NEW MADRID -- Sikeston's golf team opened the 2003 season with a road victory on Tuesday, beating New Madrid County Central, 169-187.
"We played well for an opener," said Sikeston coach Rick Oetting. "The New Madrid course is one where you have to make a lot of short finesse shots to do well. The greens put slower than we are used to."
Sikeston's Tanner Fritz and NMCC's Sam Coppage both shot 4-over 40s to finish as low medalists.
Other Sikeston scorers were E. C. Atchison at 42, Martin Schaefer at 43, Matt Hon at 44 and Jason Deere at 44. NMCC's other scores came from Trey Edwards at 47, Chris White at 50 and Daniel Eddy at 50.
Sikeston also won Tuesday's junior varsity match 213-239. Posting scores for Sikeston were Clint Bohannon at 48, Darris Butler at 52, Zach Bell at 55 and Justin Eberhard at 58.
For NMCC, Danny Coppage led the way at 56. He was followed by Tyler Warf at 58, Jason Huckeloy at 59 and Matt Glassmeyer at 66.
Sikeston will host Cape Central at the Bootheel Golf Club on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
NMCC 1, Chaffee 0
NEW MADRID -- Two spring softball heavyweights went head to head on Tuesday afternoon, with New Madrid County Central holding on for a 1-0 victory over Chaffee.
Neither team committed an error in the opener for both schools.
"Both teams were in mid-season form," said NMCC head coach Steve Rogers. "It was a well-played game and we were fortunate to come out on top."
With two outs, NMCC's Heather Redd got things started with a single. Ashley Brittian was walked, then Jessica Gist drove home Redd for the only run of the game.
"Jessica came through with a big hit for us," said Rogers. "This was a big win for us. It's the first time that I can remember beating (Chaffee) in the five or six years we've played them. They have a very good team. We had great pitching and some timely hitting."
Heather Robey picked up the win, allowing one hit and one walk with seven innings of work. She took 10 batters down via strikeout.
She also led the Lady Eagles at the plate, batting 2-for-3. NMCC also saw hits from Autumn Walker, Redd and Gist.
Chaffee's Abby Walter was charged with the loss. She gave up five hits, three walks and recorded four strikeouts. Mindy Hendrix had the Lady Red Devils' only hit.
NMCC (1-0) will travel to Kennett on Thursday.
Gideon 4, Portageville 1
PORTAGEVILLE -- Portageville's softball team was defeated by Gideon on Tuesday afternoon, 4-1.
The Lady Bulldogs' only run came from Jo Beth DeLisle in the seventh inning. Jenny Brasher was Portageville's leading hitter, going 2-for-3.
On the mound, Alyson Crafton pitched the first four innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. Mindy Stafford threw the final three frames, giving up one walk with two strikeouts.
Portageville (1-1) defeated Charleston 12-0 in its season opener on Monday.
"We got to see more of how our hitting is going to be," said first-year coach Michelle Goodbred. "We had a lot of walks the other night (against Charleston). Our fielding is pretty good, but we need to work on our batting."
In Monday's win over Charleston, Stafford picked up the win, allowing one hit and one walk with six strikeouts in five innings of work.
At the plate, DeLisle led the way, going 3-for-4. Casey Farmer and Beth St. Mary were both 2-for-4.
NMCC 8, Caruthersville 2
NEW MADRID -- New Madrid County Central's baseball team won its season opener on Tuesday, beating Caruthersville 8-2 in six innings.
"We were just glad to get it in," said NMCC coach John Jones. "The weather was kind of frightening at times."
Ben Stricklin pitched the first four innings for the Eagles, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks. He recorded three strikeouts.
Jordan Kimball threw the final two innings, giving up no runs, no hits and no walks with four strikeouts.
"(Stricklin) had some first-game jitters," explained Jones. "He walked the first two batters he faced. He was able to settle down and relax, and we almost played error-free baseball from there."
Offensively, Jacob May was 2-for-4 with two runs scored. He led off with a single, setting the tone for the game.
Ben Pyles was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and a run. Other hits came from Kimball, Chris Nance, Josh King, Zack Kribbs, Stricklin, Luke St. Mary and Jeffrey Hunter.
"Jacob May got on base in the first inning and it started from there," said Jones. "The kids were focused and communicated real well. It was a total team effort."
Caruthersville's Jeff Fullhart was charged with the loss. NMCC (1-0) will host Scott City next Monday at 4 p.m.
Charleston 6, Poplar Bluff 0
POPLAR BLUFF -- Charleston's tennis team beat Poplar Bluff 6-0 on Tuesday, in a match shortened by rain.
"It was a good first match for us," said Charleston head coach Mitch Baker. "I was very proud of how we played, considering how windy it was. We handled the conditions real well."
In varsity singles, Alec Peterson steam rolled Bluff's Yosaf Hadierzad 8-0. Derek Hoppe downed Bluff's Andrew Harper 8-3, and Jake Gerrard blanked Bluff's Jon Wycick 8-0.
In doubles, Peterson and Kyle Kemp defeated Drew Schuermann and Spencer Pilan 8-1. Blake Branum and Lee Hess beat Hadierzad and Chad Reed 8-1, then Gerrard and Hoppe defeated Josh Glidewell and Jerad Killpack 8-0.
"I think we're improved over the last few years," said Baker. "We're still young, but I think we've got a good chance of having a good year."
In the only junior varsity match of the day, Charleston's Drew Kemp defeated Ben Nunnery 6-1.
Charleston (1-0) will be back in action on Thursday, playing at Kennett.