The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs’ 25-point margin of victory doesn’t reveal the stern challenge they received from the Hermann Bearcats. South Callaway got its offense going in the second half, with junior quarterback Troy Hentges throwing two touchdown passes and also running for a score, and the Bulldogs’ defense was sturdy again in a 31-6 homecoming win over Hermann on Friday night.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds were trapped in the constant mode of chasing the Bowling Green Bobcats, never quite catching them. North Callaway spotted Bowling Green a 14-0 lead in Friday night’s Eastern Missouri Conference opener, but made it a game at halftime by closing within nine points. The Thunderbirds, though, became stuck in a back-and-forth exchange, swapping scores with the Bobcats in the second half and eventually dropped a 49-34 outcome.
The South Callaway Bulldogs would like to create some wiggle room. Three games into the season, South Callaway — ranked No. 4 in Class 2 — has situated itself as the early front-runner in the District 6 standings. However, the top four teams are separated by a scant two points.
The North Callaway Thunderbirds’ defense — rocked by Fulton’s high-powered attack — has to be wary of another opponent capable of rattling off points at a similar clip. North Callaway was tagged for 477 yards of total offense by the Hornets last week in a 54-14 loss at Fulton. The Thunderbirds (1-2) return home tonight to start Eastern Missouri Conference play against an undefeated Bowling Green Bobcats team that is averaging 51 points per game. Kickoff is at 7.
Pardon the South Callaway Bulldogs for what was perceived as excessive revelry. With the outcome long having been determined, backup sophomore quarterback Ethan Livengood scooted 25 yards for a touchdown in Friday night’s matchup against the Scotland County Tigers with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game. In the aftermath of Livengood’s score, South Callaway was flagged for being too demonstrative with its celebration. When his squad prevails in such an imposing fashion, Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo isn’t necessarily going to mind such penalties.
Freshman outside hitter Elizabeth Harrison tallied 14 service points Saturday to help steer the Missouri School for the Deaf Lady Eagles volleyball team to a 25-19, 25-20, 16-25, 25-14 home victory over the Arkansas School for the Deaf.
Lady Wildcats golf team finishes fifth
OSAGE BEACH — New Bloomfield junior sisters Ashley and Brooke Kelley each medalled on Wednesday as the Lady Wildcats golf team took fifth place at the School of the Osage Invitational at Dogwood Hills Golf Club.
Baysinger drives in Depping with winning run in bottom of ninth
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team worked itself into two holes and worked its way out of both. Fulton junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger’s sacrifice fly to score junior second baseman Dacrie Depping in the bottom of the ninth inning was the game winner in the Lady Hornets’ 7-6 North Central Missouri Conference win over Moberly on Tuesday night at the high school athletic complex.
It’s difficult to find fault when your offense is averaging 38.5 points through two games and your defense has basically posted a pair of shutouts. South Callaway junior quarterback Troy Hentges heaved a pair of long touchdown passes and also ran for two scores, and the Bulldogs’ defense allowed a scant 73 total yards Friday night in a 46-6 dismantling of Crystal City.
North Callaway picks up first victory
Cole Branson will probably have selective recall about this one. North Callaway’s junior quarterback endured a brutal second half against Tipton in the Thunderbirds’ home opener Friday night, throwing four interceptions inside the Cardinals’ 10-yard line — including a pair that were picked in the end zone. Somehow, North Callaway was able to erase a 13-point deficit — energized by senior Anthony Moses’ kickoff return for a touchdown near the end of the third quarter — and pushed the game into overtime.
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs cross country team had a trio of senior medalists, headlined by Taylor Howard, who finished in 15th place in 23 minutes, 11.40 seconds at the Jim Marshall Invitational on Saturday.
Danielle Cassidy was perfect and, in the process, kept the North Callaway Ladybirds perfect as well. The junior pitcher threw five flawless innings and struck out eight batters to help North Callaway coast to a 10-0 victory over the Silex Lady Owls in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night.
