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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.

Kewps’ Rorvig back on track

It didn’t take long for Hickman’s Kaela Rorvig to make the transition from basketball to track.

Rorvig, who started in the Class 5 basketball championship final for the Kewpies two weeks ago, won three individual events and anchored the girls’ 4x400 relay to victory as the Kewpies defeated Rock Bridge in a dual meet 113-27 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Mills’ save sparks Hickman

What ended up being the Hickman soccer team’s most important play Tuesday night was almost its biggest disaster.

The Kewpies were up by one goal in the 53rd minute against Pembroke Hill at Cosmopolitan Park when Hickman goalie Jade Mills started to go the wrong way on a penalty kick.

Keeping clear minds

Her routine nearly finished, Missouri senior Andrea Nervig flies off the high bar.

She is 10 feet above the ground and needs to complete two flips before gravity tears her back down to the mat.

Ballard earns NAIA All-American honors

Khamari Ballard became the first Columbia College basketball player to earn NAIA All-American honors Tuesday.

Teammate Andre Amos received NAIA All-American honorable mention honors.

Receivers set to roll

Thomson Omboga thinks he can beat any defender.

Greg Bracey ran a 4.29 second 40-yard dash during the offseason.

ESPN not bad start for Hall

When I first met Mike Hall back in February, I said he had everything it would take to win ESPN’s “Dream Job.”

I don’t mean to toot my horn, but I was right. The dream has turned into reality for Hall.

Cordia powers Kewps’ victory

The Hickman girls’ soccer team, opened the season with a 5-2 win against Camdenton on Monday. Janelle Cordia had a goal and three assists for the Kewpies.

Injuries concern for three teams

ATLANTA — Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warm-ups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech’s first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

In Phoenix, Connecticut All-America center Emeka Okafor had two points in the regional final because of an elbow stinger.

Ehlers, Tigers avoid sweep

The seniors on the Missouri baseball team avoided a shameful career mark with a win Sunday against Kansas State.

Missouri’s 12-0 win at Taylor Stadium helped the Tigers avoid their fourth straight sweep in a Big 12 Conference opening series.

Morris blocks out pressures

ST. LOUIS — The audition starts anew on opening day for Matt Morris.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace pitcher is in the final year of his contract and facing an uncertain future with the only team he has played for. The Cardinals’ offer for an extension represented a big pay cut, reflecting doubts resulting from a tough 2003 season, so he must prove himself all over again beginning April 5 against the Brewers.

Camp hoping to join K.C. bullpen

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Shawn Camp came into the Kansas City Royals spring training as an unheralded, nonroster invitee with little chance to make the club.

Camp has pitched so well that he may break camp with a spot in the Royals’ bullpen. In eight games, Camp is 2-0 with one save and a 2.38 earned run average, while walking one and striking out nine in 11 1/3 innings.

Walks turn to runs

The conference season has not begun the way the Missouri baseball team would have liked.

The Tigers dropped their second straight game, losing 6-4 to Kansas State in 11 innings Saturday at Taylor Stadium, in their first Big 12 Conference series. A Kansas State win today would be the second year in a row an opponent swept Missouri in its opening conference series.

Cardinals’ closer key to success

ST. LOUIS — All spring, Jason Isringhausen has taken the ball.

That’s the biggest change for the St. Louis Cardinals, much bigger than the additions of Reggie Sanders, Jeff Suppan, Jason Marquis and the question marks surrounding second base, left field and the leadoff slot.

Royals eager to prove last year no fluke

KANSAS CITY — A breakthrough by some promising young pitchers, a healthy Juan Gonzalez and one or two lucky bounces could halt Kansas City’s 19-year postseason drought.

The Royals, in Tony Pena’s second full season at the helm, could also melt right back into the small-market pack and return to their familiar losing ways.

Offense fails Cougars

KANSAS CITY — Columbia College was one of the NAIA’s top defensive teams all season, but its offense went array in the national tournament without its leading scorer.

Oklahoma City beat the Cougars 81-48 on Thursday night in the first round of the NAIA Tournament in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.

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