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Official scorers offer fond Hearnes memories

Most Missouri basketball fans would make quite a sacrifice to have a courtside seat at Missouri’s final regular-season game at Hearnes Center on Sunday.

The seven-person official scoring crew working at the Missouri and Kansas game will not only have what Mike Nichols calls the “best seats in the house’’ at the scorers’ table, but it also will get paid to be involved in the action.

Fast finish for Cougars

Players aren’t normally diving for loose balls at halftime, but Columbia College needed an energy boost after a lackadaisical start Tuesday night.

The Cougars beat Harris-Stowe State 91-56 in the first round of the American Midwest Conference women’s basketball tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Millions more for MU

MU’s athletic department announced Tuesday that it received a $10 million gift to renovate facilities and fund student scholarships. The gift came from the Kansas City Sports Trust, a group of anonymous donors whose purpose is to support MU’s athletic program.

“This is a great day for the Tigers,” Mike Alden, MU director of athletics, said at a press conference in the Reynolds Alumni Center.

Similar situation, different direction

When Missouri visits Texas Tech at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock tonight, it might find something familiar.

If the Tigers squint hard enough, they might see themselves reflected in the Red Raiders. When Texas Tech hosts Missouri at 6:30 p.m., both teams will fight to earn a game that is vital to their postseason hopes.

Ehlers blasts Tigers past Leathernecks

Late arrivals to Taylor Stadium missed the majority of the offense Tuesday night. Cody Ehlers’ two-run home run in the first inning was the difference as the Tigers defeated Western Illinois 2-1.

With two outs, Ehlers hit a ball to right field that easily cleared the fence and drove in Zane Taylor, who led off with a single. It was Ehlers’ third home run of the season.

Many incentives for Tigers

Much will be on the line for the Missouri women’s basketball team when it faces Texas A&M tonight in the final regular-season game for both teams.

Tip-off is at 7 at Reed Arena in College-Station, Texas, and a win against the Aggies could help the Tigers improve their seed in next week’s Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Missouri slugs to sweep of Oklahoma City

Missouri wanted to get it over with early.

The Tigers batted around in a six-run third inning to complete a doubleheader sweep against Oklahoma City on Tuesday at University Field.

Newton to coach Bruins

Beth Newton won’t have to travel far for her first high school volleyball head-coaching job.

Newton, an assistant at Hickman for the past two years, was named the Rock Bridge coach Tuesday.

Tigers lose playoff at golf tournament

The Missouri women’s golf team lost a playoff to Kansas State at the Texas A&M Mo’morial Invitational in College Station.

Both teams finished their final rounds with scores of 909 before the Wildcats won the playoff hole with a birdie.

Paving Kewpies’ path

It’s evident in a foot tapping, a head bobbing, lips moving.

It’s one thing Hickman coach Tonya Mirts has learned in the past four years: Her players love music. She lets them listen to it in the locker room, during practice, on the bus.

Spring teams get seasons under way

After losing four of its top seven starters last year, the Rock Bridge tennis team will have an uncertain roster heading into its final season in the North Central Missouri Conference because the Bruins will become independent next season.

Although most of the starters will be determined after intrasquad match play in practice this month, coach Ben Loeb is confident that senior Jon-Eric Meyer will lead his singles team.

Split Decision

Throughout the 32-year history of Hearnes Center, two teams have visited Columbia and gone on to win the national championship.

During the regular season, few expected either team to be among the nation’s best, but both put it together during a strong March.

Cougars eye NAIA tournament bid

On paper, the American Midwest Conference women’s basketball tournament looks like a two-team race.

Columbia College (24-7, 14-0 AMC) and McKendree (Ill.) are the only teams with winning conference records. The Cougars’ 79-75 win at McKendree on Feb. 3 was their lone AMC victory decided by single digits.

Practice focuses Tigers

Effort in practice never presented a problem.

Through 19 games, though, Missouri’s work in practice erratically appeared in the subsequent game. The team’s confidence wavered as it dropped below .500.

Big 12 teams like postseason chances

To reach the NCAA Tournament, Big 12 Conference teams have needed at least nine conference wins.

Because of the Big 12’s increasing parity, this seven-year old pattern might change, and teams with an 8-8 Big 12 record might not have their bubbles burst.

Tough ground

The results of the Missouri women’s basketball team’s first two games at Hearnes Center were by no means signs of things to come.

Losses to Northwest Missouri on Jan. 17, 1975, and Truman State six days later did not follow Missouri’s ideal plan for christening women’s basketball at Hearnes Center.

Tigers’ hitting, pitching mesh against Penguins

The Missouri offense looked as solid Sunday as its pitching has all season.

The Tigers’ 12 hits led to a 8-1 victory against Youngstown State at Taylor Stadium and helped them claim their first home series 2-1.

Victory against K-State crucial

The game had the potential to destroy what had become a strong finish to Missouri’s inconsistent season.

It has been a long time since a defeat to Kansas State could be defined as a good loss, meaning the Tigers had to take advantage of a struggling Wildcats team Saturday in Manhattan. A loss would have ruined everything Missouri had gained by upsetting No. 6 Oklahoma State on Tuesday.

Tigers land upset

While Missouri set a school record on the balance beam, two of Oklahoma’s gymnasts stumbled off the four-inch wide apparatus to allow the Tigers an upset victory.

As Alisha Robinson’s floor routine music, themes from the movie Gladiator, swelled through Hearnes Center on Sunday, the crowd began to realize that Missouri could steal the meet from Oklahoma.

Robinson a hit for Tigers

While the Yankees have A-Rod, the Missouri gymnastics team has A-Rob.

Alisha Robinson has been the leader on the floor for Missouri during its most prolific season. She holds the team’s high scores in vault, uneven bars, and floor exercise and has the distinction of being the team’s all-around competitor.

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