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The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce the Inaugural Career Fair taking place inside the Diamond Club at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, April 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Looking for a job, internship, or a career change? Join the Kansas City Royals and other business leaders for a unique networking opportunity to connect with representatives from a variety of corporate businesses and organizations. Fees and Game Information: $13.00 Career Fair Registration. Cost includes admittance to the Career Fair and a ticket to the Royals vs. Twins Game at 7:10 p.m. on April 29, 2011. For more information on the Royals Career Fair please contact Laurie Ambroson at (816) 504-4390 or email laurie.ambroson@royals.com.

Sweeney, Figueroa Win Big 12 Honors

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The Big 12 Conference announced today the 2010-11 Big 12 Swimming and Diving postseason awards, and two Tigers were selected to receive postseason honors. Jamie Sweeney received the honor of Big 12 Women's Diving Coach of the Year for the first time, while freshman Loren Figueroa also nabbed her first Women's Diver of the Year honor for the conference.

Rise Finishes as National Runner-Up

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With one event left in the heptathlon at the 2011 Indoor NCAA Championships, senior Lars Rise (Trodheim, Norway) found himself in fourth place. Rise was sitting in the middle of a logjam - 62 points separated the second place and seventh place competitors. Rise ran a huge five-second personal-best of 2:40.92 for 863 points in the 1,000m run to jump over two competitors and finish the event as the national runner-up.

Soccer 5k this Sunday!

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3rd Annual Tiger Trot 5K Run/Walk Benefitting True North 9:00 A.M., Sunday April 17, 2011 at Memorial Stadium $25 per person or pledge a dollar amount per mile* (Donations also Accepted) A portion of the proceeds will benefit True North in Columbia, Mo. T-Shirts and Prizes for participants. Please contact Shaunna Daugherty @ daughertys@missouri.edu with any questions and for registration details and visit WeAreMizzouSoccer.com for further detail.

Six Tigers Earn Academic Awards

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Six Missouri Gymnasts have been honored by the Big 12 conference for their academic achievement over the past year. Five Tigers have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team and one to the second team. Juniors Mary Burke and Allie Heizelman earned first team honors along with sophomore teammates Sandra Ostad, Lauren Swankoski and Tori Howard. Senior Alex Gold was named to the All-Big 12 second team as well.

Bouchard Takes Bronze Twice at World Trials

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Dominique Bouchard posts lifetime best finish in first event of the competition, and qualifies for World Games in the 200 back. Bouchard qualified for the World University Games with her bronze medal finish in the 200 back Saturday. She finished the event in 2:10.30, just ahead of fellow Missouri swimmer Lauren Lavigna, who finished fourth in 2:10.80. Bouchard will represent Canada at the Games held in August. Lavigna also led off a relay with her club team, earning a gold medal and setting a new Canadian record.

Sophomore Jace Long claims second victory of the spring season

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Jace Long (Dixon, Mo.) led Missouri Golf to its third consecutive victory of the spring season as he shot a second-round 67 and an even-par 72 to win the 2011 Arkansas-Little Rock First Tee Classic on Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock, Ark. The 2011 First Tee Classic was played at the par-72, 7,326-yard Chenal Country Club. The victory was Long's second straight for Head Coach Mark Leroux's club. Long won the Jackrabbit Invitational on March 15 in Las Vegas.

Bradley Takes Third, Schavrien Sixth

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Junior Dom Bradley picked up two wins to secure third place while senior Todd Schavrien finished in sixth as the Tiger wrestling team wrapped up the 2011 NCAA Championships. Bradley is the second heavyweight All-American in program history, joining two-time honoree and National Champion Mark Ellis. Bradley finished the year with a 30-4 record. Schavrien finished 30-9 in his senior season, and wrapped up his career with an 86-44 record while earning his first ever All-America honors along the way.

Lopresti Named Big 12 Swimmer of the Week

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Columbia, Mo. - For his efforts against Southern Illinois and Kentucky, junior Michael Lopresti was named the Big 12 Men's Swimmer of the Week Wednesday afternoon.

This is Lopresti's first time to win the award, and is also the first weekly conference award of the 2010-11 season.

Lopresti won two events at the Oct. 16 tri-meet against Southern Illinois and Kentucky. He recorded a first place finish in the 100 breast with a time of 58.06, as well as finishing first in the 200 breast in 2:07.34. Lopresti, a Westerville, Ohio native, was also a part of the Mizzou 200 medley relay team that claimed first with a time of 1:32.54. He finished his split in 25:35.

