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North Callaway’s Coleman, Gray move on to Class 3 sectionals

MEXICO — Junior Steven Coleman and senior Jaida Gray were the Thunderbirds’ and Ladybirds’ only qualifiers for sectional competition at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.

Fulton advances to Class 3 sectionals in six events

MEXICO — Senior Hayley Tobias and junior Sam Christensen both advanced to sectionals in two events to guide the Lady Hornets and Hornets at Saturday’s Class 3, District 4 championships.

MSD’s Jones makes Class 1 championships in four events

ST. LOUIS — Senior Nick Jones will be returning to defend his state titles in the 100 and 200 meters after winning both events as the Eagles’ sole qualifier at Saturday’s Class 1, Sectional 1 championships.

South Callaway advances to state meet in 23 events

LINN — The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs track and field teams put on another sensational display in the lead-up to the showcase event.

No. 2 Owls golf team ties for third at NAIA national championships

Taylor shares 11th place, makes all-tourney team for third straight year

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — The William Woods University Owls golf team made a hard charge to establish another program milestone.

Hornets tennis team falls in District 7 first round

The No. 5 seed Fulton Hornets tennis team (4-18-1) tumbled to No. 4 Mexico in the first round of the Class 1, District 7 team tournament Tuesday at the high school athletic complex.

Harrisburg edges Wildcats with late run

HARRISBURG — New Bloomfield’s shaky pitching proved damaging when Harrisburg tallied the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to trip the Wildcats 5-4 on Wednesday night.

Lady Owls’ last comeback cut short in wild elimination loss

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team finally ran out of rallies. Center fielder Amber Getty hit a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning and third-seeded Davenport University resisted one last comeback attempt by No. 2 William Woods to oust the Lady Owls from the Davenport bracket with a wild 16-15 victory Tuesday in the NAIA Opening Round. The No. 19 Lady Owls — who used a stunning five-run rally in the seventh to send the game to extra innings — completed their season with a 40-17 record. William Woods, which started NAIA play with a 4-2 loss to host Davenport on Monday, had staved off elimination earlier Tuesday with a 9-1 win over No. 4 seed Huntington (Ind.) University.

MSD’s Jones tallies four wins at District 1 track championships

Eagles senior Nick Jones advanced to sectional competition by winning the 100, 200 and 400 meters, along with the long jump Saturday in the Class 1, District 1 championships at Lutheran St. Charles High School.

South Callaway sweeps District 3 track titles

Senior Taylor Howard logged victories in the 100 and 400 meters, and pole vault Saturday as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to the Class 2, District 3 girls’ championship. In the boys’ division, senior Josh Brooks triumphed in the discus and shot put to help the Bulldogs complete a sweep of the District 3 titles.

Arthaud, Kemper throttle Wildcats n Bulldogs' 13-0 rout

The New Bloomfield Wildcats’ lineup was at the mercy of South Callaway senior pitchers Gordon Arthaud and Smith Kemper. Arthaud and Kemper collaborated on a two-hit shutout and also combined to drive in four runs as South Callaway charged past New Bloomfield 13-0 in six innings in a Show-Me Conference matchup Friday night.

Westminster’s Branneky, Hughes earn all-SLIAC first-team baseball status

Junior third baseman Tyler Branneky and sophomore left fielder Deion Hughes were both first-team picks for the Blue Jays on the 2014 all-St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference squad announced Thursday.

T-Birds tumble to Hallsville in third-place game at Fulton Baseball Tournament

The Thunderbirds were plagued by four errors, resulting in four unearned runs, in falling to the Indians 9-5 in the third-place game of the 20th-annual Fulton Tournament on Friday.

North Callaway squads finish fourth at EMO track championships

MONTGOMERY CITY — Sophomore Skylar Schmauch repeated as girls’ distance runner of the year Tuesday in steering the Ladybirds to a fourth-place team finish at the Eastern Missouri Conference championships.

No. 19 Lady Owls heading to Michigan for NAIA Opening Round

The William Woods University Lady Owls softball team will be trekking north for its appearance in the NAIA Opening Round.

