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Recruiting 101: STL Post-Dispatch Looks At The Realities

In an article that focused on football – Athletes seek help finding colleges – the writer apparently spent some time talking to players and looking at the question of whether a service is valuable.

Enter college recruiting services, a growing industry where high school athletes and parents can turn for help in gaining exposure and making contact with colleges. The Internet has made such services abundant. Most will set up a profile and offer tips and links to the NCAA information for free, but they also offer packages of paid services — at costs of $750 and up — that can include talent evaluation, video preparation and sending an athlete’s information to coaches around the country.

And that’s the million dollar question: Is it worth it?

Although many college coaches say they don’t look at e-mails from the recruiting services, for families that have already spent money for years for summer leagues, camps and the like, it’s just another investment in pursuing a college scholarship.

The article looks at one young man, a quarterback, who has seen the interest in his skills go up but it was as a result of attending a camp where he was seen by coaches. The article goes on with some money quotes:

Washington University men’s basketball coach Mark Edwards called the unsolicited e-mails he gets from recruiting services “the equivalent of spam. It’s pretty easy to figure out our academic requirements. They’re listed in all the books. What a recruiting service can’t figure out is the type of player we look for.” He estimated that he receives five or six e-mails a day from recruiting services touting a student who isn’t a fit, either athletically or academically.

Lindenwood men’s basketball coach Brad Soderberg agreed that the services can’t pinpoint the right fit the way his own staff can.

The key point? Coaches are looking for a player that fits their needs. In some cases, it could be a player capable of playing a position that needs to be filled. I remember Rolla graduate Sophie Cox describing how TN-Martin saw her play in State Cup following her senior year and signed her because he needed an outside back. She went on to become Captain and help lead the team to their first ever Conference crown. She’s been unique from the beginning however and ranks 3rd on all-time female players coming out of this region (after Anne Felts and Ann Cook).

More frequently it is a combination of skills – academic, athletic, soccer, cultural. Recruiting is as hard for coaches as it is players and losing players to academics or any other factor is a significant cost. They are looking for someone they can establish a relationship with and get to know. After the checklist is done one comment stands out more than any other I’ve heard from a coach in the past six years. Potential.

The number of players that complete their four years of eligibility is much smaller than the number that start in a program. The players who have done well have continued to grow in the game as well as an adult. You may get some good playing time as a freshman if you’re skilled but I’ve seen just as many players who then sat after that because they did not keep pace with the incoming classes. Ask Danny Collins, Adam Peterson and Alex Palmer what the competition is like. Every year at Drury it’s gotten tougher but these three worked as hard, if not harder, then their teammates and were rewarded with playing time, the satisfaction of team success and in the end, the lifelong friends they made playing the game.


So get to work now learning about colleges. Determine what appeals to you (big? small? close? far?). Find someone from this area who’s gone there and can tell you about the realities. Visit.

The Post-Dispatch summarized what they learned here – Some sage recruiting advice — for free I’d like to think their advice is very similar to my recommendations.

They also point to a webinar on the Illinois Coaches Association on recruiting. It’s not a soccer specific site and I haven’t had a chance to watch it myself but the title – NCAA/NAIA/JUCO Eligibility and Recruiting – looks like a useful tool.

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Kaitlin Bramel, Fontbonne Griffins (2012) against Westminster

SLIAC: Westminster Blue Jays Fall at Fontbonne Griffons

Kaitlin Bramel, Fontbonne Griffins (2012) against Westminster
Kaitlin Bramel, Fontbonne Griffins (2012) against Westminster
Fontbonne Griffins – 1
Westminster Blue Jays – 5
Fontbonne opened the scoring with a goal by #7 Robyn Meesey with 12 minutes left in the first half. Westminster tied it up in the 50th minute when freshman Megan Gunnels (Ozark/MO Elite SC) finished a ball played squarely across the six by junior Jen Brotherton. Meesey answered back two minutes later when she finished a cross served from deep in the right corner by #22 Tori Preiss. Preiss extended the Griffin’s lead to 3-1 in the 72nd minute with a goal of her own. Meesey completed a hat-trick in the 79th minute finishing a cross from #6 Kendra Schilli. #14 Kaitlin Bramel (Rolla) scored the final goal of the game in the 81st minute to seal the 5-1 victory for Fontbonne.

