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By: Harry Loomis With the calendars turning towards October, there are three certainties to look forward to every year: Spooky season, a 30 degree drop in temperature and Griffon basketball being right around the corner. That’s right; Griffon basketball is just under a month away from starti… READ MORE

By: Avery Booth As much as things change, things also stay the same, and this rings true from the inclusion of Griffon coach Candi Whitaker and the return of Katrina Roenfeldt. With a new coach from Texas Tech and six returning seniors, the Griffons will look for support from an older core of players this […] READ MORE

Missouri Western State University has added more upgrades to the athletic department through the help of donors, adding new, safer helmets to their football program. Missouri Western had some of these helmets last year, and the focus on player safety is something Athletic Director Josh Looney feels is most important. “Our student-athletes give so much […] READ MORE

The Griffon basketball team hopes that they can improve on last season’s poor regular season and build off a strong finish in the regular season and their upset in the MIAA tournament. Western finished 11th in the MIAA with a 12-18 record. Head coach Brett Weiberg has been pleased with the effort he has seen […] READ MORE

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The Missouri Western football team has not had a losing season in 11 years—but they also have not made the playoffs in four years. The Griffons finished last season with a 6-5 record and saw all five losses come by two scores or less. Head coach Jerry Partridge acknowledged that if a few plays had […] READ MORE

After a 6-5 season, fans can watch Griffon football get back to action during their spring game on Friday. Although Western lost a large senior class at the end of the 2015 season, they have found new or developed talent to step into multiple positions. One of the biggest positions in question going into the […] READ MORE

Missouri Western will make the trip to Tahlequah, OK to face the Northeastern State University RiverHawks on Thursday. The Griffons are 16-8 (8-5) in the MIAA and are in fifth place in the conference. Head coach Buzz Verduzco knows how important every game is in the conference. “Everybody is very, very competitive and every win means a […] READ MORE

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After defeating the rival Northwest Bearcats last Saturday, the Griffons will play for a share of the MIAA title on Wednesday against the Washburn Ichabods. Although the Bearcats are last in the MIAA, the rivalry game between Northwest and Western was still a battle. The Griffons lost the lead only twice in the game, early […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western will play their conference opening series this weekend against Washburn at the Griffon Baseball Field. The teams will face off Friday afternoon at 2:00, Saturday at 1:00 and then they’ll wrap-up the series Sunday afternoon at 1:00. Head coach Buzz Verduzco knows this is going to be a to a tough challenge for […] READ MORE

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Missouri Western will play their conference opening series this weekend against Washburn at the Griffon Baseball Field. The teams will face of… READ MORE

The difference is only 45 miles or, for those who love numbers, 79,200 yards. That is the distance between Missouri Western State University and Northwest Missouri State University. The Griffons will make that trip to take on their rivals this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Griffons last played the first place Bearcats on Jan. 9, […] READ MORE

The No. 8 Griffons completed the home court sweep in a blowout fashion by beating Lindenwood 93-50 and Lincoln 82-51. Now they will hit the road to face the Northeastern State University RiverHawks and the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos. The last time Western met both Northeastern State and Central Oklahoma was at the Fieldhouse […] READ MORE

The Griffon’s will take to the road this week, making a long trip to the red dirt of Oklahoma. Western will try to keep their winning ways going on Thursday. The team will travel to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to take on the 6-14 Northeastern State University. The team has managed to climb out of the MIAA […] READ MORE

Last week the Griffons suffered two over twenty-point losses to Pitt State and Missouri Southern on the road but return home, where they have a 6-5 record, to face the Lindenwood Lions on Thursday and the Lincoln Blue Tigers on Saturday. Head coach Brett Weiberg knows that during a season such as this the team […] READ MORE

Western tennis will kick off the spring season in Red Oak, Iowa as they take on the Graceland University Yellowjackets. Western went 1-0 in the fall in non-tournament matches, with a narrow 5-4 victory over William Jewell. Head coach Shawn Becker says the team’s goals are set much higher for this spring. “Coming off the […] READ MORE

