KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Olympic Sports Olympic Sports en-us Copyright 2016, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 26 Sep 2016 10:09:29 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 Mizzou defeats Ole Miss 5-0 in SEC opener http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-defeats-ole-miss-5-0-in-sec-opener/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-defeats-ole-miss-5-0-in-sec-opener/ Olympic Sports Fri, 9 Sep 2016 10:56:29 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Mizzou defeats Ole Miss 5-0 in SEC opener

OXFORD, Miss - Mizzou Women's Soccer made easy work of the Rebels defeating them 5-0 on the road in Oxford Friday night. It was the first SEC test for both teams on the year and marked the most goals recorded by the squad in a conference match in its brief SEC history.

While Mississippi was not able to find the back of the net, they did put up twelve shots. It was the work of sophomore keeper Kelsey Dossey (Plainfield, Ind.), two saves, that made it possible for Missouri to walk away with the win. It was the first shutout of her career.

Missouri's offense evidently shared the ball Friday night as five seperate playes found their way onto the scorecard. Amanda Shaw (Carmel, Ind.) recorded the first goal of her collegiate career in the 60th minute. Sarah Luebbert (Jefferson City, Mo.) scored her fifth goal of the season which leads the team, she also had an assist.

The Rebels fall to 4-3 on the year and will next be tested this Sunday at home against South Alabama. The Tigers improve to 5-2 and will continue their conference play against the Volunteers in Knoxville, Tenn. on Thursday, Sept 15.


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J'den Cox perseveres despite torn meniscus http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-perseveres-despite-torn-meniscus/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-perseveres-despite-torn-meniscus/ Olympic Sports Thu, 1 Sep 2016 8:11:46 AM Austin Hough, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox perseveres despite torn meniscus

COLUMBIA - Missouri wrestler J'den Cox won a bronze medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics with a torn left meniscus, but he said it was "totally worth it."

He said he suffered the injury in a practice leading up to the NCAA tournament in March - a tournament in which Cox became a 2-time NCAA champion at the 197-pound weight class.

The injury was so bad that Cox said he wasn't sure if he wanted to compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Iowa City, Iowa in April. After debating whether to go, Cox eventually decided to give it a go for the Trials.

"I was telling people that I might not go to the Olympic Trials because I knew this was an issue going into the summer," Cox said, referencing his torn meniscus. "We just kind of bucked up and did what we had to do."

Still battling the torn meniscus, Cox won the Olympic Trials tournament, advancing to the 2016 World Olympic Qualifier in Mongolia to try and qualify for the Olympic team.

Not only did Cox qualify for the team, but he also won the tournament, sending him to Rio to compete in the summer games.

After winning his first two matches in Rio, Cox lost in the semi-finals to Selim Yasar of Turkey. While he said he was devastated by the loss, he knew he still had a chance to win a bronze medal for his country. 

"I was training for a gold medal. I don't think we train for anything less," Cox said. "I had already pushed myself to the limit and as far as I could go, and since I didn't get there, I was already prepared to go for what I needed and do what needed to be done."

In the bronze medal match, Cox defeated Cuba's Reineris Salas 3 to 1, getting a takedown in the final 30 seconds of the bout to secure the victory. By winning the bronze medal in the 86 kilogram weight class, Cox became the eighth Mizzou athlete to win a medal at the Olympic Games.

"I tore it even more trying to get that takedown," Cox said of his meniscus. "But it was totally worth it."

Mizzou wrestling coach Brian Smith added, "It's the most memorable moment of my coaching career because the Olympics is the highest level. I knew that was one of his (Cox's) goals, to get to the Olympics. Seeing him win it and fighting through to get that take down was amazing."

Not many people close to Cox knew the extent of his injury. Cox's entire family went to Rio to support him, and even his great uncle, Ross Mutrux, didn't know he was hurt until after Cox won the bronze.

"We knew he had been injured after the (bronze medal) match when he was walking on to the stage to receive his award," Mutrux said. "We could tell he was limping, but we didn't know how bad it was at that point. We didn't know until we got home and he was set to be operated on."

