Finishes Season Strong In MIAA
Truman volleyball team finished with a 22-13 overall record and 10-6
mark in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, tying
opened the 1998 season at the Alaska-Anchorage Tournament, where they
went 2-2 and brought home a third-place finish. Sophomore Janelle
Zehr was named to the all-tournament team after tying for the lead
its home portion of the schedule after that, going 3-1, including
victories in its first two MIAA matches of the year. Next, the team
competed in the University of North Alabama tournament where it was
2-2 against South Central regional opponents.
suffered a three-game conference losing streak after the UNA tournament.
However, they recovered and went on a hot streak, winning nine out
of the next 12 games, and five out of the next six conference matches.
Leading the way
for Truman this season was senior first-team all-MIAA setter Kelly
Mangels. Mangels led the team in hitting percentage (.255), assists
(1,331) and service aces (51) and was third in digs (395) and in blocks
(48). She was named MIAA setter of the week twice this year. Mangels
moved into second place on Truman's career assists list (2,828).
She is also eighth in career service aces (124). Mangels is ninth
in Truman single-season assists and her 11.18 assists per game is
the second-highest for a season by a Bulldog.
Zehr, a second-team
all-MIAA pick, led the team in kills (500) and kills per game (4.13).
She also topped the team in blocks (89) and was second in service
aces (42). Another sophomore second-team all-conference selection,
Betsy McGovern, had a break-through season. She was second on the
team in kills (325) and digs (399).
A pair of freshman
also made big contributions to the Bulldogs this season. Brenda Ippensen
was third on the squad in kills (301) and led the team in digs (441).
Freshman Cassy Felkerson was second on the team in blocks (78) and
right behind Ippensen with 269 kills.
Women's Soccer Knocked
Out Of Play-off Contention
women's soccer team finished with an 11-5-3 record and ranked
sixth in the Central region. Four of the team's losses this season
were to opponents ranked in the top 25 in the nation. While the women
did not make a post-season appearance, it was not a disappointing
year for the young squad which had 15 freshmen and sophomores and
only five seniors.
Miller brought an outstanding career as a Bulldog to a close. She
had eight shutouts, adding to her career record of 38.
Jill Harlan led the team in points (13) and goals (5), while senior
forward Jocelyn Parisi, led the squad with five assists. Junior Brooke
Stephens was second in scoring with nine points, while senior forward
Molly Swartzbaugh tied for third on the team with eight points along
with junior defender/forward Stephanie Toczylowski.
The 1999 season
will be the inaugural season for women's soccer in the Mid-America
Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Completes Fall Second In MIAA
The Truman State University men's golf team began its season at
the Truman Classic where the Bulldogs placed second of eight teams.
Senior Steve Johnson took fourth place in a scorecard playoff after
tying for second with a card of 218.
were fifth of 13 teams at the Missouri-Rolla/Missouri Cellular Classic.
Johnson again led the men with a card of 149, closely followed by
sophomore Kenny Lewis who carded 150.
tied for third of 15 teams at the Missouri Southern/Crossroads of
America Fall Classic. Johnson had his best finish of the fall season,
taking the second-place medal, just four strokes out of first place.
At the Washburn
Invitational, the Bulldogs were third of 10 teams. Johnson placed
seventh with a card of 149 to lead the team, while senior Bryan Daniels
finished in 10th place with a card of 151.
The final fall
tournament for the 'Dogs was the Comfort Inn North/Drury College
Classic. The men finished sixth of 17 squads, improving on their eighth-place
1997 finish. Johnson was the sixth-place individual finisher, carding
150 in two par 72 rounds.
completed the fall schedule ranked second among MIAA teams and will
begin their spring season at the University of Missouri-St. Louis
Tournament, March 28-29.
Women's Golf Team
Has Successful Fall Season
The Truman State University women's golf team opened its fall
season with a second-place finish at the Mount Mercy College Tournament.
Sophomore Tracy Markeson and freshman Amy Franzen turned in the lowest
scores for the Bulldogs, tying at 84. That same weekend, the women
placed first at the Grinnell College Tournament (Iowa) where they
had five of the top six individual finishers.
At the University
of Minnesota Invitational, the Bulldogs placed 10th of 14 teams. Senior
Jaime Geer finished seventh individually in the large tournament.
The following weekend, the women competed in the Husky Classic hosted
by Northern Illinois University and ranked 16th of 20 teams.
The weekend of
Sept. 25-26 took the Bulldogs to the Knox College (Ill.) and St. Ambrose
(Iowa) tournaments. At Knox, the 'Dogs were first of 14 teams,
their best finish of the season. At St. Ambrose, they finished first
of 10 squads. Geer placed second individually in both tournaments
with a 78 at Knox and a 77 at St. Ambrose.
At the Rockhurst
College Lady Hawk Golf Tournament, Truman placed first of five teams.
Geer took home medalist honors, carding an 88, and sophomore Betsy
Driskill placed second, carding 90.
