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.
Horstmeier mashes two home runs, Fulton punishes New Bloomfield 16-6
Dalton Horstmeier’s struggles adjusting to a new batting stance and a tweaked swing led Fulton Hornets head Darren Masek to sit down and have a discussion with his senior shortstop.
Lady Blue Jays take two from Iowa Wesleyan to begin SLIAC play
Senior pitcher Brittany Lee notched two wins from the mound — the second in relief — as Westminster opened its St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference schedule with a doubleheader sweep of the Iowa Wesleyan Lady Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Blue Jay Field. Lee (3-2) threw 3 2/3 innings struck out one and allowed three earned runs on six hits in the Lady Blue Jays’ 10-6 win over the Lady Tigers in the second game.
The William Woods University Lady Owls felt they would need to play as cleanly as possible if they wanted to extend their season and upset the third-ranked Westminster (Utah) College Lady Griffins. It worked well for almost the entirety of the first half, before mistakes and missed shots ultimately doomed William Woods.
Face third-ranked Westminster (Utah) in first round this afternoon
One bad step and William Woods University senior guard Andraquay Quinnine’s excitement about her first trip to the NAIA national tournament could have ended before it even started.
Lady Owls slam Stephens to complete AMC sweep
Three Lady Owls were perfect at the plate as William Woods dispatched the Stephens College Stars 8-0 in five innings on Monday to finish off an American Midwest Conference doubleheader sweep. Freshman center fielder Hannah Campbell, sophomore shortstop Lindsey LeCuru and junior catcher Macy Wierschem all went 2-for-2 with an RBI as the Lady Owls had 14 hits as a team.
Lady Owls blast Benedictine in AMC doubleheader
William Woods opened up its home schedule in a resounding fashion, sweeping the Benedictine-University Sprinfield Lady Bulldogs in an American Midwest Conference doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Senior Becca Schemmer threw her sixth complete game of the year as the Lady Owls blasted the Lady Bulldogs 14-1 in five innings in the day’s second game. Schemmer (4-4) allowed an unearned run on two hits and two walks while striking out two.
William Woods University used four pitchers and was outhit by visiting Culver-Stockton College 11-6, but the Owls still came away with a narrow 5-4 victory in their home opener Tuesday afternoon.
Lady Blue Jays swept by UW-Platteville to open season
Westminster opened up its season with a pair of losses to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville on Monday at Blue Jay Field. The Lady Blue Jays fell 11-1 in the second game while dropping the opener 7-6 in nine innings. Westminster found itself in a 5-0 hole before it was able to get on the board in the second game. Lady Blue Jays freshman starter Alyson Hahn gave up a run in the top of the second inning and two runs each in the third and fourth innings, respectively as Westminster found itself trailing. Senior left fielder Becca Rose singled in the Lady Blue Jays’ lone run in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 5-1 contest. UW-Platteville responded with three runs in the sixth and seventh innings as they limited Westminster to just four hits.
Lady Hornets fall to Helias, end season in district semifinals
Head coach TJ Quick feels like her Fulton Lady Hornets gave one away. No. 5 seed Fulton got outscored by top-seeded Helias Lady Crusaders 31-19 in the second half, ending their season with a 43-36 loss in the Class 4, District 8 semifinals on Thursday afternoon.
New Bloomfield wears down in fourth quarter as state-ranked Lady Bulldogs take control
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead didn’t feel like his team let the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs hang around. In fact, Craighead couldn’t think of much else his Lady Wildcats could have done except to shoot the ball just a bit better. “I think we did all we could,” Craighead said. “I thought we played really well the first half, we didn’t shoot the ball well the whole game, but we played hard — and the third and fourth quarter we went absolutely cold.” New Bloomfield was knotted in a 24-all tie with No. 5 New Franklin, but faded in the final quarter as it fell to the Lady Bulldogs 46-39 in Class 2 sectional play Wednesday night at Jefferson City High School’s Fleming Fieldhouse.
