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.”
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.
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.
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.
They had a reconfigured lineup. They made fewer errors. They hit Oklahoma pitching hard.
The Tigers even wore different uniforms.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Missouri football team’s offense had an extra spring in its step Saturday.
Offense dominated the team’s first spring scrimmage.
It was common to find schools making their third consecutive appearances at the Missouri Relays on Friday and Saturday.
What was a little unusual was to see a high school team from Wisconsin making such an appearance.
A night after Max Scherzer and Michael Cole threw Missouri’s first no-hitter in 24 years, Nathan Culp knew he wasn’t going to repeat the act.
He just wanted to help the Tigers set some history of a different kind.
Steve McCown emerged from the umpires’ locker room and sauntered out onto University Field.
He took his position a few feet behind third base, his legs straddling the baseline. McCown adjusted his cap and slid his feet across the dirt.
When Missouri relief pitcher Michael Cole entered the game Friday night in the eighth inning, he knew Missouri starting pitcher Max Scherzer had pitched a solid seven innings.
It wasn't until Cole completed the final two innings that he realized he and Scherzer had just combined on a no-hitter.
The Hickman baseball team continued its recent dominance with an all-parts sound 10-0 home win against Camdenton on Friday.
For the second game in a row, the Hickman goalkeepers were very lonely.
The Hickman offense kept the ball on the offensive side of the field for the majority of its 5-0 win against the Moberly Spartans at Cosmopolitan Park Friday night. Superior speed, footwork and passing vaulted the Kewpies (3-1) past their tired opponents.
Normal circumstances don’t call for the Linda Ronstadt song “Blue Bayou” to be played on the public address system at University Field.
But Missouri softball assistant coach Tom Royder does.