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. () () Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:03:43 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-and-softball-drop-rubber-games-sunday/ Sports Sun, 26 Mar 2017 8:01:49 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball and softball drop rubber games Sunday

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball and softball lost Sunday to drop both of their respective series.

Mizzou softball (18-13, 1-4 SEC) fell to No. 7 Texas A&M, 7-3, in College Station while Mizzou baseball (21-3, 4-2 SEC) lost to Arkansas, 9-8, in Columbia.

Mizzou softball earned an early 3-1 lead against Texas A&M, using RBI singles from senior Natalie Flemming and sophomore Rylee Pierce. The Aggies were forced to pull starter Trinity Harrington after allowing eight hits in just one inning pitched.

Texas A&M (28-3, 7-2 SEC) responded by scoring in all of the first five innings, including a three-run third, to take a 7-3 advantage that would hold as the final score. 

The Mizzou lead was 3-2 in the third inning with two outs on Texas A&M batters, but Aggie freshman Sarah Hudek hit a three-run home run to gain a 5-3 advantage.

The Tigers totaled 12 hits, but stranded a season high 11 runners on base.

Mizzou baseball also earned an early lead against Arkansas following a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to the warning track in the first inning from sophomore Brian Sharp to make it 1-0.

Arkansas (20-5, 5-1 SEC) responded in the top of the second with a lead-off homer from freshman Dominic Fletcher. The Razorbacks added two more runs on three hits before junior Tiger starting pitcher Andy Toelken was pulled without recording an out in the second.

Toelken received his first loss of the season.

Arkansas added four runs in the top of the fourth to take a 7-1 advantage following a Mizzou error with two outs and highlighted by a three-run homer from sophomore catcher Grant Koch. 

Four of the Razorback runs followed errors and were unearned.

Arkansas would add its third and final homer of the game in the fifth inning off the bat of junior Carson Shaddy. 

The Tigers trailed 9-3 in the eighth inning, but rallied to score four in the bottom of the frame. Two runs scored on a wild pitch that struck out Kameron Misner and got lost behind home plate.

Mizzou continued to rally in the ninth, scoring once more, with two outs, on a RBI single from sophomore Ian Nelson. However, sophomore Connor Brumfield struck out looking with the tying run on second base as Arkansas escaped with the win.

Mizzou softball is back in action Wednesday for a double-header at Wichita State.

Mizzou baseball will look to respond to its first series loss of the season Tuesday when the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks come to Columbia.


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Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-starts-new-streak-beats-arkansas/ Sports Sat, 25 Mar 2017 6:26:14 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball starts new streak, beats Arkansas

COLUMBIA - Missouri baseball defeated Arkansas 7-2 Saturday to get back to winning ways.

Arkansas (19-5, 4-1 SEC) ended Mizzou's nation-long 20-game winning streak Friday night.

The Tigers (21-2, 4-1) powered past the Razorbacks with a six-run sixth inning, handing Arkansas starting pitcher Trevor Stephan his first loss of the season.

Mizzou starting pitcher, sophomore Michael Plassmeyer, allowed one run in five innings. The lone run he surrendered came from a solo home run off the bat of Razorback junior Chad Spanberger.

The score was tied 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning until junior Robbie Glendinning hit a two-run homer to left filed. The next batter, sophomore Brian Sharp, followed that with a home run of his own to extend the lead to 4-1.

Later in the bottom of the sixth still, junior catcher Nelson Mompierre hit the third home run of the frame with a man on base to make the Tiger lead 6-1.

Mizzou would add one more in the inning before Arkansas could escape down 7-1.

Arkansas would score once more in the eighth, but Mizzou reliever TJ Sikkema shut them down before it became trouble.

Sikkema earned his fifth win of the season in relief, allowing the one run in four innings.

The series will be decided Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Andy Toelken will take the hill for Mizzou.  

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Missouri softball wins at No. 7 Texas A&M http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-wins-at-no-7-texas-aandm/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-wins-at-no-7-texas-aandm/ Sports Sat, 25 Mar 2017 6:14:32 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball wins at No. 7 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - Missouri softball defeated No. 7 Texas A&M Saturday to split the first two games of their series.

