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Hornets claim Don Dobson Invite title

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.

William Woods pounds Park, advances to AMC baseball semifinals

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.

Menard wins EMO individual title, North Callaway finishes fourth

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.”

Fulton boys’ tennis tops Battle, Columbia Independent

The Hornets topped the Battle Spartans 6-3 and outlasted Columbia Independent 5-4 in matches played on Thursday at the high school athtletic complex. Junior Justin Schneider defeated Dunkan Galen of Battle 8-6 at No. 1 singles, while freshman Grant Hendricks put away Lorenzo Wright 8-5 at No. 2.

Thunderbirds manhandle Clopton in EMO rout

North Callaway senior starter Nate VanBoening scattered two hits over three scoreless inning as the Thunderbirds trampled Clopton in a 17-2 Eastern Missouri Conference rout Thursday night. North Callaway (10-6, 6-1 EMO) put up a run in the top of the first, erupted for five apiece in the second and third, piled on four more in the fourth and plated two in the fifth as the game was called on the mercy rule. Clopton (5-6, 3-3) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Lady Owls use power to reach AMC finals

COLUMBIA — Emily Murphy and Kacey Scharnhorst served up the big shots, sending the William Woods University Lady Owls to the championship of the American Midwest Conference postseason softball tournament.

Menard earns medalist honors, North Callaway golf team bows in dual

COLUMBIA — Senior Justin Menard shot a 37 to pick up medalist honors as the Thunderbirds lost to Harrisburg by 16 strokes, 180-196, in Wednesday's dual at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.

No. 3 William Woods men claim title at AMC golf championships

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Junior Julian Taylor won the individual event for the second straight year in directing the Owls to a comfortable 39-stroke victory at the American Midwest Conference championships Tuesday.

North Callaway's Coleman, Gray set records at California

CALIFORNIA — Junior Steven Coleman established meet records in the boys’ 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and senior Jaida Gray followed suit in the girls’ 400 at the California Invitational on Tuesday.

Hornets golf team takes sixth place at NCMC championships

HANNIBAL — The Fulton Hornets golf team compiled a 365 total to finish sixth at the North Central Missouri Conference championships Wednesday at Norwoods Golf Club.

Callaway Preps

Peneston's grand slam fuels Bulldogs

Grayson Peneston didn’t leave any doubt that the Southern Boone Eagles would ultimately regret the decision. After Gordon Arthaud was intentionally walked in the preceding at-bat to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth ining Friday night, Peneston — South Callaway’s freshman first baseman — jumped on a first-pitch curveball and planted it over the fence in left for a grand slam. Peneston’s blast powered the Bulldogs’ five-run outburst in the inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and triggered South Callaway’s 6-1 triumph over Southern Boone. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Bulldogs, raising their season record to 11-3.

Callaway Colleges

Bowden, Schemmer masterful, No. 21 Lady Owls easily advance

The Hannibal-LaGrange Lady Trojans must have had a crushing sense of deja vu against William Woods University senior starters MacKenzie Bowden and Becca Schemmer. Bowden and Schemmer fashioned a pair of one-hit shutouts Friday as the No. 21 William Woods Lady Owls easily swept Hannibal-LaGrange 9-0 and 5-0 in their American Midwest Conference Tournament quarterfinal series at Backer Sports Complex.

Callaway Roundup

Bulldogs golf team takes third place at Palmyra

Sophomore Logan Taylor shot a 77 to lead the South Callaway Bulldogs golf team to a third-place finish in the Palmyra Tournament on Wednesday. Freshman Blake Parker was next with a 79 for South Callaway, which compiled a 346 team score. Palmyra secured the team championship with a 302 and Louisiana — sparked by medalist Justin Lenz’s 3-over par 73 — was a distant second with a 322.

Callaway Roundup

No. 21 Lady Owls to host HLG in AMC quarterfinals Friday

Fresh off winning its first American Midwest Conference regular-season title since 2009, the No. 21 William Woods University softball team has drawn the top seed for the conference’s postseason tournament.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs hammer Hermann, push winning streak to seven

The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team continues to punish the ball, as well as its opponents. Senior starter Smith Kemper, senior right fielder Gordon Arthaud and junior left fielder Mason Shoemaker combined for eight hits and nine runs batted in as South Callaway stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 15-0 blitz of non-conference foe Hermann on Tuesday night.

Callaway Colleges

Owls sweep Mid-Continent, extend win streak to five

The Owls scored all their runs in the first three innings as the downed the Cougars 7-2 to secure a doubleheader and series sweep on Saturday. William Woods (32-9, 17-7 American Midwest Conference) prevailed 17-3 in the the day’s first game 17-3 while triumphing in the series opener 7-2 on Friday as its now won five game in a row.

