Missouri State Announces National Signing Day Commitments
Missouri State has received signed National Letters of Intent or written offers of financial aid from a number of student-athletes today during the first day of the National Signing Period for football, soccer, field hockey and track. The period extends to April 1 for football and to August 1 for the other sports listed.
By sport, here are the commitments received by Missouri State as of 4:00 p.m., April 26, 2010:
Missouri State's high school commitments are from:
Transfers already enrolled and attending classes at Missouri State are:
Newly-announced junior college transfers who will attend Missouri State this fall:
Cole Alexander, Elverta, Calif. (Oakmont High)
Alexander was a four-year starter at forward for Oakmont High. He tallied 16 goals and five assists during his senior year to finish second in the league in scoring and earn all-league first team accolades. During his junior season, he scored six goals and five assists after missing half of the season due to injury. His efforts still earned him all-league second team honors as his team finished second in the sectional championships. His sophomore campaign produced a 10-goal, three-assist output to earn all-league first team and finish second in league scoring. He led his club team, San Juan U-17, to the Surf Cup, Phoenix President's Cup, and Nomad's Championships in 2008, lifting the squad to a No. 3 national ranking. Alexander also played football his senior and freshman years earning the Viking Pride Award during his first season.
Matt Bray, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City North High)
Bray enters his senior season for head coach Tom Pecore with one year of playing time at Putnam City North. He joined the Panthers for his junior campaign after being homeschooled to that point. During his junior season, he was named team captain and impact player of the year in leading his team to an undefeated regular season for the first time in school history. Putnam City North reached the state quarterfinals and Bray earned all-district and all-conference honors for his play. Bray also played for club team OFC 92 and led them to the Oklahoma state championship and the regional semifinals in 2009.
Steven Groh, Oklahoma City, Okla. (Putnam City North High)
Groh enters his senior season with three years on the pitch for head coach Tom Pecore at Putnam City North. He has recorded a goal and an assist in each of the past two seasons while leading the Panthers to the state quarterfinals both years. During his junior season, his team went 14-2, winning the conference and district titles. Groh was named to the All-Metro Conference team, The Oklahoman second team and all-Tribune first team his sophomore season. His freshman campaign, he scored five goals, a school record for a freshman on the varsity squad, to earn All-Metro Conference first team honors. His team reached the state finals his freshman season before falling in a shootout.
Andrew Riggs, St. Peters, Mo. (Fort Zumwalt South High)
Riggs has been a four-year starter in goal for Fort Zumwalt South High. During his senior season, he broke the school record for career shutouts (39). He earned Gateway Athletic Conference South Player of the Year accolades and was named Missouri Class 3 Goalkeeper of the Year in 2009. He was also named to the first-team all-state, all-metro and all-conference teams during that senior campaign. His junior year, Riggs was named second-team all-conference while leading his team to the conference title and a Top-10 ranking among large schools in the St. Louis area. He led his team to the district championship during his sophomore season and was named all-conference honorable mention. Off the field, Riggs was named to the academic all-conference squad each of the past three years. He also started for the basketball team all four years. He is the brother of current MSU goalkeeper, Alex Riggs.
Callen Roselieb, Downers Grove, Ill. (Downers Grove South High)
Roselieb was a four-year starter for the Mustangs at Downers Grove South. He helped his team to a conference title during his senior campaign while serving as the team captain. He received all-conference, all-sectional, Great Midwest Classic all-tournament honors, as well as, Gatorade Player of the Year accolades. Roselieb played for the Chicago Fire juniors and led that squad to the regional and state cup finals. During his junior season, he was named Gatorade Player of the Year for Downers Grove South and helped his team to a regional championship and the sectional finals.
Tyler Vieth, Evansville, Ind. (Evansville Memorial High)
Vieth was a four-year performer for head coach Bill Vieth at Evansville Memorial. He helped the Tigers to a 65-game unbeaten streak from 2007-2009, including two state championships. Vieth recorded 26 assists during his senior season en route to all-city, all-conference and all-state first team honors. During his junior campaign, he also earned all-city, all-conference and all-state first team while leading the 23-0-2 squad to the state title and a No. 2 national ranking. His sophomore season also yielded a 23-0-2 record, a state title and a No. 1 national ranking, while his freshman team went 19-2-2 to reach the state final four. Evansville Memorial was a combined 84-5-6 during the four seasons Vieth played. He also played for club team FC Evansville which won the Indiana State Cup in 2009. Vieth's father and grandfather played soccer at Saint Louis University from 1982-1985 and 1961-1963, respectively.
Maggie Dickson, St. Charles, Mo. (Incarnate Word Academy)
Dickson has led the Red Knights to the State Championship the past two seasons. Last season, she scored three goals and added two assists for the 18-5 squad. During her sophomore campaign, Dickson recorded two goals and four assists as Incarnate Word went 20-1-2. In 2007, she scored 19 goals and 16 assists for the junior varsity squad. She has also played on the club team St. Louis Scott Gallagher. Her siblings, Rick and Brooke, have both attended Missouri State.
