KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Sports Sports en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Fri, 28 Apr 2017 08:04:56 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Charles Harris drafted by Miami Dolphins in first round http://www.komu.com/news/charles-harris-drafted-by-miami-dolphins-in-first-round/ http://www.komu.com/news/charles-harris-drafted-by-miami-dolphins-in-first-round/ Sports Thu, 27 Apr 2017 9:58:01 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Charles Harris drafted by Miami Dolphins in first round

PHILADELPHIA – The Miami Dolphins selected Missouri Tigers defensive end Charles Harris with the 22nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft.

Harris spent three seasons with Missouri from 2014-2016, earning a Southeastern Conference East title his freshman season. Harris collected 18 sacks, 136 tackles and five fumbles in his career with Missouri.

Harris was one of eight Missouri first-round selections over the past decade and the first since Denver Broncos selected since Shane Ray 23rd overall in the 2015 NFL draft.

Seven players from the Southeastern Conference were drafted before Harris, including three Alabama players, two LSU players and Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett with the first overall pick. Harris was the fourth defensive end selected in the draft.

The first round of the 2017 NFL draft concludes after the 32nd pick on Thursday. The second round will continue on Friday at 6 p.m. CT.

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Kansas City Chiefs trade up to draft Patrick Mahomes II http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-trade-up-to-draft-patrick-mahomes-ii/ http://www.komu.com/news/kansas-city-chiefs-trade-up-to-draft-patrick-mahomes-ii/ Sports Thu, 27 Apr 2017 9:01:40 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Kansas City Chiefs trade up to draft Patrick Mahomes II

PHILADELPHIA - The Kansas City Chiefs selected quarterback Patrick Mahomes II with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Mahomes played three years of college football at Texas Tech from 2014-2016. He finished with 93 passing touchdowns and 11,252 passing yards, both third-best in Texas Tech history. 

Kansas City traded three draft picks to the Buffalo Bills in order to acquire the tenth overall. The Chiefs sent the 27th overall draft pick, a third-round selection and their 2018 first-round draft pick to Buffalo.

Thursday marks the first time Chiefs have drafted a quarterback in the first-round since selecting Todd Blackledge in 1983. Mahomes was the second quarterback picked in the draft and Chiefs’ highest-seeded selection since the team’s first overall pick of Eric Fisher in 2013.

Kansas City has eight more picks in the NFL Draft. Unless the Chiefs make another first-round trade, their next pick will be in the second-round, the 59th overall pick, on Friday.

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White Sox beat Royals 5-2 in final game of Kansas City's road trip http://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-beat-royals-5-2-in-final-game-of-kansas-city-s-road-trip/ http://www.komu.com/news/white-sox-beat-royals-5-2-in-final-game-of-kansas-city-s-road-trip/ Sports Wed, 26 Apr 2017 6:42:35 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer White Sox beat Royals 5-2 in final game of Kansas City's road trip

CHICAGO - The Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals by a score of 5-2 on Wednesday afternoon at Guaranteed Rate Field as Sox LHP Jose Quintana churned out his best start of the season. Quintana (1-4) benefited from serious run support for the first time this season as he had only received four runs of support from his club during his first four starts this season. 

Quintana kept the Royals in check allowing only two runs, one earned, over six frames. He also reached a new season-high in strikeouts with 10. 

Kansas City was once again unable to produce much offense, a problem which has plagued them away from home this year. The Royals averaged just under two runs per game during their winless seven game trip, which ended Wednesday. They'll head home to lick their wounds at Kauffman Stadium where they fare much better, with a record of 5-3. 

The White Sox on the other hand, swung the bat with ease on Wednesday. First baseman Jose Abreu and third baseman Todd Frazier got the early lead for the South Siders in the bottom of the first inning with back-to-back RBI doubles. Abreu would leave the game in the fifth inning, though, after straining his groin attempting to field a soft grounder to first base. 

