Poplar Bluff football team finds season-opening opponent (8/3/20)It didn’t take Poplar Bluff R-1 Athletic Director Kent Keith long to find an opponent to open the Mules football season. A day after Keith learned Illinois was moving football to the spring and that Poplar Bluff’s season-opening game against O’Fallon was off, he had found a replacement...
Perryville football fortunes resting on (broader) shoulders of senior QB Evan Daugherty (8/1/20)Perryville High School football coach Blane Boss had a tough decision to make in the Pirates’ 2019 training camp when it came to the quarterback position.
Kennett continues unique preparations for 2020 football season (7/30/20)Preparation for the 2020 high school football season continued Wednesday night at the practice field near Metz Cherry Stadium in Kennett.
Poplar Bluff football team in search of season-opening opponent (7/30/20)Just 31 days before kickoff, the Poplar Bluff football team is now looking for an opponent to face. The Mules were to host O’Fallon, Illinois, on Aug. 28 until Wednesday when football in that state was pushed back to next spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic...
COVID transfers possible to Missouri as Illinois considers pulling the plug on football (7/29/20)The state of Missouri, as of now, is planning to start prep football on time this fall. Official practices may begin August 10 and the first competitive games are still on for August 28. Show Me State high schools may soon be approached with transfer requests from players in other states whose return to play has either been delayed or canceled...
Good Sports: Will Daffron expecting a big change in Red Devil football fortunes (7/27/20)Good Sports is a column featured weekly in the Southeast Missourian and on semoball.com. It is primarily designed to showcase people who have impacted the sporting life of Southeast Missouri, so that readers may get to know them more fully. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity...
Jimmy May's storied football career on hold - COVID postpones season (7/27/20)Scott City’s Jimmy May is still headed to Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, Missouri this fall – but he’ll have to wait a bit before he plays in a competitive football game again. On Monday, the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) announced it will postpone football for all its member schools until spring 2021 “due to ongoing concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” according to a release...
Local high school football coaches weigh in on COVID and plans for a hoped-for 2020 season (7/24/20)Five head football coaches from Cape Girardeau and Perry counties believe their teams will snap the ball for the first time in a competitive game on Friday, August 28. MSHSAA, the Missouri State High School Athletic Association, and the Missouri Football Coaches Association (MFCA) are in agreement that August 10 will be the first official practice for Show Me State teams...
BREAKING: Kelly athlete tests positive for COVID-19 (7/22/20)BENTON — On Wednesday evening, Kelly High School issued a statement of an athlete that tested positive for COVID-19. “School officials learned that someone who participated in football and basketball activities last Friday (July 17) has tested positive for COVID-19,” the statement said...
Good Sports: Erik Sean is living the dream (7/16/20)Good Sports is a column featured weekly in the Southeast Missourian and on semoball.com. It is primarily designed to showcase people who have impacted the sporting life of Southeast Missouri, so that readers may get to know them more fully. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity...
Missouri football coaches ready to start practice August 10 (7/16/20)The Missouri Football Coaches Association says it is full steam ahead for 2020 fall football. In a message sent to high school coaches dated Tuesday, the MFCA said "in agreement with MSHSAA (Missouri State High School Activities Association), (the) goal is to start our upcoming football season on schedule (Monday) August 10."...
Scott City student-athlete Joe Panagos recognized for all-around excellence (7/12/20)Scott City High School boy’s basketball coach and athletic director Mark Dannenmueller doesn’t mince words when it comes to describing what it was like to coach former Ram athletic great Joe Panagos.
Semoball Awards to follow a unique path Saturday (7/9/20)Each year the Semoball Awards recognizes outstanding high school athletes from around the region. That tradition continues Saturday albeit in a different format due to the lingering COVID-19 concerns and social distancing requirements.
Final grouping of 2020 Semoball Award nominees named (6/15/20)The coronavirus pandemic has altered the 2020 Semoball Awards into a production like never before, as the event will be conducted as a “virtual” event on Facebook Live on July 11 at 7 p.m. instead of a live show that the sports fans throughout Southeast Missouri have grown accustomed to through the years.
Are you ready for some football? 2020 prep schedules unveiled (6/10/20)If you drive around the cities and towns dotting the Southeast Missouri landscape, one thing is undeniable: Kids are playing sports again in wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Changes made to second year of Youth Empowerment football league (6/9/20)SIKESTON — Youth Empowerment 573 is bringing some changes to its 2020 football league this season. Former Sikeston football standout and current assistant coach Treston Pulley calls it the “coronavirus changes,” and said that he is stirring things up amidst the virus that has halted nearly every sport...
Poplar Bluff teams to start limited workouts Monday (5/30/20)After 71 days, the Poplar Bluff Mules are getting back to work. Starting Monday, athletes and coaches will be able to meet on campus as part of summer activities under guidelines set by the district to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. “We’re going to cope with it the best we can,” Mules football coach David Sievers said. “Football is hard to social distance at...
