March 14, 2009
The Regional Spelling Bee was held Thursday at Christian Fellowship Church in Columbia. Judges Cathy Collins, Heather Noe and Justine Rogers talk about the pressures of the job. Seventh-grader Elizabeth Platz, who represented Columbia Home Educators, won the 20-round spelling bee and will advance to the national competition.
Kim English drives past Oklahoma State's James Anderson. The Tigers won the game 67-59 and will play the Baylor Bears for the Big 12 tournament title at 5 p.m. Saturday.
MU coach Mike Anderson reacts with disgust to the results of a play. In the post-game press conference, Anderson said, "I guess the motto is always survive and advance, and that's what we did. We survived tonight."
Missouri's DeMarre Carroll blocks Oklahoma State's Byron Eaton. Eaton left the game in the first half because of an injury but returned to play after halftime.
Tiger fans Kati Rinehart, left, and Kari Rinehart, right, cheer on Missouri just in the last seconds of the game. The sisters of South Haven, Kan., who were with their father and Missouri graduate, Leonard Rinehart, cheered for the Tigers because their parents are MU alumni.
Missouri guard J.T. Tiller goes up and through Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo for a layup. Tiller ended the game with eight points, four assists, and one steal.
March 13, 2009
Missouri's Leo Lyons is pressured by Oklahoma State's Obi Muonelo in the first half on Friday.
J.T. Tiller, center, is tied up by Oklahoma State's Keiton Page, left, in the first half of the semifinal of the Big 12 Conference tournament on Friday in Oklahoma City.
Missouri guard Zaire Taylor looks to drive to the basket against Oklahoma State in the semifinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament in Oklahoma City on Friday.
Debbie Blaisdell and her daughter Hazel play with an unnamed puppy at the Central Missouri Humane Society's Zootoo celebration on Friday afternoon. The Blaisdells adopted a cat from the shelter last summer, but they still come by to visit the animals frequently. "As long as we can come in here and give the dogs some love once in a while we feel like we're making a difference," Blaisdell said.
From left, Desi Bennett, 12, and Michelle Algya, 10, play with Polly, a pug-beagle mix known as a "puggle", under the supervision of volunteer Mary Devore at the Central Missouri Humane Society's Zootoo celebration on Friday. The Zootoo Shelter Makeover program provides money to renovate and improve animal shelters.
Thirteen-year-olds Libby Burks, left, and Amanda Huhman hold Human Society dogs Lola and Lilly at the Central Missouri Humane Society's Zootoo celebration on Friday. Libby and Amanda discovered the Zootoo Web site in January and entered to win a Shelter Makeover for the Humane Society. Starting from 859th place with 9 members and 50 points, they sent chain letters, posted media and promoted the cause at school to improve their standings. Today there are 9,000 members involved, and the girls have generated more than 1 million points, enough to advance the Central Missouri Humane Society to the next phase of the Shelter Makeover competition.
Chaminade's Brandon Hannah, left, trips Briton Rudd of Rock Bridge during the Class 5 state semifinal game at Mizzou Arena on Friday.
Rock Bridge sophomore Matt Kelly drives the ball past Chaminade senior Brandon Lockhart during the Class 5 semifinal game at Mizzou Arena on Friday.
Rock Bridge's C.J. Ross, left, and Logan Parks, right, watch the Bruins lead slips away in the late in their state semifinal game against Chaminade on Friday at Mizzou Arena. The Bruins lost 66-65.
Rock Bridge's Skylar Tolson drives against Chaminade's Bradley Beal, right, during the state semifinal game Friday at Mizzou Arena.
Ricky Krewlow, left, and Briton Rudd, right, of Rock Bridge walk off the court following their loss to Chaminade on Friday at Mizzou Arena in the state semifinal game. Despite an early 21 point lead, Chaminade mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to win with 1.4 seconds left.
Rock Bridge senior Jordan Dressler, center, fights through the Chaminade defensive pressure provided by senior Daniel Gross, left. The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the game, but lost in the final minute after blowing an 18 point lead in the fourth quarter.
Rock Bridge senior Marlena Szweczyk is stunned following the Bruin's last minute 66-65 loss to Chaminade on Friday afternoon at the state semifinal game. Chaminade took the lead with 0.5 seconds left in the game on a free throw.
Missouri's Shakara Jones tries to drive to the basket against Texas' Ashley Lindsey.