Game Preview: In an early season SLIAC Conference game, it’s #5 ranked Westminster (4-4, 1-0) visiting the #3 ranked Griffins (2-2-1, 1-0) Tuesday night. Both teams have beaten Spaulding to open their Conference season, Westminster winning by a 3-0 margin while Fontbonne won last week 4-0.

Kim Carter & Kaitlin Bramel, Fontbonne Griffins (Rolla Bulldogs)
Kim Carter & Kaitlin Bramel, Fontbonne Griffins (Rolla Bulldogs)
Fontbonne has a pair of players from Southwest Missouri. Sophomore Kim Carter, a defender has started in 4 games while playing in 5 while her former high scool teammate on the Rolla Bulldogs, junior Kaitlin Bramel has started 3 of the 5 games she’s played in. Bramel got her first goal of the season in the Griffon’s 4-0 Conference win over Spaulding.

Check out the Gallery of 76 photos from the game

Chelsea Cole, Emma Ray & Megan Gunnels, Westminster Blue Jays
Chelsea Cole, Emma Ray & Megan Gunnels, Westminster Blue Jays
The Blue Jays have three players from Southwest Missouri. Freshman Megan Gunnels (Ozark/MO Elite FC) has started 7 of the 8 games played this year and leads the team in scoring. She has 4 goals and 3 assists to lead the team in goals and total points, 11. In addition to Gunnels, the Blue Jays have two sophomores from Southwest Missouri. Chelsea Cole, a defender from Nixa, has played in six games on defense while Emma Ray, a midfielder from West Plains has also played in six games and has a start as well.

Westminster is coached by Jen (Simek) Dyson, a 2006 graduate of Drury, where she earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology. She played collegiately at Drury and appeared in 73 matches during her career. Dyson served as a graduate assistant women’s soccer coach at Drury University for two years before taking the job at Westminster. She married Westminster assistant men’s basketball and men’s golf coach Dave Dyson in 2010.

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Kaitlin Bramel And Calli Collier Garner Basketball Honors at Fontbonne

Fontbonne - Calli Collier and Kaitlin Bramel
Fontbonne - Calli Collier and Kaitlin Bramel
Nice story out of St Louis where a pair of former Rolla Bulldog players have gone onto success on the hardwood as well as the pitch. Fontbonne sophomore guard Kaitlin Bramel was selected as the SLIAC Player of the Year. Bramel led the conference this year with an average of 4.88 assists per game while finishing second in the SLIAC in steals (2.25 per game), second in three-point field goal percentage (.376) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.50).

Bramel’s backcourt partner, junior Calli Collier, was selected to the SLIAC First-Team All-Conference and was named SLIAC Tournament MVP. Collier finished second in the conference in scoring averaging 14 points a game. During the tournament, Collier scored a team-high 18 points in the semi-final and 12 points in the championship.

Fontbonne will play their NCAA first round game against Thomas More College today (Friday). You can watch a live webcast of the game. There is also a nice article and interview with the two Rolla natives in the Rolla Daily News.

Kaitlin was a starting midfielder on the soccer team as well this year, as the Griffins finished the season 7-12 overall and 5-3 in the SLIAC which put them in fourth place.

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Rolla Bulldogs Shut Out Hillcrest Hornets

Rolla Bulldogs Shut Out Hillcrest Hornets

Rolla Bulldogs – 10
Hillcrest Hornets – 0
A tough challenge for the Northside Springfield squad, as they traveled to Rolla on Wednesday to face the District 10 favorites in a game delayed one day due to field conditions. The game ended on Ashley Kerr’s goal when she followed Olivia Cox’s shot from the top of the box. Jillian Gerkey rejected the initial shot with her diving save but Ashley lifted it over the prone keeper from just outside the six yard box. The Hornets never backed off and made several trips into the Bulldogs box during my period at the game (2nd half) but don’t have as sophisticated an attack and were shutout.

For the Lady Bulldogs both Jaclyn Standfast and Ashley Kerr had hat tricks, with three goals each. Olivia Cox tallied two goals and Emily Spooner and Caitlin McFarland each added one. Cox and Kerr each had two assists with Kim Carter and Spooner scoring one each.

I took some time afterwards to chat with a pair of senior co-captains for the Bulldogs, checking in on their results so far this season and what the teams goals are. Here are Kim Carter and Ashley Kerr.

