Three Fulton baseball players — led by senior pitcher Dalton Horstmeier — garnered Class 4, All-District 8 recognition. Horstmeier — a four-time All-District honoree and first-time pitching selection — was joined on the all-district team by senior outfielder Kory Masek and freshman catcher Isaiah Pani.
Fulton High School head football coach Pat Kelley has scheduled a pair of free camps over the next two weeks for prospective players. Kelley and his coaching staff will conduct the camps — open to interested players entering grades 7-12 this fall — from June 2-5 and June 9-12. Daily sessions will be from 7:30-10:30 a.m. at the high school. For more information about the camps, Kelley can be contacted at 590-8100 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
North Callaway junior Steven Coleman’s return to the state meet produced improved results. Coleman placed fifth in the boys’ 300-meter hurdles and seventh in the 110 hurdles at the Missouri State High School Activities Association Class 3 state track and field championships on Saturday at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
Members of championship squad celebrated 50th anniversary in St. Louis on Memorial Day
Charlie James has a particular World Series recollection of Bob Uecker shagging fly balls with a musical instrument during batting practice.
MSD's Jones, South Callaway's Rudroff repeat as state champs; Lady Bulldogs' Oberdiek wins long jump
Missouri School for the Deaf's Nick Jones and South Callaway High School's Garner Rudroff repeat as champions in the Missouri High School Athletic Association state track and field championships Saturday. Lady bulldog Hannah Oberdiek wins gold in long jump, beating the second place jumper by more than eight inches.
Blue Jays sophomore Deion Hughes was recently recognized as a second-team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
William Woods’ men’s 1,600-meter relay team of seniors Tanner Edwards and Terrell Shannon, junior Nick Zink and sophomore Rhett Cook ran the the event’s third-fastest preliminary time at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The Owls’ foursome ran a season-best time of 3 minutes, 12.49 seconds, earning NAIA All-American honors for a second straight season and qualifying for Saturday night’s championship race.
The sixth-ranked William Woods women’s golf team closed out its season with a top-five national finish. The Lady Owls posted a team score of 82-over-par-1204 (307-317-311-299) to claim fourth place at the 2014 NAIA National Championships on Friday at the Wilderness Ridge Golf Club. Oklahoma City University and SCAD Savannah each totaled a 57-over-par-1209 to finish in a tie after 72 holes. OCU (304-304-306-295) bested SCAD (304-304-306-296) on the first playoff hole to claim its second consecutive national title. Bellevue University shot a 72-over-par-1224 (314-414-299-297) to finish in third, while the University of the Cumberlands scored an 85-over-par-1237 (310-308—306-313), finishing three shots behind William Woods for fifth place.
Junior third baseman Troy Hentges supplied the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ only hit in their 2-1 Class 3, District 13 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Falcons on Monday. South Callaway ends its season at 17-6.
New Bloomfield freshman Gannon Withers earned 42nd place, while senior Tyler Grace tied for 44th at the Class 1 boys’ golf championships on Tuesday at Rivercut Golf Course. Withers collected a 43-over-par-185 (97-88). Grace finished a shot behind him, totaling a 44-over-par-186 (89-97) across two rounds to match Michael Hohne of Sacred Heart.
North Callaway senior Justin Menard finished in a four-way tie for 21st place at the Class 2 boys’ golf championships at Silo Ridge Golf and Country Club on Tuesday. Menard shot a 20-over-par-164 (85-79) to match the two-day totals of Barstow’s Thomas Dunn and Whitfield’s Chase Kinder and Colin Strege.
The Fulton Hornets collected more than enough hits in their Class 4, District 8 semifinal against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Unfortunately, none of those were the productive type Fulton would ultimately need. The third-seeded Hornets out-hit the No. 2 Bulldogs 13-3, but stranded seven baserunners in a season-ending 7-3 loss at Harley Park on Monday afternoon. Fulton — which throttled No. 6 seed Missouri Military Academy 21-3 in first-round play Saturday — ended its season with a 13-11 record.
New Bloomfield senior reliever Ethan Massman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Tipton’s Dylan Tate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the No. 3 seed Wildcats’ 7-5 loss to the No. 2 Cardinals in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals Monday night. New Bloomfield — which made the semifinals after edging No. 6 seed New Haven 6-5 in eight innings on Saturday — finished its season at 9-13. Tipton (19-6) will play either top-seeded Linn or No. 4 Russellville for the District 8 title at 6 tonight.
