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California Democrat, April 4, 2012

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Pintos snag wins from Tigers

By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California Pinto baseball teams hosted Versailles March 27 at the California Sports Complex, where both the varsity and JV captured a win from the Tigers. California’s varsity won 7-6. “The California bats finally started to emerge,” California Coach Dwight Fitzwater said. “We’re still not hitting to our potential, but we did have 10 hits to their four.” The Tigers led 3-2 after the first inning, however, the Pintos added two runs in the second inning and held Versailles scoreless to lead 4-2 going into the third inning. The Tigers scored three runs in the fifth inning to lead 6-4, however, California scored two in the sixth to even the score at 6-6. The Pintos

game where we played good defense along with a good display of offense,” Fitzwater said. “Addison Jobe scattered out nine hits, while striking out six and walking only one. He is starting to control his pitches better. That and his ability to spot his fastball are why he is successful.” Jobe led California hits with a double, two singles and two RBI. Allee and J.T. Trachsel each had a double and RBI. Kramel had a single and two RBI, and Koelling had two singles. Brant and Dylan Albertson each contributed a single as well. California’s JV won 4-3. California hosted Tipton Monday night, where the varsity suffered a 10-1 loss to the Cardinals. “Tipton beat us in every category except for errors,” Fitzwater said. “They made the plays

secured the win with one run in the seventh. “Our defense was suspect,” Fitzwater said. “We have to play better with the leather or we are going to have difficulty winning games. Our pitching, however, was much better.” Alec Koelling threw five innings for California, and struck out two. Jesse Mitchell pitched the final two innings to record the win. “I’m happy to get the win, but not happy with our defense,” Fitzwater said. “We must do better.” Tyler Silvey led California hits with a homerun, two singles and three RBI. Burke Brant followed with two singles and two RBI. Dylan Albertson had a double and one RBI. Mitchell, Randy Allee, Koelling and Corey Kramel each contributed a single.

and we didn’t. Their pitching was sharper than ours and they hit the ball better than us. When we failed to develop the big inning in the first, we got down and couldn’t get anything going. Every time we hit the ball hard, it was right at someone. We have to give Tipton credit, they made the plays. I think Tipton is wellcoached and fundamentally sound. They should have a good season.” Koelling recorded the loss for California. Brant led California hits with a single and RBI. Jobe, Mitchell and Trachsel each contributed a single. California’s JV also lost to Tipton, 5-2. The Pintos will play at Clinton Thursday, beginning with the varsity game at 4:30 p.m.

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With bases loaded in the first inning of Monday’s varsity baseball game against Tipton, California’s Tyler Silvey sprints to first base after connecting with a pitch, ultimately recording a single RBI to even the score 1-1. California’s JV defeated Versailles 3-2 in a five-inning game. The Pintos traveled to Mokane Thursday, where both the varsity and JV suffered losses to South Callaway. The varsity lost 5-1. The game was tied 1-1 going into the fourth inning, where the Bulldogs pulled ahead 2-1, then scored three runs in the fifth inning to lead 5-1 and ultimately took the win after the final two innings were scoreless. “Lack of timely hitting and several small things fundamentally contributed to our loss,” Fitzwater said. “We out-hit them six to four, but couldn’t get the Democrat photo / April Arnett California’s Alec Koelling prepares to release a pitch key hit to drive in runs. We during the Pintos’ varsity game Monday at the Califor- loaded the bases twice, once with no outs, and plated none.” nia Sports Complex.

Brant pitched the first four and 1/3 innings for the Pintos and allowed four hits. Mitchell finished the game, pitching one and 2/3 innings, and didn’t allow a hit. “Our pitching was okay, but still needs to improve,” Fitzwater said. Kramel led California hits with two singles, Addison Jobe followed with a single and RBI. Brant, Allee and Silvey each contributed a single. California’s JV lost 4-0 to the Bulldogs. California hosted St. Elizabeth Friday night, where both the varsity and JV captured a win. The varsity Pintos defeated St. Elizabeth 6-4. “We finally put together a

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Tipton’s Luke Mercer releases a pitch during the third inning of California’s varsity game Monday. The Cardinals won the varsity game 10-1, and the JV game 5-2.

California wins match at Osage By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California Pinto golf teams participated in matches at Dogwood Hills Golf Course March 27 at Osage, where the varsity won with 169, followed by Osage with 186 and Warsaw with 223. The medalist was California’s Eric Birdsong with 41. Adam Burger was one of two corunners up with 42. Other individual scores for California included the following: Grant Burger, Brent Tuttle and Alec Ramsdell, 43 each. California’s JV won the match at Osage with 202, followed by Osage with 207 and Warsaw with 249. California’s Conner George and Curtis Lehman were two of the co-medalists with 49 each. Other JV scores for California included: John Wolken, 51; Tyler Elliott, 53; and Chase Ramsdell, 55. Previously, the Pintos traveled

to Mexico for matches at Arthur Hills Golf Course March 26, where the varsity finished a close match with 179, behind Mexico with 175. Co-medalists were California’s Tuttle and Mexico’s Jared Smiley and Logan Ray with 41 each. Other individual scores for California included the following: Grant Burger, 45; Adam Burger, 46; Alec Ramsdell, 47; and Birdsong, 48. Mexico won the JV match with 185. California’s JV followed with 211. Co-medalists were Mexico’s Alex Bledsoe and Vincent Peril with 45 each. Individual JV scores for California are as follows: Wolken, 51; Lehman and Elliott, 53; George, 54; and Chase Ramsdell, 62. The Pintos participated in the County Cup Golf Tournament at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, Wednesday, March 28, where

Brother, sister harvest turkeys

California teamed up with Tipton to represent Moniteau County and finished in second place with 589. Osage County won with 545. Cole County finished third with 631, followed by Callaway County with 665 and Morgan/Miller County with 701. “We had a rough day,” California Coach Doug Miller said. “We didn’t play our best golf. Hopefully we’ll play better next week.” California hosted Linn and Fatima Monday afternoon, where the Pintos finished the varsity match in third place with 170. Linn won the match with 161, followed by Fatima with 169. “The boys are striking the ball well, but having trouble adjusting to the greens from one course to another,” Miller said. Linn’s Ryan Rost was the medalist with 36. California’s Tuttle was the runner-up with 38. Individual scores for California include the following: Grant Burger, 42; Alec Ramsdell, 44; Adam Burger and Birdsong, 46 each.

Democrat photos / April Arnett

From left, California’s Grant Burger and Eric Birdsong tee off at the varsity golf match Monday afternoon at the California Country Club. California won the JV match with 199, followed by Fatima with 222. (Linn didn’t have enough JV players to participate.) California’s Lehman was the medalist with 46. Other individ-

Youth gets first turkey

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Lyndsi and Trevor Martin, children of Justin and Sally Martin, were both successful during opening morning of the Youth Turkey Hunt on March 31. Trevor harvested a 17-pound jake and Lyndsi took a 21-pound gobbler.

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Garett Swearingen claimed his first turkey during youth season while hunting north of California with his dad.

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ual scores for the JV Pintos are as follows: Wolken and Elliott, 50 each; and George and Chase Ramsdell, 53 each. “I’m real proud of the way our JV played,” Miller said. “I expect Tyler Elliott to pick up the

pace a bit, but all in all, I’m proud of the JV.” California will host Eldon and Blair Oaks at 4 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the California Country Club.

