Bruins claim another state title

For Rock Bridge, winning its second straight Class 2 state tennis championship Thursday was only slightly different than winning in 2002.

The Bruins defeated St. Joseph’s Academy 5-3 to earn the 2003 crown at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield, their third since 1999.

Bruins can’t stop Kewps

In their final game before the state volleyball tournament, Hickman’s success and Rock Bridge’s struggles continued Thursday.

The Kewpies defeated the Bruins 25-13, 25-12 at Hickman.

Pomp or circumstance

The forecasted rain and cold may put a damper on some Homecoming celebrations, but the festivities will go on.

Andy McCarthy, a Homecoming co-director, said “something drastic would have to happen for it to be canceled.”

Tigers prepare for a shootout

Memorial Stadium might as well be the OK Corral because this one is bound to be a shootout.

When Texas Tech (5-2, 2-1 Big 12 Conference) comes to town to take on Missouri (5-2, 1-2) for homecoming at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, there should be plenty of scoring.

The Chase For Chase

This week, for us, may possibly be the key game of our season. Coming off a good win against Helias for the conference championship, a whole new season is about to begin.

Districts is what it all comes down to. It determines if our season will continue or not, and tomorrow night we will face our first Class 6 team, Jefferson City. The Jays have done some good things this season and after watching some film, they have gotten it together and are playing some good football. We have had a great week of practice with a lot of hard work and focus. Being that it is senior night tonight, the seniors have even more riding on this game. This will be our last game on Rock Bridge Field and we want to make it a good one.

A Debate on Proposed Catfish Regulations has Missourians Angling for a Solution

At 1206 Business Loop 70 W. in Columbia, there stands a bait shop divided. Here among the fishing poles of Tombstone Tackle, friends and fellow fishermen convene to discuss fishing conditions, what the fish are biting on and, lately, the controversial new catfish regulations being proposed by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Perkins takes talent where it’s needed

Adam Perkins is a traveling man, departing and arriving at different positions for the Hickman football team weekly.

Perkins and the Kewpies (4-3) open their district season at 7 tonight against the Kickapoo Chiefs (5-2) in Springfield at JFK Stadium.

I-70 improvement options presented

Interstate 70 ran right through Gentry Middle School library Thursday night.

At an Improve I-70 Advisory Group meeting in the school’s library, three maps were presented that displayed alternate plans for access roads in Columbia along a six-mile stretch of the interstate. The meeting offered advisory group members and interested residents a chance to discuss the options.

Russell goes the distance

The kickoff team has had a lot of running to do this year.

Because of kicker Scott Russell, Rock Bridge’s coverage team has a 65-yard sprint on almost every kickoff. On touchbacks, the coverage team is required to run through the end zone.

Team unity to be asset for Bulldogs in semifinals

Experience gives New Franklin High a big advantage this weekend.

The Bulldogs hope to use that to earn a Class 1 state softball championship.

Cornell runs toward college objective

Steve Kissane has coached Tim Cornell in cross country and track since Cornell was in sixth grade at Smithton Middle School, but his favorite memory of Cornell is about walking, not running.

During Cornell’s freshman year at Hickman, they played a round of golf the day before the Show-Me State Games track meet. Impressed by Cornell’s golf swing, Kissane asked him if he would consider playing golf instead of running. According to Kissane, Cornell’s reply was “Too much walking … I’d get bored.”

Power isn’t everything

Pollution, or lack thereof, may soon help pay for repairs at Columbia’s Municipal Power Plant.

The city plans to sell the power plant’s excess sulfur dioxide allowances, which permit the plant to emit a certain amount of the pollutant each year. Money from the sale will enable the city to repair one of the plant’s two coal-fired boilers without increasing electricity rates. The repairs probably will cost around $5 million, Water and Light Director Richard Malon said.

MoDOT evaluates tolls for I-70

If it were up to the top brass at the Missouri Department of Transportation, tollbooths would be placed on Interstate 70 at the Illinois and Kansas borders.

Revenue from the tolls would be enough to cover at least 40 percent, and perhaps as much as 80 percent, of the estimated $2.4 billion to $2.7 billion needed to widen and improve I-70 all the way across the state, according to the Missouri Toll Feasibility Study. Conducted for the Transportation Department in 2002, the study explored the idea of using tollbooths on several highway corridors throughout Missouri.

Pair easily tackles leadership role

As someone who has pingponged from defense to offense and back again, Brandon Barnes considers being called a leader a compliment.

This season, Barnes and James Kinney, Missouri’s starting linebackers, have set a thumping example for the rest of the defense.

Don’t let the cold weather keep you inside

As the air becomes crisp and multihued leaves tumble to the ground, the annual exodus of outside exercisers begins, filling gyms to the brim and leaving the streets and trails longing for the bustle of springtime.

The usual tips for winter exercise are to flock indoors, but there is enjoyment in trooping through cold conditions. My fondest running memories are of frolicking through a fresh blanket of snow, creating the first footprints into my imaginary wilderness. 

Different fashions

A year ago, Brad Smith came out of nowhere, earning Missouri’s starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman.

This season, Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons made a similar rise from relative obscurity to the national spotlight.

Saving seeds preserves past

Imagine a garden peach that is about 2 inches in diameter — yellow, with a red blush and fuzzy. It sounds like a normal peach, but this “garden peach” is actually a tomato, and it tastes like a tomato would be expected to taste.

Transfers finding home at Missouri

They did everything together. They ate, hung out and went to high school together. When it came time to choose where to play college football, David Richard and Brandon Massey chose Michigan State.

Richard and Massey, Hazelwood East graduates, decided to transfer in the spring when they chose to return home to Missouri. With the transfer, Richard and Massey got everything they wanted, almost.

Conservation Sleuth

Scott Rice backed his black Dodge Ram into a field between a group of trees so he was hidden from view. Boone County’s newest conservation agent waited only an hour before he caught someone in the illegal act of spotlighting deer.

“I was pumped,” Rice said. “You sit for hours — sometimes days — to catch someone.”

MU catching recruits’ eyes

Signing Day is about three months away, but Missouri coach Gary Pinkel and his staff are entering one of the most crucial times of the year in recruiting.

Eight recruits have given MU an oral commitment, including seven in-state pledges. Each weekend in fall becomes a showcase for potential recruits with players and staff doing their best to make sure the athletes leave with Missouri on their mind.