Friday, April 28, 2017

Spring Table Tennis Championship set for May 13 at Memorial Hall

(From the City of Joplin)

On Saturday, May 13th the Joplin Table Tennis Club will be hosting the 2017 Spring Table Tennis Championship at Memorial Hall, 8th Street and Wall Ave in Joplin, Missouri. The tournament is open to spectators and begins at 8:30 a.m. and at 9:30 a.m. there will be a spectacular showdown of an exhibition match between the Joplin Police Department team and the Joplin Fire Department team.

Players will be from the four states-Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Participants will be playing on 10 Tournament Grade tables (8 Cornilleau 740’s and 2 Stiga’s) in a facility that allows excellent viewing regardless of what table you are watching. So, sign up early to reserve your spot. Have some fun, play some Pong and win some of the $600 prize money that will be give out.

For more information contact:

Tournament sign-up - or by phone at (417) 625-4750


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McGuire, McCarver, Pepper Martin named to Cardinals Hall of Fame

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

In a television special on FOX Sports Midwest this evening, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that Mark McGwire, Tim McCarver and Pepper Martin will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, August 26, at FOX Sports Midwest Live! in Ballpark Village. This is the fourth induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an Inaugural Class on Opening Day in St. Louis in 2014. The 2017 Induction Class was selected via a formal voting process which included fans and St. Louis baseball experts.

“Each year, we look forward to seeing who the Red Ribbon Committee and our fans elect into the Cardinals Hall of Fame,” said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “The outstanding achievements of these individuals have earned them the honor of being permanently recognized in the Cardinals Hall of Fame, along with some of the greatest names in team history. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these remarkable players in August during Induction Weekend.” Learn More
Mark McGwire
Years: 1997 - 2001
Mark McGwire finished his playing career in 2001 with St. Louis after joining the club via trade on July 31, 1997. In 1998, McGwire captured the world's attention with the "Race for the Record," breaking Major League Baseball's previous single-season home run total of 61 set by Roger Maris by hitting 70 homers. He blasted 220 career home runs with the Cardinals, ranking sixth in franchise history, and lead the Majors in home runs in both 1998 and 1999 (65), the top two season totals in Cardinals history. He set the Cardinals single season walk mark with 162 in 1998 and had back-to-back seasons of 147 RBI in '98 and '99, ranking third in Cardinals history. He was a three-time All-Star while with St. Louis (1998-2000) and won a Silver Slugger award in 1998. Learn More
Tim McCarver
Years: 1959 - 1961, 1963 - 1969, 1973 - 1974
Tim McCarver began his major league career in St. Louis and notched three World Series appearances (1964, 1967, 1968) and two All-Star Game selections (1966, 1967) during his 12 years with the Cardinals. An all-around talent behind the plate, he led the National League in triples in 1966 (13), fielding percentage for catchers in 1965 and 1967 and finished second in National League MVP voting in 1967. In Cardinals World Series play, McCarver ranks second in hits (23); third in RBI (11) and walks (10); first in triples (3); fifth in batting average (.311); and is the only catcher in franchise history to have caught two title-winning World Series Game 7's. Learn More
Pepper Martin
Years: 1928, 1930-1940, 1944
Pepper Martin came up through the Cardinals farm system and became known as the heart and soul of the iconic Gashouse Gang. He debuted with the club in 1928 and made a brief return in 1930 before solidifying his role in the lineup a year later. He came up biggest when the stakes were highest, helping the club to World Series championships in 1931 and 1934. In Cardinals World Series play, Martin ranks first in average (.418) and doubles (7); second in hits (23), runs (14) and stolen bases (7); and fourth in total bases (35). He was named to four National League All-Star teams (1933, 1934, 1935 and 1937, led the league in stolen bases on three occasions (1933, 1934 and 1936) and scored the most runs in the National League in 1933. Learn More

MSSU's Kiprop, Kiptoo, Hernandez post wins at Invitational

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern men's track and field team had three event wins today at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational held inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

Vincent Kiprop, Nickson Kiptoo and Daniel Hernandez all won events today.

Kiprop won the 1,500m in a time of 3:51.94, while Tyler Rush, Cody Berry and Jared Haltom placed 7th, 11th and 12th. Kiptoo won the 3k steeple with a time of 9:51.43, while Josh Webb placed fourth.