California Swim Team meeting, registration set for April 11 The California Stingray Swim Team will host an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, at the California City Hall Public Meeting Room. The swim team is no longer a part of the California Recreation Association and will be starting a new organization. Those who would like to join the team and/or be a part of building this new organization are encouraged to attend the meeting, which is open to new team members and those who were previously on the team. This is a competitive team, not swim lessons. Youth up to age 18 who are eligible to participate must be able to swim the following distances without assistance: ages 10 and under - one length of the swimming pool (25 meters); and ages 11 and older - two lengths of the swimming pool (50 meters). Registration forms will be available at the meeting. For more information, call 796-3867.


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Indians defeat Rangers By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The Russellville Indian baseball teams hosted Iberia Thursday, where both the varsity and JV won their games against the Rangers. Russellville’s varsity defeated Iberia 3-1. Kaleb Libbert recorded the win. Matt Morrow led Russellville hits with a double, a single and two RBI. Luke Thompson followed with two doubles and Chandler Wolf had a single and RBI. The JV Indians defeated Iberia 10-0 in four innngs. Alex Thompson recorded the win with two strikeouts. Libbert and Chase Pistel each contributed a single and RBI. Clay Keller had two RBI. The Indians played at Eldon Friday, where the varsity won a close contest against the Mustangs, 10-9. Caleb Gilmore recorded the win. Clayton Harrison led hits with three singles and one RBI. Morrow had two singles and two RBI. Luke Thompson had a sin-

gle and RBI and Clayton Meyer contributed one RBI. “I kind of expected this game to be one where both teams would score a lot of runs,” Russellville Coach Lucas Branson said. “We did a pretty good job of getting some runs up early, which helped Caleb on the mound and he did a good job of giving us some innings. We were able to get a couple of key hits to score in the sixth and seventh innings to give us a lead that we needed since Eldon came back with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. That’s when we had to bring Chandler Wolf in and he picked off a runner at first base to end the game for us.” Russellville’s JV lost 5-2 to Eldon. Zach Voss recorded the loss with four strikeouts. Caleb Harrison led the JV Indians’ hits with a double and a single. Chase Smith had a single and one RBI. Russellville’s varsity participated in the South Callaway Tournament Saturday, where the Indians lost the championship game 5-3 to the tourney host,

after defeating Van-Far 11-1. “Chase Smith did a great job in his first varsity start,” Branson said. “He threw strikes and did a really nice job of hitting his locations.” Smith recorded seven strikeouts against Van-Far. “Our offense took advantage of four walks and four hit batters to give us a 10-run win in five innings.” Smith led Russellville hits with two singles and two RBI. Luke Thompson had two hits and one RBI and Harrison contributed a single and two RBI. Libbert added two RBI as well. “The championship game felt like we gave away a win,” Branson said. “After this tough loss to a district opponent, we have to learn from our mistakes and be ready for our next big game from the first batter on.” Wolf and Morrow led Russellville hits with a single and one RBI each. The Indians will play at Osage Thursday, beginning with the varsity game at 4:30 p.m.

California Democrat, April 4, 2012

RMS Track Teams

Democrat photo / John L. Inman III

Members of the Russellville Middle School girls track team, front row, from left, are Libby Mueller, Hailey Matthews, Jorden Barnhart, Kassidy Schlipp and Bethanee Blochberger; back row, Rachel Verslues, Mary Potts, Natalie Benne, Addie Kirchner and McKendra Fischer.

California boys place second at Linn Invitational By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California High School track team competed at the Linn Invitational Thursday, a 20-team meet, where the Pintos finished in second place, while the Lady Pintos finished 16th. Fatima won the boys’ division with 145 points, followed by California with 97, Eldon with 92.5, Blair Oaks with 73, and Steelville with 49.5. Individual results for the California boys are as follows: 200 Meter, Anthony Price, second, 23.31, and Walker Borghardt, seventh, 24.22; 400 Meter, Logan Rowles first, 52.73; 100 Meter, Borghardt, third, 11.38; 110 Meter Hurdles, Dylan Norton, sixth, 18.40; 300 Meter Hurdles, Garret Baquet, eighth, 44.92; 800 Meter, Nathan Thibon, fifth, 2:09; and 3200 Meter, Dakota Harris, eighth, 12:29. In the 4x100 Meter Relay, the team of Seth Fairchild, Borghardt, Walter Juarez and Price finished in second place with 46.09; and the team of Juarez, Ethan Jones, Baquet and Thibon finished the 4x400 Meter Relay in fifth place with 3:47. In the High Jump, Phillip Longan placed second with 6’,

and Rowles, fourth, 5’10; Long Jump, Price, third, 18’10”; Triple Jump, Borghardt, first, 42’5”, and Longan, third, 39’; Pole Vault, Luke Burger, fourth 11’; Discus Throw, Alexx Lewis, sixth, 119’3”, and Ty Kirchner, seventh, 110’7”; Shot Put, Nate Squires, fifth, 40’11”, and Kirchner, seventh, 39’4”. “Our boys did a good job at this meet,” California Coach Rick Edwards said. “We pointed in every part of the meet; throwers, distance, sprints, relays and field events. We had several events where both athletes pointed. Phillip Longan had a good day. He’s improving his jumps each meet. We had points out of both of our throwers in the Shot Put and Discus Throw. Nate Squires had a good day in the Shot and Alexx Lewis threw his best distance of the year. Walker, Logan and Anthony did a good job in the sprints and our relays are pretty competitive. Luke Burger has made great strides in the Pole Vault since last year. I was really happy with our efforts at this meet.” In the girls’ division, Lizzy Kirby placed fourth in the 3200 Meter with 12:49, and the team of Elle Miller, Leah Korenberg, Ashlee Davis and Morgan Hen-

ley placed seventh in the 4x800 Meter Relay with 12:06. “Our girls’ side is plagued with injuries,” Edwards said. “We probably left 50 points at home with girls who are injured. But they competed hard and we had several personal bests. Lizzy Kirby had a good meet knocking a bunch of time off her 3200 Meter.” Previously, California participated in a JV meet at Fulton March 27. “Our JV boys and girls did a good job at the meet at Fulton,” Edwards said. “We were able to put together some good relay teams and point. Luke Burger achieved a personal best in the Pole Vault, jumping 11’6”. That’s a nice jump for a sophomore. Walker Borghardt jumped 41’ 6” in the Triple Jump. Jasmine Wells and Libby Martin ran well in the sprints.” The freshmen and sophomore CHS tracksters participated in a meet at Osage Tuesday, April 3, however, results were not available at press time. The CHS track team will compete in a meet at Versailles Thursday.

