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Hentges sparks Bulldogs to SMC win over Fatima

WESTPHALIA — South Callaway junior guard Troy Hentges connected for a game-high 18 points and the Bulldogs rode a dominant first half to a 72-58 Show-Me Conference victory over Fatima on Tuesday night.

Callaway Roundup

Hornets can't recover from flat first half in 63-60 loss to Battle

The Fulton Hornets didn’t lose to the Battle Spartans in the final minutes or last few plays, according to head coach Ryan Shaw. Fulton undermined itself with an uninspired first half and a second-half rally came up short as the Hornets fell to Battle 63-60 on Tuesday night. Fulton (5-10) trailed 35-23 at the start of the third quarter and would fall behind by 15 points early in the period. Shaw put the Hornets in a zone defense to start the second half and decided to run junior guard Ricky Dawson along the baseline to open up opportunities for the rest of the offense.

Callaway Colleges

Volkart, Lady Owls hammer Stephens in AMC blowout

COLUMBIA — Points were in surplus again for the William Woods University Lady Owls, and came from just about everyone.

Callaway Preps

Hornet wrestlers deal Blair Oaks first loss in state-ranked face-off

Fulton head coach Eric Hudson made sure his state-ranked Hornets wrestling team kept a handle on its excitement. Fulton — ranked No. 6 in Class 2 by — erased a 15-point deficit by scoring the final 27 points as the Hornets handed Blair Oaks its first dual loss of the season 42-30 on Thursday night. The Falcons are ranked No. 1 in Class 1.

Callaway Roundup

Ladybirds get Hermann rematch for South Callaway title

The North Callaway Ladybirds will be looking to add another tournament title to their collection, while setting up a much-anticipated rematch with the Hermann Lady Bearcats. North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray posted a game-high 15 points and the No. 2 seed Ladybirds eased past No. 6 Russellville 53-40 on Thursday night in the semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Callaway Roundup

Wildcats' pivotal runs sink T-Birds in South Callaway semifinals

MOKANE — The lapse wasn’t lengthy, but it was too much for the North Callaway Thunderbirds to survive.

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls hammer Benedictine 88-55

The William Woods University Lady Owls took out their recent frustrations on the Benedictine University-Springfield (Ill.) Lady Bulldogs. Freshman center Kennedy Volkart produced 16 points and William Woods stopped a two-game losing streak with an 88-55 dismantling of Benedictine in an American Midwest Conference matchup Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.

Callaway Preps

Brinkers steers Ladybirds into semifinals at South Callaway

North Callaway junior guard Elaine Brinker put up 16 of her game-high 20 points in the first half Tuesday night, fueling the second-seeded Ladybirds to a 47-29 win over No. 7 South Callaway in the first round of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Callaway Colleges

No. 25 Lady Owls tumble to second straight loss

The William Woods University Lady Owls officially find themselves stuck in a rare slump. Missouri Baptist University outscored No. 25 William Woods 8-5 over the final 2:26 on Saturday afternoon as the Lady Spartans turned back the Lady Owls 87-84 in an American Midwest Conference matchup at Anderson Arena. William Woods — which trailed 42-39 at halftime but led by as many as seven points early in the second half — suffered its second loss in a row and third in the last four games in slipping to 9-5 overall and 2-4 in the AMC. Missouri Baptist, with its reserves outscoring the Lady Owls’ backups 52-23, improved to 5-8 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.

Callaway Preps

Vandelicht, Hentges carry Bulldogs to 49-43 win over Thunderbirds

Cody Vandelicht and Troy Hentges mirrored each other with complementary halves of strong offense to keep the South Callaway Bulldogs’ surge on track. Vandelicht, a senior forward, connected for 13 of his game-high 17 points in the second half to help carry South Callaway to a 49-43 win over the North Callaway Thunderbirds on Friday night.

Callaway Roundup

Lady Hornets stop seven-game slide, topple Marshall

The Fulton Lady Hornets were more than happy to flip the calendar, eager for a fresh start.

Hanger, Bulldogs slam St. Elizabeth

South Callaway rolls to third straight win

Junior guard Cory Hanger delivered a game-high 19 points and South Callaway rode a sizzling first half to an impressive 77-50 Show-Me Conference victory over St. Elizabeth on Friday night.

