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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.

Senior sparks Cougars

She is 6 feet, plays at the front of the hardest hitting lineup in the American Midwest Conference and never forgets her teddy bear on road trips.

Columbia College’s Jaime Diestelkamp, a senior middle hitter and self-described teddy bear fanatic, has not one but two teddy bears. She has one for short trips and another that stands 2 feet tall and wears a “Cougars Volleyball” jacket that she brings on overnight trips.

Brescia downs Cougars

Columbia College focused on coming out of halftime with intensity. Brescia didn’t let it, though.

The Bearcats changed the momentum and defeated Columbia College 80-74 on Monday at the Arena of Southwell Complex in women’s basketball.

McKinney endures

It was a long night for Missouri guard Jimmy McKinney.

Junior Randy Pulley did not suit up for Missouri in its 85-76 win against Inter Hoop on Monday at Hearnes Center, because he has not been certified for competition, the Tigers said in a release.

Bolerjacks pick Wyoming

There is no sibling rivalry for the Bolerjacks, at least not on the basketball court.

Both are guards on the Hickman girls basketball team, but twins Jodi and Amy Bolerjack said they wanted to play with, not against, each other in college.

Defense keys Rams win

ST. LOUIS -– For three quarters, the Rams played about as ugly as possible Sunday night.

Fortunately for St. Louis, the Baltimore Ravens played uglier for a full four.

Tigers’ bowl chances grow dim

BOULDER, Colo. — Missouri seemed headed to a destination unknown. With big wins against Nebraska and Texas Tech, it appeared that destination could be one the Tigers had not seen in a long time.

MU dreamed of partying at the Fiesta Bowl or heading to Miami for the Orange Bowl. Those dreams might have ended on Folsom Field on Saturday with a stunning 21-16 loss to Colorado.

Tigers eager to play

For the first time this season, the Missouri men’s basketball team will play an opponent other than itself.

The Tigers host Inter Hoop, a Lithuanian team of players that are 18-35 in an exhibition game at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Rocky Mountain low

BOULDER, Colo. — Almost every game in Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s highlight reel displays something he hasn’t done before.

Personal highs to school records and conference and national player of the week awards are included.

Intensity, chance to win fade

BOULDER, Colo. — Gary Pinkel prides his team on many things, but intensity is always first on the list.

After Missouri dominated the likes of Nebraska and Texas Tech, the Tigers looked as if they had found a passion to match Pinkel’s. After the Tigers’ loss to Colorado on Saturday, though, Pinkel grasped for words about MU’s schizophrenic performance.

Balanced Kewps earn district title

The season continues for the Hickman Kewpies.

The Kewpies won their first District 6 championship in three years by defeating the Jefferson City Jays 42-16 on Friday night at Hickman. It was Hickman’s first home victory against the Jays since 1984.

Cornell runs away with state crown

JEFFERSON CITY — He thrust his fists into the air as he crossed the finish line, grinning as the race officials handed him his official place card. No. 1.

At the state cross country meet on Saturday, Hickman junior Tim Cornell finished in 16 minutes, 1.33 seconds to win the Class 4 boys’ race.

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