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Friday, Sep. 4, 2015

College Sports

SEMO football preview: From almost quitting football to NFL prospect, Paul McRoberts' story is filled with unexpected turns and excellence (09/04/15)
From the moment has was spotted playing with friends at age 7, Paul McRoberts has dominated in athletics while overcoming challenges away from the court and field.
SEMO football preview: Running backs hope to present challenge with versatility (09/04/15)
Second-team all-conference running back DeMichael Jackson and junior college transfer Tremane McCullough join up this season to create a two-headed monster for the opponents of the Southeast Missouri State football team. "I think the more versatile guys that you have the better," Southeast running backs coach Matt Martin said. ...
SEMO football preview: Three starters return to offensive line that surrendered fewest sacks in OVC (09/04/15)
Southeast Missouri State offensive line coach Jon Wiemers likes to think one part of his job is a game, and not of the football variety. That game is figuring out where each of his top linemen will fit within the offensive line scheme. He returned three of his starting offensive linemen from last season -- junior center Jake McCandless, junior guard Garret Baker and senior guard Traven Mable...
SEMO football preview: QBs, receivers focused on small details as season starts (09/04/15)
Southeast Missouri State receivers coach Salim Powell's expectations are high for his position players, many of whom return with experience. He pushes them to be consistent in hopes that they will become a "premier receiving corps." "Like the small details," Powell said of his focus for the group, "because with a returning group you just want to keep redefining, redefining, redefining until you get it to exactly how you want. ...
Southeast Missouri State football team braces for season opener vs. Mizzou (09/04/15)
Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill had some advice for Southeast Missouri State football coach Tom Matukewicz, who spent the majority of his career as an assistant on Kill's staff at various schools.
SEMO football preview: Staff analyzed plethora of injuries to devise plan to strengthen, protect players this season (09/03/15)
"We made an emphasis starting this past January of staying healthy, and it's showed off," coach Tom Matukewicz said.
SEMO football preview: Roper Garrett back to lead Redhawks linebackers (09/03/15)
There were two goals that Southeast Missouri State defensive coordinator Bryce Saia had for the Redhawks' linebackers in the offseason: get the returners healthy and get more of them. Both of those tasks were accomplished, which has Saia confident about the group heading into the season...
SEMO football preview: Redhawks secondary focused on 'vision and break' (09/03/15)
The Southeast Missouri State secondary has a goal to "lead the country in vision and break." No, there's no statistic to measure that specifically, but for the safeties and cornerbacks, aiming to be the best at seeing the quarterback and reacting should lead to the forced turnovers, big stops and overall defensive success the Redhawks strive for...
SEMO football preview: Experienced defensive line prides itself on toughness (09/03/15)
Defensive line coach Ricky Coon's nickname has been Coon Dog for most of his life. When the defensive linemen at Southeast Missouri State found that out last year they were quick to come up with a similar moniker for themselves as a unit. "They kind of took it and ran. ...
Missouri needs production from young receiving corps (09/03/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- No. 24 Missouri's opener against Southeast Missouri State will be a proving ground for a young receiving corps. Last season, the Tigers relied on Jimmie Hunt, Bud Sasser and Darius White, who caught all but two of Maty Mauk's 25 touchdown passes. With all three players gone, experience at the position is limited...
SEMO football preview: Specialists bring their own brand of toughness to the Redhawks (09/02/15)
One is a former soccer player who joined the team as a walk-on, another is a trained specialist who transferred and the third received a full scholarship after playing at a high school known for its football program.
SEMO football preview: Top players make up kickoff, punt coverage teams (09/02/15)
There's one group on the Southeast Missouri State football team that's made up of what coach Tom Matukewicz and his staff consider to be the best players they've got. The Redhawks punt and kickoff coverage teams, made up of players from the offense and defense, are where some of the most important roles on Southeast's team are...
SEMO football preview: Field goal defense critical in Redhawks' red zone success (09/02/15)
Southeast Missouri State defensive line coach Ricky Coon remembered the turning point for the Redhawks that took their game against Kansas from a blowout to just a 6-point loss. Then senior cornerback Tim Hamm-Bey blocked the Jayhawks' 49-yard field goal attempt with 12 minutes, 16 seconds remaining in the third quarter. ...
SEMO football preview: Redhawks return specialists ready to react (09/02/15)
There's plenty of options for the Southeast Missouri State football team's kick and punt returners, and many of them have significant experience in one or both of the special teams roles. The top options for the Redhawks' punt returner are senior receiver Peter Lloyd and junior receiver Tyler Manne...
Southeast Missouri State football team looking for respect vs. Missouri (09/02/15)
Southeast Missouri State junior defensive lineman Marlon Hampton made his way up the hill from the lower practice field at the Rosengarten Athletic Complex toward the end of Tuesday's football practice. When the 6-foot-2, 314-pound nose tackle got to the top he paused and began dancing, which isn't uncommon at Redhawks football practices...