Prairie Home suffers loss to Tuscumbia By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The Prairie Home Panthers traveled to Tuscumbia March 26, where they lost 7-3 to the Lions. “We lost a close game that I feel we gave away,” Panther Coach Jesse Oswald said. “We had two key errors in the first inning and some other mental mistakes that gave Tuscumbia a four-run cushion to begin the game. After that, we settled down and played some good ball.” Tuscumbia got off to an early lead, 4-0 after the first inning. Prairie Home scored one run in the second, one in the third and one in the fourth to trail 5-3 going into the fifth inning. The Lions added two runs in the fifth and held the Panthers scoreless in the last two innings to take the win, 7-3. Colt Melling recorded the loss for Prairie Home with 11 strikeouts. “Colt pitched a great game for us and put us in position to win,

but we didn’t make the plays behind him,” Oswald said. “A lot of it was fundamental stuff we need to work on to get stronger. Offensively, we started to put the ball in play after the first inning and made some things happen, but the first-game-first inningjitters got to us and we played catchup the rest of the night. I didn’t think we played bad, but just got off to a slow start.” Melling led Prairie Home hits with a double, a single and one RBI. Trever Huth followed with two singles. Kody Utterback contributed a single and RBI and Jonathan Brandes had a single. The Panthers hosted Pilot Grove March 27, where Prairie Home suffered a tough 13-2 loss in five innings. “We came out and played good baseball the first three innings,” Oswald said. “But after that it seemed like we were a different team and we started giving Pilot Grove runs and extra bases. We have to learn to play better defensively if we’re going to stand a chance of winning these

games.” Prairie Home led 2-0 going into the fourth inning, however, Pilot Grove scored eight runs in the fourth and five in the fifth, while holding the Panthers scoreless to secure the win, 13-2. “For the second night in a row, Trever Huth threw a really good game for us, but we had one inning that ended up very costly for us. We put the ball in play better than we did the night before and didn’t have near as many strikeouts, but we’re going to have to start doing the small things defensively to keep us in games.” Huth recorded seven strikeouts and walked only one. Jordan Thiessen led Prairie Home hits with two singles. Melling followed with a single and RBI. Huth and Tyler Loessing each contributed a single as well. The Panthers will have a break from action on the diamond as their next game isn’t until April 17, at 5 p.m. at Jamestown.

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Members of the Russellville Middle School boys track team, front row, from left, are Caleb Nichols, Jordan Malzner, Damian Miller, Noah Stubinger, Beau Whittle, Dustin Hill and Cole Freeman; back row, Anthony Bertucci, Matthew Fringer, Logan Thompson, Isaac Kirchner, Denver Tambke, Nicholas Caine, Adam Kennedy and Keegan Ruppel.

Register for youth baseball and softball by April 12 Registration forms for area youth interested in playing summer baseball and softball with the City of California Parks and Recreation are currently available at City Hall, California. The cost to participate is as follows: T-Ball for grades K-1, $25; Midget for grades 2-3, Intermediate for grades 4-5, $30; and Junior for grades 6-8, $30. Games will begin the week of May 28. Registration forms can be mailed to California City Hall, 500 S. Oak St., or dropped off at City Hall from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. After hours, forms can be dropped off in the Utility Drop Box in front of City Hall. Checks must be made payable to: City of California Parks and Recreation. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12. For more information, call

league coordinator Sky Smothers at 573-796-2500 or email Smothers at s.smothers@cityofcalifornia.net. A free competition, the Aquafina MLB Pitch Hit and Run, will be offered to youth ages 714 who want the opportunity to attend the MLB All-Star game in Kansas City. Registration will be held 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Field #3 at the California Sports Complex. The competition will immediately follow the registration. Adult softball leagues are also being offered through the City of California Parks and Recreation Dept. Co-ed, mens’ and church leagues will play a 10-week game schedule at the California Sports Complex. Church league games will be played on Saturdays, beginning May 12, while the co-ed and mens’ leagues will play on Sundays, beginning May

13. The deadline to register a team is 5 p.m. April 27. The team entry fee is $150. Registration forms and information (rules) packets are available at California City Hall and California Parks and Recreation. A mandatory managers meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at California City Hall. For more information, call Smothers at 573-796-2500. Go to the City of California w e b s i t e www.cityofcalifornia.net for more information about youth and adult sports. (Click on Parks and Recreation under the Department tab to find all of the forms needed for programs currently being offered.)

Lady Rage places third at Show-Me Tourney

California Basketball Banquets set for April 9 and 15 The California High School Lady Pinto Basketball Banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, April 9, at the CHS Commons. The California High School Pinto Basketball Banquet will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the CHS Commons.

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Lady Rage participated in the ShowMe Basketball Tournament in Columbia March 24-25, where the girls finished in third place in the fourth grade division. Members of the team, front row, from left, are Lauren Hill and Rylee Hees, California, and Trishelle Porter, High Point; back row, Amber Trachsel, California, Tristan Porter, High Point, and Elizabeth Ash and Hailey Cain, California. Lady Rage is coached by Kent Hees.


California Democrat, March 28, 2012

Sports

Pintos fall to Indians By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff After hosting the season opener against Eugene March 19, the California Pinto baseball teams had no action on the diamond for the rest of the week because scheduled games at Cole Camp and Mexico (March 20 and March 24) were cancelled due to rain. The Pintos, however, were back in action Monday night with games against Russellville at the California Sports Complex, where the varsity suffered a tough 14-0 loss to the Indians. “Offensively we played the same as we did in our first game,” California Coach Dwight Fitzwater said. “We’ve been matched up with two very good pitchers and we struggled to generate any offense.” Russellville’s Chandler Wolf recorded the win with 14 strikeouts. “Our defense wasn’t the same as our first game because I was happy with our defense against Eugene,” Fitzwater said. “We committed five errors and gave up eight unearned runs against Russellville. But one run was all they needed, because again we failed to score.” California pitcher Addison Jobe recorded six strikeouts and walked only one. Randy Allee contributed the only hit for California. Luke Thompson led the Indians with three hits including a grand slam homerun and five RBI. Wolf followed with two hits including a grand slam and four RBI. Chase Smith, Matt Morrow and Kaleb Libbert each contributed two hits and one RBI, while Nick Haslag had one hit and two RBI. “This was a very good start to our season,” Russellville Coach Lucas Branson said. “Obviously

The California Pinto golf teams hosted Boonville March 20 at the California Country Club, where both the varsity and JV won their match. California’s varsity finished with 168, while Boonville finished with 190. Boonville’s Brett Windsor was the medalist with 38 individually, while California’s Grant Burger was the runner-up with 40. Other individual scores for

California are as follows: Adam Burger, 42; Eric Birdsong and Brent Tuttle, 43 each; and Alec Ramsdell, 51. California’s JV won their match with 207. California’s Tyler Elliott was the JV medalist with 48 individually, while teammates Curtis Lehman and John Wolken were co-runners-up with 50 each. Other individual scores for California’s JV are as follows: Conner George, 53; and Chase Ramsdell, 54. “I’m real proud of the boys,” California Coach Doug Miller

said. “It rained the whole time. They showed how tough they are and shot very respectable rounds. I’m excited to see how they do in a match with decent weather.” California was scheduled to host a match against Jefferson City Friday, however, it was cancelled due to rain. The Pintos are participating in the County Cup Golf Tournament at Redfield Golf Course, Eugene, today (Wednesday). California will host a match against Fatima and Linn at 4 p.m. Monday, April 2.

