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With their season sitting at 7-13 and their final regular season game in eyesight, the Elsberry Indian Soccer team is looking to make some adjustments before heading into districts.
The Indians played in the Mexico Tourney on Oct. 13 where they played Chillicothe; a team who is was 13-2 on the season. According to Indians Head Coach Dustin Robinson, Chillicothe got an early goal on a great cross before they spent the rest of the half playing a neutral game. Going into the second half down by two, Robinson said Ben Rhoades and Mason Cameron both had a couple good scoring opportunities but couldn’t capitalize. The second half was scoreless until about eight minutes to go in the game when Grant Black made a great save but Chillicothe was there to rebound and put the ball in the net.
Elsberry would then play Montgomery for third place and come out on top 7-2. Jacob Braden and Ryan Richardson would score their first goals of the season, according to Robinson. Alex Henke would score two goals with two assists, while Rhoades, Addric Deroy and Dalton Barber would all add one goal each.
Next the Indians headed to St. Charles where they found a hard playing St. Charles team. Robinson said the Indians played well for the first 55 minutes but a few late game breakdowns would ultimately cost them the game. The Indians lost 7-2.
With two games and two tough teams out of the way, next up was Hannibal Although this was going to be a seemingly tough game for the Indians, they still seemed to enjoy the pregame celebration of EHS seniors DeRoy and Simon Domingo.
According to Robinson, the Indians had a lot of pressure in the second half out of Hannibal’s keeper. Unfortunately, the Indians would do the same thing again as they faced off against Lutheran St. Peters and lose 5-1.
Robinson said they have a lot of talent on the Indians team but they need to put 80-minute games together. According to him, they can beat anyone they play when they are healthy and together.
“I saw a lot of great things in these losses but a few bad minutes here and there hurt us,” said Robinson. “I am looking forward to Districts on Monday and hope to put together some full games.”
After posting an upset win in the opening round of district over Sedalia Smith Cotton, Troy Buchanan saw their volleyball season end with in a two-game loss to Jefferson City Helias.
The Lady Trojans beat the higher seeded team of Smith-Cotton in a three- game victory. Trojans lost the first set 21-25 and started off the second set down 10-2 at one point.
The girls had to fight their way back the entire time winning the second set 28-26. The Trojans took the early lead in the third set taking a lead of 11-6. Smith-Cotton took their turn battling back and tied the game up at 23-23. Senior Alyssa Schrader served for the last two points of the match winning the series 25-23.
“It was an exciting match on both sides of the court,” Troy Coach Lane Cox. “Junior Logan Mennemeyer had two very key bocks at the end of the second set to get the momentum on the Trojans side.”
Sophomore Riley Stephens lead in kills with 13, Courtney Huff with 11, Baylie Carroll with 8.
“Sophomore setter Stef Rickterkessing had a great night running the court, moving her hitters around, she led the team with 32 assists,’ said Cox.
Winfield saw their season end in the districts at Warrenton. No details were reported.