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COLUMN: Too much talk for Southeast in lopsided loss to EIU
Posted Saturday, October 18, at 7:39 PM
Saturday afternoon was all about the Eastern Illinois football team at Houck Stadium. The game plan was about the Panthers, the talk on the field was prompted by them, the play on the field was highlighted by them and the scoreboard was most definitely all about them after a 52-13 dismantling of Southeast Missouri State...

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COLUMN: Southeast relegated back to underdog role after loss at Murray State
Posted Sunday, October 12, at 11:33 AM

The Southeast Missouri State football team found itself in a new and unfamiliar role when it stepped onto the field at Murray State on Saturday afternoon. Suddenly, a team that entered the season with three wins in each other last three seasons and little respect from anyone not on the payroll, on scholarship or on a booster list was a nationally-ranked team on a three-game winning streak and a favorite to play spoiler on the Racers' Homecoming...

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COLUMN: Steady Kyle Snyder powers Southeast football team to another impressive win
Posted Saturday, October 4, at 10:33 PM

It had been more than 20 minutes since the Southeast Missouri State football team added to its point total against No. 20 Tennessee State when the Redhawks' lead that had been 17 points was trimmed down to just three late in the third quarter on Saturday...

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COLUMN: Caruthersville grad, Southeast WR Peter Lloyd has career night in victory
Posted Sunday, September 28, at 2:56 AM

The farther away from Cape Girardeau the Southeast Missouri State football team traveled on Saturday afternoon, the more Peter Lloyd started to feel at home. Lloyd, a Caruthersville High School graduate and Southeast wide receiver, relished the feeling of heading south...

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Cape Central football team defeats Jackson
Posted Friday, September 26, at 9:47 PM

The Cape Central football team handed Jackson its first loss of the season Friday night with a 31-21 win at Tiger Stadium. Jackson took a 14-10 lead with 8 minutes, 57 seconds left in the third quarter but Central answered with a 50-yard touchdown run by Braion Owens to make it 17-14 less than two minutes later...

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Cape Central football team leads Jackson at halftime
Posted Friday, September 26, at 8:10 PM

Here's a brief summary on the first half from reporter Trent Singer: A 78-yard run on a fake punt by Peyton Montgomery has the Central Tigers ahead 10-7 in the first half of Saturday night's SEMO North Conference game against the Jackson Indians at Central High School...

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Chaffee's Trevor Morehead has torn ACL
Posted Wednesday, September 24, at 5:39 PM

Chaffee senior lineman Trevor Morehead has a torn ACL, which of course means he'll miss the remainder of his senior season. Morehead, who has verbally committed to play at Austin Peay next season, was a Semoball Awards finalist last year and the SEMO South Conference Outstanding Lineman of the Year award winner...

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COLUMN: Matukewicz follows through on promise
Posted Sunday, September 21, at 5:14 AM

Of all the things there has been to like about Southeast Missouri State football coach Tom Matukewicz in his first season as the Redhawks coach, the most endearing and important may be the accountability he demands not only of his players but of himself...

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COLUMN: Lack of discipline, not loss cause concern for Southeast football team
Posted Sunday, September 14, at 4:19 AM

Welcome to the Southeast Missouri State football season, Adversity. We've been waiting for you for quite some time. After months of positive build up to the season under a new coaching staff, a fun-filled lopsided victory in their first game of the season and a hard-fought loss on FBS opponent Kansas' home field last week that left both plenty to brag about and plenty to work on, the Redhawks had their first significant public brush with "adversity" -- a term adored by coaches for its ability to sweep so many problems under one rug.. ...

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COLUMN: Southeast remarkably resilient in loss to Kansas
Posted Sunday, September 7, at 5:08 PM

When Tom Matukewicz was introduced as the Southeast Missouri State football coach in December, he addressed a room of university dignitaries and promised -- among other things -- that he would put a disciplined Redhawks football team on the field and that the team would be one students, fans and alumni could be proud...

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COLUMN: Lopsided Southeast football victory important to build on
Posted Friday, August 29, at 12:22 AM

The Southeast Missouri State football team's season opener featured an anti-climatic drubbing of an overmatched team from a lower division of college football. While there probably isn't much to glean about what this season holds for the Redhawks from their 77-0 win over Missouri Baptist -- an NAIA team playing its first football game ever -- on Thursday night at Houck Stadium, drubbing an opponent from a lower division has hardly been a given for Southeast in recent seasons...

