August 28, 2015

Ten-year old swimmer and high jumper named 2015 Show-Me STATE GAMES Athletes of the Year

Danika Osman

Danika Osman is the 2015 Show-Me STATE GAMES Female Athlete of the Year

This summer, 24,375 athletes took part in the Show-Me STATE GAMES Olympic-style sports festival, many taking home gold, silver and bronze medals.  Only two athletes receive the GAMES highest honor – Male and Female Athlete of the Year.  The Show-Me STATE GAMES is pleased to announce Andy Gilmore and Danika Osman are the 2015 Missouri Lottery Athletes of the Year.

Danika Osman, age 10 from Columbia, is the 2015 Missouri Lottery Female Athlete of the Year.  In her 6th year competing in the Show-Me STATE GAMES swimming event, Osman swept all of her races on her way to winning 10 gold medals and setting two new Show-Me STATE GAMES records.   While achieving her great results, Danika maintains a positive attitude and encourages her competitors with a “good luck” before each race.   Osman also takes part in road races and triathlons, as well as playing soccer, softball, volleyball, basketball and hip hop dance.

Andy Gilmore, age 34 from Columbia, is the 2015 Missouri Lottery Male Athlete of the Year.  Gilmore set a new Show-Me STATE GAMES record in the High Jump, with an all-time best of 7’3”.  Gilmore has participated in the Show-Me STATE GAMES for 15 years in various sports.  His high jump achievement in 2015 puts him on the bubble of qualifying into the 2016 Olympic Trials!   Gilmore also volunteers for the Missouri Valley Association of USA Track & Field and also serves as a coach for a number of aspiring high jumpers in Missouri.

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Week two Missouri high school football schedule, check back for results

8/27 Oak Grove 21, O’Hara 16
8/27 Lincoln College Prep 57, Central Academy of Excellence 14

8/28 Adrian Drexel
8/28 Affton Parkway West
8/28 Afton (Okla.) Miller
8/28 Archie Midway
8/28 Aurora McDonald County
8/28 Ava El Dorado Springs
8/28 Battle Holt
8/28 Bishop DuBourg DeSoto
8/28 Blair Oaks Owensville
8/28 Blue Springs Fort Osage
8/28 Bolivar Branson
8/28 Braymer Slater
8/28 Brentwood John F. Kennedy
8/28 Brookfield Highland
8/28 Buffalo Pleasant Hope
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#Mizzou A.D. Mack Rhoades seems to be adjusting to life in Missouri just fine (VIDEO)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades, the new Director of Athletics for Mizzou, was in Jefferson City this week to talk with the executives from Learfield Sports, the marketing partner for the Tiger Network and Mizzou Sports Properties.  Our company has had a long and prosperous relationship with the University of Missouri’s athletic department and it was an opportunity for both sides to get to know one another better.

After their meetings, a brief reception was held for Mack and he was gracious enough to take a few minutes to chat with me on camera.

It sounds like he and his family have adjusted to life in Columbia, and he’s bringing some fresh ideas and a great approach to continue to move Mizzou athletics in the right direction.  You’ll see for yourself, he’s a pretty down to earth guy.  After visiting, I’m excited about the future of Mizzou Athletics.  Enjoy our visit in the Learfield Lounge.

Lincoln, Nebraska native will get the nod as Redhawks starting quarterback when they face Mizzou in season opener (VIDEO)

Tay Bender will lead the Redhawks after being named starting quarterback (photo/

Tay Bender will lead the Redhawks after being named starting quarterback (photo/

Junior Tay Bender was named Southeast Missouri’s starting quarterback following the team’s practice Thursday.  The Lincoln, Nebraska native transferred to SEMO from Iowa Western Community College. He came out of spring drills as the number one QB on the Redhawks depth chart and won the job finishing with a strong fall camp.

Bender, 6’4″, 220, was a two-time All-Midwest Conference selection for Iowa Western CC, leading his team to a 22-2 record over the last two seasons. He completed 166-of-282 passes (58.9 pct.) for 1,912 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2014, as the Reivers went 11-1 and finished runner-up in the junior college national championship game. Bender also rushed for 184 yards and another four TDs on 82 carries.

Bender enrolled at Kansas State following high school and worked with the second-team offense during the Wildcats spring drills in 2012 before transferring to Iowa Western CC before the 2013 campaign.

Bender beat out true freshman Dante Vandeven from Jackson, Mo. and senior Alex Niznak for the starting job. Vandeven and Niznak are currently No. 2 and No. 3 on the depth chart, respectively.

Mauk feels “some guys didn’t have their heads right,” as defense grabs three turnovers in final scrimmage (AUDIO)

New defensive coordinator Barry Odom had the defense dialed in during the final scrimmage (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

New defensive coordinator Barry Odom had the defense dialed in during the final scrimmage (photo/Mizzou Athletics)

Mizzou starting quarterback Maty Mauk felt like the offense wasn’t as sharp as they should be for a final scrimmage of fall camp.  While limited to just 20 plays, he knows every rep has to count, saying he felt “some guys didn’t have their heads right.”  Mauk went 6-for-12 for 51 yards in limited action.

The defense finally came up with their first interceptions of the fall as each of the three backup QB were victims.

Safety Anthony Sherrils returned an early pick 22 yards, cornerback Tavon Ross gained 26 yards on his return. Linebacker Terez Hall recorded the final turnover when he pulled down a tipped pass.

Quarterback Drew Lock was a victim of one of those picks, but continued to look impressive, running mostly against the number one defense.  Lock went 9-for-12 passing for 177 yards, including a 56-yard hookup to WR Ray Wingo.  He has the composure in the pocket, no doubt, but at times needs to make better decisions, which is expected from a true freshman.

Mizzou Scrimmage Offensive Stats

Charles Harris and Marcell Frazier each had a sack and Harris had two tackles for loss. Mizzou also got sacks corners Kenya Dennis and Aarion Penton.

Mizzou Scrimmage Defensive Stats

Maty Mauk’s post scrimmage comments

Mizzou opens the season on Saturday September 5th against Southeast Missouri State.