and drove in three runs for the Crusaders.
Maesyn Rehkop got the complete-game win in the circle for Fredericktown (2-3).
WP -- Maesyn Rehkop. LP -- Zoie Roth. HR -- Mackenzie Robinson (SL). 2B -- Mackenzie McMinn (F), Roth (SL). Multiple hits -- Fredericktown: Alivia Clark 3-6; Saxony: Linda Gamberini 2-4, Macey Smith 3-4, Sarah Ward 3-4.
Notre Dame 6, Windsor (Imperial) 3
The Bulldogs prevailed in four singles matches and added two doubles victories to notch their first win of the season in the victory at home over the Owls.
Notre Dame improved to 1-2 while Windsor fell to 1-2 as well.
No. 1 -- Claire Bruenderman (ND) def. Bailey Anderson 8-1
No. 2 -- Mackenzie Sowa (W) def. Riley Dodd 8-4
No. 3 -- Mackenzie Lamkins (W) def. Melanie Hayden
No. 4 -- Claire Southard (ND) def. Alyssa Weisner 8-6
No. 5 -- Anna Grace Stroup (ND) def. Nicole Rice 8-2
No. 6 -- Gigi Merideth (ND) def. Allison Hulsey 8-1
No. 1 -- Bruenderman/Southard (ND) def. Anderson/Sowa 8-6
No. 2 -- Rice/Weisner (W) def. Dodd/Hayden 8-6
No. 3 -- Stroup/Merideth (ND) def. Lamkins/Hulsey 8-1
Kennett 8, Jackson 1
Lexi Spurgeon was the lone victor for the hosts who suffered their first loss of the season in the conference battle of the tribes.
Kennett upped its overall and conference record to 2-0 while Jackson dropped to 2-1 overall and in the SEMO Conference.
No. 1 -- Sydni McAtee (K) def. Alex Rothert 9-7
No. 2 -- Darcy Campbell (K) def. Sarah Fetterhoff 8-1
No. 3 -- Emma Phillips (K) def. Larissa Hoffman 8-1
No. 4 -- Alexa Blankenship (K) def. Chloe Pipkin 8-3
No. 5 -- Anelle Harris (K) def. Delaney Pipkin 8-1
No. 6 -- Lexi Spurgeon (J) def. Bella Rouse 8-6
No. 1 -- McAtee/Campbell (K) def. Rothert/Hoffman 8-3
No. 2 -- Phillips/Blankenship (K) def. Fetterhoff/C. Pipkin 8-2
No. 3 -- Harris/Taylor Hufford (K) def. Spurgeon/Kaitlin Bruns 8-6
JV -- Jackson won 5-4
Dexter 5, Cape Central 4
The Tigers picked up a pair of victories in the singles and in the doubles but fell just short in the conference road loss to the Bearcats.
Cape Girardeau decreased its overall record to 2-2 and dropped to 1-1 in the SEMO Conference. Dexter moved up to 3-0 overall and in the conference with the win.
No. 1 -- Jadyn Northcutt (D) def. Jordan Maxton 8-5
No. 2 -- Abigail Dorton (D) def. Anita Kellum 8-3
No. 3 -- Maria Seidu-Sofo (C) def. Malia Cook 8-3
No. 4 -- Archna Sobti (C) def. Hannah Bollinger 8-5
No. 5 -- Maci McBride (D) def. Haley Brazel 8-4
No. 6 -- Courtney Northcutt (D) def. Anna Priest 9-7
No. 1 -- Maxton/Seidu-Sofo (C) def. J. Northcutt/Dorton 8-5
No. 2 -- Kellum/Sobti (C) def. Cook/Bollinger 8-3
No. 3 -- McBride/C. Northcutt (D) def. Brazel/Priest 8-5
JV -- Cape Central won 4-2
Jackson 25 25, Dexter 21 14
Hannah Shinn nailed nine kills to lead the Indians to their second consecutive win of the week in their home-debut sweep of the Bearcats.
Mackenzie Stoner recorded five kills and two aces for Jackson (2-0), which got 15 digs from Hannah Wilson. Lainey Broussard dished out 20 assists for the Indians while Emily Scott put up three blocks and three kills.
