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(10/9)  Midnight Madness changed it's format to "Wayback Wednesday" and had the Sechrest Fieldhouse rocking.  The "Meet the Cardinals" event had a retro theme this year, with a visit from Jackie Moon and Coffee Black from the movie Semi-Pro. MAC Volleyball opened the night with a competitive match with #9 Jefferson College.  The cheerleaders performed several routines and the men's and women's basketball teams were introduced to a packed house. Coach Koch's White team earned a win over the Red showcasing a talented women's team.  Jackie Moon's Tropics used a comeback win to defeat Coffee Black's Lakers in a game that featured the men's team.  Korey McDaniel won them men's 3-point contest and overall contest, making 20 in the 1 minute first round.  Briley Milfeld represented Farmington by winning the women's 3-point contest.  Mike Stovall defeated Byron Pickens in an entertaining Slam Dunk contest final to conclude action.

(9/17) Head Coach Gary Koch announces 2008-09 roster for Mineral Area's Women's Basketball Cardinals.  MAC will have four returning sophomores from last year's 14-17 team.  These four players were a big reason the Cards won their last five regular-season games.  Caitlin Shadbolt (6'2" C) is the leading returner with 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds a game.  Farmington High School standout Briley Milfeld (5'9" G) is the only returning guard, and averaged 6.4 points, 2.7 assists, and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman.  LaShayla Bell (5'10" F) returns 6.1 points and 6.2 rebounds, while Sherry Glennie (6'2" C) put up 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds last season.  The Cards will add experience with two players via the transfer wire.  Ashley Weber (5'6" G) was originally recruited by Coach Koch to Jefferson College, and joined the program last January.  Gretchen Gaskin (5'9" G) transfered from NCAA DI Seton Hall University after her freshman season.  The Cardinals have signed nine freshmen for the 2008-09 season.  Te'Andrea Smith (6'2" F) from E. St. Louis, IL, is considered a high level DI prospect.  Sarah Eagan (5'8" G) from South Shelby (Shelbina, MO), Kayla Tisza (5'9" G) Mother McAuley (Chicago, IL), Leola Hubbard (5'5" G) Caruthersville (MO), Karley Evans (5'9" G) from Rock Port (MO), Jessica McQuin (5'8" F) Brackenridge (San Antonio, TX), Lakia White (5'8" F) St. Louis, MO (Miller's Career Academy), and Katie Flanary (6'0" F) from Jefferson City (Holt's Summitt, MO) are all expected to make a quick transition from high school into the program.

(9/2) East St. Louis standout, TeAndrea Smith, signs with Mineral Area College.  Smith, a 6' 1" center, earned Post-Dispatch "Player of the Year" honors. She averaged 17.6 points, 17.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 3.2 steals and 4.5 blocks for the Flyerettes, who finished 22-4 and were the Southwestern Conference Champions. "She could beat you off the dribble, she could post you up, she could shoot the jump shot. She just had great qualities," noted a rival high school coach. "She's got the whole game."  She attracted college recruiters early and was heavily recruited by several Division I schools, including St. Louis University and the University of Illinois. She chose Illinois earlier this season.  Smith said her best game in four years came at Edwardsville on Dec. 18, when the Flyerettes ended the Tigers' 10-game winning streak with a 51-44 victory. Smith was dominant at both ends, finishing with 26 points, 19 rebounds, seven blocks, six assists and two steals. Now that's all history as Smith moves to the next level. After college, she wants to play in the WNBA.  PD Article

(4/19)  Lesley Adams signs National Letter of Intent to attend DI Southeast Missouri State University.  The 6-2 power forward/center averaged 8.8 points per game, 1.2 steals per game and led the team in rebounding with 7.4 per game. She started in every game for the Cardinals over the past two seasons, earning 2007-08 First Team All Region XVI honors.  Adams recorded five double-doubles in 2007-08 season including a 20 point 15 rebound game against Olney Central College. She scored a career-high 21 points on 8-15 shooting from the field and a perfect 5-5 from the charity stripe while collecting 10 caroms against State Fair Community College. During her freshman season she averaged 7.4 ppg and a team-high 7.9 rpg. Adams played her prep ball at Career Academy in St. Louis.  Press Release

(3/9)  NJCAA All Region XVI selections include three Cardinals: Adams, Sands, and Fraser-Jones. Last month, three Cardinals were selected to the All-Conference team.  The same three MAC players were selected by the Region Coaches for honors.  Leandra Sands, a 5'5" guard, was named to the First Team.  She averaged 9.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.9 assist a game.  Lesley Adams was also named to the All-Region XVI team.  The 6'2" power forward/center led the team in rebounding at 7.4 a game, and averaged 8.8 points and 1.2 steals per game. Sarah Fraser-Jones earned All-Region honorable mention honors this season.  Sarah averaged 6.7 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game.

(3/7)  Mineral Area and Three Rivers split their regular-season series and tied for a third-place finish in the Region XVI standings.  A coin-flip was the last tie breaker for the right to host the game, with Three Rivers gaining home coaurt advantage.  The Raiders took the advantage and ran with it.  TRCC led 35-28 at the half, and pulled away for a 70-53 Region XVI Tournament win.  Caitlin Shadbolt led the way with 10 & 5, Leandra Sands added 8 & 4 assists, and Laurie Bell chipped in 8.  Box Score

(3/1)  Mineral Area finished regular season on a 5 game winning streak with 73-70 win over Crowder in Neosho.  The Cardinals took a four point lead into the locker room at the half, and hung on for an impressive Region XVI road win that helped the Birds climb into a 3rd place tie in the Region standings.  Leandra Sands led the way with 16 points and LaShayla Bell added a double-double with 14 & 10.  Cobi Wires chipped in 13 & 5 assists, and Briley Milfeld added 11 & 3 asists.  Box Score