Cox had surgery on the meniscus on Aug. 25 and is taking the next month off to rest and rehab his leg. 

"Having this month off is a blessing in disguise," Cox said. "I don't think it'll hinder any of my performances since I've had a surgery before. I'll be better than what I was before."


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J'Den's Journey: Rio http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-s-journey-rio/ Olympic Sports Thu, 18 Aug 2016 4:35:49 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den's Journey: Rio

COLUMBIA - If J'Den Cox is on the wrestling mat in a match, you can count on at least one of his parents watching in the stands.

"Whenever he has one, if I have the ability, I'm there," J'Den's father Michael Cox said.

Michael and J'Den's mother, Cathy Cox, have been attending J'Den's meets since he was five-years-old. The early wake-up calls for weigh-ins and rides to matches wasn't special treatment from the parents. 

"For years, I did it with my older kids and J'Den was no different," Michael Cox said. 

J'Den said he appreciates his parents continuing to have a steady presence at his meets.

"I'm blessed to have good parents. I'm very grateful for them, because they didn't have to do those things. They didn't have to take time out of their day," he said.

Michael Cox believes he and his wife's presence gives J'Den a little extra motivation to compete hard.

"When he sees us there physically, I think that makes him feel good to know that 'hey, my dad or my mom or the whole family took the time out just to come watch me,'" Michael Cox said. 

The parents wanted to bring that emotional support to Rio when they found out J'Den qualified to wrestle in the 2016 Summer Olympics. 

"We just want J'Den to know how much we support him and how much we love him, how much we're there for him," Cathy Cox said.

She, her husband and other family members will be going to the Olympics in part because of donations from the Columbia community.

"For them to be in the stands means a lot to me as a person and I'll cherish it," J'Den said.

When the parents are in Rio watching J'Den wrestle, they won't be looking for too much acknowledgement from their son while he's on the mat. Both Cathy Cox and J'Den said they want wrestling to be the focus.

"I'm more than happy in that my family gets to come and see me on the biggest stage and the biggest match of my career. I mean that's a blessing, but that won't be where my mind is at during the thing," J'Den said. 

He said he looks forward to meeting up with his family once he gets off the mat.

"Just wait till the end of duals, give them hugs and show them love and tell them I'm grateful for them to be there," J'Den said.

His parents will be focused on their own role: being his number one fans.

"I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to hold my heart in my chest the whole time he wrestles," Cathy Cox said. 

J'Den will wrestle in the 86-kg weight class on Saturday. Coverage of the meet starts at 8 a.m. on the USA Network.


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Show-Me State Games finish first round Sunday http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-finish-first-round-sunday/ http://www.komu.com/news/show-me-state-games-finish-first-round-sunday/ Olympic Sports Sun, 12 Jun 2016 4:16:00 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Reporter Show-Me State Games finish first round Sunday

COLUMBIA - The first heat of the U.S.'s largest state games will finish Sunday.

The 2016 Show-Me State Games kicked off Friday at various locations around Columbia. Competitions were held in eight different sports, including football, soccer, and basketball.

Athletes ranged from younger than 8 years old and older than 50 years old.

Many of the top Amateur Athletic Union boys and girls' basketball teams around the Midwest competed in the competition.

Southern (O'Fallon) Illinois Panthers basketball coach Cedric Cobb said the games have "really good, high-quality games in a two day's span of time."

"It's always, just great competition, awesome accommodations, and as a team, we come together real well," he added.

Cobb participated in the games during his playing days before playing at Division II Pittsburg State.

"When I was an athlete playing on the amateur level, some of the best weekends of my life were spent playing at the Show-Me State Games," he said.

The main competition will be held on July 22-24 and July 29-31.


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Columbia looks to attract more golf tournaments http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-looks-to-attract-more-golf-tournaments/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-looks-to-attract-more-golf-tournaments/ Olympic Sports Tue, 10 May 2016 4:57:25 PM Alex Dostaler, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Columbia looks to attract more golf tournaments

COLUMBIA — Columbia Parks and Recreation finished renovations to the Lake of the Woods Golf Course last Friday.  

Attracting more tournaments to mid-Missouri is a major goal of these renovations.