Ladybirds stymie Southern Boone with second-quarter surge

Junior guard Elaine Brinker responded with a game-high 15 points and North Callaway took control behind a strong second quarter as the Ladybirds overpowered Southern Boone 53-34 on Monday night. North Callaway was only up 11-9 after one quarter, but gained some separation by outscoring Southern Boone 18-2 in the second quarter to extend its lead to 29-11 at halftime. The Ladybirds also outscored the Lady Eagles 14-13 in the third quarter and carried a 43-24 advantage into the final 8 minutes.

Lady Wildcats knock off Jamestown with late run

JEFFERSON CITY — New Bloomfield closed the game with an 11-4 run to send the Lady Wildcats to a 54-48 triumph over Jamestown on Saturday in the Missouri National Guard Shootout at Jefferson City High School.

Gray, Ladybirds thrash Wellsville

North Callaway senior guard Jaida Gray connected for a game-high 18 points, including two 3-pointers, as the Ladybirds humbled Wellsville 62-30 in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night. Senior forward Maddie Sorell also chipped in with 12 points and a team-high six rebounds for North Callaway, which moved to 7-1 on the season and 2-0 in the EMO. Junior guard Elaine Brinker provided nine points and led the Ladybirds with seven assists.

Hulsey, Jones trigger Eldon's 75-62 victory over Hornets

ELDON — Eldon’s Chris Hulsey and Josh Jones combined for 51 points and the Mustangs made 35-of-46 free throws in toppling the Fulton Hornets 75-62 on Tuesday night.

Eldon powers past Lady Hornets 58-28

The Fulton Lady Hornets never quite got out of the gates. The Eldon Lady Mustangs didn’t have such an issue. Fulton fell behind 20-4 after one quarter and never recovered in being roughed up by Eldon 58-28 on Tuesday night. The Lady Hornets — who have now lost three straight after opening the season 2-0 — went into halftime down 37-13 and trailed 55-21 at the start of the fourth quarter. “Once again, it was a slow start,” Fulton head coach TJ Quick said. “We came out flat and they had 10 points off the bat, and we let outside things bother us. “We have to learn to play our game and not let other things distract us.” Sophomore guard Sloane Totta guided the Lady Hornets with nine points. Sara Rhine led Eldon with a game-high 27 points. Fulton opens North Central Missouri Conference play at home against Kirksville at 6 p.m. Thursday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. There will not be a junior varsity game. “We just want to come out and play well,” Quick said. “… I don’t care if we win or lose, we just want to get back to playing Hornet basketball and we have between now and Thursday to figure it out.”

Hornet wrestlers remain unbeaten, ease past Marshall

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team stayed unbeaten at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the North Central Missouri Conference by manhandling the Marshall Owls 53-24 on Thursday night.

Ladybirds deny Macon, set up shot to repeat at Centralia

Sorell, Brinker pilot North Callaway to 38-33 semifinal win

CENTRALIA — The North Callaway Ladybirds will get their chance to add a second straight title at the Centralia Tournament.

Hornet wrestlers punish Boonville in NCMC opener

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team continued its impressive start to the season with another crushing win. Fulton secured pinfall victories in seven weight classes Tuesday night as the Hornets opened North Central Missouri Conference competition by blowing past Boonville 53-21 at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. The Hornets — who were coming off a team title at the Fort Zumwalt North Tournament last Saturday — have rolled in their first three duals, winning by an average score of 55-19.

Hornets' 1971 football team to enter Fulton Wall of Fame on Friday

Squad went 11-1, finished as Class 3A runner-up

The Fulton Hornets’ 1971 football team — which finished as the Class 3A state runner-up — will be the lone 2013 inductee into the Fulton High School athletic Wall of Fame on Friday night. The team will be inducted between the Fulton girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball doubleheader against North Central Missouri Conference opponent Marshall, likely around 7:15 p.m. in the high school’s Roger D. Davis Gymnasium. Prior to the induction ceremony, the squad will be honored during a reception from 5:30-7 in the hallway in front of the high school library.