Wiler tosses no hitter as Wildcats overpower SMC foe St. Elizabeth

Junior starter Brady Wiler tossed a no-hitter and junior designated hitter Sam Niedergerke’s three-run home run punctuated a six-run third inning Tuesday night as the New Bloomfield Wildcats demolished SMC foe St. Elizabeth 11-0. New Bloomfield — improving to 8-9 overall and 2-4 in the Show-Me Conference — put up two runs in the bottom of the first, tallied three more in the second and wrapped up its scoring in the third. The game was called on the mercy rule after five innings.

South Callaway’s Parker, Rudroff qualify for golf sectionals

Freshman Blake Parker shared ninth place with an 83 and senior Garner Rudroff tied for 14th with an 86 to guide the Bulldogs at the Class 2, District 4 championships Monday at Redfield Golf Course. Parker and Rudroff will both move on to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.

North Callaway’s Menard moves on to sectional golf play

Senior Justin Menard shot an 86 and tied for sixth place for the Thunderbirds in Monday’s Class 2, District 3 championships at Innsbrook Golf Club. Menard will advance to the Sectional 2 championships Monday at Eagle Knoll Golf Club in Hartsburg.

Crisp, Thunderbirds cruise by Van-Far in EMO baseball action

Junior third baseman Trevor Crisp had three hits, knocked in three runs and scored three times in sparking the Thunderbirds’ 14-4 EMO romp over the winless Indians on Tuesday night. After Van-Far plated three runs in the top of the second inning, North Callaway erupted for 10 runs in its half of the inning to take command. The Indians (0-12, 0-7 Eastern Missouri Conference) added their other run in the third, but the Thunderbirds (13-7, 7-1) tacked on three runs in the fourth and one in the fifth to stop the game on the mercy rule.

Lady Bulldogs, Bulldogs sweep titles in own South Callaway Relays

The South Callaway girls’ and boys’ track and field teams left plenty of room to spare. The Lady Bulldogs and Bulldogs combined to win 15 events in easily bolting to a sweep of the team championships at their annual South Callaway Relays on Friday.

North Callaway’s Schmauch, Gilman win events at Centralia Invitational

Sophomore Skylar Schmauch was victorious in the girls’ 1,600 meters and freshman Levi Gilman triumphed in the boys’ 110 hurdles at the Centralia 9th- and 10th-grade Invitational on Thursday.

Fulton boys' tennis team shut out at home by Helias

The Hornets dipped to 4-15 on the season after Friday night’s 9-0 loss to the Crusaders at the high school athletic complex.

Fulton golf team comes in third in quad meet at home

Sophomore Jake Hammerstone shot a team-low 45 and the Hornets finished third in Friday’s quad match with Hannibal, Centralia and Wentzville-Liberty at Tanglewood Golf Course.

New Bloomfield baseball team mauls MMA

Junior center fielder Tucker Lane finished 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs Thursday night as the Wildcats crushed the Colonels 12-2 in six innings.

Horstmeier throws complete game in Fulton baseball team's NCMC win at Mexico

The Hornets collected nine hits and senior starter Dalton Horstmeier threw a complete game in Friday night’s 6-1 North Central Missouri Conference victory over the rival Bulldogs.

Early tops off T-Birds’ rally past Sturgeon

Michael Early was better late than never, displaying his composure in a tight spot for the North Callaway Thunderbirds. The junior designated hitter came through with a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning Friday night to send North Callaway to a dramatic 4-3, non-conference victory over state-ranked Sturgeon.

Hornets claim Don Dobson Invite title

Lady Hornets take third

The Fulton Hornets track and field team made sure every point had significance — it proved to be necessary. Junior Sam Christensen won both the 110-meter hurdles and high jump to help Fulton fend off Moberly and Boonville as the host Hornets locked up the boys’ title in their annual Don Dobson Invitational on Friday night at the high school athletic complex. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington both produced victories in two events to spur Fulton to a third-place team finish.

William Woods pounds Park, advances to AMC baseball semifinals

Senior shortstop Sam Moon and junior third baseman Austin Clapp both had three hits and two runs batted in as the No. 3 seed Owls charged to a 10-1 quarterfinal win at the American Midwest Conference postseason tournament Thursday.

