Tuesday, December 19, 2017

St. Louis Cardinals Caravan coming to Missouri Southern

(From Southern News Service)

The annual St. Louis Cardinals Caravan will make a stop in Joplin at noon Saturday, Jan. 13 in Taylor Performing Arts Center at Missouri Southern State University.

Fans will have a chance to hear from players, and autographs will be available for children.

More information about the event – including which players will attend – will be available after the first of the year. For more details, visitwww.cardinals.com or call 417-625-9777.

Friday, December 15, 2017

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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Cardinals complete three deals on final day of winter meetings

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals completed a busy Winter Meetings today by finalizing three separate player transactions, including a blockbuster deal to acquire All-Star OF Marcell Ozuna from the Marlins.

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have completed a five-player trade with the Miami Marlins, acquiring All-Star outfielder Marcell Ozuna in exchange for RHP Sandy Alcantara, OF Magneuris Sierra, RHP Zac Gallen and LHP Daniel Castano.

Ozuna, 27, who set career single-season highs for batting average (.312), home runs (37) and RBI (124) last season, earned National League Silver Slugger and Rawlings Gold Glove award selection and was named to his 2nd-straight National League All-Star team.

Joining Matt Kemp (2011) and Matt Holliday (2007) as just the third N.L. outfielder since 2003 to compile a .310-plus batting average, 30-plus home runs and 120-plus RBI in the same season, Ozuna finished the 2017 campaign ranked 3rd in the N.L. in both homers and RBI and he stood 7th among the league’s batting leaders.

The 6-1, 225-pound native of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, finished 15th in N.L. MVP voting last season and led all senior league clean-up hitters (min. 400 at-bats) with his .548 slugging pct. and .924 on-base + slugging mark. Ozuna has a career batting mark of .297 (183-for-617) with 20 HR and 256 RBI with runners in scoring position.

Piscotty traded

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have traded outfielder Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for minor league shortstop Yairo Muñoz and second baseman Max Schrock.

Muñoz, 22, was signed by the Athletics as a non-drafted free agent out of Nagua, Dominican Republic in January of 2012. The 6-foot-1, 165 lb., right-handed hitting infielder played shortstop, third base and center field between Midland (AA) and Nashville (AAA) during the 2017 season. He batted .300 with 13 home runs, 68 RBI and stole 22 bases in 112 games and is currently playing in the Dominican Winter League for the Toros del Este.

Schrock, 23, was originally a 13th round draft pick by the Washington Nationals in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. Schrock was traded to the Athletics in 2016 in exchange for former Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski. He has batted .324 over his career with a .372 on-base percentage, 18 home runs and 131 RBI over 281 minor league games.

Piscotty, 26, was the Cardinals supplemental first round (33rd overall) draft pick out of Stanford University in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft. Piscotty batted .268 with 38 home runs and 163 RBI over 323 career Major League games. He signed a six-year contract extension with the Cardinals on April 3, 2017.

Cardinals sign Gregerson

The St. Louis Cardinals also announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson to a two-year (2018-2019) contract that includes a team option for the 2020 season that could vest based on incentives.

The nine-year veteran, who has pitched in the Major Leagues with the Padres, A’s and Astros, has limited opposing right-handers to a .200 average that ranks as fifth-lowest among qualified Major League relievers since his 2009 debut.

Originally selected by St. Louis in the 28th round of the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft, Gregorson was included as the player-to-be-named later to complete the 2008 offseason trade with San Diego that also included pitcher Mark Worrell for shortstop Khalil Green.

The Park Ridge, IL native was also a member of Team USA in the 2013 and 2017 World Baseball Classics, winning the WBC title this past spring.

The addition of Gregerson brings the Cardinals’ 40-man Major League roster to capacity.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Cardinals sign free agent pitcher to two-year contract

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have signed free-agent right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas (pronounced MIY-koh-lahs) to a two-year deal (2018-19). Financial terms were not disclosed.

Mikolas, 29, has starred the past three seasons (2015-17) in the Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball League, going a combined 31-13 with a 2.18 ERA in 62 starts for the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League. Mikolas went 14-8 with a 2.25 ERA in 27 starts for the Giants this past season, posting career highs for innings pitched (188.0) and strikeouts (187) and he issued only 23 walks.

The 6-5, 220-pound native of Jupiter, Fla. was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 7th round of the June, 2009 draft out of Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla, and he made his Major League debut with the Friars in 2012. Mikolas was a combined 4-6 with a 5.32 ERA in 37 games (10 starts) in the majors with San Diego (2012-13) and Texas (2014).

Today’s signing of Mikolas puts the Cardinals Major League roster at 39 players.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Wainwright wins Silver Slugger Award

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

Louisville Slugger® and MLB Network announced this evening that Adam Wainwright has received the National League's 2017 Silver Slugger Award. Wainwright becomes the first Cardinals pitcher since Jason Marquis (2005) to win the award and the third pitcher (Bob Forsch in 1980 and 1987) overall.

Wainwright, 36, co-led Major League pitchers in RBI (11, Carlos Martinez) and runs scored (7, Zach Davies). He also ranked 1st in batting average (.262) and slugging (.452). He leads active Major League pitchers in career hits (127), RBI (68), doubles (34), and extra base hits (46).

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

MSSU mourns the loss of athletic trainer Darin Moore

(From Southern News Service)

Darin Moore, a longtime athletic trainer at Missouri Southern State University, passed away Monday, Nov. 6.

Moore came to MSSU in 2001 as an assistant trainer and in January 2003 was named the head athletic trainer for the university. He served in that capacity until early 2016, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and took a leave of absence.

He served as head athletic trainer for three years at Vancleve (Miss.) High School and one year at Greenville (Ala.) High School. A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association, he also was assistant athletic trainer at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College.

Moore received a master’s of education-physical education degree in 1998 from Delta State University, where he was a graduate assistant athletic trainer, and a bachelor of science degree in physical education/ human movement studies from Kent State University in 1996. A native of Lewistown, Ill., he also earned an associate of arts degree from Coffeyville Community College.

He married Stephanie Shrum in 2007. The couple have a daughter, Ella.

Earlier this fall, the Athletics Department announced the creation of an endowment for Moore. It will help fund a scholarship that will be used to support future student athletic trainers wanting to grow in the profession. It was created with support from many current and past employees, friends and student-athletes at Southern.

In addition, the doctor's exam room in the Freeman Athletic Training Center was named in Moore’s honor.

“Darin Moore was a great man, a great friend and a great Lion,” said Dr. Alan Marble, president of Missouri Southern, recalling that Moore was the first person to welcome him to campus when he came to Missouri Southern. “His passing will leave a void that can never be filled, but his positive impact will leave an indelible mark that will never be matched.”

