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Eight Blue Jays receive all-UMAC football status

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.

Blue Jays, Loras to play in Sweet 16 on Saturday

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.

Emmons draws curtain on career with T-Birds

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.”

Emmons retires as North Callaway football coach

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.

No. 19 Lady Owls rip Haskell 70-39

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.

No. 8 Falcons halt No. 6 Bulldogs' season again

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.

No. 6 ’Dogs, No. 8 Falcons to tussle again for title

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.

Tilson seven Hornets on all NCMC football team

Fulton senior wide receiver Chris Tilson was named a first-team selection on the 2013 all-North Central Missouri Conference football team announced Tuesday.

Hanger, No. 6 Bulldogs rule rematch with Wildcats

Cory Hanger allowed the Montgomery County Wildcats an entire 13 seconds to bask in their only lead of the night.

No. 6 Bulldogs ready for ‘good challenge’ in rematch with Wildcats

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs manhandled Montgomery County 12 days ago, serving the Wildcats with their only loss of the season.

Hentges, 'No. 6 Dogs manhandle Cougars

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.

No. 6 ’Dogs prepare to ‘step higher’ vs. Cougars

MOKANE — With the playoff pursuit officially underway, the state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs are trying to stay one move ahead in order to advance.

T-Birds not concerned with redemption this time against Wildcats

KINGDOM CITY — For the North Callaway Thunderbirds, this rematch is not about revenge and has everything to do with self-preservation.

Lady Owls draw No. 19 ranking in NAIA

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.

No. 6 ‘Dogs, badgering defense hand Wildcats first loss

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.

South Callaway falls short in rally for Class 2 softball championship

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.

South Callaway to play for first state softball title

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.

Lady Bulldogs go hunting for first state title

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.

No. 6 Bulldogs gear up for ‘great game’ vs. unbeaten ’Cats

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.

Lady Owls soccer team blanks Park

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.

Lady Wildcats’ Kelley finishes 42nd at Class 1 golf championships

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.

T-Birds batter IndianHawks with run game

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.

No. 6 Bulldogs blister TrailBlazers

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.

T-Birds ‘making progress,’ hope to extend win streak

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.

No. 6 ’Dogs searching for ‘their ceiling’

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.

Bartley leans on defense, Lady Bulldogs edge Lady Blue Jays

Even though Abby Bartley’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as lofty as Sarah Handrahan’s, Bartley emerged with the edge.

Lady Hornets volleyball team upends Eldon

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.

No. 6 ’Dogs bounce back with blowout

MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs returned to their winning routine in emphatic fashion.

Thunderbirds pull away fast, easily handle Indians

VANDALIA — North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons wanted to see an initial knockout gap on the scoreboard, and his Thunderbirds complied.

Lady Bulldogs, Lady Wildcats claim district softball titles

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.

No. 6 Bulldogs look to benefit from loss

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.

T-Birds’ task: ‘Keep pushing to get better’

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.

Hornets’ O-line continues to carve own identity

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.

Lady Hornets tennis team settles for second place in District 7

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.

Lady Hornets storm into District 7 semifinals

Fulton tallies seven in first, buries Wright City

The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team relieved any anxiety with an early outburst.

No. 4 Bulldogs suffer first loss in shootout with Spartans

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.

Emmons keeping the faith

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.

No. 4 ’Dogs ‘fine’ being underdogs vs. Spartans

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.

Ladybirds demolish Clopton, clinch EMO softball title

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.

No. 4 Bulldogs ‘check that box off’ with first-ever win over Cardinals

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.

Wildcats trip T-Birds

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.

Thunderbirds seeking ‘steady mix’ on offense

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.

Rulo: Cardinals’ matchup still has ‘luster’

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.

Gray dazzles again, Ladybirds rough up Montgomery County

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.

Gray, Coil ignite unbeaten Ladybirds’ romp over Wright City

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.

T-Birds can’t keep pace with Bobcats

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.

No. 4 Bulldogs ‘handle test’ against Bearcats

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.

T-Birds’ defense aims for ‘higher level of intensity’ against Bobcats

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.

No. 4 ’Dogs seek some separation in standings

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.

Lady Eagles volleyball team moves to 2-0

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.