MIAA Columnist

MIAA Columnist


Anthony Crane’s love for writing began in the fourth grade but his love for football started long before that.

A journalism graduate of Missouri Western, Crane writes for the Maryville Forum and Savannah Reporter and covers 8-man high school football across Missouri.


MIAA Weekly - Week Eight Preview
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MIAA Preview - Week Six

October 6th, 2023 3:00pm

This week will mark the halfway point of the regular season.   It’s been one of the least predictable MIAA seasons in a very long time. 

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MIAA Week 4 Preview

September 21st, 2023 8:01pm

Last week was quite the week in the MIAA with three games decided by five points or less and two more decided by two scores. This week appears to be a little less exciting matchup wise, but it is also a big week for a few teams in the conference. 

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MIAA Week 3 Preview

September 14th, 2023 4:45pm

I’d like to start this week’s column with some Northwest Missouri State talk because whether it’s good or bad, the Bearcats are maybe the most polarizing team in the conference.  I can’t imagine many tears being shed around the MIAA as the Bearcats fell 33-13 to Emporia State last week.

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MIAA Week 2 Preview

September 6th, 2023 6:20pm

Normally I’d say there’s a lot to unpack from week one of the MIAA season, but in reality, it was just the first week of the season. There were teams that showed a lot of promise and we were reaffirmed that the middle of the conference could go in any order—while there appears to be a clear bottom of the MIAA. 

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MIAA Week 1 Preview

August 30th, 2023 6:35pm

When taking over this column, I asked myself what I could do to make it different from what you’d normally read in a preview. It is something that I’ll likely toy with as the season progresses.

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MIAA Preview

August 27th, 2023 4:50pm

The season is quickly approaching and with that, we’re going to take a look at what one of the country’s premiere conferences has to offer for the 2023 season.  On the football side of things, the MIAA loses what has been its worst team over the past few seasons in Lincoln.

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MIAA Column Changing Hands

June 27th, 2023 8:00am

We are about two months from the start of the 2023 MIAA football season. Unfortunately, I will not be writing this column for the upcoming season. 

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MIAA Week 13-Second Round Playoffs

November 24th, 2022 6:00pm

What a great weekend for the MIAA. Pittsburg State forced six turnovers and pitched a shutout against the GLVC champion Indianapolis.

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MIAA Week 12-First Round Playoff Column

November 17th, 2022 9:00pm

Congratulations to Pittsburg State and Northwest Missouri on making the Division II Playoffs. I know Emporia State is disappointed in how their regular season ended but the Hornets got an invite to the Live United Bowl in Texarkana, Arkansas on December 3rd.

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MIAA Week 11 Column

November 9th, 2022 9:00pm

We have made it to the last week of the regular season. Let’s take a look at the teams fighting for a playoff spot in Super Region Three. 

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MIAA Week 10 Column

November 2nd, 2022 9:00pm

The playoffs are only two weeks away. Let’s take a look at the teams with two or fewer losses in Super Region Three. 

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MIAA Week Nine Column

October 27th, 2022 9:00pm

The playoffs are only three weeks away. Let’s take a look at the teams with two or fewer losses in Super Region Three. 

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MIAA Week Eight Column

October 20th, 2022 9:05pm

The two big games in Kearney and Maryville shook up the MIAA this week.  The playoff chase is heating up.

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MIAA Week Seven

October 12th, 2022 8:00pm

What a tremendous game down in Pittsburg, Over 10,000 fans were in attendance for the Pittsburg State 24-22 win over Northwest Missouri. A great atmosphere for a fun game that came down to a two-point conversion.

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MIAA Week Six Column

October 4th, 2022 4:00pm

As we reach the midpoint of the season I think we know one thing about the MIAA in 2022, the conference is deep with talented teams. But are there any true national championship contenders?

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MIAA Week Five Column

September 29th, 2022 6:00am

Week Four gave us a curveball we were not expecting with Central Oklahoma upsetting Northwest Missouri in Edmond. We will get into that upset as well as the close wins for Pittsburg State and Washburn.

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MIAA Week Four Column

September 22nd, 2022 6:00am

Just like that, we are 27% done with the regular season. What do we know about the MIAA so far?

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MIAA Week Three Column

September 15th, 2022 6:00am

Just when you think you know the MIAA, the conference throws you a couple nasty curveballs to humble you. Now before I get into the actual play on the field, let's take a look at the uniforms for Week Two.  

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