Service and visitation times will be announced soon.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tickets for Miners Bowl football game available

(From Missouri Southern Athletics)

Tickets for the Missouri Southern section at the 2017 Miners Bowl football game at Pittsburg State University can be purchased through the Missouri Southern Ticket Office. 

The game is scheduled for 2pm on November 11th. Tickets are $15. To purchase call 417-625-9820.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Crowder soccer player named 1st Team Region 16

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College Roughrider Soccer Player Daniel Ost (Santa Rosa, Brazil) was named 1st Team Region 16 in Division I Men’s Soccer.

Ost started all 17 games as goalkeeper for the Roughriders with 73 saves and 7 shutouts on the season.

“Daniel has been the heart of our defense for the past two years. He has been among the national leaders in many statistical categories and a large portion of our success can be attributed to his play,” stated Coach Brad Smith.

Crowder College’s Soccer program began in 2008 as an NJCAA Division I sport.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Cardinals hire Mike Maddux as pitching coach

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the hiring of Mike Maddux as the team’s Pitching Coach and promotion of triple-A Memphis Pitching Coach Bryan Eversgerd to the Cardinals Bullpen Coach for the 2018 season. Today’s announcement rounds out the team’s Major League coaching staff for 2018.

“We are very excited to welcome Mike to the Cardinals organization,” stated Cardinals’ President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak. “We also look forward to giving Bryan Eversgerd a well-deserved opportunity on our Major League staff.”

(Note: Maddux has been pitching coach for the Washington Nationals. Eversgerd is a former Cardinals reliever.)

Friday, October 20, 2017

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Joplin to play host to USA Table Tennis sanctioned tournament

(From the City of Joplin)

For the first time in history, Joplin is a host site for a USA Table Tennis (USATT) Sanctioned Tournament! This tournament is organized by the Joplin Table Tennis Club (JTTC), which was established in 2014.

The event will be on Saturday, November 4 at Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th Street in Joplin. Joplin Table Tennis Club is affiliated with USA Table Tennis and has already held six USATT Non-Sanctioned Tournaments with participation by local and surrounding states. Prize money totals $750 for this tournament.

“We are hoping this sanctioned tournament will bring more players and visitors to Joplin which will also benefit local businesses,” said Janus Lazarus, President of the Joplin Table Tennis Club. “We are excited at the opportunity to share this historic event with Joplin and encourage interested citizens to participate in our tournament. We also welcome spectators to the tournament. It is really fun to watch these players at such high-skill levels.”

Admission is free of charge to spectators.

For more information, please visit the organization’s Facebook page, website at joplinttc.wix.com/jttc or email them at joplinttclub@gmail.com . They can also be reached at 417-319-1441.

USA Table Tennis is organized under the United States Olympic Committee as the National Governing Body for the sport of table tennis in the United States, which has participation by more than 250 clubs across the nation. USA Table Tennis is a member of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), and is responsible for international competition including the Pan American and Olympic Games.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

MSSU football to play at Central Missouri Saturday

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern football team will head to Warrensburg Saturday to take on Central Missouri in an MIAA matchup. Kickoff from Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field is slated for 1:30 pm. 

Game Information
Team Records: MSSU - 0-6, 0-6 MIAA | UCM 4-2, 4-2 MIAA
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Kick-Off: 1:30 pm, CT
Location: Warrensburg, Mo.
Site: Walton Stadium/Kennedy Field (11,000)
Series Record: Central leads the series, 21-15-1
CoachesDenver Johnson (3-25 at MSSU, 72-91 overall) | Jim Svoboda (112-45 overall/60-26 at UCM)

Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: ESPN Joplin 101.3, 103.5 FM and AM 1560; 88.7 FM KXMS - Mike McClure, Play-by-Play, Scott Boudreaux, Color
Video Webcast: http://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/ucmo/football
Lions on Facebook: Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mosofootball

The Series: Central Missouri holds the all-time series lead against the Lions at 21-15-2. The Lions have an 8-9-1 record at Hughes Stadium against the Mules, while the Lions are just 7-12-1 in Warrensburg. Central has won 15 out of the last 19 meetings. Southern defeated the Mules in 2006 and 2013, both games at home. From 1983-1996, the Lions were 7-2 against the Mules.

The Dish On The Mules: Central Missouri comes into the game ranked 24th in the d2football.com poll and receiving votes in the coaches poll. The Mules are 4-2 and have wins over Pittsburg State, Missouri Western, Emporia State and Nebraska Kearney with losses to Fort Hays State and Northwest Missouri. Brook Bolles leads the offensive attack for the Mules as the quarterback has thrown for 1,778 yards on 126-235 passing and ten touchdowns, but also has seven interceptions. He has ran the ball 67 times for 193 yards and three scores. Devante Turner and Koby Wilkerson split time at running back as they both have nearly equal reps with Turner sporting 448 yards rushing and five touchdowns, while Wilkerson has 346 yards and three scores. Jaylen Zachery has 420 receiving yards on 28 receptions, while Kyrion Parker has 19 receptions for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Seth HEbert has 19 catches and two scores, as well. Defensively, Codie Bell has a team-high 33 tackles with 23 solo and four pass break ups. Alex Lackey has 29 tackles and 1.5 sacks, while Dylan Albertson has 27 stops and two sacks. Monteze Latimore has 27 stops and an interception. As a team, Central Missouri is averaging 475 yards per game of total offense and giving up 374. The Mules will be back on the road next week as they travel to Washburn.
A Victory vs. Central Missouri Would: be just the fifth in the last 21 meetings with the Mules. It would bring the season series to 21-16-2 in favor of the Mules.