Callaway Preps

Jensen hurls five-hit shutout, strikes out nine as Wildcats rip Belle

Sophomore starter Clay Jensen threw a five-hit shutout and struck out nine Thursday night, powering the New Bloomfield Wildcats to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of non-conference foe Belle. New Bloomfield (5-5) took control in the early going, erupting for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats added a run in the third and tallied four more in the fourth as the game was called on the mercy rule. Jensen issued just one walk and needed only 62 pitches to complete the impressive victory.

Murphy stays unbeaten, T-Birds perfect in EMO

MONTGOMERY CITY — Senior starter Tanner Murphy remained unbeaten with his third win of the season and the North Calllaway Thunderbirds stayed perfect in the Eastern Missouri Conference with a 6-3 win over Montgomery County on Wednesday night.

S. Callaway boys, girls sweep SMC track titles

MOKANE — The South Callaway Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs encountered little resistance in rolling to a sweep of the Show-Me Conference track and field championships.

Callaway Preps

Hornets suffer 5-4 NCMC loss after Boonville scores late run

Boonville center fielder Jacob Francis singled home what proved to be the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting the Pirates to a 5-4 NCMC win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets (8-4, 4-3 North Central Missouri Conference) — who fell to Boonville 7-4 in Fulton on March 26 — suffered their second straight loss after winning six in a row.

Coleman wins 110, 300 hurdles, T-Birds finish third at MSD Invite

Gray triumphs in 400 as Ladybirds take fifth place

The North Callaway Thunderbirds — sparked by junior Steven Coleman’s victories in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles — took third place at the 27th-annual Missouri School for the Deaf Invitational on Thursday. With senior Nick Jones bolting to wins in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump, the host MSD Eagles finished seventh.

T-Birds make title game at Montgomery County

Will meet South Callaway for championship

AUXVASSE —The North Callaway Thunderbirds reached the championship of the Montgomery County Tournament after a pair of narrow home wins Wednesday.

NAIA moving women's national championship to Independence

William Woods will be host school, receive automatic berth in 2015 and '16

William Woods University women’s head basketball coach Dan Chapla has guided the Lady Owls to the national tournament in each of his six seasons at the school.

Callaway Roundup

Gaines wins 3,200, Hornets take second at Bowling Green meet

Junior Grant Gaines provided Fulton with its only victory by prevailing in the 3,200 meters, but it was enough to help spur the Hornets to a second-place team finish at the Bowling Green Mini Medal meet Tuesday. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington, and sophomore Madi Tobias each won events as Fulton came in third overall. Gaines triumphed in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 57 seconds. He was part of Fulton’s 3,200 relay — along with freshman Tanner Steffen, sophomore Luke Lohmeyer and junior Ian Shoemaker — that took third in 9:51.

Callaway Preps

Dews directs Hornets to fifth-place finish at Fayette Relays

Fulton freshman Brandon Dews took second place in both the boys’ 800 and 1,600 meters Friday night, helping steer the Hornets to a fifth-place team finish at the Fayette Relays.

South Callaway track teams roll at Russellville

RUSSELLVILLE — Senior Garner Rudroff and juniors Mason Shoemaker and Terry Miles each won two events Monday to steer the South Callaway Bulldogs to the boys’ team title at the Russellville Open.

Callaway Colleges

Owls, Lady Owls golf teams march to WWU Spring Invite titles

The William Woods University men’s and women’s golf teams logged their third and fourth straight wins, respectively, when they swept the championships at their own Spring Invitational on Tuesday at Tanglewood Golf Course.

Callaway Colleges

Owls drop series finale to Lyon; win streak ends at four

The William Woods University Owls baseball team had its winning streak stopped at four games after Lyon (Ark.) College salvaged the finale of the three-game AMC series with an 8-4 win Saturday at Owls Field. William Woods — which swept Friday’s doubleheader — is now 21-7 overall and 9-5 in the American Midwest Conference. The Owls have won eight of their last 10.

Callaway puts 11 players on media all-district teams

Eleven Callaway County players — seven girls and four boys — were named to the 2014 all-district basketball teams announced Wednesday by the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s Central District.

Callaway Roundup

Hornets fall to Boonville in NCMC opener

Fulton committed three errors and gave up 10 stolen bases to Boonville as the Hornets dropped their North Central Missouri Conference opener to the Pirates 7-4 on Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.

Callaway Roundup

Lady Hornets soccer team drops season opener to Dixon 4-1

DIXON — Senior forward Victoria Langley accounted for Fulton’s lone score as the Lady Hornets soccer team opened its season with a 4-1 loss to Dixon on Friday night.

Callaway Colleges

Taylor picks up individual honors, No. 6 Owls win Florida tournament

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Junior Julian Taylor captured individual honors in directing the sixth-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team to the championship of the 25th-annual Eagle Invitational on Tuesday.

Owls sweep Park in AMC doubleheader

The William Woods University Owls baseball team combined for four doubles and eight stolen bases in sweeping Tuesday’s American Midwest Conference doubleheader with the Park University Pirates. William Woods (16-5, 5-3 AMC) prevailed in the opener 4-2 and took the second game 9-4. The losses dropped Park to 7-10 on the season and 5-3 in conference play.

