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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.

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’ 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.