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KINGDOM CITY - Sophie and Lindsay Cunningham are usually the ones performing in the spotlight. This time around, however, it was their mother and aunt's moment to shine.

Paula Cunningham and Stacey Hoffman were inducted into the first annual North Callaway High School Hall of Fame class Friday night as a result of their athletic achievements. Although the stage may not have been as big as the one Sophie and Lindsay play basketball on, Cunningham and Hoffman said walking on their high school's court to receive the honor was a great feeling.

"It was very fun to be here and walk in front of my friends and family and also get the award with my sister," P. Cunningham said. "Just to look around and see the gym and realize how much time we had spent playing games and practices on the very floor we were walking on. It was very nice."

"It was a really nice honor," Hoffman said. "It's been many years since I've been back. In fact, I graduated in 1987 and I think I've been back one time. After going to Mizzou and then moving to the Kansas City area, I just haven't been back but it was very much an honor to get the email saying I was inducted in that first year along with Paula. It's been a lot of fun to see a lot of old faces."

Sophie Cunningham, a freshman guard on the Missouri Tigers, said seeing her mother and aunt be recognized at their old stomping grounds was an incredible thing to witness.

"For them to have the glory they deserve tonight, I think that's awesome because they are good athletes," S. Cunningham said. "They've inspired me and Lindsay ever since we were really little."

Paula and Stacey did receive a lot of praise, but Sophie said that doesn't mean there isn't some bragging rights to be fought for within the family.

"They came in and they were like 'You guys are on hold it's our night tonight,'" S. Cunningham said. "'We get all the fame.'"

The family's competitive streak, however, doesn't appear to get in the way of respecting each other's work. 

"She [Paula] has a killer mentality when she used to play sports," S. Cunningham said. I mean you see at our games she still has that mentality, but she's a really supportive and loving mom, and Lindsay and I couldn't have asked for anyone better." 

Paula said that mentality came from her high school track coach.

"I threw the shot put, and to get height my coach, Coach Marshall, would make me throw the shot put up over the goal post, and so I remember throwing that shot put over the goalpost like a million times," P. Cunningham said. "It was a good memory."


When asked if being inducted into the school's Hall of Fame sent a message to their kids, Paula and Stacey were not afraid to throw a playful jab.

"I think it tells them that we were pretty good athletes too, not just them," P. Cunningham said. "I think it shows that if you work hard and do your best, it will mean something to you for the rest of your life. You have to make the most of the moment that you're in and later I think there will be times where you look back and appreciate those times."

"I think the key message for my sons who are both 10 and 12 is they really don't realize I played sports and that I was pretty good at sports," Hoffman said. "It's like 'See Mom was pretty decent in different sports playing basketball, track, and softball. But no it's an acknowledgment by the high school of the hard work a lot of us put into it and representing your high school back in the day. It means a lot to get this award."

Paula and Stacey both said the North Callaway community means everything to them. 

"This is our home so it means everything," P. Cunningham said. "My parents live not too far away where we grew up near Williamsburg on a farm, and we spend a lot of time here at the school and we know a lot of families and friends and still keep in touch with a lot of people."

"It's still everything," Hoffman said. "I think I had a little over 100 kids in my graduating class and we were all close. Everybody knew each other, and I think we still stay in touch with a lot of people from high school and have good friends. Even though you move on to other things in life, college and careers, there's still a lot back here to come back to."

The family can argue about who was better at a certain sport, but there was no time for argument on this night. Only time for recognizing a job well done.   



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Moody gets 23 in Mississippi's 76-73 win over Missouri http://www.komu.com/news/moody-gets-23-in-mississippi-s-76-73-win-over-missouri/ http://www.komu.com/news/moody-gets-23-in-mississippi-s-76-73-win-over-missouri/ Basketball Thu, 4 Feb 2016 3:45:51 PM The Associated Press Moody gets 23 in Mississippi's 76-73 win over Missouri

COLUMBIA (AP) — Stefan Moody had 23 points and hit two free throws to put Mississippi ahead by a point with 13.4 seconds left in a late-game rally that led to a 76-73 victory over Missouri on Wednesday night.

Moody also matched his career best with eight rebounds and had five assists for the Rebels (14-8, 4-5 SEC), who won for just the second time in seven games. Tomasz Gieldo had 16 points including two 3-pointers in the final 1:33 to help Mississippi rally from a five-point deficit and Rasheed Brooks had 15 points.

Wesley Clark had 20 points including 10 for 10 at the free-throw line for Missouri (8-14, 1-8 SEC), which has lost seven in a row. The Tigers have a pair of three-point losses in the slump and squandered a five-point lead in the final 1:52.


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Iberia High School boys basketball takes family to new levels http://www.komu.com/news/iberia-high-school-boys-basketball-takes-family-to-new-levels/ http://www.komu.com/news/iberia-high-school-boys-basketball-takes-family-to-new-levels/ Basketball Tue, 2 Feb 2016 4:09:38 PM Tyler Murry, KOMU 8 Reporter Iberia High School boys basketball takes family to new levels

IBERIA - There is an old saying in sports that one's teammates are like family members.