SD BOYS ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Not just a dynamic football player, Quazavion Jackson also finds success on the mat (5/28/20)NEW MADRID, Mo. — Whether it was on the football field or the wrestling mat, New Madrid County Central junior Quazavion Jackson proved to be a force for the Eagles this past season, earning him the 2020 Standard-Democrat Boys Athlete of the Year. A locomotive in the backfield, Jackson earned SEMO Conference All-Conference, Class 2, District 1 All-District, Class 2 All-Region, and was on the Class 2 All-State Third-Team as well...
Visor signs NLI to play football at Westminster (5/26/20)CHARLESTON, Mo. — Charleston senior defensive back Brian Visor signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and football career at Westminster College in Fulton, Mo. Visor recorded 28 tackles, 16 solo tackles, four interceptions, and 15 pass breakups his senior season with the Bluejays...
2020 Semoball Awards will be 'different,' but still a 'great show' (5/22/20)Each year the Semoball Awards recognizes outstanding high school athletes from around the region. That tradition continues this summer albeit in a different format because of lingering COVID-19 concerns and social distancing requirements.
Change coming to St. Vincent athletics - sort of (5/18/20)The term “new normal” has enveloped the entire world through the past months as the world adjusts to the coronavirus pandemic.
Jackson's Cole Amelunke wants to 'engineer' yet another pathway to success (5/13/20)If you want to get a hold of Jackson senior Cole Amelunke, you better reach out to him soon. Because in a few months (God willing, due to the pandemic), he’s not going to have much time for chit-chat with anybody.
Cape Central athletes to celebrate a year of achievements (5/7/20)The truth of the matter is, from an athletic standpoint, the 2019-20 school year at Cape Central will forever be remembered as the “year of the coronavirus.”
Malden senior Garrett Rackley signs to play football at Westminster College (4/26/20)Malden senior Garrett Rackley liked what he saw when he went for a visit at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. “They had nice facilities,” he said. “The campus felt nice. I liked the campus and loved their football field. I also liked the message I received from their coaches. It just felt like the right fit for me.”...
Malden senior Shay Amoss signs to play football at Westminster College (4/24/20)Westminster College football coach John Welty made a good first impression on Malden senior Shay Amoss when he visited him at his high school earlier this school year. “When he came and talked to me at the school he related to us like you were in his shoes,” Amoss said. “He told me how things would work from his perspective. It made me feel like I really wanted to go there so I could be around him and people like him.”...
Good Sports: "Dee" Smith comes home to Cape and makes a difference (4/23/20)Good Sports is a column featured weekly in the Southeast Missourian and on semoball.com. It is primarily designed to showcase people who have impacted the sporting life of Southeast Missouri, so that readers may get to know them more fully. Responses have been edited for clarity and brevity...
Malden football squad set to join seven-team SEMO Conference South Division in 2020 (4/23/20)Malden Green Wave football coach Justin Peden has never been a fan of playing in a four-team conference. “I prefer a bigger conference,” Peden said. “I think things get a little watered down in terms of postseason awards playing in a four-team conference. There have also been a few times over the years a team finished below .500 and won a conference. I feel like you should actually have to win some games to be a conference champion.”...
Conference realignment triggers changes to 2020 Kennett football schedule (4/16/20)The Kennett football team’s path to a second straight undefeated regular season will have a much different look next fall. Kennett has added three new opponents and dropped three others from its 2020 varsity football schedule. Kennett has picked up Poplar Bluff, Doniphan, and East Prairie and dropped North County, Fredericktown, and Gosnell, Arkansas...
Jackson football to be tested with 2020 schedule (4/15/20)Jackson football coach Brent Eckley is entering his ninth season leading the program, and despite the uncertainty of months lost to the coronavirus, is bullish on his football team’s prospects in 2020.
Good Sports: Central's Kent Gibbs and his HOF career (4/8/20)
A NEW VOICE: Former East Prairie assistant Ian Penrod takes over as Portageville head football coach (3/26/20)PORTAGEVILLE, Mo. — After serving as an assistant coach for the past six years at East Prairie, Ian Penrod is taking over the reins for Portageville next season. Penrod will be the third coach in the last three seasons for the Bulldogs, and it will also be his first head coaching opportunity...
Good Sports: Bruce Valleroy is a St. Vincent lifer (3/19/20)
Heavily sought-after Jackson O-lineman Tollison picks Missouri (3/9/20)In the end, Connor Tollison just didn’t want to leave Missouri. Jackson High School’s 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman was made scholarship offers by 20 universities. “It came down to Oklahoma or Mizzou,” said Tollison, 17. Tollison, who protects JHS quarterback Cael Welker’s blind side, picked Missouri, impressed with its new coaching staff – from the head man on down...
