KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ KOMU.com Tiger Talk Tiger Talk en-us Copyright 2017, KOMU.com. All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Mon, 29 May 2017 13:05:01 GMT Synapse CMS 10 KOMU.com http://www.komu.com/ 144 25 TARGET 8: Missouri Gymnastics posts abnormally high departure numbers http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-missouri-gymnastics-posts-abnormally-high-departure-numbers/ http://www.komu.com/news/target-8-missouri-gymnastics-posts-abnormally-high-departure-numbers/ Tiger Talk Mon, 8 May 2017 1:59:18 PM Mark Kim and Mitchel Summers, KOMU 8 Sports Reporters TARGET 8: Missouri Gymnastics posts abnormally high departure numbers

COLUMBIA - Since the end of the 2013-2014 season, eight Missouri gymnasts have left the team for non-injury concerns, which is one of the highest rates in the SEC during that time frame, according to public information.

Missouri led the SEC in non-injury related departures in both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 seasons.

The gymnastics team is also second in non-injury related departures among non-revenue women's sports at Missouri, according to data collected by KOMU 8 News.  

 
 

KOMU 8 News has been comparing Missouri gymnastics rosters since the 2013-2014 season. That was the first season of head coach Shannon Welker. We've noticed that a high number of gymnasts with eligibility remaining would disappear from the roster for unclear reasons. We labeled these "non-injury related departures." To be considered for this statistic, an athlete had to have either transferred schools or left for unclear reasons. If an athlete left the team for reasons like career-ending injuries, academic issues or left the team but stayed as a manager, they were not included in this statistic. 

In the past three seasons, Missouri has lost Anna Bowers, Rachel Henderson, Lark Pokladnik, Rachel Updike, Sasha Sander, Jordyn Doherty, Kelli Martin and Storee Yzaguirre.

Welker used phrases such as “pursuit of other interests” and “personal reasons” as reasons for those gymnasts leaving.  

KOMU 8 News spoke to some of these former gymnasts, and they said Welker’s depictions of their departures aren’t necessarily true.

Yzaguirre can’t help but look back at the memories of her Missouri gymnastics career.

“When I visited Mizzou, there was something different about it. Everything just seemed right. It seemed like it was a place that was for me,” Yzaguirre said.

She performed in exhibition twice and once scored a 9.775 on beam. She said her coaches, especially Welker, took notice.  

“He told me at one point last year that I had the potential to have one of the best beam routines in the NCAA.”

But Yzaguirre’s future in gymnastics changed in the summer of 2016 when she noticed an incorrect charge in her bank account in June.

Storee Yzaguire’s bank account is pictured above. Yzaguirre said she closed the account soon after seeing the charge of $777.95 to Log Hill Properties.

 

According to court documents, the financial charge came from Morgan Porter, Yzaguirre's teammate on the gymnastics team. At first, Yzaguirre said, she couldn't believe Porter was connected with the charge.   

“Like, there’s some kind of mistake. This couldn’t have happened. There was no part of me that actually thought it was her,” Yzaguirre said.

According to court documents, Yzaguirre and Porter were roommates the year prior. Yzaguirre said she believes that’s when Porter took her account information.

She said Porter was initially dismissive of the claims. From there, she said, she approached Welker.

“He told me that he wanted to have us handle this internally,” Yzaguirre said of the meeting.

Yzaguirre’s mother also emailed Mizzou Compliance asking about the situation. Representatives from Missouri's athletic department and student conduct departments were in touch with Yzaguirre. Sarah Reesman, Missouri's athletic director at the time, was also involved in these conversations.

As the summer passed by with little change on the situation, Yzaguirre switched her focus back to gymnastics. She was preparing to compete in the upcoming 2016-2017 season on the beam, where she said Welker had previously told her she would be featured.

However, Yzaguirre said her next meeting with Welker took an unexpected turn.

“We had another conversation and immediately, basically just told me that I was never going to compete, and he wasn't going to let me and if I wanted to do college gymnastics that I couldn't do it here at Mizzou. I was released from the team about two and a half weeks before school started, kind of leaving me without time to transfer,” Yzaguirre said.

Yzaguirre said she saw no other option but to file a police report.

Prosecutors then filed charges accusing Porter of misdemeanor Fraudulent Use of Credit/Debit Device over $500.00. Months later, Porter pleaded guilty to misdemeanor passing of a bad check.

Porter received probation and community service from the courts. She was given a small suspension by Missouri gymnastics and allowed back on the team, while Yzaguirre was removed.

