Improved Blue Tigers wow crowd on Senior Day

The Blue Tigers in action against Emporia State during Senior Day at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Lincoln football team scored first and forced four turnovers, but Emporia State beat the Blue Tigers, 35-24, in LU’s Senior Day football game on Saturday (Nov. 5). It was the final home game of the year for Lincoln, which will close its 2022 campaign in St. Joseph, Mo. against Missouri Western on Saturday (Nov. 12) at 1:00 p.m. CST.

Before the game, Lincoln recognized its seven graduating seniors: Cody Bagby, Julius Jackson-Linkhart, Javier Moreno, Jaylon Mosley, Charles Ransom, Caleb Rozar and TeAndre Skinner.

The Blue Tigers won the coin toss, elected to receive, and then marched down the field to score the first points of the afternoon on Moreno’s 34-yard field goal. Aderias Ealy caught a 19-yard pass from Zamar Brake to get the ball down close to the red zone after Omar Allen picked up 13 yards on a pair of carries earlier in the drive. Damon Bell, meanwhile, made a seven-yard reception to get LU within range for the field goal.

Emporia State (8-2, 8-2 MIAA) answered with a touchdown drive, but both defenses stepped up and the score remained at 7-3 heading into the second quarter. During that second period, Aeneas Tibbs intercepted two passes while Eric Brown picked off another as Lincoln (0-10, 0-10 MIAA) trailed by just 13-10 entering the final four minutes of the half. ESU scored a touchdown earlier in the quarter, but the extra point attempt was no good. Ealy then helped make it a three-point affair with an 85-yard catch-and-run touchdown.

The Hornets would end up taking a 35-10 lead into the final quarter, but Lincoln refused to go down quietly. A 19-yard punt return from Chrisshun Robinson gave LU great field position on its next scoring drive, and a six-yard reception by Samuel Ingoli followed by a three-yard scamper from LaMarco Yates gave the Blue Tigers a first down at the ESU 13. Brake then found Ealy wide open in the end zone for another touchdown, pulling LU to within 35-17 halfway through the fourth period.

The Lincoln defense forced a three-and-out, and the Blue Tiger offense once again marched down the field. Ealy caught a 22-yard pass to start the drive, and later hauled in an 18 yard pass to get down to the visitor 27. A 13-yard run by Brake, followed by a pair of grabs by Ingoli, allowed Lincoln to reach the one-yard line. Yates punched the ball in on the next play to close the gap down to 11, but Emporia State ended up recovering the ensuing onside kick to seal the win.

Brake threw for 273 yards while Ealy finished with seven grabs for 170 yards. Ingoli caught six passes for 52 yards, and Bell also tallied six receptions on the afternoon. Clayton Winkler had four punts travel at least 50 yards, two of which pinned ESU inside its 20, and Moreno went 4-for-4 on kick attempts. Michael Cunningham averaged 52.5 yards on kickoffs.

Defensively, Mosley led the Blue Tigers with 15 tackles while Jackson-Linkhart was next with 12, and Skinner broke up a pass to go with eight takedowns. Bagby had a hurry and four tackles, and Brown, who recorded a 38-yard return on his interception, finished with three tackles and a hurry. Markey Mallary recorded six tackles, Cory Macon had five takedowns and a tackle for loss, and Pat Harris and Kyvin Carroll each also recorded five tackles apiece. 

The Blue Tigers played their last home game on Saturday against Emporia State during Senior Day at Dwight T. Reed Stadium. Nov. 5, 2022. (Photo by Sophia Haight/Clarion News)

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Panini press fire leads to Scruggs evacuation

Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – According to the Jefferson City Fire Department, hot oil from a Scruggs cafeteria panini press ignited, creating enough smoke to set-off alarms. The building was evacuated. Two fire department trucks arrived at about 10:30 a.m. The incident was cleared at 10:50 a.m. and no injuries were reported. Scruggs and the cafe reopened.

Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Amya Milligan/Clarion News)
Jefferson City Fire responding to a call at Scruggs Friday morning at about 10;30 when oil from a panini press caused a small fire, setting off an alarm. The building was evacuated until an all-clear was issued at 10:50 a.m. Nov. 4, 2022. (Photo by Amya Milligan/Clarion News)

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Trunk or Treat at Jason Gym

Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)

By Darianna McGee

JEFFERSON CITY- Lincoln University – along with the new campus chapter of the NAACP and Building Community Bridges – hosted an annual Trunk or Treat for the children of Jefferson City. This year the event took place on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022 on the Jason Gym parking lot. The event provided an opportunity for community service and a chance for kids to score a lot of candy.

Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
Children and parents at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
Kids, parents, and students at Saturday’s Trunk or Treat event held at Jason Gym. Oct. 29, 2022. (Photo by Darianna McGee/Clarion News)
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Basketball season begins at twilight

Members of the LU Blue Tiger women’s basketball team at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. Oct. 26, 2022. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

By Lamarr Spencer/Clarion News


JEFFERSON CITY – Basketball season arrived Wednesday evening with the annual Blue Tiger Twilight, which allows the teams to introduce themselves to the community and give a sneak peek into what the MIAA will face this year.

