Sunday, July 14, 2019

Cardinals' Tyler O'Neill hits home run for Make A Wish kid

The St. Louis Cardinals have gone through hard times on the field recently, but things were brighter Saturday night when outfielder Tyler O'Neill delivered on a promise to an 11-year-old with cancer who was at Busch Stadium thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation.

O'Neill told the boy he would try to hit a home run for him and delivered with a two-run shot as the Cardinals defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2.

O'Neill also drove in the other two runs with a double.

He talks about the home run in the accompanying video from Fox Sports Midwest. The Cardinals will conclude their series with the Diamondbacks this afternoon.








Friday, July 5, 2019

Twenty Crowder student-athletes receive academic honors

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College had twenty student-athletes awarded National Junior College Athletic Association honors for their academic achievement. The Softball team also earned All-Academic team honorable mention with a combined team grade point average of 3.21.

To earn All-Academic status a student-athlete must have a grade point average of 3.60 or higher and have completed 20 or more credit hours. There are three levels of academic honors based on gpa as follows:

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

The following student-athletes achieved NJCAA Academic honors:

1st team:

Baseball: Collin Brougham (Kansas City), Dylan Londa (Joplin), and Jacob Galbraith (Neosho)

Softball: Baylor Miles (Van Buren, AR) Morgan Montgomery (Aurora) and Payton Wildeman (Bentonville, AR)








2nd team:

Baseball: James “Jamie” Hanke (Goodman) and Clint Winchester (Neosho)

Softball: Lauren McClellan (Ozark, AR)

Basketball: Alex Vogt (Carl Junction), Ashley Reichert (Dover, AR) and Tricia Wattman (Powell)

3rd team:

Baseball: John “Ross” Carver (Benton, AR)

Basketball: Kourtney Shipley (Ava)

Soccer: Evandro Da Conceicao (Sao Goncalo, Brazil) and Jacob Fallaize (Castel, Guernsey)

Softball: Alyssa “AJ”Downey (Bentonville, AR), Gracie Jaeger (Branson), Kenzie Kallio (Oologah, OK)

and Shandria “Dia” Jackson (Vian, OK)

This year NJCAA had a record number 6,656 student-athletes honored.

Monday, July 1, 2019

MSSU well represented on USA Division II teams for Brazil Tour

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Four players from the Missouri Southern men's and women's basketball programs, as well as a coach have been named to the USA Division II teams that will compete in the 2019 Brazil Tour as announced by director of USA Sports Tours & Events, Ron Smith Monday morning.

Coach Ronnie Ressel assumes the honor of leading the women's team as head coach, while sophomore guards Amber Buch and Layne Skiles along with forward Madi Stokes join seven other players from five other schools to complete the women's roster. Reggie Tharp from the Lions' men will play for the D2 Men's Team.

"This is an outstanding group of basketball players that come from ten different states and 12 different colleges and universities from across the United States," said Smith. "We feel that we have some of the BEST of the BEST representing NCAA Division II basketball from across the country. These players have been high achievers both on the court and in the classroom. They represent everything good that the NCAA Division II institutions have to offer."








The tour runs from July 22nd to July 31st where the teams will experience educational, cultural and social aspects of Brazilian life through city, school and sports club visits. They will also conduct a youth clinic while in the city of Jundiai, stay on the world famous Copacabana Beach, and take a tour of the Christ the Redeemer Statue, Sugar Loaf Mountain, two of the most recognizable landmarks in the world, plus Ipanema Beach, the International Market (Ipanema) and the Lapa Steps during their time in Rio.

Below is the FULL Schedule and Roster:

Tentative Game Schedule
Wednesday, July 24

USA D-2 Women vs. Sorocaba
USA D-2 Men vs. Sorocaba

Thursday, July 25

USA D-2 Women vs. Jundiai
USA D-2 Men vs. Jundiai

Saturday, July 27

USA D-2 Women vs. Mangueira
USA D-2 Men vs. Botafogo

Monday, July 29
USA D-2 Women vs. Fluminense
USA D-2 Men vs. Fluminense








2019 USA D-2 Women's Basketball Team - Brazil Tour

Cassie Askvig University of Mary
Peyton Boom Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Kiley Borowicz Minnesota State University-Moorhead
Amber Buch Missouri Southern State University
Halley Busse Wayne State College
Kim Crown University of Central Missouri
Coral Gillette University of Mary
Alexis McAfee Washburn University
Layne Skiles Missouri Southern State University
Madi Stokes Missouri Southern State University

USA D-2 Women's Coaches

Head Coach - Ronnie Ressel (Head Coach, Missouri Southern State University)
Asst. Coach - Heather Davis (Assistant Coach, University of Central Oklahoma)

2019 USA D-2 Men's Basketball Team - Brazil Tour
RayQuan Elliott Pittsburg State University
Parker Fox Northern State University
Damani Hayes South Dakota State Mines & Technology
Jordan Janssen Wayne State College
Joe Laravie University of Southern Indiana
JT Shumate Walsh University
Mitchell Sueker South Dakota State Mines & Technology
Reggie Tharp Missouri Southern State University
Jason Towery University of Missouri-St. Louis
Matt Wilkinson University of Central Missouri

USA D-2 Men's Coaches
Head Coach - Chris Foster (Head Coach, McKendree University)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

MSSU athletes Ray, Bisotro named Academic All-American

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern women's track and field student-athletes Rachel Ray and Elena Bisotto have been named Google Cloud/Academic All-Americans today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Ray was a first-team selection, while Bisotto was a second-team pick. Both earn their first Academic All-American honors of their careers.

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








The pair, along with Morgan Ash, were all Academic All-District picks last month.