South Callaway head football coach Tim Rulo always scrutinizes the broader context. The state-ranked Bulldogs eased to a dominating 31-0 triumph over visiting North Callaway in last week’s season opener, eventually gaining control in the second half of the annual Callaway Cup game. Still, Rulo and his coaching staff have myriad questions — not surprising at this early stage — about all phases as South Callaway prepares for its first road game tonight at Crystal City. Kickoff is at 7.
It’s troublesome enough that North Callaway’s offense was dogged by what head coach Mike Emmons described as “drive-killers.” Compounding those issues, Emmons and his Thunderbirds are hoping they won’t be too adversely impacted by injuries to some integral offensive components as they head into their home opener.
PARIS — New Bloomfield junior twin sisters Ashley and Brooke Kelley medalled with respective fifth- and sixth-place finishes Wednesday, directing the Lady Wildcats golf team to a third-place showing at the Paris Tournament.
The Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team triumphed in four of six singles matches Tuesday night to turn back the Battle Lady Spartans 6-3. Notching singles victories for Fulton (2-0) were a quartet of seniors — Grace Hegemann at No. 3, Rachel Kucera at No. 4, Danyiell Lee at No. 5, and Jessica Popkey at No. 6.
QB Hentges runs for three TDs in first start, triggers romp over T-Birds
MOKANE — South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo’s thoughts were on a barrier, and how to bust it down.
South Callaway seniors Taylor Howard and Tristan Peneston swept first place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions Saturday as Fulton hosted a four-team Callaway County cross country meet that also involved North Callaway and New Bloomfield.
Player turnover and the accompanying level of uncertainty — and anxiety — that comes with ushering in new starters is an issue that all coaches have to contend with each year. As the 2013 high school football season launches tonight, South Callaway Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo and North Callaway Thunderbirds counterpart Mike Emmons will both trot out first-time starters at the most high-profile position on offense.
Trevor Neal probably couldn’t have imagined a better birthday gift for himself. Fulton’s senior midfielder celebrated his 18th birthday by scoring three goals, including a pair in the second half to help rally the Hornets to a 4-3 win over Warrenton in Thursday night’s season opener.
Because of the excessive heat, the kickoff times for Friday night’s 2013 high school football season openers in Callaway County have been moved back an hour.
MOKANE — South Callaway senior third baseman Karli Leeper just missed hitting for the cycle — driving in three runs and scoring three times — and the Lady Bulldogs easily subdued Van-Far 15-0 in Wednesday night’s season opener.
Tim Rulo exhaled and expressed a sentiment most likely shared by every high school football coach in the state of Missouri. Rulo — heading into his fifth season at South Callaway — was understandably relieved that his Bulldogs emerged without any injuries from Saturday night’s preseason jamboree scrimmages against host Hallsville, Southern Boone and Father Tolton.
The Westminster College Blue Jays football team was picked to finish fourth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference this season in the 2013 preseason coaches’ poll released Thursday.
Fulton junior Dalton Horstmeier and recent North Callaway graduate Justin Murphy were both first-team choices on their respective all-state teams selected by the Missouri High School Baseball Coaches Association.
William Woods University’s Myriam Hassan was one of four freshmen named as a first-team choice on the 2013 NAIA women’s golf All-American team announced Tuesday.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The William Woods University Lady Owls ended up with a sixth-place finish at the NAIA women’s golf national championships after Friday’s fourth and final round at Wilderness Ridge Country Club.
SPRINGFIELD — Josh Hurt is still perfect, and is now in a position that no Fulton tennis player has ever been in before.
Journey brings them to Class 1 doubles tourney
Scott Strough still tries to fathom how he and Philip Barkho reached this ultimate destination.
Josh Hurt has kept it mellow while mounting a flawless run. The Fulton senior will carry a perfect 25-0 record into the Class 1 state singles tournament at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield. Hurt will square off against Westminster Christian Academy’s Joel Andrew Montgomery in the first round at 9 this morning.
MOKANE — Garner Rudroff had his mind on hoops. Specifically, what can be one of the most dazzling plays in the sport.
