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Hornets soccer team pushes Helias in narrow 3-2 loss

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.

Washington homer puts Fulton past Boonville

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.

Hornets shift gears, speed past T-Birds

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.

Defense spurs Westminster in victory

The second-half adjustment for the Westminster College Blue Jays was a simple one, according to head coach John Welty. “We went from a four-man front back down to our three-man front,” Welty said. “We went to our three-man front and we just shut them down. “Physically, we knew we were better than them. We were physically better than them and they knew it, and it just took us some time to figure out what to do and how to line up defensively. Once we started going, they couldn’t stop our perimeter rush, they couldn’t stop our inside rush.”

Hornet playmakers present rigorous test for T-Bird defense

Fulton head coach Pat Kelley will point at his team’s underwhelming statistics and win-loss record from the last three years as obvious signs of “growing pains.” Freshmen, sophomores and the otherwise inexperienced saw playing time and endured their share of bumpy patches. The results: a three-year mark of 5-26 for the Hornets.

Lady Hornets tennis team powers past Palmyra in 6-3 victory

The Fulton Lady Hornets team team swept through doubles action and took three-of-six singles matches to best Palmyra 6-3 on Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.

Lady Hornets pull off dramatic win over Moberly

Baysinger drives in Depping with winning run in bottom of ninth

The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team worked itself into two holes and worked its way out of both. Fulton junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger’s sacrifice fly to score junior second baseman Dacrie Depping in the bottom of the ninth inning was the game winner in the Lady Hornets’ 7-6 North Central Missouri Conference win over Moberly on Tuesday night at the high school athletic complex.

Lady Hornets pummel Lady Pirates

The Lady Hornets came up with 12 hits and ended their two-game losing streak with a 15-1 five-inning win over the Hannibal Lady Pirates in North Central Missouri Conference play on Monday night at the high school athletic complex.

Howard, two other Lady Bulldogs medal at Jefferson City race

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs cross country team had a trio of senior medalists, headlined by Taylor Howard, who finished in 15th place in 23 minutes, 11.40 seconds at the Jim Marshall Invitational on Saturday.

Hornets survive missteps, resist Tigers in shootout

Fulton accumulates 476 yards of total offense, improves to 2-0

A 65-yard touchdown pass negated by an unnecessary block downfield. Sure, it was a bummer for the man on the receiving end, Fulton senior wideout Dalton Horstmeier. “I can’t lie, I was pretty disappointed,” Horstmeier said with a smirk. “But it was stats, individual stats, and it’s a team sport and we won, so that’s all that matters.”

Cassidy throws perfect game, keeps Ladybirds spotless

Danielle Cassidy was perfect and, in the process, kept the North Callaway Ladybirds perfect as well. The junior pitcher threw five flawless innings and struck out eight batters to help North Callaway coast to a 10-0 victory over the Silex Lady Owls in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night.

Hornets apply lessons learned vs. Tigers

Pat Kelley drilled his linebackers during Tuesday’s practice and asked them one question. “What kind of team are we?” the Fulton Hornets head football coach asked. “Inside out,” they responded. Kelley asked them a few more times, getting the same answer a little louder each time.

Bartley, Lady Bulldogs shutout Lady Hornets

Senior works out of jam, preserves 4-0 win

South Callaway softball coach David Odneal wants senior pitcher Abby Bartley to remember three definitive words when she’s on the mound. I’m. In. Charge. She was, indeed, against the Fulton Lady Hornets.

Lady Hornets ride singles victories to 6-3 win over Battle

The Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team triumphed in four of six singles matches Tuesday night to turn back the Battle Lady Spartans 6-3. Notching singles victories for Fulton (2-0) were a quartet of seniors — Grace Hegemann at No. 3, Rachel Kucera at No. 4, Danyiell Lee at No. 5, and Jessica Popkey at No. 6.

New Bloomfield splits at Hallsville Tournament

The Lady Wildcats capped off their stay at the Hallsville Tournament with a 4-2 win over the Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs on Saturday.

Hornets race out to big advantage, then have to rally

Dean runs for game-winner with 5:18 left

Chris Tilson had to excuse himself.

Ladybirds hold off Lady Bulldogs

With two outs and the the potential tying run at second base in the top of the seventh inning, was North Callaway junior pitcher Danielle Cassidy nervous? Not at all, in fact “I got mad,” Cassidy said with a laugh. “It’s a game, you don’t know how it’s going to go, so you just have to work harder.”

Hornets have to focus on duties, being in right spot

Alignment and assignment. It’s not just alliteration or a nice rhyming play on words. It is, but there’s more to it for Fulton head football coach Pat Kelley. It’s what his Hornets are going to need to do in their 2013 season opener against the School of the Osage Indians.

Neal marks birthday with hat track as Hornets rally

Trevor Neal probably couldn’t have imagined a better birthday gift for himself. Fulton’s senior midfielder celebrated his 18th birthday by scoring three goals, including a pair in the second half to help rally the Hornets to a 4-3 win over Warrenton in Thursday night’s season opener.

