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.
Through nine regular-season games and one in district play, there’s not a lot that the Fulton Hornets football team hasn’t seen.
Junior Grant Gaines ran a time of 18 minutes, 17.40 seconds, good for 13th place at the Class 3, District 5 cross country meet at Howard Hills Sports Complex last Saturday. Gaines’ result qualifies him for this week’s Class 3 state championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center in Jefferson City.
Three William Wood players finished in double figures, led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s game-high 19 points in the No. 19 Lady Owls’ 74-59 season-opening win over Missouri Valley College on Monday night.
Hornets will travel to face top-seeded, state-ranked California in semifinals
With one drive to extend its season, the Fulton Hornets beat back whatever bad breaks that fell upon them in the season’s second half to extend their campaign. Junior quarterback Sam Christensen found junior fullback Noah Braun for a 4-yard touchdown with 32 seconds left in the fourth quarter, helping the No. 5 seed Hornets to a 34-30 comeback win over No. 4 Chillicothe in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Thursday. The No. 5 seed Hornets (5-5) will play at the top-seeded California Pintos in the semifinals next Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Pintos (9-1) beat No. 8 Missouri Military Academy 69-0 in their district opener on Thursday.
A couple of big, early plays provided all the cushion No. 3 seed Montgomery County Wildcats needed to end the No. 6 North Callaway Thunderbirds’ season. The T-Birds fell on the road to the Wildcats 24-14 in Class 2, District 6 first-round play on Thursday. North Callaway’s season ends at 4-6 while Montgomery County (9-1) will play at No. 2 South Callaway next Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The loose attitude at the Fulton Hornets’ practice Tuesday afternoon would indicate this is a group that isn’t feeling a whole heap of pressure.
The fifth-seeded Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team’s season ended with a straight-set loss to No. 1 Boonville in the semifinals of the Class 3, District 9 Tournament on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton was eliminated by the Lady Pirates in a 25-16, 25-12 loss. The Lady Hornets finished the season with a 10-15-3 record. “Boonville is a tough team …” Fulton head coach Megan Youse said. “They’re strong offensively and we weren’t able to hit on the block. “They’re strong; they’re the strongest team here — in my opinion — and we had a hard time keeping up with them.” Senior middle hitter Hayley Tobias supplied two aces for the Lady Hornets, while junior outside hitter Madison Droeste had a team-leading four digs and senior libero Victoria Langley contributed three. Senior middle hitter Ashley Wallace came away with one block. Tuesday night’s setback ended Fulton’s quest for a fifth straight district championship. “I think playing under the big lights kind of got to them,” Youse said. “They weren’t mentally focused … and they made a lot of mental mistakes — being out of position, not knowing who our subs were, stuff we learned a long time ago.”
District competition has brought out the best in the Fulton Lady Hornets thus far. The No. 4 seed Lady Hornets turned away the No. 5 Mexico Lady Bulldogs in straight sets by scores of 25-12 and 25-19 in the first round of the Class 3, District 9 tournament on Monday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton (10-15-3) will play top-seeded Boonville in semifinal action at 5:30 today. The Lady Hornets are seeking the program’s fourth-straight district championship.
The Blue Jays lost for a fifth-straight game, dropping their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game to Northwestern (Minn.) 36-21 on Saturday.
Fulton senior Suzie Whitmar closed out her high school tennis career with a pair of losses at the Class 1 state singles championships Friday. Whitmar bowed to Villa Duchesne’s Brittany Green 6-1, 6-0 in the first round at the Cooper Tennis Complex. She was then eliminated in the consolation bracket, falling to Kennett’s Hadley Hilburn 6-4, 4-6 and 7-4.
A combination of unlucky ball spots and tricky play-calling from the Marionville Comets did in the North Callaway Thunderbirds in their regular season finale. North Callaway came up short on fourth-and-inches three times and was outscored 22-6 in the second half of their 22-19 loss to Marionville on Friday night.
The Fulton Hornets are still alive. Head coach Pat Kelley takes solace in that fact. Even after losing his starting quarterback, even after dropping a fourth straight game to close out the regular season, Fulton has reached the point of the season where none of that seemingly matters. The Hornets — winners of four of their first five — dropped their fourth game in the last five tries in a 34-24 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Friday night at Robert E. Fisher Jr. Stadium.
