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No. 4 Bulldogs stay on surge, destroy Eagles

The state-ranked South Bulldogs dismantled an overwhelmed opponent for the second straight week. Senior quarterback Troy Hentges threw two touchdown passes and also ran for a score Friday night as South Callaway — ranked No. 4 in Class 2 — slammed the Southern Boone Eagles in a 52-10 blitz.

T-Birds find offensive life in second half, give O'Neal first win

Cole Branson runs for score, throws three TD passes to brother Wyatt

For a North Callaway offense that staggered into halftime without any points, a meager 89 net yards and a quarterback gathering grass stains, the contrast was striking.

North Callaway looks to regroup

Facing Tipton

KINGDOM CITY — This may not be one of those powerful Tipton Cardinals football teams of recent memory, but that doesn’t matter to Kevin O’Neal.

Rulo, Tracy crossing paths again

South Callaway, Southern Boone to meet

MOKANE, Mo. — Tim Rulo and Trent Tracy are more than just casual coaching acquaintances.

Lady Owls volleyball team rallies past Central Methodist

The William Woods University Lady Owls volleyball team rallied to take the final two games and edged Central Methodist University 25-11, 21-25, 18-25, 27-25 and 15-10 on Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.

Hawes has hat trick, Owls rip Ozark Christian 6-0 in opener

JOPLIN — Senior defender Jacob Hawes recorded his first career hat trick and assisted on another goal, helping trigger the William Woods University Owls’ 6-0 season-opening romp over Ozark Christian College on Tuesday night.

Hornets soccer team suffers first loss, falls to Fatima 4-0

Fatima tallied three second-half goals Tuesday night as the Comets took control in handing the Fulton Hornets soccer team its first loss of the season, 1-0 at the high school athletic complex.

Love fans 14, Lady Wildcats roll past New Haven

Sophomore starter Madison Love scattered four hits and struck out 14 as the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats rolled past the New Haven Lady Shamrocks 9-3 on Tuesday night.

Ladybirds score late to edge Lady Bulldogs

Sixth-inning rally sends North Callaway to 2-1 win

The North Callaway Ladybirds capitalized on a two-out error to manufacture both of their runs in the top of the sixth inning to clip the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs 2-1 on Tuesday night.

Bulldogs use running game to trip T-Birds

The North Callaway Thunderbirds were sapped by the Mexico Bulldogs’ relentless running attack, ruining Kevin O’Neal’s debut as head coach.

No. 4 Bulldogs manhandle Midgets in opener

Hanger, Shoemaker combine for five TDs, defensive unit responds with stout effort

It was easy for South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo to admit that there were still plenty of wrinkles to smooth out after his Bulldogs administered a 49-point demolition.

Bulldogs look to continue recent success

South Callaway has four straight 10-win seasons

MOKANE — Prospects, both internal and external, have progressively trended upward for the South Callaway Bulldogs in each of Tim Rulo’s six seasons as head coach.

Bulldogs debut upgraded facility, new FieldTurf at jamboree

South Callaway opens season at home Friday night against Putnam County

The South Callaway Bulldogs’ four-team jamboree scrimmages were upstaged by the snazzy new surface they were played on.

Westminster men's soccer team draws votes in national preseason poll

The Blue Jays, spurred by their trip to the Sweet 16 last year, received votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division III preseason rankings released Aug. 8.

Blue Jays picked 7th in UMAC football poll

The Westminster College Blue Jays football team was picked to finish seventh in the 2014 Upper Midwest Athletic Conference coaches’ poll announced Wednesday.

Rudroff to play in Missouri Lions All-Star Game on Saturday

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 AD Vittone receives AMC’s top honor

William Woods University’s Jason Vittone has been named the 2013-14 American Midwest Conference athletic director of the year, the school announced Tuesday.

McDaniel, Fry power Fins in meet

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.

Fry, McDaniel lead Fins in home meet

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 plans football camp starting July 14

Fulton head football coach Pat Kelley and his staff of assistants will conduct the second session of their summer camp starting Monday, July 14.

William Woods adding men's, women's tennis

The William Woods University athletics department is about to expand.

Trio win five events apiece to spark Fins

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.

Owls' Taylor makes All-Nicklaus team

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.

Owls sign Missouri prep basketball player, transfer

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.

Lady Blue Jays’ Lutz receives nomination for NCAA honor

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 pockets five blue ribbons, guides Fins at Mexico meet

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.

North Callaway's Coleman covets state titles in hurdle events

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.

North Callaway’s Coleman makes Class 3 championships

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.

Fulton’s Washington, Tobias qualify for Class 3 championships

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.

Oberdiek, Lady Bulldogs place fourth in Class 2

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.

MSD's Jones seeks repeat in Class 1 titles in 100, 200

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.

South Callaway squads confidently 'expect to get to state'

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.

Bulldogs blitz Eugene 12-4, share SMC title with Fatima

MOKANE — This had to ease some of the sting for the South Callaway Bulldogs.

T-Birds' rally falls short in District 8 semifinal loss to Hallsville

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.

North Callaway tops Wright City to advance to district semifinals

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.

Tipton jolts Wildcats on walk-off home run in district semifinals

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.

North Callaway’s Coleman, Gray move on to Class 3 sectionals

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.

Fulton advances to Class 3 sectionals in six events

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.

MSD’s Jones makes Class 1 championships in four events

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.

South Callaway advances to state meet in 23 events

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.

No. 2 Owls golf team ties for third at NAIA national championships

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.

Hornets tennis team falls in District 7 first round

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 edges Wildcats with late run

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.

Lady Owls’ last comeback cut short in wild elimination loss

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.

MSD’s Jones tallies four wins at District 1 track championships

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.

South Callaway sweeps District 3 track titles

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.

Arthaud, Kemper throttle Wildcats n Bulldogs' 13-0 rout

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.

Westminster’s Branneky, Hughes earn all-SLIAC first-team baseball status

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.

T-Birds tumble to Hallsville in third-place game at Fulton Baseball Tournament

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.

North Callaway squads finish fourth at EMO track championships

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.