MOKANE — With the playoff pursuit officially underway, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are trying to stay one move ahead in order to advance.
KINGDOM CITY — For the North Callaway Thunderbirds, this rematch is not about revenge and has everything to do with self-preservation.
The fifth-seeded Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team’s season ended with a straight-set loss to No. 1 Boonville in the semifinals of the Class 3, District 9 Tournament on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton was eliminated by the Lady Pirates in a 25-16, 25-12 loss. The Lady Hornets finished the season with a 10-15-3 record. “Boonville is a tough team …” Fulton head coach Megan Youse said. “They’re strong offensively and we weren’t able to hit on the block. “They’re strong; they’re the strongest team here — in my opinion — and we had a hard time keeping up with them.” Senior middle hitter Hayley Tobias supplied two aces for the Lady Hornets, while junior outside hitter Madison Droeste had a team-leading four digs and senior libero Victoria Langley contributed three. Senior middle hitter Ashley Wallace came away with one block. Tuesday night’s setback ended Fulton’s quest for a fifth straight district championship. “I think playing under the big lights kind of got to them,” Youse said. “They weren’t mentally focused … and they made a lot of mental mistakes — being out of position, not knowing who our subs were, stuff we learned a long time ago.”
The William Woods University women’s basketball team — coming off its fifth straight national tournament appearance — was ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Division I preseason Top 25 poll released Monday.
District competition has brought out the best in the Fulton Lady Hornets thus far. The No. 4 seed Lady Hornets turned away the No. 5 Mexico Lady Bulldogs in straight sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-19 in the first round of the Class 3, District 9 tournament on Monday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton (10-15-3) will play top-seeded Boonville in semifinal action at 5:30 today. The Lady Hornets are seeking the program’s fourth-straight district championship.
The Blue Jays lost for a fifth-straight game, dropping their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game to Northwestern (Minn.) 36-21 on Saturday.
A combination of unlucky ball spots and tricky play-calling from the Marionville Comets did in the North Callaway Thunderbirds in their regular season finale. North Callaway came up short on fourth-and-inches three times and was outscored 22-6 in the second half of their 22-19 loss to Marionville on Friday night.
The Fulton Hornets are still alive. Head coach Pat Kelley takes solace in that fact. Even after losing his starting quarterback, even after dropping a fourth straight game to close out the regular season, Fulton has reached the point of the season where none of that seemingly matters. The Hornets — winners of four of their first five — dropped their fourth game in the last five tries in a 34-24 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Friday night at Robert E. Fisher Jr. Stadium.
State-ranked South Callaway’s defense was masterful again, this time muting Montgomery County’s high-powered offense and splintering the Wildcats’ unbeaten status. Junior safety Cory Hanger returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown with 27.9 seconds remaining Friday night and state-ranked South Callaway posted its fifth shutout of the season while handing Montgomery County its first loss 20-0.
Fulton senior Suzie Whitmar closed out her high school tennis career with a pair of losses at the Class 1 state singles championships Friday. Whitmar bowed to Villa Duchesne’s Brittany Green 6-1, 6-0 in the first round at the Cooper Tennis Complex. She was then eliminated in the consolation bracket, falling to Kennett’s Hadley Hilburn 6-4, 4-6 and 7-4.
Bad inning short-circuits Lady Bulldogs’ rally
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs showed some grit in scrambling back, but couldn’t survive a nightmarish inning in the Class 2 state softball championship game.
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Will face Bishop LeBlond in Class 2 championship Saturday morning
SPRINGFIELD — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs will get the chance to play for their first state softball title in school history after blanking Kelly 2-0 in the Class 2 semifinals Friday morning at the Killian Softball Complex.
Face Kelly in Class 2 semifinals this morning
South Callaway head softball coach David Odneal offers a couple of dream scenarios he is confident any of his players would eagerly embrace with a prime payoff at stake. South Callaway will be shooting for its first state softball title in school history when it makes its initial appearance in the Class 2 semifinals this morning in Springfield. The Lady Bulldogs (23-4) square off against the Kelly Lady Hawks (19-7) at 10 a.m. at the Killian Softball Complex.
South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo strongly emphasizes that his state-ranked Bulldogs haven’t concerned themselves with their positioning in the Class 2, District 6 standings.
These surges to end the season are becoming somewhat of the norm for head coach Mike Emmons and his North Callaway Thunderbirds football team. Early struggles giving way to the late triumphs aren’t too hard to explain, either. “There’s no doubt that we played really good competition early in the year, but there’s also the aspect that we’ve gotten better,” Emmons said Tuesday afternoon
Winning four of their first five and losing three of their last four has solidified the fact that the Fulton Hornets have yet to play their best game, according to head coach Pat Kelley. “We haven’t put back-to-back halves or games together where we’ve played good offense or defense at the same time,” Kelley said. “And if there’s a game to do it, this is the game to do it.”
PARKVILLE — Sophomore midfielder Jordan McNamara and junior forward Jamie Palermo both supplied goals Wednesday night to guide the William Woods University Lady Owls soccer team to a 2-0 AMC victory over Park University.
As of 6:30 Wednesday, the signal for the Columbia Fox station, KQFX, on DirecTV was turned on for the World Series game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox.
New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 96 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in 42nd place at the Class 1 girls’ golf state championship at Sedalia Country Club.