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Lady Hornets lean on free-throw effort in win over Moberly

Fulton hits 12-of-14 from line in fourth quarter to clinch NCMC victory

Shackled by shooting difficulties in their offensive sets, the Fulton Lady Hornets profited from what was freely made available. Fulton outscored Moberly 21-11 in the fourth quarter, making 12-of-14 free throws during that span, as the Lady Hornets turned back the Lady Spartans 57-48 in a North Central Missouri Conference win Friday night.

South Callaway girls garner fourth at Sturgeon Tournament

The No. 3 seed Lady Bulldogs were outscored by the No. 5 Lady Coyotes 22-12 in the second half of Friday night’s 39-30 loss in the third-place game of the 31st-annual Sturgeon Tournament.

South Callaway boys advance to Sturgeon Tournament title game

The No. 2 seed Bulldogs moved on to a much-anticipated showdown in the championship after fending off the No. 3 Trojans 73-61 in Thursday night’s semifinals.

No. 9 Lady Wildcats reach championship at Sturgeon

STURGEON — The state-ranked, top-seeded New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats straightened out their shooting issues in the second half, giving themselves a chance to contend for a championship.

Ladybirds trip top seed Clopton, advance to title game at Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN — Senior guard Elaine Brinker made all eight of her free throws in the last 1 minute, 31 seconds Wednesday night as the No. 5 seed North Callaway Ladybirds toppled the No. 1 Clopton Lady Hawks 50-47 in the semifinals of the 90th-annual Bowling Green Tournament.

Bulldogs blister Wildcats in first round at Sturgeon

STURGEON — Senior forwards Jacob Smith and Luke Horstman combined for 36 points in the No. 2 seed South Callaway Bulldogs’ 87-57 first-round throttling of the No. 7 New Bloomfield Wildcats on Tuesday night at the 31st-annual Sturgeon Tournament.

T-Birds fall to Louisiana in first round at Bowling Green

BOWLING GREEN — The No. 7 seed North Callaway Thunderbirds were outscored by the No. 2 Louisiana Bulldogs 38-29 in the second half of Tuesday night’s 61-53 first-round loss at the 90th-annual Bowling Green Tournament.

Blue Jays stop nine-game losing streak

The host Westminster College Blue Jays halted their nine-game losing streak by outscoring the Principia (Illinois) College Panthers 44-33 in the second half of Tuesday night’s 67-56 SLIAC triumph on Henry P. Iba Court.

No. 1 Hornet wrestlers wrap up NCMC championship

Bristol's pin punctuates 41-33 victory at Moberly

The top-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team showed some gutsy resolve in bringing home the North Central Missouri Conference championship in dramatic fashion. Senior Clayton Bristol won the final match of the night with a pin at 285 pounds, locking up Fulton’s 41-33 victory over the Moberly Spartans on Tuesday night and allowing the unbeaten Hornets to clinch the NCMC title.

Hornet wrestlers add third straight Jim Wallace Classic title

The top-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team and head coach Eric Hudson traded some playful banter when it came to the significance of winning its own Jim Wallace Classic. With bigger aspirations looming as the district and state championships are now less than a month away, unbeaten Fulton locked up the title of its home tournament — named after the longtime Hornets head coach — for the third straight year Saturday at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Lady Hornets' losing streak hits four after 56-38 setback to Helias

The Fulton Lady Hornets have been knocked around pretty good lately, but head coach TJ Quick is optimistic her squad’s fortunes are going to improve.

North Callaway boys fade late to EMO foe Clopton

The Thunderbirds led for the better part of three quarters before fading down the stretch in a 44-33 Eastern Missouri Conference loss to the Hawks on Friday night.

South Callaway boys bow to Linn for first loss of the season

The Bulldogs struggled in all phases in suffering their first loss of the season 50-47 to the Wildcats in Show-Me Conference play Thursday night.

