South Callaway graduate Garner Rudroff will play the final game of his high school football career in the 38th-annual Missouri Lions All-Star Game on Saturday night in Warrensburg. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. at the University of Central Missouri’s Walton Stadium/Vernon Kennedy Field.
William Woods University’s Jason Vittone has been named the 2013-14 American Midwest Conference athletic director of the year, the school announced Tuesday.
Mackenzie McDaniel and Hillary Fry picked up blue ribbons in all of their events to spur the Fulton Fins swim team in Wednesday night’s home meet against Boonville and Sedalia at Oestreich Municipal Pool.
Hillary Fry and Mackenzie McDaniel won blue ribbons in all of their events for the Fulton Fins in their home meet July 2 at Oestreich Municipal Pool.
Fulton head football coach Pat Kelley and his staff of assistants will conduct the second session of their summer camp starting Monday, July 14.
The William Woods University athletics department is about to expand.
BOONVILLE — Kaylee English, Kaleigh Moore and Dominick Tharp each won all five of their events to guide the Fulton Fins swim team in last Wednesday night’s six-team event.
First WWU golfer to earn honor
William Woods University men’s golfer Julian Taylor has been selected to the 2014 All-Nicklaus team, the first player in the program’s history to receive the prestigious honor. The team — created in 2008 and named after Jack Nicklaus, the sport’s most successful player — recognizes standout competitors from NCAA Divisions I, II and III, NAIA and NJCAA for their outstanding play during the past collegiate season. Nicklaus, who won 18 major titles in the PGA, also captured a pair of U.S. Amateur championships and was an NCAA and Big Ten champion at the Ohio State University. Taylor — a York, England, native — capped off his junior season with the Owls by finishing 12th at the NAIA national championships in May. He won six tournaments and compiled an average score of 71.60 in 25 rounds. He is a three-time, first-team NAIA All-American, a three-time American Midwest Conference player of the year and winner of the 2012 Phil Mickelson Award, presented to the top freshman in the country.
William Woods University head coach Nick Totta recently announced the signing of Iberia graduate Darrien Dickey and junior-college transfer Darryin “DJ” Johnson to letters of intent for the 2014-15 season.
Recent Westminster College graduate Leigh Ann Lutz has been selected as the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nominee for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Tia Bastian captured blue ribbons in five events to direct the Fulton Fins swim team in Wednesday night’s meet against Mexico, Boonville and Centralia. The meet consisted of the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, medley and 25-, 50- and 100-meter freestyle relays.
A year removed from medalling with seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the boys’ 300- and 110-meter hurdles, respectively, Steven Coleman should be a strong contender for state titles this time around. The North Callaway junior will compete in both events when the Class 3 state track and field championships begin today at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
TROY — Junior Steven Coleman qualified for the Class 3 state meet for the Thunderbirds by prevailing in both the boys’ 110- and 300-meter hurdles at the Sectional 2 championships Saturday.
TROY — Seniors Madison Washington and Hayley Tobias advanced to the Class 3 state meet for the Lady Hornets during Saturday’s Sectional 2 championships at Troy Buchanan High School.
JEFFERSON CITY — Sparked by junior Hannah Oberdiek’s first individual state title in the long jump, the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs finished fourth as a team as the Class 2 state track and field championships concluded Saturday.
Senior Nick Jones will attempt to add to his mark on the Missouri School for the Deaf’s rich track and field tradition. Jones will cap off his high school career by trying to repeat as state champion in the 100 and 200 meters when the Class 1 state championships begin today at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Will compete in 23 events combined in Class 2
South Callaway’s emergence at the state track and field championships over the past two years is a product of an acceptable amount of boldness. A year removed from qualifying in 17 events, South Callaway will compete in an amazing 23 — 12 in the girls’ division and 11 on the boys’ side — when the Class 2 state championships commence late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
MOKANE — This had to ease some of the sting for the South Callaway Bulldogs.
MONTGOMERY CITY — No. 2 seed Hallsville came up with three runs in the top of the eighth inning to trip the No. 3 North Callaway Thunderbirds 11-8 in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals Tuesday night.
Junior starter Paul Zerr threw a four-hitter and struck out eight in the No. 3 seed Thunderbirds’ 7-2 first-round win over the No. 6 Wildcats at the Class 3, District 8 Tournament on Saturday night. Zerr allowed two unearned runs and walked two while raising his season record to 4-2. Helped by four North Callaway errors, Wright City (14-11) tallied both of their runs in the top of the second inning.
New Bloomfield senior reliever Ethan Massman gave up a walk-off, two-run home run to Tipton’s Dylan Tate with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning in the No. 3 seed Wildcats’ 7-5 loss to the No. 2 Cardinals in the Class 2, District 8 semifinals Monday night. New Bloomfield — which made the semifinals after edging No. 6 seed New Haven 6-5 in eight innings on Saturday — finished its season at 9-13. Tipton (19-6) will play either top-seeded Linn or No. 4 Russellville for the District 8 title at 6 tonight.
MEXICO — Junior Steven Coleman and senior Jaida Gray were the Thunderbirds’ and Ladybirds’ only qualifiers for sectional competition at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.
MEXICO — Senior Hayley Tobias and junior Sam Christensen both advanced to sectionals in two events to guide the Lady Hornets and Hornets at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.
ST. LOUIS — Senior Nick Jones will be returning to defend his state titles in the 100 and 200 meters after winning both events as the Eagles’ sole qualifier at Saturday’s Class 1, Sectional 1 championships.
LINN — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams put on another sensational display in the lead-up to the showcase event.
Taylor shares 11th place, makes all-tourney team for third straight year
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The William Woods University Owls golf team made a hard charge to establish another program milestone.