Mizzou (18-12, 1-3 SEC) earned its first conference victory of the season, third over a ranked team and second against a top 10 opponent.

Senior starting pitcher Cheyenne Baxter (6-2) threw a complete game, her third complete game victory of the season. Her stats: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 K. 

The Tigers got ahead early, taking a 3-0 lead through the first inning. Senior Kirsten Mack and redshirt junior Anna Reed each drove in runs in the frame. Mizzou added another in the top of the second to make it a 4-0 advantage.

The Aggies (27-3, 6-2 SEC) responded in the bottom of the second with a run of their own, but that was all Baxter would allow. At one point, Baxter retired 11 consecutive Aggies.

In two SEC starts, Baxter has only allowed two runs in 13 innings pitched, limiting batters to a .204 average.

Mizzou capped it off with a solo home run off the bat of sophomore Rylee Pierce in the sixth inning, her fourth of the season.

The rubber match is set to be played Sunday at noon.

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Mike Alden goes "back to school" for his second act at Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/mike-alden-goes-back-to-school-for-his-second-act-at-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/mike-alden-goes-back-to-school-for-his-second-act-at-mizzou/ Sports Sat, 25 Mar 2017 1:06:11 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Mike Alden goes

COLUMBIA - During his time as athletic director at the University of Missouri Mike Alden oversaw a little bit of everything. Now, he's in the middle of a new chapter in his life, and using his experiences to influence a new group of Tigers, in the classroom.

"I loved being the athletic director at Mizzou. Literally. I enjoyed that. It was a dream job for me," Alden said. "A destination place for us and destination opportunity. But sometimes people say 'You don't realize how heavy the load is until you put it down'. So when you step away and retire you don't realize the demands that were put on you. Personally, physically emotionally and in a lot of different types of ways."

Alden's new load includes teaching four classes within the department of education at the university for both graduate and undergraduate students, and frequently acting as a guest lecturer around campus.

"It's given me a little bit more flexibility and freedom to be able to schedule our time and my time in a different way and I find that refreshing," Alden said. "I'm able to bring different life experiences I think towards the class in addition to whatever the textbook material may be."

The change in pace has also changed Alden's family life, and personality.

His wife, Rockie Alden, said, "It's odd seeing him in blue jeans almost every day. I think being able to take a step back, his personality has changed. He's much more laid back. It's great to have him home. Just have him be able to do things either at our house or at the farm and he's always loved going out there and now has the time to do it."

Both his family and colleagues know being a teacher is a perfect fit for Alden.

Rockie Alden said, "He's just a teacher at heart. We have a lot of teachers in our family. Our son's just getting ready to graduate and become a teacher. I think you're just wired that way. Even when he was in athletics teaching was the biggest part of it for him."

Professor Ty Doughlas said having Alden as a teacher is a great opportunity for students.

"You see people, perhaps on television, or you see their names, but how often do you get to sit at the feet of someone who has helped to build a program," he said. "There's an access piece that as a student, you can't pay for that."

For Alden, his two jobs are more similar than different.

"It's not for you to tell them what to do. It's to be a servant leader and help guide them and support them and encourage them. No different than when you're and athletic director," he said. "I hope they've taken with them that failure is just a part of life. If we're not getting the assignment just right, that's ok. What do we do about that, what do we learn from that and how do we grow from that, because we grow so much more from those things that we fail from than we do from our successes."





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Missouri softball falls at No. 7 Texas A&M http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-falls-at-no-7-texas-aandm/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-falls-at-no-7-texas-aandm/ Sports Fri, 24 Mar 2017 8:59:02 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball falls at No. 7 Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. - Missouri softball dropped the series opener Friday at No. 7 Texas A&M in five innings.

Mizzou (17-12, 0-3 SEC) managed as many hits as errors committed (two).

Texas A&M (27-2, 6-1 SEC) starting pitcher Trinity Harrington threw a complete game shutout to earn her eighth win of the season.

The Aggies scored in every half inning they came to bat, hitting three home runs. All of them came against Tiger stating pitcher Madi Norman.

Norman only made it through two innings, surrendering six runs, five earned, on five hits and three walks.

