Lent does not make time easy

I apologize to all of you who celebrated your birthday this month (that includes one son, a daughter-in-law, my youngest grandson and a sister) but I hate February. I think that whoever decided to make it the shortest month of the year knew what he was doing. Oh sure, St. Valentine tried to distract us from the dull, dreary monotonous days with talk of love and hearts and flowers, but it’s only a momentary diversion. I have friends who walk around staring at light boxes to avoid depression. Others take to their beds to wait for spring. I go about my normal routine, but I’m in the state of perpetual grouchiness. Then to add salt to my wounds, Lent begins.

Being raised in a strict Catholic family (that means my mother was in charge) these 40 days and nights were to be spent fasting, abstaining and repenting. I never quite got the fasting part. I was told that two of the meals each day should not equal the third. The idea one patient nun informed our class was to experience hunger. Heck! I experienced it every day. I was always starving when I got home from school. The church has never pushed the fasting part of Lent, but my mother did. She told us that during Lent we couldn’t eat between meals. That was fairly easy between breakfast and lunch. I even made it until dinner, but going to bed without a snack really hurts.

Scrimmage helps relieve some nerves

The Missouri softball team is learning to lighten up.

In Missouri’s Black and Gold scrimmage Saturday at University Field, 16 players divided into three teams with pitchers Erin Kalka, Samantha Fleeman and Erica Peterson leading each group.

Dessau sparks Tigers

Erik Dessau has been perfect for the Missouri baseball team.

Dessau, a junior pitcher, won his third game in as many starts Saturday when the Tigers defeated Youngstown State 7-0 at Taylor Stadium. The win evens the series at 1 after a 3-2 Tigers loss Friday night.

Free throws key as MU ends skid

Sloppy is the word that best describes the final regular-season women’s basketball game at Hearnes Center on Saturday.

Despite committing 21 turnovers, Missouri snapped its four-game home losing streak, beating Iowa State 63-58 in a Big 12 Conference game.

Unspectacular Unrau earns praise

Evan Unrau was the first thing Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly wanted to talk about.

After the Tigers’ 63-58 win Saturday at Hearnes Center, Fennelly started his postgame interview with a statement about Missouri’s star forward.

Early shooting troubles don’t faze Conley

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Before the season started, many thought Jason Conley would boost Missouri’s offense.

Although that didn’t happen immediately, Conley, a junior guard, has begun to play a big role, thanks in large part to his rediscovered confidence.

Defense keeps Cougars rolling

Fans chanted “overrated” on Saturday, but perhaps an “underrated” chant directed at the Columbia College women’s basketball team would have been more appropriate.

The Cougars beat McKendree (Ill.) 76-60 at The Arena of Southwell Complex to win their third consecutive American Midwest Conference championship. The win also extended the Cougars’ winning streak to 16.