Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MSSU football coach releases first fall depth chart

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern head coach Denver Johnson has released the first fall depth chart for the MSSU football team.

Highlighting the new faces to the two-deep is transfer quarterback Dante Vandeven who at the time has been named the starting signal caller for the Lions. Carson Dayreturns after an injury kept him out of play last season and Josiah Bennett, one of the top yards per catch players from 2016 also returns to action on the offensive side of the ball.

Defensively, Trevor Plafcan and Chris Williams anchor a deep defensive line for the Lions. EJ McKenzie is back at linebacker while Keith Beverly and Alexander Wade are back to anchor the backfield.

Brock Renken will be the starting place kicker for the fourth-straight season and he will also add punting duties to his portfolio.

A complete two-deep can be found here (2017 MSSU Fall Two-Deep). The Lions open up the 2017 regular season at home on August 31 at home against Fort Hays State.

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Monday, August 14, 2017

MIAA announces pricing for MIAA Network

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association announced today the details of the hybrid financial model for The MIAA Network for the 2017-18 academic year. The MIAA conference contests for football, volleyball, and men's and women's basketball will continue to be available as Pay-To-View (PPV) broadcasts. All other sports that are carried on The MIAA Network will be available as Free-to-View (FTV) broadcasts.

2017-18 PPV Subscription Rates:
Single Day Pass: $10.00
Volleyball Season Pass: $50.00
Football Season Pass: $75.00
Men's Basketball Season Pass: $75.00
Women's Basketball Season Pass: $75.00
All-Access Pass: $125.00*

* Beginning today through Thursday, August 23, The MIAA Network is offering a $15 discount off of the All-Access Pass. The All-Access Pass gets you all of the PPV sports for the entire regular season.

The MIAA Network broadcasts can be viewed on desktop , on mobile devices, and on internet-connected television devices anywhere in the world. The MIAA Network content is available live, via live DVR, and is also immediately archived for on-demand viewing after each event. This means fans of the MIAA Network can watch whenever, wherever, and on their platform of choice.

Fans can find all of the action on www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions and on The MIAA Network apps for Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, and Roku.

Fans with general questions should contact Larry House, Assistant Commissioner for External Affairs at the MIAA office via email at Lhouse@themiaa.com or phone (816.421.6422, ext. 4). For technical questions, check out the help section, http://themiaanetwork.com/questions.html or contact the BlueFrame Technology support team via email (support@blueframetech.com) or phone (855.812.2740).

Friday, August 11, 2017

MSSU football fall kickoff, Sallie Beard dedication set for August 26

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern Athletic Department will host its 2017 Fall Kickoff on Saturday, August 26th at Fred G. Hughes Stadium and will also name the Athletics Administration Suite for a women's sports pioneer as part of the festivities. 

The event for the public will start at 6pm. Fans will be entertained by the MSSU cheerleading squad and marching band, as well as get a chance to get autographed schedule posters from the fall sports teams at MSSU. The Lions' football team will also be hosting a public night practice inside of Fred G. Hughes Stadium. There will be inflatables for kids in attendance, as well as free MSSU team posters being handed out. Various food trucks will be on hand in the parking lot in front of the stadium as Barkin' Pig BBQ, SWEET Melts and Snowflakes Shaved Ice will be there to feed fans.

Members of the Lionbacker Booster Club are invited to meet at 5:30 in the Alumni Room of the North End Zone Facility to enjoy appetizers and to pick up booster club apparel and parking passes. An informational Lionbacker Town Hall meeting will follow at 6:00pm. 

The University will also dedicate the Sallie Beard Athletics Administration Suite that night. The ceremony will take place in the North End Zone Facility at approximately 6:15 pm, immediately following the Lionbacker Booster Club annual meeting. 

Beard served Missouri Southern State University as both coach and Athletic Director for 37 years before her retirement in 2009. She single-handedly created women's athletics at Missouri Southern when she started the first women's sports teams, serving as head coach of basketball, softball, tennis, and track and field. For 25 years, she was the Women's Athletic Director. In 2001, she was named the first Athletic Director to oversee both the men's and women's athletic programs at MSSU. 

Beard helped usher in a new era in MSSU Athletics when the university moved from the NAIA to NCAA Division II and the MIAA in 1989. She oversaw significant facility improvements at Southern, most notably the Lionpride Restoration Project, adding new turf, lighting, and track and field surfaces to Fred G. Hughes Stadium; the construction of the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center (a basketball and indoor track facility); and the Lea Kungle and Gene Wild softball fields. Missouri Southern consistently ranked among the best academically in the MIAA. Under Beard's leadership, athletes recorded an Academic Success Rate of 87 percent, a full 36 percent higher than the general student population at MSSU.

