Lady Jays Volleyball With First Place Trophy At Sherwood Tournament Team members include: Front Row: Left to right: Libby Vandel, Tori Norman, Lexie Smither. Back Row: Faith Stevens, Grace Stevens, Sam Rotterman, Katy Tharp, Gracie Raney, Getchen Raney
But for a few miscues, the Blue Jays would have challenged The Hamilton (Penney) Hornets Friday night in a game they lost 28-6. With the loss the Blue Jays remain without a win in the KCI Conference so far this year.
The Blue Jays took the opening kick off and after a good run back started their first drive on the Hornets 41 yard line. Unable to sustain a drive they turned the ball over on downs. The Hornets fumbled the ball back to the Blue Jays who again had good field position.
The West Platte Blue Jays CC team took to flight at Kearney on a brisk Saturday morning. It was just chilly enough to make the athletes think about running hard and that thought seemed to help as a couple runners set career PR’s or set season PR’s.
Phillip Pattison and Charlie Kinslow continue to be the best one, two punch for an area Class 1 or 2 team as they again both finished in the top 10 of a major meet.
Phillip ran through the line in 7th place at 18:16 and Charlie was 8th coming in at 18:25. The course was wet and had substantial mud on it and this probably slowed the runners down by 30 seconds or so.
Ryan Pattison ran the best time of his career, taking 20 seconds off his previous PR to finish 27 with a time of 19:25. Isaac Helmich continued to battle a sore calf but ran well enough to clock a 20:41 good for a 54th place finish. Hunter Sadell continues to improve taking a couple seconds off his PR to finish 63 in 21:05. Hutch Bartee ran 6th for the Jays in 21:39 and Coy Taylor rounded out the team finishing just short of a season best in 23:09.
The Lady Jays Volleyball team ended a busy week of volleyball as they played five games Saturday and nine total last week.
Coach Amber Guthrie described the day and week "It was an early day for us (Saturday(, as we had a long bus ride for an 8:00 game.
"This lead to a slower start for us, but these girls are relentless and that wasn't how the whole day would go. They woke up and finished the day playing the best we had all day, which was our goal. We walked away with a championship after going 10-0 in sets and 5-0 in matches.
"It was a very busy week for this group, as they played 9 total games. We could not be more proud of the heart and resiliency that these girls played with all week," Guthrie said.
The West Platte Jr. High Cross Country Girls and Boys Teams both took 1st Place overall in the Bishop LeBlond Cross Country Invitational at Missouri Western College in St. Joe on Monday, October 7th.
The girls team had exceptional times with all runners placing in the top eight of the 3,200 meter race. Samantha Baker led the team taking 1st place, followed by Julia Pattison in 2nd place, Meg Carletti 5th place, Leah Jacobs 6th place, Liberty Baxter 7th place and Klaira Groom, 8th place.
The boys team also put on an outstanding performance with Sam Davies taking 3rd place, followed by Jonah McGivern in 4th place, Gus Goodwin 9th place, Ryan Handgen 10th place, Thomas Deffet 11th place, Xane Masoner 12th place and Antonio Laguna, 13th place.
The final cross country meet for the season is the West Platte Invitational held at Platte Ridge Park in Platte City on Saturday, October 19th.
It took three sets before the Lady Jays volleyball team defeated Maranatha Academy 25-22, 23-25, 27-25 at the North Platte Tri meet.
Tori Norman with 9 and Katy Tharp with 8 led the Lady Jays in kills. Zoe Buckler and 16 assists and Faith Stevens 13, Katy Tharp had 3 block and Gretchen Raney and Libby Vandel each had 2 blocks. Lexie Smither had 5 digs and Faith Stevens had 6 aces.
The Lady Jays beat North Platte 26-24 and 25-15. Sam Rotterman had 8 kills and Tori Norman had 6. Faith Stevens had 12 assists, Katy Tharp 3 blocks. and Tori Norman 3 aces and Faith Stevens and Lexie Smither 2 aces each.
In a later match the Lady Jays lost to Bishop LeBlond. Their record at that point was 18-3-2
The West Platte Lady Jays volleyball team beat the Plattsburg Lady Tigers 25-8 and 25-13 to increase their conference record to 4-0 last Thursday.
Stats leaders were Sam Rotterman with 10 kills, Katy Tharp and Tori Norman with 1 block each and Faith Stevens with 4 aces.
The Lady Jays are more than half way through their conference schedule and near the end of their regular season. They have an away game against Hamilton on October 15 and home games with Lawson on October 17 and North Platte on October 22 before District Tournament.
The tournament will be held starting October 28 at Bishop LeBlond in St. Joseph. The seedings haven’t been announced yet. The schools in Class 1, District 15 are Bishop LeBlond, North Platte, Northland Christian, Orrick, St. Joseph Christian, Union Star and West Platte.