Bisotto was a national qualifier this year, placing just outside of All-American contention, and was also a national qualifier at the Indoor Championships this year. Ray was the MSSU EO and Virginia Humphrey winner this year as the top student-athlete at MSSU.

Bisotto, a sophomore from Mestre Venezia, Italy caries a 4.00 in biology and Ray, a senior from Alma, Ark. graduated this May with a perfect 4.00 GPA in kinesiology.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Yadier Molina on Pujols return: It was the best weekend of my life

The return of Albert Pujols to Busch Stadium in St. Louis after en eight-year absence provided many magical moments.

In the accompanying video from KSDK in St. Louis, Yadier Molina talks about the weekend and what it meant to him.






Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Sixty-one MSSU newcomer student-athletss named to MIAA Academic Honor Roll

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

A total of 61 Missouri Southern newcomer student-athletes were named to the MIAA Academic Honor Roll as the league announced its academic honors list for newcomers today.

In addition to those individuals, three were named an MIAA Scholar-Athlete and another eight earned the Academic Excellence Award. These awards are for all first-time enrollees to Missouri Southern (freshman or first-year transfers) in all sports.

To be recognized on the Academic Honor Roll, one must have a grade point average (GPA) used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.00 at the certifying member institution.








To be named to the Scholar-Athlete list, a student-athlete must meet the above requirements, as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA and be named All-MIAA during their respective seasons. To earn the Academic Excellence Award, a student-athlete must maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Eight student-athletes earned the Academic Excellence Award including: Bryan Candryl (Men's Track and Field), Tori Frazier (Softball), Maggie Moore (Women's Golf), Kelie Henderson and Megan Tramel (Women's Track and Field), Marlee Lett and Layne Skiles (Women's Basketball) and Bailey Belcher (Soccer).

Belcher, as well as Makaila Leonhart of the softball team and Elizabeth Adeoye of women's track and field earned the Scholar-Athlete award.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Missouri Southern student athletes shine in the classroom

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Another year is in the books for the more than 450 Missouri Southern student-athletes and for the fourth-straight semester, the Lions have seen an increase in the department GPA.

For the third-straight semester, the MSSU student-athletes posted a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher, moving the department's overall GPA from 3.08 this time last year to 3.16 this year. The GPA was 3.12 after the fall semester.

A total of 192 student-athletes carried at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at the end of this academic year with 99 of those maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher. Twenty-one student-athletes have a perfect 4.00 GPA and were part of the MIAA Academic Excellence Award that was announced throughout this year. The department also saw 86 student-athletes earn a degree in their respective field this year which is the ultimate goal of any athletic department and University as well.

The department had 12 of its 16 sports and activities it sponsors report a 3.00 team GPA or higher, with the remaining sports at 2.85 or higher. The volleyball team had the highest team GPA at 3.61, while the men's golf program had the highest GPA for men's programs at 3.24.








The Lions not only did it in the classroom this year, but also on the field. Southern had 73 All-MIAA selections and 39 All-Region performances. Twenty-two Lions were named All-Americans with five earning Academic All-American honors (track and field is still to come).

The department had the MIAA Coach of the Year in men's cross country, as well as baseball, while also putting forward the Regional Cross Country Athlete and Coach of the Year, and repeating that honor in the outdoor track and field season with the Regional Assistant Coach and Women's Field Athlete of the Year. The women's track and field team finished sixth at the Outdoor NCAA Championships, while also bringing home the individual National Championship in the javelin.

The Lions' men's track and field and cross country program was 8th in the final United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year standings, while the MSSU baseball team had the MIAA Pitcher and Freshman of the Year. The men's basketball program made an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.

"As you can see from the number of student-athletes above a 3.0, as well as the number that have a 4.0 GPA, it is proof positive that our student-athletes not only excel on the athletic field but also in the classroom," said Director of Athletics Jared Bruggeman. "This is a tribute to the dedication of our academic services, MSSU faculty, and support personnel for the University. We are extremely proud of our overall department GPA of 3.16, as it shows our commitment to our goal of graduating student-athletes with a quality collegiate and NCAA championship experience."

Friday, June 14, 2019

Sixty-one MSSU athletes named to MIAA Spring Academic Honor Roll


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

A total of 61 Missouri Southern student-athletes were named to the MIAA Spring Academic Honor Roll as the league announced its academic honors list for the spring sports today.

In addition to those individuals, five were named an MIAA Scholar Athlete and another five earned the Academic Excellence Award. The Spring Awards cover the sports for MSSU of baseball, softball, men's and women's golf, as well as men's and women's outdoor track and field.

To be recognized on the Academic Honor Roll, one must have a grade point average (GPA) used by the institution for purposes of NCAA academic certification of 3.00 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 to the Scholar-Athlete list, a student-athlete must meet the above requirements, as well as maintain a 3.5 GPA and be named All-MIAA during their respective seasons. To earn the Academic Excellence Award, a student-athlete must maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA, as well as satisfy the two terms of attendance.








Five student-atheltes earned the Academic Excellence Award for the Lions, including: Jordan Banker and Rachel Ray of women's track and field, as well as Abby Atkin, Angel Badalamenti and Taurean Guzman of the softball team.

Banker and Ray, as well as Morgan Ash and Morgan Smith earned the MIAA Scholar-Athlete Award, while Guzman earned the award for the softball team.

The complete list for the Academic Honor Roll, Academic Excellence Award and Scholar-Athlete Award is listed above in the story links. The MIAA will release the honorees for the above awards for all freshman and first-year transfers in all sports on Tuesday.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

MSSU Athletics finishes 34th in NACDA Learfield Sports Director's Cup standings

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Fueled by seven of the 15 sports that the Missouri Southern Athletic Department sponsors making the NCAA postseason, the Lions finished 34th in the final NACDA Learfield IMG Sports Director's Cup Standings ad the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) released today.

