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Heading to Graceland: Fayette’s Kenzie Smentkowski signs softball Letter of Intent with Yellowjackets
4/22/2014

Heading to Graceland: Fayette’s Kenzie Smentkowski signs softball Letter of Intent with Yellowjackets
Kenzie Smentkowski’s signing wasn’t your typical college student-athlete signing.
The dignitaries of a typical signing were on hand — Mom and Dad, high school coach, college coach — and so were a few others close to the Fayette senior during her softball career. But the guest list at Saturday morning’s signing ceremony was much bigger than that.
On its way to play Central Methodist University across town, the entire Graceland softball team stopped by Fayette High School and watched Smentkowski sign her Letter of Intent, becoming the newest member of the Yellowjackets.


Harrisburg to join Lewis & Clark Conference in 2016-17
4/22/2014

After searching nearly three years for a new conference, Harrisburg has finally found a new home at long last.
Beginning the 2016-17 school year, Harrisburg will join the Lewis & Clark Conference. The league already consists of six members, including Fayette, Marceline, Paris, Salisbury, Slater and Westran.
During the April 14 school board meeting, the Harrisburg school board accepted the Lewis & Clark Conference’s invitation to join the conference.


Eagles inch closer to another HAAC title
4/22/2014

Eagles inch closer to another HAAC title
Central Methodist won both games Saturday in walk-off fashion, but really, the contests weren’t that close.
The Eagles softball team needed six innings to win by mercy rule in game one following Mary Kate Townley’s RBI singles to beat Graceland 8-0. Central Methodist won game two by the same score, this time with a walk-off two-run double by Jessie Wilmes in the fifth inning.



Falcons pick up four wins at Marceline Open
4/22/2014

Falcons pick up four wins at Marceline Open
Fayette track head coach Tom Oakley, like many other track coaches, hopes Thursday was the last chilly day of the track season.
Still, despite low temperatures last week, Fayette’s sprinters finished the week with a strong showing at the Marceline Open, the first of two meets at Marceline in a six-day span. The Falcons won four events, two for the boys and two for the girls.



CMU baseball drops four games to Evangel
4/22/2014

Central Methodist dropped a pair of games to Evangel by scores of 8-6 and 10-5 on Saturday to close out the Eagles’ 2014 stint at Estes Field.


CMU track teams compete at Mule Relays in Warrensburg
4/22/2014

Central Methodist competed at the Mule Relays on Friday afternoon at Walton Stadium.
The Eagles’ Briana Greer posted a personal best in the hammer throw, placing fifth overall with a toss of 46.84 meters. She was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week on Monday.


St. Mary’s Thompson wins four events at Harrisburg Relays
4/22/2014

St. Mary’s eighth-grader Trace Thompson had a banner day at the Harrisburg Relays on April 15.
Thompson posted the fastest time of the meet to win the 100-meters. He also won the other three events he entered at Harrisburg.


Driftwood Outdoors: Lead-free shot and sinkers are important for wildlife
4/22/2014

Driftwood Outdoors: Lead-free shot and sinkers are important for wildlife
You don’t need a rule or regulation to do what you think is right. If you are a sportsman conservationist, meaning you care about the health of wildlife and not just sporting pursuit, then you must make choices based on what you believe is best for wildlife. Some believe choosing to shoot non-toxic lead-free ammunition and fishing with non-toxic sinkers saves the lives of birds. Other feel the traditional lead ammunition debate is an anti-hunting ploy to further efforts to ban hunting.



Roller, Harrisburg put collar on Bulldogs
4/21/2014

Roller, Harrisburg put collar on Bulldogs
New Franklin had every reason to be confident heading into Wednesday’s game against Harrisburg.
The Bulldogs of Howard County were ranked No. 2 in Class 1. They also had their two-time All-State ace pitcher, Tyler Hull, taking the mound. And New Franklin was playing in the friendly confines its own home ballpark.
However, Harrisburg’s ace pitcher, Charles Roller, slowly chipped away New Franklin’s confidence. The senior right-hander, who signed with Central Methodist University in February, scattered six hits in a 3-1 complete-game victory.