After KC tied the game with runs in the fifth and sixth innings, Sox OF Avisail Garcia quickly responded with a two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth. His fellow outfielder, Leury Garcia, smashed a home run of his own in the seventh, pushing the lead to 5-2. They would win by that mark. 

The Royals next contest will be at home against the Twins on Friday, first pitch at 7:15 p.m. CT. After a three-game tilt with the Twins, they will face these same White Sox in a four-game set, but this time on their home turf. 



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Central Methodist University shortstop wins weekly athletic award http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-university-shortstop-wins-weekly-athletic-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-university-shortstop-wins-weekly-athletic-award/ Sports Tue, 25 Apr 2017 5:11:55 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Central Methodist University shortstop wins weekly athletic award

COLUMBIA - Central Methodist University freshman shortstop Hannah Steeby was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Softball Player of the Week on Monday.

She had one of her strongest weeks for the Eagles, hitting .484, with four home runs, five doubles and 14 runs batted in. Steeby also finished last week with a slugging percentage of 1.097 and an on-base percentage of .515. She did not strike out once during the week. Steeby currently ranks 11th in triples nationally (5).

The Eagles will compete next against Baker in a doubleheader at MidAmerica Nazarene University at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Central Methodist University track runner wins weekly athletic award http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-university-track-runner-wins-weekly-athletic-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/central-methodist-university-track-runner-wins-weekly-athletic-award/ Sports Tue, 25 Apr 2017 5:03:30 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Central Methodist University track runner wins weekly athletic award

COLUMBIA - Central Methodist University sophomore runner Daymean Probst was named the Heart of America Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week on Monday.

He recorded a sixth place and a first place 4x800 meter relay team finish at the Dewey Allgood Invitational Meet on Sunday. Probst also set a personal best time of 1:56.06 in the 800 meters.

Both the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will compete in the Baker Open on Saturday in Baldwin City, Kansas starting at 10 a.m.

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William Woods mens golf wins AMC Championship, advances to national tournament http://www.komu.com/news/william-woods-mens-golf-wins-amc-championship-advances-to-national-tournament/ http://www.komu.com/news/william-woods-mens-golf-wins-amc-championship-advances-to-national-tournament/ Sports Tue, 25 Apr 2017 4:47:48 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer William Woods mens golf wins AMC Championship, advances to national tournament

COLUMBIA - The William Woods University men’s golf team won its fourth straight American Midwest Conference Championship this past week.

The Owls beat Missouri Baptist by 54 shots. Senior Billy McKenzie led the team and was the individual tournament champion. He was the only golfer to finish under-par in the tournament. Senior Matt Wells also led the team who finished the tournament at even-par 213. Wells earned a second place finish.

The Owls will compete next in the NAIA Men’s Golf National Championship from May 16 to May 19 in Moline, Illinois.

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Columbia College women's basketball coach resigns to take NCAA Division I position http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-women-s-basketball-coach-resigns-to-take-ncaa-division-i-position/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-women-s-basketball-coach-resigns-to-take-ncaa-division-i-position/ Sports Mon, 24 Apr 2017 6:29:22 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College women's basketball coach resigns to take NCAA Division I position

COLUMBIA - Columbia College Athletic Director Bob Burchard announced today that women's basketball head coach Jessica Keller has resigned to accept a top assistant coach position at NCAA Division I Illinois State University.
"Jessica did an exemplary job leading our women's basketball program for the past three years," Burchard said. "She is a rising star in the profession. We sincerely wish her well as she takes on her new responsibilities at Illinois State."

Keller compiled a record of 75-24 in three seasons at Columbia, along with a 55-17 record in the American Midwest Conference. She coached the program to a pair of NAIA Tournament appearances. In the Cougars 2015-16 season, the Cougars began with a school record 19-straight victories and rose to No. 3 overall in the country. The program was ranked in 31 of 34 polls during her tenure. 

The Athletic Department announced that the search for a new head coach is underway.


