Category Archives: Missouri sports

Highlights from Mizzou athletic director Alden’s talk with media

Mike Alden talks about the suspension of MU football coach Gary Pinkel on Nov. 17, 2011.

MU athletic director Mike Alden

Missouri Senior Director of Athletics Mike Alden met with media members informally at the Clinton Club in Mizzou Arena on Thursday, here are a few highlights of the discussion.

CHANGES COMING TO NCAA SPORTS?

We discussed the recent moves towards a cohesive group of the so-called “big five” conferences (SEC, Big 12, Pac-12, ACC and Big Ten) that would represent the interests of those schools as opposed to the entirety of the NCAA. The key word in earlier media reports of this issue was “autonomy,” and Alden repeated this as a major goal.

“The goal is for the NCAA and Division I athletics to stay together, to stay under the ‘big tent’ and I believe that’s going to happen.”

“The (key) piece to that is the ability to have some autonomy, to make some decisions to benefit student athletes.”

The big decisions that would be available to schools in these big five that might not be available to smaller schools include such things as providing “full cost of attendance” financial aid to students, medical care for current and former student-athletes, and “lifetime educational opportunities,” Read more of this post

Part 2: Year in review

The ups, downs, achievements and misfires in Mizzou’s teams

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Today I take a look at the fall sports teams. Check out yesterday’s column for a look at the spring sports.

SOCCER

There’s too much talent on this club to be 8-9-3, but once again the team struggled late in the year after showing real potential.

An early season match that nearly pulled off an upset at powerhouse Portland and two wins over top-10 Southeastern Conference opponents showed how good this team could be. But four losses and three ties in the final nine games killed whatever good things the Tiger season had in store.

MVPs: (ties) Kaysie Clark and Mackenzie Sauerwein. Maybe this is cheating, but hey, it’s my column. Midfielder Clark Read more of this post

Year in review:

The best players for Mizzou athletics this year

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

I walked away from Tiger sports for the summer on Sunday, the final event being a disappointing one —the MU softball team being swept by Nebraska. But all in all it was an exciting year for Tigers fans, from the rejuvenation of the Mizzou football program and undefeated regular season for Tiger volleyball, to a return to some great individual performances. While the Tigers golf team still has the NCAA championship ahead and several track athletes have also qualified for NCAAs, it’s time to take a look back at my thoughts for the best players and moments (and some not so great moments) for the major sports at MU and some unsung heroes from the sports that don’t get as much attention.

And, look on the bright side…football camp is just over two months away! Read more of this post

Mizzou softball in review

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo.  The Tigers will play Bradley University in the second game of the NCAA softball regional held at University Field on Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Missouri pitcher Tori Finucane hugs Corrin Genovese after recording the final out on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. The Tigers will play Bradley in the second game of the NCAA softball regional at University Field on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

 

By Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis

KBIA Sports reporters Sam Richmond and Sam Hustis review the 2014 Missouri softball season and look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. After finishing 41-16 in the regular season and 15-9 in Southeastern Conference play, the Tigers will host one of the 16 NCAA Regional tournaments, at University Field starting Friday.

Former Big 12 foes Nebraska and Kansas will play at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Missouri and Bradley at 3:00 p.m.

Length: 13:28

Senior Sykes provides leadership for Tigers

Mackenzie Sykes gets one of her hits against Georgia on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Sykes is hitting .272 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs going into Friday's regional game against Bradley.

Mackenzie Sykes gets one of her three hits against No. 13 Georgia on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Missouri begins NCAA Regional action on May 16 and Sykes is currently batting .272 with eight home runs and 51 RBIs on the season.

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

Mackenzie Sykes is nearing the end of her time as a Missouri Tiger softball player.

With the Missouri’s loss to Louisiana State in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Conference tournament, all that remains for Sykes is the 2014 NCAA Division I Softball Tournament beginning Friday, May 16.

After coming off the bench as a freshman in 2010, Sykes earned a starting spot and became one of Missouri’s top players over the next three seasons.

She earned First Team All-Big 12 her sophomore year, batted .319 her junior season and was named to the SEC All-Defensive team in 2014.

As the only four-year senior on Missouri’s roster, Sykes became a leader in 2014 — a duty she more than fulfilled, according to Missouri sophomore catcher Sami Fagan.

