Category: Missouri Valley Conference

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Meet Mikala McGhee, Missouri State Lady Bear @mcgheeM32

mikala-mcghee-pattonville-piratesThought I’d take a moment to introduce Springfield to Mikala McGhee, who is joining the Lady Bear’s basketball team this Fall from Pattonville High School. McGhee is coming off an All-State soccer season for the Pirates where she also played softball as well as basketball. Those efforts earned her the Suburban Journals Female Athlete of the Year award for the North County area for the second consecutive year.

She just completed her soccer career playing for JB Marine Garabedian in the U18 Girls Final at Lake Country soccer last Tuesday. Her team lost to four-time State Champions Kolping Kicks, who won on a goal by Molly Brewer late in the match. McGhee stayed in Springfield following Cup to begin workouts for the Lady Bear’s in advance of her freshman season. Keep an eye out for her around town and say hello!

The Pirates lost to eventual State Champion Cor Jesu in the Quarterfinals this year. McGhee’s throw-in capabilities are known to coaches around the state. Here’s an example, with her throw-in reaching the far post from 30 yards up the field. No goal however as you cannot score directly from a throw-in.

For more, here’s a TV interview in St Louis late in the basketball season. Younger viewers might also recall seeing Mikala on MTV’s Made – All-star athlete Mikala McGhee wants to shed her tomboy image by being MADE into a ballroom dancer.

That should give you some idea of what Springfield can expect from this three-sport star. I’m a fan and I’m confident you will be too. Follow her on Twitterescorts agencies dubai

Brewer and Opfer Among 11 Who Sign With Missouri State Bears

Brewer-OpferBefore the details, a note – this is the broadest group I’ve seen enter the program in my 9 years of watching and covering the program. With players from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nevada, Coach Brewer appears to have spread his web further than ever. I hope its the final step in getting them to the MVC Championship, and NCAA Tourney, following the teams stumble in the MVC Tourney the past two years. Get em!

Via MissouriStateBears – Missouri State women’s soccer head coach Rob Brewer announced that he has 11 commitments from players to join the program for the 2012 season.

“There is excellent speed among the newcomers that will add to the overall team speed,” said Brewer. “We are replacing a strong senior class, so we expanded geographically to recruit quality players. I know this age group well having watched my daughter compete over the past few years.”

2012 Women’s Soccer Commitments:

Molly Brewer, F/D, Springfield, Mo. (Glendale High/St. Louis Scott Gallagher)
Lauren Fussell, M/D, St. Louis, Mo. (Oakville High/St. Louis Scott Gallagher)
Lauren Josten, M, St. Peters, Mo. (Duchesne High/St. Louis Scott Gallagher Red)
Cassandra Le, D, White Bear Lake, Minn. (White Bear Lake High/St. Croix Soccer Club)
Alix Opfer, M/D, Springfield, Mo. (Glendale High/Springfield Soccer Club)
Kayla Seabaugh, M/D, Perryville, Mo. (St. Vincent High/St. Louis Scott Gallagher)
Rachel Sebald, GK, Menomonee Falls, Wis. (Wisconsin Lutheran High/Milwaukee Sport Club)
Lauren Shadel, D, Las Vegas, Nev. (Arbor View High/Players Soccer Club)
Kimberlea Smith, GK, Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge High/Sereno Soccer Club 94 Blues)
Erin Stewart, M, Bennington, Neb. (Marian High/Toro Bravo)
Kristina Tomaras, F, Aurora, Ill. (Benet Academy/Chicago Fire Juniors Red 11)

kayla-seabaugh-st-vincentBy the way, Kayla Seabaugh will be familiar to the Springfield Catholic fans as she is the Defensive Midfielder for the St Vincent squad that lost 2-3 in the Final last year and has also been to the Final 4 the last 3 years, winning it all in 2009

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Bradley and Creighton Receive NCAA Bids

bradley-braves-missouri-state-andy-cooperThe Creighton Blue Jays are joined by the Bradley Braves today in receiving NCAA bids. The 48 team field was announced at 3:30 pm today via NCAA.com and includes the two Missouri Valley teams. Creighton received the overall #2 seed, behind North Carolina who won their Conference championship on Sunday over Boston College, who enter the tournament as the fourth seed. Connecticut is the 3rd seed.

Bradley receives their bid despite falling to Creighton in the MVC Conference semifinal. The reasons for their choice can likely be found in these two categories:

BEATING THE BEST
Bradley owns a 3-0-1 record against teams that are the No. 1 seeds in their respective conference tournaments … All three of the non-conference games versus eventual league champions were played away from home:

vs. South Florida – Big East – Win by 2-1 (ot)
vs. South Carolina – Conference USA – Tie of 2-2 (2ot)
at Western Illinois – Summit League – Win of 1-0
Missouri State – Missouri Valley – Win of 1-0

ROAD RESULTS
Bradley enters the MVC Tournament with a 6-2-0 true road record and a 7-2-1 overall record away from home … Of the teams in the top 30 of Tuesday’s NCAA RPI report, Bradley was one of only nine schools with as many as six wins away from home … Bradley began last week as one of only 16 teams in the entire country with as many as six wins away from home.

