The William Woods University track and field program can now boast a national champion. Senior Anthony Stockton became the school’s first national champion in the hammer throw at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships on Thursday.
A little more than a year ago, Nick Jones was watching the track season from the sidelines and mourning the passing of his father, Hardy.
As North Callaway junior shortstop Chance Kee rounded third base and headed to the home plate of Busch Stadium, Thunderbirds head coach Kevin O’Neal had no intent of doing stopping him. “...I don’t think there was going to be any way of me stopping him at third,” O’Neal said on Monday.
North Callaway’s Steven Coleman and Fulton’s Jenny McCarty will both have two cracks at taking home state championships next weekend.
A trio of Fulton players garnered first team recognition in Class 1, District 8 competition. Senior forward Adrienne Ebersole, senior midfielder Anna Fink and senior goalkeeper Billie Klutts all earned slots on the first team while sophomore Alexandria Fague and seniors Allie Pierce and Kate Sterner were second-team honorees as backs. Fink was also the sole Lady Hornet named all-North Central Missouri Conference as she was a first-team honoree.
The William Woods offense had bit more success on Tuesday than it did on Monday.
Darren Masek told his team before the game what it was going to take. For the No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets to move past the top-seeded Kirksville Tigers and into the Class 4, District 8 title game, they’d have to pitch well, hit well and field the ball cleanly. “We outplayed Kirksville in two-of-three phases,” Masek said. “We out-hit them and we outpitched them; we simply just made too many mistakes tonight to beat a good team. “We had lots of opportunities and we lost a tough one.”
A second state championship in a row will not take place for the South Callaway Bulldogs. South Callaway — seeded fourth in Class 3, District 13 — was done in by six unearned runs at the hands of the top-seeded Fatima Comets in a 6-0 semifinal loss Monday night.
North Callaway senior shortstop Justin Murphy hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel No. 3 seed North Callaway over No. 6 Montgomery County 10-9 in the first round of the Class 3, District 8 tournament on Saturday. Junior Chance Kee got the win on the mound, throwing an inning of relief striking out one and walking one. With the victory, the T-Birds will play No. 2 Wright City in the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Results of the game were received after press time Saturday afternoon.
The Fulton Hornets clinched a district tennis triple crown.