The women’s squad returns seven vets and adds nine newcomers to complete a balanced roster. Drea Mize hopes to lead the Lady Blue Tigers to success in her second season as head coach.

The men’s squad is almost completely different as 13 new players join five returners led by former University of Central Florida assistant coach Jimmy Drew. In his first year as a head coach, Drew will have the opportunity to lead Lincoln to success in the MIAA.
The Lady Blue Tigers start their season with an exhibition game against the Indiana State Sycamores Nov. 3 in Terre Haute. The men’s team will travel to Kansas City, Mo. to face the University of Missouri-Kansas City in an exhibition game on Nov.7.

Go Blue!

(for more info and schedules, click here)

Men’s basketball coach Jimmy Drew at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)
Members of the LU Blue Tiger men’s basketball team at the annual Twilight event held in Jason Gym. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)

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NAACP holds first informational meeting

(Photo: Cameron Huey, president of the LU NAACP chapter, and Lyniya Pruitt, vice president.)

By Emoni Herron/Clarion News
Photos by Jordan Parker

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The NAACP hosted their first informational meeting on Oct. 24, 2022 in Page Library. During thE meeting they introduced the executive board members, did group greetings, and discussed what they plan to work on this semester and other initiatives. On Saturday afternoon the NAACP will hold their first campus community event on the parking lot of Jason Gym with Trunk-Or-Treat, which is in partnership with Building Community Bridges. 

For more information on the benefits of NAACP, go to NAACP.org.

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Dress for success!

Jillian Patton, Kimberly Hill, and Gabrielle Hodges with their ties to success. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)

By Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY – The LU Office of Career Services hosted a How to Dress for Success event Wednesday evening in Page Library. Hosted by student-intern Austin Gaither, he demonstrated how to properly tie a tie. The purpose is to learn how to look professional and dress for a business setting.

“In a professional business setting it’s always good to have a tie,” Gaither said. ““It will show the students that whenever you express yourself, the best thing you can do is to show them you know how to impress them. Profess your success to the rest.”

For more information, contact Career Services at careerservices@lincolnu.edu
or visit Page Library, Suite 232.

Austin Gaither, host of the Tie for Success event held Oct. 19, 2022 in Page Library. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
Gabrielle Hodges (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
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Nebraska Kearney too much for Blue Tigers

Daimon Bell eludes a tackle during Saturday’s game against Nebraska Kearney. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)

By Dan Carr/Assistant AD for Media Relations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Chrisshun Robinson and LaMarco Yates each scored touchdowns and Javier Moreno kicked a 32 yard field goal, but the Lincoln football team lost to Nebraska Kearney at home on a blustery Saturday afternoon (Oct. 22).

Nebraska Kearney (6-2, 6-2 MIAA) scored in all four quarters, including twice on special teams as both programs faced winds of 15mph that often knocked the ball off the tee. UNK ended the game with a 66-17 victory, though the Blue Tigers did force one turnover on a strip sack by Charles Ransom. Demarea Ball recovered the football, and both he and Ransom finished with three tackles on the afternoon.

Lincoln (0-7, 0-7 MIAA) scored on its first drive of the second quarter, which was kept alive when quarterback Zamar Brake, under duress, found Samuel Ingoli deep down the middle to pick up 15 yards on third down. Ingoli later hauled in an 11-yard pass, and Brake later connected with Robinson for a 17-yard touchdown.

Both of LU’s other scores came in the fourth quarter, with Moreno’s field goal being made with 11 seconds left on the clock. A 22-yard run by Omar Allen started Lincoln’s other touchdown drive, which was set up by 56 total rushing yards from the LU offense. Yates had an 18-yard scamper to move the ball down to the UNK 14, and Nathan Valencia later moved LU down to the six on a two-yard gain. After successfully converting on a fourth down play, the Blue Tigers pushed the ball into the end zone on Yates’ five-yard carry.

Brake threw for 130 yards and Valencia completed four of his five pass attempts. Yates led the rushing attack with 65 yards, followed by Dawan Lomax with 50 and Allen with 39. Blayden Brown averaged 14 yards per carry, and Brake gained 32 yards on the ground. Daimon Bell had a team-high nine receptions for 94 yards.

Markey Mallary led the Blue Tiger defense with 13 tackles, including one for a loss, and Cody Bagby recorded a sack while Aeneas Tibbs, who tallied six tackles, broke up a pass. Kyvin Carroll and Samuel Amituanai each recorded tackles for loss, and Jaylon Mosley made six takedowns while Jahkari Larmond was next with five. Elvis Bridgeman and Cory Macon added four tackles apiece.

Michael Cunningham averaged 34.0 yards on punts and 43.5 yards on kickoffs while Moreno was successful on all three of his kick attempts during the contest. Aderias Ealy gained 108 yards on kick returns with a long of 23.