“I feel like Shannon is working pretty hardly against me in this case. Morgan is probably the best one on the team, so I think he's fighting really hard for her,” Yzaguire said.

While athletes being removed from a team isn’t abnormal, especially when there are changes in coaches, former gymnasts say this situation is different.

Several former athletes told KOMU 8 News they had problems with Welker's coaching and saw issues no matter whether the woman was a walk on or a star athlete.

“I could see the way he treated other girls. I knew it wasn't right.” said Rachel Updike, an All-American gymnast who starred at Missouri from 2011-2014.

When Lark Pokladnik was on the team from 2013-2014, she said, she felt Welker created an uncomfortable environment for his team.

“There was not a day that I walked into the gym excited to be there. Every day I went in I was like, ‘What torture am I going to experience today?’” Pokladnik said.

Pokladnik said she immediately ran into problems with Welker’s coaching style.

For their first away meet at Alabama in 2013, she was told there wasn’t space on the flight; however, she said, she remembered an injured athlete and a team media person being taken instead of her.

“He was definitely intentionally trying to keep me out. Like, just to get me off the team. Just to say that there wasn't proof that I was contributing,” Pokladnik said.

Several athletes said once they were injured, Welker would either force them to compete or cast them aside. For former Missouri gymnast Jordyn Doherty she dealt with both situations as a Missouri gymnast from 2014-2015.

Doherty landed awkwardly at a scrimmage and tore ligaments in her foot. She said, even though her foot was black and blue and in a boot for a month, Welker didn’t relent. 

Jordyn Doherty (right) is wearing a boot in this photo. She says coach Shannon Welker pushed her even while she nursed this injury.

“I was trying to get across to Shannon that ‘I can barely walk. Like I really need you to work with me here,’” Doherty said.

Athletes inside the gym said extreme pressure made them adopt harmful dieting habits. Doherty said the pressure pushed her to extreme lengths.

“I was going to the extent of taking laxatives and not eating. And when I was eating, I was eating celery, and I don’t like celery at all. But I was holding my nose just to get celery down just to get something in my body,” Doherty said.  

A head coach can add or remove players at their discretion, but Welker’s approach left many athletes feeling without clear reasoning. Privacy laws and other collegiate athletics policies make it even more difficult for the media and general public to know what is happening inside programs.

Doherty didn’t compete in the 2014-2015 season because of her foot injury. She had made it to the end of year banquet, and she said the coaching staff spoke highly of her return. 

“At the banquet in front of my friends, my family, my teammates, staff, [Coach Welker] said, ‘We’re so excited to have you, Jordyn, back. She’s gonna be a great aspect to the team when her foot is healed,’” Doherty said.

A few days later, Doherty said, she was called into Welker’s office where he told her she was removed from the team.

“There was no reason behind it. He said ‘I don’t have words. I don’t know what you want me to say,’” Doherty said.

In a phone call recorded by Doherty’s family, Doherty asked Welker why she was removed. Between long pauses, he mentioned that they didn’t see eye-to-eye on objectives and there was an issue with her attitude. His response ended with “You know, I don’t know what you want specifically on there.”

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After competing in some anchor positions for MU, Pokladnik said, she was called into Welker’s office for end of year meetings where she learned she would no longer be on the team.

“He told me that I wasn't good enough, that I didn't try hard enough and that I wasn't a good fit for the team. You know how hard I work, you know what I came in here to do and everything you just said was not true. He had nothing to say. He basically sat there and almost nodded his head at me in agreement,” Pokladnik said.

Pokladnik said Welker told her she had a spot as a walk on, but Pokladnik declined the offer and transferred to Iowa State the following season.

Doherty and Pokladnik left the team following a decision from Welker, but Updike chose on her own to leave the team.

Updike - an All-American and one of MU’s most decorated gymnasts - walked away from the gymnastics team before her final senior season. She attempted to transfer schools after leaving the team, but Mizzou Athletics barred her request.

After she left, Welker said in interviews that Updike had “personal reasons” to leave.

“He knew why I wasn't on the team anymore. It was because I wouldn't sign that contract. That's the only reason why I wasn't there,” Updike said.

Updike said Welker attempted to have her sign a contract detailing the amount of events she would perform in during the gymnastics season. Updike could not provide KOMU 8 News with a copy of the contract.

When reflecting on their time at MU, all of the gymnast shared the same thought.

“There just has to be a change with the family aspect of it, and I don't know if he can do that,” Updike said.

