OTTAWA — Student-athletes from Miami County celebrated at Wilson Field House as the Ottawa University Braves basketball team upset No. 7 ranked Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

Center Mason McDow of Paola and junior forward Trevor Ballou of Osawatomie play on the mens varsity basketball team.

Alex Slawson, a Paola High School graduate, is in his second season as student assistant for the mens program.

Game night also featured cheerleader Danielle Beachboard of Paola and dance team member Jordan Menefee of Paola.

The Ottawa University students had plenty to celebrate Wednesday, Nov. 13, as the Braves posed a thrilling 89-87 victory.

McDow delivered one of the game highlights with a back-door, no-look, behind-the-back pass to a teammate for a layup.

The next trip down the floor McDow set up at the top of the key and dropped a 3-pointer as the Braves extended their lead to 68-57.

Mason McDow

McDow is a junior forward. He saw action in 30 games last season, making 15 starts. McDow average 9.8 points and 4.3 rebounds.

He scored a career-high 30 points against Avila University, and had a career-high seven rebounds against Friends University.

As a freshman he played in 16 games.

Mason is a science major. He is the son of Kari and Bill Sanders.

Trevor Ballou

Ballou is a junior forward. He played high school basketball at Osawatomie for coach Chris Pitts, an Ottawa University alumna. He played for the Braves junior varsity mens basketball team the last two seasons. Ballou is on the varsity roster this season.

Trevor is the son of Cindy Ballou and Terry Ballou.

Alex Slawson

Slawson played for the Ottawa mens junior varsity basketball team as a freshman. He is a student assistant for the team. Slawson was a three-year letter-winner at Paola High School.

Alex, a physical education major, is the son of Beth and Mark Slawson.

Jordan Menefee

Menefee transferred to Ottawa after two years at Johnson County Community College.

She signed with the Ottawa University competitive dance team. Menefee is a graduate of Paola High School.

Jordan, a business administration major, is the daughter of Autumn and Jeff Menefee.

Danielle Beachboard

Beachboard, a first semmester graduate student, and her Ottawa Cheer Competition Team have won the KCAC championship two years in a row.

She helped the Lady Braves program to its seventh NCA national tournament. Ottawa University placed eighth in the nation.

Beachboard and the team won the KCAC championship her sophomore season. The team placed eighth in the All-Girls Division III national competition.

Daniel has a Bschelor of Science in business admnistration and marketing and ois working towards and MBA. She is the daughter of Debbie and Dwight Beachboard.


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In your recent article you listed Mason McDow as the son of Bill Sanders. I would have thought the paper would have done a better job fact checking before publishing that Bill is not Masons father Victor McDow Jr is. At least have the common decency to list it this way or to at least list Bill Sanders as Masons Stepfather

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