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In-state recruits eyeing Missouri

D.J. Hord wasn’t the biggest name on the Rockhurst football team Nov. 29, 2002, but he might have made the biggest play.

Hord, a wide receiver, had a state championship game record 81-yard touchdown reception against Lindbergh that helped the Hawklets win a state title and helped him gain a new level of attention.

Kewpies reach end of an era

Sandy Paulsen did not want to be the Hickman girls’ soccer coach in 1988.

With two years’ experience coaching the sport at a junior high school, she thought an assistant coaching position suited her better.

Hickman routs Pirates

Hickman needed to rebound after a tough loss to Rock Bridge, and rebound it did.

The Kewpies beat the Hannibal Pirates 9-0 in tennis Tuesday at Hickman. It was Hickman’s second shutout in three matches.

Bruins, Doak roll past Jays

Rock Bridge ate up another team and then did the same to a cake.

After the Bruins swept Jefferson City 9-0 in tennis Tuesday, coach Ben Loeb said he had a surprise. He led the team to a pavilion at Bethel Park. Loeb said the cake was in honor of senior Taylor Doak, who isn’t a varsity player but occasionally played when needed.

New faces no problem for Bruins

For the second straight game, Rock Bridge needed nothing more than a first-minute goal.

The Bruins used members of their JV team and moved other players to different positions in a 3-0 win against the Moberly Spartans on Tuesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Hatcher holds down Helias

Hickman showed it deserved the top seed for next week’s Class 4 District 10 baseball tournament.

Hickman pitcher Chad Hatcher shut down the Helias Crusaders for the second time this year, and the Kewpies backed up their No. 1 seed with a 4-2 win Tuesday at Hickman Field.

Cougars crowned champs

The Columbia College softball team beat William Woods 4-0 to win the NAIA Region V Tournament on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., and earned an automatic bid to the NAIA National Tournament on May 21-26 in Decatur, Ala.

Kerri Gapka (19-4) earned the win, striking out four and walking one. Amy Seipp added a two-run double in the third inning for the Cougars (43-9), who won the tournament for the second straight season.

Diamond family affair

It’s an expression Fred Burks and Steve Reller have seen countless times since April 4.

Players with their eyes wide, jaw dropped, able to muster one word: “Wow.”

Details worked out

A dormant Rock Bridge team, emerged from its losing skid in atypical fashion.

It didn’t need many extra-base hits. There weren’t any towering home runs.

Time to go, but stories stay with me

Thank you, Columbia. Thank you for being my refuge, my home, my inspiration and my audience.

Before I moved here, I had scrapped my far-fetched dream of being the next Harry Caray. The want of money led me to enroll in college as a pre-law student, despite my fantasy of sports broadcasting. Thankfully, a desire to have fun rather than succeed in school led me to Columbia, the place where I would use a change of scenery to straighten out my priorities.

Bruins rout Bulldogs

Normally, it would have been a dull night in the Rock Bridge goal for Emily Schuenemeyer and Emily Roark.

Monday, though, each goalie scored a goal in the Bruins’ 10-0 victory against the Mexico Bulldogs at Cosmopolitan Park.

Missouri pair will try for Olympics

Two Missouri wrestlers qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Indianapolis.

For one, it’s the end of a career; for the other, it’s the beginning of an era.

NCAA dismisses allegation that Clemons received improper academic aid

MU's men's basketball program broke numerous NCAA rules from 1999 to

2003, according to the NCAA's 19-page official notice of allegations

Canadian Cougars

Don and Pat Fotti have lived in the Southwell Complex parking lot at Columbia College for the past four weeks.

They are not hitchhikers searching for a ride.

Cards reverse luck vs. Expos

MONTREAL — Tony La Russa chose the right guys to keep in the St. Louis Cardinals’ lineup while giving some of his regulars a day off.

Albert Pujols and Jim Edmonds hit home runs, and Chris Carpenter pitched eight impressive innings in the Cardinals’ 5-2 victory against the Montreal Expos on Sunday.

Royals escape close call

BOSTON — Bill Mueller put Jaime Cerda’s first pitch over the Green Monster, foul, missing a game-tying grand slam by a few feet.

Mueller then fouled off eight more pitches in a 13-pitch at-bat, including another shot that would have needed some Carlton Fisk-style body English to stay fair.

Longball carries inspired Kewpies

Hickman had a little more reason to play hard Saturday.

After outfielder Tyler Jones’ father, Gary Jones, died Thursday, the Kewpies pulled together to win 5-3 against St. Charles and 11-0 against Vianney at Hickman Field.

Mirts meets marathon challenge

Tonya Mirts hobbled through the halls of Hickman High on Monday.

Mirts, the Kewpies’ girls’ basketball coach, didn’t elicit sympathy from her players, though.

Montreal shuts out St. Louis

MONTREAL — Tomo Ohka finally got a little offensive support, and he made sure it was enough to win.

Ohka and Rocky Biddle combined for a three-hitter, and Jose Vidro hit a home run and drove in two runs to lead the Montreal Expos past the St. Louis Cardinals 2-0 Saturday night for their season-high third straight win.

Reese, Red Sox race past Royals

BOSTON — Pokey Reese hit an inside-the-park home run and added a conventional one, the first two-home run game of his career, and Curt Schilling pitched his first AL complete game Saturday as the Boston Red Sox continued their hot streak.

The 9-1 win against the Kansas City Royals was Boston’s fourth straight since losing five in a row.

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