California tracksters open season with meet at Warrensburg Democrat photo / April Arnett

California’s Corey Kramel scoops up a Russellville hit behind first base during the varsity game Monday at the California Sports Complex. when you get the kind of pitching performance we had from Chandler, that helps, but I was also pleased with how we hit the ball throughout our entire lineup. We had 15 hits from nine different players. We still have some things to work on to improve our offensive execution in certain situations, but it was nice to start the season with a win.” California’s JV lost 3-1 to Russellville. Chase Smith recorded the win for the JV Indians with six strikeouts. “The JV team played well in their first game of the season and did a decent job executing offensively,” Branson said. “We were able to get a couple of bunts down to move runners, which

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California’s Randy Allee rips a line drive to center field to record a single during the third inning of the Pintos’ varsity game against Russellville.

was important in this low-scoring game.” The Indians will host Iberia at 5 p.m. Thursday. The Pintos will be on the road Thursday, for games against South Callaway, beginning at 5 p.m.

Russellville pitcher Chandler Wolf eyes a California runner at first base before releasing a pitch during the varsity baseball game Monday night at the California Sports Complex. Wolf recorded 14 strikeouts to lead Russellville to the 14-0 win.

Lady Indians take second place at first meet of season; Indians finish third The Russellville High School varsity track team hosted a meet March 20, Russellville’s first of the 2012 season, where the Lady Indians finished in second place, while the Indians finished third. Other participating teams included Jamestown, St. Elizabeth, Blair Oaks, Eugene, Iberia, New Bloomfield and Stover. In the boys’ division, Blair Oaks won the meet with 221, followed by Iberia with 71, and Russellville with 67. In the girls division, Blair Oaks won with 239, followed by Russellville with 102, and Iberia with 78. Individual results in the girls division, for Lady Indians who finished in the top six of their

Pintos win matches against Boonville By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff

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event, are as follows: 400 Meter, Emma Koestner, second place, 1:06.75, and Grace Young, sixth, 1:08.35; 800 Meter, Hannah Matthews, sixth, 3.00.72; 1600 Meter, Matthews, fifth, 6:34.21; 3200 Meter, Miranda Hill, second, 13:12.00; 100 Meter Hurdles, Jamie Webster, sixth, 21.00; and 300 Meter Hurdles, Webster, sixth, 1:02.35. The team of Hannah Campbell, Koestner, Cassandra Carter and Justice Miller placed first in the 4x100 Meter Relay with 53.09; 4x200 Meter Relay, first, 1:52.81, team of Campbell, Koestner, Miller and Carter; 4x400 Meter Relay, first, 4:37.78, team of Carter, Grace Young, Miller and Koestner; Pole Vault, Webster, third, 6’; Long Jump, Campbell, first, 14’08”, and Miller, fourth,

By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California High School varsity track team participated in the first meet of the 2012 season March 20 at the indoor track at the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, where a number of Pintos and Lady Pintos were top finishers. The top six performers in each event earned a medal. “There were approximately 30-35 kids in each event,” California Coach Rick Edwards said. Individual results for California in the boys’ division are as follows: 55 Meter Dash, Walker Borghardt, first place, 6.84; 400 Meter, Logan Rowles, first, 53.33; 4x220 Meter Relay, fifth, 1:42, team of Walter Juarez, Borghardt, Anthony Price and Ethan Jones; 800 Meter, Nathan Thibon, third, 2:17; 4X400 Meter Relay, fifth, 3:55, team of Juarez, Thibon, Garret Baquet and Rowles. Long Jump, Price, second place, 20’11”; and High Jump, Phillip Longan, fourth, 5’11”, and Rowles, sixth, 5’8”. Individual results for California in the girls’ division are as follows: 1600 Meter, Leah Korenberg, fifth place, 6:28; 3200 Meter, Lizzy Kirby, second, 13:21, and Morgan Henley, sixth, 14:38. “We had other kids who finished in the top 10,” Edwards said. In the girls’ division, Jasmine Wells placed 10th in the 400 Meter; Abby Strickfaden placed ninth in the 1600 Meter; and the team of Karin Bolinger, Strickfaden, Wells and Libby Martin placed ninth in the 4x400 Meter Relay. Top 10 finishers in the boys division are as follows: Zack Merril and Justin Mitchell placed seventh and eighth respectively in the 1600 Meter; Dakota Harris placed seventh in the 3200 Meter; and Ty Kirchner placed ninth in the Shot Put. “Zack, Justin and Dakota just missed out on the medal,” Edwards said. “I'm very happy with our results on the boys’ side. We were very competitive

in most of the events. Walker Borghardt had a good meet, beating a two-time winner in the 55 Meter. He came in ranked third after the prelims and ended up winning the event. Logan Rowles had a tremendous meet and was instrumental in all of our relays and in the 400 Meter. He looked very strong.”

Edwards added, “We have a lot of positive things from this meet that we can build on. I’m happy about our competitive level and where we are in most of our events at this time of the year. We still have work to do, but we are at a good starting place.” The CHS tracksters participated in a meet at Warrensburg High School Saturday, where the Pintos finished in third place. “The girls’ team scores weren’t available,” Edwards said. Other participating schools included Warrensburg, Sedalia, Bishop O’Hara, Richmond, Kansas City Center, Odessa and Knob Noster. “This was an eight-team relay meet,” Edwards said. “Each field event had three on each team and they added their height/distance together, then pointed. There were a lot of bigger schools with good talent at this meet.” Edwards added, “Our boys finished just a few points behind Sedalia. I thought their effort was good.” Individual results for the California boys are as follows: High Jump, team of Rowles, Longan and Mitchell, first place; Long

jump, team of Baquet, Price and Juarez, third; Triple Jump team of Baquet, Longan and Borghardt, first. In the Shot Put event, the team of Alexx Lewis, Nathan Squires and Kirchner placed third; Discus Throw, team of Lewis, Kirchner and Tommy Robbins, second; 4X100 Meter Relay, team of Seth Fairchild, Borghardt, Juarez and Price, first with 45.3; Sprint Medley Relay, team of Juarez, Borghardt, Rowles and Price, first; and 4x800 Meter Relay, team of Kolton Barbour, Josh Long, Tyler Embry and Harris, third with 10:38. In the JV relays, the team of Squires, Jacob Kueffer, Dylan Norton and Porter Ashal placed second in the 4x100 Meter Relay; 4x200 Meter Relay, team of Fairchild, Ashal, Luke Burger and Norton, first, 1:45. “Seth Fairchild did a good job for us in the relays,” Edwards said. “He ran back-to-back relays in the JV 4X200 and the varsity 4X200. Our jump teams scored a lot of points for us. On the boys’ side they placed two firsts and one third. Our sprint relays were all in the top two on the boys’ side and our throws were competitive.” Individual results for the Lady Pintos are as follows: Distance Medley Relay, team of Bolinger, Kaitlyn Allison, Strickfaden and Kirby, third place; 4X1 Mile Relay, team of Ashley Davis, Korenberg, Kirby and Henley, second with 25:49; and in the JV 4x200 Meter Relay, team of Martin, Wells, Sam Wise and Leah Davis, second place with 2:02. “On the girls’ side, Lizzy Kirby had a good meet,” Edwards said. “She ran two mile races in the same day. In the 4X1 Mile Relay, she made up a lot of ground on the last leg to help us get second place. Our distance girls did a nice job of scoring in two events. Karin Bolinger competed in several different events. She is a very versatile athlete.” Next up for the CHS track team is the Linn Invitational at 1 p.m. Thursday.

