Bulldogs, T-Birds achieve all-MMC football status

It was a dandy dozen for both the South Callaway Bulldogs and North Callaway Thunderbirds.

South Callaway seniors Will Brandt and Bryan Lechner were both two-way, first-team picks on offense and defense as the Bulldogs placed 12 players on the 2010 all-Mid-Missouri Conference football team.

North Callaway — led by senior quarterback Tylar Walker, who shared first-team offensive honors with South Callaway sophomore counterpart Jason Kimminau — also had 12 players singled out for all-MMC status.

Brandt and Lechner were first-team choices at wide receiver and wingback-flanker, respectively, on offense as the Bulldogs captured their first-ever MMC championship. The pair were joined in the secondary on the first-team defense by junior teammate Ben Seitz.

Also named to the first-team offense from South Callaway were junior running back T.J. Buchholz and senior lineman Ethan Martin. Making the second-team offense for the Bulldogs were a trio of linemen — seniors Brandon Glascock and Nick Trammell, and sophomore Michael Payne.

Joining Brandt and Lechner on the first-team defense from South Callaway was junior linebacker Hunter Leeper. Rounding out the second-team defensive picks for the Bulldogs were Buchholz at linebacker and two linemen, junior Mitch Williams and sophomore Dylan Atterberry.

In addition to Walker, first-team offensive selections from North Callaway included junior lineman Jimmy Craighead and senior kicker Andrew Attebery. Named to the second-team offense for the Thunderbirds were junior wide receiver Jared Graves and junior lineman Justin Jennings.

North Callaway players chosen to the first-team defense included junior lineman Ty Webster, senior linebacker Jacob Henricks and senior punter Jordan Wybrandt. Second-team defensive choices for the Thunderbirds were junior linebacker Austin Clark and a threesome in the secondary — seniors Shawn Blackston, Zak Kee and Taylor West.

South Callaway finished the season with a school-best 10-2 record and reached the state playoffs for the third straight year. The Bulldogs bowed at Mark Twain 28-6 in a Class 2 sectional on Nov. 8.

North Callaway ended the season at 6-5 and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2004. The Thunderbirds lost at Bowling Green 27-7 in a Class 3 regional on Nov. 3.

South Callaway basketball (VB)...44

Van-Far.........................................37

MOKANE — Senior guard Bryan Lechner produced a game-high 15 points Tuesday night as the Bulldogs prevailed in their season opener under new head coach Tony Brandt.

Senior guard Will Brandt came up with 12 of his 14 points in the second half for South Callaway, which connected on just 10-of-20 free throws overall.

“I was hoping that we could be a little more offensive-minded,” Tony Brandt said. “That will take some time, but we’ll get there. (The players) are learning me and I’m learning them.

“To get a win while still getting some of the kinks out, that’s a good thing.”

The Bulldogs extended a 19-15 halftime lead by outscoring Van-Far 16-6 in the third quarter, opening up a 35-21 advantage.

“We were trying to put in a halfcourt trap and a match-up zone (defense), and we found a group in the third quarter that could do that,” Tony Brandt said. “We forced some turnovers and made some baskets in transition.”

Bryan Kurz delivered a team-high 14 points to pace three players in double figures for the Indians, who closed the gap in the fourth quarter by outscoring the Bulldogs 16-9. Ryan Nelson added 12 points and Anthony Connor finished with 10.

South Callaway plays at Linn at 6 p.m. Monday.

Van-Far.........................................38

South Callaway basketball (VG)...34

MOKANE — The Lady Bulldogs were sunk by a 13-minute scoreless funk in the first half of their loss to the Lady Indians in Tuesday night’s season opener.

South Callaway raced to a 10-2 lead 3 minutes into the game, but then went without any points for the duration of the first half. Van-Far trailed 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but outscored the Lady Bulldogs 11-0 in the second quarter and went into halftime with an 18-10 advantage.

“We came out on fire, but then we just went cold,” South Callaway head coach Doug Sain said. “(Van-Far) is big and we’re small. We were quick and had good looks at the basket early on, but then we got into a halfcourt, drag-it-out game.

“We couldn’t knock down our shots and we weren’t able to run.”