The No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets tennis team (4-18-1) tumbled to No. 4 Mexico in the first round of the Class 1, District 7 team tournament Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.
HARRISBURG — New Bloomfield’s shaky pitching proved damaging when Harrisburg tallied the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to trip the Wildcats 5-4 on Wednesday night.
The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team finally ran out of rallies. Center fielder Amber Getty hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and third-seeded Davenport University resisted one last comeback attempt by No. 2 William Woods to oust the Lady Owls from the Davenport bracket with a wild 16-15 victory Tuesday in the NAIA Opening Round. The No. 19 Lady Owls — who used a stunning five-run rally in the seventh to send the game to extra innings — completed their season with a 40-17 record. William Woods, which started NAIA play with a 4-2 loss to host Davenport on Monday, had staved off elimination earlier Tuesday with a 9-1 win over No. 4 seed Huntington (Ind.) University.
Eagles senior Nick Jones advanced to sectional competition by winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters, along with the long jump Saturday in the Class 1, District 1 championships at Lutheran St. Charles High School.
Senior Taylor Howard logged victories in the 100 and 400 meters, and pole vault Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to the Class 2, District 3 girls’ championship. In the boys’ division, senior Josh Brooks triumphed in the discus and shot put to help the Bulldogs complete a sweep of the District 3 titles.
The New Bloomfield Wildcats’ lineup was at the mercy of South Callaway senior pitchers Gordon Arthaud and Smith Kemper. Arthaud and Kemper collaborated on a two-hit shutout and also combined to drive in four runs as South Callaway charged past New Bloomfield 13-0 in six innings in a Show-Me Conference matchup Friday night.
Junior third baseman Tyler Branneky and sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes were both first-team picks for the Blue Jays on the 2014 all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference squad announced Thursday.
The Thunderbirds were plagued by four errors, resulting in four unearned runs, in falling to the Indians 9-5 in the third-place game of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament on Friday.
MONTGOMERY CITY — Sophomore Skylar Schmauch repeated as girls’ distance runner of the year Tuesday in steering the Ladybirds to a fourth-place team finish at the Eastern Missouri Conference championships.
The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team will be trekking north for its appearance in the NAIA Opening Round.
Junior starter Brady Wiler tossed a no-hitter and junior designated hitter Sam Niedergerke’s three-run home run punctuated a six-run third inning Tuesday night as the New Bloomfield Wildcats demolished SMC foe St. Elizabeth 11-0. New Bloomfield — improving to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the Show-Me Conference — put up two runs in the bottom of the first, tallied three more in the second and wrapped up its scoring in the third. The game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.
Freshman Blake Parker shared ninth place with an 83 and senior Garner Rudroff tied for 14th with an 86 to guide the Bulldogs at the Class 2, District 4 championships Monday at Redfield Golf Course. Parker and Rudroff will both move on to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.
Senior Justin Menard shot an 86 and tied for sixth place for the Thunderbirds in Monday’s Class 2, District 3 championships at Innsbrook Golf Club. Menard will advance to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.
Junior third baseman Trevor Crisp had three hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times in sparking the Thunderbirds’ 14-4 EMO romp over the winless Indians on Tuesday night. After Van-Far plated three runs in the top of the second inning, North Callaway erupted for 10 runs in its half of the inning to take command. The Indians (0-12, 0-7 Eastern Missouri Conference) added their other run in the third, but the Thunderbirds (13-7, 7-1) tacked on three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to stop the game on the mercy rule.
The South Callaway girls’ and boys’ track and field teams left plenty of room to spare. The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs combined to win 15 events in easily bolting to a sweep of the team championships at their annual South Callaway Relays on Friday.
Sophomore Skylar Schmauch was victorious in the girls’ 1,600 meters and freshman Levi Gilman triumphed in the boys’ 110 hurdles at the Centralia 9th- and 10th-grade Invitational on Thursday.
The Hornets dipped to 4-15 on the season after Friday night’s 9-0 loss to the Crusaders at the high school athletic complex.
Sophomore Jake Hammerstone shot a team-low 45 and the Hornets finished third in Friday’s quad match with Hannibal, Centralia and Wentzville-Liberty at Tanglewood Golf Course.
Junior center fielder Tucker Lane finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs Thursday night as the Wildcats crushed the Colonels 12-2 in six innings.
The Hornets collected nine hits and senior starter Dalton Horstmeier threw a complete game in Friday night’s 6-1 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the rival Bulldogs.
Michael Early was better late than never, displaying his composure in a tight spot for the North Callaway Thunderbirds. The junior designated hitter came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to send North Callaway to a dramatic 4-3, non-conference victory over state-ranked Sturgeon.
Lady Hornets take third
The Fulton Hornets track and field team made sure every point had significance — it proved to be necessary. Junior Sam Christensen won both the 110-meter hurdles and high jump to help Fulton fend off Moberly and Boonville as the host Hornets locked up the boys’ title in their annual Don Dobson Invitational on Friday night at the high school athletic complex. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington both produced victories in two events to spur Fulton to a third-place team finish.
Senior shortstop Sam Moon and junior third baseman Austin Clapp both had three hits and two runs batted in as the No. 3 seed Owls charged to a 10-1 quarterfinal win at the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament Thursday.
Senior Justin Menard was the individual champion with a 7-over par 79 as the Thunderbirds finished fourth at the Eastern Missouri Conference championships Thursday. “Obviously Justin’s playing at a high level and putting up consistently high numbers …,” North Callaway head coach Jason Smith said. “He’s putting up these numbers in adverse conditions. It was cold and it was windy, and he still played well. “He’s playing to his strengths. That shows his maturity as a golfer.”