Lopresti and the rest of the Missouri men's swimming and diving team will participate in the Southwest Plunge in Dallas, Texas this Friday and Saturday.

SAAC Mummy Game

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Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee played a Halloween -themed game to get the fifth meeting of the year off to a good start. Team Forrest Shock and Leslie Farmer took first place.

The Big 12 Conference has named 147 student-athletes to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Cross Country Team. The University of Missouri had eight members of the Cross Country team earn a 3.2 GPA or higher.

To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence.

Mizzou's Honorees Include:

Kevin McKee - Missouri Jr. - Mechanical Engineering - Kansas City, Mo.
Max Storms - Missouri Jr. - Civil engineering - Kansas City, Mo.
Ricky West - Missouri So. - Business - Ontario, Canada
Jessica Armstrong - Missouri Sr. - English - Dorr, Mich.
Bailey Belvis - Missouri So. - Computer Science - Prosper, Texas
Aimee Bonte - Missouri Jr. - Accountancy - Fenton, Mo.
Kinsey Farren - Missouri Sr. - Nutritional Sciences - Dallas, Texas
Laura Roxberg - Missouri Jr. - Secondary Education - Overland Park, Kan.

The Big 12 Conference, in conjunction with Chick-fil-A has announced the Fall Community of Champions. Mizzou senior soccer player Alysha Bonnick has earned the fall honor.

During the fall, winter and spring terms, one student-athlete from each institution will be honored based on the following criteria:

Academics: An academic standard of a 3.00 grade point average or higher must be maintained.

Community Service: The designated student-athlete should be involved with at least one community service program. The program(s) could be a student organization on campus or within the athletic department.

Leadership/Sportsmanship: The student-athlete should demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the field.

The institution of the student-athletes on this list will be awarded $3,000 each year from Chick-fil-A for their efforts.

Volleyball Tiger Night!

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Check out photos from the University of Missouri Volleyball match against Kansas. As part of the Tiger Cup, student-athletes are encouraged to support their fellow student-athletes at home competitions. The volleyball team beat KU 3-0 in their Tiger Night.

Tigers Win Big at ESPN College Game Day

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Former Tiger Kinsler Seeks World Series Ring

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In 2003, Ian Kinsler joined the Mizzou Baseball team, transferring to Missouri from Arizona State in hopes of joining a program where he could make an impact. On Wednesday, he will be on the biggest stage in all of baseball, as Kinsler and the Texas Rangers open the 2010 World Series against the San Francisco Giants.

Kinsler becomes the first Mizzou alumnus to reach the World Series since Tim Laudner played with the Minnesota Twins in the 1987 World Series.

Missouri's second-leading hitter in 2003, Kinsler finished that season with a .335 batting average, six home runs, four triples, 13 doubles and 45 RBI. He also stole 16 bases on the year. He was named to the All-Big 12 Conference second team following that season and later that summer became the 17th round draft pick of the Rangers.

The 496th player taken in the 2003 MLB Draft, it would have been hard to imagine what would take place for Kinsler over the next seven years. Two All-Star Game appearances and now a trip to the World Series have highlighted his rise to baseball's grandest stage.

His first year in the majors came in 2006, when he was named the Rangers Rookie of the Year after he hit 14 home runs in 120 games played.

After a .263 average with 20 homers in 2007, he hit .319 and had 18 home runs and 71 RBI in 2008. He finished fourth in the American League with the .319 average, making his first All-Star Game appearance that season. In 2009, he set a career-high in home runs (31) and RBI (86).

His numbers this season are down slightly due to spending time on the disabled list. He enters the Fall Classic with a .286 average, with nine home runs, 20 doubles and 45 RBI. He was selected to the All-Star Game in July, his second-career trip.

Kinsler has had a strong postseason thus far, hitting .342 (8-for-18) with three home runs, a double, a triple and nine RBI. All three of his homers came during the Divisional Series against Tampa Bay. He had three hits, including a home run, in the 5-1 series-clinching victory over the Rays.
Missouri junior Priscilla Armendariz smiles at an autograph section after the Tigers victory over Baylor on Saturday at Hearnes Center. Her parents have only missed one home game this season because it was her younger sister’s high school homecoming. ¦ LINDSAY MOSER/MISSOURIAN

(From the Columbia Missourian)

COLUMBIA — As the national anthem began to play before the start of the Missouri volleyball game last month at Kansas State, Priscilla Armendariz had her mind on something other than the game.

Her family had not yet arrived.

Her, father, mother, aunt, uncle and younger sister were stuck in traffic on the drive from their home in Blue Springs to Manhattan, Kan., and 30 minutes before the game, when they usually show up, they were still not there.