Schools earn points toward the standings based on NCAA postseason finishes.

The Lions were led by their track and field teams which provided five of the seven NCAA postseason appearances. The women's track and field team had an 8th-place finish in the indoor season and a 6th-place finish during the outdoor season. The men's cross country team finished 11th, while the men's track and field teams placed 25th in the indoor season and 24th in the outdoor season.










The men's basketball team had a Sweet 16 appearance, while the MSSU baseball team made the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last seven seasons.

Southern was the fourth-highes finishing MIAA team, finishing behind Lindenwood who was 11th, Central Missouri (29th) and Central Oklahoma (30th). Northwest Missouri was 44th, while Pittsburg State (47th), Lincoln (49th), Fort Hays (56th), Washburn (83rd), Southwest Baptist (87th), Nebraska-Kearney (124th), Emporia State (139th), Northeastern State (145th) and Missouri Western (219th) gave the MIAA all 14 MIAA schools represented in the standings with half of the League appearing in the top 50. The MIAA was the only conference in Division II with all of its members to score points in the standings.

Friday, June 7, 2019

MSSU softball signs six players

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)


Missouri Southern head softball coach Hallie Blackney announced the signing of six student-athletes that will be joining the MSSU family heading into the program's 2020 campaign.

"We are thrilled to welcome this class into our Lion family! Not only do we expect them to make an impact on the field with their talent and athleticism, but we anticipate exceptional scholastic achievements and a positive impact to be felt within the MSSU community," coach Blackney explained. "Our returning softball student-athletes have set the gold standard for Lion tradition, and we are excited to add to our ranks when these newcomers arrive in the Fall."

This is Blackney's first official recruiting class at the helm after taking over the role as head coach back in October. The class is well balanced with half of them graduating high school and the other three becoming accomplished at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) level.










MSSU Softball 2019 Recruiting Class
Freshman
Kayla Arzate 

Arzate attended Glendora high school in La Verne, California where she was a three-year letter winner for the Tartans under head coach Mike Quiroz ... earned All-League honorable mention after batting .301 with 25 hits, 15 runs scored, and 11 RBIs along with a fielding percentage of .933 in the outfield on her way to assisting the squad to a second place finish in the Palomares league and a round two berth into the California Interscholastic Federation-Southern Section playoffs as a senior ... part of the team that won a League championship as sophomore in 2017 and a third place finish as a junior to conclude the 2018 season ... is the daughter of Cynthia and Jamie, Kayla plans on majoring in sociology during her time at Southern.

Makayla Hall 

Hall was a four-year letter winner for the Rangers of Iberia R-V high school under head coach Madeline Cochran ... the Iberia, Missouri native became a four-time All-District (freshman-senior) and three-time All-Conference (sophomore-senior) first-team selection, along with first-team (freshman) and second-team (junior) All-Region honors throughout her scholastic career ... her efforts led the Rangers to their first final four appearance in school history as a freshman in 2015 ... transformed into an All-Sectional, All-District, and All-Conference track athlete in the offseason by competing in the 200m, 400m, 800m, and 4x2 relay events, including a third place mark as a freshman in 2016 ... also played two years on the basketball squad where the 5'5 point freshman point guard rallied the team to its second district title in school history ... led the team in most stolen bases and highest batting average as a freshman while becoming the leading rebounder on the basketball team throughout her freshman year ... the daughter of Melissa and Jon Hall, Makayla plans on majoring in pre-vet.

Izzy Medrano 

Medrano was a three-year letter winner for the Broncos of Lee's Summit North high school under head coach John Gage ... the Lee's summit, Missouri native wrapped up her scholastic career finishing fifth in stolen bases and runs scored among the school record books as well as a second-team All-District performer as a junior and honorable mention recipient as a senior while becoming a a three-time All-League honorable mention selection in all seasons played (sophomore-senior) ... the daughter of Michelle and Steve, Izzy plans on majoring pediatrics once on campus.

Transfers
Taylor Hinnenkamp 

Comes to Southern after hitting over .300 as freshman and sophomore in her two years playing for the Cowley County CC Tigers ... came out of the gate batting .345 and registering a .441 on-base percentage in 87 at bats with 22 runs scored and 12 stolen bases towards a spot on the first-team All-Academic team (4.0) as a freshman in 2018 ... the Tigers recorded a 42-16 record on their way to a Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC)/Region VI title and a berth into the fourth round of the NJCAA Divsion II championship tournament ... the Augusta, Kansas native continued being a tough out at the plate by batting .310 and matching her seasons high of 22 runs scored to go along with 17 stolen bases ... prior to committing to the Tigers, Hinnenkamp was a four-year letter winner for the Augusta high school Orioles where she helped the team to back-to-back state titles to conclude her freshman and sophomore seasons under head coach Shane Steinkamp ... became a three-time first-team All-League performer (sophomore-senior) as well as a first-team All-State outfielder as a junior ... in the offseason, Hinnenkamp competed on the basketball court for three years at the point guard position, earning All-League second-team as a senior after taking honorable mention status on year prior as a junior ... cracked the All-Hustle team as a junior and senior seasons ... also dominated on the Cross Country course for two seasons by landing on the All-League first-team as a junior and senior ... named the 2017 Wendy's Heisman and Butler County Female Athlete of the Year for her outstanding effort across all three sports ... placed on the Academic Oriole in all four years while holding a 4.0 GPA ... the daughter Corney Hinnenkamp and Nicole Renollet, Taylor plans on majoring in accounting throughout her time at Southern.