The Lady Bulldogs outscored the Lady Indians 11-9 in the third quarter to close within 27-21 and then took a lead with about 1:30 left in the game. South Callaway fell behind but missed a potential game-tying shot with :10 to pay.

Van-Far then hit two free throws to clinch the victory.

Freshman guard Taylor Howard responded with a team-high 15 points and made two of the Lady Bulldogs’ five 3-pointers. Sophomore guard Mackenzie Sconce contributed six points.

South Callaway will have to develop other scoring sources now that senior guard Mallory Trammell has been lost for the season. Trammell tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee earlier this month, just before the start of preseason practices.

“We lose all of Mallory’s talents, but now we have to rebuild and figure out new roles,” Sain said. “That’s our biggest challenge.”

Leah Johnson topped Van-Far with 15 points. The Lady Indians finished 15-of-27 from the free-throw line.

The Lady Bulldogs — drawing the sixth seed — face No. 3 Russellville at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, in the first round of the Eugene Tournament.

Central College............................83

Westminster basketball (W)........74

PELLA, Iowa — The Lady Blue Jays were up 38-37 at halftime Tuesday night, but shot a feeble 27 percent (10-of-37) in the second half to slip to 2-2.

While Westminster College’s shooting touch strayed over the final 20 minutes, Central College sizzled by making 14-of-22 shots (64 percent) during that span to take control for the nine-point win.

The Lady Blue Jays — who shot just 34 percent (25-of-73) for the game and had 22 turnovers — wasted a game-high 29-point effort from junior guard Rachel Backes, who hit 5-of-7 3 pointers.

Backes also pulled down a team-high five rebounds as Westminster was edged on the boards 38-34.

Alyssa Schwartz countered with 25 points to direct three players in double figures for the Dutch (3-1), who shot 61 percent (30-of-49) as a team and overcame 32 turnovers. Jordan Waddell also tallied 14 points and Kelsey Schuring chipped in with 10.

The Lady Blue Jays travel to Rolla on Saturday for a matchup against NCAA Division II Missouri S&T. Tipoff is 1 p.m.

Lady Hornets’ Braun earns

all-state softball recognition

Fulton senior Hannah Braun was recently named as a first-team outfielder on the 2010 Class 3 all-state softball team.

Braun, along with Fulton junior infielder Rachel Washington, was also an all-region and all-District 8 selection.

Picked to the all-District 8 squad from North Callaway were a pair of infielders — senior Mackenzie McGrath and junior Sarah LaPlante — and senior outfielder Meagan Thurman.

Three Lady Bulldogs make

all-region softball team

MOKANE — South Callaway junior pitcher Shannon Perrigo, freshman second baseman-catcher Karli Leeper and freshman third baseman Abby Bartley were recently selected for Class 2 all-region softball honors.

Perrigo was a first-team pick, while Leeper and Bartley were both second-team choices. All three players were also all-District 7 first-team honorees.

Earning all-District 7 second-team recognition from South Callaway were senior shortstop Emily Boulger, junior first baseman Shannon Smith and freshman third baseman-second baseman Bailey Ward. Senior left fielder Morgan Salmons was an honorable-mention selection.

FMS basketball (7th-8th/G).........30

Hannibal......................................24

NaShayla Brandt finished with a team-high 10 points Tuesday night as the host Lady Hornets raised their season record to 2-0.

Sloane Totta added nine points for Fulton Middle School, which owned a 17-6 halftime lead.

“I thought we had a great effort from everybody,” Lady Hornets coach TJ Quick said.

FMS travels to Moberly at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

FMS basketball (7th-8th/B)..........59

Hannibal......................................57

Sam Christensen connected for a team-high 21 points and the host Hornets picked up their first win of the season Tuesday night by outlasting the Pirates.

Christensen was one of three players to reach double figures for Fulton Middle School (1-1), which was in front 39-35 at halftime and 50-49 entering the fourth quarter. James Pittman also supplied 12 points and Ricky Dawson contributed 10, while Devin Gibson grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds.

“I liked the effort we put in just to hang in there,” Hornets coach Dick Keller said. “We played pretty good defense down the stretch after Hannibal caught up.”

FMS plays at Moberly at 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

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