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Bruins miss chance for state three-peat

SPRINGFIELD — A lone racket lay on lower court 3 at Cooper Tennis Complex after Thursday’s state tennis Class 2 semi-final between Rock Bridge and St. Joseph’s.

Left with it were the Bruins’ state championship hopes.

Tigers focus on Homecoming foe

A sellout crowd of alumni, students and fans will fill Memorial Stadium on Saturday for Missouri’s 93rd Homecoming game, a tradition that is one of the oldest in the country.

Although the game is the focal point of homecoming weekend, the Missouri football players have other things on their mind, such as beating the No. 22 football team in the country.

Trick plays earn special status

Even though Missouri was lining up for a field goal attempt, Victor Sesay couldn’t stop himself from being excited.

His excitement came from the fact it wasn’t a normal field goal attempt. The Tigers’ trailed Nebraska 24-21 with less than 12 minutes to play last season. What occurred next became one of the most important plays in recent Missouri history and was anything but conventional.

Finding his game

Shirdonya Mitchell arrived at Missouri with the same dream as most college football players: Make it to the next level, the National Football League.

After two seasons and only eight catches at wide receiver, though, Mitchell decided if he was going to play in the NFL, he needed to make a switch. So, he went to the coaches and offered to play defensive back.

Turnover battle turning tide

Since his arrival at Missouri, Gary Pinkel has consistently emphasized the importance of turnovers in determining the outcome of every game.

This season, his defense looks like it buys into that philosophy.

Cowboy brothers

Donovan and D’Juan Woods grew up competing with and against older brother Rashaun.

That competition led the three Woods brothers to Oklahoma State where they provide stiff competition for Big 12 Conference opponents.

Visitors split on Paige

Saturday’s Black and Gold game will be the first chance for most Missouri fans to see the inside of Paige Sports Arena, the Tigers’ new $75-million home, but the basketball arena is getting mixed reviews from some.

The Missouri athletic department held an open house at Paige Sports Arena on Oct. 13, for students. Similar public events will be held Monday though Wednesday.

Columbia fans cheer on Cards

A short walk through downtown Columbia told the city’s mood Thursday night. Chants of “One more strike” preceded jubilant cheers outside of Harpo’s.

The mood seemed warranted. After all, the St. Louis Cardinals had just won Game 7 of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros and were in their first World Series since 1987. They travel to Boston to face the Red Sox on Saturday.

Bruins facing tough task

Rock Bridge running back Scott Concannon knows the statistic. That’s why he won’t make any guarantees about tonight’s district-opening game with the Jefferson City Jays.

“I would like to win,” he said. “It can put us in the playoffs if we win our district games. Beating them would be a step in the right direction.”

Kewps, Bruins to play at Memorial

The lights at Memorial Stadium will shine on a different football game next week.

The Missouri Tigers will be on their way to Lincoln, Neb., for a Big 12 showdown with the Cornhuskers when their home stadium will host a showdown of its own.

Hardin relishes chance on line

Something clicked in the fourth game of the season for Corey Hardin. From the first snap on offense, a new sense of comfort took over.

Up until that opening drive against Blue Springs, Hardin entered every game overly nervous about the missed blocking assignments that seemed to continually plague him.

Sharp Kewps quiet Bruins

The Hickman volleyball team headed down Providence Road on Thursday to play Rock Bridge, but it was the Bruins’ night that went south.

Hickman defeated Rock Bridge 25-13, 25-22. The Kewpies improved to 20-9-2, while the Bruins fell to 10-17-1.

Maturing motivation

Kara Hickey was scared.

Alongside teammate and sister, Cheryl, the Rock Bridge doubles team needed a win to seal a state championship match against St. Joseph’s Academy. They lost 6-1, 6-1, and the match and the title 5-4.

Expectations high for District 5 meet

If history is any indicator of future performance, then Saturday’s Class 4 District 5 cross country meet will likely deliver rewards for Hickman and Rock Bridge.

Hickman seniors Tim Cornell and Brianne Gallagher and Rock Bridge’s record-breaking boys team have had standout seasons this year.

Bruins edge Kewps

Once again, Rock Bridge’s defense was just a little better than Hickman’s.

The Bruins beat the Kewpies 1-0 on Thursday night at Cosmopolitan Park. It was their second shutout of Hickman this season.

Woods runs with start

When Damien Nash didn’t start against No. 8 Texas on Saturday, Missouri football fans might have worried about a drop off at the tailback position.

Redshirt freshman Marcus Woods calmed those fears with his best performance of the season. After a shaky start to the season, Woods gained 53 yards on 16 carries in the 28-20 loss at Texas and appeared more comfortable with the ball.

Columbia fans give Cardinals good cheer, good chances

Amidst a throng of cheering Cardinals fans at Campus Bar and Grill, on the corner of Ninth and Elm streets, Ryan Lynch, 21, had no choice but to take off his Houston Astros hat following the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory Wednesday.

Lynch, a Chicago native, was the main antagonist cheering wildly for every play that went the Astros’ way.

Coach’s work lifts Bruins

A light mist begins to fall, with a brisk wind tapping at the

coach’s back. The elements penetrate his sweatshirt but his psyche holds determined.

Cards blast by Astros

Jim Edmonds skipped around the bases, jumping into a cluster of St. Louis Cardinals waiting for him at home plate.

Now, waiting for all of them is Roger Clemens in an all-or-nothing Game 7.

Tigers too many for Raiders

Texas Tech’s volleyball team has two good offensive players but Wednesday night, the Red Raiders faced a Missouri team that has many.

The Tigers beat Texas Tech at Hearnes Center 30-20, 30-15, 26-30, 30-20 with four players in double figures in kills. The Red Raiders had two players combine for 37 kills but no other player had more than four.

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