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T-Birds' rally falls short in District 8 semifinal loss to Hallsville

MONTGOMERY CITY — No. 2 seed Hallsville came up with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to trip the No. 3 North Callaway Thunderbirds 11-8 in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals Tuesday night.

Hornets close out season at individual District 7 boys' tennis tournament

Fulton freshmen James Hill and Dustin Lee posted a win at No. 2 doubles at the Class 1, District 7 individual tournament last Saturday at the high school athletic complex. Hill and Lee defeated Columbia Independent’s Mary Cleavenger and Bianca Micacka 6-2, 6-4 in the opening round. They’d fall to eventual district champions Tyler Hanson and Ethan Murphy of Kirksville by in consecutive 6-0 games.

Bulldog bats quiet in District 13 semifinal loss to Blair Oaks

Junior third baseman Troy Hentges supplied the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ only hit in their 2-1 Class 3, District 13 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Falcons on Monday. South Callaway ends its season at 17-6.

Wildcats’ Withers, Grace finish play at Class 1 state championships

New Bloomfield freshman Gannon Withers earned 42nd place, while senior Tyler Grace tied for 44th at the Class 1 boys’ golf championships on Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course. Withers collected a 43-over-par-185 (97-88). Grace finished a shot behind him, totaling a 44-over-par-186 (89-97) across two rounds to match Michael Hohne of Sacred Heart.

T-Birds’ Menard places 21st at Class 2 golf championships

North Callaway senior Justin Menard finished in a four-way tie for 21st place at the Class 2 boys’ golf championships at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Menard shot a 20-over-par-164 (85-79) to match the two-day totals of Barstow’s Thomas Dunn and Whitfield’s Chase Kinder and Colin Strege.

Hornets fall to Mexico in district semis

The Fulton Hornets collected more than enough hits in their Class 4, District 8 semifinal against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Unfortunately, none of those were the productive type Fulton would ultimately need. The third-seeded Hornets out-hit the No. 2 Bulldogs 13-3, but stranded seven baserunners in a season-ending 7-3 loss at Harley Park on Monday afternoon. Fulton — which throttled No. 6 seed Missouri Military Academy 21-3 in first-round play Saturday — ended its season with a 13-11 record.

North Callaway tops Wright City to advance to district semifinals

Junior starter Paul Zerr threw a four-hitter and struck out eight in the No. 3 seed Thunderbirds’ 7-2 first-round win over the No. 6 Wildcats at the Class 3, District 8 Tournament on Saturday night. Zerr allowed two unearned runs and walked two while raising his season record to 4-2. Helped by four North Callaway errors, Wright City (14-11) tallied both of their runs in the top of the second inning.

Tipton jolts Wildcats on walk-off home run in district semifinals

New Bloomfield senior reliever Ethan Massman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Tipton’s Dylan Tate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the No. 3 seed Wildcats’ 7-5 loss to the No. 2 Cardinals in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals Monday night. New Bloomfield — which made the semifinals after edging No. 6 seed New Haven 6-5 in eight innings on Saturday — finished its season at 9-13. Tipton (19-6) will play either top-seeded Linn or No. 4 Russellville for the District 8 title at 6 tonight.

North Callaway’s Coleman, Gray move on to Class 3 sectionals

MEXICO — Junior Steven Coleman and senior Jaida Gray were the Thunderbirds’ and Ladybirds’ only qualifiers for sectional competition at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.

Fulton advances to Class 3 sectionals in six events

MEXICO — Senior Hayley Tobias and junior Sam Christensen both advanced to sectionals in two events to guide the Lady Hornets and Hornets at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.

MSD’s Jones makes Class 1 championships in four events

ST. LOUIS — Senior Nick Jones will be returning to defend his state titles in the 100 and 200 meters after winning both events as the Eagles’ sole qualifier at Saturday’s Class 1, Sectional 1 championships.

South Callaway advances to state meet in 23 events

LINN — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams put on another sensational display in the lead-up to the showcase event.

No. 2 Owls golf team ties for third at NAIA national championships

Taylor shares 11th place, makes all-tourney team for third straight year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The William Woods University Owls golf team made a hard charge to establish another program milestone.

Hornets tennis team falls in District 7 first round

The No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets tennis team (4-18-1) tumbled to No. 4 Mexico in the first round of the Class 1, District 7 team tournament Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.

Harrisburg edges Wildcats with late run

HARRISBURG — New Bloomfield’s shaky pitching proved damaging when Harrisburg tallied the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to trip the Wildcats 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Extra-inning loss triggers Owls’ exit

Freshman reliever Ryan Schmidt gave up the winning run with two outs in the top of the 12th inning Tuesday as third-seeded William Woods’ season ended in a 6-5 loss to No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Owls — who forced extra innings when they tied the game at 5-all with a pair of runs in the eighth — finished their season with a 39-12 record.

Lady Owls’ last comeback cut short in wild elimination loss

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team finally ran out of rallies. Center fielder Amber Getty hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and third-seeded Davenport University resisted one last comeback attempt by No. 2 William Woods to oust the Lady Owls from the Davenport bracket with a wild 16-15 victory Tuesday in the NAIA Opening Round. The No. 19 Lady Owls — who used a stunning five-run rally in the seventh to send the game to extra innings — completed their season with a 40-17 record. William Woods, which started NAIA play with a 4-2 loss to host Davenport on Monday, had staved off elimination earlier Tuesday with a 9-1 win over No. 4 seed Huntington (Ind.) University.

Eight Fulton athletes earn all-NCMC track recognition

Senior Madison Washington topped the field in the girls’ shot put, the lone victory for Fulton at the North Central Missouri Conference championships last Friday. The Lady Hornets came in fifth overall with 52 points, while the Hornets were sixth in the boys’ division with 76. Kirksville and Hannibal secured the girls’ and boys’ team titles, respectively. Washington had a winning toss of 36 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the shot. Senior Hayley Tobias claimed all-NCMC recognition by taking second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.80 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (:49.8). Junior Sam Christensen took second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (:16.26) and third in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Sophomore Conner Foote came in second in the 400 in :53.1, while senior Tanner Eliuk was second in the discus with a heave of 138-6. Eliuk joined Foote and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk to claim third in the 1,600 relay in 3:36.7. The Hornets and Lady Hornets return to Mexico for the Class 3, District 4 championships at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Hammerstone ties for 34th at sectional meet

Fulton sophomore Jacob Hammerstone shot an 87 to finish in a tie for 34th place at the Class 3, Sectional 2 championships Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Course. Hammerstone — the Hornets’ only sectional qualifier — didn’t log the top-15 finish needed to qualify for next week’s Class 3 state championships. However, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley was pleased with what he saw from Hammerstone in his first season on the team.

Owls stymied by Southeastern (Fla.) in NAIA Opener

William Woods’ offense came alive just a little too late. The No. 3 seeded Owls collected 13 hits, but found themselves in a 10-run hole early on in falling to the No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University Fire 11-5 to begin play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round on Monday at Grizzly Baseball Complex. William Woods (39-11) will play the fourth-seeded Westmont (Calif.) Warriors in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. The Warriors (38-19) dropped their opener to the No. 5 University St. Francis (Ill.) Fighting Saints 2-1 on Monday. The winner between the Owls and Westmont continues its stay in the tournament against the Fighting Saints or top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett at 2:30 today.