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Clark happy to be back home in Missouri

When Jack Clark chose to leave the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987 to sign with the New York Yankees because of ownership collusion, it was the first of a series of strange and, at times, turbulent turns in his life.

Now that he has returned to Missouri to manage the Mavericks (he was introduced as manager Oct. 30), he says he wishes things would have worked out differently.

Practicing for bowl welcome chore

For the past five years around this time, Missouri football players have become used to having time on their hands.

Some did Christmas shopping and decorating, some played video games and others sat around watching football on television.

Kewps wallop Rolla

With four members of the Hickman Kewpies girls’ basketball team signed to play college basketball, coach Tonya Mirts said she knows each of them are capable of taking over a game. She just didn’t know they could all dominate in one game.

Four Kewpies players scored in double digits in Hickman’s 61-29 win against Rolla on Monday at Hickman.

Guards give Hickman hope

It took Hickman’s Taylor Florence about 1 1/2 quarters to give Kewpies fans a reason to be optimistic about the next three seasons.

In the first half of his first varsity game, Florence, a 5-foot-7 sophomore reserve point guard, stood dribbling the ball near half court, waiting for something to happen. When nothing did, he got creative.

Chiefs win goes unseen

The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams clinched division titles with wins Sunday afternoon, but many local Chiefs fans couldn’t watch their team’s game because Columbia TV stations didn’t air the game.

Chiefs’ games are usually a CBS gig, but a couple of times a year the Fox network carries Kansas City games when they play an NFC team. Fox had the rights to the Chiefs’ and the Rams’ games on Sunday, and since both games were scheduled for the same time, the local Fox affiliate could only air one.

Cricket draws eclectic group

Once a week, a small group gathers on Stankowski Field, and at first glance, the group doesn’t look as if it could get any more diverse.

Pakistanis and Indians joke, Brits and South Africans chat and Aussies and Sri Lankans mingle. No, it’s not a model United Nations club. And it’s not a diversity-training course.

Patton stays home

It was what everybody wanted.

Missouri fans, players and coaches wanted Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton to become Brad Smith’s heir apparent. In the end, the feeling was mutual.

Recruits get role reversal

The recruit has become the recruiter. Again.

In the minutes following Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton’s oral commitment to Missouri, he went from the most sought-after recruit in the state to the one doing the seeking.

Gonzaga gives MU first loss

Quin Snyder’s homecoming did not go as planned.

The Tigers struggled from the field, and Missouri lost 87-80 to Gonzaga in overtime on Saturday in Seattle.

Missouri grabs top talent in recruiting

If Missouri gets any faster in the recruiting chase, its speedometer might break.

In the past three weeks, MU has received seven oral commitments from some of the top talent in the Midwest. The flurry of activity brings the Tigers’ total of commitments for its 2004 class to 15.

Tigers take advantage of hurting Hoosiers

Almost everything went wrong for Indiana wrestlers Saturday.

Missouri defeated the Hoosiers 29-15 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The Tigers, whom InterMat ranks No. 6, improved to 2-0.

Bruins get first victory

Comfortable surroundings and four extra minutes seemed to be all the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins needed.

Rock Bridge gained its first win of the season Friday, beating Marquette 73-59 in overtime.

Gonzaga will test Missouri

Nonconference matchups such as this give college basketball fans the kind of goose bumps they usually get in March.

After all, No. 3 Missouri and No. 17 Gonzaga have made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances each.

MU adds wheelchair basketball

Columbia State Representative Chuck Graham’s decision to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois changed his life.

His leadership in creating a wheelchair basketball program at MU might change the lives of future disabled athletes.

Rock Bridge seniors adjust to leading roles

Ashley Guy and Melissa White have a lot of shoes to fill: 16, to be exact.

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team had eight seniors last year, and four were starters. Guy is the only returning starter, and White is the only other senior.

Transfers have come a long way

For a couple of Missouri transfers, it has been an uphill road to compete in Division I wrestling.

Heavyweight Mike Whitehead is a senior transfer from Southern Oregon. He thought he wasn’t good enough to compete in Division I. This season, he is 8-1 with five pins.

Rastovac receives ‘surprise’ honors

News that she had been selected to the NAIA All-American team shocked Columbia College’s Nikolina Rastovac. Rastovac, a freshman from Laxzarevac, Serbia, didn’t know the award existed until Thursday.

Rastovac is growing accustomed to collecting awards she hadn’t heard of until after she had won them. Her selection as the Region V Setter of the Year in November also surprised her.

Uncle spurs Kewp

When he was 7, Zach Arnold remembers watching his uncle, Phillip Arnold, win two state wrestling titles at Hickman.

“My grandma took me to see him wrestle,” Arnold said. “We were surrounded by family and friends, and I always wanted to wrestle.”

Bruins confident

Although it’s early in the season, the Rock Bridge wrestling team is looking for big wins.

The Bruins will compete in the Truman Tournament this weekend, facing their first opponent at 5 tonight and wrestling again at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Bruins Kewpies named All-State

Hickman senior Kyle Nuelle said before the season that his team’s only goals were to beat Rock Bridge and win the District 6 title. The Kewpies were successful achieving both, and two of their key players reaped the benefits Wednesday.

Nuelle and Hickman teammate Luke Harper along with Rock Bridge seniors Chase Patton and Van Alexander earned places on the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Class 6A All-State football team.

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