Haleigh Scott 

Scott comes to Southern after spending one year at Cowley County Community College as a teammate of Hinnenkamps and another season at Panhandle State upon graduating as a four-year letter winner for the Choctaw High School Yellowjackets ... in her lone season with the Cowley County Tigers, the Newalla, Oklahoma native drove in 36 RBIs and scored 41 runs off 57 hits in 143 plate appearances (.399 BA) towards earning a spot on the All-KCCC Division II and All-Region first team at third base ... before joining the Tigers, Scott spent her freshman year at Panhandle State where she earned second-team All-Sooner Athletic Conference recognition after batting .356 with 58 hits and a team-high 47 RBIs while registering a .946 fielding percentage in 53 games behind the plate ... the versititle player earned District 6A-1 All-District first team and All-Conference as well as Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in high school ... the daughter of Mark Scott and Kip McElwee, Haleigh plans on majoring in biology while at Southern.

Kristen Wade 

Wade comes to Southern after finishing up two years at Crowder College upon becoming four-year letter winner as part of the Vilonia high school Eagles under head coach Kevin Sullivan ... the Conway, Arkansas native combined played a total of 112 games for the Crowder Roughriders between her freshman and sophomore seasons combined ... as a sophomore, Wade capped off her time at Crowder with a .373 batting average and a .553 slugging percentage in 50 game played, knocking in 42 RBIs and scoring 32 runs ... assisted the team to a 54-5 record and a Region 16 Championship (25-0 at home) ... the infielder ended her freshman season batting .447 with 89 hits in 199 at bats while scoring and driving in 62 runs off of two triples, eight home runs, and a nation leading 29 doubles on her way to earning first-team recognition on the All-Region XVI and second-team NJCAA D1 Midwest All-Region by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) ... the team went 54-13 and finished as the Region 16 runner-ups ... teammate of current Lion second baseman Makaila Leonhart at Crowder during the 2018 season ... during her time at Vilonia, she wasa four-time All-Conference (2014-2017) and a three-time All-State (2015-2017) selection, and entered her senior season as a 2017 River Valley Player to watch as well as a River Valley and Ozark All-Area softball teams as a junior in 2016 ... helped the Eagles to secure back-to-back state champions (2015 & 2016) after the team finished runner-up in 2014 while batting over .300 in every season played throughout her scholastic career ... also acted as the libero on the Volleyball team for four years, becoming two-time All-Conference (2016 & 2017) and an All-State selection (2016) outside the ballpark ... the daughter of Gayla and Allen, Kristen is currently undecided.

Monday, June 3, 2019

MSSU track and field great Jessica Selby-Tallman inducted into MIAA Hall of Fame

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Former Missouri Southern track and field great and MSSU Athletics Hall of Famer Jessica Selby-Tallman was inducted into the MIAA Hall of Fame tonight as part of the MIAA Awards Ceremony in the Truman Forum of the Kansas City Public Library - Plaza Branch.

Selby-Tallman was one of 11 going into the Hall of Fame in June as part of the MIAA Awards Ceremony presented by Husch Blackwell. Joining Selby-Tallman as part of this year's class is Erin Alewine (UCM), Gene Iba (PSU), Bill Jolly (Missouri S&T), Jenni (Miller) Croy (PSU), Nikki Olberding-Greenwalt (WU), Melissa Stevens (ESU), Michelle (Stueve) Corpening (ESU), Bob Sundell (NWMSU), Brent Vogel (UCM) and OK "Dimp" Evans (William Jewell).

The most decorated female thrower in MSSU history, Selby-Tallman was an eight-time NCAA Division II All-American and finished her career with a National Championship in the hammer throw in 2008. She was also a three-time national runner-up in the shot put. Selby-Tallman dominated the MIAA in the throws, winning four outdoor MIAA shot put titles, four indoor MIAA titles, three MIAA hammer throw titles, and one weight throw championship.








She was a three-time MSSU Female Athlete of the Year winner and holds the school record in the hammer throw. At the time of her graduation, Selby-Tallman also owned the records in the indoor and outdoor shot put, and still owns the MSSU facility records for the indoor and outdoor shot put.

She was the USTFCCCA National Outdoor Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2008 and was a two-time Academic All-American. In her career, Selby-Tallman was an 11-time MIAA Champion, a two-time Academic All-American, the 2008 MIAA Outdoor Field Athlete of the Year, 2008 Ken B. Jones Finalist and earned multiple MIAA Academic Honors.

Selby-Tallman currently owns her own business in Lenexa, Kan. where she is a chiropractor. She is married to Jamie Tallman and the couple has three children: Josie, Julia and Janna.

Also earning an honor from Missouri Southern at the Awards Ceremony is Denise Terry, an employee with Fresh Ideas, the food service provider to Missouri Southern. Terry was nominated by the MSSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the MIAA SAAC Mentor of the Year Award and wins the honor for the first time for Missouri Southern.

Mama D, as she's affectionately known to the student-athletes at MSSU, attends nearly all the home sporting events at Missouri Southern. She is a mother-figure to all of the student-athletes and is one of the biggest fans for MSSU Athletics.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

MSSU pitcher Zach Parish earns third All-American selection

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern junior pitcher Zach Parish has picked up his third different All-American nod as the lefty was named a third-team selection by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).

Parish, the MIAA Pitcher of the Year, is a concensus All-American selection as he has been named an All-American by the three organizations that select teams: Conference Commissioners Association (CCA), National College Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and the ABCA.

He was was also tabbed as the ABCA Central Region Pitcher of the Year, while being a first-team All-MIAA selection and also a first-team All-Region selection by the CCA, the ABCA and the NCBWA.








Parish led the MIAA in strikeouts with 136, games started with 16 and wins with nine. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings, third in hits allowed, fourth in WHIP, and fifth in ERA. This year Parish finished 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and his 136 strikeouts are a school record. He threw 101.0 innings in 16 starts with one complete game and two shutouts, while holding batters to a .199 average. He ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts and third in games started, while helping the Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff with 558 k's of opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record.

