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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Junior High girls bring home the hardware

Dentists will tell you that plaque is not a good thing, Eagle girls basketball coach Ethan Evans might feel differently as his junior high squads brought home four of them last night from the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament finals.

The seventh-grade girls brought home the regular season conference championship award and tournament second-place honors after losing to East Prairie 32-27.

The eighth-graders won both the regular season and conference tournament.  The defeated Delta 38-24 in come-from-behind fashion.

The seventh-grade led at the half, 17-13, but couldn't hold on, losing by five.

Coach Evans said, "We just made too many turnovers and couldn't capitalize on easy opportunities. You could tell the girls were nervous which I expected some. It was still a very good year and with a lot of 6th graders playing significant time I expect big things next year."

Addie Nichols scored 13.

Maddie Stickel added six, Liza Dannenmueller chipped in five.  Laney Shy had three for the Eagles, who finished up 6-0 in league play and 9-2 overall.

They hit 5 of 12 free throws for 41%.

The older team continued their habit of starting slow.  This time they didn't kick it into gear until the 3rd quarter.  They trailed at the half 18-12, but a 15-2 run out of the break put Oran on top, much to the chagrin of the Delta faithful.  An 11-4 fourth quarter would salt the victory over the top-seeded Bobcats.

Hannah Boshell paced the Eagles with 12.

Grace Davis and Hope Woodfin each scored nine. Woodfin hit a trey and both of her free throw attempts.  Emma Priggel scored five and Rylee Boshell chipped in three.

They hit 7 of 13 from the line for 54%.

Coach Evans told the blog, "What a way to cap off an incredible season. This group of girls gave me more gray hair than any other I have coached. No matter how far we got behind they never gave up and that rang true again against Delta. The 2nd half the girls played unbelievably. Great job by the girls."

They finished 7-0 and 15-1.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Volleyball season ends in district semifinals

One of Oran High School's most successful volleyball seasons in recent memory came to a close last night with a semifinal loss to the Advance Hornets in two sets 25-8 and 25-11 in the district tournament at Bernie.  The Eagles had defeated the Richland Rebels in the quarterfinals 25-11 and 25-14.

In the opener, Jessie Long had seven aces, three kills and two assists.  Cassie Cochran had seven assists, three aces and two kills.  Kaylee Payne had six kills, five aces, a block and a dig.  Kaitlyn Streeter added a kill.

In the nightcap, Cochran had five assists and four digs.  Payne had four kills, three digs and an assist.  Long seven digs, two aces, a block and a kill.

Kenzie Graviett had two kills and an assist, Streeter added two digs.  Kamryn Graviett was credited with a dig.

The Eagles finished the season 17-12-1, the first time they've finished over .500 since the 2004 season.

Junior high girls advance to finals

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams both advanced to tonight's Scott-Mississippi Conference finals at East Prairie with victories last night.  The seventh-grade won 37-22 over Kelly.  The eighth-grade defeated Chaffee 47-26.

Coach Ethan Evans said the seventh grade, "had a few nerves in this game and missed a lot of easy shots early on. Our defense and rebounding were very good and we are happy to be moving on to the championship game."

Maddie Stickel led all scorers with 12. Addie Nichols was right behind with 11.

Bralynn Morgan added six, Laney Shy had four and Liza Dannenmueller and Lilly Knotts chipped in two apiece.

The girls hit five of their 10 free throws for 50%.

They improved to 9-1. Oran, then number 1 seed, will face the third-seeded East Prairie Eagles this evening at 6 pm.

Grace Davis scored 24 for the eighth grade.  Hope Woodfin added 10, including a pair of treys.

Hannah Boshell scored six.  Emma Priggel totaled three and Rylee Boshell rounded out the scoring with a field goal.

They hit 5 of 9 from the line for 56%.

Coach Evans said, "The common theme of a slow 1st quarter showed up again but after that we played fairly well, especially in the 3rd quarter. It would be nice for us to put in a complete 4 quarters tonight during the championship against Delta."

Oran, now 14-1 and the two seed will face the top-seeded Delta squad at 7:15.  The Eagles defeated the Bobcats 34-27 at Oran just under a week ago after the seed meeting had taken place.

Boys sweep Woodland

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams both improved to 2-0 on the season.  The seventh-grade won 44-37 while the eighth-grade picked up a 53-32 victory.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "The seventh-grade played a good game. We battled through some foul trouble and did a good job of hitting free throws. We also blocked out well and moved the basketball very well on offense."

The Eagles led 12-8 after one but trailed 17-15 at the half.

The score was tied at 25 with under five seconds remaining in the third when Kolten Payne drained a three to give Oran the lead and they never trailed again.

Robbie Menz hit four free throws with less than a minute remaining in the game to help seal the win.

Payne led the team with 14 points, including three treys.  Menz and Camdyn Triblett had 10 apiece.  Menz had two from long range and was 4-4 from the line.  Triblett had a double-double as he grabbed 13 rebounds.

Luke Peterson added six and Nic Massey chipped in four.

As a team, they hit 6 of 7 from the charity stripe for 86%.

For the eighth-grade, Coach Shoemaker had talked about the need to play smarter and more under control after their season-opening win at Scott County Central.  The improvement was evident last night as the Eagles led 18-5 after the first period and went on to a 21 point romp.

Coach Shoemaker said, "We played a much smarter game tonight and played more under control. We shot 21 out of 41 from 2 point land  (51%)  and 2 out of 6 from three (33%).

Samuel Shoemaker recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.  He also nabbed seven steals.  Nick Romas hit for 11 points, including a pair of treys and Seth Cauble scored 10.

Quentin Senciboy had seven points, Chris Collins six, Diesel Cato four and Dalton Scherer two.

The older team hit only 5 of 14 attempts at the line for 36%.

The boys will be back in action Wednesday evening when they host non-conference rival Bell City at 6 pm.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

What's happenin' (10/16-10/20)

All the action this week will be during the first half of the week.  Thursday is a half-day with parent-teacher conferences and there is no school on Friday.

Monday is jam-packed as the volleyball district tournament will start in Bernie.  The Eagles, the number-four seed takes on the fifth-seed Richland at 4pm.  Oran won the regular-season meeting in straight sets.  A win in the opener would propel them into the quarterfinals at 6 pm against the top-seeded Advance Hornets.

Also on Monday, the junior high girls conference tournament will continue in East Prairie.  The seventh-grade plays Kelly at 5:45 and the eighth-grade will play Chaffee immediately following.

Not to be left out, the junior high boys has its home-opener at 6 pm.  They will host Woodland.

The boys will be back in town on Wednesday when they host Bell City, also at 6.

8th grade girls win tourney opener

The eighth-grade girls basketball team opened the Scott-Mississippi conference tournament with a win on Saturday at East Prairie over Kelly 54-19.

The Eagles and the Hawks were tied 6-6 after one period.  From there, however, it was all Oran.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to another rough start and had a little foul trouble there in the first quarter. We took control some there in the second quarter but really played a fantastic second half."

Grace Davis led the way with 27 points.

Hannah Boshell and Rylee Boshell both scored eight.  Emma Priggel put in six and Hope Woodfin had five, including a trey.

As a team, they hit only 5 of 17 free throws for 29%.

With the win, the eighth-grade is now 13-1.  They will face Chaffee at 7 pm on Monday.  That game will follow the 7th-grade contest against Kelly that is scheduled for 5:45.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Volleyball loses in conference bracket play

After soaring through pool play undefeated on Tuesday the Oran High School volleyball team lost in straight sets to Sikeston in bracket play at the Cape Girardeau Sportsplex last night.  The Eagles lost 25-19 and 25-7 to put their mark at 15-11-1.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer remarked, "We did really well Tuesday night and pulled together as a team; playing the game the way the girls are capable of doing.  The last game of the night got tough being worn out, but they pulled through.  Last night after the first set we weren't us, didn't play the game as we can and it showed.  Our focus now is on Districts."

