The unbeaten North Callaway Ladybirds softball team needed just five innings to wrap up the Eastern Missouri Conference title outright as it downed Clopton 10-0 on Tuesday night. It was the second straight EMO championship for North Callaway, which shared the title with Silex last season. “Their focus from the beginning of the season was to be sole conference champions,” Ladybirds co-head coach Sarah Baumgartner said. North Callaway (16-0, 9-0 EMO) racked up its 10 runs on 13 hits in support of junior starter Danielle Cassidy’s ninth shutout of the season. Cassidy (12-0) allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 11.
Blue Jays junior quarterback Joe Plassmeyer was intercepted three times with two of those being returned for touchdowns in Westminster’s 41-13 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the St. Scholastica Saints on Saturday.
The Lady Wildcats managed just one hit, a single by senior first baseman Abby Haas, in their 5-1 loss to the North Callaway Ladybirds on Monday. Ladybirds junior pitcher Danielle Cassidy struck out 12 and walked one in seven innings of work with the one unearned run. North Callaway totaled seven hits with senior right fielder Kaysey Huddleston and junior center fielder Elaine Brinker each responsible for two hits and an RBI in remaining unbeaten.
Senior breaks out for three touchdowns as Fulton gets back on track after first loss
Kegan Lee received a pretty simple message during practice. “Coach told me all week to take what they give you,” Lee said. “So I took it.” Fulton’s senior running back certainly did, scoring his first three touchdowns of the season, intercepting a pass on defense and rushing for a team-high 108 yards in the Hornets’ 56-28 North Central Missouri Conference mauling of Marshall on Friday night at Robert E. Fisher Jr. Stadium.
Fulton senior pitcher Autumn Lungstrum and junior Brooke Baysinger combined for a one-hit shutout as the Lady Hornets downed the Hannibal Lady Pirates 4-0 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Thursday night. Lungstrum pitched four innings, struck out three, allowed one hit and walked one in collecting the win. Baysinger threw the final three innings, not yielding a hit, striking out six and walking two in ending Fulton’s three-game losing streak.
Down four key contributors, Fulton Hornets head soccer coach Brad Oestreich knew his team would need to combat almost certain fatigue with heady play. It was there at times and not at others, and when the mental hiccups affected the Hornets, the Kirksville Tigers hurt them. “When you get tired in soccer, you have to play smarter,” Oestreich said. “When those mental lapses happened in the back, Kirksville capitalized.”
Senior opposite hitter Kendall Love served three aces and put away four kills in Fulton’s 25-23, 25-21 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Mexico Lady Bulldogs on Monday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Senior middle hitter Ashley Wallace had five kills and junior outside hitter Rylea Troesser finished with 11 digs for Fulton (3-6-2, 1-1 NCMC).
Aided by two first-half goals, the Owls secured a 3-1 win in their American Midwest Conference opener on Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Joao Paulo Parra put William Woods on the board with 9 minutes, 25 second gone in the first half. Mid-Continent scored on its own goal in the 35th minute to up the Owl lead to 2-0. Mid-Continent’s Erick Torres cut the Owl lead in half at 2-1 in the 60th minute. William Woods’ defense would hold Mid-Continent to just one shot on goal for the rest of the game and got its final goal with just 50 seconds left when Parra assisted on senior midfielder Kyle Matthews’ tally.
North Callaway junior right fielder Kaysey Huddleston scored the game-winning run on senior left fielder Makenlea Jones’ two-out bunt single in the bottom of the 11th inning to push the Ladybirds past the Fulton Lady Hornets 1-0 on Monday night.
The Fulton Hornets offense drove into Moberly territory six times Friday night. Fulton came away without scoring on each of those series. “(Moberly) is an awful good football team and they’re ranked in Class 4 for a reason,” Hornets head coach Pat Kelley said.
