Moses, Simmons start pro careers on positive note

Monday, June 25, 2012

The two former Southeast Missouri State baseball stars from local high schools who were selected in this year's major league amateur draft both had impressive professional debuts last week.

Shae Simmons, a Scott City High School graduate who was the Atlanta Braves' 22nd-round draft pick, notched the win Thursday when the Gulf Coast League Braves defeated the Gulf Coast League Phillies 5-3.

Simmons pitched two perfect innings in relief. He struck out three for Atlanta's short-season Rookie-level team.

Trenton Moses, an All-American third baseman from Advance High School who was Atlanta's 26th-round draft pick, went 2 for 4 with a double to help the Advanced Rookie-level Danville Braves beat the Elizabethton Twins 7-3 on Tuesday.

Thursday's performance was Simmons' only appearance through his squad's first six games.

Moses has started four of Danville's first six contests. He is batting .294 (5 for 17) with three doubles, two RBIs and four runs scored.

Shortstop Kenton Parmley, Southeast's other baseball standout from this year who recently made his pro debut, was released by the Gateway (Ill.) Grizzlies.

Parmley, who signed with the Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League on June 12, was batting .143 with three singles in 21 at-bats. He had appeared in five games.

A Cape Girardeau native is the new swimming and diving coach at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.

Central High School graduate Jason Owen recently was named to lead the Division II program after spending the previous four seasons as an assistant at perennial Division II power Drury University.

Owen was a 15-time All-American swimmer at Drury, which is located in Springfield, Mo. He was a member of the Panthers' 2002-03 national championship team.

Season tickets for Southeast's 2012 football campaign are on sale. Numerous packages are available for the five home games at Houck Stadium.

Season tickets start at $35 for general admission. Reserved bleacher seating is $40. A limited number of chairback seats at midfield can be purchased for $60. Chairback seats require a minimum donation to the Redhawks Club to support scholarships for student-athletes. Season ticket discounts will be offered to seniors (age 62 and older) and Southeast faculty and staff.

The Redhawks Family Zone, which is located in Section H of Houck Stadium, offers a family of four season tickets for $120, plus each child will receive a free Rowdy's Kids Club membership ($25 value).

To order season tickets, call 651-2113 or 866-SEMO-TIK.

There was big news regarding the Ohio Valley Conference resulting from last week's release of the NCAA's annual Academic Progress Rate scores.

Only one OVC program was penalized, and it's a major hit.

The Jacksonville State men's basketball team was given an NCAA postseason competition ban for 2012-13, meaning the Gamecocks will not be eligible to participate in the OVC tournament.

The Gamecocks still will play a full OVC schedule, with the games counting in the standings and toward any tiebreakers to determine tournament seeding.

In addition to the postseason ban, the Gamecocks will lose three games off their schedule, be limited to 16 hours of practice per week, four hours per week of offseason work and 11 scholarships.

I'm not necessarily a Miami Heat fan, but I am a LeBron James fan, so I was happy he finally picked up his first NBA championship.

I can't imagine any athlete being under more pressure or scrutiny than James, who received countless criticism for his performance in last year's NBA finals and no doubt would have been piled on had the Heat again come up short.

James answered his critics with a performance for the ages throughout the playoffs. He averaged 30.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists in the postseason.

James also helped bail out the Heat with monster games when they were down in series against the Pacers and Celtics.

The OVC has a shot at having a player selected in Thursday's NBA draft for the second straight year.

Former Tennessee Tech standout Kevin Murphy is listed on several NBA mock drafts as a second-round pick.

Murphy, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard/small forward who led the OVC in scoring last season at more than 20 points per game, opened plenty of eyes during various NBA pre-draft camps.

The OVC had a first-round pick last year in Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried, who went on to earn a spot on the NBA's all-rookie team.

Marty Mishow is a sports reporter for the Southeast Missourian.

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