The Eagles are the #4 seed in the upcoming district tournament and will face fifth-seeded Richland on Monday in Bernie at 4 pm.

No stats were available at this time.

Boys sweep SCC in opener

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams made a successful debut last night at Scott County Central.  The 7th grade won 52-15 while the 8th grade prevailed 46-41.

Coach Joe Shoemaker said, "I thought the 7th grade played very hard and they did a good job of passing the basketball.  We made an adjustment on the press defense and it allowed us to get some easy baskets. We shot 43% from the field."

Kolten Payne led the younger team with 22 points.  He hit five of seven from beyond the arc.  Camdyn Triblett had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.  He also had six steals. Robby Menz had 10 points and five steals.

Luke Peterson had four points, while Parker Diebold and Noah Mitchem both had two.  Nick Massey rounded out the scoring with a single tally.

The Eagles outscored the Braves 23-4 during the second half to cruise to the turbo-clock victory.

As a team, the winners hit 5 of 13 free throws for 39%.

In game two, Oran trailed the hosts 8-4 after one but was able to take a 22-18 lead into the intermission.  The Eagles were able to expand the lead to 11, 33-22 after the third period but then had to hold on as the Braves hit 3 three's to cut into the deficit.

Coach Shoemaker said, "I thought the 8th grade played very hard but played just a little out of control.  I look for them to play a much smarter game the next time out.  I was proud that they responded and won the game when we didn't play our best, especially with a low shooting percentage.  We shot 30% from the field."

Free throw shooting was the difference in the game as Oran hit 11 of 25 (44%) and SCC hit none of their 7 attempts.

Nick Romas had 15 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced scoring attack.  He hit one trey and was four of six from the line.  Quentin Senciboy scored 11 and was three of four on charity tosses. He had five steals.  Chris Collins had 10 points.

Diesel Cato and Samuel Shoemaker, each scored four and Seth Cauble added two.  Shoemaker led the team with 13 rebounds and six steals.

"I also want to thank the 6th graders who helped out keeping stats," said the coach.

Those sixth-graders include Elijah Shoemaker, Marshall Bradley, Brendan Campbell, Nate Pobst, Andrew Dennis, John Tucker, Jace Fuemmeler, Drake Dannenmuller and Blake Urhahn.

The Eagles will have their first home games on Monday when they host Woodland at 6 pm.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Junior High boys tip-off tonight

The Oran Junior High School boys basketball teams will hit the floor for the first time this season this evening at 6 pm at conference rival Scott County Central.  There is a girls game there also that is scheduled to start at 4:30 (it does not involve Oran).

For the first time in a few years, there are enough boys in each class that the sixth grade will not be playing up.  But Coach Joe Shoemaker will allow the younger boys to practice each week to help smooth the transition for them.

This year's 8th-grade squad finished last year with a 10-4 record.  They were a combo of sixth and seventh-graders at the the time.

Here is the roster for this year:

For a printable copy click HERE.

The schedule is HERE (scroll down).

Junior High girls claim regular season Scott-Miss crowns

Last night the Oran Junior High school girls basketball teams defeated Delta.  The eighth-grade played first.  They won 34-27.  The seventh-grade followed with an 18-10 two-quarter victory.  The results propelled both squads to perfect conference records and first place finishes in the regular season.

Head Coach Ethan Evans said of the eighth-grade game, "This was a great bounce-back win against a good quality opponent. I was curious to see how the girls would react after the Cape game and we didn't start out well. After that, they responded to each and every challenge."

The Eagles trailed the Bobcats 11-6 after one but outscored the visitors 12-0 in the second to take a seven-point lead into the halftime locker room.  The teams played even after the break.

Grace Davis led the way with 14, Hannah Boshell was in double-digits too, with 10.

Hope Woodfin added seven, including a trey. Rylee Boshell had a bucket and Emma Priggel had a free throw.

From the line, as a team, Oran made only 3 of 16 attempts for 19%.

The older team finished the regular season with a 7-0 league mark and 12-1 overall.

They are the number two seed in the Scott-Mississippi Conference tournament that starts on Saturday at East Prairie High School.  Delta is seeded first.  The Eagles play Kelly at 2 pm on the opening day.  Oran defeated the Hawks earlier this month by a score of 58-25.

During the seventh-grade contest, Oran led 8-1 after the first and ended up winning by eight in the shortened affair.

Coach Evans said, "We had a good effort both offensively and defensively. We moved the ball well to hit the open person and did a nice job rebounding."

Addie Nichols topped all scorers with eight.  Liza Dannenmueller and Maddie Stickel both added four.  Hallie Nichols chipped in two.

They hit 4 of 12 from the line for 33%.

The younger Eagles finished with a mark of 6-0 and 8-1. 

They are seed first in the 7th-grade bracket and received a first-round bye.  They will face the winner of Saturday's, Kelly vs. Chaffee game on Monday at 5:45.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Volleyball takes the number 1 seed in SEMO South Pool Play

For the second year in a row, the Oran High School volleyball team was able to secure the South Division's top seed during the SEMO Conference pool play.  Last night the Eagles went 8-0 to claim the top spot during play at New Madrid County Central.  Last year they finished 7-1.

Oran opened the evening with a 25-19 and 25-9 victory over the hosts.

The next opponent was Scott City.  The Eagles squeaked by 25-18 and 27-26.  That was followed by wins over Kennett 25-18 and 25-17.  The evening ended with another tight one.  Oran defeated Charleston 27-25 and 25-14.

During the regular season, Oran had lost to both Kennett and New Madrid County Central.

The Eagles will take on the winner of the Sikeston vs Charleston match on Thursday at the Cape Sportsplex at 6 pm.

Details of the tournament:

Higher seed is the home team. Sportsplex will have a full concession stand (so no outside food or drink will be allowed in) and admission at Sportsplex will be $3 adults and $2 students.  They do not have lockers rooms but they have plenty of restrooms to change in.

For a copy of the bracket, click HERE.

Chris Pobst's article on Semoball:  HERE  and photos:  HERE

Junior High girls lose for first times

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams experienced the bitter taste of defeat for the first time this season when both teams dropped decisions to Cape Girardeau Central last night.  The seventh-grade fell 50-38.  The eighth-grade lost 23-13.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "I was proud of the fight the seventh-grade put up last night. After we got down big early we could've given up but the girls clawed their way back to make a game of it."

The Eagles were behind 20-6 after one and 32-16 at the break but cut the deficit to only eight, 38-30 heading into the final frame, but could get no closer.

Grace Davis had 14 in the first contest for Oran.  Addie Nichols scored seven.  Liza Dannenmuller, Hallie Nichols and Emma Priggel added four apiece.  Maddie Stickel had three and Bralynn Morgan rounded out the scoring with two.

They were 6 of 12 from the line for 50%.

Neither eighth-grade squad had much success on the offensive end.

The Eagles led 5-4 after the first period but trailed 10-8 at the half.

After the break, Oran would score only five more points and would be shut out during the final quarter.

Coach Evans said, "We just couldn't throw the ball in the ocean. Our defense kept us in the game but every time I thought we were taking a step forward we would take a couple back. Hopefully, we learn from this game and get back on track going forward."

Rylee Boshell scored six to lead the Eagles.  Hope Woodfin and Davis scored three each.  Woodfin hit a trey and Davis' all came from the line.  Priggel also added a free throw.

Oran hit 4 of 9 from the charity stripe for 44%.

Both teams will be back in action for their regular season finale tonight at home vs Delta at 6 pm.

Brackets for the upcoming conference tournament at East Prairie have been posted HERE.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

What's happenin' (10/9-10/14)

The fall seasons are winding down and junior high boys basketball starts.

No school on Monday.  It's Columbus Day so that means it's also the annual booster club golf fundraiser:

If you would like to play, it's probably not too late.  Message me on facebook or text me at 270-2602 and I will see what I can do.

The kids take center stage again starting on Tuesday.

