Throughout Mizzou Arena, a sparse crowd awaited a game between the Missouri (12-3) and Baylor (9-12) on Feb. 16.
MU fans have gotten used to watching mediocre teams since the inception of the Big 12 Conference in 1996. But even most fans didn’t know MU had won only two Big 12 titles in 20 sports.
Above the neon beer signs of Harpo’s Bar and Grill, high on a mantle, are pieces of wood and metal that represent the lifespan of a Missouri sports tradition.
After a big football victory, fans tear down Faurot Field’s goalposts and march them more than a mile through campus to Harpo’s, on the corner of Tenth and Cherry Streets.
Youngstown State’s Justin Thomas had shut down Missouri before, and Tigers coach Tim Jamieson was ready to scrap for every run he could get.
As it turned out, he didn’t have to.
Micaela Minner hit her 10th home run of the season Saturday.
But she couldn’t have told you that. She doesn’t keep track.
Missouri women’s tennis fans had a lot to cheer about on Saturday.
The Tigers shut out both Air Force and Eastern Illinois at Green Tennis Center without losing a set.
As fans hopped over rails and raced for the best seats in Mizzou Arena, George Blase sat calmly at a table on the court, waiting.
There was still about an hour until the first game of the Missouri State High School Activities Association’s state basketball championships started Friday morning, and Blase had been through this process many times in the past.
Danny Todd stands on one side of the table-tennis table. His 18-year-old son, Will, is on the other. Both are undefeated on the night.
“I’ve got to admit I’m tired,” Danny Todd says as he volleys with his son to warm up.
If you closed your eyes this weekend and listened to the crowd noise at Mizzou Arena, you could almost picture him in black and gold.
McDonald’s All-American and North Carolina recruit Tyler Hansbrough spent the weekend in Columbia trying to lead Poplar Bluff to its second consecutive state championship.
The Mules were thundering Saturday night, and Tyler Hansbrough was the lead stallion.
Poplar Bluff won its second consecutive Class 5 boys’ basketball championship with a 72-56 romp over Vashon, the top-ranked team in the country.
KANSAS CITY — From Jason Conley’s viewpoint, there was no question it was going in. Almost everyone else in Kemper Arena agreed.
“As soon as I looked up it was straight on line and I went, ‘Oh, my God,’” Conley, Missouri’s senior guard, said.
KANSAS CITY — Nebraska hasn’t found a way to stop Linas Kleiza.
Kleiza tied his second-best effort of the season to help the Tigers earn a 70-67 victory at Kemper Arena in Kansas City on Thursday. He scored 26 points and had 11 rebounds to propel Missouri into the second round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament.
The best high school basketball teams in Missouri are in Columbia again.
It’s no secret that Missouri’s offense has been dominant this year.
The Tigers (10-4) have scored more than 10 runs in eight of their 14 games. James Boone, a junior, and freshman Jacob Priday have combined for seven home runs and 42 RBIs in the middle of the lineup. MU has hit 14 home runs as a team, double the total of its opponents.
KANSAS CITY — Sophomore Spencer Laurie and junior Jimmy McKinney will be on the same side when the Tigers take on Oklahoma in the second round of the Big 12 Conference tournament today, but the Missouri guards have divided allegiances.
McKinney’s former team, Vashon, will play Laurie’s former team, Kickapoo, at 6:05 tonight in the Missouri State High School championship semifinals at Mizzou Arena.
When Lauren Grice began her Missouri soccer career in 2003, Tigers coach Bryan Blitz had a vague idea how Grice might help his team.
“We knew that Lauren would play here one day,” Blitz said. “We didn’t know when. We thought it might be her junior year she started to get a lot of time.”
Monica Mueller found herself in an unfamiliar position Thursday at Cougar Softball Field.
Mueller, a senior All-American pitcher for Columbia College, had a three-run lead in the top of the seventh, but the tying run was stepping to the plate.
Coming off their best performance of the season, the Missouri men’s and women’s diving teams will head to the Zone D Diving Championships this weekend in College Station, Texas.
The event starts today and finishes Sunday. The top divers will qualify for the NCAA tournament.
Stephens College and Missouri Valley College have come to know each other well on the tennis court.
The Stars opened their season Thursday the same way they did last year: a date with the Vikings.
KANSAS CITY - A Missouri upset of Oklahoma seemed imminent but with one play that all changed.
A ball dribbled out of bounds by Tiger guard Thomas Gardner shifted the momentum of the game in the No. 1 seeded Sooners' (24-6) favor. Oklahoma held on to win the quarterfinal match up 83-79.
The Columbia College men’s basketball team may have snuck in the NAIA tournament’s backdoor, but that hasn’t diminished the Cougars’ excitement about playing for a national championship.
“That’s the reason why we play, just to make it to the national tournament,” junior forward Nahowan Saxon said. “It’s a good opportunity for us and hopefully we can take advantage.”