The Tigers and Aggies will play the middle game of their series Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-baseball-s-winning-streak-comes-to-an-end-against-arkansas/ Sports Fri, 24 Mar 2017 7:28:33 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri baseball's winning streak comes to an end against Arkansas

COLUMBIA - The No. 20 Missouri Tigers baseball team lost to the Arkansas Razorbacks 9-2 Friday, ending the nation's longest winning streak at 20 games.

Arkansas (19-4, 4-0 SEC) scored five runs in the second inning and led wire-to-wire to win its seventh consecutive game.

Mizzou (20-2, 3-1 SEC) had as many errors as runs scored. One error came in the five-run Arkansas second inning that allowed two unearned runs to score off of Tiger starting pitcher Tanner Houck.

The Preseason All-American, Houck surrendered five runs, three earned, in only 3.2 innings pitched.

That's when a two hour, eleven minute rain and lightning delay ceased play. The game was originally scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start, but with impending weather, it was moved up to a noon start.

While Houck couldn't return, Razorback starting pitcher Blaine Knight returned to finish six innings, allowing two runs.

Trailing 6-0, Mizzou attempted to climb back in the game with runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings to make the score 6-2. 

However, the Razorbacks would respond with runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings to put the Tigers away.

Mizzou and Arkansas will play game two of the series Saturday at 2 p.m. 

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Kim Anderson hired by Pittsburg State http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-hired-by-pittsburg-state/ http://www.komu.com/news/kim-anderson-hired-by-pittsburg-state/ Sports Fri, 24 Mar 2017 4:43:50 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Kim Anderson hired by Pittsburg State

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Former University of Missouri head basketball coach Kim Anderson has agreed to join Division II Pittsburg State University in the same position. 

Pittsburg State will formally introduce Anderson on Monday, March 27.

Anderson previously coached at Central Missouri, a rival of Pittsburg State in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. He led Central Missouri to the 2014 national title and two other final fours.

Anderson joined Missouri, his alma mater, as head coach before the 2014-2015 season. Anderson went 27-68 in three seasons. Anderson was asked to step down after going 8-24 this season.

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Michael Porter Jr. commits to Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-commits-to-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-commits-to-mizzou/ Sports Fri, 24 Mar 2017 4:21:19 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 News Michael Porter Jr. commits to Mizzou

COLUMBIA - Michael Porter Jr. announced his commitment to the University of Missouri Friday.

Michael Porter Jr. is the number one basketball recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. He averaged 36.2 points, 13.6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3.2 steals, and 2.7 blocks per game in his senior year, being named Gatorade Player of the Year as a member of Nathan Hale high school in Seattle on Wednesday. 

Porter Jr. was committed to the University of Washington until the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar March 15. He was then released from his scholarship Thursday.

Michael Porter Jr. is the first recruit to commit under new head coach Cuonzo Martin. Michael's dad, Michael Porter Sr. agreed to be an assistant coach for Mizzou Thursday.

Michael Porter Jr. played at Father Tolton Regional Catholic high school in Columbia, winning a Class 3 state championship in 2016. He moved to Seattle when Romar hired Michael Porter Sr. before the 2016-2017 season.

Two of Michael Porter Jr.'s sisters, Cierra and Bri, played for Mizzou women's basketball under head coach Robin Pingeton, their aunt.



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Three Columbia College players honored by NAIA http://www.komu.com/news/three-columbia-college-players-honored-by-naia/ http://www.komu.com/news/three-columbia-college-players-honored-by-naia/ Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 9:33:24 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Three Columbia College players honored by NAIA

COLUMBIA - Three Columbia College basketball players received NAIA All-American honors Thursday.

Junior Jackson Dubinski earned third-team honors and both senior Malik Ray and junior Nic Reynolds earned honorable mention recognition.

Dubinski, a 6'1" guard out of Rock Bridge High School, averaged 11.7 points per game with 123 assists on the season. He ranked 20th in the NAIA in assist/turnover ratio (2.460), 28th in 3-point field goal percentage (0.427), 30th in total assists (123), and 34th in total steals (51).

