PHOTO GALLERY: Tolton defeats Bowling Green in state tournament

Michael Porter Jr. scored a game-high 25 points but shot just 10-of-27 from the field as the Trailblazers beat Bowling Green High School 55-38. Tolton (25-2) advances to face Madison Prep at 1 p.m. Saturday at Warrenton High School.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia College guard plays with style on and off the court

When Columbia Cougars guard Kei'yana Pearson isn't on the basketball court, she is designing and selling clothing for her line "I Am Great" with the help of family members and teammate Kayla Washington. Pearson, nicknamed "KP the Great" in high school, started the line with the hope of using the moniker as an inspiration to youth in low-income areas.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball sneaks past Auburn

The Tigers won their final home game of the season 63-61 against Auburn on Tuesday thanks to senior Keith Shamburger's last second shot. Missouri improved to 9-21 on the season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge boys win 67-63 in overtime

The Rock Bridge High School boys basketball team won 67-63 in overtime against Blue Springs South High School on Tuesday in Blue Springs, Missouri. Rock Bridge will play Blue Springs South High School on Thursday in the Class 5, District 9 championship game.

PHOTO GALLERY: Whitt, Hickman upended by Blue Springs South

Hickman High School lost its Class 5, District 9 semifinal 72-60 to Blue Springs South High School on Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fourth Ward residents participate in "trash talk" forum

City staff and the Solid Waste Advocacy Group give presentations and field questions Tuesday night about the hotly-contested proposed changes to Columbia's trash collection system.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman girls defeat Blue Springs to advance to district championship

The Hickman High School girls basketball team defeated Blue Springs High School 50-27 Tuesday. The Kewpies will play cross-town rival Rock Bridge High School at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Class 5, District 9 tournament championship.

PHOTO GALLERY: Mural unveiling at the State Historical Society

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School's fifth-grade class spent six months working on a collaborative mural that represented the history of Boone County. The mural was unveiled on Tuesday at the State Historical Society of Missouri, 1020 Lowry St.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rock Bridge seniors lead Bruins to a blowout victory

Rock Bridge High School girls basketball team beat Blue Springs South High School 72-45 on Tuesday at Blue Springs South High School. The scoring was led by Bruins senior forward Cierra Porter, who scored 25 points by the end of the game.

PHOTO GALLERY: 31 dogs escape house fire, end up at local shelter

Two cats, 19 adult dogs and 12 puppies were dropped off at the Central Missouri Humane Society on Saturday after they escaped a house fire with their owners.

PHOTO GALLERY: Daviante Ostrander plays basketball through illness

Battle High School sophomore guard Daviante Ostrander started having seizures last summer. Over the past nine months, he's had several more episodes, which, in addition to altering his well-being and worrying his family, have affected his basketball season. Still, Ostrander has averaged more than 16 points per game for the Spartans this season.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sloane Scott championed Youth Advisory Council

Sloane Scott is one of 21 teenagers appointed to the new Youth Advisory Council, which will weigh in on youth-related matters for the City Council. Scott started brainstorming the council with a teacher about four years ago.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman High School beats Smith-Cotton High School

Hickman High School beat Smith-Cotton High School 51-42 Monday at Blue Springs South High School in Blue Springs, Missouri. Hickman will play Blue Springs South at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

PHOTO GALLERY: Boston residents have been marking shoveled out spots with placeholder items

Amid one of the snowiest winters in the city's history, Boston residents have taken to saving shoveled-out parking spaces with placeholder items. Officials typically turn a blind eye to the lawn chairs, orange cones and assorted bric-a-brac Bostonians use to reserve a parking space after clearing it of snow. That ended Monday with an order from City Hall to remove space savers, reigniting the ugly parking wars that have pitted neighbor against neighbor.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri women close out basketball season with win against Arkansas

The Missouri women's basketball team closed out the regular season by beating Arkansas 57-41 on Senior Day. It was the team's fourth win in a row.

PHOTO GALLERY: Three MU graduate students build 'snow tiger' in front of MU Columns

Three MU students built a snow tiger Sunday on Francis Quadrangle. The stripes were painted on using a mixture of charcoal and water. Graduate student Harrison Knoll created a Facebook event to attract more help to build the 10-foot-long snow cat.

PHOTO GALLERY: Meet Scout Troop 121, Columbia's first co-ed scouting organization

Scout Troop 121 is the first and only co-ed Scouting organization in Columbia. Out of roughly 27 members, 20 are girls.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers begin work on temporary homeless shelter for veterans

The new building will accommodate more veterans in a modern, ADA-accessible facility. The shelter will be located on Business Loop 70 East in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia crime scene investigation

Boone County sheriff's deputies, Columbia police and Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated a shooting on Santa Anna Drive on Saturday night that left two people dead and one wounded. A suspect in the shooting exchanged gunfire with a deputy at Broadway and U.S. 63. The deputy fatally shot the suspect.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri basketball loses 14th out of 15