For the Iberia boys basketball team, that statement is actually true.

Twin seniors, Dexter and Devon Frisbie, as well as brothers Riley Halley and Carter Halley all play on the same team.

"I really can't describe it. It's a great feeling to play with him," Devon Frisbie said. "We always fight, but that can never replace having him on the team."

But, the family ties don't end there. The Halleys and Frisbies are cousins as well.

Dexter Frisbie said, "We're so close to each other. Riley and I have been playing together since day one, as well as Carter and Devon. We're always going at each other, trying to help each other with their shot and everything and trying to improve one another."

The Halleys and Frisbies say the intensity ramps up when they play against each other.

Riley Halley said, "We compete against each other extremely hard. Coach doesn't know this, but me and Dexter have a block party, and whoever has the most blocks at the end of the season wins."

When asked who is winning the "block party," Dexter Frisbie and Riley Halley both laughed and argued over who was actually in front.

But, even though they joke with each other off the court, the chemistry is obvious on the court. Iberia currently sits at 18-3 with the two towering forwards taller than 6'7" leading the way.

"Riley knows what Dexter is going to do and Dexter has figured out what Riley is going to do. They just work really well together," head coach Steve Scholfield said.

During their high school career, Iberia has gone 100-12, with Dexter Frisbie and Riley Halley combining for 32.6 points and 15.5 rebounds last year.

Scholfield has coached the three seniors for six years and Carter Halley for four years now and said they have come a long way.

"They push each other. We still have a way to go with maturity," Scholfield laughed. "They understand things better. We try to talk about family a lot as a team, and it helps having them all around."

The cousins will move their separate ways next season.

Riley Halley will play ball at Jefferson College while Dexter Frisbie goes to Missouri Southern State University.

"It kind of clashes you know. I love them both dearly," Riley Halley said.

The Frisbie brothes will stick together though. Devon Frisbie announced he will also be going to Missouri Southern to play football for the first time ever. Devon Frisbie said he actually has his brother to thank for the opportunity.

"He's a little skeptical about it, everybody is," Devon Frisbie laughed. "I went down there on his college day and met up with the coach, and he liked what he saw and wanted me to be on the team. I'm just grateful right now."

As for Carter Halley, it's going to be on his shoulders to carry on the success of his older brother and cousins that won the Frisco League Tournament last year.

"I'm probably going to have to play post next year because I'm going to be one of the tallest kids on the team," he said. "I'm going to have to work hard over the summer."

The four say they will always be close and their competitive nature will always be a big part of their relationships.

[Editor's Note: The word 'college' was changed to 'high school' in the sentence that begins with: "During their high school career..."]

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Tigers struggle behind the arc, fall to Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-62 http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-struggle-behind-the-arc-fall-to-mississippi-state-bulldogs-76-62/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-struggle-behind-the-arc-fall-to-mississippi-state-bulldogs-76-62/ Basketball Sat, 30 Jan 2016 10:06:37 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digitial Producer Tigers struggle behind the arc, fall to Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-62

COLUMBIA, Mo. – In front of a crowd of 7,175 at Mizzou Arena on Saturday night the Missouri Tigers basketball team fell to the Mississippi State Bulldogs 76-62. The loss capped off a night that began with Head Coach Kim Anderson’s decision to sit sophomore guard Tremaine Isabell until he improves his attitude and conduct during practice.

Missouri struggled behind the three point arc making none of their first 15 shots, leaving the Tigers without a single three point basket in the entire first half. Not until freshman Terrance Phillips drained a three just five minutes into the second half did the Tigers finally get a shot behind the arc on the board. Tonight, Missouri went 2-25 shooting just eight percent from the three point line.

The Tigers bench led by sophomore forward Jakeenan Gant (11 points, 5-8 from the floor, and five rebounds) contributed with 24 points compared to the nine put up by the Bulldog’s bench.

Freshman guard Cullen VanLeer had an uncharacteristically bad night scoring zero points and going 0-5 from the floor.

The only other Tiger to hit a three pointer beside Phillips was sophomore guard Namon Wright who led Mizzou with 16 points, scoring three points on three attempts from the charity stripe, and hauling in nine rebounds.

Overall, Missouri shot 37 percent from the field, and only led the Bulldogs in steals, bench points, and free throw percentage.

There were no lead changes and the only time the game was tied was for the opening 48 seconds before Mississippi State opened the game up on a three pointer by Weatherspoon.

After the game, Anderson said, “Obviously, didn’t shoot the ball well. That was probably the biggest difference in the game.” He continued to say, “I’ll coach these guys as hard as I can and encourage them.”

The Tigers next game will be when they play host to Ole Miss at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday, February 3 at 8 p.m.

