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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.

Nurse's 3s End Ozarks Run to Repeat

Kearney brought 12 players to the Show-Me Showdown at Hearnes Center. The Bulldogs needed six of them to beat defending state champion Ozark.

Defense key for Cougars

Football experts often say great defense beats great offense. Columbia College proved Thursday the theory applies to basketball as well.

The Cougars defeated McKendree (Ill.) 63-43 in the second round of the American Midwest Conference Tournament at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Bryant points way for offense

DALLAS – When Travon Bryant’s offense has struggled, so has Missouri.

The Tigers’ past two losses serve as a perfect example, but with the Tigers’ NCAA Tournament hopes in danger Thursday, Bryant regained his midseason form.

Second round

In the sporting world, the two-minute warning usually means more to television broadcasters than athletes.

The look on every Missouri basketball player’s face with a little more than two minutes left in the first-round game of the Big 12 Conference Tournament on Thursday meant everything.

Title shot

At 10, Amy and Jodi Bolerjack felt left out.

Playing soccer and softball weren’t enough.

With so many of their friends playing basketball, Amy and Jodi decided to add another sport to their repertoire.

They started on the driveway with the goal of 50 made shots daily. It took forever. That didn’t discourage them. Before long, the Bolerjacks had deadly jump shots and were basketball fanatics.

Missouri gets pass happy

DALLAS — Missouri was in a giving mood Thursday night.

No, the Tigers were not willing to give Texas A&M its first Big 12 Conference win this season. Nor were they willing to give the Aggies their first win in the Big 12 Tournament, though the final margin was tighter than the Tigers might have hoped. A tight Aggie zone defense and aggressive trapping brought the Tigers another scare.

Tigers wait for postseason destination

Whether Missouri will play in the postseason for a school-record tying fifth straight season is not a question, but there is much suspense surrounding the Tigers’ postseason fate.

After Missouri’s disappointing 79-58 loss to No. 8 Kansas State in the Big 12 Conference Tournament quarterfinals Wednesday in Dallas, Missouri can do nothing but wait and see where it will head next week.

Stress-free zone

On Monday, the Missouri divers did not seem as if they were preparing for the biggest meet of the season.

The two male and three female divers jumped on one another and made faces at one another through the windows of the lobby at the University Natatorium while they waited to leave for the Rec-Plex in St. Peters.

Tough road to success for Bennett

Jennifer Bennett has squashed the injury bug.

Bennett, a senior Missouri pole vaulter, will compete in the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships today and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Tennis gives Barry focus

When other coaches ask Missouri tennis coach Blake Starkey about the international players on his team, his response is always the same.

There’s one from Slovenia, three from the Czech Republic and one from Mississippi.

Stars must learn quickly

Generally, a college sports team fills its roster with players whom coaches have been recruiting for months or years, leaving maybe one or two spots open for walk-ons.

Stephens College is different.

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