Then, sure enough, when Armendariz was lining up with her team, she saw her family walk in and flashed them a smile and gave them a small wave.

Armendariz, a junior defensive specialist for Missouri, has always known she can count on her family's immense support, whether they’re attending her pageants or volleyball games.

“They’re always there for everything,” Armendariz said.

When Armendariz was younger, she reluctantly participated in beauty pageants.

"I hated them,” Armendariz said. “I was such a tomboy.”

But the pageants were truly a family affair. Her aunt and uncle, Sue and Jerry Juarez, took it upon themselves to keep her in a good mood while she was getting her hair and makeup done. They wanted her to be smiling when she went in front of the judges.

“My job when she was in pageants was to keep her happy,” Sue Juarez said in a phone interview. “My husband and I would be in there cracking jokes trying to make her smile.”

When she was in elementary school, Armendariz won the title of Miss Missouri American Sweetheart and took her family with her to the national pageant in Florida. After that, she decided she was done with pageants, and her volleyball career began when her mother signed her up for a summer volleyball camp.

“I was like, ‘No! I don’t want to play volleyball! This is awful!’” Armendariz said. “They literally drug me there by my ponytail.”

Armendariz ended up winning MVP of the camp and changed her feelings about playing volleyball. She joined a club team, and her uncle Jerry Juarez coached her for two years. He also helped out by driving Armendariz to practices and now likes to tell people Armendariz is his daughter.

“He likes to take credit for me,” Armendariz said. “People will be like, ‘Oh, is your daughter number 10?’ And he’ll say yes.”

Jerry and Sue Juarez don’t have children, so they consider Armendariz and her younger sister their children, too.

“We’re pretty much their kids. They have enough problems with just us,” Armendariz said jokingly.

Armendariz’s family drives an hour and a half to attend every Missouri home volleyball game. Her parents have only missed one home game this season because it was her younger sister’s high school homecoming. The family also attends away games at Kansas and Kansas State, and they will travel to Nebraska, Iowa State and Oklahoma if the games are on weekends.

And Armendariz knows when they arrive.

“My uncle whistles a lot. I can tell his whistle from a mile away,” she said. “To get my attention when they first walk in, I can always hear him whistling.”

She said her family is usually calm throughout her games, and they don’t get rowdy or do anything to embarrass her. They just enjoy watching her play.

“I love to see when she goes to the ground,” Priscilla Armendariz’s mother Angie Armendariz said in a phone interview. “It’s just awesome to see her sacrifice her body for the ball.”

Sue Juarez said seeing Priscilla Armendariz out on the court smiling and having a good time is what she likes the most about watching her niece play.

After the game is over, it’s not unusual for Priscilla Armendariz to hop in the car and return to Blue Springs to spend time with her family.

“I just love spending time with them,” Priscilla Armendariz said. “Even being in the car ride home with them, they’re just crazy and lots of fun.”

Priscilla Armendariz’s backyard is connected to her grandmother’s backyard, and her aunt and uncle live just down the street. Priscilla Armendariz smiled while explaining how the family will all gather at her grandmother’s house for home cooked meals.

“It’s family time,” Angie Armendariz said. “It’s not all about friends and partying. When she tells us she wants to come home, we are so happy.”
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VIDEO: A Day in the life of James Franklin

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Tiger libero Caitlyn Vann (Muncie, Ind.) has been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week as announced by the Big 12 office on Monday (Oct. 18). The honor for Vann is the fifth in her career and the second this season. She is the only player in the Big 12 to have been named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week twice this season.

Vann paced the Big 12 with 6.33 digs per set last week and reset her season-highs in each of the matches. She began her week by pulling in 26 digs in the Tigers' five-set win at Texas A&M, helping the Tigers to their first win in College Station since 2005. Her 26 digs in the match at the time were a career-best.

She followed that performance with her best match of the season as she pulled in 31 digs, spread six assists and was perfect on 18 service receptions as she guided Mizzou to a four-set win over Baylor. The 31 digs are the third-best four-set total in Mizzou history and just three off of her career-best 34, which was set in 2008 against St. John's. Her 31 digs were also a season-best while her six assists were a career-best. She added two service aces in the match moving her into third in the Big 12 in aces per set.

Not only did her 31 digs help the Tigers defeat Baylor in four sets, but the Tigers out-dug the Bears, 81-66. The Bears came into the match averaging a nation-best 18.92 digs per set and she was a key reason for the Tigers' success in the back row. Mizzou pulled in 81 digs as a team in both matches on the week as well, which is a season-best for the Tigers.

