Stories by Adam
The Calfornia Lady Pintos are becoming regular participants in the Missouri National Guard Shootout. And they’d like to keep it that way.
As the Missouri National Guard Shootout enters its fourth incarnation, the event will be getting a bit of a makeover. That’s because two teams — Tipton and Belle — will be making their inaugural appearance in the boys portion of the event, and those two will actually square off with one another. They’ll become just the 13th and 14th different boys programs to take part in the Shootout.
One of the main goals of a basketball tournament is putting together a competitive field for the event. Organizers believe they’ve accomplished that for the annual holiday events in Jefferson City later this month.
Missouri gets a shot at a team from its old conference. And no, it’s not that blue and white team from across the border. The Tigers (7-0) take on West Virginia (6-2), a team that replaced Missouri in the Big 12, at 6 p.m. today (ESPN2-TV) at Mizzou Arena as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
The Tigers (7-0) have a chance to pick up a pair of resume-boosting wins this week as Missouri plays host to West Virginia and No. 18 UCLA at Mizzou Arena.
While No. 5 Missouri (11-1) takes on No. 3 Auburn (11-1) in the Southeastern Conference championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday (KRCG-TV) in the Georgia Dome at Atlanta, it’s likely to take more than a Tiger victory to be able to compete for the ultimate prize.
Raise your hand if you picked this Southeastern Conference title matchup before the season began. If you raised your hand, please take a lie-detector test. It’s a championship game that pits two teams nobody could have predicted to reach this point.
Gary Pinkel didn’t listen to any Christmas music. L’Damian Washington didn’t watch any bowl games.
The dream was cut short. Now it’s time for another shot.
The Fatima Lady Comets are going to hassle you. They’re going to hound you. They’re going to create all sorts of havoc.
SPORTS COMMENTARY: Jabari Brown, Jordan Clarkson and Earnest Ross have been just that for the Missouri basketball team this season.
Henry Josey broke loose for the go-ahead score on a 57-yard run with 3:34 to go and No. 5 Missouri wrapped up the SEC East, riding a strong second half to a 28-21 victory over No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday night.
The No. 8 Missouri Tigers are one win a way from a Southeastern Conference East Division title and a berth in the SEC championship game. This in a league that’s captured the last seven national championships. “The stakes are high, but I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Missouri senior offensive lineman Max Copeland said as Missouri (10-1, 6-1 SEC) hosts No. 19 Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) at Faurot Field. “To be where we are right now is a blessing and we’re truly thankful for it.”
There’s Johnny Manziel the football player — talented, flashy, elusive, breathtaking at times. Then there’s Johnny Manziel the person — polarizing, enigmatic, volatile, a sometimes distraction.
The Missouri Tigers didn’t belong, couldn’t compete. The proof came in its inaugural season in the Southeastern Conference, as a battered and bruised Missouri team limped to a 5-7 record and mustered just two league wins. But here they are a year later, one game from an SEC East Division title. A trip to Atlanta for the SEC title game, a BCS bowl berth and a spot in the national championship game all remain legitimate possibilities.
There’s no time for rest.
Johnathan Williams III grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds and Earnest Ross scored 17 points to lead Missouri past Gardner-Webb 72-63 on Saturday.
Blair Oaks dropped games to Jefferson City, Helias and Fatima in a basketball jamboree Friday night at Helias. The Lady Falcons played two six-minute quarters against each opponent. “We have a
Fatima picked up three double-digit victories against Helias, Jefferson City and Blair Oaks at a basketball jamboree Friday night at Helias.
No. 8 Missouri (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference) must win its final two games — starting with No. 24 Mississippi (7-3, 3-3 SEC) at 6:45 today (ESPN-TV) in Oxford, Miss., before a regular-season finale against No. 12 Texas A&M — to capture the SEC East division title and advance to the SEC championship Dec. 7 in Atlanta.
The trend of tilts against unheralded opponents continues when Missouri (3-0) hosts Gardner-Webb (2-2) at 2:30 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena. The lack of fan interest certainly has reflected that light schedule, as the Tigers brought in just 14,720 combined fans for the first two home games.
It was the perfect remedy for an inexperienced frontcourt struggling to make its mark. The return of Missouri senior forward Tony Criswell gave the Tigers a much-needed boost during Saturday’s 92-80 victory against Hawaii in Kansas City. He had missed the first two games due to suspension after an unspecified violation of team rules.
Maty Mauk is a step ahead. Ahead of James Franklin. Ahead of Blaine Gabbert. Ahead of Chase Daniel. Missouri’s redshirt freshman quarterback earned valuable playing experience while starting four games for the No. 8 Tigers (9-1, 5-1 Southeastern Conference), going 3-1 during that stretch. Mauk also closed out the Oct. 12 victory against Georgia.
