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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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Father of Southeast athlete angered by university's reply to tweeted photo
Posted Friday, May 23, at 10:21 PM

The Missourian has been reporting on the risque photo tweeted out by Southeast Missouri State athletics department last Friday. The university said its "investigation" was complete a couple days ago, but we've continued to report, as have others. Our last story, linked in the last sentence, included the discovery that the women in the photo were Southeast student-athletes...

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Hayti/Mizzou grad William Moore hosting hometown football camp
Posted Monday, May 5, at 6:07 PM

Per a press release that arrived in my email inbox this morning, Hayti and Mizzou graduate William Moore will host a youth football camp at Hayti High School on June 21. Moore has been a safety for the Atlanta Falcons for five seasons and has been a starter since 2010...

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Caruthersville's Monroe headed to Southeast
Posted Wednesday, February 5, at 12:27 AM

[UPDATE: You can read my full story about Monroe here. Erin is scheduled to speak with Darrell after his signing on Wednesday.] Caurthersville's star running back Darrell Monroe is expected sign his National Letter of Intent to play at Southeast Missouri State tomorrow...

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Cape Central-ND/Jackson-Charleston and other postponements
Posted Tuesday, February 4, at 10:58 AM

The winter weather hasn't started yet, but the postponements have. They include: Scott City at Saxony Lutheran boys basketball Saxony Lutheran at Dexter girls basketball (will be made up Feb. 12) Notre Dame vs. Cape Central boys and girls basketball at the Show Me Center (will be made up Wednesday)...

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First Semoball Awards finalists announced Sunday!
Posted Saturday, January 18, at 6:23 AM

The first-ever group of Semoball Awards finalists will be announced Sunday. No one other than the selection committee knows who the finalists are at this point, making the announcement a little more fun. The finalists will be featured in the Southeast Missourian, the Sikeston Standard-Democrat, The Daily Statesman in Dexter, the Daily Dunklin Democrat in Kennett and the Daily American Republic in Poplar Bluff as well as on semoball.com/awards of course. ...

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Column: New Southeast coach Tom Matukewicz makes most of first impression
Posted Thursday, December 19, at 12:10 AM

Tom Matukewicz used to stand in front of the mirror when he was a kid and imagine what his football future would be like. "First of all, everybody thought I was weird because I would be in front of a mirror practicing a speech to my team at halftime," Matukewicz said Wednesday after a press conference during which he was introduced as Southeast Missouri State's new football coach. ...

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CORRECTED: OIT finals scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 21
Posted Monday, December 9, at 2:17 PM

The finals of the Oran Invitational Tournament will be played on Saturday, Dec. 21. The consolation game will be at 5 p.m., the third-place game at 6:30 p.m. and the championship at 8 p.m.

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OIT postponed until next week
Posted Saturday, December 7, at 10:43 AM

The Oran Invitational Tournament finals will be played next week, following another postponement on Saturday. The day the games will be played has not been determined yet. We'll pass along any new information as soon as we get it.

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COLUMN: 'No comment' press release more surprising than Samuel's release
Posted Tuesday, November 26, at 11:23 PM

Southeast Missouri State athletic director Mark Alnutt issued a press release Tuesday afternoon that said he "plans to replace" football coach Tony Samuel, who just led the Redhawks to another abysmal 3-9 season. As far as shocking moves go, this was the polar opposite. Samuel was 31-60 in eight seasons, he never settled on a quarterback this year, couldn't find a kicker reliable enough to kick extra points and inspired little hope for the future...

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Woodland Tournament seeds
Posted Wednesday, November 20, at 9:19 PM

The Woodland boys basketball tournament will take place the week of Dec. 2. Here are the seeds: 1. Perryville 2. Oak Ridge 3. Leopold 4. Woodland 5. Scott City 6. Meadow Heights 7. Delta 8. Zalma I'll post a bracket with the game times later...

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Live coverage of Class 1 state championship
Posted Friday, November 8, at 4:11 PM

I will provide live updates from the Class 1 state championship between Leopold and Winona starting at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Thanks to all of you who joined me for pool play on Friday. If you missed the action, you can read a recap here. 2013 Class 1 Volleyball State Championship...

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ND doubles team wins state opener
Posted Friday, October 25, at 12:39 PM

The Notre Dame doubles team of Carly Hopkins and Reagan Kapp won its opener at the Class 1 state tournament 6-3, 6-1 over Chillicothe's Kelly Westphall and Chelsea Long. You can read more about the team here...

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My fave athletes of all time
Posted Wednesday, October 23, at 10:14 AM

The following list ran on the Sunday's Audibles page in Sunday's (imagine that) Southeast Missourian. I've gotten multiple requests to post it, so here it is. Please leave your top 5 down in the comments! Every sports fan has their list of favorite athletes. Mine has evolved and I'm sure will continue to do so, but here's what I settled on for today...

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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.