Cougars earn 12th AMC volleyball title

Most top-ranked volleyball teams dominate lesser squads and play tighter matches against stiffer competition. Columbia College, the No. 3 team in the NAIA, is an exception.

The Cougars defeated No. 2 seed McKendree 30-16, 30-17, 30-10 Saturday to win their 12th consecutive American Midwest Conference Tournament title. The win came after allowing 62 points against the tournament’s fourth seed, Missouri Baptist.

Motivated for more

There was a heavy pit in Tyron Woodley’s stomach as he sat watching teammates and foes prepare for their season’s pinnacle. As pained as he was, he could only watch.

It was late March 2004, national championship time for college wrestling. Woodley, then a junior for Missouri, was a year removed from becoming the first Tiger to win the Big 12 title at 165 pounds and placing eighth in the 2003 nationals, earning All-American status. But he had watched his record fall from 28 wins as a sophomore to 21 his junior year, as he finished fifth in the conference. The NCAA decided he wasn’t worthy of a wild-card berth to the tournament, so he was relegated to spectator status.

It’s not all Greek to him

Aside from the language difference, Travon Bryant has had little trouble adjusting to life in Greece.

Having the right equipment and doing the things he enjoys best helps, of course.

Hickman defeats DeSmet

Special teams proved to be the difference-maker in Hickman’s 44-33 win over DeSmet Friday night.

The Kewpies (9-1) advanced to the semifinals where they will travel to Rockhurst for a rematch between the two top ranked teams in class 6.

MU carries high hopes into season

The first step toward an undefeated season for women's basketball this season is tonight. The Tigers will play their first game in the new Paige Arena tonight at 7. The exhibition match against Central Missouri provides the Tigers an opportunity to show what their newcomers, like freshman Kassie Drew, will bring to the court.

MU volleyball team unites Wilson sisters

Nebraska native will be joining her sister at Missouri to play for the Women's volleyball team. In gymnastics, two Missouri natives have signed letters of intent to come to Mizzou. Kansas will be retiring five former basketball stars' jerseys as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of Allen Fieldhouse.

Double Coverage

Hickman twins Dannon and Devon Coleman have anchored Kewpies' defense and given opponents double vision. The twins bring twice the tenacity to the football field and have a combined 77 tackles, two fumble recoveries and 16 quarterback hurries. Hickman hosts the DeSmet Spartans tonight at 7.

Striving to stay within bounds

Ashland, a town of 2,000 is proud of its inaugural varsity football team, no matter what the outcome of the games may be. Chris Gares, quarterback and kicker for the for the football team, provides the team with quiet determination and strength. He, like the others on his team, has the overwhelming pressure to succeed and to perform well in front of friends and family.

Bruins soccer coach resigns after record year

This will be the final season for Rock Bridge boys' soccer coach David Graham. The coach, who guided the boys' soccer team to the Class 3 District 10 title and first 20-win season in the school's history, has decided to turn his attention to other things, primarily his wife and working on his master's degree. Graham is a teacher in Rock Bridge's World Studies department.

Ahead of the pack

Tom Ross from Alto, Michigan and a junior at the University of Missouri, has continued to be an impressive runner for Missouri. After struggles earlier this season, he placed sixth at the Big 12 Championships. He and others hopes he performs just as well or even better at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Peoria, Illinois.

MU rolls in second half

With only four days to go until the Missouri men’s basketball team opens its regular season at home against Brown University, the Tigers were looking for one last preseason tuneup when they took on Northwest Missouri State at Paige Sports Arena on Wednesday.

All of the Tigers’ pistons appeared to be firing, but the timing leaves something to be desired.

Two guards join MU

The combination of a new arena and a highly motivated team played an integral role in attracting two recruits to Missouri.

Keaton Grant, a senior guard at Gateway High in Kissimmee, Fla., signed a national letter of intent to attend Missouri on Wednesday, the first day recruits could sign.

Columbia College fails to reach goal

Columbia College fans that braved the rain and cold at Owens Soccer Stadium had their hearts broken Wednesday.

The Cougars men’s soccer team has to wait another year to earn the program’s first Region V title.

Fewell steps down as Hickman’s coach

Kent Fewell announced Wednesday he is resigning as Hickman baseball coach, ending a 27-year coaching career in the Kewpies’ program.

Fewell said he told athletic director Doug Mirts about his decision in early June but didn’t made it official until Wednesday.

Football: Tigers look forward to much needed bye week

Missouri’s second bye of the season has come at a perfect time.

Mired in a four-game losing streak, the Tigers (4-5, 2-4 Big 12 Conference) have a week to step away from the field and forget about football.

Shooting woes costly for Cougars

JEFFERSON CITY — The Columbia College men’s basketball team overcame a sloppy night of shooting, but still couldn’t pull out a win, falling 63-59 at Lincoln University.

With the No. 23 Cougars trailing 59-57 and a little less than 20 seconds left, Malcolm Mahogany missed an uncontested layup that would have tied the game. After a quick Columbia College foul, Lincoln’s DJ Hogue went to the free-throw line and made both shots, giving the Blue Tigers a 61-57 lead, shutting the door on the Cougars.

Tigers’ Kleiza lacks only defense

On Wednesday night, Linas Kleiza played wing, forward, center and even a little point. He did everything.

Everything but play defense.

Missouri volleyball sweeps past ISU

The Missouri volleyball team won against Iowa State for the 16th straight time Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa.

Coming back from a five-point deficit in the third game to win 30-22, the Tigers (16-6, 11-4 Big 12) swept the Cyclones for the 13th time in the past 16 meetings.

An abrupt finish

Rock Bridge’s dream season ended in a nightmare Tuesday night.

The Bruins fell to Francis Howell North 1-0 in a Class 3 sectional in Jefferson City. The Knights (21-7-1) advanced to play Rolla in a state quarterfinal on Saturday. Rock Bridge finished 21-2-2.

In-state foe visits Paige, Tigers

Quin Snyder may not remember the last time Missouri and Northwest Missouri State University played each other, but Steve Tappmeyer does.

Tappmeyer, now in his 17th season at Northwest, was at the helm when the Tigers and Bearcats played for the only time, on Dec. 17, 1996. Missouri handed Northwest a 77-56 loss. It was the last Division I game for the Bearcats until today.