Start NCMC play vs. state-ranked Spartans in showdown between unbeaten teams
You stay anywhere long enough and you’ll see just about everything. That’s the case for Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley. “I’ve done this 17 years now at the same place, so I’ve been here for the good, the bad and the ugly,” Kelley said. “So we have to stay levelheaded about it.” Right now, Kelley and the Hornets are in the midst of the good.
The Fulton Hornets soccer team netted a pair of second-half goals against Helias — the first scoring it has allowed this season — but came up short in a 3-2 loss to the Crusaders on Tuesday night.
Comeback victories are becoming the norm for the Fulton softball team. Senior shortstop Madison Washington belted a 3-run home run in the top of the seventh inning to vault the Lady Hornets over the Boonville Lady Pirates 5-4 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night.
The second-half adjustment for the Westminster College Blue Jays was a simple one, according to head coach John Welty. “We went from a four-man front back down to our three-man front,” Welty said. “We went to our three-man front and we just shut them down. “Physically, we knew we were better than them. We were physically better than them and they knew it, and it just took us some time to figure out what to do and how to line up defensively. Once we started going, they couldn’t stop our perimeter rush, they couldn’t stop our inside rush.”
With just 53 seconds left in the first quarter, the offensive strategy of the North Callaway Thunderbirds and head coach Mike Emmons was working like a charm. Emmons’ plan was simple — use long, sustained drives to neutralize the high-powered playmaking of the Fulton Hornets’ offense. “Our best defense against their very potent offense was to keep our offense on the field and keep the clock running…,” Emmons said.
The Fulton Lady Hornets team team swept through doubles action and took three-of-six singles matches to best Palmyra 6-3 on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.
Fulton head coach Pat Kelley will point at his team’s underwhelming statistics and win-loss record from the last three years as obvious signs of “growing pains.” Freshmen, sophomores and the otherwise inexperienced saw playing time and endured their share of bumpy patches. The results: a three-year mark of 5-26 for the Hornets.
Baysinger drives in Depping with winning run in bottom of ninth
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team worked itself into two holes and worked its way out of both. Fulton junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger’s sacrifice fly to score junior second baseman Dacrie Depping in the bottom of the ninth inning was the game winner in the Lady Hornets’ 7-6 North Central Missouri Conference win over Moberly on Tuesday night at the high school athletic complex.
The Lady Hornets came up with 12 hits and ended their two-game losing streak with a 15-1 five-inning win over the Hannibal Lady Pirates in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night at the high school athletic complex.
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs cross country team had a trio of senior medalists, headlined by Taylor Howard, who finished in 15th place in 23 minutes, 11.40 seconds at the Jim Marshall Invitational on Saturday.
Fulton accumulates 476 yards of total offense, improves to 2-0
A 65-yard touchdown pass negated by an unnecessary block downfield. Sure, it was a bummer for the man on the receiving end, Fulton senior wideout Dalton Horstmeier. “I can’t lie, I was pretty disappointed,” Horstmeier said with a smirk. “But it was stats, individual stats, and it’s a team sport and we won, so that’s all that matters.”
Danielle Cassidy was perfect and, in the process, kept the North Callaway Ladybirds perfect as well. The junior pitcher threw five flawless innings and struck out eight batters to help North Callaway coast to a 10-0 victory over the Silex Lady Owls in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night.
Pat Kelley drilled his linebackers during Tuesday’s practice and asked them one question. “What kind of team are we?” the Fulton Hornets head football coach asked. “Inside out,” they responded. Kelley asked them a few more times, getting the same answer a little louder each time.
The Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team triumphed in four of six singles matches Tuesday night to turn back the Battle Lady Spartans 6-3. Notching singles victories for Fulton (2-0) were a quartet of seniors — Grace Hegemann at No. 3, Rachel Kucera at No. 4, Danyiell Lee at No. 5, and Jessica Popkey at No. 6.
Senior works out of jam, preserves 4-0 win
South Callaway softball coach David Odneal wants senior pitcher Abby Bartley to remember three definitive words when she’s on the mound. I’m. In. Charge. She was, indeed, against the Fulton Lady Hornets.
