KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Olympic Sports Olympic Sports en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 25 Apr 2017 02:04:06 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 J'den Cox's impact felt far beyond Mizzou wrestling mat http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-impact-felt-far-beyond-mizzou-wrestling-mat/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-impact-felt-far-beyond-mizzou-wrestling-mat/ Olympic Sports Sun, 12 Mar 2017 1:45:11 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's impact felt far beyond Mizzou wrestling mat

COLUMBIA - You may know him as an NCAA champion and Olympic bronze medalist, but for so many young wrestlers in Columbia, J'den Cox is much more than that. He's everything a role model should be, and more.

When you ask the young members of the Columbia Wrestling Club who their favorite wrestler is, there is only one answer; J'den Cox.

Cox has been an idol to the young wrestlers in Columbia both in his performance on the mat, and his words when he visits practice.

"He didn't only talk about wrestling," third grader Beau Waldron said. "Sometimes he would talk about sportsmanship and to dream big and follow your goals."

Fourth grader Donivan Taylor said, "He's a really good wrestler. And, what's the word? He's a good role model."

Coach and former CWC wrestler Brock Davis said "Everything J'den says is gold to these kids. They see what he's done and they think they can do it too, and it's not false. They can do it too."

Cox has even inspired some of the young wrestlers to have even bigger goals.

"I would like to be better," Wyatt Belcher-Key said. "Not him. Better." 

For his former coach and current CWC head coach Mike Flanagan, J'den's impact and importance to the community and the young wrestlers of Columbia is obvious.

"A lot of these kids not only here in Columbia, but around the state aspire to be the next J'den Cox," Flanagan said. "That's a role he takes very seriously, being an ambassador for the sport and for the University, and just a great role model for these kids." 

While all of the kids in the CWC look up to one of the greatest athletes in the history of the town, Flanagan says, Cox's future role could be even bigger.

"It just seems like his purpose is bigger than that of a student-athlete," Flanagan said. "He's a very special kid. I would say he's one that comes along once in a generation. I don't think anybody really knows what that bigger purpose is yet, and what his bigger calling is yet. But we're going to find out, so we're all going to have to stay tuned."

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Missouri's Karissa Schweizer to compete in 2017 Indoor Track and Field Championships http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-karissa-schweizer-to-compete-in-2017-indoor-track-and-field-championships/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-s-karissa-schweizer-to-compete-in-2017-indoor-track-and-field-championships/ Olympic Sports Wed, 1 Mar 2017 4:39:03 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri's Karissa Schweizer to compete in 2017 Indoor Track and Field Championships

COLUMBIA - Missouri Track and Field junior Karissa Schweizer has been selected to compete in the 2017 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in College Station, Texas. Schweizer is slated to compete in the 3,000m run and the 5,000m run while making her first tournament appearance.

Schweizer has been competitive all season but has really stepped up her game as of late, which no doubt influenced her selection for the meet. She was able to take home two conference titles, in the mile run and the 3,000m run, at the SEC Indoor Track and Field Championships a weekend ago. Schweizer was not done there, though. She also hoisted the Cliff Harper Trophy for being the top female scorer in the event. 

This made Schweizer the first Tiger since 1989 two capture two individual titles at a conference meet. 

Schweizer will race in the 5,000m run at 8:20 p.m. CT on Friday, March 10. She will be in the blocks for the 3,000m run at 6:15 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 11. Both races will be on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App. 

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Anderson earns win 300 as Missouri defeats Vanderbilt http://www.komu.com/news/anderson-earns-win-300-as-missouri-defeats-vanderbilt/ http://www.komu.com/news/anderson-earns-win-300-as-missouri-defeats-vanderbilt/ Olympic Sports Sat, 11 Feb 2017 5:01:30 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Anderson earns win 300 as Missouri defeats Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA - Coach Kim Anderson earned victory number 300 for his career when Missouri defeated Vanderbilt 72-52 Saturday. 

The victory is the second consecutive at home for the Tigers (7-17, 2-10 SEC). It's also the largest conference win since beating Alabama 68-47 in January of 2014.

The Commodores (12-13, 6-7 SEC) led 44-43 following Redshirt Senior Nolan Cressler's layup with 12:13 left in the second half, but Vanderbilt missed all of its final 12 field goal attempts. Missouri finished the game on a 29-8 run. 

Junior Jordan Barnett led all scorers with 23 points off the bench. He also contributed nine rebounds. Sophomores Terrence Phillips, Kevin Puryear and Senior Russell Woods also scored in double figures.

The Missouri defense led the way. Vanderbilt has the SEC's best three point shooting percentage, but the Tigers limited the Commodores to just 21.4 percent shooting from behind the arc. Vanderbilt only shot 25 percent from the field in the second half.

Missouri also outrebounded Vamderbilt 43-25 and scored 21 second chance points compared to Vanderbilt's four.

The win takes the Tigers temporarily out of last place in the SEC standings. LSU plays Saturday night and with a win, Mizzou would be back in last.

"I thought this team was the least focused this team has been in shoot around all year," Anderson said after the win, "but they came out and played."

Mizzou returns to action Wednesday when the Alabama Crimson Tide travel to Columbia. The Crimson Tide defeated the Tigers 68-56 earlier this season in Tuscaloosa.


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Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-basketball-rally-s-for-rhyan-snaps-13-game-losing-streak/ Olympic Sports Sat, 4 Feb 2017 7:43:04 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou basketball rally's for Rhyan, snaps 13 game losing streak

COLUMBIA - Missouri basketball won for the first time since Dec. 6, defeating Arkansas 83-78 in the second "Rally for Rhyan" game Saturday.

