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Zachary Lauer

Southeast Missouri State University alum with a degree in Mass Communication-Multimedia Journalism with a minor in Sports Management. Direct Sales Representative at the St. Louis Cardinals. I have a passion for sports and getting the latest news out to sports fans. I hope to work in sports in the future.

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Denzel Mahoney leaves Southeast's basketball program

Southeast men’s basketball guard Denzel Mahoney announced on Tuesday, May 7, that he will be leaving the program after two seasons to pursue opportunities that will allow him to play at the highest level. According to a press release from GoSoutheast, Mahoney informed head coach Rick Ray that he has interest from Power 5 programs. "Despite being given the number of players in the NBA from mid-major programs, including his former teammate Antonius Cleveland, who just signed a multi-year deal wi

St. Louis Cardinals: Carlos Martinez wins 2018 Cy Young Award

The St. Louis Cardinals have not had a Cy Young award winner since 2005 by Chris Carpenter. Since then, Adam Wainwright has had a chance to win the award, but Clayton Kershaw has always been the better pitcher in those seasons to walk away with the honors. This season will be different though in thanks to Carlos Martinez. Martinez made his major league debut in 2013 and has made a big impact to the starting rotation since 2015. In his short career, he has a career earned run average of 3.45,

Making a name in the NBA: Antonius Cleveland

Southeast men’s basketball alum Antonius Cleveland is making his dream a reality playing in the National Basketball Association with the Atlanta Hawks after signing a multi-year contract March 14. Before Cleveland played his first game in the NBA, he started on the court for the Redhawks. He said the main reason he wanted to play at Southeast was because of the connections he had with players on the team. “There were about five players from Memphis on the team and one of the assistant coaches

St. Louis Cardinals: What to expect from these three Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals have been out of the post season now for two consecutive seasons and both the team and fans are ready to get back and make another run for a World Series championship. The Cardinals made some moves this offseason in which they believe are the missing pieces to their team as well as looking at returning players to step up and deliver in a bigger role. With some current struggles and unanswered questions on some of the players on the team, here is what we should be expecti

Legislature bill could hurt the future of football

The Illinois Legislature is voting on a bill which would create the CTE Prevention Act, banning tackle football for children under the age of 12. With similar bills being passed in California, Maryland and New York, Southeast coach Tom Matukewicz said the legislative movement is catching his attention. Matukewicz said he has played football since he was about 7 years old and he feels the game is as safe as it’s ever been in regard to head injuries. “We’re doing a better job of teaching techni

St. Louis Cardinals: Jordan Schafer’s future in baseball

Jordan Schafer is a left-handed pitcher who can also play the outfield. After being sent to minor league camp after Sunday’s game, St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Mathney told him he has a few days to decide if he wants to be a major league pitcher or outfielder, as reported by Derrick Goold. Schafer hasn’t see major league action since he was with the Minnesota Twins in 2015 when he was playing in the outfield. That year he held a .217 batting average and had a .250 on-base percentage while p

Recreation Services prepares for budget cuts

Just like the rest of Southeast’s departments, Recreation Services is preparing for budget cuts and possible changes to programs. Director of recreation services Mike Buck doesn’t know too much yet about the budget cuts, but he is focusing on what could come in 2019. Missouri Governor Eric Greitens has proposed budget cuts to higher education for the 2019 fiscal year, and Buck said he likely will know more about his budget as the governor’s cuts gain clarity in late March or early April. In F

Eight can't miss Winter Olympic sports

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang are officially underway and there are some sports that you just can’t miss. After watching the Jamaican bobsleigh team, how can this sport not excite you. Watching men and women jump into sled and seeing them fly down an ice track just gets people’s adrenaline running. I can thank Apolo Anton Ohno for getting me addicted to this sport. Just like everyone else, I can thank Shaun White for bringing excitement to this sport, especially the half-pipe. Mr. W

Southeast football signs 22 new recruits for the 2018 season

Southeast football coach Tom Matukewicz announced the signing of 22 new recruits for the 2018 season on Wednesday. The Redhawks signed three quarterbacks, all from a community colleges, which will bring a lot of competition once the training camps begin. “The thing that I really wanted was some people that have played college football,” Matukewicz said. Among the 22 new signees, ten of the players have had some sort of college football experience. After the 2017 season, the Redhawks only los

