Ladybirds edge past Father Tolton 39-36 at Southern Boone Classic
Junior guard Elaine Brinker logged seven of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the second-seeded Ladybirds edged out the No. 7 Father Tolton Lady Trailblazers 39-36 in the first round of the 2014 Southern Boone Classic on Monday night. North Callaway (13-4) shot just 22 percent in the first half and rebounded from a 10-5 deficit after one quarter to trail just 19-16 at the end of the first half. The Ladybirds outscored the Lady Trailblazers 8-4 in the third quarter to grab a 24-23 lead after the third quarter and outpaced them 15-13 in the final 8 minutes. A Brinker 3-pointer with 36 seconds left gave North Callaway the lead for good at 37-35.
Fulton holds off Moberly 55-52
It seemed as though the Fulton Hornets were on their way to another uninspired third quarter. After leading the Moberly Spartans 23-21 at halftime on Friday night, the Hornets found themselves trailing by three points and on the short end of a 7-2 run by the Spartans with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third quarter. Then, in a matter of seconds, Fulton junior guard Ricky Dawson intercepted a pass at midcourt, motored toward the rim and finished the drive with a one-handed slam while drawing a foul — and a bloody nose — from Moberly senior guard Acie Seifert. “That energized us,” Hornets junior forward Austin Wilson said. “You know, for the whole game.”
Bulldogs to play for Sturgeon title
The sizzling South Callaway Bulldogs put themselves in position to play for a title. Fourth-seeded South Callaway advanced to the championship of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament by toppling host and top-seeded Sturgeon in an 82-74 semifinal victory Thursday night. The game was tied 20-20 after one quarter and South Callaway — which has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12 — owned slight leads of 42-41 at halftime and 60-59 going into the fourth quarter. South Callaway opened up a 74-64 advantage with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play.
Hornets' rally runs out of time in Hannibal loss
Junior guard Ricky Dawson’s 22-footer at the buzzer fell short as the Fulton Hornets were edged out by the Hannibal Pirates 46-45 in a North Central Missouri Conference matchup Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Dawson accounted for a game-high 29 points as Fulton (5-12, 0-4 NCMC) erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Hornets led 19-16 at halftime before Hanniball went in front behind an 11-1 run to start the third quarter.
Totta’s 29 helps Lady Hornets top Hannibal 62-57
Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 15 of her game-high 29 points in the third quarter as Fulton outlasted the Hannibal Lady Pirates 62-57 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night. The Lady Hornets (5-11, 2-2) led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Hannibal outpaced them 19-9 in the second frame to Fulton into halftime down 29-25. “The effort, you could tell we were fighting,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “…Earlier in the season, we would have gotten down and shut down, but we fought through it.”
Lee, Blue Jays pull away from Eureka in overtime
Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points and Westminster outscored the Eureka Red Devils 16-5 in overtime to pull out an 82-71 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday. The Blue Jays (10-8, 7-4) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but pulled the game to 30-29 at halftime. Their deficit was as high as eight points in the second before a Lee jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left pulled the game to a 57-all tie. Westminster trailed by three with 2:23 to go when senior guard Joe James hit a layup and drew a foul from Red Devil forward Nick Finney. James completed the three-point play to knot the game back up at 62-62. Lee’s attempted 3-pointer on the next possession was off the mark and Eureka’s attempt to pull ahead on the other end resulted in a missed three and a missed layup off an offensive rebound. Joe James converted a layup out of a Blue Jay timeout with :30 left to give Westminster its first lead of the game at 64-62.
No. 2 Freed-Hardeman hammers Lady Owls
The William Woods University Lady Owls had no answer for the second-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University Lady Lions in a 94-57 American Midwest Conference loss at Anderson Arena on Saturday. William Woods (13-6, 6-5 AMC) led 4-3 with 17 minutes, 19 seconds left, before Freed-Hardeman erupted for a 15-0 run over the next 5:47. The Lady Lions stretched that deficit even further, eventually taking a 51-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Owls shot just 32 percent (18-of-57) from the field (18-of-57) and were led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s 13 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Julia Wells scored 11 points and junior guard Destani Stensrud added 10 as William Woods saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Behind by four points midway through the second quarter and carrying the momentum of a three-point play, the prospects were hopeful for the Fulton Hornets in their quest to upend the state-ranked Helias Crusaders. But from there, the Crusaders would kick it into another gear.