NFL Representation: The Lions will have two different players on NFL rosters to start the season. Brandon Williams is a starter on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens, while Allen Barbre will be with the Denver Broncos this year.
Show Me The Money: Brandon Williams has become a leader on the defense for the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the NFL. In the offseason, Williams became the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL and the eighth-highest paid defensive lineman when he signed a five-year, $54 million contract.
NFL Executive: Former Lion and former NFL wide receiver James Thrash is in his second season serving as the NFL and NFLPA's Appeals Officer. He hears all appeals for the NFL regarding on-field player discipline. Thrash played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Lions On Radio: The Lions will partner with ESPN Joplin this year as Southern can now be heard on three separate FM stations, as well as an AM station. ESPN Joplin will air the Lions' games on 101.3 and 103.5 FM, as well as AM 1560. MSSU's KXMS 88.7 will also simulcast the games giving the Lions a larger reach in the four-states than they've ever had.
Tough League/Region: The MIAA has two teams in the coaches top 25 this week. Northwest Missouri is 1st, while Fort Hays State is 8th. The Super Region Three, which the Lions are a part of, has seven teams in the top 25. There are 10 teams total that are either ranked or receiving votes in the poll from the region.
Lions On TV: Missouri Southern's KGCS will air every Lions home game live this year during the season. They will also re-broadcast the games on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.
Lions On The Web: All of MSSU's football games are carried live online as part of the MIAA Network. Fans can go to www.mssulions.com to view live and on-demand games.
Streaming Options: Fans now have even more options to view the Lions online in their homes and on the road. Not only can you view on your computer, fans can now view The MIAA Network on its over the top apps for either Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
NCAA Team Stats Rankings: Southern leads Division II in blocked punts allowed, while ranking fourth in fewest penalty yards and fifth in fewest penalties. The Lions rank 47th nationally in blocked kicks.
MIAA Team Stats Rankings: Southern leads the MIAA in blocked punts allowed and fewest penalty yards and fewest penalties. The team ranks fifth in blocked kicks and team tackles for a loss.
Individual Stats Rankings: Individually, Alexander Waderanks 56th nationally in solo tackles.
Roc(K) Steady: Roc Robbins had a heck of a good season opener with two sacks against Fort Hays. The sophomore had 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Special Teams Success: The Missouri Southern special teams unit had a pretty good day against Nebraska-Kearney as the Lions got a blocked extra point from Mark Mudd, a blocked field goal from Carter Rees and a forced fumble from Brayden Scott that was recovered by Roc Robbins on fumble coverage.
Spread The Wealth: In three of the Lions' six games this year, the Lions have thrown passes to at least nine different individuals. Against Emporia State and Washburn, that number was seven and Northwest Missouri the number was eight.
Behind the Line: The Lions had eight tackles for a loss against Emporia State. Southern stopped the Hornets for a loss of 26 yards.
Big Man JoJosiah Bennett is averaging 13.0 yards percatch this season with two touchdowns.
All-Purpose Shemar: Freshman Shemar Coleman is averaging 101.2 yards in all-purpose yardage this year. He has 253 yards rushing, 166 receiving and 181 in kickoff returns.
Back In The Saddle: Brayden Scott made his first start at quarterback this season and had two touchdowns through the air and one on the ground at Washburn.
Weather Report: The weather report for the Warrensburg area on Saturday calls for a high of 85 and mostly sunny conditions with a 20 percent chance of showers.
Up Next: Southern will be back at home as the Lions play host to Central Oklahoma next Saturday. Kickoff from Fred G. Hughes Stadium inside the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex is slated for 3 pm.

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MSSU soccer concludes road portion of schedule this weekend

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

MSSU Soccer travels for its final pair of matches outside of the state beginning with the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers on Friday, Oct. 13 at 2 pm followed by a meeting at Fort Hays State on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 pm.

The Lions (1-8-2, 1-4) are looking to rebound after falling in overtime against Emporia State 3-2 at home after being up 2-0 heading into the second period. They will finish up the season with three of their final four matches of the regular season inside Hal Bodon Field, succeeding the trip to Nebraska and Kansas.

UNK (3-7-2, 0-5) heads into Friday's matchup on a five-game losing streak, but with two of its three wins inside Ron & Carol Cope Stadium. The team's latest match was a 3-1 loss at Northwest Missouri State last Sunday.

FHSU sits in a tie for second in the conference (7-3-2, 4-1) despite heading into Sundays afternoon contest with a .500 record at home. The Tigers are coming off a pair of wins over Missouri Western in double overtime (1-0) after defeating NWMSU two days prior (2-1).

Both matches will provide live stats throughout each contest. Links can be found above or under schedule for the specific event.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

MSSU soccer loses overtime thriller to Emporia State


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Southern soccer had a 1-0 lead heading into halftime and added another to go up 2-0 in the second period, but could not hold on as the Emporia State Hornets answered with two goals in the second period and another one for the game winner in a 3-2 overtime victory inside Hal Bodon Field Sunday afternoon.

MSSU (1-8-2, 1-4) got on the board first after freshman Sarah Tatum moved past ESU's goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead to end the first period. Senior Brooke Ismael would add another goal eight minutes into the second period from outside the box that landed in the left corner of the goal for a 2-0 advantage for the Lions. Each goal was both players' first goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Luz Galindo played in all 91:21 minutes, making six saves in the process despite allowing three goals.

ESU (6-4-2, 2-2-1) found itself down 2-0, but began to chip away at MSSU's lead after a goal by Tanna Benfield broke the shutout in the 63rd minute and then was erased after Savannah Hallier tied the match up with a header in the 74th minute, sending the game into overtime (2-2).

Then in the first minute of OT, Hornets' Olivia Miller punched it in past the goalkeeper to complete the comeback victory for her team.

The Lions look to rebound as they hit the road for a 2 pm match with Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, Oct. 13, before taking on Fort Hayes State on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 pm.






Southern soccer had a 1-0 lead heading into halftime and added another to go up 2-0 in the second period, but could not hold on as the Emporia State Hornets answered with two goals in the second period and another one for the game winner in a 3-2 overtime victory inside Hal Bodon Field Sunday afternoon.

MSSU (1-8-2, 1-4) got on the board first after freshman Sarah Tatum moved past ESU's goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead to end the first period. Senior Brooke Ismael would add another goal eight minutes into the second period from outside the box that landed in the left corner of the goal for a 2-0 advantage for the Lions. Each goal was both players' first goal of the season.

Goalkeeper Luz Galindo played in all 91:21 minutes, making six saves in the process despite allowing three goals.

ESU (6-4-2, 2-2-1) found itself down 2-0, but began to chip away at MSSU's lead after a goal by Tanna Benfield broke the shutout in the 63rd minute and then was erased after Savannah Hallier tied the match up with a header in the 74th minute, sending the game into overtime (2-2).

Then in the first minute of OT, Hornets' Olivia Miller punched it in past the goalkeeper to complete the comeback victory for her team.

The Lions look to rebound as they hit the road for a 2 pm match with Nebraska-Kearney on Friday, Oct. 13, before taking on Fort Hayes State on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 1 pm.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

MSSU volleyball falls to Central Missouri in straight sets

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Warrensburg, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team nearly pulled out the first set, but dropped a straight-set match at 20th ranked Central Missouri this afternoon. Individual set scores were 23-25, 18-25 and 17-25.

The Lions (9-11, 2-5 MIAA) were led by Alicia Pickett with 12 kills and a .333 attack average. Pickett added five blocks, as well. Mikayla Monk had eight kills and hit .381, while Janelle Brehm had a team-high 11 digs and Whitney Harrison added ten digs of her own. Morgan Nash dished out 24 assists and added nine digs, while Teryn Scott had nine digs, as well.