Lady Hornets surge past Marshall, advance to District 8 semifinals
Fulton Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said her team would need to be focused from the moment it arrived if it wanted to extend the season. The Lady Hornets did just that. Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 18 of her game-high 25 points in the second half as fifth-seeded Fulton topped No. 4 Marshall 47-32 in the first round of the Class 4, District 8 Tournament on Tuesday night.
Lost to state-ranked Lady Bulldogs in Sturgeon semifinals
Low expecations from the outside are breeding low pressure on the inside for the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats. That’s a welcome sight for head coach Brett Craighead. “I think it’s kind of loosened them up and they’ve been really determined the last week or so,” Brett Craighead said during practice Tuesday afternoon at the high school. New Bloomfield (15-11) — the team nobody thought would be here — now has to take down a team many picked to be at this point in the fifth-ranked New Franklin Lady Bulldogs (26-1) in a Class 2 sectional at 6 tonight at Jefferson City High School. The winner moves on to face either Clopton or Knox County in a state quarterfinal at noon Saturday at Moberly Area Community College.
Will play state-ranked New Franklin in Class 2 sectional Wednesday night
RUSSELLVILLE — New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead wasn’t too happy as his Lady Wildcats went into halftime.
Lady Hornets fall in regular-season finale
Sophomore guard Sloane Totta paced Fulton with a game-high 16 points as the Lady Hornets fell to rival Mexico 48-34 in Thursday night’s regular-season finale at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
T-Birds’ season ends with a 57-39 district loss to Winfield
The fourth-seeded Thunderbirds logged just three second-quarter points in their season-ending 57-39 loss to No. 5 Winfield in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 touranment on Tuesday night.
Ladybirds top Wildcats 53-24 in District 6 opener
Junior guard Elaine Brinker led second-seeded North Callaway with 13 points in the Ladybirds’ 53-24 victory over No. 7 Wright City in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Monday evening. North Callaway (20-6) will play either No. 3 Christian or No. 6 Montgomery County in semifinal play at 7:30 Wednesday.
Lady Owls drop first two games at Alabama Artic Blast
The Lady Owls fell to No. 9 Bellhaven 3-1 in their second game at Alabama Artic Blast on Friday. William Woods scored its lone run against Montgomery in the bottom of the seventh inning and already trailing 3-0. Junior catcher Grace Fritz singled in sophomore shortstop Shelby LeCuru, but it would be all the Lady Owls could do.
Ladybirds thump Van-Far 56-20 for share of EMO title
Senior guard Jaida Gray led all players with 19 points as North Callaway locked up a share of the Eastern Missouri Conference title with a 56-20 bashing of Van-Far to close out its regular season on Friday night. They’re conference co-champions along with the Clopton Lady Hawks. “It feels really good,” Ladybirds head coach Matt Miller said. “I’m proud of the team, it was one of our goals we set forth at the beginning of the year. “I’m proud of the team and proud of the seniors.”
For three quarters, the South Callaway Bulldogs traded body blows with the state-ranked Eugene Eagles as a Show-Me Conference championship hung in the balance. But as the fourth quarter unfolded, the Bulldogs ran out of punches and the Eagles came in and landed a couple of knockout swings to capture the league crown. South Callaway was outscored 27-12 in the final eight minutes in bowing to the Eagles 59-42 in Friday night’s regular-season finale.
Brinker scores 32, Ladybirds bounce Lady Bulldogs 51-42
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker was “phenomenal” in the words of her coach Matt Miller, totaling a game-high 32 points and distributing five assists in the Ladybirds’ 51-42 victory over rival South Callaway on Thursday night.
