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Falcons look to stay on fast track with goals for state
3/28/2015

Optimism continues to grow and grow for the Fayette track and field program.
The roster numbers continue to improve for the Falcons, dressing 31 athletes this spring. More and more of the 18 events will be filled by Fayette at meets this year, working toward a goal of achieving a team title.
In 2014, the Falcons sent six athletes to state, and two of them reached the podium to earn All-State honors. Head coach Tom Oakley also noted the best part is all six are returning this year, and all six will be back again next spring. With only one senior on the roster in 2015, Oakley and the Falcons will have plenty to work with this spring and the following spring.


Eagles blank Stars in DH sweep
3/28/2015

Eagles blank Stars in DH sweep
Central Methodist tossed a pair of shutouts against Stephens College on Thursday by scores of 4-0 and 8-0 in six innings at Cox Softball Complex.
Reigning Heart of America Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week Haley Kinnison allowed just two hits with seven strikeouts and a walk in six innings of game one. Ashley Litton provided an inning of hitless relief with two strikeouts.


Central Methodist baseball drops two games at Peru State
3/28/2015

Wrapping up a six-game stretch over three days, the Central Methodist baseball team lost a pair of games on Monday at Peru State. The Eagles dropped the first contest 5-2 and fell in the second game 7-5.


New Franklin, Harrisburg softball players honored on Academic All-State
3/28/2015

Six New Franklin and four Harrisburg softball players were honored earlier this month on the 2014 Academic All-State softball team, announced by the Missouri High School Fast-Pitch Coaches Association.


Driftwood Outdoors: Missouri state parks second to none
3/28/2015

Driftwood Outdoors: Missouri state parks second to none
Bennett Spring was the first Missouri state park I ever visited. As I rolled down the long and winding hill that leads into the lush valley below with its mesmerizing spring creek, I began looking for a place to pay my entrance fee. After driving in circles for over 10 minutes, I finally gave up and went inside the park store to ask for help.





Fayette set to field a full golf team, looking to reach state for the first time since 2013
3/25/2015

Golf was an individual sport in 2014 for Fayette.
It had nothing to do with selfishness or lack of team spirit. The Falcons only had three golfers last season, and teams need at least four golfers to qualify in team standings.
That won’t be the case this season. Fayette will dress seven golfers this year, with at least four full-time players on the course.


Falcons blanked in season opener
3/25/2015

Falcons blanked in season opener
It wasn’t an easy task for Fayette on Monday night, opening the 2015 season at home against New Franklin, a Class 1 state semifinalist a year ago.
Tyler Busker shut down the Bulldogs through two innings, but New Franklin’s bats came alive in the third frame. Coupled with a combined no-hitter from Tanner White and Jerrod Riley, New Franklin turned an early pitchers’ duel into a 12-0 victory in five innings.


Blake Hackman — Fayette Advertiser Boys Basketball MVP
3/25/2015

Blake Hackman — Fayette Advertiser Boys Basketball MVP
When I picked the girls MVP award last season, I admitted that I was a numbers guy. I always have been and I always will be.
However, when it comes to picking my MVP award, I hate going by the numbers. If I were to do that, then wouldn’t the leading scorer every year be the MVP?
So this year, I tried something different. I put a lot of stock in head-to-head matchups, and one week into the season, I realized I needed to attend every New Franklin-Glasgow basketball game this season, because those meetings would likely determine the winner.
I did what numbers guys never do. I went by the eye test. And to me, the eye test really said it all. It said that Blake Hackman of Glasgow was the best choice for this year’s Fayette Advertiser MVP.


Kirsten Southerland — Fayette Advertiser Girls Basketball MVP
3/25/2015

Kirsten Southerland — Fayette Advertiser Girls Basketball MVP
For the first three years I handed out this girls MVP award, I began to wonder if it would ever leave Harrisburg. Three years later, after being passed around in Howard County, it has made its way back to Boone County.
At the start of every basketball season, I began to formulate who I believe will become potential MVP candidates. I have to be honest with you, I had a couple of names in mind, but in late November, this year’s recipient was not one of those names.
Shortly after the Glasgow Tournament, Harrisburg senior Kirsten Southerland quickly became the front-runner for The Fayette Advertiser MVP, and she never looked back.


