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French receives honorable mention recognition on NAIA All-American team

William Woods University senior guard Blake French was an honorable-mention selection on the 2014-15 NAIA Division I All-American women's basketball team announced Wednesday.

William Woods golf teams sweep titles at Cape Girardeau tourney

CAPE GIRARDEAU — The top-ranked Owls squeezed out a victory while the second-ranked Lady Owls coasted to a convincing win as the Challenge at Dalhousie wrapped up play Tuesday.

Blue Jays fall by a run in Florida

WINTER HAVEN, Florida — The Westminster College Blue Jays baseball team slipped to 7-4 on the season after Wednesday’s narrow 7-6 loss to Rochester Institute. Further details from the game were not available at press time.

Owls' defense breaks down in loss to Williams Baptist

The William Woods University Owls baseball team easily out-hit the Williams Baptist (Arkansas) College Eagles 9-3, but crippled themselves defensively by committing six errors in Friday night’s 5-1 American Midwest Conference loss at Backer Sports Complex.

Lady Owls move win streak to six with Hannibal-LaGrange sweep

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team stretched its season-high winning streak to six games with Friday’s AMC doubleheader sweep of Hannibal-LaGrange University at Backer Sports Complex.

No. 2 William Woods takes fifth at Florida tournament

The second-ranked Lady Owls took fifth place with a 42-over par 626 (314-312) as the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational wrapped up Tuesday.

Top-ranked William Woods finishes fourth in Florida

The No. 1-ranked William Woods University men’s golf team made a late scramble up the leaderboard in Tuesday’s final round to finish fourth at the Embry-Riddle Eagle Invitational.

Clapp, Owls cruise past Culver-Stockton in 8-1 victory

William Woods breaks out for season-high 15 hits

Senior third baseman Austin Clapp had three hits and drove in three runs to spark a season-high 15-hit rampage as the William Woods University Owls ripped Culver-Stockton College 8-1 on Tuesday.

Haley leaves behind rich baseball legacy

Former New Bloomfield coach led Wildcats to six state titles, died March 6

With Rod Haley involved, Tony Phillips never had any doubt.

Lady Owls set to meet Bethel in first round of NAIA tourney

The William Woods University Lady Owls basketball team will face fifth-ranked Bethel (Tennessee) University next week in the first round of the 35th-annual NAIA Division I women’s national tournament.

Top-ranked Owls golf team comes in second at NAIA Contender

IRVING, Texas — The No. 1 William Woods University men's golf team amassed a 17-over par 585 team total (304-281) in taking second place at the NAIA Contender at the TPC on Tuesday.

Rulo leaving Bulldogs to become new Helias coach

Tim Rulo, who directed the South Callaway Bulldogs football team to a Class 2 runner-up finish a little more than three months ago, was named the new head coach at Helias in a surprise announcement Monday.

Fulton girls' rally not enough in District 8 semifinal loss to Warrenton

The Lady Hornets painted themselves into a late corner again, but they couldn’t come up with a finishing rally to extend their season.

Lady Owls hold off Park, reach AMC semifinals

The Williams Woods University Lady Owls sizzled at the beginning and then had to survive at the end.

William Woods’ Volkart picks up AMC basketball honors

Sophomore center Kennedy Volkart, averaging a double-double in the Lady Owls’ conference wins last week over Columbia College and Missouri Baptist University, was named American Midwest Conference player of the week Monday.

Johnson, Owls advance to AMC quarterfinals

DJ Johnson made sure the William Woods University Owls made it to the next round of the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament.

William Woods’ Dey earns weekly AMC baseball recognition

Junior first baseman Jordan Dey hit four home runs and drove in nine runs last weekend for the Owls and was selected American Midwest Conference player of the week Monday.

Bulldogs can't stop Porter, top-ranked Tolton in District 8 title game

Father Tolton’s Michael Porter Jr. put on his normal spectacular show, while the South Callaway Bulldogs showed that they were not in awe of the No. 1-ranked Trailblazers.

