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Hockey team hits the road

A quest for tougher competition found the Jefferson City Capitals in Chicago.

A league championship wasn’t enough for them; coach Matt Hart and his players wanted to test their skills against teams from the northern part of the country, where winter weather is synonymous with youth hockey.

Task too tall for Tigers

TEMPE, Ariz. – Although perseverance and overcoming the odds defined Missouri this season, both were absent in the Tigers’ past two games.

Neither Saturday’s 68-44 loss to No. 6 seed Stanford in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, nor the 79-58 loss to Kansas State on March 10 in the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament were how Missouri wanted to end its season, but it happened just the same.

Kewps savor chance to bowl

In less than one year, Jim Trainer overcame one obstacle after another to create the Hickman bowling teams and bring them to the district finals.

Trainer, with the help of an eager group of young bowlers, organized two Kewpies teams, which competed March 7 at the district finals in St. Louis.

Tough opposition

As much as some would like, not all of the blame for Missouri’s disappointing season can be placed on the shoulders of the Tigers.

From bruising interior play to clutch, late-game heroics, several Missouri opponents deserve recognition for their memorable performances.

Missouri offense sparkles

There was one zero on the scoreboard for the Missouri baseball team after its game against Chicago State on Sunday.

The Tigers won 21-1 and scored in every inning, except the fourth, to complete their first three-game series sweep this season.

Missouri tennis team falls to No. 14 Fresno State

The Missouri tennis team lost 7-0 to Fresno State on Sunday in Fresno, Calif.

Hana Kraftova and Lucie Ruskova had the only Tigers victory, an 8-6 doubles win. No. 14 Fresno State won the other two doubles matches. A knee injury to Urska Juric caused the Tigers to default a singles match.

Two sports, two titles and one proud small town

The Centralia Panthers brought home their second Class 3A state championship trophy of the school year on Friday, becoming only the fourth team in Missouri to capture state championship titles in football and basketball in the same school year.

The Panthers not only made history, they made a small town beam with pride.

So close

ST. LOUIS — Ben Askren fought back the tears after his loss Saturday to Oklahoma State’s Chris Pendleton in the finals of the 2004 NCAA Championships.

Missouri’s redshirt freshman finished second after losing 11-4 to Pendleton at 174 on Saturday at Savvis Center. Askren had defeated Pendleton at the Big 12 Conference Championships.

Cardinal too much for Tigers

TEMPE, Ariz. – A glimmer of hope wasn’t enough to keep Missouri around for a second day of play.

An early departure probably isn’t what No. 11 seed Missouri women’s basketball team wanted, but No. 6 seed Stanford didn’t give the Tigers much choice, winning 68-44 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday in Wells Fargo Arena.

Offense fades, sinks Missouri

TEMPE, Ariz. — Missouri picked a bad night to have its worst offensive performance of the season.

The Tigers’ offense sputtered at the end of the first half and then completely stalled in the second, allowing Stanford to run away with a 68-44 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena on Saturday.

MU’s new home: Paige Sports Arena

With its court named, Missouri’s new basketball complex received a title Friday: Paige Sports Arena.

Bill and Nancy Laurie, who donated $25 million toward the arena’s construction, the largest amount given to the Missouri athletic department, received naming rights as a stipulation of their gift.

Despite woes, Tigers roll by Chicago State

The score was one of the few things that went right for the Missouri baseball team Saturday.

The Tigers defeated Chicago State 8-1 at Taylor Stadium in a game that included numerous base running miscues, confusion about the rules and a powerful wind that made judging fly balls a challenge.

Centralia two-sport champion

Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Centralia won its first state basketball title Friday, beating Maryville 41-32 in the Class 3 final.

Cougars’ win streak, season end with loss

JACKSON, Tenn. — It was a season of firsts for the Columbia College women’s basketball team. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn’t include their first national title.

Houston Baptist beat the Cougars 79-66 in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament on Friday at Oman Arena to snap the Cougars’ 20-game winning streak. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Tigers third at Big 12 meet

DES MOINES, Iowa – Missouri beat Oklahoma during the regular season, but not at the Big 12 Conference Championship.

Oklahoma won the title Saturday with 196.95 points, defeating Iowa State (196.925), Missouri (196.425), and Nebraska (196.175) at Drake’s Knapp Center.

Spieler leads California comeback

Abby Spieler led California's fourth-quarter comeback in a 58-52 win against Hancock in the Class 3 third-place game.

Charleston 85, Mountain Grove 82

Mountain Grove overcame three large deficits but could not finish its last comeback and lost to Charleston 85-82 in the Class 3 boys' third-place game.

Stockton wins 3rd straight Class 3 title

Stockton's five starting seniors worked together to win their third straight Class 3 title in four years.

Centralia wins its first state title

And Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Brashear runs to title game

Brashear's undefeated season is still intact.

The Brashear Tigers defeated the Chadwick Cardinals 50-44 in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

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