Semi-pro team hosts tryouts

Matt Kenna (left) works his way through an agility drill at the Columbia Trojans tryout on Saturday as coach Jeff Edwards (right) looks on. The team is a start-up semi-professional football team founded by Lawrence Washington, who plays as well.

Trojans tryouts call all ages

David Cammack Jr. sprints out the end of an agility drill on Saturday morning during tryouts for the Columbia Trojans, a start up semi-professional football team. The tryout was open to anyone 18 years and older.

Missouri baseball player Greg Folgia

Missouri junior Greg Folgia leads off first base against Ball State on Saturday at Taylor Stadium.

Columbia Trojans hold football tryouts

Lawrence Washington comes out of his lineman's stance during workout Saturday at Rock Bridge High School for the Trojans, Columbia’s new semi-professional football team.

Rock Bridge girls basketball loses to Nixa in state quarterfinals

Rock Bridge forward Rachel Rutter drives to the basket against Nixa on Saturday in the Class 5 state quarterfinals in Rolla. Rock Bridge lost 44-39.

Rock Bridge girls basketball loses in state quarterfinals

Rock Bridge junior Amaya Williams leaps towards the basket in an attempt to score against Nixa on Saturday in the Class 5 state quarterfinals in Rolla. Rock Bridge lost 44-39.

MU basketball player Leo Lyons against Texas A&M

Missouri's Leo Lyons struggles to pick up a loose ball in front of Texas A&M's Chinemelu Elonu in the Tigers' loss March 7 at Reed Arena in College Station, Texas

Gibson strikes out 13 batters

MU junior Kyle Gibson pitches during the first game of a four-game series against Ball State on March 6 at Taylor Stadium. Gibson struck out 13 batters, a career high, in the Tigers' 4-1 win over the Cardinals.

Life stories and commentary

Part of Darryl "DMC" McDaniels' presentation Thursday night at Jesse Hall was his raps. These included commentary on other hip-hop artists as well as his own life stories.

Hip-hop culture — past and present

CORRECTED CAPTION: Darryl "DMC" McDaniels speaks about hip-hop — past and present — on Thursday night at Jesse Hall. He said he thinks generation differences are a big influence on the changes taking place in the hip-hop world. An earlier caption misspelled his name.

MU gymnastics Liz Straatmann

MU junior Liz Straatmann, left, takes a break to chat between the vault and uneven bars portions of the Cat Classic at Hearnes Center.

Columbia College's Christian Lewis

Columbia College's Christian Lewis goes for two-points against Williams Baptist College's Charles Wilson(during the first round of the American Midwest Conference tournament on Thursday.

Tolson's work ethic

Skylar Tolson breaks up an offensive at practice on Thursday. "I wish we had 10 others like him," Rock Bridge coach Jim Scanlon said. "He never takes a minute off.”

Something to smile about

A smiling jester dominates artwork by Praise Tyler.

Moving along

Shades of red and yellow color artwork by Christopher Frank.

Hearts in bloom

Artwork by Faith Elsbury, a third-grader at Lee Elementary, includes bright colors.

It feels pretty

Blind artist John Bramblitt uses his hand to feel a Lee Elementary third grader's painting. Bramblitt, who lost his vision in 2001, uses the different textures of paints to identify colors.

Feel this one

John Bramblitt guides the hands of a Lee Elementary student on Thursday afternoon. Bramblitt, who uses different textures to identify paints and colors, taught the students how to paint without using their eyes.

What's this?

John Bramblitt instructs Lee Elementary third-graders Praise Tyler and Christopher Frank as they attempt to paint blindfolded. Bramblitt, who lost his sight in 2001, visited the school on Thursday to talk with the students about what it is like to be a visual artist that cannot see.

Checking her work

Blind artist John Bramblitt listens as Lee Elementary third-grader Elora Matthews explains the story of "The Giving Tree." Bramblitt visited the school Thursday to teach students about how he uses the different textures of paints to identify colors and to help the students learn to paint blindfolded.