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Cool Kruse key to Bruins

After three smooth practice swings, Rock Bridge’s Johnny Kruse rests his bat several inches above his right shoulder.

He adjusts and readjusts his right hand on the barrel as he takes a curveball for strike one. Kruse never flinches. It’s not his pitch.

Bad knees, super arm

Columbia College’s Monica Mueller has been the most dominant pitcher in the American Midwest Conference this season.

She has done it all without her plicas, horseshoe-shaped folds that serve as a divider between the lower and upper part of the knee.

Tigers Take Down No. 1 Texas

The Texas pitching staff did not look like the best in the nation, or even on the field, Friday night against Missouri.

Tigers take Wood Bat Classic

O'FALLON-Missouri designated hitter Bo Davis did something Wednesday night that is near impossible any other game of the season. He broke his bat.

Rock Bridge too fast

Shawnee Mission used size to level Rock Bridge every chance it got.

The Bruins used their speed to sidestep the Raiders.

Jackson’s slam puts Kewps back in swing

After its worse home loss of the season Monday, Hickman was looking for some offensive production Wednesday against Southern Boone.

The Kewpies found it in Justin Jackson, whose two home runs, including a grand slam, led Hickman to a 9-3 win at Hickman Field.

Hickman overcomes Helias ace

Helias’ Todd Schonhardt gave himself a great birthday present Wednesday.

Schonhardt hit a hole in one on his 18th birthday with a pitching wedge on the par-3 10th hole at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

Cardinals fade for ninth loss at home

ST. LOUIS — Pinch-runner Marlon Byrd scored on an infield grounder to snap a tie in the ninth and rookie Ryan Madson threw four innings of one-hit relief, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 6-3 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Edgar Renteria had two RBIs for the Cardinals, who fell to 3-9 at home. That’s their worst start since they were 3-9 in 1990.

New program receives first commitments

No one can accuse Steve Paxton of procrastinating.

Paxton, the Missouri wheelchair basketball coach, has been on the job for two months and has his first two commitments for the team’s inaugural season next year.

Moving ahead

Two days before the Big 12 Conference Championship, Yelena Olshanskaya isn’t sure whom Missouri will face in the first round. She knows coach Blake Starkey has told her, but she can’t quite remember.

“I don’t even care who we’re playing, I’m just going to go out there and try,” she said. “We can be playing a No. 1 seed or No. 23 seed; we just have to go out there and do our thing.”

Mayes ready for trip home

Missouri is heading into unfamiliar territory. Most of the team, that is.

The Tigers will compete in the Big 12 Conference Outdoor Championships today through Saturday in Norman, Okla. It is Missouri’s first trip to Norman since 1992.

Hickman’s Denson leads relay rally

When Hickman’s Stuart Denson took the baton from Steven Broadus for the third leg of the 4x100-meter relay, the Kewpies were well behind Jefferson City.

When Denson reached Josh Sallee for the final leg, they were even.

Miscues boost Bruins

It was a fitting end for what seemed inevitable.

Pinch runner David Wagganer scored on a wild pitch, and Rock Bridge beat Marshall 18-8 in sloppy, six-inning slugfest Tuesday at Rock Bridge Stadium that ended because of the 10-run rule.

No problems taking the pain

Most normal people usually avoid having objects hit them at 90 mph. Chris Johnson is not a normal person.

Johnson, the goalie for the Rock Bridge lacrosse team, loves what he does. Almost every day, a rubber ball that can reach speeds of 90 mph or more hits him. It takes a special kind of person to want to take such punishment day in and day out.

Kewpies gain revenge by rolling past Jays

On Tuesday, the Hickman tennis team showed a lot can change in two weeks.

The Kewpies beat the Jefferson City Jays 8-1 at Hickman. The win avenged a 5-4 loss April 13 at Jefferson City.

Raiders awake late

Rock Bridge struck first, but Quincy Notre Dame scored last.

The Raiders reeled off the last three goals to defeat the Bruins 3-1 on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Brady rebounds to lead Kewpies

A week before the district tournament is a bad time for a golfer to shoot his worst round in three years, but don’t tell that to Josh Brady. A day after shooting 94 in Jefferson City, Brady rebounded to lead Hickman in a 150-165 victory against Mexico on Tuesday at Lake of the Woods Golf Course.

The dual outing pitted Hickman pairings against Mexico pairings in nine holes. The five best individual scores were totaled for a team score.

Tigers take 11th at Big 12 finals

The Missouri men’s golf team finished 11th at the Big 12 Conference Championships in Hutchinson, Kan., on Tuesday.

Texas was the wire-to-wire winner with a three-day 865 total. The Longhorns have won the event three years in a row. MU finished at 920.

Three Tigers head to Bears

If the nickname “Windy City” isn’t enough for residents of Chicago, perhaps “Missouri North” would be a suitable replacement.

With the NFL Draft completed, six former Tigers went looking for NFL teams to play for as undrafted free agents. Three of them, Rob Droege, A.J. Ricker and Zack Abron, chose to attempt to join another former Tiger, wide receiver Justin Gage, and the Bears.

Kewpies get sloppy

Maybe Hickman should have stayed in bed Monday.

Nothing went right for the Kewpies in Monday’s 10-0 loss to Francis Howell at Hickman Field. The Kewpies made seven errors that led to six unearned runs in a game that ended in five innings because of the 10-run rule.

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