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Hickman falls in first game

Jim Sutherland wasn’t sure what to expect.

After losing five seniors from last year’s team, the Hickman boys’ basketball coach entered the season with plenty of questions.

Hickman rallies to top Kickapoo

Lauren Harris, a senior forward, watched from the bench in the second quarter. That’s when she realized what it would take to win the game for the Hickman Kewpies.

“Defense wins games,” Harris said. “I knew it was time to D-up.”

Tigers ready to start season

There is no better way to start a season than against familiar competition.

The Missouri women’s gymnastics team has a Black and Gold intrasquad scrimmage at 2 p.m. today in Hearnes Center. The event is open to the public and will be the first time this season Tigers gymnasts will compete in front of judges and fans.

Tigers move on to Indiana

Two turnover-plagued wins is not the type of preparation most teams like taking on the road.

It might seem like an equation for disaster, but No. 4 Missouri hopes Saturday’s matchup against Indiana in Bloomington creates different results.

Pirates too much for Kewps

Hannibal’s early lead was too much for Hickman wrestlers to handle.

The Pirates led the entire match in a 43-28 win Thursday at Hickman.

NCAA inquiry will continue

As soon as MU Chancellor Richard Wallace was notified that the NCAA was starting its investigation of the Missouri basketball program Sept. 25, the countdown to its conclusion started.

The investigation was expected to finish by December, but the NCAA announced Thursday it is extending the preliminary fact-gathering stage of its inquiry.

Clemons MIA in photograph

For $20, Missouri basketball fans can pick up a Missouri Basketball Yearbook at any of the Tigers’ home games. They can buff up on the program’s history, scout opponents and peek into Missouri’s recruiting tactics.

It’s what fans won’t be seeing in this year’s guide that’s making headlines.

Wildcats ponder Sooners’ talent

Kansas State plays the No. 1 team in the country Saturday, but that is not coach Bill Snyder’s biggest worry. What concerns Snyder is that in Oklahoma, the Wildcats might face the best team in history.

“Off the top of my head, I can’t think of one that’s better,” Snyder said.

Good signs of progress

When she started as coach of the Missouri volleyball team in February 2000, Susan Kreklow hoped to continue to build the program.

Four years and four NCAA Tournament appearances later, Kreklow has succeeded by a good margin. Missouri (19-10) had not reached the tournament before her arrival.

William Woods signs Burger

Hickman coach Tonya Mirts knows how important Stephanie Burger, her senior point guard, is to the Kewpies.

“She runs us,” Mirts said. “When we play really well, it’s because she’s playing really well. We have a lot of scorers in our offense, and I think she really understands where to get the ball.”

Rivalry intensifies Hickman-Kickapoo game

It is rare to find a high school basketball game in early December that has the same intensity as a postseason game in March.

Then again, few games at any time of year stir emotions quite like a matchup between Hickman and Kickapoo, who meet at 3 p.m. Saturday in the second annual Columbia College High School Girls Shootout at Southwell Arena.

Saxon key for Cougars

His teammates call him “Slinky,” and though he has a thin frame, there’s nothing weak or flimsy about Nahowan Saxon’s game.

His strong play off the bench helped Columbia College defeat Central Bible 87-66 on Thursday night at the Arena of Southwell Complex.

Title looks in reach

If history repeats itself, Missouri will play in the championship game Saturday.

The Missouri women’s basketball team takes on Alcorn State in the first round of the 26th annual Unilever Tiger Tournament at 7 tonight at Hearnes Center.

Foote gives Columbia College leg up

Less than four minutes into the game, Columbia College guard Tiffany Foote banked in a shot from the right corner.

The basket gave Foote confidence in her shot and she led the Cougars to an 87-66 win against No. 18 Oklahoma Christian on Thursday at Arena of Southwell Complex.

Hickman’s Burchard claims unique experience

Hickman senior Bret Burchard is one of the few high school basketball players who can claim to have college experience.

Burchard, the son of Bob Burchard, Columbia College men’s coach, has attended his father’s practices for longer than he can remember, first learning the game’s basics and later picking up on the intricacies.

Edwards beats buzzer to lift Cougars above Bellevue

If Aaron Edwards keeps this up, he might have a new best friend in Columbia College coach Bob Burchard.

Edwards hit his second game-winning and buzzer-beating shot in seven days to give the Cougars an 83-82 double-overtime victory against Bellevue University on Friday night.

Conference honors 12 Tigers

The good news keeps coming for the Missouri football team.More of the fruits of success were bestowed upon the Tigers on Wednesday when 12 players were named to the coaches’ All-Big 12 Conference team, up from seven selections last season.

Pulley cleared to play for Missouri

A day after committing 19 turnovers, Missouri received some encouraging news that might be a remedy for its ballhandling woes.

Junior college transfer Randy Pulley was cleared for action coach Quin Snyder said Wednesday. Pulley gives the Tigers three active point guards.

Turnover troubles

Before the first game, even before the first practice, Missouri guard Rickey Paulding was swamped with praise.

His promise earned him preseason All-American honors. His explosive dunks sparked discussion of greatness, even if he would be the last to say it.

Tigers eyeing Olympic Trials

Four Missouri swimmers might have Olympic futures, but first they will have to prove themselves against the world’s best.

Andrea Nigh, Rebecca Wolfe, Liz Schoborg, and Matt North will represent the Tigers in the U.S. Open today in Federal Way, Wash. The meet, which concludes Saturday, has more than 900 swimmers.