Impersonating batting stance [Photo]

“I just like being funny,” said sophomore Rhea Taylor, right, who entertained teammates with impersonations of the batting stances of other Missouri players. “I saw other people doing it and I was like, 'Oh, let me get in this.’ They weren’t doing them very good,” she said. “It was just really funny because they’re so many different stances and a lot of people don’t realize how funny they look.”

Mixing up honey treats [Photo]

"Honey Treats" are healthy, sweet snacks that include honey, peanut butter, dried milk, uncooked rolled oats and raisins. Children at Benton Elementary School were being taught the recipe as a healthy snack alternative.

Benton Bees make honey treats [Photo]

Harvest of the Month Club volunteer Jim Ronald teaches Tyrone James how to make "Honey Treats." The new program at Benton Elementary focuses on teaching students about agriculture in a classroom setting.

Cinco de Mayo celebration [Slideshow]

Columbia residents celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a live Latin orchestra, a "Miss Cinco de Mayo" pageant and an open dance floor at the Holiday Inn Expo Center’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Columbia on May 5, 2009.

Rock Bridge soccer player Morgan Pitchford [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Morgan Pitchford sends the ball upfield in Wednesday's 2-0 victory over visiting Hickman.

Group raises money for survivors of Rwandan genocide [Video]

The Step Up! American Association for Rwandan Women had its first Dance of Hope on Saturday. The event featured both live and silent auctions, speakers involved with the group and Rwandan ballet dancers. Money raised will go to help Rwandan women who survived the genocide.

Crosstown rivals face off [Video]

The Hickman Lady Kewpies played the Rock Bridge Lady Bruins on Wednesday night at Rock Bridge High School. Rock Bridge won the junior varsity game as well as the varsity game.

Rock Bridge tennis player Blake Buchert [Photo]

Blake Buchert, a junior on the Rock Bridge tennis team, serves during practice Tuesday at Bethel Park. Burchert says he and doubles partner Aaron Skinner communicate well together on the court and seem to have a way of knowing where the other player will be. “We’re both really smart players,” Buchert said. “We don’t make a lot of mistakes.”

In the dugout with Missouri softball [Slideshow]

The Missouri softball team has had a successful campaign vying for the regular season Big 12 Championship and were ranked in the top 10 nationally. But the team recently endured a four-game losing streak, missing out on the regular season title. They will be competing in the Big 12 tournament this week in Oklahoma City. Missourian photographer Polina Yamshchikov followed the team over the course of the last two weeks leading up to the tournament.

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Rock Bridge girls soccer team T-shirts [Slideshow]

The Rock Bridge High School girls soccer team prepares Tuesday to play its last home game against longtime rival Hickman High School by creating T-shirts sporting the team's motto, “Just Play.”

Denise Lieberman mug [Photo]

Denise Lieberman is the Missouri senior attorney and voter protection advocate for Advancement Project. She teaches political science at Washington University in St. Louis.

Charles Carter visits the Salvation Army [Photo]

From left to right, Bob Buzard, Charles Carter and Deborah Williams look through a shopping cart full of used goods at the Salvation Army on First and Walnut. Charles Carter is well-known and liked by workers and patrons at the store.

Charles Carter's white sneakers [Photo]

Charles Carter can be recognized for his sense of style. He bought these shoes at the mall. On this day, he paired shiny, white sneakers with a red snakeskin cowboy hat and a very large belt buckle that read, "I Don't Dial 911."

Charles Carter helps out at the Salvation Army [Photo]

Charles Carter is a recovering alcoholic. He has been sober for 25 years. After attaining sobriety, he studied to become a substance abuse counselor to help others struggling with alcohol and drugs. He is now retired, but he still visits the Salvation Army store on Walnut and First every day to help out around the store.

Charles Carter [Photo]

Charles Carter is impossible to miss. His jewelry and belt buckle shine under fluorescent lights. He's often wearing an outrageous hat, and everyone is always saying hello to him.

SLIDESHOW: Charles Carter [Slideshow]

After working through job hopping, failed marriages and alcoholism, he has become a friendly, reliable fixture in Columbia and is an inspiration to many who are struggling.

Rock Bridge soccer players design T-shirts for big game [Photo]

Kelsey Konrardy, a captain on the Rock Bridge girls soccer team, writes "Just Play" in duct tape on a T-shirt after Tuesday's practice. The team designed shirts for Wednesday's home game against Hickman.

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter [Photo]

Rock Bridge tennis player Jimmy Hunter returns a shot Tuesday in a doubles match against Hickman.

Hickman shot-putter Josh Harvey [Photo]

Hickman's Josh Harvey excelled as a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman on the Kewpies' football team. But he is also skilled in track and field and has a chance to win a state title in the shot put.