The 2018-19 Chillicothe High School
Sports Season is in the books and there were no shortage of dramatic
stories during the school year.
Here is CHSHornets.com's Top 10 Sports Stories of
the school year, as selected by website owner Randy Dean.
10) New Sport Debuts
The choices of sports for
Lady Hornet athletes expanded this year with the state-wide debut of
Women's wrestling. It included conference, district and state
tournaments. While the hand full of Lady Hornet grapplers didn't
pick up a lot of wins, they improved and stayed with it through the
9) Tennis Tradition Continues
Chillicothe Tennis has had a rich tradition for
years. Tyler Maasdam moved from #4 singles last season to #1 singles
this season, facing every team's best player, every time. Maasdam,
who worked with former Hornets Coach Ed Douglas in the off season,
continued the tradition winning the conference singles tournament,
taking second in districts, winning in sectionals and qualifying for
the state tournament.
8) From WHO? to WOW!
When the 2019 Boys track season began,
Damarcus Kelow was just a freshman trying to make the most of an
opportunity. Kelow, who saw plenty of reps on Defense in Football in
the fall, worked, learned and improved as a Discus thrower. When the
MEC meet came around, Kelow's JUNIOR VARSITY discus throw would of
won the VARSITY competition. Kelow built on that momentum through
district and sectionals, and finished 9th at the State meet, just a
few feet away from a Medal, as a Freshman.
7) It's About the Heart
In sports, there are accepted units of
measuring to find out who is the strongest, or the fastest. In
Football this season, the measuring stick for Heart and Toughness
was raised pretty high on an immeasurable scale. Hornets Senior
Drake Lightner was the team's starting Center. He showed strength
and skill while battling to protect his Quarterback. In mid season,
the battles and injuries started to mount. On a Friday night in
Kansas City, Lightner wanted to play against St Pius. Barely able to
walk due to an injury, he gutted it out and battled at his Center
position. He protected his Quarterback, opened holes for the running
backs, and refusing to give up, despite the painful nagging injury.
6) YES! YES! YES!
Lady Hornets Basketball Junior Jordan
Hibner isn't the tallest player on the floor. She stands at 5'4"
with a determined look on her game face. Hibner has a gift on the
court. She's a dead-eye outside shooter. This season, she set a new
single season record of 71 treys in the game, breaking a 24 year old
school record. What makes this an even more amazing feat is that
fellow teammate Hunter Keithley hit 48 treys, good for 3rd place all
5) Sensational Soccer Season
With a strong returning group of
Seniors, there were high hopes for the Lady Hornets Soccer season.
Behind second year Head Coach Shannon Grable, the Lady Hornets made
it next to impossible for opposing teams to score. Behind Goalie
Kennedie Kieffer, the Lady Hornets set a new school record for shut
outs with 16, and won just the second District Championship in
4) Girls Golf Glory
The Lady Hornets Golf team relied on
Sophomore Sensation Hallie Jones and three seniors to turn in a
strong season. The Lady Hornets finished 2nd in the MEC meet, won
the district and sectional tournament and finished sixth in the
MSHSAA Meet at Maryville.
3) Twin Turbos Unleashed
The Chillicothe boys basketball
team turned in a respectable season, turning in a 14-11 record. But
it was the play of Westley Brandsgaard and C J Pfaff that
electrified audiences. Brandsgaard averaged 18.2 points per game and
Pfaff 16.4 points per game. Pfaff also set a new record for Steals
in a season.
In what is believed to be a school program first, the
two players combined to score every single point for their team in a
39-32 win at Benton with Brandsgaard scoring 24 and Pfaff with 15.
2) Total Revamp.
A new Hornets Head Football Coach is a
rare story. Tim Rulo became just the third person to hold the
position since JFK was in the White House. He wasn't the only new
thing. Also new was almost every assistant coach, the film guy, the
play callers in the press box, every offensive starter and almost
every defensive starter, the punter, the kicker, the deep snapper
were all new. Even the guys broadcasting the game changed for the
first time in 25 years. After early set backs with a new system and
new plays, the Hornets started to improve and were playing good
football at the end of the season including two solid back to back
victories over St Joseph Benton. With a large number of starters
returning and an impressive incoming Freshman class, look for this
program to return to glory.
1) It's NOT FAIR!
These are words you can hear during the course of a
sports season. Usually regarding a call by an official that costs
you a game. Earlier I talked about Drake Lightner setting a new
standard of heart while playing through an injury.
Senior Wrestler Matt Callen set a new standard in
sportsmanship in the biggest stage of them all in High School: State
competition. Callen was in a consolation match against a tough
wrestler from Kirksville. Due to a move gone wrong, Callen was
briefly knocked out on the mat by the Kirksville wrestler. After a
medical check and a rules check, Callen was granted the win due to
Hornets wrestling coach Chad Smith told officials
Callen's health was the most important thing and said he would not
wrestle the next match, a consolation semi-final match. Callen then
did the unthinkable. He went to the officials, asked, plead and
begged to overturn the DQ and allow the Kirksville senior to
wrestling the next match. It was an unprecedented show of
The crowd held it's breath while a throng of refs
and tournament officials debated, but upheld their ruling. The
Kirksville wrestler was still disqualified and Callen's hand was
raised, despite his wishes.
This was the
ultimate display of good sportsmanship by an individual. It should
of drawn national attention.