In 2014 Beard was awarded the Nike Lifetime Achievement Award by NACWAA, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators. She is a member of the Missouri Southern State University Athletics Hall of Fame, Joplin Sports Hall of Fame, and in 2010 she was inducted into the inaugural class of the MIAA Hall of Fame. 

Those interested in making a gift in honor of Sallie can designate their gift to the Sallie and Larry Beard Academic Enrichment Award. Visit http://www.mssu.edu/advancement/giving/givenow.phpto make a gift online. Please call the Office of Development at 417-625-9615 with any questions. 

Admission to the event is free and the complete schedule of events is posted below.

Kickoff Event Schedule
5:30 - Lionbacker Social
6:00 - Lionbacker Town Hall Meeting
6:00- Special Teams takes the field
6:15 - Sallie Beard Athletics Administration Suite Dedication
6:30- Cheer performance
6:45- Band performance
7:00- Football team takes the field
7:15- Cross Country Autographs
7:30- Soccer Autographs
7:45- Volleyball Autographs
8:30- Football Practice Ends and Football Autographs

Thursday, August 10, 2017

MSSU soccer picked to finish 11th in MIAA preseason poll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern soccer program has been picked to finish 11th in the 2017 MIAA Preseason Women's Soccer Coaches poll, the league announced today. 

The Lions finished 4-11 last year in head coach Chris McNaughton's first year at the healm. Southern finished 11th in the final 2017 standings. 

MSSU returns 15 players from last season's roster, including eight starters and a few others that saw starts for the Lions. McNaughton will have 18 newcomers on the roster. Five seniors in Ronise MillerBrooke IshmaelTaylor BeckChloe Jackson and Anissa Williams all return to the fold to provide leadership for the Pride. 

The Lions also bring in a new assistant coach to roam the sidelines as former Bethany College product Brooklynn Meinke joins McNaughton's coaching staff. 

Central Missouri was the overwhelming favorite to win and repeat its title from a season ago. Central Oklahoma, Northeastern State, Fort Hays State and Lindenwood round out the top five in the poll. Missouri Western, Emporia State, Washburn, Nebraska-Kearney, Northwest Missouri, Southern and Southwest Baptist round out the poll.

The Lions open the regular season with home matches on September 1 and 3 against Rockhurst and William Jewell, respectively. 

2017 MIAA Women's Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Central Missouri (11) 121
2. Central Oklahoma 108
3. Northeastern State 95
4. Fort Hays State (1) 93
5. Lindenwood 77
6. Missouri Western 74
7. Emporia State 65
8. Washburn 55
9. Nebraska-Kearney 38
10. Northwest Missouri 32
11. Missouri Southern 23
12. Southwest Baptist 11

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

MSSU volleyball picked 11th in MIAA preseason poll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kansas City, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team has been picked to finish 11th by the coaches in the MIAA preseason volleyball poll as the league announced today.

The Lions finished 11th in the final 2016 standings and return 11 players off of that roster with eight newcomers coming to the fold. Seniors Alyx Gepford and Bailey Rexford will help provide leadership to the team in coach John Napier's third season.

Southern will open the 2017 season with a tournament in Nebraska at Concordia University on September 1-2. The Lions then play host to the Townplace Suites Invitational on September 8-9 and are back on the road with a tournament at Southern Nazarene the next weekend. The MIAA opener will be on September 22 at home against Central Oklahoma at 6 pm.

Nebraska-Kearney was the league favorite to repeat as MIAA champs and picked up ten of the 12 first-place votes. Central Oklahoma was second, followed by Washburn, Central Missouri and Northwest Missouri to round out the top five spots. Fort Hays State, Missouri Western, Emporia State, Lindenwood, Pittsburg State, Southern and Southwest Baptist round out the poll.

The complete poll is listed below.

2017 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Nebraska-Kearney (10) 120
2. Central Oklahoma (1) 105
3. Washburn (1) 101
4. Central Missouri 98
5. Northwest Missouri 77
6. Fort Hays State 62
7. Missouri Western 57
8. Emporia State 55
9. Lindenwood 49
10. Pittsburg State 35
11. Missouri Southern 18
12. Southwest Baptist 15