Miller earns All-State honors

13’03.50”; and Triple Jump, Grace Young, second, 28’06.75”. Individual results in the boys division, for Indians who finished in the top six of their event, are as follows: 400 Meter, Jayce Tschirgi, sixth place, 59.44; 1600 Meter, Alex Thompson, third, 5:22.63; 3200 Meter, Thompson, second, 12:11.19, and Jacob Robertson, fourth, 13:13.43; 4x100 Meter Relay, third, 53.54, team of Tyler Jowers, Brendon Meili, Lucas Woodling and Ben Rice; 4x200 Meter Relay, third, 1:45.69, team of Brien Gier, Jowers, Alan Murphy and Tschirgi; Pole Vault, Murphy, first, 11’; and Triple Jump, Murphy, second, 33’. Next up for the Russellville tracksters is a meet at Linn at 1 p.m. Thursday.

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The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association (MBCA) recently announced the 201112 All-State teams for each of the Class 1-5 girls and boys teams, which were selected by members of the MBCA from each district. California High School senior Elle Miller was selected to the Class 3 girls AllState team.


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Russellville athletes earn All-District honors

California Democrat, March 28, 2012

PHS 2012 Baseball Team

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Three members of the Russellville High School varsity basketball teams were recently named to the Class 3 All-District basketball teams by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. From left are junior Amber Duncan, who was named to the first team; and junior Kennedy Volkart and senior Levi Kehr, who were each named to the second team.

CRA hosting registration for youth baseball and softball Registration forms from the California Recreation Association for area youth interested in playing summer baseball and softball will be distributed at area schools and will be available at City Hall, California. Completed forms along with the registration fee can be mailed to California City Hall, 500 S. Oak St., or dropped off at City Hall from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Mon. – Fri. After hours, forms can be dropped off in the Utility Drop Box in front of City Hall. Checks must be made payable to: City of California Parks and Recreation. The deadline to register is 5 p.m. Thursday, April 12. Registration forms will also be available at City Hall. The cost to participate is as follows: T-Ball for grades K-1, $25; Midget for grades 2-3, $30; Intermediate for grades 4-5, $30;

and Junior for grades 6-8, $30. Games will begin the week of May 28. For more information, call league coordinator Sky Smothers at 573-796-2500 or email Smothers at s.smothers@cityofcalifornia.net. This year a free competition, the Aquafina MLB Pitch Hit and Run, will be offered to youth ages 7-14 who want the opportunity to attend the MLB All-Star game in Kansas City. Registration will be held 10-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 5, at Field #3 at the California Sports Complex. The competition will immediately follow the registration. Adult softball leagues are also being offered through the City of California Parks and Recreation Dept. Co-ed, mens’ and church leagues will play a 10-week game schedule at the California

Sports Complex. Church league games will be played on Saturdays, beginning May 12, while the co-ed and mens’ leagues will play on Sundays, beginning May 13. The deadline to register a team is 5 p.m. April 27. The team entry fee is $150. Registration forms and information (rules) packets are available at California City Hall and California Parks and Recreation. A mandatory managers meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 3, at California City Hall. For more information, call Smothers at 573-796-2500. Go to the City of California w e b s i t e www.cityofcalifornia.net for more information about youth and adult sports. (Click on Parks and Recreation under the

Heat places first at Susan G. Komen Tourney

Democrat photo / April Arnett

Members of the Prairie Home School 2012 baseball team, first row, from left, are Nathan Small, Drake Howell, T.J. Bennett and Tyler Loesing; second row, Riley Owens, Trever Huth, Kole Holliday, Colt Melling and Jordan Thiessen; third row, Kody Utterback, Colt Howell, Robbie Wood, Jonathan Brandes and Klay Holliday; fourth row, Shane Bushner, Rayce Kendrick and Sam Distler. Matt Distler was not present. The Panthers are coached by Jesse Oswald and Eric Rhorer.

PHS Track Teams

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Members of the Prairie Home School boys’ track team, front row, from left, are T.J. Bennett, Drake Howell, Tyler Loesing, Zach Emmerich and Jonathan Brandes; back row, Trever Huth, Jordan Thiessen, Kody Utterback, Sam Distler and Rayce Kendrick. The Panthers are coached by Garon Overfield and Kris Stodgel.

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“Heat” won first place in the first and second grade division at the Susan G. Komen 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament March 24 at California High School. Members of the team, from left, are Evan Schoenthal, Jamestown; Calen Kruger, California; Bradley Schoenthal, Jamestown; and Colin Kruger, California.

Rage wins Otterville Tourney

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Undefeated “Rage” recently won the Otterville Fifth Grade Basketball Tournament held March 15-18. Members of the team, front row, from left, are Trevor Porter and Trey Porter, High Point, and Austin Radmacher, Taos; back row, Coach Doug Porter, High Point, Mason Stewart, Russellville, and Trystan Hees, Isaac Ash and Haden Green, California.

Members of the Prairie Home School girls’ track team, front row, from left, are Taylor Zey, Josey Wright, Kendra Stinson and Katlynn Watson; back row, Brooke Emmerich, Amber Carmichael, Jessie Kennedy and Krista Small. Kristynn Watson was not present. The Lady Panthers are coached by Garon Overfield and Kris Stodgel.

Panthers, Lady Panthers earn All-District honors

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Four members of the Prairie Home School varsity basketball teams were recently named to to the 2011-12 Class 1 All-District basketball teams by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, From left are junior Trever Huth, who was named to the first team; freshman Rayce Kendrick, second team; senior Taylor Zey, first team; and junior Kendra Stinson, second team.

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Pintos capture first win against Blair Oaks since 2002 Take on Osage Friday at Riley Field

By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff Friday night’s highly-anticipated contest between stateranked rivals California and Blair Oaks had all the makings of a good ole’ high school football game; and it didn’t disappoint. From the get-go, California’s Homecoming game at Riley Field proved anything but dull as the Pintos scored on their first two possessions to pull ahead 10-0, then thwarted a third-quarter rally by the Falcons to ultimately claim a 31-19 victory, California’s first against Blair Oaks since 2002. “I’m proud of our kids,” California Head Coach Marty Albertson said. “We played really well and dominated the first half. Other than their interception, it was almost perfect. Then we had a lot of adversity in the third quarter. When Blair Oaks came back and scored another TD and we were at 24-19, we could have folded, but we didn’t.” Albertson said a big contributing factor to the Pintos’ success thus far is their ability to play as a team. “Nobody cares who is carrying the ball. There’s no selfishness or jealousy. The boys are

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California quarterback Jaden Barr evades a Falcon during first-half action at the Homecoming game against Blair Oaks. really playing as a team.” Prior to kickoff, the Homecoming coronation was held, in which senior Audrey Imhoff was crowned queen; senior Jacob Kueffer, king; sophomore Abby

Strickfaden, princess; and sophomore Jaden Barr, prince. The Pintos got down to business right out of the gate of the Homecoming game when California’s Logan Rowles intercept-

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California’s Jerry Lutz (40) and Jason Wolverton (44) take the heat off of Garret Baquet (22), who was brought down by Blair Oaks’ Ashton Maasen (28) during the first quarter of Friday’s varsity game at Riley Field.

