Cougars crowned champs

Wednesday, May 12, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:24 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

The Columbia College softball team beat William Woods 4-0 to win the NAIA Region V Tournament on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., and earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament on May 21-26 in Decatur, Ala.

Kerri Gapka (19-4) earned the win, striking out four and walking one. Amy Seipp added a two-run double in the third inning for the Cougars (43-9), who won the tournament for the second straight season.

Columbia College beat Culver-Stockton 3-0 in the semifinals. Monica Mueller (23-5) pitched a no-hitter, and Krista Viefhaus had a two-run single.

Seipp was named MVP of the region, Mueller was named Pitcher of the Year and Cindy Fotti was named to the All-Region team.


Senior Mark Alexander was named Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week. He had a win and a save against Texas Tech last weekend, striking out six, walking none and allowing no runs. Alexander has a 1.80 ERA and eight saves.


Freshmen Erica Peterson was named Big 12 Pitcher of the Week, and Sarah Stringer was named conference Player of the Week.

Stringer, an outfielder, hit .500 in a sweep of No. 13 Nebraska, and Peterson earned her first shutout against the Huskers on Sunday.


Sophomore Austin DeVoe won the 121-pound title with a 42-second fall at the University National Freestyle Championship on Saturday in Evanston, Ill. DeVoe qualified for the World University Championships on June 4-5 in Lodz, Poland.

Juniors Chris McCormick (145) and Tyron Woodley (163) as well as sophomore Jeff Foust (211) and redshirt freshman Ben Askren (185) also finished in the top five of their weight classes.


Three local soccer teams earned second place at the Columbia Pride Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. Pride Earthquake (U11), Pride Classic (U11) and Pride Vagabonds (U14) had three wins.

The tournament attracted 87 teams from seven states and was held at Pride Park and Cosmopolitan Park.


Moberly Area Community College will host the Mid American Youth Basketball Tournament on June 4-6 at the MACC Activity Center.

The tournament is for boys and girls and consists of fifth-sixth grade and seventh-eighth grade and high school divisions. The tournament costs $290 per team, and each team is guaranteed five games. For information, call Patrick Smith at 660-263-4110 (ext. 551).


A 3-on-3 basketball tournament is set for Friday and Saturday as part of Douglass Park Heritage Weekend. Registration is free and games begin at 4 p.m. It is open to boys and girls of all ages. For information, call 874-6379.

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