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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.

May sweeps

It is always good to enter the postseason on a hot streak.

The Missouri baseball team defeated Oklahoma State 7-3 on Sunday at Taylor Stadium, sweeping the Cowboys, who entered the three-game series with the third-best record in the Big 12 Conference.

Mavs’ Clark no fan of walks

Barry Bonds versus Roger Clemens.

The matchup represents one of the most intriguing faceoffs in baseball history; arguably the game’s greatest slugger against one of its toughest pitchers.

Paige Arena select-a-seat program under way

An opportunity like this comes around once every 32 years.

The Missouri basketball teams will compete in the new Paige Sports Arena next season, and season ticket buyers have a chance to choose their seats for the first time since the Tigers began play at Hearnes Center in 1972.

Extra special home run

Before Saturday, Kyle Johnson did not have an extra base hit for the Missouri baseball team.

That changed in the eighth inning.

Cantwell’s throw No. 1

Christian Cantwell is on top of the world.

Cantwell, a former Missouri athlete from Eldon, won the shot put competition at the Home Depot Invitational on Saturday with a 73-foot, 4-inch throw, the world’s leading mark this year, in Carson, Calif.

Bruins earn title, state semis berth

The Rock Bridge boys’ tennis team advanced to the Class 2 state semifinals after victories against Kickapoo and Glendale on Saturday in Springfield to earn a sectional title.

The Bruins (14-1) play Chaminade (11-6) at 9 a.m. Thursday for a berth in the state championship match. Rock Bridge reached the semis last season but lost to Rockhurst.

Quick start lifts Kewps past Bruins

Sure there was a trophy involved, but it wasn’t what Hickman midfielder Mike Moesel wanted most.

Moesel, a senior, had his hopes set on a return trip to the state lacrosse playoffs, and a season-ending 13-7 win against Rock Bridge in the Golden Cross match at Rock Bridge on Friday left him unsatisfied.

Mid-Missouri falls again on the road

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks lost to the Springfield/Ozark Ducks 8-5 on Saturday in Springfield, Mo., in a Frontier League game.

The Ducks took a 7-2 lead after scoring three runs in the second inning, three in the third and one in the fourth.

Extra Points

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOFTBALL: The Cougars won two games Saturday to stay alive in the NAIA National Tournament in Decatur, Ala.

The Cougars defeated Union University (Tenn.) 3-0 and College of St. Mary (Neb.) 1-0.

Mavs boost talent, seek better year

Bill Clark, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks director of player procurement, set one goal when he started assembling this summer’s team.

“What I’d like to have here is a staff of pitchers and position players that can play at the Single A level,” Clark said.

Long run of success

Charles Allen had a gift. Too small to play football and too short to play basketball, he could sprint like the wind.

He would take that gift and sprint his way through Douglass School and then Hickman High, where he transferred in 1959.

2 goalies = great net result

Having a top-ranked goalie is a good thing. Having two top-ranked goalies is almost unheard of.

Richardson driven to compete

After school, Jeremy Richardson does not hang out with his friends, go home or stay after to study.

He hops in his car, turns on some music and drives.

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