COLUMBIA — Images of summer heat in downtown Columbia, young gymnasts and the return of the Tigers' football team to training camp were among the best photographs last week by Missourian journalists.
In this photograph by Robert Swain, construction worker Mike Engelbrecht wipes sweat from his face Wednesday afternoon on Eighth Street in downtown Columbia. The heat on the first day of August followed a sweltering July in Columbia. The city had a record-setting 30 days with temperatures over 90 degrees.
In this photograph by Tatiana Fernandez, a family waits for Father Herb Hayek of Sacred Heart Church to baptize their children. As the Latino population of Columbia grows, institutions are offering Spanish-language services. Hayek was offered the position as Sacred Heart's pastor in part because he speaks Spanish. He studied the language in Costa Rica and Bolivia. (The Missourian published a Spanish-language translation of the article.)
Young gymnasts cover their palms in chalk before practicing Thursday on the uneven bars, in this photograph by Fernandez. The four gymnastics clubs in Columbia are preparing for a once-every-four-years "Olympic boom" increase in enrollment. "We see a huge spike in membership with the Olympic movement," said Cheryl Jarrett, vice president of member services at USA Gymnastics, the national governing body for the sport.
In this photograph by Yi Gan, starting quarterback James Franklin (1) warms up with teammates Thursday during the Missouri football team's first training camp practice. Although Franklin tore the labrum in his throwing shoulder in the spring, Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel said he has been impressed by the quarterback's ability to return quickly.
In this photograph by Fernandez, Missouri 34o racer Chuck McHenry's ground crew — his father-in-law, Charles Burns, left, and his son, Loren McHenry — leave the Katfish Katy's Campground checkpoint Wednesday. The Missouri 340 is a five-day river race from Kansas City to St. Charles.