SEMO football preview: Transfer players arrive at OVC schools via varied paths but play important roles (09/01/15)
The top three teams in the Ohio Valley Conference last year -- Jacksonville State, Eastern Kentucky and Eastern Illinois -- also lead the league in number of transfers on their rosters.
Southeast Missouri State football team looking for respect (09/01/15)
Southeast Missouri State junior defensive lineman Marlon Hampton made his way up the hill from the lower practice field at the Rosengarten Athletic Complex toward the end of Tuesday's football practice. When the 6-foot-2, 314-pound nose tackle got to the top he paused and began dancing, which isn't uncommon at Redhawks football practices...
SEMO football preview: Establishing traditions important but challenging for Matukewicz (08/31/15)
"We're trying to create traditions that we can celebrate, look forward to when guys come back and they talk about those type of traditions," Matukewicz said.
SEMO football preview: Cheerleaders work hard to add entertain, excite crowd (08/31/15)
The team's day officially begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff so that the cheerleaders can participate in the Redhawk Walk to the stadium with the football team, members of the Golden Eagles marching band and the Sundancers.
SEMO football preview: Golden Eagles Marching Band turns field into performance stage (08/31/15)
A week after the Southeast Missouri State football team returned to Cape Girardeau for its fall camp, the 130 students that make up Southeast's Golden Eagles Marching Band returned to campus and began their own form of preseason training.
SEMO football preview: Playing Rowdy a treat for Southeast Missouri State students (08/31/15)
"The first thing: it's hot," he said. "The second thing is it's absolutely incredible. We have a great fanbase, and those who come out to the games are excited to see the football team, but next they're excited to see the mascot and be motivated."
Southeast Missouri State soccer team loses its first game this season (08/31/15)
Visiting Northern Colorado escaped with a 1-0 win despite being outshot.
Southeast Missouri State volleyball team finishes winless in home invitational (08/30/15)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team was winless in its season-opening home tournament to finish fourth in the four-team invitational. The Redhawks lost to Arkansas State and Saint Louis on Friday and Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday in the inaugural Drury Hotels Redhawks Invitational held at Houck Field House...
One former, two current Southeast football players face drug charges (08/28/15)
Hunter Bledsoe, who played in 11 games as a true freshman last season, admitted to selling marijuana earlier this summer because "he could not get a job due to his playing college football," according to a probable-cause statement.
Defense dominates in Missouri's final scrimmage (08/28/15)
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Defense dominated with three interceptions, seven sacks and 15 tackles for loss in No. 24 Missouri's final scrimmage Thursday night. Anthony Sherils returned an interception for a touchdown and the Tigers also got interceptions from Tavon Ross and Terez Hall. There were no turnovers in the first two scrimmages...
Southeast Missouri State volleyball team begins season with home invitational (08/28/15)
The Southeast Missouri State volleyball team will officially get its season underway today with a pair of games at Houck Field House as part of the program's first season-opening tournament at home. The Redhawks host Saint Louis, Missouri-Kansas City and Arkansas State in the four-team Drury Hotels Redhawks Invitational...
Tay Bender named Southeast Missouri State's starting quarterback (08/27/15)
Bender beat out Jackson graduate and Southeast freshman Dante Vandeven, who was promoted to the No. 2 jersey at the beginning of the week, and senior Alex Niznak for the starting nod.
Southeast Missouri State football team begins transitioning to game week practice preparations (08/26/15)
The Redhawks will get into the swing of their weekly practice routine, complete with preparation for their next opponent, this Sunday when the players will begin to learn more about the two-time defending Southeastern Conference East Champion Missouri Tigers.
Southeast Missouri State soccer player Paige Blankenheim earns OVC defensive honor (08/26/15)
Southeast Missouri State sophomore midfielder Paige Blankenheim was named the Ohio Valley Conference defensive player of the week on Tuesday. Blankenheim scored her first career goal in the 32nd minute of the Redhawks' game against Northern Iowa on Sunday, which put Southeast up 1-0...
Southeast Missouri State women's soccer team settles for tie in home opener (08/23/15)
The Redhawks lost a 2-0 halftime lead against Northern Iowa.
Southeast Missouri State soccer team opens season with 2-0 win over Missouri S&T (08/23/15)
The Southeast Missouri State soccer team was in complete control in its season-opening win over Missouri S&T, a Division II school in Rolla, Missouri. The Redhawks (1-0) recorded 24 shots and did not allow a shot on goal in their 2-0 road victory over the Miners on Friday night...
Matukewicz emphasizes Southeast Missouri State football team's need for consistency (08/22/15)
"Last year's football team would beat this year's football team. I mean, it is what it is. We have a better roster, but right now we're up and down." Southeast football coach Tom Matukewicz said.