‘Heat and Cheese’ pair fire up Mizzou softball crowd

By Barbara Maningat

Tim Muller, Mark Hay

Photo by Kelsie Heneghan
Tim Muller (in yellow shirt on left) and Mark Hay (in yellow shirt on right) yell across University Field after a good play by Missouri during a softball game on March 19.

They are the loudest fans in the crowd at any Missouri softball game at University Field. Known as the “Heat and the Cheese Guys,” Tim Muller and Mark Hay have amplified the stands with their notable cheers for the past three years — the amount of time their daughters have played for the Tigers. Designated hitter/first baseman Lindsey Muller and catcher Rachel Hay are not the only ones who appreciate the enthusiasm.

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Vox: Chelsea Thomas softball stats quiz

By Barbara Maningat and Kelsie Heneghan

Redshirt junior Chelsea Thomas is gaining a lot of national attention for her record statistics on the mound for Mizzou softball. Watch as Vox tests if she know just how impressive she looks on paper.

*I pitched, edited and produced this package.


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Mizzou softball seniors leading the team by example

By Barbara Maningat and Kelsie Heneghan

With 10 freshmen on the Missouri softball team, the Tigers look to seniors Ashley Fleming and Kristin Nottelmann for leadership.

Coach Ehren Earleywine has not asked either of the players to step-up, but his seniors have taken charge with the motto, “lead by example.” As the team’s 2011 top hitter, Fleming leads with her bat and offensive skills. Nottelmann, a pitcher, shows how to have grace and poise as the No. 2 starter.

Freshmen Kelsea Roth and Corrin Genovese have taken notice and hope to help the seniors return to the Women’s College World Series in their final season.

*I took photos, gathered audio, wrote script and edited this piece


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Vox: The Hidden Lives of Mules


This Vox magazine front-page feature appeared as a splash page online. A full text article covering the history and significance of mules in Missouri, photos and multimedia videos can be found on the website.

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The mule is the state animal of Missouri — but how much do we really know about them? At an auction barn in Boone County, Vox Magazine takes a look at the history of Missouri mules.

*I shot video, conducted interviews and produced the package for web.


“I can’t think of any better ambassadors for the school than the mules, besides the students,” Dr. John Dodam, associate dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, said during a campus tour in the mule cart. The mules, Tim (always on the left) and Terry, are active members of the Columbia community. They give campus tours and hayrides and participate in many activities with the students at the veterinary school as part of the MU Mule Club.

*I produced the package for web.