Varsity volleyball will be competing in the SEMO conference tournament.  Pool play starts on Tuesday at New Madrid County Central.  The Eagles face the hosts at 4 pm.  Next up will be Scott City at 5:40.  At 6:30 Oran is scheduled to take on Kennett with Charleston immediately following.

Also on Tuesday, the junior high girls basketball team will host Cape Central at 6 pm.

The junior high will also be at home on Wednesday when they face conference foe Delta.  Game time is also at 6 and will end their regular season.

Volleyball will compete in bracket play at Notre Dame on Thursday.  We will post bracket and game times as soon as we can.  

The junior high boys will start its season at Scott County Central on Thursday at 6.  We will post a roster as soon as we get one.

On Saturday, the Junior High School girls basketball tournament begins in East Prairie.  We will provide info on that as soon as we get it.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

A Senior Night sweep

The Oran High School volleyball teams celebrated "Senior Night" with straight-set wins over visiting conference rival Charleston last night.

The junior varsity improved to 3-2 in league play and 6-8 overall with their 25-8, 26-24 victory.

Sam Welter had a kill, an ace  and two digs to go along with eight assists.  Savannah Below had eight kills and two aces. Kennedi McVay had five assists, a kill and a pair of aces. Heather Gosche served three aces.  She also had two kills, a dig and an assist.  Paige Bradley had two kills, a dig and an ace.  Megan Henson had three kills while Ali Hornback had an ace, a kill and a dig.

The jayvee trailed 20-14 in the second set but was able to rally to pick up the win.

The varsity improved to 2-4 and 11-10-1 with 25-13 and 25-16 scores.

Senior, Kenzie Graviett, had seven aces, a kill and two digs.  Senior, Malia Legrand had two aces and a dig, while the third senior, Kamryn Graviett added an ace.

Cassie Cochran dished out a team-high 15 assists.  She also had three digs and two aces.  Kaylee Payne led the team with 11 kills.  She also had a pair of aces and four digs.  Jessie Long had three kills, two digs and an ace.  Hornback had a kill and a dig and Katelyn Streeter had a kill.

It was the last regular season contest for the volleyball squads.  The 11 varsity wins mark the most in recent memory.

The varsity will next compete in the Semo conference tournament.  Pool play for the Eagles will take place next Tuesday at New Madrid County Central beginning at 4 pm.  Bracket play will be at Notre Dame Regional High School on Thursday.

Eagles soar over Oak Ridge

The junior high girls basketball teams picked up two more wins last night to remain undefeated.

The seventh grade improved to 7-0.  They jumped out to a 12-0 lead after one period of play and cruised to a 32-8 win on the road.

Coach Ethan Evans said of his younger team, "The girls played excellent defense. They worked the ball around offensively as well. I wish we would've shot free throws a little better but we did a good job of drawing fouls."

Addie Nichols led the way offensively with 10 points.

Bralynn Morgan scored six.  Grace Davis and Laney Shy had five apiece.  Liza Dannenmueller added four and Hallie Nichols rounded out the scoring with two.

The team hit only 4 of 15 from the free throw line for 26%.

The eighth grade used a 28-1 run during the second and third quarters to put the game on ice as they picked up a 45-15 win to improve to 11-0.

Davis pumped in 22.

Hope Woodfin scored seven, including a trey.  Emma Priggel and Hannah Boshell had six apiece while Rylee Boshell added four.

The older team hit 70% of their charity tosses (14-20).

Coach Evans said, "The second and third quarters were as good as I have seen all year. The girls really got after it and caused a ton of turnovers and lots of deflections. That lead to some easy baskets out in transition. It was a big win over a pretty good team."

They will be back in action next Tuesday when they host Cape Central at 6 pm.

Volleyball swept by Saxony

The Oran High School volleyball teams lost in straight sets to the visiting Saxony Lutheran Crusaders on Monday night.  The junior varsity lost 10-25 and 18-25.  That dropped their record to 5-8.

Kennedi McVay had five assists, a kill and an ace.  Savannah Below had five kills and two digs.  Ali Hornback added a pair of aces and three digs.

Megan Henson had two kills and two digs.  Heather Gosche a kill and a dig, while Sam Welter and Kaitlyn Streeter had an assist apiece.

The Eagle varsity squad lost 13-25 and 10-25 and saw their record move to 10-10-1.

Kaylee Payne had six kills, five digs a block and an ace.  Cassie Cochran had nine assists and a dig.  Jessie Long had two kills, three digs an assist and an ace.  Malia LeGrand served up two aces and had five digs. Kenzie Graviett had a kill, and a block to go along with two digs.  Kamryn Graviett had three digs.  Streeter added a kill and a dig.

Monday was also "Pink-up" night.  The event raised nearly $400 in support of breast cancer awareness.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Eagles hammer Hawks

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams picked up a pair of wins last night on the road at Kelly High School last night to help Coach Ethan Evans celebrate his 38th birthday.

The seventh grade jumped out to a 24-2 halftime lead and cruised to a 47-8 victory. 

Coach Evans said, "This was probably the best game the seventh-grade has played all year. We had balanced scoring and played very good defense."

Grace Davis topped the scorers with 13.  Liza Dannenmueller had 12 and Addie Nichols scored 10.

Bralynn Morgan had eight, Maddie Stickel added four.

They hit 7 of 11 free throw attempts for 64%.  They improved their record 5-0 in Scott-Miss play and 6-0 overall.

During the eighth-grade game, the Eagles led only 10-8 after the first quarter but outscored the conference opponent 48-17 the rest of the way to pick up a 58-25 win.

Coach Evan told the blog, "We got off to a slow start once again but played a very good 2nd and 3rd quarters to get the victory."

Davis poured in 26.  Rylee Boshell hit for 14, Hannah Boshell scored 10.

Hope Woodfin and Emma Priggel both scored three while Hallie Nichols added two.

The older team hit 67% of their charity attempts (8-12). 

They are now 6-0 and 10-0.

The Eagles will be back in action this evening at 6 pm at Oak Ridge.

Monday, October 2, 2017

What's happenin' (10/2-10/6)

The volleyball and junior high girls basketball regular seasons are winding down.

This week both sports play on Monday and Tuesday and then are off the rest of the week.

Monday, volleyball (2-2, 5-7 & 1-3, 10-9-1) will host Saxony Lutheran at 6 pm.  The game with the Crusaders will be a "pink-up" game.  Girls basketball (4-0, 5-0 & 5-0, 9-0) will travel to conference opponent Kelly.  Tip time is 6 pm.

Also, Monday is "McTeacher's Night" at McDonalds at Boomland.

Tuesday will have volleyball at home for Senior Night, hosting Charleston and basketball will be at Oak Ridge.  Both contests begin at 6.

Eagles split with Panthers

The Oran High School volleyball teams split with the visiting Meadow Heights Panthers on Friday night.  The junior varsity lost 17-25 and 20-25.  They are now 5-7.

Savannah Below had four kills, a block and six digs.  Kennedi McVay had a kill, three assists, three digs and an ace.  Heather Gosche had three digs and a pair of aces.  Paige Bradley had two kills, an assist and a dig.  Megan Henson totaled two kills and three digs.  Sam Welter added two assists and three assists.

The varsity pushed their mark to 10-9-1 with a 17-25, 25-14 & 25-18 win.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer said, "We came out slow and weren't talking the first set, but the second set we showed more enthusiasm and drive to win and our teamwork was the key component for us to pull the win out. The third set we started strong, let up a little in the middle but pulled that win out in the end.  When the girls put their minds to it they do a Lou of great things."

Kaylee Payne slammed home 18 kills, nine digs, five blocks and four aces.  Cassie Cochran dished out 25 assists and had two digs. 

Kenzie Graviett had six kills, three blocks, three digs, an assist and an ace.  Jessie Long had five kills, three blocks, three digs and an ace.  Kaitlyn Streeter had a pair of kills, a block, an assist and an ace.  Kamryn Graviett added two digs as well as an assist and an ace.

