Junior High Football Defeats East Newton
The McDonald county seventh- and eighth-grade football teams beat East Newton on Sept. 20 at MCHS.
In the seventh-grade game, shortened to just one half due to the number of players for East Newton, the Mustangs claimed a 20-6 decision.
Sam Barton scored the first touchdown on a 60-yard run. Destyn Dowd scored next for McDonald County on a 30-yard run with Jordan Scholz running for the two-point conversion. Justice Nava ran 65 yards for the final score.
In the eighth-grade game, McDonald County cruised to a 36-0 win.
Robert Beltran opened the scoring on a 12-yard run. Blaine Ortiz ran the conversion. Jack Parnell caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Cross Down for the next score. Dowd followed that with a five-yard touchdown run.
Sterling Woods then added touchdowns on three and four-yard runs and added both conversions to close out the scoring.
McDonald County is at Cassville on Sept. 27. Game time is 5:30 p.m.
The McDonald County eighth grade boys cross country team took second at the East Newton Junior High Cross Country meet held Sept. 20 at East Newton High School.
Kyle Killion was sixth in a time of 8:45 for the 2400 meter course to lead McDonald County. Also top 20 were Levi Smith in 14th, Remington Ziemianin 19th and Isaac Behm in 20th.
Rounding out the McDonald County top seven finishes were Lane Pratt 44th, Hunter Leach 49th and Gunner Cooper 51st.
Hobbs Campbell of Joplin won the race in a time of 8:16.
The eighth-grade boys also took second at Nixa. Killion was fourth in 9:45 with Smith taking 14th in 10:01 and Behm in 15th also in 10:01. Ziemianin was 23rd followed by Leach in 45th, Cross Spencer 78th and Cody Dumond 82nd.
In the separate seventhgrade race, Pratt led McDonald County with a 28th place finish. Gunner Cooper was 35th followed by Caleb Garvin 59th, Tucker Walters 60th, Carson Brock 86th and Dylan Fertig 87th.
Melissa McCrory led the junior McDonald County junior high girls at East Newton with a 5th place finish. AnaBelle Price was next in 41st followed by McKenzie Haneline 55th, Caitlyn Townsend 68th, Haley Walczak 86th, Jaslyn Billups-Wright 96th and Brittany Akins 100th.
At Nixa, McCrory was 20th in the eighth-grade race. Price was next in 38th with Walczak in 78th and Akins 84th.
Haneline led the Lady Mustangs seventh graders, taking 58th place. BillupsWright was 88th and Kaidence Willis was 94th.
McDonald County was at Lamar on Sept. 25.
The McDonald County seventh- and eighth-grade volleyball teams split matches at Neosho on Sept. 17.
In the seventh-grade game, McDonald County claimed a 25-18, 25-10 win. The Lady Mustang B team added a 25-18, 25-17 win.
In the eighth-grade match, Neosho defeated McDonald County 25-22, 25-22. Neosho added a 25-17, 25-15 win in the B game
At East Newton on Sept. 24, the seventh grade beat the Lady Patriots 25-20, 25-11. In a single B team set, East Newton won 25-20.
The Lady Mustangs eighthgrade added a 25-18, 25-13 win. The eighth-grade B team also won its set, claiming a 25-20 decision.