The victory was the second in two seasons for Mizzou on "Rally for Rhyan" games; they won last year's game against Tennessee. The win Saturday ended a 13-game losing streak and is the first in conference play for the Tigers.

Rhyan Loos is the six-year old daughter of Mizzou coaching staff member Brad Loos. She is currently in a battle with pediatric cancer. The "Rally for Rhyan" games are to fundraise for further pediatric cancer research.

Attendance was listed at 11,434, the highest at Mizzou arena this season.

Mizzou (6-16, 1-9 SEC) were led in points by Jordan Barnett's 17. K.J. Walton, Kevin Puryear, and Cullen VanLeer joined him in double figures.

The 83 points scored by the Tigers was the highest total they've had since conference play started.

Mizzou got off to a hot start, scoring 47 points on 62 percent shooting in the first half. However, Arkansas made a run in the second half and hit four of their final five shots to push the Tigers. 

Arkansas (17-6, 6-4 SEC), led by former Mizzou coach Mike Anderson, won the first meeting against the Tigers in Fayetteville 92-73 on Jan. 14, but couldn't recover from their slow start. 

Mizzou travels to College Station Wednesday to face the Texas A&M Aggies. 


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Mizzou's Daniel Lewis awarded MAC Wrestler of the Week http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-daniel-lewis-awarded-mac-wrestler-of-the-week/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-s-daniel-lewis-awarded-mac-wrestler-of-the-week/ Olympic Sports Wed, 18 Jan 2017 7:26:50 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou's Daniel Lewis awarded MAC Wrestler of the Week

COLUMBIA, Mo.-- Missouri Wrestling's Daniel Lewis earned the Mid-American Conference's Wrestler of the Week award. Lewis is the second Tiger to take home the award this season after olympian and teammate J'den Cox did so earlier this month on Jan. 4. This is Lewis' first time receiving the honor. 

Lewis' award comes on the heels of three bonus point road victories without yielding a single point to his opponents. The first was a 12-0 major decision over Austin Weigel of Buffalo on Jan. 12. Lewis was able to record two take downs in the opening period. He then went on to maintain his edge and get the final decision in his favor. 

Lewis next defeated No. 16 Joey Galasso of Cornell by way of a 17-0 technical fall. Lewis finished by defeating Devan Marry of Eastern Michigan on Jan. 15. Lewis wasted no time, scoring 10 points in the first round before eventually taking the match by a score of 12-0. 

This award adds to what has already been a career full of milestones for the 165 pound redshirt sophomore. Lewis was last years MAC Freshman of the Year coming off his fourth place finish at the 2016 NCAA Championships. Lewis is 17-2 on the season. 

Mizzou Wrestling will next be in action at the Hearnes Center on Sunday to host No. 16 Central Michigan. 

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MU Softball, Tiger Scholarship Fund receive $3.1M donation http://www.komu.com/news/mu-softball-tiger-scholarship-fund-receive-3-1m-donation/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-softball-tiger-scholarship-fund-receive-3-1m-donation/ Olympic Sports Tue, 15 Nov 2016 5:33:50 PM Chris Gervino, KOMU 8 Sports Director and Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer MU Softball, Tiger Scholarship Fund receive $3.1M donation

COLUMBIA — The Missouri softball team wrapped up fall camp a few weeks ago, but is in the news in mid-November because of a big donation to the program.

Mizzou Athletics announced the program has received a $3.1 million estate gift with funds to be split evenly between the softball team and the Tiger Scholarship Fund.

This is the latest in a string of recent gifts to Mizzou Athletics. In the last two months, Mizzou has received about $20 million to go towards the construction of a new football facility in the south end zone of Memorial Stadium.

Coach Ehren Earleywine and the Tigers softball team begin the 2017 campaign in February, with the schedule still to be announced

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Local Scores: Sunday, October 16, 2016 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-sunday-october-16-2016/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-sunday-october-16-2016/ Olympic Sports Sun, 16 Oct 2016 9:22:30 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Sunday, October 16, 2016

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Sunday, October 16:

Men's College Soccer:

Missouri Valley 2, Columbia College 1


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Mizzou Volleyball defeats Auburn on the road raising win streak to nine http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-defeats-auburn-on-the-road-raising-win-streak-to-nine/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-volleyball-defeats-auburn-on-the-road-raising-win-streak-to-nine/ Olympic Sports Fri, 7 Oct 2016 10:52:17 PM Travis Breese, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou Volleyball defeats Auburn on the road raising win streak to nine

AUBURN, Ala.- Mizzou Volleyball swept the Auburn Tigers Friday night three sets to none en route to extending their win streak to nine games. Since the win streak entered into conference play in late September, Missouri is also yet to drop a set to any of its opponents.

Missouri's offense was lifted by redshirt junior Melanie Crow, 11 kills, who has recorded nine or more kills in each of the squads last three matches. Senior leader Carly Kan also found her way on to the stat sheet with nine kills and an ace. The team ammassed seven of these such aces, four in the first set, which allowed them to gain some momentum early. Freshman Andie Hanus entered the game in the third set to mark her NCAA and Mizzou debut and was able to contribute with a crucial assist.

On the other side of the ball, freshman Gwyn Jones did all she could for Auburn by matching Crow with eleven kills. Junior Macy Reece also totalled a match leading three blocks. Missouri was able to find the hardwood more than enough though and Auburn falls to 8-10 for the season.

Missouri will meet the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Hearnes Center on Sunday with the hopes of adding another chapter to the win streak.

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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 the 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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