Ray, a 6'7" forward out of St. Louis, was named the American Midwest Conference Defensive Player of the Year. He lead the conference with 66 blocks on the season, seventh in the NAIA. In addition to leading the team in blocks, Ray's 231 rebounds led the team. He ranked fourth on the team in scoring, at 9.5 points per contest.

Reynolds, a 6'2" guard out of Peoria, Illinois, averaged 14.0 points per contest while shooting nearly 45 percent from the floor. Reynolds became just the 25th player in Columbia College history to score 1,000 career points. He currently sits at 1,200 points for his career which is just two points shy of Bob Todd for 15th all-time.

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Michael Porter Sr. hired as Mizzou basketball assistant http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-sr-hired-as-mizzou-basketball-assistant/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-sr-hired-as-mizzou-basketball-assistant/ Sports Thu, 23 Mar 2017 8:31:02 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Michael Porter Sr. hired as Mizzou basketball assistant

COLUMBIA - Michael Porter Sr. has been hired as an assistant coach under new head coach Cuonzo Martin, the school announced in a press release Thursday night.

Porter Sr. is the father of Michael Porter Jr. and Jontay Porter. 

Michael Porter Jr. is the number one basketball recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year on Wednesday. Porter Jr. was committed to the University of Washington until the Huskies fired head coach Lorenzo Romar. He was then released from his scholarship Thursday.

Jontay Porter is the 26th-ranked player in the class of 2018 according to ESPN, but there is speculation he could reclassify and join Michael Porter Jr. in college next season.

Michael Porter Sr. has previously coached Mizzou women's basketball as an assistant for head coach Robin Pingeton, who is his sister-in-law. Porter Sr. then was hired by Romar at Washington before the 2016-17 season. Romar and his staff were let go March 15. 

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With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ http://www.komu.com/news/with-win-over-arkansas-little-rock-mizzou-baseball-tallies-20-in-a-row/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 6:00:20 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer With win over Arkansas Little Rock, Mizzou baseball tallies 20 in a row

COLUMBIA - Missouri Baseball eclipsed Arkansas Little Rock by a tally of 11-8 on Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium to build on their impressive now 20-game win streak. The Tigers currently rank No. 18 in the country on Baseball America's mid-season rankings and their 20-1 mark is the best in program history. 

Missouri wasted no time, amassing six runs in the first inning. The hit parade began when catcher Brett Bond singled to left, scoring two. Nelson Mompierre then brought Bond and Kameron Misner around to score on an RBI single of his own. The Tigers tagged Little Rock starter Carter Brown for three runs right out of the gate and he was yanked from the game before he was able to record an out. The Trojans needed two more pitchers to finish the inning and the score was 6-0 when the teams made it to their dugouts. 

Missouri starter Bryce Montes De Oca did his fair share on the hill as well. The right-hander allowed only two runs on four hits through his four innings and recorded 4 K's. 

The Tigers saw their lead grow to 8-0 before it slowly began to dissipate. The Trojans began to eat into the deficit in the fourth inning when senior outfielder Hunter Owens reached base via infield single, scoring Cale Ridling. After a hit batsman and an error by the Tigers, UALR had cut the score to 4-8. 

Missouri regained its composure, though, in the fifth inning. Robbie Glendinning, Brett Bond and Brian Sharp all added RBIs to the Tiger campaign and the lead was pushed to 11-4 in their favor. This would be enough for them to close the door on UALR and they won by a score of 11-8. 

Junior Brett Bond has now reached base safely in 15 consecutive games and outfielder Misner is right behind him at 13 games. The Tigers will look to continue their winning streak against an equally hot Arkansas team on Friday. The Razorbacks will come into Columbia as winners of 9 of their last 10. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT. 

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Michael Porter Jr.: Dad offered Mizzou assistant coach position http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-dad-offered-mizzou-assistant-coach-position/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-porter-jr-dad-offered-mizzou-assistant-coach-position/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 3:41:38 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Michael Porter Jr.: Dad offered Mizzou assistant coach position

SEATTLE - Michael Porter Jr., the boys basketball Gatorade Player of the Year, confirmed his father has been offered an assistant coaching position on new head coach Cuonzo Martin's Missouri staff.

Porter Jr. said he and his father met with Martin in Seattle. The meeting was designed for Martin to meet with Porter Sr., but Porter Jr. met Martin and "shook hands and said hello", but did not talk recruiting with him.

