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.
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.
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.
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 University’s Jason Vittone has been named the 2013-14 American Midwest Conference athletic director of the year, the school announced Tuesday.
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.
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.
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 head football coach Pat Kelley and his staff of assistants will conduct the second session of their summer camp starting Monday, July 14.
The William Woods University athletics department is about to expand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fulton High School head football coach Pat Kelley has scheduled a pair of free camps over the next two weeks for prospective players. Kelley and his coaching staff will conduct the camps — open to interested players entering grades 7-12 this fall — through Thursday and continue from June 9-12. Daily sessions will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the high school.