"In the past, we've lost tournaments," Parks and Recreation Director Michael Griggs said. "We have an aged facility. ... At least we now, we're going to be in the market to go out and compete with these other golf courses because we have all of these other amenities."

Griggs is optimistic the renovations will lead to local businesses experiencing higher income because of the tournaments.

"[Golfers from out of town] are going to maybe spend more time in Columbia than just coming in to play golf," Griggs said. "Especially with the bigger tournaments, when you might have a couple hundred people playing golf, and it's a two-day tournament...now you've really got that tourism impact, and that really helps our local businesses in Columbia."

Griggs said a major challenge going forward will be fairly sharing the course with local golfers who want to shoot a casual round and setting the greens aside for tournaments. However, the idea of promoting more tournaments has already gotten the interest of local golfers.

Retired teacher Allington Jolly said he plans to enter in a tournament for the first time in his five-year golfing career.

"Last year was the first time I actually started to get a feel for the game," Jolly said. "You know you've got to be able to shoot the ball straight in order to be able to get into a tournament."

Jolly also said he is pleased with the updates, and thinks the economic value in the course is a reason he is starting to golf there more often.

Griggs said the city also plans to continue networking with golfing tournaments to bring them to Columbia.

"A lot of these tournament organizers like to move around," Griggs said. "We'd like for all them to stay in Columbia every year, but we know that's not realisitlc. If a tournament is in Springfield, we want to see if that tournament would like to come to Columbia next year. We look at the existing tournaments and try to market them and try to see if they'd like to make Columbia their site."

Griggs said some of the biggest parts of the renovations are the "unseen things," with more environmentally-friendly windows and insulation to cut down on long-term costs. 

According to the city of Columbia, the project cost $90,000. Local golfers paid for the clubhouse improvements through course improvement fees. The city considered the opinions of these golfers and people who run golf tournaments when designing the new clubhouse.

The clubhouse was built in 1995 and has seen minimal work done on it since it opened.

Some of the improvements included renovation of restrooms, removal of leaking skylights, window replacement, and upgrading the concessions area. A shelter was also added.

KOMU 8 previously reported the Lake of the Woods Golf Course added 28 new high-tech golf carts to their fleet.

The new carts have USB ports to charge electronic devices while golfing. 

Griggs said the city plans to add at least 15 acres and a driving range to the course in the future, in order to become even more competitive.


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Mizzou Tennis star Santos wins Arthur Ashe Leadership, Sportsmanship award http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-star-santos-wins-arthur-ashe-leadership-sportsmanship-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-star-santos-wins-arthur-ashe-leadership-sportsmanship-award/ Olympic Sports Mon, 9 May 2016 6:04:39 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Tennis star Santos wins Arthur Ashe Leadership, Sportsmanship award

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Tennis junior Bea Machado Santos received the International Tennis Association/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship award Monday.

The award dates back to 1982 and is given out to each level of NCAA Tennis (Division I, II, III, NAIA, JUCO) to players who have "exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements." Santos is one of 12 recipients to earn the honor at the Division I level and has received the award for the central region.

National awards winners will be announced Tuesday, May 24. 

The Portugal native is just three shy of 100 career wins, including a respectable 52-28 mark in doubles play. She's also put up six wins over ranked opponents this season and was named to the Second Team All-SEC last month. The junior is also very active around the Columbia community. She volunteers for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Girl Scouts Love Yourself Day, Mizzou Moves, the Food Bank and Caleb's Pitch.

Santos will compete in the NCAA Tournament May 25-30 in singles competition.


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Missouri softball team protests athletic department http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-team-protests-athletic-department/ Olympic Sports Sat, 7 May 2016 3:24:10 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri softball team protests athletic department

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri softball team announced its matchup against South Carolina on Saturday would be played under protest of the athletic department.

In a statement released by players before the game, the softball team criticized Missouri athletic director Mack Rhoades and the Missouri athletic department for putting the team under investigation, which players feel are unnecessary. 

"The softball players support and love our coaching staff and we wonder why this black cloud is being put over our program intentionally by Mizzou AD Mack Rhoades," the team said in the statement.

