Bolivar soccer was hoping for a better send off for its seniors Monday night against visiting Monett. The Cubs topped the Liberators 6-1 on Senior Night.
"It was a tough night for our team as we faced one of the best goal scorers in the state, and one of the best teams in the area," said soccer coach Steve Fast. "Monett did a great job taking away our strengths, and we never could gain much momentum. Our guys played hard, but it was definitely one of those nights where not much goes your way. These guys are strong mentally. I have no doubt they will rebound from this night."
Monett (17-5) scored three goals in each half with BHS getting on the board late with senior Evan Haney lacing a goal in with 20 minutes left in the contest. Senior Andrew Spaulding provided the assist for the lone goal.
Senior Will vanHoornbeek made 22 saves in his home finale.
The JV Liberators lost 8-0 in their final home game to Monett Monday. Raif Fullerton recorded 16 saves as the JV fell to 2-6-1 on the season with one game left.
Seniors recognized included vanHoornbeek, Haney, Jonny Phipps, Christopher Holt, Spaulding and Samuel Lewright.
The Liberators (13-6) wrap up the regular season Monday, Oct. 16, at School of the Osage. Districts start Monday, Oct. 23, at Carthage.
XC sweeps COC Small championships
Bolivar cross country won both varsity divisions at the COC Small Division Cross Country championships Tuesday at Hollister.
The Lady Liberators had three of the top four finishers in the girls 5K. Kelie Henderson won the conference gold with her run of 18 minutes, 23.67 seconds. Laci Lindsay won the silver at 19:12.48, and Anna Bandy was fourth in 19:16.78. Cora Stimpson finished 11th at 20:35.72, followed by Jillian at 20:41.10 and Emily Bandy at 20:46.41, 12th and 13th respectively. Sahylee Porter rounded out the girls varsity runners in 22nd at 21:46.70. The Lady Liberators won with 23 points, 21 points better than runner-up Catholic (44).
For the Liberators, Caleb Pyle placed second with his run of 16:11.81. He was second to Trenton Wells of Buffalo. Tracen McKinney placed fourth at the conference meet in 16:28.85. Peter Bowling crossed in 10th at 17:12.78, with teammates Mason Broadway (17:16.58), Spencer Fugate (17:19.07) and Tanner White (17:24.61) in the next three spots. Luke Moffett was 16th in 17:47.73.
The BHS boys won the title with 39 points, 17 points better than second place Logan-Rogersville (56).
Bolivar is off until Saturday, Oct. 28, when the team will compete at the Class 3 District 7 meet in Warrensburg.
Freshman FB ties Marshfield in OT
Bolivar freshman football earned a 36-36 draw in overtime with visiting Marshfield's JV team Monday night at BMS.
Ryan Hadank opened the scoring for Bolivar with a 2-yard TD run. Parker Erickson added the PAT for a 7-0 BHS lead early. Bo Banner hooked up with Jordan West on a 57-yard touchdown toss as the Liberators led 14-8 at the half.
Marshfield went on top by returning the second half kickoff for a touchdown and added a two-point conversion for a 16-14 lead. The Blue Jays extended its lead with a TD run for a 22-14 lead. BHS tied the game on a Banner 9-yard scoring run. The two-point conversion of Banner's pass to Erickson was good as the game was knotted up 22-22.
The Jays went back on top with a touchdown, but Bolivar answered the score yet again. Banner's four-yard TD run pulled the Liberators within a pair at 30-22 and again they converted the two-point conversion with a Banner run. The Liberator defense came up with a fumble recovery to halt a Blue Jay drive in the final minutes. Drayton Hutchman forced a fumble into the end zone with Blake Campbell pouncing on the loose pig skin. The game was tied 30-30 and headed to overtime.
Bolivar started with possession in overtime and scored on its drive with a Jordan West 8-yard touchdown run. The two-point try was stopped by the Jays.
Marshfield scored on its possession in overtime, but the Liberator defense stuffed the Jays on its two-point try to win the game. The game ended in a draw.
Bolivar finished with 186 rushing yards, thanks to the blocking from its offensive line of Campbell, Drayton Hutchman, Drew Woodard, Jack Roweton and Mason Rodgers. Banner led the rushers with 95 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Banner was also 8-of-16 for 139 yards and a TD. Erickson was the leading receiver with 57 yards on six carries.
Erickson also led the defense with eight tackles. Gavin NeSmith, Hutchman and Anson Pulsipher all had seven tackles for BHS. Campbell and Roweton both had fumble recoveries as well.
The freshman and JV teams travel to Ozark Monday, Oct. 16, to cap their seasons.