A good start to the game helped the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats get off to a good start in district play.
Hornets' McClure, Benner, Clines bring home state titles
Josh McClure, Zach Benner and Trenton Clines collaborated to carry out a remarkable program first for the Fulton Hornets wrestling team. The Fulton juniors’ extraordinary night, though, was almost upstaged by a tense, dramatic sprint to the finish between the Hornets and perennial power Oak Grove for the Class 2 team title.
The No. 19 Lady Owls managed just six hits in their 11-0 five-inning loss to the Lady Falcons in the backhalf of a doubleheader on Saturday.
A second-quarter slump tripped up the North Callaway Thunderbirds in their regular-season finale.
Sophomore center Kennedy Volkart led all players with 12 points and eight rebounds in the Lady Owls’ 67-39 American Midwest Conference triumph over the Lady Eutectics on Thursday night.
Paced by sophomore guard Alec Mulvihill’s career-high 27 points, the Owls put away the Eutectics for a 71-57 American Midwest Conference win on Thursday night.
Lady Owls senior Madeline Emme earned her third straight bid to the NAIA Indoor National Championships thanks to her performance at the University of Central Missouri Classic on Friday.
The Lady Owls allowed four unanswered runs in their 8-4 loss to Mid-America Christian University (Okla.) Lady Evangels on Friday. William Woods (1-3) began the day with a 12-0 six-inning loss to University of Science and Arts (Okla.) Drovers.
Fulton leads tight team battle with 31.5 points
The Fulton Hornets profited from their previous presence at the state wrestling championships, and that has them sitting at the front of the pack in Class 2. Fulton — sparked by a skilled group of juniors who are state veterans — moved nine of its 12 qualifiers into this morning’s Class 2 quarterfinals as the 85th MSHSAA Wrestling Championships got underway Thursday at Mizzou Arena.
The North Callaway Ladybirds are entering district play on the right kind of wave. The Ladybirds closed out the regular season with its ninth straight win, a 47-35 Eastern Missouri Conference triumph over the Bowling Green Lady Bobcats on Thursday.
Junior guard Grant Nichols poured in a game-high 26 points as the Wildcats closed the regular season with an 82-54 SMC rout of the Hornets on Thursday.
The Lady Hornets snapped a two-game losing skid with their 45-28 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the Lady Pirates on Thursday night.
A frustrating offensive showing in the first quarter downed the Lady Wildcats 51-45 in their regular-season ending loss to the Lady Eagles on Wednesday night.
The Hornets outscored the Tigers 34-20 in the second half to key a 58-54 comeback North Central Missouri Conference win on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Junior guard Joseph Allen led the Eagles with 14 points as they bowed to the Lions at home 58-41 in their regular-season finale on Wednesday.
Andrea Zalis hit the go-ahead jumper with 44 seconds left to lift the Lady Blue Jays past the Lady Griffins 70-65 in their SLIAC home finale on Wednesday night.
Despite freshman guard Tanner Cochran’s game-high 20 points, the Blue Jays couldn’t complete the rally in their 86-80 SLIAC loss to the Griffins in Wednesday’s home finale.
McClure, Benner are favorites to win titles at 138 and 195 pounds
Fulton head coach Eric Hudson could detect something that set this gifted group apart before it even became an essential component of the Hornets’ wrestling program.
North Callaway trips EMO foe Mark Twain 64-52
The North Callaway Thunderbirds connected on 12-of-17 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a 64-52 Eastern Missouri Conference win over the Mark Twain Tigers on Tuesday night.
Freshman forward Jak Kitchens paced four Wildcats in double figures in their 66-54 Show-Me Conference win over the Indians on Tuesday night.