William Woods will be host school, receive automatic berth in 2015 and '16
William Woods University women’s head basketball coach Dan Chapla has guided the Lady Owls to the national tournament in each of his six seasons at the school.
Gaines wins 3,200, Hornets take second at Bowling Green meet
Junior Grant Gaines provided Fulton with its only victory by prevailing in the 3,200 meters, but it was enough to help spur the Hornets to a second-place team finish at the Bowling Green Mini Medal meet Tuesday. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington, and sophomore Madi Tobias each won events as Fulton came in third overall. Gaines triumphed in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 57 seconds. He was part of Fulton’s 3,200 relay — along with freshman Tanner Steffen, sophomore Luke Lohmeyer and junior Ian Shoemaker — that took third in 9:51.
Echelmeier, Hornets top Marshall 6-3
Fulton senior pitcher Tyler Echelmeier kept his team in the game with his arm, then used his bat to assure his team its fifth-straight victory. Echelmeier drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning as the Hornets topped the Marshall Owls 6-3 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night at the high school athletic complex.
Blue Jays' offense erupts in SLIAC wins over Eureka
EUREKA, Ill. — The Westminster offense kicked it into high gear and closed out its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against the Red Devils in style. The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits as they blasted Eureka 15-2 in seven innings to close out the conference set on Sunday. Westminster (11-6, 5-4) split a doubleheader with the Red Devils on Saturday, prevailing in the nightcap 16-5 while dropping the opening game 4-3.
Lady Owls move win streak to eight games
The dominance of the William Woods University Lady Owls pitching staff continued, even if its scoreless stretch was stopped. Senior MacKenzie Bowden threw a perfect game in sparking William Woods to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University in the opener of Saturday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader at Backer Sports Complex. Bowden (14-7) struck out 12 on 71 pitches in her outing as she remained a perfect 5-0 in AMC starts with a 0.00 earned-run average
Dews directs Hornets to fifth-place finish at Fayette Relays
Fulton freshman Brandon Dews took second place in both the boys’ 800 and 1,600 meters Friday night, helping steer the Hornets to a fifth-place team finish at the Fayette Relays.
RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Garner Rudroff and juniors Mason Shoemaker and Terry Miles each won two events Monday to steer the South Callaway Bulldogs to the boys’ team title at the Russellville Open.
Owls, Lady Owls golf teams march to WWU Spring Invite titles
The William Woods University men’s and women’s golf teams logged their third and fourth straight wins, respectively, when they swept the championships at their own Spring Invitational on Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course.
T-Birds whip Wellsville 12-2 in EMO opener
Freshman right fielder Wyatt Branson was a perfect 2-for-2 with five driven in as North Callaway pulled away from Wellsville Tigers 12-2 in five innings to take its Eastern Missouri Conference opener on Tuesday. Thunderbirds senior starter Tanner Murphy allowed two runs on three of the Tigers’ four total hits in the top of the first inning. North Callaway (2-1, 0-1) saw its first two batters retired in the bottom of the inning before senior shorstop Chance Kee and junior center fielder Brandon Hagedorn strung together back-to-back singles. Branson drove both them in with a two-run single to tie the game at 2-all. Branson scored when junior catcher Michael Early reached base on an error at third base and junior first baseman Paul Zerr tallied the final North Callaway run of the frame on a single by junior third baseman Trevor Crisp.
Owls offense keys league win over Park
The Owls pounded out 15 hits as a team in easily dispatching the Pirates 12-4 in American Midwest Conference play at home on Tuesday afternoon. Park logged one run in the top of the first off of William Woods senior starter Bubba Bradshaw, but the Owls erased that deficit three at-bats into their half of the first. Senior shortstop Sam Moon was hit by a pitch to lead off the game then moved to second when junior center fielder Cody Stewart reached base via a bunt single. Moon and Stewart scored on a triple to center field by senior first baseman Matt Thomas to go on top by a run. Thomas would score on redshirt junior designated hitter Dustin Kremer’s two-out single to right to make it a 3-1 Owls’ advantage.
