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COLUMN: Jarekious Bradley's avoidable absence costs Southeast men
Posted Saturday, January 24, at 10:03 PM
Southeast Missouri State men's basketball coach Dickey Nutt spoke at length about his decision to suspend senior star Jarekious Bradley for Saturday night's game at UT Martin. Then he did his best to move on and talk about the game his team had just lost to the Skyhawks...

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Semoball Awards Selection Show live on Feb. 7!
Posted Wednesday, January 21, at 3:59 PM

It's finally time to announce the first round of Semoball Awards finalists, and I'm excited to share that the announcements will be made live at Dexter BBQ in Cape Girardeau and on SEMO ESPN airwaves at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 7. For the uninitiated, the Semoball Awards are the Southeast Missouri version of the ESPYs. ...

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COLUMN: Re-energized Southeast women reply to new low with first conference win
Posted Saturday, January 17, at 11:53 PM

I don't think there is a coach alive who cares more about his basketball program than Ty Margenthaler. There are undoubtedly many coaches who equal the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball coach's passion and desire, but it would frankly be impossible to surpass him...

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COLUMN: Nutt delivers stronger messages after Southeast men's latest loss
Posted Saturday, January 10, at 11:54 PM

Dickey Nutt delivered multiple messages to his team Saturday night. He delivered one by removing senior star Jarekious Bradley from the starting lineup. He delivered another by benching disgruntled senior Nino Johnson for long periods of time. He delivered others during timeouts and after the game as well...

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COLUMN: Execution and attitude uneven in Southeast women's basketball team's 0-2 conference start
Posted Thursday, January 8, at 12:03 AM

The progress of the Southeast Missouri State women's basketball team under coach Ty Margenthaler hasn't always been easy to track. There was the 2-22 first season at the beginning of a daunting rebuilding job following by an encouraging 11-18 season in Year 2 when the Redhawks finished 5-11 in the Ohio Valley Conference...

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COLUMN: It's time for the Southeast men to win
Posted Friday, January 2, at 10:31 AM

It's time for the Southeast Missouri State men's basketball team to realize its potential. It's time for the Redhawks to accept their ability to be great -- to own it, appreciate it, even show it off for the world to see. Above all, it's time to take advantage of it...

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Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament seeds announced
Posted Sunday, December 7, at 7:14 PM

Here are the seeds for the Southeast Missourian Christmas Tournament: 1. Jackson 2. Cape Central 3. Notre Dame 4. Scott County Central 5. Charleston 6. Woodland 7. Advance 8. Scott City 9. Oran 10. Meadow Heights 11. Bell City 12. Leopold 13. Kelly 14. Oak Ridge...

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A modest compliment but some major progress for Southeast football
Posted Saturday, November 22, at 11:19 PM

In so many ways, the Southeast Missouri State football team's loss to No. 3 Jacksonville State on Saturday was a microcosm of the Redhawks' season. For stretches it was painfully obvious that Southeast was the physically inferior team. At other times the Redhawks lacked the execution, particularly on defense, needed to compete with one of the nation's top teams...

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Correction: Perryville soccer team won school's third state title
Posted Sunday, November 16, at 12:37 AM

The Perryville boys soccer team won the school's third state championship on Saturday afternoon. It was the first title for the boys soccer team. A graphic on the front page of Sunday's Southeast Missourian incorrectly identifies the title as the school's first. I realized it was wrong about 10 minutes after we could do anything about it...

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COLUMN: On elephants, injuries and the Southeast football team
Posted Saturday, October 25, at 9:18 PM

There is an elephant walking around with the Southeast Missouri State football team, plodding along behind the players, doing its best to slow them down. Not an actual, living and breathing elephant, of course. While coach Tom Matukewicz has done plenty of unorthodox things this season, I don't think he'll be inviting circus animals to join the team, even if he said he had some fun planned for his team during the bye week following its 33-21 loss at No. 18 Eastern Kentucky on Saturday...

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Why Pleasant Hope, the umpire and MSHSAA should be ashamed after Portageville softball loss
Posted Saturday, October 25, at 5:05 AM

Several years back ESPN and other media outlets nearly replayed the story of the Central Washington softball team's sportsmanship into obnoxious oblivion. The story, as most sports fans have heard, was that Western Oregon's Sara Tucholsky hit her first career home run in a game against Central Washington then promptly injured her knee running the bases...

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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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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.