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The Missouri State Lady Bears (1-2, 0-0 MVC) hit the road again this week as they head to Fayetteville for a 7 p.m. Friday game at Arkansas. The Razorbacks have been impressive in a 4-0 start with a 34.5-point average margin of victory in four home wins.

Friday’s game will mark Kellie Harper’s 300th as a head coach, and is Missouri State’s third in a stretch of eight consecutive contests against teams that played in either the NCAA Tournament, WNIT or Women’s Basketball Invitational in 2013.

After Friday, the Lady Bears host Quinnipiac at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26, with more than 1,000 area students already committed to attend for Elementary Day.

Missouri State finishes up its road-heavy early schedule Dec. 3 and 5 at Louisville and Eastern Kentucky before a three-game homestand at JQH Arena from Dec. 15-21.

Arkansas holds a 17-6 series lead over Missouri State, including a 9-2 mark in Fayetteville. The teams have met just once since 2002, a 65-64 Razorback victory in a 2011 WNIT second round match-up in Springfield.

Arkansas is 4-0 on the season and has defeated Sam Houston State, Oral Roberts, Furman and Middle Tennessee by an average of 34.5 points per game. Jessica Jackson has led the way thus far for the Razorbacks, averaging 17.8 points on 49 percent shooting as one of three Arkansas players scoring in double figures. As a team, the Razorbacks average 78 points and allow 43.5, limiting the opposition to 33.9 percent shooting. Arkansas shoots 45.5 percent overall, 42.3 percent on 3-pointers and 64.6 percent from the foul line.

Carl Junction, Lamar and Seneca combined to take up 26 of a possible 30 first-team selections on the offensive and defensive All Big 8 teams.

Carl Junction led the way with the most total first-team selections to the Big 8 All-Conference football team with 10. Doug Buckmaster was honored as the Coach of the Year for guiding the Bulldogs to an undefeated Big 8 slate.

Lamar had the second-most first-team selections with 9 total offensive and defensive choices. Ben and Sam Bailey were honored as the Co-Defensive Players of the Year.

Seneca had seven total first-team selections including two to senior Braxton Graham. He was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year for his efforts in the backfield, and he was also a unanimous selection to the defense.

The complete teams are below.


Left to Right;  Hayley Baca, Sydney Sanders, Lauren Enochs, Kayli Brower, Quentin Keller, Jordan Inman, Jeremy Inman, Ransom Nichols, Camden Barrett, Dylan White. (Provided)

Left to Right; Hayley Baca, Sydney Sanders, Lauren Enochs, Kayli Brower, Quentin Keller, Jordan Inman, Jeremy Inman, Ransom Nichols, Camden Barrett, Dylan White. (Provided)

(West Plains) – Coaches from Southwest Missouri met on Wednesday, November 13 to vote on Southwest Missouri All Conference Athletes.

The following Zizzers were selected.

1st Southwest Conference Team

Camden Barrett

Jeremy Inman

Dylan White

Hayley Baca

Sydney Sanders

2nd Southwest Conference Team

Jordan Inman

Quentin Keller

Ransom Nichols

Honorable Mention Southwest Conference Team

Lauren Enochs

Kayli Brower

Class 4 Coach of the Years for Boys in the Southwest Coaches Association is Joe Bill Dixon

NEW YORK (AP) – Alex Rodriguez has another walk-off to go along with the 11 game-ending hits in his big league career.

The New York Yankees star walked out in the middle of a session Wednesday, furious that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz refused to order baseball Commissioner Bud Selig to testify. The move, followed by angry statements accusing Selig of bias and the entire arbitration process of flaws, appeared to be a prelude to a lawsuit challenging whatever ruling Horowitz makes on A-Rod’s 211-game suspension.

Horowitz was in the midst of the 11th day of hearings on the grievance filed by the players’ association to overturn the penalty given to the three-time AL MVP by Major League Baseball in August for alleged violations of the sport’s drug agreement and labor contract.

”I lost my mind. I banged a table and kicked a briefcase and slammed out of the room,” Rodriguez said during a 40-minute interview on WFAN radio. ”I probably overreacted, but it came from the heart.”

Rodriguez has not testified in the grievance and said he had been warned that repeating his denials of wrongdoing on the stand could result in attempts at additional discipline by MLB.

MLB argued that it could decide what witnesses it wanted to present to justify the discipline, since the penalty must meet a ”just cause” standard. The league said Chief Operating Officer Rob Manfred spoke to reasoning behind the discipline during his six hours of testimony.

