Morning Sports Report – May 6, 2016


SPRINGFIELD, Mo–The Kickapoo class of 2016 will graduate Friday night.

Thursday a number of athletes signed letters of intent to continue their careers in college.

In all 14 Chiefs signed letters of intent Thursday afternoon, bringing a total of 35 for the senior class.

Included in the group, cross country and track athletes Hannah Rebmann, Nathan Hall, and Bailey Bowe.

Softball’s Chelsea Strain and Natalie Weaver, tennis’ Hannah Anderson and soccer’s Rachel Williams.

Four athletes signed with Drury, volleyball’s Landon Kozlowski, Wrestlers Marquise Davis and Colin Harper and basketball Chief Isaac Johnson.

Johnson averaged about ten points per game last season for Kickapoo and is excited about playing at Drury.

Isaac Johnson/Signs With Drury: “I chose Drury because it’s a place where I think it’s a place I can be successful.  And coach Hesser’s a great coach and I can build on my game.  And become an even better player than I am.  Having my family around me supporting will be a huge factor hopefully in the success that I have over there.  I couldn’t be more blessed to be staying in town and having my family around me..”


NORMAN, Ok–Oklahoma has suspended basketball player Akolda Manyang after he punched a former Sooner football player in the face.

That player is Strafford product Tyler Evans.

Evans says he was trying to keep Manyang from hitting on a woman outside of a bar early Sunday morning.

The punch cut evans’ lip and knocked two of his teeth out.

Police charged Manyang with felony assault.

He’s a seven footer who’s in his junior year at Oklahoma.

Evans played football at Oklahoma after his Strafford high school career.


The St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their series with Philadelphia Thursday at Busch.

The Cards were looking for their second straight win following Wednesday night’s bottom of the ninth rally. 

St. Louis would jump in front in the bottom of the first, Brandon Moss hammers this pitch, deep to right over the boards and off the mercy sign, a solo shot, it’s 1-0, Cardinals. 

Jaime Garcia on the hill for the Cards, and he strikes out Odubel Herrera swinging to end the third.
Garcia had five strikeouts in his seven innings.

Later, Moss flashing the leather, runners on the corners and Peter Bourjos lines out to Moss, he turns the unassisted double play to end the threat.

It was 2-0 in the seventh when Stephen Piscotty, Springfield class of 2013, whips this past third into left, a double that scores Jeremy Hazelbaker and Jedd Jerko, it’s 4-0.

Piscotty wasn’t done.  In the top of the ninth, two on and Piscotty makes this diving catch to save a run, and the Cards win, 4-0.


The AA Springfield Cardinals were at Northwest Arkansas Thursday night.

But the Naturals beat the Cards 3-2 on a Brian Dozier eighth inning homer.

The loss snapped a three game Springfield winning streak.


The St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars faced off in Game 4 of their best of 7 western conference semifinal last night.

The Blues were on their home ice trying to build a three games to one lead.

And the blues would strike first midway through the first period.

Dallas with a blunder, leaving Vladimir Tarasenko wide open, he shoots and scores it’s 1-0 St Louis.

The Stars tie it up in the second, the blues with the turnover this time, and Roddick Foxa makes them pay, he puts it in the five hole, it’s 1-1.

Dallas led 2-1 when the Blues were on a 4 on 3 powerplay, the shot, redirected in by Paul Stastny, 2-2.

This went into overtime and Dallas would win it on this Cody Eakin goal, Stars win 3-2, and tie up the series at two games apiece.

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