Branson High School junior Reagan Ulrich made history at Thursday’s Central Ozark Conference Meet in Willard, setting a meet record in winning the pole vault.
Ulrich cleared 16 feet in the event, a full 18 inches better than the runner-up finisher, and claiming one of three individual titles for the Pirates at the competition.
Britt Pierce won the high jump, clearing 6 feet, 5 inches, and freshman Colsen Conway won the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in 15.84 seconds.
Those titles led Branson to a sixth-place team finish at the meet. Joplin claimed the team title.
Ozark won the girls’ team championship at the conference meet, and Branson finished eighth.
BIG 8 CONFERENCE TRACK
Hollister High School’s girls’ track team claimed two event titles at the Big 8 Conference Championships on Thursday in Mt. Vernon.
Emily Young won the triple jump, with a best distance of 35 feet, 2.5 inches in the finals, and the team’s 4x800 relay team also took first place.
The foursome of Craigon Bradley, Alexia Hackman, Kyla McClintock and Nicholas Huston finished in a time of 10:36.11.
Reeds Spring’s Paige Rantz cleared 10 feet, 6 inches, in winning the pole vault.
On the boys’ side, Reeds Spring’s 4x100 relay team of Matthew Allison, Troy Froeschle, Evan Gross and Nicholas Huston finished in 45.06 seconds to claim the Big 8 title.
A strong pitching performance went to waste for the Pirates on Thursday night in a 1-0 loss to Carl Junction.
Ryan Leonard struck out six and gave up one unearned run in six innings.
That was enough for the Bulldogs.
Branson finished with four hits – all singles.
The Pirates (6-17) were scheduled to host Carthage for Senior Day on Tuesday before opening the postseason with a game against Ozark on Saturday at Springfield Parkview.
BRANSON GIRLS SOCCER
Molly Duncan scored off an assist from Brooke Hunn, and Grace Dean recorded the shutout as the Lady Pirates claimed a 1-0 victory over Carl Junction on Thursday night.
Branson improved to 7-12-1 overall, going into a Tuesday night game against Willard to close out the regular season. The Lady Pirates will open Class 4 District 9 Tournament play against Springfield Kickapoo on May 14.
The Tigers opened play in the round-robin Forsyth Tournament with a 12-2 victory over Billings on Saturday.
Hollister (13-9) extended its winning streak to three, and was scheduled to play Forsyth on Monday and Strafford on Tuesday before opening district play against Bolivar at 1 p.m. Saturday.
C OF O BASEBALL
The Bobcats were eliminated from the Association of Independent Institutions Tournament with a 17-0 loss to Fisher College on Sunday in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
Fisher starter Johann Doerrer took a one-hitter into the ninth inning, and C of O put two runners on, with Max Pulley and Kyle Abrahamson delivering back-to-back singles. But Doerrer retired the next two hitters to finish the shutout.
C of O opened the A.I.I. Tournament with a 7-4 loss to Edward Waters College on Saturday morning.
The Bobcats scored three second-inning runs to take a 4-1 lead, on singles by Max Pulley, Kyle Abrahamson and Kay Kaufman. The Tigers answered with two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 7-4 lead.
C of O threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but couldn’t push any runs across.
Kaufman finished with two hits and two RBIs, and Pulley added one hit, two runs scored and an RBI.
The losses leave C of O’s record at 23-29 overall.