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Tigers show improvement after KU loss

If the Missouri football team were a lawn mower, its best selling point might be its zero-degree turning radius.

In a matter of hours, the Tigers went from a team on the rise to a downward spiral, suffering their first loss, 35-14 to rival Kansas no less, and plummeting out of the polls and into mediocrity. It got worse before it got better.

Hickman stays perfect with sweep of Lakers

After Brenna Schlader started Hickman’s scoring with consecutive kills, the Camdenton defense shifted its focus to the middle.

Hickman then went outside and used a balanced attack to defeat the Lakers 25-16, 25-14 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Rally scoring draws divided reactions

When the high school volleyball season started in late August, the game was a little different.

Prommoon’s goal lifts Kewps

Hickman junior Bank Prommoon plays soccer wearing a piece of protective gear on his right forearm. He said it causes him to lose his balance during games.

It didn’t stop him from becoming the hero Tuesday night.

Cougars remain unbeaten in AMC

It will be impossible for American Midwest Conference teams to beat Columbia College if they don’t score.

So far, opponents haven’t figured a way to do either.

Kewpies struggle for runs in finale

The book closed on a familiar chapter for Hickman on Tuesday.

In the final softball game of the regular season, Hickman lost 3-1 to Salisbury at Cosmopolitan Park.

Exceeding expectations

The Hickman girls’ volleyball team entered this season with senior leadership, depth and confidence that it could have a successful season.

The Kewpies hoped to win the district title, but they didn’t expect their undefeated start. Hickman is 21-0 after winning at Helias 25-12, 25-9 on Monday.

Hickman can’t field a victory

Hickman’s defense showed up too late.

Hickman lost to Southern Boone County 4-1 on Monday at Cosmopolitan Park, after the Eagles scored three runs in the first inning on three Kewpies errors.

Pinkel owns up to bad coaching

After a blowout loss to Kansas, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel took the blame for his team’s performance.

There was nothing unusual about that. Pinkel usually shoulders the blame for his team. On Monday, Pinkel was more direct about his shortcomings, saying he needed to improve his coaching like his players needed to improve their game.

McMullen reveals talent

Stephen McMullen looked good on videotape.

It’s a good thing because it was the only way the Columbia College soccer coaches could gauge his skills. Although the Cougars’ coaches never saw him in person, McMullen became a Cougar.

Stephens improves against Hornets

The Stephens College volleyball team showed some character Monday night at Silverthorne Arena.

The Stars’ defeated Harris-Stowe 30-12, 26-30, 30-20, 30-27, overcoming a sloppy performance in their second game.

Symons on a roll for TTU

Call it the system, or call it what you will, but Texas Tech hasn’t missed a beat.

B.J. Symons, the Red Raiders’ senior quarterback, has planted himself solidly in the Heisman Trophy debate, throwing for 2,467 yards and 24 touchdowns in just five games.

Despite loss, Bruins encouraged

If ever there was an encouraging loss, Monday night was just that for the Rock Bridge girls’ volleyball team.

“If you can be happy in a defeat, I’m okay with tonight’s loss, because we fought hard,” Bruins coach Vicki Reimler said. “I thought we played tough until the very end, and that’s what I’ve wanted to see.”

Controversial goal drops Tigers

The finish Sunday left players, coaches and fans wondering what happened.

The goal that handed the Missouri women’s soccer team a 2-1 overtime loss to No. 24 Oklahoma wasn’t a typical winning score.

Kewps set for district

Payge Pleimann is playing the best golf of her career, and it couldn’t come at a better time for the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies join the Rock Bridge Bruins today at the Class 4 District Championship at Redfield Golf and Country Club in Eugene.

It’s Hall ... again

KANSAS CITY — With one scintillating punt return, Dante Hall broke everything: an NFL record, numerous tackles and Denver’s hearts.

Hall’s 93-yard touchdown return in the fourth quarter gave Kansas City a 24-23 win against Denver on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs improved to 5-0 for the first time in the 44-year history of the franchise. The Broncos suffered their first loss, falling to 4-1.

Cougars’ record streak ended

Maybe Columbia College was overmatched Saturday and lost to a better team. Perhaps the pressure of a 126-match home winning streak was too much.

Whatever it was, when Katie Gaspers’ serve hit Shana Aubrey’s clutched fists and fell to the ground, an NAIA record winning streak came to a close.

Talking up the team

John Kadlec has played, coached and done everything else for the Missouri football team.

For two days, though, he hated MU.

McCoy, Heralds roll past Stephens

Central Christian Bible’s Amy McCoy showed why she earned national honors as Student-Athlete of the Week last month for the Heralds.

On Saturday at Silverthorne Arena, McCoy led her team to a 30-27, 30-17, 30-23 victory against the Stephens College Stars.

Marshall sweeps Hannibal to gain NCMC crown

The gymnasium was filled with echoes of yells, claps and stomps for a thrilling championship.

After three rounds of matches at Rock Bridge High, Marshall defeated Hannibal 25-18, 25-22 to win the North Central Missouri Conference Volleyball Tournament on Saturday. Rock Bridge placed fourth, losing to Helias in the consolation match.

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