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Missouri program tightens belt

In a telling sign of the athletic department’s new economics, Missouri’s softball team cleaned Memorial Stadium before the Sept. 13 home football game against Eastern Illinois to raise money for expenses.

A 19.8 percent increase in tuition has brought a shift in policy in the athletic department that emphasizes consolidating positions while maintaining financing for the department’s main revenue sources: basketball and football.

Irrera’s energy leads to another conference title

Before each game he prays to God for no injuries and adds, “... and if you have time, please make me score.”

His quickness with the ball is superior, his moves are inventive and his energy is contagious. Columbia College soccer coach John Klein said Juan Pablo Irrera is among the elite attackers in the NAIA.

Reimler gets gallant effort in final match

JEFFERSON CITY — Glancing down the Rock Bridge bench late in the Bruins’ season-ending loss to Jefferson City on Monday night, there weren’t many sad faces. In fact, there were even a few smiles.

“It was a lot of fun playing,” senior Ashley Selby said. “That’s all I wanted to do was have fun. Of course I wanted to win, but as long as I played hard . . . and we all did.”

Win has MU thinking big

Six wins, bowl eligibility and a win against Nebraska. Each goal was possible at the beginning of the season, but after Missouri’s meltdown against Kansas, expectations changed.

Four weeks later, expectations have changed again, except this time the outlook is far more positive.

Timberland tops Sullivan in Class 3

Softball had never made Timberland’s Lindsay Parker cry before, but when the Wolves got the final out of the Class 3 state final on Monday, tears of joy flowed from Parker’s eyes.

Parker pitched a complete game, scattering five hits, in the Wolves 4-0 victory against Sullivan at Cosmopolitan Park. Timberland (20-7) won its first softball title in only its second year of existence.

Quarterbacks running down Big 12

When Ell Roberson enrolled at Kansas State, he might have had an identity crisis. Is he a running back or a quarterback?

Like several other Big 12 Conference quarterbacks, Roberson runs the ball frequently. Alhough it might have been confusing at first, the Wildcats have benefited from Roberson’s multiple options.

Barnes a noticeable asset for Tigers

The center of attention is an unfamiliar place for Missouri linebacker Brandon Barnes, but Barnes, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior, could not avoid the spotlight on Saturday. His play was crucial in Missouri’s 62-31 win against Texas Tech, with two interceptions and a forced fumble. The Tigers, who reentered the Associated Press Top 25 poll on Sunday at No. 21, built an ample first-half lead from Barnes’ defensive effort.

Coach and Counselor

As the Rock Bridge girls' volleyball team prepares for the Class 4, District 10 playoffs, coach Vicki Reimler is preparing for something else: life without volleyball. She announced Sept. 24 that this would be her final season as coach; she wants more time to devote to her duties as athletic director.

Gage makes first NFL touchdown reception

Justin Gage, a former standout receiver at Missouri, scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday for the Chicago Bears.

Gage scored on a 21-yard pass from Chris Chandler in the second quarter of the Bears 24-16 victory against the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field.

Believe - a - bowl

It was a foregone conclusion that there would be a lot of scoring, but it was hard to see this coming.

Missouri’s offense did its best Texas Tech impersonation, scoring at will, and the Tigers’ defense did enough against the nation’s No. 1 offense in a 62-31 win Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Tigers like bowl possibilities

Take a walk down the hallway of the Tom Taylor Building and you will see pictures of Missouri’s past bowl teams adorning the wall. Each photo has the year, the team’s record and to which bowl it went.

Hanging next to the picture of the 1998 bowl team is a sign that says “Next Bowl Team.” The photo of this year’s Tigers squad is ready to take its place.

Hickey and Reys win doubles title

SPRINGFIELD — Not even a sudden change of venue could stop Kara Hickey and Whitney Reys’ bid for the Class 2 state doubles championship.

Hickey and Reys of Rock Bridge defeated Michelle Hall and Sydnee Mela of Lee’s Summit North 6-4, 6-1 in the finals Saturday.

Guards playing big role

Replacing the offense of the departed Ricky Clemons is a pressing issue for the Missouri men’s basketball team.

Sophomore guard Jimmy McKinney and newcomers Jason Conley and Thomas Gardner offered a few suggestions at the Black and Gold scrimmage at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

MU finds way to slow Symons

The NCAA doesn’t limit player substitution, which was a good thing for Missouri’s defense Saturday.

To stop Texas Tech’s top-ranked offense Missouri’s defense had to try something new at Memorial Stadium.

Smith runs into records books

Running free on Faurot Field, with the No. 114 defense in the nation knocking heels to hamstrings trying to catch up, Missouri quarterback Brad Smith made it look so easy.

Quarterback draws to the left, to the right, through the middle. Two sets of three-fake jukes in one play. Wobbling and teetering down the sidelines, but keeping his balance.

Abron climbing to top of MU career lists

He is not as fast as Brad Smith or as flashy as Damien Nash, but tailback Zack Abron continues to put up record numbers.

On a day when Smith overshadowed him with the best performance of his career, Abron’s season-high 139 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns went almost unnoticed.

Hickman picks off Kickapoo

SPRINGFIELD — Facing a much-anticipated district game with Rock Bridge this week, the Hickman football team could have easily looked past Kickapoo.

The Kewpies avoided the potential pitfall, defeating the Chiefs 21-10 in their first district game Friday night at Pottenger Stadium.

Hickman claims girls’ district title

JEFFERSON CITY — It took the Hickman girls’ cross country team 13 years to reclaim the district championship.

Hickman’s girls’ team and the Kewpies’ Tim Cornell won titles at the Class 4 District 5 cross country meet Saturday at Cole County Park.

Jefferson City comes back to beat Rock Bridge

The fans rushed the field when the game ended—most of the fans were wearing red and black.

Jefferson City stunned Rock Bridge with a 28-24 come-from-behind victory.

Bruins claim another state title

For Rock Bridge, winning its second straight Class 2 state tennis championship Thursday was only slightly different than winning in 2002.

The Bruins defeated St. Joseph’s Academy 5-3 to earn the 2003 crown at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, their third since 1999.