No. 1 Hornets wrestlers 'a little off,' still topple rival Mexico

The top-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team overcame a ragged performance to stay perfect. Fulton — ranked No. 1 in Class 2 by — raised its season record to 20-0 and moved to 4-0 in the North Central Missouri Conference by rolling past rival Mexico 47-19 on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

North Callaway girls tumble to EMO foe Clopton

The Ladybirds were outscored by the Lady Hawks 34-10 in the second and third quarters combined in Thursday night’s 50-36 Eastern Missouri Conference loss.

MSD boys control second half in win over Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — Missouri School for the Deaf broke a 16-all halftime deadlock by outscoring Jamestown's junior varsity 27-21 in the second half of Wednesday night’s 43-37 triumph in a matchup between Eagles.

William Woods ranked in preseason NAIA softball poll

The William Woods University Lady Owls came in at No. 19 in the 2015 NAIA softball coaches’ preseason Top 25 poll released Tuesday.

Lady Blue Jays regroup with SLIAC win over Fontbonne

ST. LOUIS — Junior guard Kasey Gatson delivered a team-high 20 points and the Westminster College Lady Blue Jays got back on track with Wednesday night’s 78-68 SLIAC victory over the Fontbonne University Lady Griffins.

Mitchell's timely 3s steer Hornets to 52-51 overtime win over Battle

It didn’t matter that Kalin Mitchell missed his first 11 shots.

New Bloomfield girls clip Linn for 11th straight win

Senior forward Taylor Howard supplied a game-high 18 points to help fuel the Lady Wildcats’ 61-20 Show-Me Conference romp Monday night.

Unbeaten South Callaway claims own title for first time since 2002

The South Callaway Bulldogs didn’t have to depend on luck to end a 13-year drought. Top-seeded South Callaway took command by outscoring No. 3 Harrisburg 39-29 in the second half as the Bulldogs locked up the title of their own South Callaway Invitational Tournament with a 70-59 win Saturday night.

New Bloomfield survives to outlast North Callaway for championship

With its once-comfortable lead shrinking, the New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats had to endure some high anxiety. No. 2 seed New Bloomfield owned a 15-point advantage to open the fourth quarter, but the Lady Wildcats were outscored by the No. 4 North Callaway Ladybirds 17-4 over the last 8 minutes before hanging on for a narrow 48-46 win in the championship of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament on Saturday night.

Lady Owls stretch winning streak to four games

William Woods races past Missouri Baptist in 68-50 victory

The William Woods University Lady Owls used a furious first-half showing to dispatch the Missouri Baptist University Lady Spartans 68-50 in American Midwest Conference play Saturday afternoon at Anderson Arena.

Lady Owls bow to Jefferson City in third-place game

The Fulton Lady Hornets shied away when it came to challenging the Jefferson City Lady Jays. No. 2 seed Jefferson City opened up an 11-point halftime lead and pulled away by outscoring Fulton 15-4 in the third quarter, ultimately downing the No. 4 Lady Hornets 55-41 on Saturday afternoon in the third-place game of the 21st-annual California Tournament.

South Callaway girls earn fifth place at own tournament

The No. 6 seed Lady Bulldogs claimed fifth place in their own South Callaway Invitational Tournament, establishing control by outscoring the No. 8 Lady Indians 26-16 in the second half of Friday night’s 44-28 win.

North Callaway JV girls move past MSD

Freshman forward Claire Murray tallied a career-high 12 points, all in the second half, to direct the visiting Ladybirds in Thursday night’s 42-23 triumph over the Lady Eagles.

North Callaway boys bow to Russellville, finish sixth at South Callaway Tournament

The No. 8 seed Thunderbirds were unable to recover from a 32-16 halftime deficit in Friday night’s 55-43 loss to the No. 7 Indians in the fifth-place game of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

MSD boys edge out North Callaway

Senior forward Benson Goodwin posted his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the host Eagles’ 30-26 victory over the Thunderbirds on Thursday night.

William Woods men blown out by Columbia College

The Owls led by nine points in the first half, but were then outscored by the No. 20 Cougars 43-17 over the final 20 minutes of Thursday night’s 72-38 AMC setback.