Jackson's Tollison receives Alabama offer (2/26/20)Jackson offensive lineman Connor Tollison is now a recruiting target of arguably the most prestigious college football program in the United States – the University of Alabama.
Poplar Bluff's Cole Laws signs with SBU football (2/26/20)Cole Laws is looking forward to focusing on playing linebacker in college next fall. The Poplar Bluff senior, who recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Southwest Baptist University, also played right guard for the Mules. "I'm done with that," Laws joked...
Cameron Cox - a heralded QB to play safety in college (2/25/20)Cape Central’s Cameron Cox is headed to Division II Southwest Baptist University. “It may be surprising to people that (Cox) will not play offense (in college),” said first-year Central coach Kent Gibbs. Maybe shocking is a better word. The 17-year old finished his Tigers football career as the Central record holder in touchdown passes...
Jackson, Cape Central, Scott City coaches react to innovative XFL kickoffs (2/25/20)The head coaches of rival high school football programs Jackson and Cape Central do not see eye-to-eye on the new kickoff protocol in the upstart XFL. “Personally, I like it,” Cape Central coach Kent Gibbs said. “I’d be willing to sit down and talk about anything that improves player safety.”...
BREAKING: SEMO makes coveted list of sought-after OL Connor Tollison (2/24/20)There is no shortage of national collegiate football powers vying for the services of Jackson High School junior offensive lineman Connor Tollison.
Cael Welker - Southeast Missourian Football Player of the Year (2/15/20)It was a not a difficult choice for the sportswriters of this newspaper to choose Jackson’s Cael Welker as the 2019 Southeast Missourian Football Player of the Year. When informed that his two-time first team all-state quarterback had won the honor, Welker’s coach had a succinct reaction...
2019 All-Southeast Missourian Football Team (2/15/20)The selection of the 2019 All-Southeast Missourian Football Team was not an easy process. The six football-playing schools (Perryville, St. Vincent, Jackson, Cape Central, Scott City, and Chaffee) in the coverage area of the Southeast Missourian was filled with talented athletes and successful teams.
SIGNING: James Durden signs to Itasca (2/14/20)Charleston's James Durden signs his National Letter of Intent to continue his football and academic career at Itasca Community College, in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, on Friday, Feb. 7.
Breaking: 2020 Semoball Awards Fall Sports Finalists announced (2/11/20)There is rarely a shortage of excellent athletic performances throughout Southeast Missouri by high school athletes each year and the fall season in 2019 was no exception.
Scott City standout signs at Southwest Baptist (2/5/20)Scott City senior running back Jimmy May signed to play football at NCAA Division II Southwest Baptist State Wednesday.
Home-schooled: Cape Central's Dony'e Taylor feels at right at home in choosing SEMO football (2/4/20)There were several aspects in a college football program that Cape Central senior Dony’e Taylor was looking for as he made his decision on where to play over the next five years.
Good Sports: Brent Eckley combines passion and hard work = long-term success (1/30/20)Good Sports is a weekly feature appearing in the Southeast Missourian and online at Semoball.com. It profiles the life of a person connected to sports and allows readers the opportunity to know the people who are impacting athletics throughout Southeast Missouri in a deeper way. Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity...
The challenge for prep football in Missouri (1/17/20)The man responsible for overseeing football for the Missouri State High School Activities Association has no doubt – the game is OK for young people to play. “I truly believe that high school football is safer than ever before,” said Greg Stahl, MSHSAA assistant executive director...
Jackson's Seth Waters signs to play collegiate golf (1/16/20)Jackson's Seth Waters, member of the 2019 Class 4 state champion Indians golf team, signed Thursday to play the sport at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. The senior will have one more season to wear the red and black before moving to the next level...
Amelunke among 15 Jackson football seniors recognized (1/8/20)Jackson’s Cole Amelunke is a standout in two sports and he’ll let a scholarship decide which one he plays in college. Amelunke, the Indians’ only four-year football letterman and a cornerstone of Jackson’s Class 5 runnerup squad, was among the 15 seniors honored at Tuesday’s annual gridiron banquet at the Knights of Columbus hall...
Good Sports: May keeping it fun in Scott City (1/1/20)Good Sports is a weekly feature appearing in the Southeast Missourian and online at Semoball.com. It profiles the life of a person connected to sports and allows readers the opportunity to know the people who are impacting athletics throughout Southeast Missouri in a deeper way. Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity...
SD DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Seth Copeland (12/24/19)SIKESTON — For the first time since 2012, a Sikeston football player recorded over 100 tackles in a season. Senior Seth Copeland did just that, and more, as he finished his final year on the gridiron with a bang. He recorded 129 tackles, suiting up for every game with the Bulldogs to earn him the 2019 Standard Democrat Defensive Player of the Year...
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