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.”
Blue Jays fluster Fontbonne in SLIAC win
Sophomore designated hitter Ryan Loethen singled in the go-ahead run with two outs in the top of the sixth inning and the Westminster College Blue Jays went on to a 7-2 SLIAC victory over the Fontbonne University Griffins on Tuesday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight for Westminster, which is now 15-8 on the season and 9-6 in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Hornets suffer 5-4 NCMC loss after Boonville scores late run
Boonville center fielder Jacob Francis singled home what proved to be the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting the Pirates to a 5-4 NCMC win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets (8-4, 4-3 North Central Missouri Conference) — who fell to Boonville 7-4 in Fulton on March 26 — suffered their second straight loss after winning six in a row.
Owls split AMC doubleheader with No. 3 Missouri Baptist
William Woods committed five errors and allowed five unearned runs in dropping the nightcap of an American Midwest Conference doubleheader against the No. 3 Spartans on Saturday at Backer Sports Complex. The Owls (27-9, 14-7) dropped the second game 10-3, but rallied to topple Missouri Baptist 8-6 in the day’s first game.
Bulldogs bump off T-Birds for Montgomery County title
South Callaway junior center fielder Cory Hanger led off the game with a home run and the Bulldogs set the tone with a four-run top of the first inning in cruising to a 12-2, six-inning win over North Callaway in the Montgomery County Tournament championship game on Saturday evening. “When you score early, it’s a lot easier to play loose,” Bulldogs head coach Heath Lepper. “We’re finally starting to play well together. … The players are starting to figure out what their roles are individually and they’re having fun.”
Owls benefit from balk to clip No. 3 Mo. Baptist
Junior right fielder Nick Spagnola scored what proved to be the game-winning run on a balk with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the William Woods University Owls tripped third-ranked Missouri Baptist University in a 4-3 AMC victory Friday night. The two teams finished up their series with a doubleheader Saturday at Backer Sports Complex. Results were not available at press time. William Woods (26-8, 14-6 American Midwest Conference) fashioned its win Friday night after Missouri Baptist tied the game with three runs in the top of the seventh. Senior left fielder Zach Nicols started the Owls’ half of the inning with a single and was replaced by senior pinch-runner Damon Adrian.
Horstmeier throws third consecutive shutout
Fulton Hornets head coach Darren Masek had a feeling his team might be in for a low-scoring game against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. Not only was Masek proven correct, his Hornets came up with just enough offense to make the difference.
Gaines wins 3,200, Hornets take second at Bowling Green meet
Junior Grant Gaines provided Fulton with its only victory by prevailing in the 3,200 meters, but it was enough to help spur the Hornets to a second-place team finish at the Bowling Green Mini Medal meet Tuesday. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington, and sophomore Madi Tobias each won events as Fulton came in third overall. Gaines triumphed in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 57 seconds. He was part of Fulton’s 3,200 relay — along with freshman Tanner Steffen, sophomore Luke Lohmeyer and junior Ian Shoemaker — that took third in 9:51.
Echelmeier, Hornets top Marshall 6-3
Fulton senior pitcher Tyler Echelmeier kept his team in the game with his arm, then used his bat to assure his team its fifth-straight victory. Echelmeier drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning as the Hornets topped the Marshall Owls 6-3 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night at the high school athletic complex.
Blue Jays' offense erupts in SLIAC wins over Eureka
EUREKA, Ill. — The Westminster offense kicked it into high gear and closed out its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference series against the Red Devils in style. The Blue Jays pounded out 15 hits as they blasted Eureka 15-2 in seven innings to close out the conference set on Sunday. Westminster (11-6, 5-4) split a doubleheader with the Red Devils on Saturday, prevailing in the nightcap 16-5 while dropping the opening game 4-3.
