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Pitching carries Mavs

The Springfield/Ozark fans’ incessant duck calling didn’t seem to bother Mid-Missouri on Saturday night at Taylor Stadium.

The Mavericks beat the Ducks 7-3 to move to 11-41.

Duncan enjoying basketball experience

Lechunda Duncan has been playing basketball since she was in kindergarten, but for the first time she is playing for a club team.

Although Duncan, a post player for the Crusaders of Springfield, Mo., scored just one point the 40-34 victory against Mid-Missouri Shooters, she enjoyed her inaugural Show Me State Games experience. The Crusaders advanced to the next round of the 13-and-under girl’s basketball tournament.

Allen plays to win every time

Natalia Allen only knows one way of how to play her favorite sport, basketball: hard. The name of the game is intimidation for Natalia who is always putting forth her best effort. Allen plays with aggression, intensity and effort game in and game out. She is simply known for it and expected to exhibit it. Natalia Allen, 13, is a player that gives her all, all the time.

Sting uses experience to get victory

For many coaches, getting to see players they have coached grow up and evolve into better competitors can be more rewarding than winning.

“I coach just to help out to teach them the game and the fundamentals of it,” said Dan Feiertag, an assistant coach for the St. Charles Sting. “It will help these girls get to the next level of competition, like playing at the high school.”

Lady Hornets lose their sting

With 54 seconds to warm up and having not taken a shot, the Lady Hornets were unprepared, and point guard Amber Harris knew it.

“Starting the game I was worried because we were all a little cold but we got into it,” Harris said.

It's not all about winning

Parents flooded into Brewer Field House on Friday morning as the 13-and-under basketball division of the Show-Me State Games began. Girls came from all over Missouri to compete, and while some of the girls warmed up by shooting layups, Megan Moser of Fredericktown, Mo., concentrated on blocking shots.

Schmucker: Dad and Coach

There aren’t many basketball coaches who have to worry about being a coach and a dad at the same time. Dan Schmucker is one of the few.

For 12 years, Schmucker has coached both of his daughter’s basketball teams. He started by coaching his oldest daughter’s Catholic Youth Council team, from kindergarten to high school. He gained experience coaching that team and that experience is paying off.

6-foot Shooter plays hard

Coach of the Mid Missouri Shooters Steve Walton believes his center/forward Samantha Heck can do it all herself, but usually doesn’t.

Heck, of Middletown, Mo., has played basketball since she was in kindergarten. The 13-year-old Heck has played on 11 different teams, including the Shooters. On Friday during the opening round of the 13-and-under Show-Me Games girls basketball tournament, Heck warmed up with her Shooter teammates preparing to play the Crusaders from Springfield, Mo. At 6-foot, Heck was tallest player on the court.

Bench player proves her worth

When you’re on the bench you never know how much playing time you’ll receive. When you enter the game you have a burning desire to prove to your team, your coaches, and yourself that you deserve a starting position. What’s hard about being a bench player is you have good days and you have bad days, just like everyone else, but the bad days seem to be what the coaches remember.

Working overtime

When it comes to playing sports for point guard Lindsey Erickson, basketball is her first choice. Erickson is member of the Springfield, Mo., Crusaders competitive basketball team, but that doesn’t prevent her from being involved with other sports.

Girls’ basketball coach looks to be champion for second time in a row

Kevin Teevan, Independence Starzz basketball coach, is trying to reach the same goal he did last year. Teevan is trying to coach the Starzz to the 13-and- Under competitive division championship.

Lady Knights show skill, passion on the court

The Capital City Lady Knights couldn’t pass up an opportunity to pass.

The Capital City Lady Knights from Jefferson City displayed their basketball skills on Friday in round-robin play in the 13-and-under girls’ tournament in the Show-Me State Games at Brewer Field House.

Peterson to open Show-Me Games

Derrick Peterson, a former Missouri track standout who will compete in the 800-meter run at next month’s Olympics in Athens, Greece, will be the keynote speaker at the opening ceremonies for the Show-Me State Games. He will speak at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

It is the 20th summer the Games, an Olympic-style festival for Missouri amateur athletes of all ages, will be held in Columbia. Competition takes place for the next three weekends at sites throughout the city.

New BCS formula unveiled

After Thursday, people might not be able to substitute “confusion” for the C in BCS.

A “complete re-evaluation” of the Bowl Championship Series has prompted sweeping changes to the formula that selects the participants in the college football’s national championship game. The system places a greater emphasis on human voters and no longer includes the strength of schedule, quality win and loss components in the formula.

Pujols, Rolen lift Cardinals

CINCINNATI — Matt Morris knew he had a chance, even after a rough first inning.

Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen each hit two-run home runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-2 victory against the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Strickland fails at Trials

Missouri senior Janae Strickland failed to reach the women’s shot put finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento, Calif., finishing 15th in Thursday’s preliminaries.

In her final meet as a Tiger, Strickland’s threw 50 feet, one-half inch in her third and final throw.

Mavs number 40 losses

The Gateway Grizzlies led the league in transactions last year with nearly 50 and won the Frontier League championship.

Entering the second half of this season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks have shattered the Grizzlies’ number with 68 roster changes, but the results are no where near the same.

Hosts offer Mavs solace

With all the changes the Mid-Missouri Mavericks’ roster has undergone, the front gate at Taylor Stadium might as well be a revolving door.

The same can be said for the homes of the Mavericks’ host families.

Knaebel aces final round

A hole in one is rare, but Wednesday at the Country Club of Missouri, Denise Knaebel of Moberly made it look easy.

A storm front threatened the final round of the 66th Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship, but as the clouds parted, more than the sun began to shine.

Columbians like location

The Show-Me State Games were Melinda Kidder’s first local tae kwon do events competition when she moved to Columbia three years ago, and she has competed in it every year since.

Kidder is pleased the Games, which start Friday, are local so she can bring Boone, her 3-year-old daughter, with her. The competition is close enough to home that she does not have to worry about finding her daughter a place to rest.

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