Menard wins EMO individual title, North Callaway finishes fourth

Senior Justin Menard was the individual champion with a 7-over par 79 as the Thunderbirds finished fourth at the Eastern Missouri Conference championships Thursday. “Obviously Justin’s playing at a high level and putting up consistently high numbers …,” North Callaway head coach Jason Smith said. “He’s putting up these numbers in adverse conditions. It was cold and it was windy, and he still played well. “He’s playing to his strengths. That shows his maturity as a golfer.”

Fulton boys’ tennis tops Battle, Columbia Independent

The Hornets topped the Battle Spartans 6-3 and outlasted Columbia Independent 5-4 in matches played on Thursday at the high school athtletic complex. Junior Justin Schneider defeated Dunkan Galen of Battle 8-6 at No. 1 singles, while freshman Grant Hendricks put away Lorenzo Wright 8-5 at No. 2.

Thunderbirds manhandle Clopton in EMO rout

North Callaway senior starter Nate VanBoening scattered two hits over three scoreless inning as the Thunderbirds trampled Clopton in a 17-2 Eastern Missouri Conference rout Thursday night. North Callaway (10-6, 6-1 EMO) put up a run in the top of the first, erupted for five apiece in the second and third, piled on four more in the fourth and plated two in the fifth as the game was called on the mercy rule. Clopton (5-6, 3-3) scored single runs in the fourth and fifth.

Lady Owls use power to reach AMC finals

COLUMBIA — Emily Murphy and Kacey Scharnhorst served up the big shots, sending the William Woods University Lady Owls to the championship of the American Midwest Conference postseason softball tournament.

Menard earns medalist honors, North Callaway golf team bows in dual

COLUMBIA — Senior Justin Menard shot a 37 to pick up medalist honors as the Thunderbirds lost to Harrisburg by 16 strokes, 180-196, in Wednesday's dual at L.A. Nickell Golf Course.

No. 3 William Woods men claim title at AMC golf championships

CAPE GIRARDEAU — Junior Julian Taylor won the individual event for the second straight year in directing the Owls to a comfortable 39-stroke victory at the American Midwest Conference championships Tuesday.

North Callaway's Coleman, Gray set records at California

CALIFORNIA — Junior Steven Coleman established meet records in the boys’ 110- and 300-meter hurdles, and senior Jaida Gray followed suit in the girls’ 400 at the California Invitational on Tuesday.

Hornets golf team takes sixth place at NCMC championships

HANNIBAL — The Fulton Hornets golf team compiled a 365 total to finish sixth at the North Central Missouri Conference championships Wednesday at Norwoods Golf Club.

Callaway Preps

Peneston's grand slam fuels Bulldogs

Grayson Peneston didn’t leave any doubt that the Southern Boone Eagles would ultimately regret the decision. After Gordon Arthaud was intentionally walked in the preceding at-bat to load the bases in the bottom of the fifth ining Friday night, Peneston — South Callaway’s freshman first baseman — jumped on a first-pitch curveball and planted it over the fence in left for a grand slam. Peneston’s blast powered the Bulldogs’ five-run outburst in the inning, breaking a 1-1 tie, and triggered South Callaway’s 6-1 triumph over Southern Boone. The victory was the eighth in a row for the Bulldogs, raising their season record to 11-3.

Callaway Colleges

Bowden, Schemmer masterful, No. 21 Lady Owls easily advance

The Hannibal-LaGrange Lady Trojans must have had a crushing sense of deja vu against William Woods University senior starters MacKenzie Bowden and Becca Schemmer. Bowden and Schemmer fashioned a pair of one-hit shutouts Friday as the No. 21 William Woods Lady Owls easily swept Hannibal-LaGrange 9-0 and 5-0 in their American Midwest Conference Tournament quarterfinal series at Backer Sports Complex.

Callaway Roundup

Bulldogs golf team takes third place at Palmyra

Sophomore Logan Taylor shot a 77 to lead the South Callaway Bulldogs golf team to a third-place finish in the Palmyra Tournament on Wednesday. Freshman Blake Parker was next with a 79 for South Callaway, which compiled a 346 team score. Palmyra secured the team championship with a 302 and Louisiana — sparked by medalist Justin Lenz’s 3-over par 73 — was a distant second with a 322.