Porter Jr. has not yet been released from his National Letter of Intent with the University of Washington, so talking with him about recruiting would be a violation on Martin's part. On a conference call, Porter Jr. said he has asked Washington to be released from his NLI after they fired head coach Lorenzo Romar.

Porter Jr. said his dad will not accept an offer yet, because he has yet to be released from his NLI and he doesn't want to pressure his son where to play basketball next season.

Porter Sr. has previously been an assistant coach on Robin Pingeton's Missouri women's basketball staff and was most recently an assistant coach at the University of Washington under Romar.

Porter Jr. said he will not necessarily follow his dad wherever he goes or vice versa.

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SEC, Mizzou adopt clear bag policy for football games http://www.komu.com/news/sec-mizzou-adopt-clear-bag-policy-for-football-games/ http://www.komu.com/news/sec-mizzou-adopt-clear-bag-policy-for-football-games/ Sports Wed, 22 Mar 2017 2:43:53 PM Kylie Callura, KOMU 8 Digital Producer SEC, Mizzou adopt clear bag policy for football games

COLUMBIA - The Southeastern Conference and Mizzou athletics are mimicking the National Football League and its initiative to keep game days safe for fans by implementing a clear bag policy for football games. 

Mizzou athletics announced Wednesday the security policy will take effect for the Tigers home opener against Missouri State at Memorial Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017. 

"SEC football stadiums are among the largest venues in the world of sports, so safety and security are issues that must always remain a priority for our events," said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. "We believe this policy is an important enhancement to the security measures already put in place by our institutions." 

Like the NFL's policy, only bags that meet the following guidelines will be allowed into Memorial Stadium and other SEC venues:

  • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12"
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bags (Ziploc or similar)
  • Small clutch bags, with or without a handle or strap, that do not exceed 4.5" x 6.5", about the size of a hand


Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after inspection at a gate specifically for fans with medical devices that require a bag.

According to the guidelines, an approved logo no larger than 4.5" x 3.4" is allowed on one side of a regulated clear bag. Bags that will not be allowed into the stadium include purses larger than a clutch, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs that are not clear, camera bags, binocular bags and any bag larger than the sizes stated above. 

Fans will still be allowed to bring cameras and binoculars in their approved bags.

Make sure you're prepared for the 2017 Mizzou football season by checking if your game day bag meets the requirements above. To brush up on what's allowed inside the stadium, visit the Mizzou athletics website.


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Harrisburg boys basketball looks for a new coach http://www.komu.com/news/harrisburg-boys-basketball-looks-for-a-new-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/harrisburg-boys-basketball-looks-for-a-new-coach/ Sports Tue, 21 Mar 2017 8:43:46 PM Amanda Henderson, KOMU 8 Reporter Harrisburg boys basketball looks for a new coach

HARRISBURG – After nearly two decades, Harrisburg High School will have a new men’s basketball coach.

Steve Combs officially announced his retirement from coaching Harrisburg boy’s basketball last Wednesday. Earlier in the year, Combs had been given the job of superintendent for Harrisburg for the upcoming school year.

Combs has been coaching for Harrisburg since 1999. Before that, he played basketball for both Harrisburg and then Columbia College.

His players said even though they had predicted their coach’s retirement, it didn’t make accepting the decision any easier.

“I knew it was coming, but in the locker room when he told us, it was very emotional,” Harrisburg junior guard Brendan Gray said.

Combs said he wasn’t ever ready to make a decision on the matter but knew it had to come at some point.

“It was one of those situations where I really didn’t want to make a decision either way until we were done,” Combs said.

Even though Combs is officially done coaching Harrisburg, he said his ride with the team and the kids on the team couldn’t have ended any better.

“I couldn’t really ask for a better script to win my last game in the final four with a great group of kids,” Combs said.

Even though Combs will still be around as superintendent, players said it will not make him leaving the program any easier.

“That’s going to be very weird. I mean, not seeing him storming up and down the court yelling, that’s going to be completely different,” junior guard Brendan Gray said.

Combs’ son, Cade Combs, said even though he knew the odds of his dad returning for his senior year were slim, he is proud with how his coaching tenure ended.