Athletic department examines ways to reduce budget

The recent budget cuts going on around Southeast has been affecting many programs, and the athletic department is no different. “Like everyone else on campus, we’ve been responsible for identifying budget reductions, revenue, enhancement opportunities to try and meet our part of the budget cuts up to this point,” director of athletics Brady Barke said. Barke added the magnitude of the cuts is still unknown until they know what the budget of FY19 will look like. “Fortunately for us, we’re in a

St. Louis Cardinals: Patrick Wisdom and 2018 aspirations

JUPITER, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Patrick Wisdom of the St. Louis Cardinals poses for a photograph at Spring Training photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 25, 2016 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images) St. Louis Cardinals: Why the Cardinals will not sign Greg Holland by Russ Robinson The St. Louis Cardinals have a lot of good young talent in their farm systems, but one player overlooked lately is Patrick Wisdom. Last season with the Memphis Redbirds, Wisdom played in 127 g

St. Louis Cardinals: Cardinals main focus until Spring Training

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 23: General manager John Mozeliak on the field before Game One of the 2013 World Series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on October 23, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) The St. Louis Cardinals are already looking like a better team on paper from a year ago with acquisitions like Marcell Ozuna and Luke Gregerson, but they shouldn’t be satisfied just yet. The Cardinals are still looking to sign another power hitter to put into their li

St. Louis Cardinals: The Stephen Piscotty trade goes beyond baseball

St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis gets another Pena to sit behind the dish St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis gets another Pena to sit behind the dish by Dr. Michael D. Miles Late Wednesday night, Jon Heyman reported the St. Louis Cardinals traded Stephen Piscotty to the Oakland Athletics for two minor leaguers. While most people focused on the St. Louis Cardinals acquiring a power hitter to plug into their line-up, rumors surfaced the Athletics were close in acquiring the Cardinals right fielder Stephe

St. Louis Cardinals: Will Manny Machado fit for the Cardinals?

St. Louis Cardinals: Not getting Giancarlo Stanton may be a great thing by Jared Wolfe With a report saying Giancarlo Stanton will accept trade to the Astros, Cubs, Yankees and Dodgers, and the St. Louis Cardinals releasing a statement that they are moving on from Stanton, the Cardinals will need to find another power hitter. The Cardinals are still looking for a power bat to put in the line-up, and Manny Machado could be a good addition, even with having one year left on his contract. In Mac

Southeast strives for accessible learning environment

The Southeast faculty and staff continue to help current students who struggle with disabilities who live on campus. According to vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Success Deborah Below, Southeast does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act — a federal law mandating public entities maintain a code of living for individuals with disabilities. “A student, if they disclose a disability to us and they have documentation of that disability, there’s a minimum set of requi

St. Louis Cardinals: Cards looking at Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish

St. Louis Cardinals: The losses of Allen Craig, Oscar Taveras, and the impact on the current lineup St. Louis Cardinals: The losses of Allen Craig, Oscar Taveras, and the impact on the current lineup by Russ Robinson The St. Louis Cardinals are looking at the two biggest free agent pitchers on the market right now, Jake Arrieta and Yu Darvish. Both are 31-years-old and coming off a rough 2017 season. They are looking to have a bounce back season. Arrieta had a 14-10 record in the regular seas

Southeast helps members of the LGBTQ+ community feel more comfortable on campus

In recent years, Southeast administrators have been working hard to make sure the campus is safe for members of the LGBT community. Southeast does not ask students to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity on their housing applications. “In terms of ‘Is everyone comfortable with their living environment,’” Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success Deborah Below said. “That’s not a question we ask or have ever asked. Students are not required to disclose either

Redhawks open 2017-18 season with a victory

The Southeast men’s basketball team opened up the 2017-18 season with a win over Missouri Baptist 81-69 on Friday, Nov. 10. Head coach Rick Ray said he was pleased with the outcome of the game but was not pleased with how Southeast played defensively. “We got some guys that can do some really good things on the offensive end,” Ray said. “We just gotta continue to share the basketball and move the ball. We’re not really good when we try to make one-on-one plays when I think we’re really good wh
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