Lady Blue Jays drop 2-of-3 in SLIAC series to Greenville
Greenville blitzed Westminster for 10 runs in the second inning to down the Lady Blue Jays 14-2 in five innings of the second game of a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday. Westminster fell in the day’s first game 6-1. The Lady Blue Jays (7-7, 4-2) got a scoreless bottom of the first inning from freshman starter Alyson Hahn, but Greenville pitcher Becca Oldham roped a two-run homer to right field. The Lady Panthers (13-5, 6-0) tacked on eight more that frame and totaling six of their 10 hits.
Books, Hornets surge late to top Tolton 7-4
Fulton senior designated hitter Paul Books’ two-run double to right field provided the game-winning tallies as the Hornets rallied for a 7-4 win over the Father Tolton Blazers on Monday. Fulton (4-2) trailed by two runs with one out in the seventh when freshman second baseman Devin Masek reached base on a single. Senior shortstop Dalton Horstmeier was hit by a pitch and a single by senior center fielder Kory Masek scored Devin Masek to cut the Hornets’ deficit to 4-3.
Owls drop series finale to Lyon; win streak ends at four
The William Woods University Owls baseball team had its winning streak stopped at four games after Lyon (Ark.) College salvaged the finale of the three-game AMC series with an 8-4 win Saturday at Owls Field. William Woods — which swept Friday’s doubleheader — is now 21-7 overall and 9-5 in the American Midwest Conference. The Owls have won eight of their last 10.
Horstmeier, Hornets stifle Marshall
Fulton senior pitcher Dalton Horstmeier struck out 12 in a complete-game, one-hit effort as the Hornets shut out the Marshall Owls 3-0 in North Central Missouri Conference play Friday night. Horstmeier — making his first start of the season — walked three and finished 1-for-4 at the plate as the Hornets (3-2, 1-1 NCMC) ended a two-game skid. “He was very dominant tonight,” Fulton head coach Darren Masek said. “He had good command of his fastball and was able to control his curveball.”
Scherder chosen as honorable-mention All-American
William Woods University senior guard Katie Scherder was recognized as an honorable-mention NAIA Division I All-American on Tuesday. Scherder is William Woods’ seventh All-American in program history and the fourth in the six-year tenure of head coach Dan Chapla.
Eleven Callaway County players — seven girls and four boys — were named to the 2014 all-district basketball teams announced Wednesday by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s Central District.
Hornets fall to Boonville in NCMC opener
Fulton committed three errors and gave up 10 stolen bases to Boonville as the Hornets dropped their North Central Missouri Conference opener to the Pirates 7-4 on Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.
Kemper, Hanger spark Bulldogs to win in opener
South Callaway senior pitcher Smith Kemper drove in three runs and junior center fielder Cory Hanger hit a two-run home run as the Bulldogs opened their season under new head coach Heath Lepper by downing Centralia 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Blue Jays take 2-of-3 in weekend series with Blackburn
The Blue Jays came up short in their attempted series sweep of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Blackburn Beavers as they fell 12-2 on Sunday afternoon at Saucier Field. Westminster (8-3, 2-1) did all its scoring in the bottom of the first inning with RBI singles from sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes and senior shortstop Danton Hughes. The Beavers (1-14, 1-5) tied the game at 2-all by plating a pair of runs off of Blue Jays freshman starter Jake Lund in the top of the third. Blackburn took the lead with a run in the fifth, added one more in the sixth, tacked on three in the sixth and five in the seventh to pad its advantage.
Hornets beat Battle, toppled by T-Birds
Fulton toppled Battle High School Spartans 9-7 on Monday at the high school athletic complex. The Hornets bowed in their second game of the day to the Thunderbirds 3-2 in Kingdom City.