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Cougars’ leaders showcased

Nearly all coaches stress the importance of senior leadership but only the lucky ones see its benefits firsthand. Bob Burchard, the Columbia College men’s basketball coach, certainly falls into that category.

Senior guards Andre Amos and Khamari Ballard led the Cougars on both ends of the court, helping Columbia College beat Hannibal-LaGrange 98-88 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Redmond shines brightly through the shadows

KANSAS CITY — There he is, off to the side, in the shadows and away from the glare of the spotlight.

When Tony Temple is your cousin, best friend and teammate, getting lost in the glow isn’t difficult. Steve Redmond is used to it, and it doesn’t bother him much.

Tigers high on scoring

Even if Missouri loses all of its meets this season, the Tigers can be national champions.

Every gymnast on the MU squad knows that though it’s nice to defeat opponents, high scoring is what will propel the Tigers to bigger victories.

Edwards revved for new season

Carl Edwards sits patiently behind the wheel. His right foot is lightly pressed against the gas pedal. His right hand is carefully cradling the clutch.

He is waiting for the green flag to wave. He is prepared to compete. He is ready to win. Above all else, he is focused.

Bruins still hard at work

Cam Purcell, Will Martin and Erin Slate have their team behind them. Not only is it behind them, but it also is underneath them, around them and next to them.

The season goes on for only three wrestlers, but the Rock Bridge wrestling team practices every day. Purcell (152), Martin (160) and Slate (171) placed third in the Class 3 District 5 Tournament last week in St. Charles to advance to the Sectional 3 Tournament on Saturday in Jefferson City. If they place in the top four at the sectional tournament, they qualify for the state championships Feb. 19-21 at Hearnes Center.

Arnold seeks revenge, title

Jefferson City wrestler Jeremy Hudson has owned Hickman’s Zach Arnold.

Although Arnold has kept every match between the 171 pounders within three points, he is 0-4 against Hudson this season.

Willett returns to state meet

Hickman junior John Willett knows what he is up against at the state meet.

Willett, along with six other Kewpies and seven Rock Bridge swimmers, will travel to the Rec-Plex in St. Peters for the state swimming and diving meet today and Saturday.

Conley’s confidence increasing

As troubling and disappointing as the dismissal of former point guard Randy Pulley might be, Pulley’s departure has opened the door for Jason Conley.

Conley, a 6-foot-5 junior, has taken advantage of this situation and again become a viable, offensive threat off the Missouri bench. After several weeks of struggles, Conley looked more like the player who led the nation in scoring two years ago at Virginia Military Institute.

Baylor defense stifles Missouri

Frustration was Missouri coach Cindy Stein’s word of the night.

The disappointment was apparent after the Tigers 83-59 loss to No. 18 Baylor on Wednesday at Hearnes Center.

Guy sparks rally in Bruins’ victory

Rock Bridge’s Ashley Guy made her 3-pointers, while Smith-Cotton didn’t.

Guy’s shooting helped the Bruins come back to win 50-46 against the Tigers on Wednesday at Rock Bridge.

Loss hides Bond’s comeback

The disappointment surrounding Missouri’s loss to Baylor on Wednesday overshadowed the much-anticipated return of LaToya Bond.

Bond, a 5-foot-7 sophomore who started at point guard in Missouri’s first 11 games, missed the Tigers’ past nine with a broken left foot.

Cougars’ Saxon moving up fast

Nahowan Saxon comes from an exotic, distant land where cricket and soccer are king. How does someone from Ashton Union Island, St. Vincent, wind up playing basketball for Columbia College?

“I’m better at cricket than I am at basketball, but in cricket it’s hard to get a scholarship,” Saxon said. “Basketball was my second thing, and that is how I pretty much got up here.”

MU soccer adds seven

Seven players have joined the Missouri women’s soccer team.

Interesting start, solid end for MU

Jason Conley had never seen it before. It was something unique, and it gave Missouri a different pregame attitude.

Sparked by a brisk pregame practice with coach Quin Snyder, the Tigers came on late in the second half to beat Colorado 77-65 on Tuesday night at Hearnes Center.

Bryant does it all for Tigers

Travon Bryant isn’t ready to give up on his senior season, and his play Tuesday night proved it.

Bryant, a 6-foot-9 senior from Long Beach, Calif., did everything necessary to help Missouri to a 77-65 Big 12 Conference win against Colorado at Hearnes Center.

Harris helps Hickman survive Jefferson City scare

JEFFERSON CITY — When Emily Light’s shot went through the basket, Jefferson City fans erupted and Hickman fans breathed a sigh of relief.

The final buzzer had sounded and Light’s 3-pointer left the Jays short of upsetting the Kewpies, who won an up-tempo, hard-fought game 44-43 on Tuesday at Jefferson City High.

Missouri defense steals win

With one look at the Missouri game plan, anyone can tell Quin Snyder sets his squad’s standards on defense.

It took a while for that strategy to translate on the court from the drawing board.

Missouri looks to build on resume

With five seniors returning to a team that finished fifth in the Big 12 Conference and advanced to the WNIT last season, Missouri coach Cindy Stein insisted the Tigers were capable of surpassing the media and coaches’ preseason expectations.

Polls forecast a seventh-place finish for Missouri, but Stein said she expected her team to finish in the top half of the conference and challenge for its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2001.

Bruins’ defense stymies Mexico

Every time the Mexico Bulldogs turned around Tuesday night, there was a Bruin in their face.

The tough defense of the Rock Bridge boys’ basketball team helped it fight its way to a 68-56 victory at Rock Bridge.

Riley highlight of WIN awards

Reaching New Heights was an appropriate theme for an awards luncheon with a 6-foot-4 1/2 center as its keynote speaker.

The theme also says something about how far women’s athletics in Columbia have come in the past century and where they are going.

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