First flips at finals [Photo]

Top to bottom, Jensyn Echtermach, Callie Runyan and coach Heather Nowack practice a trio routine at the Hearnes Fieldhouse.

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Carly Lancaster, bottom, and Jenny James practice their routine for the national championships.

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The Columbia Acro and Tumbling Team stretches to warm up for their final practice before leaving for Palm Springs, Calif.

Hallsville square dance [Slideshow]

The sights and sounds of traditional music and square dancing from the Hallsville Square Dances.

Boone County Fair chooses champions in the saddle [Photo]

Contestants line up at the gate to participate in the 14-to-20 age group of the Western Pleasure Class at the Boone County Fair 4-H/FFA Horse Show on Sunday at the Boone County Fairgrounds. In the background are Maria Mertz of Hallsville and Ethan Massey of Centralia.

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Jason Felten of the River Hills 4-H Club shows off his horse to Justin Rhine of Woodlandville, while waiting for the Therapeutic Horsemanship Class to begin at the horse show.

After 50 years, Stephens' unique summer stage program thrives [Photo]

The Okoboji Summer Theatre, located in the northwest corner of Iowa, has undergone a major renovation for its 50th anniversary. Each year, 30 Stephens College students spend their summer here, producing nine shows in just 10 weeks.

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Jamming on a blue Sunday [Photo]

Scott McCullough, of Columbia, riffs on the harmonica during a set by Fletch & Fro, one of the eight acts that performed at McClung Park in Jefferson City for Blue Sunday, an event put on by the MO Blues Association Inc., which seeks to “promote, support and preserve the blues.”

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J.P. Boesson, Alan Kliethermes and Jim Haslag brought their grills to the park to prepare their distinguished barbecue, which won first place at the 2007 Osage County Fair.

Hallsville square dancers cross the generation gap [Photo]

The music, provided by Kenny Applebee, left, his granddaughter Virginia Applebee, center, and John White, right, is fine-tuned during the instrumental jam session with Eric Perrigo. It’s not long before dozens of patrons are dancing to the tunes.

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Dois Rand twirls Barbara Rand to traditional music at the Hallsville Square Dances at the Hallsville Community Building. The event, which occurs every two weeks, draws a variety of people from a variety of generations.

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Gary Cunningham keeps rhythm with the other dancers while he claps along to “Virginia Reel.”

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Bows and arrows [Photo]

Sebastian Cooper, 9, warms up before in the 3-D archery competition Sunday in Moberly.

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Contestants at the Show-Me State Games 3-D Archery tournament check their scores after shooting one arrow each at this styrofoam target on Sunday, July 22. Shots are scored depending on where they hit - the closer to the heart the more points they are worth. A hit anywhere on the body is worth 5 points, in the heart area is worth 12.

Aiming for low-key competition [Photo]

Hanna Brown hits on the eighth hole at A.L. Gustin Golf Course during Sunday’s Show-Me State Games father and daughter golf competition.

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Kevin Gwaltney, left, and Megan Keck, of Sedalia, MO, receive the first place gold medals in the Father-Doughter 12 and under category during the Show-Me State Games golf tournament on Sunday, July 22 at A.L. Gustin Golf Course. Gwaltney and Keck scored a 40 after nine holes in this alternate shot tournament.

Royals trip contenders on winning road swing [Photo]

Tony Pena’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly scored Reggie Sanders from third for the lead. The Royals supported starter Brian Bannister with five runs to finish a winning road trip against AL contenders. K.C. also continued to play wel against 2006 AL champion Detroit.

St. Louis Browns' Rollie Stiles, oldest ex-major leaguer, dies at 100 [Photo]

Rolland Stiles, a St. Louis Browns pitcher, is shown during his major league days (circa early 1930s). Stiles, who at 100 was believed to be the oldest former major leaguer, died in his sleep Sunday morning, July 22, 2007, at Bethesda Southgate nursing home in St. Louis County, a spokesman for the nursing home said Monday. A cause of death was not given.