The statement accuses the athletic department of intimidating players during forced interviews, leaving player input out of the team's coaching decision and placing a gag order on the team's coaches.

"Mack Rhoades and Mizzou athletics administration drawing out this unnecessary investigation on our coaching staff is having an emotional effect on our team," the team also said in the statement. 

The team also said the athletics department did not properly handle the football team protest that took place in November 2015 and the department is doing an even worse job of handling the softball team's investigation. 

For a full look at the statement, check out the photo below. 

Mizzou Athletics responded to the statement and said it had no comment on the situation. A team spokesperson told KOMU players and coaches would not be available for any interviews after Saturday's game.

 


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MU swimmer wins title at German National Championships http://www.komu.com/news/mu-swimmer-wins-title-at-german-national-championships/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-swimmer-wins-title-at-german-national-championships/ Olympic Sports Fri, 6 May 2016 4:25:39 PM Anthony Romano, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer MU swimmer wins title at German National Championships

BERLIN — Missouri junior Fabian Schwingenschlogl won the 50 meter breast title at the 2016 German National Championships and Olympic Trials in Berlin Friday.

Schwingenschlogl finished with a time of 27.37 seconds in the event — the 10th-fastest time in the world this year for the 50m breast. It was Schwingenschlogl’s first German national title in the event.

Missouri junior Nadine Laemmler also competed at the trials, finishing second in the 50m back finals with a time of 28.76 seconds.

Neither the 50m breast nor 50m back are Olympic events. Both Schwingenschlogl and Laemmler will swim in Olympic-sanctioned races this weekend. Schwingenschlogl will compete in the 100 and 200m breast events, while Laemmler will compete in the 100 and 200m back events.

If either swimmer places first or second in one of the Olympic-sanctioned races, he or she must confirm that time in one of four additional meets to qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.


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CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ http://www.komu.com/news/cmu-sweeps-baseball-softball-players-of-the-week-awards-ahead-of-postseason-play/ Olympic Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 5:33:20 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer CMU sweeps baseball, softball players of the week awards ahead of postseason play

FAYETTE - Central Methodist's Brad Cuyos and Lauren Geringer each earned the Heart of America Athletic Conference baseball and softball player of the week awards, respectively, the league announced Monday.

Cuyos had big performances against Harris-Stowe in a non-conference affair and Culver-Stockton in a tough four-game series. The senior catcher went 6-for-18 at the plate with four home runs, nine RBIs and four runs scored on the week. He hit safely in four of the five games and improved his batting average to .330 and his home run and RBI totals to 16 and 52.

"Brad had some big moments for us with his arm and his bat this season," CMU head coach Nate Breland said. "None are bigger than the walk-off home run in the bottom of the tenth to win the Eastern Division of The Heart."

Likewise, Geringer helped her team to a 5-1 record last week. She went 8-for-16 at the dish with 11 runs, two doubles, six home runs and 16 RBIs. The O'Fallon native is batting .355 on the year with 20 homers, which stands at second in the NAIA. She currently ranks third all-time on NAIA's home run list.

"Lauren had a great power week," CMU softball coach Pat Reardon said. "She set the school record for single season home runs and climbed up in the NAIA ranks. She really picked us up at Missouri Vallery to help us clinch the conference title. Lauren has had a great year and this was a great week for her and the program."

Both Eagles teams return to the diamond later this week as the men open up postseason play in Joplin, Missouri as the No. 2 seed, while the women clinched the top seed in the postseason conference tournament and will face off against Missouri Valley College on May 5, at 2 p.m.


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Lincoln University earns fifth straight weekly track award http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-earns-fifth-straight-weekly-track-award/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-university-earns-fifth-straight-weekly-track-award/ Olympic Sports Mon, 2 May 2016 3:32:32 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln University earns fifth straight weekly track award

JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln distance runner Jhevere Hall posted two of the league's fastest times at the Drake Relays this weekend to earn her third MIAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week award this season and the team's fifth consecutive week of claiming the honors.