Ratliffe Named Top Newcomer of the Year

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University of Missouri junior forward Ricardo Ratliffe (Hampton, Va.) was named the Big 12 Conference's Preseason Newcomer of the Year on Thursday morning by the league coaches. It's the second time in Head Coach Mike Anderson's tenure that a player has earned the top newcomer billing in the preseason. DeMarre Carroll earned the same honor before the 2007-08 campaign and went on to claim the postseason award as well.

A 6-foot-8, 240-pound post player, Ratliffe will add tremendous size and strength to a strong returning nucleus at Missouri. The Hampton, Va., native enjoyed a historic two-year career at the junior college level, earning back-to-back first team all-NJCAA All-America honors while setting school records for scoring (1,653 points) and rebounding (580) at Central Florida Community College.

One of just 13 players in junior college history to be named first team All-America twice, Ratliffe averaged 27.4 points and 11.3 rebounds as a sophomore en route to national junior college player of the year recognition. As a freshman, Ratliffe logged norms of 26.8 points and 11.0 rebounds to earn all-conference and league player of the year recognition.

Junior guard Kim English also received some preseason pub from the Big 12 coaches. The 6-foot-6 standout was named an honorable mention all-league pick after a stellar 2009-10 campaign. English averaged 14.0 points in 29 starts and tied for the team lead with 68 three-point field goals. English was named to the John Wooden Award preseason list last week as one of college basketball's Top 50 returning stars.

Ratliffe, English and their Tiger teammates open the doors on the 2010-11 campaign on Friday afternoon with the official start of practice. Missouri will give fans its first look at this year's squad on Oct. 28 at the annual Black & Gold Game at Mizzou Arena. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. Ratliffe and his teammates will be on the concourse of Mizzou Arena signing autographs before tip-off.

Egnew Named John Mackey Tight End of the week

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University of Missouri junior TE Michael Egnew (Plainview, Texas) has been named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the Nassau County Sports Commission, for his play in last Saturday's 26-0 win over Colorado. Egnew, who leads all tight ends in the nation with his 39 receptions, was honored for his two-touchdown game against the Buffaloes that saw him grab six passes for 52 yards in all.

The multi-TD game was the first of Egnew's career, and was the first for a Tiger tight end since All-American Chase Coffman had a pair of scores against Kansas in 2008. Egnew is fast on his way to following in the footsteps of Coffman, who was the 2008 recipient of the John Mackey Award, which goes annually to the nation's top tight end. Coffman won the award for his play as a senior in 2008, when he caught 90 passes for 987 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Egnew enters this weekend's game at Texas A&M with 39 receptions for 350 yards and three touchdowns. Saturday's game at College Station, Texas is set for an 11:10 a.m. kickoff, and the game will be televised live on FOX Sports Net.

The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct and different from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by Tight Ends during the active season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment does not have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The Nassau County Sports Commission, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to enhance quality of life of Nassau County residents through sports, is responsible for the administration of the John Mackey Award and the John Mackey Award Selection Committee.

The 2010 recipient of "The Mackey" will be announced at the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show December 9, 2010 on ESPN. Please visit www.johnmackeyaward.org for all Mackey Award related information including the John Mackey Selection Committee, the selection process and award criteria, information on all past award recipients and a high resolution image of the award trophy available for download.

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Members of the Mizzou Gymnastics Team, Soccer Team and Track and Field Team helped with Shepard Elementary's fall carnival. Check out the photo gallery!

Check out the story on the Walking School Bus program that many Mizzou student-athletes participate in. Here's a clip from the story:

For some kids, however, the most exciting part was getting to meet MU athletes, including swimmers Melissa Jamerson and Lexi Spivak.

“You’re swimmers?” fourth-grader Jilliam Shoultz asked. “Can I have your autograph?”


Mizzou student-athletes continue to give back to the Columbia community that supports them so much.

CLICK HERE: Caitlyn Vann story on her faith

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The Mizzou Volleyball team takes on #3 Nebraska at 6:30 tonight at the Hearnes Center!

PHOTOS: Douglass Park Basketball Clinic

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Check out photos from the Men's Basketball youth clinic at Douglass Park.

The Mizzou Men's Basketball team has been voted the September Community Service Team of the month for its service to the Columbia community. Members of the team volunteered with the Columbia Catholic Read-A-Thon, participated in the John O'Leary Ice Cream Social with the Boys and Girls Club, and hosted a basketball clinic at Douglass Park for youngsters in the community.

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