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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.

Astros corral Cardinals

ST. LOUIS — The Houston Astros turned to their bullpen to quiet the St. Louis bats.

After starter Jared Fernandez allowed four runs in the first inning, Brandon Duckworth and four other relievers gave up one run the rest of the game and Houston beat the Cardinals 10-5 on Monday night.

Sillinger boosts St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Mike Sillinger has played for 10 teams in his 14-year NHL career, tying a league record. All that traveling and no hat tricks. Until now.

The St. Louis Blues’ late-season pickup had his first career three-goal game in a 4-1 victory against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night, helping a much more disciplined team work its way back into the first-round series.

Mavs spot strength at tryouts

After finishing in last place in the Frontier League’s West Division last season, the Mid-Missouri Mavericks will take all the help they can get.

The Mavericks signed 13 players to spring training contracts Sunday after two days of invitational tryouts. Jon Williams, a former Missouri catcher, was one of two catchers to sign contracts.

Oklahoma rallies by MU in ninth inning

Oklahoma’s Jeff Scuderi singled to left field to drive in Aaron Ivey and the Sooners finished a three-run ninth-inning rally to beat Missouri, 4-3, and sweep the Tigers on Sunday.

Ole Sheldon started the rally for Oklahoma (22-11, 10-2 Big 12 Conference) with a single into center field. Eric Thornton doubled two plays later to score Sheldon and Matt Bose to tie. With no outs, Mark Alexander relieved Dustin Braud to pitch to Scuderi.

Coming together

Gary Pinkel is looking forward to the summer.

Not for a chance to work on his tan, after a dreary and wet day at Faurot Field, rather for a chance to watch his defense more than he did during Saturday’s Black and Gold scrimmage that signaled the end of spring practice.

Botts has sterling finish

No one expected a freshman to take Derrick Peterson to the wire on the second day of the Tom Botts Invitational on Saturday, but Missouri’s Austin Kerkhover did it.

Peterson, a six-time All-American in his days at Missouri, edged Kerkhover by 11 one-hundredths of a second in the coed 7x400-meter relay, an unconventional race that was not on the schedule for the two-day meet at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Cougars come back to earn split

After Columbia College lost its first American Midwest Conference game, it relied on a case of temporary amnesia to erase lingering feelings.

The Cougars made a conscious effort to forget their dismal performance in the first game and dominated the second in splitting a doubleheader with William Woods on Friday at Columbia College.

Slow start, good finish for Bruins

Somewhere along the way Rock Bridge woke up.

Rock Bridge lost to Parkway West 8-2 on Saturday morning but rebounded to defeat Webster Groves 7-3 later in the day at Cosmopolitan Park.

Drapeau leads Kewpies in rout

Sometimes having confidence and intensity can win a game, though scoring 12 goals usually doesn’t hurt.

Hickman defeated Webster Groves 12-4 on Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.

Tune leads Bruins past Kirksville

Kirksville’s accuracy was no match for the Rock Bridge Bruins’ barrage of shots Saturday.

The Bruins girls’ soccer team defeated the Kirksville Tigers 4-1 in drizzling rain at Cosmopolitan Park.

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