The William Woods offense had bit more success on Tuesday than it did on Monday.
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.”
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.
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.
The Fulton Hornets clinched a district tennis triple crown.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds baseball team needed a gritty effort to halt its slide.
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.
During the 10-minute train ride from downtown Boston to nearby Dedham, Mass., Clint Smith received numerous texts from people back home in Fulton.
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.
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.”
(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.”
Senior pitcher Bradley Smart struck out nine in six innings to power South Callaway to a 5-0 win over Montgomery County in the title game of the Montgomery County Tournament on Saturday.
(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 into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on Sunday 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 Sunday’s induction. Today’s first part focuses on Galbreath’s college career, beginning at a small junior college in Iowa before wrapping up at Missouri.) Bullets pierced the walls and floorboards. A light — later discovered to be a blazing cross — shone menacingly through the windows. Members of the Indian Hills Junior College football team, including Tony Galbreath, reacted. They dodged the bullets anyway they could. Some even hopped out the windows of the house they were staying in to save themselves. It was the Ku Klux Klan, which had just burned down the team’s original dormitory. This was all-new, frightening reality for Galbreath, but then again, Indian Hills wasn’t exactly where he thought he’d be starting his collegiate career. It was 1972 and Tony’s road to college football — and eventually the National Football League — took a detour to the tiny rural town of Centerville, located in southeastern Iowa.
Tony Galbreath devoted 20 years of his life to football.
North Callaway senior starter Justin Murphy tossed a one-hitter and struck out 12 on Tuesday night as the Thunderbirds toppled Eastern Missouri Conference rival Montgomery County 4-0.
Westminster let an early lead get away falling 7-2 to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Titans in the championship game of the Grinnell College Invitational on Sunday.
Sophomore Troy Hentges pitched five innings of relief to guide South Callaway to a 7-0 Show-Me Conference win over the Tuscumbia Lions on Monday.
The William Woods University Owls baseball team paired a late rally with a hitting rampage in sweeping an American Midwest Conference doubleheader with Park University on Friday.
Horstmeier drives in game-winner as Fulton rallies past Hannibal 7-6
It could have been a lineout, it could have been a groundout. However the Fulton Hornets recorded the final out of their first win, the manner didn’t matter to junior Tyler Echelmeier.
South Callaway junior starter Smith Kemper and sophomore reliever Luke Horstman combined on a one-hitter Thursday night as the Bulldogs stifled Southern Boone 4-1.
South Callaway senior starter Bradley Smart tossed a one-hitter Tuesday night and the defending Class 2 state champion Bulldogs used an 11-hit attack to flatten Calvary Lutheran 11-0 in five innings.
William Woods junior forward Priscila Santos capped off her inaugural season with the Lady Owls by being named a second-team NAIA Division I All-American.
Freshman Grant Nichols’ single to right field drove in the game-winning run in New Bloomfield’s 5-4 win over the Tipton Cardinals on Tuesday afternoon.
North Callaway will host the Eastern Missouri Conference’s fourth-annual Basketball Senior Showcase on Friday night at the high school.
There’s not much to do when your opponent shoots 50 percent from the field and from beyond the 3-point line. William Woods found that out the hard way in its season-ending loss. The No. 6 seed Lady Owls got 25 points from junior forward Priscila Santos, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the No. 2 Vanguard Lady Lions 85-60 in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament at the Frankfurt Civic Center on Friday afternoon.
Fulton baseball coach Darren Masek and New Bloomfield head man Brandon Talbot figured it would be rough when their team’s opened up the season. They weren’t wrong.
The William Woods University Lady Owls split a doubleheader with Vanguard University on Wednesday. The Lady Owls prevailed in the first game 4-1, before bowing in the nightcap 5-4.
Making fifth straight tournament appearance, William Woods plays MidAmerica Nazarene tonight
Dan Chapla wasn’t sweating his team’s postseason prospects after the William Woods University Lady Owls fell at Columbia College 91-83 in the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament championship on March 4. Neither was his team, for that matter.
William Woods is no longer winless, sweeping a doubleheader against Midland (Neb.) University on Sunday.
The William Woods Lady Owls had the game, and an automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament in the palm of their hands.
Tracey Braden believed in the process. It’s what Westminster College men’s basketball coach Matt Mitchell constantly preaches to Braden, who impressed that on her own Westminster Lady Blue Jays this season.
Sparked by junior guard Leigh Ann Lutz’s 27 points, top-seeded Westminster got by the No. 2 Webster Lady Gorloks 71-55 to secure the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament title on Sunday at Westminster Gymnasium. With the victory, the Lady Blue Jays earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will play at Simpson (Iowa) College in first-round play at 8 p.m. on Friday.
Senior guard Stephanie Hughes and freshman guard Sloane Totta each tallied 16 points and eight rebounds for the No. 5 Lady Hornets to the No. 4 Moberly Lady Spartans in the first round of the Class 4, District 8 tournament on Monday afternoon.
Senior guard Hannah Kloster registered a team-high 24 points, pacing the No. 1 seed Lady Blue Jays in a 77-70 victory over the No. 4 Spalding Lady Golden Eagles in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament on Saturday at Westminster Gymnasium. Westminster (16-10) will play the No. 2 Webster Lady Gorloks for the SLIAC Tournament title today at 2 p.m.
Junior guard Blake Burgess came off the bench to provide a team-high 14 points as William Woods grabbed an 82-66 American Midwest Conference win over the Missouri Baptist Spartans on Wednesday night.
The Westminster Lady Blue Jays will enter the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament with some style and some momentum. The Lady Blue Jays had three players in double figures and weren’t challenged much at all in a 78-49 win over the Principia Lady Panthers at Westminster Gym on Tuesday night.
No. 2 seed North Callaway scored the game’s first 15 points, easily dispatching the No. 7 Winfield Lady Warriors in the first round of the Class 3, District 6 tournament on Monday night.
The Owls and Lady Owls both locked up a second-straight American Midwest Conference Indoor Championships on Friday at the Missouri Collegiate Classic.
South Callaway junior guard Taylor Howard led the way with 20 points, including 16 in the second half, to guide the Lady Bulldogs to a 53-43 win over the North Callaway on Thursday night.
Fulton head coach TJ Quick sees the change in her team. Fulton was blown out at Kirksville 71-31 on Dec. 14. The Lady Hornets entered that game with just a single win in their first six games. Tuesday night, Fulton — having won four straight and seven of its last nine — took the court at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium against that same Kirksville squad, now ranked No. 10 in Class 4.
Sophomore guard Sydni Bedsworth scored a game-high 14 points, including a trio of 3-pointers as New Bloomfield finished off its regular season with a 50-29 win over the Community R-6 Lady Trojans on Monday night.
MONTGOMERY CITY — Freshman guard Sloane Totta tallied a game-high 16 points and the Fulton Lady Hornets continued their upward trend by easily disposing of Montgomery County 54-19 on Thursday night.