Two members of the Nevada Lady Tiger tennis team have earned All-Conference honors as announced by the West Central Conference on Tuesday. Nevada junior, Megan Payne, received first team All-WCC honors after playing all season as Nevada's #1 singles player and as part of their #1 doubles team. Also receiving recognition was Nevada's Emma Cheaney who received an Honorable Mention selection.
The Nevada Lady Tiger volleyball team is heading to the semi-finals of the Class 3 District 11 Tournament after getting past quarterfinal action Monday night. The #3 seeded Lady Tigers had little trouble in advancing as they swept the sixth seeded Clinton Lady Cardinals in two straight sets 25-11, 25-15. In set one, Nevada jumped out to a 9-0 lead and were never threatened the rest of the set. Set number two was a little more difficult as Clinton had an 11-7 lead at one point but Nevada went on a 12-2 run to take a 19-13 lead and never looked back. The win improves Nevada to 22-10 on the year while Clinton ended their season at 3-19-6. The Lady Tigers will return to Clinton Wednesday night at 6:15 p.m. for the district semi-finals against #2 seed, Kansas City O'Hara. The Lady Celtics cruised to a 25-5, 25-10 win over Warsaw in their first round match. In the other first round contest, Warrensburg advanced with a 25-15, 29-27 win over Harrisonville. Warrensburg will meet top-seeded Pleasant Hill in the 5:00 p.m. semi-final Wednesday. The two winners will meet in the championship match at 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. All of the Nevada action can be seen on NevadaMO TV.
In other area district volleyball action Monday night...
Class 2 District 12 at Lamar: Pierce City swept Lamar two games to none and Diamond won two games to none over Sarcoxie. Tuesday's schedule has #2 Colllege Heights vs. Diamond at 4:30; #1 El Dorado Springs facing Pierce City at 6:00 p.m. The championship match will be played between the two winners at 7:30 p.m.
Class 1 District 11 at Jasper: Joplin McCauley wins in two straight over Bronaugh; Jasper downs Sheldon two games to none and Golden City over Thomas Jefferson in two straight. Tuesday's schedule has #1 seed Liberal facing McCauley at 5:00 p.m. while Japser and Golden City square off at 6:15 p.m. The semi-final winners meet for the district title at 7:45 p.m.
Class 1 District 12 at Appleton City: Lakeland wins two games to none over Hume; Appleton City wins 2-0 over Ballard and Rich Hill takes care of Northeast Vernon County 2-0. Tuesday's schedule includes Appleton City vs Rich Hill at 6:00 p.m. and #1 Osceola against Lakeland at 7:30 p.m. The championship match is set for Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.
The Cottey Comet volleyball squad went 1-1 in the triangular match they hosted Saturday at the Hinkhouse Center. The Comets defeated Wentworth Military Academy in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-20, 26-24 but were upended by NEO A&M 25-21, 25-23, 25-12. Cottey is 6-8 on the season and returns to action on Tuesday night in Joplin against Ozark Christian College.
The Nevada cross country team competed in their first ever West Central Conference Cross Country meet Monday in Sedalia and brought back an All-Conference performer. Senior Ben Sommer completed the 5,000 meter course in 18:19 which was good enough for fifth place and made him a first team All-Conference runner. Nevada's other varsity runners included Trent Ellis who ran 22:08 and Luke Sudkamp with a time of 22:57.
The Nevada Lady Tiger golf team hosted their season ending banquet recently to wrap up their fall campaign and hand out post-season awards. Senior, Hannah Householder, was presented the Fighting Lady Tiger Award for overall Nevada golfer of the year and junior, Kaitlyn Richmond, was handed the Hazel Gordon Award for being the most improved.
Matchups have been announced for the first round of district play in Missouri high school football action this week. In matchups involving area teams, the seeds and matchups look like this...
Class 4 District 6 - #8 Nevada @ #1 Harrisonville
Class 2 District 4 - #8 Butler @ #1 Lamar; #5 Summit Christian Academy @ #4 El Dorado Springs; #6 Sherwood @ #3 Stockton
Class 1 District 3 - #8 Liberal @ #1 Cass-Midway; #5 Drexel @ #4 Adrian; #7 Archie @ # 2 Jasper; #6 Joplin McCauley @ #3 Rich Hill
The Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants begin play Tuesday night in the Major League Baseball World Series. During interleague series play this season, Kansas City swept San Francisco three games to none. James Shields (14-8, 3.21 ERA) will take the mound in game one for the Royals against Madison Baumgarner (18-10, 2.98 ERA) of the Giants. Game times just after 7:00 p.m. Tuesday night in Kansas City.
The Kansas City Chiefs are back to the .500 mark after Cairo Santos nailed a 48 yard field goal wit 21 seconds left and lifting the Chiefs to a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in San Diego. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak by the Chargers as they fell to 5-2 while Kansas city improved to 3-3. The Chiefs moved into field goal range thanks to Smith, who completed three straight passes on the drive for 53 yards, including a 29-yarder to Dwayne Bowe. Jamaal Charles scored once and gained 95 yards to give him 6,113 for his career, moving him to the top of Kansas City's career list. He passed Priest Holmes, who had 6,070. Kansas City hosts the St. Louis Rams next Sunday at 12:00 noon at Arrowhead Stadium.
Buoyed by stellar special teams play, the St. Louis Rams turned in a complete performance to down the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, 28-26. St Louis played a clean game with only two penalties, zero turnovers, and zero sacks allowed to come away with a victory over the defending Super Bowl champions. There were two key special teams plays for the Rams. The first was a misdirected punt return that St. Louis utilized in the second quarter, and the other was a fake punt late in the fourth quarter on 4th-and-3 from the Rams’ own 18-yard line. Both plays worked to perfection, serving as catalysts for the home team ultimately coming away with a win. St. Louis improved to 2-4 with the win while the Seahawks lost their second straight and fell to 3-3. St. Louis travels down I-70 this Sunday as they head to Kansas City to face the Chiefs.