Pokladnik said, “I remember a girl from my club team who was visiting Missouri for like an opportunity to go there and I remember like texting her and being like ‘Do not go there.'”

Doherty said, “To the recruits that are coming in, don’t. Don’t even try. Go somewhere you’re gonna have an amazing experience. Go somewhere where you’re gonna get that because you’re not gonna get that here, not with Shannon.”

Yzaguirre said, “I would want to find a gymnastics program with a coach that I knew truly cared about me as a person and I don't think that that is found here with Coach Welker"


KOMU 8 News reached out to Welker, Morgan Porter, Athletic Director Jim Sterk and former Athletic Director Mike Alden multiple times. They all either declined to comment or did not respond to requests.

Nick Joos, Missouri's Senior Associate Athletic Director for Strategic Communications, said in an email to KOMU 8 News: “Our goal is to provide the best possible student-athlete experience, and we utilize a variety of scheduled and informal opportunities to gather feedback from our student-athletes.”

KOMU 8 News reached out again for comment on specific on-the-record claims by athletes, but Joos said Mizzou Athletics wouldn't comment on anonymous allegations.

Despite being told the sources are named and on the record, Joos responded, "They are anonymous in the fact that they have not brought their concerns to the appropriate staff within the athletic department."

(Editors Note: This story was previously published with a reference to a contract involving Rachel Updike. KOMU 8 News added more information to explain the statement.)


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Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-baseball-wins-series-against-georgia/ Tiger Talk Sat, 8 Apr 2017 6:49:40 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Mizzou baseball wins series against Georgia

ATLANTA - Mizzou baseball won the rubber game of its series over the University of Georgia Saturday, 6-1, at the brand new SunTrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves. 

33,025 people attended the game, the second-largest crowd to ever see a college baseball game.

Junior starting pitcher Bryce Montes De Oca (3-1) threw a career-high six innings for the Tigers, allowing two hits and one run while striking out six en route to a victory.

Tiger freshman pitcher T.J. Sikkema relieved Montes De Oca in the seventh inning and earned his fourth save of the season by throwing three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.

Trailing 1-0 following a Georgia sacrifice fly in the second, Mizzou (23-9, 6-6 SEC) countered in the fourth. After the first two batters of the inning walked, junior outfielder and Atlanta native Trey Harris hit his second homer in as many days to give the Tigers a 3-1 lead.

Mizzou added three more insurance runs in the eighth inning. Sophomore Brian Sharp singled in a run in the inning and junior Alex Samples scored two with a double.

Georgia (14-19, 4-8 SEC) struggled to get timely hits. The Bulldogs hit .067 (1-15) with runners on base and didn't get a hit in nine at bats with runners in scoring position.

The Tigers will next open a six-game homestand beginning Tuesday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

 


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Mizzou softball wins ranked match-up against Arkansas http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-wins-ranked-match-up-against-arkansas/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-softball-wins-ranked-match-up-against-arkansas/ Tiger Talk Fri, 7 Apr 2017 9:46:55 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Mizzou softball wins ranked match-up against Arkansas

COLUMBIA - No. 25 Mizzou softball claimed a series-opening victory over No. 24 Arkansas Friday night, 1-0.

Tiger starting pitcher, senior Cheyenne Baxter (9-2), threw a complete game shutout. She worked around four hits and two walks to keep the Razorbacks off the scoreboard, striking out eight.

Baxter finished March with a 6-1 record over 11 appearances, including eight starts, with a 1.77 ERA, five complete games and two shutouts.

Since the turn of April, Baxter is 2-0, allowing one run in 13.1 innings. She defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide April 2. 

Baxter was selected on April 4 as the Week Eight Louisville Slugger / NFCA Division I National Pitcher of the Week as well as SEC Pitcher of the Week.

The lone Mizzou run was scored by freshman Gabby Garrison on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Mizzou (21-14, 4-5 SEC) and Arkansas (22-14, 2-11 SEC) will meet again Saturday 2 p.m. and Sunday at noon.


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Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ http://www.komu.com/news/former-mizzou-qb-chase-daniel-signs-with-the-saints/ Tiger Talk Wed, 29 Mar 2017 9:16:27 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel signs with the Saints

NEW ORLEANS - Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel has signed a one-year deal to play for the New Orleans Saints next season in the NFL.

This is the second time Daniel will have played for the Saints. Daniel played his first four seasons as a backup in New Orleans behind Drew Brees.

Daniel has also played for Kansas City and Philadelphia. The Eagles released Daniel this offseason when it was clear he wouldn't start.

