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Bruins’ defense dominates

Rock Bridge’s Chris Johnson was two saves away from having two shutouts.

Johnson, the goalie for Rock Bridge’s lacrosse team, helped his team defeat Fox 6-1 and Olathe 12-1 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park. The Bruins improved to 2-1.

Weather plays big role in MU loss

Missouri right fielder James Boone watched more balls go over his head than into his glove Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

A strong wind allowed Baylor to hit five home runs to right field in its 15-9 win against Missouri, tying the three-game series at 1.

Bruins survive sloppy opener

What Rock Bridge used for its profit nearly cost it a season-opening loss.

After several Blue Springs South errors gave the Bruins a fourth-inning lead, they responded in kind, committing a few. Rock Bridge held on and beat the short-handed Jaguars 4-3 on Saturday at Rock Bridge Stadium.

Kalka, Tigers edge OSU in 14

Erin Kalka pitched enough innings for two softball games Saturday.

She pitched a complete game as Missouri defeated Oklahoma State 3-2 in 14 innings at University Field in a Big 12 Conference game.

Tekotte carries Kewps in opener

Blake Tekotte didn’t expect to see a left-handed pitcher for Iberia, but nothing bothered him once he stepped up to hit.

Behind Tekotte’s three hits, Hickman opened its season with a 6-1 win against Iberia on Friday at Hickman.

Tigers’ defense stifles offense

The optimistic Missouri football fan could look at Saturday’s scrimmage as a solid defensive display.

Defensive lineman Xzavie Jackson recovered a fumble and Jason Simpson, James Kinney and Travis Cardoza intercepted passes. With points awarded for everything from sacks, turnovers and tackles for loss to first downs and forced three-and-outs, the defense led by more than 30 at times and won 67-50.

Ruskova lifts Tigers against Cornhuskers

Missouri’s first match on the outdoor tennis courts at Green Tennis Center was also the last home match for Lucie Ruskova and the Missouri seniors. Ruskova wasn’t about to let Big 12 Conference opponent Nebraska spoil either occasion.

In No. 6 singles, Ruskova rallied from a set down in the final match to defeat Nebraska’s Katie Garcia and give the Tigers a 4-3 win Saturday.

Cougars earn sweep

Krista Viefhaus decided that 10 innings of softball were enough.

Viefhaus’ home run in extra innings in the first game helped Columbia College sweep a doubleheader from Lindenwood University on Thursday at Columbia College.

Swede success

It’s easy to draw comparisons between Annika Sorenstam and Maria Ohlsson.

Although Ohlsson is taller than Sorenstam, she resembles the LPGA phenom in many ways. Both hail from Sweden and are exceptionally competitive.

Tigers feel little stress at regional

Lauren Schwartzman is relaxing into perfection.

As Missouri intensifies its efforts for precisely pointed toes, stuck landings and smiling showmanship, Schwartzman has found herself easing out of superstitions.

1B Ehlers leads way for Tigers

Missouri first baseman Cody Ehlers has proved he responds well to pressure.

On Sunday, with Missouri facing a sweep for the fourth straight year in a Big 12 Conference opening series, Ehlers, a senior, hit home runs in his first two at-bats, driving in the first three runs of a 12-0 win against Kansas State.

Better communication key for talkative Tigers

There are never any members of the Missouri Spirit Squad at University Field, but Joanne Loethen is always there to compensate.

“Everybody calls me the cheerleader because I’m always doing cheers and yelling as loud as I can,” Loethen said.

Hickman starts with shutout

The Hickman boys’ tennis team started its season by winning at district opponent Rolla 9-0 on Thursday.

Hickman’s Nate Bohon, Kyle King and Sean Schofield won their singles matches in straight sets. Bohon teamed up with Erich Chen for one of the Kewpies’ three doubles wins. Omeed Latifi, Zach Coble and Greg Anderson added wins for the Kewpies.

Rock Bridge tops Helias

Jon-Eric Meyer wasn’t happy with the way he acted on the court, but he was happy with his win.

Ben Loeb, the Rock Bridge tennis coach, found no reason to be upset with his team’s 7-2 victory against Helias at Bethel Park on Thursday. The Bruins improved to 2-0.

Play speaks volumes

The difference in personalities between Missouri tennis player Hana Kraftova and her opponent March 7 could not have been more apparent.

Oklahoma’s Irina Lykina, whose wild gestures and screams of self-motivation made her noticeable throughout Green Tennis Center, was on one side of the court.

Strickland looks to regain old form

Janae Strickland wants to put the indoor season behind her.

Strickland, a Missouri shot putter, will compete in the Missouri Relays at 10 a.m. today and 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Home at home

Eyes peering through his mask, Rock Bridge catcher Scott Dunwoody crouches behind the plate during Tuesday’s practice.

The frigid air and a sore right shoulder don’t faze Dunwoody as Steven Farrow tosses a ball in his direction. Dunwoody is quick to respond. The ball bounces off his chest protector and rolls back to Farrow’s feet.

Paxton’s strength to benefit Tigers

Aug. 30, 1987, is a day Steve Paxton shouldn’t be capable of remembering. Instead, it is one he will never forget. On that day, Paxton was cruising along a deserted country road near his hometown of Urbana, Ohio. He had recently turned 16 and was enjoying the newfound freedom of driving. Like most new drivers, he had a tendency to drive more quickly than the legal limit.

Unlike most new drivers, though, his predilection for speed nearly killed him.

Two Cougars get early start on college

At this time of year, most high school seniors are concerned with finding a prom date and eagerly counting the days until graduation.

Ashley Perrigo and Felisha Richards aren’t most high school seniors.

Bolerjacks, Rorvig All-State

Three Hickman senior girls had exceptional basketball seasons. Good enough to earn them All-State honors.

The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named Jodi Bolerjack and Kaela Rorvig to the Class 5 All-State team Tuesday. Jodi’s twin sister, Amy Bolerjack, received second team All-State honors.

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