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After a close game last Friday night, fans of the Bulldogs were looking forward to seeing additional improvement from Cabool during their game against the Mountain Grove Panthers. However, a tough game met them on the Panthers field for the Mountain Home Homecoming Celebration. The Panthers scored the first, the last, and all the touchdowns in between for a 55-0 victory against the Cabool Bulldogs.

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Once again the score for tonight was Mountain Home:55, Cabool:0 in the fifth week of play for the Bulldogs. Cabool currently holds a 0-5 record for the season, whereas the record for Mountain Home is a strong 5-0.

 

 

 

 

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team kept its Region 16 record unblemished Thursday night, Sept. 26, with a 3-1 set victory over Mineral Area College of Park Hills, Mo.

The Grizzlies, now 8-11, downed the Cardinals 25-17, 18-25, 27-25, 25-15.

“It was a good region win,” Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann said of the victory. “Mineral Area’s ball control and defense were excellent after game one. It allowed them to take the advantage in game two and keep it close in game three. We just continued to fight longer and put the match away in game four.”

Although pleased with the win, Wiedemann said the Grizzlies didn’t make it easy on themselves, as evidenced in games two and three of the match. “We need to continue to work on our communication and reduce the number of errors we’re making,” she stressed.

She did, however, point to some individual performances from the contest, including that of sophomore middle attacker Nella Ioramo, who led the team in kills with 20, attacking percentage with .567 and points earned with 22.

“Nella had a tremendous night, 20 kills off 30 swings. You could see her continue to get comfortable in her role,” the coach said. “She was a major presence for us offensively and defensively, and she, along with (freshman middle attacker) Leondra Barrett, made their hitters think about what they wanted to do with the ball and forced them into hitting errors.”

Wiedemann also praised the play of sophomore defensive specialist Laiz Novaes, freshman libero Alyssa Aldag and freshman outside attacker Kaili Simmons on defense. All three recorded double figures in digs, with Aldag leading the way. She had 21, followed by Simmons with 17 and Novaes with 15.

Novaes, the coach added, also did a great job on right-side defense, noting that good play from the position can open up the offense and result in points. Wiedemann also noted Simmons’ efforts at the net, pointing to a greater confidence in her swings.

Wiedemann thanked The Fish Shack and The Pizza Shack for sponsoring the game and continuing their great support of the Grizzlies, and she thanked those who donated games and craft items to the West Plains Area Boys and Girls Club, which was the team’s community service project for the evening.

The coach also gave kudos to the Grizzly fans. “The crowd was great last night. They were loud and really into what was going on on the court. I had several comments after the game from visitors about how great our crowd was,” she said.

The Grizzlies will travel to Ottumwa, Iowa, Monday, Sept. 30, to face the Indian Hills Community College Warriors at 6:30 p.m. Although the Warriors are 10-11, Wiedemann expects a tough challenge. “They’re a very good program,” she said.

For more information about the Grizzly Volleyball team, visit the team’s website at http://wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/vb/.

Bears face UNI Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Plaster Field in MVC opener on Senior Night

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Missouri State women’s soccer team (3-7-1) has never lost a regular season match against UNI (1-9-0), the team the Bears face on Friday at 5:00 p.m. at Plaster Field to open Missouri Valley Conference play. MSU is 13-0-0 all-time in the regular season against the Panthers and among the many reasons to attend, the Bears will honor the senior class in pregame festivities.

“There is always an increase in intensity when you get to conference play,” said head coach Rob Brewer. “We will rely on our seniors to get us off to a good start. Valley games are the focus of our season.”

The Bears are coming off an undefeated week in which Shelby Stewart scored a thrilling 89th minute game-winning goal at home to beat UMKC. Stewart leads the Bears offense with three goals and six points on the year. Junior Molly Huber picked up two assists last week and tops the squad with four on the season.Michelle Mayne-Nicholls scored her first goal of the season on Sunday in a 1-1 draw at Nebraska-Omaha. In the match, the Bears racked up 16 corner kicks, the second-most in program history.

Mayne-Nicholls and Stewart will be two of the five seniors recognized before Friday’s match. Adrianne Kalogerou, Jessica Roberts and Lauren Wendt will also have their careers celebrated.

Last season, the Bears took down the Panthers in Iowa by a 3-1 score. Molly Brewer and Rachel Weimer had a goal and an assist each. Kelsey Goff added the third goal for MSU.In addition to the Senior Night recognition, fans will have the opportunity to win gift cards from the Missouri State Bookstore and Taco Bell. Pizza will be given away at the game and youth soccer matches at halftime will keep fans entertained all evening long. Fans holding a ticket to Saturday’s football game will be admitted to Friday’s soccer match free of charge.

