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Day Time Opponent Location
Saturday, 8/9/14 4:00 p.m. Alumni Game Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo.     
Sunday, 8/17/14 7:30 p.m. William Jewell College (scrimmage) Away -  Liberty, Mo. 
Monday, 8/18/14 5:00 p.m.  University of St. Mary (scrimmage) Neutral- 9th and Van Brunt, Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, 8/22/14 2:00 p.m. Allen County Community College Away - Iola, Ks. 
Saturday, 8/23/14 2:00 p.m. Neosho Community College Away - Chanute, Ks. 
Wednesday, 8/27/14 5:00 p.m. Central Methodist University J.V.  Home - MCC-Blue River campus, Independence, Mo.
Sunday, 8/31/14 11:00 a.m.  Dodge City Community College Home - MCC-Blue River campus, Independence, Mo.
Tuesday, 9/2/14 2:00 p.m. Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Away - Miami, Ok. 
Thursday, 9/4/14 2:30 p.m. Missouri Valley J.V.   Home - MCC-Blue River campus, Independence, Mo. 
Monday, 9/8/14 7:00 p.m.  Graceland University J.V.  Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo. 
Thursday, 9/11/14 2:30 p.m.  Kansas City Kansas Community College   Home - MCC-Blue River campus, Independence, Mo.  
Friday, 9/19/14

3:00 p.m. 

Northern Oklahoma College  Away - Tonkawa, Ok. 
Tuesday, 9/23/14 TBD Southwest Baptist J.V.  Away - Bolivar, Mo. 
Thursday, 9/25/14 2:00 p.m. MCC-Maple Woods  Home - MCC-Blue River campus, Independence, Mo. 
Tuesday, 9/30/14 5:30 p.m. Graceland University J.V.    Away - Lamoni, Ia.
Saturday, 10/4/14 3:00 p.m. St. Charles Community College Home - Bingham Middle School, Independence, Mo. 
Thursday, 10/9/14 5:00 p.m.  Coffeyville Community College  Away - Coffeyville, Ks. 
Tuesday, 10/14/14 2:00 p.m.  St. Louis Community College Away - St. Louis, Mo. 
Tuesday, 10/21/14 4:00 p.m.  Central Methodist University J.V.  Away - Fayette, Mo. 
Friday, 10/31/14 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Regional XVI Semifinal St. Charles Community College 
Saturday, 11/1/14 2 p.m. Regional XVI Final St. Charles Community College 
Saturday, 11/8/14 TBD District Tournament At Region 24 Champion, Illinois
Mon. -Sat., 11/17-11/22  TBD National Tournament Eastern Florida State College, Melbourne, Florida

Trail Blazers Spotlight

WatersBRThis month, the Trail Blazers spotlight shines on Christal Waters.  She is the new academic advisor for the MCC-Blue River women's soccer team.  As a former collegiate athlete, Waters brings a unique understanding of the challenges and rewards of participation in college athletics.

Waters embarked on her athletic journey at Northeast High School, where she first began setting records in track and field.  As an All-State athlete, she received a scholarship to pursue her dreams of attending college.  Her paths led to Missouri Valley College, Buena Vista University and finally McKendree University.  In her collegiate career, she was declared a three-time All-American in track and field (indoor and outdoor).  She graduated with a bachelor's in speech communication-public relations, a minor in French language and culture with an additional minor in art.   

In her career,Waters has served in several versatile roles, varying from a Social Service Aid for the Division of Youth Services (State of Missouri) to an Enrollment Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Today, she works passionately as an academic advisor for the MCC-Blue River campus.  In her spare time, she trains and coaches for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) in track and field.  She looks forward to dynamically guiding the Lady Trail Blazers towards their greatest academic potential.  

Current and future student-athletes can reach Christal at 816.604.6435 or Christal.Waters@mcckc.edu.  


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Academic All-Americans 

Congratulations to Melody Johnson and Allison Matthews. Each earned NJCAA Academic All-American honors. Melody earned Exemplary Academic Achievement status with a cumulative GPA of 3.63.  Allison earned Superior Academic Achievement with a cumulative GPA of 3.87. Each is an outstanding example of what it means to be student-athletes. All Trail Blazers are very proud of both of you. 