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Lincoln's Faedion Royes Named MIAA Athlete of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-faedion-royes-named-miaa-athlete-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-faedion-royes-named-miaa-athlete-of-the-week/ Sports Mon, 24 Apr 2017 5:48:58 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln's Faedion Royes Named MIAA Athlete of the Week

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After turning in two of the MIAA's quickest times, Lincoln junior Faedion Royes was named the MIAA Men's Track Athlete of the Week. The league office announced the honor, which was voted upon by a select panel of conference sports information directors, on Monday afternoon. 

Competing at the Kansas Relays Royes turned in an excellent performace. The Lincoln 4x400 relay team posted a time of 3:12.55, good for best in the meet and ninth in Division II. Royes was also the runner-up in the 400m with a time of 47.15, the fastest mark in the MIAA.

This is the first time Royes has been honored by the MIAA. It is the second award to a Lincoln runner this season as Stephen Rose was recognized on April 10.

THe Lincoln track and field team continues its 2017 campaign at the Drake Relays this week, hosted in Des Moines, Iowa from April 27-29.


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CMU softball coach marks 700 wins with family in the dugout http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-softball-coach-marks-700-wins-with-family-in-the-dugout/ http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-softball-coach-marks-700-wins-with-family-in-the-dugout/ Sports Mon, 24 Apr 2017 12:11:24 PM Hannah Husmann, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter CMU softball coach marks 700 wins with family in the dugout

FAYETTE - Every coach wants to be successful and for Central Methodist softball coach Pat Reardon, he's made it a habit.

"To look back on it and win 700 games is quite a bit," he said.

After almost 25 years and over 1,100 games, Reardon passed the milestone in March, at the beginning of the 2017 season.

"I appreciate all the praise I've gotten from other coaches, from my staff, from my faculty, from the administration. All that's been good recognition but it's about this group of kids and getting them to another conference championship and beyond," Reardon said. 

He's the winningest coach in Heart of America Athletic Conference history, but now, the team's sights are set on the postseason. The Eagles are going for their seventh straight Heart of America Athletic Conference championship this year. 

"The biggest difference in those last seven years has been my dad. He came on as a part-time coach and now is a recruiting coordinator and there's a direct correlation to when he came here to where we're at now," Reardon said.

Reardon's father, Gene Reardon, is only one piece of the puzzle. 

Addy Reardon joined her father and grandfather at Central Methodist last year.

"It's probably hardest on her. Just to have grandpa and have dad with you the whole time, she probably feels a weight more than anybody else can see," Reardon said.

 Addy Reardon said the transition from daughter to player has been an easy one.

"I think last year I proved myself and I think this year I'm doing the same thing. But my dad doesn't treat me any different than he does any other player," Addy Reardon said. 

She said her dad keeps the coaching attitude but still offers her words of encouragement only a father can give. 

"He came over to me and was like, 'I just want to have a dad moment with you and tell you I love you and I'm proud of how you played today, and that's all I have to say,' and he just walked away," she said.

Even with three generations in one clubhouse, Addy Reardon said it hasn't been a distraction from the team's goals.

"We depend a lot on each other so whenever one person is not doing well, we try to pick that person up because if it's one person down then the rest of the team gets down. We have a super close group so I think that's helped a lot," she said. 

The Eagles wrap up their regular season and set their sights on conference championship number seven in May. 

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Fulton softball tournament raises thousands for cancer research http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-softball-tournament-raises-thousands-for-cancer-research/ http://www.komu.com/news/fulton-softball-tournament-raises-thousands-for-cancer-research/ Sports Sun, 23 Apr 2017 9:09:46 PM Marissa Rubino, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Fulton softball tournament raises thousands for cancer research

JEFFERSON CITY - Fulton Family Health Associates held their first ever Strike Out Cancer softball tournament benefiting Callaway County Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society on Sunday. 

The company began fundraising for Relay for Life back in 2015, after seeing how cancer affected patients and their families. This year they decided to do something new to raise money.

"Last year we set a goal, and we hit that goal, so we wanted to do something more challenging," said Mindy McKenna. She's the team captain of her group, the Cancer Avengers. 

