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MU slugging, but top spots struggling

Lost in Missouri’s series win against Texas Tech last weekend were the struggles of a key group of Tiger hitters: the top three in the order. The Tigers scored 25 runs on 13 hits in Friday’s win, but even in that impressive offensive performance the top three spots were a combined 1-for-14. Saturday was another Tiger win but another rough day for Bryson LeBlanc, Derek Chambers and John McKee. They went 0-for-10.

Those top-of-the-order woes finally hurt the No. 23 Tigers in Sunday’s 5-3 loss. The top three spots were 1-for-14 without a run scored.

Short-handed Kewpies shut out

For the first time at home this season, the Hickman girls’ soccer team was the one shut out.

Unable to use their normal rotation, the Kewpies lost 5-0 to the St. Teresa’s Academy Stars on Thursday at Cosmopolitan Park. Coach Jon Strodtman put the blame on himself.

Nedoma, Rock Bridge streak past Helias with strong second half

Rock Bridge’s Karissa Nedoma was racing down the right side of the field when a precise pass reached her feet.

Sophomore Erin Bucko placed the ball in front of Nedoma with just enough space for her to hit a shot into the back of the net to break a tie midway through the second half.

Westminster topples Stars

Being short a player didn’t affect Westminster’s performance Thursday against Stephens.

Bringing five players instead of the allotted six, the Blue Jays women’s tennis team overcame two forfeited matches to defeat the Stars 7-2.

Bruins serve Kewpies defeat

It’s clear there is not much competition between Hickman and Rock Bridge tennis when neither coach can remember the last time Hickman won.

The trend didn’t change Thursday. The Bruins defeated the Kewpies 8-1 on Hickman’s tennis courts.

Tigers refocus with victories

Aside from charting Missouri’s seven home runs, there was little suspense surrounding its two blowout wins Wednesday afternoon.

The Tigers swept Iowa State in a doubleheader at University Field. They won 9-1 in Game 1 and 11-1 in Game 2. Both games ended in five innings because of the eight-run rule.

Kewps’ patience yields payoff

The Hickman baseball team can be dominant. Sometimes it just takes them a little while.

Hickman hitters needed a few looks at Hannibal pitcher Taylor Logan on Wednesday before they built an insurmountable lead and beat the visiting Pirates 10-0.

Vintage Pettitte lifts Astros past Cardinals

HOUSTON — Andy Pettitte felt better than he had in a long time, going all the way back to his final game with the New York Yankees almost 18 months ago.

He pitched like it, too.

Hernandez solid in return

DETROIT — After a layoff of more than a year, Runelvys Hernandez was eager to prove his recovery from elbow surgery is complete.

“I waited a long time for this moment,” he said Wednesday after leading the Kansas City Royals to a 7-2 victory against the Detroit Tigers.

Hottest club in town

As Kyle Hawkins watched the Rock Bridge and Hickman lacrosse game from the sideline at Cosmopolitan Park, all he could do was smile.

Laughing children ran around the empty side of the field, shooting on empty goals and playing catch with their lacrosse sticks. This was one of the events that every player and fan of lacrosse in Columbia comes to.

Kewpies stroll past Crusaders

The first four innings passed without a run scored by either district powerhouse.

Then Helias imploded and Hickman powered ahead to a 7-1 home win.

After handling Hickman’s potent offense for four innings, Helias pitcher Jason Lansford made a fatal mistake in the fifth.

Reflective Cougars split doubleheader

FULTON — The Columbia College softball team did some soul searching last weekend.

After finishing 2-2 at the McKendree Tournament in New Baden, Ill., the No. 16 Cougars reflected on where they were and where they wanted to go.

No-hitter earns MU duo national honors

Sophomore Max Scherzer of the Missouri baseball team has been named National Pitcher of the Week by the National Baseball Writers’ Association and Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Week.

He teamed with sophomore Michael Cole to throw a no-hitter in a 25-0 win against Texas Tech on Friday. For this accomplishment, the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper named Cole and Scherzer National Players of the Week.

Tar Heels break Columbia bracket jam

Three weeks ago, the Missourian asked five well-known Columbia residents for their predictions on this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Some went with gut instinct, others were more analytical with their choices. But in the end, it was all about knowledge and maybe a little luck.

Gallant effort goes for naught

The Hickman boys’ lacrosse team got its first taste of what it’s like to play an elite team.

The Kewpies fought valiantly in the second half of their 16-6 loss Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park against a quicker, more physical Rockhurst team. Their lack of hustle in the first half, however, put them in a difficult position to make a comeback.

Southern Boone coach dismissed after one year

Breaking an unwritten rule may have cost Southern Boone football coach Mike Hall his job.

On March 7, 2005, the Southern Boone County R-1 school district voted to renew Hall’s teaching contract, but his high school coaching position was not renewed by school officials due to his failure to report confirmed knowledge of alcohol use by one of his players.

Bruins shut out Jeff City

A great team isn’t usually founded on talent alone.

On Tuesday night, the Rock Bridge High School boys’ tennis team (3-0) showed its strength lies in its depth and ability to deal with adversity.

UNC ‘heels’ Williams’ pain

ST LOUIS – North Carolina coach Roy Williams has wanted questions about whether he can win a title to go away for some time. Now he can thank Raymond Felton for answering them.

In addition to a crucial steal with 26 seconds left, Felton made 3-of-4 free throws in the final seconds of Monday’s NCAA Championship to seal a 75-70 win for UNC.

Kewps golfers impress

The Hickman boys’ golf team has high expectations. If Monday’s results from the Columbia Classic are any indication, they should.

The Kewpies finished tied for second with Chaminade. Each school posted a 286, one stroke behind Rockhurst’s 285.

Bohon’s payback keys Hickman rout

As Nate Bohon clenched his fist in the air, a chip fell off his shoulder.

Bohon ended his junior season last year with a loss to Helias’ Andy LeRoy at the Class 2 District 5 meet. The loss bothered Bohon during the offseason, but he got his chance for revenge in Hickman’s first match Monday against the visiting Crusaders.

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