Adrianne Kalogerou, Glen Carbon, Ill. (Edwardsville High)
Kalogerou enters her senior season at Edwardsville High having started every match in her first three seasons as a Lady Tiger. She was team captain her sophomore and junior seasons while leading her team to the regional championship and regional qualifier in those seasons, respectively. She earned second-team all-conference as a junior and was named team MVP. Her sophomore campaign led to an all-conference third team selection. As a freshman, Kalogerou helped her team to a second-place finish in conference and an appearance in the super sectionals.
Kathleen Kujawa, Webster Groves, Mo. (Cor Jesu Academy)
Kujawa led her team to the district championship her junior season at Cor Jesu. Her team advanced to the state quarterfinals, finishing fifth in state in 2009. That team also won the Visitation Spring Tournament. She also reached the district finals her freshman year with the Chargers. Kujawa was a four-year member of the club team St. Louis Scott Gallagher, where she helped the team win the 2009 State Cup Championship and reach the finals in 2008. Her sister, Kelsey, is currently a student at Missouri State.
Tiffany Laughlin, Florissant, Mo. (Pattonville High)
Laughlin has been a three-year starter for head coach Tom Iffrig. During her tenure with the team, the Pirates have gone undefeated in conference play and were district champions her freshman and junior seasons. During her junior season, Laughlin scored 11 goals and tallied 18 assists while earning first-team all-state, second-team all-metro and first-team all-conference honors for a Pirates team that finished third in state. Her sophomore campaign netted her an all-conference second team honor after she scored six goals and 23 assists, the most in the Suburban North Conference. Laughlin was named Rookie of the Year after her eight goal, 22 assist output as a freshman. She was also named all-conference first team, all-metro third team and all-state honorable mention accolades her freshman season. Laughlin was a place kicker for the football team her senior season. Her sister, Jenna, was a member of Rob Brewer's Bears squad from 2005-2008.
Shelby Stewart, Springfield, Mo. (Parkview High)
Stewart has been a starting forward for head coach Clint Nurnberg for the past two seasons. She was named to the all-district first team and all-conference second team both seasons. During her junior campaign, Stewart registered 25 goals and 11 assists to earn first-team all-region and second-team all-Ozarks accolades along with being named to the West Plains all-tournament team. Stewart has played at forward for the Vikings' basketball team and was a member of the track and field squad as well. Both of Stewart's parents, Howard and Christy, and one brother, Aaron, have attended Missouri State.
Ashley Washburn, Overland Park, Kan. (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Washburn has been a member of Craig Ewing's squad the past three seasons, leading the team to the conference title all three years. She registered 21 goals and 13 assists, garnering all-metro, all-state and all-conference first team honors. Her team finished second in state last year while she served as a team captain. During her sophomore season, Washburn tallied nine goals and eight assists to lead her team to the third-place finish in state. She earned first-team all-state honors and was named to the all-metro and all-conference second teams. Washburn was a teammate of current Bears goalkeeper Jessica Teahan when the squad won the state title in 2007. Washburn added four goals and five assists that year. She has also won the Kansas State Cup Championship every season from 2005 to 2009 as a member of the Blue Valley Stars Mallorca club team. Washburn was also a four-year standout for the cross country team as she finished in the top three at state all four seasons.
Lauren Wendt, Troy, Ill. (Triad High)
Wendt has been a starter all three seasons for head coach Mike Villa at Triad High. Her team has won the Mississippi Valley Conference title each of her years. She was named to the all-conference first team as a junior. Wendt helped the Knights win the Bi-State Shootout both her junior and sophomore seasons.
Brooke Williams, Kansas City, Mo. (Liberty High)
Williams has been a three-year starter at forward for head coach Tom Rottjakob at Liberty High. She has led the team to three-consecutive conference and district titles. Last season as a junior, Williams was named to the all-conference, all-district, All-Western Missouri Class 3 and all-state first team while serving as team captain. She scored 32 goals for the Blue Jays lifting the team to the state quarterfinals. As a sophomore, she scored 25 goals to lead the team to the state sectional finals. She earned all-conference and all-district first team, All-Western Missouri Class 2 second team and all-state third team accolades that year. During Williams' freshman year, she tallied 15 goals in helping her team to the state quarterfinals. She was named to the all-district second team for her performance. She also led her club teams to the Kansas State Cup finals each of the last three years.
Catrina Schmidt, St. Louis, Mo. (Cor Jesu Academy)
Catrina Schmidt, joining the Bears from field hockey power Cor Jesu Academy, is a versatile player and will see time both at the forward and midfielder positions. The St. Louis native played field hockey, soccer and basketball at Cor Jesu, earning six total letters, and leading her field hockey team to two-straight state tournament final fours. As a senior, she was a first-team all-conference and a second-team all-metro honoree after being named an all-metro honorable mention as a junior. In addition to her school play, Schmidt excelled on her Aim Club Field Hockey team. She is the daughter of Steven and Catherine Schmidt.
