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Chris Sanders sat on a patch of grass near a softball field, a game being played in the background.

Wearing a Missouri black and gold jersey and cap with gray baseball pants, Sanders began stretching his hamstrings to prepare for his first game with the Missouri United Methodist Church’s softball team.

Kewpies control friendly rivalry

Hickman lacrosse coach Jamie Mullen gets to keep his bragging rights.

Mullen and the Kewpies defeated the Rock Bridge Bruins 8-6 on Friday at Cosmopolitan Park to gain possession of the Golden Crosse, a gold-painted lacrosse stick that hangs from a plaque.

Bruins’ seniors perfect at home

Columbia’s Bethel Park added eight tennis courts in 2002 and serves as the home of Rock Bridge tennis. Four years later, it’s one of the toughest places to play for opposing teams thanks to the senior class of 2005.

With three victories Saturday, Rock Bridge seniors Justin Winner, Kyle Kinderknecht, Matt Dresner, Dennis Smith and Andrew Darkow concluded their regular-season careers at Bethel Park undefeated. Their victories against Lindbergh, Kirkwood and Blue Valley North in the North Central Missouri Invitational improved their home record to 17-0 this season and 45-0 in their careers.

Team effort key to Tigers’ success

The Missouri women’s golf team did something this weekend that no team had done in school history – qualify for the NCAA tournament.

Led by a strong opening round, the Tigers battled their way through tough conditions to finish third Saturday at the NCAA Central Regional Championships in Lubbock, Texas. Auburn won the tournament, and Texas A&M finished second. The top eight in the 21-team field qualified for the NCAA tournament in Sun River, Ore., on May 17-20.

Out of the cellar

From the mid-1980s until the late 1990s, playing the Missouri women’s tennis team meant one thing: an easy victory.

That changed when coach Blake Starkey arrived.

Missouri’s offense goes to sleep

The school bus came to a stop just beyond the right-field wall at University Field.

It was a target as the No. 15 Tigers batted in the bottom of the first inning.

Fast start leaves Tigers complacent

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Missouri baseball team got out to a good start Saturday afternoon, peppering Nebraska’s All-Big 12 Conference pitcher Zach Kroenke for seven hits and four runs in the first three innings.

With a 4-0 lead and a 2-1 win Friday night under their belts, the Tigers were starting to feel good about taking two straight from the Cornhuskers.

Baseball: Tigers 2, Huskers 1

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Missouri coach Tim Jamieson didn't plan on having sophomore Max Scherzer pitch a complete game. It's just that Scherzer was too good to take out.

Scherzer led the No. 17 Tigers to a 2-1 victory against No. 7 Nebraska on Friday night at Hawks Field. He struck out nine and gave up a lone run on four hits in the first complete game of his career.

Street leads Francis Howell past Bruins

Josh Street came through in the clutch Friday for Francis Howell.

Street hit a key triple in the seventh and pitched the last two innings in relief to pick up the win for Francis Howell in a 5-4 decision over Rock Bridge.

Tigers look to halt slide

A big slump came at the wrong time for the Missouri Tigers.

After starting the Big 12 Conference season 8-1, MU has gone 3-6 in conference games, falling from first place to fourth. Missouri has lost four of its past five games overall, including two at the hands of a sub-.500 Southwest Missouri State team.

Chances to score, solid relief elude Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Brian Giles had four hits and five RBIs Thursday night in the San Diego Padres’ 8-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals, who turned the first triple play in the major leagues this season.

Giles ended a 0-for-22 slump by hitting a three-run home run and going 4-for-5, including an eighth-inning single that drove in the go-ahead run.

Bruins test focus for district action

The Rock Bridge girls’ soccer team is looking forward to a warm-up for the district tournament.

The Bruins will travel to Quincy, Ill., today to compete in the two-day Quincy Tournament.

Stephens signs three

Dane Pavlovich has had a good week. Pavlovich, the basketball, volleyball and tennis recruiter at Stephens College, signed a player in each sport this week.

Control issues sink K.C.

CHICAGO — Even with just a little offense, Jose Contreras and the Chicago White Sox found a way to win again.

Contreras pitched four-hit ball for eight innings, and the streaking White Sox scored twice in the eighth without a hit to beat the Kansas City Royals 2-1 Thursday.

Breakaway victory

Hickman was ready coming into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge and it showed.

The Kewpies waited only 15 seconds before taking the upper hand.

Heath’s spot start rescues weary Kewps pitching staff

The only bad news the Hickman baseball team got during Wednesday’s home game came before a pitch was thrown.

After starting lineups were announced and the Kewpies took the field, junior pitcher Casey McIntosh threw his glove to the ground as he walked off the mound toward the Hickman dugout. He appeared to be indicating discomfort in his throwing arm.

Rock Bridge’s hitting comes alive in clutch

Collin Hoeferlin wasn’t patient at the plate Wednesday but it turned out to be exactly what Rock Bridge needed.

Hoeferlin, the Bruins’ senior first baseman, hit the first pitch in his first three at bats and reached base each time.

Rivalry gets more intense

In what Rock Bridge coach Marc VanDover calls a “very healthy” rivalry, the Bruins girls’ soccer team is beginning to close the gap.

Rock Bridge lost 3-0 to Hickman on Tuesday night, but VanDover said he thought his team was improving.

Hickman names Riley new coach

Curt Riley will take over the reins of the Hickman girls’ basketball program next year.

Hickman athletic director Doug Mirts made the announcement Tuesday in a news conference at the school.

Top Bruin leads sweep

Rock Bridge tennis fans came to Bethel Park with yellow rally towels in hand and hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill Tuesday.

They were treated to a 9-0 sweep of rival Hickman, the fourth time this season the Bruins (13-0) have swept an opponent. But the fact that it was the Kewpies made the win even more special.