Extra Points: Honors given to two Tigers

The National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association named pitcher Max Scherzer to its preseason All-American first team. Scherzer, last season’s Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and second team All-American, led the Big 12 with 131 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA during the 2005 season.

Schaeperkoetter on target

With the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team trailing in the first quarter against Marshall, Bruins sophomore guard Claire Schaeperkoetter knew she needed to take over.

Hickman freshman not waiting to excel

Hickman’s gymnasium was nearly vacant when the last group of players emerged from the door leading up from the girls’ locker room.

Replacing All-Pro not a snap

KANSAS CITY — In Ed Perry’s first game last month after replacing one of the league’s great long-snappers, Kansas City tied an NFL field goal record.

Fitzpatrick remains starter for St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Rams are sticking with rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, despite his five-interception game on Sunday.

Focus key to victory for Pell

During Matt Pell’s 15-2 major decision victory Sunday, there was a noticeable difference in his approach. He was calmer. He was more focused.

Rousing romp

The game was well in hand and had been since the first five minutes. Well, at least that’s what it seemed like to the fans at Mizzou Arena on Sunday to see the Missouri women’s basketball team earn its seventh straight win with a 88-34 victory against the Colonels of Nicholls State.

Bowl lets Missouri show team in action

Coach Gary Pinkel had a full plate over the weekend. One minute, he was organizing practice, intently preparing for Missouri’s game against South Carolina on Dec. 30 in the Independence Bowl, the next he was organizing dinners and mingling with parents of recruits on the sideline, turning on his softer, charming side.

Jumping rope nets Hickman results

Hickman girls’ basketball coach Curt Riley has a constant reminder for his team: Hold the rope.

Rock Bridge guard shows quiet poise

Andrea Seabaugh has a quiet confidence about herself on the court. You won’t find her celebrating after a big shot. You won’t see her cracking a smile after a great pass. She’ll sometimes toy with defenders when she handles the ball, but not in a way that taunts them.

Tigers tumble

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Missouri volleyball team was unaware that there was an All-Region team.

Willed to win

Matt Lawrence pounded the table on press row with both palms. It was the second pounding for the table in a matter of seconds. A moment before, Jimmy McKinney’s body slammed across it as he sprawled toward the ground.

Young battles top post player

For Missouri’s post players, the matchup against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi offered a challenge.

Senior gymnast still in top form

Missouri senior Lauren Schwartzman has built an impressive resume during her time on the No. 16 Tigers’ gymnastics team. Last season, she earned two perfect 10’s on the balance beam and tied for second place in floor exercise at the NCAA South Central Regional.

Weekend fills players with mixed emotions

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.— Missouri volleyball coach Wayne Kreklow knows his team didn’t play its best Saturday, losing to No. 15-seeded Tennessee 30-28, 30-27, 25-30, 30-17 in the Regional Finals of the NCAA Tournament. But he also said his team, the tournament’s No. 10 seed, has nothing to be ashamed of.

Playing with passion

Jessra Johnson was in third grade when her mom broke the news.

Friends but foes

Missouri’s Lindsey Hunter and Hawaii’s Kanoe Kamana’o will be on opposite sides of the volleyball court today competing for a spot in the regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, but they could be on the same side of the net in the future.

Tigers seek go-to guys

If the loss at Davidson on Wednesday made one thing obvious, besides that Thomas Gardner can score in a hurry, it is that Missouri needs to develop some offensive weapons around him.

Brandon Coleman trying his hands at wide receiver

After three years as a backup to senior quarterback Brad Smith, junior Brandon Coleman is finally ready to see some action.

Freshman adjusts to new demands

Rachel Henderson is one of nine freshmen on the Stephens College basketball team, so she is not the only Stars player still adjusting to the increased level of competition in college basketball. But she is making a bigger jump than her teammates.