Callaway Roundup

No. 21 Lady Owls to host HLG in AMC quarterfinals Friday

Fresh off winning its first American Midwest Conference regular-season title since 2009, the No. 21 William Woods University softball team has drawn the top seed for the conference’s postseason tournament.

Callaway Preps

Bulldogs hammer Hermann, push winning streak to seven

The South Callaway Bulldogs baseball team continues to punish the ball, as well as its opponents. Senior starter Smith Kemper, senior right fielder Gordon Arthaud and junior left fielder Mason Shoemaker combined for eight hits and nine runs batted in as South Callaway stretched its winning streak to seven games with a 15-0 blitz of non-conference foe Hermann on Tuesday night.

Callaway Colleges

Owls sweep Mid-Continent, extend win streak to five

The Owls scored all their runs in the first three innings as the downed the Cougars 7-2 to secure a doubleheader and series sweep on Saturday. William Woods (32-9, 17-7 American Midwest Conference) prevailed 17-3 in the the day’s first game 17-3 while triumphing in the series opener 7-2 on Friday as its now won five game in a row.

Callaway Preps

Jensen hurls five-hit shutout, strikes out nine as Wildcats rip Belle

Sophomore starter Clay Jensen threw a five-hit shutout and struck out nine Thursday night, powering the New Bloomfield Wildcats to a 12-0, five-inning blitz of non-conference foe Belle. New Bloomfield (5-5) took control in the early going, erupting for seven runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Wildcats added a run in the third and tallied four more in the fourth as the game was called on the mercy rule. Jensen issued just one walk and needed only 62 pitches to complete the impressive victory.

Murphy stays unbeaten, T-Birds perfect in EMO

MONTGOMERY CITY — Senior starter Tanner Murphy remained unbeaten with his third win of the season and the North Calllaway Thunderbirds stayed perfect in the Eastern Missouri Conference with a 6-3 win over Montgomery County on Wednesday night.

S. Callaway boys, girls sweep SMC track titles

MOKANE — The South Callaway Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs encountered little resistance in rolling to a sweep of the Show-Me Conference track and field championships.

Callaway Preps

Hornets suffer 5-4 NCMC loss after Boonville scores late run

Boonville center fielder Jacob Francis singled home what proved to be the winning run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting the Pirates to a 5-4 NCMC win over the Hornets on Tuesday night. The Hornets (8-4, 4-3 North Central Missouri Conference) — who fell to Boonville 7-4 in Fulton on March 26 — suffered their second straight loss after winning six in a row.

Coleman wins 110, 300 hurdles, T-Birds finish third at MSD Invite

Gray triumphs in 400 as Ladybirds take fifth place

The North Callaway Thunderbirds — sparked by junior Steven Coleman’s victories in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles — took third place at the 27th-annual Missouri School for the Deaf Invitational on Thursday. With senior Nick Jones bolting to wins in the 100, 200, 400 and long jump, the host MSD Eagles finished seventh.

T-Birds make title game at Montgomery County

Will meet South Callaway for championship

AUXVASSE —The North Callaway Thunderbirds reached the championship of the Montgomery County Tournament after a pair of narrow home wins Wednesday.

NAIA moving women's national championship to Independence

William Woods will be host school, receive automatic berth in 2015 and '16

William Woods University women’s head basketball coach Dan Chapla has guided the Lady Owls to the national tournament in each of his six seasons at the school.

Callaway Roundup

Gaines wins 3,200, Hornets take second at Bowling Green meet

Junior Grant Gaines provided Fulton with its only victory by prevailing in the 3,200 meters, but it was enough to help spur the Hornets to a second-place team finish at the Bowling Green Mini Medal meet Tuesday. In the girls’ division, seniors Hayley Tobias and Madison Washington, and sophomore Madi Tobias each won events as Fulton came in third overall. Gaines triumphed in the 3,200 in 10 minutes, 57 seconds. He was part of Fulton’s 3,200 relay — along with freshman Tanner Steffen, sophomore Luke Lohmeyer and junior Ian Shoemaker — that took third in 9:51.