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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.

No. 19 Lady Owls downed by Davenport in NAIA play

The 19th-ranked William Woods softball team found itself struggling to manufacture runs against No. 22 Davenport on Monday. Now it finds itself in a “win or go home” scenario. The Lady Owls — the No. 2 seed in the Davenport (Mich.) Bracket — left six runners on and scattered four hits in a 4-2 loss to the third-seeded Lady Panthers in NAIA Opening Round competition at Farmers Athletic Complex. William Woods (39-16) will play No. 4 Huntington (Ind.) Lady Foresters an elimination game at 3 p.m. today. The Lady Forresters (31-22) fell to top-seeded Olivet Nazarene 15-10 in their Opening Round game on Monday.

North Callaway’s Menard qualifies for Class 2 boys' state golf tournament

Thunderbirds senior Justin Menard missed the Class 2 state tournament by one stroke in 2013. He’ll have no such problem this year. Menard shot an 11-over-par-83 to finish in ninth place at the Class 2, Sectional 2 tournament on Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course. With his performance, Menard earned a spot in the Class 2 boys’ golf championships, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar.

MSD’s Jones tallies four wins at District 1 track championships

Eagles senior Nick Jones advanced to sectional competition by winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters, along with the long jump Saturday in the Class 1, District 1 championships at Lutheran St. Charles High School.

South Callaway sweeps District 3 track titles

Senior Taylor Howard logged victories in the 100 and 400 meters, and pole vault Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to the Class 2, District 3 girls’ championship. In the boys’ division, senior Josh Brooks triumphed in the discus and shot put to help the Bulldogs complete a sweep of the District 3 titles.

‘Special’ senior class guides Owls into NAIA play

Third seed William Woods plays No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) on Monday in Georgia

William Woods University baseball coach Darren Munns’ assessment of his senior class might sound like hyperbole, but he stands by it. “I might do this for 50 years and not have a senior class as special as this one,” Munns said Friday afternoon during practice at Owls Field. “I really mean that.” William Woods’ five four-year players began their college careers with an American Midwest Conference tournament title and a bid to the opening round of the NAIA Tournament as freshmen in 2011. They’ve equalled that accomplishment in 2014, and will try to improve upon it Monday. Third-seeded William Woods (39-10) starts postseason play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket against No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University (44-14) at 1:30 p.m in the double-elimination format of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round

Arthaud, Kemper throttle Wildcats n Bulldogs' 13-0 rout

The New Bloomfield Wildcats’ lineup was at the mercy of South Callaway senior pitchers Gordon Arthaud and Smith Kemper. Arthaud and Kemper collaborated on a two-hit shutout and also combined to drive in four runs as South Callaway charged past New Bloomfield 13-0 in six innings in a Show-Me Conference matchup Friday night.

Westminster’s Branneky, Hughes earn all-SLIAC first-team baseball status

Junior third baseman Tyler Branneky and sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes were both first-team picks for the Blue Jays on the 2014 all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference squad announced Thursday.

T-Birds tumble to Hallsville in third-place game at Fulton Baseball Tournament

The Thunderbirds were plagued by four errors, resulting in four unearned runs, in falling to the Indians 9-5 in the third-place game of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament on Friday.

No. 19 Lady Owls ‘locked in,’ ready for NAIA opener

William Woods faces No. 22 Davenport on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan

There was no hard surface around for William Woods University softball coach Tracy Gastineau to strike in a superstitious manner. With her Lady Owls stretching just behind her before Wednesday’s practice at Backer Sports Complex, Gastineau repeatedly “knocked on wood” when speaking of her team’s health, its recent stretch of dominant play and the focus with which it’s been playing. No. 19 William Woods is the second seed in the Davenport bracket and will clash with host Davenport University — which is the third seed and ranked 22nd — in the NAIA Opening Round at noon Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mexico jolts Hornets on bizarre play, wins Fulton title

It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” type of play, according to Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek. Mexico junior shortstop Tyler Bracht made a heads-up scamper from third to home and beat the throw from second in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs tripped Fulton 3-2 in the championship of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament at the high school athletic complex on Friday night. “I looked down, I looked up and the guy was almost at home plate,” Masek said.

North Callaway squads finish fourth at EMO track championships

MONTGOMERY CITY — Sophomore Skylar Schmauch repeated as girls’ distance runner of the year Tuesday in steering the Ladybirds to a fourth-place team finish at the Eastern Missouri Conference championships.

No. 19 Lady Owls heading to Michigan for NAIA Opening Round

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team will be trekking north for its appearance in the NAIA Opening Round.

Wiler tosses no hitter as Wildcats overpower SMC foe St. Elizabeth

Junior starter Brady Wiler tossed a no-hitter and junior designated hitter Sam Niedergerke’s three-run home run punctuated a six-run third inning Tuesday night as the New Bloomfield Wildcats demolished SMC foe St. Elizabeth 11-0. New Bloomfield — improving to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the Show-Me Conference — put up two runs in the bottom of the first, tallied three more in the second and wrapped up its scoring in the third. The game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.

Hornets’ 1,600 medley team wins at Jefferson City meet

The junior varsity boys’ 1,600-meter medley team earned Fulton’s only first-place finish at the Jefferson City 9th- and 10th-grade All-Relays on Tuesday. The quartet of sophomores Andy Baysinger and Luke Lohmeyer and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk triumphed with a time of 3 minutes, 54 seconds.

Fulton boys' tennis falls in NCMC clash with Mexico

The Hornets bowed to the rival Bulldogs 9-3 in a North Central Missouri Conference clash Tuesday night.

South Callaway’s Parker, Rudroff qualify for golf sectionals

Freshman Blake Parker shared ninth place with an 83 and senior Garner Rudroff tied for 14th with an 86 to guide the Bulldogs at the Class 2, District 4 championships Monday at Redfield Golf Course. Parker and Rudroff will both move on to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.

North Callaway’s Menard moves on to sectional golf play

Senior Justin Menard shot an 86 and tied for sixth place for the Thunderbirds in Monday’s Class 2, District 3 championships at Innsbrook Golf Club. Menard will advance to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.

Crisp, Thunderbirds cruise by Van-Far in EMO baseball action

Junior third baseman Trevor Crisp had three hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times in sparking the Thunderbirds’ 14-4 EMO romp over the winless Indians on Tuesday night. After Van-Far plated three runs in the top of the second inning, North Callaway erupted for 10 runs in its half of the inning to take command. The Indians (0-12, 0-7 Eastern Missouri Conference) added their other run in the third, but the Thunderbirds (13-7, 7-1) tacked on three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to stop the game on the mercy rule.

William Woods claims 11th straight AMC women's golf championship

The sixth-ranked Lady Owls prevailed by a stunning 66 strokes to easily capture their 11th American Midwest Conference title in a row Tuesday.