The Jennies (15-4, 6-1 MIAA) were led by Aubree Bell's 15 kills.

Set one saw three tied scores and two lead changes. Southern jumped out to a 7-3 lead and led again 11-10, before the Jennies tied it up at 11. The Lions led again 13-12, but a kill from Central Missouri's Kasey Hohlen, put the Jennies up on top 14-13 and they wouldn't look back.

The Jennies broke a 3-3 tie early on in the second set and led from there on out. The third set saw two ties and one lead change.

The Lions will be back in action next weekend as Southern travels to Emporia State on Friday and Washburn on Saturday.

MSSU women's cross country finishes 16th at Romeoville, Illinois meet

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Romeoville, Ill. -- The Missouri Southern women's cross country team placed 16th today as the Lions competed at the Lewis University Conference Crossover in Romeoville, Ill.

Ashlee Kuykendall paced the Lions as the freshman finished 34th individually with a time of 22:35.2 over the 5k course. Sierra Wells placed 84th with a time of 23:25.1, while Christian Provence was 115th in a time of 23:49.9.

Sarah Usher finished 121st with a time of 23:53.2, while Danielle Prince was 136th in a time of 24:00.3. Shelby Werner was 190th in a time of 24:42.2, and Gabriel Hillplaced 198th with a time of 24:42.2. Mady Gepford finished in a time of 24:59.00, while Abbi Rogers finished in a time of 25:01.80.

Julianna Determan finished in a time of 25:19.3, while Layne Karhoff crossed the finish line in a time of 26:04.9. Sara Lin finished in a time of 26:27.5.

The women's race featured 359 runners and 34 teams. The Lions were 16th overall as Cal Baptist took home the team title, followed by Grand Valley State, Alaska-Anchorage, Walsh and Hillsdale to round out the top five team scores.

Southern will be back in action in two weeks as the Lions will travel to Warrensburg to compete in the 2017 MIAA Cross Country Championships.

MSSU men's cross country places ninth at Lewis Conference Crossover

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Romeoville, Ill. -- The 20th ranked Missouri Southern men's cross country team got a ninth-place individual finish from Nickson Kiptoo and the Lions placed ninth as a team at the Lewis Conference Crossover In Romeoville, Ill.

In a meet that featured four of the top 11 teams nationally and eight teams from the top-25, the Lions held their own, placing ninth as a team.

Nickson Kiptoo led the way for the Lions as the sophomore finished the 8k race in a time of 25:11.2 in ninth place, individually. Tyler Rush was 47th in a time of 25:49.8, while Cody Berry was right behind in 48th in a time of 25:50.8. Josh Webb was 84th in a time of 26:18.6, while Tadd Capron was 87th in a time of 26:22.1.

Mike Shanahan placed 90th in a time of 26:22.1, while Jared Ozee finished the race in a time of 27:20.4. Nathan Painter finished in a time of 27:36.9, while Trevor Shank crossed the finish line in a time of 28:12.7. Ryan Drendelfinished i a time of 28:48.6.

The Lions finished ninth as a team. Third-ranked Grand Valley won the race, while number nine Cal Baptist placed second. Number six Southern Indiana was third, followed by Lindenwood, number 11 Lewis, number 13 Alaska-Anchorage, Walsh, Academy of Art, the Lions and number 25 Malone to round out the top ten teams.

Southern will be back in action in two weeks as the Lions will travel to Warrensburg to compete in the 2017 MIAA Cross Country Championships.

Three Scott touchdown passes not enough as MSSU falls to Washburn 49-21

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Topeka, Kan. -- Making his first start behind center of the season, Brayden Scott accounted for three touchdown passes and had the Lions within one touchdown twice, but 21 unanswered points in the second half led the Washburn Ichabods to a 49-21 victory over the Lions Saturday.

Southern (0-6, 0-6 MIAA) was led offensively by Scott as the junior went 13-25 for 169 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 27 yards and another score. Dante Vandeven, getting his first action at wide receiver caught a 50-yard pass to set up a touchdown and finished with three catches for 60 yards.

Shemar Coleman had 12 rushes for 42 yards and three receptions for 38 yards with a touchdown, while Josh Hadley had 38 yards on nine carries. Deuzae Johnsoncaught two passes, including a score.

Defensively, the Lions were led by Carter Rees with 13 tackles, including one for a loss. Roc Robbins and EJ McKenzie had ten tackles each, while Alexander Wadehad nine and Akel Beard had eight. The Lions had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage and stopped both of Washburn's fourth-down attempts.

The Ichabods (5-1, 5-1 MIAA) saw Blake Peterson go 15-25 for 287 yards and three scores, while Zach Willis had 106 yards on the ground and two scores. Mickeel Stewart had a rushing touchdown of his own. DJ Olmstead had one of three interceptions on the day for Washburn, one of which he returned 20 yards for a score.

Washburn led 14-0 after one quarter, but the Lions got a rushing touchdown from Scott to cut the lead in half with 11:08 left in the second quarter and Scott hooked up with Johnson for a 17-yard passing touchdown to make the score 21-14 at the half.

The Ichabods scored on a 14-yard touchdown run from Willis to open up the second half. But after a big defensive stop from the Lions on fourth down, Southern ran a quick two-play, 35-yard drive culminating in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Scott to Coleman to make the score 28-21, Washburn.

That was as close as the Lions would get as Washburn closed the game ona 21-0 run.

Southern will be back on the road next weekend as the Lions travel to Central Missouri to face the Mules. Kickoff from Walton Stadium is slated for 1:30 pm.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Southern volleyball falls to Lindenwood in three sets

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

St. Charles, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team ran into a hot-hitting Lindenwood squad and fell three sets to none on the road at Lindenwood tonight. Individual set scores were 21-25, 21-25 and 16-25.

The Lions (9-10, 2-4 MIAA) were led offensively by Mikayla Monk with ten kills and a .533 attack average. Bailey Rexford had seven kills, while Janelle Brehm had a team-high ten digs. Morgan Nash dished out 26 assists and added eight digs.

Lindenwood (11-8, 3-3 MIAA) was led by Emily Wylie and Alex Dahlstrom with nine kills each.

In set one, Lindenwood rushed out to a 4-1 lead and led from then on out.

In set two, the teams fought through 15 tied scores and five lead changes. Southern led 15-13 midway through and led again 19-17 late. Lindenwood, however, fought back and tied the set at 20 and went ahead 21-20 en route to the set win.

Set three saw four ties and one lead change as Lindenwood went ahead 5-4 early and led from then on out.

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as Southern travels to 20th ranked Central Missouri. First-serve is set for 4 pm.

