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The Chase for Chase

Last weekend was a great weekend in more than one way. The official visit to Missouri was amazing. We had a lot of chances, despite the snow, to see what the Missouri program is all about.

The coaches were great and my host, A.J. Ricker, was very helpful by being able to give me a lot of good insight on the program, being that he has been there for four years. The weekend was also a good experience in that a lot of the in-state recruits were there such as Tony Temple and Nick Patterson. It was good to be able to talk to them and see how their season went and how recruiting is treating them.

Kowalewski nears record

Lisa Kowalewski being relaxed on the basketball court is the most important factor to scoring baskets.

Kowalewski, a junior guard, has been relaxed for most of her Columbia College career. She has scored 1,113 points as a Cougar, second to Missy Wilt’s 1,117.

Kewpies two much

If it seemed to the Mexico Bulldogs they were seeing double, it was because they were.

The Hickman Kewpies dominated the Bulldogs, earning a 81-30 victory Thursday night at Hickman.

Bruins senior leads on mat

Pat Elmore doesn’t know what to expect Saturday.

He only wants to win.

Lapses plague Tigers

Through the first 20 minutes against Gonzaga on Saturday, Missouri coach Quin Snyder had to be satisfied with his team’s defensive effort.

The Tigers held Ronny Turiaf, the Bulldogs’ top post threat, to only two points in the first half. Only one Gonzaga player had more than five points and Missouri was dominating the glass, grabbing 25 rebounds to Gonzaga’s 16. More importantly, the Tigers led 38-35 at halftime.

Hard to tell apart

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — When Arkansas coach Houston Nutt wants to watch game film of Missouri, he makes sure to check the label before he pops in the tape. That way, no confusion occurs.

“When you look in the film, it’s almost like looking at us,” Nutt said. “We’re so similar in a lot of ways. We may not be the biggest team in the Southeastern Conference, they may not be the biggest Big 12 (Conference) team, but we’ve both got a lot of heart, we both played hard. It’s just amazing, when you look at it. It ought to be a great matchup.”

Greater risk

Tilly Payne caught the ball, jumping to a sudden stop. As she leaned on her right knee, it collapsed and she fell onto the basketball court.

Payne, a junior forward for Columbia College, had torn her anterior cruciate ligament Jan. 4.

Long-range loss for Hickman

Basketball officials signal 3-point attempts by lifting an arm.

After Jefferson City’s 78-60 win against the Hickman boys Tuesday night, there will be some officials with ice packs wrapped around their tired arms. The Kewpies shot 26 3-pointers at Hickman.

Evenly matched match

Hickman wrestler Luke Harper said his team needed a spark.

The Kewpies and Rock Bridge tied at 33 on Tuesday at Rock Bridge.

Missouri won’t see standout Andrews

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — The plug is pulled on the “Fridge.”

Arkansas coach Houston Nutt said Tuesday that offensive tackle Shawn Andrews will not play in the Independence Bowl on Dec. 31 against Missouri.

Clark happy to be back home in Missouri

When Jack Clark chose to leave the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987 to sign with the New York Yankees because of ownership collusion, it was the first of a series of strange and, at times, turbulent turns in his life.

Now that he has returned to Missouri to manage the Mavericks (he was introduced as manager Oct. 30), he says he wishes things would have worked out differently.

Practicing for bowl welcome chore

For the past five years around this time, Missouri football players have become used to having time on their hands.

Some did Christmas shopping and decorating, some played video games and others sat around watching football on television.

Kewps wallop Rolla

With four members of the Hickman Kewpies girls’ basketball team signed to play college basketball, coach Tonya Mirts said she knows each of them are capable of taking over a game. She just didn’t know they could all dominate in one game.

Four Kewpies players scored in double digits in Hickman’s 61-29 win against Rolla on Monday at Hickman.

Guards give Hickman hope

It took Hickman’s Taylor Florence about 1 1/2 quarters to give Kewpies fans a reason to be optimistic about the next three seasons.

In the first half of his first varsity game, Florence, a 5-foot-7 sophomore reserve point guard, stood dribbling the ball near half court, waiting for something to happen. When nothing did, he got creative.

Chiefs win goes unseen

The Kansas City Chiefs and St. Louis Rams clinched division titles with wins Sunday afternoon, but many local Chiefs fans couldn’t watch their team’s game because Columbia TV stations didn’t air the game.

Chiefs’ games are usually a CBS gig, but a couple of times a year the Fox network carries Kansas City games when they play an NFC team. Fox had the rights to the Chiefs’ and the Rams’ games on Sunday, and since both games were scheduled for the same time, the local Fox affiliate could only air one.

Cricket draws eclectic group

Once a week, a small group gathers on Stankowski Field, and at first glance, the group doesn’t look as if it could get any more diverse.

Pakistanis and Indians joke, Brits and South Africans chat and Aussies and Sri Lankans mingle. No, it’s not a model United Nations club. And it’s not a diversity-training course.

Patton stays home

It was what everybody wanted.

Missouri fans, players and coaches wanted Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton to become Brad Smith’s heir apparent. In the end, the feeling was mutual.

Recruits get role reversal

The recruit has become the recruiter. Again.

In the minutes following Rock Bridge quarterback Chase Patton’s oral commitment to Missouri, he went from the most sought-after recruit in the state to the one doing the seeking.

Gonzaga gives MU first loss

Quin Snyder’s homecoming did not go as planned.

The Tigers struggled from the field, and Missouri lost 87-80 to Gonzaga in overtime on Saturday in Seattle.

Missouri grabs top talent in recruiting

If Missouri gets any faster in the recruiting chase, its speedometer might break.

In the past three weeks, MU has received seven oral commitments from some of the top talent in the Midwest. The flurry of activity brings the Tigers’ total of commitments for its 2004 class to 15.