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T-Birds’ Latham collects MMC medalist honors

Kyle Latham has undergone quite a transformation on the golf course in a year’s time.

Latham shot a 78 to collect medalist honors Tuesday as the North Callaway Thunderbirds finished second in the Mid-Missouri Conference boys’ golf championships at Tanglewood Golf Course in Fulton.

Latham carded a 38 on the front nine and a 40 on the back nine to pace North Callaway.

“I know Kyle’s very, very excited about where he’s going with his golf game,” Thunderbirds head coach Jason Smith said. “He went from being our sixth man last year to being our legitimate No. 1 golfer.

“That says a lot about how dedicated he is. This is a signature win for him and all the work he put in to get there.”

Gary Wathen also earned all-MMC honors for North Callaway, shooting an 88 to take fifth place among individuals. The Thunderbirds compiled a 368 total to come in behind team champion Southern Boone (350).

Alan Westling added a 97 for North Callaway, while Kalyn Meyer supplied a 105.

Hallsville took third in the team standings with a 403, while Harrisburg was fourth (442) and South Callaway finished fifth (516).

Austin Combs led South Callaway with a 110, Michael Payne contributed a 121, Seth Jennings chipped in with a 142 and Miranda Adams was a shot back with a 143.

North Callaway competes in the Class 2, District 3 championships at Norwoods Golf Course in Hannibal at 9 this morning. The District 3 field includes Bowling Green, Centralia, Clark County, Hallsville, Highland, Macon, Missouri Military Academy, Monroe City, Montgomery County and Palmyra.

“I really like where we’re headed; we have a group of kids who are pretty dedicated to their golf game,” Smith said. “The biggest thing we have to do is not get ourselves overly worked up or nervous.

“We have to play calm, level-headed golf. We need to play every hole as a match within itself.”

South Callaway travels to Eagle Knoll Golf Course in Hartsburg for the Class 2, District 4 championships at 9 this morning. The District 4 championships include California, Cuba, Dixon, Eugene, Fatima, Hermann, Southern Boone, St. James, Steelville and Versailles.

Meanwhile, Fulton competes in the Class 3, District 5 championships at the Clinton Country Club at 8:30 this morning. The tournament field includes Bolivar, Boonville, Buffalo, Clinton, Eldon, Jefferson City Helias, Marshfield, Nevada and School of the Osage.

New Bloomfield goes to Boonville to compete in the Class 1, District 3 championships at Hail Ridge Golf Course at 9 this morning. The District 3 championships include Community, Elsberry, Fayette, Glasgow, Harrisburg, Louisiana, Paris, Silex, Sturgeon and Van-Far.

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The host Hornets swept singles play Tuesday night to pull themselves above the .500 mark with their NCMC win over the rival Bulldogs.

With the victory, Fulton improved to 7-6 overall and 4-3 in the North Central Missouri Conference.

“We got the win, but we didn’t play all that well,” Hornets head coach Louis Schnoebelen said. “We need to sharpen up a little bit.”

Here are Tuesday night’s singles and doubles results:

•No. 1 singles: sophomore Josh Hurt (F) defeated Andy Weber (M) 10-5; No. 2: senior Kody Renner (F) def. Jonah McKeown (M) 10-5; No. 3: senior Sean Flynn (F) def. Patrick Muckerman (M) 10-2; No. 4: sophomore Scott Strough (F) def. John Murphy (M) 10-0; No. 5: sophomore Trevor Steinbeck (F) def. Ron Case (M) 10-4; No. 6: sophomore Phillip Barkho (F) def. Sean Muckerman (M) 10-7.

•No. 1 doubles: J. Hurt/Flynn (F) def. Weber/McKeown (M) 10-8; No. 2: Renner/Barkho (F) def. P. Muckerman/S. Muckerman (M) 10-4; No. 3: Strough/Steinbeck (F) def. Murphy/Case (M) 10-6; No. 4: Nick Jones/Dalton Wilson (M) def. junior Ryan Baysinger/senior John Barden (F) 10-7; No. 5: Michael Perll/Jose Hernandez (M) def. junior Bradley Atkisson/junior Andrew Stukenborg (F) 10-4; No. 6: senior David Hurt/junior Dominque Patel (F) def. Josh Harlan/Andrew Wortmann (M) 10-7.

Fulton travels to Columbia to face Rock Bridge at 4 p.m. Thursday.

Lady Hornets’ soccer game

against Helias postponed

The Fulton girls’ soccer team’s scheduled home game against Jefferson City Helias on Tuesday night was postponed because of wet field conditions at Morgan Soccer Complex. The game will not be made up.

Fulton (11-2) — which has not played since winning its division of the Lady Spartan Invitational in Moberly on April 16 — travels to Kirksville for a North Central Missouri Conference matchup at 5 p.m. Thursday. The junior varsity game will be played first.

The Lady Hornets, 4-2 in the NCMC, defeated Kirksville 6-0 on April 4 in Fulton.

T-Birds, Bulldogs move

MMC baseball game again

The North Callaway and South Callaway baseball teams — rained out of their Mid-Missouri Conference contest on Monday night — have pushed the game back from tonight to Friday.

The Thunderbirds were scheduled to make up the championship of the Montgomery County Tournament against Winfield on Friday, but Winfield backed out of the game because of scheduling conflicts. It will not be made up.

North Callaway and South Callaway will now play a varsity-junior varsity doubleheader at Auxvasse at 5 p.m. Friday. The unbeaten Thunderbirds — tied with Oak Grove for No. 10 in Class 3 by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association — have already clinched a share of the MMC title.

Blue Jays’ Jett receives

SLIAC hitting recognition

Westminster College’s Andrew Jett has been named the Diamond Sports St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference baseball hitter of the week for April 18-24.

Jett — a 6-foot-1 senior first baseman from Owensville — hit .555 (5-for-9) with two doubles, four runs batted in and four runs scored in four SLIAC games last week. He went 2-for-3 in the Blue Jays’ 7-4 loss to Webster University on April 20.

In a 14-1 romp over Blackburn (Ill.) College last Friday night in Fulton, Jett doubled, had a sacrifice and drove in three runs. He then helped the Blue Jays sweep a doubleheader against Blackburn on Saturday with two hits — including a double — and an RBI.

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