William Woods’ Zink, Smith place at Missouri Invitational

Senior Nick Zink and junior Adam Smith finished in the top 10 in the 400 meters and weight throw, respectively, for the Owls at Friday’s season-opening Missouri Invitational.

Westminster’s Shoemaker places in shot at Missouri Invitational

Blue Jays freshman Logan Shoemaker took 10th place in the shot put with a toss of 43 feet, 5 inches on Friday at the season-opening Missouri Invitational.

Hagedorn, North Callaway boys top Montgomery County

Senior guard Brandon Hagedorn’s career-high 21 points helped trigger the No. 8 seed Thunderbirds’ 65-58 victory over the No. 4 Wildcats on Thursday night in the consolation semifinals of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Top-ranked Hornet wrestlers demolish Centralia, Blair Oaks

The top-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team finally opened the home portion of its schedule with a pair of runaway dual victories. Fulton — ranked No. 1 in Class 2 by — extended its perfect season record to 19-0 by manhandling Centralia 60-16 and Blair Oaks 68-10 on Thursday night at Roger D. Davis Gymnasium.

Lady Wildcats trip Hermann, reach South Callaway title game

MOKANE — The No. 2 seed New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats advanced to the title game of the South Callaway Invitational Tournament by outscoring the No. 3 Hermann Lady Bearcats 36-26 in the second half of Wednesday night’s 58-50 semifinal win.

Westminster's Hughes makes preseason All-America team

Westminster College Blue Jays junior outfielder-pitcher Deion Hughes has been selected to the 2015 preseason All-America team, earning honorable-mention status as a utility player.

Ladybirds surprise top-seeded Harrisburg in 63-57 semifinal win

North Callaway wins fifth straight, will play for South Callaway title on Saturday night

MOKANE — The North Callaway Ladybirds’ surge now features a high-profile victim.

Boonville downs Lady Hornets again, this time in California semifinals

CALIFORNIA — Senior center Morgan Edwards’ game-high 26 points fueled the state-ranked, top-seeded Boonville Lady Pirates’ 64-51 semifinal win over the No. 4 Fulton Lady Hornets on Wednesday night at the 21st-annual California Tournament.

Mitchell, Hornets rally to reach California semifinals

CALIFORNIA — Junior guard Kalin Mitchell knocked down two free throws with 1.1 seconds to play as the No. 2 seed Fulton Hornets rallied past No. 7 seed Boonville in the final minute for a 76-73 win late Tuesday night in the first round of the 81st-annual California Tournament.

Nichols, Wildcats make semifinals at South Callaway

MOKANE — Junior guard Grant Nichols connected for a team-high 18 points as New Bloomfield triumphed over Montgomery County 63-59 in a clash between Wildcats in first-round play Tuesday night at the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

No. 1 Hornets wrestling team trips Kirksville

The top-ranked Fulton Hornets wrestling team, logging 30 points from five forfeit victories, remained undefeated by easing to a 59-15 NCMC win over the Kirksville Tigers on Tuesday night.

South Callaway girls fade down stretch of loss to Hermann

The No. 6 seed Lady Bulldogs were outscored by the No. 3 Lady Bearcats 18-10 in the fourth quarter of Monday night’s 44-40 first-round loss at the South Callaway Invitational Tournament.

Hornets capture team title at Ste. Genevieve Dual Tourney

The Fulton Hornets wrestling team prevailed in its closest call of the season. The Hornets held off the hosting Dragons 35-34 to clinch first place at the fourth-annual Ste. Genevieve Dual Tournament on Saturday.

Lady Hornets weather another third-quarter bump

Fulton forges big first-half lead, resists rival Mexico in 62-47 win

The Fulton Lady Hornets dazzled and frazzled, but still emerged with a double-digit victory over a conference rival.

Miles scores 23, helps Bulldogs stay unbeaten

HERMANN — Senior guard Terry Miles responded with a game-high 23 points to help carry the unbeaten South Callaway Bulldogs to a pivotal 65-51 road victory over the Hermann Bearcats on Friday night.

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.