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6-5 Noll grows into her game

Size is critical to a volleyball team’s success.

Lindsey Noll, 6 feet 5, fills that role for Missouri. Noll is the tallest player in team history.

Tigers settle jitters

Playing an exhibition game against a foreign team presents some interesting situations.

You might not know what style your opponent plays. You’re not sure how you will match up against that style.

Missouri rewarded for tough schedule

The regular season did not live up to expectations, but the Missouri women’s soccer team is making sure the postseason does.

The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history, joining seven other Big 12 Conference teams. Before this season, the most the conference has sent has been four.

Smith’s reach exceeds grasp in loss to Colorado

Brad Smith isn’t accustomed to taking the blame for Missouri losses.

Coach Gary Pinkel almost always asks for the blame, even if the situation was out of his control.

Senior sparks Cougars

She is 6 feet, plays at the front of the hardest hitting lineup in the American Midwest Conference and never forgets her teddy bear on road trips.

Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp, a senior middle hitter and self-described teddy bear fanatic, has not one but two teddy bears. She has one for short trips and another that stands 2 feet tall and wears a “Cougars Volleyball” jacket that she brings on overnight trips.

Brescia downs Cougars

Columbia College focused on coming out of halftime with intensity. Brescia didn’t let it, though.

The Bearcats changed the momentum and defeated Columbia College 80-74 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex in women’s basketball.

McKinney endures

It was a long night for Missouri guard Jimmy McKinney.

Junior Randy Pulley did not suit up for Missouri in its 85-76 win against Inter Hoop on Monday at Hearnes Center, because he has not been certified for competition, the Tigers said in a release.

Bolerjacks pick Wyoming

There is no sibling rivalry for the Bolerjacks, at least not on the basketball court.

Both are guards on the Hickman girls basketball team, but twins Jodi and Amy Bolerjack said they wanted to play with, not against, each other in college.

Defense keys Rams win

ST. LOUIS -– For three quarters, the Rams played about as ugly as possible Sunday night.

Fortunately for St. Louis, the Baltimore Ravens played uglier for a full four.

Tigers’ bowl chances grow dim

BOULDER, Colo. — Missouri seemed headed to a destination unknown. With big wins against Nebraska and Texas Tech, it appeared that destination could be one the Tigers had not seen in a long time.

MU dreamed of partying at the Fiesta Bowl or heading to Miami for the Orange Bowl. Those dreams might have ended on Folsom Field on Saturday with a stunning 21-16 loss to Colorado.

Tigers eager to play

For the first time this season, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play an opponent other than itself.

The Tigers host Inter Hoop, a Lithuanian team of players that are 18-35 in an exhibition game at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Rocky Mountain low

BOULDER, Colo. — Almost every game in Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s highlight reel displays something he hasn’t done before.

Personal highs to school records and conference and national player of the week awards are included.

Intensity, chance to win fade

BOULDER, Colo. — Gary Pinkel prides his team on many things, but intensity is always first on the list.

After Missouri dominated the likes of Nebraska and Texas Tech, the Tigers looked as if they had found a passion to match Pinkel’s. After the Tigers’ loss to Colorado on Saturday, though, Pinkel grasped for words about MU’s schizophrenic performance.

Balanced Kewps earn district title

The season continues for the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies won their first District 6 championship in three years by defeating the Jefferson City Jays 42-16 on Friday night at Hickman. It was Hickman’s first home victory against the Jays since 1984.

Cornell runs away with state crown

JEFFERSON CITY — He thrust his fists into the air as he crossed the finish line, grinning as the race officials handed him his official place card. No. 1.

At the state cross country meet on Saturday, Hickman junior Tim Cornell finished in 16 minutes, 1.33 seconds to win the Class 4 boys’ race.

Hickman's secret weapon

Breaking a play for big yards is great for momentum, and it’s even better when one play can yield that success multiple times.

Hickman used the play it calls "48" several times in its 42-16 win against Jefferson City, including the first play, in which Brandon Kendrick broke for a 52-yard touchdown to give the Kewpies a lead and momentum.

Kewpies secure district championship

The season continues for the Hickman Kewpies football team.

The Kewpies captured their first district championship in three years after defeating the Jefferson City Jays 42-16 on Friday night at Hickman. The win was Hickman’s first home victory against the Jays since 1984.

Huskers, MU not strangers

Sara Parks knows almost everybody on No. 10 Nebraska’s roster. She keeps in touch with many of them.

Nicole Wilson and Melissa Allerby played with three Cornhuskers last summer on the Nebraska Juniors volleyball club team.

Bruins relaxed in final triumph

SPRINGFIELD — Having some fun on the bus must have helped Rock Bridge.

The Bruins ended their season on a positive note, beating Kickapoo 42-21 on Thursday in Springfield.

Ricker ready to snap record

Durable doesn’t quite describe A.J. Ricker, though that’s how he wants the Missouri football team to remember him. Ricker is sturdy, yet animated.

When No. 22 Missouri plays Colorado at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Folsom Field, Ricker, a senior center and two-year captain, will start his 43rd straight game and break the school record for consecutive starts.

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