Sep 10, 2019 1:04 AM

Mizzou basketball programs set to host free youth clinic Sept. 14

Posted Sep 10, 2019 1:04 AM

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Men's and Women's Basketball will host a free basketball clinic for area boys (K-6) and girls (K-8) on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Douglass Park in Columbia.

Located at 400 North Providence Road, Douglass Park, is one of Columbia's largest gathering places for local children. The Tigers will teach drills during the clinic, as well as speak to participants in a Q&A forum.

"Making a positive impact on our communities youth means so much to our basketball programs and Mizzou Athletics,” Men’s Basketball coach Cuonzo Martin said. “Our student-athletes and staff are excited to get out and interact with kids right here in our back yard.”

“There is nothing more important than building and fostering relationships in the community where you live, work and play,” Women’s Basketball coach Robin Pingeton said. “This event is so important to both the men’s and women’s basketball programs for so many reasons. It allows us to give back to the community which supports us and it provides an opportunity to do community outreach while doing something we have a great passion for. My dear friend and colleague, Coach Willie Cox was a tremendous advocate of this event and we will continue to build and invest in not only this event but other programs that will allow us to impact lives in a positive way.”

Additionally, the two Mizzou programs will play contests with participants, hold prize give-a-ways and sign autographs following the completion of basketball drills.

Parents are reminded that NCAA recruiting rules disallow Mizzou's basketball programs from providing instruction to boys above the sixth grade and to girls above the eighth grade. Clinic participants can range from kindergarten to sixth grade for boys and from kindergarten to eighth grade for girls.

Walk-up registration runs from 9:30 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Parents of participants are encouraged to print, sign and bring the waiver form prior to arrival. The waiver form to fill out is attached.

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Northwest duo earns MIAA volleyball honors

The Northwest Missouri State University volleyball team began its season 4-0 at the Washburn Invitational and with that success comes accolades for a pair of Bearcats.

Junior setter Maddy Ahrens has been named the MIAA Specialist of the Week and junior outside hitter Hallie Sidney has earned Co-MIAA Hitter of the Week status.

Ahrens (Appleton, Wisconsin) averaged 11.27 assists per set and 2.40 digs per set at the Washburn Invitational. Ahrens had 34 assists vs. No. 23 Central Washington, 40 assists vs. Quincy, 40 assists vs. William Jewell and 55 assists vs. No. 18 Drury. Ahrens had a double-double against Drury with 11 digs.

Sidney (Chesterfield, Missouri) averaged 4.13 kills per set and hit .303 and was named to the Washburn Invitational all-tournament team. Sidney averaged 2.67 digs per set, while notching a pair of double-doubles. Sidney had 11 kills, 12 digs, two blocks and a service ace in a 3-0 win over No. 23 Central Washington. Sidney posted 15 kills, six digs, two service aces and a block in a 3-1 triumph over Quincy. Sidney secured 14 kills, seven digs, three service aces and a block in a 3-0 win over William Jewell. Sidney produced a season-high 22 kills and 15 digs to go with two blocks in a 3-2 victory over No. 18-ranked Drury.

Northwest will be back in action next weekend in Springfield, Missouri, taking part in the Drury Invitational. Northwest will match up against Northern State (Fri., 1 p.m.), Colorado Mesa (Fri., 5 p.m.), Drury (Sat., 1 p.m.) and Truman State (Sat., 5 p.m.).

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