Rock Bridge opens with success

The Rock Bridge girl's basketball team looked like anything but a team that won only six games last season.

Friday evening the team managed to make a fourth quarter push in its season opener to beat St. Teresa 52-48 at Rock Bridge.

Kewpies fall short against Ruskin

Even with a fourth quarter comeback, the Hickman boys' basketball team was unable to defeat Ruskin High School, falling 57-51 on Friday night at Hickman to bring their record to 2-2. .

"We got out hustled and we got outplayed," Hickman Coach Jim Sutherland said. "...They beat us, and they deserved to win the ball game."

As hosts, tournament special for MU

When Missouri’s volleyball players take the Hearnes Center court at 6 p.m. today to play Arkansas, expect a little extra bounce in the Tigers’ steps.

What’s the occasion? The first home NCAA Tournament game in Missouri’s history, the fifth time in a row that the Tigers (19-8) have appeared in the NCAA Tournament, a chance for the Tigers to win their second tournament game and the highest national seed Missouri has received at No. 16.

Decals perfect mask for MU

A coverup has happened at Mizzou Arena.

On Norm Stewart court, that is.

While the name on the outside of the arena formerly known as Paige has changed, a reminder of the academic scandal was painted in black.

Kevin Fletcher, with the MU athletic department’s media relations, said one resolution could have been to strip, sand, paint and refinish the entire floor—a 10-plus-day process.

Improved defense key for Missouri

Missouri players and coaches haven’t taken defense lightly this season.

It is often the central topic of coach Quin Snyder’s postgame press conferences, and is often one of the first things players discuss in the locker room.

MSHSAA granted access to Mizzou Arena

Upgrading from a dorm room to an apartment usually involves paying more money for a higher-quality living environment.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association made a similar upgrade and paid only 3 percent more to do so.

Shootout offers fresh start

The Columbia College Shootout will give three Columbia basketball teams a chance to get back to winning when they play Saturday.

The Columbia College women’s team has lost two straight, Hickman’s girls’ team is off to a 1-4 start, and Rock Bridge’s girls’ team, which opens its season in the Shootout, is looking to improve a 6-20 record last season.

Building momentum

The Missouri women’s basketball team wants No. 3. The Tigers will try to win their third consecutive game in the opener of the State Farm Tiger Classic, which begins tonight. Missouri-Kansas City takes on Eastern Michigan at 5 p.m. before Missouri faces Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena.

Missouri (3-2) won its most recent contest at home against Evansville 82-66. Coach Cindy Stein and her team hope to continue that success with the unexpected help of sophomore Carlynn Savant, a 6-foot-1 forward who scored a career-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds against the Purple Aces.

Tigers' top terrors

Missouri deserves much of the blame for their late-game collapses and disappointing results, but not all of them.

Whether they were highly touted stars or unheralded newcomers, several players Missouri faced deserve recognition for their exemplary performances this season against Missouri.

The Missourian’s All-Opponent Team recognizes those outstanding performances.

Mizzou Arena likely to host MSHSAA basketball finals

The Missouri State High School Activities Association wants to bring championships to Mizzou Arena.The MSHSAA is expected to announce the boys’ and girls’ state high school basketball tournaments will switch venues from Hearnes Center to Mizzou Arena.

Hickman plans title celebrations

Boosters at Hickman High School have more than usual to celebrate this fall with two state champions.

Students, parents and fans will soon have a chance to show their appreciation.

Big 12 Conference honors seven Missouri football players

The Big 12 Conference honored seven Missouri football players Wednesday, including Atiyyah Ellison, a senior defensive tackle who was named to the All-Big 12 team.

Big 12 coaches voted on the selections, but could not vote for their own players.

Bright spots rare for Tigers

Few would have predicted the Missouri football team’s painful decline from a Top 25 ranking to missing the bowl season.

Blown leads, missed opportunities and numerous other problems contributed to a 5-6 record and a 3-5 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Missourian has compiled postseason grades on the team’s disappointing results.

Tigers deal Evansville all aces at home

Intensity has its benefits.

The benefit came to Missouri’s women’s basketball team in an 82-66 win against Evansville on Tuesday night.

Coach Cindy Stein said the performance was what she wants to see.

“I’m very pleased with this team today,” Stein said. “I can’t tell you that I could have said that prior to this.”

Kewpies lose in coach’s debut

In his debut as Hickman’s wrestling coach, J.D. Coffman said it wasn’t too hard to get settled in.

“(It felt) pretty good,” he said. “I was a little apprehensive, a little nervous about just the overall maintenances of getting the mats down, getting everybody lined up and making sure everybody was ready to wrestle.”

Cougars tested as title game looms

For some teams, finishing in second place is more motivating than finishing in last place. The Columbia College volleyball team is one such team.

“Finishing second last year is definitely a bigger motivator than finishing last would have been,” senior setter Tracie Ford said. “Being so close and not getting (the national championship) hurt a lot.”

Bobcats slip past Cougars

Columbia College men’s basketball team fell to the College of the Ozarks Bobcats 69-65 at Point Lookout. The Cougars are 4-6, College of the Ozarks improved to 5-2.

Junior Terrance Smith led the Cougars with 21 points and sophomore Andreas Jakobsen added 12 points. Coach Bob Burchard said foul trouble contributed to the loss. Senior Tim Melz and junior Nahowan Saxon fouled out of the game and the Bobcats had ample opportunities from the free-throw line, shooting 19-of-26. The Cougars shot 87.5 percent from the line but were limited to eight attempts.

Nash quits football team after tumultuous season

The Missouri football team’s lost season took another hit Monday when leading rusher Damien Nash quit the team.

The team announced Nash’s decision in a release which included a statement from coach Gary Pinkel.

Tigers get time to improve play

After finally ending a three-game losing streak, the Tigers could use some time off.

For the first time since the season began for the Missouri men’s basketball team, coach Quin Snyder and his team are getting an extended break. The Tigers played six games in a two-week span, twice playing games on consecutive nights in the Guardians Classic. The strain of a hectic schedule has taken a toll according to Snyder, who said little time to make corrections has been a problem.

Sports one way to fight social ills

It never ceases to amaze me how the sports world can bring the real world’s biggest problems to the forefront.

Take racism, for instance.