Bruins avenge lone loss of 2004 season in Invitational

Kyle Kinderknecht and his Rock Bridge teammates remember last year’s Mid-Missouri invitational well.

Rock Bridge and DeSmet were tied at four in the semifinal round with one match left. It was all left up to Kinderknecht, who lost in a tiebreaker. The loss was the Bruin’s only defeat in the regular season last year.

Seniors have disappointing home finale

The Missouri women’s tennis team lost its third straight match on Saturday, falling to Texas 7-0 at the Green Tennis Center.

Katka Sevcikova and Carolyn Kramer, both seniors playing in their final home match at Missouri (14-8, 4-7), were the lone winners for the Tigers. They won the No. 1 doubles match.

Schlader chasing his hoop dream

As a young boy, Zac Schlader’s March afternoons consisted of shooting baskets at the hoop in his driveway and watching the NCAA tournament on television. The high energy, excitement and frequent upsets in the tournament enthralled Schlader.

Growing up in Columbia, Schlader said his dream was to one day be a Missouri Tiger and play in the tournament. With age, Schlader came to a harsh realization.

Rain forces suspension of 1-1 game

The Missouri baseball team was looking to break a three-game conference losing streak Friday night at Taylor Stadium, but rain forced the Tigers to wait at least one more day.

Friday's game between the Tigers and Oklahoma Sooners was suspended in the bottom of the sixth inning with one out and the score 1-1.

Duo dreams of NFL draft

Former Missouri defensive tackles Atiyyah Ellison and C.J. Mosley might have a strange feeling after this weekend’s NFL Draft.

It’s likely they won’t be lining up side-by-side on the field for the first time in more than three years.

Sooner born, but Tiger bred

Some dedication from the Missouri coaching staff and a little faith lured James Boone to the Tigers baseball team three years ago.

Boone was a standout player at Clinton High School in Clinton, Okla. As a child, he wanted to be an Oklahoma Sooner.

A closer look at a young Mantle

John Hall remembers the first time he saw Mickey Mantle play.

The first time Hall had gone to a professional game was in 1949, when Mantle was playing for the Independence (Kan.) Yankees at Missouri’s Municipal Park Stadium in Carthage.

Carpenter on target in first shutout since 2001

ST. LOUIS — Chris Carpenter has faced the Chicago Cubs six times since the start of the 2004 season. Apparently, familiarity isn’t helping the opposition.

St. Louis blanked Chicago 4-0 on Thursday behind Carpenter, who improved to 5-1 against the Cubs.

Kinney tackles next level

Former Missouri linebacker James Kinney may see his four years away from home end soon.

Kinney, 22 from Kankakee, Ill., might be returning home if everything falls into place at the NFL Draft this weekend. Kinney, who grew up about 60 miles south of Chicago, wouldn’t mind if the Bears drafted him.

Garciaparra injures groin against Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — Nomar Garciaparra took two steps out of the batters’ box, then collapsed in pain.

Garciaparra was carried off the field with an injured left groin that likely will land him on the 15-day disabled list for an extended period, tempering an impressive outing by Carlos Zambrano in a 3-1 victory that ended the St. Louis Cardinals’ five-game winning streak on Wednesday night.

MU golfer rejuvenated

Kelli Strubinger’s second-place finish at last week’s Susie Maxwell Berning Classic was a reminder of how far she had come.

After a tough sophomore season last year for the Missouri women’s golf team, Strubinger said she felt burnt out. She didn’t always have the desire to play and felt like she needed a break.

EXTRA POINTS: Nine Tigers drive in 13 runs in win against SLU

The Missouri baseball team defeated Saint Louis 13-4 on Wednesday in the Sixth Annual Wood Bat Classic in O’Fallon.

The victory ends a three-game losing streak for the Tigers, who are 28-9. The Billikens are 7-28.

Minner back in black and gold

Micaela Minner said she should have learned her lesson the first time.

An Arkansas player had just hit a ball over her head in left field during an early season game last year. Minner slammed into the fence in pursuit.

Nash tests NFL waters

Former Missouri running back Damien Nash says he is not a bad guy.

With the NFL Draft starting on Saturday, Nash wants teams NFL teams to know that.

‘Awesome’ Bruins get third sweep

A member of the Helias boys’ tennis team walked toward his fellow Crusaders after losing in singles competition, looked at the rest of his teammates and shrugged his shoulders.

“This just in,” he said. “Rock Bridge is awesome.”

Intrasquad competition pays dividends for Tigers

In golf, there is no substitute for experience in pressure situations.

A player can spend countless hours on the driving range, pounding golf balls off the tee, and still fail that first time in competition when one wedge from 100 yards can be the difference between winning and losing.Members of the Missouri men’s golf team do not have to worry about lacking that experience. They get it every week trying to qualify for a tournament.

End of road motivates Robinson

Alisha Robinson’s career will be capped by what she does on Thursday.

Missouri’s All-American gymnast is traveling to Auburn, Ala., to compete in the NCAA national tournament. She qualified for the event as an individual in the all-around competition by placing fifth at the South Central Regional on April 9.

Cougars sweep, win AMC title

The Columbia College softball team clinched the American Midwest Conference regular-season title on Tuesday, sweeping Illinois-Springfield in a doubleheader.

The Cougars defeated the Prairie Stars 11-0 in five innings in the first game and 10-2 in six innings in the second game, bringing their record to 35-15, 13-1 AMC.

Community backing

ASHLAND — The meeting took place in a tiny, overcrowded music room at Ashland’s Primary Building.

Ashland R-1 School Board members sat stiffly in a row of chairs behind a makeshift table in front of alphabet pictures pasted on the wall. Children learn how to sing in harmony in this room.

Impressive outing spoiled

A pitching duel between seniors Scott Reller of Rock Bridge and Jake Mackey of Mexico went into the fifth inning Monday at Rock Bridge Field.

Only one pitcher returned to the mound in the sixth.