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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.

Wanting more

Yelena Olshanskaya was trying to win a crucial singles match for the Missouri women’s tennis team.

In the middle of her match, the Oregon coach yelled out to Olshanskaya’s opponent, “You know you want this.”

Stephens signs guard

At the end of the Stephens College basketball season, coach Dane Pavlovich saw two problems to address in order to make the future brighter for his team.

“We didn’t have a lot of guard depth at the end of the season, especially when Amy (Burklund, the starting point guard) went down,” Pavlovich said. “And at times, we were inconsistent with (3-point shots) last year.”

Final Four puts spring in St. Louis’ step

ST. LOUIS – As they stretched out on top of the steps leading to the arch, it was apparent there was no place they would rather be.

A refreshing breeze swept out toward the Mississippi River. Banjo music played on a nearby riverboat. A few patches of white speckled the blue canopy overhead.

Costly mistakes cut short Missouri’s 15-game streak

Despite shaky defense, baserunning errors and stagnant hitting, the Missouri baseball team had a chance to beat Texas Tech in the late innings on Sunday at Taylor Stadium.

Then came some suspect relief pitching.

Tigers lose focus, match

Yelena Olshanskaya and the Missouri women’s tennis team were the victims of bad luck on Sunday.

The Tigers lost 5-2 to Texas A&M at Green Tennis Center, falling to 12-5, 2-4 in the Big 12.

Tigers again cannot overcome big inning

They had a reconfigured lineup. They made fewer errors. They hit Oklahoma pitching hard.

The Tigers even wore different uniforms.

Awards put spotlight on sportsmanship

There wasn’t an award given for the league’s most valuable player, or a trophy given to the leading scorer. The only awards at this banquet were about sportsmanship.

The Columbia Youth Basketball Association hosted its annual Matt Twenter Sportsmanship Awards Banquet on Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Teams from all of the league’s age levels, ranging from fourth to ninth grade, were recognized.

Bucknell gains unlikely backers

‘Bison fever’ seems to be contagious.

Support for Bucknell, the tiny liberal arts school in Pennsylvania that pulled off an unlikely upset against No. 3 Kansas in the NCAA tournament, has spread beyond the little town of Lewisburg.

UNC seniors remember much worse

ST. LOUIS – It was midway through Jackie Manuel’s sophomore season, and he had reached his wit’s end.

Manuel, a guard at North Carolina, had just committed five turnovers in a game against North Carolina A&T. The once-proud Tar Heels were on their way to a mediocre season, one that ended with a loss in the National Invitation Tournament.

Many favor new 3-point line

Don’t tell Michigan State guard Chris Hill that basketball isn’t a game of inches.

“An inch here or there can decide the difference in a game, as we found out against Kentucky.” Hill said.

McCants eager to be hero for Heels

ST. LOUIS- Choosing a go-to guy on most college basketball teams can be a difficult task.

In an NCAA tournament filled with desperation threes and overtime magic, there’s been ample opportunity for many players to taste heroism.

Mizzou gives waterskiing old college try

LAKE OZARK — The wooden deck at the Alhonna Resort is warm to the touch. College students lie on their backs and listen to the sounds of Jimmy Buffet.

Once in awhile, they turn their glances from the clear blue sky overhead to the glittering Lake of the Ozarks.

Alumni still competitive

ST. LOUIS – Certain things just don’t change.

Norm Stewart knew as much. After all, he is the one who recruited all 17 of them.

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