Trail Blazers make the grade in the classroom

The Trail Blazers women's team continues to shine in the classroom.  Each year, the women's program averages around a 3.0 cumulative team GPA.  The 2013 team is continuing this trend!  The women's team posted a cumulative team GPA average of 3.02, narrowly beating out the 2.92 men's team average.  More impressively, 91% of the women met NJCAA eligibility standards, 78% earned at least a 2.5 GPA, 52% earned at least a 3.0 GPA and 26% earned at least a 3.5 GPA!  

The women's team is made up of character driven athletes who are serious about their academic success.  They bought into all aspects of the program's demands.  At MCC-Blue River, incoming freshman take part in a weekly college success class taught by an academic advisor.  The class contains information about time management, financial aid, study skills, a Q&A session with former players, the creation of a two year plan, three one-on-one meetings and three grade checks throughout the semester. Free tutoring in the academic resource center is also available for all students.  The women's team took advantage of all these resources, studied hard and earned great grades! 

Student-athletes recognized in annual sports awards program 

MCC-Blue River hosted our annual sports awards program on November 22, 2013.  Coach Childers took the opportunity to recognize the contribution of all the Trail Blazers, highlighting the unique contributions of each player.  Individual awards were given to athletes for achievements on the field and in the classroom.  Players recognized were:  

Offensive MVP - Remmi Mays and Alli Rice

Defensive MVP - Kennedy Doustou

Leadership Award - Karly Boese 

Most Improved Player - Sarah Keck 

Trail Blazers Scholar Athlete Award - Jenny Fizell

Coach Childers also handed out certificates of recognition to players whose individual traits helped promote team success. These players were Melody Johnson, Katy Beard, Allie Cacy, Kelsey Howe, Amanda Colville, Allie Matthews and Lindsey Selemaea.  

Special recognition was also given to Mike Hendershot, Jenny Steen, Cari Hustedde and Amy Wendleton.  Each person provides support to the Trail Blazers program, making the success of the student-athletes possible.   

Trail Blazers selected to NJCAA Region 16 team

Defender Kennedy Doustou and midfielder Remmi Mayes were selected to the NJCAA Region 16 first team. Kennedy, a freshman from Raymore-Peculiar High School, helped anchor the defense with excellent leadership and athleticism.  Remmi, a red shirt freshman from Raytown High School, came back strong from a knee injury in 2012 to post five goals and three assists.  

Valeria Espadas, Sarah Keck and Karly Boese earned NJCAA Region 16 second team honors.  Both Valeria and Karly are sophomore midfielders.  Each finishes their careers by being selected for NJCAA Region 16 recognition both years.  Sarah Keck, a freshman from Harrisonville High School, posted four shutouts and four one goal games.  Her hard work saw her turn in increasingly solid performances as the season progressed.   

Trail Blazers season finishes in semifinals after strong end of season run!

Although they fell short in the Region 16 semifinal, the Trail Blazer women's team finished the season strong.  They won six out of their last nine games.  The highlights of their season were the 1-0 and 3-2 Region 16 wins against St. Charles Community College and MCC-Maple Woods.  Those wins improved their Region 16 record to 2-1 and earned them the second seed in the Region 16 Tournament. 

The Trail Blazer success was a total team effort.  They got great keeper play from freshman Sarah Keck.  Sarah started 14 games and recorded a 1.92 goals against average.  Additionally, the team has received balanced scoring from: 

Allie Rice - 9 goals, 5 assists

Maddy Chappell - 4 goals, 2 assists

Remmi Mays - 5 goals, 3 assists

Val Espadas - 2 goals, 2 assists

Amber Young - 2 goals, 2 assists

Brittany Aubuchon - 2 goals, 1 assist

Kelsey Howe - 2 goals

Jenny Fizell - 1 goal, 2 assists

Kennedy Doustou - 1 goal

Emily Winchel - 1 goal

Although they lost to St. Charles in the Region 16 semifinal, the Trail Blazers will return a strong group of players for 2014.  Coach Childers hopes that the strides made during their freshman campaign will yield big rewards in 2014!