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Newcomers poke holes in Tigers’ defense

ST. LOUIS — Illinois freshman E.B. Halsey couldn’t have modeled his third-quarter offensive takeover after Missouri quarterback Brad Smith’s breakout a year ago. At home in Elizabeth, N.J., Halsey wasn’t watching.

“We didn’t get it out there,” Halsey said.

Tickets tight for Tigers

Football fans who want tickets to the Missouri-Illinois Border War game on Saturday at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis can still get them, but they’ll see more of the tops of players’ helmets than their numbers.

The only tickets left for Saturday’s game are for seats in the top level of the dome. Fans can buy $30 tickets for the sidelines and $15 seats in either end zone.

No doubt which QBs will begin this season

When depth charts were released at this time a year ago, Brad Smith and Jon Beutjer were nervous. Both were in heated battles for starting quarterback jobs. This year, Smith and Beutjer can rest easy thanks to terrific 2002 campaigns.

Smith will lead Missouri against Beutjer’s Illinois team at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. Both teams are more familiar with each other, but that won’t make stopping Smith and Beutjer easier.

It takes a year to get the Tigers down I-70

Playing the football game might be easier than getting the teams there.

Missouri plays Illinois in the opener Saturday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. In terms of logistics, it is a tricky operation getting the Tigers ready to play.

Cook County batters Mavs in home finale

The few fans remaining at Taylor Stadium on Thursday night gave Wes Fewell a standing ovation as he walked off the field in the ninth inning.

Fewell played every position. He started the game at catcher, then played each spot on the infield, played the outfield and pitched during the ninth. It was about the only thing left for the fans to cheer for on fan appreciation day.

Young team starts promising season

Despite lofty preseason expectations, the Missouri volleyball team is not placing extra emphasis on a Tiger Invitational win.

Rather, the Tigers, ranked 21st in the country, hope to use this weekend’s second annual Tiger Invitational to mesh the six incoming freshmen with the eight returning players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team that finished 26-8.

State champ too tough for Kewpies

Hickman struggled with early errors and low offensive output against defending state champion Westran on Thursday night.

The Kewpies lost 3-1 to the Hornets at Antimi Field, falling to 1-1.

Hickman setters set to take lead

The Rock Bridge varsity volleyball team showed good chemistry, but is still looking for leadership.

The Bruins varsity defeated the junior varsity Thursday night in the annual Green and Gold scrimmage. The varsity beat the junior varsity 25-5, 25-11, 25-16.

Kewps entertaining in exhibition game

Even an exhibition game can have its dramatic moments.

Hickman’s annual Purple and Gold volleyball game saw the varsity Kewpies sweep three games from the junior varsity team, 25-15, 28-26, and 24-15 on Thursday night at Hickman.

Pitchman

A day with Jeff Johnson is dizzying and best expressed by the number of elevator rides he takes during the pregame hours.

Greenwell powers Mavs

The Mavericks Booster Club should have named Bill Greenwell the team MVP before every game.

After receiving the honor in a pregame ceremony, Greenwell led the Mavericks to an 11-4 victory against the Cook County Cheetahs on Wednesday at Taylor Stadium.

Unproven wideouts vs. new defenders

Although he is a sophomore, Kendrick Jones can claim seniority over his fellow wide receivers.

Jones is the only receiver on the Illinois team who has caught a pass in a game. He had one reception for 12 yards against Indiana in 2002.

‘Wild’ Bill shoots from the hip

Bill Hippe isn’t Bob Barker, but he’s close.

Many Columbians know “Wild” Bill by name, by face and by noise. A lot of it. The on-field emcee for Mid-Missouri Mavericks games, “Wild” Bill’s job is to generate fan excitement. The job requirements, though, do not include high stepping around the field, blurting out lines to famous movies and carrying on with fans even when he doesn’t have to.

Tigers young, but confident

Although the Missouri volleyball team is young, that hasn’t decreased the expectations placed on it.

A promising fall awaits Columbia College

Columbia College starts its sports year with a nationally ranked women’s volleyball team and a men’s soccer team looking to defend a conference championship.

Bruins’ pitching, defense dominate in shutout

Jennifer Mast was a little worried about her Rock Bridge softball team’s defense going into Wednesday night’s game against Smith-Cotton.

Clemons enrolls in classes at MU

Former Missouri guard Ricky Clemons is enrolled in classes full time at the MU for the fall semester, the Office of the University Registrar confirmed Tuesday.

Clemons was released from Boone County Jail on Sunday afternoon after serving a 60-day sentence. Classes started Monday.

Schlosser gets home win for Mavericks

Mavericks manager Mark Schlosser finally walked out of Taylor Stadium a winner.

Grant Dorn threw seven strong innings, and the Mavericks capitalized on poor fielding to defeat Cook County 7-3 on Tuesday night. Schlosser had lost three straight home games since becoming manager Aug. 17 after Papo Davila resigned.

MU soccer team bonds in Brazil

For the Missouri soccer team, a trip to Brazil was more than a chance to play more matches.

Not only was the trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, a chance for the Tigers to prepare for the season, but it also was a trip that allowed the team to learn more about itself. The Tigers saw the second-largest city in the world and visited some of the sights.

Sweeney, Guiel power K.C.

Mike Sweeney and Aaron Guiel hit home runs and drove in four runs, leading Brian Anderson and the Kansas City Royals to a 9-2 win against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Anderson, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on Monday, turned in a solid start as the Royals stayed one game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

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