Rodriguez and the union asked Horowitz to compel Selig to testify. After the arbitrator refused, Rodriguez uttered a profanity at Manfred just before leaving the hearing room at MLB’s office, two people familiar with the proceedings said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because what takes place at the hearing is supposed to be confidential.

”In the entire history of the Joint Drug Agreement, the commissioner has not testified in a single case,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement. ”Major League Baseball has the burden of proof in this matter. MLB selected Rob Manfred as its witness to explain the penalty imposed in this case. Mr. Rodriguez and the players’ Association have no right to dictate how baseball’s case is to proceed any more than baseball has the right to dictate how their case proceeds. Today’s antics are an obvious attempt to justify Mr. Rodriguez’s continuing refusal to testify under oath.”

The hearing continued for about two hours after Rodriguez left the room, one of the people said, and was scheduled to resume Thursday morning.

Horowitz, chosen by management and the union as their independent arbitrator last year, has the discretion to eliminate the suspension or alter it. The statements by Rodriguez and lawyer James McCarroll made it appear the 14-time All-Star intends to sue MLB and the union unless the penalty is eliminated.

Rodriguez already has filed one suit against MLB and Selig, accusing them of a ”witch hunt,” and another against the Yankees team physician and his hospital, alleging malpractice in the diagnosis and treatment of a hip injury.

Manfred is technically part of a three-person arbitration panel that also includes union General Counsel David Prouty and is chaired by Horowitz

”I’m done. I don’t have a chance,” Rodriguez said during the WFAN interview.

He issued a statement earlier in the day attacking the procedures established in the agreements between MLB and the union.

”I am disgusted with this abusive process, designed to ensure that the player fails,” Rodriguez said. ”I have sat through 10 days of testimony by felons and liars, sitting quietly through every minute, trying to respect the league and the process.

”This morning, after Bud Selig refused to come in and testify about his rationale for the unprecedented and totally baseless punishment he hit me with, the arbitrator selected by MLB and the players’ association refused to order Selig to come in and face me. The absurdity and injustice just became too much. I walked out and will not participate any further in this farce.”

McCarroll blamed Horowitz for precluding evidence Rodriguez wanted to introduce and hinted of a court fight.

”Whether the case is finally decided in this forum, created by Major League Baseball, Bud Selig’s forum, or another forum, nobody is throwing the case out,” he said.

Rodriguez denied using performance-enhancing drugs or obstructing MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis of America anti-aging clinic. Rodriguez was the only one of the 14 players disciplined this summer to challenge his suspension.

”Over time, the arbitration process in baseball has been amazingly pro player,” MLB spokesman Pat Courtney said. ”It was that process which created free agency. It allowed Steve Howe to remain on the field despite numerous drug violations and resulted in the shortening of suspensions like John Rocker’s. The notion that this same process is not fair enough or good enough for Alex Rodriguez is ridiculous.”

Rodriguez said he had hoped to testify Friday. MLB had insisted Rodriguez submit to an ”investigatory interview” prior to his testimony, but he canceled his scheduled appearance last week, claiming illness. MLB agreed to waive its right to penalize him for testimony during an interview it might deem untruthful, one of the people said.

”The system is wrong, and whether you’re in federal court or state court or in kangaroo court that we are today, players need protection,” Rodriguez said on WFAN. ”The union has already told me that if I go on on Friday and they think I lied, they can give me say another 100 games, so now you’re to 311. So now we’ll appeal that. In the appeal process, I would say I didn’t do it, so now you’re up to 411, and this can go on for the next seven or eight years.”

He repeatedly disparaged Selig, who has been in charge of baseball since 1992 and said in September he plans to retire in January 2015. Rodriguez said Selig wants him as ”a trophy” to put ”in his big mantel on his way out.”

”My only message to the commissioner is, I know you don’t like New York, but come to New York and face the music. He hates my guts, there’s no question about it,” Rodriguez said. ”One hundred percent it’s personal, and I think this is about his legacy, and it’s about my legacy, and he’s trying to destroy me.”

Rodriguez said four years ago he used PEDs while with the Texas Rangers from 2001-03. He has denied using them since.

He briefly discussed his relationship with Biogenesis head Anthony Bosch, who is cooperating with MLB’s investigation.

”It was nutrition and it was weight loss,” Rodriguez said. ”And Bosch wasn’t the only guy. I traveled the world to see doctors, cutting-edge stuff, but always between the parameters of Major League Baseball. And I have hundreds of emails that will be part of evidence which I can’t get into that backs me up 100 percent.”

