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Cougars show muscle against tough foe

The Columbia College softball team is among the best in the NAIA at No. 12 in the nation. Upper-level competition can’t even slow them.

The Cougars prevailed Monday in their final home game, earning a 7-1 victory against Central Missouri State, a NCAA Division II school.

Hickman wins golf invitational

The Hickman boys’ golf team won the 18-team Capital City Invitational on Monday.

The event was held at par-72 Jefferson City Country Club. The Kewpies shot a 316, while Rock Bridge shot a 344 to finish 12th.

Chicago center fills void for Missouri

After three players announced their departure in the past three weeks, the Missouri men’s basketball team needed some good news.

It got some Sunday.

Parker’s save gives Tigers momentum

The bases were loaded, and home-plate umpire Curtis Alexander wasn’t moving.

The fans roared, thinking they had just seen Missouri’s Taylor Parker throw strike three to Aaron Ivey. The Missouri players started out of their dugout, ready to celebrate a victory. But Alexander stood still behind the plate.

Three Tigers trade stripes for the NFL

There was a happy ending for Damien Nash.

Nash, Missouri’s starting running back as a junior last season, left the team at the end of the year to declare for the NFL draft.

Priday rescues pitcher again

Jacob Priday might just be Doug Mathis’ new best friend.

Mathis gave up two runs to Oklahoma in the sixth inning of Sunday’s game at Taylor Stadium, giving the Sooners a 3-2 lead.

Missouri fourth at Big 12 golf finals in Texas

The Missouri women’s golf team earned fourth at the Big 12 Championships on Sunday at the University of Texas Golf Course in Austin.

The Tigers totaled 923 and their final round 304 was the best of the weekend. Oklahoma State won with a 900.

KLEIZA DECLARES FOR DRAFT

The Missouri men’s basketball team may soon be without its best player.

Contradicting his previous statements, sophomore forward Linas Kleiza said Saturday that he planned to file for the 2005 NBA Draft, potentially leaving the Tigers for the professional league next season.

From foul to fair

Mid-Missouri Mavericks president and co-owner Gary Wendt is up front about his team’s miserable 2004 season.

The season in which the Mavericks finished 28-66, 30 games back of the first-place Rockford RiverHawks in the Frontier League’s West Division.

An old-school teacher

At Missouri lacrosse alumni games, Eddie Hedrick marches out to the field, wearing equipment he has had since he played in college during the ’60s. Unlike the slick, expensive gear that his players don, Hedrick’s equipment is outdated and falling apart.

“Back in the day when I played,” Hedrick said, “we didn’t have all that protective gear.”

Panthers pick Ellison

Former Missouri defensive tackle Atiyyah Ellison’s dream came true Saturday night when the Carolina Panthers made Ellison the 89th pick in the NFL Draft.

The Panthers selected Ellison with the 25th pick of the third round after trading up to acquire the pick. They sent two fourth round picks (No. 115 and No. 126 overall) to the Green Bay Packers.

KCOU’s dreams close to reality

Mike Kelly has called a lot of football games as “The Voice of the Tigers” on KFRU/1400 AM.

He has seen the “Fifth Down,” “kicked ball” and numerous other Missouri blunders and successes on the field.

Getting a second chance

Two years ago, a game of baseball and a soft blooper to shallow right put Hickman second baseman Chad Hatcher’s life in jeopardy.

You wouldn’t know it by watching him play today as a senior.

Finding future recruits can be child’s play

Brad Smith dropped back to pass. His target ran a smooth slant route over the middle through traffic. Smith’s eyes darted across the field as he lofted a deep ball towards the goal line.

His target was 11-year-old Corey Reuter.

Bats come back to life

The Saturday sun had begun its descent into the west, a subtle reminder for the slumping Missouri baseball team. The Tigers needed something good to happen, and they needed it fast.

Earlier in the day, Missouri had lost the first game of its series with Oklahoma, 2-1 in 10 innings, wasting chance after chance in the completion of a game that had been suspended by rain Friday night.

Bruins avenge lone loss of 2004 season in Invitational

Kyle Kinderknecht and his Rock Bridge teammates remember last year’s Mid-Missouri invitational well.

Rock Bridge and DeSmet were tied at four in the semifinal round with one match left. It was all left up to Kinderknecht, who lost in a tiebreaker. The loss was the Bruin’s only defeat in the regular season last year.

Seniors have disappointing home finale

The Missouri women’s tennis team lost its third straight match on Saturday, falling to Texas 7-0 at the Green Tennis Center.

Katka Sevcikova and Carolyn Kramer, both seniors playing in their final home match at Missouri (14-8, 4-7), were the lone winners for the Tigers. They won the No. 1 doubles match.

Schlader chasing his hoop dream

As a young boy, Zac Schlader’s March afternoons consisted of shooting baskets at the hoop in his driveway and watching the NCAA tournament on television. The high energy, excitement and frequent upsets in the tournament enthralled Schlader.

Growing up in Columbia, Schlader said his dream was to one day be a Missouri Tiger and play in the tournament. With age, Schlader came to a harsh realization.

Rain forces suspension of 1-1 game

The Missouri baseball team was looking to break a three-game conference losing streak Friday night at Taylor Stadium, but rain forced the Tigers to wait at least one more day.

Friday's game between the Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and the score 1-1.

Duo dreams of NFL draft

Former Missouri defensive tackles Atiyyah Ellison and C.J. Mosley might have a strange feeling after this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It’s likely they won’t be lining up side-by-side on the field for the first time in more than three years.

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