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The FIFA Women’s Soccer World Cup is being played in France until July 7.  This map displays the hometowns of the United States Women’s National Soccer Team. The team consists of 23 players, dominated by east and west coast states. Team USA, defending World Cup Champion (2015), opened with Thailand on Tuesday and will play

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This map displays the 2019 Kansas City Royals current active roster of 25 players by birthplace. The Royals are made up of players from California, Latin America, the Midwest and South accounting for the highest concentration. Five of the players are from outside the US. Three of the 25 were on the 2015 World Series

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The 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Softball College World Series (WCWS) is being played May 30 to June 5 in Oklahoma City. This proportional symbol map displays the 13 teams that have won championships over the past 37 years. Six of those teams are in the 2019 WCWS. UCLA leads with 12 team titles, followed

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The 2019 NCAA Division I Softball Regionals dominated ESPN coverage this past weekend. Super Regionals (Sweet Sixteen) will be played this coming weekend. The SEC accounts for six of the teams. This proportional symbol map displays the teams that have amassed the highest rankings over the past five years. The largest symbols include Florida, Oklahoma,

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This week’s map is a proportional symbol map displaying current NCAA Division I collegiate baseball rankings. UCLA, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Arkansas and Mississippi State lead the way.  Twenty of the 25 teams are located in the Deep South.  Southeastern dominance along with PAC-12 teams correlate with traditional baseball hotbeds. This pattern is very similar to the

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Beach volleyball is the 90th and newest NCAA sport. The 4th National Women’s Beach Volleyball Championship, won by UCLA, was just completed this past weekend in Gulf Shores, AL. The per capita production of Div. I beach volleyball players is greatest in the Southwest and West with Hawaii leading followed by California, Arizona and Texas. California produces

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The NFL Draft concluded this past weekend after picking 254 players over seven rounds, representing 40 states and two countries. This per capita map displays The ‘Pigskin Cult’ or Deep South producing the greatest number of elite football players.  Two conferences, the SEC (25 percent) and the Big Ten (16 percent), accounted for 41 percent

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The per capita production of women collegiate bowlers by hometown is a good example of a regional sport. In this case, it’s the northeast which dominates. There are 83 NCAA bowling programs and 706 bowlers. The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks won their second National Championship defeating Vanderbilt on April 13 in Wickliffe, OH. The NCAA

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The oldest continually operating marathon is the Boston Marathon.  The 123rd running of the Boston Marathon took place this on Monday, April 15. This map indicates cooler climates host more marathons than warmer climates on a per-capita basis. The number of marathon race finishers across the nation has steadily grown over the past 40 years.  Since

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Maryville tennis bests SW Valley in home matchup

Maryville’s Ethan Stone uses his quick reaction to get the edge in the duos match as he and Cade Gustafson won 8-3. The Spoofhounds defeated SW Valley 7-2 on April 15 at Northwest Missouri State University. See more of Dustin’s photos in the 4/18 printed edition.

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