Six Callaway football players named to coaches’ all-state teams

Four South Callaway players and one each from Fulton and North Callaway were named to their respective Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state teams Friday.

Lady Hornets to play for Montgomery title

Brandt, Totta direct Fulton to upset victory over Bowling Green in semifinals

MONTGOMERY CITY — For the youthful Fulton Lady Hornets, it was an attention-getting win so early in the season.

Hanger heads up 16 Callaway players on all-district teams

South Callaway junior Cory Hanger proved to be a constant nuisance for opponents — both on offense and defense — throughout the 2013 football season.

Lady Wildcats stuff Smithton, advance to semifinals at Tipton

The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats forced the Smithton Lady Tigers to submit. Second-seeded New Bloomfield outscored No. 7 Smithton 34-12 in the second half of Tuesday night’s 56-29 runaway triumph in the first round of the 75th-annual Tipton Tournament.

Eight Blue Jays receive all-UMAC football status

The Westminster College Blue Jays had eight players, including three first-team selections, named this past week to the 2013 all-Upper Midwest Athletic Conference football team. Chosen to the first team from Westminster were senior linebacker Josh Bromberg, senior defensive back Jeremy Hampton and freshman kicker Jeff Dickerson. Second-team picks for the Blue Jays included senior running back Ronnie Seals Jr., senior defensive lineman Louvis Johnson, junior defensive lineman Kyle Bryant and freshman wide receiver Mike Washington.

Blue Jays, Loras to play in Sweet 16 on Saturday

The Westminster College Blue Jays will play the sixth-ranked Loras (Iowa) College Duhawks in the sectional round of the NCAA Division III men’s soccer tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday in Dubuque, Iowa.

Emmons draws curtain on career with T-Birds

Retires with 157-94 record in 24 years at North Callaway

Mike Emmons made a pledge of stability and fulfilled it. When Emmons arrived at North Callaway as a 25-year-old assistant in 1988 under new head football coach Craig Fasel, the pair were promptly made aware that the Thunderbirds were starting their fourth straight season under a different coach. “Craig and I vowed that we weren’t going to be that type,” Emmons said Thursday afternoon in his office. “We were going to be here and make a commitment to the team, and I honored it.”

Emmons retires as North Callaway football coach

KINGDOM CITY — Mike Emmons announced in an email late this morning that he is retiring as head football coach at North Callaway. Emmons said in the email he will continue to teach at North Callaway and will add a few more administrative responsibilities, but that he decided to give up his coaching duties to spend more time with his family.

No. 19 Lady Owls rip Haskell 70-39

William Woods University senior guard Andraquay Quinnine put up a game-high 16 points as the No. 19 Lady Owls demolished Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) University 70-39 on Wednesday night at Anderson Arena.

No. 8 Falcons halt No. 6 Bulldogs' season again

The Blair Oaks Falcons, aided by a wicked wind, extinguished the South Callaway Bulldogs' hopes again of making it to the Class 2 quarterfinals for the first time. Blair Oaks benefitted from South Callaway's punting hardships while kicking into the wind in the third quarter, and the Falcons scored 10 points during that span to knock off the Bulldogs 17-7 in the District 6 championship Monday night.

No. 6 ’Dogs, No. 8 Falcons to tussle again for title

Slogging through the mire hasn’t been a sticking point for the South Callaway Bulldogs through the first two games of Class 2, District 6 play.

Tilson seven Hornets on all NCMC football team

Fulton senior wide receiver Chris Tilson was named a first-team selection on the 2013 all-North Central Missouri Conference football team announced Tuesday.

Hanger, No. 6 Bulldogs rule rematch with Wildcats

Cory Hanger allowed the Montgomery County Wildcats an entire 13 seconds to bask in their only lead of the night.

No. 6 Bulldogs ready for ‘good challenge’ in rematch with Wildcats

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs manhandled Montgomery County 12 days ago, serving the Wildcats with their only loss of the season.

Hentges, 'No. 6 Dogs manhandle Cougars

South Callaway will host Montgomery County in Class 2, District 6 semifinals

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs stormed past the Lutheran (St. Peters) Cougars and are now ready for the sequel.

