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Cheering on the team

Six-year-old Liam Hampton of Springfield shouts the "M-I-Z" cheer during a rally in the alumni association area outside the Edward Jones Dome before the Missouri-Illinois game today. Athletics director Mike Alden, Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., and Gov. Jay Nixon helped lead the cheers to fire up fans' spirits before the game.

RB Football - QB Avoids tackle

Rock Bridge junior quarter back Mark Pickerel avoids a tackle from the Hazelwood Central defense Friday night. Central, the defending 6A High School champs, defeated Rock Bridge 31-14.

RB Football - QB Bell

Rock Bridge sophomore quarterback Bo Bell is tackled by the Hazelwood Central defense on Friday night. Central defeated Rock Bridge 31-14.

RB Football - pre-game

Rock Bridge senior defensive end Chase Rome runs onto the field at the start of Rock Bridge's football game against Hazelwood Central on Friday night.

RB Football - QB Pickerel

Rock Bridge junior quarterback Mark Pickerel avoids a tackle from the Hazelwood Central defense Friday night. Central defeated Rock Bridge 31-14.

RB Football - Punt

Rock Bridge junior Sheldon Gerau punts during Rock Bridge's football game against Hazelwood Central on Friday night. Central defeated Rock Bridge 31-14.

RB Football - QB tackle

Rock Bridge junior quarterback Shawn Rush Jr. is tackeled by Hazelwood Central junior linebacker Cortland Dunlop during Rock Bridge's football game against Hazelwood Central on Friday night. Central defeated Rock Bridge 31-14.

Columbia College volleyball - Omondi

Columbia College senior Maria Omondi tips the ball over the net while her teammate Paula Ferreira (cq) covers her in the first match against the Savannah College of Art and Design Bees on Friday afternoon. The Cougars defeated the Bees in three matches.

Columbia College volleyball - Teeple

Columbia College sophomore Julie Teeple jumps to spike the ball during the game against the Savannah College of Art and Design on Friday afternoon. The game was the Cougars' first during the Best Western Classic Tournament.

Hickman Football - Fans

Fans hold their spirit fingers into the air during a kick-off on Friday at Hickman High School.

Hickman Football - offensive line

Hickman's offensive line prepares for the snap on Friday night at Hickman High School. Hickman won the game 42-14 after a first half shut out.

Hickman Football - Cradon run

Cradon Cook, a Hickman junior, carries the ball down field on Friday night against Vashon.

Hickman Football snap

Hickman junior Chris Griggs prepares to hike the ball on Friday during their first home game of the season. Hickman beat Vashon 42-14 after a first half shut out.

Hickman coin toss

Football players from Hickman High School hold hands while walking to center field before the second half of the game on Friday.

Hickman Football - Rodes tackle

Dylan Rodes (18), Hickman High School junior, gets tackled by a player from Vashon during the home game on Friday night. Hickman beat Vashon 42-14.

Dance party

Mill Creek Elementary first-grader JaDe'la Bonaparte, 6, does the limbo under a yard stick on Friday during a birthday celebration for the school, which turned 20 this year. Along with limbo contests, students got to eat popcorn, play with noise makers and dance to music on the school yard.

Snapping history

Eartha Roulier takes a photo of Jill Ray's first-grade class during the 20th birthday celebration for Mill Creek Elementary School on Friday.

There since the beginning

Mill Creek Elementary principal Mary Sue Gibson, far right, introduces, from left, Trish Crews, Chris Gambill and Carolyn Roof, who have worked at the school since it opened in 1989, during the school's 20th birthday celebration on Friday. Students, faculty, and staff gathered outside the school to help celebrate the occasion.

Big bear hug

Along with the rest of the school, second grader Emily LeBlanc, right, gives the Mill Creek Elementary School building a hug during the school's 20th birthday party on Friday. Along with hugging the building, students danced, had limbo contests and played with noise makers during the celebration.

Happy Birthday, Mill Creek Elementary

First-grader Turner DeArmond, 7, blows a horn in the face of classmate Riley Snider, 6, as she returns the favor on Friday at Mill Creek Elementary School. Students spent the last hour of the school day celebrating the school's 20th birthday with noise makers, popcorn and music.
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