MU softball hires new assistant

Wednesday, September 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:36 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

A new assistant softball coach will join the Missouri staff for the 2005 season, head coach Ty Singleton said on Tuesday.

Autumn Eastes spent three years as an assistant strength coach at Fresno State.

“Autumn brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for the sport of softball,” Singleton said. “I know she’s committed to being the best coach possible, and she is the type of person that will lead through service.”

Eastes graduated from the University of Texas in 2002 and played outfield for the Longhorns’ softball squad for four years. She was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 1999.

VOLLEYBALL OPENER: Stephens College pulled out a season-opening win at home after a slow start against Messenger College on Tuesday.

Messenger won the first game 30-21, but the Stars responded in the next three, winning 30-16, 30-18 and 30-26, respectively.

Sophomore Alisha Gay led the team in assists with 20 and senior Freda West had 18 kills. Freshman Moniece Brown had five blocks, while Wendy Parsell scored the only ace for the Stars.

“I was really pleased with the way we settled down after the first game,” said coach Dane Pavlovich. “We were really on the attack in games two, three and four.”

The Stars (1-0) will play their first home game against Missouri Valley College on Thursday.

HICKMAN FOOTBALL: The Kewpies earned a fifth-place ranking in Class 6 of the Missouri state high school football poll on Tuesday.

The Kewpies will have to play without senior quarterback Blake Tekotte, who suffered an ACL injury in his left knee and is expected to miss the entire season. He was injured in the first quarter of Hickman’s 37-7 rout of Lee’s Summit North on Friday.

Coach Gregg Nesbitt will turn to junior quarterback Andrew Perkins, who passed for two touchdowns and rushed for another in place of Tekotte last week.

The Kewpies will play Kansas City’s Rockhurst Friday at home. Rockhurst was ranked two positions ahead of Hickman in this week’s poll.

The rankings are determined by members of the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.

ROCK BRIDGE SOFTBALL: The Bruins fell to 2-3 after an 8-0 loss to Moberly on Tuesday.

Kayla Turnbull started for Rock Bridge but allowed four runs in the third inning. Bruins’ coach Jennifer Mast said the inning was the turning point in the game.

“We were not confident at the plate,” Mast said after the game. “We didn’t have anyone that had a big night.”

Mast said that defense will be stressed in practice and that her team has to play with more confidence.

The Bruins host Kirksville on Thursday.

NO, IT’S NOT A NEW VIRUS: On its 25th anniversary, ESPN announced the creation of a new channel devoted strictly to college sports. The new channel, ESPNU, will make its debut in March.

An ESPN spokesman said Tuesday it will be up to the individual cable companies to decide whether the new network will be placed on a digital pay tier.

ESPNU will carry approximately 300 live events in its first year, including Division I football and men’s and women’s basketball, plus other college sports such as wrestling, volleyball and hockey.

“This will give the college fans more of what they want,” said John Wildhack, ESPN senior vice president of programming.

Wildhack said Tuesday’s news was greeted enthusiastically by the conferences that ESPN does business with.

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