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Columbia College men's and women's hoops win big over STOCP http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-s-and-women-s-hoops-win-big-over-stocp/ http://www.komu.com/news/columbia-college-men-s-and-women-s-hoops-win-big-over-stocp/ Basketball Sat, 30 Jan 2016 7:50:07 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Columbia College men's and women's hoops win big over STOCP

COLUMBIA, Mo. – The No. 4 Columbia Cougars men’s basketball team demolished the St. Louis College of Pharmacy Eutectics 118-50 on Saturday night. After today’s defeat, the Eutectics have yet to beat the Cougars and fall to 0-10.

Columbia started off hot and built up a double-digit lead over STCOP after a three pointer by Cougars sophomore guard Jackson Dubinski with 12:08 left in the half to make the score 18-7 in favor of the Cougars. The Eutectics would never recover from the Cougars who shot 59 percent from the floor and led in rebounds 19-10. At the half Columbia led 53-22.

But if you thought the Cougars shot well in the first half, they shot even better in the second half. After half time, Columbia shot 65 percent and at one point had a 68 point lead in their route of STCOP.

Senior guard Dwaun Stewart finished the evening with a double-double scoring 20 points and rebounding 11 shots.

After the win, the No. 4 Cougars improve to 21-2 with a 14-1 record in the American Midwest Conference.

But the story was not over. The No. 6 Columbia Cougars women’s basketball team also came up big this afternoon defeating the STCOP women 97-46 and improving 21-1 record with a 15-1 record in the AMC.

The Cougars barrage of three pointers was too much for the Eutectics to handle, and at the half STCOP found themselves down 47-25.

Columbia College set a record for three pointers making 18 and breaking the previous record of 17. The Cougars also had 53 rebounds and 53 points off the bench.

Freshman guard Ashlee Marlatt had the best night out of any of the players on either team, scoring 19 points with 15 points coming from behind the three point line on 7 attempts.

Columbia College men’s and women’s basketball next game will be on Thursday, February 4th as they travel to Bellville, Ill. to take on Lindenwood University-Belleville. Women’s tipoff is set for 5:30 p.m., while the men’s game will ensue at 7:30 p.m.

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Morgan Stock and Tigers bench lead No. 23 Mizzou WBB to 77-64 win over No. 22 Florida http://www.komu.com/news/morgan-stock-and-tigers-bench-lead-no-23-mizzou-wbb-to-77-64-win-over-no-22-florida/ http://www.komu.com/news/morgan-stock-and-tigers-bench-lead-no-23-mizzou-wbb-to-77-64-win-over-no-22-florida/ Basketball Sun, 24 Jan 2016 4:05:12 PM James Stanley, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Morgan Stock and Tigers bench lead No. 23 Mizzou WBB to 77-64 win over No. 22 Florida

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Senior guard Morgan Stock exploded behind the 3-point arc hitting 4-5 of her shots and scoring a season high of 20 points against the Florida Gators on Sunday afternoon in front of a crowd of 5,941 at Mizzou Arena. Led by Stock, the Tigers bench outscored the Gators bench 44-25. That 19 point difference was more than enough to give the No. 23 Tigers the win over the No. 22 Gators.

Before the half, Florida covered a 5 point deficit in the final minutes of the 2nd period to bring the score to 38-38 at half. However, the Tigers adjusted in the second half and came away with the victory.

Altogether, there were 57 total fouls by the end of the game. Missouri accumulated 17 fouls in the first half, in comparison to only fouling the Gators eight times in the second half. The only foul trouble the Tigers had after half time was in the first three minutes of the 3rd period when Sophie Cunningham, Jordan Frericks, and Sierra Michaelis all picked up their third fouls.

Freshman guard Sophie Cunningham scored 12 points going 8-8 from the charity stripe before fouling out on a double technical involving Florida’s Simone Westbrook with 37 seconds to go in the game. This was the second consecutive game that Cunningham has fouled out in the final minute.

Senior guard Juanita Robinson also contributed off the bench scoring 12 points, four from the free throw line, and two assists.

Mizzou Women’s Basketball improved to 16-4 with a 3-4 record in the SEC. Missouri’s next game is against the LSU Tigers on Thurs, Jan. 28. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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Area teams set for the 2016 MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout http://www.komu.com/news/area-teams-set-for-the-2016-mfa-oil-break-time-shootout/ http://www.komu.com/news/area-teams-set-for-the-2016-mfa-oil-break-time-shootout/ Basketball Wed, 20 Jan 2016 4:07:28 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Area teams set for the 2016 MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout

COLUMBIA - The 2016 MFA Oil-Break Time Shootout, benefiting the Show-Me Games will tip off at Noon Saturday at Mizzou Arena. The event consists of six boys high school basketball games and one girls high school basketball game with some of the top athletes and teams from around the state.

Saturday's schedule features:

Glasgow vs. Salisbury - Noon

Iberia vs. Harrisburg - 1:30 p.m.

Mid Buchanan vs. Oak Grove - 3:00 p.m.

Father Tolton Catholic vs. Vianney - 4:30 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Battle - 6:00 p.m.