Daniel Hernandez won the javelin in a provisional distance of 219-06, while Garrett Austin and Kyle Parr placed 6th and 12th, respectively. Bryan Burns was third in the shot put with a distance of 57-09.50, while Austin and Junior Joseph placed 8th and 9th in the hammer.

Keson Payton was fourth in the 100m dash, while Thomas Hawkins placed seventh in the 200m. Matt Willis placed second in the 400m hurdles, while Cody Vogt and Chance Johnson placed second and sixth in the high jump. Dean Howard was seventh and Cortland Potter ninth in the pole vault.

Johnson was second in the long jump, while Mike Watson placed fifth.

The 4x100m relay team of Dausen Gourley, Payton, Brendan Watkins and Jordyn Manier placed second in a time of 41.20, while the 4x400m relay team of Hawkins, Parr, Powell and Willis placed second in a time of 3:25.05.

The Lions will be back in action next weekend, taking part in the 2017 MIAA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Southwest Baptist in Bolivar.

MSSU women win three events at Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's track and field team had three event wins and four provisional/automatic qualifying performances as the Lions competed at the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational today inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

Cynthia Torres and Desirea Buerge had event wins, while the 4x400m relay team picked up a win today.

Torres won the 1,500m in a time of 4:44.31, while Christian Provence and Sierra Wells placed fifth and seventh in the event.

Buerge won the discus in a provisional distance of 161-03, while placing seventh in the shot put. Jenson Maydew was ninth in the shot, as well.

The 4x400m relay team of Allie Heckemeyer, Kristen Koch, Rachel Ray and Destiny Akannam placed first in a time of 3:52.93, just off the MSSU school record.

Akannam was third int he 200m, while Koch and Ronise Miller placed 11th and 12th, respectively. Sara Lin was sixth in the 800m, while Morgan Smith and Heckemeyer placed 3rd and 12th in the 100m hurdles. Rachel Ray and Kelsey Evans placed 3rd and 4th in the 400m hurdles.

Emily Presley picked up another automatic qualifying mark in the pole vault as she was the top collegian with a height of 13-07.25. Mylene Loridan was sixth with a provisional height of 12-01.50, while Samantha Donnell was 12th.

Sierra Barrett was fourth in the triple jump, while Heckemeyer was fourth in the javelin and Halee Cashio placed eighth in the hammer.

The Lions will be back in action next weekend, taking part in the 2017 MIAA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Southwest Baptist in Bolivar.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

MSSU softball ends season with losses at Oklahoma City

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Oklahoma City, Okla. - The Missouri Southern Lions ended their 2017 season with a pair of losses in the MIAA Post-Season Tournament Thursday evening at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.

Southern (27-30) fell behind early to the fifth seeded Missouri Western Griffons in game one 4-0 after just two innings of play. Southern battled back and scratched across a run in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Kylie Wesbrooks that scored fellow sophomore Angel Badalamenti. Southern added another run in the home half of the fifth on an infield single by junior Myranda Stewart that scored junior Abi Corbett from second.

Corbett tallied two hits in the game against Western to bring her hit total to 93 on the season, just one shy of tying the MIAA single season record held by Central Oklahoma's Morgan Heard.

Senior Sydney Koch got the start against the Griffons going just one and a third innings allowing the four runs, three earned, on five hits and struck out one. Sophomore Taurean Guzman pitched five and two-thirds of work in relief holding the Griffons scoreless on four hits and struck out one.

Missouri Western's Morgan Rathmann started the game off with a triple that broke the MIAA career record of 31 previously held by Southern's Jennifer Jimerson. Barbara Billingsley earned the win for the Griffons going the distance while allowing two runs, both earned, on 10 hits, walked three, and struck out six.

The eighth seeded Emporia State Hornets jumped out to a 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning in the elimination game but the Lions fought back cutting the lead in half in the bottom of the first on a RBI single from Badalamenti that scored Stewart and a RBI single from freshman Erika Lutgen that scored junior Shelby Friend.

The Hornets and Southern traded runs in the second with the Lions scoring on a throwing error by the ESU shortstop. Emporia State scored six unanswered runs from the third through the top of the seventh to take an 11-3 lead.

Southern fought back in the bottom of the seventh down to their last out before Badalamenti doubled to left and then scored on Caldarella's double to left.

Emporia State's Eryn Stockman pitched four innings in the win allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits with a pair of walks. Holly Hinkle threw three innings in relief allowing one earned run on two hits.