MSSU soccer falls to Ichabods 1-0

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Southern soccer team out-shot Washburn 10-7, but could not punch it in past the goalkeeper as they would fall to the Ichabods 1-0 inside Hal Bodon Field Friday night.

The Lions (1-7-2, 1-3) allowed only two shots on goal with one finding its way in the back of the net to be down by one heading into the half. They forced pressure on WU's goalkeeper the entire game, allowing them to get three more corner kick opportunities (4-1) than the Ichabods.

Taylor Beck led the team in shots with three, while Tayler LePage provided two shots with one on goal. Maria Sturluson added the other shot on goal for the Lions.

Goalkeeper Hannah Stevenson accumulated 90 minutes of playing time while making one save and holding Washburn to one goal.

WU (6-5-1, 2-2) went on top with a goal in the 41st minute by Ellie Karloff for her fifth goal of the season, which would end up as the deciding goal.

The Lions will look to rebound when they face Emporia State on Sunday at 1 pm to conclude Alumni Weekend inside Hal Bodon Field.

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

MSSU volleyball to play Lindenwood, Central Missouri

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern volleyball team heads to Lindenwood on Friday and 20th-ranked Central Missouri on Saturday in MIAA volleyball action.

Southern is 9-9 overall and 2-3 in the MIAA and sit in a four-way tie for sixth place in the MIAA standings with Washburn, Emporia State and Lindenwood.

The Lions are 12th nationally and third in the MIAA in total team blocks this season. Freshman outside hitter Janelle Brehm is third nationally and leads the MIAA in total attacks, while ranking 11th nationally and second in the MIAA in attacks per set and 29th nationally in total kills. Sophomore blocker Alicia Pickett is fifth nationally and second in the MIAA in total blocks and 19th nationally and tops in the MIAA in blocks per set. Morgan Nash ranks 20th nationally and fourth in the MIAA in total assists.

Lindenwood comes into the weekend matches 10-8 overal and 2-3 in MIAA play and have won two in a row with wins last weekend at Emporia State and Washburn.

Central Missouri is ranked 20th in Division II and is 13-4 overall and 4-1 in the MIAA, tied for second place. The Jennies have won seven of their last eight matches.

Both matches will have live stats and video provided at the links above in the story.

Southern cross country teams to compete in Chicago

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's and women's cross country teams will head to Chicago Saturday to compete in the GLVC/MIAA crossover hosted by Lewis University at the Lewis XC Course.

The women will run a 6k race at 10 am and the men will run an 8k race at 10:45 am.

The Southern men come into the race ranked second in the NCAA Central Region and 22nd nationally by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. The Southern women are ranked ninth in the Central region.

After this race, the Lions will have a week off before they compete in the 2017 MIAA Championships hosted by Central Missouri.

Mixed martial arts event scheduled at MSSU to benefit Darin Moore family

(From Missouri Southern Athletics)

Coming up on October 14th Missouri Southern will be the host site for an MMA event featuring former Lions basketball player Teejay Britton. The proceeds of the event will benefit former athletic trainer Darin Moore and his family.

Missouri Southern men's, women's basketball teams drop out of Puerto Rico Classic

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's and women's basketball programs have announced its scheduled trips to Puerto Rico to compete in the 2017 Puerto Rico Classic over Thanksgiving week has been cancelled due to the devastation that the island has suffered after Hurricane Maria.

The teams were slated to be in Puerto Rico from November 20-25 and play three games each. Those games will not be played this year, but both teams intend to make the trip in 2018.

All money that was donated to the programs to help fund the trip will be retained and utilized for the trip to Puerto Rico in 2018.

The MSSU women have scheduled two games to replace the three they are losing. The Lions will take on Ottawa on November 25 at 3 pm and will play Avilla at 3 pm on November 26. Both games will be played at home inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The Southern men are working with some of the teams that were also slated to go on the Puerto Rico trip to try and arrange a tournament to be played in Sioux Falls, SD over the same weekend (Nov. 25 & 26). Arrangements for that will be finalized and announced pending a waiver being filed with the NCAA to let the teams involved play more than the maximum games allowed by NCAA rules.

Stay tuned to www.mssulions.com for any further information.

MSSU football to play at Washburn Saturday

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern football team head to Topeka, Kansas this weekend as the Lions will take on Washburn University on Saturday. Kickoff from Yaeger Stadium is slated for 1 pm. 

Game Information
Team Records: MSSU - 0-5, 0-5 MIAA | WU 4-1, 4-1 MIAA
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2017
Kick-Off: 1:00 pm, CT
Location: Topeka, Kan.
Site: Yaeger Stadium/Moore Bowl (7,200)
Series Record: Washburn leads the series 23-21-1
CoachesDenver Johnson (3-23 at MSSU, 72-90 overall) | Craig Shurig (107-70 overall/at WU)

Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: ESPN Joplin 101.3, 103.5 FM and AM 1560; 88.7 FM KXMS - Mike McClure, Play-by-Play, Scott Boudreaux, Color
Video Webcast: http://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/washburn/football
Lions on Facebook: Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mosofootball

The Series: The Ichabods lead the series between the two teams at 23-21-1. The Lions hold an 11-10-1 mark at Hughes Stadium and a 10-13 mark in Topeka. Southern last defeated the Ichabods in 2014 when the Lions won 42-21 at home. Washburn had won eight in a row before the Lions' win last season.From 1989 to 1997, the Lions won nine games in a row in a stretch that included ten of 11, as well.

The Dish On The Ichabods: Washburn comes into the game with the Lions receiving votes in the AFCA poll and ranked 25th in the d2football.com poll. The Ichabods have one loss to No. 1 ranked Northwest Missouri, but have wins over Northeastern State, Lindenwood, Nebraska-Kearney and Pittsburg State. Blake Peterson leads the offense for the Ichabods and the quarterback is 63-115 for 648 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also has carried the ball 42 times for 167 yards. Mickeel Stewart has 56 carries for 290 yards and five scores, while Zach Willis has 29 carries for 223 yards and two touchdowns. Carey Woods is Peterson's favorite target through the air, catching 19 passes for 181 yards and three scores. Jace Williams has 12 receptions for 136 yards and two touchdowns, while James Brania-Hopp has 11 catches for 113 yards and a score. Defensively, Derrick McGreevy is the leading tackler for the Ichabodds with 60 tackles, including two and a half for a loss and two pass break ups. Peter Pfannestiel has 35 tackles and is one of four Ichabods with a team-high 1.5 sacks, while DJ Olmstead has 22 tackles including three interceptions. He also has 90 return yards on interceptions. As a team, the Ichabods average 338.6 yards of total offense per game and give up 333.2 yards per game. They have out scored their opponents by a margin of 166-91. Washburn will be back in action next week as the Ichabods will be at Fort Hays State.
A Victory vs. Washburn Would: be two in the last four against the Ichabods. It would nearly even the series between the two teams, but would be just the second win in the last 13 games against Wasbhburn.

