Rested Tigers host unbeaten Stanford

The Missouri women’s basketball team is hosting some tough competition.

Missouri (6-3) will take on Stanford (7-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Mizzou Arena. The game will be televised on the Fox Sports Network.

Small-town Santa

Ron Wilcox of Ashland has been his town’s sole Santa for eight years.

“My son came into my life 10 years ago, and I started dressing as Santa for his day care,” Wilcox said.

Complete effort sparks Hickman

Hickman’s girls’ basketball team beat Parkway South 63-42 on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Lauren Nolke led the scoring with 22 points, and Megan McCabe had 18.

Ken MacLeod

MU students taking Geology 2150 live out a fantasy many children share: learning about dinosaurs in school. And although teaching the class might seem like a great job, it wasn’t one Ken MacLeod ever expected to have.

“I just kind of fell into it,” MacLeod said.

Firestone Baars Chapel

Firestone Baars Chapel is a landmark of the Stephens College campus.

Designed by architect Eero Saarinen, creator of the St. Louis Arch, the chapel was completed in fall 1956 as the culmination of a project that began 17 years earlier by students who wanted a place of worship on campus.

Forecaster: Storm may bring Christmas snow

Some Columbia residents bracing for weekend temperatures expected to dip into the teens may find solace in the fact that current forecasts show the possibility of a white Christmas.

According to the National Weather Service, a storm is developing on the West Coast that is moving east, probably reaching Missouri by Thursday night.

Sapp’s joint approval plan fails for Harg

Billy Sapp’s hope that city and county officials could work together to zone a new 1,000-acre development east of Columbia has hit a roadblock, forcing Sapp to focus entirely on city annexation.

Sapp had asked city and Boone County officials to work together to make sure the development would be appropriately zoned even if city annexation does not pan out. However, legal consultants have said the county would not be able to work with the city because of its different zoning regulations, Boone County Southern District Commissioner Karen Miller informed Sapp on Thursday.

Same mental errors cost Kewps

Although Hickman coach Jim Sutherland jokes about his team’s lack of height, he says that isn’t the Kewpies’ main problem on the court.

“Losing our composure at the end really cost us,” Sutherland said. “…We just panicked.”

Coaching Chess

Strategically, Tim Campbell cannot lose this game of chess; he knows his opponent’s next move. Today, he is playing against himself.

On Tuesday evenings downstairs in Brady Commons, Campbell sits patiently and waits for students to challenge him. It will cost them $10 an hour, but he doesn’t think it’s a high price for developing analytical skills.

St. Louis schools, teachers pitted for contract showdown

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis teachers voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike against the state’s largest school district, the teachers union said Thursday.

Teachers also voted 1,574-110 to reject the district’s latest contract offer.

Swimming in Talent

Hickman swimmer John Willet emerges from the Hickman weight room draped in a baggy sweatshirt and sweatpants. He’s a head taller than most of his teammates but otherwise blends in with the mass of Rock Bridge and Hickman swimmers going home for the evening after a lifting session.

His easy stride displays the laid-back personality coach John Hamilton said has not changed in the four years he has coached Willet. This is the guy who might be a state champion in two months.

Students educate peers on drug risk

Women on college campuses are one of the groups most at risk for sexual assault and date rape, says Kendra Yoder, co-coordinator of MU’s Rape Education Office. In response, the university has formed educational organizations to raise awareness about sexual assault, including one that focuses on drugs used in date rape.

Three major date-rape drugs — GHB, Rohypnol and Ketamine — can be slipped into the drinks of unsuspecting people who later fall victim to sexual assault or rape.

Columbia College cruises by Maryville

A groin injury limited Columbia College junior forward Nahowan Saxon to a little over four minutes of play the last two games, but Thursday night he made a successful return.

Saxon contributed more than 27 minutes and scored a game-high 18 points, including 11 in the first half to lead the Cougars to a 75-47 win against Maryville at The Arena of Southwell Complex.

Undefeated Bruins roll past California

If the Rock Bridge girls’ basketball players can keep their momentum, they’ll eclipse last year’s poor performance.

Undefeated, the Bruins extended their winning streak to six by beating California 45-27 Thursday night. It was Rock Bridge’s second home game of the season.

Kewps’ turnover gives Bruins thrilling victory

Rock Bridge sophomore Isaiah Warren stole the ball and the game from Hickman.

Warren’s quick defensive instincts sent the Bruins to a 53-51 victory Thursday night at

McCormick’s work pays off

In many college sports, starting immediately is a selling point. Significant early playing time can make an athlete’s decision on a particular school.

Wrestling is a little different. In the ferociously competitive Big 12 Conference, redshirting early is commonplace. This luxury wasn’t afforded Missouri’s Chris McCormick, though.

Decorations light up holiday spirit

For Bob and Sharon Emery, Christmas is a time for giving — to the electric company.

From the weekend after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day, the Emerys’ front lawn on Stirling Drive is illuminated by a display of about 16,000 Christmas lights.