Racing against some of the top athletes in the nation, Hall placed first in the 4x400m relay and in the 800m circuit. She teamed up with Ebony Rose, Kimona Shaw and Kissi-Ann Brown in the relay and chalked up a league-leading time of 3:42.94.

Her gold medal in the 800m run clocked in at 2:09.88, good for another MIAA-leading time that also ranks eighth nationally.

Hall won this honor back in late January and early February, and she now joins Kimberly Bailey and Venicha Baker to extend the team award streak to five straight weeks dating back to April 4.

Lincoln will compete for its fifth league title this weekend in the MIAA Outdoor Championships hosted by Missouri State University.


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Two Missouri Valley athletes earn weekly honors in golf, tennis http://www.komu.com/news/two-missouri-valley-athletes-earn-weekly-honors-in-golf-tennis/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-missouri-valley-athletes-earn-weekly-honors-in-golf-tennis/ Olympic Sports Mon, 25 Apr 2016 5:19:38 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Two Missouri Valley athletes earn weekly honors in golf, tennis

MARSHALL - The Heart of America Athletic Conference awarded two Missouri Valley college student-athletes in golf and tennis. Junior Kaz Sakai was named the Men’s Golfer of the Week, and sophomore Stefano Benedetti was awarded the Men’s Tennis Player of the Week. 

Sakai took first place in the individual championship at the CMU Eagle Open. He finished with a 139, 3-under-par and was the only golfer to shoot a negative total. Sakai won the tournament by six strokes and helped the Grand View Vikings men’s golf team to a second place team finish. Sakai's weekend performance earned him his first weekly honor of the season at the Hail Ridge Golf Course in Boonville, Missouri. 

The men’s golf team is next in action at the Heart Championships at Swope Memorial Golf Course in Kansas City from May 9-10. 

On the tennis court, Benedetti earned his second weekly conference award of the season after helping the Viking men’s tennis team to a win over Baker University. The team closed out the regular season with a 6-3 record. Benedetti went 2-0 against Baker at the No. 2 singles match, 7-6, 6-3, and the No. 1 doubles match with alongside sophomore Abdul Alhamzawi, 9-8. 

The Viking men’s tennis team closed out its regular season with a 14-2 record and will play in the conference tournament April 29-30 in Olathe, Kansas.


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Lincoln sprinter Baker earns third straight weekly track honor http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-sprinter-baker-earns-third-straight-weekly-track-honor/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-sprinter-baker-earns-third-straight-weekly-track-honor/ Olympic Sports Mon, 25 Apr 2016 4:38:37 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln sprinter Baker earns third straight weekly track honor

JEFFERSON CITY - The MIAA awarded Lincoln's Venicha Baker Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the third consecutive week Monday. And for the third straight week, Baker won a trio of events en route to the weekly honors.

The senior grabbed gold in the 200 meter dash, the 4x100 meter relay and the 4x400 meter relay. She recorded a 23.75 in her solo race marking the fifth-fastest time by an NCAA Division II athlete this season. 

In the 4x100 meter relay, she helped Chrisdale McCarthy, Kimberly Bailey and Diana Cauldwell post a winning time of 45.96, the fifth-quickest in the nation for Division II. In the 4x400 event, Baker teamed up with Jhevere Hall, Ebony ROse and Kissi-Ann Brown to clock in at 3:41.68. Once again, this mark was good for the fifth-fastest time this year.

Baker previously won the athlete of the week award back in December during the indoor season as well as in the past three weeks for her fourth of the year. As a team, this is Lincoln's fourth consecutive week sweeping this award as Bailey earned it on April 4 before Baker's trifecta.

Lincoln women's track and field team will face some of the top athletes in the nation at this weekend's Drake Relays.


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Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/crane-awarded-sec-softball-co-player-of-the-week/ Olympic Sports Mon, 25 Apr 2016 4:29:15 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Crane awarded SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week

COLUMBIA - Mizzou Softball senior outfielder Emily Crane earned her first career honor from the SEC Monday when the league office named her SEC Softball Co-Player of the Week. Crane played a key role in the Tigers' four-game winning streak against Iowa and a ranked Texas A&M side.

Sunday evening's walk-off victory over the Aggies ended on Crane's game-winning run in the seventh inning.

