Pair of Brookfield golfers medal in Sept. 22 tourney

Easy league win for Marceline softball Sept. 23

Paul Sturm
Linn County Leader
Maggie Bennett, right, and Carly Clarkson of the Brookfield High School golf Lady Bulldogs shot matching 92s on the Salisbury Municipal Golf Course last Wednesday (Sept. 22) to share fourth place in the Salisbury Invitational Tournament. As a team, BHS earned third place  out of nine teams.

SALISBURY — Behind a pair of players who shared fourth place in the tournament medalist standings, Brookfield High School’s golf Lady Bulldogs captured third place among the nine teams competing in the Wednesday, Sept. 22, Salisbury Invitational tournament.

Posting three pars over the course of her 18 holes, Maggie Bennett fired a 92, only four strokes back of the tourney’s individual champion.

Her score was equaled by the Lady Bulldogs’ No. 1 player, Carly Clarkson, who had a couple of pars and one birdie during her exceptionally-steady 18 holes. Clarkson never took more than six strokes on any of the 18 holes as she gained a share of fourth place, four strokes behind ReaLee Smith of Centralia.

Paced by that duo, Brookfield accumulated a low-4 team score of 413 that rested it third, but a relatively-distance 33 shots behind tourney champion/host Salisbury.

BHS’ third-best score was only a 113 by Brooke Falconer and rounding out its scoring foursome was Ella  Thompson’s 116. Not used was Taryn Morris’ 125. Falconer finished 21st individually, Thompson 25th, and Morris 37th out of about 50 competitors.

Bennett’s round began very positively on the par-4 second hole as she played it in four shots. She turned right around and parred the par-5 third, as well, and tacked on a third at-par score on the par-5 12th.

Clarkson, beginning her play at the uphill ninth hole, got started slowly, standing five over par after her first three holes. However, on the par-5 12th, she briefly turned things around, producing a birdie.

Struggling a bit on shorter holes, she was seven over on the next four holes before getting a steadying par-4 on the 17th. She also parred the par-5 third.

After hosting a double-dual with Salisbury and Cairo last Thursday and participating Monday in the La Plata Quad (triple-dual) Monday with Cairo, Schuyler County and the host, the links Lady Bulldogs’ next outing is due to be tomorrow’s (Thursday’s) Brookfield Invitational at the country club course.

SOFTBALL

MARCELINE — Hosting only their second home game of the season before an upcoming flurry of them to wrap up the 2021 regular season, the Marceline High softball Lady Tiger Scotland County received shutout pitching from Cassi Rodgers, solid defense supporting her twirling, and a handful of 2-hits games last Thursday as they stayed undefeated in Lewis and Clark Conference play.

The overall 13-hits attack ably buttressed Rodgers’ pitching in a 10-0 victory which was on the 10-runs-lead rule after five innings, coach Todd Lowther of MHS reports.

Addison Huber, Kennedy Edgar, Emmy Smithhisler, Ireland Bloss and Rodgers herself had two hits apiece in the lopsided victory. Jenna Elam, Sarah Kussman and Gracey Jordan chipped in one each.

The varsity win lifted L&C-leading Marceline’s league record to 5-0 with Fayette, Harrisburg and Knox County yet to be  met. Overall, the Lady Tigers began this week with a 13-3-1 record.

Last Thursday’s junior-varsity action also went to the home team, 6-4, making the JV Lady Tigers 11-1-1.

Kalli Barnett and Avery Gillman handled MHS’ pitching duties. The attack consisted of a single apiece by Madison Teeter, Lucy Moseley, Finley Watson and Ellie Neblock.

Marceline’s softball teams squared off with Brookfield at Brookfield’s Rusk Park this past Monday and then headed to Harrisburg for league play yesterday. They’re due to host Fayette Thursday (tomorrow).

VOLLEYBALL

BETHANY — Showing improvement as they continue to strive for their first match victory of the season, the Brookfield High volleyball Lady Bulldogs did reach a milestone last Thursday night.

Visiting South Harrison in a clash of Lady Bulldogs, coach Jaclyn Burns squad captured the second game of the best-of-5 match 25-17, its first game won this fall. SHHS, which had claimed the opening game 25-13, went on to take the match with 25-14 and 25-16 victories in the last two games.

“The set that we won definitely is a confidence booster for the girls, and I hope that they can continue to improve with each game,” coach Burns commented this past Monday.

“The girls worked hard to get to the ball and made several great plays! Many of the points were long rallies.

“Our communication and teamwork are still a few areas I would like to see us improve upon going into this week's games against Trenton (Monday) and (Hamilton:) Penney (Tuesday).”

The BHS spikers will follow those matches with participation in this Saturday’s Carrollton Invitational tournament. They’ll then host North Callaway next Monday at 5:30 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING

COLUMBIA — With its two standout members entered in the toughest (gold) division against mostly much-larger schools and its three, less-experienced boys involved in the more-competitively-appropriate white division, most of Brookfield High School’s cross country runners had very positive days at the Gans Creek Classic meet last Saturday.

Running the course where November’s high school state championships will be conducted for a third year, BHS freshman Samantha “Sam” Sharp placed 13th in a school-record time of 18:55. That eclipses senior sister Alex’s 19:07, set two years ago.

“I was super proud of Sam,” BHS coach Holly Matzen states. “She was not afraid to get out and run with all the big-school runners.”

Adding to the impressiveness of the freshman’s performance was that she did not have the “security blanket” of her sister, who has excelled on the course in state competition the past two years, helping pace her.

Currently battling “seasonal allergies,” according to Matzen, Alex Sharp finished 81st in the top-division race in 20:41.

“This was not Alex's best race. … I know she is disappointed in herself. She is not feeling the best.

“… As her coach, I was just pleased that she finished the race since I was pretty sure she was not 100% yet. A week of light training and rest is what she needs at this time.”

Among the Brookfield boys, Dakota Reams had the best finish, running a 21:43. Louis Morales-Espiau finished in 22:33 and Cooper Clarkson in 23:44. All three had the fastest times of their young careers, Matzen pointed out.

Next for the BHS harriers is due to be Thursday’s Moberly Invitational.