The Cabool Bulldogs’ season came to an end during the semi-finals of the Class 2 District 9 tournament.
Brad McNew has the update:
The final score was:
Cabool – 53
Plato – 69
by RB Fallstrom, AP
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Earlier this month, Vladimir Tarasenko became the youngest St. Louis Blues player in more than two decades to score 30 goals.
The 23-year-old Russian forward’s skill is known across the league.
“He has lots of skill,” said Pavel Datsyuk, the Detroit Red Wings forward and fellow countryman. “He’s a really nice person, he’s a talented guy and a hard worker, too, which is more important.”
Tarasenko was the 16th overall pick in 2010 and made it to the NHL during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season. He had 22 goals last season and was the Blues’ most potent offensive threat in their one-and-done playoff appearance against the Blackhawks last spring, getting four goals in six games.
This season, he’s a first-time All-Star and the player the opposition fears most.
“It took him a little while to adjust to the North American style,” said Buffalo forward and former teammate Chris Stewart. “But look at him now.”
Alexander Steen is one of the Blues’ best overall players, a tireless two-way standout. Tarasenko has the scoring touch.
“He’s extremely skilled and he’s got a heck of a shot,” Steen said. “That’s why he’s putting up the numbers.”
Tarasenko was tied with San Jose’s Joe Pavelski for fourth in the NHL with 31 goals, trailing only Steven Stamkos (32) and Rick Nash (37) and he’s scoring a point per game through 60 games. His plus-minus of plus-27 was also tied for fourth and he’s among the league leaders with five game-winning goals.
Tarasenko has two overtime goals and has been the Blues’ best player in the shootout with three goals on eight chances.
“He can take a wrist shot from the blue line in a split-second, no wind up or anything, and it gets on the goalie quicker than anybody I’ve ever seen,” Blues defenseman Barret Jackman said. “A goalie can’t take his eyes off him for a second, or even a defenseman.”
The previous Blues player to score 30 goals at age 23 was Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan in 1991-92. Hall of Famer Brett Hull’s career skyrocketed at age 25 in 1989-90 when he racked up 72, 86 and 70 goals over a three-season span.
Shanahan finished with 33 goals in 1991-92. Without making any specific predictions, Tarasenko is shooting much higher.
“The year is not over yet,” he said. “Things are going good right now and I’ll try to keep it up every game.”
The Blues have yet to use Tarasenko at all times during the game. Coach Ken Hitchcock doesn’t use him to kill penalties, preferring to save the legs for offense.
Tarasenko’s signature move is a quick fake to the left that creates space to shoot. Hitchcock stresses the two-way aspect, and anticipates as Tarasenko matures, he’ll play 20 minutes per game instead of 17.
“When he’s checking well and the line is checking well, that’s when they get all of their offense,” Hitchcock said. “When that line checks, they are really dominant.”
Becoming more comfortable with the language and cultural differences aided Tarasenko’s take off. All-Star defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk was Tarasenko’s first roommate on the road and can relate to the transition after playing in Finland during the lockout.
“He was very self-conscious about his language and English, but in actuality it was great,” Shattenkirk said. “We’d tell him, `You’re fine. You can order in a restaurant perfectly. Don’t stress it.’”
Tarasenko said the situation has improved, but added there’s plenty of room for growth.
“Sure, I feel more confidence right now. It’s way better right now,” Tarasenko said. “It’s hard, still.”
The Blues picked another forward, Jaden Schwartz, two spots before grabbing Tarasenko. The speedy Schwartz also has been a find with 46 points, a plus-16 rating and four game-winners.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Micah Mason had 20 points, including four 3-pointers, and five assists to lead Duquesne to a 79-66 win over Saint Louis on Wednesday night.
Jeremiah Jones scored 16 points and Dominique McKoy and Derrick Colter added 12 apiece for Duquesne (10-16, 5-10 Atlantic 10). The Dukes won back-to-back conference games for the first time in the Jim Ferry era (2012-15).
Milik Yarbrough had 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Marcus Bartley hit four 3s as a part of his career-high 16 points for Saint Louis (11-17, 3-12).
Mason hit a 3 with 7:13 left in the second half to put the Dukes up 12, but the Billikens scored four straight to cut the lead to single digits for the first time since the 14:42 mark the second. Duquesne made six consecutive free throws to go up 67-53 with four minutes left.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Christian Kirk had 16 points and nine rebounds to lead Missouri State past Bradley 80-77 in triple-overtime Wednesday night.
