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Dresner-Winner take fifth place

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- Both teams were assured a medal. Their chances at a championship were gone. It was the fourth match they played in two days. By most accounts, it seemed those circumstances might make for a lackluster match.

Emotions were high, though, for Rock Bridge’s Matt Dresner and Justin Winner and Helias’ Scott and Matt Schlueter. It was the third time the doubles teams met this season, and they had split the first two matches.

Hard day for Rock Bridge tennis

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Jon-Eric Meyer's match with Helias' Andy LeRoy in the quarterfinals of the state championship consolation bracket was, in essence, a five-part epic story, a near-marathon of tennis that resembled a heavyweight title fight.

River City spells trouble for Mavericks

It is the begining of a new series and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are hoping to come out on top. But with a 12-4 loss in the series opener at Taylor Stadium last night against the River City Rascals, the Mavericks seem to have their work cut out for them.

Mavs pitchers lag behind

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ offense is starting to heat up, but the pitching isn’t coming along.

Three Mavericks pitchers couldn’t slow down a potent Gateway Grizzlies attack Thursday night, and Mid-Missouri dropped the first game of the doubleheader 10-4 at Taylor Stadium.

Bruins pleased to earn second

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. –- About an hour into Rock Bridge’s state-championship match with Rockhurst, a fan asked Bruins coach Ben Loeb how his team was faring.

Loeb looked at the fan for a second, cracked a smile and turned away. It wasn’t going well for the Bruins.

Kewps, Bruins prepared for state

The remnants of a storm pass overhead, and Kaela Rorvig, half-laughing, half-serious, remarks how slow she is in practice.

Rorvig, who runs for Hickman, is anything but slow. At the sectional meet Saturday in Camdenton, she qualified for the state championships in four events. She won the 400 meters, where she is the two-time defending state champion.

Chasing NCAA bids

Imagine running 3,000 meters while clearing five barriers and one water jump all in less than 10 minutes.

Missouri sophomore Matt Noonan will do just that in the men’s steeplechase Friday and Saturday at the NCAA Mideast Regional track meet at Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, La. Noonan will join 23 Tigers athletes competing in 28 events.

Exploring new territory

Hickman’s performance Tuesday makes it difficult to picture losing.

The Kewpies girls’ soccer team plays Glendale in the quarterfinals of the Class 2 state tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at Tiger Sports Complex in Waynesville.

Mavs stuggle with more than pitching

Unfortunately for the Mavericks, Derrick Peoples is only one person, because he was the Mavericks' only source of offense in the second game.

Mavs nip Grizzlies

After opening the season with an onslaught of errors, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks took advantage of somebody else’s defensive lapse.

Frank Scott, Jr. scored from second on an infield single in the bottom of the ninth, giving the Mavericks their first win of the season, 4-3 against the Gateway Grizzlies on Wednesday in their home opener at Taylor Stadium.

Cantwell has good shot at ’04 Olympics

Christian Cantwell dominated Saturday at the Home Depot Invitational, which didn’t surprise him. News that his hometown of Eldon is planning a “Christian Cantwell Appreciation Day” was a surprise.

“I just feel normal there,” Cantwell said in a teleconference call.

Bruins set to net elusive state title

The opponents are familiar, but Rock Bridge doesn’t want a familiar result. This time, it wants a state championship.

The Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team plays Chaminade (11-6) today at 9 a.m. in the Class 2 state semifinals at Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, Mo. If the Bruins win the match, they will face the winner of the Rockhurst/Kirkwood match in the final at 1 p.m.

Tigers push streak to five

ARLINGTON, Texas — Garrett Broshuis allowed six hits over 6 2/3 innings to remain unbeaten, and the Missouri Tigers won their fifth straight game by beating Oklahoma Sooners 9-5 on Wednesday in the Big 12 Conference Tournament.

Missouri (35-20) will meet Baylor today at 5 p.m. Oklahoma (36-21) will face Texas Tech today at 10 a.m.

Kewps in hurry to advance

JEFFERSON CITY — It was swift, it was surprising and it couldn’t have come at a better time, at least for Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen and the Kewpies.

Hickman left little doubt as it scored quick goals and made easy work of Fort Zumwalt West in a 5-1 Class 2 sectional win Tuesday at 179 Soccer Park in Jefferson City.

Blase’s fire drives need to succeed

Blake Blase has the chiseled physique of a former college football player and a powerful swing designed to make pitchers cringe.

The intensity seen in Blase’s face and actions might be the most striking aspect of his game.

Tigers draw OU in opener

Winning is a trend the Missouri baseball team needs to continue this week.

After ending the season on a four-game winning streak, the Tigers begin the postseason today with the Big 12 Conference Tournament at Ameriquest Field in Arlington, Texas. The Tigers (24-20-1) finished seventh in the conference and face the No. 2 seed, Oklahoma (36-20), at 1 p.m.

Burchard heads to Taylor

Brett Burchard’s college choice might turn his mom against his dad.

At least for a few games.

Improved Fewell set for big role

Wes Fewell wasn’t having much fun playing for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks early last season.

The problem wasn’t so much that the Mavericks were struggling on their way to a last-place, 33-57 finish.

Seeking memorable finish

The memories of Hickman’s 2002 and 2003 sectional soccer losses linger.

Junior Megan McCabe described them as horrible and disappointing.

Cougars still alive with two victories

The Cougars defeated Rio Grande 3-2 in nine innings and Point Noma Lazarene 1-0 in 11 innings on Monday at the NAIA Tournament in Decatur, Ala., to move a win away from the final four.

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