Lady Owls move win streak to eight games
The dominance of the William Woods University Lady Owls pitching staff continued, even if its scoreless stretch was stopped. Senior MacKenzie Bowden threw a perfect game in sparking William Woods to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University in the opener of Saturday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader at Backer Sports Complex. Bowden (14-7) struck out 12 on 71 pitches in her outing as she remained a perfect 5-0 in AMC starts with a 0.00 earned-run average
T-Birds whip Wellsville 12-2 in EMO opener
Freshman right fielder Wyatt Branson was a perfect 2-for-2 with five driven in as North Callaway pulled away from Wellsville Tigers 12-2 in five innings to take its Eastern Missouri Conference opener on Tuesday. Thunderbirds senior starter Tanner Murphy allowed two runs on three of the Tigers’ four total hits in the top of the first inning. North Callaway (2-1, 0-1) saw its first two batters retired in the bottom of the inning before senior shorstop Chance Kee and junior center fielder Brandon Hagedorn strung together back-to-back singles. Branson drove both them in with a two-run single to tie the game at 2-all. Branson scored when junior catcher Michael Early reached base on an error at third base and junior first baseman Paul Zerr tallied the final North Callaway run of the frame on a single by junior third baseman Trevor Crisp.
Owls offense keys league win over Park
The Owls pounded out 15 hits as a team in easily dispatching the Pirates 12-4 in American Midwest Conference play at home on Tuesday afternoon. Park logged one run in the top of the first off of William Woods senior starter Bubba Bradshaw, but the Owls erased that deficit three at-bats into their half of the first. Senior shortstop Sam Moon was hit by a pitch to lead off the game then moved to second when junior center fielder Cody Stewart reached base via a bunt single. Moon and Stewart scored on a triple to center field by senior first baseman Matt Thomas to go on top by a run. Thomas would score on redshirt junior designated hitter Dustin Kremer’s two-out single to right to make it a 3-1 Owls’ advantage.
Lady Blue Jays drop 2-of-3 in SLIAC series to Greenville
Greenville blitzed Westminster for 10 runs in the second inning to down the Lady Blue Jays 14-2 in five innings of the second game of a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday. Westminster fell in the day’s first game 6-1. The Lady Blue Jays (7-7, 4-2) got a scoreless bottom of the first inning from freshman starter Alyson Hahn, but Greenville pitcher Becca Oldham roped a two-run homer to right field. The Lady Panthers (13-5, 6-0) tacked on eight more that frame and totaling six of their 10 hits.
Books, Hornets surge late to top Tolton 7-4
Fulton senior designated hitter Paul Books’ two-run double to right field provided the game-winning tallies as the Hornets rallied for a 7-4 win over the Father Tolton Blazers on Monday. Fulton (4-2) trailed by two runs with one out in the seventh when freshman second baseman Devin Masek reached base on a single. Senior shortstop Dalton Horstmeier was hit by a pitch and a single by senior center fielder Kory Masek scored Devin Masek to cut the Hornets’ deficit to 4-3.
Horstmeier, Hornets stifle Marshall
Fulton senior pitcher Dalton Horstmeier struck out 12 in a complete-game, one-hit effort as the Hornets shut out the Marshall Owls 3-0 in North Central Missouri Conference play Friday night. Horstmeier — making his first start of the season — walked three and finished 1-for-4 at the plate as the Hornets (3-2, 1-1 NCMC) ended a two-game skid. “He was very dominant tonight,” Fulton head coach Darren Masek said. “He had good command of his fastball and was able to control his curveball.”
Scherder chosen as honorable-mention All-American
William Woods University senior guard Katie Scherder was recognized as an honorable-mention NAIA Division I All-American on Tuesday. Scherder is William Woods’ seventh All-American in program history and the fourth in the six-year tenure of head coach Dan Chapla.
Kemper, Hanger spark Bulldogs to win in opener
South Callaway senior pitcher Smith Kemper drove in three runs and junior center fielder Cory Hanger hit a two-run home run as the Bulldogs opened their season under new head coach Heath Lepper by downing Centralia 5-2 on Tuesday night.
Hornets beat Battle, toppled by T-Birds
Fulton toppled Battle High School Spartans 9-7 on Monday at the high school athletic complex. The Hornets bowed in their second game of the day to the Thunderbirds 3-2 in Kingdom City.