Lady Wildcats knock off state-ranked Tuscumbia
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead hopes his Lady Wildcats can maximize the benefits of this signature win. Junior guard Sydni Bedsworth and junior forward Taylor Howard provided 14 points apiece Thursday night as New Bloomfield handed Tuscumbia — ranked No. 2 in Class 1 — its first loss of the season, 60-51 in a Show-Me Conference encounter.
Hornets can't recover from flat first half in 63-60 loss to Battle
The Fulton Hornets didn’t lose to the Battle Spartans in the final minutes or last few plays, according to head coach Ryan Shaw. Fulton undermined itself with an uninspired first half and a second-half rally came up short as the Hornets fell to Battle 63-60 on Tuesday night. Fulton (5-10) trailed 35-23 at the start of the third quarter and would fall behind by 15 points early in the period. Shaw put the Hornets in a zone defense to start the second half and decided to run junior guard Ricky Dawson along the baseline to open up opportunities for the rest of the offense.
North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons. “I’m honored that I have the opportunity to take over for Coach Emmons,” O’Neal said Monday. “He’s always been an idol of mine. “He’s a big reason why I got into teaching and coaching.”
North Callaway head coach Matt Miller had hoped this would go differently. Nine days after Hermann sunk North Callaway 56-53 on a desperation 3-pointer from halfcourt at the buzzer, the Ladybirds got another crack at the Ladybirds in the championship of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament. And it was a different result — just not the one North Callaway wanted. In the second showdown between the two Class 3-ranked teams, the second-seeded Ladybirds’ disastrous shooting night washed away any notion of an upset as they fell to top-ranked and top-seeded Hermann 47-20 on Saturday night.
North Callaway officially named longtime assistant coach Kevin O’Neal as the Thunderbirds’ next head football coach on Monday. O’Neal will take over for former head coach Mike Emmons, who retired in November with a 157-94 record over 24 seasons.
Junior guard Elaine Brinker led the No. 2 seed Ladybirds with nine points in a 47-20 loss to the No. 1 Hermann Lady Bearcats in the girls' championship game of the South Callaway Tournament on Saturday night. North Callaway — ranked No. 10 in the latest MBCA/MOsports.com Class 3 poll — trailed 25-12 at halftime and got outscored 17-4 in the third quarter in falling to Hermann for the second time in three weeks. The Ladybirds fell on the road to the Lady Bearcats 56-53 on Jan. 9.
South Callaway head coach Tony Brandt sees potential in his Bulldogs. It’s not on display every game, but there are glimpses nonetheless. For example, it didn’t show up in a 51-41 loss to fifth-seeded North Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament last Monday night. It did, however, shine through in a 73-35 win over No. 8 seed Russellville in the consolation semifinals last Wednesday night. As for Friday night’s fifth-place game against New Bloomfield? “Tonight was an example — a kind of indication — of what we could do,” Brandt said.
Ladybirds get Hermann rematch for South Callaway title
The North Callaway Ladybirds will be looking to add another tournament title to their collection, while setting up a much-anticipated rematch with the Hermann Lady Bearcats. North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray posted a game-high 15 points and the No. 2 seed Ladybirds eased past No. 6 Russellville 53-40 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
Lady Owls hammer Benedictine 88-55
The William Woods University Lady Owls took out their recent frustrations on the Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) Lady Bulldogs. Freshman center Kennedy Volkart produced 16 points and William Woods stopped a two-game losing streak with an 88-55 dismantling of Benedictine in an American Midwest Conference matchup Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.