NFL Representation: The Lions will have two different players on NFL rosters to start the season. Brandon Williams is a starter on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens, while Allen Barbre will be with the Denver Broncos this year.
Show Me The Money: Brandon Williams has become a leader on the defense for the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the NFL. In the offseason, Williams became the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL and the eighth-highest paid defensive lineman when he signed a five-year, $54 million contract.
NFL Executive: Former Lion and former NFL wide receiver James Thrash is in his second season serving as the NFL and NFLPA's Appeals Officer. He hears all appeals for the NFL regarding on-field player discipline. Thrash played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Lions On Radio: The Lions will partner with ESPN Joplin this year as Southern can now be heard on three separate FM stations, as well as an AM station. ESPN Joplin will air the Lions' games on 101.3 and 103.5 FM, as well as AM 1560. MSSU's KXMS 88.7 will also simulcast the games giving the Lions a larger reach in the four-states than they've ever had.
Tough League/Region: The MIAA has two teams in the coaches top 25 this week. Northwest Missouri is 1st, while Fort Hays State is 11th. The Super Region Three, which the Lions are a part of, has eight teams in the top 25. There are 12 teams total that are either ranked or receiving votes in the poll from the region.
Lions On TV: Missouri Southern's KGCS will air every Lions home game live this year during the season. They will also re-broadcast the games on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.
Lions On The Web: All of MSSU's football games are carried live online as part of the MIAA Network. Fans can go to www.mssulions.com to view live and on-demand games.
Streaming Options: Fans now have even more options to view the Lions online in their homes and on the road. Not only can you view on your computer, fans can now view The MIAA Network on its over the top apps for either Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
NCAA Team Stats Rankings: Southern leads Division II in blocked punts allowed, while ranking fifth in fewest penalty yards allowed and sixth in fewest penalties. The team also ranks 31st nationally in blocked kicks. Within the MIAA, the Lions lead the league in blocked punts allowed and fewest penalties/penalty yards.
Individual Stats Rankings: Individually, Alexander Waderanks 50th nationally in total tackles, while Carson Dayranks second in the MIAA in kickoff returns. Roc Robbinsranks fourth in the MIAA in fumble recoveries.
Roc(K) Steady: Roc Robbins had a heck of a good season opener with two sacks against Fort Hays. The sophomore had 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Special Teams Success: The Missouri Southern special teams unit had a pretty good day against Nebraska-Kearney as the Lions got a blocked extra point from Mark Mudd, a blocked field goal from Carter Rees and a forced fumble from Brayden Scott that was recovered by Roc Robbins on fumble coverage.
Spread The Wealth: In three of the Lions' five games this year, the Lions have thrown passes to at least nine different individuals. Against Emporia State, that number was seven and Northwest Missouri the number was eight.
Behind the Line: The Lions had eight tackles for a loss against Emporia State. Southern stopped the Hornets for a loss of 26 yards.
Big Man Jo: Josiah Bennett is averaging 13.0 yards per catch this season with two touchdowns.
All-Purpose Shemar: Freshman Shemar Coleman is averaging 101.8 yards in all-purpose yardage this year. He has 211 yards rushing, 128 receiving and 163 in kickoff returns.
MIAA Preseason Polls: The MIAA released its preseason polls as part of its annual Media Day on August 2. The Lions were picked 11th in the coaches poll and tenth in the media poll.
Weather Report: The weather report for the Topeka area on Saturday calls for a high of 76 and partly cloudy conditions with a ten percent chance of showers.
Up Next: Southern will be on the road on the road again as the Lions travel to Central Missouri for a matchup with the Mules on October 14. Kickoff from Walton Stadium is slated for 1:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

MSSU soccer to play Washburn, Emporia State this weekend

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Joplin, Mo. - After securing its first win of the season, the Southern soccer team returns home for Alumni Weekend as they take on Washburn University on Friday, Oct. 6 at 6 pm and Emporia State on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 pm inside Hal Bodon Field.

The Lions stand at 1-6-2, 1-2 after sealing their first victory of season in a 1-0 shutout victory over Northwest Missouri State University last Sunday. Karissa Serna put MSSU in front with the first goal of her career as she became the fifth player on the team to provide a score this season.

WU (5-4-1, 1-2) comes into Friday night's game on a two-game losing streak after dropping both games at home over the weekend. However, the Ichabods have been better on the road accumulating a 2-0-1 record, including two shutouts.

ESU (4-4-2, 0-2-1) enters Sundays contest on a five-game winless streak with three losses and two ties to its credit. Despite the Hornets' latest struggles, all four of their wins have come away from home.

Both matches will provide live stats throughout each contest. Links can be found above or under schedule for the specific event.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Serna goal leads MSSU soccer to 1-0 win over Northwest Missouri

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Maryville, Mo. - Despite being out-shot 11-7 (24-9 total) and 6-1 (10-1 total) on goal in the first period, that one shot between the pipes by freshman midfielder Karissa Serna turned out to be the difference as Missouri Southern went on to defeat the Northwest Missouri Bearcats, 1-0, inside Bearcat Pitch Sunday afternoon.

Southern (1-6-2,1-2) snapped a four-game losing streak for its first win since a 1-0 home victory against Southwest Baptist last season (Oct. 28). It was also the team's first win at Maryville since 2012.

Serna recorded the first goal of her career to give MSSU a 1-0 lead in the fifth minute of the match off a scramble for the ball within the box. Maria Sturluson kept the pressure on with a team-leading three shots in the victory.

Goalkeeper Hannah Stevenson made 10 saves off of 23 shots faced to secure the shutout win, improving to 1-4-1 on the year.

Northwest Missouri (4-5-0, 1-2) pushed the tempo to force 16 fouls on the Lions, but could not capitalize, dropping to 1-3 at home after a 6-0 shutout against Southwest Baptist two days ago.

Bearcats' Emily Madden led NWMSU with five shots and three shots on goal, while Kayla Ellis and Bria Wawiorka each added four shots without any luck.

The Lions return home to take on Washburn inside Hal Bodon Field to kickoff Alumni Weekend at 6 pm.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Southern volleyball falls to Northwest Missouri in four sets

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Maryville, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team got double-figure kills from both Bailey Rexford and Janelle Brehm, but fell in four sets today at Northwest Missouri. Individual set scores were 14-25, 17-25, 25-18, and 18-25.

The Lions (9-9, 2-3 MIAA) were led by Rexford's 14 kills and a .400 attack average as she added three digs and two blocks. Brehm had 11 kills and eight digs, while Alicia Pickett had nine kills, six digs and three blocks.