Friday, May 31, 2019

MSSU pitcher Zach Parish selected All-American by Conference Commissions Association

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern junior pitcher Zach Parish has been named to his second All-American team as the lefty has been named an honorable mention selection by the Conference Commissioners Association (CCA).

Parish, the MIAA Pitcher of the Year, was recently tabbed as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Central Region Pitcher of the Year, as well. He was a first-team All-MIAA selection, while also being a first-team All-Region selection by the CCA, the ABCA and the National Collegiate Baseball Writer's Association. Parish was named an All-American selection yesterday by the NCBWA, as well.








Parish led the MIAA in strikeouts with 136, games started with 16 and wins with nine. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings, third in hits allowed, fourth in WHIP, and fifth in ERA.

This year Parish finished 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and his 136 strikeouts are a school record. He threw 101.0 innings in 16 starts with one complete game and two shutouts, while holding batters to a .199 average. 

He ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts and third in games started, while helping the Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff with 558 k's of opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

MSSU men's track and field, cross country top program in MIAA for fifth time in six years

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

New Orleans, La. -- For the fifth time in the last six years, the Missouri Southern men's track and field and cross country program is the top program in the MIAA as the Lions finished eighth in the final United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Program of the Year standings released today.

Teams earn points based on NCAA finishes in the cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

Southern finished 11th in the 2018 Division II Cross Country National Championships, while the indoor and outdoor track and field teams finished 25th and 24th, respectively at the NCAA Championships.

The Lions are the only team from the MIAA team in the top-17 this year, after finishing seventh last season. Southern finished 9th in 2013-14 and 7th in 2014-15. There were no MIAA teams in the top ten in 2015-16 and the Lions had the program's top finish ever with a 3rd-place finish in 2016-2017.








This year, the Lions were led during cross country by the MIAA and Central Regional Champion in freshman Gidieon Kimutai. Kimutai went on to finish fourth nationally at the Division II Cross Country Championships. Kimutai and his coach, Jamie Burnham, were named the Regional Athlete and Coach of the year, while Burnham also earned MIAA Coach of the Year honors. Southern recently posted four All-American performances at the 2019 Outdoor Nationals, while the Lions had a pair of All-Americans in the indoor season.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Southern's Zach Parish named Central Region Pitcher of the Year

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern junior pitcher Zach Parish was named the Central Region Pitcher of the Year, while senior third basemen Freddie Landers was a first-team All-Region selection as the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings announced its regional awards today.

Landers and Parish will now go on the ballot for ABCA/Rawlings All-America honors, while Parish will be up for National Pitcher of the Year honors. The ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. II All-Americans will be announced the evening of Friday, May 31 following the Opening Ceremonies at the NCAA Div. II World Series. The ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove teams for all divisions will be announced Wednesday, June 19.

This is the third All-Region team for the pair as they both have been part of the Division II Conference Commisioner's Association (CCA) team, as well as the National College Baseball Writers Association team. Parish and Landers are two of five MIAA players on the first team, while the league saw five members on the second team. Central Missouri's Erik Webb was the Region Player of the Year.








Parish was the MIAA Pitcher of the Year and led the MIAA in strikeouts with 136, games started with 16 and wins with nine. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings, third in hits allowed, fourth in WHIP, and fifth in ERA. This year Parish finished 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and his 136 strikeouts are a school record. He threw 101.0 innings in 16 starts with one complete game and two shutouts, while holding batters to a .199 average. He ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts and third in games started, while helping the Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff with 558 k's of opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record.

Landers led the Lions with a .349 batting average and finished second on the team with 11 home runs and fourth with 36 RBIs. He slugged a team-high .602, while also leading the team with a .494 on-base percentage. He led the MIAA in hit by pitch with a MSSU record 22 times taking one for the team. Landers ranked sixth nationally in hit by pitch, while ranking second in the MIAA in slugging, fourth in total bases, sixth in walks and runs scored, seventh in hits and eighth in average.

MSSU's Landers, Parish named All-Americans

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Already named to three different All-Region Teams, Missouri Southern baseball players Freddie Landers and Zach Parish have both been named All-Americans today as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its list.

Both Landers and Parish were honorable mention picks as the pair was named to All-Region teams by the NCBWA, the D2 Conference Commisioners Association and the American Baseball Coaches Association.








Parish was the MIAA Pitcher of the Year and led the MIAA in strikeouts with 136, games started with 16 and wins with nine. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings, third in hits allowed, fourth in WHIP, and fifth in ERA. This year Parish finished 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and his 136 strikeouts are a school record. He threw 101.0 innings in 16 starts with one complete game and two shutouts, while holding batters to a .199 average. He ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts and third in games started, while helping the Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff with 558 k's of opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record.

Landers led the Lions with a .349 batting average and finished second on the team with 11 home runs and fourth with 36 RBIs. He slugged a team-high .602, while also leading the team with a .494 on-base percentage. He led the MIAA in hit by pitch with a MSSU record 22 times taking one for the team. Landers ranked sixth nationally in hit by pitch, while ranking second in the MIAA in slugging, fourth in total bases, sixth in walks and runs scored, seventh in hits and eighth in average.

Three MSSU women's track and field athletes named Academic All-District

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The Missouri Southern women's track and field team has had three individuals named to a Google Cloud Academic All-District selection as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) recently.

Morgan Ash, Elena Bisotto and Rachel Ray all earned first-team selections and each will have their named put on the national ballot for Academic All-American considerations.

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








Missouri Southern is part of District 7, which puts the Lions up against student-athletes in the MIAA, the Great American Conference and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The group is three of 11 MIAA student-athletes that made up the All-District team as the MIAA dominated, earning 11 of the 13 total slots.

