THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: Willow trees, Missouri baseball and beards

Sunday, March 25, 2012 | 5:52 p.m. CDT

Images of Hinkson Park preparations, the Missouri baseball team and a beard competition were among last week's best photos by the Missourian staff.

In a photo by Grant Hindsley, an urban forester from Lincoln University, Kirsten Stephen, helps lay out a grid for the 777 trees that will be planted in Hinkson Park. The trees are being planted as part of MU's Forestry Department's study of flood plain management and storm water mitigation.

In a photo by Nick Agro, sophomore pitcher Jeff Cline and his teammates watch a ball go foul from the dugout on March 18 during the Tigers game against the Panthers. The Missouri baseball team ended its 10-game winning streak with a 13-7 loss, despite winning the first two games against High Point during the weekend series.

Layla Risse and Asher Risse, 3, show each other their dirty feet while waiting for their father to finish the GutBuster canoe race, in this photo by Nick Agro. An Arkansas resident, Mike Herbet, won the Perche Creek race in record time on Saturday.

Beard aficionados came together Wednesday at Cafe Berlin to compete in the Farm and Fiddle Beard Contest hosted by KOPN/89.5 FM. In a photo by Alyssa Goodman, Mike Gerard put petals in his beard, which he said he keeps because he has always disliked shaving.

In a photo by Timmy Hunyh, riders prepare their horses while attending the Barrel Bash event at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Friday. Logan Westmoreland, 11, rode 15-year-old Maverick, left, at the event and finished the run in 15.44 seconds.

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