T-Birds not concerned with redemption this time against Wildcats

KINGDOM CITY — For the North Callaway Thunderbirds, this rematch is not about revenge and has everything to do with self-preservation.

No. 6 ’Dogs prepare to ‘step higher’ vs. Cougars

MOKANE — With the playoff pursuit officially underway, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are trying to stay one move ahead in order to advance.

Lady Owls draw No. 19 ranking in NAIA

The William Woods University women’s basketball team — coming off its fifth straight national tournament appearance — was ranked No. 19 in the NAIA Division I preseason Top 25 poll released Monday.

No. 6 ‘Dogs, badgering defense hand Wildcats first loss

State-ranked South Callaway’s defense was masterful again, this time muting Montgomery County’s high-powered offense and splintering the Wildcats’ unbeaten status. Junior safety Cory Hanger returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown with 27.9 seconds remaining Friday night and state-ranked South Callaway posted its fifth shutout of the season while handing Montgomery County its first loss 20-0.

South Callaway falls short in rally for Class 2 softball championship

Bad inning short-circuits Lady Bulldogs’ rally

The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs showed some grit in scrambling back, but couldn’t survive a nightmarish inning in the Class 2 state softball championship game.

South Callaway to play for first state softball title

Will face Bishop LeBlond in Class 2 championship Saturday morning

SPRINGFIELD — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs will get the chance to play for their first state softball title in school history after blanking Kelly 2-0 in the Class 2 semifinals Friday morning at the Killian Softball Complex.

Lady Bulldogs go hunting for first state title

Face Kelly in Class 2 semifinals this morning

South Callaway head softball coach David Odneal offers a couple of dream scenarios he is confident any of his players would eagerly embrace with a prime payoff at stake. South Callaway will be shooting for its first state softball title in school history when it makes its initial appearance in the Class 2 semifinals this morning in Springfield. The Lady Bulldogs (23-4) square off against the Kelly Lady Hawks (19-7) at 10 a.m. at the Killian Softball Complex.

No. 6 Bulldogs gear up for ‘great game’ vs. unbeaten ’Cats

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo strongly emphasizes that his state-ranked Bulldogs haven’t concerned themselves with their positioning in the Class 2, District 6 standings.

Lady Owls soccer team blanks Park

PARKVILLE — Sophomore midfielder Jordan McNamara and junior forward Jamie Palermo both supplied goals Wednesday night to guide the William Woods University Lady Owls soccer team to a 2-0 AMC victory over Park University.

Lady Wildcats’ Kelley finishes 42nd at Class 1 golf championships

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.

No. 6 Bulldogs blister TrailBlazers

The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs made sure they didn’t get caught peeking ahead. Junior tailback Mason Shoemaker ran for two touchdowns and South Callaway’s defense allowed just 101 total yards and forced three turnovers Friday night as the Bulldogs blasted Father Tolton 48-0.

T-Birds batter IndianHawks with run game

The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ running game was more than equal to the elements, and definitely too much for the Clopton/Elsberry IndianHawks to suppress. Four different players ran for touchdowns and North Callaway mashed out 253 yards on the ground in chilly, wet conditions Friday night as the surging Thunderbirds clipped Clopton-Elsberry in a 35-14 Eastern Missouri Conference triumph.

No. 6 ’Dogs searching for ‘their ceiling’

South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo is requesting his state-ranked Bulldogs to dig deep during these dog days of the high school football season. With the start of district play two weeks away, Rulo wants to see an upward shift in his squad’s level of play when South Callaway (6-1) travels to Columbia tonight to face Father Tolton (2-5). Kickoff has been moved up an hour to 6 because of lighting issues at Tolton.

T-Birds ‘making progress,’ hope to extend win streak

With their recent schedule lacking in quality opponents, the North Callaway Thunderbirds have concentrated their focus on testing themselves. North Callaway’s last three foes — including tonight’s opponent, Clopton/Elsberry (2-5) — are a combined 6-15. The Thunderbirds (3-4) will try to climb back to the .500 mark when they carry a two-game winning streak into tonight’s Eastern Missouri Conference home matchup against the Hawks. Kickoff is at 7.