Boonville vs. Chillicothe - 7:30 p.m. (girls)

Boonville vs. Southern Boone - 9:00 p.m.




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Sophie Cunningham earns SEC Freshman of the Week honors http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-earns-sec-freshman-of-the-week-honors/ http://www.komu.com/news/sophie-cunningham-earns-sec-freshman-of-the-week-honors/ Basketball Tue, 19 Jan 2016 6:25:23 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Sophie Cunningham earns SEC Freshman of the Week honors

COLUMBIA - Missouri freshman guard Sophie Cunningham earned her fourth Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week award, the league announced Tuesday.

Cunningham averaged 14 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in two games in a Missouri victory over then-No. 7 Mississippi State and a loss to Arkansas last week. She leads the Tigers in scoring at 14.2 points per game, which is good for 11th overall in the SEC and leads all SEC freshman.

The Missouri women's basketball team (15-3, 2-3 SEC) moved up one spot in the Associated Press Top 25 this week to No. 23 and will head to College Station, Texas to play No. 13 Texas A&M Thursday night.

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MU announces basketball punishments for 5 NCAA violations http://www.komu.com/news/mu-announces-basketball-punishments-for-5-ncaa-violations/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-announces-basketball-punishments-for-5-ncaa-violations/ Basketball Wed, 13 Jan 2016 2:51:31 PM Annie Hammock, KOMU 8 Interactive Director MU announces basketball punishments for 5 NCAA violations

COLUMBIA - MU Athletics announced Wednesday multiple self-imposed punishments for five NCAA rules violations related to the MU men's basketball team. Punishments include a postseason ban, the vacating of wins from a previous season and a fine.

Head coach Kim Anderson said, “We are obviously very disappointed that the actions of a few individuals have put our program in this situation."

The biggest violation, a level one infraction, involved a donor who provided impermissible benefits to three men’s basketball athletes and one prospective student from 2013-2014.

Those benefits included compensating the students for work not performed, housing, cash, transportation, iPads, meals and gym access.

That donor was also involved in a lesser violation by having multiple impermissible recruiting contacts with a prospective student and paying for a meal for a non-scholastic coach.

A second donor was involved in a level two infraction by providing impermissible benefits to 11 athletes and three members of one athlete’s family from 2011-2014.

Those benefits included providing the students with a “friends & family” reduced rate at a hotel, meals and a boat ride. A Missouri men’s basketball student manager also provided transportation for multiple athletes to the hotel from the Missouri campus.

In another level two violation the University of Missouri was cited with a failure to adequately monitor the internship program. 

A fifth violation at a lower level involved a former associate head coach who helped a prospective athlete's family arrange rental housing.

MU Athletics said "the university took action to hold student-athletes, staff and donors who were involved accountable." The steps taken were:

  • The university vacated all wins from the 2013-14 season.
  • The university imposed a one-year postseason ban for the 2015-16 men’s basketball season, which prohibits the team from participating in the 2016 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament, and any other postseason competition sanctioned by the NCAA. As such, the university will not receive any revenues from the 2016 SEC or NCAA men’s basketball tournaments.
  • The university self-imposed the loss of one men’s basketball scholarship in 2015-16 and an additional scholarship loss to be incurred no later than the 2017-18 season.
  • The university placed restrictions on the recruiting activities of the men’s basketball staff during the years of 2014-15 through 2016-17.
  • Restitution and withholding from competition for impermissible benefits received by student-athletes was imposed as necessary.
  • The former associate head men’s basketball coach was prohibited from off-campus recruiting for a period of three months while the review process was underway.
  • The university permanently disassociated Representative #1, prohibiting him from receiving tickets, making donations or otherwise representing the university.
  • The university disassociated Representative #2 for a period of two years, prohibiting him from receiving tickets, making donations or otherwise representing the university.
  • The university will pay the NCAA a fine in the prescribed amount of $5,000.

Anderson said he "hurts for our kids more than anything."

"I am confident we will overcome this and be stronger as a team and as a staff because of it," he said. "We are committed to representing this great university and state with honor and integrity and that’s what we are going to do.”

Chancellor Hank Foley said, "We have an obligation to adhere to all NCAA and SEC rules as a member institution and we will continue to improve our education and oversight to ensure that we compete with integrity.”



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Local Scores: Thursday, December 17, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-17-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-17-2015/ Basketball Thu, 17 Dec 2015 9:47:01 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, December 17, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, December 17, 2015:

Women's College Basketball:

Columbia College 86, Lindenwood (Ill.) 71

William Woods 70, Hannibal-LaGrange 50

Men's College Basketball:

Columbia College 89, Lindenwood (Ill.) 76

Girls High School Basketball:

New Bloomfield 39, Chamois 35

Jefferson City 42, Hickman 36

Boonville 62, Moberly 41

Eldon 71, Fatima 61

Tolton 65, Clopton/Elsberry 8

South Callaway 63, Eugene 60

Boys High School Basketball:

Moberly 65, Boonville 52

Tuscumbia 68, New Franklin 53

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Tigers Blown Out at Arizona http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-blown-out-at-arizona/ http://www.komu.com/news/tigers-blown-out-at-arizona/ Basketball Sun, 13 Dec 2015 10:15:47 PM Bobby Perry, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Tigers Blown Out at Arizona

TUSCON, Ariz.- Kim Anderson and the Missouri Men's Basketball team were looking for a big road victory at the 13th ranked Arizona Wildcats on Sunday night.  They left empty-handed in a 88-52 thumping that saw no Tigers in double digits for the second time this season.

