Swinging into action

For someone who finished with a total more than seven times his age, Zachary Cook can golf.

Zachary, 8, shot a 57 for nine holes in the Coca-Cola Junior Championship golf tournament Tuesday morning at L.A. Nickell golf course in his first tournament. His is third in the boys’ 8-10 division.

No mistake about it, Mavs’ defense better

For the first half of the season, the Mavericks defense was offensive.

Now, it has sparked the Mavericks back to respectability.

Mid-Missouri enter tonight’s game having won of eight of 13, and it can attribute its improved play to the suddenly smooth infield defense.

Improving Mavs sweep Rockford

Things have changed, and the Mid-Missouri Mavericks are no longer to be taken lightly.

The Mavs completed a sweep of the first-place Rockford RiverHawks in convincing fashion with a 10-3 victory Tuesday night at Taylor Stadium.

Some MKT phones found faulty

Shortly after 6 a.m. on July 2, Ben McCloskey was biking on the MKT Trail when he came across a jogger who had collapsed on the path. McCloskey quickly biked to the nearest emergency phone, at the Stadium Boulevard entrance to the trail, only to find that the device wasn’t working.

McCloskey then turned around and biked back down the path, passing the still unconscious jogger, to a second phone, which he told police was also out of order. McCloskey continued on to the Forum Boulevard access to the trail, where he finally found an emergency phone that worked.

Cards have Cincinnati seeing red

At this rate, nobody is going to catch St. Louis.

Right-hander Jason Marquis hit a two-run double and pitched seven stingy innings for his eighth straight win Tuesday night, 6-0 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Sports mailer worries parent

When the Kids Sports News arrived in Larry Fredette’s mailbox earlier this month, the first thing he noticed was the address label. It read: “Alex Fredette,” specifically indicating that the newspaper was for his 8-year-old son.

Fredette, a youth baseball and basketball coach, said he likes the new monthly newspaper, which features young athletes’ pictures and coverage of their games, and isn’t concerned that his son is receiving it. However, he hopes youth sports leagues are cautious when deciding to release the names and addresses of players to businesses. He said it’s the first time he’s seen anything in the mail addressed only to Alex.

The right to bear beer

For more than 10 years, Village Wine and Cheese on Broadway has served its outdoor diners alcohol. Because of the small outdoor dining area, some of the patrons sat at tables on city sidewalks.

In April, Village Wine and Cheese owner Kathy Fluesmeier was notified by the Columbia Police Department that she was in violation of city ordinance 17600 — “possession of open container of alcoholic beverage or consumption of alcoholic beverage in certain public places.” She no longer serves alcohol to the outdoor diners.

Haas greeted as fan favorite at Senior Open

Jay Haas will garner plenty of attention and be a popular man during this week’s U.S. Senior Open at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis for good reason.

Haas, who in December turned 50, the minimum age to compete on the Champions Tour, is not only No. 22 in the World Golf Ranking and on the cusp of earning a berth on the United States’ Ryder Cup team this fall, but he also is a hometown favorite.

Ultimate finale

The Ultomatoes were a little too much for the Tiny Dancers on Tuesday night at Epple Field as they battled for the Ultimate Frisbee Championship title.

Playing by the light of the moon, the Tiny Dancers won 17-16 in a game that continued past the normal 13-point limit.

Voters weigh in on sheriff

Since Sheriff Ted Boehm took office in 1985, the population of Boone County has increased by nearly a third to more than 135,000 people.

Boehm’s department has grown to 140 full-time personnel with an annual budget of nearly $9.5 million. The county has a bigger jail, built in 1991, and two years ago, Boehm helped convince voters to approve a one-eighth cent sales tax for law enforcement.

Ballers perfect champs

The Columbia Ballers won the boys’ 12-and-under basketball division last weekend at the Show-Me State Games.

The Ballers, who went 7-0, defeated the St. Louis Bulls 40-30 in the final.

Inside Baked Beans

As families fire up barbecues for summer weekend cookouts, chances are baked beans will appear alongside whatever’s cooking on the grill.

It stands to reason pots of simmering and spicy baked beans should be summer’s savory of choice. Baking beans is easy, which makes the classic baked or barbecued beans the perfect side dish to serve with chicken, steaks, ribs and roasted vegetables.

Rising Stars focus on inclusion, basketball

In high school, Ray Magruder’s Lamar Consolidated High School basketball team advanced to the Class 5A Texas state championship in 1989. As a forward, he was ranked among the top 15 percent of basketball players in Texas. As a parent, he now wants to give children the opportunity to play sports, particularly those who might not be able to afford to play.

Magruder and Kent Murdock of Columbia formed Rising Stars Sports Association for girls and boys between third and seventh grade. So far, about 45 players play on their five basketball teams, and three teams competed in the Show-Me State Games.

Season for deer earlier in county

Firearms deer season this year will open earlier than ever in Boone County.

The Missouri Department of Conservation has set up an early season for firearms hunters from Oct. 8-11 in Boone and 11 other urban counties — more than a month earlier than the traditional firearms season.

An MU minor with a major impact

Staying active in her community is important to Emily Wenzlick, a junior in biochemistry at MU, because she believes it gives her a broader perspective on life. So when she heard that the Office of Service-Learning would offer a minor in leadership and public service, she decided to pursue it.

“It’s important to me to challenge myself to keep seeing the world from different points of view, from different people’s perspectives, because it just changes your heart on so many issues,” Wenzlick said.

Treasurer hopefuls urge kids to make sense out of dollars

Candidates for state treasurer worry about Missourians’ financial literacy.

“We have problems with finance because people don’t know how to calculate or make rate comparisons,” said Anita Yeckel, who is running for the Republican nomination for treasurer.

Graham campaign lodges ethics claim against Harlan

With the Aug. 3 primary less than a week away, criticism has been flying between Democrats Chuck Graham and Tim Harlan, who are running for the 19th District state Senate seat.

The attacks intensified Tuesday as Graham’s campaign manager, Mike McGennis, filed a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission saying Harlan did not disclose the source of $13,595 in 2002. The commission requires all contributions to be itemized, with the contributor’s name, address and occupation listed. Harlan’s Oct. 14, 2002, report lists his expenditures, but not his contributions.