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Mental specter haunts Tigers

Missouri men’s basketball coach Quin Snyder said the Tigers’ toughest opponent isn’t some 7-foot center or an impenetrable zone defense.

Their worst enemy is a 50-year-old man.

Future looks bright for young Stars

Stephens freshmen Pam Dodge and Elyse Steffan caught Stars women’s basketball coach Dane Pavlovich a little off guard at the beginning of the basketball season in November.

At a practice, Dodge and Steffan were stretching on the center circle at Silverthorne Arena when they called Pavlovich over.

Refs' no-fall call downs Missouri

Missouri sophomore Ben Askren has 19 falls this season, a new Missouri record. He was after his 20th on Sunday, when the Tigers faced Iowa State at Hearnes Center.

He didn’t quite get it, and Missouri fell to the No. 2 Cyclones 18-15 before a crowd of 1,063.

Injured ribs don’t deter Davis

Wearing a vest of tape, Rock Bridge’s Justin Davis winced as he breathed heavily. There was obvious pain with each breath, but Davis would not let up on his opponent.

After injuring his ribs in a dual against Kirksville on Feb. 1, Davis (33-8 at 103 pounds) has been forced to wrestle through pain. It didn’t seem to bother him much. He won a 4-2 decision against junior Brant Loyd (36-7) of Joplin to secure third place at the District 3 tournament Saturday at Jefferson City.

Wrestling talent flowing in from North

The Wisconsin pipeline has brought Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith something valuable.

Smith has signed five Wisconsin natives in the past three years and, more importantly than adding to the tally of “W’s” in states represented on the team’s roster, Ben Askren, Matt Pell, Chase Wetenkampand Josh Wagner have contributed to put “W’s” in the box score.

Tigers Break Through

Defense sparked offense. Noise broke through silence. Hugs replaced heartache.

Finally there were some smiles.

Horton gets high marks from Snyder

All year long, Missouri coach Quin Snyder has told Jason Horton he could judge his play by his team’s performance.

If that’s the case, Horton had the best game of his short career against Oklahoma.

Gardner’s clutch shooting sparks Tigers’ comeback

Emotions ran high after Missouri defeated No. 16 Oklahoma 68-65 in overtime at Mizzou Arena on Saturday.

As fans rushed onto the court, sophomore forward Linas Kleiza peeled off his jersey and threw it into the air.

Missouri wins one for its coach

The Tigers cannot be with their coach to help ease her grief.

Instead, Missouri is sending a long- distance consolation to Cindy Stein.

Special day for MU team doctor Kane

Just call him Dr. Dad.

For Missouri women’s basketball team doctor Steven Kane, every home game is “Take Your Daughter to Work Day.” Kane and his 13-year-old daughter Lauren are some of the team’s most dedicated fans.

Lee’s Summitt sophomore gives top performance against Hickman

For at least one game, Lee’s Summit’s Danielle Adams was the Moses Malone of girls’ high school basketball.

“I was pretty impressed with what I did today,” Adams said after her team’s 60-47 win against host Hickman on Saturday.

Hickman drops white-knuckler

A loss isn’t always disappointing to coach Jim Sutherland.

The Kewpies lost at home 61-57 to the Lee’s Summit Tigers on Saturday night, adding another close loss to their struggle-filled season. Their record is now 7-17.

Kewpies’ Willett 2nd in 100 backstroke

ST. PETERS — Hickman and Rock Bridge had athletes in three events each during the second day of the Missouri State High School Activities Association boys’ swimming and diving championships Saturday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.

Hickman senior John Willett, favored to win the 100-yard backstroke, took second place instead, the highest finish from Columbia swimmers.

Deep Sturgeon wears down Douglass

As they warmed up before facing each other Saturday night, the Sturgeon and Douglass boys’ basketball teams seemed eerily similar.

Both shared the same nickname (Bulldogs) and were coming off double-digit road losses the night before. Their blue-and-white warm-ups looked alike. Even their logos matched.

The Track Diaries

Marcus Mayes doesn’t talk about it much.

When he does, he says he started doing it because it was different. He wanted to try something new.

Tigers complete perfect Opening Day

Jen Bruck made the first two starts of her collegiate softball career on Friday. Both were impressive and led to wins for the Missouri softball team (2-0).

Rain delays Tigers in Phoenix

The Missouri baseball team might have traveled west to elude the ice and snow of the Show-Me-State, but it could not escape the rain.

Tigers shine against Illinois

The Tiger gymnasts performed at a higher level than they had all season. It showed in their smiles, celebrations, and record-breaking scores.

Missouri beat Illinois 196.225-193.775 in a meet that displayed the depth and talent of the team.

Douglass falls at Tipton

Douglass continued to struggle through its 2004-05 season as it lost at Tipton 69-39 Friday night. The Bulldogs' record now stands at 4-14.

Bruins end home season on high note

Rock Bridge finished its home season undefeated with a 64-46 win over Hannibal on Friday.

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