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MBCA banquet honors state’s basketball stars

A select group of Missouri high school basketball players traded their uniforms for business-casual Sunday at the Reynolds Alumni Center.

The Missouri Basketball Coaches Association recognized the best athletic and academic performers at the Academic All-State Banquet on the MU campus.

Rock Bridge settles for third

When there are six courts available, the average tennis dual takes more than two hours to finish. On Saturday, four tennis teams needed 2 ½ hours to play two dual matches on four courts.

Rock Bridge coach Ben Loeb had fun figuring out how to make a tennis match so short. Time was not wasted. When one match finished, the next players were waiting to warm up and warm-ups lasted no more than 10 minutes.

Rain doesn’t damper day

It was a routine pass for Missouri tight end Josh Barbo, but for Wesley Leftwich it was the biggest reception of his career.

Leftwich, 10, was one of about 70 Columbia children who attended the Mike Jones Youth Activity Day on Saturday on the MU campus.

Extra Points

Cantwell gains shot put title

Christian Cantwell, an undergraduate assistant coach for Missouri, won the shot put title at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, with a throw of 67 feet, 8 3/4 inches Saturday.

Martin makes most of second chance

Going into Friday’s game, Ben Martin’s pitching resume was anything but stellar.

One start. One loss.

Trades take first-round stage

Nearly everything that could have happened on the first day of the NFL Draft did.

Blockbuster trades, wide receivers and Hurricanes swept through New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday as teams made their annual selections of the nation’s best college talent.

Big 12 win possible for Tigers

Mindy Bullard was so excited she almost cried when Phil Mickelson won his first major a few weeks ago.

Imagine how excited Bullard, a junior golfer for Missouri, would be if the Tigers can win the Big 12 Conference Championships, which start today in College Station, Texas.

Always looking to grow

Omeed Latifi has come a long way, but he wants to go farther.

Latifi, a sophomore, is one of Hickman’s most consistent tennis players. Despite that, he always finds something to improve in his game.

Trades make NFL Draft hard to figure

In one of the most active weeks leading up to the NFL Draft in recent memory, there has been one trade.

Most of the action has been in courtrooms and general manager’s offices around the country. The draft starts at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Hickman ends skid

Midfielder Janelle Cordia said Hickman’s recent losing streak has taught it a harsh lesson.

“It showed us we have to be a lot more aggressive,” Cordia said.

Rams not done with Warner yet

ST. LOUIS — Mike Martz, the St. Louis Rams coach, said Kurt Warner’s agent overreacted to a conversation he had with the quarterback, emphasizing there’s still a chance the two-time MVP could stay with the team.

Martz on Wednesday characterized his Monday conversation with Warner as a necessary “first step” in the process after he decided to go with Marc Bulger as his quarterback for next season. He said he had promised Warner and his agent, Mark Bartelstein, he would inform him when he had made a decision.

Tigers eager for NFL Draft results

It wasn’t so long ago that Missouri football players were barely in the discussion when the NFL Draft came around.

After a lengthy drought of first-round talent, Justin Smith was the fourth pick in the draft in 2001 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Two years later, receiver Justin Gage followed his former Jefferson City teammate to football’s biggest stage, going in the fifth round to the Chicago Bears.

St. Louis smacks around Houston

HOUSTON — Scott Rolen and the St. Louis Cardinals put on an impressive offensive display against the Houston Astros.

Rolen had three hits, including one of the Cardinals’ five home runs, in a 12-6 victory Wednesday night in Houston.

Kewpies find patience pays in triumph

Hickman had to wait awhile, but it finally got its first home win of the season.

The Kewpies beat the Marshall Owls 8-1 on Wednesday, a day later than expected. The match was postponed Tuesday when bad weather forced the Owls to stay home. It also was supposed to be Hickman’s third home match. Rain canceled earlier matches against Lee’s Summit and Lee’s Summit North.

Kewpies energized

Senior Midfielder Andy Mackley did not consult his doctor before stepping onto the field at Cosmopolitan Park on Wednesday. Hickman was glad he didn’t.

Mackley jump-started the Kewpies’ attack in Hickman’s 11-2 victory against Shawnee Mission.

Young coaches bring experience to Missouri

This time last year, Ryan Realmuto was scoring runs against Missouri. Now she is helping the Tigers as a volunteer coach.

After scoring two runs against the Tigers as Oklahoma State swept MU in a two-game series April 12-13, 2003, Realmuto touched base with Tigers coach Ty Singleton to inquire about job openings.

Bruins roll past Marshall

Minutes before the game, goalie Emily Schuenemeyer asked her Rock Bridge soccer teammates whether they were ready for their game against the Marshall Owls.

The Bruins responded with their play.

Conditions no problem for Kovar

Some classmates teased him during school, but Kyle Kovar’s pink, teal, yellow and blue plaid shorts turned out to be good luck Tuesday afternoon.

The Bermuda shorts and Kovar’s solid performance brightened a blustery, wet afternoon at Lake of the Woods Golf Course. Despite the conditions, Kovar led Hickman to a 152-173 victory against Marshall.

Kewpies’ Guthrie to play at Washington University

Scott Guthrie, a tight end at Hickman, will play football for Washington University in St. Louis next season.

Guthrie, who plans to major in pharmaceutical medicine, received offers to play at Truman State, Stanford and Cornell, among others, but decided Washington offered the best education and chance to play immediately.

Smith blows past Jays

After 113 pitches, Kyle Smith had to throw one more. A strike would win the game for Hickman, a ball would load the bases, and a hit would most likely tie the game.

With runners on second and third and two outs in the seventh inning, Smith threw a fastball by Jefferson City’s Jimmy Cook to give Hickman a 6-4 win Monday at Hickman Field.

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