Kansas senior Travis Dambach, a Jackson graduate, has started the first three games for the Jayhawks at right guard. Dambach had been a part-time starter each of the past two seasons.
* Lindenwood University, an NAIA school located in St. Charles, Mo., has benefited from a pair of area defenders to start the season.
Marcus Klund, a senior defensive back, is off to another strong start this season. Klund, a Central graduate, had an interception, forced a fumble and had seven tackles in a Week 2 win over Culver-Stockton. The following week Klund had nine tackles in a loss.
Last season Klund earned second-team All-American honors.
Billy Uren, a sophomore from Jackson, had a sack and four tackles in Lindenwood's Week 3 loss.
* Leopold graduate Holly Jansen, a senior at Murray State, leads the Racers in kills with 79 and is second with 14 total blocks through Thursday's play. Jansen led team last year with 74 blocks.
* The Maryville University soccer team is off to a 5-0 start and is succeeding with the help of a large Southeast Missouri contingent.
Three area players -- Jackson graduate K.T. Biri, Perryville graduate Amber Hacker and Notre Dame graduate Megan Holloway -- have started games for the Saints this season. St. Vincent graduate Stacy Brown and Notre Dame graduate Kelsey Scheeter have also seen game action.
All five players have at least one point, led by Biri with three goals and an assist.
* Texas A & M freshman Merideth Snow, a former Southeast Missouri resident, won her debut collegiate cross country meet Sept. 9 at the Lobo Invitational. Snow was a multiple state champion in cross country and track and field at Eureka (Mo.) High School.
* Nebraska sophomore Jennifer Pancoast, a Central graduate, finished seventh in 19 minutes, 27 seconds in the season-opening Creighton/UNO Classic as the Cornhuskers placed first as a team.
-- Jeremy Joffray