Monday, December 9, 2019

MSSU's Cam Martin named MIAA Player of the Week

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern junior Cam Martin has been named the MIAA men's basketball Player of the Week as announced by the league office today.

Martin earns his second Player of the Week honor this season.

Martin, a 6-9 native of Yukon, Okla., helped the Lions to a 2-0 start to the conference slate with a 96-64 win against Pitt State and a 90-83 win against Washburn. For the week, Martin averaged 21.5 points, 12.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.5 blocks, while shooting 53 percent from the field and 75 percent from the free throw line.








He started the week with 23 points and 12 rebounds, going 11-of-19 from the field against PSU. Martin finished the week by helping the Lions erase a 10-point first-half deficit against Washburn, leading an 18-1 run over a five minute span to give the Lions the lead. He scored 20 points and had eight rebounds, going 4-of-7 from long-range, while adding six assists.

Martin and the Lions are off for finals week, but Southern returns on December 16 as the Lions travel to Texas A&M Commerce for a noon start.

Ted Simmons elected to Baseball Hall of Fame

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals congratulate former Redbirds catcher Ted Simmons who earned selection yesterday to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Simmons joined executive Marvin Miller as one of two individuals who received the necessary 75 percent of all ballots cast from the 10-name Modern Baseball Era vote.

"On behalf of the entire St. Louis Cardinals organization, I would like to congratulate Ted on this well-deserved honor and his selection among the greats to have ever played the game," stated Cardinals' Chairman Bill DeWitt, Jr. "Since being drafted by the Cardinals as a teenager, Ted Simmons has remained an active contributor to Major League Baseball at many levels both on, and off the field."








Simmons, who was a Cardinals 1st round draft selection in 1967, played 13 of his 21 seasons with St. Louis, debuting in 1968 at the age of 19. The switch-hitting Simmons batted a career .285 with 248 home runs and 1,389 RBI in 2,456 games played. Simmons' career RBI and hits (2,274) totals both rank 2nd all-time among catchers.

"Simba", who was voted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2015, batted .298 with 172 homers and 929 RBI in 1,564 games with the Cardinals from 1968-80 and ranks among the franchise's top-10 in career home runs, RBI, total bases (2,626) and grand slams (7). Simmons is still the Cardinals all-time single-season leader in home runs (26 in 1979) and RBI (96 in 1972) among catchers.

An eight-time All-Star (six selections as a Cardinal), Simmons garnered MVP votes seven times, including a 6th place finish during the 1975 season. During the period of the Modern Baseball Era (1970-87), Simmons led all Major League catchers with his 2,447 hits, 477 doubles and 1,375 RBI, and ranked 2nd in runs scored (1,068) and 4th in homers (246).

Following his playing career, which included stints with Milwaukee and Atlanta, Simmons served as the Cardinals Director of Player Development from 1988-91 before taking the GM post in Pittsburgh in 1992.

Simmons will become the 50th person with ties to the St. Louis Cardinals organization to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during its induction ceremony to be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

MSSU track teams open indoor season at PSU, Northwest Missouri

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Pittsburg, Kan. -- The nationally-ranked Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams opened up the indoor season this weekend as the Lions competed at Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri.

Southern competed at the Boo Rogers Combined Events and Crimson and Gold Invite at PSU, while a pair of male distance runners ran at Northwest Missouri.

In total, the Lions came away with seven NCAA Provisional Qualifying Marks at PSU, as well as Gidieon Kimutai hitting an NCAA Automatic Qualifying Mark in the 5k at Northwest.








Kimutai won a stacked event at Northwest as the sophomore, fresh off an All-American performance in cross country, won the event in a time of 14:03.08, finishing three seconds in front of his nearest competition. Jarod Ozee placed 31st in the 5k at Northwest.

At Pitt, the Lions started things off with the pentathlon on Friday as Claire Luallen picked up an NCAA Provisional mark of 3,571 points to finish fifth in the event. Miracle Grant was ninth in the event with 3,171 points. Luallen won the 60m hurdles in an NCAA Provisional time of 8.69 to start off the event. She placed ninth in the high jump, eighth in the shot put and fourth in the long jump, before placing sixth in the final event, the 800m.

In other action at Pitt, Kirsten Leisinger and Hannah Smith both picked up NCAA Provisional marks in the weight throw as the pair finished second and fifth, respectively. Leisinger hit a distance of 59-10.5, while Smith hit 57-10.25. Alexandra Rodriguez was eighth in the event at 53-09.25.

Josh Fulmer picked up an NCAA Provisional mark in the weight throw, too, as he hit a distance of 60-11.50, while Travis Petersen was seventh in a distance of 56-02.50. Fullmer went on to place second in the shot put in a distance of 50-08.25.

