Natasha Minor Inks Contract with Pro Swedish Team

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Former Southeast Missouri soccer student-athlete Natasha Minor has signed a professional contract with Skövde KIK in Skövde, Sweden.
Minor will journey to Sweden next Tuesday, July 18, to officially begin her pro career with her new team.
Skövde is in the Västergötland (Western Gothland region) in central-Southern Sweden.
Minor, a native of De Pere, Wisconsin, led the conference with 12 goals in 2016. She ranked first in points per game (1.37 PPG) and goals per game (0.63 GPG). Minor ranked second in points (26), shots (66) and shots per game (3.47 SPG). Her six conference goals also ranked tops in the league.
In her four-year career, Minor rewrote a number of Southeast's top-five season and career lists. In the season finale, she broke the career shots attempted record with 187. She finished her career ranking second with 69 points, 28 goals, and 99 shots on goal. In 2016, her 26 points ranks fifth, 12 goals rank third, and five game-winning goals ranks tied for third.
She earned First Team All-OVC honors as a senior in 2016. She earned First Team honors in 2014 and Second Team and Newcomer honors as a freshman in 2013.
Former Redhawk and OVC Offensive Player of the Year Courtney Alexander (2006-07), who transferred and played at LSU from 2008-10, played a season for Själevad in 2011, also in Sweden.


Mizzou’s Fatony Named Ray Guy Award Candidate

Junior Punter is Among 29 Standouts Named to Pre-Season Watch List

COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri junior punter Corey Fatony (Franklin, Tenn.) was selected today as one of 29 pre-season candidates for the 2017 Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top collegiate punter.

Fatony is set to enter his third year as Mizzou’s punter in 2017, and the junior has already established himself as one of the SEC’s best.  A year ago, Fatony ranked 20th in the NCAA (5th in the SEC) with his per-punt average of 43.8 (66 punts, 2,894 yards in 12 games).  He was masterful in 2016 at changing field position and keeping opposing offenses pinned deep in their own territory, as his 25 punts downed inside the 20 yardline was the fifth-most by a Tiger in MU single-season history.  He won freshman all-American honors in 2015 when he averaged 42.9 yards on an MU-record 81 punts.

The Augusta Sports Council created the Ray Guy Award in 2000 to honor Thomson, Ga., native and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee, Ray Guy. Among the statistics used to identify the winner is net punting average, number of times punt is downed or kicked out of bounds inside the opponents 20-yard line, total yardage punted, average returned yardage and percentage of punts not returned with particular emphasis placed on net punting average. The winner must display team leadership, self-discipline and have a positive impact on the team's success.

Up next for Mizzou will be its annual appearance at SEC Media Day.


Eagles Honored in Heart Scholar-Athletes for 2016-17

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A total of 614 student-athletes have been recognized for their academic achievements by being named Heart Scholar-Athletes for the 2016-17 academic season. 

In order to qualify for this honor, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.40 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), have accumulated at least 60 semester hours, at least five semesters, and attended the nominating institution for at least two semesters prior to being nominated.

The student-athletes must also be a varsity competitor having made a significant contribution to their respective team and school.

Central Methodist placed 34 scholar-athletes on the list. Grand View led the way in total scholar-athletes with 77 nominees, followed by Benedictine with 57, and Missouri Valley with 54.