Freshman reliever Ryan Schmidt gave up the winning run with two outs in the top of the 12th inning Tuesday as third-seeded William Woods’ season ended in a 6-5 loss to No. 4 Westmont (Calif.) in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round. The Owls — who forced extra innings when they tied the game at 5-all with a pair of runs in the eighth — finished their season with a 39-12 record.
Senior Madison Washington topped the field in the girls’ shot put, the lone victory for Fulton at the North Central Missouri Conference championships last Friday. The Lady Hornets came in fifth overall with 52 points, while the Hornets were sixth in the boys’ division with 76. Kirksville and Hannibal secured the girls’ and boys’ team titles, respectively. Washington had a winning toss of 36 feet, 2 1/2 inches in the shot. Senior Hayley Tobias claimed all-NCMC recognition by taking second in the 110-meter hurdles (16.80 seconds) and third in the 300 hurdles (:49.8). Junior Sam Christensen took second in the boys’ 110 hurdles (:16.26) and third in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Sophomore Conner Foote came in second in the 400 in :53.1, while senior Tanner Eliuk was second in the discus with a heave of 138-6. Eliuk joined Foote and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk to claim third in the 1,600 relay in 3:36.7. The Hornets and Lady Hornets return to Mexico for the Class 3, District 4 championships at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Fulton sophomore Jacob Hammerstone shot an 87 to finish in a tie for 34th place at the Class 3, Sectional 2 championships Monday at Heritage Hills Golf Course. Hammerstone — the Hornets’ only sectional qualifier — didn’t log the top-15 finish needed to qualify for next week’s Class 3 state championships. However, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley was pleased with what he saw from Hammerstone in his first season on the team.
William Woods’ offense came alive just a little too late. The No. 3 seeded Owls collected 13 hits, but found themselves in a 10-run hole early on in falling to the No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University Fire 11-5 to begin play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) Bracket of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round on Monday at Grizzly Baseball Complex. William Woods (39-11) will play the fourth-seeded Westmont (Calif.) Warriors in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. The Warriors (38-19) dropped their opener to the No. 5 University St. Francis (Ill.) Fighting Saints 2-1 on Monday. The winner between the Owls and Westmont continues its stay in the tournament against the Fighting Saints or top-seeded Georgia Gwinnett at 2:30 today.
The 19th-ranked William Woods softball team found itself struggling to manufacture runs against No. 22 Davenport on Monday. Now it finds itself in a “win or go home” scenario. The Lady Owls — the No. 2 seed in the Davenport (Mich.) Bracket — left six runners on and scattered four hits in a 4-2 loss to the third-seeded Lady Panthers in NAIA Opening Round competition at Farmers Athletic Complex. William Woods (39-16) will play No. 4 Huntington (Ind.) Lady Foresters an elimination game at 3 p.m. today. The Lady Forresters (31-22) fell to top-seeded Olivet Nazarene 15-10 in their Opening Round game on Monday.
Thunderbirds senior Justin Menard missed the Class 2 state tournament by one stroke in 2013. He’ll have no such problem this year. Menard shot an 11-over-par-83 to finish in ninth place at the Class 2, Sectional 2 tournament on Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Course. With his performance, Menard earned a spot in the Class 2 boys’ golf championships, scheduled for next Monday and Tuesday at Silo Ridge Golf Club in Bolivar.
