THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri basketball; Hickman beats Rock Bridge in basketball; Harrisburg home destroyed in fire

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | 8:06 p.m. CST
Hickman guard Jimmy Whitt shoots during the rival game against Rock Bridge. Hickman won in triple overtime, 78-74.

1. This week's top story was the Hickman boys basketball team's close win over the Rock Bridge Bruins. Tuesday night, the rivals faced off in a tense battle which left Hickman with only a four point lead after three overtimes. Hickman fans stormed the court after Kewpies guard Douglas Johnson's free throw sealed the win. Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon was not amused. "That's not the way we want to do things," Scanlon said. "And that's not the way they (Hickman) want to do things either, I'm sure." (1,938 page views)

2. Social media shed light on a bizarre robbery that occurred Tuesday night at The Blue Note. After the Drive-By Truckers' performance at the venue, a man grabbed band member Patterson Hood's custom Baxendale guitar and fled the scene in a champagne-color SUV. Hood took to Facebook: "It was custom made for me and was my most cherished material possession." His post was shared more than 604 times. Twenty-four hours later, the band received an anonymous email offering to help return the stolen guitar. (1,140 page views)

3. The injuries have piled up for the Missouri men's basketball team, forcing coach Frank Haith to go deep into his roster for healthy players. Missouri guards Keion Bell and Earnest Ross and forward Laurence Bowers have suffered injuries. Some of the players Haith is looking to for more production are his youngest— freshmen forwards Stefan Jankovic and Ryan Rosburg. (819 page views)

4. Columbia school district is investigating a fight between students that occurred after Tuesday night's close Hickman basketball victory over Rock Bridge.

Michelle Baumstark, Columbia Public School District spokeswoman, said the District was "talking to kids, talking to adults involved in the situation, reviewing videos, reviewing photos, trying to determine exactly what happened, so that if we do take disciplinary action, that it is appropriate." There were seven police officers, two safety and security officers and numerous school district personnel present for Tuesday's basketball game. No one involved in the altercation was injured. (782 page views)

5. Alcohol is believed to be the a factor in a four-car accident that occurred on Route B east of U.S. 63 on Tuesday night. Richard D. Jones, 36, Tommy L. Collum, 45  and Wesley R. Edwards, 25, were taken to the hospital with injuries. Jones admitted to drinking before the incident and took a blood test at the hospital. Jones was convicted previously of driving without a license, driving without registration and driving while intoxicated. (767 page views)

6. A home in Harrisburg was destroyed in a fire Wednesday afternoon. The fire required a "tanker shuttle operation" because the closest fire hydrant was a mile away from the house. Firefighters had to take extra precautions approaching the house because of a 100-pound propane tank at the back of the house. The owner of the house, Michael Bopp, and his 10-year-old son were not home during the fire, but their new puppy was trapped inside and died.  (766 page views)

7. Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith addressed the media regarding a NCAA report detailing allegations against him. The report claimed that he would be charged by the NCAA with unethical conduct and failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance when he was coach at Miami. “It is tough,” he said. “It’s been a tough 20, 18, 19 months, but it’s a blessing that it is coming close to the end. And that’s the way I feel personally.”  (719 page views)

8. Missouri House Minority Leader Jake Hummel has removed Democratic state Rep. Penny Hubbard from all committee assignments after she joined Republicans on Wednesday in supporting an immediate effective date for elections legislation. Hubbard of St. Louis voted against the bill but joined majority Republicans in supporting an immediate effective date. "She stabbed the Democratic caucus in the back for the last time," Hummel said. (708 page views)

9. Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith said he was not happy with his team's offense in Tuesday's game against South Carolina, despite winning 71-65. "Offensive execution is not where it needs to be," Haith said on a teleconference Thursday afternoon. "We need longer possessions so we can get better shots." Haith attributed the shaky performance Tuesday to over-excitement. (680 page views)

10. A Columbia man traveled to D.C. to witness President Obama's second inauguration, after a friend received two tickets to the inauguration from Sen. Claire McCaskill's office. "I am excited to be a part of the historic moment," said Arthur Nunn, an optical manager at Sam's Club in Columbia. Tickets to the inauguration are free but are allocated by senators and members of the House of Representatives.  (619 page views)

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