ed Daniel Castillo’s pass to end the Falcons’ opening drive. The Pintos ensued with a 5-play drive capped by a 29-yard touchdown by Seth Fairchild. Efrain Torres nailed the kick for the extra point, and California led 7-0. The Pintos’ next drive was capped with a 20-yard field goal by Torres with 52 seconds left in the first quarter to give California a 10-0 edge. Fairchild scored on another run, a 4-yard TD, with 3:58 left in the first half. After Torres’ point after, the Pintos led 17-0. The Falcons caught a break when Hayden Haney intercepted a Pinto pass that left the Falcons to start their drive at California’s 11-yard line. It was capped with a 5-yard TD by Ashton Maasen. The kick for the extra point failed, and Blair Oaks trailed 176 with 33 seconds remaining in the second quarter. The Pintos countered with a 2play drive that consisted of a 17yard run by Anthony Price, followed by a 36-yard touchdown pass from Jaden Barr to Jonathan Goans. After Torres’ PAT, California led 24-6 going into the half. The Falcons’ first possession of the third quarter was a 47-yard drive topped off with a 1-yard TD by Derek Otto. After the 2point run failed, Blair Oaks trailed 24-12 with 7:41 left in the third quarter. The Pintos answered with a 9play drive that resulted in a fumble recovered by the Falcons. Blair Oaks went on to capitalize on the turnover via a 1-yard TD by Castillo. After Chris Cooper’s kick for the extra point, the Falcons trailed 24-19 with 1:34 remaining in the third quarter. Despite 10 penalties California unfortunately racked up in the second half (Blair Oaks had three in the second half), the Pintos charged on. California also got the opportunity to take advantage of a turnover when a Castillo fumble was recovered by California’s Seth Fulks at the Falcons’ 20yard line. Six plays later, Dylan Albertson ran in a 4-yard touchdown. After Torres scored the PAT, California led 31-19 with

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California’s Seth Fairchild (33) gains 13 yards on a carry during the first quarter of Friday’s Homecoming game against Blair Oaks at Riley Field. At right paving the way for Fairchild are Jerry Lutz (40) and Jaden Barr (15). The Pintos defeated the Falcons 31-19. 3:40 left to play. The Pintos weren’t ready to call it a night though. As the Falcons ensued with their final possession of the night, Castillo was sacked for an 8-yard loss by Goans and Fairchild. Seven plays later, the Falcons were knocking on the door at California’s 15-yard line when Castillo’s pass was intercepted by Albertson with 1:11 remaining, to end the Falcons’ last opportunity to score. The Pintos ended up with 56 carries for 255 yards and Barr completed 3 of 4 passes for 70 yards. The Falcons had 27 carries for 87 yards and Castillo completed 8 of 21 passes for 68 yards. Price led California rushing with 14 carries for 104 yards. Fairchild followed with 15 carries for 86 yards. Jerry Lutz had 13 carries for 28 yards. Garret Baquet had 3 carries for 17 yards and Barr had six for 12 yards. Goans had one reception for 36 yards and Jason Wolverton had two for 34 yard. Lutz led Pinto tackles with

three solos and nine assists. Albertson had three solos, four assists and two interceptions. Nathan Squires had two solos and five assists. Fulks had two solos, four assists and a fumble recovery and Rowles had two solos, four assists and one interception. California (6-0, 4-0), ranked 10th in Class 3, will host Osage at 7 p.m. Friday at Riley Field. “Osage has a great quarterback and a couple of good receivers,” Albertson said. “Probably as good as we’ll see all year. They have firepower. But they’ve given up a lot of points, so hopefully we’ll score on them. I feel pretty good about it.” The Parade of Champions featuring the Pinto football players will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday is also Senior Night for the Pintos, in which the senior football players and their parents will be recognized via a special ceremony prior to kickoff, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Indians place first at Belle Meet; win conference championship 22:54. Taylor Young place, 24:28; Miller, 24:40; and Potts, 32:30. Medaling for the Russellville The Russellville varsity cross varsity boys were Fringer in country team competed at the 16th place with 19:00; Haslag, Belle Meet Sept. 20, where the 18th, 19:06; Tschirgi, 19th, varsity girls finished in first 19:07; and Porter, 20th, 19:09. place with 69 points, followed by Alex D. Thompson finished 23rd Union with 78, and Fatima with with 19:15. 92. A total of 20 schools partici“This was the best race our pated in the meet. boys have had all year,” Miller Top finishers for Russellville said. “Coming off of the race at are as follows: Grace Young, Hancock, I was a little worried first place, 21:09.53; Miranda about how their legs would hold Hill, second, 21:09.93; Hannah up on the rolling hills of the Michitsch, 25th, 23:33; Hannah Dixon Golf Course, but they Matthews, 27th, 23:44; Taylor came through. I told them before Young, 46th, 24:37; Erica Miller, the race that I wanted no more 47th, 24:37; Justice Miller, 48th, than a 30-second spread between 24:38; and Mary Potts, 85th, our first and fifth guys, but we 30:32. did even better. The spread was Russellville’s varsity boys only 15 seconds. It probably proteam competed at the Hancock pelled us to a second place finish Invitational Sept. 22 at Jefferson behind Fatima. With teams like Barracks State Park, St. Louis, Rolla and Waynesville and St. where the Indians finished fifth James, to get second is quite an accomplishment.” Russellville’s Miller finished in first place overall in the JV boys’ race with a personal best of 20:17. “Damian is probably a varsity runner at this stage and will have his shot coming up in October to be in the top seven and run at Districts. Caleb Nichols just missed a medal in 21st place with a very good time of 22:44.” In the middle school races, Russellville’s Sydney Robertson finished fourth overall with 10:54, and Skylar Kaiser medaled in 20th place with 11:36. Anthony Bertucci finished fifth overall and medaled with 9:43. Harrison Frank finished 23rd with 10:30, and Dustin Hill placed 75th with 12:52. The Russellville cross-country runners competed at the ShowPhoto submitted Me Conference Championship The Russellville varsity girls cross country team celebrate the Show-Me Conference Meet Friday at Linn where the Championship Friday at Linn. By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff

overall in the combined Class 1 and 2 race. Herculaneum finished in first place with 48; followed by Arcadia Valley with 127, Bowling Green with 129, Woodland with 149, and Russellville with 154. “We were the top Class 1 school out of the 15 schools that fielded a team,” Russellville Coach Craig Miller said. “A couple of our boys had off days due to being a little under the weather, but it was still a good showing. This is as close to a state championship atmosphere as you can get, so this only helps our guys understand where they are and where they need to be in another month leading into districts.” Medaling for Russellville were Alex M Thompson, 14th place with 18:26, and Jayce Tschirgi in 23rd place with 19:03. Just missing a medal was

freshman Matthew Fringer in 32nd place with 19:27. Jamie Porter placed 46th with 19:53, and Nick Haslag finished 73rd with 21:08. “The JV race was the biggest of the day,” Miller said. “With 270 runners from Class 1-3, it was rather intimidating in the beginning, but Damian, Caleb and Adam settled down after the mass of runners at the start and began moving up the ranks.” Damian Miller finished 54th with a personal best of 20:47. Caleb Nichols also ran a personal best of 22:39 to finish 125th, and Adam Kennedy placed 148th with 23;20. The Russellville cross country team competed at the Dixon Invitational Sept. 24, where Grace Young and Michitsch medaled and led Russellville. Young placed fourth with 21:14, and Michitsch finished 12th with

