Mike Edwards, Randy Little, Ozarks Football League, OFL, MIghty Mite Football -- Spring Football League
Spring Football League Goal: Make Fall Football Better
OFL’s Randy Little works to improve the fundamentals for local players
Article from March/April 2010 Issue
It’s been said that Springfield high school football might not be as strong as area football teams. Randy Little is trying to do something about that! The Ozarks Football League (OFL) was founded five years ago as a means to improve future Springfield high school football players. Founder Little has spent plenty of time coaching youth football. He coached Mighty Mite Football for 15 years, including 2 years as a field supervisor, but he always felt something was missing.
Mike Edwards, Matt Rogers, Southwest Baptist University - More Than a Basketball Player
Rogers: More Than a Basketballl Player
Article from November/December 2009 Issue
All you have to do is look at Matt Rogers to realize he’s got to be a special basketball player. The 6’11” native of Doniphan, Missouri, now a senior at Southwest Baptist University, has received numerous honors in his career, all much deserved. As a matter of fact, The Sporting News has named the Bearcats’ star as a preseason 1st team All-American, plus the D-II Bulletin has named him National Preseason Player of the Year. Coming off a 26-5 season, SBU is also picked 3rd in the NABC/Division II Preseason Poll. It’s not just because of Matt, but a lot of it is! Rogers averaged 18.3 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Bearcats last season. He was named to four All-American squads, Daktronics South Central Region Player of the Year, unanimous MIAA MVP, first team All-MIAA, and Defensive Player of the Year. Okay, maybe it was about Matt!
Big Sports, Mike Edwards, Springfield Cardinals, Tim Tourville - Scoring the Game
Scoring the Game He Loves
Article from July/August 2009 Issue of Big Sports
As you sit at beautiful Hammons Field and watch the Springfield Cardinals play, you’re probably oblivious to what goes on behind closed doors during a game. Many of us slip thru the turnstiles, look for our seats, and look for the nearest vendor to get our favorite snack or beverage. After all, we’re settling in to watch a little bit of America’s Pastime! But what about those closed doors? The dozens of people working the concession stands, preparing your favorite ballpark cuisine. Or the many maintenance workers who keep the park pristine. Then, there’s the press box. The PA announcer, radio guys, other media, and, oh yes, the Official Scorer.
There’s a spot on the scoreboard out in left-center field that from time to time will have different letters and numbers in it. E3, SB, PB, H…these don’t just appear on their own. They appear as the judgment of the Official Scorer, most nights handled by official Tim Tourville. Tim has been an official scorer for the Cardinals since the team’s inception five years ago. It’s not a job he takes lightly. “This is their livelihood,” said Tourville. “It’s important to get it right and just be fair, no matter which team it is.”