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Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 5: Battle football wins state championship

Battle Spartans linebacker Darion Hall hugs assistant coach Cedric Alvis after a play during the MSHSAA Class 5A State Championship Game at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Friday. The Spartans defeated the Nixa Eagles 25-22 to bring home the crown in only their first year of playoff eligibility.

Battle won their first football championship in the program's first year of playoff eligibility.

Tackling becomes lost in era where offenses rules

In football, one of the essential elements of the game — tackling — just doesn't get a whole lot of practice time anymore.

Concussions ended Jacob Biddle's playing career; now they affect his everyday life

Despite being diagnosed with more than a half-dozen concussions and suffering from migraines and nausea, Jacob Biddle's spirit remains unbroken. 

Battle boys basketball looking for leadership

In its second season, Battle basketball is trying to find its rhythm.

Top 10 Sports Stories of the Year: No. 8: Hickman celebrates 100 years of Kewpie mascot

Since 1914, Hickman (then called Columbia High School) has used the Kewpie, a smiling naked baby doll, as its mascot. Sure, a tiger or an eagle would be more likely to evoke fear in opponents, but Hickman's sports teams have used the naked baby as a symbol of pride in its 100-year history.

Rock Bridge, Hickman swimmers win in Independence

Bruins, Kewpies finish first and second.

Hickman boys basketball skirts past Jefferson City

Hickman High School senior guard Jimmy Whitt scored 21 for the Kewpies, who moved to 7-1 on the season.

Rock Bridge girls basketball wins over Olathe South

Rock Bridge wins 50-41 against Olathe South High School on Thursday.

Hickman girls basketball team wins against Smith-Cotton

The Kewpies girls basketball team beat Smith-Cotton 58-24 on Thursday.

Rock Bridge boys basketball loses to Olathe East

Rock Bridge boys basketball fell against Olathe East on Thursday. The score was 68-56.

Hickman girls basketball team wins close game against Jefferson City

After falling behind by 10 points in the opening half, the Kewpies fought back and improved their record to 5-2.

Tolton boys win big at Centralia

The Tolton High School boys basketball team beat Centralia High School by 30 points Tuesday night. 

Battle boys basketball falls short despite late surge against Helias

After a double-digit deficit in the third quarter, the Spartans fought back for a brief fourth quarter lead, before falling 52-50 to Helias.

Ryan Kreklow leads Rock Bridge boys basketball to blowout victory

The Bruins forced 15 turnovers en route to an 81-49 victory.

Hickman girls defeat Rolla by 52

Led by senior forwards Emily Miller and Katie Storm, every Kewpie player scored in the blowoutwin.

Battle girls basketball manages tough win against Helias

The Battle High School girls basketball team defeated Helias Catholic High School 40-33 on Monday.

Hickman girls basketball falls in finals of McDonald's Tournament

The loss was the Kewpies' lowest-scoring game of the season.

Rock Bridge boys basketball beats Kansas City East, 57-51

The Bruins remain undefeated at 4-0.

Hickman boys basketball wins 85-46 over Northeast

The Kewpies' balanced offense had six players with at least nine points.

Tolton boys basketball uses size to overwhelm Battle

Tolton defeated Battle 71-46 Friday night.

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