Softball preview: Lessons hopefully learned for Sikeston Lady Bulldogs
email@example.com SIKESTON -- With just one senior on the team last year, Sikeston softball coach Eric Voorhees knew his team would experience a few growing pains. However, Voorhees has hopes that his team learned some lessons and will improve on last year's 6-16 record with eight of his nine starters returning this season...
Football preview: Plan stays the same for Sikeston despite losses
firstname.lastname@example.org SIKESTON -- Despite losing 16 seniors and returning a lineup peppered with inexperience and underclassmen, Sikeston head football coach Kent Gibbs says the goals of the program remain the same. "We want to compete and be in the money for conference and district championships," Gibbs said. "And we really don't change those goals much year to year."...
Tougher schedule hoping to make difference for Sikeston girls tennis team
email@example.com SIKESTON -- After a disappointing finish to last year's postseason, the Sikeston Lady Bulldogs' tennis team hopes a beefed up schedule this season will increase their chances come playoff time. "We always strive to see the team advance out of district play," Sikeston head coach Russ Dial said. "At least individually and that didn't happen for us last season, however, we hope to change that this season...
Dement enters first full year as Sikeston boys soccer coach hoping to improve
firstname.lastname@example.org SIKESTON -- After taking over for former head coach Doyle Noe in the final weeks last season, long-time assistant Gabe Dement enters his first full season at the helm of the Sikeston Bulldogs' boys soccer team this fall...
Fall sports practice in full swing
Sikeston head coach Kent Gibbs (center) gives direction during practice Tuesday on the practice field at Sikeston Public Schools stadium. The Bulldogs, along with all other fall sports in the area, began practice this week in preparation for the fall sports season. Sikeston's first football game is at home Aug. 22 against Charleston. (Chris Pobst photo)...
Football preview: Bearcats banking on plenty of experience
email@example.com DEXTER -- With a full season under their belt in head coach Justin Peden's system, the Dexter Bearcats hope to put last year's growing pains behind them as they enter the 2014 campaign. "I've gotten to know the guys and they've gotten to know me," Peden said of entering his second year with the year. ...
Bernie standout to coach at rival Dexter
DEXTER -- Jordan McGowan and his closet are having a color scheme problem right now. The former sharpshooting Bernie and Three Rivers College guard has, in fact, counted all 26 of his shirts in Bernie Mules blue. They've been grouped together and scooted to one end...
2014 All-Standard Democrat Baseball Team
FIRST TEAM Pitcher: Doug Still, Sr., Sikeston Catcher: Cody Payne, Sr., Chaffee Infield: Austin Godwin, Sr., NMCC Infield: Colton Black, Sr., Sikeston Infield: Gavin O'Brien, Sr., Sikeston Infield: Devon Yahn, Sr., Chaffee Outfield: Palmer Campbell, Fr., NMCC...
Tensions mount between Sikeston, Cape Central during first day of Contact Camp
firstname.lastname@example.org CAPE GIRARDEAU -- The tension built several plays before. Sikeston's offense was just held scoreless and now it's defense was trying to do the same against Cape Central. But the Tigers were marching. One play was stuffed with a hard tackle by a Sikeston defender up the middle. The very next play went for 15 yards and ended when Cape Central's Kwaychon Chism was brought down hard close to the sideline...
Football preview: Dryden feels at home with NMCC
email@example.com NEW MADRID -- After 17 years of coaching and a multitude of different teams and towns in between, John Dryden feels the move to New Madrid County Central was the right one. "Coming from middle Tennessee, this area is a lot closer to how I grew up as far as the type of people, the rural community, it's almost like coming home even though it's two and a half hours away," Dryden said. "For me and my family it's been one of the best decisions we've ever made."...
Football preview: Youth fills Charleston's roster
firstname.lastname@example.org CHARLESTON -- Though they lost many of the players that led to their resurgence the past three seasons to graduation, the atmosphere around the Charleston Bluejays is one of optimism entering 2014. That's because after watching their numbers dwindle into the high teens by the end of last season, the Bluejays have a crop of 34 players anchored by a hungry group of 18 freshman...
