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Rivalry intensifies Hickman-Kickapoo game

It is rare to find a high school basketball game in early December that has the same intensity as a postseason game in March.

Then again, few games at any time of year stir emotions quite like a matchup between Hickman and Kickapoo, who meet at 3 p.m. Saturday in the second annual Columbia College High School Girls Shootout at Southwell Arena.

Saxon key for Cougars

His teammates call him “Slinky,” and though he has a thin frame, there’s nothing weak or flimsy about Nahowan Saxon’s game.

His strong play off the bench helped Columbia College defeat Central Bible 87-66 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Title looks in reach

If history repeats itself, Missouri will play in the championship game Saturday.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Alcorn State in the first round of the 26th annual Unilever Tiger Tournament at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Foote gives Columbia College leg up

Less than four minutes into the game, Columbia College guard Tiffany Foote banked in a shot from the right corner.

The basket gave Foote confidence in her shot and she led the Cougars to an 87-66 win against No. 18 Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at Arena of Southwell Complex.

Hickman’s Burchard claims unique experience

Hickman senior Bret Burchard is one of the few high school basketball players who can claim to have college experience.

Burchard, the son of Bob Burchard, Columbia College men’s coach, has attended his father’s practices for longer than he can remember, first learning the game’s basics and later picking up on the intricacies.

Edwards beats buzzer to lift Cougars above Bellevue

If Aaron Edwards keeps this up, he might have a new best friend in Columbia College coach Bob Burchard.

Edwards hit his second game-winning and buzzer-beating shot in seven days to give the Cougars an 83-82 double-overtime victory against Bellevue University on Friday night.

Conference honors 12 Tigers

The good news keeps coming for the Missouri football team.More of the fruits of success were bestowed upon the Tigers on Wednesday when 12 players were named to the coaches’ All-Big 12 Conference team, up from seven selections last season.

Pulley cleared to play for Missouri

A day after committing 19 turnovers, Missouri received some encouraging news that might be a remedy for its ballhandling woes.

Junior college transfer Randy Pulley was cleared for action coach Quin Snyder said Wednesday. Pulley gives the Tigers three active point guards.

Turnover troubles

Before the first game, even before the first practice, Missouri guard Rickey Paulding was swamped with praise.

His promise earned him preseason All-American honors. His explosive dunks sparked discussion of greatness, even if he would be the last to say it.

Tigers eyeing Olympic Trials

Four Missouri swimmers might have Olympic futures, but first they will have to prove themselves against the world’s best.

Andrea Nigh, Rebecca Wolfe, Liz Schoborg, and Matt North will represent the Tigers in the U.S. Open today in Federal Way, Wash. The meet, which concludes Saturday, has more than 900 swimmers.

Another Tigers’ scare

Against Oakland, it was because of the Golden Grizzles’ pressure. Against Coppin State on Tuesday night, coach Quin Snyder said there were no excuses.

For the second time in as many games, the No. 4 Tigers struggled with turnovers but escaped, defeating the Eagles 70-61 in come-from-behind fashion at Hearnes Center. The win is the Tigers’ 29th straight home-opening win.

Bryant makes big plays to complete comeback

It’s not easy to miss Missouri power forward Travon Bryant. With a 6-foot-9, 240-pound physique, Bryant has few places he can hide.

With acclaimed teammates such as Rickey Paulding, a preseason All-American, and Arthur Johnson, coaches’ preseason pick for Big 12 Conference Player of the Year, Bryant is sometimes overlooked.

Rock Bridge struggles through season-opening victory

A few forfeits from Boonville’s wrestling team lifted Rock Bridge to a win in its first match.

The Bruins defeated the Pirates 38-25 at Rock Bridge on Tuesday. The Pirates forfeited four matches, giving the Bruins 24 points.

Cougars’ road to title full of bumps

The past 2½ weeks have been like a roller coaster for Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp.

When Diestelkamp, a senior middle hitter, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee at practice Nov. 14, there was concern that her season was over. The next day, though, Diestelkamp, wearing a plastic leg brace, played in the back row as the Cougars won the American Midwest Conference Tournament against Missouri Baptist.

Cougars’ defense keys win

Mike Davis, Columbia College women’s basketball coach, says he believes pressure defense starts with the point guard.

Junior Tiffany Foote applied that pressure Tuesday in the Cougars’ 79-62 win against Park University at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Pioneers surge past Stephens

Depth is often the determining factor in most sports. Andy Hamilton, coach of the Grinnell College Pioneers, uses his bench differently from most coaches, though.

The Pioneers, at times substituting five players at a time, defeated the Stephens Stars 78-44 on Tuesday night at Stephens College.

Tigers set for opener

After starting its season late, things are moving along quickly for No. 4 Missouri.

Three days after defeating Oakland University 90-85, the Tigers open their home season against Coppin State at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center. The return to Columbia has several players, including freshman forward Linas Kleiza, excited.

Tigers’ turnaround

After the Missouri football team suffered through four miserable seasons, its long wait to return to a bowl game is finally over.

Coach Gary Pinkel needed three years to turn the 3-8 team he inherited into a team that cracked the Associated Press Top 25, beat Nebraska, competed for the Big 12 Conference North Division title until the next to last week of the season and is headed to a bowl game.

No quick way to master fencing’s speed

Patrick Peritore, by most people’s standards, is successful at his job.

Petoire, a political science professor at Missouri, has written three books, consulted for the World Bank, taught on three continents and has done fieldwork in eight countries. His academic works have dealt with subjects ranging from South American socialism to Latin American biotechnology.

Snyder learning to live with everyone watching

Quin Snyder is livid. His irritation echoes off the basketball court and resonates in the ears of every Missouri basketball player.

“Maybe this is why (college basketball analyst Dick Vitale) called this team soft,” Snyder said.

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