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Tigers face same old problems

Missouri coach Quin Snyder hinted at it at Colorado and mentioned it again Saturday.

After alternating wins and losses for 10 games, the Tigers dropped their second game in a row Saturday, a 78-62 thrashing by Nebraska. The reasons for the loss were all too familiar: The Tigers have returned to the problems that caused them to go 0-3 to close December.

Bowers’ home run highlights Tigers’ win

The Missouri softball team beat Arkansas 5-3 in the last game of the Gator Invitational on Sunday in Gainesville, Fla.

Missouri led 4-0 after the first inning. Leanne Bowers, a freshman outfielder, scored two runs for the Tigers (2-3), including a lead-off home run. Heather Kunkel, Sarah Stringer and Morgan LeCluyse also scored in the first.

Tigers still unsatisfied

It was not the result that concerned Missouri coach Blake Starkey, it was the team’s demeanor.

The Tigers defeated Southwest Missouri State 7-1 on Sunday at Green Tennis Center, but sluggish singles play left Starkey searching for answers.

Pulley dismissed from team

LINCOLN, Neb.- After being suspended the past two games, Missouri point guard Randy Pulley was dismissed from the team Friday.

Pulley was originally held out for missing two practices after Missouri’s 83-70 loss at Colorado on Jan 28. Pulley did not attend the Tigers’ home game against Kansas State on Jan. 31 and did not travel with the team to Kansas on Monday.

Marks of a champion

Lauren Schwartzman didn’t eat parmesan chicken Saturday. Alisha Robinson didn’t go to Burger King to pick up her grilled chicken sandwich and fries; her parents brought it to her.

Superstitious by nature, Missouri gymnasts have routines as they get ready for each meet. They did things a little differently Saturday, a night that saw the Tigers struggling to put up winning scores.

Drillmaster’s work honored

Loud beats have been ringing in Rolando Barry’s ears for more than 25 years.

As drillmaster of the Mid-Missouri Highsteppers, Barry has been reaching out to Columbia youth since 1979.

Huskers' 3s keep Tigers behind

LINCOLN, Neb. – When Nebraska and Missouri met in Columbia on Jan. 24, a stingy Tigers’ defense shut down the Huskers’ 3-point shooting.

When the same teams met for their Big 12 Conference rematch in Devaney Sports Center, the antithesis occurred.

Missouri adds to its success at Iowa State

Iowa State’s Hilton Coliseum is becoming quite accommodating for the Missouri women’s basketball team.

For the second straight year, the Tigers cruised to an important Big 12 Conference win on the road against the Cyclones, beating Iowa State 81-62 on Saturday in Ames.

Whitehead won’t rest until national titles won

When Mike Whitehead isn’t working on homework or practicing for his next match, he prefers to spend his time outdoors hunting or fishing. If he is as talented in the woods as he is on the mat, no animal is safe.

Whitehead, a senior ranked No. 13 at heavyweight, is wrestling his first and last season at Missouri. He is a transfer from Southern Oregon.

Tigers reverse trend on bars to set record

Record-breaking performances on vault, beam and floor have defined Missouri’s season, but lagging scores on the uneven bars have cost Missouri two conference wins.

6 Kewpies, 3 Bruins keep seasons alive

ST. CHARLES — Although the Hickman wrestling team failed in its attempt to repeat as district champion Saturday, several wrestlers created new opportunities for themselves.

Six Hickman and three Rock Bridge wrestlers advanced to sectional tournament at Jefferson City by finishing in the top four in their weight class, and Hickman’s Tony Pescaglia (112) and Zach Arnold (171) won district titles. Three Kewpies and one Bruin qualified for the sectional tournament for the first time.

Four swimmers save best for last

For some, the Last Chance Meet on Saturday at Hickman pool was the end of the season; for others, it meant a coveted place in the state meet.

The meet, which featured the Hickman, Rock Bridge and Hannibal boys’ swimming and diving teams, was the final opportunity to qualify for the state meet Friday and Saturday in St. Peters.

Quick Cougars able to avoid letdown

Hangovers usually follow a night of heavy drinking or a hard-fought victory. Columbia College suffered from the latter Saturday against Hannibal-LaGrange.

“It was an ugly win,” Cougars coach Mike Davis said. “That would be my synopsis of it.”

Tigers need run to start in Nebraska

Missouri senior Arthur Johnson is known for swatting down more shots than any other Missouri player, and his game staple is pounding the ball in the post.

Patience, however, isn’t one of his distinguishing traits.

Bruins’ Longo longs for state times

Rock Bridge senior Greg Longo is confident he can accomplish what he has not been able to do so far this season.

He will have his final shot at qualifying for the state finals in the 100-yard breaststroke Saturday at the Last Chance swimming meet at Hickman. The meet features the Rock Bridge and Hickman boys’ teams.

Freshman following sis’s path

Yelena Olshanskaya can remember growing up watching her sister Kristina Olshanskaya play tennis for Missouri.

“It was exciting,” Yelena Olshanskaya said. “When I was 12, I looked up to the 18- or 19-year-olds and now I’m one of them.”

Cougars win despite foul play

Nothing disrupts a team’s offensive rhythm like a myriad of whistles. Fortunately for Columbia College, Khamari Ballard found an effective tempo well before the opening tip.

The Cougars beat Illinois-Springfield 88-74 on Thursday at The Arena of Southwell Complex in a game with 56 fouls. The win broke a tie for third between the Cougars and the Prairie Stars in the American Midwest Conference.

Chavez-Newby to enter Central Methodist Hall

Women in Columbia’s recreational basketball league better be ready to play this season. They might be lining up against a Hall of Famer.

Columbia’s Debbie Chavez-Newby will be inducted into Central Methodist College’s Hairston Hall of Fame on Saturday. Chavez-Newby will be honored for her athletic achievement on the basketball court and the track.

Doubly determined

Rock Bridge’s Chris and Jake Hardesty plan to wrestle in the state tournament. It’s a goal that has helped form a strong bond between the brothers.

Chris Hardesty, a 135-pound senior, and Jake Hardesty, a 140-pound junior, practice together every day at Rock Bridge. Outside the wrestling room, though, they usually follow different paths.

High standards

Lauren “Bunny” Schwartzman ran out of the locker room for Monday’s practice as cheery and energetic as her nickname. A casual observer would guess from the skip in her step that she was content with the way the season is progressing.

Schwartzman started this season ranked No. 1 in the balance beam after she scored a 10 against Iowa State on Jan. 11. It was the first perfect score on any event in the program’s 25 years. She scored 9.90s against New Hampshire on Jan. 16 and Southeast Missouri State on Jan. 25.