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Nichols' 3 at buzzer sends Wildcats past Centralia

CENTRALIA — Junior guard Grant Nichols buried a 3-pointer as time expired, punctuating the New Bloomfield Wildcats’ comeback from a 22-point first-half deficit in Friday night’s dramatic 62-59 win over the Centralia Panthers.

Five players hit double figures in T-Birds' triumph

MONTGOMERY CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds featured five players in double figures as they turned back the Montgomery County Wildcats 64-51 in an Eastern Missouri Conference matchup Friday night.

Lady Bulldogs rip Russellville, win fifth straight

RUSSELLVILLE — Three players scored in double figures and the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs moved their winning streak to five games with Thursday night’s 58-32 Show-Me Conference rout of the Russellville Lady Indians.

Hornets wrestling team stays perfect with Hannibal win

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team was not slowed by an almost three-week holiday layoff. Fulton broke a 7-all tie by winning five straight weight classes — four by pin — and the Hornets stayed unbeaten with a 49-19 North Central Missouri Conference dual victory over the Hannibal Pirates on Thursday night.

New Bloomfield girls beat Eugene to extend win streak to seven

The Lady Wildcats stayed unbeaten in the Show-Me Conference and won their seventh straight with a dogged defensive presence in Thursday night’s 47-39 victory over the Lady Eagles.

North Callaway girls top Montgomery County, climb back over .500

The Ladybirds climbed back above the .500 mark with a 66-30 Eastern Missouri Conference romp over the Lady Wildcats on Thursday night.

Unbeaten Bulldogs trample Chamois in 72-17 SMC thrashing

MOKANE — After a narrow escape to keep their season record spotless, the South Callaway Bulldogs followed up with a demolition.

Owls down Harris-Stowe, halt five-game losing streak

Junior guard Jarett Boss came off the bench to score a career-high 18 points and the William Woods University Owls stopped a five-game losing streak with Tuesday night’s 65-56 AMC triumph over the Harris-Stowe State University Hornets at Anderson Arena.

Principia hands Blue Jays fourth straight loss

ELSAH, Illinois — The Westminster College Blue Jays shot just 35 percent (22-of-63) as a team in stumbling to their fourth straight loss in Tuesday night’s 75-57 SLIAC setback to the Principia College Panthers.

Lady Blue Jays stretch SLIAC win streak to three

ELSAH, Illinois — The Westminster College Lady Blue Jays used a critical 10-2 run with under 10 minutes remaining to secure their third straight St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference victory Tuesday night, 63-52 over Principia College.

Lady Owls drop fourth straight AMC contest

The William Woods University Lady Owls shot a dreadful 25 percent in the first half and trailed by 13 points at halftime in suffering their fourth straight AMC loss, 69-62 to Harris-Stowe State University on Tuesday night at Anderson Arena.

Hornets go undefeated at Moberly Spartan Duals

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team went a perfect 8-for-8 at the Moberly Spartan Duals this past weekend at Moberly Area Community College.

Hornets dig down on defense, stay unbeaten

Fulton controls third quarter in 78-67 victory at Kirksville

The Fulton Hornets had to change their defensive mindset to keep their perfect record intact. Fulton broke a 37-all halftime tie by outscoring Kirksville 20-8 in the third quarter, launching the undefeated Hornets to a 78-67 North Central Missouri Conference win over the Tigers on Friday night.

South Callaway boys top Harrisburg to stay perfect

Senior guard Troy Hentges responded with a game-high 24 points to help keep South Callaway unbeaten in Thursday night’s 80-70 non-conference clash between Bulldogs.

Fulton girls post rebound for NCMC win over Kirksville

The Lady Hornets steadied themselves after suffering their first loss of the season, fending off the Lady Tigers down the stretch in Friday night’s 59-55 NCMC victory.

Four Bulldogs earn spots on media all-state football team

South Callaway’s Rulo chosen Class 2 coach of year

South Callaway senior Cory Hanger and junior Dillon Stone were both first-team picks in Class 2 on the media’s 2014 all-state football teams announced this past week. Hanger — who was a slot receiver for the Bulldogs — was selected on offense at running back, while Stone was chosen on defense at linebacker. Both players were also first-team picks on the Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state teams, with Hanger being named Class 2 offensive player of the year.

Kelley steers balanced approach, Lady Wildcats down Belle

New Bloomfield senior forward Ashley Kelley knocked down 25 points to power a balanced scoring attack as the Lady Wildcats toppled Belle in a 73-50 non-conference win Thursday night.

