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Brashear runs to title game

Brashear's undefeated season is still intact.

The Brashear Tigers defeated the Chadwick Cardinals 50-44 in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

Offense shines in MU baseball win

It may be a long weekend for the Chicago State baseball team.

The Cougars lost 19-2 Friday night to a Missouri (16-4-1) team that is gearing up for its first Big 12 series next weekend against Kansas State.

Overtime win not pretty

Walnut Grove is glad that ugly wins count the same as the pretty ones.

The Walnut Grove Tigers beat the Mound City Panthers 38-36 in overtime in the semifinals of the Class 1 girls' basketball championships on Friday at Hearnes Center.

National title eludes Cougars

JACKSON, Tenn.-It was a season of firsts for the Columbia College women's basketball team. Unfortunately for the Cougars, that didn't include their first national title.

Houston Baptist beat the Cougars 79-66 in the second round of the NAIA Championship Tournament on Friday at Oman Arena. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Bell City outshoots Bevier

Before its Class 2 semifinal game against Bevier, former Missouri sharpshooter Jon Sundvold told the Bell City basketball team that the hoops in Hearnes Center sometimes looked as big as hula hoops.

The Cubs must have believed him, for they raced past Bevier 79-49 at Hearnes Center on Friday.

St. Elizabeth squeaks past North Andrew

St. Elizabeth's Craig Luetkemeyer and Nick Voss looked for inspiration in some strange places, for both had NBA trading cards stuffed in the laces of their shoes.

It must have worked, though, for they combined to score 19 points and led St. Elizabeth against North Andrew in the Class 2 semifinal on Friday at Hearnes Center.

Familiar faces

Of Missouri’s 63 possible NCAA Tournament opponents, Evan Unrau couldn’t believe the Tigers’ first-round matchup.

Like many walks of life, college basketball can seem like a small world, and when Missouri (17-12) plays Stanford (24-6) at 10:30 p.m. on Saturday in Tempe, Ariz., Unrau will be in a familiar position.

Cougars get by barrier

JACKSON, Tenn. — Most coaches say regular season wins and accomplishments are nice, but a team is ultimately measured by its postseason success.

The Columbia College women’s basketball team beat Wayland Baptist 71-57 Thursday in the first round of the NAIA Championship Tournament at Oman Arena. The Cougars were beaten in the first round the past two seasons despite winning the American Midwest Conference both years.

Three Tigers advance in NCAA Tournament

ST. LOUIS — Jeremy Spates got a little help from a muscle cramp.

Spates (24-6) won at 149 pounds in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in St. Louis, defeating Oklahoma’s Jeff Ecklof 3-2.

MU football staff, hostesses quiet about recruiting policy

Although Big 12 Conference officials are publicly expressing concerns about the state of recruiting practices, Missouri football officials are keeping their concerns private.

With problems in the Big 12’s athletic programs mounting, its presidents and chancellors passed a resolution a week ago that will ask every school to do a thorough evaluation of their recruiting practices.

New routine

While getting ready for the Cat Classic in February, Alisha Robinson and Lauren Schwartzman watched a movie about football.

Missouri set a school record with a 197.350 at the meet. Schwartzman won the balance beam competition and tied with Robinson for the vault title. Robinson won the all-around.

Centralia prevails in overtime

With 15 minutes left in the third quarter, Centralia led 54-38 and Panthers coach David Meyers was ready to celebrate.

“I thought there was a chance we might go ahead and run away,” Meyers said.

New basketball arena to be called Paige Sports Arena

MU's new basketball arena will be named the Paige Sports Arena, University officials announced today. The arena will be named after Paige Laurie, daughter of Bill and Nancy Laurie, who donated $25 million toward the construction of the $75 million athletic facility.

Tigers to be tested

The differences between Missouri and Stanford, its opponent in the first round of the women’s NCAA Tournament, are striking.

The Tigers are thrilled to be a No. 11 seed and in the tournament for the third time in the past 17 years; the Cardinal are an NCAA Tournament institution making their 17th straight tournament appearance.

Seniors focus on positives

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Cataloging the disappointments and unmet expectations for Missouri’s four seniors could require a lengthy list after this season, but it’s one record senior power forward Travon Bryant isn’t keeping.

After the Tigers’ season ended with a 65-64 loss to Michigan in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament on Tuesday, Bryant’s last game as a Tiger brought back memories of the season’s firsts.

Kewpies test new lineup

It is not often that teams sit down for fruit and cookies after a game.

Soccer players switching teams at halftime and not wearing uniforms are also rare.

Redbirds rally to beat Tigers

Illinois State did something Wednesday it has never done against the Missouri baseball team: win.

The Redbirds beat the Tigers 5-2 in 11 innings at Taylor Stadium, notching their first win in five tries against Missouri (15-4-1).

Ragged field slows Bruins

When a team plays its first scrimmage, it’s usually the players, rusty from a year away from the sport, that mar a pristine field. On Wednesday in Rock Bridge’s Green and Gold game, though, it was the field that marred the Bruins’ play. Straw and seeding used to patch the Bruins’ soggy field created obstacles for the Bruins.

“I could see their passes were coming along and there was good movement away from the ball,” coach Marc Van Dover said, “given the conditions.”

Tough schedule assists Cougars

Recently, NCAA men’s basketball teams such as St. Joseph’s and Gonzaga have improved the strength of their nonconference schedules to compensate for their relatively weak conferences.

The Columbia College women’s basketball team used a similar strategy this season. The No. 17 Cougars (27-7) have dominated the American Midwest Conference in the program’s three-year history but lost in the first round of the NAIA Championship Tournament in 2002 and 2003.

Centralia seeks another championship

Adam Hinspeter and Centralia are after another title.

Four months after he led the Panthers to the Class 2 football title as a quarterback, Hinspeter will try to earn a state basketball title as a guard.

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