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Tigers ease third-down problems

Senior cornerback Shirdonya Mitchell knows why Missouri’s defense hasn’t looked as jittery in its past few games.

“We strive through the weeks to try and improve our third downs,” Mitchell said.

Reimler nets final home win

There was no ceremony to honor Rock Bridge coach Vicki Reimler before her final home game Monday. There wasn’t a video tribute, or a fireworks show, or anything of the sort.

Instead, the Bruins found an even better parting gift for their coach — a 25-21, 13-25, 25-23 win against the Versailles Lady Tigers.

Piling up the points

These days, Big 12 Conference football scores are starting to look more like basketball scores.

The scoring outburst came to a head Saturday when Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 51-49, and the game didn’t go to overtime.

Peabody’s breakaway goal saves Tigers

Melissa Peabody might not have saved the season, but she definitely saved the day.

Missouri beat No. 4 Texas A&M 5-4 in overtime Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. After Missouri went down 4-1 at halftime, Peabody scored three goals, including the winner on a breakaway in overtime to give the Tigers their first Big 12 Conference victory of the year.

Rams drop Pack

ST. LOUIS — Another game meant another milestone for Isaac Bruce.

The St. Louis receiver led the offense, the defense shut down Green Bay’s rushing game and the Rams defeated the Packers 34-24 on Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome.

Yankees strike back in Game 2

NEW YORK — The Face of October showed up and shut down the Florida Marlins, silencing all their talk about wreaking havoc in this World Series.

With his cap pulled down low and shadowing his dark eyes, Andy Pettitte pitched neatly into the ninth inning and drew the New York Yankees even with a 6-1 win in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Seeking success

Nervousness and experience might determine the success of three Columbia golfers at this year’s girls’ state tournament.

Although Rock Bridge and Hickman did not advance out of the Class 2 District 4 tournament on Oct. 6 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, three individuals are representing the schools at the state championship.

Missouri avoids blowout

NORMAN, Okla. – When the Missouri football team went into halftime trailing the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners by 21, it appeared poised for the same blowout fate many previous Sooners opponents have faced.

The blowout never came.

Outplayed

NORMAN, Okla. — There it was. The ball, the momentum and maybe the game were there for the taking.

All Nino Williams II had to do was come down with the ball.

Instead, Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton snatched everything, leading the No. 1 Sooners to a 34-13 win against No. 24 Missouri on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

OU’s stingy defense ends upset dreams

NORMAN, Okla. – For 1 1/2 quarters, it was last season all over again.

Brad Smith was running rampant through the Oklahoma secondary, and No. 24 Missouri was hanging around and waiting for a big play to spark a major upset.

Depth welcome sight as Tigers open season

During the 2002-03 Missouri men’s basketball season, the Tigers learned it was difficult to win relying on a handful of core players.

MU suffered from its lack of depth at times, but the 2003-04 Tigers possess a supporting cast that might cause as many problems for opponents as the starters. The Tigers gave fans their first look at the team at Mizzou Madness, an entertaining light practice that began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and signaled the start of the season.

Bruins breeze to state tennis meet

It has become a familiar routine for Rock Bridge.

For the fifth straight year, the Bruins cruised into the state tournament Saturday.

Struggles for piece of post pay off

Have you ever wanted anything so badly you’ll put yourself in a lot of discomfort to attain it?

You just have to keep telling yourself that whatever you want is worth the inconvenience. That’s what I kept thinking Oct. 11, the night I spent 1 ½ hours under two strangers’ armpits.

Missouri earns sweep in softball exhibition

It might be only October, but don’t blame Missouri coach Ty Singleton for looking forward to softball season.

“I’m very excited,” he said.

The Tigers swept a fall exhibition doubleheader Saturday against Johnson County (Kans.) Community College 2-1, 3-2 at University Field.

Ekwerekwu offers bright spot

NORMAN, Okla. – Memories of Justin Gage might fade a little sooner than expected.

Freshman Brad Ekwerekwu could be Missouri’s next big-play wide receiver.

Ekwerekwu, from Arlington, Texas, made two second-quarter catches for 66 yards in the Tigers’ 34-13 loss to No. 1 Oklahoma on Saturday.

QB White’s efforts cover dreaded jinx

NORMAN, Okla. – It seems nothing can stop Oklahoma quarterback Jason White. The fabled Sports Illustrated cover jinx didn’t faze him.

White continued to make his case for the Heisman Trophy in the No. 1 Sooners’ 34-13 victory against No. 24 Missouri on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Kewps coast to victory

The Hickman Kewpies dismantled the Webb City Cardinals 30-3 on Friday night at Hickman High.

Using big plays on offense, defense and special teams, the Kewpies put the game out of the Cardinals’ reach before the end of the first half.

Bruins clinch NCMC crown

JEFFERSON CITY - Chase Patton was dominating for Rock Bridge.

The Bruins beat Helias 34-7 on Saturday at Pete Adkins Stadium to win the North Central Missouri Conference and end a seven-game losing streak to the Crusaders.

Own goals cost Missouri in loss to Longhorns

Missouri didn’t have a problem putting the ball in the net. The problem was finding the right net to put it in.

The Tigers lost to Texas 2-1 on Friday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium after defensive miscues led to two own goals.

Depth plays major role as Kewpies run to titles

Rolla’s few runners stood out among Hickman’s on Saturday. Although the Kewpies won the meet and had almost twice as many runners, Rolla’s Kim Shank and Jake Garner were the individual winners at Bethel Park.

Hickman’s girls scored 23 points and Rolla’s had 39. Hickman won the boys’ meet 38-43 after a tiebreaker that added each team’s six runner.

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