SPRINGFIELD – Basketball season is just around the corner, and the Missouri State women’s basketball program has a number of events scheduled in October and throughout the year to get fans excited for the upcoming season.
The season’s first event is MSU’s annual Jog-A-Thon, which takes place Oct. 2 at 7 a.m. at Plaster Sports Complex. Lady Bear fans can support the program in two ways: By pledging a donation to a particular player for each lap she completes, or by pledging a lump sum. Fans are welcome to come and cheer on the Lady Bears or join them on the track.

The fifth annual Hoops and Heels is set for Sunday, October 13, at the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center at 2546 N. Glenstone. The fifth installation of Hoops and Heels will allow fans the opportunity to get acquainted with the Lady Bear players and coaches and socialize with fellow fans in an informal setting. The cost of the event, which includes a meal and drink (non-alcoholic), is $25 per person. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and, for an additional cost of $5, attendees may have their photograph taken with the MSU team from 5 to 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., with a program to follow featuring the Lady Bears. An autograph session with the Lady Bears will immediately follow the program. Fans interested in reserving their spot must RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The first of six Missouri State Lady Bear Breakfasts for the 2013-14 season is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 a.m. at Golden Corral (2020 E. Primrose). The cost of the buffet-style breakfast is $7 per person and the public is invited to attend. Additional dates include November 19, December 17, January 21, February 18 and March 11. Each breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

The season’s first chance to see the Lady Bears in action on the court will be Oct. 18 at the Twilight Tipoff in Hammons Student Center immediately following the MSU volleyball match against Loyola. The volleyball match starts at 7 p.m., with free admission for the match against the MVC’s newest member. The basketball portion of the evening is also free and will begin with autographs after the volleyball match is completed, at approximately 9 p.m.

MSU is offering three opportunities this season for fans to travel to Lady Bear road games. Bus trips to Arkansas State (Nov. 11), Arkansas (Nov. 22) and Wichita State (March 9) are on the schedule at a cost of $25 each. The cost includes bus fare and one game ticket. Meals are not included in the price. A minimum of 50 passengers is required to make each trip, which leaves from the Missouri State Park N Ride at the intersection of Cherry Street and Holland Avenue before each game and returns that same day.

To make reservations or obtain additional information on all events, contact Terrie Coulter in the women’s basketball office at (417) 836-4136 or TCoulter@MissouriState.edu.

Summary of Events:
Jog-A-Thon – Oct. 2, 7 a.m., Plaster Field
Hoops and Heels – Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m., Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center
Lady Bear Breakfasts – 7 a.m. on Oct. 15, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, Jan. 21, Feb. 18 and March 11 at Golden Corral
Twilight Tipoff – Oct. 18, immediately following 7 p.m. volleyball match at Hammons Student Center
Bus Trips – Nov. 11 to Arkansas State, Nov. 22 to Arkansas and March 9 to Wichita State

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdown passes, Frank Gore had his first 100-yard game of the season and the San Francisco 49ers’ defense stepped up without some of their stars in a 35-11 rout over the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night.

Anquan Boldin had five catches for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Gore had 153 yards on 20 carries and a 34-yard score for San Francisco (2-2), which was outscored 46-10 the previous two games. Navarro Bowman had two of the 49ers’ five sacks with a strip leading to a fourth-quarter scoring run by Anthony Dixon.

The Rams (1-3) had an overtime win and tie against San Francisco last year, and took the early lead Thursday before falling flat. Greg Zuerlein banged in a 40-yard field goal off the right upright to end a nine-game scoring drought in the first quarter, but the 49ers answered with 28 straight points.
R.B. FALLSTROM, AP Sports Writer
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In postseason for 10th time since 2000, St. Louis has sights set on another title

By Jenifer Langosch

ST. LOUIS — Manager Mike Matheny stood in the Cardinals’ Spring Training clubhouse on the morning of the team’s first full-squad workout in February and deliberately chose not to gloss over his ultimate expectation by laying out a stair-step of goals.

There was no talk of division titles or league pennants. Sights were set on a World Series championship.

Months later, the Cards are closing in on a division title that would put the organization three series wins away from meeting Matheny’s challenge.

One win in their upcoming three-game series against the Cubs — or a single loss by the Pirates — will secure the Cardinals’ seventh National League Central crown since 2000. At no other point in the franchise’s storied history have the Cards won that many division titles in such a condensed time frame.

It is within such context that this period of success is evolving into something particularly special.

St. Louis has been to three World Series, winning two of them, and has as many division titles as any other NL team in this century. Not only has success been sustained — evidenced by the fact that the Cardinals have missed the playoffs in consecutive years just once since 2000 — but the renewed focus in building this organization largely from within positions the Cards to be postseason contenders for the long term.

