Category Archives: Missouri sports

Missouri baseball drops second straight

Story and photos by Erik Hall
The Missouri baseball team lost a second consecutive game to Mississippi State, 6-2, on Saturday.  The Bulldogs also won Friday’s opening game of the three-game series.
Tiger right-hander John Miles was the losing pitcher after he threw six and one-third innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
Freshmen Ryan Howard and Jake Ring led Missouri at the plate. Howard was 2-for-3 and scored two runs, while Ring finished 2-for-4 with a single and a double.
Howard’s second run in the fifth inning tied the game at two. Mississippi State then added three runs in the seventh inning and one run in the ninth to seal the victory.
Missouri is now 17-20 overall and 6-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The series finale is at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Missouri softball sweeps Ole Miss

Photos by Sam Richmond

Story by Sam Hustis

COLUMBIA – For the second weekend in a row, the Missouri softball team swept an SEC opponent beating the visiting Mississippi Rebels. The Tigers completed the sweep Saturday afternoon when they beat the Rebels 9-1 in six innings due to the run rule.

Tori Finucane delivered a strong pitching performance after allowing two hits, one unearned run and five strikeouts.

The Tigers scored nearly every inning and got the offense started with a solo home run from Natalie Fleming. Saturday was the third game in a row with a home run for the infielder.

The runs kept coming for Missouri in the second inning when Kelli Schkade scored from third on an Emily Crane ground out. This was Crane’s first series back after missing two weeks with a knee injury.

With the Tigers up 5-1 in the sixth inning, Crane hit a sharp single to right field scoring Taylor Gadbois and Schkade. The very next batter, Mackenzie Sykes, tripled to right field and brought home Crane.

Fleming ended the game with an RBI sacrifice fly, moving Missouri to 35-12 on the year, and 12-6 in conference play.

The Tigers host in-state rivals Missouri State on Wednesday before heading to Gainesville, Fla., for a weekend series with the No. 5 University of Florida Gators.

Missouri tennis survives in SEC tournament first round


Story and pictures by Ky Bright 

No. 13 seed Missouri shutout No.12 seed Arkansas for a 4-0 match victory in the first round of the SEC women’s tennis tournament on Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

The Tigers captured the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and No. 3 sets. Missouri singles won three sets out of six to secure the victory. Missouri will advance to face No. 5 seed Texas A&M on Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

Singles Results

  1. Cierra Gaytan-Leach, Missouri defeated Shannon Hudson, Arkanasas 7-6(7-3), 7-5
  2. Kelli Hine, Missouri vs. Yang Pang, Arkansas 6-1, 4-6, 4-5 unfinished
  3. Rachel Stuhlmann, Missouri vs. Sarah McLean, Arkansas 0-6, 6-2, 4-4 unfinished
  4. Madison Rhyner, Missouri defeated Oleksandra Shkorupeieva, Arkansas 7-5, 6-3
  5. Alex Clark, Missouri vs. Kimberly-Ann Surin, Arkansas 5-7, 6-0, 4-1 unfinished
  6. Cassidy Spearman, Missouri defeated Flavia Araujo, Arkansas 6-3, 6-1

Doubles Results

  1. Cierra Gayan-Leach/Rachel Stuhlmann, Missouri defeated Kimberly-Ann Surin/Shannon Hudson, Arkansas 8-3
  2. Yang Pang/Oleksandra Shorupeleva, Arkansas defeated Alex Clark/Madison Rhyner 8-1
  3. Kelli Hine/Cassidy Spearman, Missouri defeated Sarah McLean/Flavia Araujo, Arkansas 8-6

Missouri set to host SEC women’s tennis tournament

By Ky Bright

Missouri will host its first SEC women’s tennis tournament beginning Wednesday at the Mizzou Tennis Complex.

In only its second SEC season, coach Sasha Schmid said hosting the tournament is a very important event for the program.

“We‘re really excited about the tournament. It truly is the best tennis in the nation,” Schmid said.

