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.
New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 28-over-par-99 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd in the first round of the Class 1 state golf championships at Sedalia Country Club on Monday. Jessica Dreesbeimdieke of Westminster Christian Academy leads with a 1-over-par 72 and John Burroughs leads the team standings with a cumulative score of 342. Kelley begins her final round from the first tee today at 9:15 a.m.
Fulton's struggles continue in third straight loss
Defensively, Fulton played about as well as it had in the last five weeks. However, it was the Hornets’ high-powered offense — averaging more than 37 points per game — that shot blanks against the Mexico Bulldogs. Actually, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley felt as if his team was lacking something in all facets of the game rather than just one. “It was just that kind of night,” Kelley said. “It seems like we were a beat off everywhere.”
The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ running game was more than equal to the elements, and definitely too much for the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks to suppress. Four different players ran for touchdowns and North Callaway mashed out 253 yards on the ground in chilly, wet conditions Friday night as the surging Thunderbirds clipped Clopton-Elsberry in a 35-14 Eastern Missouri Conference triumph.
The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs made sure they didn’t get caught peeking ahead. Junior tailback Mason Shoemaker ran for two touchdowns and South Callaway’s defense allowed just 101 total yards and forced three turnovers Friday night as the Bulldogs blasted Father Tolton 48-0.
After falling one game short of the Class 2 state semifinals in 2012, the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs made sure that 2013 would be their year. Senior pitcher Abby Bartley pitched a complete game and belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning in the Lady Bulldogs’ 15-8 win over the Highland Lady Cougars in the Class 2 state softball quarterfinals on Saturday. South Callaway (23-4) is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will play the winner of Kelly-Willow Springs quarterfinal at 10 a.m. next Friday in Springfield.
New Bloomfield’s dream run through the Class 2 postseason came to an end on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats fell to the Bishop LeBlond Eagles 14-4 in the Class 2 quarterfinals on Saturday.
Here are high school football scores from around Missouri for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo is requesting his state-ranked Bulldogs to dig deep during these dog days of the high school football season. With the start of district play two weeks away, Rulo wants to see an upward shift in his squad’s level of play when South Callaway (6-1) travels to Columbia tonight to face Father Tolton (2-5). Kickoff has been moved up an hour to 6 because of lighting issues at Tolton.
Fulton looking to stop two-game skid
Is tonight’s annual Highway 54 Bowl between Fulton and its rival, the Mexico Bulldogs, the right game at the right time for the Hornets? Fulton head coach Pat Kelley won’t say yes or no, but it’s definitely an opportunity for the Hornets — after losing two straight and three of their last four — to right themselves. “We need to get back on the winning track,” Kelley said. “I don’t feel like our confidence is shaken any; we’re still very spirited at practice, but it’s a great opportunity to beat your rival and any time you have that chance, you want to take advantage of it.”
With their recent schedule lacking in quality opponents, the North Callaway Thunderbirds have concentrated their focus on testing themselves. North Callaway’s last three foes — including tonight’s opponent, Clopton/Elsberry (2-5) — are a combined 6-15. The Thunderbirds (3-4) will try to climb back to the .500 mark when they carry a two-game winning streak into tonight’s Eastern Missouri Conference home matchup against the Hawks. Kickoff is at 7.
The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team fell to the Hannibal Lady Pirates in a 25-10, 25-20 North Central Missouri Conference loss Thursday night. Senior libero Victoria Langley recorded three digs for Fulton (7-14-3, 3-5 NCMC), though head coach Megan Youse complimented Langley on her solid defensive effort.
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs (22-4) will play the Highland Lady Cougars (20-7) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ewing in a Class 2 softball quarterfinal. The Lady Bulldogs outlasted Jefferson (Festus) High School at home 2-1 on Wednesday in a Class 2 sectional. The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats (14-12) play at Bishop LeBlond at 3 p.m. Saturday in another Class 2 quarterfinal clash in St. Joseph. The Lady Wildcats beat the Lafayette County Lady Huskers 7-6 in nine innings on Wednesday in New Bloomfield in its Class 2 sectional game.
It was a new feeling for New Bloomfield freshman pitcher Madison Love and her teammates, and she wasn’t quite sure how to express it. “We’ve never really done this before,” Love said. “We’re kind of the underdogs, so it’s really exciting.”
Even though Abby Bartley’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as lofty as Sarah Handrahan’s, Bartley emerged with the edge.
Fulton senior opposite hitter Kendall Love tallied eight kills and four aces Tuesday night, helping direct the Lady Hornets volleyball team to a 26-24, 25-19 non-conference win over Eldon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.