Arizona (9-1) dominated from the opening tip off, jumping out to a 7-0 lead.  Seven would be the closest Mizzou (5-4) would find themselves for the rest of their unpleasant evening inside the McKale Center. Sophomore Namon Wright and Jakeenan Gant tried to bring the Tigers back into the game with over 8:30 to play in the half, putting the Tigers on a 5-0 run to cut the deficit to 22-15.  But Mizzou's abysmal shooting performance, which was a season-low 30 percent (17-56), was just too much for the Tigers to overcome. 

Freshman Kevin Puryear finished with just 4 points on the evening, shooting just 20 percent on 10 shots. Wright led Mizzou with just nine points, while Arizona had six different players in double digits for scoring.

Missouri will be back in action on Saturday at Mizzou Arena, taking on North Carolina State.  Tip off is set for 5 p.m. CT.

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Wheelchair basketball player serves as role model for Salisbury http://www.komu.com/news/wheelchair-basketball-player-serves-as-role-model-for-salisbury/ http://www.komu.com/news/wheelchair-basketball-player-serves-as-role-model-for-salisbury/ Basketball Sun, 13 Dec 2015 6:10:32 PM Tyler Hastedt, KOMU 8 Sports Wheelchair basketball player serves as role model for Salisbury

SALISBURY - For John Gilbert, home is where his heart is. 

Gilbert is the head coach of the junior high boys basketball team in Salisbury, and he strives to teach kids important lessons about the game. 

"I think everything starts on the defensive end of the court," Gilbert said. "So if you have good defensive fundamentals, you only have to score one more point than the other team. Offense is a very important part of the game, but defense is the most important side of basketball because good defense usually leads into a really quick offense."

Gilbert plays a big role in getting kids ready for high school basketball, but he also plays a role in teaching kids lessons that apply off the court.

"Basketball not only helped me with athletics, but it also taught me a lot of life lessons that things are not going to always go your way, and it's what you do when things are kind of down that makes you a better person," Gilbert said.

Whitney Gilbert, Gilbert's wife, said she sees the valuable impression he makes on kids.

"I think he's a huge role model. I think especially since he's in a wheelchair, but he's not in a wheelchair because of his personality and the way he acts and the way he presents himself. He's bigger than that and I think those kids look up to that, and they see him and see that he's not just a guy in a wheelchair that feels sorry for himself. He's a guy that loves life and tries to live it to the fullest.

Gilbert has been in a wheelchair for most of his life.

"I had a tumor on my spine at T-6 when I was nine, and I jumped out of a swing, which supposedly made my tumor swell and it severed my spinal cord," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said it didn't take long for him, however, to adapt to his new circumstances.

"It really wasn't too bad because I was still pretty young," Gilbert said. "I was nine years old, so I mean I knew what life was before the chair, but I adapted pretty quickly and lived in a small town that really put me under their wing and helped me out any way possible. Basketball was a big piece of it too."

Gilbert did not let his situation keep him away from his passion.

"It got started a long time ago when I was 10 years old," Gilbert said. "I started playing for my community team up in Omaha, Nebraska, which was closer to my hometown in northwest Missouri than Kansas City was. I played up there for eight years and then got an offer to go to Mizzou and play wheelchair basketball from 2005 to 2010. In the middle of that, I got an invite to start doing U.S. wheelchair basketball as well, and I've been on the U.S. team for the last three years and looking to go for the fourth and go to Rio."

Gilbert gives credit to the town of Salisbury for his accomplishments.

"Salisbury is a great town," Gilbert said. "I'm used to the small town environment, so that's definitely where I want to raise a family, and in basketball it's so important. Not just basketball but in any sport. Just to teach you what teamwork and cooperation are and how to depend on other people. So more interdependence than independence."

When it comes to competing for the United States in the 2016 Paralympics, Gilbert has one goal in mind. 

"Be the best in the world," Gilbert said. "Right now we are number two because in the World Championships in 2014 in Incheon [South Korea], we lost to Australia in the gold medal game. I have a picture in my room of us with our silver medals and that motivates me enough. I want to be the best in the world."  

The 2016 Paralympic Games are scheduled to begin Sept. 7 and end Sept. 18.  

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Local Scores: Thursday, December 10, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-10-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-10-2015/ Basketball Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:24:30 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, December 10, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, December 10, 2015:

Boys High School Basketball (60th Annual Centralia Invitational Basketball Tournament):

Centralia 48, North Callaway 38

Boonville 84, Hallsville 65

Boys High School Basketball:

Troy 57, Battle 49

Rock Bridge 73, Holt 43

Girls High School Basketball:

Rock Bridge 43, Battle 35

Tipton 53, Cole Camp 46




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10 p.m. sportscast: Friday, December 4, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/10-p-m-sportscast-friday-december-4-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/10-p-m-sportscast-friday-december-4-2015/ Basketball Fri, 4 Dec 2015 10:39:13 PM Chris Gervino, KOMU 8 Sports Director 10 p.m. sportscast: Friday, December 4, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - A sportscast filled with lots of highlights and results from a busy day and night throughout the mid-Missouri sports scene including Barry Odom's introductory press conference, Missouri Tigers basketball and volleyball games and much more.

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Missouri beats Northern Illinois 78-71 http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-beats-northern-illinois-78-71/ http://www.komu.com/news/missouri-beats-northern-illinois-78-71/ Basketball Fri, 4 Dec 2015 9:46:14 PM The Associated Press Missouri beats Northern Illinois 78-71

COLUMBIA (AP) — Kevin Puryear scored 17 points, including 13 in the second half, and Missouri beat Northern Illinois 78-71 Friday night, the Huskies' first loss of the season.

Puryear led a balanced scoring effort. Terrence Phillips had 13 points to go with six assists, Jakeenan Gant had 11 points and six rebounds, and Namon Wright added 10 points and five rebounds.

After shooting 1 for 3 in the first half, Puryear found a rhythm, shooting 5 for 7 in the second. He has reached double-digit scoring in six of his seven collegiate games.

NIU guard Marshawn Wilson led all scorers with 24 points, making all 10 of his free-throw attempts. Center Marin Maric finished with 14 points and a team-best seven rebounds.

After a quiet start, Travon Baker and Aaric Armstead combined for 16 points in the second half. Baker finished with 11 points and four rebounds, while Armstead had 10 points to go with five rebounds.


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Local Scores: Friday, December 4, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-friday-december-4-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-friday-december-4-2015/ Basketball Fri, 4 Dec 2015 7:33:21 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Friday, December 4, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some scores from around the area for Friday, December 4, 2015:

Women's College Volleyball (NCAA Tournament Second Round):

No. 9 Kansas 3, Missouri 0 (25-16, 25-13, 27-25)

Men's College Basketball:

Missouri 78, Northern Illinois 71

Women's College Volleyball (NAIA National Championship Quarterfinals):

No. 4 Columbia College 3, No. 5 Biola (Calif.) 2 (25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 20-25, 16-14)

Men's College Soccer (NAIA National Championship Semifinals):

No. 1 Rio Grande (Ohio) 1, No. 4 Missouri Valley nil

Girls High School Basketball (Norm Stewart Classic at Columbia College):

Kickapoo 76, Rock Bridge 41

Boys High School Basketball:

Rock Bridge 65, Southwest 36

Hallsville 70, North Callaway 42

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Local Scores: Thursday, December 3, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-3-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-december-3-2015/ Basketball Thu, 3 Dec 2015 10:42:04 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, December 3, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, December 3, 2015:

Women's College Volleyball (NCAA Tournament First Round):

Missouri 3, Missouri St. 1 (21-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17)

Women's College Volleyball (NAIA Championships Pool Play):

Columbia College 3, Hastings (Neb.) 2 (16-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-15, 15-11)

Men's College Soccer (NAIA Tournament Quarterfinals):

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.) 2, Columbia College 1

High School Boys Basketball:

Battle 49, Jefferson City 45

Hermann 47, Silex 14


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MU basketball shows encouraging signs in loss to Northwestern http://www.komu.com/news/mu-basketball-shows-encouraging-signs-in-loss-to-northwestern/ http://www.komu.com/news/mu-basketball-shows-encouraging-signs-in-loss-to-northwestern/ Basketball Tue, 24 Nov 2015 8:41:26 PM Tom Kackley, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter MU basketball shows encouraging signs in loss to Northwestern

KANSAS CITY – After a 24-point drubbing by former Big 12 rival Kansas State Monday, Missouri basketball looked to show more intensity Tuesday night against Northwestern.

After falling behind early, the Tigers finally came alive, but it wasn’t enough to win, falling to the Wildcats 67-62.

“I thought we went into this game with absolutely zero confidence," Missouri Head Basketball Coach Kim Anderson said. “I think we were shell-shocked from what happened last night.”

The Tigers fell behind by as many as 20 points after 13 minutes in the game, but they fought back in the early stages of the second half, cutting Northwestern’s lead to as little as 3 points in the final minutes. 

“I think once we got going, a fire got lit under us. We just have to figure it out and get started faster as the season goes on,” MU freshman point guard Terrence Phillips said.

Phillips helped spark the Tigers comeback. He scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half and provided some much needed energy with 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

“I think he brought an electricity to the game on both ends of the floor,” Anderson said. ”He made some threes, got the ball to the hole. He’s got to do that more often.”