Lady Wildcats fall prey to Pace, Tipton

New Bloomfield's season ends in District 8 title loss

RUSSELLVILLE — When senior forward Ashley Kelley flipped in the jumper in the lane, the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats could see their chance coming into view.

South Callaway boys throttle California in District 8 semifinals

The third-seeded Bulldogs stunned the state-ranked, No. 2 seed Pintos by outscoring them 22-2 in the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s 60-34 triumph in the Class 3, District 8 semifinals.

Champion Hornets place nine wrestlers on all-NCMC squad

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team procured the North Central Missouri Conference title with a perfect 6-0 mark, and its dominance was reflected on the 2014-15 all-conference squad. Led by its trio of junior state champions — Josh McClure (138 pounds), Zach Benner (195) and Trenton Clines (145) — Fulton occupied the first-team spots in eight of the 14 weight classes.

Westminster women's season ends in SLIAC tourney loss to Eureka

The No. 2 seed Lady Blue Jays’ season ended Thursday night when they were ousted by the No. 3 Lady Red Devils 71-58 in the semifinals of the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament.

William Woods women complete season sweep of Columbia College

The Lady Owls, fueled by free throws, logged their fifth straight win by outscoring the Lady Cougars 44-31 in the second half to rally for the 66-59 AMC victory Thursday night.

Lady Wildcats dismantle Iberia in District 8 semifinals

New Bloomfield will face top-seeded, state-ranked Tipton in showdown for title Friday night

RUSSELLVILLE — The New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats will get another chance to take down the state-ranked Tipton Lady Cardinals.

Moberly rallies to stop Hornets' win streak

The Fulton Hornets were outscored by the state-ranked Moberly Spartans 19-10 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 59-54 North Central Missouri Conference loss at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Three Kings!

Hornets' McClure, Benner, Clines bring home state titles

Josh McClure, Zach Benner and Trenton Clines collaborated to carry out a remarkable program first for the Fulton Hornets wrestling team. The Fulton juniors’ extraordinary night, though, was almost upstaged by a tense, dramatic sprint to the finish between the Hornets and perennial power Oak Grove for the Class 2 team title.

Hornets' McClure, Benner, Clines to wrestle for state titles tonight

COLUMBIA — For these three Fulton juniors, one gets his chance at a rare repeat, the second gets his opportunity to rectify and the other gets his first experience.

Hornets send nine into Class 2 quarterfinals

Fulton leads tight team battle with 31.5 points

The Fulton Hornets profited from their previous presence at the state wrestling championships, and that has them sitting at the front of the pack in Class 2. Fulton — sparked by a skilled group of juniors who are state veterans — moved nine of its 12 qualifiers into this morning’s Class 2 quarterfinals as the 85th MSHSAA Wrestling Championships got underway Thursday at Mizzou Arena.

Strong junior class fuels Hornets' Class 2 title hopes

McClure, Benner are favorites to win titles at 138 and 195 pounds

Fulton head coach Eric Hudson could detect something that set this gifted group apart before it even became an essential component of the Hornets’ wrestling program.

T-Birds use free throws down stretch to clinch third straight victory

North Callaway trips EMO foe Mark Twain 64-52

The North Callaway Thunderbirds connected on 12-of-17 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal a 64-52 Eastern Missouri Conference win over the Mark Twain Tigers on Tuesday night.

No. 2 Hornets taking 12 wrestlers to state

Fulton locks up District 2 title in impressive fashion

The state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team will be stacked with strength in numbers, but head coach Eric Hudson cautions that it’s no guarantee. Still, Hudson has to like the odds when it comes to Fulton’s chances for a shot at the Class 2 state title.

No. 2 Hornets qualify 12 wrestlers for state championships

Fulton rolls to Class 2, District 2 team title

MEXICO — For the state-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team, it was a breeze.

No. 2 Hornets will be 'hunted' in District 2 tourney at Mexico

Championships start tonight, continue Saturday

With the noteworthy accomplishments the Fulton Hornets wrestling team has accumulated so far this season, it has attracted added attention. Particularly from opponents.