Guzman got the start in game two going four and a third allowing nine runs, six earned, on 10 hits with four walks and struck out one. Freshman Mikaela Cox pitched two and two-thirds in relief allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits.

Corbett went 3-for-4 in game two to bring her single season hit total to 96 and set a new MIAA single season record. Stewart finished her career as the Southern single season record holder in runs batted in with 55.

MSSU Golf places fifth at MIAA Championships

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Spring Hill, Kan. - The Missouri Southern Men's Golf team moved up one spot on the final day of the MIAA Championships at Sycamore Ridge to finish the tournament in fifth place.

Junior Connor Neil paced the Lions on the final day with a 2-under 70 and moved up into a tie for third place with a 2-over 218 total for the three-day tournament. Neil started off the final round with back-to-back birdies on the opening holes before giving the two strokes back with bogeys on three and nine. Connor started the back nine with a bogey on ten before making birdies on thirteen, fifteen, and sixteen to go 2-under for the round.

Senior Taylor Lansford moved up four spots into a share of 12th with a 1-over 73. Lansford opened the day with a bogey on hole one and picked the stroke back up with a birdie on the second. Taylor went 1-over on the round on the next hole with another bogey and went 3-over with a double bogey on nine. Lansford started the back nine with three straight pars before a bogey on thirteen put him a 4-over for the round. He birdied four of the last five and narrowly missed a putt for eagle on the 18th that would have put him at even for the round. Lansford earned All-MIAA honors for his combined point total in the four MIAA designated points events.

Sophomore Tripper Jensen finished in a tie for 23rd with a final round of 6-over 78 and fellow sophomore Tristan Haltom finished with a share of 41st after a final round of 78. Senior Cameron Hamilton had one bad hole, the seventh, that knocked him down 18 spots into a tie for 45th with an 85.

Southern finished the team standings in fifth place and moved into fifth in the over MIAA standings with a three-day total of 902. Central Oklahoma took home the team title and in the process garnered the MIAA regular season championship. Washburn placed second in the tournament with an 887 followed by Lindenwood University in third at 890. Central Missouri finished in fourth with an 894. Following Southern in sixth was Southwest Baptist at 906 followed by Missouri Western at 908, Northeastern State at 915, Nebraska-Kearney at 924, Lincoln at 935, and Fort Hays State at 972.

Southern will await the NCAA D2 selection for the Central Regional to be held in Kearney, Nebraska at Awarii Dunes. The selections will be announced Friday April 28th at 4 p.m. CDT.

Team Standings (Final) **
1. Central Oklahoma (50.5)
2. Central Missouri (46)
3. Lindenwood (41)
4. Washburn (38.5)
5. Missouri Southern (32)
6. Northeastern State (29)
7. Nebraska-Kearney (27)
8. Missouri Western (22.5)
9. Southwest Baptist (21.5)
10. Lincoln (15)
11. Fort Hays State (7)

Men's Golf All-MIAA
Alex Springer, Central Missouri *Player of the Year
Carson Roberts, Washburn
Yente Van Doren, Lindenwood
Eli Armstrong, Central Oklahoma
Patrick McCarthy, Missouri Western *Freshman of the Year
Shayne Allan, Central Missouri
Tate Williamson, Northeastern State
Cody Troutman, Central Oklahoma
Alexander Hughes, Central Oklahoma
Taylor Lansford, Missouri Southern
Nick Pierce, Central Oklahoma
Kevin Kim, Missouri Western
Travis Simmons, Central Missouri
Cole Dillon, Central Missouri
Jay Cottam, Nebraska-Kearney

MSSU Speed Camp to be held in June

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Do you want to be fast? Do you want more speed? Do you want to increase your agility? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the MSSU Speed Camp is for you.

The 2017 MSSU Speed Camp will be from June 26th to June 29th at 9 am to 11 am each day. The camp will be conducted at Fred G. Hughes Stadium on the campus of Missouri Southern.

Bryan Schiding, Director of Track and Field will be conducting the camp. The camp will be teaching proven techniques on acceleration and speed. Using sprint mechanics, polymerics, medicine ball's, and other training apparatus, athletes and coaches will learn how to be faster from "A-B".

Cost for the camp is $100 and includes a t-shirt. Please use the the link to the form in the story to sign up for the camp.