Thursday, June 21, 2018

MSSU offering new online ticketing interface for 2018-2019

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern Athletics is rolling out a new online ticketing interface for the 2018-2019 season. In partnership with University Tickets, MSSU Athletics' new online ticketing system will make buying tickets easier, and will help simplify game day for Lions fans young and old.

"We could not be happier with the new website," said Daniel Crawford, Ticketing Operations Manager at Missouri Southern. "This platform is much more intuitive and is very easy to use. Any Lions fans looking to skip the box office line at football or basketball games will be able to purchase tickets in just a few clicks, right from their phone."

Football single game and season tickets are available for purchase now at Basketball tickets will be available on July 15th and will be discounted from $15 to $10 when purchased online during the 2018-2019 season! For more information email or call 417-625-9820.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

MSSU's Heckemeyer named first team Academic All-American

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern senior track and field student-athlete Allie Heckemeyer has been named a Google Cloud/CoSIDA first-team Academic All-American, the organization announced today.

To be selected for the award, student-athletes must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, as well as not being a first-year transfer to the institution. Student-athletes must also maintain a minimum of a 3.30 GPA, as well as participate in at least 50 percent of their team's competitions. The award is voted on by sports information professionals throughout Division II. Heckemeryer was a first-team All-District selection earlier in the month.

This year, Heckemeyer was named the MIAA's Ken B. Jones winner, an award that goes to the top male and female student-athletes in the league, encompassing not just athletics, but academics and community service, as well. She also won the MSSU E.O. and Virginia Humphrey award which goes to the top student-athlete at MSSU and was a winner of the MSSU Glen Dollence Award for leadership given to graduating seniors at MSSU. She graduated in May with a 4.00 GPA in kinesiology.

She is also a two-time NCAA Elite 90 Award winner, which goes to the top GPA in the gender at the NCAA Championships site. Heckemeyer is the school record holder in the indoor and outdoor triple jump, as well as the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon and was All-MIAA this year in four different events. She was the MIAA Champion in the indoor pentathlon and outdoor heptathlon. Heckemeyer earned All-American honors this year in the indoor pentathlon, outdoor heptathlon and both the indoor and outdoor triple jumps.

She was a team captain, a member of Catholics on Campus, Delta Kappa and Alpha Chi honor society and K-Club.

Heckemeyer is one of three MIAA student-athletes to be named Academic All-American, all three earning first-team honors.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Twenty-four Crowder athletes receive national honors for academic achievement

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College had twenty-four student-athletes awarded National Junior College Athletic Association honors for their academic achievement. This is a record number of individuals for Crowder Athletics in a single year.

To earn this status a student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.60 or higher and have completed 24 or more credit hours. There are three levels of academic honors based on gpa as follows:

NJCAA All-Academic First Team: 4.0 gpa; Second Team: 3.80-3.99 gpa; ThirdTeam: 3.60-3.79 gpa

Monday, June 18, 2018

Carthage senior Holden Stewart places at national archery tournament, Carthage High School team finishes seventh

(From the Missouri Department of Conservation)

Missouri students took first and second place on the world archery stage at the National Archery in the Schools (NASP) World Tournament and 3D Challenge June 7-9 in Louisville, KY. More than 5,000 student archers in grades 4-12 from more than 200 schools in two countries participated, including 129 Missouri students.

Sophomore Kamryn Twehus from Blair Oaks High School dominated the NASP World Tournament by taking first in the high school girls division and being the overall individual champion of the tournament. Twehus shot a score of 299 out of 300.

Sophomore Donald Holupka from Hillsboro High School wasn’t far behind. Holupka took first place in the high school boys division and took second place overall in the NASP World Tournament. He shot a 298 out of 300.

“Missouri was once again well represented on the podium at the World NASP tournaments,” MDC MoNASP Coordinator Eric Edwards said. “MoNASP has been able to provide an opportunity to thousands of kids to participate in the sport of archery, including competing at a national and international level, which is something we never thought about a few years ago. Congratulations to all the student archers on a job well done!”

Senior Holden Stewart from Carthage High School was among the top 10 archers and took sixth place in the high school boys division with a score of 295 out of 300. The Carthage High School team took seventh place in the high school division with a combined score of 3,404.

Missouri student archers participated through the Missouri National Archery in the Schools Program (MoNASP), which is coordinated through the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) in partnership with numerous schools and supporting organizations throughout the state. MoNASP is an affiliate of NASP, and promotes education, self-esteem, and physical activity for more than 185,000 Missouri students from 670 schools in grades 4-12 through participation in the sport of archery.

To see all tournament scores, visit: Learn more about MoNASP at

Hammons Field reaches finals for best Double-A ballpark, Springfield mayor encourages citizens to vote

(From the City of Springfield)

Hammons Field has made it through four rounds of voting and is now in the finals in a contest by Ballpark Digest to name the Best Double-A Ballpark in baseball. 

Mayor Ken McClure encourages citizens to vote as soon as possible because the contest ends Tuesday, June 19. Visit to access the link to vote.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

MSSU Athletic Department finishes 55th in Learfield Directors' Cup

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Cleveland, Ohio -- The Missouri Southern Athletic Department finished 55th in the final Learfield Directors' Cup as the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) announced the final standings today.

Southern was one of nine MIAA schools to finish in the top 100 of the standings and 12 MIAA schools in total finished with points this year. Schools earn points based on NCAA postseason finishes. A total of 308 schools participate in Division II and 268 schools received points.

The Lions picked up points from men's and women's outdoor track in the spring, while men's basketball and men's and women's indoor track picked up points in the winter. Men's cross country earned points for the Lions in the fall.

Central Missouri was the top MIAA team witha 19th-place finish as the MIAA topped Division II with schools in the top 100. Central Oklahoma finished 34th, followed by Lindenwood (37th), Fort Hays State (39th), Pittsburg State (40th), Southern (55th), Lincoln (67th), Nebraska-Kearney (87th), Northeastern State (99th), Missouri Western (102nd), Emporia State (118th), Southwest Baptist (126th), Wasbhurn (151st) and Northwest Missouri (190th).

The complete standings are above in the story links.

One hundred forty-three MSSU student athletes named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern Athletic Department had 143 student-athletes named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll, as well as seven other individuals receive individual honors for either being part of the Scholar-Athlete Team or earning the Academic Excellence Award as the MIAA announced its final academic awards of the year.

The MIAA previously announced the Academic Excellence awards for those individuals with two or more semesters of attendance last week and this week announces the award winners for those that were freshmen or newcomers to the team. The Academic Excellence Award goes to student-athletes that maintain a cumulative 4.00 GPA at their respective institution.

Earning the award for the Lions were: Matt Griffon (football), Abby Atkin (softball), Rion Boyd (softball), Janelle Brehm (volleyball), Carina Calderon (soccer), Jordan Banker (women's track and field) and Elena Bisotto (women's track and field).

Bisotto also earned the MIAA Scholar-Athlete award that goes to individuals that maintain a cumulative 3.50 GPA or higher and earn All-MIAA status during the competition year.

The Academic Honor Roll is awarded to those student-athletes that maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA during their competition season.

Of the 143 student-athletes earn Academic Honor Roll, the women's track and field team led the way with 27 student-athletes to pick up honors. Football had 22, followed by baseball with 19, men's track and field (16), volleyball and soccer (15), softball (12), women's basketball and golf (nine) and men's basketball with three.

The complete list of the Academic Honor Roll can be found here by clicking on the link or above in the story links.