Laura Tavares, Oakville, Ontario, Canada (St. Thomas Aquinas High School)
Laura Tavares is an athletic midfielder who will contribute on both ends of the field for the Bears. A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain, Tavares led her team to a combined 21-2-1 record her junior and senior seasons, with a first- and second-place conference finish, respectively. After being named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2008, she was named to her division's Varsity All-Star Game in 2009. Outside of St. Thomas Aquinas, Tavares represented her area as a three-year member of the Ontario Provincial team, while also seeing time with the Saskatchewan Provincial team. She is the daughter of Joe and Barb Tavares. She has a sister, Barbara, and her brother, John, was the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, going to the New York Islanders.
Hillary Lawless, Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette High School)
Hillary Lawless is a talented offensive player who will be the latest in a long line of successful field hockey Bears to come from Lafayette High School. A two-sport athlete, Lawless was a four-year letterwinner in both field hockey and lacrosse. Her senior season, she led the Lafayette Lancers to a 19-4 overall record and finished with 31 points, earning first-team all-conference as well as third-team all-metro recognitions along the way. Lawless also helped Lafayette win three-straight St. Louis Public School Championships and was a standout for the Team Gateway St. Louis Club Field Hockey team coached by Missouri State Athletics Hall of Famer Kelly Stuckel-Yates. She is the daughter of Cheryl and Tom Lawless, a former Major League Baseball player who spent time with the Cincinnati Reds, Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals. Her older sister Samantha played field hockey at Robert Morris from 2005-2008.
WOMEN'S TRACK & FIELD/CROSS COUNTRY
Lisa Imgrund, Shawnee Mission, Kan. (Shawnee Mission Northwest High School)
Lisa Imgrund will join the Bears after a successful high school career under legendary coach Van Rose at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School where Imgrund was a three-time all-state cross country and track and field selection in the Kansas 6A class. In cross country, Imgrund boasts state meet finishes of sixth in 2009, fourth in 2008 and third in 2007. On the track at the state level her senior season, Imgrund was the Kansas runner-up in the 3,200-meters and the fifth-place finisher in the 1,600-meters. Her resume includes a fifth-place 3,200-meters finish and a third-place 1,600-meters finish in 2008, as well as a second-place finish in the 3,200-meters in 2007. A three-time first-team all-K.C. Metro selection, Imgrund also has seen success at the national level, winning the 2008 Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championship. She is the daughter of Frank and Kathy Imgrund.
Erin Edwards, Kansas City, Mo. (Raytown South High School)
A three-time class 4 all-State cross country selection (2007, 2008 and 2009) Edwards comes to Missouri State from coach Sean Nunn's Raytown-South High School program. Edwards also earned all-KC Mid 6 Conference honors each of her four years. On the track Edwards has been one of Missouri's top 3,200-meter run athletes each of the past two seasons finishing 10th in 2008 and ninth in 2009 at the 4A state championship. She won the 2007 KC Mid-6 Conference 3200-meter run individual title and was third in 2009 with her personal best 11:02.80 for the distance. In addition to her success on the track Edwards is ranked first in her class academically.
Emily Argotsinger, Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West High School)
Argotsinger comes to Missouri State from Lee's Summit West High School, Missouri 4A champions for the past three years (2007-09). In addition to being a strong cross country runner, Argotsinger is very talented on the track as well. In 2007, Argotsinger was a member of the state champion 4x800m relay team. In 2008, she followed up that performance with a second-place finish in the 4x800m relay and qualified for the 800-meter run at the state championship meet. In her senior season, Argotsinger capped off an impressive career with an All-American selection the 4x1 mile relay, an all-state nod in the 4x800-meter relay and qualified for state in the 800-meter run.
Sierra Jenkins, Clinton, Mo. (Clinton High School)
Jenkins comes to Missouri State after a breakout senior cross country season where she won the 2009 3A state cross country championship. A two-time all-State selection (2008, 2009) Jenkins posted the state's third fastest 5K time among seniors in all classes at the 2009 state meet in Jefferson City. In track and field Jenkins has qualified for the state championship each year placing 10th in the 3200-meter run in 2009, 13th in both the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs in 2008 and in 2007 she was eight in the 3200-meters and 10th in the 1600-meters. Jenkins will make her way to MSU from Clinton High School where she has been coached by Clint and Karen Sanders. Both of the Sander's children (Ashley - MSU '06, Ty - MSU '09) competed for Missouri State in cross country and track and field.
Alyx Dull, Clinton, Mo. (Clinton High School)
Dull came away from the 2009 state 3A track and field championship with runner-up honors in the 100-meters. In that state final, Dull posted a career-best performance 12.04-seconds (wind aided). In the state meet preliminary round, Dull posted a 12.18-second (wind aided) performance, and at her sectional meet she took second with a 12.40-second performance. During the 2008 season, Dull took 10th at the state championship in the 100-meters. At her 2008 district meet, Dull posted her career-best 200-meter performance with a 25.90-second (hand time) run. Dull's top electronic timed 200-meter performance came at the 2009 district 7 meet (26.33). At Clinton High School, Dull has been coached by Clint and Karen Sanders, whose daughter and son (Ashley, '06 and Ty, '09) competed for MSU. At Clinton, Dull is a teammate of fellow 2010 MSU signee Sierra Jenkins.