Chris Kendrix and Loomis Gerring each hit a pair at the line in the final :23 to push the Missouri State lead to five and the Bears held on.
Austin Ruder had 20 points, including five 3s and Kendrix added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Bears (11-18, 5-12 Missouri Valley).
Bradley scored the first seven points of double overtime, but Missouri State scored seven of the next eight points capped by a tying 3-pointer from Gavin Thurman with 1:16 left.
After three free throws from Sutherland put Bradley up three, Ruder hit a tying 3-pointer with 6 seconds left to force a third overtime.
Josh Cunningham had 15 points and a career-high 21 rebounds, 11 on the offensive end, and Tramique Sutherland added 20 points for the Braves (8-22, 3-14).
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The owners of the Milwaukee Bucks have selected three architectural firms to design the basketball team’s new downtown arena.
Missouri-based Populous will serve as the lead agency on the design team. The company has worldwide experience designing arenas, stadiums, ballparks and convention centers. Populous has designed 15 NBA or NHL arenas, and is currently working on new projects in Quebec City and Las Vegas.
Two local firms, HNTB and Eppstein Uhen, also will help design the Milwaukee arena. The companies employ nearly 300 Wisconsin residents and have worked on thousands of projects throughout the state.
The Bucks are seeking support from state, county and city governments. Gov. Scott Walker has proposed a state budget calling for $220 million in state bonds to help pay for the new arena.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Former first baseman Mike Sweeney will become the 26th member of the Kansas City Royals Hall of Fame.
Sweeney, a five-time All Star when he played with the Royals from 1995 to 2007, was elected in his first ballot appearance, the team announced Wednesday.
Sweeney also played for the Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners and Philadelphia Phillies but he signed a one-day contract with the Royals in March 2011 to retire as a member of the Kansas City organization.
He hit .297 with 325 doubles, 215 home runs, 909 RBIs and 759 runs scored during his career. He set the Royals’ record with 144 RBIs in a season and is in top six in franchise history in 17 offensive categories.
Sweeney is a special assistant to Royals general manager Dayton Moore.
(West Plains) – On Tuesday night the MSU-West Plains Grizzlies easily defeated State Fair in a region play-in game. Brian Ingalls has the update:
The Grizzlies will play Mineral Area CC on Friday in Joplin.
MSU WEST PLAINS GRIZZLIES – 82
STATE FAIR – 56
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — The Cardinals are sending ace Adam Wainwright to St. Louis to be examined by a doctor after his workout Tuesday was cut short by abdominal pain.
General manager John Mozeliak told Cardinals.com that Wainwright would be seen by Dr. Michael Brunt of Washington University on Thursday, and said the team would provide an update after the exam.
Mozeliak said he wasn’t “overly concerned,” given the ailment is unrelated to the pitcher’s arm.
Wainwright threw his first bullpen session of spring training on Friday. The team said discomfort in his abdomen had bothered him in other drills and when running.
by Jake Kreinberg, AP
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri coach Kim Anderson has said repeatedly this season his team needs something good to happen.
Finally, something good happened.
It came in the form of Namon Wright, who scored a career-high 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting to lead the Tigers past Florida 64-52 on Tuesday. The win snapped the school’s record 13-game streak with a flourish.
“I was questioning whether he was going to miss tonight,” teammate Montaque Gill-Caesar said.
The freshman from Los Angeles carried the team nearly single-handedly in the opening minutes of each half, and his 6-of-8 performance from behind the 3-point line helped spark the loudest cheers in Mizzou Arena since the Tigers (8-20, 2-13 Southeastern Conference) last won on Jan. 8.
“We didn’t really have anybody who could stop him,” Gators coach Billy Donovan said.
Devin Robinson scored 14 points and Jon Horford added 10 for Florida (13-15, 6-9), which lost for the sixth time in seven games and prevented Donovan from earning his 500th career win. He would have joined Bob Knight as the only coaches in Division I history to reach the milestone before reaching their 50th birthday.
Missouri senior Keith Shamburger criticized the team’s effort after losing 76-53 at Vanderbilt on Saturday, saying slow starts are getting into the Tigers’ heads. Missouri missed six of its first seven shots in that game, but started 4 of 6 Tuesday thanks mostly to Wright.
