Digital Original: Mania of Covering Drury’s March Madness Run

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo – March Madness is more of a lifestyle than a marketing slogan for sports departments in March.

This past March was more madness than usual for the KOLR 10 sports department.

Tony Nguyen was there the whole way to document the last week of March when we had two women’s teams still dancing in NCAA tournaments.

The first team was the Drury Lady Panthers who entered the end of March as the number one team in the women’s D2 ranks and sporting a perfect 33-and-0 record.

The second team was the Missouri State Lady Bears who upset Drake to win the Valley women’s tournament and automatic berth in the division one NCAA tournament.

So our sports crew was split Dan Molloy went with the Lady Bears to Ames, Iowa.

While Matt Verneen and Dan Lucy stayed in Springfield with Drury in the NCAA D2 Midwest regional.

The Drury Lady Panthers won all three games in Springfield, beating Grand Valley State 57-44 to take the regional and earn a berth to the Elite Eight which was being held in Columbus, OH.

Meanwhile, the Lady Bears upset DePaul in the first round and faced Iowa State in the second round on Monday, March 25th.

That’s when Matt, Tony and Dan Lucy left Springfield for Columbus OH, and the documentary picks up the narrative.

Tony shows our discussion on the way to Columbus, OH where we arrived Tuesday, March 26th for Drury’s first game with Nova Southeastern.

The Lady Bears beat Iowa State the night before, so KOLR 10 added more people to Molloy’s crew and sent them back out to Chicago for the Sweet 16.

The documentary shows our decision making with that, and how we settled in at Ohio Dominican in Columbus, OH for the D2 Elite Eight.

Drury beat Nova Southeastern 91-60 to advance to the national semifinal against Lubbock Christian.

We did live shots for two days in Columbus, and the documentary shows how we dealt with technical problems, live shots, late games and time constraints.

In the end, Drury’s season ended in the semifinals 69-60 to Lubbock Christian. And the Lady Bears season ended in the Sweet 16 to Stanford 55-46.

Just another March Madness for the KOLR 10 sports department.

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