Results have been released following the running of the 17th Annual Nevada Middle School Track and Field Invitational held Thursday at Testman Track. The 7th grade girls division was highlighted by two new school records turned in by distance runner, Calli Beshore. Beshore set new marks by winning the 800 meter run in 2:41 and the mile run in 5:41. Other first place honors in 7th grade girls went to Morgan Smith in the pole vault and Lindley Ferry in triple jump. 7th grade boys first place finishes were turned in by Kolby O'Connell in the high jump and the 4 x 100 meter relay team of Jacob Chadd, Colin White, Kolby O'Connell and Haiden Overton. In the 8th grade girls meet, Kaeth Zachary earned gold medals in both the long jump and the 200 meter dash. Zachary was joined by Charlene Pettibon, Hailee Richter and Breana Swink to win the 4 x 100 meter relay. In 8th grade boys, the lone top finisher for Nevada was Caleb Theis in the pole vault. Ten schools were in attendance at the meet and in the team results Nevada was first in the 7th grade girls, 3rd in 7th grade boys, 2nd in 8th grade girls and 5th in 8th grade boys. Nevada competes Tuesday in the Lamar Middle School meet.
The Sedalia Smith-Cotton Tigers took command of the West Central Conference baseball race as they pounded out 17 hits and took advantage of some Nevada missteps defensively for a 14-4 win Friday at Lyons Stadium. With Smith-Cotton leading 3-2 in the top of the second, Nevada appeared to get out of the inning on a strikeout. However, the ball was in the the dirt forcing a throw to first to retire the hitter. That throw ended up going down the right field line scoring a run to make it 4-2. That was followed by a bases loaded double by Gavin Jones plating three and the route was on. Jones led Smith-Cotton's offensive attack with three hits and four RBI's. Nick Hagedorn had a two run home run in the first. Nevada managed just nine hits with two apiece for Trey Pritchett and Jacob Johnson. The loss was the sixth straight for Nevada as they fall to 5-7 but still 4-1 in WCC play. Smith-Cotton improved to 14-1 overall and 6-0 in league contests. Nevada returns to action Monday afternoon at Lyons Stadium as they host the Bolivar Liberators at 4:30 p.m. Coverage starts at 4:15 p.m. on AM 1240, KNEM; www.knemknmo.com and www.nevadamotv.com.
Nevada Tiger Freshman baseball swept a doubleheader at Mt. Vernon Friday afternoon. Nevada won game 1 7-2, before winning game 2 9-6.
Nevada High School Track and Field athletes were in action on Friday as they competed in the Joplin Invitation. As a team, Nevada placed 6th in the girls competition. Webb City took the top spot, with Joplin coming in 2nd, and Carl Junction finishing 3rd. For the boys, Nevada placed 6th, with Webb City 1st, Joplin 2nd, and Carl Junction taking 3rd. Individually Nevada medalists included Reagan Bradley who grabbed 3rd in the 100 meters and 2nd in the 200 meters. Nevada took 3rd in the girls 4x100 meter relay with the team of Bradley, Sarah Creasy, Mindy Hendren, and Jansen Miller. For the boys, Chaden Brandt was 3rd in the 100 meters.
The Nevada Tigers Junior Varsity squad was scheduled to be in action in the Ft. Scott Junior Varsity Tournament, on Saturday. However, that tournament has been postponed due to wet field conditions. The tournament will be made up on Saturday, April 25th.
The Cottey Comets are in search of win number 2, and they have a chance to do so Saturday. The Comets are slated to host East Central Community College in a doubleheader at Vanek Field. Cottey sits at 1-20 on the season. First pitch is set for 12:00 P.M. The games are weather permitting.
It was all Oakland Saturday night as Josh Reddick belted a three-run home run and right-hander Jesse Hahn delivered 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the A's shutout the Kansas City Royals 5-0 at Kauffman Stadium. Royals starter Yordano Ventura was ejected in the fourth inning after hitting Brett Lawrie with a pitch as an apparent retaliation for Lawrie's hard slide into K.C. shortstop Alcides Escobar Friday night. Kansas City and Oakland wrap up their three game series Sunday afternoon at 1:10 p.m.