Brinkers steers Ladybirds into semifinals at South Callaway
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker put up 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Tuesday night, fueling the second-seeded Ladybirds to a 47-29 win over No. 7 South Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
Burgess, Owls hold Missouri Baptist 77-66
Senior guard Blake Burgess’ team-high 18 points sparked William Woods to a 77-66 American Midwest Conference conquering of the Missouri Baptist Spartans on Saturday at Anderson Arena. Burgess converted 5-of-10 field goals to pace an Owl offense that featured two other double-digit scorers and shot 52.1 percent (25-for-48) from the field. Senior guard Jonathon Nutt scored 11 points, including a 6-for-8 clip from the free throw line while senior forward Seth Thomas also added 11 points and hit 3-of-4 from 3-point range and collected eight rebounds.
T-Birds get by Bulldogs at South Callaway tourney
North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf led all players with 16 points in leading the No. T-Birds to a 51-41 win over the No. 4 South Callaway Bulldogs in the first round of the South Callaway Tournament on Monday night. North Callaway (5-5) will now play the top seed and state-ranked Montgomery County Wildcats on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals. The Wildcats —ranked No. 5 in the MBCA/MOsports.com Class 3 state poll — throttled the No. 8 Russellville Indians 95-39 in its first round game on Monday.
Fulton head coach TJ Quick preaches her desire to see her team play “Hornet basketball” each and every time out. The Lady Hornets’ North Central Missouri Conference clash with the Boonville Lady Pirates, unfortunately, was not what she had in mind. Fulton was blitzed early on by Boonville’s size and defensive pressure, and never quite got in sync as the Lady Hornets were roughed up by the Lady Pirates 71-41 on Saturday afternoon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Junior guard stays hot with game-high 24 in 69-48 rout of Bobcats
With a clear path to the basket and Fulton in front by 24 points in the third quarter, Hornets junior guard Ricky Dawson saw his chance to add a crowd-pleasing dunk to an already impressive outing against the Bowling Green Bobcats. The plan didn’t quite work out for Dawson on the way up, though. The shot started as an attempted slam, but ended up as Dawson executing a very exciting, one-handed layup to push Fulton’s comfortable advantage to 47-21. “Very close,” Dawson said of the try. “It just slipped out of my hand.” “He always says the ball slips out of his hands,” Fulton head coach Ryan Shaw said with a chuckle. “I’ll simply say this about Ricky’s dunk: he’s lucky (the ball) went in. “That’s all I have to say about that.”
“A tough pill to swallow.” That’s how North Callaway Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller described losing on a last-second shot from midcourt and it’s hard to argue with the sentiment. Hermann senior guard Karinne Lane sunk a desperation heave from 30 feet away as time expired, shocking the state-ranked Ladybirds as the top-ranked Lady Bearcats escaped with a 59-56 victory Thursday night.
Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine guided all players with 21 points to go along with 11 rebounds in lifting the No. 25 Williams Woods University Lady Owls to a 56-42 defeat of Williams Baptist College in American Midwest Conference play Tuesday night.
Four Owls finished in double figures and William Woods connected on 50 percent of its free throws in securing an 81-73 American Midwest Conference win over the Park University Pirates on Saturday at Breckon Sports Center.
A tough few days at the US Bank/Rolla Holiday Tournament ended on a bright note for the Fulton. Junior guard Ricky Dawson erupted for a game-high 30 points to power the Hornets to a 67-58 victory over the St. Joseph Benton Cardinals in the seventh-place game on Saturday afternoon. Dawson converted 11-of-13 free throw attempts and the Hornets shot 26-for-36 from the line as a team in ending their three-game losing streak.
Fulton gives up lead in fourth quarter, loses fifth in a row
Sloane Totta and NaShayla Brandt registered double-digit scoring performances for Fulton but it wasn’t enough as the Lady Hornets fell to St. Clair 60-56 on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the US Bank/Rolla Invitational tournament at Rolla High School.
