Cole Riley was too much for the Super Siblings.
Riley’s hat trick helped The Big Green of Columbia defeat the Super Siblings of Moberly 7-5 in the mixed adult division of the Show-Me State Games’ soccer competition Saturday at Cosmopolitan Park.
Riley’s scoring helped The Big Green rally, which had two players ejected for making slide tackles. When it rains, the Games’ rules prohibit slide tackles to prevent injuries, and players who commit the foul automatically receive a red card.
The Big Green featured several University of Missouri women’s players and many former Hickman boys’ players. Riley, who graduated from Hickman in May and will continue to play at Columbia College, said he had fun playing with former teammates and old friends.
“It’s just fun playing out here,” Riley said. “I’ve been playing with these guys for forever. It’s also good to keep in shape out here.”
In the 29th minute, Riley received the ball near the center circle, beat two defenders and sent the ball past Super Siblings’ goalkeeper Meggie Brown to tie at 4.
With four minutes left, Riley scored the winning goal when Brown couldn’t stop Riley’s shot from outside the penalty box.
The Super Siblings dominated the first 25 minutes, and Jimmy O’Loughlin scored a hat trick within four minutes in the first half.
“I thought, in the beginning, we hustled really well, so we could get open balls,” O’Loughlin said. “But, second half, more or less, we were out of shape. They had better passing skills.”
As its name implies, the Super Siblings consisted of siblings from three families. The O’Loughlins had eight family members on the team, the Beards had three and the Cooks two.
O’Loughlin said he has been playing soccer with his family all of his life.
“We always get together and play as a family,” he said. “Whenever we come home for the holidays, we get together and play pick-up games together, and we have fun doing that.”
— Kosuke Kinashi
As the mother of eight, Kelly Kendle has plenty of experience following small, bouncing objects.
So it’s no wonder Kendle, a St. Peters resident, took a silver medal home in the Class E United States Table Tennis Association final at the Games’ table tennis event at West Junior High.
Kendle, 37, and her husband, Randy, 45, are raising eight children ages 7 to 18.
Kelly has played for about a year and a half at the organized level and said she played at “60-70 percent” of her potential.
She received coaching from her husband throughout the match. Randy Kendle began playing 25 years ago and has two years of experience at the USTTA level.
Randy Kendle records his wife’s matches with a video camera set up on a tripod and consults with her between games during the match.
“It’s for a review of play, and mistakes that were made and things that were done wrong,” Randy Kendle said.
Said Kendle: “He tells me a lot of stuff that I don’t see going on during the game.”
The lessons do not only benefit Kendle, but also her husband. The couple played in the doubles tournament after the conclusion of the singles event.
The Kendles wore matching black shorts and black T-shirts with a white bar across the chest.
“We like to wear matching shirts when we play doubles,” Kelly said. “We have a couple of them. We do it for fun.”
-- Jim Margalus
Those at Walton Stadium on Saturday morning glimpsed into the future at a younger generation of track athletes.
Boys and girls, 14 and younger, wearing spikes and running suits, competed.
Alexa Shelton, from Columbia, began long jumping when she was 5. Her father, Derek Shelton, a former jumper, is her coach.
“It is hard to work on technical stuff when they’re young,” Derek Shelton said. “We work on stretching and flexibility. I gradually want them to get into it and to have fun.”
For Alexa, 8, jumping is unique.
“Jumping is cool,” she said. “When you jump it gets your confidence up, and when you run and win, it means something to you, something special.”
Alexa said she likes having her dad as her coach. Alexa finished with a jump of 7 feet, 8 inches.
Erin Alewine proved being a beginner does not matter.
Alewine, 13, from Jefferson City, competed in pole vaulting after picking up her first pole Monday. Alewine said she thought she would give it a try.
“It’s fun,” Alewine said. “It’s hard carrying the pole but after you get over it’s fun and you can fall back.”
Alewine’s mom, said Alewine has been struggling a little bit with this event because it is a different kind of strength than she normally uses but, overall, she likes vaulting.
Alewine is also gymnast, which she said helps with pole vaulting.
“Basically I do all the things in gymnastics that I need for pole vaulting,” Alewine said.
Like Alexa, Alewine’s father is her coach. Alewine said training with her dad is fun.
Alewine and Acacia Hayes of Monroe City competed in this event and cleared 7 feet, but Alewine needed more tries to clear the height and finished second.
— Alexis Headley
When discussing athletics, disc golf is not a sport that jumps to mind for most sports lovers. There is a thriving pack of players, though, that showed its intense love for the game Saturday at Oakland Park.
In the midst of rain and cool temperatures, teams of golfers made their way through the 18-hole course. Disc golf, to them, is more than a sport.
“The game has done so much for me on so many different levels,” Fred Garver said. “This game has taught me patience and how to think better.”
Garver, from Columbia, competes in different tournaments when he can and has been playing disc golf for about 12 years. Garver said he used to play competitive sports but, now that he is getting older, this sport is good for exercise and something he enjoys too.
Disc golf parallels golf in many respects. Each player tees off and switches discs throughout the course of the hole, like one would switch clubs, according to where they need their disc to land, or curve etc.
Garver said that there is something about the game, disc golf, that lures people in like golf.
“It isn’t about hitting the ball or throwing the disc, it’s the game,” Garver said.
When Dennis Booker began playing, he said he was skeptical
“I didn’t think I’d like it at first,” Booker said. “I didn’t think I’d like it at all because all the sports I like, NASCAR, Motor cross, they all have motors in them, and this doesn’t.”
Booker, from California, said he began playing because his brother dared him to, and he became hooked. Booker said this game is for every age group, and he likes ‘the exercise, it’s relaxing, quiet and the people are nice.’
Bill Cobb, from Lake of the Ozarks, said he enjoys the game, and he plays because it gets him outdoors.
A common misconception about disc golf is that it is easy.
“Disc golf is every bit as hard as ball golf,” Garver said. “You’re playing against yourself more than anything else.”
Similar to golf, those who participate in disc golf have a great respect for the course and the game. Those that play together are close.
“Everyone that plays is like a family,” Garver said.
Garver said he has met with old friends on the course that he had not seen in a long time and didn’t know they played.
— Alexis Headley