A sellout crowd inside Busch Stadium saw the St. Louis Cardinals score early and often off of Reds starter Homer Bailey as the Redbirds defeated Cincinnati 5-2 Saturday afternoon. Jason Heyward delivered the first home run by the Cardinals at home this season and Matt Carpenter had a two-run double in the sixth as St. Louis went on to win the first two games of the series against the Reds. Carlos Martinez picked up the win on the mound. The Cardinals go for the sweep Sunday night at 7:05 p.m. against the Reds. Coverage starts at 6:10 p.m. on KNEM/KNMO-FM.
Nevada Tiger golfers continue to play well as they won the tournament championship for their home match held Thursday afternoon. Nevada shot a 155 to claim 1st, with Pleasant Hill taking 2nd with 171, and El Dorado Springs in 3rd with a 258. Individually, Nevada's John Quitno tied for 1st with Eric Brons of Pleasant Hill with a 38. The Tigers also account for all 3 members tied for 3rd place with Jacob Hammontree, Andrew Quitno, and Patrick Ferry each shooting a 39. In Junior Varsity results, Pleasant Hill claimed 1st place in the team division with a total of 191, with Nevada taking 2nd with a 209.
A former Nevada Tiger baseball standout will be moving on to a four year program after spending just one year in the junior college ranks. Lane Ketterman signed a letter of intent earlier this week to attend school and play baseball at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin. After graduating last year, Ketterman has spent this season at Coffeyville Community College. The switch hitting centerfielder is currently hitting .281 with one homer and 14 RBI's with a .333 base percentage. Ketterman will have 3 years of eligibility remaining when he joins the Lions at Missouri Southern.
A new era begins Saturday night at a local race track as another season in its long storied history gets underway. Over the winter, Daniel Anders and his father, purchased Nevada Speedway from Shawn and Tracy Hendren and they have renamed the facility I-49 Nevada Speedway. Weekly racing gets underway Saturday night with six divisions of racing. Anders spent many seasons on the track with the last few years spent behind the wheel. He says this was a move that was next in the progression and a way to have his family involved. Six divisions of racing will be the weekly staple on the quarter-mile dirt facility including the USRA A-Modifieds and B-Modifieds along with Street Stocks, Pure Stocks and Mini-Stocks. Also making a return to weekly racing at I-49 Nevada Speedway will be the open Late Model division. Anders says it was a matter of giving the fans what they wanted in adding Late Models back into the weekly program. Anders and others have spent the last few months getting the over half-century old facility back into shape for the racing season. He says they've made many improvements as well with more to come. Racing action Saturday night begins with hot laps at 6:15 p.m. and racing action at 7:00 p.m. For information about I-49 Nevada Speedway visit www.nevadaspeedway1.com.
Nevada Tiger boys basketball held their awards banquet Wednesday evening. Senior Brandon Barker was named Most Valuable Player. Offensive MVP honors were handed out to Sophomore Matt Sommer. Co-Defensive MVPs went to Freshman Clay Gayman and Senior Ben Sommer. Tristan Smith and Ben Sommer, both Seniors, shared the honors as Co-Patrick Quest Award Winners for character on and off the court as a member of Nevada Tiger basketball.
Nevada Tiger baseball Senior Tanner Handly will be signing a letter of intent to play baseball at Lincoln University in Jefferson City. Handly will sign the letter of intent at 2:00 P.M. on Monday, April 20th in the Nevada High School Library, 800 West Hickory Street in Nevada.
Two former members of the Nevada Tiger football program will take part in All-Star competition later this summer. According to Tiger head football coach Erik Yoakam, running back Taylor Manes and offensive lineman Caleb Smith, have been selected to play in the annual All-Star Smiles Sertoma High School All-Star Game on Friday, June 5th at JFK Stadium in Springfield. Manes and Smith will each be a part of the 45 player West All-Star team. Both Manes and Smith have signed letters of intent to play football and attend school at Truman State University in Kirksville.