Robinson expects poignant finale

Every senior athlete has to face it. The last time she will ever compete on her home turf. The last time she will have the home crowd to bolster her attitude, drive, and ultimately, her performance.

For the Missouri gymnastic team’s seniors, All-American Alisha Robinson and vault, beam and bars competitor Rachael Dombart, today’s meet will be filled with emotion.

Missouri enjoys Classic victories

Missouri pitcher Jen Bruck knew the voice. She just never expected to hear it over the public address system at University Field.

A man began to sing the first few lines of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the fifth-inning stretch of the Tiger softball team’s second game Saturday.

Tigers’ run production doesn’t falter

Two weeks ago, Missouri beat Eastern Michigan 18-2 in the first game of a doubleheader before struggling offensively to start the second game and eventually losing it. The Tigers weren’t about to make the same mistake twice.

In Saturday’s doubleheader against North Dakota State at Taylor Stadium, Missouri won the first game 11-1 and then made sure there was no offensive hiccup in Game 2.

Lutheran North wins 3A crown

The Class 3 state boys’ basketball championship had a lot of emotion. And a lot of technical fouls.

Lutheran North High School (St. Louis) won 72-63 against Charleston High School. Lutheran scored 14 off free throws and possessions that resulted from four technical fouls issued to Charleston (22-10) in the second half.

Season statistics tell tale

At the first day of practice, the Tigers said they were going to be a shooting team and lived up to that promise by shooting…a lot.

The problem was how few they made.

Columbia swimmers shine

The Hickman girls’ swimming team finished third and Rock Bridge was fifth at the 30-team Independence Invitational on Saturday.

Julie Schenker won the 200 individual medley (2:17.67) and was third in the 100 butterfly for Hickman, which had state meet qualifying times in eight events.

Starting from scratch

Dane Pavlovich is an expert of sorts when it comes to sports talk radio in the Midwest.

As the athletic recruiter at Stephens College, Pavlovich often finds himself on the road alone. To pass the time, he dials in sports talk on his radio.

Lady Cougars' season ends

The Columbia College women's basketball team lost to Point Loma Nazarene University 88-77 Friday in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.

The Lady Cougars end their season at 31-6.

Tigers shut out N. Dakota State

Big 12 Conference play is still a week away for Missouri's baseball team. But sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer is ready for it now.

"I'm ready to face good hitters who are able to hit your fastball no matter where you put it, and you're going to have to pitch," Scherzer said. "I can't wait for that. It's a great chance to go out and compete."

Bill restricting tournaments weeded out

High school athletic tournaments will go on in Columbia.

At least for now.

Sen. Chuck Gross, R-St. Charles, has decided to withdraw a proposed bill that would prevent public school tournaments from being held in Columbia because of its marijuana ordinances. In return, a warning letter will be sent to high school athletic teams by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, announced the compromise at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

MU grabs three spots in quarters

Three Missouri wrestlers advanced in the opening rounds of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.

Ben Askren, the second seed at 174 pounds, reached the quarterfinals with a technical fall against Duquesne’s Mark Himes and a 9-0 decision against Indiana’s Brady Richardson.

Cougars roll into NAIA 2nd round

Charliss Ridley led the Columbia College women’s basketball team to the round of 16 of the NAIA National Tournament in Jackson, Tenn., on Thursday.

Ridley scored 29 points in the No. 3-seeded Cougars’ 66-55 victory against Lee (Tenn.) University, the No. 6 seed in this quarter of the draw, in the first round of the tournament.

Small school state title matches set

Jefferson beat Bell City 65-50 in the semifinals of the Class 1 boys’ basketball championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Jefferson used a 26-11 fourth quarter to break a tie at 39. Kody Schieber led Jefferson with 16 points.

Jefferson advances to today’s championship against North Shelby, which beat St. Elizabeth 69-64 in overtime in the other semifinal. Trailing most of the first half, North Shelby outscored St. Elizabeth by 14 in the second half to force overtime. It then made 10 free throws to win.

Opening Madness

The upsets just keep on coming for No. 12 seeds.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat Alabama 83-73 on Thursday, the 16th time in the last 17 years at least one 12th-seeded team won a first-round game in the NCAA tournament.

NIT defeat abrupt end for Tigers

There are no more games this year. No more tournaments. No more road trips. The Missouri men’s basketball season has come to an abrupt end.

The Tigers still have plenty to keep themselves busy.

Columbia leaders share NCAA tournament picks

The brackets that arrived on the fax machine Wednesday weren’t for the office pool. They were for publication.

The Missourian asked five well-known residents to give their predictions for this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament and then explain their picks.

NAIA’s No. 1 program too much for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 77-50 to No. 1 seed Mountain State on Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA tournament at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

The Cougars (21-14) shot poorly in the first half and were unable to account for Mountain State’s height on the perimeter.

Strong connection

Tears rolled down Charliss Ridley’s face as she leaned on her crutches and clung to her mother.

After transferring from Indiana to Missouri, taking a semester off from basketball, and then coming to play at Columbia College; Ridley injured her knee, tearing her ACL before the seasoneven started in an event for the Show-Me State Games.

Cougars remain unbeaten in AMC

The Columbia College softball team swept a doubleheader at Harris-Stowe on Wednesday, winning 4-0 and 13-5.

Lindsey Williams hit a home run in the first game to lead Columbia College, while Monica Mueller had 11 strikeouts and shutout Harris-Stowe.

Round two brings more excitement

It will not be easy to top the first weekend of the high school state basketball championships, but 24 teams from around Missouri are in Columbia to give it a shot.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association breaks up the basketball championships into two weekends of hard-court excitement. Last weekend was for the larger Class 4 and 5 schools, and this weekend welcomes eight more schools from the other three classes.