Wright scored seven points in the first 4:27, providing a boost of energy that lasted through most of the opening half. The Tigers led for more than 13 of the game’s first 20 minutes, only to watch Florida take a 31-27 halftime lead after the Gators scored six of the final eight points.
Wright reignited after the break, pulling fans to their feet by scoring Missouri’s first 10 points in the first 3:43 to gain a 37-35 advantage. The Gators answered with nine unanswered points before Missouri countered with 11 of the next 12 for a 48-45 lead.
Florida narrowed its deficit to a single point on an ensuing jump shot from Chris Walker, but could get no closer during the final six minutes.
“I thought we really made a lot of poor choices, things that to be quite honest, left me scratching my head,” Donovan said.
The Tigers gradually stretched their lead to as many as 14 points to the delight of the 7,631 in attendance, most of whom remained standing during the last few minutes. As the final seconds ticked off, the student section started performing Florida’s “Gator Chomp” before joining other fans in sustained applause as the clock struck zero.
“I hope it gives us some confidence,” Anderson said. “I mean this has been miserable. This has been hard for me; it’s been hard for them. Let’s see if we can win another game.”
Florida: The Gators only made 9 of 23 attempts from the free throw line, and finished 19 of 48 (39.6 percent) overall.
Missouri: After being outrebounded 46-26 at Vanderbilt on Saturday, the Tigers grabbed a 34-31 advantage on the boards on Tuesday. . The team finished 19 of 44 (43.2 percent) from the field. . Gill-Caesar and Johnathan Williams III both added nine points.
Florida played without its two leading scorers for a third consecutive game, with junior Michael Frazier II still nursing a high ankle sprain and junior Dorian Finney-Smith remaining suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules. The duo combine for 26.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and did not make the trip.
Florida returns home to face Tennessee on Saturday.
Missouri plays at Georgia on Saturday.
by RB Fallstrom, AP
(ST. LOUIS) (AP) — Once again, Carey Price made himself right at home in an unfamiliar environment. The Montreal Canadiens backed their goalie with big production.
Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher had two goals apiece and Price set a franchise record with his ninth straight road win in a 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues Tuesday night.
“It’s just amazing the way he’s played this year,” Galchenyuk said. “In my mind, he’s the best goalie in the league.
“We’re so confident to play for him.”
Price made 27 saves and topped the record he’d shared with Rogie Vachon (1968-69). He leads the NHL with a 1.91 goals-against average, is second with 34 wins and has allowed more than two goals just once in his last 15 games.
“We’re a very confident team when we go into an opposing team’s building and we wind up playing the right way,” Price said. “We’ve been rewarded for it.”
The Canadiens have won nine of 10 on the road overall and have 83 points, staying a point ahead of the Islanders for first in the East.
David Backes and T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who wrapped up a 1-3 homestand. In brief remarks, coach Ken Hitchcock was critical of every aspect of their game.
“We’re not paying any respect to defense, to managing the puck, to managing the proper way to playing,” Hitchcock said. “We’re showing no respect for what matters.”
St. Louis is among the Western Conference leaders with 78 points, but has surrendered the first goal in eight consecutive home games.
“We had a January that was fantastic, where we were getting accolades and we were spreading that around the team,” Backes said. “Now, we’re in a little bit of a lull and a dip and we’re going to shoulder the load as a group, and the solution is spread between everybody as well.”
Montreal took control with three goals in the second period, the last two in a span of 48 seconds by Gallagher and Michael Bournival to make it 4-1. Gallagher scored unassisted on a 2-on-1 break after Vladimir Tarasenko missed connections with defenseman Jay Bouwmeester on a drop pass. Bournival scored on a break-in coming out of the penalty box.
The Canadiens took the lead when Galchenyuk deflected P.K. Subban’s point shot for the only goal in the first period. The Blues haven’t led after the first for nine in a row at home since Jan. 17, when they were up 1-0 against Toronto.
Galchenyuk made it 2-0 when he beat Jake Allen to the short side 3:11 into the middle period. He has 18 goals, including a hat trick and a pair of two-goal games – both this month.
St. Louis cut the gap to one on pinpoint passing by Oshie, Tarasenko and Backes, who got his 20th goal on a tip-in. The goal came six seconds after Subban’s holding penalty expired.
Oshie scored from the point late in the second and Gallagher scored on a slap shot from the point on a power play late in the third period.