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Mavs’ start a hit

Mid-Missouri Mavericks fans who saw the team’s preseason game Saturday might have left in a state of shock.

A team that finished 33-57 last season in part because of a sluggish offense, the Mavericks erupted for 17 hits to defeat the Springfield Ducks 13-8 at Taylor Stadium. The teams played 10 innings to get as many players as possible involved.

NU’s James baffles Tigers

The Missouri softball team lost 1-0 to regular-season champion Nebraska in the Big 12 Conference Championship on Saturday in Oklahoma City.

It was the first time since 1997 the Tigers played for the title.

It’s about time for Columbia swimmers

To Hickman sophomore Rachael Maerz, three hundredths of a second will seem like a year.

Maerz won the 100-yard breaststroke at the Last Chance Qualifier meet Saturday at Hickman, but her time of 1 minute and 14.22 seconds was .03 seconds slower than the state qualifying time.

Moran earns heptathlon crown

Michelle Moran picked a great time to have one of the best days of her athletic career.

Moran, a former Missouri heptathlete, won the heptathlon at the Audrey Walton Combined Event Carnival on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium with 5,698 points.

Bruins girls take second at district track meet

The Rock Bridge girls’ track team finished second and the boys’ team third at the District 5 Tournament on Saturday in O’Fallon.

Hickman’s boys’ team was fifth and the girls’ team finished sixth. Jefferson City won the boys’ and girls’ district titles.

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Moran’s showing excites MU coach

It takes a lot to make a grown man run screaming through the rain, but Michelle Moran gave Rick McGuire a reason to do it Thursday.

Moran, a former Missouri heptathlete, set a personal best in the 200-meter dash on the first day of the Audrey Walton Combined Event Carnival at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Pressure no problem for Rorvig

Kaela Rorvig knows what is in store for some of her younger teammates on the Hickman track team.

In the postseason, races with more pressure, better competition and bigger crowds can make veterans nervous.

Leukemia can’t keep Hawf out

When doctors diagnosed leukemia in Scott Hawf, tennis was the first thing he asked about.

Two years ago, Hawf’s play came to a halt during a doubles tournament. Hawf and Jon-Eric Meyer, the No. 1 singles player for Rock Bridge this season, dominated until Hawf took a drink of Gatorade and could not keep it in his mouth.

One more try

In swimming, qualifying for the state championships is a little different from most high school sports.

Rather than winning races to earn a spot at the championships, swimmers must surpass a set time.

Missouri defeats Oklahoma State

The Missouri softball team defeated Oklahoma State 4-3 on Thursday at the Big 12 Conference Championships in at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Kewpies reward coach

The most stressful part of Sandy Paulsen’s night came right after Hickman’s game against Hazelwood West Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park.

A parent came up behind Paulsen as the teams walked off the field and blindfolded her.

Incoming recruits still loyal to Tigers

Marshall Brown, an incoming recruit, said Wednesday he remains loyal to the Missouri men’s basketball program despite the release of the NCAA’s investigative findings.

Brown, a 6-foot-6 forward from Austin, Texas, said he is excited to come to Missouri to play basketball next season. Brown’s support of the program comes a day after the suspension of associate head coach Tony Harvey, who recruited him.

Bruins roll past Tigers

Morale has improved and so has Rock Bridge’s defense.

The secret formula: Stop thinking about it too much and have fun.

Missouri sweeps into tournament

Erin Kalka said Nebraska has the toughest batters in the Big 12 Conference.

Yet she had 11 strikeouts and gave up two earned runs against the Cornhuskers in the first game of Missouri’s two-game sweep last weekend.

Norway’s red, white and blue

Athletes across America train hard to wear the red, white and blue in the Olympics. Knut Sommerfeldt is doing the same, but he hopes to wear those colors for Norway.

Sommerfeldt, a former Missouri decathlete, will compete in the Audrey J. Walton Combined Event Carnival at noon today and Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. He will test himself against a strong field of 44 athletes from around the globe that has similar Olympic dreams.

Pinkel builds momentum with recruits

Missouri defensive back Lareno Seymour could not help but give Chris Brooks, a former high school teammate, one piece of recruiting advice when colleges came calling.

“He just told me, ‘Man, don’t go to Illinois,’ ” Brooks said.

In-state recruits eyeing Missouri

D.J. Hord wasn’t the biggest name on the Rockhurst football team Nov. 29, 2002, but he might have made the biggest play.

Hord, a wide receiver, had a state championship game record 81-yard touchdown reception against Lindbergh that helped the Hawklets win a state title and helped him gain a new level of attention.

Kewpies reach end of an era

Sandy Paulsen did not want to be the Hickman girls’ soccer coach in 1988.

With two years’ experience coaching the sport at a junior high school, she thought an assistant coaching position suited her better.

Hickman routs Pirates

Hickman needed to rebound after a tough loss to Rock Bridge, and rebound it did.

The Kewpies beat the Hannibal Pirates 9-0 in tennis Tuesday at Hickman. It was Hickman’s second shutout in three matches.

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