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.
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.
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.
South Callaway junior Cory Hanger proved to be a constant nuisance for opponents — both on offense and defense — throughout the 2013 football season.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fulton senior wide receiver Chris Tilson was named a first-team selection on the 2013 all-North Central Missouri Conference football team announced Tuesday.
Cory Hanger allowed the Montgomery County Wildcats an entire 13 seconds to bask in their only lead of the night.
MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs manhandled Montgomery County 12 days ago, serving the Wildcats with their only loss of the season.
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.
KINGDOM CITY — For the North Callaway Thunderbirds, this rematch is not about revenge and has everything to do with self-preservation.
MOKANE — With the playoff pursuit officially underway, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are trying to stay one move ahead in order to advance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though Abby Bartley’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as lofty as Sarah Handrahan’s, Bartley emerged with the edge.
Fulton senior opposite hitter Kendall Love tallied eight kills and four aces Tuesday night, helping direct the Lady Hornets volleyball team to a 26-24, 25-19 non-conference win over Eldon at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.
MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs returned to their winning routine in emphatic fashion.
VANDALIA — North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons wanted to see an initial knockout gap on the scoreboard, and his Thunderbirds complied.
South Callaway, New Bloomfield to host Class 2 sectional games Wednesday
CUBA — South Callaway senior starter Abby Bartley helped make sure the Lady Bulldogs softball team would be returning to the state playoffs.
Now that the North Callaway Thunderbirds have caught their breath, head coach Mike Emmons knows they can’t afford to relax. North Callaway stopped a three-game losing streak and picked up its first Eastern Missouri Conference win in the process with a 21-14 homecoming victory over Wright City last week. The Thunderbirds (2-4, 1-2 EMO) will try to create some further momentum tonight when they travel to Van-Far for a conference matchup. Kickoff is at 7.
No matter the evidence shown that the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are capable of playing on a par with a much larger opponent, the impact of a setback is still to be determined. South Callaway will aim to get back on track after suffering its first loss of the season when it hosts Cuba tonight. Kickoff is at 7. The Bulldogs (5-1) slipped two spots to No. 6 in the Class 2 state rankings after falling last week in a 38-33 thriller at Class 4 Battle, Columbia’s newest high school.
Lack of accolades. It’s an unfortunate side-effect of any offensive line that just so happens to protect the quarterback or consistently opens up holes for running backs — its two primary jobs. It’s a problem any team wouldn’t mind having and one the Fulton Hornets, luckily, are experiencing. “It’s one of those things where if you don’t hear about them, it’s a good thing and they understand that it’s the nature of the beast and they don’t get a lot of recognition,” Fulton head coach Pat Kelley said.
Fulton tallies seven in first, buries Wright City
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team relieved any anxiety with an early outburst.
CHESTERFIELD — The No. 2 seed Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team finished as the Class 1, District 7 runner-up after bowing to top-seeded Barat Academy 5-1 in the championship match Wednesday afternoon at the Chesterfield Athletic Club.
It may have ended with their first loss of the season, but the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs put on a wildly entertaining show with the Battle Spartans. Down to the very finish.
North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons trusts in the possibility of a turnaround. Emmons has good reason to be hopeful, citing a fresh example from the Thunderbirds’ recent history to support his optimism. North Callaway will seek to discard a three-game losing streak when it squares off against Eastern Missouri Conference opponent Wright City (2-3, 2-1) in tonight’s homecoming game. Kickoff is at 7.
Staring at a suddenly empty slot in its 2013 schedule, the South Callaway Bulldogs football team filled it with a bigger, brand-new opponent. Unbeaten and Class 2-ranked South Callaway will confront its toughest test to date this season when it travels tonight to play Class 4 Battle, Columbia’s newest high school. Kickoff is at 7.
The unbeaten North Callaway Ladybirds softball team needed just five innings to wrap up the Eastern Missouri Conference title outright as it downed Clopton 10-0 on Tuesday night. It was the second straight EMO championship for North Callaway, which shared the title with Silex last season. “Their focus from the beginning of the season was to be sole conference champions,” Ladybirds co-head coach Sarah Baumgartner said. North Callaway (16-0, 9-0 EMO) racked up its 10 runs on 13 hits in support of junior starter Danielle Cassidy’s ninth shutout of the season. Cassidy (12-0) allowed two hits and no walks while striking out 11.
The South Callaway Bulldogs had never known anything different in their meetings with the Tipton Cardinals, always coming out on the wrong side of the column. Tim Rulo has been involved in nine of those matchups, six in his present capacity as South Callaway’s head football coach and the other three as an assistant. Many of the former contests were decisively one-sided as Tipton — a perennial Class 1 power — roughed up the Bulldogs. But the encounters with Tipton in recent years have become eagerly anticipated showdowns as South Callaway’s success has flourished under Rulo.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds continue to get in their own way, now stuck in a three-game losing streak. North Callaway wasted five trips inside Montgomery County’s 30-yard line and gave up scores to the unbeaten Wildcats on a fumble return and a crippling fourth-down pass Friday night in the Thunderbirds’ 34-14 Eastern Missouri Conference loss.
South Callaway head football coach Tim Rulo doesn’t share the sentiment that the Bulldogs’ normally anticipated showdown with the Tipton Cardinals has lost its prestige.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ offensive way, at least for a week, was off-kilter. North Callaway will aim to restore some order to that side of the ball tonight — and halt a two-game losing streak in the process — when the Thunderbirds travel to neighboring rival Montgomery County for an Eastern Missouri Conference clash. Kickoff is at 7.
MONTGOMERY CITY — North Callaway senior starter Jaida Gray had her second commanding outing in as many days, throwing a one-hitter and striking out 13 on Wednesday night as the Ladybirds overpowered Montgomery County 10-0.
North Callaway senior starter Jaida Gray tossed a two-hitter and senior designated player Kelsey Coil had three hits and knocked in five runs Tuesday night, fueling the unbeaten Ladybirds’ 12-2 EMO blitz of Wright City.