This Week in Southwest Missouri Soccer

Ryan Moses, Kickapoo Chiefs 2008 By the time the majority of you read this, most of the College and High School boys squads in the region will already be recovering from their first practice session of the new season.

I stopped by Kickapoo Sunday evening, check-in and paperwork details in advance of Monday’s opening practice. The Booster Club has done a good job of updating the Chiefs results board, adding the Boys 3rd place finish at State last November. That’s senior Ryan Moses in the photo, a member of the Springfield SC U17 State Champion squad and a brand new St Lois University Billiken recruit. Ryan verbally committed last week and I interviewed him following this photo for a recruiting story that I’ll post on Wednesday.

The Missouri State Lady Bears were out kicking it around Sunday evening as well, I caught about 15 minutes of their personal session, in advance of today’s formal practice effort. They’ll travel to Conway AR on Thursday for an early exhibition game against the UCA Bears. They’ll also make the trek to the North side on Saturday when they’ll visit the Drury Panthers, GLVC Conference champions and Sweet 16 qualifiers last year. The game is at Harrison Stadium and will kick off at 8:00 pm. This will be the first game between the two squads since 2004 I believe, I can’t find a thing in my archives or the school websites but I recall late regular season games at Cooper. Bailes vs McLain, but in maroon and red now. Should be fun.

The Olympics have been a joy, eh (the Curti’s recognize my accent). But with Euro 2008 and now Beijing, this season has snuck up pretty quickly on me. I’ll be traveling this week for personal time but look for an interview with the Springfield Demize, some college updates and a MSHSAA update as well. District assignments won’t be finalized until Friday so we’ll explore some of the possible scenarios. Feel free to email me if you have some thoughts you’d like included in the article. See you this weekend!escorts dubai outcall