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The first champs

Since the Missouri football team played its first intercollegiate game in 1890, there has been one team that brought a national championship to Columbia.

In 1954, the Missouri baseball team won the College World Series in Omaha, Neb., to become MU’s only team champion. John “Hi” Simmons coached the young team that had three seniors, including shortstop Dick “Scooter” Dickinson.

Mavs look for fresh start

Everything worked well for the Mid-Missouri Mavericks on Sunday.

The Mavericks routed the Springfield-Ozark Ducks 12-5 at Taylor Stadium, getting 16 hits and scoring in five consecutive innings.

‘54 memories linger

There was no tickertape parade awaiting the 1954 baseball team when it returned from Omaha, Neb., as the national champion.

Although there was heavy coverage in the newspapers, it was mid-June and the students were on summer break. None of the players remember a great celebration after the game and many did not make the trip back to Columbia, leaving to play semipro baseball for the summer.

Title never in doubt for Tigers

Senior Dick Dickinson gave the 1954 team a stern warning before it reached Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.

The Tigers had played on archaic Rollins Field all season and Dickinson, who had been to Rosenblatt Stadium as a sophomore when Missouri lost 8-4 to Holy Cross in the championship game, knew what awaited them.

Tigers’ slow start ends their season

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Missouri had its share of situations this season where things looked hopeless and the season seemed over.

This time, though, the magic ran out.

Vianney earns crown

The Vianney Golden Griffins started celebrating a little early.

The team rushed out of the dugout in the bottom of the seventh inning just as catcher Jason Hagerty dropped a pop fly everyone thought would be the final out. Vianney had to wait two more batters before winning on an out at first.

Kewpies fall in Paulsen’s finale

FENTON – Coach Sandy Paulsen couldn’t hold back her tears after the game Saturday.

It wasn’t because the Hickman girls’ soccer team lost to Blue Springs 3-2 in the third-place match of the Class 2 state championships at Anheuser-Busch Center.

Pelfrey's pitching shocks Tigers

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – When Wichita State coach Gene Stephenson came to substitute pitcher Mike Pelfrey with two outs in the ninth inning against Missouri, the sophomore shrugged and trotted off the field. This wasn’t a pitching change of desperation.

Pelfrey had thrown 8 2/3 innings of shutout, dominating baseball.

Ozark, MICDS advance in Class 3 semifinals

Ozark pitcher Lucas Harrell picked the perfect time to get a strikeout.

Harrell struck out Sikeston's Cullen Dehart with the bases loaded to end the game and give the Tigers a 2-1 victory in a Class 3 semifinal game Friday morning at Taylor Stadium.

Ursuline Academy overpowers Hickman defense

Fenton, Mo---Ursuline Academy's Julia Bradenberg overpowered Hickman's defense Friday.

Hickman girls' soccer team lost to Ursuline Academy 2-1 in the semifinals of the Class 2 state Championships at Anheuser-Busch Center in Fenton.

One run wins it for Griffins

Vianney got one run, and that was all it needed.

The Golden Griffins used two sacrifice flies to score in beating Helias 1-0 at Taylor Stadium on Friday in a Class 4 baseball semifinal.

Tigers poised for regional

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. –- Missouri coach Tim Jamieson said his team can contend in this weekend’s postseason baseball regional for several reasons.

First, the Tigers were in the postseason last season, meaning they won’t be thrilled just to be here.

Indians triumph

Hallsville might have been the visiting team on paper, but if felt right at home in Taylor Stadium on Thursday night in the Class 2 state championship.

The Indians won 11-4 against the Springfield Catholic Fightin’ Irish after scoring five runs in the seventh inning.

Teamwork crucial for Kewpies

Great unity enabled Hickman to get this far.

The Hickman girls’ soccer team plays Ursuline Academy today at 6 p.m. in the semifinals of the Class 2 state championships at Anheuser-Busch Sports Center in Fenton. It is the first time the Kewpies (20-3-1) have played in the semifinals since 1994.

MU part of Stephenson’s bio

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark – Many coaches with long-term success often speak in clichés about building a program from scratch.

Wichita State baseball coach Gene Stephenson has done it.

Hallsville takes advantage

Plattsburg’s struggling defense made it easy for Hallsville to advance Wednesday in the Class 2 state semifinals.

The Indians beat the Tigers 7-1 at Taylor Stadium and will play Springfield in the championship at 8 p.m. today.

Cardinals win 3rd straight

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols hit his major league-leading 17th home run, Tony Womack had four hits and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Pujols’ two-run shot in the first inning gave him a home run in four of his past five games and helped the Cardinals win for the sixth time in seven games, including three straight.

Pujols’ bat leads way as Cards rip Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Albert Pujols has compiled impressive statistics in almost every place he has played. They’re just a little better in Pittsburgh.

Pujols went 5-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs to lead the Cardinals to an 8-1 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

St. Louis releases Warner

ST. LOUIS — Kurt Warner’s storybook stay with the St. Louis Rams ended Tuesday, but he’s unlikely to be out of work for long.

The release of Warner, a two-time NFL MVP who led the Rams to two Super Bowls, leaves Marc Bulger as the team’s No. 1 quarterback. Bulger took over as the starter for good after Warner fumbled six times in last year’s season opener.

Missouri garners at-large berth

Missouri got another chance Monday.

The Tigers baseball team received an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. The Tigers (37-21-1) earned a No. 3 regional seed and will play No. 2 seed Wichita State (47-14) at 2 p.m. Friday in Fayetteville, Ark.

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