For his career, Daniel has a 65.4 completion percentage and has thrown for 480 yards. He's 1-1 in two career starts.

As a Mizzou Tiger, Daniel was the most decorated QB in program history. He holds school records for completions, passing yards, touchdowns, quarterback rating and wins. Daniel was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Heisman finalist in 2007. 


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Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ http://www.komu.com/news/michael-scherer-chases-nfl-dream-despite-injury/ Tiger Talk Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:11:48 AM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Michael Scherer chases NFL dream despite injury

COLUMBIA - Missouri linebacker Michael Scherer has had an additional hurdle to jump through while he pursues his NFL dream. 

The senior tore both his ACL and MCL against Middle Tennessee in 2016, effectively ending his season and his Missouri football career. 

After getting leg surgery in November 2016, Scherer had his doubts about a future in the NFL. 

“The uncertainty was tough for like two weeks and then I saw how fast I was getting better,” Scherer said. 

Five months after surgery, Scherer was healthy enough to participate in Mizzou’s NFL Pro Day. Scherer had 26 reps on the bench press, a 34-inch vertical jump and a 10-foot broad jump. Those numbers would've placed Scherer in the top 15 among linebackers in the NFL Combine had he been invited to participate. 

Teammate Charles Harris said Scherer's performance at Pro Day motivated the entire team.

“Seeing him warm up and do what he possibly could, the entire team exploded when he did his vertical jump,” Harris said. 

But Scherer wasn't able to fully participate in every test. He sat out of events such as the 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill because hasn't fully recovered from his injury. 

“My leg’s kind of normal again. But my right leg, the bad one, hasn’t caught up to my left one yet. When you get to moving at a fast pace it can look kind of funny. I just don’t want to get hurt," Scherer said.  

Despite the lingering injury, NFL teams are contacting Scherer about working out for them.

"I probably got a few workouts in this next month. They want to see me move around a little more,” Scherer said. 

Scherer said his performance at Pro Day proves he’s ready for the NFL. 

 

 

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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/ Tiger Talk 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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Missouri softball splits Friday doubleheader in Clearwater http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-splits-friday-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-softball-splits-friday-doubleheader-in-clearwater/ Tiger Talk Fri, 17 Mar 2017 8:45:41 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Missouri softball splits Friday doubleheader in Clearwater

CLEARWATER, Fla. - Missouri softball split its doubleheader Friday against Ohio State and Rutgers in the South Florida Tournament.

Mizzou (14-11, 0-2 SEC) fell to Ohio State 5-4 and later defeated Rutgers 9-1 in five innings.

Ohio State (14-6) jumped out to an early lead in the first game of the day, scoring three runs in the first inning off of Tiger pitchers Madi Norman and Cheyenne Baxter. 

Mizzou responded with 2 runs in the third and sixth innings, highlighted by two-run single from freshman shortstop Braxton Burnside to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead.

The Buckeyes countered with a run in the seventh and ninth innings to win the game and handed starter Madi Norman, who reentered the game in the eighth inning, her fifth loss of the season.

The second game was a different story, as Mizzou scored nine runs in the first three innings against Rutgers.

Baxter started the second game for the Tigers. She held the Scarlet Knights to one unearned run in three innings before sophomore Danielle Baumgartner closed it out with two shutout innings, to give Baxter her fourth victory in the season.

Regan Nash, Anna Reed and Burnside combined for 6 hits and 9 RBI in the win.

Mizzou will play another doubleheader Saturday against North Dakota State and South Florida, before concluding the tournament Sunday against Mommouth.

 


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J'den Cox's Final Journey at the Hearnes Center http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-final-journey-at-the-hearnes-center/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-final-journey-at-the-hearnes-center/ Tiger Talk Sun, 12 Feb 2017 8:12:18 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's Final Journey at the Hearnes Center

COLUMBIA - J'den Cox's story at Missouri has been one of success and countless accolades.

From a bronze medal in Rio during the 2016 Summer Olympic games, to a NCAA National Title, Cox's success garnered a large spotlight.

However, before the games in Rio, Cox said he doesn't want the limelight, but if it's going to be there, he'd take it.

The limelight was on him one last time at the Hearnes Center Sunday Feb. 12 as (7) Missouri took on (19) Northern Iowa.

The public address announcer read off Cox's career achievements under a thunderous applause from his fans as Cox walked with his mother and father out for the final time. He embraced with his head coach, Brian Smith, and looked to the crowd with watery eyes.

"This was a big moment. I wanted this win," Cox said.