“It was a great year and fun time with all my best friends and my dad… and I didn’t know at the time that it would be his last year. But now looking back on it, it’s great to send him out with a final four,” senior guard Cade Combs said.

Steve Combs is excited to be in the stands and could not deny his gratitude for the school and the community of Harrisburg itself.

“I’ve been here for 18 years. It’s been a great ride and just thanks for all the memories.”

Harrisburg has not yet announced a new head coach, but the school is currently in the process of hiring one.

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Columbia native Michael Porter Jr. named Gatorade National Player of the Year http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-native-michael-porter-jr-named-gatorade-national-player-of-the-year/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-native-michael-porter-jr-named-gatorade-national-player-of-the-year/ Sports Tue, 21 Mar 2017 4:07:10 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports Columbia native Michael Porter Jr. named Gatorade National Player of the Year

COLUMBIA - Former Father Tolton Catholic High School star basketball player Michael Porter Jr. has been named the Gatorade High School Basketball Player of the Year. 

Porter was surprised with the award at his home in Seattle with his family.

Porter did not play his senior season at Tolton. He played at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle after his dad took an assistant coaching position under University of Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar. Porter, the No. 1 basketball recruit in the nation, committed to play college basketball at Washington, but Romar was fired last week. That has left many speculating Porter may re-open his recruitment.

In a release from the Gatorade Player of the Year program, his collegiate destination is "undecided."

His family has a home in Columbia and his sisters, also basketball players, both go to the University of Missouri, fueling speculation he may be interested in playing for his hometown team under new head coach Cuonzo Martin.

Porter averaged 36.2 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season on the way to leading his Nathan Hale Raiders to an undefeated 29-0 season and a state title. He also led Fr. Tolton to a state championship last season.




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Metz named NAIA softball player of the week http://www.komu.com/news/metz-named-naia-softball-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/metz-named-naia-softball-player-of-the-week/ Sports Tue, 21 Mar 2017 3:25:11 PM Micaela Dea, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Metz named NAIA softball player of the week

COLUMBIA - Junior Allyson Metz of Columbia College was honored the NAIA National Softball Player of the Week on Tuesday.

     Metz helped the Cougars go 4-0 from March 13 to 19, with wins against Harris-Stowe State and Missouri Baptist. She has a batting average of .786 for the season and a slugging average of 1.571 on the week. Metz is also hitting .385 for the season.

     The Cougars will face the Stephens College Stars in a doubleheader on Wednesday, March 22 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ http://www.komu.com/news/cuonzo-martin-introduced-as-mizzou-basketball-coach/ Sports Mon, 20 Mar 2017 4:47:52 PM Matt Antonic, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer and Chris Turner, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Cuonzo Martin introduced as Mizzou basketball coach

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri introduced Cuonzo Martin as 19th head basketball coach in program history in a Monday press conference at Mizzou Arena.

Martin comes to Columbia after head coaching jobs at Missouri State, Tennessee and California, where he compiled an overall record of 186-121. He will take over as the head coach after Kim Anderson was fired by first-year athletic director Jim Sterk.

Before introducing Martin, Sterk spoke confidently that Martin was the right man for the job. "Today we are able to check off all the boxes to develop a championship program in the hiring of Cuonzo Martin," Sterk said. "Cuonzo from the very start looked like a great fit for the Missouri program and the community."

In his opening remarks, Martin, a native of East St. Louis, said that coming to Mizzou felt like coming home. "To be home just off I-70 is a tremendous feeling," Martin said.

Martin spoke highly of Mizzou's facilities and fan support, and said he did not believe the program lacked the ability to win. "I think we have everything to be the last team standing one day, and that is my goal," Martin said.

In his most recent job at California, Martin finished 62-39 in three seasons while making both the NCAA Tournament and the NIT once. Martin quickly became a favorite for the job in Columbia after Kim Anderson was fired, and he said that he hopes to finish his coaching career in Columbia.

"If Mizzou keeps me for 20 years, then it's my plan to be here for 20 years," Martin said, "I pray this is my final stop."



