Ladybirds take title at inaugural Pinto Invitational

Contributed photo: The Mid-Missouri Hornets 13-and-under baseball team won the Cowhide Classic Tournament from April 14-17 at Twin Oaks Sports Complex in Columbia. Team members are (left to right): front row — Frankie Falotico, Austin Herigon, Wyatt McDowell, Avery Jennings and Luke Knipp, and back row — coach Neal Steffens, Trevor Crisp, Kalin Mitchell, Jake Hammerstone, Chance Cumpton, Ethan Hickey, Tristan Steffens and coach Falotico.

Contributed photo: The Mid-Missouri Hornets 13-and-under baseball team won the Cowhide Classic Tournament from April 14-17 at Twin Oaks Sports Complex in Columbia. Team members are (left to right): front row — Frankie Falotico, Austin Herigon, Wyatt McDowell, Avery Jennings and Luke Knipp, and back row — coach Neal Steffens, Trevor Crisp, Kalin Mitchell, Jake Hammerstone, Chance Cumpton, Ethan Hickey, Tristan Steffens and coach Falotico.

Aisha Lindsey broke a 13-year-old school record by taking first place in the 100 meters Tuesday, helping steer the North Callaway girls’ track and field team to the championship at the first-ever California Pinto Invitational.

Lindsey prevailed in the 100 with a record time of 12.47 seconds, eclipsing the previous North Callaway mark of :12.6 set by Melodi Carter in 1998. The Ladybirds secured the team championship with 122.5 points on Tuesday.

In the boys’ division, Tylar Walker was victorious in the 300 hurdles (:43.74) and the Thunderbirds’ 3,200 relay of Andrew Attebery, Cullen Hudson, Ethan Watring and Jacob Haubner posted a first-place time of 9:04.37. North Callaway came in fourth overall with 115 points.

Lindsey was part of the Ladybirds’ 400 and 800 relays — along with Meagan Thurman, Kelsey West and Marena Penn — that triumphed with respective times of :51.93 and 1:51.09. Lindsey also took second in the long jump with a leap of 16 feet, 4 inches.

The North Callaway girls were also led by Jaida Gray, who won the 800 in 2:41.08 and finished second in the 1,600 in 5:58.09.

Other top place-finishers for the Ladybirds included Thurman, second in the 200 (:27.21) and fourth in the long jump (14-7 1/2); Jordan Gray, third in both the 1,600 (6:13.95) and 3,200 (13:30.53); Kelsey West, fourth in the 100 (:13.69); Morgan Brown Emmons, fourth in the discus (82-8); Maddie Sorell, fourth in the shot put (30-5); Baylie Borman, fifth in both the 100 hurdles (:18.99) and 300 hurdles (:55.18);

Penn, fifth in the 400 (1:07.7); the 1,600 relay of Kelsey West, Penn, Borman and Jaida Gray, fifth in 4:33.9; Kelsey Coil, sixth in the shot put (28-1 1/2); Michaela Crawford, sixth in the high jump (4-4), seventh in the 100 hurdles (:21.29) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (1:01.37), and Makenlea Jones, seventh in the high jump (4-4).

Among the leading finishers for the North Callaway boys were Attebery, second in the 800 (2:16.34); Grant Hague, second in the 300 hurdles (:44.09) and fourth in the long jump (18-4); Jimmy Craighead, second in the shot put (41-6 1/2); the 800 relay of Taylor West, Jared Graves, Austin Castle and David Jones, second in 1:36.77; Will Vore, fourth in the 110 hurdles (:18.47) and sixth in the high jump (5-2);

Graves, fourth in the 200 (:25.19) and fifth in the high jump (5-10); Hudson, fourth in the 1,600 (5:19.18) and fifth in the 800 (2:22.91); Zac Eads, fourth in the discus (106-2); the 400 relay of Taylor West, Graves, Castle and Anthony Moses, fourth in :46.89; the 1,600 relay of Attebery, Castle, Hague and Watring, fourth in 3:42.94;

Taylor West, sixth in the 100 (:11.93); Adam Crawford, sixth in the 1,600 (5:25.52); Moses, seventh in both the 100 (:11.94) and long jump (17-10 1/2); Jones, seventh in both the 200 (:25.78) and 400 (:56.97); Kyle Seiling, seventh in the triple jump (36-9 1/2), and Ryan Tarrants, eighth in the discus (96-1).

Both North Callaway teams compete in the Mid-Missouri Conference championships at 4 p.m. Monday.

Carrier, Wildcats finish

third at Hallsville meet

HALLSVILLE — Colton Carrier set a school record by winning the triple jump Tuesday as the New Bloomfield boys finished third in a triangular with Hallsville and Harrisburg.

Carrier established a school mark with his first-place distance of 38 feet, 10 inches, in the triple jump as the Wildcats totalled 20 points. He also came in second in both the 100 and 400 meters with respective times of 12.04 seconds and 57 seconds, and took third in the 200 in :25.84.

In the girls’ division, Ashtin Withers triumphed in the 800 in 2:35.22 as New Bloomfield came in third overall with 21 points. Withers also finished fourth in the 200 (:31.95) and fifth in the long jump (13-1).