Jordan Banker and Megan Tramel placed ninth and 11th in the pole vault hitting heights of 11-06.25 and 11-00.25, respectively. Dean Howard hit an NCAA Provisional mark in the pole vault as he placed seventh in a height of 15-10.00. Bryan Candryl was tenth at 15-06.25.

Brendan Watkins placed sixth in the long jump, hitting a mark of 23-02, while Jeremiah Wald was 15th at 21-02. Watkins then hit an NCAA Provisional mark in the triple jump with a distance of 48-04.00, while Wald was 12th at 42-11.50.

Kiarra Smith was third in the 60m hurdles in a time of 9.03, while Elizabeth Adeoye placed fifth at 9.04. Desmond Hall was fifth in the men's 60m hurdles in a time of 8.31, while Kassidy Owens placed 24th in the 60m dash in a time of 7.99.

Chardae Overstreet, Cornesia Calhoun-White and Deiajuane Watts placed 11th, 13th and 14th, respectively in the 300m dash, while Hall was 24th in the men's 300m. LaNea Wallace was seventh in the 600 yard in a time of 1:27.60, while Ashlynn Vanatter placed 12th.

Jon Johnson was seventh in the 800m, in a time of 1:57.28, while the women's 4x400m relay team of Overstreet, Adeoye, Wallace and Smith placed fourth in a time of 3:59.04.

The Lions will be off for the Christmas break and will be back in action on January 17 as Southern travels to the University of Arkansas.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

MSSU women fall to Washburn 83-76

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's basketball team got 26 points from Destiny Cozart and 19 from Zoe Campbell but the Lions came up just short in an 83-76 loss at home to Washburn.

The Lions (2-7, 0-2 MIAA) were led by Cozart's night as she went 9-of-16 from the field and 5-of-11 from long range, adding six rebounds, four assists and one block.

Campbell had 19 on 6-of-9 shooting and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free throw line. She added five rebounds and three blocks, moving into second-place on the all-time list with 85 career blocks, passing Jensen Maydew in the process.








Washburn (4-4, 1-1 MIAA) was led by 21 points from Reagan Phelan and 18 from Hunter Bentley.

The Ichabods opened up a 21-12 lead after the first quarter, but the Lions fought back and a 7-2 run to start the second quarter cut the lead to four (23-19 with eight minutes to go. Washburn led by seven (38-31) with 2:46 to go, and the Ichabods closed the quarter on an 8-3 run to lead 46-34 going into the locker room.

Washburn led by 13 (57-44) with four minutes left in the third quarter, but a 7-0 run from Southern cut the lead to six (57-51) with 1:43 left and the Lions trailed by eight 63-55 after three.

The Ichabods, again, opened up a 13 point plead (68-55) with nine minutes to go in the game, but a layup from Cozart, a jumper from Campbell and a free throw from Morgan Brightwell, the last coming with 3:44 left in the game, tied the score at 71. That would be as close as the Lions would get.

Southern shot 48 percent from the field in the game, limiting the Ichabods to 42 percent from the field. The Lions out rebounded Washburn 38-36, and held a 40-28 advantage in the paint. Washburn forced 16 Southern turnovers, scoring 22 points off of the miscues.

The Lions will be off for finals next week and Southern will be back in action on December 17, playing host to Oklahoma Wesleyan at 5:30 pm inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

MSSU men set record with 21st straight home win, 90-83 over Washburn

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The 15th-ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball team set a new school record with its 21st-straight home win as the Lions defeated visiting Washburn 90-83 today on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

The Lions (7-1, 2-0 MIAA) break the previous record of 20 set during the time of February of 1999 to November of 2000. The current mark has seen the Lions win the final four games in the 2016-17 season, all 13 games last year and the first four home games this year to set the new record.

Cam Martin led the Lions with 20 points on 7-of-15 shooting and 4-of-7 from long range. He added eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks in the game. Reggie Tharp scored 16 and added nine assists, while Kinzer Lambert scored 14 and Elyjah Clark had 13. Braelon Walker had nine points and two steals, Parker Jennings scored nine off the bench, and Stan Scott added seven.








Washburn (4-4, 1-1 MIAA) had four score in double-figures, led by 23 points from Tyler Geiman.

The Ichabods led by ten twice in the first half, the second time coming at 29-19 with 7:30 to go. Southern, however, went on an 11-0 run and led 31-29 after a three from Martin with 3:54 to go, while a three from Lambert with 2:47 left made the Southern lead seven (37-30) as the run reached 18-1. A three from Scott with 50 seconds left gave the Lions a 43-36 lead, but Washburn answered back with a three from Geiman to make the score 43-39 at the break.

Clark opened up the second half with a three from the Lions and Lambert added one of his own to give the Lions a 49-39 lead just a minute and a half into the second half. A three from Martin with 16:25 left to go pushed the lead to 15 (56-41). Southern led by 19 twice, the later coming after a jumper in the paint from Ted Brown with 11:25 left making the score 70-51.