The outfielder led the Tigers in a host of offensive categories this week. Crane hit .500, hit two home runs and added seven RBIs in four games. She currently is in the midst of a 17-game consecutive reached base safely streak, matching her career high.

Crane's two doubles over the weekend also extended her multi-hit games to 15 on the year and 68 in her long career. Her two home run, five RBI performance against Iowa highlighted her sensational week.

The Missouri native is having an All-American caliber senior season. Crane ranks second in slugging and total bases, fourth in homers, fifth in runs scored, doubles and RBIs and eighth in on-base percentage.

Crane and company seek a series sweep Monday, April 25, against No. 16 Texas A&M at University Field at 6 p.m.


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Sami Fagan has found more than success at Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/sami-fagan-has-found-more-than-success-at-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/sami-fagan-has-found-more-than-success-at-missouri/ Olympic Sports Thu, 21 Apr 2016 5:42:17 PM Chinmay Vaidya, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Sami Fagan has found more than success at Missouri

COLUMBIA - Sami Fagan takes batting practice before practice even begins and the extra work doesn't go unnoticed by her teammates. 

"Her game, if you asked anyone, would be described as a will to win," right fielder Emily Crane said. "She doesn't want anything to get in the way of what she wants to achieve for the team". 

"Every day she's out here like two hours early, an hour on defense and an hour on hitting," left fielder Taylor Gadbois said. "She's a key contributor because she works so hard." 

Fagan said her work ethic comes from her father, Kevin Fagan, who played in the NFL for the San Fransisco 49ers.

"My dad has always talked about he got to the NFL and how he just outworked everyone," Fagan said. "He always told us, if we want to make it, that's what we gotta do."

Her father's influence extended to the softball field as a coach. Fagan said he never took it easy on her or her two sisters, who also play softball. 

"He was the hardest on us because he didn't want it to be 'daddy ball'," Fagan said. "He wanted people to know that we earned our spot and he was never easy on us." 

After starring at Dunnellon High School, Fagan played softball at the University of Florida. Her run as a Gator ended after her freshman year in a loss in the regional semifinal and a dismissal from the team. Fagan said she thought that was the end of her softball career. 

"I had never experienced something that hard before, so I thought it was the end of the world," Fagan said. "I was like, no one's gonna take me, no one wants, it was honestly the hardest thing I've ever been through and I still feel the effects of it to this day." 

Fagan went on four official visits after her dismissal. She said those visits helped her overcome her fear.  

"I can't thank each of those coaches enough for even giving me a chance and wanting me on their team," Fagan said. "That was huge to me and I saw hope in the world again." 

Fagan chose to play at Missouri, but she almost didnt' because she would have to sit out a year due to SEC transfer rules. She said Coach Earleywine convinced her to use the year off to develop her hitting, but her teammates knew it was hard for her to watch from the sidelines. 

"Just watching the sport she loves and not being able to play the game that she loves would be hard on anyone but especially on Sami Fagan," Gadbois said.

"I think that year was a good year for Sami to grow," Crane said. "It was a good transition for her to sit out, have a year to grow her skills and get to where she wanted to be." 

Fagan developed into a power hitter and set Missouri's single-season RBI record in her junior season. She is currently hitting .444 with 11 home runs and 49 RBIs. Fagan said she thinks her transition as a hitter came with experience. 

"Just having games under my belt has helped me have a better season this year," Fagan said. "I've developed a better mentality than I had when I was younger."

Although Fagan is in her final year in college, her career is far from over. Fagan was drafted fourth overall by the Akron Racers in the National Pro Fastpitch draft.  But, she wants to play, not watch.

"I was thinking about my rookie season and I want to play," Fagan said. "I don't want to sit the bench." 

 

 

(Editor's Note: Sami Fagan's statistics are updated as of Sunday, May 1.)


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Lincoln's Baker earns back to back athlete of the week awards http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-baker-earns-back-to-back-athlete-of-the-week-awards/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-baker-earns-back-to-back-athlete-of-the-week-awards/ Olympic Sports Mon, 18 Apr 2016 5:02:25 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln's Baker earns back to back athlete of the week awards

JEFFERSON CITY - The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association awarded Lincoln's Venicha Baker a second consecutive athlete of the week award. The senior won three track and field events to help LU clinch the Darrel Gourley Open title on Saturday.

