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Despite woes, Tigers roll by Chicago State

The score was one of the few things that went right for the Missouri baseball team Saturday.

The Tigers defeated Chicago State 8-1 at Taylor Stadium in a game that included numerous base running miscues, confusion about the rules and a powerful wind that made judging fly balls a challenge.

Centralia two-sport champion

Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

Centralia won its first state basketball title Friday, beating Maryville 41-32 in the Class 3 final.

Cougars’ win streak, season end with loss

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 to snap the Cougars’ 20-game winning streak. On Thursday, the Cougars beat Wayland Baptist (Texas) 71-57 in the first round.

Tigers third at Big 12 meet

DES MOINES, Iowa – Missouri beat Oklahoma during the regular season, but not at the Big 12 Conference Championship.

Oklahoma won the title Saturday with 196.95 points, defeating Iowa State (196.925), Missouri (196.425), and Nebraska (196.175) at Drake’s Knapp Center.

Spieler leads California comeback

Abby Spieler led California's fourth-quarter comeback in a 58-52 win against Hancock in the Class 3 third-place game.

Charleston 85, Mountain Grove 82

Mountain Grove overcame three large deficits but could not finish its last comeback and lost to Charleston 85-82 in the Class 3 boys' third-place game.

Stockton wins 3rd straight Class 3 title

Stockton's five starting seniors worked together to win their third straight Class 3 title in four years.

Centralia wins its first state title

And Adam Hinspeter thought winning the Class 2 football championship this season was sweet.

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.

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