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Keeping the Pace

Coach Gary Pinkel said during preseason practices that Missouri was not as good as its top-25 ranking.

The Tigers proved Pinkel right when they lost to Troy 24-14 on Sept. 9 on national television.

Rock sets tone for Kewpies

Last season it was all so different.

Lindsey Rock, Hickman’s starting shortstop, was a junior on an 8-18 Kewpie softball team that had four seniors that she could go to for advice and support.

Versatile Alvis poised to lead Kewps

It’s one thing to lead by your actions. It’s another to do it five times over.

Welcome to Cedric Alvis’ world.

Bruins look to stop surging Hannibal

The Rock Bridge football team hopes to do what a lightning storm could not: stop the Hannibal Pirates.

In Hannibal’s game Sept. 17 against Marshall, lightning forced officials to reschedule for Saturday with 1 minute, 35 seconds left in the first quarter.

Nedoma leads Bruins with 40

A home-course advantage helped secure the second victory this week for the Rock Bridge golf team.

The Bruins beat Southern Boone 171-224 on Thursday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Stags crush Bruins, Kewps

Adjectives like ugly and gruesome are usually reserved for the latest horror movie, but Rock Bridge volleyball players used them to describe the team’s match Thursday night against two-time defending 5A Kansas state champions Bishop Miege.

The 18-0 Stags defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-5 and Hickman 25-17, 25-10 at Hickman in separate matches. With the losses, Rock Bridge falls to 4-7 and Hickman to 6-5.

Shen’s play maturing

After a history of errors on big-time points, Missouri volleyball player Shen Danru is using this season to shine in the clutch.

Five times during the young season, Shen, a junior outside hitter, has made kills to give the Tigers game victories.

Kirksville slips past Hickman

Nobody likes to lose, and the Hickman tennis team is no exception. Don’t expect the Kewpies to throw their rackets because of a losing streak, though.

Hickman fell 5-4 to Kirksville on Thursday, but there was more enthusiasm than frustration afterward.

Cougars streak by St. Mary

The St. Mary Spires were left rather low after the Columbia College men’s soccer team toppled them on Thursday.

A 3-0 win against the Spires, from Leavenworth, Kan., gave the Cougars 11 consecutive victories at Owens Soccer Stadium.

Franklin sheds redshirt, defenders

Gary Pinkel said he rarely makes a mistake when deciding to pull the redshirt off one of his freshmen.

The performance of wide receiver William Franklin, a true freshman, in the Tigers’ 48-0 win Saturday against Ball State shows Pinkel has good reason to make that claim. In his third college game, Franklin was one of quarterback Brad Smith’s and backup Brandon Coleman’s best options, accounting for 76 of Missouri’s 268 passing yards.

Cougars sweep Bearcats

There is one American Midwest Conference team left with a perfect conference record: Columbia College. It took the Cougars two matches to outlast everyone.

Stage set for future matchup

The anticipation of the first meeting between the Rock Bridge and Hickman volleyball teams has been building for weeks and will intensify a little more tonight when the two teams play in the same gym.

Both teams face Bishop Miege of Shawnee Mission, Kan., at Hickman, but will not play each other.

MU’s Moller chosen for sports information award

Missouri Director of Athletic Media Relations Chad Moller will receive the Scoop Hudgins Sports Information Director’s Award at the All-American Football Foundation banquet on Sept. 22 in Chicago, Ill.

Moller was chosen by the Foundation as the recipient of this award because of his efforts to promote college football. This is his 11th year working with the MU athletic department and his fifth year as director of the media relations office.

Second-half score stings Spartans

Someone passing by Owens Soccer Stadium on Tuesday night might have mistaken the noise emanating from the stands for a swarm of angry hornets.

But the only sting was felt by the Missouri Baptist University soccer team in a 1-0 loss to Columbia College.

Bruins cruise to easy victory

The Rock Bridge girls’ golf team didn’t settle for second-best.

Finishing three strokes behind Hickman at the William Woods Invitational on Monday left the Bruins eager for a win.

Fatima keeps Bruins sliding

It could have been much worse.

In a subtle but noticeable display of sportsmanship, Fatima softball coach Ryan Robertson began holding base runner late in Tuesday’s game against Rock Bridge to keep from running up the score on a struggling Bruins’ team.

Efficiency keeps Bruins undefeated

The Rock Bridge tennis team used machine-like efficiency to crank out the quickest home-match victory so far this season against Marshall.

Rock Bridge (12-0) showed little emotion on the court, finishing off the Owls 9-0 in 2 hours, 15 minutes.

13 is Tigers’ lucky number

It would be hard to blame Na Yang if she complained of a sore hand.

Na, a freshman outside hitter for the Missouri volleyball team, rattled off 13 consecutive serves Tuesday night in a 3-0 (30-21, 30-7, 30-20) sweep of Southeast Missouri State at Hearnes Center.

Four TV dates on tap for Missouri

The Missouri women’s basketball team faces a lineup of top-notch opponents and four games of national television coverage, the most of any season yet.

Coach Cindy Stein announced the team’s 2004-05 schedule Tuesday, which includes 14 games at home in the new 15,000-seat, $75 million Paige Sports Arena.