Confirming previous reports, Missouri coach Mike Anderson announced that forward Glen Dandridge will not return to the men’s basketball team next season.
“Glen and I sat down and discussed his future and we came to a mutual agreement that this decision was in the best interest for him and our program,” Anderson said.
Dandridge’s junior season was slowed by injuries. He played in 18 games last year, averaging 1.4 points and 0.7 rebounds per game.
The announcement officially opens up a scholarship for the Tigers.
Dandridge has yet to announce his future plans with basketball. Efforts to reach Dandridge and his family were unsuccessful.
— Sam McDowell
STEPHENS COLLEGE: Three years after its admission into the NAIA, Stephens finally has a conference to call its own.
On Thursday, the American Midwest Conference admitted Stephens as its newest member institution. Stephens is the fifth Missouri college in the AMC, and it will compete in five of the seven sports that the AMC sponsors.
“Our primary goal,” Stephens athletic director Deb Duren said in a release, “was to find a geographically close conference with similarly sized schools.”
Stephens College will begin conference play in fall 2008.
MU WOMEN’S TENNIS: The Tigers lost to Nebraska 4-0 in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Championships on Thursday at the Plaza Tennis Center in Kansas City. Nebraska won the doubles point after defeating MU’s Chrissy Svetlic and Raquel Wagner in the No. 1 doubles match and Erika Josbena and Amanda Pratzel in the No. 2 match. Nebraska’s Imke Reimers went on to beat Pratzel 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles and Nebraska’s Wiveca Swarting defeated MU’s Erika Josbena, 6-1,6-2, in the No. 3 match. Nebraska sealed the win when Ashley Finnegan defeated Missouri’s Charlotte Bellis, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 6 match.
MU TRACK & FIELD: Three Tigers heptahletes set personal bests while finishing second, third, and fourth Thursday at the Drake Relays in Des Moines. Junior Kaela Rorvig finished second with 4,914 points, 89 points higher than her previous personal best. Freshman Lindsey Boldt placed third with 4,767 points, an 150-point improvement over her old best. Freshman Lauren Begany finished third with an 144-point improvement, scoring 4,646 points.
ROCK BRIDGE GIRLS GOLF: Three Bruins seniors received scholarships to play golf at the collegiate level. Anna Coil will attend Northern Illinois University, Danielle Kellar will attend William Woods University and Molly Ramsey will attend Northwest Missouri State University next year. They are set to sign letters of intent in a ceremony at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday in the Performing Arts Center at Rock Bridge High School.