As of Sunday morning, the tournament had raised close to $5,500. Donations have poured in through raffle prizes, food for the concessions, and monetary gifts. 

"Our teams have been very cooperative and wonderful to work with," McKenna said. 

Ten teams participated in the tournament, which was postponed several weeks due to weather. That did not deter anyone from coming to join in on the fun on Sunday. 

"It's always good to get out and support whatever cause you can, and this is one that I think is dear to all of us," said Kevin Ochsner. His team, the Upper Deckers, plays in several fundraising tournaments throughout the year. "Cancer has touched everybody, we've all known somebody that has been affected." 

McKenna said her and her team hope their work with Relay for Life continues to grow and get even bigger and better. 

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Columbia Cougars softball earns regular season conference title http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-cougars-softball-earns-regular-season-conference-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-cougars-softball-earns-regular-season-conference-title/ Sports Thu, 20 Apr 2017 10:14:03 PM Joey Schneider, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia Cougars softball earns regular season conference title

COLUMBIA - Following a doubleheader home sweep of the No.22 Freed-Hardeman Lions, the No. 3 Columbia Cougars softball team became outright champions of the American Midwest Conference on Thursday.

The Cougars did not allow a run in either game, collecting 5-0 and 8-0 victories respectively against Freed-Hardeman. 

Columbia starting pitchers Paxton Welch and Lauren McCroskie both tossed complete game shutouts, limiting Freed-Hardeman hitters to five hits on the day. 

Alexandra Linck finished with three hits and drove in a team-leading four runs across both games. Linck was one of six Cougars position players to finish with a multi-hit day between both games of the doubleheader. 

The pair of victories lifted the Cougars to a regular season finish of 38-5, helping the team to its 13th conference title in program history. 

The Cougars will participate in the quarterfinals of the American Midwest Conference Championships next week. Columbia's first game of the tournament will be April 28 at the Antimi Softball Complex. The Cougars' next opponent is not yet determined. 


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Cardinals complete sweep against the Pirates behind Fowler's big bat http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-complete-sweep-against-the-pirates-behind-fowler-s-big-bat/ http://www.komu.com/news/cardinals-complete-sweep-against-the-pirates-behind-fowler-s-big-bat/ Sports Wed, 19 Apr 2017 5:46:51 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Cardinals complete sweep against the Pirates behind Fowler's big bat

ST. LOUIS - The Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 2-1 Wednesday afternoon for the third time in a row, completing their first sweep of the season. Michael Wacha got the win for the redbirds and Gerrit Cole was handed the loss, his second of the season. 

The first score of the game didn't come until the bottom of the third inning when CF Dexter Fowler cracked a home run into the lower deck in right field, his first home run as a Cardinal. With no runners on base, this elevated the score to 1-0 in favor of the Cardinals. 

This lead did not last, though, as in the next frame, Pirates 1B Josh Bell belted a home run to center to level the score at 1-1. This was Wacha's (2-1) first blemish of the game as he had been perfect through the first three innings. He would settle down after that, however, and was able to toss 6.2 innings of four-hit ball, only giving up the one run. 

He barely out dueled Pirates SP Cole (1-2) who was also impressive, 6.0 innings pitched with only six hits allowed and eight strikeouts. His one problem was the inability to deal with Fowler, who once again got to him in the bottom of the fifth for his second homer of the day. Fowler again showcased his power to right, and swiped the lead back for his Cardinals, 2-1. 

Cardinals closer Seung Hwan Oh was unavailable after pitching the previous two games, so they leaned on RP Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. He was able to maneuver around a John Jaso single and got his first save of the season. 

The Cards are on their way to Milwaukee for a game against the Brewers on Thursday, first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. CT at Miller Park. 


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Columbia College softball clinches share of AMC title http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-clinches-share-of-amc-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-clinches-share-of-amc-title/ Sports Tue, 18 Apr 2017 6:33:23 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College softball clinches share of AMC title

COLUMBIA – The Columbia College softball team extended their winning streak to seven straight games this afternoon. They defeated Park University in an AMC doubleheader by a final score of 6-3 in the first game and 4-0 in the second.

