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.”
The Blue Jays lost for a fifth-straight game, dropping their Upper Midwest Athletic Conference game to Northwestern (Minn.) 36-21 on Saturday.
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 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.
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boonville throws winning TD pass with no time left
The fourth quarter between the Fulton Hornets and the Boonville Pirates made one thing perfectly clear: whoever scored last would win.
Fulton junior setter Catherine Berrey had a team-high 20 kills in the Lady Hornets’ 25-20, 25-15 North Central Missouri Conference victory over Kirksville on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Top-seeded Ladybirds stunned in other semi
No. 3 seed Fulton scraped out just five hits and produced its lone run in the third inning, ending its season in a 5-1 loss to No. 2 Warrenton in the Class 3, District 7 semifinals on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex. Junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks in six innings while striking out three. Baysinger allowed the game’s first runs in a three-run second inning.
Fulton’s combo of junior Laurel Royer and senior Grace Hegemann prevailed 7-5, 6-3 over Palmyra’s Lydia Wilson and Brooke Meyer to clinch the No. 2 seeded Lady Hornets’ 5-2 win over No. 3 Palmyra in the Class 1, District 7 team semifinals on Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.
The Ladybirds scored three of their four sixth-inning runs with two outs in downing the Mexico Lady Bulldogs 4-0 in the regular season-finale on Monday. The win also secured North Callaway’s first undefeated regular season in school history.
Westminster senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr. ran for 100 yards and a touchdown — his fifth-straight game in which he’s hit the century mark — in the Blue Jays’ 42-28 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference loss to the Eureka Red Devils on Saturday.
Brutal. Ask Fulton Hornets head football coach Pat Kelley how it felt seeing his team go from being tied to trailing by 14 points in the final minute of a half and that’s what he’ll say. And it didn’t get much better for the Hornets in the second half against the Hannibal Pirates, ranked No. 10 in Class 4. Fulton was pummeled by the Pirates’ run game to the tune of 432 yards in the Hornets’ 61-32 North Central Missouri Conference defeat Friday night.
The North Callaway defense came up big in helping the Thunderbirds ditch a three-game losing streak. North Callaway put the clamps on the Wright City Wildcats, limiting them to just 147 yards of total offense in a 21-14 Eastern Missouri Conference win on homecoming Friday night.
The Fulton Hornets have gone through about four base defensive schemes in 17 years, figures head coach Pat Kelley. Every one of those years, his Hornets have game-planned for the same tried-and-true offensive strategy in regard to the Hannibal Pirates: the veer option. “If you can point to one team that hasn’t changed much offensively or defensively, it’s Hannibal,” Kelley said. “They do it well and they continue to (do it well).”
Senior left fielder Brooke Craw combined to drive in four runs in the first and second innings Thursday night as the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs shut out Show-Me Conference opponent Tuscumbia 10-0 in six innings.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.