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2018 Team Missouri Newsletter: Day 1 of Competition

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Team MO Magic Newsletter — July 2

As always, be sure to check out our Facebook and Flickr pages where you can view all of the photos we take throughout the week. Also, follow us on our social media challens (links at the bottom of this newsletter). 

On our first day of competition at the 2018 USA Games, Team Missouri had eight of nine sports participating on Monday. Below you will find a short recap of each team for the day For a full detailed schedule for each sport on Tuesday, download the app.

The alarms went off early Monday morning for our basketball athletes as they took on the host-state of Washington at 8 a.m. at Alaska Airlines Arena, where the Unviersity of Washington men’s and women’s basketball teams play. The team struggled to find its shooting stroke and dropped the first game 35-21. Later in the afternoon though, the team squared off against Florida and won 18-16 in a game that had two lead changes with less than a minute to play.

Monday was just for traditional singles in bocce with all eight athletes competing. At the end of the day, six of the eight athletes will compete for a medal on Tuesday.

  • Matt Davidson went 2-1 and will play for the bronze
  • James Ross went 1-1 and will play for the gold
  • Jaime lost both of her matches on Monday
  • Lisa went 2-0 and will play for the gold
  • Amanda went 1-1 and will play for the bronze
  • Colin went 1-1 and will play for the bronze
  • Bobby went 1-2 in his matchs on Monday

The bowling team played traditional singles today with all four athletes competing and winning medals on Monday.

  • Alaina Toliver won gold
  • Jeremiah Ellis won gold
  • Brandon Mynatt won bronze
  • Kayla Brewer won bronze

Brandon Mynatt’s first game of 195 (he’s usually around 140 on average) was the highest game in the whole alley on Monday. In two of her three games, Alaina actually bowled three straight strikes in the 10th frame. After competing in the morning, they went to watch Team Missouri basketball and tennis.

An unbelieveably beautiful course proved quite difficult for many of our Team Missouri golfers on Monday.

  • Thomas Cleek (18-hole): 85
  • John Hughes & Mike Garrison (Unified):59
  • Jerry McMullen & Nick McMullen (Unified): 52
  • Cade & Doug Marian (Unified):45

In the first game, Team Missouri was trailing by six runs going into the bottom half of the final inning. Somehow the team came storming back to win in walk-off fashion, 15-14. The second game was pretty rough against a really good Ohio team; they dropped the second game, 8-31.

Swimming is the sport where the first Team Missouri medals were officially handed out with Logan Hulett and Libby Waddell taking home gold and silver, respectively.

Other results included:

  • Ali Byrd, 1st in 100 M individual medley
  • Neha Naik, 1st in 25 M backstroke
  • Joel Chrouser, 2nd in 100 M individual medley

The above is not official until they receive their awards on Tuesday morning.

Our small, yet mighty tennis team played quite a few matches today during divisioning.

  • Lucas Blattel went 0-2
  • Kris Greene went 2-0
  • Simon Caldwell went 0-2

Coach Ashley Wurst said the cold coupled with the early morning nerves could have been a reason they weren’t on their game first thing Monday.

Track & Field
A number of Team Missouri athletes took to the purple track on the campus of the University of Washington on Monday in a variety of events.

The results are as follows:

  • Mary McManus won gold in running long jump
  • Lynna Hodgson won silver in running long jump
  • Shaquana Hobbs won silver in running long jump
  • Mark Harris came in 6th place in the 100 M run
  • Dustin Johnson came in 7th place in the 100 M run
  • Jesse Hodgson won bronze in the 50 M walk and the softball throw
  • Emily Carroll won bronze in the 50 M walk

The section below shows what delegates have been writing blogs for us. To view all blogs, visit our WordPress site and look through them all. The links below are blogs written for Monday’s activities!

With the addition of an athlete-leader on our Team Missouri staff, we wanted to utilize Allison’s skillset and try something new. So we’re excited to announce Allison’s recap show, which you can view here. Share it and let us know what you think!

We will have much more to update throughout the week, so stay tuned!

Again, the best way to stay up to date and view the next day’s schedule is to download the Team Missouri mobile app. For more info on the app, see below.


Whether you will watch Team Missouri athletes compete in Seattle or you just want to follow their progress from afar, the Team Missouri mobile app has features to enhance your experience cheering them on:

  • Schedules
  • Newsletters/updates on daily competitions
  • Maps/directions
  • Communicate with other parents/coaches
  • Photo gallery
  • Alerts from SOMO

Check out this video tutorial on downloading and using the app.

There are two ways to download our app:

  1. Open the app store on your mobile device and search ‘Whova.’ Once Whova is downloaded, open that app and search ‘Team Missouri’ or ‘USA Games’ and select ‘2018 USA Games: Team Missouri’ and you’re good to go.
  2. Scan the QR code in the poster below to take you directly there

We will also be sending out nightly newsletters updating you on the progress of Team Missouri. Those newsletters will be emailed AND posted to the mobile app. If you want to receive the newsletters, but don’t want to sign up for the mobile app, please click here (if you received this email, you’re already signed up). The best way to stay up-to-date as competitions are going on, however, is to download the app and receive real-time alerts from Seattle!

We are still working on adding a few things here and there, so make sure you check back in near the end of June to get the full experience.

Whova 2018 Team Mo app




Management Team

Susan Shaffer — Head of Delegation 573-635-1660 or 573-489-4778


Brandon Schatsiek — Public Relations Manager 573-635-1660 OR 573-821-4646


Support Staff

Jana Fornelli — GOC/SONA Family Liaison 417-624-5505


Laurie Shadoan — Fundraising 913-789-0353


Mandi Ballinger – Sendoff & Fundraising Websites 913-789-0338