Allen, Eagles rally in fourth quarter to edge Malta Bend

MALTA BEND — Junior guard Joseph Allen connected for a game-high 12 points and the Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles rallied in the fourth quarter to slip past the Malta Bend Tigers 38-35 on Thursday night.

No. 10 Freed-Hardeman topples Owls

The William Woods University Owls shot a dismal 33 percent as a team and trailed by 19 points at halftime in falling to the 10th-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tennessee) University Lions in Tuesday night’s 74-53 AMC loss at Anderson Arena.

No. 1 Freed-Hardeman halts Lady Owls' win streak at seven

The William Woods University Lady Owls’ seven-game winning streak came to an abrupt end Tuesday night when they suffered their first AMC loss to the No. 1-ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tennessee) University Lady Lions 91-58 at Anderson Arena.

Goodwin, Eagles hold off Wildcats' JV

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Senior forward Benson Goodwin registered a team-high 13 points and eight rebounds as the Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles held on for Tuesday night’s 39-37 victory over the New Bloomfield Wildcats' junior varsity.

T-Birds drop EMO opener to Van-Far in 2OT

KINGDOM CITY — The Van-Far Indians spoiled the North Callaway Thunderbirds’ Eastern Missouri Conference opener by outscoring them 12-5 in the second overtime of Tuesday night's 81-74 loss.

Mann helps steer Lady Bulldogs to 45-40 win over Jamestown

MOKANE — South Callaway freshman point guard Adrian Mann produced a team-high 15 points to guide the Lady Bulldogs to a 45-40 non-conference win over Jamestown on Tuesday night.

Brinker, Ladybirds rally past Southern Boone to take third place at Centralia Tournament

Elaine Brinker fueled the North Callaway Ladybirds’ final push. North Callaway’s senior guard supplied nine of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter as the fifth-seeded Ladybirds rallied past No. 2 Southern Boone 42-38 to take third place at the Centralia Tournament on Friday night.

Hanger chosen coaches' best Class 2 offensive player

Bulldogs, Thunderbirds, Hornets pick up MFCA postseason recognition

South Callaway senior slot receiver Cory Hanger recently was named the Class 2 offensive player of the year on the 2014 Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state teams.

Ladybirds succumb to Boonville in Centralia semifinals

CENTRALIA — The fifth-seeded North Callaway Ladybirds’ offensive prospects were dimmed by 31 turnovers in Wednesday night’s 50-24 semifinal loss to the top-seeded Boonville Lady Pirates at the Centralia Tournament.

Hentges, Bulldogs blister Montgomery County

MOKANE — Senior guard Troy Hentges directed the unbeaten South Callaway Bulldogs with 21 points as they dismantled the Montgomery County Wildcats 89-57 in Tuesday night’s non-conference romp.

Eagles bow to Higbee 63-32 in home opener

The Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles shot just 30 percent as a team and were burdened by 34 turnovers in dropping their home opener to the Higbee Tigers 63-32 on Tuesday night.

Westminster men fall at home to Central (Iowa) College

The Blue Jays slipped to 1-6 on the season and suffered their third straight loss after being overpowered by the visiting Dutch 91-68 in Tuesday night’s non-conference matchup.

Hornet wrestlers blast by Boonville 66-12 in NCMC opener

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team prevailed in 11 of 14 weight classes, five by pin and six by forfeit, to hammer Boonville 66-12 in its North Central Missouri Conference opener Tuesday night.

Ladybirds log first win of season at Centralia Tournament

CENTRALIA — The No. 5 seed North Callaway Ladybirds obtained their first win of the season late Monday night by downing No. 4 Centralia 55-42 in the first round of the Centralia Tournament.

Eagles fall at Community R-6 in season opener

LADDONIA — The Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles shot a woeful 33 percent overall and committed 21 turnovers in dropping their season opener to the Community R-6 Trojans' junior varsity 58-26 on Monday night.

Salisbury blitzes T-Birds at Centralia Tournament

CENTRALIA — The No. 8 seed North Callaway Thunderbirds tumbled to 0-3 on the season after being pummeled by the top-seeded Salisbury Panthers 73-35 in the first round of the Centralia Tournament late Tuesday afternoon.