The teams will be back in action Monday evening at 6 pm when they host Saxony Lutheran.  It will be a pink-up game.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Volleyball defeats Richland

The Oran High School varsity volleyball team improved its record to 9-9-1 last night with a 25-20, 26-24 victory on the road.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer said, "We played really hard and up the first game and we beat them. We switched sides and didn’t come out as strong the second game. We put in some subs and we just couldn’t put it all back together. We put back in the starters and I stressed to the girls how important it is to talk in the game, we struggle with this so much. If you don’t talk to your teammates around you it is hard to figure out where they are and to help to work together. We finally pulled off the last game even though it was a nail-biter in the end."

Cassie Cochran had 14 assists, two aces and a kill.  Kaylee Payne six kills, three digs and an ace.  Jessie Long also totaled six kills to go along with two digs. Kenzie Graviett had three kills, two digs and an ace.  Kaitlyn Streeter had two kills and a dig.  Kamryn Graviett had a pair of aces and a pair of assists.  Malia LeGrand added an ace.

It was the second straight-set win in a row for the Eagles.

Oran will host Meadow Heights this evening.  The junior varsity will start at 6 pm.

Eighth-grade Eagles win at Advance

The Oran girls basketball team picked up a 30 point win on the road last night defeating the Hornets 41-11.  The first year Advance program only had enough players for one game.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to a slow start once again. That is something we have to get better at going forward. After the 1st quarter, we stepped up our defensive effort and started hitting some shots. We continued to miss some easy layups and we definitely need to clean that up as well."

The Eagles were up 11-6 after one but led 24-6 at the intermission and cruised the rest of the way.

Hannah Boshell scored 10 to lead a balanced Oran scoring attack.  Grace Davis had nine, Rylee Boshell added eight, Hope Woodfin chipped in six.

Emma Priggel totaled five and Addie Nichols rounded out the scoring with three.  Every Eagle in the book saw court action.

As a team, they hit 7 of 13 free throw attempts for 54%

Oran improved to 9-0.  They will be back in action next Monday, at Kelly.  It will also be McTeachers' night at the Boomland McDonalds.  The first game starts at 6 pm.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Junior High girls sweep SCC

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams picked a pair of conference wins on Tuesday at home against the visiting Scott County Central Bravettes.  The seventh-grade won an abbreviated two-quarter contest 22-6.  They improved their Scott-Miss record to 4-0 and 5-0 overall.  The eighth-grade ran away in a 56-2 rout to run their mark to 5-0 and 8-0, respectively.

Coach Ethan Evans said of the first game, "I thought we came out flat. We weren't playing good defense, we turned the ball over too much and missed easy shots. Luckily we got our act together and played well during the 2nd quarter."

Grace Davis led the way with nine points, Maddie Stickel added four and Addie Nichols chipped in three.

Lilly Knotts, Hallie Nichols and Emma Priggel scored two apiece.

The team hit 2 of 4 free throws for 50%.

During the eighth-grade game, Oran jumped out to a 24-1 lead after one, they then, outscored the visitors 28-0 during the middle two periods.

Coach Evans commented on the eighth-grade, "The girls played hard from the very beginning. I thought we hit the offensive and defensive boards extremely hard. We ran the floor and shot some easy layups. The press turned them over early to help us get out to an early lead."

Grace Davis poured in 19, Rylee Boshell had 10 to lead the Eagles. 

Hope Woodfin scored nine, Hannah Boshell added six.

Addie Nichols and Emma Priggel both scored four.  Maddie Stickel and Liza Dannenmueller had a basket apiece.

They hit only 1 of 6 charity attempts for 17%.

The eighth-grade will be back in action this evening at first-year program, Advance.  There will be only one game and the tip time is set for 6 pm.

Volleyball sweeps Bell City

The junior varsity volleyball team improved to 5-6 with a 25-16 & 25-18 win over the visiting Bell City Cubs on Tuesday evening.  The varsity stands at 8-9-1 after its 25-5 and 25-19 win.  It was the first victory over the district foe since 2014.

Coach Amy Wibbenmeyer said the jayvee, "went out and played the game we know how to play, they worked together and were able to pull out a win in 2 sets; even though in that second set we started to slack a little bit, I was proud they pulled together to win it."

Sam Welter served seven aces, had four assists and a kill.  Savannah Below had four aces, five kills and two assists.  Paige Bradley had three aces and two kills.  Kennedi McVay had a pair of aces, a kill and an assist.  Heather Gosche had an ace, while Megan Henson added a kill.

In the nightcap,   Cassie Cochran dished out14 assists and served an ace.  Kenzie Graviett had five aces and two kills.  Kamryn Graviett, Malia LeGrand and Katelyn Streeter each had three aces.  Streeter added two kills while Graviett recorded a dig.  Jessie Long had six kills and two digs.  Kaylee Payne was credited with five kills and a block.

Coach Wibbenmeyer said the varsity "wasn't on their A game, but they still came out with a win, which I was happy about."

She continued, "We had some silly errors in both games, and overall, there is still room left for growth with both teams.  It's best when the girls are out there having fun while playing the game and I felt like we saw a little more of that from both teams."

Volleyball will be back in action this evening at 5 pm. at district rival Richland.  It will be a "varsity-only" match.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Junior High girls wallop Wildcats

The junior high girls basketball team continued its winning ways last night with a convincing 36-5 victory over the second year Bloomfield program.  There was only one game.

Coach Evans said, "We controlled the game fairly well from the onset. Our defense and pressure set the tone and we did enough offensively to get the job done. Overall it was a nice effort on both sides of the ball."

The Eagles jumped out to a 12-3 first quarter lead and then threw shutouts the next two periods to take a 34-3 margin into the final frame.

Grace Davis was tops in the scoring column with 10.

Hope Woodfin hit for seven, including a three-pointer.  Hannah Boshell scored six.  Liza Dannenmueller and Bralynn Morgan had four apiece.  Rylee Boshell hit a trey to account for her points and Maddie Stickel added a field goal.

Oran did not attempt any free throws.

They are now 7-0.  They will host Scott County Central this evening at 6 in the high school gym. The girls will play a game and a half this evening.  The two-quarter seventh-grade game will be followed by a full eighth-grade game.

Volleyball loses 2 at home

The Oran High School volleyball teams lost in straight sets last night to Bloomfield.  The jayvee fell 9-25 and 17-25.  Their record is now 4-6.

Savannah Below had three kills, an assist and five digs.  Heather Gosche had three kills and a dig.  Sam Welter had a kill, three assists and two digs.  Kaitlyn Streeter had a kill and a block.  Paige Bradley and Megan Henson were both credited with a dig.

The varsity squad lost 12-25 and 11-25.  They are now 7-9-1.

Cassie Cochran had seven assists and two digs.  Streeter had an ace, two kills, a block and five digs.  Kenzie Graviett also had a pair of kills and a block to go along with a dig and an ace.  Kaylee Payne had four kills, a block and a dig.  Ali Hornback had five digs.  Jessie Long had a dig and a block.  Kamryn Graviett also had a dig.

Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "It was a Monday night again. We didn’t show up ready to play and the other team came out strong for JV and Varsity. We were on our heels and couldn’t get the girls fired up and that beat us. If we would have been ready to play and come out strong we could have competed with them. We had some spurts of things we did really good but they just did a lot more consistent plays and got runs on us."

The Eagles will host Bell City tonight at 6 pm in the Elementary gym.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

What's happenin' (9/25-9/29)

****Updated 9:43 am Monday, Sept. 25.  Volleyball at Richland on Thursday will be varsity only!

It will be another busy week for athletics starting on Monday.

The junior high girls basketball teams (3-0 & 4-0, 7th & 4-0 & 6-0, 8th) and volleyball (2-2 & 4-5, jv & 1-3 & 7-8-1 v)  will both be in action on Monday.  The junior high girls travel to Bloomfield while the volleyball will host Bloomfield.  All the action starts at 6.