By the way, I saw today that Kim has signed to play at Fontbonne University Griffins in St Louis, joining former teammate Kaitlin Bramel at the D3 program.anal escorts uk

Missouri Girls Soccer: Class 2 All-State Honors and Final Rankings

Player of the Year – Drea Barklage, Incarnate Word
Offensive Player of the Year – Morgan Marlborough, Lee’s Summit North
Defensive Player of the Year – Jen Tucker, Incarnate Word
Goalkeeper of the Year – Claire Lovercheck, Hazelwood Central

Coach of the Year, Large Schools – Pat Rocco, Hazelwood Central
Coach of the Year, Private Schools – Annie Beekman, Incarnate Word

First Team
GK – Claire Lovercheck 12 Hazelwood Central
D – Maggie Baumann 11 St. Joseph’s Academy
D – Drea Barklage 12 Incarnate Word
D – Amanda Teschner 12 Oakville
D – Jen Tucker, 11 – Incarnate Word
F – Blake Miller 12 Incarnate Word
F – Julie King 12 Nerinx Hall
F – Kelly Meusenfechter 12 Ft. Zumwalt North
F – Colleen Beck 11 Nerinx Hall
F – Jasmina Suljic 12 Oakville
F – Morgan Marlborough 11 Lee’s Summit North
F – Megan Kelley 10 St. Teresa’s Academy
F – Shea Groom 9 Liberty
F – Bobbi Jo Schlick 11 Jackson
MF – Lorin Opfer 12 Glendale
MF – Bridget Lohmuller 12 St. Joseph’s Academy
MF – Katelyn Frederickson 11 Nerinx Hall
MF – Molly Campbell 12 St. Teresa’s Academy
MF – Lizzy Simonin 12 Lee’s Summit
MF – Kasey Clark 9 Liberty
MF – Ellen Jantsch 12 St. Teresa’s Academy
MF – Nikki Rivera 12 Lafayette

Second Team
GK – Mary Warwick 10 St. Teresa’s Academy
GK – Mariah McClain 11 Jefferson City
GK – Maggie Bowman 12 St. Joseph’s Academy
D – Curtney Danze 12 Liberty
D – Jacque Dedovesh 12 Lee’s Summit West
D – Audrey Copenhaver 12 St. Teresa’s Academy
D – Chelsea Dale 12 Jackson
D – Marisa Rapp 12 Howell North
D – Taylor Thomas 12 Rockwood Summit
D – Danielle Bergfeld 11 Hazelwood Central
D – Kelsey Calvert 11 Lafayette
F – Sharaya Sidebottom 12 Blue Springs South
F – Katie Pritchard 12 Waynesville
F – Jessica Greer 11 Smith-Cotton
F – Rachel King 12 Ft. Zumwalt West
F – Becky Handley 11 St. Joseph’s Academy
MF – Kaitlin Bramel 12 Rolla
MF – Mandy Laddish 10 Lee’s Summit
MF – Lauren Drewett 12 Jackson
MF – Allie Brazill 12 Incarnate Word
MF – Bridget Belli 12 Hazelwood West
MF – Ariel Boulicault 11 Pattonville
MF – Korie Klosterman 11 Lafayette

Third Team
GK – Caroline Stanley 9 Lee’s Summit North
GK – Katie Gallagher 12 Howell North
GK – Paige Hemphill 10 Ozark
D – Emily Downing 11 Jefferson City
D – Kaitlyn Nevels 10 Hazelwood Central
F – Brooke Williams 10 Liberty
F – Casey Vitale 10 Pattonville
MF – Katy McClain 12 Kickapoo
MF – Megan Buri 12 Park Hill South
MF – Caroline Gray 9 St. Teresa’s Academy
MF – Jenni Tenholder 12 Jackson High School
MF – Nikki Hoss 12 Ft. Zumwalt West

Final Rankings
1 – Incarnate Word, 20-2-1
2 – St. Joe’s Academy, 20-3-1
3 – St. Teresa’s, 23-3
4 – Nerinx Hall, 21-4-1
5 – Lafayette, 19-1
6 – Liberty, 22-2
7 – Hazelwood Central, 17-11-1
8 – Howell North, 19-5
9 – Lee’s Summit, 22-2-1
10 – Jackson, 18-3
11 – Truman, 22-4
12 – Lee’s Summit North, 18-4
13 – Lindbergh, 18-5
14 – Glendale, 20-6
15 – Ft. Zumwalt West, 13-12russian escort dubai