The Cougars improved to 36-5 this season and clinched a share of the AMC regular season title with a 21-1 conference record. The team also recently ranked third in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Top 25 Poll.

Paxton Welch started as pitcher in the first game and struck out four batters. She allowed only six hits and two earned runs in 6.2 innings. Olivia Denslow went 2-2 with an RBI and Theresa DeCosty went 1-1 with two runs scored. In the second game, Lauren McCroskie struck out one batter and only allowed three hits to shutout the Pirates.

The Cougars will host Freed-Hardeman University next in their final doubleheader of the season on Thursday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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Columbia College softball player breaks school records, awarded national title http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-player-breaks-school-records-awarded-national-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-softball-player-breaks-school-records-awarded-national-title/ Sports Tue, 18 Apr 2017 4:46:15 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College softball player breaks school records, awarded national title

COLUMBIA – Columbia College sophomore infielder Molly Carter was named the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week on Tuesday.

Carter set two new Columbia College records with most home runs in a single season (12) and most RBI’s in a single season (69). Carter helped her team improve to 5-1 this week. She had 20 at-bats with 13 hits, giving her 14 RBI’s. She also had two home runs and three doubles.

Carter averaged 3.3 at-bats, 2.2 hits, 1.0 runs scored. She had a batting average of .650 and a slugging percentage of 1.100.

The Cougars will face Freed-Hardeman University next in a doubleheader on Thursday, April 20 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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Missouri baseball teams up against sexual assault http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-teams-up-against-sexual-assault/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-teams-up-against-sexual-assault/ Sports Mon, 17 Apr 2017 7:20:29 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Reporter Missouri baseball teams up against sexual assault

COLUMBIA - Along with the traditional black and gold, teal was the color on display at Taylor Stadium on Friday.

The color of sexual assault awareness month splattered the stands as part of a "Teal Out" for Missouri's series opener against No. 10 Kentucky. It was the first of its kind in all of Division I athletics.

The "Teal Out" was the culmination of Missouri's partnership with It's On Us, a national organization committed to helping end sexual violence on campus.

"It helps set that national standard that this is something that athletics should be taking seriously," said Tori Schafer, the director of It's On Us at MU. "This is something we should be having proactive conversations about in the future."

The baseball team is the first athletic team at Missouri to officially partner with It's On Us. Junior relief pitcher Nolan Gromacki spearheaded the team's involvement.

"The support I have from those guys in the locker room is more than I could ask for," Gromacki said. "Having their support makes it easy to do stuff like this because I know every guy in that locker room and every coach has my back."

Gromacki also serves as co-president of Missouri's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. His goal is to change the assumptions about college athletes.

"It's absolutely shocked some people," Gromacki said. "There's a lot of groups on campus that don't think so highly of athletes a lot of the time, especially talking about stuff like It's On Us. Seeing how people have kind of flipped their predisposition about what a baseball player should look like and those assumptions that they wouldn't want to be involved with things like this was pretty special tonight."

Schafer has been involved with It's On Us for two years, but official programming at MU did not start until April 10. The "Teal Out" game was the final event of the organization's first week of action on campus.

"I feel like there's a stigma around talking about sexual assault and athletics, so we're really grateful that Coach Bieser decided to take up this initiative and promote a positive cause and change on our campus," Schafer said.

For Gromacki, his inspiration comes from his sister, who will attend MU in the fall.

"This school means so much to me and I want to be able to take the love I have for my family and try to reciprocate that to everyone on campus," Gromacki said.

While the baseball team is the first Mizzou team to get involved, Schafer said she has already been approached by the track team. She said she also plans to reach out to other teams on campus, like women's basketball, football and softball.

"I think it's going to be pretty contagious," Gromacki said. "I feel like other sports are going to want to get involved because they see the energy it can bring around the program."