Tuesday has both gyms in action at home.  Volleyball hosts Bell City in the elementary while the basketball will play Scott County Central in the high school.  Both start at  6 pm.  Last year Bell City had only one team.  We will post updates on Facebook and/or the blog when we know more.

Thursday has both teams on the road, the high school girls travel to Richland.  Game time is 5 pm.  Last season the Rebels had only one team so we will update that as well.  The junior high girls will bus to Advance to take on the first year program.  The Hornets have only one team during their inaugural season.  It will start at 6.

Volleyball will close out the week at home on Friday when they host Meadow Heights.  Game time is 6 pm.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Junior High girls pick up 2 more wins

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams defeated the visiting Woodland Cardinals last night.  The seventh-grade won 38-5.  They held Woodland scoreless during the fourth-quarter.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The girls did a great job offensively and especially defensively tonight. They got out in the passing lanes and got a lot of steals that led to easy baskets."

Addie Nichols paced the Eagles with 12 points.

Liza Dannennmueller had seven, Maddie Stickel had six, while Grace Davis added five.  Hallie Nichols and Bralynn Morgan each scored three.  Emma Priggel had two.

Oran hit 48% of their free throw attempts (10-21).  They improved to 4-0.

The eighth-grade did not allow a point until there was 4:52 before halftime.  A Woodland free throw made the score 13-1.  The Eagles won 39-18

Coach Evans told the blog, "It was a good thing we got off to a fast start or we would have been in trouble. We were very sloppy in the 2nd half against their press. That is an area we need to improve on going forward. Overall, it was a nice victory against a pretty good team."

 Grace Davis led all scorers with 19.

Hannah Boshell had 9, Hope Woodfin scored 7.  Rylee Boshell and Addie Nichols had two points apiece.

They were 9 for 19 from the line for 47% and improved to 6-0.

Both teams will be back in action on Monday when they travel to Bloomfield for a 6 pm tip-off.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Junior High girls continue winning ways

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams picked up two more wins last night, defeating visiting conference foe East Prairie 36-21 in the seventh-grade game and 46-16 in the eighth-grade contest.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "The seventh-grade game was sloppy, especially the 1st half. Fortunately, we played good enough defense to have the lead. We played much better in the 3rd quarter to pull out the victory."

Addie Nichols scored 12 to lead the team that is now 3-0 in both the conference and overall.

Grace Davis added eight, Hallie Nichols added five while Bralynn Morgan chipped in four. Laney Shy, Emma Priggel and Maddie Stickel each had a field goal.

The team was 2 of 5 from the line for 40%.

Coach Evans commented that the eight-grade, "Played very well both offensively and defensively. We got after them in the press and got some easy baskets. Overall it was the best game the girls have played all year."

Hope Woodfin led the older team with 18 points, Davis was right behind with 16.

Rylee Boshell added seven, Priggel had four and Hallie Nichols made a free throw.

The team made seven of 18 free throws for 39%.

They are now 4-0 in the Scott-Miss and 5-0 in all games.

The Eagles will be back in action this evening at 6 pm when they host the Woodland Cardinals.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Time for an update!

Varsity volleyball loses in three sets to Sikeston

The Oran High School varsity volleyball team saw its two-game winning streak snapped last night as they lost to Sikeston, 10-25, 25-13, 20-25.  The junior varsity won, 25-11, 25-20.

Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "We won the second set and it looked promising for us, we just couldn't pull it off in the third set.  Sikeston was playing well and working our weaknesses.  We had missed serves which cost us some points and seemed to be a little off on our teamwork, but we are going to try to utilize the next few days of practice and be ready for 4 games next week.  We are happy to have Kenzie Graviett back and are slowly working her back in the rotation after being out for some time with an ankle injury. "

Kaylee Payne accounted for nine kills, four digs, four aces and two blocks.  Kennedi McVay saw action at the varsity level.  She had seven assists, two digs and an ace.  Jessie Long had four kills and four blocks.  Graviett made her return felt with three kills, two digs and an assist.  Cassie Cochran had three assists.

Kaitlyn Streeter had three aces, three digs and two kills.  Ali Hornback had a kill, a block, a dig and an assist.  Kamryn Graviett had an assist.

The varsity is now 7-8-1 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

The jayvee team picked up the win in straight sets.

Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "The JV did well and pulled together for a win."

Sam Welter had five aces, an assist and a dig.  Kennedi McVay had four aces, four assists and a block. Savannah Below had a pair of aces to go along with five kills.  Paige Bradley had three serving aces and a dig.  Megan Henson served two aces and also had a kill and a block.  Heather Gosche had a block and an ace.

The junior varsity improved to 4-5 in all games and 2-2 in league play.

The squads will be back in action on Monday when they host a talented Bloomfield team at 6 pm.

Junior High girls soar over Blue Jays

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball team picked up another road win last night.  Once again there was only one game.  The Eagles defeated Charleston 37-13 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We finally got off to a good start in a game and we were able to cruise from there. We shot the ball well from the outside and rebounded well."

Rylee Boshell led the way with 12 points.

Hope Woodfin and Grace Davis, each had 8.  Hannah Boshell had 6 and Addie Nichols added 3.

The girls will host East Prairie on Thursday at 6 pm in a conference matchup.  As of right now, two games are scheduled.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

VB sweeps Zalma

The Oran High School volleyball teams swept visiting Zalma last night.  The jayvee won 25-6, 25-14 while the varsity prevailed 25-6, 25-20.  The younger team is now 3-5 while the older girls have reached the .500 mark at 7-7-1.

Kennedi McVay had seven kills, five aces and three assists.  Savannah Below also had seven kills.  She added a dig, an ace and an assist.  Sam Welter dished out five assists, served three aces and also had a dig. Paige Bradley and Heather Gosche had two kills each.  Meagan Henson had a kill of her own for the junior varsity.

In the nightcap, Kaylee Payne reached double-digits in kills with 10. She also had a dig and an assist.

Cassie Cochran had nine assists, an ace and a dig.  Jessie Long contributed three kills, two blocks, two digs as well as assist and an ace.  Ali Hornback had four kills and two digs.  Kamryn Graviett and Malia LeGrand each served an ace.

Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "We started off strong in the first set. The only points they got were off of our errors such as not talking, missed serves, and hitting errors. And totaled 6 and that’s the points they got."

"For the second game, the girls just didn’t play as hard as the first game. We had a lot more errors and Zalma had a tall middle that when she got a good swing on the ball she got it straight down. We will continue to work in practice and become more consistent. Last week in practice we worked more on serve receiving and hitting to open positions on the court. We tried to hit the back corners and I could tell in the game last night the drill was working for us. We hit the back two corners at least four times so we will continue to work on that! It was a great game and I hope the girls keep it up," she added.

It was the second straight win for the varsity.  They will host Sikeston tonight at 6 pm.

Junior High Girls pick up road win

There was only one game last night at Meadow Heights and the Oran Junior High School girls made the most of it by picking up a 31-12 victory and improving their record to 3-0.

The Eagles did not come out on fire.  They led just 6-3 after one.  But they tossed a second-quarter shutout to take a 19-3 lead into the halftime locker room.  Oran outscored the Panthers 12-9 in the second half.

Coach Ethan Evans said, "We got off to a slow start but played much better in the 2nd quarter. We also shot free throws well."

All 15 Eagles in the book saw action and six scored.  The Eagles were led by Grace Davis's 14 points.  She was 2-2 from the line.

Hope Woodfin had eight. She hit a trey and was 3-4 on free throws.  Maddie Stickel added four points, while Rylee Boshell and Emma Priggel had two points apiece.  Priggel made both of her free throw attempts.  Liza Dannenmueller also made a free throw.

Oran was 8 for 10 on the night from the free throw line.

