MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Wednesday, September 22, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:49 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 10, 2008

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.

Under Moller’s leadership, the 2003 football media guide was named “Best in the Nation” by the College Sports Information Directors of America, and several other media guides have received national recognition.

Also at the foundation banquet, MU Director of Athletics Mike Alden will receive the General Robert Neyland Athletic Director’s Award.

ROCK BRIDGE SOCCER: The Bruins defeated Lindbergh 3-1 on Tuesday at the Catholic Youth Council-Bob Guelker Memorial Tournament in St. Louis, bringing the Bruins’ record to 11-0-1. Rock Bridge’s first two goals came in the first half, from Sam Richards at seven minutes into the half and Matt Stainhour at 25 minutes. The final Bruin goal was scored in the second half by John Carney. Lindbergh scored its only goal with two minutes left in the game.

HICKMAN SOFTBALL: The Kewpies lost to Jefferson City 11-1 in five innings on Tuesday night at Jefferson City, making their record 2-11. Stefani Worley pitched for Hickman, and Courtney Wilkinson was on the mound for Jefferson City. Jennifer Bieberly led off the fifth inning with a double for Hickman and scored the team’s only run. Shannon Buckridge was credited with the RBI.

STEPHENS COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: The Stars fell to St. Louis College of Pharmacy 30-28, 33-31, 30-14, 30-25 Tuesday night in St. Louis. Freda West led Stephens with 18 kills and three aces. Sara Warren was the assist leader with 15, and Moniece Brown led the team with four blocks. The loss brings Stephens’ record to 4-7.

NOT OUT OF BONDS: Now that Barry Bonds is assured of staying with the San Francisco Giants for two more seasons, he already is looking beyond. His children won’t let him think about retirement just yet.

“My kids keep saying, ‘Dad, you’ve got to keep going, you’ve got to do it. You can keep playing,”‘ Bonds said. “As long as my family and my kids are supporting me, I’ll continue to keep playing and keep doing what I can do out there. If I’m not capable of doing it, it’s time to hang them up and do something else.”

Bonds will have at least two more seasons to break Hank Aaron’s career home run record while playing for the Giants, who decided Tuesday to drop their right to void the final year of his contract.

Under the $90 million, five-year deal agreed to in January 2002, San Francisco could have voided the 2006 season if Bonds failed to reach 500 plate appearances next year or 1,500 combined from 2003 to 2005, including at least 400 next season.

But with Bonds as dominant as ever, the team decided to keep the 40-year-old left fielder for two more seasons.

HIS LAST LAP: Larry Phillips, a lifelong stock car racer who drove to more than 2,500 wins, including five Winston Racing Series championships, died Tuesday at St. John’s Regional Health Center in Springfield. He was 62.

Phillips died after a four-year battle with lung cancer, said his longtime crew chief, Stanley Shobe.

Phillips entered the NASCAR circuit as a teenager and didn’t stop racing until cancer forced him to three years ago. His passion made him a familiar face at the Lebanon I-44 Speedway and Bolivar Speedway, and among auto racing enthusiasts across the country.

His career included five Winston Racing Series National Short-Track Championships, seven regional NASCAR championships and a spot in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

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