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Post 202 survives

There was a sense of déjà vu for Columbia Post 202.

Post 202 held off Jefferson City Post 5 in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday night at American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex in Jefferson City for a 9-8 victory and the District 8 Tournament championship.

NCAA to consider changes to bylaws

Several proposals for amending some NCAA bylaws are on the agenda of the NCAA legislature.

The NCAA Division I Management Council announced Tuesday that NCAA legislators will consider proposals the National Association of Basketball Coaches made to allow college coaches to make more phone calls and provide more meals to prospective student-athletes.

Mavericks mistakes prevent victory

Four Mid-Missouri errors led to four unearned runs and a 9-4 loss to Gateway on Wednesday at GMC Stadium in Sauget, Ill.

Mid-Missouri starter Justin Wiedmeyer lasted three-plus innings, giving up seven hits and seven runs, four earned. He struck out four. His Gateway counterpart, Brandon Smith, picked up the victory with eight solid innings. Smith gave up five hits and struck out eight Mavericks.

Balk lifts Post 202

Post 202 edged Jefferson City Post 5 in the second game of the District 8 Championships, earning an 8-7 win at American Legion Field Post 5 Sports Complex.

Post 202 (23-9) plays tonight at 8 in the double-elimination tournament. It will meet the Post 5-Centralia Post 113 winner. They play at 5 p.m. Eric Schultz scored the winning run on Brian Bassman’s balk in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Recruiting laws could be altered

The National Association of Basketball Coaches is urging the NCAA to loosen its laws on the number of permissible telephone calls and meals coaches can have with prospective student-athletes, according to an NCAA press release.

The NABC submitted a “comprehensive plan to reshape the recruiting process” to the NCAA Division I Management Council, according to the release dated Monday.

Tigers making strides

For a team known for its dynamic and high-powered offense, its defense is receiving most of the preseason attention.

Missouri will enter the season ranked as high as No. 11 in preseason polls and with a Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Brad Smith. The Missouri representatives at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days, though, said if the team wants to continue its progression toward becoming a national contender, the defense must improve.

Grizzlies’ bats too much for Mavs

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks couldn’t match the Gateway Grizzlies’ power Tuesday night in Sauget, Ill., losing 7-2.

A three-run eighth inning by the Grizzlies (32-34) proved too much for the Mavs (12-43).

To some, basketball is more than a game

The game was in the fourth quarter when No. 32 dribbles down court and sets up a quick give-and-go to sink yet another 3-point shot. On the side lines the hometown fans cheer for their local team.

Kylee Kunkel Royston, No. 32, an eighth-grade student at Carver Middle School, helped her team throughout their Friday morning Show Me State Games

Strong start for Post 202

Columbia Post 202 opened the District 8 Championship in fine fashion.

Post 202 routed Centralia Post 113 on Monday, earning a 14-2 win at American Legion Post 5 Sports Complex in Jefferson City.

Rocking the nation

After conquering the state, the Rockers are ready to take on the nation.

The Rockers, a 10-and-under softball team that has won two state tournaments, will compete in a national tournament today through Sunday in Basehor, Kan.

Trying their best

At 12, Chris Miller is tough enough to compete against the adults.

Miller, of Columbia, competed in the Show-Me State Games’ triathlon on Sunday with his parents, Brad, 37, and Barbie, 39. The race, which consisted of a half-mile swim, a 20.9-mile bike ride and a 3.1-mile run, started and ended at Twin Lakes Recreational Area.

MU’s Hall ready for big show

The dream is beginning for Mike Hall.

Hall, the winner of ESPN’s “Dream Job,” will debut on SportsCenter tonight at midnight. The show will be re-broadcast on Tuesday morning. His coanchors throughout the night will be Linda Cohn and Matt Winer.

Mavericks prevail

In a game measured by how well each team could take advantage of the opponent’s mistakes, and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks did it better Sunday.

The Mavericks defeated Springfield-Ozark 10-9 at Taylor Stadium. Mid-Missouri won the series 2-1, improving to 12-41. The Ducks fell to 28-26.

Postseason raises goals

Post 202 says it doesn’t want its season to end. It plans on winning the District 8 championship and more this year.

“We want it pretty bad,” said Scott Dunwoody, Post 202’s designated hitter. “We lost to (Jefferson City Post 5) a couple of times this year already. It seems like they’ve had our number lately, but we plan on changing that.”

A wave of excitement

An avid water-skier, Stacey Guilford didn’t compete Sunday at the Missouri Water Ski Championships. He didn’t seem to mind.

An Army reservist who lives on Lake Paragon, where the championships were held this weekend, returned from a year in Iraq on Wednesday. Guilford, a sergeant in the 106 Blackhawk Squadron out of Jefferson City, said one of the first things he did when he got back was to go skiing with his children, Jacob, 11, and Samantha, 14.

Show-Me State Games: Pleasing results

The atmosphere at Hickman High’s pool was a little unusual for Peter Wong of Columbia, but he seemed to learn from it.

Wong, 19, who swims for Princeton University, competed in the 50-yard backstroke and 100-yard butterfly Saturday in the Show-Me State Games’ swimming competition.

Dunn, Reds capitalize on mistake

CINCINNATI — Steve Kline made a mistake and it cost him.

Adam Dunn hit a tiebreaking, three-run home run in the eighth inning, the first home run by a left-handed hitter off Kline this season, and the Cincinnati Reds cooled off the St. Louis Cardinals with a 7-5 win Saturday.

Skiers leaving their mark

The smooth surface of Lake Paragon meant excellent conditions for the first day of the 2004 Missouri State Water Ski Championships on Saturday morning.

Skiers from around Missouri came to compete at the man-made lake a few miles south of Columbia and sat on the dock anxiously waiting their turn.

Trio of Tigers named preseason All-Big 12

Staff reports

The Missouri football team has been picked to finish second in the Big 12 Conference’s North Division in a preseason media poll.

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.

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