Lions get walk-off 3 run HR by Sam Ryan to beat Missouri Western for their first conference tourney title since 1992.
Tied with top seed Missouri Western 3-3 in the 9th inning of the deciding game of the MIAA championship Saturday, MSSU senior catcher Sam Ryan sent one over the right field wall, delivering the Lions their first tournament title in 21 years. The pitch came on a full count, with two outs, and two on, a moment Ryan declared "is what every kid dreams about."
Lions beat Missouri Western, but Griffons respond in elimination game to knock off Pittsburg State.
Gorillas eliminated by Missouri Western
Lions get complete game from Brett Abell and grand slam from Tee Helsel. Gorillas stay alive with win over Central Oklahoma.
Pitt staves off elimination against UCO
Missouri Southern will face rival Pitt State Thursday in Kansas City as the MIAA baseball tournament is down to the Final 4.
The Lions won two games at home Sunday against Northeastern State, and the Gorillas won one on the road to upset Central Missouri in the first round of the MIAA tournament. The teams will now play each other in Kansas City Thursday afternoon, in the first game of a double elimination style second round.
Also, both Pitt State and Missouri Southern found success in the MIAA Track & Field Championships, and Natalie Bird finishes her first round in the NCAA Central Super Regional.
Plus Pitt State splits their doubleheader with Central Missouri.
Plus Frontenac baseball is off to an undefeated start and McAuley HS golfer Connor Schlegel signs letter of intent.
Marquise Cushon and Solomon Watkins impress at PSU Spring Game.
Defensive lineman picked 94th overall by the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
The dream became a reality for Missouri Southern DT Brandon Williams Friday night as the Baltimore Ravens drafted him in the 3rd round.
Plus Carthage baseball remains undefeated after shutting out Ozark 5-0.
PSU Senior Larissa Richards not only shined on the basketball court, but also as a thrower on the track and field team.
Plus Neosho baseball loses at home to Willard.
Missouri Southern's first team offense and defense held off the reserves 6-0 in the annual Green-Gold spring game at Fred G. Hughes Stadium. Both sophomore quarterbacks Jay McDowell and Ricky Nichols showed promise running the ball, even in a game where they could not be tackled. In fact, coach Daryl Daye blew a 4th down play dead as Nichols appeared to cross the goal line in the 4th quarter.
Pittsburg State has to replace their top three rushers from last season.
Plus Pitt State Junior Tory Stoffregen was named MIAA hitter of the week.
Lions complete sweep at NW Missouri State. Plus Pitt State baseball sweeps past Truman.
Gorillas start practice at 6:15 AM. Plus Cottey College unveils new softball field on campus.
Jay McDowell tops the depth chart. Plus MSSU baseball sweeps Northeastern State.
Missouri Southern's just four practices in to spring ball, but they're already throwing the ball more than they did in 2012. Head coach Daryl Daye says the nucleus of the offense will still be the triple option, but with sophomore-to-be Jay McDowell at QB they plan to be more balanced with the pass than the more-than-5-rushes-to-1-pass ratio of last season.
Plus, the Lions baseball team snags their 5th straight win, Carthage baseball is expecting big things this season, and Joplin falls in the championship of the 6 team tennis tournament, the Joplin Invitational.
MSSU Senior Brett Abell earned MIAA pitcher of the week after a CG win vs Truman. Plus Joplin baseball won their season debut.
Lions coming off 6-5 season. Plus MSSU and Pittsburg State baseball with home games.
The Missouri Southern men finish with a 13-15 record while Pitt State men finish 18-10. Plus Colgan loses in Class 3A Kansas Tournament.
The Gorillas and Lions kept things tight as underdogs, but saw their seasons end in Kansas City.
In high school ball, the Fort Scott girls win in the KS state tournament while the Colgan boys and Labette County girls' seasons come to a close.
Plus, three signings from Carthage and Joplin student-athletes.
Four NFL teams visit MSSU campus to see Brandon Williams and other prospects.
Webb City advances to playoff quarterfinals. Plus Carl Junction loses to Republic and MSSU vs Pitt State baseball at Joe Becker Stadium.
Plus NFL scouts were on the Missouri Southern campus Tuesday to check out Brandon Williams again.
Pittsburg State holds off Truman while MSSU goes on the road to knock off Emporia State. Plus MSSU baseball highlights.
Brandon Williams is back in Joplin - at least for a few days. The former Missouri Southern DT talks about his experience at the NFL combine, and what he expects to see happen in the coming weeks as he prepares for the NFL draft.
The Pitt State men and women will play hosts as 7 seeds at John Lance Arena on Monday and Tuesday night, respectively, while the Missouri Southern men will be on the road at Emporia State as the 9 seed and the Lion women will be at home as the 8 seed. Each team must win to advance to Kansas City.
Plus, recapping the district championships for the Carl Junction boys and Webb City girls.
Plus St. Mary's-Colgan boys and Fort Scott girls win Sub-State Titles.
Gorillas led by seventeen at the half but MSSU nearly pulled off comeback. Plus Lady Lions beat Pitt and the Chiefs may have found their quarterback.
Lions have quick turnaround with Pitt State next up Wednesday night. Plus Joplin Eagles lose in district semifinals.
Plus Missouri Southern's Brandon Williams shows well at the NFL Combine.
PSU wins 4th straight game. Plus MSSU baseball is off to a 5-2 start.
When Neosho's Christian Lopez took to the mat for the Class Three 220 lb championship, he needed a win to get his Wildcats at least a share of the title with Kearney. He got one in the ultimate tiebreaker, and for just the third time in state history, two schools will indeed share first place.
Plus, in MIAA action, both the Pitt State men and women win at home, while both the Missouri Southern men and women fall.
There may not be a more vocal supporter of an area team than Pittsburg State senior Richard Harper. Harper is in the band, and is good for four hours of non-stop energy, vocally as well as physically. For both of the Gorillas' Thursday night games at home, Harper wore a microphone for us.
Plus, the Missouri Southern men are very much a Jekyll and Hyde team. The past two games are giving them reason to believe they have something to play for yet again.
After dropping five straight, the Missouri Southern men have scored 193 points in back-to-back wins at home. Saturday the Lions knocked off the MIAA's top ranked team, Central Missouri.
In Pittsburg, the Gorilla men blew a 22 point second half lead against Southwest Baptist, as a chance for back-to-back wins fell by the wayside.
Plus, the Pitt women do get their second straight win, and the MoSo women give the 10th ranked Jennies of Central Mo all they can handle before falling.
Plus Monett's Kurran Blamey signs with Missouri State football and MSSU men prepare for MIAA leader Central Missouri.
MSSU Women also snap losing streak by beating SW Baptis. Plus Pitt State sweeps Truman.
Several area athletes heading to the next level.
All four Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State teams lost on the road Saturday, making them a combined 1-13 since January 23.
The Lions return home Thursday to host SBU, while the Gorillas return to host Truman.
Plus No. 2 Kansas upset at home by Oklahoma State.
Plus Waynesville too much for Joplin and Quapaw takes two from Wyandotte.
Plus Webb City Lady Cardinals play defending state champs tough but lose by five to Republic. And Bill Snyder signs a contract extension with Kansas State.
Longtime Missouri Southern cross country and track & field head coach Tom Rutledge was one of 17 new inductees to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame Sunday night in Springfield.
Rutledge shared the stage with David Eckstein, Mike Sweeney and Tony Richardson, among others.
Plus, taking a look at the recent struggles for the Lions' basketball teams.
Pittsburg State used the pistol offense to win a national championship in 2011. Now the San Francisco 49ers have used it on their way to the SuperBowl.