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Missouri starting pitcher TJ Sikkema was announced as a semifinalist for the 2019 Golden Spikes Award, USA Baseball announced Wednesday.

The award is given each year to the top amateur player in the nation. 

Sikkema is just one of 25 players across the country to be named semifinalists for the distinguished honor.

The junior from DeWitt, Iowa, has put together an exceptional 2019 season so far, sporting a 1.36 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 79.2 innings pitched.

Sikkema's nomination is the first since Kyle Gibson was named a finalist for the award in 2009. It is the third in school history, as Aaron Crow received a nod in 2008.

The finalists and winner of the Golden Spikes Award will be chosen May 29, but the recipient of the award will not be announced until June 14.

Missouri baseball's Gomez earns spot on 2019 SEC Community Service Team

The Southeastern Conference's league office announced Wednesday that infielder Paul Gomez was one of 14 platers named to the 2019 Baseball Community Service Team.

The Orange, California, native has compiled 30-plus hours of community service the past two years, including 17 hours over the 2018-19 school year.

Gomez has volunteered his time to organizations such as Mizzou Moves, Caleb's Pitch at the University of Missouri Health Care Children's Hospital, Reading Club at West Boulevard Elementary School, the Food Bank of Central Missouri, Optimist Club Tree Farm, Mizzou Youth Experience, Bear Creek Run Half Marathon, Douglass Park Clean-Up and HyVee Food Preparation, according to a release Wednesday from MU Athletics.

Former South Carolina women's basketball forward Williams to transfer to MU

Rising junior forward LaDazhia Williams chosen to transfer from South Carolina women's basketball to Missouri.

The Bradenton, Florida, product put up 1.6 points a game while playing just 6.7 minutes per contest her sophomore year. In her senior year of high school, Williams was a five-star recruit and named a top-50 prospect from the Class of 2017.

Williams will have to sit out her junior season, according to NCAA rules, then will have two years of eligibility. 

Rock the Community to host free 3-on-3 youth basketball tournament

Rock the Community, as well as the City of Columbia, will be hosting a free 3-on-3 basketball tournament for boys and girls from fifth through 12th grade on June 1. 

The goal of the tournament is to promote "positive programming and a fun atmosphere," according to an email from Supplier Diversity Program Development director James Whitt.

If interested in registering, contact Whitt at 573-441-5544 or james.whitt@como.gov.

Columbia College eSports to play in College League of Legends National Championship

The Columbia College eSports team will be traveling to Los Angeles to participate in the College League of Legends National Championship.

Eight teams from across the country will compete in the single-elimination, four-day tournament, which takes place from May 23-26. 

Columbia will face off against UC Irvine at 8 p.m. Central Time on May 24.

This article originally ran on columbiamissourian.com.

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