Winning four of their first five and losing three of their last four has solidified the fact that the Fulton Hornets have yet to play their best game, according to head coach Pat Kelley. “We haven’t put back-to-back halves or games together where we’ve played good offense or defense at the same time,” Kelley said. “And if there’s a game to do it, this is the game to do it.”
These surges to end the season are becoming somewhat of the norm for head coach Mike Emmons and his North Callaway Thunderbirds football team. Early struggles giving way to the late triumphs aren’t too hard to explain, either. “There’s no doubt that we played really good competition early in the year, but there’s also the aspect that we’ve gotten better,” Emmons said Tuesday afternoon
New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 96 in Tuesday’s final round to finish in 42nd place at the Class 1 girls’ golf state championship at Sedalia Country Club.
New Bloomfield junior Brooke Kelley shot a 28-over-par-99 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd in the first round of the Class 1 state golf championships at Sedalia Country Club on Monday. Jessica Dreesbeimdieke of Westminster Christian Academy leads with a 1-over-par 72 and John Burroughs leads the team standings with a cumulative score of 342. Kelley begins her final round from the first tee today at 9:15 a.m.
Fulton's struggles continue in third straight loss
Defensively, Fulton played about as well as it had in the last five weeks. However, it was the Hornets’ high-powered offense — averaging more than 37 points per game — that shot blanks against the Mexico Bulldogs. Actually, Fulton head coach Pat Kelley felt as if his team was lacking something in all facets of the game rather than just one. “It was just that kind of night,” Kelley said. “It seems like we were a beat off everywhere.”
After falling one game short of the Class 2 state semifinals in 2012, the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs made sure that 2013 would be their year. Senior pitcher Abby Bartley pitched a complete game and belted a two-run home run in the top of the first inning in the Lady Bulldogs’ 15-8 win over the Highland Lady Cougars in the Class 2 state softball quarterfinals on Saturday. South Callaway (23-4) is in the state semifinals for the first time in school history and will play the winner of Kelly-Willow Springs quarterfinal at 10 a.m. next Friday in Springfield.
New Bloomfield’s dream run through the Class 2 postseason came to an end on Saturday. The Lady Wildcats fell to the Bishop LeBlond Eagles 14-4 in the Class 2 quarterfinals on Saturday.
The Fulton Lady Hornets volleyball team fell to the Hannibal Lady Pirates in a 25-10, 25-20 North Central Missouri Conference loss Thursday night. Senior libero Victoria Langley recorded three digs for Fulton (7-14-3, 3-5 NCMC), though head coach Megan Youse complimented Langley on her solid defensive effort.
Fulton looking to stop two-game skid
Is tonight’s annual Highway 54 Bowl between Fulton and its rival, the Mexico Bulldogs, the right game at the right time for the Hornets? Fulton head coach Pat Kelley won’t say yes or no, but it’s definitely an opportunity for the Hornets — after losing two straight and three of their last four — to right themselves. “We need to get back on the winning track,” Kelley said. “I don’t feel like our confidence is shaken any; we’re still very spirited at practice, but it’s a great opportunity to beat your rival and any time you have that chance, you want to take advantage of it.”
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs (22-4) will play the Highland Lady Cougars (20-7) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Ewing in a Class 2 softball quarterfinal. The Lady Bulldogs outlasted Jefferson (Festus) High School at home 2-1 on Wednesday in a Class 2 sectional. The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats (14-12) play at Bishop LeBlond at 3 p.m. Saturday in another Class 2 quarterfinal clash in St. Joseph. The Lady Wildcats beat the Lafayette County Lady Huskers 7-6 in nine innings on Wednesday in New Bloomfield in its Class 2 sectional game.
It was a new feeling for New Bloomfield freshman pitcher Madison Love and her teammates, and she wasn’t quite sure how to express it. “We’ve never really done this before,” Love said. “We’re kind of the underdogs, so it’s really exciting.”
Fulton senior Suzie Whitmar had lost her last two matches to Moberly’s Emily McCarter headed into Monday’s Class 1, Sectional 4 individual competition on Monday at the high school athletic complex. But you wouldn’t have known it from how their showdown ended.
Westminster senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr. rushed for 230 yards and three touchdowns, but the Blue Jays were outscored 20-3 in the fourth quarter and overtime in a 45-38 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the Minnesota-Morris Cougars on Saturday at Priest Field.