Year five of Kellie Harper

Lady Bears’ head coach Kellie Harper alternates between sitting and squatting.  She watches the game intently, the back and forth of athletes, as junior guard Liza Fruendt sinks a 3-pointer, as junior forward Aubrey Buckley snatches the ball from the opposing team and sophomore guard Alexa Willard drives to the basket. They do exactly what […]

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‘Queen Jessi’

The sun isn’t even up by the time Jessica Allen is running. The grass is frosted over. But Allen is focused. She’s ready. Her eyes are clear and full of determination as she circles the track. She wants to be the best. Running star “I want to run a marathon and I have a goal […]

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Coach Harpers: A basketball love story

It’s a typical Saturday morning, and the Lady Bears’ head coach Kellie Harper is watching game film with her young son Jackson resting on top of her. “It’s almost like my personal life and my professional life is all one thing,” Kellie Harper said. “It’s a checklist, you just go right down. Laundry is right […]

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Softball picks up win before dropping two

Originally published in The Standard on March 22, 2016 By Cortlynn Stark The softball team dominated the first game in a three-game series against Bradley but lost the next two despite solid pitching. Junior pitcher Erin Struemph led the Bears to victory over Bradley, only allowing three hits and none until the fourth inning. Struemph […]

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Softball Bears drop eight, win three over break

Originally published in The Standard on March 14, 2016 By Cortlynn Stark The Missouri State softball team went 3-8 over two spring break tournaments but saw redshirt sophomore Allie Alvstad’s first hit of the season. The biggest challenge at the initial tournament in Saint Louis was the weather. Conditions were barely above freezing all day […]

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