“She really stepped up,” Fagan said. “Our team wouldn’t have been here today without her. She really helped us out.”

Coach Ehren Earleywine said Sykes isn’t much of a vocal leader, but she does lead by example.

“If you come out and you’re not hustling, I think you feel a little uneasy about what you’re not doing,” Earleywine said. “You look out in the outfield and she’s sprinting to her position, hustling and trying to win every drill.”

He added that Sykes’ dedication to the sport and being a great teammate has had a lasting impact on him.

“I admire her as an adult,” he said.

Length: 2:35

Moving forward with Missouri men’s basketball

Slide1By Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch

Much like the men’s regular season, Missouri’s offseason was filled with uncertainty when Frank Haith suddenly resigned in April.

With Jabari Brown and Jordan Clarkson, Missouri’s leading scorers, declaring for the NBA Draft, the Tigers will need to restructure its roster from within. KBIA Sports reporters Cody Mroczka and Michael Losch breakdown what Missouri lost, and what the future could bring with new coach Kim Anderson.

 

 

 

 

 

Length: 5:34

 

Finucane, three others receive All-SEC softball honors

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

Freshman pitcher Tori Finucane pitches against Oklahoma State on March 22, 2014 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Finucane was given three SEC honors on Tuesday including Freshman Player of the Year.

The Southeastern Conference released its postseason softball awards on Tuesday, and Missouri freshman Tori Finucane was recognized in three categories. Infielder Corrin Genovese, outfielder Taylor Gadbois and outfielder Mackenzie Sykes join Finucane with All-SEC honors.

While receiving First Team and Freshman All-SEC honors, Finucane was recognized as the conference Freshman Player of the Year. This marks only the second Freshman POY award in program history as Finucane joins outfielder Rhea Taylor, who took home the award in 2008. Finucane compiled a 21-5 record, 1.70 ERA and 166 strikeouts during the regular season.

Genovese and Gadbois also received First Team All-SEC honors, and Sykes was named to the SEC All-Defensive team.

The No. 14 Tigers are in Columbia, S.C., for the SEC softball tournament and will face No. 25 Louisiana State in the second round at 10 a.m. on Thursday. Follow the link for a complete list of SEC award winners.

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Fairbanks strong in loss to Vanderbilt

By Caroline Hecker

The Missouri baseball team extended its conference losing streak to eight games after falling to No. 9 Vanderbilt 5-1 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

The Tigers looked solid with a strong first and second inning led by starting pitcher John Miles.

But in the top of the third, the Missouri coaching staff realized something was wrong with Read more of this post

Missouri baseball drops series opener with Vanderbilt

By Erik Hall

COLUMBIA — Vanderbilt and Missouri baseball teams combined to score 11 runs on Friday night, but one misinterpretation in the sixth inning propelled the No. 9 Commodores to an 8-3 win at Taylor Stadium.

Second base umpire Randy Watkins pointed at Vanderbilt baserunner Xavier Turner in a sixth-inning rundown. The Tigers defense thought Watkins indicated Turner was ruled out for running out of the baseline. Instead, Watkins pointed to indicate Missouri shortstop Josh Lester missed the tag on Turner.

“Our guys thought he was out of the baseline, and when he points like that, that’s what he’s pointing at,” Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said.

Watkins’ point at Turner caused Read more of this post

Missouri’s title hopes dashed in loss to Alabama

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

Tiger shortstop Corrin Genovese asks for a timeout after an error by infielder Angela Randazzo on Friday, May 2 at University Field in Columbia, Mo. Genovese had one of Missouri’s four hits in the loss.

By Sam Hustis

Missouri softball witnessed an opposing team celebrate at University Field after the Alabama Crimson Tide beat the Tigers 3-1, clinching the Southeastern Conference regular season championship on Friday night.

“It’s disgusting,” coach Ehren Earleywine said. “You do something like that in baseball and you could get into trouble for it.”

Alabama’s Sydney Littlejohn gave up four hits and one earned run on her way to a complete game victory.

“We haven’t seen anything like her curveball all year,” Corrin Genovese said.

Alabama picked up the first run of the contest when Read more of this post

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