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COLUMN: The difficulty in defining success in Matukewicz's first season
Posted Sunday, August 17, at 11:05 PM

College football programs and their coaches primarily are judged on the number of games their team wins. Maybe that's fair, maybe it's not. Maybe that's what matters most, maybe it's not. Maybe you think I'm wrong. Maybe you know I'm right. Either way, Tom Matukewicz's time as the Southeast Missouri State football coach will be remembered by most for what his teams achieved on the field, but his first season shouldn't be. And maybe not his second or third either...

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Volleyball, swimming, football schedules (more to come)
Posted Saturday, August 16, at 11:00 PM

Our hard-working clerk Cody has been working to collect fall schedules for high schools. The football and volleyball listings have a bunch of extra schools because we know some semoball visitors like to check out schools that fall outside of our coverage area...

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Legion baseball tournament schedules
Posted Wednesday, July 16, at 6:14 PM

There are a couple Legion baseball tournaments taking place in Cape Girardeau this weekend. The first is the Senior Legion District 14 Tournament, which features just three teams this year. Sikeston has dropped out after not having the required 12 players to compete. The tournament is being playing at the Notre Dame High School field...

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Tyler Stone to play in NBA Summer League
Posted Friday, June 27, at 1:00 PM

Former Southeast Missouri State forward Tyler Stone will get another chance to show off his skills for NBA coaches and executives. Stone went unselected after working out for six NBA teams in the weeks before Thursday night's draft, but he later accepted an invitation from the Indiana Pacers to join their summer league team...

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COLUMN: Thank you for making the Semoball Awards possible
Posted Sunday, June 22, at 12:20 AM

Thank you. That's what I want to say as I sit here on the floor of a room somewhere down one of the back halls of the Show Me Center, still wearing the designer dress that I felt like the luckiest girl in the world to get to wear on Saturday night...

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Ozzie Smith: An understandable decision and an unfortunate result
Posted Friday, June 20, at 12:08 AM

The Semoball Awards have been well over a year in the making. It's actually probably been closer to two years since the idea first began to float around and plans eventually started to be made. Lucas Presson, who has spearheaded this entire project, particularly from the business and planning side, spent months researching speakers and then it took months -- literally -- to finalize negotiations and details in order to bring Ozzie Smith as our featured speaker at our inaugural event this Saturday.. ...

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Cape Ford and Sons Post 63 schedule and roster
Posted Wednesday, June 4, at 11:57 PM

I'll be posting more summer schedules and rosters as they roll in but for now here is the Cape Senior Legion information. The team is coached by Justin Lieser, who is an assistant at Cape Central...

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Former Scott City/Southeast pitcher Shae Simmons called up to Atlanta Braves
Posted Saturday, May 31, at 12:52 AM

Shae Simmons' rapid ascent through the Atlanta Braves organization is complete -- and he's skipped Triple A in the process. The Scott City High School graduate who spent three seasons pitching for Southeast Missouri State before being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2012 MLB draft had pitched at the Double A level all season before being called up the the Braves MLB club on Friday...

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Bickings to be new Oran baseball coach
Posted Monday, May 26, at 10:07 PM

Joe Bickings, an Oran graduate who played on two final four teams at the school, will be the Eagles baseball coach next year. Bickings has spent the last several years as an assistant basketball and baseball coach at Chaffee. Oran coach Kody Campbell told me after the Eagles' 9-0 state sectional loss to Cooter on Monday that he would not be returning to the team. ...

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Rachel Crader is the editor of semoball.com. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in May of 2009 before spending the summer covering the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas.

Highlights from Rachel's days in college include having a class down the hall from Chase Daniel and having NCAA wrestling champion Ben Askren hold the door open for her at Brady Commons, Mizzou's student center. She spent time covering Mizzou basketball, softball and baseball while working for the Columbia Missourian and is excited to return home to Southeast Missouri to cover local sports for semoball.com.

Rachel has covered three Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournaments for the Southeast Missourian and semoball.com, and she'll see you courtside again this year.