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Tigers fall short in spite of late rally

The Missouri tennis team was close and, coach Blake Starkey knew it.

With the match on the line, Starkey took the bleachers at the Green Tennis Center and urged those in attendance to cheer louder.

Tigers’ tournament hopes slim

DALLAS – The countdown to the culmination of the college basketball regular season, Selection Sunday, will certainly be an agonizing one for Missouri.

With their season complete, the Tigers have left their fate and NCAA Tournament hopes in the hands of the NCAA selection committee. The Tigers’ chances to join the 34 at-large bids appear bleak after an embarrassing 94-69 loss to Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Friday in the American Airlines Center.

Dream Job has Hall scrambling

Saying Mike Hall is having a great time would be an understatement. Saying Hall’s life has become hectic would be a greater one.

Hall, who has made it to the final eight on ESPN’s reality series Dream Job, finds himself caught up in a whirlwind that deposits him in Columbia one day, in Florida the next and in New York for the weekend.

Lancers too tough

Senior goalie Kendall Gessling might have been wondering whether someone had painted a target on his chest. The shots kept coming.

The Hickman lacrosse team lost to Lafayette 11-5 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Rested Tigers earn second Big 12 victory

All the Missouri tennis team needed was rest and relaxation.

Tigers coach Blake Starkey gave his team three days off last week. After its loss to Iowa, four Tigers had injuries.

Bad ending

St. Joseph’s Academy remembered; it didn’t need Hickman fans to remind them.

The Angels withstood the Kewpies’ rally and taunts of “remember the last game” to win the Class 5 championship game 56-44 on Saturday at Hearnes Center.

Cougars defeat Spartans for title

ST. LOUIS — Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, has emphasized the strength of his team instead of touting individual greatness throughout the season.

Saturday’s American Midwest Conference Tournament final was a huge challenge to that notion.

Tigers’ defense shines in first scrimmage

Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel said he does not want to dwell on what his team is doing well.

Pinkel’s team had its first scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning at the Daniel J. Devine Pavilion, where the Tigers had a chance to show their progress since practices began March 4.

Hickman can’t solve defense

Two teams needed to get inside Saturday, but only one held the key.

The St. Joseph’s Academy Angels beat the Hickman Kewpies 56-44 in the Class 5 girls’ basketball title game at Hearnes Center.

Stars’ loss serves as learning experience

Westminster might be in the same division as Stephens, but the teams are not in the same league competitively.

The Stars’ inexperience showed Friday in a 9-0 loss in which Westminster was in complete control of every match.

Stars swept in home opener

Westminster may be in the same division as Stephens, but the two teams are not in the same league competitively.

The Stars' inexperience showed Friday in a 9-0 loss in which Westminster was in complete control of every match.

Muse powers Vashon past Dexter

The Dexter Bearcats needed to have a flawless game to knock off the Vashon Wolverines. Unfortunately for the Bearcats, the only thing perfect about their game on Friday was Vashon's Curtis Muse.

Kewpies fast start keys win

A game cannot be won in the first quarter, but Hickman came close.

Hickman beat Lee's Summit 53-28 in the Class 5 semifinals in Hearnes Center on Friday.

Hickman cruises to final

Sitting on the bench never felt more comfortable for Hickman coach Tonya Mirts.

The Kewpies built up a commanding first-quarter lead and rolled to a 53-28 win against Lee's Summit on Friday in the Class 5 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.

St. Joseph's on road of redemption

MacKenzie Stirmlinger called it ironic, but it was more like inspiration.

St. Joseph's Academy avenged a regular season loss to Incarnate Word, winning 47-27 on Friday in the Class 5 semifinals at Hearnes Center.

Tigers’ shots come up empty vs. Jayhawks

DALLAS – With the clock running down Friday night, junior guard Jason Conley attempted a 3-pointer from the right wing.

Similar to many of his other shots, the high-arching shot sailed long and bounced off the back of the rim. Conley, though, wasn’t the only Tiger to unable to get in a rhythm in the Tigers’ 94-69 loss to Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament in Dallas.

Kansas crushes Missouri’s Big 12 Tournament hopes

DALLAS--The first one was a disappointing road defeat, but not a surprise.

The second one was a heartbreaking loss, in the last game in Hearnes Center

Why the Tigers lost

DALLAS – Before the first Border War fans sauntered into American Airlines Center or even crossed the Texas state line, the key to Missouri’s and Kansas’ success was clear: Get the ball inside.

The only question when the two teams met for the second time in less than a week in Friday’s quarterfinal game at the Big 12 Conference Tournament was which team’s big man’s play would be bigger.

Hansbrough Brothers Too Much for Lafayette

Tyler and Ben Hansbrough led Poplar Bluff to a 72-57 victory against Lafayette on Friday in the Class 5 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.

The Mules (24-6), winners of its past 15, play Blue Springs in the Class 5 state championship tonight at 8:05 p.m.

Blue Springs squeaks by Jefferson City

Troy Landi waited for the ideal time to take over the game: the fourth quarter.

Landi helped Blue Springs come from behind to defeat Jefferson City 47-42 on Friday in the Class 5 state semifinals at Hearnes Center.

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