Hornets tumble to Kirksville 63-56 in NCMC loss
Junior guard Ricky Dawson guided the Hornets with a game-high 22 points, but Fulton’s flat third quarter was their downfall in a 63-56 North Central Missouri Conference loss to the Kirksville Tigers on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
Lady Owls remain unbeaten after pair of Top 25 victories
William Woods toppled No. 15 Oklahoma Baptist and No. 24 Friends University on Saturday to cap off its undefeated run at the Oklahoma Baptist Tournament. The Lady Owls bested Oklahoma Baptist 4-1 to close out the tournament and got past Friends 6-1 in the day’s first contest.
Missouri School for the Deaf are tournament champions once again. Senior guard Nick Jones scored a game-high 25 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field in the Eagles’ 53-46 dispatching of the Minnesota Academy of the Deaf Trojans in the championship game of the 24th annual Great Plains School for the Deaf Tournament on Saturday on the MSD campus.
Sizzling second half launches Lady Owls past Missouri Baptist
The William Woods University Lady Owls shot a blistering 57 percent in the second half to key their 74-61 American Midwest Conference win over Missouri Baptist University on Saturday. The game was a 27-all stalemate at halftime, but Missouri Baptist led by as many four points in the early minutes of the second half. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine’s layup with 14 minutes, 43 seconds left in the game put William Woods (17-8, 10-7 AMC) in front to stay at 43-41. The Lady Spartans closed within 48-46 with 11:35 to go, but the Lady Owls answered with a 9-1 run over the next 4:09 to stretch their advantage out to 10 points. William Woods extended its lead to as many as 19 points on freshman forward Kennedy Volkart’s jumper with 3:24 remaining as the Lady Owls made 17-of-30 shots in the second half and were a perfect 10-of-10 from the free-throw line during that span.
Totta, Lady Hornets halt two-game skid
Fulton sophomore guard Sloane Totta knocked down a game-high 27 points and the Lady Hornets stopped a two-game losing streak with a 61-40 non-conference romp over Montgomery County on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Fulton broke out to a 21-9 advantage after one quarter, carried a 38-16 lead into the break and was in front 53-28 entering the fourth quarter. “We wanted to start off the game on fire, and that’s what we did,” Lady Hornets head coach TJ Quick said. “In the last three or four games we’ve been sluggish in the first quarter. “From the (opening) tip, we took it to them …” Totta also grabbed eight rebounds, handed out six assists and came up with five steals as Fulton raised its season record to 7-13. Sophomore forward NaShayla Brandt posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
T-Birds take down Wildcats with late run
North Callaway senior forward Brett Metcalf broke out for a career-high 35 points and the Thunderbirds used a critical 12-0 run down the stretch to topple Montgomery County in a 75-65 EMO win Tuesday night. North Callaway trailed by two points with about 6 minutes, 30 seconds left in the game when it produced the pivotal run over the next 3 minutes to go up by 10. The game was tied at 39-all at halftime and Montgomery County took a 53-51 edge into the fourth quarter, before the Thunderbirds outscored the Wildcats 24-12 to claim the victory. North Callaway committed only 12 turnovers, after piling up 25 in an 83-68 loss to Montgomery County on Jan. 16 in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.
Blue Jays topple Fontbonne for SLIAC victory
Freshman forward Tanner Gentges’ free throw with 43 seconds left completed the Blue Jays’ comeback in their 78-75 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference win over the Fontbonne Griffins on Saturday. Westminster (13-8, 10-4) won for a fifth-straight game despite trailing 39-34 at halftime and seeing that deficit climb to double digits in the second half. Fontbonne’s Blake Welch knocked down a 3-pointer with 11:24 to go in the second half to push his team’s lead out to 59-49. Two free throws from senior guard Joe James got the Blue Jays to within 71-70 with 2:27 left, but the Griffin’s lead went back up to three on Richard Dorhauer’s free throws with 1:37 remaining. Westminster tied the game at 73-all on junior Brandon Moore’s 3 with 1:22 to go then took the lead its next time down the floor on Gentges’ free throws.