College Fall Classic was the next test for the women who ended up
fifth of 10 teams. Geer again led the 'Dogs with a card of 79,
placing third in the tournament. Sophomore Carrie Catlett tied for
To end the fall
season, Truman was at the Kenneth Smith Women's Golf Classic hosted
by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
finished fourth of five teams and Geer took 12th place individually
with a card of 165 on the par 72 course. The Bulldogs are currently
ranked eighth in the region and will begin their spring season April
3, 1999, at the University of Illinois.
Men's Soccer Team Hosts
NCAA Quarterfinal Round
Under the tutelage of interim head coach Alf Bilbao, the Bulldog men's
soccer team rode the proverbial emotional roller coaster throughout
the 1998 season. By kicking off the campaign with a four-game win
streak, the 'Dogs served notice right away that this year they
would again be an exciting squad.
all roller-coaster rides are, it was a season not without its low
points. The Bulldogs failed to win a game at their own Truman Classic
and were slightly disappointing at home, posting a 4-3-2 record at
the Truman Soccer Park. A 1-2 overtime loss to Missouri-Rolla at home
cost the 'Dogs a seventh and final MIAA championship. The conference
will drop soccer following the '98 season due to a lack of teams.
responded to the UMR loss with a 4-1 record in their next five matches.
Other high points included winning both games on a West Virginia road
trip and later taking two games in four days by a combined score of
regular season action with a 7-0 win over Southwest Baptist. The Bulldogs
were 14-3-2 after winning a first-round playoff game at home against
Quincy University. It was their fifth appearance in the NCAA Division
II playoffs and second consecutive year making it to the quarterfinals.
Truman played host to Mercyhurst College in the quarterfinal round
on Nov. 21.
Meldal, from Denmark, led the team in points (12 goals, 17 assists),
as well as ranking sixth in the nation in assists per game. He was
a first-team all-MIAA pick, as well as the conference MVP. Sophomore
Heine Andersen, also from Denmark, found the back of the net more
times than any other 'Dog (13) and was also a first-team all-league
14 of the 33 possible spots on the all-MIAA list. Other first-team
all-conference Bulldogs were goalkeeper David Wiebenga, sophomore
back/midfielder Chris Rahe and junior midfielder/forward Steve Wilhusen.
Football Team Struggles With Youth in '98
football team began the 1998 campaign at former MIAA foe Southeast
Missouri, falling 23-18, to the now Division I-AA team. The Bulldogs
would suffer yet another non-conference loss at South Dakota, 21-16,
before registering their first win over Missouri Western, 41-15, to
open league play. Truman did not play a home game until the fourth
contest of the season when the Central Missouri Mules edged the 'Dogs
10-7. But the team regrouped for the next weekend when it faced then
No. 11 Emporia State and the top running back in Division II, Brian
pulled off the big upset, overcoming a 25-6 deficit, mounting a monumental
effort in the last six-and-a-half minutes of the game to win, 25-24.
It would also be the first of a four-game winning streak for the 'Dogs
who went on to beat Washburn, 38-28, Missouri-Rolla, 25-7, and Southwest
A trip to Pittsburg
State was next on the agenda for the Bulldogs. This was the first
year since PSU joined the MIAA that it incurred two losses and the
'Dogs were hoping to make it three. However, the Gorillas again
defeated Truman, 28-7, but would suffer that third loss the following
week to Missouri Western.
fell to No. 2 Northwest Missouri, 41-7, in the Hickory Stick and Hall
of Fame game on Nov. 7, and closed the season with a 25-21 win over
finished with a 6-5 overall record and 6-3 in the MIAA, tying for
third-place with Pittsburg State and Central Missouri.
cornerback Tommy Hernandez and center Spencer Stevens, were repeat
selections on the all-MIAA first team. Sophomore strong safety John
Naeve was a second-team selection.
Tennis Undefeated In Fall
The Truman State men's and women's tennis teams ended the
fall season with 4-0 dual records. In three out of the four matches,
the men dominated their opponents with 9-0 scores. Highlights for
the women included the Truman Women's Invitational where seven
out of the 12 place-finishers were Bulldogs. The teams resume play
this spring when the men participate in a tournament at Principia
College, Feb. 19-20. The first women's match is yet to be determined.
Hall of Fame Inductees
On Nov. 7, former Truman athletes were inducted into
the Athletic Hall of Fame in honor of their athletic achievements.
were recognized and introduced during halftime of the football game
against Northwest Missouri State. A pre-banquet reception in their
honor was held in the Quiet Lounge of the Student Union. Following
the reception, the banquet and induction ceremony was in the Georgian
Room of the Student Union Building.
the featured guest speaker was Truman's only Olympic Gold Medalist,
Ray Armstead. Armstead was a member of the 1984 world-champion 1,600-meter
relay team at the summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The St. Louis native
(Northwest High School) completed his collegiate track career in 1984
at the University and is a 1994 inductee in the Truman Athletics Hall
the year the Truman Hall of Fame began, 166 persons have been enshrined.
This year, the following athletes will be inducted.
