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Coaching at MU as "dream come true"

Coach Ehren Earleywine talks with freshman Jaydee Young at the MU Black and Gold game Feb. 7. Earleywine called the job offer from MU "a dream come true." “We came in here the first year and the team before I got here had been under .500. They were 85th in the nation, and sometimes it can take two, three, four years to pull yourself out of that funk,” Earleywine said.

From business to softball

MU softball coach Ehren Earleywine at the Black and Gold game Feb. 7. Earleywine received a business degree and planned to get a job in the corporate world before accepting a job coaching softball.

On the road again

Baylor guard Kelli Griffin, right, and Missouri guard Raeshara Brown, no. 23, battle for a rebound during the Tigers' game against Baylor University on Saturday in Waco, Texas. The Tigers have struggled on the road this season. Their last road victory was Jan. 3, but the team hopes to improve this record Saturday when they travel to Nebraska.

Looking forward to a new season

Preseason All-American Kyle Gibson watches his teammates practice while taking a break in the dugout in September 2008. Last season didn't end well for Gibson, one of MU's pitchers, who suffered close losses in the Tigers' last two games of regional play. "You just got to get it out of your head," Gibson said about how last season ended. "You've just got to flush it."

Roy Blunt

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., became the first major Republican candidate to declare a bid for Missouri's U.S. Senate seat in 2010. So far, Democratic Secretary of State Robin Carnahan is the only other candidate to enter the race.

Kenneth Burton

New Columbia Police Chief Kenneth Burton

Cleaning up supplies

Russ Johnson, a service tech, cleans up drenched supplies at Shakespeare's west location on Feb. 19. The Columbia Fire Department extinguished flames after a dryer caught fire.

Beekeeping group

Carl Korschgen of Columbia, places a frame into a partially constructed beehive. When bees are introduced to the hive they will use the frames as a starting point to build the honeycomb. Frames are made using a thin plastic layer coated with wax.

Coach watches Pescaglias in action

Vince Pescaglia wrestles his brother K.C. Pescaglia while assistant wrestling coach Ben Smith watches from a distance during a practice before the state high school wrestling tournament. "Just keep building it one match at a time towards your goal," Smith said.

Listening to coach's advice

Senior Vince Pescaglia, right, listens to assistant wrestling coach Ben Smith during practice. Pescaglia did not place at last year's state tournament because of a neck injury.

Pescaglia brothers

Brothers Vince, front, and K.C. Pescaglia practice key wrestling moves in Hickman High School on Wednesday. K.C. Pescaglia, who currently attends MU, is volunteering his time to help his brother train before the high school state wrestling tournament.

Missouri wears pink for breast cancer

Both MU and Kansas State players wore pink shoe laces in their shoes as part of the Pink Zone game to raise breast cancer awareness on Wednesday. Kansas State wore special pink jerseys, and coaches on both teams wore pink clothing as well.

Jessra Johnson's mother cheers

Denise Johnson, the mother of MU women's basketball player Jessra Johnson, front row left, and her friend Terry Bentley, front row right, cheer as Johnson scores during the Tigers game against Kansas State at Mizzou Arena on Wednesday.

Jessra Johnson fights for a rebound

Kansas State's Marlies Gipson, right, secures a rebound against Missouri's Jessra Johnson, center, during the Big a game on Wednesday. Johnson scored 17 points.

School of Metaphysics director

Sam Bullington, left, talks to Laura Wacker, right, at the School of Metaphysics. Since beginning classes at the school three years ago Wacker says she has become much more comfortable with life. "I definitely have a much better feeling about my space in the world," Wacker said.

Missouri guard Toy Richbow

Missouri's Toy Richbow, left, drives down court against Kansas State's Jalana Childs,right, during their game on Wednesday. The TIgers handed Kansas State their fourth loss of the season.

Stephens College swimming coach studies metaphysics

Laura Wacker, of the Columbia School of Metaphysics, consults with a student before class. Wacker has been studying at the school for the past three years and took over as director after the former director, Judy Weber, left the position. "We've been in a rebuilding phase recently," Wacker said. "(Metaphysics) requires a real commitment to yourself and some people just aren't ready to make that commitment."

Preparing for a new season

Michael Liberto stretches during practice at Dan Devine Pavilion.

Missouri baseball player Michael Liberto

Michael Liberto is the Missouri baseball team’s new shortstop. Liberto, a junior, transferred to MU from Delgado Community College in New Orleans.

Fans at the Missouri Grand Prix

Brittany Wen, center, glances backwards as her friends from the Columbia Swim Club watch an awards ceremony at the Missouri Grand Prix swim meet. The girls said that Katie Hoff is their favorite swimmer.
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