Morgan Nash had a double-double with 32 assists and 18 digs. Teryn Scott and Whitney Harrison had 18 and 10 digs, respectively, while Kat Gries added nine digs of her own.

Northwest Missouri (9-8, 3-2 MIAA) was led by Maddy Bruder's 21 kills and 17 digs, while Sofia Schleppenbach had 14 kills, as well.

The first two sets were won by Northwest as set one featured two ties and two lead changes, while set two saw just one tie and a lead change. Set three saw five ties and two lead changes. With the set tied at 15, back-to-back kills from Rexford and Brehm put the Lions up 17-15 and the team never looked back.

The fourth set was all Northwest as the Bearcats led 7-6, but pulled away for the match clincher.

The Lions will be back in action next week as Southern travels to Lindenwood and Central Missouri on Friday and Saturday.

MSSU football drops Homecoming contest to Nebraska-Kearney 16-6


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern football team fell just short in a defensive struggle as the Lions dropped a homecoming game to visiting Nebraska-Kearney, 16-6 in front of more than 5,000 fans at Fred G. Hughes Stadium inside the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex.

The Lions (0-5, 0-5 MIAA) split their quarterbacks today as Dante Vandeven got the start and went 12-20 for 126 yards, while TJ Fleeton came in and went 10-21 for 94 yards. Fleeton added 11 yards on the ground and a rushing touchdown.

Shemar Coleman had eight carries for 30 yards, and caught three passes for 53 yards in the game. Josiah Bennett had six receptions for 53 yards, while Carson Daycaught five passes for 29 yards. Kene Anigbogu had a catch for 33 yards, while nine different Lions caught a pass today. Josh Hadley ran the ball three times for 23 yards and Nicholas Roller had four carries for nine yards.

Defensively, Akel Beard had 15 tackles in the game with one tackle for a loss. Angelo Sumler had 13 stops including a sack and one and a half tackle for a loss. Roc Robbins had 11 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Brayden Scott had a forced fumble. Keith Beverly had four pass break ups in the game.

The Lopers (2-3, 2-3 MIAA) were led by Thomas Russell with 39 carries for 178 yards and two rushing touchdowns.

UNK got on the board first with a 21-yard field goal from Brendan Wentling with 4:43 left in the first. Russell had a pair of rushing touchdowns, one in the second with 4:04 left in the second and another with 9:14 left in the fourth.

The Lions got on the board with a five-yard rushing score from Fleeton. That play capped off a 13-play, 69-yard scoring drive for the Lions.

Southern will be back in action next weekend as the Lions travel to Washburn University. Kickoff is slated for 1 pm.

Friday, September 29, 2017

MSSU soccer loses 5-2 to Missouri Western

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

St. Joseph, Mo. – Despite coming back in the second period to tie it at 2-2, the Missouri Southern soccer team would eventually fall short by giving up three unanswered goals to the No. 24-ranked Missouri Western State Griffons in a 5-2 loss inside Craig Field at Spratt Memorial Stadium Friday night.

MSSU's (0-6-2, 0-2) Jessica Edwards knotted it up with a shot towards the top of the net as it seemed as the momentum was switching towards MSSU's push,
but two seconds later Griffon's Cassidy Menke took a shot from ten yards out that found the left side of the goal to put MWSU back on top. Bridget Blessie and Sara Collins each added a header for the fourth and fifth goal of the night to secure the victory for the Griffons, who improve to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in MIAA conference play.

Freshman Centre midfielder Carina Calderon scored the first goal of her career in the 35th minute on a free kick to send the Lions into halftime only down by one (2-1). The Lion's defense was able to shut down the Griffon's rapid scoring attack by keeping them off balance for the last 38 minutes of the first period.

MWSU's Ashley Mathis scored the first goal of the game in the third opening minute off a pass from Sydney Cluck that found Mathis splitting two defenders and driving towards the goal as the goalkeeper came out to defend. Then a corner kick by Madeline Cowell deflected off a Lions' player, causing the ball to roll past everyone into the goal to give the No. 24 ranked team in the country an early 2-0 lead.

Goalkeeper Luz Galindo played in all 90 minutes, allowing five goals on 15 shots faced in her second start between the posts for Southern.

The Lions look to rebound on Sunday as they take on the North West Missouri Bearcats at 12:30 pm inside Bearcat Pitch.

MSSU volleyball falls to Missouri Western

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

St. Joseph, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern volleyball team took the first set, but Missouri Western won the final three as the Lions fell three sets to one tonight against the Griffons. Individual set scores were 26-24, 16-25, 19-25, and 16-25.

Southern (9-8, 2-2 MIAA) was led by Janelle Brehm as the freshman had 15 kills and six digs. Alicia Pickett had ten kills and three digs, while Morgan Nash had a double-double with 38 assists and ten digs. Teryn Scott had a team-high 15 digs in the match.

Western (9-8, 3-1 MIAA) had four in double-figure kills, led by Stephanie Doak with 22.

The Griffons had a 22-21 lead late, and again at 23-22 and 24-23, but three-straight errors from Western gave the set to the Lions.

Set two had seven tied scores and four lead changes, but Western took a 14-13 lead midway through and didn't look back.

Set three had two tied scores and two lead changes, and set four saw Western lead from start to finish.

The Lions will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as Southern travels to Northwest Missouri. First serve from Bearcat Arena is slated for 2 pm.

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

MSSU soccer wraps up road trip this weekend

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

MSSU Soccer team wraps up its four-game road trip this weekend with a couple matches, beginning at Missouri Western on Friday, Sept. 29 at 6 pm and finishing up on Sunday against Northwest Missouri for a 12:30 pm battle to kick off the month of October.

The Lions stand at 0-5-2 on the season after dropping their last two contests to Central Oklahoma, 3-1 and Northeastern State, 1-0, to close out the weekend in Oklahoma.

MWSU enters Friday's game as the leader in total shots (186 and shots on goal (97), reigning in the top-five of every other statistical category. The Griffons are currently third in the MIAA (7-1, 1-0) thanks to five shutout victories and a perfect 4-0 on home turf. They are coming off a weekend split, first falling to Central Missouri, 2-0, before rebounding with a 2-0 victory of their own at Lindenwood two days later.

NWMSU on the other hand is ninth in the MIAA standings (3-4, 0-1) and holds a 0-2 record at home. The Bearcats also come off a weekend split after defeating Lindenwood, 2-1, before being shut out by Central Missouri, 6-0.

MSSU football to play host to Nebraska-Kearney in Homecoming game

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern football team will play host to Nebraska-Kearney this Saturday as the Lions and Lopers will battle on Homecoming inside Fred G. Hughes Stadium. 

