COLUMBIA — Last week's best images from Missourian photographers included players fighting at the Missouri men's basketball game and the potential return of the Japanese beetle.
In this photo by Amy Stroth, Ole Miss forward Reginald Buckner throws a punch at Missouri forward Laurence Bowers during the second half of the men's basketball 98-79 win over Ole Miss on Saturday at Mizzou Arena. Because of the punch, Buckner was ejected from the game.
Greg Kendall-Ball captured this image of Chris Addison, 17, and Zada Arnold, 6, dancing during halftime of the girls basketball game on Tuesday at Hickman High School. Hickman defeated Helias 65-43 despite injuries to its starting point guard and center.
In this photo by Breanne Bradley, a Japanese beetle is viewed through a microscope camera at approximately 125 times zoom on Tuesday at the Enns Entomolgy Museum. Scientists predict the Japanese beetles will be a problem for Columbia again this year. The severity of the damage, however, will depend on factors such as ground moisture.
Whitney Hayward took this photo of Missouri softball player Nicole Hudson trying to tag a runner between third base and home during the Tigers' annual Black and Gold scrimmage game on Saturday at University Field. The offense totaled 19 hits, including two home runs, in nine innings.
In this photo by Ben Walton, Hickman boys basketball forward Devin Dudley pumps up his teammates before the Kewpies 87-65 win on Tuesday at Hickman High School. The Hickman boys basketball team is now ranked No. 1 in the MBCA/mosports.com poll.
In this image captured by Whitney Hayward, Maya Seek, 9, swings across the monkey bars at Lee Elementary. The city of Columbia is paying $15,000 to replace the school's playground equipment, which is more than 20 years old.
Whitney Hayward also took this photo of Derek Hamm scratching the chin of Ernie the cat at the annual Fur Ball adoption event Saturday at the Central Missouri Humane Society. The Central Missouri Humane Society united 34 pets with new owners during the event.
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