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No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ http://www.komu.com/news/no-25-missouri-baseball-extends-streak-with-win-over-alabama/ Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 8:25:03 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer No. 25 Missouri baseball extends streak with win over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — No. 25 Mizzou Baseball defeated Alabama 7-4 Saturday.

With the victory, the team extends its win streak to 18 games, which is the longest active one in the nation.

The 18-1 record is the best start in program history. The win streak is the second-longest one in school history, trailing only the 1964 team that won 19 straight.

Mizzou struck early as sophomore Connor Brumfield led off the game with a triple into deep left center. He scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Brett Bond to give Mizzou a 1-0 lead. Freshman Kameron Misner also hit a two-out, RBI single to give Mizzou a 2-0 lead.

The Tigers never lost the lead, going wire-to-wire in the victory.

Brumfield, a Columbia native, went 5-5 with an RBI. He's the second Tiger with a five-hit game this season. Junior Robbie Glendinning complemented his performance with two hits and two RBI of his own. 

Sophomore starting pitcher Michael Plassmeye earned his fourth victory of the season, allowing three runs in five innings. 

Mizzou will look to sweep the series Sunday as junior Andy Toelken will take the mound against Alabama senior Nick Eicholtz.


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Missouri softball sweeps day two of doubleheader in Clearwater http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-sweeps-day-two-of-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-sweeps-day-two-of-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 8:17:20 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball sweeps day two of doubleheader in Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Missouri softball won both its contests Saturday, which was the second day of the South Florida Tournament.

The Tigers (16-11, 0-2 SEC) defeated North Dakota State 13-4 in the day's first game. Then, they defeated the host team South Florida Bulls 13-4 in just six innings.

Mizzou scored 15 of its 16 runs in innings five through seven against North Dakota State (10-19).

Mizzou freshman shortstop Braxton Burnside had a record setting day. She hit two grand slams, one in the fifth and sixth innings. Burnside finished 3 for 5 with 10 RBI.

The 10 RBI for Burnside is a single game school record.

Mizzou continued its momentum in the day's second game against the Bulls (19-14). The Tigers scored five runs in the second inning, mainly as a result of two wild pitches from the Bulls.

The Tigers added eight more runs through seven innings, highlighted by a three-run homer from senior catcher Kirsten Mack in the fourth.

Mizzou, now 3-1 in the South Florida Tournament, will conclude its stay in Clearwater Sunday morning against Monmouth.

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J'den Cox ends Mizzou career with third national title http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-ends-mizzou-career-with-third-national-title/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-ends-mizzou-career-with-third-national-title/ Sports Sat, 18 Mar 2017 8:04:46 PM Jacob Kornhauser, KOMU 8 Sports J'den Cox ends Mizzou career with third national title

ST. LOUIS — It ended not far from where it began. J'den Cox with an 8-2 win over Minnesota's Brett Pfarr won his third wrestling national championship in his final match as a Missouri Tiger. 

Unlike his first two national championships, the outcome of his third national title was almost never in doubt. As he collapsed to the mat, one thing was going through his mind. 

"I did it. I did it. And I pushed through everything to get here. And that's the best feeling," Cox said.

Cox has nothing left to prove at Missouri after winning a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics and three national championships as a Tiger. He said graduating is his next priority. After that, he doesn't quite know yet. 

Of a future professional Olympic-style wrestling career, he said: "That's going to take some time. We just have to figure it out. We might be able to make it one day. I'm not too sure."

Now that his collegiate career is over, Cox is being called one of the greatest athletes in the history of the University of Missouri. He said he didn't wrestle in order to be put in that conversation, though.

"It's nice to be recommended, but I didn't do this for the accolades. I didn't do this for the acknowledgment. I did it for the love of the sport. But for people to say that, I'm honored to be put in that category." 

Cox will continue with his work in the community, something he has done from his days at Hickman High School to the end of his career at Missouri on a special night in St. Louis. 

"I love conversating with people and talk with them and I feel like people get a lot from having a conversation with somebody. I believe conversations can bring out the fact that people actually really matter," Cox said. "That's something I want to do and just talk with people."

After a decorated career earning him accolades from Brazil to St. Louis and seemingly everywhere in between, he will find no shortage of people willing to listen.

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