The Blue Tigers will be on the road next Saturday (Oct. 29), traveling to Warrensburg, Mo. to play Central Missouri in a 1 p.m. contest.

LaMarco Yates escapes a tackle during action against Nebraska Kearney. (Photo by Gracen Gaskins/Clarion News)
Aderias Ealy on the move against Nebraska Kearney on Oct. 22, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News)
LU players getting fired-up against Nebraska Kearney. (Clarion News photo)

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Students update Black history panels in Capitol museum

LU students Mary Franklin, left, and Kennedy Thompson with their Pennytown panel at the Missouri History Museum inside the state Capitol. Oct. 13, 2022. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)

By Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News

JEFFERSON CITY – Visitors to the Missouri State Museum inside the Capitol will now see three revamped panels completed by Lincoln University students. A reception held Oct. 13, 2022 recognized the efforts of seven students enrolled in one of Dr. Christine Boston’s anthropology courses. The fall 2021 ANT 498: Special Topics: Museum Studies class required the students to redo three Missouri Black History panels. The panels illustrate Missouri’s history with Ozarks lynchings, the historic Black village known as Pennytown, and the story of Lloyd Gaines and Margaret Bush-Wilson, a graduate of the Lincoln University School of Law, civil rights activist, and the second Black woman to pass the Missouri bar.

During the reception, students Mary Franklin and Kennedy Thompson discussed their work on the faith and resilience of Pennytown, a historical Black town near Marshall, Mo.
“What I enjoyed the most was being able to learn about the schools and the history of Pennytown,”said Thompson. Student Princess Garner, who worked on projects highlighting the story of Lloyd Gaines and former LU law student Margaret Bush-Wilson, said she appreciates the connections between the past, present, and future. “Personally, what this project means to me is that I now want to get into museum curatorship,” Garner said. “It was nice to work on this project to see if this is what I really want to do.” 

Students participating in the fall 2021 museum project include: Louie Delk (now serving in the U.S. Army), Mary Franklin, Princess Garner, Jaida Gray, Alexandre Mugisha, Crystal Taylor, and Kennedy Thompson. Their professor is proud of the work they accomplished.

“In the end, we feel that the students succeeded in their projects, and the Missouri State Museum and the public benefits with this new exhibit on display,” Boston said. “It is our hope that the students’ work helps other institutions realize new and innovative ways to develop and incorporate diverse voices into any new exhibits.” Boston noted that other people have shared positive thoughts on the project.

Retired English teacher Bev Price attended the reception and was impressed by the work. Price told Boston said she is looking forward to showing her grandson the new panels, especially the one concerning Ozarks lynchings, since the topic is barely discussed (if at all) in Missouri schools.

The museum is free and open to the public seven days a week.

LU student Princess Garner in front of a panel she worked on for an anthropology class project. The student-reworked panels are now on display in the Missouri State History Museum inside the state Capitol. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel discussing Lloyd Gaines and Margaret Bush-Wilson. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel discussing mob violence in southern Missouri. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
A panel revamped by LU students Kennedy Thompson, Louie Delk, and and Mary Franklin. (Photo by Sydnee Bryant/Clarion News)
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Graduating seniors may need Constitution test

LU students attend graduation. May, 2021. (Clarion News photo)

From the Clarion News desk

Attention December Graduates!

If you did not take one of the courses listed below at Lincoln or another Missouri institution, you must take and pass the Missouri Constitution Test in order to graduate.

•   HIS 205: US History I
•   HIS 206: US History II
•   PSC 203: American National Government
•   PSC 203H: Honors American National Government
•   PSC 204: American State and Local Government

Fall Testing Date
October 27, 2022
3-4 p.m.
222 Founders Hall

You must pre-register. Email Dr. Brian Norris (NorrisB@lincolnu.edu) with your name and student number. 

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Softball field improvements will bring action home

Due to poor field conditions, last season’s games were moved to Columbia

A drone photo of the LU softball field. March 16, 2022. (Photo by Jordan Parker/Clarion News.)

By Devyn Sigars/Clarion News

LINCOLN UNIVERSITY- The Blue Tiger softball team will be returning to home-play in 2023 after improvements are completed to the campus field located next to Dwight T. Reed Stadium. According to new head coach Jason Allison, construction is currently underway. Poor field conditions forced the 2022 spring season away from campus.

Last season’s home games were played at Battle High School in Columbia.

The new improvements include an all-turf field with a roughly $500,000 estimated cost. Beyond new Blue Tiger turf, the team has a new vision with the addition of Ollison. The team’s former coach, Christine Core, stepped down after spending four seasons leading Lincoln softball.

Ollison was previously the head coach at Versailles High School, where he posted a 34-20 record.

LU softball players practice on the field which is currently undergoing an upgrade. March 20, 2022. (Photo by Shanthamoi Brown/Clarion News)
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