CMU softball tops Williams Baptist twice by mercy rule
3/25/2015

Central Methodist ran its win streak to four games Monday after a doubleheader sweep of Williams Baptist by a score of 12-0 in five innings, followed by a 9-1 win in six innings at Cox Softball Complex.


Fayette baseball ready to take next step after milestone finish in 2014
3/23/2015

Last season went rather well for Fayette baseball head coach Garth Menees in his first season at the helm of the Falcons.
Fayette finished with a 9-9 record, reaching the .500 mark for the first time in several years. Then the Falcons won their district opener against Paris, marking their first postseason win since 1993. Those milestones look all fine and dandy for a coach’s rookie campaign, but Menees isn’t satisfied with hitting such a high note after one season as head coach.


Six area basketball players named KRES All-Stars
3/23/2015

Six area basketball players named KRES All-Stars
High school basketball accolades continue to roll in for Howard County area athletes. Six area players were named to the 2015 KRES All-Star team, announced Wednesday.
Of the 30 players selected from the KRES Radio coverage area, the local athletes selected to the team are: Madi Lyons and Tanner White of New Franklin; Abby Thompson and Blake Hackman of Glasgow; and Hailey Lowrey and Kirsten Southerland of Harrisburg.


Eagles sweep Bethany, move to No. 10 in rankings
3/23/2015

Central Methodist opened its home season Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep of Bethany at Cox Softball Complex. The Eagles blanked the Swedes 5-0 in game one and posted a 2-1 win in the second game.


Central Methodist baseball splits home opener with Benedictine
3/23/2015

Central Methodist opened its home slate of games on Wednesday, splitting a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Benedictine. The Eagles won game one 10-2 but lost the second contest 10-3.


Lady Falcons aiming for higher goals next year
3/18/2015

Lady Falcons aiming for higher goals next year
The Lewis & Clark Conference was very, very young when it came to girls basketball this season. When the All-Conference list was announced, players filled 16 spots on the first team and honorable mention team, and only three seniors were on the list.
The Fayette girls basketball team followed that trend this season, going even younger. With no senior players for the 2014-15 season, the Lady Falcons will return every single player for next season.


CMU baseball team starts conference play with back-to-back wins over Baker
3/18/2015

Central Methodist opened Heart of America Athletic Conference play Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of Baker at Sauder Field by scores of 3-1 and 10-5. The Eagles have won 10 of their last 13 games overall.


Fayette High School coaches honor athletes at winter sports banquet
3/18/2015

Fayette High School coaches honor athletes at winter sports banquet
Fayette High School took a few hours Monday night to recognize its winter sport athletes following the 2014-15 basketball season.







Driftwood Outdoors: CWD continues to spread in Missouri
3/18/2015

Driftwood Outdoors: CWD continues to spread in Missouri
Missouri’s designation as a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) state seems to be solidified. The fatal disease continues to show up in the CWD containment zone, and has now spread into a new area of the state. Missouri has long been recognized as a premier white-tailed deer hunting destination. Now we must wonder what the future holds.




Falcons see bigger possibilities down the road
3/15/2015

Falcons see bigger possibilities down the road
For the second-straight year, Fayette boys basketball head coach Ben Pallardy led a young team, only consisting of two seniors. The results were far more pleasing in year two compared to year one.
It only took one game for Pallardy and the Falcons to match their win total from 2013-14. They followed that with an overtime win against Westran in the first round of the Glasgow Tournament, arguably the biggest win of the season for the Falcons. By the end of December, Fayette had three wins, including a win over Slater that snapped a 10-game losing streak in Lewis & Clark Conference play.


CMU baseball wins four games in Tucson over Spring Break
3/15/2015

The Central Methodist baseball team made the most of its Spring Break, playing seven games in four days from Saturday through Tuesday at the Tucson Invitational. The Eagles won four of those games, including two doubleheader sweeps.


 
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