Unfortunately for Cox, his team around him crumbled under pressure as Missouri dug a 12-3 hole early. Problems continued in the 149-pound weight class as (2) Lavion Mayes suffered a 7-2 defeat to (8) Max Thomsen. Then, just minutes later the crowd went silent as (4) Daniel Lewis was pinned in the first round by (10) Bryce Steiert outing the Tigers out of reach.

"But I just didn't feel any fight, and that hurt for me as a person, as a teammate. When these guys look back on this they can say what they want, but they're not going to change my mind on that," Cox said.

Missouri Wrestling Head Coach Brian Smith said, "These games are never fun. You get your a** whooped it's never fun especially when you have a good program and expect to put trophies in the trophy case and win battles like that."

With his team down 25-5 before Cox could even step on the mat, he didn't care anymore. He was only focused on dominating like he had for four years under these lights.

"It just kind of hurt. I just uh....I just really wanted this win," Cox said with tears welling in his eyes.

Cox fired out of the gate with a take down followed by two no falls. Ironically, the some of the lights overhead the met shining down on the wrestlers went out, but it didn't matter. That's when Cox shined brightest.

Cox won his match in the 197-pound weight class over Jacob Holschlag on a technical fall. Right after the final whistle he smiled, raised his arm to the crowd and ran to his uncle. They hugged, and the emotion poured out.

"I'm hurting man. I can't say it enough how bad I wanted this."

The Tigers will look to get back on track against SIU Edwardsville Wednesday, Feb. 15.


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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/ Tiger Talk 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 bounces back from tough loss to dismantle Northern Illinois http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-bounces-back-from-tough-loss-to-dismantle-northern-illinois/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-bounces-back-from-tough-loss-to-dismantle-northern-illinois/ Tiger Talk Sat, 4 Feb 2017 4:41:42 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou bounces back from tough loss to dismantle Northern Illinois

COLUMBIA - No. 7 Missouri defeated Northern Illinois Saturday afternoon in a wrestling conference dual, 38-3. The Tigers now have a 28-dual win streak in MAC duals dating back to the 2013-14 season.

The Tigers bounced back following a close loss against top-ranked Oklahoma State. 

Mizzou (10-3, 7-0 MAC) won the first nine matches and scored the first 38 points before Northern Illinois won the final match. The Tigers were lead by three falls and two major decisions.  

The 38 team points is a season-high in duals and the 35 point margin of victory is a season high as well.

The most competitive match came at 149 pounds between No. 2 Lavion Mayes of Missouri and No. 10 Steve Bleise of Northern Illinois. Mayes led 1-0 after the second period and held on to win 2-1. Mayes is 15-1 on the season and undefeated against MAC opponents. 

J'Den Cox remained undefeated on the season by earning a major decision over 12th-ranked Shawn Scott, 16-4.

Mizzou is now 15-4 against the Huskies, including an all-time 9-0 mark in Columbia and a 4-0 mark since joining the MAC. Last season, Mizzou went to DeKalb, Illinois and defeated Northern Illinois (6-7, 2-5 MAC) to clinch its second straight MAC regular season conference title.

Missouri returns to the matts at Hearnes Center Feb. 12 against Northern Iowa.


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Mizzou gymnastics loses battle of tigers in Baton Rouge http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gymnastics-loses-battle-of-tigers-in-baton-rouge/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-gymnastics-loses-battle-of-tigers-in-baton-rouge/ Tiger Talk Fri, 3 Feb 2017 10:43:08 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou gymnastics loses battle of tigers in Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, La. - The No. 11 Missouri gymnastics team suffered a 197.425-195.425 loss to No. 2 LSU on Friday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

LSU (5-0, 4-0) has now won 24 straight meets in the Pete Maravich Center. LSU has now earned a team score of 197 or better in 13-straight meets, one shy of the record set between the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Mizzou (5-3, 0-3), has now lost three consecutive meets after starting the season with five consecutive wins. All losses have come since SEC Freshman of the Year Morgan Porter tore her achilles against Alabama on Jan. 20.

LSU swept Mizzou, as Missouri scored lower in all four events. Mizzou only reached the 49.000 mark on one apparatus, the vault, scoring 49.125 in the second rotation.

Mizzou did get career-high performances from Britney Ward and Aspen Tucker on bars, who both posted 9.825.

Mizzou is in action next back at home on Friday, Feb. 10 when the team hosts No. 16 George Washington, Iowa State and Lindenwood from the Hearnes Center in a quad-meet.


