Lady Eagles place second at swim meet

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Joplin broke up the 1-2 Springfield dominance of the Southwest Missouri Swimming Championships on Saturday, placing second in the annual meet.

It was the first time the Eagles had beaten Kickapoo since 1995, according to JHS coach Vicki Carnahan.

Glendale won the meet with 360 points and Joplin bested Kickapoo 212-166 for second. Glendale won eight of the meet's 12 events and Kickapoo captured the other four.

Joplin finished second in five events and increased its contingent of qualifiers for the state meet, which begins Friday at St. Peters.

Kate Blundell and Ali Stauffer finished 2-3 in the 200 individual medley and Blundell and Jennifer Miller had a 2-4 finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Stauffer was also second in the 100 freestyle and Lacey Carnahan was third in the 500 freestyle. The Eagles were second in both the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Stauffer is a first-time state qualifier in the 100 freestyle and Blundell improve her state time in the breaststroke. The medley relay team also swam its best time of the season.

The Eagles have four individuals - Blundell, Stauffer, Carnahan and Morgan Barlos - plus all three relays qualified for the state meet.

Southern's Prince has season-best leap

EMPORIA, Kan. - Dionne Prince turned in a season-best jump of 38 feet, 11 1/4 inches in the triple jump on Saturday at the Emporia State Twilight Qualifier.

It was the final regular-season track and field meet of the season for Missouri Southern. Prince, a junior, is ranked No. 16 among NCAA Division II athletes in the triple jump.

Freshman Jessica Selby won the shot put. Shot putter Mike Hines and jumper Iashia Castle were the Lions' only other entries.

The field for the NCAA Division II national meet will be announced Tuesday.

Gorillas sign players

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Forward Jeremy Richardson, guard-forward Kissom Moss and guard Carlos Taylor have signed to join the Pittsburg State men's basketball team for 2005-06.

Richardson, 6-foot-4 junior-to-be, is a transfer from Brown Mackie College in Salina, Kan. He averaged 12.5 points and 6.1 rebounds in leading the Lions to the NJCAA Division II national championship.

Richardson attended Bennett High School in Buffalo, N.Y., where he averaged 25 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 7.0 steals as a senior.

The 6-3 Moss was a second-team Kansas Class 5A all-stater at Topeka West High School. He averaged 14 points, seven rebounds and 3.5 assists.

Taylor, 6-3, 165, is a senior at Tulsa's East Central High School. He was a first-team Oklahoma Class 5A all-stater this past season, averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game. The first-team All-Metro selection was named the District 7 Player of the Year by the Oklahoma Basketball Coaches Association.

Texas tops Missouri for softball crown

OKLAHOMA CITY - Cat Osterman pitched a one-hit shutout and Monica Askew had a two-run single in the fifth inning as Texas beat Missouri 2-0 Saturday to win the Big 12 softball championship.

Osterman (24-6) struck out 16 Tigers and yielded only a triple to Micaela Minner leading off the fourth inning and two second-inning walks. The 6-foot-2 left-hander got out of the fourth by striking out Amanda Renth, Janessa Roening and Heather Kunkel - the No. 4, 5 and 6 batters in Missouri's lineup - in order to preserve the shutout.

Osterman, who pitched for the U.S. Olympic softball team that won the gold medal last year, recorded her first seven outs by strikeout.

She struck out the first five Missouri batters before walking Kunkel and Alyson Tobyne.

After a double-steal, Osterman fanned Kendra Power to end the Tigers' first threat. Sarah Stringer went down swinging to start the third before Leanne Bowers - in her second at-bat - became the first Missouri player to put the ball in play.

Missouri starter Erin Kalka (10-6) matched Osterman for four innings, but stumbled in the fifth. She allowed a pair of singles and the runners moved up on a passed ball by Tobyne.

Kalka recovered to strike out Amber Hall for the second out, but Askew singled up the middle to give the Longhorns (42-11) the only runs they'd need for their fourth Big 12 title.

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