DEXTER - The Sikeston tennis team lost to Dexter 6-3 to open the season on Thursday.
"For our first match, I was pleasantly surprised," said Sikeston coach Brian James. "Coming in to the match, I knew we would have our hands full with Dexter. They return so much varsity experience that I knew it would be a tough one.
"Overall, I thought most of the matches were fairly competitive, particularly with our youth and lack of varsity experience. Marc Leible looked as good as I've seen him today. He's really stepped his game up and I look for a great year out of him. Logan Hampton had an excellent singles match at No. 6."
Sikeston will compete in the Farmington Invitational tomorrow and then returns home on Monday for its first home match against Kennett.
Here are the results from the match with Sikeston players listed first.
1. Marc Leible def. Jake Smith, 8-2
2. Chris Matthews lost Derek Roberts, 3-8
3. Grant Ingram lost Gabe Smith, 4-8
4. Clayton Matthews lost Derek Clark, 4-8
5. Charlie Jones lost Aaron Lavender, 1-8
6. Logan Hampton def. Scott Admire, 8-5
Leible/Chris Matthews def. J. SMith/Roberts, 8-2
Ingram/Hampton lost Clark/G. Smith, 2-8
Clayton Matthews/Jones lost Lavender/Admire, 4-8
Singles: Ross Bucher, Justin Deere, Craig MIllington, Andrew Powell
Doubles winners: Seth Colwick/Tyler Wallace
The Charleston Bluejays fell to 1-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Scott-
Mississippi Conference with a 7-1 loss to East Prairie.
Charleston's Dustin McCann was the losing pitcher with five innings of work. He allowed five runs (two earned) off six hits. He struck out five, walked two and hit a batter.
Billy Butler threw two innings of relief, allowing two unearned runs off three hits with a walk.
Charleston was led in hitting by Spencer Whitehead, McCann and John Robert Goodin with one hit apiece. Whiteheard also had an RBI.
"We scored one run in the third and they came back with seven in the sixth. It was a tale of one inning," said Charleston coach Chris Stanfield.
"Dustin threw the ball really well. He deserved a lot better than he got. He held them to basically nothing until the sixth. We kicked a couple and the floodgates opened."
Ben Walters was the winning pitcher for East Prairie (3-0) with six innings pitched.
He allowed one run off three hits and two walks while striking out 11.
Walters and Hunter Jones each had two hits and two RBIs.
Charleston will host Meridian on Monday at 4 p.m.
The Chaffee Red Devils improved to 1-4 on the season and 1-2 in the SEMO Conference with a 14-12 come from behind win against Poplar Bluff.
The Mules scored five runs in the top of the first inning only to see Chaffee come back with 11 in the bottom half of the inning.
"I'm really proud of them because we needed every one of those runs today," said Chaffee coach Brian Horrell. "It was nice to see them battle back. We've still got to work on catching the ball but it was a real nice win for us."
Chaffee's Chris Hanback was the winning pitcher, throwing all seven innings and allowing 12 runs (six earned) off 11 hits.
He struck out nine and walked four.
Chaffee was led in hitting by Augie Orr (2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs), Brad Daugherty (2
-2, 2B, RBI), Jeremy Penrose (2-4, 2 RBIs) and Adam Urhahn (2-4, 2B).
The Red Devils will host Jackson on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
ZALMA -- Oran pummeled Zalma 27-0 in a five-inning baseball game on Thursday.
Austin Dumey, 4-for-5 with a double, triple and seven RBIs, and freshman Caleb Seyer, 2-for-3 with a grand slam for four RBIs, powered the Eagles to their second run-rule win in two starts.
Nineteen bases on balls augmented Oran's 10-hit offense.
Dumey (1-0) tossed a no-hitter for the win, striking out eight, walking one.
The New Madrid County Central Lady Eagles softball team picked up two victories in a round robin tournament in Blytheville on Thursday.
NMCC defeated Marked Tree 3-2 behind a seven-inning performance by Karrah Tanner. She allowed two runs off four hits and three walks with nine strikeouts.
Heather Redd, Brooke Brimer, Tanner and Betsy Brittain each had one hit for NMCC.
In the second game, NMCC defeated Blytheville 16-6 in five innings.
Tanner was the winning pitcher again, throwing five innings and allowing two runs off five hits and four walks with five strikeouts.
Jodi Beahr and Whitney Tanner each had two hits.
Ashley Wrather, Amelia Porter, Redd and Katie Denton each had one hit.
NMCC is now 2-1 on the season and will play at Twin Rivers today at 4 p.m.
SIKESTON -- The Sikeston girls soccer team captured its first win of the season with an 8-0 romp over Anna-Jonesboro at the Sikeston Sports Complex on Thursday.
Ali Blurton and Jenni DeWitt netted three goals apiece to lead the Bulldogs (1
-2) out of an early season scoring slump.
"Maybe we can start getting some scoring now," said Sikeston coach Derrick Long. "Ali and Jenni gave us a pretty good 1-2 punch tonight."
Blurton wasted no time putting Sikeston on the board at the 38-second mark, off an assist from DeWitt.
The two exchanged roles on the second goal, DeWitt scoring off Blurton's assist at the two-minute mark.
Blurton, assisted by Laura Atchison, ran the score to 3-0 at the half.
In the second half, DeWitt had back-to-back goals in the first nine minutes. She was assisted on the first goal by Paige Silverthorn, on the second by Megan Underhill.
Kaitlyn Turnbow, assisted by Silverthorn, added a goal at the 67-minute mark.
Then Blurton, again assisted by DeWitt, found the net at the 74-minute mark.
Silverthorn closed out the scoring, with an assist from Atchison, with one minute left.
The Bulldogs had 24 shots on goal to only five for Anna-Jonesboro. Sikeston goalkeeper Audra Wooley recorded the shutout.
"When you only take 24 shots on goal and you make eight of them, you're not taking a bunch of dumb shots or playing out of control up top," said Long. "We played pretty well as a team."
Sikeston hosts Fredericktown on Tuesday at 5 p.m.