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Flanders single downs No. 15 Nebraska

It was a frighteningly familiar scene in the top of the ninth inning Friday night at Taylor Stadium. The Missouri baseball team had allowed another ninth-inning comeback.

The Tigers beat No. 15 Nebraska 3-2, however, battling back in their half of the ninth thanks to a Brad Flanders winning single with the bases loaded. It was the ninth time Missouri has seen a game decided in the last at bat this season.

Kruse powers Bruins

Rock Bridge’s Johnny Kruse wasn’t about to waste a second chance against Hickman pitcher Kyle Smith.

An inning after doubling off the left-center field wall, Kruse hit a two-run home run to give the Bruins a thrilling 7-6 win against the Kewpies on Thursday at Rock Bridge Stadium.

Unrau must play waiting game

Evan Unrau might not know where she will be in a month, but she is certain she will be near a telephone and in front of a computer Saturday afternoon.

Unrau hopes to be one of 39 players selected in the WNBA Draft, which begins at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Tigers lighten mood before crucial series

Coach Tim Jamieson is willing to endure ridicule from his players if it will help the Missouri baseball team get back on track.

Jamieson took batting practice Tuesday at Taylor Stadium, attempting to lighten the mood of a team that needs encouragement after snapping a six-game losing streak Wednesday by beating Southwest Missouri State 5-4 in 10 innings.

Bruins’ Pope frustrated at tournament

Golfers from Rock Bridge, Jefferson City and Helias struggled Thursday at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, but Bruins senior Jeff Pope had a particularly hard time.

Jefferson City won the meet with a 302. The Bruins finished second at 308, and Helias finished at 313.

Hickman easily wins the Warrenton Tournament

The Hickman golf team won the Warrenton Tournament on Thursday with a school record 285. The Kewpies were the defending champions at the 21-team tournament.

Francis Howell finished second at 302 and St. Francis Borgia finished third at 316.

The hat's a winner

At Rock Bridge tennis matches, it is hard to ignore a small patch of orange bouncing around in the sea of green and white.

The orange patch belongs to Bruins junior Justin Winner and usually resides on top of his head. It is a University of Illinois hat he received at a tennis camp there a few years ago. Since then, Winner has worn the cap for good luck and does not like to play matches without it.

Swimmers set for home meet

Traditionally, seniors lead their team in and out of the pool, but for the Hickman and Rock Bridge swimming teams, an influx of ability from underclassmen has evened the talent across all the grades.

With freshmen and sophomores dominating the rosters, the younger swimmers are working hard this season to keep their teams afloat.

Kewpies dominate

Payge Pleimann could not let the midfielders and forwards have all the fun.

Late in the second half of Hickman’s game against Raymore-Peculiar on Wednesday at Cosmopolitan Park, Pleimann, a Kewpies defender, moved up and put a high, arching shot into the top right corner of the Panthers’ goal.

Back in the Fast Lane

Kerry Earnhardt says it without hesitation or bitterness: He didn’t get the same breaks in his racing career as half brother Dale Earnhardt Jr.

It’s hard to win races and woo adoring fans when you’re laboring in a textile mill in rural North Carolina (four years) or working in the service department at your father’s Chevrolet dealership (six years).

Stars align with NAIA affiliation

A process that began in September culminated on Wednesday with Stephens College announcing acceptance to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

President Wendy Libby made the announcement in Windsor Lounge of Stamper Commons in front of several athletes and staff.

Houston stymies St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Wade Miller walked a career-high seven, which usually comes back to haunt a pitcher.

Not this time.

Blues hoping to stave off elimination

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If the St. Louis Blues fail to regain their knack for winning in San Jose, they’re headed home for the summer.

The Blues were among the San Jose Sharks’ least favorite opponents during the past three seasons, largely because St. Louis had big success at the Shark Tank, winning nine of 11 games at one point.

Kewps’ offense recharges

Hickman’s hitting broke out of a short slump Tuesday when it got a jump-start from its defense.

Seven players drove in runs for the Kewpies as they beat Macon 10-0 at Hickman Field. The game ended because of the mercy rule in the bottom of the sixth inning when Hickman (4-2) opened a 10-run lead.

Easy match for Bruins

Rock Bridge did much more than shut out Hannibal on Tuesday. It controlled every aspect of the match.

The Bruins didn’t lose a set in their 9-0 win against the Pirates at Bethel Park.

Happy to be back home

A month ago, Adam Timmerman did not know what city he would spend his time in. Columbia probably was not high on the list of potential sites.

Timmerman, 32, an offensive guard with the St. Louis Rams for the past five seasons, visited Columbia’s Rock Bridge and Stadium Wal-Marts on Tuesday as part of a promotional tour.

New defense, same results

Twenty-six goals scored and none allowed in five games does not seem to call for a change in philosophy.

Two of the forwards who helped the Hickman girls’ soccer team put up these gaudy numbers in its first five games last year are gone, and coach Sandy Paulsen decided a change from a 4-4-2 formation to a 4-5-1 would give this year’s Kewpies a better chance to succeed.

Askren earns Olympic shot

Missouri wrestler Ben Askren qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the U.S. Nationals in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Askren, a 2004 All-American, wrestled in the 185-pound weight class and finished seventh with a 3-2 decision against Nate Patrick of the New York Athletic Club. Askren fell one win short of the U.S. World Team trials last year.

Mavs hope for season of rebirth

Spring is a time of rebirth. The grass turns from a dull brown to a vibrant green, the leaves come back on the trees and flowers sprout and bloom as the doldrums of winter give way to warmer weather.

The Mid-Missouri Mavericks hope that is a fitting metaphor for their second season in Columbia.

New tactics helping Stars despite loss

Bea Barton’s new strategy worked to perfection; Lindsy Hively’s came close.

Barton played more aggressive tennis and Hively took a nap before her match. Stephens lost 7-2 against Missouri Valley on Monday at Stephens.

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