Washburn chipped away at the lead, but the Lions held off the Ichabods, making free throws down the stretch.

Southern shot 53 percent from the field in the game and 54 percent from beyond the three-point line. The Lions made 83 percent of their free throws in the game.

Southern will be off for finals this week, but the Lions will be back in action on December 16 with a game at Texas A&M Commerce. Tip off is slated for noon.

Friday, December 6, 2019

MSSU men to square off against Washburn

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The 15th-ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball program will take on the Washburn Ichabods on Saturday afternoon. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 3:30 pm.

Game Information

Teams: #15 Missouri Southern (6-1, 1-0 MIAA) vs. Washburn (4-3, 1-0 MIAA)
Date: Dec. 7, 2019
Tip-Off: 3:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. - Robert Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series Record: Washburn leads 43-38
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (107-54 overall/at MSSU - 6th year). Brett Ballard (83-51 overall/ 50-21 at WU - 5th year)

The Series

Washburn holds a 48-33 lead in the series, but Southern has won 17 out of the last 22 games. The series is tied 19-19 in games played in Joplin, and Washburn holds a 29-11 vs. MSSU in Topeka. The Lions lead 3-1, on neutral floors.








The Lions have had few winning streaks in the series. The longest, five games, is the current streak and also spanned the years of 2007-09. The Ichabods won 11-straight from February 1984 through February 1989. Missouri Southern's most convincing victory was 37 points, 110-73, in 2013-14. Washburn's largest victory margin was 38 points, 94-56, and came in the 88-89 season. The Lions have won all three of the meetings in the NCAA Tournament, including last year. Two of the games have went OT.

MIAA Team Stat Leaders


The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in defensive rebounds per game, fewest fouls, rebound margin, fewest fouls per game, scoring defense, and total rebounds. Southern ranks second in assist to turnover ratio, fewest turnovers, scoring margin, three pointers per game, turnover margin and fewest turnovers per game.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders


Cam Martin leads the MIAA in field goal percentage, free throw attempts and free throws made, while ranking second in scoring.

NCAA Team Stat Leaders
The Lions, as a team, rank fifth in fewest fouls, sixth in defensive rebounds per game and rebound margin, eighth in scoring margin, 15th in scoring defense, 16th in three point defense, 17th in both fewest fouls and total rebounds per game, while ranking 18th in fewest turnovers per game. The Lions also rank 20th in assist to turnover ratio.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin is 28th in both scoring and free throw attempts, while ranking 46th in free throws made.

Streak Stopper

Coming into the 2018-19 Elyjah Clark had made a three pointer in 47-straight games, dating back to his freshman season. Clark, however, missed out on a three in the first game of the year, and ran another streak to 37 games before he failed to make a three against Culver-Stockton this year.

Three-Point Streak

The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 213-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.

National Ranking

The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the NABC poll this week and 17th in the D2 SID's Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 66 times, including 23 consecutive weeks. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season)

Up Next


The Lions will take a break from action for finals next week and then will travel out of conference to take on Texas A&M Commerce on December 16 at noon.







MSSU men's golf signs South African, German athletes

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern head golf coach Mike Wheeler has announced the addition of two student-athletes for the men's golf squad during the team's signing period.

Joining the Lions will be a pair of international student-athletes in Connor Williamson from South Africa and Ben Marckmann from Germany.

Williamson is 5-9 and hails from Sandton, South Africa, just north of Johannesburg. Williamson won his school league for three-years straight and has been representing his provincial team from the age of 13.








Williamson also competed in rugby for the St. Stithians College team where he helped the team to a third-place finish at the Grand Komo recently. He is the son of Simone and Craig Williamson and plans to major in finance at Southern.

Marckmann is a 5-7 native of Wuppertal, Germany where he competed at Carl Fuhlrott Gymnasium. Also a member of the field hockey and soccer teams at his school, Marckmann is highly decorated on the amateur scene in Germany.

He is a member of the National Junior Team for Germany and placed first in the German Federal State Team Cup in 2018 and third in 2019. He was ranked in the top five nationally in Germany's National Under 16 Junior Golf Rankings in 2018.

On the international scene, Marckmann was a member of a first-place team in the International Matchplay Tournament in 2018, while picking up a third-place finish in the under-14 Austrian Juniors Golf Tour in 2016.

He helped his team to finish seventh in the German Boys Under 18 National Team Championship this year and had a second-place finish at the Federal State Nordhein-Westfahlen Under 18 Team Championship, as well.

The son of Simone and Carsten Marckmann, Ben is undecided on his future major at Southern.

"We are very excited about the addition of Connor Williamson and Ben Marckmann to our fall 2020 Roster," Wheeler said. "They are both fine players with a great deal of tournament experience."

Joplin's Isaiah Davis named Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year

(From Gatorade)

In its 35th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company today announced Isaiah Davis of Joplin High School as its 2019-20 Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year.