Coach Jen Trotter and the Missouri Western softball team get their season started Feb. 6 in Arkadelphia, Ark. The team will take on Harding University at 11 a.m. followed by a matchup with Ouachita Baptist University. Even with the loss of a few key players, Trotter says that there is plenty of talent on her team. […] READ MORE

The Griffons have lost two of three coming into this week’s slate of games. After a big win over Fort Hays State, Western failed to defend their home court against Nebraska-Kearny and then lost a close one to Pittsburg State. After that two-game skid, the team got back to their winning ways Saturday in Joplin against […] READ MORE

Griffon baseball is ranked No. 5 in the conference preseason poll and is back in action for the 2016 season following a 29-21 2015 season and two losses to Washburn in the MIAA tournament. To open the season Western will travel to Russellville, Ark. to face the Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys. The players are excited […] READ MORE

It was a challenging season for the Griffons this past fall. They are heading into next season with the possibility of having to rebuild at several positions. However, there are also some positions that look to be stacked and primed to improve from this past season. On defense, the linebacker is losing decorated player Yomi […] READ MORE

Missouri Western takes a No. 17 national ranking into its biggest weekend of the young season. They host undefeated Pittsburg State on Thursday, before welcoming the 7-1 Missouri Southern Lions to the MWSU Fieldhouse on Saturday. “It is going to be a tough week at the Fieldhouse,” head coach Rob Edmisson said. “We hope to have […] READ MORE

Canada has become a hotbed for college recruiting, and it has extended to the Division II level now. Head coach Brett Weiberg and Western have jumped on the trend, as well. Aaron Emmanuel and Kevin Thomas have been friends since they were kids growing up in Toronto, and now they are continuing their friendship in […] READ MORE

Having the best player on the court in a game is not a guarantee of victory or anything like that, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. For head coach Rob Edmisson and the Missouri Western women’s basketball program, they will likely have that built-in advantage every time they take the court this season. “It’s good to […] READ MORE

There are many questions pending for the Griffons heading into their rivalry week. According to Griffon Coach Jerry Partridge, one spot where the Griffons are very confident is in their defense. “Every week we ask our defense to shut them out,” Partridge said. They are veteran-laden and can boost All-MIAA level players at all levels […] READ MORE

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Three years ago, Missouri Western went up to Pittsburg, Kansas and gave the Gorillas their worst loss of the season. With three players from that game currently in the NFL, no one knows what to expect this time around. Both teams are 3-1 headed into this meeting, with both having won their previous game. A few […] READ MORE

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Last week, Northeastern State made the mistake of giving a freshman quarterback his first start against Western’s secondary. The Griffon defense made them pay in the 24-17 win by forcing Blayne Armstrong to go 0-for-4 with three interceptions before he was pulled for veteran quarterback Kevin Pantastico. All in all, Western came up with five […] READ MORE

Not many families can say they have had more of an impact on Griffon athletics than the Trotters. Jen Bagley-Trotter is the head coach for one of the most impressive Griffon programs. Her softball program has a record of 490-306 in her tenure in St. Joseph. They have qualified for the NCAA Regionals eight times […] READ MORE

Defense wins championships. That saying has been around in sports for years ever since legendary college football coach Bear Bryant first uttered it. Although it is one of the most overused sports cliches, Griffon soccer coach Chad Edwards’ team will look to ride its basic premise to an even better season in 2015 than they […] READ MORE

For the most part, the Griffons know what they are heading into for the 2015 football season. A team they may not be so sure about is the Central Missouri University Mules. “Central Missouri is a very good football team,” Griffon head football coach Jerry Partridge said. “We’ve had a lot of success with them […] READ MORE

