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Due to the risk of COVID-19, there have been numerous sporting events and athletic seasons canceled. Athletes, particularly those at the collegiate level, have expressed their concern and disdain for their loss of playing time and several questions have been raised regarding the renewal of e…

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“The team atmosphere at Southern, we have so much pride and we’re ready to run, we’re ready to show out and we’re ready to win conference,” said Kiara Smith, freshman. 

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Coach Bryce Darnell is leading the charge for the 13-1 2020 Lions Baseball program. With their pitching and timely hitting leading to a walk off victory Sunday against SW Minnesota, Darnell has his team off to the races to a number 17 ranking. 

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The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team has had quite a season. The Lions are 19-7 so far and are ranked No. 17 in the nation among NCAA Division II schools.

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Vince McMahon has brought us more football in 2020 with a reinvigorated XFL league comprised of eight teams across the top cities in the United States. Yes, there was an original XFL league back in 2001, but ended quickly and only lasted for one season. 

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“I plan on jumping big at conference and getting that record,” said Orval ‘Dean’ Howard.

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Super Bowl LIV was one that will surely be remembered. The 11-4 Kansas City Chiefs took on the 13-2 San Francisco 49ers and made their first Super Bowl appearance since Super Bowl IV in 1970. There were several records broken during the game and during the 2019-2020 season.

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The Chiefs’ 50 year Super Bowl drought has come to an end. The Madden Curse seems to have lifted, yet we still have one game left to go. After what happened to the cover athlete from last year, Antonio Brown, Patrick Mahomes will need all his fans and supporters to rise up for the Super Bowl.

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Janna Hautala, junior public relations major, is an international student who comes from Vierumäki, or the Sports Institute of Finland, Finland. Janna runs the 800, which is her favorite, the 1500 and occasionally the steeplechase on the track team.

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On Jan. 17, 2020 history was made for Missouri Southern in Orlando, Florida. Southern’s cheer squad competed in the UCA National Cheer and Dance Competition at Walt Disney’s Wide World of Sports for the first time in program history.

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The Missouri Southern men’s basketball team is off to a 2-0 start after beating Winona State University and Minnesota State Univeristy-Mankato in the MIAA/NSIC Challenge. 

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The Missouri Southern football team hosted Emporia State University on Saturday for the Lions final home game of the season. The game would be the Lions second worst offensive performance of the season as the Lions would only score six points to the Hornets 29. The poor performance on offens…

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The end of the regular season looms for the Missouri Southern volleyball team. The Lions had a tough road trip over the weekend dropping matches to both Emporia State University and Washburn University. The Lions had already faced both teams this season at home, winning against Emporia State…

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The Missouri Southern men and women cross-country teams competed in the MIAA Conference Championship meet Saturday, as Southern played host with the men winning handily and the women finishing third.

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The Lions’ record falls to 2-7 after losing to the University of Central Oklahoma. The Lions started the game with a quick 14-0 lead, but failed to score again until near the end of the third quarter while allowing the Bronchos to score 24 straight points. The Bronchos would then go on to wi…

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With fate dependent upon a Game 7 victory, the Washington Nationals pull through in a 6-2 win against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX., on Oct. 30, making them the 2019 World Series Champions.

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Denise Terry, known to most Missouri Southern students as “Momma D,” has been with the university for the last six years. She works the cashier in the front of the cafeteria and has become a second mom and a mentor to students who live on campus.

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Earlier in the semester I wrote about my thoughts on each fall sport to begin the season, and with the semester being a little more than half completed I decided to do a little update on how I think each sport has done so far.

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The Lions hosted Washburn University last week in a 49-19 loss. The Lions had a slow start giving up 21 straight points in the first quarter before being able to cut the score in half to 14 to 28 before halftime. The Lions then cut the lead to only nine points in the third quarter, but were …

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Lions senior quarterback Jacob Park could have an extra year of eligibility, thanks to a NCAA Division II rule, that athletes in Division II can play for 10 semesters instead of the five season rule that is in Division I. 

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After five weeks of NFL football, only two teams remain undefeated: New England Patriots and the San Francisco 49ers. One of these is more surprising than the other. Here are my NFL power rankings entering week 6:

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The Missouri Southern Lions fell to the University of Central Missouri Mules 71-42 last Saturday as their record fell to 1-4. The Lions had a quick start to the game as they finished the first quarter with a seven-point lead before they allowed the Mules to tie it before halftime. The Lions …

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The Lions traveled last weekend to Fort Hays State University to take on the Tigers, who were the 2018 MIAA champions. The Lions would lose the game 44-3 due to the Tigers getting a four- touchdown performance from their quarterback Chance Fuller. The Lions offense also struggled to move the…

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The Missouri Southern men’s cross country team got first place while the women finished third as Southern hosted the 30th annual Southern Stampede on Saturday at the Tom Rutledge Cross Country Course on campus.“This is a huge meet. Having the crowd on your back with so many fans here support…

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On Friday Southern visited Newman Uni- versity (0-10, 0-1 MIAA) in Wichita, Kansas for an MIAA match. The Lions were victorious in four sets with scores of 20-25, 25-19, 25-13, and 25-22. Everyone was involved for the Lions as junior Morgan Nash picked up 16 kills and nine digs, junior Janel…

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For most, transferring to an unfamiliar school coming from a big city would be an immense challenge. For sophomore Lion newcomer Ryan Riddle, it has been the exact opposite. Riddle looks to add even more depth to a stacked cross country roster looking to compete on the national level.

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Over the weekend Missouri Southern’s volleyball team played four matches in the Dallas Baptist University Patriot Classic. In Saturday’s first match, the Lions prevailed over Colorado Christian in five sets with scores of 17-25, 25-23, 26-28, 25-23, and 15-11. The Lions had four players with…

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The Lions lost their first game of the season to Nebraska-Kearney. The Lions were held to six points in the first half while giving up 33. The Lions would come back scoring 21 points in the second half to cut the lead to only six points before giving up a touchdown, which sealed the loss for…

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The Missouri Southern volleyball team hosted the Holiday Inn and Comfort Suites Southern Invitational over the weekend. The Lions picked up three wins and one loss in the tournament.

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The Missouri South- ern State Lions had their first game yesterday against the University of Nebraska-Kearney. This season is a fresh start for the Lions since the team hired new head coach Jeff Sims. Sims was hired by Southern back in November after the Lions finished the season 1-10.Sims i…

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The Missouri Southern women’s volleyball team is set to open their season Friday, September 6th at 1:00 p.m. against Black Hills State University at Leggett and Platt Athletic Center.The Lions will return 11 players this year along with five new additions to the roster and Head Coach Kalie M…

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Missouri Southern has named Aaron Tilsen as the new women’s soccer head coach. Tilsen brings a lot to the table for the Lions after serving as the goalkeepers’ coach for the past two seasons at Minnesota State-Mankato.

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The NBA Playoffs are already underway, so let’s take a look at the stars. These are my top 10 players who are participating in this year’s NBA Playoffs: