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Community celebrates Mules’ championship win

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Nicole Cooke | Democrat University of Central Missouri senior basketball player Daylen Robinson looks on as fellow senior Jon Gilliam talks to the large crowd in the Multipurpose Building during Monday’s pep rally for the team’s national championship win on Saturday. “As a senior you expect your last game to be a loss, but mine was a victory,” Gilliam said.Nicole Cooke | Democrat The Multipurpose Building on the University of Central Missouri campus was packed Monday for the pep rally to celebrate the National Championship won by the Mules basketball team in Evansville, Ind., on Saturday.


Smith-Cotton girls open Kickapoo tourney with win

Democrat StaffThe Smith-Cotton girls soccer team opened the Kickapoo Tournament with a 4-2 win over the host Lady Chiefs on Friday.Jessica Coble opened the scoring with a goal mid-way through the first half and Brianna Pollitt added to the lead just before halftime.Kickapoo scored twice early in the second half to equalize before Coble scored in the 65th minute to put Smith-Cotton ahead and Jill Vansell added an insurance goal in the 72nd.Kickapoo m...

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Gremlins, Tipton Kaysinger favorites

The race for the Kaysinger Conference baseball championship comes down to three teams, according to an informal poll of the league’s coaches.With the conference tournament starting April 26, the Democrat e-mailed a questionnaire to eight of the league’s 10 coaches — contact information for the other two coaches was unavailable — asking them to rank the top five teams, top five hitters and top five pitchers in the conference. Coaches could not rank their own ...

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Young Lady Tigers start strong

Young doesn’t have to mean rebuilding.With a roster filled with freshmen and sophomores, and a scoring attack fueled by underclassmen, the Smith-Cotton girls soccer team is off to a 5-1 start — before play began in the Kickapoo Shootout — and 4-1 in conference play and has not conceded a goal since April 1 while outscoring opponents 35-2 this year.“We’ve been doing really good lately,” said freshman striker Jessica Coble. “WeR...

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Silver wants age limit change, no rush on others

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as the NBA prepares for a draft that could be headlined by freshmen, Commissioner Adam Silver remains committed to keeping them in college.So much so that NCAA President Mark Emmert was invited to discuss his involvement with owners.Silver is moving cautiously on potential changes to areas such as the lottery format and playoff structure, but makes it clear that raising the draft age limit to abolish the so-called “one and done” is ...

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Misses make marvelous memories

Sometimes a turkey hunt goes exactly the way it should. Mornings like those are memorable, make no mistake about that.My son’s first turkey, which gobbled with every step except its last one, is a prime example. Another is a triple-bearded gobbler I called across a quarter-mile of close-cropped pasture practically into the lap of the man I was guiding. And yes, I’ve had a good many hunts with happy endings during which I was the shooter.

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Green Ridge beats La Monte in Kaysinger softball showdown

Democrat StaffGreen Ridge beat La Monte 4-3 in a Kaysinger Conference softball game on Thursday in La Monte, avenging a loss to the Lady Vikings in the conference tournament last weekend.The Lady Tigers scored two in the top of the seventh to take the lead with a triple from Sam Unkel, a double from Molly Turner, and a double from Libby Dove and a single from Maddy BrownUnkel got the win in the circle, striking out seven and allowing one walk and six hits.

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S-C falls to Lee’s Summit

The Smith-Cotton baseball team loaded the bases in the first, third, fourth, fifth and seventh innings but only turned one into a big inning in a 16-9 loss Thursday at Dey Field at Liberty Park.Lee’s Summit put plenty of men on base as well, but often brought them around to score including six in the third inning, three in the fourth and three more in the sixth.“They got big hits in big situations and we weren’t able to get the big hits,” said Smi...

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Cole Camp’s Gudde pitches no-hitter

Mackenzie Gudde pitched a no-hitter Tuesday, leading the...

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Customizable rifles a high point of POMA conference

This year’s Professional Outdoor Media Association...

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