Champion at last

OKLAHOMA CITY — Ben Askren is the first national champion in Missouri wrestling history. He claimed the 174-pound title dominating No. 2-seed Jake Herbert 14-2 Saturday evening at the NCAA championships.

Rumors fly about Missouri’s next coach

The return of Missouri basketball.

Extra points

When the Hickman football team won the 2004 Class 6 state championship, the Kewpies’ defense allowed only 54.1 yards and 8.1 points per game. The man in charge of that unit was defensive coordinator Jason Wright.

Tigers not looking past Hokies

Two balanced, athletic teams. Two senior point guards to lead. Two teams that expected to be where they are. And two teams trying not to focus on No. 2 seed Connecticut.

MU center ready to lead again

Adam Spieker likes to frequent buffets that serve pizza and Chinese food with other members of the offensive line. But, the 6-foot-2, 310-pound center has decided to watch what he eats.

Poor decisions at plate hurt MU

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and the Missouri softball team trailing Louisville 7-6, the sound of Andee Allen’s walk-up music, “Hells Bells”, lingered in the air at University Field. The few fans remaining after over four hours of softball were hoping for a tying hit, and cheered raucously for Missouri’s freshman shortstop.

Harrisburg takes Class 2 title

The Harrisburg Bulldogs were in uncharted territory in Friday’s Class 2 boys’ basketball championship. The school with an enrollment of 182 had never finished better than fourth in the state tournament.

Gilmore the answer for Cardinal Ritter

Cardinal Ritter had an answer for everything. It gave a steal for a steal, and a point for a point, a reaction for every action.

Pembroke Hill runs away with Class 3 state title

Lining up more than an hour and a half before Saturday’s game began, fans from Blair Oaks waited outside Mizzou Arena to see the Jefferson City team’s Class 3 girls’ championship game. The kelly-green shirts most were wearing announced the school’s trip to the state final four, the first in the Falcons’ history.

The tie that binds

A nationally-broadcast television show filmed at his house. Acclaim and admiration from his peers. A chance to teach others about what he loves.

Top Tigers dominate trio of events

While working on her balance beam routine at a recent practice, Missouri senior Jodie Heinicka paused, almost in mid-stride.

“Come on, Whit!” She yelled, looking straight ahead, seemingly at a very important spot on the wall.

Harrisburg defeats Marionville for state championship

The Harrisburg Bulldogs entered Friday’s Class 2 boys’ basketball championship in uncharted territory. The school, with an enrollment of 182, had never finished better than fourth place in the state tournament.

Curator seeks board role in sports

While a second independent investigation into the resignation of former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder came to a close Thursday, UM Curator David Wasinger said he wants to bring more access and input to the athletic department as a whole.

Two Tigers in quarterfinals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Missouri wrestlers advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA championships Thursday.

Baffled Cougars eliminated from postseason

KANSAS CITY — With Columbia College trailing early in the second half, Cougars guard Marcus Bradford had just been called for a loose ball foul that could have gone either way. Instead of arguing the call, he turned his back on the referee and faced media row.

Wentz eager for thrills of racing in whitewater

Emilee Wentz loves to slice through fast-running rivers in her kayak.

Triple threat

When Sarah Zigler, a senior on the Missouri gymnastics team, transferred from Arizona State her sophomore year, she didn’t have a scholarship, didn’t know anyone on the team and was competing in only one event — the uneven bars.

Eye on the goals

The goals the Hickman boys’ lacrosse team shoots at may be small, but the goals the players shoot for are most definitely not.

Track and field coach honored

On Tuesday, during a weekly team “mind-set” meeting, Missouri head track and field head coach Dr. Rick McGuire was presented with the Mick Deaver Memorial Award.

William Woods sweeps Cougars

The Columbia College softball team was one out away from beating No. 9 William Woods on Thursday in the second game of a doubleheader at Cougars Softball Field.