The girls will travel to conference-foe Charleston tonight for a 6 pm tip.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Baseball finishes fall season undefeated

The Oran High School baseball team concluded the fall season with perfect 15-0 record after defeating Bernie 3-0 at home on Saturday.

Despite being outhit 6-3 and committing two errors, the Eagles, behind the complete game shutout tossed by Layne Johnson, picked up the win.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "Saturday’s game was a nice way to end our Fall season.  We faced a good opponent in Bernie that held us in check for most of the game.  Our top of the order didn’t get a hit and it was the bottom of the order that was able to come through for us.  We were able to take advantage of an error and a walk that we were able to get them to come around and score to give us a 2-0 lead.  Layne pitched very well to hold them scoreless.  He was able to keep the base runners that got into scoring position on base and not score.  I always tell them that when we aren’t hitting like we are capable of, we better have very good pitching and defense to give us a chance to win.  We were able to do that."

Oran scored two in the second.

Clay Sauceda reached on an infield error.  He moved to second on the Cole Priggel walk.  Both advanced on Denver Elfrink's sacrifice bunt.  A Jacob Shoemaker walk loaded the bases.  Sauceda scored on Lane Peterson's sacrifice fly, which also advanced the other two.  Priggel would then score on a passed ball.

The Eagles would score the final run of the game and the season in the fourth.  Priggel singled with one out, stole second and scored on Peterson's single.

The freshman DH, Peterson, drove in two on the day.  Priggel and Elfrink had the other two hits for Oran.

That was more than enough for Layne Johnson, who went the distance, allowing six hits.  He struck out five and walked two to improve his personal mark 4-0.

The game was paused for about 30 minutes during the top of the fifth.  Reischman made a diving attempt on a pop fly in shallow left behind third base.  As he landed, he hit his chin and briefly lost consciousness.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with a mild concussion and was released later that afternoon.  His father, Gary, told the blog, "He's fine, now."

Baseball wins at Leopold

On Thursday, the Oran High School fall baseball team played their final road game of the season.  They started slow but picked up a 7-1 win over the Leopold Wildcats to improve to 14-0 with one game remaining.

The Eagles scored first.  Layne Johnson and Todd Priggel walked to start the game.  Then, with one out, Clay Sauceda laced a double down the opposite way to drive both in.  Oran would get only one more hit the next three innings.  At one point they had five in a row go down swinging.

Meanwhile, Leopold cut the deficit in half in the second inning.  They used a single, a stolen base and an error to plate an unearned run off Eagle starter Johnson.  Johnson only went two innings, in what was basically a live bullpen session, to help stay sharp for Saturday's game (and that's a story for another post).  Oran had five errors for the day, that was the only one that proved costly.

The Eagles picked up a run in the fifth.  Johnson reached on an one-out error, stole second, went to third on a passed ball and crossed the plate on Drew Reischman's single.

Oran would blow it open with four in the seventh.

A double by Reischman, a passed ball and a single by Sauceda drove in the first.  A Denver Elfrink double put runners on second and third..  Ty Johnson's single drove both in.  Then with one out, Johnson who was on third at the time, crossed on Peyton McVay's single.

Reischman pitched five innings and was awarded the win.  He gave up only one hit while striking out seven.  At the plate he was 3 for 4. He had an RBI and a run scored.   Johnson tossed two and allowed only two hits and fanned three.

Sauceda was 2-3 with 3 rbi.  Ty Johnson had a hit and two rbi.  McVay had 2 hits including a double and one driven in.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "I felt we had way too many errors and gave Leopold plenty of opportunities to score but we were able to limit the damage and only allow them to score one run.  I also felt like we didn’t take care of our opportunities that Leopold gave us early on but was able to capitalize on an error they made to start the seventh inning that turned into 4 insurance runs for us.  We need to make sure that we limit our mistakes and do a better job of taking advantage of the ones that teams give us."

He also commented on the pitching, "I thought Drew looked sharp on the mound and only giving up 1 hit with 7 strikeouts.  What I did like was that we didn’t walk anyone on the day between Layne and Drew throwing."

Junior High Girls win 2nd straight

The Oran junior high school girls basketball teams picked up their second straight conference wins to open the 2017 season.

On Thursday, the seventh grade posted a 33-23 win at Scott City, while the eighth grade prevailed 46-38.

During the opener, the Eagles opened a 17-9 halftime lead.

Coach Evans said, "The seventh grade played tough defense from the start and made free throws early to take down a very good Scott City team. We shared the ball and pushed the tempo to come out on top with the victory."

Addie Nichols tossed in 14 points, Grace Davis added 10.

Maddie Stickel had four.  Hallie Nichols and Emma Priggel had two apiece.  Bralynn Morgan chipped in a single tally.

The eighth-grade trailed 19-13 at the half before a 19-8 third quarter propelled the Eagles on to victory.

Evans said, "We missed way too many easy shots in the first half but came out on fire after halftime to win this one. We finally were able to concentrate and make layups during our 3rd quarter run."

Davis led all scorers with 28.  Priggel had eight, Hope Woodfin added six.  Rylee Boshell and Stickel had a bucket apiece.

What's happenin' (9/18-9/22)

(game summaries from Thursday and Saturday will be posted a little later this morning)

Another full week of Oran Eagle athletics on the calendar.   The volleyball and junior high girls basketball teams' have multiple games scheduled. Volleyball (2-5, 6-7-1) play twice while the junior high (2-0, 2-0) have four games in five nights.  All games this week start at 6 pm.

Volleyball will be at home this evening when they host the Zalma Bulldogs (6-10-2).  Last year the Bulldogs swept both matches in straight sets.

Also this evening, the basketball team will bus up to Meadow Heights to take on the Panthers.  It will be a short stay as Meadow Heights will have only one team.  The Eagles won last fall.

Both teams also play on Tuesday.  Volleyball will host a 6-8-2 Sikeston squad.  During the regular season, both squads lost in straight sets.  During the conference tournament, the varsity lost in three.

Basketball will travel to conference foe Charleston.  The teams split last year.  The seventh grade won.

Wednesday will be a chance to rest and catch up on school work.

Basketball hits the floor again on Thursday for another conference match-up.  The junior high girls will host East Prairie to take on the Mississippi County Eagles.  Oran split last year at home, with the seventh grade picking up the win.

The week closes out at home for the basketball team.  They will take on the Woodland Cardinals.  The Eagles won both last year.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Eagles' bats come alive in 12-1 rout of Puxico

A day after Oran's offense was all but silenced by Advance, the Eagles exploded for 10 hits and 12 runs in a five-inning victory over the Puxico Indians at home 12-1.

The Eagles were missing three starters, Denver Elfrink (illness), Cole and Todd Priggel (fair) but they never missed a beat.

Oran jumped out with three in the first.  A lead off walk was followed by consecutive one out doubles from Drew Reischman, Clay Sauceda and Ty Johnson.

That would be all the support that freshman Kaden Hargrove, who was making his first varsity start, would need.  Hargrove was perfect through three and a third innings.  He ended up allowing one unearned run on one hit.  He walked three and struck out six.

Meanwhile, the Eagle offense continued to rack up the runs.

They added six in the second, two more in the third and a single tally in the fourth.

Reischman, who swung at the first pitch in each of his three at bats, ended up with two doubles and a single.  He drove in three and scored three times also.

Sauceda was 2-3, with a pair of doubles.  He also had three driven in and three runs scored.  Lane Peterson drove in two, while Peyton McVay and Myles Trankler each had a rbi.

Oran improved to 13-0 with the win and is scheduled to play a tough Cooter Wildcat team today at home at 4:30.  The Wildcats enter the game at 13-1 and could, potentially, be a postseason opponent during the spring season if both teams advance.

Volleyball splits conference match up

The Lady Eagles varsity volleyball team picked up its first SEMO Conference victory last night with a thrilling three-set win over the visiting Scott City Rams, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21.  The junior varsity fell 15-25, 19-25.