Ash just wrapped up a stellar first-year with the Lions after redshirting last season, finishing as the National Champion in the javelin at this past weekend's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Bisotto was a national qualifier this year, placing just outside of All-American contention, and was also a national qualifier at the Indoor Championships this year. Ray was the MSSU EO and Virginia Humphrey winner this year as the top student-athlete at MSSU.

Ash, a junior from White City, Kan. carries a cumulative 3.81 GPA in biology, while Bisotto, a sophomore from Mestre Venezia, Italy caries a 4.00 in biology. Ray, a senior from Alma, Ark. graduated this May with a perfect 4.00 GPA in kinesiology.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

MSSU's Morgan Ash wins national championship in javelin at NCAA Championships


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kingsville, Texas - Morgan Ash won a National Championship and the Missouri Southern women's track and field program posted its highest-ever finish as the men and women competed in the final day of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.

The women finished sixth as a team with 41 points, just one point out of fifth-place and six points from a podium finish. The men finished 24th with 12 total points.

Altogether, the Southern men and women had 12 All-American performances in the Championships, with eight coming in today's final day of competition.

Ash picked up her first All-American finish as well as a National Championship today in the Javelin. She utilized her final throw of the day to win the title as she hit a mark of 168-8 (51.41m) to finish three feet in front of second-place. Katelyn Mooney also picked up All-American honors in the javelin as the freshman finished seventh with a distance of 153 feet. Elizabeth Pomatto was just outside of All-American contention with a ninth-place finish. Alexis Kuehl was 18th.








Desirea Buerge nearly made it two National Championships in the day as she finished as the national runner-up in the shot put with a personal best and new school record of 53-09 (16.38m). The throw was just nine centimeters behind the National Championship toss. Payton Roberts was an All-American with a fourth-place toss of 16.06m (52-08.25).

In the pole vault, Emily Presley finished as the national runner-up with a height of 3.98m (13-00.75). It is the sixth All-American finish for Presley in her career as she finishes up her outdoor eligibility with two National Championships and four All-American honors. Elena Bisotto was 12th in the event, while Lauren Sutherland placed 19th.

Morgan Smith finished with an All-American performance in the hurdles as she crossed the finish line in a time of 13.98 to finish eighth. It is the fourth All-American performance of her career at Southern and second this year as she picked up honors in the indoor season, as well.

On the men's side, Rajheim Carby picked up All-American honors in the javelin with a seventh-place toss of 64.93m (213 feet), while Rajindra Campbell was fifth in the shot put for All-American honors with a new PR of 18.43m (60-05.75).

Southern had 12 All-Americans led by Buerge with a pair of All-American performances. The complete list is below.

2019 MSSU Outdoor Track and Field All-Americans
Rajindra Campbell - shot put
Morgan Smith - 100m hurdles
Rajheim Carby - javelin
Emily Presley - pole vault (National Runner-Up)
Payton Roberts - shot put
Desirea Buerge - shot put (National Runner-Up), discus
Morgan Ash - javelin (National Champion)
Katelyn Mooney - javelin
Josh Norville - long jump
Travis Petersen - hammer
Claire Luallen - long jump


Friday, May 24, 2019

MSSU's Buerge makes All-American during day two of NCAA Championships

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kingsville, Texas -- Desirea Buerge was an All-American and Morgan Smith qualified for the finals of the 100m hurdles as the Missouri Southern track and field program competed in day two of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M - Kingsville.

Buerge hit a distance of 175-01 (53.38m) on her sixth and final attempt to push herself from fifth to fourth place this afternoon. The heave earned was her third-straight All-American performance in the discus as she has put up a top-eight or better performance every year at the Championships. Payton Roberts was just outside of the finals in 11th place.

Smith recovered from hitting a hurdle during the race to qualify eighth with a time of 13.92. She won her heat and will be guaranteed a top-eight spot tomorrow with the finals are ran.








In other action, Rajindra Campbell was 19th in the discus, while Adrain Broadus and Kennan Harrison placed 17th and 18th in the triple jump.

Southern will have a busy day tomorrow in the final day of action, starting with a quartet of individuals in the women's javelin as Morgan Ash, Elizabeth Pomatto, Katelyn Mooney and Alexis Kuehl will compete in the event at 11:30 am.

Buerge and Roberts will compete in the shot put at 1:15 pm, while Rajheim Carby will take part in the javelin at 2:25 pm. Emily Presley, Elena Bisotto and Lauren Sutherland will compete in the pole vault at 2:30 pm, while Campbell will take part in the shot put at 5:05 pm. Smith will compete in the finals of the 100m hurdles at 5:55 pm to round out the action.


Thursday, May 23, 2019

MSSU men's women's track and field earns three All-Americans on day on NCAA Championships


(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Kingsville, Texas - The Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams walked away with three All-American finishes on day one of the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M Kingsville.

Claire Luallen (long jump), as well as Travis Petersen (hammer) and Josh Norville (long jump) picked up All-American honors for the Lions on the first day of the Championships.

Luallen opened up the day with a seventh-place finish in the long jump, posting a distance of 19-10.25 (6.05m) to earn All-American honors.

Travis Petersen picked up the second All-American honor of the day as he posted a distance of 62.93m (206-5) in the hammer throw. Josh Fulmer was 17th in the event.








Josh Norville picked up the third All-American honor of the day when he set a new MSSU school record in the long jump, leaping to a distance of 25-03.5 (7.71m) to place 8th in the event. The distance breaks the previous MSSU record of 24-11.25 set by Jordyn Manier in 2017.

Earlier in the day, Kirsten Leisinger was 17th in the women's hammer throw.

