Lady Cougars' season ends

The Columbia College women's basketball team lost to Point Loma Nazarene University 88-77 Friday in the second round of the NAIA National Tournament.

The Lady Cougars end their season at 31-6.

Tigers shut out N. Dakota State

Big 12 Conference play is still a week away for Missouri's baseball team. But sophomore pitcher Max Scherzer is ready for it now.

"I'm ready to face good hitters who are able to hit your fastball no matter where you put it, and you're going to have to pitch," Scherzer said. "I can't wait for that. It's a great chance to go out and compete."

Bill restricting tournaments weeded out

High school athletic tournaments will go on in Columbia.

At least for now.

Sen. Chuck Gross, R-St. Charles, has decided to withdraw a proposed bill that would prevent public school tournaments from being held in Columbia because of its marijuana ordinances. In return, a warning letter will be sent to high school athletic teams by the Missouri State High School Activities Association. Sen. Chuck Graham, D-Columbia, announced the compromise at a press conference Thursday afternoon.

MU grabs three spots in quarters

Three Missouri wrestlers advanced in the opening rounds of the NCAA Wrestling Championships on Thursday at the Savvis Center in St. Louis.

Ben Askren, the second seed at 174 pounds, reached the quarterfinals with a technical fall against Duquesne’s Mark Himes and a 9-0 decision against Indiana’s Brady Richardson.

Cougars roll into NAIA 2nd round

Charliss Ridley led the Columbia College women’s basketball team to the round of 16 of the NAIA National Tournament in Jackson, Tenn., on Thursday.

Ridley scored 29 points in the No. 3-seeded Cougars’ 66-55 victory against Lee (Tenn.) University, the No. 6 seed in this quarter of the draw, in the first round of the tournament.

Small school state title matches set

Jefferson beat Bell City 65-50 in the semifinals of the Class 1 boys’ basketball championships Thursday at Mizzou Arena. Jefferson used a 26-11 fourth quarter to break a tie at 39. Kody Schieber led Jefferson with 16 points.

Jefferson advances to today’s championship against North Shelby, which beat St. Elizabeth 69-64 in overtime in the other semifinal. Trailing most of the first half, North Shelby outscored St. Elizabeth by 14 in the second half to force overtime. It then made 10 free throws to win.

Opening Madness

The upsets just keep on coming for No. 12 seeds.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee beat Alabama 83-73 on Thursday, the 16th time in the last 17 years at least one 12th-seeded team won a first-round game in the NCAA tournament.

NIT defeat abrupt end for Tigers

There are no more games this year. No more tournaments. No more road trips. The Missouri men’s basketball season has come to an abrupt end.

The Tigers still have plenty to keep themselves busy.

Columbia leaders share NCAA tournament picks

The brackets that arrived on the fax machine Wednesday weren’t for the office pool. They were for publication.

The Missourian asked five well-known residents to give their predictions for this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament and then explain their picks.

NAIA’s No. 1 program too much for Cougars

The Columbia College men’s basketball team lost 77-50 to No. 1 seed Mountain State on Wednesday in the first round of the NAIA tournament at Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

The Cougars (21-14) shot poorly in the first half and were unable to account for Mountain State’s height on the perimeter.

Strong connection

Tears rolled down Charliss Ridley’s face as she leaned on her crutches and clung to her mother.

After transferring from Indiana to Missouri, taking a semester off from basketball, and then coming to play at Columbia College; Ridley injured her knee, tearing her ACL before the seasoneven started in an event for the Show-Me State Games.

Cougars remain unbeaten in AMC

The Columbia College softball team swept a doubleheader at Harris-Stowe on Wednesday, winning 4-0 and 13-5.

Lindsey Williams hit a home run in the first game to lead Columbia College, while Monica Mueller had 11 strikeouts and shutout Harris-Stowe.

Round two brings more excitement

It will not be easy to top the first weekend of the high school state basketball championships, but 24 teams from around Missouri are in Columbia to give it a shot.

The Missouri State High School Activities Association breaks up the basketball championships into two weekends of hard-court excitement. Last weekend was for the larger Class 4 and 5 schools, and this weekend welcomes eight more schools from the other three classes.

Opportunity knocks

Missouri senior wrestler Cody Greene quit the team.

Actually, he quit the team numerous times.

End of the road

With all of its tumults and travails, devastating losses and unexpected but brief successes, Missouri’s season somewhat resembles a Shakespearian play.

Fitting then, that like Shakespeare’s Caesar, the Tigers’ final curtain should fall on the Ides of March.

Missouri looks to wrap up first title

The University of Missouri wrestling team has unfinished business.

“This program has not won a national title,” coach Brian Smith said. “It’s the only one in the Big 12 that doesn’t have an individual national title. That’s one of the goals of this program, to have a national champ.”

Vocal minority supports Missouri

Missouri fell in the first round of the NIT for the second straight year, but there weren’t very many fans around to see it.

Just 5,997 fans showed up for the match-up between Missouri and DePaul at Mizzou Arena, the lowest attendance for a men’s basketball game this season.

Hickman graduate fills ‘toughest role’

A look at Jamaal Foster’s stats might make one wonder why coaches can’t stop gushing about the Southern Illinois forward.

The Hickman graduate has averaged seven minutes per game in his freshman season for the Salukis, who face St. Mary’s (Calif.) in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in Oklahoma City.

Kunkel gets best of ex-Tiger

Heather Kunkel stepped to the plate in the first inning of Missouri’s game Tuesday and shot a quick look at the Southwest Missouri State pitcher.

The exchange was nothing like your typical pitcher-hitter stare-down. There was no intimidation, no hostility.

Conley’s career ends on sour note

Jason Conley never achieved his dream of winning a national championship.

That dream died last Friday.

He didn’t mind settling for second best, especially if it meant he could keep playing college basketball.