It’s James Franklin’s team again.
Following a scoreless opening half, the Carthage Tigers broke the stalemate soon after the intermission. The flood gates then busted opened as fourth-ranked Carthage ousted 10th-ranked Helias 4-0 in a Class 2 state quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon at the 179 Soccer Park.
There’s no break on the horizon.
There’s just a bit more at stake today.
Jake and Jackson Walker have played baseball together in Japan. In Florida. In Virginia. They’ve shared the diamond their whole lives. That’s not going to change when the twins at Jefferson City High School head off to college next year, as both signed a national letter of intent with Missouri State on Wednesday.
The Missouri Tigers had one option last season. Missouri was forced to stick with the enigmatic Phil Pressey at point guard through good times and bad. Pressey, now plying his trade with the Boston Celtics, averaged a team-high 33.9 minutes per game in 2012-13 due to a lack of quality backups.
The Missouri Tigers eventually will have to get some scoring from their frontcourt. It just hasn’t become a necessity yet. Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Earnest Ross — a terrific trio of guards — can’t do it all alone every time out. But they were able to do it against the Southern Illinois Salukis, as the threesome combined for 59 points to carry Missouri to a 72-59 victory Tuesday night at Mizzou Arena.
Rock Bridge now ranks among the state’s powerhouses in boys soccer. The Bruins have reached three straight Class 3 Final Fours.
The first game that counts is under the belt. So the nerves should start to fade away, right?
The Russellville Lady Indians are entering dynasty territory. Miranda Hill captured first-place individual honors to lead Russellville to its third Class 1 cross country title in four years Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.
After the Russellville girls team captured its third Class 1 cross country title in four years, the boys squad followed with their first state title since 1985 and second in program history Saturday in the Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships at the Oak Hills Golf Center.
The Blair Oaks Lady Falcons took sixth place in the Class 2 Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.
Jefferson City placed 15th out of 16 teams at the Class 4 Missouri State High School Activities Association Cross Country Championships on Saturday at the Oak Hills Golf Center.
Sports Commentary: A look at the college basketball season
The 2013-14 college basketball season is a mere two days old, so it’s not too late for a little early-season prognostications.
The Lincoln Blue Tigers have come so close lately. So close to picking up that first Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association victory of the 2013 season, only to see it slip just through their fingertips the past three games. Lincoln’s (1-8, 0-8 MIAA) best opportunities of the year come these next two weeks, starting with Northeastern State (1-8, 1-7 MIAA), out of Oklahoma, at 2 p.m. today at Dwight T. Reed Stadium.
The Jefferson City Lady Jays want a better showing.
Missouri is giving Kentucky the benefit of the doubt.
A familiar face is back.
No Frank Haith, no problem.
John Redmond wants to put Lincoln basketball back on the map. He believes he finally has the team to do it. “This is the first group I can honestly say I feel real confident about making some changes in Lincoln basketball,” the fifth-year men’s coach said. “I think they’re going to surprise a lot of people. The kids we have feel like they want to make a change, they want to get Lincoln basketball back where it’s supposed to be.”
Out with the old, in with the new. After a 2012-13 campaign Lincoln women’s basketball coach Nicole Collier dubbed “disappointing,” the second-year head coach brought in a whopping nine newcomers to go along with just three returnees heading into the 2013-14 season. Lincoln gets a fresh start as it opens the season in the Central Methodist Eagles Classic at 8 p.m. today against Trinity International.
It’s a most unusual beginning. The Missouri Tigers kick off the 2013-14 basketball season without their head coach when they meet the Southeastern Louisiana Lions at 7 p.m. today at Mizzou Arena.
E.J. Gaines is like most college football players — the Missouri senior wants to play in the NFL.
There’s a new man at the top.
It’s a luxury not many teams are afforded, not even in the mighty Southeastern Conference. “It’s very rare when your backup quarterback can play close to what the starter can play,” Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel said Monday. But the Missouri Tigers have been blessed, as backup Maty Mauk has performed admirably while starter James Franklin has missed the last few weeks with a sprained right (throwing) shoulder.
Leads Missouri past Tennessee, 31-3
Maty Mauk eschewed efficiency in favor of effectiveness. Missouri’s redshirt freshman quarterback, making only his third collegiate start, completed just 12-of-25 attempts for 163 yards but tossed three of those completions for touchdowns as the No. 10 Tigers bounced back from their lone loss in style with a 31-3 victory against Tennessee on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 65,869 at Faurot Field.
There aren’t many firsts still available this late in the football season. But either the Lincoln Blue Tigers or Central Oklahoma Bronchos will notch a first when they meet at 2 p.m. today in Edmond, Okla.