Monday, June 24, 2019

Yadier Molina on Pujols return: It was the best weekend of my life

The return of Albert Pujols to Busch Stadium in St. Louis after en eight-year absence provided many magical moments.

In the accompanying video from KSDK in St. Louis, Yadier Molina talks about the weekend and what it meant to him.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sixty-one MSSU newcomer student-athletss named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

A total of 61 Missouri Southern newcomer student-athletes were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll as the league announced its academic honors list for newcomers today.

In addition to those individuals, three were named an MIAA Scholar-Athlete and another eight earned the Academic Excellence Award. These awards are for all first-time enrollees to Missouri Southern (freshman or first-year transfers) in all sports.

To be recognized on the Academic Honor Roll, one must have a grade point average (GPA) used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.00 at the certifying member institution.

To be named to the Scholar-Athlete list, a student-athlete must meet the above requirements, as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA and be named All-MIAA during their respective seasons. To earn the Academic Excellence Award, a student-athlete must maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Eight student-athletes earned the Academic Excellence Award including: Bryan Candryl (Men's Track and Field), Tori Frazier (Softball), Maggie Moore (Women's Golf), Kelie Henderson and Megan Tramel (Women's Track and Field), Marlee Lett and Layne Skiles (Women's Basketball) and Bailey Belcher (Soccer).

Belcher, as well as Makaila Leonhart of the softball team and Elizabeth Adeoye of women's track and field earned the Scholar-Athlete award.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Missouri Southern student athletes shine in the classroom

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Another year is in the books for the more than 450 Missouri Southern student-athletes and for the fourth-straight semester, the Lions have seen an increase in the department GPA.

For the third-straight semester, the MSSU student-athletes posted a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher, moving the department's overall GPA from 3.08 this time last year to 3.16 this year. The GPA was 3.12 after the fall semester.

A total of 192 student-athletes carried at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of this academic year with 99 of those maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher. Twenty-one student-athletes have a perfect 4.00 GPA and were part of the MIAA Academic Excellence Award that was announced throughout this year. The department also saw 86 student-athletes earn a degree in their respective field this year which is the ultimate goal of any athletic department and University as well.

The department had 12 of its 16 sports and activities it sponsors report a 3.00 team GPA or higher, with the remaining sports at 2.85 or higher. The volleyball team had the highest team GPA at 3.61, while the men's golf program had the highest GPA for men's programs at 3.24.

The Lions not only did it in the classroom this year, but also on the field. Southern had 73 All-MIAA selections and 39 All-Region performances. Twenty-two Lions were named All-Americans with five earning Academic All-American honors (track and field is still to come).

The department had the MIAA Coach of the Year in men's cross country, as well as baseball, while also putting forward the Regional Cross Country Athlete and Coach of the Year, and repeating that honor in the outdoor track and field season with the Regional Assistant Coach and Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The women's track and field team finished sixth at the Outdoor NCAA Championships, while also bringing home the individual National Championship in the javelin.

The Lions' men's track and field and cross country program was 8th in the final United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year standings, while the MSSU baseball team had the MIAA Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. The men's basketball program made an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.

"As you can see from the number of student-athletes above a 3.0, as well as the number that have a 4.0 GPA, it is proof positive that our student-athletes not only excel on the athletic field but also in the classroom," said Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman. "This is a tribute to the dedication of our academic services, MSSU faculty, and support personnel for the University. We are extremely proud of our overall department GPA of 3.16, as it shows our commitment to our goal of graduating student-athletes with a quality collegiate and NCAA championship experience."