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Loeb’s Bruins used to success

Rock Bridge tennis coach Ben Loeb knows how to inspire his players.

Winning has become routine for Loeb. After 15 years coaching boys and girls teams at Rock Bridge and Hickman, Loeb has the second most wins in the state at 408. North Kansas City coach Arthur Loepp, who has been coaching since 1975, has 468. Loeb has qualified 10 teams to the state tournament, and three have won state titles.

Missouri picked to finish seventh

Look for the Missouri women’s basketball team to finish in the middle of the pack in the Big 12 Conference this season.

The league’s coaches Wednesday picked the Tigers to finish seventh in the conference.

United States settles for tie with Italy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Moira Placchi scored in the 63rd minute to lift Italy to a 2-2 tie against the United States in a women’s soccer exhibition Wednesday night at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City.

Alvis assists in all areas for Kewps

Cedric Alvis walks sluggishly off the football field, his eyes focused on his cleats, silently reliving his team’s loss.

Although Alvis speaks somberly after the game, three hours earlier he was bouncing up and down, cracking jokes with teammates and hardly able to control his excitement about the night’s game.

Sanchez at home with MU

A few months before Steven Sanchez moved to Columbia to play offensive tackle for Missouri, he didn’t know which conference the Tigers played in.

That’s one reason Sanchez doesn’t understand how he ended up at MU.

Focused freshman

Missouri freshman Yelena Olshanskaya is adjusting nicely to college tennis.

Olshanskaya rolls into the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regional Tournament today undefeated in singles competition. The five-day event in Salt Lake City is an individual tournament where the Tigers match up against the top players from 25 other teams.

Cougars sweep Spartans

Everything seemed to be going according to plan late in Columbia College’s match with Missouri Baptist on Tuesday night at Southwell Arena.

The Cougars had coasted to easy victories in the first two games, and with a big lead late in Game 3, they seemed poised for another easy win.

Shen’s drive leads to success

Passion and discipline.

Coach Susan Kreklow said those qualities make Shen Danru a success for the No. 24 Missouri volleyball team.

Tigers ease third-down problems

Senior cornerback Shirdonya Mitchell knows why Missouri’s defense hasn’t looked as jittery in its past few games.

“We strive through the weeks to try and improve our third downs,” Mitchell said.

Reimler nets final home win

There was no ceremony to honor Rock Bridge coach Vicki Reimler before her final home game Monday. There wasn’t a video tribute, or a fireworks show, or anything of the sort.

Instead, the Bruins found an even better parting gift for their coach — a 25-21, 13-25, 25-23 win against the Versailles Lady Tigers.

Piling up the points

These days, Big 12 Conference football scores are starting to look more like basketball scores.

The scoring outburst came to a head Saturday when Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 51-49, and the game didn’t go to overtime.

Peabody’s breakaway goal saves Tigers

Melissa Peabody might not have saved the season, but she definitely saved the day.

Missouri beat No. 4 Texas A&M 5-4 in overtime Sunday at Audrey J. Walton Stadium. After Missouri went down 4-1 at halftime, Peabody scored three goals, including the winner on a breakaway in overtime to give the Tigers their first Big 12 Conference victory of the year.

Rams drop Pack

ST. LOUIS — Another game meant another milestone for Isaac Bruce.

The St. Louis receiver led the offense, the defense shut down Green Bay’s rushing game and the Rams defeated the Packers 34-24 on Sunday afternoon at the Edward Jones Dome.

Yankees strike back in Game 2

NEW YORK — The Face of October showed up and shut down the Florida Marlins, silencing all their talk about wreaking havoc in this World Series.

With his cap pulled down low and shadowing his dark eyes, Andy Pettitte pitched neatly into the ninth inning and drew the New York Yankees even with a 6-1 win in Game 2 on Sunday night.

Seeking success

Nervousness and experience might determine the success of three Columbia golfers at this year’s girls’ state tournament.

Although Rock Bridge and Hickman did not advance out of the Class 2 District 4 tournament on Oct. 6 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course, three individuals are representing the schools at the state championship.

Missouri avoids blowout

NORMAN, Okla. – When the Missouri football team went into halftime trailing the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners by 21, it appeared poised for the same blowout fate many previous Sooners opponents have faced.

The blowout never came.

Outplayed

NORMAN, Okla. — There it was. The ball, the momentum and maybe the game were there for the taking.

All Nino Williams II had to do was come down with the ball.

Instead, Oklahoma receiver Mark Clayton snatched everything, leading the No. 1 Sooners to a 34-13 win against No. 24 Missouri on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.

OU’s stingy defense ends upset dreams

NORMAN, Okla. – For 1 1/2 quarters, it was last season all over again.

Brad Smith was running rampant through the Oklahoma secondary, and No. 24 Missouri was hanging around and waiting for a big play to spark a major upset.

Depth welcome sight as Tigers open season

During the 2002-03 Missouri men’s basketball season, the Tigers learned it was difficult to win relying on a handful of core players.

MU suffered from its lack of depth at times, but the 2003-04 Tigers possess a supporting cast that might cause as many problems for opponents as the starters. The Tigers gave fans their first look at the team at Mizzou Madness, an entertaining light practice that began at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and signaled the start of the season.

Bruins breeze to state tennis meet

It has become a familiar routine for Rock Bridge.

For the fifth straight year, the Bruins cruised into the state tournament Saturday.

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