THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Big wins, Halloween and hellbenders

Sunday, October 30, 2011 | 6:16 p.m. CDT

Big wins by the St. Louis Cardinals and Missouri football team, as well as a costume contest, cheerleading clinic and Ozark hellbenders dominated the photos this week.

In this photo by Nick Schnelle, fans scream and cheer after the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the World Series on Friday.

In this photo by Pinar Istek, Annie Fennewald cleans the blue paint off her face after the costume contest of the Monster Bike Bash on Saturday at the entrance of Katy Trail in Rocheport. She was one of a group of 32 Smurfs and dressed up as "Safety Smurf."

This photo of an 8-year-old male Ozark hellbender was taken by Matthew Busch at the St. Louis Zoo on Oct. 8. The number of hellbenders in the Ozark Mountains has decreased by approximately 70 percent in the last 10 years because of habitat changes, pollution, disease and silt in rivers.

In this photo by Nick Michael, Rock Bridge High School sophomore Hayley Johnson straightens Angela Niyogushima's bow during the Bruin Cheerleading Clinic on Friday. The Rock Bridge cheerleaders have held cheerleading clinics for football and basketball seasons for the last two years.

In this photo by Matthew Busch, Missouri safety Kenji Jackson is hugged by his teammate after the Tigers' 38-31 overtime victory against the Texas A&M Aggies on Saturday.

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