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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Even though Abby Bartley’s strikeout totals weren’t nearly as lofty as Sarah Handrahan’s, Bartley emerged with the edge.
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.
MOKANE — The state-ranked South Callaway Bulldogs returned to their winning routine in emphatic fashion.
VANDALIA — North Callaway head football coach Mike Emmons wanted to see an initial knockout gap on the scoreboard, and his Thunderbirds complied.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fulton tallies seven in first, buries Wright City
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team relieved any anxiety with an early outburst.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pardon the South Callaway Bulldogs for what was perceived as excessive revelry. With the outcome long having been determined, backup sophomore quarterback Ethan Livengood scooted 25 yards for a touchdown in Friday night’s matchup against the Scotland County Tigers with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left in the game. In the aftermath of Livengood’s score, South Callaway was flagged for being too demonstrative with its celebration. When his squad prevails in such an imposing fashion, Bulldogs head coach Tim Rulo isn’t necessarily going to mind such penalties.
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.
Lady Wildcats golf team finishes fifth
OSAGE BEACH — New Bloomfield junior sisters Ashley and Brooke Kelley each medalled on Wednesday as the Lady Wildcats golf team took fifth place at the School of the Osage Invitational at Dogwood Hills Golf Club.
Baysinger drives in Depping with winning run in bottom of ninth
The Fulton Lady Hornets softball team worked itself into two holes and worked its way out of both. Fulton junior pitcher Brooke Baysinger’s sacrifice fly to score junior second baseman Dacrie Depping in the bottom of the ninth inning was the game winner in the Lady Hornets’ 7-6 North Central Missouri Conference win over Moberly on Tuesday night at the high school athletic complex.
The South Callaway Lady Bulldogs cross country team had a trio of senior medalists, headlined by Taylor Howard, who finished in 15th place in 23 minutes, 11.40 seconds at the Jim Marshall Invitational on Saturday.
North Callaway picks up first victory
Cole Branson will probably have selective recall about this one. North Callaway’s junior quarterback endured a brutal second half against Tipton in the Thunderbirds’ home opener Friday night, throwing four interceptions inside the Cardinals’ 10-yard line — including a pair that were picked in the end zone. Somehow, North Callaway was able to erase a 13-point deficit — energized by senior Anthony Moses’ kickoff return for a touchdown near the end of the third quarter — and pushed the game into overtime.
It’s difficult to find fault when your offense is averaging 38.5 points through two games and your defense has basically posted a pair of shutouts. South Callaway junior quarterback Troy Hentges heaved a pair of long touchdown passes and also ran for two scores, and the Bulldogs’ defense allowed a scant 73 total yards Friday night in a 46-6 dismantling of Crystal City.
It’s troublesome enough that North Callaway’s offense was dogged by what head coach Mike Emmons described as “drive-killers.” Compounding those issues, Emmons and his Thunderbirds are hoping they won’t be too adversely impacted by injuries to some integral offensive components as they head into their home opener.
South Callaway head football coach Tim Rulo always scrutinizes the broader context. The state-ranked Bulldogs eased to a dominating 31-0 triumph over visiting North Callaway in last week’s season opener, eventually gaining control in the second half of the annual Callaway Cup game. Still, Rulo and his coaching staff have myriad questions — not surprising at this early stage — about all phases as South Callaway prepares for its first road game tonight at Crystal City. Kickoff is at 7.
Danielle Cassidy was perfect and, in the process, kept the North Callaway Ladybirds perfect as well. The junior pitcher threw five flawless innings and struck out eight batters to help North Callaway coast to a 10-0 victory over the Silex Lady Owls in Eastern Missouri Conference play Thursday night.
PARIS — New Bloomfield junior twin sisters Ashley and Brooke Kelley medalled with respective fifth- and sixth-place finishes Wednesday, directing the Lady Wildcats golf team to a third-place showing at the Paris Tournament.
The Fulton Lady Hornets tennis team triumphed in four of six singles matches Tuesday night to turn back the Battle Lady Spartans 6-3. Notching singles victories for Fulton (2-0) were a quartet of seniors — Grace Hegemann at No. 3, Rachel Kucera at No. 4, Danyiell Lee at No. 5, and Jessica Popkey at No. 6.
QB Hentges runs for three TDs in first start, triggers romp over T-Birds
MOKANE — South Callaway head coach Tim Rulo’s thoughts were on a barrier, and how to bust it down.
South Callaway seniors Taylor Howard and Tristan Peneston swept first place in both the girls’ and boys’ divisions Saturday as Fulton hosted a four-team Callaway County cross country meet that also involved North Callaway and New Bloomfield.