Davis is the first Gatorade Missouri Football Player of the Year to be chosen from Joplin High School.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Davis as Missouri’s best high school football player.







Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in December, Joplin joins an elite group of past state football award-winners, including Emmitt Smith (1986-87, Escambia High School, Fla.), Matthew Stafford (2005-06 Highland Park High School, Texas) and Christian McCaffrey (2012-13, 2013-14, Valor Christian High School, Colo.).

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior running back and linebacker rushed for 2,283 yards and 45 touchdowns on 252 carries this past season, leading the Eagles (13-1) to the Class 6 state championship game.

Davis also caught 19 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns, while recording 50 tackles on defense.

An All-Central Ozarks Conference selection, he was a Second Team All-State honoree as a junior.

Davis has served as a mentor for students with special needs and has volunteered locally on behalf of the Miracle League baseball program.

“Isaiah Davis is a big, physical running back with good speed,” said Doug Buckmaster, head coach at Carl Junction High. “He’s a great leader and the glue that keeps the Joplin team together. In crunch time, he’s the one who drives the bus.”

Davis has maintained a 3.33 GPA in the classroom. He has verbally committed to play football on scholarship at South Dakota State University next fall.

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track and field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport.







From the 12 national winners, one male and one female athlete are each named Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year.

In all, 607 athletes are honored each year. Davis joins recent Gatorade Missouri Football Players of the Year Isaiah Williams (2018-19 & 2017-18, Trinity Catholic High School), Alex Huston (2016-17, Glendale High School), Skylar Thompson (2015-16, Fort Osage High School) and T.J. Green (2014-15, Rockhurst High School), among the state’s list of former award winners.

As a part of Gatorade’s cause marketing platform “Play it Forward,” Davis has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of his choosing. He is also eligible to submit an essay to win one of twelve $10,000 spotlight grants for the organization of choice, which will be announced throughout the year.

Missouri Southern women to play host to Washburn

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's basketball team will continue its home stand as the Lions play host to Washburn on Saturday. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 1:30 pm.

Game Information

Date: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Tip-Off: 1:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Robert Corn Court - Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series: WU leads 48-28








Send It Back

One goal that coach Ressel set for the Lions heading into the season was to improve on defense. Thus far as opponents try to shoot from the paint, the Lions have been preventing many shots from even reaching the rim with 55 combined blocks and a 6.88 average per contest for second and third in the nation, respectively. Both marks also place them first among MIAA programs with Northwest Missouri State trailing by 19 (37) in second.

Front and Center

After observing as a freshman and figuring things out on the court as a sophomore, junior center Zoe Campbell from Caloundra, Australia has become a force in the front court. Campbell ranks third in both total blocks (31) and blocks per game (3.88) while leading the MIAA in both categories. The Australia native currently stands tied for third all-time in career blocks (82) and set the school record for blocks in one game (7) at Harding. She is also sixth in the MIAA in rebounds per game (8.9).

Take the Long Way Home

Another dimension on the defense that MSSU wanted to sure up was around the perimeter and the team has certainly done its job by limiting opponents to 28.4-clip on 148 attempts from three-point range, which ranks fifth in the MIAA at three-point field-goal defense. The Lions defense is also ranked fourth in total field-goal defense by holding opponents to 37.2 percent shooting from the field on 524 attempts.

Picking Up the Scent: Six Components on the Opponent


Washburn


Picked 3rd in the MIAA preseason poll

Return ten players, including three starters including All-MIAA recipient in senior guard Reagan Phelan (2nd Team) who is first on the team in points per game (13.7).

The team secured for the second consecutive season a 20-win season, going 20-10 overall and 14-5 in MIAA action.

In his 20th season at the Helm of the Ichabods, head coach Ron McHenry has recorded 14 seasons of 20 or more wins and became the winningest coach in Washburn women's basketball history surpassing Patty Dick with his 432nd victory on Dec. 18, 2018.

Started the Conference slate by traveling down to Pittsburg, Kan. Thursday losing 84-63. Senior Guard Reagan Phelan led the Ichabods with 15 points and 10 assists on the night for her first double -double on the season.

Currently on a three game losing streak after losing to Pittsburg State on Thursday, but did start the season 3-1 winning against Oklahoma Baptist, Bethel College and Baker University.

Up Next

The Lions stay home to play host to Oklahoma Wesleyan on December 17th at 5:30 pm.

MSSU football, volleyball players receive academic honors

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern football and volleyball teams were recognized for academic prowess today as the MIAA announced its academic awards for the sports.

The league announced its Academic Honor Roll, the Scholar-Athlete list and the Academic Excellence Award. To be recognized on the Academic Honor Roll list, one must have a grade point average used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.00 or above at the certifying member institution. The individual must also have at least two terms of attendance at the certifying member institution, excluding summer terms.

