Monday, July 17, 2017

MSSU women's basketball signs Minnesota standout

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern Women's Basketball head coach Ronnie Ressel has announced the addition of Azaria Reed to the 2017-18 roster.

"I'm excited to welcome Azaria to the Southern Women's Basketball family," said Ressel. "She's a good fit for our system and we can't wait to get her on campus and work with her over the next four years. Azaria has the ability to play multiple positions. She can shoot the 3, drive to the basket and post up on the block. Azaria has all the qualities we want on the floor as well as off the floor and in the classroom."

Reed, a 5-10 native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., was a four-time All-Conference selection at Osseo Senior HS (OSHS). Reed finished her Orioles' career eighth on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,013 points and third in rebounds with 626. She was a three-year captain and was a finalist for the "Athena Award", The Athena Award recognizes the outstanding senior young female athlete from each of the Minneapolis city, suburban and private schools and to honor each woman for her achievements in one or several sports. Reed was also a finalist for OSHS's Athlete of the Year award.

In addition to her five letters in basketball, Reed earned three letters at outside hitter for Coach Mandi Burian and the Volleyball Orioles.

Reed is the daughter of Tony and Janice Reed and plans to major in chemistry at Southern.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Former Lion Kelby Fritz joins MSSU women's basketball staff

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern Women's Basketball head coach Ronnie Ressel announce the addition of former Lion Kelby Fritz to the coaching staff for 2017-18.

"We are thrilled to have Kelby join our staff," said Ressel. "She brings a tremendous amount of energy and passion to the position. Kelby will have a good knowledge base as to what it takes to compete and win in the MIAA. Everyone that I visited with said she has a tremendous work ethic. This will be important because Kelby will be an assistant coach with our Varsity team and will be the Head JV Coach."

Fritz comes to Southern after a year as the assistant coach for the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Lady Norse Basketball Team. Prior to NEO, she spent two seasons as the graduate assistant coach for Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska. During her tenure, the team earned two trips to the NAIA National Tournament and finished in the final four during her first year.

"I am extremely honored and thankful for this opportunity to be a part of a program that I know personally is so great with an immense amount of tradition," said Fritz.

Fritz helped Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) to a National Junior College (NJCAA) Division 1 Region 2 and District B title this past season. The 29-3 Lady Norse entered the national tournament as the 11 seed and defeated 22nd seeded Iowa Western 73-47 in the opening round at the Rip Griffin Center in Lubbock, Texas. NEO fell in the second round to sixth seeded and national runner up Trinity Valley, 67-53. The Lady Norse finished 16th in the nation in points per game (80.1), 14th in field goals made per game (29.6), and seventh in three point field goals per contest (8.7). While at NEO, Fritz was responsible for game preparation, scouting, game day duties, recruiting, strength and conditioning, and all aspects of team travel for the Lady Norse.

Fritz began her playing career at Missouri Southern State University (09'-12') where she averaged 10 points per game. She continued her collegiate carrier in 2012 at Rogers State University. As a starter for the Hillcats, she shot 42% from behind the arch and 85% from the charity stripe. Fritz was also 41% from the field. The Hillcats attended the NAIA D1 National tournament the 2012-2013 season and made it to the second round.
Fritz earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management with an emphasis in psychology in May 2013 from Rogers State University. She continued her education and received her Master's of Arts in Teachers Education at Hastings College in May 2016, where she was the Graduate Assistant Coach.

Fritz is originally from Vinita, Oklahoma where she earned 2009 All-State honors and also helped lead the team to their first and only State Championship for girls' basketball. She also played softball, ran track, and cross country.

Meinke joins MSSU women's soccer staff

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern Women's Soccer head coach Chris McNaughton has announced the addition of Brooklynn Meinke to the staff for the 2017 season.

"I am excited to have Brooklynn join us here at MSSU," said McNaughton. "She was a very accomplished collegiate player, and everyone I talked to had nothing but great things to say about her. I know she is excited to get started and she will do a great job here."