Strong defense, an elite running game and an experienced quarterback. That combination has worked before for Coach Jerry Partridge and the Griffons. In 2012, the backfield was led by Harlon Hill, trophy finalist and current Dallas Cowboy running back Michael Hill. In 2015, the Griffons have Raphael Spencer. During Hill’s junior year in 2011, the […] READ MORE

The MIAA and all of Division II football is well aware how talented the Griffons’ starting right cornerback Mike Jordan, but they quickly learned last season that the Griffons are not just a one man show when it comes to shutting down an opponent’s passing attack. Across from the AFCA and D2football.com All-American is Sam […] READ MORE

Griffon baseball will face off against Southwest Baptist in a crucial series. The Griffons have only two teams to play before the MIAA tournament begins. The Griffons come into the series with an overall record of 23-17 and are 16-12 in conference play. Southwest Baptist comes into the series with an overall record of 16-21 and are 10-18 […] READ MORE

“Are you ready for some football?” It may not be time for the 2015 kickoff yet, but practice is in full swing for the Griffon football team. Coming off of a year that was considered “bad” by Missouri Western standards, the Griffons will look to improve upon their 7-4 record from last season. The first […] READ MORE

The Griffon Women’s tennis team grabbed its first MIAA win of the season in a 6-3 victory over Lindenwood. The Griffons are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in MIAA play, already matching last season’s MIAA win total and the overall win total from a season ago. The Griffons take on 10-2 Nebraska-Kearney Thursday at 2 p.m. […] READ MORE

“Experience the Elegance, Live the Tradition.” That’s the motto of the Gaillardia Country Club, and that’s the site of the Griffon Men’s golf’s next tournament in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: the Broncho Invitational. No, that’s not a spelling error. The Griffons probably won’t experience too much elegance, but hopefully they can live a new winning tradition. […] READ MORE

The Griffon Women’s Tennis team went 2-0 in the preseason. With those two wins, they’re looking forward to a great opportunity at qualifying this year. The Griffons were joined by a new full-time head coach, Chris Canady, and have already seen some great improvements all around. Senior Ceara Bulridge played in all 15 matches last […] READ MORE

After playing in three nonconference tournaments, the Griffons will finally face a familiar opponent as they begin their conference play against the Northeastern State RiverHawks. In Western’s previous nonconference tournament, the LAAS Memorial, the team pitched a shutout in the opener, defeating Concordia-St. Paul 3-0. However, they went on to lose three out of the […] READ MORE

Western goes back on the road for their second MIAA series against the Lindenwood Lions after taking three out of four games from former No. 4, now No. 26, Emporia State Hornets. After winning three games against Emporia State, Western improved to No. 3 in the MIAA with a 3-1 conference record and a 6-5 […] READ MORE

Missouri Western kicks off MIAA play this week as they face No. 4 Emporia State. A series that was originally supposed to be held in Western’s Spring Sports Complex has now been moved to Emporia, Kansas. Now, the teams will play two doubleheaders, on Thursday, Feb. 19, and Friday, Feb. 20. The Hornets come into the […] READ MORE

This Saturday, the Griffon men will have its second chance against rivalry Northwest Missouri, after an upsetting 59-58 loss the first time they met. In the last match against the two, it went all the way down to the buzzer, where guard Cortrez Colbert went for the last shot but couldn’t capitalize. Seeing that this […] READ MORE

The Griffons are looking to sweep the Northwest Bearcats in the next rivalry game. Last time the teams met, the Griffons got the best of the Bearcats, defeating them 58-37. The Griffons had an excellent first half putting up 42 points and holding the Bearcats to only 14. Since these two teams have met, the Griffons […] READ MORE

The Griffons travel to St. Cloud, Minnesota, for the NSIC/MIAA Crossover on Thursday to improve their 5-4 record before beginning conference play. Previously, Western played in the 8-State Classic where they won two games against Truman State and Quincy University and lost two games to Minnesota Duluth and Southern Arkansas. On Thursday, the Griffons kick […] READ MORE