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Emmons inducted into MFCA Hall of Fame

Mike Emmons — who spent his entire 24-year career as a head coach at North Callaway — was honored with his induction into the Missouri Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame on Friday night at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Bulldogs roll to victory in SMC opener

Senior guard Dax Helsel tallied a game-high 15 points Friday night and the South Callaway Bulldogs opened Show-Me Conference play by easily throttling Tuscumbia 68-37.

New Bloomfield tumbles to Tipton in OT

The No. 4 seed Wildcats were outscored by the top-seeded Cardinals 14-6 in overtime of a 57-49 loss Thursday night in the semifinals of the 76th-annual Tipton Tournament.

Brandt’s buzzer-beater sends Lady Hornets to title game

Fulton to play Hermann tonight for championship at Montgomery County

When the Fulton Lady Hornets received a do-over, junior forward NaShayla Brandt delivered in dramatic style.

South Callaway puts 10 players on media all-district team

Five Fulton players, three from North Callaway also recognized

Fresh off their runner-up finish in the Class 2 state football championship, the South Callaway Bulldogs are picking up additional postseason acclaim.

Hornets wrestling team coasts to pair of convincing wins at Boonville Quad

BOONVILLE — The Fulton Hornets wrestling team launched the 2014-15 season with a pair of decisive victories.

Bulldogs overpower Van-Far in opener

MOKANE — Senior guard Troy Hentges connected for a game-high 16 points to spur four players in double figures as the South Callaway Bulldogs roughed up the Van-Far Indians 73-44 in Tuesday night’s season opener.

Tamed!

Bulldogs’ perfect season falls short as Tigers collect fourth straight title

Now that the South Callaway Bulldogs have had the experience, head coach Tim Rulo wants it to become a familiar sight. South Callaway’s first-ever appearance in a state football championship didn’t bring about the end result it desired, as the Bulldogs fell to Lamar 30-15 in the Class 2 title game late Saturday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome. The loss was South Callaway’s only one of the season, ending a remarkable ride as the Bulldogs finished at 14-1.

'That's what you want'

Perfect South Callaway, three-time champion Lamar to collide for Class 2 title

MOKANE — This one shouldn’t need any over-the-top promotion.

Bulldogs' defense looks to bring down 'wall' on Tigers

MOKANE — The clash between the South Callaway Bulldogs’ unyielding run defense and the Lamar Tigers’ unique offensive attack will be a prominent story line in Saturday’s Class 2 state title game.

Bulldogs' defense making life on run miserable

South Callaway limits Palmyra to 63 yards on ground in Class 2 semifinal victory

The South Callaway Bulldogs’ disruptive defense doesn’t need any fancy schemes when it comes to disabling an opponent’s running game.

No. 3 Bulldogs' success byproduct of their history

First-ever trip to state title game on the line Saturday in Class 2 semifinal at Palmyra

MOKANE — As the South Callaway Bulldogs ponder the potential and proximity of the opportunity, head coach Tim Rulo thinks back to predecessors and their groundwork.

Owls ride remarkable shooting effort to win at Missouri Valley

Bitner, Hill spark William Woods with 25 points each

MARSHALL — The William Woods University Owls redeemed themselves behind a sizzling shooting performance.

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No. 3 South Callaway overpowers East Buchanan

Will play at Palmyra in Class 2 semifinals next Friday night

First a blackout, then the knockout as the undefeated South Callaway Bulldogs cast out another high-profile opponent. After waiting out a power outage that delayed the start by almost an hour, third-ranked South Callaway ensured that its unprecedented playoff run would continue by suppressing fourth-ranked East Buchanan 21-8 in a Class 2 quarterfinal showdown between Bulldogs on Friday night.

No. 3 South Callaway, No. 4 East Buchanan set to clash in Class 2 quarterfinals

When East Buchanan’s offense is operating at hyper-speed, it is guaranteed that time — and the football — will be flying. South Callaway’s defense has been a menacing maelstrom for opponents all season, and now its sights will be on slowing East Buchanan’s offensive blur when this battle between state-ranked, undefeated Bulldogs plays out tonight in the Class 2 quarterfinals. Kickoff is at 7 in Gower, located southeast of St. Joseph.

William Woods baseball team ranked in preseason NAIA poll

The William Woods University Owls baseball team, coming off its trip to the NAIA national tournament last year, was ranked No. 25 in the preseason NAIA Top 25 coaches’ poll released Tuesday.

Lady Owls volleyball team advances to semis of AMC postseason tourney

Plays at No. 2-ranked, No. 1 seed Park tonight

The William Woods University Lady Owls volleyball team will get the opportunity to take down the top target.