Meinke comes to the Lions after finishing her collegiate playing career at Bethany (Kan.) College. She played in 16 matches for the Swedes scoring five times and adding five assists. Meinke helped the Swedes reach the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) before falling in the opening round. Prior to her time at Bethany, Meinke played in 14 matches with six starts at Colorado Mesa University during her junior season. She earned the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Offensive Player of the Week honors for scoring a hat trick, the first in CMU history since the 2006 season, against Metropolitan State University - Denver. Meinke was a two-time All-Jayhawk League selection while at Johnson County Community College during her freshman and sophomore seasons. Prior to the collegiate realm, she played for Sporting Blue Valley on the club level and prepped at Christ Prep Academy.

"I am both honored and excited to come in and be a part of the women's soccer program at MSSU. It's a privilege to be able to join Coach McNaughton in the success he has already had with the program. I am looking forward to getting to work with Coach McNaughton and the girls to continue to progress and make a name for ourselves in this upcoming season," said Meinke.

The Lions will open the 2017 season at Hal Bodon Field against Rockhurst on September 1.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Paul DeJong talks about having four hits in Cards win over Met

St. Louis Cardinals rookie Paul DeJong has been a pleasant surprise since breaking into the lineup after an injury to second baseman Kolten Wong, who is now rehabbing in Springfield.

DeJong, who was moved to shortstop after Aledemys Diaz was sent to the minor leagues and Matt Carpenter moved to second base, had four hits and drove in three runs in the Cardinals' 4-1 win over New York Saturday.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Crowder softball to hold Elite Summer Showcase camp

(From Crowder College)

Neosho, MO – Crowder College Softball Coaches will hold the 2017 Elite Summer Showcase camp, July 25-26, on the Neosho campus.Softball players or teams interested in improving their skills and being seen by college recruiters should attend. The cost is $250 which includes overnight stay at the Crowder College dorms, 3 meals, t-shirt, and instruction from college coaches & players.

Registration deadline is July 8. For information and registration go to:

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Martinez, Molina named to National League All-Star team

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

The starting position players, reserves and pitchers for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, to be held at Marlins Park in Miami, have been revealed. Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina are #ASGWorthy.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Obituary provided, services announced for former Parkwood Coach Dewey Combs

(From Parker Mortuary)

Dewey Combs, age 87, Carthage, Missouri, passed away at his home on Sunday, June 25, 2017, from a sudden illness.

Dewey was born May 27, 1930, in Checotah, Oklahoma, son of the late William Dewey Combs and Mattie Lou Willingham Combs.

He graduated from Springdale High School, then attended Pittsburg State University where he received his bachelor's degree in physical education,. He later received a Master's Degree in Education from the University of Missouri. He was a coach and teacher with several schools during his 30 year career. He compiled a record of 213-65-14 for four different schools, Golden City, Gallatin, Trenton, and Joplin. His team at Trenton went undefeated twice, and captured the State Title in 1966. He began coaching at Joplin High School in 1967. He coached Joplin schools for 19 years, compiling a record of 157-39-7, capturing 13 Ozark Conference Titles. In 1968, Joplin formed two high schools, Memorial and Parkwood, and Dewey became the head coach at Parkwood. Dewey was the first, and only head coach at Parkwood. He retired in 1985 after coaching the newly-consolidated Joplin High School for one season. He had undefeated Missouri State Championship teams at Parkwood in 1975, 1980, and 1983. The 1976 team was also undefeated, but due to the Missouri point system, they were not included in the playoffs, sparking a change in the Missouri point system.

Coach Combs was elected into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 2010, the Missouri High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1985, and in 2015, Junge Stadium was renamed the Dewey Combs Athletic Complex at Junge Field in honor of the coach's contributions to the sport, and all the lives he influenced over the years.

In addition to his parents, Dewey was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Combs, who died August 14, 2001, brothers, Curtis and William, sisters, Betty Lou and Ann.

Survivors include his children, Tracy Flanigan and husband Matt of Carthage, son, Jim Combs (member of the 1980 State Championship Team) and wife Suzie of Scottsdale, Arizona; grandchildren, Kyle and Eric Combs, Anne and Bren Flanigan; brother Rick Combs and wife Darlene; sister, Patricia; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 812 S. Pearl Ave, Joplin, with Father Joji Vincent officiating. Private family interment will be in Park Cemetery, Carthage, Missouri.

The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Joplin School District Scholarship Fund c/o Parker Mortuary.