One thing for sure: Missouri Southern will face a hostile environment tonight at 7 when the sixth-seeded Lions battle No. 1 Northwest Missouri in the Central Region men's basketball championship game.

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The sports-betting bill filed in the Missouri General Assembly by Rep. Cody Smith this past week received the backing of two of the state's most prominent sports organizations.

HAYS, Kan. — Missouri Southern softball dropped both games of a doubleheader to Fort Hays State 8-4 and 8-2 on Sunday at Tiger Stadium.

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The No. 19 Missouri Southern Lions finished off the three-game series sweep with a 7-4 victory over Fort Hays State on Sunday at Warren Turner Field.

It was a successful opening day for the Joplin baseball program, as the Eagles defeated Parkview 9-2 before finishing out the day with a 12-3 win over Hollister on Saturday at the Joplin High School Athletic Complex.

NEOSHO, Mo.— Carl Junction earned a 5-1 prep baseball victory over Neosho on Saturday.

WEBB CITY, Mo. — The Webb City Cardinals pulled off an improbable late-game comeback to force extra innings.

After contributing nicely at their respective Kansas state basketball tournaments, Girard’s Evan Troike and St. Mary’s Colgan’s Aaron Higginbotham have been named the Joplin Globe’s prep athletes of the week for the week ending March 10.

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PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State’s bats started early and the Gorillas rode a dazzling performance from starter Brad Kinsey to open a three-game set with a 10-0 win in eight innings over Northwest Missouri State on Friday at Al Ortolani Field.

While it averages 86.6 points per game, Missouri Southern spent a lot of time on offense during practice this week as the Lions prepared for the NCAA Tournament.

EL DORADO, Ark. — The Missouri Southern men’s golf team finished seventh in the final team standings on Tuesday at the Arkansas Collegiate tournament at Mystic Creek Golf Club.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Top-seeded Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball continued its perfect season with an 82-53 win over second-seeded Washburn to clinch the MIAA Men’s Postseason Tournament title on Sunday at the Municipal Auditorium.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Missouri Southern junior Calem Nutting hit a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth for a 3-2 win over Washburn to complete the series sweep Sunday at Warren Turner Field.

Missouri Southern’s men and Pittsburg State’s women learned Sunday night that they received at-large bids to the NCAA Division II basketball tournaments.

HAYS, Kan. – St. Mary’s Colgan 6-foot-6 senior forward Aaron Higginbotham averaged a team-high 19 points a contest. On Saturday, Higginbotham, one of Class 2A’s elite players, enjoyed his matchup in post against Inman’s 6-8 senior forward Mason Thiessen, a career 1,000-point scorer and Empor…

On a day riddled by high wind gusts and a multitude of fielding errors, the Missouri Southern baseball team used its bats to down Washburn 12-9 at Warren Turner Field on Saturday.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ignited by guard Javion Blake, second-seeded Washburn shot 71 percent in the second half and ousted sixth-seeded Pittsburg State 99-94 Saturday afternoon in the men’s semifinals of the MIAA Postseason Tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Girard boys basketball team clinched its first state title in program history after rallying to defeat Beloit 49-45 in the Kansas Class 3A state tournament championship game on Saturday at Hutchinson Sports Arena.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A day after splitting an MIAA doubleheader at Pat Lipira Softball Complex, Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State softball split a nonconference doubleheader on Saturday at the PSU Softball Complex.

Girard boys basketball player Caleb Muia and Nevada girls basketball player Payge Dahmer have been named the Globe’s high school athletes of the week for the week ending March 2.

PITTSBURG, Kan. — For the third time in the last four years, teams from all over the country converged on the campus of Pittsburg State University for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field National Championships inside the Robert W. Plaster Center for Day 1 action on Friday.

HAYS, Kan. — St. Mary’s Colgan coach Wayne Cichon noticed a “big cavity” in Hutchinson Trinity’s defense Friday. He wanted to work the offense to the high post and inside the paint. However, the Panthers consistently had trouble maneuvering the ball to those spots.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Girard boys basketball team punched its ticket to the Kansas Class 3A state championship game after handing Thomas More Prep a 62-50 loss on Friday at Hutchinson Sports Arena.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Southern shot almost 50 percent from the field and averaged 94.5 points during two regular-season victories over Pittsburg State.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri Southern had to beat two upper-division teams – at home against Pittsburg State and on the road against Nebraska-Kearney – just to qualify for the MIAA Postseason Tournament.

For the first three months of the men’s basketball schedule, Missouri Southern and Pittsburg State didn’t cross paths.

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A strong second half propelled fourth-seeded Girard to a 57-40 victory over fifth-seeded Kingman in a quarterfinal clash of the Kansas Class 3A state boys basketball tournament on Thursday at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

HAYS, Kan. – St. Mary’s Colgan senior guard Cal Marquardt held up one index finger just after the Panthers defeated McLouth 48-41 in the quarterfinals of the Kansas Class 2A state tournament Wednesday.

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