Kelley content with how Hornets “handled” jamboree

There was a little bit of both good and bad. That’s really all that a jamboree can offer and that’s exactly what the Fulton Hornets got in scrimmages against the Boonville Pirates and Holden Eagles on Friday night at Gene Reagan Field.

Lavy realizes ‘dream’, signs with Missouri

Former North Callaway baseball standout will transfer, has three years of eligibility

Zach Lavy had signed a letter of intent. He’d talked to his coaches. He’d even turned away interest from mid-major college baseball programs like Southeast Missouri State and Bradley University. In his mind, Lavy would be returning to the Jefferson College Vikings for his sophomore season.

Post 210 comes up short in 9-5 loss to Jefferson City

Fulton Post 210 had its chances, but couldn’t capitalize. Then again, the American Legion team didn’t help itself out by helping out its opponent, Jefferson City Post 5.

Westminster basketball player shot to death

Westminster College men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell used the words “upbeat” and “passionate” to describe Tony Woods. Woods — a redshirt sophomore point guard with the Blue Jays — was shot to death early Saturday morning in his hometown of Memphis, Tenn.

Legion team creates alternative for players

Post 210 squad both competitive, convenient

Competitive summer baseball is an expensive venture. Tim Echelmeier, an assistant coach for the Fulton Hornets high school team and a father of two ballplayers, can attest. “The problem is that in high school, if (players) want to play good competition, they feel like they have to play for a club team or a prospect team and those can be pretty expensive,” Echelmeier said last week.

Post 210 piles up 21 hits, breezes past St. Charles

The Fulton Post 210 American Legion baseball team hit early, often and effectively. Post 210 scored at least two runs apiece in five innings, including seven in the fifth, on its way to a 15-1, seven-inning win over St. Charles Post 312 on Wednesday night at the Fulton High School athletic complex.

McCarty ends career with seventh-place medal finish in 3,200

Coleman medals in 110, 300 hurdles

Fulton senior Jenny McCarty had just set a personal record in the girls’ 3,200 meters at the Missouri State High School Activities’ Class 3 state track and field championships. McCarty had gone 15 seconds faster and shattered her time in last year’s 3,200 final.

Stockton’s throw brings William Woods first national championship

The William Woods University track and field program can now boast a national champion. Senior Anthony Stockton became the school’s first national champion in the hammer throw at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships on Thursday.

Father’s memory drives MSD’s Jones to state titles

A little more than a year ago, Nick Jones was watching the track season from the sidelines and mourning the passing of his father, Hardy.

T-Birds roar to win over Martinsville at Busch Stadium

As North Callaway junior shortstop Chance Kee rounded third base and headed to the home plate of Busch Stadium, Thunderbirds head coach Kevin O’Neal had no intent of doing stopping him. “...I don’t think there was going to be any way of me stopping him at third,” O’Neal said on Monday.

Six Lady Hornets earn all-district soccer honors

A trio of Fulton players garnered first team recognition in Class 1, District 8 competition. Senior forward Adrienne Ebersole, senior midfielder Anna Fink and senior goalkeeper Billie Klutts all earned slots on the first team while sophomore Alexandria Fague and seniors Allie Pierce and Kate Sterner were second-team honorees as backs. Fink was also the sole Lady Hornet named all-North Central Missouri Conference as she was a first-team honoree.

Coleman, McCarty each qualify for two state events

North Callaway’s Steven Coleman and Fulton’s Jenny McCarty will both have two cracks at taking home state championships next weekend.

Lady Owls’ season done after NAIA tournament loss

The William Woods offense had bit more success on Tuesday than it did on Monday.

Hornets' season ends in District 8 semifinal loss

Darren Masek told his team before the game what it was going to take. For the No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets to move past the top-seeded Kirksville Tigers and into the Class 4, District 8 title game, they’d have to pitch well, hit well and field the ball cleanly. “We outplayed Kirksville in two-of-three phases,” Masek said. “We out-hit them and we outpitched them; we simply just made too many mistakes tonight to beat a good team. “We had lots of opportunities and we lost a tough one.”

Fatima finishes off Bulldogs in semis

A second state championship in a row will not take place for the South Callaway Bulldogs. South Callaway — seeded fourth in Class 3, District 13 — was done in by six unearned runs at the hands of the top-seeded Fatima Comets in a 6-0 semifinal loss Monday night.

T-Birds down Montgomery County in Class 3, District 8 opener

North Callaway senior shortstop Justin Murphy hit a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel No. 3 seed North Callaway over No. 6 Montgomery County 10-9 in the first round of the Class 3, District 8 tournament on Saturday. Junior Chance Kee got the win on the mound, throwing an inning of relief striking out one and walking one. With the victory, the T-Birds will play No. 2 Wright City in the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Monday. Results of the game were received after press time Saturday afternoon.

Hurt, doubles duo of Strough, Barkho move on

The Fulton Hornets clinched a district tennis triple crown.

Hornets outlast Moberly in District 8 opener

Two weeks ago, the Moberly Spartans shocked the Fulton Hornets with a two-out, go-ahead grand slam in the first round of the Fulton Tournament. That setback stayed with Hornet players and coaches. “It was in our head, but you obviously can’t think about it too much,” junior Dalton Horstmeier said. “We remember that we kind of had it locked up and they came back and got us.”