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Russellville’s Jayce Tschirgi finished 23rd with 19:03 at the Hancock Invitational at Jefferson Barracks State Park, St. Louis. Lady Indians captured their third consecutive championship. Russellville finished with 34, followed by Fatima with 45, South Callaway with 62, and Chamois with 94. Hill was the Show-Me Conference champion with 20:51 and received All-Conference honors. Grace Young finished third with 21:59 and All-Conference honors, as did Michitsch in eighth place with 23:33, and Matthews in 10th place with 23:52. “I’m very proud of the girls,” Miller said. “They had a goal of winning conference and they accomplished that.” The Indians finished fourth

with 73 points. Fatima won with 34. Alex M. Thompson earned All-Conference honors with a fifth place finish with 18:01. Russellville’s JV boys finished in second place. Fringer medaled in second place individually with 19:34, as did Miller in seventh place with 20:26. Russellville’s middle school boys’ team won the conference championship for the second year in a row. Bertucci finished in second place with 8:46, the second fastest time in school history. Roberston was sole middle school girl competitor for Russellville, who finished third overall with a personal best of 10:11.


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California defeats Southern Boone By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California High School volleyball teams hosted Southern Boone Tuesday, Sept. 25, where the Lady Pintos captured two wins. California’s varsity won 25-22 and 25-21.

Sydney Deeken had nine kills, nine blocks and six digs. Abby Lueckenotte had 11 assists and nine serves. Paige Halsey had eight kills, 11 serves and one block. Caitlin Meyer had four kills, two blocks and nine serves, and Taylor Walters had seven assists and six digs. California’s JV defeated the

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California’s Abby Lueckenotte returns a serve during the first set of the varsity match against Southern Boone Sept. 25 at California High School. Ready to assist are Leah Davis (8) and Sydney Deeken (10).

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California’s Madilyn Safley gets set to return a serve during the second set of the varsity match against Southern Boone. Ready to assist at left is Sydney Deeken.

Lady Eagles 25-16 and 25-14. The varsity participated in the Warrensburg Tournament Saturday, where California won the consolation. A total of eight teams participated in the tourney. The Lady Pintos played three matches in pool play, where California lost to St. Paul 17-25 and 10-25, followed by a loss to Pleasant Hill, 14-25 and 14-25, and a win against Center, 25-4 and 25-14. In bracket play, California defeated Warrensburg 20-25, 2521 and 25-16, followed by a win against Cameron, 25-23 and 2514, for the consolation. “We started out slow,” California Coach Dennis Davis said. “It was the morning after Home-

coming, so I think that had something to do with it. But we gradually picked it up and had a decent day.” Deeken led the Lady Pintos in tournament play with a total of 42 kills, two assists, 24 digs, 27 blocks and 32 serves including five aces. Lueckenotte followed with 34 assists, one kill, 21 digs, one block and 44 serves including two aces. Halsey had 16 kills, three digs, 12 blocks and 46 serves including four aces, while Meyer had 18 kills, 13 digs, one block and 37 serves including three aces. Walters chipped in with 26 assists, 11 digs and 23 serves including three aces. Previously, California hosted

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California’s Sydney Deeken (10) and Kelsey Roush (15) execute a successful block during the second set of the varsity match against Southern Boone Sept. 25. The Lady Pintos won the match 25-22 and 25-21. Mexico Sept. 24, where both the varsity and JV defeated the Lady Bulldogs. California’s varsity won 25-19 and 26-24. Meyer had 13 serves, four digs and two kills, while Deeken contributed 11 kills and four blocks. Halsey had four kills, eight serves including one ace, and one block. Lueckenotte had eight assists and eight serves. Madilyn Safley had six digs, two kills and seven serves including one ace. Walters had seven assists and Audrey Imhoff

had five digs. California’s JV defeated Mexico 25-20 and 25-20. The Lady Pintos traveled to Tipton Monday night, where California captured three wins from the Lady Cardinals. The varsity defeated Tipton 25-19 and 25-20. California’s JVB team won 26-24 and 25-13, while the JVC team won 25-17 and 25-21. California will host Russellville Thursday, beginning with the JV match at 6 p.m.

CMS Lady Pintos net wins at Eldon The California Middle School volleyball teams played at Eldon Sept. 24, where both captured a win from the Lady Mustangs. California’s seventh grade (41) won 21-25, 25-16 and 25-21. Maria Lemus led California serving with 15, followed by Halle Oliver with 13. Chloe Schenewerk had 33 passes. Elizabeth Lutz had 17 passes. Schenewerk also led attacks with five, followed by Taylor Geiser, Lemus and Lutz with two each. “These attacks were pivotal in helping win the last two sets,” California Coach Tiffany Brown said. Lemus and Schenewerk also had three blocks each. Oliver had two digs and Lemus and Lutz each had one. “It’s always hard for a team to come back when they are behind and the girls did a great job of fighting to win the last two matches. They never gave up.” California’s seventh grade B team played one set against Eldon and won 26-24. Katelyn McClelland led serving with four. Braleigh Johnson led passing with seven. Paige

ferson Sept. 25, where the Lady Pintos’ eighth grade B team won 25-16 and 25-17. Schenewerk led serves with 11, followed by Caitlin Halsey with 10. Schenewerk also led passes with 14, followed by Lemus with nine passes. Oliver had the sole block of the game. “We got off to a rocky start with some missed serves, but then the girls really dug in to get the sideouts we needed,” Brown said. “We tried some different substitutions and I was really impressed with how well the girls played in their different positions.” California’s eighth grade lost to Thomas Jefferson 22-25 and 23-25. Laney Porter led serves in the first set with six. Cameron Meyer, Whitson and Elaine Vargas each had seven passes.

Johnson had the only dig of the game. “These girls fought hard and scrappy for each point to secure the win,” Brown said. California’s eighth grade defeated Eldon 25-20 and 25-19. Monica Whitson led California in the first set with seven serves. Emma Bailey had 11 passes and three sets. Alayna Porter had seven serves in the second set, Madison Pierson and Leanna Reichl each had five passes. “The first match started off a little rocky, but the girls’ determination helped them pull through with the win,” California Coach Heather Henley said. “In the second set, the girls were fired up and ready to play. With only two serving errors, they pushed ahead.” California hosted Thomas Jef-

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At left California’s Cameron Meyer executes a block during the California Middle School eighth grade volleyball match against Thomas Jefferson Sept. 25 at CMS.

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California hosts match with Helias By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California High School girls golf teams hosted Helias Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the California Country Club, where the varsity Lady Pintos finished with 198, as did Helias. California’s Ellie Hamilton was the runner-up with 46. Haley Goans followed with 47. “This was a tough test against Helias,” California Coach Lance Conner said. “The way the golf course was set up didn’t help. Our girls didn’t hit that many poor shots, but they just came at the wrong time. I so wanted Ellie to earn medalist at her last home match as a senior, but runner-up was still a solid ending to the regular season. Deep down, I know we can play with most all of the schools in our area, but we haven’t put four scores together at the same match. I’m pleased with our ball striking and I hope we can put it all together at districts.” California’s JV was led by Preston Peters with 55.

