December 21, 2014

Mizzou seniors salute their fans (VIDEO)

Following the Missouri Tigers win over the Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night at Mizzou Arena, fans were asked to stick around after the game, as the seniors on this year’s squad wanted to thank the fans and share their thoughts on the past four years at Missouri.

Steve Moore was emotional. He had tears in his eyes and got choked up before he addressed the student section. Then he lightened the mood when he said, “When I first got here, I wasn’t good…at all.” He then thanked the fans for believing in him.

Kim English got the biggest reaction when he complimented his current coach Frank Haith while taking a little jab at former coach Mike Anderson. He also threw out an odd souvenir to the student section.  That’s at the end.  Check out the video and enjoy.

NWS: Tornadoes remind Missourians to be prepared

Last year’s deadly tornadoes are still fresh in everyone’s mind and already, peak tornado season again is upon us. Missouri’s National Weather Service agencies are working to classify the various storms that swept the state last night. Meantime, Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jim Kramper tells us there’s no way to predict if we’re in for more this season.

He says they always try to correlate mild winters with harsh springs and vice versa, but there’s really no way to forecast an upcoming spring season — especially severe weather — according to the preceding winter.

Kramper says tornadoes can strike year-round, but peak season is April through June. He says the single-most important thing people need to do to be prepared, is to be informed.

With advances in modern technology, it’s extremely easy to receive warnings as soon as they’re issued, he says.

Also, he says we can rely on the common-sense knowledge we were taught as kids: if you hear thunder, that means there’s lightning nearby, which means there’s a thunderstorm. And while you can have a thunderstorm without tornadoes, he says, you can’t have tornadoes without a thunderstorm.

The NWS also recommends having an evacuation plan, a first-aid kit stocked and ready, and other emergency plans in order.

Kramper says the National Weather service website, the Red Cross and State Emergency Management Agency have a wealth of information on storm readiness.

Additional information about severe weather and preparedness tips can be found at the following websites:

Mizzou rallies late to tip Iowa State

The Iowa State Cyclones went 5:50 without a field goal down the stretch and the Missouri Tigers took advantage of the scoring drought to grab the lead and never look back as the Tigers pick up a 78-72 win on Senior Night at Mizzou Arena.

Michael Dixon led five Tigers in double figures with 21 points as the team shot 54.7% for the game, but struggled to grab control until the final minutes. Iowa State was led by Royce White who scored 20 points, but was shutout in the final 11+ minutes.

Dixon provided the spark. Dixon’s driving layup with 3:36 left gave Mizzou a 66-64 lead. Marcus Denmon followed with a three and Phil Pressey had a steal and layup with 1:23 remaining to cap a 7-0 run for the Tigers. Head Coach Frank Haith said Dixon took it upon himself to have a better game after feeling he let the team down late at Kansas.

 

Lincoln County arsonist charged with setting fires.

One man has been charged with setting seven fires in North-east Missouri’s Lincoln County.  Arson charges blame Roy Gunn of Elsberry for setting them. Police say he has a prior arson conviction in Texas and had been on probation in Lincoln County for stealing money from car wash coin boxes. The charges say he set fires at five vacant homes and a tax preparation service. He’s also accused of starting a brush fire.

Denmon and Pressey on Naismith watch list

 

Senior Marcus Denmon and sophomore Phil Pressey were named to the Naismith Midseason 30 Watch List, announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club on Wednesday. Mizzou joins Kentucky, North Carolina and Syracuse as the only schools with two representatives on the list.

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