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A winning combination

Matt Dresner and Justin Winner couldn’t get it done alone, but as a team they prevailed.

They lost close singles matches for Rock Bridge against Hickman on Thursday at Bethel Park but won their doubles match in a tie-breaker.

Bruins’ Plourde resigns as coach

Bob Plourde always did what he thought was best for his team and this was no different.

Plourde announced his resignation as girls’ basketball coach at Rock Bridge on Thursday.

Tiger wants 2nd qualifying mark

It’s one mark down and one to go for Serena Ramsey.

Ramsey, a sophomore distance runner for Missouri, will try to qualify for the NCAA Mideast Regional in the 5,000-meter run at the Tom Botts Invitational and Heptathlon today and Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Hosting camps is tradition for Jones

Mike Jones excels at turning potentially negative situations into opportunities.

After playing at Missouri from 1987-1991, Jones signed with the Los Angeles Raiders. He was in his fourth year with the Raiders when he started hosting free football camps for children.

Pinkel announces captains for 2004 season

The ballots have been cast for captains for the Tigers' 2004 football season. Coach Gary Pinkel announced Friday that teammates have chosen senior linebacker James Kinney, senior defensive lineman Atiyyah Ellision, senior tailback Beau Viehmann and junior quarterback Brad Smith.

Kinney returns for a second year as captain. Smith, listed on several pre-season Heisman Trophy watch lists, comes back for his third consecutive year as captain. First-time captain Ellison was a 3rd-team All-Big 12 conference selection in 2003. Viehmann was named MU's walk-on player of the year in 2003.

Tigers put minds to it

Rhythm and the right brain helped Missouri get comfortable in the batters’ box Wednesday.

The Tigers defeated Kansas 7-0 at University Field to stay undefeated at home and in the Big 12 Conference. Their unique approach paid off not only in Erin Kalka’s pitching, but also in their six hits.

Billikens defeat MU, end streak

Saint Louis was happy to see a lengthy streak end Wednesday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Billikens beat Missouri 3-1, claiming their first win in 13 meetings to end an eight-year losing streak at Taylor Stadium. The loss extends Missouri’s losing streak to three, after losses Saturday and Sunday to Baylor.

Losing not an option

Jon-Eric Meyer got into tennis long before he became a freshman at Rock Bridge, but staying undefeated against Hickman is important to him.

Meyer started his career when he was about 8 and went with his dad to play with friends.

Cougars sweep McKendree

While watching her sister Anna Seipp bat in the eighth inning, Amy Seipp was getting angry in the on-deck circle.

After falling behind in the count, McKendree (Ill.) pitcher Amy Maurer got two close calls for strikes before Anna Seipp grounded to second on the 3-2 pitch.

Foss’ goal crucial for Kewpies

Midfielder Kendall Foss said she wasn’t expecting to score in Hickman’s soccer game against Hazelwood Central at Cosmopolitan Park on Tuesday because she is a sophomore.

“Sophomores can score anytime they want,” Hickman coach Sandy Paulsen said.

Hatcher helps Hickman shut down Helias

Chad Hatcher pitched six scoreless innings to lead Hickman to an 8-0 win against Helias on Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Hatcher (1-0) struck out seven and allowed three hits while walking one. Kyle Smith pitched a scoreless seventh and also went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Justin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Six-run ninth boosts Royals

KANSAS CITY – Carlos Beltran and Mendy Lopez made sure Opening Day won’t be one Kansas City fans will soon forget.

With the Royals trailing 7-3 entering the bottom of the ninth, Lopez hit a tying three-run home run, and Beltran hit a winning two-run blast as Kansas City defeated the Chicago White Sox 9-7 on Monday at Kauffman Stadium.

Tigers’ offensive line improving

There isn’t as much fanfare. There isn’t as much name recognition.

That hasn’t stopped junior Tony Palmer, a weakside guard, from talking big about Missouri’s offensive line.

Kewps’ attack routs Helias

Late in Hickman’s game against Helias, Kewpies goalie Bess Frissel-Durley caught the ball after a long clear by the Crusaders.

It was the first time a Hickman keeper touched the ball in the second half and one of three times in the game.

Pope wins Columbia Classic

Jeff Pope didn’t need the round of his life to beat some of the best golfers in the state in Monday’s Columbia Classic. He needed two consistent rounds.

Pope, a Rock Bridge senior, shot a 1-over-par 71 to win the Columbia Classic at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Pope shot a 35 and a 36 despite missing seven birdie putts, including five on his last nine holes.

Tigers get quick start

Missouri’s momentum came from the top down Sunday.

At the start of every inning, the Tigers’ batters got on base. The steady stream of runners produced early runs, letting the Tigers coast to a 5-0 victory against Oklahoma State.

Baylor slams Tigers in series

Missouri pitchers were glad to see Baylor third baseman Michael Griffin get on the bus back to Waco.

After hitting two home runs Saturday, Griffin hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of the Bears’ 9-6 win Sunday at Taylor Stadium. Baylor (12-8, 4-5) won the series 2-1, with Missouri (21-8-1, 2-4) taking Friday’s game.

Hickman’s hot hands carry day

When a team is as hot as Hickman is, playing two games in one day does not seem like a bad idea.

In less than six hours Sunday at Cosmopolitan Park, Hickman scored more goals than it had in the previous four games.

Kewpies hope to fix slow start

Some of the state’s best high school golfers will take a break from ordinary competition at 9 a.m. today in the Columbia Classic at A.L. Gustin Golf Course.

Hickman and Rock Bridge will host 17 boys’ teams including DeSmet, last year’s state champion in Class 4, and Chaminade, the runner-up. Chaminade boasts individual state champion Zach Pranger.

Tigers golfers win in Indiana

The Missouri women’s golf team won the Indiana Invitational on Sunday in Bloomington.

Missouri was second heading into the final day, but shot a 296 to total 908 and beat Michigan State by 13 strokes.

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