What an amazing night at the 2015 SEMOBALL Awards! Over 150 athletes made their way to the Bedell Performance Hall on the Southeast Missouri State River Campus this past Saturday. The best of the best from 57 local schools were honored.
This was the first year (2nd Inaugural Awards show) I have been able to attend and I was quite impressed. Obviously, I lot of work went into this event. I can only imagine how the student athletes felt. It had the feel of an “ESPY’s” or an “Oscar” event. Very well done and kudos to all involved in making it all come together. It was also very neat to see snippets of congratulations from professional athletes on the video board. Overall, it was a fun atmosphere.
Jennie Finch, a gold medalist and two time Olympic softball pitcher was the keynote speaker. Her theme was “Dreaming big, being the best you, and believing in yourself.” Her message was very encouraging and uplifting to the student athletes in attendance.
For the awards you can catch them on SEMOBALL. Here is a link of all the winners.
One of the award categories new this year was the SEMOBALL Cup. It is similar to the college version of the Capital One Cup. What this does is determine what school in our area has the best sports program for a given year. Here are the results for 2015.
One of my favorite moments of the night at the SEMOBALL Awards seeing Three Rivers College Head Basketball coach Gene Bess accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bess has over 1200 wins in his lustrous career. He is the nation’s winningest all-time men’s college basketball coach. It was a special moment for coach Bess and everyone in attendance. A well deserved honor for Coach Bess. See the story below.
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Stats and information take from: semoball.com