Callaway Preps

Four Fulton wrestlers earn all-NCMC honors

Fulton sophomores Zach Benner and Trenton Clines were both first-team selections at 182 and 138 pounds, respectively, on the recently announced 2013-14 all-North Central Missouri Conference wrestling team.

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls sneak into NAIA tourney, receive 15th and last at-large bid

It involved some suspense, but the William Woods University Lady Owls basketball team is returning to the NAIA national tournament.

Callaway Colleges

Freed-Hardeman topples Lady Owls in AMC semis

The William Woods University Lady Owls had one impressive streak come to an end, and another is in serious jeopardy. Cynthia Woodward delivered a career-high 23 points and connected on seven of Freed-Hardeman University’s 12 3-pointers as the top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Lady Lions raced past No. 4 seed William Woods 70-53 on Friday night in the semifinals of the AMC postseason tournament.

Lady Owls make AMC semifinals; will play Freed-Hardeman

The William Woods University Lady Owls will get a third chance to try and take down Freed-Hardeman. No. 4 seed William Woods outscored No. 5 Park 8-0 over the final 53 seconds Wednesday night as the Lady Owls pulled out a 71-63 victory in a quarterfinal game of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament at Anderson Arena. With the win, William Woods (22-9) moves on to a semifinal matchup at top-seeded and No. 2-ranked Freed-Hardeman University at 7 p.m. Friday in Henderson, Tenn. The Lady Lions (30-1) advanced with an 86-55 rout of No. 8 seed Missouri Baptist University in quarterfinal play Wednesday night.

Callaway Colleges

Lady Owls can't finish rally in AMC loss to No. 2 Freed-Hardeman

HENDERSON, Tenn. — William Woods University answered second-ranked Freed-Hardeman University with a carbon-copy second half, erasing a 20-point deficit, but the Lady Owls couldn’t complete the remarkable rally.

Fulton district games moved back to tonight

The Fulton Hornets and Lady Hornets’ first-round games at the Class 4, District 8 basketball tournament in Kirksville were postponed Monday night and moved back a day because of weather conditions.

Hermann torments Ladybirds again

North Callaway's third loss to Lady Bearcats comes in District 6 championship

HERMANN — The North Callaway Ladybirds still couldn’t alter the outcome in their favor against the Hermann Lady Bearcats.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs battle Montgomery Co. for District 6 title

For the South Callaway Bulldogs, it was their most meaningful basketball game in almost 20 years.

Callaway Colleges

Lady Blue Jays' comeback falls short in semifinal loss at SLIAC tournament

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays’ furious second-half comeback simply ran short on time.

Callaway Roundup

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.

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds get another chance at Hermann, will battle for District 6 title

HERMANN — The North Callaway Ladybirds will get their third shot to break through against the Hermann Lady Bearcats, this time in the most important game of the season.

McClure eyes more state titles

Fulton sophomore has desire to be a ‘three-timer’ after winning first championship at 113 pounds

Josh McClure is bound and determined not to be a one-and-done. Fulton’s 113-pound sophomore was already setting his sights on loftier objectives after acquiring his first state wrestling title with a 6-0 decision over Nevada sophomore Dayton Miller at 113 pounds in Class 2 late Saturday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

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McClure's perfect run ends with first state title

Fulton sophomore blanks Nevada’s Miller 6-0 at 113 pounds, Benner wrestled for state crown at 182 pounds later Saturday night

Josh McClure exhaled as he made the pronouncement, having just punctuated his perfect season in perfect style. Fulton’s 113-pound sophomore topped off a rare undefeated season at 34-0 by capturing his first state title at 113 pounds with a 6-0 decision over Nevada sophomore Dayton Miller late Saturday afternoon in the Class 2 championships at Mizzou Arena.

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Hornets advance five wrestler's into today's quarterfinals

Fulton in ninth place in Class 2 stadnings

Fulton head wrestling coach Eric Hudson made no attempt to mask his dismay. Mind you, five Hornets had just advanced to today’s quarterfinals and three others dodged elimination with victories in first-round wrestlebacks in Thursday’s opening round of the Class 2 state championships at Mizzou Arena.

Callaway Preps

Ladybirds falter in fourth quarter, suffer first EMO setback

BOWLING GREEN — The North Callaway Ladybirds’ seemingly safe lead disappeared in a disastrous fourth quarter.

84th MSHSAA Wrestling Championships

Hornets set to get down to Class 2 title pursuit

Josh McClure doesn’t mince words when assessing potential.

Hornets sending nine wrestlers to seek Class 2 honors

State championships start Thursday in Columbia

The Fulton Hornets have the pieces in place to be a legitimate part of the conversation again of prospective contenders for a Class 2 state wrestling team title. With senior Paul Books and sophomores Josh McClure and Zach Benner locking up individual titles at the District 2 championships late Saturday afternoon in Mexico, Fulton qualified nine wrestlers for the state championships later this week in Columbia.