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Week of June 27, 2016

Friday, July 1, 2016

Steve Bieser named MU head baseball coach
COLUMBIA – Ste. Genevieve High School grad Steve Bieser has been tabbed to be the new head coach at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Bieser will be Mizzou's 14th head coach and just the fourth since 1937.

Bieser goes to Mizzou after an extremely successful career at Southeast Missouri, where he became the only coach ever to win three consecutive Ohio Valley Conference Championships and guided the Redhawks to their first NCAA Regional last year since 2002.

A two-time OVC Coach of the Year, Bieser won 35 or more games in each of his last three seasons at SEMO, a feat that had been accomplished just once before he took over the program in 2013. Bieser turned in a .587 winning percentage in his time at SEMO, the best among any coach in program history.

Bieser turned in a banner year in 2016, as he earned his 100th career victory and opened OVC play with a perfect 12-0 record, the best start in program history. The season culminated in a regular season OVC Championship, an OVC Tournament title and the school's first NCAA Regional since 2002, qualifying for the Starkville Regional at SEC Champion Mississippi State.

Bieser will be presented publicly in a press conference set for 11 a.m. this morning on top of the McArtor Baseball Facility at Taylor Stadium.

Basler named to All-USA Mo Baseball Team
STE. GENEVIEVE -- A member of the state champion Valle Catholic High School baseball team has been named to the the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Missouri Baseball Team Thursday.

Infielder Connor Basler was selected based on his athletic achievements from the 2015-16 season.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tony Perkins, Francis Howell (St. Charles)

The longtime Francis Howell coach surpassed the 500-win mark for his coaching career in 2016, including an 8-2 victory over Jefferson City to give the Vikings (29-11) the fourth Class 5A state title of his tenure.

FIRST TEAM

Player of the Year
Jake Matheny, C, Westminster Christian (Town and Country), 6-3/190, Sr.
Missouri’s Gatorade Player of the Year paced the greater St. Louis area with 11 home runs, leading Westminster Christian to the Class 4 district final. The son of former Gold-Glove winner and current St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny, he also batted .414 and knocked in 43 runs.

Jacob Weirich, P, Jefferson City, 6-0/160, Jr.

Hunter Swift, P, Staley (Kansas City), 5-8/170, Sr.

Kaleb Schmidt, P, Kickapoo (Springfield), 6-5/165, Sr.

Cole Evans, INF, Rock Bridge (Columbia), 6-3/230, Sr.

Connor Basler, INF, Valle Catholic (Ste. Genevieve), 6-1/175, Sr.

Dalton Bealmer, INF, Boonville, 6-3/200, Sr.

Grant Wood, INF, Jefferson City, 5-11/170, Jr.

Kameron Misner, OF, Poplar Bluff, 6-4/210, Sr.

Ryan Perkins, OF, Francis Howell (St. Charles), 6-2/200, Sr.

Jack Duffy, OF, Staley (Kansas City), 5-9/180, Sr.

SECOND TEAM

Alex Moore, P, Mountain Grove, 6-7/220, Sr.

James Proctor, P, MICDS (St. Louis), 6-4/175, Sr.

Jacob Kostyshock, P, Francis Howell (St. Charles), 6-5/180, Sr.

Luke Kahle, C, Francis Howell (St. Charles), 5-10/180, Sr.

Alexander Bearden, INF, MICDS (St. Louis), 5-11/175, Sr.

Robbie Suhr, INF, Summit Christian Academy (Lee’s Summit), 6-0/185, Sr.

Luke Gray, INF, Fulton, 5-8/175, Jr.

Joe Kinder, INF, Liberty, 6-3/165, Sr.

Riley Herron, OF, Kickapoo (Springfield), 6-2/200, Sr.

Mason Janvrin, OF, Warrensburg, 5-10/180, Sr.

Kyle Grantham, OF, Francis Howell (St. Charles), 6-0/170, Jr.