The Lions will be back at it tomorrow in day two of the Championships. Desirea Buerge and Payton Roberts will start it off with the discus at 1:30 pm, while Rajindra Campbell will throw his discus at 4:30 pm. Adrain Broadus and Kennan Harrison will compete in the triple jump at 4:45 pm, while Morgan Smith will run in the prelims of the 100m hurdles at 6:40 pm.

MSSU's Parish, Landers named first team All-Region

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Zach Parish and Freddie Landers have ended up on their second All-Region team as the duo both picked up first-team honors today as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) announced the All-Central Region team today.

Both Parish and Landers will go on to the national ballot for All-American consideration. Parish and Landers are two of five MIAA players to earn first-team honors, joining Erik Webb and Jonathan Sprinkle of Central Missouri, as well as Caleb Sneed of Southwest Baptist. Webb was the Central Region Player of the Year.

Parish was a first-team selection and Landers was second-team when the Conference Commissioner's Association team was announced last week. The pair were both first-team All-MIAA selections.








Parish was the MIAA Pitcher of the Year and led the MIAA in strikeouts with 136, games started with 16 and wins with nine. He ranked second in strikeouts per nine innings, third in hits allowed, fourth in WHIP, and fifth in ERA. This year Parish finished 9-2 with a 2.85 ERA and his 136 strikeouts are a school record. He threw 101.0 innings in 16 starts with one complete game and two shutouts, while holding batters to a .199 average. He ranks fourth nationally in strikeouts and third in games started, while helping the Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff with 558 k's of opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record.

Landers led the Lions with a .349 batting average and finished second on the team with 11 home runs and fourth with 36 RBIs. He slugged a team-high .602, while also leading the team with a .494 on-base percentage. He led the MIAA in hit by pitch with a MSSU record 22 times taking one for the team. Landers ranked sixth nationally in hit by pitch, while ranking second in the MIAA in slugging, fourth in total bases, sixth in walks and runs scored, seventh in hits and eighth in average.

MSSU's Schneider, Farrell honored by Missouri Sports Hall of Fame

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Current Missouri Southern assistant softball coach Jakki Schneider, as well as former player and current Athletic Business Manager Brooklyn Farrellwere both honored by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame yesterday in Springfield.

Schneider received the Hall's Diamond Nine Award, while Farrell was inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the Webb City High School Softball Program.

Schneider (formally Prater) stared at both Nixa High school and the University of Central Missouri and is the current assistant softball coach for the Lions. At Nixa, Schneider was a four-year letter winner, four-time All-Central Ozark Conference and was All-District. She was the 2009 Nixa MVP.










As a senior she batted .534 with 47 hits and 36 RBI. At Central Missouri, Schneider holds 28 career and season records, including batting average, runs scored, hits, doubles, home runs and RBI. She was a three-time All-MIAA selection, and also earned All-Region as a senior, plus earned the Dr. Peggy Martin Award as the top senior female student-athlete. She helped the Jennies to a 49-16 record as a senior, the MIAA championship, the Central Region title and a trip to the NCAA Division II World Series.

Farrell was a four-year starter for the Lions and before that was a member of the Webb City High School Softball Program. A three-year starter for WCHS, Farrell was an All-State selection as a senior, helping Webb City to a State Championship in 2007 and a third-place finish in 2008. Farrell played for the Lions from 2011-2014.

The Lady Cardinals have been one of the state's winningest programs since their first season in the fall of 1994. Webb City has advanced to ten Final Fours, winning it all twice in Class 3 (2004, 2007). Webb City also was state runner-up twice (2000, 2013), third four times (2005, 2008, 2010, 2011) and fourth twice (1997, 2003).

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

MSSU track and field teams open competition in NCAA Championships Thursday

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

The nationally-ranked Missouri Southern men's and women's track and field teams will open up the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships tomorrow as the Lions travel to South Texas for the final meet of the season.

The Championships are being hosted by Texas A&M - Kingsville University inside Javelina Stadium on May 23-25.

The No. 4 ranked women have qualified 12 individuals in 14 events, while the No. 20 ranked men have qualified seven individuals in eight events. It is the deepest group and most individuals ever to qualify for the Missouri Southern program.








Action begins on Thursday with Kirsten Leisenger in the hammer throw at 12:30 pm. Claire Luallen will compete in the long jump at 3 pm, while Travis Petersen and Josh Fulmer take action in the hammer throw at 3:30 pm. Josh Norville will conclude action for the Lions on day one with the long jump at 6:20 pm.

Day two will start with Desirea Buerge and Payton Roberts competing in the discus at 1:30 pm, while Rajindra Campbell will throw the discus for the men at 4:30 pm. Adrain Broadus and Kennan Harrison will take part in the triple jump at 4:45 pm, while Morgan Smith will conclude day two with the prelims of the 100m hurdles.

A quartet of individuals in the women's javelin will start action on the final day as Morgan Ash, Elizabeth Pomatto, Katelyn Mooney and Alexis Kuehl will compete in the event at 11:30 am.

Buerge and Roberts will compete in the shot put at 1:15 pm, while Rajheim Carby will take part in the javelin at 2:25 pm. Emily Presley, Elena Bisotto and Lauren Sutherland will compete in the pole vault at 2:30 pm, while Campbell will take part in the shot put at 5:05 pm. Smith will compete in the finals of the 100m hurdles at 5:55 pm if she advances.

Live results and video are available by clicking on the links above, as well as on the schedule pages.

Friday, May 17, 2019

MSSU baseball season ends with 10-9 loss to St. Cloud State in NCAA Tournament

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Warrensburg, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern Baseball team got three RBIs from Garan Stevens and two each from Troy Gagan and Denver Coffee, but the Lions fell victim to a late comeback falling 10-9 to 14th-ranked St. Cloud State University in the NCAA Tournament.

