Fans of the Missouri Tigers who subscribe to Sirius Satellite Radio can get their fix on a new program.
The commercial-free satellite radio company has joined with College Sports Television to offer live play-by-play coverage of 23 universities, including games from the 2004 Tigers’ football season.
In the fall, select men’s and women’s basketball games will also be broadcast over the network.
“We’re very pleased to be able to be involved in such a unique opportunity,” said Mike Alden, director of athletics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. “This is ground-breaking technology, and I’m pleased for our great fans out there that this is yet another way that they can stay in touch with their Tigers.”
Sirius subscribers, who pay a monthly fee of $12.95 or less, depending on subscription terms, will receive the broadcasts.
The college sports programming joins Sirius’ sports play-by-play of the NFL and NHL.
HICKMAN SOFTBALL: Hickman’s softball team lost 4-2 Tuesday night against host Kirksville.
“I’m so proud of our kids. We just couldn’t convert,” coach Courtney Haskell said.
Trailing 4-2 in the top of the seventh inning, Lindsey Rock reached base on an error to load the bases with two outs, but the Kewpies were unable to drive any runners home.
“This was a great game for us, regardless of the outcome,” Haskell said. “They played like a team tonight.”
The Hickman girls (0-4) will play their first home game of the season on Thursday night against Macon.
HICKMAN VOLLEYBALL: When coach Greg Gunn lost seven seniors to graduation last year, it was hard for him to know what to expect this season.
But the varsity squad won its first match Tuesday at Hannibal.
“It took them a little while to get started,” Gunn said, “but the group we have is really good. It was a good start to our season.”
Jenny Keener and Kendra Williams had three blocks each and Lindsey Fleming had seven digs, helping lead their team to victory.
Keener and Williams had nine combined kills in both games, which ended 25-17 and 25-18, respectively.
The Kewpies play again Thursday night in Rolla.
MU WOMEN’S GOLF: Missouri’s women’s golf team has been ranked at No. 25 in the nation by Golf World Magazine in its 2004-05 Preseason Coaches poll.
Coach Stephanie Cooper led the team last season to qualify for NCAA Regional competition.
In addition, sophomore Denise Knaebel received mention as one of Golf World’s Top 50 Female Players to Watch after setting the school’s individual record for season stroke average (74.6) in 2003-04.
Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M join the Tiger women as the only ranked Big 12 conference teams.
The Tigers will begin play on Sept. 11-12 at the Lady Northern Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.