KANSAS CITY ROYALS CAREER FAIR

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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.

Family big part of Armendariz's MU volleyball career

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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)

BY AMY BACKES
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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