In the opener, Samantha Below had nine kills, 3 digs and a block.  Heather Gosche had five kills, 2 digs, a pair of aces and a block.  Sam Welter handed out six assists and had three digs.   Kennedi McVay had seven assists to go along with four digs, two kills and an ace.  Megan Henson had three kills, plus an ace and an assist.

The jayvee is now 2-5 overall and 1-2 in league play.

The nightcap saw Cassie Cochran and Kaylee Payne both record double-doubles.  Cochran had 18 assists and 10 digs to go along with a kill.  Payne had 14 kills and 14 digs plus an ace.  Katelyn Streeter had 14 digs plus an ace and an assist.

Jessie Long had nine kills, five digs and three blocks.  Kamryn Graviett had a pair of aces and kills. She also added an assist.  Ali Hornbeck had three digs and an ace.  Malia LeGrand and Below had three and two digs, respectively.

The varsity improved to  6-7-1 and 1-2.

After the contest, Coach Wibbenmeyer said, "The girls started out slow and didn’t work together and that’s why we lost the first game. We still played a little slow the second set but we pulled it off. The third set we used their errors and picked up all their tips they threw at us. In the end, it was a fun game to watch because either team could have won!"

Both squads will be back in action on Monday when they host Zalma at 6 pm.                          

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Volleyball swept on the road

The Oran High School volleyball team lost both matches last night in Malden.  The junior varsity (2-4) fell 19-25, 19-25.  The varsity (5-7-1) fell in three sets, 18-25,25-21&12-25.

For the younger girls, Savannah Below had six kills and five digs.  Heather Gosche had five kills and three digs.  Kennedi McVay had a kill, four assists, a dig and an ace.

Sam Welter had three assists and two digs.  Katelyn Streeter had four assists.  Ali Hornbeck, Megan Henson and Paige Bradley each had a kill.  Bradley also tossed in a pair of aces.

Kaylee Payne had 15 kills, nine digs, two blocks and two aces during varsity action. Cassie Cochran dished out 16 assists.  She also added a dig an ace.

Jessie Long had four kills, three digs and two blocks.  Streeter had 11 digs, two kills and two assists.  Kamryn Graviett added a kill, two assists and three digs. Hornbeck had three digs to go along with an ace.  Malia LeGrand had 4 digs while Below added 2.

Coach Wibbenmeyer was disappointed in the performance last night.  She said, "We looked very sluggish and slow last night. We weren’t hustling and working together as a team. I preach to the girls every game about how important talking is. And that’s what beat us right there we weren’t talking or working together as one team."

She added, " we have to learn to bounce back and be ready for the next game."

They will have an opportunity to bounce back this evening when they host Scott City at 6 pm.

Junior High girls open with sweep

The Oran Junior High School girls basketball teams picked up wins to open the season last night in Chaffee.  The seventh-grade won 32-10, while the eighth grade prevailed, 37-24.

Coach Ethan Evan said, "I thought both teams came out with some first game jitters but overall it was a good debut for both teams."

In the opener, the Eagles soared to an 18-5 half time lead and cruised to the 22 point win.  Grace Davis led all scorers with 14.  Addie Nichols had six, while Liza Dannenmueller, Hallie Nichols and Emma Priggel had four each.  Lilly Knotts chipped in two.

Evans told the blog, "The girls played awesome defense and were consistent enough offensively to come away victorious. We missed some easy shots that we will make later on in the year. Anytime you can hold a team to 4 field goals you have done a great job."

In the night cap, the eighth-graders led 14-6 after one and controlled it the rest of the way.  Once again Davis scored 14, to lead in the scoring column.  Hope Woodfin also reached double digits with 10.  Rylee Boshell hit for nine, including a three.

Hallie Nichols and Priggel each added a bucket.

"We got off to a quick start in this game and then we kind of let off the gas pedal. Our scoring was fairly balanced and our defense was pretty good as well. We need to do a better job of finishing teams and really putting the game away," commented Evans.

The girls will hit the court again on Thursday when they host Scott City at 6 pm.

Baseball improves to 12-0

It wasn't easy and it wasn't pretty, but the Oran Eagles baseball team picked up a 2-1 road win at  Advance yesterday.

Clay Sauceda picked up the win, going the first five innings.  He allowed no runs, only one hit while walking two and striking out five.  He improved his personal mark to 2-0 with a save.  Layne Johnson picked up the two-inning save.  He allowed one run (earned).  He walked three and struck out five. He is 3-0 with a save this fall.

For the second time this season, it was a pitcher's duel with the Hornets.  In the earlier meeting at Oran, the Eagles prevailed 3-1.  Johnson went the distance in that game and gave up only 1 hit.

Coach Joey Bickings said, "Only giving up two hits total in the two games that we have played them is really good...I thought Clay threw well for us again."

He added, "We need to find a way not to hurt ourselves like we did yesterday on the bases.  We had two big base running mistakes that cost us what could have been multiple runs.  In a game that was as close as ours was yesterday, those mistakes really hurt you and could have cost us the game."

Both teams had chances early.  Oran squandered a Cole Priggel lead off double in the second.  In the third, Ty Johnson walked and Lane Johnson reached on a bunt single, but they were unable to dent the scoreboard.

The hosts' too, had chances.  In the third, the Hornets had a one-out walk and a two-out single to put runners on first and third, but they too came up empty.

Both teams went down in order in the fourth.

The Eagles would finally cross the plate in the fifth.

Ty Johnson wrangled his second base on balls of the day, this time with one out.  With two down, Todd Priggel ground sharply to second.  The ball was misplayed, advancing Johnson a base.  Drew Reischman then lined a single to right scoring Johnson.

Oran expanded the lead to 2-0 in the sixth.

Cole Priggel walked to start the inning.  Tristen Schlosser walked to move Priggel to second. Ty Johnson singled to center to score Priggel.

Advance made it interesting.  They plated a run in the sixth without the benefit of a hit.

A leadoff walk, a stolen base and a dropped third strike followed by a double steal ended the shut out.  With two down and the tying run on third, a ground ball to Cole Priggel at third ended the threat.

It was walks that once again caused concern in the seventh.  The lead off man reached on a free pass.  Sauceda, who was now catching, threw a strike down to first to nab the straying base runner for the first out.   Then with two outs, another walk was issued, but the next man struck out to end the game.

Reischman had two hits and a rbi.  Ty Johnson had the other ribbie.

Bickings said, "Yesterday's game wasn't the prettiest win of the season for us but a win is a win."

Oran is scheduled to host the Puxico Indians today at 4:30.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Junior High Girls Hoops start tonight

Oran Junior High School girls basketball coach Ethan Evans will have to do a lot of mixing and matching this year.  "We only have three 8th graders this year and only two that are healthy to start the year so we will have to mix 7th graders in the 8th grade starting lineup. We will also depend on the 6th-grade class to play a lot of minutes for the 7th-grade team," he told the blog.

On the other hand, he mentioned, "I am very much looking forward to the season starting up. Both the 7th and 8th-grade teams have a chance to compete well if they work hard."

The season starts this evening at 6 pm at conference foe Chaffee.

This is what his roster looks like:

For a printable copy, click HERE.

The schedule and results will be updated regularly here:  Schedule/Results

Sunday, September 10, 2017

What happened & what's happenin' (9/5-9/16)

Going to do something a little different this week.  Since we didn't keep up with last week's results, we will briefly recap those and then look at the week ahead. (baseball box scores are attached at the bottom of the post)

Baseball opened the week on Tuesday with a 12-2 six inning victory over the visiting Leopold Wildcats.  Leopold scored first but the Eagles plated the next 9 and cruised to the mercy-rule win.  Cole Priggel homered, while Lane Johnson, Clay Sauceda and Jacob Shoemaker each doubled.

Drew Reischman went 4 innings, allowing only two hits and one unearned run, to pick up the win on the mound.

On Monday evening, the volleyball team traveled to Leopold.  The junior varsity picked up their first win of the season in three sets (19-25,25-14,15-4).

