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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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Semoball football poll: Sikeston slips into tie for third
Posted Tuesday, October 8, at 10:13 PM

Apologies for my failure to post this in a timely manner. As always, this poll is voted on by reporters, radio broadcasters and football fanatics around the region. 1. Jackson (5-1, 40 points): The Indians were already a unanimous No. 1 in our poll, but a 49-0 shellacking of Sikeston answered any lingering questions about which team is the best in Southeast Missouri. ...

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Semoball football poll: Jackson back to No. 1, Chaffee joins
Posted Monday, September 23, at 12:56 PM

This poll is voted on by reporters, radio broadcasters and football fanatics around the region. 1. JACKSON (3-1, 37 points): Jackson struggled during the first half of its win against Poplar Bluff on Friday night, but the Indians regained the top spot from Sikeston thanks to a big second half and the Bulldogs' struggles against Farmington...

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Jackson softball tournament postponed
Posted Friday, September 20, at 2:42 PM

The Jackson softball tournament, which was scheduled for Saturday at the Shawnee Sports Complex, has been postponed. They are still working on a makeup date.

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Semoball football poll: Sikeston regains top spot
Posted Sunday, September 15, at 12:22 AM

This poll is voted on by reporters, radio broadcasters and football fanatics around the region. It runs on the Sunday Audibles page in the Missourian each week. 1. SIKESTON (3-0, 22 points): Sikeston, which slipped to No. 2 a week ago, regained the top spot after a 34-0 win against Dexter. The Bulldogs have yet to give up a touchdown on defense this season and will face Farmington and Poplar Bluff the next two weeks before a showdown on the road against Jackson...

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Kody Campbell named Oran baseball coach
Posted Friday, August 23, at 1:11 PM

Update: You can read my full story about Campbell's hiring here. Former Oran player Kody Campbell has been named the Oran baseball coach. Campbell was an all-state player at Oran who played in two final fours under coach Mitch Wood before a successful career at Southeast Missouri State...

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Column: Otto Porter's message for kids
Posted Wednesday, August 21, at 5:42 PM

Otto Porter Jr. is just a few months past his 20th birthday. Not long ago he was a college student who told me he could walk across campus without garnering any attention. Now he's guaranteed to be a multimillionaire, and he has camera crews follow him across the country...

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Football schedules for all semoball schools
Posted Tuesday, August 20, at 8:37 PM

Here are all the football schedules for semoball schools in one place. Special thanks to the incomparable Cody Snider for collecting and typing all of these. We collect the schedules from the schools, but there are sometimes still errors in the copies we get. If you believe you see an error, let me know in the comments...

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Charleston Fighting Squirrels updates
Posted Friday, August 2, at 9:39 AM

The Charleston Fighting Squirrels are participating in the Babe Ruth Midwest Plains Regional this weekend. Chris Pobst started a thread in the forums here to provide occasional updates throughout the Squirrels' games. If you'd like to follow the games more closely, the tournament is providing GameChanger live coverage of each game, which you can access at this link...

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Senior Babe Ruth state tourney updated schedule and box scores
Posted Monday, July 22, at 8:06 PM

The Senior Babe Ruth state baseball tournament is being held at Hillhouse Park in Charleston through Tuesday. The champion will represent Missouri at the Midwest Plains Regional in Oscaloosa, Iowa. Here's an updated schedule complete with box scores from each game. I'll do my best to keep this updated after each game...

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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.