Missouri men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson landed one of the nation’s top point guards when he announced Friday that Second Team Junior College All-American Stefhon Hannah (Chicago, Ill./Hyde Park High School/Chipola Community College) has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Tigers next season.
A 6-foot-1, 175-pound guard originally from Chicago’s Hyde Park High School, Hannah started each of the past two campaigns at Chipola where he led the Indians to a two-year record of 60-7, including a No. 4 finish at the 2005 National Junior College Athletics Association National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., and a No. 1 ranking for a majority of the 2005-06 season.
“I am very excited that Stefhon Hannah is joining our program at Missouri, and he is very excited to be coming here,” Anderson said in a release. “The signing of Stefhon is an outstanding way to close out the recruiting period and it gives us added quality and depth in the backcourt. He is a tremendous leader and winner and he does the things that make his teammates around him better. Stefhon is a tenacious player and a very gifted offensive performer. He scored at a high level at both the high school and junior college ranks, and he gives us an experienced player for our roster.”
Hannah joins Jonathan “J.T.” Tiller (Marietta, Ga.), and transfers DeMarre Carroll (Birmingham, Ala./Vanderbilt) and Darryl Butterfield (Miami, Fla./Mineral Area College) as Mizzou signees during the past week. They will combine with Keon Lawrence (Newark, N.J.) and Vaidatos Volkus (Klaipeda, Lithuania), who both signed in November during the early period – as Anderson’s first class at Mizzou.
ROCK BRIDGE BOYS’ TENNIS: The Bruins swept past Joplin and Kickapoo Saturday in the state team sectionals in Springfield and will advance to their fifth consecutive state semifinal Thursday.
Rock Bridge will meet 10-time defending state champion Rockhurst in the semifinal at 9 a.m. Thursday.
The Bruins got two wins from Daniel Lopez, Ryan Olson, Sefan Nosic, Scott Hawf and Jay Kinderknecht to push past Joplin 5-0 and Kickapoo 5-1.
The Bruins remain unbeaten on the year at 22-0.
MU BASEBALL: The Tigers won their second game in as many days over No. 3 Texas, with an 8-5 victory on Saturday afternoon at Taylor Stadium. Senior Zane Taylor led the Tigers with his fifth three-hit game of the season, finishing 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI in the game.
Sophomore Jacob Priday hit his team-leading 11th home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning to give MU the early 1-0 lead. Priday added an RBI single in the seventh inning, finishing 2-for-4 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Junior Hunter Mense, had his first of two hits on the day in the third inning, with a solo home run over the right field wall. It was his second homer of the year and capped off a three-run third inning for the Tigers.
Freshman Rick Zagone recorded the win, allowing four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. He moves to 5-3 on the season. Junior Nathan Culp pitched the final two innings and allowed one run despite not giving up a hit. He struck out three and picked up the first save of his career.
The win, coupled with Texas Tech’s loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday, guarantees the Tigers at least a seventh-place finish in the Big 12 Conference with the final game of the regular season today.
The Tigers will take the field at Taylor Stadium for the last time in 2006 at Noon today to close out the series with Texas.
HICKMAN TRACK & FIELD: The Kewpies qualified for the state championships in six events Saturday at the Class 4 sectional in Rolla.
Junior Asia Walker won the girls’ triple jump (38 3/4), placed second in the girls’ long jump (18-6 1/4) and ran on Hickman’s second place girls’ 4 X 400 relay team (4:00). Ciara Tatum, Emily Young and Jabarbara Jennings joined her in the relay, while Tatum placed third in the girls’ 400 (59.0). Sam Masters was second in the boys 1600 (4:23) and joined David Garmon, Zach Chapman and Josh Mantooth on the Kewpies second place 4 X 800 relay team (4:23).
HICKMAN LACROSSE: The Kewpies dropped a 17-3 decision to Rockhurst in the state quarterfinals Saturday. Rockhurst is the No. 1-ranked team in Missouri and the No. 2-ranked team in the country. Zach Nikin scored two goals for the Kewpies. Kendall Eckles had one.
BOXING: Eight boxers from the region will be fighting for the championship in today’s second day of the Show-Me State Games Boxing Classic at the Holiday Inn Expo Center in Columbia. Justin Jones of the Columbia Boxing Club (119), Jonah Brown of the Moberly Boxing Club (132), Germion Forrest of Columbia (129), Ted Glasgow of Columbia (152), Noah Kidd of the Jefferson City Boxing Club (70), Darrian Dowdy of Jefferson City (95), Carlos Smith of Moberly (132) and Joe Knorr of Columbia (201) will fight today. Boxing begins at 2 p.m.