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Mizzou Tennis sneaks past BYU http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-sneaks-past-byu/ http://www.komu.com/news/mizzou-tennis-sneaks-past-byu/ Tiger Talk Fri, 3 Feb 2017 8:31:27 PM Edward Redler, KOMU 8 Digital Producer Mizzou Tennis sneaks past BYU

PROVO, UTAH – Missouri Tennis defeated BYU , 4-3, Friday afternoon in Provo, Utah.

Mizzou (3-1) lost the opening doubles point before bouncing back and winning four of the six singles matches to take the victory.

Senior Bea Machado Santos put the Tigers on the board with a singles victory, first singles dual win of the season.

The teams went back and fourth, as BYU (1-1) won at No. 3 singles to tie the score at 2-2, then junior Amina Ismail earned the lead back for Mizzou with a 6-2, 6-2 victory in the No. 5 spot. Ismail currently owns a team-leading 17 overall wins.

Mizzou freshmen Tate Schroeder & Mackenzy Middlebrooks also secured singles victories, including a dual-clinching victory from Middlebrooks to earn the third victory of the season. 

Schroeder is now 3-0 to start the season following her win at the No. 4 spot, 6-3, 6-2. 

After Ismail's victory, BYU tied the match at 3-3, which produced a winner-take-all scenario for Middlebrooks to clinch the match with a win or a loss.

Tied at 3-3, No. 6 Middlebrooks defeated fellow frehsman Kate Cusick from BYU. The first set went to a tiebreaker, but Middlebrooks eventually took the set 7-6 (9).

Cusick won the second set, 6-4, to force a third set. After falling behind 1-4, Middlebrooks, bounced back to win six of the next seven games to secure her second career dual singles win and Mizzou's third match victory of the season. 

Mizzou will face its fifth opponent from its 10-game road trip Friday, Feb. 10, against Kansas State.


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Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ http://www.komu.com/news/tiger-quarterback-club-hosts-banquet-for-mizzou-football-s-signing-day/ Tiger Talk Wed, 1 Feb 2017 7:03:04 AM Matt Vereen, KOMU 8 News Reporter Tiger Quarterback Club hosts banquet for Mizzou Football's signing day

COLUMBIA – Fans will have a chance to take in the signing day action Wednesday morning. The official booster club for Mizzou football is hosting a luncheon at Memorial Stadium for national signing day.

 The incoming Tiger class is ranked 48th in the nation based on commitments, according to 247 Sports. A standout in this class is the distinct lack of Missouri players.

 Mizzou only has one commitment from a Missouri player heading into signing day. That is the lowest ever for Mizzou Football. In addition, the Tigers do not have any Mid-Missouri commitments with the only Missouri player coming from Lee’s Summit.

 Columbia was home to some highly recruited players like Jaevon McQuitty of Battle High school and Thomas Dutton of Hickman. Mizzou did not extend an offer to either player. McQuitty has committed to Nebraska and Dutton has committed to Air Force.

 Even so, Missouri has picked up the pace in other states for recruits. Texas has yielded the most commitments of any state with four. Kyle Bowers, a past President of Tiger Quarterback Club, says fans are still very hopeful for the new class.

 “It’s Coach Odom and staff’s first recruiting class. It’s very strong and it’s gonna be exciting. I’m sure they’re filling the needs and it’s and exciting time as they get to implement their new system here at Mizzou,” Bowers said.

 The club’s banquet will run from 11:30 to 1:00. Members will hear from Mizzou coaches as the recruit signatures come in.

 News of signatures will be rolling in all day Wednesday and Mizzou Football will hold a press conference at 1:30 p.m.


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Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-tops-vanderbilt-halts-losing-streak-at-five/ Tiger Talk Sat, 12 Nov 2016 7:22:30 PM Corey Miller, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Missouri tops Vanderbilt, halts losing streak at five

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team did something they hadn't done in 13 months and 9 days on Saturday. They won a conference game.

The Tigers knocked off SEC rival Vanderbilt 26-17 at Faurot Field and got themselves into the conference win column for the first time since beating South Carolina last season. 

The stars for Mizzou made their presence known in this one.

Drew Lock played perhaps the best SEC game of his career, going 22 of 37 for 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. 

Freshman sensation Damarea Crockett rattled off 154 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Wide receiver J'Mon Moore, who has had an up and down season so far, had 138 yards receiving including an 82 yard TD reception from Lock.

On defense, Charles Harris built on his strong showing in South Carolina last week. The NFL prospect had 2.5 sacks and 9 tackles, and along with Marcell Frazier (who had 2.5 sacks himself) was in the Vanderbilt backfield all night long.

