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1B Ehlers leads way for Tigers

Missouri first baseman Cody Ehlers has proved he responds well to pressure.

On Sunday, with Missouri facing a sweep for the fourth straight year in a Big 12 Conference opening series, Ehlers, a senior, hit home runs in his first two at-bats, driving in the first three runs of a 12-0 win against Kansas State.

Better communication key for talkative Tigers

There are never any members of the Missouri Spirit Squad at University Field, but Joanne Loethen is always there to compensate.

“Everybody calls me the cheerleader because I’m always doing cheers and yelling as loud as I can,” Loethen said.

Hickman starts with shutout

The Hickman boys’ tennis team started its season by winning at district opponent Rolla 9-0 on Thursday.

Hickman’s Nate Bohon, Kyle King and Sean Schofield won their singles matches in straight sets. Bohon teamed up with Erich Chen for one of the Kewpies’ three doubles wins. Omeed Latifi, Zach Coble and Greg Anderson added wins for the Kewpies.

Rock Bridge tops Helias

Jon-Eric Meyer wasn’t happy with the way he acted on the court, but he was happy with his win.

Ben Loeb, the Rock Bridge tennis coach, found no reason to be upset with his team’s 7-2 victory against Helias at Bethel Park on Thursday. The Bruins improved to 2-0.

Play speaks volumes

The difference in personalities between Missouri tennis player Hana Kraftova and her opponent March 7 could not have been more apparent.

Oklahoma’s Irina Lykina, whose wild gestures and screams of self-motivation made her noticeable throughout Green Tennis Center, was on one side of the court.

Strickland looks to regain old form

Janae Strickland wants to put the indoor season behind her.

Strickland, a Missouri shot putter, will compete in the Missouri Relays at 10 a.m. today and 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium.

Home at home

Eyes peering through his mask, Rock Bridge catcher Scott Dunwoody crouches behind the plate during Tuesday’s practice.

The frigid air and a sore right shoulder don’t faze Dunwoody as Steven Farrow tosses a ball in his direction. Dunwoody is quick to respond. The ball bounces off his chest protector and rolls back to Farrow’s feet.

Paxton’s strength to benefit Tigers

Aug. 30, 1987, is a day Steve Paxton shouldn’t be capable of remembering. Instead, it is one he will never forget. On that day, Paxton was cruising along a deserted country road near his hometown of Urbana, Ohio. He had recently turned 16 and was enjoying the newfound freedom of driving. Like most new drivers, he had a tendency to drive more quickly than the legal limit.

Unlike most new drivers, though, his predilection for speed nearly killed him.

Two Cougars get early start on college

At this time of year, most high school seniors are concerned with finding a prom date and eagerly counting the days until graduation.

Ashley Perrigo and Felisha Richards aren’t most high school seniors.

Bolerjacks, Rorvig All-State

Three Hickman senior girls had exceptional basketball seasons. Good enough to earn them All-State honors.

The Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association named Jodi Bolerjack and Kaela Rorvig to the Class 5 All-State team Tuesday. Jodi’s twin sister, Amy Bolerjack, received second team All-State honors.

Kewps’ Rorvig back on track

It didn’t take long for Hickman’s Kaela Rorvig to make the transition from basketball to track.

Rorvig, who started in the Class 5 basketball championship final for the Kewpies two weeks ago, won three individual events and anchored the girls’ 4x400 relay to victory as the Kewpies defeated Rock Bridge in a dual meet 113-27 on Tuesday at Hickman.

Mills’ save sparks Hickman

What ended up being the Hickman soccer team’s most important play Tuesday night was almost its biggest disaster.

The Kewpies were up by one goal in the 53rd minute against Pembroke Hill at Cosmopolitan Park when Hickman goalie Jade Mills started to go the wrong way on a penalty kick.

Keeping clear minds

Her routine nearly finished, Missouri senior Andrea Nervig flies off the high bar.

She is 10 feet above the ground and needs to complete two flips before gravity tears her back down to the mat.

Ballard earns NAIA All-American honors

Khamari Ballard became the first Columbia College basketball player to earn NAIA All-American honors Tuesday.

Teammate Andre Amos received NAIA All-American honorable mention honors.

Receivers set to roll

Thomson Omboga thinks he can beat any defender.

Greg Bracey ran a 4.29 second 40-yard dash during the offseason.

ESPN not bad start for Hall

When I first met Mike Hall back in February, I said he had everything it would take to win ESPN’s “Dream Job.”

I don’t mean to toot my horn, but I was right. The dream has turned into reality for Hall.

Cordia powers Kewps’ victory

The Hickman girls’ soccer team, opened the season with a 5-2 win against Camdenton on Monday. Janelle Cordia had a goal and three assists for the Kewpies.

Injuries concern for three teams

ATLANTA — Saddled with a bum ankle, B.J. Elder limped during warm-ups, limped through 12 scoreless minutes, then limped back on the court to celebrate Georgia Tech’s first trip to the Final Four in 14 years.

In Phoenix, Connecticut All-America center Emeka Okafor had two points in the regional final because of an elbow stinger.

Ehlers, Tigers avoid sweep

The seniors on the Missouri baseball team avoided a shameful career mark with a win Sunday against Kansas State.

Missouri’s 12-0 win at Taylor Stadium helped the Tigers avoid their fourth straight sweep in a Big 12 Conference opening series.

Morris blocks out pressures

ST. LOUIS — The audition starts anew on opening day for Matt Morris.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ ace pitcher is in the final year of his contract and facing an uncertain future with the only team he has played for. The Cardinals’ offer for an extension represented a big pay cut, reflecting doubts resulting from a tough 2003 season, so he must prove himself all over again beginning April 5 against the Brewers.