Bolivar cross country won five of the six team titles Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 11, at the Bolivar Invitational at Southwest Baptist University. There was plenty of blue and gold crossing the finish line early, as well as runners from Polk County schools.

The Lady Liberators won after six runners placed in the top 10 at SBU. Anna Bandy was the silver winner, finishing the 5K course in 20 minutes, 40.73 seconds. Mackenzie Duncan won the bronze in 21:03.56, followed by Cora Stimpson at 21:13.90 in fourth and Sarah Green at 21:43.11 in fifth place. Two spots back was Jillian Porter in 21:58.83, and Emily Bandy crossed in eighth place in 22:05.63.

Fair Play's Kaylee Foster placed 11th with her run of 22:51.14. Bolivar's Alice Meadows rounded out the Lady Lib runners at 23:56.52, good for 21st place.

A trio of Marion C. Early runners followed. Angelica Chernyavaskiy came in 30th at Bolivar with her time of 25:26.50. Tatem Jefferis was next in 28:30.42, and Lilly Wilson crossed in 31:41.05 for the Lady Panthers.

The Lady Liberators cruised to the girls title with 16 points, more than a 100-points better than runner-up Weaubleau (125).  Callie Beshore of Nevada was the girls varsity winner in 20:20.54.

The blue-and-gold domination contain in the boys varsity race. Seven of the top 10 finishers were from Bolivar, with a Fair Play runner in the mix as well.

Caleb Pyle was the 5K winner in 16:46.09, beating teammate Peter Bowling by 34 seconds. Bowling won the silver in 17:20.79, followed by third-place Tracen McKinney at 17:35.67 and fourth-place Will McCracken at 17:43.53. Brett Pollock placed sixth for Bolivar in 18:15.58. A Hornet grabbed the seventh-place spot, with Noah Rutledge crossing in 18:19.23 for Fair Play.

Bolivar's Hunter Davis finished eighth in 18:19.92, and Ethan Billingslea was 10th at SBU with his run of 18:26.66. Spencer Feugate finished 12th at his host meet, crossing in 18:40.98. Cale Thiessen of the Liberators was two spots back in 18:47.77, followed by Tanner White of BHS in 15th place at 18:50.07 and Codey Shuler of Fair Play in 16th place at 18:56.36.

Mason Wheeler was the top-finishing Humansville runner at 20:52.71.

The Liberators won the boys title with 21 points. Nevada was a distant second at 68 points.

The JV girls race also had local dominance, with seven Bolivar finishers and a Pleasant Hope cracking the top 10. London Wilson won the JV girls race in 23:21.52. Shaylee Goodman was second in 23:31.30, and Hailey Taylor of Bolivar won the bronze in 25:29.59. Abigail Lamke was fifth for Bolivar in 26:33.81, followed by the Lady Pirates' Jocelyn Lane sixth in 27:27.49. Kaytee Taylor of BHS placed seventh in 27:33.43, followed by Mollie Stimpson ninth at 27:43.22 and McKenna Stephens 10th in 27:48.39 for Bolivar. Jayden Marshall of PH finished 14th at 28:12.81. Jenna Pastore of Bolivar crossed in 29:44.94 in the JV girls race and Hannah Michaelis of Fair Play rounded out the county runners at 34:51.31.

In the JV boys race,  Trevor Conley of Bolivar took the top spot with a winning time of 20:17.02. Jake Will was third in 20:41.38, and Gavin Barnard placed fifth in 21:25.30. Bo Davis finished eighth for BHS in 21:44.39. A pair of Fair Play runners followed, with Spencer Chance ninth in 21:49.40, and Gabe Foster 10th at 21:52.51.

Jon Hill was the top Pleasant Hope finisher in 25:50.16.

In the middle school races, the Bolivar boys swept the top-three spots at SBU. Blake Goodman won with his run of 9:36.24, Kyle Pock grabbed the silver in 9:58.58, and Jack Larimore was third in 10:04.14. Gavin Crawford of Pleasant Hope was sixth in 10:17.98, and Tyler Duncan of BMS finished ninth at 10:28.32.

The Bolivar JV girls won with 16 points, and the JV Liberators claimed the title with 28 points. The BMS boys won with 24 points, and Pleasant Hope finished fifth at 159 points. The BMS girls were fourth at the host meet, finishing with 123 points. Pleasant Hope girls placed seventh at 166 points.

Most of the county schools are off until Saturday, Sept. 22, when they are at the Hermitage Invitational at Pomme de Terre Dam.

SB: Lady Liberators 4, Buffalo 0

The Lady Liberators won their third straight game Monday, Sept. 10, in Bolivar. The Lady Libs blanked visiting Buffalo 4-0 behind Katie Brooks' one-hit shutout.

Carsyn Julien's RBI-single opened the scoring in the home first, scoring Emme Hall for a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Bison (4-4) kept the game close until a three-run fifth inning blew it open for Bolivar. Brooks helped out her own cause with an RBI-ground out, scoring Julien. Jadyn Hamilton added a two-run single to center field for the final margin.

Brooks (6-1) did the rest in the circle, fanning 16 Lady Bison batters on 87 pitches. Julien finished three hits in the win.

Bolivar (6-1) hosts Clinton Monday, Sept. 17.

Tn: Springfield Tournament

Megan Roberts and Paige Martin finished fifth at the Springfield Tournament Tuesday. The pair defeated a doubles team from Kickapoo in their final match.

Lady Liberators 9, Smith-Cotton 0

Bolivar won all 20 matches, sweeping visiting Sedalia Smith-Cotton Monday at BMS.

In varsity singles, Roberts won 8-6, and Martin claimed an 8-4 win against the Lady Tigers (1-6). Lexi Berry won 8-2, followed by 8-1 wins by Reagan Kelly and Tracy Hall. Maddie Geurin skunked her Lady Tiger foe 8-0.

In varsity doubles, Roberts and Martin won 8-2, while Berry and Kelly and Geurin and Tracy Hall won 8-1 to finish the sweep of Smith-Cotton.

The JV netters only dropped four games against the Lady Tigers. In JV singles, Josie Douglas, Kenzie Hall, Addison Martino, Malerie Stanton and McKinley Hedges all won 6-0, while Hannah Newcomb and Taylee Sherwood both won 6-1.

The same pattern followed in JV doubles, with Douglas and Kenzie Hall; as well as Stanton and Hedges winning 6-1. Martino and Ashlock; and Newcomb and Sherwood posted 6-0 wins.

Bolivar (5-1) plays at Logan-Rogersville Monday, Sept. 17. The Bolivar Tournament is Wednesday, Sept. 17, at BMS.

VB drops pair on road

Bolivar volleyball fell in straight sets against Nevada and Springfield Parkview on the road.

The Lady Libs lost in two sets against Nevada Sept. 6, then lost Tuesday at Parkview in two sets.

Bolivar (1-4) is off to the Buffalo Tournament Saturday, Sept. 15. The JV Lady Libs also play this weekend, at the Marshfield JV Tournament.

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