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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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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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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.