“I think we could make this one of the golden eras of Cardinal baseball if we go out there and execute the way we can, play the way we should,” said Adam Wainwright, one of three remaining players from the 2006 and ’11 World Series championship clubs. “If we make good on all the talent that is in that clubhouse, there is no question in my mind that we could be a playoff, deep-into-October team for a long, long time. We just have to go out there and do our part.”

The Cardinals have built their roster around budding young talent. Twenty rookies contributed in 2013, from three former first-round picks to another six taken after the 20th round. The organization has also prioritized locking down its core, with Wainwright, Yadier Molina and Allen Craig all having signed multiyear deals over the last two seasons.

The formula of building from the inside out has worked because St. Louis also hit on some critical free-agent pursuits (Carlos Beltran ) while being wise enough not to overpay in others (Albert Pujols ). The byproduct of the latter is ongoing financial flexibility, something that has been critical in helping the Cards plug other holes.

“When you have Yadi for five years, you have Waino leading the staff and you have all these unbelievable arms with more to come, they’ll be solid for a while,” said veteran Jake Westbrook. “That’s part of what they do here. Even the fringe Minor League guys, they change into guys who can be great. They’ve just got a good game plan, and it shows by the record and the things we have done the last couple of years.”

Though the Giants have won two of the last three World Series, those are San Francisco’s only two postseason appearances since 2003. Conversely, what the Cardinals have built is a claim to being the NL’s team of the 2000s.

St. Louis leads the league with 10 postseason appearances since 2000. Closest to the Cardinals are the Braves, a team that will be in the playoffs for the ninth time in these 14 years, but one that has captured just one playoff series during that stretch. The Cards, on the other hand, have taken 13. Only the Yankees have more playoff wins than St. Louis’ 51.

The Cardinals are the lone NL team to boast a winning record for the last six seasons, and their string of three consecutive postseason appearances will tie the Tigers for the longest active streak in the Majors, assuming the Rangers don’t sneak in.

“It’s an honor to be a part of this organization, to be a part of this team and its history,” Chris Carpenter said. “It’s an honor, not just because of what this organization has done in the last 10 to 12 years, but over its whole time. They’ve done a great job of setting themselves up with some great, young, talented players who know what they’re doing, know how to play the game and play the game the right way. Hopefully, you can continue with these players, add a couple of veterans here or there and then you can continue on with a nice long-term plan.”

It is no coincidence that the Cards are headed to their 11th playoff appearance in the 18 years under the ownership of Bill DeWitt Jr. It was largely his vision of turning attention to building a strong, sustainable development system last decade that positioned St. Louis to handle the departures of other core players.

Twenty-seven of the players to appear on the Cardinals’ roster at some point in 2013 were drafted by the organization. Another three were signed as international free agents and two others were acquired in trades as Minor Leaguers. As it sets up now, the Cards’ playoff roster is likely going to include, at most, only five players – Matt Holliday, Carlos Beltran, Edward Mujica, Randy Choateand John Axford – who did not play in St. Louis’ Minor League system.

“Back when we had really good teams in the ’04, ’05, ’06 time frame, I could see that underneath, when those players aged or left or retired, that we would be struggling,” DeWitt said. “We put a big effort in the farm system and in player procurement — both domestically and internationally — and I think that strategy has paid off. Now you’re seeing those young guys who we drafted and developed back then coming in and helping us challenge for the division championship.”

 

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, By Gosh, It’s Langosch, and follow her on Twitter@LangoschMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

(St. Louis) (AP) – The Rams are playing host to the 49ers in tonight’s NFL game.

Each club opened the season with a win before dropping two in a row.

These clubs have played 127 games with the series tied at 62 wins each and three ties.

(Toronto) (AP) – Defenseman Cody Franson has a new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The two sides have resolved their contract dispute by agreeing to terms on a one-year deal.

The 26-year old had four goals and 25 assists during a career year in 2013.

(Detroit) (AP) – The Detroit Tigers are once again champions of the American League Central.

The team managed by Jim Leyland clinched the title last night with a win over the Twins.

The winning pitcher was Max Scherzer, who will end the regular season with a spectacular record of 21-3.

(AP) – The baseball season comes to an end Sunday and the quest for a Wild Card berth in the American League is as hot as ever.

Entering tonight’s play the Rays hold down the first position, a game in front of Cleveland. Just a game back of the Indians for the second and final spot is Texas.

Tonight the Indians are at Minnesota, the Rays play the Yankees in New York and the Rangers are hosting the Angels.