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Recruits get role reversal

The recruit has become the recruiter. Again.

In the minutes following Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton’s oral commitment to Missouri, he went from the most sought-after recruit in the state to the one doing the seeking.

Gonzaga gives MU first loss

Quin Snyder’s homecoming did not go as planned.

The Tigers struggled from the field, and Missouri lost 87-80 to Gonzaga in overtime on Saturday in Seattle.

Missouri grabs top talent in recruiting

If Missouri gets any faster in the recruiting chase, its speedometer might break.

In the past three weeks, MU has received seven oral commitments from some of the top talent in the Midwest. The flurry of activity brings the Tigers’ total of commitments for its 2004 class to 15.

Tigers take advantage of hurting Hoosiers

Almost everything went wrong for Indiana wrestlers Saturday.

Missouri defeated the Hoosiers 29-15 at the Hearnes Center Fieldhouse. The Tigers, whom InterMat ranks No. 6, improved to 2-0.

Bruins get first victory

Comfortable surroundings and four extra minutes seemed to be all the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins needed.

Rock Bridge gained its first win of the season Friday, beating Marquette 73-59 in overtime.

Gonzaga will test Missouri

Nonconference matchups such as this give college basketball fans the kind of goose bumps they usually get in March.

After all, No. 3 Missouri and No. 17 Gonzaga have made five straight NCAA Tournament appearances each.

MU adds wheelchair basketball

Columbia State Representative Chuck Graham’s decision to play wheelchair basketball at the University of Illinois changed his life.

His leadership in creating a wheelchair basketball program at MU might change the lives of future disabled athletes.

Rock Bridge seniors adjust to leading roles

Ashley Guy and Melissa White have a lot of shoes to fill: 16, to be exact.

The Rock Bridge girls’ basketball team had eight seniors last year, and four were starters. Guy is the only returning starter, and White is the only other senior.

Transfers have come a long way

For a couple of Missouri transfers, it has been an uphill road to compete in Division I wrestling.

Heavyweight Mike Whitehead is a senior transfer from Southern Oregon. He thought he wasn’t good enough to compete in Division I. This season, he is 8-1 with five pins.

Rastovac receives ‘surprise’ honors

News that she had been selected to the NAIA All-American team shocked Columbia College’s Nikolina Rastovac. Rastovac, a freshman from Laxzarevac, Serbia, didn’t know the award existed until Thursday.

Rastovac is growing accustomed to collecting awards she hadn’t heard of until after she had won them. Her selection as the Region V Setter of the Year in November also surprised her.

Uncle spurs Kewp

When he was 7, Zach Arnold remembers watching his uncle, Phillip Arnold, win two state wrestling titles at Hickman.

“My grandma took me to see him wrestle,” Arnold said. “We were surrounded by family and friends, and I always wanted to wrestle.”

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.