Berry (Town and Country, Mo.), a former Bulldog track member
from 1960-63, shares the school record of 9.6 for the 100-yard dash
with two other Bulldogs. He was on the 1963 440-yard relay team that
had the fourth fastest time among all NCAA Divisions (40.9). Berry
won the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association 60-yard
dash for four consecutive years and was the conference high-point
performer twice during that time. In the summer of 1963 at an AAU
meet in Kansas City, he ran the 100-yard dash in an unofficial time
of 9.4, one-tenth of a second off the world record at that time. Berry
is currently on the board of directors of the I Have a Dream Foundation
and Kingdom House in St. Louis. For the past 15 years, he has been
an agent and owner of a State Farm insurance agency branch office
in St. Louis.
Campbell (Encino, Calif.), was a tennis player for the
University from 1981-83. As a junior, Campbell had a 24-4 record at
No. 2 singles. The 1982 'Dogs compiled a 16-4 dual meet record
and finished in a tie for 14th at the NCAA Division II Championships.
As a senior, Campbell was nationally ranked seventh in doubles and
19th in singles. His No. 1 doubles team ended the season with a 24-2
record. Campbell also earned all-America honors twice, only the fourth
Bulldog tennis player to receive the honor. Recently, he was ranked
second nationally for 30-and-over players in USTA men's doubles
and won five national doubles titles from 1991-98. Campbell has spent
the past 14 years in commercial insurance and brokerage and currently
works for Marcus and Millichap in Encino, Calif.
Hegg (Overland Park, Kan.), a former football standout
at Truman, played for the Bulldogs during the 1984-85 seasons. As
a junior, he completed 126 of 268 passes for 1,565 yards and 12 touchdowns
and was named to the all-MIAA second team. In 1985, he connected on
284 of 503 passes for 3,741 yards and 32 touchdowns. That year, he
was named to the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association
and Football News' all-America teams. Hegg was also selected as
Football News' Division II Player of the Year, and 1985 all-MIAA
first team and was the Truman and MIAA MVP. Hegg still owns six Bulldog
single-game and six single-season records, a Truman career mark and
two NCAA single season records. Currently he is a sales representative
for Goodheart-Wilcox Publisher.
Sissom (Hazelwood, Mo.), a 1964 graduate
of Truman, was a two-sport athlete at the University. In football,
he earned all-MIAA honors as a defensive end and played on the 1960
and 1961 conference championship football teams. In track, Sissom
took top honors in the shot put and discus and finished third in the
javelin at the MIAA conference meet. As a senior, he was the javelin
winner at the NCAA regional championships. After graduating in 1964,
Sissom spent 10 seasons as Normandy High School's track coach.
During that time, his team lost only three dual meets and recorded
first-, second- and third-place finishes in the conference. He was
named the 1974 Conference Track and Field Coach of the Year, and in
1997, he was inducted into the Missouri Track and Cross Country Coaches
Association Hall of Fame. Sissom is currently assistant superintendent
for the Hazelwood School District in St. Louis.
Yancey (Eureka, Mo.), a walk-on to the Bulldog football
team, was a student from 1980-86 at Truman. By the fifth game of his
freshman year, Yancey was starting as an offensive center. He earned
first-team all-MIAA recognition as a sophomore and senior and was
second-team all-MIAA as a junior. The Bulldogs named him Outstanding
Lineman his sophomore and senior years, and he was a team captain
his senior year. In 1983, Yancey was named to the Associated Press
Little All-America second team. Yancey also participated in wrestling
as a senior, finishing third in the Midwest Regional Meet. At the
conclusion of his collegiate athletic career, he had professional
football tryouts with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984 and the Miami
Dolphins and Birmingham Stallions in 1985. For the past 11 years,
Yancey has been employed by Laclede Gas Company in St. Louis. He is
currently a district superintendent of meter reading.
man in Truman athletic history was honored before the Homecoming football
game this year. James Dougherty, a former Bulldog football and basketball
player and track athlete, as well as head football coach and the first
person to hold the title of athletic director at the University, was
memorialized with a bust sculpted by Guy Burton, one of Dougherty's
a halfback for the Bulldogs from 1928-31 under legendary head coach
Don Faurot and later served as head coach from 1946-50. He became
athletic director in 1962 and re-mained in that capacity until his
retirement in 1974. Dougherty was considered by many to personify
the Bulldog spirit as an athlete, coach, and administrator during
a career that spanned almost 50 years.
served as student senate president at Truman and was a member of Blue
Key honorary fraternity and Sigma Tau Gamma social fraternity. He
was the recipient of the Stickler Cup, presented each year at that
time to the outstanding senior athlete possessing characteristics
of scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Dougherty died in 1975.
was a Bulldog football player and is a 1953 graduate. His father-in-law,
Wayne McKanna, is a 1989 inductee into the Truman Hall of Fame and
his mother-in-law, Nellie Starbuck, as well as his wife, Betty, and
two of his children, Michael Burton and Michelle Land, are also Truman
graduates. Michael's daughter, Tiffany, is currently enrolled
at the University.
The bust is a
bronze piece weighing nearly 100 pounds and depicts Dougherty as many
of his family, friends, and athletes knew him in his later years.
Burton created the likeness because of his great regard for a man
he considered a friend and mentor well past his years as a student
at Truman. He credits Dougherty with changing his life by convincing
him to attend Truman.
Burton and his
family presented the University with the bust which will be housed
in the Pershing Building.
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