Bulldogs top state-ranked Salisbury for Sturgeon title
South Callaway’s ninth-straight win came with a tournament title. Junior guards Corey Hanger and Troy Hentges both tallied a team-high 17 points in the fourth-seeded Bulldogs’ 62-57 win over the No. 2 Salisbury Panthers in the championship game of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament on Saturday. The tournament title game was postponed by one week due to inclimate weather and is the South Callaway’s first tournament-title victory since winning the 2002 South Callaway Tournament. The Bulldogs (16-3) knocked off the Panthers — last year’s Class 2 state champion — for their 13th win in their last 14 contests.
Scherder logs double-double, pushes Lady Owls past Park
Senior guard Katie Scherder scored 22 points and grabbed a school-record 25 rebounds in the William Woods University Lady Owls’ 71-64 American Midwest Conference triumph over Park University on Saturday at Anderson Arena. William Woods (16-7, 9-6 AMC) — winners of three in a row — broke a 26-all halftime tie by outscoring Park 45-38 in the second half. The Lady Owls shot just 36 percent as a team (16-of-44) and prevailed despite committing 26 turnovers. Senior guard Andraquay Quinnine added 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range and junior guard Blake French totaled 16 points.
Brinker, Ladybirds scramble past Hallsville in OT
North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker delivered a remarkable effort and the Ladybirds responded with a riveting comeback. Brinker’s game-high 28 points were two shy of a tournament record as No. 2 seed North Callaway rallied to force overtime, then outlasted No. 6 Hallsville for a 58-55 win Thursday night in the semifinals of the Southern Boone Classic. The Ladybirds were down 46-42 with 13 seconds to play in regulation when senior guard Tara Oberlag hit a basket to cut the deficit to two points. North Callaway then forced a turnover, Brinker was fouled with :11 remaining and she sank both ends of a 1-and-1 opportunity to tie the game. Hallsville committed another turnover with :01.1 to go, but the Ladybirds were unable to get off a potential game-winning shot. North Callaway put the game away in overtime at the foul line, hitting 8-of-12 attempts while outscoring the Lady Indians 12-9.
French's career day powers Lady Owls past AMC win
Junior guard Blake French tallied a career-high 21 points helping the Lady Owls to a 69-51 American Midwest Conference victory over the Williams Baptist Lady Eagles on Saturday at Anderson Arena. French finished 8-of-13 from field went 5-for-8 from 3-point range and pulled down seven rebounds as William Woods snapped a two-game losing skid and rose to fifth place in the conference standings.
Ladybirds edge past Father Tolton 39-36 at Southern Boone Classic
Junior guard Elaine Brinker logged seven of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter as the second-seeded Ladybirds edged out the No. 7 Father Tolton Lady Trailblazers 39-36 in the first round of the 2014 Southern Boone Classic on Monday night. North Callaway (13-4) shot just 22 percent in the first half and rebounded from a 10-5 deficit after one quarter to trail just 19-16 at the end of the first half. The Ladybirds outscored the Lady Trailblazers 8-4 in the third quarter to grab a 24-23 lead after the third quarter and outpaced them 15-13 in the final 8 minutes. A Brinker 3-pointer with 36 seconds left gave North Callaway the lead for good at 37-35.
Fulton holds off Moberly 55-52
It seemed as though the Fulton Hornets were on their way to another uninspired third quarter. After leading the Moberly Spartans 23-21 at halftime on Friday night, the Hornets found themselves trailing by three points and on the short end of a 7-2 run by the Spartans with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in the third quarter. Then, in a matter of seconds, Fulton junior guard Ricky Dawson intercepted a pass at midcourt, motored toward the rim and finished the drive with a one-handed slam while drawing a foul — and a bloody nose — from Moberly senior guard Acie Seifert. “That energized us,” Hornets junior forward Austin Wilson said. “You know, for the whole game.”
