Extra Points

The Hickman boys’ golf team won the Smith-Cotton Classic on Monday at the Sedalia Country Club. The Kewpies beat runner-up Lee’s Summit North 287-302. Rock Bridge tied for sixth with Camdenton at 315.

Tigers suffer rare sweep at home

Nebraska’s batting coach, Andy Sawyers, was nervous entering the weekend’s series with Missouri. He remembered Missouri ace Max Scherzer throwing a complete game win in Lincoln last year. So he took special care prepping his batters.

Missouri cheers to top-10 finishes

Missouri cheerleaders now have a reason to cheer for themselves.

Extra Points

The Missouri softball team lost 1-0 at No. 1 Texas for their second straight loss to the Longhorns. Missouri pitcher Jen Bruck gave up three hits in seven innings. Cat Osterman threw a one-hitter for Texas (40-4, 7-1). Leanne Bowers was the only player that managed a hit for Missouri (18-17, 2-4).

Tigers’ pitching drained in extra-inning loss

Weary from a 13-inning war of attrition, the Missouri baseball team sat together in the dugout after losing 5-2 to Nebraska on Saturday. Disappointment was obvious in many of the players’ downcast eyes after the team lost its longest game this year.

Extra points

The Tigers team finished third out of six teams at the NCAA Southeast Regional in Athens, Ga., on Saturday. The No. 13 Missouri team posted a 195.325, their highest score yet in a postseason meet, but fell one spot short of advancing to the national championships. No. 1 Georgia scored a 197.425 and No. 12 Nebraska a 196.350 to advance.

Triathletes prepared for Ironman

In the Mizzou Student Recreation Complex, Stephen Taylor and his girlfriend, Rachel Biber, struggle to get into their wet suits. They slip their swim caps over their heads like a sheet over a mattress and they make one last check to see if their goggles are snug against their face. As they get ready to dive into the pool for a quick 30-minute swim, they try to decide how long of a run they should take after the swim.

Fresh faces adapting to defensive roles

On the second drive of Saturday’s scrimmage, quarterback Chase Daniel threw a high-arcing pass into the far corner of the end zone to a double-covered Will Franklin. The two defensive backs in coverage, safety Travis Cardoza and cornerback Hardy Ricks, both appeared to get turned around and lose the ball. Without needing to jump, Franklin caught the ball in his stomach for a 29-yard touchdown.

Kewpies disappointed in tie

The Hickman girls’ soccer team walked off the field Saturday night tired and frustrated. The Kewpies’ game against Francis Howell Central went into double overtime and ended scoreless. The Kewpies (6-1-2) have tied the Spartans three out of the past four times they have played them.

Joining the flock

GIBBON, Neb. — As dusk approaches and the evening sun fades over the horizon, thousands of sandhill cranes cover the salmon and scarlet complexion of the Nebraska sky. Moonlight takes over, and the large ancient birds glide into the shallows of the Platte River, bleating their high-pitched call.

Jersey incentive promotes intensity

After the defense stopped the offense on the last play of Thursday’s scrimmage, Xzavie Jackson was happy. And he let everyone in Memorial Stadium know it.

Familiar ground

The Missouri golf team hopes to repeat last year’s first-place finish at the Boilermaker Invitational in West Lafayette, Ind. The tournament, which begins Saturday, will also be freshman Peter Malnati’s first opportunity to prepare for the 2008 NCAA championships.

Frey provides needed spark

Missouri baseball coach Tim Jamieson got a pleasant surprise this season.

Despite Latifis, Bruins top Kewps

Three match tiebreakers went Hickman’s way during its tennis match against Rock Bridge on Thursday. But the Bruins showed when it comes to depth, they still have the edge.

Tigers eager for West Coast getaway

While students prepare to trudge through the last few weeks of class, Missouri volleyball is gearing up for a weekend getaway to San Diego. The fact that the first tournament on the Tigers’ spring schedule is the reason behind the trip only adds to the excitement.

Road trips drive Kewpies team closer together

After being separated last week during spring break, the Hickman boys lacrosse team will not be able to get away from each other this weekend.

Tigers ready for elite Texas lefty

Missouri outfielder Micaela Minner isn’t impressed with Texas starting pitcher Cat Osterman.

WNBA takes two Tigers

LaToya Bond’s computer picked a heck of a time to crash.

Missouri will retain Watkins

Dejection apparent on his face and wholly unsure of his future, Melvin Watkins steadily vowed to continue working for the Missouri basketball team immediately following an end-of-the-season defeat in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Molina’s single wins it for Cards

PHILADELPHIA ­— While Jimmy Rollins stretched his hitting streak to 38 games, the Philadelphia Phillies remained winless.