Brandt tallies game-high 19, but Fulton drops NCMC opener to Kirksville 47-45
Fulton sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt had the shot she wanted with the Lady Hornets down two and time expiring. The rim had other plans, though. “It just wasn’t meant to be,” Lady Hornet head coach TJ Quick said. “She barely missed it.” Brandt scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds, but Fulton came up a basket short in a 47-45 loss to the Kirksville Lady Tigers in Thursday night’s North Central Missouri Conference opener at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
The Fulton Lady Hornets never quite got out of the gates. The Eldon Lady Mustangs didn’t have such an issue. Fulton fell behind 20-4 after one quarter and never recovered in being roughed up by Eldon 58-28 on Tuesday night. The Lady Hornets — who have now lost three straight after opening the season 2-0 — went into halftime down 37-13 and trailed 55-21 at the start of the fourth quarter. “Once again, it was a slow start,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “We came out flat and they had 10 points off the bat, and we let outside things bother us. “We have to learn to play our game and not let other things distract us.” Sophomore guard Sloane Totta guided the Lady Hornets with nine points. Sara Rhine led Eldon with a game-high 27 points. Fulton opens North Central Missouri Conference play at home against Kirksville at 6 p.m. Thursday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. There will not be a junior varsity game. “We just want to come out and play well,” Quick said. “… I don’t care if we win or lose, we just want to get back to playing Hornet basketball and we have between now and Thursday to figure it out.”
Top-seeded North Callaway ramped up the defensive effort on its way to repeating as Centralia Tournament champions. Senior guard Jaida Gray supplied a game-high 27 points and the Ladybirds limited the No. 2 seeded Boonville Lady Pirates to 13 second-half points as North Callaway cruised to a 57-39 win in the Centralia Tournament championship game on Saturday evening.
Eagles guard Nick Jones provided a game-high 19 points to power Missouri School for the Deaf to a 55-36 win over Oklahoma School for the Deaf at the Sunflower Basketball Classic on Saturday morning. Jones handed out five assists and came away with three of the Eagles’ nine team steals on the day.
The Fulton Hornets wrestling team continued its impressive start to the season with another crushing win. Fulton secured pinfall victories in seven weight classes Tuesday night as the Hornets opened North Central Missouri Conference competition by blowing past Boonville 53-21 at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. The Hornets — who were coming off a team title at the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament last Saturday — have rolled in their first three duals, winning by an average score of 55-19.
Four Fulton wrestlers captured individual championships and the Hornets secured the team championship in the gold division of the Ft. Zumwalt North tournament on Saturday. Fulton finished with 232.02 points. easily distancing itself from second place McCluer South Berkeley, which accumulated with 126.03 points. McCluer took third place with 119.04, followed by Warrenton and University City, which totaled 114.05 and 77 points, respectively.
For 16 minutes, the Fulton Lady Hornets played on a par and — at times — exceeded the state-ranked Hermann Lady Bearcats. It’s just those other 16 minutes that got away from the Lady Hornets.
Four South Callaway players and one each from Fulton and North Callaway were named to their respective Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state teams Friday.
Senior forward Alex Cuneio registered 22 points as the third-seeded New Bloomfield Wildcats powered past No. 7 Chamois 61-47 in the consolation semifinals of the 75th-annual Tipton Tournament late Wednesday night.
The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats forced the Smithton Lady Tigers to submit. Second-seeded New Bloomfield outscored No. 7 Smithton 34-12 in the second half of Tuesday night’s 56-29 runaway triumph in the first round of the 75th-annual Tipton Tournament.
Fulton used a trio of double-digit scorers and some timely free throw shooting to start its season off with a victory. The No. 6 seeded Lady Hornets were 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter and got a team-high 13 points from sophomore guard Sloane Totta in upending No. 3 New Haven 40-36 in the first round of the Montgomery County Tournament on Monday afternoon.
William Woods posted three double-digit scoring efforts, but was dominated by Bellevue (Neb.) University 106-72 in the first round of the Hampton Inn Classic on Friday night
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker splashed home the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to lift the Ladybirds to a 41-38 double overtime win over Father Tolton in its season opener on Monday night.
Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr.’s 17 points tied a game high as the Blue Jays bowed to Edgewood on Sunday afternoon. Lee — a Fulton High graduate — connected on 7-of-13 shots and 2-of-5 3-pointers to go along with five rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior guard Joe James and junior guard Brandon Moore joined Lee in double digits scoring 14 and 12 points, respectively as Westminster dropped its third in a row. James matched Lee’s five rebounds while Moore grabbed eight to lead the Blue Jays.
