Northwest senior catcher finds home in baseball, Maryville

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Growing up every young kid has dreams and Northwest senior catcher Alixon Herrera was no different.

Hailing from Maracay, Venezuela, Herrera was able to find a way out of a political unstable country by pursuing a career in baseball.

The 26-year-old catcher came to the United States when he was 20 years old. Unlike most college students, Herrera started is collegiate career when most players end it.

Senior pitcher Ross Davis said because of his experience Herrera helps him control his emotions on the mound.

“He’s very confrontational,” Davis said. “He’s always there for you and like to talk to you when things are going bad. So he’ll come out and calm you down if things aren’t going your way and he’s really supportive when you do something good.”

Davis also explained the age difference between Herrera and the rest of the team is beneficial because at the catcher position, he can see more of the game than anyone else.

The team affectionate calls Herrera “Papi.” Around the field and duggout you can hear the shouts of Herrera’s nickname along with the crack of the bat and the ball flying around the field.

“(We call him Papi) because he’s kinda the old man,” Davis said. “He’s like a dad sometimes. It just kinda fits with his Latin personality too.”

With the season nearing its close, Herrera is having the best year of his career batting .305 with a career-best 37 RBIs, 26 runs and 15 doubles.

The Bearcats will end the season with a road trip to Emporia State with hopes of clinching a spot in the MIAA Conference tournament.


Northwest baseball claims 9-2 victory of Fort Hays State

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Max Spitzmiller was good for seven and 1/3 innings of scoreless innings as the Northwest baseball cruised to a 9-2 victory against Fort Hays State April 5 at Bearcat Baseball Field.

The 6-foot 200-pound sophomore got the nod to start the game on the bump for Northwest. Spitzmiller gave up five hits and struck out four Tigers.

The Bearcats have now won a season-best four in a row while junior infielder Calvin Rudolph extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Rudolph also extend his on-base streak to 11 and junior first baseman Connor Quick extended his to 14.

Northwest advances to 15-15 on the season and 11-8 in the conference.

The ‘Cats will play two more to complete the series against the Tigers at Bearcat Baseball Field.


Sportscast for March 19

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest men’s basketball completed its run through the Central Region for a chance for a national title.

Bearcat softball restructured its schedule for this weekend’s Missouri Western tournament.

Former St. Joseph Central and Plattsburg football coach Jeff Wallace takes the reins as Cameron’s football program.

All-Star outfielder Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to the largest deal in pro-sports history.


Sprinter dazzles in conference meet

MARYVILLE, Mo. — Northwest Missouri State University held the 2019 MIAA Indoor Track and Field Championships March 2-3 at Hughes Fieldhouse.

The Bearcat men placed second in the meet while the women finished seventh.

Freshman sprinter Omar Austin stole the show setting the Northwest and MIAA record for the 400-meter dash with a time of 46.69. This mark put Austin 9th overall in NCAA Division II and gave him an automatic bid to the NCAA National Championship Tournament in Pittsburg, Kansas.

For perspective on this time I employed a group of average Joes to demonstrate how fast Austin is. All three runners finished over the one minute mark.


Finals week presents stress for all students

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Northwest Missouri State University’s fall trimester is coming to an end. With the trimester’s closing comes final exams and the stress that comes with it.

Many different students have different ways to cope with stress and the daunting tasks that are ahead.

Students need to remember to take breaks and put their mental health before their grades.