The Tigers only led once in the game, and team defense early on was a big reason why. Northwestern shot 52 percent from the field and 47 percent from three-point range in the first half.

“I thought early on they were doing what they wanted. It was kind of like coach was putting out a video to sell,” Anderson said. “They were kind of running everything and we were kind of helping out.”

But the Tigers roared back after halftime, outscoring the Wildcats 38-29 in the second half.

"I was really pleased with the effort. I thought we were at a little different level in the last 10 minutes that I hadn’t seen in a while. So from that standpoint, I was encouraged,” Anderson said.

The loss moves Missouri to 2-3 on the season, the Tigers will play Arkansas State at home next Tuesday.


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Recruits, former MU athletes give different takes on protests http://www.komu.com/news/recruits-former-mu-athletes-give-different-takes-on-protests/ http://www.komu.com/news/recruits-former-mu-athletes-give-different-takes-on-protests/ Basketball Sat, 21 Nov 2015 5:53:55 PM Luke Slabaugh, KOMU 8 Sports Reporter Recruits, former MU athletes give different takes on protests

COLUMBIA - The dust is settling on one of the most eventful Novembers mid-Missouri has seen.

Implications are abound for MU in its recruiting of students and athletes in the wake of the events on campus that garnered it national attention - in particular, the racial incidents preceding the resignation of Tim Wolfe and other system administrators; the football team's protest; the hunger strike of Jonathan Butler and its fallout; and the perceived terrorist threats to minority students on campus. 

KOMU 8 reached out to several students from Columbia high schools and sat down with several from Battle High School - the only team whose football program was still in the state playoffs while the aforementioned events transpired at MU.

Tyler Gray will attend MU as a student in the fall of 2016. The cornerback played only one season for the Battle Spartans, his senior year, and doesn't intend on playing sports in college. He used to dream of playing college basketball. He said the perceived racist climate at his future school threw him off guard.

"It really shocked me," Gray said. "Because I felt like the students at Mizzou were all like a good community, and [the protests] kind of showed two different sides of Mizzou...and then it turned into students versus students. I didn't really like that."

Jaevon McQuitty, 16, is going through the college recruiting process currently. The four star wide receiver has many high profile schools watching him - Missouri, Alabama, Nebraska, and Cincinnati, among many others. 

"The players love Mizzou for a reason," McQuitty said. "I don't think [the recruits] would change." 

McQuitty's father, James McQuitty, said he hasn't felt adversity in his experience living in Fayette and Columbia. The elder McQuitty said he didn't follow the protests and events on MU's campus closely.

"I would like to know if things aren't going as they should be," McQuitty said. "As a parent, I would want to know, because he is my son and his safety is my major concern, as well as his education." 

James McQuitty said he trusted his son's discretion in choosing a school.

"I think it comes down to what the kid wants, maybe, say, as far as what Jaevon wants as far as his education, where he would want to play, and believing in the coaches and the team," McQuitty said. "Things are going to happen out there. It's his decision.

"I don't really have a concern about [race relations], to be honest with you."

McQuitty's lifelong teammate also followed the situation on campus with a deeper concern. Brevinn Tyler, Battle's junior quarterback, felt deeply concerned about the events on MU's campus. His father, works on campus and his sister is a student. Both family members stayed home after the Yik Yak threats left campus almost deserted.

Tyler said as a recruit, he would want a prospective school to assure him he would be in a safe environment. 

"I think I'd want them to tell me it's been taken care of," Tyler said. "And that it was actually successful in the way that they handled it. I think being a recruit there could actually help, to see the football team has that much power around campus and that they're willing to put themselves in a situation that's not just football."

Tyler said he could understand why Sci Martin, a recruit from Louisiana, might reconsider his options while the university is mired in reports of racism and an uneasy campus climate. 

"You wouldn't want to go there knowing this stuff might be happening," Tyler said. "Hopefully it will resolve itself. It might not take a week like some want it to be. It might be a couple years to where we can kind of lose that reputation. That's what I think really hurts the university and just Columbia in general, is the reputation we're going to have now. It's really sad to see."    

The perspective doesn't only come from Battle. Bryce Banks, a senior at Rock Bridge high school, intends to play college football. The defensive back knows for certain he will not play for Missouri after breaking his commitment this summer. Banks said he doesn't consider the "portion of people who are racist" to represent MU's student body. He said ultimately the First Amendment allows students to say controversial things. Banks said as a recruit, he wouldn't let what happened on MU's campus impact his decision.

 "You can't let it play too much into your decision," Banks said. "Because there is going to be racism anywhere you go, to be honest. Sometimes it's up front in your face, or behind your back. You just have to find a positive way to handle it when you encounter the situation."

Rob Stewart, Jr. walked on for the Missouri men's basketball team in the 2002-2003 season. Stewart had lived in Columbia his entire life, attended Hickman High School, and was pursuing a Master's degree in education during his tenure as an athlete. His timeline intertwined with the last real big controversy involving a UM system president - only that time it had involved basketball coach Quin Snyder and athlete Ricky Clemons.