The Missouri State volleyball team (21-9, 12-5 Missouri Valley Conference) closes the regular-season Friday at 7 p.m. by hosting first-place Wichita State (25-6, 14-3) at Hammons Student Center. The Bears have won eight consecutive matches to move up to third in the league standings, and look to continue their momentum on Senior Night as the members of this year’s senior class will play their final home match.
In addition to Friday’s match being Senior Night at Missouri State, the first 400 fans to arrive wearing Bear Wear will receive a free t-shirt, and a live band will be playing throughout the evening.

Wichita State is 25-6 overall and sits atop the MVC standings at 14-3 in league play. The Shockers lead the MVC in hitting percentage at .283 as a team, with three regulars above the .344 mark. As a team, WSU averages 13.75 kills, 15.11 digs, 2.49 blocks and 1.03 aces per set while holding opponents to .157 hitting.

Missouri State holds a 43-25 all-time series edge over Wichita State, though WSU has won 19 of the last 26 meetings. Of those 26 matches, 11 have gone the full five sets.

 

Springfield, MO (Missouri State Athletics)  Rick Kindhart Reporting– Missouri State (3-0) shot 60 percent from the field and got 17 points from Marcus Marshall to help turn back visiting Grambling (0-3) here Wednesday night in non-conference play.

The Bears also got 14 points from newcomer Emmanuel Addo who was 8-for-8 at the line. MSU out-rebounded the Tigers by a 36-25 margin while collecting 23 assists on 34 field goals.  Paul Lusk’s troops also shot a JQH Arena record 80.8 percent from the field (21-of-26) in the second half and got 45 points from the bench.

A’Torri Shine led Grambling State with a game-high 20 points, including an 8-for-9 effort at the foul line.  Remond Brown added 16 points for the Tigers, while Chase Comier knocked down three 3-pointers to finish with 11 points and a game-high 7 assists.

In the first half, the Bears fell behind 4-0 after a couple of quick jumpers by Brown, but reeled off 11 unanswered points over the next three minutes to take a lead they would never relinquish.  Dorrian Williams’ 3-pointer at the 13:01 mark gave MSU a double-figure advantage for the first time at 16-6.

MSU would eventually lead by 15 in the first stanza as a pair of Addo free throws with just over four-and-a-half on the clock made it a 35-20 contest, but Grambling rallied within six with a 9-0 run to cut its deficit to 35-29 with 2:51 remaining. The home team closed out the opening half with an Addo-generated 4-1 run to lead 39-30 at the intermission.

Less than three minutes into the second half, MSU opened up its biggest lead to that point as Addo closed out an 11-4 scoring outburst with a coast-to-coast layup. A 3-pointer by freshman Austin Ruder with 12:52 left in the game gave Missouri State its first 20-point advantage, and the Bears stretched their lead to 30 for the first time when Marcus Marshall scored on a traditional 3-point play that made it 78-48 at the 6:30 mark.

A trey by Bruce Marshall with just 1:22 to go gave Missouri State its biggest lead of the night, 95-61, in a contest that saw 12 Bears in the scoring column, including six with eight points or more.

Ron Mvouika led all players with 6 rebounds in an 8-point scoring effort by the newcomer. Ruder, Devon Thomas and Gavin Thurman also tacked on 8 points apiece, while Jarmar Gulley and Thomas led the winning side with 5 assists each.

The Bears finished 34-for-57 from the field, 11-of-25 from long range and 18-for-25 (.720) at the line. MSU missed just nine attempts overall in the second half – four at the foul line and five from the field, including three from beyond the arc.

Grambling committed 16 turnovers and was 22-of-57 (.386) from the field, 4-of-17 (.235) deep and 19-for-24 (.792) at the foul line.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A memorial fund has been set up for former Ozark High School athletic standout Thomas Ligon.  The Arkansas State senior track athlete passed away early Tuesday morning in Ozark.  An autopsy was scheduled for Wednesday to determine the cause of death.

The account is set up at Great Southern Bank.  Anyone wishing to donate to the account can go to any Great Southern location and ask to contribute to the Thomas Edward Ligon Memorial Account.

For more information contact Kevin Hanks at 417-888-5870.

Mike Scott Reporting
mscott1@schurz.com

(West Plains) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Basketball team upped its season record to 5-2 Tuesday night, Nov. 19, with a 98-76 win over Labette Community College, Parsons, Kan., in the Joe Paul Evans Arena at the West Plains Civic Center.