Tyler Spurgeon took second in the 800 (2:25.33) and third in the 1,600 (personal-best 5:31.62) for the New Bloomfield boys. Nick Spurgeon placed third in the 3,200 (12:26).

Among the top place-finishers for the New Bloomfield girls were Chelsea Wiler, third in the 100 hurdles (:18.17), 300 hurdles (:56.50) and triple jump (29-8 1/2), and fourth in the long jump (13-4); Christina Mackey, second in the discus (98-5 3/4) and third in the shot put (30-10 1/2); Gwyna Gray, third in the 1,600 (6:35.12) and fourth in the 800 (personal-best 2:56.65), and Toni Schafer, fourth in the 100 (:18.61).

Both New Bloomfield teams compete in the South Callaway Relays at 4 p.m. Friday.

William Woods baseball.........7...10

Park University......................10....9

Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Sweet’s two-out, walk-off RBI single punctuated the Owls’ five-run comeback in the bottom of the seventh inning in the nightcap of Tuesday’s AMC doubleheader.

In the first game at Owls Field, William Woods committed two of its four errors in the fourth as Park put up six runs in the inning to take the lead for good.

The two teams were finally able to complete their weather-delayed series after splitting a doubleheader on Saturday. The Owls are now 30-15 overall and 17-7 in the American Midwest Conference, while the Pirates are 23-13 on the season and 12-12 in conference play.

William Woods trailed 9-5 going into the bottom of the seventh in the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader. Senior center fielder Stephen Thoenen’s one-out single to right-center scored senior third baseman Adam Wojciechowski to narrow the Owls’ deficit to three runs.

With two outs, sophomore left fielder Jacob Harrison — a Fulton graduate — dropped a triple into deep right to bring in senior second baseman Brady Farrington and Thoenen to make it 9-8. Harrison then raced home on a passed ball to tie the game.

After senior right fielder LJ Watson and junior first baseman Derek McCawley drew consecutive walks, Sweet singled into shallow left and Watson scored from second with the decisive run to cap off William Woods’ remarkable rally.

Sweet went 2-for-4 with two runs scored as the Owls ended up with eight hits. Junior shortstop Blake Wilson was 2-for-4 with a two-run single in the first. Thoenen finished 1-for-2 and was also credited with an RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the first.

Senior reliever Alex Cann — the last of eight William Woods pitchers — threw a perfect seventh to log the victory. Cann struck out one while raising his season record to 4-0.

The Owls took a 2-0 lead in the second game on McCawley’s RBI groundout and freshman designated hitter Matt Thomas’ RBI single in the first inning. Park got a run back in the top of the third, but William Woods answered with three runs in the bottom of the inning to build a 5-1 lead.

Thomas doubled to deep right-center to score Watson with the Owls’ first run of the inning and McCawley eventually came home on an infield error by the Pirates. Thomas then scored on Wilson’s single to shallow left.

However, William Woods’ seemingly comfortable advantage swiftly vanished when Park broke out for six runs in the top of the fourth to go in front 7-5. The Owls added a run in the bottom of the inning on Watson’s sacrifice fly, but the Pirates tallied two runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to extend their lead to 10-6.

William Woods produced its final run in the seventh on Thomas’ sacrifice fly.

Thomas went 2-for-3 with his three RBI and a run scored as the Owls collected 11 hits, while Wilson was also 2-for-3 with an RBI. Harrison and freshman catcher Derek Fletcher were each 2-for-4 and both scored a run.

Senior Jake Motta, the second of six pitchers used by William Woods, suffered the loss. Motta (3-2) recorded just one out in the fourth while giving up four runs — only one earned — on two hits.

On Monday, McCawley was named AMC player of the week for April 18-24. A Phoenix native, he hit .462 (6-for-13) with four doubles and three RBI in four conference games last week.

The Owls, winners of seven of their last nine, closed out the regular season with a home game against NCAA Division II Lincoln University on Wednesday night. Results were not available at press time.

Based on its second-place conference finish during the regular season, William Woods has drawn the second seed for the AMC postseason tournament starting Friday at top-seeded Missouri Baptist University in St. Louis.

The Owls face No. 3 seed McKendree (Ill.) University at noon Friday. William Woods won all four games against McKendree during the regular season.

Otto, Schulte named

NCSA All-Americans

William Woods University men’s basketball player Adam Otto and softball player Kelsey Schulte have been singled out as NSCA All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year.

Otto — a junior forward on the Owls basketball team — was selected for the honor by William Woods head strength and conditioning coach Robert Jones.

“Adam is one of the hardest workers I’ve had at William Woods,” Jones said. “He had to overcome a back injury which caused him to miss his sophomore season. The injury caused Adam to work harder and use the strength and conditioning program to get back on the court and play all out.

“He is so dedicated; he will work out three to four times a week during the season.”

Schulte, a junior outfielder-pitcher on the Lady Owls softball team, was also chosen for the award by Jones.

“Kelsey sets the standard for the hardest-working women’s team we have at William Woods,” Jones said. “She had to overcome tendinitis her freshman year and has been getting stronger and more conditioned each year.

“We are expecting great things from her this year. She will be an even greater leader in and out of the weight room next year because of her work ethic.”

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