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Top 10 Mid-Missouri sports stories of 2021

ABC 17 Sports Director Andrew Kauffman and ABC 17's Nathalie Jones put together a list of the Top 10 Mid-Missouri sports stories of 2021.


  1. Mizzou hires Desiree Reed-Francois as athletic director
  2. Mizzou fires athletic director Jim Sterk
  3. NCAA allows student-athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness
  4. Mizzou football signs record-breaking recruiting class
  5. Mizzou softball team hosts Super Regionals
  6. Mizzou begins construction on new indoor football facility
  7. The Border War returns
  8. Karissa Schweizer competes in two events at the Olympics
  9. The Daniel Boone Little League softball team finished third at the World Series
  10. Blair Oaks wins a softball and volleyball state title | Boonville wins its first ever girls basketball state title

HONORABLE MENTIONS (In no particular order)

  • Full capacity crowds return to sporting events
  • Mizzou men's basketball makes the NCAA Tournament
  • Tyler Badie breaks Mizzou's single-season rushing record
  • Columbia's Gans Creek Cross Country course hosts the SEC and MSHSAA Championships
  • The Cardinals won a record 17 straight games
  • The Chiefs lost to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV
  • Mizzou wrestling rejoined the Big 12
  • Longtime Mizzou soccer coach Bryan Blitz retired
  • Mizzou hired Stefanie Golan as its new soccer coach
  • Tolton's Audrey Rischer broke the state record with a 12-under 60 at Meadow Lake Acres Country Club in New Bloomfield.
  • The Boonville football snapped Blair Oaks' 44-game conference winning streak
  • Mizzou QB Connor Bazelak entered the transfer portal
  • Texas and Oklahoma agreed to join the SEC
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Andrew Kauffman

Andrew Kauffman is ABC 17’s sports director. He started working at the station in 2015.


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