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Mizzou Baseball's Harris earns weekly honor http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-s-harris-earns-weekly-honor/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-s-harris-earns-weekly-honor/ Sports Mon, 17 Apr 2017 4:57:12 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Baseball's Harris earns weekly honor

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Baseball junior OF Trey Harris (Power Springs, Ga.) was named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Player of the Week, the publication announced Monday. Harris is the first Mizzou player to win the honor since pitcher Tanner Houck took home the award in March of last season.

In the Tigers five games this past week, Harris led the Tigers to a 3-2 record, slugging five home runs, including a three homer game against Kentucky on Saturday. Harris is the first Mizzou player to hit three home runs in a game since 2008. Harris also drove in eight runs during five games last week.

Harris now sits third in the SEC in home runs with 11, while leading the Tigers in homers, walks (29), RBI's (40) and slugging (.603).

The Tigers will close their six-game homestand tomorrow against Missouri State at 6:30 p.m. The game will air on SEC Network+. 

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Jefferson City community rallies around one of its own after house fire http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-community-rallies-around-one-of-its-own-after-house-fire/ http://www.komu.com/news/jefferson-city-community-rallies-around-one-of-its-own-after-house-fire/ Sports Sun, 16 Apr 2017 5:12:35 PM Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Jefferson City community rallies around one of its own after house fire

JEFFERSON CITY - For Jefferson City head coach Ted LePage, sophomore defensive lineman Issac Cordero represents everything he looks for in a high school football player.

"Issac is a young man that's very respectful. He just never does anything wrong," LePage said. "We have four pillars that we base our program on: Effort, toughness, discipline and honor. And he's always representing all four of those."
It would be his teammates who would need to represent those four pillars when tragedy struck. 
On March 17, a fire started in the basement of the Cordero's home in Jefferson City. Two pets died and the family was displaced.
"I received a phone call from [Assistant Coach] Chris Lueckenhoff," LePage said. "And he said 'Hey, I don't know if you know, but the Cordero family just lost all of their belongings in a house fire.' I was riding with my wife as we were coming into town and I said 'I need to do something' and she said, 'Yeah, you do.'"
That same day, just hours after the fire, a Facebook post from the Jefferson City football page called out to the Jays community, asking for any donations to help the Cordero family. 

"We just formulated a plan," LePage said. "At times there were people I wasn't able to talk to. There were just walking in and handing in something, or handing a gift certificate, or money. It really just showed me the power, not only of social media, but the power of Jefferson City."

Later that afternoon, the Cordero's were called to the Keith Weber Athletic Center, with no idea about the gift they were about to receive. 

"We were just told to pick up Issac," said Toni Cordero, Issac's mother. "I guess there was a mass email sent through the school district. When we came to pick up Issac there was a packet, and all the football players rallied around our son." 

A video posted on the Jays Facebook page shows LePage and the team surprising the Cordero's with a donation of clothes, shoes, and other items for the family to start a new chapter in their lives. 

"It's amazing how the community helps people in a time of need," Toni Cordero said. "Everybody that we can possibly think of wrapped their arms around us and just hugged us, in regards of support, encouragement, giving us avenues to help better ourselves, to put our lives back together."

"This community is built on standing by each other," LePage said. "Standing up and respecting each other. Being part of a community is greater than yourself. It is helping another human being, and that's what I think our team got to experience in that, is serving another person." 

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Annual Black & Gold Game gives first look at 2017 Missouri football http://www.komu.com/news/annual-black-and-gold-game-gives-first-look-at-2017-missouri-football/ http://www.komu.com/news/annual-black-and-gold-game-gives-first-look-at-2017-missouri-football/ Sports Sat, 15 Apr 2017 9:44:39 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Annual Black & Gold Game gives first look at 2017 Missouri football

COLUMBIA - The 2017 spring camp came to an end Saturday as the Gold unit on offense beat the Black unit on defense, 24-0, in the annual Black & Gold Game.

All of the scoring came in the first half.

