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Missouri rallies to remain perfect

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -– Scoreboards are menacing. For most of Missouri’s matchup against Indiana on Saturday, Assembly Hall’s old school scoreboard loomed over the Missouri basketball team with a taunting tally.

Despite trailing Indiana for all but three minutes, the No. 4 Tigers rallied for a 63-58 win. Missouri dodged an upset and earned its fourth straight 3-0 start.

Tigers learn bowl destination today

It’s about time for the Missouri football team to start making its holiday travel plans.

The Tigers will find out this afternoon where they are headed for their first bowl game since 1998. Missouri’s bowl destination will be announced today at a reception in the Tiger Lounge on the third floor of the Memorial Stadium press tower. The event is free and open to the public.

Wildcats surprise Sooners

By MAUREEN FULTON

sports@columbiamissourian.com

Weary Stars falter against Saints

A quick, aggressive team that thrives on points off turnovers can dominate if it faces a team without fresh legs.

The Maryville University Saints used their quickness on offense and defense to pull away from a tired Stephens Stars team, winning 105-50 on Saturday at Silverthorne Arena.

Cougars win thriller

If Aaron Edwards keeps this up, he might have a new best friend in Columbia College coach Bob Burchard.

Edwards hit his second winning and buzzer-beating shot in seven days to give the Cougars an 83-82 double-overtime victory against Bellevue University on Friday night.

Columbia College flat in loss

After an upset victory against Oklahoma Christian, the Columbia College women’s basketball team suffered an emotional letdown Saturday.

The Cougars were outhustled for the majority of the game and a late rally fell short as Ohio Dominican held on for an 89-79 win at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Hickman falls in first game

Jim Sutherland wasn’t sure what to expect.

After losing five seniors from last year’s team, the Hickman boys’ basketball coach entered the season with plenty of questions.

Hickman rallies to top Kickapoo

Lauren Harris, a senior forward, watched from the bench in the second quarter. That’s when she realized what it would take to win the game for the Hickman Kewpies.

“Defense wins games,” Harris said. “I knew it was time to D-up.”

Tigers ready to start season

There is no better way to start a season than against familiar competition.

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team has a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. today in Hearnes Center. The event is open to the public and will be the first time this season Tigers gymnasts will compete in front of judges and fans.

Tree hunting

A narrow strip of woods opens up to reveal a log barn with a red tin roof. A patch of miniature trees sits near a homemade sign that reads: “Charlie Brown Trees, $5.” Green, bushy wreaths, each with a rosy red bow attached, hang on the porch.

The quiet setting, transformed into a flurry of activity on weekends, is Timber View Tree Farm, a 30-acre Christmas tree farm in Hartsburg owned by Daryll and Mary Lou Raitt.

Schools weigh lawsuit

The superintendent of the Columbia Public School District, Phyllis Chase, has issued a district recommendation to join a lawsuit that will attempt to change how school funding is distributed in Missouri.

The recommendation, included on the agenda for a Monday meeting of the School Board, states that the district should be “actively involved” in the efforts to “maintain district financial stability” and that the proposed lawsuit by the Committee for Educational Equality seems to be the “most effective” for the Columbia district.

Civic Orchestra concert to honor veterans

Patriotic melodies will echo through the halls of Columbia’s historic Missouri Theatre tonight to honor Pearl Harbor veterans and remember all those who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

The free concert by the Columbia Civic Orchestra starts at 7 p.m. Hugo Vianello will conduct.

An alert on health cuts given

Budget cuts are coming, possibly spelling trouble for Missourians in need of health care.

That was the message delivered by Dick Dunn, director of the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, on Friday as he spoke to 10 nurses at MU’s Sinclair School of Nursing. Dunn’s appearance in Columbia was part of a 112-county speaking tour he’s been conducting since July to get the word out about the impending state budget crisis.

MU vies for agro-terror study site

Hoping to increase its chances of attracting millions of dollars in anti-terrorism funding to Columbia, MU played host to the Missouri Summit on Agro-terrorism on Friday.

Agro-terrorism is the deliberate importation of harmful pests or plant or animal diseases. Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, this threat has become a top concern of U.S. anti-terrorism officials.

Holidays also bring hassles

It’s the little things in life that cause the most consternation. I have spent the last week putting up Christmas decorations and wrapping gifts, but I have had to overcome manufacturing obstacles.

In this day and age we can clone a pig, but no one has invented the perfect ornament hook. These malleable silver (and now gold) lengths of metal come in two sizes — long and short. The long ones are the easiest to find. As a matter of fact, I spent one whole afternoon looking for some short ones. They are an inexpensive way to attach ornaments to a tree, but first I have to deal with getting them out of the box. Some machine placed them neatly in the package, but I have to tear the cardboard away from the plastic and, once opened, the hooks don’t just spill out of the container. They become a ball of intertwined metal. I end up grabbing the pile and shaking it, which means, of course, that several hooks become dislodged and go flying across the room to become embedded into the carpet only to be found by bare feet or a vacuum cleaner. The short hooks are the best (that’s why I can’t find them in the store) and the long ones are a nuisance. Most ornaments come with a string attached, but I need a hook to place the decoration in the exact spot on the tree. Once the hook is attached, the ornament hangs 4 inches below the branch and is obscured by pine needles. I end up bending the hook around the branch to take up the slack. This method is very time-consuming and sometimes not very pretty with all that metal wrapped around the limb.

Faith in Song

Under the same roof that once sheltered a bar and a dance club, Pastor Fred Martie asks for a witness. He receives a rousing “Amen” from a congregation of about 40 people, and he tells them they have an opportunity to be blessed this night.

Then the music begins.

Taking the bait

For the past 10 years, Tony Flood has traveled to Bennett Spring State Park to fly fish for trout. Now, the Hallsville resident heads to Columbia’s Cosmo-Bethel Lake to pursue his hobby. This week he was fishing on his lunch break from a local construction site.

“They put some really nice trout in here,” Flood said. “Some weigh as much as 6 pounds, and some are 17 inches long.”

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