The win for Missouri snaps a five game losing streak, the program's longest since 2004. With a loss against Vanderbilt, the six game losing streak would have been Missouri's longest since 1995.

The game was not completely clean for Missouri, though.

Freshman kicker Tucker McCann missed two extra points and two field goals, prompting the coaching staff to turn to walk-on Ben Tesson to kick the last extra point. Coach Odom said after the game the kicking competition would be "open" in the coming week.

The Tigers will travel to Knoxville next, as they take on the Tennessee Volunteers. 


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LSU's backup running backs burns Missouri's defense http://www.komu.com/news/lsu-s-backup-running-backs-burns-missouri-s-defense/ http://www.komu.com/news/lsu-s-backup-running-backs-burns-missouri-s-defense/ Tiger Talk Sat, 1 Oct 2016 9:24:35 PM Mark Kim, KOMU Sports Reporter LSU's backup running backs burns Missouri's defense

BATON ROUGE - No Leonard Fournette, no problem for LSU. 

LSU beat Missouri on their Homecoming night, 42-7, even without the injured running back's star power. The duo of Derrius Guice and Darrel Williams combined for 294 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. Overall, LSU had 418 rushing yards against Missouri.

Missouri, on the other hand, couldn't get much offense in this game period. Drew Lock was held to 167 passing yards all night. But Lock was the only Tiger with a receiving touchdown after catching a 21-yard pass from receiver Eric Laurent on a trick play. 

It didn't help that Lock's #1 target J'Mon Moore was locked down by Tre'Davious White. It got to the point where Moore shoved White and almost incited a brawl at the end of the first half. Moore finished the night with one catch and 16 receiving yards. 

Missouri's running game didn't have much success either. Ish Witter led all Missouri backs with 48 rushing yards. In total, Missouri had 77 rushing yards on the night. 

Barry Odom's next challenge will be against Florida on October 15th. Missouri will have to take on the Gators without Brandon Lee in the first half. The back-up linebacker was suspended after being called for targeting in the 3rd quarter. 

 


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Missouri Football vs. LSU Live Blog http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-vs-lsu-live-blog/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-football-vs-lsu-live-blog/ Tiger Talk Sat, 1 Oct 2016 6:07:45 PM Mark Kim and Tyler Murry, KOMU Sports Reporters and Ben Burke, KOMU Sports Digital Producer Missouri Football vs. LSU Live Blog

BATON ROUGE - The Missouri Tigers football team is preparing to take on the LSU Tigers. Both teams are 2-2 as Missouri is looking to ruin Homecoming in Baton Rouge. Missouri is coming off a school-record 79-0 win over Delaware State. 

KOMU 8 Sports Reporters Mark Kim and Tyler Murry are both in Baton Rouge to cover the game. Be sure to follow them for updates. You can check out the Mizzou/LSU Twitter moment here.

 


















 


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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/ Tiger Talk 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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J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-mizzou/ Tiger Talk Thu, 4 Aug 2016 2:55:27 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'Den Cox's journey: Mizzou

COLUMBIA - When Hickman wrestler J'Den Cox committed to compete at his hometown school of Missouri, his future coach Brian Smith couldn't help but be excited. 

"He just has that attribute that when he steps on the mat, that something special is going to happen," Smith said. 

After watching Cox prepare for his freshman season, Smith let Cox compete his first year.

"When we saw him competing with Dom Bradleys and other people in our room, we were like 'this kid's already really good, let's put him out there and let him win the national title," Smith said. 

In his first year of collegiate wrestling, Cox went 38-2 and defeated number one ranked Nick Heflin to win his first national championship. He is the youngest national champion in Missouri wrestling history.

"He's worked as hard as anybody to just keep getting better every day, keep getting better, keep working hard," said Missouri wrestling P.A. announcer Darren Hellwege. 

But Cox's sophomore year on the mat didn't go as well. Cox finished 5th in the NCAA tournament in his second collegiate wrestling season. 

Smith said he thinks Cox put a lot more pressure on himself as a sophomore.

"When he was a junior, when he had come off that loss, he was like 'I'm going to enjoy this. I'm going to do things right, enjoy my team.' He just went out there and was taking it to people and enjoyed it more," Smith said.

Cox said, "I think every season I've taken something I've learned, something from each season and I've carried it and hopefully passed it on."

He won his second NCAA championship in his junior year while losing only one match. He defeated top- ranked Morgan McIntosh in the NCAA final in the process.

