Posted: Mar 11, 2013 7:58 PM by Mihir Bhagat
Updated: Mar 11, 2013 11:17 PM
COLUMBIA - Rock Bridge beat Blue Springs to win the State Championship last year. Now, it's time for a rematch.
"We basically have the same team as last year so we're just kind of using that as an advantage." Said Rock Bridge Junior Guard, Chayla Cheadle.
Forget about last year. The Bruins blew them out by 32 this year too. And like it's been all season, the gameplan is to attack inside.
"It's no secret, we're pretty much taller than every team that we play. So, we definitely try to take advantage of that. If we didn't we'd be a little bit crazy I think." Said Rock Bridge Head Coach, Jill Nagel.
It's already crazy that Rock Bridge has come this far despite season ending injuries to Hannah Dressler and Bri Porter.
"They want to win it for those kids as much or more than they want to win it for themselves. It's very much a family atmosphere. It's kind of like a fallen soldier in a way. You know, they want to fight for them." Said Nagle
Blue Springs has its own motivation. They're tired of finishing second, four years in a row.
"They use that as a motivation and our motivation is to beat them to stop them so they can't get that first state championship." said Nagle.
This is Rock Bridge's third trip to the semifinals in the past six years, creating a culture of winning.
"Not just Rock Bridge girls basketball but any other sport at our school has been doing really good so everyone expects us to win it all." said Cheadle.
"Oh yeah. I mean our classmates are always like you guys going to do a repeat? Blah, blah, blah. And I mean we hope to each year and hopefully we can this year again but we have to get past Blue Springs first." said Rock Bridge sophomore gaurd Sophie Cunningham.
Of course, if those two girls can combine for 35 points like they did in last years title game, the Bruins have a good shot.
Posted 9:40 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
BOONE COUNTY - An early morning fire broke out in a house at 6399 Old Village Road Thursday.
Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp of the Boone County Fire Protection District said a couch caught fire in the living room, causing smoke and heat damage throughout the room. The woman living there and her two dogs were able to escape without injury.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Posted 8:41 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MEXICO - Mexico Public Safety arrested a man early Thursday morning in connection to a shooting in Mexico.
The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to calls of a man being shot just before 2 a.m. Thursday and found a 32-year-old man in the road in the 900 block of Carrico Street. (More)
Posted 6:56 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
SPARTA (AP) - A southwest Missouri police chief has been placed on leave after killing a pit bull.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that Sparta Police Chief Andrew Spencer was placed on leave Tuesday.
A police report says a resident told Spencer earlier this month that (More)
Posted 5:40 AM 11/26/2015 by The Associated Press
OZARK (AP) - A Missouri woman has been found dead after shooting at bail bondsmen and exchanging gunfire with law enforcement.
Sgt. Jason Pace, of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, identified the woman killed Wednesday afternoon as Somer Brook Speer, of Ozark. She also is a bondwoman (More)
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Posted 5:37 AM 11/26/2015 by Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Dozens of turkeys were cooked Wednesday in preparation for a community meal Thanksgiving day.
This marks the 18th year of Almeta Crayton's Community Programs "Everybody Eats." A full Thanksgiving meal will be available to guests at Stamper Commons on the Stephens College (More)
Posted 6:14 PM 11/25/2015 by Taylor Stevens, KOMU 8 Reporter
JEFFERSON CITY - The developers of a proposed shopping center off of Mission Drive asked the Cole County Commission for $800,000 to extend the road to the site. The Harvard Company, LLC is working to develop a site near Highway 179 that would include restaurants and retail stores among other (More)
Posted 1:08 PM 11/3/2015 by Collin Ruane & Emma Nicolas, KOMU 8 Reporters
BOONVILLE - It's almost that time of year again. Students across mid-Missouri will anxiously wait to see if they get any snow days this school year. But are students getting more days off for less snow?
To find the answer to that question, KOMU 8 News went through more than a decade worth (More)
Posted 12:02 PM 11/25/2015 by Steve Dawson, KOMU 8 Reporter
COLUMBIA - Cooking grease can cost homeowners money if it's improperly disposed of.
This holiday season, Missouri American Water is launching a state-wide campaign to "can the grease."
Instead of pouring cooking grease down the drain, the organization urged residents to put used (More)
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Posted 3:49 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
MOBERLY - A Moberly clothing store held its grand reopening Wednesday night, two weeks after a fire damaged its previous building.
The Nov. 7 arson fire caused extensive smoke damage to Encore, a women's clothing shop.
Two other businesses closed due to the fire. Duval (More)
Posted 1:53 PM 11/25/2015 by Ashton Day, KOMU 8 Digital Producer
COLUMBIA – The Columbia Daily Tribune announced on its website Wednesday that it’s Black Friday edition was too big.
The large amount of Black Friday ads prevented the Tribune from being able to package through its inserting equipment. Staff members had to package the paper by (More)