To be named a Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must maintain the above criteria, while also earning a 3.5 cumulative GPA and be named to an All-MIAA team. The Academic Excellence Award is given to those that have maintained a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. Freshmen and newcomers will be honored at the end of the school year.








Those named to the Academic Honor Roll for football were Levi Duley, Ty Harvey, Riley Hathorn, Richard Jordan Jr., Sean Kelly, Wes Klocke, Cameron Vaughn and Paul Wolff.

The volleyball team was represented on the list by Janelle Brehm, Alyssa Diaz, Sydney Dose, Olivia Lewis, Mikayla Monk, Morgan Nash, Alicia Pickett, CC Pollard, Cassie Walton and Lydia Wiegand.

Nash, Brehm and Pickett were all named Scholar-Athletes, while Pickett earned the Academic Excellence Award.




Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Late run gives MSSU men 95-64 win over Pittsburg State

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's basketball team used a 33-12 run over the final nine minutes of the game and defeated Pittsburg State, 95-64 Tuesday night on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (6-1, 1-0 MIAA) records the largest victory in the history of the series with the Gorillas as the 31-point win tops the 29-point win over the Gorillas on February of 1984.

Cam Martin led the way for the Lions as he scored 23 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to go with five assists and three blocks. Kinzer Lambert had 15 points, while Reggie Tharp had 13 points, five assists, four steals and his first collegiate block. Braelon Walker scored 11 points and had four assists of his own.

Pitt (4-2, 0-1 MIAA) was led by 30 points from Marcel Cherry.








Southern jumped out to a 10-1 lead after a layup from Martin with 14:56 left in the first half, and a three from Parker Jennings with 12:43 left made the score 15-3, Lions. A three pointer, then a break-away layup from Stan Scott pushed the Lions' lead to 22-10 with 10:01 left in the half.

A three from Walker with five minutes to go pushed the Southern lead to 27-17, and a quick 7-0 run, capped by a three from Parker Jennings, gave the Lions a 34-17 lead with 3:04 left in the half, forcing a Pitt timeout. Southern led 37-22 at the break.

A three-point play from Martin put the Lions up 21 (61-40) with 12:10 to go in the half, while a three from Tharp pushed the lead to 71-55, Lions with 7:20 to go in the game. The Southern run reached 21-3 after a three from Lambert with 5:36 to go in the game.

The Lions shot 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from long-range. Southern out rebounded Pitt 43-32 and had a 46-26 advantage in the paint. The Lions forced 14 turnovers and scored 20 points off of the miscues. The Lions had a 17-0 advantage in fast-break points and the Southern bench out scored Pitt 26-14.

The Lions will be back in action this Saturday as Southern plays host to Washburn. Tip off is slated for 3:30.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

MSSU men's basketball signs 6-7 swing guard from Maryland

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern men's basketball coach Jeff Boschee has announced the signing of Jalen Parker to a National Letter of Intent to attend Southern and participate in basketball beginning next fall.

Parker is a 6-7, 175 pound swing guard that hails from Baltimore, Md., but was a teammate of current Lion Winston Dessesow at Admiral Farragut Academy in Florida.










Parker has been a four-year letter winner for the Blue Jackets and coach Julian Allen. As a junior, Parker averaged 12 points and eight rebounds, while putting up his best performance in a 22-point, 12-rebound outing.

The son of Tosha Moore and Clyde Parker, Jalen plans to major in sociology at Southern.

"We are excited about the addition of Jalen (Parker)," Boschee said. He comes from a great program and has tremendous length and size with the ability to play multiple positions. He is a outstanding young man and fits the mold of the type of players we want in our program. We are excited for him to join our other three freshman signees."

Pittsburg State women defeat Missouri Southern 68-49

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Zoe Campbell moved up the career block list, but big first and fourth quarters helped lift the Pittsburg State Gorillas over the Missouri Southern women's basketball team 68-49 tonight on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (2-6, 0-1 MIAA) was led by Chasidee Owens with 18 points and seven rebounds, going 7-of-11 from the free throw line. Campbell had eight points, eight rebounds and three blocks. The three blocks give her 82 in her career, tying her with Anita (Rank) Oplotnik for third-most all-time in MSSU career history.

Destiny Cozart had seven points, while Brooke Stauffer and Morgan Brightwell scored five each.










Pitt (3-3, 1-0 MIAA) had four score in double-figures, led by 18 points from Kaylee DaMitz.

A pair of free throws from Madi Stokes with 4:19 left in the 1st quarter cut the PSU lead to just four (10-6), but the Gorillas closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to lead 18-6 after one.

A three-point play from Cozart and a three from Owens, the latter coming with 7:51 left in the 2nd quarter cut the lead back to six (20-14) for the Gorillas, but a 6-0 run for PSU pushed the score to 26-14 with seven minutes to go.

The Lions closed the half on a 6-4 run and trailed by eight (30-22) going into the locker room.