Fayette baseball drops three games, falls back to .500 mark
4/21/2014

Fayette baseball drops three games, falls back to .500 mark
New Franklin snapped its two-game losing skid Thursday night with some much-needed offense, beating Fayette 13-2 in five innings.
The win is the 10th this spring for New Franklin, while the loss is the third straight in as many days for Fayette.





McCutcheon wins 100, 200 at Centralia Invitational
4/21/2014

McCutcheon wins 100, 200 at Centralia Invitational
Fayette freshman Ahmad McCucheon proved to be the fastest competitor at Wednesday’s Centralia Invitational, winning both the 100-meters and 200-meters.
McCutcheon won the 100-meter dash by the narrowest of margins, clocking a time of 12.46 seconds in the finals and edging South Shelby’s Brett Threlkeld by one-hundredth of a second. McCutcheon was seeded fourth after the preliminaries.




CMU softball sweep Southwest Baptist to reach 30-win plateau
4/21/2014

Central Methodist improved its current win streak to eight games after a doubleheader sweep of Southwest Baptist University, an NCAA Division II school, on Thursday. The Eagles won by scores of 4-0 and 4-2 and have defeated the Bearcats four-straight times and five out of the last six.
Central Methodist (30-5, 11-1 HAAC) has posted 30 or more wins in seven-straight seasons. The Eagles are now ranked No. 16 in this week’s NAIA Top 25 poll.


Scholarship signees
4/21/2014

Scholarship signees
Two Fayette High School seniors recently signed athletic scholarships to compete at the collegiate level.





CMU men’s golf takes fifth place at Eagle Open
4/21/2014

Central Methodist finished fifth in the Eagle Open on Tuesday at Hail Ridge Golf Course. The Eagles “A” team carded a 462 (306-156) on the Par-71, 6,516-yard course.


Fayette track not so ‘one-dimensional’
4/16/2014

Fayette track not so ‘one-dimensional’
For the most part, it’s been the sprinters leading the Fayette track and field team this season. However, on Saturday, the Falcons shined in a different area.
Not normally known for their field event performances, the Falcons had a few strong showings in the shot put at the Lowell Eaton Invitational on Saturday. Senior Collin O’Connell and sophomore Haleigh Strodtman each set personal-bests in the event, garnering a pair of top-three finishes.



Clark Middle School boys, girls win team track titles at Salisbury
4/16/2014

In their second meet of the season, the Clark Middle School track and field teams came home with a pair of team championships on Friday.
The boys won the Salisbury Jr. High Open with 106 points, winning handily by 31 points. The Lady Falcons also won with 118 points, 26 points ahead of second place. Both finished ahead of St. Mary’s in the team standings.


Eagles answer call late to sweep Baker doubleheader
4/16/2014

Eagles answer call late to sweep Baker doubleheader
Lauren Geringer belted two home runs Saturday, breaking Central Methodist’s all-time record as the 17th-ranked Eagles swept a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Baker by scores of 6-5 and 10-6 in eight innings.






Central Methodist takes three of four games at Missouri Valley
4/16/2014

Central Methodist won three of four games against Missouri Valley in Heart of America Athletic Conference action to capture the series at Indian Foothills Park. The Eagles won game one Saturday 8-4 but dropped the final contest of the weekend 5-4 in eight innings to remain one game back of Evangel for first place in the East Division.


Fayette baseball team wallops Northwestern
4/16/2014

Fayette averaged just more than 19 runs in each of its first three wins this season. The Falcons were right on target Friday night against Northwestern.
Playing the Eagles at a neutral site in Brunswick, Fayette scored early and often in this contest. The Falcons never trailed and scored seven runs in the top of the first inning to set the tone in a 19-5 win in five innings.


New Franklin falls to Cairo for tournament championship
4/16/2014

New Franklin was already on the verge of its 10th win this spring, but Cairo made the Bulldogs wait for that mark after Saturday’s championship game of the Cairo Tournament.
The Bearcats exploded for 13 runs in the sixth inning to beat New Franklin 20-3.


 
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