Some statistics and notes from the game:


  • Junior WR Emanuel Hall caught two touchdown receptions, one each from sophomore QB Jack Lowary and freshman QB Micah Wilson, and finished with a game-high 87 yards on three catches.
  • Mizzou hasn't named the backup for sophomore QB Drew Lock, but Lowary made an early case by throwing for 113 yards, two touchdowns and a rating of 191.7, all team highs. On a second possession third-and-seven, Lowary avoided a blitz to throw a 42-yard TD to Hall.
  • Running backs Ish Witter and Damarea Crockett were held out for precautionary reasons. 
  • Freshman early-enrollee Isaiah Miller got the most work among the running backs, leading the Gold with 14 carries and 57 yards.
  • Walk-on freshman RB Dawson Downing also stood out in the backfield. He converted a 31-yard carry and a touchdown on the opening drive. He finished with 47 yards on nine carries.



  • Kansas State transfer Kaleb Prewitt made an immediate impact. The redshirt-sophomore led the Tigers with six tackles, all solos, as well as one for loss and a pass break-up.
  • With projected starter at DE, Marcell Frazier, out with a broken right arm, there were plenty of opportunities for players to impress coaches on the outside of the defensive line. Sophomore Nate Howard stood out with two sacks. Redshirt freshman Tre Williams also had a sack.
  • Sophomore safety Ronnell Perkins made five tackles and tacked on a interception and a sack. 


Special Teams

  • Kicker Tucker McCann, the former fifth-rated kicking recruit of the 2016 class by ESPN and Rivals, converted all of his PAT's and added a 47-yard FG. McCann was 6-12 in 2016 with four missed PAT's.
  • Sophomore punter Corey Fatony averaged 51 yards on four punts, dropping two inside the opposing 20-yard-line.

No Tigers that played suffered any significant injuries in front of the crowd of 16,457.




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Piscotty's big day lifts Cardinals over Nationals, snaps 3-game skid http://www.komu.com/news/piscotty-s-big-day-lifts-cardinals-over-nationals-snaps-3-game-skid/ http://www.komu.com/news/piscotty-s-big-day-lifts-cardinals-over-nationals-snaps-3-game-skid/ Sports Wed, 12 Apr 2017 6:55:50 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Piscotty's big day lifts Cardinals over Nationals, snaps 3-game skid

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The St. Louis Cardinals stormed past the Washington Nationals by a score of 6-1 on Wednesday afternoon to improve to 3-6 on the young season. 

Mike Leake toed the rubber for the redbirds and dazzled with 7.0 innings of scoreless baseball, accompanied by seven strikeouts and only four hits. Leake sat down 19 batters in a row from the tail end of the first inning to the seventh frame. 

Former Mizzou tiger Max "Mad Max" Scherzer took the hill for the Nationals and was also impressive. He allowed only one run over 6.0 innings of work and K'd 10 Cardinals in the process. 

Outfielder Stephen Piscotty put on a hitting clinic in the batter's box on Wednesday, totaling five RBI. He did his damage on two RBI singles in the first and fifth innings before he dealt the crushing blow to the Nationals; a 3-run long ball in the top of the ninth to extend the lead to an irrecoverable 6-1.

The Cardinals are headed to New York for a 3-game tilt against the Yankees. Their first game will be Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT. 

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St. Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams relocation to LA http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-sues-nfl-teams-over-rams-relocation-to-la/ http://www.komu.com/news/st-louis-sues-nfl-teams-over-rams-relocation-to-la/ Sports Wed, 12 Apr 2017 1:13:04 PM The Associated Press St. Louis sues NFL, teams over Rams relocation to LA

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The city of St. Louis and that region's sports authority are suing the National Football League over the Rams' relocation to Los Angeles.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday in St. Louis Circuit Court also names the NFL's 32 teams as defendants and seeks unspecified damages and restitution.

The lawsuit alleges the Rams failed to meet league relocation rules when leaving for Los Angeles before last season, constituting a contractual breach with St. Louis.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

The lawsuit alleges that St. Louis has lost an estimated $1.85 million to $3.5 million each year in amusement and ticket tax collections, as well as roughly $7.5 million in property taxes. In total, the city will have lost more than $100 million in net proceeds.


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