Willard’s Mitchals finishes second overall at districts, qualifies for state golf tournament for third year in row

Willard High School sports was in full swing last week, as the boys golf team competed at sectionals, the girls soccer team had four games and the baseball team competed in two games.
Golf
In golf, the Willard High School team finished in fourth place out of seven schools with a team score of 328 at the sectional round in Joplin. Greg Mitchals qualified for the state round for the third year in a row, shooting a team best 72 and finishing in second place overall.
Brandon White and Nathan MacLaughlin just missed the cut, shooting an 84, the cutoff was 82. Sam Shackelford shot an 88 and Logan Wooldridge finished with a 96.
“I was extremely proud of the way our boys competed today on this stage,” said head coach Matt Stone. We shot our second lowest team round of the year which is about all you can ask for in our game - to perform to your best ability as a team and see where that puts you at the end of the day. Rock Bridge and Glendale both played really well and made it difficult for anyone to knock them off.”
Stone continued, “It is very exciting to have Greg returning to the state tournament for the third year in a row. He has really taken his game to another level this year and it is going to be a lot of fun to see how it stacks up against the best players in the state next week at Silo Ridge in Bolivar.”
Soccer
The Lady Tigers soccer team played four games last
week, losing to Parkview, Ozark and Nixa but defeat- ing Branson.
Willard traveled to Nixa on Thursday, May 9, and lost 9-0; hosted Ozark on Wednesday, May 8, and lost 5-0; traveled to Branson on Tuesday, May 7 and won 2-0; and traveled to Parkview on Monday, May 6 and lost 3-2.
Emily Oedewalt and Jada Holloman each scored one goal in each in their games against Branson and Parkview.
“This last week has been a trying one,” said head coach Tim Magee. “When our schedule was set, we were going to have two games this final week of the regular season which would’ve given us some practice time and some needed rest for early legs... but that’s not how it ended up. Due to weather rescheduling and moving an earlier season game to our last game due to their field
issues, we had a full last week We were basically in survival mode and, surprise, surprise, we survived!”
Magee went on to say, “I am proud of these young ladies for pushing through this week. We finished the regular season at 13-9 but now our focus switches to the district tournament. We get Parkview on Tuesday night and plan to avenge our loss to them this past week. That is our sole focus at this point and we plan to be ready.”
Willard was scheduled to play Parkview on Tuesday night in a semifinal round game in the Class 3, District 11 tournament in Springfield. The champion- ship game is scheduled for tomorrow night.
Baseball
The baseball team played two games last week, defeating Ozark on Monday, May 6,
but losing to Columbia Rock Bridge on Friday, May 10.
Willard hosted Rock Bridge on Friday, but fell to the Bruins 4-2. Columbia scored two runs in each of the first and third innings, while Willard scored single runs in the second in the fourth innings.
Rhett Anderson went 2-3 with a double and Ethan Thompson finished 1-4 with a double.
At Ozark on Monday, the Tigers used a nine run seventh inning to defeat Ozark, 10-5. The Tigers scored their other run in the fifth inning. Ozark scored three runs in the fourth inning and two runs in the seventh inning.
Noah Wooldridge went 3-5 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI; Grant Harris was 1-2 with a double and two runs scored, Garrett Rice went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI and Cole Biellier was 1-3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Willard was scheduled to travel to Lee’s Summit West on Tuesday night to play in the Class 5, District 12 tournament against Raymour-Peculiar in a semi finalgame. The championship game is scheduled to be played today.

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