Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Four MSSU golfers named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Four Missouri Southern golfer were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll as announced by the conference office on Friday, May 19th.

The conference announced 104 members to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll. Of those 104, ten have earned the MIAA Scholar Athlete Award. To achieve honor roll status, a student-athlete must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 and have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms.

The MIAA Scholar Athlete Award is given to those who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.50, have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms, and, if competing in a championship sport of the MIAA, earn All-MIAA honors.

The Lions earning the honors were sophomore Jake Badovinac (Harrison, Ark.) with a 3.1 GPA in Marketing, sophomore Tristan Haltom (Thornfield, Mo.) with a 3.6 GPA in Mathematics, senior Taylor Lansford (Tulsa, Okla.) with a 3.1 in International Business, and junior Connor Neil (Springdale, Ark.) with a 3.6 in Management.

Newcomers and MIAA Academic Excellence Awards will be given out following the end of the 2016-17 school year.

MSSU women's basketball signs 6-3 Australian center

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern Women's Basketball head coach Ronnie Ressel announced the signing of Zoe Campbell for the 2017-18 season.

The 6-3 native of Meridan Plains, Queensland, Australia is a November 2016 graduate of Meridan State and will be a freshman for the Lions. Zoe (pronounced like Zoey) averaged 14.5 points and nine rebounds a game while playing for the Marlins of Meridan State. Campbell was also a two time MVP of the Sunshine Coast Rip, she won the honor in the Under 16 league in 2013-14 and again in the under 18 league in 2016-17.

"We are extremely excited to add Zoe Campbell to the Lion Family," said Coach Ressel. "Zoe will give us some size that we have not had the last couple of years. She comes from a basketball family of which her Dad has played professionally in Australia for a number of years and a brother that plays at a junior college in California. Zoe has a good awareness around the basket. She can finish with either hand and is a good passer. Zoe is an excellent student and comes from a great family."

She was also a part of the Queensland Kangaroos USA Tour that saw stops in Dallas and Chicago. In all, Zoe has helped her club teams to a bronze medal, 2016 Sunshine Coast High Schools Basketball Competition, two silvers, Under 15 Queensland State Schoolgirls Championship (Sun Coast) and 2016-17 Basketball Queensland Junior Basketball Competition [BQJBC] Under 20 (Southern District Spartans), and a pair of gold medals with 2013-14 BQJBC Under 16 (Sunshine Coast Rip) and 2014 Sunshine Coast High Schools Basketball Competition.

Zoe is the daughter of Jaime and Fiona Campbell and is undecided on her major at Southern.

Southern golfer Neil receives All-Region recognition

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Golf Coaches Association of America announced the Division II Ping All-Region honorees today and Missouri Southern junior Connor Neil earned the honor in the Central Region.

Neil finished this year tied for 11th at the NCAA D-II Central/Midwest Regional in Awarii Dunes with a three day total of 208 (8-under). Neil shot under par all three rounds (71-68-69) and tallied a pair of eagles on the 508 yard par 5 14th hole.

"I am extremely proud of Connor," said head coach Mike Wheeler. "Connor had an outstanding spring season and finished the year very well."

Neil had three top three finishes in his final four meets of the regular season that started with a runner-up finish, lost on a play off hole, at the St. Edward's Invitational with a 6-under 204. Neil finished third the following tournament, Southern Bancorp Invitational hosted by Henderson State with an even par 216 and third at the MIAA Championships at Sycamore Ridge Golf Club in Spring Hill, Kan. with a 2-over 218 despite poor weather conditions on the final day.

MSSU's VIncent Kiprop named Regional Athlete of the Year

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern sophomore distance runner Vincent Kiprop has been named the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Central Region Male Track Athlete of the Year, the organization announced today.

Kiprop, a native of Kericho, Kenya, was the indoor Regional Athlete of the Year this year, as well. This is his second-straight outdoor track and field regional award as he won in 2016, as well. Kiprop won the 2016 NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championship, while winning the National Championship in the indoor 5k this year too. He was the cross country National Athlete of the Year, while also earning the cross country National Scholar-Athlete of the Year award from the USTFCCCA for the second-straight year.

This outdoor season, Kiprop has the top time in Division II in the 10k, as well as posting the third-best time in the 5k. He has qualified nationally for both events and will compete this weekend in Bradenton, Fla. at the 2017 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Kiprop won the 10k at the prestigious Mt. Sac Relays this year in a blistering time of 28:19.94 which destroyed his previous school record and stands as the seventh-best time in the history of Division II in the event. Kiprop's time, at that point, stood as the 11th-fastest time in the world in the event this year, but now stands at 59th-fastest.

He is the current MSSU school record holder in the indoor 3k and 5k, as well as the outdoor 1,500m, 5k and 10k.

MSSU signs Kansas golfer

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern head Men's Golf coach, Mike Wheeler, has announced the signing of Jacob Becker for the 2017-18 season.

Becker comes to Southern after a successful high school career at Augusta HS in Augusta, Kan. Becker lettered all four years for the Orioles and qualified all four years for the Kansas State High Schools Activities Association (KSHSAA) Class 4A State Championships. On Monday May 22nd, Becker won the KSHSAA Class 4A individual title after a three man playoff with a score of 75.

"I drove the par four green to about 10 feet [from the hole]," said Becker. "I had an easy two putt for the win."

The 6 foot 2 Becker was also a three time letter winner in basketball for the Orioles. Jake is the son of Eric and Angie Becker and is the youngest of three. He plans to major in business while at Southern.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Crowder College advances to National Junior College World Series

(From Crowder College)

The Crowder College Roughrider Baseball team defeated Seminole State to win the South Central District and advance to the National Junior College Division I World Series in Grand Junction, CO.

The Roughriders are now 52-12 on the season and ranked #3 in NJCAA Division I baseball.

The JUCO World Series begins Saturday, May 27, with the Roughriders taking on Chipola (Gulf District) at 4pm Central time.

The championship games, June 2 and 3 (if needed), will be broadcast live on mlb.com. Other games beginning May 28 will be broadcast on: http://www.njcaatv.com/landing/index

The team leaves Tuesday, May 23, for Grand Junction at noon.

MSSU basketball signs junior college transfer

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern head basketball coach Jeff Boschee has announced the signing of junior college transfer Enis Memic to a national letter of intent to play basketball and attend Southern beginning in the fall of 2017.

Memic, a 6-9, 235 pound forward played two seasons at Murray State College where this past season, he averaged 12.8 points, and 7.9 rebounds, while shooting 54 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the free throw line. He played in 25 games, starting 18. Memic was an All-Conference player at MSC.

A native of Sarajevo, Bosnia, Memic was part of the Bosina-Herzegovina national basketball team as a member of the under-16, under-18 and under-20 age groups. He helped his national team to a European Championship in the under-18 age group where he was the second-leading scorer in the tournament.

Memic prepped at St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Academy where he earned four letters for the Cougars. He is the son of Almir and Nermina Memic. His father is a professional soccer coach and his mother is an elementary school teacher. Memic will be majoring in finance at Southern.

"We are excited about the addition of Enis to our program," Boschee said. "He fills our main concerns for 17-18 recruiting year. We love his touch and ability to score around the basket. He has a great IQ and will be a huge asset for us next year. Enis has proven to be a highly motivated student in the class room, and has the type of character we are looking for in our program."