The Lady Wildcats capped off their stay at the Hallsville Tournament with a 4-2 win over the Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.
Dean runs for game-winner with 5:18 left
Chris Tilson had to excuse himself.
Alignment and assignment. It’s not just alliteration or a nice rhyming play on words. It is, but there’s more to it for Fulton head football coach Pat Kelley. It’s what his Hornets are going to need to do in their 2013 season opener against the School of the Osage Indians.
Trevor Neal probably couldn’t have imagined a better birthday gift for himself. Fulton’s senior midfielder celebrated his 18th birthday by scoring three goals, including a pair in the second half to help rally the Hornets to a 4-3 win over Warrenton in Thursday night’s season opener.
With two outs and the the potential tying run at second base in the top of the seventh inning, was North Callaway junior pitcher Danielle Cassidy nervous? Not at all, in fact “I got mad,” Cassidy said with a laugh. “It’s a game, you don’t know how it’s going to go, so you just have to work harder.”
There was a little bit of both good and bad. That’s really all that a jamboree can offer and that’s exactly what the Fulton Hornets got in scrimmages against the Boonville Pirates and Holden Eagles on Friday night at Gene Reagan Field.
Former North Callaway baseball standout will transfer, has three years of eligibility
Zach Lavy had signed a letter of intent. He’d talked to his coaches. He’d even turned away interest from mid-major college baseball programs like Southeast Missouri State and Bradley University. In his mind, Lavy would be returning to the Jefferson College Vikings for his sophomore season.
Fulton Post 210 had its chances, but couldn’t capitalize. Then again, the American Legion team didn’t help itself out by helping out its opponent, Jefferson City Post 5.
Westminster College men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell used the words “upbeat” and “passionate” to describe Tony Woods. Woods — a redshirt sophomore point guard with the Blue Jays — was shot to death early Saturday morning in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.
Post 210 squad both competitive, convenient
Competitive summer baseball is an expensive venture. Tim Echelmeier, an assistant coach for the Fulton Hornets high school team and a father of two ballplayers, can attest. “The problem is that in high school, if (players) want to play good competition, they feel like they have to play for a club team or a prospect team and those can be pretty expensive,” Echelmeier said last week.
The Fulton Post 210 American Legion baseball team hit early, often and effectively. Post 210 scored at least two runs apiece in five innings, including seven in the fifth, on its way to a 15-1, seven-inning win over St. Charles Post 312 on Wednesday night at the Fulton High School athletic complex.
Coleman medals in 110, 300 hurdles
Fulton senior Jenny McCarty had just set a personal record in the girls’ 3,200 meters at the Missouri State High School Activities’ Class 3 state track and field championships. McCarty had gone 15 seconds faster and shattered her time in last year’s 3,200 final.
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.
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.
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.
The William Woods offense had bit more success on Tuesday than it did on Monday.
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.
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.”
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.
Two weeks ago, the Moberly Spartans shocked the Fulton Hornets with a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the first round of the Fulton Tournament. That setback stayed with Hornet players and coaches. “It was in our head, but you obviously can’t think about it too much,” junior Dalton Horstmeier said. “We remember that we kind of had it locked up and they came back and got us.”
The Fulton Hornets clinched a district tennis triple crown.
The South Callaway Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 15 hits in dispatching the New Bloomfield Wildcats in a 10-1 romp in Show-Me Conference play Wednesday night.
Lose opener to Moberly on late grand slam, drop second game to Eldon in nine innings
Darren Masek liked the way his team fought. Masek liked their resolve and, in spite of their record, believes that his Fulton Hornets are getting better. Unfortunately, none of that translated to wins Tuesday in the 19th-annual Fulton Tournament. The Hornets dropped both of their tourney games, falling to the Eldon Mustangs 10-7 in nine innings Tuesday night at William Woods University after bowing to North Central Missouri Conference foe Moberly 7-6 earlier at the high school athletic complex.