Bulldogs to play for Sturgeon title
The sizzling South Callaway Bulldogs put themselves in position to play for a title. Fourth-seeded South Callaway advanced to the championship of the 30th-annual Sturgeon Invitational Tournament by toppling host and top-seeded Sturgeon in an 82-74 semifinal victory Thursday night. The game was tied 20-20 after one quarter and South Callaway — which has won seven straight and 11 of its last 12 — owned slight leads of 42-41 at halftime and 60-59 going into the fourth quarter. South Callaway opened up a 74-64 advantage with 2 minutes, 47 seconds to play.
Hornets' rally runs out of time in Hannibal loss
Junior guard Ricky Dawson’s 22-footer at the buzzer fell short as the Fulton Hornets were edged out by the Hannibal Pirates 46-45 in a North Central Missouri Conference matchup Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Dawson accounted for a game-high 29 points as Fulton (5-12, 0-4 NCMC) erased an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter. The Hornets led 19-16 at halftime before Hanniball went in front behind an 11-1 run to start the third quarter.
Totta’s 29 helps Lady Hornets top Hannibal 62-57
Sophomore guard Sloane Totta scored 15 of her game-high 29 points in the third quarter as Fulton outlasted the Hannibal Lady Pirates 62-57 in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night. The Lady Hornets (5-11, 2-2) led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Hannibal outpaced them 19-9 in the second frame to Fulton into halftime down 29-25. “The effort, you could tell we were fighting,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “…Earlier in the season, we would have gotten down and shut down, but we fought through it.”
Lee, Blue Jays pull away from Eureka in overtime
Junior guard Verdis Lee Jr. supplied a game-high 25 points and Westminster outscored the Eureka Red Devils 16-5 in overtime to pull out an 82-71 St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference road win on Saturday. The Blue Jays (10-8, 7-4) trailed by as many as nine points in the first half, but pulled the game to 30-29 at halftime. Their deficit was as high as eight points in the second before a Lee jumper with 4 minutes, 8 seconds left pulled the game to a 57-all tie. Westminster trailed by three with 2:23 to go when senior guard Joe James hit a layup and drew a foul from Red Devil forward Nick Finney. James completed the three-point play to knot the game back up at 62-62. Lee’s attempted 3-pointer on the next possession was off the mark and Eureka’s attempt to pull ahead on the other end resulted in a missed three and a missed layup off an offensive rebound. Joe James converted a layup out of a Blue Jay timeout with :30 left to give Westminster its first lead of the game at 64-62.
No. 2 Freed-Hardeman hammers Lady Owls
The William Woods University Lady Owls had no answer for the second-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) University Lady Lions in a 94-57 American Midwest Conference loss at Anderson Arena on Saturday. William Woods (13-6, 6-5 AMC) led 4-3 with 17 minutes, 19 seconds left, before Freed-Hardeman erupted for a 15-0 run over the next 5:47. The Lady Lions stretched that deficit even further, eventually taking a 51-20 lead into halftime. The Lady Owls shot just 32 percent (18-of-57) from the field (18-of-57) and were led by senior guard Katie Scherder’s 13 points off the bench. Sophomore guard Julia Wells scored 11 points and junior guard Destani Stensrud added 10 as William Woods saw its four-game winning streak come to an end.
Behind by four points midway through the second quarter and carrying the momentum of a three-point play, the prospects were hopeful for the Fulton Hornets in their quest to upend the state-ranked Helias Crusaders. But from there, the Crusaders would kick it into another gear.
Lady Wildcats knock off state-ranked Tuscumbia
New Bloomfield head coach Brett Craighead hopes his Lady Wildcats can maximize the benefits of this signature win. Junior guard Sydni Bedsworth and junior forward Taylor Howard provided 14 points apiece Thursday night as New Bloomfield handed Tuscumbia — ranked No. 2 in Class 1 — its first loss of the season, 60-51 in a Show-Me Conference encounter.