Southern got within six (30-24) after Campbell hit a layup for the first points of the half, but a 6-0 run for the Gorillas pushed the lead to 12 (36-24) and forced a Lions' timeout.

A pair of free throws from Owens with 4:18 on the clock got the Lions within seven (36-29), but an 8-3 run from the Gorillas pushed the lead to 13 (44-31) and forced a Southern timeout. A three from Stauffer cut the lead to 12 (59-47) with 2:37 left, but that would be as close as the Lions would get.

Southern shot 75 percent from the free throw line, but the Lions were out rebounded by the Gorillas 57-34. The Lions' bench outscored the Gorillas, 14-13.

The Lions will be back in action this Saturday as Southern plays host to Washburn. Tip off is slated for 1:30.

MSSU women to play Pitt State tonight

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's basketball team will open up MIAA play tomorrow night as the Lions play host to Pittsburg State. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 5:30 pm.

Game Information

Date: Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Tip-Off: 5:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo.
Site: Robert Corn Court - Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series: PSU leads 51-42









Send It Back

One goal that coach Ressel set for the Lions heading into the season was to improve on defense. Thus far as opponents try to shoot from the paint, the Lions have been preventing many shots from even reaching the rim with 49 combined blocks and 7.00 average per contest for first and fourth in the nation, respectively. Both marks also place them first among MIAA programs with Northwest Missouri State trailing by 20 (24) in second.

Front and Center

After observing as a freshman and figuring things out on the court as a sophomore, junior center Zoe Campbell from Caloundra, Australia has become a force in the front court. Campbell ranks second and third in total blocks (28) and blocks per game (4.0) while leading the MIAA in both categories. The Australia native currently stands fourth all-time in career blocks (75) and set the school record for blocks in one game (7) at Harding. She is also fourth in the MIAA in field-goal percentage (37-for-66 = .561) and sixth in rebounds per game (9.0).

Take the Long Way Home

Another dimension on the defense that MSSU wanted to sure up was around the perimeter and the team has certainly done its job by limiting opponents to 30.2-clip on 126 attempts from three-point range, which ranks sixth in the MIAA at three-point field-goal defense. The Lions defense is also ranked fifth in total field-goal defense by holding opponents to 36.3 percent shooting from the field on 394 attempts.

Up Next

The Lions stay home to play host to Washburn this Saturday at 1:30 pm.

Missouri Southern men play host to Pittsburg State tonight

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The 15th-ranked Missouri Southern men's basketball program will play host to Pittsburg State tonight as the Lions open up MIAA play at home. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7:30 pm.

Game Information

Teams: #15 Missouri Southern (5-1, 0-0 MIAA) vs. Pittsburg State (4-1, 0-0 MIAA)
Date: Dec. 3, 2019
Tip-Off: 7:30 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. - Robert Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series Record: Southern leads 57-47
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (106-54 overall/at MSSU - 6th year). Kim Anderson (339-189 overall/38-27 at PSU)

The Series

This will be the 105th meeting all-time between the two schools. The Lions lead 57-47 in the all-time series with 27 wins in their last 43 tries, including seven of the last eight vs. the Gorillas.

The Lions are 37-13 at home all-time vs. the Gorillas with wins in 14 of the last 17 home meetings. Southern is 18-31 at Pittsburg. 

Nineteen of the last 36 games between the two border rivals have been decided by seven points or less. The 104 games played between the two schools is the most played between any two schools in MSSU history.







MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in defensive rebounds per game, fewest fouls, rebound margin, fewest fouls per game, scoring defense, and total rebounds. Southern ranks second in assist to turnover ratio, fewest turnovers, scoring margin, three pointers per game, turnover margin and fewest turnovers per game.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders


Cam Martin leads the MIAA in field goal percentage, free throw attempts and free throws made, while ranking second in scoring.

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, rank fifth in fewest fouls, sixth in defensive rebounds per game and rebound margin, eighth in scoring margin, 15th in scoring defense, 16th in three point defense, 17th in both fewest fouls and total rebounds per game, while ranking 18th in fewest turnovers per game. The Lions also rank 20th in assist to turnover ratio.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders


Cam Martin is 28th in both scoring and free throw attempts, while ranking 46th in free throws made.

Streak Stopper

Coming into the 2018-19 Elyjah Clark had made a three pointer in 47-straight games, dating back to his freshman season. Clark, however, missed out on a three in the first game of the year, and ran another streak to 37 games before he failed to make a three against Culver-Stockton this year.

Corndogs ... Roary

The Lions have scored 100 or more points in each home game this season, defeating Saint Mary 113-63 and Culver-Stockton 110-46.

Three-Point Streak

The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 212-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.

National Ranking

The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the NABC poll this week and 19th in the D2 SID's Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 65 times, including 23 consecutive weeks. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season).

