Tigers football, softball teams edged by Joplin Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 October 2013
GUIDON staff

ImageThe Waynesville High School varsity football team fell to the Joplin Eagles, 31-25 on Oct. 4.

Trailing 7-0 after the opening quarter, Waynesville running back Ron McClean tied the game on a one-yard touchdown run in the second. Joplin scored again late in the first half to take a 14-7 lead.

Waynesville’s Jalen Thomas opened the third quarter with a 45-yard touchdown run, narrowing Joplin’s lead to 14-13 after a failed extra-point attempt.

Waynesville took the lead after a 25-yard touchdown run by Varon Martinez.

After a touchdown and a field goal by Joplin, Martinez again gave Waynesville the lead with a 24-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.

Joplin scored a 7-yard touchdown run later in the fourth quarter for the win.

Up next: Waynesville plays host to the Camdenton Lakers in the Tigers’ homecoming game. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

In other Waynesville football action, the Waynesville Middle School seventh-grade football teams defeated Troy, Mo., on Oct. 3. The Waynesville A team won, 28-0, while the B team won, 14-8.

In other WHS sports:


The WHS varsity softball team fell to the Joplin Eagles, 6-5, Monday in what coach Kelly Jackson described as a “hard loss.”

“We had them beat, 5-0, and gave up a few crucial errors that allowed them to get back in the game late,” Jackson said.

The loss followed Waynesville’s 7-2 win over Buffalo on Friday — the only game the Tigers played in the Rolla Varsity Tournament before it was rained out.

Against Buffalo, Katelynn Miller led with two RBIs, while Sara Crum, Jordan Kane and Reanna Marcum each batted a run in.

Diamond Thomas secured the win on the mound, giving up two runs on three hits, walking one and striking out four over five innings.


The WHS volleyball team defeated the visiting Lebanon Yellowjackets, 25-22, 25-15 on Oct. 3

Ariel Okorie led Waynesville with nine kills, while Kallie Bildner added seven and Alyssa Arnold had 24 assists.

“It was great to see our entire offense contributing tonight,” said Holly Davidson, WHS coach.

Up next: The Tigers travel to Parkview today for a 4:30 p.m. game before traveling to Camdenton, Mo., for a 4:30 p.m. game Tuesday.

Cross country

The WHS boys’ and girls’ cross country team earned a second place finish at the Dixon Invitational on Sept. 30.

The WHS boys were led by Najim Udchachon with a time of 17:08, who was just a split second from the win. Kellsie Herrmann led the WHS girls with a fifth place finish with a time of 21:31.

Up next: The Tigers run in the Ozark Conference on Saturday. The Tigers are scheduled to hold their home meet at 3 p.m. Oct. 17.

Also on Sept. 30, the Waynesville Middle School girls’ cross country team took first place at Dixon.

Waynesville’s Aubrey Stoddard, Alexis Bartley and Brianna Baze took first, second and third place, respectively.


The WHS boys’ soccer team fell to Glendale, 3-0, at Springfield, Mo., Oct. 2.

The Tigers “just couldn’t catch a break and get the offense going,” said Mike Armstrong, WHS coach.

Up next: Waynesville, now 7-3, is scheduled to play host to the Rolla Bulldogs at 5 p.m. tonight. Waynesville will then split its teams this weekend, with the Tiger varsity set to play in the Kickapoo Varsity Tournament on Friday and Saturday, while the WHS junior varsity plays in the Ozark JV Tournament on Saturday.

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