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Klein reaches Region V title match

The game had stood in Columbia College’s way for too long.

For the first time in John Klein’s four-year coaching tenure, the Cougars won in the NAIA Region V semifinal, defeating Baker 1-0 on Thursday at Owens Soccer Stadium.

MU lineup almost set

Replacing Kerensa Barr at point guard was the priority for the Missouri women’s basketball team in the offseason.

Barr, who has the Missouri record with 489 assists, was the Tigers undisputed floor leader the past three seasons. She is the only starter from last year’s team not returning and her graduation last spring left many wondering who could fill her shoes.

Semifinal crucial step to Cougars

For Columbia College, the Region V semifinal has been the showstopper.

John Klein, in his fourth season as Cougars men’s soccer coach, has three conference titles and has never lost more than eight games in a season. Ultimately, he says he wants to send the team to the national tournament, but for three straight seasons his team’s hopes have abruptly ended in the semifinal.

Jaguars hope to avoid turnovers

Turnovers cost teams wins, and perhaps nobody can echo that sentiment more than Paul Day.

Day, Fort Zumwalt West’s coach, has seen his team commit 30 turnovers. The Jaguars (4-6) improved dramatically in Class 6 District 5 play when they committed four.The Jaguars, who are minus 13 in turnovers, will try to hold on to the ball when they play Hickman (7-3) in the Class 6 quarterfinals at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Four Kewps make choices

Head over to the MU Student Recreation Center and you are likely to find Hickman guards Jodi and Amy Bolerjack shooting around as their father, Paul Bolerjack, stands under the basket and feeds the ball back to his daughters.

Jodi and Amy Bolerjack each make 1,200 shots a day. On weekends, the twins will spend up to four hours shooting around. Adding in a few misses here and there, Jodi estimates she probably shoots 1,500 shots each day.

Missouri counting on recruits

Signing day took on more importance than usual for the Missouri women’s basketball team Tuesday.

With five seniors, including four expected to be mainstays in the starting lineup, the Tigers began to look to the future by securing letters of intent from three high school seniors.

Cougars maintain intensity

There was no slow start or early jitters. The Columbia College men’s basketball team was good from start to finish on Wednesday.

The Cougars defeated Missouri Valley 83-63 in their home opener at Southwell Gymnasium.

Preseason awards praise Paulding

The buzz surrounding Ricky Paulding is growing louder every day.

Named to the Wooden and Naismith Award watch lists, the Missouri guard is on everyone’s radar screen for player of the year honors. On Wednesday, Paulding earned a spot on the Associated Press preseason All-American list.

Missouri can’t stop Wildcats

As a young team, Missouri is learning how to finish matches off. It still has a ways to go.

Kansas State rallied to defeat Missouri 27-30, 19-30, 31-29, 30-20, 15-9 at Hearnes Center. No. 5 Kansas St. leads the Big 12 Conference and has won seven straight matches against Missouri (16-9, 9-7).

Setting favors Tigers

Two factors favor the Missouri football team against Texas A&M this weekend. The Tigers have no ranking in front of their name, and they are playing on Faurot Field.

MU is 1-3 when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and 0-3 against Big 12 Conference teams on the road.

Tigers’ recruits Grimes, Horton sign

Wednesday marked the beginning of the early signing period for college recruits, and two of Missouri coach Quin Snyder’s four recruits have signed on.

Kalen Grimes, a power forward from Hazelwood Central High in St. Louis, signed with the Tigers at a press conference at the school Wednesday morning. Guard Jason Horton signed at Cedar Hill High in surburban Dallas.

Nash dances from critics

When Damien Nash reached the end zone after dancing his way through the Colorado defense for a 48-yard touchdown reception Saturday, he breathed a sigh of relief.

“It felt good,” Nash said. “It felt like me back again. I just felt like myself again. It felt really good.”

Ford nearly perfect in Cougars’ victory

Tuesday night’s American Midwest Conference quarterfinal featured possibly the most nerve-racking 29-point game in the history of college volleyball.

Late in the second game of Columbia College’s 30-10, 30-1, 30-2 victory against Harris-Stowe at Southwell Arena, Cougars outside hitter Tracie Ford stood behind the service line, the same spot she had been since the game’s first serve. Ford had served all of Columbia College’s 29 points, and with one more she would have a perfect game.

Leadership key for Tigers

Eager for the comfort of game time, the Missouri men’s basketball team got its first taste of competition Monday night. The Tigers left feeling anything but satisfied.

After touting the Tigers’ newfound depth throughout the preseason, Missouri coach Quin Snyder said this year’s team wouldn’t face the same leadership questions it has in years past.

Rushing success

Whether running through plays in practice on a rainy Tuesday afternoon or running through opposing defenses on Friday nights, Hickman running back Brandon Kendrick never takes a down off.

On Saturday, Kendrick and Hickman (7-3) will travel to O’Fallon to play the Fort Zumwalt West Jaguars (4-6) in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs at 1:30 p.m.

Healthy Tigers roll into NCAAs

First, Missouri had to get healthy. Then it could get down to business.

The women’s soccer team stunned the Big 12 Conference at the league tournament last weekend, becoming the first eighth seed to advance to the championship game, where it lost to Oklahoma State 3-2 in double overtime in San Antonio.

6-5 Noll grows into her game

Size is critical to a volleyball team’s success.

Lindsey Noll, 6 feet 5, fills that role for Missouri. Noll is the tallest player in team history.

Tigers settle jitters

Playing an exhibition game against a foreign team presents some interesting situations.

You might not know what style your opponent plays. You’re not sure how you will match up against that style.

Missouri rewarded for tough schedule

The regular season did not live up to expectations, but the Missouri women’s soccer team is making sure the postseason does.

The Tigers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history, joining seven other Big 12 Conference teams. Before this season, the most the conference has sent has been four.

Smith’s reach exceeds grasp in loss to Colorado

Brad Smith isn’t accustomed to taking the blame for Missouri losses.

Coach Gary Pinkel almost always asks for the blame, even if the situation was out of his control.

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