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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.

Hickman's secret weapon

Breaking a play for big yards is great for momentum, and it’s even better when one play can yield that success multiple times.

Hickman used the play it calls "48" several times in its 42-16 win against Jefferson City, including the first play, in which Brandon Kendrick broke for a 52-yard touchdown to give the Kewpies a lead and momentum.

Kewpies secure district championship

The season continues for the Hickman Kewpies football team.

The Kewpies captured their first district championship in three years after defeating the Jefferson City Jays 42-16 on Friday night at Hickman. The win was Hickman’s first home victory against the Jays since 1984.

Huskers, MU not strangers

Sara Parks knows almost everybody on No. 10 Nebraska’s roster. She keeps in touch with many of them.

Nicole Wilson and Melissa Allerby played with three Cornhuskers last summer on the Nebraska Juniors volleyball club team.

Bruins relaxed in final triumph

SPRINGFIELD — Having some fun on the bus must have helped Rock Bridge.

The Bruins ended their season on a positive note, beating Kickapoo 42-21 on Thursday in Springfield.

Ricker ready to snap record

Durable doesn’t quite describe A.J. Ricker, though that’s how he wants the Missouri football team to remember him. Ricker is sturdy, yet animated.

When No. 22 Missouri plays Colorado at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Folsom Field, Ricker, a senior center and two-year captain, will start his 43rd straight game and break the school record for consecutive starts.

Kewps, Jays vie for playoff spot

For the past three years, Kyle Nuelle has waited to play a major role on a district championship team. Tonight, Nuelle will have his chance.

Depth little concern for Missouri

After last month’s Black and Gold Scrimmage, Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder was asked whether this season’s squad was the most talented in his four years at Missouri.

Two players from the Snyder era have advanced to the NBA, and four others are playing professionally overseas. Despite that, he didn’t exactly say no and mentioned that a former Tiger, now part of his coaching staff, might disagree.

Cornell chasing All-State honors

Hickman junior Tim Cornell isn’t likely to fall short again after coming so close last year.

Cornell finished 31st at last year’s state cross country meet, one spot away from earning All-State honors.

Offense will fuel Tigers

Scoring should not be a problem for the Missouri women’s basketball team. Whether it will be able to hold opponents to fewer points is the big question surrounding the Tigers.

The Chase for Chase

Chase Patton's weekly musings on football, high school and the impending college choice.

Gardner adjusting on and off the court

For Thomas Gardner, Missouri presented the ideal place for his college basketball future.

During his short time in the program, though, Gardner has learned that the move from high school basketball to Big 12 Conference basketball will be a difficult one.

Tigers say Buffaloes struggles deceptive

Colorado is not exactly Colorado this season.

The Buffaloes, who have beaten Missouri in 16 of the teams’ past 18 matchups, have taken a Big 12 Conference nosedive. In losing three straight conference games for the first time since 1984, Colorado, the two-time defending Big 12 North Division champ, plays with one of the worst defenses in the nation and one of the worst rushing offenses.

Jays disappoint Kewpies in final

JEFFERSON CITY — Hickman couldn’t hold back the tears.

The Kewpies lost 1-0 to Jefferson City on Wednesday night in the Class 3 District 10 championship at the 179 Soccer Complex. No. 1 seeded Jefferson City (12-9-1) advances to the sectional tournament Tuesday in Jefferson City.

Cougars extend win streak to seven

Just call her clairvoyant.

Even as the Columbia College volleyball team spent most of the season trying to overcome injuries and illnesses, coach Melinda Wrye-Washington stayed confident her team would put it all together when it mattered most. With the postseason to begin next week, the Cougars are making a prophet of their coach.

In good hands

While most high school seniors were in bed on summer mornings, Johnny Kruse was preparing for football season.

Kruse and his Rock Bridge football teammates worked out weekdays at 6:30 a.m. He said the practices were good for conditioning, although he would have preferred a different time.

Tigers strive to stay alive

The season continues, and Missouri hopes to keep it that way.

The No. 8 seeded Missouri women’s soccer team plays No. 1 Colorado today at 11 a.m. in the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament at the Blossom Soccer Stadium in San Antonio.

Missouri Tigers sports briefs

MU BASKETBALL: Rickey Paulding is one of 30 preseason nominees for the Naismith Award.

Paulding, a senior small forward who led the Tigers in scoring last season, is one of six Big 12 Conference players nominated.

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