“This was probably our most complete game so far,” Grizzly Basketball Head Coach Yancey Walker said. “We had a couple of stretches that could have been better, but they were short lived and our defense kept them at bay.”

Walker said fans shouldn’t let the final score fool them about the quality of Labette’s team. “They are a good team. They have played Hutchinson (8 point loss), Iowa Western (13 point loss) and now us all on the road. They will be tough to beat at their place in January,” he said.

The Grizzlies showed good team effort and, individually, shot high percentages, which played a huge factor in the outcome, the coach explained. Statistics show the Grizzlies hit 37 of 64 shots from the field for 57.8 percent, eight of 19 from 3-point range for 42.1 percent and 16 of 22 from the free throw line for 72.7 percent. In the second half, they hit 21 of 32 attempts from the field and five of seven 3-pointers for 65.6 and 71.4 percent, respectively.

Sophomore guard Devaugntah Williams led the team in scoring with 23 points, followed by fellow sophomore guard Arroyo Edwards with 21, freshman guard Jeremiah Jackson 12 and redshirt freshman forward Ed Seay, Jr., with 10. Freshman guard Craig Eubanks and sophomore guard Jonathan Tshibuy each had 8.

“We had four guys in double figures and two more with 8 points,” Walker said. “One thing we want is for our guys to have more points than shots. That helps us stay more efficient. Devaugntah and Arroyo each had 20-plus points on 11 shots, Jeremiah and Ed both had 10 or more points on seven shots, and Craig had 8 points on four shots. We didn’t force tough shots, and we took advantage of our opportunities at the free throw line.”

Labette hit 27 of 63 shots from the field for 42.9 percent, four of 15 shots from 3-point range for 26.7 percent and 18 of 25 from the charity stripe for 72 percent. Leading scorers were Stedman Allen with 24 points, Keith Charleston 14 and Anthony Elechi 11.

One area the Grizzlies need to improve is offensive rebounding, Walker said. Of the 35 rebounds the Grizzlies grabbed, only seven came off the offensive glass. “We have to do a better job on the offensive glass,” the coach stressed.

Even so, Walker said the win was “a good start to the week. Now, we have to get ready to play a good Marshalltown (Iowa) team with a score to settle, then we play the No. 2 ranked team in the country on their home floor.”

Those games will come Friday and Saturday, Nov. 22 and 23, at the Bowling RV Classic hosted by Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. The Grizzlies will face Marshalltown Community College at 4:30 p.m. Friday in a rematch; the teams met a week ago at the Hampton Inn/Holiday Inn Reiver Classic in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and the Grizzlies prevailed. Saturday, the Grizzlies will face the hosting Warriors at 7 p.m.

Walker said he would like to thank the West Plains Civic Center for hosting Tuesday night’s game “and making it fan friendly with $1 Night. Our crowds have been great this year, and we hope that trend continues.”

For more information about the Grizzly Basketball team, including complete statistics from the games, visit wp.missouristate.edu/grizzly/bb/.

November 20, 2013 By 

Blues forward Chris Stewart sat out of the team’s morning skate at First Niagara Center in Buffalo on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms and stayed at the team hotel to rest. Stewart played last night and assisted on both Brendan Morrow goals as the Blues beat the Sabres 4-1.

The Blues also got a power-play goal from Vladimir Tarasenko, and Magnus Paajarvi scored his first goal with the Blues who are off to their best start in franchise history after 20 games with a 14-3-3 record.  Jaroslav Halak bounced back after allowing three goals on six shots and being pulled in the first period against the Capitals on Sunday. Halak stopped 23 shots in earning his 11th win.

The Blues run over the Sabres and Eastern Conference is impressive. The Blues are 13-2-0 against the Sabres dating back to 1999, including 8-1-0 in Buffalo. They also improved to 31-9-5 against teams from the Eastern Conference since the 2010-11 season, the best inter-conference record in the NHL.

James Franklin last attempted a pass on October 12 at Georgia and missed the next four games. Now, the senior and captain is ready to start this Saturday at Ole Miss and he says he’s healthy and expects to play better than before the injury.

Franklin has completed 67.7% of his passes for 1,577 yards with 14 touchdowns with only three picks. Franklin says that because of his shoulder injuries he’s had to change his throwing motion. He actually thinks the ball is coming out of his hand better now than before the injuries.

Franklin has been recognized as a semifinalist for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, which recognizes the top offensive player in Division I football with ties to the state of Texas. Franklin, from Corinth, TX,  is one of 16 semifinalists from around the country and just one of three from the Southeastern Conference.