CC Team Taking it All in Stride
September 17th was a great afternoon for the Platte County Invitational held at Platte Ridge Park. This was a large meet with at least 24 different boys teams class 1-5 in attendance and at least 12 girls teams.
The West Platte girls did not run a full squad on this Thursday as several of the runners were off participating in their primary sports.
Julia Pattison ran a fantastic race finishing as the top class 1-2 runner in 20:50 (new PR) and she turned in the third best time overall.
Isabella Clark ran her season best time (23:10) and finished third in class 1-2 and 37th out of 128 total class 1-5 girl runners. Both girls are having excellent seasons so far and work their hearts out in practice.
The boys squad put a full team on the course and won the class 1-2 division of the race by a secure margin over North Platte.
Charlie Kinslow continues to be one of the top class 2 runners in the state as he won the class 1-2 individual championship in a time of 17:55 and finished 12th out of 206 total runners.
Ryan Pattison set a season PR and ran his 2nd best overall time finishing 27th overall in a time of 18:45. Excellent race indeed.
Sam Davies is working to make his own mark at West Platte, following the footsteps of his older brother. He continues to improve every race and ran a new PR of 19:41 and finished 62 overall.
He was closely followed by Isaac Helmich who ran 20:11 for 78th place.
Sam “Hutch” Bartee found his stride at this race and ran his 2nd best time and season PR, finishing in 20:27.
Tristan Newkirk rounded out the top 6 for the Jays also running a new PR and finishing right behind Hutch in a time of 20:44.
Jacob Elmore and Antonio Laguna are freshmen on the team this year and they continue to work hard and improve in practice. Jacob finished the course in 26:47 and Antonio took 2 minutes off his previous best time by running the course in 27:38.
The Jays next race is Tuesday at Smithville. Should be a great race and a great day.
September 17th was a great day to be a Blue Jay.
The 2020 West Platte Pom Squad includes (front, left to right) Hailey Henderson, Sarah Stalcup, Lexie Smither, Addison Farley, Emma Shouse, Bette Shafer.
2nd Row - Coach Christine Davenport, Maggie Howard, Paige Borylo, Clara Rose, Amanda Bartelle
Blue Jays Football Lose Close Game
The West Platte football team did everything but win last Friday night as they outplayed the Lawson Cardinals ... except for two plays. They lost 10-6 in a game that was in doubt until the very end.
The Blue Jays outgunned the Cardinals 319 yards to 112 as the West Platte defense held Lawson’s offense in check. The first drive was 12 plays but came to an end as the Blue Jays turned the ball over on downs at the 8 yard line.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Blue Jays took the lead with a 27 yard Brandon James touchdown run with 0:39 remaining in the second quarter.. The extra point was no good and the Blue Jays had a 6-0 lead. Lawson returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown and with the extra point took the lead at 7-0. Only 13 seconds elapsed on the game clock.
Lawson kicked a 45 yard field goal in the fourth quarter for a 10-6 lead. West Platte threatened but could get no closer than the 11 yard line.
Late in the quarter Blue Jay quarterback Luke Heili injured his left hand and left the game for several plays. Last year Heili broke his leg in the Lawson game and missed the rest of the season.
Trent Taylor and Brandon James were the Blue Jays leading rushers as the team gained 275 yards on the ground. James had two long runs including a 48 yard run in the fourth quarter.
Defensive stats were led by Lamar Henderson with 8 tackles and 2 forced fumbles and Dublin Carnahan with 6 tackles and 1 forced fumble.
Trent Taylor and Zayne Truxal each had 7 tackles, Will Finke and Peyson Chandler had 6 tackles, Mason Montez 5 tackles, and Cameron Williams and Emmett Sullivan 4 tackles each.
This Friday the Blue Jays travel to Gower to meet the East Buchanan Bulldogs, undefeated so far this year..
he 2020 West Platte Cheer Squad includes (front, left to right): Angelina Rinella, Sophia Rush, Gretchen Raney, Jacki Roebling.
2nd Row - Miranda Whalen and Madison Elmore.
3rd Row - Laura Hill, Averly Rothwell, Libby Vandel, Colby Shepardson, Emily VanNatta.
Not pictured, Bella Clark
A Great Week For Lady Jays Volleyball
Lady Jays volleyball started the week with wins over Lafayette County and East Buchanan and concluded with a second place finish in the KCI Tournament.
Last Monday night the Lady Jays traveled to Higginsville and defeated Lafayette County 3-0, 25-11, 25-10, 25-15. Coach Amber Webster listed the Lady Jays dominance in serves as the key to the win.
Webster said, “We got some great serving runs that game, and then converted on the offensive end. Ahlanna Rutherford served the ball 20 times for us that night without one error. Our middies, Katy Tharp and Libby Vandel were swinging well in the front row as well.”
On Thursday the Lady Jays were in Gower to start the defense of their KCI title against East Buchanan. The won 3-1 by beating the Lady Bulldogs 25-15, 18-25, 25-14, and 25-15.
Coach Webster emphasized the Lady Jays energy saying “...you could tell the girls really wanted that game. They came out on fire. and really played well. We were aggressive on the front row, which is something we have talked about needing to do all season. Lexie Smither had a strong night with 14 kills and only 1 error. This was Elena Sereno’s first game with us, and she had a strong night as well, with 7 kills and only 2 errors. Makayla Howerton did a great job working hard to get the ball to our hitters, finishing with 31 assists. Our defense was strong as well, starting with Katy Tharp with 4 blocks in the front row, and 17 digs from Gretchen Raney, and 15 from Gracie Raney, from the back row.
Saturday the Lady Jays were in Plattsburg for the rescheduled KCI Conference Tournament. The girls started slow, losing the first set to Plattsburg 22-25. They came back to win the second set against Plattsburg and then beating North Platte 25-17 and 25-14, followed by beating East Buchanan 25-16 and 25-17.
The next game was the semi-final against Mid-Buchanan which they won 25-9 and 25-15.
The Lady Jays lost to Lawson in the championship game 17-25 and 17-25 and had to settle for the second place trophy. Coach Webster said she “was proud of the girls for the way they responded to the day.”