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Kewpies shut out Moberly

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.

MU foes swinging the blues

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.

Starting strong

It was a fall evening late in 2003, and Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson and his assistants were holding a routine meeting about the Tigers’ pitching staff.

One of the items on the agenda that night was Max Scherzer, the freshman with a blazing fastball, a nasty slider and a tricky change-up.

Hickman hurlers keep hot streak alive in win

Players on the Hickman baseball team might have been wondering if they would ever surrender another hit.

After Kewpies pitchers threw back-to-back no-hitters, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh had spectators thinking perfection midway through Hickman’s 12-4 win against Mexico.

Globetrotters awe Mizzou Arena fans

As soon as an opposing player missed a free throw, Kevin “Special K” Daley of the Harlem Globetrotters was there to point and laugh in his face.

Laughing hysterically, he yanked down the pants of one shooter and sprinted to the half court line. To the delight of the crowd, the victimized player chased after Daley and forcefully pulled down his shorts, revealing an identical pair underneath.

Run support fails Cougars

It seemed as if seniors Monica Mueller and Kerri Gapka pitched for different teams on Thursday.

Mueller, an All-American, pitched the first game of Columbia College’s doubleheader against fellow Region 5 member Central Methodist and was supported with six runs.

Water-skiers set to compete

All the snow has melted in Mid-Missouri, but there’s no need to travel to Colorado to catch some great skiing action.

Waterskiing has started on Missouri’s lakes.

Veteran Kewps tee off season with windy win

Hickman’s experience showed Wednesday at its season-opening meet.

The Kewpies, who tied for fifth in the Class 4 state championship last season, didn’t falter in the face of a stiff wind on the front nine at L.A. Nickell golf course.

Golfer’s familiarity breeds success

Kyle Kovar had a familiar feeling walking into the clubhouse at gusty LA Nickell Golf Course on Wednesday.

Kovar, a junior on the Hickman golf team, grew up playing this course.

Rams welcome former lineman

ST. LOUIS — Defensive end Jay Williams, an 11-year player who broke in with the then-Los Angeles Rams in 1994, is returning to the franchise.

The Rams announced Wednesday they have signed Williams, 33, to a three-year, $2.65 million contract. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus.

St. Louis readies for NCAA crowds

ST. LOUIS — Expecting thousands of guests in town for college basketball’s premier event, police say they will keep their guard up for any trouble without applying a stifling press on revelers in the city’s first Final Four in a quarter century.

About a year in the planning, security downtown during the next several days, including Saturday’s Division I semifinals and Monday’s title game, will be measured, not as smothering as some complained things were when Pope John Paul II visited St. Louis six years ago.

Bruins dominate first match

Rock Bridge’s Claire Schaeper-koetter’s eyes got wide as she tried to score the second goal of her young soccer career.

Minutes into Rock Bridge’s opening game of the season against Hannibal, freshman Jeanna Ross had centered the ball to Schaeper-koetter.

NCAA eyeing scalpers

ST. LOUIS — Police and the NCAA will be watching closely for ticket scalpers — including coaches — as college-basketball fans converge on St. Louis for the sport’s grand event.

St. Louis is hosting the men’s Final Four for the first time since 1978. The 46,688 seats at the Edward Jones Dome were sold out months ago, and with a large contingent of Illinois and Louisville fans coming — Champaign, Ill., is 2 1/2 hours away, Louisville is four hours — ticket scalping is a big concern.

Jennings shines in Hickman victory

For a second, it looked like Hickman sophomore JaBarbara Jennings had finally encountered an event she couldn’t win.

The speed that had served her so well in triple jump, long jump and 100-meter dash was fading fast. With 200 meters left in the 400-meter race, Jennings said she could feel her legs starting to slow.

Mueller throws perfect game

Monica Mueller hasn’t been perfect in three years.

She was pitcher of the year in the American Midwest Conference and the All-Region 5 pitcher of the year in 2004, but she still wasn’t perfect.

Tigers earn academic honors

Sophomore Shawn Jasper of the Missouri men’s golf team and Junior Ashley Patten of the women’s track team were named this week’s Lathrop & Gage Student-Athletes of the Week for their athletic and academic achievements as well as contributions to the community.

Patten, a business management major, has a 3.19 grade point average and recently finished eighth in the 800-meter run at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 12. She has contributed to the community by spending time with the Ronald McDonald House Benefit.

Kewps in sync

Hickman’s Caitlyn Keith raced by defenders as two of her teammates closed in behind her.

Keith fired a shot that ricocheted off the left post, but Kendall Foss was there to nudge the ball past the helpless Camdenton goalie, increasing the Kewpies’ lead to four.

Royals' pitcher making speedy recovery

Runelvys Hernandez did everything he could to get out of the Dominican Republic and make it to the big leagues.

He made it. But along the way, all that hard work wrecked his pitching arm and put his career on hold for almost two years.

Bears advance to title game

Jenni Lingor scored 32 points to lead Southwest Missouri State to an 89-80 victory against Iowa in the semifinals of the Women’s NIT on Monday night.

K.C. Cowgill finished with 21 points and Sarah Klaassen added 12 for Southwest Missouri (24-8). Kari Koch finished with 12 assists.

Lady Vols eye title

PHILADELPHIA — Shyra Ely scrawled her goal on the back of her sneakers: Homeward Bound. With the way Tennessee is playing, Ely might get her wish.

Ely scored 23 points and led the top-seeded Lady Vols into their 20th regional final with a 75-59 win against Texas Tech on Sunday. The Lady Vols (29-4) will play Rutgers in the Philadelphia Regional on Tuesday night for a trip to the Final Four in Ely’s hometown of Indianapolis.

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