Record-Breaking Sniper


Junior Elyjah Clark already has the Missouri Southern single-season record for three pointers with 110. Clark broke the career record against Fort Hays State last weekend and has 301 career three pointers now as a junior. With one season left to play, Clark now can target the MIAA record of 370.

Reachin' A Grand


Elyjah Clark went over 1,000 points in his career with 18 points against Minnesota-Crookston in 2018-19. He currently has 1,460 in his career and is the 22nd person in MSSU history to crack the 1,000 point plateau. Clark has moved into 9th place all-time, passing Matt Olson against Northwest Missouri in the 18-19 season finale. Next up is Chris Tucker with 1,520 points for 8th place.

Reachin' A Grand II


Kinzer Lambert went over the 1,000 point plateau last season and currently has 1,091 points in his career at Southern. He is the 23rd Lion to do so in the program's history and sits at 20th place on the scoring list in MSSU history.

Elyjah For Three


Clark has the top-two single-season three-point totals in MSSU history and his 301 threes made in his three-plus year career rank first. His career three-point percentage of .395 is tied for third-best all-time, while he also tied the single-game record for three's made with nine. He has the season and career record for three pointers per game, while also holding the MSSU season and career record for consecutive games with a three (47).

Up Next

The Lions will continue MIAA play this week as Southern plays host Washburn on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Missouri firearms deer season ends with 178,936 harvested

(From the Missouri Department of Conservation)

Preliminary data from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) shows that deer hunters in Missouri harvested 178,936 deer during the November portion of fall firearms deer season, Nov. 16- 26. Of the 178,936 deer harvested, 91,420 were antlered bucks, 17,237 were button bucks, and 70,279 were does.

Top harvest counties were Franklin with 4,008 deer checked, Texas with 3,734, and Callaway with 3,369.

Last year hunters checked 200,738 deer during the 2018 November portion of firearms deer season with 103,582 being antlered bucks, 20,040 being button bucks, and 77,116 being does.








For current ongoing preliminary harvest totals by season, county, and type of deer, visit the MDC website at extra.mdc.mo.gov/widgets/harvest_table/

For harvest summaries from past years, visit huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer/deer-harvest-reports/deer-harvest-summaries

MDC reported six firearms-related hunting incidents during the November portion of the firearms deer season with four being self-inflicted, one non-fatal incident involving a shooter and victim, and one fatal incident involving a shooter and victim.

Deer hunting in Missouri continues with archery deer hunting from Nov. 27 through Jan. 15, 2020. The late youth portion of firearms deer season runs Nov. 29 through Dec. 1. The antlerless portion of firearms deer season runs Dec. 6-8. Lastly, the alternative methods portion will run Dec. 28 through Jan. 7, 2020. Learn more about deer hunting in Missouri at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species/deer or from MDC’s 2019 Fall Deer & Turkey Hunting Regulations and Information booklet, available where permits are sold and online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/sites/default/files/downloads/2019FDT.pdf

Friday, November 29, 2019

MSSU men cruise to 110-46 win over Culver-Stockton

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's basketball team held Culver-Stockton to just 16 points in the first half as the Lions cruised to a 110-46 victory over the Wildcats tonight on Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center.

Southern (5-1) saw every player in the lineup score led by Cam Martin who had 17 points and four rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Kinzer Lambert scored 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, while Kyle Younge had a career-high 12 points. Reggie Tharp and Winston Dessesow had ten points each.

Culver-Stockton (2-6) had ten points each from Troy Green and Mason Vires.

Southern started the game on an 11-0 run, forcing a Wildcats' timeout, and a three from Walker with just under 14 minutes to go in the half pushed the Southern lead to 15 (20-5). A jumper from Younge with eight minutes to go made the score 28-7 Lions, while a pair of freebies from Elyjah Clark with 7:14 on the clock pushed the lead to 30-8.








A pair of free throws from Lambert made the score 40-12 with 3:37 to go in the half, while a layup from Dessesow with a minute to go pushed the lead to 45-14. A jumper in the paint from Dexter Frisbie as the clock wound down made the halftime score 49-16, Lions.

The Lions started the second half on a 29-9 run after a bucket from Dessesow made the score 78-25 with 11:14 to go in the half. A pair of freebies from Younge with 8:49 left pushed the lead to 88-27, while a three from Aleksa Markovic put the Lions over the century mark at 100-40 with three minutes left.

The Lions shot 59 percent from the field in the game, including 64 percent in the second half. Southern out rebounded the Wildcats 44-25, while forcing 25 turnovers, scoring 29 points off of the miscues. The Lions had a 60-14 advantage in the paint and a 28-0 advantage in fast-break points.

Clark failed to make a three pointer for the first time in 37 games, stopping his second-longest streak in his career for consecutive games with a three. The 46 points is the lowest point total for an opponent since the Lions held Avila to 48 in 2011.