The Lions (35-21) end their season in the NCAA Tournament with the third trip to the NCAA post season in the last six years.

Stevens, in his first start of the season, didn't disappoint as the senior went 2-for-4 with three RBIs in the game. Troy Gagan was 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored, while Freddie Landers was 4-for-5 with a pair of runs scored. Matt Miller and Mike Million had a home run each, while Landers, Gagan, Coffee and Dan each had a double. Dexter Swims had a hit with an RBI and a run scored.

Zac Shoemaker started and went five and two thirds of an inning with three strikeouts. Will Bausinger and Joey Reeves went an inning, while Logan VanWey and Bradly Hershey threw, as well with Reeves picking up the loss in relief.








SCSU (41-13) got four hits from Ethan Ibarra and three from Najee Gaskins.

The Lions started the scoring with three runs in the first. Million homered to lead off the game and Gagan doubled home Landers and Ryan Hunter.

The Huskies scored a single run in each of the second and third innings to get within one run (3-2) going to the bottom of the third. Southern answered and scored four runs in the third with Swims starting things off with an RBI, beating out a double-play to score Landers. Coffee doubled home Miller and Stevens hit a two-RBI single to score Coffee and Swims to put the Lions up 7-2 going to the fourth.

The Huskies added a run in the fourth to make the score 7-3, but the Lions answered with two runs in the fifth on RBIs from Coffee and Stevens.

SCSU, however, scored seven unanswered runs over the final four innings, going ahead for good in the eighth inning. Southern had a chance in the ninth when Landers singled to start the inning, but the Lions couldn't finish off the comeback.

The Lions set the school record for season strikeouts by the pitching staff as Southern punched out 558 opposing hitters this season, finishing just five away from tying the MIAA single-season record. Zach Parish broke the single-season individual strikeout record with 136 k's, 20 more than the previous record. The Lions' .971 fielding percentage was just shy (.973) of breaking the school record in that category.

MSSU's Buerge, Allen earn Central Region awards

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Missouri Southern junior thrower Desirea Buerge has been named the Central Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year, while Brian Allen has been named the Central Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year as the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its regional awards today.

Buerge, a junior from Webb City, Missouri, is ranked second nationally in the shot put at 16.21m (53-2) and third nationally in the discus at 55.54m (182-3). She eclipsed the NCAA DII Automatic Qualifying Mark 10 times between the discus and shot put and was the MIAA champion in each event.

Buerge owns the MSSU school records for indoor and outdoor shot put, as well as the discus.

Allen, who is in his sixth year with the school as an assistant, has developed one of the most elite groups of women throwers at the NCAA DII level. He currently has the MSSU javelin squad in the No. 1 spot on the #EventSquad rankings with the No. 1 and 2 ranked athletes.








He also has the No. 2 NCAA seed in both the shot put and discus. His throwers accounted for 12-NCAA qualifiers this season, four of which are automatic. His women's group scored 64 points at the MIAA conference meet and broke three school records this year.

The Lions will begin the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships next weekend in Kingsville, Texas.


Thursday, May 16, 2019

MSSU falls 8-1 to Central Missouri in NCAA tournament opener

(From MSSU Lions Athletic News)

Warrensburg, Mo. -- Freshman Matt Miller hit his team-high 12th home run of the season, but the Missouri Southern baseball team fell 8-1 to No. 12 ranked Central Missouri today in the opening round of the 2019 NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament.

The Lions (35-20) will play the loser of the nightcap between St. Cloud State and Central Oklahoma at 3:30 pm tomorrow from Crane Stadium/Tompkins Field.

Southern got a pair of hits from Ryan Hunter and Miller added a home run. Freddie Landers, Dexter Swims and Denver Coffee had a hit each for the Lions.








Zach Parish started but didn't have his normal stuff as he went just four and a third, striking out two hitters and fell to 9-2 on the season. Bradly Hershey threw two thirds of an inning, while Brennon Covington threw the final three innings, striking out five and allowing just one hit.

Central (39-14) fot three hits from Mason Janvrin, while three other Mules had two hits each. Ben Kelsch started and went the distance, striking out eight and walking one.

Southern will play again at 3:30 pm tomorrow against the loser of the Central Oklahoma and St. Cloud State game. The winner of that game will move on to play at 7 pm against the loser of the winner's bracket game.

Crowder tournament games to be shown on KNEO.org

(From Crowder College)

Crowder College Baseball will be available to watch live on KNEO.org, just click the Crowder link on the homepage.

Games are Friday, May 17, 3pm vs. Connors State and 6pm vs. Delgado.

You may also get a play by play update using iScore at the following link: http://data.iscorecentral.com/iscorecast/baseball/scorecast.html?c=7DD42FB6C7


Crowder baseball players earn All-Region 16 honors


(From Crowder College)

Crowder College baseball players were honored by being named to the All-Region 16, 1st and 2nd team.

Players earning 1st team honors are:

· Michael Chrisman – Outfielder

· Freilin Cabrera – Infielder

· Ross Carver – Pitcher

Players earning 2nd team honors are:

· Colten Nix – Infielder

· Sam Chaput – Catcher








· Colin Brougham – Pitcher

· Colten Weber – Pitcher

All-Defensive team honors went to:

· Colten Nix

· Jorden Hussein

After winning the Region 16 tournament the Roughriders (47-14) and ranked #10 in Division I baseball, will host the South Central District, May 17-19, at Joe Becker Stadium in Joplin. The winner of the district will advance to the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, CO.





































(Photos from top: Ross Carver, Colten Nix, Colten Weber, Michael Chrisman, Freilin Cabrera, Sam Chaput, Jorden Hussein, Colin Brougham)