CMU Women Footballers Regional Runner-up

Missouri state champs fall in regional championship game

After successfully defending its Missouri state championship, the Central Methodist University women’s flag football team ended its season in the regional championship game, losing in overtime.

CMU fell to Wayne (Neb.) State College in the Region 4 tournament of the National Intramural-Recreation Sports Association, held Nov. 4-6 in Lincoln, Neb.

“The team of ladies worked super hard and did such an amazing job, and represented our school to the fullest,” said their coach, William Rambo. “I could not be more proud of this group and look forward to taking them to national tournament next year - we are coming back to win it all!”

Given that six of the 11-member squad are freshmen, and only one graduate student and one senior were on the roster, Rambo has reason for his optimism.

The Eagles lost in the opening round, then battled back through the loser’s bracket to earn a chance to face Wayne State. CMU fell 18-12 in the hard-fought title game. Members of the CMU squad include:

Meredith Adam (freshman pre-education student, Foristell), Kylee Foster (senior sociology major, Sturgeon), Mariah Glore (junior mathematics education major, Mineral Point), Hannah Iborg (freshman pre-nursing student, Troy), Jordan Jenkins (freshman pre-athletic training student, Kansas City),

Alyssa Lilly (junior philosophy major, Mustang, Okla.), Mae Mitchell (freshman psychology major, Firestone, Colo.), Sarah O’Neil (sophomore pre-nursing major, Leavenworth, Kan.), Sydney Philpot (freshman pre-athletic training major, Joplin), Michele Rupard (graduate student, Kansas City), and Morgan Willis (freshman pre-athletic training major, Carrolton).

O’Neil, Philpot and Rupard all were named to the All-Tournament team.

Assisting Rambo, who is assistant coordinator of student activities at CMU, were Jakob Junker (senior sports management major, Warrenton) and Austin Gardner (graduate student, Stockton).


Posted November 17, 2016