Dexter dropped to 0-2 on the season with the loss.
JV -- Dexter won 25-8, 25-20
Freshmen -- Perryville def. Jackson 26-24, 25-23
Woodland 25 25, Bell City 14 8
Emma Brown hammered six kills as the top-seeded Cardinals easily downed the eighth-seeded Cubs in the first round of quarterfinals at the Woodland Invitational Tournament (WIT).
Maddison Altenthal tallied five blocks, five assists and four blocks for Woodland (3-1), which got seven assists and three kills courtesy of Addie Johnson. Tiana Wiseman notched five kills, four digs and three aces for the Cardinals.
Bell City lowered its record to 0-3-1 with the loss.
Saxony Lutheran 25 25, Zalma 13 12
Macy Morehead slammed nine kills and served three aces to lead the fourth-seeded Crusaders to victory over the fifth-seeded Bulldogs in straight sets during the quarterfinals of the WIT.
Abbi Thomason contributed four kills for Saxony Lutheran (2-2). Olivia Voelker provided 10 assists and three aces for the Crusaders and Makayla Mueller notched nine digs.
It was the first loss of the season for Zalma, which fell to 3-1-1 upon its elimination from the tournament.
Saxony advances to today's first semifinal against top-seeded host Woodland at 4 p.m. The Crusaders handed the Cardinals their first and only loss thus far this season during Tuesday's pool-play action.
Leopold 25 25, Greenville 20 15
Kyla Beel finished with eight kills and three digs as the second-seeded Wildcats staved off a scare from the seventh-seeded Bears in the quarterfinals of the WIT.
Freshman Paige Davis recorded nine assists, five kills, three aces and three digs for Leopold (2-1-1). Patience VanderMierden posted 11 assists, five digs, three kills and two aces for the Wildcats, who will have a rematch with Mississippi Valley Conference foe Oak Ridge at 5 p.m. tonight in the other semifinal. The third-seeded BlueJays dodged an upset from a determined Meadow Heights (1-2-1) squad in Thursday's later quarterfinal with Oak Ridge (2-1-1) prevailing over the sixth-seeded Panthers 20-25, 26-24, 25-14. No statistical information was provided from that game, however.
Jackson 3, Sikeston 0
The Indians found the back of the net three times to cruise to their third-straight win of the season in the opening round of the Notre Dame Soccer Fest.
Will Essner, Ryan Kinder and Jake Sauerbrunn all scored for Jackson (3-0).
Goalkeeper Luke Mirly got the shutout.
Notre Dame 2, Cape Central 0
Braden Noel and Griffin Stewart each had goals for the host Bulldogs, who opened their season with a shutout of the Tigers in the final game of the first day of the Notre Dame Soccer Fest.
Cape Girardeau Central dropped to 2-2 with the loss.
Oran 13, Bloomfield 2
Jacob Shoemaker blasted two home runs with five RBIs to lead the Eagles to their first win of the fall season in the five-inning trouncing of the winless Wildcats at home.
Todd Priggel pitched three innings to earn the win for Oran (1-3). He gave up two earned runs on three hits, walked five batters and struck out two.
Ethan Pennington lasted one inning on the mound to suffer the loss for Bloomfield (0-4).
WP -- Todd Priggel. LP -- Ethan Pennington. HR -- Jacob Shoemaker (O) 2. 2B -- Will Thorn (B). Multiple hits -- Oran: Shoemaker 3-3.
Advance 4, Woodland 3
Austin Bailey delivered a double and two RBIs to help the Hornets squeeze out the narrow win at home over the Cardinals.
Hunter Curtis went four innings on the mound to clinch the win for Advance (3-2). He gave up two unearned runs on four hits with one strikeout and one walk.
Cecil Abernathy endured the complete-game pitching loss for Woodland (1-2). All four runs were earned and he had six strikeouts and five walks.
WP -- Hunter Curtis. LP -- Cecil Abernathy. 2B -- Austin Bailey (A). Multiple hits -- Advance: Ridley Bailey 2-2; Woodland: Wyatt Allen 2-4.
— From staff reports