World Series over for Squirrels following 13-1 loss
EPHRATA, Wash. -- A year ago, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels were within two games of moving into the Senior Babe Ruth World Series title game. A year later, the Alabama Rawdogs weren't in the mood to have a close game with the Squirrels. The Rawdogs, the defending World Series champions, sent the Squirrels home to Missouri with a memory that Charleston faithful would probably rather forget. Alabama got off to a quick start en route to a 13-1 win over the Squirrels...
World Series hopes drained following Squirrels' 11-1 loss
EPHRATA, Wash. -- There is still one game left in pool play for the Charleston Fighting Squirrels, but the 2014 Senior Babe Ruth World Series is basically over for the Midwest Plains regional champions. The Squirrels lost their third game in divisional play at the tournament being played at Ephrata (Wash.) High School's Johnson-O'Brien Stadium on Sunday. ...
World Series opener turns sour for Fighting Squirrels
The Squirrels dropped their pool play opener at the 2014 Senior Babe Ruth World Series, which began Thursday at Johnson-O'Brien Stadium in central Washington state. Charleston was at the wrong side of the best pitching performance of the day Friday as the host team, the Columbia Basin River Dogs, 5-0.
Squirrels packing for World Series trip to Washington
email@example.com CHARLESTON -- At a time when most summer baseball teams have already packed up and players prepare for the quickly approaching school year, the Charleston Fighting Squirrels are days away from their biggest test yet. They'll try to make their claim for their first ever national championship starting Friday as they join nine other teams in the Senior Babe Ruth World Series in Ephrata, Wash...
First SEMO football practice ends with highlight
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- A near-perfect morning with temperatures hovering in the high 70's ended with a perfect throw from quarterback Kyle Snyder to receiver Paul McRoberts on Friday on the lower field at the Rosengarten Athletic Complex. Cornerback Reggie Jennings was given the coverage challenge on the talented 6-foot-3 junior as teammates took sides, with those wearing red (offense) and white (defense) jerseys rooting for their players...
Caruthersville recruit Monroe not attending SEMO
Caruthersville graduate Darrell Monroe, who signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Southeast Missouri State on February 5, never joined the Redhawks as planned. First-year Southeast football coach Tom Matukewicz said it's been "a process," but the freshman running back was academically an NCAA non-qualifier and will instead play football at the junior college level at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Arizona...
Ruffin transfers to Three Rivers College
firstname.lastname@example.org POPLAR BLUFF -- One of Sikeston's winningest all-time guards will be playing closer to home this fall. Former Sikeston Bulldog Vashawn Ruffin has transferred to Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff following his freshman year at Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville, Ill...
SEMO football players get first look at new coaching regime
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Following the Southeast Missouri State football team's first spring practice on Tuesday, first-year coach Tom Matukewicz asked his players, who were huddled around him on the field at the Rosengarten Athletic Complex, "Was that a little fun?"...
Squirrels return home
Parents and fans greeted the Charleston Fighting Squirrels Senior Babe Ruth baseball team following their near 20-hour trip from Dickinson, North Dakota Tuesday at Hillhouse Park in Charleston. The Squirrels won their third Midwest Plains Regional...
Otto Porter continuing impressive Summer League run
Otto Porter continues to shine during the NBA Summer League. The 6-8 forward scored 14 points and had six rebounds in the Washington Wizards' 78-67 win over the Miami Heat Thursday night in Las Vegas. Porter, the former Scott County Central star and 2013's No. 3 overall NBA draft pick, is averaging 17 points and six rebounds in four games. The Wizards are undefeated so far in Summer League play...
Porter scoreless against Clippers
WASHINGTON -- One game after scoring his first NBA career points, Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter couldn't find the bottom of the net against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Porter played 10:30 and went 0 for 2 from the field. He also had two rebounds in the Wizards' 113-97 loss...
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