The Tigers enter the tournament as the No. 13 seed after finishing the regular season with a 1-12 conference record. Missouri will look for its first SEC tournament victory against Read more of this post

Missouri basketball dismisses Zach Price

By Cody Mroczka

COLUMBIA – Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith dismissed Zach Price from the team Thursday following the junior forward’s two arrests last week.

Haith released a statement through the school this afternoon.

“Last week’s situation was unacceptable and after a review, I have decided that Zach will no longer be a part of our program,” Haith said. “Our program represents the entire university and needs to be an asset. That’s my responsibility as our head coach at Mizzou and we’ll get it fixed.”

Price was arrested on suspicion of  Read more of this post

Earleywine achieves milestone as Tigers sweep doubleheader

By Sam Hustis
Photos by Sam Richmond


COLUMBIA – Missouri Tigers softball coach Ehren Earleywine earned career win No. 500 as the 16th-ranked Tigers swept the Western Illinois Leathernecks in a doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at University Field.

The Tigers and freshman pitcher Tori Finucane started Game 1 in a jam after Teagan Walsh doubled to right and scored Sammy Marshall in the first inning. Missouri answered with Read more of this post

Morgan Steward leads offense in first spring scrimmage

Story and photos by Ky Bright

COLUMBIA — The Missouri Tigers football team held its first scrimmage of spring practice on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The offense came out on top with a 19-11 victory over the defense.

Head coach Gary Pinkel was pleased with the results even though the team can still improve.

“Recognizing the things you do good, but fixing problems to get better, will ultimately determine how good a football team we are,” Pinkel said.

Leading the offense was tailback Morgan Steward who saw more reps because of injuries to the players ahead of him. Russell Hansbrough left practice with a shoulder injury, and Marcus Murphy was sidelined with an ankle injury.

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Fair is fair — Pinkel’s call to pay players should extend to all

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Darren Hellwege, Sports Commentator

Earlier this week on his blog, coach Gary Pinkel endorsed paying college players. Since this is a pretty controversial topic and Pinkel’s not known as a loose cannon with his opinions, it was a little surprising and a gauge of how important this is to him. If you’re close enough to the athletic program to see how the athletes live day to day, this is an understandable position. He genuinely cares about the young men on his team, and the lack of money is a problem for some of them.

On the other hand, he made a very serious error in judgment in how he wants to see it done, one that calls into question the notion of fairness.

Pinkel said it’s fair to “give them additional money per semester or per quarter to help them and pay them back for all their sacrifices,” and he’s right. Yes, they do get a scholarship, in the case of most football players a full scholarship. Their tuition and books and room and food are provided for four years, and that’s not an inconsiderable expense at all. I have kids in college and know the amount of money we’re talking about can be major.

On the other hand, for athletes from families that aren’t well-to-do, it’s still a difficult situation. I’ve known guys who couldn’t afford to take a date out because of lack of money. And while the training table feeds them well, every college kid wants to be able to go to the movies or grab a pizza now and then. Where does that little extra come from?

For many college students, the answer is to go get a part-time job. For example, when I was in school, I was working part-time at a commercial radio station for some extra spending money, just like many work at a restaurant or grocery store. Varsity athletes can’t do that, and that’s probably a good thing. As we’re learning this week from the reports out of Oklahoma State, the old “we hired the big football star for a job at our car dealership” is a situation just asking for abuse.

So yes, absolutely, pay the athletes a small extra amount, not a huge salary but just walking around money that any 20-year-old needs. I agree whole-heartedly with Pinkel on this, and appreciate that he took this stand out of what I consider to be a genuine concern for his athletes.


Sadly, while we hear a lot about the “family” atmosphere within Missouri athletics, Pinkel chose to only support this assistance for male athlete — football and basketball players. That’s terribly wrong, and when he said “it’s only fair” about paying his players, it’s hypocritical to then do something as unfair as to only pay athletes in these big name sports.

