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Tigers hitting in-state goals for top recruits

It happens every year. A football program will target top-flight players in recruiting, usually from its home state and inevitably, some of those players will choose to go elsewhere.

There is no single reason these players pass on their home schools. Some athletes want to get away from home, the prestige and talent at major programs draw others and some want a better chance to play right away.

Spates making his mark

Senior Jeremy Spates is doing his best to join the century club.

No, not that one.

Bruins win despite coach’s absence

Rock Bridge overcame adversity to earn a difficult win against Moberly.

Bruins coach John Kopnisky was not there to see his lower weights propel the team to a 37-31 victory Thursday at Rock Bridge.

Tigers know they must win at home

Missouri can find many positives in its win against No. 20 Oklahoma on Wednesday, but perhaps the Tigers’ biggest accomplishment was earning its first home win in Big 12 Conference play.

It is a consensus among Big 12 coaches that the key to success is winning at home, but Missouri failed to do that against Kansas on Jan. 10, and Nebraska on Jan. 14.

Hitting the books

When the five seniors on Missouri men’s swimming and diving team were named to the Academic All-Big 12 Conference team last year, it was no surprise to coach Brain Hoffer.

“We have a couple of guys that if they don’t make a 4.0 (grade point average) we’re surprised,” Hoffer said. “They’re a lot more than just swimmers.”

Tigers focus on long-term goals

Winning was one of the last things on Missouri track coach Rick McGuire’s mind when his team hosted Kansas and Kansas State last weekend.

Although Missouri finished third, McGuire said his team could have won if he had used some of his injured or tired athletes.

Kewps wrestlers fall

The Hickman wrestling team lost 51-15 at Kearney on Thursday.

Three Kewpies earned victories. Tony Pescaglia (112 pounds) won by default, Corry Skala (125) won by decision and Luke Harper (275) won by a fall.

Kewps topple Bruins

Heading into Wednesday night’s game against Rock Bridge, Hickman’s Amy Bolerjack had eight points to score to reach 1,000 points.

She got them all, one by one.

MU gasping for air

BOULDER, Colo. — The altitude in Boulder hasn’t bothered the Missouri basketball team in recent years, but Wednesday night, something about the Coors Events Center atmosphere devastated the Tigers.

Everything the Tigers had been doing correctly in their previous four games disappeared as the Buffaloes stampeded to an 83-70 win in a Big 12 Conference game.

New lineup helps Tigers top ’Huskers

Missouri coach Cindy Stein has found a starting lineup she likes.

With the new combination, the MU women’s basketball team upset No. 20 Oklahoma 77-65 at Hearnes Center on Wednesday. The win is Missouri’s first against a ranked opponent since defeating Texas Tech 81-72 on Jan. 9, 2002, in Columbia.

Win shows confidence

It appears Missouri coach Cindy Stein knew what she was talking about all along.

Two weeks after Stein said there was no reason for her team to panic after losing its third straight Big 12 Conference game, the Tigers seem to be turning their season around.

Buffs’ win honors ‘Sox’

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado football coach Gary Barnett called him “a great Buff.”

Former basketball player Dave Logan said he was “an excellent coach and an even better guy.”

No breaks for Johnson vs. Harrison

BOULDER, Colo. – When David Harrison faces Arthur Johnson, he knows to expect a tough game, and that’s what he got.

“Me and Arthur are both great players and great competitors,” Harrison said. “I never feel like I get the better of him, we both just play hard. We go out there and give it our all, and after the game, we give each other a hug and say ‘Good game’ and that we played our hardest.”

Missouri knows stopping 3s will be key

Missouri sophomore Jimmy McKinney remembers his previous trip to Boulder, Colo.

After Colorado defeated the Tigers 89-68 on Feb. 22, he left Coors Events Center with a headache.

Big problems in Big 12

After a promising start, the Missouri women’s basketball team is trying to recuperate from a rocky first three weeks in Big 12 Conference play.

Missouri (10-6, 1-4 Big 12) seemed poised to reach the postseason for a school record-tying fifth straight year after posting a 9-2 record against nonconference opponents. After the quick start, the Tigers lost their first four Big 12 games and face an uphill battle to earn a spot in the WNIT or the NCAA Tournament.

Bruins clamp down after halftime

There was one thing Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon made sure his team knew before it left the halftime locker room; the first three minutes are the most important time of the second half.

The team responded with a defensive intensity that sparked a 62-43 victory against St. Charles on Tuesday at Rock Bridge High.

Missouri showing in-state success

If the Missouri football coaching staff were a baseball player, it would almost certainly be the league’s batting champion.

When coach Gary Pinkel took over the Missouri football program Nov. 30, 2000, repairing the anemic relationships with state high schools that tainted the recruiting efforts of his predecessor, Larry Smith, was one of his first orders of business.

Cougars’ defense key

A small adjustment the Columbia College women’s basketball team made has made a big difference lately.

The Cougars’ interior defense played halfway in front of the opposition and challenged the passing lanes for much of the season, but its recent focus has been playing behind and contesting shots.

Missouri braces for best of Big 12

Missouri is running with a tough crowd.

The Missouri women’s basketball team (10-6, 1-4 Big 12 Conference) will face all seven Big 12 teams that are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. The Tigers have lost their past 16 games to ranked opponents.

No favorites in tough Big 12

Kansas is on top, but it might not be there long.

Even though the Big 12 Conference has one team with an undefeated conference record, several coaches said the title remains up for grabs.

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