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Stars closer to joining NAIA

Stephens College is getting closer to switching affiliations from NCAA Division III to the NAIA, though a final decision might not be made until next month.

“We still have quite a lot of paperwork to file before the NAIA national convention in March,” Athletic Director Deb Duren said. “I will attend the national convention and answer any questions about Stephens they may have.”

MU gaining steam

WACO, Texas — After tending to find ways to lose games earlier this season, Missouri has begun to do the opposite.

Two technical fouls served as momentum-changing plays and the Tigers held off a Baylor rally to win their fourth consecutive game Saturday 70-66 in a Big 12 Conference game at the Ferrell Center.

Paulding’s free throws crucial

WACO, Texas – As one of Missouri’s four senior captains, Rickey Paulding knows he should have his hands on the ball late in games.

Paulding had his wish in the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor in a Big 12 Conference game Saturday. Unlike earlier in the season, Paulding converted his opportunities, sealing the win.

Amos sparks Cougars

Andre Amos, a Columbia College senior, was so determined to win Saturday against McKendree (Ill.) that not even a nasty blow to the head could disrupt his concentration.

The Cougars beat the Bearcats 83-79 in front of perhaps the season’s largest crowd at The Arena of Southwell Complex. The win puts the Cougars in a first-place tie with Missouri Baptist for the American Midwest Conference lead.

Pescaglia, Arnold take third

Hickman wrestler Tony Pescaglia’s chance for a top-three finish seemed to be slipping away with 35 seconds left in his match against Eureka’s Jon Sumner at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Sumner’s escape narrowed Pescaglia’s lead in the Class 3 112-pound third-place match of the state wrestling tournament to 5-4 and Sumner seemed to be gaining momentum.

Conley rises to rescue Tigers

WACO, Texas – There won’t be any election, but Missouri guard Jason Conley is running a campaign for a starting position in the Tigers’ lineup.

In the Tigers’ 70-66 win against Baylor, Conley drummed up support among his teammates, leading the Tigers’ offense with a game-high 24 points.

Wrestlers count on trainers

On a mat, someone calls for a trainer. Dr. John Yetter rushes to the mat, takes a look at the wrestler’s arm and stops the match.

Early on the last day of the state wrestling championships, a match is stopped as a wrestler sits, grabs his arm and moans. Yetter, an expert in sports medicine from St. Louis, jogs onto the mat and assesses the situation. The wrestler is supporting his hurt arm with his other hand and his wrist hangs limp.

Missouri braces for another tough test

When it came down to either Missouri or Kansas State, Tiffany Brooks went to Kansas State because she thought that is where she wanted to be.

Brooks, a 5-foot-11 forward from Leavenworth, Kan., drew interest from several schools when she was deciding on a college. Brooks, a 2002 Street & Smith’s All-American honorable mention, said her decision came down to Missouri or Kansas State.

Rock Bridge defense makes big difference

Rock Bridge and Helias had a difficult time shooting inside the 3-point arc Friday night.

Despite poor shooting from both teams, the Bruins defeated the Crusaders 38-36 in the final game of the regular season.

Cantwell’s mark best since 2000

Saturday was supposed to be a quiet day off for former Missouri Tiger Christian Cantwell before heading to the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships next weekend.

It was anything but.

Kewps’ Croom undeterred

When Hickman’s Kevin Croom saw Pattonville’s Nathan Waldrum grab his shoulder, Croom knew he had the match won.

Croom was down 7-3 in the middle of the second period of his 130-pound first-round match at the MSHSAA state wrestling tournament at Hearnes Center on Thursday, but he used a quick takedown and near fall to tie the match. Waldrum had to take an injury timeout and looked noticeably weaker.

Crusaders too much in Bruins’ home finale

The gym was packed at the start of the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team’s final home game. Unfortunately for the team, most of the crowd was there to see Chase Patton, Missouri’s quarterback prospect, crowned king of this year’s Courtwarming dance at halftime.

By game’s end only a few groups of parents and students could be seen in the stands. Those who stayed saw a disappointing performance by the Bruins.

Missouri takes winning show on road

His team had just won three consecutive games for the second time this season, and it was clear Missouri coach Quin Snyder was happy with his players’ efforts.

In such an up-and-down year, every win feels good.

Sims aims for All-American form

Things are starting to look familiar for Jesse Sims.

Sims, a junior, is looking to return to his All-American form in the high jump at the Missouri All-Comers Meet, which begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse.

Top records not touted at state level

Most coaches want a state championship or at least a state champion. All Jefferson City coach Steve Johnson wants is 100 percent.

“One hundred percent effort, it’s all I can ever ask of a kid,” Johnson said. “I don’t worry about team scores; I worry about kids when you get to this point.”

Loeb honored with coach of year award

Ask Ben Loeb where he got his passion for tennis and he will tell you it came from his passion for coaching.

“I got my passion for coaching first,” Loeb said.

Missouri may play in K.C. in 2005

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After opening its season for the past two years in St. Louis, Missouri is planning on taking its road show to the other side of the state to Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium. The Iowa Hawkeyes apparently are watching closely.

Missouri has been trying to work out the details of a matchup in 2005 against Arkansas State at Arrowhead in what would be the Tigers’ first visit to Kansas City since 1945, said Chad Moller, Missouri’s sports information director.

High honor: Stewart’s 22 comes down

Before Norm Stewart’s No. 22 jersey descended from the Hearnes Center rafters Wednesday night, he had to make one thing clear.

“I want to dispel the rumor that your name has to start with ‘S’ to get your number retired,” Stewart said.

4 guards = 3 straight

Six weeks don’t mean anything in any conventional relationship or job, but in the Big 12 Conference, that time can make all the difference. It did for Missouri.

The Tigers trounced Iowa State 82-70 on Wednesday at Hearnes Center, expunging almost every blemish that plagued them in a conference opening letdown to the Cyclones more than a month ago.

Construction causing crowds at Rec Center

During peak hours, there are lines six deep waiting to use treadmills. Any number of basketball players, from five to 25, are waiting to get court time at the MU Student Rec Center.

Construction scheduled to last until next year is the reason for all the holdups. Peak hours at the center have broadened to between 12-1 p.m. and 2-10:30 p.m. during the week.

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