Cox's junior year gave him the confidence to compete in the Olympic Trials, and he said he's having more fun on the mat than ever. 

"It's my passion that carries me through each match and through each year. This is something I want to do," Cox said.

 


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J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ http://www.komu.com/news/j-den-cox-s-journey-hickman/ Tiger Talk Thu, 28 Jul 2016 11:01:41 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter J'den Cox's Journey: Hickman

COLUMBIA - Before J'Den Cox put on a singlet for the University of Missouri or Team USA, he wore a singlet representing Hickman High School. 

Former Hickman wrestling coach and current athletic director J.D. Coffman heard about Cox even before he step foot in Hickman. 

"When he came up through the kid's club, he won a lot of kids state championships," Coffman said. "So I was real excited to have him in my program."

Cox's success translated to high school as well. He won four state championships and only lost three matches while at Hickman. Those three losses came during his freshman year. 

Coffman said Cox's success as a high school wrestler is no surprise to him.

"Year after year, he continued to get stronger and more efficient with his technique. We knew he was destined for multiple state championships as long as he stayed focused," Coffman said. 

People at Hickman also remember Cox for his personality off the mat. 

"He's so easy to talk to one-on-one," said Cox's former teacher Robin Steinhaus. "He's very conscientious of other people. He's kind and that really shows in the way he interacts with everybody."

Cox still goes out of his way to help current wrestlers in the Hickman wrestling program.

"I think one of the biggest things the kids always remember is how friendly J'Den is. J'Den's willing to talk to everybody. J'Den's willing to help. J'Den is J'Den, and if you know J'Den at all, you know wrestling is an avenue for him to actually meet people and to get out there and work with others," current Hickman wrestling coach Dan Pieper said. 

The wrestling coaches at Hickman use Cox as a role model for their current wrestlers.

"We follow J'Den throughout the year, every year. We put up all of his articles on the window in our room. We always, from afar, watch him," Pieper said. 

Coffman, Steinhaus and Pieper agree Cox embodies what it's like to be a Hickman Kewpie.

"He continues to put a smile on his face, go out and give it his best effort every time and just have fun and that's what being a Kewpie is all about," Coffman said.

 


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DeMarre Carroll brings "Junkyard Dog" mindset to basketball camp http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ http://www.komu.com/news/demarre-carroll-brings-junkyard-dog-mindset-to-basketball-camp/ Tiger Talk Mon, 18 Jul 2016 6:46:28 PM Mark Kim, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter DeMarre Carroll brings

COLUMBIA - Former Missouri basketball player DeMarre Carroll describes his basketball camp as "gritty" and "grimy," which is fitting considering his nickname is "The Junkyard Dog."

"You gonna get sweaty, you gonna get dirty, you gonna get some bumps and bruises. That's the type of camp I want, and that's the type of camp these kids need to get to the next level they need to get to," Carroll said. 

The Toronto Raptors forward brought his "gritty and grimy" basketball camp to Columbia kids on Monday at Tolton Catholic High School. 

"We really pay attention to the kids," Carroll said. "We try to split them up in a lot of stations, do a lot of one-on-one things, and I feel like that's the difference."

Assistant coaches for the camp include former Missouri Tiger Mike Anderson Jr., Columbia College guard Pep Stanciel and Carroll's brother DeAndre Carroll.

"All of these different coaches bring a different aspect, especially things I've learned myself going from Alabama, going from Atlanta, going to Arkansas for basketball camps, etc," Carroll said. "I feel like all these coaches bring different things to this camp, and I feel like it's gonna help these kids get better."

Carroll makes it a point to come back to Columbia for his basketball camp every year. 

"Most guys in the NBA, they go to camps every so often. But I come everyday and I show up," Carroll said.

Camp assistant coach Michael Jackson said people take notice of Carroll's presence at his camp.

"He plays in the NBA so [he doesn't] really have a lot of free time," Jackson said. "He's willing to put his time in, come back year after year for the community."

Jackson said Carroll's efforts to grow the Columbia basketball community go further than just his camps. 

"He's sponsoring an AAU team here to get basketball going even bigger here in Columbia, so he's dedicating his money and time to get that going," Jackson said.

According to Carroll, he will expand his AAU team "Team Carroll" from one Columbia team to three teams in the future. 

He said the Columbia community makes him feel at home whenever he visits, which is why he gives back to it. 

"I'm a Mizzou alumni, and I bleed gold and black, and I always try to come back because this is my home," Carroll said. "This is my home away from home, so I feel like every time I come back people are welcoming me with open arms."


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