Bulldogs blast Wildcats in 10-1 Show-Me romp

The South Callaway Bulldogs pounded out a season-high 15 hits in dispatching the New Bloomfield Wildcats in a 10-1 romp in Show-Me Conference play Wednesday night.

Hornets take tumble in tournament games

Lose opener to Moberly on late grand slam, drop second game to Eldon in nine innings

Darren Masek liked the way his team fought. Masek liked their resolve and, in spite of their record, believes that his Fulton Hornets are getting better. Unfortunately, none of that translated to wins Tuesday in the 19th-annual Fulton Tournament. The Hornets dropped both of their tourney games, falling to the Eldon Mustangs 10-7 in nine innings Tuesday night at William Woods University after bowing to North Central Missouri Conference foe Moberly 7-6 earlier at the high school athletic complex.

Owls to play in AMC Tournament title game

Senior right fielder Justin Elmore drew a bases loaded walk, to bring home senior second baseman Jacob Harrison and vault No. 3 seeded William Woods to an 6-5 10-inning win over the top-seeded Missouri Baptist Spartans in the semifinals of the American Midwest Conference baseball tournament on Monday.

Mexico shreds Hornets in 19-4 romp

There’s a big difference between the Fulton squad that won three in a row and the Hornets squad that left the field after Friday night’s North Central Missouri Conference game against the rival Mexico Bulldogs. A stark difference, in fact.

Jays hand Bulldogs second straight loss

Jared Wood saw some discomfort, some intimidation in his South Callaway Bulldogs. Especially junior pitcher Smith Kemper, who took the mound for the Bulldogs in Thursday’s game against the Jefferson City Jays. “You could tell that when there was nobody on and he went off the stretch,” Wood said. “... They were a good-hitting team and they hit the ball well.” Kemper agreed. “A little bit, just because it’s been a week or a week and a half since I pitched, so I wasn’t comfortable coming out of the windup,” he said.

T-Birds hand Bulldogs first defeat of the season

North Callaway sophomore pitcher Paul Zerr threw a complete game and knocked in the go-ahead run in the T-Birds 6-4 victory over the South Callaway Bulldogs on Monday night. The win was North Callaway’s second in a row while it snapped the Bulldogs’ eight-game spurt.

Lady Owls split twinbill with No. 5 Williams Baptist

William Woods’ 13-game winning streak was halted in a 4-2 American Midwest Conference loss to the No. 5 Williams Baptist Lady Eagles at Firley Field on Monday. The Lady Owls bested the Lady Eagles in the day’s first game with 1-0 eight-inning triumph.

T-Birds bring end to four-game skid

The North Callaway Thunderbirds baseball team needed a gritty effort to halt its slide.

Hornets handle Tolton in five innings

Winning is good, but sometimes it’s just nice to play. Just ask Josh King, a Fulton senior who spent the first 10 games of the baseball season on the bench after tearing three ligaments in his knee in a district football game at Boonville last fall.

Smith finished Boston Marathon before explosions

During the 10-minute train ride from downtown Boston to nearby Dedham, Mass., Clint Smith received numerous texts from people back home in Fulton.

Hornets fall to Fatima, lose third in a row

Junior starting pitcher Joe Schlemeier drove in two runs, but took the loss on the mound in Fulton’s 5-2 loss to the Fatima Comets on Monday at the high school athletic complex.

Galbreath finds words to sum up Hall induction

Tony Galbreath wasn’t exactly sure what he would say in his Missouri Sports Hall of Fame induction speech. He didn’t know a few days before, or even a few hours prior. “No idea,” Galbreath said before Sunday’s ceremony at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. “I’ll just go with it and hope God is on my side when I do open my mouth.”

Galbreath rode NFL’s highs and lows

(Editor’s note: Fulton native Tony Galbreath — who started his football career with the Hornets, then starred at the University of Missouri and went on to a successful stint in the NFL — will be inducted today into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in Jefferson City. Fulton Sun sports writer Josh Mosley recently sat down for a series of interviews with Galbreath, who lives in Fulton, to chronicle his career in a three-part series leading up to today’s induction. Today’s final part focuses on Galbreath’s NFL career and his retirement afterward.) On arguably the biggest day of his life, Tony Galbreath was playing basketball. Or cutting the grass. Actually, Galbreath doesn’t quite remember. The 24-hour news cycle wasn’t around back in 1976 or the wall-to-wall coverage of the NFL draft. Cameras weren’t in an athlete’s living room and sure-fire first-round picks weren’t flown to New York for the festivities. The pomp and primetime coverage just didn’t exist yet. Still, even if it had at the time, Tony probably wouldn’t have subscribed to it. Galbreath had talked to teams, visited with coaches. He’d done individual workouts — the NFL Combine as we know it was still six years away — and had been evaluated as much as possible. The Miami Dolphins intrigued Galbreath. There’d even been talk of the Dolphins snapping up Galbreath late in the first round, though that didn’t materialize. “I never sat around waiting,” Galbreath recalled. “If it happened, it happened, and if it didn’t, it didn’t.”