MOKANE — About 48 hours before its state title would make school history, the South Callaway girls’ 400-meter relay took a short but necessary trip.
LINCOLN, Neb. — The William Woods University Lady Owls, sparked by freshman Alejandra Ferrer, were tied for seventh place after Tuesday’s opening round of the NAIA women’s golf national championships at Wilderness Ridge Country Club.
Missouri School for the Deaf junior Nick Jones could be lining himself up for a big weekend. Jones will be one of the favorites for state titles in the 100 and 200 meters, as well as the long jump, when the Class 1 state track and field championships start late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
Tim Rulo rattled off the pecking order of priorities. Rulo was referencing the objectives that he and South Callaway co-head coach Bill Frazee have outlined for their qualifiers at the Class 2 state track and field championships, which begin late this morning at Lincoln University’s Dwight T. Reed Stadium in Jefferson City.
BOONVILLE — The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team endured another near-miss against the Boonville Lady Pirates, this one coming with a trip to the state playoffs on the line.
Lady Bulldogs claim sectional title, Bulldogs finish third
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams will be sending a record number of athletes to the state championships after a prolific display at the Class 2, Sectional 2 meet.
The Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team forgot about what was behind it and focused on what was in front. With a dismal regular season in the rear view, Fulton received two goals from senior midfielder Adrienne Ebersole and the Lady Hornets’ defense bottled up Southern Boone in a 3-0 win over the Lady Indians on Monday night in the Class 1, District 8 semifinals.
North Callaway senior Kyle Latham and Fulton junior Kory Masek gave themselves a reasonable chance. Latham shot an 83 to end up in a six-way tie for 30th place after Monday’s first round of the Class 2 state golf championships at Fremont Hills Country Club in Nixa. Meanwhile, Masek carded an 81 to finish in a five-way tie for 43rd in the opening round of the Class 3 state tournament at Sedalia Country Club.
Fulton will be represented in both the Class 1 singles and doubles state tennis tournaments.
NEW BLOOMFIELD — Once the New Bloomfield Wildcats got themselves settled at the plate, the New Haven Shamrocks were sunk.
William Woods softball coach Tracy Gastineau compiled a tough schedule to test her team. Add in some dismal weather this spring, and the Lady Owls certainly began this season with a challenge. “I think they always knew that they could do it and they could compete with anybody,” Gastineau said. “But saying that and seeing on paper that they’re not can be a little bit discouraging.”
WARDSVILLE — The South Callaway Bulldogs didn’t have any difficulty getting their bearings for an early wake-up call.
Branneky chosen conference newcomer of year, Hughes picked as top coach
The Westminster College Blue Jays were taken out again by the Spalding (Ky.) University Golden Eagles, this time for good. No. 2 seed Westminster was unable to survive four errors, leading to four unearned runs, and the Blue Jays were eliminated by No. 3 Spalding 7-2 on Friday night in the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason baseball tournament at Glik Park.
Rely on doubles play to rally past Kirksville
Louis Schnoebelen was still giddy, turning somewhat philosophical in comparing the glow to the gloom.
Boonville’s Cali McAreavy tallied the game’s only goal with 6 minutes to go in the first half, lifting the Lady Pirates to a 1-0 North Central Missouri Conference triumph over the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team Wednesday night at the high school athletic complex.
Overcome Steinbeck injury in 6-3 semifinal victory over MMA
The Fulton Hornets tennis team had no choice but to show some flexibility after losing a key component.
Westminster College junior Alec Belden on Friday was named to the 2013 all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men’s tennis first team at No. 4 singles.
Moberly’s Brittany Kroner produced the game’s only goal in the final minute of play, sending the Lady Hornets to a 1-0 North Central Missouri Conference triumph over the Fulton Lady Hornets soccer team Thursday night at the high school athletic complex.
Fatima hangs on for 12-10 win
Turns out, the state-ranked Fatima Comets needed those final three runs. Fatima fended off a frenzied rally by the North Callaway Thunderbirds, who erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the seventh inning late Wednesday night in the championship of the 19th-annual Fulton Tournament.