SPORTS

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Boonville dance team captain Jamie Schenck, left, practices expressions to warm up her face muscles before the game against Holden High School on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Boonville, Mo. The dancers, who did not wear masks throughout the event, performed smaller dances on the sidelines instead of a halftime routine.

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Holly Tracy, 4, waddles through rows of giggling cheerleaders during a Southern Boone High School football game against California High School on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Ashland, Mo. Holly is the daughter of head football coach Trent Tracy and head cheer coach Christina Tracy.

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Southern Boone High School football players are reflected in a stagnant pool of rainwater on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Ashland, Mo. The team, who celebrated their senior night, played on the field after a rainfall of approximately half an inch.

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As Southern Boone’s halftime performance unfolds, senior Garrett Boyle directs the band’s rendition of “Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede on Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Ashland, Mo. Boyle dismounted his ladder right after the song ended and left the field with the rest of the band to find a warm building.

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The Mexico High School cheer team clutches onto their flyer's ankle at the Mexico vs. Marshall football game on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Mexico, Mo.

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Boonville High School football players rewatch a recent play from that home game on a monitor on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Boonville, Mo. The Pirates won 74-2.

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Security guard Taylor Werkmeister watches for people trying to sneak into the Boonville football game on Friday. Werkmeister says the city of Boonville requires him to wear a mask while "on duty," but his police chief allows to officers to wear them "only when enacting duties of our job." These duties include traffic stops and close interaction with community members.

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Mack Tallent takes a breath of relief after Lutheran St. Charles forces an incomplete pass on Dec. 4, 2021, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Tallent, who is the father of offensive tackle Dawson Tallent, had one word to describe his feelings about the game: “nerves.”

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Lutheran St. Charles seniors Finn Blankenburgh, left, and Caleb Kaufman cheer for their team from the front row of the student section on Dec. 4, 2021, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Lutheran St. Charles broke a 27-point tie with six seconds left in the fourth quarter, claiming a win of 33-27.

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Lutheran St. Charles's Rhoderick Gibson, right, runs the ball towards the end zone on Dec. 4, 2021, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo.

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The Lutheran St. Charles student section cheers after watching their team get a stop with six seconds left on the clock on Dec. 4, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Lutheran St. Charles won 33-27.

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Tubas in the Lamar marching band reflect Memorial Stadium on Dec. 4, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. The band performed a “Nightmare on Maple Street” mix at halftime.

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Eric Trotter cheers for Lutheran St. Charles wide receiver Charles Young III as the player makes a touchdown, tying the game 27-27 in the fourth quarter on Dec. 4, 2021, at Faurot Field in Columbia, Mo. Trotter rooted for the Cougars alongside Young’s father the entirety of the game.

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MU’s Cameron Pferrer pitches at a game against Omaha on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. Pferrer was the third of six pitchers MU used throughout the game.

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MU’s baseball team cheers for Mark Vierling after he hits a solo home run against Omaha on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, at Taylor Stadium in Columbia, Mo. MU hit two home runs throughout the game.

MU’s Trey Crawford attempts to pin NIU’s Bryce West during a wrestling match at the Hearnes Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.

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MU’s Trey Crawford attempts to pin NIU’s Bryce West during a wrestling match at the Hearnes Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Columbia, Mo.

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MU’s Trey Crawford wrestles NIU’s Bryce West at the Hearnes Center on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, in Columbia, Mo. Crawford was up 6-5 but was pinned by Bryce West in the final period.

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MU’s Jeremiah Tilmon collides with Liberty’s Blake Preston after making a shot at a home game on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Columbia, Mo.

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MU’s Dru Smith blocks a shot from Liberty’s Chris Parker on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Columbia, Mo.

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MU and Liberty players listen for the referee’s call over a fight for the ball on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, in Columbia, Mo.

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Mexico High School quarterback Michael White runs the ball into the end zone at a game against Blair Oaks High School on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. White scored five touchdowns in the district championship game.

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Blair Oaks High School players rally after one of their teammates is taken to the hospital for suffering a head injury on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. The visiting team would not recover after the almost 40-minute process of getting the injured player off the field.

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Mexico quarterback Ty Sims holds up his team’s district championship plaque on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Mexico’s student section rushed to congratulate the players on the field after the win. 

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The Mexico High School student sections rushes the field to congratulate their football team's win on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Opposing team Blair Oaks was the defending state champion.

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The Blair Oaks football players take a knee and watch as coaches and trainers circle Falcons quarterback Dylan Hair while waiting for an ambulance on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Hair left after a hit to the head, and the Falcons lost 49-14.

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Brayla Early, 4, bites into a concession stand chip on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Early and her mother Alicia Early attended the game to support their brother and son, respectively, Mexico senior Jaren Early.

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Blair Oak's Adam Hall squats and watches Mexico High School's team celebrate a win on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo.

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The Blair Oaks football players load onto their bus after a 49-14 loss to Mexico in the Class 3 District 5 final on Nov. 12, 2021, in Mexico, Mo. Blair Oaks families waited for the players to exit the locker room, many consoling their upset sons in the parking lot.