Sam Welter had five assists and three aces.  Kennedi McVay had four assists and an ace.  Katelyn Streeter had three kills, two digs and an ace.  Savannah Elfrink had 3 kills, Megan Henson had a kill and a dig as did Heather Gosche.  Ali Hornback contributed an ace.

The varsity lost in two (20-25,18-25).

Cassie Cochran had 3 assists, a dig and an ace. Kaylee Payne had a block, two kills, a dig and two aces.  Jessie Long had two kills and a block. Kamryn Graviett had an assist and a dig.  Streeter added a kill, a block and two digs.  Hornback had a dig.

After Wednesday evening's basketball state championship ring ceremony, baseball took the field on Thursday at rival Bell City.

Denver Elfrink hit a grand slam in the first and Oran coasted to an 8-2 win.  Reischman also homered and added a double.  Shoemaker contributed a doubled.

Sauceda went five scoreless to pick up the "W".

Volleyball played at New Madrid County Central that evening.  The junior varsity picked up their second straight victory (12-25, 25-15, 17-15) and the varsity dropped a heartbreaker (16-25, 25-23, 24-26).

McVay led the younger team with seven assists, an ace, a kill and a block.  Gosche pitched in four kills, a block and a dig.  Elfrink added five kills and a dig.  Welter had two assists and an ace.  Henson had 2 kills, a dig and an ace.  Paige Bradley added a kill and a dig.

Cochran dished out 14 assists.  She also had an ace and a dig.  Payne slammed home 14 kills.  She had a block, an ace and five digs.

Long had five kills, three blocks and three digs.  Streeter added three digs, a pair of assists and a block.  Hornback had five digs.  Graviett had a pair of assists.

The varsity volleyball team entered play Friday in the Dig for Life Challenge with a 0-5 record but by the time they were finished playing late Saturday night, they were 5-6-1 and had claimed 1st place in the silver bracket of the black division.

On Friday, they opened play with a 25-15,25-21 win over Holcomb.  They then split with Caruthersville, 18-25,25-14.

They continued with pool play Saturday morning at 8 with a defeat at the hands of Clearwater, 24-25,18-25.

The next opponent was Southland, in a game that was used to determine seedings for the bracket play to follow.  The Eagles picked up the win, 25-19,25-19.

With the win over Southland, Oran was awarded a bye and then faced Puxico.  The Eagles won in straight sets:  25-7,25-21.

From there, they advanced to the semi-finals and the Cooter Wildcats.  Once again it was a two set victory, 25-21,25-20.

The championship match started about 10:15, 14 hours after the day's opener.  It took three sets but the Eagles prevailed 22-25,25-22 & 25-13.

Tucked in amongst all the volleyball action, baseball bussed down to Bernie and picked up a 9-3 win over a good Mules' team.

Reischman homered, doubled and pitched 5 scoreless innings to improve to 5-0.  Shoemaker added another double.

This week will be the last for fall baseball with five games scheduled, volleyball continues and junior high girls basketball tips off on Monday.

Baseball (11-0) will be at Advance on Monday at 4:30.  VB travels to Malden for a 6 pm match.  The Greenwave won the gold bracket of the black division over the weekend.  Junior high girls will tip off at Chaffee, also at 6 pm.

The boys will host Puxico on Tuesday at 4:30 and the high school girls host conference foe Scott City at 6.  This will mark the first sporting event in our refurbished gymnasium.

Wednesday is baseball only when Cooter makes the long drive up for a 4:30 baseball game.

Baseball and girls basketball are on tap for Thursday.  The boys are at Leopold at 4:30 and the junior high girls host Scott City at 6.

No school on Friday but on Saturday baseball will close out its season with an 11 am game at home with Bernie.  The jayvee team is also scheduled to play.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What's happenin' (9/5-9/9)

Even with the Monday holiday, it will be a busy sports week for fall baseball and volleyball.

The boys (8-0) will host Leopold Tuesday at 4:30, while the girls (0-3,0-3) will travel to Bollinger County to tangle with the Wildcats.

There are no games scheduled for Wednesday, however, there will be a ring ceremony for the State Championship basketball team at 6 pm.  The event will be held in the gym and the public is welcome.  It will be a chance to see the improvements that have taken place and maybe hear about some more to come.  It will be followed by the first booster club meeting of the school year.  The booster club is always looking for new members.

Baseball and volleyball will both be on the road Thursday.  The hardballers will be at Bell City at 4:30.  The netters will travel to conference foe New Madrid County Central at  6. 

Volleyball will participate in the annual Dig for Life Classic this weekend.  Pool play starts Friday.  The Eagles first opponent will be Holcomb at 4:30 on the main floor of the Show-Me Center.  They will then pack up and move to Notre Dame Regional High School for a 7 pm contest with Caruthersville.  

Saturday starts bright and early with an 8 am match against Clearwater on court number 3 of the rec center, which is attached to the Show-Me Center.  A tournament will take place following pool play.  For more information on the event click HERE.

Also on Saturday, baseball will travel to Bernie to take on the Mules.  The junior varsity will play a 5 inning game starting at 1 pm, followed by the varsity around 3.

I would also like to thank everyone for their kind words and prayers over the last week or so.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Baseball improves to 8-0

On Thursday the Oran High School baseball team hosted Advance.  Last year the teams met twice during the fall season.  Both times the Eagles picked up 5 inning mercy-rule victories.  Yesterday, however, was one of the closest games of the year as Oran scored three in the first and Layne Johnson went the distance giving up only one hit, a two-out home run in the fourth and the Eagles won 3-1.
That was the same score by which Oran won their opener against Ellington at Ellsinore in the opening round of the Bank of Grandin Fall Classic.

Todd Priggel and Drew Reischman both singled with one out in the first.  Then, after a passed ball, Cole Priggel drove both home with a single. Denver Elfrink hit a double to make it 3-0 and that would be the last time Oran would score.

Meanwhile, Johnson went the distance to improve to 3-0.  He gave up only the one hit and run.  He walked one and struck out 9.

Coach Joe Bickings said, "Yesterday was a good win for us against a quality Advance team. It was nice to see that our pitching and defense look good while our bats went a little cold. Layne had one mistake on the mound that cost him and fell behind a couple of times but it was nice to see his pitch count low enough to get through 7 innings with 9 strikeouts. We didn't hit the ball like we have been in the last couple of games but I knew that it would happen at some point. Give their kid on the mound credit as he threw strikes and mixed it up well to keep us off balance. I still feel like we hit the ball decently but there were a couple of times that we hit it right at them and that's just baseball.

The Eagles will look to keep the streak alive next Tuesday when they host the Leopold Wildcats at 4;30.

Baseball blasts Bloomfield

On Wednesday, the Oran High School baseball team traveled to Bloomfield to take on the Wildcats.  Games played the previous two years had been close competitive affairs.  Last year the Eagles had to rally for a 2-1 victory, two years ago Oran won 6-3.  This year it was over early as the Eagles jumped out to a 5-0 lead after one and never looked back as they coasted to an 18-1 5 inning mercy-rule win.  With the win, they improved to 7-0.

Drew Reischman got the start on the mound, went the first two innings and picked up the win. He improved his personal mark to 2-0.  He allowed one hit and struck out three.  Ty Johnson worked a hitless third.  He walked one and struck out one.  Kayden Hargrove then saw his first varsity pitching assignment.  He allowed one unearned run over the final two innings.  He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out three.

At the plate, Todd Priggel hit two out of the park and had four runs driven in, Cole Priggel also homered and drove in three. Lane Peterson also drove in three. Miles Trankler had 2 rbi on 2 hits off the bench.  Hargrove also drove in 2.

Reischman, Denver Elfrink and Tristin Schlosser each had a double for the other extra-base hits.

Oran scored 5 in the first, 3 in the second.  They doubled that by putting up a snowman (an 8) in the third before closing out with a pair of runs in the fifth.  Bloomfield managed an unearned run in the bottom of the 5th.