SFCC student athletes and fans had plenty to celebrate at the annual Roadrunners Athletic Banquet March 27 at the Missouri Electric Coop Building on the Missouri State Fairgrounds. The event celebrated one of the most successful athletic years in SFCC history.
The Lady Roadrunners’ and Roadrunners’ basketball teams both advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I National Championships in the same season for the first time in school history. The Roadrunners won a game at the national championships for the first time in program history.
“It is priceless to have two teams make it to the national tournament,” said SFCC Athletic Director Darren Pannier. “It shows the support the Sedalia community and the SFCC community have for the programs. It starts with the coaches and student athletes, but it takes the whole community to get two teams to the national tournament.”
Lady Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Bucher spoke about his season, which included a Region 16 regular season and Region 16 tournament championship. SFCC also claimed a District K championship and the fourth national tournament appearance for the program.
“This team was on a mission from day one,” said Bucher. “It was nice to see it culminate with them achieving their big goal of making it to nationals. All year long we had expectations to be in the national tournament. It was nice to have that opportunity.”
Roadrunners Head Coach Kevin Thomas recapped the Roadrunners’ season, which included an undefeated Region 16 regular season and Region 16 tournament championship. SFCC also claimed a District 4 championship and a trip to the national tournament for the third time in program history.
“The banquet was a great celebration of the successes both teams achieved this year,” said Thomas. “Our team did a lot of great things this year. You can see there are a lot of games that we trailed at halftime and our guys just had a will to win.”
SFCC Spirit Squad Head Coach Dana Page also talked about the season for the spirit squad. Page presented the spirit squad awards for the season. The Lady Roadrunners and Roadrunners also received proclamations to commemorate their success from Sedalia Mayor Elaine Horn. Vice President for Education and Student Support Services Dr. Brent Bates presented the academic awards to the student-athletes.
The evening closed with the induction of former Lady Roadrunner basketball standout Sarah Hyslop into the Roadrunner Athletics Hall of Fame. The Cape Girardeau, Mo., native was a member of the Lady Roadrunners basketball team during the 2003-2004 season after playing one season at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She helped SFCC to a 21-6 record during her sophomore campaign while averaging 14.9 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Hyslop, the definition of a true student athlete, earned a 3.64 GPA and an Associate of Arts degree from SFCC. She also earned Academic All-American honors for her work in the classroom.
“Coach Kimberling and Coach Pannier taught me a lot about hard work, and how to fight through things whether in life or on the basketball court,” said Hyslop. “They were both great coaches and great role models for me. I enjoyed my time here and I’m glad to be back to accept this award.”
Hyslop continued her academic and athletic career at the University of Evansville where she played in 43 games during her career and averaged 7.6 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior. Hyslop graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Movement Science and in 2009 she received her master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
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