Here is the entire bracket announcement. Games begin Thursday November 17th at home fields, leading to second round games on Sunday.escort dubai independent

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Bears Face Creighton in MVC Final – Today on Fox Midwest

Missouri-State-Bears-at-SLU-2011The top-seeded Missouri State men’s soccer team (9-7-2, 5-1-0 MVC) played its way into the 2011 State Farm Missouri Valley Conference championship match with a 2-0 shutout of Drake at Morrison Stadium in Omaha, Neb., on Friday afternoon. With their second win in as many games over the Bulldogs, the Bears will now face No. 2-seed Creighton for the MVC title on Sunday at 1:06 p.m.

Missouri State has advanced to the finals five times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2011). The Bears will be looking for their first win in four title tries against the Bluejays. In 1999, Missouri State was crowned MVC Tournament champion with a 2-1 overtime victory over Bradley.

1:00 pm – Missouri Valley Championship CREIGHTON vs MISSOURI STATE – Fox Midwest/ESPN3
I’m rooting for Missouri State today. Creighton’s a lock for the NCAA, with an RPI of #1, so a Bear’s win gets the Missouri Valley two teams again this year (Bradley and Creighton last year).
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Melugin and Maher Earn Top Honors for Missouri State in MVC

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ST. LOUIS – Creighton, the nation’s top-ranked team in the NCAA’s RPI report and the 2nd-ranked team in the NSCAA national rankings, has claimed the league’s top individual honor, with the Bluejays’ senior forward Ethan Finlay taking the league’s Player of the Year honors. Creighton’s Andrew Duran has been tabbed the Valley’s Defensive Player of the Year, while Bluejay senior Brian Holt has been named the Goalkeeper of the Year. Finlay, Duran and Holt headline a list of 23 student-athletes named to the 2011 MVC All-Conference teams, selected by the coaches, and announced by the league office Thursday. The all-conference teams will be recognized at an awards reception tonight in Omaha, Neb.

Eight Missouri State men’s soccer players were named to all-conference teams announced at the annual banquet held prior to the State Farm MVC Men’s Soccer Championship on Thursday evening. Senior forward Heath Melugin highlighted the Bears award winners after being named to the All-MVC first team for the first time in his career.

All five seniors were placed on an all-conference squad as Thomas Vania was named to the second team, while Gerard Barbero, David Buckenheimer and Jordan Hoffman received honorable mention recognition. Three Bears were named to the MVC All-Freshman team including James Fawke, Parker Maher and Andrew Turner.

Melugin has continued his impressive career on and off the field during his senior campaign. The Springfield, Mo. native earned one MVC Offensive Player of the Week honor, two Prairie Farms/MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week awards, and was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District VI first team. Throughout league play, he ranked among the MVC’s best in several categories as he was tied for the conference-lead in points (8), goals (3) and game-winning goals (2) heading into the postseason. On the year, the preseason All-MVC selection led the Bears in points, goals, shots, shots on goal and game-winners. With his performances this season, Melugin now ranks fifth on MSU’s career list for game-winners (7), seventh in goals (21) and ninth in points (51).

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2011 MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE MEN’S SOCCER FIRST TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE
Name School Pos. Yr. Hometown (Previous School)
#%Brian Holt Creighton GK Sr. Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Prep)
Andrew Duran Creighton D Sr. Mokena, Ill. (Lincoln-Way East)
#&Tyler Polak Creighton D So. Lincoln, Neb. (Bradenton Prep)
Ryan Wilhelm SIUE D Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (CBC)
^Greg Jordan Creighton MF Sr. Naperville, Ill. (Central)
Matt Kuhn Drake MF Sr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown South)
Christian Meza Bradley MF Sr. Carpentersville, Ill. (Dundee-Crown)
*Charlie Schwartz Drake MF Sr. Bettendorf, Iowa (Bettendorf)
^@Ethan Finlay Creighton F Sr. Marshfield, Wis. (Marshfield)
^!Bryan Gaul Bradley F Sr. Naperville, Ill. (Neuqua Valley)
#Heath Melugin Missouri State F Sr. Springfield, Mo. (Kickapoo)
^First-team selection in 2010; #Second-team in 2010; *HM in 2010; @First-team in 2009; %Second-team in 2009; !HM in 2009

For the full list of 2nd Team, Honorable Mention and Full Freshman squad, click hereescorts dubai asian