Watkins stays focused on MU

To Melvin Watkins it’s just another conference game.

Sure, he will see some familiar faces and receive a few more phone calls than normal, but when he arrives at College Station, Texas, this evening he will have one thing on his mind.

Tigers face triple threat

For the Kansas women’s basketball team this season, the formula has been simple.

If Aquanita Burras, Erica Hallman and Crystal Kemp play well the Jayhawks usually win. When those three struggle, the whole team struggles.

Tigers in familiar position

For the past two seasons, the Missouri baseball team has been picked ninth in the Big 12 Conference in the preseason coaches’ poll. MU exceeded expectations both years, finishing fourth in 2002 and reaching the Big 12 title game last year.

Despite reaching the NCAA Regionals both seasons, the Tigers are only gaining marginal respect in the conference. This year, the coaches picked them eighth. Coach Tim Jamieson said he expected another good result this year.

Cougars, Smith top Trojans

The Columbia College men’s basketball team won 62-54 on Thursday at Hannibal-LaGrange.

Guard Terrance Smith led the Cougars (15-10) with 11 points. Forward Craig Bryan contributed 10. Every Cougars player except one scored, and the team received 19 points from its reserves.

Rock Steady

A 3-point third-quarter lead was enough for Rock Bridge on Wednesday night.

The Bruins held Jefferson City to one field goal in the final quarter and beat the Jays 53-40 at Rock Bridge.

Recruit rank drops, but needs met

The Missouri football team didn’t accomplish its goal of retaining in-state recruits, and its class ranking is down from the previous two years, but one analyst says the Tigers still had a strong showing.

Missouri signed nine in-state players of the 15 it offered scholarships to, below the team’s goal of 90 percent. ranked the Tigers’ recruiting class 38th, down from 29th last year.

Win escapes Hickman wrestlers

The close one didn’t go Hickman’s way.

The Kewpies fell 43-34 to Smith-Cotton on Wednesday at Hickman after rallying from a 22-12 deficit.

Five Kewpies sign to play in college

Five Hickman athletes signed national letters of intent Wednesday. The commitments came on the first day available to athletes to announce their college destinations.

Four of the five were from the Kewpies’ Class 6 state championship football team. The fifth, Janelle Cordia, a soccer and cross country standout at Hickman, accepted a scholarship to play soccer for Missouri .

Outmatched Stars can’t slow Eagles

Freshman Lisa Sanderson stepped up her game when her team needed it most Wednesday night.

Late in the second half, Sanderson hit two consecutive turn-around jump shots to help Robert Morris College-Springfield pull away for a 63-48 victory against the Stephens College basketball team at Silverthorne Arena.

For nomadic Douglass, any court is game

Even for home games, the Douglass boys’ basketball team must travel.

The players leave school and make their way to various courts around Columbia, wherever they can schedule time to play.

Daniel tops MU recruiting list

There has been a lot of talk, but nothing tangible. That will change today.

The Missouri football team is expected to receive letters of intent from the 23 players who have already verbally committed to MU.

KU loss turns up heat on Snyder

The Missouri hot seat just got a little hotter.

As the MU men’s basketball team limped toward the close of a 73-61 loss to Kansas on Monday, a cheer rose from the 16,300 faithful at Allen Fieldhouse.

Late lapses sink Rock Bridge twice

The Rock Bridge wrestlers did not have quite enough to win.

The Bruins competed in two close duals Tuesday night, losing to Warrenton 41-28 and then to Kirksville 38-31.

Sizzling first half leads Cougars past Bearcats

The other six conference victories may have been blowouts. But this was a statement.

The Columbia College women’s basketball team defeated McKendree (Ill.) College 113-81 on Tuesday night to gain sole possession of first place in the American Midwest Conference.

Kewpies find new tourney venue

When the Hickman Kewpies lost eight seniors from last year’s state runner-up girls’ basketball team, they also lost their spot in the top basketball tournament in the state.

The KTXR Tournament at Drury University in Springfield invites the best teams from across the country to compete, but the Kewpies were not asked back this season.

Tigers fall to Oregon in tennis tourney final

The No. 69 Missouri women’s tennis team lost 5-2 on Tuesday to No. 27 Oregon in the finals of the Minnesota Court Classic.

The Tigers are 1-1 this season.

Rock Bridge gets boost from youth

Rock Bridge’s youth served it well on Monday night, and the Bruins had just enough to pull out a win.

Led by two freshmen and a sophomore, the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Mexico 51-47 in another close game for the Bruins.

Conley’s play can’t net win

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Jason Conley did everything right. He drove, had good shot selection and played strong defense.

Conley’s best efforts still weren’t enough to lift Missouri to its first road win of the season. In a 73-61 loss to No. 3 Kansas on Monday at Allen Field House, Conley scored 20 points, had four rebounds and three steals. Big numbers weren’t the only thing Conley contributed.

Fading Fast

LAWRENCE, Kan. — It’s much too late in the season for there to be any moral victories for Missouri.

“There’s no such thing as that for us,” senior Jason Conley said. “We’ve had a lot of those this year, and as time goes on … They feel good as far making a big step as a team, but me and the guys are tired of getting so close, as far as playing these big schools that are ranked and getting close. That almost hurts more. I’d rather lose by 100 points than lose by nine or 10.”

Frosty first half cools Stars’ hopes

The ball wouldn’t fall for Stephens College in the first half Monday night.

The Stars lost 67-55 to Avila University at Silverthorne Arena after shooting 16 percent in the first 20 minutes.