Third seed William Woods plays No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) on Monday in Georgia
William Woods University baseball coach Darren Munns’ assessment of his senior class might sound like hyperbole, but he stands by it. “I might do this for 50 years and not have a senior class as special as this one,” Munns said Friday afternoon during practice at Owls Field. “I really mean that.” William Woods’ five four-year players began their college careers with an American Midwest Conference tournament title and a bid to the opening round of the NAIA Tournament as freshmen in 2011. They’ve equalled that accomplishment in 2014, and will try to improve upon it Monday. Third-seeded William Woods (39-10) starts postseason play in the Lawrenceville (Ga.) bracket against No. 2 Southeastern (Fla.) University (44-14) at 1:30 p.m in the double-elimination format of the NAIA National Tournament Opening Round
William Woods faces No. 22 Davenport on Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan
There was no hard surface around for William Woods University softball coach Tracy Gastineau to strike in a superstitious manner. With her Lady Owls stretching just behind her before Wednesday’s practice at Backer Sports Complex, Gastineau repeatedly “knocked on wood” when speaking of her team’s health, its recent stretch of dominant play and the focus with which it’s been playing. No. 19 William Woods is the second seed in the Davenport bracket and will clash with host Davenport University — which is the third seed and ranked 22nd — in the NAIA Opening Round at noon Monday in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
It was a “blink and you’ll miss it” type of play, according to Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek. Mexico junior shortstop Tyler Bracht made a heads-up scamper from third to home and beat the throw from second in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Bulldogs tripped Fulton 3-2 in the championship of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament at the high school athletic complex on Friday night. “I looked down, I looked up and the guy was almost at home plate,” Masek said.
The junior varsity boys’ 1,600-meter medley team earned Fulton’s only first-place finish at the Jefferson City 9th- and 10th-grade All-Relays on Tuesday. The quartet of sophomores Andy Baysinger and Luke Lohmeyer and freshmen Brandon Dews and Jared Eliuk triumphed with a time of 3 minutes, 54 seconds.
The Hornets bowed to the rival Bulldogs 9-3 in a North Central Missouri Conference clash Tuesday night.
The sixth-ranked Lady Owls prevailed by a stunning 66 strokes to easily capture their 11th American Midwest Conference title in a row Tuesday.
Already armed with an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament, the William Woods Owls added an American Midwest Conference baseball tournament title to their load. Senior first baseman Matt Thomas had four hits and four RBIs and the third-seeded Owls limited the No. 1 Missouri Baptist Spartans to five hits in capturing the conference crown with a 10-0 seven-inning win on Monday at Lanipher Park.
Hornets sophomore Jacob Hammerstone shot a 13-over-par-83 at the Class 3, District 4 tournament at Elk Creek Golf Course on Monday
The Wildcats had just five hits in falling to the Bulldogs 5-2 on the road on Saturday. Junior Brady Wiler took the loss with a five-inning outing. He allowed five earned runs on seven hits, walked one and hit a batter while striking out three.
The Bulldogs’ offense erupted for 10 runs in the bottom of the third inning as they waltzed to a 13-2 six-inning non-conference win over the Wildcats on Monday.
Fulton edges out Moberly in first round; North Callaway throttles Fatima 13-4 in its opener
The Hornets scored seven unanswered runs in outlasting the Thunderbirds 11-6 in the semifinals of the 20th-annual Fulton Invitational Tournament on Monday at the high school athletic complex. Fulton opened tournament play with a 4-2 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Moberly Spartans while North Callaway thumped the Fatima Comets 13-4 in its opener at Saucier Field on the campus of Westminster.
Sophomore Skylar Schmauch was victorious in the girls’ 1,600 meters and freshman Levi Gilman triumphed in the boys’ 110 hurdles at the Centralia 9th- and 10th-grade Invitational on Thursday.
The Hornets dipped to 4-15 on the season after Friday night’s 9-0 loss to the Crusaders at the high school athletic complex.
Sophomore Jake Hammerstone shot a team-low 45 and the Hornets finished third in Friday’s quad match with Hannibal, Centralia and Wentzville-Liberty at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Junior center fielder Tucker Lane finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs Thursday night as the Wildcats crushed the Colonels 12-2 in six innings.
The Hornets collected nine hits and senior starter Dalton Horstmeier threw a complete game in Friday night’s 6-1 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the rival Bulldogs.
Michael Early was better late than never, displaying his composure in a tight spot for the North Callaway Thunderbirds. The junior designated hitter came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to send North Callaway to a dramatic 4-3, non-conference victory over state-ranked Sturgeon.
Junior first baseman Tim Chambliss’ two-run double in the bottom of the fifth inning broke a 2-all tie and and guided the Blue Jays to a 5-3 SLIAC win over the Golden Eagles on Friday night at Saucier Field.
