Friday, May 17, 2024

Matt Morris, Whitey Kurowski, Dave Duncan to be inducted into Cardinals Hall of Fame

(From the St. Louis Cardinals)

Matt Morris, Whitey Kurowski and Dave Duncan will be inducted into the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame, the team announced today. It is the tenth induction class since the team dedicated the Cardinals Hall of Fame with an inaugural class on Opening Day in 2014. 

An enshrinement ceremony will be held at Ballpark Village during Hall of Fame Weekend presented by Edward Jones on Saturday, September 7.

Matt Morris (Modern Era Player — Fan Selection)
Years: 1997 – 2005
Morris, a former first round draft pick and two-time All-Star, won 11 or more games in six different seasons with St. Louis and ranks T-11th in franchise history with 101 wins.

Whitey Kurowski (Veteran Era Player — Red Ribbon Selection)
Years: 1941 – 1949
Kurowski, the team's starting third baseman during their 1940's dynasty, never played on a team that finished lower than second place and was a three-time World Series champion.

Dave Duncan (Organizational Selection)
Years: 1996 – 2011
Duncan served as the team's pitching coach for 16 seasons from 1996-2011. Under his watch, St. Louis ranked in the top half of the National League in ERA in 12 seasons and made the postseason nine times, culminating in World Series titles in 2006 and 2011.

"We take great pride in the selection process we use for electing new members of the Cardinals Hall of Fame," said Bill DeWitt Jr., Cardinals Chairman and CEO. "I'd like to thank our fans as well as the Red Ribbon Committee who cast their votes for this year's induction class. Congratulations to Matt Morris, Dave Duncan, and the late Whitey Kurowski on this tremendous honor. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of these players during our induction ceremony in September."

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

KOAM to carry Oklahoma City Thunder games

(From KOAM)

Friday nights will soon be filled with the sound of Thunder on KOAM, FOX 14 and The 4-States’ CW.

The NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder has reached an agreement with the KOAM’s parent company, Morgan Murphy Media, allowing for the local broadcast of eight Friday night games this season.

“We are thrilled to be part of the OKC Thunder local broadcast team to bring these games to fans for free with over-the-air TV,” said Brook Arnold, VP & General Manager. “For 70 years, KOAM has been passionate about providing local information and entertainment, making our stations the most watched in northeast Oklahoma, southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. This is a perfect fit."

The decision to team up with local broadcasters is a recent effort by the OKC Thunder to give fans a new and exciting way to watch their team.

“This is a tremendous opportunity that allows us to increase our fans’ ability to watch Friday games free and over the air this season,” said Dan Mahoney, Thunder Vice President of Broadcasting.

Clay Bennett, Chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder agrees. “The Thunder is grateful for the loyal support we receive from our fans across Oklahoma and the region. We look forward to providing them this additional access to our game broadcasts.”

KOAM will broadcast the eight games across its network of local stations. The first game will air on KOAM on January 26th. The CW will carry the next two contests. And the final five games can be seen on FOX 14.

“The Thunder is one of the top teams in the NBA this season. In addition to their regional popularity, they are just a fun team to watch,” said John Dales, KOAM Sports Director. “I’m excited that our stations will be bringing these games to area fans.”

Here is the complete schedule of the eight broadcasts.

KOAM Friday, Jan. 26 at New Orleans Pelicans 7 p.m.

CW Friday, Feb. 2 vs. Charlotte Hornets 7 p.m.

CW Friday, Feb 23 vs. Washington Wizards 7 p.m.

FOX14 Friday, March 8 vs. Miami Heat 7 p.m.

FOX14 Friday, March 22 at Toronto Raptors 6 p.m.

FOX14 Friday, March 29 vs. Phoenix Suns 7 p.m.

FOX14 Friday, April 5 at Indiana Pacers 6 p.m.

FOX14 Friday, April 12 vs. Milwaukee Bucks 7 p.m.

The Friday night games will be hosted by the Thunder’s on-air team of Chris Fisher, Michael Cage, Paris Lawson, and Nick Gallo. Along with the team’s director and producer, they will continue to provide a top-quality broadcast with expert coverage and analysis. Each of the eight games will include 30-minute pre and postgame shows.

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

MSSU men fall to Illinois Springfield in First Game of Double Tree Thanksgiving Classic

(From Missouri Southern Athletics)

Springfield, Mo. - After a little over a week from their previous competition, the men's basketball team was back in action Tuesday afternoon. They began their two-game stint at the Double Tree Thanksgiving Classic with a matchup against the Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars in Springfield, Missouri.

Sam Thompson got the Lions going with a hook shot on their first possession, giving them the first lead of the game. Cam Williams then pushed that lead with a good three pointer. A couple minutes later, Williams drained another three to make it 10-6 MSSU. Illinois Springfield fought back to make it a tie game near the midway point of the first half.

After UIS took the lead, Winston Dessesow successfully converted the and-one opportunity, cutting the deficit to 29-27. He hit another jumper late in the period, and Avery Taggart made a three, keeping the Lions close at 39-36. Just before the half, Vinson Sigmon Jr. made a bucket on an assist from Ibn Loyal, making the score 45-38 UIS.

Missouri Southern's portion of the second half was kicked off by Darius Dawswon. A few minutes later, Sam Thompson made a layup, then followed up with a three-point play on a good layup and made free throw from the foul. Illinois Springfield pushed their lead over double digits, but another basket from Thompson and a layup from Vinson Sigmon Jr. cut the deficit back to 10 at the 9:55 mark. The Prairie Stars built on their lead for the remainder of the game, ending in a 96-77 final.

Sam Thompson led the Lions with 15 points on 7-12 shooting from the field. He also had 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal on the day. Darius Dawson had a similar stat line, finishing with 14 points on 6-9 shooting, with a team-high 8 rebounds. Cam Williams and Winston Dessesow each finished with 12 points, and Parker Long led the Lions with 3 assists.

Continuing play in the Double Tree Thanksgiving Classic, the Lions will take on the hosts of the tournament in the Drury Panthers Wednesday evening. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:45 PM on November 22.

The Missouri Southern men's basketball season is presented by Arvest Bank, a proud supporter of Lion Athletics.