Stewart said he and several former athletes he knows consider the way college athletics is run to be systemically racist. He pointed to the way universities make money off contracts with retailers (e.g. Nike) or the way fans purchase video games in NCAA football, basketball, and baseball. The former walk-on also said he didn't like how fans would make money by collecting his autograph and selling it on eBay as part of a full set of signatures, oftentimes for great sums of money.

"There should be some compensation for players who are giving universities millions [of dollars] when they're not getting anything," Stewart said. "It mainly takes advantage of minorities."

Stewart, now an associate pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, was on campus for the hunger strike and protests, and in the wake of former UM President Tim Wolfe and former Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin's resignations. Stewart said he saw people of all races both in support of and against the protests leading to the officials' resignations.

"It's not always an every white person versus every black person and vice-versa," Stewart said. "And I wish people would take note of that even more."

The associate pastor also ran for First Ward city councilman in February. He said several community members have reached out to him asking for perspective in the wake of the events on MU's campus.

"I've had white people ask me, 'Isn't this a surprise? Aren't you surprised by this?' And I say, no, I'm not surprised, because minorities have been going through things like this for years," Stewart said. "But they've been on the edge. And this particular event, in this moment, in this place, pushed minorities over the edge to respond in this way. I think to people who the system benefits, this is a surprise because they've lived so comfortably...they don't see the other side of what the system does.

"I've seen it, I've felt it, I've experienced it here and there, and it's not a surprise." 

Thomson Omboga befriended Stewart while the two attended MU. Omboga played all four years as a wide receiver for the Tiger football team. Omboga said he could understand Stewart's view of how college athletics is run as systemically racist, but he didn't agree with it. He also noted how easier it was for him to get a job out of college rather than a lesser-known athlete like Stewart.

"Someone who just followed football would be like, 'Oh! That's great,'" Omboga said on applying for jobs. "And I would get recognition and they'd ease me into it. Versus someone who didn't play a lot or maybe was a walk-on who had to take a different approach. It works both ways." 

When asked what prospective recruits could expect based on his experience at MU, Omboga said he's felt more adversity now than when he was a student. He said he feels it from both blacks and whites alike. His daughter is bi-racial. 

"You get a lot of black athletes dating white girls," Omboga said. "That was a big deal. And that went both ways: black peopel saying 'Why are you dating a white girl?' or, the white people would say 'You only date white people. Leave our women alone.' Stuff like that. But as far as new things - like the swastika stuff - I couldn't say I dealt with any of that kind of stuff."

Omboga compared the football team's handling of the Jonathan Butler hunger strike to its unanimous support for Michael Sam, when the team's defensive end came out as homosexual. Omboga said MU has garnered too much praise from different outlets to suffer damage to its recruitment.

"If I'm Pinkel, I got to go out there in the media and remind people of all the positive things and not a few racial incidents," Omboga said. 

Pinkel announced his retirement only a week after the football team's protest due to his battle against lymphoma. A new coach will assume the roles and responsibilities of recruiting and welcoming players into the program. KOMU 8 reached out to Mizzou Athletics for a comment on how the institution wants its coaches to address the climate on campus to recruits. The athletic department had not responded as of Thursday. However, Pinkel did state his reasoning behind supporting the football team's boycott at his joint news conference with Mack Rhoades on Nov. 9.

"I got involved because I support my players, and a young man's life was on the line," Pinkel told reporters at the news conference. "I did the right thing, and I would do it again."

Both Omboga and Stewart said if they had had scholarships to other schools with reports of racial incidents coming from campus, they likely wouldn't choose MU. They also said the campus climate must have changed in some way for an activist like Butler to go on a hunger strike and risk his life.

Tyler Gray said he will remain faithful to his decision to attend MU. He said while he hasn't experienced racism firsthand at school, he won't let reports of it on the university's campus impact his decision.

"I just want to go to Mizzou," Gray said. "I've always wanted to go to Mizzou, I'm still going to Mizzou, and I just want to go there and get my education."

16-year-old McQuitty said he wants to choose a school whose fans and staff lend support to its players, like he thinks Pinkel did. 

"I want to go somewhere they will love us no matter what, and support us no matter what," McQuitty said. "Just people who will honestly care about me and my decisions. I think I have that school in mind."

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Local Scores: Thursday, November 19, 2015 http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-november-19-2015/ http://www.komu.com/news/local-scores-thursday-november-19-2015/ Basketball Thu, 19 Nov 2015 9:16:34 PM Reese Johnson, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer Local Scores: Thursday, November 19, 2015

MID-MISSOURI - Here are some local scores from around the area for Thursday, November 19, 2015:

Men's College Basketball:

No. 16 Columbia College 87, Central Baptist (Ark.) 54

Women's College Basketball:

Columbia College 78, Central Baptist (Ark.) 42

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