Baker won the 200 meter dash in 23.99 seconds, marking the MIAA's fastest time and the fifth-quickest in the nation. The sprinter also won the 400 meter in 54.78, which was good for another top five conference finish and 12th nationally.

Baker completed her hat trick of gold medals in the 4x100 meter relay alongside Adewumi Ademuwagun, Kimberly Bailey and Diana Cauldwell. The quad finished in 46.45 for the second-fastest time in the MIAA and 13th-quickest in all of NCAA Division II. 

This award marks Baker's third of the season and Lincoln's third straight week having a Blue Tiger athlete honored by the MIAA.

The Lincoln women's track and field team is back in action twice this weekend. From Thursday to Saturday, the 23rd-ranked Blue Tigers will compete at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kansas, before heading down to Missouri S&T University in Rolla, Missouri on Saturday.


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Two Westminster ballplayers earn St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference awards http://www.komu.com/news/two-westminster-ballplayers-earn-st-louis-intercollegiate-athletic-conference-awards/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-westminster-ballplayers-earn-st-louis-intercollegiate-athletic-conference-awards/ Olympic Sports Mon, 18 Apr 2016 3:57:08 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Two Westminster ballplayers earn St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference awards

FULTON - St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference named two Westminster athletes as part of this week's SLIAC Players of the Week. Outfielder Tanner Branneky and catcher Alyssa Jonhson took home hitting honors on their respective baseball and softball diamonds.

Branneky was awarded hitter of the week after leading the Blue Jays offense to a sweep against Eureka last weekend. The St. Louis native hit .636 on the week with two long balls and five RBIs. He also managed to get multiple hits in each game of the weekend series, finishing 7-of-11 at the plate. Branneky also crossed home plate three times himself.

Johnson earned her hitter of the week award after batting a stellar .692 at the dish with two home runs and 10 RBIs. She helped the Blue Jays go a perfect 4-0 on the week. Johnson finished week with three consecutive three hit games. She went 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs in game two of the series against Fontbonne, helping the Blue Jays complete the sweep of the Griffins. On the week, she was 9-for-13 at the dish and crossed the plate three times.

Other honorable mentions from Westminster athletes this week included Deion Hughes and Glenn Teubner. Hughes recorded 11 strikeouts in a seven inning win over Eureka, while Teubner set a school record on the track in the 3000 meter steeplechase. He finished with a time of 10:23.29, which was good for a fourth place finish at the Darrel Gourley Invite.


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MIAA names Lincoln's Baker Athlete of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/miaa-names-lincoln-s-baker-athlete-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/miaa-names-lincoln-s-baker-athlete-of-the-week/ Olympic Sports Mon, 11 Apr 2016 3:56:02 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer MIAA names Lincoln's Baker Athlete of the Week

JEFFERSON CITY - Lincoln sprinter Venicha Baker was selected as the MIAA's Women's Track Athlete of the Week Monday after posting three of the league's fastest times last weekend. 

Baker won gold in three events in the MIAA vs. NSIC Showdown, including the 200m dash with a conference-best time of 23.99. This mark also ranks fifth in NCAA Division II. In the 400m, Baker posted a 56.01 for another first place finish.

To cap off her trifecta, Baker scored gold in the 4x100m relay. She teamed up with Adewumi Ademuwagun, Kimberly Bailey and Diana Cauldwell to turn in another conference-best time of 47.04 for the event.

This was the second athlete of the week honor this year for Baker, who earned her first award back in December during the indoor season. She also extends the Lincoln streak for track athlete awards after Bailey was recognized by the league last week.


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Lincoln's Bailey earns MIAA Athlete of the Week award http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-bailey-earns-miaa-athlete-of-the-week-award-77792/ http://www.komu.com/news/lincoln-s-bailey-earns-miaa-athlete-of-the-week-award-77792/ Olympic Sports Mon, 4 Apr 2016 4:17:03 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Lincoln's Bailey earns MIAA Athlete of the Week award

JEFFERSON CITY - After taking three first place ribbons at last weekend's Washington University Invitational, Lincoln sprinter Kimberly Bailey was named MIAA Women's Track Athlete of the Week, league directors announced Monday.

