Top 10 Sports Moments of 2011
Number 10, The 3rd time was a charm for the Catholic boys. The Irish capped an undefeated and record setting season with Southwest Missouri’s 1st boys state soccer title… The Lady Irish won their 2nd straight state title in early June.
Number 9, Shelby Miller and Matt Adams… The Cardinals prospect duo takes Springfield by storm, and while it was not enough to earn a playoff, they’ll likely get another crack with Pop Warner in Memphis next summer. Meanwhile, Johnson City’s Mike Schildt takes the reins in Springfield.
Number 8, Steve Friesen goes wire to wire for a 5-stroke win at the 22nd price cutter charity championship. An emotional weekend for the newly married Nebraska underdog.
Number 7, "I don’t care what he weighs, none of it’s going to matter," said B.J. Flores. Willard’s Golden Boy B.J. Flores returns to Springfield for a pair of fights. TKO’s of Nick Iannuzzi and Paul Jenette. The next chapter will be written January 28th.
Number 5, The coaching carousel; "all I can do is say I’m sorry, they’ve been great, and that’s a relationship for a lifetime," said Cuonzo Martin who departed for Tennessee. Paul Lusk takes over in Springfield. Meanwhile, Mike Anderson leaves Mizzou for Arkansas, while Frank Haith takes over the Tigers.
Number 4, a trio of Ozarks state titles. Rogersville and Lamar capture their school’s first championship hardware, while juggernaut Webb City runs the table for title number 10.
Number 3, Dorial Green-Beckham sets the nations all-time receiving record. The Hillcrest super recruit honored by nearly every publication in the country, while leading his beloved Hornets to their best season ever. Now where will DGB take his talents?
Number 2, From worst to first in 2 seasons. Cuonzo Martin leads the Bears to the schools 1st Valley regular season title. 11-thousand plus and a national audience watched as MSU stunned the Shockers. Unfortunately it was not enough for a trip to the Big Dance.
Number 1, A miracle season. Wainwright hurt, Franklin released, Berkman thrives while Pujols slumps. Out of the playoff chase, or maybe not. Down go the Phillies, down go the Brewers. Bring on the Rangers. Allen Craig leads the way, David Freese saves the day, the Beard makes the play. World title number 11. LaRussa hangs em up. Pujols says farewell for LA.
Drury Swimming sweeps nationals for 3rd straight year
Stockton Girls, Purdy Girls, and Crane boys win state basketball titles
Mizzou football coach Gary Pinkel arrested for DWI and suspended for senior day
Bolivar High School mourns the loss of Hall of Fame basketball coach Gary Keeling
Missouri State softball team wins MVC Tournament
Central Bible College basketball coach Kirk Hanson wins 700th career game
SBU hires Todd Voss as womens basketball coach