MU’s Bales races to Big 12 honor

Wednesday, October 6, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 6:55 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 7, 2008

Junior Amanda Bales was named Runner of the Week by the Big 12 Conference on Tuesday. Bales finished ninth in last week’s Notre Dame Invitational with a personal-best 5K time of 17:01.

The junior All-American has been conference runner of the week four times in her career.

HICKMAN VOLLEYBALL: The Kewpies notched a 25-22, 27-25 win at Camdenton. Jenny Keener led Hickman (13-7-1) with seven kills and two blocks, while MegAnn Schlader had six kills. Krystal Stone contributed 21 assists.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE SOCCER: The Cougars tied McKendree College 1-1 in Lebanon, Ill. It was their first American Midwest Conference road game.

Columbia College (8-2-1, 2-0-1) scored in the 25th minute on a penalty kick by Ivan Navarette, but gave up the equalizer only nine minutes later.

McKendree (6-4-2, 1-2-1) out-shot the Cougars 18 to 11 in the match, including 11-5 in the second half.

Steve Williams made seven stops in goal for Columbia College.

MISSOURI MEN’S GOLF: A final round 320 dropped the Tigers to 14th place with a total score of 929 in the 16-team Memphis Intercollegiate. Missouri entered the final day in 12th place.

Host Memphis won the event with a score of 873.

John Kelly led the Tigers on Tuesday with a final round 76 at the par-72 Colonial Country Club, and ended in a tie for 58th place.

Shawn Jasper paced the Tigers overall with a tie for 44th after shooting a final round 77. It was his personal-best finish of the season.

Ben Scott (final round 81) finished in a tie for 47th, Chris Mabry (87) in a tie for 74th and Justin Bliss (86) in 89th to round out MU’s scoring.

HICKMAN SOFTBALL: The Kewpies dropped a defensive battle to Salisbury 2-0. Morgan Bichsel broke up Salisbury’s perfect game bid in the fifth with what would be the only hit for Hickman (7-17).

Stefani Worley took the loss, despite only giving up one walk and two hits in the last game before districts.

FIRST REF DIES: Norm Schachter, who refereed the first Super Bowl and the first “Monday Night Football” game, has died. He was 90.

Schachter died Saturday at a convalescent home in San Pedro, Calif., according to his son, Bob.

In his other career, Schachter wrote a dozen English and vocabulary textbooks and was a former superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The Brooklyn-born Schachter held a doctorate from Alfred University and was a high school coach and English teacher when he began refereeing local games in 1941 in Redlands.

After serving with the Marines in World War II, he went back to teaching and coaching. In 1948, his basketball team at Washington High School won the Los Angeles city championship.

Later, he became a high school principal and was an area superintendent for Los Angeles schools from 1971 to 1978.

His National Football League career began in 1954 when then-Commissioner Bert Bell hired him at $100 a game with a guarantee of seven games.

The weekend job went on to last 22 years. He officiated in 1967 at the first Super Bowl in the Los Angeles Coliseum, in which the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10.

He headed a crew of six officials and six alternates — still a Super Bowl record.

“Who knows? Maybe they thought we would all get struck by lightning or something,” he told the Los Angeles Times in 1993. “I just didn’t want them all to walk on the field at the same time. It might have scared somebody.”

He worked three Super Bowls and 11 conference championship games and was the referee in the first Monday night game in 1970.

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