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Trace Harrington watches after connecting for a home run against Webb City on April 11. He homered four more times last week, including three times in one game at Carthage. (File photo by Steve Rackley)

Molly Blades scored seven goals in three matches for Republic last week. (Photo by David Brazeal)
 

The girls 4x200m relay team, (left to right) Gracie Woods, Jenna Belcher, Reese Finley, and Brooklyn Douglas, broke a school record at the Jason Pyrah Invitational in Willard. (Photo by David Brazeal)

Harrington’s homer bat leads Tigers in up and down week
Republic baseball had a mixed week, winning two Central Ozark Conference games before dropping a pair of close contests on the road in Kansas City. The highlight of the week was the three-home run performance of Trace Harrington at Carthage Wednesday. The Tigers’ record now stands at 13-11 overall and 2-2 in the COC.
Republic 7, Joplin 6
Republic withstood a late surge from Joplin to capture a 7-6 win on Tuesday. Garrett Lester and Trace Harrington each blasted a home run, with Lester’s solo shot in the third inning igniting a six-run rally. Caide White notched the win, striking out nine batters over five innings, while Myles Lozano secured the save with two innings of relief. “Confidence in my stuff was important there, and just throwing what I know to throw,” Lozano said.
Republic 12,Carthage 1
Trace Harrington delivered a historic performance on Wednesday, leading the Tigers to a 12-1 victory over Carthage. Harrington went 4-for-4 with three home runs, a single, a walk, and nine RBIs, while also pitching six innings and allowing one unearned run. His three homers tied the Republic single-game mark set by Beau Davis in 1998. “Finally a warm game so I felt loose and relaxed. I feel like the home run yesterday definitely carried over,” Harrington said.
Park Hill South 6,Republic 5
Republic lost a heartbreaker to Park Hill South in the first game of a double-header north of Kansas City on Saturday. The Tigers had taken a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth, but the Panthers scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and two more in the seventh to come from behind. Lozano suffered the loss, working 6 2/3 innings and giving up six runs, only three of which were earned.
Kearney 6, Republic 5
In the second game of the day, Republic fell short in another close contest. The Tigers gave up six runs in the first two innings but pecked away at the lead. They trailed 6-4 in the top of the seventh and scored one run, but their comeback bid fell short. Garrett Lester went 1-for-2 with two walks, while Preston McCracken took the loss as the starting pitcher.
Streaking soccer team wins three more
The Republic girls soccer team had a dominant week, extending its winning streak to seven games and improving its record to 11-4. The Lady Tigers outscored their opponents 21-4 in three matches.
Republic 9, Joplin 0
Republic set a new record with eight different players scoring in a 9-0 rout of Joplin that ended at halftime due to the mercy rule. Molly Blades opened the scoring with two goals less than a minute apart, while Claire Redman, Cadence Lugar, Callie Jaquess, Kendra Phiri, Ava Brown, Brooklyn Claxton, and Adison Gibbs also found the back of the net. The win marked Republic’s ninth of the season, surpassing last year’s total of eight.
Republic 5, Carthage 0
The Lady Tigers added a 5-0 decision against Carthage Thursday, posting their fourth shutout in a row. Molly Blades scored a hat trick, with her first two goals assisted by Kendra Phiri and Adison Gibbs. Claire Redman and Kaylee Cornelsen also scored for Republic. It was Cornelsen’s first goal of the season after hitting a post or crossbar several times earlier in the year. “Molly sent in a corner, and it got kicked back out to Kendra, and she played it in, and it went off a Carthage girl right to my feet, and I just kicked it in,” Cornelsen said.
Republic 7, Capital City 4
Republic won its seventh straight match Saturday, beating the Capital City Cavaliers 7-4 at home. Adison Gibbs opened the scoring, and Blades added two goals. Cadence Lugar, Mati Carpenter, Claire Redman, and Callie Jaquess also netted goals. The seven-game winning streak is the second-longest in program history, just two shy of the record of nine, set in 2013.
Another relay record falls for Republic track
Republic athletes had a strong showing at the Jason Pyrah Invitational in Willard on Wednesday. The girls team won the championship and the boys finished third.
The girls 4x200m relay team of Gracie Woods, Jenna Belcher, Reese Finley, and Brooklyn Douglas set a new school record with a time of 1:45.74, breaking the previous mark of 1:46.64 set in 2016.
Gracie Troester led Republic with four event wins, taking first in the 800m, 1600m, and 3200m runs and contributing to the winning 4x800m relay team. Jenna Belcher won the long jump and triple jump, while Alaina Norman took first in the shot put. Republic also won the girls 4x400m relay.

Republic golf team continues improvement on links
Republic golfers finished fifth at the Carthage Tournament and second at the Willard Invitational last week. Cason Bekemeier led the way for the Tigers, earning his fourth top-10 finish at Carthage and winning his first tournament championship of the season at Willard.
Republic (321), 5th place at Carthage Tournament
The Tigers finished with a team score of 321 at the 18-team Carthage Tournament on Monday. Cason Bekemeier was Republic’s top performer, finishing ninth with a score of 74 for his fourth top-10 finish of the season. Jace Henry shot his best score of the season with a 79, Brayden Tharp scored an 82, David Hayes finished with an 86, and Porter Bollinger had a score of 92.
Republic (306), 2nd place at Willard Invitational
Republic turned in one of its best team performances in recent memory at Willard, finishing second with a score of 306, just three strokes behind champion Ozark. Cason Bekemeier overcame a slow start to win the individual title, finishing with a score of 70 and winning a scorecard playoff. Jace Henry also finished in the top ten with a 77, Porter Bollinger was 12th with a 79, Brayden Tharp shot an 80, and Aslan Ebisch scored a 92.
Tennis Tigers wrap busy week
The Republic tennis team had a busy week with mixed results. They started at the Bolivar Tournament on Monday, where Austin Hardcastle won his singles bracket without dropping a match. Cooper Choate finished second in his singles bracket, and the doubles team of Kyle Cunningham and Elijah Kennard also took second place. Republic finished third overall as a team.
On Tuesday, Republic dropped a 9-0 decision at Branson. The Tigers bounced back on Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over Glendale at home. Gavin Collyott and Andrew McCord secured a key 8-5 win in the No. 2 doubles match, while Cooper Davis and Austin Hardcastle won the No. 3 doubles match 8-1. Republic won five out of six singles matches. “Solid team win,” said coach David Smashey. “It’s great to see our guys bounce back immediately from a tough loss yesterday and play really good tennis.”
On Thursday, Republic hosted Carl Junction and won 8-1. Smashey said the best match was at No. 1 doubles, where Garrett Carpenter and Cooper Choate won several big points and came away victorious in a tiebreaker.
At the Waynesville Varsity Tournament, Gavin Collyott won the Flight One Singles, beating three strong players from Capital City, Waynesville, and Rolla. “A fantastic win for Gavin and our program,” said Smashey. Austin Hardcastle finished second in Flight Two singles, losing in the final to a player from Rolla whom he had beaten earlier in the day. Republic finished third out of 11 teams at the tournament.

 

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