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KNEM-KNMO Sports Friday, August 22, 2014

The 2014 high school football season begins Friday for the Nevada Tigers, the Rich Hill Tigers and other teams around Missouri. Coach Erik Yoakum's Nevada Tigers host Willard's Tigers at Logan Field, starting at 8:00 p.m. The Tigers were 5-5 last Fall after losing their first four games of the season.  With Nevada joining the West-Central Conference this Fall, Willard is the only team the Tigers played last season and Willard won the game, 42-14, at Willard. The Willard Tigers finished 2013 with an 8-3 record and were eliminated from post-season play with a loss in the second round of district play. Forrest Merril -- Ozark Conference large school defensive player of the year last Fall -- returns this season. The six-feet-two-inch, 315-pounder is a Division I prospect and impressed the NHS coaches last year with his athleticism. Nevada has experience in the offensive backfield with Taylor Manes, Chance Mays and Chaden Brandt expected to share the carries. Yoakum says he'd like to see his team use the running game to control the contest. Coverage of the game on AM-1240 KNEM, and begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Rich Hill Tigers open their 2014 football season this evening when the Lincoln Cardinals visit the Southern Bates County community. The Tigers were 2-8 in head coach Heath Heckadon's first season last year while Lincoln is returning to a varsity schedule after a couple of two seasons of playing junior-varsity schedules. Coach Heckadon says the Cardinals have experience and confidence after posting a win over the Rich Hill junior-varsity last Fall. Kick-off time tonight at Rich Hill is eight o'clock with coverage starting about 7:45 p.m. on 97.5FM KNMO and

Other area high school football games scheduled this evening include Lamar at Mount Vernon, Liberal at Lockwood, El Dorado Springs at Stockton, Adrian at Butler, Osceola at Cass-Midway, Crest Ridge at Archie and Drexel at Appleton City. Other West-Central Conference teams opening the season tonight include Warrensburg at Excelsior Springs, Clinton at home against Warsaw, Kansas City O'Hara at Richmond, Kansas City Center against University Academy Charter. Sedalia Smith-Cotton at Republic and Odessa at St. Pius X in Kansas City.

Nevada Lady Tiger golf coach made a hole-in-one Thursday as his team prepares to start its regular-season schedule Monday against Joplin and West Plains at Joplin. The coach says he thought the girls should play holes on the city's Frank E. Peters course they usually do not play because their on the back side of the 18-hole layout. With three of his players as witnesses, Leonard used his 23 degree Ping il5 hybird on the fourth tee and saw the ball disappear after landing on the green some 20 short of the cup. Only after he walked onto the green did he know for sure he had made the second hole-in-one of his career with Hannah Householder, Miranda Crews and Michael Jones as witnesses. The coach celebrated after practice by buying Gatorade for all of his players.

Nevada Middle School volleyball tryouts started Thursday and continue between 3;00 and 4:30 today with a final session -- if needed -- between 3::00 and 5:00 p.m. and Monday. All athletes must have a sports physical and proof of insurance on file before the tryouts.

Missouri;s Major League Baseball teams resume their regular-season schedules this evening. The Cardinals -- second in the National League Central behind Milwaukee -- play the Phillies in Philadelphia at 6:05 p.m., CDT, today and the Royals -- first in the American League Central -- visit Arlington, Texas for a game against the Rangers at 7:10 p.m. Cardinal Network coverage of St. Louis baseball resumes Saturday on Double K Country.

The Nationals scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 1-0 win over Arizona in Washington, D.C. Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche, Fort Scott, was hitless in three at-bats with a walk. Washington has won ten games in a row and leads second-place Atlanta by seven games in the National League's Eastern Division. The Nationals are to host San Francisco at 6:05 p.m., CDT, today.

Former Kansas City A's second baseman Jerry Lumpe passed away last Friday in Springfield at the age of 81. He spent four-and-a-half seasons with the Athletics in Kansas City, leading the team in career hits and runs scored. His best season was 1962 with a .301 batting average and a career-best 83 runs-batted-in. Lumpe was traded to the Tigers after the 1963 season in a trade that sent Rocky Colavito to Kansas City. Lumpe made the All-Star team in 1964.

The Missouri Tiger football team begins a new season a week from Saturday South Dakota State's Jackrabbits visit Faurot Field in Columbia. Coach Gary Pinkel's Tigers were 13-2 and the SEC East Division champions last Fall while South Dakota State was 9-5. Kick-off time August 30 is shortly after 2:30 p.m. The Tigers second game of the new season will be a week later at Toledo Univerisity, where Pinkel's football teams won 64% of its games, 73-37, from the 1991 season through 2000.

The defending champion Northwest Missouri State Bearcats are the favored to win the MIAA conference football championship this Fall. Northwest Missouri State was favored both by the league's coaches and the media representatives that cover the MIAA with the Pittsburg State Gorillas second in both previews. The University of Central Missouri Mules were third in the coaches voting and sixth in the media voting and Missouri Southern's Lions were seventh in both previews. Emporia State was second last Fall with Pittsburg State third, Missouri Western and Washburn shared fourth place with Missouri Southern sixth and Central Missouri seventh. Missouri Southern, 7-3, over-all, and 5-3 in league play in 2013, starts the regular season Thursday, September 4, at Emporia State, 9-2 and 7-1. The Mules, 6-4 and 5-4 last Fall, begin the new season Thursday, September 4, at Missouri Western and Pittsburg State, 10-2 and 7-2 in 2013, start the season at home against Northeastern State Saturday, September 6.

This weekend's pre-season NFL games include the 2-0 Minnesota Vikings and former Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel against the 1-1 Chiefs at seven o'clock Saturday evening at Arrowhead. Cassell, a ten-year veteran, and rookie Teddy Bridgewater split time at quarterback in the first two games, victories over the Raiders, 10-6, and the Cardinals, 30-28. Bridgewater, from Louisville, completed 22 of 33 attempted passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns against Arizona. Cassell was 17-of-22 for 215 yards and a touchdown against the Cardinals. He also ran three times for 10 yards against Arizona.

Two teams looking for a victory after two losses are to meet in Cleveland when the St. Louis Rams play the Browns at seven o'clock Saturday evening.





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