Heather Kunkel stepped to the plate in the first inning of Missouri’s game Tuesday and shot a quick look at the Southwest Missouri State pitcher.
The exchange was nothing like your typical pitcher-hitter stare-down. There was no intimidation, no hostility.
Jason Conley never achieved his dream of winning a national championship.
That dream died last Friday.
He didn’t mind settling for second best, especially if it meant he could keep playing college basketball.
The real March madness begins when teams are announced for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament and fans begin to fill in their brackets.
One out of every 10 Americans will fill out a bracket in this year’s tournament. Groups of office workers, students and friends throw money into a pot, hoping to predict the winner of as many games as possible to receive a usually modest payoff.
Monica Mueller’s comfort level was high as she led the way to another Columbia College win on Tuesday.
Mueller, the Cougars’ All-America senior pitcher, allowed three hits in a 5-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader with Lincoln. The Cougars won the second game 2-0.
The Big 12 Conference named Missouri outfielder James Boone the Player of the Week on Tuesday. This is the second time in Boone’s baseball career he has received the award.
In the past four games, Boone hit .786 (11-for-14) with a home run and 13 RBIs. On the season, Boone is hitting .431 with three home runs. His 36 RBIs puts him on pace to break Aaron Jaworowski’s Missouri record of 101 RBIs in a season.
You won’t find Columbia College guard Justin Falker in the team photo.
He was too busy playing pickup basketball when it was taken.
James Boone was having one of his typically productive days, but the rest of his team was not. So he decided to help them out.
With the Missouri baseball team ahead 5-2, mostly thanks to Boone, but in an offensive lull, coach Tim Jamieson sent junior Derek Chambers in to pinch hit.
The Big East and the Atlantic Coastal Conference may have received the most national attention during the men’s basketball regular season, but the Big 12 Conference seems to be the one to watch in the postseason.
Six Big 12 teams were selected to the NCAA tournament. The conference has sent six teams to the tournament five times in its nine year history.
A long season of hard work and dedication has paid off for the Rock Bridge Bruin Girls dance team, which won the NDA National Dance Championships in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday.
The 17-girl team is the first from Columbia to win the competition. The Bruin Girls placed second at the competition for the past two years.
Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder has had at least one sleepless night already. He is liable to have a few more before the week is out, either because of the sting of defeat or preparation for the next game.
Single-elimination tournaments will do that to a coach, even when they aren’t the ‘Big Dance.’
10DePaul University is named for St. Vincent de Paul, founder of the Congregation of the Mission. Members of his congregation, also known as Vincentians, founded the university in Chicago in 1898.
9 With more than 23,000 students, DePaul is the largest Catholic university in the United States. That number is also big enough to make DePaul the largest private institution in the city of Chicago.
Illinois was rewarded like no other No. 1 seed with short bus rides to Indianapolis and Chicago, which could set up one more to St. Louis for the Final Four.
For the seventh straight year, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play in a postseason tournament.
The Tigers accepted an invitation Sunday night to play in the National Invitation Tournament.
Missouri had a big day offensively Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Again. And the Tigers shut out Youngstown State. Again.
But perhaps lost in Missouri’s 17-0 blowout of the Penguins was the emergence of two additional weapons.
Ty Singleton was having flashbacks to April 1985.
Singelton, Missouri’s softball coach, could not get the image of Sidd Finch, a fictitious New York Mets pitching prospect, out of his head.
The Missouri women’s gymnastics team recorded its highest road score of the season in Fayetteville, Ark. on Sunday. The No. 32 Tigers defeated No. 15 Arkansas 196.050-195.575.
Senior Alisha Robinson won the all-around title, scoring a 39.300; Ashley Khederian finished fourth with a 38.275.
Evan Watters and Nicole Frazier accomplished something over the weekend that no Missouri diver had in two decades.
Watters and Frazier, juniors on the Missouri swimming and diving team, qualified for the NCAA championships, becoming the first Tiger divers to do so since Denise Buchheister in 1982.
The teams playing in the National Invitation Tournament won’t be selected until tonight, but that hasn’t stopped Missouri from preparing for it.
A first-round win in the Big 12 Conference tournament against Nebraksa on Thursday secured a record of .500 or better for the Tigers (16-16) and eligibility for the NIT.
The date was April 26, 1997. The Big 12 Conference was a mere nine months old, and Missouri softball pitcher Barb Wright had just led her Tigers to a doubleheader sweep of Kansas and the school’s first Big 12 championship.
A week later, Mary Babb hit two home runs to help the Tigers win the Big 12 tournament title, making MU’s early tally of Big 12 championships two.
Throughout Mizzou Arena, a sparse crowd awaited a game between the Missouri (12-3) and Baylor (9-12) on Feb. 16.
MU fans have gotten used to watching mediocre teams since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. But even most fans didn’t know MU had won only two Big 12 titles in 20 sports.