The Blue Jays’ run through the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament came to an end by way of a 2-0 loss to the No. 6 Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in the Sweet 16 on Saturday evening. “I’m so proud of everything we did on the field, but it is always sad to lose,” Westminster senior midfielder Michael McDonough said. “It was disappointing, but we all worked hard. We gave it our best shot.” Loras tallied the decisive goal in the 36th minute when Alex Bradley put a shot past Blue Jay freshman goalkeeper Raul Romero off an assist from Kevin Cavers. Westminster (13-9-1) went into halftime down 1-0 and had just one shot on goal in the second half. coming off the foot of McDonough. Tom Fluegel added the final Duhawk tally in the 86th minute thanks to an assist from Johnny Rummelhart as Loras outshot Westminster 11-3 on the day.
Reaching the Sweet 16 at two different schools, at two different levels, in two different positions hasn’t been all that different for Andrew Bordelon. As a player, Bordelon was part of a Drury University team that got there in the 2009 NCAA Division II tournament. Now, as a first-year head coach, Bordelon is at the helm of a Westminster men’s soccer team that is there for the first time in school history. Both achievements come down to confidence. “Personally — as a player — I went in extremely confident in my own abilities, but as a coach, I’m very confident in my players’ abilities and they’ve shown over these last 15 or 16 games what they can accomplish, what they can do and who they can play with,” Bordelon said Tuesday.
The Westminster College Blue Jays will play the sixth-ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa.
The run this season for the Westminster men’s soccer team is taking a historic turn. Led by a goal in the 25th minute from junior midfielder Mitch Stewart, the Blue Jays dispatched the Gustavus Aldophus Golden Gusties 1-0 in the second round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament on Sunday at the Gustie Soccer Field. With the win, Westminster (13-8-1) advances to the Sectional round for the first time in school history and will play the No. 6 ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks this weekend at a time and day to be determined. Loras (17-1-3) tied Luther 1-1 through two overtimes on Sunday before winning the game in penalty kicks.
Sophomore Samuel Lopez connected on a penalty kick 44 seconds into the game and No. 1 seed Westminster College went on to clip No. 2 Webster University 2-1 to secure the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer title Friday night. The Blue Jays (11-8-1) secured the SLIAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and their opponent will be announced Monday.
North Callaway senior Adam Crawford capped off his only trip to the Class 2 state cross country championships with a 33rd-place finish of 17 minutes, 49.60 seconds Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center. Lamar junior Kaden Overstreet won the Class 2 individual state title in 16:35.22 and Fatima came away with the team championship with an average time of 17:29.04. South Callaway senior Andrea Rodriguez, a first-time qualifier, crossed the finish line in 21:44.18 to place 38th in the Class 2 girls’ championship. Fellow senior Taylor Howard — a four-time qualifier — finished 64th in 22:24.52. Sophomore Courtney Rodgers of Lutheran (St. Peters) captured the Class 2 individual title, running a time of 19:24.98. Fatima also secured the girls’ team championship, averaging 20:43.06 per runner. Fulton junior Grant Gaines — a first-time qualifier — took 67th in the Class 3 boys’ race in 17:53.00. Festus junior Tyler Gillam clocked a time of 15:57.48 to win the individual title, while Potosi’s average of 16:43.79 earned it the team championship.
Fulton senior wide receiver Chris Tilson was named a first-team selection on the 2013 all-North Central Missouri Conference football team announced Tuesday.
The top-seeded Westminster College Blue Jays gave up a score in the game’s first 2 minutes before pounding No. 4 Greenville (Ill.) College with four unanswered goals in a 4-1 victory in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason men’s soccer tournament Wednesday night at Battle High School.
Fulton Hornets head coach Pat Kelley made special note of the effectiveness of the state-ranked California Pintos’ misdirection running game entering Wednesday night’s Class 3, District 6 semifinal. No. 1 seed California didn’t stray from that scouting report, scoring on all seven of its possessions in handing fifth-seeded Fulton a season-ending 49-0 defeat.