Game Information
Team Records: MSSU - 0-4, 0-4 MIAA | UNK 1-3, 1-3 MIAA
Date: Saturday, September 30, 2017
Kick-Off: 3:00 pm, CT
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Fred G. Hughes Stadium Stadium (7,000)
Series Record: UNK leads the series 8-7
CoachesDenver Johnson (3-22 at MSSU, 72-89 overall) | Rich Wright (28-17 overall, 1-3 at UNK)

Media Coverage
MSSU Radio: ESPN Joplin 101.3, 103.5 FM and AM 1560; 88.7 FM KXMS - Mike McClure, Play-by-Play, Scott Boudreaux, Color
Video Webcast: http://www.themiaanetwork.com/mssulions
Live Stats: http://sidearmstats.com/mssu/football
Lions on Facebook: Facebook.com/mososports
Lions on Twitter: @mososports; @mosofootball

The Series: Nebraska-Kearney holds an 8-7 record in the overall series, however the two teams have only played each other three times since the 1988 season (all Lions wins) the last year Southern participated as a member of the NAIA and the Central States Intercollegiate Conference. The series features one of the most unique situations as both teams historically have been better at the other team's facility. The Lions are 2-5 at home, while 5-3 in Kearney. UNK won the first four meetings, but Southern took the next three. The Lions have won the last two, 34-17 in 2014, and 24-14 the last two seasons.

The Dish On The Lopers: Nebraska-Kearney started the season with a 14-3 win at home over Missouri Western. The Lopers, have since lost to Emporia State, Northwest Missouri and Washburn. Thomas Russell is the cog of the offense for the Lopers as he is the leading rusher with 223 yards on 67 carries and a touchdown, while also having the most receptions at eight with 48 yards and a score. Quarterback Steve Worthing is 48-93 for 552 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions, while also netting 115 yards on the ground. Dayton Sealey has 12 carries for 40 yards, while Sedarius Young has big-play threat written all over him with five receptions for 128 yards and two scores. Blake Holtmeier has caught seven passes for 72 yards and a score. Defensively, Sal Silvio has done a little bit of it all with a team-high 31 tackles, including five and a half for a loss, one sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble. Ty Botsford is second on the team with 27 tackles, while Malik Webb has a team-high two interceptions. Jordan Ingraham is one of three Lopers with 2.5 sacks, while the team has 14 collectively. As a team, UNK is averaging 242.5 yards of total offense a game, while giving up 330.2. The Lopers average 104.5 yards on the ground, but stymie defenses, allowing just 64.8 per game. Through the air, UNK, is averaging 138 yards per game, but the Lopers give up 265.5. The Lopers will be back in action next week as UNK plays host to Central Missouri at 2 pm.
A Victory vs. Nebraska-Kearney Would: be four in a row against the Lopers as Southern has won each game since the team joined the MIAA four years ago. It would also tie the series between the two teams at eight wins each.

NFL Representation: The Lions will have two different players on NFL rosters to start the season. Brandon Williams is a starter on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens, while Allen Barbre will be with the Denver Broncos this year.
Show Me The Money: Brandon Williams has become a leader on the defense for the Baltimore Ravens, as well as the NFL. In the offseason, Williams became the highest-paid nose tackle in the NFL and the eighth-highest paid defensive lineman when he signed a five-year, $54 million contract.
NFL Executive: Former Lion and former NFL wide receiver James Thrash is in his second season serving as the NFL and NFLPA's Appeals Officer. He hears all appeals for the NFL regarding on-field player discipline. Thrash played 12 seasons in the NFL for the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles.
Lions On Radio: The Lions will partner with ESPN Joplin this year as Southern can now be heard on three separate FM stations, as well as an AM station. ESPN Joplin will air the Lions' games on 101.3 and 103.5 FM, as well as AM 1560. MSSU's KXMS 88.7 will also simulcast the games giving the Lions a larger reach in the four-states than they've ever had.
Tough League/Region: The MIAA has two teams in the coaches top 25 this week. Northwest Missouri is 1st, while Fort Hays State is 14th. The Super Region Three, which the Lions are a part of, has six teams in the top 25. There are 11 teams total that are either ranked or receiving votes in the poll from the region.
Lions On TV: Missouri Southern's KGCS will air every Lions home game live this year during the season. They will also re-broadcast the games on Sunday evenings at 7 pm.
Lions On The Web: All of MSSU's football games are carried live online as part of the MIAA Network. Fans can go to www.mssulions.com to view live and on-demand games.
Streaming Options: Fans now have even more options to view the Lions online in their homes and on the road. Not only can you view on your computer, fans can now view The MIAA Network on its over the top apps for either Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Android TV.
Team Stats Rankings: Southern leads Division II in blocked punts allowed, while ranking seventh in fewest penalty yards per game and ninth in fewest penalties per game. The team ranks 44th in red zone offense and 35th in tackles for a loss.
Individual Stats Rankings: Individually, Alexander Wade is 18th in solo tackles, while ranking 37th in total tackles. Carson Day ranks 57th in kickoff returns, while DAnte Vandeven ranks 57th in completions per game.
Roc(K) Steady: Roc Robbins had a heck of a good season opener with two sacks against Fort Hays. The sophomore had 3.5 tackles for a loss and two sacks.
Score!: Junior quarterback Dante Vandeven threw four touchdown passes against Emporia State. That number is the second-highest single-game total and Vandeven is the eighth Lion to ever hit that mark.
Spread The Wealth: In two of the Lions' three games this year, the Lions have thrown passes to at least nine different individuals. Against Emporia State, that number was seven and Northwest Missouri the number was eight.

Behind the Line: The Lions had eight tackles for a loss against Emporia State. Southern stopped the Hornets for a loss of 26 yards.
Big Man Jo: Josiah Bennett had a couple of big catches for the Lions against Emporia State. Bennett caught four passes for 75 yards and a score against the Hornets. For the season, Bennett is averaging 14.9 yards per catch.
New Position: Junior Brayden Scott showed a little wrinkle to his skills. Scott lined up as a wide out and executed a perfect end around and threw a 46-yard pass to Carson Day. Scott also had a pass break up and a sack on defense.
MIAA Preseason Polls: The MIAA released its preseason polls as part of its annual Media Day on August 2. The Lions were picked 11th in the coaches poll and tenth in the media poll.
Weather Report: The weather report for the Joplin area on Saturday calls for partly cloudy conditions and a high of 79 degrees with a zero percent chance of precipitation.
Up Next: Southern will be on the road as the Lions travel to Washburn next weekend to take on the Ichabods. Kickoff is slated for 1 pm.