Southern will open up MIAA play on Tuesday night as the Lions play host to Pittsburg State. Tipoff is set for 7:30 pm.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

MSSU men to play host to Culver-Stockton

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern men's basketball team is back at home as the Lions will play host to Culver-Stockton College on Friday this week. Tip off from Robert Corn Court inside the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center is slated for 7 pm.

Game Information


Teams: #15 Missouri Southern (4-1) vs. Culver-Stockton (2-6)
Date: November 29, 2019
Tip-Off: 7 pm
Location: Joplin, Mo. - Robert Corn Court/Leggett & Platt Athletic Center
Series Record: Southern leads 3-1
Coaches: Jeff Boschee (105-54 overall/at MSSU - 6th year). Aaron Hill (18-22 overall/at CSC - 2nd year)








The Series

These two teams have played just four times, but only once since 1972. The Lions won the last meeting in 2014 and lead the series 3-1.

MIAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, lead the MIAA in fewest fouls per game and total rebounds, while ranking second in assist to turnover ratio, defensive rebounds per game, fewest fouls, fewest turnovers, offensive rebounds per game, rebound margin, three pointers per game and fewest turnovers per game.

MIAA Individual Stat Leaders


Cam Martin leads the MIAA in free throws and free throw attempts, while ranking second in scoring and total points.

NCAA Team Stat Leaders

The Lions, as a team, rank fourth in fewest fouls per game, while ranking eighth in rebound margin, 13th in defensive rebounds per game, 16th in total rebounds, 21st in scoring margin, 23rd in fewest turnovers per game, 29th in assist to turnover ratio, 33rd in scoring defense and 35th in fewest turnovers.

NCAA Individual Stat Leaders

Cam Martin is 17th in D2 in scoring, while ranking 39th in free throw attempts.

Streak Stopper

Coming into last season Elyjah Clark had made a three pointer in 47-straight games, dating back to his freshman season. Clark, however, missed out on a three in the first game of the year, but has made a three in each game since, taking his current streak to 37.

Three-Point Streak

The Lions failed to make a three-pointer at Arkansas Tech in their match-up in 2012-13. It was the first time in 403 games that Southern had failed to hit a three pointer, dating back to Jan. 20, 1999 against Missouri S&T. The Lions have had a three in 211-straight games since Arkansas Tech in 2012-13.

National Ranking

The Lions are ranked No. 15 in the NABC poll this week and 19th in the D2 SID's Poll. In the history of the NABC Poll, the Lions have been ranked 65 times, including 23 consecutive weeks. The team has been No. 1 once (in the 2011 season).

Reachin' A Grand

Elyjah Clark went over 1,000 points in his career with 18 points against Minnesota-Crookston in 2018-19. He currently has 1,460 in his career and is the 22nd person in MSSU history to crack the 1,000 point plateau. Clark has moved into 9th place all-time, passing Matt Olson against Northwest Missouri in the 18-19 season finale. Next up is Chris Tucker with 1,520 points for 8th place.

Reachin' A Grand II

Kinzer Lambert went over the 1,000 point plateau last season and currently has 1,075 points in his career at Southern. He is the 23rd Lion to do so in the program's history and sits at 22nd place on the scoring list in MSSU history.

Up Next

The Lions will open up MIAA play next week as Southern plays host to Pittsburg State on Tuesday at 7:30 pm and then hosts Washburn on Saturday at 3:30 pm.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Cozart's 28 points not enough as MSSU women fall to Henderson State 81-78


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Arkadelphia, Ark. - Senior guard Destiny Cozart scored a career-high 28 points on 8-for-13 from behind the arc in Missouri Southern State's loss to Henderson State by a final score of 81-78 inside the Duke Wells Center Tuesday night.

Down by three and 2:47 to go in regulation, sophomore Amber Buch scored a layup and a free throw to force the Lions (2-5) into a 73-73 tie with HSU. The Reddies (5-1) responded with a small 5-0 run on their way to securing the three-point win and sweep the season series.

Buch scored a career-high 14 points while Cozart's nine made field goals and eight three-point shots were also career highs. Senior forward Chasidee Owens added 19 points and seven rebounds while junior center Zoe Campbell recorded her second career double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds.








Both teams pushed the pace in the first period by trading baskets left and right toward four ties, including a 12-12-draw heading into the first media timeout. Southern came out of the timeout with back-to-back baskets for its first lead of the game, but the Reddies came back on an 11-3 spurt to take a 23-19 advantage into the second period.

HSU jumped out on a 9-3 run to extend its lead to ten at the 7:28 mark and then added another basket for a 12-point lead at halftime (48-36).

MSSU battled back to get within six points (59-53) with 2:50 to go in the third period and then rattled off nine straight points in the fourth to pull within two at the 7:50 mark of the fourth period. The Lions found themselves down by two several times after that, but the late run fell short with the Reddies securing the victory.

Missouri Southern opens up MIAA play against rival Pittsburg State on Tuesday at 5:30 pm.