Emma Bailey and Carlie Bleich each had five sets. Meyer and Porter each had three attacks. Vargas had seven serves in the second set, and Whitson added nine passes. Bailey had seven sets, while Meyer had six attacks. “The matches were fought hard,” Henley said. “The girls had some great volleys and showed a lot of hustle on the court. Our passing has improved tremendously, but lack of communication and missed serves kept us from winning the game. The girls will have their chance to make up this loss when we face Thomas Jefferson in pool play at the Jefferson City Middle School Tournament later in the season.” California will host Southern Boone at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Previously, the Lady Pintos participated in matches at the Sedalia Country Club Sept. 24, where Sacred Heart won the varsity match with 174. California followed with 210. Becca Hamilton led California with 51, followed by Goans with 52. “This was a disappointing day for us,” Conner said. “Sacred Heart is an exceptional team and this was the last of four times we

played them this year. I was hoping to challenge them on their home course as a test for the post-season, but we just didn’t play well.” Sophie Brant led California’s JV with 53. The Lady Pintos participated in the Class 1 District 2 Golf Tournament Tuesday, Oct. 2, at Dogwood Hills Golf Resort, Osage Beach, however, results were not available at press time.

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California snags win against Osage By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff The California High School softball teams played at Osage Tuesday, Sept. 25, where the varsity girls defeated the Lady Indians 8-3. Jessica Hughes recorded the win with two strikeouts. Alayna York led California hits with a double and a single. Alayna Jobe and Tiffany Carel each contributed a single and one RBI. Amanda Karbinas had two singles and Madelyn Jobe had a single and one RBI. “We played really well against Osage,” California Coach Jack Lake said. “We had a big fourth inning that got us going. Osage had a good pitcher, but we were able to hit the ball really well.” California’s JV game was called during the second inning due to weather. The Lady Pintos traveled to Hallsville Thursday, where California’s varsity lost 8-5 to the Lady Indians. Hughes recorded the win with five strikeouts. Though the Lady Pintos lost,

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The Jamestown Lady Eagles clenched the CCAA Conference Championship after defeating Pilot Grove 21-17 Saturday at Pilot Grove.

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From left are California’s senior softball players Alayna York and Jamie Earnheart, who were recognized along with their parents during the Senior Night ceremony Sept. 24 at the California Sports Complex.

Lady Eagles win conference championship By APRIL ARNETT Democrat Staff Jamestown’s varsity softball team traveled to Pilot Grove Saturday, where the Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Tigers 21-17 to ultimately win the CCAA Conference Championship. “The girls weren’t picked to win the conference this year,” Jamestown Coach E.H. Hirschvogel said. “There were teams with more experience and very good offenses picked to finish ahead of us, but our girls didn’t back down one bit. We capi-

Lake said, “This was a great game. Our girls showed up to play and played good offense. We just had a couple of errors that set us back. If not for that, we would’ve upset Hallsville.” Carel led California hits with a double and two singles. York followed with a double and a sin-

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California’s Alayna York rips a hit to left field during the sixth inning of the varsity game against New Bloomfield. gle. Madi Simmons had a double and two RBI and Hughes chipped in with a single and two RBI. California’s JV also lost to Hallsville, 13-2. California hosted New Bloomfield Monday, Oct. 1, for the last games of the regular season for the Lady Pintos, where California’s varsity lost 5-0,

while the JV lost 6-1. California’s varsity will participate in the Class 3 District 10 Softball Tournament Oct. 3-6 at Blair Oaks High School, Wardsville, beginning with a contest against Osage at 4:30 p.m. today (Wednesday). The district championship game is scheduled for 12 noon Saturday.

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have to play much better defensively, to beat Pilot Grove in district play.” The Lady Eagles will participate in the Class 1 District 7 Tournament at Pilot Grove Oct. 3-6, beginning with a contest against Harrisburg at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday). The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. “As much as we enjoyed winning our conference, we have our sights set on a district title,” Hirschvogel said. “We will need to play our best in all phases of the game to accomplish that.”

MSHSAA Class 1 District 7 Softball Tournament Oct. 3-6 at Pilot Grove High School

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California’s Madelyn Jobe releases a pitch during the seventh inning of the varsity game against New Bloomfield Monday at the California Sports Complex. California’s varsity lost 5-0, and the JV lost 61.

talized on strong defense and pitching and our offense picked up along the way. I’m very proud of these ladies for their strong season.” Stephanie Birkmann recorded the win with four strikeouts. Robyn Eschenbrenner led Jamestown hits with a double, two singles and six RBI. Birkmann followed with two singles and one RBI. Emily Scheperle and Lexi Muri each contributed a single and two RBI. “Our offense was able to rally late in the game to secure the win,” Hirschvogel said. “We will

The Russellville High School varsity softball team participated in the 13th Annual Linn Softball Tournament Sept. 22, where the Lady Indians lost the championship game to Iberia 11-1 to finish the tourney in second place. Miranda Hill recorded the loss against Linn with three strikeouts. Hannah Campbell led Russellville hits with two singles and one RBI. Adrianna Basnett, Katie Wolken, Hill and Kaitlyn Bungart each contributed a single. Previously in the tournament, Russellville defeated St. Clair 75 in first-round action. Hill pitched the win with two strikeouts. Emma Koestner, Wolken, Campbell and Hill each had a single. Russellville then faced Bell in the semifinal round, and won 53. Hill recorded the win with 12 strikeouts.

“Miranda pitched a great game,” Russellville Coach Trisha Black said. “I’m very happy with how the girls played.” Campbell led Russellville hits with a triple and two doubles and three RBI. Basnett followed with a single. Russellville hosted South Callaway Sept. 24, where the Lady Indians captured a 5-1 win. Hill pitched the win with two strikeouts. Campbell led Russellville hits with a triple, a single and one RBI. Micayla Gilmore, Koestner and Amberlyn Grellner each contributed a single. “South Callaway hit the ball really well, but we played great defense and got out of a lot of tough situations,” Black said. “I’m very proud of how well the girls played.” Previously, the Lady Indians traveled to Linn Sept. 18, where they defeated the Lady Wildcats 10-6. Hill recorded the win with five strikeouts. Gilmore led Russellville hits

Freshman, JV Pintos lose to Blair Oaks California’s freshman and JV to the Falcons, while California’s football teams traveled to JV lost a close contest, 27-21. Wardsville Monday night, where The Pintos will play at Osage both suffered a loss to Blair at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8. Oaks. The freshman Pintos lost 54-0

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with two doubles and three RBI. Campbell followed with a double and one RBI. Russellville hosted Tuscumbia Sept. 20, where the Lady Indians captured a win, 11-1. Hill pitched the win with five strikeouts. Koestner led Russellville hits with a single and three RBI. Wolken and Campbell each had a double and two RBI and Jamie Webster had a double and a single. Russellville’s varsity will participate in the Class 2 District 13 Tournament Oct. 3-5 at Eugene, beginning with a contest against Stover at 6:30 p.m. today (Wednesday). The championship game is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

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