Bailey won three events Saturday and posted three of the fastest times in the MIAA in the process. Bailey won 100m in 11.06 seconds and grabbed gold in the 200m in 24.43 seconds. Both times currently stand as provisional qualifiers and the fastest times by a MIAA athlete so far this season.

She also helped win the 4x100m race in 47.02 seconds, the quickest time in the league. The award marks Bailey's first career honor for MIAA Athlete of the Week and the first for the LU women's team in the 2016 outdoor season.

The Blue Tigers are back on the track for the MIAA vs. NSIC Showdown hosted at Northwest Missouri Thursday, April 7 through Saturday, April 9.


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Two Missouri Valley College tennis players receive weekly awards http://www.komu.com/news/two-missouri-valley-college-tennis-players-receive-weekly-awards/ http://www.komu.com/news/two-missouri-valley-college-tennis-players-receive-weekly-awards/ Olympic Sports Mon, 21 Mar 2016 5:55:42 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Two Missouri Valley College tennis players receive weekly awards

MARSHALL — Sophomores Stefano Benedetti and Maca Bielsa were named Men's and Women's Players of the Week, the Heart of America Athletic Conference announced Monday.

This is the first weekly award for either player and the second consecutive week Missouri Valley College tennis players have received the recognition for both the men's and women's sides.

Brazilians Heitor Garcia and Lilian Blasque swept the honors last week for the Vikings.

Benedetti and Bielsa earned this week's respective awards after leading the Vikings to wins over Southwestern College on both sides of the draw.

Benedetti won his No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-0. In the No. 2 doubles match, Johnny Taylor joined the Toronto native in an 8-6 victory. The No. 25 men's team went on to win 9-0 against the Moundbuilders.

In the women's draw, Bielsa won her No. 2 singles match, 6-1, 6-2, and she also grabbed the No. 1 doubles point with teammate Juniro Adela Gill. The Spanish tandem scored a critical 8-2 victory to help clinch a narrow 5-4 team victory.

The men are 6-0 on the season and the women check in at 5-1.

Both teams will play host to McPherson College Wednesday, March 23, at Indian Foothills Park.

Both the Bulldogs' men's and women's teams are ranked in the top-20.

 


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Mizzou's Lowary earns SEC Softball Pitcher of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-lowary-earns-sec-softball-pitcher-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-lowary-earns-sec-softball-pitcher-of-the-week/ Olympic Sports Mon, 21 Mar 2016 2:45:35 PM Joseph Gjata, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Lowary earns SEC Softball Pitcher of the Week

COLUMBIA — Sophomore lefty Paige Lowary allowed only one earned run in 19.2 innings pitched last week to lead Mizzou to a perfect 5-0 stretch.

Her unblemished 4-0 record and 22 strikeouts earned her the SEC Pitcher of the Week award, as announced by the league office Monday.

Lowary made four appearances in the five-game slate last week and entered as a reliever in three of those outings.

The lefty's first relief gem came on Wednesday, March 16, when she pitched five scoreless innings against Western Illinois.

Lowary featured in all three games of the weekend series away at New Mexico State.

She limited the high-powered Aggie offense to only one earned run in over 14 innings of work.

The sophomore's highlight of her remarkable week came in the first game of a doubleheader, where Lowary was asked to come out of the bullpen and preserve a one-run lead.

She got the job done striking out a season-high eight batters in just three shutout frames.

The impressive week lowered Lowary's season ERA from 4.28 to 3.21.

Lowary also extended her season-best winning streak to seven games following her perfect record. She now sits in fourth among the SEC's top pitchers in victories with 12.

Lowary and company are back in action Monday with another doubleheader at UTEP before heading over to Northern Iowa on Wednesday, March 23, for a date with the Panthers.

The team resumes SEC play on the road against No. 6 Alabama to close out the week.

 

 


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