It’s wrong for several reasons. Let’s hit the obvious one first—it’s illegal. It’s an obvious violation of Title IX to pay male athletes and not female athletes. Even if it wasn’t morally wrong, you just can’t do it. If they’re going to pay athletes, they’re going to have to do it for all the athletes.

The female athletes, and those men in other sports, put in just as much time as the football and basketball players, and face the same obstacles to getting a part time job as the football or basketball guys.

Pinkel raised the fact that these sports bring in millions of dollars. That shouldn’t have a thing to do with this. Turning a profit is not the purpose of the University of Missouri or the athletic program. There’s a place for “rewarding” athletes for “creating revenue,” and that’s the NFL and NBA. College isn’t about that at all, the theory of “it’s valuable if it makes money” does not belong in higher education.

The idea of “football and men’s basketball bring in all the loot” isn’t true across the board at all. In many schools the cost of a football program exceeds revenue. To make this work, every school has to pay the same amount to all players. If you think recruiting is a mess now, wait till you see what happens when there’s an open bidding war for the top 15-year-old wide receiver phenom in the nation. God save us.

Also, the amount of money being created by the sports of James Franklin and Phil Pressey isn’t greater than that of the sports of Kearston Peoples or David Bonuchi because James and Phil are much better at their sport. Mizzou spends a great deal more advertising and publicizing the “major sports,” and the media pays a great deal more attention to them. Every day in the newspaper, on the radio and TV, the superstars of football and men’s basketball are given the spotlight, while athletes who may be equally deserving in other sports don’t receive that advantage. That’s why most of you are scratching your heads and going “who’s that?” when I just mentioned the SEC Diver of the Year and member of the USA Diving Team (Bonuchi) and an All-American shot putter (Peoples).

Bonuchi has everything a college sports hero should have, were he in a sport we paid more attention to. He’s a three-time All-American and SEC Diver of the Year. He’s a hometown boy who attended Hickman High School, is on the USA Diving Team, made All-SEC academically, is the son of two Mizzou grads and has movie-idol good looks.  But because there aren’t ads running all day for the swim team and because the media isn’t talking about them constantly, he’s not a household name and his team isn’t a revenue producer. The same goes for Peoples, one of the top shot putters in the nation.

It’s certainly through no fault of their own that their sports aren’t money makers, and that shouldn’t be the standard upon which we choose who is and isn’t worthy.  Even the biggest names, like Chelsea Thomas or Molly Kreklow, aren’t known off campus the way Gary Pinkel’s and Frank Haith’s Tigers are, but that’s not really what ought to matter.

But if the University of Missouri is going to pay extra so Tiger athletes can have a little less hardship from being part of varsity sports, Kearston, David, Chelsea and Molly are just as deserving as Dorial, James, and Phil.

Pay them? Absolutely.

But pay them all.

Darren Hellwege is a member of Football Writers Association of America and United States Basketball Writers Association  

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: A lot of football and a few other things

Darren Hellwege logoIt’s finally here: the opening of Missouri’s football season. KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks about the game with Murray State coach Chris Hatcher and Columbia Tribune’s new Missouri beat writer David Morrison. Darren will also look at football around the SEC, along with a bit of Missouri volleyball and soccer.

Length: 59:14

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: A long conversation with Mizzou’s Casey Stangel

Darren Hellwege logoThis week, KBIA sports commentator Darren Hellwege kicks off a new format to his weekly reports with a longer, feature interview.

This week he talks with pitcher Casey Stangel, who joins Missouri’s softball team this year. In addition to her famous name, she talks about her favorite position on the field and her excitement about playing in the SEC.

He also talks with new associate head coach for soccer, Brian Dooley, and takes a look at this year’s volleyball season. And of course, he throws in a little bit about football, too.

Length: 59:00

You can listen to Darren’s show Saturdays at 6 a.m. on KBIA FM 91.3


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