Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State finished the regular season with splits at home, catapulting both squads to the MIAA conference tournament. The Lions will host a home series beginning Thursday, while the Gorillas will go to Warrensburg to play Central Missouri.
In softball, Pitt won two while MoSo took a split. Those teams will play one final doubleheader to wrap the regular season, with the Gorillas battling for a playoff spot.
Defensive lineman picked 94th overall by the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens.
The Gorilla baseball team won the first but lost the second against Emporia State, while the softball team did the same against Missouri Southern. In game two the Lions scored 11 runs to win in extra innings.
Plus, Neosho baseball falls to 11-4 on the year at the hands of 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
6-1, 341 pounder making a name for himself at the Senior Bowl
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After losing Hailey Roderique to an ACL tear, the Pitt State women knew they'd need everyone else to step up. One player who has is reserve guard Brigit Hesser. For the men, senior JaVon McGee has been on a roll for about nine games.
We also recap two disappointing Missouri Southern losses from Saturday.
Plus, one last look at Douglass-OKC's Stevie Clark, who made 30 three-pointers in three games in the Frontenac National Guard Invitational.
There were some tense moments in John Lance arena, as both Gorilla games were not decided until the final buzzer horn went off, but the home crowd saw their teams walk away winners.
In Joplin, the Southern men and women both had disappointing performances, losing to Nebraska-Kearney teams that have struggled thus far in MIAA play.
Marquis Addison scored a career-high 34 points, 23 of them in the first half, as Missouri Southern knocked off Pitt State in the men's game. Stephen Atkinson also scored a career-high 21 for the Lions. The Gorillas were led by 21 points and 12 rebounds from Rico Pierrevilus.
In the women's contest, Pitt jumped out by 15 points in the first 10 and a half minutes, before Southern came back to tie it early in the second half. But the Gorillas held on late for their 5th straight win in the series behind 24 points from a sick Lizzy Jeronimus. The Lions were led by 14 points from senior Erin Rice.
Round One To Take Place In Joplin Wednesday Night
MSSU sweeps Lincoln while Pitt State comes up short to Central Missouri.
Saturday saw both Missouri Southern teams leave Jefferson City winners, while both the Pittsburg State teams fell in Warrensburg. We take a quick look at what happened in all four.
Plus, the Gorillas' Hailey Roderique hurts her knee in the final seconds of Saturday's game. Pitt's third-leading scorer will wait and see what the diagnosis is after the swelling goes down in the coming days.
MSSU women have won four straight while Lion men bounce back from Thursday loss to Lindenwood.
MSSU cross country and track & field coach will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame January 27th.
Both the Missouri Southern men and women picked up wins at home Saturday night, as did the Pitt State women Saturday afternoon. We pick out a trend from all three of those wins, as well as the Gorilla men's loss.
Playing on national TV and in front of a packed John Lance Arena, the Pitt State women played maybe their best game of the season, while the Gorilla men played maybe their worst, as a seven game win streak came to an end.
In Joplin, the MoSo men bounced back from a heartbreaking loss Thursday night, and the women grabbed their second straight conference win, staving off Missouri Western by just two points.
Also taking place on the Lions' campus today, the Joplin boys fall in the championship game of the Kaminsky classic.
Pitt State men, women win as do MSSU women.
Plus MSSU takes the court for the first time in three weeks against Livin' the Dream.
Plus MSSU men's basketball head coach Robert Corn says the winter break came at the wrong time.
The Webb City boys led Memphis Sheffield most of the game Thursday night, but scored only one point for a nearly seven minute stretch in the 4th as they ultimately lose 68-64. Meanwhile, Carthage ran up against defending champs Sunrise Christian from Wichita, and hung tough before seeing the game get away from them in the second half.
Plus, the Webb and Carthage girls win for the second day in a row on the girls side, the Missouri Southern men try to avoid the rust as they prepare for an exhibition game at home Saturday and Frontenac baseball winning their first state title is the #5 story on the Action 12 Top 12 Sports Stories countdown.
MSSU DT Brandon Williams may be done with college football, but he now has set his sights on the NFL. Plus Jasper visited McAuley in hs hoops.
Plus Seneca wins their basketball invitational.
Missouri Southern and Pitt State carried over their recent cross country success to the track. At the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center, 11 of the 30 events were won by Lions, while the Gorillas took 1st in seven events. MSSU's Jeff Fraley and Evan Moore won multiple events, while Larissa Richards accomplished the same for PSU.
The Carl Junction boys had four players make at least two 3-pointers in beating Joplin in the finale of the 66th Annual Carthage Invitational, while the Webb City girls beat Carthage in the CJ Classic behind Tournament MVP Mikaela Burgess.
Plus, the Pitt State women bounce back from their loss Wednesday while the Missouri Southern women win their 6th straight.
Plus the Webb City girls avenge last season's district final loss to Carthage.
Former Missouri Tiger had been suspended since start of season for violation of team rules. Plus MSSU track coach Tom Rutledge to be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. And Pitt State Athletics holds first ever "Gorillas Got Talent" event.
3rd Ranked Pitt State women lose at home to William Jewell while PSU men win in OT. Plus MSSU men hope to snap a three game losing streak Saturday.
It'd been 13 days off for the Gorillas and eight for the Lions, but both teams shook off the rust to earn victories in Joplin Friday night. Pitt State was led by Lizzy Jeronimus, who dropped 29 points and collected 12 rebounds in a 68-40 win against Evangel. For MoSo, 12 points for both Shonte Clay and Dominique Mosley led the way in a 60-38 win.
MSSU DL and NFL prospect is a unanimous 1st team all conference selection. Plus PSU men's basketball makes season debut.
PSU's Dreiling also named to All-MIAA first team
Plus Carthage volleyball senior Emily Goeken signs with NEO.