The thrill of the kill

Krista Haslag, a senior on the Missouri S&T volleyball team, knows a thing or two about competing. The 6-foot-1 senior from Linn, Mo., racked up 18 kills one mid-November weekend to become the university’s all-time leader in career kills. Haslag finished the season with 1,269 kills. (Erin Bekebrede, Psyc’12, who played for the Miners from 2008–11, held the previous record of 1,243 kills). [Read more…]

A Miner victory

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Miner football fans were treated to the best offensive night in nearly two years of play on Sept. 26, when the Miners beat the Pumas from Saint Joseph’s College 39-27. The Miners entered the game averaging 317 yards of total offense per game, but ended this match with 569 as they ran 98 plays from scrimmage. The Miners ended the season with a 5-5 record.

Two Miners have NFL hopes

Two Miner football players have a chance to play for the NFL next season.

Forrestal Hickman, a senior in mechanical engineering, signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers.

Will Brown, EMgt’15, tried out for the Tennessee Titans and the Chicago Bears. Both players took part in NFL minicamps in May.

Carrying the torch

Bob Zdvorak, EMgt’86, a wing defender in the early days of Miner soccer, is now a regular in the stands cheering on his sons, who are the first second-generation players in the program’s history.

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Brown named All-America

20141115FootballvsLincoln643Will Brown, a senior in engineering management, is the first Miner football player in 21 years to be named to the American Football Coaches Association’s All America Team. Brown set the GLVC single-season record with seven interceptions and led the league with 11 pass breakups. Brown has drawn the interest of several NFL teams and is expected to participate in an upcoming pro day.

Volleyball team plays in NCAA Tourney

Seeded sixth in the Midwest Regional, the Miner volleyball team fell in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament to the Grand Valley State Lakers on Nov. 20. This was the second time in four years S&T was selected to play in the tournament.

The Miner volleyball team finished its season with a record of 18-14.

Sports by the numbers

  • 1.12 – Career goals-against average for Lady Miner goalkeeper Kaitlyn Deister heading into her senior year. Deister recorded a 0.56 mark in goal as a junior.
  • 12 – Consecutive shutout wins for the Missouri S&T men’s soccer team from October 2013 to October 2014.
  • 9 – Top finishes for senior Lady Miner cross country runner Alyson Smith during the last two seasons.
  • 54 – Academic All-America awards earned since 2000, the fifth-most of any NCAA Division II institution over the last 14 years.
  • 47 – School-record quarterback sacks recorded by Missouri S&T’s defense during the Miners’ 2014 season. This broke the previous record by two sacks.

Sports by the numbers

13′ 1 1/2 – School-record clearance in the pole vault. Mathematics senior Taylor Cipicchio was the Great Lakes Valley Conference champion in the event.

14 – Hits by the Lady Miner softball team in a March 25 win over Christian Brothers. S&T has finished at least one game with 14 or more hits in each of the past nine seasons.

60 – Distance in meters of chemical engineering senior Joe Vellella’s hammer throw at the University of Mississippi on March 22. The throw broke the school record and made an NCAA Division II provisional qualifying mark.

608 – Wins by the Missouri S&T baseball program since its inception in 1966.

4,414 – Round-trip miles that will be traveled by Missouri S&T’s football team in the 2014 season. The Miners have six away games in locations like Nebraska, Texas and Indiana.

Men’s basketball player named Academic All-America of the Year

Bryce Foster, a senior in business and management systems from Florissant, Mo., is the Capital One Academic All-America of the Year award winner for NCAA Division II men’s basketball as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America. He was chosen for the Academic All-America first team. [Read more…]

Changing of the coaching guard

Two S&T athletic programs announced coaching changes in March.

Tyler Fenwick, who served as offensive coordinator at Missouri Western State University for the past six seasons, was named head football coach. He replaces David Brown, who joined the coaching staff at Fresno State University.

Gabe Hall, an assistant coach at the University of Dayton for the past two seasons and a former assistant at two schools in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, was named head coach of the men’s soccer program. He replaces Joe Ahearn, who is now an assistant coach at Northwestern University.

Read more about them at minerathletics.com.