North Callaway girls stump Silex in EMO play

The Ladybirds outscored the Lady Owls 33-14 in the second and third quarters combined, charging their way to a 57-37 Eastern Missouri Conference romp Thursday night.

T-Birds hold off Wright City in EMO victory

WRIGHT CITY — The North Callaway Thunderbirds connected on 4-of-8 free throws in the final 40 seconds to outlast the Wright City Wildcats for a 56-53 Eastern Missouri Conference triumph Tuesday night.

Wildcats race past Chamois in SMC romp

NEW BLOOMFIELD — Five players were featured in double figures and the New Bloomfield Wildcats outscored the Chamois Pirates 27-9 in the second quarter of Tuesday night’s 79-52 Show-Me Conference blitz.

South Callaway boys top SMC foe Fatima

Senior guard Cory Hanger directed four players in double figures and the Bulldogs kept themselves in contention for a Show-Me Conference title with Thursday night’s 77-66 win over the Comets.

North Callaway boys bow to Elsberry

The Thunderbirds erased an early 14-point deficit but couldn’t complete a late comeback in Friday night’s 61-53 Eastern Missouri Conference loss to the Indians.

State-ranked New Bloomfield girls roll past Novinger

The state-ranked Lady Wildcats roughed up the Lady Cats by outscoring them 43-8 in the first half of Saturday’s commanding 63-25 victory at Moberly Area Community College.

Brinker eclipses 1,000 points as North Callaway girls prevail

Senior guard Elaine Brinker delivered a perfect performance in eclipsing the 1,000-point career plateau in the Ladybirds’ 55-31 Eastern Missouri Conference romp Friday night.

Hornets resist Harrisburg down stretch in first-round win

Fulton to meet state-ranked California in Southern Boone semifinals

ASHLAND — The Fulton Hornets didn’t wilt under the circumstances.

Bulldogs rip Russellville in SMC victory

MOKANE — Senior guard Troy Hentges broke out for a game-high 31 points to fuel the South Callaway Bulldogs’ 91-58 Show-Me Conference rout of the Russellville Indians on Tuesday night.

Wildcats roll to convincing win over MMA

MEXICO — Three players scored in double figures and the New Bloomfield Wildcats pulled away in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 62-44 victory over the Missouri Military Academy Colonels.

Chamois powers past Eagles

The Missouri School for the Deaf Eagles fell behind the Chamois Pirates 15-4 after one quarter in dropping their second straight home game in a 49-25 loss Tuesday night.

No. 9 Lady Wildcats rally past Lady Bulldogs

MOKANE — The state-ranked New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats weathered shooting difficulties and rallied by outscoring the South Callaway Lady Bulldogs 21-12 in the fourth quarter of Tuesday night’s 50-45 Show-Me Conference triumph.

No. 2 Hornet wrestlers top off perfect regular season

Fulton easily overpowers NCMC foe Marshall 69-6

Fulton head coach Eric Hudson is hoping that his state-ranked Hornets wrestling team is getting closer to being back at full strength. With a sizable group of Fulton wrestlers returning to the lineup despite dealing with a variety of injuries, the Hornets ended the regular season in perfect style with a 69-6 dismantling of NCMC foe Marshall on Tuesday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

South Callaway boys set school record, dominate MMA

The Bulldogs bounced back from a title-game loss to Salisbury by possibly setting a school record for their prolific point total in Monday night’s 104-46 manhandling of the Colonels.

MSD boys drop home game to Prairie Home

The Eagles shot just 27 percent (10-of-37) as a team and committed 34 turnovers in Monday night’s 55-22 home loss to the Panthers.

No. 9 Lady Wildcats live up to seed, win Sturgeon Tournament

New Bloomfield prevails behind free-throw shooting in fourth quarter

The state-ranked New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats showed they were deserving of the premier billing.

Ladybirds complete 'road' to title at B. Green

No. 5 seed North Callaway scores game's first 18 points, dumps No. 2 Bowling Green

The North Callaway Ladybirds proved that projections sometimes mean very little.