Senior third baseman Austin Clapp and junior second baseman Nick Spagnola drove in three runs apiece Friday night as the third-seeded Owls roughed up No. 2 Lyon (Ark.) College 13-4 in the second round of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament
The No. 4 seed Lady Blue Jays watched their season come to a close after a 7-2 loss to No. 2 seed Greenville (Ill.) College at the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament Thursday night. The Lady Blue Jays — who finished with a 14-22 mark — fell to top-seeded Fontbonne University 5-0 in their tournament opener earlier Thursday.
That’s two in a row for the William Woods University Lady Owls softball team. Senior starter MacKenzie Bowden threw a four-hit shutout as top-seeded and 20th-ranked William Woods dispatched No. 3 seed Columbia College 6-0 on Friday afternoon to clinch its second straight American Midwest Conference Tournament title at Antimi Softball Complex. The Lady Owls (39-15) — winners of 13 straight and 22 of their last 23 — had already clinched an automatic bid to the NAIA Opening Round by winning the AMC regular-season championship.
Senior Nick Jones established a meet record in the 400 meters, one of four gold medals he collected at the Great Plains School for the Deaf championships last Saturday. The Missouri School for the Deaf boys (89 points) and girls (96) both finished third in their respective divisions. Minnesota swept the boys’ and girls’ team titles.
Senior Taylor Howard won two events and took second in two others as the Lady Bulldogs secured the team championship at the Owensville Relays last Friday. In the boys’ division, senior Garner Rudroff triumphed in the long jump and was second in the triple jump as South Callaway finished eighth overall.
T-Birds top Bulldogs 14-11
North Callaway senior catcher Chance Kee hit the go-ahead double with one out in the top of the seventh inning of the Thunderbirds’ 14-11 win over South Callaway on Monday night. The win snaps a four-game skid for the Thunderbirds (9-6) while ending the Bulldogs’ winning streak at eight.
Blue Jays earn SLIAC sweep over Iowa Wesleyan
Sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes drove in three runs and recorded two hits as the Westminster baseball team completed a series sweep over the Iowa Wesleyan Tigers with a 7-3 win on Sunday at Saucier Field. The Blue Jays (20-11, 14-9 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) topped Iowa Wesleyan by scores of 13-1 and 15-14 in a twinbill on Saturday.
Fulton stops slide with earlier win over Blair Oaks
Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek described his team’s hitting approach against the Hannibal Pirates as “backwards.” Looking at Fulton’s offensive output — a scant run on just three hits — and it’s hard to argue with him. The Hornets plated their only run in the second inning while Hannibal did all of its damage in the first two frames in dispatching Fulton 6-1 in North Central Missouri Conference play Friday night at the high school athletic complex. It was the second game of the day for the Hornets (9-8, 4-6 NCMC), who topped the state-ranked Blair Oaks Falcons 4-1 in the first contest to snap their six-game losing streak.
Bulldogs hammer Hermann, push winning streak to seven
The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team continues to punish the ball, as well as its opponents. Senior starter Smith Kemper, senior right fielder Gordon Arthaud and junior left fielder Mason Shoemaker combined for eight hits and nine runs batted in as South Callaway stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 15-0 blitz of non-conference foe Hermann on Tuesday night.
No. 21 Lady Owls sweep Lyon, clinch AMC regular season crown
William Woods has guaranteed itself a spot in the NAIA National Tournament. The 21st-ranked Lady Owls swept the Lyon (Ark.) Lady Scots by scores of 8-2 and 2-0, respectively on Saturday to secure the program’s first American Midwest Conference regular season championship since 2009.
Hornets flattened by Fatima, drop fourth in a row
Fulton gave up 11 runs in the fourth inning — including seven with two outs — in falling to the Fatima Comets 14-3 in five innings on Monday.
Owls sweep Mid-Continent, extend win streak to five
The Owls scored all their runs in the first three innings as the downed the Cougars 7-2 to secure a doubleheader and series sweep on Saturday. William Woods (32-9, 17-7 American Midwest Conference) prevailed 17-3 in the the day’s first game 17-3 while triumphing in the series opener 7-2 on Friday as its now won five game in a row.
If there’s one thing Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek is still trying to figure out with his team, it’s what causes its slow starts. With Fulton now three games into a losing skid — a streak that was preceded by six consecutive wins — Masek would like to figure out what the problem is now more than ever. “We just have to play baseball from the first inning to the last inning,” Masek said. “We’ve struggled this year getting off to real good starts; I don’t know why.”