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WWU tabs Meier to head tennis teams

William Woods has officially named Lauren Meier as the head coach of its men’s and women’s tennis teams. The school originally fielded a women’s squad from 1976-1999 while this will be the inaugural season for the men’s team. “She played a major role in building two successful programs at Georgia Gwinnett and I believe she can do the same here at William Woods,” William Woods director of athletics Jason Vittone said.

May signs letter to join Owls' baseball team

Pitcher-infielder Drew May recently inked a letter of intent to join the William Woods baseball team for the 2015 season. May — a St. Louis native — was a two-year letterman at (O’Fallon) Christian High School, where he led his team to back-to-back district titles, a sectional championship and a runner-up finish in Class 3 this past spring.

Multiple William Woods teams receive NAIA academic award

Nine William Woods University athletic teams recently earned NAIA Scholar-Team recognition. To be selected, a team must have a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale as defined by the respective institution. The team GPA includes all eligible varsity athletes. The following William Woods teams were honored: baseball, men’s soccer, softball, volleyball, women’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, and women’s soccer.

William Woods wins third straight AMC President’s Cup

The William Woods University athletic department recently claimed the American Midwest Conference President’s Cup for the third year in a row. The trophy is given to the conference’s all-sports champion. William Woods totaled 557.5 points out of a possible 660 to wrap up the honor. Park University finished second with 492.5 points, while Columbia College (470), Missouri Baptist University (420) and Freed-Hardeman University (375.5) rounded out the top five.

Rudroff to play in Missouri Lions All-Star Game on Saturday

South Callaway graduate Garner Rudroff will play the final game of his high school football career in the 38th-annual Missouri Lions All-Star Game on Saturday night in Warrensburg. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the University of Central Missouri’s Walton Stadium/Vernon Kennedy Field.

William Woods AD Vittone receives AMC’s top honor

William Woods University’s Jason Vittone has been named the 2013-14 American Midwest Conference athletic director of the year, the school announced Tuesday.

Carpenter family teams up to tackle Fulton Triathlon

Heather Vodnansky’s family was cheering her on as she participated in the Fulton Triathlon last year. Vodnansky’s family decided to get in on the act themselves. Vodnansky teamed with her father, Bruce Carpenter, and her sister, Allison, while their mother — Marta — supported the trio from the sidelines at the sixth-annual Fulton Triathlon on Saturday morning on the campus of Fulton High School. The threesome — known as “Carpenters’ Rallytime” — finished in 40th place with a final result of 59 minutes, 40 seconds.

McDaniel, Fry power Fins in meet

Mackenzie McDaniel and Hillary Fry picked up blue ribbons in all of their events to spur the Fulton Fins swim team in Wednesday night’s home meet against Boonville and Sedalia at Oestreich Municipal Pool.

Fry, McDaniel lead Fins in home meet

Hillary Fry and Mackenzie McDaniel won blue ribbons in all of their events for the Fulton Fins in their home meet July 2 at Oestreich Municipal Pool.

Fulton plans football camp starting July 14

Fulton head football coach Pat Kelley and his staff of assistants will conduct the second session of their summer camp starting Monday, July 14.

William Woods adding men's, women's tennis

The William Woods University athletics department is about to expand.

Trio win five events apiece to spark Fins

BOONVILLE — Kaylee English, Kaleigh Moore and Dominick Tharp each won all five of their events to guide the Fulton Fins swim team in last Wednesday night’s six-team event.

Owls' Taylor makes All-Nicklaus team

First WWU golfer to earn honor

William Woods University men’s golfer Julian Taylor has been selected to the 2014 All-Nicklaus team, the first player in the program’s history to receive the prestigious honor. The team — created in 2008 and named after Jack Nicklaus, the sport’s most successful player — recognizes standout competitors from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA for their outstanding play during the past collegiate season. Nicklaus, who won 18 major titles in the PGA, also captured a pair of U.S. Amateur championships and was an NCAA and Big Ten champion at the Ohio State University. Taylor — a York, England, native — capped off his junior season with the Owls by finishing 12th at the NAIA national championships in May. He won six tournaments and compiled an average score of 71.60 in 25 rounds. He is a three-time, first-team NAIA All-American, a three-time American Midwest Conference player of the year and winner of the 2012 Phil Mickelson Award, presented to the top freshman in the country.

Owls sign Missouri prep basketball player, transfer

William Woods University head coach Nick Totta recently announced the signing of Iberia graduate Darrien Dickey and junior-college transfer Darryin “DJ” Johnson to letters of intent for the 2014-15 season.

Owls' baseball team adds St. Joseph recruit

William Woods University head coach Darren Munns recently announced the signing of St. Joseph Bishop LeBlond graduate Patrick Dillon to a letter of intent for the 2015 season.

Lady Blue Jays’ Lutz receives nomination for NCAA honor

Recent Westminster College graduate Leigh Ann Lutz has been selected as the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.

Tia Bastian pockets five blue ribbons, guides Fins at Mexico meet

Tia Bastian captured blue ribbons in five events to direct the Fulton Fins swim team in Wednesday night’s meet against Mexico, Boonville and Centralia. The meet consisted of the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley and 25-, 50- and 100-meter freestyle relays.

Fulton High soccer teams to host World Cup viewing parties

The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Fulton High School will host a fan zone to watch the three scheduled games being played by the United States men’s soccer team at the World Cup in Brazil. The games will be shown on a large screen in the high school commons and fans of all ages are invited. The U.S. national team begins Group G play against Ghana at 5 p.m. on Monday. They’ll return to the pitch against Portugal at 5 p.m. on June 22 and will wrap up group competition against Germany at 11 a.m. on June 26.

Fins rack up blue ribbons at California swim meet

Five Fulton Fins swimmers collected a blue ribbon in every event they competed at their season-opening swim meet on June 4 in California. The feat was accomplished by Tia Bastian, Hillary Fry, Kaleigh Moore, Mackenzie McDaniel and Dominick Tharp.

Lady Owls’ Bowden named a second-team NAIA All-American in softball

William Woods senior pitcher MacKenzie Bowden picked up another honor for her strong final season as she was named to her first NAIA All-America team. Bowden — a second-team selection — finished the season 20-9 overall with a 1.23 ERA and 275 strikeouts in 182 innings of work. The ERA, win and strikeout totals were new career highs for Bowden, who picked up American Midwest Conference Pitcher of the Year honors for the second time in her career.

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