Stangel, three others leaving Mizzou softball team

By Austin Huguelet, Columbia Missourian

Casey Stangel pitched the five inning game against North Dakota State on Saturday. Missouri won 11-2.

Starting pitcher Casey Stangel has left the Missouri program.

COLUMBIA — Four Missouri softball players, including freshman starting pitcher Casey Stangel, are leaving the program, coach Ehren Earleywine said.

“I can confirm that Sarah Moore, Carlie Rose, Kelli Schkade and Casey Stangel are no longer members of our program,” he said in a statement released Wednesday. “We wish Sarah, Carlie, Kelly and Casey the best and thank them and their families for being a part of our program.”

The exact reasons for the four players’ transfers are not clear.

Stangel, a lefthander, posted a 15-10 record with a 3.27 ERA in her first season with the Tigers, including 14 complete games. Stangel was named MaxPreps’ player of the year her senior season for Lake City High School in Couer d’Alene, Idaho, after she compiled a .640 batting average and a perfect 28-0 record with a 0.73 ERA on the mound.

Stangel (15-10) threw seven innings and allowed eight runs, five of which were 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

Johnathan Williams, III looks to become leader for Mizzou basketball

By Mike Losch

Johnathan Williams III grabs one of his 15 rounds in the game against UCLA on Dec. 7, 2013. Williams also scored 10 points in the game.

Johnathan Williams III grabs one of his 15 rebounds against UCLA on Dec. 7, 2013. Williams also scored 10 points in the game.

Missouri did not finish the season the way it was hoping to. The Tigers missed the NCAA tournament and lost in the second round of the National Invitational Tournament, but there was one freshman that showed the future may have good things in store. Michael Losch tells us how Johnathan Williams is looking to make his mark at Missouri.

 

Johnathan Williams collected 227 rebounds and denied 57 shots his freshman year. If he stays all four years and continues at his current pace, this is where he would fall in Missouri basketball history.
CAREER REBOUNDS CAREER BLOCKS
Arthur Johnson 1,083 Arthur Johnson, 245
Doug Smith, 1053 Johnathan Williams, 228
Steve Stipanovich, 984 Laurence Bowers, 157
Derrick Chievous, 979 Steve Stipanovich, 149
Bill Stauffer, 964 Doug Smith, 129
Johnathan Williams, 908 Travon Bryant, 119


Length: 2:55.

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 beats Kansas, faces Nebraska in NCAA regional final

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

A fan clutches the home run ball hit by Kirsten Mack in the second inning.

For awhile Saturday afternoon, you know people were thinking it: was this going to be another Missouri meltdown?

Holding a 5-0 lead in the fifth inning, Missouri allowed Kansas to load the bases with just one out. But shortstop Corrin Read more of this post

Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium has seen steady growth over the years

By Philip Joens

As Memorial Stadium prepares for its 89th football season this fall by building a $45.5 million addition to its east side, KBIA Sports looks back at several previous additions to Memorial Stadium. The photos are courtesy of the Columbia Missourian. Length: 3:01.

Oprah’s network postpones Michael Sam documentary

By 
The Associated Press


The planned documentary by the Oprah Winfrey Network on Michael Sam, the former Missouri player and the NFL’s first openly gay player, has been postponed.

Erik Logan, president of the network, said Friday that the postponement was made after meetings with the St. Louis Rams.

“After careful consideration and discussion with the St. Louis Rams, ‘The Untitled Michael Sam Project’ has been postponed, allowing Michael the best opportunity to achieve his dream of making the team,” Logan said in a statement.

“It’s clear that we, along with the world, recognize the important opportunity that Michael now has in this moment. We will continue to support him in his journey to earn a spot playing for the Rams.”

As a seventh-round draft pick, Sam will face hefty challenges just to make the Rams. Being the subject of a TV documentary could have been a major distraction for the defensive end from Missouri.

“This (postponement) will allow for Michael to have a total focus on football, and will ensure no distractions to his teammates,” added Sam’s agent, Cameron Weiss. “Everybody involved remains committed to this project and understands its historical importance as well as its positive message.”

East side addition latest change for Memorial Stadium

Story and video by Phil Joens
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Workers sign a steel beam marking the end of a major phase in construction at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The new seating and concession facilities should be finished in time for the first home game.

Workers sign a steel beam marking the end of a major phase in construction at Memorial Stadium on Friday. The new seating and concession facilities should be finished in time for the first home game.

Hundreds of workers signed the last steel beam to be laid in the expansion work at Memorial Stadium in a topping out ceremony on Friday. The ceremony is a construction industry tradition, marking ta milestone in the construction process. Tim Hickman, MU’s senior associate athletic director for operations, said it’s now a sprint to the finish with several hundred workers on site to finish the renovation.

Construction started last spring on new east side seating at Memorial Stadium, part of a $200 million master plan for upgrades and new construction to Missouri’s sports facilities. With just four months before Missouri’s football season kicks off against South Dakota State, the new stands are finally taking shape. KBIA’s Philip Joens takes us around the new addition.

Mizzou pulls out win over Bradely in extra inning, 6-5

Kansas upsets Nebraska in first game

Angela Randazzo (12) gets caught in a run-down as Corrin Genovese (16) watches from third base. Randazzo was put out on the play by catcher Bailiegh Basham, but Mackenzie Sykes was able to reach second.

Angela Randazzo (12) gets caught in a run-down as Corrin Genovese (16) watches from third base. Randazzo was put out on the play by catcher Bailiegh Basham, but Mackenzie Sykes was able to reach second.

Fans who arrived early and stayed late got their money’s worth in Friday’s NCAA regional softball action at University Field in Columbia.

The Kansas Jayhawks jumped out to a 3-run lead in the top of the first inning, a lead they ever gave up in their 3-1 win over Nebraska. Taylor Hatfield’s two-run home run was the highlight of the inning.

The second game, between Missouri and Bradley, went eight innings with Missouri coming out with the 6-5 win.

Missouri had the 4-0 lead after five innings but the Braves scored five runs in the top of the seventh to take the 5-4 Read more of this post

Mizzou predicted to win regional softball tournament

Play begins Friday at University Field

By Sam Hustis and Sam Richmond

COLUMBIA – Though the Missouri Tigers softball team enters the postseason tournament having lost three straight games, they remain the favorite to emerge from the regional they host beginning Friday.

Among the teams competing, No. 15 seed Missouri has the most wins, highest national rank and best RPI. Coach Ehren Earleywine’s squad will host Bradley, Kansas and Nebraska at University Field Friday through Sunday. This is the Read more of this post

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