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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.

Scandal taints Georgia’s team

Missouri is not the only major college basketball program dealing with allegations of financial and academic wrongdoing.

While NCAA and Missouri officials check into taped comments from former point guard Ricky Clemons that he and other players received money from assistant coaches, the University of Georgia is embroiled in its own investigations.

Northwest Snyder’s territory

Quin Snyder hasn’t played in his hometown of Seattle in a while, and he hasn’t coached there either, but that doesn’t mean he has forgotten about it.

Snyder has created a link between Missouri and the basketball of the Pacific Northwest. Snyder and the No. 3 Tigers will strengthen the connection when they play No. 17 Gonzaga at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Seattle.

Missouri off balance

Missouri was out of sync and it showed.

The Missouri women’s basketball team suffered its first home loss of the season 79-70 to Southwest Missouri State on Wednesday night at Hearnes Center.

Missouri opponents filled with top players

Having faced All-Big 12 Conference players, All-Americans and Heisman Trophy candidates, the Missouri football team saw more than its fair share of quality opponents this season.

Although eight of Missouri’s 12 opponents are represented on the Missourian’s All-Opponent team, Oklahoma naturally dominates the defense. Some of the picks were obvious, but others might come as a surprise.

SMS beats Missouri with poise

As Missouri and Southwest Missouri State played a back-and-forth game during the first half Wednesday night at Hearnes Center, it became apparent that the game would be settled by a test of character.

In the end, SMS simply had more poise and executed better in the second half, leading to a 79-70 victory and handing Missouri its first home loss of the season.

Earning high marks

Final exam notwithstanding, the Missouri football team has passed with flying colors.

The Tigers have one test left, a date with the Arkansas Razorbacks in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31 in Shreveport, La.

Cougars discover defensive surprise

Columbia College’s search for shot blocking might be over, but it probably didn’t expect its starting point guard to fill the void.

Malcolm Mahogany’s second-half defense helped the Cougars defeat Central Methodist College 85-76 on Tuesday night at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Thorpe leads Bruins in overtime thriller

It wasn’t at the buzzer, but Demond Thorpe’s final field goal was close enough to the end for Rock Bridge.

The Bruins defeated Camdenton 46-44 in overtime Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Kewps mix good with bad in loss

A couple of experienced freshmen are undefeated, though wrestling for a winless team.

Helias, the defending Class 2 champion, defeated Hickman 41-26 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Rivalry heats up for Bears, Tigers

Missouri’s success against Southwest Missouri State is somewhat deceiving.

Although the Tigers have a 17-4 advantage in the series and beat the Lady Bears each of the past two seasons, SMS has a viable claim as the top women’s basketball program in the state.

Tigers undefeated but still uneasy

Missouri’s 3-0 start is not much of a surprise.

These Tigers, the Associated Press Poll says, are the No. 3 team in the country. Almost every preseason prognosticator picked Missouri to make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

Stoops rebuts on BCS

The sports world’s water-cooler debate of the year raged on Monday, making its way to the Big 12 Conference football coaches’ teleconference.

Criticism of college football’s Bowl Championship Series, which determines which teams will play for the national championship, has run rampant since its inception in 1998, but it reached its peak Sunday when top-ranked Southern California was snubbed in favor of Louisiana State and Oklahoma.

Cougars make admirable run

Melinda Wrye-Washington says she isn’t a miracle worker. After last weekend, that’s a little harder to believe.

Wrye-Washington, Columbia College’s fourth-year volleyball coach, took a battered Cougars team and orchestrated an improbable march through the NAIA National Tournament in San Diego that nearly ended with the program earning its fourth national title since 1998. The Cougars finished 44-7 and advanced to the finals before losing to Fresno Pacific (Calif.) 3-1.

As expected, Tigers head for Shreveport

It was the worst kept secret in Columbia.

Glen Krupica, executive director of the Independence Bowl, made official what many Missouri fans knew to be true for the past few weeks.

Missouri vs. Arkansas appealing matchup

Missouri against Arkansas is like Romeo and Juliet according to Missouri coach Gary Pinkel.

“It’s like a perfect match,” Pinkel said.

Eight Big 12 bowl teams emerge from scramble

As soon as everything seemed to be falling into place, it all changed.

Kansas State’s 35-7 upset against then-No. 1 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Conference title game Saturday muddied the bowl picture, but the bowl bids are set at last and the Big 12 is well represented.

Paulding struggling to reach top form

The slashing, explosive Rickey Paulding that Missouri fans have grown accustomed to has been conspicuously absent in the past two games.

After scoring 21 points in the season opener Nov. 29 against Oakland, Paulding’s output has dropped to seven and eight points in the past two games. His scoring has dropped to 12 points per game from last season’s 17.4, and he committed as many turnovers (seven) as he scored points against Coppin State on Tuesday.

Robinson lifts Gold past Black

The question was not if Missouri would win, but which Missouri would win.

Alisha Robinson led the Gold to a 191.4-191.175 win in the Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage Sunday at Hearnes Center.